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Isostar - Adriatic [PCT 2017] #meninlime #zeroturnaround
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Must say, I really like these updates. Keep it up!

A mixed season for Isostar so far. A couple of very good races from Kump and Brajkovic, while I feel that Polanc have underperformed a bit so far.
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Must say, I really like these updates. Keep it up!

A mixed season for Isostar so far. A couple of very good races from Kump and Brajkovic, while I feel that Polanc have underperformed a bit so far.

thank you very much tastasol, it is always a pleasure to receive some recognition for the effort I put into this HQ Smile

To the season: Kump had his ups and downs, strangely enough he shined in stage races and failed in classics - sad that he only has one stage race left then. Polanc should step up his game soon, at least that is what I hope for. The latest in Kigali I expect a Top result of him. Brajkovic so far has had a couple of bad races to start, but then did very well in both Romandie and Crit International which is nice.

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27.3.PTHCcobblesPolancTop 20www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-1.gif


Jan PolancLeaderRoy JansDomestique
Jérome GiauxDomestiqueMatej MugerliDomestique
Ahmed BelgasemDomestiqueJaka BostnerDomestique
Daniel JaramilloDomestique

After Vlaanderen we hoped for more activity from our team. While the team suffered from crashes, also Polanc had to come back early after some issues, spending too much energy.


He lateron lacked this power in the long chase together with Nikolas Maes, to take back a group of 10. A nice effort off camera, but they didn't succeed. Instead, other riders coming from the wheels and overtaking the couple in the final kilometers. At the end we are left with a disappointing 17th place, where so much more was possible with some better racing luck.

1Sam BewleyMoser - Sygic4h45'11
2Greg Van AvermaetEvonik - ELKOs.t.
3Danny SummerhillRBC Pro Cyclings.t.
4Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 23
5Marcus BurghardtPodium Ambition+ 36
6Lukasz WisniowskiGrieg - Eftels.t.
7Matteo TrentinAker - MOTs.t.
8Roger KlugeIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 2'06
9Alexander KristoffAker - MOT+ 2'27
10Sebastian LangeveldStravas.t.
17Jan PolancIsostar - Adriatics.t.

Goal: Top 20, Top 50 --> failed

Points scored: 15 (Polanc 15)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 4/10

Positive Surprise: Jan Polanc on the attack - At least our Slovenian captain tried everything, though his ride with Maes sucked off a lot of power

Negative Surprise: Support - We need to find the vital minor points in the PTHC races. One of our minor support riders crashed, that doesn't explain only 1 rider in the Top50 though.

Corsica International

27.-29.3.HCmountainBrajkovicTop 10www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-3.gif


Janez BrajkovicLeaderTadej LogarDomestique
Mathias BrändleFree RoleJernej SvabDomestique
Pavel PotockiFree RoleMartin LaasDomestique
Stanislau BazhkouDomestique

Again Brajkovic is our leader, with plenty of more scoring potential in the short but sharp Mountain/TT Tour on Corsica.

Stage 1: On the opening short flat stage we were part of the big breakaway, as Bazhkou joined it. He was with the strongest, being part of the last 4 of them on the road out of the initial 13 men group


They got caught with 12 km to go however, so it went into a mass sprint where we without a sprinter instead laid our emphasis on keeping our GC riders save. Which worked halfway well, as Potocki crashed and lost all white jersey ambitions.

1√ďscar GueraoSPAR - Shimano - SCG1h27'38
2Grzegorz StepniakFablok - Bank BGZs.t.
3Roman MaksimovNewton Foundations.t.
15Matthias BrändleIsostar - Adriatics.t.

Stage 2: Our ambitions for the short ITT where much higher: Brändle wanted to go for the win, and Brajkovic to have the best time of the GC contenders, to have an advantage for the mountains. It turned out to be different.


Brajkovic lost 23 seconds, being behind some contenders he should normally beat.


Brändle also was 11 slower seconds than Steensen, who won the day. A big bummer for our Austrian TT captain. Off cameras Bazhkou couldn't save the day, finishing 13th.

1André SteensenCarlsberg - Danske Bank10'35
2Dominique CornuEuskaltel+ 3
3Yoann PaillotValio - DeLaval+ 6
9Matthias BrändleIsostar - Adriatic+ 12

Stage 3: While the breakaway group was fighting for the win, in the back the race blew up. Brändle wasn't up to the challenge, but Brajkovic stayed well in the game when attacks started. He couldn't really keep up with the best, but stayed safe in the first group of GC candidates, coming in as 9th of the GC contenders.

1Idan ShapiraFablok - Bank BGZ4h46'26
2Gennadiy TatarinovKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
3Davide MalacarneGenerali - EDF+ 44
13Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatic+ 2'53

With that result he could jump onto 8th overall, finishing inside the GC ambitions. Brändle kept up with the second big GC group, at least managing to score some minor points. Tadej Logar saved us some minor points on a great day, while with Bazhkou another guy crashed out.

Final GC:

1Fabio DuarteNovatek-Panarmenian.net6h26'00
2Sergio Luis Henao MontoyaFerrero - Samruk+ 18
3Stefan DeniflSPAR - Shimano - SCG+ 23
4Rigoberto √öranMinions+ 26
5Romain SicardOrange Pro Cycling+ 44
6Benat IntxaustiIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ+ 50
7Jurgen Van den BroeckEuskaltel+ 1'31
8Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'56
9Gregory BrenesIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ+ 2'17
10Sergei KolesnikovFerrero - Samruk+ 2'18
16Matthias BrändleIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'25
42Tadej LogarIsostar - Adriatic+ 6'28

Thus he also scored us some minor points in the youth classification we missed with Potockis injuries. Also Laas and Svab notable there.

Youth Classification:

1George Alexandru StancuMOL-OMV Petrom6h30'29 (1)
2Tadej LogarIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'59 (2)
3Louis VervaekeHaute Route - Mavic+ 2'04 (3)
7Martin LaasIsostar - Adriatic+ 5'13 (7)
8Jernej SvabIsostar - Adriatic+ 5'24 (8)

Goal: Top 10, Top 20, Stage Top 5, Youth Classification Top 3 --> achieved

Points scored: 100 (Brajkovic 61, Brändle 24, Logar 13, Laas 1, Svab 1)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 5.5/10

Positive Surprise: Tadej Logar - What an awesome ride on stage 3 by the youngster, alone making up for Potockis issues. First prove of what he may be capable of for us in the future.

Negative Surprise: ITT - We are underperforming this year in TTs, but this was enormous. Neither was Brajkovic up to his GC plans, nor could Brändle sustain the high hopes. Bazhkou also not in the shape to achieve a surprise result. We didn't loose the race there, but we failed once more to score important points in the TT.
Edited by Croatia14 on 08-12-2017 09:42
I think Corsica is the first of your team that i report that the "manager's satisfaction" is over 5 :lol: I guess you'll want me to stay away from PCT races Pfft

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Corsica wasn't too bad actually. Shame about Potocki's misfortunes, else you would've scored even higher. E3 marred by a fall as well. But Polanc making the top 20 prediction despite that is a good sign.
@Aquarius: you're on a good way it seems , trend is going in the right direction Pfft

@Abhishek: No, it wasn't too bad - hence the over 5 grade Pfft Polanc and Quevedo our most unlucky riders this season, hopefully they can turn the falling issues around at some point...


April Preview

March was a good month for us, making us climb the rankings. We scored linear to our expectations, with a highlight in the first GC win of the team in Gabon however. Thus we find us in a high position in the overall ranking, where we definitely need to be to avoid deep relegation struggle lateron. With the shared most used race days the table don't look that amazing cleaned up and with the expected trouble in the further calendar in mind. Still it seems as if we are on the right track right now.

16pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/new.pngNewton Foundation9793825,763606
212pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic9545019,082671
31pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/fab.pngFablok - Bank BGZ9534620,722901
49pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gre.pngGrieg - Eftel9534023,833336
52pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/bgc.pngBerg Cycles9063823,843338
68pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ora.pngOrange Pro Cycling8354219,882783
716pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/t3a.pngPodium Ambition8205016,402296
814pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ssc.pngSPAR - Shimano - SCG7733224,163382
94pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/nvo.pngNetia - Vónin7664218,242554
1018pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ7544815,712199
1110pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam7344416,682335
127pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ged.pngGenerali - EDF7335014,662052
1321pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/frs.pngFerrero - Samruk7134814,852079
1415pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank6633618,422579
155pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine6063417,822495
163pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.pngMOL - OMV Petrom5973019,902786
1919pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ers.pngEritel - Sonatrach5483018,272558
2011pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/vad.pngValio - DeLaval5183614,392015
2117pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ubs.pngTeam UBS4533015,102114
2323pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/hrm.pngHaute Route - Mavic4053411,911667
2413pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/mei.pngMeiji - JR East3912813,961954
2526pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/tic.pngTeam Ticos Air Costa Rica3773211,781649

Individual Rankings:

1Edvald Boasson HagenNORpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gre.pngGrieg - Eftel550
2Michal KwiatkowskiPOLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/nvo.pngNetia - Vónin425
3Tejay Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/new.pngNewton Foundation425
4Chris FroomeGBRpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/fab.pngFablok - Bank BGZ411
5Marko KumpSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic367
6Maurice SchreursNEDpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ora.pngOrange Pro Cycling327
7Aleksandar Fl√ľgelGERpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine320
8√ďscar GueraoESPpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ssc.pngSPAR - Shimano - SCG265
9Diego UlissiITApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ged.pngGenerali - EDF256
10Romain SicardFRApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ora.pngOrange Pro Cycling219
32Matej MohoricSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic149
45Janez BrajkovicSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic123
98Matthias BrändleAUTpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic48
100Jan PolancSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic47
111Luis Miguel MansillaCHLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic39
121Jérome GiauxBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic36
124Roy JansBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic35
153Pavel PotockiCROpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic24
165Matej MugerliSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic19
166Ramunas NavardauskasLTUpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic19
168Xavier QuevedoVENpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic18
202Tadej LogarSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic13
219Jernej SvabSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic11
300Stanislau BazhkouBLRpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic5
392Martin LaasESTpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic1

April will be a month where several teams have the opportunity to bounce back on us. For Isostar it could become more difficult, as we don't have a great chance until Philly at the end of April. There we find our first goal race, where Kump needs to deliver big time.

KBC De Panne Tour

4.-7.4.C1flat/cobbles/ITTPolancTop 5www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-3.gif


Jan PolancLeaderMartin LaasDomestique
Roy JansFree RoleTadej LogarDomestique
Ramunas NavardauskasDomestiqueJernej SvabDomestique
Ahmed BelgasemDomestiqueDaniel JaramilloDomestique

We're all out for Jan Polanc on the 4 days in De Panne. He'll try to hand on on the steep cobbled ascents to at the end use his strength in short time trials to ensure a nice GC result.

Goal: Top 5, Top 30, Youth Classification

Tour of South Africa

15.-20.4.C1hilly/TTTMohoric/QuevedoTop 10www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-3.gif


Matej MohoricLeaderLuis MansilaSprinter
Xavier QuevedoLeaderMatej MugerliDomestique
Ramunas NavardauskasFree RiderTadej LogarDomestique
Roy JansFree RiderStanislau BazhkouDomestique

This is one of the most wide open races for us, similarly one of our most interesting line-ups all season. Everything could happen, as we have 2 sub-top leaders. Mohoric will be the man for the white jersey again, while Quevedo has the freedom to go for both GC and stages. With Jans and Navardauskas two awesome hilly sprinting stage hunters spice up the team, in one of the rare occasions where Kump is not with the team on that terrain. Also Mansilla will get his chance on the flat stage, and even Mugerli and Bazhkou could achieve some sort of result here.

Goal: Top 10, Top 15, 2* Top 30, Stage Win, Youth Classification

GP Liechtenstein

24.4.PTCmountainBrajkovicTop 25www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-1.gif


Janez BrajkovicLeaderAhmed BelgasemDomestique
Pavel PotockiFree RoleJaka BostnerDomestique
Jan PolancFree RoleJernej SvabDomestique
Matthias BrändleFree RoleDaniel JaramilloDomestique

Janez Brajkovic will lead a PT Classic, maybe for the last time in his career. He is our clear leader, being supported by our best climbing line-up. With Polanc, Brändle & Potocki we have 3 riders made for the morning break.

Goal: Top 25, Top 50, 2*Top 100, breakaway appearance

Philadelphia International Classic

30.4.HChilly sprintKumpTop 5www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-5.gif


Marko KumpLeaderMartin LaasDomestique
Luis MansilaLeadoutMatej MugerliDomestique
Ramunas NavardauskasLeadoutJernej SvabDomestique
Roy JansLeadoutAhmed BelgasemDomestique

In the first goal race of the season we have our big captain set up on his only April race: Marko Kump. We set him a great squad aside to control the race and prepare him for the final sprint. Road Captain Mugerli will organize the chase, while Jans and Navardauskas should prepare the final sprint set up. From there it will be Mansilla to lead out the fastes uphill sprinter of the division, hopefully to winning glory in our target race in a revenge for his cruel miss last year.

Season Goal: Top 5

Goal: Win, Top 25, 2* Top 50
Yeah, here I was hoping Kump wouldn't show up in Philly. This race is made for Van Asbroeck, but even more so for Kump. Then again, Van Asbroeck beat him on the queen stage in Gabon earlier, so it's not impossible.
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Yeah, here I was hoping Kump wouldn't show up in Philly. This race is made for Van Asbroeck, but even more so for Kump. Then again, Van Asbroeck beat him on the queen stage in Gabon earlier, so it's not impossible.

Well I have this race as a goal race, it would've been plain stupid to not send my captain there Pfft (hello Tour of Slovenia...) - I indeed fear van Asbroeck on this race, but if we get our leadout right this should be a very good chance to score big for us.

KBC De Panne Tour

4.-7.4.C1flat/cobbles/ITTPolancTop 5www.rockclimbing.com/images/global/icons/stars-5-3.gif


Jan PolancLeaderMartin LaasDomestique
Roy JansFree RoleTadej LogarDomestique
Ramunas NavardauskasDomestiqueJernej SvabDomestique
Ahmed BelgasemDomestiqueDaniel JaramilloDomestique

Stage 1: On the main stage, a cobbled one that had quite some hills on the way, things went extraordinarily weird. It should have been a big time stage for our leader Polanc, instead he got caught up in a split he shouldn't miss, and lost 2 minutes on the best, and 4 on the winning breakaway.


Especially when teammate Giaux managed to keep up for a nice position in 9th.


Stage 2: The minor cobbled stage, and the turnaround of stage 1. Jans managed to go into the break of 4.


He held on for quite some time, but at the end of the day he got dropped and taken in by the pack.


Even worse, his former breakaway companions went on for securing the victory. Even worse, Polanc did nothing to gain some time back. Even worse, Giaux got dropped from the group, throwing away what looked to be a Top 5 for no reason at all.

Stage 3: A flat stage, hence nothing for us. We could neither join the (again) winning break, nor do anything else that made sense, finishing anonymously.

Stage 4: The final epilogue. We celebrate Martin Laas for setting the first notable time.


We congratulate Polanc for another awful stage, finishing way down while he should have had a shot on the Top 10.


0 stage points, a thrown away GC Top 5 and not even the youth jersey. Normally we could hardly imagine a worse stage plan.

General Classification:

1Cedric LebrisGoldcorp - Nordstrom Rack12h47'12
2Lukasz WisniowskiGrieg - Eftel+ 1'29
3Sam HarrisonWorld Cycling Centre+ 1'39
4Mekseb DebesayEritel - Sonatrach+ 1'40
5Darren MatthewsPodium Ambition+ 1'43
6Marcos AlturNewton Foundation+ 1'50
7Geraint ThomasPodium Ambition+ 2'24
8Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 2'26
9Marcus BurghardtPodium Ambitions.t.
10Tesfom OkbamariamEritel - Sonatrach+ 2'30
11Jan PolancIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'52
19Jérome GiauxIsostar - Adriatic+ 8'43
28Roy JansIsostar - Adriatic+ 15'50

Youth classification:

1Sam HarrisonWorld Cycling Centre12h48'51
2Marcos AlturNewton Foundation+ 11
3Jan PolancIsostar - Adriatic+ 2'13

At least we got the double lanterne rouge with Jaramillo and Laas.

Goal: Top 5, Top 30, Youth Classification --> failed

Points scored: 32 (Polanc 24, Giaux 6, Jans 2)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 1.5/10

Positive Surprise: Jerome Giaux - Still here for stage 1. Great ride there, a shame that he couldn't hold on.

Negative Surprise: Roy Jans - Some decent effort. But you have to be able to contend with riders like Domene and Lebris if you get the chance of winning a stage from the breakaway.
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