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Sky sign Josh Edmondson

Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
edited December 2012 in Pro race
Well!

He was heading Bontrager-Livestrong's way originally...I suspected Sky were jumping in to nab him and scupper that

http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290, ... 43,00.html

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  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    Good stuff. I think their ever decreasing roster shaped this one.
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    edited December 2012
    Turfle wrote:
    Good stuff. I think their ever decreasing roster shaped this one.


    Possibly - or maybe it was that his performance in ToB was so mature. He had offers from WT teams after - pretty certain including Garmin as well as Sky.

    Re 'ever-dwindling roster', all the riders who were going to be leaving were known as leavers by Sep. Rogers is the only one who falls out of that category. Otherwise I thought it was a fairly even balance of joiners vs leavers?
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    I'm not suggesting he's making up the numbers or anything, but I think ideally they would have liked him to have that year in America. Simon Yates was the one I thought might join for this year.

    Last year they really struggled with getting a full compliment of riders in a lot of races, obviously having Kennaugh and Thomas out for most of the year didn't help, but I was expecting them to be back up at 29 or 30 riders for 2013.
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    edited December 2012
    Turfle wrote:
    I'm not suggesting he's making up the numbers or anything, but I think ideally they would have liked him to have that year in America. Simon Yates was the one I thought might join for this year.

    Last year they really struggled with getting a full compliment of riders in a lot of races, obviously having Kennaugh and Thomas out for most of the year didn't help, but I was expecting them to be back up at 29 or 30 riders for 2013.


    Ah, right, I get you

    I think signing Edmondson takes them to 27 riders so Dave B must be on it
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,767
    I'm liking the idea that JE was signed purely for the mile or so he managed to clip off the front of the group being led by a rampaging JTL at end of Dartmouth stage of ToB.
    It was about at the same time Sammy Sanchez was getting dropped from the group up ahead, which I was also liking...
  • I don't think this guy is good enough to have his own thread. There is a thread called 2013 transfers.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • I don't think this guy is good enough to have his own thread. There is a thread called 2013 transfers.

    Well I think he is, so that's an equal outcome.

    Carry on everyone.

    Incidentally french figbiter Josh always speaks very highly of you.
  • MoomaloidMoomaloid Posts: 2,040
    quite intrigued to see how he fares. He was aggressive in the ToB but its a massive step. good luck to him.
  • pauldavid wrote:
    I don't think this guy is good enough to have his own thread. There is a thread called 2013 transfers.

    Well I think he is, so that's an equal outcome.

    Carry on everyone.

    Incidentally french figbiter Josh always speaks very highly of you.

    I have nothing against the fellow - he seemed to have a spirit in the TOB which was nice to see, just I get a little annoyed with all these separate threads on transfer news as I prefer to read it all in one thread.

    Is the last line a joke?
    Contador is the Greatest
  • Norwood Paragon's Elliott Porter to Rapha Condor...worth a new thread? :wink:
  • Norwood Paragon's Elliott Porter to Rapha Condor...worth a new thread? :wink:

    Nice lad, raced with him a few times at London Dynamo. Was with Corridori race team last year, not the NP
  • --Darren-- wrote:
    Norwood Paragon's Elliott Porter to Rapha Condor...worth a new thread? :wink:

    Nice lad, raced with him a few times at London Dynamo. Was with Corridori race team last year, not the NP


    Yeah, my mate's with the Paragons and knows him well - gave Elliott hell for not having told him before it was official :lol: He still goes out with them on club runs. They're all totally made-up for him - well deserved from what I hear.
  • ProssPross Posts: 24,296
    I don't think this guy is good enough to have his own thread. There is a thread called 2013 transfers.

    He's probably the UK's biggest up-and-coming talent and is joining a UK registered / world number 1 team. Why isn't that worthy of a thread in its own right on a British based forum?

    I'm glad he's not going to Livestrong just because of the negative association of the brand. Hopefully he'll get a sensible introduction as Luke Rowe did this year.
  • Maybe it is because I am not all over British riders or Team Sky. My assessment of a rider's talents, skill, dedication and passion has nothing to do with their nationality.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • ProssPross Posts: 24,296
    I'm surprised that you don't like Edmondson. From the little I've seen of him so far he seems to be exactly the type of rider you like to watch. Let's hope Sky don't drum that attacking instinct out of him!
  • Oh I do like him. A climbing 'specialist' with the impetuousness of youth. I'm also very happy he has stayed with an EU team.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • Oh I do like him. A climbing 'specialist' with the impetuousness of youth. I'm also very happy he has stayed with an EU team.


    Agree on that.
  • inkyfingersinkyfingers Posts: 4,400
    I'm tempted to start a seperate thread so that people discuss the issue of people starting separate threads.
    "I have a lovely photo of a Camargue horse but will not post it now" (Frenchfighter - July 2013)
  • lyn1lyn1 Posts: 261
    Turfle wrote:
    I'm not suggesting he's making up the numbers or anything, but I think ideally they would have liked him to have that year in America. Simon Yates was the one I thought might join for this year.

    The Academy road riders had a very poor year. The grace favour and bias of the system guaranteed them rides in the World's top races, but if you had to select the top 6 British U23 you would struggle to put an Academy rider in there. They were consistently beaten week in week out in this country and in UCI races in Europe by non Academy riders. Pity there appears to be no route forward for young riders unless you are on the Academy.
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    lyn1 wrote:
    The Academy road riders had a very poor year. The grace favour and bias of the system guaranteed them rides in the World's top races, but if you had to select the top 6 British U23 you would struggle to put an Academy rider in there. They were consistently beaten week in week out in this country and in UCI races in Europe by non Academy riders. Pity there appears to be no route forward for young riders unless you are on the Academy.

    I don't know about that. Edmondson is a good example that you don't need to ride with the academy; he went to Italy, yet still got picked for the Tour of Britain and for the u23 World's. Thwaites too got picked for World Champs and Euros, and Rowsell was first reserve I think. Simon Yates was the only Academy rider selected.

    With regards to the Academy performance, it's so difficult to judge their performance due to not only track commitments, but riding a shocking schedule too. No Baby Giro, no L'Avenir, no u23 Roubaix.

    If you were to pick the top 6 GB u23 riders they'd all likely be academy or ex-academy. Edmondson, Rowsell, Thwaites, McEvoy, Yates, Doull/McLay/Harrison/Christian/whoever I'm forgetting. u23 results are far less important than u23 development, and looking at the riders that have come out recently I think they're getting that part right.
  • ^ what Turfle says

    Jon Dibben (the one whose name you forgot, Turfle) - 5th in the Junior Worlds in Sep
  • lyn1lyn1 Posts: 261
    Turfle wrote:
    lyn1 wrote:
    The Academy road riders had a very poor year. The grace favour and bias of the system guaranteed them rides in the World's top races, but if you had to select the top 6 British U23 you would struggle to put an Academy rider in there. They were consistently beaten week in week out in this country and in UCI races in Europe by non Academy riders. Pity there appears to be no route forward for young riders unless you are on the Academy.

    I don't know about that. Edmondson is a good example that you don't need to ride with the academy; he went to Italy, yet still got picked for the Tour of Britain and for the u23 World's. Thwaites too got picked for World Champs and Euros, and Rowsell was first reserve I think. Simon Yates was the only Academy rider selected.

    With regards to the Academy performance, it's so difficult to judge their performance due to not only track commitments, but riding a shocking schedule too. No Baby Giro, no L'Avenir, no u23 Roubaix.

    If you were to pick the top 6 GB u23 riders they'd all likely be academy or ex-academy. Edmondson, Rowsell, Thwaites, McEvoy, Yates, Doull/McLay/Harrison/Christian/whoever I'm forgetting. u23 results are far less important than u23 development, and looking at the riders that have come out recently I think they're getting that part right.

    Must remember that one...my lads are at the back but it's a deliberate strategy to aid their development...they are far better than the non Academy riders at the front.

    The failure to ride those races was because the Academy riders underperformed in lower level races so would have struggled in them and so failed to gain qualification for L'Avenir.
    Prior to the first of 4 Nations Cups, GB were ranked 9th in the U23 Europe Tour, thanks purely to points gained by Rowsell & Thwaites. No Academy riders had picked up any UCI points. They performed poorly at the Tour of Normandy and Tour of Brittany while Rowsell and Thwaites podiumed and had several top 10s at those races, yet never gained selection for any of the 4 Nations cup rounds. Nor did Edmondson. Only Academy riders rode Nations Cup races which were critical as qualifiers for L'Avenir and the Worlds. Consequently the Academy, through consistent underperformance, failed to gain more than a handful of ranking points, ended up 26th behind top nations like Eritrea and Ethiopia and failed to secure one of the 21 invites to L'Avenir...that's shocking when we had riders like Rowsell, Thwaites, Edmondson, McLay, Handley, Cumming,etc capable of securing points. Even worse, this limited GB to 3 World's spots.
    A number of talented U23 were deprived of an opportunity to showcase themselves in races where top teams recruit. Fortunately, three managed to step up a level, but two may have gone further than Div2 given the opportunity.
    Historically, the best u23 have been on the Academy. The last couple of years that's not been true. Admittedly, some of the Academy this year were young in which case it would have been logical to support them with stronger non Academy riders. Give talented riders a chance, not just those on the programme.
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    lyn1 wrote:
    Must remember that one...my lads are at the back but it's a deliberate strategy to aid their development...they are far better than the non Academy riders at the front.

    Not really what I said, is it?

    Anyway, you've shifted the argument from "the academy were very poor", which I disagree with, to "the best u23 riders weren't all on the academy", which I do agree with.

    At the time the Nations Cup came along in April and May, Cuming and Handley had done nothing to suggest they should be picked ahead of those who did go; in the previous race at Normandie (where Yates got a couple of top 10s too), Handley and Cuming were every bit as anonymous as the academy riders. Whether McLay/Rowsell/Thwaites had any interest in riding those races I have no idea.

    All the riders you have mentioned have ridden good calendars this year, whether it's with the academy, in Italy, in Belgium, or for UK teams. Handley and Cuming both rode Tour of Britain, and Ciclista Leon for instance. All have had the opportunity to put themselves in the shop window.

    The 3 riders making the biggest step up for 2013 are 3 riders who didn't ride for the academy in 2012. If that doesn't show that there's a route forward for young riders not on the academy, then I don't know what does.
  • lyn1lyn1 Posts: 261
    Turfle wrote:
    lyn1 wrote:
    Must remember that one...my lads are at the back but it's a deliberate strategy to aid their development...they are far better than the non Academy riders at the front.

    Not really what I said, is it?

    Anyway, you've shifted the argument from "the academy were very poor", which I disagree with, to "the best u23 riders weren't all on the academy", which I do agree with.

    At the time the Nations Cup came along in April and May, Cuming and Handley had done nothing to suggest they should be picked ahead of those who did go; in the previous race at Normandie (where Yates got a couple of top 10s too), Handley and Cuming were every bit as anonymous as the academy riders. Whether McLay/Rowsell/Thwaites had any interest in riding those races I have no idea.

    All the riders you have mentioned have ridden good calendars this year, whether it's with the academy, in Italy, in Belgium, or for UK teams. Handley and Cuming both rode Tour of Britain, and Ciclista Leon for instance. All have had the opportunity to put themselves in the shop window.

    The 3 riders making the biggest step up for 2013 are 3 riders who didn't ride for the academy in 2012. If that doesn't show that there's a route forward for young riders not on the academy, then I don't know what does.

    True, and fair points, but the main shop window for U23s is Nations Cups and L'Avenir. The failure to select the 2 strongest U23 riders for any round (Rowsell/Thwaites), despite them being available, and focusing purely on the Academy seems illogical as it negatively influenced L'Avenir and Worlds qualification. It also cut down the opportunities for those guys to ride in the more influential races. Fortunately, they did enough elsewhere to move up one step, but given the opportunity, may well have moved further.
  • lyn1lyn1 Posts: 261
    Turfle wrote:
    lyn1 wrote:
    Must remember that one...my lads are at the back but it's a deliberate strategy to aid their development...they are far better than the non Academy riders at the front.

    Not really what I said, is it?

    Anyway, you've shifted the argument from "the academy were very poor", which I disagree with, to "the best u23 riders weren't all on the academy", which I do agree with.

    Ok not very poor...but not sure how to put a positive spin on 26th in Nation's Cups, no L'Avenir and only 3 Worlds spots...all based on Academy only selections.
  • symosymo Posts: 1,743
    MDCC academy doing well though. :| :?
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