Like Scarponi used to use?I'm not the first to say this, but the way he rides, it won't be the last knee problems he'll have in his career. My brother in law is a McKenzie therapist and physio, he had basically predicted it when he first saw Ardila ride. Well, he wasn't surprised when i told him he 'd already had knee issues in the past.
Looking at who will likely be on JV's team in the Tour next year, I'm not sure UAE would come that much closer to them tbh.I think there is an assumption that because UAE had a half-sprint team last year, and didn’t have an Ineos-style galactico mountain train this year, they will continue to have a weak team going forward. It’s far more likely that their success is going to increase their budget, while at the same time making their bargaining position stronger; they will be able to recruit better riders for less money. When there is inevitably a TTT in next year’s Tour, they won’t cough up over a minute in less than 30km like the 2019 version.
They finished 16th in that TTT. I'm fairly sure they'll finish higher next time out. I'm pretty confident they would've done a lot better this year.Looking at who will likely be on JV's team in the Tour next year, I'm not sure UAE would come that much closer to them tbh.
I agree with that, but JV should be faster as well than in 2019, even though they won back then. Roglic, Vingegaard, van Aert and Dennis sounds ridiculous and then they still have some other guys who could join their Tour team as well who aren't slow TTers either.They finished 16th in that TTT. I'm fairly sure they'll finish higher next time out. I'm pretty confident they would've done a lot better this year.
There's 2 different cases they can make to 2 different types of rider;I don't know about that.. why would a rider go to a team for less money and less opportunity? For the privilege of riding in Teddy's train?
From a sporting perspective this doesn´t make sense at all.Achermannn to join UAE. Their sprint success seems pretty limited with Gaviria and Kristoff so far, not sure had adding Ackermann to the mix will help that.
I guess he'll get to ride at least one of the Giro or the Vuelta as the team leader, since nobody else who is on the team besides Pogacar has ridden that well in the gts over the last 2 years. Having Dombrowski and Ulissi with you in the mountains is already an upgrade compared to the support that he got at DQ.Is this a good move by Almeida? I mean, he has the potential to win a GT without Pogacar, would he get his chances whitin UAE? Maybe he fancies becoming a Roberto Heras of Pogacar (no doping innuendo intended, pls).
Who apart from Pogacar is a better GC prospect than Almeida?The cyclingnews link does not work
Not sure Ackermann would be a good addition for the team. Maybe focussing on lesser big classics?
Almeida could be a good helper for Pogacar but that would mean putting his own ambitions aside, because UAE is already full of people wanting chances when Pogacar is not riding.
the following riders are end of contract:
Kristoff: def leaving
Costa: extending I think
De La Cruz
Polanc: leaving I think
Bystrom: probably leaving
Youssef Mirza: probably extending as he is from UAE
Why wouldn't he go to Tour? He could be protected rider at the start and there is always possibility Pogacar will have some problems (crash, ilness...). I see it as good transfer for him. Nice paycheck, team keeps upgrading roster and they have one of the biggest budget. He will for sure have decent support in GTs where he will be leader.Who apart from Pogacar is a better GC prospect than Almeida?
I'm also not sure why he would go to a team where he won't be going to the Tour as a leader in the next years, but maybe he thought he's not ging to win it anyway and at UAE he at least gets money and can do Giro/ Vuelta as a leader?!
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