I hope they don't get Kittel.They look mouth-wateringly good next year. 3 top GC guys who can climb and TT, plenty of climbing doms, one of the best sprinters in the world and a couple top strongmen on the rise who can also sprint. And they could still get Kittel...
Definitely enough climbing doms to field contending teams for all 3 GTs.They look mouth-wateringly good next year. 3 top GC guys who can climb and TT, plenty of climbing doms, one of the best sprinters in the world and a couple top strongmen on the rise who can also sprint. And they could still get Kittel...
I would say that if Kittel signs for anyone now, it would be Sunweb. They’ve just lost their top gc rider, and signed Benoot, a classics rider, to go along with Matthews, a classics rider/stage hunter. Kittel would be the obvious rider to contest those flat stage sprints where the day just isn’t hard enough for Matthews to win.I hope they don't get Kittel.
Considering they are focusing more on GT's next season's and even Groenewegen might miss the Tour selection I don't think they need him.
You clearly remember things wrong because they gained time on that stage to many more GC relevant riders than just Valverde and Mollema was a legit podium contender at that point until he got ill in 3rd week.
That doesn't change the fact they didn't do it "just to protect Mollema's top10" because after that stage Mollema was 2nd in GC, after outclimbing Contador, Quintana and Purito on Ax3 Domaines and finishing 2nd best of GC riders after Froome on ITT. He was fighting for podium at that point. They worked to attack 2nd overall, not to defend 7th or something.But they started the work after valverde's puncture
That teams are all in continuity, they changed the sponsors but maintaining the same team structure, there aren't cases like when Astana in 2007 created a total new entity going away from Liberty Seguros ashes.I disagree. The team has changed so much, inside and outside, it's hardly recognizable as 'Rabobank'. Just like: