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

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That's not true at all. They used to do this, but not anymore. Weight fluctuations aren't good during a stage race. Dumoulin extensively talked about this during on a dutch podcast.
That's not true at all for whom? You'd have to search a bit to provide us with GT contenders or podium winners that ended up heavier than they began.
My point was the manageability of effort vs the tactics of a race and what it takes to stay in the fight. Saying "weight fluctuations aren't good during a stage race." ignores the fact that it can be unavoidable. The effort required to respond to critical work loads dictates every aspect of nutrition for recovery. Weight follows that and can be an indicator of declining ability if that's what you mean.
 
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Not sure if this the job of the diëtist or performance coach though
Coach and rider, then the nutritionist recommends how they can fuel it and it takes all of that to be a contender. A good example is Mateo Jorgenson now on Visma. He needed to pay his own nutritionist while on Movistar to get the quality of information to allow him to train more. His performances last year showed the benefit and I haven't heard that focus on a specific weight as goal for those improvements. I'd guess it was quality and recoverable volume that was most important. Whatever, he improved and got the deal for his immediate future on a dominant team.
 
....and QS is driving out Julian. Maybe they never planned to use him and just want the money in the budget. Hard to say but a motivated JA could hurt them if he was a vindictive sort.
Alaphilippe has a brilliant palmares and comes home to Marion Rousse. Somehow, I don't see going on 6-hour training rides just to get back at QS as a big motivator under those circumstances.
 
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He’s done. Put a fork in him. They all sunset sooner or later. It’s his time
Seems like a premature RIP. Lefevre likes to manipulate his riders to make them race harder but he may have just motivated a serious combatant that will end up on another team. I'd actually enjoy seeing that.
I'm guessing you'd rather Julian just give up? He'd be a great ally for Remco and Evenepoel might be the one guy that could encourage that to happen.
 
He’s done. Put a fork in him. They all sunset sooner or later. It’s his time

Maybe. I'm a big Alaphilippe fan but I have a feeling some of the reasons for his success ahead of 2022 can't be discussed on this side of the forum.

Soudal dismissed his cousin Franck who was his coach, at the end of last year, too.

Taking a wider view, it's really hard to live/train like a top level pro. I've trained for a number of events like the Etape du Tour as well as amateur races when I was younger, and it's tough to stay committed with a family/job etc. Yeah, it's his main job but if you've just got a single partner and no children it's easier. When there are children and the partner has their own career, it's like a three ring circus at times...

I did think that JA would be a strong ally/decoy/foil/second option for Remco for years to come, but now I think he'll almost certainly be leaving Soudal after this year. It was an inauspicious start in Omloop to what we meet see from him this season...
 
Seems like a premature RIP. Lefevre likes to manipulate his riders to make them race harder but he may have just motivated a serious combatant that will end up on another team. I'd actually enjoy seeing that.
I'm guessing you'd rather Julian just give up? He'd be a great ally for Remco and Evenepoel might be the one guy that could encourage that to happen.
Three years of not a lot in terms of his capacity from years prior to that speaks for itself. I don’t want anything in particular myself
 
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Remco was already "good" in Algarve, but clearly his weight remains a concern.

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