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In honor stage racing season. This features Alec Dowsett from Movistar.



 

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Another good one that highlights how much work it takes to be at even the lower professional level:

 

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Thank you. I actually enjoy watching Time Trails, both individual and team. The combination of Cancellara being a classics and TT specialist is a big part of why he was my 2nd favorite rider until he retired.
 

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No problem. It's growing on me. It's really the track movie that got me more interested in data and how it can be used. That eventually increased my interest in TT. Same, we now have Turbo Durbo and Tony Martin doing the same thing though.
 

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I'm not sure what it is about the TTs, but I've enjoyed them from the time I started watching. I'm still in search of that 2nd favorite rider. It'll probably take awhile to find that rider I'm looking for. I do have two requirements though. He needs to be a classics specialist and he needs to be young. Definitely under 30 preferably closer to 25. I do like Sagan, but he's not who I'm looking for.
 

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I like Sagan, Kwiatkowski, Stuyven, GVA, Naesen, Matthews, Gaviria, Martin, Vakoc, Cort, and a number of young guys on Cannondale, Orica, and Dimension Data. Sagan and Kwiatkowski are my favorites though.
 

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FWIW, my guess is Stuyven and Naesen will be stars.
 

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There are bunch of them I like as well, just looking for that one rider to be up there as my 2nd favorite. That's the hard part to find. :) It's just going to take some time to find that rider I'm looking for. Naesen is one I definitely have my eye on. I also keep forgetting that Kwaitkowski is is his mid 20s.
 

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Naesen is GVA's regular training partner, which I think is a good sign.
 

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I did not know that. That is a good sign of things to come for him. A very good rider to learn from. Similar to Ruben Fernandez (one of Movistar's young Spaniards) who moved closer to where Valverde lives to be able to do training riders with him. Although in this case both Valverde and Fernandez are from the Murcia city area (province is also Murcia).
 

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GVA and Naesen are both Belgian as well.
 

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I knew GVA is Belgian, I did not know where Naesen is from. So that makes even more sense that he would want to train with GVA.
 

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You have plenty of good options out there. I am sure it will be clear when the moment is right. With regard to time trials, I have mostly ignored them up until now unless they ended up being the deciding factor at the end of a race (like it was for a Giro a few years ago or so). What I am starting to enjoy though is the simplicity and the purity of it (particularly when combined with the data and scientific side of it). There's no pressure to launch an attack at just the right time, missing the break, or getting caught up in someone else's issue (at least not most of the time). I like that on some level. Pure watts, aerodynamics, and preparation. When I combine TTs with the Classics, which I also love, it's a nice contrast.
 

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I agree, when the time is right the right person will show up show me he deserves that #2 spot on my favorites list. TTs are a good contrast to classics. I think that is part of what I liked so much about Cancellara as he was so good at both. True about TTs sometimes making the difference in stage races. Would not be surprised if it happens in the Giro this year. (Part of why I do not think Quintana wins it). Purito lost many races over the years due to his poor TTing. Valverde decided to make good use of his year and a half off (ban) and actually learn how to ride a TT. His TTing improved a lot due to that and he's finally gotten to where unless it's a pan flat non technical TT he can do a fairly consistent TT. I'll never forget Movistar's comment about his TTs about 2 years ago though. Anyone else in the peloton we can give you a good idea how well they will do with their TT before they start if not at breakfast. With Valverde until he actually gets out on the course we literally have no clue what type of TT he is going to give us.
 
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