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Wow, he really said that? What an a$$hole. Boonen is the greatest cobbled rider of all times. No one will ever come close to his dominance.
what did Horner drink anyway.
You mean qualifying for the Olympics? That wouldn't be too much of a surprise, the rules and regulations are all over the place and there's all kinds of loopholes and exceptions.hardly matters, mathieu isnt going to win anyway. Placing himself for the olympics would already be a surprise tbh. I don't expect him to do well at all after 2 years hardly MTB + probably spent from the rr
I think the Olympic XCO course is on a landfill. The biggest hill they could find near Paris, but probably still not a super hard and climby race. So that should suit MVDP as well.i wish he focusses on the olympics RR to be honest. Bigger chance of winning on that course
Horner places way too much emphasis on team aspects and as long as Van Aert is on dom duty for GC winners he’ll continue to rate him above his actual palmares.what did Horner drink anyway.
And even the Belgian press is starting to acknowledge Mathieu might just be more talented than Van Aert (at least in the classics department). Yes van Aert is more allround. But VDP scores the big classic monuments + WC wins
VDP has no gc talent to work for in his team. He still helped Philipsen to a lot of wins this year. That doesn't count to Horner?Horner places way too much emphasis on team aspects and as long as Van Aert is on dom duty for GC winners he’ll continue to rate him above his actual palmares.
Sure, he's going to jeopardise his Olympic qualification to win the respect of some disgruntled riders and fans.This is great opportunity for VdP to turn down the grid boost, win a lot of respect from the mtb fraternity, fans and still get a top ten spot. He’s in the shape of his life!
Such a strange decision by the UCI. An absolutely tiny % of people will be more motivated to watch the race because MVDP has been 'illegally' given a better start position. Are they hoping that more people will follow the sport if he wins? Which will be completely overshadowed by the subsequent controversy.UCI Cross Country riders representatives statement following
Communiqué n°18 (Elite Start Order)
It's great to have big names from different disciplines in our sport and we can't wait to race
But we are really not happy how the UCI is treating our discipline by changing rules
regarding start position one day before the race.
The point at this time is not whether or not the rule being applied is fair, unfair or suitable -
this is a topic for another day. The concern is the way and timing that UCI has applied and
enforced this rule. And the consequences that follow for individual riders and teams with
Olympic games quota positions likely to be impacted. At this moment it's not only about
contesting the World Championships, but the Olympic start positions that are being fought
for along side.
It is evident that UCI has contradicted itself in the application of the rule. Hours out from the
start of the World Championships is not time to selectively look for rules and we express our
deep disappointment and frustration with this situation caused by the UCI.
UCI riders representatives Rebecca McCONNELL Maxime MAROTTE
Nino SCHURTER, Jolanda NEFF, Jordan SARROU, Loana LECOMTE, Lars FORSTER,
Haley BATTEN, Alan HATHERLY, Sina FREI, Henrique AVANCINI, Alessandra KELLER,
Mathias FLÜCKIGER, Linda INDERGAND, Titouan CAROD, Anne TERPSTRA, Ondrej
CINK, Emeline DETILLEUX, Martin VIDAURRE KOSSMANN, Léna GERAULT, Thomas
GRIOT, Janika LÕIV, Bartlomiej WAWAK, Anton COOPER, Thomas LITSCHER, Jens
SCHUERMANS, Pierre DE FROIDMONT, Sebastian FINI CARSTENSEN, Luca
SCHWARZBAUER, Joshua DUBAU, Victor KORETZKY…
I mean, I am sure you've seen what WvA and MvdP have done to the cyclocross crowds...I may be in the minority here since I don't care about MTB but yeah, it seems like a solid move to make perhaps the biggest superstar in cycling not at the very back of the group.Such a strange decision by the UCI. An absolutely tiny % of people will be more motivated to watch the race because MVDP has been 'illegally' given a better start position. Are they hoping that more people will follow the sport if he wins? Which will be completely overshadowed by the subsequent controversy.
It was MVDP's decision to abandon MTB after the Olympics, and I doubt he's that happy about this ruling either?