Well, the article is about potential medal winners based on recent events, and he is one of 5 being mentioned. I guess in that context you would.Irish Times getting a bit over-excited, he is now apparently a strong contender for an Olympic medal in Paris.
I'd love for my cynicism to be proved wrong, but how does somebody with so little understanding of the sport get to write about it in a national newspaper?
I think he actually gained a few places on the final climb, he started too far back to be relevant.He vaporized yesterday on the final climb.
Pretty good:How is he as a TTer?
Yeah, certainly at the moment that looks like it’s going to be a problem.Either it's because he spends too much energy because of his inexperience, or his sprint will be a very limiting factor to him as it seems he can't outsprint anyone to the line. Actually if you analyse all of his small group sprints from this year, he was last in most of them.
Well he did beat Remco in a TT as a junior...He can become the new Remco. Similar strength and weaknesses shown early. How is he as a TTer?
Interesting to see what he does for the rest of the season. I know he’s riding the Giro, but how much form he can carry into that has to be open to question. Presumably he’s now going to be picked mostly for WT races, given his sudden jump to being one of the best riders on the team.
It’s not really clear to me what kind of rider he will end up as, other than of course being good at hilly classics. It seemed that the plan was to develop him as a stage hunter specialising in long range attacks. The team and coaches have to be thinking that more is possible now though.
I’m not even sure how many times he has raced to try and stay with the favourites on a mountain stage as a pro. I very much doubt if he’s done anything very impressive. As an espoir, his big wins usually came on mountain stages but he was a breakaway stagehunter.Is he any good at long climbs? I’m somewhat ashamed to admit I hadn’t given him a second thought until he started appearing at the front of a bunch of races this spring.