It’s all about being able to keep those riders together. You need a budget for that. If Almeida and Bagioli keep evolving like this, they’ll be hard to keep in 2 years.So how about Almeida? Pretty good ride today in Algarve. Setting such a high pace that he even managed to drop riders like Kwiatkowski, Thomas or GVA. I said it in another thread, but Quickstep have managed to land some talented climbers this offseason with him and Bagioli. Add Knox who extended his contract and Vansevenant will join them in July. All of them can grow with Evenepoel and become a strong team for years to come (if they can keep them all together that is). Obviously not a squad rivaling the likes of Movistar or Ineos just yet, but give these guys 2 more years and we could be talking about a dangerous team going uphill. At the very least an interesting project that Lefevere started. After 20 years of classics riders he now tries to actually build a team of talented climbers. Just a shame they lost Enric Mas.
Since he's a pro for a WT team, he can only participate in a few U23 races, like the WCC and Tour de l'Avenir. He's already said not to be interested in riding those U23 races, so i don't know why you'd discuss him in a topic for a category he doesn't race in.Shouldn't we discuss Evenepoel in this thread? He still has about 3 saisons of U23 to go...
Not to mention that I think - and lots of people agree - earned his right to have his own thread.Since he's a pro for a WT team, he can only participate in a few U23 races, like the WCC and Tour de l'Avenir. He's already said not to be interested in riding those U23 races, so i don't know why you'd discuss him in a topic for a category he doesn't race in.
Van Wilder made this his main goal. If Evenepoel wanted he could ride as well, just like Vansevenant. So far i only know of Van Wilder who's riding. I expect him to be one of the main contenders.My first reaction was; only 6 stages. That is good for first year u23 riders. But now that I checked the stages, 5 of the 6 stage contain really a lot of climbing. It is really a very tough race. As for the belgians; I wonder who can survive such a race.... (the better climbers of last year all became pro ).
How do you mean? Foss was 23 last year, Van Wilder just turned 20 last month. With corona messing up a lot of his original schedule it doesn't seem that strange, imho. As a junior, he always had to fight for 2nd, and last year he was a first year espoirs and he also was a bit too young to go for big wins. I imagine he'd be ambitious here. I asked his mom only a week or two ago and she said his current schedule, as far as she was aware, was still to ride LBL-l'Avenir-WCC U23. Personally, i would also like to see him ride some pro 1 week stage races, anything with a bit of climbing and TT'ing. But so far it looks like he's doing Avenir.Van Wilder riding here in 2020? Why?
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