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Teams & Riders The Remco Evenepoel is the next Eddy Merckx thread

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I'd have no issues with Merlier, as long as Merlier understands he's first a flatland dom and would be leading out Remco at intermediates and maybe finsihes if Remco needs bonus seconds
You don't bring Merlier if you want him to do that. He should sprint, there are 7 opportunities and he could easily win a couple. Would be stupid not to bring him IMO. Two stages in the Tour is huge, and who are you gonna being anyway? A mediocre climber who does nothing just so you can say all in for Remco?
 
QS might as well take Merlier because as soon as the road goes up, Remco will be left with Landa (if he's lucky) and that's it. 2022 was fastest ever Tour and they're averaging speeds of peak Lance so add on UAE's "super duper team" and guess if it'll be fast or not.
 
Thats just wildly different cases and you know that. They are bringing Wout though, and he will sprint.
Wout is also a completely different rider, or will Merlier also ride himself completely dead uphill for Evenepoel and drop Pogacar?

The thing is, plans have been made in the beginning of the season, Merlier himself said he’s currently feeling quite tired, I don’t see any reason to squeeze him like al lemon if he can take some rest and then build up towards the EC.
 
As indicative of the relative inactivity here, seems like most have pretty low expectations for Remco at this Tour. He isn't being taken seriously as a GC threat, which is understandable given his performance in last year's Vuelta. I'm curious, however, to see his level up to the first TT. Already in stages 1 and 2 there should be signs of where he is at in terms of form against the Bigs. Then of course there is the Galibier on stage 4 and the TT on stage 7. Another issue could be, does the team staff/trainer know how to raise his level significantly for this race? A lot to see just over the horizon.
 
As indicative of the relative inactivity here, seems like most have pretty low expectations for Remco at this Tour. He isn't being taken seriously as a GC threat, which is understandable given his performance in last year's Vuelta. I'm curious, however, to see his level up to the first TT. Already in stages 1 and 2 there should be signs of where he is at in terms of form against the Bigs. Then of course there is the Galibier on stage 4 and the TT on stage 7. Another issue could be, does the team staff/trainer know how to raise his level significantly for this race? A lot to see just over the horizon.
I expect him to finish top 5, or podium if he's actually in top shape. I wouldn't be surprised if he's dropped by the likes of Jorgenson and Roglic on the Galibier though.
 
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It´s all in for Evenepoel this year, but if he doesn´t show to be able to win the tour some day, Merlier will be there next year I think.
Agreed. Not that Remco won't develop into a more consistent GC rider -- and much of that was due to illness/injury -- but if he's not able to compete in at least a few mountain stages, then bring Merlier by all means. He's not getting younger.

(I'd probably bring Merlier this year. He's in his prime as a sprinter and I don't think Remco's prep was ideal with the crash; he needs to be 100% to compete with riders like Roglic and Rodriguez, let alone peak Pog/Vingo.)
 
It's been known for months that Merlier wouldn't be selected for the TDF team, which is why he rode the program that he did, including the Giro.

I too would have liked to see him at the TDF but I don't think it was possible to change the plans last minute and select him because of the crashes of Remco.

After all, Merlier has stated several times over the past few weeks that he is tired after the Giro. At the Belgian NC he was feeling bad all day and he said he needs a break/period of rest which was always planned to happen now.

Selecting him now for the TDF after the program he already did would imo do more harm than good. He'd probably DNF/OTL sooner rather than later.