If China takes over worlds economy they might actually be right. So far they're based in the Netherlands though. Not in North Korea or something like that.Team DSM bites back: "Our way of working is the future".
Te strenge regels. Tegenvallende resultaten. Renners die willen opstappen. Materiaal dat niet in orde is. Team DSM krijgt het al maanden zwaar te verduren. Maar de ploeg bijt van zich af. In een exclusief interview met WielerFlits geven hoofdcoach Rudi Kemna (53) en ploegleider Matt Winston (34)...www.wielerflits.nl
"That 'working together' also means that everyone sticks to their role. Just like a mechanic doesn't bother with tactics, riders have to stick to their role. And accept being told that something is better.. "
I think a team that has had the level of success that they have had, on supposedly one of the smaller budgets around IIRC, gets a bit of a pass for having one bad year.I've just realised that DSM are 2nd last WT team in both PCS and CQ team rankings for 2021, barely above Qhubeka who had a heavily compromised transfer window due to sponsorship issues.
What's happened to this once one of the most admired teams in the peloton? The team that raced beautifully to secure Matthews green jersey in TdF? The team that enjoyed a lot of success with home grown talent like Dumoulin or Kittel? Even the team that won 3 TdF stages last year?
Will the sponsors push for management reshuffle? It seems whatever ideas for running the team they have now, aren't working.
They only want riders that score high on the 'cooperation factor'. Ergo do what we want or get the *** out. Works wonders as you can see.I think a team that has had the level of success that they have had, on supposedly one of the smaller budgets around IIRC, gets a bit of a pass for having one bad year.
The trouble is, there's no indication that next year is going to be any better, and that's where it will really get difficult.
Kept Bol, though.They lost Dumoulin, Matthews, Kelderman, Barguil, Oomen, Hirschi, Teunissen, Theuns, Kämna in the last 4 years. And they will lose Hindley.
Of course it is probably unrealistic that any team except perhaps Sky would have been able to keep everyone of them, but it is still a huge talent drain.
Bardet should have told them to shove it, that was once in a career chane for him as th sole leader of the French team and after a decent Giro finding another team shouldn't be that hard...and they forbid Bardet to go to the olympics and gamble everything on the Vuelta with him. And now Bardet's GC is gone within a week.
Well played DSM.
Yeah, of course he would have been sole leader if you compare his recent performances with those of David Gaudu...Bardet should have told them to shove it, that was once in a career chane for him as th sole leader of the French team and after a decent Giro finding another team shouldn't be that hard...
With equal hindsight, best case scenario for Bardet in that Olympics RR would have been top 5, more likely top 10. With smaller team sizes, I think it's very unlikely that he and Gaudu would have made the front group, so a wash for Team France. And if he recovers well, a stage win at this Vuelta is still a possibility.That feels a bit like hindsight to me even if I think that with optimum preparation Bardet could have had a better placing in the Olympics than in the Vuelta.
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