Contador was a gifted stage to Rujano away of also having won in 6 different countries.I've counted five countries for Cipollini, but I may have missed one. He's also won two GT stages which started in the Netherlands, but finished somewhere else.
Giro: Italy, Germany, Luxembourg
Robbie McEwen has six.
Giro: Italy, France, Belgium
Tour: France, Luxembourg, England, Belgium, Germany
Greipel is also on six.
Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Belgium.
He’s just an older rider while the team has a young rider that has won the most this year to build around. It is as easy as that.Cav not being in the Tour is a shame. I haven't followed this season results much but didn't he just win a sprint stage? If he just won a stage doesn't it show he's still got enough motor to win a Tour stage? I'm all up for the conspiracy theories. How bout the organizers don't want him breaking the record? Think they put pressure on the team to leave Cav off?
Cav is also not getting paid the same amount as Froome with the team not having much to build around for their future. Cav could absolutely win in the first week but he doesn’t seem to have the endurance anymore as the race goes on. But they have many quality riders to pick from. Full Quickstep roster rider per rider > Israel."Nothing" is ever just that, if It were that simple, Froome would not be going to the Tour.
You'd think the sponsors would be wanting the media attention surrounding Cav. I still dont get this decision when you've got an all-time great who can still win stagers sitting on the sidelines. I'm still hoping something changes and he gets put in at the last minute. If thats even possible?He was on the podium in Paris last year and won Green and finished Giro, so endurance isn't an issue imo. Nobody knowns how Jakobsen's endurance is, he's never race Le Tour yet, or how he'll cope with the pressure, but, I think it's correct he should be given the opportunity as on paper, he's had a slight better spring, even though I think Cavendinsh the more-likely winner and bigger story for the sport itself.
Not endurance that he won’t finish the race. Endurance that he will be competitive at the end. Obviously last year he got boxed in and they didn’t compete in any other one since week 2. But he’s older and with the Giro, Demare was getting the better of him. I’d love for him to go and it would be HUGE press if he won(which I think he can) but there is the blow back on Jakobsen that he could become miffed.He was on the podium in Paris last year and won Green and finished Giro, so endurance isn't an issue imo. Nobody knowns how Jakobsen's endurance is, he's never race Le Tour yet, or how he'll cope with the pressure, but, I think it's correct he should be given the opportunity as on paper, he's had a slight better spring, even though I think Cavendinsh the more-likely winner and bigger story for the sport itself.
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