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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
Last time I had no clue what I was doing and Roompot was a saviour. This time, I should be able to make a better thought out decision. I haven't completely decided on leaving Roompot either.
Things are Looking Up

There comes a point in every athletes life wherein he or she suddenly reaches a goal. A milestone so to say. I've been cycling for the best part of a decade now. A lot of hard work and perseverance have gone into reaching this level in my career. I'm not a world beater yet, by no stretch of the imagination. But I am making progress. I have come a long way from my amateur racing days. In fact, I have made huge progress from the time I signed on the dotted lines for Leopard. That seems like an eternity ago now. Two and a half years, numerous races, two serious injuries, innumerable scars, frequent heartbreak and immense delight later, I'm now standing on the cusp of realising another dream.

What am I talking about? Well, it's time to discuss my future with my agent and I've been waiting for him with baited breath for a couple of weeks now. He had hinted about some good news when we had last spoken. I was sure there were offers from teams ranked a lot higher than where I'm currently stationed. It was time to get to know the exact details.

Reaching the World Tour would be like winning a race almost. Actually, it will mean winning something bigger than a single race. It will mean getting to the top of my profession. Starting off from an unheard of part of the world as far as cycling is concerned to becoming the first to ever cross this hurdle is truly remarkable, if I may say so about my own achievements.

I had a mind to write about my tryst with my agent after all the details were sorted out. But I felt too eager to share how I was feeling right now. I'll be talking to a couple of teams it seems over the next few days. There are no further races on my calendar in June, which should make it easier for me to ponder over my decision without distractions. I'll be back with more updates the soon. See you then...
can't wait to see what your new team will become

I've been hearing things. People have been coming up to me and telling me things. There have been wild and random links. Links I know cannot be true. Despite knowing this, every time I hear these rumours, my heart skips a beat. Over the past week, I've heard myself being linked to not less than 11 teams, most of them from the World Tour. It has gotten to a point where everyone seems to be reporting something new. And all this even before I got a chance to meet my agent!

When I finally met my agent, the list was a short one. 11 teams were not interested.
Roompot wanted to extend my contract by a further 2 years. I would be team leader in the mountains and in their quest to get World Tour wildcards. A very tempting offer.
Giant-Alpecin (World Tour yayy!) were offering a 2 year contract, with an almost five-fold increase in salary. However, with a couple of leaders already in the ranks, I would mostly be riding as a third-option in the leading races.
Lotto Soudal (yes yes!) were also offering a significantly improved contract to my previous one, albeit slightly less than Giant's. They do not have a very strong climbing team, so I would be able to take up my own interests freely. They have a couple more openings in the team and it would be interesting to see who else they bring in.

From my writing above, I think it is quite clear which offer interests me the most. And yes, that's the direction I'm heading. Lotto-Soudal will be my new team from 2018. The likes of Gilbert, Benoot, Boonen and de Gendt await as future teammates and I can't wait to join up with them. Not that I'm in a lot of hurry to end this season, it's been going well. Roompot have been very good to me but I think I'm headed in the right direction. I hope I can hit the Jackpot with this lottery sponsored unit Wink


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Sounds like you'll be hunting for stage wins in third weeks of Grand Tours. Could be tough, going up against the best so soon.
Lotto-Soudal, nice pick !
Lets hope it won't be too tough.
Didn't want to give up this glorious opportunity. I agree with you both, Ripley and Tamijo, that it might be tough, but I think I will be ready to face that challenge.

After a flurry of activity involving my move to Lotto-Soudal, I was finally back racing in mid July, hoping to cap off the final four months of my Roompot career on a high. July has two races on my schedule. The first is a long stage race all the way in China. I got a chance to drop in at home for a day on the way, so that always a welcome change. A small party to honour my new deal was definitely in order. Don't tell the DS Wink

Tour of Qinghai Lake

I was given a free role in this race, which meant there was less pressure. However, I was keen to keep my recent form going. It's the evening of the fifth stage today...

Stage 1 was flat and I stayed in the pack as Fabio Silvestre picked up 3rd place for us.

Stage 2 had a few climbs on the course. I tried to get away into the break a couple of times but was pulled back very quickly. I eventually settled into the peloton. The pacl split up massively on the first climb and I found myself in third place after the summit. Going downhill, I got dropped by a handful of riders to be in the fourth group on the road. However, the first few groups would come together in the following flat section and 20 riders went to the finish line together. I moved up to 4th place in the GC following this result.

I did not attempt to join the breakaway on Stage 3 but did manage to create some damage to the peloton from the front on the only climb of the day. However, the pack mostly got back together in the flat section following the climb. A bunch sprint followed at the finish.

Stage 4 was another one with multiple climbs. The pack was reduced to 120 riders after the first and the lead group whittled down to just 38 midway up the second. The lead group was down to a mere 11 riders at the top. There were further riders dropped later on. I could not keep pace with the pack and finished in 6th place on the stage, also moving down to 6th place in the GC.

Stage 5 was another one for the sprinters. Silvestre repeated his result from the first stage to get another 3rd place.

It has been an interesting race for us so far. I would've liked to be higher up in the standings on stage 4, but could not hang on. Four more stage to go for me to try to improve my position in the GC. I'll get back with the other four stages after getting back from China. See you then.

To be continued...
Fine start in Qinghai Lake
Thanks Smile
It's been a long break. A huge personal milestone kept me away from Daily all this time. But now I'm back. I can't promise I'll keep the pace as high as I used to earlier, but I'll try my best.
Happy New Year everyone and thank you PCM Daily for the award nomination. That helps keep the motivation high.

Tour of Qinghai Lake

Stage 6 saw me go in as one of the favourites. The pack split up in the first climb itself. I found myself in the third group on the road. I was still in the same group on the second climb, with only three riders out ahead. I tried but couldn't make up much ground, finishing 7th on the stage and moving down to 7th in the GC too.

Stage 7 I was one of the favourites again for the stage. It was uneventful till I was dropped suddenly with 10 km to go. I managed to get pack to the lead group containing the GC leaders and finished in 10th place, losing no time.

Stage 8 was one for the sprinters. Silvestre managed a 7th place.

Stage 9 was similar to the previous one and Silvestre came home in 8th place.

General Classification

1Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Team36h18'28
2Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'44
3Ruben GuerreiroSoutheasts.t.
4Eduard BeltranRadio Popular - Boavista+ 2'08
5José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 3'06
6SĂ©rgio PardillaAstana Pro Team+ 3'12
7Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 3'47
8Ivan SantaromitaBardiani CSF+ 5'14
9José HerradaTeam Sky+ 5'25
10Anatoliy BudyakDrapac Professional Cycling+ 5'40
11Sergey ChernetskiyTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'44
12Simone PetilliTEAM Pirelli+ 6'27
13Ilya KoshevoyAstana Pro Team+ 6'42
14Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 7'05
15Victor LafayAg2r La Mondiale+ 7'36
16Peter KennaughTeam Sky+ 8'02
17Brian BulgacLeopard Development Team+ 8'26
18Dusan RajovicAg2r La Mondiale+ 8'53
19Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiale+ 8'56
20Serge PauwelsEtixx - Quick-step+ 8'58
21Stefano PirazziBurger King+ 10'43
22Stéphane RossettoAg2r La Mondiale+ 11'45
23Valerio AgnoliTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'48
24Edward DiazRadio Popular - Boavista+ 12'55
25Matthew BuscheTeam Sky+ 13'26
26Alex HowesTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 14'03
27Peter StetinaTrek Factory Racing+ 14'05
28Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirelli+ 14'38
29Gregory BrenesTEAM Pirelli+ 16'23
30Simon ClarkeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 16'25
31Luca SterbiniBardiani CSF+ 17'09
32Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 18'24
33Aurélien Paret-PeintreAg2r La Mondiale+ 20'25
34Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxo+ 20'31
35Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 22'28
36Carter JonesTrek Factory Racing+ 22'30
37Giovanni ViscontiAstana Pro Team+ 22'33
38Ben HermansEtixx - Quick-step+ 22'49
39Anastasio AniaEtixx - Quick-step+ 23'50
40François BidardBurgos - BH+ 23'54
41Michael RodriguezRadio Popular - Boavista+ 24'03
42Pieter WeeningOrica-GreenEDGE+ 24'10
43Tobias LudvigssonEtixx - Quick-step+ 24'54
44Fabrice JeandesbozAg2r La Mondiale+ 25'01
45Genki YamamotoNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 25'46
46Victor ValinhoRadio Popular - Boavista+ 26'19
47Lilian CalmejaneTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 26'25
48Matej MohoricAstana Pro Team+ 27'09
49Antonio NibaliNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 27'40
50Nathan BrownTeam Sky+ 28'07
51Francis De GreefEtixx - Quick-step+ 28'10
52Lucas EuserBurger King+ 28'43
53Gregorio IbañezEtixx - Quick-step+ 28'45
54Dylan TeunsBurger King+ 29'44
55Eugenio Moreno RosilloBurgos - BH+ 30'04
56Nikita NovikovRusVelo+ 30'12
57Cameron MeyerTeam Sky+ 30'29
58Dimitry KozontchukTinkoff-Saxo+ 32'03
59Joey RosskopfBurger King+ 32'21
60Matteo OcchialiniBardiani CSF+ 34'23
61Raffaello BonusiNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 35'31
62Yuriy AgarkovBurgos - BH+ 35'52
63Stephen CummingsTeam Sky+ 36'00
64Caleb FairlyTrek Factory Racing+ 36'28
65Manuel SenniBardiani CSF+ 36'57
66Emilien ViennetAg2r La Mondiale+ 37'00
67Sylvain ChavanelAstana Pro Teams.t.
68Erick RowsellMadison Genesiss.t.
69Chris HornerTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 37'35
70Antonino ParrinelloTEAM Pirelli+ 37'42
71Fabio TaborreTEAM Pirelli+ 39'32
72Lachlan NorrisDrapac Professional Cycling+ 39'55
73Cesare BenedettiNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 40'31
74Matteo PelucchiTeam Sky+ 40'47
75Geoffrey SoupeSoutheast+ 40'57
76Fabio SilvestreTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 41'09
77Allessio BotturaTEAM Pirelli+ 41'24
78Steve MorabitoTrek Factory Racing+ 41'33
79FrÀnk SchleckTrek Factory Racing+ 42'03
80Andrea ZordanLeopard Development Team+ 42'24
81Daniele AldegheriNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 42'37
82JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 42'55
83Vladislav GorbunovMadison Genesis+ 44'06
84Davide GabburoNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 44'18
85Luca WackermannLeopard Development Team+ 44'19
86Jimmy TurgisAg2r La Mondiale+ 44'59
87Geoffrey CurranTrek Factory Racing+ 45'25
88Ivan BalykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 46'01
89Maurits LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 47'10
90Dimitry IgnatievRusVelo+ 48'28
91Brendan CantyDrapac Professional Cycling+ 48'35
92Jasper De BuystDrapac Professional Cycling+ 49'19
93Damiano CunegoSoutheasts.t.
94Giovanni CarboniAstana Pro Team+ 49'34
95Simone AntoniniSoutheast+ 49'35
96Federico CanutiLeopard Development Team+ 49'52
97Tim DeclercqTrek Factory Racing+ 50'30
98Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 50'41
99Hossein AlizadehRusVelo+ 51'36
100Arkaitz DurĂĄnBardiani CSF+ 51'40
101Andrea FediBurger King+ 52'20
102Gianni MosconTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 52'22
103Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 54'24
104Damien HowsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 55'22
105Harry CarpenterDrapac Professional Cycling+ 55'33
106Adam PhelanDrapac Professional Cycling+ 56'51
107SĂžren Kragh AndersenTinkoff-Saxo+ 57'10
108Chris Anker SĂžrensenTinkoff-Saxo+ 57'24
109Michael HepburnOrica-GreenEDGE+ 57'36
110Alessandro ProniNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 57'44
111Jack BobridgeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 58'35
112Elia FavilliBardiani CSF+ 1h00'17
113Ricardo ValeRadio Popular - Boavistas.t.
114Alessandro TonelliTEAM Pirelli+ 1h00'30
115Illart ZuazubiskarBurgos - BH+ 1h00'40
116Michael CumingMadison Genesiss.t.
117Pio ScarpatoBardiani CSF+ 1h01'38
118Filippo PozzatoAstana Pro Team+ 1h01'49
119Ryan MullenEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h02'07
120Federico PozzettoSoutheast+ 1h04'18
121Manuele BoaroOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h04'23
122Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h04'25
123Jordi van DingenenEtixx - Quick-step+ 1h06'02
124Alex KirschLeopard Development Team+ 1h06'23
125Raymond BourhisRadio Popular - Boavista+ 1h07'40
126Sidio MezziniNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 1h08'14
127David TannerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h08'41
128Magnus FaglumBardiani CSF+ 1h08'53
129Olivier NaesenTrek Factory Racing+ 1h09'04
130Liam BertazzoSoutheasts.t.
131Enrico GasparottoTEAM Pirelli+ 1h09'38
132Ivan SavitskiySoutheast+ 1h09'43
133José RujanoRadio Popular - Boavista+ 1h10'48
134Pieter VanspeybrouckBurger King+ 1h11'35
135Tom BohliBurger King+ 1h12'18
136Francesco GavazziTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h12'29
137Andrey LukoninSoutheast+ 1h13'51
138Joseph LewisDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h14'51
139Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h15'16
140Nik VicelichRadio Popular - Boavista+ 1h15'24
141Suhail AlsabbaghMadison Genesis+ 1h16'03
142Artur ErshovRusVelo+ 1h18'41
143Nicklas BĂžje PedersenLeopard Development Team+ 1h20'54
144Brent BookwalterTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h21'08
145SĂ©rgio MantecĂłnBurgos - BH+ 1h21'20
146Luigi MilettaLeopard Development Team+ 1h21'25
147Sergey RudaskovRusVelo+ 1h21'39
148Alessandro MalagutiLeopard Development Team+ 1h22'01
149Vladimir GusevRusVelo+ 1h24'29
150Ivan LutsenkoRusVelo+ 1h26'17
151Yuma KoishiMadison Genesis+ 1h28'31
152Davide MartinelliBurger King+ 1h35'48
153Tristan RobbinsMadison Genesis+ 1h37'27
154Juan José IturraspeBurgos - BH+ 1h38'20
155Kirill YatsevichRusVelo+ 1h41'02
156Dingchun WuMadison Genesis+ 1h48'55
157Óscar PujolBurgos - BH+ 2h03'42

Points Classification

1Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Team68
2Jasper De BuystDrapac Professional Cycling65
3Matteo PelucchiTeam Sky57
4Fabio SilvestreTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton55
5Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxo47

Mountain Classification

1Antoine LavieuAg2r La Mondiale23
2Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Team21
3Pieter WeeningOrica-GreenEDGE17
4Tobias LudvigssonEtixx - Quick-step16
5Andrea FediBurger King12

Young Riders Classification

1Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Team36h18'28
2Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast+ 1'44
3José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 3'06
4Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 3'47
5Anatoliy BudyakDrapac Professional Cycling+ 5'40

Team Classification

1Astana Pro Team109h05'37
2Tinkoff-Saxo+ 8'18
3Ag2r La Mondiale+ 9'39
4Team Sky+ 16'55
5TEAM Pirelli+ 25'07

A somewhat disappointing result as I was hoping to challenge for the podium here in China. I had to settle for a top 10 in the GC and a top 5 in the U25s. A good race for Silvestre, getting a 5th place in the Points classification. With another race coming up soon this month, I'm already getting ready mentally for that one.
At least this time you didn't injured in July. That's a great improvement from previous seasons
Aquarius97 wrote:
At least this time you didn't injured in July. That's a great improvement from previous seasons

No kidding :lol:
so so race, but very nice to see you are back.
Tamijo wrote:
so so race, but very nice to see you are back.

It's good to be back Smile
Sibiu Cycling Tour

After the Chinese excursion, it was time to come back to Europe and head over to Romania for the Sibiu Cycling Tour. Last year, this was the scene of my first jersey win as a professional cyclist, when I won the Young Rider's classification. This time, I returned here as the leader of the team, looking to improve on last year's performance.

Stage 1 was the Prologue ITT and I was one of the favourites for the stage win. I started relatively early and crossed the line in 6th place, 12 seconds off the pace. As it would turn out, I would remain just 12 seconds off the best time, but slip down to 24th place in the GC. Timo Roosen finished in 6th place, 9 seconds behind winner Anton Vorobyev.

Stage 2 was meant to be a showdown among the GC favourites. I stayed out of trouble and at the front of the peloton till the end. However, I was able to follow the decisive attack, settling for 7th place and a loss of nearly 2 minutes to stage winner Ruben Guerreiro.

Stage 3 was a MTF. The favourites stayed together till 8 km to go, when 7 riders, including myself, powered away from the others. Rein Taaramae attacked out of this group. I chased him down with the help of Bulgac and Ruben Fernandez, but ran out of road to get past. I settled for a frustrating 2nd place on the stage, getting the same time as Rein and moving up to 4th in the GC. Overnight leader Guerrero lost 2'29" and slipped down to 5th place.


(A few metres more and I would've had him!)

Stage 3 Result

1Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katusha4h07'58
2Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
3Brian BulgacLeopard Development Teams.t.
4Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxos.t.
5Hyeoung Min ChoeTorku Seker Spor+ 54
6Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18+ 1'09
7Valerio AgnoliTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'23
8Valerio ContiTeam Katusha+ 2'01
9Giovanni PedrettiBardiani CSFs.t.
10Ivan RovnyTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'20

Stage 4 was the ITT which could also play an important role in deciding the GC. Having set off 4th from the last, I crossed the line in 3rd place. After everyone had finished, I moved down to 4th on the stage, 23 seconds off stage winner Vorobyev's time. Although all three riders ahead of me lost time on this stage, the differences were not enough for me to climb up in the standings.

The flat Stage 5 saw me try an attack with 15 m to go. I stayed away for about 5 km before being pulled back into the peloton. The sprint finish saw Krieger get a 9th place finish, the best for our team. I maintained 4th in the GC and took home the U25s jersey again!

General Classification

1Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxo10h58'18
2Hyeoung Min ChoeTorku Seker Spor+ 23
3Brian BulgacLeopard Development Team+ 40
4Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 48
5Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18+ 1'48
6Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast+ 2'11
7Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katusha+ 2'39
8Valerio AgnoliTinkoff-Saxo+ 4'00
9George BennettAvanti Racing Team+ 4'08
10Ivan RovnyTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'59

11Valerio ContiTeam Katusha+ 6'55
12Axel DomontCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 7'04
13Giovanni PedrettiBardiani CSF+ 7'15
14Omar FraileTEAM Azersun+ 7'34
15Marc GoosTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 7'38
16Dries DevenynsTeam Katusha+ 7'41
17Thomas DamuseauAlcatel+ 8'30
18Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 8'47
19Jonathan MonsalveSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 9'02
20Artem NychTinkoff-Saxo+ 9'05
21Toms SkujinsBardiani CSF+ 9'45
22Hichem ChabaneAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 10'01
23Nick Van Der LijkeTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 10'48
24Gaël MalacarneAlcatel+ 10'53
25Unai IntziarteSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 11'01
26Clément KoretzkyEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 11'02
27Marc SolerActiveJet Team+ 11'04
28Miguel MĂ­nguezSoutheast+ 11'10
29Simone PonziTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'14
30Xabier MartĂ­nez MadrigalSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 11'26
31Davide PacchiardoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 11'45
32Branislau SamoilauEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 11'48
33Alessandro BisoltiSoutheasts.t.
34Ivan BalykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'50
35Daniel WhitehouseAvanti Racing Team+ 11'53
36Dimitry KozontchukTinkoff-Saxo+ 12'26
37Yoeri HavikTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 13'00
38Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 13'04
39Omar BertazzoBardiani CSF+ 13'07
40Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 13'12
41Lukas PöstlbergerBardiani CSF+ 13'14
42Roman KubikCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 13'18
43Luca WackermannLeopard Development Team+ 13'19
44Francesco LascaBora - Argon 18+ 13'24
45Riccardo DonatoLeopard Development Teams.t.
46Marcel MeisenBora - Argon 18+ 13'32
47Davide BalleriniBardiani CSF+ 13'34
48Stanislau BazhkouCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 13'35
49Sebastian TrilliniActiveJet Team+ 13'39
50Fabio SilvestreTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 13'52
51Fredrik LudvigssonActiveJet Team+ 13'53
52Pavel KochetkovRusVelo+ 14'14
53Anton VorobyevTeam Katusha+ 14'30
54Alessio TalianiSoutheast+ 14'44
55Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Azersun+ 14'45
56Quentin JaureguiAlcatel+ 14'56
57Tom WirtgenAvanti Racing Team+ 14'59
58Yonder GodoyTEAM Azersun+ 15'14
59Bekir Baki AkirsanTorku Seker Spor+ 15'21
60Michele GazzaraAmore & Vita - Selle SMPs.t.
61Gad AzoulayAlcatel+ 15'32
62Alex KirschLeopard Development Team+ 15'35
63Stijn SteelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 15'37
64Mikhail IgnatievTeam Katusha+ 15'38
65Julien BĂ©rardAlcatel+ 15'41
66Angelo TulikAlcatel+ 15'43
67Jure KocjanTEAM Azersun+ 15'45
68Mattia FrapportiLeopard Development Team+ 15'46
69Gert DockxTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 15'50
70José Joaquín RojasTeam Katusha+ 15'52
71Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 16'01
72Moreno De PauwWhirlpool - Author+ 16'02
73Federico RocchettiBardiani CSF+ 16'15
74Lars Van Der HaarTEAM Azersun+ 16'18
75Alexandr KolobnevTinkoff-Saxo+ 16'25
76Colin StĂŒssiWhirlpool - Author+ 16'32
77Jef Van MeirhaegheTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 16'56
78Timo RoosenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 17'50
79Julien MoriceTEAM Azersun+ 18'02
80Shem RodgerAvanti Racing Team+ 18'11
81Joeri StallaertSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
82Nans PetersEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 18'17
83Charly PetelinSoutheasts.t.
84Baptiste PlanckaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 18'23
85PaweƂ BernasBardiani CSF+ 18'31
86RĂŒdiger SeligBora - Argon 18+ 18'33
87Andrea ZordanLeopard Development Team+ 18'35
88Jonas Van GenechtenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
89Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 18'36
90Juan Pablo ValenciaTEAM Azersun+ 18'45
91Milan MentenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 18'46
92Liam BertazzoSoutheast+ 18'47
93Andrea PiecheleBardiani CSF+ 18'48
94Lorenzo ManzinCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 18'52
95Ariel Maximiliano RichezeBora - Argon 18+ 18'55
96Alexander GeuensTorku Seker Spor+ 18'59
97Nicolo MartinelloSoutheast+ 19'02
98Emiliano FaietaAmore & Vita - Selle SMPs.t.
99Michael OlssonSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
100Andrey LukoninSoutheast+ 19'04
101Daniel BiedermannTorku Seker Spor+ 19'08
102Alessandro MalagutiLeopard Development Team+ 19'23
103Adam StachowiakAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 19'24
104Andris VosekalnsTEAM Azersun+ 19'45
105Francesco SedaboniAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 20'26
106Matej VysnaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 20'36
107Rubén PolsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 20'49
108Igor BoevRusVelo+ 21'17
109Matvey ZubovTorku Seker Spor+ 21'19
110Ricardo van DongenWhirlpool - Author+ 21'27
111Nathan EarleRusVelo+ 21'41
112Frederik PlesnerTorku Seker Spor+ 21'43
113Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'44
114Igor RomeroActiveJet Teams.t.
115Lucas LissBora - Argon 18+ 21'46
116Hamish SchreursAvanti Racing Team+ 21'47
117Michael NortheyAvanti Racing Team+ 21'48
118Xandro MeurisseTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 21'56
119Dries De BondtTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
120Alexander KriegerTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 22'01
121Jimmy RaibaudAlcatel+ 22'02
122Vicente GarcĂ­a de MateosActiveJet Team+ 22'08
123Alexander SerebryakovTeam Katushas.t.
124Matteo SpreaficoWhirlpool - Authors.t.
125Jonas Aaen JĂžrgensenTorku Seker Spor+ 22'09
126Ben GrendaAvanti Racing Team+ 22'25
127Aner EchegarayActiveJet Team+ 23'17
128Robert WagnerBora - Argon 18+ 23'52
129Josef HosekWhirlpool - Author+ 24'33
130Guillaume BlotEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 24'37
131Denis BorovikTorku Seker Spor+ 24'43
132Yannis YssaadEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 24'44
133Luke MudgewayAvanti Racing Team+ 25'08
134Jiri PolnickyWhirlpool - Author+ 25'17
135Valery KaykovRusVelo+ 25'33
136Nicklas BĂžje PedersenLeopard Development Team+ 25'53
137Dylan Van ZijlTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 26'30
138Jan BrockhoffBora - Argon 18+ 26'39
139Ronan Van ZandbeekTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 26'46
140Andrei StrelkovRusVelos.t.
141LoĂŻc ChetoutCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 26'57
142Yohann GĂšneAlcatel+ 27'24
143Ivan LutsenkoRusVelo+ 28'12
144Alexander SerovTeam Katusha+ 29'19
145Gianluca MengardoAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 29'21
146Konrad DabkowskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 31'28
147Jeremy LeveauEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 32'36
148Giuseppe FonziRusVelo+ 33'12
149David LefortCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 33'26
150Perrig QuemeneurEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 33'58
151Alexandr KominRusVelo+ 34'33
152Ɓukasz WiƛniowskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 35'27
153Martin HebikSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 35'53
154Arkadiusz OwsianActiveJet Team+ 37'52
155Marcin BiaƂobƂockiActiveJet Team+ 38'51
156Nicolas CapdepuyEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 41'22
157Sergej KosulinAmore & Vita - Selle SMP+ 49'12

Points Classification

1Anton VorobyevTeam Katusha50
2Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton43
3Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 1840
4Rein TaaramÀeTeam Katusha35
5Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxo32

Mountain Classification

1Lukas PöstlbergerBardiani CSF32
2Julien BĂ©rardAlcatel30
3Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast20
4Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxo18
5Hyeoung Min ChoeTorku Seker Spor18

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton10h59'06
2Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18+ 1'00
3Ruben GuerreiroSoutheast+ 1'23
4Valerio ContiTeam Katusha+ 6'07
5Giovanni PedrettiBardiani CSF+ 6'27

Team Classification

2Team Katusha+ 7'17
3Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 10'43
4Southeast+ 16'05
5Team Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 17'18

As it turns out, I came very close to winning the Points classification too, finishing 2nd. A good race overall and yes, I did improve on last year's race! July wraps up here with me carrying my momentum from before signing with Lotto. No one can say I'm resting on my laurels now that the World Tour move is secured. The only way is up for me...
Realy good race
Tamijo wrote:
Realy good race

Thanks Smile
I miss this, is it over Abhishek ?
Well, it's nice to know my story's missed Tamijo Grin. I have been meaning to get back to writing and the question in the last post has finally motivated me enough to get back to it. So here we go...


Preuba Villafranca - Oridiziako Klasika

I was back to the scene of my injury last year and it was another nerve-wracking experience. Despite the fact that I've been riding for so many years, it is always difficult to face the same roads where you've had a bad fall before. But here I was, trying to stay on the bike throughout the race this time around...

I was selected as a helper in this race for Calmejane. I was happy to play second fiddle and just try to get him into a good spot for a solo challenge at the end. It was me, Lilian and Reguigui for us in the lead group of 30 riders at the end, but none of us were strong enough to challenge for the win. Dylan Teuns won the bunch sprint, while we had to be happy with 3 top 30s.

1Dylan TeunsBurger King4h18'26
2Jarlinson PantanoTeam Europcars.t.
3Damiano CarusoTinkoff-Saxos.t.
4Adriano MaloriBurger Kings.t.
5Rubén FernåndezTinkoff-Saxos.t.
6Valerio ContiTeam Katushas.t.
7Pello BilbaoMovistar Teams.t.
8Gregor MĂŒhlbergerBora - Argon 18s.t.
9Ricardo GarcĂ­aMovistar Teams.t.
10Samuel SĂĄnchezTeam Katushas.t.

11SĂžren Kragh AndersenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
12Ilya KoshevoyAstana Pro Teams.t.
13Valerio AgnoliTinkoff-Saxos.t.
14Hector SaezCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
15Mattia CattaneoMovistar Teams.t.
16Floris De TierCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
17SĂ©rgio PardillaAstana Pro Teams.t.
18Egor SilinTeam Katushas.t.
19Igor AntĂłnCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
20Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18s.t.
21JĂ©rĂŽme BaugniesBurger Kings.t.
22Youcef ReguiguiTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
23Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katushas.t.
24David De la CruzTinkoff-Saxos.t.
25Ryder HesjedalTinkoff-Saxos.t.
26Abhishek SinhaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
27Lilian CalmejaneTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
28Ulf HausweilerBora - Argon 18s.t.
29Jan HirtBora - Argon 18+ 1'11
30Matteo RabottiniAstana Pro Teams.t.
31Salvatore PuccioAstana Pro Teams.t.
32Jakob RatheTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
33Byron GuamaTeam Europcars.t.
34André CardosoCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
35Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
36Chad HagaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
37Davide MartinelliBurger Kings.t.
38Garikoitz BravoKaikus.t.
39Lucas LissBora - Argon 18s.t.
40José Joaquín RojasTeam Katushas.t.
41Jean-Lou PaianiTeam Europcars.t.
42Francisco José VentosoTeam Katushas.t.
43Jonas GregaardTeam Europcars.t.
44Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
45Joey RosskopfBurger Kings.t.
46William BartaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
47HĂ„vard BlikraKaikus.t.
48JesĂșs Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
49Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
50Bart De ClercqTeam Katushas.t.
51David BeldaMovistar Teams.t.
52Óscar GonzálezMovistar Teams.t.
53Marko DĂ­azMovistar Teams.t.
54Christian KneesBora - Argon 18s.t.
55Chris Anker SĂžrensenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
56Antoine DuchesneTeam Europcars.t.
57Thierry HupondKaikus.t.
58Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Teams.t.
59Romain GuillemoisTeam Europcars.t.
60Giampaolo CarusoTeam Katushas.t.
61José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2'41
62François BidardBurgos - BH+ 3'33
63Jan BartaBurger Kings.t.
64Sam OomenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
65JesĂșs EzquerraBurgos - BHs.t.
66Igor MerinoKaikus.t.
67RĂŒdiger SeligBora - Argon 18s.t.
68Alberto GallegoCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+ 4'16
69Alexey VermeulenBurger Kings.t.
70Arnau SoleBurgos - BHs.t.
71Simone StortoniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
72Delio FernĂĄndezCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
73Lucas EuserBurger Kings.t.
74Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
75Lieuwe WestraAstana Pro Team+ 5'42
76Pablo LechugaKaikus.t.
77Ariel Maximiliano RichezeBora - Argon 18+ 6'22
78José Vicente ToribioCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
79Steven LammertinkTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 7'35
80Jon LarrinagaBurgos - BHs.t.
81Thomas LebasBurgos - BHs.t.
82Blaise SonneryTeam Europcar+ 8'28
83Jesse SergentAstana Pro Teams.t.
84Andrés VigilBurgos - BHs.t.
85Eugenio Moreno RosilloBurgos - BH+ 9'12
86Oleg ZemlyakovAstana Pro Teams.t.
87Sebastian MascaroMovistar Teams.t.
88Mickaël DelageTeam Europcars.t.
89Diego RosaMovistar Teams.t.
90Chris HornerTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
91Mikel BizkarraKaiku+ 10'23
92Unai LevaKaiku+ 11'47
93Jasper LindenberghTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
94David MackKaiku+ 14'37
95Jorgos SouradaBurgos - BHs.t.
96Philip LindauCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.

Another race not worth remembering, but a better outcome for me as compared to last year. I go on to Burgos from here hoping to put in a better challenge than the past couple of races. Till then...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 29-01-2017 16:14
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