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Men's Pro Cycling has started

Posted on 2/19/24 at 12:21 am
Posted by POTUS2024
Member since Nov 2022
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 12:21 am
I know there aren't many fans of cycling around, but the season has started.
- Remco already looks to be in good form, just won a short stage race.
- Team Jumbo Visma is now Visma Lease-A-Bike, so from TJV to VLAB, I guess, and they haven't looked great, but not bad. I'm interested to see how things go without Primoz.
- Haven't heard anything about Primoz on his new team, or news about Pogocar or Jonas.
- Chris Horner said Egan Bernal might be back to some good form again, which could make things very interesting in the grand tours.
- Tour De France has some alterations because of the Olympics, so that might be interesting in how that unfolds.
- I think Ineos could be the 'comeback' team of the year, we'll see.
- At the grand tours we have the possibility of Sepp, Jonas, WVA, Remco, Egan, Pogocar, Primoz, and others, in any given tour, so there could be fireworks in the Giro, Le Tour, and Vuelta.
- Some have suggested making the grand tours shorter and I think that is an awful idea. I hope they don't mess with them. Cycling grand tours are the best events in sports.

Things just getting started. Classics should be good and the grand tours should, once again, be amazing.
Posted by nvcowboyfan
James Turner Street, Birmingham,UK
Member since Nov 2007
2953 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 2:12 am to
I think Ineos really screwed up in letting Dani Martinez go to Bora.
Posted by POTUS2024
Member since Nov 2022
10696 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:37 am to
quote:

I think Ineos really screwed up in letting Dani Martinez go to Bora.


That might be true, it's a good point - but they have some good younger riders, and if Bernal looks good again, they may be a better team than last year. I forgot to mention him - will be interesting to see how things go having him and Primoz over at Bora. I thought Primoz may go to Ineos, but perhaps Bora was a better fit for him.
Posted by sorantable
Member since Dec 2008
48632 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 6:44 am to
never mind. cycle on.
This post was edited on 2/19/24 at 6:47 am
Posted by Drank
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 8:16 am to
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Men's Pro Cycling has started



I’ll be doing my usual grand threads for each of the Grand Tours this season starting with the Giro.
Posted by Ingeniero
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2013
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 8:22 am to
quote:

Tour De France has some alterations because of the Olympics,

Posted by YungBuck
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2017
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 8:23 am to
Mads Pedersen had 3 wins in 3 days in France last week
Posted by nvcowboyfan
James Turner Street, Birmingham,UK
Member since Nov 2007
2953 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 1:53 pm to
quote:

it's a good point - but they have some good younger riders

I agree to an extent- they have for sure some one day guys but rolling their GC dice on Bernal ( who I hope can come back to his old form), Pidcock who has never tried to place in GC and a ninety year old Geraint Thomas seems risky. Martinez looks like he definitely could be one of those second tier GC guys who could win a giro or vuelta and I think they will regret letting him go
Posted by Sevreaux
Member since Sep 2022
35 posts
Posted on 2/19/24 at 3:45 pm to
I would give my left nut to make it as a pro in this sport



Said one person ever
Posted by CXSteve
Member since Oct 2012
848 posts
Posted on 2/20/24 at 11:16 pm to
Mathieu van der Poel is by far the best Cyclist in the world. Don't care if Chris Horner thinks he sucks because he's not racing for Grand Tours.
Posted by POTUS2024
Member since Nov 2022
10696 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 3:34 am to
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Mathieu van der Poel is by far the best Cyclist in the world. Don't care if Chris Horner thinks he sucks because he's not racing for Grand Tours.


If you're not a player in the grand tours, I don't know that you can be in that discussion.
Posted by Hayekian serf
GA
Member since Dec 2020
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:43 am to
As long as they stay off the damn road when I’m driving.
Posted by NEWMANIUM
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2018
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:17 am to
The classics are better than grand tours.
Posted by nvcowboyfan
James Turner Street, Birmingham,UK
Member since Nov 2007
2953 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:31 am to
quote:

The classics are better than grand tours.

Agreed.

Interesting subplot this year is Soudal-Quickstep moving more of their roster to help Remco with GC - how bad does it hurt them in the Classics/sprinting that they previously were so good at? And was it worth it?
Posted by foosball
Member since Nov 2021
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 10:04 am to
Posted by Drank
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Member since Dec 2012
10515 posts
Posted on 2/27/24 at 5:15 pm to
The hometown favorite team Team UAE completely blew up on the last stage of the UAE Tour.
They are looking to the team doc to see what went wrong

Whoopsie Daisy
Posted by danilo
Member since Nov 2008
19954 posts
Posted on 2/28/24 at 5:58 am to
Queer shorts
Posted by crazyLSUstudent
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Member since Mar 2012
5499 posts
Posted on 2/28/24 at 7:06 am to
quote:

how bad does it hurt them in the Classics/sprinting that they previously were so good at? And was it worth it?


Quickstep hasn’t been good in the cobbled classics since. 2020-2021
Posted by pennypacker3
Charleston
Member since Aug 2014
2735 posts
Posted on 3/2/24 at 2:24 pm to
Pog playing Superman today at strate Bianche . Guy is a super talent that loves to race. 80 km solo and told everyone that was the plan.



ETA photos
This post was edited on 3/2/24 at 2:51 pm
Posted by nvcowboyfan
James Turner Street, Birmingham,UK
Member since Nov 2007
2953 posts
Posted on 3/2/24 at 9:43 pm to
Pog called his home run from the on deck circle and no one had a answer
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