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

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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
    39
  • Poll closed .
This stage suited him pretty badly. Everything suggests to me that he will just get stronger and stronger throughout a race (his rider profile and his preparation).

Yes, I think a top-3 is realistic. I think he's that good, people forgot how good he actually was last Vuelta before the crash.
Like 5th best climber in a meh Vuelta field?

He literally doesn't have a single result in his career that makes 3rd in this Tour look plausible.
 
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Yeah, pretty sure that at that age, Vingegaard was still cutting up fish.
Sorry, i never read this reply until now. When Vingegaard had the age Carlos Rodriguez had when he finished the Vuelta in the top 10, that would have been summer 2018, he had stopped cutting up fish, finished 68th in Tour de l'Avenir and signed with Jumbo Visma where he started a few months later.
 
I'm not ridiculing the notion he can get better, I'm ridiculing the notion he's one of the top candidates for 3rd despite having no results indicating so with only his age to go by.

Even going by age + recent results Skjelmose is a much better bet anyway
I think regardless of being younger, Rodriguez has given more reason to assume he can survive high mountain stages than Skjelmose so far. That doesn't mean he will finish ahead of him, but i'm not sure what Skjelmose has shown to make you think he is a much better bet. Also don't forget Rodriguez lost places due to his injury in the Vuelta. He could have finished 3rd-5th.
 
I'm not ridiculing the notion he can get better, I'm ridiculing the notion he's one of the top candidates for 3rd despite having no results indicating so with only his age to go by.

Even going by age + recent results Skjelmose is a much better bet anyway

I think the fact that he is clearly much better on long mountains than this punchy stuff they have been riding on so far coupled with the fact that he has managed to not lose time on said stuff makes people think that his prospects are quite good.

Skjelmose doesn't have the same aura of endurance at all.
 
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I think regardless of being younger, Rodriguez has given more reason to assume he can survive high mountain stages than Skjelmose so far. That doesn't mean he will finish ahead of him, but i'm not sure what Skjelmose has shown to make you think he is a much better bet. Also don't forget Rodriguez lost places due to his injury in the Vuelta. He could have finished 3rd-5th.
Yes. I'd definitely go Rodriguez over Skjelmose in general, but I'm just a little sceptic due to his preparation to the race. Could have been better for sure, although I don't know that much, we all know he didn't race for a good couple of months and that he crashed in Dauphine. But despite of that, he kept getting better.

Still, I think he's a very solid top-5 shout at this point, but I also think he might come even better in the Vuelta later. Which could turn out to be an absolute great race looking at the field already now.
 
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Yes. I'd definitely go Rodriguez over Skjelmose in general, but I'm just a little sceptic due to his preparation to the race. Could have been better for sure, although I don't know that much, we all know he didn't race for a good couple of months and that he crashed in Dauphine. But despite of that, he kept getting better.

Still, I think he's a very solid top-5 shout at this point, but I also think he might come even better in the Vuelta later. Which could turn out to be an absolute great race looking at the field already now.
Surely, he will not ride two consecutive Grand Tours at 22?
 
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He’s almost a shoe-in for a top-5 now, the fact that we’re in an age of prodigies will - undeservedly - somewhat diminish how big an achievement that is at 22. He can challenge for a Giro or Vuelta next year - if Ineos send him there, because with TGH leaving, he will be their only actually-good GC guy when age finally catches up with Thomas.
 
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