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Future prospects

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Which riders do we see as winning big in the future? I'm thinking the athletes from the Trek-Livestrong team managed by the late Merckx. I think Lance Armstrong has created a really good setup for his Livestrong-Trek-Mellow Johny's team... I think we will see some really good riders develop from this. Also, some young riders from other teams have shown talent. Some of the Robobank riders.

Lets make some predictions! I'm really happy to see that our USAC junior program is going strong, and the U-23 team is winning BIG in big European races.
 
In what age would you like them? And if serious (I'm also "missing" your usual dope ranting in this thread;)) maybe you could bring some names forth as well? I think "the Trek-Livestrong team" and "some of the Rabobank riders" is being a bit too large....

I'll give you three 20-yo's for a start:

Jack Bobridge, Australia
Rasmus Guldhammer, Denmark
John Degenkolb, Holland

(I guess at least the first two are pretty well known amongst people in here)
 
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BigBoat said:
Which riders do we see as winning big in the future? I'm thinking the athletes from the Trek-Livestrong team managed by the late Merckx. I think Lance Armstrong has created a really good setup for his Livestrong-Trek-Mellow Johny's team... I think we will see some really good riders develop from this. Also, some young riders from other teams have shown talent. Some of the Robobank riders.

Lets make some predictions! I'm really happy to see that our USAC junior program is going strong, and the U-23 team is winning BIG in big European races.

Well the problem with young future prospects is that you don't know how jacked up they already are. Popo is a great example. He was touted as the next TdF winner when he won the white jersey but look what's happened to him.
 
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Well singling out the US based USAC junior program riders is rather going out on a limb isn't it? Why are you putting such extreme pressure on them :D the fact that they're from the USA is enough pressure as it is. As in if any of them has any decent results they'll have the tag of "The Next Lance" pin on them.

I think the USAC junior program will self implode once Lance retires, as is usual for the USA based cycling program once a top rider retires. Meanwhile there will still be grassroots riders creeping over to Europe sans USAC Programs.
 
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In what age would you like them? And if serious (I'm also "missing" your usual dope ranting in this thread;)) maybe you could bring some names forth as well? I think "the Trek-Livestrong team" and "some of the Rabobank riders" is being a bit too large....

I'll give you three 20-yo's for a start:

Jack Bobridge, Australia
Rasmus Guldhammer, Denmark
John Degenkolb, Holland

(I guess at least the first two are pretty well known amongst people in here)

David Veilleux is pretty good. Also, Gesink. Robo has a great program and they kicked everybody's a$ses at the Giro with Menchov.

Contador knows all the "tricks" though and I think he will be around for a while. He's only what 25-26 year old? I dont think we'll see another Tour winner post Lance, Contador for few years if things stay stable.
 
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Edvald Boasson Hagen is quite a talent. Nobody really knows what kind of rider he will end up as, but I think his potential is best as a classics rider. He's got a very strong finish, so he'll win lots of races.
 
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It looks like your left out of your post how none of them could possibly get out of bed without being super jacked. There is an edit button.

second post in the thread,.... why does every single ******* post around here have to have some sort of snipe about doping..

this is getting friggin ridiculous.. :confused:

as future.. future is here.. EbH, Cav, Dan Martin
 
@dimspace: Considering who's the thread starter, the question is rather legit:cool:

Other potential cracks for the future is:

Timofey Kritskiy, Russia
Peter Stetina, USA
Gianluca Brambilla, Italy
Peter Sagan, Slovakia
Jan Ghyselinck, Belgium
Patrick Gretsch, Germany
Marko Kump, Slovenia
Jonathan Castroviejo, Spain
Romain Sicard, France
Ben Swift, Great Britain (But that one was given)

Thought it would be more fun to pick one rider per country, if not I might also have picked Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet from Spain, who looks very promising for the time trials.
 
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There is a couple of Danish riders I think we will see in the coming years.

Let me introduce:

Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen (not related to Michael Rasmussen)
Both neopros on Saxo Bank and silver medalists in Beijing team pursuit. Gold medalists in track world cup in madison and team pursuit march 2009.

Talented young guys

Jacob Fuglsang neopro on Saxobank. Former winner of u23 mtb world cup and winner of Tour of Denmark last year. Climbs very well and has a very decent TT. Coming GC contender.

Rasmus Guldhammer from Team capinordic. Winner of U23 LBL and second in U23 RvV. He even has a younger brother on the same team. Will almost certainly race for Saxo Bank next year.

And then of course Matti Breschel and Chris Anker Sørensen who most likely will participate in the Tour de France this year. But they have been pros for 2-3 years.

These riders are the Bjarne Riis and Rolf Sørensen generation, who started cycling in the mid nineties when we had approx 6 riders in the tour de France for a couple of years. In a couple of years this is going to happen again. I just hope more Danish riders go to other teams than Saxo Bank.
 
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second post in the thread,.... why does every single ******* post around here have to have some sort of snipe about doping..

this is getting friggin ridiculous.. :confused:

Then again, why does there have to be a whine post after every single ***** post having some sort of snipe about dopiong?

You'd think people would eventually get the hang of things and go with the flow or just not read/post anymore?
 
The next big road racers from Great Britain will both be from the Isle of Man as well in the Kennaugh brothers, Peter is currently doing well in the GB academy team, and younger brother Tim, if he progresses at the rate he has been will be just as good.
 
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Then again, why does there have to be a whine post after every single ***** post having some sort of snipe about dopiong?
You'd think people would eventually get the hang of things and go with the flow or just not read/post anymore?

aha.. so its not the people who commit the crime in the wrong but the people who complain about crime being commited... lol....

*stands in the corner wearing his dunces cap*
 
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The next big road racers from Great Britain will both be from the Isle of Man as well in the Kennaugh brothers, Peter is currently doing well in the GB academy team, and younger brother Tim, if he progresses at the rate he has been will be just as good.

peter looks like a future star.. just hope he makes it over the hurdles that so many brits have ended up falling at and "making do" on the domestic scene.. also a matter of just how well he manages the switch.. but certainly bright.. hell of a performance in the welsh GP to finish ahead of some of the riders he did..

assumedly dave brailsford has first dibs when the time comes

nb: notice that he won the GP Capodarco di Fermo, won nearly 20 years ago by the late Fabio Casartelli...
 
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aha.. so its not the people who commit the crime in the wrong but the people who complain about crime being commited... lol....

*stands in the corner wearing his dunces cap*

One of these days you will get the irony.....well, maybe I am being optimistic. I guess I'd better watch out, you might chide me ferociously........
 
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second post in the thread,.... why does every single ******* post around here have to have some sort of snipe about doping..

this is getting friggin ridiculous.. :confused:

I guess you should be confused since that post was not about doping. It was about the lack of doping. I know it can be hard to follow for one who is dim, but it was not all that different from you own post except that it was sarcastic. When Big Boat makes a post that does not include anything about doping it is a momentous occasion, like man landing on the moon, the return of Jeebus, or Michael Bay making a good movie. It needs to be pointed out.
 
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Well Axel cant "direct" the team if he's dead. LOL

Yeah Sealander... He certainly was the best rider at certain road races. But in all honesty he's not super. He climbs fairly well though for stage races.

I was thinking more along the Grand Tour G.C. lines 5 years from now. If Martin can get up there or not is to be seen.
 
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Young Selander reminds me of De Vlaeminck stylewise, It's just that he gravitated to cross for most of his young career, which isn't a bad thing. He absolutely has what it takes to succeed on the road though. Midwestern USA guys remind me of the Flandrian guys. Same mentality, same work ethic.