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03 Nov 2017 22:58

Lachlan Morton finished in the top 5 of major North American stage races at 18 with junior gearing. His time away from the top was his own choice.

Brendan Canty was mixing it up with the likes of Nibali and others in Oman in only his second full year of racing after changing from distance running.

Will Clarke has been a solid domestique for years, on many teams.

Docker has been a reliable classics/hard man stage race dom his whole career, just don’t expect him to finish a GT

And Cameron Meyer? Really? :lol:
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05 Nov 2017 01:28

Finishing in American stage races means very little. Look at the kind of riders that "soared" there. They are all terrible. The talented Americans like Phinney pre accident didn't bother very much with these races and for good reason. Every other year some Europe WT pro comes to visit and just demolishes the pretenders there. They are loud in the media but weak in the legs.
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hazaran wrote:Finishing in American stage races means very little. Look at the kind of riders that "soared" there. They are all terrible. The talented Americans like Phinney pre accident didn't bother very much with these races and for good reason. Every other year some Europe WT pro comes to visit and just demolishes the pretenders there. They are loud in the media but weak in the legs.

At 18yo? On restricted gearing? Keep digging...
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05 Nov 2017 12:24

The first top 5 in a major North American stage race for Morton was in 2013. He was 21 riding for a pro team.
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05 Nov 2017 12:41

Yeah, that result when Morton was 18 on restricted gearing was 7th in Tour of Utah.
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05 Nov 2017 12:44

So we are using NE events now? I suppose it's true that it was one of the major races in North America then, but still.
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06 Nov 2017 08:47

roundabout wrote:So we are using NE events now? I suppose it's true that it was one of the major races in North America then, but still.

Sorry, Morton was 19 when he came 2nd at Cascade, 3rd at Gila and 6th at Langkawi. So nothing to talk about :rolleyes:
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10 Nov 2017 21:50

The Portuguese merry-go-round is particularly interesting this year with Spanish cycling looking to be on the rise again, as with both Burgos and Murias expanding, there are more options for the young Spanish riders to develop, as well as new continental level teams in Polartec-Kometa and a revamped Fundación Euskadi. However, there are expanding numbers of teams in Portugal too, featuring some familiar faces.

Cue "O Fortuna"

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Yes, they're back. They're back and they're bad. Let's see if the team actually gets to the road this time, since after the disbanding of Liberty Seguros Continental in 2009, the mooted 2011 project was abandoned at the eleventh hour. They've been sponsoring races and amateur teams ever since - there are people high up in Liberty Seguros Portugal who are big cycling fans and see it as a good way to get exposure as well despite the company having been burnt before not once but twice - the team is made up almost entirely of young prospects however, so competing on a level playing field with the likes of Gustavo César Veloso and Raúl Alarcón does not seem to be the plan at present. The other new team, Miranda-Mortagua, is similarly formed of an elevation of an existing amateur setup, strengthening itself with a couple of notable purchases from the continental ranks, including former Equipo Bolivia rider Nuno Meireles, and most notably Volta stagewinner Antônio Barbio from Efapel.

Louletano have a new sponsor, Avipuro, and have held on to their main breadwinners, Vicente García de Mateos and David de la Fuente. They've brought a couple of domestiques across and also signed Márcio Barbosa, who was a former LA-Antarte stalwart who's been out of the game for a few years at the pro level. Efapel have kept a hold of Paulinho and signed his brother too but their big coup is bringing in David Arroyo, although he seemingly has little left to give if his last couple of years at Caja Rural are anything to go by, but he's about the right age to give the Volta a good go. They have, however, lost Antônio Barbio as mentioned above.

Tavira/Sporting have dedicated most of their effort to keeping their strong three-headed leadership group together, renewing Joni Brandão, former Volta winner Alejandro Marque and the evergreen Rinaldo Nocentini. This has entailed losing GP Beiras winner Jesús Ezquerra, who has stepped up a level to race ProConti with Burgos-BH. They've also brought Nocentini a fellow Italian to talk to, signing Nicola Toffali from the German 0711 Cycling team, where he raced a bizarre calendar including German one-dayers, French semi-pro races, the Tour of Almaty and, most notably, a GC podium at the Tour of Iran-Azerbaijan; obviously anybody who can ride to the podium against the Iranian machines is ready to take on the Portuguese scene, so the thinking goes. He also has terrible hair. LA Aluminios have finally left the sport, after years of troubles with Pecol, Milaneza, Liberty Seguros and then the long-standing former Fercase team based out of Paredes that they made their own; the team becomes Vito Feirense-Blackjack and loses most of its international quotient, although it has made the interesting signing of the Moroccan Soufiane Haddi, who a couple of years ago was a very decent cyclist indeed. The biggest problem for them will be that César Fonte has moved on to join the W52 robocorps.

Boavista will be a less ridiculous team, thanks to the retirement of Rui Sousa, although João Benta is still around to keep the team visible both from a controversy and a results standpoint. Filipe Cardoso will collect placements all year round to keep the team plugging along, while Egor Silin is joined by his compatriot Yuri Trofimov, for whom visa issues derailed his tilt with Caja Rural, we will see if that can be resolved here. They've also taken on two stagiares passed over by Caja Rural as well, although both were getting to the end of their development line; Óscar Pelegrí is a pretty decent rider who has good results in the Spanish amateur scene, while Manuel Sola could be a dud; he's 25 and rode well in Portugal which was why Caja thanked him with a stagiare spot considering they have some more promising young riders in their amateur squad, but he's also currently provisionally suspended after a testosterone positive, so whether he ever turns out for Boavista will be a question in and of itself.

W52 have seen the most high profile moves in the Portuguese scene this season. They haven't been the most active in the transfer market, but the most obvious marquee news has been the departure of Amaro Antunes, to CCC Polsat-Polkowice. The other significant loss for them is Joaquim Silva, who was anonymous in the Volta but top 10 of two Spanish short stage races earlier in the season, where he caught the eye of Caja Rural's talent scouts; they're dipping their toes back into the Portuguese scene after a brief period of reluctance following their rather negative experience with Alberto Gallego, the Spaniard who tested positive two days into his ProContinental contract. César Fonte will be intended to fill the gap left by Silva but the loss of Antunes will hurt them. Nevertheless, despite his posturing about having multiple World Tour offerings, W52 successfully retained Raúl Alarcón, which suggests that he was probably bluffing; certainly a rider of his credentials and sudden impact would have inevitably led to teams at the top level to be very wary - maybe they didn't like what they saw, maybe his demands were too high for what his value was assessed at by the higher level teams, or maybe there were just more proven, stronger or younger names on the market that meant the kind of flyer needed to risk a signing like Balarcón was unnecessary. Either way, we can look forward to more of him tearing up the Iberian scene next year. César Veloso is also retained, as is 2016 Volta winner Rui Vinhas, so the team does have the last three Volta winners in its midst as well as 2011 winner Ricardo Mestre. August could be a long month for anybody in Portugal not wearing blue and white.
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10 Nov 2017 22:50

Wasn't Trofimov's visa issue the fact that when he started riding for a spanish team and when they did all the paperwork that needs to be done they realized that he had been living in Spain for years without actually having a residence permit?
I've also hard that Polartec-Kometa will sign Awet Habtom, the Eritrean guy who rode for Bike Aid and finished 75th on gc in the Giro del Trentino, his first race in Europe, when it was freezing cold and you had to deal with temperatures below zero at the start of the stage (on the day that stage 3 happened we hit -10°C durning the night, it was really cold). The guy has already ridden in Europe before, so I hope that Visa Issues shouldn't be a huge problem, the typical Volta heat should also suit him well. The language barrier could be a problem, he also doesn't speak English, that and the fact that he's hard to deal with was one of the main reasons why Bike Aid didn't resign him.

Source: https://www.bikeaid.de/en/racing/racing_article/title-talent_alone_is_not_enough_for_europe/article-59f0ca97c19cb
"Awet has enormous talent. But talent alone is not enough. Here in Europe, riders have to be able to communicate at a certain level and also to understand what is said and applied to them. Only then we as a team can do our contribution that they can use their talent. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Awet and the step to Europe might have been a bit early for him", explains Timo Schäfer
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11 Nov 2017 06:49

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Mayomaniac wrote:I've also hard that Polartec-Kometa will sign Awet Habtom, the Eritrean guy who rode for Bike Aid and finished 75th on gc in the Giro del Trentino, his first race in Europe, when it was freezing cold and you had to deal with temperatures below zero at the start of the stage (on the day that stage 3 happened we hit -10°C durning the night, it was really cold). The guy has already ridden in Europe before, so I hope that Visa Issues shouldn't be a huge problem, the typical Volta heat should also suit him well. The language barrier could be a problem, he also doesn't speak English, that and the fact that he's hard to deal with was one of the main reasons why Bike Aid didn't resign him.

Source: https://www.bikeaid.de/en/racing/racing_article/title-talent_alone_is_not_enough_for_europe/article-59f0ca97c19cb
"Awet has enormous talent. But talent alone is not enough. Here in Europe, riders have to be able to communicate at a certain level and also to understand what is said and applied to them. Only then we as a team can do our contribution that they can use their talent. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Awet and the step to Europe might have been a bit early for him", explains Timo Schäfer

Polartec-Kometa is supposed to sign an Eritrean and a Colombian, I read last week (but cannot find anymore). Your source above doesn't sound like Awet Habtom is this Eritrean. Maybe Zemenfes Solomon is?

Edit: found the source http://www.laprovinciadivarese.it/stories/Sport/la-polartec-kometa-partira-dalle-nostre-strade_1259285_11/
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Mayomaniac wrote:I've also hard that Polartec-Kometa will sign Awet Habtom, the Eritrean guy who rode for Bike Aid and finished 75th on gc in the Giro del Trentino, his first race in Europe, when it was freezing cold and you had to deal with temperatures below zero at the start of the stage (on the day that stage 3 happened we hit -10°C durning the night, it was really cold). The guy has already ridden in Europe before, so I hope that Visa Issues shouldn't be a huge problem, the typical Volta heat should also suit him well. The language barrier could be a problem, he also doesn't speak English, that and the fact that he's hard to deal with was one of the main reasons why Bike Aid didn't resign him.

Source: https://www.bikeaid.de/en/racing/racing_article/title-talent_alone_is_not_enough_for_europe/article-59f0ca97c19cb
"Awet has enormous talent. But talent alone is not enough. Here in Europe, riders have to be able to communicate at a certain level and also to understand what is said and applied to them. Only then we as a team can do our contribution that they can use their talent. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Awet and the step to Europe might have been a bit early for him", explains Timo Schäfer

Polartec-Kometa is supposed to sign an Eritrean and a Colombian, I read last week (but cannot find anymore). Your source above doesn't sound like Awet Habtom is this Eritrean. Maybe Zemenfes Solomon is?

Edit: found the source http://www.laprovinciadivarese.it/stories/Sport/la-polartec-kometa-partira-dalle-nostre-strade_1259285_11/


Polartec-Kometa rider Diego Pablo Sevilla tweeted a picture of the team during their winter meet up yesterday, before replying to his own tweet saying that two teammates were missing, and he named them as Habtom and Pena. I have no clue who Pena is, but it sounds like he may be Colombian and that would seemingly solve the missing Eritrean and Colombian rider situation. Sorry I can't provide more info, but the youngest Colombian Pena on PCS is a guy that is due to turn 26 next month, so I can't imagine it is him? Anyone more in the know have a better idea?

You can find the Tweet here at Diego's page: https://twitter.com/Diego_9604/status/928750622396047361
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JoeD1997 wrote:Polartec-Kometa rider Diego Pablo Sevilla tweeted a picture of the team during their winter meet up yesterday, before replying to his own tweet saying that two teammates were missing, and he named them as Habtom and Pena. I have no clue who Pena is, but it sounds like he may be Colombian and that would seemingly solve the missing Eritrean and Colombian rider situation. Sorry I can't provide more info, but the youngest Colombian Pena on PCS is a guy that is due to turn 26 next month, so I can't imagine it is him? Anyone more in the know have a better idea?

You can find the Tweet here at Diego's page: https://twitter.com/Diego_9604/status/928750622396047361


So it is the Eritrean that went to Europe too early.

The Colombian is supposed to be Wilson Esteban Pena, former MTBer
https://www.instagram.com/estibenpe/
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janraaskalt wrote:The Colombian is supposed to be Wilson Esteban Pena, former MTBer
https://www.instagram.com/estibenpe/


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janraaskalt wrote:
The Colombian is supposed to be Wilson Esteban Pena, former MTBer
https://www.instagram.com/estibenpe/


he's from the same town, MTB team and good friend of Egan Bernal, both guys were sponsored by Mazuera. Also junior MTB world champion, I think.

his name is really "Estiben" :/
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12 Nov 2017 17:39

Does anyone know what Eros Capecchi is up to next year? According to PCS he has no contract for next year and I could not find any news about him. In the article(s) that he signed for QS last year it was stated as a one year deal only ...
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14 Nov 2017 20:15

So Caja signed Mauricio Moreira, the uruguayan rider who rode a great final during the U23 road race
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GenericBoonenFan wrote:So Caja signed Mauricio Moreira, the uruguayan rider who rode a great final during the U23 road race

Yes, he already rode for their developmental squad,if I remember correctly the guy's almost 2m tall.
Ka Hoo Fung looking insteresting, 20 years old, from Hong Kong, 2nd on gc in the Tour of Fuzhou, on the MTF he got outsprinted by Hirley and ended up loosing the race because of bonus seconds, the kid has talent and a bigger U23 team should pick him up.
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Mayomaniac wrote:
GenericBoonenFan wrote:So Caja signed Mauricio Moreira, the uruguayan rider who rode a great final during the U23 road race

Yes, he already rode for their developmental squad,if I remember correctly the guy's almost 2m tall.
Ka Hoo Fung looking insteresting, 20 years old, from Hong Kong, 2nd on gc in the Tour of Fuzhou, on the MTF he got outsprinted by Hirley and ended up loosing the race because of bonus seconds, the kid has talent and a bigger U23 team should pick him up.


You'd have to think with Orica Scott's connections with HK, he could be a chance to join Mitchelton Scott who race in both Europe and Australia - He's definitely an interesting prospect.
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Yeah, Mitchelton Scott would be a great team for him.
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