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Future cobbles challengers.

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The present generation of top dogs - Canc/Boonen/Ballan/Pippo - will hang around for another olympiad, but younger blood will increasingly challenge them for the big prizez.

We have Vanmarcke, Sagan and Boom looking to be up there.
G Thomas might be a good one.

But who else?
 
velosiped said:
The present generation of top dogs - Canc/Boonen/Ballan/Pippo - will hang around for another olympiad, but younger blood will increasingly challenge them for the big prizez.

We have Vanmarcke, Sagan and Boom looking to be up there.
G Thomas might be a good one.

But who else?
Phinney is the first one that comes in mind. The steep little hills are yet too much for him, so I don't expect him to win Flanders soon. Paris-Roubaix is definitely possible.
 
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I thought Maaskant was the next big thing after his P-R a few years ago. Same with Langeveld.

Phinney is seriously good on the pave. He could definitely be in the mix. Sagan can probably win either Flanders or Roubaix... not sure what kind of classics team he has at his disposal though.
 
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I expect big things from Phinney on the cobbles, he could be Hushovds replacement as leader if Hushovd can't get it together this year. Sagan I thinly could challange in both RVV and PR. At the moment RVV, I believe, is his main target. And Vanmarcke can't be discounted, after all he's already beaten Boonen once.
 
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Possibly Durbridge, Demare, Navardauskas, Gallopin, Kwiatkowski, Van Rensburg, Fenn, Sinkeldam, Keukeleire, Van Asbroeck, Lindeman, De Vreese, Rowe, Wallays, Van Bilsen. These are some of the less known young riders who may have the potential to be a contender for cobbles.
 
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Did someone suggest Luke Rowe earlier? Not sure i see that one.

Sagan, Phinney and hopefully Thomas could challenge in the future.

Probably a stupid question; but has Tony Martin any chance at PR?
 
Afrank said:
I expect big things from Phinney on the cobbles, he could be Hushovds replacement as leader if Hushovd can't get it together this year. Sagan I thinly could challange in both RVV and PR. At the moment RVV, I believe, is his main target. And Vanmarcke can't be discounted, after all he's already beaten Boonen once.
Phinney should be the BMC leader for PR next year. Hushovd can be plan B, although I think he's time has passed.
 
Florian Senechal has the potential to become a real monster in the classics.

Jasper Stuyven obvious is incredibly gifted.

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck has a lot of class as well; I reckon he will be very, very good!

Ignazio Moser and Andzs Flaksis both have the physic for races like Paris-Roubaix.

Victor Manakov is a bright prospect as well!
 
RHRH19861986 said:
Boasson Hagen, don´t forget.
For everything but P-R, yes. Unfortunately P-R is his main target next year, which is ridiculous. He has no chance there.

He'll probably do reasonably well in RVV, G-W etc though. He would probably have been top 5 in RVV this year without the fall.
 
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williamp78 said:
Did someone suggest Luke Rowe earlier? Not sure i see that one.

Sagan, Phinney and hopefully Thomas could challenge in the future.

Probably a stupid question; but has Tony Martin any chance at PR?

The cobbles don't suit Martin, we likely won't ever see him trying to win any of the cobbled classics. TT's and small tours are more his thing.

cineteq said:
Phinney should be the BMC leader for PR next year. Hushovd can be plan B, although I think he's time has passed.

Definitely agree that Phinney would be a great leader for BMC for the cobbles. At the moment Hushovd I think would get the leadership based on seniority. But if he can't get it together and show some decent results in any buildup races to Roubaix than it would be smart of BMC to do joint leadership, or even better just give it straight to Phinney.

Or maybe Phinney can go and win it Johan Van Summeren style :D. Then Hushovd can go to another team next season complaining about his lack of support.
 
EBH, Stannard, Phinney and Demare for me seem like they will all be good.

Lithgart will apparently be a leader for Vac in the coobles so i will throw him in. I also hope that Durbridge and Hepburn can do well on them (sheer power, good sprint).

Others could include Keukeleire, Fenn, Blythe (they all have good sprint capabilities).

Moser and Van Rensburg posses the ability but who knows if they will focus on the cobbles.

Can't Ballan be BMC's leader at Roubaix??? I would give him more of a chance of next year podiuming than Phinney.