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Old 02-23-20, 11:36 AM
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The new Eddy Merckx...

...Remco Evenepoel. This kid is the real deal boys! Wins the Volta ao Algarve GC in dominant fashion, besting Rohan Dennis in the ITT Stage 5 finale.

Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:24:08
Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Ineos 0:24:17

https://www.cyclingnews.com/races/vo...5/live-report/
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Old 02-23-20, 01:05 PM
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Van Der Poel

that’s my pick

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Old 02-23-20, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
Van Der Poel

that’s my pick

As I said in another thread, Van der Poel is gonna pick up where Sagan leaves off. He's more of a Classics racer and sprinter in certain situations, like Sagan.

I look for Van der Poel to win the Paris Roubaix his first time in it.
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Great interview...

https://www.velonews.com/2020/02/new...-to-win_505216
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Old 02-24-20, 09:06 AM
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It's pretty crazy what he's doing. Assuming the Giro actually happens, I'm really excited to see what he can do.
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It's pretty crazy what he's doing. Assuming the Giro actually happens, I'm really excited to see what he can do.
We could be in for a very tough year and bike racing would only be a tiny part of the loss. Let's hope this thing subsides very soon.....
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
As I said in another thread, Van der Poel is gonna pick up where Sagan leaves off. He's more of a Classics racer and sprinter in certain situations, like Sagan.

I look for Van der Poel to win the Paris Roubaix his first time in it.
amen brother 👍

I love Sagan too 👍
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
We could be in for a very tough year and bike racing would only be a tiny part of the loss. Let's hope this thing subsides very soon.....
https://www.velonews.com/2020/02/new...at-risk_505365
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
It's pretty crazy what he's doing. Assuming the Giro actually happens, I'm really excited to see what he can do.
What am I missing?

Former Euro teammates have no clue on this.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
What am I missing?

Former Euro teammates have no clue on this.

Thanks.
Oh...Coronavirus. The handful of guys I used to race with were "huh?"
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WIth some hope that life in Italy and elsewhere will return to normal, I'll address the original premise.

There will never be another Eddy Merckx. Racing is too different now - as some have already pointed out - too many races, talent coming from too many parts of the world (think, Colombia...), too much specialization. That kind of mantle is an unreasonable expectation on this great young man.

He's the next Remco Evenpoel, and that's more than enough
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WIth some hope that life in Italy and elsewhere will return to normal, I'll address the original premise.

There will never be another Eddy Merckx. Racing is too different now - as some have already pointed out - too many races, talent coming from too many parts of the world (think, Colombia...), too much specialization. That kind of mantle is an unreasonable expectation on this great young man.

He's the next Remco Evenpoel, and that's more than enough
But saying it like that just isn't as much fun!

When you make a comparison like that ...it's not really a comparison. It's just a way of expressing just how good someone may be. You take the known best, and use them as the compliment. It's like seeing a really good up and coming basketball player and saying he's the next Michael Jordan. Do you really think everything about him is like Jordan? No. But you definitely see star power like Jordon had.

Now, I do think there are certain similarities in the two rider's racing styles. And I do think Evenepoel will be dominant in the sport. Maybe not to the extent of Merckx, but dominant nonetheless.

Will after Remco's career will he be known as the greatest cyclist of all time, moving Merckx to second? I seriously doubt it. But as my grandad used to say; "There never was a horse that couldn't be rode, and there never was a rider that couldn't be throwed."
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
It's pretty crazy what he's doing. Assuming the Giro actually happens, I'm really excited to see what he can do.
He's made a fan for life out of me by beating Rohan Dennis straight up in the ITT last Sunday. Not to mention winning the stage and securing the overall.
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
But saying it like that just isn't as much fun!


Yeah, I can ruin pretty much any party.
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There will never be another Eddy Merckx.
Correct... but there will perpetually be someone who is "The NEXT Eddy Merckx"
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Correct... but there will perpetually be someone who is "The NEXT Eddy Merckx"
Remco is the next NEXT Eddy Merckx. For now.
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that's correct man
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The Volta is literally on my doorstep - went past my house last year and this year in my town again, as it often is. I saw a couple of stages, including the Foia one Remco won. Missed the last stage because I had an MTB race on that day.

Amazing talent though. He is definitely one to watch. I ride up to Foia often, his time is very quick.
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Many more factors level the playing field today, and because of it you may never see anyone again dominate like Eddie Merckx. Today more advanced training, better talent, and versatile topography make it harder.
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