Ruudz0r wrote:I agree with Senechal, he is certainly one for the future although he is still very young so he might need 1 more year before really stepping up, nontheless he was very impressive on the cobbles in 2014.
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:I think Dillier has a lot of potential in cobbled races and in general. He seems similar to Cancellara in some ways, though I'm not necessarily suggested he will be that good.
Ricco' wrote:What do you think about Van Keirsbulck? Might step up to the next level or Quick Step depth in the classics might prevent him from achieving that class in the near future?
trevim wrote:Dillier seems to have a kiler instinct and that gets you a long way in the classics. He looks quite all rounded but I guess he'll focus more on hills and Flanders than Roubaix, at least for now. One of my favourites, just like the guy below.
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:I don't know about that; I haven't heard anything about what his plans are, but this year he didn't do Ardennes or GdL, but he did do all cobbled classics. But he does seem to be very all-round, that's why I compared him to Cance.
Libertine Seguros wrote:At some point in the future perhaps Mathieu van der Poel. His results on the road may suggest more of a hilly kind of rider so far, but his 'cross background will surely help with at least races like RVV.
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Yeah, but Mathieu is a future challenger for every race under the sun.
Anyway, his daddy was actually a challenger for every classic under the sun and I reckon it might be the same for Mathieu. But currently he is focusing on CX where he was very strong and got a 2nd place today with the pro's.
Gloin22 wrote:I'd also like to add complete ''dark horse' too be a future challenger, but he had very impressive first season as neo pro. Stig Broeckx, powerhouse flat rider.
42nd Ronde, 58th Roubaix. To even finish these on first try is monumental, to finish decently well, well shows good potential
Echoes wrote:Eheh what a fanboy you are, Marty.
But I think since the Novice and Junior categories, Mathieu has always been at his best in hilly races on the road. So for example, in 2011, when he was still a novice, he won the climb race Herzé-Aywaille in the Ardennes. And then, the General Patton race in Luxembourg (2013), or the Omloop van de Maasvallei in 2012, both as juniors. Quite hilly too!
I haven't seen much of him on the cobbles yet (well when I think of cobbles, I'm thinking of Paris-Roubaix. the Flemish Ardennes are crypto-asphalt for me, lol).
Adrianus was heavier than him (for cobbles), if I'm not mistaken. I remember him as a rider, though only his past prime years.
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Wow, I didn't know this, but you're right, looking up the weight of the crossers they're all >70kg
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Anyway are there any young riders you think might have some potential to be a contender on the cobbles?
Echoes wrote:I was really surprised actually when I saw Stybar performing in Paris-Roubaix. I thought that Flanders suited him better but among the crossers, he's one of the heaviest, I think. It's a misconception that Paris-Roubaix is the best road race for cyclocrossers. They might have an advantage regarding technique but basically in cross lightweights are favoured and in Paris-Roubaix, heavyweights are favoured. Of course there are exceptions.
Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Wow, I didn't know this, but you're right, looking up the weight of the crossers they're all <70kg