At the start of the new season I find myself at cross purposes at the first short tour. Call it enthusiasm but I decided to try for GC, polka dot jersey and green jersey as well as white jersey too?
Inevitably I run out of leadership points to attack enough very quickly. My leader has 8 leader points so at the first race my GC rider attacked for the first five attack points on 75% with a couple of points left for the climber and sprinter. As the climbing points were further down the road he failed to get anything as my GC rider and others attacked immediately as seems to be the standard tactic nowadays.
So is it really ever worth going for either points comps as the GC riders always win these in tours? And if this is true they is no point having specialists in your team I.e. Climbers and sprinters. I am increasingly coming to the conclusion the tactics should go for the GC if you think you have a chance or individual stages if not as setting a rider at 100% will destroy him for the rest of the tour but might snag a stage win.
The above is an important consideration when buying or training riders?
I'm sure you asked this question before and received the same answer. Only when you attack at the first point you have a chance of winning a race, scoring points, and do good in GC. So you need a rider for every stage, and a GC Guy (+ youngster and leader). I usually put one rider on 100% to try and win the stage and the GC man on 75% in every race, both attacking at as many points as possible. If you don't have a GC guy just attack at 100% with 2 riders if the terrain suits them.
Well, in the short tours the way to go for the jersey is to target the stage with the most sprint/mountain points, if you do well it doubles as a stage win / high jersey place. Long tours are obviously different.