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[CT19] McCormick Pro Cycling
Ulrich Ulriksen
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McCormick Pro Cycling is pleased to announce 5 international riders that will be joining the team for 2019.

Croation strongman Mateo Frankovic has joined in a free agent signing. We expect to see long turns on the front from Mateo riding in support of Dan Holloway. At just 25 we think Mateo has the chance to be long-term stalwart for McCormick.

Also joining the team is another young but strong Eastern European, Slovenian Ziga Groselj. Zika was acquired from Isostar Slovenjia and will support Holloway in the tougher flat stages but he will also have a chance to lead the team in hilly races where a small bunch sprint is anticipated.

The last permanent signing is Sri Lanka cobbler Nipuna Shira Manamalage, who was acquired from SPAR. Mana will be another strong rouleur for Holloway but also lead us on the cobbles. The team is sure Mana will be one of the most interesting riders in the CT peloton.

In addition to these signings the team is happy to welcome Daniel Habtemichael from Xero Racing and Ka Hoo Fung from SPAR, on loan. As the team will be very focused on development this year we expect both these riders will thrive.

McCormick Pro Cycling remains committed to a primarily American squad but will always be open to international signings that meet a need consistent with the team's broad goals.
 
Azerbaijan
Pretty handy squad.
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
So with the addition of 2 CT draftees the 2019 squad is complete. In the draft we added 2 US veterans, Robert Sweeting and Evan Huffman. Huffman will take a pass at the TT's while Sweeting supports Holloway.

I always intended this to be a building season and wasn't trying to compete on all fronts. So on one hand the transfer season was a complete success as I had two main objectives, both of which were met: (1) build a core of young US riders who can develop with the team and (2) recruit a leader who can give us a good shot at our goal races to maximize income next year. On the other hand things could have gone better.

Goal 1: With 7 US riders aged 25 or less who should all reach level 3 by the end of the season we have a young core. The downside on this one is there just weren't any particularly good US riders in the pool. So while all 7 can be solid none of them is anything close to a future leader. Guess we will begin planning for the Quinn Simmons derby now.

Goal 2: Dan Holloway fulfills this perfectly - he is the kind of all round tough sprinter who will thrive in our target races. The fact he comes from our focus country is a bonus I wasn't counting on. However, I don't think I did a great job putting a team around him. I believe in PCM18 a lead out is of mixed value particularly in longer stages, so I planned to test that theory and not focus on a lead out. But in retrospect building a lead out wouldn't have distracted that much from my overall plan and having one is better than not having one.

Full Roster:
AgeOVL
Dan Holloway3277.86
Ziga Groselj2673.58
Robert Sweeting3273.28
Mateo Frankovic2573.16
Phillip Gaimon3372.67
Nipuna Shira Manamalage2772.16
Ethan Weiss2972.16
Connor McCutcheon2871.78
Evan Huffman2970.22
Daniel Habtemichael2269.82
Ka Hoo Fung2269.51
Taylor Eisenhart2568.42
Thomas Revard2267.90
Noah Granigan2367.33
Brendan Rhim2467.31
Connor Brown2367.06
Alex Hoehn2266.27
Zeke Mostov2365.62
 
cio93
Ulrich Ulriksen wrote:
But in retrospect building a lead out wouldn't have distracted that much from my overall plan and having one is better than not having one.


Now don't tell everyone, but honestly, I'm not even sure about this.

As long as the AI recognizes your sprinter to be good enough for priority positioning, you might not want to be left with just one rider in front of you for the last 8km.
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
cio93 wrote:
Ulrich Ulriksen wrote:
But in retrospect building a lead out wouldn't have distracted that much from my overall plan and having one is better than not having one.


Now don't tell everyone, but honestly, I'm not even sure about this.

As long as the AI recognizes your sprinter to be good enough for priority positioning, you might not want to be left with just one rider in front of you for the last 8km.


I agree with you, I wondered if having a bad leadout is worse than no lead which was part of why I didn't move decisively even when I realized I could probably build one without messing anything else up. My suspicion is that in anything beyond about 175k there won't be any lead outs anyway. Having roulers who can close the gaps will be more important.
 
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Ulrich Ulriksen
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McCormick Pro Cycling is sad to announce that Jakob Rathe, who had already established himself as a fan favorite, will not be riding with McCormick in 2019. Instead he will be loaned out to SPAR - Siam Cement so he can focus on his development as a rider.

"While we regret Jakob won't be riding in our colors this season we are sure he will come back stronger next year" said team Sports Director Ken Ulricksen, "We look forward to following his progress with SPAR - Siam Cement."

Jakob showed his team commitment by wearing his McCormick uniform one last time as he made his way through BWI's packed international terminal on the way to meet up with his new team.

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jandal7
Manamalage in particular but also Groselj are very interesting leaders for their own terrains behind the amazing Holloway leading your team. Don't know too much about how your talents develop as they're not ones I'd seen before, but building a regional base of homegrown guys is very cool Smile Also Frankovic is a very cool rider with that res and the HI/SPR/ACC combo, as well as a great support rider for Holloway I really hope that he can get some breakaway opportunities for himself as he's great for that and could bring in a surprising amount of points through that route if the AI treats him as a baroudeur! FTR won't help though Pfft

Thanks a lot for taking on Habtemichael (though with that fee I feel like you've been well compensated Pfft), I hope he can do some decent work for you and hopefully with your lack of a top mountains leader get involved in some breakaway action there!
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redordead
Groselj and Frankovic!! <3

Love the commitment to the regional focus. Seems it's something all the new managers have done a great job accomplishing. Even if promotion is not on the cards I'm looking forward to seeing Holloway bringing in some nice wins Smile
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
@jandal - yes was a fair fee for habtemichael, he should have plenty of chances to ride for himself.

@jandal, @redordead - my hope was Frankovic and Groselj both have the sprint stat to do something out of a breakaway or in a moderately selective race. Manamalage I am doubtful about, I think he can stay in some of the cobbled races but when he does he can't sprint. Might get away with a longer range attack
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
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Congratulations to Taylor Eisenhart for carrying McCormick colors in the breakaway of our first ever race. He is working hard but he is hanging on, the spirit we will look for from all our riders.


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Ulrich Ulriksen
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McCormick Pro Cycling Congratulates Tour Down Under Squad on Outstanding Results in Australia

"Dan Holloway's 2 stage wins, GC and points titles are more than the team expected to in achieve in months of racing so to achieve it in our first stage race and at the C1 level is incredible" said Sports Director Ken Ulriksen, Ulriksen continued "this is definitely the salt in our soup."

McCormick Pro Cycling CEO Ulrich Ulriksen patted himself on the back by noting that "while this remains a long-term project to develop American cycling we brought Dan on because we knew delivering some results in the near term would be a key ingredient to our long term success".

Congratulations to the entire squad all of whom contributed to the victory: Dan Holloway, Robert Sweeting, Phil Gaimon, Zeke Mostov, Ethan Weiss, Connor McCutcheon, Mateo Frankovic and Nipuna Shira Manamalage.


The McCormick boys hunt down the breakaway on the way to Holloway's Stage 6 victory at the TDU. From front to back: Weiss, Sweeting, Manamalage, McCutcheon, Holloway, Frankovic

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Azerbaijan
I don't like being in the same division as Holloway....Doping ban!!!

On a more serious note, congratulations on some excellent results.
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Ulrich Ulriksen
Azerbaijan wrote:
I don't like being in the same division as Holloway....Doping ban!!!

On a more serious note, congratulations on some excellent results.


Good news is when Holloway isn't racing you don't have to worry about us at all. Although good to see Manamalage in two breaks in Venezuela, I am sure he had something to do with the first one holding off the pack and 3rd place isn't to bad for a truly terrible sprinter like him.
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