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

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Am I misunderstanding your post or do you suggest that Pogacar can be dropped because the climb is easier and therefore “suits Remco” more? That does not make a whole lot of sense
It could. If Evenepoel uses his tactics as he did as a young rider. Follow his gut feeling and attack from far enough on hilly terrain. On hilly terrain he can make the difference. Not on real climbs.
It's not about Pogacar not being able to follow that attack on hilly terrain. But does he want to, quite far from the finish ? Give Evenepoel more than a minute, then Pogacars team and himself won't close it anymore. That's why I hope that Evenepoel really rides on his instincts. Attacking from afar... and probably losing and not riding a classification. But what a spectacle with a small chance of success. If Evenepoel cycles defensively, he is also beaten. But then he might end up in the top 5 or top 10. But Evenepoel doesn't have to come to the Tirreno for that.
 
Fausto age: 28
Remco age: 22

Fausto UCI ranking: 39
Remco UCI ranking: 9

Fausto # of GT's participated: 4
Remco # of GT's participated: 1

Fausto age at first GT: 24
Remco age at first GT: 21

Fausto total stage race wins: 0
Remco stage race wins: 8

Fausto WT wins: 0
Remco WT wins: 1

Fausto WC medals: 0
Remco WC medals: 3

Team who pays them and knows everything about their relative performance and potential: "Remco"

Fausto vs Remco head to head: Destruction.
View: https://youtu.be/uBvuY7XHFIc?t=84


I like Masnada. But come on. This is an easy one.
Fausto has WT win, he won a beautiful stage of the Giro into San Giovanni Rotondo.
 
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I am not buying the Masnada is gonna work for Van Wilder thing.
This is obvious.
Masnada found a brilliant way of not working for Almeida even if the latter was in pink. If Van Wilder ends up in pink Masnada can just copy his 2020 Giro.
Drop early on the climb, ride your own pace 5-10 seconds behind your leader all the way to get a solid GC position.
 
It could. If Evenepoel uses his tactics as he did as a young rider. Follow his gut feeling and attack from far enough on hilly terrain. On hilly terrain he can make the difference. Not on real climbs.
It's not about Pogacar not being able to follow that attack on hilly terrain. But does he want to, quite far from the finish ? Give Evenepoel more than a minute, then Pogacars team and himself won't close it anymore. That's why I hope that Evenepoel really rides on his instincts. Attacking from afar... and probably losing and not riding a classification. But what a spectacle with a small chance of success. If Evenepoel cycles defensively, he is also beaten. But then he might end up in the top 5 or top 10. But Evenepoel doesn't have to come to the Tirreno for that.
An attractive proposition that would really provide a spectacle for us as fans but maybe not the best for his development as he needs to really go straight up against Pogacar and see where he is on the climbs to look at the GC potential in the biggest races.

His ace card would be the tactical willingness to shred the race from 50-75km out and dare the others to trust their domestiques to hold a gap or immediately follow and isolate themselves
 
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I give it one or two more weeks and then I am going to read that Evenepoel is the clear favorite for the sprint in Scheldeprijs…
Like the Brussels Cycling Classic you mean? Won by Ewan, Groenewegen, Boonen, Greipel, and.... Evenepoel?

Or the Coppa Bernocchi won by Viviani, Colbrelli, Nizzolo, and... Evenepoel?

Or Overijse where he followed Sénéchal?

Since he returned from injury, Evenepoel raced 5 semi-classics with 3 victories and one top 5. So yes, I really would have liked to see him race omloop, kuurne, e3, dwaars, wevelgem, amstel, ... because these races are very open which is exactly what he needs.