Saturday, 9 March 2013

Sprinting Just Got Interesting

In the Tirreno-Adriatico yesterday Mark Cavendish didn't win the stage. Ok, not the end of the world other than it was exactly the kind of finish (flat and straight) where he has been King of the world for the last four or five years. Nobody cheated, he wasn't disqualified, his lead out didn't let him down, he was just beaten fair and square by Sagan, only narrowly getting the edge on 'he only wins shit small races' Griepel.
The arrival at last years tour of Sagan effectively ruling out the chance of Cav taking a Green Jersey again, with his ability to sprint up hill, certainly livened things up. But now he has gone head to head with Cav where the Manxman has ruled supreme, and won. If the gap has also narrowed with Griepel then the finish of the flat stages in the Grand Tours could be very lively.
It would be easy to think hat this is bad news for Cav but I don't thinks so. His is the kind of man that comes ack fighting. Secondly great champions need great rivals. An ageing Petacchi and the misfiring Farrar were not going to cut it. Now he has some true rivals to battle. Bring it on.