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Veenendaal - Veenendaal
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Formerly known as "Dutch Food Valley Classic", the Veenendaal - Veenendaal goes into it's 8th edition. A new name, but the race character stays the same: a 200km flat classic with possible crosswinds and a rather tricky, partly undulating profile. No big climbs, really, but it's definitely a challenging day for those sprinters, who not handle hills in any way.

This tricky route often made for some rather surprising winners in the past, too: Mark Cavendish (2017), Ivano Lo Cicero (2016) and Raul Granjel Cabrera (2010) as the only sprinters amongst the former race winners! Sean Downey (2015), Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (2014), Antonio Bucciero (2012) and Staf Scheirlinckx (2011) as the others - it's certainly race hard to predict, so sprinters (they simply have to) and roleurs (they simply need to try) or early escapees (they always try) could possibly be in the mix for a prestigious victory in an HC race.

The clash with the Philadelphia International Championship makes it in even more interesting event and so we will also focus on this constellation with our following preview for possible favorites of this/both event(s):

The Startlist
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The Favorites
VeenendaalFLHISPACPhiladelphiaFLHISPAC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Degenkolb76698481pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cfe.png Lo Cicero72648478
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Ewan75718381pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_fab.png Mohs75658382
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kmm.png Cavendish73658381pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Appollonio74668178
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ssc.png Guerao74658376pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Nelson72608181
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Goss74678278pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Van Asbroeck75718078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Guarnieri76668281pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Roelandts74708079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cfe.png Vanderbiest74648277pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_npn.png Holloway78698082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_phc.png Saber75688179pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_azt.png Granjel Cabrera75698077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_eue.png Moser72678079pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kmm.png Haller72658079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Stauff74658081pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_fab.png Guardini72648082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Kragh Andersen77648077pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_eue.png Bouhanni74638077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_npn.png Serebriakov74618077pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_red.png Meyer72628076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png CastaƱeda71598079pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Rowe72628070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Drapac71538079pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_mji.png Itami75618082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Gaviria74717982pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kul.png Lavoine73608078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nbw.png Boivin74707980pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_p4e.png Ulanowski73588077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ayu.png Lander77697977pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Pelucchi74687977
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_0r8.png Rowe78667980pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png Harrison72677881


Looking at both startlists, it's pretty obvious, that we have a nice mix of top sprinters going to either Veenendaal or Philadelphia. Maybe not the biggest surprises with the HC bands probably well known for most of the managers, but anyway:

Degenkolb, Ewan, last year's winner Cavendish and Guerao make this Veenendaal startlist a pretty sick one. Add to that such premium sprinters like Goss, Guarnieri, Vanderbiest or Saber, we do have a pretty stacked sprinters field here in the Netherlands. Obviously, Degenkolb has to be considered the favorite, but Ewan or Cavendish are really not far behind and they do know (just like all others, of course) that Degenkolb can be beaten.

A few more less strong sprinters may just hope to be in the mix, when it comes down to a bunch sprint decision: Moster, Stauff, flat beast Kragh Andersen, Serebriakov, Castaneda or Drapac as maybe the most promising lower Top-10 contenders. Gaviria or Boivin only with outsider's chances, while strong roleurs such as Lander or Rowe are given the opportunity to benefit from their skills on challenging flat roads and of course a nice sprint.

The Roleurs and Puncheurs
VeenendaalFLHIFIPhiladelphiaFLHIFI
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Maes806772pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_mji.png Arashiro806478
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Ji807069pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_fab.png Ignatiev797484
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kul.png Baugnies787274pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png Feng787374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gnr.png Viviani786673pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Tennant776978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Vanbilsen786972pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nvo.png Hansen776572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Christensen786464pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nvo.png Bernas767582
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Brockhoff786863pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_phc.png Navardauskas757574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Gallego Martin776880pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kmm.png Kreder737571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gnr.png Hermans777576Philly's Puncheurs
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Breen777074pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Anuar Aziz728158
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Vanspeybrouck767174pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Waeytens708076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nbw.png Dowsett708075
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Bystrom727978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ssc.png Bilbao717967
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kmm.png Mehr-Wenige747873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cfe.png Palini697869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Grippo637785
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_phc.png Dieteren677780
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kul.png Vanendert717774


And then there's the ever dangerous roleurs, who may try to escape from the peloton late into the race. Windy conditions would obviously be helpful for those guys, but we better should expect some of those names to try something in any weather conditions:

Maes/Ji riding with Goss, so the question is, if they will support their sprinter until the end or if they are allowed to go for a late breakaway attempt. Both come with a nice skillset for such an attempt and they did stuff like that before..

The same goes for Baugnies, of course, an ever aggressive pure racer. Viviani, Vanbilsen, Christensen, Breen or maybe even Vanspeybrouck as other possible attackers.. Brockhoff/Gallego Martin should be used to support Degenkolb though.
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Ollfardh
We need points now, it's a simple as that. A top 10 in Veenendaal and a podium in Philly is what we aim for.
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Aquarius97
Decided to skip this race because of Triple Clash with Philly and Corsica, and literally having no riders that could even score a point here. Surely i won't regret of it Pfft
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Vien
Last on the startlist, last in points... Probably.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Moser here and Bouhanni in Philly. Doesn't look like either startlist is stronger than the other. If anything, Philly slightly weaker in terms of depth, so sending Bouhanni there was a good decision.
Don't expect much from Moser but a Top 10 would be nice and he does have the support of Lobato. I do expect at least a Top 10 from Bouhanni who has been better recently.
 
Croatia14
How on earth are more punchy sprinters in Veenendaal than in Philadelphia? Grin like Ewan in Veenendaal and Nelson in Philadelphia f.e.
 
Marcovdw
I AM SO EXCITED Banana

Hoped the startlist would a bit weaker, hoping on a good result for Drapac. Might be along the route throwing bananas at the rivals Wink
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baseballlover312
What is there to say? My team is relegating, and AKA finishing 12th here isn't going to change that.
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Is my team here or not?
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Vien
sgdanny wrote:
Is my team here or not?


Doesn't look like it. Either this race wasn't in your band, or you had less than 6 riders.
 
Aquarius97
sgdanny wrote:
Is my team here or not?


Your team is not here, the thing is that Tsmoha made this preview comparing startlist strenght with Philadelphia, as both are flat classics that clash on the same day. There's a 24th spot in the race empty that should have been my team, but decided against sending a team here because of a triple clash i had
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Would be great to see Cav defend his title but I don't have a good vibe after Berlin.

Haller/Kreder might get a minor place in Philly.
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AbhishekLFC
Need to start over-performing a bit to not fall further off the pace in the division. Saber has been good so far and hoping for a Top 10 finish here at least. Te Brake for support and Per for some surprise hopefully.
 
Vien
Heey, 10 free points, cute! Though I really need to figure out why we can't join breaks in races like this.

Grats matt Smile
 
Marcovdw
Sad
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Ollfardh
Gaviria caught napping and got dropped, so we had to sprint with Peeters who set a new record on how many places you can lose in a sprint. Vanbilsen picks up a few points, but not enough.

Thanks for the report though.
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jandal7
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That is what Rowe can do! Shame he used a bit more energy than ideal in the build up but his roleur strength showed getting the positioning for a great 6th. Probably his first overperformance (or normal performance with good AI) of the season so good to see and valuable points as we look to keep up the consistent snatching of points in the mid season.
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Such a poor result for us Sad
 
baseballlover312
Hey! I got it. I mean, it wasn't AKA, but it was a useless fricking piece of crap 12th place, like usual! Just what I needed.

Normally I'd be glad the team was active, but excuse me if that doesn't console me when I'm sitting in fricking 25th place.
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Sykkel_Freak
Chaotic sprint, but thankfully Guarnieri was positioned well. Really satisfied with 3rd in a field including the likes of Degenkolb, Ewan, Cav and Guerao Smile Hopefully Guarnieri can build on this and have a good second half of the season.
 
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