VN news ticker: Patrick Lefevere compares Sam Bennett’s move to Bora to victims of domestic abuse; Thibaut Pinot confirms return to racing
Here's the news making headlines for Saturday, July 31.
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Patrick Lefevere makes ridiculous and insensitive comments in latest newspaper column
Deceuninck-Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere has made his latest inflammatory and insensitive public remarks, this time comparing a rider transfer to victims of domestic abuse.
On Saturday Lefevere wrote in his column for Het Nieuwsblad that Sam Bennett’s rumored transfer from Deceuninck-Quick-Step back to Bora-Hansgrohe is comparable to “women who return home after domestic abuse.”
The Belgian boss then insulted Bennett’s mental fortitude as a rider.
“And last but not least there is Sam Bennett. For me he’s the pinnacle of mental weakness,” Lefevere wrote. “Leaving Bora and moaning to everybody about how he was ‘bullied’ and almost broke and depressed. Only to return fourteen months later. It’s the same as women who still return home after domestic abuse.”
The cycling world was quick to condemn Lefevere’s comments on social media.
Characteristically outspoken or not, there is no other way to describe these comments and a man who makes light of women’s domestic abuse, exploits mental health and potentially endangers a rider’s wellbeing as disgraceful. This should be met with @UCI_cycling sanctions. https://t.co/IQ3cwIovbb
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) July 31, 2021
Lefevere wrote his column on mental stress.
“To me Sam Bennett is the peak of mental weakness.
Telling everyone he got bullied at Bora, that he almost was depressed and bankrupt but then return after 14 months, is like the woman who returns home after domestic abuse.” pic.twitter.com/4zx5U0qjyB
— José Been (@TourDeJose) July 31, 2021
“Hello? Yes! Yes, this is the 1980s. Could we please have Lefevere back? Yes, we heard he made it into 2021 by accident. This shouldn’t have happened without a re-programming.” https://t.co/fYmphTzDv0
— Uli Fluhme (@ulif) July 31, 2021
This is vile, but let’s face it not surprising from Lefevere. He’s already lost one major sponsor this year, wonder what QuickStep and Specialized think? https://t.co/KGtvDHls8a
— Stephen Fry (@stevefry) July 31, 2021
That last sentence, what a piece of sh*t https://t.co/5JOQNaJm4Q
— amylaurenjones (@amylaurenjones) July 31, 2021
We here at VeloNews see Lefevere’s comments as idiotic, moronic, insensitive, harmful, plus a whole list of other words that are not fit to publish.
Thibaut Pinot confirms return to racing
Thibaut Pinot has confirmed his return to racing after several months away from competition.
“Finally!” Pinot wrote on Twitter. “It’s time for the return and it will be 100 percent French. See you soon.”
Pinot stated Friday that he will next race at the Tour du Limousin, starting August 17. His provisional summer schedule includes four other small French races, wrapping up with the Tour du Doubs on September 5.
Enfin ! 🤩
-Tour du Limousin
-Tour du Poitou-Charentes
-Tour du Jura
-Tour du Doubs
C’est l’heure de la reprise et elle sera 100% française 👀
A très vite 😘 pic.twitter.com/dBTWw8tNPF
— PINOT Thibaut (@ThibautPinot) July 30, 2021
Pinot has been struggling to shake off the back injury that he sustained at last summer’s Tour de France, where he was involved in one of the many crashes on the opening stage through Nice.
The ongoing consequences led to the Groupama-FDJ captain pulling out of the 2020 Vuelta a España after two stages before abandoning his plans to race this year’s Giro d’Italia. Pinot has not raced since the late-April Tour of the Alps.
Jasper de Buyst, Brent van Moer both injured in training crashes
Lotto-Soudal duo Jasper de Buyst and Brent van Moer have been injured in separate training incidents.
Leadout man de Buyst was hit by a car while training in Andorra on Friday, breaking his rib and shoulder. The injuries will rule him out of next month’s Vuelta a España, where he would have had a key role for Caleb Ewan if the Aussie sprinter heads to Spain.
De Buyst wrote on Twitter that he was hit by a car on the opposite side of the road. He has appealed to two cyclists that he believes may have witnessed the incident in order to help track down the driver.
Got hit by a car riding on the opposite side of the road while he was passing 2 cyclists on their ascent of coll de rabassa in this corner, i was descending and got hit by the car.I am looking for the 2 cyclist who were going up the climb. So if somebody can help finding them?! pic.twitter.com/zgbBf18xYM
— Jasper De Buyst (@JasperDeBuyst) July 30, 2021
Van Moer also crashed in training earlier this week. Lotto-Soudal has stated that the Critérium du Dauphiné stage winner will need at least two weeks off the bike after fracturing his hip.
Unfortunate news for @Brentvanmoer, who crashed during training and suffered a fracture to his left hip. No surgery is needed, however an initial two-week period of rest awaits Brent, after which the medical staff will re-evaluate the recovery progress. Speedy recovery, Brent! 👊 pic.twitter.com/7m972MKmhR
— Lotto Dstny (@lotto_dstny) July 29, 2021