The whole forum was saying he should retire at the end of last year and we all would have been wrong. The forum has given riders slack for injuries, sickness, depression, Covid calendar, or lack of racing kilometers resulting in poor performance and saying they will be back after better.By whose reckoning? If it were by general opinion he would have stopped 4 years ago.
Exactly, everyone had their own reasoning but everyone thought he was done. That maybe, maybe he could win something small but what’s the point, it wouldn’t add anything. He’s been written off, what 3 times? 2010, 2014-2015, and 2017-2020?To be honest, I don't think it was entirely unreasonable to think he was done for. Like the argument he had going for him would be he was literally too **** to put down to age related decline.
Everyone? A VERY big claim that!Exactly, everyone had their own reasoning but everyone thought he was done. That maybe, maybe he could win something small but what’s the point, it wouldn’t add anything. He’s been written off, what 3 times? 2010, 2014-2015, and 2017-2020?
You can not like the person but you can appreciate and respect a comeback.
The small number of people who thought he could get back to where he is now are so small as to be statistically insignificant. So yeah, effectively everyone.Everyone? A VERY big claim that!
This. He literally went from having zero luck to all of it.The small number of people who thought he could get back to where he is now are so small as to be statistically insignificant. So yeah, effectively everyone.
Equalling Merckx on top of winning the green jersey on top of winning more than one stage on top of winning any stage on top of getting to ride the Tour on top of winning any race this year on top of getting to even ride this year is the chocolate syrup all over the big bowl of ice cream to go with the cherry on top of the icing on the cake when, at the start of the year, he would've settled for a sausage roll.
“We got to the Tourmalet, which is probably my worst climb in the Tour de France. I don’t know how many times we’ve done it, ten times maybe, but even before we got to it, I despise it. I was out the back but the lads were around me and they paced me up to the finish. I’m so grateful. I got a bit emotional there crossing the line, now it seems all the obstacles have gone and I can get to Paris."
Asked about the possibility of Friday's flat stage to Libourne ending in a sprint finish so he can beat Merckx's record, Cavendish said: "I don't know... If there is a sprint, we'll try for it but it's 205km and hard. I'd like my boys to be able to sit in the peloton, they deserve it."
I saw that but they'll probably see how they feel tomorrow. I'm sure the team will rather have 7 wins instead of 6.Noncommittal about going for the sprint tomorrow, but at least he'll be guaranteed a shot at Paris now having got through the mountains. Great effort by him and the whole team.
For real? I hope for their sake this isn't tempting fate. And when I read the above comments about Cavendish being "noncommittal" about tomorrow's sprint... I also hope they don't have some sort of grand plan to win the record on the Sunday Champs Elysées stage.This morning the Isle of Man Government announced that a Mark Cavendish fan zone is being created in the Villa Marina gardens, in Douglas, in readiness for Sunday and they are inviting cyclists from all over the island to join a procession from the National Sports Centre, where Cav began racing when he was 8, from 3pm that day. It's going to be a truly special occasion.
What you on about? They have created 4 british grand tour winners. And Cav still got 3 stages and got a lead out from the yellow Jersey on the final day in Paris. How did Froome shaft Yates? They were rivals. Xenophobic nonsense.Ineos / Sky have been consistently awful for British cycling - derailed Cav's career putting him a distance 2nd to the Wiggins farce, then used Froome to shaft Yates at the Giro.
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