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LuLu's Accurately Inaccurate CT Predictions
Luis Leon Sanchez
Hello all

I didn't try this last season as I had no knowledge as to what the results could be but this season I have decided to take a crack at what the CT will look like come the end of the season.

For each team I have given my opinion and if you don't agree then that is fair enough. After all it is all just a bit of fun. There may be some relatively harsh comments but take them as positive criticism for next Man-Game Season.

The previews will come in alphabetical order and once they are all done I will post my predicted final rankings.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Final Predicted Rankings


1. Generali - Kronenberg 1664
2. Compal - Merida
3. Netia - Norske Skog
4. DeLaval - Kitikori
5. Severstal - Mercator
6. Alpina - Avianca
7. BelarusBank Pro Cycling
8. Strava
9. SanCor Cycling Team
10. Indosat - ANZ
11. In-n-Out Cycling Team Powered by Carrefour
12. Actavis - DKSH
13. OTP Bank - Slovnaft
14. Novatek - Panarmenian.net
15. Fablok - Dunlop
16. Verkefnid Iceland
17. Fred Whitton Racing Team
18. Chiquita - Universal p/b Minions
19. Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Cycling Team
20. Carlsberg - Danske Bank
21. Gatorade - SIS
22. Elta - Hellenic Post
23. Akzonobel - Statoil
24. Sodexo Pro Cycling
25. Fox Sports - Golomt Cycling
26. Team Type 1
Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 31-05-2015 23:24
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Actavis - DKSH


Manager: Kagemusha
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
HubertSchwabSWI68767161667371505866746161
HidetoNakaneJPN65767063687170636365706863
SteveMorabitoSWI70747272727473525270756372
KazushigeKubokiJPN73657275757471597677706578
SotaIkibeJPN63747370707072606265736870
WilsonMarentesCOL71737370747372526776716470
GianfrancoZilioliITA66717459716870556366666265
EugenioAlafaciITA72687365727168586672706865
NicoBr√ľnggerSWI68717273687067556366676869
FabianGigerSWI68737068706872686372747270
DavidVitoriaSWI73567168746970667472746868
LukasFl√ľckigerSWI66687268667070586370766568
MathiasFl√ľckigerSWI68736958687070506568657258
Ying HonYeungHKG66737162716766575565646864
Chun KaiFengTPE66717165706765566062746865
AdrienChenauxSWI72577070706668505663617570
JanKellerSWI67566462676865625170757462
FabianLienhardSWI66566063656162516266726063

The first thing I thought when seeing this team was that it is somewhat similar to my own team last season plus a few extras. With 11 71+ MO riders there is clearly some good depth in the Mountains. Schwab and Nakane the two top climbers but those below may bring more points. The trio of Morabito, Ikibe and Marentes could well bring a large number of unexpected points with a bit of luck. On the other side Kuboki is a very interesting rider to have at CT level, his wage of 130,000 is definitely worth it as his ability so sprint well, time trial as well and even go over hills will lead to him being one of the top riders of the division. He is helped by Vitoria who's Hill stat will also be useful. As normal, no good cobbled riders.


Akzonobel - Statoil


Manager: Cavendish-Fan
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
Bert-JanLindemanNED73556460726966767476646160
KevinSeeldraeyersBEL69746969737578586370736269
AlessandroProniITA71707465727070516175796465
ThomasBontenackelsGER67726276707174536667646276
DeiberEsquivelCRC63756659647372655563717659
KevinEeckhoutBEL72556154717161776457687454
FrederikWilmanNOR69727072666770545569666172
KhayabkhyrvaaUugunbayarMGL70576258706675517775616470
SimonGalleSWD70637257726568527371605762
BaptistePlanckaertBEL73546264717270687474646267
PhilipVandaeleBEL73576361706769727271596262
RubenIbanezBOL68707172706867506365575972
MortenReckwegDEN76526474767172676872757174
RoyEeftingNED69506065706772667574605472
CasperJ√łrgensenDEN71516075656571556175616175
JureKocjanSLO69636771716669617473686471
LarsAnderssonSWD68707160726766706361777160
RoyGoldsteinISR71556075676869525861595675
BerdenDe VriesNED68576074706768646366696274
CorneliusVan OoijenNED72566572706566616368716172

The team is interesting to say the least. With the maximum 20 riders from 12 different nations the team has great diversity. The team could however have a few issues with scoring points this season. With Lindeman and Eeckhout they have without doubt one of the top cobbled duos in the CT, but even they may struggle with average back up stats. Their Mongolian sprinter will have a lot on his shoulders but he can barely get himself over a speed bump so there could be issues there. Their top 2 climbers will be dropped on the hills. Old Bontenackels could however be a saviour in the TT's and along with Casper and talented Goldstein they do have a few strong riders in that discipline. They lack it elsewhere though.


Alpina - Avianca


Manager: Stromeon
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
MauricioSolerCOL70767466737473515471676766
Janier AlexisAcevedoCOL69727664727168526369716166
ClebersonWeberBRA70757471706970546876726967
Juan PabloForeroCOL71566169706979558075616869
Víctor HugoOrozcoCOL64766661687168526176756161
GilberZuritaBOL66766958687065585169605458
SergioGodoyARG68747565727167565863676466
Juan EstebanArangoCOL71566361726677557675686161
Miguel AngelRubiano ChavezCOL67736961677372525874756261
RobinsonChalapudCOL68737259716971516363616559
William GermánRodríguez ParraCOL71616074707273547273645974
EdisonBravoCHL68687163697168556366687065
FulgencioBruCUB66577253676361556568596753
Carlos HenriqueCancellaraBRA69596765696761557371696165
MuriloAffonsoBRA66696867666668565467735267
SebastianHenaoCOL64696962687065536364616663
Royner GroverNavarroPER66686863646765526167626561

he first CT team who was part of last year's new bunch, the Colombians have certainly got stronger. Their top climber, Mauricio Soler, was bought in on a wage of 120,000 and will be expected to do well. Not all pressure is on Soler though as Weber should be a good stage racer for the team which should give them a good number of points in the mountains. In the hills Godoy and Acevedo should score well although Godoy isn't the ideal sprint finisher. In the sprints they do however have two of Colombia's worst climbers with Forero and Arango, neither of them look like they have ever seen a hill but on the flattest of stages Forero will be expected to perform. And by the way, in case you can't see, their top COB rider is 58 so no points there. Sebastian Henao is the top young talent and will max out in a few years time as a good climber at this level.


BelarusBank Pro Cycling


Manager: Ste117
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
Ochoa QuinteroRichardVEN67777366697767526270756266
HutarovichYauheniBLR71526265757178587880635965
ThorsenDanielAUS61525460635669578285515372
Kankovsk√ĹAloisCZE65525961666564558083515975
BazhkouStanislauBLR70677474717369536363676174
MasudaNariyukiJPN67747264706867506465726764
ClarkeSimonAUS66525562676170577978706162
PapokSiarheiBLR72546559726669647675626763
PolancJanSLO70546458767164766153637158
CapecchiErosITA72577065716869547475726365
Van HummelKennyNED72586666716677627571696366
TsikhanauAlexeiBLR67727064677066516370637065
SakalouAndreiBLR65717064617068546068726164
Van BaarleDylanNED69586872697169555762686172
KlimiankouKonstantinBLR67697065676570566067596965
ShamsonauYauheniBLR62636068646160525963545268
StoltzYannickLUX78586363667164656058857363

Clearly the top flat sprinters team in the division. 3 of the top sprinters, none of which can go over a hill, and the top Belarussian sprinter who is decent at going over a hill. On a more serious note Thorsen, Kankovsk√Ĺ, Clarke and Hutarovich are scary, any CT team focusing on the pure sprints will be having nightmares because 78, 79, 80, 82 Sprinters would create a hellish sprint train and combo for their opponents. Polanc, the only cobblers, won't max out at the end of this season with 78COB and without support this season he will be left to fight for himself. In the mountains Ochoa Quintero should do well in races with limited TT kilometres and will have to depend on Masuda for support. Bazhkou will also be a useful rider with 74HIL/74TT but if he was loaned out to try and max this season he would arguably be more useful next season.


Carlsberg - Danske Bank


Manager: baseballlover312
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
ThomasKoepGER68757372747575535257546572
MarcDe MaarCUR76677473767272736677736873
AlexRasmussenDEN72545073727280627779606773
Niki√ėstergaardDEN74516362766969756574786262
LasseB√łchmanDEN67717374686767586265717174
John KronborgEbsenDEN68747064736768585966706364
ChristianRanneriesDEN68525663686476617680606263
FabioSabatiniITA70606266696273667774646166
Kim MariusNielsenDEN68536060686570597778555974
GuytanLilholtDEN70606158726967736874606558
MartinSchoffmannAUT67737257697172515968676755
NikolaAistrupDEN74506557736772597377645957
MartinMortensenDEN71546372727069725969696472
ChristopherStevensonSWD69516967686160726669707267
JesperHansenDEN70627063716772646471667068
MatthiasWengelinSWD70567161706667636160788057
Asbj√łrnKragh AndersenDEN71526364676868537371606069
SébastienRosselerBEL73546571706570695558755871
JimmiS√łrensenDEN75596469676667616872817269
HiroshiTsubakiJPN66686761646968605562616161

Unfortunately for bbl and his piss drinking team the strong focus on the great Danes has probably made the team somewhat weaker than what it could have been. After a tough first season they have improved, I think. They have a bunch of sprinters who can't go over a hill but they will get left for dust by the BelarusBank riders. The one single Cobbler will struggle this season with a poor hill and TT but he does at least have a few useful domestiques to help him along the way. Climbing wise Koep will score a few points but not many more than his 50,000 wage deserves. In the hills De Maar will be the leader but I struggle to see how he warrants a 100k wage, although he could perform well and will need to pull clutch to save his team in their beer pong battle.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Chiquita - Universal p/b Minions


Manager: Marcovdw
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
YasmaniMartinezCUB69767273737176516775756273
NickKinneyUSA74657569747069616974746869
ChadHagaUSA69737174716970576467707175
TaylorTollesonUSA76676865697072587675726765
BjornSelanderUSA70677463727069636974706163
FabioMontenegroCOL65756565647469515771735865
TimothyDugganUSA69667472677066506165657772
MauroSantambrogioITA75667268727472577075786968
SebastianSalasCAN68747162726867555963556362
AlexHowesUSA64736767677170645571706867
JakobRatheUSA71636661727067717276686261
TareqEsmaeliQAT64727057677571666269727457
MikeFriedmanUSA67516065656273567576526665
JohnMurphyUSA72536172696469637470606172
MaximeLe MontagnerFRA67576365706967687372546770
MarkGriffithUSA64565574606862505257666374
ShaquilleSinclairJAM66576066686765557271606666
Simon-PierreGauthierCAN64516365666661616868707270

After a pretty woeful first season, to be perfectly honest, it seems that Dave and his army has decided they may try get a few better riders this season, but only a few. Cuban stage racer Martinez escaped the fall of disgraced Team Nordeus and ended up here somehow. He is without doubt the top rider here and will need to prove that if his team is to do better than last season. Haga should fight to a few top 10s in the TT stage races. The hilly trio of Selander, Duggan and Kinney are being paid 330,000 bananas between them and will need to perform or they will be a costly investment to the minions. A couple of talented riders such as Haga and Selander would be better off on loan elsewhere to max out but they will have to stick around in the CT for another season.


Compal - Merida


Manager: Bjartne
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
AbolfazlGilanipoorIRN69777168747173535673677368
TrentLoweAUS70767371737573615972727471
MichaelMatthewsAUS75596464726773667979656464
AleksandrDyachenkoKAZ67767470737067566067716370
JackBauerNZL76657376747370647070806876
AlexandreShushemoinKAZ68747562757173605672646762
BehnamKhalilikhosroshaniIRN70677567726870536572707067
Yin ChihWangTPE67747172737068565965656672
ChristopherSuttonAUS73586264736679637777676464
DmitriKozontchukRUS74657169757274746870796769
RuslanTleubayevKAZ72566663707073637777626174
Sung BaekParkKOR70566360716874547877586960
WilliamWalkerAUS72697471747472655969726471
Kun HungHungTPE70637463726768536371706663
Chan JaeJangKOR71596458706672537574537165

It's pretty clear that the former PCT team will certainly be up there in the rankings come the end of the season. They may not have the best rider in any discipline but they have very good riders in most terrains who will score points. In terms of the mountains Gilanipoor should score well but more importantly, in the stage races the ageing duo of Dyachenko and Lowe will no doubt be the men to beat with good MO, HIL and TT stats. In the time trials strong Kiwi Jack Bauer should score points consistently despite the fact that he isn't the best in the division, his more than useful hill stat is bound to help him. This team also has top sprinters with Matthews as the main man, backed up by Park, Sutton and Tleubayev, although the CT has strong sprinters these 4 should be up there with the best of them. The only terrain they are short on is the cobbles but with the lone Kozontchuk they may get lucky and score points here and there. Certainly a team to watch out for once the season begins!


DeLaval - Kitikori


Manager: Atlantius
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
WinnerAnaconaCOL69797466757274505361535766
JukkaVastarantaFIN73647669737276697578616669
BranislavSamoilevBLR71747473717574525267686373
Chris AnkerS√łrensenDEN71767459717473626265696159
IgnacioSarabiaMEX68697469697168526776766369
SamuelPökäläFIN70647176757373646065626476
SergiuCiobanMOL68657564706667626466727063
BernardoColexMEX67746571666968516167626171
LinusDahlbergSWD71526658736871697675605973
MattiasWestlingSWD70535660696475607874575970
MateuszTaciakPOL67726673747167546271666073
ViktorRenängSWD70555676697072525356625976
SamiTiainenFIN71516259716872547374556171
SakariLehtinenFIN66716963706667606564647058
EssaKhalifaUAE67626863676765575859656363
RistoAaltioFIN70616565626568626059656266
MattiManninenFIN65556265656261616067716165

Having collected the prize of being the worst Man-Game Team last season Atlantius will be hoping and expecting better things this time round. The team that was woeful last season has learnt a thing or two and become one of the better teams in the division on paper. They have the CT's strongest climber in Colombian Anacona but whether or not he will be a winner this season is yet to be seen, along with Dane CAS they should fight hard for victory in the mountains. Anacona could dominate the whole division but then again he may not. When they acquired Vastaranta for a wage of only 60k they must have thought they were dreaming because he also could conquer the whole CT with his ability to climb hills and sprint, there is no doubt he will be a great leader. Pökälä and Renäng (have fun with those names) should be a useful TT duo especially the first one who's hill stat could help him bring in the points. This team on paper should really be able to promote but race selections are vital so we will only know at the end of the season, either way, anything less than a Top 10 would be bitterly disappointing.


Elta - Hellenic Post


Manager: roro_352
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
JaroslavKulhavyCZE68767362687468556373718262
Juan CarlosRienda SeguraESP62766856666369546877686056
PeriklesIliasGRE67687563687269526468767363
VassilisAdamouCYP68736772707271566167696672
Vasileios SimantirakisGRE68747065717069596373706865
ApostolosBouglasGRE71656757726873667675696370
ChristosVolikakisGRE65505559626262527882507472
GeorgiosKaratziosGRE74587059726866736065706159
NeofytosSakellaridisGRE70666275727166566271656275
IoannisTamouridisGRE69697061706865507471646261
AlekseiSaramotinsLAT69616767686677707468737367
PetrosGkazonisGRE68727259685758505757656559
ChristosKatrakisGRE70646173677265565566706673
IoannisDrakakisGRE74606167756872677071705367
CliveEbejerMLT67627062656663526467657062
KonstantinosEfstathiouGRE68576271686769517071575873
GeorgiosBouglasGRE67626758676363517172616658
TimotheosSkettosCYP68505856676765587370596156
KyriakosSkettosCYP66575657676466527069586359

An interesting team with a great regional focus that should be able to finish around mid to lower table this season. In the mountains their lone leader is Kulhavy who could certainly throw in a few surprises this season, as he did with ONCE last season. The Greek Ilias is their rider for the hills but he is likely to struggle with quite average back up stats and especially considering the other hilly riders in the CT this season. The main sprinter on their team is no doubt fast but he will have to work hard to reach the finish in the first place with a low flat stat and awful MO/HIL stats, on a 50k wage at least he isn't overpaid. I personally hope that Cypriot Vassilis Adamou will do well for the team alongside the Skettos duo, he may bring in a few decent results this season.


Fablok-Dunlop


Manager: sgdanny
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
AnthonyLavoineFRA73606062716477658078627962
MathieuDrujonFRA73556664757473587878716472
JulienBerardFRA66766861687471626368617761
GracjanLejmanPOL62657758726463515968855858
BriceFeilluFRA67757460707272576370785860
KamilZielinskiPOL70707460716770647074706861
KristijanDurasekCRO70717574747269526059615874
BartlomiejMatysiakPOL68647363736867567674656570
WojciechPszczolarskiPOL73607074687267537172686577
JurajSaganSVK75606875737174566169746175
LukaszOwsianPOL65737361706972565567656358
BlazejJaniaczykPOL71586662716975637574636170
MichalPodlaskiPOL66707363687270545660636565
GasperSvabSLO66727164706966545867647064
AdrianKurekPOL70566463676670587373666763
KlemenStimulakSLO69596473686966577073646162
StephenVicelichAUS67555873636765545152625673
MarkusKilsgaardDEN65636469666563546164717168

This new team from Poland, which features quite a few Frenchman, could do pretty well this season. The French duo of Lavoine and Drujon will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the sprints but only in those that are pretty flat, because they both struggle once the road goes up a bit. Lejman with his 77HIL stat and 80k wage may be expected to do something good but he won't, he will attack with his 85FIG stat but that doesn't do a lot when your Flat is 62 and you can't sprint. Durasek is likely to be more of a threat with his ability to climb and time trial and could actually do really well this season having been in the PCT last season. Matysiak and Zielinski could do quite well together with their hill and sprint combinations and may need to for this team to do well this season. Feillu is probably the top climber and will need to perform better than last season if the team is to score points in the mountains.
 
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Fox Sports - Golomt Cycling


Manager: Jakstar22
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
WimDe VochtBEL76515762757170776470706362
TimothyRoeAUS66737273706870576274706273
AnthonyGiacoppoAUS70586471726676547775615471
GertSteegmansBEL76546667747275737471695667
AllanDavisAUS69616757696773627774606663
Erdenebayar DaspuntsagMGL70697368697169556469796568
SamWitmitzAUS74586260686072537576596365
YoannBarbasFRA66737162697369555965516658
TuguldurTuulhangaiMGL67536159686469517577566459
EloyTeruelESP69525965686572577671636765
ChristianBertilssonSWD69536864686966577473616965
MaaniAltanzulMGL68656869677069557471596271
SylvainChavanelFRA66676966666561505461647366
TormodJacobsenNOR68666868666665575964706269
SonomtserenDelgerbayarMGL72506270726972666669826070
MaxLoschLUX66516462656563666972786266

As could be predicted, Jakstar has come into the Man-Game with an Australian team. After having issues with budget during the transfer period the team is now likely to have issues with results during the season. The main leader of the team, unusually, is De Vocht who is a cobble rider. His wage of 105,000 is unlikely to be paid back for due to cobbles being a difficult terrain to score highly on in the CT. He does at least have a good supporting rider who funnily enough will probably do better this season in Steegmans. The team has tried to focus on the sprints and Giacoppo might score points because of his TT stat being higher than that of other sprinters but guys like Davis and Teruel are not getting any younger and are unlikely to do anything this season. Roe on a wage of 95,000 is pure insanity because although he isn't maxed he won't be able to this season in the CT and as a leader is unlikely to bring in more than a handful of points this season. With the average age of their top 10 riders being 30.5 this team will also struggle to have a base next season, they are in for a long season.

One other thing, signing Chavanel for 90k from In-n-Out is possibly the worst transfer I have seen this transfer window. FLA66, MO67 and HIL69 he is unlikely to score more than 20 points this season. In-n-Out, I congratulate you on getting 90k for such a rider.


Fred Whitton Racing Team


Manager: JoeArmstrong13
Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
CameronMeyerAUS72576073706574638076596278
ZakayoNdbriKEN65766862746767525765755662
DanielMorenoESP70757065717169536969706965
IanFieldGBR70586565697164746572675971
CarterJonesUSA69737269717067536366736869
RichardHandleyGBR70677371736966626468746371
AggreySebrightUSA69566077647068525451675677
EdwinOrozcoCOL65736665657069516074676465
MustafaCarsiTUR67515467656671527678526868
AlexCouttsGBR66737062686870555262576762
RobbieHassanGBR67657262726767616671726565
TomLastGBR70526261666564697477566961
GrahamBriggsGBR70566361706869547574636661
JustoMayoESP63617058646060526167856858
Javier JoaquinNavarroESP68586055716763527270555055

Well, a decent team, one that may be good on paper but not when it comes to the real thing. As the 5th highest paid rider in the division, Cameron Meyer will have to perform very well and he should able to. He has some decent supporting riders and his high 78PRO stat should help him to do well in stage races as well as sprints. Moreno is paid 100,000 and will have to perform higher than what he should if he is to be the good climbing leader that the team needs him to be because Ndbri will be useless for GC results. For the flatter time trials they should also get a few top 10s with Sebright but he too could struggle. The races with no Meyer could be painful viewing for young Joe.


Gatorade - SIS


Manager: nacho63
Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
TylerBrandtUSA67766973746972626066667172
BenKingUSA75636567737179637873756167
JavierAramendíaESP71606777706972525862635877
AndoniBlazquezESP67697463726866506869586963
JosephBiziyaremyeRWA66747169706872505261577562
EthanWeissUSA74587367746869546777796467
Luis AngelMateESP65727361727168535363636561
WesSulzbergerAUS74577063747169627373776663
RobbySquireUSA67727264686872656167716464
CalebFairlyUSA68657459736870515262655961
RyanRothCAN71566571726967726670756571
MauricioArdilaCOL60736864666962505765726164
AntonVarabeiCAN69687062716866567174756961
PeterPancakeCAN67727064766768515268697064
GavinMannionUSA67726763697362556168636063
RicardoDelgado RubioESP73626969716672677169686969
LukeGrivell-MellorGBR69656662706868536361705762
JonathanDibbenGBR66636267646664616669656765

The second USA and UK team could be good or bad, it really depends. American Tyler Brandt is likely to divide opinions with his wage and stats. Although he can climb well and has a pretty good TT stat his flat and hill stats are likely to lead to him not being worth his quite high 125k wage. The other climbers on the team provide some sort of depth but they aren't particularly strong. The main strength of the team is arguably in their lone time trialist Aramendia who should get consistent top 10s and even top 5s but it will be hard for him to score the points the team would want from his 130k wage. Another American Ben King is also an interesting rider, his 78SPR/73ACC could have an impact on his ability to finish strong depending on how PCM takes his acceleration. How nacho decided he was worth a 120k wage is a good question to be asked. This is another team that could definitely struggle this season and will finish closer to the bottom than the top.


Generali - Kronenberg 1664


Manager: matt17br
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
PierreRollandFRA70747077727176525868726377
RudyMolardFRA68717564737373657075736766
ManueleBoaroITA72677177737167546170646278
DavideMalacarneITA67757370727173685769736867
MauroFinettoITA70727470747269537072727072
EdoardoGirardiITA67756771697376545868636671
MorenoMoserITA70536770736875627877635470
AlberigoPassalacquaITA63637658716363526269806958
FabienTaillefourFRA77565765707070785455596465
MorisPossoniITA66747362667272516169656162
ManuelBellettiITA70626758736872547677746770
DanieleRattoITA79515959746677557573556159
FabriceJeandesboszFRA71686367716969736566706167
ThomasVauvourzeixFRA70657258706567536671655764
GiuseppeFonziITA69576254726971697570536054
LucaSterbiniITA65536372706863635766686472
DavideMartinelliITA64536364676665546971606464
AttilioScodellerITA64666264606060565155586864

New manager matt17br has found a way to create a potential division winning team out of nothing. This team is likely to fight for the title but if not should at least be gunning for promotion to the PCT. Pierre Rolland on a 150k wage is a high price but will likely be worth it as he is one of the best climbing time trialists in the division. In the mountains they have Malacarne who isn't the best but he should bring in consistent Top 10 results which means points. The one real danger of this team is the hills, Molard and Finetto are a great duo at this level and with their ability to sprint should together bring in consistently good results throughout the season. For flat stage races they have Rolland of course as well as Boaro so they have two strong TT riders in the team which no doubt stands this team out from others. The likes of Moser and Beletti should bring in top 10s in the sprints although it absolutely kills me that Moser isn't in the PT this season because he would be a great rider maxed out. Not a single rider from outside Italy and France makes the team even easier to support.


Indosat - ANZ


Manager: Eden95
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
DarwinAtapumaCOL66787362717268526073706362
Gian PieroSignoriniITA59786965667273535674686265
AidisKruopisLTU73647071737675697877706476
MikelNieveESP67767367737475515764646767
KouheiUchimaJPN70687451756670537274676455
RobinManulangINA68737074716870605366647174
Yousef MirzaBanihammadUAE67737170667073536473566170
PeerapolChawchiangkuangTHA73747064726870586973807364
FedericoRocchettiITA68637564706568546564795764
Wei ChengLeeTPE71616570706574737475636170
HosseinNateghiIRN68636662716774547775646770
CameronBaylyAUS71727267707168586572767365
WenlongZhangCHN74636857706672587574686262
Hyeong MinChoeKOR71717371706969576164636369
ParnoParnoINA65707262716969526067736660
EndraWijayaINA67556460717065567474706272
Seung KwonLeeKOR65636656656864516365696656
SamSpokesAUS65596366656562636770626468

Depth in the mountains is what you see in this team, which for an Indo-Aussie team is unusual. No nationality focus could actually pay off for this diverse team. In Darwin Atepuma and Mikel Nieve they have one of the highest paid riders but they also have a deadly CT climbing duo. The two of them could tear up the CT division in races without a TT which seem to be plentiful. Signorini, who is a top rider in the Mountains, almost gave me piss myself when I saw his flat stat. He will be dropped on any stage that has 20kms of flat which to be honest won't be very useful. The third main weapon of the team is Kruopis with his strong sprint, decent hill and decent TT he could be a very useful rider for the team and has support in sprints from Nateghi and Zhang. This team is certainly one to watch out for. It will also be interesting to see whether our 59FLA man finishes in the Top 50 of any race.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
In-n-Out Cycling Team Powered by Carrefour


Manager: maxime86
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
JakubNovakCZE70767376757375606464646176
PhillipGaimonUSA71727569757271506774756169
RomainHardyFRA70757359736870666970747559
JoeyRosskopfUSA73717474727068576170686775
BlaiseSonneryFRA69717064667175537873676064
RobertSweetingUSA73537060726975587675636067
Micka√ęlDelageFRA74677359737071637371766459
AlexandreAulasFRA73556761756769737472638061
CherifAbdallahEGY68566357736272577876566457
Jean-LouPaianiFRA73646660726968736671696761
CyrilLemoineFRA73586373706866707475656473
YoannOffredoFRA74656973767270716166695873
ChristianMagerGER69697261666867566067636961
AntoineMatteauCAN72606872706871546368796074
ClementChevrierFRA64717057686766506063735957
DanielRuizESP67585856716861705457666356

The team is somewhat better than last year. The first talking point is Novak who arrived from Becherovka for 849,000!!! How they could even afford such a fee is beyond me and it really is a huge fee to pay for a rider who isn't the best in the division. There is no doubt he will be up there with the best in stage races but he will have to be because he is the rider on the team. Hardy and Gaimon will also have to chip in with good results here and there if this team wants to promote. Their few cobbled riders are a bit of a waste of space. They do have a few good sprinters, but a lot of teams do. Sonnery could do really well with his MO and HIL stats but will divide opinion with his 78SPR/73ACC as to whether he will be able to sprint to victory over his rivals. Sweeting on a wage of 140k is also a bit strange because with that money you could get better.

One last thing, please make your team name shorter next season because it is currently ridiculously long and annoying to type out. Thanks.


Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Cycling Team


Manager: Ollfardh
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
MatteoPelucchiITA74566865747075627877686865
KevinPeetersBEL72526264716875687977596464
StijnJosephBEL74606664767070766670727764
FrancisDe GreefBEL69747271707471706170696171
NikitaUmerbekovKAZ67697463726663566971676763
DiegoRosaITA67747366696870556272736866
ManuelSenniITA69727070727571596570657270
KonradDabkowskiPOL73596662686674607475606068
JasperStuyvenBEL68617257706566626469756757
JosefCernyCZE69687067706564617275716570
DanieleDall'OsteITA69717166697271565867687066
GregDe WindeBEL70556464706864726665696564
JensDebusschereBEL69596562706866667472696470
LouisVerhelstBEL68567065696766706268637065
EdwardTheunsBEL67677065687070526169646770
ArthurVanoverbergheBEL65676867686867656368646867
MicheleViolaITA67616562687068567170716463
MaksymVasilyevUKR65576060686663637271566666
DomagojBreznikCRO67586465686865617070656368

Another team who comes from last year's CT. This team will depend, rely and have to put their survival down to three riders. A lot of pressure is on the shoulders on Joseph, Pelucchi and Peeters. Joseph could and will probably do pretty well in the cobbles and he is one of the better riders in the CT on the terrain and will be able to sprint decently well. Don't expect too many long range efforts though as his TT is weak. Peeters is no doubt a good sprinter but he doesn't have the support other leaders do and his low 62HIL stat will be a killer for the manager. De Greef and Rosa are the other two riders who could score points but not many. The one bright spot is certainly Pelucchi who has a decent hill stat and a good sprint stat and could be the one to help this team fight for a top 10 or mid table finish.


Netia - Norske Skog


Manager: trekbmc
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
AndreyZeitsKAZ69737759736865506471686759
Karol AndrzejDomagalskiPOL68757174706975546265656271
ZsoltDerSER67737570737067506870726570
AdamStachowiakPOL73627561716764626871756963
MichaelM√łrk√łvDEN75597469727068707470686770
PatrikSinkewitzGER68727662747169505066605962
KristianSobotaDEN72546067746576617878586167
MarkusFahnertGER68687467737069516371746167
MariuszGilPOL70626563716765747273706572
TomaszMarczynskiPOL68747367706972515667606364
PawelFranczakPOL72626357726873607676637671
JaroslawDabrowskiPOL66747161707071525866676061
AdamPierzgaPOL70546364726570527577745970
PiotrMazurPOL68606575677067515756696675
KristerHagenNOR68526571677067607372756273
ChristosLoizouCYP65596460656462636767616560
LukasVarhanikSVK65606357646660585958606857

The Polish Norwegian team is somewhat like the Gazelle from 2 years ago. They have a good core of strong riders for hilly terrain which as many experienced managers know is very useful in the CT. In Zeits they have one of the best hills teams in the division, along with Der, Sinkewitz, Stachowiak and Fahnert. This group of riders could easily dominate the majority of races that the team participates in and could quite possibly lead them towards promotion. They have a couple of fairly decent climbers, notably Domagalski. There is also a decent sprint team led by Sabota that should be capable of a few nice results. The one cobbler in Gil could potentially surprise in a couple of the cobbled classics as well. All round, a very nice team with a strong Polish core that is likely to find themselves well up in the rankings at the end of the season.


Novatek - Panarmenian.net


Manager: Selwink
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
FrantisekRabonCZE73697669737372577277805969
AleksandrSerebriakovRUS74546164736779608077576272
Chu ThienSinelobovKAZ60766765656571515767847265
JíriHochmannCZE70525465666173577980586375
SergeyRudaskovRUS68757265737470515668617365
KirillPozdnyakovRUS72677365727170657574706771
JiriHudecekCZE68737472716668545360677072
ValentinIglinskiKAZ67647164706873587574727064
VyacheslavKuznetsovRUS76637066757369697275767066
MartinVelitsSVK72646974696765677172746474
EvgeniPopovRUS71706964707171587373716664
ArmanKharatyanARM69627351706765655464515851
JanBartaCZE71637072717063586668746772
MihkelRäimEST67626660686866557373586771
RonielCamposVEN68696663686866536162586463
EvgenyShalunovRUS67686564696767616462647162
MihranAvetisyanARM65676764666564576267596357

Another of the existing teams from last year, this team has got stronger but not by as much as they would have hoped. The sprints are clearly the strong point here, Serebriakov is a strong sprinter but his wage of 250,000 is an absolute joke. His main lead out man is Hochmann on a wage of 60,000 which is much more reasonable. In the hilly classics they have Czech rider Rabon who could do very well this year. His ability to climb, his decent TT, his pretty good sprint and his high fighter stat may very well lead to him being one of the big forces of the season. His main helper Hudecek is a pretty handy rider himself, while the third best hilly rider can also sprint quite well which came at a 135,000 price tag but could end up being a valuable asset to have.


OTP Bank - Slovnaft


Manager: jihardy
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
JulienSimonFRA71647667757470607274646570
LukaMezgecSLO71616760737076587977626870
ClemensFankhauserAUT69677561706873597074706766
MartinMahdarSVK70677365737272537272756367
GaborFejesHUN74667075707266545870686875
MatejJurcoSVK69697271717472527172716671
JonathanMillanCOL66687263707074527475595763
PatrikTyborSVK73677263736869547273736665
KrisztianLovassyHUN67636456676869727575747156
MarekCaneckySVK65737165727070506669696465
PeterKusztorHUN73687172716971597071726670
PavelPotockiCRO66726966706871546263656866
InoIlesicSLO69535559676871547672596259
ZoltanSiposHUN67666972726967556163696773
PauliusSiskeviciusLTU69636962666966506265626162
IstvanMolnarHUN66656663717065555067666363
PeterSimonHUN63676654656564505354585954

A team relatively similar to Netia. Their main leader is Frenchman Julien Simon who, not unlike others, could be one to dominate the division but then again he may not. His ability to sprint well will be key to the number of points he gets. In Frankhauser he has a good supporting rider who can also sprint just as well as he can and isn't much worse at going over the hills. In the hills their depth is quite fantastic (9 70+ HIL riders) with many domestiques who will attack but only the two leaders. In the mountains they have very little in terms of points scorers, the young talented Potocki is one to watch out for in the future in other divisions. The big thing that shocks me here is that Mezgec has a wage of 250,000! He is a good sprinter, but there are better in the division, his HIL stat is decent but certainly not good, there is nothing I can see that makes him deserve a 250k wage other than his nationality. He will however score points this season, Lovassy as his main helper who could do with developing his ability in the PT.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
SanCor Cycling Team


Manager: Ian Butler
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
MaximilianoRichezeARG73606659736979558079606159
Juli√°nRodasCOL66757067677268505869676667
RafaelAndriatoBRA71556461726875567876636772
MakyRomanVEN68757267706771536466555467
SalvadorMoreno HernandezCOL65746869707475506074765765
EnzoMoyanoARG67757257716768556564715657
GabrielJuarezARG70637463756867566471646967
Lucas SebastianHaedoARG70616754706672527676677854
CarlosBarredoESP73727369727572665762816269
LaureanoRosasARG72596575727073517074556176
ArielSivoriARG68737267727067525865706867
SebastianTolosaARG71586361706465517677585672
PedroHerreraCOL70596471726968577573706273
MichielVan AelbroeckBEL74526175706572625969715975
WalterTrilliniARG68627064716771577273676672
Cristian OmarClaveroARG67556356696470647574526771
DarioDiazARG67626169656263507269605871
AlejandroDuranARG67626270706864556368666870
Juan PabloDottiARG67575968686266536967656568
AnibalBorrajoARG66536260676159526667616060

The arrival of Ian into the Man-Game was an almost momentous thing for Daily and we were all in great anticipation as to what he could do straight away. I'll tell you what he did, he got the B World Champion into his CT team! Richeze is one of the top sprinters in the CT and he will receive strong support from an unusual South American team, one that has a focus on the sprints. Andriato is the second best sprinter in the team and is pretty good himself, he is also only one of two in the team's top 10 sprinters that isn't Argentinean. This team should do extremely well in the sprints, provided they avoid Thorsen and co. In the mountains they have 3 good climbers with other decent supporters, as us from the CT know from last year you don't need to the top end climbers to bring in the points. In the hills they have a rider or two who may benefit from mid stage attacks. Definitely a team I personally will be following because you have to appreciate what Ian has achieved.


Severstal - Mercator


Manager: Silvio Herklotz
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
JoseMendesPOR69687869726867516865706769
GregaBoleSLO71647464746771637674716164
JanHirtCZE68757069737574526574726669
GaborKasaSER70717274747071586366676574
EsadHasanovicSER67746770717068606261677070
EmanuelKiserlovskiCRO68747166736770575569756766
IvanBalykinRUS73576166686673567675526271
DmitriyIgnatievRUS71586975707271575667666774
MichalGolasPOL71657167727071587472756267
AleksandrMironovRUS73556268716570557574806468
MathiasBelkaGER64677262707066536066716461
LukaPibernikSLO69626959696565616568686661
AlexanderFoliforovRUS70686864737370506158667264
LukaGrubicCRO64666869676964555154637068
IvanSavitskiyRUS65526269696965566970616773
DaliborGrŇĺeljSLO60686156606262535363795456
RobertJenkoSLO65566056656463596770537256

Despite losing a good rider due to the fact that their manager can't read and calculate numbers correctly, this Russian team run by a Putin-like figure is a decently good team. Featuring two of last year's top riders, Mendes will be expected to work his magic once again as he is the top rated hills rider in the division, while Bole will also be expected to deliver now that their other top man has disappeared. But other than these two there is only one other rider worth talking about. Jan Hirt will be a beast but not yet, this season he should be a consistent Top 10 GC guy. Whether he is worth the 112,500 that Severstal are paying of his wage could be argued either way. The problem with this team is that outside this trio there isn't a lot to offer and besides the hills I don't see anywhere this team will score decent points.


Sodexo ProCycling


Manager: the_hoyle
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
SébastienTurgotFRA71586365737068757574636068
NabilBazALG67757162697169646670686960
Mika√ęlCh√©relFRA71617567766869526172676167
JonathonThireFRA71626463706676687677657163
AlexisGougeardFRA69617567717070545866766167
TonyGallopinFRA65716974687074565863697474
TonyHurelFRA71566555666974577575636455
GuillaumeBlotFRA71536666726967736270707566
Sa√ĮdHaddouFRA69515159686370637678576469
GuillaumeBonnafondFRA69736962687267536168665462
JulienAntomarchiFRA70687263706568616768716463
HichemChaabaneALG64727258687072565568716259
WajdiHomraniTUN66707161687167505673606857
CédricPineauFRA72526958696866707270756558
ChristopheKernFRA68726962686469605861665962
NicolasRousseauFRA72536373716872576375666473
PerrigQuemeneurFRA69525872666870635864686172
ArnaudCoyotFRA69516154666261716256666054
AnassAit El AbdiaMOR66656761666566646567646161
CedricThaoutaGAB67606662686866546568716162

Baz is an interesting name but unfortunately his results are unlikely to be interesting, at least not in a positive way as he is certainly outclassed by many CT climbers and stage racers. In the hills Chérel and Gougeard should be a decent attacking duo capable of a few nice surprises as well as conistsent top 10s which should mean they will get in the points relatively often. Sprinting wise a few nice riders but nothing too special, the MO and HIL stats of Haddou still make me laugh every time I look at them. Turgot may have to be the saving grace for this team as the leading cobbled rider. His job will be to score as many points as he can in the classics and he will need to if this teams wants to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.


Strava


Manager: Shonak
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
SebastianLangeveldNED76567268787073766373767668
EliaFavilliITA71637563716782657674686267
AndrewTennantGBR77636978767677546768786777
ClaudioCorioniITA73596455736678707975696055
BertDe BackerBEL73546464737067757475746064
MarcoCanolaITA70647369737170627576746669
AbdelkaderBelmokhtarALG67727568726971595764666368
TimothyDupontBEL72536361736875727577636661
SebastienEinsleLUX68637460707067656271737560
ChristophPfingstenGER71687273717270676872667374
AngeloTulikFRA72667258727170677372686461
ErminVan WykNAM76516356726969746968676356
MirkoSelvaggiITA68727368727173735764706267
ChristiaanKriekRSA71657366717069646472606266
IdoZilbersteinISR68606663666666566970665663
GregorMuhlbergerAUT64626758646064516768716360
MirkoTrosinoITA65606369666861586260586269
AntonCooperNZL68666560696867636662646565

They have one of the top time trialists in the CT in Andrew Tennant and he can go over a hill better than most, alone he can bring in a good chunk of points from the disciplines that many others ignore completely. Elia Favilli is one of the better hilly sprinters in the CT and is likely to perform very well for the team, the help from Belmokhtar will certainly help him. There is also ohter good supporting hill depth that one could easily miss, this is one of the top 5 teams in the hills in terms of depth. Corioni and Dupont could do decently well in the sprints and will be expected to bring in a few points. The main strength of this team however is in the cobbled classics. Dutchman Langeveld is one of the top in this terrain in the CT and with De Backer as a co-leader it gives the team two great options on the cobbles. 4 other 70+COB riders will also provide the much needed support to help the leaders get over the line. This team may score a lot of points in the areas where others will not. The only weakness is there are no worthy climbers.


Team Type 1


Manager: jsh213mufc
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
ThomasPetersonUSA66756873687274515969706273
ChrisBartonUSA65736575717373615966687475
MartijnVerschoorNED73606467747175687675706272
DanMcLayGBR71566655727075707576626655
MaartenWynantsBEL73586466726765756262736966
AndreaPeronITA71576457726974597574565666
CraigLewisUSA69717071687369515865615671
FlorianBissingerGER71607170706669646773766870
DavidLozanoESP66727057716866525269707257
JoonasHenttalaFIN65706569706968506066627169
PhilBauhausGER70556056676367647371596260
TomasSwift-MetcalfeGBR67706562706666555771656562
JoeEldridgeUSA69666471677265526568676670
BradleyWigginsGBR68576272616060575667655772
JavierMejiasESP68525260666463547372576160
StephenClancyIRL66656861656865566266656861
JamesGlasspoolAUS68596765696468567068716165
SimonStrobelGER66576069646765525760646169
RuudCremersNED64545659666563666261667259

Team Type 1 may unfortunately have an awful season as I see no rider here worth getting excited about. Stage race leader Peterson isn't very good and can't go over a hill very well. The second highest paid rider is a time trialist in Barton who can climb and time trial but he can't go over a hill and will funnily enough probably be dropped on flat stages. They have 3 sprinters who will struggle to get a result worth being happy about. The only potential point scorer is an ageing Wynants whose back up stats are pretty poor to say the least. The team does have a bunch of talent but it is unlikely for the top ones to develop, at least this season anyway. They are certainly contenders for the spoon this season, and not a shiny gold one.


Verkefnid Iceland


Manager: The Hobbit
Team Nationality:

First NameLast NameNationalityFLAMOHILTTSTARESRECCOBSPRACCFIGDWHPRO
YoannBagotFRA68767365746969515864716165
AmadouBakariGAB58535454585659816160585954
IngvarOmarssonISL70717473716772656872687372
MichaelVanderaerdenBEL72546158716578637975565958
AndreasLandaNOR66756768687367565371686368
√Ösmund RomstadL√łvikNOR71757261727369605866716857
BrunoLimaPOR70536469696977557680746369
Jonas AaenJ√łrgensenDEN73575958646170607873526258
AloJakinEST71596868727169637574746976
KariBrynjolfssonISL71616870706561736668676969
David ThorSigurdssonISL71596761686869647474666963
OskarOmarssonISL72677064706967656871707266
GunnlaugurJonassonISL70626971646867635859546270
Runar √ĖrnAgustssonISL68586370686963536061636570
HlynurThorsteinssonISL64535671546859535355525872
Anton √ĖrnElfarssonISL70545969636162546870545971
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Does it really matter how good or bad this team is? It is by far the coolest team in world cycling and will gain support from many of the neutrals. Despite the fact that they have 11 riders from Iceland it is still a pretty decent team. They have three pretty good stage race leaders in Bagot, L√łvik and even Omarsson is likely to score a few points here and there. In the sprints they are led by Vanderaerden and Lima who are two more than useful riders for racing in the CT and I see this as the main strength of the team. In the cobbles they have the best rider in the CT by some distance in Man-Game legend Amadou Bakari. The 28 year old from Gabon will look to ride for the nation of Africa as he represents them in the CT after years in the higher divisions. You just have to like this team, not only are they from Iceland but they have Bakari. The support for this special team will be unheard of! Hopefully they can do well this season.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Predicted Final Rankings


As always, this is by far the most difficult part of pre-season previews. There are some teams that you know will finish in in the top few or bottom few but there are some teams where you have no clue at all.
Anyway, here they are!

1. Generali - Kronenberg 1664
2. Compal - Merida
3. Netia - Norske Skog
4. DeLaval - Kitikori
5. Severstal - Mercator
6. Alpina - Avianca
7. BelarusBank Pro Cycling
8. Strava
9. SanCor Cycling Team
10. Indosat - ANZ
11. In-n-Out Cycling Team Powered by Carrefour
12. Actavis - DKSH
13. OTP Bank - Slovnaft
14. Novatek - Panarmenian.net
15. Fablok - Dunlop
16. Verkefnid Iceland
17. Fred Whitton Racing Team
18. Chiquita - Universal p/b Minions
19. Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Cycling Team
20. Carlsberg - Danske Bank
21. Gatorade - SIS
22. Elta - Hellenic Post
23. Akzonobel - Statoil
24. Sodexo Pro Cycling
25. Fox Sports - Golomt Cycling
26. Team Type 1
 
baseballlover312
To be fair, Koep is riding for me free on the cap this year, so I think he's worth it. Wink And in last year's field, Ostergaard was really good. Pfft
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Jesleyh
Another Top 20 for Carlsberg Shock
I would argue what you said about De Maar's wage though. I can see his all-around stats paying off in CT and definitely being worth 100k. His ACC alone will give him an edge on most other punchers Wink

Also, you call Verkefnid's focus awesome(rightfully!) but Team Type 1 has a nice one as well, with all those diabetic guys Grin

Generali as division winner is an interesting shout. Wonder if they can live up to that Wink

Joseph could and will probably do pretty well in the cobbles and he is one of the better riders in the CT on the terrain and will be able to sprint decently well. Don't expect too many long range efforts though as his TT is weak.

This part was a bit confusing though. I'm not sure if it affects the long range attacks Wink

Anyway, nice preview! Grin
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SportingNonsense
Not the easiest of previews to read with big blocks of text and no paragraphs - but still very interesting, nice work LLS.

My favourite part of previews are the predictions, so already interesting to see your differences with The Rider's.
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Bjartne
Wow, big difference in the Belarusbank predictions here Pfft

Glad to see us being tipped at the top again, but I'm afraid the predictors are overrating us. I only have 15 riders, so in several races I have either not a full squad, or climbers in flat races and opposite.

Our goal is top 5 nonetheless, but I really doubt to win the division or being a runner-up. For that I would have needed a slightly bigger squad I think.
 
sgdanny
I don't agree with 15th position, so I better prove you wrong Wink
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trekbmc
Predicted 3rd by both so far Shock I'll be very happy with a top 5, ecstatic with a podium, considering that top ten is the team goal. Smile



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Marcovdw
Completely agree on your evaluation of the Minions LLS, well done Wink
Also, very interesting to see the differences between Rider's one and yours
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Shonak
Another 8th place, I take it. Pretty much d'accord with everything you said. Very informative preview over the many teams, thanks.

Lack of climbing depth in strava, yes. But that doesn't matter so much, I wouldn't know where to use him anyway with the team's limited race days. Smile
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Ian Butler
Great preview there Smile
And thanks for the kind words, too! Wink
 
Ollfardh
Nice preview, again a bit lower then I expect our team to finish. But maybe I'm just to optimistic about my management skills with Belkin doing so well in EPIC. We managed to go a lot higher then the predictions last year, so I'm hoping we could do the same this year Smile
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TheManxMissile
Same as SN this could really improved presentation wise. Splitting each preview into 2/3 shorter paragraphs and either replacing the stat tables with screenshots or by coloring the key stats would make it look a not nicer and make it a lot easier to read.

The content itself is good and interesting though!
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Thanks all for your feedback.
I agree it could certainly look a lot better, next time Wink
 
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