Worst GT race of the history of our team probably, i feel ashamed as the manager and have to say that it is about time to disband the team really, after this performance we should have not been invited to next races in PT, we dont deserve it.
Just few top10s from Guardini, who was only bright moment of our Tour. Before he DNFed
Zmorka horrible, 6th in prologue and early DNF is underperformance and our TTT with him, Ignatiev, Hepburn and others was almost last, that is terrible, huge shocker from one of the best TTT oriented teams of recent cycling seasons, which Metinvest is.
Karnulin was great...and then he crashed, fucking up everything, finishing like 75th overall, thus loanee Squire is best Metinvest finisher somewhere around 65th place?
Ignatiev....was he really in the race? I saw him doing great top 10 in Paris, then in one attack early in the race and that is all, really enough for rider with one of best AVGs in database, with 85 fighter stat? nope
Pffff, i am glad that this race is over, only good thing were fast and great reports from roturn, thanks mate. And congrats to all happy teams.
Guardini did great. Much better than anticipated for sure.
Well Zmorka didn't really work out great and your TTT really got fucked over, and the peloton was too difficult for Ignatiev, but you showed your team well and had Karnulin not been injured throughout the race you would have gotten a decent race. Your first week scored you the 6th highest amount of points. Second week you were 15th and third week you were 17th, so definately not that horrible. You outscored Evonik, Aker and almost scored the same as eBuddy - So definately not a horrible race in terms of staying in the top. You lost a lot on a few teams, but only 2-300 points on most teams. Scoring 239 points was better than 5 others and similar to another 3 teams.
But yeah, could have gone much much better. But definately not an embarrassing performance after having won the Giro and gotten 2nd in the Vuelta.
For our part I had hoped for more breaks but will take it as a learning experience and hope that Anacona will be inspired by his 25th place in the GC and that CAS will take up attacking in PCT races as well.
Congrats to all those who are happy!
Edit: Would have been kind of Spilak though to allow Vastaranta that final top 10
Thank you for a very well reported race, roturn! A true joy to follow.
Big congratulations to SN! Somehow it feels like Schleck has broken the MG, what an amazing rider he is, who just keeps on deliver, again and again and again.
Also congratulations to all those that take something memorable away from this race. I-Gen Festina, Aegon, Becherovka, Bouyges and Puma-SAP immediately comes to mind, for various reasons.
Must admit that it result wise was a disappointing Tour for my team. It was a gamble to bring Kristoff and build the team around a train for him. When the train was nowhere to be seen, it was always going to be a failure. But missing out on the time limit and not able to sprint in Paris, was even worse than I had imagined. Kind of frustrating to see us completely lack interest in the morning breakaways, as they were the reason I brought Nesset and Hoem here. Though, they came to life in the third week, trying a couple of mid-stage attacks. That was nice to see, eventhough it was difficult for them, as they would always face stronger riders in those moves.
All in all, a very nice race to follow, eventhough we didn't get anything from it.
Thank you very much for some amazing reports and a great tour Roturn!
Congrats on Schleck taking a deserved win SN, also to the other podium members and teams who had a great race.
For a wildcard team I'm extremely happy with how went, no stage win or KOM, but a stint i the KOM Jersey for Bernas, 20th for LLS, stage podiums for Stachowiak and Vantomme, many breaks for Panayotov and our greatest result, the Lanteren Rouge for Sobota!
It's just really cool that our team can achieve that in the biggest race, so really really pleased. Thank you very much Roturn!
Happy with that. A successful Tour with 2 stage wins and a top 20 from Ponzi. Adding to that Grmay having a shot at the KoM and Ponzi almost winning on the Champs-Elysee it was a memorable race for us.
Thanks roturn for amazing reporting, take that very successful Tour as your well deserved reward Also congrats to all happy managers.
What to say about my team? Indeed, Faiers finishing on respectable 15th place must be considered as a good result. Mohs took the stage, good. Degenkolb extremely underperformed. Relegation is getting closer again.