7th Brussels Cycling Classic 2019

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First eight votes are ready to be cast!

By now you should have seen the intro post. Worth a read first if you haven’t, but not required. Time to start the voting! Polls are open until Wednesday morning Seattle time, at which point we will tally up the results and start voting on the Round 2 matchups. Below is the Tale of the Tape for each bout, with a few reminder notes from the intro.

#16 Ivan Sosa vs. #17 Future US Star

Ivan Sosa — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Skillset: Colombian skills
  • /- : Young and springy; ITT isn’t there, although maybe Skineos will shape him up

Future US Star — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 18 and up
  • Nationality: American
  • Skillset: Variable
  • /- : Quinn Simmons (classics) and Brandon McNulty (ITT) lead the way back from the wilderness… we hope

#9 Thibau Nys vs. #24 Stefan Kung

Thibau Nys — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Skillset: Cyclocross
  • /- : Literally born to win, though maybe just on the dirt

Stefan Kung — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Skillset: Power/Track-Roubaix type
  • /- : Making himself indispensable to his team while waiting for his turn on the pavé

#13 Filippo Ganna vs. #20 Jasper Philipsen

Filippo Ganna — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 23
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Skillset: Cronoman, cobbles
  • /- : Another Skineos guy, maybe too ITT-specialized, but being a power beast is a good place to start

Jasper Philipsen — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Skillset: Sprints, cobbled classics
  • /- : Boonen comp is too delicious to pass up

#12 Sergio Higuita vs. #21 Daní Martinez

Sergio Higuita — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Skillset: Maybe competent against the watch? Defo a climber
  • /- : Got a Vuelta under his belt but it’s not clear if he is on the fast track or the ridiculously fast track to excellence

Daní Martinez — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Skillset: All-rounder for stage races
  • /- : More competitive in ITTs than the climbs so far, though he’s no slouch there either

#15 Kasper Asgreen vs. #18 Alberto Bettiol

Kasper Asgreen — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Skillset: Puncheur with power
  • /- : Already nearly won Flanders

Alberto Bettiol — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Skillset: Classics
  • /- : Already won Flanders

#10 Wout Van Aert vs. #23 Superman Lopez

Wout Van Aert — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Skillset: Classics, stage hunting
  • /- : Not enough of a fast finish to win most days, but you can pretty much never count him out of anything — nobody has a stronger mentality

Superman Lopez — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Skillset: Colombian skills; right cross
  • /- : We are still waiting for him to finally put it all together, but let’s face it, we haven’t been waiting all that long

#14 Mikkel Bjerg vs. #19 Marc Hirschi

Mikkel Bjerg — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Skillset: Power, ITTs
  • /- : So far the crono has been his calling card, but I wouldn’t pigeon-hole a guy this young and strong just yet

Marc Hirschi — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Skillset: Classics, puncheur profile
  • /- : Climbing is already there, bigger question is whether he can stretch out his talents to stage racing

#11 Tom Pidcock vs. #22 Roglic Regrets

Tom Pidcock — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: British
  • Skillset: Cross and Cobbles
  • /- : No senior racing yet, but he won the U23 Paris-Roubaix, so he’s coming

Roglic Regrets — Tale of the Tape

  • Age: Timeless, although Roglic himself is 30
  • Nationality: Universal, although Roglic himself is Slovenian
  • Skillset: Theoretical concept, which everyone loves to argue about
  • /- : Who let him piss away half of his cycling prime playing around on skis?