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To be fair, other than a stint at Cult/Stölting - and I can't remember whether he signed for Cult before or after they became PCT - Quaade hasn't really attempted to make it to the top.
Besides, he did pretty well in the Classic Loire Atlantique recently.

Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
You mean for stages, right?
As for Norman, being 26 - and already having had a stint at the WT - I'd say he's a bit old to be considered 'up and coming'.
 
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RedheadDane said:
To be fair, other than a stint at Cult/Stölting - and I can't remember whether he signed for Cult before or after they became PCT - Quaade hasn't really attempted to make it to the top.
Besides, he did pretty well in the Classic Loire Atlantique recently.

Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
You mean for stages, right?
As for Norman, being 26 - and already having had a stint at the WT - I'd say he's a bit old to be considered 'up and coming'.
Depends on the race layout..... they are both pretty similar to Dumoulin in riding style..... but yeah, they will both struggle in the tallest mountains.

Yeah, Norman is 26, but he is a late bloomer, who has spent years focusing on the track. - I see him getting signed to a world tour team next year.
 
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Rasmus Quaade never had opportunities, never had contract offers from big teams. He's still very good and deserves a contract with a good team. A couple of weeks ago he won his first race of the season, the Classic Loire Atlantique in the 1.1 category, with a late attack from a selective group with riders from the best french teams. He almost always finishes top ten in stage races and has talked about possibly going hard for time trials again this year.

Lasse Norman is one of the only ones who actually fit the good-in-u23-sucks-as-pro simple minded stereotype that is still used by some. He's been around for five or six years and honestly has failed completely.
 
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Hugo Koblet said:
I don't see much potential in Lasse Norman Hansen. He has already had a handful full seasons focusing on road racing and didn't do much. I don’t see how that should suddenly change.
He focused on the track, as late as the Rio olympics dude, where he took 2 medals.

Effectively, 2017 was his first year focusing solely on the road.
 
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Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well

I'll keep my eye on him. Since Cancellara retired I've been trying to find a young classics specialist who's also a good TTer to cheer for.
 
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Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen is not a puncheur. He is a strong guy with a good engine and a great finisher and he is versatile enough to survive in hilly terrain but his future lies in the cobbled classics I would think.

Würtz and Norman have no business in GT’s in terms of gc.
 
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Koronin said:
Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well

I'll keep my eye on him. Since Cancellara retired I've been trying to find a young classics specialist who's also a good TTer to cheer for.
I think he would've done a great Paris-Roubaix, but he crashed badly in the beginning of the race. He won the race as a junior, so it will be exiting to follow him in the classics in the future!
 
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Bushman said:
Broccolidwarf said:
Up and coming riders to watch for:

Niklas EG (Trek): Top level climber in the making
Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue): Potentially a top level puncheur
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue): Coming TT and classics star - potential for GTs as well
Casper Pedersen is not a puncheur. He is a strong guy with a good engine and a great finisher and he is versatile enough to survive in hilly terrain but his future lies in the cobbled classics I would think.

Würtz and Norman have no business in GT’s in terms of gc.
Pardon me, but how is what you describe different to a puncheur? - Maybe I got my definitions wrong :)

As for GTs, as said, that is what people said of riders like Dumoulin and Roglic, who are pretty similar, so we'll see..... when you win the tour de suisse mountain jersey, you can climb a bit ;)

Oh, and completely unrelated, I just got inspired by todays Tour of Croatia stage, "Eg" means "Oak" in Danish ;)
 
Funny little detail about the Danish Trek duo.

Mads P. is the experienced and established guy, while Eg is the neo-pro.
Eg is actually the older of the two by almost a year! Just goes to show that everybody becomes pros at their own pace, and given the problems Danish riders have had with making the jump too early, then completely failing, I'd say that's a good thing.
Of course there's also the little detail with Mads P. basically becoming pro by accident due to Cult going Pro-Conti.
 
Julius Johansen rode GP Herning today (big danish one day race, think discount Stade Bianche)

While riding amongst the cars, after having been off to pee, the car in front suddenly slams on the brakes, and he goes head first, through the rear windshield, ending up half way inside the car, all cut up and bloody, on his head, neck, torso and arms.

But, "his bike was ok", as he said post race, so he got back on, made a quick stop at the doctors car, to get bandaged up on the fly, then caught up with some stragglers behind the peloton, incl. some teammates, took the lead in that group, and pulled them back to the peloton, after which one of the teammates he pulled back, took 3rd in the sprint - before Johansen got rushed to the hospital, after crossing the finish line.

He tweeted from his hospital bed later, that he had to forego the ITT tomorrow, because the bandages did not fit with his TT bike setup.

The kid is 18 years old - and hard as nails :D
 
The kid is just amazing, he is such an incredible talent, but if thats his mentality, he could very well be extremely hard to deal with in the future in races like Paris-Roubaix and other classics. Flemish classics too
 
In an interview he said his hospital bed was soaked in blood. And then:

"In the old days blood doping was the thing. So it's a shame to waste it like that. I don't now how much... half a liter perhaps."

:D
 
For being a neo-pro, Niklas Eg has been quietly impressive in the Giro. Still in the race, and yesterday he finished 22nd out of the peloton on Prato Nevoso, close to the 10th-20th placed GC riders. He also had a good ride on the Zoncolan.
 
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Squire said:
For being a neo-pro, Niklas Eg has been quietly impressive in the Giro. Still in the race, and yesterday he finished 22nd out of the peloton on Prato Nevoso, close to the 10th-20th placed GC riders. He also had a good ride on the Zoncolan.
Unhappy with the treatment of EG - There is no way he should have been riding the Giro and even worse finishing the race - His team should be ashamed.
 
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yaco said:
Squire said:
For being a neo-pro, Niklas Eg has been quietly impressive in the Giro. Still in the race, and yesterday he finished 22nd out of the peloton on Prato Nevoso, close to the 10th-20th placed GC riders. He also had a good ride on the Zoncolan.
Unhappy with the treatment of EG - There is no way he should have been riding the Giro and even worse finishing the race - His team should be ashamed.
He is 23 years old, please stop. Gosh..
 
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yaco said:
Squire said:
For being a neo-pro, Niklas Eg has been quietly impressive in the Giro. Still in the race, and yesterday he finished 22nd out of the peloton on Prato Nevoso, close to the 10th-20th placed GC riders. He also had a good ride on the Zoncolan.
Unhappy with the treatment of EG - There is no way he should have been riding the Giro and even worse finishing the race - His team should be ashamed.
True, he wasn't supposed to have ridden, and Andersen said as much. However, he's been doing quite well - for a neo-pro - so there'd have been absolutely no point in pulling him out.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
yaco said:
Squire said:
For being a neo-pro, Niklas Eg has been quietly impressive in the Giro. Still in the race, and yesterday he finished 22nd out of the peloton on Prato Nevoso, close to the 10th-20th placed GC riders. He also had a good ride on the Zoncolan.
Unhappy with the treatment of EG - There is no way he should have been riding the Giro and even worse finishing the race - His team should be ashamed.
He is 23 years old, please stop. Gosh..
Yeah, look what stability and third week strength the Yates brothers have gotten from being sugarcoated in and prematurely pulled out of their first GT's (primarily Simon, of course).
 

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