Yes, it's hard to see where they could end up. They may surprise in TdF if Nielson stays intact and Rigo rises to the occasion. Their budget is just low enough they need way too much luck.Couldn’t get anyone in the break today in the Dauphine. According to PCS they only start six riders in Suisse. Banking on scoring UCI points in big stage races may not have been their best bet.
Depending on summer and fall results, people are going to look back at EF leadership”s approach to this season as either a great example of patience and steady handed leadership, or as gross negligence.
That's how I read it. Just ditching Higuita wouldn't pay for a GT and OG winner. Wonder if there's an Ecuadorian equivalent of Movistar? I think it's a perfect fit as EF has a lot of LatAm riders and I think they can put a decent support team together for Carapaz in the Tour.
Apparently he had an accident with a car, according to his insta https://www.instagram.com/darroyave5/Out of left field comes this question: but I stumbled upon Daniel Arroyave in PCS. Zero race days this year for EF. If you look at his past results, his signing seemed curious for a WT team. He’s only 22. I was simply wondering if anyone had any insight into why he hasn’t raced?
Thanks. I saw that, but I thought it was reported that he was not seriously injured. I could most definitely be mistaken as he has not raced since… It would be logical that is the issue.
Every list had Chaves in it until recently. That's strange. Why wouldn't you take a hot commodity now, you have nothing to lose. Nothing.TdF startlist according todays PCS page
That's only 7 riders, so who wil be next? Padun and Valgren missing from previous listtings.
Well, Guerreiro has suddenly become a record Mont Ventoux climber, while Bettiol, Cort and Rutsch are all weirdly good climbers when on form.Will Chaves not go? They will be pretty short of climbers without him.
Because in the last 2 TDF's as a breakaway rider, Chaves has got into one break in 42 stages - The layout of TDF stages with longer, flat periods before climbs does not suit his characteristics.Every list had Chaves in it until recently. That's strange. Why wouldn't you take a hot commodity now, you have nothing to lose. Nothing.
That would still make the EF roster consist of 1 climber, 2 almost climbers and 3 heavy guys who can sometimes climb. For my liking that's still short of climbers for a team that doesn't have anyone for flat sprints (or a big favourite for small hills like Van der Poel or Alaphilippe).Well, Guerreiro has suddenly become a record Mont Ventoux climber, while Bettiol, Cort and Rutsch are all weirdly good climbers when on form.
What for, exactly? IMO, they need more breakaway options for mountainous stages. There's no use for having so many guys who specialise in a flatter terrain if you don't have a sprinter on the team. Cort, Bettiol, Rutsch and Bissegger are more than enough. It's the mountainous stages where most of the opportunities lie for a team like EF.Then they probably need a rouler on the team.
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