The Pro Cycling Thread


#6183

MS squad for San Sebastien - Nieve, Impey, Durbridge, Tuft, Hayman, Hepburn and Bauer - A.Yates was supposed to be leader but is still suffering injuries from his crash in the TDF.


#6184

No Power?


#6185

Power is riding the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic


#6186

And in a surprise Wout Van Aert has signed for Aqua Blue Sport - It will give the team a better race program next year - If only MS can convince Mattheiu Van Der Poel to switch to the road - Classics rider and has a fast sprint.


#6187

Strictly not true. Aqua Blue has acquired his contract. TBD if it’s enforceable or that he wants to be there.

And maybe not even true.


#6188

The question is who does Van Aert ride for in cross and road in 2019. He needs a team.


#6189

I seriously doubt he’ll have any trouble finding a team (or teams).


#6190

Kind of surprised we’ve heard nothing about Porte’s movements.
I would have thought that would be announced 1st August.


#6191

Confirmed that Brayan Chaves will ride the tour of Utah as a stagiare - He’s done plenty of donkey work for the conti team, so he must have showed something - Rest of the team is Power, Meyer, Bewley, Haig and Hamilton - Hope that MS give Stannard a ride as a stagiare - I doubt Stannard needs to ride L’Avenir and would be more suited to the Tour of Britain - Possibly this could be Ewan’s next race.


#6192

Freddie Ovett ( son of Steve ) wins a stagiare position with BMC - I doubt he is WT level rider, though with luck could be a PCT level rider.


#6193

He smashed the 1:20 (Mountain Highway climb to Sassafras) time on strava. The 1:20 is perhaps the most popular hill climb in Melbourne. 32 seconds faster than Brendon Canty!
He rode pretty well in the Sun Tour IIRC.


#6194

He’s been a million miles off the pace at the Tour of Qinghai Lake - I don’t rate Alexander Evans that highly and reckon Ovett is at a lower level - Anyway will be interested to see his calendar.


#6195

Reckon Brendon Canty will be struggling to stay at WT level, sadly.
Has had a shocking year. I believe he’s been struggling with his back,
Another career killed at Argyle cycling.


#6196

5th on the queen stage so not terrible. Was a DNS on stage 9, so perhaps something was ailing him.
Qinghai Lake is a mostly flat course. Looks like he’s limited to being a pure climber.


#6197

Canty has been a disappointment and I expected more of him - He should definitely get a gig at PCT level - EF Education First is another one of those mystery teams like Dimension Data, Katusha, Trek Segafreddo and to a lesser extent AGR2 - They seem to make an art form of being unsuccessful - DD shouldn’t be at WT level and EF are borderline.


#6198

Pretty sad when Canty was getting better results with Drapac than with Argle. You wonder how it can go so wrong.


#6199

A.Yates to ride the Colorado Classic which probably suggests no Vuelta.


#6200

Wouldn’t leave much time between races, and lots of traveling on top of that. I think you’re right.
Leaves room for another pure climber to support Simon or a lead-out guy if they do decide to take Ewan.


#6201

Yates doesn’t need any race days between the TDF and the Vuelta, so if he rides Colorado then the Vuelta is out - Think Ewan is cactus - May only get TOB and one or two one day races - His manager has made life unnecessarily difficult for Ewan - S.Yates reproduces his Giro from and he has to podium - Porte rides his best and he is top 2 - Upon reflecting on the TDF think Porte was a certain top 5 and possibly a podium contender.


#6202

If Ewan’s being that big a dill you’d think he must have a contract elsewhere already?