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[PCT] Swisslion Cycling Team | Race Calendar Part 3
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Race Result



E3 Prijs

28.03PTHCGoals: Top 20

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Lahcen SaberLeaderIvan SiricDomestique
Miha PoljanecDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGeorgios StavrakakisDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueIzidor PenkoDomestique


Race goals:
Top 20FailureLahcen Saber26th


Race score: 4/10


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Race Result



Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne

30.03HCGoals: Top 15

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Lahcen SaberLeaderIvan SiricDomestique
Miha PoljanecDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGabriel MarinDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueGeorgios StavrakakisDomestique


Race goals:
Top 15FailureLahcen Saber26th


Race score: 2/10


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Tour of Pologne

10.04 - 16.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC; Stage win(s)/KOM

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Yevgeniy NepomnyachsniyFree RoleStepan KurianovDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorFree RoleMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique


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Ranking update #2


PosLastTeamTotalRDPpRDProj
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.pngFarfetch Pro Cycling14325028,645012
226pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.pngRepsol - Netflix11814526,244592
314pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.pngMapei11794029,485159
416pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff11427515,232665
513pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.pngValio - Viking Genetics10866317,243017
62pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.pngBakkafrost10275419,023329
76pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam10156216,372865
811pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.pngDuolingo9945019,883479
920pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/and.pngAndorra Cycling Project9225317,43045
1021pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.pngPolar9095616,232840
114pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.pngBerg Cycles8715615,552721
128pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.pngMinions8645017,283024
1310pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.pngPodium Ambition8556612,952266
143pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.pngXero Racing8294817,273022
1512pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.pngDesigual7595314,322506
167pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.pngGCN Racing6945712,182132
179pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team6896011,482009
1818pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.pngMOL62452122100
1917pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.pngCampari Asahi Procycling5455210,481834
2023pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.pngDK - SVA Zalgiris5455010,91908
2115pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.pngAramco DP5435410,061761
2219pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.pngAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling5285010,561848
2324pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.pngFablok - Chocolate Jacques4953115,972795
2422pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.pngAzteca - NBCSN400498,161428
2525pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine4003411,762058
265pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.pngNordstrom - CA Technologies384438,931563


In the second ranking update we see Swisslion drop down the table to 17th. But on closer inspection the situation is much worse. Swisslion rank 20th in projected points scored which puts us just above the relagation line. How has it come to this?

It all started with a subpar 26th place finish from Lahcen Saber in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, little did we know that it would be the best result the Morrocan produced during the cobble heavy period. Nepomnyachsniy had his debut in Hong Kong which turned out to be a disaster, with the Kazakh not making even the top 30. Gilanipoor provided a glimmer of hope with a stage win at the Volta a Portugal, but Beltran dashed those hopes with a 31st place finish at the Pro Hallstatt Classic, closing out a miserable month of February.

Unfortunately the month of March started in a similar way to February. Saber finished 41st in Geraardsbergen and 44th in Roma Maxima, a race he podiumed in the two the previous editions. Better fortune favoured our other sprinter Kris Boeckmans in Barbados. The experienced Belgian scored a stage win and finished 3rd in GC, adding some much needed points to Swisslion's cause. An upturn of results seemed to be on the cards with Nepomnyachsniy improving his form with a 7th place in Jelajah and 10th in Pais Vasco.

Alas that momentum was first halted in Juarez, where Saber finished just 11th in GC with no stage wins. Eddy Beltran momentarily snapped out of his funk with an impressive 2nd place finish in the Apex Mountain Classic. Then Saber proceeded with his poor results on the cobbles in Le Samyn. We closed out the month of March with Beltran finishing an underwhelming 7th in Strade Bianchi, Saber not doing much in the cobbled doubleheader of E3 and Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne and both Kris Boeckmans and Hugues Mottin not delivering the results in Uppsala.

With 60 race days, a third of the season completed the outlook looks grim. Our main leaders Beltran and Saber are not scoring points in the races well suited to them. Looking at the calendar and our upcoming races we are finding it hard to see races where we can score well in. As a result of that our supporting cast simply can't carry that level of underperformance.

It is going to be a long hard season regardless, but we sincerely hope our fortunes change and we find a way to retain our PCT status.


Kris Boeckmanspcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team264
Eduard Alexander Beltranpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team161
Yevgeni Nepomnyachsniypcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team86
Abolfazl Gilanipoorpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team78
Lahcen Saberpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team76
Aberlardo Ablenadopcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team10
Tyron Giogieripcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team10
Hugues Mottinpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team2
Izidor Penkopcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team1
Michael Christodoulospcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.pngSwisslion Cycling Team1


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



Tour of California

01.04 - 07.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC 2x; Top 3 Stage/KOM

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Yevgeni NepomnyachsniyFree RoleHugues MottinDomestique
Aberlardo AblenadoFree RoleIzidor PenkoDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorFree RoleMatija MestricDomestique
Miha PoljanecFree RoleMichael ChristodoulosDomestique


Race goals:
Top 35 GCSuccessAberlardo Ablenado23rd
Top 35 GCSuccessYevgeni Nepomnyachsniy30th
Top 3 StageFailureHugues Mottin5th (Stage 5)


Race score: 4/10


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team media sponsor of Swisslion Cycling Team
 
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Corsica International

14.04 - 16.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC; Top 3 Stage

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Kris BoeckmansSprinterTyron GiogieriFree Role
Gabriel MarinLeadoutHugues MottinDomestique
Dusan RajovicDomestiqueIzidor PenkoDomestique
Georgios StavrakakisDomestiqueYuriy NatarovDomestique


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Race Report



Baltic Chain Tour

04.04 - 08.04C1Goals: Top 10 GC

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Lahcen SaberLeaderGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Dusan RajovicDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueGeorgios StavrakakisDomestique
Stepan KurianovDomestiqueYuriy NatarovDomestique


Coming off a bad end of the month in March the Swisslion boys made their way to the Baltic countries in Northern Europe. It was to be the last chance for Lahcen Saber to achieve a meaningful result in a stage race. With a strong startlist of sprinters at the race, Lahcen was mainly supported by flat riders like Kurianov, Groselj and Antonijevic. But before the sprinting commenced there was a short prologue with cobbles in Tallinn. Saber got himself off to a good start losing only 5'' to the winner, with loanee Stavrakakis and Groselj also producing a good time to take 2nd and 3rd place in the U25 classification. Stage 2 in St. Petersburg was a missed opportunity. Saber got his positioning all wrong in the final kilometres and could not participate in the sprint, finishing only 15th. Without any bonus seconds the Morrocan tumbled down the standings and there was an ominous feeling around the Swisslion camp of "here we go again". Swisslion did their part in chasing down the breakaway on stage 3 and were rewarded in the end. Saber learned from his previous mistake to finish 7th on the day. That put him back up to 9th in GC.

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Swisslion chasing the breakaway on stage 3


Stage 4 was raced in Stockholm, Sweden. Swisslion again committed riders towards catching the breakaway. The catch was made with 16 km to go, it was again Saber's job to navigate himself into a good sprinting position. Starting quite a ways back at first, he managed to work his way onto Gaviria's wheel on the left side of the road. It was down to power in the legs at that point, as the sprinters hit the wind 800 m from the finish line. It was a powerful sprint by Saber, for a while looking like it will be the Morrocan's 1st win of the season, but it came down to a bike throw in the end and Guarnieri was just a cm in front. The result elevated Saber to 3rd place in GC.

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Lahcen Saber sprinting to a 2nd place finish on stage 4


The final stage was held in Vilnius with a more undulating course than the previous days. Not as much work was done by Swisslion at the front with the focus on keeping Saber up front and upright heading into the stage's finale. In contrast to previous days the team did a very good job of bringing Saber to the front positions with 3 km to go. With the road turning uphill over the final 1.5 km Saber did an excellent job preserving his power and slowly moving forward as the road opened up. The Swisslion sprinter couldn't quite reach the absolute front in time as a very powerful Gaviria took the win and a better positioned Manninen held on to 2nd place. But the 3rd place finish meant Saber climbed up to 2nd place in GC. It was finally the result everyone was waiting for. As an extra bonus Stavrakakis and Groselj maintained their spots in the U25 classification. We caught up with the Morrocan after the race.

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Lahcen Saber securing 2nd in GC with a podium on the final stage


Saber: I'm just so, so happy to finally help this team! My season has been a nightmare and it has been something very hard to deal with, myself and the team. I hope we can all push forward from here on out. We have to keep fighting and we can't give up!


Race goals:
Top 10 GCSuccessLahcen Saber2nd


Race score: 10/10


The race report is brought to you by Sijaj,
team media sponsor of Swisslion Cycling Team
 
Fabianski
Banana
Congrats! Finally a great result - hopefully a sign of more to come!
 
redordead
Fabianski wrote:
Banana
Congrats! Finally a great result - hopefully a sign of more to come!


Thanks Smile

Too bad Saber has already used most of his race days. Hopefully he still has one or two performances like this left in him.



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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 Pogańćar
 
ivaneurope
redordead wrote:
Fabianski wrote:
Banana
Congrats! Finally a great result - hopefully a sign of more to come!


Thanks Smile

Too bad Saber has already used most of his race days. Hopefully he still has one or two performances like this left in him.


At least he showed up - unlike one Georg Preidler
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redordead
ivaneurope wrote:
At least he showed up - unlike one Georg Preidler


Beltran vs Preidler. Who will be worse? 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 Pogańćar
 
AbhishekLFC
Think that's a better GC result than Saber ever managed for us I think Pfft Better late than never!
 
redordead
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Think that's a better GC result than Saber ever managed for us I think Pfft Better late than never!


I think he may have done some other things that he never did for you this season. Unfortunately just most of them on the other side of the spectrum Pfft



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Race Result



Tour of Pologne

10.04 - 16.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC; Stage win(s)/KOM

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Yevgeniy NepomnyachsniyFree RoleStepan KurianovDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorFree RoleMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique


Race goals:
Top 35 GCSuccessYevgeniy Nepomnyachsniy18th
Top 35 GCSuccessAbolfazl Gilanipoor31st
Stage win(s)/KOMFailureNo one worth a mention


Race score: 5/10


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Tour of Cyprus

21.04 - 24.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC 2x; Stage win(s)

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Kris BoeckmansSprinterAberlardo AblenadoFree Role
Dusan RajovicLeadoutTyron GiogieriFree Role
Matic GroseljDomestiqueMatija MestricDomestique
Goran AntonijevicDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique


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ivaneurope
At least I did something right for a change by sending Preidler to Cyprus - shame that we won't see the battle of underachievers between Preidler and Beltran Pfft

But I've brought Kristoff to the party so he will duke it out with Boeckmans instead of his usual running mate in Saber Grin
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ivaneurope wrote:
At least I did something right for a change by sending Preidler to Cyprus - shame that we won't see the battle of underachievers between Preidler and Beltran Pfft

But I've brought Kristoff to the party so he will duke it out with Boeckmans instead of his usual running mate in Saber Grin


I think looking at the startlist I made the right decision keeping Beltran at home Pfft

Let's see if either Kristoff or Boeckmans show up this time.



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Race Result



Corsica International

14.04 - 16.04HCGoals: Top 35 GC; Top 3 Stage

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Kris BoeckmansSprinterTyron GiogieriFree Role
Gabriel MarinLeadoutHugues MottinDomestique
Dusan RajovicDomestiqueIzidor PenkoDomestique
Georgios StavrakakisDomestiqueYuriy NatarovDomestique


Race goals:
Top 35 GCSuccessTyron Giogieri21st
Top 3 StageFailureKris Boeckmans6th (Stage 1)


Race score: 5/10


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GP Wallonie

26.04PTHCGoals: Top 10

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Eduard Alexander BeltranLeaderGabriel MarinDomestique
Tyron GiogieriDomestiqueDusan RajovicDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Izidor PenkoDomestiqueGeorgius StavrakakisDomestique


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Veenendaal - Veenendaal

28.04HCGoals: Top 10

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Kris BoeckmansLeaderIzidor PenkoDomestique
Gabriel MarinDomestiqueDusan RajovicDomestique
Miha PoljanecDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueHugues MottinDomestique


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