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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #210 on: February 22, 2017, 21:43 »
I agree that they're not doing badly at all.

However, we also shouldn't forget that with 16 WT teams at the start, that leaves 9 spots for 22 PCTs ... of which only 10-13 have an interest in going.
You won't see #cajarural #androni #manzana etc. in a Flemish classic.

And 9/12 is less impressive than 9/22, you have to admit. It's still an achievement to beat ~3 other teams for one of those spots, of course.

You are right of course that not all PCT teams have an interest, but most do. There are 4 Belgian teams, 4 French, 4 Italian, 1 Dutch, 1 Irish, 1 Israeli, 1 Polish and 2 American teams and I would be surprised if a single one of those teams bar perhaps Androni didn't apply for at least some of these races. All of those teams bar Novo Novordisk, who have their own unique selling point, are better established, have higher profile riders or both.

Even just the Belgian, French and Dutch teams alone potentially take up all 9 invites. Yet a brand new team with no "name" riders at all managed a clean sweep so far, ahead of at least one of those teams plus Pozzato's Willier, CCC, Aquablue, UHC etc. Doing that for one race would be a pretty good return, but they've so far got a forthcoming cobbled season on the level of a Belgian classics specialist squad!

All this and I can't even tell who their cobbles leaders will be. How many of their riders have even been in a cobbled race before?

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