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I think De Brabantse Pijl and the Leuven WCRR are close enough, and it did seem like you were scraping the bottom of the barrel a bit, so their absence stood outBecause I do it by checking each team's roster and comparing it to the start list.
And no, you're right about the other thing. I did consider Remco and Roglic but they are yet to perform in a race like this, so I left them out.
These races have become ridiculous. Literally a bunch sprint towards every single little hill. And not just 3 or 4 teams that are battling for it, no 15 teams who all try the same thing.
And in the end it will be Jumbo in front on the Taaienberg.
You can mostly thank race radios for that. Every single rider getting the same information into their headset to be in the front. And leads to a lot more crashes too.
Considering some on your list, i'd add Vansevenant, Van Wilder, Evenepoel, Tulett, and i have a sneaky suspicion Skjelmose and Hermans could do this as well.Toby, where is the negative start list? I hear you ask.
No worries, it's coming here (reminder: all riders who could potentially have featured in the pointy end of the race but who are absent):
Mick Van Dijke
Tim Van Dijke
Bert Van Lerberghe
Taco van der Hoorn
Danny van Poppel
Geraint Thomas (well, he is a previous winner)
Arnaud De Lie
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Mads Würtz Schmidt