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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« on: January 01, 2016, 22:23 »
Too late, search has seen it. Prepare to get :nuts at Sibiu.

Just thought I'd have a look back at the X-Factor audition for the team.

The excitement of who might make the final cut is also lessening as only 17 riders are competing now - the Ethiopians and Eritreans didn't get visas. So with potentially fifteen spots up for grabs, the qualifications are easier than Euro 2018.

Nikolaos Iaonnidis (23 anni, Grecia), Masaru Nakazto (23, Giappone), Marko Pavlic (22, Slovenia), Ioannis Spanopoulos (22, Grecia), Mihkel Räim (22, Estonia), Guy Gabay (22, Israele), Guy Sagiv (20, Israele), Aviv Yecheskel (20, Israele), Dan Turek (23, Repubblica Ceca), Lubos Malovec (22, Slovacchia), Emanuel Piaskowy (24, Polonia), Vojtek Migdal (24, Polonia), Max Korus (27 Usa/Israele), Juraj Bellan (19, Slovacchia), Chris Butler (27, Usa), Luis Lemus (23, Messico) e Dan Craven (32, Namibia) are played along with some talent in the Horn of Africa They were unable to reach Italy to visa problems and other young Italians without clear agreement from the past 12 to 15 seats up for grabs .

Take your pick, though without knowing the Italians/Africans it's difficult to guess.

I thought it was an interesting premise actually. A chance "to give our riders an equal chance to prove their worth to the team in neutral conditions” without relying on "‘who knows who, random recommendations, intense lobbying etc".

However we never knew who the Eritreans/Ethiopians were or anything about the young Italians, and with eleven of the sixteen (not including Turek as he already had a contract) making the final cut, you could have guessed most of the ones who were going to make it.

I do think Sporza and a Belgian CT team (Veranclassic who seem to change their entire team each year might be an option) could do a interesting Belgian version of it. A few shows in October/November/December covering the "audition" and then a fly on the wall show through the following year.

As to the rejects....

Iaonnidis - off to Vélo Sport Hyérois (French amateur team - Boris Carene is there too)
Nakazto - rode in the Japanese CX Champs recently (came 27th)
Spanopoulos - Veranclassic - AGO
Yecheskel - ???
Bellan - Dukla Banska Bystrica

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