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U23 Paris-Roubaix

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StryderHells said:
Of course the race is worthwhile as a U23 classic but I think the point the other posters were making was that it's worthless as an indicator of future Paris Roubaix winners which is a fair call


It is an indicator. U23 racing has its own particularity. Age makes such a big difference that on a race like Paris-Roubaix U23 #3 or #4 have a big edge against younger riders. Sinkeldam was aged 22 when he won. Teunissen was aged 21. It needed a prodigy like Phinney to win it in his U23 #1 year... Look at the top10's and you might have indication.
 
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Bushman said:
Ganna looks a serious talent. Already world champion at the age of 19 and seems to have a huge engine.
He's got a monster engine and this season he also started doing well in one day races.
Apparently Brailsford wanted to sign him after the Track WC, but Ganna already has a contract with Lampre for the next 2 seasons.
Usually I'm not too happy about a big Italian talent turning pro with Lampre, but they did a good job with Malori, so maybe they know how to handle a young prospect with a big engine.