SirLes said:Much has been made of Cav's train but that has been a recent development. IE when it became obvious he was the best sprinter by far so it became Columbia's duty to chase breaks etc and he had earned the right to have one.
Prior to that it was his incredible kick and ability to read situations that caught the eye. He seemed an absolute natural and although he may not have been quite at McEwen's best level at that point, he was only 23 and way ahead of McEwen at the same age.
Unless something drastic happens to Cav in a sprint I've seen no evidence recently to suggest that McEwen can beat him. If Cav does have an off day it will be someone else who beats him.
Part of me wishes he did have more rivals but then after years of watching, it's nice to finally see a Brit winning!
Yeah, it's akin to the whole "Contador is a climber who learned to time trial" line. I remember him winning races by just appearing at the finish line, with no team and no warning. (Just like McEwan, actually...)
EDIT: And by "him" I mean Cav. Sorry for any confusion.