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[C2] Geraardsbergen - Bosberg


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Welcome to the Geraardsbergen - Bosberg preview show. Another race for the cobble specialists to tackle and we will see familiar faces. Here're the winners from previous editions as well as the Top 10 from last year

Honor roll

YearWinner
2021Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Trans Looney Tunes)
2020Danny Summerhill (Andorra Cycling Project)
2019Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (NENT Racing p/b Hootsuite)
2018Roger Kluge (Team Cerveceria Costa Rica)
2017Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Goldcorp - Nordstrom Rack)
2016Kenny De Haes (Chiquita - Universal)
2015Sebastian Langeveld (Strava)


Last time on Geraardsbergen - Bosberg

1Pieter VanspeybrouckTrans Looney Tunes
2Alexey TsatevichCrabbe-CC Chevigny
3Guillaume Van KeirsbulckHelloFresh
4Tim DeclerqCrabbe-CC Chevigny
5Tim AriesenCrabbe-CC Chevigny
6Sep VanmarckePas Normal Studios - Mikkeller
7Alexandr OvsyannikovAramco DP
8Oliver NaesenCrabbe-CC Chevigny
9Chequan RichardsonBWT Hyundai N Cycling
10Joanis Albert NielsenStrava


Unfortunately, time constraints while putting up this preview scripts have prevented us from doing a list of favorites, but if you have followed the previous C2 cobble races this season as well as the C1 Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne which had some of the CT teams throwing their hat against PCT's best, you will see which riders are best positioned for the win. Instead, the writing crew decided to put up a team-by-team presentation.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/anz.png Air New Zealand p/b PirelliCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Frederik Nolf70717659
Ziga Horvat71696767
Evgeny Shalunov70756164
Michael Vink71746064
Adam Phelan71735664
Daniel Ricardo Diaz67675560


This team has only one designated cobbler within their starting 6 and that's Nolf. With the rest of his support cast not being suited for the cobble terrain, it seems that the Belgian will be on his own.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/bia.png Bianchi - PaneraiCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Sameera Chatarunga72797770
Karel Hnik73737672
Viktor Manakov77777572
Nihal Silva75697277
Janis Dakteris75747277
Tobias Bayer68686767


This team is perhaps one of the more balanced here with 3 very good cobblers in Chatarunga, Hnik and Manakov, as well as sprinters Silva and Dakteris who both have decent CB stat in case they are in contention for the overall win.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/bns.png BNZ-Superhero RacingCT

NameFLSTCBSP
German Anibal Orue69777853
Munkhtulga Erdenesuren72727569
Maral-Erdene Batmunkh73727374
Narankhuu Baterdene74726776
Luke Mudgway70716576
Lars Van den Berg65666161
Maani Altanzul72685578
Markus Kopfauf69675274


BNZ will be relying on Orue (23rd last year) for a good result here with Erdenesuren his right-hand man. They've also brought sprinters Altanzul and Kopfauf with the hope that the race will end in a bunch sprint.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/bwt.png BWT N Hyundai CyclingCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Andrew Fenn72757970
Chequan Richardson71687860
Tomas Paprstka75747570
Max Losch73727178
Valentin Stoenchev74735863
Yoan Kolev67645561
Polychronis Tzortzakis69725474
Momchil Robov71725069


Like Bianchi, BWT Hyundai will also rely on a trinity of their own - Fenn, Paprstka and Richardson, who is no stranger of this race having finished 9th last year and 7th in 2019. 12th placed from last year Losch is also here to support his team's cause in the cobbles.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/cct.png Caja Rural Cycling TeamCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Ramon Sinkeldam73727667
Ramon Domene73737674
Marek Konwa68687263
Xabier Mikel Azparren65656062
Fernando Barcelo70715867
Matevz Govekar69685868
Jhojan Garcia67705563
Alfredo Balloni72655362


Sinkeldam will be the best bet for yet another of the newcommers in the MGUCI circle trying their luck on the cobbles with Domene being their other best choice. However, the rest of their starting 8 lack the cobble skills.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/caa.png Colombini-Adler APCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Yves Lampaert75747860
Dries De Bondt76727274
Luigi Giulietti69696966
Loic Vliegen71766866
Daniel Bonello68686766
Felix Sprenger70716566
Andre Alexander Gonzales66686164
Federico Olei69735175


From San Marino Colombini-Adler AP have decided to count on Lampaert once again to lead the charge. Though it's odd that Saber has been left out once again, but perhaps the manager KaiserAdler thought the Moroccan champion would be better suited elsewhere.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ccc.png Crabbe-CC ChevignyPCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Tim Ariesen75747570
Fabio Van Den Bossche68636862
Carl Fredrik Hagen68746571
Timo Kielich68656468
Kamiel Bonneu68726260
Paul Daumont66676269
Martins Pluto67666169
Diogo Barbosa64645858


Last year Crabbe gambled on a mostly cobble oriented squad which in the end paid off excellently. Being a PCT team though comes with its limitations in such races, but 5th placed from last year's race Ariesen is looking to make his team proud once again.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lec.png Le CreusetCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Matis Louvel71686967
Alexandre Balmer67696361
Alan Boileau66646266
Antoine Berlin69755556
Arman Garibian67675560
Maxime La Lavandier68725463
Dylan Teuns68735066
Clement Chevrier65695060


A pretty pedastrian affair from Le Creuset here, which is a head scratcher - what would be this team's purpose in this race and what would they want to accomplish?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Minions - SubwoolferPCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Laurens Sweeck73717670
Mathias De Witte74757571
Leandro Marcos74717465
Jasper Stuyven70756266
Jan Stöckli64686159
Didier Merchan62625858
Mulu Hailemichael60645860
Dayer Quintana69735061


Another PCT team right now it's the yellowest of the teams. And they have a decent starting squad with Sweeck and De Witte being their leading duo.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pns.png Pas Normal Studios - MikkellerCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Christoph Taubel73697861
Sep Vanmarcke73727767
Alexander Kristoff69667277
Christopher Juul-Jensen72746965
Julius Johansen69676265
Johan Price-Pejtersen68666061
Mario Vogt73785862


Vanmarcke is returning for yet another crack at this race after finishing 6th last year. But he's not alone - Taubel has also set his sights on the win, while Kristoff is hoping for a bunch sprint

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/t3a.png Podium AmbitionCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Darren Matthews72707576
Jay Major74747077
Jyme Bridges73707070
Cristian Perez69706966
Jacob Kelly67676768
Tyler Cole70666669
Dylan Redy68676568
Connor White70676367


In terms of overall package Podium Ambition's Matthews is perhaps one the best here, but as it was established stats aren't everything. But still, he's one of the contenders here.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/stb.png Staffbase - BHPCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Gianni Vermeersch77747574
Kris Boeckmans69687077
Jonas Koch73716972
Roy Jans76746874
Juri Hollmann68666861
Eliot Lietaer70746766
Tim Van Dijke70686668
Jensen Plowright67636169


The final team of the newcommers and they also have a combo rider in Vermeersch. They also have sprinter Boeckmans who would look to be with the leaders for the decisive km's to have a fighting chance.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/sva.png StravaPCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Bert-Jan Lindeman72707573
Joanis Albert Nielsen75717473
Thanawut Sanikwathi72707278
Jens Debusschere72727070
Jesper Hansen72766466
Pawel Bernas76756270


Strava has brought a 6-man squad, but even though they have decent riders like the 10th placed from last year Nielsen, Lindeman and Sanikwati, compared to other teams Strava is highly unlikely to be top contenders.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/taf.png Tafjord KraftCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Vegard Breen77727873
Jesse Kaislavuo73737367
Vegard Robinson Bugge68716762
Martin Weiss70755973
Daniel Paulus69715662
Kristian Dyrnes68735465
Bjorn Tore Hoem67745358
Edvald Boasson Hagen73755169


Vegard Breen is perhaps the top favorite for this race, but with his supporting cast being weak when it comes to cobbles, could this prove to be the achilles heel for Tafjord Kraft?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tlt.png Trans Looney TunesPCT

NameFLSTCBSP
Pit Schlechter74717561
Tesfay Abraha72707574
Owain Doull72717173
Harm Vanhoucke70696367
Luka Pibernik72766168
Roman Senyenov70686068
Michael Cuming70745864
Tomoyuki Iino67715358


And last, but not least - we present you the winning team from last year. Unfortunately, Vanspeybrouck is not there and the limitations for PCT teams mean that Schlechter and Abraha are the best Trans Looney Tunes could offer for this race. But stranger things have happened before and could we see an outsider.

That's it from the preview show. Stay tuned for the race as the preview show crew hands over to AbhishekLFC's crew for reporting duties
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KaiserAdler
Thanks for the preview ivan. The issue with Saber was that he only has 36 RDs. And I had to chop some cobble races from his schedule. I don’t count on the win here from Lampaert. Maybe a late attack from one of the domestiques perhaps. Good luck everyone
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Marcovdw
Let's rock this race!
 
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Thanks for the preview Ivan!
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A pretty pedastrian affair from Le Creuset here, which is a head scratcher - what would be this team's purpose in this race and what would they want to accomplish?


That's a bit unfair. We send our best cobbler and some of his best domestiques. Mainly we're just plain shit in this kind of races (that's why this race is half of our cobbles season). Our goal? Being a little bit less shit than in Gent-Wevelgem and getting at least three other riders within the bottom 6 Wink

Let's just face it: We're the designated loser in this race. But in doing so we allow the others to have a good time, enjoy themselves and don't worry about who's getting them home (at least if we finish in time).

So everyone have a good time, enjoy yourself (and the race) and don't worry who's getting you home (though looking at the stats, you probably can shower, have a good dinner and most of the party before we're there to do this).
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TheManxMissile
This out Win Goal, but i don't expect that. I'd just like to us continue putting a rider or two in the break and an improvement from Matthews to be contesting for a Top10 finish.
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Jajajasper
Go Nolf!
 
Nemolito
Definitely not a stacked startlist for this very hard race. Outsiders like Vermeersch, Matthews, Sinkeldam, Sweeck and others could go far here as well I think.

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TheManxMissile
In the break again is good, Matthews again struggling in a leadership role is less good. He should be more competitive than this but overall it doesn't really matter to our season, because we have no real target or expectation.
Kelly and Redy just keep racking up the breakaway efforts, doing a good job at earning long term security on the squad.
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KaiserAdler
Decentish result. De Bondt might’ve been smarter to stay in the peloton and force a better result in the end but no less, three pointscoring riders is good imo. Thanks for the report and congrats to the winners.
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Sinkeldam still has some fire in those legs, love to see it. Even more surprised by a declined Juul-Jensen in the top 10 though!
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Awesome preview and great report by Abhi! Fantastic to see Paprstka win, great rider for this level!
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Marcovdw
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Using that hill stat to his full advantage! Sweeck got jinxed by Nemo and De Witte held on to a nice position. As far as C2 outings go, perfect!

Thanks for the report Abhi and congrats ivan!
 
wildwind
Another podium for Chatarunga and the whole team finished in Top 51. Great team performance
 
Ezeefreak
Thanks for the report!

Top 10 again for Vermeersch, i m satiesfied with that. Also Van Dijke did a decent job and shows what he can brin in the future. After some disapointing results earlier we develope into the right direction.


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Laurens147
I hoped for a slightly better result, after Ariesen finished 5th here last year.
Congrats to BWT for the win and thanks Abhi for the report!
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Bjartne
Breen should really have managed to take a podium here, but Kaislavuo probably overperformed, so we'll take 4th and 6th Smile
 
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