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ICL16 - Teams

The Team

Fabio Aru
Luigi Bagnoli
Enrico Battaglin
Cesare Benedetti
Manuele Boaro
Nicola Boem
Niccolo Bonifazio
Claudio Bruno
Davide Formolo
Bruno Iodice
Sacha Modolo
Stefano Pirazzi
Francesco Rizzi
Kristian Sbaragli
Vincenzo Tempesta
Giovanni Visconti

Race Calender

Note: For WT race we need to get Wildcards

Christchurch - AkeroaNew ZealandCT.2
Volta ao AlgarvePortugalCT.2
Clasica di Tirreno - AdriaticoItalyCT.1
Strade BiancheItalyWT
Vuelta a TachiraVenezuelaWT
Roma MaximaItalyCT.1
Milano - SanremoItalyWT
Critérium InternationalFranceCT.2
Tour of South AfricaSouth AfricaCT.2
Giro del TrentinoItalyCT.1
Tour de RomandieSwitzerlandCT.2
Giro d'ItaliaItalyWT
Tour des FjordsNorwayCT.1
GP MoscowRussiaCT.2
La JurassaineSwitzerlandCT.1
Tour d'AndorraAndorraCT.2
Rheinland-Pfalz RundfahrtGermanyCT.2
Le GĂ©ant de ProvenceFranceCT.2
Int. Österreich-RundfahrtAustriaCT.1
Volta a PortugalPortugalCT.2
Baltic Chain TourLatviaCT.1
Post Danmark RundtDenmarkCT.2
World Ports ClassicBelgium/The NetherlandsCT.1
Tour of BritainGreat - BritainCT.1
Milano - TorinoItalyCT.2
Il LombardiaItalyWT
Vuelta a ColombiaColombiaCT.2
Japan CupJapanCT.1

Victories 2016

Sacha Modolo - Stage 2 Tour of South Africa
Davide Formolo - Stage 3 Tour de Romandie
Fabio Aru - Le GĂ©ant de Provence
Enrico Battglin - Stage 7 Volta a Portugal
Fabio Aru - Stage 9 Volta a Portugal

Victories 2015

Adriano Malori Stage 3 Criterium International
Giovanni Visconti Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
Kristof Vandewalle Stage 1 Tour of California
Enrico Battaglin Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
Michael Schwarzmann Stage 1 Tour d'Andorra
Sacha Modolo Stage 6 Tour of Austria
Adriano Malori Stage 7 Tour of Austria
Adriano Malori Stage 8 Tour of Britain
Adriano Malori Italian TT Champs
Cesare Benedetti Vuelta a Colombia

Edited by krisa on 09-03-2016 20:17
Bunzl - Centrica


Our 2015 season got off to a much better start with multiple successes in the first few months, with Pais Vasco being a particular highlight as we scored two stage wins in a row from the Yates brothers. Unfortunately, our season went downhill very quickly, with no wins in the GTs or Classics. Simon Yates continued to pick up wins, including an important one in our home race but it was an underwhelming season from the team, particularly our sprinters. In total, we picked up just nine wins, mainly due to a poor season from Mark Cavendish, who scored seven on his own in 2014.

For 2016, a change of focus will hopefully bring around a change in fortune as we look to the future.

The Squad

Taylor Phinney2678646979807777757573767273
Geraint Thomas3077717476787870756369777274
Tejay Van Garderen2873787778776364727270737276
Ian Stannard2976637272747668716878747266
Joseph Dombrowski2569777469685964727077727173
Simon Yates2476717768696971757271716768
Adam Yates2471767468666165726972686568
Alex Dowsett2873637076766266716767736868
Peter Kennaugh2770757569735765716869726973
Rohan Dennis2673717476765860686863696669
Lawson Craddock2472707276746665676967686869
Gavin Mannion2569747267636364717174686468
Owain Doull2372637164686674727068696667
Philip Lavery2673617165697372746966706566
Jonathan Dibben2273617067687370707068706666
Thomas Moses2470657463646967706772706663
Benjamin Dyball2771687465676870706872706566
Daniel McLay2471636967686673727263676465
Samuel Harrison2473656774736765646968666766
Sam Spokes2472627265667268706969716660
Larry Warbasse2669717072725962686768706971
Ian Bibby3069717267676668707068686666
Mark Christian2670626867677070727068676667
Andy Byrne2267677062616665687369706564

The Goals

As with previous seasons, the goal is still to develop our own talent and, as such, pressure will not be on individual results for 90% of the team. Our youngsters must simply give their all for the team and try their best when they get their own opportunities. However, for the more experienced team leaders, the pressure is on to get enough points to keep the team in the World Tour. Therefore, the following races are important to us:

-All of the cobbled classics, where our strong unit should be able to pick up multiple top tens, with the team led by experienced road captain Geraint Thomas.
-Virginia Chrono Tour. A huge race for our American focused team with an incredibly strong TT lineup.
-Tour of Britain. Home race, so naturally extremely important. We hope for a competitive performance from new British star Simon Yates.
-US stage races. Particularly the USAPCC, which is very important for our American sponsors and riders.
-Eneco Tour. A race that we should be aiming to do well in with a strong team for this type of race.
-Tour de France. Of course.

The Results


#1 Joe Dombrowski - Vuelta a Tachira, Stage 8
#2 Joe Dombrowski - Amgen Tour of California, Stage 7
#3 Rohan Dennis, Alex Dowsett, Sam Harrison, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Simon Yates (TTT) - Deutschland Tour, Stage 5
#4 Jonathan Dibben - Tour of Mount Fuji, Stage 5
#5 Tejay Van Garderen - Tour de France. Stage 18
#6 Sam Harrison - USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 1
#7 Simon Yates - USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 3
#8 Simon Yates - USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 6
#9 Lawson Craddock, Rohan Dennis, Alex Dowsett, Sam Harrison, Tom Moses, Taylor Phinney, Tejay Van Garderen, Larry Warbasse (TTT) - Vuelta a Espana, Stage 1
#10 Adam Yates - Tour of Britain, Stage 4
#11 Ian Bibby - Tour of Britain, Stage 6
#12 Taylor Phinney - Vuelta a Espana, Stage 11
#13 Tejay Van Garderen - Vuelta a Espana, Stage 13
#14 Lawson Craddock, Alex Dowsett, Taylor Phinney, Geraint Thomas, Tejay Van Garderen (TTT) - Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 2
#15 Geraint Thomas - Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 4


Other Notable Results

9th, Tour of Toowoomba Stage 4 - Mark Christian
8th, Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 1 - Simon Yates
6th, Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 4 - Peter Kennaugh
6th, Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 6 - Peter Kennaugh
3rd, National Capital Tour Stage 1 - Rohan Dennis
6th, Vuelta a Tachira Stage 5 - Joe Dombrowski
3rd, Vuelta a Tachira Stage 9 - Joe Dombrowski
5th, Vuelta a Tachira Stage 10 - Joe Dombrowski
4th, Vuelta a Tachira GC - Joe Dombrowski
3rd, Vuelta a Tachira KOM - Joe Dombrowski
1st, Vuelta a Tachira Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
9th, Milano - San Remo - Taylor Phinney
10th, E3 Prijs - Harelbeke - Geraint Thomas
10th, Gent - Wevelgem - Taylor Phinney
9th, Ronde van Vlaanderen - Taylor Phinney
3rd, Trofeo Campania - Alex Dowsett
9th, Giro d'Italia Stage 1 - Peter Kennaugh
7th, Giro d'Italia Stage 5 - Simon Yates
10th, Giro d'Italia Stage 6 - Adam Yates
7th, Giro d'Italia Stage 7 - Adam Yates
9th, Giro d'Italia Stage 7 - Simon Yates
8th, Giro d'Italia Stage 10 - Simon Yates
10th, Giro d'Italia Stage 13 - Adam Yates
8th, Giro d'Italia Stage 14 - Adam Yates
10th, Giro d'Italia Stage 19 - Adam Yates
7th, Giro d'Italia Stage 21 - Adam Yates
9th, Giro d'Italia GC - Adam Yates
2nd, Giro d'Italia Youth GC - Adam Yates
4th, Giro d'Italia Youth GC - Simon Yates
2nd, Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 - Joe Dombrowski
5th, Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 - Owain Doull
5th, Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 - Owain Doull
3rd, Amgen Tour of California GC - Joe Dombrowski
2nd, Amgen Tour of California KoM - Joe Dombrowski
1st, Amgen Tour of California Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
2nd, Deutschland Tour Stage 2 - Simon Yates
6th, Deutschland Tour Stage 4 - Geraint Thomas
8th, Deutschland Tour Stage 4 - Adam Yates
7th, Deutschland Tour Stage 6 - Geraint Thomas
10th, Deutschland Tour Stage 6 - Simon Yates
4th, Deutschland Tour Stage 7 - Geraint Thomas
5th, Deutschland Tour Stage 7 - Alex Dowsett
7th, Deutschland Tour Stage 7 - Rohan Dennis
2nd, Deutschland Tour Stage 8 - Simon Yates
4th, Deutschland Tour GC - Geraint Thomas
9th, Deutschland Tour GC - Simon Yates
1st, Deutschland Tour Youth GC - Simon Yates
3rd, Deutschland Tour Youth GC - Adam Yates
1st, Deutschland Tour Team Classification
3rd, Vuelta a Guatemala Stage 7 - Benjamin Dyball
2nd, Vuelta a Guatemala KoM - Ian Bibby
2nd, Tour of Mount Fuji Stage 1 - Tejay Van Garderen
7th, Tour of Mount Fuji Stage 3 - Tejay Van Garderen
8th, Tour of Mount Fuji Stage 4 - Joe Dombrowski
9th, Tour of Mount Fuji GC - Tejay Van Garderen
10th, Tour of Mount Fuji GC - Joe Dombrowski
1st, Tour of Mount Fuji Points Classification - Jonathan Dibben
3rd, Tour of Mount Fuji KoM - Joe Dombrowski
2nd, Tour of Mount Fuji Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
9th, Tour de France Stage 2 - Tejay Van Garderen
8th, Tour de France Stage 3 - Tejay Van Garderen
7th, Tour de France Stage 5 - Tejay Van Garderen
5th, Tour de France Stage 10 - Tejay Van Garderen
6th, Tour de France Stage 11 - Joe Dombrowski
3rd, Tour de France Stage 12 - Tejay Van Garderen
5th, Tour de France Stage 12 - Geraint Thomas
5th, Tour de France Stage 14 - Tejay Van Garderen
10th, Tour de France Stage 14 - Joe Dombrowski
3rd, Tour de France Stage 16 - Ian Stannard
7th, Tour de France Stage 19 - Geraint Thomas
5th, Tour de France Stage 20 - Tejay Van Garderen
6th, Tour de France GC - Tejay Van Garderen
2nd, Tour de France Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
4th, Tour of Vancouver Stage 4 - Joe Dombrowski
6th, Tour of Vancouver GC - Joe Dombrowski
2nd, Tour of Vancouver Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
7th, Tour of Northern Europe Stage 2 - Alex Dowsett
3rd, Tour of Northern Europe Stage 7 - Jonathan Dibben
2nd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2 - Simon Yates
2nd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 3 - Gavin Mannion
3rd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 3 - Ian Bibby
2nd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4 - Lawson Craddock
3rd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge GC - Lawson Craddock
1st, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Points Classification - Simon Yates
1st, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Youth GC - Lawson Craddock
2nd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Youth GC - Simon Yates
3rd, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Youth GC - Joe Dombrowski
1st, USA Pro Cycling Challenge Team Classification
2nd, Eneco Tour Stage 1 - Geraint Thomas
3rd, Eneco Tour Stage 1 - Taylor Phinney
4th. Eneco Tour Stage 2 - Taylor Phinney
2nd, Eneco Tour Stage 3 - Taylor Phinney
6th, Eneco Tour Stage 4 - Geraint Thomas
2nd, Eneco Tour GC - Geraint Thomas
3rd, Tour of Britain Stage 7 - Andy Byrne
3rd, Tour of Britain GC - Adam Yates
3rd, Tour of Britain KoM - Andy Byrne
1st, Tour of Britain Youth GC - Adam Yates
1st, Tour of Britain Team Classification
10th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 3 - Tejay Van Garderen
10th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 5 - Taylor Phinney
4th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 6 - Tejay Van Garderen
5th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 - Taylor Phinney
10th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 - Tom Moses
6th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 8 - Tejay Van Garderen
10th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 9 - Taylor Phinney
3rd, Vuelta a Espana Stage 10 - Tejay Van Garderen
4th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 10 - Taylor Phinney
6th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 10 - Alex Dowsett
6th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 12 - Tejay Van Garderen
4th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 14 - Tejay Van Garderen
8th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 15 - Taylor Phinney
9th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 19 - Tejay Van Garderen
6th, Vuelta a Espana Stage 20 - Tejay Van Garderen
2nd, Vuelta a Espana Stage 21 - Tejay Van Garderen
2nd, Vuelta a Espana GC - Tejay Van Garderen
5th, Vuelta a Espana Points Classification - Tejay Van Garderen
10th, Course de la Paix Stage 5 - Adam Yates
2nd, Course de la Paix Youth GC - Adam Yates
3rd, Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 3 - Tejay Van Garderen
6th, Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 3 - Alex Dowsett
7th, Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 3 - Taylor Phinney
5th, Virginia Chrono Tour Stage 4 - Tejay Van Garderen
2nd, Virginia Chrono Tour GC - Tejay Van Garderen
3rd, Virginia Chrono Tour GC - Taylor Phinney
4th, Virginia Chrono Tour GC - Geraint Thomas
1st, Virginia Chrono Tour Team Classification
4th, World TTT Championships - Lawson Craddock, Rohan Dennis, Alex Dowsett, Sam Harrison, Taylor Phinney, Geraint Thomas, Tejay Van Garderen
4th, World ITT Championships - Geraint Thomas
3rd, World U23 Championships - Jonathan Dibben
8th, World U23 Championships - Owain Doull
7th, World Championships - Geraint Thomas


British Gas Cycling Academy

Our Development Team, of course, return for 2016 and will aim to continue their fantastic job of producing riders capable of succeeding in the World Tour. Our academy plays a pivotal role in the future of this team, as evidenced by the seven current main team riders who started in the DT. This year, the team will be led by Welsh stage racer Scott Davies, who at just 21, is already well on his way to becoming a solid pro and will be looking to perform well in longer races, especially those with TTs. He will be assisted by American Time Trial specialist Thomas Rose, who will look for good results in ITTs.

Amongst the new intake are two fine climbers from New Zealand, with Angus Chapman, in particular, looking to show his attacking power on the slopes. We also welcome our first ever South African rider in sprinter David Whitehead. 19 year old Brit Harrison Adams is the youngest rider under contract this year but, despite this, the promising youngster will lead the team in the cobbled races and could be a star of the future in one day races.

The Squad

Scott Davies2170717069685958686565666368
Thomas Rose2168656569696663626964636763
David Whitehead2169576263676269677360656465
Angus Chapman2163686863605355696568676567
Harrison Adams1965616563636759636763676161
Edward Birch2266536057646067666653646364
Lewis Pugh2166586361636565607265656260
Henry Murray2059666464645453626352616262

The Goals

-Keep developing riders so they can move up to the main team by the time they're 23. Ideally, at least one rider a season will make the grade, therefore saving us money on transfers.
-Do well in the Tour of Britain, Ride London Classic and Rutland-Melton Classic, when sponsors British Gas will be keen to see the results of their input.
-Be visible in any CT level races. Anonymity will not get us anywhere.
-In a team not defined by results, actual race goals can be hard to put in place, but we expect the team to win something in the U23 Tour, races like Cascade Cycling Classic or Tour de l'Avenir should allow us to shine.

The Results


#1 Scott Davies - Giro Valle d'Aosta, Stage 5
#2 Scott Davies - Giro Valle d'Aosta, GC
#3 Scott Davies - Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 2
#4 Scott Davies - Cascade Cycling Classic, GC


Other Notable Results

8th, National Capital Tour GC - Scott Davies
2nd, National Capital Tour Youth GC - Scott Davies
3rd, Tour of South Africa Stage 8 - Angus Chapman
2nd, Tour of South Africa Stage 11 - David Whitehead
2nd, Giro Valle d'Aosta Stage 2 - Scott Davies
6th, Giro Valle d'Aosta Stage 3 - Scott Davies
6th, Giro Valle d'Aosta Stage 6 - Angus Chapman
10th, Giro Valle d'Aosta Stage 6 - Scott Davies
8th, Tour de Berlin Stage 2 - Thomas Rose
3rd, Tour de Berlin KoM - Lewis Pugh
9th, Chrono San Michel - Thomas Rose
10th, Chrono San Michel - Scott Davies
3rd, Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 4 - Scott Davies
3rd, Cascade Cycling Classic Points Classification - Scott Davies
4th, Cascade Cycling Classic KoM - Scott Davies
6th, Tour de l'Avenir Stage 1 - Scott Davies
10th, Tour de l'Avenir Stage 1 - Thomas Rose
3rd, Tour de l'Avenir Stage 8 - Scott Davies
6th, Tour de l'Avenir GC - Scott Davies

Edited by brewers90 on 02-05-2016 23:05
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TVM Cycling Team HQ

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Welcome to the TVM Cycling Team's brand new headquarters! Following a successful first season as TVM - Sanyo we are returning for the 2016 ICL season stronger than ever before!

We are proud to present our brand new jersey for the year ahead which will hopefully be seen many times throughout the season. Following a hectic transfer season we would like to present you with our full squad of riders for 2016.

Absolute Leaders

NationNameAgeRider TypeLast Year
Theo Bos33SprinterTVM - Sanyo
Robert Gesink30Stage RacerTVM - Sanyo
Boy Van Poppel28SprinterTVM - Sanyo

Protected Riders

NationNameAgeRider TypeLast Year
Johnny Hoogerland33FighterTVM - Sanyo
Ramon Sinkeldam27SprinterTVM - Sanyo
Jos Van Emden31Classics RiderTVM - Sanyo

Luxury Team-Mates

NationNameAgeRider TypeLast Year
Brent Bookwalter32Time-TrialistEurosport - Pepsi
Jasper Bovenhuis25ClimberTVM - Sanyo
Stef Clement34Time-TrialistTVM - Sanyo
Bert-Jan Lindeman27Fighter(Elite-2)
Elmar Reinders24SprinterLukoil Development Team
Nick Van der Lijke25PuncheurTVM - Sanyo


NationNameAgeRider TypeLast Year
Koen Bekker21ClimberNetherlands U-21
Chad Haga28Fighter(Elite-2)
Jeroen Meijers23ClimberTVM - Sanyo
Christopher Putt23Climber(Elite-2)
Pieter Weening35Fighter(Elite-2)

It is with regret, however that we announce the departure of several riders from our 2015 squad. We thank each of the following riders for all that they have achieved and provided to the team in their brief time with us, and wish them all the best in the future.

Quinten Aarts
Yukiya Arashiro
Nino Honigh
Raymond Kreder
Nariyuki Masuda
Yamato Shirota
Kenny Van Hummel

More to come later.
Edited by OZrocker on 05-11-2015 03:50
Specialized - Playstation


It is with great pleasure that we launch the new Continental team Specialized - Playstation. Our primary aim is to provide a development platform for both established and developing riders from the United States, with a secondary focus on Latin America, the Caribbean and Japan. Though small the team still hopes to make a big impact and potentially be promoted to the World Tour in 2017.

Sony, our primary sponsor, namely for Sony's Playstation product, will assist in the team's finances and also provide riders with such technologies as fitness trackers and computers. Our second title sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Corporation, will provide the all-important frames, as well as clothing and accessories (helmet, shoes, etc.).

Wheels will be provided by Zipp, and groupsets by Shimano. Adidas have come on board later on and will provide extra monetary assistance (mainly for travel and accommodations) and most of our riders will be wearing the brand's glasses. Finally, we will have two more general sponsors for the coming season in Continental Tires and CIBC First Caribbean International Bank.

2016 Squad

Jake Keough
Nathan Brown
Joshua Berry
Robert Bush
Genki Yamamoto
Hayato Yoshida
Tomohiro Hayakawa
Esteban Chaves
Julian Arredondo
Kanstantsin Siutsou
Yauheni Hutarovich
Bernardo Colex
Joao Marcelo Gaspar
Darren Matthews
Gianluca Brambilla
Diego Milan


La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (Stage 1) - Gianluca Brambilla
Tour of California (Stage 4) - Joao Marcelo Gaspar
Tour of California (KOM) - Joao Marcelo Gaspar
Int. Osterreich Rundfahrt (Stage 8) - Hayato Yoshida
Circulo de Juarez (Teams) - Team SPP
Vuelta a Colombia (Stage 7) - Bernardo Colex

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Saeco-Cannondale Team HQ


After a highly successful year led by Continental Tour Individual tour winner Dario Cataldo and sprinter Andrea Guardini - the team moved up into the ProTour to take on the worlds biggest races.

First signing - Alessandro Di Marchi


Alessandro Di Marchi has been snatched from rival team SAP Bianchi. The versitile Italian fits the mold of the squad an attacking climber who enjoys the odd breakaway. We paid a fair premium on wage for such a rider as we did woth Puccio but are happy to have tempted him away from a rival team.

Transfers - all change in leadership at Saeco - the Roman has arrived



In a busy transfer period the team offloaded aging stage racer and C2 race darling Dario Cataldo amongst other riders such as all rounders Oscar Gatto and Marco Marcato. In their place we landed climbers Kreuziger and Simon Spilak to lead the teams assault in key PT races.

Sprinter Andrea Guardini was retained as Giocomo Nizzolo was added to ensure omnipresent threats in field sprints.

U23 team - Fiat formed lead by Slovenian pair


With the signing of Spilak and Koren it was clear we had decided to extend the Saeco sphere of influence to include Slovenia. The development squad now having exactly a third Slovenians. A third of this squad is Italians and the final third are Eritreans. We shall see how this goes in our first forey into the youth ranks.

Notable Results 2016

Diego Rosa
Vuelta a Tachira - 2nd Stage 7
Giro D'Italia - 3rd Stage 5, stage 14
Andrea Guardini
Paris Nice - 2nd Stage 2
Ster ZLM Tour - 1st stage 1
Giro D'Italia - 2nd stage 8
Tour of Mount Fuji - 3rd stage 2
Tour of Northern Europe - 1st stage 6, 2nd stage 1, 3rd Points
Tour of Britain - 1st stage 8, 2nd Points, 2nd stage 5, 3rd stage 2
Kristjan Koren
Istrian Spring Trophy - 3rd Stage 1, 4th GC
Roman Kreuziger
Giro D'Italia - 8th GC, 2nd stage 14
Tour de Suisse - 1st GC, 2nd stage 1 + stage 5 + stage 6, 3rd stage 3 + stage 8 + stage 9, 2nd Points
Course De La Paix - 6th GC
Giacomo Nizzolo
Deutschland Tour - 1st stage 1, 3rd stage 3, 2nd points
Quebec Sprint Challenge - 4th
Davide Cimolai
Vuelta a Guatemala - 2nd stage 4
Matteo Trentin
Tour de Suisse - 2nd stage 7
Simon Spilak
Tour de France - 7th GC
Vuelta a Espana - 2nd KoM
Salvatore Puccio
Tour of Britain - 10th GC, 3rd stage 1, 2nd stage 3
Valario Conti
Tour of Britain - 3rd stage 5
Team Prize - Tour de Suisse
Ziga Marolt
Copa America de Ciclismo - 5th Copa America de Ciclismo
Tour of Bishkek - 1st stage 1, 2nd points
Luca Taschin
Tour of South Africa - 2nd stage 1
Chrono San Michel - 1st
Tour de L'Avenir - 2nd stage 1
David Per
Giro Valle d'Aosta - 1st stage 6
Cascade Cycling Classic - 3rd GC, 3rd stage 2
Tour de L'Avenir - 7th GC
Vuelta a Colombia - 2nd Stage 8
Lorenzo Trabucco
Tour de Berlin - 3rd stage 3

Notable Results 2015

Dario Cataldo:
Final Prestige: 20th Final Continental: 1st
Tour D'Indonesia - 1st GC, 1st Stage 2 + 3, 2nd stage 6, 1st Points, 2nd KoM
Volta ao Algarve - 6th GC
National Capital Tour - 3rd GC, 3rd Stage 3 + 4
Giro del Trentino - 18th GC
Ster ZLM Tour - 14th GC
Tour de Romandie - 2nd GC, 1st stage 6, 2nd stage 3, 3rd stage 5, 3rd points
Tour of California - 4th GC, 3rd stage 5
Tour of Vancouver - 9th GC
Tour de Polagne - 1st GC, 3rd stage 7, 1st Points
Tour of Bishak - 2nd GC, 2nd stage 3, 3rd stage 2, 1st points
Matteo Trentin:
Volta ao Algarve - 2nd Stage 3, 2nd Points
Criterium International - 3rd Stage 1
Tour of Bishak - 1st stage 1
Andrea Guardini:
Final Prestige: 42nd Final Continental: 13th
National Capital Tour - 1st Stage 2 + 4, 1st Points
Clasica di Tirreno Adriatica - 6th
Giro di Italia - 4th stage 3 + 4 + 14 + 18, 5th stage 21
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt - 3rd stage 4
Tour of Bulgaria - 2nd stage 1, 3rd stage 2, 4
RideLondon Classic - 2nd
Post Danmark Rundt - 1st Stage 2,3, 6, 1st Points, 11th GC
Praha - Karlovy Vary - Praha - 3rd
Paris Tours - 3rd
Salvatore Puccio:
Roma Maxima - 4th
Paris Nice - 20th GC, 2nd stage 7
Tiziano Dall'Antonia
Istrian Spring Trophy - 18th GC
Criterium International - 7th GC
Ster ZLM Tour - 2nd stage 4
Marco Marcato
Final Prestige: 122nd Final Continental: 40th
Milan San Remo - 29th
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt - 10th GC, 1st Stage 1
Tour of Bulgaria - 4th GC, 2nd stage 2, 5
Praha - Karlovy Vary - Praha - 4th
Davide Cimolai
Ster ZLM Tour - 10th GC
Luca Ascani
Giro d'Italia - 4th stage 12, 5th stage 17
Georgia Brambilla
Tour de Suisse - 1st stage 4, 4th stage 7
Oscar Gatto
Tour de Suisse - 2nd stage 4
Criterium Hainlaite - 13th
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal - 2nd
Morris Possoni
Tour de Suisse - 2nd stage 8
Final Prestige: 21st Final Continental: 3rd
Tour D'Indonesia - 1st team standings
Volta ao Algarve - 3rd team standings
Ster ZLM Tour - 3rd team standings
Tour of Romandie - 3rd team chrono stage 1

Year 1 Press releases

Blog 1
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Blog 3
Blog 4
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Welcome to the HQ of Smartone Cycling Team! Here we will keep you updated on all things racing, the team and winning! Wink We hope you enjoy and follow our team's success throughout the season!

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Smartone Development Team p/b Budget Forklifts

This is the development team of Smartone Cycling Team. All the riders from this team have been hand plucked from a long list of young hopefuls to ride for this development team. Jesse Kerrison and Calvin Watson are the 2 strongest riders on this development team and we expect a lot out of them this season!

The Team

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Edited by Jakstar22 on 16-11-2015 11:52
CarbonSports Transfer Review / Team Presentation

This post analysis how the team has changed in comparison to last season.
See it as my way of a team presentation. Wink

Note: Some riders appear multiple times due to a combination of specialities.

Kenny DehaesMarco Haller
Caleb EwanSĂ©bastien Turgot
On first glance, the team's sprinting department looks identically to last year's one. The team kept their 4 top sprinter (Kittel, Sagan, Kristoff and Ciolek) and thus, remains the top sprinting team. Similar to last year, they will together cover nearly all sprinting decisions and sometimes ride together for the success by leading out each other.

The depart of Haller though leaves a small hole in our squad. He was a very strong leadout rider who was difficult to replace. Dehaes takes his role and will be leadout for our top stars - especially Kittel and Kristoff - throughout the year.
Willwohl improved over the year and will now take over Turgot's role as reserve leadout when one of the intended leadout suffers from a crash or misses a split while Ewan adds another leadout option to the squad so that especially Ciolek can get more leading options instead of being Kittel's and Sagan's wing man.

Overall, we feel as if we somehow managed to improve our sprinting squad even more. Not that this was possible even but we did it. At least a tiny bit.

Andriy GrivkoLieuwe Westra
Lars Boom
Back in 2014 we had a good TTT team that helped us achieving some strong results as seen in e.g. Tour of Toowoomba. Last year, Boom and Westra used their TT as foundation for GC positions. This season, our time trialling is worse than ever. Our 2 arguably strongest TTer have left and the only new TTer is Andriy Grivko who is a prologue specialist even.

Few teams have worse TT teams. The fact that 2 of our 3 best TTers are DT eligible proves that quite good. (Svendsen will be DT, Mathis WT)

This is definitely worse than last season.

Charles Engeldinger

As sad as the "list of our best climbers" above looks: The mountain department improved as we managed to keep our 3 strongest climbers (Gerdemann, Geschke, Sagan) and added Engeldinger who climbs better than everyone else in our team.
Although, he will have to show that talent in the development team first.

Greg Van AvermaetPaul Martens
Andriy GrivkoLieuwe Westra
Lars Boom
Our hills department still lacks some strengths. Our attempts to sign a world class puncheurs were not successful so we still rely on Sagan to do his magic.

We parted ways with Martens, Westra and Boom who were replaced by Van Avermaet and Grivko while some talents improved as well.

Greg Van AvermaetSebastién Turgot
Thor HushovdLars Boom
Bernhard Eisel
Marcus Burghardt
Marcel Sieberg
We lost 5 men of last year's cobbled squad including such strong riders like Turgot and Boom. Which sounds like an immense loss isn't really as we could add Greg Van Avermaet who is one of the strongest and most experienced classic specialists.

Eventhough the depart of Turgot and Boom hit us hard, we still have incredible depth with GVA, Sagan and Kristoff all riders who can win monuments and an improved Senechal as 4th option is a force as well.

Legend Hushovd and talents Eisaks, Geyer and Benoot will complete the line-ups for the cobbled monuments.

Caleb Ewan
Charles Engeldinger
Jonathan Peiffer
Martin Wagner
We could keep all our top talents from last year and added further ones to our team.

With top talents like Senechal, Ewan or Eisaks we're well preperad for the future and should be a force to be reckoned for years!

This is also the perfect timing to announce the 2016 squad of our Dev. Team VW:
Charles Engeldinger, Oskar Svendsen, Peter Geissler, Jonathan Peiffer, Vito Pogacar, Tom Stefan, Martin Wagner & Adrien Chaix.

Marc Geyer, Marco Mathis & Julian Runge were eligible as well but we decided to promote them to our main team.


A Big Thank You To All MG Reporters!


Ah, Santos-Euskadi. Or Euskadi-Santos. The manager doesn't have a clue about the name really. But that's the least of his problems.

Team Presentation

Well despite a decent knowledge of the game, though he probably had no idea, the manager managed to completely screw up his first free agent round, and things got better, but not by much, after that.

So Euskadi-Santos is basically that team who almost got GVA before the Evil Sprinter team used their WT powers and, y'know, actual talent at this game to completely Aru the hell out of poor Dumoulin on the last stage. Completely unfair, right? Then they tried to pay us back with a dummy overpaid fighter, which the CT team fell for, hook, line, and sinker.

Well now Santos are that team-who-might-not-finish-last-because-they-have-a-fairly-good-sprinter-who-isn't-from-any-sponsor-countries. Speaking of nationalities, the hapless manager got one Spaniard, and he wasn't even Basque. "Open market my left buttock, we're going full international next year!" he reportedly shouted whilst announcing the development team. Anyway, let's take a look at one good talent, three ok fighters, a not-too-bad sprint train and a bunch of overpaid eggheads.

AppollonioDavideSantos - EuskadiITA76.273647062646477776860686668
RoyJérémySantos - EuskadiFRA75.473727375735668726583727174
MadrazoÁngelSantos - EuskadiESP74.368747466665865716479706869
SiskeviciusEvaldasSantos - EuskadiLTU74.373657065676775747366716770
FortinFilippoSantos - EuskadiITA74.373626865666275747165686566
RenshawMarkSantos - EuskadiAUS74.074576659686374747257676872
PöstlbergerLukasSantos - EuskadiAUT73.472697270676771727477736867
BennettGeorgeSantos - EuskadiNZL73.070697568676466706875706567
RiveraEverSantos - EuskadiCOL72.765747264635961686974666366
OchoaDiegoSantos - EuskadiCOL71.867737263615861676572666267
BewleySamSantos - EuskadiNZL71.171596673726563666766666665
SmithDionSantos - EuskadiNZL71.070626665656472706862666462
AtkinsJoshuaSantos - EuskadiNZL70.868717067665763696773676364
BevinPatrickSantos - EuskadiNZL70.669626966666571716864666468
RichezeMauro AbelSantos - EuskadiARG70.567566658645671727058656365
TheunsEdwardSantos - EuskadiBEL70.368637165686767706869696566
ParedesNicolasSantos - EuskadiCOL69.766716962605862676669656466
OramJamesSantos - EuskadiNZL69.569626667676270696465666264
ParedesCĂ©sarSantos - EuskadiCOL68.763706861595859646470626163
SchreursHamishSantos - EuskadiNZL68.669596665636964656464666361
FrameAlexSantos - EuskadiNZL67.969616261616365656668615960
ThompsonCameronSantos - EuskadiNZL64.857616653555854636360635653
ScottBenjaminSantos - EuskadiNZL64.464546157566557596159625855
MatthewsElliotSantos - EuskadiGBR55.353535553535354526754575254

Let's look at the main players, shall we?


Haha, just kidding. Getting George Bennett, Lukas Postleberger or Diego Ochoa good would take too much dough.


Angel Madrazo was a huge disappointment to the squad when we went on our first training ride in the Pyrenees. He was rumored to have won the 2013 Tour and came runner-up the year before. Unfortunately the tell us it was actually Chris Froome! He was also said to have won the Vuelta and three times pdoiumed Giro! The team was also informed he was the best rider in the world and had these stats:

Safe to say we will be discussing with ICL manager Biker X on putting things right and giving him his true stats!

Roy is too old + too expensive
Postleberger is too expensive.

Sprint Train

Davide Appolonio is foreign but not at bad. If the people upstairs don't give Madrazo his justice and make him the best rider in the world, he will be the key to making sure we don't finish last at everything.
Fillipo Fortin was almost a fine example of ICL bias when we outbidded Italo-Ventilair a team rumored to be friendly with Biker X, and he was momentarily on their team! After refusing us GVA we were about to get off our butts and do something (actually download the new DB, for a start) but then the mistake was corrected, amidst rumored he had eaten Alexey Lutsenko, another rider we were refused. Unfortunately Lutsenko is OK, and the ravenous Italian lives to serve his countryman, and prove we should have been an Italian team because all our good riders were there.
Mark Renshaw was rumored to come with a free Mark Cavendish, and vice-versa. Renshaw was cheaper so we thought we would get more bang for our buck. Sadly, we were lied to again.
Es-Who gives their kids this kind of name! was cheap and supposedly had OK stats. We took him off the hands of some Crostian Leopard who is actually from Germany and may be our only bargain. Like, ever.

Unofficial Team Goals

1. Don't come last
2. Win one race
3. Don't make a hash of the next transfer season
24/2/21 - kandesbunzler said “I don't drink famous people."
22/07/21 - quadsas said "I admire you [jandal] so much as a manager, squad builder and a person"

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"I am a cyclist, I am the best cyclist. I am there, I am barely trying." - Tadej Pogačar
Filliers - Mora Pro Cycling Team

2016 team presentation

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, we will begin our presentation with an overview of the main team, followed by a brief look at our development team. After that, we'll be taking any questions you may have.

Filliers - Mora Pro Cycling Team was started three years ago with the goal of making a strong Belgian-Dutch team. By winning the Vuelta last year, we showed the world that we were able to compete at the highest level. This year, we want to do even better. But before we get to that, let's go back to 2014, when our team started.

Our best rider back then was an ageing Damiano Cunego, but we had a great development team back then. Tim Wellens, Wouter Wippert, Stig Broeckx, Daan Olivier, Eduardo Sepulveda, Sebastian Henao, Jasper Stuyven and Mathias Krigbaum. I'm am proud to announce that 2 years later, all these riders made it to the main team.

But there's more. Our greatest talent has always been Danny Van Poppel. He's still only 23 now, but ready for what we think could be his breakthrough season. The same goes for Guillaume Van Keirsbulck. Without putting too much pressure on him, we think he's ready to take his first classic. But our biggest star is still Bauke Mollema. He's our only rider whose age starts with a 3, but he still has a few good seasons in him, so we would be happy if he can equal last year's results.

The team has remained mostly the same, aside from the 3 youth riders we mentioned earlier, all our riders are Belgian or Dutch. We have a good allround team, without any real superstars, unless you count our Vuelta winner as a superstar. We're aiming for a solid season with some wins in smaller races and if possible, we'd like a monument or grand tour again, but no obligation.

Reizen Waes - Pinkpop Development Team has been robbed! Robbed, I tell you! All the great riders they once had are gone and this will be a transition year for our youngster. Wellens took the Course de la Paix in 2014 and Daan Olivier won Tour de L'Avenir in 2015, but I doubt we'll have a successor this year. Our biggest talents are all 19-20 years old and cannot yet compete with the older riders. Raphaël Vanbutsel might surprise on the cobbles though, there's always an odd result there. Eduardo Gonzalez won a big stage from a breakaway last year, maybe he can repeat it this year. For neopro's Pizarro, De Bruyn and Badreddin Wais, it will be a year of learning.

That concludes our team presentation, are there any questions?

Will Bauke Mollema defend his Vuelta title?
He may or he may not. We'll have to discuss this with Bauke when the grand tour routes are announced. We definitely want to use him only if the terrain suits him.

If not Mollema, who will lead the team in the bigger races
Tim Wellens will definitely get another chance after a good Giro and Tour, he will ride at least one again. Slagter and Goos are other options we have.

Despite many of your riders making good progress, Slagter and Hofland haven't improved much over the years. How would you explain that?
We think that was a bit odd as well, despite our best efforts they haven't advanced much. This season will really important for both of them, as there might be a huge reshuffle at the end of the year.

When will you finaly win the Belgian or Dutch national championships?
We really hope this year. We've been trying really hard for two years now, but aside from the Argentinian time trial championship, our jersey collecting has been very poor. We really should win something this year.

We've discussed all the big riders so far, but can you give us one other name that will be a big suprise this year?
Daan Olivier
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Specialized - Playstation

Early Season and the Giro d'Italia

The team received big news when it was included in the list of wildcards announced for the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d'Italia. The staff and riders were ecstatic about the news coming just ahead of the team presentation.

Directeur Sportif, Shane Briscoe: "For some of our riders, the World Tour races we will be participating in will be a huge step up from their norms. A few riders will be making their Grand Tour debuts at the Giro, but they won't be without knowledge with the teachings of such riders as Hutarovich, Chaves and Brambilla, who all plan to race the Corsa Rosa. Our goals for the race aren't set in stone, but a stage win would be a definite victory."

Esteban Chaves: "A great past couple of weeks has finished with amazing news! I've been able to go around and meet my new teammates and the team staff for a while and I've enjoyed every bit of it. The team is small but it makes for a very friendly atmosphere and we're getting to know each other very quickly. There is a bit of a language barrier with the Japanese riders on the team, but they have steadily been learning more English and Spanish while the rest of us are picking up a bit of Japanese as well. I'm looking forward to the Giro, where we'll try and put on a show in the breaks, and the whole rest of the year ahead."




Newsflash #1 - Vuelta, Siskevicus

Today it was confirmed by the team manager that the team have received a wildcard to their home GT, La Vuelta. All hell will rain down upon any fighters in the game as it has been reported that although Madrazo, Bennett and Bewley will not be given their 85 Mon, 80+ Cob, SP and ACC and high 70s MON stats on the ICL matrix respectively they have agreed to turn the nationality bonus up. You'd think that was something for a home team but it actually means bugger all. Except Madrazo. Watch out, polka dot jersey, he smells.

Also we got to interview some guy who I've already spelt right once so that's me.

Guy from Leopard

SGN: Hello, Elfdas. It is Elfdas isn't it?
ES: No it's Evaldas, but hello, I hope you are well.

SGN: Yes, very good, thanks Eve. So you are apprently "leader while I'm not here," according to Davide. Can you shed light on that?
ES: Yes, well, uhm... He's talented but rumours are he's already been banned for doping? He's still here though, so I guess, um.... He's more talented than me and the manager's favorite. I'm happy with leading in some races though.

SGN: So where do you hope to shine?
ES: Definitely in the races where we are requiring team efforts, I like leading out Davide so races like the Circulo de Jusrez where everywhere is flat would be nice, maybe a good spot on GC. Apparently I'm only co-leader for the World Ports Classic and P-K-P with Fortin, we don't get along and I hope the wins he won't get wills how why I should be leader where Davide isn't here.

SGN: Do you have hopes for the NC?
ES: Certainly, he is a very cool guy but I'd like to best Ramunas for once in the National Championships, hopefully, it is flat so we can fight it out. Riding next year in the beautiful red, yellow and green would be amazing for me and show I'm not the other rider from Lithuania.

SGN: Lithuania, that was my next guess! Anyway, anything you would like to say to your fans?
ES: Thanks for the support and I'll do you proud this season, I promise, it's been emotional getting here for me and a tough experience but you guys are the best.

SGN: I'll be sure to tell your mum that.

Next time, we interview Diego Ochoa and the actual Santos leaders. Exciting times but what if it was GVA I was interviewing.
24/2/21 - kandesbunzler said “I don't drink famous people."
22/07/21 - quadsas said "I admire you [jandal] so much as a manager, squad builder and a person"

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"I am a cyclist, I am the best cyclist. I am there, I am barely trying." - Tadej Pogačar
Specialized - Playstation

Team Presentation

Today the Specialized - Playstation team presentation was held at Circuit of the Americas. The day's events included an amateurs race and a 'Ride With the Pros' session. Finally, the actual presentation of the riders and took place. With only 16 riders, we are one of the smallest teams in the Continental division, but we still hope to make a big impact.

The presentation was split into 2 groups: flat road riders (sprinters, time trialists, flandriens) and those for more vertically challenging terrain (punchers, climbers, stage racers). First up was the flat group, as the riders came out in order: Bernardo Colex, Hayato Yoshida, Robert Bush, Diego Milan, Nathan Brown, Jake Keough and Yauheni Hutarovich These riders' main objectives see them travel all around the world, culminating in the unique Quebec Sprint Challenge, the GPs Quebec and Montreal and Paris - Tours.

Next was the hilly group, as follows: Darren Matthews, Joao Marcelo Gaspar, Tomohiro Hayakawa, Genki Yamamoto, Joshua Berry, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Julian Arredondo, Gianluca Brambilla and Esteban Chaves. The highlight of the climbing season is the team's debut Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, as well as the Tour of Mount Fuji and the Japan Cup.

Q: "What is the team's goal in the Giro?"

A: "We have both Chaves and Brambilla targeting the Giro, barring any mishaps. There will be many strong riders in the race, and a top 10 in the GC would be difficult but is doable. Aside from that, exposure is the idea; we'll try and get into breakaways as much as possible, and maybe the mountains classification is something we could target, but nothing is set in stone yet in terms of objectives."

Q: "Is the team expected to last long-term?"

A: "Specialized has already confirmed their continued sponsorship to the end of 2017. Sony, however, will leave the team at the end of 2016. We have a few options to continue beyond there, but we can't confirm anything yet in terms of future sponsorship."

Q: "Does the team have a main target for the 2016 season?"

A: "Not really. We have focus races and general objectives, but we have nothing solid like 'Top 5 Japan Cup' or anything like that. We're new and pretty much one of the underdog teams, so we'll be taking the freedom that affords us to be combative and aggressive. One thing which would definitely be a huge goal would be to get promoted to the World Tour, but that will probably have to wait until 2018 rather than next year."

The team will start its campaign with the CT.2 Tour d'Indonesia. We will compete in the following World Tour races: Vuelta a Tachira, Amstel Gold Race, Giro d'Italia, Tour of Mount Fuji, Quebec Sprint Challenge, and Virginia Chrono Tour.



The Rider

#1: Calendar & Planning

Where will the reigning WTTT champions be racing? Let's find out on the eve of the season start!

The Belgian champ: last season with Prorace for Gilbert

The current Belgian champ, former ICL world champ and ICL rider of season 1 will be entering his last season with the Prorace set-up. He has been the face of the team for two seasons so it seems fair to start with him.

The big headline here is 'Gilbert won't be racing a GT'. In ICL seasons 1 and 2 he was ever-present at the Vuelta a Espana. However, the points gained from this race, especially in season 2, were nowhere near enough to justify his inclusion in the race for a third time running.

So where will he be instead? For starters, unlike last season, he will be leading the line at the early season WT races 'Tour of Toowoomba' and 'Tour of the Basque country': both routes where we expect something. Whilst he will be riding the cobbled monuments, he will not be on the cobbles as much as in previous seasons. He will be taking part in a host of c1 races including the Tour du Pologne, a race we where will be targeting the GC win. There may be less WT points for Gilbert this season, however, we do expect a unprecedented amount of Prestige points for the Belgian champ: perhaps he can match season 1?

Different team: same race plan.

Now to the ICL GT stage win record holder, who arrived in one of the biggest transfers of ICL history, we can only be talking about Chris Froome.

Don't expect any over the top drama here as the British champ will be riding the same plan as last season: in fine: Il Giro, Le Tour & Mount Fuji. It just made the most sense to us. It is well documented that Prorace, despite finishing 3rd and 2nd in the WT rankings, have never won a jersey in the history of the ICL. Well with Froome we really hope to change that, though it will be difficult. With British support!, viz Cummings, and good support in the mountains we feel he has a shot at being the first ICL rider to win all 3 GTs.


With the two 'big name' ncs done with, what about the rest of the squad? Well Langeveld, who rode so well in the Dutch jersey last season, will not be riding a GT this season: despite a great TDF. He will be our main rider for the cobbles, though Boonen is still here, and will be targeting the likes of the Tour of Northern Europe and the Eneco Tour. Boonen, on the otherhand, will be riding La Vuelta.

Speaking of La Vuelta, well Van den Broeck will be there again to lead us in the GC fight, De Clercq, in addition, could be a good card there. The Belgian climber will also lead us in the Vuelta a TĂĄchira, Vuelta a Guatemala and be a key rider in our TTT championship winning team (which, granted, is not the same as last season: at all!).

UNHCR Pro Cycling and CarbonSports really made good use of c2 races last season, to our eyes, and we have taken note. We will be racing at Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt where expect Vangenechten and Pauwels to play a pivotal role.

Surprises, you ask? How about 1 stage win for Cadel Evans. Marco Marcato to score 200 points and Rosseler to podium on La Descent Pavé. If all that happens ... well it won't!
Gilbert not racing a GT is certainly interesting. It's neither good nor bad but it's a small change from WT Rankings to Prestige Rankings focus and it will be interesting to see if it turns out well for him.
A Big Thank You To All MG Reporters!

World Tour

Palm Classic 11.01

Previous Results:
2014Marcel KittelGianni MeersmanJohn Degenkolb
2015Marcel KittelArnaud DemareMark Cavendish

Top Starters:
Van PoppelDannyFMC78,17672797874

Tour of Toowoomba 23.01 - 27.01

Previous Results:
2014Peter SaganPierrick FĂ©drigoTom-Jelte Slagter
2015Michal KwiatkowskiJurgen Van den BroeckBauke Mollema

Top Starters:

Continental Tour CT.1

La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 21.01 - 27.01

Previous Results:
2015Peter SaganPhilippe GilbertTom-Jelte Slagter

Top Starters:

Continental Tour CT.2

Tour d'Indonesia 14.01 - 19.01

Previous Results:
2014Andrew TalanskyPeter VelitsWilco Kelderman
2015Dario CataldoIgor AntĂłnJan Barta

Top Starters:
Boasson HagenEdvaldANS76,47176757577
NordhaugLars PetterANS75,37176706971

Chrsitchurch - Akaroa 29.01

Previous Results:
Top Starters:
Boasson HagenEdvaldANS76,47678777673
NordhaugLars PetterANS75,37675747472

U23 Tour

Copa America de Ciclismo 11.01

Previous Results:
2015Phil BauhausOwain DoullJianpeng Liu

Top Starters:

Edited by Bikex on 25-01-2016 18:06

Team Presentation

The new Team Taco Bell Cycling has been presented at the Taco Bell headquarter in Irvine, California. with high-end sprinter Arnaud DĂ©mare as their main leader.

The team will compete in the Continental Tour in 2016, and rises from the ashes of the old HTC - Highroad team, with bwiggins now in charge and owner of the team.

The sixteen-rider roster includes Arnaud DĂ©mare, Matti Breschel, Chris Horner, Klaas Lodewyck, Andreas Stauff, Evan Huffman, Peter Stetina, Christian Bertilsson, CĂ©sar Vaquera, Eric Young, Luis Enrique Davila, Jack Haig, Lanell Rockmore, Tom Scully, Alex Howes and Ignacio Sarabia completes the line-up.

The team state their goals on their official website, saying: “A new era for American cycling has begun. From January 2016, Team Taco Bell Cycling will compete at the sport’s second and highest level in the inaugural CT.2, CT.1 and WT. Our high calibre international roster made up of the world’s best sprinters, experienced winners and exciting new talents will lead the peloton. Working closely with innovative performance partners ensures that our team will have the best setup in racing. Together, we will advance American cycling, inspire to ride, and challenge convention. Be part of our story. We are starting a new beggining in American cycling and will forget about the past american cycling scandals. Together we will start #ANewEra”

The team has created #ANewEra hastag to further interact with fans.

bwiggins first revealed his plans in an interview with ICLNews earlier this year. "It will be a top-ranked team and we will aim to be the number one team in the future. It is a very ambitious project and will be supported by Taco Bell who put a lot of money into our project. We want to do this for the future of the sport, for american cycling, and have a strong team,” he said.

bwiggins said the team will target all the major races, especially those in the which suits DĂ©mare and the ones in USA, with the Palm Classic and Cigar City Classic important goals, alongside the World Ports Classic and the homeground of DĂ©mare, Tour de France.

The team also have a squad of 10 upcoming new talents, called Team Live Mas Mexico. The team will work as an development team for Team Taco Bell Cycling. The riders are still young and have a lot to learn, we see a lot of riders with big potentials failing to adapt to the hard life of a pro cyclist. We want to make that step easier for the young riders, so they have a chance to try it out and race a couple of races with the pro guys. We don't expect anything from the guys as they are not on a level to compete for victory. But you never know with cycling, and they will definetly get some experience no matter what!

The team will use Kuota Khan road bikes and Kuota KT05 time trial machines from the Italian-based manufacturer.

Santini has agreed to a one-year deal with the Team Taco Bell Cycling team and will supply the riders with race clothing from the Souplesse collection.

The team’s first training camp will be in Gran Canaria from December 2 to 20 and will make its racing debut with the Palm Classic on the eleventh of January.

We will have further interviews, news and images from Team Taco Bell Cycling soon!

Team Taco Bell Cycling January Preview


Palm Classic - 11/01 2016

Dubai - The Palm Jumeira: 195,6 km


The Team

Arnaud DĂ©mareLeader
Klaas LodewyckLead Out Man
Andreas StauffLead Out Man
Tom ScullyFree Rider
Cesar Salvador Vaquerahelper
Eric Younghelper
Lanell Rockmorehelper

The Favourites



Stage 1 - 21/01 2016

Bongoville - Moanda: 151,0 km

Stage 2 - 22/01 2016

Okondja - Franceville: 107,3 km

Stage 3 - 23/01 2016

Mounana - Koulamoutou: 108,7 km

Stage 4 - 24/01 2016

Ndjole - Lambarene: 110,8 km

Stage 5 - 25/01 2016

Lambarene - Kango: 189,5 km

Stage 6 - 26/01 2016

Port - Gentil: 146,4 km

Stage 7 - 27/01 2016

Cap Esterias - Libreville: 126,5 km


The Team

Chris HornerLeader
Matti BreschelSprinter
Christian BertilssonFree Rider
Tom Scullyhelper
Luis Enrique DĂĄvilahelper
Alex Howeshelper
Ignacio Sarabiahelper

The Favourites



Chrsitchurch - Akaroa - 29/01 2016

Chrsitchurch - Akaroa: 182,8 km


The Team

Matti BreschelLeader
Jack HaigFree rider
Tom ScullyFree Rider
Christian Bertilssonhelper
Ignacio Sarabiahelper
Eric Younghelper
Luis Enrique DĂĄvilahelper

The Favourites

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Team Live Mas Mexico January Preview


Stage 1 - 14/01 2016

Pesisir Selatan - Pariaman : 123,2 km

Stage 2 - 15/01 2016

Padang Pariaman - Solok Kabupaten: 134,5 km

Stage 3 - 16/01 2016

Sijunjung â€ș Dharmasraya: 28,3 km

Stage 4 - 17/01 2016

Solok Selatan - Sawahlunto: 98,5 km

Stage 5 - 18/01 2016

Harau - Ngalau Indah: 139,0 km

Stage 6 - 19/01 2016

Padang Panjang â€ș Padang: 14,2 km


The Team

Dennis HallLeader
Szabolcs KissFree Rider
Giuliano GarauFree Rider
Luis Crawfordhelper
Alejandro Elahelper
Federico Hidalgohelper
Pedro Segurahelper

The Favourites

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Copa America de Ciclismo - 11/01 2016

Rio de Janeiro Circuito: 110,5 km


The Team

Miguel BryonLeader
Dimos StavrosFree Rider
Giuliano GarauFree Rider
Szabolcs Kisshelper
Anthony Desjardinshelper
Dennis Hallhelper
Alejandro Elahelper

The Favourites


Edited by bwiggins on 05-12-2015 04:53

Wiggo and Simon Gerrans!
credits to bwiggins

||| Calendar & Planning |||
Part I : GTs & MON

The Grand Tours

Grand Tours are the most prestigious races for many teams and while many teams concentrate on the ugly obstacles that are placed by accident on the streets during the three weeks we always focus on stage wins. Just like last year Marcel Kittel will tackle two GTs: The Tour & The Vuelta. Main goal is to repeat last year's 8 GT stage wins but the dream of yellow at the Tour lives as well!

Finally, the Giro is covered for us by Gerald Ciolek who aims for his first victory since joining us last season. After 6 podiums, 12 top 5s and 27 Top Ten results the Giro offers several opportunities for him.

Top sprinters like Kittel or Ciolek perform better if one delivers them a strong leadout and of course, that's what we try to do. One rider deserves a special mention: Experienced Kenny Dehaes will ride all 3. Also notable: Star rider Alexander Kristoff will - just like last season - be main leadout man during Le Tour.

While several talents mark their debut in a three week long race it is notable that super stars Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet will not ride one this season.

Full line - ups:

Giro: Ciolek - Dehaes - Willwohl - Gretsch - Grivko - Voss - Benoot - Runge
Tour: Kittel - Kristoff - Dehaes - Geschke - Ewan - Voss - Gerdemann - Geyer
Vuelta: Kittel - Dehaes - Ewan - Hushovd - Kern - Gerdemann - Jauregui - Mathis

The Monuments

Monument time is Sagan time. This season he will extend his series to 15 straight monuments with his participation. But he won't be the only of our stars at the startline. Especially Milano - San Remo sees multiple possible leaders: Our sprinters Kittel, Sagan, Kristoff and Ciolek will be supported by classic specialists Van Avermaet, Senechal and Geschke and we believe that each of them could win it depending on how the race pans out!

The cobbled Monuments Paris - Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen are very important for our season. Van Avermaet, Sagan, Kristoff and Senechal offer us multiple options to put pressure on other favourites.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege will be targetted by Sagan, Geschke & GVA with the later two also going for Il Lombardia.

Full Lineups:

MSR: Kittel - Sagan - Kristoff - GVA - Ciolek - Senechal - Geschke
RvV: Sagan - GVA - Kristoff - Senechal - Eisaks - Hushovd - Benoot
P-R: Sagan - GVA - Kristoff - Senechal - Eisaks - Hushovd - Selig
LBL: Sagan - GVA - Geschke - Voss - Kern - Jauregui - Geyer
Lombardia: Sagan - Geschke - Kern - Eisaks - Jauregui - Benoot - Runge
A Big Thank You To All MG Reporters!

World Tour

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 22.02 - 27.02 Profiles

Previous Results:
2014Franco PellizottiDamiano CunegoRafal Majka
2015Michal KwiatkowskiRui CostaAlberto Contador

Top Starters:

Participating Teams:

Continental Tour CT.1

Vuelta a Mallorca 13.02 - 16.02 Profiles

Previous Results:
2014Beñat IntxaustiRichie PorteJosé Joaquín Rojas
2015Nicolas RocheRyder HesjedalWarren Barguil

Top Starters:
RojasJosé Joaquíni357.photobucket.com/albums/oo14/BikexICL/TinyJersey2016/fis.png76,27074767175

Participating Teams:

Continental Tour CT.2

Volta ao Algarve 03.02 - 06.02 Profiles

Previous Results:
2014Rui CostaSimon SpilakMichael Rogers
2015Ryder HesjedalAndriy GrivkoSimon Spilak

Top Starters:
Boasson HagenEdvaldi357.photobucket.com/albums/oo14/BikexICL/TinyJersey2016/ans.png76,47675757877
NordhaugLars Petteri357.photobucket.com/albums/oo14/BikexICL/TinyJersey2016/ans.png75,37670697571

Participating Teams:

National Capital Tour 23.02 - 26.02 Profiles

Previous Results:
2014Richie PorteRigoberto UrĂĄnEdvald Boasson Hagen
2015JĂ©rĂŽme CoppelSimon SpilakDario Cataldo

Top Starters:
SĂžrensenChris Ankeri357.photobucket.com/albums/oo14/BikexICL/TinyJersey2016/cow.png73,97675675972

Participating Teams:

U23 Tour

Tour of Bishkek 08.02 - 10.02 Profiles

Previous Results:
2015Warren BarguilDario CataldoJan Barta

Top Starters:
Van der PoelMathieui357.photobucket.com/albums/oo14/BikexICL/TinyJersey2016/fun.png70,97369667068

Participating Teams:

Edited by Bikex on 25-01-2016 18:06
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