The Mads Pedersen Thread

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Hugo Koblet said:
The last time a rider this young got 2nd or better in his debut in Flanders, was when Maertens got 2nd in 1973.
Yep. Merckx managed 3rd. But Van Steenbergen won his debut in 1944 age 19. :eek:
 
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RedheadDane said:
If - rather unexpectedly, I'd say - his cycling career should totally fail he'll have something else to fall back on:

Bike salesman! :D
I thought that video was great - he came across really well, totally relaxed, and at ease.

Denmark have some fabulous young cyclists of all disciplines at the moment; I'm a fan of Simon Andreassen.
 
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Broccolidwarf said:
RedheadDane said:
He's relatively fast.
Actually, he isn't particularly anything, but he has an extraordinary tactical sense..... I think he is very similar to Valgren like that..... both next generation Avermaets :cool:
Hence the "relatively". ;)
Though I'll admit this is based purely on his results; I'm simply assuming he's relatively fast since he already won a sprint this year. Besides, you probably wouldn't participate in a sprint at a GT - even with this rather weak sprinting field - if you couldn't sprint, would be the act of an extreme optimist otherwise...
He can also time trial quite well, and he's not terrible on the cobbles.

In fact, I think it's easier for me to say what kind of rider he isn't. He isn't a climber.
 
I seriously love this kid! :D

Interview before the start, is completely bandaged up on his right arm and leg: Speculates that maybe the loss of skin will have meant that he has lost a bit of weight, says he hopes for an easy day.
Repeatedly tries to get in the breakaway... (not the first time he's done that...)
 
With today's victory, he earned his 10th professional win. And of all the riders in the professional peloton who have at least 10 wins, he is easily the youngest. Bernal will soon change that, of course.

Still no WT win, though.
 
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Counting pro-only (non u-23) races Sosa, Balkan and Jakobsen are younger and have 10 wins. Probably a few others.
Or do you mean specifically World Tour riders?

More than the physical ability, he seems to also have the attitude to go even further.
 
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Just curious, why not .2 races? Never heard of those being discounted except in the "most top 10s" game in this forum
 
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GuyIncognito said:
Just curious, why not .2 races? Never heard of those being discounted except in the "most top 10s" game in this forum
.2 are often races without pro teams in it (sometimes some pro teams ride there, but for example foreign pro teams are not allowed), while .1 is basically the other way around a pro race with some CT in it.
 
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tobydawq said:
With today's victory, he earned his 10th professional win. And of all the riders in the professional peloton who have at least 10 wins, he is easily the youngest. Bernal will soon change that, of course.

Still no WT win, though.
I noticed that too, it's quite a high number of wins for a 22 year old.

Compared to a selection of star riders of recent times, before they turned 23 (did some quick calculations, so I can't say if it's 100% correct) :
Sagan 20
Gaviria 19
Cav 17
Viviani 13
Demare 14
Cunego 11
Cancellara 11
Boasson Hagen 11
Matthews 11
Pedersen 10 (+?)
Groenewegen 9
Nibali 7
Pinot 6
Degenkolb 6
Quintana 6
Gilbert 5
Van Avermaet 4
Pozzato 4
Valverde 3
Boonen 1
Terpstra 1
Kwiatkowski 1
 

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