Allright, Ill start up just saying that I am a huge fan of Edvald Boasson Hagen. For me he is the ultimate fighter, and do-it all, and I've written this from that angle!
I bet I wasn't the only one who chewed on my own shoe when Sky dropped all their riders except Lövkvist to help Cavendish. I mean - anyone who has ever ridden a bike in their life could see that Cav was as done as a potato.
EBH is a rider that can beat the worlds best sprinters, he can put the hammer down on the cobbles, put in world class ITT performances, and hell - he can even climb as he showed in Critérium du Dauphiné where Basso (yes you read right) told Eddy he almost "killed him" in the mountains.
The problem (sorry) is that he is on a british team that has a star line up in Cavendish, Wiggo, Thomas etc. Who will get priority in the big races? Well, we've seen the result of that.
So while Edvald says he "felt good" and Cav had a terrible day, cav gets five riders. EBH got one. And even though I think Lövkvist is a splendid rider, he is no master at navigating the peleton.
However, that isn't the first time.If anyone remember Tour de France last year in Liseux Edvald got one man again - Geraint Thomas (what a splendid lead out, though)and he won, yet again. In Volta ao Algarve this year Edvald was allowed to sprint, alone of course. He still won though. When he got the chance in Tirreno-Adriatico he got one man again. He won, of course.
I just think its time for Sky to put some faith into the young Norwegian who seems to spring a "surprise" everytime he wins. A littlebit unfair if you ask me for a man that ranked #11 in the world last year.
So; Team Sky, will he forever be the "good" #2 man, or will he earn a spot among the actual captains (not the, we'll say you are a captain, and pat you on the head for the effort afterwards). Perhaps Sky Professional Racing would actually win a classic or two. I wonder if they have the balls.
Perhaps its better all together for EBH to leave team sky for a team that will actually ride for him WHEN he has a chance. I don't think any rider expects to be the captain all the time (I hope), but come on. This is just tragic to watch.