The Sam Bennett Discussion Thread

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It could actually be that Bennett was not well-liked in the team? Lefevere is boorish, but he's not stupid.
I have no idea how well liked Bennett is in the team.

But my remark was a totally general one, I think the atmosphere in the team is extremely competitive and although there are certainly a few friendships I don't think it's a team which really stands out in terms of "the atmosphere in the team is so nice". What was that about the peeing on the clothes of team-members?
Usually everyone knows that they will have to work for team-mates and that they will get their own chances and support in return, that's why the team usually works - the Evenepoel - Almeida case is not really typical for them. It's a "do as I please, give your all and bring results for the team, otherwise you're out"-leadership, which you can respect, but it's not like they are all dancing around merrily together in the meadows.
 
Also compare Bennett’s in-play reaction to Pöstlberger going clear on the first stage of the 2017-Giro (shouting go-go-go! on the radio) to Jakobsen’s strop towards Senechal in the Vuelta.
 
It could actually be that Bennett was not well-liked in the team? Lefevere is boorish, but he's not stupid.
A few days after Lefevere first blasted Bennett, Morkov renewed his contract. In the past the likes of Gaviria and Viviani brought lead out guys with them as top sprinters tend to do.
I thought that was quite an interesting development as who wouldn’t want Morkov?
 
It's funny reading stuff like this guys posts.... the cycling equivalent of stumbling into a QANON message board... Imagine following the whole story and just selectively ignoring Pat's slandering his rider for months in the media.
It’s excellent stuff. Bennett failed in 2019, which he demonstrated by winning 11 WT races plus a couple of others. And his sport level in 2021 was low, which he demonstrated by winning 70% of all bunch sprints he contested before his injury. Hardcore quickstep fans really are a different breed.
 
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It's funny reading stuff like this guys posts.... the cycling equivalent of stumbling into a QANON message board... Imagine following the whole story and just selectively ignoring Pat's slandering his rider for months in the media.
I don't know if it's the same guy or not but the Sam Bennett thread on an Irish general news forum had someone rattling on completely derailing the thread with very similar language.
It's nonsense and not an argument even worth having
 
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First man to lose touch with the peleton of little over 5 mins of riding on the EC...

I'm guessing he's just riding this race to make sure Lefevere can't cut his paycheck.
 
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First man to lose touch with the peleton of little over 5 mins of riding on the EC...

I'm guessing he's just riding this race to make sure Lefevere can't cut his paycheck.
But why would that stop his paycheck from being cut? He isn't racing for DQS but Ireland.

Especially since PL was complaining they don't want to race him as he is unfit and refuses to do their training data. Being dropped 5 minutes into the race doesn't help his notion.

Edit: Though he is back in the peloton as of a minute ago.
 
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A few days after Lefevere first blasted Bennett, Morkov renewed his contract. In the past the likes of Gaviria and Viviani brought lead out guys with them as top sprinters tend to do.
I thought that was quite an interesting development as who wouldn’t want Morkov?
They got Richeze especially for Gaviria. And Sabatini being an Italian just like Viviani surely did help. Morkov on the other hand joined the team 2 years prior to Bennett and rode for basically everyone on their roster. Jakobsen, Hodeg, Viviani, Gaviria, you name it. He never had any special connection to Bennett to be honest. Very different from Richeze who worked solely for Gaviria and nobody else.
 

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