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U23 races and talents

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Dangerous break with Biseaux in it (also 3 guys from Visma). 1'40 ahead of peloton. Widar not a lot of teammates left.

EDIT: Widar himself is riding in the peloton, on his own behind a 13 man break. If he doesn't get help from UAE or Tudor to protect their podium Biseaux might take it all.
 
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Aosta Stage 1

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Joking aside, we knew Widar was a good climber, but he did surprise me with his the improvements he made this year. He went from a subtop climber in the Juniors, and more of a big engine puncheur/soloist who could climb really well, to an elite U23 climber in just one year.

Jeezus! When do these bandwagons start? When kids are still in kindergarten?:)
As a GC rider, he didn't stand out in the juniors. But he is very small and light, yet has a huge engine. He did extremely well in 1 day classics on all terrain, cobbles, climbs, even flat. Very offensive as well.
 
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He went from a subtop climber in the Juniors

He definitely made some steps, also surprises me a bit (let's see what he can do in Avenir against the real top), but it's hard to judge him climbing wise at junior level imo. I mean he did win Classique des Alpes and in Lunigiana he actually followed Nordhagen who was bridging to the front group in one of the stages but then got dropped in the descent and his GC was over.

But I agree, I expected him more to be a puncher, super explosive guy first, then climber. It seems to be the other way around right now. He says he trained on it a lot in the winter. It's a bit like Van Eetvelt honestly. He also only started training on longer efforts like 2 years ago and then made that big step.
 
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He definitely made some steps, also surprises me a bit (let's see what he can do in Avenir against the real top), but it's hard to judge him climbing wise at junior level imo. I mean he did win Classique des Alpes and in Lunigiana he actually followed Nordhagen who was bridging to the front group in one of the stages but then got dropped in the descent and his GC was over.

But I agree, I expected him more to be a puncher, super explosive guy first, then climber. It seems to be the other way around right now. He says he trained on it a lot in the winter. It's a bit like Van Eetvelt honestly. He also only started training on longer efforts like 2 years ago and then made that big step.
I know he won Classique des Alpes, but he didn't win it solo (i actually think he came back after the climb). Like i said, he was a very good climber as a junior, but not the absolute top. Now, he won Giro U23 and Aosta, as 18 year old in a higher age category. Even if he doesn't win Avenir, that shouldn't take anything away from these other big wins. I don't think anyone recently won both Giro U23 and Avenir the same year.
 
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I know he won Classique des Alpes, but he didn't win it solo (i actually think he came back after the climb). Like i said, he was a very good climber as a junior, but not the absolute top. Now, he won Giro U23 and Aosta, as 18 year old in a higher age category. Even if he doesn't win Avenir, that shouldn't take anything away from these other big wins. I don't think anyone recently won both Giro U23 and Avenir the same year.

He didn't came back/. He was with Seixas, but I just think Seixas is ridiculous haha. My point is that junior races with a lot of real mountains are rare. So it's alway shard to judge, but I also didn't expect this.

And no it wouldn't take anything away, but given the current situation of the u23 category Avenir is obviously the most important race, cause there are often some young pros and the best u23 riders. 2 months ago I wouldn't have thought he would even have a chance at winning it tho, now it definitely isn't impossible although I think there will be some guys fresher (Nordhagen for example) or maybe some WT teams send a pro (like EF with Rafferty maybe). It's good that it will be with the Belgian team cause with Lotto he basically only has Donie as a climber and he's hit hard by Covid (he still can't train propertly he said).
 
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