The promises of cycling to follow in 2021

The young talents of the peloton, under 25 years old, will try to shine in the elite this season: Arensman, Foss, McNulty, Almeida, Rubio ...

If there is one thing cycling can boast of today, it is young talents who shine in every race in which they participate. The greatest exponents of this in recent seasons have been Egan Bernal (winner of the 2019 Tour) and Tadej Pogacar (winner of the 2020 Tour), as well as others who last year gave their first blows in the form of triumphs such as Remco Evenepoel and Marc Hirschi . In addition to these runners, already established as stars, there are other promises who aspire to stand out in the elite in the near future. We review it below.

Lennard Kamna

At 24 years old, Lennard Kamna is one of the most established riders among cycling promises. The German uncovered his great potential last year, presenting himself to the general public with a stage win in the Tour de France (he also achieved a partial 2nd place). The second victory that he treasures as a professional was previously signed at the Dauphiné, another of the most prestigious stage races. His fantastic skills as a climber, as well as a good time trial wheeler, make the German a future contender for the grand tours.

Jai Hindley

Jai Hindley (24 years old) was another of the great surprises that cycling gave last year. Having won general classifications in second-row races such as Tuscany and the Herald Sun Tour, the Australian made a huge leap in quality at the last Giro d'Italia, where he claimed his first stage win on a grand tour and his first podium. (2nd, behind Tao Geoghegan). Brave and offensive climber, who in the last edition of the Corsa Rosa showed his power over Wilco Kelderman, his leader and for whom he had worked for much of the test.

Einer Rubio

Einer Rubio is called to take over from the great Colombian runners of recent times, such as Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán, Sergio Henao and a long etcetera. The 22-year-old Colombian man meets the conditions of the 'beetles', so his potential in the high mountains is beyond doubt. In 2020 he started his way on the World Tour and already has a fantastic experience in big races, mainly on some Italian roads where he completed the Milan-Turin, the Great Piedmont, the Giro de Lombardia, Semana Coppi and Bartali and the Giro d'Italia. (He was 6th in the penultimate stage). If he is capable of making up for his shortcomings against the clock (he measures 1.64 m and weighs 56 kg), he is called to sign serious performances in grand tours.

Íñigo Elosegui

At 22 years old, Íñigo Elosegui is one of the great promises of Spanish cycling. Aware of this, the Movistar Team undertook the signing of the Basque rider in 2019, colors with which he debuted on the World Tour last year. Elosegui reached the elite with an attractive letter of introduction in the lower categories, proclaiming himself champion of Spain under-23 in 2018 and of the Valenciaga Memorial in 2019, the most prestigious national event in amateur cycling. He enjoys good conditions for the time trial and last season he already experienced what it is like to participate in big events such as the Tour of Flanders, Liège and Flecha Walloon.

Brandon McNulty

American cycling is in luck in recent years with the emergence of several talented and promising riders. One of them is Sepp Kuss, who in a very short time has proven to be one of the best pure climbers in the world. The other, younger than his compatriot in the Jumbo-Visma, is Brandon McNulty. At 22 years old, the Phoenix player can boast of being part of one of the most powerful structures in the peloton, such as UAE Team Emirates. Last year he debuted on the World Tour and showed how good a runner he is both in the mountains and in time trial (junior world gold and silver under 23 in the modality), so he is called to sign great feats in great laps. He has two professional triumphs (stage and general in the Giro d'Italia) and finished his first major in 2020 closing the top-15 in the Giro d'Italia.

Carlos Rodríguez

When a cycling superpower like Ineos offers you a contract as a professional for four seasons, it is not by chance. This is the case of Carlos Rodríguez (19 years old), who last year began his path in the cycling elite as the youngest rider on the World Tour, surpassing even Remco Evenepoel. In 2020 it was tested in races such as the UAE Tour, the Vuelta a Burgos and the BinckBank Tour, events that will give you the necessary experience for the future to aspire to great success. Formed in the ranks of Alberto Contador's Kometa, Rodríguez demonstrated his versatility in the junior category both in one-day events (Gipuzkoa Klasika) and in stage races (general of the Tour de Gironde) .

Thymen Arensman

Thymen Arensman (21, Netherlands) is one of the most promising young talents on this list. His experience is still short as he barely took his first steps in the elite last season, but he left samples of his quality. In the last Tour of Spain he starred in two escapes before runners of level and much more experienced than him, which earned him a third place at the Sabiñánigo finish line. He has a physique (1.90 m and almost 70 kg) and innate conditions for the time trial, his specialty. His best results to date: second in the Tour del Porvenir 2018 (only behind a certain Tadej Pogacar) and third in the Paris-Roubaix sub-23.

Joao Almeida

Joao Almeida (22 years old, Portugal) is part of that inexhaustible pool of talent that Patrick Lefevere has in the ranks of Deceuninck-QuickStep. In 2020 he became known to the general public at the Giro d'Italia, where he was the main protagonist and the runner who added the most days dressed in pink. It made him long last week, but he finished with a brilliant 4th place in his first participation in a big one. Without being his strong point, he defends himself well in the high mountains (he was 2nd in the 13th stage of the Corsa Rosa) and he has an innate talent for time trial, his great specialty. His regularity and ability to suffer in critical moments make him an ideal rider for the Grand Tour generals.

Tobias Foss

Almost two years after the last edition due to the pandemic, Tobias Foss (23 years old, Norway) continues to be the current winner of the Tour of the Future. In that 2019 he surpassed two other young talents such as Giovanni Aleotti and Ilan van Wilder in the general classification, which earned him the jump to the World Tour the following year at the hands of Jumbo-Visma, his current team. The Norwegian is a specialist against the clock (runner-up in the specialty in his country), but he also has a good top speed in explosive ascents as evidenced by his third place in the Liège U23 in 2019.

Gino Mader

Gino Mader showed last year that, at 24 years old, the Grand Tours are the stage where he aspires to make his mark in the future. In 2020 he closed his first participation in a three-week round closing the top-20 in the general of the Vuelta (with a 2nd place in La Covatilla), although it is no coincidence if we review the history of the Swiss. The 2018 Tour del Porvenir finished third, in addition to winning two stages, and fourth the U23 Road World Championship of the same year in which Marc Hirschi was crowned. It fights on all terrains, but shines especially when the road slopes upwards.Other talents of the future Juan Ayuso

After 2021 in which the glorious era of Contador, 'Purito' and Valverde will end with the withdrawal of the Murcian runner himself, much of the hopes of Spanish cycling are placed on Juan Ayuso. The Alicante born in Javea 18 years ago, has dominated with authority the junior category races where he has participated, leaving triumphs in the Klasica Guipuzcoa and the Nationals: double gold on the road (2019 and 2020) and one on the clock (2020). This has earned him a five-year contract with a top-level World Tour team such as UAE Team Emirates (although until mid-season he will be on loan at the Italian Colpack Ballan). "I've been dreaming of winning the Tour de France since I was six," he said last year in an interview with AS. Time trial and climber conditions for the grand tours are not lacking.

Cian Uijtdebroeks

It must not be easy to bear the pressure of being compared to a rider who aspires to mark an era in cycling without ever having made his debut in the elite. This is the case of Cian Uijtdebroeks (17 years old, Belgium), who already carries the nickname of 'new Evenepoel' on his shoulders after demonstrating his infinite quality in the lower categories of cycling. At just 17 years old, he has already signed a professional contract with Bora-Hansgrohe, where he is scheduled to make his debut in 2022 in the World Tour category (he will be in the youth team of the German team this year), thanks to performances such as his triumph at the Kuurne-Brussel -Kurne in junior. His potential is tremendous both in the mountains and against the clock, as Christian Schrot, Bora sports director and scout, says after analyzing his numbers: "His performance data is impressive for a 17-year-old boy." It will give a lot to talk about.

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