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[PCT] Minions - Subwoolfer '22

This is how we introduced ourselves:
Once upon a time, a little yellow single-celled organism was searching around for some food for his friends, the other little yellow single-celled organisms. He found a tree full of bananas, and it became the most holy food for them; only apples (or babbles, as they would pronounce them) came close afterwards, but the bananas stayed on top forever. They could continue to eat bananas without anyone noticing, until capitalism.

A bunch of Americans found out about the bananas, and decided to eat them as well. The organisms weren't too happy about that, but the Americans only wanted to sell bananas to them for ridiciously high prices. The organisms agreed on the deal, because they just couldn't live without bananas. The Americans founded a company called United Fruit Company, which would later be known as Chiquita Brands International.

After the deal, the little yellow single-celled organisms were living in peace again, even during both World Wars and the Cold War, but their rest was disturbed again in the 21st century when an American/French film crew decided to use them for a movie. The company, who named theirself Illumination Entertainment, had a big plan with them, and they even gave them a name that will always be recognized, the Minions!

Illumination Entertainment became a subsidiary of Universal Studios, a rich and famous American company. The film, called Despicable Me and released in 2010, became a hugh success, and the Minions became rich. A sequel would follow 3 years later, and that made them even richer. In 2015, the Minions will finally get their own movie, suprisingly called Minions, where they will finally be main characters. Despicable Me 3 is scheduled for 2017.

One of the Minions was a big fan of cycling, and decided to found a cycling team with the money he earned from the movies and the bananas. He, however, did not have enough money to it, neither did all the Minions together. They first asked Universal Studios to sponsor them. They decided to help, but they didn't offer enough money to fund the entire team. Then Chiquita came to rescue, and offered an amazing amount of money for the team, accompanied by a giant raise in the price of the bananas. Team Chiquita-Universal was born!

This is how the story continued:
The Minions began strong, designing jerseys, making goals and selecting races. Riders were signed, but they made one critical mistake. Instead of human currency, the riders were paid in bananas. This did not only effect their health, but it also resulted in some angry Minions who had to either go to rehab or switch to babbles. And things didn't get better when a film crew showed up to make a new movie about them, which is to premiere soon.

This slight controversy resulted in a big mess. Minions weren't motivated to watch races or write about it, riders weren't performing due to the lack of support from the Minions and organizers threatened to take our license away. Our season marked just four highlights, though that's more than none. The victory of Chad Haga in a TT in Algarve resulted in a mass celebration in our lab and a daily pilgrimage to Portugal. Carter Jones won the mountain jersey in the Tour de Beauce, but those 2 wins were all there would be last season. There were some minor celebrations when Jakob Rathe achieved our goal in a for Minions impronouncable race (Cigar City Brewing Twilight GP) and some decent performances in our home tour: the Tour of America.

It didn't look good for the Minions though. 24th out of 26 was definately a big bummer, though higher than most critics expected. It was a nail-biting offseason, but their but-jokes, banana-bribery and cute smiles managed to secure a new license for this season. We managed to keep both our main sponsors and secondary sponsors aboard (Chiquita, Universal, Illumination Entertainment and Gameloft). To keep the Minions happy, we decided to change our name to Chiquita - Universal powered by Minions, after we were already informally called Team Minions last season. We were given a new appearance as well, with a new jersey designed by renowned artist Bikex. Last season was trial-and-error, this season will be trial-and-succeeding!

The Minions aren't dead. The Minions are alive. The Minions are more fond of cycling than ever and extremely driven to perform this season, and of course gain more bananas. Or babbles. Or both.

And then, all this stuff happened:
Now, the Minions cycling team is in their third consecutive season in the lowest level of cycling. The Minions are losing hope, but is there a Minion who can stand up and lead them to promotion, finally?

Where did it go wrong last season? The start was promising, with our license renewed and Minions being added to the official team name. However, there was some controversy regarding the not very child-friendly abbreviation. We would like to maintain a good relationship with children, and therefore we rectified our error immediately. We also found out that Piamonte didn't like bananas. He was thrown out of the HQ immediately.

Transfers went better as the year before. The PR-Minion didn't mess up the validation process and got it right in one go. Some star riders were signed, such as Martinez and Kinney. Yet, there were also failures. Jones was loaned out to a even worse team where he couldn't progress. 500,000 bananas were invested in sprinter Tolleson, but his stack of top 10's were limited, if there were any. The old and decreasing Duggan was signed to provide experience, but can he be useful for another season? And in the closing stages we signed the overpriced Italian fighter Santambrogio. Our 200,000 bananas donation to Festina might have been the key to their ProTour victory.

Resultwise the season also went better. Our first season resulted in 1 stage victory, the second season that increased to 3! Kinney won a stage in Pologne, Haga the TT in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and Montenegro won from a breakaway in our favourite race, the Tour of America. He and Haga also fought for the mountains competition, but where a few places away from victory. The race has given us some great memories, and we will certainly return this year. Martinez had some great stage race results, including a sixth place in the prestigious Vuelta a Tachira.

On the other hand, Tolleson couldn't impress in the sprints. At one point, Santambrogio managed to outdo him on a regular basis. The lack of points in sprinters races is the reason we couldn't compete for promotion positions. It will now be a Mexican standoff between Carlsberg, Lierse and us to decide who will be the last team to promote from the 2014 entrants.

We lost 16th place in the standings on the final race, yet 17th out of 26 is much better as our 24th place. If we can improve by the same margin this year, promotion will be within reach!

For the Minions themselves, 2015 was quite successful. The eponymous film was a box office hit, and grossed billions worldwide. The Minions now have some time of before they start working on their new movie, Despicable Me 3. Kevin the Minion was knighted by the Queen of England, and is now known as Sir Kevin. He will replace Dave as general manager, who has decided to move on and seek new challenges in the world of the yellow single-celled organisms.

In 2016, the team will revert to its 2014 name, but without the Team prefix. Due to new restrictions by the MGUCI, a character lenght was introduced, which made our team name too long for their administration. The team will officially be known as Chiquita - Universal, but as always the media will always associate us with the Minions, who will not leave the world of cycling in the near future! The team is now officially based in Guatemala, because the Minions want to be in a banana republic. This will mean an increased focus on Central America, but we will not forget the most important market on the earth, the United States of America!

However, we must be realistic. Some Minions are getting depressed. Promotion has to be achieved, otherwise who knows what will happen. Complete Minion breakdown? The apocalypse? It is up to Sir Kevin, team manager Stuart and the directeurs sportifs, including Bob, to find the most despicable master to... ehh sorry, that's the plot of the movie.

To get the team to the top of the world of cycling, that's it!

And then, this stuff happened as well:
They say third time's the charm. Well, it certainly was the case for us. We are now allowed to add a P in front of our opening abbreviation because we promoted to the Pro Continental Tour in the MGUCI system. But it's a miracle we got to this place at all. Here's a quick reconstruction:

On the bike things went pretty well. We managed to sign two great sprinters in Drapac and Manarelli, and three cobblestones specialists in De Haes, Marcos and Matthews. This meant that we were able to participate on all terrains for once. Yes, there were also some less successful acquisitions this season but far less so than the previous years. Haga and Selander were send on loan to a ProTour squad, and would come back to us having gained valuable experience.

Over the first two season we scored a total of four victories. However, we knew very quickly that this season would be much better, as we had already won three stages when we came to March. Barton and Sarmiento, two new riders as well, both won a stage in the Tour of the Middle East, and De Haes won us our first classic: the prestigious Geraardsbergen - Bosberg. But the big fish came from New Zealand, the Tour of Southland, where Martinez won the fourth stage and consequently the general classification. You could imagine the celebrations, fireworks and Minions who drank slightly too much at the headquarters.

And it didn't stop there, as our sprinters delivered on their promises as well. Drapac won a stage in Circulo de Juarez and came close to the overall victory. He also won the opening stage in the Tour of Denmark, taking the leader's jersey before losing it on stage three to our very own Kinney, who won that stage as well. Unfortunately he also couldn't win the overall classification. Manarelli managed to rack up four victories over the season, one in the Tour de Pologne, one in the Herald Sun Tour and two consecutive stages in Ruta America del Sur. Martinez also won a time trial in the USAPCC, the exact same one Haga won the year before.

This did us well in the rankings. We were within reach of automatic promotion all season, and although we couldn't challenge for the title which went to Ferrero, we still finished in fourth place, one place ahead of our rivals Carlsberg, after Lierse chickened out of a battle of the last team of the 2014 generation to promote. Fourth place means we could finally kiss goodbye to the bottom depths of the CT, and start mixing us in the midfield of the PCT.

However, off the bike things went a little bit less well, understatement of the year. First there was a bit of a miscommunication with Esmaeli regarding his future, and he left the team midway through the season after only participating in two races. Then, our sponsors started to withdraw, all for the silliest of reasons. Universal withdrew because they though we favoured Chiquita, and that wasn't true, and they knew it, but they wanted a way out for something else. Because our operations were moved to the glorious banana republic of Guatemala for tax reasons, our team became, let's say a lot less liked by some organisations. The people of Guatemala noticed their bananas became extremely expensive due to some of our employee's habits, and soon we had some major riots outside our building.

We knew we had to bail when even Chiquita, our most beloved sponsor (sorry Universal, you had this coming), left us and joined the side of the protestors. We took our stuff and got the hell out of the country, before they burned our HQ to the ground. Back in the US of A we couldn't find a place to stay, we couldn't find a sponsor to work with and we couldn't eat bananas because we didn't have them anymore.

Then, as an angel descended down from heaven, Tareq Esmaeli came back with money from his dad, who apparently is a super rich oil Sheikh from Qatar. He bought the license and saved the Minions from bankruptcy and most likely prison. This means we're once again on the move, towards Qatar, with our new sugar daddy paying for everything we need (including apparently a mountain made of oil for a new race). We have no sponsors who could direct where we go and what we do, it's just the Minions from now on. And Tareq the banana lover is back with the team, and we will never ever threat him the way we did last season.

Long story short: we're on the most wanted list of the CIA, FBI and Interpol, we have both Chiquita and Universal suing us, the governments of the United States and Guatemala want to see us extradited, and for some reason the Walt Disney Company has send mercenaries to kill us. But that won't stop us. We're going to continue were we left off: to conquer the world of cycling, whether you like it or not!

Another season, more stories:
Let's start with the good news (pun intented): we survived our first season in PCT! How? Well, read below.

We realised our squad was in need of a major make-over, since our CT leaders would not be good enough to lead PCT. Our two major signings were Úran for the mountains/stage races, and Betancourt for the hills. Albert was brought on to lead at the cobbles, and Drapac remained sprint leader though we knew he would struggle more. A leader in every discipline, what could go wrong?

A lot, actually. We spent over a million bananas on helping Betancourt lose weight so he would be in top shape going in this season, but his performances were not what we expected. We wanted constant scoring while he only delivered a few good result contrary to many bad results. Albert didn't have the best of seasons either but at least he tried. And our support riders didn't really get themselves inside the break or in a low points-scoring position for them to be of any help for the rankings.

We made mistakes, we'll admit. We left over 150k in our wage cap to afford Betancourt's training, money we could have used to sign better riders. And the riders we did sign weren't scouted that great either. We signed Goodnews Clifford purely because of his first name and the laughs we would have, not because of his skill. Jeandesbosz had previously been signed by us but never raced, so we brought him back to close the chapter, but his age had already caught him and he wasn't as good as he used to be. Albourdainy was signed because he's friends with the Sheikh's son and while he wasn't too bad, we could've signed someone with more pedigree.

That still doesn't answer our earlier question though. How did we survive? Well, a large part of it is down to one man: Úran. He scored well in every race he participated in, but in August he delivered big-time when he won Deutschland Tour in the PTHC category, against ProTour opposition, and single-handedly pushed us out of the relegation zone we'd been spending in since January. A statue for him has already been erected outside the HQ.

Other two silver linings were Drapac, who caused an upset when he won Nahakon Rahamanakon Classic in Thailand (that's not how it's spelled but we've never done it correctly and you probably never noticed), and De Haes, who won three stages in three different races from the breakaway. Those fringe points proved to be just enough to stay above the five bottom places.

In the end it's twentieth place, two places and just 237 points ahead of relegation. This year we have to do better, this year we have to sign riders better, this year we have to plan races better, this year we have to race races better, this year we have to be better!

Because we're not going down, we're going up!

Season six went as follows:
And so we made it to our sixth season. Can you believe it, six years already. We started on this adventure knowing absolutely nothing, which showed in our first seasons, but now we're at a spot where we know what's going on and how to improve.

Take our fifth season. We barely avoided relegation in our debut in PCT, and improvements were necessary to improve on our ranking position. We knew we had some additional cap space held behind by Betancourt, but selling him for a record fee opened up some real possibilities. In response we bought Zepuntke for a record fee and assembled a strong cobblestone squad. Additionally, we focussed on time trials to avoid the painful moments whenever they took place.

The season indeed went a lot better than before. Not only relying on Úran to score points, but he was still our top scorer. Despite not winning a stage race this season he was a lot more consistent and finished second and third almost every stage or race. This brought him to eighth place in the individual rankings. The cobblestone squad also took a lot of points, including Zepuntke and Albert as second- and third-best scorers respectively.

But it were the little guys who made it into a great season. Loanee Moulingui finished third in Omloop het Nieuwsblad. Third for an unmaxed, 23 year old in the highest category possible is a wonderful performance, and meant he finished sixth on our end-of-season rankings. Drapac also picked his race where he overperformed, winning a stage and finishing third in the GC at Baltic Chain Tour.

Not everything was bright though. We made our GT debut in the Vuelta, but largely remained anonymous except Úran taking seventh place in the GC. Betancourt's replacement, Quevedo, was not up to standards and scored even less. This means we have to look for a new lead puncheur for the third year in a row. But you know what they say, third time's a charm.

Put everything together and we have a solid midtable finish of thirteenth. Way ahead of the relegation spots but also behind the (disband) promotion spots. For a while we looked to battle for the promotion spots, placing sixth or seventh midway through the season, but with less racedays in the latter months we dropped back a bit. That's not a shame, it shows we have a great base and with a little tweaking, we can promote to PT this season.

Third time's a charm, we'll promote to PT!

Nothing interesting happened here:
And here we are in season seven, still with the unwanted C in our division prefix. Our triple three-years plan ([CT] learning - building a base - promotion - [PCT] survival - building a base - promotion - [PT] survival - building a base - champions) is now officially one year behind schedule. Whereas we managed to get through the Continental division in three years as planned, the ProContinental arc of our team history will have at least four chapters.

For the third year in a row Uran was our highest scorer, elevating his status as team legend even further. A few stage wins here and there, and a lot of GC top fives, but his big win came in the Corsica International, a race he had won before for a different team but always fell just short of in our colors. He once again finished in the top ten of the individual standings, in exactly tenth place with a total of points similar to the previous season.

We brought in Claeys to tackle our persistent puncheurs problem, an unlike his maligned predecessors, he actually got some results. Two wins in GP Wallonie and Tour of Southland early in the season were his highlights, but after those two he thought he did enough and couldn't achieve the same results for the rest of the season, only occasionally making the top ten.

The cobbles squad, though slightly dismantled compared to the previous season, also did a good job, with Zepuntke and Albert being our third- and fourth-best point scorers with some decent results, though no stand-out Moulingui-like performance. Janse van Rensburg also surprisingly had some decent results where we did not expect him to perform well. In all honesty, there were multiple riders which scored more points than anticipated. Marcos and Ivanov scored more than 100 points, Martinez had a top 25 in a PTHC stage race. Even Esmaeli picked up six points during the season!

Yet we only finished in fourteenth place in the final rankings, a place lower than the previous season despite scoring an additional 156 points. We wanted promotion but ended up far, far away. As scapegoat we labeled the sprinting department as biggest failures. Drapac did not have a win this season but did finish second once, whereas Vantomme, whom we signed with the explicit goal of participating and scoring high in sprints, did not participate or score high in sprints. At least the performance in the other departments was good enough to avoid relegation.

So, we are a year behind schedule. Does this mean a major revamp? Doing this differently from now on? A fresh breath in management and the squad? Behind the scenes we have been negotiating contracts, planning the schedule, infiltrating rival teams and blackmailing the MGUCI to make sure this year we will get what we deserve, a top five finish and promotion to the highest echelon of cycling!

And finally get rid of the bloody C!

Someone give this Minion a banana:
People following our progress ever since our baby steps will have seen our lack of updates for the 2020 season. No race previews or reviews were posted during the season, there were no answers to press question or fan mail, yet the manager was spotted all over the world doing everything but writing for his own team. Only after the season there was a Minion (read: a Minion who was forced to do so, otherwise he wouldn't get a banana) who provided minimal statement on the races of the season.

The season itself wasn't one we had hoped for either. We had hoped to get rid of the C in our division title, but in fact we have not gotten any closer. We finished in fourteenth position again, and thus will be heading into our fifth season in the ProContinental division. It could be worse, as relegation is also avoided with some wiggle room, but the progress has stagnated drastically.

Uran went into the season as undisputed leader again and got out as our top scorer, but not to the levels he had shown in previous years. This can be attributed to this age. The Colombian is in the autumn of his career, with the next generation to take over the reins. An important acquisition turned out to be Vesely, who would score very close to Uran's tally and proved to be our first ever consistent sprinter. Haga also rode some good races with his dangerous combination of climbing and riding against the clock.

There were some major disappointments as well. Zepuntke did not really get to fight for podium positions but still scored points in the races where he participated. Claeys on the other hand was clearly not giving everything he had and would often be one of the first "favorites" to get dropped. The biggest disappointment occurred before the season however, with the teams minutes away of signing legendary time trialist Coppel before being snatched away by a rival outfit.

So what's in store for the upcoming season? Uran and other subleaders are only getting older, and the talents such as Bjerg and Hodeg are not ready to take over yet. The transfer season will be an important one to take in fresh blood which will push us further up the rankings, as we are sick and tired of this time loop where we are stuck in the boring mid-tables.

We want to conquer the world of cycling, remember?

The 2021 season was the season where the Minions should finally have achieved promotion to the ProTour. Things didn't quite turn out that way though.

The star signing was Hagen, earning a record fee of close to a million bananas. We were delighted to have a superstar sign for us with multiple monuments and a World Championship on his CV. He would be the one to break the puncheurs curse. Even though he ended up as our highest scoring rider his performances were somewhat disappointed, especially in the early part of the season. So the puncheurs curse continues.

Other riders also failed to impress. Vesely continuously started his sprint 500 meters too early. Uran's best days are far behind him and we really started noticing the effects this season. Haga could not pull some miracle performances like he was able to in the past. Zepuntke received expensive training which did not lead to noticeable better results.

The positives are hard to find. An obvious one is Hodeg, who sprinted to two stage wins in his home race. Kalaba also looked like a more consistent sprinter. Future time trial star Bjerg won a time trial in the Tour de l'Avenir. Haga scored a WC-bronze medal, but given it was in the team time trial it will hardly be remembered.

Despite the negative tone we were never in real relegation danger. Seventeenth place and three-hundred points above the line is not enough for angry door smashing, but it is our worst result since our first season in PCT. We keep on saying we want to achieve promotion but we seem to be on a more downward trajectory, which needs to be reversed to avoid going back down to CT.

Oh, and most important of all, almost our entire organization was arrested at the end of the season, casting doubt over the future of the team. While we maintain our complete innocence, the evidence fabricated by the intelligence agencies seems enough to be locked up for life. We cannot run a cycling team from prison, where there are no bananas.

Will we see the Minions again?

This story is completely fictional. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious as well. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, but I hope the little yellow single-celled organisms are real Pfft

Edited by Marcovdw on 30-08-2022 09:48

M. Cattaneo70827079768080545170626479
D. Vesely73606857746876578180617157
R. Dennis72747578737567536568695681
D. Kalaba74656970707276577979586878
N. Brown68757376747372605871656477
A. Hodeg72536567697470517978536473
L. E. Lemus Davila70777272757068565762717272
L. Sweeck73626868717262767071677571
K. Kuboki72647274737269587675696477
D. Quintana69767170737276506163676470
L. Marcos74627363716570746570736465
M. De Witte74606861757267757169646561
J. Stuyven70637758756768626674796958
M. Bjerg74626677717571636869706777
E. Tikhonin*70667264717168636872706764
J. Coppel70596976686860505864665776
F. English78596467747364637175596970
L. Rosas72596575727073517074556176
S. Novikov*65716865686967606168696464
D. Merchan62726759626468585865645860
J. Stöckli64686860686667615964637058
M. Hailemichael**60686658646566586066676158

* On loan from Team Tinkoff - La Datcha
** Stagiare

Edited by Marcovdw on 05-10-2022 15:55

09-JanDown Under ClassicHC
13-Jan18-JanTour Down UnderHC
25-Jan27-JanHong Kong ChallengeC1
02-FebCopenhagen - Malmo TTTPT
04-FebOmloop Het NieuwsbladHC
04-FebViana do CasteloC1
06-FebGent - WevelgemC2
10-FebLe SamynHC
22-Feb26-FebCirculo de JuarezHC
01-MarGeraardsbergen - BosbergC2
01-Mar04-MarTour of GuadeloupeC1
06-Mar11-MarVuelta al Pais VascoC1
13-Mar18-MarVuelta a ColombiaPTHC
24-MarStrade BiancheHC
06-Apr10-AprBaltic Chain TourC1
15-AprBerlin ProRaceC1
23-AprRoma MaximaPTHC
25-AprGP WallonieHC
25-AprLincoln GPC2
28-AprVeenendaal - VeenendaalPTHC
01-MayCheshire Cycling TourPTHC
10-MayRund um KolnPT
12-May14-MayTour of ChileC1
13-May15-MayTour du FasoC2
17-May23-MayInt. Osterreich RundfahrtHC
27-May31-MayTour of NorwayHC
01-JunHanko ClassicC1
03-JunPro Hallstatt ClassicHC
05-Jun08-JunTour of East JavaPTHC
09-Jun13-JunLa Tropicale Amissa BongoC1
14-Jun21-JunCriterium du Dauphine LiberePTHC
25-JunMonterrey TTTC2
01-JulTorshavn GPC1
03-Jul06-JulArab TourC1
10-Jul14-JulTour de VineyardsC1
13-JulPhiladelphia International ChampionshipPTHC
21-JulWindhoek TTTC1
25-Jul29-JulTour of SloveniaPTHC
01-Aug05-AugDeutschland TourPTHC
01-Aug06-AugBenelux ChallengeHC
08-Aug09-AugChrono des HerbiersPT
09-Aug13-AugPost Danmark RundtHC
15-AugFrankfurt EschbornC1
17-Aug21-AugTour of BritainC1
01-SepParis ToursPTHC
17-Sep20-SepBayern RundfahrtHC
26-SepTour of the BattenkillPTHC
01-Oct06-OctTour du MarocHC
03-OctJapan CupPTHC
18-OctGiro dell'EmiliaHC

Edited by Marcovdw on 05-10-2022 16:18
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After being arrested, the Minions were transported back Qatar for trial, but were subsequently extradited to the United States. Over the Atlantic Ocean, the plane in which they were transported flew into a thunderstorm, after which all contact was lost. Neither the plane nor one of its occupants has not been found ever since.

The area where the plane seemingly vanished from earth is known as the Bermuda triangle, where multiple ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. There have been reports of a mysterious person in an astronaut suit roaming the area on a flying saucer. Whether this is connected to the disappearance is unknown. While this theory is refuted by reputable sources, it seems like the Bermuda triangle has struck again.

With the Minions nowhere to be found, the fate of the cycling team remains unknown. Supporters of the team suspect the single-celled yellow organisms have survived the crash and washed ashore an uninhabited island with all the facilities to reboot the team. Some fans claim they spotted three Minions, assumed to be Kevin, Stuart and Bob, in the outskirts of Oslo in Norway. However, these are the same people who claim to have seen Elvis in Tallahassee last week, rendering their claims unreliable at best.

Whatever happens next, we're hoping for a sign of life.


The Minions cycling team has been saved! In unusual circumstances, the team met unlikely allies which were instrumental in getting us freed. It all started when Chris the Minion was used as a guinea pig by Dr Nefario a few years ago. He drank an anti-gravity serum which saw him float away from earth, landing on the moon.


There, he met Keith, Jim and DJ Astronaut of the galaxy-renowned band Subwoolfer. They have been the biggest band in the galaxy for centuries and looked to conquer Earth musically. Chris agreed to help them get to Earth and win the most prestigious music award: the Eurovision Song Contest.


Using their giant spaceship the quartet landed just outside the Esmaeli palace in Qatar. Chris was not aware of the chaos which occurred here last season resulting in our relocation. The others were kind enough to leave a cryptic note behind, stating we moved to a cold country starting with an N. Chris mistakenly thought it was Norway while it was obviously Nepal.


Norway is in Europe and thus participates in the Eurovision Song Contest, as it's not like they let non-European countries like Australia participate. Chris set out trying to find the others, leading to no success. While entering Melodi GP, the Norwegian preselection for Eurovision, Keith and Jim decided to help out Chris by using their intergalactic connecting to find them. They found out the Minions were arrested and bound to be transferred to the US, thus they came up with a plan to ambush the plane over the Atlantic. The Bermuda triangle would provide perfect cover to not lose televoter support.


The plan worked and the Minions were freed. We decided to lie low and set up our new headquarters in one of the uninhabited islands of Bermuda. It was there where Subwoolfer, with our assistance and snacks, penned their Eurovision entry "Give that Wolf a Banana". Kevin, Stuart and Bob will become back-up dancers for their live performances as thank-you gesture for rescuing the team.


To immortalize the relationship between the two yellow banana-loving species, we have added Subwoolfer as co-sponsor of the team, and we will be wearing ties in all our official appearances. This partnership will have only two goals for the coming season: win the Eurovision Song Contest and win the ProContinental Tour!


Before that wolf eats my grandma...

I love this duet of Minions and Subwoolfe (or is it a trio or a ...), but it probably will be quite hard to implement the yellow masks for your riders in-game.

The change we all needed, does this mean that some riders are starting to get paid in juicy melocotons?
Finally, a team with a story. Cool Looking forward to the jersey. Tie competition against Kraftwerk coming up. Also, Alain says hi and asks whether you are interested in Peruvian bananas. His uncle is in the banana business. Not the C-word, no worries. You have his phone number so he asked to leave him a message.
@kandesbunzler26 - Adding ears to our helmets, I'm sure the UCI safety panel won't mind.
@sammyt93 - Donka Donk! Minions are known to like all kinds of fruit so I'm sure some of them wouldn't mind.
@Nemolito - We will be needing those new bananas. I have him on speed dial already.


Ten from the twenty-one Minions have received a new contract, and will most likely ride in our overalls next season. There were no major wage cuts except for Bjerg, who was willing to cut 33% of his allowance. Hodeg, Kalaba, Sweeck and Zepuntke all demanded more bananas, which were granted between ten and twenty-five thousand. Some of these were completely deserved like Hodeg, others were the result of clever negotiation like Zepuntke.

Mikkel Bjerg244.6273.5195000-45000
Jordan Cheyne314.10072.12500000
Mathias De Witte294.10073.55500000
Alvaro Hodeg264.10074.95100000+15000
Dusan Kalaba264.10076.28140000+15000
Leandro Marcos314.10073.75500000
Laureano Rosas324.10069.82500000
Laurens Sweeck294.10074.0960000+10000
Daniel Vesely304.10077.152500000
Ruben Zepuntke294.10076.26150000+25000

Doing the math, it means eleven riders have left the team. Twelve actually if you include Vansevenant returning to Aegon after his loan deal, but he left before we started renewals.

Rigoberto Uran, without a doubt the most successful riders in the history of the Minions, did not accept a contract proposal which saw both his salary and his role in the team greatly diminished. We completely agree with his decision despite offering a new deal, which we did out of respect. We would like to remember him by his good days and not end our five-year partnership on a low. We feel like this is the perfect time to let him go and hope he can continue his career for at least a season at a lower level.

Chad Haga and Bjorn Selander joined the team in our first season and remained with us ever since, except for a loan-out to Movistar in 2016. They were the last riders of our initial team remaining after Esmaeli was not renewed last season. Were, because we decided not to renew the both of them. Both hold special places in our heart with Chad being our first ever stage winner and Bjorn being the ever supportive rider. We wish the both of them the best of luck if they wish to continue their career, otherwise managerial positions within the team are available as honorary Minions.

Other riders leaving after multiple years in the team are Borislav Ivanov and Bert-Jan Lindeman, who will be leaving the team after three and four years with the team respectively. We hold ond memories of Borislav's KoM quests and Bert-Jan's engine on the cobbles.

Antoine Duchesne and Pawel Poljanski were negotiated with but we could not come to a mutual agreement regarding bananas. They are free to talk to other teams, but both are free to return to the team for the original offer.

Given our new Norwegian influence and the fact he was our best-scoring rider, many believed Edvald Boasson Hagen might be given a new contract. Even if he was willing to reduce the number of bananas in the vault, Subwoolfer blocked any negotiations. Edvald's intention to vote Elsie Bay's Death of Us in Melodi GP, perfectly describes the deteriorating relationship between him and the team, is considered an insult.

Pim Ligthart, Florentino Marquez and Andrei Nechita have also been let go. As they are all over the age of 32, some say they are preparing a lawsuit claiming ageism.

Very good renewals for you! Was always going to be tough with Uran and EBH in particular declining. Ideally you'd want to keep them for small sales, but predictably their wage demands were too much to justify it.

Sad to see some familiar faces leaving as well, including your last two inaugural riders. They will surely be Minions forever though, regardless of their contract status.
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some big cuts right there. A busy window ahead of you with such a leadership void...
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Uran as a Minion is such an icon of the PCT even as he started declining that it's going to be so weird seeing him not there anymore if he doesn't return. As said already I'm very interested in your plans this window - hope we can talk Wink
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A few more riders released than I would've expected. Still the main rebuild you could argue could have happened last year already.

Looking forward to it Smile


"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
@baseballlover312 - Thanks, wish I could have avoided those minor increases though or keep Hagen or Uran at a major discount but alas. Haga might be still be useful but I thought it'd be poetic to end together with Selander.

@knockout - Yep, I need to rebuild the entire mountains/hill department. Can't have Kalaba as best climber with 65 MO Pfft

@jandal7 - It will be weird for me as well. He's been the big guy ever since we got to PCT and perhaps wasted the opportunity in his prime to get competent co-leaders.

@redordead - Yeah there were a few who had some unrealistic demands, but I love the wage space I have available now

The entire team was caught by surprise last night when they found out their top secret transfer plans were leaked to the press. After a short investigation, it appears Edvald Boasson Hagen used his old login credentials to access this sensitive information. We've since revoked them, but now that everything is out of the open now, we better post them ourselves to control the narrative:


Sprinters: can't have too many of them. We're not sure if that means we have too much or we want more.

Cobblers: squad is already good, just need more opportunities for them. We've infiltrated construction companies around the world to destroy asphalt.

Time trialists: these guys like to ride alone. Not very social of them.

Puncheurs: knowing us we'll probably sign some has-been for way too much. Haven't we learned from B*t*c**rt, Q**v*d*, Cl***s and H*g*n.

Climbers: data show Kalaba is the best climber on earth and will win every race he participates in.

Hybrids: with the rising gas prices, perhaps we should consider this.

Talents: both the Minions and Subwoolfer are millions of years old, to them even thirty-year-olds are talents.

Our top priority this window is teaching Amadou Bakari how to do anything but cobbles.

Subwoolfer's Moon-friend Lance Neilstrung will not join us. His license was denied by the MGUCI board on the technicality of being fictional.

Whoever reads this, eat a melocoton.

If a man wearing a hat and a mustache comes asking for a banana, it's Fulgencio Bru in disguise. DO NOT OFFER HIM ANYTHING AND CALL SECURITY IMMEDIATELY.

Finally, a word from our treasurer:


we have added Subwoolfer as co-sponsor of the team, and we will be wearing ties in all our official appearances.

Kraftwerk can lend you some if needed Grin
Manager of Renault Classic [ICL]
Manager of Kraftwerk Man Machine [Man Game]
I heard Hagen is an FA. Might be something for the Minions? Anyway, a friend of mine, coincidentally wearing a hat and a moustache, said he would also be available if you need a reliable domestique.

Looking forward to the battle of the ties.
@DaveTwoBob - We have plenty, but thanks for the offer Wink
@Nemolito - Would that friend happen to be Bulgencio Fru? I've heard good thing about him


As the transfer season edges ever closer, the Minions - Subwoolfer team has revealed the availability of their riders. While in previous years every rider after renewals was presumed to remain with the team, the team's monetary situation might require a different approach. Having said that, no rider is necessarily leaving, but it seems the current leaders are most open to negotiations.

BananaWe'll use our freeze ray if you even come close
BananaBananaYou'll need a big banana farm
BananaBananaBananaWe can talk, or not, whatever

Bjerg73.5177 TT, 77 PRL2495kBanana
Cheyne72.1276 TT, 75 PRL3150kBananaBanana
De Witte73.5575 COB, 71 SP2950kBananaBanana
Hodeg74.9579 SP, 78 ACC26100kBanana
Kalaba76.2879 SP, 78 PRL26150kBananaBananaBanana
Marcos73.7674 COB, 73 HL3150kBananaBanana
Rosas69.8276 PRL, 75 TT3250kBananaBanana
Sweeck74.0976 COB, 71 PRL2960kBananaBanana
Vesely77.1481 SP, 80 ACC30250kBananaBananaBanana
Zepuntke76.2682 COB, 72 SP29140kBananaBananaBanana

Absolutely sensational HQ! Really nice to follow the storytelling part of it. Good work!

Good thing we up North are used to freezing, as we'll definitely ask for Bjerg despite his single banana Grin Pfft

Kalaba could also be interesting, as he looks fit for the job of being a GT stage hunter.

Looking forward to have a chat when Friday and transfers come!
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