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How Did Sprinting Get This Good?

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How Did Sprinting Get This Good?

Mar 1, 2021

Gone are the days of sprints being dominated by one or two riders. Today, it is common to see five sprinters spread across the line all within a bike-length of each other. How did sprinting get this good?

Gregor Brown talks to the likes of Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel who have witnessed their discipline become increasingly specialized and competitive.

Today, sprints are contested between over ten star riders who are byproducts of cycling's increasingly science-driven methods.

Marginal gains are no longer reserved for the featherweight climbers and general classification hopefuls. Sprinters have honed their craft with in the modern era with more regimented training, stricter diets and an increased focus on details. The result is Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria, Sam Bennett, Arnaud Demare, Elia Viviani, Pascal Ackermann, and more barreling towards the line in the closest and most explosive finishes the sport has ever seen.