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Carlo Algatrensig

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Philipsen second at the U23 Ronde today behind Eddie Dunbar  #axeon who came second to Philipsen in the Tryptique des Monts et Chateaux. Philipsen looks like a big cobbled talent. Dunbar however is a climber and one of the least likely looking guys to suddenly turn out to be great on the cobbles.

As of a year ago I'd have said that Dunbar was a prospective JRod or Pozzovivo kind of espoir. Since then he's won the Irish U23 TT, got a top 5 in the U23 Euro TT, a top 10 in the worlds U23 TT, came second at the Tryptique M et C and won the U23 Ronde. Thereby proving that I know nothing about this stupid sport.

I don't think it shows you nothing about this sport. I think its more a case of when they are U23 and especially juniors they still arent really specialising in a way they will probably have to do when they start riding pro/senior races.

I always think Junior/U23 results give a guide to who should be a good rider in the future not necessarily what type of rider. Kittel was a double junior TT world champ but developed into a sprinter and Popovych winning the U23 Roubaix and then going on to 3 or 4 GT top 10's are a couple of examples of big wins when younger in a different area they excelled at later.
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