Watching the first stage of the Giro on Versus Sunday reminds me of something.....You know, the thing about Robbie and the others is that sure, they are great sprinters.
But the part that goes without much notice is the fact that they are good enough to hang through all those miles BEFORE the sprint. I mean, that stage was what, 126 miles? How tough is it to hang in the main peloton for all those miles....pick your way through toward the end....have your leadout guys pump up the pace to just below crazy....then still have enough juice to pull off those sprints.
So without climbing, sprinters would always win pro races I guess.