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Old 12-07-12, 01:03
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Iljo Kiesse has no equal on the boards and he is rapidly becoming a force on the road too. he has more potential than anyone mentioned so far
Can we talk about potential at 30 years of age?
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He won a lot of fans in the Tour of Turkey, and IMHO he showed great strength and fortitude in how he won.
Including me. He also showed a lot a concentration on that stage. Looking forward to seeing this guy next year. Although, I'm not sure if he's the illusive 3rd man of Belgian Cycling. I think it's the guy who ended up 3rd (as fate would have it) in 2012 Giro.
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Why do you think that? Apart from six day racing, he didn't proof that much?
I say it half because I love watching him race, and think the Gent 6 is the most important (and best) race of the year, but also because he has a really good sprint and he knows how to suffer hard at the end of a long race. of course he will never be a stage race threat, but realistically, neither are the other '3rd' men of Belgian cycling.
history will also show that he will have more rainbow jerseys, world's podiums, and probably overall victories than anyone else mentioned so far
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Until now he has 0 Rainbow Jerseys, and I don't see him changing that. He's 3 years older than GVA, 4 years than De Gendt, and even 6 years older than Vanmarcke.

He has the same age as Philippe Gilbert! And you're talking about potential?
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I say it half because I love watching him race, and think the Gent 6 is the most important (and best) race of the year, but also because he has a really good sprint and he knows how to suffer hard at the end of a long race. of course he will never be a stage race threat, but realistically, neither are the other '3rd' men of Belgian cycling.
history will also show that he will have more rainbow jerseys, world's podiums, and probably overall victories than anyone else mentioned so far
Well, then...
What tells you that?
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Old 12-08-12, 13:49
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Until now he has 0 Rainbow Jerseys, and I don't see him changing that. He's 3 years older than GVA, 4 years than De Gendt, and even 6 years older than Vanmarcke.

He has the same age as Philippe Gilbert! And you're talking about potential?
I can see Iljo win a rainbow jersey on the track
How many seasons did Keisse ride on the road?
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I can see Iljo win a rainbow jersey on the track
How many seasons did Keisse ride on the road?
Apparently Keisse was already 3rd in KBK 2007, so I doubt if he can still progress on the road. He should be a valuable part of the classics team, but you can't realistically expect more.
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Old 12-08-12, 16:32
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potential at 30 years of age is definately possible
erik dekker took until 30y to win really big things

rodriguez a bit earlier but also still late in his career the jump from subtop to star...
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Currently i'd go with De Gendt.
Vanmarcke and GVA both have the potential to be monument winners though.

If you take career-wise out of those who are still active, will have to go with Devolder for his two lucky Ronde wins.
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Devolders wins in the Ronde weren't lucky, they were smart and tactical. It's not like there is a dozen riders who could have easily pulled off the same, had they been Boonen's teammate.

And I think we all know where Dekker got his sudden potential at 30.

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