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Zuri Metzgete Discussion
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Zuri Metzgete


History


YearWinnerTeam
2018Hassen Ben NasserCampari - Super Dry
2017Arthur VichotKulczyk - DMTEX
2016Kim MichelyMOL - OMW Petrom
2015Marc De MaarCarlsberg - Danske Bank
2014Marcel WyssTeam Vontobel
2013Pieter WeeningTeam Gazelle
2012Luis Felipe Laverde JimenezTeam Cativen
2008Damiano CunegoLA GAZETTA DELLO SPORT
2007Danilo Di LucaASTANÁ


As is tradition, the Continental division finishes its season in Switzerland with the Zuri Metzgete. Since 2012 it is the race which decides the champion of the division, which teams can promote to the Pro Continental Tour, but let's not forget winning this race is also considered a big achievement. Managers who are at the top of the table will watch this race in suspense, while teams at the bottom end which have nothing to lose could go on and take a final bit of morale before heading into a deserved winter break.

Profile

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As this is Switzerland, some climbing will be in order. The profile indicator suggests the puncheurs are the favorites but the climb might favor the pure climbers. The finish is downhill in the city of Zurich, which also has many possible outcomes. Another thing to notice is the length, 233 kilometer is not something the continental riders are used to.

Startlist

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PuncheursHLMOACCClimbersMOHLACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Kwiatkowski797875pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Pinot807469
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Chaves797672pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Kwiatkowski787975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa797070pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Giogieri787367
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Meyer796977pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Elissonde787366
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson796976pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Diaz787068
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Bystrom796876pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Squire777771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Siskevicius787375pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Saggiorato777372
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Roux786575pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Potocki777264
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Squire777771pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Camier776762
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/trg.png Hoelgaard777474pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Chaves767972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Teklit777070pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Anguilet767464
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Zingle776976pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Alizadeh767270
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Villella776580pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Heider767261
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Diggle776570pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png De Vos757569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Pellaud776570pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Gaspar757567
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Lejman776568pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Fernandez757566
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Besada776377pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Pirazzi757376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gla.png Roche767466pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Hardy757370
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Bravo767070pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Malacarne757369
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png McEvoy766479pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Pavlic757269
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Weiss766374pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Lovik757266
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Rovny766373pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Lewis756671


The favorites are split in puncheurs and climbers, though that does not mean a rider is simply one of the two. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nvo.png Kwiatkowski features high up on both lists, which statistically gives him the favorite status. Being that on paper is nice, but it is the actual race which counts.

A duo which also feature on both lists is the Azteca duo of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Chaves and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Squire. The former is the better puncheur but the latter is the better climber. It can lead to nice cooperation or civil war.

Puncheurs who do not like climbing that high are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Meyer, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/epc.png Bystrom. They will have to hope for a slow pace on most of the climb so they can use their punch when it matters.

Other names to take into account are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Siskevicius and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/trg.png Hoelgaard. Puncheurs on paper, but their climbing ability cannot be denied. The Lithuanian took third last year, as best result of the riders on the startlist as no former winner or runner-up lines up again.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gla.png Roche also provides a decent combination of the two. He won Volta a Portugal last year, which is basically the same type of profile except packaged in a stage race.

At the climbers side, one name stands out: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Pinot. GCN has gambled on the climb being tougher than anticipated, which would make the Frenchman one of the prime favorites for the victory.

Further names to take into account when it comes to climbing are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Giogieri, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Elissonde and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Diaz, though a clear level below Pinot and also Kwiatkowski.

With the flat sprint, a sprint should not be ruled out. In that case, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png McEvoy is definitely strong enough to survive the hill. There are other sprinters appearing on the start but my prediction is they will drop at one of the ascents.

The locals will cheer for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Pellaud and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Saggiorato, the only two Swiss riders featuring in this preview. The former is a contender for the puncheurs and the latter a contender for the climbers, meaning they have something to cheer for either way.
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Fabianski
As the Züri Metzgete is our only C2HC home race, our sponsors insisted on it being our win goal. So the final race of the year will decide on whether they will judge our season as OK-ish or as pretty good. Our biggest hope will probably once again be a breakaway win - or we'll have to hope for a huge overperformance of Thièry, as he's a pretty good sprinter. Freuler has done well in such races, too - but I guess the amount of climbing should rather favor Saggiorato... It now all depends on our Swiss guys!
 
whitejersey
Just hoping for a top 10 here, overall would like to stay 4th in the standings but considering the Netia team here I think they will overtake us quite handidly. Regardless this season has been the best in WJ management history!
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Costa and McEvoy provide somewhat of a double threat here so hopefully one of them gets a good result to cap off a fantastic season!
 
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Luis Leon Sanchez
His stat combo hasn’t been great this season due to his low MO stay but 4th is a solid result to finish the season for McEvoy. Confirms our 2nd in the Rankings too which is awesome!
 
Fabianski
What to say... GRANDE THIÈRY, showing by far his best performance this year in the final race - which moreover was our home race. On the other hand, it's a shame to lose out on our win goal by a single spot... So this time we can really say: Second place is the first loser... We missed out on 3 goals this year, each one by at most 2 spots...

But well, let's still celebrate this final showing of the year. Thièry keeping up with the best is obviously a huge overperformance. Too bad he wasn't able to follow the decisive attack; I guess he'd have beaten Edmondson in a sprint... But we happily take 2nd place in front of our home crowd. With Freuler and Saggiorato adding some more minor points it was really a great race for us!

Thanks for the report, congrats to BNZ and good luck to all for the off-season Wink
 
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Jakstar22
Great way to end a very sub par season. Gotta work on team depth to hopefully finally promote in the next season.

Good luck to all and amazing report!
 
the_hoyle
As always, we end the season with awful planning and no results to note. Pinot was a long shot so I suppose 13th should be welcomed but hey ho.

Well done to BNZ on the great win
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