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[PCT] Minions '21

It's the final month of the racing season, excluding the championships. One final push to get us further up the ranking.

Japan Cup

Hagen has two more races in his final month, starting with Japan Cup. His fate was already sealed though, no matter how well he'd do here it would be his second-last race for us. Looking to increase his value on the job market, he was very active all race and went to the line with Yates, who was the better of the two. Second place in PTHC did deliver a lot of points though.


Rating: BananaBananaBananaBanana
Looking to hire a lazy puncheur who only cares in October?

Vilnius GP

We have a decent but admittedly not extraordinary team time trial squad, especially with Uran needed elsewhere. So any points coming home from Lithuania were welcome. With our twelfth place we scored fifteen, so not bad at all!


Rating: BananaBananaBanana
Almost free points.

Bayern Rundfahrt

Uran was needed for a race with two time trials and a semi-mountain stage. The big climbers already ended their season so this was a huge opportunity to score big. It started off very well, with the Colombian tenth on the first stage ahead of most rivals. Kalaba got boxed in on the flat stage unfortunately. Uran fought his way to the front on the mountain stage but did not gain enough time on some weaker climbers. At this point he was third in the general classification and just needed a good TT to get on the podium. Unfortunately, the legs were quite poor on the final day as he finished thirty-first, and dropped all the way to ninth.


Rating: BananaBanana
What looked so good.

Giro dell'Emelia

On the final day we were not involved in any important ranking battle, so we could ride with no pressure. Hagen took this a bit too literally by not doing anything noteworthy despite coming ninth in the final sprint.


Rating: BananaBananaBanana
The season is over, time to party!


11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngAker - MOT375517521,46
42pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.pngLos Pollos Hermanos325817518,62

These are the final rankings, which we'll cover in more details later. For now, we just want to say we kept seventeenth place which is safe from relegation but also far away from promotion.

Manager of Minions
I hope I'm invited to the party. You can choose whether I bring Quispe or Manarelli as a +1. Or maybe it's time to invite Bru again? Think your leaders rather disappointed you this season. Hagen was one of the victims of the incredibly strong puncheur PCT division. Interested to see what you will do with him (and Uran) during the off season.
@Nemolito - Manarelli is a team legend so always welcome, and we'd be honored to have the best cyclist ever attending. Bru on the other cannot be seen within 5 kilometers of our HQ Pfft


We didn't spoil it in the October review, but here it is, the final rankings.

Team rankings

1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngAker - MOT3755
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.pngLos Pollos Hermanos3258
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.pngTeam UBS3119
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff3053
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine2917
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/brs.pngBralirwa - Stevens2871
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.pngBinance Cycling2801
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank2744
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngRed Bull Zalgiris2625
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam2607
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngProject: Africa2589
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.pngAssa Abloy2431
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/voy.pngVoyagin - Bird2144
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pfi.pngPhilips - Force India2131
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo2112
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/spr.pngSauber Petronas Racing2030
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.pngCarrefour - ESPN2006
23pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngJura - Fiat2003
24pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.pngPodium Ambition1800
25pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/trg.pngTryg - Ritter Sport1736
26pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gcn.pngEurosport x GCN1438

So we finished seventeenth, our worst ever result since barely surviving in our first season in PCT. The last three years we placed exactly mid-table in thirteenth or fourteenth, an now we dropped to middle right-table. After the first few months this does not come as a surprise, it looked clear we were not challenging for promotion and the odd result kept us away from relegation danger. For next season we have to reverse the trend, which might require a big clean-up and some new superstar signings which actually deliver.

Individual rankings

1Eduard Alexander BeltranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ced.pngCedevita1171
59Edvald Boasson HagenNORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions350
64Daniel VeselyCZEpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions329
76Rigoberto UranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions282
97Dusan KalabaSERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions229
100Ruben ZepuntkeGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions222
112Alvaro HodegCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions177
129Pawel PoljanskiPOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions148
162Chad HagaUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions113
197Laurens SweeckBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions85
272Leandro MarcosCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions49
283Borislav IvanovBULpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions46
304Andrei NechitaROMpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions38
315Mauri VansevenantBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions36
322Jordan CheyneCANpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions34
326Mathias De WitteBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions33
334Bert-Jan LindemanNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions32
348Bjorn SelanderUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions28
349Pim LigthartNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions28
360Laureano RosasARGpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions26
400Antoine DuchesneCANpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions18
460Florentino MarquezESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions8
465Mikkel BjergDENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions8

While in previous seasons we had a rider high up in the individual rankings, we do not find any Minion inside the top fifty.

At fifty-nine is our highest scoring rider: Edvald Boasson Hagen. Before the season this would not have been a surprise, but his performances during the season were mostly bad. Somehow still ending up as highest scoring rider is testament to how the rest of the team did.

Daniel Vesely is only a few positions behind but he also had his fair share of missed opportunities and poorly timed sprints.

For the first time, Rigoberto Uran is not our best rider in the individual rankings, but the legs haven't been what they used to be. We didn't expect him to pull out wins everywhere and his points were still quite decent.

Our secondary sprinter Dusan Kalaba only finished a hundred points behind the lead sprinter, despite having to do with lesser opportunities. Perhaps a change of role for next season?

Ruben Zepuntke received training but that did not translate to significantly better results. We might need to throw bananas at someone else.

Rider of the season: Alvaro Hodeg! What a season from the young Colombian who might not have been that successful as lead-out, but in the very few opportunities he had for himself he converted them to very good results, including the odd win. He'll have earned more chances next season.

Everyone in the team managed to score points, so no one has to feel bad and everyone is invited to the team party. May next season be a better one and finally fix our procastrination of building a team capable of promotion.

Manager of Minions
Bru scored six points for us, now ex LPH rider Marquez only scored eight for you. I think we now both know to not scout for any of our ex-riders anymore Pfft I hope Zepuntke can deliver a bit more for you next season, he's really had some atrocious results :/
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Before the season we had set five goals to achieve. We asked a few Minions to react to our results.

Tour of Ukraine - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 10th


Tour de Vineyards - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 19th


Tour de Slovenie - Win

Chad Haga - 38th


Bayern Rundfahrt - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 9th


PCT Team Standings - Top 5

Minions - 17th


Manager of Minions
Congratulations on joining Team Failed Goals! I have a little something to cheer up the Minions though, as it's a present I can't tell what it is.

God damn those Goal results are awful! Quite interested in your off-season plans, as this team has been treading mid-table water since promotion to the PCT. More so when realising EBH & Uran are on yet another decline (along with 7 other riders).

Maybe time to remove the minions from a position of control?


@Nemolito - Thanks for the present, I'm sure the team won't fight over who gets it.

@TheManxMissile - Planning the goals around Uran, those super suitable to his skills even after decline, did not turn out well. We need a rebuild, but I've been saying that every year. Perhaps the Minions have trouble following my orders.


Manager of Minions
Hooooolyyyy that's a rough go at goals here, looking forward to watching how you sort out the aging squad rebuild in the transfer window with what one could assume is going to be a pretty gimped budget.
Edited by whitejersey on 22-06-2022 22:16
I think you have some decent building blocks for a rebuild. Two good young sprinters, Zepunkte will be around for a while and still has potential, Bjerg should become a very consistent scorer when maxed. They probably all would need some training to be elite in their respective role, but still. Anything climbing related is obviously a bit rough, but Hagen and Uran (either by release or by lower demand) should reduce your wage bill significantly and give you some flexibility. It's a big task to be sure, but you got something to work with I think.
Ah, fellow 0/5 goal compadre
@whitejersey - On the bright side, lesser budget means less chance to waste it Pfft

@cunego59 - The flat discipline is well filled. It are the mountains and hills where we need to redevelop. Uran might still be useful next year but I don't see Hagen having any future.

@quadsas - We need to start a moral support group.
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