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[PCT] Kulczyk - DMTEX 2018 - Calendar revealed
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KULCZYK - DMTEX 2018 SEASON HQ

2018 JERSEY


"The Gold Standard" - by hillis91

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TEAM UPDATE

We're back at it in 2018! The Kulczyk - DMTEX management felt that though some minds had been changed in Poland regarding the ability of Europeans to work together and accomplish great things (promotion), there were still many sceptics. The 2018 season in the PCT division is an opportunity to combat the scourge of nationalism and xenophobia spreading across Europe.

Particularly with governments across Europe attempting to make deals to keep migrants out and their countries insular, Kulczyk Investments management is more than happy to bankroll a successful cycling team for another year. As the judiciary in Poland continues to be subjected to political attacks, management just hopes that its blatantly political message won't be sidetracked by political or legal attacks on the team.

Before promotion was secured for 2018, DMTEX considered leaving the team, due to lack of French riders. Team manager Janek Wasko will have to balance expectations to introduce further French riders, while also listening to Kulczyk management, which would like to see a Middle Eastern or African rider integrated, to represent the introduction of refugees into European society.

PRIMARY SPONSOR | KULCZYK INVESTMENTS

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SECONDARY SPONSOR | DMTEX

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ADDITIONAL PARTNERS

| Ridley | Bicycle frames

| Time | Components

| Fenioux-Multisports | Nutrition

| Skoda | Team cars

| Asseco | Computer technology

| Biedronka | Consumer goods

| Alitalia | Transport

Edited by Booker on 28-08-2018 14:28
 
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POST-RENEWALS ROSTER

NatNameAgeRatingWage
Jérôme Baugnies3177.57€ 540,000
Rafael Valls3177.05€ 350,000
Pierre Paolo Penasa2776.62€ 210,000
Enrico Barbin2876.08€ 260,000
Anthony Lavoine3075.30€ 90,000
Marcello Pavarin3274.86€ 65,000
Sam Bennett2874.83€ 85,000
Ryan Mullen2474.66€ 85,000
Mektel Eyob2574.29€ 50,000
Jelle Vanendert3374.24€ 85,000
Sebastian Langeveld3374.00€ 100,000
Mattia Pozzo3173.22€ 50,000
Pawel Cieslik3272.89€ 50,000
Jakub Kaczmarek2572.80€ 80,000
Kevin Fouquet3072.63€ 50,000
Marcel Barth3272.56€ 50,000
Polychronis Tzortzakis2972.48€ 50,000
Kristof Goddaert3271.78€ 50,000
Kamil Gradek2871.75€ 50,000
Eryk Laton2570.69€ 50,000
Michal Paluta2368.38€ 50,000

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Edited by Booker on 12-08-2018 21:53
 
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TEAM SCHEDULE AND GOALS

Dates RaceCategory
January
10 Jan Down Under ClassicHC
28 Jan Apex Mountain ClassicPTHC
31 Jan Clasique Pico BasileC1
February
6 Feb Omloop Het NieuwsbladPTHC
8-14 Feb Tour de PologneHC
10 Feb Gent WevelgemC1
14 Feb Viana do CasteloC1
15 Feb Classique du Grand-DuchéPT WC*
18-23 Feb Volta a CatalunyaC1
28 Feb Pro Hallstatt ClassicPTHC
15 Feb Strada Appia AnticaPT WC*
March
3 Mar Roma MaximaC1
7-12 Mar Vuelta al Pais VascoPTHC
10 Mar Le SamynC1
11-16 Mar Vuelta a ColombiaHC
14-15 Mar Tour of East JavaC1
28 Mar E3 PrijsPTHC
28-31 Mar Jelajah SKLC1
31 Mar GP HerningHC
April
1 Apr Paris-RoubaixPT M*
2-7 Apr Tour of VancouverHC
13-15 Apr Tour of UkraineHC
20-23 Apr Tour of CyprusC1
27 Apr Sochi CupC1
29 Apr Veenendaal - VeenendaalHC
29 Apr Philadelphia Intl ChampHC
May
1-5 May Cheshire Cycling TourHC
2-7 May Tour of RomandieC1
3 May Fleche WallonePT WC*
16 May Berlin ProRaceHC
27-31 May Tour of NorwayPTHC
June
3 Jun Malopolski WyscigPTHC
5 Jun GP KigaliHC
8 Jun Riga - Jurmala GPPTHC
10-14 Jun Post Danmark RundtHC
26 Jun Ronde van Het IjsselmeerC1
30 Jun Monterrey TTTC1
July
1-8 Jul Tour de San LuisC2
5-6 Jul Celtic ChronoC1
20 Jul Kenya Mountain ClassicHC
26-29 Jul Tour of BeijingHC
August
4 Aug Macskako KerekparversenyC1
7 Aug Clasica San SebastianHC
7-13 Aug Int. Osterreich RundfahrtHC
11-21 Aug Volta a PortugalPTHC
September
2-22 Sep Tour of AmericaC1
4-11 Sep Balkans InternationalPTHC
27 Sep Tour of the BattenkillPT WC*
29 Sep Milano-TorinoC1
October
1-9 Oct Tour du MarocPTHC
18 Oct Japan CupHC

*Races in bold are goal races.

Edited by Booker on 02-04-2019 23:59
 
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TEAM PODIUMS

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To see last season's results, click HERE

Edited by Booker on 14-07-2018 00:18
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Great to see you up in PCT with another great project. I love the idea of having a refugee representative in there Grin As always, will be a busy transfer window for you as a promoting team but you've already got a pretty good core to work with so good luck!
 
trekbmc
Awesome to see the third Polish team up! You've got a good base for transfers with Penasa, Havik, Bennett and Mullen all useful riders despite not being at the top anymore, will be great to see what you do with your transfers, best of luck! Smile



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AbhishekLFC
Decent renewals for you but Vichot leaving is a loss for sure. But there's a good enough base to build on and hopefully the first season of PCT turns out well for your team Smile
 
Ripley
I fully support your political stance!
 
jandal7
A very nice base for your team to start with, best of luck and look forward to competing once again Grin And love the politics and HQ Smile
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Thanks for the well wishes everyone, much appreciated

@LLS - If an 'economic migrant' does make his way into the team, the Europeans could quite rightly say: "They took our jerbs"

@trekbmc - It'll be quite the friendly rivalry going on between you, danny and myself - unluckily for us, you've got the Kwiat beast! We've got some solid lieutenants, you're right; we'll be in the market for leaders this offseason

AbhishekLFC - Looking back at last season's results last night: Vichot is a helluva loss. That being said, he wouldn't have fit into our wage budget in the role he would've played for the new look Kulczyk - DMTEX squad. I guess the same could be said for Kreder? We had him for one great season, so he's gone out on top, and now will get handsomely paid. We're pleased for the man (just wish he wasn't such a greedy twat)

Ripley and jandal7 - Oh it's just roleplaying, I'm a full-on Nazi IRL Wink

 
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RENEWALS AND TRANSFER DISCUSSION

The vast majority of Kulczyk's roster that was offered contracts for the 2018 season signed new deals and will remain with the team. Those that will be moving on are as follows: Reto Hollenstein, Vincent Jerôme, Konrad Dabkowski, Piotr Konwa, and Michal Paluta. Kulczyk - DMTEX thanks them for their service and wishes them the best in all their new ventures. Management is especially proud of having helped three Polish riders develop with a year in MGUCI competition, further increasing the talent pool of Poland.

The one rider that did not accept Kulczyk's increased salary offer was Arthur Vichot. Though his last year in the CT division was full of highlights, his lack of consistency, particularly on hilly tours (where he had a habit of crashing) meant that management was more comfortable releasing him when coming into a very competitive PCT puncheur landscape. Still though, we hope he finds another CT team to lead; he was a phenom at £70,000 last season.

POST-RENEWALS ROSTER

NatNameOld WageNew WageChangeAvailability
Pierre Paolo Penasa£280,000 £210,000 -£70,000 No
Yoeri Havik£100,000 £120,000 +£20,000 Yes
Ryan Mullen£100,000 £85,000 -£15,000 Maybe
Sam Bennett£100,000 £85,000 -£15,000 No
Jiri Hochmann£50,000 £55,000 +£5,000 Yes
Vojtech Hacecky£50,000 £55,000 +£5,000 Yes
Mattia Pozzo£50,000 £50,000 £0 Yes
Pawel Cieslik£50,000 £50,000 £0 No
Kamil Gradek£50,000 £50,000 £0 No
Eryk Laton£50,000 £50,000 £0 No

TRANSFER DISCUSSION

Kulczyk - DMTEX management realises that the roster is not fit for purpose in the PCT division quite yet - leaders need to be sourced. Pierre Paolo Penasa is the closest we have to a PCT "leader" but even then, he's certainly not ready to compete with the likes of Pluchkin, Uran, Intxausti or several others. Priority number one is finding leaders.

Yoeri Havik is perhaps in the same boat as Arthur Vichot and 3P - a very solid rider, but perhaps not quite good enough to lead a cobbles or sprint contingent in PCT. He is, however, more than good enough for the CT, and as a super domestique in the PCT. He has been informed that due to budgetary requirements, he'll be on the move this offseason.

Others to be moving on, likely back down to the CT division as leaders/super doms, are Vojtech Hacecky and Jiri Hochmann, though the team will also entertain offers for Mattia Pozzo. Any others will require a substantial bid. As you can see, Janek Wasko, Kulczyk's team manager, has a lot of work to do this offseason.

 
Aquarius97
Sad to see Vichot not taking your offers, but anyway he isn't a rider that would shine in PCT. Will be interesting what you'll do with your current riders. Penasa is in the verge of leadership/lieutenant in PCT, though he might struggle there with his not great HIL stat in stage races. Surely an interesting team to follow as a fellow promoter Grin
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@Aquarius97 - Exactly, we thought that Vichot would be a bit of a luxury rider, and at the wage he was asking for, it didn't make economic sense. It would be great if we could snag him back at another undervalued wage, but I have a feeling some others will be in for a rider like him after his stellar 2017.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure what to make of Penasa. He could either be very good as a foil for another leader, or a waste of wages. We'll see Wink Looking forward to competing against you this year.

JERSEY PRESENTATION

Warsaw, Poland -- With a crowd gathering outside Kulczyk Investments' Warsaw headquarters, Kulczyk - DMTEX team manager Janek Wasko took the podium.

"This offseason has been one of transition, with some of our most important riders opting to stay with the team as we continue our journey in the PCT division. It's a tremendously exciting time to be involved in the team, and to carry forward the vision of all of those associated with Kulczyk Investments and DMTEX."

"We have an opportunity to show the world what it means to be a tolerant society, working hand in hand with those of all different races, colours and creeds. And with that in mind, I'd like to reveal our jersey for the 2018 PCT season."

"As Kulczyk - DMTEX seeks to set the bar for how the EU works with peoples of all nations, we will be riding in a new jersey this season. Please give it up for our designer, hillis91, who has graciously designed our kit for 2018: 'The Gold Standard'"

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jandal7
Bugger me that's sexy
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Booker
Well thanks very much guys - all credit goes to hillis91 on this one.

@whitejersey - I saw my opportunity to take the ‘gold’ throne away from you and took it Wink
 
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2018 KULCZYK - DMTEX TEAM PRESENTATION

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The team that will be converging on Zakopane, Poland, at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the next week for preseason training is now finalised! For the second straight year, this is the site of Kulczyk - DMTEX's training camp, following the success of its debut season in 2017. There are big hopes for this year, but it seems that with the quality brought in, it may be a season of consolidation. Riding in 'The Gold Standard' jersey, seen above and designed by hillis91, will be the cyclists seen below.

Check our 2018 roster out!

CLIMBERS

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Kulczyk - DMTEX is historically a climbing team, and our most disappointing races have turned out that way due to one man - Rafael 'Puta Madre' Valls. Janek Wasko and the rest of the Kulczyk management said quite literally this offseason, "if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em." We're delighted to have the Spaniard on the roster, leading our charge in the mountains - and especially in the tours, an area where we've been hit-or-miss. We think he'll be well-supported by Kulczyk's leading scorer last season, Penasa, and his compatriot Pozzo, who still has some kick left in his legs.

Further to the Italian stallions, we've brought in our first non-European rider, Metkel Eyob! The Eritrean () hails from the country that produces the most refugees appearing on European shores, by a large margin - partly due to its dictatorship that severely represses free expression and forces mandatory army conscription, and partly due to economic opportunities in Europe. What better way to show the mission of Kulczyk - DMTEX, than to provide a home for a talented rider who can improve a Polish/European roster by adding a new perspective, and new skills? Getting him on a £50,000 wage is a steal, in Kulczyk's view.

Cieslik will serve as a mentor to Piotr Brozyna, who will be a solid tour domestique for years to come. He was one of the top Polish talents available on the free agent market this year, and we're delighted to secure him for many years to come.

PUNCHEURS

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After former leader Vichot left in free agency, management made a push to re-acquire him, but he opted for a leading role in the CT division, and we don't blame him.

Instead, we acquired another rider who has had a history of scoring very well at PCT level, Enrico Barbin. We're very pleased to have him, and think his acceleration and sprint abilities after the rolling hills will set him apart, even in a division that has some incredibly talented puncheurs such as Lutsenko, McCarthy and Kwiatkowski. He'll be supported in tours that include a time trial by Jelle Vanendert, who despite his age, still has some fuel left. The same goes for fellow ex-Ferrero rider Pavarin, who can possibly be a bit of a "leadout" for Barbin if necessary.

We're very pleased to have secured Jakub Kaczmarek, who brings a scary combination of hills, time trialling, cobbling and acceleration abilities. He'll be "mentored" by Gradek, who is back for another season, along with fellow youth prospect, and eventual breakaway specialist Paluta.

TIME TRIALISTS

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A budget part of the team, the time trialling contingent is fairly self-explanatory = Mullen plus a couple of old farts. Barth and Goddaert are useful on minimum wage, and Barth in particular can be useful as a leadout. Of note, Polychronis Tzortzakis has time trialling abilities for the increasing number of TTTs across the division, bringing dual capacity at minimum wage.

COBBLISTS

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Kulczyk's new focus area, we've chucked a lot of money at the pavé squad. Initial plans to secure Florian Senechal were thwarted by Team Tinkoff, but we hold no resentment - goddammit Oleg Angry.

Instead, we'll further replicate our ex-Strava contingent with Jérôme Baugnies, who should be far and away the best cobbler in the division in another era - however, he'll now be joined by Zepuntke, Vanspeybrouck and Blythe. He'll still stand out on the hillier cobbles, where he is joined by Langeveld, secured at a premium at a £100,000 wage. Further, Fouquet provides additional support, and may even show the aggression to get himself into breakaways here or there. We're pleased with how this part of the squad has turned out, despite the lack of the number 1 targeted Frenchman.

FAST-ISH GUYS

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Three words were the name of the game for this part of the squad, budget, budget, budget. When we saw Degenkolb, Mohs, Lo Cicero and others staying in the PCT, we decided it would be best to focus elsewhere.

However, we did manage to secure a clear leader in Lavoine, historically a decent scorer, though he has endured a difficult time recently in Fablok colours. He will stay on a Polish roster and will bring his silly combination of insane downhill skills along with very little stamina to Kulczyk - DMTEX this season. He will be led out by Bennett, Tzortzakis and Laton, who continues his development this year. Overall, not too shabby.

FULL TEAM PRESENTATION

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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

Will Kulczyk - DMTEX hit its rumoured Top 10 goal (to be confirmed at a later date)? Possibly, though rather unlikely due to the strength of the division.

Does management believe it has enough to stay up in the PCT division? Yes.

Sponsors, DMTEX, are also believed to be livid at the lack of French riders brought in, and discussions are rumoured to be ongoing to transition sponsorship rights to Alitalia next season, with an Italian focused roster clearly the outcome of this year's offseason.

In setting the team out for long-term success, Kulczyk - DMTEX management has built a roster with a mix of established scorers, veteran mentors, and young Polish riders who have the ability to turn into useful members of the team. Overall, we'd rate the offseason as a 6.5 out of 10 - but there is plenty of work to be done this offseason on the training front and in future years to build a sustainable PCT, and hopefully PT, team.

 
Yellow Jersey
Valls vs Penasa in one season, the next they work together Smile
Hope you can maintain your place in PCT won't be easy, also expecting Baugnies to be worth it.

Good luck!
 
Aquarius97
Very ironic that Valls will have to be the man that saves your team from relegation :lol: Also, first time in Valls' career that he isn't riding for an Spanish team, so will see if his power is drained outside Spain Pfft

Apart from that, you'll need great planning for your sprinters to actually score, Baugnies will do his thing in cobbles, specially in the more hillier races. Mullen will need a bit of luck to really score (like every TT rider) and your hilly squad isn't really up to the level of the division, but Palini can be some kind of a underdog rider.

My guess is that you'll be fighting all-season in the relegation battle, and that Valls will have to do his magic from last season to save you Smile
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Vien
Very interesting team lore-wise, of course, with Valls and Penasa in one team Pfft

It's sad that a lot of teams seemingly went the "no one buys cobblers so let's get a cobbled leader to stay safe and reach goals"-strategy, leaving you as a relegation contender. That said, I wonder if you could be one of the teams to benefit greatly from the ToA giving HC points? We'll see. Good luck!
 
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