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16 Apr 2018 18:36

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, is such a superstar in the making..... not necessarily for her riding (though that works too), but every cycling journalist will love to interview her, because she is funny - and a slightly crazy firecracker :)

https://youtu.be/XJko-9CJaV8
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16 Apr 2018 18:58

Broccolidwarf wrote:Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, is such a superstar in the making..... not necessarily for her riding (though that works too), but every cycling journalist will love to interview her, because she is funny - and a slightly crazy firecracker :)

https://youtu.be/XJko-9CJaV8

Just incredibly likable.
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16 Apr 2018 22:23

Valv.Piti wrote:I don't even know 'Cille', but Im also very ignorant on women's cycling. I ever only get to see the Worlds and when you don't know the riders, you don't really pay attention. Could be I should pay more attention the women, its often very good and selective races from the stuff I have read from LS.

Yeah, never heard of her either but then it's hard to follow women's cycling when it's rarely broadcast - it's just not the same if you can't actually watch the race. I only know the biggest names and even then I don't always know their individual strengths and specialities. Women's cross on the other hand, I find to be more exciting than the men's the last few years and almost every cross seems to have a women's race that is broadcast in full.
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17 Apr 2018 11:01

Gigs_98 wrote:
Broccolidwarf wrote:Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, is such a superstar in the making..... not necessarily for her riding (though that works too), but every cycling journalist will love to interview her, because she is funny - and a slightly crazy firecracker :)

https://youtu.be/XJko-9CJaV8

Just incredibly likable.


Yeah, absolutely my favorite female rider

Danish TV interviewed her after the female version of Flanders, and she said something like: "I love this race, you can smell beer the entire way, people even throw it at you, while screaming and shouting, it makes you feel alive" :D

For those not in the know:

She won the youth jersey in the giro last year (10th in the general GC), and took silver in the ITT at the european championships (which for the women, is heavily contested, as opposed to for the men)

Being only 22, she will be one of the main GC contenders, in GTs of the future - and has the personality to become a darling for cyclingfans :)
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17 Apr 2018 11:28

Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
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17 Apr 2018 15:15

It's certainly good that a lot of Danes who performed well at Junior and U 23 level are getting results at senior level too and not dissapointing us like Lander, Quaade & Co.
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17 Apr 2018 15:23

To be fair, other than a stint at Cult/Stölting - and I can't remember whether he signed for Cult before or after they became PCT - Quaade hasn't really attempted to make it to the top.
Besides, he did pretty well in the Classic Loire Atlantique recently.

Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well


You mean for stages, right?
As for Norman, being 26 - and already having had a stint at the WT - I'd say he's a bit old to be considered 'up and coming'.
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17 Apr 2018 16:00

RedheadDane wrote:To be fair, other than a stint at Cult/Stölting - and I can't remember whether he signed for Cult before or after they became PCT - Quaade hasn't really attempted to make it to the top.
Besides, he did pretty well in the Classic Loire Atlantique recently.

Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well


You mean for stages, right?
As for Norman, being 26 - and already having had a stint at the WT - I'd say he's a bit old to be considered 'up and coming'.


Depends on the race layout..... they are both pretty similar to Dumoulin in riding style..... but yeah, they will both struggle in the tallest mountains.

Yeah, Norman is 26, but he is a late bloomer, who has spent years focusing on the track. - I see him getting signed to a world tour team next year.
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17 Apr 2018 16:08

I don't see much potential in Lasse Norman Hansen. He has already had a handful full seasons focusing on road racing and didn't do much. I don’t see how that should suddenly change.
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17 Apr 2018 16:52

Rasmus Quaade never had opportunities, never had contract offers from big teams. He's still very good and deserves a contract with a good team. A couple of weeks ago he won his first race of the season, the Classic Loire Atlantique in the 1.1 category, with a late attack from a selective group with riders from the best french teams. He almost always finishes top ten in stage races and has talked about possibly going hard for time trials again this year.

Lasse Norman is one of the only ones who actually fit the good-in-u23-sucks-as-pro simple minded stereotype that is still used by some. He's been around for five or six years and honestly has failed completely.
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17 Apr 2018 20:24

Hugo Koblet wrote:I don't see much potential in Lasse Norman Hansen. He has already had a handful full seasons focusing on road racing and didn't do much. I don’t see how that should suddenly change.


He focused on the track, as late as the Rio olympics dude, where he took 2 medals.

Effectively, 2017 was his first year focusing solely on the road.
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17 Apr 2018 20:52

Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well



I'll keep my eye on him. Since Cancellara retired I've been trying to find a young classics specialist who's also a good TTer to cheer for.
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17 Apr 2018 20:54

Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well


Casper Pedersen is not a puncheur. He is a strong guy with a good engine and a great finisher and he is versatile enough to survive in hilly terrain but his future lies in the cobbled classics I would think.

Würtz and Norman have no business in GT’s in terms of gc.
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17 Apr 2018 21:53

Koronin wrote:
Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well



I'll keep my eye on him. Since Cancellara retired I've been trying to find a young classics specialist who's also a good TTer to cheer for.


I think he would've done a great Paris-Roubaix, but he crashed badly in the beginning of the race. He won the race as a junior, so it will be exiting to follow him in the classics in the future!
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18 Apr 2018 12:15

Bushman wrote:
Broccolidwarf wrote:Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well


Casper Pedersen is not a puncheur. He is a strong guy with a good engine and a great finisher and he is versatile enough to survive in hilly terrain but his future lies in the cobbled classics I would think.

Würtz and Norman have no business in GT’s in terms of gc.


Pardon me, but how is what you describe different to a puncheur? - Maybe I got my definitions wrong :)

As for GTs, as said, that is what people said of riders like Dumoulin and Roglic, who are pretty similar, so we'll see..... when you win the tour de suisse mountain jersey, you can climb a bit ;)

Oh, and completely unrelated, I just got inspired by todays Tour of Croatia stage, "Eg" means "Oak" in Danish ;)
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21 Apr 2018 08:47

Funny little detail about the Danish Trek duo.

Mads P. is the experienced and established guy, while Eg is the neo-pro.
Eg is actually the older of the two by almost a year! Just goes to show that everybody becomes pros at their own pace, and given the problems Danish riders have had with making the jump too early, then completely failing, I'd say that's a good thing.
Of course there's also the little detail with Mads P. basically becoming pro by accident due to Cult going Pro-Conti.
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21 Apr 2018 08:51

No, its just wrong to say a dude like Lasse Norman has potential for GTs. Thats a bit too chauvinistic. Same goes for Mads Wurtz really and there really isn't no comparison to Rogla and Dumoulin there.
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22 Apr 2018 00:01

Julius Johansen rode GP Herning today (big danish one day race, think discount Stade Bianche)

While riding amongst the cars, after having been off to pee, the car in front suddenly slams on the brakes, and he goes head first, through the rear windshield, ending up half way inside the car, all cut up and bloody, on his head, neck, torso and arms.

But, "his bike was ok", as he said post race, so he got back on, made a quick stop at the doctors car, to get bandaged up on the fly, then caught up with some stragglers behind the peloton, incl. some teammates, took the lead in that group, and pulled them back to the peloton, after which one of the teammates he pulled back, took 3rd in the sprint - before Johansen got rushed to the hospital, after crossing the finish line.

He tweeted from his hospital bed later, that he had to forego the ITT tomorrow, because the bandages did not fit with his TT bike setup.

The kid is 18 years old - and hard as nails :D
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22 Apr 2018 06:22

The kid is just amazing, he is such an incredible talent, but if thats his mentality, he could very well be extremely hard to deal with in the future in races like Paris-Roubaix and other classics. Flemish classics too
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22 Apr 2018 08:01

His comment regarding the significant amount of blood he'd lost?

"Pretty annoying."
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