Valv.Piti wrote: Mr.White wrote:
Movistar not so good in Mallorca races, except Valverde. I guess Unzue will have a word with them...
Yes, they have been pretty bad. But they have also given a lot of their younger guys the chance in these races.
Anyways, does anybody know if the likes of Carretero, Arcas, Bico and Pedrero has potential to anything more than decent domestiques at best? I honestly don't really know anything about them. Sütterlin, Carapaz and Soler seems a bit more promising.
Arcas and Pedrero are domestiques. They'll be the kind of helpers Unzué likes to have, but they were 23 and 24 before turning pro and weren't super spectacular espoirs. They could well become part of the fabric of the team if they do well in their roles, but they're being brought in as part of the team's tradition of people like Lastras, Txente García and Erviti than as future stars.
Héctor Carretero is turning pro at 21 and is I think more ready than they were last year. He's a very good rider, more of an all-rounder than the likes of Soler, he won the Vuelta a Palencia finish at the Santuário del Brezo and the Clásica de Torredonjimeno which includes a bunch of the climbs around the Sierra de la Pandera (Puerto del Castillo, Puerto Viejo, Puerto de Locubín, Alto de los Frailes), so he's solid for punchy and medium-mountain terrain. The fact that they've turned him pro ahead of Sergio Samitier and been willing to let Óscar Rodríguez walk to Euskadi-Murias tells you they have pretty solid hopes for him.
Bico is coming in from outside the feeders (Carapaz, Soler, Carretero, Arcas and Pedrero all came from the team's main feeder, Lizarte) so while he's a promising rider that those of us following the Portuguese péloton have had hopes for as one of those young talents who might be able to escape the insular, troubled scene, a lot will depend on how well he is able to adapt to Movistar. He may well be sacrificed to doing a lot of the northern Classics, as seems to be something of a rite of passage for young Abarcá riders, but we should judge based on where he is in a couple of years' time. Same for Carretero really; Unzué likes to bring people into the fold early then slowly develop them, Soler was quiet in his first year save for Avenir and a couple of breakaways in the Volta a Catalunya too, but is looking more and more promising as time goes by and he develops more.