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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #420 on: November 10, 2018, 14:17 »

This is a counter-argument to the "Why hire all these fast guys? :S" and it links in with expanding the team to twenty nine (!) riders i think. The hope is that they can be competitive with multiple riders worldwide over the course of the whole season and that the top-ten scorers will be enough to beat Cofidis/Wanty to those auto-wildcards.

It kinda works as an argument to an extent, but of course climbers can win points too and decent lead out men can help those fast guys get better results.

When it comes to scoring points though, the sprinter/classic guys do seem to have the system weighted in their favour.

The top-ten in the European Tour rankings for 2018 contain Hofstetter (1st but with only one win!), Dupont (3rd), Pasqualon (6th) and Dehaes (10th). The best PCT climber is Sosa down in 11th who had a pretty good year by all accounts. Maybe this is something the UCI needs to look at.
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