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Jonathan Bellis | The Comeback
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Database: PCMDaily2012DB
Race difficulty: Hard
Financial difficulty: Normal
Development of attributes: 0,4
Team: An Post Sean Kelly


Hi, my name is Jonathan Bellis and here's the tale of my comeback to the professional cycling scene.

My Story


I started out in the local Manx cycle club on my native island, Isle of Man.
The local club, has through time, formed some of the very best riders in the world today, e.g. M. Cavendish, P. Kennaugh and B. Swift. And therefore i've got high expectations for myself.

In the start of my career i focused a lot on track cycling.
On the track i was among the very best in the world and won for example 3 European Championships and got 2 World Championship medals.

But when i turned 19 in 2007, I was getting a bit tired of cycling in circles on the track, and started riding the international U23 road races.
I found myself very pleased, riding on the roads in the packs, and also found out that i could follow some of the big guys in the races.
At this time i still lived on the Isle of Man and was guided with training schedules and advices by the British U23 team coach. But soon he said to me that i had to move to the Southern Europe, to gain the most of my talent.

I followed his advice and moved to Tuscany before the end of July.

The Milestone


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The move to Tuscany resulted in some very good training possibilities, and i felt a huge development on a relatively short time.
And soon, what seemed so unreachable before, became the reality...

September the 29th 2007 was about to be the most decisive day in my whole career.
I was participating in the U23 Road Race World Championship in Stuttgart, along with the british U23 national team. It was a long and quite hilly route, which suited me perfectly. After a long day in the saddle, it all came down for a mass sprint in a small group, and i was placed perfectly in the front of the group when the sprint started.

300 metres after, i could call myself winner of the bronze medal in the U23 Road Race World Championship 2007.

The Growing Interest


Soon i felt like flying on the skyes. My training suddenly seemed manageable to conquer and the great results in the U23 Nations Cup began to increase.
I was therefore very pleased when CSC manager Bjarne Riis headhunted me as stagiaire for their team in the start of August 2008.

I rode a few races and was a part of one of their training-camps, and what i showed was something which made Bjarne Riis glad enough to give me a contract for the 2009 season, while i was only 19 years old.

I started the 2009 season in top-form, since i haden't done anything but training in the winter-months to show the team that i was my spot on the team worthy.
It was quite hard to get used to the very high pace in the professional races, but i actually felt quite good - Maybe because of my great shape.
I even made a couple of top 10 spots, which i was really happy about.

But then a day in September...

The Major Blur


A normal day in Tuscany heading for the post office in the nearest town on my scooter. I was almost in the outside of the city, when a car suddenly came unexpected in a very fast speed from one of the sideroads.
I saw it coming, but couldn't reacht before i suddenly fell to the ground seeing nothing but a major blur.

I then opened my eyes, and saw myself lying on a hospital bed.
Soon finding out that i had been in a coma for over a month...

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A New Era


It took a very long time to recover from my serious injuries, and even just to take a walk. But not a single time in my rehabilitation i wanted to quit cycling, even though some said i'd never be able to ride a bike again.

About 8 months after the crash i was able to train again. I'd still got my spot on the team, but a long rehabilitation stood in the way of getting back to my top level again. In 2011 Bjarne Riis therefore decided not to extend my contract, leaving me without a team for the 2012 season.

The Comeback


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Luckily Sean Kelly and Kurt Bogearts from the An Post - Sean Kelly Team, was willing to give me a chance to make a new comeback, when giving me a contract with their team.
I'm really happy that they'd thought of me and that they wanted to give me a second chance.

If Lance and Contador could make a comeback - So could I!




I'm 23 years old. This is a new beggining. This is my comeback!

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Current Attributes

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Development In Attributes

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Name: Jonathan Bellis
Nickname: Jonny
Birthday: 16. August 1988
Current age: 23
Rider Type:Northern classics specialist


My goal of development
I really like the cobbled classics. They're some of my favorite races and i always seems to make a good performance in those races.

In my younger days in England, i didn't get to ride any training with cobbled sections, simply because there wasn't enough cobblestoned roads on the Isle of Man. But even though i didn't got any cobbled training, i always felt quite comfortable in the international U23 races with cobblestones within it.

When i moved to Italy, i had the oppotunity to train on some of the cobbled roads near my town, and i did.
Ever since then i've always liked training on those sections, and i've even made it a tradition to take a trip to the Appian way in the southern Italy every year. Those cobbled sections down there are some really challenging roads.

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Apart from my dedication to the cobblestones, i've allways been quite an allrounder. Especially my sprint has been some of my greatest attributes. I'm quite sure that it has been my time in the track cycling, which have made me really quick. Also my ability of riding a good time trial, surely is an outcome of my time on the track.

I'm quite tall, but still very thin. Therefore i've never had any trouble in riding uphill. I'm still a bit too heavy to follow through on the mountains, but i've always liked riding on the smaller accelerating hills, which i among others proved in my 3rd spot in the U23 WC in 2007.

Overall i think i'm on my way to develop towards a northern classics specialist, with some allround skills, which can be usefull in every race.
I would especially like to improve my hill riding skills, which could be crucial for riding great in my favorite races.

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And if you doesn't know my favorite races, then take a look below...


Top 5 of my favorite races


img213.imageshack.us/img213/8427/5stars.pngimg28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngRonde van Vlaanderen
img805.imageshack.us/img805/7973/4stars.pngimg502.imageshack.us/img502/9296/italyz.pngMilano San Remo
img406.imageshack.us/img406/8885/3starssp.pngimg855.imageshack.us/img855/9731/unitedkingdomgreatbrita.pngTour of Britain
img171.imageshack.us/img171/4885/2starsh.pngimg819.imageshack.us/img819/7365/netherlandsd.pngAmstel Gold Race
img850.imageshack.us/img850/6598/1star.pngimg593.imageshack.us/img593/9267/worldp.pngWorld Championships


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January
-- No races
February
15.2. - 20.2.img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of Oman6 Stages
26.2.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngOmloop Het Nieuwsblad1 Stage
27.2.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngKuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne1 Stage
March
2.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngLe Samyn1 Stage
4.3. - 6.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngDriedaagse van West-Vlaanderen3 Stages
16.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngNokere - Koerse1 Stage
20.3.img638.imageshack.us/img638/7227/francewa.pngCholet - Pays De Loire1 Stage
23.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngDwars door Vlaanderen1 Stage
26.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngE3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke1 Stage
27.3.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngGent - Wevelgem1 Stage
29.3. - 1.4.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngKBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde4 Stages
April
-- No races
May
14.5.img811.imageshack.us/img811/3558/swedena.pngScandinavian Race in Uppsala1 Stage
22.5.img64.imageshack.us/img64/527/germanysk.pngProRace Berlin1 Stage
25.5. - 29.5.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngRonde Van Belgiƫ5 Stages
June
10.6. - 12.6.img819.imageshack.us/img819/7365/netherlandsd.pngDelta Tour Zeeland3 Stages
15.6. - 19.6.img819.imageshack.us/img819/7365/netherlandsd.pngSter ZLM Tour5 Stages
30.6.img855.imageshack.us/img855/9731/unitedkingdomgreatbrita.pngBritish RR Championship1 Stage
July
-- No races
August
16.8. - 19.8.img638.imageshack.us/img638/7227/francewa.pngTour du Limousin4 Stages
22.8. - 28.8.img210.imageshack.us/img210/2773/unitedstatesofamericas.pngUSA Pro Cycling Challenge7 Stages
September
4.9.img855.imageshack.us/img855/9731/unitedkingdomgreatbrita.pngBritish TT Championship1 Stage
11.9. - 18.9.img855.imageshack.us/img855/9731/unitedkingdomgreatbrita.pngTour of Britain8 Stages
29.9. - 2.10.img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.pngCicuit Franco-Belge4 Stages
October
-- No races


Here's my racing schedule of the 2012 season.
I'll have 61 race days in this season with some of them being quite big and prestigious races.

My personal trainer and director sportif, Sean Kelly, has made this schedule in cooperation with myself.
We've talked about my own possibilities of development on a long-term view, and agreed on developing towards the northern classics.

Therefore i've got a lot of cobbled classics on my schedule, which i'm very happy about. Especially in the very start of the season, i've got to ride the smaller spring classics, and even the Pro Tour race, Gent Wevelgem, which my team have been assured to get a wildcard to.

Beside the Gent-Wevelgem, i've also got the opportunity to ride the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and my biggest goal of the season, the Tour of Britain.


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This is my fitness program, which my racing schedule have been based on.
I've got 3 peaks which hopefully will make me able to perform the best i'm able to do, in the races i'll participate in.

1. Peak
I'll build up my shape, by start racing in the late February.
From the very start of March, and till the end of March, i'll ride a lot of the smaller belgian classics.
After a tough month of March, i'll get to my top-peak in the late March, which should give me a very good chance of riding good in the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke and the Gent - Wevelgem.

2. Peak
Whilst i in my 1. peak, should reach my absolute top-shape, i'll not reach my greatest top-level in my 2. peak.
I'll start in the Ronde van Belgiƫ and then travel to the Netherlands to ride some stage-races to improve my shape.
The top-level in this peak will then be placed near the British RR Championship, which i'll be looking forward to make a great result in.

3. Peak
Nearing the end of the year, i'll ride some stage races in August. Among them, i'll get to ride the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which will be my very first trip to USA ever.
After riding the stage-races, i should reach a very great shape, which would bring me to the Tour of Britain in top-shape. This will be my main goal of the season, and i'll have lots of expectations for myself in this race.

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2012 Results

RaceTypePlace
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 120
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 222
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 332
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 471
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 552
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanStage 618
img832.imageshack.us/img832/3238/omanh.png Tour of OmanOverall77
img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.png Omloop Het NiuewsbladClassic21
img28.imageshack.us/img28/2095/belgiumb.png Kuurne - Bruxelles - KuurneClassic46

Edited by andy222c on 21-02-2012 12:08
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The Team

Our team is roughly based on Belgian and Irish riders, with a few being from anywhere else around, like for instance me.

The team is quite varied and wide, and therefore the team is able to compeed well in almost every type of race.

One thing that is important when telling you about my team, is that there should not be any doubt that the team is far from a ProTour licence, and that it is not even a goal for the directors. The clear and highest expectant goal for the team is to develop young riders from belgian, Ireland and countries near those.

Therefore the An Post Sean Kelly team was a great choice for me, because i need to develop slowly in my comeback. If i had a contract with a ProTour team at this point, i surely would get quite a big chock.

Main characters


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Nico Eeckhout

Nico is the team's grand old man.
Before i met him i thought he was an old man who wasn't supposed to ride a bike at all. But when i saw him for the first time on a training camp, he proved my claim wrong. Everybody on the team had such a respect for Nico. Both as person, but certainly also as bikerider.
On the first training session, he was in a category of himself.
No one could follow him!

He'll be like a mentor for me this season, like he'll be for every other guy on the team.



Stijn Ennekens

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Stijn is a really fast guy and is probably one of the best in our team.
He has got an unbelieveable ability of bearing up against the pain.
He's also a very funny guy, and was one of the guys i quickly fell into talk with after my arrival.

I'll certainly get to ride for Stijn in some races, because when Nico isn't participating in a race and Stijn is, then he's probably the best.

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Sam Bennett

The last guy on the team who i want to highlight, is Sam Bennett.
The Irish sprinter is a bright star, and i'm sure he'll develop into one of the best sprinters in the world someday.

Sam is probably going to a ProTour team next year, because of what he has already achieved through cycling.

When talking with Sam, you feel like you've always known him. He's very kind and very open for new things and persons. We also feel quite connected to each other, because we are at a point in our career which is quite the same.





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sutty68
Good Luck with this Andy, hope it all goes wellWink
 
Alakagom
Great rider choice, should make for great story and enjoyable game as Post. Hopefully Bellis can come back to his old level and grow even further. Good luck Wink
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andy222c
@sutty68: Thank you Smile

@Alakagorn: Thanks! I also think An Post will be an exciting team to play with. The team seems like the perfect choice for Jonathan, and i atend to get him back into highest level of professional cycling Smile
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FreitasPCM
Go get them! Great choice of team, and rider too. Bellis's actually one rider I've been keen to follow his professional career, and I hope he can comeback after that nasty accident a few years ago.

Anyways, good luck. Smile
 
stef98
Good rider choise. I gonna follow that. Good Luck with him Wink
 
baia
Good luck...Wink
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andy222c
@FreitasPCM: Thank you! I've also followed this guy very closely, especially after his bronze medal in the U23 WC in 2007. I also hope for the very best for him. If he got the strength to recover from his horrible accident and just sit on his sattle, then he got some huge irreplaceable mental power Smile

@stef98: Thank you Smile

@baia: Thank you Smile
Edited by andy222c on 16-01-2012 18:39
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Teddy The Creator
Looks nice. I love your graphics work, and this story should be nice.

Good luck my friend!
 
andy222c
@Teddy The Creator: Thank you very much Grin

I have updated the second post in this thread, telling my story and telling how i've come this far. Take a read if you wanna know who i am.

I'll also just remind you that the story first will take off, when the PcmDaily 2012 db will come out, but until that, i'll do some presentations and so forth Wink
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Avin Wargunnson
Indeed sad story of Bellis, hopefully he will have better luck in the future in real life (actually he had luck to be still alive) and in your story too, good luck, it looks great so far Smile
I'll be back
 
sutty68
Let's hope you can have a successful comeback and prove Bjarne Riis wrongWink
 
andy222c
@avin: I hope so too, and Thanks Grin

@sutty: Yeah, let's hope so Wink
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fcancellara
Very nice intro, good luck!
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tsmoha
Great intro! Looking forward to this one, as well know your graphic-screens-skills Wink Also i nice idea in general and a team, that I've never seen before in a story (and a team with a new kit, which I really like). Good luck!
 
andy222c
@fcancellara: Thanks Smile

@tshoma: Thank you very much. I hope i can fulfill your expectations.
I'll certainly do my best Smile
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