The arrival of Ackermann, Almeida, Bennett and Soller makes the UAE squad one of the best-equipped in Peloton. Together with Pogacar, Hirschi, Majka, Trentin and McNult, they give him a very impressive offensive power.
He soon found himself alone in the outposts, especially in the mountains, and had not yet prevented Pogacar from winning the two Tour de France tours.
But, in order not to risk often repeating the same scenario, which is always a little difficult to live with for the commander, no matter how strong he is, he made his training Mercato with a small onion.
Sports Director Mauro Giannitti, who earned 620,000 euros in accumulated earnings during the last Tour de France (3 stages, yellow jersey, best youngster, best climber), helped him shop and help himself in all areas, especially among climbers and rollers.
3-star transfer window for Pogacar
In the mountains, the Slovenian phenomenon can now be counted George Bennett, Escape from Jumbo Visma. Second in the Tour of Lombardy and the winner of the Tour of California in 2020, the current New Zealand champion has the possibility to accompany his captain for a very long time on the steep slopes, the kind of fellow luxury who will find ice in a cake for him, childhood friend from the same village, Finn Fisher Black.
The 19-year-old New Zealander is considered one of the world’s most cycling hopes, which is in line with the policy of youth development such as Pogacar, Bjerg, McNulty, Hirschi or Ayuso. The integration of the new newsides will serve another notable recruit, the Spaniard Mark Soler.
The former Paris-Nice winner has arrived from Movistar to re-launch himself, after his terrible fall in the first stage of the recent Tour de France, and to bolster a strong values base, especially in the mountains, within a team that would also be able to count on renewed talent. Joao Almeida.
Failing to attract Alexander Vlasov, who favored Bora Hansgrohe, is the sixth of the last Giroud, the 23-year-old Portuguese to arrive from Dekoninc to sign until 2026.
“Recruitment must be present everywhere and at all times.”
To replace the Norwegian Kristoff, who left for Belgium in Intermarche and Ante, the choice fell on the German runner Pascal Ackermann. He has already won two Giro stages and two Vuelta stages, leaving his place to Sam Bennett at Bora-Hansgrohe where he has been for five years. Turns out he, at 27, has the possibility to also celebrate his time at the Tour de France from 2022.
He is also a defector from Dekuninc, the 25-year-old Colombian sprinter, Alvaro HodigStill looking for confirmation after a promising start to his career, he will have a lot to learn from three of the top teams in Peloton, with Trentin and Gaviria already in place.
It must be said that after a season rich with 34 victories (including Tirreno Adriatico, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Tour de France, Tour de Slovenia, UAE Tour, Matteotti Cup, Trofeo Calvia, Italian Week and Tour Tour of Lombardy), he won With 11 different riders (Pogacar, Dombrowski, Gaviria, Molano, Ulissi, Gibbons, Kristoff, Trentin, Majka, Mirza Al Hammadi, Hirschi), the bar is high to maintain the team’s most ambitious stature ever around A leader that stretches into 2027 .
High, but with a good margin of progress that no longer depended on one man, was exceptional.
The team is more complete with profiles that support leaders
The nature of the recruitment leaves no doubt about the desire of the Emiratis to present to their hero and their team, from 2022, these victories that escaped them in 2021, to be present in the three major rounds. Status in the Vuelta (first stage victory, Majka, De La Cruz, seventh place) or on the Giro (first stage victory, Dombrowski, Formolo, fifteenth place).
Away from the Critérium du Dauphiné (Dombrowski, 27), absent from Flèche Wallonne and not in Paris-Nice (Byström, 43), La Trentin (12 in Amstel Gold and Milan San Remo, third in Ghent Wevilgem), La Christophe (8th place). tenth in the Tour of Flanders, and 14th in Paris-Roubaix) was also strong enough to compensate for the limits of the still-too-perfect train, but was enriched with enough carriages to hope to go a little faster. All terrain.
“They made recruiting hell, One newcomer, Groupama-FDJ defector Alexys Brunel, rejoices. He lost a few runners to accompany the Pogacar into the mountains, with Almeida and Bennett, which would put everyone at ease.
Since they also recruited two new antagonists, the UAE would have the means to be present everywhere and all the time. It would be something unusual for you to experience. ” Less to his opponents…
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