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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #180 on: November 29, 2016, 20:41 »
Hype train? It must be somebody else you're thinking of. :slow ;)

I don't know enough about Kazakh cycling history to know at what level they were at pre-Astana, but they must have had a substantial enough base to produce Vino, Kash etc. Israel seems to have a burgeoning MTBing scene (and that's where most of the current Israeli Academy riders have come from), but even so that must be a lower base and a smaller pool to draw from than from where Kazakhstan started from.

On the other hand achieving a certain standard for competing in PCT will be easier than it is for the Astana boys. I'm sure quite a few of Kazakhs I've maligned above could replicate their feeder team form if they raced at this lower rung on the ladder.
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