Originally Posted by Jurassic
I would have thought that Cyril is the one rider that any team looking for success would be mad not to sign should the opportunity arise. I know there are the arguments that he has been lucky to win Dakar on occasions but you make your own luck to a great extent and his consistency and speed (when required) are there for all to see. When you talk about winning packages he is the winning rider package with the right back up. There may be more likable riders out there but I don't think there are currently any more capable (I suspect Coma is roughly as capable).
I agree. Among the hardcore enthusiasts, he doesn't have the greatest reputation, but I am not convinced it is completely earned. By most accounts, he's a really nice guy to deal with but like any top line racer, I suspect, he's crazy competitive. Not many multi-time champions in any discipline have been touted as the best to deal with. You are right though, I think any team would be crazy not to want Despres.