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    WVA takes the final stage win to seal the overall at the Tour of Britain.
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    I wouldn't bet against Wout in PR this year. Without van der Poel's crash in the Olympics then I might lean towards Mathieu but provided he has a little luck, Wout has all the tools in his arsenal.

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    Between WVA's hernia issues in the spring and MvdP's Olympic crash, this hasn't been the year to see these two riders in best form compete. Maybe next year we'll have a fair showdown.

    We live in charmed times to see such a rivalry...
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    Lefevere certainly knows all about dysfunctional marriages...


    Lefevere: Mark Cavendish thinks it's time to cash in again | Cycling News
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    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    Lefevere certainly knows all about dysfunctional marriages...


    Lefevere: Mark Cavendish thinks it's time to cash in again | Cycling News
    I don’t know the nuances of language and how these nuances translate to English. But Lefeve seems to have a super passive aggressive thing going on and constantly undercuts and damns his riders with faint praise in the media. Contracts shouldn’t be negotiated in the media. Cavendish had a banner year and deserves another bite at the apple in my view. Doesn’t mean he needs a 3-year deal but certainly an extension at a fair wage is in order. He brings value and wins to the table.
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    Lefevere is a bully. I can't understand why there aren't more riders or the rider's union speaking out against him. He should be removed from this sport.
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    Cavendish is a big boy. He'll be alright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Cavendish is a big boy. He'll be alright.
    Are you defending Lefevere? The issue isn’t Cavendish. It’s Lefevere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Are you defending Lefevere? The issue isn’t Cavendish. It’s Lefevere.
    No, not defending Lefevere. Lefevere is feeling squeezed so he's yakking. Cavendish is smart & knows how much press-value he brought to QuickStep this season. He isn't going to sign something that doesn't reflect that value, even if Lefevere thinks Cavendish should be grateful and accept whatever gets put on the table. I guarantee there is some aspect of performance-based incentives that Lefevere wants and Cavendish doesn't. Lefevere probably only wants to pay if Cavendish wins, and Cavendish probably wants more money guaranteed based on his value as a press-magnet. Doesn't matter what Lefevere says. Is he going to write a contract Cavendish will sign or not? That's all that matters.
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    What makes me sick is seeing Lefevere say in the medias things that are supposed to be medical secrets without anyone in the medias, audience and sponsors questionning that. Also part of the responsibility is on the team doctor and nobody says anything about that. I am mostly referring to the Bennet's case. I am not especially defending Bennett has he may also have acted unprofessionnally but that do not exempt Lefevere from abiding to the laws and stay respectful and profesional.
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    Lefevere seems to run his team like a company town, acting insulted when anyone questions his self-defined generosity.

    It's time for him to move on and author a column full of cranky comments about modern athletes.
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    I think Cavendish should have retired. He was extremely lucky to have be in the team he was in, have its allotted sprinter out with injury and then have Ewen crash. These things combined helped him on his way to stage wins. He probably should go out while the going is good. During the TdF Mark Renshaw said words to the effect that Cavendish wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't a professional athlete, which is a bit of a worry.

    Lefevere probably should be shown the door. His use of the media to run commentary on his own riders is generally in poor taste. But, presumably he owns the shelf company to which the sponsors provide their money, so showing him the door is unlikely to be an easy exercise.

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