100ste Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016
  • Berne Shaw

    Normally he is the time trialist the man with the extra speed at the last 30k. He showed unusually poor judgment letting Sagan go. I want to hear his thoughts this week. Was he too tired right then. Did he feel he would drag others across. This was the strangest choice I have ever seen him make

  • Robert Merkel

    For what it’s worth I reckon Cancellara made a defensible call not to chase.

    Just coming to the line with Sagan wasn’t going to be enough; Cancellara’s finishing kick is pretty good but it’s not good enough to beat Sagan unless Sagan goofs or is completely knackered. So he had to not only match him, he had to drop him somewhere on the cobbled bits of the finale.

    Cancellara was still in a pretty big group, with a teammate, and a number of other teams in numbers who might have been expected to help Trek chase (in their own interest).

    With a bit more luck Cancellara could have found himself back on a more tired Sagan’s wheel with the final climbs to come, dropped him at the appropriate time, and soloed to the finish.

    Alternatively, he jumps on Sagan’s wheel, and either he finds himself working turns, or they give up and go back to the group. It’s back to the status quo, and from there Sagan would probably have won anyway (unless they didn’t drop Kristoff hard enough and Kristoff wins the sprint).

    • Dave

      The guy who really made the wrong move was Kwiatkowski. He should have gone back to Cancellara once Sagan joined the move.

      I don’t think Kristoff would have won a small group sprint over Sagan or even Cancellara. He’s been in patchy form and was still recovering from illness on the weekend.

    • Alex

      Given Cancellara’s show on the Paterberg it’s conceivable he could have dropped Sagan on the Kwaremont/Paterberg combo. He came within 6 or so seconds of getting to Sagan after navigating around a string of riders.

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