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Nordic Cycling | Final Farewell
Atlantius
Nordic Cycling Project

This team should bring cycling in Scandinavia to a whole new level. We want to establish a monopoly on national championships in Scandinavia, we want to become the worlds best cycling team - with all Scandinavian riders. And though we know it probably seems unlikely we would like to be the first professional cycling team with an Icelandic rider.
- The chairman of the board at the team announcement

Founding the Team

Spoiler
New Years eve 2011/12 a secret place in the dark Swedish forests. A group of the most successful businessmen from Denmark, Norway and Sweden are gathered.

As the night progresses and plenty of Falcon-beers have disappeared from the fridge an idea springs to the mind of one of the Danes. We need a Cycling team exclusively for riders from Scandinavia - and we need it to be ready for racing in the 2012 season. As often before ideas seem extraordinary good at his time of night (we are now several hours in to 2012) and the philanthropists agree on funding the teams. Each of them start calling around in their networks and soon they have two sponsors and a group of cycling legends to take care of the training.

The Swedish beer brand Falcon is obviously chosen as main sponsor and Norheim have agreed to be secondary sponsor the first year. Everything seems ready to roll and at 9 o'clock in the morning the group decides to go to sleep.

When they wake up (not quite sober yet) around 2 in the afternoon, they realise that they forgot that a cycling team needs both a license and some guys to ride the bikes. Fortunately the procedures in the UCI can sometimes be flexible for the right persons...

With staff, sponsors and UCI-license as a Continental team it wasn't that hard to convince 20 of the best/most talented unemployed Swedes, Danes and Norwegians to join the adventure.

Now perhaps you are thinking
Doesn't Scandinavia include Finland and Iceland as well?
- and you are in fact correct. That is why the investors decided to convince Kjell Carlstr�m to come back from retirement.

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As all big project large visions for the future is just as important as anything present. The chairman of the board released the following press announcement:
This team should bring cycling in Scandinavia to a whole new level. We want to establish a monopoly on national champinships in Scandinavia, we want to become the worlds best cycling team - with all Scandinavian riders. And though we know it probably seems unlikely we would like to be the first professional cycling team with an Icelandic rider

Victories in 2016, Novo Nordisk - SAS

One-day Races
Grand Prix la Marseillaise - Alexander Kristoff
DanCake Classic - Matti Breschel
Dwars door Vlaanderen - Matti Breschel
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Paris - Roubaix - Erik Meineche McDermott
Norsk Mesterskap, ITT - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Danmarksmesterskabet, ITT - Jakob Fuglsang
Svenska Mesterskapen, ITT - Tobias Ludvigsson
Norsk Mesterskap, RR - Thor Hushovd
Danmarksmesterskabet, RR - Thomas Nybo Riis
Svenska Mesterskapen, RR - Tobias Ludvigsson
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Thomas Nybo Riis
World Championships, ITT - Edvald Boasson Hagen
World Championships, RR - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Il Lombardia - Edvald Boasson Hagen

Stage Races, GC
Santos Tour Down Under - Jussi Veikkanen
Tour of Qatar - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of Oman - Chris Anker Sørensen
Bornholm Rundt - Jakob Fuglsang
Tirreno - Adriatico - Lasse Bøchman
Paris - Nice - Jakob Fuglsang
Tour de Romandie - Jakob Fuglsang
Giro d'Italia - Jakob Fuglsang
Jylland Rundt - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour de l'Ain - Chris Anker Sørensen
Vuelta a España - Willy Ipsen
Autumn Tour of Norway - Thor Hushovd

Stage Races, Stages
Tour of Qatar, Stage 5 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of Oman, Stage 2, 5 & 6 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of Oman, Stage 4 - Chris Anker Sørensen
Vuelta a Andalucía, Stage 1 - Jakob Fuglsang
Vuelta a Andalucía, Stage 4 - Thomas Löfkvist
Paris - Nice, Stage 1 & 5 - Jakob Fuglsang
Paris - Nice, Stage 7 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya, Stage 1 - Lasse Bøchman
Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya, Stage 6 - Alexander Kristoff
Tour de Romandie, Stage 6 - Jakob Fuglsang
Giro d'Italia, Stage 1 - Team Time Trial
Giro d'Italia, Stage 9, 15 & 17 - Jakob Fuglsang
Jylland Rundt, Stage 1 - Tobias Ludvigsson
Jylland Rundt, Stage 5 - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour de France, Stage 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 19, 20 & 21 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de l'Ain, stage 2 - Alexander Kristoff
Tour de l'Ain, stage 4 - Chris Anker Sørensen
Vuelta a España, stage 1 - TTT
Vuelta a España, stage 3, 12 & 20 - Matti Breschel
Vuelta a España, stage 4, 14 & 15 - Willy Ipsen
Vuelta a España, stage 10 - Alex Rasmussen
Autumn Tour of Norway, stage 1 & 3 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Autumn Tour of Norway, stage 2 - Thor Hushovd
Autumn Tour of Norway, stage 4 - Matti Breschel
Tour of Beijing, stage 1 & 2 - Edvald Boasson Hagen

Stage Races, Points Jersey
Tour of Oman - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Vuelta a Andalucía - Jakob Fuglsang
Paris - Nice - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de France - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de l'Ain - Chris Anker Sørensen

Stage Races, Mountain Jersey
Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya - Johann Nokkvason
Amgen Tour of California - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Critérium du Dauphiné - Jakob Fuglsang
Tour de Suisse - Johann Nokkvason
Vuelta a España - Willy Ipsen
Autumn Tour of Norway - Thor Hushovd

Stage Races, Young Rider
Santos Tour Down Under - Thomas Nybo Riis
Tour of Qatar - Magnus Cort
Vuelta a Andalucía - Brian Steen Matzen
Vuelta a la Région de Murcia - Brian Steen Matzen
Tirreno - Adriatico - Brian Steen Matzen
Jylland Rundt - Erik Meineche McDermott
Eneco Tour - Tobias Ludvigsson
Tour de l'Ain - Johann Nokkvason
Post Danmark Rundt - Brian Steen Matzen
Vuelta a España - Tobias Ludvigsson
Autumn Tour of Norway - Tobias Tonning

Stage Races, Team Classification
Santos Tour Down Under
Tour of Qatar
Tour of Oman
Vuelta a Andalucía
Vuelta a la Région de Murcia
Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya
Amgen Tour of California
Jylland Rundt
Eneco Tour
Post Danmark Rundt
Vuelta a España
Autumn Tour of Norway

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Victories in 2015, Volvo - SAS:

Spoiler
One-day Races

DanCake Classics - Jens Erik Madsen
Le Samyn - Thor Hushovd
Nokere - Koerse - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Milano - Sanremo - Matti Breschel
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke - Thor Hushovd
Gent - Wevelgem - Thor Hushovd
Rund um Köln - Lasse Bøchman
Scandinavian Race in Uppsala - Christofer Stevenson
Norsk Mesterskap, Tempo - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Danmarksmesterskabet, Enkeltstart - Rasmus Quaade
Svenska Mesterskapen, Tempolopp - Tobias Ludvigsson
Norsk Mesterskap, Landeveisritt - Alexander Kristoff
Danmarksmesterskabet, Linjeløb - Jakob Fuglsang
Svenska Mesterskapen, Linjelopp - Tobias Ludvigsson
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec - Christopher Juul-Jensen
World Championships, ITT - Alex Rasmussen
World Championships, RR - Matti Breschel
Il Lombardia - Matti Breschel

Stage Races, GC

Santos Tour Down Under - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Giro della Calabria - Jesper Hansen
Tirreno - Adriatico - Thomas Löfkvist
Giro d'Italia - Jakob Fuglsang
Bayern Rundfahrt - Rasmus Quaade
Jylland Rundt - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour of the Czech Republic - Willy Ipsen
Eneco Tour - Lasse Bøchman

Stage Races, Stages

Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 6 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de San Luis, Stage 2 - Jussi Veikkanen
Vuelta a Mallorca, Stage 5- Nicki Sørensen
Giro della Calabria, Stage 2 - Jesper Hansen
Tour de Langkawi, Stage 3 - Rasmus Sterebo
Tour de Langkawi, Stage 5 - Jesper Hansen
Bornholm Rundt, Stage 2 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 1 - Thomas Löfkvist
Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 3 - Jesper Hansen
Giro d'Italia, Stage 2 - Alex Rasmussen
Giro d'Italia, Stage 4 - Team Time Trial
Giro d'Italia, Stage 14, 18 & 21 - Jakob Fuglsang
Bayern Rundfahrt, Stage 2 - Thomas Nybo Riis
Bayern Rundfahrt, Stage 4 - Rasmus Quaade
Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 4 - Jakob Fuglsang
Jylland Rundt, Stage 4 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Jylland Rundt, Stage 5 & 6 - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour de Suisse, Stage 1, 7 & 9 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de France, Stage 1 & 7 - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of the Czech Republic, Stage 2 & 6 - Willy Ipsen
Tour of the Czech Republic, Stage 3 - Alexander Kristoff
Tour of the Czech Republic, Stage 5 - Tobias Ludvigsson
Vuelta a España, Stage 2 & 20 - Chris Anker Sørensen
Vuelta a España, Stage 4 - Thomas Nybo Riis
Vuelta a España, Stage 7 & 12 - Brian Steen Matzen
Tour of Beijing, Stage 1 - Alex Rasmussen
Tour of Beijing, Stage 2 - Matti Breschel

Stage Races, Points Jerseys

Santos Tour Down Under - Jens Erik Madsen
Paris - Nice - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tirreno - Adriatico - Thomas Löfkvist
Jylland Rundt - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour de Suisse - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de France - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of the Czech Republic - Willy Ipsen
Eneco Tour - Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour of Beijing - Matti Breschel

Stage Races, Mountain Jerseys

Santos Tour Down Under - Brian Steen Matzen
Tour de San Luis - Jesper Hansen
Vuelta a Mallorca - Nicki Sørensen
Giro della Calabria - Rasmus Sterebo
Bornholm Rundt - Jakob Fuglsang
Paris - Nice - Jakob Fuglsang
Amgen Tour of California - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Bayern Rundfahrt - Thomas Nybo Riis
Critérium du Dauphiné - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Tour de Suisse - Willy Ipsen
Tour of the Czech Republic - Vegard Stake Laengen
Vuelta a España - Jesper Hansen

Young Riders Jerseys

Tour de San Luis - Jesper Hansen
Giro della Calabria - Jesper Hansen
Tour of Oman - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Tirreno - Adriatico - Jesper Hansen
KBC Driedaagse de Panne – Koksijde - Erik Meineche McDermott
Bayern Rundfahrt - Rasmus Quaade
Jylland Rundt - Erik Meineche McDermott
Tour de Suisse - Willy Ipsen
Tour of the Czech Republic - Willy Ipsen
Tour of Beijing - Brian Steen Matzen

Stage Races, Team Classifications

Giro della Calabria
Tour of Oman
Bornholm Rundt
Tirreno - Adriatico
KBC Driedaagse de Panne – Koksijde
Amgen Tour of California
Bayern Rundfahrt
Critérium du Dauphiné
Jylland Rundt
Tour of the Czech Republic
Eneco Tour
Post Danmark Rundt
Vuelta a España
Tour of Beijing

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Victories in 2014, Volvo - STARK:

Spoiler
One Day Races
Norsk Mesterskap - Thor Hushovd
Danmarksmesterskabet - Lasse Bøchman
Svenska Mesterskapen - Tobias Ludvigsson
IKEA Cup Nybygget - Erik McDermott
IKEA Cup Kungsäter - Thomas Löfkvist
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec - Lasse Bøchman
World Championships, ITT - Gustav Erik Larsson
Giro dell'Emilia - Jakob Fuglsang

Stage Races, GC
Santos Tour Down Under - Thor Hushovd
Tour de Romandie - Jakob Fuglsang
Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg - Thomas Nybo Riis
Post Danmark Rundt - Lasse Bøchman
Tour of Britain - Jakob Fuglsang

Stage Races, Stages
Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Thor Hushovd
Giro della Calabria, Stage 3 - Tobias Ludvigsson
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt, Stage 3 - Rasmus Sterebo
Giro d'Italia, Stage 1 - Team Time Trial
Giro d'Italia, Stage 8 - Lasse Bøchman
Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg, Stage 5 - Jussi Veikkanen
Tour de Suisse, Stage 1 & 3 - Thomas Löfkvist
Tour de Slovénie, Stage 1 - Tobias Ludvigsson
Tour de France, Stage 4 & 13 - Thor Hushovd
Int. Österreich Rundfahrt, Stage 3[/b] - Rasmus Sterebo
Tour de l'Ain, Stage 5 - Magnus Cort
Vuelta a España, Stage 4 - Lars Ytting Bak
Post Danmark Rundt, Stage 3 & 5 - Lasse Bøchman
Tour of Britain, Stage 2 - Jakob Fuglsang
Tour of Britain, Stage 3 - Tobias Ludvigsson

Mountain Jerseys
Santos Tour Down Under - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Paris - Nice - Chris Anker Sørensen
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Nicki Sørensen
Critérium International - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - Nicki Sørensen
Tour de Romandie - Lasse Bøchman
Giro d'Italia - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg - Thomas Nybo Riis
Tour de Suisse - Lasse Bøchman
Tour de Slovénie - Jesper Hansen
Tour de l'Ain - Magnus Cort
Vuelta a España - Nicki Sørensen

Point Jerseys
Santos Tour Down Under - Thor Hushovd
Tour de Romandie - Jakob Fuglsang
Tour de France - Thor Hushovd

Young Rider Jerseys
Santos Tour Down Under - Jesper Hansen
Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg - Thomas Nybo Riis
Tour de France - Jesper Hansen

Team Classification
Santos Tour Down Under
Giro della Calabria
Tour de Slovénie
Tour de l'Ain
Post Danmark Rundt
Vuelta a España
Tour of Britain


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Victories in 2013, Falcon - STARK:

Spoiler
One Day Races
Le Samyn - Thor Hushovd
Gent - Wevelgem - Thor Hushovd
Grand Prix Pino Cerami - Jens Erik Madsen
Paris - Roubaix - Thor Hushovd
Himmerland Rundt - Lars Ytting Bak
Scandinavian Race in Uppsala - Rasmus Sterebo
Rogaland GP - Magnus Cort
Danish Championships - ITT - Lasse Bøchman
Norwegian Championships - Havard Nybö
Swedish Championships - Philip Lindau

Stage Races, GC
Paris - Nice - Thor Hushovd
Bayern Rundfahrt - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Tour of Britain - Thor Hushovd

Stage Races, Stages
Vuelta a Mallorca, Stage 5 - Thor Hushovd
Paris - Nice, Stage 1 - Thor Hushovd
Giro d'Italia, Stage 10 - Lars Ytting Bak
Bayern Rundfahrt, Stage 2 - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 6 - Magnus Cort
Tour de Suisse, Stage 2 - Lars Ytting Bak
Tour de Slovénie, Stage 1 - Daniel Kreutzfeldt
Ster ZLM Tour, Stage 4 - Søren Nissen
Tour de France, Stage 13 - Thor Hushovd

Mountain Jerseys
Santos Tour Down Under - Christofer Stevenson
Tirreno - Adriatico - Jesper Hansen
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Tour de Romandie - Lasse Bøchman
Bayern Rundfahrt - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Critérium du Dauphiné - Magnus Cort
Ster ZLM Tour - Søren Nissen
Österreich Rundfahrt - Christoffer Stevenson
Paris – Corrèze - Søren Nissen
Tour of Britain - Jesper Hansen

Point Jerseys
Vuelta a Mallorca - Thor Hushovd
Paris - Nice - Thor Hushovd
Tour de France - Thor Hushovd
Tour of Britain - Thor Hushovd

Young Rider Jerseys
Tour of Oman - Jesper Hansen
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Jesper Hansen
Bayern Rundfahrt - Christopher Juul-Jensen
Tour of Britain - Tobias Ludvigsson

Team Classification
Bayern Rundfahrt
Ster ZLM Tour
Tour of Britain


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Victories in 2012, Falcon - Norheim:

Spoiler
One Day Races

GP di Lugano - Kjell Carlström
Dwaars door Drenthe - Kasper Jebjerg
Nokere Koerse - Kasper Jebjerg
Rund um Köln - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Himmerland Rundt - Kasper Jebjerg
Norsk Mesterskap - Geir Berg
Svenska Mesterskap - Christofer Stevenson

Stage Races, GC

5 Jours de Dunkerque - Michael Færk Christensen
Bayern Rundfahrt - Michael Færk Christensen
Tour of Britain - Daniel Kreutzfeldt

Stage Races, Stages

5 Jours de Dunkerque, Stage 1 - Michael Færk Christensen
5 Jours de Dunkerque, Stage 2 - Michael Færk Christensen
Bayern Rundfahrt, Stage 4 - Michael Færk Christensen
Tour of Britain, Stage 5 - Kjell Carlström

Mountain Jerseys

Criterium International - Kjell Carlström
Glava Tour of Norway - Geir Berg
Bayern Rundfahrt - Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen
Paris - Corréze - Jesper Mørkøv
Tour of Britain - Jesper Mørkøv
Circuit Franco-Belge - Søren Nissen

Point Jerseys

Tour de Wallonie - Daniel Kreutzfeldt

Young Rider Jerseys

Circuit Sarthe - Pays de la Loire - Morten Kruse Brink
Bayern Rundfahrt - Jesper Mørkøv
Paris - Corréze - Jesper Mørkøv
Tour of Britain - Daniel Kreutzfeldt

Team Classification

Bayern Rundfahrt
Paris - Corréze
Post Danmark Rundt
Tour of Britain
Circuit Franco-Belge

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Edited by Atlantius on 05-02-2014 19:07
 
TheManxMissile
Atlantius wrote:

Now perhaps you are thinking
Doesn't Scandinavia include Finland and Iceland as well?



Erm, no it doesnt...
Scandinavia is only Sweden, Denmark and Norway
Finland, Iceland, (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) are Nordic
Smile

otherwise
nice idea and good luck Grin
Edited by TheManxMissile on 09-10-2012 10:44
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Atlantius
TheManxMissile wrote:
Atlantius wrote:

Now perhaps you are thinking
Doesn't Scandinavia include Finland and Iceland as well?



Erm, no it doesnt...
Scandinavia is only Sweden, Denmark and Norway
Finland, Iceland, (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) are Nordic
Smile

otherwise
nice idea and good luck Grin


They were drunk when founding the team Wink
 
TheManxMissile
Nice... My suggestion (feel free to ignore) would be to call it Nordic not Scandinavian Smile

and again, i like the idea a lot
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Atlantius
Thanks. A team presentation will be made tomorrow

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Looks like this could be fun to follow Wink
 
Atlantius
The 20 riders and the staff has now gathered for the first time, but not without drama.

When on of the biggest profiles on the team, Kjell Carlström, realised the team managers had called the project Scandinavian he went completely mad. He was not going to be leader of a team, whose managers apparently believed his country wasn't important enough to mention in the project title.

Now the board was faced with a serious dilemma: Either they lost one of their main profiles or they had to admit that the team was founded in a drunken rush, and that perhaps things had went a bit to fast.

The manager being Danish though quickly led to a conclusion: It's fine to admit mistakes made while you were drunk. From this day on "Scandinavian Cycling Project" will be known as "Nordic Cycling Project"

Besides the fuzz made by Kjell Carlström the exact line-up is still unknown to the public. We know the team will have 20 riders. Rumours have it that There's 11 Danes, 4 Swedes, 4 Norwegians and 1 Finnish rider. The exact lineup is expected to be revealed tomorrow.
Edited by Atlantius on 09-10-2012 20:23

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At least Carlstrom will be a happy man now Wink
 
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Atlantius
The team is a mix of very experienced riders and talented youngsters.
Throughout the season we should have the best chance for good results in the smaller one-day races – but that won’t stop us chasing results in the smaller stage races without too big mountains. All riders on the team will be given the chance to get a win for themselves - you will see Falcon - Norheim driving agressively every single day.

And now time to actually publish the line-up.

The most prominent riders on the team is without a doubt Kjell Carlström and Magnus Bäckstedt. Both riders, who had decided to retire, but were convinced to put their vast experience in to this project.
Magnus Bäckstedt has won several races throughout his career. Mos prominently the Paris-Roubaix, 2 National RR championships and 1 National TT championship.
After riding a couple of years on team Sky Kjell Carlström is probably the most popular rider on the team. The biggest victory on his palmares is probably a stagewin in Paris-Nice, but his three National Roadrace championships, the latest won in 2011 show that this is a rider capable of mush more given the chance - and he is not done winning yet...

In Jens-Erik Madsen the team has a former World Champion and olympic medallist from the track.
The youngest rider on the team is also one of the biggest talents. Philip Lindau is only 20 years old Swede, but has already won his first national championship
Kasper Jebjerg is the teams best sprinter. He hasn't got the most impressing palmares so far, but we expect good results from him this season and the following years.

Se the full squad here:
Spoiler

Geir Berg (32), All-rounder
Morten Kruse Brink (23), TT
Magnus Bäckstedt (36), Flat races
Kjell Carlström (35), Hilly races
Michael Færk Christensen (25), TT
Pelle Clapp (20), Talent
Gunnar Grönlund (24), All-rounder
Ole Haavardsholm (22), Sprinter talent
Jeppe Lykke Hartvig Nielsen (21), Mountain talent
Kasper Jebjerg (26), Sprinter
Ricky Jørgensen (22), Talent
Daniel Kreutzfeldt (24), Hilly races
Philip Lindau (20), Classics talent
Jens Erik Madsen (30), Sprinter
Jesper Mørkøv (23), All-rounder
Håkan Nilsson (31), Sprinter
Søren Nissen (27), TT
Havard Nybö (28), Classics
Thomas Riber-Sellebjerg (24), Cobble talent
Christofer Stevenson (29), TT


The press conference ended with the following announcement from team manager Allan Grønborg:
We know that a lot of people think we're crazy putting a team together with the riders no one else want. But we think that most of our riders just need a chance on a well-organized team with good trainers. Of course we can't dominate the season, but we intend to show ourselves in the front from the start of the season. My rides are hungry to prove, that they are worthy of riding on top level.

Edited by Atlantius on 10-10-2012 10:37

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sutty68
Magnus Backstedt, what a rider Wink
 
Atlantius
Tour de San Luis

Prerace
The team will debut in the Argentinian race Tour de San Luis. We have next to no expectations from the squad this week. It is the first raceday for all of our riders, and it is mainly to be used as preparations for the upcoming Tour of Qatar. The strong teams such as Astana and Katusha is expected to dominate the race, but we will do our best to get a small result along the way.

Stage 1
Stevenson attack early in the stage to take the only King of the Mountain sprint of this first stage and succeeds. Stevenson just got himself a new shirt! Soon after Havard Nybö goes in the breakaway. In spite of several attempts from Havard the Astana and Nippo pull it together. Schulze (NetApp) takes the stage with Jebjerg on 5th place.
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Stage 2
Søren Nissen gets in the early breakaway with Norwegian V.S. Laengen (Type 1 – Sanofi) and three others. Nissen wins both intermediate KoM sprints. The breakaway gets caught with 10 km to go.
On the final climb Carlström tries to go for the win, but has to make do with a 4th on the stage. With the stage win Pavel Brutt (Katusha) gets both the overall lead and the mountain jersey.

Stage 3
A completely flat stage without any mountain sprints. The team was told to relax and take a quiet day at the office, but apparently Havard Nybö wanted to show the Norwegian presence in the race, going with the breakaway and ending on a great 3rd place on the stage 1:07 behind the winner ( Adrian Palomares, Andalucía) and 3 min ahead of the peloton. Unfortunately Christofer Stevenson crashed during the stage hurting his elbow and had to abandon the race.

Stage 4
18 km TT, first Falcon on the road, Morten Kruse Brink, gets best provisional time, untill team-mate Bäckstedt beats him with 9 secs. The Swede has the lead for a long time, but ends up losing by 9 secs to Jan Barta of Team NetApp, who now is 3rd overall.

Stage 5
Nissen in breakaway once again hoping to get points for the mountain jersey. Sadly he just simply wasn’t good enough getting a 9th on the stage and not a single point for the jersey, which is now out of reach for Falcon - Norheim
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Stage 6
Another hilly stage. Today the hills were to big for any of my riders to hit the early breakaway. Carlström is our best rider as nr. 11.

Stage 7
Supposed to be flat, but really it’s up and down all day long. Michael Færk Christensen tries hard and manages to get in the big breakaway. The last 35 km the breakaway is exploding with attacks all over the road. It ends in a caotic bunchsprint, where Bäckstedt tries to lead Jebjerg to a win. Guarnirini (Astana) picks up the stage and Jebjerg ends the tour with another stage 5th.

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The race ends up with total Eastern European dominance:
1 Pavel Brutt, Katusha
2 Jan Barta, Team NetApp
3 Andrey Kashechkin, Astana
4 Vladimir Gusev , Katusha
5 Yury Trofimov, Katusha
7 Kjell Carlström, Falcon - Norheim

Mountain jersey: Jan Barta, Team NetApp
Point Jersey: Jan Barta, Team NetApp
Young Riders: Egor Silin, Astana
Team: Katusha Team

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Atlantius
sutty68 wrote:
Magnus Backstedt, what a rider Wink


37 years is no age for a rider of his class - just as it isn't desperate to sign a rider, who haven't ridden a decent race for several years Wink

But hey: He's the rider with the best palmares on this team :lol:

Hopefully we'll have a (younger) replacement, when hes contract expires in two years time...

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Atlantius
Monthly status - January


At the end of each month team manager Allan will sum up the last month in professional cykling and give a few words regarding the month to come for Falcon - Norheim.

January had only one race and no victories for us, but we showed the cycling world that we are most definitely here with a couple of stage podiums and lots of aggressive riding. Each and every stage in Tour de San Luis had a Falcon in a breakaway...

Rider of the month:
David Millar, Garmin – Sharp. A deserved title after Millars domination in January's only World Tour race, Tour Down Under, which gave him 2 stage wins and a victory in the overall classification.

CQ Rankings:
1. David Millar, Garmin – Sharp, 335 pts
2. Karsten Kroon, Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank, 191 pts
3. George Hincapie, BMC Racing Team, 190 pts
35. Kjell Carlström, Falcon – Norheim, 40 pts

1. Garmin – Sharp, 528 pts
2. Katusha Team, 497 pts
3. Orica – GreenEdge, 376 pts
21. Falcon – Norheim, 42 pts

1. Australia, 494 pts
2. Great Britain, 480 pts
3. France, 410 pts
14. Norway, 71 pts
16. Denmark, 48 pts
17. Finland, 40 pts
24. Sweden, 2 pts


In February Falcon – Norheim hope to do well in Tour of Qatar and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Besides these we will race G.P. Costa degli Etruschi and Vuelta a Andalucía

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Atlantius
G.P. Costa degli Etruschi


Last preparations for Tour of Qatar is made in Italy. The team will be the same as the team, that did so well in Tour de San Luis. Only change is Jens Erik Madsen who replaces the injured Stevenson. Jebjerg will save energy for the final sprint, all others will chase the breakaway. Astana, Katusha and Liquigas are all here with good sprinters, so it will be tough. Christina Watches – Onfone will be there with an all Scandinavian team as well.

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The race is very chaotic at first with a lot of riders trying to get in a breakaway, while Liquigas worked hard to keep the peloton intact. Finally 70 km into the race a group is allowed to go. Once again Søren Nissen proves he has a real nag for escaping at the right moment, but once again camera-time is the only real gain for him.

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This wasn’t the day for Falcon – Norheims first victory either as Roman Feillu picks up the win with Kasper Jebjerg coming in 9th

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Results:
1. Roman Feillu, Vacansoleil - DCM
2. Marco Frapporti, Team Idea
3. Danilo Napolitano, Acqua & Sapone
9. Kasper Jebjerg, Falcon - Norheim
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Jakstar22
Good race in Argentina. I have 1 tip. Remember to push ctrl-u to get ride of the circles around the bottom of the riders. It looks a lot better when you do that.

Good luck for the upcoming races.
 
sutty68
Nice finish for Kasper in Italy Wink
 
Atlantius
sutty68 wrote:
Nice finish for Kasper in Italy Wink


Yeah he did good. He really isn't fast enough to compete with these guys, so a top 10 is probably the realistic goal on a race like this.

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He will get better with time Wink
 
Atlantius
Tour of Qatar

Traditionally this is race belongs to the sprinters. Nevertheless Falcon want us to get a Top 10 in the GC. We cannot expect to gain any time in the final sprint on any of the stages, so we have put together the best possible team for the Team Time Trial on stage 2. Hopefully that will give us the edge we need to bag a top 10 from breakaways.

The peloton includes as competent sprinters as Petacchi, Kittel, Goss, Rojas, Davis and Guarnieri. We cannot expect to beat any of these guys in a bunch sprint, so we will try everything to avoid the unavoidable.

Stage 1
After several different combinations have been tried Søren Nissen manages to get away from the peloton with five other riders. Nissen breaks away from the group to win the second intermediate sprint of the day giving him 6 important seconds for the GC. His breakaway companions doesn’t feel like riding with him anymore so it ends up being Nissen against Lampre, Orica-GreenEdge and Argos-Shimano. An uneven fight. Matt Goss gets the win and Kasper Jebjerg is best Falcon at no 7. The bonus seconds give Søren Nissen a 5th place in the GC for now.

Stage 2 – TTT
When Falcon – Norheim is sent out on the route 8 teams are in goal with RusVelo at the provisional best time. The team worked well together and everyone gave all they had, but in the end we only got a disappointing 11th 24 seconds after Astana leaving Søren Nissen 17 seconds outside top 10. Time to chase those bonus seconds!

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Stage 3
Nissen in breakaway. That seems to be more of a fact than news by now. Søren is out there giving all he’s got to gain some of those bonus seconds. Since he by no means can be called a sprinter he didn’t manage to get any seconds on the first intermediate sprint. Back in the peloton Lampre and Argos – Shimano is keeping Nissen & Co. on a leash. Before the next sprint Nissen tries to leave his companions behind, but two guys follow him and he has to make-do with just two seconds for all that hard work. The breakaway gets caught as planned and Jebjerg move to the front preparing himself for yet another hopeless sprint. 7th again and another stage for Goss. A huge crash leaves the peloton in pieces and a lot of riders lose time. Among those Søren Nissen. We now have 5 riders 23 seconds behind and the top-10 seems far away.

Will the team find a way to get a result or was the goal just too optimistic? (To be updated)

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Ian Butler
Really nice jerseys.
Don't worry about the TTT, it's very hard to do well, you did a great job at it, imo Wink
 
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