Tour of Flanders. The Lefevere sour grapes preview.
One of the exciting tensions, the impending drama, of the Tour of Flanders, is what will Patrick Lefevere do if one of his Etixx-Quickstep boys don’t win the race.
Big embarrassment if the Belgian classics powerhouse fails to deliver in the Ronde even without their super-star Tom Boonen.
The fact is, Lefevere has turned into a real crabby pants sore loser of late. When Sky’s Ian Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the red-faced Lefevere bitched about the Englishman sitting on Niki Terpstra’s wheel for forty kilometers.
When his man Kwiatkowski had to settle for fourth place in Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Lefevere took a cheap shot at third place finisher Dylan Van Baarle of Cannondale-Garmin and then went even further, with a petty remark directed at the team DS. “You know who the sports director is? It’s Andreas Klier and he never won a race in his life. And we’ve seen why,” said Lefevere. ” I know he was looking at the world champion but how can you win a race if you’re not reacting?”
So what happens when the stakes shoot up 1000% and all of Belgian is watching what Etixx-Quickstep does — the good, the bad, the off the podium. What happens when hundreds of drunks fans start throwing beer at Lefevere hiding in his team car? What happens when the assembled media descend on Lefevere with their microphones and cameras and pointed questions about his teams’ epic collapse?
Well,iIt’s not going to be pretty. He’ll bluster, rage, froth at mouth, urinate in public, lash out, spew invective, and mostly, throw the blame on anyone not wearing a sweaty Etixx-Quickstep jersey.
Peter Sagan wins? “That goddamn Slovak was sucking wheels all day. He’s no champion and never will be?”
Geraint Thomas wins? “Sky did nothing in this race, they didn’t take their responsibilities. It’s a sad day.”
Alexander Kristoff wins? “The Russians did nothing to cover the breaks. Terpstra did all the work and Kristoff pretends his tired. It makes me want to puke.”
Sep Vanmarcke wins? “How many times did he refuse to pull? I hope he’s proud of himself. cheating his way to victory. He’s not a quarter of the man Stybar is. I don’t don’t how he lives with himself.”
John Degenkolb wins? “Where was he all race? I’ll tell you — hiding like a man with no balls in his pants. Why doesn’t he just wear a wig? He won the race like a women.”
Greg Van Avermaet wins? “Don’t even speak to me of this man. An ugly opportunist and nothing more. I don’t hire riders like that. He waits and waits like a little school boy that needs permission from his mother to wipe his ass.”
Yes, it could get pretty nasty out there in the Tour of Flanders. Here’s hoping one of Lefevere’s riders comes through with the big win. Or there will be Hell to pay.