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Xero Racing 2021


Promotion! In a wonder season for the Lionhearts, Xero Racing defied (most) expectations and fought to the Top 5 of the Pro Continental Tour. Lead by another stalwart season from George Bennett but ably backed up by the rest of the team's six leaders (Hugo Houle, Luke Rowe, Joseph Areruya, Xandro Meurisse and Mekseb Debesay), all of whom finished in the top 60 in the individual rankings and contributed to the team's brand of multiple scoring options and targeting the "hybrid" races being taken to its most succesful results yet, and the team ascended to the top division of world cycling for the first time.

Over the off-season, New Zealand added to their policy of not letting foreign travelers in by not allowing Kiwis to connect to others around the globe, meaning renewals and transfers were conducted by a soigneur who stayed in Italy following the team's final race, receiving instruction from the team via an underground covert fax operation. Due to these limits, certain riders (such as Mekseb Debesay and Hamish Schreurs) received the wrong renewals offers and sadly this resulted in the losses of two long-term riders. We were especially sad at the loss of team legend Debesay and will pay him proper tribute in due time. This also resulted in the team's transfer strategy being to focus their extended salary cap on recruiting top tier talents, and not making short-term success such a main focus. The additions to the team, who we will introduce in due time, may not light up the roads in 2021, but just you wait.

The focus for Xero now is on fighting for their pride in 2021 - survival seems unlikely but the team will look to earn some memorable results and respect now they are playing with the big boys full time. The experience gained will no doubt be valuable as the team continue to grow and develop towards their long-term ambitions. However murmurings within the cycling and business world wonder if the current sponsorship set-up will survive a relegation given the ever-decreasing New Zealand presence within the roster, with just two full-time riders left on the squad, and the lack of a more focused South African vision, with the team's nine Africans being spread across eight countries, not to mention the loss of continental star Mekseb Debesay.


The Primary Sponsors


About: The overnight success that is Xero is now a international company still based in little ol' NZ. They develop online accounting software for small businesses but are moving into larger clients as well.
Contract Until: 2021 *new contract
Focus Nations: New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain (minor), United States (very minor)

Xero stepped in at the last minute in 2016, but have been a great asset to the team and are now nearly synonymous with us. They continue as lone title sponsor for another year but have publicly noted their disappointment in our lack of impact on the young blood of New Zealand cycling - and in a renewal year that's a worry. With only two full-time New Zealand riders left in the team, there is a serious question as to whether Xero will want to continue, with rumours their renewal for 2021 had more to do with PT exposure than local interest at this point.

About: Qhubeka is a non-for-profit, the South African programme of World Bicycle Relief, distributing bikes to help connect people to schools, clinics and jobs.
Contract Until: 2022
Focus Nations: South Africa

A charity which helps use bicycles to support communities in poverty, as well as as a tool to help people of any age move forward in life. Not a sponsor by any means, quite the opposite. We ride for Qhubeka to increase awareness and taking part in fundraising, both of them increasing their funds and reach.

The Secondary Sponsors


About: My Food Bag is another relatively Kiwi company, an online food delivery service philosophising in “Eating food from the ground, sea or the sky. A sure-fire way to enjoy food the way nature intended, with less preservative, salts and a host of other artificial things. With recipes being focused on bringing natural ingredients forwards as the heroes”. We will help spread the word as they hope to develop this message with local (not always possible for us on our travels!) and free-range produce.
Contract Until: 2021
Focus Nations: New Zealand, Australia

We've loved the nutrition tips provided by these guys, and are happy to continue to have them onboard through to the end of the season. However like Xero, they may well be wondering if the team is Kiwi enough come next off-season.


About: Octagon is the sports and entertainment marketing division of the Interpublic Group (IPG). The IPG is one of the "big four" advertising companies and so being sponsored by the South African arm of the sports arm of the IPG is a smaller deal but with big background.
Contract Until: 2021
Focus Nations: South Africa, The World (minor)

Octagon help us get our name on the backs of buses, billboards, wherever, in our target countries. Good for publicity, finances and fans. They have stepped down from their title sponsor role (2016-18) but maintain a solid presence within the team as our marketers and talent representatives.


About: Castle Lager is South Africa's favourite beer and is now available in over 40 countries worldwide.
Contact Until: 2022 *new contract
Focus Nations: South Africa, The World (minor)

Castle Lager continues their long association with South African sport as they renew for another two seasons.


About: Visit Rwanda is a premier tourism company operating in, you guessed it, Rwanda.
Contact Until: 2021
Focus Nation: Rwanda

The Rwandan tourism company are happy to continue the second year of their contract after the breakout year of Joseph Areruya as a leader in his own right last year with a top 50 standing in the PCT, and look forward to what he can do now he's reaching towards even higher levels as he continues his development, and makes his PT debut.

The Minor Sponsors


About: Econet are an innovative company based out of Southern Africa but operate in the rest of Africa South America, Europe, East Asia and Australasia. Their core area is telecommunications and specifically broadband and fiber networks. They are also involved in other ventures in other sectors entirely
Contract Until: 2021
Focus Nations: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Africa (minor)*, Australasia (minor) East Asia (very minor)*, South America (very minor)*, Europe (very minor)*
*The choice of flags here means nothing

Econet are a truly innovative company which we are glad to be sponsored by. As a more worldwide company they don't demand any focus nationalities but will hopefully expand our influence even more in Southern Africa.


About: Telkom Indonesia is a majority state owned telecommunications company, the largest in Indonesia.
Contract Until: 2021
Focus Nations: Indonesia

Jamalidin Novardianto is an absolute fan favourite (and after his Giro stage victory has increased profile) and nowhere is this more clear, other than the manager's office, than in his home country of Indonesia. Not investing too much money, this state-owned telecommunications firm wanted in and will sponsor the team, just so they know we're tight and all, as long as Jams rides for us. So until he retires, then.
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AreruyaJoseph2579MO, 79HI79.14€540,000
BennettGeorge3081MO, 76HI78.04€420,000
RoweLuke3179SP, 75CB77.51€300,000
HouleHugo3179SP, 75HI77.22€250,000
MeurisseXandro2977HI, 74MO77.14€240,000
HiguitaSergio2476MO, 75HI75.67€100,000
BazhkouStanislau3075HI, 76TT74.38€70,000
SchleckJordan2577MO, 73HI74.33€65,000
HabtemichaelDaniel2476MO, 73HI74.32€67,500
Van NiekerkMorne2678TT, 76FL73.97€50,000
Tesfaye HeyiHenok2876RS, 75FL73.87€60,000
NovardiantoJamalidin2778RS, 79AC73.80€52,500
StannardRobert2374HI, 73RS73.66€240,000
van ZylJohann3074HI, 73TT73.00€55,000
NikiemaBachirou2473HI, 70SP72.75€50,000
FoucheJames2373MO, 70HI72.02€50,000
KipkemboiSalim2372HI, 70MO71.44€50,000
MudgwayLuke2574SP, 76AC71.37€50,000*
VermeerschFlorian2270CB, 70SP71.07€280,000
SchomberNils2781PL, 76RS70.49€50,000
PidcockThomas2272HI, 71CB73.82€600,000*
HamzaYacine2471SP, 71AC69.41€50,000*

Mudgway loaned in from BNZ-Superhero Racing. Wage paid by Xero is €0
Pidock loaned out to Project: Africa. Wage paid by Xero is €510,000
Hamza loaned out to Project: Africa. Wage paid by Xero is €0


Xero Racing
[PCT] 5th


Team [22 riders]:
George Bennett Stanislau Bazhkou
Hamish Schreurs Jamalidin Novardianto
James Fouche Jordan Schleck
Shaun Nick Bester Salim Kipkemboi
Morne Van Niekerk Robert Stannard
Mekseb Debesay Bachirou Nikiema
Daniel Habtemichael Nils Schomber
Luke Rowe Syver Waersted [Loaned In]
Joseph Areruya Yacine Hamza [Stagiaire]
Hugo Houle Jason Tesson [Stagiaire]
Xandro Meurisse Sergio Higuita [Loaned Out]

Rider's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Fan's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Ride of the YearXandro Meurisse - Viana do Castelo

Xero Racing
[PCT] 12th


Team [27 riders]:
George Bennett Hugo Houle
Tom Davison Luke Rowe
Dylan Kennett Joseph Areruya
Hamish Schreurs [Loaned Out] Tsgabu Grmay
James Fouche [Loaned Out] Kristian Dyrnes
Shaun Nick Bester Stanislau Bazhkou
Morne Van Niekerk Nils Schomber
Jaco Venter Arvid de Kleijn
Mekseb Debesay Carl Ngamoki-Cameron
Mikiel Habtom Mingrun Chen [Stagiaire]
Sergio Higuita Than Tung Huynh [Stagiaire]
Miguel Florez [Stagiaire] Akramjon Sunnatov [Stagiaire]
Daniel Habtemichael [Loaned Out] Jordan Schleck [Loaned Out]
Jamalidin Novardianto [Loaned Out]

Rider's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Fan's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Ride of the YearJoseph Areruya - Tour of Norway, S4

Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[PCT] 14th


Team [22 riders]:
George Bennett Abofazl Gilanipoor
Hamish Schreurs Joseph Areruya
Tom Davison Jaco Venter
Dylan Kennett Marvain Tognama Kossouhorou
Peter Velits Carl Ngamoki-Cameron
Luke Rowe Jordan Schleck
Stanislau Bazhkou Jamalidin Novardianto
Mekseb Debesay Hernan Ricardo Aguirre [Stagiaire]
Anthony Roux Nils Schomber
Tosh Van der Sande Callum Scotson [Loaned In]
Joseph Kimathi [Stagiaire] Gregory Daniel [Loaned In]

Rider's Rider of the YearPeter Velits
Fan's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Ride of the YearAbofazl Gilanipoor - Vuelta a Colombia, S3

Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CT] 6th


Team [21 riders]:
George Bennett Tom Diggle
Tom Davison Stijn Vandenbergh
Dylan Kennett Geremie Nzeke
Hamish Schreurs Jamalidin Novardianto
Scott Ambrose [Stagiaire] Marvain Tognama Kossouhorou
Simon Clarke Rei Onodera [Loaned In]
Matthew Lloyd Egidijus Juodvalkis
Anthony Roux Carl Ngamoki-Cameron
Jonathan Salinas Daniel Afoa [Stagiaire]
Igor Antón Nils Schomber [Loaned Out]
Jordan Schleck [Loaned Out]

Rider's Rider of the YearAnthony Roux
Fan's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Ride of the YearAnthony Roux - Tour de San Luis, S7

Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CT] 11th


Team [18 riders]:
Tom Scully Tom Diggle
Tom Davison Jamalidin Novardianto
Timothy Gudsell Geremie Nzeke
Simon Clarke Marvain Tognama Kossouhorou
Matthew Lloyd Aleksandr Efimkin
Ole Hirschlein Jean Helwani [Loaned In]
Nils Schomber [Stagiaire] Jordan Schleck
Jonathan Salinas Ok Cheol Kim [Stagiaire]

Rider's Rider of the YearTom Diggle
Fan's Rider of the YearJamalidin Novardianto
Ride of the YearJonathan Salinas - ToME, S9
Xero All-Time Leaderboards

YearsLoan InLoan OutStag.Tenure
Jamalidin Novardianto50102016-
Jordan Schleck50202016-
Nils Schomber50112016-
Tom Davison40002016-19
George Bennett40002017-
Hamish Schreurs40102017-20
Marvain T. Kossohorou30002016-18
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron30002017-19
Dylan Kennett30002017-19
Luke Rowe30002018-
Mekseb Debesay30002018-20
Stanislau Bazhkou30002018-
Joseph Areruya30002018-
Geremie Nzeke30102016-18
Jonathan Salinas20002016-17
Simon Clarke20002016-17
Tom Diggle20002016-17
Matthew Lloyd20002016-17
Anthony Roux20002017-18
Jaco Venter20002018-19
Hugo Houle20002019-
Morne Van Niekerk20002019-
Shaun Nick Bester20002019-20
Sergio Higuita20102019-
James Fouche20102019-
Daniel Habtemichael20102019-
Daniel Afoa20112017-18
Tom Scully10002016
Ole Hirschlein10002016
Aleksandr Efimkin10002016
Timothy Gudsell10002016
Igor Antón10002017
Stijn Vandenbergh10002017
Egidijus Juodvalkis10002017
Peter Velits10002018
Tosh van der Sande10002018
Abolfazl Gilanipoor10002018
Arvid de Kleijn10002019
Kristian Dyrnes10002019
Tsgabu Grmay10002019
Mikiel Habtom10002019
Xandro Meurisse10002020-
Bachirou Nikiema10002020-
Robert Stannard10002020-
Salim Kipkemboi10002020-
Kim Ok Cheol10012016
Scott Ambrose10012017
Joseph Kimathi10012018
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre10012018
Mingrun Chen10012019
Akramjon Sunnatov10012019
Than Tung Huynh10012019
Miguel Florez10012019
Yacine Hamza10012020-
Jason Tesson10012020
Jean Helwani11002016
Rei Onodera11002017
Gregory Daniel11002018
Callum Scotson11002018
Syver Waersted11002020

PointsBiggest Year
George Bennett1949716
Luke Rowe1450529
Mekseb Debesay1214482
Hugo Houle899457
Anthony Roux841631
Joseph Areruya679473
Peter Velits572572
Stanislau Bazhkou466278
Xandro Meurisse382382
Jonathan Salinas370263
Tom Diggle276218
Simon Clarke244134
Jamalidin Novardianto215138
Tsgabu Grmay165165
Kristian Dyrnes138138
Shaun Nick Bester13475
Tom Davison13057
Tosh van der Sande128128
Abolfazl Gilanipoor106106
Geremie Nzeke9063
Morne Van Niekerk8050
Hamish Schreurs6945
Ole Hirschlein6666
Igor Antón6666
Jaco Venter6340
Tom Scully5252
Stijn Vandenbergh5050
Jordan Schleck4334
Matthew Lloyd3736
Daniel Habtemichael3636
Marvain Tognama Kossohorou2813
Salim Kipkemboi2222
Timothy Gudsell2121
Dylan Kennett189
Sergio Higuita1717
Robert Stannard1313
Bachirou Nikiema1212
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron109
Nils Schomber84
Aleksandr Efimkin44
Rei Onodera44
James Fouche22
Syver Waersted22
Arvid de Kleijn22
Egidijus Juodvalkis22
Daniel Afoa11
Jean Helwani11
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre11
Than Tung Huynh00
Akramjon Sunnatov00
Gregory Daniel00
Scott Ambrose00
Kim Ok Cheol00
Joseph Kimathi00
Jason Tesson00
Mikiel Habtom00
Yacine Hamza00
Miguel Florez00
Mingrun Chen00
Callum Scotson00
Single-Season Record: 716 (George Bennett, 2020)
CT: 631 (Anthony Roux, 2017)

Chicken Dinners
ClassicsGCsStage WinsTotal
George Bennett12710
Anthony Roux1168
Hugo Houle0044
Luke Rowe2013
Mekseb Debesay0033
Tosh van der Sande0033
Peter Velits0022
Xandro Meurisse1001
Joseph Areruya0011
Jonathan Salinas0011
Igor Antón0011
Abolfazl Gilanipoor0011
Single-Season Record: 7 (Anthony Roux, 2017)

George Bennett3205
Luke Rowe2002
Anthony Roux1001
Mekseb Debesay1001
Hugo Houle1001
Peter Velits0101
Tom Davison0101
Timothy Gudsell0101
Jamalidin Novardianto0011
Joseph Areruya0011
"Tour of Japan doesn't exist" Record: 2 (Luke Rowe)

Greedy Bastards
Total WageHighest Year
Luke Rowe€865,000€370,000
Mekseb Debesay€835,000€365,000
Hugo Houle€749,000€409,000
George Bennett€600,000€175,000
Joseph Areruya€570,000€260,000
Peter Velits€350,000€350,000
Robert Stannard€340,000€340,000
Xandro Meurisse€300,000€300,000
Tosh van der Sande€275,000€275,000
Sergio Higuita€250,000€250,000
Jamalidin Novardianto€245,000€65,000
Tom Diggle€230,000€130,000
Tom Davison€225,000€75,000
Anthony Roux€220,000€130,000
Stanislau Bazhkou€215,000€75,000
Tom Scully€210,000€210,000
Hamish Schreurs€210,000€85,000
Jordan Schleck€195,000€70,000
Kristian Dyrnes€180,000€180,000
Nils Schomber€160,000€50,000
Jonathan Salinas€155,000€80,000
Dylan Kennett€150,000€50,000
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron€150,000€50,000
Tsgabu Grmay€150,000€150,000
Marvain Tognama Kossohorou€150,000€50,000
Ole Hirschlein€140,000€140,000
Jaco Venter€135,000€70,000
Shaun Nick Bester€131,000€81,000
Geremie Nzeke€120,000€105,000
Morne Van Niekerk€110,000€60,000
Simon Clarke€105,000€55,000
Matthew Lloyd€105,000€55,000
Igor Antón€100,000€100,000
Abolfazl Gilanipoor€81,500€81,500
Mikiel Habtom€70,000€70,000
Salim Kipkemboi€65,000€65,000
Daniel Habtemichael€60,000€55,000
Stijn Vandenbergh€55,000€55,000
Aleksandr Efimkin€50,000€50,000
Timothy Gudsell€50,000€50,000
Arvid de Kleijn€50,000€50,000
Egidijus Juodvalkis€50,000€50,000
Rei Onodera€50,000€50,000
Bachirou Nikiema€50,000€50,000
James Fouche€50,000€50,000
Gregory Daniel€37,500€37,500
Joseph Kimathi€15,000€15,000
Daniel Afoa€10,000€10,000
Than Tung Huynh€10,000€10,000
Akramjon Sunnatov€10,000€10,000
Scott Ambrose€10,000€10,000
Kim Ok Cheol€10,000€10,000
Jason Tesson€10,000€10,000
Yacine Hamza€10,000€10,000
Miguel Florez€10,000€10,000
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre€10,000€10,000
Mingrun Chen€10,000€10,000
Syver Waersted€0€0
Jean Helwani€0€0
Callum Scotson€0€0
Single Season Record: €370,000 (Luke Rowe, 2020)

Value for Money
Syver WaerstedInfinite (but more)
Jean HelwaniInfinite
Anthony Roux€262
George Bennett€308
Jonathan Salinas€419
Simon Clarke€430
Stanislau Bazhkou€461
Luke Rowe€597
Peter Velits€612
Mekseb Debesay€688
Abolfazl Gilanipoor€769
Xandro Meurisse€785
Hugo Houle€833
Tom Diggle€833
Joseph Areruya€839
Tsgabu Grmay€909
Shaun Nick Bester€978
Stijn Vandenbergh€1,100
Jamalidin Novardianto€1,140
Kristian Dyrnes€1,304
Geremie Nzeke€1,333
Morne Van Niekerk€1,375
Igor Antón€1,515
Daniel Habtemichael€1,667
Tom Davison€1,731
Ole Hirschlein€2,121
Jaco Venter€2,143
Tosh van der Sande€2,148
Timothy Gudsell€2,381
Matthew Lloyd€2,838
Salim Kipkemboi€2,955
Hamish Schreurs€3,043
Tom Scully€4,038
Bachirou Nikiema€4,167
Jordan Schleck€4,535
Marvain Tognama Kossohorou€5,357
Dylan Kennett€8,333
Daniel Afoa€10,000
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre€10,000
Aleksandr Efimkin€12,500
Rei Onodera€12,500
Sergio Higuita€14,706
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron€15,000
Nils Schomber€20,000
Arvid de Kleijn€25,000
Egidijus Juodvalkis€25,000
James Fouche€25,000
Robert Stannard€26,154

Men of Steel
Jamalidin Novardianto296
Tom Davison285
Nils Schomber265
Dylan Kennett229
Joseph Areruya211
Marvain Tognama Kossohorou201
George Bennett198
Stanislau Bazhkou193
Hamish Schreurs179
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron174
Morne Van Niekerk147
Jordan Schleck145
Shaun Nick Bester140
Luke Rowe136
Jaco Venter131
Mekseb Debesay110
Geremie Nzeke107
Anthony Roux107
Tom Diggle106
Simon Clarke103
Matthew Lloyd98
Jonathan Salinas97
Sergio Higuita96
Robert Stannard94
James Fouche92
Hugo Houle91
Bachirou Nikiema89
Arvid de Kleijn87
Salim Kipkemboi84
Daniel Habtemichael82
Rei Onodera76
Callum Scotson72
Gregory Daniel71
Mikiel Habtom65
Syver Waersted64
Timothy Gudsell63
Tsgabu Grmay63
Abolfazl Gilanipoor62
Egidijus Juodvalkis60
Aleksandr Efimkin60
Jean Helwani57
Ole Hirschlein53
Xandro Meurisse53
Tosh van der Sande51
Kristian Dyrnes50
Igor Antón48
Tom Scully47
Peter Velits46
Stijn Vandenbergh45
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre15
Joseph Kimathi15
Daniel Afoa15
Mingrun Chen15
Than Tung Huynh15
Miguel Florez15
Yacine Hamza15
Jason Tesson15
Scott Ambrose14
Akramjon Sunnatov14
Kim Ok Cheol10

Shut Up Legs
Jamalidin Novardianto2300
Joseph Areruya1610
Tom Davison1201
Sergio Higuita1100
Carl Ngamoki-Cameron700
Nils Schomber600
Kristian Dyrnes501
Geremie Nzeke500
Marvain Tognama Kossohorou500
Hamish Schreurs500
Morne Van Niekerk500
Bachirou Nikiema500
Timothy Gudsell401
Dylan Kennett400
Shaun Nick Bester400
James Fouche400
Peter Velits301
Anthony Roux300
Rei Onodera300
Gregory Daniel300
Robert Stannard300
Salim Kipkemboi300
Mekseb Debesay210
Matthew Lloyd200
Jordan Schleck200
Jean Helwani200
Igor Antón200
Daniel Afoa200
Stanislau Bazhkou200
Jaco Venter200
Mikiel Habtom200
Daniel Habtemichael200
Abolfazl Gilanipoor110
Tom Diggle100
Aleksandr Efimkin100
Stijn Vandenbergh100
Callum Scotson100
Hernan Ricardo Aguirre100
Luke Rowe100
Than Tung Huynh100
Miguel Florez100
Xandro Meurisse100
Syver Waersted100
Jason Tesson100

Mr. Month
George Bennett8
Anthony Roux5
Luke Rowe5
Jamalidin Novardianto3
Xandro Meurisse3
Simon Clarke2
Tom Diggle2
Peter Velits2
Stanislau Bazhkou2
Mekseb Debesay2
Hugo Houle2
Tom Scully1
Jonathan Salinas1
Tom Davison1
Timothy Gudsell1
Igor Antón1
Abolfazl Gilanipoor1
Dylan Kennett1
Joseph Areruya1
Sergio Higuita1
Tsgabu Grmay1


9/1-11 Tour of TasmaniaPT
20/1-25/1 Tour of QatarPT
1/2-9/2 Volta a PortugalPTHC
2/2 Copenhagen-Malmo TTTPT
12/2-18/2 Tirreno-AdriaticoPT
13/2-20/2 Paris-NicePT
13/2 Classique du Grand-DuchéPT
28/2 Milano-SanremoPTM
4/3 Strada Appia AnticaPT
13/3-16/3 Praha - Karlovy Vary - PrahaPT
19/3-21/3 Ronde van NederlandPT
25/3 Ronde van VlaanderenPTM
1/4 Paris-RoubaixPTM
3/4-23/4 Giro d'ItaliaPTM
10/4 Macskako KerekparversenyPTHC
20/4 GP LiechtensteinPT
30/4 Amstel Gold RacePT
1/5-5/5 Cheshire Cycling TourPTHC
3/5 La Fleche WallonePT
7/5 Liege- Bastogne - LiegePTM
9/5 Rund um KolnPT
11/5-31/5 Vuelta a EspanaPTM
27/5-31/5 Tour of NorwayPTHC
5/5 Riga - Jurmala GPPTHC
8/6-16/6 Tour de SuissePT
16/6-23/6 Criterium du Dauphine LiberePT
28/6-30/6 Scandinavia Open Road RacePTHC
3/7-23/7 Tour de FrancePTM
29/7-30/7 Chrono des HerbiersPT
8/8 Clasica San SebastianPTHC
10/8 GP MoscowPT
21/8 East Midlands Cicle ClassicPT
23/8-31/8 Tour de l'AvenirU23
1/9 Paris-ToursPTHC
15/9-22/9 Tour of Northern EuropePT
26/9 Tour of the BattenkillPTHC
1/10-8/10 Tour du MarocPTHC
3/10 Japan CupPTHC
14/10-15/10 Grand Prix CyclistesPT
18/10 Giro di LombardiaPTM

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Good start. Keen to see your signings for the PT. Will be an interesting and most likely hard season for you guys but still excited to watch!
Jakstar22 wrote:
Good start. Keen to see your signings for the PT. Will be an interesting and most likely hard season for you guys but still excited to watch!

Thanks Grin Yeah I'm hoping we at least have some fight and can make it interesting for ourselves - and I'm pretty hopeful on that side of things Smile And you shouldn't have to wait too long to meet our new faces...
Very nice to read about this year and the team's history. Good luck in the new season!
You know the "greedy bastards" call you "ungrateful penny-pinching" behind your back, right? Wink
DarkWolf wrote:
Very nice to read about this year and the team's history. Good luck in the new season!
You know the "greedy bastards" call you "ungrateful penny-pinching" behind your back, right? Wink

Thanks Smile Always enjoy updating those stats and stuff keeping the history alive as we start to become a more long-term team (still nothing on the rest of the PT!)

And nah, they know it's all in good fun Pfft Plus most of those "highest wages" are my FA offers to them so it's hardly their decision :lol:

Transfers Incomings: Local Lads and Lots of Potential

As mentioned in the HQ introduction, management were greatly handicapped during transfer planning and the window itself and decided to go straight to looking at the long-term and making a few additions rather than focusing on building a squad for this year which could have taken lots of planning and many deals and riders coming and going (although we don't intend on using just that as an excuse if the season goes poorly as a result).

Subsequently we have brought in 5 riders - one focus nation loanee we're happy to develop, two young neo-pros and two African domestiques. We can't wait for you to meet them.

Luke Mugway | 25 | 4.00XP | 0 (Loan-in from BNZ)

Firstly, the loanee. From BNZ-Superhero racing comes Luke Mudgway, an up-and-coming Kiwi sprinter who is looking for some experience in the Pro Tour to round off his development. Surprisingly this is our first loan exchange with our local friends at BNZ, but we are all too happy to help them in developing a rider we are sure will be a fixture of the New Zealand cycling picture for years to come. Luke will look to be of assistance in a variety of races, particularly in preparing our sprinters for finishes, and will also be riding in his first ever Grand Tour which we know he is excited for!

Johann van Zyl | 30 | Maxed | 55,000

Johann van Zyl is one of the staples of South African cycling and a rider we have coveted for some time, and so we are delighted to welcome him to the team. It is bittersweet, though, as it was part of a swap deal for one of our team favourites in Shaun Nick Bester, who goes the other way to our friends at Isostar, and who we fully hope to see back in Xero colours before his career finishes. For now though, we are pleased to welcome the multi-dimensional van Zyl to the team, who will be a huge asset in every race he participates and could even be a threat from a breakaway.

Florian Vermeersch | 22 | 1.00XP | 280,000

Florian is one of the most exciting talents to come into professional cycling with a Northern Classics specialty in some time, possessing power on the flatlands, skill on the pavé and a great turn of speed at the end of even the toughest races, we are very pleased to have acquired the Belgian youngster. Unfortunately due to the fact we're in PT (and the exponentially exorbitant fees it takes to loan out big name talents even if you pay the wage, despite them being the best talents to take in) we didn't manage to find a loan for him and we fear his development may stall a year - but we're sure he'll be worth the wait.

As always, the below maxed stats only represent one possibility for his future development.

Henok Tesfaye Heyi | 28 | Maxed | 60,000

An obscure pick to enter into professional cycling at the highest level, we are sure the former middle-distance runner from the highlands of Ethiopia will be a valuable addition to the team. Our contacts around the globe all assure us he's a local hero and a highly adaptable and versatile rider, who rides with the experience of a rider older than his age suggests. Particularly skilled on the flat, Henok is also a powerful climber and even has a decent kick in a sprint or attack which makes him a valuable breakaway option.

Thomas Pidcock | 22 | 1.00XP | 600,000 (Loan-out to Project: Africa)

One of the brightest talents around, Thomas Pidcock is already a quality rider as he proved last year by taking gold in the Olympics in the cross-country mountain bike race. Despite his skills in mountain biking and even cyclocross racing, Thomas is committed to the road (and I can think of six hundred thousand reasons why) and has the cycling world at his feet. Skilled in absolutely every type of race you can think of, we will work with him in the coming years to find out what kind of rider he will be.

Right now we have no idea what we are going to do with him - to misquote The Dark Knight, when it comes to talents "we're a dog chasing cars. We wouldn't know what to do with one if we caught it!" Below are a couple of options we're considering at the moment.

Official 2021 Squad Presentation

We've heard quite enough about the team's off-season struggles, but the team are still very pleased to present their squad for 2021. Although with just four outgoings and five incomings the squad will look very familiar to most, we hope the eight developed riders and the five fresh faces are enough to hold your interest!

Some stats about the squad:
- 3/5 of the riders are from our focus regions
- The average age is 25.95
- No rider is due to decline before 2023
- Nearly 1/2 of the riders are still developing
- Every Xero-owned rider has 70+ RES
- RES average of 73.25, ACC average of 72.75

2021 Official Squad

MorneVan Niekerk76616778737572646167726477
HenokTesfaye Heyi75707367747665556873786672
Johannvan Zyl74717473747472716266736073

Loaned Out:

Talents - Maxed


Stay Tuned for Goals, Rider Schedules and Interviews...
Pidcock when maxed gives so many options with training. What a beast!
Looks like you ran away with some very cool home heroes as well as some incredible talents for the future!
Ulrich Ulriksen
That is a really cool set of talents. You are going to have a lot of options on how to develop the team in a year or two. Habtemichael my favorite obviously, looks like he might have another season where he has the freedom to light up the breaks like he did at McCormick.
Man Game: McCormick Pro Cycling
@hillis - Yeah I’m absolutely in love with his possibilities - a blessing and a curse I guess as I’m not looking forward to making up my mind! :lol:

@knockout - Yeah reaching out to as many local fans as possible is always a goal of ours and we really think the new signings provide our biggest number of home fans reached yet. Thanks! Grin

@Ulrich - Thanks a lot Smile Yeah it’s going to be so cool seeing the team built around home-grown talent for years to come and trying to decide the path we take around that group! And yes I would love Habtemichael to relocate his awesome 2019 with us this year, one of my favourite seasons of a loan-out (behind Jams at Podium Ambition that same year), he was awesome! Hope him and Higuita can have some fun this year as well as helping our leaders.
Still pissed you got Vermeersch, and Pidcock on top of that. Great FA signings for you!
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Great region focus and those talents look spicy Grin Shame you missed getting Debesay back but I think the rest of the signings make that up! Looking forward to your first go in the top tier Smile
@Ollfardh - If we're making such a famous talent-snatching team such as Lierse jealous, we must be doing something right Pfft Thanks!

@Abhishek - Yeah I was so gutted about how that went down, really going to miss him, but glad he's gone to a team that can train him how he deserves! Yeah I am too, it will be extremely tough but hopefully there's some races we can get proper results and in the others we can try and animate the race and have some surprise results and breakaway fun!
Even if you don't survive in PT you still had a good transfer period with Pidcock and Vermeersch. In hindsight I should've just done what you did and get a top talent, instead I missed out on every target Pfft

Xero domination incoming in a few years Cool


"I am a cyclist, I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying." - Tadej Pogačar
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