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Bringing Back The Boys - HTC Highroad 2019
Batista15
Hello everybody! It has been a while since I have started a story about PCM. After some long years I have finally made the decision to start over again. Smile

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Some of you might remember about the Columbia time in the past and so do I. I remember having a lot of fun with that team and with my story about it aswell. Because of that I was thinking if maybe I can bring the boys back for a reunion. It sound like the comeback of Take That but it´s not. :lol:

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Team Highroad is back on the road. And it is magical to see some of the boys be back on one team. Unfortunately some of them got pretty old the last years. Some of them retired already but that is no problem to us. Because we were able to sign some new names and some big talents especially from Germany.

Take a look at our 2019 squad

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As you can see we got Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel,
Michael Albasini and Tejay Van Garderen. Just like Maxime Monfort, who won the Tour de France for us back in 2009. Those were some crazy times back in the days.

But that is not all. We are so happy to present some of the best German riders in 2019. John Degenkolb joins the team to be one of our top sprinter and of course our leader on the cobbles in spring.

And even more than that...we signed Maximilian Schachmann. He is one of the best in Germany and one of the biggest hopes for the next years. He is going for the hilly classics and some shorter stages races this year. I am really looking forward to see him perform for our team.

Simon Geschke, Rick Zabel and Taylor Phinney are some other interesting riders that join our squad this year.

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Our main orientation in case of future transfers will be on German guys. There are still some incredbile talented riders in that are pretty interesting to us. We are dreaming about Pascal Ackermann, Nils Politt and Emanuel Buchmann as they have no contract for 2020.

So you can see we have already a great future plan for our team. I am looking forward to this season and the whole career. I will not report about any race and any stage our team is participating in but of course you guys will be able to read about the most important stuff.

Finally I can proudly announce that HTC Highroad is back on the road. AND NOW: Bring back the boys! Smile
 
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Tamijo
HTC Highroad Grin good choice and good luck
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tsmoha
Great stuff! The comebacks keep coming, will definitely follow with interest.
 
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jseadog1
Good stuff hope you have success!

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valverde321
Good luck! Schachmann should become the leader of the team pretty quickly imo.
 
sutty68
Very strong looking team, i feel wins galore Smile
 
Batista15
Tamijo wrote:
HTC Highroad Grin good choice and good luck


Thanks a lot Tamijo. Smile

tsmoha wrote:
Great stuff! The comebacks keep coming, will definitely follow with interest.


Thanks tsmoha. Great to read a comment like that. Smile

jseadog1 wrote:
Good stuff hope you have success!


Thank you very much jseadog1! I hope it aswell. Wink

valverde321 wrote:
Good luck! Schachmann should become the leader of the team pretty quickly imo.


Thanks valverde321! I feel that Max is going to be a star this season. Smile

sutty68 wrote:
Very strong looking team, i feel wins galore Smile


Hey sutty68! Thank you so much. Smile Good to see you around!
 
Batista15
Australian Championships results


ITT

1Rohan DennisTeam Bahrain Merida45'37
2Richie PorteTrek - Segafredo+ 22
3Damien HowsonMitchelton - Scott+ 31
4Michael HepburnMitchelton - Scott+ 37
5Luke DurbridgeMitchelton - Scott+ 50
6Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb+ 1'02
7William ClarkeTrek - Segafredo+ 1'04
8Callum ScotsonMitchelton - Scott+ 1'12
9Jack HaigMitchelton - Scott+ 1'22
10Robert StannardMitchelton - Scott+ 1'25
11Alexander EdmondsonMitchelton - Scott+ 1'31
12Sam CromeTeam Ukyo+ 1'35
13Heinrich HausslerTeam Bahrain Merida+ 1'41
14Dylan NewberyFuturo-Maxxis Pro Cycling Presenter+ 1'45
15Jordan KerbyBrisbane Continental Cycling Team+ 1'51
16Cameron MeyerMitchelton - Scott+ 1'52
17Mark RenshawColumbia HTC Highroad+ 1'57
18Alastair Christie-JohnstonTeam BridgeLane+ 2'02
19Nathan EarleIsrael Cycling Academy+ 2'08
20Alexander RayTeam McDonalds Downunder+ 2'11


RR

1Caleb EwanLotto - Soudal5h08'21
2Michael MatthewsTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Nathan HaasTeam Katusha - Alpecins.t.
4Alexander EdmondsonMitchelton - Scotts.t.
5Neil Van der PloegTeam BridgeLanes.t.
6Cameron ScottPro Racing Sunshine Coast Teams.t.
7Heinrich HausslerTeam Bahrain Meridas.t.
8Nick SchultzMitchelton - Scotts.t.
9Sam CromeTeam Ukyos.t.
10Steele Von HoffTeam BridgeLanes.t.
11Michael PotterPro Racing Sunshine Coast Teams.t.
12Rohan DennisTeam Bahrain Meridas.t.
13William ClarkeTrek - Segafredos.t.
14Robert PowerTeam Sunwebs.t.
15Theodore YatesDrapac - Cannondale Holistic Developments.t.
16Nathan EarleIsrael Cycling Academys.t.
17Adam HansenLotto - Soudals.t.
18Mark RenshawColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
19Richie PorteTrek - Segafredos.t.
20Sam WelsfordPro Racing Sunshine Coast Teams.t.


No surprises in Down Under. There was nothing to get for Mark. Dominant victories for Dennis and Ewan. We continue with the Santos Tour Down Under. Let us see if maybe we can grab a stage over there. Come on boys!
 
sutty68
17th and 18th for Renshaw, he won't be happy with that Sad, lets hope for a better outcome Down under Wink
 
purepasd
Hey, good luck with this interesting team. I do remember your original one, it was great Wink
 
Batista15
sutty68 wrote:
17th and 18th for Renshaw, he won't be happy with that Sad, lets hope for a better outcome Down under Wink


I hope so, too. Smile

purepasd wrote:
Hey, good luck with this interesting team. I do remember your original one, it was great Wink


Thanks mate! Good to see you around. Smile
 
FreitasPCM
Legend is back. Grin

Monfort is already 35?! He's been so invisible for years I did not notice how he has aged. Pfft
 
Batista15
FreitasPCM wrote:
Legend is back. Grin

Monfort is already 35?! He's been so invisible for years I did not notice how he has aged. Pfft


Thank you very much man. Grin

Indeed he is quite a bit older now. So no GT win this year. Grin Grin
 
Batista15
Santos Tour Down Under


Stage 1


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The first stage in Australia and we head for the first sprint finish this season. After catching up on the breakaway group, we started our plan to win the sprint. Greipel was in an excellent position.

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The last climbs were ahead of us, before we reached the last flat kilometers to the finish line.

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Unfortunately Greipel could not hold the rear wheel because the short climb was crossed too fast.

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But he tried everything to catch up with his teammates again.

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Only five kilometers to go and Greipl again makes it to the front. However, he went for the back wheel of Ackermann to attack from his slipstream. Right in front of Ackermann was Gaviria. It seemed like an exciting final.

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But then the shock moment. Gaviria loses control of his bike and both Ackermann and Greipel fall over him. That's it for us. Hopefully Greipel can continue the tour.

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Other riders unfortunately fall as well, including some more guys of our team. At least there is a good information as Greipel can continue and has not hurt badly.

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Back to the top of the race. These seven have been able to avoid the fall. Among them, the victory is made today. Fortunately, we have Tony Martin and Marcel Sieberg in this group. Let's see if we still have a chance to win the day. Valgren, Woods, Formolo, Gasparotto and Skujins are our competitors.

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The last 1000 meters have been reached. The sprint starts and Gasparotto heads the group. It seems Martin and Sieberg have lost their strength to compete in a sprint. Too bad, but the two had invested all their energy in the preparation of Greipel´s sprint.

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Gasparotto wins the first stage in Australia in an impressive manner. We had absolutely no chance today. Nevertheless, we can be satisfied with the 6th and 7th place of Martin and Sieberg. Skujins and Woods complete the podium while Greipel finishes with one minute and 23 seconds behind Gasparotto in a group with Ackermann and Gaviria.

You can certainly start better in a season, but we are confident for the next stages. We try our luck again tomorrow.

Stage results

1Enrico GasparottoTeam Dimension Data3h23'33
2Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
3Michael WoodsEF Education First Pro Cycling Teams.t.
4Davide FormoloBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Datas.t.
6Tony MartinColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
7Marcel SiebergColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
8Paul MartensTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
9Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+ 55
10Pascal AckermannBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'23
11Fernando GaviriaUAE - Team Emiratess.t.
12Matteo TrentinMitchelton - Scotts.t.
13Taylor PhinneyColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
14Giacomo NizzoloTeam Dimension Datas.t.
15Ion IzagirreAstana Pro Teams.t.
...
32André GreipelColumbia HTC Highroads.t.


GC

1Enrico GasparottoTeam Dimension Data3h23'23
2Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredo+ 4
3Michael WoodsEF Education First Pro Cycling Team+ 6
4Davide FormoloBORA - hansgrohe+ 10
5Michael ValgrenTeam Dimension Datas.t.
6Tony MartinColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
7Marcel SiebergColumbia HTC Highroads.t.
8Paul MartensTeam Jumbo - Vismas.t.
9Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step+ 1'05
10Victor CampenaertsLotto - Soudal+ 1'27
11Guillaume Van KeirsbulckCCC Team+ 1'29
12Jasha SütterlinMovistar Team+ 1'31
13Pascal AckermannBORA - hansgrohe+ 1'33
14Fernando GaviriaUAE - Team Emiratess.t.
15Matteo TrentinMitchelton - Scotts.t.
 
valverde321
Looks like a lot of the top sprinters were knocked out there, including Greipel, so hopefully you'll get a better shot on the next day. Woods and Formolo will be hard to beat now with those time gaps in the GC.
 
Batista15
valverde321 wrote:
Looks like a lot of the top sprinters were knocked out there, including Greipel, so hopefully you'll get a better shot on the next day. Woods and Formolo will be hard to beat now with those time gaps in the GC.


Absolutely! It is tough to beat them but I am looking forward to the following stages. Maybe we can surprise here and there. Smile
 
sutty68
Not the best start for the guys, but at least Greipel can continue Frown
 
Batista15
sutty68 wrote:
Not the best start for the guys, but at least Greipel can continue Frown


We´re quite happy that he actually can continue. That crash looked pretty bad to me.
 
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