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Diamond in the Rough
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Monthly Review

Only three games this month due to a week of World Cup qualifiers. Of course I didn't receive a call up. I don't think I'm even on England's radar. Heck, I haven't even been the best player on my team here in Ireland. It's been a rough season.

Match Day #21 vs. Sligo Rovers (5-11-4)
June 4, 2021
Sligo has played a lot of close game, but mostly suffers defeats.

Spoiler
Limerick FC 5, Sligo Rovers 1

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Summary: Up 3-0 after 10 minutes, this one was a stroll in the park for Limerick FC. Two goals for David Whyte and William Fitzgerald.

Rating: 7.4 - Mostly a bystander. Just got a decent rating because the team won by so much.

Player of Game: David Whyte, Limerick FC (9.5)

Match Day #22 at Cork City (11-6-4)
June 18, 2021
A battle for third place in the league standings.

Spoiler
Cork City 4, Limerick FC 1

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Summary: Hat trick for Glen McAuley. Limerick got its shots off, but couldn't keep pace with Glen. A harsh three-goal deficit given the flow of the game. Limerick left to lick its wounds.

Rating: 6.7 - I was on the field. That's about it.

Player of Game: Glen McAuley, Cork City (9.5)

Munster Senior Cup vs. Cork City
June 23, 2021
Cup Final: Our youngsters got us here, but starters brought in to win it.

Spoiler
Limerick FC 2, Cork City 1

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Summary: A cup final for the ages. Five days after getting slapped around by Cork City in league play, Limerick FC gets its revenge with its first Munster Senior Cup trophy since 2015 ‚ÄĒ knocking off defending champs Cork City in the process.

Early goal in the 17th minute by Jack Massey put Limerick in control. Then, defender Alex O'Hanlon picked the perfect time to score his first goal for Limerick in the 56th minute.

Jack Barthram allowed Cork back in the match with a poor challenge in the box. He was booked and Chris Fagen slammed in the ensuing penalty shot.

Limerick fans sat on the edge of their seats for the final 25 minutes. Attack after attack by Cork City was fended off until the final whistle.

Limerick cup champions again!

Rating: 6.2 - Gave away too many balls in the midfield and nearly cost us the game. Instead, Barthram takes a bunch of the heat and I sneak under the radar while celebrating my first major victory as a professional footballer. Doesn't matter how it happened, at the end of the day this achievement still ends up on my resume.

Player of Game: Alex O'Hanlon, Limerick FC (7.7)

Munster Senior Cup

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League Standings (22/36 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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- 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.
-Locked stats can't be upgraded.
-Comment below to provide stat upgrades.

Stat Locks: Another poor month means two stat locks. Any attribute that don 't receive at least a 1.5 increase is in jeopardy of being locked.

Heading Out?: After speaking with head coach Roddy Collins about signing with Helmond Sport for next season and the possibility of leaving before the end of Limerick's season, Collins provided an ultimatum. Either leave now or stick it out until the end of the season.

"If you don't want to be here, no reason to drag this on," Collins said.

Leaving early would cost Diamond a month of wages and a 50% chance of suffering an additional third stat lock this month.

The benefit of leaving allows Diamond to be fully fit and ready to start a new season with Helmond in August. Or Diamond could stick with it and try to carry this cup victory momentum into a league title push.

Stay or go? (Majority rules.)

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panicmaster
+1,5 Passing
+1,5 Stamina
+1 Tackling
+1 Marking

I would leave now. Heart shouldn't be with this team anymore. Better be well prepared for the new journey.
 
jaxika
+0.5 Tacling
+0.5 Marking
+1.5 PTechnique
+1.5 Pace
+1 Acceleration
 
sammyt93
+1.5 Vision
+1.5 Decisions
+1 Positioning

Leave on a high, I've got the impression the side hasn't been fully trusting of him for a while so it's probably best to move on now, especially now he has got some silverware to his name.
 
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Monthly Review

The grind of the season starts to take its toll once June rolls around. Got to keep your head down and keep putting the work in. With a contract already secured for next season, I just want to enjoy my last few months with EvoPro Racing.

Race Day #28 at Rund um Koln
June 10, 2021
Took seventh here last season, cracking the Top 5 would be nice.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Saving energy and good positioning were key in this bumpy but flat rated one-day race. As expected, a bunch sprint ended the day.

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Result: 3rd - Unable to get around Edward Planckaert and Barnabas Peak. But managed to nip well-known Mathieu Van Der Poel on the line for third. I'll certainly take that. Good start to the month.

1Edward PlanckaertVital Concept Cycling Club5h21'25
2Barnabas PeakSRAMs.t.
3Marcus DiamondEvoPro Racings.t.
4Mathieu Van Der PoelTeam Vorarlberg Santics.t.
5Frantisek SisrW52 FC Portos.t.

Race Day #29 at Fyen Rundt
June 16, 2021
First of two back-to-back races in Denmark.

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Summary: Narrow roads cause problems. Not a lot of happy sprinters at the end of this one, and you can't really blame them.

Result: 29th - Honestly, just happy there wasn't a crash. This was a sketchy race and I backed off in the final kilometers to avoid a possible injury. The race organizers deserve to be sued after this one.

1Ian StannardNIPPO - Vini Fantini5h18'20
2Matteo TrentinMichelton - Scotts.t.
3Mads W√ľrtz SchmidtTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
4Aksel NömmelaWanty - Groupe Goberts.t.
5Stan DewulfQuick-Step Floorss.t.

Race Day #30 at GP Horsens Posten
June 17, 2021
Same race organizers as yesterday, some teams boycotted as a result.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Twisty streets through the city of Horsens allows a few of the morning breakaway riders to barely stay away. Again, not a course designed with the cyclists' safety in mind. One big crash did occur.

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Result: 12th - That was pure chaos. Came out alive, though. I have no interest in coming back to Denmark anytime soon.

1Andreas LeknessundPolska Travel4h53'07
2Martin MortensenRiwal CeramicSpeeds.t.
3Micka√ęl DelageVital Concept Cycling Clubs.t.
4Wekesa SimbaMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
5Lilian CalmejaneMovistar Team+ 23

Race Day #31 at I.W.T. Jong Maar Moedig
June 27, 2021
Cobbles! Pre-race favourite! Thunderstorm? Let's go!

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Spoiler
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Summary: Drama early on as race favourite Marcus Diamond is on the tarmac. Weather conditions are dangerous, but the race is pushing on. The lightning strikes aren't close enough to force a cancellation, and the wet roads are just an obstacle to be conquered. Diamond, despite getting covered in mud, looks okay to continue.

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EvoPro Racing just can't catch a break. As soon as they get Diamond back into the peloton, another crash. This one takes down Belgium cobbler Lionel Taminiaux ‚ÄĒ winner of the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux earlier this season.

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When the dust (and rain) settles for a moment with 10kms go, only 11 cyclists remain in the lead and surprisingly both crash victims Diamond and Taminiaux are still here.

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Then there were five on the final cobbled sector.

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Three... Taminiaux, Diamond and Frederik Backaert.

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Two... The EvoPro duo with a stunning performance in Belgium.

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But who gets the win? Both deserve it. Only one can have it...

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Diamond comes off Taminiaux's wheel to secure his fifth professional win over his teammate. Perhaps a little redemption after what happened at the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux. Either way, hats off to both cyclists.

Result: 1st - Banana Banana Banana Banana Banana

1Marcus DiamondEvoPro Racing4h36'26
2Lionel TaminiauxEvoPro Racings.t.
3Frederik BackaertWanty - Groupe Goberts.t.
4Taco Van Der HoornWB Aqua Protect Veranclassics.t.
5Bert-Jan LindemanDelta Cycling Rotterdams.t.

Race Day #32 at Great Britain ITT Championship
June 28, 2021
Pumped up, but also very sore after yesterday.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Passing of the torch. After three seasons of dominating the Great Britain ITT Championship, 35-year-old Geraint Thomas takes third place this year behind 22-year-old winner Larry Gooden and 24-year-old runner-up Matthew Gibson.

Result: 23rd - Average I'd say. I feel like I say this every year, but I'm not a TT guy. Finished three minutes and 48 seconds behind Gooden.

1Larry GoodenBahrain - Merida51'10
2Matthew GibsonJLT Condor+ 37
3Geraint ThomasThe Guardian+ 42
4Alex DowsettTeam Katusha Alpecin+ 44
5Jonathan DibbenThe Guardian+ 50

Calendar

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DateRaceWinner
2-JunHeistse PijlJonas Rickaert
3-JunGran Premio Città di LuganoAmaro Manuel Antunes
3-JunCritérium du DauphinéMikel Landa
4-JunMemorial Philippe van ConingslooTim Merlier
7-JunGP du Canton d'ArgovieFloris Gerts
8-JunOberösterreichrundfahrtSegundo Dolorier
9-JunTour de SuisseJai Hindley
9-JunTour of MalopolskaJoseph Dombrowski
10-JunRonde van LimburgMatteo Trentin
10-JunRund um KölnEdward Planckaert
13-JunSter ZLM TourPascal Eenkhoorn
13-JunTour de BeauceMarcos García
13-JunTour of SloveniaStephane Beeckman
14-JunRoute d'OccitanieQuentin Jauregui
15-JunDwars door het Hageland - AarschotKevin Deltombe
16-JunFyen RundtIan Stannard
17-JunElfstedenrondeAdne Van Engelen
17-JunGP Horsens PostenAndreas Leknessund
19-JunHalle - IngooigemBert Van Lerberghe
20-JunAdriatica Ionica RaceFausto Masnada
27-JunI.W.T. Jong Maar MoedigMarcus Diamond
28-JunBelgian Championships (ITT)Sasha Weemaes
28-JunDanish Championships (ITT)Christopher Juul-Jensen
28-JunPortuguese Championships (ITT)José Gonçalves
28-JunPolish Championships (ITT)Filip Maciejuk
28-JunDutch Championships (ITT)Tom Dumoulin
28-JunFrench Championships (ITT)Alexis Gougeard
28-JunGerman Championships (ITT)Dennis Bobic
28-JunAustrian Championships (ITT)Patrick Konrad
28-JunSlovenian Championships (ITT)PrimoŇĺ Roglińć
28-JunNorwegian Championships (ITT)Andreas Leknessund
28-JunKazakh Championships (ITT)Maxim Shirshov
28-JunIrish Championships (ITT)Ryan Mullen
28-JunCanadian Championships (ITT)Nigel Ellsay
28-JunUSA Championships (ITT)Taylor Phinney
28-JunItalian Championships (ITT)Manuele Boaro
28-JunRussian Championships (ITT)Hasanby Vaigel
28-JunSwiss Championships (ITT)Stefan K√ľng
28-JunGreat Britain Championships (ITT)Larry Gooden
28-JunUkrainian Championships (ITT)Marlen Zmorka
28-JunSpanish Championships (ITT)José Israel Jornet
28-JunSlovak Championships (ITT)Peter Sagan
28-JunCzech Championships (ITT)Jan Barta
1-JulDanish Championships
1-JulSwiss Championships
1-JulKazakh Championships
1-JulCanadian Championships
1-JulNorwegian Championships
1-JulUSA Championships
1-JulRussian Championships
1-JulPortuguese Championships
1-JulPolish Championships
1-JulCzech Championships
1-JulUkrainian Championships
1-JulGreat Britain ChampionshipsMarcus Diamond In
1-JulIrish Championships
1-JulSlovenian Championships
1-JulItalian Championships
1-JulSlovak Championships
1-JulFrench Championships
1-JulAustrian Championships
1-JulSpanish Championships
1-JulBelgian Championships
1-JulS. Champions Olympiques
1-JulGerman Championships
1-JulDutch Championships
4-JulSibiu Cycling Tour
6-JulGP Internacional Torres Vedras
7-JulTour de France
7-JulInt. √Ėsterreich Rundfahrt
8-JulWhite Spot / Delta Road RaceMarcus Diamond In
15-JulTour of Qinghai Lake
25-JulGrand Prix Cerami
25-JulPrueba Villafranca
26-JulLa Tour Alsace
27-JulVOO-Tour de Wallonie
29-JulGP KranjMarcus Diamond In
31-JulGetxo Memorial Ricardo Otxoa
31-JulPrudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Evaluation

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Training Ride
*Community Growth Development*

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- 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.
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Paths Cross?: After pretty much ghosting Alycia for a month, Marcus Diamond pulls up his race calendar for next month only to realize he will be in the Vancouver area for the White Spot / Delta Road Race.

A chance to rekindle some romance?

(Option A) Surprise Alycia on the set of her television show.

(Option B) Try to set up a dinner date before the race.

(Option C) Invite her to watch the race, catch up after the race.

(Option D) Don't reach out and keep ghosting. Time to move on.

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jaxika
Option D

+3 Hills
 
panicmaster
Option C, let's see how she'll react.

+2 Time-trial
+1 Acceleration
 
jandal7
Banana For that awesome ride with Taminiaux and the win in the Netherlands. Nice to start living up to that cobbled favourite tag! Also very nice 3rd in Koln after some sprinting troubles this year.

Option C. It's a shame that this relationship probably won't work but ghosting isn't right. A and B are possibly too romantic and contrary to how this seems to be going. Option C is friendly and a good discussion and catch up should be nice Smile

+1 DH
+1 MO
+1 FTR


And sorry for missing the stat lock in the football SadSad
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
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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Fabianski
Option C
+3 Hills
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sammyt93
Option C, May as well offer a branch out to try and stay on good terms instead of ghosting her completely, especially if this is a race and are he'll be coming back to every year.

+3 Cobble

Nice to see him grabbing that cobbled win, him and Lionel formed a very fearsome duo in this one, and it's nice for him to get this one after the jury result earlier in the season.
 
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Monthly Review

Adiós Limerick. Hola Helmond. That's about all the Spanish I know, so I'm glad that I'm moving to another English speaking country. Although, these Dutch names are going to take a little while to get used to. Getting to know my new teammates is difficult when I can't even pronounce their names.

I'm learning with the help of Alex Vogel. Quite a culture shock settling into a new country, but having Alex around is making the transition a lot easier.

The team had me watch the first two friendlies since I was a recent transfer and pretty much already in match shape. Then, it was go time. I had three friendlies to make a strong first impression and earn a starting spot.

Friendly at VVSB
July 24, 2021
VVSB is a longstanding Dutch amateur side eager to pull an upset.

Spoiler
Helmond Sport 3, VVSB 1

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Summary: A pair of goals by Belgium striker Arne Naudts, plus a penalty converted by Sam Strijbosch was enough to keep VVSB at bay.

Rating: 6.7 - Feeling things out and getting my boots wet.

Player of Game: Arne Naudts, Helmond Sport (8.8)

Friendly vs. VVV-Venlo
July 28, 2021
Top-flight Eredivisie club; now we are the underdogs.

Spoiler
Helmond Sport 1, VVV-Venlo 1

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Summary: Oh no. Helmond Sport put forth a great effort to nearly knock off an Eredivisie side that was a point away from relegating a season ago, but disaster strikes. Two minutes after Nassim Amaarouk drilled a free kick to give Helmond a 1-0 lead, Marcus Diamond found himself at the wrong place the wrong time.

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Rating: 6.7 - Stijn van Gassel made the first save, but the deflection hit my backside and trickled into the back of the net. Tough way to draw a game and not the kind of impression I want to be making.

Player of Game: Nassim Amaarouk, Helmond Sport (8.2)

Friendly at Berchem Sport
July 31, 2021
Second-tier Belgium side that hasn't been successful in a while.

Spoiler
Helmond Sport 4, Berchem Sport 1

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Summary: One shot on target, one goal for Berchem Sport. Helmond Sport peppers the Belgium side with four different players scoring.

Rating: 8.3 - Picked up an assist off a corner kick on the second goal by Jeroen Verkennis. Just the performance I needed to build confidence heading into the regular season. Is it enough to earn a starting spot? We shall see.

Player of Game: Ilias El-Arguioui, Helmond Sport (8.7)

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.
-Locked stats can't be upgraded.
-Comment below to provide stat upgrades.

Stat Locks (Resolved): Finishing, anticipation and acceleration have been locked. No stat locks this month because of 8.3 rating in 3rd game.

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jandal7
Ouch, some tough stats gone there, sorry I couldn't help Sad

+1 Work Rate
+1 Teamwork
+1 Technique
+2 Vision
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
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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sammyt93
That positioning stat might have come up helpful there, but I'm going to go for

+5 Concentration,

Hopefully that means he will be paying better attention and facing the correct way next time Pfft
 
jaxika
+5 Positioning
 
panicmaster
+3 Pace
+2 Strength
 
Fabianski
+5 Passing
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Mresuperstar
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Monthly Review

One text and one snapchat. A phone call just seemed too personal, so I decided against that. But, the form of communication didn't matter... Alycia wasn't answering me. I was left on read. After doing that to her, it was only fair.

It looked like a reunion in Vancouver this month was unlikely. Life moves on.

Race Day #33 at Great Britain RR Championship
July 1, 2021
Missed last year's NC with an injury and was DQed the year before that.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Morning breakaway reeled in with 35kms to go. Will a late attacker try to break free or is predicted sprint finish on the cards?

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Geraint Thomas doesn't want a sprint. On the final incline, he is followed by Scott Thwaites, Marcus Diamond, Thomas Pidcock and Ian Stannard.

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None of them volunteer to do the pace making and a 21-cyclist peloton picks them back up with 9kms to go.

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Sprint finish it is then. The 36-year-old Manx Missile still has the legs to defend his national road race title from last year. Hats off to the veteran.

Result: 18th - Started my sprint way too early. Disappointing with my mom and little sister waiting for me at the finish line.

1Mark CavendishTeam Dimension Data4h35'59
2Christopher LawlessBurgos - BHs.t.
3Ben SwiftMichelton - Scotts.t.
4Geraint ThomasThe Guardians.t.
5Gabriel CullaighAstana Pro Teams.t.

Race Day #34 at White Spot / Delta Road Race
July 8, 2021
"Alycia?" Nope. Still nothing. Now I'm the one looking desperate.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Beautiful day overlooking Boundary Bay. We are in the south part of Vancouver near the U.S. border for lower tier one-day race.

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Fast forward to 7kms to go and the morning breakaway of five has been caught. Pavel Sivakov thinks he get beat the tempo being set on the front and accelerates.

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Surprisingly, Sivakov succeeds in pulling eight cyclists away from the peloton. The best sprinters left in this group are Jan-Willem Van Schip and Marcus Diamond.

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But this won't be the winning move. The peloton catches up right before the banner. It's anybody's game now.

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Blasting out of the chasers group and into the lead is Martin Laas, arguably one of the fastest men in the peloton. But did he get too excited? The finish is still 1,000 meters out.

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Diamond has been waiting and waiting. He could have attacked 2kms ago and could have followed Laas, but no. The Brit has waited until now and finds a gap on the outside. Maybe he learned his lesson after the NC RR.

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Or, Diamond has waited too long... This is final push to the line.

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Inspiring performance from Marcus Diamond. What a sprint!

Result: 1st - Chalk down career win No. 6. I could get used to this...

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The only thing missing was Alycia.

It was then, standing on the podium, I saw her off to the side of the stage. I jumped down and I approached her. She smiled and we hugged.

"Hey, thanks for coming. You didn't respond, so I thought you weren't going to show up."

"Yeah, I wasn't sure. Glad I did though, congrats on the win."

"Thanks. I would have won by more if I knew you were watching."

"I see somebody is still full of themselves."

"Hey, I'd do anything to see that pretty smile again."

I immediately regretted saying that. Too forward and way too cheesy. And yet, she laughed. She had a look in her eye and I decided to go in for a kiss. Alycia backed away at the last possible moment.

"I can't. I'm sorry. I'm kind of seeing somebody else right now."

So, that's why she was ghosting me. I felt like I had taken a sucker punch to the gut, and wished I was still on the podium basking in all my glory. Heck, even the podium girls provided a couple of kisses.

1Marcus DiamondEvoPro Racing3h53'15
2Tobias FossJoker Icopals.t.
3Jan-Willem Van SchipTEAM TomToms.t.
4Jeff GidasTrevigiani Phonixs.t.
5Gian FrieseckeTeam Novo Nordisks.t.

Race Day #35 at GP Kranj
July 29, 2021
Back in Europe after a couple weeks of not racing/watching the TDF.

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Spoiler
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Summary: The puncheurs can't be separated and a peloton of 41 cyclists sprints to the line in one big cluster. A surprise winner with Chinese cyclist Zhang Zheng nipping everyone at the finish.

Result: 10th - Not bad given the level of competition here. If it was a flat finish, then I think I could have grabbed a few more spots.

1Zhang ZhengTrevigiani Phonix4h39'01
2Georg ZimmermannMonkey Town Continental Teams.t.
3Daniel JaramilloMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
4Olav HjemsaeterTeam Coops.t.
5Tejay Van GarderenMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.

Calendar

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DateRaceWinner
1-JulDanish ChampionshipsMikkel Frolich Honoré
1-JulSwiss ChampionshipsSébastien Reichenbach
1-JulKazakh ChampionshipsVadim Pronskiy
1-JulCanadian ChampionshipsMarc-Antoine Nadon
1-JulNorwegian ChampionshipsOdd Christian Eiking
1-JulUSA ChampionshipsTejay Van Garderen
1-JulRussian ChampionshipsAlexandr Kulikovskiy
1-JulPortuguese ChampionshipsRuben Guerreiro
1-JulPolish ChampionshipsAlan Banaszek
1-JulCzech ChampionshipsZdenek Stybar
1-JulUkrainian ChampionshipsTimur Maleiev
1-JulGreat Britain ChampionshipsMark Cavendish
1-JulIrish ChampionshipsSam Bennett
1-JulSlovenian ChampionshipsMatej Mohoric
1-JulItalian ChampionshipsGiulio Ciccone
1-JulSlovak ChampionshipsMichael Kolar
1-JulFrench ChampionshipsBryan Coquard
1-JulAustrian ChampionshipsDaniel Auer
1-JulSpanish ChampionshipsIon Izagirre
1-JulBelgian ChampionshipsTiesj Benoot
1-JulSolidarnosc et des ChampionsDayer Quintana
1-JulGerman ChampionshipsMarcel Kittel
1-JulDutch ChampionshipsTom Dumoulin
4-JulSibiu Cycling TourEdward Ravasi
6-JulGP Internacional Torres VedrasSergey Chernetskiy
7-JulTour de FranceEgan Arley Bernal
7-JulInt. √Ėsterreich RundfahrtTadej Pogacar
8-JulWhite Spot / Delta Road RaceMarcus Diamond
15-JulTour of Qinghai LakeEsteban Chaves
25-JulGrand Prix CeramiWesley Kreder
25-JulPrueba Villafranca-Ordiziako KlasikaMerhawi Kudus
26-JulLa Tour AlsaceEvgenii Kazanov
27-JulVOO-Tour de WallonieIvan Sosa
29-JulGP KranjZhang Zheng
31-JulCircuito de GetxoPatrick Konrad
31-JulRideLondon-Surrey ClassicJose Alfredo Rodriguez
1-AugPostNord Danmark Rundt
1-AugVolta a Portugal
4-AugHansa Bygg Kalmar Road RaceMarcus Diamond In
4-AugTour de Pologne
4-AugClasica Ciclista San Sebastian
5-AugLa Poly Normande
6-AugThe Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
7-AugVuelta a Burgos
9-AugCzech Cycling TourMarcus Diamond In
11-AugKOGA Slag om Norg
13-AugBinckBank Tour
15-AugTour du Limousin - Nouvelle Aquitaine
16-AugArctic Race of Norway
16-AugColorado Pro Classic
19-AugEuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
21-AugBaltic Chain Tour
21-AugGP Stad Zottegem
22-AugArnhem-Veenendaal Classic
23-AugDeutschland Tour
25-AugVuelta a Espa√Īa
25-AugOmloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde
25-AugBretagne Classic-Ouest France
26-AugRonde van Midden Nederland
26-AugCroatia-SloveniaMarcus Diamond In
29-AugDruivenkoers - Overijse

24-year-old Egan Arley Bernal wins his third straight TDF title nearly three minutes ahead of Emanuel Buchmann and the next French hope Leo Vincent. Green jersey to Arnaud Demare and KoM to Zdenek Stybar.

Evaluation

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Training Ride
*Community Growth Development*

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- 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

Hyper Focus: Trying to take his mind off Alycia and watching the TDF this month has motivation Marcus Diamond to put in extra hours training this month. Each member gets 4.0 points to spend on stat developments.

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jaxika
+4 Acceleration
 
panicmaster
+2 Hills
+2 Sprint
 
sammyt93
+4 Cobbles, I'd like to make a push to get him up to 77Cob before he switches teams in the off season.
 
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