They certainly didn't interfere with anything either.Kazistuta said:
Yeah cycling is funny for that... like, when someone is going for GC and works in a break with someone who is not in GC, more often than not they'll give them the stage, depending on the level of the race. The craziest high-level example I remember was actually Valverde gifting a stage to Szmyzd (I can't remember how to spell his name) in the 2009 (or 2008 maybe?) Dauphine, where Szmyzd cracked on the climb with 300m to go so Valv just slowed up to almost a stop to let him win. Szmyzd called him a 'great champion' for letting him win, and that's par for the course for cycling. LuisLe has already helped Valv in Valenciana where he took the stage and overall, so it's quid pro quo I guess. I gues it's much better to let LuisLe have the last km to himself in front than to hang on and sit up in the sprint. So I get it. But it's weird, because it's a sporting event, so it's basically match fixing.GuyIncognito said:That was a really really blatant intentional loss by Valverde. Not as blatant as Uran at the 2012 Olympics, but still very blatant.
Not that any money changed hands this time, of course. This win would mean nothing to Valverde but means the world to his close friend Luisle, hence the gift.
Eritrea doesn't have family names, but rather has a patronymic naming convention. So Debesay is (presumably) the personal name of their father. They might both be from Asmara, but Asmara is the capital and largest city of Eritrea, so both of them having a father with the same name and being born in Asmara doesn't really make for a high chance of both of them being related.BalearicBeats said:African Continental Championships: The men ITT has been won by Debesay, the women ITT has been won by Debesay. Does anyone know if they are related? That would be pretty cool!