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Friday, 9 October 2015

2015 SEASON - GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Jakob Fuglsang 
Astana Pro Team
No wins from him since 2012 (apart from a TTT at the 2013 Vuelta)

Mark Cavendish
Etixx-Quick Step
All in perspective given his status as one of the fastest sprinters in history. Lots of wins but only one in the World Tour at the Tour. Outpaced by several sprinters when it mattered, this has been his worst season to date, although other riders would give their right hand to have his 2015 results. Contract not renewed

Michal Kwiatkowski
Etixx-Quick Step
Often in the thick of it, he won the Amstel Gold Race but nowhere near his previous season. The rainbow jersey's curse strikes again

Rigoberto Uran
Etixx-Quick Step
The Colombian was outperformed in the Grand Tours and was never a real threat all year. His form was coming on just before the Worlds, too late

Heinrich Haussler
IAM Cycling
Winning the National championship was a good start but since then Heinrich has all but disappeared from the top tier

Roberto Ferrari
Lampre Merida
Nothing since 2012, the step up hasn't happened

Filippo Pozzato
Lampre Merida
His lack of wins is in sharp contrast with his enormous support he gets from the fans. He might not find a World Tour contract for 2016

Nairo Quintana
Movistar
Tirreno Adriatico, then 2nd at the Tour with a couple of impressive stages, but all too late. However, he looked all year as though his top end was lacking in power when it counted

Ryder Hesjedal
Cannondale-Garmin
For a Grand Tour winner, Ryder has not followed on his 2012 form. Although aggressive on some stages, he hasn't managed a win since Vuelta 2014

Dan Martin
Cannondale-Garmin
A year to forget for the Irish champion. His talent was lost in the Cannondale merger. No results in 2015

Moreno Moser
Cannondale-Garmin
The Italian rider clearly has talent and he's developing into a strong time triallist. He needs focus and attention and a stricter team in terms of management/coaching

Andrew Talansky
Cannondale-Garmin
Like many from that team, he disappeared after promising so much in 2014

Marcel Kittel
Giant-Alpecin
Illness perhaps, problems in the head more probable. He struggled to finish races, let alone winning them. Not the Kittel who outsprinted Cav in Paris. A change of team will hopefully give him a clean slate

Ben Swift
Team Sky
As a designated sprinter in one of the top teams, Swift has not shown the potential his management seem to believe in

Julian Arredondo
Trek Factory Racing
He was meant to be the next Colombian sensation but often fails to make a mark for himself

Bauke Mollema
Trek Factory Racing
Perhaps his ambitions for Grand Tour podium are too much. He would be a great lieutenant for a proper GT contender









OUTSIDE WORLD TOUR:

Bardiani team
After being protagonists in most races last year with growing talent, this year they has been very subdued grabbing only one stage at the Giro but also having a spat with MPCC over the participation of a rider with high cortisol levels prior to the Giro

Theo Bos, Tyler Farrar, Matthew Goss, failed to convert any effort in results all from an otherwise impeccable MTN-Qhubeka


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