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Fantastic stuff mate! Can't wait for next season. MVDP will be so fun to play with. Good job bringing in Bauke Mollema too! Wink
Timmsoski wrote:
Fantastic stuff mate! Can't wait for next season. MVDP will be so fun to play with. Good job bringing in Bauke Mollema too! Wink

Thanks! Yeah, MVDP is for sure one of my favourite riders now, and he just seems like such a talented biker, on every terrain. And yeah, Mollema should be a nice replacement for Mas. Obviously not as strong, but a rider I have always liked and I will hopefully be able to get him some good results this season!

sutty68 wrote:
Let's hope Van def Poel becomes your new superstar ????

Thats what Im hoping Wink

World Tour Teams 2021



Bardet remains the leader of the team. His hope will likely be Tour de France this season. Latour will be a trusted helper and could even lead on his own. Vanmarcke is the big new addition, replacing Naesen, so lots of pressure to see if he can outperform him in the classics season. Guillaume Martin also joins a WT team and will look to challenge a higher level of competition this season.



Formolo comes in as MAL leaves. Formolo had a great season last year and hopes to challenge at the Giro and Tour this season. Fuglsang will also go to the Tour, most likely in support of Formolo. Colbrelli will ride Stade Bianche, as well as the Tour and Vuelta.

Bahrain - McLaren


A new co-sponsor calls for big changes to the roster. Landa comes in replacing Nibali, Reichenbach is another new addition to the team. Landa will ride the Giro and hope to challenge for a Top 3 after disappointing last season. The team will be counting on it, as they appear to have gone down a step since last year.

Bora - hansgrohe


The german team led by Peter Sagan. It remains one of the best in the peloton. He has added support now, with Alexander Kristoff to help him during the classics season. Buchmann is the stage racer and will look to target the Giro this season. Bennett moves over to the team, and will likely be a Top 10 hopeful for a GT as well. And Ackermann is the pure sprinter on the team, his main goal will likely be in July.

CCC Team


Much improved over last season, they have added, Ilnur Zakarin, Fausto Masnada and Soren Kragh Anderson. They should be much improved, but will still be on the weaker side for a WT team.

EF Education First


Miguel Angel Lopez is a massive addition to an already boisterous climbing squad full of Colombians. He joins Uran, Martinez and Higuita, and soon could be considered the strongest group of pure climbers of all the WT teams. Woods will be able to compete for the hilly classics but the loss of Sep Vanmarcke will be a tough one for a squad that doesnt have too much quality elsewhere on the cobblestones. Notheless this team should be fun to watch next season.

Groupama FDJ


FDJ has been struggling financially, so no major changes to the team. Pinot will want to go for an ever elusive Tour de France win, and Madouas is looking to be the next great french talent in the mould of other great allrounders. Gaudu finally looks ready to challenge for Grand Tour Top 5s and Demare will look to have a bounceback year as the teams main sprinter. Vanendert is the teams biggest signing and he should lead them in the Ardennes classics.

Jumbo - Visma


One of the strongest teams in the world just got stronger with Tom Dumoulin joining! That 1-2 of Dumo and Roglic will challenge INEOS and might help Dumoulin get back into the Grand Tour win column after a few seasons now. Groenewegan is one of the 3 fastest men in the world and should be one of the highest scorers in the world, alongside Roglic who is usually very high up as well.

Lotto Soudal


Lotto Soudal looks very weakened compared to last season. The pressure will rely mainly on Ewan as he looks to prove he is the fastest sprinter in the world. He has a good team to support him but it will be tough for the rest of the team to get results. Nils Politt will look to have a strong classics season, but he can only be viewed as an outsider, while Kreuziger is one of the best on hills, but has not been very good the last few seasons.

Mitchelton Scott


The Yates brothers struggled last year and will want to redeem themselves this year. Chaves is another rider who isnt living up to his potential atm, and will want to do better this year. Degenkolb led the team a year ago in the cobbles and did not ride all that well. His best result was 2nd at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean RR. Haig may soon be a rider to fear for Mitchelton as he has been improving every season, and may look to take leadership away from one of the Yates bros.



With Landa leaving, and Valverde declining, a new spanish star needed to be brought in and Enric Mas is their guy. A 2 time GT winner, he will look to win with the help from many of his fellow compatriots. Valverde is still somehow a strong looking rider, but perhaps GTs are finally out of his reach. Gino Mader is another promising rider that could lead the team by the end of the season. Quintana and Valverde are both rumoured to leave/retire at the end of the 2021 season.

Team NTT


Probably the most improved team, Kruijswijk, Bennett and Naesen all give the team a much needed facelift. Bennett will lead the sprints, Kruijswijk the Stage races and Naesen the spring classics. They've brought in the big names, but now its time for them to perform!

Team Sunweb


Pedersen who joined last year is now the teams biggest name and will be one of the favourites for the classics this year. Oomen will need to fill the shoes of Dumoulin though, which may be a very tough ask. Poels atleast brings some solid support, along with Majka and Jasper Philipsen could be a young sprinter to watch for this season.



The strongest team in the world is still INEOS but they have not been very active in the transfer market this year. Thomas and Froome both look a little more human recently, but they have Sivakov, Bernal, Geoghan Hart and now Carapaz to fill in. Even Sosa will be a top rider soon, if he remains on his current trajectory. They are a bit weaker in the sprints, but Benoot is both a great climber and a great cobbler, along with Moscon, so those two should do very well in the classics for them.

Team Total Direct Energie


Anytime your team adds the best rider in the world you know its been a good off-season. It may have limited their budget a bit to try and find other riders to join after Alaphilippe's insane demands, but they now have the favourite for most classic races this season. Terpstra will lead on the cobble races that Alaphilippe cant and Calmejane and Wellens will also be strong backups on the hills.

Trek Segafredo


Nibali joins Porte to form a pretty strong GC team. Pozzovivo also follows Nibali over from Bahrain, while their insanely strong team remains, with riders like Viviani, Dennis, Matthews, Gilbert, Schachmann and Ciccone. Trek are now probably the most well rounded team in the world, but the majority of their team are over the age of 30, so it will only be a matter of time before they all start regressing, which could mean a tricky situation for the manager to be in come the next transfer window.

UAE Emirates


While this team remains Dan Martins for now, it wont be long before Tadej Pogacar is the leader. He is destined to be one of the best GC riders in the world and will be a rider to watch this season. He hasnt improved as quickly as many thought, but he has still been improving which is still a good takeaway. Gaviria leads the team for the sprints but has almost no support behind him and may struggle. Aru is another rider that has not lived up to their past results in a while and will hope this could be the year, after a few years with knee issues, perhaps this is the one he turns it around?

Top Regens


Santos Tour Down Under 2021 (2.UWT)



Team Lineup


Stage 1

Jasper Philipsen wins with his new team!

1Jasper PhilipsenSunweb+00:00
2Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates+00:00
3Simone ConsonniBahrain McLaren+00:00
4André GreipelTrek - Segafredo+00:00
5Daniel McLayAstana+00:00
6Sam BennettNTT+00:00
7Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
8Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
9John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00
10Pascal AckermannBORA+00:00

Stage 2

Dan Martin sprints up the hill to take the win, and the leaders jersey

1Daniel MartinUAE - Emirates+00:00
2Daryl ImpeyMitchelton - Scott+00:09
3Davide BalleriniDeceuninck+00:09
4Tony GallopinAG2R+00:09
5Pascal AckermannBORA+00:09
6Zdenek StybarDeceuninck+00:09
7Søren Kragh AndersenCCC Team+00:09
8Tim WellensTotal Direct Energie+00:09
9Nelson OliveiraDeceuninck+00:09
10Patrick BevinMovistar+00:38

Stage 3

1Sam BennettNTT+00:00
2Pascal AckermannBORA+00:00
3Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
4Simone ConsonniBahrain McLaren+00:00
5Daniel McLayAstana+00:00
6Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates+00:00
7Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
8Jens KeukeleireDeceuninck+00:00
9André GreipelTrek - Segafredo+00:00
10John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00

Stage 4

Nacer Bouhanni wins it for his new team Deceuninck!

1Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
2Sam BennettNTT+00:00
3André GreipelTrek - Segafredo+00:00
4Pascal AckermannBORA+00:00
5Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates+00:00
6John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00
7Simone ConsonniBahrain McLaren+00:00
8Jens KeukeleireDeceuninck+00:00
9Søren Kragh AndersenCCC Team+00:00
10Daniel McLayAstana+00:00

Stage 5

Roglic escapes on Willunga Hill and wins the queen stage

1Primoz RoglicJumbo - Visma+00:00
2Vincenzo NibaliTrek - Segafredo+00:00
3Søren Kragh AndersenCCC Team+00:24
4Tim WellensTotal Direct Energie+00:24
5Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+00:24
6Tony GallopinAG2R+00:32
7Daniel MartinUAE - Emirates+00:40
8Patrick BevinMovistar+00:40
9Davide BalleriniDeceuninck+00:40
10Pascal AckermannBORA+00:40

Stage 6

1John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:00
2Pascal AckermannBORA+00:00
3Daniel McLayAstana+00:00
4Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
5Sam BennettNTT+00:00
6Simone ConsonniBahrain McLaren+00:00
7Davide BalleriniDeceuninck+00:00
8Jasper PhilipsenSunweb+00:00
9Ryan GibbonsNTT+00:00
10Jens KeukeleireDeceuninck+00:00

Final Classifications

Overall Time

1Søren Kragh AndersenCCC Team+00:00
2Daniel MartinUAE - Emirates+00:01
3Tim WellensTotal Direct Energie+00:04
4Pascal AckermannBORA+00:08
5Tony GallopinAG2R+00:12
6Daryl ImpeyMitchelton - Scott+00:14
7Davide BalleriniDeceuninck+00:16
8John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+00:39
9Sam BennettNTT+00:46
10Patrick BevinMovistar+00:49


1Pascal AckermannBORA63
2Sam BennettNTT50
3Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck44
4Simone ConsonniBahrain McLaren44
5Daniel McLayAstana41
6John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott38
7Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates35
8André GreipelTrek - Segafredo32
9Søren Kragh AndersenCCC Team29
10Davide BalleriniDeceuninck29


1Daniel MartinUAE - Emirates16
2William ClarkeTrek - Segafredo14
3Daryl ImpeyMitchelton - Scott12
4Primoz RoglicJumbo - Visma10
5Tomasz MarczynskiLotto - Soudal10


1Jasper PhilipsenSunweb+00:00
2Filip MaciejukMitchelton - Scott+00:08
3Sergio LĂłpez RuizMovistar+01:08
4Rasmus TillerNTT+02:30
5Cyril PascalAG2R+03:19

Nice first race, good to see Bouhanni off to a solid start. I really enjoyed the transfer round-up too!
Good luck - love the fact that you "missed" Julian in transfer, to avoid a replay of last season.
@ Timmsoski - Thanks! He seems to be pretty solid. We lucked out due to bad positioning of the top sprinters with his stage win, but he's been pretty good.

@ Tamijo - Thanks! I think at this point bringing Julian back would have been boring as I won pretty much all there is to win with him last year.
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