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Re: BMC news
« Reply #120 on: September 20, 2014, 08:56 »
Norwegian TV2 talks Thor's last race, and a possible cooperation with #mtn:
Hushovd åpner for Boasson Hagen-samarbeid (in *no)
(via Andreas Schulz & ammattipyöräily)

Main points:
- Could have helped #mtn with the preparations for the biggest races, especially on the tactical side[1]
- Did get offer to continue with #mtn until Paris-Roubaix
- Doesn't regret retirement
- Is tempted to help #mtn anyway
- Might shed a tear at his last race today
 1. *serious cough*
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #123 on: October 18, 2014, 10:43 »
    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/phinney_to_target_yellow_jersey/

     :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

    However when you read the article you realize it's just a clickbait headline.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #124 on: October 18, 2014, 21:39 »
    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/phinney_to_target_yellow_jersey/

     :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

    However when you read the article you realize it's just a clickbait headline.
    He did an interview for ProCycling where he also mentioned he thinks it would be 'cool' to do the Hour record as part of his comeback. He needed this year, but he seems in good spirits. I just hope he doesn't focus too much on Roubaix as there is a lot that can go wrong there especially for a young rider looking to prove himself.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #127 on: October 29, 2014, 20:51 »
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dennis-part-of-a-new-wave-of-time-trial-talents


    How great to learn that all new riders (except Tom Dumoulin) who are good at time trials are from English-speaking countries.

    I mean it’s not like they are not always so anglocentric but no matter how you want to look at 'talent' Chernetskiy, Vorobyev, Küng, Oliveira, Malori are as/more promising as almost all names mentioned, not to mention Quaade who is like twice as good as Durbridge/Hepburn/Dowsett/Flakemore/the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #128 on: October 29, 2014, 22:18 »
    Quaade who is like twice as good as Durbridge/Hepburn/Dowsett/Flakemore/the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
    That's up for debate, arguably: He profited from a course that played to his exact strengths in the 2013 Worlds: Flat and not at all technical, just putting down the power.

    the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
    This made me laugh! :lol
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #130 on: November 01, 2014, 21:08 »
    That's up for debate, arguably: He profited from a course that played to his exact strengths in the 2013 Worlds: Flat and not at all technical, just putting down the power.

    I'd say Quaade over Durbridge any day, much more upside. Durbridge might win a prologue or two, but in terms of winning worlds eventually, I think my bet would be the best chances are Quaade>Dowsett>Hepburn

    Surely it is easier to improve technique than skills. Also the longer the better for Quaade.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #131 on: November 20, 2014, 10:57 »
    As was mentioned in the Gilbert thread, BMC's Greg Van Avermaet won the Belgian Vélo de Cristal award for his 2014 season, succeeding last year's winner, crossman Sven Nys.

    Said Van Avermaet:

    "[Gilbert] raised the bar so high that people expect a lot from him but I'm someone who knows how hard it is to win races. I've been consistent, racing the whole year, in particular at the Tour, and these things probably favoured me.

    I'm very happy because I really thought this trophy would go to Gilbert. I reckoned we'd share the prizes: the 'Flandrien' for me and the Vélo de Cristal for him because he won the Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race. So this award is a recognition of my attacking spirit and the consistency of my results. It motivates me to pull off something big in 2015. I'll do all I can to win a big classic. That's my objective."

    http://www.lesoir.be/711915/article/sports/cyclisme/2014-11-19/velo-cristal-pour-van-avermaet (FR)
    http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/velo-de-cristal-van-avermaet-devance-philippe-gilbert-546cfffd3570d36fe862c1fc (FR)
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #132 on: November 21, 2014, 20:34 »
    Hardly fair to judge Flakemore yet is it????? Blimey.

    On a completely different note, it's good that Evans is retiring shortly, my least favourite rider ever (one obvious person excepted).
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #133 on: November 25, 2014, 08:58 »
    https://twitter.com/taylorphinney/status/537024795423309824

    Maybe he will be back at 100% in time for the classics after all?
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #134 on: November 25, 2014, 09:06 »
    https://twitter.com/taylorphinney/status/537024795423309824

    Maybe he will be back at 100% in time for the classics after all?

    read that wonder if he will have the yips or it will have the opposite effect, in that flip it I was so lucky last time lets throw it against a wall and see what bounces back?
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #135 on: December 01, 2014, 10:33 »
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/news-shorts-van-avermaet-gilbert-in-the-spring-classics

    According to CN, Greg Van Avermaet told Sporza this yesterday:

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    "I have become stronger and Philippe [Gilbert] has a very good track record. He is not as impressive now. I'm still ambitious and want to take my own chance in the Flemish races."

    I read this and I thought, that doesn't sound like Van Avermaet. He doesn't do trash talk.

    According to Sporza itself, what he said was this:

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    "When we both wanted to prove ourselves [at Lotto] it was hard, but since then I have become stronger and Philippe has got a really nice palmares. [So] he's a bit quieter now. But I'm still ambitious and I want to have my own chances in the Flemish races. If we figure it out beforehand, there probably won't be any problems. "
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #136 on: December 01, 2014, 10:45 »
    Van Avermaet also had this to say about the team:

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    "I think that this year things have really improved. I rode the Flemish classics for the first time as outright leader and I got a lot of help. That made a big difference.

    "I think that BMC has changed compared to two years ago, it's going in the right direction. Everyone believes in me and I get the support of the team. Bringing in Valerio Piva and Allan Peiper was really needed and in that respect there are stricter guidelines about how things are done."

    http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2165828 (NL)

    GVA might be hinting at what some of us here suspected as the explanation for BMC's failure to get results pre-2014. No, not the lack of Dark Side ;), but rather a flocculation of big stars leading to a "game of thrones" situation in which the team lacked clear race strategy and the leaders rode for themselves.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #137 on: December 01, 2014, 18:24 »
    To be honest as discussed up thread, I think BMC's move from abject unprofessionalism to a semblance of regimentation was the primary contributing factor. The tales of the boys just going off for a ride round Monaco as athey wished truly horrified me and certainly didn't correlate with the likes of Movistar & Sky.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #138 on: December 11, 2014, 12:02 »
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #139 on: December 13, 2014, 09:19 »
    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/atapuma_looks_forward_to_leadership_opportunities_at_bmc/

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    "I think I will be the leader in Volta a Catalunya and Paris-Nice to reach a good level for the Tour."

    Has Atapupu started the Christmas drinking a bit early, or does he really have a chance of leadership at those races?

    Evans (after a couple of races), Sanchez and a couple of climbing doms are gone, but you'd think Caruso, Dennis and maybe even De Marchi would have slotted in ahead of him in the pecking order.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #140 on: December 13, 2014, 09:23 »
    well, BMC has probably read that Lieuwe Westra will be Astana's leader for Paris Nice, and don't want to see their new young leaders destroyed by the beast that early in the season.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #141 on: December 13, 2014, 10:37 »
    Ha, Atapuma is not going to be ahead of Caruso or Dennis. Not a chance.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #142 on: December 13, 2014, 11:02 »
    well, apart form the 2013 Dauphiné so far Dennis has done nothing but finishing miles below expectations
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #143 on: December 13, 2014, 13:20 »
    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/atapuma_looks_forward_to_leadership_opportunities_at_bmc/

    Has Atapupu started the Christmas drinking a bit early, or does he really have a chance of leadership at those races?

    Evans (after a couple of races), Sanchez and a couple of climbing doms are gone, but you'd think Caruso, Dennis and maybe even De Marchi would have slotted in ahead of him in the pecking order.

    I wonder if Dennis is riding the Giro

    I kind of hope they sign Rolland tbh
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #144 on: December 19, 2014, 06:48 »
    BMC looking to youth in 2015

    BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.



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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #146 on: December 19, 2014, 09:18 »
    BMC looking to youth in 2015

    BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.



    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper

    I don't see this at all. Damiano Caruso is already at a higher level than Evans would have been this season had he carried on. Yes, Caruso isn't yet a podium contender in the GTs but he could get top 5 in the Giro. For the Tour they have Lady Garden, plus they have Dennis.

    Their classics line-up is superb with great young riders such as Dillier (who I think will be a star), Teuns et al, to add to the strength of PG and GVA.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #147 on: December 19, 2014, 12:08 »
    BMC looking to youth in 2015

    BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.



    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper

    Evans had been in decline for two seasons, that much was clear even to spectators. He still had capabilities but had ceased to look like a Tour winner. I was doing turbo the other day and watching Evans ride the 2013 Tirreno. Yes, I have the benefit of hindsight, but he was not even close to Contador, Nibali, Froome et al.

    Ditto Hushovd, quite frankly.

    At that point, as a team manager, you had to be thinking about it. Aside from tactics on a race-to-race basis, you had to be well aware that changes were due.
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #148 on: December 19, 2014, 12:13 »
    it will still take years though - not necessarily result wise, but there's no one in sight who even comes close to getting the same media attention and presence as Evans or Hushovd (nor to get the same status in the peloton)
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    Re: BMC news
    « Reply #149 on: December 19, 2014, 13:22 »
    wait - you mean TJVG isnt the next coming of the lord?    :S


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