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Old 10-05-14, 09:08 AM
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Il Lombardia [spoiler]

What the hell happened in the final km in the Giro Il Lombardia?

In the last kms, there is a leading group of Gilbert, Valverde, Sanchez, Aru and several other heavy hitters.

At 1 k to go, the leading group seems to let up, they are coasting, it might be a slight descent but still.

The winner has been lurking at the back, at 500 m he bursts past the leaders, with a huge speed delta, and they all watch him go.

The fast guys don't open up their own sprint until 300 m, it is as if the guy out in front doesn't exist.
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Nobody wanted to be the first to take up the pursuit and were waiting and hoping someone else would go so they could get in their slipstream and take the win on the line. Seen it happen before.

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His uncle won a world champs with exactly the same move. And he's a better finisher than his uncle ever was.
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Crazy. I can see that wait-and-watch at 2 km or 1 km, but at 500 m? Gilbert looked right, saw Martin coming by, he should have jumped, tried to get on Martin's wheel, get a 200 m lead out then sprint. If someone else jumps and gets on his (Gilbert's) wheel, then they are both being led out by Martin. For Gilbert you can substitute Valverde, etc. The group doesn't start chasing for 200 m or so, until Martin is starting the last turn, by then they knew they were racing for second.
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Crazy. I can see that wait-and-watch at 2 km or 1 km, but at 500 m? Gilbert looked right, saw Martin coming by, he should have jumped, tried to get on Martin's wheel, get a 200 m lead out then sprint. If someone else jumps and gets on his (Gilbert's) wheel, then they are both being led out by Martin. For Gilbert you can substitute Valverde, etc. The group doesn't start chasing for 200 m or so, until Martin is starting the last turn, by then they knew they were racing for second.
Yes Gilbert should have gone with Martin but he was caught by surprise and hesitated, fatal. Classic move, hang on the back of a medium sized group, wait for the favourites to start marking each other then sprint wide and give it everything.
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It was a bit like Terpstra's win at Roubaix, except closer in; once he had a gap nobody wanted to chase because they'd just be setting up another rider for the sprint.
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just watched the replay. the bunch really got caught flat-footed, no? It's curious - As one who can't resist the bait for every town line sprint, even when I know I am out of position or am outclassed, it seems surprising that their reflexes didn't kick in - someone went by going fast, with the line just around the next bend - it's time to hit the gas!
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When someone goes by that fast you have no chance to catch them unless you saw them initiate their acceleration. If you try and go when you see them come by you just give someone else a lead-out and chances are you'll finish off worse than if you wait for the bunch sprint.
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What Charly said. Martin was sitting at the back of a group of heavy hitters and strong finishers who were all looking at Sanchez, Gilbert, Purito, Costa or Valverde to be the one to attack. Unless they had happened to be looking at Martin at the time that he jumped, nobody was going to be ready for it. The cameraman wasn't even ready for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDZcyAkLS8&t=300

Sanchez leads the group into the 2nd-to-last straight and sits up. Gilbert is on the right of the road, looking to his left at Valverde, then Martin goes on his right. When Gilbert notices he's moved, he and Valverde look at each other, and neither of them do anything. Nobody else in the group had a prayer.

Bit of a screw-up by the 2 BMC riders really. If Sanchez had kept the head down through to the final corner, Gilbert might've had a chance to come off someone's wheel in the last straight.
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