Among these seven cyclists I see serious applicants to enter the table of the greats
This is a strange week, waiting for the Dauphiné, Tour flavor already, after the Giro d’Italia, and calculating what will happen in less than a month when the Grande Boucle starts from Bilbao.
Among those accounts, I had wanted to write for a long time about a list of seven cyclists who seem likely to join the select group of the Big6, you know that group whose members, when they compete, are undisputed favorites to win or win the race.
In that little group are Pogacar, Van der Poel, Roglic, Evenepoel, Van Aert and Vingegaard, who begins the countdown to defend his crown on the Tour.
It is convenient to clarify, before going into the matter, that this is now, right now, that this list runs the constant risk of being modified and updated.
In fact, the fact that they choose to enter that group does not mean that they will always be perfect.
The seven cyclists that one day I see in the big 6 have already tasted the honey from the table of the best, but without reaching the sustained excellence of which they are capable.
For Roglic test, without giving the feeling of being in his “best”, he has gobbled Tirreno, Volta and Giro
That is, zero failures.
Jasper Philipsen transferred in the Paris-Roubaix all the pint of real winner if he were not subjugated to Van der Poel.
He is a cyclist who has grown a lot, taking that path that sounds so familiar to us from others, going from pure sprinter to top classic capable of fending off cobblestone monuments with a solvency that comes as standard.
Mads Pedersen is a wonder cyclist that has more than justified that World Cup that many won against the grain.
He is also aware of his size against the greats and the way he runs in Flanders makes him even bigger.
In the Giro he has completed the collection of stages in the big three and he could perfectly point to the best races as the first outsider and a great beneficiary of surveillance among the favorites.
Joao Almeida has taken a step forward in the Giro.
He continues to pursue, but conveying the feeling that he is getting closer to the best.
That podium could be the turning point for a cyclist who has been there for three years and is still young.
Arnaud De Lie is for many the new Peter Sagan.
I have seen him do very good things in minor races and in the big ones you can see him progress and learn.
That he does not arrive and win everything does not mean that he will not be able to do it in a couple of years, each one has his rhythm and De Lie looks very high.
Filippo Ganna is a weakness of this badly ringed notebook.
His Milan-San Remo and the first Roubaix in the forefront give the measure of where this runner is going, following a very logical path for his size and motor, which we will see if he chooses his quartet buddy, Jonathan Milan.
David Gaudu I think that one day the bell will ring and, for example, in the Tour, he can give the twist that we expect from him.
I don’t see him winning it, but I do see him signing a top ten and stages, it’s not little, be careful.
In Paris-Nice he got between Pogacar and Vingegaard, a notch that he will surely hold on to.
Y we ended up with tom pidcocka cyclist that we must not forget was sometimes wedged between Van der Poel and Van Aert in cyclocross, who has won an Arrow Brabanzona from Wout himself, signing anthological successes in Strade and Alpe d’Huez.
It doesn’t seem to have the engine of the big ones but when he’s inspired, he’s intimidating.
I see him very well placed among these seven cyclists who undoubtedly look up with the same arrogance that the members of the Big 6 once looked at their references.
The best thing that could happen to us is that new names would be added to that list.
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