Early season racing is like hors d’oeuvres being served when you’re terribly hungry. Even if they’re not that good, they are so delicious . . . at first . . . and you just pound them down. One after another, it feels as if you haven’t eaten in days. As your hungry begins to wane, there is something telling about the hors d’oeuvres that you didn’t notice before: They are really not as good as you thought. And if they’re really not that good, how’s the main course going to be?
Something is telling about Kuurne Brussels Kuurne, this year. It came with an interview after the race with Peter Sagan. The World Champion mentioned the “lack of cooperation” throughout the race. Yes, it’s true that he was in the break away in the recent Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and came in second. Did this teach a lesson to other riders and directors about working with Sagan? I am not shy and have written about my disgust with Tinkoff Saxo for their lack of support for Sagan, trying to make Contadope and Sagan appear as friends. I’m waiting for a photo spread of the two men walking on the beach together. Doesn’t this taste like something you’ve had before? Yep, Team Sky with Wiggins and Froome . . . and that played out beautifully in the 2014 Tour de France! I mean for the love of all things holy at least put some Tinkoff B-team guys to throw themselves on the funeral pyre in these early season races!
I can already see a repeat of last year: Oleg Tinkov discussing how he’s disappointed in Sagan’s performance in the Classics. Even after the Classics are over, what will happen in the big races or THE big race? Guess. Personally, I cannot wait until Sagan’s contract is over, and he signs with someone who will build a team around him. I just hate the fact that a spectacular cyclist is being wasted, as he has beg, borrow, and steal a slipstream at every turn.