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Just curious...with the success of so many CX riders, does anyone know if Eli Iserbyt does much racing on the road, or if he has plans to do so?? I love watching him in the winter and would love to see him in more road action...thanks!
From what I've heard his team and the PCT Bingoal team are merging after this season is over.
I'd love to see him in the Ardennes classics.
 
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Just curious...with the success of so many CX riders, does anyone know if Eli Iserbyt does much racing on the road, or if he has plans to do so?? I love watching him in the winter and would love to see him in more road action...thanks!
Wouldn't except to much of him tbh.
I remember him being in the early break in Belgian Championship last september.
A break with 20+ riders where he didn't have to do any of the work and still he dropped out with more then 50k's to go.

It could have been because of his CX training, but still, pretty dissapointing.
 
Wouldn't except to much of him tbh.
I remember him being in the early break in Belgian Championship last september.
A break with 20+ riders where he didn't have to do any of the work and still he dropped out with more then 50k's to go.

It could have been because of his CX training, but still, pretty dissapointing.
Bit harsch. Not exactly a race where one could expect him to shine.

I'd like to see him in one of the c-tier climbing stage races. Adriatics Ionica, Coppi e Bartali... etc.
 
Luke Plapp (20) signs for Ineos.

I read an article last week that said he also wanted to win GT's in the future or at least see how far he can go there, so i guess him going to Ineos "makes sense" as he's an elite ITT'er that comes from the track. Another promesing project for the team.
 
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Plapp strikes me as more of a classics and one week stage racer - He's very talented but will need time - Think he will ride as a stagiare after the Olympics.
Difficult to tell at this point. Could become the new Tony Martin, but i wouldn't rule out that he can become a GT contender, though from what i've seen so far, i would also think it's a bit less likely. I think he also doesn't know himself at this point where his future lies. To be honest, i didn't read the entire article.
 
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Difficult to tell at this point. Could become the new Tony Martin, but i wouldn't rule out that he can become a GT contender, though from what i've seen so far, i would also think it's a bit less likely. I think he also doesn't know himself at this point where his future lies. To be honest, i didn't read the entire article.
Think you'll find his track team pursuit mate Kelland O'Brien will join TBE.
 
I was very surprised to see Fiorelli finishing third from the break in yesterday's stage. I've always thought of him as the traditional third tier Italian semi sprinter who can perhaps win a few flat races here and there. Yesterday he beat very competent riders like Tratnik, Vervaeke, Edet, Oliveira, Valter in a tough Appennines stage with terrible weather.

Does anybody know more about him?
 
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From Palermo. I looked that up, don't know anything. He has won the Tour of Albania and there had to be some mountains there. This interview: https://www.sportfair.it/2020/01/filippo-fiorelli-intervista-sportfair/1000302/
So basically he didn't seriously train until 2014 (aged 20), when he left Sicily and joined a team in Tuscany.
In 2015 and 2016 he rode a few races with tha national team, with some decent results in minor races.
Then in 2017 he was hit by a virus and it took him months to recover, so in 2018 only an amateur team picked him up.

He only started riding with a PCT team as a trainee in 2019 (Nippo) and won a number of .2 or minor races. He couldn't believe when Bardiani offered him a contract for 2020.

Also, he fits the "late starter, coming from a different sport" narrative since he says he was a basketball player.
 
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Realised something earlier today: Atilla Valter is the only rider who's worn white in this year's Giro because he was actually leading that competition.

  • On stage 2, Edoardo Affini, who was second in the points classification, wore the cyclamen jersey, because first placed Filippo Ganna wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification. Because Ganna and Affini were also the first two riders in the young rider classification, Tobias Foss, who was third in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey.
  • On stage 3, Edoardo Affini, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Filippo Ganna wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification. For the same reason, Tobias Foss wore the white jersey on stage 4.
  • On stage 6, Vincenzo Albanese, who was second in the mountains classification, wore the blue jersey, because first placed Joe Dombrowski didn't start the stage after a crash and a subsequent injury late in stage 5.
  • On stages 7–9, Remco Evenepoel, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Attila Valter wore the pink jersey as the leader of the general classification. On stages 10 and 11, Evenepoel continued wearing the white jersey, but with Egan Bernal as the leader of the general classification. For the same reason, Aleksandr Vlasov wore the white jersey on stages 12 and 13.
Also, I wonder if Marijn Van Den Berg will join his older brother on the big boys' team some time soon. He seems to be doing quite well.
 
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Alessandro Covi is riding into form as the Giro progresses and now has a second and a third in the 2 toughest Giro stages (so far).
I re watched yesterday's final and as he crossed the finish line he told a member of UAE staff that he punctured. Not sure when it happened but it might explain why he stopped gaining time on Fortunato after 1 km of his attack.

Overall I'm happy with how he's riding. Hopefully he keeps getting in breaks.
 
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Alessandro Covi is riding into form as the Giro progresses and now has a second and a third in the 2 toughest Giro stages (so far).
I re watched yesterday's final and as he crossed the finish line he told a member of UAE staff that he punctured. Not sure when it happened but it might explain why he stopped gaining time on Fortunato after 1 km of his attack.

Overall I'm happy with how he's riding. Hopefully he keeps getting in breaks.
Vanhoucke apparently had a mechanical in the final of the Montalcino stage. He said he had great legs and felt he missed a huge opportunity. *** happens, but as Campenaerts proved, the time will come eventually.

Covi has also done tremendous work pulling the peloton on a few occasions.
 
Covi rode a really solid Giro, let's see how far he can go.

Pronskiy was a pleasant surprise, he was pretty much Vlasov's best climbing domestique. I know that he was a big talent, who won the gc in the Giro della Valle d'Aosta in 2018, but sooo many Kazakh riders are great in the u23 ranks only to dissapear afterwards...

Sobrero did a really good final ITT and he's only 63kg heavy. That's pretty light for him to just be a TT specialist, maybe the team should send him to some smaller shorter stage races with a TT and see how he does on the gc? I know that he was always more of a one day racer in the u23 ranks, maybe hilly one day races could be something for him.
 
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Covi rode a really solid Giro, let's see how far he can go.

Pronskiy was a pleasant surprise, he was pretty much Vlasov's best climbing domestique. I know that he was a big talent, who won the gc in the Giro della Valle d'Aosta in 2018, but sooo many Kazakh riders are great in the u23 ranks only to dissapear afterwards...

Sobrero did a really good final ITT and he's only 63kg heavy. That's pretty light for him to just be a TT specialist, maybe the team should send him to some smaller shorter stage races with a TT and see how he does on the gc? I know that he was always more of a one day racer in the u23 ranks, maybe hilly one day races could be something for him.
Couldnt agree more that these three riders deserve to be mentioned after this Giro, very good performances from them!

Would add Storer for his performance in the last few stages, seems to grow slightly every year.
 
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