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Movistar - US Postal {2015}
Mresuperstar
State of the Team #1 : TVG and Breakaways

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Van Garderen following Ponzi for 2nd at Classique du Grand-Duché.

The first Pro Tour standings update has been released.
So, it's time for our staff to reflect on the team's results so far.

1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof2292
2pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1919
3pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT1806
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ozc.pngOz Cycling Project1688
5pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+1507
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei1498
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com1424
8pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance1419
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy1402
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vwa.pngVolksWagen - Andritz1279
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pro.pngProject 1t4i1133
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom1116
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep1108
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia1086
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited1063
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pnd.pngPendleton's1041
17pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal1023
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi1004
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ork.pngOrange - KLM960
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ayu.pngAyubowan!829
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East741
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/sui.pngSwisscom - UBS594

Well, I guess the good news is we aren't in the drop zone.
The bad news is it's only 19 points away in the GTs are coming.

So you might ask, why is this bad news exactly?
Because our top duo of climbers haven't performed.

Fothen and Ratiy both went to race Tirreno - Adriatico.
Both got beaten in GC by their helper Lawrence Warbasse.
Warbasse (23rd), Ratiy (27th) and Fothen (33rd).

While climbing duo debut wasn't very promising.
We can be proud of our team stepping up in their absence.
Breakaway warriors like Warbasse, Paulinho, Borges and Abreu.

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Abreu sprinting to 3rd during Stage 7 of the Tirreno - Adriatico.

For us to survive in the Pro Tour this breakaway success is needed.
It has to be all hands on deck from the start all the way to the finish.
Especially if our leaders (Fothen, Ratiy, Maksimov and Altur) struggle.

So, to conclude this first update of our team for this season.
I'm content to see 6 of our riders in the Top 150 of the Ind. Standings.

1Sam BewleyNZLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof1143
2E.B. HagenNORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT588
3Yuri TrofimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance558
4Ben SwiftGBRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux481
5John DegenkolbGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com423
6Dan HollowayUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei389
7Diego UlissiITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited382
8Daniel MartinIRLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT371
9M. Van StayenBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi362
10M. IgnatievRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia360
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16T. Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal290
55P.M. PaulinhoPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal132
105L. WarbasseUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal61
108Marcos AlturESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal60
131J.J. Rojas GilESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal49
132Alexey TsatevichRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal49

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tsmoha
Lovely little overview. Guess your headline stands pretty well for your latest results in Spain Smile TVG is doing great and will help you moving up into the safety zone for now.

Again my congrats to his victory of Pais Vasco!
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
TVG with a great recent win which will put you in a good position now!
 
baseballlover312
Looking forward to Garby taking Corsica in a surprise attack. Pfft
RIP Exxon Duke, David Veilleux, Double Feature, and Monster Energy
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The Struggle is Real...



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State of the Team #2: Nightmare Giro But Still Kicking

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Breakaway King Bruno Borges with two 2nd places in California.

The PT rankings have been updated, so it's time to analyze.

11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof3683
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux3555
35pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+3290
43pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT3117
58pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance2878
67pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com2794
74pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ozc.pngOz Cycling Project2637
813pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep2593
99pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy2556
1011pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pro.pngProject 1t4i2411
1118pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi2250
126pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei2191
1310pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vwa.pngVolksWagen - Andritz2106
1414pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia1962
1516pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pnd.pngPendleton's1888
1617pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal1829
1721pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East1733
1812pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom1676
1919pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ork.pngOrange - KLM1609
2015pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited1546
2120pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ayu.pngAyubowan!1517
2222pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/sui.pngSwisscom - UBS1171

Somehow, some way we still aren't in relegation territory yet.
Even after a pitiful Giro, Vancouver and California in this stretch
we managed to gain 806 points mainly on pure strength in numbers.

Also TVG winning the Vuelta al Pais Vasco helps as well...

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But, that excitement has been well documented already.

Ratiy and Plaza helped break the non-Top 15 placing at the Giro
in the final week which was a nice burden to get off our shoulders.
And we are pleased 7 out of our 8 starters finished the race.

In Canada all eyes were on youngster Marc Christian Garby.
The loanee from Carlsberg - Danske Bank was team captain,
but was tested in this HC race by loanee David De la Cruz.

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Vancouver prologue was won by former team captain
David Abal who now rides for PCT Buff - Polska.


Garby got the bragging rights by finishing 22nd overall.
Just one spot better than De la Cruz who finished 23rd.

Fothen was to carry our torch at the Tour of California but
absolutely imploded on Stage 6 and finished 102nd overall.
Meaning we have failed our second team goal of the season.

To wrap things up here is a look at the individual standings.
Hard to believe that Fothen, Ratiy and Maksimov makeup less
than 6% of our team's total scoring output so far this season.

It's literally TVG or bust at this point. Not good, but it's all we got.

11Sam BewleyNZLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof1703
247Andy SchleckLUXpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1053
33Yuri TrofimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank995
42Edvald Boasson HagenNORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT913
537Riccardo RiccoITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+890
6510Angel MadrazoESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep826
735Damiano CunegoITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East720
84Ben SwiftGBRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux663
916T. Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal638
1010Mikhail IgnatievRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia616
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8755Pedro Miguel PaulinhoPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal159
103189Bruno BorgesPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal127
144108Marcos AlturESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal93
159105Lawrence WarbasseUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal82
161132Alexey TsatevichRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal81
200244Jon Ander InsaustiESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal63
214131José Joaquin Rojas GilESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal59
220326Vadim RatiyUKRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal58
232187Eric YoungUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal55
233196Sergio BarrioESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal55
237191Omar FraileESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal54
301263Egoitz GarciaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal35
311222Carlos VeronaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal34
331476E. Parra BustamanteCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
336220Jorge AbreuVENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
346477Rubén PlazaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
359277Lawson CraddockUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal27
380283Markus FothenGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal25
391265Roman MaksimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal25
402439Jordi SimonESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal24
449386David De la CruzESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal15
459453Marc Christian GarbyDENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal15
464403Taylor NewtonUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal15
520504Serafin José BlancoMEXpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal0

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State of the Team #3: Entering the Danger Zone

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De la Cruz wins team's first GT stage in program history at the Vuelta.

The PT standings have been updated, so it's that time again to reflect.

11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof4585
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux4556
33pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+4480
45pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance4127
54pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT4031
69pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy3708
76pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com3600
810pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pro.pngProject 1t4i3447
97pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ozc.pngOz Cycling Project3415
1014pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia3404
1111pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi3226
128pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep3111
1313pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vwa.pngVolksWagen - Andritz2883
1412pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei2871
1520pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited2765
1615pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pnd.pngPendleton's2722
1717pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East2654
1816pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal2629
1919pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ork.pngOrange - KLM2627
2018pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom2582
2121pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ayu.pngAyubowan!2497
2222pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/sui.pngSwisscom - UBS2059

We knew it was coming eventually, but it still stings.
The Ardennes classics went okay and the Vuelta went okay.
But, apparently okay isn't good enough at this point in the season.

Strada Appia Antica was disappointing considering Young (21st)
placed better than Altur (35th), Tsatevich (23rd) and Insausti (65th).

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Borges edged out for 2nd on Stage 13 on the Vuelta.

My thoughts on our Vuelta perform, our leaders failed us.
The support guys like De la Cruz, Warbasse and Borges
deserved better for all their efforts over the 21 stages.

Then Ardennes. Tejay Van Garderen should have done better.
Amstel: Beat by Tsatevich. Fleche: Decent 7th. LBL: Barely 8th.

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TVG playing catch-up after missing the winning move at LBL.

All hope of surviving really comes down to three things.
1. TVG Heroics. 2. Fothen Exceptional TDF. 3. Depth Scoring.

The individual standings really highlight the team doing their best
to pick up the slack from guys like Ratiy, Maksimov and Fothen.

11Sam BewleyNZLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof1928
23Yuri TrofimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngT. Bank - T. Insurance1352
37Damiano CunegoITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East1284
417Simone PonziITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy1189
58Ben SwiftGBRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1177
64E.B. HagenNORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT1135
713Simon SpilakSLOpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+1095
8509A. PluchkinMOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia1092
92Andy SchleckLUXpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1063
1012Jan BakelantsBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom973
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149T. Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal856
97103Bruno BorgesPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal205
10787P.M. PaulinhoPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal179
113449David De la CruzESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal164
136159Lawrence WarbasseUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal138
142161Alexey TsatevichRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal126
151144Marcos AlturESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal113
162220Vadim RatiyUKRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal107
206232Eric YoungUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal85
207233Sergio BarrioESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal84
233237Omar FraileESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal73
245200J.A. InsaustiESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal68
254214J.J. Rojas GilESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal64
298459M. Christian GarbyDENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal54
343301Egoitz GarciaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal45
374336Jorge AbreuVENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal40
403311Carlos VeronaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal34
405402Jordi SimonESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal34
408359Lawson CraddockUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal32
414331E. Parra BustamanteCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
426346Rubén PlazaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
431391Roman MaksimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal28
447380Markus FothenGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal25
488464Taylor NewtonUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal15

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Roman Maksimov

The Russian Rocket : Journey to First Pro Tour Stage Win

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Maksimov puts his head down, the promise land in his sights.

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a man who liked this girl. Seven months later a little boy named Roman was born. A year after that the boy had learned to talk and six months after that he was already riding a bike.

At least that's what folklore says. He was always too fast for his own good.

Roman Maksimov, 27, is an one of a kind sprinter for Pro Tour cycling team Movistar - US Postal. Most know him by his nickname, The Russian Rocket, which was ironically stolen from the former NHL great Pavel Bure.

Maksimov is one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton... If there is no wind, completely flat, partly cloudy with the sun peaking out, his equipment works properly, no one blocks him in, and he launches at the perfect moment.

He is a complicated fellow. He is never one to sit still. He bounces around:

YearTeamStage WinsRanking Points
2009(CT) White Bear Steyr00 (NR)
2010(PT) White Bear - Wild Horse065 (346th)
2011(PT) Festina - Corona [Loan]024 (490th)
2012(CT) Team CSC - Orbea039 (363rd)
2013(CT) Team Privatbank [Loan]4168 (52nd)
2014(PCT) Project: Africa1394 (50th)
2015(PT) Movistar - US Postal1TBD

After three seasons of developing and hiding his face he found himself as the lead sprinter on the newly found Team CSC - Orbea in 2012. Mresuperstar gave him a hefty contract and expected great things. That didn't happen.

Maksimov put up a goose egg. His notably results were a pair of third places at the Tour of America. Frustrated by his performances Mre shipped him East to Privatbank so he could be closer to his family and gain his confidence in the lower division.

First Career Stage Win. Tour of Southland - Stage 3.

It paid off. A quiet season turned upside down with three stages win at the Tour of Southland. He went on to win another stage in Slovenia a few weeks later.

It was all fun and games until things started to get heated...

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His house was set on fire, police reports later found Privatbank CEO Dubilet was responsible for the accident. Maksimov sued, but the case was mysteriously dropped. Never to be talked again, many figure the two came to private settlement valued in the millions.

In the end, Maksimov fled the scene and went to Africa. A Russian in Africa? That's what happens when desperate managers have too much money on their hands.

"I showed up. I got the biggest house in the town. I won a stage. I left."

Maksimov is always good for an entertaining interview.

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Winning Stage 1 of the 2014 Vuelta a Mallorca.

After the stage the Russian Rocket had some candid words for his old teams.
But, what caught the media's attention is what he said over the race radio.

"I feel better than I did when first visit to strip-club at age 12."

Not a very professional thing to say after winning a race. As a results, strip clubs across Russia were inspected and shutdown. As for Maksimov, he took the questions like a champ.

"No comment."

Grabbing a bottle of vodka out his bag he left the press conference. Needless to say his time at Project: Africa was short lived. The rocket crash landed back in Spain at the feet of Mre.

Since then it's been a bumpy ride - with way too many hills to keep Maksimov happy - at Movistar - US Postal in the Pro Tour. In February he checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center unannounced to the team.

In April, he told a reporter, "I have spent all my money. There is nothing left. If you're not buying bottles, you can't get the girls."

Mre has consistently denied the rumors of Maksimov quitting on the team. Then the Tour de France came around.

"Everyone is fighting for their jobs. Maksimov especially. I have told him this might be his last chance. Not just here, not just in cycling, but in his life."

The Russian Rocket nearly finished the Tour getting to Stage 20. Then things just started to click. He went home for the GP Moscow and finished 5th.

Then Maksimov went to the Vuelta a Colombia. A mountainous tour with a flat first stage. No one expected him to do anything, he hadn't done anything all season. Then it happened.

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Maksimov wins his first career Pro Tour stage. Vuelta a Colombia - Stage 1.

Since then he has continued to prove he deserves a fourth, fifth or sixth (?) chance to be the fastest man in the peloton. With two second places at the Tour of Northern Europe, he is doing his best to keep his squad in the Pro Tour.

"I always want to win. I still like to have fun and party. I've just realized the girls on the podium put out more than the girls in the club do."

Yep, the media was all over that comment. Since then three podium girls have been let go by the MGUCI. As for Maksimov? He is on the best form of his career and the only thing going to slow him down is probably another change of teams at the end of the season. At least that's what history indicates.
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State of the Team #4: Crunch Time

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Verona looking sexy while taking 6th at Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 1.

It's been awhile since we have last dove into the rankings.
There are only 5 PT races left and things are getting tight.
Now seems like a good time to reflect and look back.

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21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux6847
32pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof6688
44pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia5983
55pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT5798
66pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy5741
77pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance5532
88pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com5442
99pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom5144
1013pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei4927
1111pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pro.pngProject 1t4i4753
1214pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pnd.pngPendleton's4718
1312pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ozc.pngOz Cycling Project4631
1416pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep4519
1510pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi4414
1615pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ork.pngOrange - KLM4406
1717pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited4009
1818pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vwa.pngVolksWagen - Andritz3990
1919pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal3926
2020pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/sui.pngSwisscom - UBS3654
2122pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ayu.pngAyubowan!3296
2221pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East3278

Going to be a Bacardi / Volkswagen / Movistar battle for safety.
One thing we have on our side, promotion/relegation experience.
We have been in these type of situations the last two seasons.

Sure, both time we have failed.
But, with luck and kindness of MGUCI we did prevail.

The best place to start the recap has to be the Tour de France.

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De la Cruz settles for 2nd on Stage 17 on the Tour.

The Good: Four stage Top 10's. 7 out of 8 riders finished. Breakaways.
The Bad: Fothen (14), Maksimov out on Stage 20, Garby still missing.

Next up? Deutschland Tour. TVG takes 4th overall. *High Five*
Then, GP Moscow. Russian Rocket takes 5th. *Double High Five*
Followed by Baltic Chain Tour and the Youngster Tour... Just ugly.

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Outta nowhere Maksimov wins first career PT stage!

Maksimov on fire. Stage win to open the Vuelta a Colombia.
Two second places at the TONE, plus 2nd in the points competition.

Who is this man and what has he done to the old useless sprinter...
Too bad his season is now over. Where was this early, seriously!?!

That brings us to five PT races left. This is who we have to lean on.

Sep.26 GP LiechtensteinFothenRatiyDe la Cruz
Oct.1 Copenhagen-Malmo TTTPlazaFraileVerona
Oct.5 Praha-Karlovy Vary-PrahaBarrioWarbassePaulinho
Oct.13-15 Tour of Tasmania (S3)TVGFothenBarrio
Oct.18 Giro di LombardiaTVGBarrioPlaza

Big effort needed from the Fothen & Ratiy duo in the mountains,
then close our eyes for the TTT and P-KV-P and hope we are still close
for a dash to the finish with a stacked squad at Tasma and Lomba.

That's what needs to happen to survive.
Here are the Ind. Standings to close things out:

11Sam BewleyNZLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof2898
22A. PluchkinMOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia2844
34Simon SpilakSLOpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+2089
45Rein TaaramäeESTpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom1856
53Ben SwiftGBRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1660
66Simone PonziITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy1500
77Yuri TrofimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngT. Bank - T. I.1413
815Angel MadrazoESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep1397
98Andy SchleckLUXpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux1364
109Damiano CunegoITApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East1312
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1916Tejay Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal1009
9288David De la CruzESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal321
9792Bruno BorgesPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal300
103186Roman MaksimovRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal276
112136Markus FothenGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal264
144138Pedro Miguel PaulinhoPORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal189
146148Lawrence WarbasseUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal183
156164Vadim RatiyUKRpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal172
174173Alexey TsatevichRUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal152
206193Marcos AlturESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal128
232227Eric YoungUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal110
260248Omar FraileESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal96
268258Sergio BarrioESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal92
273315J. J. Rojas GilESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal89
289311Marc Christian GarbyDENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal82
299293Jon Ander InsaustiESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal78
372402E. P. BustamanteCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal58
385391Egoitz GarciaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal55
391376Jordi SimonESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal54
399387Jorge AbreuVENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal51
424419Carlos VeronaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal45
431438Rubén PlazaESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal45
439426Lawson CraddockUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal42
477461Taylor NewtonUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal30
516521Serafin José BlancoMEXpcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal5

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Fothen seems to be the man who let you down so far. I know he isn't a top rider anymore but 264 points is extremely low for a rider of his capacity. He should have been somewhere around 400-500pts imo. Similar riders are positioned thereabout.
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Cyclist's Development

The results are in, the training complete!
We are going to have some beastly cyclists next season.
They have been working hard all season and deserve the recognition.

Marcos Altur
Cobbles : 4 > Max : Pot. 6

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201573626963736869787068706263
201675627063757070807268706263

Lawrence Warbasse
Stage Racer : 4 > Max : Pot. 6

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201569767472737170586064726872
201670787574757372586065726874

Omar Fraile
Stage Racer : 4 > Max : Pot. 6

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201568727177727470586065796577
201669747279747672586066796579

Eric Young
Sprinter : 4 > Max : Pot. 4

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201572586955737078737675666655
201674586955747079747877666655

Carlos Verona
Stage Racer : 4 > Max : Pot. 6

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201570526175707365596262606675
201671546277727567596263606677

Rafael Silva
Hills : 3 > 4 : Pot. 5

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201566637065706854637275636360
201667647366736955637377656461

Jorge Abreu
Stage Racer : 3 > 4 : Pot. 5

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201571687071716869545272786671
201672717273737071545273796773

Ramon Domene
Cobbles : 3 > 4 : Pot. 5

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201569505657696569717074616057
201671505757716770747275626157

Daniel Ruiz
Cobbles : 3 > 4 : Pot. 6

YearFLMOHITTSTARESRECCOBSPACCFTDHPL
201567585856716861705457666356
201669585956747062735658676456

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roturn
I really like your top 4 talents.
Finally a very solid Spaniard for the cobbles again. Also with needed backup stats except acc.

Warbasse is a nice 2nd tier stage racer, while Fraile basically is Rolland in Spanish and Young a nice leadout or for smaller points in several cobbled races.
 
SotD
Agree with roturn here. Those top 4 talents are really nice. Also the point with Fraile = Rolland is almost true. Fraile is better - Quite a bit imo.

+2TT +2HI

I think Fraile is going to be a very very good PCT rider. He will need some training to be a very good PT rider, but it is definately possible. If he was 81TT he would be one of the most interesting small GC riders in the peloton. He could survive semi rough terrain better than riders such as Coppel, Cornu, Cancellara and Ignatiev. Riders like Kai Reus, Brent Bookwalter, Matthias Brändle, Lars Boom and Kristjan Koren have been really valuable in the past.
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baseballlover312
Us here at Carlsberg - Danske Banke would like to express our immense gratitude for training Marc Christian Garby this year, and our deepest apologies for how useless he's been for your team.
RIP Exxon Duke, David Veilleux, Double Feature, and Monster Energy
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aidanvn13
That Maksimov article :lol: I was so happy to see him take that win! He's a strange character, but he's a legend. I like him so much now that he's not on my team.

I see you have some nice American talents there. I know of an African team who has a few lonely American teams on its roster. Wink
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jt1109
Nice to see Warbesse improve and he's had a good year again after a very solid year last season at RBC also like the look of Abreu his stats look great for a domestique / breakaway rider.
 
Mresuperstar
Thanks everyone! I'm really happy with my talents. Especially Altur and Fraile, can't wait to see what they can do finally maxed out. Smile



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State of the Team #5: Survival

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Total Team Triumph. TTT of Dreams in Copenhagen - Malmö.

In the last update staying in the PT looked bleak, but it was possible.
We needed to make up 83 points and past two teams in five races.
Well, we did it. Against the odds we get another year in the PT.

1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/fes.pngFestina-Canal+7672
2pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vsa.pngVesuvio - Accumalux7575
3pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bec.pngBecherovka - Petrof7323
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/akm.pngAker - MOT6674
5pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/gde.pngGood Energy6507
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/met.pngMetinvest-Dacia6455
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/tcs.pngTinkoff Bank - Tinkoff Insurance6292
8pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pok.pngPokerstars.com5914
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/btc.pngBouygues Telecom5597
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/rbh.pngRed Bull - Huawei5403
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ozc.pngOz Cycling Project5320
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pro.pngProject 1t4i5262
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/pnd.pngPendleton's5227
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/qst.pngQuickstep5070
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ork.pngOrange - KLM4929
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ven.pngVenchi4808
17pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mus.pngMovistar - US Postal4523
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/vwa.pngVolksWagen - Andritz4387
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/bac.pngBacardi Limited4294
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/sui.pngSwisscom - UBS4176
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/mei.pngMeiji - JR East3586
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/micro/ayu.pngAyubowan!3577

We findselves on the right side of the cut line again.
2014: Narrowly got promoted to the PT due to inactive teams.
2013: Should have been relegation to the CT. Activeness kept us up.

We like to make things interesting, to say the least.
Here is a brief recap of the last month and a half and
how we managed to miss the drop back down to the PCT.

We began in the small nation with the large name: Liechtenstein.

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Thrown off the back. Fothen and Ratiy dropped over 40kms to go.

Something we will certainly have to look into during the offseason.
We thought having two 80+ climbers would be better than Abal.
Hindsight is 20/20, but I think we made the wrong decision.

Abal to make his return to the program in 2016? We shall see...



TTT have never been our calling card. Until it had to be.
First off the start line, we blitzed the course and set the time to beat.
Only TTT powerhouse Oz and Project 1t4i could knock us down a peg.

The effort was badly needed after a complete no-show
in our next race at Praha - Karlovy Vary - Praha.

Still trailing two teams going into the final two races,
we turned things over to our main man: Tejay Van Garderen.

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TVG pulls us through at Tour of Tasmania and Giro d'Lombardia.

Van Garderen with a seven place overall finish in Australia
and a sixth place monument finish to cap the season.
Thus, catapulting Movistar - US Postal to safety.

Our big name, top free agent purchase, pulled us through!
As you can see we relied on him heavily this season,
but it's a loanee that had quite a good year as well:

CyclistPointsRDsPoints/RDWage/PointEfficiency
David De la Cruz *359794.54€ 974.66
Tejay Van Garderen12335024.66€ 7503.29
P. Miguel Paulinho *204762.68€ 1232.19
Bruno Borges *300783.85€ 3501.10
Lawrence Warbasse238793.01€ 3780.80
Roman Maksimov276743.73€ 5070.74
Omar Fraile147841.75€ 3740.47
Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil89362.47€ 5620.44
Markus Fothen299604.98€ 1,2040.41
Lawson Craddock *75561.34€ 4000.33
Jorge Abreu84471.79€ 5950.30
Marcos Altur128791.62€ 5860.28
Jon Ander Insausti78233.39€ 1,6030.21
Alexey Tsatevich162712.28€ 1,2350.18
Carlos Verona78681.15€ 6410.18
Sergio Barrio107661.62€ 9350.17
E. P. Bustamante63521.21€ 9520.13
Vadim Ratiy177652.72€ 2,2600.12
Egoitz Garcia55451.22€ 1,0910.11
Eric Young120891.35€ 1,2080.11
Jordi Simon *69870.79€ 7970.10
Marc Christian Gaby *82791.04€ 1,1590.09
Serafin Jose Blanco +1081.25€ 2,0000.06
Ruben Plaza60610.98€ 2,6670.04
Taylor Newton30540.56€ 1,6670.03

Key: * = Loanee / + = Stagiare
Efficiency = Point per RD DIVIDED Wage per RD MULTIPLED by 100.

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dev4ever
Congratz on staying up in the end! Smile
As you said Tejay was surely the difference, so glad me overbidding you on Brajko weren't the deciding factor for your time in PT.
Anyway, now that you made it through your first PT you get some good depth to build on, and should be in for a much better/safer season if you manage to get another star into your lineup.
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