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I think it's obvious Evenepoel is still a better 1 day/hilly racer than GT specialist. And it's mostly his climbing that has improved, he's not gaining even more on flats compared to people he just dropped than before.

I think he can realistically win RVV if he wanted to. And it might be easier for him to win than The Tour if Vingegaard and Pog show up in that condition.
 
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The thing with Remco is that he makes it look so easy. When he did this at the juniors we thought, this won't work with the pros! When he won his first San Sebastian people said, "This will only work once!" When he won LBL they said the chase wasn't well organized. After a while you have to admit it's always the same guy who gets away.
Of course to some extent the chase is disorganised, but the reallity is that it takes a superstrong rider to do this even with a disorganised chase, and that is where Remco is supreme. Could other widers do it only a select few.
 
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There will be some battles between Taj and Remco for best rider of the season over next few years
Well, Tadej was newcomer at the professionals in 2019, was at his best in 2020 and 2021, and now - in 2022 - was on the decline for the first time. He seems to be past his peak, and now probably turns his attention towards Giro, Vuelta, and races like Fleche Wallonne, Brabantse Pijl, Giro dell‘Emilia or Donostia (San Sebastian).

In the Tour, it will be Vinge vs Remco vs Ayuso in 2023, and Remco vs Ayuso from 2024 to probably ca 2029.
 
Well, Tadej was newcomer at the professionals in 2019, was at his best in 2020 and 2021, and now - in 2022 - was on the decline for the first time. He seems to be past his peak, and now probably turns his attention towards Giro, Vuelta, and races like Fleche Wallonne, Brabantse Pijl, Giro dell‘Emilia or Donostia (San Sebastian).

In the Tour, it will be Vinge vs Remco vs Ayuso in 2023, and Remco vs Ayuso from 2024 to probably ca 2029.
Don't forget that Primoz, after a successful spell in cross-country skiing, will come back to finally win the Tour in 2030 when all the mutants are retired!
 
The thing with Remco is that he makes it look so easy. When he did this at the juniors we thought, this won't work with the pros! When he won his first San Sebastian people said, "This will only work once!" When he won LBL they said the chase wasn't well organized. After a while you have to admit it's always the same guy who gets away.
I mean now it's just learned helplessness in the peloton. They kinda watch Evenepoel go and say "oops". I still don't think the chase in LBL was that good, but people should learn by now you can't mark Evenepoel with 2nd tier leaders or with tired domestiques.

In Liege there was obviously a degree of luck in that Pogacar and Roglic, the 2 would be favorites weren't there because of injury and COVID. Today it was clear there would be very few riders that would be 'suited' to the role of marking Evenepoel. My guess is Pogacar didn't have legs. Van der Poel wasn't there either for obvious reasons. Van Aert is a teammate.

And I don't say this to detract from his win, but teams to go into a race like today with a clear plan of how to respond to Evenepoel because it has become a very frequent feature in races like these. Now these strategical adaptations should be much easier in trade team races, because the parcourses are much more established and there's a much more clear focal point of attack. Like a good Pogacar shouldn't have a lot of downside of responding to Evenepoel on Redoute. Lombardia is the same. It's pretty much Civiglio all in, not really a point where you can attack before that on this years route.

With the Worlds it is much harder because no radios, because national teams and because parcourses are unique circuits every time. And no national team has a 2nd leader good enough to just mark Evenepoel, unless Slovenia would bring Roglic in good form and either he or Pog would consistently sit on Evenepoels ass.
 
I mean now it's just learned helplessness in the peloton. They kinda watch Evenepoel go and say "oops". I still don't think the chase in LBL was that good, but people should learn by now you can't mark Evenepoel with 2nd tier leaders or with tired domestiques.

In Liege there was obviously a degree of luck in that Pogacar and Roglic, the 2 would be favorites weren't there because of injury and COVID. Today it was clear there would be very few riders that would be 'suited' to the role of marking Evenepoel. My guess is Pogacar didn't have legs. Van der Poel wasn't there either for obvious reasons. Van Aert is a teammate.

And I don't say this to detract from his win, but teams to go into a race like today with a clear plan of how to respond to Evenepoel because it has become a very frequent feature in races like these. Now these strategical adaptations should be much easier in trade team races, because the parcourses are much more established and there's a much more clear focal point of attack. Like a good Pogacar shouldn't have a lot of downside of responding to Evenepoel on Redoute. Lombardia is the same. It's pretty much Civiglio all in, not really a point where you can attack before that on this years route.

With the Worlds it is much harder because no radios, because national teams and because parcourses are unique circuits every time. And no national team has a 2nd leader good enough to just mark Evenepoel, unless Slovenia would bring Roglic in good form and either he or Pog would consistently sit on Evenepoels ass.
And on a good day, Remco would still swat them away like flies
 
Don't forget that Primoz, after a successful spell in cross-country skiing, will come back to finally win the Tour in 2030 when all the mutants are retired!
My biggest hope is that Primoz wins the Tour even beforehand. I‘ve been watching pro cycling since 1997, and probably will keep on watching until the last day of my life. I‘m sure, however, there has been, is, and will be nothing that I hope so much for, as I hope for a TdF GC final victory of Roglic. He deserves it so much!… :)

Sorry @ you guys, for off topic… ;)
 
I hope they smash the boring Jumbo Bus for years to come. Two most exciting cyclists since Contador arrived on the scene and even then their one day capability and achievements are far ahead of Bertie already at such a young age.
I'm on the other side. Rather hoping for Jumbo and even more Van der Poel than Pog and Remco. Especially Pog, but that is mostly due to the team.
 
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