DOB: May 21, 1992
Birth Place: Voorburg, The Netherlands
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Van Baarle has really stepped up this year. Not only because he most notably finished 6th in Tour of Flanders, but he also rode well in E3 and Roubaix. I believe his legs in both races were better than the final results. In E3 he was the only one who tried to follow Cancellara when he attacked to bridge across the front group. In Roubiax again he was one of the few who were able to stay with Cancellara and Sagan when they accelerated (he didn't follow them immediately, but managed to join them soon after). It's not impossible he could have finished all 3 of the mentioned races in top10 if he and his team were able to position himself better and avoid being caught at the wrong side of the split few times. 3 top20's in WT cobbled races at the age of 23 are no shame anyway. If I'm not mistaken, he has been the most consistent u-25 rider on cobbles this year.
He is also not bad on hills. Maybe he doesn't have a future top10 in Ardennes in him, but he finished 5th in a hilly Trofeo Pollenca - Port de Andratx against strong opposition last winter. He was also 24th in Alto da Fóia stage in Algarve and 37th in final stage of Paris-Nice. Don't forget he has also Tour of Britain GC win in his palmares.
This man definetely has a big engine and I find a very interesting rider in him. He definetely has the talent to be a consistent top10 rider in cobbled races. I look forward to how will he perform later this year (maybe he will be able to ride a good Eneco?) and next year.