22nd to 13th place: Bennett is still weak, Sagan is very stable

RSNplusSprinter Power Ranking / August 8

Peter Sagan (Total Power) | Photo: Cor Vos

08/08/2022 | (rsn) – A lot has happened since the last power ranking of sprinters, which we created at the end of June before the Tour de France. The eventual winner, Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) had to give up, but the successful runner in the Tour de France went to the top.

Places 22 to 13 (Final Power Rankings in Brackets):

22. (4th) Mark Cavendish (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl)

The summer certainly didn’t go the way the British had imagined. At first he was not nominated for the Tour de France and in the Tour of Poland in early August he was unable to keep up with the fastest men in the field. While his colleagues were struggling for victory in the sprint, the 37-year-old Cavendish had to settle for eighth and tenth in the first two days before he ended the race prematurely.

___STEADY_PAYWALL___ 22. (10th) Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

Although he started without a running train, the expectations of the Tour de France were high. But Ewan just followed the competition and only finished in the top ten in two stages. 9th and 8th positions in stages 3 and 21 were not what the Australian and his team expected from the tour. A brutal fall didn’t make matters any easier.

21. (-) Kaden Groves (Bike Exchange – Jayco)

The Australian had a free ride on the Tour of Poland and was unable to top his performance. In the end there is a seventh and tenth place in the stage. It certainly wasn’t the path the 23-year-old Groves had hoped for.

Sam Bennett (Bora – hansgrohe) continues to live up to expectations and is far from his best. | Photo: Cor Vos

20. (23.) Sam Bennett (Bora – hansgrohe)

In Poland, the Irishman tried to ride out his disappointment of missing the Tour de France. But like in the previous mission, things don’t go well for Bennett. In the end there is only the fifth place in the 2nd stage.

19. (-) Nikias Arndt (DSM)

The man from Cologne benefited from a mass crash in the final when he placed third on stage five of the Tour of Poland. However, in direct comparison, Arndt left some famous sprinters behind. Especially after he was surprisingly not nominated for the tour, a podium place should do well for the 30-year-old.

18. (-) Max Kanter (Movistar)

The 24-year-old is a prime example of consistency in the Tour of Poland run. In all four mass meetings, Kanter finished in the top ten, but the Cottbus resident was denied the podium of the day. Two fourth places are his best results at the Tour de Pologne.

17. (-) Jordi Meeus (Bora – Hansgrohe)

The Belgian stole the show from his team-mate Bennett on the tour of Poland. The 24-year-old was third at the start and then second. However, Meeus will have to wait for his first win of the season. Meeus also broke his collarbone in the fall during the time trial.

Max Kanter (Movistar) showed consistent performance, especially in the Tour of Poland. | Photo: Cor Vos

16. (-) Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo)

The Belgian is more of a classical specialist than a classical runner. But at the end of the Tour de France, Stuyven was among the fastest men in the field and finished in an interesting fourth position for the final round on the Champs Élysées. In doing so, he left behind strong rivals such as Peter Sagan, Danny van Poppel and Caleb Ewan.

15th (11th) Alberto Dainese (DSM)

After his Giro stage win, DSM also took the Italian on tour. That Dainese will achieve new success, no need to expect the first launch. However, the 24-year-old showed what he is capable of and on the third to last day in Cahors he finished a very good third. In the first week, Dainese also finished in the top ten again.

14th (12th) Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert)

The Norwegians have certainly hoped for the Tour de France. But the competition is only strong for now 35 years. Fourth place in the first week in Calais and third place at the end of the Champs Élysées are the best results for the four-time Tour stage winner.

13 (17th) Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies)

The slightly upward trend continues in the Tour de France. Sagan has finished in the top six times in France. However, the Slovak did not make it onto either podium, the two fourth places being Sagan’s best result.

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