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Off Season Update

Velo d'Or Winner



World Tour Ind.

1Chris Froome4607
2Enric Mas4501
3Alejandro Valverde3784
4Tom Dumoulin3768
5Julian Alaphilippe3240

World Tour Team

1Deceuninck - Quick Step17488
2Team Sky12998
3BORA - hansgrohe9769
4Team Jumbo - Visma9158
5UAE - Team Emirates8225


1Peter SaganSlovakia28
2Chris FroomeUnited-Kingdom21
3Elia VivianiItaly21
4Bryan CoquardFrance18
5Wouter WippertNetherlands16


1Deceuninck - Quick Step65
2Team Sky51
3BORA - hansgrohe43
4Team Jumbo - Visma41
5UAE - Team Emirates34


Top Transfers
Philippe GilbertTrek - Segafredo
Jasper StuyvenDeceuninck - Quick Step
Marcel KittelAstana Pro Team
Elia VivianiTrek - Segafredo
André GreipelTrek - Segafredo
Roman KreuzigerTeam Direct Energie
John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott
Rafal MajkaTeam Sunweb
Tim WellensTrek - Segafredo
Mads PedersenTeam Sunweb
Ilnur ZakarinTeam Sunweb
Wilco KeldermanRoompot - Charles
Michael MatthewsTrek - Segafredo
Tiesj BenootTeam Sky
Enrico GasparottoUAE - Team Emirates





The team continues to be lead by Bardet. The two most important additions are probably Jaako Hanninen and Clement Champoussin who are both very talented youngsters.



Biggest addition is Kittel, who should give them many more wins this season. Lopez will still lead the team in the mountains, but the loss of Gorka Izagirre will hurt the support quality.

Bora - hansgrohe


Sagan and Formolo are still the top 2 riders with the team, but Costa and Nieve improve the teams depth! Karl Heinze Schulte is a strong stage racer. The best comparison would probably be Linus Gerdemann.

CCC Team


No real huge changes for CCC, but Ganna and Minali could be great riders one day, so the future is looking better for the team! If not for GVA though, the team would probably be in the Pro Continental division.

Deceuninck - Quickstep


Big changes for the team. Gilbert and Viviani both decided our contract offers were not good enough, so that meant we had to find a replacement. Jasper Stuyven will be the new captain for the classics. It was important to bring in a rider from the region our sponsors have a high priority on! Nelson Oliveira who would have won the WC ITT if not for Jungels also joins the team. We felt we needed a better TTT squad and he will also be a great support rider in the mountains, so he will support Jungels and Mas.

Lambrecht gives us a 3rd climbing option, and hes still very young. Perhaps he could be the next GT winner from Belgium, although his TT ability will need to improve. Mark Padun is another talented young rider that should be great support in the mountains. More often than not our team felt weak in the GT mountain stages, so he will support our leaders, but also get some chances of his own as well!

Keukeleire is another rider brought in to support our cobbles campaign. He should be a good helper, but his sprint allows him to contend a classic like Gent Wevelegem as well!

Finally, we have signed a couple young riders. Andrea Bagioli an italian puncheur, Michael Reis a Luxembourg climber, Rinie Longuet a Dutch cobbles specialist, and Julius Johansen a Danish all-rounder!

EF Education First Pro Cycling Team


The only major addition is Sergio Higuita, who could be the next top Colombian stage racer! Woods and Vanmarcke still lead the team, but losing Langeveld, Van Garderen and Modolo will hurt.

Groupama - FDJ


No additions for FDJ surprisingly. They lose Roux though, who was French Champion.

Lotto - Soudal


Politt and Van Der Poel are two huge additions. They should be very strong in the classics this year, but losing Wellens, Benoot and Lambrecht will still hurt!

Mitchelton - Scott


Degenkolb more or less makes up for the loss of Trentin. Haas is also a good local rider to add to the team!



Izagirre and Bevin replace Oliveira and Roelandts. They lose a bit of cobbles depth, but they didnt have much to begin with. Valverde is slowly declining, but he will want to have another great year in the Rainbow Stripes

Bahrain - Merida


Trentin is a great rider to join the team, but losing Mohoric and Padun two great young riders will really hurt. Nibali should still be able to challenge for podiums in the GTs as well.

Dimension Data


Losing Kreuziger will be tough, but Van baarle and Langeveld really improve the cobbles team. Sundbahm is also a great cobbles talent, so they may have a new leader in a couple of seasons time in him.

Direct Energie


Kreuziger joins Terpstra as two big name riders, and the first half of the season should be very successful for the team now! Still no real GT rider, but they should still do well at stage hunting.

Jumbo - Visma


No major changes for Jumbo. Van Garderen replaces Powless although Powless will likely still improve. Can TVG help Roglic win his first Grand Tour?

Team Sky


Losing Van Baarle sucks, but they did well to replace him, with Roosen and even improve the team now with Benoot. But who will be team leader in the classics now, Kwiatkowski or Benoot, or maybe even Moscon? Froome also starting to get worse, perhaps Team Sky wont dominate next years Tour?

Team Sunweb


Losing Kelderman to Roompot is going to hurt, but Zakarin should still be a great support rider, and Pedersen could be the best cobble rider by next season, so he really improves the teams outlook. Majka is another great depth piece and Schachmann will also be great for Sunwebs TTT hopes.

Trek - Segafredo


Easily the most improved team, which is crazy to say, seeing as they lost Pedersen and Stuyven, but they added Viviani, Gilbert, Matthews, Wellens, Greipel and Bennett. Their sprint team will be very good, Gilbert has shown he can win hilly classics and cobble classics still and Wellens and Matthews are just really good all-rounders. Add in Richie Porte and they could be the best team next season.

UAE - Emirates Team


Gasparotto and Moreno in, Costa out. Not too much change for this team, but Philipsen and Pogacar will be great riders, and maybe this season will be their breakthrough. Gaviria, Martin and Kristoff remain as the leaders!
Oof, a lot of talent drain there, especially losing Viviani. Still, the team looks great and in for another successful year.

Mas got absolutely robbed in Velo d'Or.
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Agree with bbl, a GT double winner is hard done by to only come third! Despite losing Gilbert and Viviani I'm a big fan of Stuyven and Lambrecht as replacements with Jakobsen filling the sprint void. I think it's good long-term for DQS Grin

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Despite Viviani’s departure the team is still solid, perhaps slightly better. Smile And good to see my lad Nelson Oliveira on the squad. Pfft
Nice to see the team win the World Tour Rankings Grin
@ Baseball - Yeah, losing Viviani sucked. I wanted to keep him, but I only had one chance, and I didn't want to "cheat" and edit the cdb to get more chances or whatever, so I just went with it.

And I think Mas should have finished 2nd, but Froome had something like 12 GT stage wins, plus the Tour and 2nd in the Vuelta, so not a surprise to see him there. Also I think popularity/reputation matters for the Velo d'Or.

@ Jandal - I've always liked Stuyven, Trek has become one of my favourite teams so Stuyven naturally is one of my favourite classic riders, if I hadn't lost Gilbert I wouldn't have signed him, but we needed a leader, and Lampaert Im not sure is strong enough and Stybar is getting older. Plus his sprint makes him a really nice option in smaller bunch sprints.

@ Freitas - Yeah, I think the teams better overall, although losing the 2nd best sprinter in the game (according to the save) will be tough, but we definitely improved the climbing and TT, and Cobble depth is probably even better now too

@ sutty - Indeed, always nice to end as the top team! With the loss of Viviani, we will see if we end up top next year Smile
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Great transfers mate! Like others have said Mas was robbed only coming third there. Looks like you're trying to focus slightly more on GC after Mas's success last season.
Timmsoski wrote:
Great transfers mate! Like others have said Mas was robbed only coming third there. Looks like you're trying to focus slightly more on GC after Mas's success last season.

Thanks, I do think he should have atleast finished 2nd ahead of Valv. Yeah. the support after Alaphilippe is pretty bad, and Jungels and Mas arent often going to be at the same races, so I wanted to get a bit better in that aspect, but Im pretty happy with how the team looks now.
Lambrecht interesting addition, at present not a typical top race winner, but his nice acceleration great for attacking and force other to work, he can either target minor races or be a super domestic.

A top sprinter at Astana, that is new for sure.

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Tamijo wrote:
Lambrecht interesting addition, at present not a typical top race winner, but his nice acceleration great for attacking and force other to work, he can either target minor races or be a super domestic.

A top sprinter at Astana, that is new for sure.

Yeah, he should be great support at the very least, but I think he has the potential to win minor races, and even big races in the future if he can improve just a bit.

Indeed, it will be interesting to see how Kittel does, who needs to keep moving until he finds the right team I guess. I did fix some of the crazier transfers, but the transfer system is pretty good this year and I dont like editing it too much, except to keep things realistic.
Housekeeping update

Just a little update before I start the next season, I have changed the difficulty to Extreme for the new season. I think this will give me more of a challenge in some races (Lombardia *cough*)

I have also lowered the crash ratio down to 0.7. I found there to be way too many crashes at 1.1. I know on PCM15 1.1 seemed like a good number, but I guess in PCM18 the crash chances have increased.

Im also thinking of posting more race updates, rather than updates that cover large sections of the year. There may still be some big updates but I think covering just one or two races at a time, as opposed to lets say 6, will improve the quality of the updates, which will hopefully make following along more enjoyable too!
Happy to see you doing a story again. I like it Smile
cunego59 wrote:
Happy to see you doing a story again. I like it Smile

Thanks! Glad to see you around still! I very much enjoyed your Buchmann story, although not sure I commented much (or maybe at all?)

Santos Tour Down Under 2020 (2.UWT)

Unfortunately I forgot to open the Career Explorer from Jan-Mar in my save, and the stage results have been deleted, so I will have to make due without them Embarassed

The opening stage was won by Marcel Kittel, in his new team Astana! The day came down to a sprint, and the German was the strongest! Perhaps he will return to his old form from his Shimano days.

Alaphilippe takes the 2nd stage down under

The 2nd stage would be a fight between the puncheurs and Julian Alaphilippe shows he was the strongest on the day as he wins the sprint to the line. Bob Jungels also finishes 4th on the day. Because of the time gaps, Alaphilippe moves into the Ochre leaders jersey.

Stage 3 also came down to a mass sprint and was also won by a German, but this time it was not Marcel Kittel, but Pascal Ackermann, however the following day also went to the sprinters again, and Kittel took his 2nd win of the race and of the season with his new team! Astana may have revitalized Kittels career, after stagnating somewhat at Katusha.

Alaphilippe dominates on the Queen stage

Stage 5 the famous Willunga Hill stage was the finale on the day and Alaphilippe was able to climb the hill the fastest to the finishing line and take his 2nd stage win of the race, now tied with Kittel with one stage to go. Would either Kittel or Alaphilippe be able to surpass the other and reach 3 wins on the final day?

Alaphilippe makes it 3 and spoils the sprinters day

Well who can be surprised at this point? Alaphilippe showing he is the best allround rider in the world atm, as he takes the sprinters stage! Originally he was leading out Hodeg but Hodeg lost his wheel and Alaphilippe kept going and held off the sprinters! He finishes the race having absolutely dominated it, and will now change his focus to the UAE Tour.

Jungels was also able to take 3rd for Deceuninck so a great race for sure for the team!

Final GC

1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Daniel MartinUAE - Team Emirates+00:30
3Bob JungelsDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:34
4Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Data+00:36
5Michael WoodsEF Education First Pro Cycling Team+00:40
6Richard CarapazMovistar Team+00:40
7Dylan TeunsTeam Bahrain Merida+00:40
8Tom DumoulinTeam Sunweb+00:40
9Bauke MollemaTrek - Segafredo+00:40
10Pello BilbaoAstana Pro Team+00:40

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020 (1.UWT)


1Pascal AckermannBORA - hansgrohe+00:00
2John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00
3Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
4Sacha ModoloTotal Direct Energie+00:00
5Daniel McLayEF Education First Pro Cycling Team+00:00
6Nathan HaasMitchelton - Scott+00:00
7Mike TeunissenTeam Jumbo - Visma+00:00
8Jasper PhilipsenUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
9Ivan Garcia CortinaTeam Bahrain Merida+00:00
10Jacopo GuarnieriTrek - Segafredo+00:00

Up Next...

- Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.1)
- Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta (2.HC)
- UAE Tour (2.UWT)
Opening with GC 1th & 3rd in Down Under Banana

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What a great start to the season Wink
sutty68 wrote:
What a great start to the season Wink

Thanks, it has been a great start, I've figured that starting riders at higher fitness levels really doesnt harm them much in terms of tiredness if you can manage it right

Tamijo wrote:
Opening with GC 1th & 3rd in Down Under Banana

Yeah, Alaphilippe was the favourite, but still nice to get the wins and even Jungels getting on the podium as well! Thanks

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.1

Stage 1

Trek - Segafredo+00:00
Deceuninck - Quick Step+00:08
Astana Pro Team+00:32

Stage 2

1Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha - Alpecin+00:00
3Jhonatan NarvaezTeam Sky+00:00
4Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredo+00:00
5Patrick BevinMovistar Team+00:00

Stage 3

1Victor De La ParteMovistar Team+00:00
2Taylor PhinneyEF Education First Pro Cycling Team+00:25
3Raúl AlarcónW52 - FC Porto+00:25
4Tomasz MarczynskiLotto - Soudal+00:25
5Diego RubioBurgos - BH+00:25

Stage 4

Padun stamps his authority of the race, winning the Queen stage, and his 2nd of the race

1Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Sepp KussTeam Jumbo - Visma+01:06
3Patrick KonradAstana Pro Team+01:06
4Diego UlissiUAE - Team Emirates+01:22
5Alessandro De MarchiTeam Bahrain Merida+01:22

Stage 5

1Daniel McLayEF Education First Pro Cycling Team+00:00
2Simone ConsonniUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
3Patrick BevinMovistar Team+00:00
4Jon AberasturiCaja Rural - Seguros RGA+00:00
5Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha - Alpecin+00:00

Final GC

1Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Patrick KonradAstana Pro Team+01:46
3Sepp KussTeam Jumbo - Visma+01:59
4Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredo+02:38
5Koen BouwmanTeam Jumbo - Visma+02:44

Final Points

1Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step50
2Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha - Alpecin39
3Patrick BevinMovistar Team36

Final KOM

1Diego UlissiUAE - Team Emirates40
2Tomasz MarczynskiLotto - Soudal26
3Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step20

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta (2.HC)

Stage 1

1Elia VivianiTrek - Segafredo+00:00
2Fernando GaviriaUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
3Alexander KristoffUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
4Sam BennettTrek - Segafredo+00:00
5John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00

Stage 2

1Roman KreuzigerTotal Direct Energie+00:00
2Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo+00:00
3Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:13
4Alexis VuillermozAG2R La Mondiale+00:13
5Dion SmithTotal Direct Energie+00:13

Stage 3

1Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo+00:00
2Gregory DanielRally UHC Cycling+00:01
3Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:03
4Michael MatthewsTrek - Segafredo+00:04
5Ilnur ZakarinTeam Sunweb+00:05

Stage 4

1Elia VivianiTrek - Segafredo+00:00
2Alexander KristoffUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
3Fernando GaviriaUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
4John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00
5Max WalscheidTeam Sunweb+00:00

Stage 5

1Adam YatesMitchelton - Scott+00:00
2Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo+00:08
3Jan HirtMitchelton - Scott+00:08
4Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:08
5Dion SmithTotal Direct Energie+00:17

Final GC

1Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo+00:00
2Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:24
3Roman KreuzigerTotal Direct Energie+00:28
4Adam YatesMitchelton - Scott+00:55
5José FernandesBurgos - BH+00:58

Final Points

1Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo65
2Elia VivianiTrek - Segafredo54
3Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step46

Final KOM

1Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo26
2Gregory DanielRally UHC Cycling18
3John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott18


Stage 1 TTT

Deceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
Team Jumbo - Visma+00:06
Team Sky+00:08

Stage 2

1Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
2Christophe LaporteTeam Katusha - Alpecin+00:00
3Fabio JakobsenDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
4Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
5Edward TheunsTrek - Segafredo+00:00

Stage 3

Bardet takes the first climbing stage of the race!

1Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale+00:00
2Geraint ThomasTeam Sky+00:43
3Pello BilbaoAstana Pro Team+01:06
4Mikel LandaMovistar Team+01:06
5Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+01:06

Stage 4

Alaphilippe takes Stage 4, adding to his win total on the year!

1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Diego UlissiUAE - Team Emirates+00:11
3Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale+00:11
4Alessandro De MarchiTeam Bahrain Merida+00:11
5Geraint ThomasTeam Sky+00:11

Stage 5

1Bryan CoquardVital Concept - B&B Hotels+00:00
2Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Team+00:00
3Nikias ArndtTeam Sunweb+00:00
4Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
5Sacha ModoloTotal Direct Energie+00:00

Stage 6

Photo finish between Bardet and Thomas for the win, with the others behind

1Geraint ThomasTeam Sky+00:00
2Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale+00:00
3Brandon McNultyRally UHC Cycling+00:09
4Mikel LandaMovistar Team+00:09
5Jack HaigMitchelton - Scott+00:09
8Enric MasDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:22
10Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:22

Stage 7

1Fabio JakobsenDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Mathieu Van der PoelLotto - Soudal+00:00
3Sonny ColbrelliTeam Bahrain Merida+00:00
4Bryan CoquardVital Concept - B&B Hotels+00:00
5Enric MasDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00

Final GC

1Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale+00:00
2Geraint ThomasTeam Sky+00:27
3Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+01:02
4Mikel LandaMovistar Team+01:34
5Enric MasDeceuninck - Quick Step+03:29
6Jack HaigMitchelton - Scott+03:33
7Pello BilbaoAstana Pro Team+03:51
8Diego UlissiUAE - Team Emirates+03:58
9Gregor MühlbergerBORA - hansgrohe+03:59
10Alessandro De MarchiTeam Bahrain Merida+04:29

Final Points

1Geraint ThomasTeam Sky71
2Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step66
3Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale65

Up Next

- Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (1.UWT)
- Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne (1.HC)
- Strade Bianche (1.UWT)
Edited by valverde321 on 17-04-2019 23:41
Some really good results in the early season. But now I´m very looking forward to the classic season. Smile
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