The new generations that are advancing in cycling are very exuberant and certainly people like them very much. Well, in addition to Alejandro Valvederde, who stoically resists with his 38 years and his world champions t-shirt, there’s a lot of excitement.
Behind him, in fact, there is a generation of baby phenomena that don’t ask permission, but they’ve already been able to show off themselves. What’s surprising? Everything! From the speed with they’re coming, to the explosive force they’re showing.
The last in order of time is Tadej Pogacar, a pure talent of only 20 years, discovered by Giuseppe Saronni in times not suspicious. The Slovenian has already been in the youth tank of UAE for 2 years.
But let’s also look at the rest of the incoming baby phenomena.
Mike Teunissen, who won the Tour de France thanks to his victory and the resulting yellow t-shirt on the day that his captain, Dylan Gronewegen, died. But also, in that day, Mike beat a champion like Peter Sagan.
There are two elements to underline. First of all, that he is a rider who comes from cyclocross, then a multi-purpose; also, he has played in minor formations of continental level. In practice, he has supported an alternative youth route, before arriving at the cycling that matters.
Who else is in this terrible generation? Starting again from cyclocross, we have the explosive pair composed by Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel, born in 1995.
These athletes, thanks to their very open mentalities and far from the stereotype of a cyclist dedicated exclusively and obsessively to a single discipline, are very different from the athletes of the past.
The future, not just the sporting one, is theirs! Around Van Der Poel a great project is being born that goes far beyond the Corendon Circus team where he now competes. In fact, Canyon bikes and Alpecin have already fixed their exit from the Katusha team to return to the side of the Dutch talent who in 2020 will aim, just to confirm the eclecticism, at the Tokyo Olympics, on mountain bikes.
We certainly don’t stop here with our talents, because Egan Bernal, now favorite for the Tour, and Remco Evenpoel, not yet 19 years old, already have a lot of successes. The future is them and their dazzling smiles!
Finally, there is the young Colombian Marcel Higuita, who won the 18th stage of the Vuelta España with arrival in Becerril de la Sierra.
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