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Xero Racing | PCT'18 | March
Tamijo
Top 10 Race Goal - \/ (check) Wink nice.
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If you're interested in weird music:
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jandal7
@Abhishek - Yep a great race for us, and awesome rides from both of our leaders! Yes for sure, let's hope the inspiration of Debesay's ride can help the whole squad kick on Grin

@Putin97 - Well, we saw how the first of them went just now Pfft Not quite healing the pain, but a nice distraction and hopefully as I said above the start of the process of moving on Pfft

@Booker - Ourselves very much included! GB 10th in ToME and Debesay 7th in G-W are exactly the kinds of results I'm looking for this year - that stage win on top was wonderful to see indeed, thanks Grin

I also can't wait to see Debesay maxed - really wish it was done by now though - either, his future skillset isn't top even in PCT (btw #ClassicsNeedsAcc) but he'll just be an even better and cooler version of what he is now - which sounds amazing! And Areruya... well I think Penasa would be a tough opponent in the first few years if they ever meet but glad to hear he's already causing pre-emptive fear, three years from being maxed!

Thanks, I'm trying to build a good squad for the future. If we slog this one out and stay up I'd love to start kicking on with that Smile

@Tamijo - It was nice to finally achieve a pre-race goal to tell you the truth Pfft
 
Tamijo
Stage 6 in Catalunya Wink Banana
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jandal7
Spoiler
@Tamijo - The HQ is quite caught up to that yet, but Banana
March Preview
After a big upswing in our fortunes in February, with three wins and some other great results, we'll look to drive forward with this momentum into an even busier March. Roux gets his first leading role, as does Bazhkou, as all seven leaders get a shot.
KBC De Panne Tour
2-5th of March | Top 10 Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
LukeRoweLeader
CarlNgamoki-CDomestique
JosephAreruyaDomestique
GregoryDanielDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestique
HamishSchreursFree Role

Part of a cobbled double-header with the Roma Maxima and given the sprint stage with bonuses (though it's usually a breakaway oh god I'm regretting it already) we thought Rowe would be our leader here. We'll aim for a top 10 in this field, and a breakaway on the first couple of stages. Daniel is looking forward to the TT, whilst our young African duo are looking forward to it as well, but because it means this race is over.
Roma Maxima
3rd of March | Top 10 Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
MeksebDebesayLeader
DylanKennettDomestique
TomDavisonDomestique
Nils SchomberDomestique
CallumScotsonDomestique
JamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

A rough course for Mekseb here, pure power cobbles a la Roubaix. However as he showed in G-W he's no one-dimensional hilly cobbler and has a lot of power too, so with a reduced startlist (and hopefully some form on side) a top 10 is the target, but not a necessity. A breakaway, as always, would be nice too.
Vuelta a Colombia
11-16th of February | Top 10 Team Goal/Top 5 Race Goal | HC

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Startlist
PeterVelitsLeader
AbofazlGilanipoorLieutenant
ToshVan der SandeSprinter
DylanKennettDomestique
MarvainKossohorouDomestique
GregoryDanielDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestique
Nils SchomberDomestique

Our first team goal of the season comes in the high slopes of the Andes, in the Vuelta a Colombia. It's "just" a top 10, but nevertheless it won't be easy. A pure climbing race is not exactly Velits' forte, but as he showed last month he can show a punch! Maybe we'd have rather switched the leaders between here and East Java, but we couldn't risk it, with this as maybe our only attainable goal!

Meanwhile Tosh will attempt to take the first stage, and then go into survival mode over the next two days (with some help) to use his generally decent climbing ability to take Stage 4 as well when other sprinters cannot.

At least, that's the plan.
Tour of East Java
14-15th of March | Top 10 + Jams Breakaway Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
GeorgeBennettLeader
LukeRoweSprinter
TomDavisonDomestique
HamishSchreursDomestique
CarlNgamoki-CDomestique
JosephAreruyaDomestique
CallumScotsonDomestique
JamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

A little bit of a home race for us, with Telkom Indonesia hoping for some nice representation. We had a good performance, with two in the Top 20 as a CT team, but not any real action. Hopefully with a better leader in Bennett who can push for a top 10 depending on the startlist, Luke Rowe making his sprint debut for our team, and hopefully Jams not getting stuck signing signatures before Stage 1 this year, we can improve on both counts.
Strade Bianche
20th of March | Top 15 Race Goal | PTHC

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Startlist
AnthonyRouxLeader
JacoVenterLieutenant
MeksebDebesayDomestique
DylanKennettDomestique
HamishSchreursDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestique
JosephAreruyaFree Role
JamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

A tough race for us, a hilly classic with some of the world's best riders in attendance. Roux isn't way out of his depth but it's a step up from the CT! This is a beautiful race which many of our riders have always wanted to attend, so it will be a great experience, but we are here to score some points. Roux and Venter will be expected to, ideally, but we know even that won't be easy. Surely a breakaway attempt is a must here too
Jelajah SKL
28-31st of March | Top 10 Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
StanislauBazhkouLeader
AnthonyRouxPuncheur
ToshVan der SandeSprinter
MarvainKossohorouDomestique
DylanKennettDomestique
TomDavisonDomestique
CallumScotsonDomestique
JamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

A funny little tour up next, with a prologue, a sprint stage with little hills, a hilly stage with slightly bigger hills, and an epilogue. We've brought three leaders here, and hopefully they can all give it a real shot - Stan in his season debut going for the GC if the hills are decisive-ish, or for a minor GC placing if it's just TT-affected. Roux will go for an attack on Stage 3 at least, and maybe Stage 2 over the speedbumps. and Tosh will be doing it the other way: sprinting on Stage 2, and maybe on Stage 3 if he can survive the hills and it's a bunch sprint.
GP Herning
31st of March | Top 10 Race Goal | HC

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Startlist
MeksebDebesayCo-Leader
LukeRoweCo-Leader
CarlNgamoki-CDomestique
GregoryDanielDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestique
NilsSchomberDomestique
HamishSchreursFree Role

Another flat cobbles race and a super tough one! But it actually sometimes ends in a smaller group sprint, perfect for Rowe! As usual a top 10 and a breakaway is the goal, and as usual for both that's easier said than done. Let's hope it's a little more Gent-Wevelgem than Viana do Castelo!
 
jandal7
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Viana do Castelo
14th of February | Top 10 Race Goal | C1

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Wow yeah hope Debesay can do well on this awesomely suiting course
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oh no he can't
1Jérome BaugniesKulczyk - DMTEX5h52'53
2Edward TheunsGenerali - EDF+ 22
3Sep VanmarckeRepsol - Netflixs.t.
33Mekseb DebesayXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 6'38
44Luke RoweXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 8'25
54Jamalidin NovardiantoXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 9'45
86Carl Ngamoki-CameronXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 16'52
91Hamish SchreursXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 17'20
103Callum ScotsonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 21'29
115Tom DavisonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 24'33
DNFNils SchomberXero Racing p/b OctagonSad

boo now i'm sad
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

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 p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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Vien
Surprised to see Debesay in Roma with that tasty TT in De Panne Shock
 
jandal7
Spoiler
@Vien - Certainly a decision I've been second guessing quite a bit. Let's hope Rowe can even snag a stage win to make up for lost points. Esepcially given his suiting FL stat in Roma Frown

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Volta a Catalunya
18-23rd of February | Top 5 Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
PeterVelitsLeaderDylanKennettDomestique
GeorgeBennettLieutenantJordanSchleckDomestique
ToshVan der SandeSprinterJosephAreruyaFree Role/Dom
AbofazlGilanipoorDomestiqueJamalidinNovardiantoFree Role/Dom

Here to go in for Velits to hunt for (again, we don't know where to aim) the top 5 or podium, and maybe some success behind for Bennett if he's not compromised too much by helping Velits, or, more likely, by the massive ITT. We also have the much-awaited debut of Tosh Van der Sande, who will, along with Dylan, look to train-hop his way to a stage win.

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We got off to a good start with our Slovakian captain taking a top 10 in the prologue, and even sitting in the hot seat for a while!

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Stage 2 was the major mountain test, but other than Denifl taking a stage win there was little of note, with Velits finishing with all the other GC contenders 36 seconds behind. Unfortunately Bennett lost time here and tumbled out of the Top 10-15 fight.

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However our Kiwi champ wasn't demoralised, and fought well to a second place in an uphill sprint behind a late attacker the next day. A great day for us with Velits in this group too, and many of our rivals such as Uran and Shikai conceding minutes!

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Day 4 was a day for Tosh, and we actually decided to set up a sprint traain as well as do a lot of work chasing down the break. Our GC leader Velits here showing his character, helping out on the front doing some TT warm-up on the flats, but also working for his teammates. Gilanipoor and Areruya also helping out in this photo. After we caught the break we dropped out to set up our train in the last 10km.

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Jams put the hammer down in the final 3km with Tosh in the wheel (and leadout man Kennett not far behind) to earn us an advantage early on.

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With 700m to go, after a quick leadout from Kennett, Tosh launched in the perfect spot at the perfect time. However there was a swarm of riders just him.

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But our new Belgian held on for a great victory to start of our sprinting season with a bang! A perfect stage for us and absolutely brilliant to see our riders working together so well already - and a powerful leadout from two of our young talents!

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A key test against the clock the next day and Velits did well, hopping onto the podium but still quite a distance to Keizer at the top, and further behind Choi than we'd have liked. Clearly in most cases, his TT won't be an advantage so much as not a weakness! But here it was handy to give him that podium spot before the final day.

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A rainy stage 6 up to Montserrat was to be the final chance for some time gain, and with Keizer in serious trouble we sensed an opportunity! Velits played a cool hand, following the moves on the last climb (with Bennett also sneaking into this final 10 man selection) but not expending too much energy.

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Until, that is, he attacked with 600m to go! We knew with Keizer out of the lead we only needed time on Choi, but I'll give you one guess who that rider just behidn Velits is...

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Velits isn't known for punchy attacks like this but he was on fire today and got a gap to the other GC contenders aside from Meintjes and Choi. No looking back here to check on our rival for the win, but the gap was slowly opening...

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Victory for Velits! A superbly timed win, holding off Meintjes and Choi and taking enough time out of Keizer to move above him! No GC win with Choi's very good ride, but 2nd and a stage win is nothing to be ashamed of at all! Bennett with a great top 10 behind, a shame he couldn't have finished with Velits on Stage 2 and earned a top 10 in this race, even with the TT! But still a decent race from him.

1Ki Ho ChoiMeiji - JR East18h08'23
2Peter VelitsXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 27
3Martijn KeizerIndosat Ooredoo - ANZ+ 1'11
18George BennettXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 5'36
82Abolfazl GilanipoorXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 27'18
93Joseph AreruyaXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 32'35
104Jordan SchleckXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 38'42
121Tosh Van der SandeXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 49'26
131Jamalidin NovardiantoXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 55'07
140Dylan KennettXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 1h01'36

All in all a fantastic end to February and hopefully the race that really gets our ball rolling, with Velits bouncing back from his ToME disaster and Tosh winning at his first opportunity, as well as just a fantastic team performance. Two Stages, one stage 2nd and 2nd on GC. Bring on March!
 
AbhishekLFC
Another great result for the team to help forget Viano Grin This has been a much better month for sure! Hope you guys can keep it up.
 
jandal7
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Another great result for the team to help forget Viano Grin This has been a much better month for sure! Hope you guys can keep it up.

I hope to keep going with more of this and G-W, less of Viana and ToME stage 4 Grin Definitely an improvement on "19th-uary" last month Pfft Cheers Smile
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

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 p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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February Review
Some high highs and low lows in February as our leaders got some outings and we started to acclimatise to the second division. Three victories has already surpassed expectations by a long way, but some poor days has denied us some potentially key points as well. However some spirited efforts and team cohesion mean it's a promising enough start to life in the survival battle.
Screenshot of the Month

Not a lot of stunning snaps of our riders, but a nice shot of our sexy kit in the sun takes it:

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Velits shows off his NC kit and our TT bike in a key GC chrono - Credit to tsmoha
Rider of the Month

From a great stage win to a spirited GC effort to another stage podium, a solid GC ride and support for Velits, it's gotta be...

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Waving hello to the PCT after taking yellow - Tour of the Middle East

George Bennett
Total RoTM Wins | 2
RoTM Wins This Season | 1
 
redordead
Hopefully Velits's GC win is a sign of more things to come from him Smile
 
jandal7
redordead wrote:
Hopefully Velits's GC win is a sign of more things to come from him Smile

Well it wasn't actually a GC win, but yes I hope Catalunya can set the standard for his season Smile
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

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 p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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jandal7
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KBC De Panne Tour
2-5th of March | Top 10 + Stage Win Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
LukeRoweLeaderHamishSchreursDom/Free Role
CarlNgamoki-CDomestiqueJordanSchleckDomestique
GregoryDanielDomestiqueJosephAreruyaDomestique

Probably got the leaders this double header the wrong way around but this was four months ago and I don't really care what you think at this point.

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Schreurs flew the flag on Stage 1 with a nice breakaway appearance.

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Rowe kept a cool head to finish eighth on the stage, on the same time as all the favourites (but not the winning breakaway riders). He would finish ninth on Stage 2 under similar circumstances.

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In a messy Stage 3 sprint Rowe didn't get the hoped-for stage win, but did grab some bonuses with a decent third, ahead of tomorrow's crucial ITT.

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Though copious amounts of alcohol were at the ready in anticipation of an awful ride from our leader, he turned us from doubters into believers - that he didn't suck - with a top 20 ride to finish 7th on GC - not bad at all!

1Pieter VanspeybrouckCarlsberg - Danske Bank12h36'10
2Logan OwenPodium Ambition+ 2
3Niels AlbertMinions+ 30
7Luke RoweXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 1'26
23Hamish SchreursXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 4'23
30Carl Ngamoki-CameronXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 8'24
DNFGregory DanielXero Racing p/b Octagon
DNFJordan SchleckXero Racing p/b Octagon
DNFJoseph AreruyaXero Racing p/b Octagon

Oh, and did we mention he only had two domestiques, both of whom came in the top 30? It was a tough one for our youngsters, Hamish aside, all of whom suffered the consequences of the time cut - as we suffered the consequences of forcing poor Areruya to ride cobbles with a hefty cost to book him into the same therapist used by many climbers after such an experience.

Roma Maxima
3rd of March | Top 10 Race Goal | C1

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Startlist
MeksebDebesayLeaderTomDavisonDomestique
DylanKennettDomestiqueCallumScotsonDomestique
NilsSchomberDomestiqueJamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

For our manager's fan fiction on a Roma Maxima that would actually suit Debesay, click here.

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Debesay was right there in the nitty gritty on the Strade Appia Antica, eventually ending up in the chasing group and helping them to catch the leaders to form a leading group of 12.

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Unfortunately he found himself in trouble later on and was dropped not far from the finale, and had to settle for 12th. A bitter way to do it and not what we came for, but no disaster.

1Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam4h32'55
2Lahcen SaberPhilips - Continentals.t.
3Edward TheunsGenerali - EDFs.t.
12Mekseb DebesayXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 1'37
53Jamalidin NovardiantoXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 7'11
68Callum ScotsonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 10'43
97Dylan KennettXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 14'47
107Tom DavisonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 16'25
135Nils SchomberXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 19'44
 
jandal7
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Vuelta a Colombia
11-16th of February | Top 10 Team Goal/Top 5 Race Goal | HC


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Startlist
PeterVelitsLeaderAbofazlGilanipoorLieutenant
ToshVan der SandeSprinterDylanKennettDomestique
MarvainKossohorouDomestiqueGregoryDanielDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestiqueNilsSchomberDomestique

"Our first team goal of the season comes in the high slopes of the Andes, in the Vuelta a Colombia. It's "just" a top 10, but nevertheless it won't be easy. A pure climbing race is not exactly Velits' forte, but as he showed last month he can show a punch!"

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A mildly dissapointing start as Tosh could only manage sixth on Stage 1, but considering his lack of positioning, his sprint was fairly impressive.

Stage 2 began with our loanee Daniel trying to get into the break, but the harsh slopes were too much for our Coloradan. And things would go downhill from there, as Velits hard what could politely be called an "off day", coming 29th and shipping 7 minutes on the first mountain stage. Maybe this super easy goal won't be so easy...

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We thought that we may as well go for a jersey, and let our Iranian missile - maybe I'll rethink that nickname - loose, as he attacked the peloton on the brutally tough Stage 3 with over 80km to go, at the foot of the second Category 2 climb quickly passing the struggling breakaway remnants on his way to a certain KoM lead.

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At the foot of the final climb Gilanipoor had two minutes to the next rider on the road and 10 minutes to the peloton, and though he was absolutely exhausted, the stage win and a significant GC boost were in play. Meanwhile in the splintering peloton Velits had his mojo back and was at the front of proceedings.

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Meanwhile Gilanipoor, against all knowledge of human physiology and all odds, kept going after more than 80km of the toughest climbing in the world...

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And took a truly stunning victory - probably our team's toughest ever victory, and certainly one of the most epic, with over 80km of pure solo grit. This is one we'll remember for a long, long time.

To cap off a great day, Velits came fifth and moved to 14th on GC, whilst Gilanipoor moved to 17th, 2nd in Points and 1st in the KoM competition!

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In a chaotic and messy finish to the flat stage 4, Tosh was seventh whilst MTK was tenth after rolling the dice on a late attack in the chaos. The winds brought great joy for us on GC, as Velits moved to 7th and Gilanipoor lost time but stayed 17th, which is honestly the most baller move imaginable for a KoM chasing minor GC man and since that's what I was in my junior days before I failed as a cyclist I have mad respect. Game respects game.

That probably made us feel a little too audacious, as after Gilanipoor failed in a breakaway attempt the next day Velits decided to throw a hail mary and join a stacked breakaway. Yeah, that was stupid... we lost the GC top 10 and the KoM lead. Not a great day.

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Velits attacked too late on Stage 6 and got 5th on the stage but stayed 20th on GC.
1Aleksandr PluchkinTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff26h02'14
2Stefan DeniflSPAR - Shimano - SCG+ 4'57
3Rigoberto √öranMinions+ 7'03
20Peter VelitsXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 29'22
30Abolfazl GilanipoorXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 42'29
94Marvain Tognama KossouhorouXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 1h58'22
106Jordan SchleckXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 2h17'27
111Tosh Van der SandeXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 2h30'18
121Gregory DanielXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 2h57'39
DNFDylan KennettXero Racing p/b OctagonDNF
DNFNils SchomberXero Racing p/b OctagonDNF

An absolutely shockingly bad race, not something you'd often hear us say about a race with a stage win, two 5ths, a 6th, a 7th, a 10th and a couple of days in the polka dots, but two days with none of those things ruined it for us. A fail at our easiest goal of the year, and I just hope we can remember the glorious ride of Gilanipoor and forget anything else about this ill-fated trip to the Andes.
 
AbhishekLFC
Not the best results so far in March but De Panne is a good platform to build on. Hopefully Velits can regain some Catalunya form in the next races.
 
jandal7
@Abhishek - Yes not a great start to March for us with not much coming up. Hopefully next time we see Velits he's a bit more consistent (lol)
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

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 p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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knockout
That goal... ouch!

Gilanipoor though with a fantastic upset result Smile

A Big Thank You To All MG And ICL Reporters!
And To All Who Organize Something On Daily As Well!


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jandal7
@knockout - Annoying to let such an easy goal slip. But yes, a bright spot in that epic ride from Gilanipoor Grin
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

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 p/b Octagon
[CX] Listerijns & BoK

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jandal7
July Preview
We're still catching up on our backlog of monthly previews and race reports, but we'll also drop a July preview in here for you. No spoilers for previous races but the boys are buoyed by the standings and the recent performances and there is a sense of real fellowship among the squad now as they look to finish the season strongly, with a secure future in the PCT not far away now.

July is a quiet month which should see us slip down the rankings. It has our only foray into the CT as we return to the site of our only GC victory to date - unfortunately due to restrictions without said victor. We then have two HC races, one mountainous and one hilly stage race.
Tour de San Luis
1-8th of July | Top 10 + Top 15 Race Goal | C2

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Startlist
StanislauBazhkouLeader
JacoVenterCo-Leader
Hernan RicardoAguirreDomestique
JosephKimathiDomestique
TomDavisonDomestique
CallumScotsonDomestique
JosephAreruyaFree Role

First off - a welcome to our stagiaires, Hernan Ricardo Aguirre and Joseph Kimathi, the former making his professional debut on his home continent, whilst the latter makes his first professional appearance for 2 years. We're here, on paper, to defend the yellow jersey won by Anthony Roux in heroic fashion last year, despite the MGUCI barring the Frenchman from competing. Instead we had to send him to South Africa - I bet he won't do anything there...

Stan the Man goes to tear the CT a new one if they don't make the hilly stages hell for him, as he's a premiere PCT hilly stage racer and so this could be a stomping ground, were in not for the fact the TT is so insignificant that, well, Roux could win this race. Jaco Venter gets his first (and probably last) leading role for us as he co-leads for if the medium mountain-ish stages are dominant. Meanwhile Joseph Areruya makes his debut at this level and will look for some breakaways.

We'll try to get adjusted to the new barbaric nature of the CT without Xero and Repsol, Ying and Yang, Chaos and Chaos, keeping things balanced. It'll be nice riding a CT stage race without them. Just kidding, Batman is nothing without the Joker Sad
Kenya Mountain Classic
20th of July | Top 10 Race Goal | HC

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Xero Race Team
PeterVelitsXero Best Rider
GeorgeBennettXero Best Helper
AbofazlGilanipoorLeader Help Rider
JosephAreruyaLeader Help Rider
GregoryDanielLeader Help Rider
CallumScotsonLeader Help Rider
JordanSchleckLeader Help Rider
Nils SchomberFinish Mountain Classic

The imaginatively-named classic gets the Xero treatment with the world's most consistently inconsistent stage racer Velits, but if there's one thing he is consistent at (other than being inconsistent) it's sucking at mountainous classics - so far. He's backed by a couple of great climbers in Bennett and Gilanipoor and five youngsters who no doubt won't finish. Shhh, they think they're going to Disneyworld.
Tour of Beijing
26-29th of July | Top 15 Race Goal | HC

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Startlist
AnthonyRouxLeader
StanislauBazhkouDomestique
JacoVenterDomestique
JordanSchleckDomestique
Nils SchomberDomestique
HamishSchreursFree Role
CarlNgamoki-CameronFree Role
JosephAreruyaFree Role

We're not expecting much from an HC hilly race with no TTs (feels weird relying on TTs in hilly races after last year, but Stan is the Man). Roux will lead us and hopefully find a spark, whilst we'd love to see Stan or Jaco have a pop en route. Areruya makes it a triptyque in July and again has free reign to go for breakaways, as do the roleur duo of Schreurs and Ngamoki-Cameron - any excuse to see that Fijian jersey is a good one.
 
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Tour of East Java
14-15th of March | Top 10 + Jams Breakaway Race Goal | C1


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Startlist
GeorgeBennettLeaderLukeRoweSprinter
TomDavisonDomestiqueHamishSchreursDomestique
CarlNgamoki-CDomestiqueJosephAreruyaDomestique
CallumScotsonDomestiqueJamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

"Last year had a good performance here, with two in the Top 20 as a CT team, but not any real action. Hopefully with a better leader in Bennett who can push for a top 10 depending on the startlist, Luke Rowe making his sprint debut for our team, and hopefully Jams not getting stuck signing signatures before Stage 1 this year, we can improve our result and our action."


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Areruya and Davison made attempts to get into the Stage 1 breakaway, the former succeeded with his bonus seconds putting him second in the white jersey classification after the first stage - whilst Schreurs was third.

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Rowe had perfect position but ran out of steam and was a disappointing ninth in the sprint.

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Bennett rode solidly on the mountain to come 10th, and 7th overall. A solid result. Meanwhile Areruya had a lovely ride to come in 30th on GC and 5th in the white jersey standings, meaning he'd pick up a few points as well. Maybe one day he can come back and win here.

1Adam YatesAyubowan!5h53'30
2Pierre Paolo PenasaKulczyk - DMTEX+ 1'17
3Robert KiserlovskiAndorra Project - InGamba+ 1'59
7George BennettXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 3'59
30Joseph AreruyaXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 7'42
67Tom DavisonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 9'36
96Carl Ngamoki-CameronXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 12'17
128Luke RoweXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 17'45
137Hamish SchreursXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 18'27
141Jamalidin NovardiantoXero Racing p/b Octagons.t.
155Callum ScotsonXero Racing p/b Octagon+ 20'20

A solid if mildly uneventful race for us, a rarity it must be said. Sometimes it is nice to have a solid points haul with nothin ggoing on. But attacking and highs and lows and all that is much better. Bennett did well, Rowe did crap, and Areruya did great.

Strade Bianche
20th of March | Top 15 Race Goal | PTHC


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Startlist
AnthonyRouxLeaderJacoVenterLieutenant
MeksebDebesayDomestiqueDylanKennettDomestique
HamishSchreursDomestiqueJordanSchleckDomestique
JosephAreruyaFree RoleJamalidinNovardiantoFree Role

"A tough race for us, a hilly classic with some of the world's best riders in attendance. Roux isn't way out of his depth but it's a step up from the CT! This is a beautiful race which many of our riders have always wanted to attend, so it will be a great experience, but we are here to score some points."

Yeah, easier said than done. Points go to the top 50, so a couple of riders in there plus a breakaway would be nice and bring us a not crap 5-10 points hopefully.

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4 points from Debesay and Roux each bringing in 2, and a nothing race for us. Well, except Per being amazing as always, nice to see.

Who cares about the result? Two guys in the 30s, happy?
 
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