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In Andorra, they say the only way is up! I don't know if that's an actual saying or I dreamt it up but it definitely applies to this race! Five days of climbing, four with your teammates and the peloton and one on your lonesome against the clock. The climbers will line up for the the Tour d'Andorra to try to become the King of the Mountains! Not that classifcation only, but the General one too...

The first stage itself brings the hard stuff, with a 20 km long mountain to round things off. Stage 2 is a little bit of a respite with a moderately easier profile. It all ends uphill on the third stage again, as another long, if somewhat less steep, climb needs to be tackled to reach the finish line. This after the riders would've tackled three more hard climbs already! The fourth stage is the race up the mountain and the clock. The final stage is the longest, at 230 kilometers, and involves the riders tackling four hard climbs before the final short burst up to the finish. It's going to be a punishing five days!

This race has been a constant feature on the MG calendar since 2013. The past two winners - Suaza and Dan Martin, are both here but they'll have their work cut out to repeat that success. The who's who of PCT climbing have shown up and we look at them in detail next.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Tenorio848078767967
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin847877777773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman827776757669
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Wellens827279807668
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Uran817774807570
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kudus827279777970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Monsalve817279807773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Denifl837173697463
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Henao Montoya817074787572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Choi807577767968
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Oomen807478777869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Carthy816777767869

Arguably the best pure stage racer in the division, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Tenorio starts as top favourite, and along with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin, should be the two riders to beat in this race. The latter isn't the unbeatable force of the past couple of years but he still is top man of the division, as the rankings clearly state.

A little way below these two, but bunched up together in terms of capabilities, we find the quartet of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Wellens, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Uran and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kudus. While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Wellens and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kudus have had good seasons, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman hasn't had the best while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Uran has been a little up and down but mostly up. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Uran hold the advantage in the TT, and that could become important in case of a tight race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kudus's recovery and stamina advantage could play a key role on the final stage.

The next pair of evenly matched climbers are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Monsalve and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Denifl. The former will depend more on his energy skills to keep him contention while the latter is a better climber but lacks a little when it comes to backups.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Choi, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Oomen, the declining pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Henao Montoya and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Carthy are solid climbers and would be podium contenders in many races but not here. They should be Top 10 contenders and could push for Top 5s if they have a couple of good days.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Martin807174757373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Ratiy807470737658
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Nerz807375727468
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Latour797080788074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Abal797571747170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png De la Cruz787472767573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Padun806572747675
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Garby796871767570
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Konig787373747065

Defending champion pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Dan Martin will probably not like finding himself in the outseiders' list but he isn't at his former abilities any more and will be looking at a Top 10 as a more realistic target.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Ratiy, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Nerz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Latour will lead their respective teams, with the latter two especially always having an over-performance in them.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Abal, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png De La Cruz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Padun will be chief lieutenants for their respective leaders, but a race like this could see them too being among the high placings by virtue of association (read pacing) their leaders and being dropped late on.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Garby and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Konig will also be the designated leaders for their team. The latter's role might nor be so clear-cut though, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Preidler also present in this race, albeit on the abck of a horrible season so far.

Stage 4 MTT - Favourites
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Tenorio8480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin8478
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Eastman8277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Uran8177
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Wellens8272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Denifl8371
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kudus8272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Monsalve8172
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Choi8075
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Oomen8074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Ratiy8074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Henao Montoya8170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Nerz8073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Abal7975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Martin8071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Carthy8167

Most of the top names from the favourites list make a presence here as well. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Tenorio is top favourite followed by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Pluchkin. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Ratiy, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Nerz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/des.png Abal could make up some ground they lose to the stronger climbers in other stages. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Carthy, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Padun and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Latour especially could lose out on this stage.


Last NameFirst NameTeam
PreidlerGeorgAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
KonigLeopoldAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
RobovMomchilAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
PanayotovPetarAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
HiguitaSergioAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
StoenchevValentinAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
RochasRemyAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
OtrubaJakubAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
HirschleinOleAndorra Cycling Project
GalievUlugbekAndorra Cycling Project
RoperoLluisAndorra Cycling Project
PoelsWoutAndorra Cycling Project
CabanasOscarAndorra Cycling Project
WallaysJelleAndorra Cycling Project
Dahl-OlsenGunnarAndorra Cycling Project
RubioEiner AugustoAndorra Cycling Project
MartinDanielAramco DP
BorisavljevicMilosAramco DP
FernandezRubenAramco DP
JosephStijnAramco DP
BatmunkhMaral-ErdeneAramco DP
AlloncaDanielAramco DP
Mat SenanMohammad SaufiAramco DP
HasnaouiMaherAramco DP
EastmanRyanAzteca - NBCSN
MannionGavinAzteca - NBCSN
SuazaJaimeAzteca - NBCSN
GodoySergioAzteca - NBCSN
StetinaPeterAzteca - NBCSN
RobergeAdamAzteca - NBCSN
GarciaJhojanAzteca - NBCSN
CepedaJefferson AlexanderAzteca - NBCSN
Henao MontoyaSergio LuisBerg Cycles
BartlDavidBerg Cycles
DestriboisAlex AriyaBerg Cycles
AularOrluisBerg Cycles
AntunesAmaroBerg Cycles
IgnatenkoPetrBerg Cycles
AlmeidaJoaoBerg Cycles
ReckwegMortenBerg Cycles
GarbyMarc ChristianBNZ Cycling Team
AltanzulMaaniBNZ Cycling Team
WeberSaschaBNZ Cycling Team
VuillermozAlexisBNZ Cycling Team
YatesJoelBNZ Cycling Team
DelgerbayarSonomtserenBNZ Cycling Team
ErdenebatBilguunjargalBNZ Cycling Team
ScottCameronBNZ Cycling Team
NdayisengaValensBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
OkbamariamTesfomBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MaiChristophBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
HadiJanvierBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
NiyonshutiAdrienBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
ChokriEl MehdiBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MugishaMoiseBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MunyanezaDidierBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
DeniflStefanDK - SVA Zalgiris
CarpenterRobinDK - SVA Zalgiris
DeesTimDK - SVA Zalgiris
Ahmad ZamriMuhamma AfifDK - SVA Zalgiris
KrizekMatthiasDK - SVA Zalgiris
HoferAndreasDK - SVA Zalgiris
JuodvalkisEgidijusDK - SVA Zalgiris
NareklishviliBekaDK - SVA Zalgiris
WellensTimFablok - Chocolate Jacques
RaileanuCristianFablok - Chocolate Jacques
PoljanskiPawelFablok - Chocolate Jacques
BernardJulienFablok - Chocolate Jacques
HaceckyMartinFablok - Chocolate Jacques
ShapiraIdanFablok - Chocolate Jacques
EliadDanielFablok - Chocolate Jacques
CominelliCristianFablok - Chocolate Jacques
CarthyHughFarfetch Pro Cycling
BettiolAlbertoFarfetch Pro Cycling
van den BergJuliusFarfetch Pro Cycling
GoncalvesGasparFarfetch Pro Cycling
CrasSteffFarfetch Pro Cycling
SouliousZisisFarfetch Pro Cycling
EloseguiInigoFarfetch Pro Cycling
VerschaeveViktorFarfetch Pro Cycling
EyobMektelGuave's Sunlight Cycling
KhodayariFarzadGuave's Sunlight Cycling
BurmannWolfgangGuave's Sunlight Cycling
BablidzeIrakliGuave's Sunlight Cycling
AvetisyanMihranGuave's Sunlight Cycling
MaesenWilliamGuave's Sunlight Cycling
GrovesKadenGuave's Sunlight Cycling
MoniquetSylvainGuave's Sunlight Cycling
De la CruzDavidKraftwerk Man Machine
NerzDominikKraftwerk Man Machine
KiserlovskiRobertKraftwerk Man Machine
GeniezAlexandreKraftwerk Man Machine
Gonzalez CortesJosueKraftwerk Man Machine
MailletJocelinKraftwerk Man Machine
TatarinovGennadiyKraftwerk Man Machine
HoBurrKraftwerk Man Machine
OomenSamLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
De PlusLaurensLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
KolarMichaelLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
FedeliAlessandroLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
VerwilstAaronLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
CoviAlessandroLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
WeemaesSashaLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
DewulfStanLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
SebokaMatalaLos Pollos Hermanos
PetrovskiStefanLos Pollos Hermanos
CoronelSamuelLos Pollos Hermanos
QuispeAlainLos Pollos Hermanos
HayterEthanLos Pollos Hermanos
RuizRobinson StevenLos Pollos Hermanos
OsorioAlejandroLos Pollos Hermanos
CamargoDiego AndresLos Pollos Hermanos
ChoiKi HoMOL
StancuGeorge AlexandruMOL
DomagalskiKarol AndrzejMOL
RatiyVadimNordica - Enel
PaliniAndreaNordica - Enel
SignoriniGian PieroNordica - Enel
KaragobekMuhammet EyüpNordica - Enel
BattistellaSamueleNordica - Enel
VenchiaruttiNicolaNordica - Enel
De LunaFlavioPolar
KudusMerhawiRepsol - Netflix
RosonJaimeRepsol - Netflix
HerradaJesusRepsol - Netflix
TrofimovYuriRepsol - Netflix
PedreroAntonioRepsol - Netflix
BenitoMiguel AngelRepsol - Netflix
ValterAttilaRepsol - Netflix
LyuXianjingRepsol - Netflix
Dall'OsteDanieleSotto il sole di riccione
PasqualonAndreaSotto il sole di riccione
SantoroAntonioSotto il Sole di Riccione
NibaliVincenzoSotto il sole di Riccione
PuccioniDarioSotto il sole di Riccione
JermanZigaSotto il Sole di Riccione
PluchkinAleksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PadunMarkTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
AndriafenomananiainaZouzouTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
TopchanyukArtemTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
NituAdrianTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
DzhusVolodymyrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RikunovPetrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
DimaEmilTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
VenterJacoTrans cycling team
HardyRomainTrans cycling team
PibernikLukaTrans cycling team
PrimozicJakaTrans cycling team
KnoxJamesTrans cycling team
AssaholinKonan DanielTrans cycling team
MunozCristianTrans Cycling Team
SotbergAndreTrans cycling team

Luis Leon Sanchez
A huge race needed here for the team. Martin obviously quite the underdog for a good result given the field here but he’s definitely still got a surprise in him so no better time to do it than right now!

Good luck to everyone and a great preview!
Stacked! Top 10 & white jersey please!
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Thanks for the review, Abhishek! One mistake though, you forgot to put Seboka between Pluchkin and Tenorio in the favourites' table Frown

Only thing I can hope for here is for Petrovski to join the break and get a top-8 on a stage/in the KoM to at least score one point. Every day without DNF for Quispe will be a win and will reward him with another 1k salary.

Good luck to everyone!
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Uran was good here last year, lets hope he remembers how to race.
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If Romandie's performance is anything to go by, at least Preidler won't have huge disadvantage in the TT. (at least that's the plan) However the competition there wasn't as stacked as is here.
Last tour for Denifl, strongest support I could muster without Intxausti, letsa go
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Hoping for a decent team result from the Kraftwerk depth.

Thanks for the preview Abhi.
Manager of Suntory [ICL]
Manager of Kraftwerk Man Machine [Man Game]
Final race of the season for Kudus. He's been great all season, but we need a final good showing to solidify our promotion spot after the Slovenie fiasco.

Last time we were in this race, we won it with Rafa Valls... just saying Wink

Will be difficult to win here ofc, i'd be happy with a podium
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I didn't send Ndayisenga to the Tour de Vineyards because I thought he'd have no shot with all those flat TT kilometers. Looking at the competition here, I have no idea why I thought this would be any better Grin Would be cool to see him in the breakaway maybe one or two times, go for the KoM or even a stage win. Maybe Hadi can do something in a breakaway, too. Not much else to hope for, really. But looking forward to it nonetheless!
Go Go Tenorio! Pluchken has had his number in the past but hopefully those days are coming to an end with Pluchken on the age decline first. The Desigual boys have been on a nice run of form lately and a top result here and at the upcoming Tour of America could see us make a late push for promotion (as unlikely as that sounds after having a rough start to the season).

Good luck to everyone! Grin
Last chance for Monsalve to score big this season, so hopefully he can do just that Wink Stacked startlist as you would expect, but should be possible to fight for a top 5. Need Uwizeyimana, Scarponi and Bonnin to be of proper help for that to happen, though. Monsalve has often been isolated quite early in the past few races, which is never ideal.

Looking forward to the reports! Smile
Luis Leon Sanchez
Well, have to be pretty happy with that opening stage from Martin. 6th and not too far off the GC lead and the Top 5 gives him a good position going into the rest of this race.
Definitely a good Oomen on stage 1!
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Uran Rolling Eyes
Manager of Minions
Hugely impressed with Carthy's ride there. Kudus 2nd instead of 3rd due to Tenorio's bad day isn't ideal in the title race, but you can't have everything Pfft
Sucks to lose on the stage win for that tiny margin, but getting almost 2 minutes on Tenorio is huge for the podium fight. Don't think Pluchkin will struggle to win the race, but we'll see
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Not a great start for Kraftwerk but 7 riders in the top 50 might mean we can improve our team placing & depth scoring in future stages?
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Awful, just awful. Not much more to say. Sad
Seboka and Petrovski both tried, but Seboka already got dropped by 70-rated climbers and Petrovski chose the wrong moment. One of these days the break might make it to the end, so the only thing I can still do is hope is Petrovski is in the break that day, and the others in the break are not too good Smile Thanks for the report, Abhishek!
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