No really they aren't. They are good but to compare them with someone like Cavendish is like comparing Quintana with pantani or messi with maradona. They might be arguments that they are better, more goals, born in altitude, not using epo. But anyone comparing them sees the difference it's that spark that maradona used to ignite Argentina, that fighting spirit in pantani. For cav the difference is easy just look at him sprint it is/was perfection. No need to add anything else. Maybe cippo or marteans won more stages Giro or whatever but they didn't have the spark that light that makes GOAT.Mr.White said:No, he is not. Cippo is better, and also Freddy Maertensblackcat said:thehog said:'I need 27 riders in my lead out train to win, I can't be expected to win with 8"
Hog, but this is not correct.
I think his first season, when he had the tete-a-tete with Greipel on T-Mobile, he went to one of the races in Belgium, that leads into Harelbeke, I think it was Dreidaagse de Panne, he is only 20, he could have been 21, and he has no support, a decimated bunch of about 12 are the remainder of the peel from the peloton, and he is fighting for the wheels on the messy finish over the last 400 metres, and going thru a maze of riders like Robbie Mcewen would. And Cav won. I think he won on account of the fact Francesco Chicchi was undergeared, for some reason Chicchi had it in a 12 or something, and could not wind up a big enough gear. Chicchi was underrated for his speed, I think there was a Paris Tours where Chicchi came second or something, but on the finish he was doing 2 to 1, on everyone, if it was mano-a-mano he would have won by a dozen lengths. Petacchi said he was quicker than Allessandro, in training Chicchi would win, Petacchi could not beat him. But Chicchi was not a sprinter, he could not win. Cav is a sprinter, he wins, and his terminal velocity is unpeered.
Also, the sprint in 2009 San Remo when he beat Heinrich Haussler, he had not help on the Via Roma, he came from way back, that with Robbie McEwen's London stage 1 TdF sprint in 2007 is the best ever sprint I have seen.
Cav never needed a leadout train. He was just as skilful at navigating a sprint as McEwen. Cav is also the fairest sprinter i have seen, he never came off his line. (ok, you can give me two or three examples, and the crash by HH).
I will say it again. Cav is GOAT