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Tour of Northern Europe


A race that suits everyone's skillset, and also nobody's skillset - the Tour of Northern Europe is upon us! Will it be a race for the cobblers, the puncheurs, the TTers, or some weird amalgamation of the three?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Wisniowski7183747576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Spengler6583627273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Bewley7082707775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Blythe6682687671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Senechal6782657974
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Kamyshev6582658175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Stallaert6781587668
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Teunissen6781647773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Sibilla6381587268
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Gerts7880677680
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Theuns7480657673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen6980638074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Pedersen6979697880
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Per7079727475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Kasperkiewicz7379707375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Sulimov7079657771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Fenn6179637571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Zubov6379667069

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Wisniowski is the reigning champion, but he'll face stiff competition from 2018 winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Bewley. Meanwhile pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Gerts, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Theuns, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Per and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Kasperkiewicz headline the list of cobblers seeking to take their first victory in this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png De Bie8468727776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Ponzi8367677671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Van Garderen8267697875
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Koretzky8163637770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Gastauer8158657769
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Jensen8055677773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Bystrom7956617572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Serry7867637170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Meurisse7768677474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Zakarin7761687473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Furdi7765657673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Vliegen7768617670
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Budyak7756687266
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Le Roux7764637471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Van der Lijke7664667371
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Gaudu7657667674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Lammertink7660667573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Lane7656637068
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png McCormick7653657471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Hofland7662667672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Kulimbetov7654607570
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Edet7652587268

If a puncheur is to take the win then pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png De Bie would be the obvious choice, despite his poor season so far. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Ponzi and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Van Garderen are also names to watch, but few of the top puncheurs here are comfortable on the pave or the TT bike.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Durbridge6753817374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Lammertink6965807076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich6864807681
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Dillier6468807477
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Hepburn6660797477
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Malori6858797473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard6056797477
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Wirtgen7465787574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Oliveira7372787575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Goncalves7153787672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Van Niekerk6764787375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Stannard5465786869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Van Baarle7274777776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Kung7372777472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Tennant6853777474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek6858777273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Cheung6757777274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Tanfield6264777273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Frison6754777371

While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Durbridge may be the best pure TTer here, this doesn't look like a race for him. Instead, expect the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Oliveira, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Van Baarle and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Kung to come to the fore given their skills on the hills and cobbles.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Polanc7378707873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Debesay7477727579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png David7578657674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Gaday7578657572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Declerq7377687371
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Bohli6877707975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Kozhatayev7470727175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk7173727572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png De Buyst7075687375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Potts7476667475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Anderberg6976747575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Jansen7076657572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Cosnefroy7169767779
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Van Hooydonck7078707372
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki7473707074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Ganna7066767177
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Cavagna7473767574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Kaczmarek7569757475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Bester7274737471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Feng7370707472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Vermote7074707471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Weinstein7067757270
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Arissol7172727073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom7170746970

As you can see, there are a number of riders who wouldn't be traditional favourites but have the strong all-round capacities needed to succeed here. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Polanc, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Debesay, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Van Hooydonck and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Cavagna are this reporter's picks, but it could be anyone who springs a surprise.

Top 5 TT AvgTop 5 COB AvgCombined Top 5 Avg
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Team Tinkoff - La Datcha72.67975.8
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Grieg-Maersk72.278.275.2
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Team UBS76.274.275.2
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Moser - Sygic75.274.274.7
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Volvo acc. by Spotify73.474.874.1
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png eBuddy72.675.474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Generali71.276.273.7
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire76.869.473.1
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Team Puma - SAP74.671.272.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Rakuten Pro Cycling7273.672.8
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Aegon - Peroni72.47372.7
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Gazelle71.473.672.5
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Aker - MOT727272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png ISA - Hexacta70.87371.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Isostar - Specialized7172.871.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam69.87471.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Xero Racing74.269.671.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png King Power68.874.271.5
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Evonik - ELKO66.476.271.3
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Bennelong - Mitchelton69.669.669.6
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png EA Vesuvio70.267.668.9
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Indosat Ooredoo70.263.266.7
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Festina - OAKA68.462.465.4
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Air France - KLM64.66564.8

The opening TTT promises to be a challenge for the teams, with the cobbles adding a large element of uncertainty into the mix. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Team UBS bring the best TTT teams in usual conditions, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Team Tinkoff - La Datcha and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Grieg-Maersk will try to take advantage of the cobbles. Neutrals will of course be rooting for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Evonik - ELKO.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Degenkolb766973718481
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Bewley777077758282
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Van der Lijke737673718279
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Gaviria767274768184
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Petit766576728078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Moser726773698079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Nizzolo736470678079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Meyer726270658076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Stallaert776776687976
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Houle787576717978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Holloway776876767981
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Hsu756775707979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Pedersen776978807877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Harrison726773707881
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Jakobsen726673727878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Aregger737172717877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Liepins736673687879

We have a strong field for the three flat stages, headlined by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Degenkolb. However, strong competition for him comes in the form of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Bewley, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Van der Lijke and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Gaviria, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Houle can't be discounted during his wildcard appearance.


Sean De BieAegon - Peroni
Mathieu van der PoelAegon - Peroni
Nathan Van HooydonckAegon - Peroni
Loic VliegenAegon - Peroni
Taco van der HoornAegon - Peroni
Davide BalleriniAegon - Peroni
Frederik FrisonAegon - Peroni
Lars BoomAegon - Peroni
Sven Erik BystromAir France - KLM
Jay MajorAir France - KLM
David GauduAir France - KLM
Salvatore PuccioAir France - KLM
Guillaume MartinAir France - KLM
Nicolas EdetAir France - KLM
Jelle VanendertAir France - KLM
Roman SeigleAir France - KLM
Nihal SilvaAker - MOT
Trond Hakon TrondsenAker - MOT
Hampus AnderbergAker - MOT
Tobias FossAker - MOT
Ivan SosaAker - MOT
Philipp WalslebenAker - MOT
Airidas VideikaAker - MOT
Jaime CastrilloAker - MOT
Tom DavidBennelong - Mitchelton
Cameron MeyerBennelong - Mitchelton
Dylan KennettBennelong - Mitchelton
Patrick LaneBennelong - Mitchelton
Hayden McCormickBennelong - Mitchelton
Callum ScotsonBennelong - Mitchelton
Ryan ChristensenBennelong - Mitchelton
Cyrus MonkBennelong - Mitchelton
Luke DurbridgecycleYorkshire
Dylan Van BaarlecycleYorkshire
Andrew FenncycleYorkshire
Andrew TennantcycleYorkshire
Ian StannardcycleYorkshire
Matthew HolmescycleYorkshire
Aleksa CrnceviccycleYorkshire
Jacob HennessycycleYorkshire
Tejay Van GarderenEA Vesuvio
Nick Van der LijkeEA Vesuvio
Ben GastauerEA Vesuvio
Tom WirtgenEA Vesuvio
Dan HollowayEA Vesuvio
Martin ReimerEA Vesuvio
Max KanterEA Vesuvio
Ivan CentroneEA Vesuvio
Floris GertseBuddy
Steven LammertinkeBuddy
Yves LampaerteBuddy
Maurits LammertinkeBuddy
Tim ArieseneBuddy
Jakub KaczmarekeBuddy
Timo RooseneBuddy
Omer GoldsteineBuddy
Adam BlytheEvonik - ELKO
Krists NeilandsEvonik - ELKO
Emils LiepinsEvonik - ELKO
Oscar RiesebeekEvonik - ELKO
Nur Amirul MarzukiEvonik - ELKO
Patrick NaudEvonik - ELKO
Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKO
Armands BecisEvonik - ELKO
Clement KoretzkyFestina - OAKA
Giacomo NizzoloFestina - OAKA
Anatoliy BudyakFestina - OAKA
Ioannis SpanopoulosFestina - OAKA
Miltiadis GiannoutsosFestina - OAKA
Andreas MiltiadisFestina - OAKA
Emmanuel MorinFestina - OAKA
Juan OsorioFestina - OAKA
Mike TeunissenGazelle
Blaz FurdiGazelle
Steven KruijswijkGazelle
Marc PottsGazelle
Tao Geoghegan HartGazelle
Ian BibbyGazelle
Kamil MaleckiGazelle
Moreno HoflandGazelle
Edward TheunsGenerali
Nelson OliveiraGenerali
Lucas Manuel GadayGenerali
Stefan KungGenerali
Jasper De BuystGenerali
Christophe LaporteGenerali
Aime De GendtGenerali
Olivier Lecourt De BillotGenerali
Lukasz WisniowskiGrieg-Maersk
Mads PedersenGrieg-Maersk
Jo Kogstad RingheimGrieg-Maersk
Amund Grondahl JansenGrieg-Maersk
Benoit CosnefroyGrieg-Maersk
Hugo HofstetterGrieg-Maersk
Yuan Tan PengGrieg-Maersk
Julien VermoteGrieg-Maersk
Barry MarkusIndosat Ooredoo
Isaac SpeirsIndosat Ooredoo
Romain Le RouxIndosat Ooredoo
Nurbolat KulimbetovIndosat Ooredoo
Dealton Nur Arif PrayogoIndosat Ooredoo
Jan XandriIndosat Ooredoo
Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoo
Justin WolfIndosat Ooredoo
John DegenkolbISA - Hexacta
Adrien PetitISA - Hexacta
Sam HarrisonISA - Hexacta
Ilnur ZakarinISA - Hexacta
Abou SanogoISA - Hexacta
Chun Kai FengISA - Hexacta
Ahmad ArissolISA - Hexacta
Salah Eddine MraouniISA - Hexacta
David PerIsostar - Specialized
Jan PolancIsostar - Specialized
Bakhtiyar KozhatayevIsostar - Specialized
Vegard Robinson BuggeIsostar - Specialized
Nans PetersIsostar - Specialized
Peeter TarvisIsostar - Specialized
Roy JansIsostar - Specialized
Kamil GradekIsostar - Specialized
Przemyslaw KasperkiewiczKing Power
Hsuan Ping HsuKing Power
Fabio JakobsenKing Power
Varsham DarbinyanKing Power
Mamyr StashKing Power
Michael VanthourenhoutKing Power
Joanis Albert NielsenKing Power
Thomas RevardKing Power
Fernando GaviriaLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Isaac BolivarLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Patrick GamperLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Wout Van AertLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Stan DewulfLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Sam BewleyMoser - Sygic
Ignacio Jesus PradoMoser - Sygic
Michael HepburnMoser - Sygic
Michael BorosMoser - Sygic
Michal KukrleMoser - Sygic
Daniel TurekMoser - Sygic
Karel HnikMoser - Sygic
Jiri PolnickyMoser - Sygic
Michel SibillaRakuten Pro Cycling
Pieter SerryRakuten Pro Cycling
Saya KuroedaRakuten Pro Cycling
Shiki KuroedaRakuten Pro Cycling
Yudai ArashiroRakuten Pro Cycling
King Lok CheungRakuten Pro Cycling
Rei OnoderaRakuten Pro Cycling
Kai ReusRakuten Pro Cycling
Tim DeclerqTeam Puma - SAP
Marcel AreggerTeam Puma - SAP
Filippo GannaTeam Puma - SAP
Remi CavagnaTeam Puma - SAP
Patrick BevinTeam Puma - SAP
Domenic WeinsteinTeam Puma - SAP
Lukas MeilerTeam Puma - SAP
Atsushi OkaTeam Puma - SAP
Florian SenechalTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Arman KamyshevTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Alexander SulimovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Moreno MoserTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Adrian MaloriTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Kiril YatsevichTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Viktor ManakovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Matvey ZubovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha
Simone PonziTeam UBS
Lukas SpenglerTeam UBS
Tom BohliTeam UBS
Jose GoncalvesTeam UBS
Silvan DillierTeam UBS
Benjamin ThomasTeam UBS
Martin SchäppiTeam UBS
Michael SchärTeam UBS
Joeri StallaertVolvo acc. by Spotify
Kristian Haugaard JensenVolvo acc. by Spotify
Rasmus TillerVolvo acc. by Spotify
Phan Age HaugardVolvo acc. by Spotify
Laurens SweeckVolvo acc. by Spotify
Nejc KosicVolvo acc. by Spotify
Harry TanfieldVolvo acc. by Spotify
Dion BeukeboomVolvo acc. by Spotify
Hugo HouleXero Racing
Mekseb DebesayXero Racing
Xandro MeurisseXero Racing
Stanislau BazhkouXero Racing
Morne Van NiekerkXero Racing
Shaun Nick BesterXero Racing
Daniel HabtemichaelXero Racing
Nils SchomberXero Racing

Pretty sure Gaviria is a wildcard as well, let's see how many points we can steal!
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Very excited about this wildcard entry, hope we can get in the thick of it and not just be anonymous, and hopefully of course get some results to remember as well Smile Bringing a solid punchy sprinter, Viana do Castelo winner Meurisse and an all-rounder like Debesay isn’t a top lineup in the context of the PT but hope it’s good enough to see us in the action!
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This is always a cool race; looking forward! I don't think any of our riders can compete for the prime positions. But we do have some guys who might be able to do a decent job.
Not sure what to expect from my team, but it should be an exciting race, nonetheless.
Always excited for this! How big the gaps will be in the cobbled stage should be interesting to see. Perhaps 3* will make it possible for the puncheurs/hybrids to get closer to the specialists than last year at least. We of course hope to defend the win, but I'm really fearing Gerts.

I hope we can get a good start and just manage to have the team in a good position all the way through. Hopefully Wisniowski will be in the lead after the ITT and then it's all about hanging on to it.
Nice preview, jph! Thank you for that.

Very nervous for this one! We can't expect any decent points with our lineup, but I fear we'll need it if we're going to survive in the PT. It's a year too early for Anderberg, but we still believe, Hampus! Pfft

Obviously need some luck on the hills with positioning and the hills not being decisive and foring big splits, and then the cobbles and TT to play in his favour. It's a lot to ask, but I've got to hope Grin

This is always an exciting race. Wisniowski probably has to be the overall favourite, but this is wide open, all depending on how the stages on different terrains play out.

Also curious to see what especially Debesay can do, as he must be close to the perfect rider for this race, among those riders not being typical PT leaders material.
Well well well.
There we go.

A team of unmaxed or old riders plus De Bie...guess it`s the only race all year, where De Bie can`t be expected to do well GC wise and might actually go for a stage performance...

Other than that, not sure who of my riders going strongest. Van der Poel, Boom, Hooydonck...

At least it should give some points here and there.
Let the fun begin, except for Manakov all of my riders made it into the preview, thanks jph27!
Dont have a good feeling for this race but we'll see.

jph27 wrote:
Neutrals will of course be rooting for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Evonik - ELKO.

Can confirm. Am a neutral for the TTT and will be rooting for Evonik.
This is basically the perfect race for Kasperkiewicz lets see what he can do also with the cobbles stage probably not being as selective as last time.
Also brought Hsu and Jakobsen for the sprints, after Hsu already got good results here last year when he wasn't maxed. However the sprinters field seems more competitive this time, so don't know what to expect.

Thanks for the preview, jph! Looking forward to the reports.
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Prepared for another disappointing effort from David, who's had a terrible season until this point.. Maybe someone will positively surprise me here though..
Excited for this one. I think we have a great mixed team for the TTT, and between Spengler and Ponzi we should be able to achieve something special. Thanks for the preview!
Per and Polanc are a great duo for this, hopefully they can deliver us a great race!
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Gerts has something to prove here.
Well, we somehow won the TTT here last season and bring a stronger lineup this time...

Apart from that, I have to hope for breakaways and for Declerq and/or Cavagna to shine through consistency.
Declerq knows how to do that here, and Cavagna was trained in the perfect way to take over that role.
Probably the most 'interesting race on the calendar here as we come in hot with Van Baarle as our likely captain here. I hope he is all round enough to survive the harder stages and leverage a decent TT to climb the GC later in the race. I don't really know what to expect here starting with that opening TTT, hopefully this will be an enjoyable race!

Banana John St Ledger in Team Bunzl-Centrica and Team U25Banana

Red Bull Driver in RFactor
A very good ride by the team again, particularly in the context of the time gains over most other lineups that sets up Cavagna and Declerq quite well.

However, considering the circumstances of the narrow fight for our Top 3 sponsor goal in the team rankings, I can't help but be slightly disappointed that we missed out on a good chunk of points by mere seconds.
I hope this won't come back to bite us down the road.
Solid from us looking at our lineup! Happy with that.

Fingers crossed we can join the breakaway fun going forward now, as we can't have great GC ambitions here.
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