'Sprinters are being forced into extinction': Riders and directors have their say on lack of Vuelta sprint stages

The 2017 Vuelta a España featured only four real chances for the the sprinters through the three weeks

Matteo Trentin wins the sprint finish on stage four of the Vuelta a España (Luis Angel Gomez/PHOTOGOMEZSPORT)

(Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/PHOTOGOMEZSPORT)

The Grand Tour trend to include more mountains and fewer sprints – like the 2017 Vuelta a España with its nine summit finishes is forcing sprinters to change their style and into extinction like the dinosaurs.

In the Vuelta a España's 21 stages, only four or perhaps five, suit sprinters. The rest, besides the two time trials, suit climbers or mixed mountain stages for escapes.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.