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Diamond in the Rough
DavidCorperial
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+2.5 Jumping Reach

A - No need to change position for a loan team
 
Mresuperstar
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Monthly Review

No love from the Pro Tour wildcard committee. INM has been denied invites to everything so far, including E3 & Paris-Roubaix. I was looking forward to those.

I guess we just have to prove to them that they made the wrong decision.

Race Day #2 at Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia
February 10, 2020
Quick glance at the profile, I regret volunteering to race this one.

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Spoiler
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Summary: A morning breakaway group of six escapes, which includes: Exteberria, Merino, Tizza, Kirsch, Arashiro and Diamond. They work fairly well together, but top out with a maximum gap of 5 minutes back to the peloton.

They hit the slopes of the major final climb with a three minute cushion and 60kms still to race. Not looking good for them and trying to go solo from this far out seems beyond stupid.

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The breakaway holds firm all the way to the top, but only three survived. Diamond leads them over with the two Spanish cyclists on his wheel. A great effort, but the peloton can be seen right behind them. This escape is basically over.

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After a peloton of 70 comes together by the bottom of the slopes, another attack is unleashed with 18kms to go. The move is started by Simon Yates and 13 cyclists are quick to jump on his wheel. They open up a quick 40-second gap to the peloton.

Pretty much all the favourites are here: Quintana, Kwiatkowski, Betancur, Gesink, Diamond... wait, Diamond. The young Brit is still kicking, how much energy does he still have left in the tank after being in the breakaway all day. Can't be much. But, here he is.

Never mind, nobody is willing to do the pace making and the peloton reels them in. Back to square one with 15kms to go.

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After all the cat-and-mouse games it came down to a selective sprint at the uphill finish. Simon Yates coming out on top.

Result: 28th - Exhausted. No time to talk. Back in action tomorrow.

1Simon YatesMichelton - Scott5h04'43
2Michel RiesEfapels.t.
3Michał KwiatkowskiQuick-Step Floorss.t.
4Eduard PradesEfapels.t.
5Artem NychMichelton - Scotts.t.

Race Day #3 at Clasica de Almeria
February 11, 2020
The real reason I came to Spain; Alex Vogel joins me for the first time.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Rain can't slow Caleb Ewan down.

Result: 31st - Legs never really recovered from yesterday's ride.

1Caleb EwanMichelton - Scott4h40'35
2Danny Van PoppelZiggos.t.
3Sean De BieVĂ©randa's Willems - Crelans.t.
4Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
5Juan Sebastian MolanoManzana Postobon Teams.t.

Race Day #4 at Royal Bernand Drome Classic
February 25, 2020
A couple weeks rest, a new country, let's try this again.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Marcus Diamond leads the front group of 25 cyclists onto the final tiny incline with 2.2kms to go. This kid has gone through hell all day, fighting to stay at the front of the race and here we are. The finish line just over the hill and Diamond has control of the front. If anybody deserves to win this race it would be him.

But, that's not how cycling works.

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Diamond over the top, still holding the lead. The crowd going crazy!

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Under the banner. Here comes Petr Vakoc. He waited for this.

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Legs turning but the bike isn't moving any faster. Diamond fading hard.

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Diamond hugs the boards and gets passed a few more times. Can't criticize the effort, he put everything he had into that bike today. Gutsy performance. At the end of the day, though, Vakoc secures the win.

Result: 7th - I had this race won if it was a kilometer shorter. Proud my ride nonetheless. The amount of times I nearly got dropped throughout the day due to bad positioning makes this result even more special.

1Petr VakoÄŤTeam Dimension Data5h06'54
2Julien SimonCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
3Tomasz MarczyńskiVital Concept Cycling Clubs.t.
4Diego UlissiDirect Energies.t.
5Baptiste PlanckaertTrek - Segafredos.t.

Calendar

Spoiler
DateRaceWinner
2-FebColombian Championships (ITT)Rigoberto Urán
4-FebColombian ChampionshipsEgan Arley Bernal
6-FebColombia Oro y PazJarlinson Pantano
6-FebDubai TourFausto Masnada
7-FebSouth African Championships (ITT)Daryl Impey
8-FebTour La ProvenceBen Swift
10-FebV. Ciclista a la RegiĂłn de MurciaSimon Yates
10-FebSouth African ChampionshipsReinardt Janse Van Rensburg
11-FebClasica de AlmeriaCaleb Ewan
11-FebTrofeo LaiguegliaRigoberto Urán
13-FebTour of OmanMiguel Angel Lopez
14-FebVolta ao Algarve em BicicletaWout Poels
14-FebVuelta a Andalucia Ruta del SolNairo Quintana
17-FebTour International du H.V.M.Pieter Serry
18-FebGP Laguna PorecJonas Bokeloh
21-FebAbu Dhabi TourLucas Arauco
22-FebTour of AntalyaAlexander Foliforov
24-FebFaun EnvironnementFabio Jakobsen
24-FebOmloop Het NieuwsbladAlexander Kristoff
25-FebGP IzolaBenjamin Prades
25-FebKuurne - Bruxelles - KuurneSilvan Dillier
25-FebRoyal Bernard DrĂ´me ClassicPetr VakoÄŤ
27-FebLe SamynTimothy Dupont
28-FebTrofej Umag - Umag TrophyBryan Alaphilippe
3-MarStrade Bianche
4-MarParis - Nice
4-MarGP Industria & Artigianato
4-MarDwars door West-Vlaanderen
5-MarSter van Zwolle
7-MarTirreno-Adriatico
8-MarIstrian Spring Trophy
10-MarRonde van DrentheMarcus Diamond In
11-MarDorpenomloop Rucphen
11-MarParis - Troyes
14-MarDanilith Nokere KoerseMarcus Diamond In
14-MarVolta ao Alentejo
16-MarHandzame Classic
17-MarMilano - Sanremo
17-MarGrand Prix of Sochi
18-MarGrand Prix de Denain
18-MarLe Tour de Langkawi
19-MarTour de Normandie
19-MarVolta Ciclista a Catalunya
21-MarDriedaagse De Panne - Koksijde
21-MarSettimana Internazionale CeB
23-MarRecord Bank E3 - Harelbeke
24-MarClassic Loire AtlantiqueMarcus Diamond In
25-MarCholet - Pays de la Loire
25-MarClassica Aldeias do Xisto
25-MarGent - Wevelgem
27-MarGent-Wevelgem
28-MarDwars door Vlaanderen
30-MarRoute Adélie de VitréMarcus Diamond In
31-MarVolta Limburg Classic
31-MarTriptyque des Monts et Châteaux
31-MarVisegrad V4 Race - GP Slovakia
31-MarGP del NavarraMarcus Diamond In

Evaluation

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Training Ride
*Community Growth Development*

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Friendship Forming: After spending some time training together last week and seeing positive results (all training ride points given last month were doubled), Marcus Diamond and Alex Vogel have started to become good friends and it's quite noticeably by the rest of the team.

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panicmaster
Flat +3 so he can save power to get a better position in the peloton.
 
DavidCorperial
panicmaster wrote:
Flat +3 so he can save power to get a better position in the peloton.


Sounds good, so will do the same.
 
sammyt93
+3 Res

He might need the extra energy to hang with the big boys after his step up.
 
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Monthly Review

After apologizing to head coach Jimmy McFarlane for my outburst, we came to the conclusion that it wouldn't hurt to try something new. I wanted to get more involved in the offensive attack and McFarlane offered up a new formation.

"Let's try a 4-2-3-1 Wide then. We will slot you in as the CAM and see how that works. We can always revert things back if it doesn't work."

Time to find my shooting boots.

Match Day #33 at Heybridge (16-8-7)
March 7, 2020
Let's test out this new formation on one of the top teams in the league.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 5, Heybridge 0

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Summary: Goal scoring party! To say the formation change worked would be a understatement. Coach McFarlane looks like a genius. After scoring four goals in the first 36 minutes, AFC Hornchurch took its foot off the gas a little bit.

Rating: 9.3 - Give me a chance to get involved and look at what happens: One goal and one assist. I should also get some bonus points for this finish. The precision and power.

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Player of Game: Charley Kendall, AFC Hornchurch (9.5)

Match Day #34 vs. Ware (14-12-6)
March 14, 2020
Ware is on a hot streak, winning its last three games.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 1, Ware 1

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Summary: Lewis Hall put AFC Hornchurch ahead in the 16th minute, but they couldn't hold on. Another Lewis, Lewis Tallack, found the equalizer in the 82nd minute to help Ware escape with a point. Tough tie.

Rating: 7.0 - Meh...

Player of Game: Jordan Goddard, AFC Hornchurch (7.7)

Match Day #35 at Potters Bar (3-22-8)
March 21, 2020
I scored my first goal at Potters Bar, always fun coming back here.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 5, Potters Bar 1

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Summary: The incredible showing nobody saw. With only 66 people in attendance on a rainy day in Potters Bar, AFC Hornchurch explodes for five more goals with four goals coming in the first 22 minutes.

The highlight of the match, and perhaps goal of the season, has more views on YouTube than there were people at the game. Marcus Diamond with an absolute firecracker from outside the box. Enjoy!

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Rating: 9.4 - Upper 90 finish and I stepped up to the penalty spot later in the second half for a second goal (10th career goal). That's four goals in eight games with AFC Hornchurch. I also picked up an assist as well. And yet it still wasn't enough to be named the Player of the Game.

Player of Game: Lewis Hall, AFC Hornchurch (9.5)

Match Day #36 vs. Grays (19-8-7)
March 28, 2020
Grays solid on defense, shutting out its last two opponents.

Spoiler
Grays 1, AFC Hornchurch 0

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Summary: Taken down by a questionable penalty call. Greys shuts out AFC Hornchurch and it's high-powered, but inconsistent offense.

Rating: 6.5 - I had to be subbed off at halftime. For some reason I was battling cramps throughout the first half and couldn't snap out of it. A few hours after the game and I was fine. Weird. Perhaps I should do more cardio workouts.

Player of Game: Ronnie O'Donnell, Grays (7.4)

League Standings (36/44 Games Played)

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Calendar

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Evaluation

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Training Ground
*Community Growth Development*

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- Each member gets 5.0 points to spread however they like over the 36 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 1.0.
- Stats are bumped up in FM when they hit that number, ex. 2.9 = 2 in-game, and 13.4 = 13 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 20. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery and is different from the cycling progression scale.
-Comment below to provide stat upgrades.

Viral?: Diamond's goal against Potters Bar is circulating around Twitter, help the video of his wonder strike go viral by commenting "Retweet" below. For every retweet, Diamond's reputation goes up. Ten retweets and Diamond will also be tagged with the "Shoots with power" trait.

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jandal7
Retweet. Not sure I like the trait though. Awesome to see our form pick up, but some more consistent 7.5+ would be nice.

+5 Natural Fitness
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
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[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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Monthly Review

Five one-day races coming up. The team, and myself, are still on the hunt for that elusive first victory of the season. They never come easy. But, any points will do, as we try to get into the conversation for promotion to the Pro Tour this season.

Race Day #5 at Ronde van Drenthe
March 10, 2020
Alex Vogel gave me the tour of Netherlands prior to the race.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Rain plus cobbles. What's the worst that could happen?

Yeah, you guessed it.

The first crash happens with 120kms to go. One of the outside dark horse contenders is involved: youngster Marcus Diamond. The cameras catch him getting back to his feet, looks fine but muddy.

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Diamond rejoins the peloton with the help of a teammate. Still a long ways to go in this race (110kms). He should have enough time to recover.

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Another crash! This one way more serious with 22.8kms to go. It wipes out/halts over half the field. No reports on who is involved, but it appears all the big guns are at the front in a group of 42 cyclists.

... It won't matter.

The peloton slows up and allows everybody to come back together with 10kms to go. Looks like a bunch sprint will decide this one.

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Wait, I spoke too soon. Attack off the front with 6kms to go. That's Lars Boom going for glory and on his wheel is Nils Eekhoff and, it's hard to read the number on his back... no way... that's Marcus Diamond. The heart of this kid.

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Boom looks back to see who followed him and asks for some help pacing to the finish. Nearly 5kms left and they have a 25 second gap. Diamond glances over at Boom and, instead of pulling for the trio, he launches a counter attack.

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Gutsy move to attack a veteran like that and it backfires hard. Diamond can't break free and is now gassed with the peloton closing back in.

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The sprinters clean up the scraps. Amund Grondahl Jansen takes the win. INM sprinter Adam Blythe with a solid 4th place.

Result: 22nd - The early crash — totally my fault, I haven't ridden cobbles in a while — didn't really faze me. My only chance to win was to follow Boom and try to overtake him. Didn't work out, but I gave it my best shot. Meanwhile, Alex Vogel got caught up in that second crash and got some pretty nasty battle wounds. All superficial though. Tough girl.

1Amund Grøndahl JansenZiggo4h57'31
2Milan MentenSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
3Matteo PelucchiBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Adam BlytheINMs.t.
5Timothy DupontWanty - Groupe Goberts.t.

Race Day #6 at Danilith Nokere Koerse
March 14, 2020
I can't go all-out, I also have a football game later tonight.

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Summary: Perfect day in Belgium. Five cyclists pulled away with 6kms to go. Realizing this was the winning move, Marcus Diamond eventually bridged the gap to put six cyclists in front for a bunch sprint.

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Result: 6th - Got up to the leaders right before the final sprint. I'll take a Top 10 finish, way better than crashing. Now I got to catch the train and make it back to the UK tonight for AFC Hornchurch's match.

1Lars BoomZiggo4h57'24
2Pim LigthartZiggos.t.
3Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
4Philippe GilbertQuick-Step Floorss.t.
5Casper PedersenIsrael Cycling Academys.t.

Race Day #7 at Classic Loire Atlantique
March 24, 2020
I'm getting motion sick just looking at the race profile. So many bumps.

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Summary: Crashes, splits, rain. It was ugly. Only the strongest survived today. Others got wiped away and were left chasing all the action.

Result: 36th - I got held up by one of the crashes with about 60kms to go. Never recovered. Alex Vogel's bad luck continued and she went down right in front of me. Other than that, the team did fairly well with four cyclists in the Top 25.

1Dario CataldoGroupama - FDJ4h56'45
2Maxime FarazijnWB Aqua Protect Veranclassics.t.
3Louis VervaekeWB Aqua Protect Veranclassics.t.
4Lilian CalmejaneMovistar Teams.t.
5Anthony RouxGroupama - FDJs.t.

Race Day #8 at Route Adelie de Vitre
March 30, 2020
Somehow my name made it to the favourites list. How'd that get there?

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Summary: The action picks up with 12kms to go. Breakaway caught, the depleted peloton looks around for a new pace setter. INM takes up the task. Kanstantsin Siutsou hits the front with Marcus Diamond on his wheel.

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The INM duo isn't messing around. Gap created off the front. The only man paying close enough attention to follow this move was Fabio Felline.

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Siutsou drops off. But, he did his job. Diamond and Felline have 20 seconds to the rest of the favourites and didn't even have to attack to get the gap. Less than 5kms to go.

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Maxime Daniel and Simon Sellier cross the gap. One of these four will take the win here. Who saved enough energy?

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Felline! Just barely. What a finish.

Result: 2nd - Truly enjoyed that race. You always want to win, but a second place is well deserved. I'll get you next time Fabio.

1Fabio FellineTrek - Segafredo5h29'07
2Marcus DiamondINMs.t.
3Maxime DanielGroupama - FDJs.t.
4Simon SellierLa Plage Le Clubs.t.
5Alexandre GeniezAG2R La Mondiales.t.

Race Day #9 at GP del Navarra
March 31, 2020
Some PT teams here, a good result could turn some heads.

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Summary: Italians Nicola Bagioli and Gianluca Brambilla ride away from the field for the top two spots. Spaniard Carlos Verona came in three minutes later for third place. These hills ripped the field apart.

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Result: 20th - Held my own for the most part. Stayed with the leaders until the climbs at the end. The incline to the finish was just brutal. I nearly had to get off my bike and just walk.

1Nicola BagioliNIPPO - Vini Fantini4h49'09
2Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredo+ 32
3Carlos VeronaLiquigas+ 3'02
4Michael GoglTrek - Segafredos.t.
5Winner AnaconaMovistar Teams.t.

Calendar

Spoiler
DateRaceWinner
3-MarStrade BiancheDaniel Martin
4-MarParis - NiceMiguel Angel Lopez
4-MarGP Industria & ArtigianatoGiulio Ciccone
4-MarDwars door West-VlaanderenIljo Keisse
5-MarSter van ZwolleCharlie Arimont
7-MarTirreno-AdriaticoRichard Carapaz
8-MarIstrian Spring TrophyElvino Porcari
10-MarRonde van DrentheAmund Grøndahl Jansen
11-MarRabobank Dorpenomloop RucphenOrluis Aular
11-MarParis - TroyesAlexander Kamp
14-MarDanilith Nokere KoerseLars Boom
14-MarVolta ao AlentejoNico Denz
16-MarHandzame ClassicJasper Philipsen
17-MarMilano - SanremoJasper Philipsen
17-MarGrand Prix of SochiVadim Pronskiy
18-MarGrand Prix de DenainChristophe Laporte
18-MarLe Tour de LangkawiAmir Kolahdozhagh
19-MarTour de NormandieJérémy Lecroq
19-MarVolta Ciclista a CatalunyaEgan Arley Bernal
21-MarDriedaagse De Panne - KoksijdeAmaury Capiot
21-MarCoppi e BartaliFabio Felline
23-MarRecord Bank E3Marc Sarreau
24-MarClassic Loire AtlantiqueDario Cataldo
25-MarCholet - Pays de la LoireLorenzo Manzin
25-MarClassica Aldeias do XistoHasanby Vaigel
25-MarGent - WevelgemJasper Philipsen
27-MarGent-WevelgemEdward Planckaert
28-MarDwars door VlaanderenChristophe Laporte
30-MarRoute Adélie de VitréFabio Felline
31-MarVolta Limburg ClassicFabio Jakobsen
31-MarTriptyque des Monts et Châteaux
31-MarVisegrad V4 RaceAlan Banaszek
31-MarGP del NavarraNicola Bagioli
1-AprLa Roue Tourangelle
1-AprRonde Van Vlaanderen
1-AprVuelta a la Rioja
2-AprItzulia Basque Country
3-AprCircuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire
4-AprScheldeprijs
5-AprCircuit des Ardennes International
8-AprParis - Roubaix
8-AprKlasika Primavera de Amorebieta
10-AprParis - Camembert
11-AprBrabantse Pijl - Flèche Brabançonne
11-AprTour du Loir et Cher E Provost
12-AprJoe Martin Stage Race
13-AprGB Beiras e Serra da Estrela
14-AprTour du Finistère
15-AprAmstel Gold Race
15-AprTro-Bro LĂ©onMarcus Diamond In
16-AprTour of the Alps
17-AprTour of Croatia
18-AprTour of the Gila
18-AprLa Flèche Wallonne
20-AprVuelta a Castilla y LeĂłnMarcus Diamond In
21-AprVisegrad V4 Race - GP Czech Republic
21-AprTour du Jura Cycliste
22-AprGiro dell'Appennino
22-AprRutland - Melton Cicle Classic
22-AprVisegrad V4 Race - GP Poland
22-AprLiège - Bastogne - Liège
24-AprTour de Romandie
24-AprLe Tour de Bretagne Cycliste
25-AprGran Premio della Liberazione
27-AprVuelta Asturias
27-AprGP Viborg
28-AprGP Himmerland Rundt

Evaluation

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Training Ride
*Community Growth Development*

Spoiler
- Each member gets 3.0 points to spread however they like over the 13 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 55.0.
- Stats are bumped up in PCM when they hit that number, ex. 55.9 = 55 in-game, and 61.4 = 61 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 85. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery.
- Comment below to provide stat upgrades

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sammyt93
+3 Flat, cant hurt to improve this, makes him a better teammate which should motivate others to support him better on the cobbles in return. Plus it could help him get back quicker if he has to chase back after a crash like recent races.
 
jandal7
+1 SPR to nip Feolinr next time
+2 MON

Not bad format all in March, Adelie especially good Smile
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
[ICL] Santos-Euskadi | The Life And Times | [PCT] i.imgur.com/c85NSl6.png Xero Racing
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panicmaster
+3 Hills so he hasn't to think about to get off his bike next time Wink
 
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Monthly Review

Looking for an encore after what happened last month: Three goals, two assists in four games. Plus, my "wonder" goal against Potters Bar got some traction on social media. But, I'm not content with just 15 seconds of fame. I want more.

Match Day #37 at Bury Town (15-7-13)
April 4, 2020
Rain off and on, but a fairly large crowd of 277 in attendance.

Spoiler
Bury Town 2, AFC Hornchurch 1

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Summary: AFC Hornchurch dominates with 23 shots, but Marcus Diamond's lone goal wasn't enough to prevent Bury Town from stealing three points at home.

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Rating: 7.3 - Fifth goal for Hornchurch in 10 games. Still not getting much help from my teammates. It is what it is, I guess.

Player of Game: Kelvin Osei-Addo, Bury Town (8.7)

Match Day #38 vs. FC Romania (26-4-6)
April 11, 2020
Second-best team in the league with a daunting record.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 1, FC Romania 0

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Summary: In the 16th minute, Marcus Diamond found himself in the middle of the box with a split second to shoot. He glanced down at the ball to make the strike... There went his split second. A last-ditch slide tackle saves a sure goal, but the ball ends up on the foot of Tobi Joseph. He unloaded a one-time rocket, bar down. Goal.

Hornchurch's defense holds on for the 1-0 win.

Rating: 7.0 - That should have been my goal, but glad we got the win nonetheless. I got subbed off in the 59th minute. Not sure why. I could have gone longer.

Player of Game: Tobi Joseph, AFC Hornchurch (7.5)

Match Day #39 at Needham Market (22-7-8)
April 18, 2020
From second-best team to the third-best team. Tough schedule.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 1, Needham Market 1

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Summary: All the action comes in the final 15 minutes. A through ball from the defense got Javen Palmer free for the first goal of the game in the 79th minute. Five minutes later, a red-hot Marcus Diamond picked out the top corner for the equalizer.

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Rating: 8.3 - Give me space at the top of the box and I'll make you pay.

Player of Game: Marcus Diamond, AFC Hornchurch (8.3)

Match Day #40 vs. VCD (11-19-12)
April 25, 2020
VCD with five losses and a draw in its last six games.

Spoiler
AFC Hornchurch 2, VCD 2

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Summary: After Tobi Joseph and Warren Mfula trade goals in the first half, separated by one minute and 13 seconds, Mfula connected on a half-volley outside the box to put VCD ahead in the 65th minutes.

A controversial penalty call put Marcus Diamond on the spot in the 72nd minute. He calmly slotted the ball into the right side of the net to help Hornchurch secure another draw.

Rating: 6.7 - Pretty poor game, but I kept my nerves in check at the penalty spot. Coming up clutch doesn't go unnoticed. That's seven goals in 13 games.

Player of Game: Warren Mfula, VCD (8.7)

League Standings (40/44 Games Played)

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Calendar

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Evaluation

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Training Ground
*Community Growth Development*

Spoiler
- Each member gets 5.0 points to spread however they like over the 36 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 1.0.
- Stats are bumped up in FM when they hit that number, ex. 2.9 = 2 in-game, and 13.4 = 13 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 20. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery and is different from the cycling progression scale.
-Comment below to provide stat upgrades.

The Call Up: "Hi, is this Marcus Diamond?"

"Yes, speaking."

"This is Sam Allardyce. I don't know if you saw the news, but I'm the new head coach at Limerick F.C. I've decided to recall you from your AFC Hornchurch loan a month early. I've looked over the roster and realized we could really use your goal scoring here. After a pretty decent start the team has fallen off and given me the opportunity to turn things around, I want you to be a part of that as well."

"Wow, I wasn't expected this. Thank you. You won't regret this."

"Make me look smart kid. I'm putting you right into the starting XI on May 1st. This is your opportunity. Let's see what you got."

"Yes sir."

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Monthly Review

Hopes of racing the cobbles to Roubaix this month were axed by the Pro Tour wildcard selection committee. Instead, INM heads to France and Spain. Let's not waste any time and hop right into the action.

Race Day #10 at Tro-Bro Leon
April 15, 2020
Teammate Hugo Hofstetter set to defend his win here from last year.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Narrow roads make for a tricky finish for the cyclists who managed to stay up front. Not a lot of room to make a pass, luckily there were no crashes. In the end, Brit Owain Doull pulled away for the win.

Result: 20th - Finished in the lead group and tried to help lead out Hofstetter but got pushed to the side by some of the more veteran cyclists. Hofstetter took eighth, was probably hoping for better.

1Owain DoullTeam Sky5h02'55
2Carlos BarberoMovistar Teams.t.
3Timothy DupontWanty - Groupe Goberts.t.
4Floris GertsMichelton - Scotts.t.
5Jasper PhilipsenCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.

Race Day #11-13 at Vuelta a Castilla y Leon
April 20-22, 2020
Early season fitness peak starting to kick in.

Stage 1:

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Spoiler
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Summary: The only categorized climb was too far out (35kms to go) to tempt a long-range effort. Instead, 72 cyclists finished on the same time with Paolo Simion winning the sprint to the line.

Result: 16th - I had thoughts about testing my luck prior to the sprint, but decided it would have been stupid to waste the energy. Tougher stages ahead, I got to pick my battles wisely. Teammate Michel Kreder sprinted to a 9th place finish on the stage.

1Paolo SimionNIPPO - Vini Fantini4h25'29
2Carlos BarberoMovistar Teams.t.
3Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohes.t.
4Taco Van Der HoornWB Aqua Protects.t.
5Tom Van AsbroeckLiquigass.t.

Stage 2:

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Spoiler
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Summary: An interesting name in the morning breakaway: Marcus Diamond. Not sure if this is what INM wanted or Diamond is doing this on his own. Either way, it gives us — the race broadcasters — something to talk about for the next couple of hours.

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The five-man group fights until the final climb, but eventually the peloton brings them back. This is always to be expected, so why Diamond put himself in that position is a little strange.

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The man in yellow, Paolo Simion, claims a second win in as many days.

Result: 26th - The downhill into the finish allowed me to finish on the same time as the leaders. I honestly don't know how I ended up in the breakaway. I know, it's bizarre to even say that.

I was just coming to the front of the peloton and the next thing I know I find myself in no man's land. A breakaway group of four in front of me and the peloton 30 seconds behind. I decided to join the BOTD. I should really pay more attention to my surroundings next time.

Then again, getting some TV time is never a bad thing.

1Paolo SimionNIPPO - Vini Fantini3h58'41
2Carlos BarberoMovistar Teams.t.
3Vyacheslav KuznetsovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
4Ramon SinkeldamZiggos.t.
5Tom Van AsbroeckLiquigass.t.

Stage 3:

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Spoiler
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Summary: Everything is kicking off with 22kms to go. Reports of crashes off the back, the breakaway is caught and now an attack off the front! Hang on, this is getting wild.

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Our cameras have picked up Marcus Diamond by himself crossing over the final categorized climb in first place. It's a mad scramble behind him. Some could argue the ethics of attacking with a crash happening, but this was an ideal spot to attack regardless of what was going on behind him.

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Onward to the downhill, Diamond has to take some risks to build a bigger gap. Most of the favourites have now noticed that Diamond has slipped away in the chaos.

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The incline with 5kms to go. Diamond holding a modest 30-second gap.

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Up and over, Diamond makes the turn and can see the finish. But, the final kilometer is all uphill. This is going to hurt. Does Diamond have enough to hold on for a spectator victory to win the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon on the final stage?

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The cruel climb to the finish has undone Diamond. Patrick Konrad and Lillian Calmejane make the catch with 650 meters remaining. How harsh.

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Result: 4th - Tactics were perfect. I did everything right. I just didn't have the stamina to finish it off. This one hurts. What could have been. Yeah, I'm young and haven't hit my peak, so I shouldn't be too upset and rather happy with this result.

But, when it's right there in front of you... Being young is just an excuse for not finishing the job. I don't want heartbreaks. I want stardom.

1Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohe5h04'41
2Lilian CalmejaneMovistar Team+ 10
3Pascal EenkhoornZiggos.t.
4Marcus DiamondINMs.t.
5Rafał MajkaBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'05
General Classification
1Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohe13h28'37
2Lilian CalmejaneMovistar Team+ 18
3Pascal EenkhoornZiggo+ 20
4Marcus DiamondINM+ 24
5Rafał MajkaBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'19
6Peter KennaughBORA - hansgrohe+ 2'01
7Carlos BarberoMovistar Team+ 2'58
8Michel KrederINM+ 3'10
9Rubén FernándezCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
10Maxime FarazijnWB Aqua Protect Veranclassics.t.

Calendar

Spoiler
DateRaceWinner
1-AprLa Roue TourangelleFabio Felline
1-AprRonde Van VlaanderenSilvan Dillier
1-AprVuelta a la RiojaAlan Banaszek
2-AprItzulia Basque CountryMarc Soler
3-AprCircuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la LoireLilian Calmejane
4-AprScheldeprijsAlexander Kristoff
5-AprCircuit des Ardennes InternationalRubén Zepuntke
8-AprParis - RoubaixTiesj Benoot
8-AprKlasika Primavera de AmorebietaJonathan Castroviejo
10-AprParis - CamembertSebastian Henao
11-AprBrabantse Pijl - Flèche BrabançonneDylan Teuns
11-AprTour du Loir et Cher E ProvostLorenzo Manzin
12-AprJoe Martin Stage RaceLawson Craddock
13-AprGB Beiras e Serra da EstrelaJoseph Dombrowski
14-AprTour du FinistèreGeorge Bennett
15-AprAmstel Gold RaceMichał Kwiatkowski
15-AprTro-Bro LĂ©onOwain Doull
16-AprTour of the AlpsAdam Yates
17-AprTour of CroatiaAmaro Manuel Antunes
18-AprTour of the GilaJosé Israel Jornet
18-AprLa Flèche WallonneDaniel Martin
20-AprVuelta a Castilla y LeĂłnPatrick Konrad
21-AprVisegrad V4 Race - GP Czech RepublicMatvei Mamykin
21-AprTour du Jura CyclisteThomas Joly
22-AprGiro dell'AppenninoGiulio Ciccone
22-AprRutland - Melton Cicle ClassicConnor Swift
22-AprVisegrad V4 Race - GP PolandBrandon McNulty
22-AprLiège - Bastogne - LiègeEgan Arley Bernal
24-AprTour de RomandieRomain Bardet
24-AprLe Tour de Bretagne CyclisteDusan Rajovic
25-AprGran Premio della LiberazionePaolo Simion
27-AprVuelta AsturiasGeorge Bennett
27-AprGP ViborgRui Oliveira
28-AprGP Himmerland RundtJonas Bokeloh
1-MaySkive-Løbet
1-MayEschborn-Frankfurt
1-MayMemorial Andrzeja Trochanowskiego
2-MayMemorial Romana Siemienskiego
3-MayRhône-Alpes Isère Tour
3-MayTour de YorkshireMarcus Diamond In
4-MayGiro d'Italia
4-MayVuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid
5-MaySundvolden GP
6-MayFlèche Ardennaise
6-MayRingerike GP
8-May4 Jours de Dunkerque
9-MayFlèche du Sud
9-MayBerner Rundfahrt
11-MayVuelta a AragonMarcus Diamond In
11-MayCCC Tour - Grody Piastowskie
12-MayVisegrad V4 Race - GP Hungary
13-MayProfronde van Noord-Holland
13-MayAmgen Tour of California
16-MayBaltyk - Karkonosze Tour
16-MayTour of Norway
18-MayTour de l'Ain
20-MayGP Marcel Kint
22-MayTour des Fjords
23-MayBaloise Belgium Tour
24-MayGemenc Grand Prix
26-MayGP de Plumelec-Morbihan
27-MayCircuit de Wallonie
27-MayBoucles de l'Aulne - ChâteaulinMarcus Diamond In
28-MayWinston-Salem Cycling Classic
31-MaySkoda-Tour de Luxembourg
31-MayBoucles de la Mayenne

Evaluation

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Training Ride
*Community Growth Development*

Spoiler
- Each member gets 3.0 points to spread however they like over the 13 attributes listed above. One post per member.
- Stats work on a decimal system starting at 55.0.
- Stats are bumped up in PCM when they hit that number, ex. 55.9 = 55 in-game, and 61.4 = 61 stat in-game.
- The decimal numbers will remain hidden.
- There is a threshold for each stat when more points are needed to increase that stat. It's start off on a 1-to-1 scale where 1 point equals 1 stat upgrade. However, the scales get exponentially further and further apart the closer that stat gets to the maximum of 85. The increasing scale will also remain a mystery.
- Comment below to provide stat upgrades

Peaking: Marcus Diamond takes his good form into the training ride. One random stat will get a X3 multiplier boost for this month's upgrades.

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