Lef would wan't to try and mold Kwia into a top cobbles star if possible. Thats priority one on the Steppers team. If the project fails, there are always stage races on the calendar.Gloin22 said:Doubtful, Kwiatkowski already looks level above him.
How so? He already led their team in the mental toughest GT with bigget media frenzy i.e. Le Tour where he came 11th in his first attempt..the asian said:IMO He's too young to be a leader yet. De Gendt is a better climber than Kwiaktowski too.
I am talking about now....The Hitch said:De Gendt has shown far better climbing ability and far better tt ability than Kwiatkowski. Also far better gt ability
Didn't you see De Gendt getting third in the flat TT in the TDF this year, behind Martin and Froome, beating Kwiatkowski by half a minute?Gloin22 said:I am talking about now....
This year, no he didn't. and you never know if he'll come back to his old level. Where it's likely Kwiat will improve...
Ummmmm and your point is ?Maaaaaaaarten said:Didn't you see De Gendt getting third in the flat TT in the TDF this year, behind Martin and Froome, beating Kwiatkowski by half a minute?
Yes, he is. I am not saying he isn't.Maaaaaaaarten said:Notice that I said 'in the flat TT'
I'm just trying to bring across that De Gendt has actually shown this year that he is a very talented cyclist.
True, Kwiatkowski is probably a better horse to bet on for the sake of reliability. Nevertheless I reckon De Gendt deserves a free role to go stage hunting or see what is possible for the GC.Gloin22 said:Yes, he is. I am not saying he isn't.
But his climbing has been nowhere this season, and saying he should lead GC's where Uran isn't present at this moment is a joke.
If he'd stayed with his old team he'd have to take a 100% pay cut, there is no Vacansoleil next year. 80% is better than 100%.maxmartin said:Eighty percent pay cut for De Gendt compared to previous contract
Will he make more money if he stayed with the old team but at a lower level?
I thought they still have a team but at a lower level, and De Gendt had a contract with them until the end of the next year.ElChingon said:If he'd stayed with his old team he'd have to take a 100% pay cut, there is no Vacansoleil next year. 80% is better than 100%.
And a podium at the Giro. Many climbers who focus their career on finishing in the top ten in a GT have never achieved that, like Gesink, VDB2, Mollema (this might be his year though), Zubeldia, Tejay van Garderen, Kruijswijk, etc.Buffalo Soldier said:Since this would get lost between the chaos that is the stage thread: big props to this guy. He now has a stage on Stelvio and Ventoux. For not being a true climber, that's impressive!