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Juan Ayuso discussion thread

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I was kinda happy to be proven wrong today. I don't have much hope for the new spanish gc hopeful. I don't know why he is touted as a gc a guy, i think he should leave the mindset he is so talented to be stuck as a gc guy.
What's wrong with being a GC guy? You can be a GC guy and still go for wins in classics. Look at Pogacar and Evenepoel.
 
Serious question. What the hell are UAE going to do if this kid is this good and keeps it up? Teddy is their leader for the next 5 or so years and I don’t think Almeida has reached his peak yet. I don’t see this kid on dom duties until Pogacar retires, nor do I see either of them satisfied winning the Vuelta or Giro every single year. If Ayuso wins La Vuelta this year, it’s going to be very crowded.
 
Serious question. What the hell are UAE going to do if this kid is this good and keeps it up? Teddy is their leader for the next 5 or so years and I don’t think Almeida has reached his peak yet. I don’t see this kid on dom duties until Pogacar retires, nor do I see either of them satisfied winning the Vuelta or Giro every single year. If Ayuso wins La Vuelta this year, it’s going to be very crowded.
They've got Christen under contract for the next gazillion years too, it doesn't make much sense. Just throwing long contracts around and seeing what sticks. INEOS are desperate for a leader. I reckon they'd throw the sink at Ayuso if given the chance. And they should.
 
They've got Christen under contract for the next gazillion years too, it doesn't make much sense. Just throwing long contracts around and seeing what sticks. INEOS are desperate for a leader. I reckon they'd throw the sink at Ayuso if given the chance. And they should.

And isn’t Ayuso signed through like 2040 or something? In all seriousness, I remember that it was an outrageously obscene amount of years.
 
Serious question. What the hell are UAE going to do if this kid is this good and keeps it up? Teddy is their leader for the next 5 or so years and I don’t think Almeida has reached his peak yet. I don’t see this kid on dom duties until Pogacar retires, nor do I see either of them satisfied winning the Vuelta or Giro every single year. If Ayuso wins La Vuelta this year, it’s going to be very crowded.
No disrespect to Almeida who is a great rider but Ayuso is in another class, really. I dont think it will be long until Ayuso has overtaken the former in the UAE hierarchy. Potentially after this year’s Vuelta already.
 
Serious question. What the hell are UAE going to do if this kid is this good and keeps it up? Teddy is their leader for the next 5 or so years and I don’t think Almeida has reached his peak yet. I don’t see this kid on dom duties until Pogacar retires, nor do I see either of them satisfied winning the Vuelta or Giro every single year. If Ayuso wins La Vuelta this year, it’s going to be very crowded.
Almeida is destined to get crowded out. Ayuso is likely going to win the Vuelta this year or next and will then be stuck in a very weird position where he will be capped at second in the team hierarchy unless he beats his own teammate mano a mano to win the Tour. I see a 1986 Tour and/or 1995 Giro reprisal on the horizon.
 
And isn’t Ayuso signed through like 2040 or something? In all seriousness, I remember that it was an outrageously obscene amount of years.
All of Pogacar, Ayuso (2028, even) and Christen are signed through 2027, three of the longest contracts in all of cycling. And all have the same goals in their careers. Although, at this point, it may be very wild to assume Christen is getting to that level, but given they've signed him for so long it is probably what they are expecting.

This is without even mentioning Almeida, who's there until 2026 too.
 
Almeida is destined to get crowded out. Ayuso is likely going to win the Vuelta this year or next and will then be stuck in a very weird position where he will be capped at second in the team hierarchy unless he beats his own teammate mano a mano to win the Tour. I see a 1986 Tour and/or 1995 Giro reprisal on the horizon.
I think it's easier to manage two captains in the Tour if they are both beaten.
 
They've got Christen under contract for the next gazillion years too, it doesn't make much sense. Just throwing long contracts around and seeing what sticks. INEOS are desperate for a leader. I reckon they'd throw the sink at Ayuso if given the chance. And they should.
It makes sense in the sense that they'd rather waste great riders in their own team rather than have to compete with them, and they have the money to do so anyway. It's not unlike how Bayern wins the Bundesliga every year.
 
Almeida is destined to get crowded out. Ayuso is likely going to win the Vuelta this year or next and will then be stuck in a very weird position where he will be capped at second in the team hierarchy unless he beats his own teammate mano a mano to win the Tour. I see a 1986 Tour and/or 1995 Giro reprisal on the horizon.
Why can't Ayuso/Pog co lead vs Vingegaard/Roglic if it comes to that?
 
Serious question. What the hell are UAE going to do if this kid is this good and keeps it up? Teddy is their leader for the next 5 or so years and I don’t think Almeida has reached his peak yet. I don’t see this kid on dom duties until Pogacar retires, nor do I see either of them satisfied winning the Vuelta or Giro every single year. If Ayuso wins La Vuelta this year, it’s going to be very crowded.
Sooner or later the balloon is going to burst, I think
 
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