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De Lie has shown so far at the three WT stage races he did in 2023, being PN, Renewi nad Guangxi that he would not be competitive in a full peleton sprint at the TDF - He needs a punchy finish which did not occur in the 2023 TDF - Depending on parcours, the Vuelta may be the best option in 2024.
Yep, it's "riders for courses" but he always seems to be far back in the bunch, so there's still some work there or a better leadout man.
 
De Lie has shown so far at the three WT stage races he did in 2023, being PN, Renewi nad Guangxi that he would not be competitive in a full peleton sprint at the TDF - He needs a punchy finish which did not occur in the 2023 TDF - Depending on parcours, the Vuelta may be the best option in 2024.
Think the sprint that Pedersen won would have been perfect for De Lie...
 
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In his final year, Thomas de Gendt is still learning some new tricks

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The article in Belgian press today makes it sound like de Lie is running the team now :D

(gt) “Arnaud and I regularly talk on the phone,” says CEO Stéphane Heulot. “He doesn't make any demands, but he does indicate how he sees it. He always thinks in terms of the team. Ultimately, we as management decide, but it goes without saying that we listen to Arnaud.”

Lotto Dstny does everything he can to make De Lie as comfortable as possible. David Thomson first appeared two years ago. In the meantime, De Lie's personal osteopath is a full member of the team and the medical staff was further strengthened at his request. De Lie's bike fitter is also closely involved with the team. [...]

De Lie was thus given the right to veto the choice of the new bike. After breaking the contract with Ridley, he was one of the riders who tested some new brands. It is no coincidence that the team just ended up at Orbea. De Lie already raced on the Spanish brand among the juniors. [...]

Naturally, De Lie has more than his say in the program he rides and with whom he completes those races. He also adjusts his lead-out. In the off-season, De Lie indicated who he would like to join. Lionel Taminiaux answered his question. Oliver Naesen approached the team with his wish, but he had already given his word to DecathlonAG2R. It is no coincidence that the contract extensions of Beullens, Van Moer and De Buyst were announced at approximately the same period as that of De Lie. De Lie insisted that they stay. More than the financial aspects, he focused on the team around him during the negotiations. Jasper De Buyst is the only rider in the team who, like De Lie, is contracted until 2026. The next contract extensions that De Lie hopes for are those of Campenaerts, Vermeersch, Grignard and Eenkhoorn.


https://pressreader.com/article/282037627092362
 
Thanks for the post, search!
It's logical in a way that the team's behind De Lie, but it puts him under a lot of pressure to perfom, and it can ruffle some feathers with other guys in the team who also want a chance to shine.
 
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The article in Belgian press today makes it sound like de Lie is running the team now

Yeah they're kind of framing a few things to make it seems like De Lie is a Greek God and literally decides everything. Obviously he has a lot to say, like every leader in every team. Pretty normal he has his "guys" in the team, but...

- Taminiaux, while being a friend of De Lie, did not come to just help De Lie, just look at the races both are riding. The races they do together are very limited, if there are any honestly. Taminiaux is definitely not at Lotto to be De Lie's leadout, he won't even be at the Tour. Taminiaux is at Lotto to give them more opportunities to get points in smaller races, specifically in May, June, August and September.

- The extensions of Beullens, Van Moer and De Buyst? Oh come on, like the team wouldn't be wanting them to stay if De Lie wasn't as good as he is. They're simply good riders. Grignard is probably the only one who's life has been made significantly easier thanks to De Lie.

- the bikefitter is Gaetan Bille btw, ex Lotto rider, it's not like he's a nobody. There has been like 10 new news in the Lotto staff this season, it's not like they are all coming from De Lie

- Naesen was on the shortlist of Lotto, so was Vanmarcke. De Lie and Lotto wanted reinforcement with experience, and those were simply the 2 Belgian guys that fitted the profile. It wasn't rocket science.
 
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