Did I not say just a few weeks back that Chavanel would be critical to QuickStep’s classics campaign? A Frenchman off the front means a fresh Steegmans to close the gap to Stannard, and a clean launch pad for Boonen to finish the job.
“Niki is Niki. He is an incredibly strong rider. In the World Championships he rode the others off his wheel; he could have been World champion. I didn’t know him, but now during the training camps I must say that he is a great guy.”