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Teams & Riders Carlos Rodriguez- The Next Great Rodriguez Discussion Thread

How good will Carlos Rodriguez be?

  • A wasted talent

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • Small Race Winner

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Consistent Climber

    Votes: 4 10.3%
  • Fighting for GT breakaway wins

    Votes: 2 5.1%
  • WT Stage Race Winner

    Votes: 17 43.6%
  • GT Winner

    Votes: 11 28.2%
  • Better than Pogacar

    Votes: 4 10.3%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Carlos Rodriguez- The Next Great Rodriguez
Born in Almunecar, Spain, he's showed immense talent throughout his young career. In 2018, he won the MJ ITT championship in Spain, 3rd in MJ European Championships on the road,6th in Paris Roubaix Juniors, and won the points and youth classification at Tour de Gironde International. In 2019, he kept the MJ ITT Championship in Spain, won GC at Tour de Gironde International, and won Gipuzkoa Klasika over Juan Ayuso. In 2020 he jumped to the WT, signing for Ineos. His first season on the UCI World Tour did not go well, as his best result was 14th at the European Championships at the U23 level. In 2021, his level went up a notch, with a fourth place overall at Vuelta a Andalucia, 7th at GP Industria & Artigianato, 10th GC at Tour of Britain, 3rd ITT at Spain NC's, and a stage win, 2nd overall, and first in KOM and Youth Classifications at the Tour De Avenir.

So far in 2022, he's finished 3rd and 2nd in the two most important GC stages at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, sits 3rd, 36 seconds down of leader Aleksandr Vlasov and 4 seconds behind Remco Evenepoel, and sits above established riders like Jakob Fuglsang, Alejandro Valverde, Giulio Ciccone, and others.

One can only hope for more great things for Carlos in 2022 and beyond
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I agree the development there is excellent, but I’m thinking about the limited opportunities there for him.
I think with Ineos the opportunities depend entirely on the riders. I’ve read the same thing in the past about Carapaz, Adam Yates who would struggle to get opportunities due to the presence of guys like Froome, Thomas, Bernal etc.

If you are better than the guy next to you at Ineos you get the opportunities. And as a bonus you get an incredible team to help you when you are the best in the race for them.

Of course Rodriguez will have to reach a very high level, but it has worked for many. Even a guy like Martinez seems to be in for more of a leadership role now after some great performances.