It’s Friday on the live blog and Ryan Mallon is here to drag you into the weekend like half of the Paris-Nice peloton Cyclists in Bristol (licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 by Sam Saunders on Flickr) I bet Trek-Segafredo’s PR people just love Quinn Simmons.
After his compatriots Brandon McNulty and Matteo Jorgenson finished first and third on yesterday’s stage of Paris-Nice (with Simmons himself taking the KOM jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico), everyone’s favourite bike racing Trumper – sorry Chloé – compared the latest generation of American riders to… US Postal.
“The last time we had Americans riding at this level was with Postal,” the 20-year-old said to Cyclingnews (link is external) after stage four of Tirreno.
“It’s good news about McNulty’s win, he’s had a great season so far, it’s his third win. Magnus Sheffield has won too, Neilson (Powless) won San Sebastian last year, too.”
I’m sure those riders will be chuffed to be compared to the pioneering role models Lance, Tyler, Floyd and George…
Though, as a proud supporter of The Donald, perhaps picking role models isn’t Simmons’ strong suit.
Also – though I’m not saying Quinn has read the USADA report cover to cover – just like when George Bennett infamously described Chris Froome’s epic ride at the 2018 Giro as “doing a Landis”, any time a rider compares themselves or others to that murky era in the peloton, eyebrows will certainly be raised. Let’s spare a thought for that lost generation of American bike riders, trapped in limbo between the hedonistic Postal […]