- If Peter Sagan is going for the green jersey but the yellow jersey is the real the “bragging rights prize” for the tour, why is he the top paid cyclist in the world (and arguably the best in the world)? Wouldn’t that be previous years yellow jersey (vs. Sagan’s history of winning the green)?
Being the top paid athlete is different than winning the most recent race. Bernal has really had one good year of cycling. Sagan has a career of success.
Patrick Mahomes won the NFL MVP, the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl MVP before he became the highest paid player in the NFL. If Bernal repeats the accomplishments of 2019 for several years then he will be paid but even then, his personality doesn’t scream global superstar and will likely never reach Sagan’s status in earnings and will almost certainly not in endorsements.
Nairo Quintana only lacks the Tour de France from his impressive resume of Grand Tours and barely cracks the top 10 in earnings. Quintana is not much of a brand ambassador and doesn’t influence people to buy the bike he’s riding like Sagan can.
- I heard the announcers referring to him as the team leader, but again wouldn’t the leader be going for the yellow jersey? Yet today, Lennard Kaemna (his team) took the stage win today and its clear Sagan isn’t even attempting that.
You are only focused on one race but there are many races within the race. Winning a stage is great for sponsors which is why Caleb Ewan is very well paid even though you can argue he doesn’t even belong in the race as a grand tour rider. He’s almost 5 hours behind the leaders and ranks 152nd out of 154 riders in the GC. But he’s won 2 stages and almost won a 3rd. So we will continue to hear his name which is good for sponsors and winning stages matters. It’s not just about yellow or Ewan wouldn’t even be there.
- I understand that each stage awards points for the green jersey ranging from 20 to 50 pts depending on the type of stage (flats, mountains, etc.), but is it for a sub segment of the stage or the full stage? The announcers don’t really explain that. I don’t regularly see Sagan sprinting at the finish at the end of stages that are worth 50 pts.
He’s hours from the front of the race in the GC so you have to be there to contest the finish.
- Sagan is about 45 pts back from Bennett so far. It seems that Sagan has work cut out for him. What are his chances (ignoring a crash from Bennett, etc.)?
Without the penalty he wins but he got the penalty so that doesn’t matter. I don’t see how he can pull it off as he’s not in the same form as in prior years.