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Old 11-02-06, 10:03 AM
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Who are the top young riders right now?

By 'young', I mean 26 or under (perhaps 27 and under is permissible).

I was just thinking about this the other day, about how much I am looking forward to the coming years in cycling. The prospect of seeing guys like Cunego, Valverde, Schleck, Boonen, Popovych, Karpets and others battle it out is one that excites me. I have always been a huge fan and supporter of Cunego, and I can envision some exciting battles on the roads of France in July between he and Valverde in the years ahead.

What do you guys think?
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Old 11-02-06, 10:12 AM
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Pretty much the guys you said are the only riders that come to me right now. Stefan Schumacher has had a brilliant season for a 25 year old, and I think his teamate Fabian Wegmann was unlucky not to win more this season and certainly showed potential.

I dont think Popovych and Karpets are that good, but IMO Valverde and to a lesser extent Cunego could go on to be multiple grand tour winners.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
i think they're ALREADY 'battling it out'.
I mean for overall supremacy. Some guys can be considered the best at what they do (such as Boonen), but, the others are not big contenders just yet. Valverde is in a way, but his main goal is the Tour and he hasn't even finished one in two attempts. Cunego has just completed his first Tour and earned the maillot blanc. Remember the pre-Tour hype of "Basso vs. Ullrich" this year? That's what I mean when I say 'battle it out'. Two guys who are recognized as the absolute cream of the crop fighting for victory. I see that happening between Cunego and Valverde in a few years, and not just in the Tour. Both riders are very well-rounded.
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Originally Posted by botto
what would you call Cunego vs Simoni at the '04 Giro?

Young gun vs. old buzzard
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Old 11-02-06, 10:59 AM
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While he had a good tour, after getting dropped by Basso at the Giro this year, Cunego's climbing I thought would be stronger. Compared to an American, Cunego is superior to Danielson in every way. IMHO Danielson was a big disapointment this year.
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Originally Posted by daytonian
While he had a good tour, after getting dropped by Basso at the Giro this year, Cunego's climbing I thought would be stronger. Compared to an American, Cunego is superior to Danielson in every way. IMHO Danielson was a big disapointment this year.

I don't think Danielson has it mentally. He seems kinda fragile and needs more experience in the Euro Peloton (big difference from American to Euro). Although his age is up there for a cyclist his body isn't. He doesn't have all the wear and tear that a lot of other riders have.... He has a couple good years left.... I doubt ever a TDF podium though. He seems more like a super dometique that is good on certain days but not consistent enough for a Grand Tour GC.

As for dissapointments.. no one beats Mayo (must have been OP Puerto messing with his drug supply)

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Originally Posted by botto
what would you call Cunego vs Simoni at the '04 Giro?
awkward!
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Cunego was really amazing in 04 Giro.. He reminded me so much of Lemond in 85.. he had it all.
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yeah, he was super strong. even if you consider that he wasn't a marked man, he really made it look easy.
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Old 11-02-06, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
he defnitely must have had it all. HGH, Blood, EPO, etc, etc, etc...
it did seem that way didn't it? i'll just stick my hands in my pockets, whistle a little tune, and turn my head the other way.
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Originally Posted by botto
was that really such a big surprise? mayo hasn't impressed since june of '04.
What he needs is a disciplined team.... He would prolly do well at CSC, Disco. or a team where they really watch over their riders to make sure they are on track.

I doubt his results will change with him switching to Daunier Duval... But then again, mayber Millar can score him some juice.
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mayo has a lot of talent but seriously lacks drive. seeing him fold in the TDF in '04 (or was it '03?) when the road got steep was disheartening. he just got off the bike and handed it to the mechanic and sat in the car. it's the tour man! you can't just quit when it get tough.
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Cunego is a giant poofter with no heart who backed into a Giro win by screwing his team leader (who he hasn't been able to beat in the Giro since), made like he was the next Eddie Merckx, got some mystery illness (toxic shock syndrome?) that let real talent beat him in the next Giro while still contesting mountain top finishes, said he was "glad" the pressure was off after tanking (Armstrong would have sawed his bike in half, Hinault would have destroyed the field the next day), let a guy who worked for Sastre all race kick his a$$ on Le Alpe, took a nice shot of time trial juice in the last TT of this year's TDF (or he was channeling Big Mig) to win the "coveted" white jersey as a team leader when every other rider who's done that has been riding support.

Gutless and hugely overrated, not that I have any strong feelings on the subject.

My boy is Frank Schleck, and not just cus he saved my life; I would have had to slit my freaking wrists had tampon boy won on Le Alpe. He shuts up and rides, as does Valverde for the most part.
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My favorites...Fabian Cancellara and Valverde. I sure wish Valverde would quit getting hurt, though.
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
My boy is Frank Schleck, and not just cus he saved my life; I would have had to slit my freaking wrists had tampon boy won on Le Alpe. He shuts up and rides, as does Valverde for the most part.
+1000 on Schleck, that was a ballsy ride.
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Look for Trent Lowe to be on the way up.
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Look for Trent Lowe to be on the way up.
+1

and Willy Walker.
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dylan, dylan, dylan, dylan & dylan... cuz he rides hot fire.
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Schlek is an animal
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Allthe names mentioned here are all good.

Pozzato is a name missed so far.
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Schlek is an animal

A very skinny animal!

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What about Brajkovic he showed this year in the Vuelta that he can be one for the grand tours if he gets the power to go for 3 weeks....
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Bernhard Eisel
Philippe Gilbert
Jérôme Pineau
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Bernhard Kohl, Allesandro Ballan, Linus Gerdemann are up there too. Andy Schleck may achieve greatness.
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