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Tour de Slovenie Discussion
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Tour de Slovenie


Welcome to the 2019 edition of Tour de Slovenie! As last year, the parcours features a ton of time trial kilometers, a flat stage and two uphill finishes.
However, there is an important difference - the first stage will be a hilly TTT, instead of last year's ITT! Therefore, not only are ITT and puncheur abilities still very important - a rider without a decent TTT squad supporting him might lose the race on the first stage already!

Let's see what this looks like in detail:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/profiles/hc_slo.jpg


The only former winner present this year is 2015 champion pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rolland. He will certainly like the many ITT kilometers, and even though having declined this winter, he may still have some hopes of taking home a good result.

If a prediction was already hard last year due to the lack of knowledge of the TT - puncheur mix it would take to win the race - it was finally a puncheur ahead of two TTers and another puncheur - it is even harder this year, as the teams' TTT capabilities have to be added as an additional factor. And as if that wasn't enough, it had to be a hilly TTT stage, where it's even harder to predict which teams will be up front.

But as every challenge makes you stronger, let's accept it and try to group the teams by their estimated potential of this first stage, before going into more detail on the individual riders. For this, the teams get a rating from 1 to 5 for Hills and TT, based on their 6 best riders per discipline. Finally, the hill rating is weighed twice as much as the TT one to get an average rating - which could be completely wrong, but at least we tried:
TeamHills ratingTT ratingAvg. rating 2x Hills + TT
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk Man Machine***********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio - Viking Genetics************
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel - Elior***********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo************
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips*********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten Pro Cycling**********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Campari/Asahi development********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA - Hexacta*********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff*********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero Racing*********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg Cycles********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia - Team Degenkolb********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra Cycling Project******
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL*******
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire********
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Delvaux******
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Swisslion Cycling Team******
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber Petronas Racing*****
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Team Europcar***
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour - ESPN***


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk have brought a huge hills squad. Most of them aren't top time trialists, though, so they certainly will hope that the uphill parts will make the difference. There aren't that many flat kilometers, so this strategy might work - which would be great for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Campari, too, as their line-ups consist of great puncheurs and mediocre TTers as well.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio, on the other hand, have probably nominated the most balanced squad of the expected top teams, closely followed by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo are probably among the two most powerful pure TT teams, but their puncheurs are rather mid-tier - they will certainly hope for the pure TT capabilities to be more important. The same holds for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten and especially pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire, the other very TT-heavy squad.

Will one of these teams take it, or are we completely off target with this prediction?


Now, let's head over to the top puncheurs and time trialists. There are many of them, so we can expect a highly interesting race:
PuncheursHiTTAccTime trialistsHiTTAcc
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman827072pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Durbridge678164
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre817764pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kittel648173
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Dowsett806471pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Viennet678064
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Flügel806472pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich648076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Waeytens806573pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Cornu707970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier806477pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Dempster647972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio795867pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Mottin617955
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Trofimov797370pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Robert607955
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Gebrezgabihier796669pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Ignatiev737879
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa797570pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Tennant697868
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Bilbao796575pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Balloni667867
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Pichon786374pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Sterobo637873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Ben Nasser786576pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Li617875
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Palini786674pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Golovash607876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Serry786369pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Ligthart587874
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Zordan775574pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre817764
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Duchesne776879pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Nepomnyachsniy747775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Kratochvila777064pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Koren737765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Gougeard776768pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Pokälä717765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Sepulveda777573pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Christian697772
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Zakarin776873pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Cheung677766
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Moscon776671pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Nascimento667756
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Le Gac776069pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Hussein647753
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Bratashcuk775867pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Archbold627775


As you can easily see, one rider is in both lists: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Ion Izagirre. He's probably the second best puncheur after pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman, but his lack of acceleration may deny him some bonus seconds in the hilly stages. However, he should get some massive gains on most other puncheurs in the long ITT.
However, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia is expected to lose some time in the first stage. He might be able to get back a lot of it on stage 4, but will it be enough?

We already mentioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Wilco Kelderman as the strongest puncheur on this year's startlist. He definitely is one of the top favorites for the hilly stages, as besides his pure hill capabilities he's got a decent acceleration and great resistance as well. And he will need to do some good things in these stages, as he won't be able to keep up with the best in the ITT. However, even though the ITT is rated flat, it looks quite hilly, which he will certainly like.
We expect pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips to lose some time in the opening stage as well, but they can even be considered to be promising outsiders on that one as well. Can pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman gain more time on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre on this stage and in the hills than he'll lose on stage 4?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Zico Waeytens is one of four "80 puncheurs". But whereas he definitely should be in the mix on stages 2 and 5 - especialy with his nice kick - he definitely lacks some TT skills to really hope for a good GC result. Except if the stage should turn out to be hilly enough for him. We'll see.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse SK was rated somewhere in the upper midfield for the TTT, which isn't too good news for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Waeytens in terms of GC, either. Still, we're looking forward to some fireworks in the uphill finales.

In pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Alex Dowsett, we have a very similar rider coming next. A bit less acceleration, even a tad weaker in the ITT - but he should be fighting for stage wins in the hilly stages as well, and take some time on most of the TTers there.
However, his GC ambitions will probably not be boosted by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra's TTT result, as we expect them to be in the midfield as well. He'd have to gain a lot of time in the hills for this - let's see what's possible!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Aleksandar FlĂĽgel belongs to the same group as well. As his resistance isn't too high, he should be happy that the final uphills are rather short, so he's another candidate for stage wins. As the two previous riders, he is not among the top TTers, either.
However, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk definitely is among the stage favorites for the opening TTT. The hills support they have brought is excellent as well, so they may be able to do the damage on ITT specialists that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png FlĂĽgel requires.

And then there is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Cyril Gautier. The Frenchman has already proven his excellent punch this year, and due to his great acceleration, a stage win or two definitely wouldn't come as a surprise. As the aforementioned candidates, he isn't famous for his TT skill, though. Can the hills compensate for this?
At least, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio seems to be ready to help their captain, as they are among the stage 1 favorites, too. So pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier could be in a very similar situation as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png FlĂĽgel. Let's see if he continues to impress us.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Rui Costa has slightly declined, but he shouldn't be ruled out either. He could best be compared with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre - i.e. strong on the hills and decent in ITTs - but a tad weaker in both. Still, if he's able to keep up with the top puncheurs, he'll definitely be able to target a good GC position due to his TT strength.
And pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel could very well make a great job in the TTT, maybe even allowing pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa to have a shot at the leader's jersey, e.g. after stage 4.

Yet another good hybrid rider we have in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Yuri Trofimov. His stats are very similar to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa's, except that he's a better climber - which shouldn't really matter in this race. His TT is decent, too, but inferior to the former's. The question will be if he's able to keep up with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman & Co. and gain enough time on the TT specialists to stay ahead in the GC.
It will surely be reassuring for him that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo is expected to finish high up in the TTT, so he may get a head start on some great puncheurs.

The final puncheur we're taking a closer look at is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Eduardo Sepulveda. Even though he's got a weaker hill stat than all of the aforementioned riders, he's a pretty good hybrid, matching pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa's TT capabilities. And as his physical values and acceleration are even stronger, he might be good for a surprise in the hilly stages. If he can more or less keep up, it will be interesting to see what he could get out of the TT.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA - Hexacta seems to bring one of the midfield TTT squads as well. Not great, but not too bad either - that's likely going to be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Sepulveda's situation after the first stage. It seems unlikely that he'll end up very high up in the GC, but if the hills and the ITT go well, he could still bring home a nice result.

Let's move on to the ITT powerhorses, where we start with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Luke Durbridge. He should be one of the favorites for stage 4, but how much time can he win on the puncheurs? He doesn't like the hills that much, so the ITT profile may not be optimal for him, too. But if he's got a great day on that stage, and if the hilly stages aren't ridden too hard, he could do great things. Lots of "if's" - too many of them?
What we know for sure is that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire brings a very powerful TTT squad - at least for flat races. The TTT profile is hilly, so we don't expect them to do particularly well on that first stage. But they surely want to prove us wrong, as it would put pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Durbridge in a good position.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Marcel Kittel is the second "81 TTer", and he should get a great result on the ITT stage - if the parcours doesn't prove to be too hilly for him. Because he doesn't really like hills. He'll likely lose too much time on the hilly stages to really target the GC, but who knows?
We've already talked about pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio - they've got a great TTT setup. However, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kittel will really have to make sure he can hang on in this hilly race - but if he doesn't, they have another leader in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier.

Then, we could make a Copy&Paste of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Durbridge for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Emilien Viennet. Same team, same age, same hill stats, almost the same TT stats - they're just from a different continent. It may or may not be good for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire to have two so similar riders. But at least they can hope that if one fails in the hills, the other hangs on. And, of course, they'll have two top favorites for stage 4.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Lucas Schädlich is quite much in the same situation as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kittel. Great TTT squad, great ITT stat, aversion to hills. However, at least he's got a nice acceleration, and the uphill finishes are short - could this help him to not lose too much time on these stages?
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk has certainly nominated him to make some speed on the flatter parts in the TTT - but he first has to make sure to still be with his teammates by then. Given the team's great strength on the hills, this isn't guaranteed to happen. But at least he should get a good result out of stage 4 - if the hills don't break him.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Dominique Cornu is next on the list, and unlike the 80+ TTers, he shouldn't break too fast in the hilly stages. Sure, he won't be able to keep up with the top puncheurs, but maybe lose some less time than the aforementioned TTers foursome. The rather hilly flat-rated ITT could come in handy for him, maybe allowing him to not lose much time on the pure TT beasts, either. We'll see...
He should be able to keep up with his pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo teammates in the TTT, and do some work both on the hills and especially in the flat. Where will he finally end up? It seems to be quite open...

We take a look at pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Mikhail Ignatiev, too. The Russian can be counted among the hybrids with a TT specialization, but decent on the hills, meaning he could very well like the ITT profile. What could be a great advantage is his sprinter-like acceleration, even after two declines. It could be interesting to follow him.
But with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Delvaux not having a strong TTT line-up, he will probably have to gain some time back in some other way. Maybe his remarkable fighting spirit will help him?

And as we are talking about fighting spirit, let's not forget pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Yevgeni Nepomnyachsniy. He is a lot like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Ignatiev. Of course, he loves stage races with mountains much more than the hilly ones, but as a decent puncheur and TTer with good acceleration and strong physical stats, he can do good things here as well.
But what role will he get? Yes, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio should do well in the TT, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Nepomnyachsniy should really help them do so, but with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kittel there are already two other possible leaders. Can you ever have too many options?

If the pure TT specialists should struggle, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Kristjan Koren could be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire's leader. He can be categorized as Hill-TT-hybrid as well. But in the hilly stages he may lack a bit of acceleration. Should he be able to minimize the gaps to the pure puncheurs, then he could do some damage in the TT as well - if his team doesn't lose too much time on stage 1.


Lots of names, lots of different scenarios seem to be possible - it's difficult to name a top favorite. With last year's parcours, this would have been pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre, but this year? Well, let's find it out in the next days!


But before the action starts, let's have a quick look at some sprinters who made it here, mainly targeting stage 3. Without any surprise, the fastest PCT men are not present, but still there are some interesting names:
RiderSprAccHiRiderSprAccHi
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Vanoverschelde807562pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Tzortzakis797462
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Houle797875pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Lay798160
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Pelucchi797768pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Kreder788070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Matthews797965pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Contreras788068
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Aberasturi797864pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kuboki777773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Colbrelli797561pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Bar777670


While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Vanoverschelde may have the best top speed, but his low acceleration could hurt him. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Houle is slightly slower, but being a decent puncheur, he might be targeting the hilly stages as well. Which will surely not be the case for most other sprinters, such as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Pelucchi.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Team Europcar then brings a sprinter squad, having three "79 sprinters" in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Matthews, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Aberasturi and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Lay, who has the best acceleration of this trio. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra brings a duo with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Colbrelli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Tzortzakis, let's see how that works out.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Kreder and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Contreras are next; both can more or less handle the hills, but while this may help them to lose more energy on the stages 1 and 2, they've come here for stage 3, too.
We then have an interesting rider in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Kuboki, who actually is a three-way-hybrid, as he's not afraid of the hills and is decent as well in both TT and sprint. Could he even have a shot at the GC?
This certainly won't be the case for the last man on the list, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Bar. Even though he has some strength on the hills, he's come here to sprint.

Will the strategy of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Team Europcar or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra, having multiple sprinters here, work? Will we even see an outsider win? We'll see.


And last but not least let's look at the U25 contenders.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Gebrezgabihier was already in the puncheurs list. He'll probably not be able to target the GC, due to his lack of TT skills and due to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL's expected lack of TTT strength. But the competition amongst the young riders should be less tough, so maybe his punch could bring him the white jersey.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Moscon is a bit weaker on the hills, and has about equal TT capabilities. However, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse might do better in the TTT, he could well be competing for the white jersey as well.
However, if the TTT works out more or less expected, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kanerva and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Denz could be in a good position, too. The Finn is stronger than the German considering the ITT, though.
We then have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Van Niekerk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Maccagli, who are decent TTers, but lack the strength on the hills. And they might lose too much time in the opening stage already.
Finally, let's mention pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Dulanjana, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Andriafenomananiaina and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Cosnefroy, who all have a pretty good TT and at least some puncheur traits. Especially pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Dulanjana, being part of a strong TTT team, could have his chances as well.


One final thing: The startlist! We have 20 PCT teams, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel - Elior being the only CT team having applied to participate.
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Races/HC/Slovenie/mg19_slo_startlist.jpg

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Ollfardh
Very impressive preview! Let's see what PCM18 Waeytens can do!
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
 
sammyt93
We have a very young squad here so I'm hoping we can at least ride aggressive.
 
Bjartne
What an amazing in-depth preview, thank you Fabianski!

Our only hopes here are the sprint stage really, but we'l looking forward to that one Pfft
 
ryant
Koren is the planned leader here but if Durbridge and Viennet can minimise their losses as well or win stage 4 then all is good!

We need to start our season here effectively...
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Gustavovskiy
I think this preview isn't detailed enough Pfft Jk Brilliant stuff Fabianski thanks for your effort!

I actually like our chances here. With Kelderman being the top favourite, I think Trofimov could still fight for a podium place with te right conjugation of factors. We'll see though, as this should be a very open contest.
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fjhoekie
Come on boys, surprise me...
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fintas
We are in this race with only one goal, getting into the breaks and maybe fighting for KoM. For the general we have no ambition, it will be hard to get better than a top 20
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Sykkel_Freak
Great preview! Smile

We have a six-man team here due to race clashes, which obviously is far from ideal for the opening TTT. Hopefully we can get through it without Ignatiev losing too much time, but realistically, we will probably be aiming for stage results here. Excited to see Ignatiev and Gallopin in action, and hopefully Kreder can get a good result on stage three as well.
 
jandal7
Such a wonderful preview, so detailed and so I can't believe you managed to not mention Stanislau Bazhkou at all!

Hopefully he can prove you wrong as we've sent quite a strong squad (by our standards) here to support him. Houle will also provide a double threat and hopefully he can win stage 2 or 3 (if he does stage 2 then also aiming for points classification) and maybe even do decently on GC. Would also like to see Debesay or Morne getting points, but first and foremost we want to aim high and get a great GC result from Bazhkou to start his season and a stage win along the way!
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valverde321
This needs to be a big race for us given how things have gone so far. Hoping the extra MO skills will help with the TTs since hill pretty much doesnt matter on hilly TTs.

Hopefully Serry can limit his loses on the hill stages, and we can gain time on the TT over most others.
 
Yellow Jersey
Awesome preview! This is what PCT brings me new of excitement, no mountains but riders for all terrains to bring hope, the GC doesn't bring me many expectations as the ITT I feel will be too important, the hills will have some gaps but to get a stage win is the priority (although it isn't THAT likely too), as with the sprinters I brought my two leadout men and see how they work together and we can build a leadout.
 
Tamijo
I am afraid we won't see Pichon able to do much here, his TT is too bad.
Need some amazing time trails to get near to 10.

Thanks for the preview
 
tsmoha
That's a lot of effort spent for preview. Wow, well done!
 
beagle
First of all, absolutely stunning preview, Fabianski. Thank you!

One of crucial races and first test of slightly improved Izagirre in PCM18. Anything but podium will be considered as a huge failure and step down to CT.
Hoping for not too big loss in opening TTT, selective hills and good daily form in ITT.
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DaveTwoBob
Amazing preview!

Hoping beyond hope that Flugel can stay in contention for a decent finish in the ITT and doesn’t get dropped during the TTT.
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quadsas
Really no idea whether it was a good decision not to send Siskevicius and co here.
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Ollfardh
Well, catching another team in a TTT is definitely beyond expectations. Just a bit annoyed it's Waeytens and Moscon losing the extra seconds, PCM18 didn't fix that at least.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
 
Yellow Jersey
Honestly I don't recall the planning for this race but I know that I've had it so that Dowsett could keep up in the TTT but that apparently cost too much time, hoping in the ITT he'll recover some as he can deal with it much better than some of the other favourites, Barrio and Zordan didn't loose time either so the damage is done but hope arrises. With GW at the same time we had no option too other than have a preference and Summerhill needs the best support so there was clearly a lack of synth here.

Still not a disaster I'd say, some teams were slower indeed, the report was amazing Fabianski and congratz to Duolingo, now let's hope Summerhill can bring it home in Belgium Smile
 
jandal7
Ouch Sad Really big GC blow, my fault for bad race selections giving us an ugly triple clash with GW and ToME meaning we only got 6 riders here.
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