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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
World Championships

The World Championships were once again held in Doha this year. As a result, the flat course is a sprinter's paradise and I was selected only for the ITT.

Individual Time Trial


Incredibly, Dumoulin had decided not to ride the Worlds at all, so despite there being four riders representing Netherlands in the ITT, there was no top favourite.

I had a very good run on a course which wasn't the best suited for me. I like ITTs with some elevation as it plays into my climbing strength. I set the fastest time when I crossed the line but there were faster men coming up later.


As it would turn out, my time was beaten by eight riders, which meant I finished 9th. My teammate Palik won the Gold for Poland!

1Rafal PalikBonsucro55'04
2Dzidoslaw GrodeckiGazprom+ 36
3Victor CampenaertsDe Koninck+ 1'02
4Adrien CostaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1'06
5Jeff NewContinental+ 1'10
6Alvaro CuadrosBonsucro+ 1'16
7Michał KwiatkowskiGazprom+ 1'35
8Rohan DennisTEAM Netia+ 1'36
9Abhishek SinhaBonsucro+ 1'39
10Gervais HardouinGatorade+ 1'40

11Lennard KämnaTEAM Cepsa+ 1'46
12LĂ©onard QuentinMTN-Qhubeka+ 1'49
13Mads WĂĽrtz SchmidtSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1'51
14Ryan MullenTeam Europcar+ 1'55
15Luke DurbridgeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1'58
16Rubén PolsMetinvest+ 1'59
17Idalécio Ferreira SousaGazprom+ 2'04
18Bjørn Vidar RisethTeam Joker+ 2'06
19Nick ForrestFly Emirates+ 2'12
20Lukas LöerSwissairs.t.
21Charly WickliffTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
22Gregorio IbañezSwissair+ 2'13
23Ilnur ZakarinGazprom+ 2'14
24Nairo QuintanaDe Konincks.t.
25Michael HepburnGatorade+ 2'18
26Luigi LorenzonSoleco+ 2'19
27Florian MaîtreTeam Europcar+ 2'22
28Davide FormoloBonsucro+ 2'23
29Simon RaffinOrange+ 2'24
30Mathias KrigbaumTeam Europcar+ 2'27
31Grégory AmbroiseContinental+ 2'38
32Anton VorobyevGazprom+ 2'40
33Renato AgapitoFly Emiratess.t.
34Albert DĂĽrstelContinental+ 2'41
35Paolo RoquesSwissair+ 2'42
36Avelino LĂłpez GilJLT Condor+ 2'55
37Jasper LindenberghFly Emirates+ 2'57
38Ivan LutsenkoQantas+ 3'00
39Chande DangerFly Emiratess.t.
40Igor ShevchenkoWales+ 3'12
41Bob JungelsFly Emiratess.t.
42Andrija VozabalBonsucro+ 3'18
43Dzoni PregeljAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 3'24
44Luca TaschinGewiss+ 3'37
45Nils PolittGerolsteiner+ 3'40
46Carlos RibeiroMTN-Qhubeka+ 3'54
47Clinton MackeyBefimmos.t.
48Matthias BrändleMetinvest+ 4'11
49Alexey LutsenkoGatorade+ 4'13
50Jon BozicERDF+ 4'14
51Alexander EvtushenkoTeam Katusha+ 4'15
52Alexander CatafordBritish Academy+ 4'32
53Andrija JanecekRiwal Platform Cycling Team+ 4'33
54Tony Van LandeghemTEAM Netia+ 4'44
55Jon Andoni MartĂ­nez RuizIberdrola+ 4'54
56Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'58
57Jörg RamsauerTrek Factory Racing+ 5'01
58Miguel JuárezSmartstop+ 5'07
59Pavel GorencTelekom Slovenije+ 5'09
60Michael KucherSwarovski+ 5'14
61Pio ScarpatoGatorade+ 5'40
62Josef HosekBritish Academy+ 6'06
63Peter PetrasSporza+ 6'09
64Andrei AckerHrvatski Telekom+ 7'07

Road Race

Mads Pedersen completed a fantastic season to win the Road Race.


Nice one from Mads there :lol:

If you're interested in weird music:
Mads really went mad this season Grin
Can't wait to come back stronger to a more difficult WC ITT next season !
Hope to have such a course next year!
Tre Valli Varesine

My prep race for Il Lombardia. I was deemed to be top favourite for this one and I wanted to make a mark. I had never felt this good at this time of the year, even considering the year I won Il Lombardia!


Three riders formed the break of the day. Ulissi crashed early for us, but he recovered. The team started pacing the pack with 50 km to go. The break was caught with 20 km to go. I waited for someone to launch the first attack, feeling rather confident that I could chase it down. I missed the decisive moment as I was boxed in behind seven or eight riders at the front. My attack was too late. I caught and passed a couple of riders but only managed 6th, in what a disappointing result.

1Mikel LandaGatorade4h50'24
2Gracjan GregorekOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
3Scott AmbroseMTN-Qhubekas.t.
4Alexis VuillermozSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
5Kenichi KondoSwissairs.t.
6Abhishek SinhaBonsucro+ 23
7Michael GoglAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 40
8Samir JabrayilovTeam Katushas.t.
9Silvio HerklotzGazproms.t.
10Sindre LunkeMTN-Qhubekas.t.

11Daniel MartinGazprom+ 1'11
12Mario PastorOranges.t.
13Emanuel BuchmannSwissairs.t.
14Sergey ShulgaGazproms.t.
15Michał PalutaDe Konincks.t.
16Gennadiy TatarinovMTN-Qhubekas.t.
17Yingbo ZhouSwissairs.t.
18Andreas LeskaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1'29
19Evgeny ShalunovGazproms.t.
20Davide VillellaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
21Trevor PraticòOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
22Vladislav GorbunovGatorades.t.
23Jack HaigDe Konincks.t.
24Rafal PalikBonsucros.t.
25Jean KĂĽpperSwissairs.t.
26Daniele Dall'OsteGatorades.t.
27Dieter BouvryDe Konincks.t.
28James OramDe Konincks.t.
29Tanel KangertGazproms.t.
30Luca WackermannGatorades.t.
31Allessio BotturaTeam Katushas.t.
32Egiziano PetitoGatorades.t.
33Antoine AzemaTEAM Netias.t.
34Enrico BarbinAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
35Davide GabburoTeam Katushas.t.
36Hector SaezTEAM Netias.t.
37Tim DeclercqDe Konincks.t.
38Davide BalleriniTEAM Netias.t.
39Simone SterbiniTelecom Italias.t.
40Alessandro TonelliTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
41Ludovico PerlottoMartinis.t.
42Matteo OcchialiniTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
43Ulf HausweilerSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
44Luca SterbiniGatorades.t.
45Gijs Van HoeckeBonsucros.t.
46Mirko PratelliMarcello Bergamos.t.
47Calvin BenekeSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
48Nariman VolokhMTN-Qhubekas.t.
49Chris MortierOranges.t.
50Yuri ChibrikovGazproms.t.
51Quentin PacherOranges.t.
52Luca CappelliTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
53Elia FavilliOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
54Riccardo StacchiottiScarpas.t.
55Salvatore PuccioBonsucros.t.
56Matteo MontiTeam Katushas.t.
57Ildar ArslanovGazproms.t.
58Sergey ChernetskiyDe Konincks.t.
59François BidardOranges.t.
60Gervais LarrieuMTN-Qhubekas.t.
61Carlos GimenezAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
62Alfredo BalloniGatorades.t.
63Riccardo DonatoMarcello Bergamos.t.
64José Agustín Martínez TorrénSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
65Alexandre GeniezSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
66Paweł PoljańskiTEAM Netias.t.
67Aidan van NiekerkMTN-Qhubekas.t.
68Michael BrescianiTeam Katushas.t.
69Rudy DasovicTEAM Netias.t.
70Alex PetersMTN-Qhubekas.t.
71Davide MalacarneTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
72Jovan HamidovicSwissairs.t.
73Agatino De AngeliMartinis.t.
74Dominik NerzSwissairs.t.
75Christian LiveraniAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
76Mathias Rask JeppessenOranges.t.
77Serge BeaufortOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3'26
78Jelle MannaertsDe Konincks.t.
79Joseph DombrowskiBonsucros.t.
80Aymeric CailleTEAM Netias.t.
81Matteo GozziMarcello Bergamos.t.
82Andrija VozabalBonsucros.t.
83Giacomo PerettoMartinis.t.
84Alessandro MazziAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
85Andrea FediOranges.t.
86Joshua HuppertzMTN-Qhubekas.t.
87Sabato FrancabandieraMarcello Bergamos.t.
88Davide PacchiardoTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
89Rosolino RicciOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
90Giacomo TomioTelecom Italias.t.
91Samuele ContiMarcello Bergamos.t.
92Beniamino ErminiScarpas.t.
93Matteo PelucchiGazproms.t.
94Flavio SoteraSwissair+ 3'58
95Guillaume ThevenotOranges.t.
96Andrea LomonacoTeam Katushas.t.
97Donato De IesoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
98Steff HermansBonsucros.t.
99Xabier MartĂ­nez MadrigalOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
100Lim SidekMarcello Bergamos.t.
101Tomaso CherubinMarcello Bergamos.t.
102Yannick MayerScarpas.t.
103José CrespiniGewisss.t.
104Dylan PageSwissairs.t.
105Dmitri VessenbergTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
106Giacomo ForconiScarpas.t.
107Josué MoyanoTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
108Enio CuoghiScarpas.t.
109José MolinariTelecom Italias.t.
110Diego UlissiBonsucros.t.
111Oleg BalayanTelecom Italias.t.
112Natanael MiguelTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
113Tarcisio LuriniMartinis.t.
114Vincenzo TavanoTelecom Italias.t.
115Alfredo Lo DucaMartinis.t.
116Eros CasseseTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
117Gherardo LocatelliMarcello Bergamos.t.
118Francesco ChesiScarpas.t.
119Emanuele MiolaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
120Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
121Riccardo TitoTeam Katusha+ 5'05
122Michael VicelichTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
123Gianluca MengardoTelecom Italias.t.
124Matteo SpreaficoTernas.t.
125Luca TaschinGewisss.t.
126Valerio AstaGewisss.t.
127Moreno GiampaoloTernas.t.
128Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
129Aldo Di SommaTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
130Jordan StannusOrica-GreenEDGE+ 6'07
131Mwanyisa Ben AliGewiss+ 7'13
132HĂĽseyin KaradagGewisss.t.
133Nazario PetitoTerna+ 8'49
134Toni FochiMartinis.t.
135Walter SchräderDe Konincks.t.
136Paco GhistelinckTerna+ 10'27
137Kristian SbaragliTEAM Netias.t.
138Adel KhelifaScarpas.t.
139Palle HesselundTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigianis.t.
140Ander GordilloMartinis.t.
141Giorgio FlamigniTeam Katushas.t.
142Kunio HasegawaTerna+ 11'11
143Jonathan StrangeTelecom Italias.t.
144Filippo FortinTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
145Raffaello BonusiGewisss.t.
146Franz SchiewerGewiss+ 11'35
147Mirko MancoTerna+ 12'47
148Audrus LukshysTelecom Italias.t.
149Tony Van LandeghemTEAM Netia+ 13'10
150Alex PaoliGewiss+ 13'45
151Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
152Lorenzo NardiScarpas.t.
153Gianluca BrambillaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 14'27
154Simone RossetMartinis.t.
155Mattia CattaneoGatorades.t.
156Jon AberasturiTeam Unieuro Wilier Trevigiani+ 19'35

Il Lombardia

After the disappointment of Tre Valli Varesine, I was determined to improve in my last race of the season. I have had arguably my best season till, winning La Fleche Wallone and the Vuelta. I was hoping to improve on it.

We had a strong line-up for the race, with Formolo, Barguil and Van Garderen, all starting alongside me. Not surprisingly, Formolo was our team's designated leader, my continuing contract dispute not helping my cause for leadership responsibilities. I didn't mind really, as this meant the pressure was off me to perform.

Four riders formed the day's break. Duteil crashed early but recovered. The team started pacing at the front. Adam Yates attacked on the first climb, with Van Garderen in tow. They were caught by the pack. They didn't survive for long. Jungels and Formole launched the next dual attack. One of the breakaway was caught. I was a part of a six rider group that went away from the peloton at the top of the climb, and had Barguil for company. We caught Formolo soon after. Yates and Jungels now had a 48 second lead. We were caught by the peloton at the bottom of the descent. The leading duo had doubled their lead! Barguil took up the chasing duties, splitting the pack to just 35 riders left in the peloton now. Barguil's massive effort reeled in Yates and Jungels on the second climb. Barguil attacked himself. A group of four riders were on his tail, but couldn't catch him. I was in the third group of six riders. At the base of the final climb, Barguil's lead was up to nearly 90 seconds. I was in the second group with just Yates and Jungels. The gap decreased slightly as we climbed, but Barguil still had more than a minute's lead with 3 km left. Barguil took it easy in the final kilometers and still won by a comfortable margin. I was too tired to sprint and had to settle for 4th place. Formolo finished 9th in the group behind mine.


1Warren BarguilBonsucro6h44'46
2Bob JungelsFly Emirates+ 47
3Adam YatesSwissairs.t.
4Abhishek SinhaBonsucros.t.
5Jan PolancOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3'26
6Tao Geoghegan HartFly Emiratess.t.
7Dayer QuintanaBasler Zeitungs.t.
8Louis VervaekeTeam Europcars.t.
9Davide FormoloBonsucros.t.
10Simon YatesSwissairs.t.

This was my best performance in this race since I won it in 2018. It's taken five years, but I've finally got close to challenging for the win again. I was delighted win Barguil's win in all honesty, because he's been a constant presence at my side through most of my GT aspirations with this team. This was easily his best result with Duvel/Bonsucro. The question is whether this is the last time we'll ride together as teammates for the time being?...
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Not if you both sign with the same new team. Smile
Barguil has signed an extension with Bonsucro. So the only way we ride together is if I sign too...

Edit: Actually signed with Gatorade which I missed earlier. They did not offer me a contract.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 24-05-2018 17:22
Many congratulations on that second GT win! Hopefully the contract issue will be resolved soon, with either a reconciliation or a move to a 'warmer' team.


Great race in Il Lombardia, especially for the team but also Abhishek did fine.

If you're interested in weird music:
@Kiserlovski: Thanks Smile That's the only thing left to do this season...

@Tamijo: Yeah I think I did well. Much better than recent results there.
'Paradise' Lost

All good things come to an end! After a couple of months of uncertainty, it is finalized today, with certainty, that I wouldn't be riding in Bonsucro's colours next season. Too much water has flown under the bridge and the differences in the expectations for both parties were not reconcilable anymore.

I did sit down with the team management for a final round of discussions the day after Il Lombardia. The meeting didn't look to be heading towards a positive outcome from the first few exchanges itself. The team were sticking to their stance of having Formolo riding two GTs for them as leader, including the Tour, while I would ride the other as the leader, albeit with a full mountain line-up in support. I didn't want to start concentrating on just a single GT at this stage of my career. It was too early to start conserving energy. I can't say I didn't see this coming. The signing of Formolo after the sponsor changed from Duvel was an indication about the long-term plans. I felt I had done enough this season to prove them wrong.

The management did not want to meet my wage demands either, which I felt were fair. They were offering me less than what other teams were willing to offer; off course there has been contact from elsewhere! They felt that I was their second leader in the team and their offer was befitting that.

Two strikes against my terms meant I was out. It wasn't easy leaving the team, with its setup and staff, after three years. My exploits at Lotto had made people take notice but Duvel/Bonsucro has made me a star. But a star must continue on it's set journey and that journey now takes me away from this familiarity...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 17-05-2018 12:36
It's a sad thing obviously, but it also opens new opportunities. Maybe another team recognizes the potential you offer in a better manner, which can take you on a way you may ride to the ultimate top: Beating Formolo to win Le Tour? I'm excited to follow your next step!
Beating Formolo to win le Tour, just winning it, would be amazing. Contract negotiations are currently on in full swing...
I wonder where you will end up Rolling Eyes
sutty68 wrote:
I wonder where you will end up Rolling Eyes

What's your guess? Pfft
I have no idea - but as I see it you are going for a team to give you a full leadership.

If you're interested in weird music:
Paradise Regained

Having decided to leave Bonsucro and it's familiarity behind, it was time to accompany my agent and sit down with the other teams to discuss where I could possibly ride next season. There were offers, as I'd already mentioned. However, given how late it was in the season, it there weren't many teams still looking for GT leaders. There were two which we narrowed down to.

Fly Emirates came in with a very good offer, but they have the likes of Adam Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez in their ranks. I was worried that this would likely turn out to be a similar situation to what I was walking away from Bonsucro.

The other offer came in from Continental, who had the likes of Duteil, Danny Van Poppel and Mohoric in their ranks. Their strength is not as strong as Emirates, and their offer was slightly lower than the former, but they were offering me exactly what I was after, outright leadership in two Grand Tours and a mountain support train to help me reach my goals.

There was a catch though. Continental would not be continuing as the team's sponsor for the coming season. The new sponsor had a new recruitment team who would be finalizing the deal with me. I'm not very comfortable in these situations as it is, and prefer my client to do my talking for me, but there was no getting away from this one. The team's new Head of Recruitment, who would also be my future Team Manager, was a guy named Kurt Owens, popularly known only by initials. He is reknowned for being a hard task-master, and an ace negotiator. Good thing I wasn't coming off the back of a bad season!

Oh and the new sponsor is...

P.S.: I escaped unscathed Wink
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 24-05-2018 17:33
Knew it as soon as you said KO Pfft Awesome deal!
No more NCs though Sad
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