Stickybottle have written their own analysis of Kittel’s winning sprint, pulling out key takeaways that regular riders can apply when sprinting for the line in races of their own.
Their key points:
- He didn’t surge and waste his kick as FDJ did – they put their max effort into getting onto the front of the bunch just inside the last kilometre and had nothing left for the actual sprint.
- Kittel had the confidence to drift back – just a little bit though – in the interests of avoiding the instinct to surge and hold his place.
- He ensured he was in a position with immediate access to open road when he wanted to open his sprint rather than find himself boxed in.