Juan Ayuso, Carlos Rodriguez, Juanpe López and the green shoots of Spanish cycling: “We need an Alcarz”


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“we need a Carlos AlcarazuIt will help a lot”, he thinks aloud. edward chozasi What is preached in the gossip of Spanish cycling, so deep in this drought that the four drops that represent the rose juanpe lepejo At the Giro they are received with optimism. They are probably green shoots, with two names like two illusions, two twentysomethings whose backs carry the full weight of national tradition.

Son John Ayuso (Barcelona, ​​2002) and Carlos Rodriguez (Almucker, 2001), from whom the similarity is traced in every pedal stroke, in every gesture, in every flash, although his team still does not propose him to compete in any greats. “They’re going to be very high. They’re going to be phenomenal and they’re going to excite Spanish fans again. They have everything”, praises him Pascual Momparlor, the national coach, who licks his lips in times to come. “But there’s no need to be in a hurry, we’re in the midst of a generational change, valverde The singular decade is coming to an end,” Choza says cautiously.

Juan and Carlos are tomorrow, like Igor Arieta (Huarte-Araquil, 2002) or Ral Garca Pierna (Tres Cantos, 2001)Talented Nicknames (Children of Former Professionals) Jose Luis Arrieta and Flix García Casasu), both at Cairn Pharma. what Ivan Romeo (Valladolid, 2003), who gained experience at Hagens Burman Axion before moving to Movistar, or Javier Romo (Villafranca de los Caballeros, 1999), already in Astana. Because the present is still a wasteland, crumbs compared to so long ago, when Accountant, Purito Or Valverde. A little further to look no further, Abundance, that 2008 in which Carlos Taylor Tour won, Contador de Giro and the Vuelta, Valverde de Lige, The Dauphiné and San Sebastian Classic, Samuel Sanchez olympic gold, mark freer Ghent-Wevelgem… “It will be repeated, it is not in sight, as there were several unique talents matching in the same temporary location. It looks like the crack will be Ayuso, but I have to confirm. The bar is very high “, explains Chozas, one of the stalwarts of the national squad, winner of four stages in the Tour and three in the Giro, and now a commentator on Eurosport.

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Juanpe Lepez, with a pink jersey.luca bettiniAFP

Because it’s been almost seven years since he was a Giro leader, there have been three tours without a stage win and Valverde, in his amazing 42 years, is still one of the few people who can still stretch his arms. pick up. Enrique Maas, Mikel Landa, Pelo BilbaoMembers of the ‘lost generation’ catch their pulse, but the level of enthusiasm in the media remains low. Although the couple’s glow already shines in the background, to dream.

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“Ayuso has run two incredible races. In the last Tour de Romanda, if you study how old he is, his actions … he made a race to put money on the table and bet on it,” told Mompler Continues, who draws parallels: “He’s an Alejandro Valverde, capable of winning a sprint of 100 meters on super explosive climbs or over high mountain passes.”

The Barcelona native, raised in Xavia, and signed by UAE Emirates last year, was already stunned in the 2021 Giro sub-23. His 2022 raises expectations. Second in the Laguglia Trophy after his teammate Polanki, fifth overall in Volta (and second in La Molina stage) and fourth in Romanda. “He’s explosive, capable of shooting high,” Chozas says.

“for pressure”

The former Madrid cyclist continued, “Carlos is in for full, regular, big laps. Working in Ineos as a domestic is going to come in handy now.” “Maybe he doesn’t have the killer-winning instincts of Juan, but he’s a cyclist enough to win big races,” Mompler said, highlighting Almucar’s talent, third in the final Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, fourth in the Vuelta a Andaluca and The winner of the stage in Itzulia. However it was in Strade Bianche where he claimed the future. “He is more of a Contador, it costs him a bit more to define, but he is a cyclist who when starts, runs, hurts. And he does well in time trials. Strade Bianche I came back PogakarThere was only one value”, the coach highlighted.

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Carlos Rodriguez, stage winner in Itzulia.FE/Lewis Fabric

With all eyes on him, along with a desire to see him in a Tour or Vuelta soon, expectations play against him. Although here he has another quality, an unreasonable maturity, the boys are already 20 years old professionals. “The pressure is on their side. They have a lot of character, a little like Alcaraz. They know what they want and they don’t care if they are asked. They don’t know what they want.” are wrinkled. They’re going to take a test to protest and they’ll enter 60 beats,” says Monparler.

Both race to the two most powerful formations in the world team. Both were caught by foreign squads at a young age, as was Juanpe López (Trek Segafredo). “I want Spain to have six teams with the budget to retain that talent. But that’s not the case, investment is needed. There is a lack of powerful teams,” opposes Mompler, a youth team promoted by the Federation. So that these talents is not only by spontaneous generation.

“Over the years, the federation has taken the best of each team into the best in its category competitions. The Nations Cup, the Tour de Porvenier, Flanders… we work there. In addition, there is a modernization plan that we have planned for four Started years ago. We find loopholes and concentrate in which professionals teach them both male and female. Simultaneously with the medical team, with trainers, psychologists…”, details the coach.

Along the same lines, Chozas. “We have a lot of young people, second tier professional teams like Caza Rural or Euscaltail do a great job, but we need other guys with big budgets, there is a big gap, so that we don’t miss out on this global cycling out on talent”. And he concluded: “A great runner like Contador or Indurain would help.”

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