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Does anyone know what Serge Pauwels is doing now?

His last appearance was Haut-Var back in February. I can't see him scheduled for any race to happen until the end of season. It's weird, because he is an experienced rider in a relatively weak team, so he could potentially deliver something, somewhere (even if his recent results were not impressive, to say the least). No official explanation of his absence was provided so far.

Injury or illness? Release out of contract (without making it official) and earlier retirement? Have no clue.
 
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He was set to be patricipating at Ain and Dauphine but had to skip the races because of illness.

 
How is his recovery? I feel like he's been very inconsistent the past few years.
He was inconsistent as an u23, but that's not uncommon. But the past few years he had issues with his health and injuries. This year is finaly the first year we're seeing him in good health at the pros. So it's hard to tell. He was decent in Ruta del Sol and Tour de L'ain this year, but really it's anyone's guess.
 
His time trial is not so great, is it? So maybe go for stages instead of GC? But then, in this year's field, maybe GC and stages are both possible.
Not a great TTer. He spoke of possibly making te Youth Jersey a goal, but both Almeida and Mcnulty are much better TTers. On the other hand, he already leapfrogged Mcnulty yesterday. If he remains consistent he could still make up for the 5-10 minutes he loses in the time trials.

Lotto said they want to go for stagewins, but won't dismiss the option for him to ride a GC or Youth classification just yet. But it's still a long way to go. They'll asess the situation in a few days.
 
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I have a bit of a weird question regarding the guy who was 9th in stage 17 of the Giro; what is his full name?

According to Wikipedia it's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka.
According to CyclingQuotiens it's Amanuel Werkilul Ghebreigzabhier.
Please don't tell me his full name is actually Amanuel Werkilul Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka, because that's mouthful. (But would definitely put him up there as the biggest name in this year's Giro.)
 
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I have a bit of a weird question regarding the guy who was 9th in stage 17 of the Giro; what is his full name?

According to Wikipedia it's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka.
According to CyclingQuotiens it's Amanuel Werkilul Ghebreigzabhier.
Please don't tell me his full name is actually Amanuel Werkilul Ghebreigzabhier Egerzeigzaarhka, because that's mouthful. (But would definitely put him up there as the biggest name in this year's Giro.)
NTT's webpage and PCS say it's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.
Other sources i found say Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul

Who knows. It's possible they are all correct. I also have multiple names in my first name, but i don't present myself that way, and they are not even on many official documents.
 
NTT's webpage and PCS say it's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.
Other sources i found say Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul

Who knows. It's possible they are all correct. I also have multiple names in my first name, but i don't present myself that way, and they are not even on many official documents.
True, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul is another version I've seen around. I've actually been wondering about this for a while; seems all Eritreans have a "secondary surname" (except Berhane, apparently...), so I was just wondering if there had been a bit of false information in some sources.
As for the NTT homepage simply calling him Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier; I suppose it would make sense to use the name the rider mostly uses, and PCS seems to mostly use names from official team sources. Another example is Valgren, who is simply listed as, well, Michael Valgren, rather than Michael Valgren Hundahl, or - as some sites still call him - Michael Valgren Andersen.
 
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True, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul is another version I've seen around. I've actually been wondering about this for a while; seems all Eritreans have a "secondary surname" (except Berhane, apparently...), so I was just wondering if there had been a bit of false information in some sources.
As for the NTT homepage simply calling him Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier; I suppose it would make sense to use the name the rider mostly uses, and PCS seems to mostly use names from official team sources. Another example is Valgren, who is simply listed as, well, Michael Valgren, rather than Michael Valgren Hundahl, or - as some sites still call him - Michael Valgren Andersen.
As far as I know, Eritreans (and also Ethiophians) don't use family names. It's common - but not mandatory - to have father's given name as some kind of middle name, and grandfather's given name as the last name. And their own given name can be constituted of more than one word, so sometimes they have really big names.
I might be wrong, that's just what I understood from an Eritrean friend several years ago, and naming convention can change with time.
 
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People have been amazed with guys like Almeida, Bagioli etc, but for me, a "wondrous emergence" of a "lesser-than-worldclass talent" in the Vuelta is that of Clément Champoussin. Last year in Tour de l'Avenir, couldn't get on the podium, despite half the top contenders not being present or having crashed out, and being one of the older contenders in the race as well. Now, he's shown on multiple stages in the Vuelta, that he can climb with the best. Quite remarkable. In the ITT, he also climbed faster than Mas, Carapaz, Soler, G Martin... and basically on the same level of Vlasov & Gaudu.

 
People have been amazed with guys like Almeida, Bagioli etc, but for me, a "wondrous emergence" of a "lesser-than-worldclass talent" in the Vuelta is that of Clément Champoussin. Last year in Tour de l'Avenir, couldn't get on the podium, despite half the top contenders not being present or having crashed out, and being one of the older contenders in the race as well. Now, he's shown on multiple stages in the Vuelta, that he can climb with the best. Quite remarkable. In the ITT, he also climbed faster than Mas, Carapaz, Soler, G Martin... and basically on the same level of Vlasov & Gaudu.

He was very clearly a world class talent even when not the most consistent. Just look at his results. He was always touted as a more punchy guy, just like Bagioli, and not a pure climber. I wasn't expecting this ITT by him but I'm also not super surprised by his overall level. The talent was always there even if he doesn't scream wonderkid. And being a year older or younger really doesn't say that much anymore these days. It's interesting to look at but I feel like there are so many guys developing so fast at a really young age and at the same time there are guys who are taking longer to develop (just look at Buchmann, or, to stay with U23 guys, Jordi Meeus) that we just can't say a lot based on age. And last years l'Avenir field is really hard to judge I think. He lost 2,5min on that wet medium mountain day btw. Not in the high mountains.
 
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He was very clearly a world class talent even when not the most consistent. Just look at his results. He was always touted as a more punchy guy, just like Bagioli, and not a pure climber. I wasn't expecting this ITT by him but I'm also not super surprised by his overall level. The talent was always there even if he doesn't scream wonderkid. And being a year older or younger really doesn't say that much anymore these days. It's interesting to look at but I feel like there are so many guys developing so fast at a really young age and at the same time there are guys who are taking longer to develop (just look at Buchmann, or, to stay with U23 guys, Jordi Meeus) that we just can't say a lot based on age. And last years l'Avenir field is really hard to judge I think. He lost 2,5min on that wet medium mountain day btw. Not in the high mountains.
Many guys with better results in the u23 i wouldn't consider world class. Talented, of course, but not world class. But what i find remarkable is the progression he made within 1 year.
 
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Many guys with better results in the u23 i wouldn't consider world class. Talented, of course, but not world class. But what i find remarkable is the progression he made within 1 year.
Yeah, he definitely further improved this year. Looking at Zimmermann, they both were at a nearly identical level at l'Avenir last year and are both riding quite well at the Vuelta this year. Steady progress instead of big jumps for both. Bodes well for their development to continue the next years.
 
Continuing to look at young riders at the Vuelta: Great race by Thymen Arensman. The ITT was immense and today he showed that his climbing is also developing. Mark Donovan was also riding really good after a mostly anonymous year so far. Sunweb is doing an amazing job with their young guys and how they tackled the GTs and their perparations for them.

Ide Schelling is another one who was having a fantastic GT debut. Last year there were people questioning Bora for picking him up, he wasn't a standout U23 at all, but he showed that there is a lot of potential still to uncover and it's not only early bloomers that should be looked at. Can basically do anything other than high mountain domestique (at this point at least) or last man in sprint train.

Edit: I even missed Mäder. He needed this strong race after a mostly anonymous Neo campaign so far. Hopefully he gets a new contract somewhere. He is a very attacking and fun rider to watch when on form.
 
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I was planning on mentioning this guy before, but kinda forgot. He was really impressive in stage 3 of Burgos this year. Worked all day in the break, and then went solo for a long time, only to be caught on the Picon Blanco, and only lost a minute and a half in the end. Did anybody know Adrià Roger before this? Still only22, this guy seems to have an engine. It was the stage Evenepoel won, but this guy might have delivered the real effort of the day.
 

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