Cue close shot of Thor Hushord ‘sprinting’ with Pettachi on his wheel. Phil Liggett asks the question ‘is he going to pull off a big surprise?’, er no Phil, as Cav flies past them looking like he’s in a different race.
Cav wins his first classic by a couple of centimetres from Henrich Haussler at the end of the Milan Sam Remo. Out of a group of 40 or so riders, Cav sprints alone to track down and pass Haussler in the finishing straight after 298km of racing.
THere’s always been an unproved accusation that Cav is successful because of his fantastic lead-out train. Oh really?
Ok, we featured this recently in the five best sprinters feature. But it’s worth looking at again, it is simply the greatest sprint of all time. The only reason it doesn’t make number one is it wasn’t for the World Road Race jersey. It was only for a stage in the tour. A simply astonishing, torpedo like finish.
Had to be, didn’t it. The statement of intent, the pressure, the team work, the finish. The result.