Oh phew! Much better. What in the world had me internalize that incorrect fact? Well, last rider on my team, I guess I got 'teams to be suspect about' vibes and short-circuited something.Good thing for you that he isn't riding for Lotto then
Too bad it's DSM instead.
Also, Ewan will now because of this score 2000 points at leastSpeaking of Lotto, one factor I did not consider is the fight for points amongst the less successful teams whose WT licence could be under threat. Could play in to my favour with some riders as both Kron and Vermeersch look like their schedules include lower ranked races this year, where they might have a greater chance of success. Beginning to wish I hadn't opted against Ivan Sosa or Muhlberger now, as Movistar might employ similar tactics?
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There are so many interesting French prospects coming through with mountain bike backgrounds.Clement Berthet (114, 2) – I always like the potential of a ‘switch to road cycling’ experiment, whether it’s from another sport (Roglic, Woods, Evenepoel) or from another discipline (Evans, MvdP, all the trackies and crossers, too many to list). But that also comes with some uncertainty – Bora’s various experiments over the past couple of years haven’t borne fruit, and guys like, say, Ondrej Cink dipped in and out pretty quickly. Berthet was someone who I figured had done enough in his first year since switching from MTB to show that he had a solid baseline and wouldn’t flame out. He got some respectable placings early in the season, then several more after switching from the troubled Delko to Ag2r’s setup in August. His highest result wasn’t anything to shoot fireworks off about (14th in Poland), but it was at the only WT race he did. On top of that, he finished every race except Turkey and a small 1.1 race, and made it to the end of a bunch of late-season one-day races in groups that were respectable enough to be a few minutes behind the leaders but not enough to up his CQ price. Keep that consistency and up the level a bit as he becomes more accustomed to the peloton, and I’m hopeful of a 300+ point campaign, which I’d be happy with.
Thanks for this context on these riders, that is great to know a bit more about them. I don't manage to pull as deep into riders' performance history and development in other disciplines, so this is good to know and follow about these guys. I've never even heard of Zingle before he was mentioned a few pages ago in this thread, and Koretzky was a name I was aware of but knew nothing about.There are so many interesting French prospects coming through with mountain bike backgrounds.
Clément Berthet - OK for me he was not a super standout in MTB: Good but not exceptional. Anyway, allegedly he has some very impressive physical numbers and when he went on camp with Delko on La Plagne , he was pretty much the best uphill immediately according to his agent, Le Mevel! As a consequence, they signed him on a 4-year deal. He broke his collarbone in Turkey, but as you said a very decent first-year on the road and I think he can develop further in 2022 - Interesting profile.
Axel Zingle - I already wrote about him above in some posts, but I forgot to add that when he won his bronze medal at the junior European MTB championships back in 2016 he came on the radar for many. In 2018 after he won silver at the U23 MTB French champs, Rod Ellingworth contacted him and invited him to a small internship with SKY, so this is a kid that has been monitored by the biggest teams in the world. Finally some good vision from Cofidis in signing him. -
Victor Koretzky - By far the best MTB rider of this group, let's see if that also translates to the road, as he in all honesty is a bit older than the others on this list. Junior world MTB champ and U23 silver medalist at the Euros among his many merits. I swear I haven't even noticed he sign a contract with B@B - but the statement about him reads and I quote - Victor is of the caliber of Van Der Poel or Pidcock , ha.ha . Pineau'ss troops are certainly not modest, I say less could do, but OK he will be interesting to follow as well.
Finally, Clement Champoussin was a really good MTB rider as a junior, --- junior French Champ in 2016, and 5th at the Euro Championships. Can he continue his growth from 2021? Besides O'Connor, he is probably AG2R strongest card for stages-races in 2022.
That is actually quite a lot of riders for Mallorca. So I wouldn't call that a slow start. That's 5 fun races to watch for you. I only have 6 riders it looks like. So I will also be looking for Groves and Modolo on the flatter stages. And three Bora Riders, Hindley, Bachmann and Uijtdebroeks. of course there are 14 names on the starting list, so that might change. If Walls starts, i think he could be good for a top 2 (Predicting victory is hard). And probably Schachmann for the hillier routes. But you never know where riders are at this early, so maybe Hindley or Buchmann can do something.That's great news that this 2.2 race is going to be broadcast! A nice appetizer.
The startlist is up on PCS as well - folks might wanna check it out as there are several ProTeams there, like TotalEnergies, Caja Rural, Bardiani, Eolo, Arkea, etc. I've got a rare rider in Iuri Leitao, 15 big points up for grabs!
And heck, while we're at it, startlists are up for Mallorca as well, so might as well start taking a look at the European racing ahead!
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Hmm, a mixed bag. I'd be happy to see some top 10s on the flatter races from Walls, Modolo and Leitao... not sure if Groves is still just a stage sprinter or if he can contest the one days yet. Sosa could feature in the hilly ones if he's in some form, and Jansen and Tiberi can sometimes make selections depending on the race. Not expecting anything from Hagen and Hindley, and very curious to see whether Cian does anything in his pro debut.
They've got startlist up for Marseillaise as well it looks like, though at a glance I don't have anyone. Well, slow start to the season!