Wouter Poels Discussion Thread

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Poels will not defend his title in LBL. In fact he will skip the whole ardennes campaign due to his knee injury. He is back in full training mode though, so I think he is already preparing for the tour now.
 
Too bad he has 2 more years from his contract as it would have been a good time to say goodbye to Sky.Let's see if those selected can really offer the same level of support.
 
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Even if Froome fades, it's doubtful that Poels would get a chance to ride for himself at the Vuelta. Froome gets a bit more leeway than one bad GT.

Shame he's not going to be at the Tour, but I'm sure Froome's rivals aren't going to miss him.
 
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I like Poels but from Sky's perspective it also makes a lot of sense honestly.

From their perspective taking Poels is a risk in the sense that they can't be sure if he is going to stay at his 2017 Rut de Sud form or hit his 2016 TDF form. In reality it will probably be somewhere in the middle but it could also be a very weak or very strong Poels for whatever reasons, either way Sky can't really know tbh. Then when they have 20 insane riders to pick from there's just no reason to take a "risky" rider right now. If it's another WT team who would not have a suitable replacement for Poels then sure take the risk and cross your fingers. They can also have him target the Veulta which gives him another couple of months to gain form.
 
Apr 22, 2012
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Scarponi said:
Can't wait for him to close the 2nd and third best climbers in the worlds attacks in July. Yawn
In one or two stages but being almost invisible for the rest of the race; he isn't only one who can do that.
 
Apr 22, 2012
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
He isn't, but on his good days he basically killed all the fun by nullifying the others the last 2 years.
Thankfully it's one or two stages per Tour and on the top of that not all fun is killed anyway, so job as usual.
 

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