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Circulo de Juarez Discussion
Five days after the end of the Barbados Cycling Festival, many of the same sprinters are now lining up in Chihuahua County in Mexico for Circulo de Juarez.


The race starts in Ciudad Juarez, with a counter-clockwise route around the region, before returning to Ciudad Juarez for the Stage 4 finish, and the Stage 5 finale.


This is a race that has been a C2 mainstay for 6 years, so many of the teams present will have raced here before. But this year we see it as a C1 race, and undoubtedly the strength of the field is now the strongest we have seen it.

Six of the Top 10 from Barbados are here - Boeckmans, Swift, Gaviria and Avelino being the four who are not.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Lo CiceroIvano728478MOL13
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png EwanCaleb758381Podium Ambition9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png GueraoOscar748376DK - SVA Zalgiris11
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png KristoffAlexander748277Adastra N Hell Energy Cycling
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png SaberLahcen758179Swisslion Cycling Team
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png GuarnieriJacopo758180Bakkafrost4
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png ManninenMatti748180Valio - Viking Genetics2
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png ZabelRick748179Mapei
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png VeselyDaniel738180Minions1
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png NelsonRicki728181Podium Ambition
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png CavendishMark718178Kraftwerk Man Machine7
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png BonifazioNiccolo798080Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png ItamiKenji758082GCN Racing
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png KeukeleireJens728079Podium Ambition23
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png GuardiniAndrea728082Mapei
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png GuillenMarco668080Los Pollos Hermanos
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png LanderSebastian777977Adastra N Hell Energy Cycling
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png ReinhardtTheo717984Centovalli - Fiat10
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png MatthewsMichael767979GCN Racing
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png Te BrakeRemco757976Gjensidige Pro Cycling Team
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png StepniakGrzegorz727979Fablok - Chocolate Jacques26
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png PereraMadushanka717980Bakkafrost67
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png SeligRĂĽdiger717981Bralirwa - Stevens Bikes
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png AberasturiJon747978Podium Ambition167
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png WillwohlWilli737978Kraftwerk Man Machine78
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png StauffAndreas737979Adastra N Hell Energy Cycling
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png LutsyshynRoman707980Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff25
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/and.png AwangAzizulhasni647983Andorra Cycling Project32
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png KipIsmael687980Gjensidige Pro Cycling Team

Comparing pure sprint speed to results, this is an immediate chance for Lo Cicero, Ewan and Guerao to rectify their Barbados disappointment. Vesely, Manninen and Guarnieri will hope their form continues though!

Coming in to provide a new challenge, Swisslion have subbed Boeckmans for Saber. Adastra race this time, and they bring Kristoff; while Mapei have arrived with Zabel and Guardini; and GCN have got Itami.

Lierse swithed Gaviria for Bonifazio. And while Podium Ambition continue to lead with Ewan, they now also have Nelson - who won two stages and the overall for them, back in 2016.

Taking to HC worked out well enough for Centovalli and Reinhardt again in Barbados. Together with Guillen from Los Pollos, they lead the CT presence in this field. Can they manage to get involved in the sprinting action though, given the quantity of sprinters in the field?

For the U25 jersey, it is again quite unlikely that we will see a young rider finishing in the Top 10 at the finish - but if there are splits, some of the fastest of them may be more likely to be in the right place. There are 59 U25 riders here, and if it comes down to breakaway bonus points, then perhaps it will be those best on the flat, or just strongest overall, who could be contenders.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png HodegAlvaro707776Minions
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png ZariffNur Aiman667576Bakkafrost
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png OvsyannikovAlexandr707574DK - SVA Zalgiris
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png GrosserAaron697574Mapei
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png MinaliRiccardo697575Valio - Viking Genetics
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png KatrasnikGasper816372Gjensidige Pro Cycling Team
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png BiermansJenthe776667Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png KurianovStepan757068Swisslion Cycling Team
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png KanepejsDeins706271Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff

While hills are not expected to be decisive, at 77, Kanepejs is the strongest rider on that terrain in the whole race.

Here are some of the other flat beasts present:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png QuispeAlain806673Los Pollos Hermanos
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png MundleBenedikt795969Centovalli - Fiat
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png RattoDaniele797573Gjensidige Pro Cycling Team
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png VeyheTorkil785678Bakkafrost
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png QuicibalRomeo786266Los Pollos Hermanos
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png CanelonHersony777883Adastra N Hell Energy Cycling
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png BaugniesJerome776472Los Pollos Hermanos
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png AaltioRisto776161Valio - Viking Genetics

We are in Mexico, and there are two local riders here. This race went fairly well for Vaquera last year, with stage finishes of 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th contributing to 12th in GC. It will be quite an achievement to replicate that this year though.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png VaqueraCesar717880Azteca - NBCSN
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png UlloaJose Gerardo676567Los Pollos Hermanos

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Redemption for Guerao. However, Ovsya is here, the 10 Million Man himself. At least 1 stage win for him EASY
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Welp, that's going to be a tough task for Selig to score here. If he even leads, or maybe the game decides to have Habtom be our man. Or, what I fear is most likely, neither of them is going to make the cut of the ~15 or so sprinters that will compete. I guess we'll see. And maybe one of our young guys can get into the break to collect some bonus seconds and a point or two from the young riders classification. Thanks for the preview!
Nice preview - there is deffinately an arms race here.

PS: The startlist is not visible.
Hoping Vesely can continue the form from Barbados, having something to look forward to in flat races like this now! Grin
Manager of Minions
Time for Bonifazio to show why he was chosen over Van Asbroeck.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Katrasnik show incoming!
Here's to hoping that those mild bumps in the last 50k of 4 of the stages can cause some drama, and breakaway chances, cause that is about all we got.
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Ouch, that startlist looks even a whole lot worse than Barbados... It looks like it could be more difficult to take good points from C1 than from HC, which of course I don't really like.

Nonetheless, Reinhardt has done very well against strong competition so far, why not here? The support is as good as always, but I'm hoping his teammates will actually do something here. Sending Mäder in the breakaway would obviously be the best possible idea, as he's U25 and has already got some good results from such attempts. Let's see...
The triple threat is back together, was the absence of Ricki the cause of our problems in Barbados? Lets find out as we continue to demonstrate sprinting is a lottery and that we're relegating hard!

we're here I guess thats it. Stepniak is literally just here to participate. Not gonna end with any points from these races

Not that I'm the one and only MG guru now, but I really lacked the experience and understanding of the game when I choose this race as a top-10 goal two months ago Pfft I'll already be happy with top-10 in one stage, hopefully combined with at least one point. Even though home rider Ulloa won't do much, it's nice to see him mentioned in the preview (and the reason he was sent here was also being a home rider, so thanks for the eye to detail, SN Smile ) Then I also got three "flat beasts", but it's not like Quispe will really do something special here (fingers crossed he proves me wrong of course), and Guillén can hopefully get that one overperformance where we get in that top-10 of the stage. Got some youngsters here as well, but will need a lot of luck to see them gain some seconds if they even get in the break.

Thanks for the preview, let the games begin!
With how deep the startlist is, it's basically a tossup I think. Ewan is the best on paper, but that won't mean much.

Glad I'm not here. Pfft
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It's now or never for Saber!

I'm hoping for some consistent stage results and a solid GC placing Smile

Thanks for the preview SN Smile


"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 PogaÄŤar
Hoping for a good race from my sprinters here, risky to send them both, but had race days for them left
Targeting a top 3 here, as in Barbados. Hopefully we can fix the lead-out issues if we get a train, which I suspect we might on an occasion or two since Swift isn't here.

Thanks for the preview Smile
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The triple threat is back together, was the absence of Ricki the cause of our problems in Barbados? Lets find out as we continue to demonstrate sprinting is a lottery and that we're relegating hard!


Jesus, we're on track to record one of the most cursed seasons in game history! We're not even getting f*cked by a version change, we're just getting raw f*cked Shock
As soon as I saw us building a train I thought it could go wrong. Fifth is still a decent result, and Hodeg ninth is a nice bonus. Cruising on other trains is allowed next stage though!
Manager of Minions
Quicibal in the break and doing well in the intermediate sprints, too bad he's one year too old for the U25 and didn't care about the KoM. Guillén tried, and 27th is better than 28th I guess Pfft I do feel bad for Podium Ambition though, as it seems Ewan really doesn't care (except when the race he's in is a monument where he can't score points).

Congratz to Heine and thanks for the first report SN Smile
Well, try again tomorrow I guess. At this point I think Bonifazio attacking would actually be the best option.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
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