It’s the UCI’s points system that’s ruining everything. Teams think about finishing sixth or ninth instead of playing to win but maybe finishing tenth. They say the race radios are killing off panache, but the points system does just that. You play it defensive.
Those are the words of Quick Step’s Frenchman Jérôme Pineau in an interview with Ouest France. He’s often ready with firm view and you could say he’s having a rant because he lost out… but I think he’s got a point. And he argues it in greater detail in the full interview.
Without wanting to stir up the radio debate too much again, I think it’s true that riders can bank on finishing in, say, seventh place rather than throwing caution to the wind in order to try and get a win. Many of us want to see riders trying “do or die” efforts but the rewards on offer for cracking the top-10 mean many hold back and are happy to take the greater chance placing instead of a rare win.
A final point to note is that he tends to advance bold views when he’s in form, look for him to perform in the Giro just as he did last year.