Hmm... that Træen guy seems to be… quite good.
Which is why I posted about him here, and didn't instantly go "Torstein Træen is the new Whoever!" Besides, having your breakthrough at 24 isn't that late, I think our expectations might simply have been slightly screwed by all the kids coming in and winning big races first thing.Nothing more than average. His top 10 in Colombia is perhaps something to build on, but all of his other results aren't exactly impressive to me, for a 24yo.
Considering a namechange. Torstein > Chuchu.He seems like he has been træening well over the winter.
Thought Tejada was also strong and quite promising. Considering Van Wilder's two punctures and having to chase twice on the hardest stage of the week, i think his result is quite extraordinary. Don't forget he's two years younger than Almeida for instance and the youngest of the entire peloton. This was really a quality field, and i think all of them did great. Almeida was a beast, top 10 in GC. But also Leknessund and Van Wilder snuck into the top 20 of GC with a strong ITT performance. Kämna didn't get much hype this week but also a strong performance by him:Don't think Tejada will have many opportunities to ride for himself unfortunately.
Almeida was hands down the most impressive amongst the youngsters here, he set the pace for a few km and still managed to finish just outside the top10.
Geniets has also been a pleasant surprise so far. Leknessund and Van Wilder were ok, it's the first race of the season and they are not used to be competitive so early so there's probably room for improvement.
|1||Evenepoel Remco||Deceuninck - Quick Step||200||150||19:23:42|
|2||Schachmann Maximilian||BORA - hansgrohe||150||110||0:38|
|3||López Miguel Ángel||Astana Pro Team||125||90||0:39|
|4||Costa Rui||UAE-Team Emirates||100||80||0:56|
|5||Wellens Tim||Lotto Soudal||85||70||1:17|
|6||Geschke Simon||CCC Team||70||60||1:18|
|7||Kämna Lennard||BORA - hansgrohe||60||55||1:26|
|8||Mollema Bauke||Trek - Segafredo||50||50||1:31|
|9||Almeida João||Deceuninck - Quick Step||40||45||1:40|
|10||Antunes Amaro||W52 / FC Porto||35||40||1:57|
|11||Martin Dan||Israel Start-Up Nation||30||36||1:59|
|12||Nibali Vincenzo||Trek - Segafredo||25||32||2:02|
|13||Van Avermaet Greg||CCC Team||20||28||2:07|
|14||Kwiatkowski Michał||Team INEOS||15||24||2:08|
|15||Polanc Jan||UAE-Team Emirates||10||20||2:27|
|16||García de Mateos Vicente||Aviludo-Louletano||5||16||2:39|
|17||Van Wilder Ilan||Team Sunweb||5||14||3:39|
|18||Meurisse Xandro||Circus - Wanty Gobert||5||12||3:42|
|19||Leknessund Andreas||Uno-X Norwegian Development Team||5||10||3:48|
|20||Swift Ben||Team INEOS||5||8||4:03|
To resume training mid/end may:Anyone knows how long Moschetti will be out?
The guy won 2 Vuelta stages, so clearly he can ride a bike.I'd like to give a good shout out to Ben King...a guy who does not get much mention at NTT...but is one of the most steady guys they have. Always in a long break, and ready to do work...He had a very nice ride to hold on to 8th in Ardeche Rhone. He seems the epitome of a great teammate.
First outdoor competition after lock down was held yesterday in Norway. A KOM ITT on the short Kleivstua climb. The venue was kept a secret to avoid spectators. 10 of the best Norwegian pro riders were allowed to participate. The young guns took the podium.
- Andreas Leknessund 10,12
- Tobias Foss +21
- Ådne Holter +34
- Iver Knotten +37
- Carl Fredrik Hagen +39
- Edvald Boasson Hagen +43
- Rasmus Tiller +57
- Torstein Tæen +1,28
- Øyvind Lukkedal +1,34
- Trond Håkon Trondsen +1,34
Supposedly, Leknessund pushed 6.75 W/Kg during the ITT.Leknessund (unsurprisingly, imho) won a Norwegian climbing ITT ahead of Tobias Foss.
No wonder there are so few Finns in the pro peloton—they treat their off-season training sessions quite calfalierly!Just came across this tweet from a while back
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