Judging by yesterday's performance in the short, fast Cancer Council
Classic, the Kiwi Greg Henderson is going to win a lot of races in 2010.
the features of 2009 was Columbia-HTC's organisation and domination in
the latter parts of a race, with Mark Renshaw launching Mark Cavendish
to the line.
But maybe yesterday we saw a new combination that
will threaten to disrupt Columbia's well drilled plans - Shane Sutton
handing off to Henderson.
Sure, Renshaw is in recovery from an
illness and the Manx Missile is slowly winding up his season elsewhere,
but sprinting is often less about raw speed and more about tactical
And what we got from Sky yesterday was exactly
that. They played their cards to perfection with their Antipodean
Moving to the front late in the race, disrupting the
Columbia-HTC train and setting a murderous pace that left fast men like
Astana's Allan Davis gasping for breath.
topped 74kph in the finale! Somebody call the cops.
an instant rivalry has been born with Sky's first hit-out as a team,
it's going to be a treat watching Sky V Columbia-HTC in 2010.
a thought for some of the other fast men not in Australian and watching
that performance from the comfort of their early season training camps.
Freire, Thor Husovd and Tyler Farrar will have to take note of these
new gunslingers in town.
Rabobank, Cervelo and Garmin-Transitions
will have to work hard to get their men up front in the big races this
While Sky may not win a grand tour in 2010, the team is
loaded with the kind of talent that can replicate their efforts in the
Either way, it's obviously going to be a banner year for
sprinting. And maybe we're entering another golden era in 2010.