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Lefevere's Blue Army | S3 | Tour de France
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 DémareGroupama - 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 DémareGroupama - 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 López 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.
UAE Tour 2021 (2.UWT)



Team Lineup


Stage 1 (TTT)

Team INEOS+00:00
Mitchelton - Scott+00:22
Trek - Segafredo+00:23
EF Education First+00:24

Stage 2

A close sprint to the line, but Bennett edges the rest

1Sam BennettNTT+00:00
2Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates+00:00
3Álvaro José HodegDeceuninck+00:00
4Alexander KristoffBORA+00:00
5Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
6Jasper PhilipsenSunweb+00:00
7Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
8Sonny ColbrelliAstana+00:00
9Christophe LaporteKatusha - Alpecin+00:00
10Marcel KittelIsrael Cycling+00:00

Stage 3

Moscon wins the hilly stage extending his lead

1Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+00:00
2Steven KruijswijkNTT+00:32
3Rigoberto UranEF Education First+00:32
4David De la CruzTeam INEOS+00:46
5Mark PadunDeceuninck+00:46
6Enric MasMovistar+00:46
7Romain BardetAG2R+00:46
8Ilnur ZakarinCCC Team+01:18
9Antwan TolhoekJumbo - Visma+01:18
10Jan PolancUAE - Emirates+01:18

Stage 4

Teuns wins the reduced sprint on stage 4

1Dylan TeunsBahrain McLaren+00:00
2Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+00:00
3Patrick KonradAstana+00:00
4Rui CostaBORA+00:00
5Rigoberto UranEF Education First+00:00
6Romain BardetAG2R+00:00
7Antwan TolhoekJumbo - Visma+00:00
8Rudy MolardGroupama - FDJ+00:00
9Jonathan CastroviejoTeam INEOS+00:00
10Mark PadunDeceuninck+00:00

Stage 5

1Sonny ColbrelliAstana+00:00
2Christophe LaporteKatusha - Alpecin+00:00
3Álvaro José HodegDeceuninck+00:00
4Alexander KristoffBORA+00:00
5Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
6Sam BennettNTT+00:00
7Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
8Max KanterSunweb+00:00
9Michael MatthewsTrek - Segafredo+00:00
10Jens KeukeleireDeceuninck+00:00

Stage 6

1Romain BardetAG2R+00:00
2Enric MasMovistar+00:00
3Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+00:00
4Steven KruijswijkNTT+00:00
5Rigoberto UranEF Education First+00:00
6Dylan TeunsBahrain McLaren+00:46
7Antwan TolhoekJumbo - Visma+00:46
8Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredo+01:01
9Sébastien ReichenbachBahrain McLaren+01:01
10Gino MäderMovistar+01:01
19Mark PadunDeceuninck+01:32

Stage 7

Hodeg wins the final stage for Deceuninck

1Álvaro José HodegDeceuninck+00:00
2Sonny ColbrelliAstana+00:00
3Christophe LaporteKatusha - Alpecin+00:00
4Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
5Michael MatthewsTrek - Segafredo+00:00
6Marcel KittelIsrael Cycling+00:00
7Fernando GaviriaUAE - Emirates+00:00
8Arnaud DémareGroupama - FDJ+00:00
9Alexander KristoffBORA+00:00
10Sacha ModoloTotal Direct Energie+00:00


1Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+00:00
2Rigoberto UranEF Education First+01:28
3Enric MasMovistar+01:32
4Romain BardetAG2R+01:56
5Steven KruijswijkNTT+02:26
6Dylan TeunsBahrain McLaren+03:20
7Antwan TolhoekJumbo - Visma+03:27
8Mark PadunDeceuninck+03:49
9Gino MäderMovistar+04:16
10Sébastien ReichenbachBahrain McLaren+04:27


1Gianni MosconTeam INEOS64
2Álvaro José HodegDeceuninck57
3Sonny ColbrelliAstana53
4Christophe LaporteKatusha - Alpecin46
5Romain BardetAG2R44


1Mark PadunDeceuninck+00:00
2Gino MäderMovistar+00:27
3Karl-Heinz SchulteBORA+01:57
4Yevgeniy GidichAstana+04:08
5Alessandro FedeliBahrain McLaren+06:50

Final Thoughts

Hodeg was strong in the sprints, finishing Top 3 in all of the flat stages, and taking a final victory on the last stage as his form grew throughout the race. Padun lost time on the mountain stage, but he still finished in the Top 10, and took the Youth classification, but it wasnt enough to beat former teammate, Enric Mas.

Up Next...

- Omloop Het Niewsblad (1.UWT)
- Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne (1.HC)
Edited by valverde321 on 23-01-2020 18:31
Decent results throughout the race concluded with a nice victory.
Let the cobbled classics begin! Smile
VoetsT wrote:
Decent results throughout the race concluded with a nice victory.
Let the cobbled classics begin! Smile

Thanks. Only Hodeg in form so far, so not too worried about Padun's results. The cobbles are my favourite races to play on PCM so they should hopefully be more interesting.
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Omloop Het Niewsblad (1.UWT) 2021




Team Lineup


At the half way point, we see a big split

With just over half the race gone we've already ridden several cobble sectors and the field is split up. All of the favourites are still near the front, but some have no teammates left, which could spell disaster later on in the race once riders start making moves.


Now with just 22km to go, the race situation looks like this. A lead group of 4, but no one all that dangerous, and a chasing group of 30. Two big names that have fallen out of contention are Ivan Garcia Cortina and Mike Teunissen.

Sagan and Terpstra trying to go clear on the Kwaremont

As the chasers hit the Oude Kwaremont, Sagan followed by Terpstra attack. No immediate reactions from anyone else in the group. The move seems to have caught the others off guard, or maybe they were struggling already. They catch Ganna and Kangert from the break.

Terpstra and Sagan still out front with 8km to go

After passing all cobble sectors, Sagan and Terpstra are starting to get caught by the chasers. Deceuninck had the numbers earlier in the race, but now look completely shattered as only Stuyven has a chance at catching the leaders.

Behind Sagan and Terpstra, Valgren, Pedersen and Van Aert chase, with a gap of only 20 seconds, while Van Avermaet and Benoot are another 20 seconds down. Behind them a group of 5 chase, including Styuven and Vanmarcke.

Sagan makes it 3 in a row

Sagan rides away from Terpstra and takes a solo victory his 3rd in a row here, ahead of Valgren who was strong to take 2nd place, and Terprstra holds on to 3rd. A disappointing race for Deceuninck who will feel they had the strongest team.

1Peter SaganBORA+00:00
2Michael ValgrenNTT+00:20
3Niki TerpstraTotal Direct Energie+00:20
4Mads PedersenSunweb+00:20
5Wout Van AertJumbo - Visma+00:20
6Greg Van AvermaetCCC Team+01:10
7Tiesj BenootTeam INEOS+01:10
8Sep VanmarckeAG2R+01:10
9Jasper StuyvenDeceuninck+01:10
10Nils PolittLotto - Soudal+01:10
11Silvan DillierAG2R+01:10
12Oliver NaesenNTT+01:58
13Yves LampaertDeceuninck+02:13
14Mathieu Van der PoelDeceuninck+02:13
15Kasper AsgreenDeceuninck+02:13
16Edvald Boasson HagenNTT+03:01
17Dylan Van BaarleJumbo - Visma+03:17
18Matteo TrentinBahrain McLaren+03:43
19Tony MartinJumbo - Visma+04:30
20Guillaume Van KeirsbulckCCC Team+04:30


Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne (1.HC) 2021


Team Lineup


Big fall before any of the cobble sections

Two riders for Deceuninck fall, Bouhanni and Keukeleire, both riders who were in great form and hoping to play an important role later.

The splits come early

Already at the first cobble section we see a lead group ride away from the others. About 40 riders in size. Riders like Marcel Kittel are being distanced.

Now Ackermann and Bouhanni are distanced

Even better news for the cobblers as sprinters like Bouhanni, Jakobsen and Ackermann are all put into difficulty, but with still 70km to ride will the lead group of 25 be able to ride away?

Lampaert trying to ride away in the finishing town

Nearly 50km of mayhem leading up to the finale, but we reach Kuurne and 3 groups separated by about 15 seconds each. Some sprinters like Ackermann and Groenewegan have made it back, while Sagan, Styuven and Jakobsen are all well positioned in the 2nd group on the road. Lampaert leads the front group and pulls away, leading the riders under the 1km kite with a decent shot at the win.

Sagan completes the weekend double

But the sprinters make the catch and Sagan takes another win ahead of Politt and Jakobsen. He's surely in great form atm, but maybe he's peaked too early for the spring classics later on? Time will tell.

1Peter SaganBORA+00:00
2Nils PolittLotto - Soudal+00:00
3Fabio JakobsenDeceuninck+00:00
4Sonny ColbrelliAstana+00:00
5Magnus Cort NielsenAstana+00:00
6Nacer BouhanniDeceuninck+00:00
7Greg Van AvermaetCCC Team+00:00
8Dylan GroenewegenJumbo - Visma+00:00
9Mads PedersenSunweb+00:00
10Wout Van AertJumbo - Visma+00:00
11Nathan Van HooydonckCCC Team+00:00
12Jens DebusschereKatusha - Alpecin+00:00
13Yves LampaertDeceuninck+00:00
14Jelle WallaysLotto - Soudal+00:00
15Rudy BarbierCofidis+00:00
16Juan Jose LobatoNIPPO+00:00
17Sacha ModoloTotal Direct Energie+00:00
18Niki TerpstraTotal Direct Energie+00:00
19Lars BoomRoompot+00:00
20Jasper De BuystLotto - Soudal+00:00

Up Next...

- Strade Bianche (1.UWT)
Omloop Het Niewsblad I guess under par for Deceuninck, but great result in Kuurne especially considering the crash that must have hurt the sprint setup.
Sagan was just to good. Kuurne was good for the team but I can a bit better I think Wink
At Strade you have a new change Smile
Tamijo wrote:
Omloop Het Niewsblad I guess under par for Deceuninck, but great result in Kuurne especially considering the crash that must have hurt the sprint setup.

Thanks. It actually didnt harm it too much, but obviously it was a good result regardless. We may have done better if we didnt play the split strategy with Lampaert as well.

VoetsT wrote:
Sagan was just to good. Kuurne was good for the team but I can a bit better I think Wink
At Strade you have a new change Smile

Sagan looks very strong this year, Im scared for the big classics later. Strade should hopefully be better
Strade Bianche 2021 (1.UWT)
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This years edition of Strade Bianche will seem much tougher on the riders. The hot, dry weather has affected the gravel and made it much more loose, tough and uncomfortable. The lead up to this race saw Peter Sagan take the "Opening Weekend" double in Omloop and KBK. As such, many more "Classics" riders have targeted this years race, riders such as Wout Van Aert, Mads Pedersen and Niki Terpstra. We could get a strong indication of riders spring classics form, for races such as De Ronde here.

Of course, last years winner, Julian Alaphilippe, riding for a his new team, Total, will want to start his year off with a win, after Strade being his first classics victory last year, in what went on to be a historic season for the Frenchman, who won the Ardennes Triple, the Tour de France, and the World Championships on home soil.

Deceuninck are now without the aformentioned French star, but have a new weapon in Mathieu Van der Poel, who has talent in every cycling discipline. On paper, Strade Bianche may be the perfect race for the Dutchman, as he comes from a Cyclocross background and will feel most comfortable on the dirt of all the riders in the peloton. He has maybe the strongest team in support of him, with riders like Bob Jungels, Jens Keukeleire and Nelson Oliviera.


Last Years Result
1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
2Bob JungelsDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:00
3Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale+00:00
4Daniel MartinUAE - Team Emirates+00:00
5Geraint ThomasTeam Sky+00:00
6Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+00:00
7Pello BilbaoAstana Pro Team+00:00
8Roman KreuzigerTotal Direct Energie+00:00
9Jack HaigMitchelton - Scott+00:23
10Nairo QuintanaMovistar Team+00:23
11Mark PadunDeceuninck - Quick Step+00:23
12Marc SolerMovistar Team+00:23
13Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha - Alpecin+00:23
14Rui CostaBORA - hansgrohe+00:23
15Philippe GilbertTrek - Segafredo+00:23

Deceuninck Lineup
Nacer Bouhanni30Deceuninck
Bjorg Lambrecht23Deceuninck
Mathieu Van der Poel26Deceuninck
Bob Jungels28Deceuninck
Mark Padun24Deceuninck
Nelson Oliveira32Deceuninck
Jens Keukeleire32Deceuninck

Full Startlist
Clément Champoussin22AG2R
Guillaume Martin27AG2R
Silvan Dillier30AG2R
Alexandre Geniez32AG2R
Alexis Vuillermoz32AG2R
Quentin Jauregui26AG2R
Aurélien Paret-Peintre25AG2R
Andrea Toniatti28Androni
Mattia Cattaneo30Androni
Samuele Battistella22Androni
Nicola Bagioli26Androni
Julian Cardona24Androni
Kevin Rivera22Androni
Miguel Eduardo Florez25Androni
Sonny Colbrelli30Astana
Frederik Carstensen22Astana
Ildar Arslanov26Astana
Omar Fraile30Astana
Magnus Cort Nielsen28Astana
Patrick Konrad29Astana
Pello Bilbao31Astana
Damiano Caruso33Bahrain McLaren
Andrey Majevich22Bahrain McLaren
Alessandro De Marchi34Bahrain McLaren
Luca Covili24Bahrain McLaren
Mikel Landa31Bahrain McLaren
Ivan Garcia Cortina25Bahrain McLaren
Edoardo Zardini31Bahrain McLaren
Davide Mucelli34Bardiani
Alessandro Pessot25Bardiani
Simon Spilak34Bardiani
Matteo Fabbro25Bardiani
Alessandro Fancellu20Bardiani
Nicolas Dalla Valle23Bardiani
Giovanni Carboni25Bardiani
Riccardo Zoidl32CCC Team
William Barta25CCC Team
Josef Cerný27CCC Team
Fausto Masnada27CCC Team
Filippo Ganna24CCC Team
Jesús Herrada30CCC Team
Brandon McNulty22CCC Team
Nelson Oliveira32Deceuninck
Mark Padun24Deceuninck
Bjorg Lambrecht23Deceuninck
Nacer Bouhanni30Deceuninck
Mathieu Van der Poel26Deceuninck
Bob Jungels28Deceuninck
Jens Keukeleire32Deceuninck
Joe Dombrowski29EF Education First
Miguel Angel Lopez27EF Education First
Rigoberto Uran34EF Education First
Serghei Tvetcov32EF Education First
Michael Woods34EF Education First
Luke Rowe31EF Education First
Tanel Kangert34EF Education First
Léo Vincent25Groupama - FDJ
Romain Combaud29Groupama - FDJ
Tobias Ludvigsson30Groupama - FDJ
Thibaut Pinot30Groupama - FDJ
Matthieu Ladagnous36Groupama - FDJ
Cyril Barthe25Groupama - FDJ
Rudy Molard31Groupama - FDJ
Wout Van Aert26Jumbo - Visma
Tejay Van Garderen32Jumbo - Visma
Koen Bouwman27Jumbo - Visma
Laurens De Plus25Jumbo - Visma
Floris De Tier29Jumbo - Visma
Amaro Manuel Antunes30Jumbo - Visma
Primoz Roglic31Jumbo - Visma
Yury Trofimov37Katusha - Alpecin
Alexander Foliforov29Katusha - Alpecin
Ruben Guerreiro26Katusha - Alpecin
Daniel Navarro37Katusha - Alpecin
José Gonçalves32Katusha - Alpecin
Christophe Laporte28Katusha - Alpecin
Sergey Chernetskiy30Katusha - Alpecin
Esteban Cháves31Mitchelton - Scott
Adam Yates28Mitchelton - Scott
Jack Haig27Mitchelton - Scott
Alexander Evans24Mitchelton - Scott
Stephan Rabitsch29Mitchelton - Scott
Jan Barta36Mitchelton - Scott
John Degenkolb32Mitchelton - Scott
Marc Soler27Movistar
Sergio López Ruiz20Movistar
Antonio Jesus Soto26Movistar
Nairo Quintana31Movistar
Daniel Pearson27Movistar
Winner Andrew Anacona32Movistar
Gino Mäder24Movistar
Aldo Caiati22NIPPO
Joan Bou24NIPPO
Alejandro Osorio22NIPPO
Pippo Vannucci20NIPPO
Ivan Santaromita36NIPPO
Marco Canola32NIPPO
Juan Jose Lobato32NIPPO
Edward Theuns29NTT
Larry Warbasse30NTT
Michael Valgren29NTT
Alex Kirsch28NTT
Felix Gall23NTT
Odd Christian Eiking26NTT
Jay Thomson34NTT
Gordian Banzer24Salcano
Mathias Norsgaard Jørgensen23Salcano
Adam Jamieson25Salcano
Pascal Eenkhoorn24Salcano
Cetin Davala21Salcano
Yago Olondris21Salcano
Daniel Hoelgaard27Salcano
Davide Cimolai31Sunweb
Robert Power25Sunweb
Björn Thurau32Sunweb
Jan Bakelants35Sunweb
Tom Jelte Slagter31Sunweb
Florian Stork23Sunweb
Mads Pedersen25Sunweb
David De la Cruz31Team INEOS
Michal Kwiatkowski30Team INEOS
Tiesj Benoot27Team INEOS
Diego Rosa31Team INEOS
Geraint Thomas34Team INEOS
Ivan Ramiro Sosa23Team INEOS
Gianni Moscon26Team INEOS
Fabien Grellier26Total Direct Energie
Adrian Banaszek27Total Direct Energie
Niki Terpstra36Total Direct Energie
Anthony Turgis26Total Direct Energie
Julian Alaphilippe28Total Direct Energie
Dion Smith28Total Direct Energie
Lilian Calmejane28Total Direct Energie
Julien Bernard28Trek - Segafredo
Julius Van den Berg24Trek - Segafredo
Peter Stetina33Trek - Segafredo
Maximilian Schachmann26Trek - Segafredo
Philippe Gilbert38Trek - Segafredo
Fabio Felline30Trek - Segafredo
Domenico Pozzovivo38Trek - Segafredo
Alexandr Riabushenko25UAE - Emirates
Enrico Logica25UAE - Emirates
Tadej Pogacar22UAE - Emirates
Simone Petilli27UAE - Emirates
Fabio Aru30UAE - Emirates
Diego Ulissi31UAE - Emirates
Daniel Martin34UAE - Emirates

Interestion "version" of the race, will be nice to see how that plays out.
Tamijo wrote:
Interestion "version" of the race, will be nice to see how that plays out.

Thanks! It’s dftreks version which should hopefully make the race more selective, although I’m worried a rider like Alaph won’t be able to survive the “cobbles” but it should at the very least make it more exciting...
Strade Bianche 2021 (1.UWT)
i.imgur.com/JS9LkUK.png 179km i.imgur.com/JS9LkUK.png
Race Report

Alaphilippe, the first big name to drop from the lead group, as splits open up

Having already ridden the Vidritta, Bagnaia, Radi, and La piana sectors as well as the Montalcino, the longest climb of the race, the Lucignano d'Asso sector is where we see the first major action of the race. Two french favourites, Julian Alaphilippe and Christophe Laporte fall behind after a tough climb and will not be contenders of this years edition. Alaphilippe is the big surprise after winning last years race so effortlessly, he is having trouble this year. Another Frenchman falling behind is Rudy Molard, along with Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez.

The peloton at the end of the San Martino in Grania sector

With 3 of the 4 longest gravel sections behind the riders now, anyone in the lead group will have a shot. Not necessarily the classics riders, but a puncheur as well. With 60km to the finish, there will still be lots of action left, but the lead group of 30 could be vulnerable to strong attacks now!

Now on the Monte Sante Maria a group of 16 is all that remains

Now on the Monte Sante Maria sector, also renamed Settore Cancellara from his 3 victories at this race, we see a group of 16 riders break off from the other 15 riders in the lead group. Riders like Jungels, VDP, Keukeleire, Van Aert, Pedersen, Valgren, Terpstra and Moscon have made the gap, while riders like Rowe, Cort Nielsen, and Theuns have missed it.

Pedersen attacks!

As we reach the Monteaperti section with 24km to go, Mads Pedersen one of the big pre race favourites tries a move. Deceuninck are just riding at their own pace trying to bring it back, with Lambrecht, Jungels and Van der Poel all thats left for them now with Valgren also alongside them. Van Aert, Thomas, Moscon and Kwiatkowski are all in the next group chasing, some 15 seconds behind.

The leaders on the Colle Pinzuto

Now 17km to go, and the lead group is Valgren, Pedersen, Van der Poel, Jungels and Jens Keukeleire, with the chasing group only just around the bend. The gap is rising, but the leaders also look unsure of who will set the pace, although Deceuninck have the numbers, so unless they are all gassed it makes sense for one of them to sacrifice themselves for the others.

A re-group just as they reach the finish town of Siena

Looks like Deceuninck didnt have the legs to extend the gap, as we are all back together with only 10km to go. Valgren, Benoot, Terpstra, Van Aert, Pedersen, Keukeleire, Van der Poel and Jungels all there.

Benoot tries his luck!

On one of the trickier corners heading into town, Benoot takes his chance to distance himself from the others. The 2nd group doesnt respond immediately and now Benoot will be riding to gain time between him and the others. Jungels and Keukeleire both ride to reduce the gap, as Van der Poel waits to launch an attack up to the leader. The others all look exhausted.

Benoot holds on

But Deceunincks efforts werent enough, and Benoot takes a fabulous win. VDP takes 2nd, with Jungels holding on for 3rd. Deceuninck probably wont be happy with two on the podium given its not the top spot and they could very well have won it with different tactics but it shows the depth the team have heading into the classics season, which will be on a brief hiatus as the next classic is Milan San Remo, just over a week away, but not before Paris - Nice and Tirreno Adriatico.

1Tiesj BenootTeam INEOS+00:00
2Mathieu Van der PoelDeceuninck+00:06
3Bob JungelsDeceuninck+00:17
4Mads PedersenSunweb+00:17
5Michael ValgrenNTT+00:29
6Niki TerpstraTotal Direct Energie+00:29
7Wout Van AertJumbo - Visma+02:28
8Jens KeukeleireDeceuninck+03:12
11Geraint ThomasTeam INEOS+03:30
9Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+03:30
10Michal KwiatkowskiTeam INEOS+03:30
12Philippe GilbertTrek - Segafredo+04:08
13Maximilian SchachmannTrek - Segafredo+04:11
15Silvan DillierAG2R+04:15
14Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+04:15
16John DegenkolbMitchelton - Scott+04:25
17Luke RoweEF Education First+04:31
18Magnus Cort NielsenAstana+04:42
19Nelson OliveiraDeceuninck+04:42
20Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain McLaren+04:51

Up Next...
- Paris - Nice (2.UWT)

Edited by valverde321 on 05-02-2020 02:32
The team have had mixed results for the early races but still looking goood Wink
sutty68 wrote:
The team have had mixed results for the early races but still looking goood Wink

Thanks sutty. For a normal team, pretty good results, but we want to do a bit better than we are currently. Still exciting racing atleast.
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