Theo Bos (MTN-Qhubeka) feels his form is good enough to be winning races but he just needs a little bit of luck and everything to fall into the right place. The 31-year-old Dutchman is yet to secure a victory so far this year but after a good week of racing at the Tour of Turkey, he hopes there is one lying just around the corner.
He was in the hunt on the opening two stages, which were flat, but didn’t have enough gas in the first and found himself out of position in the second. Thereafter hills started popping up at various points and he worked predominantly for his teammates.
"I’m coming out better than I was going in, so that’s good," he told Cyclingnews ahead of the final stage. "I’m really happy with the legs, they are good enough to win races, it’s just always you need the right moment, the right race, to show it.
"For me it has to be the right time, things always have to fall in place. For me it’s not like with [Mark] Cavendish, who can just go ‘ok, I win today’. For me it has to be always the right position, good legs – then I can be good."
MTN is a team that has enjoyed great growth recently, riding its first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a España last year and securing a Tour de France wildcard for this year. Bos was one of a string of signings in the off-season, one of many aiming for selection in July.
"The Tour de France, I don’t know if I’m doing it, but yeah, the most important thing is to win races first," he said."That would help.
"I’m doing [the Tour of] California next – I’m really looking forward to that race. I have just a couple of easy days at home then I fly to San Francisco… With sprinting it can change really quickly, sometimes really it’s hard but sometimes you need a little bit of luck and then you’re winning."
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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.
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