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Van Baarle highlights Garmin-Sharp's next generation of young talent

Stephen Farrand
February 7, 15:45,
February 7, 14:47
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 7, 2014
Dubai Tour, Stage 3
Young rider Dylvan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) had a strong showing

Young rider Dylvan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) had a strong showing

  • Young rider Dylvan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) had a strong showing
  • Race leader Dylan Van Baarle waits for the start in Roudnice nad Labem.

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Dutchman tries to take on Kittel in the Dubai Tour sprint

The next generation of Garmin-Sharp riders continued to show their talent and potential at the Dubai Tour with Dylan van Baarle taking fourth in the sprint in Hatta behind Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), Joan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Jonathan Vaughters decided to shake up his roster for 2014, bringing in a dozen riders to support stage racers Dan Martin, Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal. The new signings include some of the most talented young riders in the peloton: Nathan Brown (Bontrager), Ben King (RadioShack-Leopard), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Belkin), Lasse Norman Hanson (Blue Water Cycling), Andre Fernando Cardoso (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and van Baarle.

Nathan Haas and Jack Bauer have shown their talents by winning stages at the Santos Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour in Australia, while Phil Gaimon made his big-time debut with a stage win and a dogged defense of the leader's jersey at the Tour de San Luis.

On stage one of the Dubai Tour, Hansen – who won gold in the Omnium on the track at the 012 London Olympic Games – showed his speed and bike skills by taking third. He was beaten by early starters Taylor Phinney and Steve Cummings (BMC), but was faster than both Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing).

Tyler Farrar had a go in the stage two sprint but was blocked in the hectic finish and finished twelfth behind teammates Raymond Kreder and Hansen.

Van Baarle was the 2013 Dutch Under 23 road race and time trial champion and came through the ranks of the Rabobank Development team. He also won the prestigious Thüringen Rundfahrt stage race in 2013 and was third in the Tour de Normandie. He seems to have the multiple talents needed to excel in stage races.

Despite the numerous attacks in the final part of the stage, van Baarle was not afraid to start his sprint early. He came off a teammate's wheel and took the best, inside line as the road curved left. For a moment it looked like he was heading to victory but then Kittel and company blasted past him down the centre of the road.

"It was very hectic in the finale. The bunch just exploded on the last climb and left just a little group (of 39 riders) for the finish," van Baarle told Cyclingnews as he gulped for air.

"Sebastian (Langeveld) set me up with 200 metres to go and then I went full gas but against Kittel, it's hard to do much better but I wanted to have a go."

Cance > TheRest 6 months ago
CN should really try writing the right name under the picture of Lasse Norman. A bit respectless actually.
Nicolaj221 6 months ago
Lasse Norman Hansen is probably the most promising young talent.
GuyIncognito 6 months ago
Nope. van Baarle has higher potential. The fact that Hansen isn't the most likely youngster on the squad to be a star shows how much youth talent they really have.
Cance > TheRest 6 months ago
And how do you get to that assumption? A bit subjective, who you can regard as the biggest talent. No definite answer
GuyIncognito 6 months ago
Much more impressive results at the same age. If you don't agree that's fine, it just means you don't agree that we can rank cyclists based on results which of course you're entitled to.
nuvolablu 6 months ago
Lasse Norman Hansen has better results in pro races + he won medals in the track world championship. Van Baarle has better result ( not much more as you say though ) in U23 races. They are both good talents but I wouldn't say one is better than the other now!
Nicolaj221 6 months ago
Well my argument for Lasse being a bit more of a promising talent than van Baarle, is that Lasse have had a double program the last many years, with the road and track. And he got really solid results in both, with getting 2nd at the track WC, winning at Super Ballerup Arena together with Mørkøv. And on the rode he got great results aswell with winning a time trial in Tour de Berlin, national champion at TT and road u23 and getting a bronze medal at the U23 WC TT. But yea van Baarle is a huge talent too, and it's hard to tell which talents have the most potential. I guess only time will let us see.
agostinho 6 months ago
André Cardoso is a talented rider, but not a young one. He is 29 years old.
nuvolablu 6 months ago
Also Acevedo is 28...
DjangoFurioso 6 months ago
Lots of young quality on the Garmin squad, but despite early 2014 success it will probably take a couple of years for them to really produce victories.
Stalky 6 months ago
By the time Danielson and Hesjedal start waning, these guys should be ready to fill their shoes