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

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As regards the next Giro, well, we'll have to see, especially now that Remco's got that first grand tour under his belt. In a logical sequence of progression he should be stronger in 23 than in 22, and, with the transformative effects completing a 3 week race (and at what level) is said to have upon a rider's development, the sky would seem to be his limit. Of course, things could not go according to the forecast or plans (an inopportune crash or illness, simply not living up to expectations, etc.).

I was just going to post this same thought, glad I read the replies. Yep, he's going to be a LOT more confident after finishing and winning a GT, plus the WC stripes. He's gonna be a lot to handle at the Giro. Barring incident or injury, for my money he'll be a fair bit harder to beat than he was in the Vuelta last year.
 
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Mads Pedersen on why he didn't attend the WCC:

“Oh, I have zero regrets about that decision. After one week in the Vuelta I had already predicted that to everyone: Evenepoel is going to crush us all in Australia. And I 'm not about to go to Australia for ten days to finish second in the best scenario. He was super impressive in the Vuelta. And that's the way he rides, right? Just attack from afar, where he also has Wout van Aert at the WCC. Not that he got a free ticket, far from it, but if the rest looks a bit at Van Aert, the path is even more open for him.”
 
Mads Pedersen on why he didn't attend the WCC:

“Oh, I have zero regrets about that decision. After one week in the Vuelta I had already predicted that to everyone: Evenepoel is going to crush us all in Australia. And I 'm not about to go to Australia for ten days to finish second in the best scenario. He was super impressive in the Vuelta. And that's the way he rides, right? Just attack from afar, where he also has Wout van Aert at the WCC. Not that he got a free ticket, far from it, but if the rest looks a bit at Van Aert, the path is even more open for him.”
Someone like Colbrelli, who has a bit more passion for racing and is an intelligente road racer, would have gone to Australia, find Remco wheel and sit on it and win the world championships.

Instead Pedersen, despite having a great chance to win for his country and for himself on a course that suits him, in the best form of his life, decide to go holidays. He can't be bother to go on a first class flight to a nice part of the world and ride his bike whilst staying in top hotel, do a race etc. So weak mindset. Not a surprise that he keeps bottling the biggest races since his 1st World championships win. He could win a second and become a real great of the sport but he rather win some mickey mouse vuelta stages.
 
Someone like Colbrelli, who has a bit more passion for racing and is an intelligente road racer, would have gone to Australia, find Remco wheel and sit on it and win the world championships.

Instead Pedersen, despite having a great chance to win for his country and for himself on a course that suits him, in the best form of his life, decide to go holidays. He can't be bother to go on a first class flight to a nice part of the world and ride his bike whilst staying in top hotel, do a race etc. So weak mindset. Not a surprise that he keeps bottling the biggest races since his 1st World championships win. He could win a second and become a real great of the sport but he rather win some mickey mouse vuelta stages.
He did state the reality of the situation and he knows his limitations. Not everyone showed up so why does he get the b*tch treatment for being honest?
 
He has arrived in Argentina for his first race of the season, which he will of course win.

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Or Greg is now a Gran Fondo level rider.

In the same interview he acknowledges that last year was bad and he said about his current form:

"I feel good. My level is better than in past years, I have also returned to my old training methods. Lots of hours and intensity. I have a new trainer: Stephen Barrett. He first phoned my trainer from at BMC, Max Testa. Max knows what's good for me: a bit of drilling. Apparently that's the only way to get me going anymore."

But yeah he's obviously not the rider anymore he once was.
 
WVA v. MVDP v. Pogacar => Strade Bianche
Remco v. Pogacar => UAE Tour
I find myself annually hard pressed to give a *** about the UAE Tour. Not sure even Evenepoel can change that. For me it used to be really interesting to see him in the early races, any racing from him was interesting. Now after hitting all those targets last year, I don't have the same excitement for San Juan and UAE.
 
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I find myself annually hard pressed to give a *** about the UAE Tour. Not sure even Evenepoel can change that. For me it used to be really interesting to see him in the early races, any racing from him was interesting. Now after hitting all those targets last year, I don't have the same excitement for San Juan and UAE.
Me neither, sure it's World Tour but so is Benelux Tour or that stage race in China. I also don't really care about those, because they mostly don't have the top field with them, and the race itself doesn't have the prestige of a Paris-Nice for example.

I'm going to watch though, I'm eager to see how he fairs against Pogacar after last year. Last time they did a stage race against each other was Tirreno, so things have changed a bit for Remco since then.
 
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Me neither, sure it's World Tour but so is Benelux Tour or that stage race in China. I also don't really care about those, because they mostly don't have the top field with them, and the race itself doesn't have the prestige of a Paris-Nice for example.

I'm going to watch though, I'm eager to see how he fairs against Pogacar after last year. Last time they did a stage race against each other was Tirreno, so things have changed a bit for Remco since then.

The Benelux Tour is awesome.
 

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