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

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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.
 
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.
The thing is the crash meant he still had much work to do for the climbs at the Dauphine, but seemed to have finished in crescendo. The past two weeks thus were crucial to arrive at the Tour close to 💯, let's say at 98%, to be at 💯 by the stage 7 TT and then hold it till the end of the Tour. In theory it should be doable, especially considering he didn't have a first peak for LBL. So if he can get through the first stages and the Galibier without losing time, or negligable time, then he could surpass expectations. Of course that all also depends on how he handles his first Tour mentally and how high his level is. If I were his coach, I'd be trying to make him feel as relaxed and focussed as possible.
 
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So basically they are riding with 7...
They should have taken Asgreen instead. Hirt even in form, is mostly useless as a supporting rider. Gets dropped early and then in the background he climbs his own pace. In case they expect Evenepoel to drop early, Hirt will not play a role. But in case they expect Evenepoel to drop early, what is even the point.
 
Lefevre confirmed in newspaper this week Evenepoel had to lose 1kg (and not 2 kg) between Dauphine and start Tour. I think this is doable.
If he's in top shape from the start he could do some damage to other GC riders in stage 1 and 2.
 
Lefevre confirmed in newspaper this week Evenepoel had to lose 1kg (and not 2 kg) between Dauphine and start Tour. I think this is doable.
If he's in top shape from the start he could do some damage to other GC riders in stage 1 and 2.

Which means Remco was only 1 kg from his optimal weight at the Dauphine! Optimal weight definition is very fuzzy, it seems.
 
Which means Remco was only 1 kg from his optimal weight at the Dauphine! Optimal weight definition is very fuzzy, it seems.
Yes, according to their current belief of what his optimal weight is. Changes every year. Giro 2021, 60kg. Vuelta 2022, 62kg. Giro 2023, 63 kg. Tour 2024,... i assume something around 65kg. If Evenepoel gets to have a long career, we may see him go for yellow in the high mountains weighing something around 75kg.
 
Yes, according to their current belief of what his optimal weight is. Changes every year. Giro 2021, 60kg. Vuelta 2022, 62kg. Giro 2023, 63 kg. Tour 2024,... i assume something around 65kg. If Evenepoel gets to have a long career, we may see him go for yellow in the high mountains weighing something around 75kg.
Maybe will work, if they think he is the new Miguel Indurain.

Now seriously, i don't think he weighs 65 at the start of the Tour, a bit less at least.
 
They should have taken Asgreen instead. Hirt even in form, is mostly useless as a supporting rider. Gets dropped early and then in the background he climbs his own pace. In case they expect Evenepoel to drop early, Hirt will not play a role. But in case they expect Evenepoel to drop early, what is even the point.
Plus Asgreen is a solid stagehunter on transitional stages. Makes no sense to me either to select mediocre climbers, they are the most useless of them all unless you wanna control the race which I dont expect QS to do unless Remco unleashes his inner Eddy.
 
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Interesting. Why?

Seems like the one bit of data they keep close to the vest these days. I don't have any strong feelings about it, just curious how you feel it would improve things.
Because if Vingegaard is weighing 61 kg and crushing it uphill and in the TT, like last year, at Remco's stature and at 63kg he has no chance in hell of beating him. The modern system says you gotta get lighter without losing power, and the mega-budget teams seem to have found the magic formula (no clinical issues intended). Whereas Soudal seems to be way behind in this game changing aspect. But let's see over the next weeks if they have improved.
 
Because if Vingegaard is weighing 61 kg and crushing it uphill and in the TT, like last year, at Remco's stature and at 63kg he has no chance in hell of beating him. The modern system says you gotta get lighter without losing power, and the mega-budget teams seem to have found the magic formula (no clinical issues intended). Whereas Soudal seems to be way behind in this game changing aspect. But let's see over the next weeks if they have improved.
I do understand the basics of watts/kg. ;) +1 on your Soudal/mega-budget teams comments.

My question is about why a pre-Tour weigh-in, or making exact rider weights public, would be desirable for the sport. Again, no strong feelings either way, just curious about @Andre 's POV on it.
 
I do understand the basics of watts/kg. ;) +1 on your Soudal/mega-budget teams comments.

My question is about why a pre-Tour weigh-in, or making exact rider weights public, would be desirable for the sport. Again, no strong feelings either way, just curious about @Andre 's POV on it.
I'm not saying it would be a good thing, but I think a lot of fans would be interested in seeing those numbers just like they like to look at power numbers.

For example, if a list of all the riders weights the night before stage 1 were posted, would you be interested in looking at it? I know I would, and of course would enjoy listening to all the speculation of what those numbers were to mean for the race.