The official Wilco Kelderman is the new Merckx-thread

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Is it not more important that Kelderman becomes Kelderman and does his own thing his way and rises as far as he can go in his own fashion so as to carve his name into the history books, not as the new Merckx, Coppi, Hinault etc....
 
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Benotti69 said:
Is it not more important that Kelderman becomes Kelderman and does his own thing his way and rises as far as he can go in his own fashion so as to carve his name into the history books, not as the new Merckx, Coppi, Hinault etc....
That's Dekker_Tifosi, the master of hyping Dutch talents to ridicule. So that Cyclingnews editors actually think that Kelderman is regarded as the next Merckx/Zoetemelk in Holland.
 
Feb 4, 2011
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Solid ride by Wilco in Andalucia! 10th overall is not that bad!

edit: Now he's going for the clasica de Almeria: anyone knows what will be his next race?
 
Yeah ahead of TGBM and Condor! So now that we have established that he is indeed the new Eddy Merckx we need a cool nickname, I was thinking of either The Neo Cannibal or The Cannonball.
 
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
or maybe he knows more about his own abilities then some hack article writer, and us forum members? Nothing premature about a rider being confident in what type of rider he would be, I'd be worried if he had no idea actually.



again he didn't say that he is gonna reach thier level, but that is the type of rider he believes he will come.



he has shown glimses of good climbing, in the espoirs (more then guys like wiggo btw). what exactly is he meant to have shown to compare himself to the pros at this stage? Not like wiggo was blowing people away on climbs at the espoirs ;) From his own experience he has summed up the type of rider he suspects he will be.



agreed.

@valve
@2010 Tour de l'Avenir.

lot of sprinter, hard riding guys do well at this race historically, but yes he was young.



Again, was wiggo climbing well at 20? was evans?

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But you say he doesn't know what type of rider he will be etc. Whilst true, not entirely; likely if he has an idea of the type of rider he wants to be, he will focus his training and body weight etc on this sort of thing. So your theory or concept that it is gonna be some totally random development is false.
Maybe he knows, maybe not. There are countless of examples of the latter. Brajkovic readily comes to mind. Though of course some still believe Brajko can top 10 in the Tour. :p


Again. I never said that Kelderman claimed he was going to reach Evans' level. How many more times do I have to say this? It was always about the type of rider he thinks he is now and will become in the future.

His results up until now point more towards a Thomas Dekker type of rider (when he was on the juice), IMO. Dekker finished top-5 in the Tour de l'Ain when he was 20 (I think). Maybe Kelderman will prove to be a better climber. Based on his past results you can't expect much more than that, IMO.

You can't rule it out, though, obviously. That applies to a large number of riders, though. Some GT riders didn't do much at all an espoir, others are early bloomers. But if you can barely put time into "Bling" Matthews on 1st category climbs, I dunno. True, he was very young, but so were Matthews and Quintana. Not too many sprinters on the podium, btw. ;)

Of course, Kelderman will focus his training on stage races and will continue to improve year after year (up to a point). No argument there.

What Wiggins' (track guy) and Evans' (MTB guy) U-23 results got to do with anything is beyond me.
 
theyoungest said:
That's Dekker_Tifosi, the master of hyping Dutch talents to ridicule. So that Cyclingnews editors actually think that Kelderman is regarded as the next Merckx/Zoetemelk in Holland.
Yeah, because I was DEAD SERIOUS with the topic title and I'm always DEAD SERIOUS when I compare them to those great

:rolleyes:

Even a 2 year old child can see it's all fun and games. Sometimes you guys really suprise me with not seeing the obvious.
 
Jan 11, 2010
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Yeah, because I was DEAD SERIOUS with the topic title and I'm always DEAD SERIOUS when I compare them to those great

:rolleyes:

Even a 2 year old child can see it's all fun and games. Sometimes you guys really suprise me with not seeing the obvious.
Yes, it's fun and games, but to do it with every single Dutchie, and start threads on them, only opens them to ridicule. It took a while before people realized that Mollema is in fact a pretty talented rider, regardless of the moniker TGBM.
 
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TeoSheva said:
Solid ride by Wilco in Andalucia! 10th overall is not that bad!

edit: Now he's going for the clasica de Almeria: anyone knows what will be his next race?
not sure.
i dont think he'll ride pn or ta, but not sure.
Maybe he rides with gesink @ Catalunya
 
Jun 22, 2009
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whats the point, i doubt he could handle the distance, better off giving the other guys a spot, guys like van winden.

gesink
kruijswijk
mollema
LLS
martens
Van WInden
Barredo
Breschel

I expect the team to look something like this.
 
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Usually a neo pro climber at Rabo does Fleche Wallonne, and maybe Lombardia at the end of the season. That's it, as far as classics. I think Kelderman's next races will be Almeria and Murcia.

Van Winden will do the cobbled classics again I think, at least that's what he did last year and what his preparation seems to be geared toward. Not really an out and out cobbles specialist, but a course like Flanders 2.0 might suit him.
 
His best climbing performance ever I'd say. He has never shown something like this in his U23 period. Avenir and Ain were ok, but not like this.

Still, compared to Dombrowski (WOW!! that man was good) he came up short. But maybe that's too much in expectations. After all he stayed ahead of Teejay Van Overrated and Leipheimer
 

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