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Isostar - Adriatic 2017
tastasol
Congrats on the win! Somewhat deserved for Polanc after a bit poor season for him so far. I've always wondered what it would take for the Isostar boys to score a 10/10 on the satisfaction rate (haven't seen it before at least), obviously an aggressive Polanc win was the answer.
 
AbhishekLFC
Looks like someone finally came to his senses Pfft

Great result in Lincoln and much needed for Polanc Grin. All the best going ahead!
 
jandal7
Amazing post for Lincoln! Just a stunning ride by Polanc and beautiful post at the end - a Slovenian talent taking the biggest win yet for a Slovenian team is something special, as is leading the PCT rankings over halfway into your second season! All the best in the promotion battle from here - I agree you won't stay top2 probably but you can't say you're out of the picture now Grin Amazing season so far, your friends at Xero support you every step of the way.

Good to know whilst Aquarius and Abhishek had their little rivalry over your satisfaction scale I was the one to report the race that gave you a 10 Pfft
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@tastasol: Thank you very much! Wisniowski is one of the most amazing riders in the game though, and I'm sure he'll take over the crown as best cobbled rider in the division soon again. But this monster of an attacking performance had to ensure the 10 for us.

@AbhishekLFC: I always was Pfft It was indeed awesome. There is no doubt that Polanc offers some amazing upside, and we believed in that from the beginning on when we signed him unmaxed...

@jandal7: Thank you very much jands! That was a big one for us, and we'll try to continue with that to keep us in the mix for as long as possible. You know we're on your side in terms of support as well. Guess like somebody sneaked into the rivalry to create a major upset Cool don't mind to spread more of them 10s though Cool

 
Tamijo
Manager's satisfaction rate: 10/10


Just have to love this concept.
Especially because you don't give high grades easily, that have to work hard for a hug like this one.
 
Shonak
Promotion back-to-back Cool
Unleash the Landa!
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"Landismo never dies" - Landa

 
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Booker
Congrats croatia! The roster you've built, and the faith you've put in the development process throughout, makes the positivity and the results even sweeter.

Well deserved and long may the Slovenian machine continue Smile
 
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@Tamijo: Thank you very much. It tells the true relations between expectance and performance. And damn, that hug was well deserved for the team.

@Shonak: don't go too far mate, your footsteps are big Wink

@Booker: Thank you very much, awesome to hear that from a guy that took such insane path in his first year and does so well. This is the way we want to be, and equally the way we are.

 
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Lac Megantic Classic

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Marko KumpLeaderRamunas NavardauskasTrain
Luis MansillaTrainDaniel JaramilloDomestique
Roy JansTrainMatej MugerliDomestique
Jerome GiauxTrainMartin LaasDomestique


We had an easy goal for this race: Make it as hard as possible over the hills, and then force a sprint. Getting into the break for that would've been nice, but that wasn't meant to be.

Instead the race was ridden very calmly. Though the break was caught very late, there was no profiting of possible selections, as all the sprinters seemed non-affected by the race.

We neither were able to create a train for Kump, nor position any of our minor sprinters close to the front. Our leader himself did not position properly, hence he could not turn his nice speed into a result. Instead he could only finish 16th, just at the tail of the first riders.

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1Bryan CoquardFestina - Dexia4h06'25
2Matthew GossIndosat Ooredoo - ANZs.t.
3Mark CavendishKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
4Joeri StallaertSpotify - Haglöfss.t.
5Arnaud DemareTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
6Fabio SilvestreBerg Cycless.t.
7Ivano Lo CiceroValio - DeLavals.t.
8Oscar GueraoSPAR - Shimano - SCGs.t.
9Andrea GuardiniFablok - Bank BGZs.t.
10Maxime VantommeNetia - VĂłnins.t.
16Marko KumpIsostar - Adriatics.t.
47Roy JansIsostar - Adriatics.t.
51Ramunas NavardauskasIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Of course Navardauskas topped it all by being the first outside the point ranks.

Goal: Top 10, Top 30, 3*Top 50 --> failed

Points scored: 18 (Kump 16, Jans 2)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 1.5/10

Positive Surprise: Jans - We scored minot points in a sprinters classic? Wow.

Negative Surprise: Hill action - If we never manager to position our riders at the front in those races, why not use them to make the race as hard as possible over the hills?
Edited by Croatia14 on 26-01-2018 02:12
 
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June "Preview"


After our incredible finish to the month we found ourselves sitting in an incredible second place halfway through the season. That means we could just enjoy every single race of the second half and count the days how long we manage to keep ourselves in the Top 10. Maybe even until the end?

Team Rankings
May 2017


TeamTotalRDPpRDProj
11pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/new.pngNewton Foundation18296826.903766
26pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic17927424.223391
37pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gre.pngGrieg - Eftel17286327.433840
42pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/bgc.pngBerg Cycles16767322.963214
53pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ubs.pngTeam UBS15736823.133238
65pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/fab.pngFablok - Bank BGZ14547619.132678
74pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ14358816.312283
89pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam13748516.162262
911pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ers.pngEritel - Sonatrach13697219.012661
1012pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ora.pngOrange Pro Cycling12617217.512451
118pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ged.pngGenerali - EDF12308215.002100
1216pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ssc.pngSPAR - Shimano - SCG11736518.052527
1310pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/t3a.pngPodium Ambition11727316.052247
1419pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/mei.pngMeiji - JR East11196118.342568
1517pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/frs.pngFerrero - Samruk10906915.802212
1613pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank10705818.452583
1718pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/nvo.pngNetia - VĂłnin10667514.211989
1822pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/npn.pngNovatek-Panarmenian.net10627713.791931
1914pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/eus.pngEuskaltel10037812.861800
2015pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine9916016.522313
2121pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/min.pngMinions9377712.171704
2223pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/vad.pngValio - DeLaval9238011.541616
2320pcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/mop.pngMOL - OMV Petrom8225415.222131
2425pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/tic.pngTeam Ticos Air Costa Rica574639.111275
2524pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/hrm.pngHaute Route - Mavic563678.401176
2626pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/cpl.pngCompal-Merida460756.13858


A lot of our success is based on our Slovenian Cinderella Story with regional leaders. We are proud to claim ourselves the owner of the likes of Kump, Mohoric and further Slovenians, that keep us high in the ranking.

Individual Rankings
May 2017


1Tejay Van GarderenUSApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/new.pngNewton Foundation724
2Marko KumpSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic701
3Andrei AmadorCRCpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ubs.pngTeam UBS608
4Edvald Boasson HagenNORpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gre.pngGrieg - Eftel550
5Chris FroomeGBRpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/fab.pngFablok - Bank BGZ513
6Lukasz WisniowskiPOLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gre.pngGrieg - Eftel513
7Ă“scar GueraoESPpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ssc.pngSPAR - Shimano - SCG482
8Tom Van AsbroeckBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros16/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam440
9Michal KwiatkowskiPOLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/nvo.pngNetia - VĂłnin425
10Dan HollowayUSApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/npn.pngNovatek-Panarmenian.net406
11Matthew GossAUSpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ397
12Christopher Juul-JensenDENpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank367
13Diego UlissiITApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ged.pngGenerali - EDF365
14Maurice SchreursNEDpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ora.pngOrange Pro Cycling364
15Maxime VantommeBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/nvo.pngNetia - VĂłnin352
16Erik MohsGERpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/fab.pngFablok - Bank BGZ350
17Davide AppollonioITApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank343
18Marcos AlturESPpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/new.pngNewton Foundation341
19Benat IntxaustiESPpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ340
20Rigoberto ĂšranCOLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/min.pngMinions337
42Matthias BrändleAUTpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic197
51Matej MohoricSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic177
57Roy JansBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic163
75Janez BrajkovicSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic123
94Jan PolancSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic97
120Matej MugerliSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic67
133JĂ©rome GiauxBELpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic60
169Stanislau BazhkouBLRpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic44
170Luis Miguel MansillaCHLpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic43
232Xavier QuevedoVENpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic25
233Pavel PotockiCROpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic24
243Ramunas NavardauskasLTUpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic20
253Jernej SvabSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic19
296Tadej LogarSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic13
350Ahmed Youssef BelgasemLBApcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic9
367Jaka BostnerSLOpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic7
422Martin LaasESTpcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.pngIsostar - Adriatic3


Now let's see where and how our riders can pick up points for the team in June. It has plenty of opportunities, but of course the big target of June is the Tour of Slovenia, our long awaited home race!

Lincoln GP

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Jan PolancLeaderMartin LaasDomestique
Ahmed BelgasemDomestiqueJernej SvabDomestique
Roy JansDomestiqueMatej MugerliDomestique
Jerome GiauxDomestiqueDaniel JaramilloDomestique


A hilly cobbled race that is tailor made for Polanc. Without Kump he has double the pressure, but also all the freedom he could imagine to ride for himself. As always we have our strong hilly cobbled squad to support him on his hunt for a Top 5.

Goal: Top 5, Top 15, 2*Top 30

Lac Megantic Classic

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Marko KumpLeaderRamunas NavardauskasTrain
Luis MansillaTrainDaniel JaramilloDomestique
Roy JansTrainMatej MugerliDomestique
Jerome GiauxTrainMartin LaasDomestique


A bumpy race, that could either be one for the attackers or for the sprinters. Kump leads us here, and if the scenario turns out to be on our side, then we might have a great race. If it turns out to be a clean bunch sprint, things will be more difficult. We have a good supporting cast for either possible directions.

Goal: Top 10, Top 30, 3*Top 50

Post Denmark Rundt

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Matthias BrändleLeaderXavier QuevedoFree Role
Ramunas NavardauskasCo-LeaderDaniel JaramilloDomestique
Jerome GiauxSprinterJaka BostnerDomestique
Roy JansFree RiderMartin LaasDomestique


The deadliest double header of the season. Both perfect races for all Brändle, Navardauskas and Bazhkou are here. We sent our strongest ones to Denmark, as it should be slightly more selective for punchy chrono guys. Our Austrian Champion will try to continue his form from Norway.

Goal: Top 5, Top 10, Top 30, Stage Top 3

Tour de Slovénie

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Janez BrajkovicLeaderJan PolancDomestique
Stanislau BazhkouCo-LeaderMatej MugerliDomestique
Luis Miguel MansillaSprinterJernej SvabDomestique
Matej MohoricFree RiderPavel PotockiDomestique


Part 2 of the double header. And the win goal, the ultimate race. We thought hard about who to captain us here. Brändle would've been the most obvious choice, but we went for something different. We wanted a Slovenian leader, so Janez Brajkovic is the one we ride for. With Bazhkou we have a GC back-up plan, Mohoric is the one for a potential stage win on the hilly summits. We want to show our best side on the untypical stage race for Slovenia. For Slovenia.

Sponsor Goal: Win

Goal: Top 3, Top 10, Top 25, Stage Win

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Monterrey TTT

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Janez BrajkovicTop 5Jan PolancTop 5
Stanislau BazhkouTop 5Matej MugerliTop 8
Matthias BrändleTop 5Ahmed BelgasemTop 8
Ramunas NavardauskasTop 5Pavel PotockiTop 8


The month is closed out by a Team Time Trial. In Monterrey we have our strongest team possible on the line, aiming for a Top 5. On paper we should be the 5th strongest team, so it should be more than possible. With some luck and power on the ascents even a podium might be possible in the TTT experiment.

Goal: Top 5
 
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Post Denmark Rundt

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Matthias BrändleLeaderXavier QuevedoFree Role
Ramunas NavardauskasCo-LeaderDaniel JaramilloDomestique
Jerome GiauxSprinterJaka BostnerDomestique
Roy JansFree RiderMartin LaasDomestique


The deadliest double header of the season. Both perfect races for all Brändle, Navardauskas and Bazhkou are here. We sent our strongest ones to Denmark, as it should be slightly more selective for punchy chrono guys. Our Austrian Champion will try to continue his form from Norway.

Stage 1: It was all about avoiding unnecessary time losses. We couldn't join the break, but kept our captains save at the front. No significant sprint from Giaux.

1Peter KennaughOrange Pro Cycling3h42'14
2Nacer BouhanniEuskaltels.t.
3Ricki NelsonPodium Ambitions.t.
29Ramunas NavardauskasIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Stage 2: Same settings as for stage 1. No breakaway appearance, but a different story with a bigger split in the wind. We kept save though, to place all riders in the front. Decent from our power department, even though we couldn't achieve any stage glory.

1Erik MohsFablok - Bank BGZ4h05'33
2Peter KennaughOrange Pro Cyclings.t.
3Ricki NelsonPodium Ambitions.t.
16Ramunas NavardauskasIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Stage 3: The decicive hilly stage, where we need the gaps to appear. While we didn't go in the break yet again, we instead attacked the race from the front for our leaders duo.

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For the final hill the team was in a great position, having several riders upfront:

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Several of our riders finished in the very reduced bunch of riders behind the Top 3: Laas, Quevedo, Navardauskas & Jans

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Only Brändle, our team captain, received a gap from the front group for no visible reason.

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But the happiness of having 4 riders in the front group overwhelms the unnecessary time loss - partly caused by Brändle, partly by the inconsistent jury. That may hurt us later, as our best positioned riders are not too well known as the best time trialists

1Enrico BarbinFerrero - Samruk4h05'32
2Juan Jose Lobato del ValleEuskaltel+ 18
3André SteensenCarlsberg - Danske Banks.t.
7Martin LaasIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Stage 4: Another flat stage, where we had the ambitions to keep our riders save. And indeed our GC riders didn't face major issues, while half of the peloton lost contact (less front riders though). The break won, we stayed safe.

1Jakub MareczkoLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam2h30'36
2Philip LaveryGenerali - EDFs.t.
3Sören Kragh AndersenGrieg - Eftels.t.
28Ramunas NavardauskasIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'04


Stage 5: The decicive TTT. So far we gained 3 points from the race, now it was time to stretch out for the GC. Brändle was our major GC hope, and had an okay time trial.

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He faded though towards the end, finishing 0.41 behind the fastest time of Ford. The Australian won the day later.

pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.png Jans (GC's 10th, + 0.12) finishes the stage + 4.25 as 139th
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.png Quevedo (9th) is better, but still far away with + 3.49


Our best hope for a great result in the GC after the hilly stage was Lithuanian champion Ramunas Navardauskas.

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Let us just quote reporting legend tsmoha here again for describing our TT form this season.

But now for the more promising GC podium contenders: pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/iso.png Navardauskas (GC's 5th, + 0.12) as a possible threat for Ignatiev and Steensen? Well, he surely comes with some solid timetrial skills and would surely expect a Top-5 in the GC at least.

Today ain't his best day however and he's putting up some disastrous split times, actually: + 0.57 at the first and already + 1.45 at the second split!

Definitely not what he might have hoped for: + 2.24 at the finish to finish just outside the Top-50 on the stage. A horrible result for a rather promising rider. Disappointing stuff. Still a high GC result thanks to the great position he had prior to the stage.


Important is the last sentence though. A high GC result. He sustained in 7th. A nice trade for another disappointed hunt for stage glory:

1Michael FordNovatek-Panarmenian.net36'54
2Emilien ViennetOrange Pro Cycling+ 9
3Jose GoncalvesTeam UBS+ 18
12Matthias BrändleIsostar - Adriatic+ 41


But instead we managed to hang on to a great depth result in the final rankings, which ensured us some nice points in Denmark. A double Top 10 and 5 riders in the Top 20 is always a nice sight, especially given the difficult of the double header comparing it to Slovenia!

1Mikhail IgnatievFerrero - Samruk15h02'49
2Emilien ViennetOrange Pro Cycling+ 7
3André SteensenCarlsberg - Danske Bank+ 12
4Dominique CornuEuskaltel+ 28
5Matthias BrändleIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'02
6Jorge AbreuNewton Foundation+ 1'44
7Ramunas NavardauskasIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'46
8Kazushige KubokiMeiji - JR East+ 2'03
9Yoann PaillotValio - DeLaval+ 2'13
10Arvin MoazemiSPAR - Shimano - SCG+ 2'25
14Xavier QuevedoIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'11
16Roy JansIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'47
17Martin LaasIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'49
34JĂ©rome GiauxIsostar - Adriatic+ 4'58


And even if the last stage destroyed our team classification hopes: The number of GC points make up for the underwhelming showing (though with a good ITT it could've been quite some more). This is enough to keep us high in the lottery for a Top 10 spot.

Goal: Top 5, Top 10, Top 30, Stage Top 3 --> achieved

Points scored: 247 (Brändle 85, Navardauskas 69, Quevedo 30, Laas 29, Jans 24, Giaux 10)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 8/10

Positive Surprise: Domestique work - The firework we blew up on stage 3 was absolutely awesome. The full team did a great job on using the toughness on stages to our favor. Also the flat department kept us safe very well.

Negative Surprise: TT form - Either this or Brändles hill execution. At the end the ITT costed us more points. With a hill prone squad we gambled right, but we also paid the price in the ITT. While Brändle finished reasonable, this time it was Navardauskas who had a very bad day. Exactly in the wrong situation.
 
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Tour de Slovénie

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Janez BrajkovicLeaderJan PolancDomestique
Stanislau BazhkouCo-LeaderMatej MugerliDomestique
Luis Miguel MansillaSprinterJernej SvabDomestique
Matej MohoricFree RiderPavel PotockiDomestique


Part 2 of the double header. And the win goal, the ultimate race. We thought hard about who to captain us here. Brändle would've been the most obvious choice, but we went for something different. We wanted a Slovenian leader, so Janez Brajkovic is the one we ride for. With Bazhkou we have a GC back-up plan, Mohoric is the one for a potential stage win on the hilly summits. We want to show our best side on the untypical stage race for Slovenia. For Slovenia.

Stage 1: The first stage was al about keeping our riders save. We both failed to position ourselves in the break or contest the sprint with Mansilla, but we kept ourselves save from any issues.

1Anthony LavoineFablok - Bank BGZ4h13'40
2Moreno MoserIndosat Ooredoo - ANZs.t.
3Mohamed Harrif SallehSauber Petronas Racings.t.
34Matej MohoricIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Stage 2: The toughest of profiles already waited for us on stage 2. With our team we wanted to make the race as hard as possible to eliminate strong time triallists and go for a stage win for Mohoric.

Again we didn't send a guy up the road, but instead tried to focus on bringing our GC riders in the best possible position. Which worked pretty bad. We had to go on the last kilometer from far back. There however our riders did a great job of streaming forward.

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While at the end the race was far away of being selective enough for us, we could also not find a great stage result here, which was a bigger disappointment. At least we found a deep result in the positions close to the front and the lead in the U25 classification for Mohoric.

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1Pedro Miguel PaulinhoBerg Cycles4h35'45
2Rui CostaBerg Cycless.t.
3Robin van der HugenhabenIn-n-Out p/b Carrefours.t.
4Carlos BetancourtMinionss.t.
5Marcio PortelaBerg Cycless.t.
6Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatics.t.
9Luis Miguel MansillaIsostar - Adriatics.t.
12Matej MohoricIsostar - Adriatics.t.
16Stanislau BazhkouIsostar - Adriatics.t.


Stage 3: A CT dominated C1 stage? Possible with the race clash, as the big PCT TT guns were in Denmark. We had Bazhkou & Brajkovic, which both aimed up high for their GC fight.

Our Belorussian captain could find a brave ride on the road, flashing the awesome National Champions jersey by Fenix Design in our fashion.

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Also Mugerli, Mansilla, Mohoric and Polanc with okay rides, while sadly Brajkovic disappointed after looking good on the hill stage. All of them with great media coverage courtesy of Abhishek_LFC.

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At the end of the day Bazhkou finished 4th for us! Brajkovic with a disappointing 21st though. Hence a current 4th place in the GC, with 4 more in the Top 20. Also, Polanc took over white!

1Kai ReusIn-n-Out p/b Carrefour48'44
2Roman KreuzigerIn-n-Out p/b Carrefour+ 41
3Timothy RoeGarmin - BikeNZ Cycling+ 56
4Stanislau BazhkouIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'01


Stage 4: Another flat stage, another boring day for us? Not on home soil! While being aware of crosswinds, we took some big turns to get into the break: And big Svab could get into there.

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Showing our colour all day we pushed forward in the break to have a chance. And we got it being quite some meters away on the lost kilometers. Under the Flamme Rouge Svab took action, to grab the heart with both hands and ride out for an attack.

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Only Semple went with him, so the two of them stayed clear. Now it was all or nothing in the sprint. Jernej took it from the front, trying to stretch himself all the way to the line. And he did so nicely!

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What a big win for Jernej Svab, our whole Slovenian Squad and even the country itself, having a home winner.

1Jernej SvabIsostar - Adriatic4h38'45
2Adam SemplecycleYorkshires.t.
3Daniel EatonNewton Foundation+ 17


Stage 5: The last stage was a tricky one again, with a hill sprint expected on the final kilometer. Well, more of a drag race, and gaps were not necessary expected. We tried our best anyway, to pressure the worse puncheurs under the chrono guys as much as possible. We were still on the chase close to the final hill, from where we took over to pace into it.

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While it was too late to catch the break with it, we did some damage however. Brajkovic (5th) and Bazhkou (7th) finished at the front, but we could drop some of the opponence and create gaps.

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1Rudy MolardGenerali - EDF3h48'33
2William FordcycleYorkshire+ 7
3Erdenebayar DaspuntsagGarmin - BikeNZ Cycling+ 12
5Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatics.t.
7Stanislau BazhkouIsostar - Adriatics.t.


While our minor positions suffered under that behaviour, the captains did an amazing job to sneak further places ahead. Kai Reus stayed save in first overall, but our Belorussian could move up to second! Also Brajkovic could sneak into the top 10, making it a glorious race for us.

1Kai ReusIn-n-Out p/b Carrefour18h05'56
2Stanislau BazhkouIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'01
3Nicolas RocheFablok - Bank BGZ+ 1'16
4Rui CostaBerg Cycles+ 1'23
5Roman KreuzigerIn-n-Out p/b Carrefour+ 1'25
6Riccardo ZoidlSauber Petronas Racing+ 1'32
7Jack BauerBerg Cycles+ 1'33
8Timothy RoeGarmin - BikeNZ Cycling+ 1'40
9Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatic+ 1'44
10Marcin BialoblockiFablok - Bank BGZ+ 2'01
12Luis Miguel MansillaIsostar - Adriatic+ 2'16
14Matej MugerliIsostar - Adriatic+ 2'18
17Jan PolancIsostar - Adriatic+ 2'43
22Matej MohoricIsostar - Adriatic+ 3'11


Finishing with 3 riders in the points classification Top 10, we could achieve some minor points with Svab & Bazhkou there as well.

1Kai ReusIn-n-Out p/b Carrefour35
6Jernej SvabIsostar - Adriatic25
8Stanislau BazhkouIsostar - Adriatic23
9Janez BrajkovicIsostar - Adriatic22


We could also celebrate a double victory in the U25 classification with Polanc & Mohoric.

1Jan PolancIsostar - Adriatic18h08'39
2Matej MohoricIsostar - Adriatic+ 28
3Wataru MutsumineMeiji - JR East+ 44


We also finished 3rd in the team classification, scoring further minor points.

1In-n-Out p/b Carrefour54h20'40
2Fablok - Bank BGZ+ 1'50
3Isostar - Adriatic+ 1'52


What an up and down awesome race on home soil, where we almost achieved the big win!

Sponsor Goal: Win --> failed

Goal: Top 3, Top 10, Top 25, Stage Win --> achieved

Points scored: 213 (Bazhkou 90, Brajkovic 35, Svab 23, Polanc 21, Mansilla 19, Mugerli 13, Mohoric 12)

Manager's satisfaction rate: 8.5/10

Positive Surprise: Stan the Man - Incredible GC performance. Just when he was needed, he absolutely delivered. Coming close to winning here was brilliant, a great team performance and awesome execution. Honorable mentions to the awesome ride of Jernej as well.

Negative Surprise: First hill stage - Not much to complain about. The team, especially Mohoric, could've been more agressive on stage 2, seeking to scrap more hill riders. It is fair to doubt that we would've dropped Reus there, but we could've had pursued the chance of either a better stage result or an even deeper GC run there.

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Aquarius97
While you couldn't achieve your win goal, i'm sure the race exceeded expectations with that surprise podium from Bazkhou, the breakaway win, the U25 domination and the insane depth. No one can be unhappy with a race like that Pfft
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AbhishekLFC
Another great race for our friends at Isostar. Things just keep better and better Grin
 
Croatia14
@Aquarius97: we worked for building that depth from the beginning of our CT times, that is why we are so proud of it. Obviously we are very happy, especially as the U25 classifications mean so much to us because it proves that we are on the right track with our team.

@AbhishekLFC: Yes it is. And what an important race for us it was!

 
Shonak
10/10 Race Planning, would recommend.
Unleash the Landa!
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SotD
Indeed a huge race!

Stanislau Bazhkou is Belarussian, though, and not Slovenian.
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Booker
Absolutely phenomenal run of form for the Lime Green Machine.

I know this is a strange feeling for you, gunning for promotion. But don't worry, you'll soon be back in your comfort zone worried about relegation in the PT next season!

Amazing job of planning this season, and hopefully we'll be able to pick up some scraps who won't quite cut it at PT level Wink
 
Vien
Thanks for the 2400 free PCM$ mate, love ya Pfft
 
Croatia14
@Shonak: well I learned from the best Wink

@SotD: Huge indeed. Fixed it, thanks, seems like something went wrong with this while wrinting the monthly preview

@Booker: The Lime Green Machine always is hoping for the best but expecting the worst - but I started to like the spot we're in right now. Maybe we are allowed to stay a little longer Cool

@Vien: You are crazy to have done that bid. I wouldn't want to wait for my money for so long Pfft

 
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