We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers which rider they would pick first when creating a pro cycling team, and why they would pick them.
Here we present a selection of the answers. Who would you choose?
Simon Yates because I would love to be the one behind the scenes in nurturing the next Grand Tour phenomenon, but also I would hope that his courage and aggressive riding style would rub off, so to speak, on the other riders of the team.
Oliver Naesen and Romain Bardet. Not because I am an Ag2r fan (I am) but they give it all and Bardet needs stronger team-mates.
Marianne Vos. One of the most reliable riders in the past decade, despite a rough couple of seasons due to illness/injury. She always has time for a TV interview and appreciates her team-mates as much as her team-mates appreciate her. A team player who delivers results: definitely top of the list.
Thomas De Gendt — an absolute inspiration to watch ride/race his bike, would be a great leader of the team and no matter what gives 100 per cent. The type of rider everyone wants to be like; can win stages and pull some great turns in the pack. All about the breakaway coverage!
Peter Sagan. He has charisma, talent, a fantastic sprint, and climbs well. He is the world champion and can do great wheelies.
Egan Bernal – he’s a future Grand Tour winner.
Adam Hansen as road captain. He has brains and experience, and is open to new technology. You wouldn’t have to do much thinking with him on the team.
Mark Cavendish, of course. He may be coming to the end of his career but I doubt anyone in the next decade will equal his impressive palmarès. Although Fernando Gaviria may get close.