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Dominik Nerz: The Next Level

Database: PCMDaily2011DB with a couple of new teams, the transfers and some stats from my 09 savegame.
Race difficulty: Extreme (Hard until Milano - San Remo)
Financial difficulty: Hard
Development of attributes: 0,5 with random potential

Hello dear fans and followers, and welcome again to my website.
My name is Dominik Nerz, and for those who might not know we that well, I'm going to introduce myself briefly:

About me

I was born Wangen, Germany, on 25 August 1989, which means that I'm 22 years old by now.

I started as a track rider and won the German juniors champions in the team pursuit in 2007. I then changed to road races and won some youth races like the Giro di Toscana.

My professional career began in 2008. Aged 18, I signed for the German continental team Team Ista. The team was split up after that season and I changed to the Milram Continental Team. In that season, 2009, I achieved the first bigger win of my career: I won the German U23-championship!

In 2010, I graduated to ProTour, as the Pro Team Milram signed me. Unfortunatly, I wasn't able to achieve a win in that season, and the team was dissolved at the end of the year, so again I had to look out for a new team.

To my own surprise, the Italian team Liquigas - Cannondale offered me a three-year contract. I thought about it a lot, but finally, I accepted the challenge and I'm now proud to be the only German member of this fantastic team.

My first season with Liquigas went quite well. The team was the most successful team of the year and me myself contributed to that with the two most important results of my professional career so far: In March, I won the mountain classification of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and in June, I came in 8th in the Tour de Slovenie and also won the young riders classification there. After that, I successfully finished my first Grand Tour ever, the Tour de France, supporting Ivan Basso on his way to the podium.

I improved quite a lot during the season and now hope for even better results in the upcoming year!

I may well tell a little about what kind of rider I am: My metier are the stage races. Allthough I will never be an extraordinary time trialist, I think I have the potential to become one of the worlds best climbers and be able to compete in the Grand-Tours. But that is still a long way off.


Start of 2012


Current Stats


Development of Attributes

Season Reviews of 2011


After the success of last year, I will of course continue this website as an insight in my life as a professional cyclist. The layout changed a little bit, but the content remains the same:

In the Palmarès, you'll again be able to see the results of all my races.

The Liquigas News category merged with the general news in Cycling News.

Just as last year, this site also offers you a live ticker for every race I participate in as well as all the five monument races, and I will comment on them in the Race Reports section. Also, you can find a brief review of every other race of my team Liquigas in here.

On one of the first few days of every month, I'll give you a Monthly Review of the previous month.

But the heart of this site is my personal cycling blog, where you can follow my steps in professional cycling!

I hope that those, who followed me last year will continue to do so in 2012 and that I could arouse the interest of some new people as well.

Edited by cunego59 on 07-02-2012 11:07
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i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/my.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_yellowsvg.png Tour de Langkawi


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/my.gif Tour de Langkawi Stage 4


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Vuelta a Espana

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/my.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_polkadotsvg.png King of the Mountains - Tour de Langkawi

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/my.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Tour de Langkawi

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Tour de Slovenie

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_polkadotsvg.png King of the Mountains - Ă–sterreich-Rundfahrt

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Ă–sterreich-Rundfahrt

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_polkadotsvg.png King of the Mountains - Brixia Tour

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Brixia Tour

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Tour de l'Ain

ProTour Ranking: 89. (44 Points)

CQ Ranking: 36. (831 Points)

Complete results


GT Vuelta a Espana: 9. ( 22. , 12. , 17. , 47. , 28. , 27. , 24. , 24. , 33. , 18. , 13. , 28. , 26. , 21. , 10. , 43. , 16. , 14. , 23. , 11. )

2.WT Tour de Pologne: 14. ( 27. , 26. , 35. , 94. , 23. , 9. , 33. )

2.HC Le Tour de Langkawi: 1. ( 37. , 14. , 23. , 1. , 5. , 26. , 11. , 27. , 25. , 8. )

2.HC Internationale Ă–sterreich-Rundfahrt: 2. ( 8. , 2. , 6. , 3. , 2. , 68. , 10. , 35. )

2.1 Volta ao Algarve: 31. ( 19. , 29. , 38. , 52. , 17. )

2.1 Giro di Sardegna: 10. ( 14. , 8. , 21. , 43. , 18. )

2.1 Tour de Slovenie: 29. ( 32. , 62. , 33. , 75. )

2.1 Brixia Tour: 5. ( 127. , 6. , 27. , 5. , 56. )

2.1 Tour de l'Ain: 5. ( 5. , 49. , 11. , 9. , 4. )



i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/catalonia.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_redsvg.png King of the Mountains - Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/christian_gr/flagg/20px-Jersey_white2svg.png Best Young Rider - Tour de Slovenie

ProTour Ranking: -

CQ Ranking: 457. (95 Points)

Complete results


NC National Championships ITT: 19.

NC National Championships: 34.

GT Tour de France: 73. ( 64. , 101. , 80. , 34. , 80. , 64. , 162. , 87. , 45. , 83. , 84. , 23. , 41. , 7. , 63. , 103. , 76. , 52. , 149. , 92. , 80. )

2.PT Paris - Nice: 127. (102. , 183. , 148. , 145. , 55. , 80. , 113. , 113.)

2.PT Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: 99. (98. , 129. , 56. , 87. , 147. , 167. , 90.)
Winner of the King of the Mountains classification

2.PT Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: 156. ( 130. , 141. , 106. , 178. , 151. , 114.)

2.PT Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré: 85. ( 134. , 141. , 148. , 96. , 83. , 82. , 82. , 107. )

2.1 Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia: 39. (34. , 109. , 89. , 32. , 38.)

2.1 Tour de Slovenie: 8. ( 11. , 26. , 10. , 20. )
Winner of the Young Riders Classification

1.1 Beverbeek Classic: 23.

1.1 Clasica de AlmerĂ­a: 23.

1.1 Memorial Marco Pantani: 110.

Edited by cunego59 on 30-04-2012 14:38

Team Presentation

Major Results in 2011

1stGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
2ndVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
3rdTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
Total Wins:59
Pro Tour:1st
CQ Ranking:1st


2 Stage WinsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
5 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
2 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Mauro Finetto
1 Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Team Time Trial
3 Stage WinsVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
1stTirenno – Adriaticoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
1stGrand Prix de Québeci1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Peter Sagan
1stGrand Prix de Montréali1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Peter Sagan
2ndTour Down Underi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Mauro Finetto
5thTour de Romandiei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
5thDauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
5thTour de Polognei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Simone Ponzi
2ndGrand Prix de Québeci1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Simone Ponzi
2ndGrand Prix de Montréali1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Simone Ponzi
3rdGiro di Lombardiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Peter Sagan


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunegoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Basso
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/cz.gif Roman Kreuzigeri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Francesco Bellotti
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Janez Brajkovici1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Kristjan Koren
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Marcatoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Mauro Da Dalto
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Thomas Petersoni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Edward King
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Matthew Buschei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Cristiano Salerno
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Carlo Favini


Climbers and Stage Racers


Although Ivan Basso left us, our stage racing fraction is still very strong. Vincenzo Nibali who will try to defend his Giro title, is supported by Roman Kreuziger and Janez Brajkovic, who both still have room for improvement. Kreuziger will target the Tour de France while Brajko will probably lead us during the Vuelta.



With the imense development of Peter Sagan and the new signings of Damiano Cunego and Marco Marcato, we're very well-placed for both the Ardennes and the late season classics. Especially the Giro di Lombardia is targeted by our sponsors.



We also have a couple of very nice sprinters. Both Ponzi and Finetto have also strong hilly qualities. Although the densitiy of good riders is pretty high, we lack of a real world class sprinter. But some of the guys have lots of room for improvement, so I don't worry about that.

Mountain Helpers


Those four guys will support our leaders in the mountains. Especially Dominik Nerz and Eros Capecchi are pretty talented and will get their chances to ride on their own and collect more experiences.

Hilly Helpers and Free Elements


Our hilly helpers. Paolo Longo Borghini and Daniel Oss are also our leaders for the cobblestone races, while Tiziano Dall'Antonia is a puncheur with a very good sprint, who might do well in breakaways.

Young Riders


These riders shall basically gain more and more experiences to make use of their more or less big talents. We expect some good results in the future especially from Damiano Caruso and Carlo Favini. The latter already showed some nice performances in the U23 races last year.



Here are our pure domestiques. Maciej Bodnar and Cameron Wurf will mostly be of use in team time trials. None of them has much potential left to become a victory contenders in any race. Still, they might get some chances in breakaways.

Full Squad


Team Goals


Our sponsor goals are challenging, but all of them are doable. While all Grand-Tours goals don't seem to be that difficult, the hardest ones will be the Top 3 at Milano – San Remo and the Ardennes placements. Also, winning the Giro di Lombardia should be tough.
Edited by cunego59 on 13-09-2011 14:35

Team Previews: World Tour Teams


Major Results in 2011

1stVattenfall Cyclassicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Alessandro Ballan
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Karsten Kroon
5thMilano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Alessandro Ballan
Total Wins:14
Pro Tour:15th
CQ Ranking:22th

5thGent - Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Alessandro Ballan

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: The season was rather disappointing for BMC. Cadel Evans failed and didn't achieve a single good results, only Alessandro Ballan did quite well in a couple of classics. All in all, there's a lot of room for improvement in 2012.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pt.gif Manuel Cardosoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Greg Van Avermaet
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Fred Rodriguezi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Johan Tschopp
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Enrico Franzoii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Karsten Kroon
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Marcus Gerberi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Amael Moinard
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Massimo Giuntii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Chad Beyer
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif David Looslii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Brent Bookwalter
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Gerardo Pallai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Simon Zahner
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Moreno Albrecht
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Florian Stalder

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: With Manuel Cardoso, BMC was able to sign a rider with one of the most impressive developments of last year. BMC now has a world class sprinter. They didn't lose one of their top stars, but with Van Avermaet, Tschopp and Kroon, they lost quite a lot of strength in aspects of depth.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Cadel Evans decreased quite a bit, but Manuel Cardoso should be able to bring in some results. Apart from them, the team is mostly designed for the classics, where they should be able to perform well, although they don't have contenders for the very big races. But as last year, their remaining in the World Tour can't be taken for granted.


Major Results in 2011

1stVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Samuel Sanchez
1stVuelta al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Samuel Sanchez
2ndTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Samuel Sanchez
Total Wins:19
Pro Tour:5th
CQ Ranking:12th

3 Stage WinsVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Samuel Sanchez
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Koldo Fernandez
5thParis – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Amets Txurruka
5thLiège – Bastogne - Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Samuel Sanchez
4thTour de Romandiei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Romain Sicard
4thDauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Igor Anton
3rdClasica San Sebastiani1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Igor Anton
5thGrand Prix de Québeci1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Gorka Verdugo

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Euskaltel had an amazing season, mostly because of Sammy Sanchez. He rode fanstastically, supported by a great team. Igor Anton was mainly his domestique and thus didn't get that many good results.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Mikel Astarlozai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Igor Anton
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Miguel Barriosi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jorge Azanza
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Omar Frailei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jonathan Castroviejo
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Rodrigo Garciai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Miguel Minguez
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Unai Iparragirre
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Eloy Teruel

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Igor Anton can't be replaced equally and the loss of Jonathan Castroviejo hurts as well. With Mikel Astarloza, they have at least one bigger signing, beyond that, they'll have to rely on the development of their Basque talents.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Sammy Sanchez is still the undisputed leader of this team and the team is completely designed around him. Mikel Nieve had a strong development and will be a strong supporter. Koldo Fernandez should be able to bring in some good results in the sprints. In general, Euskaltel has an average team in comparison to the other ones.


Major Results in 2011

1stParis – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sandy Casar
1stTour de Romandiei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sandy Casar
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sandy Casar
Total Wins:34
Pro Tour:-
CQ Ranking:10th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: As the season ended with the promotion to World Tour, it can just be considered as a big success. Sandy Casar did some very good things in ProTour.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Nico Eeckhouti1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif William Bonnet
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Wim Van Huffeli1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Nacer Bouhanni
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Jonas Vangenechteni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Anthony Geslin
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Bart Vanheulei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Wesley Sulzberger
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Arthur Vichot

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: None of the new signings are able to really shine in World Tour, although Eeckhout and Van Huffel will strengthen the team in terms of depth. But especially Anthony Geslin will be missed.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Sandy Casar will have to repeat his amazing season and his team mates have to increase a lot if FDJ wants to have a chance to stay in World Tour. Anyway, they are one of the top candidates to be relegated again.


Major Results in 2011


New Team



New Team




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Taking into account that the managers of GreenEdge focussed on Australian riders, they couldn't have done much better. Also, they strengthend the team with a couple of central europeans, which should be a good base for their first World Tour year.


Major Results in 2011

1stGiro di Lombardiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Alexandr Kolobnev
1stGent – Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Filippo Pozzato
2ndLiège – Bastogne – Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Joquim Rodriguez
Total Wins:20
Pro Tour:2nd
CQ Ranking:4th

2ndGent – Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Leif Hoste
3rdParis – Roubaixi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Filippo Pozzato
2ndVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Joaquim Rodriguez
4thRonde Van Vlaandereni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Filippo Pozzato
2ndFlèche Wallonnei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Joaquim Rodriguez
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Luca Paolini
7thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Joaquim Rodriguez
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Yury Trofimov
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Serguei Ivanov
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Filippo Pozzato
2ndEneco Touri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Vladimir Karpets
4thWorld Championshipsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Serguei Ivanov
2ndGiro di Lombardiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Joaquim Rodriguez

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Katusha had an absolutely great season. They tapped their full potential on nearly every race, especially Joaquim Rodriguez and Filippo Pozzato performed very, very well. The Russian team was a prevalence on the one day classics.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Ivan Bassoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Leif Hoste
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Leonardo Bertagnollii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Petr Ignatenko
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Stefano Garzellii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Vladimir Karpets
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Luca Mazzantii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Alexandr Kolobnev
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Franco Pellizottii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Losada
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Davide Rebellini1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/md.gif Alexandre Pliuschin
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giuseppe Sartorii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Egor Silin
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Claudio Veronesei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Yury Trofimov

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Alexandr Kolobnev is the heaviest leaving for Katusha, but he's replaced more than well: The team strengthend it's Italian influence with eight new Italians. Basso, Bertagnolli and Pellizotti will surely bring in lots of points for the different rankings.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Katusha is very well-placed in almost every metier: With Ivan Basso, they signed a top stage racer, their puncheur fraction is beyond question the strongest of all teams and Filippo Pozzato proved that he is one of the best cobblers. The only thing they lack of is a real world class sprinter, but Denis Galimzyanov is very promising. All in all, we can expect Katusha to be one of the most defining teams for the new season.


Major Results in 2011

1stAmstel Gold Racei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
2ndGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
5thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Michele Scarponi
Total Wins:16
Pro Tour:8th
CQ Ranking:13th

4thParis – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
4thLa Flèche Wallonnei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Simon Spilak
2 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
10thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Simon Spilak
Young RidersGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/sk.gif Simon Spilak
3rdDauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Michele Scarponi
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Grega Bole
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Leonardo Bertagnolli
3rdWorld Championshipsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Lampre had a pretty good season. Cunego performed well on his limits as well as Scarponi did. Five stage wins in Grand Tours are a really good balance.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Daniele Bennatii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Leonardo Bertagnolli
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Mattia Cattaneoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Matteo Bono
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Paolo Cellai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Danilo Di Lucai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ua.gif Alexander Kvachuck
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Xavier Florencioi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif David Loosli
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Dino Frattinii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Marzano
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Jure Golceri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Alessandro Spezialetti
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giovanni Marangonii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/hu.gif Balint Szeghalmi
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Matej Mugerli
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Tadej Valjavec

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: The team had not what you would call a strengthening during this transfer season. With Bertagnolli and Damiano Cunego, the team's two best puncheurs left the team. Danilo Di Luca and Tadej Valjavec are for sure no adequate replacements. Only Daniele Bennati is a real boost for the team.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: The Italians don't really have the strongest team, still they have some winning aspirants, especially of course Michele Scarponi, and should make their appearances in World Tour.


Major Results in 2011

1stWorld Championships ITTi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
2ndParis – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Brice Feillu
2 Stage WinsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
Total Wins:33
Pro Tour:3rd
CQ Ranking:3rd

3rdMilano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
3rdVolta Ciclista a Catalunyai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
3rdGent – Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
4thRonde van Vlaandereni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
4thVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
5thParis – Roubaixi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Fabian Cancellara
4thAmstel Gold Racei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
5thLa Flèche Wallonnei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
4thLiège – Bastogne – Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Fabian Wegmann
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Andy Schleck
9thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Andy Schleck
2ndClasica San Sebastiani1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Andy Schleck
4thClasica San Sebastiani1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Fränk Schleck
4thGrand Prix de Québeci1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/dk.gif Jakob Fuglsang
2ndWorld Championships ITTi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Jens Voigt

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: The supposed new hyper-team of last year failed quite impressively. Although they were pretty close to the top in many races, they never – leaving out the GT stage wins and Cancellara's WC – really won anything important. They constantly were the runner-ups, and in the Grand Tours, they weren't even that. 9th for Andy in the Tour was the best.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Igor Antoni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Daniele Bennati
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Matthias Brändlei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif William Clarke
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sylvain Chavaneli1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Stefan Denifl
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Harald Morscheri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Linus Gerdemann
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Christian Späthi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Stuart O'Grady
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Harald Starzengruberi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Oliver Zaugg
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Jochen Summer

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: After the disappointing last season, Leopard really did spread the money. With Igor Anton, they now have three great climbers. And Fabian Cancellara should now have better chances to ameliorate his cobblestone results with Sylvain Chavanel as a support. Daniele Bennati and Linus Gerdemann will be missed though.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: With the top transfers, Leopard even more provides the top team of the World Tour. For both the Grand Tours and the classics, they have top victory contenders – just as they had last year. Now, they just have to deliver.


Major Results in 2011

3rdGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marzio Bruseghin
2 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marzio Bruseghin
4thVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif David Arroyo
Total Wins:14
Pro Tour:13th
CQ Ranking:18th

5thVattenfall Cyclassicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jose Joaquin Rojas
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jose Joaquin Rojas

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Movistar had a mediocre season. Marzio Bruseghin and David Arroyo did some good results in the Giro and the Vuelta, also Rojas was okay, but apart from them, there wasn't much. Eventually, it was enough to remain in World Tour.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jose Aragonesi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pt.gif Rui Costa
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jose Beldai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jesus Herrada
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Contadori1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Angel Madrazo
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Jerome Coppeli1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Francisco Perez
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Matias Crespoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/by.gif Branislau Samoilau
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Julien El Faresi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Francisco Jose Ventoso
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Jesus Hernandez
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Ezequiel Mosquera
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Daniel Navarro
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Benjamin Noval

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: What a couple of imense transfer coups for Movistar: Most important is of course Alberto Contador, who came over with his domestiques after the Saxo Bank dispute. But also Ezequiel Mosquera, eigth of the Vuelta, and Jerome Coppel, the talented young french, will definetly boost the squad. Plus, the only important loss is Francisco Ventoso.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Contador has a strong mountain squad to support him, and should definetly bring in some wins. Rojas developed into a world class sprinter, but it's the only real sprinter they have. Traditionally, they don't have any cobblestone rider either.


Major Results in 2011

1stLiège – Bastogne – Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert
1stLa Flèche Wallonnei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert
2ndAmstel Gold Racei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert
Total Wins:8
Pro Tour:14th
CQ Ranking:26th

4thMilano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert
10thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Jurgen Van den Broeck
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Philippe Gilbert

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Last season was pretty much a one man show of Philippe Gilbert, who did really well in the Ardennes and with two Grand Tour stage wins. Van den Broeck's Tour performance was okay, but still has room for more.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Gerben de Knegti1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif David Boucher
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Steven Kruijswijki1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Matthew Lloyd
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Nick Nuyensi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Oscar Pujol
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Victor Ortizi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Marcel Sieberg
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Wim Stroetingai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Sven Van Dousselare
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Job Vissersi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fi.gif Jussi Veikkanen

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Steven Kruijswijk and Nick Nuyens are really some strong improvements for the squad, while Jussi Veikkanen and Matthew Lloyd will be missed. In general, a rather good transfer period for Omega Pharma.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Omega Pharma – Lotto has a strong squad for every terrain. Philippe Gilbert will definetely bring again big results. Van den Broeck should improve his results a bit, while Andre Greipel also has room for more – I think we can expect quite a bit from them.

Edited by cunego59 on 15-09-2011 08:20

Major Results in 2011

3rdAmstel Gold Racei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Alexandre Vinokourov
3rdLa Flèche Wallonnei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Alexandre Vinokourov
1stWorld Championshipsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Allan Davis
Total Wins:13
Pro Tour:10th
CQ Ranking:15th

8thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Paolo Tiralongo
4thTour de Suissei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Roman Kreuziger
7thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Alexandre Vinokourov
2ndGP Ouest Plouayi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/hr.gif Robert Kiserlovski
1stEneco Touri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lt.gif Tomas Vaitkus
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Allan Davis
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/se.gif Frederik Kessiakoff
4thGiro di Lombardiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Alexandre Vinokourov

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Astana had a pretty good season. Alexandre Vinokourov did very, very well in the one day classics and the Tour and the rest of the team also brought in results very close to their limits – except for Roman Kreuziger.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Pavel Andreevi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Simon Clarke
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Arsen Bakaevi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Allan Davis
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Francisco Jose Ventosoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Josep Jufre
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Haimar Zubeldiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/cz.gif Roman Kreuziger
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Gorazd Strangelj
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lt.gif Tomas Vaitkus
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/kz.gif Andrey Zeits

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Well, not much to say. With Allan Davis and Roman Kreuziger, two of the team's three best riders left and Haimar Zubeldia and Francisco Ventoso will have to do a lot to fill that gap.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Apart from Alexandre Vinokourov, the team totally lacks of top riders. The rather-good-but-not-world-class riders like Kiserlovski, Gasparotto or Ventoso really need to exceed their limits to keep them in World Tour.


Major Results in 2011

1stParis – Roubaixi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Tom Boonen
2 Stage WinsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Tom Boonen
Stage WinTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Gert Steegmans
Total Wins:27
Pro Tour:11th
CQ Ranking:8th

3rdTour Down Underi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Tom Boonen
5thRonde Van Vlaandereni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Tom Boonen
4thVattenfall Cyclassicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Gert Steegmans
3rdEneco Touri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Niki Terpstra
2ndWorld Championshipsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Tom Boonen

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: QuickStep had a decent season. Tom Boonen proved to be Mr. Roubaix, nearly repeated his success at the World Champs and had a strong performance during the Tour de France. Also, Gert Steegmans won the prestigous stage on the Champs Elysées.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Thomas de Gendti1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Bandiera
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Bruno Ferroi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sylvain Chavanel
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Gorik Gardeyni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Gerald Ciolek
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Roger Hammondi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Marc de Maar
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giuseppe Palumboi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Nikolas Maes
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif SĂ©bastien Rosseleri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Andreas Stauff
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Bernardo Zanchi

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: The leaving of both Sylvain Chavanel and Gerald Ciolek are pretty bad for QuickStep and they aren't replaced equally, although Rosseler, Hammond and de Gendt might be good enhancements.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: QuickStep has an average team. Tom Boonen will probably again be strong and with Gert Steegmans and Francesco Chicchi, two strong sprinters are good for some results as well. De Weert, Seeldraeyers and Cataldo might have some outside shots at Top 10s in the Grand Tours.


Major Results in 2011

2ndVolta Ciclista a Catalunyai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Luis Leon Sanchez
4thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Robert Gesink
3rdTour de Suissei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Luis Leon Sanchez
Total Wins:23
Pro Tour:6th
CQ Ranking:5th

5thTirreno – Adriaticoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Luis Leon Sanchez
3rdVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Carlos Barredo
5thVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Luis Leon Sanchez
3rdTour de Romandiei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Juan Manuel Garate
Young RidersTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Robert Gesink
5thEneco Touri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Lars Boom
5thGP Ouest Plouayi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Luis Leon Sanchez
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Oscar Freire

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: As you can see, Rabobank didn't really win anything bigger than one stage of the Vuelta, still I consider the previous season a success for them. Lots of Top 5 places are good for a team that has no real world class rider – apart from Robert Gesink, who developed into one during last season.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Thomas Dekkeri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Lars Boom
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Donny Jaspersi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Graeme Brown
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ua.gif Mikhaylo Khalilovi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Stef Clement
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Alexandr Kolobnevi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Steven Kruijswijk
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Gerben Löwiki1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Sebastian Langeveld
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Gerrit-Jan Soepenbergi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Maarten Tjallingii
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Luca Vanderjagti1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Denis Van Winden
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Coen Vermeltfoort
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Pieter Weening

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Alexandr Kolobnev, winner of Giro di Lombardia, is surely a strong improvement for the squad, as well as Thomas Dekker. But the loss in both terms of strength and depth due to the leaving of Boom, Brown, Kruijswijk and Langeveld is just very heavy and prevails the positive signings.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: In terms of depth, Rabobank provides one of the strongest teams in World Tour. With Alexandr Kolobnev, they got a real victory contender for the hilly classics and Robert Gesink should be able to show really good performances in the Grand Tours.


Major Results in 2011

1stTour du Limousini1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Mattieu Sprich
1stGP d'Isberguesi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Tom Veelers
1stGP Stad Zottegemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Kenny Van Hummel
Total Wins:43
Pro Tour:-
CQ Ranking:11th


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Skil had a wonderful season with the second most wins of all teams and the promotion to World Tour. It's just that they never shined in Pro Tour. Still, a top season.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Stijn Devolderi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Robin Chaigneau
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Michel Krederi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Mitchell Docker
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Karsten Krooni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Johannes Fröhlinger
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Staf Scheirlinckxi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Thierry Hupond
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Jos Van Emdeni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Albert Timmer
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Coen Vermeltfoort
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Oliver Zaugg
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Carsten Van Boven

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: In contrary to FDJ, Skil reacted to their promotion and really signed some riders who might score some World Tour points, above all De Ronde winner Stijn Devolder. Also, they were able to keep all their stars and got some promising young talents like Coen Vermeltfoort.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Looking at the squad, the only goal is pretty obvious: It's to stay in World Tour. Though the team has the potential to achieve that, they need to show that they can do more than winning sprints in continental races. As a newcomer, they're one of the top contenders for relegation.


Major Results in 2011

PointsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Edvald Boasson Hagen
2 Stage WinsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Edvald Boasson Hagen
3rdLiège – Bastogne – Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Simon Gerrans
Total Wins:31
Pro Tour:9th
CQ Ranking:9th

5thTour de Suissei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Michael Rogers
8thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Michael Rogers
5thClasica San Sebastiani1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Michael Rogers
2ndTour de Polognei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Russel Downing
2ndVattenfall Cyclassicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Edvald Boasson Hagen
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Team Time Trial
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Edvald Boasson Hagen

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: An ambivalent season for Sky. While Bradley Wiggins failed, Michael Rogers surprised in the Tour de France and Suisse. And while Juan Antonio Flecha couldn't live up to the expectation on the cobbles, Edvald Boasson Hagen played a trick on all the established sprinters by winning the green jersey at the Tour. So lots of highs and lows for them.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Gene Michael Batesi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Kurt-Asle Arvesen
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Leo Davisi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fi.gif Kjell Carlström
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Alistair Duncani1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Russel Downing
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussleri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Simon Gerrans
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Aaron Kempsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Matthew Hayman
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Nicolas Sandersoni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Peter Kennaugh
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Nathan Taylori1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Lars Petter Nordhaug
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Nicholas Walkeri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Morris Possoni
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Ian Stannard
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Xabier Zandio

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Few spectacular transfers. Heinrich Haussler is a strong improvement while Simon Gerrans will be missed.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: All in all, Sky provides a very strong squad, but except for Heinrich Haussler, they lack of riders who are capable to take a really big win. But as Michael Rogers and Edvald Boasson Hagen did last year, we sure might expect some surprises from Sky this year as well.


Major Results in 2011

1stMilano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Thor Hushovd
2ndRonde Van Vlaandereni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
2ndParis – Roubaixi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
Total Wins:35
Pro Tour:4th
CQ Ranking:2nd

2ndTirreno – Adriaticoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
2ndMilano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
4thGent – Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
3rdParis – Roubaixi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Thor Hushovd
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif David Millar
Stage WinGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif David Zabriskie
6thTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Christian Vande Velde
4thGP Ouest Plouayi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Christophe Le MĂ©vel
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Tyler Farrar
Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Christian Vande Velde
7thVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Christian Vande Velde
5thWorld Championships ITTi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Christian Vande Velde

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Garmin had a pretty impressive spring classics season with the 1-2 in Milano – San Remo being the early highlight and a couple of second-to-fourth places afterwards. Also, the team convinced with four Grand Tour stage wins and two Grand Tour Top 10s.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Hilton Clarkei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Jack Bobridge
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Clint Harveyi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Julian Dean
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Maurice Mathisi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Roger Hammond
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Kirk O'Beei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Heinrich Haussler
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Renaud Sorini1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Michel Kreder
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Christophe Le MĂ©vel
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Thomas Peterson

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Two mediocre, experienced rider plus three young talents versus seven rather strong, or, in the case of Heinrich Haussler, extremely strong riders – no good transfer period for Garmin.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Thor Hushovd and Tyler Farrar are still two world class riders and behind them, they have loads of riders of the second row who are always in for a surprise. Still, the team lost a bit of it's strength from last year.


Major Results in 2011

1stTour Down Underi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Mark Cavendish
2ndDauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Pinotti
2 Stage WinsTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Mark Cavendish
Total Wins:30
Pro Tour:16th
CQ Ranking:17th

4thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Pinotti
5thWorld Championshipsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/gb.gif Mark Cavendish

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Still being HTC-Highroad, the team had an awful season. Except for Pinotti's good place in a weak Giro, the team failed in all of their goals. Only two stage wins at the Tour and no chance for the green jersey, Tony Martin did nothing good at all, neither did Matthew Goss. A season to forget, and not that much of a surprise that HTC folded as the main sponsor.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Jesus Bakeri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ch.gif Michael Albasini
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Gerald Cioleki1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/dk.gif Lars Ytting Bak
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Linus Gerdemanni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ci.gif Matthew Brammeier
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Karsten Hessi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Jan Ghyselink
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Matthias Kessleri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Matthew Goss
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/lu.gif Kim Kircheni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Leigh Howard
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Andreas Klödeni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Craig Lewis
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Michael Kurthi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Pinotti
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Tino Meieri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/dk.gif Alex Rasmussen
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif René Obst
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Stefan Schumacher
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Joachim Tolles
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif René Weissinger

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: After the sponsor change, a lot happened in the squad plannings. Of course, T-Mobile wanted a stronger German influence and therefore signed a lot of German riders – some of them really helping the team (Gerdemann, Klöden, Ciolek), some rather not. Also, Kim Kirchen gives a surprising comeback and Jesus himself wants to help. Still, Michael Albasini, Matthew Goss and Marco Pinotti are hard losses.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: The squad should defenitely be able to performed a lot better than last year, especially as they aren't concentrated that much on sprints any longer. Still, it would be too much to call them one of the strongest teams.


Major Results in 2011

1stDauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Levi Leipheimer
3rdVattenfall Cyclassicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pt.gif Manuel Cardoso
6thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Haimar Zubeldia
Total Wins:24
Pro Tour:12th
CQ Ranking:7th

4thVolta Ciclista a Catalunyai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Haimar Zubeldia
6thVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Janez Brajkovic
3rdWorld Championships ITTi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Janez Brajkovic

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Bad, bad season for former RadioShack. One big win is defenitely too few for a team with that ambitions. No wonder here either why the main sponsor pulled back.


i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Juan Angel Gomez Marchantei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Lance Armstrong
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Spencer Pattersoni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/jp.gif Fumiyuki Beppu
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Carlos Sastrei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nz.gif Sam Bewley
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Oscar Sevillai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Janez Brajkovic
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Brandon Stantoni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Matthew Busche
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alejandro Valverdei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pt.gif Manuel Cardoso
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/us.gif Ben King
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Andreas Klöden
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Sebastien Rosseler
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Haimar Zubeldia

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Brajkovic, Cardoso, Klöden, Zubeldia... Many of the team's best riders left after this bad season. The only reason why the transfer season wasn't a complete desaster is the huge signing of Alejandro Valverde (and, partly, Vuelta third Carlos Sastre, who isn't getting any younger).




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Valverde is Unicef's big hope for many World Tour points. Apart from him and the two old Americans Horner and Leipheimer, we can't expect much from the team. Only if Carlos Sastre could repeat his extraordinary season, or if Tiago Machado finally makes his breakthrough, the remain in World Tour should be relatively sure – otherwise, it will be a tough fight.

Edited by cunego59 on 15-09-2011 08:20

Team Previews: Top Continental Teams


Major Results in 2011

5thGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Stefano Garzelli
MountainsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Stefano Garzelli
2 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Danilo Napolitano
Total Wins:8
Continental Tour:19th
CQ Ranking:30th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: As usual, Acqua & Sapone put their focus completely on the Giro – and they did pretty well there. Stefano Garzelli did very well on his old days, as well as Danilo Napolitano. The rest of the season wasn't that fruitful.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Maurizio Biondoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Claudio Corioni
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Gabriele Bosisioi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Stefano Garzelli
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Pietro Caucchioli
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Pinotti

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: True, Stefano Garzelli, the team's leader, left. But with Marco Pinotti, he's at least equally replaced. And the other three major signings are strong improvements for the Italian squad. A very good transfer season for Acqua & Sapone.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: With the new signings, Acqua&Sapone has a relatively strong squad, but as they'll probably again focus on the Italian races, their chances for promotion are rather low.

Probability of Promotion: 10 %


Major Results in 2011

Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ci.gif Nicholas Roche
Stage WinVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vascoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif John Gadret
1stClasica de Almeriai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Lloyd Mondory
Total Wins:6
Pro Tour:18th
CQ Ranking:23rd

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Not much to say. Project Pro Tour failed completely, they always were on the bottom of that ranking. Also, 6 wins are very few. Only Roche's Vuelta performance gave a little hope for more.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif SĂ©bastien Chavaneli1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Hubert Dupond
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif John Gadret
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Kristof Goddaert

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: After relegation, Ag2r lost a couple of their best riders. They especially lost a lot of their climbing strength. With SĂ©bastien Chavanel, only one strong rider joined them.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Ag2r provides one of the strongest continental squads with Peraud and Roche being able to shine in stage races of all kinds. They should have some good results in 2012 and might get a shot at promotion.

Probability of Promotion: 20 %


Major Results in 2011

2 Stage WinsGiro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/co.gif Leonardo Duque
1stTour de Belgiquei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Nicolas Vogondy
1stVuelta a Andaluciai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/co.gif Leonardo Duque
Total Wins:34
Continental Tour:6th
CQ Ranking:16th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Leonardo Duque was the superior rider of Cofidis' season. His results were really great, but apart from him, there wasn't much. Still, it was enough for one of the upper positions in the rankings.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Jurgen Roelandtsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Julien El Fares
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Jan Kuyckx
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Nicolas Maes

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Cofidis didn't lose any of their stronger riders, and Jurgen Roelandts should be a real strengthening for the French.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Cofidis has good riders for every terrain and, just as last year, will have a say in the fight for promotion.

Probability of Promotion: 20 %


Major Results in 2011

1stChampionat de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Thomas Voeckler
1stGrand Prix de la Marseillaisei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Pierre Rolland
10thLiège – Bastogne – Liègei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Christophe Kern
Total Wins:6
Continental Tour:13th
CQ Ranking:32nd

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: Europcar didn't have a good season. Some good results in smaller French races were mostly the only good results – a national championship being the top highlight speaks a bit for itself.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Yoann Le Boulangeri1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/jp.gif Yukiya Arashiro
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Christophe Le Meveli1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif SĂ©bastien Chavanel
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Yury Trofimov

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Le Mevel and Tour stage winner Trofimov are very strong improvements for the squad. The team obviously focusses more on climbers as they lose two of their best sprinters.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: The squad developed good over the last year and with the new signings, it's one of the most promising teams for next year.

Probability of Promotion: 20 %


Major Results in 2011

1stTour de Polognei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Elia Favilli
3rdGrand Prix de Montréali1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Elia Favilli
3rdGrand Prix de Québeci1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giovanni Visconti
Total Wins:29
Continental Tour:3rd
CQ Ranking:14th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Lots of good appearances and results in both Pro- and Continental Tour make a very good season for Farnese Vini. Being the third best continental team, Farnese Vini almost promoted to World Tour – a chance they probably won't get again soon.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pl.gif Dariusz Rudnickii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Luca Mazzanti
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif Patrik Sinkewitz

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Bad transfers. A couple of rather weak Polish riders in, two rather strong riders out.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Visconti is the undisputed leader and the only top class rider of the team. Few further victory aspirants will make it hard for the team to fight again for promotion.

Probability of Promotion: 10 %


Major Results in 2011

Stage WinVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Carlos Sastre
2ndTour de Suissei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ru.gif Denis Menchov
3rdVuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Carlos Sastre
Total Wins:11
Continental Tour:24th
CQ Ranking:20th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Geox concentrated mostly on the Pro Tour events – thus being the only team having a higher CQ rank than continental rank – and did quite well there. Still, they didn't get promoted, which is why the season can't be considered as a success.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Matthias Brändle
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Xavier Florencio
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Carlos Sastre

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Very strange: Geox didn't sign a single new rider! And that although they lost a couple of decently good riders, above all Carlos Sastre. We'll see how that'll work out.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Geox certainly has one of the two best continental team – along with Vacansoleil. Their only goal can be the promotion to World Tour and their season will be pit against the success of that project.

Probability of Promotion: 50 %


Major Results in 2011

1stTour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Contador
1stTour de Suissei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Contador
1stVolta Ciclista a Catalunyai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Contador
Total Wins:24
Pro Tour:7th
CQ Ranking:6th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Being Saxo Bank, the team had one superior rider: Alberto Contador. The Spaniard had an amazing season, winning 5 races, 4 of them being Pro Tour ones. He alone made the season a great success for the team.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fi.gif Jussi Veikkaneni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Alberto Contador
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/no.gif Kurt-Asle Arveseni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Nick Nuyens
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fi.gif Kjell Carlströmi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/au.gif Richie Porte
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/ar.gif Juan Jose Haedo

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilunten.jpgConclusion: Well, it was clear that after the sponsor change and the voluntary relegation, all the team's top stars left. Still, the new management was able to react to the new Nordic orientation and signed a couple of experienced riders like Veikkanen and Arvesen.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: After the radical change in the team structure, the squad is of course not as strong as last year. Still, it unifies some of the best nordic riders and they should bring in some good results. Nevertheless, promotion is probably only a long term goal.

Probability of Promotion: 10 %


Major Results in 2011

1stParis – Corrèzei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Jérémie Galland
1stRoute du Sudi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sebastien Joly
6thParis – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Sebastien Joly
Total Wins:25
Continental Tour:7th
CQ Ranking:24th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Saur's year 2011 was at best mediocre. Only few good appearances in Pro Tour, but at least they had quite a lot of stage and classics wins. Still, they probably hope for more this year.

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Nacer Bouhannii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Jerome Coppel
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif John Gadret
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Anthony Geslin

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalboben.jpgConclusion: Sure, Jerome Coppel left, one of the most promising young French. But on the other hand, Gadret and Geslin are established riders who almost guarantee good results. So in my opinion, rather good transfers.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilmitte.jpgConclusion: Saur has a rather strong team in terms of depth, but John Gadret is the only real victory aspirant for bigger races. Promotion is almost completely out of reach.

Probability of Promotion: 10 %


Major Results in 2011

1stRonde van Vlaandereni1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Stijn Devolder
4thTirreno – Adriaticoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Stijn Devolder
6thGent – Wevelgemi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Stijn Devolder
Total Wins:10
Pro Tour:17th
CQ Ranking:21th

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: The season was of course rather bad for Vacansoleil as they were relegated to Continental Tour. Still, it wasn't a complete failure, as Stijn Devolder's surprising success at De Ronde outshined everything!

Main Transfers

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Lars Boomi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Stijn Devolder
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/nl.gif Marc de Maari1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Ezequiel Mosquera
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Greg Van Avermaeti1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Matteo Carrara
i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Marco Marcato

i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Banner/pfeilhalbunten.jpgConclusion: As usual, a relegation trails the leaving of most topstars behind. In this case, Stijn Devolder and Ezequiel Mosquera, who were responsible for the most important results last year. Nevertheless, Van Avermaet and Boom are good catches for a continental team.




i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/pfeiloben.jpgConclusion: Together with Geox, Vacansoleil defenitely provides one of the best continental teams! As for Geox, there's only one goal – the re-promotion to world tour. The squad defenitely has the potential, they just have to unlock that.

Probability of Promotion: 50 %

Edited by cunego59 on 16-09-2011 15:49
January 6, 2011


Hello guys,

here's my first blog entry! I just returned from our pre-season meeting in Italy, where we got our season schedules. I will reveal mine in a minute, but first of all, here's the schedules of our team's season highlights:

Liquigas Season Highlights

03.03.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro del Friulii1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
06.-13.03.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Paris – Nicei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/cz.gif Roman Kreuziger
09.-15.03.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Tirreno – Adriaticoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
19.03.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Milano – San Remoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Mauro Finetto
17.-24.04.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/be.gif Ardennais Classicsi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
19.-22.04.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro del Trentinoi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
07.-29.05.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro d'Italiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
05.-12.06.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Dauphiné Libéréi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/cz.gif Roman Kreuziger
02.-24.07.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Tour de Francei1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/cz.gif Roman Kreuziger
20.08.-11.09.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Vuelta a Espanai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Vincenzo Nibali
10.09.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro del Lazioi1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
08.10.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro dell'Emiliai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego
15.10.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro di Lombardiai1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Damiano Cunego

Then, here's the more important part:

My Season Schedule

In a private conversation, the directeur sportive revealed to me that the management has so much trust in me and my future that they prepared a special schedule for me with a nice mixture of both domestique works for our leaders and leading a team myself. But enough talking, here it is.

My racing schedule can be roughly seperated in three parts:

Part One:

23.01. - 01.02.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/my.gif Tour de Langkawi10 Stages

As I came out of the winter in a decent form, I will start my season quite early in Malaysia. I will be the overall leader, supported by Valerio Agnoli on the two tough mountain stages. On the sprints, we're well-placed with Tiziano Dall'Antonia and Fabio Sabatini. Looking at the starting field from last year, I aim for a Top 5 finish there.

16.02. - 20.02.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pt.gif Volta ao Algarve5 Stages
22.02. - 26.02.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Giro di Sardegna5 Stages

After two weeks of rest, I'll continue the early season as a helper for Damiano Cunego and Roman Kreuziger, who build up their form for Paris - Nice and Tirreno - Adriatico on those two smaller stage races. Both races are dominated by hilly stages, often with mountain top finishes, and as we are there with pretty strong squads, I hope for some chances to ride on my own.

Part Two:

16.06. - 19.06.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/si.gif Tour de Slovenie4 Stages
24.06.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif German Championships ITT1 Stage
26.06.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/de.gif German Championships1 Stage

After a long pause, I re-enter the racing circuit in June and return to Slovenia, were I had a great time last year. Again, I'm the leader of the squad with Valerio Agnoli as my helper. If I continue my development, I think I might even get a shot at the overall win.

Afterwards, I will of course compete in the German Championships. I have no illusions about the time trial and the course of the road race isn't too demanding either, but we'll see what I can do.

03.07. - 10.07.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/at.gif Internationale Ă–sterreich-Rundfahrt8 Stages
20.07. - 24.07.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/it.gif Brixia Tour5 Stages

While part of our team tackles the Tour de France, I'll lead another squad in those two stage races. Both feature a good couple of difficult mountain stages and one time trial, respectively. The starting field in both races shouldn't be too strong so again, I hope I have good chances for a nice overall result.

Part Three:

01.08. - 07.08.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/pl.gif Tour de Pologne7 Stages
09.08. - 13.08.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/fr.gif Tour de l'Ain5 Stages

After the Brixia Tour, my leading role is over. I return into helping services, this time for Sylvester Szmyd who prepares himself for the Vuelta. Both stage races feature pretty hard hill stages and the Tour de l'Ain will be decided on a hard mountain top finish. Szmyd will have good chances for the overall in both races and I'm his most important domestique.

20.08. - 11.09.i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd464/cunego59/Flags/es.gif Vuelta a Espana21 Stages

And here's my season highlight! As last year, I will be able to compete in a Grand Tour. Not the Tour de France, still I'm very happy about it. Together with Sylvester Szmyd, I'll be Vincenzo Nibali's most important domestique. The directeur sportive told me that if I continue my development like I did last year, I might even have a shot on the young riders ranking.

Based on these races, whose will give a total of 72 race days, the DS created a training schedule for me:

My Training Schedule


As you can see, my highest peak is for the Vuelta. Before that, I have a longer preriod close to the top fitness level. I hope that I'll be able to keep the fitness that high for almost four months.


I guess that's all you need to know for the moment. I hope you enjoyed the season preview and, now that you're good informed about everything, will enjoy following me through the cycling season as well!

The first report should come for the Australian Championships in a couple of days.
See you then!
Edited by cunego59 on 16-09-2011 21:16
Looking forward to this season! i hope im not ruining a place where you want to reserve!
No, it's fine Wink Glad to have you on board.

I am amazed at the way you seem to perfect the art of presentation, every time you post! Wonderful story so far, as you already know, I cannot wait to see how you use PCM 11 to tyour advantage this time around!

Dominik for president!
Good luck this story is one of the best and I am proud to be a part of it! Wink
Good luck with the PCM11 continuing.
Avin Wargunnson
Good luck with 2011 and the new season, maybe we will see the first professional win for Dominik?Smile
I'll be back
Good luck for 2012! Wink It's funny the CQranking in the game is different from the actual one, because the actual one would give him 118 points. Pfft
Good luck mate!
Good luck with the PCM11 continuation of a great story Smile
Former Manager Team Kingspan Continental

CT Div2 - ManGame


Wow, thanks for all the positive feedback, I really appreciate that.

Post 3 is updated with the team presentation! (Thanks @roturn for the inspiration Wink )

Nice presentation. Wink
Maybe a lack for the big cobbled classics, but other than that a really strong team, stronger than last season imo.
Really looking forward to this. The 09 story was great, so I'm sure that this one will be the same. Good luck with it!
Good luck in 2011 for Dominik

Very nice presentation btw.
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