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The problem with Evenepoel.... Even if you are in his wheel... its not like being there is that comfortable.
It is not like riding behind a Tony Martin, or a Cancellera or VDP. He drives ridiculous fast but due to his low surface area the guy behind him has less benefit than normally. Van Aert riding behind Evenepoel will cost him a lot more energy, not sure if that is the place you want to be if you still have competition in your own wheel.
 
Damn now I want Van Aert to win a sprint.
What if I said I'd die laughing if Remco Evenepoel wins the world title... with a solo attack?

It would be worth it just to see the self proclaimed highbrow armchair experts (& others like Chris Horner) eat some crow. Hell, I didn't even start the year as a Remco Evenepoel fan but you know what? I now like this rider.

And seeing all the commentators & others (including Eddie Merckx) attempt to chastise him like he's a schoolkid is just hilarious (like Merckx himself was never a hungry young rider shooting for glory...). But I unfortunately feel the opposite will now occur & Evenepoel will likely ride far too conservatively & constantly look over his shoulder because he's been bombarded with negativity in the build up to this race.

It's really wild to see people take one of the best new talents in cycling & want to turn him into a nameless domestique because they're so obsessed with WvA winning.
 
The problem with Evenepoel.... Even if you are in his wheel... its not like being there is that comfortable.
It is not like riding behind a Tony Martin, or a Cancellera or VDP. He drives ridiculous fast but due to his low surface area the guy behind him has less benefit than normally. Van Aert riding behind Evenepoel will cost him a lot more energy, not sure if that is the place you want to be if you still have competition in your own wheel.
Pretty sure in the Euros, I saw Colbrelli taking it rather easy behind him. Yes, Colbrelli made some hard efforts to follow Remco uphill but that was that.
 
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Pretty sure in the Euros, I saw Colbrelli taking it rather easy behind him. Yes, Colbrelli made some hard efforts to follow Remco uphill but that was that.
Colbrelli looked like he was about to explode in the final meters of the uphill section on Evenepoel's wheel.

So the race was close to going in a different direction with a different result.
 
What if I said I'd die laughing if Remco Evenepoel wins the world title... with a solo attack?

It would be worth it just to see the self proclaimed highbrow armchair experts (& others like Chris Horner) eat some crow. Hell, I didn't even start the year as a Remco Evenepoel fan but you know what? I now like this rider.

And seeing all the commentators & others (including Eddie Merckx) attempt to chastise him like he's a schoolkid is just hilarious (like Merckx himself was never a hungry young rider shooting for glory...). But I unfortunately feel the opposite will now occur & Evenepoel will likely ride far too conservatively & constantly look over his shoulder because he's been bombarded with negativity in the build up to this race.

It's really wild to see people take one of the best new talents in cycling & want to turn him into a nameless domestique because they're so obsessed with WvA winning.
I think they're obsessed with winning, and Van Aert is the super logical favorite to do so. You rarely have the Worlds at home, especially with the out and out top favorite. It isn't some hate campaign that there is tremendous pressure on the Belgians to win.
 
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Yeah he isn't winning a solo if the peloton is too big. What I'm curious about is if the circuit in Leuven helps him but I'm not sure there. It makes chasing hard but it's also a lot of stopping and starting and very technical, and the hills aren't nearly long enough to make up for his lack of explosivity.
I think it would help him to stay away, not to get away. Doing the local course solo should be easier for him imho.
 
I think they're obsessed with winning, and Van Aert is the super logical favorite to do so. You rarely have the Worlds at home, especially with the out and out top favorite. It isn't some hate campaign that there is tremendous pressure on the Belgians to win.
I think we've reached the point where the pressure is negative.

They spend more time telling Evenepoel what he shouldn't do than caring about what he can do. Same with WvA, i.e. they're so focused on bringing in a bunch sprint I feel there's a lack of flexibility in their approach. Every other team which wants this race is going to want to make the Belgians work & WvA has a huge bullseye on his back.

I get the reasoning behind their attempts to get Evenepoel to do exactly what they need to bring in a sprint finish, but when you have such a huge talent I think some freedom wouldn't be a bad idea.

It's not like cycling is an exact science & teams can always make a race go exactly as they planned.
 
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I think we've reached the point where the pressure is negative.

They spend more time telling Evenepoel what he shouldn't do than caring about what he can do. Same with WvA, i.e. they're so focused on bringing in a bunch sprint I feel there's a lack of flexibility in their approach. Every other team which wants this race is going to want to make the Belgians work & WvA has a huge bullseye on his back.

I get the reasoning behind their attempts to get Evenepoel to do exactly what they need to bring in a sprint finish, but when you have such a huge talent I think some freedom wouldn't be a bad idea.

It's not like cycling is an exact science & teams can always make a race go exactly as they planned.
This race being without radios probably makes everyone involved a lot more anxious about tactical fuckups.
 
I think we've reached the point where the pressure is negative.

They spend more time telling Evenepoel what he shouldn't do than caring about what he can do. Same with WvA, i.e. they're so focused on bringing in a bunch sprint I feel there's a lack of flexibility in their approach. Every other team which wants this race is going to want to make the Belgians work & WvA has a huge bullseye on his back.
Merckx is right IMO that there isn't much point in having Evenepoel on board if he isn't a (secondary) leader.

Apparently, he's allowed to attack (which screams secondary leader to me), allegedly to keep the pressure off of WVA and the rest of the Belgian squad, but assuming he drops everyone in a potential break, we all know that he could take it to the finish line.

The Belgians want to win at all costs, IMO. Evenepoel is the Plan B.

As for WVA I agree that a bunch sprint is not a guarantee to success. But neither is a sprint-à-deux, for example. They can ride the perfect race and still lose. I don't see WVA as this huge favorite with no one else even remotely close.
 
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Merckx is right IMO that there isn't much point in having Evenepoel on board if he isn't a (secondary) leader.

Apparently, he's allowed to attack (which screams secondary leader to me), allegedly to keep the pressure off of WVA and the rest of the Belgian squad, but assuming he drops everyone in a potential break, we all know that he could take it to the finish line.

The Belgians want to win at all costs, IMO. Evenepoel is the Plan B.

As for WVA I agree that a bunch sprint is not a guarantee to success. But neither is a sprint-à-deux, for example. They can ride the perfect race and still lose. I don't see WVA as this huge favorite with no else even remotely close.
IMO there's just objectively nobody faster than him that's also likely to survive. Question might be how much of a favorite he is vs guys like Van der Poel.
 
Merckx is right IMO that there isn't much point in having Evenepoel on board if he isn't a (secondary) leader.

Apparently, he's allowed to attack (which screams secondary leader to me), allegedly to keep the pressure off of WVA and the rest of the Belgian squad, but assuming he drops everyone in a potential break, we all know that he could take it to the finish line.

The Belgians want to win at all costs, IMO. Evenepoel is the Plan B.

As for WVA I agree that a bunch sprint is not a guarantee to success. But neither is a sprint-à-deux, for example. They can ride the perfect race and still lose. I don't see WVA as this huge favorite with no else even remotely close.
He's probably even the worst domestique to have on a track like this.
  • The low drag as Riek said
  • The Leuven track seems to be a constant fight for position. Something Remco is extremely bad at.
  • Very short, somewhat punchy climbs
  • No point in having Remco as a lead out in the sprint
If Remco wouldn't be allowed to go in the attack, you might as well leave him home and take Van Hooydonck instead.
 
The problem with Evenepoel.... Even if you are in his wheel... its not like being there is that comfortable.
It is not like riding behind a Tony Martin, or a Cancellera or VDP. He drives ridiculous fast but due to his low surface area the guy behind him has less benefit than normally. Van Aert riding behind Evenepoel will cost him a lot more energy, not sure if that is the place you want to be if you still have competition in your own wheel.
Maybe they will attach a large balloon-like device to Evenepoel's back or make him ride in a feathered coat.
 
Every man and his dog knows Remco is gonna attack during the race, when that happens is another matter. It's the only way he can win. WVA is gonna have to rely on other teams to bring him back as once Remco gets a break, he isn't looking back, all in. Buuuut, I don't think he will be allowed to get away as he will get hangers on and he will cry because no-one will work with him. A Dane with their name beginning with M will win this race.
 
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after such a long race I think Pogacar can beat Wout in a sprint, he came damn close in Tokyo
Because Van Aert did all the work for like 35km straight and also decided to once again launch from a comical distance.

If Van Aert is relatively fresh the question is in how many million years does Pogacar never beat Van Aert.
 
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I think the race won't be hard enough for a final with an elite group like last year. We may end up with a San-Remo-like bunch. In the end it may be somebody like Stuyven (who knows every corner of the circuit) or Sagan (who is on nobodies mind) who goes along when everyone else is on WVA's back. I fear a bit that silver is again WVA's most likely metal.
 
dont agree, 250km + races, reduced group sprint would be damn close
Van Aert isn't always very fast after a long or hard race. The Olympics road race is not the only example.

wouldn't be surprised if he gets outsprinted tomorrow even if he's not boxed in. Guys like Pedersen could be dangerous if it comes down to a sprint.
It depends on how much he's had to work. During last year's WCC the team was able to shelter him very well, and he only had to start working when Alaphilippe attacked. His sprint for 2nd was pretty impressive. He sprinted 20 meters ahead of the rest of that group.

In RVV2020 he was faster than Van der Poel, but he made a tactical error. Pidcock said after Brabantse Pijl that Van Aert probably did too much work in the break. The entire final in Tokyo was not in his advantage. The climb itself was more tailored to Pogacar & co, so Van Aert had to go deeper at that point already. After closing the gap, everybody started attacking him and he had to work harder than the others.

He can definitely be beaten, but i think the biggest questionmark is the finish itself. It's tricky because the final 200m are flat, but before that it's 5% or so.
 
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