- Aug 16, 2011
Echoes said:Very serious.
So far, Paris-Roubaix aside, he's only been a domestique. Even a domestique for Cavendish in Milan-Sanremo while he normally should be a better climber.
I've been following Stybar since his 2005 9th spot at the Giro delle Regioni, which was the best thing he could've done on the road as a U23, and more closely since 2007 in the prairies and I can safely say that he can be a decent roadie but not a big star as he can be in cyclocross. Niels Albert has more ability for the road. Boom too.
And I'm fed up with all this 'bad luck' matter. He could easily have avoided this spectator if he were still fresh. De Vlaeminck has always said "In Paris-Roubaix, crashes and punctures are not bad luck, it's a matter of clear-mindedness".
His missing a turn a bit further (he, the cyclocrosser !) and that he lost much time on a short distance shows that he was burnt out. It's crystal clear.
He showed today he can be a contender in the big races. sure he might be able to get more success in cross, but the success that could come with cross in nowhere near as prestigious as that which would come with road.
And just because he was tired at the end of the Hell of the North/Queen of the Classics/Paris-Freaking-Roubaix doesn't mean he can't be a contender for the win there in the future. He's still relatively young and there is plenty of room for him to improve on today's performance.