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Niels Albert, left, reckons Sven Nys was probably the better man on the day. Or does he?
“Sven was the strongest today. That’s how it works in a race. The best would win today on a course like this and that was Sven today.”
Seemingly innocuous, but on closer inspection potentially loaded with HIDDEN MEANING, wouldn't you say? It all depends on the stress given to specific words, or the judicious placement of a comma or full stop.
The quote in question comes from the gracious mouth of Niels Albert, "First Runner Up" and defending champion at last weekend's Belgian National Cyclocross Championship. Second is going to hurt at the best of times, but at the BNCXC, that most Cyclocross of Cyclocross events, the pain must have been close to unbearable.
And this without any podium placer compelled by the organisers to get a commemorative tattoo!
That he delivered himself so magnanimously of the preceding gem is a tribute to his sportsmanship and self-control.
We feel, however, that when the light catches it in a certain way, there is more information to absorb than merely that which is communicated upon a reader's initial inspection.
We therefore invite visitors of the Brooks Blog to take -
Sven was the strongest today. That’s how it works in a race. The best would win today on a course like this and that was Sven today.
- as a base text, and embellish it with italics, full stops, capital letters, brackets, stage directions or anything else which comes to mind in order that the full potency of Mr Albert's congratulations can be realised.
Sven was the strongest today? That’s how it works in (makes invisible speech marks with fingers) a race? The best (points at self) would win today on a course like this. And that was (eyes narrow, fake laughter) SVEN today? (shakes head energetically)
Of course, usually the only winners in Cyclocross are vendors of high pressure hose machines, but if you take a go at tweaking Mr Albert's kind words (as always, in the Comments Section below) we may have something special for the Second Best Entry.
So get going!Cyclocross-Congratulatory-Quote-Altering Enthusiasts en route to their laptops.
...Before the race Albert hinted that Nys’ reported back problems would not have been serious. Nys had earlier criticized some riders for not taking part in the cross in Leuven due to minor illnesses, but after the race Albert paid tribute to Nys' medical team. “I’ve never said that I doubted his injuries. I’ve also had something in my back when picking up a stupid plastic bag. Credit to his team for getting him back in shape so fast because that’s not easy,” Albert said.