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The Art of Sprinting by Caleb Ewan

by CyclingTips

Star sprinter Caleb Ewan has shared some of the secrets of his success with the Stanley Street Social website, and it’s well worth a read.

Here’s an extract:

In the junior ranks you can be an all-rounder, have a crack at everything, and enjoy all types of road cycling. In the u23s, it becomes a little clearer on what type of rider you’re going to be, and once you reach the professional level it’s crystal clear. If you don’t have an X-factor in the professional ranks you will get found out awfully quickly and, lucky for me, I had it in the form of sprinting.

In my first year pro I was getting to the end of races, but I was legless and couldn’t sprint out of a wet paper bag. In the 2015 Vuelta, where I won a stage, I did 11 stages and only got to the finish in the front group once. I learnt quickly that I had to train my endurance more than anything else.

I hardly ever train my sprint. Instead, it’s about training to be fit enough to get through the race to contest the sprint at the end, and be able to use my sprint weapon that comes so naturally to me. The better shape I can be in at the finish, the better my sprint is going to be.

Click through to see more of his tips and pointers here and here to listen to a podcast on the topic.