NewsWire: Merckx, others on De Gendt; Gilbert still with work to do; free Olympics viewing

Merckx, Sportwereld weigh in on De Gendt; free Olympic road race viewing recommendations; Wegelius thanks Garmin co-workers for Hesjedal's Giro title; Gilbert comes up short

Editor’s Note: The Giro has ended and our daily NewsWire is back. We bring you a collection of the intriguing stories from newspapers, journals and elsewhere around the world of competitive cycling. Pour your coffee, mute your phone and read on.

Wegelius: The difference between winning and losing — Cycling Weekly

In his Giro d’Italia blog, Garmin-Barracuda director Charly Wegelius describes the narrow differences, and the teamwork behind them, that put Ryder Hesjedal into the Giro d’Italia’s pink jersey in Milan on Sunday.

“Personally, I think that a big part of the final 16-second gap can be found somewhere else. It is in the people. I strongly believe that good people in the right jobs are what make the difference.”

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Top five Olympic road race alternative viewing spots — Cycling Weekly

With tickets for the cycling events at the London Olympics on sale Tuesday, the Cycling Weekly edit team lists its top free locations to view the Box Hill road races. Among them: Richmond Park, Hampton Court and Kingston Bridge.

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Eddy Merckx: De Gendt could win the Tour de France — Het Nieuwsblad

Eddy Merckx said that Belgian Giro d’Italia third-place Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) could one day be a threat to win the overall at the Tour de France. “The Cannibal” was among three Belgian Giro winners polled by Het Nieuwsblad on De Gendt’s late-race surge that saw him win atop the Passo dello Stelvio on Saturday and displace Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) for third on Sunday.

“Thomas De Gendt was the only one who dared. The others were mainly afraid: afraid of each other, afraid of the mountains,” said Merckx.

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A little perspective on De Gendt — Het Nieuwsblad

Paul De Keyser writes in his Sportwereld column that Thomas De Gendt discovered his destiny in the peloton over the weekend:

“This raid on the highest Dolomites changes everything for the East Fleming. The man who was looking for himself and his proper place in the peloton, has found his destiny.”

De Keyser continues:

“The Giro is no Tour. And he has found his place in the order, then he still knows his borders. Can he take on a Contador, an Evans or a best Andy Schleck when the peloton hits the Alps or Pyrenées? To do that, he has a few extra steps.”

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Gilbert still has work to do — La Derniere Heure

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) began his comeback from disappointing classics campaign at the Tour of Belgium last week, but came up short in his title defense.

Éric de Falleur writes in La Dernière Heure that: “At 150 meters from the finish line, where twelve months ago, he would have started to enjoy his umpteenth triumph, Gilbert, shortness of breath and muscles paralyzed, had to sit down in his saddle and he is overfilled, to the chagrin of his many fans who, seconds earlier saw him fly to his first win of the season.”

“The last mile was very, very hard,” said Gilbert. “We had to time it well. I attacked from afar, but I did not have the strength to hold. I was breathless. At 150 meters, I cut my effort. There was only one step for me, I had one chance and I missed it. But I’m not too disappointed…”

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