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Old 05-18-15, 11:50 AM
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Points Competition Design Strategy

It seems to me the locations of point sprint lines are frequently not very well thought out. If the strategy is to get sprinters to go for the points jersey then why do they put the lines in places where breakaways are likely? Guys going for points don't go in breakaways and guys in breakaways just ignore the points - that's real exciting to see a break roll across the line as if it weren't there. If the strategy is to get breakaways to form by mixing up the flow of the race, then the intermediate spots should be early and weighted heavily. What are these course designers thinking? It almost seems like they give the matter no thought at all.

What's the best strategy for placement of these point sprints? How should intermediate points be weighted relative to finish line points? How would you do it if your objective were to have an exciting competition for the points classification?
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