Originally Posted by Dear Wiggo
I knew someone would pipe up with this. Jokequim's point was Cavendish rode the track but did no good coz even though he's a top roadie sprinter, track riders are as or more elite. Did you miss that?
But both points are missing the point: it was a team race, and you're very much dependent on the other rider as a team. Cavendish missed out because Wiggins rode poorly, NOT because trackies are as good as or better than roadies.
I also think you'll find it's more Wiggins partied hard post-medal winning IP rides. I don't think Cavendish is that dumb that he'd be upset at Wiggins if it was justifiable to ride a couple of IPs and then have nothing left in the tank.
Makes even more of a mockery for Wiggins' 2012 season if that really was the reason.
Hold on, Wiggo. The basic point is whether or not 'track cyclists' are some lesser breed than roadies - presumably so that Wiggins IP domination can be dismissed as evidence of future road potential.
After all, why would anyone with any talent ride track, when all the money is on the road, right?
Except, aside from the olympics, Cavendish was a two time track world champion - 2005,2008 - he won a commonwealth games track scratch, and a European track scratch (u-23?) in between - Cavendish rode track as his main thing for years - and can we accept that Cav is pretty good at his road job?
The question is then, what are talents like cavendish, and Matt Goss and Taylor Phinney doing wasting their time and earning potential on the track?