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KASPER ASGREEN (enough said)

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Pretty crazy to think that despite having a good career as an U23, he wasn't initially picked up by any pro team and was on the Conti level until April. Just shows that even big talents can sometimes slip through the cracks. Bet DQS are glad they took the chance on him now though!
 
Pretty crazy to think that despite having a good career as an U23, he wasn't initially picked up by any pro team and was on the Conti level until April. Just shows that even big talents can sometimes slip through the cracks. Bet DQS are glad they took the chance on him now though!
And even DQS only signed him cause they had a flurry of injuries last spring and wanted "just another body" to be honest.
 
And even DQS only signed him cause they had a flurry of injuries last spring and wanted "just another body" to be honest.
As far as I've heard the story, Lefevre was already set on another rider to solve the injury issues, when Bjarne Riis called him up, and told him he should look at a kid on his conti team (yes, conti, not pro-conti).
 
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As far as I've heard the story, Lefevre was already set on another rider to solve the injury issues, when Bjarne Riis called him up, and told him he should look at a kid on his conti team (yes, conti, not pro-conti).
Actually they couldn't sign the other rider (who was pro-conti) due to UCI regulations apparently. In any case, as stated by others here: PL certainly struck gold with Asgreen. It was a perfect match.
 
Actually they couldn't sign the other rider (who was pro-conti) due to UCI regulations apparently. In any case, as stated by others here: PL certainly struck gold with Asgreen. It was a perfect match.
I think there is a lot of talent on the danish pro-conti and continental teams.

Asgreen didn't exactly win a lot of races at conti level, he was pretty much just a TT specialist, but has undergone a tremendous development both in terms of tactical sense and in terms of punch.
 
Asgreen with a disappointing TT at the Worlds today, and in the interview afterwards he said that his good form has vanished. So that's really bad news for the Danish team since he was basically the only one in the team who has won major races this year - apart from Fuglsang who probably has no chance of reaching the podium considering the nature of the course. Theoretically Cort, Valgren and Pedersen should have a chance, but they haven't won enough races in the last year to be considered podium candidates - and while Mørkøv is fast, he can not be expected to beat the fastest guys in a close bunch sprint.

A bit sad - at the Olympics, Fuglsang will have a chance, but he will not get much help from the other Danes - Asgreen might prove the best to do so -, so it's a bit unlucky for Denmark that the one day classic riders have had so little success in 2019 where the route should suit them
 
I think it's been a long and successful season for young Asgreen. True, his ITT at the Worlds was disappointing. But he did a lot of work at the grand tour level, and maybe it's just a case of not being able to hold form or regain form in this long season.
 
I think it's been a long and successful season for young Asgreen. True, his ITT at the Worlds was disappointing. But he did a lot of work at the grand tour level, and maybe it's just a case of not being able to hold form or regain form in this long season.
Well, he has held form from since February without any real break so this was more or less bound to happen.
 
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Surely that's true for the WC. But i wonder if at the EC he was still able to defend his chances or if the form was already in decline then. I did expect him to beat Evenepoel there. So i'm still wondering about his ITT abilities when 100% and whether or not the ECC was it.
 
Surely that's true for the WC. But i wonder if at the EC he was still able to defend his chances or if the form was already in decline then. I did expect him to beat Evenepoel there. So i'm still wondering about his ITT abilities when 100% and whether or not the ECC was it.
After the TT the other day, he said he had felt his form decline during the Tour of Germany, and that he would work with his trainers on how to extend the form next year.
 
Exactly, we have to remember this was his first full season with the team after joining them in April last year. And even in 2018 his best results were 6th at Laugueglia (before signing with Quickstep) and 4th at the national time trial championships. So no one expected pretty much anything from him except maybe help in a few TTTs going into 2019. He came out of nowhere and performed on pretty much every terrain this year. TTs, cobbles, sprinting and even climbing. I wonder what he will go for in 2020 and what he can achieve.
 
Remco, Yves, Bob & Julian will go to the Specialized windtunnel in California to improve their ITT positions... Am i the only one wondering why Kasper isn't going? I mean, i'd wager a pretty penny that he'll beat Jungels any day of the week in an ITT.
Probably just going a different time? Some of Boras riders were there in the off-season together with Großschartner coming in on his own a few weeks later.
 

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