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With the exceptions of Spaniards. They do have a rule on the team that over half the roster must be comprised of Spaniards. Otherwise, it does seem they have a goal to have riders from a variety of other countries.
Just you wait. In eight years' time their mission will have been completed and Valverde will be the only Spaniard left on the team.
 
I dunno. Add Kruijswijk back into that team instead of Jansen and maybe they'd have been able to win. They're also adding Oomen.

Imo, Roglic wins if Jumbo are more aggressive and pay attention to Pogacar earlier instead of Roglic wanting to climb with his friend. Or if they use Dumoulin better to keep him in GC hopes and force others to work more.

Even if they don't change, that team with Kruijswijk there, and it Bennett doesn't get hurt earlier causes pain for every team in the race. I mean Van Aert is the 6th worst climber when they're all fit in that team.
Van Aert was probably stronger than they expected.

Bennett barely had anything to give when Van Aert was done, which might have to do with crashes early on of course.
 
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What has corona got to do with it?
Targeted races and training. It was a weird year and though it was confirmation for certain riders, you can’t really say that riders were able to prepare in the best way to reach the TdF in optimal form. Some guys came on overcooked (Bernal, who put in ridiculous training rides) while others started off undercooked (Mas- who couldn’t follow anyone in the early climbs then was one of the 4-5 strongest riders in the Alps).

Not discrediting anyone’s results, but I have a harder time writing guys off this year because it was such a weird year and they didn’t even know if they would be able to race again.
 
Never understood why Movistar let him go. Yeah he was a massive disappointment, but he is good enough to be a strong support rider in the mountains. Maybe he wanted a fresh start and more freedom.
I think it was more they thought he needed more time to develop at a lower level.

His manager(Acquadro) could be the reason.
When he left it was before the blow up with Acuquadro by a year. However, this would be a reason they won't re-sign him.
 
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Targeted races and training. It was a weird year and though it was confirmation for certain riders, you can’t really say that riders were able to prepare in the best way to reach the TdF in optimal form. Some guys came on overcooked (Bernal, who put in ridiculous training rides) while others started off undercooked (Mas- who couldn’t follow anyone in the early climbs then was one of the 4-5 strongest riders in the Alps).

Not discrediting anyone’s results, but I have a harder time writing guys off this year because it was such a weird year and they didn’t even know if they would be able to race again.
Aight, that makes sense. Good answer, thanks!
 
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Ten riders from Lotto-Soudal have been informed that their contracts won't be renewed next year (Wallays, Van der Sande, Armée, Maes, Hansen, Van Goethem, Marczynski, Mertz, Iversen and Dibben).

Won't be easy for all of them to still find a new team.

They will be replaced by very young riders like Kron, Vervloesem, Grignard, Sweeny, Verschaeve, Moniquet, Conca and Vermeersch.

Apparently Lotto-Soudal has to work with a lighter budget next year. The big guns are not amused because the team loses its entire midfield and they will have to count on very young and inexperienced riders next year who usually need time to adapt.

Source: https://www.hln.be/sport/wielrennen/lotto-soudal-zit-in-de-knoei-geen-geld-om-ervaren-volk-als-wallays-en-van-der-sande-te-houden-goedkope-neoprofs-als-vervangers~aad0703f/
 
According to PCS Lotto have 23 guys signed for next year and 10 of them are born 1998 or late.. so that is a very young squad.

They will of course be able to put a solid team behind Gilbert in the spring classics and a solid team around Ewan in the Tour, but boy it will be hard to get enough quality in a Giro or Vuelta-team unless Ewan goes there aswell.
 
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Ten riders from Lotto-Soudal have been informed that their contracts won't be renewed next year (Wallays, Van der Sande, Armée, Maes, Hansen, Van Goethem, Marczynski, Mertz, Iversen and Dibben).

Won't be easy for all of them to still find a new team.
Wow. There are some quality domestiques there. Hansen in particular will struggle to get a new team at his age. A sad way for him to go from a team he gave so much to. At least he doesn't rely on racing as his primary income.

The rest of those riders are going to need some luck, but Marczynski, Armee, Wallays and Van der Sande should be safe you would think.
 
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Ten riders from Lotto-Soudal have been informed that their contracts won't be renewed next year (Wallays, Van der Sande, Armée, Maes, Hansen, Van Goethem, Marczynski, Mertz, Iversen and Dibben).

Won't be easy for all of them to still find a new team.

They will be replaced by very young riders like Kron, Vervloesem, Grignard, Sweeny, Verschaeve, Moniquet, Conca and Vermeersch.

Apparently Lotto-Soudal has to work with a lighter budget next year. The big guns are not amused because the team loses its entire midfield and they will have to count on very young and inexperienced riders next year who usually need time to adapt.
This is an interesting (but unfortunate) development. With so many teams either folding or reducing budgets and, I assume, not many new teams or teams with increasing budget (although I've heard AG2R are indeed increasing their budget) to balance it, it may lead to some strange developments on the transfer market. Teams might now sign some lesser riders cheaply to cut their budgets and better riders struggle to find any team. It might turn out that many of these better riders will need to review their salary demands and it might turn out that teams might regret signing these lesser riders because there will be better riders around without contract and with decreased salary demands available at later dates.

Maybe EF were right not to enter the transfer market early, after all. :frowning:
 
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Wallays & Maes should be interesting for the classics department of any French/Belgian PCT team. Vital Concept, Alpecin, Bingoal... they should not have any problem finding a team.

Van der Sande is also interesting, he could get good results and points in lesser french & belgian races.

I can see Armee at Wanty. Marczinsky might get an option in a Spanish PCT (he lives in Granada and could be an option for Kometa. He would also be an upgrade on any Burgos rider)

For the other riders it will surely be difficult to find a professional contract.
 
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Marczinsky might get an option in a Spanish PCT (he lives in Granada and could be an option for Kometa. He would also be an upgrade on any Burgos rider)
talking about Kometa... also Navarro is looking for a new team, I just read, as Isreal will not keep him. Could he (as an old friend of Contador) be an option for Kometa as well?
 
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