I agree that Hodeg has done nothing to earn his shot. But very recently Lefevere was saying he had been promised this Giro as sprinter.Hodeg has showed nothing to deserve a place.
Ballerini won Omloop and have struggled since.
Even Cavendish in his peak had troubles getting through the Tour and especially when the mountains got high and the stages got hard. Giro is in some ways tougher when it comes to that. He also had help and riders dedicated to him so they would make it within the time limit. There is no room for that in the selection while tryna support Almeida and Evenepoel.
I like that they have gone with a GC-team for this. Especially when they have two so very exciting riders on their rosters.
Ballerini had great early season form and then that ebbed away. But he’s had a month off and looked strong in the leadout for Bennett today. Surely he’s worth a go in his home GT and he’s a capable domestique for the other stages too. Cavendish is Cavendish, win or lose he will bring big sponsor attention and as the sprinter with the second most wins this year (lol) he might get a stage or two.
If Evenepoel had been smashing prep races and was going in as a huge favourite for pink, fine, give him the full eight man team. But it’s his first race back from injury and they are nominally putting Almeida in the top leaders role with Remco as co-leader. If they don’t think that they are actually going to win GC, I don’t see what they gain by taking a sixth full time domestique rather than five and one free lancing sprinter. If you are taking the guy who won Omloop, he can certainly do a domestiques job too.
Mostly it just rubs me the wrong way because they are Quickstep, the number one sprint and classics team of the recent era.