You missed my entire point. I’m not talking about as a rider, I’m talking about ways in which they won a sprint in a bunch. I’m a Cipo fan, but it was rarer to see Cipo win outside of his comfort zone in a bunch finish. Cipollini sprinting was like watching a Diesel engine going at full speed. It was rare to see him pull some McEwan type maneuver. Cavendish had the obvious power, but he was (in his prime) a more agile sprinter.Considering you would not have seen much of Cipo except from at the Tour and that was really only from 95 onwards when he was already 28, I fail to see how you can make a judgement on his versatility. For a start Cipo won Ghent-Wevelgem 3 times, once from a break, Cav never even came close which already puts Cipo ahead? Cipo did not have a train in his early career either, for example when he beat Abdu 3 times at the Giro in 91, he was on the same team as the overall Winner, Franco Chioccioli. There was no train. When Cav was at SKY for one season, he moaned and whinged about not having a train. Cipo only really had the train from 95 onwards.
Cavendish didn't go head to head with Petacchi until 2010 when he was 36 FFS. McEwen and Zabel were even older at that time. Those same guys were all in their late 20s/early 30s when Cipo retired. The point is right through Cipos career, there was always another top level sprinter around. From Van Poppel, Abdu, Nelissen in the first half of his career to Zabel, Steels, McEwen, Petacchi later in his career. None of them were in their mid to late 30s when they went against Cipo, there was never a lull in which Cipo did not have a worthy rival unlike Cav 08-11. It is debatable whether Cav was even the best sprinter in the World 2012-17. Think Kittel would have a good shout for No 1. Cipo was the top sprinter of the 90s, period.
If you think Cav was better, fine, but I highly doubt you are working off the same level of evidence for both.
I don't think there was ever any doubt that Sam would be riding the Tour. Cav would have had to do a lot to sneak into that selection, and winning some stages in Turkey was never going to cut it.Let's see and wait how he reacts what Don Leffe just said: Fannypacker put his foot straight and Greipel ftw next day, so it's Sam thank you very much
just watched it, he was the fastest yesterday. looking good
A win today would have been awesome but the cookie crumbled the other way. He is getting better and better.
Ballsy to go to Belgium to earn a Tour spot.
If Cav performs well and/or the knee injury keeps Bennett out of the Tour, Cav might have rode himself into a spot. Something most would think was improbable at the beginning of the year.
Tour looking increasingly likely for Cav
I mean guy is set for life (financially), last year he was considering or almost retired, already had his farewell and so on. And now he has opportunity to ride TDF and fight for stage wins with team like no other. And he wants more money to ride it? Yea love for cycling.yeah it sounds like the salary is the issue, and i think that can be resolved if pat thinks cav is good enough, which he seems to be
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