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

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Remco couldn't drop the newbie from JV....so there's no "highly unlikely" qualification on his effort. Watched that race in depth tonight and the most important thing I noticed was Tadej didn't waste much energy and his tactics after Redoute were flawless.
It wasn't an "extraterrestrial" effort and Remco would likely have been on his wheel if he made the same flawless ride to that point. That's rare in a race of that length, too.
So, because he couldn't drop Jorgenson, who was in immediate preparation to his spring classics, in a 109km stage on his home turf (Jorgenson lives in Nice), while Evenepoel at the time was about a month behind in preparation comparatively, you think that says something about how he would have done LBL over 265km?
 
So, because he couldn't drop Jorgenson, who was in immediate preparation to his spring classics, in a 109km stage on his home turf (Jorgenson lives in Nice), while Evenepoel at the time was about a month behind in preparation comparatively, you think that says something about how he would have done LBL over 265km?
Poggi and Jonas could've dropped Jorgenson even though they were a month behind.
 
So, because he couldn't drop Jorgenson, who was in immediate preparation to his spring classics, in a 109km stage on his home turf (Jorgenson lives in Nice), while Evenepoel at the time was about a month behind in preparation comparatively, you think that says something about how he would have done LBL over 265km?
Yes. I would think compared to what Pogacar was doing at the same time Remco would have had to rode tactically very well to stay in that front gap. Anyone would have.
Remco was hanging on to Jorgenson's wheel on a stage that every fan knew the route....and made the bargain to take the stage, too.
 
I would be really interested to see him in RVV. I really think he is the best rouleur by far and would be a pain in the ass in the parts in between hills and the last part after the Paterberg. But rememberig Brabantse Pijl and his technical difficulties on that cobbled climb i am worried for Paterberg and Koppenberg (especially when wet). Would really want to see it! Also for Paris-Roubaix he has the motor and aerodynamic position (for the non cobbled sections). He is not bad on cobbles (see previous results) but maybe not good enough?
Even on dry cobbles, Evenepoel, will have no chance at Koppenberg and Patersberg. Probably from the bike at Koppenberg and losing a minute there (usually means that the rider no longer gets to the front). Losing 15 to 20 seconds at the Patersberg. I don't think Evenepoel can ever win Flanders. But he should definitely participate once and as soon as possible. To become a better and more all-round rider and gain confidence for winding and explosive cycling roads.
 
Yes. I would think compared to what Pogacar was doing at the same time Remco would have had to rode tactically very well to stay in that front gap. Anyone would have.
Remco was hanging on to Jorgenson's wheel on a stage that every fan knew the route....and made the bargain to take the stage, too.
If Evenepoel doesn't get dropped on La Redoute, the only chance of Pogacar dropping him, would be on the steep section of RaF. If you think anything else, you clearly have not been paying attention the past 5 years. Not only that, he would have to drop him hard, or Evenepoel would close the gap on the flatter sections.
And there is also quite the difference between knowing the route as a spectator, and having it as your training ground. Especially since Evenepoel had not ridden it before, not even raced in France before.

But if you want to compare Evenepoel in PN, which anyone could see was not him in peak shape, to Pogacar in LBL, then that is your prerogative.
 
If Evenepoel doesn't get dropped on La Redoute, the only chance of Pogacar dropping him, would be on the steep section of RaF. If you think anything else, you clearly have not been paying attention the past 5 years. Not only that, he would have to drop him hard, or Evenepoel would close the gap on the flatter sections.
And there is also quite the difference between knowing the route as a spectator, and having it as your training ground. Especially since Evenepoel had not ridden it before, not even raced in France before.

But if you want to compare Evenepoel in PN, which anyone could see was not him in peak shape, to Pogacar in LBL, then that is your prerogative.
Not sure about that, because if Evenepoel were dropped, it would mean Pogacar is more fresher than him. Based on that, the fact Remco would be more tired in the flat, it would be difficult for him to close the gap to Pogacar, who probably would be in better condition phisically in the flat section.

The situation would be very different from a normal TT.
 
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Who says this isn´t their normal level? Their performances in the cobbled classics have been more or less the same for the past 3 years: crap.
Asgreen has had similiar health issues as someone like Schachmann, if I am not mistaken.

Ala, crashes and age. Not as hungry anymore.

Lampaert is okay/solid but nothing special. Except for 3rd in De-Panne in brutal conditions, he hasnt been doing much in the past couple of seasons in the classics. It is more that he has done well in ITTs.

I tend to agree that this is the normal level for them, these days.
 
Yes. I would think compared to what Pogacar was doing at the same time Remco would have had to rode tactically very well to stay in that front gap. Anyone would have.
Remco was hanging on to Jorgenson's wheel on a stage that every fan knew the route....and made the bargain to take the stage, too.

Remco was dictating the pace for the overwhelming majority of that stage
 
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So, because he couldn't drop Jorgenson, who was in immediate preparation to his spring classics, in a 109km stage on his home turf (Jorgenson lives in Nice), while Evenepoel at the time was about a month behind in preparation comparatively, you think that says something about how he would have done LBL over 265km?
Same scenario for Pogi last year. He convincingly dropped everyone (including Jorgenson) in that stage.
 
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With regards to another duel that didn't happen (Remco vs. Pog):
1. Pog did a terrific climb on La Redoute, riding 10s faster in 2024 (4:02) than Remco's (TRAINING) ride in 2023 (4:12). Pog was fast because he started early, and ofcourse, he kept his monstruous pace.
--> would Remco have been able to follow? Normally, just, but not by a margin. He could have well been dropped but not by more than 5-10 seconds.

2. The next bit of road where Pog had any chance of dropping Remco was indeed on Roche-aux-faucons (both the steep part and the last part). I agree that, if Pog dropped Remco, it would have been very hard for Remco (or anyone) to TT his way back as you simply have a big disadvantage going into the red and having to chase (going even deeper into the red) someone who just dropped you.

As for winning chances, I think Remco could have had a fair chance in the sprint, but Pog has a better chance dropping Remco and as much of a chance (or slightly better) winning the sprint.
Chances of Remco dropping Pog somewhere in between hills is what I would like to see attempted at least once in their duels, but I don't think Pog is droppable (by anyone for that matter) in a race like this one.
 
With regards to another duel that didn't happen (Remco vs. Pog):
1. Pog did a terrific climb on La Redoute, riding 10s faster in 2024 (4:02) than Remco's (TRAINING) ride in 2023 (4:12). Pog was fast because he started early, and ofcourse, he kept his monstruous pace.
--> would Remco have been able to follow? Normally, just, but not by a margin. He could have well been dropped but not by more than 5-10 seconds.

2. The next bit of road where Pog had any chance of dropping Remco was indeed on Roche-aux-faucons (both the steep part and the last part). I agree that, if Pog dropped Remco, it would have been very hard for Remco (or anyone) to TT his way back as you simply have a big disadvantage going into the red and having to chase (going even deeper into the red) someone who just dropped you.

As for winning chances, I think Remco could have had a fair chance in the sprint, but Pog has a better chance dropping Remco and as much of a chance (or slightly better) winning the sprint.
Chances of Remco dropping Pog somewhere in between hills is what I would like to see attempted at least once in their duels, but I don't think Pog is droppable (by anyone for that matter) in a race like this one.
That's my point.
 
2. The next bit of road where Pog had any chance of dropping Remco was indeed on Roche-aux-faucons (both the steep part and the last part). I agree that, if Pog dropped Remco, it would have been very hard for Remco (or anyone) to TT his way back as you simply have a big disadvantage going into the red and having to chase (going even deeper into the red) someone who just dropped you.
Evenepoel doesn't have to go in the red to ride others off his wheel on flat/false flat after a hard race. Do you think he was going all out when he dropped Pidcock? Was the snot dangling from his face? Your assumption is correct for about anybody in the peloton, Evenepoel being the exception. There is a reason why guys like Roglic refuse to ride with him, even if the situation is beneficial for him by doing so. If Pogacar only drops him by 10-15 meters, Evenepoel will close the gap on the flat. No ifs or buts. Which is why i said he needs to drop him hard.
 
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I mean ok, it is fun entertaining different scenarios, like would Pogačar drop Evenepoel and where and by how much... but if we are talking about actually winning the LBL, it's Evenepoel who should be more concerned with dropping Pogačar than the other way around as I really don't expect Pogačar to ever lose a sprint vs Evenepoel, not that Evenepoel is a bad sprinter the last year or so. I also think he is a worse descender than Pogačar (not that Pogačar is great), so even if he would drop Pogačar (lol) by a small margin, I think he would not be able to stay ahead on descent (and would have additional trouble catching up if behind).

Now we can return to fun and games.
 
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Evenepoel doesn't have to go in the red to ride others off his wheel on flat/false flat after a hard race. Do you think he was going all out when he dropped Pidcock? Was the snot dangling from his face? Your assumption is correct for about anybody in the peloton, Evenepoel being the exception. There is a reason why guys like Roglic refuse to ride with him, even if the situation is beneficial for him by doing so. If Pogacar only drops him by 10-15 meters, Evenepoel will close the gap on the flat. No ifs or buts. Which is why i said he needs to drop him hard.

Maybe re-read your comments and ask yourself why you mention you mention Pidcock - dropped - after - going - DEEP - into - the - red - on - Redoute - trying - to - chase - Evenepoel (who didn't go deep into the red), while I was talking about the (very likely) scenario of Evenepoel going DEEP into the red / being dropped by Pog on Roche-aux-faucons and if he would be able to reel Pog back in in the final 10K.
 
Maybe re-read your comments and ask yourself why you mention you mention Pidcock - dropped - after - going - DEEP - into - the - red - on - Redoute - trying - to - chase - Evenepoel (who didn't go deep into the red), while I was talking about the (very likely) scenario of Evenepoel going DEEP into the red / being dropped by Pog on Roche-aux-faucons and if he would be able to reel Pog back in in the final 10K.
I know what i wrote. Why would you assume i was comparing Pidcock to Pogacar? Did i somehow insinuate that Evenepoel would drop Pogacar like he did Pidcock, without breaking a sweat? I did not. The point was that on flatter sections, there is nobody, not even Pogacar, not even Ganna, but literally nobody in the peloton, that has to waste less energy than Evenepoel. That means where others have to go all out, he doesn't. If Pogacar was really that much stronger that he would also have the advantage on the flat, he would also drop him by a larger margin on the climb. Hence my original point, if Pogacar would drop Evenepoel only by a small margin, Evenepoel would be able to close it on the flat.
 
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I know what i wrote. Why would you assume i was comparing Pidcock to Pogacar? Did i somehow insinuate that Evenepoel would drop Pogacar like he did Pidcock, without breaking a sweat? I did not. The point was that on flatter sections, there is nobody, not even Pogacar, not even Ganna, but literally nobody in the peloton, that has to waste less energy than Evenepoel. That means where others have to go all out, he doesn't.

You assume that miraculously, Evenepoel having been at 110% on a climb can quickly switch a knob and go in full TT mode as if there wasn't a climb, as if he didn't go into the red and needs a minute to find himself back, and reel anyone back in.

It's possible a cool-headed Remco doesn't go fully into the red and allows someone like Pogacar 5 more seconds on the top just to be able to start chasing the moment he reaches the top, but Pogacar isn't a fluke in TT-ing, and especially not at the end of a hard race.

ps: all the above assumes Pog drops Remco uphill. I truly hope he can match Pog uphill in LBL in the coming years, but the current numbers / records uphill give Pog the benefit. And Pidcock / Lutsenko / ... any close-to-top-tier (but not the very best) rider that Evenepoel has dropped is not really relevant when talking about these situations, as those aren't able to push Evenepoel into the red, and Evenepoel can push tohse ito the red without giving his very best.