Future GC contenders

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Out of the current peloton riders aged under 25, who do you see as evolving into GC grand tour podium contenders? Said riders must not have had a current podium finish in a grand tour.

My top five in no particular order.

1. Robert Gesink
2. Tejay Van Garderen
3. Roman Kreuziger
4. Robert Kiserlovski
5. Romain Sicard
 
Nov 17, 2009
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LKing25 said:
Out of the current peloton riders aged under 25, who do you see as evolving into GC grand tour podium contenders? Said riders must not have had a current podium finish in a grand tour.

My top five in no particular order.

1. Robert Gesink
2. Tejay Van Garderen
3. Roman Kreuziger
4. Robert Kiserlovski
5. Romain Sicard

Uh... Kreuziger behind Van Garderen?

I have high hopes for Tejay... but come on. Kreuziger already has a couple of Tour top 10 finishes.

I'd put Tejay behind Kiserlovski right now... perhaps moving him up if he has a solid Vuelta.

Also Porte is 25 (7th at Giro) and Mollema is 23 (12th at Giro). Both should be above Tejay right now as well.
 
Jun 22, 2009
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LKing25 said:
Out of the current peloton riders aged under 25, who do you see as evolving into GC grand tour podium contenders? Said riders must not have had a current podium finish in a grand tour.

My top five in no particular order.

1. Robert Gesink
2. Tejay Van Garderen
3. Roman Kreuziger
4. Robert Kiserlovski
5. Romain Sicard

already one. A contender i mean. And kreuziger -- both established riders.

Sicard is an obvious one. But progress can be an interesting thing.
Van Garderen looks to have massive potential.
Porte, Kiserlovski and Mollema all had a great Giro.
I had high hopes for kritskiy.. but he has been very quiet. I remember him breaking his leg last season or something... but yeah.
I've been following slagter (will be in the PT next season) closely this year, and he is another promising dutch talent.
 
Jun 22, 2009
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theyoungest said:
I'd certainly add Uran to that list. Van Garderen and Sicard haven't yet done a GT, let's wait and see what they can do in a three week tour.

yeah totally agree.
Riders can show a lot of potential in the youth ranks, but fail to make their mark with the big men.

I like uran, but i'm skeptical with his GT ability. I hope he delivers.
 
Nov 17, 2009
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Uran belongs on the list, but toward the bottom end I think. I'm a bit down on him. I guess I expected more from the Giro.
 
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Jonathan Castroviejo is another one to watch out for. Good TT, and 24th in Suisse, his first real ProTour test.
 
Jul 28, 2010
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He won a stage of the Tour of Belgium, for whatever it's worth
To me, Ben Hermans seems like a fairly promising rider. Thoughts?
 
Definitely Rein Taaramäe. Even if he dropped out of the Tour this year, his top results in Romandie & Suisse last year speak for themselves. '87, solid TT, relentless attacking style & and a cool name to boot!

I'm new here btw, hi to all!
 
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jobiwan said:
He won a stage of the Tour of Belgium, for whatever it's worth
To me, Ben Hermans seems like a fairly promising rider. Thoughts?

I was impressed with him staying in the Sanchez/Evans group in the Crit International climb. I was hoping to see him taking part in the Vuelta before finding out RS was out... of course who knows if he would have gotten a slot.
 

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taiwan said:
Rafael Valls? May be jumping the gun. Simon Spilak. Rein Taaramae. Dan Martin?

Valls: wouldn't bank on it. He is a good climber, but I doubt he'll become a GC contender
Spilak: good rider with a nice jump at the end of mountain stages. But not really a future GC contender in my mind, would do better at hilly classics or week long stage races.

Taaramae: I had high hopes for him this year, but his tour performance was less than stellar, to say the least

I myself would add Kruiswijck to the list, great giro for that guy, especially if you consider he could even get nice placings in hard stages after long attacks on other stages.

Also isn't Felline more a sprinter than a real stage race rider?
 
Barrus said:
Taaramae: I had high hopes for him this year, but his tour performance was less than stellar, to say the least

Maybe so. According to the Cofidis management, he got a right heel imflammation and they refused to let him ride on after a necessary cortisone injection. Apparently this is the policy for the french teams since signing for the (now defunct?) MPCC (source).

If this belongs to clinic, feel free to ignore!
 

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el chava said:
Maybe so. According to the Cofidis management, he got a right heel imflammation and they refused to let him ride on after a necessary cortisone injection. Apparently this is the policy for the french teams since signing for the (now defunct?) MPCC (source).

If this belongs to clinic, feel free to ignore!
No, I know they took him out, but the entire tour before that he was already really riding badly, getting dropped on the smallest mountains and losing sprints for the KOM against Chartreau and Pineau. He really wasn't riding well. And he also didn't really impress me in the Tour of Turkye either and I did not really see him doing anything noteworthy this year
 
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Barrus said:
Valls:...Spilak:...
Taaramae: I had high hopes for him this year, but his tour performance was less than stellar, to say the least
I myself would add Kruiswijck to the list, great giro for that guy, especially if you consider he could even get nice placings in hard stages after long attacks on other stages.
Also isn't Felline more a sprinter than a real stage race rider?

Taaramae, I half remember, had a health issue at the Tour, so I wouldn't take that performance as an example of what he can do. I can't tell if Felline can TT, because there are so few results available.
 
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seriously why keep posting random names that have some talent. in the begin posts most future gc contenders are already named and guys like seeldrayers, hermans or guys that aren't even climbinfspecialists like kennaugh and felline definetely do not belong on that list. they will be 1 race guys

right now in european peloton future top 5 gc contenders:

gesink, schleck, thomas dekker, when he returns, jurgen vdb, perhaps kreuziger, uran, duarte, henao (when they come to europe), soler, anton, nibali, some obvious ones I might me missing
 
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roman kreuziger and robert gesink are already established GC riders, so the future's bright for these two hopefully and they're likely the best bet to challenge andy schleck and vincenzo nibali for the next 7 - 8 years.

there are also those who're nearly there but need some polishing like; (in no particular order)

bauke mollema,
richie porte,
robert kiserlovski,
tejay van garderen,

of course, those who climb well are definitely in there, which should include;

kevin seeldraeyers (best young rider in Giro09 is no easy feat)
romain sicard:
rigoberto uran,
rafael valls ferri,
dan martin,
ben hermans (if radioshack signed you to climb, then you're a good climber)

as for rein taarame and simon spilak, i think they're more into the damiano cunego mould, not a real GC contender but dangerously aggresive in hilly classics and 1-week races. or maybe they could be developed into another vinokourov, who can animate the race at will.

fabio felline? isn't he a sprinter?

hard to tell though, since in 5 to 8 year span of time there'll still be contador, jurgen van de broeck, igor anton, juan mauricio soler, who are all currently still around 27 to 28 years of age.
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
Porte, Kiserlovski and Mollema all had a great Giro.
I had high hopes for kritskiy.. but he has been very quiet. I remember him breaking his leg last season or something... but yeah.

I think Kritskiy has never raced this year.
I wonder if he has recovered from his injury