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Tour de l'Avenir - Discussion
Tour de l’Avenir

Welcome to one of the more unique races of the year, the Tour de l’Avenir. With only riders aged 23 and younger allowed and squads composed mostly of riders of two or more teams, it stands outside of the regular calendar and shines a light on some of the most promising youngsters in the cycling world.


As usual, it’s a very balanced route. We have a short prologue and a longer time trial later on, three flat stages for sprinters, two stages for the puncheurs and two for the climbers, including a beast of a stage on the final day with four significant climbs that will be key in deciding the overall win. Really, the only terrain not represented are cobbles, but that probably would have been too much of a good thing.

GC Top Favorites
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Padun7875657373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Roman7573647472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Min7572646374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Schleck7572537269
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Areruya7474647276
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Barta7471716672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Gidich7376737275

Two of last year’s Top 10 have found their way here again and both are expected to end up at or close to the top. Since finishing 8th in 2018, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Mark Padun has taken a big step forward and enters this race as the indisputable odds-on favorite. His climbing is in another league and he is a good puncheur as well. Anything but the GC win would be a big disappointment for him.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Yevgeniy Gidich finished fourth last year, a result he’d like to at least replicate, but ideally improve upon. He sets himself apart from the other non-Padun favorites by being the best on short, intense climbs and also the strongest time trialist of the bunch. But he has to utilize those skills to their fullest to compensate for his comparably low pure mountain stat.

Among the other contenders, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Aleksandar Roman and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Kyeng Ho Min stand out as strong climbers with solid hill and resistance stats. The Serb could have an edge due to his superior punch, both on short hills as well as in terms of acceleration, but both are certainly podium contenders.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Jordan Schleck might rival them in pure climbing ability, but he lacks top tier resistance and, maybe more importantly, he’s one of the worst time trialists of the entire peloton. He certainly has something to prove here, after a 119th place overall last year.

In contrast, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Joseph Areruya and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png William Barta are much more well-rounded. Areruya is among the best puncheurs of the climbers and he also sports the best resistance stat of all riders present. Barta on the other hand is closest to Gidich in time trialing of this group. They also have had decent experiences in this race already, having finished 21st and 17th, respectively, in 2018.

GC Outsiders
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Aular7368646770pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Pogacar7170706873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Almeida7267676973pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Bernal7167706673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Inkelaar7367617171pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Gregaard7165656571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mck.png Powless7269747071pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Foss7068706774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Petelin7268626968pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Madouas7070686770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Conci7170716771pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Williams7068666772
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Vlasov7169736868pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/jay.png Evans7067676667
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Sivakov7167696872pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Abdurrahman7066676569

There are a few more riders who fancy their chances of a good GC result. In this deep field, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Orluis Aular and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kevin Inkelaar are the best climbers, but they have weaknesses in time trialing and aren’t the best puncheurs either.

Some of the more well-rounded riders in this group include pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mck.png Neilson Powless, the best time trialist of any of the GC contenders, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Nicola Conci and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Tadej Pogacar. The latter is also the youngest of the group, at just 21 years old.

A few teams come here with unclear GC leadership, such as DK Zalgiris, who in addition to Aular also bring pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Joao Almeida, Euskaltel Elior adding pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Jan Drago Petelin to Conci, or Aegon - Tinkoff U23 with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Pavel Sivakov and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Alexander Vlasov, one of the stronger time trialists.

On the other hand, a few riders have been omitted because they have another clear GC leader in their team, even if they would otherwise have made the list. However, we see two of them when we turn to the stage hunters, looking at the puncheurs for stages 4 and 6 first:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk75717274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Müller75636769
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Errazkin74716972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Eriksson73657272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Gaudu73696673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Menten72646674

The riders mentioned are the incomparable pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Aidan Van Niekerk, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Xuban Errazkin. Both are decent climbers in their own right, but they will likely target a stage win instead of a GC result, or play a supporting role. They are joined by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Patrick Müller as the top riders in an otherwise rather subpar field of puncheurs.

While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Lucas Eriksson, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png David Gaudu and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Milan Menten could play a decent role, it’s more likely that some of the GC riders like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Padun, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Areruya or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Roman fight for top positions on those hilly stages - although the best puncheur of them all is of course still pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Gidich.

Time Trialists
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Ganna717476pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png De Bod717373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mck.png Powless707474pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/jay.png Scotson697375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Oliveira677474pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Anderberg747272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Gidich727373pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Castrillo737272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Vlasov717373pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Groselj727173
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Kalaba727076pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Kopfauf656175

A quick look at the riders who might fancy their chances in the opening prologue and the time trial on day five. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Filippo Ganna and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Ivo Oliveira are the top favorites for the latter, next to the already mentioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mck.png Powless and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Gidich.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/jay.png Callum Scotson is a good time trialist as well but an even better prologue rider, tageting stage 1 in particular, where he will compete with Ganna as well as specialists pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Dusan Kalaba and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Markus Kopfauf, although at six kilometers, the stage might already be too long for the latter.

Top Sprinters
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Hsu73777768
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Kalaba72777771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Cullaigh69757768
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Halvorsen72757669
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Jakobsen70757671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Hodeg68747470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Oliveira68737470

Finally, let’s talk about the strongest sprinters present at this race. Once again, we see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fes.png Kalaba, who is one of two clear favorites for the three flat stages next to
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Hsuan Ping Hsu. The Duolingo leader has the additional advantage of having the top lead out here with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Rui Oliveira.

In the second tier, we have the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Gabriel Cullaigh, the rider who can match the top two’s acceleration the most, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vlv.png Kristoffer Halvorsen and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Fabio Jakobsen, who are also very well-rounded sprinters.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Alvaro Hodeg is a small step below them, but still clearly above a long list of decently quick riders who could enter the Top 5 to 10 on a good day. Those riders include:

Secondary Sprinters
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Mudgway66727465pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/pum.png Steimle69717368
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Moschetti66727367pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Kulikovskiy68717272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/aeg.png Lonardi69727257pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cdb.png Wouters67717272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Philipsen67727267pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Kiskonen69707274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Ovsyannikov67727171pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/fpc.png Soulious68707270
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Banaszek68717568pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Zakaria63707264
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Rajovic67717573pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/trg.png Pedersen69707071

With all that out of the way, have a look at the startlist:


Avenir TeamRegular Team
MainKentAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
CowanAlexanderAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
RikunovPetrAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
BanzerGordianAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
FilutasViktorAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
ToupalikAdamAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
PronskiyVadimAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PadunMarkAdastra - Hell Energy CyclingTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
KulikovskiyAlexandrAegon-Tinkoff U23Team Tinkoff
FerriGregorioAegon-Tinkoff U23Aegon - Lavazza
LonardiGiovanniAegon-Tinkoff U23Aegon - Lavazza
Di FeliceFrancescoAegon-Tinkoff U23Aegon - Lavazza
SivakovPavelAegon-Tinkoff U23Eddie Stobart
KooistraMartenAegon-Tinkoff U23Aegon - Lavazza
VlasovAlexanderAegon-Tinkoff U23Team Tinkoff
KurianovStepanAegon-Tinkoff U23Equinor Pro Cycling
HerreraErickAzteca - NBCSNDesigual
Cepeda HernandezJeffersonAzteca - NBCSNISA - Hexacta
CardonaJulianAzteca - NBCSNAzteca - NBCSN
ErrazkinXubanAzteca - NBCSNDesigual
AcostaRubenAzteca - NBCSNAzteca - NBCSN
RobergeAdamAzteca - NBCSNAzteca - NBCSN
BartaWilliamAzteca - NBCSNDesigual
ReyesSebastian AlejandroAzteca - NBCSNAzteca - NBCSN
YatesJoelBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
MenicucciSamueleBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
ErdenebatBilguunjargalBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
MudgwayLukeBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
MuhindoJimmyBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
MarryattJakeBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
SunderlandDylanBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
ReddishNickBNZ Cycling TeamBNZ Cycling Team
RocchettiFilippoCampari/Asahi developmentCampari/Asahi development
DinaMartonCampari/Asahi developmentENI - MOL
AbdurrahmanMuhammadCampari/Asahi developmentTryg Insurance Cycling Team
MoschettiMatteoCampari/Asahi developmentCampari/Asahi development
MoriczDanielCampari/Asahi developmentENI - MOL
AlbaneseVincenzoCampari/Asahi developmentCampari/Asahi development
MatsumotoYosukueCampari/Asahi developmentCampari/Asahi development
YamamotoMasakiCampari/Asahi developmentCampari/Asahi development
ForsbyHannesCarlsberg - Danske BankWorld Cycling Centre
BelevicsArtursCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
KämnaLennardCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
PonceJoelCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
FossTobiasCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
GregaardJonasCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
WoutersEnzoCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
ResellErik NordsaeterCarlsberg - Danske BankCarlsberg - Danske Bank
CotePier-AndreCentovalli - FiatRakuten Pro Cycling
NatarovYuriyCentovalli - FiatRakuten Pro Cycling
EenkhoornPascalCentovalli - FiatCentovalli - Fiat
MaderGinoCentovalli - FiatCentovalli - Fiat
WilliamsStephenCentovalli - FiatcycleYorkshire
CullaighGabrielCentovalli - FiatcycleYorkshire
GamperPatrickCentovalli - FiatCentovalli - Fiat
FedeliAlessandroCentovalli - FiatCentovalli - Fiat
AlmeidaJoaoDK ZalgirisBerg Cycles
HamiltonLucasDK ZalgirisDK Zalgiris
BeniusisJustasDK ZalgirisDK Zalgiris
AkhmaeviSulkhanDK ZalgirisDK Zalgiris
NarvaezJhonatanDK ZalgirisDK Zalgiris
AularOrluisDK ZalgirisBerg Cycles
OvsyannikovAlexandrDK ZalgirisDK Zalgiris
KiskonenSiimDK ZalgirisBerg Cycles
ZariffNur AimanDuolingoDelvaux
GidichYevgeniyDuolingoSPAR - Siam Cement
HsuHsuan PingDuolingoSPAR - Siam Cement
JakobsenFabioEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
GauduDavidEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
PetelinJan DragoEuskaltel - EliorCarrefour - ESPN
BanaszekAlanEuskaltel - EliorCarrefour - ESPN
CastrilloJaimeEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
ConciNicolaEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
ZahiriAbderrahimEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
GanjkhanlouMohammadEuskaltel - EliorEuskaltel - Elior
van den BergJuliusFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
MentenMilanFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
VoloshinAlexeyFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
De BodStefanFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
MinKyeng HoFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
CrasSteffFarfetch Pro CyclingBerg Cycles
NunesHugoFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
SouliousZisisFarfetch Pro CyclingFarfetch Pro Cycling
VeberMaticFestina - IsostarFestina - OAKA
Van NiekerkAidanFestina - IsostarFestina - OAKA
VilaAimilianoFestina - IsostarCentovalli - Fiat
PerGorazdFestina - IsostarFestina - OAKA
KiriakidisIoannidisFestina - IsostarCentovalli - Fiat
GiannoutsosMiltiadisFestina - IsostarCentovalli - Fiat
RomanAleksandarFestina - IsostarIsostar - LimeBike
KalabaDusanFestina - IsostarIsostar - LimeBike
TaminiauxLionelIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
HodegAlvaroIberia - Team DegenkolbMinions
SiddikovDilmurdjonIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
PaasschensMathijsIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
PhilipsenJasperIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
BartheCyrilIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
GoossensKobeIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
BernalEganIberia - Team DegenkolbIberia - Team Degenkolb
EvansAlexanderJayco - MitcheltonBianchi - Campagnolo
HindleyJaiJayco - MitcheltonBennelong - Mitchelton
StorerMichaelJayco - MitcheltonBianchi - Campagnolo
MiltiadisAndreasJayco - MitcheltonJayco - Mitchelton
ScotsonCallumJayco - MitcheltonSwisslion Cycling Team
PorterAlexanderJayco - MitcheltonJayco - Mitchelton
MonkCyrusJayco - MitcheltonBennelong - Mitchelton
ChristensenRyanJayco - MitcheltonDelvaux
SetiawaAndreas Odie PurnamaLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamSwisslion Cycling Team
SchleckJordanLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamEA Vesuvio
WeltenBramLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamGCN ProTeam
SaviniDanielLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamEddie Stobart
DewulfStanLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
SajnokSzymonLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Lopez NolascoLuis FernandoLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamRostrum Initiative
Le CourtKimLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeamPodium Ambition
PowlessNeilsonMcCormick Pro CyclingGazelle
BrownConnorMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
HoehnAlexMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
MostovZekeMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
VillegasJesusMcCormick Pro CyclingISA - Hexacta
FungKa HooMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
RevardThomasMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
GraniganNoahMcCormick Pro CyclingMcCormick Pro Cycling
MaleckiKamilPhilipsNetia - Vonin
ZhyhunouDzmitryPhilipsNetia - Vonin
JohansonKristjanPhilipsNetia - Vonin
CherkasovNicolayPhilipsNetia - Vonin
GoreckiPatrykPhilipsNetia - Vonin
NoiaCarloSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
PuttiRiccardoSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
HibatullahJamalSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
OleiFedericoSauber Petronas RacingDesigual
ManoYuttanaSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
HirschiMarcSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
ZakariaAkmal HakimSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
MisbahMushinSauber Petronas RacingSauber Petronas Racing
PenkoIzidorSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
MestricMatijaSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
PogacarTadejSwisslion Cycling TeamAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
RajovicDusanSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
MartinezDaniel FelipeSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
MunozCristianSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
GroseljMaticSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
ChristodoulosMichaelSwisslion Cycling TeamSwisslion Cycling Team
MunyanezaDidierTeam Puma - SAPTryg Insurance Cycling Team
ZimmermannGeorgTeam Puma - SAPTryg Insurance Cycling Team
O'LoughlinMichaelTeam Puma - SAPGCN ProTeam
GannaFilippoTeam Puma - SAPTeam Puma - SAP
SteimleJannikTeam Puma - SAPTryg Insurance Cycling Team
StorkFlorianTeam Puma - SAPTeam Puma - SAP
KanterMaxTeam Puma - SAPTryg Insurance Cycling Team
MadouasValentinTeam Puma - SAPTeam Puma - SAP
SleenTorjusTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
LarsenNiklasTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
HonoreMikkelTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
KlarisMagnus BakTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
NorsgaardMathiasTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
VingegaardJonasTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
ChokriEl MehdiTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
PedersenCasperTryg Insurance Cycling TeamTryg Insurance Cycling Team
ErikssonLucasVolvo acc. by SpotifyVolvo acc. by Spotify
HalvorsenKristofferVolvo acc. by SpotifyVolvo acc. by Spotify
AnderbergHampusVolvo acc. by SpotifyAker - MOT
MüllerPatrickVolvo acc. by SpotifyTeam UBS
SchäppiMartinVolvo acc. by SpotifyTeam UBS
TillerRasmusVolvo acc. by SpotifyVolvo acc. by Spotify
WaerstedSyverVolvo acc. by SpotifyEquinor Pro Cycling
SosaIvanVolvo acc. by SpotifyVolvo acc. by Spotify
FlorezMiguelXero RacingXero Racing
HuynhThan TungXero RacingXero Racing
HiguitaSergioXero RacingXero Racing
FoucheJamesXero RacingNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
ChenMingrunXero RacingXero Racing
AreruyaJosephXero RacingXero Racing
SunnatovAkramjonXero RacingXero Racing
HabtemichaelDanielXero RacingMcCormick Pro Cycling
Edited by cunego59 on 29-06-2020 14:44
Great preview cunego! Super fun read.

We don't have any huge talents, so we don't have a favorite on any terrain. But I'm satisfied just to be fielding a whole team here. I want us to be active, that's all I ask. Breakaway in almost every stage, contest finishes when possible, and just have fun.
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Obviously all in on Areruya here with 7 climbers in the squad plus Huynh, hopefully we can use that strength. This isn't his biggest year to target it, but a podium finish would be very cool, he certainly has a decent shot at 2nd which has to be the goal even if he's not the favourite for it. Will certainly be an interesting battle with the very different riders fighting for the spots behind Padun, who is already smashing it in PTHC right now so will probably be at least a step above!

This will also show to me on the two GC days how much of an issue his DH will be in future and if he needs an emergency switch to CV2 to try and mitigate it, I remember last year I think he used to get dropped on the downhills and have to rejoin the pack, which is objectively funny, but very worrying for someone who is meant to be our talisman for the next decade Pfft

We also have Schleck over at Lierse trying to defend their title, he could be a joke or actually quite good, will have to wait and see Pfft Would be awesome if we can see two of our young African climbers near the top here!

Thanks for the preview cunego, really looking forward to the reports, should be a fun race as always and for us the most involved we've ever been!
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We get to field a whole team but nobody of note for this season, a couple of guys might be in contention for stage wins in the future but the majority of our squad is still very young and inexperienced. this year is mainly about development and seeing how the group rides together, giving them the experience of being a team, laying the foundation to challenge in the future, both here and once they are all fully developed and have reached their full potentials in our squad.
A good GC finish for Barta would really go a long way towards his career at this point, rest of the riders may be looking at long term support roles regardless.
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A year too early for Inkelaar but he should be in Top 10 contention nonetheless. Looking forward to the race.

Thanks for the preview Smile
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This will be fun! Smile Thank you for a nice preview, cunego.

Will be interesting to see how this one plays out with PCM 18, having the Queen stage at the very end. Stage 7 should also be one for time gaps, but it feels like several riders can do it there, whereas on stage 9, that can only be Padun Pfft

Nice to see Foss listed as #1 at the Carlsberg team. No expectations though, but hopefully him and the others can attack and show themselves. For our Volvo contributors, the same can be said, but it would also be cool to see us able to support Halvorsen for the sprints there.
Pogacar's well rounded skillset should allow him to fight for a top 10 GC place. Apart from that good to see Groselj and Rajovic get a mention, but it would be quite an upset to see them do something special.

Hope to see some aggressive racing from our young guys. Proud to see us race under Swisslion colours this year, with 7/8 riders on our books Smile

Thanks for the preview Cunego Smile


"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
First ever Tour de l'Avenir for us. Our biggest hopes are on Cullaigh (cycleYorkshire), but he won't have any help for the sprint preparation. GC-wise, we have two more or less equivalent leaders (Mäder, Williams (cycleYorkshire)), with the former being slightly stronger in the TT and the latter on the hills. But yeah, without any points at stake, the main goal is just to have a fun race Smile

And it's really hard to see Padun not winning this one.

Thanks for the preview, cunego!
Go Powless!
Min comes here hoping to continue our streak of podium finishers, after Ranaweera, Carthy and Herklotz (borrowed of course) finished on the podium in our colours over the last three years. Beyond Min our squad isn't as strong as it has been in the past, although De Bod has an outside shot at winning the TT, which should be a good preview for the U23 TT at the Worlds, and Soulious and Menten may be able to sneak a few good stage results.

cunego59 wrote:
To keep the MG moving at a swift pace and because there are no other races happening simultaneously, I would go with two reports per day, one earlier in the day and one in the afternoon or evening (European time).

Historically we've just continued on with the calendar with Avenir running alongside the first September races, as that way things don't slow down (it being listed in August is more of an activity check than anything). I was planning on starting to post Britain from tomorrow and Tour of America from Wednesday as 2 reports per day, but I can hold off if there's a strong preference for waiting a few days until Avenir is done Smile
No idea who this Schleck is, but he looks kinda good based on the start numbers and last name. Let's go team!

Final shoutout to last year's winner, Sam Oomen!
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
jph27 wrote:
cunego59 wrote:
To keep the MG moving at a swift pace and because there are no other races happening simultaneously, I would go with two reports per day, one earlier in the day and one in the afternoon or evening (European time).

Historically we've just continued on with the calendar with Avenir running alongside the first September races, as that way things don't slow down (it being listed in August is more of an activity check than anything). I was planning on starting to post Britain from tomorrow and Tour of America from Wednesday as 2 reports per day, but I can hold off if there's a strong preference for waiting a few days until Avenir is done Smile

Ah alright, makes sense! At least from my end, by all means, go ahead Smile Paris Tours will be a day or two late then as I won't be able to race that before Thursday, but I guess that's not be a big deal.

Also, if Avenir is completely outside of the regular timeline and no one's waiting for it, I can do the regular one report per day, whatever you guys prefer.
If it doesn't affect the overall progress of the game, I'd clearly prefer having one report per day. I like to comment on every stage individually, which would be much harder with 2 reports/day, that's why I don't like the "fast-forward-mode" that much. But I can understand that it may be helpful in terms of off-season planning.
I'm not a big fan of either, too many reports pop-up at the same time.

NB: Crazy that Padun is MO 78 in a U23 event, howtf does that happen ?
Tamijo wrote:
I'm not a big fan of either, too many reports pop-up at the same time.

NB: Crazy that Padun is MO 78 in a U23 event, howtf does that happen ?

Well... That was only possible thanks to trekbmc. Padun was added in a year in which riders with a 200k+ wage would be cheap to loan for teams, using their entire loan cap... Don't know the exact details, but point is I used that rule to move Padun with a 220k-ish wage to trekbmc who made him reach level 3.00 in 1 season. Now he's somewhere pretty high in level 4, and will max out after this season already.

Guess it was not intended to make him get that 1>3 boost, but we made it happen Smile
Manager of Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff in the PCM.Daily Man-Game
Ya, it fine to use the rule when it is there, but i'd say remove the rule and lets develop them on step at the time.
Luis Leon Sanchez
Got a decent variety of riders here from a GC hopeful in Conci to Gaudu who has been proving himself as a great Puncheur, Jakobsen who is a very capable sprinter and Castrillo who is solid against the clock. Should be a good race!
Well, riders are now usually added to the game at 22 years old iirc. They are allowed to make that 1->3 development, so they can do their first Avenir with level 1, and the second one with level 3.
If riders are added at 21 years old, they are already forbidden to do the 1->3 step, so it shouldn't happen any more that level 4 riders participate in Avenir.
Riders with less than 21 years aren't added to the game.

Correct me if I'm wrong Smile
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