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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #150 on: October 31, 2016, 07:56 »
We'll have to see what happens with the Israelis and the devo team. They said it was going to be U23 and therefore only Omer Goldstein would be eligible from that perspective, but there's no reason why over 23s couldn't sign too, just that those riders wouldn't be able to compete in the U23 calendar.
In my opinion there's absolutely no reason to be holier than the pope when it comes to the U23 "cut-off" for the development team. Many riders, especially from "non-traditional cycling nations", simply need more time to become ready for a pro contract. Sign 5-8 U23 riders by all means, and then add any non-U23 riders that you want to keep in the project that aren't ready for PCT yet.
There are U23 races where the development team's U23 riders can get high-level experience (though some are Nations Cup which means that a multi-national U23 line-up isn't possible), but there are also many .2 races that have a strong peloton with both lots of U23 riders and decent elite riders.
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