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Ferminal said:
Ewan will struggle to win races this year I think. At the moment he's just a Matthews with five fewer seasons in his legs. That's not to say he will not be highly competitive on numerous occasions.
Just a Matthews! quote of the week. Most fast men and 90% of the rest of the Peloton would be envious of Matthews record/results/salary.

Ewan will have a solid year, win a few races, learn how to sprint/win with more consistency. Looking forward to watching him develop.
 
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Fantastic result by HH, when I turned on the tv and saw him in with a chance I was hoping he would win. A very popular win.

How about this for a dummy spit in the womens time trial.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/national-time-trial-winner-shara-gillow-cops-extraordinary-attack-from-runner-up-bridie-odonnell/story-fngr0c3d-1227178601865?nk=69499a2f923c8ace64e07a511659bb1a


But in a thinly veiled swipe at the winner, O’Donnell accused Gillow of using her as a pacesetter after catching her out on the course.

“I don’t know if it was a drag race, I was in front so she was probably benefiting from having me just in front,” O’Donnell said.

“She made up all the damage on the way out and it’s very helpful to have someone to sit on the way back.

“She should be ashamed of herself that a full-time professional athlete sitting on an old woman with a job like me.

“Good luck to her this season, I know she didn’t quite have the season she wanted (2014), she had some injuries and didn’t ride worlds, she’s absolutely a world class time-triallist and represented her country at the Olympics so I do feel proud that I got second behind her and put in a good ride and with no one to chase today.”
 
Dundee said:
Just a Matthews! quote of the week. Most fast men and 90% of the rest of the Peloton would be envious of Matthews record/results/salary.

Ewan will have a solid year, win a few races, learn how to sprint/win with more consistency. Looking forward to watching him develop.
lol salary.

Matthews won eight races in three seasons and none of them really meant much until 2.5 seasons in. It is unlikely that Ewan will do much better, and his results will not necessarily match his ability and what he achieved as a junior/u23/amateur, that is simply the reality of being a 20 year old "sprinter" who is only third tier speed wise. So unless he goes full Moser...
 
Ferminal said:
lol salary.

Matthews won eight races in three seasons and none of them really meant much until 2.5 seasons in. It is unlikely that Ewan will do much better, and his results will not necessarily match his ability and what he achieved as a junior/u23/amateur, that is simply the reality of being a 20 year old "sprinter" who is only third tier speed wise. So unless he goes full Moser...
Matthews had à rough time once he entered the pro ranks indeed and he still isn't as good as most expected, but those expectations we obviously too high. He had a really good season this year though and can still improve.

Ewan will have a hard time winning anything besides smaller races this year I expect. He is too small for a real sprinter, but he no doubt has the ability to become something special on selective courses. Im not sure what he will specialise in too though.
 
Ferminal said:
lol salary.

Matthews won eight races in three seasons and none of them really meant much until 2.5 seasons in. It is unlikely that Ewan will do much better, and his results will not necessarily match his ability and what he achieved as a junior/u23/amateur, that is simply the reality of being a 20 year old "sprinter" who is only third tier speed wise. So unless he goes full Moser...
I think there is a lot of improvement left in Ewan. Inexperience cost him the Aussie Road title but we won't know whether he will make the transition to the top level and be competitive until he actually rides the best races and gets more experience. Early days yet.
 
Also with Matthews Rabobank didn't let him ride a GT, which does seem like a good choice now, but at the time might have stopped his faster progression. He also rode quite well in his first year, beating Kittel at Koln and winning at Stirling.
 

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