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[PCT '18] Philips | NC Update
AbhishekLFC
jandal7 wrote:
Vien wrote:
Philips - Pro Continental incoming? Pfft

I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, they deserve relegation if they don’t Pfft

With so much public demand, I might drop Philips and go with just Pro Continental Team.

jandal7 wrote:
And about Kenya I’m the post before, I was so gutted at the end there but no rider I’d rather lose it to more, great win for Sergio!

Shame Henao had to do that to Velits to win, but 2nd is better than everything behind that Pfft
 
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@knockout: That would be appropriate, but Continental seems to have a cult fan following Pfft

Catching Up Some More and October
Three more races to catch up with in this update, including one we've been waiting for the longest time (literally!).

Etoille de Besseges

Nothing to write here. Somehow everyone managed to drop seven minutes on the second stage and that was the end of that!

Giro dell'Emillia

Costa got dropped on the third from last hill, but made his way back to the leading group. He couldn't hang on to the attackers once the attacks started and finished 15th.

Barbados Cycling Festival

A very good 3rd place by Saber on the first stage got us into a good mood at the Festival. Van Zandbeek continued the good run on Stage 2, claiming the KOM jersey. He also picked up bonification seconds and climbed to 14th in the GC. Saber managed 11th to stay in a good GC spot. Stage 3 wasn't good, with both Saber, after a lowly 21st on the stage, and Van Zandbeek dropping in their respective classifications. Saber recovered on the final stage to finish 6th, and ended up 8th in the GC and 8th in the Points classification. Van Zandbeek finished 3rd in the KOM standings and 17th in the GC. Overall, quite a pleasing race for us.


Continental Withdraws Title Sponsorship
The news we've been dreading for the past few months has finally been delivered. Continental have decided to not continue as our title sponsors, and only remain as an equipment partner. The continued poor representation of German riders in the team, and the poor return from those that are there was the main cause of this decision. The team management are in discussions with possible co-sponsors for the coming season and an announcement is expected soon.

 
AbhishekLFC
Wrapping Up the Season - In Pathetic Style
Clasica San Sebastien and Japan Cup were our last races this season, both led co-led by Dieteren and Navardauskas. We go 0 points from those races to round out our season! A detailed report of how our season unfolded will be put up in a later post.


Team Name and Direction Finalized for 2019
The team management are happy to confirm that the team will henceforth be sponsored solely by Philips, as its title sponsor, and will be called - Philips. Philips as a company has a global appeal and pulling power and the sponsorship deal that we were able to negotiate with them was deemed sufficient to support our plans for the future. Expect more news over the off-season for our plans for 2019. For now, we're looking ahead to the National Championships and the World Championships.

 
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jandal7
A streamlined focus on Dutchies for next year? Fair enough as the German side underperformed this year. I know you’ll turn around some of the misfortune this year, and if a Dutch leader can help you out that’s be great Grin Can’t wait to see where you go with transfers, and looking forward to hopefully moving up the table with you next year Smile
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AbhishekLFC
As is the case already, our top leaders are not from our focus regions, and I think that trend may well continue. If we can find Dutch leaders to bring in, that will be amazing, but we won't be restricting ourselves to that.

I'll also be taking encouragement from the fact that Berg managed to turn a 18th/19th place a couple of seasons into direct promotion last season. It's not impossible but it won't be easy. Looking forward to both our teams coming back stronger next season Smile
 
AbhishekLFC
Season Review - Part 1

Here we will look how we fared this season, and try to find out what went well and what didn't.

Season Goals Recap
Race Category Goal Result
Volta a Portugal PTHC Top 10 31st
Tour de Pologne HC Win 9th
Berlin Pro Race HC Top 5 5th
Kenya Mountain Classic HC Top 5 1st
Team Standings PCT Top 10 18th

*Green means Goal Achieved. Red means Goal Failed.
We managed to achieve only two of our sponsor goals for the season, one less than what we achieved last time. Top 10 in Portugal was always going to be an ambitious goal. The win goal in Pologne was also based on the fact that we, like everyone else, had a specific puncher target in transfers. Saber did very well to finish 5th in Berlin, one of our home race. Henao was dominant in Kenya, to not just achieve our Top 5 goal but also to win that race! We fell woefully short of our Top 10 standings, in what can only be called a disappointing season.


Race-Wise Analysis
RaceCategoryBandPointsRDsPpRD
Cheshire Cycling TourHC3230546.00
Vuelta al Pais VascoPTHC4165627.50
Kenya Mountain ClassicHC4160280.00
Int. Osterreich RundfahrtHC5152721.71
Barbados Cycling FestivalHC7115428.75
Vuelta a ColombiaHC6102617.00
Philadelphia Intl ChampHC198249.00
Volta a PortugalPTHC193118.45
Clasique Pico BasileC188244.00
Rheden GPPTHC185242.50
Strade BianchePTHC180240.00
Roma MaximaC176238.00
Post Danmark RundtHC373514.60
Corsica InternationalC169323.00
Tour of Middle EastHC767416.75
Tour de PologneHC16779.57
Bayern RundfahrtC165416.25
Down Under ClassicHC161230.50
Berlin ProRaceHC461230.50
GP KigaliHC561230.50
Jelajah SKLC156414.00
Tour of South AfricaC15068.33
Tour of BritainC14959.80
Volta a CatalunyaC14367.17
Tour of BeijingHC443410.75
Scandinavia Open RRPTHC130310.00
Ronde van Het IjsselmeerC129214.50
Sakartvelo TrophyC229214.50
E3 PrijsPTHC422211.00
Riga - Jurmala GPPTHC422211.00
Le SamynC120210.00
Lisbon ClassicPTHC11829.00
Nakhon Ratchasima TrophyC11628.00
Tour of East JavaC11226.00
Giro dell'EmeliaHC71125.50
Veenendaal - VeenendaalHC51025.00
Ras TailteannC1933.00
Tour of JapanC1861.33
Balkans InternationalPTHC4680.75
Tour of SouthlandC1450.80
Olympia's TourC1460.67
Clasico San CristobalC2321.50
Pro Hallstatt ClassicPTHC4221.00
Macskako KerekparversenyC1221.00
Gent WevelgemC1020.00
GP HerningHC4020.00
Coppa PlacciC2020.00
Etoile de BessegesC1030.00
Clasica San SebastianHC6020.00
Japan CupHC6020.00
Race Category-Wise Analysis
Race Category, BandPointsRDsPpRD
PTHC
13062015.30
42172010.85
PTHC Total5234013.08
HC
12261120.55
33031030.30
42641026.40
52231120.27
61021010.20
71931019.30
HC Total13116221.15
C1600678.96
C23265.33
Our band selection for the season was a mixed bag. We scored well in one PTHC band but lower in the other. We scored very well in two HC bands, moderately well in three but very poorly in band 6. Where we really fell behind was our C1 and C2 race selection. with an average of just 8.67 points across 73 RDs. This is basically where we fell behind the competition.


Month-Wise Points Progress
JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay
Points152188537211325
RDs627331316
PpRD25.336.9616.2716.2320.31
Rank817
JuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberTotal
Points 2432972471401262466
RDs 231222158175
PpRD 10.5724.7511.239.3315.7514.09
Rank 1514131818
Our best month this season was January, but the unfortunate part was that there were only three races that month, and that too three classics! We nearly reached that PpRD mark again in July, which sparked a revival of sorts, before again slumping at the end of the season. We crossed 20 PpRD in only three months of the season, with February and September in single digits!


That's it for this part of the season review. We will be back soon with Part 2 where we'll look at how our riders performed, provide some season statistics and present our awards for the season...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 04-08-2019 04:42
 
Aquarius97
Always interesting this review because from the raw numbers you can get really a lot of information. Not sure if the bands analysis gets you anywhere, because each band favores some rider types and is impossible to do great at all of them unless you are Generali

Looking at the race by race analysis, it clearly show a big problem on your team. The real lack of points in a lot of stage races. Japan, Balkans, Southland, Olympia, that's 1/6 of total season RD's with less than 1 PpRd. That, and a lot of no scoring one-day races is a huge amount of RD's basically wasted

C1 was a very weak side for you, i've checked and you are in the worst 5 teams in PCT on C1 races. I already told you pre-season that Henao should have done ToA instead of those MON/HIL races

Also, it feels like you had very few high scoring races, 1 +200 race and just 6 +100 races. Might be lack of high scoring depth behind Henao/Costa in their HC stage races, or that you spread out more your quality riders across the calendar

Btw, there's a mistake in PpRd calculations in PTHC Band 1, 306/20 isn't 20, it's 15 Pfft
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AbhishekLFC
Firstly, thanks for taking the time to go through my analysis in so much detail. Always appreciated Smile

Aquarius97 wrote:
Always interesting this review because from the raw numbers you can get really a lot of information. Not sure if the bands analysis gets you anywhere, because each band favores some rider types and is impossible to do great at all of them unless you are Generali

Looking at the race by race analysis, it clearly show a big problem on your team. The real lack of points in a lot of stage races. Japan, Balkans, Southland, Olympia, that's 1/6 of total season RD's with less than 1 PpRd. That, and a lot of no scoring one-day races is a huge amount of RD's basically wasted

I put in the band analysis just to check if we'd made any big mistakes. HC band 6 was the glaring mistake from what I see, as it had two zero scoring races. You are right about how many RDs were wasted this season. 14 races making up 47 RDs, which is more than 25%, had us scoring in single digits or zero. It is really difficult to make this up! Dieteren and Krieger failed everywhere they went. Pantano only did well in Sakartvelo. Navardauskas was only good in Philadelphia and got into the Top 10 on only one other occasion. Te Brake was hit and miss, being more successful in races where he wasn't leading. This way, we only had our three leaders to fall back on, and the occasional over-performance from Per and Van Zandbeek.

Aquarius97 wrote:
C1 was a very weak side for you, i've checked and you are in the worst 5 teams in PCT on C1 races. I already told you pre-season that Henao should have done ToA instead of those MON/HIL races

C1 was a disaster. Whatever I planned and thought could happen there failed across the board. Costa and Navardauskas didn't do well in the hilly stage races, while the flat stage races was pretty much a no-show, so much so that we did better in Olympia as a CT team than this time around. This is definitely an area which needs improvement in the coming season.

Aquarius97 wrote:
Also, it feels like you had very few high scoring races, 1 +200 race and just 6 +100 races. Might be lack of high scoring depth behind Henao/Costa in their HC stage races, or that you spread out more your quality riders across the calendar

Lack of depth was the basic problem. No one behind the Top 3 could step up in most races, We won just one KOM and one U25 standings, and no Points standings! The lack of depth scoring was a huge reversal from last season.

Aquarius97 wrote:
Btw, there's a mistake in PpRd calculations in PTHC Band 1, 306/20 isn't 20, it's 15 Pfft

Corrected the mistakes. Had used wrong formulas in the calculations earlier.
 
AbhishekLFC
Season Review - Part 2

In this part of our season review, we'll be taking a look at how our riders performed, present some statistics from our race performances and announce the rider awards for the season.

Rider Analysis - Points and CT Ranking
RiderPointsRank
Saber66120
Henao Montoya61726
Rui Costa34367
Navardauskas20496
Per19799
Te Brake113150
Van Zandbeek104162
Pantano Gómez81188
Jaoa Costa73198
Dieteren26333
Krieger17368
Ruijgh13397
Mai8438
Poels7444
Hofstede2486
Petrus0
Jung0
Müller0
Allegaert0
Minali0
Bokeloh0
With 20th as our best placed rider, and with two riders basically involved for 50% of our points, it is no surprise that we struggled to keep pace. Under-performances from Rui Costa, Navardauskas, Krieger and Dieteren hit us hard and we the others failed to make up for that.


Rider Analysis - Points per Race-Day
RiderPointsPpRD
Saber66116.12
Henao Montoya61714.69
Rui Costa3437.15
Navardauskas2043.34
Per1972.70
Te Brake1131.95
Van Zandbeek1041.39
Pantano Gómez811.27
Jaoa Costa731.04
Dieteren260.39
Krieger170.27
Ruijgh130.19
Mai80.13
Poels70.11
Hofstede20.02
Petrus00.00
Jung00.00
Müller00.00
Allegaert00.00
Minali00.00
Bokeloh00.00
Just two riders in double figures, and the third highest rider getting a PpRD of 7 highlights our problems even more. Six riders not scoring any points, as opposed to everyone contributing last season is a major let-down.


Rider Analysis - Wage/Point
RiderPointsWageWage/Points
Navardauskas20480000392
Van Zandbeek10450000481
Saber661400000605
Rui Costa343250000729
Jaoa Costa7355000753
Te Brake11395000841
Pantano Gómez8175000926
Per1972000001015
Henao Montoya6177300001183
Dieteren26650002500
Ruijgh13550004231
Krieger17900005294
Mai8500006250
Poels7550007857
Hofstede25000025000
Petrus050000
Jung025000
Müller025000
Allegaert050000
Minali010000
Bokeloh010000
Despite all the abuse he got from the management this season, it is in fact Navardauskas who comes out on top in the Wage/PpRD standings. Perhaps this is a sign that we put too much responsibility on his shoulders, without really looking at whether he was cut out for it. Van Zandbeek was someone who did over-perform. No surprises with Saber being so high. Henao is definitely lower than we would've hoped for but the real hurt came from Dieteren and Krieger, who raked in the moolah but failed to produce the results.


Team Statistics - Wins
Stage Race - 0
Best Result: Int. Osterreich Rundhfahrt, Sergio Henao, 4th


Classic - 2
Clasique Pico Basile: Sergio Henao
Kenya Mountain Classic: Sergio Henao


Stages - 3
Lahcen Saber, Sergio Henao, Remco Te Brake - 1 each


Points Classification - 0
Best Result: Cheshire Cycling Tour, Lahcen Saber, 2nd


KOM Classification - 1
Jaoa Costa - 1


U25s Classification - 1
David Per - 1


Team Classification - 0
Best Result: Vuelta al Pais Vasco - 5th, Corsica International - 5th

The full list of achievements can be viewed here.


Team Awards for 2017


Rider of the Year
Spoiler
Lahcen Saber

Our rider of the season is also our signing of the season, as Moroccan speedster out-scored Henao with consistent performances and breakout results as a PCT leader for the first time ever. He was a major reason we stayed comfortably away from the relegation battle throughout the year, and was majorly responsible for our best race of the season, declared in the coming lines.

Young Rider of the Year
Spoiler
David Per

Just like last season, loanee David Per is our best rider, scoring nearly 200 points in his first ever season in the PCT, that too as an unmaxed talent. He surely has a huge future ahead of him.

Race of the Year
Spoiler
Cheshire Cycling Tour

Basically the race where everything fell into place for us. We achieved our highest points of the season in this race, with the double punch of Saber and Per coming out with a huge result. Special mention to our best PTHC outing in Pais Vasco, Henao's dominant win in Kenya, Saber's unlikely ride to 2nd in Roma Maxima and Navardauskas' superb 2nd place in Philadelphia.

 
Croatia14
Very interesting analysis in both parts. I wish I'd be able to pull something like this off for my team.

Navardauskas is just golden on his wage, as seen in the wage/points ratio. Looking at your team demography I'd say it's time for a major turnover of the squad. You've got way too many riders that just don't show up in their Wage/points ratio. Basically it may time to make a hard cut after Navardauskas, Saber and maybe van Zandbeek + te Brake and completely rebuild the plan. I could see your team doing very well with a cobbled/flat/TTT focus running most of the team and the important domestiques, and then having 1-2 puncheurs and climbers to add to that for the mandatory hill/mountain races. Especially looking at Generali moving out of the division there should be space for a good TTT outing on a reasonable price, and your team could have the rider space to create such TTT outfit.

Also it's awesome to see Per winning the price of the best young rider, he very well deserved it I guess. It was awesome to see him scoring for you that great over two years.
 
AbhishekLFC
@Croatia: I guess I really was too hard on Navardauskas throughout the season, but with the money I spent on him, it really was a question of expecting too much from a rider of his skillset. You are absolutely right in saying that the team needs an overhaul. Too many dead-weights at the moment pulling down our PpRD. We did so well with depth scoring last season, and that is exactly where we faltered this time around. The four riders you mentioned will probably stay on post renewals, unless they make unrealistic demands, and I'm quite certain about a few riders who will be cut. A few of the riders' future lie in limbo for the moment and I guess it will depend on their wage demands to help decide whether to keep them or not. Some riders who are renewed will also be up for sale as we look to bring in more funds for transfers. I think that's a fair assumption for the moment. I haven't really decided whether I want to fill in the gap left by Generali's promotion in the PCT peloton as I worry that a couple of the other teams might also target the same team structure. I'd love to go back to our CT team structure of being able to challenge on all terrains, and pick up significant depth points where we fail to score big.

Per has been excellent for us as a loan-in and we're sure he'll be excellent for you in the PT next season itself. Fully maxed, he'll be a force to be reckoned with!
 
AbhishekLFC
Rider Development

We have been building a small base of young talents over the two years of our existence and we have reached the point where some of them start to show the fruits of training. Lennard Hofstede, Piet Allegaert and Lukas Meiler are three riders who'll be riding with improved stats the coming season.

Lennard Hofstede | Pot: 5 | Age: 25 | Lvl: 3
FLMOHITTSTRSRCCOSPACFTDHPR
2018 stats68646861686766616067717061
2019 stats68667161706969616070747061
Potential stats69717662727173616074797162
Picked up as a Stagiare in 2017, Hofstede progressed from Level 1 to Level 3 in 2018. He is on his path to becoming a puncher domestique, who can survive the mountains, and is also prone to going into breakaways.


Piet Allegaert | Pot: 5 | Age: 24 | Lvl: 3
FLMOHITTSTRSRCCOSPACFTDHPR
2018 stats68566365677059676070676566
2019 stats71566365707161706471676566
Potential stats75566465747463756872686666
Another rider picked up as a Stagiare in 2017, Allegaert is on track to become a cobbles domestique who should be useful for pace-making purposes this season itself.


Lukas Meiler | Age: 24 | Pot: 4 | Lvl: 2
FLMOHITTSTRSRCCOSPACFTDHPR
2018 stats69646964676768706371706564
2019 stats70647064686768716371706564
Potential stats74647464727071776371756664
Our first targeted talent signing, made this season, is being trained with the target of becoming an all-round classics rider with cobbles being his strength. He too should already be a domestique of our cobbles squad this season.

 
jandal7
Three very nice homegrown talents (where is Minali though? Pfft) who will end up as cool riders for you, especially Meiler! Glad to see you continuing to develop this small base for yourself, now to see who you add on top of them in transfers Grin
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Jakstar22
Wow some strong talents!! Could be very dangerous in a few seasons when they max!! Great pick ups!
 
AbhishekLFC
@jandal: We don't really have a talent development focus, so the idea for picking up talents is to have riders able to support our leaders. So far that plan seems to be working. Minali was a Stagiare, so he hasn't leveled up yet to be able to improve. Should happen next season.

@Jakstar: Thanks Grin Kind of happy that we managed to stay under the radar to pick up sub-top talents for base price. Hope they fit into the roles that are being envisaged for them.
 
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After a first season promote, Philips is fine in PCT, not a top result but safe enough.
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@Tamijo: Grateful to you for taking Lukas on and teaching him how to ride at the professional level. He's definitely come out better in the process. Was nice to see him already get a couple of Top 30s and 40s last season on the cobbles for Campari.

We were disappointed with our first season in the PCT and hope to improve. Let's see how the transfer window shapes up for us.
 
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Meiler is definitely the one of the bunch with the most potential. His maxed stats look sexy Grin

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@knockout: The plan is to make him an all-round classics rider, even though he might be a late bloomer. Always useful to have a rider capable of contributing on multiple terrains.
 
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