Missing the Tour de France with an injury must be a tough day in the office… made worse if your boss then publicly laughs at how he thinks you are faking it. That was the sad situation Sam Bennett faced last night after Patrick Lefevere told Sporza he thinks the Irishman is afraid of failure… a way of hitting a man when he’s down, Patrick.
“When Bennett called to say he was injured and needed care and rest, we already felt he was not going to be ready for the Tour,” said team boss Deceuninck. -Quick-Step. “Three days before the Tour of Belgium, he hit his knee against his handlebars. He didn’t tell us anything about it. When he arrived, we sent him home. Then it was a game. yes-no: to train or not to train?
“I can’t prove that he doesn’t have a pain in his knee, but I’m starting to think more and more that it’s more about the fear of failure than just the pain. if that would say a lot about him, after all I did for him. I even paid fine advances to pay his fine in Bora. If you treat me like that, that says a lot. not exclude it.
Bennett says his absence is due to a “really minor” knee injury and it’s best for him to focus on other goals later in the season. Irish legend Sean Kelly then defended his compatriot …
“There are rumors going around that maybe Sam didn’t want to go on the Tour and with the pressure and stuff, but I don’t agree with any suggestion that goes in that direction,” he said. he told Cyclingnews.
“After his performances last year on the Tour, he has proven this year that he can win against the fastest men. Lefevere himself has said that Sam will not be a Quick-Step rider next year. Patrick is disappointed with this and I think Lefevere is just getting Sam back a little bit with it. It’s nothing new for managers when a big rider goes and they can’t hold him back. These comments are meant for get some revenge on the runner. This is nothing new. “