- Jun 23, 2018
That climb seems quite similar to Japan: relatively short but steep!
Yes, it is Robbie McEwan and I think the other bloke is Matthew Keenan.Tonight will be the first test for GC contenders and certainly, an entertaining stage too.
I also resubscribed to JSports as for the past few years as the streaming I was watching was stopping too often. Really irritating when that happens during the final km , or a key move…
If I'm not wrong, one of the commentators is the ex-pro Robbie McEwen so I guess JSports does use the SBS broadcast. Aussies could better answer. Beyond the good analysis they do, I think they are very quick to react and to recognize accurately the pros seen on the images.
Yeah, I am being unfair to guys like Arashiro and Beppu. I guess I should have said something like Grand Tour winner-class.NTT will certainly help (or request) to bring J-riders to the worlds scene
Going to Europe when young is a good gateway, Arashiro and Beppu did race in amateur teams in France before becoming pros. When Arashiro was there, it was actually a program at that time bringing some young J-riders to this team (ES Aumale).
I guess that facing with a much tougher racing environment in Europe, and also overseas life, helped both behind their proper engine, to stay long in WT teams.
You are right, there are certainly some talented cyclists and hidden talents (who chose an other sport) with the genetic and potential to become a top class racer. Remember Nakano Koichi, the big star of the track in the 70-80s.Yeah, I am being unfair to guys like Arashiro and Beppu. I guess I should have said something like Grand Tour winner-class.
Considering the caliber of riders in Japan, the cycling culture, infrastructure and terrain, there really should be a Grand Tour contender out there, even if Europe is tough: Lots of Japanese have got the talent and the balls to do it. (Eri Yonamine is pretty good on the women's circuit, so perhaps I am being even more unfair)
That's a pretty impressive list of riders, there.Ewan, Yates, Viviani are now members of the below list