Just in time for Bastille Day, Sylvain Chavanel received a new Eddy Merckx EMX-5 frame sporting France’s tricolore. From the press release by Quick-Step:
For tomorrow “le 14 Juillet“ Sylvain Chavanel has received a special gift. An EMX-5 frame with new graphics in the colours of the French flag, bearing his Nickname, “La Machine”, which perfectly describes Sylvain when he’s on the attack, that perfect style of his that doesn’t betray any sign of fatigue, even when he’s at maximum exertion. This trait, and Sylvain’s innate niceness makes him one of the most esteemed riders in the group.
One might suggest that Chavanel has been showing plenty of fatigue since the dislocation of his shoulder. He did, however, appear much more comfortable during Stage 11, even appearing at the front of the peloton. Perhaps he didn’t realize his style doesn’t allow “any sign of fatigue” until today?