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La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
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5th edition, 2nd in CT, for this very interesting African stage race: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, raced in Gabon. Its ever changing route tends to favour punchy sprinters, but in the last years it’s gotten a bit easier, to the point that the last edition has effectively been won by a pure sprinter – Anthony Lavoine, last year’s CT sprints dominator. However, with every edition being different from the last, it’s difficult to say whether the next will turn out to be one for puncheurs or for sprinters. In PCT’s edition of 2014, for example, it was Rene Mandri – only past winner who is back this year – taking it thanks to a successful attack in stage 1!

This year, the best rider taking part has to be pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Stauff, one of the most, if not the most consistent sprinter in the entire division. Kraftwerk in general comes here with a team that screams ludicrous points haul, having a top rider for every single situation. However, there are several other riders that can excel in several kinds of terrains here, and you just know no one will secure the win until the last meter of the last stage.

So yeah, it’s time to take a deep look at our startlist and find out who we should look out for!

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SprinterSPRACCHILRESSprinterSPRACCHILRES
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pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Salleh80805965pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/elt.png Fonseca78776168
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Awang79835262pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Gavazzi78747368
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/0r8.png Scully79806770pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png King78736571
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Krieger79796274pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spb.png Rizza78736367
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/tvm.png Vingerling79796166pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Rasmussen77795072
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/0r8.png Clarke79786271pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Drujon77766572
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Docker79776871pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/tvm.png Schinker77766365
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/iso.png Mezgec79776770pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Giaux77756768
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/hpa.png Colbrelli79756172pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Galimzyanov77746769
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Manan78786067pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/esc.png Martinez76766867
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/wcc.png Jones78786065pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/tvm.png Ariesen76766170

That’s a pretty good sprinters field we’ve got there, considering the race can’t be won by everyone. While pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Stauff certainly stands out, but other dangerous pure sprinters include the likes of Sauber’s duo of pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Salleh and pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Awang, as well as consistent ones like pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Krieger and pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/tvm.png Vingerling, or very unpredictable ones like pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/0r8.png Scully and pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Docker.

Also featured in the startlist are pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/iso.png Mezgec, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/hpa.png Colbrelli, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/spr.png Manan, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/wcc.png Jones, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Krasnov, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/elt.png Fonseca and several other interesting names.

PuncheurHILSPRACCRESPuncheurHILSPRACCRES
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pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Favilli75767467pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Mygind73667270
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Pozzato75747470pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/vdc.png Petrache73666868
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Haavardsholm75698069pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Poorseyedi73627170
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Chérel75617268pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Ikibe73626570
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Veilleux74727769pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Park72757670
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Mandri74657771pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Torckler72757370
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/esc.png Montaguti74636770pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Vachon72727072
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Walker74596974pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/vdc.png Berdos72717269
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Gavazzi73787468pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Er Rafai72677071
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Canola73757671pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Terasaki71737570
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/0r8.png Kossouhorou73727073pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Palyi71727473

Though it’s unlikely the top positions of the GC will be crawling with puncheurs, it’s important to mention some of the more relevant names out there. The presence of especially two teams in the list I’ll mention below is quite appalling, and I’m talking about usual suspects Ferrero and Kraftwerk here. There’s an interesting variety of both pure puncheurs and punchy sprinters: pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/vdc.png Zeits, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Haavardsholm, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpm.png Chérel, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Mandri, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/esc.png Montaguti and pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Walker are the best examples of the first category, quite likely.

As for the riders that can take advantage of both sprint finishes and harder stages to scrape together some time and points, it’s certainly pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Favilli, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Pozzato, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/cdb.png Veilleux, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/frs.png Gavazzi, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Canola, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/0r8.png Kossouhorou, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Park, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kch.png Torckler, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Vachon, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/kmm.png Terasaki and pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.png Palyi distinguishing themselves.
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Our home race and we have a Win GC goal here... Hoping for consistency from Kreiger so that we can make it 2/3 goals so far this season

Last year we had our own in-team battle for KoM jersey, and something similar on top of GC result would be nice
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Another race for Docker to take a crap on and not sprint. Wonderful.
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We can only hope........
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jandal7
Alright, Scully is leader - but will he sprint? Lol no he'll come 12th all the time because he's a GC man now Pfft Just hope Clarke does, he's not one for fireworks but hope for some conssistency..
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I mean it's not even funny anymore how bad Docker is, but at least he was somewhat involved.
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Clarke Rolling Eyes

And it seems Scully wants a top 20 on GC but he'll have to do better than that!
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sammyt93
We have got off to a really nice start here in the first stage. Considering how strong Salleh's sprint was I think that a slightly more cohesive leadout should help him generate enough consistency to challenge for the G.C. victory.
 
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I'll start off with Stage 1 in my post - Nice to see Thaouta in the break and showing off those magnificent NC colours. Especially in a home race!

Krieger showing his bad side and fading to a disappointing 13th place after looking like he was well positioned.

Stage 2 was much better, but disappointed with no break. Krieger picks ups a good podium finish, and considering from how far back he came, he does very well. Hopefully this will be the turning point and consistency will mean we come away with a strong GC result
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Croatia14
good job in recovering here by Mezgec - he is really either close or nothing...

I'd fancy a leadout by Drucker and Papok still...
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That's a weak stage for us, hopefully Salleh will return to form on the remaining stages.

I fear a similarly poor result on stages 3 and 6 though as they look likely to drop Awang which weakens our train and ends up with Salleh having to go early like he did today.

Still strong results on the other 2 stages should result in a G.C. podium and if Awang can help the sprint train on the 3 stages I highlighted as problematic then Stauff will still be challengeable for the G.C. win.

I think his train is more consistant but ours is stronger when it works which gives me a small amount of hope.

And it's nice to see our youngsters doing a good job of pacing the peloton, and picking up a few KOM points each for their troubles is a nice little reward for them even if they are unlikely to have the freedom to go out and challenge for more.
 
baseballlover312
Woah! How crazy is that. He went for it! Holy cow! He grabbed us a solid 3 points or whatever from that!
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One of the Kiwi (Wink) riders we didn't get beats us. typical Pfft

More positively, GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin When all else fails, in comes our best rider to save the day, who could actually do something GC-wise if he's allowed to get in more breaks. 2nd on the stage is nice too, just when I felt like giving up Grin Love you Jams <3
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I can't be sad over another top 10. Of course, it would have been better if not for the break. But that's how it goes.
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Matt is too fast for me with these stages!

Brought a strong team here for Stauff and we are expecting him to deliver.

So Stage 1 was a disorganised shower, no sprint chain and Stauff doing really well to get 5th from being blocked. Congrats to sammyt, Salleh looking on form for this race.

Stage 2 was much more like it, Park leading out and a perfectly timed sprint from Stauff to take the win.

Stage 3 was a mess, we have enough firepower to chase down a break so why oh why did we fail to close it down? Both our cobblers are here for the gravel section. And then couldn't even manage a decent sprint for minor places. The team can expect a talking to over dinner! But our loss is WeirdSkyFan's gain, nice win from the break.

Thanks to Matt for the great reports.
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Croatia14
wait what?

I thought Pibernik had a good day, then he faded

I thought that Mezgec had a good day and sprinted to 6th, then he suddenly was 14th

Papok loosing time

just a horrible day: just a normal day in the office
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jandal7
Seems like being a negative ass about my team works!
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And Tom Scully can actually sprint, not just for the odd 12th!
He can sprint! Right there, did you guys see that too? He was like, in the commentary and everything! There was pictures! Then he was on the podium! That's so cool!

Now hopefully he can follow in Docker's footsteps of building up to a win, well done to him Shock
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Croatia14
Mezgec, I only have sarcastic clapping for you!

Great effort by Pibernik again, though still without any reward...
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I'll start with a positive... Ben Youcef was in the break...

Now that's done, can I ask a question Matt? Who was my rider close to the front in the image with 1km to go, and where the fuck did he go when the sprint happened? I have someone 4th place, well positioned before the sprint (guessing it is Krieger from his number on the back ending in a 1), and he ends up 47th place in the result... seriously... WTF??
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Croatia14
the_hoyle wrote:
I'll start with a positive... Ben Youcef was in the break...

Now that's done, can I ask a question Matt? Who was my rider close to the front in the image with 1km to go, and where the fuck did he go when the sprint happened? I have someone 4th place, well positioned before the sprint (guessing it is Krieger from his number on the back ending in a 1), and he ends up 47th place in the result... seriously... WTF??


maybe it was Youcef?

every rider of your team has the same numebr in PCM15 I guess...
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