Originally Posted by gustienordic
Where is Manfredi riding next year? I haven't been able to figure out his team. Also, Shalounov, the Russian on Lokosphinx should have made the jump this year. He won a race this year and was a trainee for RSNT in 2011. He's better than Arndt or Seldig, or any other of Katusha's youngsters.
Shalunov did a few impressive rides in Spain, although calling him the biggest talent in Russia might be too much.
He didn't finish the Volta Portugal and Giro Padania, , it is possible that he's got an injury or illness.
Wouter Wippert is a good example of a rider with good results while riding as a trainee for Lotto, but whose pro ambitions were brought to an end by a broken kneecap. Next year he'll ride for 3M(continental level), despite that his U23 WC result was impressive considering the amount of work he did. He also beat Guarnieri in the GP Zottegem for 3rd spot.