Written by Broken Chain of Universal Soup
Welcome back everyone to the new edition of Young Guns. Same author, on a different team.
This will be the first edition of the Young Guns article in 15 seasons, a lot has changed since then.
First of all the author has cycled through a few teams, we've had achievements come into the game.
Cups, More tours, more races, more transferrules, more everything... Except experience. Experience is now less effective.
This might have effect on our article, but we will see if this happens to be or not in part two.
In this first part we will focus on the now Old Guns ( or my lack of recognizing a good rider ) of the 10th edition.
Started his career wel wat PegasusFlights and continued this form to team Andeby. Then he made a wrong choice by joining the likes of
Johny2 who became inactive. Therefore he hasn't been able to score any result since his last in season 40.
In the 5 seasons from the article to this sorrow ending he did have a short but good carreer.
2nd in Cymru Taith YC (4th in GC), 2nd Giro di Montelbano YC (5th in GC) in season 37.
Second in Volta ao Porto GC and YC in season 38 and a 7th spot in the GC in season 39 there.
Finally a second spit in Germany Tour in season 40.
The conclusion must be that he lived up the hype. Unfortunately his carreer was halted too early.
Time Trialist :
one of the great victims of the downgrade of XP. He was set to have a bright future with immense levels of experience at a young age.
However just after the article was written, the effect of XP was changed and also the
future of this rider was become more troubled.
This can also be seen in his results. He still had a good carreer, but not what it could have been.
2nd in the World Championships ITT in season 36. An impressive 19 results in season 38 include Cymru Taith GC and YC and 3
wins in division one. Followed by a 7th spot in Norwich-London, a 7th in Nederlandse Tour Gc (2nd in YC).
More notalbe results are 9th in Nederlandse Tour, and an 5th and 8th in the World Championships ITT.
Lived up the hype? Yes.
"Even though Eloi Costa has only 2 u23 results in 2 seaons under his belt. We know this is going to be the next big thing!"
Except that he wasn't. Didn't race much as captain, but has very few results.
Most notably a 2nd spot in Perm Tour. 9th in Rotterdam Classic, 2nd in Helsinki GP
and a 3rd in Tokyo Cup. All the results show hints of his class, but
the lack of a constant performance means he didn't become the next big thing.
Stayed with Gruppo Apparte for his whole carreer and is retired now.
He did good things, despite being on a smaller team.
3rd in Norway Tour YC (season 37), won RotM GC and YC and second in SC (season 38).
Norway Tour YC (season 39), 2nd in GC (season 40).
8th in Perm Tour and 9th in Edmonton Red Deer Tour in season 43 where he also got 3rd in
Vuelta de los Castillos. In the seasons thereafter he got one more result in
Vuelta de lost Castillos and 2 in VCK Classic. In his last season with results (season 50) he
won the Norway Tour, which was the greatest win in his carreer.
Overall he could've done better with his
Turkmenistan wonderkid Aristarkh Ukhov. Stayed in the now inactive team en trailer medvin for the whole of his carreer. He was succesful
in getting results (div 2) up to season 44. Didn't seem to be in the high divisons most of the time, but even down below he
did not rack up the wins that much. A 5th spot in season 41 Volta da Lagoa dos Patos and 9th in season 43 and a 6th in Astana GP and a 9th
in Haute-Normandie in season 42 are his carreer highlights.
Not the wonderkid that was expected. Still did reasonably well.
Meet Darie Mitu, a then young hill sprinter from Romania. He was for sale at the time of the Young guns article and moved to top team Comfius.
There he didn't race at full capacity it seems. His most notable results are 4 results in Bergen Rundtur (2x2nd and 2x5th) and a second place in Essex Tour in season 43.
Overall the decision has to be that he didn't turn out the Young Gun he was predicted to be, despite being a 332 Hill sprinter.
Orest Baranowski was in small teams most of his carreer. Didn't do so well there though.
2 wins in division 5 in season 37, a win in season 44 and 46 which were also in divsion 5.
In season 49 he seems to have moved to Cyclocomotiv where he had 2 wins in division 6,
4 result sin division 5,4,3 and 2.1 in season 50. Even this season he has scored a result at 36 years old
with a 7th spot in Copa de la Historia de los Andes (division 3). Didn't live up the hype, but
if he can score in division 3 at 36 years old, it seems his talent has been wasted a bit too.