What’s the right amount of sprint stages?

After a cold winter, we all look forward to the first proper hot day. We might even get bored of waiting and jump on a plane to our favourite coast. And then – when we do get some real sun – we all know someone who will declare: ‘This too hot, far too hot’.

Do we even know what we want anymore? Do we like bunch sprints as much as we thought? We’ve all been waiting for a sprint showdown of the calibre provided by this year’s Tour; are we really already bored? Maybe you can have too much of a good thing.

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Winners of the 2017 Pro Cycling Season

Let’s celebrate this season’s winners. First, a recap of the rules: there are no spaces for superstars such as Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Chris Froome. This is a list for riders who did the unexpected or smashed their way to the top of the sport.

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The World Championship Road Race In Seven Key Moments

Peter Sagan delivered for the second time in as many years at the season’s big finale. The result followed a nasty switch in wind direction and a front group that tore apart the peloton. Just as in 2015, Sagan kept a low profile throughout the race but this time used his formidable kick to defeat his remaining rivals in a reduced sprint. He can also count fantastic support from his two countrymen and a stuttered launch by Mark Cavendish among contributing factors. Here’s seven key moments from Qatar.

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