And also, if the breakaway has anyone in it that could do some real damage the teams with overall GC aspirations will not let them get a gap in the first place. Typically the guys allowed to get a gap are either way behind in overall time, on lesser teams just looking for some camera time, only contesting the mid-distance sprints and KOMs and plan on dropping back, or all three.
If say Cadel Evans tried to go with the break, Movistar, Astana and Katusha would work together to shut it down. Likewise with Quintana, Rodriguez and Scarponi so they rarely try. That's what makes a guy like Vinokourov so much fun as he would go on 'suicide' attacks and even when it didn't work for him it would break up the monotony of watching the peloton just cruise for 5 hours and race for 5 minutes.
Last edited by canam73; 05-11-14 at 01:15 PM.