There's some level of expectation for different categories.
To see a massive crash like that in the 4s, kind of expected.
To see a massive crash like that in the pros, not really expected. If it happened we'd be watching Youtube clips of it for years. "Remember that one field sprint where 20 guys went down, I think it was the Tour, maybe the Giro?"
In the 3s I'd expect a huge crash too, not because someone swerved all over the road but because two guys were leaning on each other and hit the deck or did something idiotic like hit the fencing accelerating out of a turn.
Yes it is.
Pros have been known to ride into a parked truck in a time trial because their head was down, or crash themselves out of a sprint they were winning by riding into the barriers without any assistance to do so.
Sounds like the lady doth protest too much. Yea, the lead guy drifted. But blue-green guy was all over the road. First right, then left, then hard left to sweep the front wheel out from the guy behind.
And in the pros, they can deal with it. Stuff happens in a sprint, yes, but even the least experienced have been racing bikes for a very long time and they know how to deal with a side to side sprint. Cat 4, not so much.
Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter
The risk / reward factor in a pro making a questionable move vs an amateur also is pretty valid. Why do a bonehead move that puts others at risk when the only thing to gain from it is some ego points and maybe $20.00.
On another note, if you leadout a teammate when you blowup do you stay straight or shoot for the left side?
Any thoughts on style points for just unclipping and laying your bike down in the middle of the pack because there's a crash way way up in front of you?
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Hoods. It may not be causual but it's definitely a correlation thing. I bet on the drops it might have turned out differently.