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[PCT] Swisslion Cycling Team | Hallstatt Preview
redordead
Swisslion Cycling Team 2020


First of all thank you to all of you, who have gathered here today.

Two years ago I started this journey with this team. We started as a brand new team in the Continental division, achieved a somewhat unexpected promotion at the first time of asking and have managed to consolidate our position in the Pro Continental division.

And while achieving the aforementioned, we have kept true to our goal. Developing cycling talent from the Balcan region. 13 of 19 riders contracted to Swisslion are from our focus region and we intend to continue and bolster our efforts in that department.

Our sponsors, while all on rolling one year contracts, were all happy to return for another season to sponsor this team. As a result the technical staff is all expected to return as well.

As for myself. I am very much looking forward to assembling another squad of cyclists that will be able to compete in the PCT division. As well as carrying out our mission to develop cycling in the Balcans.

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We plan to hold another press conference after the renewals process. There we will discuss the ins and outs of the team in more detail, as well as answer your questions about the upcoming season.

We hope you will follow us for another year on our cycling journey in the peloton.

Bostjan Mervar,
team representative and general manager of Swisslion Cycling Team

Edited by redordead on 30-11-2020 06:25
 
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Team History


YearTeamNationality2nd NationalityRankTeam HQ
2018SwisslionCT 4thHQ
2019SwisslionPCT 18thHQ
 
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Board of Directors


Rodoljub DraskovicPresident
Rok LesjakVice president
Rudolf SkobeBoard member
Ludvik IlovarBoard member
Luka PlecnikBoard member


Team Staff


Bostjan MervarGeneral manager
Martin HvastijaDirecteur Sportif
Marko PolancDirecteur Sportif
Gorazd StangeljDirecteur Sportif
Jure GolcerCoach
Gregor GazvodaCoach
Tadej ValjavecCoach


Team Sponsors


Swisslion TakovoTitle sponsor
Rog BikesSecondary sponsor
MobitelSecondary sponsor
3TAVMinor sponsor
SijajMinor sponsor
 
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2020 Squad


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Edited by redordead on 14-10-2020 08:47
 
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Race Calendar


January

10.01Down Under ClassicHC
28.01 - 29.01Tour of East Java [Race Goal]PTHC
31.01Gisborne GPC1


February

01.02 - 09.02Volta a PortugalPTHC
02.02 Copenhagen-Malmo TTTPT
04.02Omloop Het NieuwsbladHC
08.02 - 10.02Hong Kong ChallengeC1
13.02 - 20.02Paris-NicePT
22.02Pro Hallstatt ClassicPTHC


March

01.03Geraardsbergen-BosbergHC
01.03 - 04.03Barbados Cycling FestivalHC
03.03Roma MaximaC1
03.03 - 06.03Jelajah SKLC1
07.03 - 12.03Vuelta al Pais VascoHC
09.03 - 13.03Circulo de JuarezC1
15.03Apex Mountain ClassicC1
18.03Le SamynC1
21.03Strade BiancheHC
26.03 - 30.03Tour of UppsalaC1
28.03E3 PrijsPTHC
30.03Kuurne - Bruxelles - KuurneHC


Team Goals


RaceCountry CategoryGoalCost
Balkans International PTHCTop 5****
Tour of East Java PTHCTop 5****
Scandinavia Open Road Race PTHCTop 5****
Giro dell'EmeliaHCWin****
PCT Team standings Top 10***

Edited by redordead on 22-10-2020 13:01
 
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Pre-transfers Press Conference


Good day to everyone!

We are here today to announce which riders have renewed their contract with the team and we will take questions regarding our current and future moves in the transfer season. Let me just say that while there were some nerves and some sleepless nights during the renewals. I have to stress that all the returning riders and the ones that have become free agents were a joy to work with during this process.

On the whole we are very satisfied with our renewals. Not everyone was brought back which was expected, a few not so much, but we believe we have a solid base to build on from last season. We are returning 14 riders compared to 9 last year. Most importantly we have retained Eddy Beltran and Tadej Pogacar who are both cornerstones to our team's present and future.

With that I present the current Swisslion squad and open the floor up for questions.


Renewals Update


2019 Wage2020 WageChange
Eduard AlexanderBeltran€1050,000€725,000-€325,000
PelloBilbao€150,000€120,000-€30,000
GeraldCiolek€210,000€0-€210,000
LukaMezgec€50,000€0-€50,000
CostaSeibeb€65,000€0-€65,000
RaymondKreder€50,000€0-€50,000
StefanPetrovski€50,000€50,000-
LukaPibernik€60,000€50,000-€10,000
TadejPogacar€370,000€240,000-€130,000
MihaPoljanec€55,000€50,000-€5,000
JovanZekavica€50,000€0-€50,000
GaborKasa€50,000€50,000-
IzidorPenko€50,000€50,000-
DusanRajovic€50,000€50,000-
AhmetOrken€50,000€50,000-
MatijaMestric€50,000€50,000-
MaticGroselj€80,000€50,000-€30,000
MichaelChristodoulos€50,000€50,000-
CristianMunoz€10,000€50,000€40,000
Total Profit:€915,000


Q: Eduard Beltran comes back on a more "team friendly" contract. How happy are you to have him back?

Mervar: Very happy, as you might imagine! It was priority number one to resign Eddy and we achieved it. We expect he will again be a massive part of sustaining our PCT status.

Q: You just mentioned "sustaining" your status in the PCT. What are the early goals for the team?

Mervar: Well the mandatory goal is just that. We want to first and foremost stay in the PCT. Our other goals are to continue to develop our riders and hopeful improve on our standing from last season.

Q: You have also resigned Tadej Pogacar. What are the plans for him this season?

Mervar: That's something that is way too early to say. What I can say is we were very happy with his performances last season in the CT. If resigning Eddy was our number one priority, then Tadej was 1A!

Q: This is the 2nd year in a row you haven't resigned Luka Mezgec. Do you plan to pursue him again in free agency?

Mervar: We weren't able to come to terms with Luka, similar to last season. Will we sign him again? Difficult to say. We know him and he'll be in our minds, but free agency cannot be predicted.

Q: You have also let go Costa Seibeb who was a notable contributor last season. Was that the plan?

Mervar: No. We wanted to bring Costa back. We gave him plenty of opportunities last year and he performed better. We had good dialog with him, but we simply ran out of time and couldn't agree on a contract. We wish him all the best in the future.

Q: Last question on a few of the younger riders. What's the plan for Poljanec and Penko, PT loan? Also Jovan Zekavica leaves the team, while Cristian Munoz signs after his season as a stagiare. What's the thought process there?

Mervar: I think ideally we would like to keep both Miha and Izidor with us, but we'll see how things unfold.

With Jovan it's unfortunate, but we had to make a tough decision. With Rajovic and Orken already on the squad we decided to let Jovan go. We sincerely hope he finds his way on a team and completes his development.

Cristian has a long way to go, but we like his potential as a climber and we look forward to see what he can do on a full time contract.

That will be all for today's presentation. Further information on our transfers and loans availabilities will be posted later on in the adverts.

Bostjan Mervar,
team representative and general manager of Swisslion Cycling Team
 
Ollfardh
Impressive pay cut on Beltran, should give you a chance to sign a few more leaders.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
 
knockout
Good cuts for Beltran and Pogacar. I guess you feel much better about the upcoming transfers than last year?
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redordead
Ollfardh wrote:
Impressive pay cut on Beltran, should give you a chance to sign a few more leaders.


That's the plan I guess Smile

knockout wrote:
Good cuts for Beltran and Pogacar. I guess you feel much better about the upcoming transfers than last year?


I for sure do, but I also felt better last year than any of the previews did Pfft

Very much looking forward to a fun transfer season this time around Smile


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"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
 
AbhishekLFC
Should no longer be a 1.75 man show I guess Pfft
 
redordead
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Should no longer be a 1.75 man show I guess Pfft


God I hope not Grin

As brilliant as Beltran was and as important as it was to stay up. It would be far more enjoyable to root for more than 1.75 riders the entire season Pfft
Edited by redordead on 25-09-2020 17:46


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"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
 
ivaneurope
Lots of heads chopped - Ciolek and Mezgec chief amongst them
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ivaneurope wrote:
Lots of heads chopped - Ciolek and Mezgec chief amongst them


They were in the greedy sprinters camp anyway Pfft


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"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
 
baseballlover312
You managed to give no one a raise and cut Beltran a ton. That's a success I'd say.
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whitejersey
The reduction on Beltran is really good for you, but does put a bit of fear into me for the window!
 
redordead
baseballlover312 wrote:
You managed to give no one a raise and cut Beltran a ton. That's a success I'd say.


To be honest no one on our squad deserved a raise Pfft

Except maybe Seibeb who I didn't manage to bring back Sad

whitejersey wrote:
The reduction on Beltran is really good for you, but does put a bit of fear into me for the window!


How so?


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the_hoyle
Excellent renewals period for you!
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Transfer Availability


RiderFLMOHITTSTRSRCCOSPACFTDHPRWageStatus
Pello Bilbao71677965777171517175676661120kAvailable
Luka Pibernik7265766076686861687472676250kAvailable
Stefan Petrovski7075736672736754616875706650kUnlikely
Gabor Kasa7071727474707158636667657450kAvailable


More in depth information about our transfers as well as loans will be posted in the adverts, in the near future.

Bostjan Mervar,
team representative and general manager of Swisslion Cycling Team
 
Nemolito
Your Colombian talent (obviously not Beltran) might be something for Los Pollos Hermanos, so if he becomes available we might do some business in a couple of days Smile
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Certainly have some interest in the Spanish puncheur.
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