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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #300 on: October 24, 2017, 20:49 »
Lowndes confirmed to JLT, so if they stick to their "24 riders, 17 countries" and everybody else re-signs (def not guaranteed), that means a spot opens up but only to riders from certain nations. Some non-sprinting possibilities are below (going by PCS).

*au Earle or Morton

*be Pauwels

*ca Piccoli

*co Quintana Jr or one of the Manzana youngsters

*it Ficara

*nl Bol

When they told Sessler they wouldn't be signing him for 2018, they said they were after more experienced heads who could immediately make a mark, therefore I'm ruling out Piccoli, the Manzanistas and Ficara which is a shame as the two at CT level deserve a chance.

Quintana looks very likely to renew with Movistar after his brother pulled strings.

That leaves four. My choice would be Pauwels as a nice helper (and fellow countryman) for Hermans, but I'd be surprised if DD don't keep him on. Bol is good mates with Van Winden and he was out on rides with the team in Hainan. Morton does fit in somewhat with the team's previous ethos, but hasn't impressed me that much this year in Europe.
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