Patrick Lefevere in a clear column: “Apologies have been exhausted”

Patrick Lefevere in a clear column: “Apologies have been exhausted”

Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 9:37 am

Patrick Lefevere has spoken strongly in his weekly column Newspaper† The head of Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl spoke about the incident with Remco Evenepoel in Brabantse Pijli and the termination of the contracts of Zdenek Stybar and Yves Lampaert. “There’s a lot at stake,” Lefevere said.

The Belgian will start his column with the words that his team should be present in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. “Everything that has failed in recent weeks can be improved by Asgreen, Sénéchal, Lampaert and Stybar on Sunday. There is certainly a lot at stake for the latter two, as their contract is coming to an end after this season. In the meantime, everything is in shape and then the excuses are exhausted. It ‘s not a threatening language, a warning or a rumble, “Lefevere said clearly.

“We do professional sports, the one on the right below the payroll is directly related to the results. I admire and appreciate my passengers, but the contract discussion is over business. The unsuccessful season cannot be explained by an accident, a breakdown of two tires and a poorly timed fall (cold, ed.). “

“Evenepoel has not shown its best”
Last Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl had a striking moment when Evenepoel gave the British Ben Turner a boost. The Belgian was annoyed by the interruption of the work of the INEOS Grenadiers rider. “He should never have pushed Ben Turner. I understand the context and Remco was enthusiastic about his people, but even then his behavior was not allowed.

“I often hear that Evenepoel has too little controversy within the team, but on Wednesday it was the first thing I told him after the race. It’s okay, Remco. He immediately heard this from the ambulance. We shouldn’t make it bigger than it was, and Remco has apologized in the meantime, but that’s not what we stand for as a team.

On Julian Alaphilippe: “Apologies have been exhausted. Also for the world champion ”
The French Alaphilippe did not play a significant role in Brabantse Pijli. The world champion was not in the front group and eventually fell. “Under normal circumstances, he should always be in the lead in Brabantse Pijl, but he’s probably not good enough right now.”

“The best Julian won not one, but three stages in the Basque Country tour. He loses two spurs, which he should never lose. This does not mean that he will not play for the Walloon Arrow and Liège. Everyone knows how to prepare for big meetings: old-fashioned, cognitive.

“Fortunately, the season in Liège is not over, but I repeat what I started: apologies. Also to the world champion, ”says Lefevere.

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