Probably a naive question, but it's something I've never seen discussed, so -
How is a sprinter selected out of a bunch of young riders and how is his training different?
It seem's like 90% of riders are either climbers, TT riders, GC all-arounder's or spring classic riders, domestiques and so on, and the other 10% or so are the pure sprinters. How does one become a pure sprinter and why are they selected? Are they born or made? Is it wattage at short sprints, body shape, quick twitch muscles, thicker leg muscles, body mass or something else maybe?
I'm also pretty unfamiliar with how a team trains, except that they put in alot of miles on many types of terrain. So does the sprinter actually practice sprinting or does he just do the same regimen as the rest of the team? If it's different, what does he do?
Are the contracts as lucrative as say a climber, or about the same? Like would Cav earn as much as a Wiggins or more like a Cancelara?
I guess I'm just curious about the life of a sprinter, so anything you can add would be most appreciated!