Patrick Lefevere, staff boss of Deceuninck-Quickstep, pictured in 2019.
Deceuninck-Quickstep staff boss Patrick Lefevere has taken extra pictures at his personal riders in his newest column, this time giving voice to views that appear all of the extra insensitive within the present local weather.
“I’ve by no means had mentally unstable riders in my staff, however there have been positively ‘particular ones’,” Lefevere wrote in his Het Nieuwsblad column. “Rémi Cavagna shouldn’t be a nervous man – his pastime is fishing – however generally stress will get to him. Some individuals say that Remco Evenepoel can’t deal with a motorbike, however at first, Rémi was afraid to take a bottle and even elevate his arms when he received. It’s all between the ears. Tim Declercq is a very clever man, however he ‘choked’ when he has to trip for himself.”
After these weird descriptions, Lefevere then turned to Sam Bennett who has been topic to his boss’s wrath repeatedly in current months. Earlier than the Tour de France, the Belgian advised Sporza that he doubted the seriousness of his sprinter’s damage: “I can’t show he doesn’t have knee ache, however I’m beginning to assume increasingly that it’s extra concern of failure than simply ache.”
On this week’s column, Lefevere has used his alternative to talk to the biking world to make a deeply insensitive comparability to victims of home abuse.
“And final however not least there’s Sam Bennett. For me he’s the head of psychological weak point,” Lefevere wrote. “Leaving Bora and moaning to everyone about how he was ‘bullied’ and virtually broke and depressed. Solely to return fourteen months later. It’s the identical as ladies who nonetheless return house after home abuse.”
Although his return to Bora-Hansgrohe is all however confirmed, Sam Bennett hasn’t been heard from since earlier than the Tour de France, and at this level it’s unclear when he’ll subsequent pin on a quantity. One factor’s for positive, we received’t get to see him on the Vuelta a España.