Ted has equipped us with unprecedented tools in which to analyze and more importantly, smack talk our way through the VDS season. (damn you Ted).
So bring it. Specifically, who is the rider that you found that the fewest other teams have found. In other words...who is your hidden gem. And don't hold back now...tell us why you picked that particular rider. This is not the place to tell us that you think that DZ is going to have his breakout year. This is the rider that you have and the fewest other teams have as well. Go your your team list, if you click on a rider you can see how many VDS teams have selected him.
For me, my hidden gem is Dries Devenyns (QST - 2pts). Now why would I and 5 other VDS' pick this Quickstepper. Well, this selection was driven by an interview with the burns, JV. He was talking about why he hired his new Swede Fredrik Kessiakoff (who I and 12 others selected). His explanation was that every year he watches the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and tries to scoop up the highest ranking 'no namer'. If you look at last years rankings you will see a bunch of known characters in the top 20, except for #15 (Kessiakoff) and #16 Dries Devenyns. So I looked closer at this DD fella, and last year I see a
16th Vuelta al Pais Vasco GC
16th Fleche Wallone
7th, final ITT at the Giro
a stage win at the Österreich-Rundfahrt (which is a level 6 race this year)
7th Tour de Wallonie GC
9th Giro del Piemonte and
18th Tour of Lombardi.
Basically, here is a guy with increasing returns every year for the last few on a team with not many other riders of his style. Thanks JV.
So who is your hidden gem.