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[PCT] Bralirwa - Stevens | Team Presentation
redordead
cunego59 wrote:
redordead wrote:
cunego59 wrote:
redordead wrote:
Great signings Smile

I think you've secured your PCT status and can continue to only look up Wink

From your lips to the MGUCI gods' ears Grin I don't have quite that confidence yet, but I can at least see a way, which is nice.

Up to promotion contention now with the latest signings Wink

I feel like you're messing with me at this point Pfft Thanks, though! To everyone else, too, as before Smile

Not messing with you at all Frown I really like your team, I think you're in for a great season Smile


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cunego59
redordead wrote:
cunego59 wrote:
redordead wrote:
cunego59 wrote:
redordead wrote:
Great signings Smile

I think you've secured your PCT status and can continue to only look up Wink

From your lips to the MGUCI gods' ears Grin I don't have quite that confidence yet, but I can at least see a way, which is nice.

Up to promotion contention now with the latest signings Wink

I feel like you're messing with me at this point Pfft Thanks, though! To everyone else, too, as before Smile

Not messing with you at all Frown I really like your team, I think you're in for a great season Smile

Thanks, I certainly hope so Smile Maybe I'm just a slightly pessimistic person by nature Wink

aidanvn13 wrote:
Great signings and great team Grin I was after a couple of those names myself, but thought I'd rather not make an enemy of you Pfft

Fortunately we don't have too much of an intersection terrain wise - will be cheering you on come cobbled classics.

Ha, I had the same thought at a few points, too Grin I'm honestly a bit surprised how little friction we've had both last and this year, but it does seem to be working out for both of us. Gonna be rooting for you as well Smile
 
cunego59
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Finishing touches ...?

As previously mentioned, the leadership roles have been filled, but that did not mean the roster construction had come to and end. There was still some money to be spent and some deals to be made, so we went ahead and did just that.

First, while we have two fast men in Stallaert and Silvestre, there are plenty of stage races with a sprint stage or two that will not fit into their schedule. So we went into free agency to look for another sprinter, and we found him outside of our usual fishing grounds. And then, we added to our hills department via deals.
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Madushanka Perera 4.100 28yo Sprinter €50.000
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi Dh Pr
71536458697377647980506174
Sri Lankan Madushanka Perera is our first rider from the Asian continent. He joins us for the minimum salary of 50.000€, mirroring our signing and the role of Rüdiger Selig - who was not willing to settle for an amount close to that - from last year.

Despite not being from our focus regions, at 28 years old he has the potential to stay with us for a while - or he'll follow Selig once more and seeks greener pastures after a (hopefully) successful season with us. He'll have plenty opportunity to show his skills, that's for sure.
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Andrea Vendrame 4.100 27yo Puncheur €75.000
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi Dh Pr
72627658757373607175676770
With Perera in, and coming off a disappointing previous season, Eritrean sprinter Mikiel Habtom became expendable. We eventually landed on a deal with our friends at Jura - Fiat for Italian puncheur Andrea Vendrame, who joins us in exchange for Habtom and 125.000€.

Vendrame offers a blend of puncheur skills and speed that we previously did not have on our team. Whether from reduced bunch sprints or breakaways, we hope he can score a decent amount of points this year.
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Loic Vliegen 4.100 28yo Puncheur €70.000
Fl Mo Hi TT St Rs Rc Co Sp Ac Fi Dh Pr
71677761767070686674716967
Without a true contender for the hills, and in a division that is as stacked on that terrain as it maybe ever was, our strategy there for this year is to throw as many darts as possible and hope that some of them stick. Vendrame was one of these dart throws, and when Loic Vliegen became available from Aegon - Peroni at just 80.000€, we decided to make him another.

Not quite as fast and a bit weaker physically than Vandrame, he is still a solid pure puncheur and we hope Vliegen can play a good role in a handful of races, too. He is also eligible for C2 races, which could come into play.
While neither Vendrame nor Vliegen are from our usual focus regions - and in case of Vendrame, we even gave up such a rider to acquire him -, we feel like these moves both increase our short term chances of survival, as well as set us up well for the future, as both riders should have value on the trade market given their skill set and age. For whichever division, we have hopefully established a sturdy foundation from which to progress - and ultimately foster our core rider group even more.

At this point, our budgets are pretty much maxed out. We're happy with where we're at, but if there is interest in any of our riders, our PMs are still open. It ain't over until it's over, after all.
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cunego59
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Presenting: Bralirwa - Stevens Bikes 2021

With the transfer window closed, it is now time to present our full squad for our first year in the PCT division. It's been a challenge for sure, but we look back on the last two weeks with very few regrets. Let's go through the riders by specialization before concluding with some general thoughts.

Cobblestones
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPr
J. Stallaert77606758766880817976676658
Y. Lampaert75606656747369786061716756
T. Okbamariam73666559707367767268657859
B. Schoonbroodt72637563757367746872617463
Like last year, cobblestones are our strongest area and our main focus. With Naesen out and Stallaert in, we've upgraded our leader in the hopes that he'll carry us to safety. Lampaert adds to last year's stalwarts Okbamariam and Schoonbroodt to support and assist Stallaert throughout the year.

Mountains
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPr
V. Ndayisenga66787565696873526373726965
B. Uwizeyimana71767274767577505668695874
M. Eyob68767666746973556266727366
J. Hadi68747274737071617471686974
While Valens Ndayisenga is still our strongest pure climber, the signings of Mektel Eyob and Bonaventure Uwizeyimana give us additional options, the latter especially for stage races with time trials. We'll see how they fare against the competition of the division though, as neither are particularly close to the top tier.

Sprinters
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPr
F. Silvestre78616773707174568081706377
M. Perera71536458697377647980506174
Fabio Silvestre was the second big addition of this off-season next to Stallaert - who could also be counted in this category - and will be our leader for all flat classics and sprinter stage races. Madushanka Perera will spend his season mostly hunting for decent results in other stage races. Looking at sprint dynamics last year, we've consciously decided against bringing on any leadouts, though how much those experiences will be worth this year remains to be seen.

Time Trials
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPr
J. Fiedler76576580707173576358646079
J. Rosskopf73737576737170576170686777
This is a new category as we didn't have any dedicated time trialists last year. Jacob Fiedler should hopefully score a good amount in flat time trials, while Joey Rosskopf will be our leader for hilly stage races. Note that both Uwizeyimana and Hadi are also decent time trialists who might fare well in those races, while Fabio Silvestre has a chance to do well in a few prologues.

Hills
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPr
L. Vliegen71677761767070686674716967
S. Khederi67747661686771595873677159
A.Vendrame72627658757373607175676770
Just like last year, hills are easily our weakest area. Still, with the additions of Loic Vliegen, Andrea Vendrame and Mektel Eyob, we've gotten stronger and can hopefully land a few surprises or maybe a breakaway result here and there.

Talents
FlMoHiTTStRsRcCoSpAcFiDhPrPot
H. El Sabbahi736468637072686473736867685
N. Tesfatsion666870606468686068716662615
M. Mugisha666870616272696062697663604
S. Mugisha726368706770686362687164644
H. Mulubrhan *666468656468686166706663665
Y. Debesay *646668596667686262696864596
J. Rutsch **736367617272677165676968665
* Stagiaires
** Loaned out
Once more, a very important category. El Sabbahi, Moise and Samuel Mugisha have developed from last year and new signing Natnael Tesfatsion immediately becomes our most promising youngster. Finally, we signed two stagiaires in Henok Mulubrhan and Yacob Debesay, who will have the opportunity to put themselves forward for a proper contract next year. Jonas Rutsch meanwhile spends the season at Eurosport x GCN to develop further.

Full Team
RiderTypeAVGAgeWage
Valens NdayisengaClimber75,2427€ 115.000
Bonaventure UwizeyimanaStage Racer74,8428€ 115.000
Janvier HadiAllrounder73,0929€ 50.000
Moise MugishaPuncheur69,8724€ 50.000
Samuel MugishaRouleur68,924€ 50.000
Mektel EyobClimber74,6128€ 55.000
Tesform OkbamariamCobbles73,5130€ 50.000
Natnael TesfatsionPuncheur70,122€ 100.000
Henok Mulubrhan *Puncheur68,5722€ 10.000
Yacob Debesay *Puncheur68,0722€ 10.000
Souheil KhederiPuncheur73,4430€ 50.000
Houcaine El SabbahiSprinter71,4924€ 50.000
Jacob FiedlerTime Trials75,0334€ 150.000
Joeri StallaertCobbles78,5630€ 850.000
Loic VliegenPuncheur74,4728€ 70.000
Yves LampaertCobbles74,3630€ 70.000
Fabio SilvestreSprinter78,1131€ 370.000
Madushanka PereraSprinter75,4928€ 50.000
Joey RosskopfTime Trials75,0532€ 100.000
Andrea VendramePuncheur74,6627€ 75.000
Bob SchoonbroodtAllrounder74,1530€ 60.000
* StagiairesAverage73,4127,6

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Closing thoughts
As I mentioned at the top, there are few major regrets we have this off-season. The thing that gives us the most pause is the national composition of our squad. Our share of Rwandans dropped from 6 of 20 to 5 of 21 after we unfortunately weren't able to fit Didier Munyaneza into the team. The number of African riders dropped from 13 of 20 to 12 of 21, though that is still a good number. And with Rutsch out on loan, we have only one German left, which does not make our title sponsor Stevens very happy.

But in the end, we sacrificed the short-term national representation in favor of increasing our chances of staying in the PCT, thus hopefully creating a more stable base from which to re-focus on the development of our key regions in the future. In the process, we've increased our average overall by almost two full points while getting less than half a year older. Only two riders will regress at the end of the season, and while Fiedler and Rosskopf will (hopefully) be among our better points scorers this year, they will be manageable losses.

The big question for this season is obviously: Will we be able to remain in PCT? We think we've done about as much as we could to reach that goal, but it is far from a certainty. On the other hand though, we simply want to enjoy the season as much as we can, and we have fun riders on every terrain, so there will hardly be any race where we don't have at least an outside chance to score a few points. Thus, we can look forward to every report with pleasant anticipation and that, ultimately, is what matters most.
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Ulrich Ulriksen
I think your African focus is impressive, particularly in the talents.

I am a big fan of the no lead out strategy unless you have a really top tier sprinter and Silvestre's flat means he can better take care of himself.

Good luck in the PCT.
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knockout
I love what you did these transfers. Stallaert, Silvestre and Fiedler is a nice group of leaders, strong depth signings and a lovely focus on Rwandan/Eritrean riders. Really hope that things work out succesfully for you!
 
cunego59
Ulrich Ulriksen wrote:
I think your African focus is impressive, particularly in the talents.

I am a big fan of the no lead out strategy unless you have a really top tier sprinter and Silvestre's flat means he can better take care of himself.

Good luck in the PCT.

Thank you! I hope the sprinting works out roughly similar to last year, in which case I'm pretty optimistic about Silvestre's chances. And yes, building up a good base of African riders is a big goal, too!

knockout wrote:
I love what you did these transfers. Stallaert, Silvestre and Fiedler is a nice group of leaders, strong depth signings and a lovely focus on Rwandan/Eritrean riders. Really hope that things work out succesfully for you!

Thank you Smile I have no idea if or how the depth pays off, but I think we have a few different lanes to success this year. But also none that is really certain. Not a terribly high floor, but a decently high ceiling I reckon.
 
Fabianski
I'm happy we won't meet Stallaert very often, given that I avoid cobbles whenever it's possible Pfft
Of course, he's an amazing signing - especially given that he can be used as a sprinter if there aren't enough cobbles available!
Silvestre/Stallaert is actually an amazing sprint duo - but yeah, given the sprint uncertainty, I definitely hope for you (and me btw) that they indeed work +/- like last year.

I also like your depth on the hills; no top puncheur, but plenty of good riders who could get some breakaway wins or depth results in stage races. The mountains look pretty similar; I guess you're really going the attacking strategy, given that there are probably too many strong climbers in PCT for Ndayisenga to get decent GC results.

Fiedler obviously looks nice, and is a great national target. No doubt he'll score some points for you, there are quite some well-suited races available Smile And you're definitely going to be stronger in TTTs than last year Pfft

Overall, I hope you can stay up! Cobbles should be great for you, but you're going to need some luck in the sprints, and lots of depth points from your uphill department. It's definitely possible!
 
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Ollfardh
Bah, Stallaert. I was hoping he wouldn't come back to the PCT. Pfft
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
 
Eden95
Stallaert is an awesome signing, and he has a great support squad with him so should score really well and at the very least keep you up. Hopefully Okbamariam can be of help too Smile
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redordead
I'm in love with this team!! Grin

I guess this is what happens when a competent manager does a good job in transfers, unlike me who always spends too much money on the wrong riders Pfft I think your sponsors will quickly forget your small detour from regional talents when you deliver a top 10 finish this year Wink


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Nemolito
You got great leaders and nice depth. 12 Africans, including 5 Rwandans, is still a very nice number as well imo, and I'm sure it'll only grow in the coming years Smile Best luck this season, I'll be looking forward to reporting your cobbled races, as I've joined Fabianski's aversion of cobblestones for at least a season now Grin
 
Laurens147
The team looks great! I’m curious to see your performances in PCT Wink
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