The image is from yesterday’s Paris-Nice. With 1.7km to go, the HTC-Highroad sprint train is trying to set the pace and race leader Thomas de Gendt interrupts things with an impulsive late attack. In less than 90 seconds’ time Sky’s Greg Henderson will win the stage. But look closely and HTC-Highroad’s Matt Goss is having a drink.
I don’t know about you but when I get near the finish, it’s too late to drink and besides adrenalin and tension take over, the last thing I’m thinking about is a sip of water, especially if someone’s trying to barge me off a wheel. It’s a tiny but remarkable moment of calm by Goss. By contrast the last time I remember seeing a bottle in a sprint finish… was in 1997 when Tom Steels threw one at Fréd Moncassin.
Good on ya, Greg
Greg Henderson won a stage of Paris-Nice last year on the opening Monday. He repeated this with the win yesterday in Amilly, taking the sprint finish with a powerful display. His background on the track seemed evident as he sprinted for the line, you could see him holding a straight line on the bike, his back relatively stable as he kept clear of rivals in the last 250 metres. “Hendy” has offered to auction off his green jersey to help victims of the recent Christchurch earthquake in his homeland of New Zealand, a nice gesture.