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Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Gregari] Monday 18.Nov 23:24, 2019
A lot of us love Nibali exactly due the fact he's a bit of a throwback to the (good) old days - excited Ciccone will be learning at his helm for a few seasons now.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland/GF Group] Monday 18.Nov 10:39, 2019
28th FC-manager overall - 14th FC-manager last 6 weeks
I agree with you in general Victor.
Not totally because you can always look at Vicenzo... i mean one of the fewest with the Big 3 plus MSR and Lombardia... and he can add one more, i believe, LBL... :)
Also not totally because of Olympics importance. Luckly, riders have already start looking to Olympics in a diferent way and giving them the proper importance.
I love AGR but a gold medal?... :)

Mathieu will be in the Olimpo among the cycling Gods, for sure!
He's simply incredible, there's not a single one day race he can't win from MSR to Lombardia (in the future), passing through Flandres, Roubaix or any other race...
Some short stage races are already at his reach. The GT's, probably latter if he want to. If not he will be gigantic, the same way... :)

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Sunday 17.Nov 18:52, 2019
The problem for MvP to reach that holy ground is that there is now so much more competition to reach those numbers and the amount of speciality is much bigger since the 1990s. Prior to that every team leader rode every race, regardless of initial speciality. Grand Tour winners who win Monuments like Sanremo or Roubaix is pretty impossible nowadays, which was common in Poulidor's era. In terms of raw numbers the only ones capable of such career numbers are world class sprinters, who are not anti climbers. And their wins include a lot of third and fourth tier stage wins in continental races.

Another thing against MvdP is that he has too much non road interests. No matter how much cyclocross or MTB races he wins, it are still lower tier cycling events. Not even the Olympics would equal a win in a major road race, like he did in the AGR..

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland/GF Group] Sunday 17.Nov 11:54, 2019
28th FC-manager overall - 14th FC-manager last 6 weeks
I didn't say MVdP is a grandfather's copy but he's keeping his family's name in the front line...

About being eternal 2nd, you sure know none ever called Poulidor that in a disrespectful way... you just need to take a look at his results to find out how great he was!

About the future, none know what will be but for now there's something we can be sure: there is STILL a long, long way to MVdP ride for until he reach the same holy ground...
I hope and believe he can do it, ofc, but still a lot to ride for...

Koronin [Koronin] Sunday 17.Nov 01:15, 2019

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Saturday 16.Nov 13:19, 2019
Mathieu is arguably more a copycat of his father than his grandfather.

And non of the people having ever called eternal second are actually only that.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland/GF Group] Thursday 14.Nov 12:37, 2019
28th FC-manager overall - 14th FC-manager last 6 weeks
An "eternal 2nd" with a Vuelta, MSR, FW and 7 Tour Stages among plus than 150 victories and a lot of Top10 places in PR and others... not that bad Poupou... :)
As you once said: cycling gave me a lot more than took me... :)

Your grandson, Mathieu, is already continuing a great story started by you!
RIP, Monsieur Poulidor!

MiguelSimoes 35 [Pro Cycling Team 35] Wednesday 13.Nov 12:41, 2019