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The TT friendly course of the Tour of Ukraine returns for a seventh consecutive running in the Man Game. The race starts with a 7 km Prologue, followed by a relatively short hilly stage where the punchers will hope to make an impact. The final stage is a 25+ kilometer Time Trial which is likely to have the most impact in the GC. The Prologue ends with a considerable uphill slope which could prove to be a disadvantage to the absolute pure Prologue specialists. The longer ITT on Stage 3 is flatter, but has enough bumps to trouble those less inclined on ascents.

Last year's winner Pluchkin is not here this time as their team have selected Andriafenomananiaina and Prevar to lead their charge. 2018 winner Ion Izagirre, still riding for the same team. albeit with a different name, is the only former winner on the startlist. He also finished 3rd in last year's edition.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink8179787778
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo8270798079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman8271777573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Intxausti8069757575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Fraile7672797679
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Martin8075717569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre7481777277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Konig7874737473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Borisavljevic7773747474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Dees7572777676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Dunbar7575757575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Haga7572767077

A strong startlist have arrived for this race, pushing the previously mentioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre down the favourites' list. It can turn rapidly in his favour though, if the hilly Stage 2 turns out to be selective.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink starts as top favourite, possessing all the skills necessary to succeed in a race like this. He has had a good start to the season, including a 2nd place GC finish in Portugal, which needed similar skillsets to do well. His manager and team will be hoping for more of the same.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman look to be the nearest competitors to the Dutchman, but both are considerably weaker on the hills and will be hoping for a less selective stage there. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo is the absolute top TT rider among the GC favourites.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Intxausti is another top contender with good TT and Prologue skills but his weaker TT could see him drop down the standings on the second stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Fraille is similar to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo in his make-up for this race, and could match the latter if Stage 2 goes in his favour.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Martin is likely to lose time against the clock on both stages, if they end up favouring the purists. However, given how the stages are expected to go, he should benefit from their profiles and should be able to hold on to a high position at the end of it.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Konig and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Borisavljevic are strong overall stage racers and consistency will be their biggest weapon to rise to the top as others fall away in one or the other stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Dees and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Haga are steady TT riders who can hold their own on the climbs. They too will have a similar strategy to the above mentioned duo, but with more focus on riding against the clock.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Dunbar is the perfect example of a 'well-rounder' rider, in being equally strong in all disciplines needed for this race. None of his abilities are world beating, but they are perfect to shine for a race like this.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Bartl7772717475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Andriafenomananiaina7672747470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Figueiredo7673727572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Ahmad Zamri7570757475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford7270797579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal7570747672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Potocki7772707170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Domagalski7571746971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png De Luna7471757274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot7071807480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Martinez7571726972

Some unfancied names here on the outsiders list. The common theme here is a decent hill climbing ability, with good medium to good skills against the clock. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot are the best TT riders in the list while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Bartl, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Figueiredo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Potocki are the best going up inclines. No top punchers here, because this reporter doesn't believe that Stage 2 will be selective enough for the top punchers to take advantage.

Prologue Specialists
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo70828079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink71817778
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Fraile69767679
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford74727579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot70707480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent79657480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka74617582
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Intxausti68807575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Haga70757077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre71747277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Dees71757676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman70827573

The favourites for Stage 1 are in the list above. With the expected uphill influence, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink are expected to take advantage and look to be in the leader's jersey all through the race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Cataford is another rider who'll look to make best use of the profile for a high finish.

We shouldn't count out the purists though, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka should be hot on the heels of the GC riders in search of a stage win here. They'll be looking to use the flat first half to build an advantage and hope to hold on in the second half.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre is the only pure puncher in the list again and will like to stay in touch with the stronger riders and take advantage on Stage 2.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman's Prologue isn't the best, and he'll hope not to lose too much time on this stage.

Top Punchers
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre74817264
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Schreurs69817274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Borges70807381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Paulinho75807275
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Prevar71807073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Dowsett65806971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Turgis66797877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink81797765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Gautier67797176
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Bilbao67797175

The punchers will come out to play on Stage 2 and hope to make it selective to neutralize the advantage of the stronger TT riders.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre really stands out as the top rated puncher and he will try to take the lead on this stage, if things go his way.

The like of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Schreurs, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Borges, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Prevar, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Paulinho and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Dowsett are not the best against the clock, and need to pull out an exceptional result on this stage to have a chance of a good GC placing. It will be interesting to see how GCN go about their strategy after their puncher pairing got in each other's way in the Tour Down Under.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink is the other GC favourite to make it into this list.

Time-Trial Specialists
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo70827980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink71817877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman70827775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Fraile69767976
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford74727975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent79658074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Dees71757776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot70708074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Intxausti68807575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Fiedler78598274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre71747772
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka74618275

The time trial on Stage 3 is expected to go along the lines of the Prologue, in that the GC contenders will likely get some advantage from the bumps in the profile. On top of this, the hilly stage 2 is likely to tire out some of the TT specialists as well.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink once again find themselves on top pf the favourites' list with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman this time likely to challenge with a good time.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Fraille and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford shouldn't have too much problems with the profile as they are well and decently capable of handling the bumps. respectively.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot are equally strong against the clock, but the former is quite a bit weaker well it comes to handling ascents.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Intxausti is another GC contender who will look to use this stage to make an impact, putting more hopes on it being a hard stage, than his skills against the clock.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Dees and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre are well-rounded rounded riders, and both are GC contenders in their own right. They'll look to consolidate their high placing on this stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Fiedler and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka are the fastest riders for a TT, but their handling of climbs is woeful and could be a major hindrance on this stage.


Last NameFirst NameTeam
KonigLeopoldAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
PanayotovPetarAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
AasvoldLorents OlaAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
KämnaLennardAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
HiguitaSergioAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
RochasRemyAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
OtrubaJakubAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
ThurauBjornAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
MartinDanielAramco DP
BorisavljevicMilosAramco DP
ConciNicolaAramco DP
HasnaouiMaherAramco DP
FernandezRubenAramco DP
Mat SenanMohammad SaufiAramco DP
RussoEvgenyAramco DP
RobertStellyAramco DP
EastmanRyanAzteca - NBCSN
SquireRobbieAzteca - NBCSN
GodoySergioAzteca - NBCSN
BravoEdisonAzteca - NBCSN
FlorezMiguelAzteca - NBCSN
CepedaJefferson AlexanderAzteca - NBCSN
GarrisonIanAzteca - NBCSN
RiveraKevinAzteca - NBCSN
BartlDavidBerg Cycles
IgnatenkoPetrBerg Cycles
PaulinhoPedro MiguelBerg Cycles
VilelaRicardoBerg Cycles
BrandaoJoniBerg Cycles
GoncalvesDomingosBerg Cycles
TzortzakisPolychronisBerg Cycles
AfonsoLuisBerg Cycles
IntxaustiBenatDK - SVA Zalgiris
DeesTimDK - SVA Zalgiris
Ahmad ZamriMuhamma AfifDK - SVA Zalgiris
SiskeviciusEvaldasDK - SVA Zalgiris
LasinisVenantasDK - SVA Zalgiris
JallaysWelleDK - SVA Zalgiris
BeniusisJustasDK - SVA Zalgiris
HoferAndreasDK - SVA Zalgiris
RumacJosipFablok - Chocolate Jacques
NechitaAndreiFablok - Chocolate Jacques
StimulakKlemenFablok - Chocolate Jacques
NoppeChristopheFablok - Chocolate Jacques
De WitteMathiasFablok - Chocolate Jacques
CominelliCristianFablok - Chocolate Jacques
YechezkelAvivFablok - Chocolate Jacques
FigueiredoFredericoFarfetch Pro Cycling
PaillotYoannFarfetch Pro Cycling
BettiolAlbertoFarfetch Pro Cycling
De BodStefanFarfetch Pro Cycling
TurgisAnthonyFarfetch Pro Cycling
GoncalvesGasparFarfetch Pro Cycling
SalzmannJodokFarfetch Pro Cycling
PotockiPavelGCN Racing
SchreursMauriceGCN Racing
SergentJesseGCN Racing
NzekeGeremieGCN Racing
DowsettAlexGCN Racing
LandaMikelGCN Racing
ArchibaldJohnGCN Racing
GallFelixGCN Racing
Gonzalez CortesJosueKraftwerk Man Machine
MoazemiArvinKraftwerk Man Machine
DenzNicoKraftwerk Man Machine
KlemmeDomenikKraftwerk Man Machine
CahyadiAimanKraftwerk Man Machine
BilbaoPelloKraftwerk Man Machine
ScheitFlorianKraftwerk Man Machine
SchädlichLucasKraftwerk Man Machine
Janse van RensburgReinhardtMinions
DomagalskiKarol AndrzejMOL
GasparJoaoNordstrom - CA Technologies
DurasekKristijanNordstrom - CA Technologies
PiccoliJamesNordstrom - CA Technologies
DyrnesKristianNordstrom - CA Technologies
BellanJurajNordstrom - CA Technologies
DiggleTomNordstrom - CA Technologies
Carretero MillanHectorNordstrom - CA Technologies
SmukulisGatisNordstrom - CA Technologies
CatafordAlexandorPodium Ambition
LilovskiDobrinPodium Ambition
VanderpoolKristianPodium Ambition
Le CourtKimPodium Ambition
OwenLoganPodium Ambition
InsaustiJon AnderPodium Ambition
De LunaFlavioPolar
Rodriguez GalindoMichaelPolar
Garcia CortinaIvanPolar
DunbarEddieRepsol - Netflix
BenitoMiguel AngelRepsol - Netflix
TrofimovYuriRepsol - Netflix
ZmorkaMarlenRepsol - Netflix
ValterAttilaRepsol - Netflix
LyuXianjingRepsol - Netflix
Gonzalez SalasMarioRepsol - Netflix
KittelMarcelRepsol - Netflix
AndriafenomananiainaZouzouTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
DzhusVolodymyrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RikunovPetrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PrevarOleksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
BratashcukAndriiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PszczolarskiWojciechTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
GolovashOleksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OrlovAndriyTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OmarssonIngvarValio - Viking Genetics
PokäläSamuelValio - Viking Genetics
PaajanenPaavoValio - Viking Genetics
HänninenJaakoValio - Viking Genetics
KanervaJoniValio - Viking Genetics
GautierCyrilValio - Viking Genetics
MeijersJeroenValio - Viking Genetics
HänninenAleksiValio - Viking Genetics
BazhkouStanislauXero Racing
BesterShaun NickXero Racing
FoucheJamesXero Racing
StannardRobertXero Racing
NikiemaBachirouXero Racing
KipkemboiSalimXero Racing

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Sad to see Bazhkou not make any list here but to be fair he hasn't shown much in the last 1.5 seasons to prove he should be there. Hope as always he can find the magic again.
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8/12/13 - welker3257 said [when asked for a cyclist beginning with K] "Tom Boonen."

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After Pais Vasco I expect great things from Haga, which probably means he'll finish an anonymous 30th place.

AbhishekLFC wrote:

A strong startlist have arrived for this race, pushing the previously mentioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Izagirre down the favourites' list.

I knew he always wanted to be a Minion Pfft
Manager of Minions
Intxausti has been outperforming his TT rating this year somehow, so there's a chance for a decent result here, should be a fun one if Dees and Zamri don't collapse
Good race for Fraile to show his worth (hopefully). Smile
Only hope of points for Kraftwerk sit with Schädlich who we hope will defy the pundits and put in another over-performance in the ITTs.
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Marcovdw wrote:
AbhishekLFC wrote:

A strong startlist have arrived for this race, pushing the previously mentioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Izagirre down the favourites' list.

I knew he always wanted to be a Minion Pfft

Dreams do come true Pfft

Corrected now.
Gesink's season has been a great success so far. I'm afraid pairing him with Borges hasn't been tested yet though, but given there's only one small hill stage it should work fine.

If the hill stat proves decisive enough it should be a good race for us. If not then Fraile and Cattaneo should probably be the main candidates I'd say. Let's see.

Thanks for the great preview Abi!
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All hopes on Dunbar to continue to deliver in this kind pf stage races. with not very hard stages + tts. Won't expect his amazing performance in Pologne to be repeated, but i hope he's close to the GC Top10.

Zmorka for the final TT, the prologue with the slopes being at the end just kills any chance of him doing anything. Not sure how important mountain will be in that tt, i have to hope is close to 0 to be able to fight for the stage win
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Can't say I'm that happy with the result. But hey, if Konig is within a shot of Top 10, then it's some good news - at least he fares better than the supposed leader of the team in Preidler.
3 guys in top 20, that's good news, if we can keep all 3 there after tommorow, that's big
Good result from Gesink. Staying on top of things as usual.

Congrats on the win Mre!
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The 0.5% gradient finds Schädlich out again Rolling Eyes
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Manager of Kraftwerk Man Machine [Man Game]
That milliseconds :lol:
Nice win from Fraile! Gonna be tough to hold the GC lead but it will be fun to see him try. Grin
Good start from Haga. Hang on tomorrow and a top ten is possible.
Manager of Minions
A bit low Dunbar than what i expected, not looking great for a GC Top10 with that performance
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Good to see that the prologue is no flatter than last year's, despite the claims to the contrary in the profiles forum Pfft

If Paillot can hang on today he should make up most of those losses on the final stage. It's up and down, but I doubt much of it is above 5% so it should favour the TTers more than the prologue did. This is likely to be one of our worst races of the season so far, so just about damage limitation really.
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
24/2/21 - kandesbunzler said “I don’t drink famous people.”
8/12/13 - welker3257 said [when asked for a cyclist beginning with K] "Tom Boonen."

[ICL] Santos-Euskadi | The Life And Times | [For real doomed] i.imgur.com/c85NSl6.png Xero Racing
[CX] Listerijns & Kiwis

3x i.imgur.com/wM6Wok5.png x3
Tim Dees Nuts.

And we'll have at least 3 guys, most likely 4 in the top 30. das big time
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