It's not like it would be impossible to write a decent story if Jakobsen was to win a Tour stage, lol...
Yeah, I dream of stories of Fabio raising his arms after winning, whereas Dylan Groenewegen stands at the side of the road with three kms to go, crying like MAL when Lopez lost contact to the leading group…It's not like it would be impossible to write a decent story if Jakobsen was to win a Tour stage, lol...
Cavs leadouts were really bad at the Giro.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.
Maybe but more likely how popular would it be in Belgium for Patrick to facilitate Cav's breaking of the record? Eddy's influence aside and, if the Remco thread is any indication it does appear that Belgians hold their icons dear. Cav is and never has been the most popular sprinter except in the UK.Years ago, Quick-Step rode on Eddy Merckx bikes (around 2011?)…
I could imagine Eddy and Lefevere are good friends, and after the Tour 2021, where Cav failed to win his 35th record-breaking Tour stage in Paris, Eddy thought about it. Then, in the time since July 2021, Eddy contacted Patrick: „You know, I thought about it. I actually do not want Cav to get this record. I feel better if it stays as it is, and Cav and me both stay at 34 stage wins. Lefevere, you will do everything possible to hinder Mark from winning another Tour stage. You will make him ride for QS until his career is finished, and you will never again include him in your Tour line-up. Understand? Otherwise, I‘ll make a few people talk to Sporza and Het Nieuwsblad, and make them tell them how you REALLY have been running your teams, for the last 30 or 40 years… Think about it, Patrick!“…
Agreed. But national pride gets in the way of things occasionally.Records are meant to be broken and, in any case, it is like comparing apples to oranges between 34 wins by Merckx and 34 wins by Cav, a multiple GC winner vs. a sprinter. It would thus be rather peurile if Patrick in the interests of Belgium were comploting against Cav just to maintain the Cannible's heritage, which should not be demeaned by one iota were Cav to numerically surpass him in this and only this regard.
Sounds like the old dog is caught between a rock and a hard place.Agreed. But national pride gets in the way of things occasionally.
Looks like Cav aggressively made a Nat Champ statement. Patrick now has to make the next move.....not get the best possible exposure for Quickstep and risk all with Jakobsen?
I think that’s a little unfair. A no. of pros both conti and semi pros riding , but generally think that’s irrelevant anyway.Against amateurs
Didn't have a live broadcast, but from what I read they were mostly under 23s, but that's not the point. If he wins a race in a break like that it can only be for a weak field and thus says nothing about the Tour.Can't agree mate, did you watch the race?, have looked at the start list?
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