What he has done in 2017,2018, 2019 and 2020 has little relevance now, he is clearly much stronger than in any of those years.
And on the unlucky side of Elfstedenronde. What would people be saying if on top of the wins he had and luck went his way, he won the races he finished second and third in and won all but one stage at Turkey. He’d be sitting at 11 wins and I’m sure majority would be saying it’d be crazy to leave him behind. His speed has progressively gotten better the more he has raced.He just beat Merlier at BBT.
He only won it once, and it was at the heights of his powers. To think that he can do it this year, well I find it hilarious!The other thing is, that an in-form Cavendish, even without winning stages, can very well be in contention for green, especially if Sagan and Colbrelli need to do a lot of work, because their GC guys are doing well.
That he just beat Merlier, arguably the most successful sprinter this year, in a heads up sprint.
He needs another 2-3 weeks to be ready.Briton says he is sure Bennett will only go if he is 100 per cent fit and that the Irishman will do "what's best for the team"www.telegraph.co.uk
He is now training as if he is going to the Tour, I could not read beyond that as it is paywalled.
True it is laughable. Though he only has 1 from his own doing. Without shooting himself in the foot in 09 and the Hushovd point deduction debacle and 10 giving up when Petacchi went by him, he could have 3 green jerseys. Without Ferrari taking him out in the 12 Giro he would have 2 (if he stills returns or finishes the 13 Giro) Giro jerseys. Putting him at 6(5) point classification victories.He only won it once, and it was at the heights of his powers. To think that he can do it this year, well I find it hilarious!
That. People are foregetting that TDF stages are full on all the time. There is no soft pedaling till 10k from sprint finish. Some team will always have plan to work and make it hard.i think the reality check will come not in the sprints but when he is OTL in one of the mountain stages.
Maybe better for Cavendish himself also, as much as I would love to see him seriously compete in the Tour again.Seems Bennett will be going
So ends the pipe dream….Seems Bennett will be going
Poland and the Vuelta overlap in 2021 - You are having a bad two days - Vuelta is a possibility.He needs another 2-3 weeks to be ready.
Cavendish should be going to Poland and the Vuelta, if his form continues to build he certainly could take a couple of stage wins, but the TDF? Too much too soon.
Exactly! He could be the first to get double digits in all the GTs! Even easier if he didn’t get out of form in 10 as he could have won all 7 stages potentially or 11 if he didn’t get sick before withdrawing a little later.He still has some work to do to get into double digit stage wins in the Vuelta anyway.
It's a bad day when you claim that Cavendish was riding the TDS rather than the Belgium day - It also seems you didn't watch any stages from the Belgium Tour - It's a bad day when you claim 'not to be licking Cavendish's boots, especially when my post gave no opinion of whether Cavendish should ride the TDF - Effectively your posted facts are not facts at all.So they do. He's certainly worth a ride at the Vuelta but not the TDF, even if Bennett wasn't ok.
Also, how does not licking Cavendish's boots = a bad day?
Dang, it was Baloise Tour too facepalmIt's a bad day when you claim that Cavendish was riding the TDS rather than the Belgium day - It also seems you didn't watch any stages from the Belgium Tour - It's a bad day when you claim 'not to be licking Cavendish's boots, especially when my post gave no opinion of whether Cavendish should ride the TDF - Effectively your posted facts are not facts at all.
Going to the Tour is more exhausting than the Vuelta though. Going to France makes most sense if he's racing all the way to Paris; in the Vuelta he could abandon before the mountains. And media/public pressure is a lot stronger, as well as the competition. Doesn't make sense (at least as he said, maybe half jokingly, without extra pay), especially since he didn't plan his season for it to begin with.I don't understand why he'd come back if it was to not go to try and win GT stages if the miracle comeback happened.
Not to flog this dead horse for too long, but...Dang, it was Baloise Tour too facepalm
Still, yeah racing was certainly on from what I saw and Cav is moving in the right direction for sure, but it's not enough to convince me he's ready for the TDF.
And again, winning a stage of the Baloise Tour is a fair cry from winning a first week bunch sprint at the TDF.
He should certainly go to the Vuelta if he wants to though. There, fixed it for you.
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