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Banana man is still out there somewhere. One of the most talented cyclists of our life time.

Unless there's evidence that he's unhappy with what he's doing, I don't think it's particularily sad.

Also, he has a thread!

 
This guy…


… recently had an amazing return to the CT scene… Highly talented since the 2000ers, I hope he‘ll get his chance soon, at one of the devo squads, maybe. :)
 
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Glad that Michel Ries got renewed by Arkea… :)

He‘s a likeable guy, and has proven that he deserves his place in the World Tour peloton.

I however am surprised how big his gap to other riders has become in the last few years. People he climbed with in the Espoir classes are nowadays so much ahead of him.

Michel is a climber, and his professional life is all about climbing mountains with his bike as fast as he can. Best possible support from outside, and he himself is very professional. He nevertheless almost all the time gets beaten by minutes by people who aren’t even considered to be climbers.

He reminds me of David Moncoutie, but Moncoutie played it somehow smarter, and achieved nice victories, even from the beginning. So I hope for Ries that he still can move forward from this current domestique role. But tbh at the moment, I don’t see him as a second Sepp Kuss.

But as we saw with Gall, „miracles“ can happen, so I‘m hopeful for Ries… Good luck to him for 2024… :)
 
Glad that Michel Ries got renewed by Arkea… :)

He‘s a likeable guy, and has proven that he deserves his place in the World Tour peloton.

I however am surprised how big his gap to other riders has become in the last few years. People he climbed with in the Espoir classes are nowadays so much ahead of him.

Michel is a climber, and his professional life is all about climbing mountains with his bike as fast as he can. Best possible support from outside, and he himself is very professional. He nevertheless almost all the time gets beaten by minutes by people who aren’t even considered to be climbers.

He reminds me of David Moncoutie, but Moncoutie played it somehow smarter, and achieved nice victories, even from the beginning. So I hope for Ries that he still can move forward from this current domestique role. But tbh at the moment, I don’t see him as a second Sepp Kuss.

But as we saw with Gall, „miracles“ can happen, so I‘m hopeful for Ries… Good luck to him for
Plenty of riders who’ve climbed with the best the juniors/U 23’s have turned out to be average climbers once they’ve turned pro so I don’t think it’s all that surprising that Ries has fallen into that category, people develop at different ages so it’s a good chance that whants happened with Ries. I certainly don’t see the comparisons with Moncoutié but happy to be proven wrong.
 
I was keeping an eye on Johannes Staune-Mittet during the 2nd stage of TDU.

At the start of the final climb at around 12km left the Visma team all parked at the front of the peloton and it was JSM they had at the back of that pack. Not sure that means they were necessarily riding like that to protect him or if he just happened to be at the back of those 6 riders perhaps. Or they were just practising riding as a team perhaps.

At any rate when things got going in the climb and the pace increased we could see JSM steadily dropping further and further down the pack and when things broke up he ended up in the pack that finished 59s down. It seemed clear that the pace was a little too much for him right now.

Not going to be worried just yet since you never know where people are in their preparations for the season etc. but the contrast to Isaac Del Toro who is one year younger and with similar U-23 accomplishments is noticeable at least.
 
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I was keeping an eye on Johannes Staune-Mittet during the 2nd stage of TDU.

At the start of the final climb at around 12km left the Visma team all parked at the front of the peloton and it was JSM they had at the back of that pack. Not sure that means they were necessarily riding like that to protect him or if he just happened to be at the back of those 6 riders perhaps. Or they were just practising riding as a team perhaps.

At any rate when things got going in the climb and the pace increased we could see JSM steadily dropping further and further down the pack and when things broke up he ended up in the pack that finished 59s down. It seemed clear that the pace was a little too much for him right now.

Not going to be worried just yet since you never know where people are in their preparations for the season etc. but the contrast to Isaac Del Toro who is one year younger and with similar U-23 accomplishments is noticeable at least.

Johannes Staune-Mittet is 2 years older than Isaac Del Toro.
 
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Oh man, why didn’t this man get his long, long, long deserved World Tour team contract, for 2024, and beyond?:


Much too good to be a PCT rider!… :)
 
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Oh man, why didn’t this man get his long, long, long deserved World Tour team contract, for 2024, and beyond?:


Much too good to be a PCT rider!… :)

Because he already had a contract, and there are only really 3 teams that buy people out (Visma/BORA/INEOS) and perhaps they weren't interested. He should get picked up by a WT team for next season though, unless Operation Ilex ends up hurting him.