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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit


It felt like a dream!! I was on the approach road to Paris. I was wearing the Yellow Jersey. I had a many cyclists around me, smiling and sharing jokes, generally soaking in the occasion. I was feeling content and a bit relieved that the best and arguably hardest three weeks of my life were coming to an end. About a 100 kilometres still remained before I could take my well-earned spot on top of the podium. I had it in the back of my mind that this still wasn’t over, that I had to get to the finish line unscathed. My teammates and I were riding in the middle of the pack, me in about 50th place. Suddenly, there were the squealing and screeching of brakes pressed hard and hurriedly. There was clanking of metal on metal as the view ahead seemed to be clearing suddenly. Riders were going down. I swerved left with all my might. And then, CRUNCH…

I woke up with a start, pushing away the pillow which had somehow ended up on top of my face. I was covered in sweat despite the air-conditioning. The dream felt a little bit too close to reality!

It took a few seconds to remember where I was! An announcement rang out with a pleasant voice saying, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are on our final approach to Frankfurt. Please put your seats in the upright position and keep your seat belts fastened...” My concentration wavered. I realised I was sitting in flight AI-121 travelling to Frankfurt from Kolkata via New Delhi. From there I would take the train to Amsterdam. I had family in Amsterdam, and they would be my refuge for the next two weeks. A fortnight later I was due in Luxembourg, to sign for the Leopard Development Team!

Yes, that’s right!! ME, a teenager from India , a country unheard of in cycling circles, was about to become a professional cyclist with a leading development team in Europe. Now you may be wonder how all this came about? To be honest, I’m still in a daze myself…
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 16-08-2016 10:42
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Author's Note

I bring to everyone my second story on PCM Daily. This one is about a youngster from a non-traditional cycling nation trying his luck to reach the top of the cycling world. I could not think of a better day to launch this than on my 1st PCM birthday!

The format of this story will be a mix of journal like writing and race results, inspired a lot by Croatia’s Andy Schleck story. I won’t keep the pace as high as the Movistar story but I’ll try not to have gaps too long. I hope I can make this as successful as my last story. I’m still playing this story in PCM so I’m not really sure where the game will take me and my Pro avatar. Hoping for the best Pfft

I’m not very aware of the nitty-gritties of the cycling world. So please pardon any inaccuracies and read this as my own personal fantasy. Cheers Grin

Pro Details
Name: Abhishek Sinha
DOB: 22/02/1996
Country: India
Type: Stage Races

Game Details
PCM Version: 2015
DB: PCMdaily EP V1.6
Difficulty: Hard
Game Mode: Be a Pro

I am making my rider race more and train less so that the development is slower. I’m hoping to get to maximum level around the age of 26-27. So far, the progress has been interesting, and on course to meet the target. I believe this makes it more realistic so that the rider does not dominate at the top level at too young an age.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 19-06-2017 10:51


Edited by AbhishekLFC on 29-06-2018 11:13
Calendar, Results and Rankings

MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanTour Down Under4th-
MarParis - Nice1st-
AprVuelta al Pais Vasco1st1st - Points, 3rd - KOM
AprAmstel Gold Race24th-
AprLa Fleche Wallone4th-
AprLiege - Bastogne - Liege9th-
JunCriterium Dauphine2nd4th - Points
JunNational Championships ITT4th-
JunNational Championships RR25th-
JulTour de France6th10th - Points, 6th - KOM
JulTour de Pologne3rd-
AugVuelta a Espana1st4th - Points

MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
MarTirreno - Adriatico2nd5th - Points
AprVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco5th4th - Points
AprAmstel Gold Race17th-
AprLa Fleche Wallone1st-
AprLiege - Bastogne - Liege13th-
JunCriterium Dauphine5th4th - Points
JunNational Championships ITT2nd-
JunNational Championships RR12th-
JulTour de France5th-
AugVuelta a Espana1st1st - Points, 4th - KOM
SepWorld Championships ITT9th-
SepTre Valli Varesine6th-
OctIl Lombardia4th-


MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanTour de San Luis1st2nd - KOM, 1st - U25
FebTour of Oman7th2nd - U25
MarTirreno Adriatico8th1st - U25
AprVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco6th3rd - Points, 1st - U25
JunTour de Suisse6th1st - U25
JulTour de France3rd5th - KOM, 1st - U25
AugTour de l'Ain1st1st - Points, 4th - KOM, 1st - U25
AugVuelta a Espana2nd4th - Points, 1st - U25
OctIl Lombardia17th-

Lotto Soudal
MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanVuelta a Mallorca5th3rd - KOM, 2nd - U25
FebVuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia1st-
FebTour of Oman3rd3rd - KOM, 3rd - Points, 1st - U25
MarParis - Nice7th1st - U25
MarVolta Ciclista a Catalunya5th4th - KOM, 1st - U25
AprAmstel Gold Race47th-
AprLiege - Bastogne - LiegeNR-
MayGiro d'Italia7th1st - U25
JulInt. Osterreich Rundfahrt1st2nd - Points, 2nd - KOM, 1st - U25
JulPrueba Villafranca - Ordiziako Klasica1st-
AugVuelta a Burgos11th2nd - U25
AugVuelta a Espana7th1st - U25
SepGP Industria and Commercio di Prato1st-
OctIl Lombardia16th-

Lotto Soudal
MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanTour de San Luis3rd2nd - U25
FebVuelta a Andalucia11th2nd - Points, 2nd - U25
MarParis-Nice3rd1st - U25
AprVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco17th5th - KOM, 1st - U25
AprLa Fleche Wallone28th-
AprLiege - Bastogne - Liege25th-
AprTour de Romandie7th1st - U25
JunCriterium Dauphine8th4th - Points, 1st - U25
JulTour de France27th3rd - KOM, 3rd - U25
AugVuelta a Burgos2nd1st - KOM, 2nd - U25
AugVuelta a Espana12th1st - U25
OctIl Lombardia9th-
OctParis - Bourges13th-

Lotto Soudal
MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanVuelta a Mallorca39th1st - KOM, 2nd - Points
FebVuelta Ciclista a Murcia21st-
FebVuelta a Andalucia8th1st - U25
MarParis - Nice11th1st - U25
MarCriterium International3rd1st - U25, 4th - Points, 5th - KOM
AprVuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco15th2nd - KOM
AprLa Fleche Wallone19th-
AprLiege - Bastogne - Liege68th-
MayGiro d'Italia34th2nd - KOM, 4th - U25
JuneTour de Suisse10th1st - U25
JulyInt. Osterreich Rundfahrt3rd1st - U25
JulyPrueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika9th-
AugustTour de Pologne9th2nd - U25
AugustVuelta a Espana8th1st - U25
OctoberIl Lombardia1st-
OctoberGiro dell Emilia17th-

Roompot Oranje Peloton
MonthRaceGC ResultOther Result
JanVuelta a Mallorca50th10th - U25
FebVuelta Ciclista a Murcia42nd-
FebVuelta a Andalucia12th1st - U25
MarTour de Taiwan8th2nd - U25
MarNokere Koerse2nd-
AprGran Premio Miguel Indurain5th-
AprKlasika Primavera11th-
AprAmstel Gold Race13th-
AprLa Fleche Wallone47th-
AprTour de Romandie36th5th - U25
MayTour d'Azerbaijan4th2nd - U25, 4th - KOM
MayBaloise Belgium Tour8th2nd - U25
JuneTour of Luxembourg12th5th - U25
JulyTour of Qinghai Lake7th4th - U25
JulySibiu Cycling Tour4th1st - U25, 2nd - Points
AugPreuba Villafranca - Oridiziako Klasika26th
AugVuelta a Burgos4th2nd - U25
AugArctic Race of Norway30th
SepGrand Prix de Quebec20th
SepGrand Prix de Wallonie3rd
OctSparkassen Munsterland Giro128th
OctParis Tours64th

Roompot Oranje Peloton

Leopard Development Team

Grand Tour Wins
Year Race
2022 Giro d'Italia
2023 Vuelta a Espana
2024 Vuelta a Espana

Monument Wins
Year Race
2018 Il Lombardia

Stage Race Wins
Year Race
2020 Int. Osterreich Rundfahrt
2021 Tour de San Luis
2021 Tour de l'Ain
2024 Paris - Nice
2024 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

Stage Wins
Year Race Stage
2017 Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 5
2018 Vuelta a Mallorca Stage 3
2018 Tour de Pologne Stage 4
2019 Vuelta a Andalucia Stage 3
2020 Int. Osterreich Rundfahrt Stage 2
2021 Tour de San Luis Stage 1 (TTT)
2021 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 1
2021 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 6
2021 Tour de l'Ain Stage 1
2021 Tour de l'Ain Stage 5
2021 Vuelta a Espana Stage 21
2022 Giro d'Italia Stage 9
2022 Giro d'Italia Stage 11
2023 Tirreno - Adriatico Stage 1 (TTT)
2023 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 3
2023 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 6
2023 Criterium Dauphine Stage 1
2023 Vuelta a Espana Stage 1 (TTT)
2023 Vuelta a Espana Stage 6
2023 Vuelta a Espana Stage 12
2023 Vuelta a Espana Stage 21
2024 Paris - Nice Stage 6
2024 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 4
2024 Tour de France Stage 16
2024 Tour de Pologne Stage 5

One Day Classic Wins
Year Race
2020 Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia
2020 Prueba Villafranca - Ordiziako Klasika
2020 GP Industria and Commercio di Prato
2022 National Championship Road Race
2023 La Fleche Wallone

Yearly Rankings
Year Division Division Rank Prestige Rank
2015 Continental No Rank No Rank
2016 Continental 198 361
2017 Continental 14 58
2018 World Tour 25 21
2019 World Tour 31 27
2020 World Tour 14 11
2021 World Tour 6 7
2022 World Tour 12 10
2023 World Tour 1 1

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 23-06-2020 10:35
Prologue - Flashback

About a month ago, I was in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, representing my country in the U19 Asian Road Race Championships. The course was classified as hilly, with two 3rd category climbs and the decisive 2nd category climb cresting 10 km before the finish. The finish itself came after a 1.5 km flat section following the long descent. My manager had informed me to attack in one of the 3rd category climbs. My ultimate aim would be to help my team-leader when he caught up to me in the final climb.

As it turned out, my team leader had a tough crash on the second descent and fell behind the peloton. As for me, having attacked on the first climb itself, I had a 90 second lead to the peloton at the start of the final climb. My team leader was a minute behind the peloton at the same point. Our manager gave me the freedom to go for it. He realized there was no other hope for a medal for our country. I had 5 riders in the breakaway with me at that time. There was a murmur of discussion amongst us. Two riders refused to take up the relay as they were keen to help their own team-leaders. The other four of us were going for a win ourselves. The climb itself was 7 kms long. We took turns relaying, dragging our tired bodies up the climb. I did a bulk of the work, with some help from the others. 3 km from the top, we dropped one more of the original breakaway. It was down to 3 at the front now. The peloton was just a minute behind. I knew I could hold off the peloton in the descent if they didn’t catch up at the top of the climb. Then it was a question of going full throttle in the flat to the finish.

The three of us crested the hill around 30 seconds ahead. The peloton was down to less than 25 riders; the crème de la crème. We started taking risks on the downhill, trying to pull out a few seconds here and there. There were a couple of close shaves for me; once I nearly banged the side of the hill after a hairpin turn, again I nearly ran off the road into the brush, having taken a corner too fast. I kept it together, but so did the others, a Kazakh and a Chinese. At the bottom of the descent, the radio crackled saying we had pulled out to a 45 seconds lead over the peloton, which had seen a couple of crashes on the downhill. Despite this, they were charging now, with most top contenders still a part of the group.

As we charged past the kilometer banner, my manager said that they lead was down to 30 seconds. The only advantage for us was that the final climb had shed the sprinters and their lead-out trains. It was a field of mostly punchers and climbers chasing us. ‘Good!’ I thought to myself. I knew that I wasn’t the fastest of the trio, but a medal was almost guaranteed. With 500 meters to go, I dared one look back. The peloton was there, less than 250 meters behind. I realized they wouldn’t make the gap. It would come down to a sprint amongst the three of us.
The rider from China, not known for his sprinting, but more of a climber, was the first to launch the sprint with 150 meters to go. I followed his wheel, with the home boy, the strongest amongst us, taking up the rear. As the line approached the Chinese tired and fell to 3rd. I overtook him but my sprinting legs were poor. I was beaten to the line by the Kazakh rider, amidst deafening cheers from the home crowd. We finished just 4 seconds ahead of the peloton. Although disappointed at missing out on the Gold medal, this was a much better result than I ever could’ve imagined!

I couldn’t hear the team on the radio because of all the noise. They congratulated me after the race for my Silver medal winning performance, carrying me on their shoulders on a lap of honour. I was numb! Soon after the race, an official looking gentleman approached me and my manager and invited us to a discussion. This process was repeated a couple of minutes later by another stern-faced person. I was told that they were representatives from Continental Tour teams! Although I wasn’t surprised by the presence of scouts in this race, I wasn’t aware anyone was keeping an eye on me.

After discussions with both of them, and after being told that they were impressed with my determined effort in the race, I had two offers on the table – from Budget Forklifts, an Australian Continental Cycling team and Leopard Development Team, who were Luxembourg based and had a sterling pedigree in cycling. The choice was simple for me. Although signing with Budget Forklifts would’ve meant staying closer to home, a chance to sign for a team based out of Europe was too good to turn down. My dream was coming true and it just felt unreal!

I later learned that the winner of the race had been signed by Team Astana, as a future prospect!
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 27-07-2016 17:18
Looks Great! Grin Good luck with this, the start is already very interesting. Smile

"What done is, is one." - Benji Naesen
Wow you´ve already been close to the Astana factory of cyclists. But Leopard Dev will be an even better place to go for you, especially getting used to european cycling where amazingness happens.

Very promising start, looking forward to the following Episodes. Good Luck mate!

Glad to see that my story inspired you :)
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Great title, it gives now sense for me. Before I thought it was because he was lucky, but also...India Pfft

Anyway, great to see you again in the stories section, good luck! Smile
Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Very happy that you liked the concept.

@trekbmc: Thanks. Wanted to make the start eye-catching. Glad you like it Grin
@Croatia: Hoping for good things in Europe. Hoping to keep you hooked too. And Andy Schleck's journal made for good reading. So I was inspired Smile
@DiCyc: Took my time coming up with the title, one that would stand out! Thanks and glad to have you following again Smile
Smile new story started ! , haven't read just found it right now.
Will follow for sure.
Thanks Tamijo. Hope I can keep you interested Smile
The prologue's looking good, will be following this. Good luck!
Thank you Andy for everything!


Thanks to the_hoyle for banner!
Thanks HuDCC. Good to know you'll be following Smile
I'we been thinking about updating to 2015 version - how do you feel about it, is it good ?
Tamijo wrote:
I'we been thinking about updating to 2015 version - how do you feel about it, is it good ?

I made a smooth transition from 2014 to 2015. It wasn't much of a problem. Plus, there's the new 'Be a Pro' mode, where you get to create your own cyclist. This story is a product of playing in that mode. Just make sure you have all the patches and the required expansion packs installed Smile

Played the career mode for half a season only. There are some changes with regards to the training. Plus, you can now also have a development team added to your team. So, those are some new options to try out.

Any time Smile
Prologue - Choosing Cycling

Growing up, I was always interested in sports, all kinds of sports. However, in India, you can't help but be exposed to Cricket as the sport of choice. You would do well to find someone who doesn't watch when the team's playing. It often borders on craziness. The famous recent incident where Maria Sharapova admitted not knowing who Sachin Tendulkar is and getting a torrent of abuse online is fair evidence. Cricket is the all-encompassing religion of this country and Sachin is its's God. No one messes with God! I could only cringe.

In the middle of all this was me. From a young age, I keenly followed other sports. Football was especially close to my heart. At a time when all my friends were supporting Manchester United and Real Madrid, Liverpool struck a chord with me and I support them even today. Tennis was also a favourite. I also faintly remember watching India winning a solo medal - a bronze - in weightlifting in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I would play a lot too growing up. Football, cricket, badminton, volleyball, tennis, I've tried my hand at all these.

Unfortunately, as one reaches middle school in India, the pressure of education takes center stage. A qualification, a college degree is considered the minimum requirement to qualify as a success in life. There is a popular joke which says 'In India, people first complete engineering before deciding what they want to do with their life!' That is not much of an exaggeration! Soon, the hours at play started to diminish, playmates started keeping indoors and the playgrounds became desolate.

It was at this time, that I found cycling. I used to have a lot of free time after school. Staying cooped up at home never appealed to me. So I convinced my parents to buy me a cycle. They agreed as they figured it would get me some exercise too, with the obvious warning of staying away from the main roads. I'd go out on rides for 8-10 kilmetres with a couple of friends. We even raced in the alleys, something which led to a lot of near misses (!!) and angry neighbours Pfft. But the love for cycling grew and grew and soon I couldn't imagine not doing it everyday.

Convincing my parents to take it up on the amateur circuit was an altogether different issue though. A lot of arguments and anger followed, but eventually they consented. The change was probably brought about after watching me finish in the top 5 of the junior city cycle race. It was on a Sunday and I'd asked my parents to tag along. That day would be the turning point. There has been no looking back since...
Great start - keep it comming !

Tamijo wrote:
Great start - keep it comming !


Hehe nice pic Pfft

Btw, those bikes that you see are devilishly difficult to ride, especially when young (and short). The cross-bar is absurdly high and getting on and off is challenge. Luckily I had a more civilised one myself Wink

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 30-07-2016 07:53
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