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Lisbon Classic

28.04C1Goals: Top 5

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Lahcen SaberLeaderMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGeorgios StavrakakisDomestique
Stepan KurianovDomestiqueYuriy NatarovDomestique


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Amstel Gold Race

30.04PTGoals: Have fun Smile

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Eduard Alexander BeltranLeaderMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique
Stepan KurianovDomestiqueDusan RajovicDomestique


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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


The Swisslion team did not travel to Cyprus with a notion to defend the GC from last year. A different year, different race status, parcours and starlist made this a different race. But the goal was to repeat one of last year's achievements in scoring a stage win. This time with sprinter Kris Boeckmans targeting the opening two stages. Boeckmans came close in the opening stage. Matic Groselj put in him in a favourable position behind race favourite Ben Swift, who proved strongest as Boeckmans finished 3rd. On stage 2 the duo of Groselj and Boeckmans kicked it up a notch, with the young Slovenian leading Boeckmans away from the pack. A cat and mouse game between Boeckmans and Orken with under 1 km to go proved costly as Maksimov took advantage and Boeckmans finished 2nd. A dissapointing performance given his position.

Then it was on to the mountains and there is where the race really turned sour for Swisslion. Both Giogieri and Ablenado lost copious amounts of time on the mountain stage and continued the same trend on the hilly stage. Both finished outside the scoring positions. That meaning that the only scorer in the race was Kris Boeckmans. Despite not getting a stage victory, the Belgians consistent performance gave him 3rd place in the points classification which underlined his good performance in Cyprus.

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Kris Boeckmans and Matic Groselj ahead of the pack on stage 2


Race goals:
Top 35 GCFailureTyron Giogieri58th
Top 35 GCFailureAberlardo Ablenado90th
Stage win(s)FailureKris Boeckmans3rd, 2nd (Stage 1, Stage 2)


Race score: 6/10


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Edited by redordead on 01-02-2021 08:23
 
knockout
Nice to see that Boeckmans delivered somewhat for you recently with his performance in Cyprus but it seems to me that the last few results went even worse than the start of the season. Really hope you can turn it around soon!
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redordead
knockout wrote:
Nice to see that Boeckmans delivered somewhat for you recently with his performance in Cyprus but it seems to me that the last few results went even worse than the start of the season. Really hope you can turn it around soon!


Your feeling is not wrong. Apart from the Baltic Chain Tour the entire month of April has been below par. 32nd by Beltran in Wallonie was the final nail in the coffin.



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knockout
That 32nd place in Wallonie was super tough to read. For most of the earlier disappointments i figured that the races just didnt suit Beltran too much. Like he raced mountainous classics in PTHC and then a place around 10th is perfectly fine even if he did better in the previous year which might have raised your expectations too much. But that 32nd place came in a hilly race that was won by Kwiatek which seemed like a direct insult to you. I felt pretty hurt by that as a fan of most of those mo/hi hybrids and Beltran in particular :'
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redordead
I think riders like Beltran are now overrated. Most races that are dubbed as MO/HI are either mostly MO or have TTs that make them less favourable. MAL and Kwiatkowski are obviously 2 riders that can do it all vs Beltran who can't TT and has below average backups. That said it's hard to explain being so bad in just a hilly race, because so many worse riders finished much better.

I have obviously made mistakes, not sure where exactly, but it seems pretty impossible to find races for a rider like that. At least he should be somewhat cheaper come renewals and maybe someone will find a way to use him better.



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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


Race goals:
Top 10FailureEduard Alexander Beltran32nd


Race score: 1/10

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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


Race goals:
Top 10FailureKris Boeckmans17th


Race score: 2/10


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Lisbon Classic

28.04C1Goals: Top 5

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Lahcen SaberLeaderMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Abolfazl GilanipoorDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGeorgios StavrakakisDomestique
Stepan KurianovDomestiqueYuriy NatarovDomestique


With one part of the flat classics team at Veenendaal, Swisslion sent a slightly altered lineup to Lisbon. The team was lead by Lahcen Saber. As one of the best sprinters on the startlist, Swisslion did their part early on to control the breakaway. As the race entered the hillier finale, leader Lahcen Saber lost contact with the main group. He eventually made it back to the front, but the dropping and getting back resumed for a while, until we got a clear group 1 and group 2 with 20 km to go. Saber was in group 2. Mestric was the man there to help Saber back to the front. But Travis Meyer took advantage of the situation to break away to win solo. With the other podium spots in danger Saber took it upon himself with a late attack. But it was never to be as the Morrocan couldn't do better than 5th on the day.

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Lahcen Saber on his way to a 5th place finish in Lisbon


Race goals:
Top 5SuccessLahcen Saber5th


Race score: 6/10


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AbhishekLFC
Good to see Saber improving recently. Now to hope that Beltran gets inspired as well Grin
 
ivaneurope
Well, at least Saber finally produces some nice results - shame that this can't be said about mine as Kristoff is decent, but inconsistent, while Preidler is busy walking out on us than providing results. I think your chances to avoid relagation are significantly higher than mine.
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redordead
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Good to see Saber improving recently. Now to hope that Beltran gets inspired as well Grin


Maybe Saber has realised he needs to improve if he wants to get paid, but Beltran is still sitting on that cool million from last season Pfft



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cunego59
Considering how great Beltran was last season, it's indeed not going great so far. Hopefully, Saber's run is a sign of more good things to come and you won't have too many worries with regards to the rankings Smile
 
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Windhoek ITT

04.05 - 05.05C1Goals: Top 10; Top 15

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Hugues MottinFree RoleYevgeni NepomnyachsniyFree Role
Izidor PenkoFree Role


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Edited by redordead on 13-02-2021 16:50
 
redordead
cunego59 wrote:
Considering how great Beltran was last season, it's indeed not going great so far. Hopefully, Saber's run is a sign of more good things to come and you won't have too many worries with regards to the rankings Smile


Thanks for the kind words, but I think the next ranking update will show that this is season is a lost cause.



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Liege - Bastogne - Liege

07.05PTMGoals: Have fun Smile

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Eduard Alexander BeltranLeaderMatic GroseljDomestique
Izidor PenkoDomestiqueMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Dusan RajovicDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique


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Amstel Gold Race

30.04PTGoals: Have fun Smile

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Eduard Alexander BeltranLeaderMichael ChristodoulosDomestique
Matija MestricDomestiqueGoran AntonijevicDomestique
Matic GroseljDomestiqueIvan SiricDomestique
Stepan KurianovDomestiqueDusan RajovicDomestique


This was Swisslion's first invitation to the famous Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands. The team's main aim here was to give their young riders some experience on the top level in of the biggest races on the calendar. In addition they came with their hilly leader Eduard Beltran, who having a horrid season so far, was looking to recover some form after placing only 32nd a few days ago in GP Wallonie.
Heading into the final parts of the race it looked to be a repeat performance, but Beltran along with some other favourites was able to regain his position after missing the initial move. The Colombian then managed to stay at the front group of 9 riders until the Cauberg finish. There he simply ran out of energy to finish 8th in the end. An improved performance that will hopefully drum up some interest in a rider, who looks to be riding his last year at Swisslion.

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Beltran amongst the favourites on the right hand side of the road


Race goals:
Have fun SmileSuccessEduard Alexander Beltran8th


Race score: N/A


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Djordje96
@Croatia14 there must be a mistake. Dusan Rajovic should have much more points for cobblestone Smile

redordead wrote:
2020 Squad


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@redordead good luck with your team Smile I'm glad that someone has the same mission as I had.

I would ask all the people from the Balkan to contact me so that we can create our community.


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- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Bulgaria
- Croatia
- Greece
- Kosovo
- Macedonia
- Montenegro
- Romania
- Serbia
- Slovenia
- Turkey
 
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redordead
Djordje96 wrote:
@redordead good luck with your team Smile I'm glad that someone has the same mission as I had.


Thanks for the kind words Smile

I guess I sort of took your place in MG as far as developing Balkan riders Pfft But I'm gonna have to probably let a few go, as I drop back to CT Sad



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