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[PCT] Minions '19
Marcovdw
TOUR OF NORWAY


Norway | PTHC | 5 stages | Hill / Flat / Time trial | May 27 - 31

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Edwin Avila
Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Alvaro Hodeg
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Bjorn Selander
Maxime Vantomme

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Two flats, a time trial and two hills: Tour of Norway in a nutshell. PTHC category with tough opposition, but we believe in Claeys and Janse van Rensburg. In Vantomme a bit less, but don't let him hear that.

On the first stage, leadout Avila was dropped, resulting in Vantomme missing support and only finishing eleventh. He rebounded on the second stage, finishing a very decent sixth.

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The time trial had some mixed results. Kiflay's fourteenth place was good, but Janse van Rensburg only finished 26th and Claeys lost more four and a half minutes. To make matters worse, Claeys dropped early on the hilly stage and played no role, losing eight minutes with Kiflay losing even more. Out of embarrassment, we did not show our faces on the final stage. Out of all this, Selander was our best finisher in 70th. Not a good race.


#RiderTeamTime
1Omar FraileDesigual19h25'45
2Nelson OliveiraGenerali+ 13
3Eduardo SepulvedaISA - Hexacta+ 24
70Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 11'19
74Reinhardt Janse van RensburgMinions+ 11'34
103Dimitri ClaeysMinions+ 14'55
112Metkel KiflayMinions+ 15'52
163Edwin AvilaMinions+ 27'47
171Fulgencio BruMinions+ 31'18
185Maxime VantommeMinions+ 41'31
190Alvaro HodegMinions+ 49'30


Banana
(1/5)
Vantomme rider of the race says enough.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
JUNE PREVIEW


Malopolski Wyscig

Poland | C1 | Classic | Cobble | June 3

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Niels Albert
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Ruben Zepuntke


GP Kigali

Rwanda | HC | Classic | Cobble | June 5

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Niels Albert
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Ruben Zepuntke


Post Danmark Rundt

Denmark | HC | 5 stages | Hill / Flat / Time trial | June 10 - 14

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Edwin Avila
Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Alvaro Hodeg
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander
Maxime Vantomme


Tour of South Africa

South Africa | C1 | 6 stages | Hill / Team time trial | June 18 -23

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Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Chad Haga
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Leandro Marcos
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander


Hanko Classic

Finland | C1 | Classic | Flat | June 26

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Damion Drapac
Metkel Kiflay
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Laureano Rosas
Maxime Vantomme


Colombo Classic

Sri Lanka | PTHC | Classic | Hill | June 27

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Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander


Monterrey TTT

Mexico | C1 | Team time trial | Flat | June 30

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/c1_ttt.jpg

Chris Barton
Fulgencio Bru
Chad Haga
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
MALOPOLSKI WYSCIG


Poland | C1 | Classic | Cobble | June 3

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Niels Albert
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Ruben Zepuntke

Official preview
Official report


We start the month of June with a cobblestone race in Poland. 242 kilometer with some rough roads, the favorite recipe for Zepuntke, Albert, Lindeman, Flaksis and Marcos. Not for Esmaeli, Hodeg and Major, but we force them to come. Of the latter trio, only Hodeg did not finish the race.

The race was tough, with many punctures for many contenders. Fortunately, our riders escaped due to our super strong tires. Albert and Zepuntke found themselves in the front group of 16 riders with 20 to go. As others tried to attack, we used Albert to chase and bring them back

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The plan worked, eventually reducing the front group to eight with Zepuntke present. These eight went to a sprint, in which Stallaert was the strongest by quite a margin. Zepuntke finished in a very decent fifth place. Albert crosses the line as best of the rest in ninth, ahead of Bush and Vanbilsen. Lindeman led the next group, finishing 17th, with Flaksis at the tail end in 28th. Many points today.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Joeri StallaertVolvo acc. by Spotify6h18'07
2Pieter VanspeybrouckCarlsberg - Danske Banks.t.
3Jerome BaugniesKulczyk - Alitalias.t.
5Ruben ZepuntkeMinionss.t.
9Niels AlbertMinions+ 2'06
17Bert-Jan LindemanMinions+ 5'15
28Andzs FlaksisMinionss.t.
47Leandro MarcosMinions+ 11'56
68Jay MajorMinions+ 20'13
101Tareq EsmaeliMinions+ 45'27
DNFAlvaro HodegMinions


BananaBananaBananaBanana
(4/5)
Cobblestone races are good points scoring opportunities.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
GP KIGALI


Rwanda | HC | Classic | Cobble | June 5

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Niels Albert
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Ruben Zepuntke

Official preview
Official report


As part of our mission to go global, we head to the Rwandan capital of Kigali for a one-day HC event. The city of Kigali does not have the best of streets, as is suggested by the profile. The cobblestone climb is tough, riding it up once is punishment enough but we have to do it sixteen times! By we, I mean Zepuntke foremost.

Marcos went into the break to increase his chances of survival. It worked as he finished the race unlike Hodeg and Major. He even turned out to be the strongest of the breakaway and would play a role in the finale.

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Zepuntke meanwhile managed to ride along with the other favorites, though there came a point where he could no longer followed the attacks. He would finish 11th with Albert shortly behind in 14th, which is not bad. However, Marcos had the ride of his life as he managed to stick with the attackers for some time, and crossed the finish line in seventh place!

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#RiderTeamTime
1Lukas SpenglerTeam UBS5h53'43
2Frederik NolfCarrefour - ESPN+ 27
3Pieter VanspeybrouckCarlsberg - Danske Bank+ 1'47
7Leandro MarcosMinions+ 7'06
11Ruben ZepuntkeMinions+ 8'22
14Niels AlbertMinions+ 11'25
30Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 19'23
35Bert-Jan LindemanMinions+ 22'23
51Tareq EsmaeliMinions+ 34'22
DNFAlvaro HodegMinions
DNFJay MajorMinions


BananaBananaBananaBanana
(4/5)
Hurray Marcos!

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
POST DANMARK RUNDT


Denmark | HC | 5 stages | Hill / Flat / Time trial | June 10 - 14

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Edwin Avila
Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Alvaro Hodeg
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander
Maxime Vantomme

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Denmark is a fairly flat country, but for their national tour they have found some hills. The main feature of the race will be the final time trial most likely. We once again bet on three horses like in Norway: Claeys, Janse van Rensburg and Vantomme. The former two need to step up their game

Vantomme also decided that Norway was a one-off, as he was a no-show on all three flat stages, with a best finish of 40th. The second stage was particularly rough for us, as only Janse van Rensburg finished in the front group. Claeys had already lost time and also lost more time on the hilly stage.

But out of all this, Janse van Rensburg stepped up and took over team leadership. He managed to finish in the front group on the hilly stage, and was ninth heading into the final time trial, which is his speciality. He finished tenth on the stage, decent with a strong field, and moved up to fifth overall! The only riders ahead of him were riders who beat him in the TT, and were expected to do so in all honesty, so Janse van Rensburg got the maximum out of this race!

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#RiderTeamTime
1Omar FraileDesigual16h34'57
2Luke DurbridgecycleYorkshire+ 17
3Ion IzagirreIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 18
5Reinhardt Janse van RensburgMinions+ 33
35Laureano RosasMinions+ 5'01
93Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 8'45
114Dimitri ClaeysMinions+ 10'24
122Maxime VantommeMinions+ 10'41
125Edwin AvilaMinions+ 11'07
138Alvaro HodegMinions+ 12'06
165Fulgencio BruMinions+ 16'38


BananaBananaBananaBanana
(4/5)
Profiles are not what they seem to be anymore.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA


South Africa | C1 | 6 stages | Hill / Team time trial | June 18 -23

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Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Chad Haga
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Leandro Marcos
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


All stages in South Africa are hilly, except for one. A team time trial throws a spanner in the works. It brings some interesting squad decision, Claeys is the leader but if we overpower the TTT squad he might lose time, but if we send no TTT squad as all we also lose. So we decided on a compromise: four puncheurs, four time trialists, so Claeys can be the fifth wheel. Janse van Rensburg will ride his home race with special attention, especially after his performance in Denmark.

On the regular stages, Claeys did not do anything wrong. He always finished amongst the other favorites, sixth on the first stage, 12th on the second and third stage, thirteenth on the fifth stage and twenty-seventh on the final stage, but never losing time other than bonus seconds. Haga also finished near the front in most stages, resulting in us having a decent run at the teams classification until the final stage, where we dropped to fourth.

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The team time trial would be the decisive factor in terms of the GC. And it turns out our compromise would be just as bad as either other option. We finished in the lower midfield despite putting a lot of effort in the TTT's over the past season. If we had brought an extra rider there instead of say Marcos, Claeys could have gained some more places. He finished eighth in the GC, but even a five-second improvement would have seen him finished sixth. Haga ended up in 21st place, and Selander in 29th.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Jonathan BelliscycleYorkshire24h58'58
2Cyril GautierValio - Viking Genetics+ 32
3Aleksandar FlĂĽgelKraftwerk Man Machine+ 1'00
8Dimitri ClaeysMinions+ 1'42
21Chad HagaMinions+ 9'44
29Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 12'08
66Metkel KiflayMinions+ 19'16
86Reinhardt Janse van RensburgMinions+ 24'01
89Leandro MarcosMinions+ 24'21
116Laureano RosasMinions+ 34'58
153Fulgencio BruMinions+ 52'21


BananaBananaBanana
(3/5)
What if...

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Marcovdw
HANKO CLASSIC


Finland | C1 | Classic | Flat | June 26

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Damion Drapac
Metkel Kiflay
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Laureano Rosas
Maxime Vantomme

Official preview
Official report


We head to Finland for the totally flat Hanko Classic. We expect to be disappointed, if Vantomme or anyone else can score any points we are satisfied.

We did not send anyone in the break, which was a good call as it didn't make it.

In the final sprint, won by Ahlstrand. Vantomme finished 15th. It's actually not that big of a disappointment, eight points added to our tally.


#RiderTeamTime
1Jonas AhlstrandVolvo acc. by Spotify4h47'56
2Mark CavendishKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
3John DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
15Maxime VantommeMinionss.t.
42Niels AlbertMinionss.t.
65Damion DrapacMinions+ 1'27
95Edwin AvilaMinionss.t.
123Metkel KiflayMinionss.t.
143Bert-Jan LindemanMinionss.t.
146Jay MajorMinionss.t.
184Laureano RosasMinions+ 4'09


BananaBanana
(2/5)
Eight points is better than zero.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
COLOMBO CLASSIC


Sri Lanka | PTHC | Classic | Hill | June 27

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Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander

Official preview
Official report


Sri Lanka's annual one-day classic held in Colombo. The profile is tough but is set to be one for the puncheurs, hence we bring Claeys. The race is PTHC rated so he has to compete against PT riders.

Over the last hill, some riders attacked, but the group was still quite large heading to the finish line with Claeys near the front.

He passed the finish line in thirteenth place, which is not that bad given the strength of the field, but from a rather good position he could have entered the top ten. Special mention for former loanee Eiking finishing one place ahead of him!

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#RiderTeamTime
1Edvald Boasson HagenAir France - KLM4h43'04
2Alexey LutsenkoSPAR - Siam Cements.t.
3Martin ReimerEA Vesuvios.t.
13Dimitri ClaeysMinionss.t.
50Bjorn SelanderMinionss.t.
61Leandro MarcosMinionss.t.
85Borislav IvanovMinionss.t.
108Fulgencio BruMinions+ 2'00
162Tareq EsmaeliMinions+ 3'41
164Alvaro HodegMinionss.t.
182Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 4'56


BananaBanana
(2/5)
Could have been better.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
MONTERREY TTT


Mexico | C1 | Team time trial | Flat | June 30

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/c1_ttt.jpg

Chris Barton
Fulgencio Bru
Chad Haga
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander

Official preview
Official report


The catchup is almost completed, Monterrey TTT is our last event in June, and then we have a break to the end of July. The race is a team time trial in Mexico, and with only 14 teams participating we are guaranteed to score points. However, we won't accept finishing last with our good TTT squad, though Uran is missing from the setup.

Our dreams of the victory were quickly put to bed. As one of the last teams to pass the first checkpoint we already had a considerable deficit to the fastest teams, and were provisionally last with only the team starting after us falling behind.

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We did improve on the second and third part to finish in tenth place. Our slow start can be explained by having two riders to fill the squad which are not as competent in the discipline as the others. We'll take tenth but see some room for improvement.

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#TeamTime
1Desigual1h07'56
2Valio - Viking Genetics+ 27
3Team UBS+ 28
10Minions+ 2'20


BananaBananaBanana
(3/5)
It's free points.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
JULY PREVIEW


Kenya Mountain Classic

Kenya | HC | Classic | Mountain | July 20

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/hc_ken.jpg

Chris Barton
Tareq Esmaeli
Chad Haga
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Rigoberto Uran


Tour of Beijing

China | HC | 4 stages | Hill | July 26 - 29

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/hc_bej.jpg

Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander


Chrono des Herbiers

France | PT | Classic | Time trial | July 29 - 30

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/pt_itt.jpg

Chad Haga
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Rigoberto Uran

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
JUNE RANKINGS UPDATE


#TeamTotal
1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.pngISA - Hexacta2678
2pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.pngVolvo acc. by Spotify2577
3pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.pngTeam UBS2463
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.pngCampari/Asahi development2409
5pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.pngcycleYorkshire2374
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.pngDesigual2175
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.pngXero Racing2072
8pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.pngRakuten Pro Cycling2019
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.pngDelvaux1997
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.pngBerg Cycles1985
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions1936
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff1911
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.pngValio - Viking Genetics1745
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.pngDuolingo1666
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.pngENI - MOL1665
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.pngKulczyk - Alitalia1654
17pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.pngAndorra Cycling Project1584
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.pngIberia - Team Degenkolb1573
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine1540
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam1422
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team1368
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.pngCarrefour - ESPN1318
23pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank1276
24pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.pngTeam Europcar1041
25pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.pngSauber Petronas Racing1031
26pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.pngPhilips871


#RiderTeamTotal
1Aleksandr PluchkinMOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff1241
2Daniel MartinIRLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.pngCampari/Asahi development767
3Eduard Alexander BeltranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team740
7Rigoberto UranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions651
50Dimitri ClaeysBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions276
78Ruben ZepuntkeGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions187
90Niels AlbertBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions158
105Leandro MarcosCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions127
112Reinhardt Janse van RensburgRSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions117
118Borislav IvanovBULpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions108
161Chad HagaUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions72
221Yasmani MartinezCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions41
228Maxime VantommeBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions39
232Bert-Jan LindemanNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions37
242Laureano RosasARGpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions34
307Damion DrapacAUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions21
310Andzs FlaksisLATpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions21
331Metkel KiflayERIpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions15
380Bjorn SelanderUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions10
388Chris BartonUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions9
408Tareq EsmaeliQATpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions6
415Edwin AvilaCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions5
475Jay MajorBAHpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions2
Fulgencio BruCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions0
Alvaro HodegCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions0


There has been no post-May update, so everything is put together for this June update. A lot of races for us which either went well or terrible, and it costs us a few positions in the rankings. We drop from eighth to eleventh, which means we are moving further away from the promotion fight, but are also clear of relegation worries at the moment. We don't have a lot of racedays in July, so we do not expect to mount a forwards challenge anytime soon either. Uran also dropped a place on the individual rankings, from sixth to seventh, and Claeys loses fourteen places to fiftieth. Bru and Hodeg still pointless.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
KENYA MOUNTAIN CLASSIC


Kenya | HC | Classic | Mountain | July 20

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/hc_ken.jpg

Chris Barton
Tareq Esmaeli
Chad Haga
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Rigoberto Uran

Official preview
Official report


After staying home for nearly a month, we are back in action! We head to Kenya for the mountain classic, which is no lie. We climb a mountain, descent it and then climb again. It is the second-a-last points-scoring race for Uran, so let's make the most of it!

On the final climbs, some favorites attacked but Uran remained calm. Despite the entire team being dropped already (everyone finished), he relied on the other teams to bring them back, which happened.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Races/HC/KEN/22.jpg

In a sprint in the final kilometer, Berhane came out on top. Uran fell just off the podium, in fourth behind Tenorio and Pluchkin. The result is not bad, especially considering the opposition, but sometimes you just hope for more.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Natnael BerhaneISA - Hexacta5h09'58
2Justo TenorioDesiguals.t.
3Aleksandr PluchkinTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
4Rigoberto UranMinionss.t.
56Yasmani MartinezMinions+ 4'04
68Borislav IvanovMinions+ 6'40
77Chad HagaMinions+ 7'16
78Chris BartonMinionss.t.
97Tareq EsmaeliMinionss.t.
144Metkel KiflayMinions+ 15'25
170Alvaro HodegMinions+ 25'55


BananaBananaBananaBanana
(4/5)
Place and bananas are equal.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
TOUR OF BEIJING


China | HC | 4 stages | Hill | July 26 - 29

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Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Alvaro Hodeg
Jay Major
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


The original profiles of the Tour of Beijing were quite hilly, close to mountainous actually, but the organizers assured us it would be 100% hill. Upon arrival we learned we were brought here under false pretenses, and Claeys would be no factor in this race. So we took matters into our own hands, went into the mountains and threw some dirt down the mountain, causing mudslides. This meant the organizers had to come up with a different route, one which was more suiting to Claeys

Unfortunately, Claeys did not get the memo as he had to maintain plausible deniability, and took the breakaway on the first stage It wasn't a success GC-wise, as he lost 1'37, but he did lead the mountains classification.

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On the third stage he took to the break again, this time more successfully, finishing second behind Gautier, moving up to tenth in the GC and extending his lead in the KoM classification. On the final stage he did not get in trouble, and even gained a place on Slagter, but he had to share the mountains classification with Marczynski. For the other riders on the squad, only Esmaeli made an appearance in the break on the final stage, as four of our riders managed to finish in the bottom ten of the general classification.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Tomohiro KinoshitaRakuten Pro Cycling17h58'20
2Eduard Alexander BeltranSwisslion Cycling Team+ 23
3Wilco KeldermanPhilips+ 45
9Dimitri ClaeysMinions+ 2'13
96Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 22'34
144Leandro MarcosMinions+ 37'44
146Tareq EsmaeliMinions+ 38'30
184Fulgencio BruMinions+ 1h20'21
186Alvaro HodegMinions+ 1h26'16
188Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 1h29'38
191Jay MajorMinions+ 1h47'19


BananaBananaBanana
(3/5)
We'll promiss never to create mudslides again.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
AUGUST PREVIEW


Nakhon Ratchasima Trophy

Thailand | PTHC | Classic | Flat | August 2

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Damion Drapac
Tareq Esmaeli
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Maxime Vantomme


Macskako Kerekparverseny

Hungary | C1 | Classic | Cobble | August 4

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Niels Albert
Fulgencio Bru
Andzs Flaksis
Metkel Kiflay
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander
Ruben Zepuntke


Clasica San Sebastian

Spain | HC | Classic | Hill | August 7

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Niels Albert
Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Leandro Marcos
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander


Int. Osterreich Rundfahrt

Austria | HC | 7 stages | Mountain / Time trial | August 7 - 13

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Chris Barton
Chad Haga
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Rigoberto Uran


Baltic Chain Tour

// Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania | C1 | 5 stages | Flat / Cobble / Time trial | August 17 - 21

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Andzs Flaksis
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Leandro Marcos
Maxime Vantomme
Ruben Zepuntke

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
NAKHON RATCHASIMA TROPHY


Thailand | PTHC | Classic | Flat | August 2

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Damion Drapac
Tareq Esmaeli
Alvaro Hodeg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Jay Major
Maxime Vantomme

Official preview
Official report


Nakhon Ratchasima Trophy ... bello Bob! Bello Kevin! Bello Stuart! Es mio a Nakhon ... oh banana, bananaaa, potato naaaaa, oh bananaaa, togari noh pocato-li kani malo mani kano chi ka-baba, ba-ba-nana.

Vantomme e Drapac ... oh gelato, GELATOOOOOO. BI DOO BI DOO, GELATO. Pola nola matoka.

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65, wheeeeee. Blumok. Atttaaaaaaa ... Bapple, oh Bapple. Eh eh Kevin, babble. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Bapple. Yum. KING BOB!

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#RiderTeamTime
1John DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb4h31'03
2Peter KennaughAir France - KLMs.t.
3Caleb EwanPodium Ambitions.t.
65Damion DrapacMinions+ 1'19
66Niels AlbertMinionss.t.
71Bert-Jan LindemanMinionss.t.
95Edwin AvilaMinionss.t.
115Jay MajorMinionss.t.
123Maxime VantommeMinionss.t.
130Alvaro HodegMinionss.t.
159Tareq EsmaeliMinionss.t.



(0/5)
Next time get a Minion who speaks English to do these.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
MACSKAKO KEREKPARVERSENY


Hungary | C1 | Classic | Cobble | August 4

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Niels Albert
Fulgencio Bru
Andzs Flaksis
Metkel Kiflay
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Leandro Marcos
Bjorn Selander
Ruben Zepuntke

Official preview
Official report


Another unpronouncable race, but this time we have a English-speaking Minion to make the report intelligible. It's a cobblestone race in Hungary, one where we should do well.

With many specialists we could play multiple cards. Marcos and Flaksis went into the second break, but the break turned out not to be the right move. Zepuntke and Albert rode along with the other favorites, the latter struggling at times.

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The hill on the route is not Zepuntke's favorite terrain. He could only for a little while but had to drop off to the chasing group. He finished seventh, nearly five minutes down on the winner. Albert with thirteenth, and the other riders outside the points.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Danny SummerhillAndorra Cycling Project4h40'14
2Pieter VanspeybrouckCarlsberg - Danske Bank+ 14
3Frederik NolfCarrefour - ESPN+ 58
7Ruben ZepuntkeMinions+ 4'48
13Niels AlbertMinions+ 5'38
31Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 7'23
35Bert-Jan LindemanMinions+ 8'43
40Leandro MarcosMinions+ 10'08
75Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 21'49
89Metkel KiflayMinions+ 25'56
DNFFulgencio BruMinions


BananaBananaBanana
(3/5)
Could be worse, could be better.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
MID-AUGUST RANKINGS UPDATE


#TeamTotal
1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.pngISA - Hexacta2946
2pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.pngVolvo acc. by Spotify2753
3pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.pngTeam UBS2682
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.pngCampari/Asahi development2597
5pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.pngDesigual2562
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.pngcycleYorkshire2523
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.pngRakuten Pro Cycling2477
8pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.pngXero Racing2216
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff2180
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.pngBerg Cycles2165
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions2141
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.pngValio - Viking Genetics2112
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.pngDelvaux2071
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.pngKulczyk - Alitalia1945
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.pngIberia - Team Degenkolb1945
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.pngDuolingo1930
17pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.pngENI - MOL1872
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.pngAndorra Cycling Project1755
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine1689
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team1582
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam1552
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.pngCarrefour - ESPN1476
23pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank1390
24pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.pngTeam Europcar1095
25pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.pngSauber Petronas Racing1092
26pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.pngPhilips1010


#RiderTeamTotal
1Aleksandr PluchkinMOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff1323
2Justo TenorioESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.pngDesigual999
3Eduard Alexander BeltranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team913
7Rigoberto UranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions721
34Dimitri ClaeysBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions373
73Ruben ZepuntkeGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions215
95Niels AlbertBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions168
119Leandro MarcosCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions127
124Reinhardt Janse van RensburgRSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions117
128Borislav IvanovBULpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions108
168Chad HagaUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions72
237Yasmani MartinezCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions41
243Maxime VantommeBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions39
248Bert-Jan LindemanNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions37
259Laureano RosasARGpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions34
320Damion DrapacAUSpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions21
323Andzs FlaksisLATpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions21
349Metkel KiflayERIpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions15
393Bjorn SelanderUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions10
400Chris BartonUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions9
420Tareq EsmaeliQATpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions6
429Edwin AvilaCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions5
486Jay MajorBAHpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions2
Fulgencio BruCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions0
Alvaro HodegCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.pngMinions0


A ranking update in the middle of the month. We had almost no races in July and early August was also very sparse, yet we remain where we were: eleventh place. It's good to see we haven't dropped places but we need to be looking up. Uran has also kept his seventh position in the standings, while Claeys has gained 16 positions, from 50th to 34th.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
CLASICA SAN SEBASTIAN


Spain | HC | Classic | Hill | August 7

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Niels Albert
Fulgencio Bru
Dimitri Claeys
Tareq Esmaeli
Andzs Flaksis
Leandro Marcos
Laureano Rosas
Bjorn Selander

Official preview
Official report


Welcome to San Sebastian, in whatever geographical area you may think it is located, for a hilly classic with some mountaineous characteristics. Claeys is team leader but does not like mountains very much. All we can do is pray for the best.

Our prayers were answered, as the Belgian managed to ride with the favorites all day long. He even countered attacks on climbs which were above his normal operating range. We played with the numbers so he didn't know the actual altitude.

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The plan stopped working on the final climb, but by then he had a decent gap over the peloton. He crossed the line in eighth place, 2'30 down on winner Kinoshita. Esmaeli was our next best finisher in 60th.

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#RiderTeamTime
1Tomohiro KinoshitaRakuten Pro Cycling7h29'20
2Ion IzagirreIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
3Bruno BorgesDuolingo+ 1'01
8Dimitri ClaeysMinions+ 2'33
60Tareq EsmaeliMinions+ 11'44
71Niels AlbertMinions+ 12'45
84Bjorn SelanderMinions+ 14'37
144Fulgencio BruMinions+ 22'26
157Leandro MarcosMinions+ 25'01
159Laureano RosasMinions+ 25'25
178Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 34'11


BananaBananaBanana
(3/5)
Olé.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
INT. OSTERREICH RUNDFAHRT


Austria | HC | 7 stages | Mountain / Time trial | August 7 - 13

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Chris Barton
Chad Haga
Alvaro Hodeg
Borislav Ivanov
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Metkel Kiflay
Yasmani Martinez
Rigoberto Uran

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


A race with mountains is something we look forward too. However, the Tour of Austria will be Uran's final race of the season except a ProTour wildcard time trial event. With Pluchkin on the startlist we expect to battle for second, which would be a welcome result in our fight to enter the rankings top ten.

The race opened with two mountain stages in which Pluchkin did not fail. Uran finished sixth and fourth, with the latter result being second if we discard the breakaway. He was now leading the non-Pluchkin general classification by a second over Amador. Over the next four stages they would finish in the same group, meaning the final-day time trial would need to decide.

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Janse van Rensburg was one of the earlier starters as climbing is not his speciality. He posted the fastest time thus far and occupied the hot seat for the entire day. Amador failed to reach his time by eleven seconds, and Uran also finished behind the South African but by only eight seconds, meaning he had secured the second place in the GC. Pluchkin then spoiled the party by finishing three seconds faster, so we took both second on the stage and the GC. But the non-Pluchkin classifications is what we targeted, so we took the double on the final day!

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#RiderTeamTime
1Aleksandr PluchkinTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff27h06'42
2Rigoberto UranMinions+ 1'45
3Andrei AmadorTeam UBS+ 1'49
28Yasmani MartinezMinions+ 10'03
29Chad HagaMinions+ 10'04
60Borislav IvanovMinions+ 15'50
79Chris BartonMinions+ 21'07
83Reinhardt Janse van RensburgMinions+ 23'29
101Metkel KiflayMinions+ 36'00
157Alvaro HodegMinions+ 1h35'40


BananaBananaBananaBananaBanana
(5/5)
The best we can do in a race with Pluchkin.

Manager of Minions
 
Marcovdw
BALTIC CHAIN TOUR


// Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania | C1 | 5 stages | Flat / Cobble / Time trial | August 17 - 21

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Niels Albert
Edwin Avila
Andzs Flaksis
Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg
Bert-Jan Lindeman
Leandro Marcos
Maxime Vantomme
Ruben Zepuntke

Official preview
Official reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Baltic Chain Tour has five stages, four of which are boring sprintfests, but the first is a cobbled time trial. We bring the cobble squad led by Zepuntke and our best time trialist Janse van Rensburg for the first stage, while Vantomme must target the latter four.

Zepuntke was one of the first starters and set the fastest time thus far. Only six riders managed to beat him, so he finished seventh. Marcos took 16th, Albert 18th, Lindeman 24th and Flaksis 28th. Janse van Rensburg only finished 74th. Due to this performance, we were leading the teams classification.

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For the next four days, our only goal was to keep our riders in the front group and defend our GC positions. On the third stage we barely escaped, with a large group just getting back before the finish line. However, on the fourth stage many riders were caught off guard and dropped back. Only Zepuntke survived, with his GC position reduced to 15th due to bonus seconds. Vantomme did nothing to ease the pain.


#RiderTeamTime
1Kris BoeckmansCampari/Asahi development17h32'43
2Dan HollowayMcCormick Pro Cycling+ 4
3John DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 5
15Ruben ZepuntkeMinions+ 46
46Leandro MarcosMinions+ 1'48
47Niels AlbertMinionss.t.
51Bert-Jan LindemanMinions+ 1'50
79Reinhardt Janse van RensburgMinions+ 1'57
81Maxime VantommeMinions+ 1'58
113Edwin AvilaMinions+ 2'05
165Andzs FlaksisMinions+ 23'51


BananaBanana
(2/5)
The race should have ended after the first stage.

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