1 unpopular pick for me with Gesbert, that was a great junior and seems in good progress, and perhaps with a chance to score a lot in the many french races suiting him well in the next years. It was the last pick and a bit with the heart and despite him also being out for 8 weeks starting the season. Had I taken Frankiny who was a obvious candidate I would have been topping the popularity ranking, but that would also have been a bit boring. Also I just held the age against Frankiny thinking that his talent will not really compare to the great u23 results this year with him being 22 already last year., so I hope his improvement wont be that explosive anymore. On the other hand I also tried to avoid most riders not having a procontract yet, despite huge talents. For instance a rider like Storer that looks like a massive talent, but that I just think will be too handicapped in the 3 year game. Same goes for other very huge talents like Lambrecht, Vanhoucke, Hindley, Padun, Riabushenko or some of the other young columbians that were all very tempting but where I doubt they will score enough within 3 years especially starting with the team-handicap and most of them also being very young. Other significant picks I skipped was the very hyped Carapaz that I simply has struggled to find the impressive enough results from (him dominating spanish amateurraces at his age, dont say that much anymore, sadly) , just as well as his teamrole on a superstrong Movistar Team will likely be a handicap, but perhaps would have been picked had I seen him ride, and I might regret this, and then ofcourse Daniel Martinez, where I just think his progress last year was too dissapointing. So in the end I decided a bit of a gamble pick instead of one of those 3. The other last spots on my team came to Dibben, that has obvious talent but where the Sky-team is a handicap, but now he got the chance anyway (propably because of his recent Malorca result), and to Planckaert, where one can always hope he will improve enough to get a Van Asbroeck/Theuns kind of season in a couple of years, but where I suppose its more likely he will not. But at least he will for sure have the chance.
Seing the teams now, Im surpriced I missed that Paolo Simion was eligable likely just expecting him to be over 200 when going trough the cq-ranking, without checking. Im glad only 2 teams has him included as he should be quite a good pick.