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Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team



Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team (LPU) is a Belgium based cycling team. The idea started in 2014, when football club K. Lierse S.K. noticed the low sale of tickets on the days cycling classics were hold. They realised there are two sports that matter in Belgium, Football and Cycling. Rather then competing, the board proposed and idea to unite the two. After a lot of thinking, the first steps were taken and preparations started. A new cycling team was born!

It was decided the main sponsor would be K. Lierse S.K., Lierse in short. Of course a second, more international sponsor would be needed. The ideal candidate was found only 2 months later. Pizza Ullo is a growing chain of traditional Italian restaurants. Opposing chains such a Pizza Hut and Domino's, they offer more healthy, more traditional Italian pizza.

Soon after, The first restaurant of Pizza Ullo in Belgium was opened, inside the stadium of Lierse. More restaurant opened over time, as the team got in the first wins in 2014, including 2 national championships. The biggest result came in 2015, when Stijn Joseph won Dwars Door Vlaanderen, a semi classic with live broadcasting on tv.

Towards the end of the 2015 season, the team decided a new approach, with even more focus on youth. At the same time, UCI regelations forced a team name change. In 2016, the team name will be Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team.



Our Sponsors:



K. Lierse S.K.


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A football team from Belgium's Premier League.




Pizza Ullo


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An expanding Italian restaurant chain.
 
Ollfardh
The Team



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Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team is looking for young talents to develop with our team. We want a decent amount of Belgian riders, add a few Italians to satisfy our co-sponsor, and the rest can come from all around the world.


Roster


NameAgeRole
Jenthe Biermans25Baroudeur
Isaac Bolivar29Cobbler
Niccolo Bonifazio27Sprinter
Alessandro Covi22Puncheur
Laurens De Plus25Puncheur
Stan Dewulf23Domestique
Alessandro Fedeli24Puncheur
Patrick Gamper23Puncheur
Fernando Gaviria26Sprinter
Michael Kolar28Climber
Jakub Mareczko26Sprinter
Sam Oomen25Stage Racer
Szymon Sajnok23Time Trials
Manuel Senni28Stage Racer
Wout Van Aert26Prologue
Kristoffer Skjerping27Puncheur
Kenneth Vanbilsen30Cobbler
Louis Verhelst30Cobbler
Aaron Verwilst23Domestique
Sasha Weemaes22Domestique






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Stijn Joseph winning Dwars Door Vlaanderen, our first big win


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Kenneth Vanbilsen taking Gent - Wevelgem after a very exciting race


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Daniele Dall'Oste with the Giro d'Italia mountain jersey


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Our all time victory leader Tom Van Asbroeck winning the Baltic Chain Tour


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Sam Oomen showing us the future is bright, winning the Tour de l'Avenir


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Kenneth Vanbilsen wins Roma Maxima back to back in 2018 and 2019



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Stijn Joseph winning our home race, Heistse Pijl

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Ollfardh
Calendar, goals and results




Our goals:

Veenendaal - VeenendaalWin
Vuelta a ColombiaTop 10
Balkans InternationalTop 10
Vuelta al Pais VascoTop 5
Team StandingsTop 15




Calendar:

To be announced.




Wins:

2014

Benelux Challenge - Mountain Classification - Stijn Joseph
Driedaagse De Panne - Stage 1 - Stijn Joseph
Ruta America del Sur - Mountain Classification - Francis De Greef
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 7 - Nikita Umerbekov
National Championship Road Race - Czech Republic - Josef Cerny
National Championship Road Race - Croatia - Domagoj Breznik


2015

Benelux Challenge - Stage 4 - Louis Verhelst
Benelux Challenge - Mountain Classification - Louis Verhelst
Benelux Challenge - Youth Classification - Louis Verhelst
Dwars Door Vlaanderen - Stijn Joseph
Tour of Iceland - Mountain Classification - Jasper Stuyven
USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Stage 2 - Manuel Senni


2016

Gent-Wevelgem - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Giro d'Italia - Mountains Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
Driedaagse De Panne - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
4 Jours de Dunkerque - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Volta a Portugal - Stage 3 - Nikita Umerbekov
Internationale Ă–sterreich Rundfahrt - Stage 3 - Matteo Pelucchi


2017

Tour of Eritrea - Stage 2 - Matteo Pelucchi
Tour of Eritrea - Stage 4 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of Eritrea - Points Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of Eritrea - Mountain Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Olympia's Tour - Stage 4 - Laurens De Plus
Post Danmark Rundt - Stage 4 - Jakub Mareczko
Baltic Chain Tour - General Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
Baltic Chain Tour - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
National Championship Road Race - Belgium - Kenneth Vanbilsen


2018

Tour de Pologne - Youth Classification - Gianni Moscon
Roma Maxima - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Driedaagse De Panne - Stage 3 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Driedaagse De Panne - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
Jelajah SKL - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Tour of Beijing - Stage 2 - Matteo Pelucchi
Tour of Beijing - Youth Classification - Josef Cerny
Tour of Beijing - Team Classification
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 1 - Sam Oomen
Tour de l'Avenir - General Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour de l'Avenir - Points Classification - Sam Oomen

2019

Roma Maxima - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Vuelta a Colombia - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Giro d'Italia - Stage 15 - Sam Oomen
Cheshire Cycling Tour - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Scandinavia Open Road Race - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour of Beijing - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Balkans International - Stage 1 - Zico Waeytens
Tour of America - Stage 9 - Manuel Senni
Tour of America - Stage 15 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of America - Stage 18 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of America - Mountain Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste

Heistse Pijl - Stijn Joseph


2020

Tour Down Under - Stage 6 - Fernando Gaviria
Tour Down Under - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Volta a Portugal - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Vuelta al Pais Vasco - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Baltic Chain Tour - Stage 5 - Fernando Gaviria
Baltic Chain Tour - General Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Baltic Chain Tour - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Corsica International - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Benelux Challenge - General Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Benelux Challenge - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Tour of Lithuania - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour du Maroc - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
National Championship Road Race - Italy - Niccolò Bonifazio

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Ollfardh
History


Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Cycling Team 2014: 18th in the Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Cycling Team 2015: 15th in the Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team 2016: 25th in the Pro Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team 2017: 17th in the Pro Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team 2018: 22nd in the Pro Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team 2019: 17th in the Pro Continental Tour
Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo Pro Cycling Team 2020: 13th in the Pro Continental Tour


Wins:

2014

Benelux Challenge - Mountain Jersey - Stijn Joseph
Driedaagse De Panne - Stage 1 - Stijn Joseph
Ruta America del Sur - Mountain Jersey - Francis De Greef
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 7 - Nikita Umerbekov
National Championship Road Race - Czech Republic - Josef Cerny
National Championship Road Race - Croatia - Domagoj Breznik


2015

Benelux Challenge - Stage 4 - Louis Verhelst
Benelux Challenge - Mountain Jersey - Louis Verhelst
Benelux Challenge - Youth Jersey - Louis Verhelst
Dwars Door Vlaanderen - Stijn Joseph
Tour of Iceland - Mountain Jersey - Jasper Stuyven
USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Stage 2 - Manuel Senni


2016

Gent-Wevelgem - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Giro d'Italia - Mountains Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
Driedaagse De Panne - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
4 Jours de Dunkerque - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Volta a Portugal - Stage 3 - Nikita Umerbekov
Internationale Ă–sterreich Rundfahrt - Stage 3 - Matteo Pelucchi


2017

Tour of Eritrea - Stage 2 - Matteo Pelucchi
Tour of Eritrea - Stage 4 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of Eritrea - Points Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of Eritrea - Mountain Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Olympia's Tour - Stage 4 - Laurens De Plus
Post Danmark Rundt - Stage 4 - Jakub Mareczko
Baltic Chain Tour - General Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
Baltic Chain Tour - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
National Championship Road Race - Belgium - Kenneth Vanbilsen

2018

Tour de Pologne - Youth Classification - Gianni Moscon
Roma Maxima - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Driedaagse De Panne - Stage 3 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Driedaagse De Panne - Points Classification - Tom Van Asbroeck
Jelajah SKL - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Tour of Beijing - Stage 2 - Matteo Pelucchi
Tour of Beijing - Youth Classification - Josef Cerny
Tour of Beijing - Team Classification
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 1 - Sam Oomen
Tour de l'Avenir - General Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour de l'Avenir - Points Classification - Sam Oomen

2019

Roma Maxima - Kenneth Vanbilsen
Vuelta a Colombia - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Giro d'Italia - Stage 15 - Sam Oomen
Cheshire Cycling Tour - Stage 2 - Tom Van Asbroeck
Scandinavia Open Road Race - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour of Beijing - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Balkans International - Stage 1 - Zico Waeytens
Tour of America - Stage 9 - Manuel Senni
Tour of America - Stage 15 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of America - Stage 18 - Daniele Dall'Oste
Tour of America - Mountain Classification - Daniele Dall'Oste

Heistse Pijl - Stijn Joseph


2020

Tour Down Under - Stage 6 - Fernando Gaviria
Tour Down Under - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Volta a Portugal - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Vuelta al Pais Vasco - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Baltic Chain Tour - Stage 5 - Fernando Gaviria
Baltic Chain Tour - General Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Baltic Chain Tour - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Corsica International - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Benelux Challenge - General Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Benelux Challenge - Points Classification - Fernando Gaviria
Tour of Lithuania - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
Tour du Maroc - Youth Classification - Sam Oomen
National Championship Road Race - Italy - Niccolò Bonifazio



All time leaders:

Classic wins: Kenneth Vanbilsen (3)
Stage wins: Tom Van Asbroeck (5)
GC wins: Fernando Gaviria (2)
Point jerseys: Tom Van Asbroeck, Fernando Gaviria (3)
KoM jerseys: Daniele Dall'Oste (3)
Youth Jerseys: Sam Oomen(8)
National championships: Josef Cerny, Domagoj Breznik, Kenneth Vanbilsen, Niccolò Bonifazio (1)

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Ollfardh
A fresh start!



After this transfer season, we felt a new HQ was needed to reflect the major changes we went through. Without a doubt, this was the biggest overhaul this team has ever seen.


Part 1 - Renewals

Completely unexpected news here as we suddenly Fernando Gaviria demanding a huge wage increase despite never winning a race yet. We agree there sure was potential, but his demands made us make a very tough decision. In the end, we decided to give him a chance. This of course had some horrible consequenses for other riders and a huge fine from the ruthless MG UCI. We had realised we had to say goodbye to a few riders, but in the end it was quite a bit more than what he had hoped for.


Part 2 - Departures


Where to begin, where to begin. I think it's only fitting we start with the guy who made a lot happen for us in our early season. Stijn Joseph gave us our first stage win, our first ever classic win in Dwars Door Vlaanderen and even in his last year he won another classic for us, Heistse Pijl. We're happy he found a new team in the CT with Aramco.

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The next rider to leave is arguably our most succesfull rider ever. Tom Van Asbroeck joined us upon getting promoted to the PCT and gave us 5 stage wins, 3 point jerseys and our very first GC win in Baltic Chain Tour. We wre kind of hoping to get him out in the PT, but via detour he ended up at Polar, and we'll no doubt face him a few times next year!

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The next to leave the team is Gianni Moscon. While he started off very promising, his behaviour became too much to handle and we had to let him go. The youth jersey in Tour de Pologne was his biggest achievement for the team. He goes to Centovalli - Fiat to help them getting promoted.

Next is LPU legend Danielle Dall'Oste, and I have to say, this one hurt the most. He also joined us in our first year and gave us so much back. Highlight is of course his Giro d'Italia KoM jersey, but let's not forget about all his stage wins either. He also takes a step down to CT level at Sotto il sole di riccione.

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Also joining him at Sotto il sole di riccione is Matteo Pelucchi. He joined us in our second year to get us promoted to the PCT. After that he gave us three nice stage wins. We'll miss him as well.

Next up is Josef Cerny, also signed in our first season and trained all the way to the top. Moser has been targetting him for a few years now and this year we reached an agreement. He now gets a chance to compete at the top level. We'll remember him mostly for giving us our first NC jersey.

Then we have Kevin Peeters. He joined us from the start and had 6 season with us and won absolutely nothing. We're actually glad no one picked him up. Kevin, you are a waste of life and you should just give up.

Finaly we got rid of Zico Waeytens. Finaly.


Part 3 - Arrivals

So what did we get in return? We signed free agents Alessandro Covi, Sasha Weemaes and Aaron Verwilst. Especially for the first one we expect a long future in our team.

From trades we got a few solid domestiques. Michael Kolar will assist our mountain crew. Isaac Bolivar is the new helper for the cobbles. Kristoffer Skjerping will do his job on the hills.

Lastly we got a few talents in. Patrick Gamper could be next Cancellara and Alessandro Fedeli looks like a young Valverde.


Part 4 - Leadership

With all the changes to the team, the following riders will be the team leaders for 2020:

Fernando Gaviria, sprints. He gets promoted to our main sprinter and with the wage he gets, we can only demand several wins from him.

Sam Oomen, stage races. After completing his training, he's ready for a year of white jerseys, or perhaps even more.

Niccolo Bonifazio, sprints. He also gets a promotion to secondary sprinter instead of leadout, he will mostly be targetting the flatter races.

Kenneth Vanbilsen, cobbles. Nothing new here, he had a good 2019 and we hope he can repeat this in 2020.

Laurens De Plus, hills. With pretty much everyone leaving, the hilly classics fall on his shoulders. Then again, replacing Waeytens shouldn't be too hard.

Manuel Senni, stage races. He did some good stuff last year and we'll definitely count on him again in 2020.


Part 5 - Expectations

Before renewals, we were looking for promotion, but we lost a bit too many riders to be competitive all season long. I don't see us going down with this team, but it can still be hard if we run into problems. Gaviria needs big results to back up his wage and I also fear De Plus is not yet good enough to compete on the hills. I still need to look at the other teams, but I don't think we've improved enough to do much better than last year.
 
Ollfardh
The Roster




No silly introductions, the only good way to announce it, is just giving it.

NameAgeRole
Jenthe Biermans25Baroudeur
Isaac Bolivar29Cobbler
Niccolo Bonifazio27Sprinter
Alessandro Covi22Puncheur
Laurens De Plus25Puncheur
Stan Dewulf23Domestique
Alessandro Fedeli24Puncheur
Patrick Gamper23Puncheur
Fernando Gaviria26Sprinter
Michael Kolar28Climber
Jakub Mareczko26Sprinter
Sam Oomen25Stage Racer
Szymon Sajnok23Time Trials
Manuel Senni28Stage Racer
Wout Van Aert26Prologue
Kristoffer Skjerping27Puncheur
Kenneth Vanbilsen30Cobbler
Louis Verhelst30Cobbler
Aaron Verwilst23Domestique
Sasha Weemaes22Domestique



With 8 key riders leaving, this roster looks very different from what you're used to. This also means we have 8 new riders and the best part of this is we got our average age down to 25 again, which is a huge win. On the downside, the number of Italians is down to 5 and the number of Belgians is down to 8. Our sponsors have made it clear that should go up again next year and we commit ourselves to that goal.
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Nemolito
As a Belgian I feel obliged to be rooting for Belgian teams, and definitely one that has WVA! As you might know Covi rode a very decent Brabantse Pijl irl, let's hope he can continue that effort for your team Smile
 
Fabianski
Really hoping for you that Gaviria will perform according to his wage this year. Oomen should certainly do well in PCT, and he should also score a decent amount of U25 points. His mountain support is pretty fine, too. Cobbles are OK as well, but you might struggle a bit on the hills, as I share your mixed feelings about De Plus.

Honestly, I don't really see you promoting, but you should stay up - if Gaviria performs. Else, it might be pretty hard with just Oomen and Vanbilsen as potential big scorers.

If you want to get rid of non-Belgians and non-Italians next year, I might take Gamper back Pfft
 
Ollfardh
Nemolito wrote:
As a Belgian I feel obliged to be rooting for Belgian teams, and definitely one that has WVA! As you might know Covi rode a very decent Brabantse Pijl irl, let's hope he can continue that effort for your team Smile


Thanks, if only I could get RL Wout, promotion would be completely certain.

I have to say, I didn't know Covi before MG, but when I saw him on tv in Brabantse I was cheering for my guy Grin



Fabianski wrote:
Really hoping for you that Gaviria will perform according to his wage this year. Oomen should certainly do well in PCT, and he should also score a decent amount of U25 points. His mountain support is pretty fine, too. Cobbles are OK as well, but you might struggle a bit on the hills, as I share your mixed feelings about De Plus.

Honestly, I don't really see you promoting, but you should stay up - if Gaviria performs. Else, it might be pretty hard with just Oomen and Vanbilsen as potential big scorers.

If you want to get rid of non-Belgians and non-Italians next year, I might take Gamper back Pfft


Let's see how Gamper does first Wink

I knew I was going to lose a few guys with Gaviria, but I wasn't expecting losing Moscon and Dall'Oste. Add those two point scorers and I think it might have been possible.
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Ollfardh
I'm less angry now!



Fernando Gaviria and his outrageous wage demands were a big topic in the offseason. After paying enough ransom to his management, the team expected big things from his, but despite a stage win and point jersey in Tour Down Under, it wasn't nearly enough yet. Although Bonifazio was doing even worse, it needs to be said.

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But his bad luck would change in the Baltic Chain Tour, a race the team really likes due to Tom Van Asbroeck's win 3 years ago. Gaviria limited his losses in the prologue, with Wout Van Aert even finished within 3 seconds, securing minor GC points.

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Gaviria continued with top 10 finishes, climbing int he GC while avoiding the yellow jersey curse. A shoutout needs to go to Jenthe Biermans here, who did great work keeping his leader in the front. So it all came down to the final stage.

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Stage, GC and point jersey win! Fernando Gaviria always had the potential to be a star, but now he really is!
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Ollfardh
The rest of the season



Due to budget issues, our social media team got cut and we could no longer give the daily updates everyone wanted to read. But in short, here's what happened.

Fernando Gaviria showed he's more than just a sprinter by winning our home race the Benelux Tour. He survived hills and cobbles to claim the GC and the points jersey.

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Meanwhile Sam Oomen made the most of his last year as a U25 rider, claiming white jerseys left and right. He definitely was the most productive rider this season.

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Then somehow this happened.

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That was our season, see you soon for the full review and transfer talk!
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Ollfardh
Season review




Without any doubt, the 2020 season was our best so far, both in ranking and in victories. Still, it was less than we had hoped. Our 2019 roster made us dream of promotion, but in renewals we had our first setback where we had to lose 6 riders we would have prefered to keep due to big wage demands.

During the season, we had a few setbacks as well. It took a while for our star rider Gaviria to start performing in sprints. Eventually he turned it into an acceptable season, but definitely not the best sprinter of the PCT, meaning there would be no way he could ask for more wage (*).

Even worse was our secondary sprinter Bonifazio who underperformed massively. He often did not even show up for a sprint and the few times he did, did not reult in a win. He earned without any doubt the title of most disappointing rider.

Sam Oomen had a very good year though. He did well in every race he entered and got us lots of GC and white jersey points. Unfortunately this was his last year where he could earn those white jersey points, so we need a solution for next year.

For Vanbilsen it was definitely a weird year. Andorra pretty much broke the game with their Summerhill/Vanspeybrouck combo, meaning no classic win for us this season.

Finaly Laurens De Plus was given a tough leadership role and had a mixed season where he showed himself on the harder climbs but suffered on the shorter hills.

The rest of the team did ok, Senni did great with the leadership opportunities he was given. Bolivar and Mareczko scored where they could. But no breakaway wins this year, that's a thing that always hurts.

In the end, did we deserve promotion? Probably not, but neither did Zico Waeytens and he got promoted with MOL because of disbanding teams. I do believe that we had our best chance on promotion this year, as both Oomen and De Plus will no longer collect U25 points next year.

Anyway, this was 2020, on to 2021!



(*) This is called foreshadowing
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baseballlover312
Feel like our teams are quite linked as class of 2014 managers who have had some intense relegation battles. Last year you guys finally made that push into mid table security, and I think you're on an upward trend for sure.

I should be well below you in the standings this year, so I can reasonably wish you success without too much worry of conflict. Pfft
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Ollfardh
baseballlover312 wrote:
Feel like our teams are quite linked as class of 2014 managers who have had some intense relegation battles. Last year you guys finally made that push into mid table security, and I think you're on an upward trend for sure.

I should be well below you in the standings this year, so I can reasonably wish you success without too much worry of conflict. Pfft


Thank you! I actually think the new managers could be better off here. The two extra disbands resulted in a lot of PT riders being available. With all the extra budget you're getting, there are certainly opportunities.
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Ollfardh
Renewals and transfers



So, as it turned out, Gaviria did want a rather big pay raise. We decided to keep him for now, but he will be available during transfer season. Also disappointing was Bonifazio not accepting a major pay cut after his disaster season. This resulted in us going over budget again, but it's only virtual budget this year so we will not be paying a fine.

In total 17 riders got a contract extension. Kolar and Bolivar were no longer happy with minimum wage, so that's them out of the team. Finaly Stan Dewulf was cut because he just wasn't ready for the PCT level. Maybe if the MG UCI helps him out a bit, we might take him back in.

This means our roster going into the transfer season is looking as follows:

NameAgeRoleAvailable?
Jenthe Biermans26BaroudeurYes
Niccolo Bonifazio28SprinterYes
Alessandro Covi23PuncheurMaybe
Laurens De Plus26PuncheurMaybe
Alessandro Fedeli25PuncheurMaybe
Patrick Gamper24CobblerNo
Fernando Gaviria27SprinterYes (!!!)
Jakub Mareczko27SprinterYes
Sam Oomen26Stage RacerNO!
Szymon Sajnok24Time TrialsNo
Manuel Senni29Stage RacerMaybe
Wout Van Aert27PrologueMaybe
Kristoffer Skjerping28PuncheurYes
Kenneth Vanbilsen31CobblerYes (!!!)
Louis Verhelst31CobblerYes
Aaron Verwilst24DomestiqueMaybe
Sasha Weemaes23DomestiqueMaybe

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Croatia14
You will have a very interesting transfer period I guess, and can be sure I'll enquire about a certain sprinter.
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Fabianski
So, basically you're trying to offload all your sprinters? Well, I'm tempted to try out if Bonifazio is really THAT bad, but he's got an even higher wage than Reinhardt, so probably no ^^
There's one "No" there I really don't like, but you can be sure you'll still be getting inquiries Pfft We're now used to do package deals, so let's see Wink
 
cio93
I absolutely understand selling Gaviria to train Oomen, but I was actually quite happy to have him down in PCT. Frown
 
quadsas
Why keep Sajnok and Gamper of all people? I am mystified, this is a personal attack !!!
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sammyt93
There's a couple of names on that list that sound interesting, you should expect a message from me during transfers.
 
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