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

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A few days ago we were discussing if Evenepoel is more lean. Based on this image I would say he is more lean than in Paris-Nice, but nothing like he was at the Vuelta.

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Impossible to say man, impossible.

They don’t.
Seems like they do, so i will not be going into this any further.
 
I bet you won't - claiming that crashing is not a metric to use when determining bike handling skills is not a very solid ground to build on...
I admire your tenacity after having been proven wrong with your previous claim. And you can always read my posts again if my point was still not clear. Van Aert crashes a lot, Pidcock crashes a lot, Van der Poel crashes quite often. All excellent bikehandlers. So i think the basis for making my point, is more solid than yours. So let's agree to disagree.
 
I admire your tenacity after having been proven wrong with your previous claim. And you can always read my posts again if my point was still not clear. Van Aert crashes a lot, Pidcock crashes a lot, Van der Poel crashes quite often. All excellent bikehandlers. So i think the basis for making my point, is more solid than yours. So let's agree to disagree.
I do agree with you to the point that using crashing as the only (or the most important, even) metric is not good enough, of course. Riders often crashing don't necessarily make bad bike handlers. Take a look at our good old Roglic for instance - excellent bike handler, who crashes too much :)
 
Good bike handlers also crash, but, depending on the circumstance (like field dynamics), handling skills may not be the issue, whereas less abled in the craft go down because they simply don't know how to stay upright in situations in which those more gifted would fly through unsacathed.
 
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How does that compare to Pogacar’s wrist from last year?
Pogacar broke his hand. Our hand have a lot of bones and his crash was 9 weeks before the Tour (late April). Like Contador said, Pogacar had a suboptimal preparation due to be at home in May. He had to speed up his recovery and didn't have time to heal properly his wrist and preparing the Tour without limitations. Remco has plenty of time to be back to his best shape, it is easier to heal a collarbone and he has more time until the Tour. If he will be in his best shape possible? I don't know to be honest, Pogacar seems to be a freak even when he is not in his best shape.
 
The way he looked I'd be surprised if he doesn't have enough time to properly prepare for the Tour. A real pity he'll likely miss the Ardennes though. Would have loved to see him in AGR and FW and to finally see the Remco vs Pogacar duel in LBL we've been waiting for years now.
Big duels never happen in cycling. One of the two always crashes or has some other problem.
 
Words from a former junior CX Dutch and European champion and multiple World Cup race winner.

View: https://twitter.com/jens_dekker/status/1775906492308197721

I'm far from a pro and did a similar thing 2 years and also crashed, I would even say that it was an identical crash though I didn't slide that much because I crashed immediately after the jump and I know how hard it is to keep yourself on two wheels.