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[CT] Euskaltel - Elior: April Preview
Luis Leon Sanchez
Euskaltel - Elior HQ


Welcome to the Headquarters of Euskaltel - Elior, a team full of managerial experience having been a part of Cycling's Elite for the last 5 years.

We approach our 6th year as a team with a renewed approach and a renewed sense of optimism, mixed with quite a lot of pressure! Following a rather horrible campaign last year in the Pro Continental Tour, we now find ourselves back where we started all those years ago in the Continental Tour.

We have luckily managed to hold onto both of our main sponsors. Euskaltel have been with us since the beginning, Co-Sponsoring alongside Bavaria in 2014, Air-France in 2015, going it alone with full sponsorship in 2016 and 2017 prior to being joined by Elior last year. Elior stay with us for at least one more year and expect a lot from us.

In order to make the most of what we have at our disposal, this year it is very important that we have a lot of success and bounce back into the PCT! This is especially vital for the development of our younger riders who will be the core of our team for years to come.

It is for the reason above that both ourselves and our fans are in for an interesting season, in the transfer window and during the racing season. We believe that our mix of youth and experience, as well as the opportunity in the CT to allow some of our younger riders the opportunity to compete for themselves, will prove to be a successful combination and one which we are very much looking forward to seeing!

As always, we thank you for your support and we shall ensure that we keep you all updated on everything that is going on in and around the team this season.

Get behind us and we'll rise to the top!


Kind Regards,
Luis Leon Sanchez, GM at Euskaltel - Elior
Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 14-02-2020 13:32
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Team History


2018 Euskaltel - Elior- 25th PCT (Relegated)

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Spoiler
Alex AranburuRomain Zingle
Jaime CastrilloDamiano Caruso
Ruben FernandezNicola Conci
Juan Jose Lobato del ValleMoreno Moser
Enric MasFabio Jakobsen
Nacer BouhanniMichael Vingerling
Benoit CosnefroyMilos Borisavljevic
Armindo FonsecaMagno Nazaret
David GauduFilippo Ganna (Loanee)
Olivier Le GacOut on Loan:
Léo VincentBenjamin Thomas
Dominique CornuHugo Hofstetter
Jurgen Van den BroeckAndres Paez


2017 Euskaltel- 19th PCT

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Spoiler
Francisco Anton MartinDominique Cornu
Ruben FernandezDries De Bondt
Delio FernandezTim De Troyer
Gorka IzagirreJurgen Van den Broeck
Juan Jose Lobato del ValleGijs Van Hoecke
Enric MasJonas Vangenechten
Eduard PradesRomain Zingle
Mauricio SanzLuca Braidot
Nacer BouhanniDamiano Caruso
Christopher De SouzaEdoardo Zardini
Olivier Le GacBauke Mollema
Kévin RezaNiki Terpstra
Sébastien TurgotDomen Novak


2016 Euskaltel- 20th PCT

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Spoiler
Francisco Anton MartinArnold Jeannesson
Hector Duenas NevadoKévin Reza
Ruben FernandezJérémy Roy
Delio FernandezJulian David Arredondo
José HerradaRafael Infantino
Gorka IzagirreJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez
Eduard PradesSander Armee
Enrique SanzDominique Cornu
Rafael VallsDamiano Caruso
William BonnetSergiu Cioban
Nacer BouhanniMilos Borisavljevic
Ludovic BretNazir Jaser
Christopher De Souza



2015 Euskaltel-Air France- 26th PCT (Held due to Disbanding Teams)

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Spoiler
Francisco Anton MartinNacer Bouhanni
David ArroyoWilliam Bonnet
Juan José CoboJulien El Fares
Hector Duenas NevadoArnold Jeannesson
Delio FernandezAmaël Moinard
José HerradaKévin Reza
Gorka IzagirreBenoît Vaugrenard
Manuel LloretJulian David Arredondo
David López GarciaRafael Infantino
Haritz OrbeJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez
Enrique SanzMilos Borisavljevic
Amets TxurrukaAlex Frame
Rafael VallsSebastian Anaya



2014 Euskaltel-Bavaria- 4th CT (Automatic Promotion)

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Spoiler
Delio FernandezJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez
Moises DueñasRafael Infantino
Ruben FernandezFrancisco Colorado
Samuel Sánchez GonzalezArnold Jeannesson
Carlos Verona (On Loan)Amaël Moinard
Juan Jose Lobato del ValleVassilis Adamou
Haritz OrbeDenis Menchov
Edwin Parra BustamanteHugo Sabido
Julian David Arredondo


Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 19-09-2019 09:18
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
2019 Team Jersey


Euskaltel - Elior 2019:
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Milos Borisavljevic: Serbian RR National Champion
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Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 23-12-2019 20:50
 
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Current Squad


Rui Costa150,000Puncheur Leader
Moreno Moser140,000Sprinter
Jonathan McEvoy110,000Puncheur/Sprinter
Milos Borisavljevic95,000Climber/Stage Racer
Vincenzo Nibali90,000Climber/Stage Racer
Enric Mas65,000MO Talent
Nicola Conci60,000SR Talent
David Gaudu60,000HIL Talent
Mohamad Izzat Hilmi Abdul Halil60,000SPR Talent
Fabio Jakobsen55,000SPR Talent
Stelly Robert52,000TT Super Domestique
Armindo Fonseca50,000Sprinter
Ruben Fernandez50,000Climber/Hills
Andres Paez50,000HIL Talent
Jaime Castrillo50,000TT Talent
Abderrahim Zahiri10,000Stagiare
Mohammad Ganjkhanlou10,000Stagiare
Maral-Erdene Batmunkh0Cobbles Leader
Mohammed Al Murrawi0TT Domestique
Out on Loan:
Benoit Cosnefroy75,000TT/FTR Talent
Hugo Hofstetter50,000SPR Talent
Leo Vincent50,000HIL Talent
Benjamin Thomas50,000TT/SPR Talent



Former Riders

Spoiler
Alex Aranburu2018
Delio Fernandez2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Gorka Izagirre2015, 2016, 2017
Francisco Anton Martin2015, 2016, 2017
Eduard Prades2016, 2017
Mauricio Sanz2017
Hector Duenas Nevado2015, 2016
José Herrada2015, 2016
Enrique Sanz2015, 2016
Rafael Valls2015, 2016
Haritz Orbe2014, 2015
David Arroyo2015
Juan José Cobo2015
Manuel Lloret2015
David López Garcia2015
Amets Txurruka2015
Moises Dueñas2014
Juan Jose Lobato del Valle2014, 2017, 2018
Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez2014
Carlos Verona 2014
Nacer Bouhanni2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Olivier Le Gac2017, 2018
Kévin Reza2015, 2016, 2017
Christopher De Souza2016, 2017
Sébastien Turgot2017
Arnold Jeannesson2014, 2015, 2016
William Bonnet2015, 2016
Ludovic Bret2016
Jérémy Roy2016
Amaël Moinard2014, 2015
Julien El Fares2015
Benoît Vaugrenard2015
Dominique Cornu2016, 2017, 2018
Jurgen Van den Broeck2017, 2018
Romain Zingle2017, 2018
Dries De Bondt2017
Tim de Troyer2017
Jonas Vangenechten2017
Gijs Van Hoecke2017
Sander Armee2016
Julian David Arredondo2014, 2015, 2016
Rafael Infantino2014, 2015, 2016
Juan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez2014, 2015, 2016
Francisco Colorado2014
Edwin Parra Bustamante2014
Damiano Caruso2016, 2017, 2018
Filippo Ganna2018
Luca Braidot2017
Edoardo Zardini2017
Michael Vingerling2018
Bauke Mollema2017
Niki Terpstra2017
Magno Nazaret2018
Domen Novak2017
Sergiu Cioban2016
Nazir Jaser2016
Alex Frame2015
Sebastian Anaya2015
Vassilis Adamou2014
Denis Menchov2014
Hugo Sabido2014

Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 23-12-2019 20:51
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
2019 Calendar


January
Clasico San Cristobal
Great Ocean Road Classic

February
Tour de Langkawi
Tour de Slovenie
Ras Tailteann
Gisborne GP
Hong Kong Challenge
Tour of Southland

March
Circulo de Juarez
Geraardsbergen-Bosberg
Tour of Eritrea

April
Tour de Vineyards
Coppa Placci
Tour of Ukraine
Betonexpressz GP
Tour of Cyprus
Lincoln GP
Corsica International

May
Windhoek ITT
Tour du Faso
Giro del Trentino

June
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
Tour of Vancouver
Tour of South Africa
Hanko Classic

July
Tour de San Luis
Bayern Rundfahrt
Tour of Bulgaria
Vilnius GP
Nantahala Classic
USA Pro Cycling Challenge

August
Benelux Challenge
Rio Vista Chinesa
Grands Prix Cyclistes

September
Philadelphia International Championship
Euskal Bizikleta
Ronde van Het Ijsselmeer
Transfaragan GP
GP Yekaterinburg

October
Herald Sun Tour
Course de Solidarnosc
Zuri Metzgete
Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 23-12-2019 20:51
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Goals


Top 5, CT Team Standings
Win, Herald Sun Tour
Top 5, Great Ocean Road Classic- FAILED, 8th
Top 5, Betonexpressz GP
Top 5, Herald Sun Tour


Results

Wins

2019Stage 5Tour of SouthlandMoreno Moser
2019U25Hong Kong ChallengeMilos Borisavljevic
2019GCHong Kong ChallengeVincenzo Nibali
2019U25Tour de LangkawiMilos Borisavljevic
2019Stage 2Tour de LangkawiMoreno Moser
2019Stage 3Tour de LangkawiVincenzo Nibali

Spoiler
2018U25Bayern RundfahrtMilos Borisavljevic
2018PointsTour of EritreaNacer Bouhanni
2018Stage 1Tour of EritreaNacer Bouhanni
2018Stage 3Tour de RomandieMoreno Moser
2018KOMCorsica InternationalJurgen Van den Broeck
2018YouthSAA Tour d'AfriqueFilippo Ganna
2018Stage 7Tour de PologneOlivier Le Gac
2018Stage 4Tour de PologneDamiano Caruso
2017Stage 3Tour of VancouverNacer Bouhanni
2017Stage 1Barbados Cycling FestivalNacer Bouhanni
2017Stage 6Tour de RomandieDominique Cornu
2017Stage 1Olympia's TourDominique Cornu
2017Isle of Man ITTDominique Cornu
2017Stage 2Tour of South AfricaDamiano Caruso
2017U25Tour of South AfricaOlivier Le Gac
2017KOMVuelta al Pais VascoOlivier Le Gac
2017Stage 6Tour de PologneOlivier Le Gac
2017Stage 3Int. Osterreich RundfahrtDomen Novak
2017Stage 13Vuelta a EspanaEduard Prades
2016Stage 3Tour Down UnderDamiano Caruso
2016KOMTour of EritreaJosé Herrada
2016Stage 8Tour de San LuisSander Armee
2016KOMFDB Eire TourKévin Reza
2016Stage 2Corsica InternationalDominique Cornu
2016Stage 6Tour of RomandieDominique Cornu
2016KOMTour of RomandieArnold Jeannesson
2016KOMEuskal BizikletaMilos Borisavljevic
2016Stage 2Tour of BeijingNacer Bouhanni
2016Nahkon Ratchasima TrophyNacer Bouhanni
2015Stage 1Vuelta al TachiraNacer Bouhanni
2015Stage 4Tour de RomandieRafael Valls
2015Stage 17Tour de FranceArnold Jeannesson
2015KOMBaltic Chain TourBenoît Vaugrenard
2015KOMTour of AmericaJulian David Arredondo
2014Stage 5Tour de San LuisVassilis Adamou
2014Stage 6Tour de San LuisDenis Menchov
2014KOMVolta ao AlgarveJulian David Arredondo
2014Stage 6Tour de BeauceJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez
2014Stage 3Giro del CapoAmaël Moinard
2014KOMTour de PologneRafael Infantino
2014Stage 1Tour d'AlgerieRuben Fernandez
2014GCTour d'AlgerieRuben Fernandez
2014U25Tour d'AlgerieRuben Fernandez
2014Stage 2Tour de SlovenieArnold Jeannesson
2014Stage 2Tour d'IndonesiaJulian David Arredondo
2014GCTour d'IndonesiaJulian David Arredondo
2014Stage 3Vuelta a BurgosDelio Fernandez
2014PointsVuelta a BurgosDelio Fernandez
2014Cauberg ClassicHaritz Orbe
2014Stage 2Tour of UtahMoises Dueñas

Top 5 GC's

20195thTour de LangkawiVincenzo Nibali

Spoiler
20185thBayern RundfahrtMilos Borisavljevic
20184thTour of SouthlandDominique Cornu
20174thBarbados Cycling FestivalNacer Bouhanni
20175thTour de RomandieJurgen Van den Broeck
20174thPost Danmark RundtDominique Cornu
20173rdTour de l'AvenirMilos Borisavljevic
20165th5 Jours de DunkerqueJérémy Roy
20162ndTour of JapanRafael Valls
20154thTour of EritreaRafael Valls
20154thPost Danmark RundtWilliam Bonnet
20145thGiro del CapoAmaël Moinard
20144thTour de SlovenieArnold Jeannesson
20145thClassico RCNMoises Dueñas

Classics Top 10's

20198thGreat Ocean Road ClassicMoreno Moser
20193rdClasico San CristobalRui Costa

Spoiler
20189thJapan CupDamiano Caruso
20188thMilano - TorinoDamiano Caruso
201810thGiro dell'EmiliaDamiano Caruso
20183rdKenya Mountain ClassicMagno Nazaret
20184thCeltic ChronoDominique Cornu
20188thBerlin ProRaceNacer Bouhanni
20188thNakhon Ratchasima TrophyNacer Bouhanni
20188thClasique Pico BasileMagno Nazaret
20173rdDutch Food Valley ClassicNacer Bouhanni
20174thRingerike GPDamiano Caruso
20179thNelspruit ClassicDamiano Caruso
20177thJapan CupDamiano Caruso
20168thGisborne GPDamiano Caruso
20169thGiro dell'EmiliaDamiano Caruso
20168thKandy Cycling ClassicRafael Valls
20163rdDutch Food Valley ClassicNacer Bouhanni
20166thWindhoek ITTWilliam Bonnet
20164thClasica San SebastianDamiano Caruso
201510thDutch Food Valley ClassicNacer Bouhanni
201410thGP Onda-BoavistaAmaël Moinard
20145thACA CycleVanadzorJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez
20145thEschborn-FrankfurtCarlos Verona

Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 29-12-2019 03:21
 
Eden95
That New Jersey is wonderful Smile

A shame to see Euskaltel in CT, but I’m sure you’ll bounce straight back up. I’m interested to see who’ll you’ll target during transfers to help make that happen too! Best of luck.
Indosat - ANZ HQ

"This Schleck sandwich is going to cause serious indigestion for Evans" - Phil Liggett
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Jersey Reveal


Hello all,

Welcome to the Euskaltel - Elior HQ for our Jersey Reveal for the 2019 season! For those of you who may have been worried about a dramatic change to our famous orange, you can relax because that isn't going to happen anytime soon. However, we have made a few small changes. This season we have gone with hillis91 as our designer and creator and we believe he has done a fantastic job.

He has also created a wonderful NC Jersey which we will share with you at a later date.

We hope you all enjoy this marvelous creation and we know that it will, as always, stand out in the professional peloton.

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hillis91
Good luck this season Smile
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Speculation...


Reports from Spain speak of unrest, worry and concern at the Team's Headquarters in Bilbao. All 24 riders who were on contract with the Euskaltel - Elior Team last season were seen entering the team's training facility at various times over the last couple of days. Riders were then seen walking out, some alone and some alongside others.

The emotions on the faces of the riders have left fans wondering who has been released and who is still around. Life-long fans and followers of cycling in the Basque region have voiced their concerns about the "dire" future of Spanish cycling and many have questioned the team's goal of bringing the Orange back to the top.

Speaking with some of these fans, we gathered some mixed responses:

"Personally, my biggest concern is that we may not see some of the best performers for the team in the jersey next season. Relegation does lead to old riders leaving and some new riders coming in but I just hope the team management haven't lost their focus on Spain."

"I've followed cycling in this beautiful region for many years and never have we been so concerned about the future of our local team. The promise was to bring the region back into the spotlight but this doesn't seem to be what they are doing."

"It's been a tough time for us here in Spain. We have seen a Pro Tour team and a Pro Continental team relegated down a division for next season. It isn't a good look for us!"

"Is the best path for young Spanish riders to leave the country and find a foreign team to ride for? It would seem to me like that's the best idea right now."

"I understand the team has focused on trying to develop the next generation but they won't be able to do this unless they're getting riders experience at the top level! We need to see an improvement but hopefully a bit of a refresh will get the team up and running again."


We asked the team for their thoughts given the comments being voiced in the media and this was the response we were given:
"The concern from around the nation is understandable and we'd be disappointed if our fans weren't a bit worried. But this season we will be riding at a level where our riders, especially the youth, will excel, learn and mature both as people and as cycling professionals. Obviously relegation isn't good for any team but we are dealing with it. I see it has been mentioned elsewhere, but relegation does leave us with less budget which ultimately means riders will be leaving. We cannot make any official announcements yet but we are well into our preparations for the new season and we hope you will continue to share in this journey with us."
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Some Goodbyes Sad


We are only going to announce those riders who have been big point scorers historically as these are the riders the fans tend to pay the most attention to anyway. Realistically we were going to need to release quite a few riders due to the budget constraints that accompany our relegation to the CT but we will leave it up to our fans to decide if we've made the right decision.

Nacer Bouhanni

The French sprinter was one of the first non-climbers to have joined the team following our surprise promotion to the PCT after only one season in the CT. Since then he’s been a bit all over the place but his importance to us has been second to none.

His first season with us was back in 2015. The season itself was one where we finished 5th bottom of the PCT standings and we were lucky to stay in the PCT due to disbanding teams. Bouhanni played a role in keeping us up by acquiring 233 points with his best results including a stage win in the Vuelta al Tachira and 10th in the Dutch Food Valley Classic, a race he would become fond of in further seasons. We were also awarded a wildcard to the Tour de France in which he managed 4th in Stage 2 and 10th in Stage 3.

The 2016 season was one where we tasted much more success as a team and Bouhanni himself had a great season with a mighty 421 points. His highlight was winning the Nahkon Ratchasima Trophy, pictured below. His other noteworthy results included a stage win in the Tour of Beijing as well as a commendable 3rd in the Dutch Food Valley Classic.

2017 was another season of success for the Frenchman as he managed a haul of 312 points which helped us to easy safety in the PCT once again. He managed 2 wins with the first being stage 3 of the Tour of Vancouver and another in the opening stage of the Barbados Cycling Festival where he also managed to finish 4th in the GC. He continued his love affair with the Dutch Food Valley Classic where he finished 3rd for the second consecutive season.

The season that has just gone has been the most difficult for the 28 year old. The highlight was a stage win in the opening stage of the Tour of Eritrea, also pictured below, where he also won the points jersey thanks to 2nd and 3rd in stages 2 and 5. He also achieved two 8th places in the Nakhon Ratchasima Trophy and Berlin ProRace.

Letting go of our prized sprinter wasn't easy and it won't please our French sponsors but the PRO and TT of Moser was the deciding factor in the end.

Dominique Cornu

The Top Belgian Time Trialist joined us before the start of the 2016 season in an attempt to strengthen our PCT survival bid. His 2016 wasn’t anything special though as he underperformed his way to 138 points thanks to stage wins in the Tour de Romandie and the Corsica International. His 2017 was much more impressive as he scored a vital 300 points thanks predominantly to stage wins in the Tour de Romandie and the Olympia’s Tour, 4th in the Post Danmark Rundt as well as a wonderful win in the Isle of Man ITT, pictured celebrating below.

His 2018 was fairly solid although his slight decline has seen him struggle to no stage wins. He did however manage 4th in the GC of the Tour of Southland as well as 4th in the Celtic Chrono along with 11 stage top 10’s throughout the season.

It was his decline along with his wage demands that meant we couldn't keep hold of the Belgian TT Champion. We are sure he will manage to find a good home next season though.

Damiano Caruso

The Italian hills specialist joined us in 2016 to lead our squad in that terrain. He managed a single win in this season with stage 3 of the Tour Down Under. He also managed 4th in the Clasica San Sebastian, 8th in the Gisborne GP and 9th in the Giro dell’Emilia. His 326 points were crucial to our survival.

His 2017 was somewhat less successful with 253 points which still contributed to our survival in the division. He managed his sole stage win on stage 2 in the Tour of South Africa and once again, achieved three Top 10 Classics results with 4th in the Ringerike GP, 7th in the Japan Cup and 9th in the Nelspruit Classic.

A rider who we probably could have held onto in fairness! His poor season in 2018 relative to those before it was one of the deciding factors as well as his poor ability to TT.

Jurgen Van den Broeck

The old experienced Belgian climber joined us last season as our leader in Stage Races. His consistent Top 10s throughout the season ensured he did his job on his way to a season total of 309 points. The highlight of his season being 5th in the Tour de Romandie. His heavy decline prior to this season resulted in a change of role down to a Super Domestique but he still managed a KOM win in the Corsica International.

Magno Nazaret

Brought in to replace Jurgen as our leader in the Mountains this season, it has been quite the challenge for the Brazilian this season. His standout results include a 3rd in the Kenya Mountain Classic, 6th in the Tour de Romandie 8th in the Vuelta a Colombia, 4 Top 10s in KOM and Points classifications along with 8 stage Top 10s.

We ultimately decided that, especially alongside his decline, it wouldn't be the best idea for us to hold onto Nazaret going down to the CT.
 
Aquarius97
A lot of riders with history in your team dropped, but understandable, given their age and the cap reduction in CT. Though your age average is ridiculously low, with several great talents, though if you feel like you don't want some of the Spanish ones, i'm welcome them in my team Pfft
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Renewals & Availability


Nat.NameAgeWageWage ChangeLvlAvailability?
Moreno Moser
29
140,000
5,000
Max
No
Milos Borisavljevic
25
95,000
10,000
Max
No
Olivier Le Gac
26
95,000
5,000
Max
Yes*
Ruben Fernandez
28
50,000
0
Max
No
Armindo Fonseca
30
50,000
0
Max
Yes*
Enric Mas
24
65,000
45,000
3,50
No
Benoit Cosnefroy
24
75,000
45,000
3,08
Loan
Fabio Jakobsen
23
55,000
35,000
3,16
No
Andres Paez
24
50,000
25,000
3,41
No
David Gaudu
23
60,000
50,000
3,08
No
Nicola Conci
22
60,000
30,000
2,52
No
Leo Vincent
24
50,000
10,000
3,18
Loan
Hugo Hofstetter
25
50,000
0
3,06
Loan
Benjamin Thomas
24
50,000
25,000
3,02
Loan
Jaime Castrillo
23
50,000
10,000
3,12
No


These are the riders who remain in our squad following the renewals. 15 made the cut with a total wage budget of $995,000 which we think is a job well done. When comparing the wages of these riders to last season, we have saved a total of $275,000.

As you can see above we have 2 riders with Yes* who may be available. The reason we say "may" is because we will need fairly specific offers for both of them. Le Gac will be available if he is part of a swap deal for a rider with a lower wage, who would ideally be Spanish or French, OR we will take a decent cash offer. Fonseca will be available if we can get a similar wage rider in return who is not too much worse but is younger.

In terms of the 4 with Loan next to their names, they will need to be loaned out to the PCT or PT to continue their development due to RD restrictions in the CT. All 4 can be very useful riders, especially Cosnefroy and Thomas who are already capable TT riders. Hoffstetter is a developing sprinter while Vincent will provide support in the hills. All 4 will require you to pay their entire wage except one who I will pay 25k of the wage due to the Loan Cap restrictions.

Don't even bother making an offer for any rider with No next to them as I most likely won't take the time to respond. These riders will be with us for the racing season, without a doubt.

We look forward to discussions with fellow managers as we have already seen some riders who we would like to bring in. There is hope that riders we bring in will be French or Spanish so if you have any good deals to offer then let me know, when the time comes.
Edited by Luis Leon Sanchez on 19-09-2019 11:59
 
cio93
I cannot promise that we will have the cap space or flexibility, but if things work out well, I am not averse to the idea of compensating you for taking Ganna through a return loan to PT of one of your Frenchmen. Smile
 
beagle
With his fighting spirit, Benoit Cosnefroy would fit to my team perfectly in upcoming season. Together with U23 RR champion Artem Nych they could become lethal duo in Iberia colours! Wink
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jph27
Seeing as I was interested in some the riders listed for loan last season, we both know what to expect here Wink

Shame you can't be tempted into cashing in your talents though, but to be expected Pfft
 
SotD
Really too bad, that those french talents aren't up for some sort of deal. Most of them was on my key riders list going into the off season.
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redordead
I didn't at all expect Borisavljevic to be available, but he is a rider we can't help to admire. Hopefully he tears up the CT division in that stunning Serbian NC jersey Cool


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"I am a cyclist, I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying." - Tadej Pogačar
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
cio93: Always a possibility! Was awesome having Ganna last year and he'll be even more effective at CT level.

beagle: I hope he'll be very aggressive this season and next when he's going to have to go to the PT again!

jph27: Plentiful in French talents but they'll be snapped up quickly!

SotD: Unfortunately for yourself there's just no way we are parting with the riders we invested so heavily in to the point where it probably made us relegate.

redordead: Yeah there's no way he's leaving us! I think he'll do well in the CT but it won't be easy for him.
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Stage Race Leader Announcement for the 2019 Season


We would like to take this opportunity to announce who our leaders will be in the Mountains and Stage Races this upcoming season. Both riders are Top CT quality and we look forward to seeing how they both fare this season.

Vincenzo Nibali

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Age: 35 | Wage: 90,000

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He may be hitting the end of his illustrious career at the age of 35, but he is not done just yet! Having been released due to decline by his former team, we managed to snatch Nibali up from the Free Agency for a wage of 90,000 which we consider to be somewhat of a bargain given his all-round ability. We look forward to seeing him alongside Borisavljevic and we’re sure he’ll be able to share his wealth of knowledge and years of experience with the younger members of our team. It’s also no secret that our own Nicola Conci is very excited to learn from the Italian legend.

Milos Borisavljevic

Age: 25 | Wage: 95,000

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Serbian Stage Racer, Milos Borisavljevic, was a no brainer when it came to renewals following our relegation from the PCT. The 25yr old is on a wage of $95,000 which is very reasonable, especially when compared to the highly inflated wages for similar riders in the Free Agency. In Milos, we have a strong climber who is decent on the hills and strong in TTs. He may not be the most aggressive rider but he’ll get into his rhythm and show everyone what he’s capable of. His age also means he’ll still be riding for the Youth classification and he should be easy to spot in his special National Champions jersey.
 
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