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18 Sep 2018 19:40

Combine his inability to get over a bump with his lack of expertise in positioning himself and you have a sprinter who needs a lot of help and doesn’t often get to use his (very real) speed. On a more positive note, he’s one of the few sprinters where there is zero overlap with GVA in terms of potential wins.
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19 Sep 2018 02:46

Yeah, Team Mareczko might become the next Guardini if he doesn't watch out.
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19 Sep 2018 09:48

janraaskalt wrote:
staubsauger wrote:Mareczko is a fine sprinter IMHO. If the polish core build a nice sprint train around him he's a good leader for the Giro d'Italia! Mareczko can challenge Viviani, who won't repeat his 2018 to full extent anyway.

Sure Mareczko is fast, but his sprint train must also be capable to flattening hills and mountains.

In the first week of the Tour he could be a serious threat with no mountains hampering him until stage 10, in the last two years when he was able to sprint he was beaten (and not by much) only by Viviani and Gaviria. And he was in the Giro where the first week has already mountain stages and without a proper lead out against Quick-Step train.
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19 Sep 2018 10:05



Oh, that sucks!
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19 Sep 2018 11:41

Affini makes four neo-pros signed by MS for 2019 - In saying that, Affini as a potential classics rider with a big engine is a good fit for MS.
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19 Sep 2018 12:20

yaco wrote:Affini makes four neo-pros signed by MS for 2019 - In saying that, Affini as a potential classics rider with a big engine is a good fit for MS.

I thought he was more of a potential TT specialist (not that it excludes his classics potential) ?
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19 Sep 2018 12:56

Cance > TheRest wrote:
yaco wrote:Affini makes four neo-pros signed by MS for 2019 - In saying that, Affini as a potential classics rider with a big engine is a good fit for MS.

I thought he was more of a potential TT specialist (not that it excludes his classics potential) ?


He is. His classics potential is probably there, given his power, but he isn't really known for it in the U23. MS are mostly getting a strongman who could develop into a TT specialist. And maybe also into a classics rider.
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19 Sep 2018 15:02

Cance > TheRest wrote:
yaco wrote:Affini makes four neo-pros signed by MS for 2019 - In saying that, Affini as a potential classics rider with a big engine is a good fit for MS.

I thought he was more of a potential TT specialist (not that it excludes his classics potential) ?


MS will be hoping he can develop into a classics rider or be a component of the classics squad - Affini is a self-driven individual who is intent on having a good career in the WT - Very confident he'll have a long career.
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19 Sep 2018 16:25



Excellent transfer for Bora that is. Took a long time until the confirmation.
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19 Sep 2018 17:20

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Excellent transfer for Bora that is. Took a long time until the confirmation.

Indeed, could turn out to be a great transfer. He's probably not that expensive still, he really has great potential for many races.
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19 Sep 2018 19:14

WKA311 wrote:
Cance > TheRest wrote:
yaco wrote:Affini makes four neo-pros signed by MS for 2019 - In saying that, Affini as a potential classics rider with a big engine is a good fit for MS.

I thought he was more of a potential TT specialist (not that it excludes his classics potential) ?


He is. His classics potential is probably there, given his power, but he isn't really known for it in the U23. MS are mostly getting a strongman who could develop into a TT specialist. And maybe also into a classics rider.

Yes, he's a TT specialist (in 2 weeks he won the mediterranean games ITT, he beat Domingos Goncalves, the NC and the EC ITT) and a strong rouleur, but this year he also won the Italian U23 RR (one week before starting his TT streak).
The guy was a decent one day races in the junior ranks, in 2014 he won the EC RR, won a few italian one day races and finished 4th in the WC RR and his favourite one day race is Paris-Roubaix, he could become a TT specialist who's also good in one that races that suit the big guys with big engines.
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19 Sep 2018 19:23

Flamin wrote:


Excellent transfer for Bora that is. Took a long time until the confirmation.


Bora seem to be trying to set themselves up as THE germanophone team, much as Movistar have benefited from being THE hispanophone team. They’ve been hoovering up all of the German and Austrian talents. Schachmann was one they’d missed as he signed for QS when they were still just a PCT outfit. It makes sense that he’d be a big target for them as he’s so all purpose useful as well as bringing his own wins.
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19 Sep 2018 19:34

Nirvana wrote:
janraaskalt wrote:
staubsauger wrote:Mareczko is a fine sprinter IMHO. If the polish core build a nice sprint train around him he's a good leader for the Giro d'Italia! Mareczko can challenge Viviani, who won't repeat his 2018 to full extent anyway.

Sure Mareczko is fast, but his sprint train must also be capable to flattening hills and mountains.

In the first week of the Tour he could be a serious threat with no mountains hampering him until stage 10, in the last two years when he was able to sprint he was beaten (and not by much) only by Viviani and Gaviria. And he was in the Giro where the first week has already mountain stages and without a proper lead out against Quick-Step train.


Maybe but that’s a pretty narrow window against the toughest competition. In this year’s Giro he had a whole team dedicated to him and in a race with seven sprint stages he was present and in a reasonable position once and didn’t win that one stage. I like the guy and think that he’s fast enough to challenge anyone, but it’s almost impossible to give a good return as a sprinter when you can neither get over a bump nor position yourself. He really needs to improve at one or the other.
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19 Sep 2018 21:21

Flamin wrote:


Excellent transfer for Bora that is. Took a long time until the confirmation.


Leaving Quickstep never turns out well. You'd think these guys would know by now.
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19 Sep 2018 21:40

El Pistolero wrote:
Flamin wrote:


Excellent transfer for Bora that is. Took a long time until the confirmation.


Leaving Quickstep never turns out well. You'd think these guys would know by now.


Few riders Bora have signed have declined there. Mostly just guys who have had health issues (Nerz, Konig on his second stint with them). It’s an ambitious team that wins a lot, although not as much as QS (nobody does). It’s also a team with a strong record at protecting and developing riders.
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19 Sep 2018 23:09

Yeah I'm starting to like Bora. I used to think they had nothing but Sagan, but they're filling up nicely
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