The Mads Pedersen is Danish and Absolutely no other Nationality Thread

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What Nationality is Mads Pedersen?

  • Dansk

    Votes: 10 40.0%
  • Danish

    Votes: 5 20.0%
  • Dänisch

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • Danés

    Votes: 2 8.0%
  • Danois

    Votes: 6 24.0%
  • Danese

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • Deens

    Votes: 5 20.0%
  • Danska

    Votes: 4 16.0%

  • Total voters
    25
Well, he doesn't think the route suits him. Again; wouldn't he be the best judge of that?

And the other part was regarding the argument that he should (have) skipped the Vuelta instead. However, the Vuelta gave him several chances for success - he's already had it - while the World Championship would have just been one, that could just as easily have failed.

To the first part: No. It's just a bad excuse.

Winning the WCRR is much more significant than anything he could do in the Vuelta. But sure, less likely. But by a similar logic that would mean that classics specialists with a decent sprint should pick Itzulia because they're more likely to win a stage or to there than winning Flanders or Roubaix because the competition is less. Fortunately, that's not how cycling usually works.
 
I guess I just believe that if a rider chooses - for whatever reason - not to ride a race, then that's the end of the story. It doesn't really matter whether the route fits him or not, or whether winning the World Championships (again) would be more significant than what he's doing at the Vuelta.
 
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I guess I just believe that if a rider chooses - for whatever reason - not to ride a race, then that's the end of the story. It doesn't really matter whether the route fits him or not, or whether winning the World Championships (again) would be more significant than what he's doing at the Vuelta.

Of course you think that.

I guess it's a rather pointless thing to discuss with you but you would probably find that most people would find the decision absurd.
 
He looked at the route, saw it was in Australia and looked at the 4000 metres of vertical gain, then looked at his GF and thought to himself she was pretty cute, and decided to take a well earned vacation with her (2 weeks too early ofc).
 
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Well, he doesn't think the route suits him. Again; wouldn't he be the best judge of that? Sure, there are riders who just lack confidence in their own ability to get over hills, but Mads doesn't really strike me as that kind of guy.

And the other part was regarding the argument that he should (have) skipped the Vuelta instead. However, the Vuelta gave him several chances for success - he's already had it - while the World Championship would have just been one, that could just as easily have failed.
Pedersen might have good legs, but he has bad judgement if he thinks the route is too hard for him. Laporte is the 6th biggest favorite, Girmay 8th, Matthews 9th according to the bookies. Pedersen would be ranked as the 6th biggest favorite just in front of Laporte if he participated.
 
It is kind of a big deal that he don't want to go. I can't forget how he dominated van Aert in Paris-Nice and for that matter van der Poel is still shook from 2019. That hill on the circuit is the kind he rolls over super easily all year. Vuelta ends on the 11th and the team probably don't leave for the world's until the 16th or later so there would have been some time at home.
 
Isn't it just because he needs time off to move to Switzerland?

Probably. But there was an article where he gave his reasons for skipping the Worlds, and having a life - and a wife - outside cycling was among them.
I think it was on Cycling Weekly. Unfortunately, CW's search feature is ***.

Well, there's a CN article from four days ago, but the article I'm referring to was definitely earlier.
 
Probably. But there was an article where he gave his reasons for skipping the Worlds, and having a life - and a wife - outside cycling was among them.
I think it was on Cycling Weekly. Unfortunately, CW's search feature is ***.

Well, there's a CN article from four days ago, but the article I'm referring to was definitely earlier.

I assume you mean this one:

But if he really wanted to do the WC, I can't see why he wouldn't have been able to take a few weeks of rest instead of riding the Vuelta, so I assume they couldn't move in to their new house in August.