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Cancellara’s Classics Column: Jumbo-Visma make everyone look like muppets

Cancellara's Classics Column: Jumbo-Visma make everyone look like muppets

Cyclingnews is delighted to welcome a new columnist for the 2022 Spring Classics: Fabian Cancellara . During a glittering career, the Swiss rider won the…

Saturday, Mar 26

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Cyclingnews is delighted to welcome a new columnist for the 2022 Spring Classics: Fabian Cancellara . During a glittering career, the Swiss rider won the biggest one-day races, often multiple times over, and will be bringing his insights, expertise, and analysis to Cyclingnews’ coverage over the next few weeks. First up, he casts his eye over Friday’s E3 Saxo Bank Classic .

The E3 Saxo Bank Classic was the Jumbo-Visma show . The sponsor is a chain of supermarkets in Holland and it was like the team going into their local store, strolling down the aisle, and placing bottles of champagne into their basket. They made their opponents look like muppets.

I watched the race from my home in Switzerland and it was interesting until a certain point, but then it turned into something else. It wasn’t necessarily boring, but in the end I was just thinking ‘right, OK’. It was just a matter of waiting until Van Aert and Laporte crossed the line , and then seeing what was going on at the back. A battle for third place is never really an exciting battle.

It’s not Jumbo-Visma’s responsibility to make the race interesting, however; it’s down to the other teams to make a race of it.

Credit has to go to Ineos, in that respect. They were one of the only other teams to impress me. Of course, they missed the first move on the Taaienberg but I thought the way they closed the gap and then launched their leaders […]

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