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Sebastian Langeveld

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Have sky being going after him or has he just wanted to go to sky?

Sky really don't need any more cobbled riders imo. They are quite strong in that area.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Have sky being going after him or has he just wanted to go to sky?

Sky really don't need any more cobbled riders imo. They are quite strong in that area.

Maybe they need a Hard man to drag the break back in before Cav´s train takes over - Just a thought.
 
Sebastian just needed some new fresh air. And Sky had an offer he couldn't refuse. De Jongh also had a hand in this.

Besides, Flecha is getting old(er), and Langeveld was already better than Flecha in RVV this year (and he beat him in Omloop). Sky must think of the future. With Hagen AND Langeveld AND Thomas they have that
 
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Captain_Cavman said:

Generally, for all other news, absolutely not. But for cycling they somehow often seem to get it right.

Don't really know what Sky could use him for, they've got an incredible cobbles team already. Leopard could be a good fit, they're looking for a 'Devolder' to cover breaks for Cancellara. BMC could also work, don't know if Hincapie will continue past this year?
 
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I think Sky are worried that Hayman will leave for Greenedge (and they should be too) as will CJ Sutton. Add that to Arveson retiring (and possible Jeremy Hunt) and the future of Michael Barry up in the air (with the US Postal investigation) and they have some gaps to fill. Flecha's not getting any younger either.

If true, their cobbled classics squad for next year looks very strong with Langeveld, Thomas, Flecha, EBH, Stannard and Swift.

By the way, Cycling Weekly are reporting that Luke Rowe (currently with the GB academy) will sign a contract with Sky as well. He's done OK this year with a victory at the ZLM tour (for the 2nd time), 5 podiums (2 @ tour of Normandie (and 5th overall) and 3 @ Olympia tour (9th overall), 8th at Cote Picardie and 13th in the U23 RVV. Last year he was 5th at the U23 RVV and 11th in the U23 World champs.
 
Captain_Cavman said:

No it's not. It's a paper that likes sensation and suggestion, but their cycling news usually is very good. A lot better then the sports newspaper(AD Sportwereld) we got in the Netherlands.
An example of our Sportspaper today is the news that Tondo died in a freak accident. He was together with a rider from Euskaltel... right..
Yesterday they wrote a **** piece about stage 14 and 15.

Sorry I'm going off-topic.
 
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Richeypen said:
I cant see him signing without someone else going out the door. Maybe Hayman has said he wants to join Greenedge.

why is that?
Langeveld is better then almost all of the cobbles team, including hayman and is worse then none. So I see no issue.

Big loss for rabo, a very good rider.
Personally I think it could be good for his development, hopefully it works out at sky, if it is in fact his team.
 
Very nice to see a talented Dutch rider leave Rabobank, especially if he's getting paid good money.

I've long been of the opinion that talented Dutchies need to spread out, and not just feel happy in the warm cocoon that is Rabo. That's not to say that no Dutch rider will ever achieve success at Rabobank, but bunching up all the talented riders from your country into one team will not benefit either the development of the nation as a whole for cycling, and will limit how many wins the riders from your country get as a whole.

On the other hand, if it's Sky he is going to, I don't see how Sebas helps their 'British rider Tour win' ambitions. They've only got 4 Tours left
 
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
why is that?
Langeveld is better then almost all of the cobbles team, including hayman and is worse then none. So I see no issue.

Big loss for rabo, a very good rider.
Personally I think it could be good for his development, hopefully it works out at sky, if it is in fact his team.

Hayman is one of the best Cobbles domestiques in the world. Langeveld isnt going to replace Flecha as leader unless he leaves the team. Thomas will be a protected rider next year. If Hayman goes he will be an ideal replacement, otherwise it will be a case of Garmin this year. Packing a team full of the best riders can have negative effects if there is no overal plan there.
 
Kwibus said:
No it's not. It's a paper that likes sensation and suggestion, but their cycling news usually is very good. A lot better then the sports newspaper(AD Sportwereld) we got in the Netherlands.
An example of our Sportspaper today is the news that Tondo died in a freak accident. He was together with a rider from Euskaltel... right..
Yesterday they wrote a **** piece about stage 14 and 15.

Sorry I'm going off-topic.

The Televaag is pretty trustworthy on sports I've found, with rumours and such. And their financial pages are pretty good also.

But the rest of the newspaper is horrible, I agree.
 
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Thomas won't be a protected rider next year on cobbles becasue he is gonna focus on Olmypics. He isnt gonna race a lot and train on track with the team though.
 
Gloin22 said:
Thomas won't be a protected rider next year becasue he is gonna focus on Olmypics. He isnt gonna race a lot and train on track with the team though.

Thomas will be protected. Not a chance after this year he wont go all out in the spring classics. Will focus on the Olympics after
 
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Reverend_T_Preedy said:
I think Sky are worried that Hayman will leave for Greenedge (and they should be too) as will CJ Sutton. Add that to Arveson retiring (and possible Jeremy Hunt) and the future of Michael Barry up in the air (with the US Postal investigation) and they have some gaps to fill. Flecha's not getting any younger either.

If true, their cobbled classics squad for next year looks very strong with Langeveld, Thomas, Flecha, EBH, Stannard and Swift.

By the way, Cycling Weekly are reporting that Luke Rowe (currently with the GB academy) will sign a contract with Sky as well. He's done OK this year with a victory at the ZLM tour (for the 2nd time), 5 podiums (2 @ tour of Normandie (and 5th overall) and 3 @ Olympia tour (9th overall), 8th at Cote Picardie and 13th in the U23 RVV. Last year he was 5th at the U23 RVV and 11th in the U23 World champs.

Luke allegedly signed a pre-contract with Sky for 2012 before he joined An Post. Brailsford wanted him but thought it too early for him to ride PT, and wanted him to have another year at Conti level. Very talented rider, I remember him and Joe Perrett clobbering the field (inc. me) at the Junior Tour of Worcestershire in 2008.
 
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Richeypen said:
Thomas will be protected. Not a chance after this year he wont go all out in the spring classics. Will focus on the Olympics after

The plan as I last heard, was a full on assault at the classics, possibly the first 2 weeks of the Giro, then turn to the Olympics. Wiggins and Thomas did much the same in 2008.
 
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Reverend_T_Preedy said:
I think Sky are worried that Hayman will leave for Greenedge (and they should be too) as will CJ Sutton. Add that to Arveson retiring (and possible Jeremy Hunt) and the future of Michael Barry up in the air (with the US Postal investigation) and they have some gaps to fill. Flecha's not getting any younger either.

If true, their cobbled classics squad for next year looks very strong with Langeveld, Thomas, Flecha, EBH, Stannard and Swift.

By the way, Cycling Weekly are reporting that Luke Rowe (currently with the GB academy) will sign a contract with Sky as well. He's done OK this year with a victory at the ZLM tour (for the 2nd time), 5 podiums (2 @ tour of Normandie (and 5th overall) and 3 @ Olympia tour (9th overall), 8th at Cote Picardie and 13th in the U23 RVV. Last year he was 5th at the U23 RVV and 11th in the U23 World champs.

Luke Rowe is as definite as definite can be at this point.

Langeveld is an interesting one. Flecha, as strong as he is, is always a good bet for a strong showing, but actually winning is always going to be tough. They tried to get Breschel last year, so they clearly want a strong cobbles team.
 
auscyclefan94 said:
Have sky being going after him or has he just wanted to go to sky?

Sky really don't need any more cobbled riders imo. They are quite strong in that area.

Sky has deep pockets. That about explains it. Rabo likely wasn't going to be able match what Sky was offering. He's a major talent and maybe he sees more potential for further growth there.
 
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will10 said:
Luke allegedly signed a pre-contract with Sky for 2012 before he joined An Post.

Do you mean Andy Fenn? Luke Rowe is riding for ther GB team (or 100%ME in domestic races). Andy Fenn signed for An Post last year. Interestingly, he's also been riding for team GB this year where he won a stage at the Tour de Bretagne.

If Sky want to take on young British talent then they need to give them races in which they can target, such as smaller single day or stage races in France, Holland, Belgium, Italy etc.

While we're on the subject of Sky, I expect them to sign an Irish rider this summer too. Makes sense for the sponsors. I wonder whether they might try for Dan Martin or Philip Deignan?
 

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