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The Kids Are Alright: Looking At This Year's U-25's

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Look here for last year's story. First off, let's get to the list. Afterwards let's have some fun with it. The list below I took from this year's VDS pricelist and it contains all of the riders, below the age of 25 as of Het Volk Ghent-Ghent, who are priced this year at four points or more. After their name is their age, the VDS price, and their VDS score last year. That's 19 21 riders, only four fewer riders than Chris listed last year, and these 20 riders aren't just future hopes. These guys are already good- and theyll be joined by more than a couple new guys this year.

Mark Cavendish 23 20 913

Andy Schleck 23 16 800

Robert Gesink 22 16 1077

Thomas Lovkvist 24 14 865

Greg Van Avermaet 23 14 785

Thomas Dekker 24 12 675

Roman Kreuziger 22 12 716

Gerald Ciolek 22 10 240

Rigoberto Uran 22 10 480

Matti Breschel 24 8 427

Vincenzo Nibali 24 6 399

Edvald Boasson Hagen 21 6 40

JJ Rojas 23 6 310

Bauke Mollema 22 4 60

Chris Anker Sorensen 24 4 190

Morris Possoni 24 4 327

Nicholas Roche 24 4 180

Romain Felliu 24 4 225

Sebastian Langeveld 4 165

Tyler Farrar 24 4 150

Wouter Weylandt 24 4 290

So in looking at this list I'm deciding to have some fun with it.  Could one make a U-25 VDS team that 's competitive? Results are on the flip...

 

 

How's this for a team of 25 U-25's (name, VDS cost, VDS points earned last year). These guys below scored, what at least 7368 points last year and if you think they will score more this year then give yourself an A+. (I say "at least" because they actually scored more. Now who did the extra scoring... you can find out.)

 

Mark Cavendish 20 913

Andy Schleck 16 800

Robert Gesink 16 1077

Thomas Lovkvist 14 865

Thomas Dekker 12 675

Matti Breschel 8 427

Vincenzo Nibali  6 399

Edvald Boasson Hagen 6 40

JJ Rojas  6 310

Nicholas Roche 4 180

Bauke Mollema 4 60

Chris Anker Sorensen  4 190

Morris Possoni 4 327

Romain Felliu  4 225

Sebastian Langeveld 4 165

Tyler Farrar  4 150

Wouter Weylandt  4 290

Simon Spilak 2 185

Peter Velits 2 50

Jurgen Roelandts 2 70

Kenny Dehaes 2 140

Craig Lewis 2 90

Gianni Meersman 2 50

Mauro Finetto 1

Tom Stansnijder 1