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Berlin ProRace Discussion
Ulrich Ulriksen
Berlin ProRace



The HC Berlin ProRace returns for its 9th edition. Six of the prior eight races were decided in a mass sprint and the with the parcours slightly flatter and reduced from 216km to 186km this year, another sprint looks likely.

In 2015 Michael Vink won solo by 25 seconds and the previous year it was George Bennett winning on his own, 48 second clear of the peloton. Other than that all sprint winners: Degenkolb (2018), Guerao (2017), Van der Sande (2016), Davis (2013) and Bennati (2012).

Of the prior winners only pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Degenkolb is back. He is joined by 2018 5th place pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Lahcen Saber and 2017 3rd place pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Roman Maksimov. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Davide Appollonio has finished 6th both the last two years and he is back looking for the hat trick.

Taking a look at the team leaders we get 23 of 24 teams represented by a 79 SP or better sprinter (the 24th has a 78). Picking one leader for each team, sorted by SP+AC we get:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb76848171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png AhlstrandVolvo acc. by Spotify74838273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png MaksimovENI - MOL72818469
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png BoeckmansCampari/Asahi development73818371
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png GuarnieriDelvaux76828176
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png ReinhardtTeam UBS71798466
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png ItamiRakuten Pro Cycling75808267
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png CavendishKraftwerk Man Machine72828070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png KipAndorra Cycling Project69808263
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png SilvestreBerg Cycles78808171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png AvelinoDuolingo71837866
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png SaberPhilips75817972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png ZabelDesigual74817970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png CiolekSwisslion Cycling Team74827868
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png ManninenValio - Viking Genetics74808075
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png SallehSauber Petronas Racing70808065
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png RoweXero Racing78798070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png AppollonioCarlsberg - Danske Bank74817866
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png EngercycleYorkshire73817873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Van AsbroeckLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam75807872
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png LavoineKulczyk - Alitalia73807864
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png UlanowskiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff73807766
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png VantommeMinions72817663

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Degenkolb is looking good again but there is a lot of strong competition. Ten of the leaders boast 80+ sprint and acceleration. Given the deep field, flat parcours and shorter distance it doesn’t look promising for a late attacker. But in addition to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Rowe, who could go this path instead of waiting for the sprint, top roulers include:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png SummerhillAndorra Cycling Project7870737281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png BreenDelvaux7773727274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Gallego MartinIberia - Team Degenkolb7762606280
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png FengISA – Hexacta7860627274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png ArashiroRakuten Pro Cycling8068746778
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png MundleSauber Petronas Racing7959697380

Most notable is cobbles strong man pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Summerhill.

Turning to the support riders, nearly every team has at least one strong sprinter for a leadout but if we focus on riders with strong sprint and flat we get 8 teams with 3 strong flat/sprint riders backing up their leader:

Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Peeters, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Pelucchi
Volvo acc. by Spotify: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Ariesen, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Markus, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Stallaert
Sauber Petronas Racing: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Aregger, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Chavanne, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Page
Philips: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Havik, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Te Brake, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Wippert
Kraftwerk Man Machine: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Willwohl, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Park, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Gough
Duolingo: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Bouglas, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Chen, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Merlier
Minions: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Avila, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Major, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Drapac
Rakuten Pro Cycling: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Zhao, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Hayakawa, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Liu

Only 1 of these 8 feature a leader near the top of the sprinter list so lets make Volvo’s pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Jonas Ahlstrand the favorite to take the 2019 edition of the Berlin ProRace. And we will go with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Appollonio for 6th.

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TzortzakisGeorgosAndorra Cycling Project
SummerhillDannyAndorra Cycling Project
SakalaYanjananiAndorra Cycling Project
ColbrelliSonnyAndorra Cycling Project
KirevaAlbertAndorra Cycling Project
Dahl-OlsenGunnarAndorra Cycling Project
UrcelayAdriaAndorra Cycling Project
KipIsmaelAndorra Cycling Project
FernandesJoseBerg Cycles
AlmeidaJoaoBerg Cycles
KupfernagelDaniloBerg Cycles
CrasSteffBerg Cycles
RodriguesVitorBerg Cycles
KiskonenSiimBerg Cycles
SilvestreFabioBerg Cycles
CoutinhoLionelBerg Cycles
RocchettiFilippoCampari/Asahi development
NaudPatrickCampari/Asahi development
BoeckmansKrisCampari/Asahi development
MoschettiMatteoCampari/Asahi development
LhotellerieClementCampari/Asahi development
LascaFranciscoCampari/Asahi development
FerreiraRicardoCampari/Asahi development
KadriBlelCampari/Asahi development
BelevicsArtursCarlsberg - Danske Bank
KämnaLennardCarlsberg - Danske Bank
AppollonioDavideCarlsberg - Danske Bank
FossTobiasCarlsberg - Danske Bank
VanspeybrouckPieterCarlsberg - Danske Bank
RanneriesChristianCarlsberg - Danske Bank
ResellErik NordsaeterCarlsberg - Danske Bank
OstergaardNikiCarlsberg - Danske bank
EngerSondre HolstcycleYorkshire
ZariffNur AimanDelvaux
Lobato del ValleJuan JoseDelvaux
NeumanDominikENI - MOL
FarantakisStylianosENI - MOL
DinaMartonENI - MOL
PonsGaetanENI - MOL
MoriczDanielENI - MOL
VanoverscheldeKobeENI - MOL
MaksimovRomanENI - MOL
LovassyKrisztianENI - MOL
Garcia CortinaIvanIberia - Team Degenkolb
DegenkolbJohnIberia - Team Degenkolb
KosicNejcIberia - Team Degenkolb
DomeneRamonIberia - Team Degenkolb
Gallego MartinJuan AbenhamarIberia - Team Degenkolb
KingBenIberia - Team Degenkolb
BrockhoffJanIberia - Team Degenkolb
Merino CriadoPedroIberia - Team Degenkolb
BushRobertISA - Hexacta
ArissolAhmadISA - Hexacta
MraouniSalah EddineISA - Hexacta
FengChun KaiISA - Hexacta
BolivarIsaacISA - Hexacta
SantosEmersonISA - Hexacta
JuarezDanielISA - Hexacta
VandousselaereSvenISA - Hexacta
WillwohlWilliKraftwerk Man Machine
CavendishMarkKraftwerk Man Machine
GrellierFabienKraftwerk Man Machine
van ZylJohannKraftwerk Man Machine
ParkSang HongKraftwerk Man Machine
WalslebenMaxKraftwerk Man Machine
De VreeseLaurensKraftwerk Man Machine
GoughWestleyKraftwerk Man Machine
LavoineAnthonyKulczyk - Alitalia
DruckerJempyKulczyk - Alitalia
TzortzakisPolychronisKulczyk - Alitalia
GretschPatrickKulczyk - Alitalia
MartinTonyKulczyk - Alitalia
CominelliCristianKulczyk - Alitalia
LatonErykKulczyk - Alitalia
TeweldeJaniKulczyk - Alitalia
BiermansJentheLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Van AertWoutLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Van AsbroeckTomLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
VanbilsenKennethLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
MareczkoJakubLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
PeetersKevinLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
BonifazioNiccoloLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
PelucchiMatteoLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Te BrakeRemcoPhilips
ArashiroYudaiRakuten Pro Cycling
OnoderaReiRakuten Pro Cycling
ZhaoJingbiaoRakuten Pro Cycling
NonakaRyomaRakuten Pro Cycling
HayakawaTomohiroRakuten Pro Cycling
ItamiKenjiRakuten Pro Cycling
LiuJiankunRakuten Pro Cycling
CheungKing Lok Rakuten Pro Cycling
TaramarcazJulienSauber Petronas Racing
AreggerMarcelSauber Petronas Racing
ChavanneGabrielSauber Petronas Racing
ManoYuttanaSauber Petronas Racing
MundleBenediktSauber Petronas Racing
HirschiMarcSauber Petronas Racing
PageDylanSauber Petronas Racing
SallehMohamed HarrifSauber Petronas Racing
ZekavicaJovanSwisslion Cycling Team
CiolekGeraldSwisslion Cycling Team
RajovicDusanSwisslion Cycling Team
KrederRaymondSwisslion Cycling Team
MezgecLukaSwisslion Cycling Team
GroseljMaticSwisslion Cycling Team
OrkenAhmetSwisslion Cycling Team
PoljanecMihaSwisslion Cycling Team
BudyakAnatoliyTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
KochetkovMikhailTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RiabushenkoAliaksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
UlanowskiMaciejTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
YoungDarrenTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
LutsyshynRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PolivodaOleksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OrlovAndriyTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MĂĽllerPatrickTeam UBS
SchärMichaelTeam UBS
FouquetKevinTeam UBS
SchäppiMartinTeam UBS
ReinhardtTheoTeam UBS
BohliTomTeam UBS
FominykhDaniilTeam UBS
GrandArnaudTeam UBS
AaltioRistoValio - Viking Genetics
VainionpääOskariValio - Viking Genetics
LarsenTrondValio - Viking Genetics
ManninenMattiValio - Viking Genetics
VanderaerdenMichaelValio - Viking Genetics
ChatarungaSameeraValio - Viking Genetics
PietikäinenSauliValio - Viking Genetics
KulppiOlliValio - Viking Genetics
AriesenJohimVolvo acc. by Spotify
HalvorsenKristofferVolvo acc. by Spotify
AhlstrandJonasVolvo acc. by Spotify
SweeckLaurensVolvo acc. by Spotify
BroersRemcoVolvo acc. by Spotify
MarkusBarryVolvo acc. by Spotify
StenersenStenVolvo acc. by Spotify
StallaertJoeriVolvo acc. by Spotify
RoweLukeXero Racing
de KleijnArvidXero Racing
Van NiekerkMorneXero Racing
KennettDylanXero Racing
HiguitaSergioXero Racing
HabtomMikielXero Racing
SchomberNilsXero Racing
Ngamoki-CameronCarlXero Racing

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If they don't form a sprint train here, I give up on leadouts.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
I expect to be disappointed
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Hahahaha. As if Appo has a chance to get 6th again. His hidden timing IQ stats suck way too much for that. I predict a zero pointer.
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We must KIP on drilling it! Kip's had a strong performance this season so it's feasable to believe in him, his leadout and a very strong team for the flat is here, hoping there's wind as it could mix things up a lot aswell
A Top 10 is probably a realistic target to aim for but a Top 15 looks more likely. We need some luck from somewhere.
Silvestre has been constantly failing throughout the season so I'm not sure what to expect from this race. The minimum desirable would be a place in the top 10 but I'm not sure how the duo Fabio / Kupfernagel will behave.
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Need a bit of luck for Cav to get a result here.

Thanks for the preview Ulrich.
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In theory this should be one of Itami's best races. He's got great support, and the stage isnt too long or hilly.
Appo getting dropped on flats and trying to jump across the gap on his own with the peloton at full pace. Yep, that's about right.

I'm sticking to my word about sprint stages next year. They will be avoided at all costs.

Thanks for the report
RIP Exxon Duke, David Veilleux, Double Feature, and Monster Energy



I guess 11th is about par with this startlist and the randomness of sprints. Doesn't help us much...

Congrats to Berg and thanks for the report Smile
Eh. Glad Rowe tried something again, obviously was hoping for something more after Veenendaal, but 6th is fine and actually pretty alright in a straight(ish) sprint. Thanks for the report Ulrich, great to have you reporting this year Grin
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[CX] Listerijns & Kiwis

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After seeing that Maksimov isnt made the favourites list made by the game itself, i though the 8th place is very good Smile

Thanks for the report.
Ollfardh wrote:
If they don't form a sprint train here, I give up on leadouts.

I didn't mean from 33K out!

No, great racing. I'm really happy with the team's performance. We always seem to ride agressively this year, compared to last year's flat races where we did nothing all race and finished 11th in the sprint.

Thanks for a very entertaining report!
Edited by Ollfardh on 27-03-2020 08:00
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Perfect from Boeckmans - nice.

Thanks for the preview and report.

Congratulate to the winner
Edited by Tamijo on 27-03-2020 11:28
My disappointment was expected

Thanks for the report Ulrich, congrats Berg!
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Son of a bitch... Hard hit to take tbh Summerhill was in the brink of making this race an incredible success but finished outside the Top25 after that last final Km. The hit is because the move indeed succeeded, I envy but congratulate Silvestre and fintas, and thanks Ulrich for the work in the report!
Well based on how the race went, glad to not get a 0 pointer here tbh. Thought Arashiro had a great result in him for a moment too but still not really worse than expectations.
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