Maarten & Bavo have a similar relationship: "See a lot of Jehovah's and middle fingers"

Maarten Vangramberen and Bavo Mortier have been separated for a while in Australia. Bavo is in Sydney for the first match of the Belgian Cats at the World Cup, Maarten continues to follow the riders. Fortunately, they can still exchange wild stories about middle fingers and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Bavo traveled from Wollongong to Sydney to follow the first match of the Belgian Cats. “It’s a huge room,” he says. “It can accommodate 15,000 people and that is very impressive.”

Do the Cats come in between their matches to cheer for the riders? “No. There was talk for a while, but their schedule is too busy. It’s an hour and 40 minutes drive anyway, so it’s not ideal for focus.”

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Maarten Vangramberen meanwhile went to the press conferences in Wollongong. “There I met the smartest rider in the world: Jade Linthoudt. She rides for our country with the juniors. She is 18 and she is starting her third year of medicine. She skipped two years in primary school.”

“She now combines cycling with medicine. She can also explain it incredibly well. Very cool.”

“I also spoke with Jasper Stuyven and Pieter Serry and they said that many Australians raise their middle finger when they are cycling.”

“There are hardly any bike lanes here, so cars all have to stay behind the riders in a long column. And besides, hthere is still a bit of one macho culture from the 70s.”

“It is really dangerous for riders from countries where they drive on the right. We just met an American and we had to honk and flash our lights, otherwise he would be under our hood.”

“The riders drive everywhere here. I hold my breath. I also see teams, such as Norway, driving on the highway, that’s allowed here.”

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What Maarten also noticed is the lack of fans on the side. “Today there were almost none, but there are always many Jehovah’s Witnesses present. They have positions everywhere.”

“They are fanatics. They have also spoken to me to say that I had to change my life. So for now there are more Jehovah’s Witnesses than onlookers, but I hope it will be different this weekend.”

Source: Sporza

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