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It's the 10th edition and also the 10 year anniversary - there was no edition of this race in 2013 - of Veenendaal- Veenendaal, formerly called Dutch Food Valley classic, and the organizers have pulled out all the stops to ensure we have a good race on our hands. The profile is the same as last season, covering 200 kilometers of near flat roads accentuated with bumps almost all the way through.

Last year's winner Luke Rowe is back to defend his crown; actually the last four winners - Hermans, Cavendish, Lo Cicero - are all on the startlist, and will hope to become the first two time winner of this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Ewan757173718381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump747776738180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Swift736772698381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Guarnieri756576758180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio796668758080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Kristoff746773698277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Lo Cicero726471638478
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi786374778080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Guerao746571648376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Zabel746974708179
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Silvestre786770718081
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Vesely736874688180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Rowe786676707980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Keukeleire727073688079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Boeckmans726773708082

Talking about the favourites though, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Ewan should start as the top favourite. His top speed is stupendous, while his abilities on the tough course should keep him fresh till the end.

With his ability to traverse bumps, and strong support stats, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump is expected to be the closest competitor to the pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Podium Ambition leader. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump has done well so far, without being spectacular and he'll want to keep that run going, or even do better.

Another fast man, with somewhat weaker support stats is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Ben Swift, who should be a strong podium contender for this race. He has had a hit-and-miss season so far, and will hope that this race can set the foundation for a better series of results going ahead.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Guarnieri has continued his excellent vein of form, heading back to the past three seasons, with a great start to this one. He'll want to that run going, and has all the components needed to make another attempt at a classic victory in this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio's excellent flat stat compliments his speed well in this race, and could prove to be his super-power at the business end of this race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi is almost in the same image as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio, with certain support stats favouring one rider over the other.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Kristoff and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Lo Cicero are both fast finishers, but lack a certain killer-impact with their support stats for a race like this. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Guerao can be said to be similar as well, with his speed offset by weaker support stats.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Rowe is quite some way down the favourites' list, but as he himself will agree, he isn't the fastest in the race, but he is a strong rider when it comes to taking advantage of these kinds of profiles. He'll be looking towards repeating last year's result, and guile more than guts is likely to take him there.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Zabel, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Silvestre and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Vesely are three more riders who'll be looking to perform above expectations and push for a Top 5 finish. While Silvestre is a little slower than the other two, his skills of flat roads are among the best in the whole race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Keukeliere is the second pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Podium Ambition rider in the list, but he'll probably be more interested in delivering team leader pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Ewan to a good position for the sprint. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Boeckmans on the other hand will be looking for a repeat of his podium in the opening race of the year - Down Under Classic.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Ciolek736470668176
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino706369658277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Yates747977707780
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish716371688178
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini726474698082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Kupfernagel746473668080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami756171678082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Matthews766572677979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Ackermann727775717780

A few interesting names on this list, including former winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish, who has definitely felt the growing years on his legs. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Ciolek and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino are in the same boat, with their advancing years meaning their best years are probably behind them.

A couple of interesting names make the outsiders list, those of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Yates and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Ackermann. Neither are the fastest, but both are good punchers as well and those skills can give them an advantage in a race like this.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami will be once again hoping to prove the bookmakers wrong and pull off a repeat of his 2nd place in the Down Under Classic.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Kupfernagel are good sprinters in their own right but perhaps lack the skills to shine in a race and a strong field like this. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Matthews is perhaps the weakest rider to have made the list and will probably only be working to help pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami's cause in this race.


Last NameFirst NameTeam
KristoffAlexanderAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
StauffAndreasAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
NavardauskasRamunasAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
RobovMomchilAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
DruckerJempyAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
GrashevMartinAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
ThillTomAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
MarchewkaKrzysztofAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
AwangAzizulhasniAndorra Cycling Project
SummerhillDannyAndorra Cycling Project
TizzaMarcoAndorra Cycling Project
TownsendRoryAndorra Cycling Project
WallaysJelleAndorra Cycling Project
MajoralJordiAndorra Cycling Project
Dahl-OlsenGunnarAndorra Cycling Project
UrcelayAdriaAndorra Cycling Project
AvelinoOscarAramco DP
TeweldeJaniAramco DP
PrasadDarshanaAramco DP
FonsecaArmindoAramco DP
BatmunkhMaral-ErdeneAramco DP
Abdul HalilMohamad Izzat HilmiAramco DP
RichardsonAlexanderAramco DP
ThijssenGerbenAramco DP
TivaniGerman NicolasAzteca - NBCSN
VaqueraCesarAzteca - NBCSN
Martins SandovalUriAzteca - NBCSN
MoraErnestoAzteca - NBCSN
GarciaJhojanAzteca - NBCSN
AcostaRubenAzteca - NBCSN
RobergeAdamAzteca - NBCSN
AlbaJuan DiegoAzteca - NBCSN
SwiftBenBerg Cycles
SilvestreFabioBerg Cycles
KupfernagelDaniloBerg Cycles
OrkenAhmetBerg Cycles
KortsidakisMichailBerg Cycles
ReckwegMortenBerg Cycles
AlmeidaJoaoBerg Cycles
PortelaMarcioBerg Cycles
YamamotoMasakiCampari Asahi Procycling
FiorelliFilippoCampari Asahi Procycling
AlbaneseVincenzoCampari Asahi Procycling
MutsumineWataruCampari Asahi Procycling
NakaneHidetoCampari Asahi Procycling
IkibeSotaCampari Asahi Procycling
GueraoOscarDK - SVA Zalgiris
DzervusDarijusDK - SVA Zalgiris
RäimMihkelDK - SVA Zalgiris
NepomnyachsniyAlexandrDK - SVA Zalgiris
OvsyannikovAlexandrDK - SVA Zalgiris
EinhornItamarDK - SVA Zalgiris
HamiltonLucasDK - SVA Zalgiris
PetelinJan DragoDK - SVA Zalgiris
StepniakGrzegorzFablok - Chocolate Jacques
CohenNoamFablok - Chocolate Jacques
PlucinskiLeszekFablok - Chocolate Jacques
HaceckyMartinFablok - Chocolate Jacques
BostnerJakaFablok - Chocolate Jacques
EliadDanielFablok - Chocolate Jacques
GoldsteinRoyFablok - Chocolate Jacques
KemboiSalemFarfetch Pro Cycling
KamberajXhulianoFarfetch Pro Cycling
WoutersEnzoFarfetch Pro Cycling
van den BergJuliusFarfetch Pro Cycling
AffiniEdoardoFarfetch Pro Cycling
CrasSteffFarfetch Pro Cycling
ItamiKenjiGCN Racing
MatthewsMichaelGCN Racing
ThwaitesScottGCN Racing
NgandambaGeoffroyGCN Racing
WallsMatthewGCN Racing
StedmanMaxGCN Racing
JacobsPieterGCN Racing
BurkeStevenGCN Racing
CavendishMarkKraftwerk Man Machine
WillwohlWilliKraftwerk Man Machine
GoughWestleyKraftwerk Man Machine
ParkSang HongKraftwerk Man Machine
ZhupaEugertKraftwerk Man Machine
VermeerschGianniKraftwerk Man Machine
BroersRemcoKraftwerk Man Machine
BolJetseKraftwerk Man Machine
BonifazioNiccoloLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
VanbilsenKennethLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
SajnokSzymonLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
BiermansJentheLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Van AertWoutLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
BolivarIsaacLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
FedeliAlessandroLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
GamperPatrickLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Lo CiceroIvanoMOL
StancuGeorge AlexandruMOL
KumpMarkoNordstrom - CA Technologies
PhilipsenJasperNordstrom - CA Technologies
OkamotoHayatoNordstrom - CA Technologies
DuchesneAntoineNordstrom - CA Technologies
PeakBarnabasNordstrom - CA Technologies
BeullensCedricNordstrom - CA Technologies
MedvedevSergeyNordstrom - CA Technologies
VillellaDavideNordstrom - CA Technologies
EwanCalebPodium Ambition
KeukeleireJensPodium Ambition
AlaphilippeJulianPodium Ambition
EdmondsonAlexanderPodium Ambition
SteimleJannikPodium Ambition
AlturMarcosPodium Ambition
DomeneRamonPodium Ambition
BernasPawelRepsol - Netflix
MasLluisRepsol - Netflix
VanmarckeSepRepsol - Netflix
PostlbergerLukasRepsol - Netflix
MeeusJordiRepsol - Netflix
VargaPeterRepsol - Netflix
TeggartMatthewRepsol - Netflix
RuizDanielRepsol - Netflix
BoeckmansKrisSwisslion Cycling Team
MarinGabrielSwisslion Cycling Team
RajovicDusanSwisslion Cycling Team
GroseljMaticSwisslion Cycling Team
SiricIvanSwisslion Cycling Team
PoljanecMihaSwisslion Cycling Team
PenkoIzidorSwisslion Cycling Team
MottinHuguesSwisslion Cycling Team
AckermannPascalTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
LutsyshynRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
De BondtDriesTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
AniolkowskiStanislawTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
GladyshRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
TanovitchiiNicolaeTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
KanepejsDeinsTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
BakariAmadouTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RoweLukeXero Racing
NovardiantoJamalidinXero Racing
SchreursHamishXero Racing
SchomberNilsXero Racing
Van NiekerkMorneXero Racing
HabtemichaelDanielXero Racing

Thinking of a K to win here, either Kump, Kemboi or Kristoff. Ciolek is definitely going to win the sprint to the last 800m as usual.

Thanks for another race Abi!
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Big Oscar bout to pull the upset, he do be ready
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I'll pretend this race is actually in Veenendaal and not Fourmies but renamed to Veenendaal. Either way I can't say that I'll be watching the riders along the road because a) Covid and b) I'm in Lisbon in this alternate universe.

If Vesely wins this race, I will actually crash the site with bananas. We've never been close in my home race mostly because we never had a serious sprinter, but for the first time ever I actually have hope in a good result here.
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Gustavovskiy wrote:
Thinking of a K to win here, either Kump, Kemboi or Kristoff. Ciolek is definitely going to win the sprint to the last 800m as usual.

Thanks for another race Abi!

Love this - will never forget your very accurate description of Avellino sprinting backwards and now you have given me another sprinter put down for the vocabulary.
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Top 10 for Cav would be great given the startlist.
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Can't wait to not be close to the win again :lol:
Bonifazio getting better lately, I think this race might decide his future on the team.
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Haha brilliant, love you Luke! BananaBanana Played to perfection, worried a little bit after he got caught by the other two that they'd slow up and be caught by the pack but they did enough to stay away and despite flashbacks to when Houle failed to convert in Frankfurt or whenever it was last year he did what he really did have to do and took the win. Thanks for the report Abhi, love it! Grin
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Almost forgot I sent Vanbilsen here as a backup, which was the way to go apparently. Bonifazio doing ok as a secondary scorer, but Im kinda overpaying him for that role.

Thanks for the excellent report and congratulations to Xero!
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Holy shit, he does it again! What a brilliant repeat victory. Congrats jandal! Grin
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idk what the hell was that, but thats 60 points for us
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The result doesn't really matter at this point anymore.

Thanks for the report and congrats to Rowe on another win.


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Can't be unhappy wih a 4th place, but obviously disappointing that Varga dropped off the winning move.

The flat squad i assembled has been profiting a lot this year, specially given nobody wanted them, got most of them for 50-60k in FA. Such a shame i didn't pick some C1 flat classics to maybe score more this way. Definitely more productive that fu...ing Vanmarcke
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Van den Berg isn't ever going to finish top 5 in a cobbled classic, so that result is likely to be the highlight of his career Pfft

Good result for us overall, with Kemboi and Kamberaj bringing useful depth points. Now over to Lisbon to see if the other half of our sprint duo/assembled talents combination can continue our push for 30 PPRD. Thanks for the report!
Thanks AbhishekLFC for the report, congrats Jandal. Now excuse me while I yell at my riders for being incompetent and having no idea how much this race means to me.
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Thanks for the report! And congrats to Jandal!
Awesome result for jandal, great report by Abhi. Kump doing well, a shame he couldn't sprint for the win.
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Can't wait to not be close to the win again :lol:

I won't deny that was an exciting race!

And if we're going to relegate we are going to relegate as f*cking hard as we can!
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Yes Danny what a beast! No win but a result much better than antecipated!
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