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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Discussion
Reports will come from me but thanks to Hillis for stepping in to to do the preview below.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

2020 M. PelucchiSotto il sole di Riccione
2019 D. HollowayMcCormick
2018 J. GuarnieriDelvaux
2016 S. TvetcovcycleYorkshire
2015 J. NovakIn-n-Out
2014 E. DaspuntsagGazelle
2013 A. KashechkinRepsol-Cativen



Welcome to the 8th edition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This majestic race used to be more of a climbers race with as many as 8 stages, back in the good old days. Now'a'days it's a sprinters race across 4 days. The race kicks off with a short prologue, where a specialist can take the lead and try to hold on to it for 3 hard days. Or, a sprinter can get himself into shooting distance and grab it in the mass sprints over the next 3 days. Possibilities are endless, so therifor, let's look at some pre-race favorites.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/mck.png Keough797973pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/mck.png Walscheid777771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ccc.png Vanderbiest817573pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ccc.png Liepins787973
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gct.png Appollonio817874pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gct.png Bauhaus787574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/adp.png Jakobsen808074pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/adp.png Ovsyannikov777672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pns.png Kristoff807472pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pns.png Matthews797976
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/sva.png Bouhanni807774pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/sva.png Felline747868
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/vlf.png Boivin798074pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/vlf.png Marin787874

Keough has to be the hands down favorite on paper. The man can ride prologues aswell as he can sprint. He needs a few seconds in hand before the sprinting starts, as the sprints in 2021 has been a lottery. No team with a clear "train" on paper coming into the race. So this might be another messy sprinters race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/hlf.png Vingerling797971pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gct.png Ratto796655
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/tlt.png Selig798171pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/adp.png Castrillo777271
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bns.png Wippert788270pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ccc.png Campenaerts717378
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gla.png King787375pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/sva.png Kuznetsov767376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/esc.png Drapac797770pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/hlf.png Riesebeek747576

Since the 2021 season has been a bit of a lottery, the list of pre-race favorites and outsiders should be a mile long. But, we feel the names above are good names to put some money on in a sprint finish.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/mck.png Keough807373pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gct.png Li787568
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/adp.png Thomas797373pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/mck.png Van Winden777165
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/adp.png Cosnefroy787681pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bwt.png Marchewka776575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ccc.png Campenaerts787173pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gla.png Meyer777163
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/tlt.png Mottin786873pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gct.png Daniel767574

With the begining of this race, aswell as possibilities of a late attack. The riders above might also prove themself usefull. Either by winning the first day or even with a late attack.


JakobsenFabioAramco DP
CosnefroyBenoitAramco DP
OvsyannikovAlexandrAramco DP
CastrilloJaimeAramco DP
ThomasBenjaminAramco DP
ThijssenGerbenAramco DP
SuredaJaumeAramco DP
NoiaCarloAramco DP
WippertWouterBNZ-Superhero Racing
BevinPatrickBNZ-Superhero Racing
WeberSaschaBNZ-Superhero Racing
OrueGerman AnibalBNZ-Superhero Racing
GillettRhysBNZ-Superhero Racing
ScottCameronBNZ-Superhero Racing
MarryattJakeBNZ-Superhero Racing
GoughReganBNZ-Superhero Racing
BartaWilliamBWT Hyundai N Cycling
LudvigssonFredrikBWT Hyundai N Cycling
MarchewkaKrzysztofBWT Hyundai N Cycling
PhilipsenJasperBWT Hyundai N Cycling
KiskonenSiimBWT Hyundai N Cycling
VisserLouisBWT Hyundai N Cycling
SzarkaGergelyBWT Hyundai N Cycling
LaukKarl PatrickBWT Hyundai N Cycling
VanderbiestRomainCrabbe-CC Chevigny
LiepinsEmilsCrabbe-CC Chevigny
CampenaertsVictorCrabbe-CC Chevigny
KulikovskiyAlexandrCrabbe-CC Chevigny
VandousselaereSvenCrabbe-CC Chevigny
Van TrichtStanCrabbe-CC Chevigny
DriznersJarradCrabbe-CC Chevigny
BlouweLouisCrabbe-CC Chevigny
CimolaiDavideEddie Stobart
BogdanovicsMarisEddie Stobart
DrapacDamionEddie Stobart
BergerHakon FrengstadEddie Stobart
CiolekGeraldEddie Stobart
MalacarneDavideEddie Stobart
DahlbergLinusEddie Stobart
JoeaarGertEddie Stobart
AppollonioDavideGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
DanielGregoryGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
BauhausPhilGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
LiWen HaoGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
RattoDanieleGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
FejesGaborGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
ZingleAxelGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
FinklerLeonardo HenriqueGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
CraddockLawsonGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
KingBenGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
MeyerCameronGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
CorwinDadleyGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
TeggartMatthewGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
McCarthyEoinGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
RichardsonIanGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
CotePier-AndreGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
De VosAdamHelloFresh
KeoughLukeMcCormick Pro Cycling
WalscheidMaximilianMcCormick Pro Cycling
RatheJakobMcCormick Pro Cycling
GraniganNoahMcCormick Pro Cycling
RojusAdomaitisMcCormick Pro Cycling
Van WindenDennisMcCormick Pro Cycling
ChaiyasombatThanakhanMcCormick Pro Cycling
JanuskeviciusMantasMcCormick Pro Cycling
MatthewsMichaelPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
PrasadDarshanaPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
KristoffAlexanderPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
Van PoppelBoyPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
ChristapopoulosPangiotisPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
ShevchenkoOleksandrPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
JohansenJuliusPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
Price-PejtersenJohanPas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
NielsenJoanis AlbertStrava
PavlicMarkoTafjord Kraft
RanneriesChristianTafjord Kraft
MahdarMartinTafjord Kraft
SchornDanielTafjord Kraft
JohannessenAnders HallandTafjord Kraft
HvidebergJonas IversbyTafjord Kraft
AndersenIdarTafjord Kraft
LunderEirikTafjord Kraft
VanspeybrouckPieterTrans Looney Tunes
SeligRüdigerTrans Looney Tunes
KorosecRokTrans Looney Tunes
PibernikLukaTrans Looney Tunes
KrasnoperovMikayilTrans Looney Tunes
GeniezAlexandreTrans Looney Tunes
MottinHuguesTrans Looney Tunes
BoivinGuillaumeVolcanica - Fox
MarinGabrielVolcanica - Fox
HerradaJesusVolcanica - Fox
Gonzalez CortesJosueVolcanica - Fox
JorgensonMatteoVolcanica - Fox
JuradoCristofer RobinVolcanica - Fox
RojasHenry AntonioVolcanica - Fox
Jimenez RetanaJohnVolcanica - Fox
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I suspect another battle between Jakobsen and Boivin Smile
ICL - Latvijas Balzams - Olainfarm
MG - Crabbe-CC Chevigny
Luis Leon Sanchez
Thank you for the preview hillis and looking forward to the reports!

Given the history of this version of the game and sprinter favourites, I’m a little concerned about the success Jakobsen could have here. If my team controls the race well and Jakobsen sprints properly, he should be nailed on for a Top 3.

Would be good for us if Keough wins Stage 1 so we avoid the Leaders jersey going into Stage 2.
Still can't get over that I didn't bring Bennett or Nelson here . Am hoping King will step up. Dream scenario is Meyer getting a good prologue and GC
Glanbia Foods Cycling Project
Thanks for the preview, praying that Vingerling is able to utilize his outsider status to produce some great results!
Ulrich Ulriksen
Always a big one for us and once again the win goal. Slightly different route means it doesn't start in our sponsor's home town this year but it does visit it.

None of the other top sprinters close to Keough in the prologue so he ought to be able to build a little advantage and then with average to good sprints hold that. If it wasn't for the GC sprint issue I would feel really good about our chances with that.

Last year he didn't sprint once and put in a good epilouge and still finished 5th. So maybe this year he can fall back enough before the last stage to actually sprint that one.

Thanks for the preview.
Man Game: McCormick Pro Cycling
Good luck everybody =)
Thanks for the preview. Another "hoping for a breakaway" stage race for us. Starting to be a routine by now Pfft
Thank you for the preview. Hoping naturally that Bouhanni can secure some nice stage results. not sure why i brought felline but i guess i want to see something on the last stage

"It’s a little bit scary when Contador attacks." - Tommy V
Luis Leon Sanchez wrote:
I'm also looking forward to seeing Cosnefroy who hasn't had a single RD yet! There are a few races coming up where he should really thrive.

Understandable Pfft

Luis Leon Sanchez
SotD wrote:
Luis Leon Sanchez wrote:
I'm also looking forward to seeing Cosnefroy who hasn't had a single RD yet! There are a few races coming up where he should really thrive.

Understandable Pfft

Bit too early for us to have the GC lead tbh but hard to be unhappy with a great opening stage from Cosnefroy!
Noia with a very surprising 5th as well. Makes up for the poor performance from Thomas and slightly disappointing one from Castrillo.

Most disappointing has to be Jakobsen 59 seconds back. His PRO stat really isn't that bad but this does almost rule him out of GC contention. We will indeed have to rethink the plans and it may include some late attacks from the likes of Cosnefroy and Thomas in the latter stages of this race.

Will be interesting to see how the AI handles our team now with our Team Leader out of contention but other team leader in the GC lead Grin
Craddock really on fire in the Time Trials this year but Aramco pip us, well done Cosnefroy and LLS.

Meyer is well positioned if he gets a lucky sprint day, Hopefully AI priorities him over King
Glanbia Foods Cycling Project
Not the worst of starts here.

Lovely to see Idar doing so well in his debut season.
Schorn well placed as well if he can manage something in the sprints.

Thanks for the report Smile
Barta got a decent 8th. Not bad. Nice report
Ulrich Ulriksen
Well that was terrible from Keough. Guess I don't need to worry about him not sprinting due to being in the GC lead.

Still some upsides: a great performance from Granigan so still get some points from the stage. And Keough had one total disaster of a prologue last year as well and won the next two.

We made the prologues a little longer to reduce the randomness of the very short ones where 15 guys finish on the same time but might have made them a little too long bringing in TT stat too much. I think 4-5k is the sweet spot. Although TTs do have a big daily form variance this year anyway.

Congrats to Glanbia and thanks for the report.
Man Game: McCormick Pro Cycling
Moral of the story: don’t have a lead out
Indosat - ANZ HQ

"This Schleck sandwich is going to cause serious indigestion for Evans" - Phil Liggett
Two more chances for Vanderbiest to get a good sprint result Smile
ICL - Latvijas Balzams - Olainfarm
MG - Crabbe-CC Chevigny
Thanks! Solid stage result by Bouhanni, was all alone but hang on well to the sprint leadouts.

"It’s a little bit scary when Contador attacks." - Tommy V
The team is on its own the last couple of races. After a busy schedule for the first part of the year the team manager is now starting his recovery from the COVID virus.

I misjudged the time loss for Boivin on his race, so one of our year's main goals is in danger. But after all, the sponsors demanded a good showing in the US. Nonetheless, Boivin got boxed in in the sprint and still managed to get a 5th. I am happy with that and hoping he can manage a stage win here. I am keeping my fingers crossed for that. Jorgenson with the KOM jersey is another great positive. Perhaps he could fight for this classification until the end, that would be a delight as well.
Get well soon DarkWolf

Craddock holding onto 2nd is very encouraging, hopefully only a couple of sprinters within touching distance, The race isn't technically a goal but any American race is a priority
Glanbia Foods Cycling Project
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