Training with the pros: Lucy Garner on sprinting

Tips from the top courtesy of double world junior champion

The kick is so important. But like I said, everyone is so different. Mark Cavendish, for example, has a great kick so he can really do that but other sprinters don’t have that kick and instead have almost a second kick.

They start off much slower but then have a second punch that can really get them that win.
I’m more like the Mark Cavendish-type in that I will look to get the power down, as much as possible, and then kick and accelerate to the line.

Garner believes she is of the Mark Cavendish mould of sprinter – getting her power down as much as possible before launching her sprint with a big kick (pic: Tim de Waele/OPQS)

Kirsten Wild is obviously a really good sprinter, and at the moment the best around. So learning from her has been very important for me.

It’s more how she is after the race and analyses the race. That’s the point where she’s like, ‘this is how I need to improve and this is how the team the need to improve’ and also she says how she is going to approach a sprint pre-stage.

That’s important for me, not just in knowing how I’m going to go but where I will go, and where I would like the girls to lead me up to.

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