Because he's Flemish. Not saying it's a good reason, but it's probably the most accurate. If he wins he's the local hero.auscyclefan94 said:Well, Devolder can't really target PR as that is Boonen's race. Why doesn't Devolder have a go at some one week tour's like Eneco tour, Tour of poland or tirenno and some other one day races like L-b-l.
I don't think anyone needs to pay attention to, or worry about Pharma-Lotto (Gilbert excepted)Lefevere said:Whilst the performance of another Belgian ProTour squad, Omega Pharma-Lotto, is again under the spotlight, Lefevere said that contrary to popular opinion, the team doesn't pay particular attention to beating its countrymen during races.
Devolder has won it twice already and Boonen is looking like a good pick this year? Why is Lefevre having a public go at them now, surely this should be an internal thing before the races, then blast them later?Michele said:Funny?
De Ronde is their n°1 race, the one they wait the whole year (much more than worlds) and if a Flemmish win it it's very normal to get he would become a local hero.
No, you simply don't understand.auscyclefan94 said:Belgians are funny people......
I do think he has a point now. He signed Keisse to reinforce his classics team, not to have a fulltime track rider. I don't know if a rider has to obey the federation when he's selected. In football e.g. this is the case: if a player rejects the invitation of the national team, he cannot play for his own team until the game of the national team is over. I think he even risks an extra suspension. So if the player/rider gets hurt being on duty for the national federation while being paid by his own team, I can imagine that a team manager doesn't like that and will take action to get some kind of compensation for that.Kazistuta said:Typical Lefevre style lashing out in every direction... If you can't handle the risk in employing a track rider, then don't sign him, it's as easy as that!
I admit the Cornu/Keisse injuries has been very unfortunate, but that might as well have happened during road training.
Lefevre could always demand what "his" riders should do.... after all HE'S their employer.
Weylandts turned pro at the age of 20. Being fast he had some decent results back then. He's been an example of a young, flashy & trendy riders that the press realy diggs; a kind of Beckham on wheels. However over the few years he was unable to improve (due to injuries) as expected: missing the top speed to win bunch sprints and lacking endurance and power to do well in the cobbled classics. If you win Nokere and finish 3rd in Wevelgem at the age of 23, he should have been a worthy alternative for Boonen within Quick Step by now. I bet he has a nice contract at Quick Step (most likely n° 4 on the wage list behind Boonen, Devolder & Chavanel) but he fails to deliver so far, hence the frustration of LefevereKazistuta said:I guess he's justifiably a little dissappointed in Devolder, as most of us. Haven't really heard Weylandts apparent "mouth overflow" though, any Belgians care to clarify if this statement is true?
Honestly, my boss may ask me to come to work on Christmas and Newyear, but there is NO WAY i'll be working the day of the Ronde. Given the fact she's French, I already know she will never understand.Dekker_Tifosi said:No, you simply don't understand.
For the Flemish people, the Ronde van Vlaanderen is more important than any other race, maybe even the Tour. The importance of the race is huge, really huge.
Ha... very true. These are his latest comments.maikel said:He is really underperforming this year, and I don't see him win de ronde this year because Pozzato isn't the only one next to boonen who is in superform. And his form now is nowhere the level what it was next year. I thought he claimed he would try LBL this year also, but I don't give him much chance, there are even more competetors than in the flemish ronde.
He himself claimed in Belgian and dutch newspapers that he was okay and in fine form, but he almost always say that
These things often come up in the Belgian press. The cyclocross season is a goldmine if you like 'public aggro', but there are small incidents, big incidents and snide remarks in the newspapers all year round.L'arriviste said:I sort of think cycling (at least in the English language rendition of it) is too quiet anyway. I'm all for a bit of this kind of public aggro, provided that it isn't dumbed down to the level of Contador vs Armstrong style personality politics.
Too right! And I loved the segment Sporza did while we were waiting for them to fix the technical 'itch with the live pictures at Gent Wevelgem. Controversial editions of the race. Lovely bit of public rowing going on there. Didn't understand much but there was one with a stripling Merckx and another with Vanderaeden and Planckaert. And Zabel's disagreement with a big horse.Jonathan said:These things often come up in the Belgian press. The cyclocross season is a goldmine if you like 'public aggro', but there are small incidents, big incidents and snide remarks in the newspapers all year round.
Next week in TV-show 'De Flandriens':TRDean said:I love it!! He is spot on with both riders!! My guess is that neither will be with the team when their current contracts are up...And there is no way Boonen plays second fiddle in the Ronde to a rider who has done absolutely nothing this season...can't wait to see!!