issoisso said:Bruyneel's recruitment policy baffles me.
He's by far the DS that has his teams riding the most controlled style with no random attacking and no working for sprinters or anything other than GC.
So why did he sign Steemans and Machado?
One's a sprinter. Sure he offers something in the cobbles, but he's a pure sprinter. He's not going to be able to do much work for GC riders at all.
The other is the most kamikaze attacker in the pro peloton, will attack given a quarter of a chance and not only has never fetched a water bottle for anyone, he also won't like the idea of having to do it at all.
Bruyneel baffled me this year.
Are you mistaking Tiago Machado with Juan Miguel Mercado?
I must admit I dont know if Machado attacks a lot since I mostly know him from his results, that indicates all other than a kamikaze-riding style. But as a hugely talented young solid stageracer with a great time trial and very good climbingability I think Machado is a very obvious choise for Bruynell to sign. However I also hope he will not be used too much as a pure helper but more like the similarly skilled Brajkovic as captain in some of the smaller races, and perhaps as one of the leaders in the Vuelta. It would be a shame to turn a talent like him into a pure helper. And propably the Vuelta is also not to unlikely since he will propably be judged to young to ride as one of the TDF-helpers anyways.