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

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Helping to win and actually winning are two entirely different things. You just need someone who can finish it off.
Normally they used to help to win by being in practically every different group and acting as a dead weight in the chase groups demotivating others around them.

This year only Flanders saw them even get on the front foot and have a rider placed in a position to impact the race. Even without a rider good enough to finish it off head to head against the superstars they should at least have been capable of getting out ahead of the big explosion.
 
What Remco said about his PR junior race:

"Ik was mee in de kopgroep toen we Camphin-en-Pévèle aansneden. Er viel een gat in de kopgroep, waarna ik de renners voor mij wou voorbijsteken. Maar ik reed op een steen en mijn stuur brak in tweeën."

Evenepoel wisselde van fiets en kwam bij het opdraaien van Carrefour de l'Arbre aansluiten bij de kopgroep. "Mijn banden stonden op 8 bar, ik stond dubbel plat van voren en van achteren. De volgauto heb ik niet meer gezien. Ik heb heel Carrefour de l'Arbre te voet gedaan."
 
I'd say realistically he would need the experience of the race first.
Yes, that may be true. But we're talking about a new kind of "atleta fenomeno". Plus with the new modern training and experimental riding nowadays, Remco could just flat out win any race that he attempts on his first try. i.e. La Vuelta, LBL (I don't know if he rode that before winning it) and countless others. San Sebastian?
 
Yes, that may be true. But we're talking about a new kind of "atleta fenomeno". Plus with the new modern training and experimental riding nowadays, Remco could just flat out win any race that he attempts on his first try. i.e. La Vuelta, LBL (I don't know if he rode that before winning it) and countless others. San Sebastian?
Roubaix is really one of the more extreme examples of specialty races that don't really suit him.

Pro races he won from the first try (stages excluded) i think were:
Baloise Belgium Tour
EC TT
San Sebastian
Algarve
Burgos
Pologne
Danmark Rundt
Druivenkoers
Brussels Cycling Classic
Coppa Bernocchi
Liège
Norway
Vuelta