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RTG '18 | Teams, Riders and Races
AbhishekLFC
This thread will be used to discuss everything going on in and around the peloton in Road To Glory. I will start off by posting team details. Feel free to start discussing about the make-up of the teams, their focus and which ones catch your fancy.

Once the rider creation process is complete for the season, I will put up rider details in this thread too. You can also use this thread to post about and from the perspective of your riders. Let everyone know how his recent race went, what he's thinking and what his dreams are. Also feel free to spark some rivalries in the peloton. But always remember, keep it clean!

When the racing starts, use this thread to discuss about the races that are taking place in the cycling world.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 27-04-2019 17:25
 
AbhishekLFC
Teams: A-G


AG2R La Mondiale

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
FranceAnyFrance, Western EuropeLow29

Leaders: Bardet, Gallopin, Naesen, Barbier


Aqua Blue Sport

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
IrelandNorthern Classics, Climber, TTIreland, Oceania, Scandinavia, Great BritainHigh25

Leaders: Barguil, Kreder, Blythe, Chavanel


Astana Pro Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
KazakhstanN/AKazakhstan, Italy, Central AsiaMedium30

Leaders: Fuglsang, Lopez, Valgren, Cort Nielsen


Bahrain-Mehrida

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
BahrainAnyItaly, Asia, Eastern EuropeMedium28

Leaders: Nibali, Pozzovivo, I. Izagirre, Colbrelli


BMC Racing Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USASprinterNorth America, Switzerland, Western EuropeLow26

Leaders: Porte, Van Avermaet, Dennis, Laporte


Bora - Hansgrohe

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
GermanyAnyGermany, Central EuropeLow28

Leaders: Sagan, Buchmann, Bennett, Formolo


CCC Sprandi Polkowice

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
PolandAnyPoland, Central EuropeMedium27

Leaders: Calmejane, Coquard, Petit


Groupama FDJ

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USASprinter, Time TrialFrance, Western EuropeLow29

Leaders: Pinot, Demare, Reichenbach, Molard

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 27-04-2019 17:39
 
AbhishekLFC
Teams: F - Q


Israel Cycling Academy

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
IsraelClimber, Northern Classics, TTIsrael, Eastern EuropeHigh29

Leaders: Sosa, Hermans, Van Keirsbulck, Sbaragli


Lotto - Soudal

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
BelgiumAnyBelgium, Western EuropeMedium27

Leaders: Wellens, Benoot, Greipel, Vanendert


Manzana - Postobon

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
ColombiaAnySouth America, IberiaLow27

Leaders: Navarro, Moreno, Bizkarra, De Backer, Mareczko


Mitchelton - Scott

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
AustraliaRoleurOceania, South AfricaMedium26

Leaders: Chaves, S. Yates, A.Yates, Ewan


Movistar

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
SpainNorthern Classics, SprinterSpain, South America, Central AmericaMedium26

Leaders: Valverde, N. Quintana, Landa, Barbero


NIPPO - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
JapanClimber, Northern Classics, TTEast Asia, ItalyLow27

Leaders: G. Martin, Cunego, Ciccone, Bouhanni


Quick-Step Floors

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
BelgiumAnyBelgium, Western EuropeLow28

Leaders: Alaphilippe, Gilbert, Gaviria, Viviani, Terpstra, Stybar

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 27-04-2019 17:54
 
AbhishekLFC
Teams: T - Z


Team Dimension Data

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
FranceRoleurAfrica, AustraliaLow27

Leaders: Meintjes, O'Connor, Slagter, Cavendish, Boasson Hagen


Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
SwitzerlandPuncher, TTNorth America, Western Europe, OceaniaLow27

Leaders: Uran, Woods, Vanmarcke, Modolo


Team Katusha - Alpecin

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
SwitzerlandAnyRussia, GermanyHigh28

Leaders: Zakarin, Haas, T. Martin, Kittel


Team Lotto NL - Jumbo

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
NetherlandsNorthern ClassicsNetherlands, Western EuropeLow27

Leaders: Kruijswijk, Roglic, Bennett, Groenewegen, Van Aert


Team Sky

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
Great BritainN/AGreat Britain, EuropeHigh30

Leaders: Froome, Kwiatkowski, Ser. Henao, Thomas, Poels


Team Sunweb

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
GermanyPuncher, BarouderNetherlands, GermanyMedium26

Leaders: T. Dumoulin, Kelderman, Matthews


Trek - Segafredo

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USAAnyUSA, Western EuropeMedium28

Leaders: Mollema, Degenkolb, Stuyven, Nozzolo


UAE Team Emirates

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
UAEAnyItaly, West AsiaMedium27

Leaders: D. Martin, Aru, Ulissi, Kristoff

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 27-04-2019 18:05
 
AbhishekLFC
Riders in Focus

Daniel Clark

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: BMC Racing Team
Career Goal: Historic Mini or Grand Slam (4 or 5 of the monuments won in a career)
Rides For: Israel Cycling Academy
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/GcVSeYo.png

Daniel Clark didn't start out wishing to be a bicycle racer. His love was for football (the real kind, not the American version). His childhood in Michigan was spent chasing a ball rather than riding a bike. However, a series of concussions cut short his ability to play football...and he was soon on his bike looking to expend the excess energy of youth in a less dangerous way.

The first amateur clubs wanted to help Clark become a great climber, seeing his light frame ideally suited him to that role. However, Clark had no interest in a style of racing he called 'boring'. His heart was set on the purest form of bike racing...the classic. Where savvy and race experience count for just as much as pure physical power.

Clark therefore set about improving his attack and short climbing skills, working on his sprinting, and trying desperately to train for the pain of the cobbles. His environment in Michigan provided plenty of opportunity to work on bumpy terrain...but the gravel roads are no substitute for the pave.

Optimistically looking to the future, Clark hopes his quick acceleration, light frame, and ability to enjoy pain and suffering will serve him well in the professional peloton. The future awaits...and for now, Clark is dreaming big.


Jhon SantĂ­ago GarcĂ­a Cerravalos

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Movistar Team
Career Goal: Winning a GT in Ecuador
Signed For: Aqua Blue Sport
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/bPezt9Y.png

Early Steps: Jhon was born in a rather small family in Gualacea at the 20th of April 19 years ago. Together with one older brother he was sharing the full attention of his family. Already in his young age he had the privilege of having a TV at home, where he followed the big names of Ecuadorian Sports: Of course Carlos Tenorio was one of his early heroes, as he not only was part of the first Ecuadorian WC team ever in 2002, he also was the main man when the team promoted to the Round of 16 at the WC in Germany in 2006.

But it wasn't all about football. When Jhon was that kid that was all about sports, the big hero of the country was world champion and olympics silver medal winner Jefferson PĂ©rez. While Athletics caught the interest of Jhon more and more, it wasn't really about walking or running. He was more and more attracted to the popular sportsmen from Colombia or Venezuela, when the likes of Rujano, Pena, Serpa and Laverde conquered the world, especially at the Giro. But it would be other shining stars that really brought him into cycling.

Cycling Path: Soon the young gun started to take his own first footsteps. He had a bike pretty early, as distances were quite long and parents were hard working. The downside of this was having to be quite self-serving pretty early in his life, the upside though was that his family could finance him a quite decent bike even for european standards. And he absolutely fell in love with it.

By that time it was pretty sure though that he'd join a cycling club pretty soon. And he did so. Though, as you might have guessed, not everything ran in line with the expected of course. We're not talking about a road bike, we are talking about a proper cool mountainbike. And with that he could step into the paths of his real hero: Emilio Falla.

Soon he was riding competitions, having the full support of his family. And he was damn good. On national level he was quite good at first, but with his determination and a great trainer he became a world apart from the regional and even national competition in his age. Even his role model, Falla, shouted out his name on the nation bmx championships in Quito in 2013, where young Garcia won the U18! competition.

But by that time another shift happened. Falla wasn't as successful as he used to be anymore, the big names from South America were the Brazilian Renato Rezende or the Colombians with Carlos Oquendo and Carlos Ramirez. Even on his young age he was the #3 in Ecuador behind Alfredo Campo and Emilio Falla already.

That was when he got the opportunity to broaden his horizon. A certain Movistar Team had started a developmental program in Ecuador. Colombia hat these youth development structures for long, and with the rise of the youngsters like Rigoberto Uran, Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancur and Fabio Duarte they were lightyears away from the rest. However, also in Ecuador something started to form, and the Team Ecuador was built.

This team, led by Byrom Guama at that point, built some structures to capture talent. While this didn't work out too good in the beginnings, the project had some success over the next months. And one of the first prospects in this project was Jhon. He was offered a development contract with the development team of the project which slowly turned into the Movistar Team Ecuador.

And with it he had the opportunity to ride his first UCI level races. The Vuelta Kolbi or the Vuelta Dominica were one of his first races on the proper road cylcing world. Not forgetting his roots however, as he still appeared to win the junior BMX championships with ease and even got some footsteps into cyclocrossing, which was part of the developmental contract he signed.

It didn't take long until he first rode the Vuelta al Ecuador, eventhough the race these days only had an amateur character. Still, Jhon had some success, especially finishing 3rd from a breakaway on one of the late stages. This may have been the last convincing move to become finally part of the Movistar Team Ecuador, just at the age of 17!

Together with the likes of Jefferson Cepeda, Santiago Montenegro and Wilson Haro , all only 1-3 years older, he rode a very nice calendar. Also, he got invited for Nations Cup races with Ecuador for the first time. While he had a nice calendar with Team Ecuador, racing in Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and even the USA, racing the nations cup was on another level.

From the whole Ecuadorian squad there was one guy that stood a chance: Jonathan Narvaez. The others, including Jhon, flew off the back so fast you couldn't even tell. Especially on the flat races. Jhon just wasn't used to racing that hard all the time, and not just at the end of the race or a climb. But he tried to adapt the european mentality in a way only Narvaez could do so far.

He heard of many Ecuadorians - well, even more Colombians but also many of his teammates or former ones - that tried to do so in the past. But most of them failed. There was one Ecuadorian that made it over: Richard Carapaz. He achieved the dream of becoming a professional cyclist in road racing. And after the season there were good news for Narvaez too. After signing a contract with Axeon, rumour had him in lines with a potential QuickStep engagement already.

That left Jhon with a certain decision to make: He now was at Team Ecuador, but that wouldn't earn him the money he needs in his life. Should he follow the path? Or was it time to jump over the sea to Europe? Yeah sure, there was also the chance of riding professionally in Colombia. But would they want an Ecuadorian with their number of strong youngsters?

Thinking about being just a 19 year old guy he postponed the decision. After finishing his season with Team Ecuador he turned his attraction a little bit more on BMX riding. He still got it in him, so he gave it a go at U23 races and even starting in the Copa Latinoamericana in Bolivia. Also finishing 2nd at both Sierra Centro and Orient - Amzonico behind Campo and another 6th place in San Jose at the Copa de Naciones Costa Rica made him gain some serious reputation in the BMX world, as that meant that Jhon would climb in the Top 50 of the BMX world standings at the age of 19.

Gaining in confidence step by step made him looking into the future a lot more comfortable. Training for the next season together with Byrom Guama and Jonathan Klever Caicedo determined his preperation. Secretly always waiting for the right phone call - of yourse he wouldn't hire an agent and do it himself - Jhon had planned to ride for Movistar Team Ecuador, eventhough there had been interest from Medellin - Inder, Team Bolivia and EPM-UNE.

Even a Belgian cyclocross-team, we are not allowed to call their name here, invited him to join a young riders program with chances on the Belgian amateuir circuit on the road and on the dirt. But then there was the one option that turned everything around. Austrian equipe MyBike-Stevens had offered a developmental contract, which was similar to the cyclocross one, but actually on UCI level on both ends.

Enthusiasticly Jhon packed his bags to travel to Austria, aiming to finalize the details of what should be a real cycling contract! Or would he? Just as he turned on his phone stepping out of the plane, there was a message left for him. It changed everything...

Personality: Calm, and always well prepared. Jhon is that acribic worker that tries to find the perfect race scenario right before the race already. Has some issues with adapting to surprising race situations. Loves the tropical whether. Loves dirt. Get's bored when a race is too flat for too long. Absolutely open to take planned risks. Sunnyboy on the outside, not so on the inside. Not the best out of rest days. Doesn't like quick changes of flat and mountain stages. Loves difficult profiles, where the race is hard to predict. Trash Talker.

Cycling character: Jhon is a pretty lightweight climber. When the road kicks up, it's the steeper the better. Unrythmic climbs, rough punches, steep ramps. Give him that and you make him feel comfortable. He's never sat on a time trial bike. His acceleration is very quick, though he is yet to have a proper sprint on board. There are a lot of questions raised on his recovery and stamina. But coming from the BMX background he knows how to sustain an effort quite well, especially with changing pace all the time. Also, for a South American he is a straight out awesome descender and technique expert. On the flat roads he has to work on his engine, though the potential should be there.

Favourite Teams/Riders/Races: Movistar Team Ecuador. Several riders that determined his youth, f.e. the likes of Uran and Henao. Androni-Giocattoli with all there young south Americans. Narvaez, Klever, Carapaz. Joaquin Rodriguez. Jose Rujano. The Giro is the big race for him. Otherwise it's about the Vuelta of course. But a huge priority are the home races in South America. His dream is having a GT finishing in Ecuador, either a new South American one or even the Giro/Vuelta. Zdenek Stybar. Emilio Falla. The BMX Worldcupraces in South America. Caja Rural.

Rivals/No Gos: Young Colombians. The arrogant Belgian cyclocross youth. Time Trials. Echolons. Wout van Aert. The overrate borefest which is the Tour de France. Vegans. Former Dopers. People that do high-altitude training camps in Ecuador but can't ride a bike properly. Elbows. The rotten apples.


Hector CĂ©sar Ernesto FernĂĄndes HernĂĄndes

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Team Dimension Data
Career Goal: Win 3 monuments, a GT and the Cyclocross WC or Olympic Medal MTB
Signed For: Team Dimension Data
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/HuSVh9Q.png

Hector César Ernesto FERNÁNDES HERNÁNDES was born in Cali, Colombia on 14 may 1998. He was seen as a gifted cyclist early on, doing tricks on his bike that few adults could match. His parents pushed him to become a professional cyclist, and Hector liked cycling so he didn't mind.

At first, it was hard for him to specialise, he won all local races whether they were flat, uphill or even offroad. The only thing he didn't like were time trials, as he couldn't motivate himself to ride without competition. He loved cyclocross and mountainbike, but his parents wanted his to pursue a road career, as he would get more money that way. They also discouraged him from riding on the cobbles, as no sane person would ever organise a race on cobblestones.

With parts of his passion repressed, he joined his first junior team. They turned him into a puncheur as he could ride the bike uphill fast and had a good acceleration. And of course because all of Colombia was mountains and hills. Having won even more races, Hector was offered many professional contracts, but he had one team that stood out.

Learning from another allrounder Boasson Hagen, becoming a part of the legendary Mark Cavedish' sprint train, and most importantly, no real puncheur leader. He had a chance to grow in the ranks and maybe one day realise the secret dream no one but him knew about: becoming the first Colombian to win Paris-Roubaix.


Mattia Tornello

Specialization: Stage Race
Favourite Team: BMC Racing Team
Career Goal: Win the Giro d'Italia
Rides For: NIPPO - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/wtjfbT7.png

Born in Corvara, in the Alta Badia region of South Tyrol, Mattia had since he was little a bug for cycling. In 2010 for the first time he saw the whole Giro on TV, and as he witnessed Ivan Basso win after three caothic weeks he gained a big passion for bike racing. Shortly after he got his first bike, a cheap mountain bike wich he used to go to school and as a way of having fun and distracting himself from the stresses in life. His family couldn't afford much and he learned to be responsible for it and took great care of all his cycling gear.

He never was a very social kid, he valued his alone time more than hanging out with his friends, and so riding his bike was something he increasingly valued more over time. Some years later his dad got a bike too, much to the request of Mattia, as he wanted to explore the local roads, that included some of the mythical Giro passes, including the Valparola, Gardena and Campalongo.

Over the years he withnessed on the road some iconic moments of the Giro, something he worshiped by then, the Purito win in Cortina d'Ampezzo, 2012, Nibali winning atop Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 2013, and so when he finally could ride far from home, he made sure he trained hard so in May he could always ride to see the pros in action.

When he was 15 he got his first road bike, and soon enough he joined a cycling club, which although was far from home, it would allow him to participate in some races of his categorie on the weekend. Usually long trips were involved, with very few races in the Alps he had to go near the Adriatic sea, where all races were flat or hilly.
He evidently struggled in them, always hanging out the back, but he always fought for the best result he could. He even tried Mountain bike but his results weren't motivating at all, wich was starting to take a psychological toll on his will of racing.

In 2016, after a brutal stage of the Giro, that finished right in his home town of Corvara, he saw Chaves take the win and Kruiswijk moving into pink. And just days after, after some years watching it on the road, he decided to sign for the Maratona dles Dolomites, a mythical Grandfondo that takes place in the Dolomites and has several of the Giro's most famous climbs. And that race was something that changed his life..

Riding a cheap aluminium Merida, he found himself in the end of 140Km in the high mountains finishing in the Top50, winning in his category. That came as an absolute shock and regional cycling teams soon found themselves contacting him quickly.

He was signed by a local team, which, from July to October, allowed him to show in his newly-discovered talent, alongside providing him with the right gear for professional racing. In that period of time, he raced 3 one-day races in the mountains, where he came in Top5 in all, a 3-day stage race, where after a strong time-trial and ride in the mountains, a crash on the final day derailed his chances of finishing in the podium, and 2 Grandfondos in the Alps, where he came 4th in one of them.

After this amazing display of talent, he has been contacted by some pro teams, and during the off-season he will decide where he will race in 2017. He is a diamond in the rough, nobody knows what potential he may have. He says it himself, he will win the Giro one day, but while many take it as a kid's dream, some see it as a possibility and are willing to take a risk. With so much yet to learn and master, like positioning in the pack, recovery methods, the right nutrition, TT-position work, etc, there is no telling how far Mattia can go, his Italian cycling blood will be an indication of what he is willing to do.

A natural stage-racer, his recovery abilities haven’t yet been shown, but he’s a very strong rider in long climbs, and is at ease with multiple mountain-stages. A good time-trialist too, but struggles a bit more on prologues. He is clearly a very consistent rider, capable of flying through mountains again and again, but when it comes to explosive and unpredictable racing he still neads to learn a lot. He’s also a good descender which adds to his set of skills to take on week-long races and Grand Tours.


JĂžrgen Hillestad

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Team Sky
Career Goal: Historic Mini or Grand Slam / Stage win in all three GT's / World Road Champion
Rides For: Aqua Blue Sport
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/gqU3V0b.png

At a young age, JĂžrgen was an aspirering football player. Making all state three years in a row and being the midfielder of any coachs dream. But, during a regular season game while 14 years old, he got tackled in knee height. Blowing out his knee and ending his season early. During recovery, his physican recommended swimming and cycling as a road to recovery.

During his sessions on the bike, JĂžrgen fell in love with the art of cycling. And later that year, he entered a local club and basicly ending his hopes and dreams of playing for Manchester United on Old Trafford. To winning the Tour de France overal. However, after several years of competing on the bike. He came to the realisasion that his specialty was on the tougher and more technical roads rather then long high gradient climbs.

A new classic rider has been born.


Virginijus Alunderis

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Movistar
Career Goal: Win the mountain classification in all GTs
Signed For: Bahrain - Merida
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/3T0Es61.png

Alunderis turned up out of nowhere for last year's everyman race of the Öztaler 5500, where he soon left everybody behind and and won by over 25 minutes with an estimated power output that caught the interest of professional teams. At the press conference he claimed it's due to his all-meat-diet. He would not disclose any further details about himself or his past, but there seemed to be no motor hidden in the bike and he passed a doping test without raising any red flags.


Elias Abdessabour

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Dimension Data
Career Goal: First Morrocan rider to podium in the Tour
Signed For: Team Dimension Data
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/0mHC0fs.png

From the desert city of Ouarzazate comes Morocco’s possible first three week stage prospect. Known for its cinema studios, Ouarzazate is about to contribute with another star and Hollywood-esque story, although off frame. Pedalling from an early age, he started riding in the twisty turns of the Atlas Mountains, training almost everyday on Africa’s longest summit range. At 15, he started winning several local races, including one at the top of the Col du Tichka. Abdessabour caught eye of several top cycling teams, including the obvious MTN-Qhubeka, now Dimension Data, interested in attaining one of Africa’s biggest prospects in years. Talks did start and the team even lent some bikes and an opportunity to travel to Europe so that young Elias could have better training conditions. Still living in Morocco, and after some months in Europe where he kept showing his potential, it’s time for the star in the Moroccan flag to fulfill his dream and write history for the Northern African country. Will it be with Dimension Data or Sky? We’ll soon find out.


Arnout Van Aarle

Specialization: Northern Classics
Favourite Team: Quick-Step Floors
Career Goal: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix
Rides For: Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/w6PdQMB.png

Riding in the fields of Flanders, there was little else that Arnout wanted to do in life than to become a cycling legend. Filled with the legends of Johan Museeuw and Peter van Petegem, AVA was a huge supporter of Mapei and Lotto-Domo in the past alike. But the sentiments of his father - an ex-doper fallen from grace in the belgian public - and family were much more anxious. Having seen what professional cycling does to you and how it may ruin in the long-haul, his father preferred that Arnout focuses on his school success and follow a more traditional career trajectory.

In the junior races, Arnout was one of the also-rans in his beginning until he got a late spurt in growth and put on some additional muscle mass. This gave him an edge in the wind and turned him into a work-horse for the peloton. He developed the strength to split the bunch in the flat but was first reluctant to channel the same tactic in the hills. Over time, as the distance of the junior races became longer, he became a dominat figure of the junior races, usually dueling it out with the same five faces all year. He relied on his strength in the Bergs but was a quick learner when it came to the finesse of tactical games and grand strategies within a race. Some would call it wheel-sucking but the belgian junior scene is an unforgiving one where only victory counts, where is no margin of error. At least, Arnout was well equipped in playing this game in all his forms and had the lungs to go the whole distance. Still, this was just a beginning and there was a lot to learn on and off the pavé.

Now that Arnout has finally finished school, he and his parents made an arrangement: He gets one year, perhaps two years, to see how it is for him. Clearly remembering the words of his father, Arnout was hasty to employ his father as his agent as well. But something in his father wanted to return to the world of cycling as well. He was concsious of what this implied but Arnout didn't want to break his father's heart for his love to cycling.

Currently Arnout is one of the young belgian hopefuls. Having experience in junior races and cyclo-cross as well, Arnout aims for the smaller classics and wants to see where his strenghts are. While Ronde and Roubaix are mostly the stuff of his dreams, he hopes that smaller flanders and ardennes classics won't be out of reach for too long, and has taken interest in the career path of olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion Philippe Gilbert.

Arnout speaks flemish dutch, french and english.


Rocco Bianchi Campagna

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Lotto-Soudal
Career Goal: Be more handsome (already done) and get more career wins than Flosi Thorson (more personal one added later)
Rides For: Team Katusha - Alpecin
Spoiler
i.imgur.com/Jy4PQJp.png

Well before Cancellara, Kwiatkowski and Stybar made the rolling white roads of Tuscany famous, Rocco Bianchi Campagna rode them with his older sister on their parents' old bikes. Those beautiful evening rides past the vineyards of Tuscany were truly something else. Growing up on the vineyards in Chianti was a great way to live.

Rocco was a kind, but sometimes hotheaded, young boy who loved football and cycling. The obvious hero when he was quite young was Bettini - a Tuscan hero. As he got older he continued to play and love football and cycling but the former was a sport and the latter a hobby.

However, when his sister got into bike racing, Rocco Campagna followed her, first in mountain biking, where he had great success - the technical and punchy stylings suited the young boy well in the local and regional levels. However whilst Eva Campagna stuck to the mountain biking and loved it, Rocco wanted to take his cycling a step further once he became a teenager.

So, on the encouragement of one of the runners of the mountain biking league, he bought a cheap old Colnago and started competing on the tarmac as well as the dirt. He kept up both but he found himself excelling on the road. He won many races on many levels and though he kept up mountain biking (and still does when he can), his true talent (and passion) was for the road. Not necessarily tarmac if Rocco had any say. He loved them Tuscan back roads on his road bike as well.

As Rocco got older he found great success on the junior circuit, not always at the front but impressing with attacks and some consistent scoring in both Italian races and in the most prestigious junior events. As part of the Ride to Glory he's done enough to secure a contract for next year... the only question is: where?

Type of Rider: Full of panache! So far his spirit of attacking has undermined his chances of top 5 or top 3 success on the hard roads of the junior circuit. Campagna doesn't have too much of a specialty yet but has shown an affinity for one-day races - not to say just classics, he's won stages in stage races a lot but he is better at riding to win in the purest form than to ride for GC in the mountains - where he can also perform well, but on the Elite level it'll be a different matter for everything.

The hills, flats, cobbles and even some sprints have also shown to be Rocco's strengths and so, even though he hasn't beaten the big names of the future just yet, he's got a lot of options and could prove a useful domestique or even baroudeur in his neo-pro year. Loves to attack and has a good punch and racing mind. Will attack to the death, but not in the mindless Voeckler style, more in just a never-say die but still tactically ok style Pfft Happy to service teammates and is a loyal teammate on and off the bike.

Instinctive racer but also likes to know the course before-hand, particularly in technical classics and stage-races, where he can plan for stages to target or KoMs to chase if he has a free role.

Very good technically and with great energy over long days, tough days and multiple days alike. A bit lighter than your average cobbler means Roubaix can be tough on him but the Flemish classics, with their punchy and technical stylings, are his jam. But still could develop into a more bemuscled flat rider, or even more of a Gilbert or even Valverde type of rider - even though he's not going to be as good as them in all likelihood.

Oh and hates TTs. Duh.

Personality: A kind-hearted guy mostly but, despite being well-meaning, is probably too quick on the draw when he or a friend/teammate is insulted/mistreated, and doesn't pick his fights well at all, which gets him into sticky situations with rivals and, probably at some point, the UCI. Makes him a doggedly loyal teammate and friend. Loves his family above all, and grows to apply that to his team. Hates arrogance but can respect confidence. Also hates dopers. Self-assured but not overconfident.

Favourites: Loves Strade Bianche most of all, plus the Giro, San Remo and Lombardia in his home country of course. Absolutely in love with the Flanders classics and basically all of cycling as a big cycling romantic and nerd. As a part of this, he has a lot of respect for the history, not to say he can't appreciate positive changes in globalisation and not-doping. Also means he loves Le Tour even if he has to agree it's got boring recently - the Giro is definitely the best in Rocco's eyes. Doesn't really have a favourite team as their pasts can all be disillusioning - more about the people than the teams for him.

Modern heroes are Bettini, Stybar, Gilbert, L. Deignan, De Gendt, Jensie, Voeckler, et al. Has a huge respect for the heroics of older riders, his favourites there would be Fondriest, De Vlaeminck and Henri Van Lerberghe to name a few. Kind of likes Valverde and Contador also in modern times, but would like them more if they weren't goddamn dopers. Chiappucci and Kelly too, of course.

The road is his favourite cycling discipline by far but still loves MTB and has dabbled in CX. To Rocco you just can't beat the heroism and romance of road cycling though.


FlĂłsi Thorson

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: AG2R - La Mondiale
Career Goal: Win more races than Rocco Bianchi Campagna & Never let Rocco win Strade Bianche
Rides For: Team Katusha - Alpecin
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FlĂłsi Thorson, TĂłrshavn born and raised, had a natural aptitude for things he was good at - everything, well everything that mattered at least, because it didn't matter if he didn't have a natural aptitude for it. Flosi played a lot of football when he was young, but he found cycling early and well, he won some races and it stuck. Off natural talent alone he was competitive in the domestic Faroese scene and then he started training...

Faroese cycling taught him to be a strong all-rounder on many terrains but he's a god (or more precisely the son of one) at long hard efforts in strong wind, really a jack of all trades though with a good kick and skills. He also happens to know that he is the best.

Already 3 time Kring FĂžroyar champion, Flosi was a big fish - scratch that - a huge whale in the small pond that is the Atlantic. But now he will move onto a greater challenge, Europe, will this small 200 ton whale be the biggest fish in the huge pond that is the Mediterranean?

Personality: Aggressive on and off the bike, he'll call out anybody who gets on his nerves or just races against him really. He loves to talk to the media, especially about himself but gets easily frustrated if the results aren't coming his way (and will blame his losses on someone/something else). Absolutely hates domestique duties. Loves unpredictability in races, rain, hale, snow, wind, dirt, cobbles as long as it doesn't disadvantage him. If he's not like Sagan, he's better. Trash Talker.


Bernard Garin

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: FDJ
Career Goal: Being the first Black rider to win TDF, win a TDF stage in 14th July
Signed For: Groupama - FDJ
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Background

Descendant of the first Tour de France winner, Maurice Garin, Bernard takes his name from the French legend Bernard Hinault, as Bernard's father, Jacques Garin, was a huge fan of Hinault. His mother was born in Guadalape so that gives Bernard his "Black" ascestry.

He has won everything in Junior level, from popular races up the Alpe d'Huez, to highly known stage races. Now he makes the step to the WT level hoping to develop into a top climber and why not, try to be the first black rider to win the Tour de France


Mario Rizzi

Specialization: Puncheur
Favourite Team: Team Sunweb
Career Goal: Win MSR and Il Lombardia/Giro stage wins/Wear Pink at Giro/Road Race WC
Rides For: Bora - Hansgrohe
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Background:
Mario was born in Como near to the borders with Switzerland into a sports family. His father was also a professional cyclist and Mario admired him as he was going with him at almost all races. The father gave him his first bike even before he was able to walk. His mother was an amateur volleyball player, so Mario has very good background to become an athlete as his parents. When he was young he was an extrovert person and has a lot of friends, also wherever he has been he was the leading person. As he was going older and older he used to known almost all from cycling thanks to his father and as soon as he could he started to race in local club near to Milan. Right from the first races he was winning almost everything and he was scouted very closely by some bigger Italian teams. Also in the Milan newspapers they called him „The New Paolo Bettini“, because he was well known for his ability to win solo, from smaller group or in the short hills. However, with all this hype around him he started to stagnate in the last few years and can't still live up to the expectations.

Now he feels that he is prepared to finally break through and make a name in the pro peloton. Maybe he sometimes doesn't care about the race and what can happen that day. But on the other hand his big pure talent makes him very dangerous contender if he has his day in hilly races.


Jens Christiansen

Specialization: Stage Racer
Favourite Team: Astana
Career Goal: Revenge the injustice done to his hero Michael Rasmussen to win the Tour de France and start a WT team just like Bjarne Riis did
Rides For: Israel Cycling Academy
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Jens Christiansen is a natural Time Trial rider, he will try to lose some weight and transform into a stage racer, his aim is to get a contract with Astana to join fellow Danes BRESCHEL, FUGLSANG, HANSEN and VALGREN and help Jacob until he one day will get his own chances.


Nagy Levente

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Career Goal: To win a stage race, a monument, a one-day classic and a stage in a GT
Rides For: Lotto - Soudal
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Levente born in Romania, in a town called officially Odorheiu Secuiesc (hungarian translation: Székelyudvarhely). This little town was famous about its futsal and handball teams, so Levente started football and handball trainings early from 5 years age. In 2009 hes parents applied for double nationality (hungarian), because of hes ancestors. At the age of 14 he obtained a football scolarship in the near county center, Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda). Living in the another side of the town, Levente rided with a bike to hes school and after that to the training center. Besides the football trainings he joined the local Tusnad Cycling Team. He made an advantage of hes very good body condition and started to podium almost all the races where he entered. Mentored by Novåk Kåroly Eduård, a fellow hungarian minority paralympic champion, at 16 years age he quitted the football academy to concentrate more in hes growing cycling carreer (already had problems in football because hes height). After graduating he moved to Budapest to be a trainee in the Pannon Cycling Team. After two months he beated uphill all of hes teammates, including the experienced riders like Hollo Botond or Simon Peter. The future is bright, just the perfect contract still to come.


Levi De Groot

Specialization: Roleur
Favourite Team: LottoNL
Career Goal: Lead-out a sprinter to victory at Champs Elysess and the World Championships.
Rides For: Team Sunweb
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Born in the capital city of Amsterdam, Levi has never known life away from his country's capital. From an early age, his favourite toy and his favourite activity involved his bike. He would go out on long rides with his friends in the outskirts of his hometown, leaving in the morning and returning after sundown. Growing up, he was very competitive, and was always up for a race whenever anyone mentioned it. The high-speed finishes of sprints or he huge effort of major climbs did not interest him. He felt at home in the pack, leading them through bumps and feeling the wind in his hair. He could ride well in the wind, and never felt the need to 'hide' in the pack. Many a times, in races for his local club, he would be successful in setting a high pace and dropping riders from the back, especially on windy days. He was also often tasked with leading out the team's sprinters, when the team did not have enough support for the latter. He loved the freedom his role gave him, often going away on lone attacks at the start of races, knowing fully well that he might get caught later, but enjoying the suspense and the tiny chance of surviving with relish. He is now ready to take the next step into professional cycling and has already signed a contract with Team Sunweb for the coming season in the RTG. The perfect team player (because HE IS GROOT) finds the perfect team to start off his professional life.


Antoine Maxwell

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale
Career Goal: Win a monument, any monument really - he doesn't know all that much about the pro scene
Signed For: Team Sunweb
Spoiler

Antoine grew up in the rural town of Mandeville, Jamaica. The town, situated atop a plateau and having not very many roads or much of a cycling infrastructure, didn't really lend itself to a young man becoming an aspiring cyclist of all things. As both a young Jamaican and a student of Munroe College in the hills of the Manchester parish, athletics and football were both much more readily available options to him.

And so, he found himself trying them out for a few years. He was never that good at football, not quite having that level of coordination with his feet. His ability in athletics, however, was already readily apparent. The only problem was that he could never really sprint - he was a distance runner.

That doesn't exactly jive well in Jamaica, where there are few coaches who can manage distance training, and those who can don't really seem to want to. In the end, Antoine ended up choosing to train himself, which went well and saw him improve all the way up to the national high school championships when he was fifteen. But then, in the final of the boys' 15-16 3000m steeplechase, he pulled up, and just like that his running career was over.

Antoine had always been one to work hard and maybe not know how to stop. It was a good thing sometimes, but as he sat in his room a few weeks later, contemplating his career-ending and possibly life-changing injury, he realised that he did not have a good enough grasp on his boundaries.

As the years passed, his recovery and rehabilitation went well, and he ended up riding a bicycle a lot. At first it was to help with the rehabilitation, but even after he had fully recovered a couple of years later, he was still riding around just for fun. It was a road bike, but he still insisted on going off into the dirt or patchily-paved roads of southern Manchester. The endurance athlete in him never really left, and over time, once he became accustomed to the discomfort and learned to cope with it, riding on rough and unforgiving terrain became his favourite type of riding to do - especially if it rained.

He didn't even really know how he got in this position, then. All of a sudden, as though the years had just dashed by, he was on the top step of a podium, wearing a white jersey with red stripes. He had just won the junior Caribbean road race champs, a month after winning the same event at nationals. He never really thought when he started out that he might do cycling competitively. But he caught the bug and couldn't stop it. As he stood atop that podium in 2018, he really thought to himself for the first time:

I want this. I want to be a pro.


Harry Stanley

Specialization: Sprinter
Favourite Team: Team Sky
Career Goal: Road World Championships, Milan San Remo, Ride London Surrey Classic
Signed For: BMC Racing Team
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Harry inherited his sporting genes from his mum Stella, who was a promising swimmer but could not follow her passion due to family circumstances. She was keen that Harry should get the opportunities she missed. Naturally Harry's first sport was swimming, trained by his mum he performed well in local galas often winning on his favourite backstroke. Harry grew up in Surrey and was inspired to start cycling after being taken by his dad to watch Bradley Wiggins win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games on his home roads.

The combination of swimming & cycling meant it was natural for him to give triathlon a try and he had quite a bit of success at junior level. As time went on his performance on the bike outshone the other two disciplines and he decided to focus on cycling, his mum was a bit disappointed when he dropped swimming but supported his choice.

Physically Harry is big, tall and strong, he developed into a powerful rider with a fast finish. Club rides over Box Hill showed Harry could also power up a short climb. At junior level Harry would manage a win in a reduced bunch after a tough parcour but didn't quite have the speed to compete with the pure sprinters. He had to develop a tactical sense as the other riders did not want to pull him to the finish and found he had the reserves of energy needed to close down attacks at the end of a race. With a surname of Stanley and an ability to cut through the field for a win, Harry got the nickname of The Knife.

Encouraged by his mum Harry now wants to make the jump to the professional ranks and hopes one day to join Team Sky and emulate his hero Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the Road World Championships & MSR. He would also love to win his home race the Ride London Surrey Classic but fears he might not have the top end speed.


Maximiliaan Vansibraert

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Trek-Segafredo
Career Goal: Race Ronde Van Vlaanderen beside Jasper Stuyven, Eneco Tour, one stage and carry out all three GTs at least once a time
Signed For: Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
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Born in Leuven 27/11/1999, grown up in Boonen era, most popular sportsman in his boyhood years in Belgium, lead to approach "Max" to cycling.
Started to race thanks to another cyclist that would become a Pro star, less crowned but very popular in Leuven: Jasper Stuyven, that gifted him the first bike, an old little one suited for 10/12 years old boys, in same year he won Paris-Roubaix Juniors. He started a great esteem relationship with Jasper, and become one of his closest supporter. Now that Max is close to a Pro contract, his dream is to race together with his idol.
He is a good all-rounder, but too heavy to follow best climbers. In youth categories demonstrate to be a willing teammate, and with hard work he is used to bear, found some personal role, raising his power that favored him on short steep hills and cobbled roads. Unfortunately often is not taking best strategy, and this is the reason of his miser showcase.
Max raced also in local cyclocross and cross country races, but didn't explode same love found on road races, but he is going on with a parallel program in these disciplines, finding them helpful for his bike handling skills.
Hopes are to find a contract in a Belgian low-profile team for first years and make some experience to get visibility from top teams that are pointing to classics.


Ariel Pryde

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Israel Cycling Academy
Career Goal: Win a major competition
Signed For: Israel Cycling Academy
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Ariel fell in love with cycling at a young age and would ride up and down the hills of Safed from a very young age, never really having a favorite team, more favorite cyclists means that upon the formation of an Israeli based team, that became an instant favorite for him and he desired to race for them and win a major event as a member of the team, or even for his nation. He continued his training in more Northern Israeli climbing hills of his home town and even going some distance to train on the huge mountains turning himself into a climber.


Andrey Yanakiev

Specialization: Stage Racer
Favourite Team: Bora - Hansgrohe
Career Goal: Win stage races that will serve as cornerstone for Grand Tour greatness
Signed For: CCC Sprandi Polkowice
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Andrey Yanakiev was born on 17 June 1999 in Varna, Bulgaria. His parents are also sportspeople - his father, Todor, is former professional swimmer, while his mother, Aneliya, is former volleyball player. So being born in a sporting family, naturally Andrey, as well his younger sister Dariya (who is nearly 2 year s younger), took interest in sport as well. But neither of them will practice the sports of their parents. Dariya began practicing rhytmic gymnastics at the age of 6 with the hope to represent the next "Golden Girls" generation of Bulgaria. While Andrey got hooked to cycling after watching the big cycling events on television.

At the age of 10 Andrey entered Cycling Club Cherno More - the major cycling club in Varna. He was competitive right off the gate - winning the Republican Championship 4 times in the U16 class and twice in the U19 class. Around the same time the major teams in the country (like CSKA, Levski and Hemus) offered him a move to Sofia, but Andrey stayed in Varna. But another opportunity rose - Philipp Meyer, a world class manager, offered Andrey his managerial services and help in finding professional cycling team. Andrey agreed and at the age of 17 he went for Germany, riding for NRVg.Luisenstadt 1910 Berlin. Now Andrey is pursuing his dream of becomming the greatest stage racer ever.


Andés Munoz Lopez

Specialization: Stage Racer
Favourite Team: Movistar Team
Career Goal: Grand tour (Gira/TDF/Vuelta) stage win
Signed For: NIPPO - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini
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Andés Munoz Lopez, nicknamed Mulopeza, is a young upcoming spanish talent. He has always been a huge fan of the cycling sport, mainly following riders who hail from his home area Basque Country. His greatest idols include legendary Basque riders such as Iban Mayo, Haimar Zubeldia, but also basque riders who are still active such as Mikel Landa.

As a kid, his dream has always been winning La Vuelta Ciclista a España. The biggest race in his home country, and one of the grand tours. Now that he's ready to make the move into pro cycling, his old dream has been pushed to the back of his mind. To make it there, he realises it's not enough to be a dreamer. You have to be a realist... a winner... The first step is to prove he is worthy of becoming a pro cyclist. A first podium in a pro race. A first victory. And his goal: a victory in a Grand Tour stage. Who knows what the future holds for this young talent.

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Rocco Bianchi Campagna

Specialisation: BaroudeurFavourite Team: Lotto - Soudal
Height: 178cmWeight: 69kg
Birthday: 22nd May 1998Team: Katusha - Alpecin

Background:

Well before Cancellara, Kwiatkowski and Stybar made the rolling white roads of Tuscany famous, Rocco Bianchi Campagna rode them with his older sister on their parents' old bikes. Those beautiful evening rides past the vineyards of Tuscany were truly something else. Growing up on the vineyards in Chianti was a great way to live.

Spoiler
Rocco was a kind, but sometimes hotheaded, young boy who loved football and cycling. The obvious hero when he was quite young was Bettini - a Tuscan hero. As he got older he continued to play and love football and cycling but the former was a sport and the latter a hobby.

However, when his sister got into bike racing, Rocco Campagna followed her, first in mountain biking, where he had great success - the technical and punchy stylings suited the young boy well in the local and regional levels. However whilst Eva Campagna stuck to the mountain biking and loved it, Rocco wanted to take his cycling a step further once he became a teenager.

So, on the encouragement of one of the runners of the mountain biking league, he bought a cheap old Colnago and started competing on the tarmac as well as the dirt. He kept up both but he found himself excelling on the road. He won many races on many levels and though he kept up mountain biking (and still does when he can), his true talent (and passion) was for the road. Not necessarily tarmac if Rocco had any say. He loved them Tuscan back roads on his road bike as well.

As Rocco got older he found great success on the junior circuit, not always at the front but impressing with attacks and some consistent scoring in both Italian races and in the most prestigious junior events. As part of the Ride to Glory he's done enough to secure a contract for next year... the only question is: where?

Type of Rider: Full of panache! So far his spirit of attacking has undermined his chances of top 5 or top 3 success on the hard roads of the junior circuit. Campagna doesn't have too much of a specialty yet but has shown an affinity for one-day races - not to say just classics, he's won stages in stage races a lot but he is better at riding to win in the purest form than to ride for GC in the mountains - where he can also perform well, but on the Elite level it'll be a different matter for everything.

The hills, flats, cobbles and even some sprints have also shown to be Rocco's strengths and so, even though he hasn't beaten the big names of the future just yet, he's got a lot of options and could prove a useful domestique or even baroudeur in his neo-pro year. Loves to attack and has a good punch and racing mind. Will attack to the death, but not in the mindless Voeckler style, more in just a never-say die but still tactically ok style Pfft Happy to service teammates and is a loyal teammate on and off the bike.

Instinctive racer but also likes to know the course before-hand, particularly in technical classics and stage-races, where he can plan for stages to target or KoMs to chase if he has a free role.

Very good technically and with great energy over long days, tough days and multiple days alike. A bit lighter than your average cobbler means Roubaix can be tough on him but the Flemish classics, with their punchy and technical stylings, are his jam. But still could develop into a more bemuscled flat rider, or even more of a Gilbert or even Valverde type of rider - even though he's not going to be as good as them in all likelihood.

Oh and hates TTs. Duh.

Personality: A kind-hearted guy mostly but, despite being well-meaning, is probably too quick on the draw when he or a friend/teammate is insulted/mistreated, and doesn't pick his fights well at all, which gets him into sticky situations with rivals and, probably at some point, the UCI. Makes him a doggedly loyal teammate and friend. Loves his family above all, and grows to apply that to his team. Hates arrogance but can respect confidence. Also hates dopers. Self-assured but not overconfident.

Favourites: Loves Strade Bianche most of all, plus the Giro, San Remo and Lombardia in his home country of course. Absolutely in love with the Flanders classics and basically all of cycling as a big cycling romantic and nerd. As a part of this, he has a lot of respect for the history, not to say he can't appreciate positive changes in globalisation and not-doping. Also means he loves Le Tour even if he has to agree it's got boring recently - the Giro is definitely the best in Rocco's eyes. Doesn't really have a favourite team as their pasts can all be disillusioning - more about the people than the teams for him.

Modern heroes are Bettini, Stybar, Gilbert, L. Deignan, De Gendt, Jensie, Voeckler, et al. Has a huge respect for the heroics of older riders, his favourites there would be Fondriest, De Vlaeminck and Henri Van Lerberghe to name a few. Kind of likes Valverde and Contador also in modern times, but would like them more if they weren't goddamn dopers. Chiappucci and Kelly too, of course.

The road is his favourite cycling discipline by far but still loves MTB and has dabbled in CX. To Rocco you just can't beat the heroism and romance of road cycling though.

Schedule

Palmares

Goals

Story

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AbhishekLFC
2018 Season Announcement

The RTGUCI have officially confirmed the commencement of the 2018 RTG season, with 23 teams signing up to continue on the journey. The only dropout from the first season is the mildly successful Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia squad. Both focus riders on their squad, Bernard Garin and Elias Abdessabour, incidentally the top two points scorers among focus riders last season, were on a one year contract with the team, and thus will not be left in the lurch.

The changes in the calendar include two race exclusions, the unsuccessful Tour of Langkawi, and the late season cobbled classic Schaal Sels, the organizers of which are already in talks for a comeback in future seasons. There is also a confirmation that the U22 World Championships, which proved to be very popular, will continue as a two-race event, one as a flat-cobbled classic, and the other as a hill-mountain classic.

Several focus riders from our inaugural season have already confirmed their intention to continue, with a couple of new entries already confirmed. Expectations are high that we will see the return of all riders who were a part of RTG last season, and the registration of more new riders.
 
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Quo vadis, Alunderis?

Fan-favourite Virginijus Alunderis is out of contract, but he is expecting interest from several teams after a promising first professional season. He'll have to consider his options carefully, maybe move to a team with a stronger captain he can learn from and where his support will be more useful.
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Maximiliaan Vansibraert

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Teams

2019 Lotto NL Jumbo
2018 Lotto NL Jumbo

Top Results

2018

3rd U22 World Championships - Race 2 - Flat/Cobble Classic
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Elias Abdessabour


Specialisation: ClimberCareer Goal: Podium in Le Tour
Height: 175cmWeight: 64kg
Birthday: 26/03/1998Team: Dimension Data


Background


From the desert city of Ouarzazate comes Morocco’s possible first three week stage prospect. Known for its cinema studios, Ouarzazate is about to contribute with another star and Hollywood-esque story, although off frame. Pedalling from an early age, he started riding in the twisty turns of the Atlas Mountains, training almost everyday on Africa’s longest summit range. At 15, he started winning several local races, including one at the top of the Col du Tichka. Abdessabour caught eye of several top cycling teams, including the obvious MTN-Qhubeka, now Dimension Data, interested in attaining one of Africa’s biggest prospects in years. Talks did start and the team even lent some bikes and an opportunity to travel to Europe so that young Elias could have better training conditions. After a surprise move to Wilier Triestina, perhaps favouring the Italian environment, Abdessabour finished the season as one of the best neo-pros in the peloton. With the Italian team closing doors, Elias will now join Dimension Data for 2018, the team which has supported his development as a young rider and future cycling star, to give continuity to his good start amongst the little guys of the pro peloton.


Career

2018
Team Dimension Data xxx points
2017
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia41 points


Career Highlights


2017 Best Neo-Pro of the Year
2017 Wore KoM jersey for 2 days in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya


Palmares


2018


2017


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Schedule


11-18 Feb Tour de Langkawi
03 Mar Strade Bianchi
07-13 Mar Tirreno-Adriatico
19-25 Mar Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
27 Mar ClĂĄssica Aldeias do Xisto
13-19 Mai Amgen Tour of California
03-10 Jun Critérium du Dauphiné
04 Ago Clasica San Sebastian
26 Ago Bretagne Classic - Ouest France
21 Set Grand Prix Cicliste de Quebec
23 Set Grand Prix Cicliste de Montreal
30 Set Clasica Bogota
14 Out Il Lombardia


Results


63rd U22 World Championships - Tour of Flanders
65th U22 World Championships - Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
153rd Il Lombardia
167th Clasica Bogota
149th Grand Prix Cicliste de Montreal
161th Grand Prix Cicliste de Quebec
169th Bretagne Classic - Ouest France
155th Clasica San Sebastian
128th Critérium du Dauphiné General Classification
132nd Amgen Tour of California General Classification
127th ClĂĄssica Aldeias do Xisto
141th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya General Classification
159th Tirreno-Adriatico General Classification
157th Strade Bianchi
163rd Tour de Langkawi General Classification

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ANNOUNCEMENT


Team Sunweb sign RTG's first ever Jamaican rider in Antonie Maxwell


Hector CĂ©sar Ernesto FernĂĄndez HernĂĄndez gets his dream move to Team Dimension Data


Aqua Blue Sport extend terms with Jhon SantĂ­ago GarcĂ­a Cerravalos

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ANNOUNCEMENT


Team Dimension Data snap up their second signing in highly rated Elias Abdessabour


High flyer Bernard Garin signs for home team Groupama - FDJ


Virginijus Alunderis springs a surprise by signing for Bahrain - Merida despite strong interest from his previous team to retain him

 
Ripley
Alunderis snubs CCC, signs with Bahrain-Merida instead

"I'm eternally grateful to CCC for believing in me, for making my dream come true and allowing me to become a professional cyclist. I'd love to return one day and hope the door isn't shut permanently. But right now, I decided to move to a new team with a stronger climbing focus, where I can learn from the best. CCC strengthened the team with Calmejane and Petit, a puncheur and a cobblestone sprinter, fine additions, but not riders I can help with my skillset. Bahrain-Merida gives me the chance to support the world class stage racers Nibali and Ion Izagirre, an invaluable experience I'm very much looking forward to, and an incentive to train even harder."
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ANNOUNCEMENT


Youngster Maximiliaan Vansibraert gets his big break and will ride for Team Lotto NL - Jumbo


BMC Racing Team pick up English sprinter talent Harry Stanley


No surprises as climber Ariel Pryde is snapped up by Israel Cycling Academy

 
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Harry Stanley

Name: Harry StanleyNationality: English
Specialisation: SprinterFavourite Team: Team Sky
Height: 190cmWeight: 74kg
Birthday: 12th August 1999Team: BMC Racing Team

Career Goals: Road World Championships, Milan San Remo, Ride London Surrey Classic

Background

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Harry inherited his sporting genes from his mum Stella, who was a promising swimmer but could not follow her passion due to family circumstances. She was keen that Harry should get the opportunities she missed. Naturally Harry's first sport was swimming, trained by his mum he performed well in local galas often winning on his favourite backstroke. Harry grew up in Surrey and was inspired to start cycling after being taken by his dad to watch Bradley Wiggins win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games on his home roads.

The combination of swimming & cycling meant it was natural for him to give triathlon a try and he had quite a bit of success at junior level. As time went on his performance on the bike outshone the other two disciplines and he decided to focus on cycling, his mum was a bit disappointed when he dropped swimming but supported his choice.

Physically Harry is big, tall and strong, he developed into a powerful rider with a fast finish. Club rides over Box Hill showed Harry could also power up a short climb. At junior level Harry would manage a win in a reduced bunch after a tough parcour but didn't quite have the speed to compete with the pure sprinters. He had to develop a tactical sense as the other riders did not want to pull him to the finish and found he had the reserves of energy needed to close down attacks at the end of a race. With a surname of Stanley and an ability to cut through the field for a win, Harry got the nickname of The Knife.

Encouraged by his mum Harry now wants to make the jump to the professional ranks and hopes one day to join Team Sky and emulate his hero Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the Road World Championships & MSR. He would also love to win his home race the Ride London Surrey Classic but fears he might not have the top end speed.

Contract

Harry is thrilled to be riding his first year as a professional at BMC Racing Team and looks forward to learning about endurance and sprinting from Greg Van Avermaet and Christophe Laporte.

Schedule & Results

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Virginijus Alunderis 2018

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Thanks to some hard training in the off-season the young Lithuanian rider was able to improve to MON 73 and AVG 69.

Race Schedule 2018

FebruaryTraining Block
MarchMilano-Sanremo
Volta a Catalunya
AprilLiege-Bastogne-Liege
Tour de Romandie
MayTraining Block
JuneCriterium Dauphine
JulyTraining Block
AugustVuelta a Espana
OctoberIl Lombardia

Alunderis once more booked three training blocks, leaving him 45 race days. Hopefully that was the last time and from 2019 on he'll be able to race 60 days per year. He signed up for three one-day races, all of them monuments. All his stage races include tough days in the mountains. He hopes he'll get the chance to appear in a few breakaways, but he'll be equally happy to support the GC ambitions of his leaders.
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