Or it's bragging. "Look at me, I'm so good that even when I feel bad I can squish you with my left leg, you puny other cyclists."
I think Bennett, Morkov and Quickstep would all be utterly mad to part ways next season. Even if Morkov is getting on, and Bennett won’t be a spring chicken next year either, they show no signs of slowing down right now.It might also have something to do with him being out of contract next year and not wanting to be screwed over if Bennett goes to another team and doesn't take him with him, like he experienced with Kristoff in 2017. He shouldn't be in any kind of trouble this time though, but it may be his last (big) contract, so it's understandable if he wants it to be as lucrative as possible.
Reis is still a WTF performance considering he had 2 race days before Algarve started.Bear in mind that this race usually takes place in February. Quite a few riders will simply be in better form when they get here than they usually are as they're a good way into their seasons.