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10 Jan 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Events, Sports Cycling

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.

For example…

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.

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. AdamMAli 
    Posted 4:01 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    Sven was the strongest today (steals a longing look at Sven’s legs, whilst a quick embrace between his own lip and tongue) That’s how it works (strokes right thigh in an up down motion, in an accepting of ones one limitation sort of way) in a race. The best (face softens to reveal a professional humility and admiration) would win (forlorn grimace, of an opportunity missed) today, on a course like this (points to the landscape) and that was Sven (smiles) today.

  2. Jeremy Work 
    Posted 4:07 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    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?

  3. Tim Johns 
    Posted 4:08 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    “Damn, I forgot my gloves with spikes……ahhh,,,,get that handlebar end plug out of my ear!” “Back off dude”

  4. Tim Johns 
    Posted 4:10 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    “Damn, I should of worn my gloves with spikes in them….and dude back off and get that handlebar end out of my ear!”

  5. John Findley 
    Posted 5:19 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    Sven was the strongest today?! (Jaw hits floor, then descends into Laughing Policeman laughter) That’s how it works in a race?! (Looks to person providing these opinions and mouths ‘b******s’) The best (strikes Atlas-esque bicep popping pose) would win today on a course like this…and that was Sven today? (tone of voice increases from 0 to incredulous. Proceeds to beat person providing opinions soundly with a stick pump to show him the error of his ways. Walks away and pushes an autograph hunter over to make himself feel better.)

  6. snake on a plane 
    Posted 6:37 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    Sven was the “strongest” (points at sven) today, that’s how it works. In a RACE, the “best” would win. Today! On a course, like?
    (Speaking English as a second language) This and that (as in “Meh”) was Sven today.

  7. TomMayBe 
    Posted 7:05 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    “Sven” was the strongest today (does robot actions and points at Sven).
    [in robot-style voice] That’s how it works in a race.
    The best (robot actions again) would win today on a course like this and that was Sven today (mimes flicking a switch and moving arms really fast to symbolise cycling like a machine)

  8. Ali Hunt 
    Posted 9:20 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    (Slowly) Sven (questioningly) was the strongest today (looks down and to the left for 4.5 seconds). (Quickly) That’s how it works in a (pause) race. The best (eyes widen, nose twitches) would win today (blinks twice) on a course like this (coughs) and that was (Stutter) Sven today.

  9. Katie O'Shea 
    Posted 9:53 pm
    10 Jan 2012

    Sven was the strongest … today. That’s how it works in a race (snorts, rolls eyes). The best (holds hands down with fingers outstretched, gesturing towards his legs) would win today on a course like this (holds up a photo of a different course), … and that … was Sven. Today. (Jiggles eyebrows to indicate that tomorrow the story will be different.)

  10. David Epstein 
    Posted 3:10 pm
    11 Jan 2012

    “Sven(‘s schnapps, in his special bottle) [slurring] was the strongest today (with a bouquet like a reindeer-herder’s armpit). That’s (the sort of thing that can remove paint without rubbing, not to speak of the brain damage. And that’s) how it works in a race (-a chemical blast that leaves anyone behind you a shuddering wreck for two weeks.) The best would (normally) win today on a course like this (but a couple of ounces of that rotgut changes everything) and that (stuff that he pounds all winter, every winter) was (what powered crazy) Sven to (his drunken) victory today(, just as it does whenever he pours that concoction down his sorry gullet, if he can get off the ground and remove the screw top).”