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[CT] Los Pollos Hermanos 2020
Nemolito
Fabianski wrote:
Congrats, mate! This has really been a huge month for you, I guess you must be around 25-30 PpRD - and you'll easily outscore us in May despite of us having more than the double of your RDs... You should definitely be on track for promotion right now - however, I don't know if there are that many Baugnies races left...
Congrats also on achieving what we are still waiting for - winning a GC; you sure made a lot of good decisions during transfers!


Gracias, amigo! I think the pprd are in that range indeed, which obiously is very nice Smile Baugnies has two C2 races and one C1 race left (all cobbles), so now it's time for Marquez to keep getting top-5's in GC's, while other guys like Petrovski, Manarelli and even Guillén can hopefully get some nice daily results here and there. Also, looking forward to see what Sterbini can do on CT level, I actually think he is amongst the top-3 time trialists in our division, but I could be wrong.

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If i do make it into PCT, I would love it for you to bust my cheeks.
 
redordead
A huge performance in Faso and another very good showing in Trentino. You've hit a rich vein of form once again Smile

Promotion is well in reach now Banana



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Nemolito
June preview
Three great races in May for us, but no time to take the foot off the gas now, as June will be busy and equally as important. No more cobbles anymore, but climbing, time trialing and sprinting. Let's see what races Los Pollos Hermanos will attend.


Tour of Vancouver (C2HC)
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A mountain time trial, two tough mountain stages and no hilly stages. This all seems to be in favour of our beloved Marquez, who has to try and make the sponsors happy with a top-10. The last stage is a team time trial however, which will cost us a lot of time, as we have seen recently in Trentino. Manarelli can try and win some points in the sprints.


Post Danmark Rundt (C2HC)
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Interesting race, where a time trialist should be able to win the GC. Sterbini should be amongst the better time trialists in the CT, thus it should be nice if he could manage to finish inside the top-5 in the GC. He'll have to survive the hilly stage though, which is easier said than done with his climbing and punching skills. Just as in Canada, Manarelli is our hope for the sprints.


La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (C2)
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Last time we were in Africa, we won the GC, but we don't expect to do so in Gabon. It's a race for sprinters, and Guillén will have the opportunity to sprint five times. He was second in stage two in Ras Tailteann, can he finish on the highest spot once more? We really hope so, and not just for the points, just to see him be victorious for probably the final time in his career. We don't expect much from the GC, but it would be nice to see someone in the top-10.


Clasique Pico Basile (C2)
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The first and last one day race of the month for us, as we head to Equatorial Guinea for the third edition of the Clasique Pico Basile. Last year, a Spaniard won it, and we wouldn't mind if our Spaniard Marquez does so as well. It's more mountain heavy than hilly rated, so a top-5 should be doable and also the goal.

 
Nemolito
While his riders are on the way in the second stage of the Tour of Vancouver, Los Pollos manager Nemolito stayed in Belgium. Corona, or something else? Belgian sports channel Sporza had an interesting interview with the Belgian latino.
Sporza; Hello Nemolito, in the last months you have only been in your home country when there was a race here. Normally you are never home anymore, but now, at the same time your team is racing on the other side of the world, here you are. Does it have something to do with Baugnies, can you tell us if you intend on keeping him next season?
Nemolito: I can tell you I am not here for Baugnies, but I can't tell you whether he will be part of the team next year. He has performed well, but we all know he's not getting any younger. We still have to decide whether he would fit in the team next year.

S: Then why are you here exactly? Good news or bad news?
N: Neither, I think. Let's say it's neutral news. After speaking with our sponsor, Los Pollos Hermanos, we came to the conclusion that adding a sponsor on the European continent would be a good move. It would not only allow the team to get extra funds, it also gives me an excuse to be at home more. I will be honest, I do miss my friends and family. As I'm Belgian, and my favourite terrain are the cobbles, it seemed logical to find a Belgian sponsor.

S: So just to be sure, Los Pollos will still be the main sponsor? Are we allowed to know any possible future sponsors then?
N: Yeah definitely. Los Pollos Hermanos was, is, and always will be our number one sponsor, and we will never stop trying to find and produce Latin American talents. But, and I don't mean no harm to our young cobbler Ulloa, I do believe having those extra Belgian funds will give us the opportunity to scout and sign Belgian youngsters that have some particular skills. I have had different introductory meetings already, but I can't give any brand names of course. We might stay in the food business, or maybe even find an agreement with a good Belgian beer brand. On the other hand, we could also sign a contract with a totally different kind of sponsor, or maybe we won't reach an agreement with anyone. Time will tell. Now, if you will excuse me, stage two in Vancouver is about to get exciting and we are hoping for Guillén to score us our first MGUCI points there, so I got to go!

 
Fabianski
Relieved to see that the chicken story goes on - would have been a shame to lose Los Pollos after only one year. But yet another beer brand, I don't know... The pack will really get drunk ^^
Although I admit that I love a lot of Belgian (abbey) beers Grin
 
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redordead
Three way beer battle in PCT next year Grin



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Nemolito
Fabianski wrote:
The pack will really get drunk ^^


Maybe that's my intention? Pfft

Nice to read that you like Belgian beers, I'll make sure to send you some when you celebrate your promotion to the PCT Grin

@redordead: Although promotion might be possible, I still see us finishing somewhere between 7th-9th. But if the people want more beer battle(s), they might be getting more beer battle(s) Pfft
 
Nemolito
Tour of Vancouver (C2HC)
After scoring heavily in our previous C2HC stage race in and around Faso, expectations were a little lower in Vancouver. Nevertheless, there was some pressure, as the sponsor demanded a top-10 finish in the GC. The start was disappointing, with Marquez only fourteenth in the opening mountain time trial, and Guillén not really impressing in the sprints with only 1 top-10 finish. In stage four, the first mountain stage, Petrovski was in the right break. They didn't make it to the finish though. Marquez tried to get away from the other favourites, but failed. Nevertheless, even though he didn't get away both in this stage and the penultimate stage, he still managed to climb up to sixth before the final stage, the feared team time trial. Guillén meanwhile sprinted to fourth in the fifth stage. Even though the team did better than expected in the team time trial, mainly because of a strong Sterbini, Marquez still dropped two places. Eighth in the GC is not an optimal result in the promotion battle, but it is enough to make the sponsors happy. You know the saying: "One sponsor goal a day keeps the financial troubles away".

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The boys giving it their all in the finishing team time trial

 
Nemolito
Post Danmark Rundt (C2HC)
Three flat stages, one hilly stage and one long time trial. As we don't have a puncheur, all our hopes were in the hands of time trialist Sterbini. After the two first stages, where Manarelli was unable to sprint to a good place, came the feared third hilly stage. Long story short, Sterbini managed to stay in the peloton and only lost time to a couple of weaker time trialists, which was positive. Petrovski was sneaky enough to finish seventh on the stage and deliver us an extre MGUCI point. Third time was the charm for Manarelli, who finished to a decent third place in the final sprint on the penultimate stage.

Then came the time trial, which was accompanied by high hopes for our Italian leader. Our hopes seemed to have been too high, however, as Luca only managed to finish ninth on the day and seventh in the GC. Not the worst result of all time, but as this was one of the only races individual CT time trialists could really score in, our "return" is not high enough to keep up some teams who are trying to take over the fifth place in the CT rankings.

Of course, before the season started, I couldn't have dreamed of promoting, so it's all okay. We're already looking out for more talents on Latin American soil to build our team around in the coming years, and rumours have it a deal has officially been struck with a Belgian co-sponsor as well! More on that later...
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Manarelli sprinting to third on stage 4
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Sterbini on his way to finish ninth in the time trial

 
Fabianski
I agree that Sterbini's result is slightly disappointing, but his pretty low recovery surely didn't help there. TT on day 1 might have been a better fit for him... It's still a Top 10 GC for him, and holding on over the hills must be considered a great success for him anyway!

Otherwise, your sprinters did pretty well, especially with Guillén getting a GC Top 10 in Gabon. Marquez might have been a bit sub-par in Vancouver, but he'll surely have better races again Smile
I've got no clue where you currently are in the promotion fight, but I guess you should still be in the mix!
 
Nemolito
Fabianski wrote:
I've got no clue where you currently are in the promotion fight, but I guess you should still be in the mix!


Just comparing Tryg to Los Pollos Hermanos you can be quite sure Tryg will finish fifth (or higher) I think. I wouldn't mind being wrong of course, but it would even seem unfair if I finished ahead of liefwarrior Pfft It will be close for sixth between a couple of teams. P: A doing so well in South Africa and in general having an amazing Pinot definitely bring them in the mix together with me and Bralirwa, if my riders start doing a bit better and score points on "not their" terrains it is definitely possible to finish sixth. I'd rather promote via the "normal" way, but if there are unactive managers I won't say no to promoting after finishing sixth for example. But first, let's see if Los Pollos get close enough to be able to say yes or no Pfft
 
redordead
Cannot underestimate the fact that Vancouver was another sponsor goal ticked off Cool

Sterbini was underwhelming in Danmark, but it was still an okay race for you. I love that you may have found another sponsor. Hopefully the Latin American focus continues, with some Flemish flair this time Pfft



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Nemolito
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo (C2)
Five day C2 sprinter race, which was an excellent opportunity for Guillén to show he still got it, an excellent opportunity for Quispe to maybe score some KoM-points and an excellent opportunity for some of our youngsters to score their first MGUCI points from the break. It sounds nice, but unfortunately it didn't work out as we hoped to. Guillén's best result in the five stages was a fourth place, which saw him finish eighth in the GC. Not the best, not the worst. Quispe was put on domestique duties, and so was the rest of the team mostly. Osorio did a wonderful job being agressive in the fourth stage though, as the race went on and he collected seconds everywhere his family and I were dreaming of the white jersey. Young Alejandro couldn't stick with the peloton in the end though, so it was all for nought. Even though he still has no MGUCI points, we loved to see him attacking and fighting for what he's worth.

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You can't fail if you don't try, Osorio did both. Here he won an intermediate sprint, biggest accomplishment of his career so far.
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Guillén sprinting to fourth in the last stage, Reinhardt from Centovalli - Fiat won both the stage and the GC.



Clasique Pico Basile (C2)
In Gabon we saw five sprints, but in Equatorial Guinea we saw five mountains (not exactly, but it sounds nice). Marquez was our one and only rider with hopes for scoring points, which he did by finishing fourth. Good ride by our Spaniard, couldn't have asked for more. Quispe raced here as well, but finished outside the time limit together with Bru. No problem though, we still love them (well not Bru, but Quispe is alright).
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Marquez coming in fourth, olé

 
Nemolito
Julio - parte uno
Quite a busy month for us, where we will be active in six races. Large updates might scare off future sponsors, so this is the first of two previews for July.


Tour de San Luis (C2)
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We have absolutely zero chance of someone finishing high in the GC here. Our best and only puncheur is Bru, so yeah Wink Sterbini will be there for the 20 km time trial, and he does have some redeeming to do after a disappointing time trial in Denmark last month. Guillén might have another chane to win a stage in his last year as a professional cyclist, you never know if he can find his legs of last year one last time. Would be nice to see some guys in the break, but the quality of the riders should be too low for stage hunting or KoM's, unless Quicibal really chooses the right stage(s).


Tour de Langkawi (C2HC)
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This is a profile that should suit Marquez. No annoying hills, but just some good old-fashioned Malaysian mountains. Sterbini here for the prologue, but the length (or should I say the shorth?) of it will probably provide some random results. Expect a lot of sprinters, as there are quite a lot of flat stages. We bring both Manarelli and Guillén, but would be surprised if they really succeeded in scoring any decent points.


Sakartvelo Trophy (C2)
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At the same time of the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, the Sakartvelo Trophy will take place in Georgia (the country, not the state). Seboka will be our designated leader, so we can't really expect anything from this race. Petrovski will be in Georgia as well, and he might surprise us with a decent result. We will also bring Quispe there for laughs, he can't climb but he can tell a good joke. Now then, I guess you are all eager to hear one of Alain's jokes. I will tell you the joke of his father going to the US for the first time, although he spoke no English.

One of the first things he did was go into a department store. He found his way to the menswear department where a young lady offered to help him. “Quiero calcetines, (I want socks)" said his father. “I don't speak Spanish, but we have some very nice suits over here," said the salesgirl. “No, no quiero trajes. Quiero calcetines,(No I don't want suits, I want socks.)" said the man. “Well, these shirts are on sale this week," declared the salesgirl. “No, no quiero camisas. Quiero calcetines, (No I don't want shirts, I want socks.)" repeated the man. “I still don't know what you're trying to say. We have some fine pants on this rack," offered the salesgirl. "No, no quiero pantalones. Quiero calcetines,(No I don't want pants, I want socks)" insisted the man. As they passed the underwear counter, the man spotted a display of socks and happily grabbed a pair. Holding them up he proclaimed, "Eso sí que es (Now that's it)!" “Then why didn't you just spell it in the first place?!?" yelled the salesgirl.

 
Marcovdw
Took me three times to get the joke but a good one :lol:

I was going to say the downhill finish should increase his chances of finishing but he is not only the worst climber but also the worst downhiller in the race. And he has the lowest resistance and second-lowest stamina, poor fella Pfft
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redordead
I really hope Guillen can find another win this year, but Amissa Bongo was solid if not spectacular. Pico Basile on the other hand was very good with Marquez. Promotion hopes are surely still there Smile



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Nemolito
@Marco: There is someone with lower stamina than Quispe? Immediately on my shortlist for next transfer season Pfft

@red: So do I, that one win to finish his career in style would be so beautiful, but easier said than done. Like I said, promotion is indeed possible but I'm not one of the biggest favourites Smile

Preview julio - parte dos
No more Quispe jokes this time, but the second part of the July preview, hope you enjoy the read Smile


Tour of Chile (C2)
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Home race! Also a top-5 sponsor goal. Marquez obviously our leader, with Petrovski his most important domestique in the mountains. Won't be easy to get that top-5 as we expect a strong line-up for this short stage race. Forgot to select a sprinter, shit happens.


Vilnius GP (C2HC)
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Team time trial equals Los Pollos being sad. We have no business at all in Lithuania, Quispe and Bru will be there to see who can finish last after being dropped together in the first 10 km.


USA Pro Cycling Challenge (C2)
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Aka the return of the king! Baugnies will be back after a long break, and you never know if he can pull off a stunt somewhere. Guillén is the man for the sprints, while Sterbini will hopefully score some GC and daily points with the epilogue.

 
Fabianski
Great to see that Guillén gets a chance for redemption in the US - he was simply horrible last year. Would really be great to see him win once again!

I didn't select Chile, as I'm lacking a high Mo - high Hi guy - and I can see that race turn out to be pretty messy. But of course, it was a "must" for Los Pollos, so wish you good luck that Marquez somehow survives the hilly stage Smile
 
Nemolito
Tour de San Luis (C2)
Ladies and gentleman, it has been done. Marco Guillén took home his (probably) last win of his career. He had been trying for months, but a second place in Ras Tailteann in Ireland earlier in the season was the only time he really came close. He tried in San Luis, Argentina as well, but failed on his first attempt. You know what they say however: save the best for last.

In the eighth and last stage of the Tour de San Luis, our Guatemalan flat beast Romeo Quicibal played an important part in reeling the breakaway back in. Then, youngster Robinson Steven Ruiz was the last rider in Guillén's lead-out, while our favourite Costa Rican then won the sprint battle against Centovalli's Scully. Big party for Los Pollos Hermanos, after our South American domestiques helped our South American sprinter to an amazing victory on home soil/ Viva Los Pollos!

We left the race with only few points, but that was to be expected, as we have no rider who could do well in such a stage race. Fulgencio Bru pleasantly surprised us in stage four, when he joined the breakaway and finished second. Luca Sterbini managed to finish third and fourth in the two time trials, which is an okay result.
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Siiiiiiiiiii
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Cheeky Bru scoring his first points of the season
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Sterbini on his beloved time trial bike

 
redordead
A nice assortment of stage results on home-ish soil in Argentina Smile

And of course, that Guillen victory Cool



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