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Title: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2015, 22:30
A thread for all things Cycling Academy related.

Now I just need to persuade CJ to make the team jersey/Israeli flag a message icon. :P

(http://media.fromthegrapevine.com/assets/images/2015/8/Daniel%20Turek.jpg)

https://www.israelcyclingacademy.com/
@yallaACADEMY (https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/with_replies)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/)

First bit of news is via their facebook account. The opener for the season will be the GP Costa degli Etruschi. Tro-Bro Leon looks to be on the calendar too. Their only venture into Western Europe last year was the Tour de Berlin, so this maybe marks a change in geographic focus?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 23, 2015, 12:37
First bit of news is via their facebook account. The opener for the season will be the GP Costa degli Etruschi. Tro-Bro Leon looks to be on the calendar too. Their only venture into Western Europe last year was the Tour de Berlin, so this maybe marks a change in geographic focus?
Apart from Israelis, the 2015 squad was full of Poles, Slovaks plus one Czech and a Spaniard.

For 2016, they've cast a wider net, also signing a Slovene and an Estonian.
Three former WT riders (#cannondale Boivin, #bmc Butler, #europcar Craven) mean a step up in quality, and three of the new riders (four if you count Korus) come from North America.

I believe that we'll definitely see a change in focus. With the North Americans and Peter Sagan as "team ambassador", an invite to the Tour of California is entirely possible, and I expect them to also go for the other *usa *ca races.
Giovanni Lombardi is the agent of Sagan and used to be the agent of Ran Margaliot (now the team manager), his connections ought to get the team a decent Italian calendar.

It's an interesting project, and I'm looking forward to following it in the future. :)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 23, 2015, 13:07
Having Specialized and Oakley on board might help with some NA invites too.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/12241440_631066916996870_3104073469996506879_n.jpg?oh=900cd8fc85dd091c51944abf78266d9b&oe=56B12D1E)

Sagiv's special edition blue and white Oakley's.

They've still got six Eastern Europeans though, so hopefully they won't abandon all the races from that part of the world.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 23, 2015, 13:10
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/632861883484040

Coppi e Bartali is on the menu.

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The Italian stage race - La Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali is a beautiful opportunity for us to honour the memory of the legendary Italian champion Gino Bartali, who was recognised as a righteous among the nations, by the Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem.

Bartali, who was one of the greatest champions in the history of cycling, won multiple titles of the Giro d'Italia and Le Tour de France. It was only a few years ago though, that the stories about Bartali's noble acts to save Italy's Jews, during the 2nd World-War, started to emerge.

We feel that there is no need to explain, how special it is for an Israeli team like us, to be invited to such a prestigious race, that honours the great sportive rivalry between Gino Bartali and his greatest cycling rival Fausto Coppi.
We may only say, that for us, Bartali will always remain a symbol of an exceptional champion. On and off the bike.
"Il bene si fa, ma non si dice" he once said (Italian to: "Good is something you do, not something you talk about").
And we hope that every single one of our team member, will be inspired by Bartali's legacy.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 23, 2015, 15:12
They've still got six Eastern Europeans though, so hopefully they won't abandon all the races from that part of the world.
I'm pretty confident that they won't. :shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 25, 2015, 21:38
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/669519064092512256
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on November 27, 2015, 14:32
Excellent kit!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 27, 2015, 15:45
Excellent kit!
It's the kit of the *ee amateur team Räim was riding for this year, though. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 14, 2015, 14:35
http://www.thepelotonbrief.com/dan-craven-framebuilding/

Dan Craven builds a bike (and he uses a lot of brackets too).

He's been competing recently in the Desert Dash (https://twitter.com/hashtag/desertdash15?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash) in Namibia - a 369km, 24hr mountain bike race from Windhoek to Swakopmund via the Namib Desert. His two man team (Seibeb + Dan) came third in their event.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2015, 14:39
http://www.thepelotonbrief.com/dan-craven-framebuilding/

Dan Craven builds a bike (and he uses a lot of brackets too).
Nowt wrong with brackets (I should know, I use them regularly)! :P

Looking forward to this team's 2016 season. :)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 20, 2015, 21:18
https://twitter.com/SibiuTourEN/status/678500139716075521

Some unsurprising news. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 01, 2016, 21:20
(http://i67.tinypic.com/6rr47m.png)

I presume this is the "new" kit. The grey in last year's seemed to get a bit bluer in later races and this takes it a small step further.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 01, 2016, 21:29
(http://i67.tinypic.com/6rr47m.png)

I presume this is the "new" kit. The grey in last year's seemed to get a bit bluer in later races and this takes it a small step further.
As the 'model' seems to be Guillaume Boivin (I think), it would be the 2016 kit, yes.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 01, 2016, 21:33
You may want to delete that post, as it's Raim.  :P

What this thread really needs of course is an exclusive Dan Craven interview.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 01, 2016, 22:23
Too late, search has seen it. Prepare to get :nuts at Sibiu.

Just thought I'd have a look back at the X-Factor audition for the team.

The excitement of who might make the final cut is also lessening as only 17 riders are competing now - the Ethiopians and Eritreans didn't get visas. So with potentially fifteen spots up for grabs, the qualifications are easier than Euro 2018.

http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?page=news&cod=84517&tp=n

Nikolaos Iaonnidis (23 anni, Grecia), Masaru Nakazto (23, Giappone), Marko Pavlic (22, Slovenia), Ioannis Spanopoulos (22, Grecia), Mihkel Räim (22, Estonia), Guy Gabay (22, Israele), Guy Sagiv (20, Israele), Aviv Yecheskel (20, Israele), Dan Turek (23, Repubblica Ceca), Lubos Malovec (22, Slovacchia), Emanuel Piaskowy (24, Polonia), Vojtek Migdal (24, Polonia), Max Korus (27 Usa/Israele), Juraj Bellan (19, Slovacchia), Chris Butler (27, Usa), Luis Lemus (23, Messico) e Dan Craven (32, Namibia) are played along with some talent in the Horn of Africa They were unable to reach Italy to visa problems and other young Italians without clear agreement from the past 12 to 15 seats up for grabs .

Take your pick, though without knowing the Italians/Africans it's difficult to guess.

I thought it was an interesting premise actually. A chance "to give our riders an equal chance to prove their worth to the team in neutral conditions” without relying on "‘who knows who, random recommendations, intense lobbying etc".

However we never knew who the Eritreans/Ethiopians were or anything about the young Italians, and with eleven of the sixteen (not including Turek as he already had a contract) making the final cut, you could have guessed most of the ones who were going to make it.

I do think Sporza and a Belgian CT team (Veranclassic who seem to change their entire team each year might be an option) could do a interesting Belgian version of it. A few shows in October/November/December covering the "audition" and then a fly on the wall show through the following year.

As to the rejects....

Iaonnidis - off to Vélo Sport Hyérois (French amateur team - Boris Carene is there too)
Nakazto - rode in the Japanese CX Champs recently (came 27th)
Spanopoulos - Veranclassic - AGO
Yecheskel - ???
Bellan - Dukla Banska Bystrica


Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 01, 2016, 22:33
Too late, search has seen it. Prepare to get :nuts at Sibiu.
What, you expect me to recognise every Conti-level cyclist by his face alone? :o
Surely that's unreasonable. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2016, 21:12
So the Cannonball is just another "Conti-level cyclist" is he ?!

That grave you're digging is getting awfully deep.  :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2016, 21:29
No Specialized in 2016 for Cycling Academy. Cannondale will supply their bikes instead.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfl1/v/t1.0-9/1931346_646764062093822_312525419059405640_n.jpg?oh=c0915315866435cb58c5382a9078bf96&oe=56FB3449)

Quote from: Just Some Conti Cyclist
I have great memories from my years racing with Cannondale Pro Cycling and I’m looking forward to Team Cycling Academy having a lot of success on these incredible machines. Not only is the EVO the best bike I have ridden yet in my career, it’s a classic looking bike, which I love
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 02, 2016, 21:31
So the Cannonball is just another "Conti-level cyclist" is he ?!

That grave you're digging is getting awfully deep.  :P
Ah, but it wasn't the Cannonball! It was Mihkel Räim! :P

Which, of course, doesn't make it any better. He's just as cool as the Cannonball. :fp
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on January 03, 2016, 14:14
What, you expect me to recognise every Conti-level cyclist by his face alone? :o
Surely that's unreasonable. :P

does that look like a proper jersey for the

#teamca *ca *ca CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION *ca *ca #teamca

to you?!

:angry :angry
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 07, 2016, 20:33
Cycling Academy take on Scorpion's Pass in Israel.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Ma%27aleh_Akrabim.jpg)

Quote
There it was, this legendary climb in the Negev Desert, a scrappy legs breaking mountain. Thousands of times it was challenged in recent years so when training there yesterday we could not resist trying to beat the record.
The players: three of our riders: the American Chris Butler, Israeli champion Guy Sagiv and Max Korus. We had with us two guest riders, the talented Israeli national team riders Zohar Hadari and omer Goldstein.
Did one of them made it and best the record?
Watch...

https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/videos/648108415292720/?permPage=1
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on January 12, 2016, 00:14
does that look like a proper jersey for the

#teamca *ca *ca CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION *ca *ca #teamca

to you?!

:angry :angry

well...they don't actually have a proper jersey for him yet though  :shh :angel

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYIglGfUoAAQlCP.jpg:large)

https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/686466972557676544
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 12, 2016, 10:49
well...they don't actually have a proper jersey for him yet though  :shh :angel
Should be easy enough to fix:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xft1/v/t1.0-9/1937352_1689217148001586_3668468823009311357_n.jpg?oh=8c4b8ab27efaaff1d078b19d7be9607f&oe=570DAD8D&__gda__=1459477255_e44544e58182951a67dc9f1583e92ac4)
Turn the blue into red[1] and the Star of David into a maple leaf, and you're done. :cool

What I'm really interested in is Dan Craven's #champna jersey ... Presumed he gets one as the *na champs are early in the season. They might wait until after the champs to see if he actually wins them again.
 1. and remove the band below the Star of David
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 12, 2016, 12:00
What I'm really interested in is Dan Craven's #champna jersey ... Presumed he gets one as the *na champs are early in the season. They might wait until after the champs to see if he actually wins them again.
No #champna kit for Dan: :(
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/686871182663135232

But, as he hints in his reply, there's other big news coming very soon: UCI should announce the Olympics quotas on Friday.[1]
 1. meaning that the only thing that's 100% sure is that they won't announce them before Friday, and will announce them at any point in time between Friday and the end of the month ...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2016, 22:28
Special guest at the Casa del Cycling Academy in Lucca.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12540653_651102531659975_1260346030527270576_n.jpg?oh=edd4fa4b34f98f95274fb29f9fb9ec52&oe=57034A3D)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/12565630_651102524993309_4173491956182975557_n.jpg?oh=f379283401d6783e9266a777cfa09267&oe=56FC03D5)

Giving the team some tips (hopefully not fashion ones).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2016, 20:32
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/655563824547179

More races inked in. Winston-Salem and Philadelphia. If we connect the dots, California finishes a week before WS or alternatively the Canadian double header of Saguenay and Beuce starts a few days after Philly.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2016, 21:52
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/655563824547179

More races inked in. Winston-Salem and Philadelphia. If we connect the dots, California finishes a week before WS or alternatively the Canadian double header of Saguenay and Beuce starts a few days after Philly.
Reading the post, I think it will be Saquenay & Beauce. California would be awesome - but spots in that race are highly sought after.
In the last couple of years, the distribution of teams was thus:
Year WT PCT Conti
2015 8 4 6
2014 9 3 4
2013 8 3 5
2012 8 4 4
2011 9 4 5
2010 7 2 7

For 2016, 10 WT teams[1] have indicated that they'll participate. #novonordisk & #uhc are shoo-ins, #wiggins (bringing the namesake rider) have been announced by the organiser ...
If they stay with 18 teams, only 5 more spots are available. As there are 10 *usa Conti teams, I see very slim chances for #academy to get an invitation.

That said, I think it'd be awesome if they were invited: Boivin, Butler, Lemus, Craven, Korus, Pavlic, Turek and Sagiv would be a very competitive squad.
 1. #ag2r #cannondale #didata #etixx #giant #katusha #jumbo #sky #tinkoff #trek
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2016, 20:44
No #champna kit for Dan: :(
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/686871182663135232

Au contraire mon frere!

https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/695333288605585408

(well he has to win to get the kit obviously)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 04, 2016, 20:57
Au contraire mon frere!

(well he has to win to get the kit obviously)
:woohoo
Dan goes to *na ... :D

Anything but getting the #champna back to Europe would be a disappointment.
Yeah, I'm setting the bar high.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on February 04, 2016, 21:16
(well he has to win to get the kit obviously)

could be a bit of a help, yes - I don't think it was for Boivin though :P

...not so far at least
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2016, 21:44
Are there any UCI regulations regarding the wearing of National Champs jerseys in races? ie. you have to wear one if you're the current champ.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on February 04, 2016, 21:52
Are there any UCI regulations regarding the wearing of National Champs jerseys in races? ie. you have to wear one if you're the current champ.

yes

National road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, BMX, trials and indoor cycling champions must wear their jersey in all events in the discipline, speciality and category in which they won their title and no other event.

I don't know if Boivin didn't get a jersey yet or if the just have not presented it so far though.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 04, 2016, 21:58
I don't know if Boivin didn't get a jersey yet or if the just have not presented it so far though.
He's on the startlist for the GP Costa degli Etruschi on Sunday - so we ought to see it then.

That said, #androni15 Țvetcov didn't get his #champro in time for last year's Sibiu Cycling Tour, and rode the race in the regular team jersey (until Păltiniș, when he took the #red jersey for Best Romanian).
That, however, was simply because there were only a couple of days from the championship race to the Sibiu Tour. #academy have had months to get something sorted for Boivin now.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 05, 2016, 19:09
No doubt this played a part in Dan's decision to change his plans at such short notice:

(http://i63.tinypic.com/15713za.png)

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As the place was earned collective, NOC and NCF came up with a system which will
be transparent and fair towards the Namibia Elite Road Cyclist to be selected for the
place to go and represent Namibia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We agree to
work within the NOC qualification criteria and the NCF criteria, which brought us to
the following point allocation system:

Points will be allocated to the respective top Road Cyclists for each of the following
events:

 i) 2015 Africa Tour Points will constitute – 30% of the total Points
ii) 2015 All Africa Games will constitute – 30% of the total Points
iii) 2016 Nation Road Race will constitute – 40% of the total Points 

2015 Africa Tour Points

Ranking Rider Points
35 Dan Craven 67.67
60 Martin Freyer 33.67
99 Michael Pretorius 17.67
100 Costa Siebeb 17

plus a few more after that

2015 All Africa Games

(http://i67.tinypic.com/r10x0x.png)

How they have broken down the points within each event we don't know, but assuming that the DNFs at the All African Games get no points, the only danger is Siebeb. Of course Dan still has to achieve some sort of result in the RR and certainly a crash + DNF could hurt in more ways than one, but at least he's there to fight for the place.

Looking at the selection criteria, they seem fair enough, but what doesn't seem right is that they seem to have arrived at this means of selection after two of the three criteria have already passed. Would some of the DNFs in the race have gone on to finish if they knew a Rio spot might have been at stake. Anyway it does add a extra frisson of excitement to the RR.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 06, 2016, 12:15
Looking at the selection criteria, they seem fair enough, but what doesn't seem right is that they seem to have arrived at this means of selection after two of the three criteria have already passed. Would some of the DNFs in the race have gone on to finish if they knew a Rio spot might have been at stake. Anyway it does add a extra frisson of excitement to the RR.
Very much this.
It's alright to have a selection process - and in fact, it's good for the sport in *na -, but it's not good enough to 'retro-fit' it upon events that have already passed.
That said, it would have been equally, if not more, unfair to select the guy for Rio based only on the Nationals Road Race. So in that sense, this is the best of many poor options.

And really, with his ticket to Rio on the line, Dan should take it. He's better than Till (for now, might be different in a few years) and FAR better than Seibeb etc.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 06, 2016, 19:23
Finally it's here! No, not the big reveal of Boivin's kit, but the first race of the season!

Here's the line-up:

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/12642960_659277094175852_4782498877596733843_n.jpg?oh=11b8b1734b2b0840578e6f544b7d6bc4&oe=572F260C)

GABAY, Guy
BUTLER, Chris
PIASKOWY, Emanuel
MALOVEC, Lubos
PAVLIC, Marko
TUREK, Daniel
BOIVIN, Guillaume
LEMUS, Luis

Raim was down on the provisional list, but maybe he got left out after a crash this week (he tweeted his helmet saved his life).

There are some clues actually in that picture and in this one....

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12643028_659277100842518_6148699765295706132_n.jpg?oh=e209d4d152ee4ef04afb41060a1d6c26&oe=576E4D88)

....about Boivin's kit. I don't think it's going to be a five centimetre red/white/maple leaf band across the chest of a normal kit.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 06, 2016, 20:22
There are some clues actually in that picture and in this one....

....about Boivin's kit. I don't think it's going to be a five centimetre red/white/maple leaf band across the chest of a normal kit.
I fail to see the clues ...[1] :S
There are some peaks of a white jersey underneath the jacket - but from several riders, not just one.
 1. not helped by the fact that I still can't identify Boivin ... shame on me!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 06, 2016, 20:48
I was alluding to the helmet, but on googling, it looks like he is wearing the one he wore while riding for Optum last year. Rather strange. Tomorrow will bring the answers (hopefully).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 07, 2016, 19:46
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/videos/659609320809296/?permPage=1

Hopefully this uses up all their bad luck for the year. Turek crashes and then Boivin punctures going over the GPM in the group of ~ten just behind the leading four.

To clear up the helmet confusion, Lazer are the providers for the team as they were with Optum last year. So no conflict with him wearing that. However still no Nat Champs kit (did they both get fined like they should've?) and they seemed to be all wearing the team's training kit as opposed to their racing one. Strange.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 07, 2016, 20:33
However still no Nat Champs kit (did they both get fined like they should've?) and they seemed to be all wearing the team's training kit as opposed to their racing one. Strange.
The UCI isn't in charge of handing out fines for that, it's entirely in the hands of the national federations. Don't think the Canadian fed will hand out fines for the national champ not wearing a special, that's more like the Italian or Belgian fed.

As for the training kit - my guess is that they'll have a team presentation where the new kit (including #champca & #champna) will be launched. Soon, I hope.
Then again, they already had a team presentation during their *il training camp ... :slow
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 08, 2016, 16:21
https://twitter.com/LuisE_Lemus/status/696705944617496576

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2016, 21:14
As for the training kit - my guess is that they'll have a team presentation where the new kit (including #champca & #champna) will be launched. Soon, I hope.
Then again, they already had a team presentation during their *il training camp ... :slow
Ask, and you shall be answered:
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/696803862620065792
I hope the surprise will be done sooner rather than later. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2016, 21:28
The game is on:
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/696805947520479237

Retweet the sh*t out of the tweet below, folks! :D
https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/696797703771197440
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 08, 2016, 23:37
Special guest at the Casa del Cycling Academy in Lucca.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12540653_651102531659975_1260346030527270576_n.jpg?oh=edd4fa4b34f98f95274fb29f9fb9ec52&oe=57034A3D)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/12565630_651102524993309_4173491956182975557_n.jpg?oh=f379283401d6783e9266a777cfa09267&oe=56FC03D5)

Giving the team some tips (hopefully not fashion ones).
Whether he's dishing out fashion tips or race tactics, I can't imagine a more skeptical looking audience for his efforts.  :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 08, 2016, 23:59
This thread caused me to look into Guillaume Boivin, which brought something else to my attention.

Until five minutes ago, I never realized that Svein Tuft was Canadian.  :S Being one-half Canadian myself, this is something that should not have escaped me. :fp


 *ca + *gb = *usa  :P



Edit:
Now that I think about it, I think I was aware of Tuft's Canadian roots, as the phrase, "Canadian Svein Tuft" does have a familiar ring to it. So I must've simply forgotten what I used to know.
:D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2016, 20:05
https://twitter.com/republikein_na/status/697345524136022016
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on February 11, 2016, 19:08
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/12642857_661056370664591_7945449868026589601_n.jpg?oh=b85053b2c675fc3173a323ae9c3480c2&oe=5763BCA7)

:cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 11, 2016, 19:53
(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/12642857_661056370664591_7945449868026589601_n.jpg?oh=b85053b2c675fc3173a323ae9c3480c2&oe=5763BCA7)

:cool
:o :D

That is awesome.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 13, 2016, 10:18
Beit Guvrin is a non-UCI race, but first win of the season for the team.

https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/698438399741575168

Boivin and Sagiv were part of the early break, and it probably wasn't a surprise that Guillaume won after his strong showing on Sunday.

Not sure when their next UCI race is. Coppi e Bartali is towards the end of March, but surely they'll have something else in the meantime. Maybe the trio of Croatian races in early March again.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 23, 2016, 16:37
Still no news on their next race, but they've been busy anyway.

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Dan and Sagiv formed a team in the 3 day Samarathon MTB race in the Israeli Negev desert (right up Dan's street after his Desert Dash in December).

They won naturally, but the two of them felt a bit different about it all.  :lol

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After the podium ceremony ( first place by crushing margin) the bearded "Dan from Nam" declared that "I wouldn't mind racing another 2 stages"

" It wasn't fun" admitted Our Israeli champion Guy Sagiv, clearly exhausted by the 5 hours second stage of the Samarathon mountain bike race in the Israeli Desert. " Even as an Israeli, I am not used to race in these kind of conditions, especially the heat".
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 23, 2016, 17:33
They won naturally, but the two of them felt a bit different about it all.  :lol
Nobody out-deserts a Namibian! :yuush
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 26, 2016, 15:52
Still no news on their next race

GP Izola on Sunday.

http://www.kolesarska-zveza.si/KZS,,ock,novice.htm&showNews=NEWSRPLJWO2262016135416&cPage=1

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CCC are the sole PCT team riding, but it will only be with 5 U23s and Taciak. Other competitors include Adria Mobil, Radenska, GM Europa, Synergy Baku, a whole slew of Austrian teams, Meridiana Kamen, Klein Constantia etc etc
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2016, 16:58
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/666752776761617

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We are sending 8 riders to the GP Izola in Slovenia, a 157 mostly flat kms that promise an ultra fast and aggressive race. And we are ready to every script that will unfold.

"It will be very nervous race" predicted our Daniel Turek, one of our main cards in this race. He will have to make sure that a major breakaway will not form without him. Sprint finish? We have our canadian champ Guillaume Boivin as a candidate, fresh from wining the last race Beit Guvrin, Israel. No illusion, though. It will be much tougher challenge tomorrow.

G Boivin ( Canada)
Mihkel Räim ( Estonia)
Guy Gabay ( Israel)
Dan Turek ( Czech Republic)
Wojciech Migdał ( Poland)
Marko Pavic ( Sloveni)
Emanuel Piaskowy (Poland)
Luboš Malovec ( Slovakia)

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 27, 2016, 17:58
I hope the Cannonball will finally wear his #champca jersey! ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 29, 2016, 10:39
https://www.facebook.com/malovecSK/posts/1050327718321701

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This was a day with no glory, a day of clear disappointment but also a day that will make us better.

It was 35 km into the GP Izola race that things went badly. That was the moment when 9 riders were able to form a breakaway, and we had no one there. "We missed it" our Canadian Guillaume Boivin.

it will turn out a costly miss. Although more then 120 km left on the race, all efforts to chase it down went to no avail. "The boys gave it 100 percent to close it but it was too much. It was a full gas constantly and the peloton was losing riders".

Our sports director Nicki Sørensen was clearly frustrated: " We should have done better. We had to be in that breakaway and once we failed, we had to chase it down. Bottom line: We are disappointed."

After GP Laguna, again it was Adria Mobil doing the damage. There's a bit of confusion, but according to tweets during the race they had three riders in the break - Novak, Rogina and the winner Golcer.

Trofej Umag and the non-UCI Tour of Arad (for Butler and Gabay) up next.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 29, 2016, 18:56
I hope the Cannonball will finally wear his #champca jersey! ;)

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...but due to the weather conditions he had it under wrap for most of the race.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 03, 2016, 19:18
Umag went a bit better for the guys. Seventh for Boivin in the sprint. He said he could have had a podium, but another rider almost caused him to crash in the last 50m.

As mentioned above, the other riders in the team started the non-UCI Tour of Arad today.

https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/668524196584475

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"I really wanted it" admitted Guy Gabay . "From the first moment, I said to myself that it woold be awesome if I can make it".
Well, he did. 18 km's of one of the most dramatic climbs in Israel - from the foot of the legendary Masada to the young city of Arad.
The plan was to put a lot of pressure on the Israeli Elite field. Our Dan Craven was taking care of that in the first two thirds of the stage with the help of Guy sagiv. Then it was up to Gabay and our American terrific climber Chris Butler. Eventually , in the last part of the climb, only 3 rivals left. "Butler did an amazing job. No chance i would have won it without him" said Gabay afterwards.

Nobody was celebrating too much as 2 more stages awaiting. "We have to win the whole tour of Arad" said Gabay. " nothing less is acceptable "

Stage two is a very short city circuit crit and the final stage includes Scorpion Pass (see earlier in the thread when they climbed it in training), but unfortunately there's still 80km to go from the top.

The ladies are racing too, but not as a Tour - just three one day races.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2016, 12:57
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One of the losers from the X-Factor training camp had his revenge on Stage 2. Sagiv and Dan were both in the winning break, but Sagiv crashed leaving the Namibian outnumbered and despite his best efforts, Yecheskel took the win.

Gabay is still in yellow.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 04, 2016, 15:07
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But what an awesome jersey (both of them)! :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 07, 2016, 10:28
https://twitter.com/cbutler88/status/706103947770126336

It was only 50km from the top to the finish and not ~80 as I previously thought. Should be interesting to see how he gets on in Coppi e Bartali, Croatia (much stronger field than last year) and Sibiu.

Good signs over at the Trofej Porec too. In very tough conditions Turek finished fifth.

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t was a 157 km race that was heavily affected by strong cross winds, sometimes surpassing 30kmh. "I felt bad in the first 50 km" said The 23 years old. "But much better after that".

How much? Well, how about being able to get into the last group of riders that left the peloton behind for good, 30 km t to the finish. With him were 2 of his teamates, Mihkel Räim and Emanuel Piaskowy. After the two strongest riders of the race broke away, it was the Turek group who went into a sprint to get a podium. Turek is not a classic sprinter but he is showing improvement on that and was able to finish 5th. After the 7th place we secured in the last race, everybody feels that the team is moving in the right direction: " we are getting sharper and the podiums will come for sure" said our sports director Nicki Sørensen, confidently.

I guess Pavlic might come into the squad for the Istrian Spring Trophy, but I'm not too sure that either him or Dan has it quite to challenge for the GC.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 07, 2016, 11:15
I guess Pavlic might come into the squad for the Istrian Spring Trophy, but I'm not too sure that either him or Dan has it quite to challenge for the GC.
Hard to say.
The decisive stages will be the uphill finishes on stage 1 to Labin and stage 2 to Motovun - a climber like Pavlic could do well there.
Win GC? Probably not, the competition is very strong. A top-10 overall? Possible. A stage podium? Not impossible.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 09, 2016, 19:54
Been over a month since we had an update.

In non-race news we missed the April Fool's joke that Pfizer (world's largest viagra manufacturer) were going to be the new sponsors.

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"This partnership will accelerate our riders performance tremendously, on and off the bikes"

"This is extremly exciting", said the team's Canadian sprinter Guillaume Boivin

Luis Lemus is back on the road finally after his leg break.  :cool

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Meanwhile on the racing front there haven't been any big results.

Istrian Spring Trophy: one top-ten for Boivin, illness for Turek and some crashes for various riders

Coppi e Bartali: Butler didn't quite have it on the two climbing days (longer climbs suit him better I think). They did say that they realized "there is still a way for us to go before we can be a constant factor in big stage races", but Raim also said "Listen, it would be easier for us to compete in smaller races but what is the point". Nicki Sorensen added "Its a growing experience and growing takes time".

GP Adria Mobil: " My jersey is no longer black and green. Its a lot more white and green from all the salt" Turek was in the break for a lot of the day, but it came down to a sprint with Raim finally getting a chance and taking ninth (which he wasn't happy about).

Races coming up include Tour du Finestere, Tro Bro Leon and Croatia.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 12, 2016, 20:45
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/719933380427706368

I make it #5 actually. Hadari has been on some of the various training sessions/rides the team has done with young Israeli riders and the door is open for them to sign more next season.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2016, 14:31
The team doing their homework for the weekend's two races.

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*Dan flicks through comic/porno mag*
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: L'arri on April 19, 2016, 11:28
Raim was 20th in Finistère and scraped a top 10 in Tro Bro Léon. Excellent result for the young Estonian and he's been showing better form lately.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 20, 2016, 10:07
If you follow the team on twitter you'll notice they refer to him as their Viking, and I thought surely there weren't Estonian Vikings? A quick google later and it seems that there were. Oeselians to be precise.

Quote from: Wikipedia
The Oeselians were a historical subdivision of Estonians inhabiting Saaremaa, an Estonian island in the Baltic Sea (the island which Raim is from).

The Oeselians were known in the Old Norse Icelandic Sagas and in Heimskringla as Víkingr frá Esthland (English: vikings from Estonia). They were summarized in the Livonian Rhymed Chronicle thus: "The Oeselians, neighbors to the Kurs (Curonians), are surrounded by the sea and never fear strong armies as their strength is in their ships. In summers when they can travel across the sea they oppress the surrounding lands by raiding both Christians and pagans."

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on April 20, 2016, 10:25
good showing by the team yesterday btw with both their champs in the breakaway in their first (?) race of the year which was live on tv. Too bad Boivin couldn't make it to the end
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on April 20, 2016, 12:13
good showing by the team yesterday btw with both their champs in the breakaway in their first (?) race of the year which was live on tv. Too bad Boivin couldn't make it to the end
Two of their three champs, please! :P
And Tro Bro Leon was live on TV as well (just only in France).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 23, 2016, 22:15
https://www.instagram.com/p/BEjDTgVoesh/

Quote from: Butler
Croatia is not going how I envisioned to say the least. Multiple mechanicals, couple high speed sprint crashes, ( broke my good luck charm in one) has me all pretty hobbled right now. I am so thankful for such amazing teammates and staff that are pulling me through this race. I am in such good hands with @cyclingacademyteam and looking forward to repay with results soon!

Disappointing few days for Cab. Yesterday should have been right up his street and against modest climbing oppostion, a missed opportunity for a big result. Pavlic flew the flag for the team though with a 15th place on the MTF.

More crashes again today in the TTT and people going the wrong way, but I don't think they were the only ones having problems.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 03, 2016, 20:27
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/photos/a.516933988410164.1073741833.515137875256442/695841237186104/?type=3&permPage=1

Roy Goldstein has re-signed for the team. He left initially in early 2015 without riding a UCI race....

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but since then, we followed with great admiration as Roy continued to grow and develop. "He showed great will" said Team owner Ron Baron. " we are excited to further strengthen our team with the greatest Israeli talents and Roy is up there".

He'll be starting the Fleche du Sud tomorrow. Raim will be leading the team there and is feeling pretty upbeat.

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" I am going for a win there" he said confidently. " I will try. I feel ready for it".

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on May 03, 2016, 21:52
He'll be starting the Fleche du Sud tomorrow. Raim will be leading the team there and is feeling pretty upbeat.
They'll go head-to-head with the #stolting puncheurs there.
I'm conflicted as to who I should support! :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 06, 2016, 20:54
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/697084127061815

Bad crash at the Arrow. Thankfully for the team they had no injures, but others weren't so lucky.

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A disastrous chain crash in the Flèche du Sud tour race we take part in Luxembourg has resulted in serious injuries yesterday and caused the cancelation of the stage.

Media reports from the scene documented half a dozen ambulances rushed to the scene and transporting riders with serious injuries to emergency rooms. There were reports of serious head injuries among the riders.

Our Namibian @dan craven told us it happened some 10 km into the stage. "It was a Dodgy descent . Steep, Off-camber corner with apparently oil on it. a stone wall on the outside of the corner... Massive pile up. All four of us where pretty much next to each other around 30th-40th position. I was last guy to make it past."

Our Mihkel Raim could not avoid the crash but landed softly and unharmed.

GC will likely be now between the four successful breakees from stage two.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on May 06, 2016, 22:24
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/697084127061815

Bad crash at the Arrow. Thankfully for the team they had no injures, but others weren't so lucky.

GC will likely be now between the four successful breakees from stage two.
All I hear is that it was nasty. Stage cancellation totally justified.

But yesterday's escapees shouldn't feel too sure of themselves - tomorrow #stolting will attack! :angry
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 27, 2016, 09:44
The team is back racing. On two continents!

The Tour of Estonia starts today with a sprinters stage.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CjcrnduVEAA6VDy.jpg)

On paper it's a tougher field than previous editions as there are four PCT teams competing.

Cycling Academy Team:

Malovec
Piaskowy
Gabay
Migdal
Raim
Hadari
Pavlic

Quote from: Raim
My goals this race is to win and show the estonians that we have strong team. I'm happy with my team, it's a bit different team, we are like big family and I think it's key of our success.

The other race they are competing in is the Winston Salem Classic on Monday. Lemus will be making his comeback after his leg break.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 03, 2016, 18:53
Third for Raim in the GC was a good result and Butler was involved in the pointy end of things at both the US Nats and Winston Salem, but the team is still looking for that first win of the season. However that could come tomorrow.

I noticed before the start of the season that the intriguingly named Apple Race was down on the UCI calendar. Unfortunately for whatever reason it didn't retain that status -it was raced last month, but just not as a 2.2.

Het Hatsafon (Northern Arrow) has made the grade though and is the only men's UCI race in Israel this year.

I wasn't sure if the team were riding or not (no mention of it on their facebook account), but Pavlic retweeted the start list, so it's game on!

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Grabovsky making an appearance in his adopted country.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 03, 2016, 18:57
https://twitter.com/TheSlowRidePod/status/738501168532492288

Hmmm

....

Dan Craven

.....

interview

.....

it's ringing bells for some reason.

 :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 03, 2016, 19:10
https://twitter.com/TheSlowRidePod/status/738501168532492288

Hmmm

....

Dan Craven

.....

interview

.....

it's ringing bells for some reason.

 :P
I would like to deny that I am in any way, shape or form involved in or identical to The Slow Ride Podcast. :-x
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Slow Rider on June 03, 2016, 19:54
I would like to deny that I am in any way, shape or form involved in or identical to The Slow Ride Podcast. :-x

Me too, and I would like to officially register a complaint about their name. They are obviously just trying to lift on my shining reputation in the world of cycling, which should not be allowed. I have worked too hard on it to allow others to defame my good name.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 04, 2016, 18:16
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:fanfare
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 04, 2016, 18:37
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:fanfare
Is it a race if you take a 1-2-3-4-5 and there's no other Conti team participating? :shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 04, 2016, 19:26
Is it a race if you take a 1-2-3-4-5 and there's no other Conti team participating? :shh

In this particular instance, yes, yes it is.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2016, 19:22
http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/51228/tour-du-val-d-aoste-2016-25-equipes-engagees

Uh-oh, Spaghetti-O.

Maybe I'm just lacking faith, but this will be a very steep learning curve for the youngsters (emphasis on the word steep).

http://www.girovalledaosta.it/index.php?lang=en

(http://www.girovalledaosta.it/images/edizioni/2016/Tappe/altimetria_generale.png)

The U rating means the riders have to be born in '94 or later? If so that means the team will be Hadari, Sagiv, Malovec and Yechezkel.


Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 08, 2016, 19:44
The U rating means the riders have to be born in '94 or later? If so that means the team will be Hadari, Sagiv, Malovec and Yechezkel.
Yes, 1994 or later.

Throwing them in the deep end - but hopefully with proper support. :cool
They'll also need to sign another U23 guy as Aosta usually has 5-rider teams, but that shouldn't be a problem.

In my opinion it's good to see that the team isn't forgetting what it's originally about. Participating in high-level U23 races is what will get those youngsters further in their career than utterly dominating a '1.2' race against low-level opposition. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on June 08, 2016, 20:10
having seen the Philly live coverage... what is this team really looking for? Awareness only? I don't quite get why they send their two best riders up the road early in a race that is so poorly cast that they could surely fight for a podium or even more if they waited for the final lap
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2016, 21:03
I didn't watch it all, so I can only go from their facebook account and bits and pieces from the footage, but I think the plan was to set up a last lap attack from Boivin. He (Boivin) bridged to the break with a lap and a half to go and was looking to attack going over the wall for the penultimate time. However that was just when they were all caught by the fast moving peloton.

Seemed in a good position going into the final climb, but just didn't have the legs. Maybe without the bridging he could have finished a bit better, but who knows.


Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2016, 17:24
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/740920809460539392
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 10, 2016, 09:39
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/741043020116729856

But was he happy with the result?

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"Nope" said the Estonian "Viking". " 2nd is not the result that satisfies us any more. For me, we failed".

--------------------------

This time it was Daniel Turek who took the initiative, going for his signature breakaway with 4 partners from the beginning to the last 60 kms. Then came a powerful attack on the climb by our three riders, Dan Craven, Guillaume Boivin and the Viking and soon they formed the winning breakaway with 12 riders, including 4 of our own.

That was almost a perfect scenario, The only obstacle was Canadian, Team Silber, who had 5 riders. So it was us against them. Two teams totally dominating the race.

In the last climb it was Mano A Mano. Our Estonian and a rider from Silber, both going away. Raim was sure that he has a great chance to get us the win. "I am better sprinter then him" , he thought to himself. But then came bad luck for a visit: Our Canadian champ punctured and there was no one to cover another attack from Silber. So Viking found himself isolated by another Silber rider who was able to bridge. Now it was no longer one on one but one against two. " I did not play my cards perfectly" admitted the always open and frank Estonian who could not beat the two and settled for second.

But it was one battle. The war is still on. 3 stages left. We are still very much in a position to win. Hang on.

Going to be tough to make up twelve seconds though. Silber happy to let breaks take the bonuses (and stage wins?) and the onus on Cycling Academy to make it a sprint.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 12, 2016, 21:03
Dislocated shoulder for Boivin. Minor surgery required.

It will be a damn shame if he misses the Nats.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 13, 2016, 07:35
Dislocated shoulder for Boivin. Minor surgery required.

It will be a damn shame if he misses the Nats.
Ouchie.
But, as hurtful as a dislocated shoulder is, it's not as bad as a broken collarbone (I think).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on June 13, 2016, 09:18
finally our dreams have come true !!!!!!!!


http://store.vergesport.com/cycling-academy-team/

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on June 13, 2016, 14:19
Ouchie.
But, as hurtful as a dislocated shoulder is, it's not as bad as a broken collarbone (I think).

it turned out to be more than just the shoulder unfortunately...

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Body is a hurt after a nasty crash here in Saguenay. The end result is fractured collarbone, AC joint and scapula. Thanks to my @cyclingacademyteam boys for the visit at the hospital yesterday. I'll be back stronger then ever and we will rock this end of the season #ridecannondale #lifeisgood #gowiththeballs

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGmIucTKxip/
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 13, 2016, 19:41
Butler comes into the team for Beauce. Mont-Megantic should suit him, but I'm less sure about the hurly-burly in the other stages.

So the calendar for the next month includes:

*ca Beauce (15th -19th)
*il *cz *si *sk *pl *ee *mx Nationals (various)
*hu Hongrie (28th - 3rd)
*ro Sibiu (6-10th)
*it Valle d'Aosta (12th-17th)

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 16, 2016, 20:37
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L'chaim!

A few more drinks could be had tonight, three in the top eight on Megantic.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 18, 2016, 21:23
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Proud to add another champion jersey to our great collection:

Our Aviv Yecheskel just won the israeli Time Trial Elite National championship race.

He finished with 45 sec advantage over 2nd place Omer Goldstein from 500 Watt.

"It was a hard one because you have to give 120 percent from beginning to end but I am so happy. Its the first time I step to the top of the Podium in TT" said Aviv, who has an impressive debut season as a pro with us.

Could the second place Goldstein find his way onto the team and join his brother there? Only 19 and if they're needing another youngster before Valle d'Aosta he looks a decent talent. The team does have one free spot (or 1 + some trackies) with Korus having left the team - not sure what happened there.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 18, 2016, 22:59
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Could the second place Goldstein find his way onto the team and join his brother there? Only 19 and if they're needing another youngster before Valle d'Aosta he looks a decent talent.
Yeah, quite a string of decent results already for a 19-year old. :cool

The team does have one free spot (or 1 + some trackies) with Korus having left the team - not sure what happened there.
I completely missed that! :o
We shall endeavour to find out in Sibiu. :)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 20, 2016, 14:20
A successful Beauce for the team. Two stage wins for Raim and aggressive racing (nearly) throughout.

The last stage was a bit of a let down though, but that's just mainly in contrast to what had come before. They went in with the intention of retaining the lead in the team classement "and hungry for another (stage) win and trying to get two other jerseys".

However none of that came to pass. Turek gave it a go on the last lap for the stage win and to improve his GC position, but he got dropped fairly rapidly by Shelden and was lucky in a way to get caught by the leaders just when he had got over the climb (so he was able to retain his GC position).

Lemus was unable to get any KoM points, Raim didn't get any sprint points and they dropped from first to fourth in the team GC.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 20, 2016, 16:14
The last stage was a bit of a let down though, but that's just mainly in contrast to what had come before.
Lesson to learn: Never big yourself up before a race, always be content with what you have. ;)

That leads to dull, streamlined interviews, so it isn't so very desirable (for the fans). Often safer - therefore, better - for the team, though.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 25, 2016, 20:07
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The Israeli Nats went according to the script (mostly, but see below). No embarrassing defeat to a young upstart this year.

Quote from: Cycling Academy
The team clear goal was to use the small hills on each lap to break the peloton to pieces. It took about 2 laps before there intensity took a toll on their rivals.

Each of the riders took turns in putting pressure.

But way into the first lap it was pretty clear who is the strongest rider: it was Aviv Yecheskel who was making the moves, attacking and breaking away. Still, we asked him to hold a bit for his teammates.

In the last lap he (Yecheskel) was given the green light to go, riding solo in the last 15 km. It seemed that nobody can beat him...

...... But never say never. The never surrender defending champion Guy Sagiv got rid of the last rival on his wheel and started chasing his teammate and best friend. He vowed before the race that he will do everything to defend the jersey. And he meant every word.

Guy Sagiv did the impossible, closing a huge gap and passed Aviv in the last 200 meters. It was a dramatic win by a rider that never gives up.

Yecheskel wasn't too happy immediately after the finish. Whether it was the early team orders or Sagiv chasing him down right at the end or a combination of the two. Anyway he "expressed his emotions in an inappropriate manner."

He apologised though and the pair of them kissed and made up.

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The other winner so far was Malovec, who won the Slovak U23 TT title. Not sure we'll get to see a funky jersey for him though due to the lack of potential times he'll get to wear it (possibly never).

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 26, 2016, 00:30
The other winner so far was Malovec, who won the Slovak U23 TT title. Not sure we'll get to see a funky jersey for him though due to the lack of potential times he'll get to wear it (possibly never).
They should at least give us a virtual design to salivate over! :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 26, 2016, 20:47
They should at least give us a virtual design to salivate over! :D

Problem solved as I think he won the U23 RR title today. So we'll get to see that at Valle d'Aosta.

Mexican and Estonian kits incoming too. :cool

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Miku was super active all along ng the race. Getting into the first breakaway of 14 and then another one, the 3 riders that went to the finish." In the last km it was a cat and mouse game between us. I started the sprint from second position and had good legs and power to finish it".

https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/747152343460945920
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 27, 2016, 19:09
Some more details about the victory in Mexico.

https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/717840918319469

Quote from: Luis Lemus
" The race started with 10 laps of a 2 Km circuit, and a break of 15 riders went away, we knew it wasn't really dangerous, we can afford up to 5 min before the climb.

The last climb was really long, 35 km, and more than 1 hr, also the heat was a big factor today, so keeping calm and keep drinking and eating before the climb was really important, so I did that, and stayed focus on the climb.

I felt pretty good, as the climb started the attacks started and I was on a group of 5 that caught the 3 last riders of the break like 10 k on the climb, I was dropped from 2 other guys a bit later, but I knew it was a long way to go, so I just kept my own pace, and stayed focus on it.

I caught them back, dropped 1 rider, so it was just me and my cousin in the front, but he wasn't feeling good, so I left him behind like 13 k to the top, from there to the finish it was just a TT, measuring the effort, and as Nicki told me , dreaming of that great place that is the finish line.

I kept control with my SRM, to not go over the red and crack, I had about a minute to a lonely chaser, and I won for a min, during the last km I could enjoy it a but more, I clapped to myself, I was really happy, I even start thinking of my new Jersey, about having the jersey in Europe and with the Cycling Academy Logo".
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 29, 2016, 19:37
http://www.tourdehongrie.hu/tour-de-hongrie-az-eszt-bajnok-atvette-a-vezetest/

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This new tactic of putting half your team in the break and flooring it seems to be paying dividends. I don't see too many riders with decent climbing results in that top-11, so Turek could have a very good chance of a great GC result here.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 29, 2016, 22:24
This new tactic of putting half your team in the break and flooring it seems to be paying dividends. I don't see too many riders with decent climbing results in that top-11, so Turek could have a very good chance of a great GC result here.
Also has to do with many of their riders simply being head and shoulders above much of the opposition in those 2.2 races.

They won't be able to pull this off in Sibiu.

I think.


I'll happily be proven wrong, though. :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 01, 2016, 13:20
Also has to do with many of their riders simply being head and shoulders above much of the opposition in those 2.2 races.

They won't be able to pull this off in Sibiu.

I think.


I'll happily be proven wrong, though. :D

Certainly here in Hongrie you are right, though Kolss are no mugs - best ranked CT team in Europe last year (taken with a large pinch of UCI salt).

The Canadian races had stronger fields in comparison, but yes, Sibiu will be a bit different.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 02, 2016, 21:12
Difficult to be sure what the finishing 20km circuit is like in Budapest tomorrow. It can't be that tough (4 x 1km at 5%?), but I just hope they don't regret not letting Turek have a go on the climb today. If he could have overtaken Polivoda in the GC that would almost have been an unassailable position.

Fingers crossed for their first GC victory!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 04, 2016, 09:24

Yecheskel wasn't too happy immediately after the finish. Whether it was the early team orders or Sagiv chasing him down right at the end or a combination of the two. Anyway he "expressed his emotions in an inappropriate manner."


http://bikepanel.com/p/35247

Article on the race and discussion of the incident.

https://youtu.be/JPnZ_CrrJFw

Middle finger and bike throw combo. Not very classy.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 04, 2016, 09:42
Difficult to be sure what the finishing 20km circuit is like in Budapest tomorrow. It can't be that tough (4 x 1km at 5%?), but I just hope they don't regret not letting Turek have a go on the climb today. If he could have overtaken Polivoda in the GC that would almost have been an unassailable position.

Fingers crossed for their first GC victory!

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Well they did it, but not without a few alarms.

First of all Raim and Turek got isolated against five Kolss riders, then we had the incident with the traffic on the final circuit - riders having to pass taxis and buses on a roundabout. Finally Raim himself put in an attack with a couple of laps to go (did he think it was the final one?) and when caught he was hanging round the back of the group for a while.

Onto Sibiu anyway. You got a start list yet Fus?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: L'arri on July 04, 2016, 09:43
Raim took the GC in Hungary. Reckon he deserves a pro contract based on this season's performances and I'm not just saying that as a fan of Estonian cycling. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 04, 2016, 10:07
Onto Sibiu anyway. You got a start list yet Fus?
Indeed I do (our Sibiu thread should go live today or tomorrow).
For #academy it's Piaskowy, Butler, Craven, R. Goldstein, Pavlič, Lemus.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 05, 2016, 18:53
So, if an opportunity presents itself for our roving reporters.... :P

1. Why did Max Korus leave the team?
2. Any races confirmed for later in the year (other than Valle d'Aosta)?
3. When will Boivin be back racing?
4. Will they be repeating the X-Factor audition for team places in 2017?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 07, 2016, 09:00
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/750815470446637057

http://www.com.org.mx/com-informa/lemus-y-rodriguez-con-plaza-olimpica-en-ruta/

#2 for the team.

Luis wasn't even on the long list for the spot back in January (and that was before his leg break), so he's defied the odds to make it.

He should be wearing his new kit today btw. No chest eagle unfortunately.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 07, 2016, 21:23
He should be wearing his new kit today btw. No chest eagle unfortunately.

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 08, 2016, 20:31
Could the second place Goldstein find his way onto the team and join his brother there? Only 19 and if they're needing another youngster before Valle d'Aosta he looks a decent talent.

No confirmation from the team, but he's on the provisional start list for Aosta.

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Lots of big U23 names competing in general. Should be a good race.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 08, 2016, 20:48
5th, 9th, 12th and 13th on the MTF at Sibiu, but even so I think they'll be disappointed with the outcome.

Even so lots of positives to take from the performances. Turek so strong even with yesterday's effort in his legs, Lemus suffering from jet lag but hanging in there, Piaskowy and Butler among the first to reach the line from the peloton (Butler said he was first - confirmation from our roving reporters?).

The "what ifs" are the frustrating bits. What if Turek hadn't been in the break yesterday and what if the peloton had caught the break? Could Cab have won it and given the team a good chance of another GC win.

That's cycling though I guess. Sometimes the dice just don't fall the way you want them too.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on July 08, 2016, 21:16
Piaskowy and Butler among the first to reach the line from the peloton (Butler said he was first - confirmation from our roving reporters?).

didn't manage to figure that out yet, I was in front with Valkenburg and race radio lost track of all the attacks from the peloton in the end. No idea where Piaskowy, Butler, Larsson and Hristov came from or at what point they attacked

Schulting (who finished in front of him despite not having been in the early break) attacked with something like 50 or 60km to go
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 11, 2016, 20:23
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/photos/a.516933988410164.1073741833.515137875256442/723954521041442

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Israel’s first Pro Cycling Team to turn Pro-Continental in 2017.


Following two seasons in the Continental rank, Israel’s only pro team: Cycling Academy Team, is planning to make the move to the Pro-Continental ranks in 2017.

Team aims to compete in the Tour of California and the Classics in 2017, eyeing a Gran-Tour debut in 2018.
Team is currently negotiating with several key riders and technical partners.

“The team has had a good success on the Continental circuit. It’s time for us to step up to the higher League” said the Academy’s new Board of Directors member, Mr. Sylvan Adams

The “Start-Up” team, which was launched at the end of 2014, recently concluded an extremely successful spring campaign, with 2 stage wins at the Tour de Beauce (Canada), 2 Stages and the GC at the Tour of Hungary and 7 National championship titles.

“I believe that the team’s recent success and the ongoing changes in the Pro Cycling world, will turn out to be favorable for us” said Team Cycling Academy founder and owner, Mr. Ron Baron.

Baron, a businessman and himself a cycling enthusiastic, pointed out the diversity of the team distinct from other pro-cycling teams in the world with this innovative approach, as its trademark.

“Our multi-national character is quite distinct from most other pro-cycling teams around the world. Just like Israel, the team is a melting-pot. As far as I know, we are also the only Non-Profit organization in the world of professional cycling.”

With an experienced roster of riders such as Dan Craven(Namibia), Guillaume Boivin(Canada), Chris Butlerr (USA) and upcoming young talent like Luis Enrique Lemus (Mexico) Daniel Turek (Czech Republic) and Mihkel Räim (Estonia), the team was able to build one of the most solid Continental teams in the world of pro cycling.

As a born and raised Israeli team, one of the Academy’s key goals is to support the development of Israeli riders, who represent the majority of team riders.

“I’m grateful that we have the trust and support of so many friends who have recently shown their faith in our project.” said team manager and former pro rider, Ran Margaliot. “The support of people like Sylvan Adams, makes all the difference for us. This generous support will allow us to make history and become a Pro-Continental team in 2017”.

The team is reported to be in ongoing negotiations with several key riders and technical sponsors for 2017 and beyond.

More details will be released in the upcoming days.

Seems the talk is being turned into actions. Exciting days, but I just hope it doesn't change the feel of the team too much. At the moment to me, they feel like a bit of a cult team (in the non-Danish sense). Will the proposed move up mean a different mindset and change in attitude?

The transfers will be very important in that respect. One could be a good example to follow, they had a bit of a shaky time at the start of their Northern European season, but their fairly modest signings (Smith and Domagalski are two that spring to mind) have been getting performances and results. No need always to go for a big name.

I'd be looking at people like Carpenter or Huffman if they're after more US riders. Not sure about any names to bolster the team for "classics".

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 11, 2016, 20:56
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/photos/a.516933988410164.1073741833.515137875256442/723954521041442

Seems the talk is being turned into actions. Exciting days, but I just hope it doesn't change the feel of the team too much. At the moment to me, they feel like a bit of a cult team (in the non-Danish sense). Will the proposed move up mean a different mindset and change in attitude?

The transfers will be very important in that respect. One could be a good example to follow, they had a bit of a shaky time at the start of their Northern European season, but their fairly modest signings (Smith and Domagalski are two that spring to mind) have been getting performances and results. No need always to go for a big name.

I'd be looking at people like Carpenter or Huffman if they're after more US riders. Not sure about any names to bolster the team for "classics".
They will most likely do an audition training camp again to find new riders. :)
And they're going for Israeli riders plus riders from 'non-traditional' cycling nations. I'm confident the team won't abandon that concept all of a sudden, it seems to be built on a very stable idea of developing cycling, not going for short-term success (although nobody minds success if it comes about).

Their next race after Valle d'Aosta will be the GP Kranj, I don't know what comes after that.
They'll have *na Craven and *mx Lemus at the Olympics though, that much I know. ;)

Boivin is on the indoor trainer, but he's not on the roster for any of the remaining 2016 races. No point in rushing it after the crash he had.

Korus lost motivation, went back from *il to *usa and hasn't touched a bike in months.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 13, 2016, 15:45
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Malovec's U23 Slovakian Champ kit.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 21, 2016, 18:51
It wasn't that much of a surprise that the run of success didn't continue at Valle d'Aosta. Tough weather, tough opposition and a tough parcour along with an inexperienced line-up.

The TTT actually went okay with a mid-field finish, but I wouldn't draw too much from that. The other four days it was more about survival (and survival is no mean feat, as a comparison nobody from Team Ecaudor finished last year).

Surprisingly it was probably the two least experienced riders who made it to the finish. Yechezkel was in the break on stage two, but got dropped fairly early and then DNFed the next day. Sagiv and Malovec were (pointlessly?) sacrificed on the penultimate day in an effort to get Hadari and Goldstein in a good position on the final climb, which they succeeded in doing, but were DNFs themselves.

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But they all felt , in a way, that this experience will make them better riders. Every one of them faced moments of crisis and did not succumb. In the last climb of the 3rd stage, somebody crashed into Sagiv's bike and it took eternity till he got a new bike from the natural car. And it turned up to have the wrong pedals. He never gave up, battling "the thoughts climb I ever faced " - and made it.

Zohar, who had his ups and downs this year, recalled the longest moments of facing the last climb of the whole tour. " It was 20 percent at some point... and the only thing I was thinking about is , just don't give up now. Don't break to pieces now. I was so relieved when I made it. I think that it brought me to a new level".

Omer Goldstein, echoed those words. He was, no doubt, the most pleasant surprise. Just joined the team. Just 19. "I was very impressed by Omer" said our sports director Matteo Algeri. " To face the hardest race in your first steps as a pro, especially when you are so young - is very impressive".

Omer crashed in the 4 stage and suffered mightily. But he made it. " In the last climb, Zohar was talking and encouraging me" he recalled. " That helped me so much... I am grateful that I experienced this and have no doubt that we will come back here much stronger next year. Not only me. All of us"!

I don't want to rain on his parade, but only Omer himself will be young enough next year to compete, so without some young transfers this could be one-off visit to Aosta.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 22, 2016, 20:29
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/728814457222115

Qatar here we come!

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Tel- Aviv. ( July 22) : Israel’s first pro cycling team makes its own history again: The Team was just confirmed to race in the world championship Team Time Trial to be held in Doha, Qatar. The team who was founded just 20 months ago is one of only 4 Continental teams that got the coveted Wild card invitation from the UCI to compete in the October 9th TTT.

“To have the chance to race with World pro teams in the top stage of pro cycling is a great honor and the utmost recognition of how far we have got since our first days less then two years ago” said team founder Ron Baron.

The team looks upon the TTT race in Qatar as one of the hardest challenges it faced so far. Accordingly, it was decided to recall all riders back to Israel for a special Negev desert training camp in order to simulate racing under the scorching heat conditions expected in Qatar.

“ We will do everything to justify this invitation” said Team manager Ran Margaliot. “ But we welcome the challenge since it will demand everything from us: perfect coordination, top shape and the ability to bring a group of individuals to perform brilliantly together. We will send to Qatar riders from 6 different countries, so the challenge will be even more complicated”.

Leading The Team TTT will Be Israel’s TT Champion Aviv Yecheskel. “ It will be very special for me and for the whole team to race in Qatar . For me, racing in this top level is a dream come through”.

Expected to race for Academy is Namibian Road champion Dan Craven who said that “ The way the team has grown over the season and the riders that have come together as a unit, its only fitting that the TTT will be our last race this season, one last hard effort to remind us all what lies ahead for us next year as a pro continental team”.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 24, 2016, 20:19

If you remember from last year, there are two build-up events before Utah: Mount Evans Hill Climb and the Cascade Classic. Last year Morton won on Mount Evans (the highest paved road in the US), but since I don't know if anyone competing at Utah this year is riding it, then the result may not be of much interest to this thread.


It is of interest to this thread though as Cab took the win!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoE1qAlVIAAAoio.jpg)

As i thought there were no Utah participants. The results sheets seems a bit screwed at the mo, but from what I remember this morning his time was ~1h51, so just behind Morton's time from last year and ~10m down on Danielson's all time record.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2016, 19:46
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/759791650239574016

First day back at the office after a bit of a holiday (of varying lengths) for the team.

Turek was in the early break with David Per, but the gap never got that big and the team decided to let him save his energy for later and were caught by a larger group. Crucially then, despite having four riders in this group, they let three riders De Marchi, Rogina and Ravanelli go up the road and they weren't seen again.

Hopefully we'll have some news this week about going PCT in 2017 and more importantly what races the rest of the year holds.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 02, 2016, 06:03
https://twitter.com/NapoleonGamesCC/status/760023755418656768

Dwars door het Hageland is up next for the team. Let's hope they make it to Friday....

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/760157037493948416
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2016, 19:13
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/760896566840492033
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2016, 20:13
So for those of you that watched the race today, how did Raim and Turek look?

According to tweets and reports they seemed to be (unsurprisingly) the two that were most involved. The Estonian getting a flat at the wrong moment...

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/761604494681632769

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/761604690543046656

.....and Turek crashed with a km to go(?). Top-ten a possibility without that for the Czech?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on August 05, 2016, 20:33
I didn't see Räim, maybe he was dropped already when I started to watch. Turek was struggling a lot on the cobbles and could barely hang on, but somehow managed to stay in the ~20 men front group until the top 6 or 7 went clear within the final 10km.

So those guys were out of reach anyway, maybe he could have finished a bit higher up the order, but not in the top 10 I guess. He didn't look like one of the 10 strongest in that group at least
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2016, 19:01
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/763010022674690048

Post Merge: August 09, 2016, 19:15
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/763072371863457792

In other news the GP Jef Scherens has been added to the calendar (I think).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2016, 18:38
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/738990109537883

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....and are now preparing to a series of half a dozen hard as nails races in Belgium in a span of 2 weeks.

GP Jef Scherens (via Raim on Facebook)
Omloop Mandel - Leie - Schelde (on race website)
Schaal Sels (just followed the team on Twitter)

+ 3 others

GP Marbriers could be one (I know it's French, but not far from the border).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 16, 2016, 21:03
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Top-ten for Yechezkel at the GP Tim Wellens.  :cool

The Eastern European arm of the team were competing in a couple of UCI races in Poland over the weekend as well - Memorial Henryka Lasaka and Puchar Uzdrowisk Karpackich.

Things looked good for Turek in the second race when he attacked on the final circuit....

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Then he looked back to see how big is the gap and determine his next move.

Ouch.

Crash.

What happened? In the brief second it that took him to turn his head back, he missed a turn. The crash ended with broken wheel and a frustrating 3 min wait for a new wheel to arrive.

Race over. Or more accurately, victory chance missed. He would finish 14th
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 16, 2016, 23:47
Things looked good for Turek in the second race when he attacked on the final circuit....
Ouch.

I'll tell you, Turek himself has no idea how strong he is.
He's up there in the mix in every single race he does. Enormous.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 23, 2016, 05:38
https://twitter.com/pedalmagazine/status/767826569012404224
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2016, 21:14
Schaal Sels tomorrow for the team.

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At least they had nice weather for their recon of the "roads".

Last weekend Raim finished 12th at GP Jef Scherens and today Yechezkel finished a creditable 11th at Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde (Raim was in the break).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2016, 19:05
......and twelfth again for Raim. I haven't had time to watch highlights or a re-run and Estonian does not work well in google translate, so I'm not sure exactly what happened, but obviously a crucial break was missed.

Lots of dirty pictures on the team's facebook page if that's your sort of thing.

Some interesting news for later in the year:

https://twitter.com/TourofRwanda/status/770649954184531968
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 31, 2016, 18:41
Victory at the Stadsprijs Geraardsbergen!

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 14, 2016, 08:56
The team is in action at the Coppa Bernocchi today, but they also have riders racing at the UEC Road European Championships over the course of the week.

Wednesday U23 TT - Aviv Yechezkel and Omer Goldstein

Saturday U23 RR - Omer Goldstein, Guy Sagiv, Aviv Yechezkel and Lubos Malovec

Sunday Men's RR - Daniel Turek, Mihkel Raim and Roy Goldstein

There are also three Israelis in the Junior RR on Friday to keep an eye on - Ben Moshe, Hershler and Windeberg.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 14, 2016, 10:39
The team is in action at the Coppa Bernocchi today

http://www.cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/startlist/coppa-bernocchi-2016-la-startlist

Not anymore.  :S
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 14, 2016, 20:18
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Promising performance from Omer Goldstein today in the U23 TT. Okay he was +3m08 down on Kamna but "he had just received his new Cannondale bike the other day, and didn't have any opportunity to get used to the position. Finishing in a top30 placing, with the quality of riders that you see here, is not (easy) at all".
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 20, 2016, 20:02
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/777775438450098176

All the climbing and extra distance put paid to any chances of a good showing. Only the fourth time Raim has been over 200km this year (or rather it would have been if he hadn't DNF-ed).

http://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=31758&title=cycling-canada-announces-elite-u23-team-for-road-world-championships

Perry had already mentioned in a Youtube interview after Montreal that he was on his way to Israel as part of the Worlds prep, but this shows the link between two countries via Sylvan Adams. Maybe a prediction of mine could come true for once and some more Canadians might join the team.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 20, 2016, 20:16
Maybe a prediction of mine could come true for once and some more Canadians might join the team.
I think you're onto something here.

Some of the #silber guys look ready for the step up to a PCT, and #academy would be just the right place. There are a couple of decent Canadians at #rally as well.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 24, 2016, 19:04
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/779714896439173120

Ben Perry #silber --> #academy

Another article on the signing of Perry and the ProConti plans:
http://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/ben-perry-joins-cycling-academy-2017-2018-seasons/ (http://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/ben-perry-joins-cycling-academy-2017-2018-seasons/)

There may be more *ca signings coming up:
http://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/perry-dal-cin-cataford-moving-silber-2017/ (http://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/news/perry-dal-cin-cataford-moving-silber-2017/)
Dal-Cin & Cataford will move from #silber in 2017.

Couple of *es rumours as well:
http://www.ciclo21.com/ciclobreves-septiembre-2016/ (http://www.ciclo21.com/ciclobreves-septiembre-2016/)
U23 RR #champes Óscar Pelegrí (Seguros Bilbao, stagiaire at #amore this autumn) and U23 ITT #champes Martin Bouzas (SuperFroiz) according to this piece.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2016, 17:43
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/780788893499219968

Google Translate isn't the best with Hebrew...

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Some of the best riders Israelis will contract its professional senior team next season and the opportunity to compete at us never faced Israeli riders.

But some riders Israeli recognition of its need more time to develop and the need to nurture young talents other Israelis knocking at the gate, led the group leaders to establish a new reserve team that will give them the conditions to grow and develop to the level required for professional round

Omer Goldstein is the only member of the current team who is still young enough to ride in an U23 team next year, but he's probably one of their more promising Israeli prospects, so I don't know which option would be best for him or the team. I guess that would depend on the calendar that both teams will race in 2017. Anyway maybe he'll get his wish and will be back at Valle d'Aosta for some more punishment.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2016, 20:51

Couple of *es rumours as well:

http://www.ciclo21.com/ciclobreves-septiembre-2016/ (http://www.ciclo21.com/ciclobreves-septiembre-2016/)

U23 RR #champes Óscar Pelegrí (Seguros Bilbao, stagiaire at #amore this autumn) and U23 ITT #champes Martin Bouzas (SuperFroiz) according to this piece.

I'll admit back when I was looking for team news for Alberta that I checked the results of Pelegri to see if he was much cop, and despite his U23 title, my thoughts were that he wasn't up to much. So I'd look pretty foolish now if I suddenly changed my tune.

It's always difficult to tell with Spanish youngsters though.

Bouzas similarly hasn't got many results that you can draw comparisons with known quantities. His big draw point is his age. It's one thing to win a U23 title when you're 22, but it's much more promising when you're still only 18. However he disappointed at Plumelec finishing way down the field.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 01, 2016, 11:48
It's always difficult to tell with Spanish youngsters though.
The thing with Spanish U23 riders is that they hardly ever do UCI races and therefore often appear to not have many results. Most Spanish U23 races are local, and the quality there is actually rather good. But few riders make it from there to a pro team - or even just a Conti squad.

When even a guy like Jordi Simón struggled to find a team, eventually turning out first for #ecuador and now for #verva, you can imagine how it must be for those riders with less outstanding ability.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2016, 11:40
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Today's squad for the TTT.

Aviv Yecheskel: Israel TT Champ
Guy Sagiv: Israel Road Champ
Guillaume Boivin: Canada
Mihkel Räim: Estonia Road Champ
Dan Craven: Namibia Road Champ
Daniel Turek: Czech Republic

The team even got to meet Sheikh Cookson

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 10, 2016, 20:47
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/785181158258663427

It has been an awesome year. Bit of a slow-ish start, but it picked up with Tro Bro Leon and then a golden period from Saguenay through Beauce to Hongrie.

A strong performance yesterday was the icing on the cake - second best CT, beating the only PCT and only 42 seconds down on AG2R. The Israeli training camp definitely showed it's benefits and that feeling was reinforced today by the high placings from Cowan and MacKinnon for Canada in the U23 TT (Team RaceClean must also get a lot of credit for that). So what odds a top-ten for Guillaume in the RR?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 10, 2016, 21:03
http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/newswire/doubly-historic-ride-for-israels-first-pro-cycling-team-in-qatar/#.V_vgP-grI2x

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Cycling Academy reaffirmed last night that it has completed all the technical requirements and is expecting the UCI to approve its application to race at the Pro Continental level for 2017.

“A week from now we will complete the roster (for 2017) and we are certain we will have a strong, balanced mix of young and veteran riders who can take the lead, and inspire our younger riders.” The newly added riders were chosen based on their talent and experience, designed around stage wins and success at one day races.

The team .... has set for itself a very challenging race schedule for the upcoming 2017 season, including: Milan San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, Tour of California and the Tour of Great Britain.

Interesting that they say "designed around stage wins and success at one day races". That could just be Pez's choice of words, but does it mean a lesser interest in GC action?

California should be a gimme now for an invite, ToB should  be a goer too, but the others seems very ambitious. Maybe MSR is the best chance of that big wildcard.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 10, 2016, 22:18
They were going for stage wins etc. in Sibiu as well - and Daniel Turek ended up 5th overall. If he hadn't focused on the #green KOM jersey and attacked on the climb to Gura Raului, I think he could have challenged for the podium or even the win, and that without really having targeted it, and after already spending all of stage 1 in the break, the last 15-20 km of it solo.

In many ways, stage wins and one-day races are 'easier' to win. It sounds counter-intuitive, but there are so many more opportunities, and less damage is done if you get something wrong. One bad day can ruin the effort of a whole week (or three weeks!) in a stage race; in one-day races, you put it behind and look forward to the next race.


With *ca *il Sylvan Adams coming on board (literally), I think we'll see more *ca riders than just Boivin and Perry in #academy kit next year.
#silber Matteo Dal-Cin is ready for a pro contract, and eventually Kris Dahl and Nigel Ellsay will be, too. There's #rally Adam de Vos as well. Ryan Roth would be a very good, experienced mentor/road captain as well if he wants to do another round of the pro circuit - but he may well choose to stay in Canada with #silber and only do the North American races.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2016, 17:24
Another new signing for the team, one with lots of experience from all levels: *au Zak Dempster!
http://cyclingtips.com/2016/10/ambitious-dempster-takes-on-road-captain-role-with-cycling-academy-team/ (http://cyclingtips.com/2016/10/ambitious-dempster-takes-on-road-captain-role-with-cycling-academy-team/)

They're looking to use him in a road captain role, guiding the younger and less experienced riders on the team. He could also lead out Boivin, but will get his own chance to race for a result as well.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 11, 2016, 18:22
Good signing. And "depending on how the roster shapes up now with the upcoming announcements, I think they are going to have a more pure sprinter in the roster" could be an indication that the rumors about Fortin joining the team are true I guess
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2016, 19:16
Good signing. And "depending on how the roster shapes up now with the upcoming announcements, I think they are going to have a more pure sprinter in the roster" could be an indication that the rumors about Fortin joining the team are true I guess
Sounds like it, yes.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on October 11, 2016, 20:00
Good signing. And "depending on how the roster shapes up now with the upcoming announcements, I think they are going to have a more pure sprinter in the roster" could be an indication that the rumors about Fortin joining the team are true I guess

I am a bit surprised that Bora didn't keep him. I know that Sagan doesn't really need or use a train, but Dempster's a very useful domestique for sprints and flatter races in general.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2016, 20:37
I am a bit surprised that Bora didn't keep him.
Same here.
And even though Sagan may not need him, Bennett is still there ... :S
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on October 11, 2016, 22:32
Same here.
And even though Sagan may not need him, Bennett is still there ... :S

Yes, indeed. It's not clear how Sagan's arrival will effect Bennett apart, presumably, from it meaning that he won't be their sprinter at the Tour. With Bora going WT and racing a larger schedule, including all three GTs, there should in theory still be plenty of races for him.

It's particularly difficult to tell because as far as I can see, the team only has 19 riders announced for next year. I assume that they will have considerably more than that in the end. Bennett might end up with enhanced help, benefiting from strong riders primarily brought in to help Sagan. Or he could end up being quite peripheral, largely fending for himself in races that Sagan isn't interested in.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2016, 23:04
It's particularly difficult to tell because as far as I can see, the team only has 19 riders announced for next year. I assume that they will have considerably more than that in the end.
They will have to:
Quote from: UCI rule 2.15.110
The number of riders in each UCI WorldTeam may not be fewer than twenty-three (23).
Most teams have at least 25 riders - this year, only #lampre had 24 riders.
I think the last WT team to have only 23 riders was #euskaltel in 2012, their last year with a "Basque-only" policy.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on October 11, 2016, 23:33
They will have to:Most teams have at least 25 riders - this year, only #lampre had 24 riders.
I think the last WT team to have only 23 riders was #euskaltel in 2012, their last year with a "Basque-only" policy.

Yes, I'd guess 25 or 26. I haven't heard many rumours linking other riders to them since their big signings though. Presumably they will need at least a couple of people who can climb well as they've signed two GC riders but only have Buchmann, Konrad, Mendes on their books to support them.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 12, 2016, 08:11
The Fortin rumours don't do anything for me I'm afraid. He's done well to turn his career round after a couple of underwhelming years with Bardiani, but.....well, maybe I just don't like out and out sprinters.  :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 12, 2016, 10:49
The Fortin rumours don't do anything for me I'm afraid. He's done well to turn his career round after a couple of underwhelming years with Bardiani, but.....well, maybe I just don't like out and out sprinters.  :P
Yeah, me neither, I like the breakaway artists and puncheurs more as well.
But, it can't be denied, sprinters win sh*tloads of races. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 18, 2016, 18:44
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/781900255246868:0

Bit of a senior moment for me with this transfer as I thought he had already signed for Caja, but of course that was Schultz.

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The Klein Constantia rider, coming from Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamish has certainly caught the eyes of many after a strong showing this season, including 3rd place in the Under 23 Paris - Roubaix and winning the GC in Carpathian Couriers stage race, a race in which he also took victories in two stages as well. Schreurs also won his Native lands Under 23 championship for the second time (his first was in 2015).

Schreurs impressive performance earned him a promotion from his team Klein Constantina up the ranks to the Etixx-Quick step squad, who added him to the team as a trainee this summer.

Ran Margaliot, expressed his confidence that Hamish will be able to deliver. “We believe he is an exceptional rider as he is so versatile: He can ride the Pave in the Classics so well, but he can also manage the climbs in tour races. He has a good sprint, and, first and foremost – Hamish has proved himself as a rider with very high race intelligence. Put it all together with his self-motivation and an ability to adapt — coming from New Zealand to Europe - and we concluded that we have here a really exceptional talent”.

He was at Veranclassic - Doltcini in 2014 and Sojasun Espoirs in 2015, so as Sean would say, he's had his head kicked in, in both Belgium and France.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 18, 2016, 18:52
If you give credence to "who's started following who" on Twitter then Smukulis could be joining too. Some climbers wouldn't go amiss though.

But, it can't be denied, sprinters win sh*tloads of races. ;)

Some sprinters win sh*tloads of races. :P

Lot's of top tens for others, especially the ones in my CQ teams.....
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 21, 2016, 15:57
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/781900255246868:0

Bit of a senior moment for me with this transfer as I thought he had already signed for Caja, but of course that was Schultz.
Ooh, Hamish! :cool
First of all, what a great first name. Second, he's a damn fine rider.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 28, 2016, 08:43
On Cicloweb I read that the team will have an Italian Sponsor ("un'importante partnership italiana") next year. Any information about that?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 28, 2016, 09:51
On Cicloweb I read that the team will have an Italian Sponsor ("un'importante partnership italiana") next year. Any information about that?

First I've heard about it.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 28, 2016, 15:00
On Cicloweb I read that the team will have an Italian Sponsor ("un'importante partnership italiana") next year. Any information about that?
Do you have a link to that article?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 28, 2016, 15:14
it was mentioned in the Cicloweb forum (basically only that sentence up there), I haven't seen an article myself
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 28, 2016, 15:32
it was mentioned in the Cicloweb forum (basically only that sentence up there), I haven't seen an article myself
You cheat on VR?! :angry
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 30, 2016, 20:31
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/791974414239452:0

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Czech rider Dan Turek will become Israel Cycling Academies lone original rider, as he survives the cruel but necessary cuts as the team moves to compete at the Pro continental level next season.

In a clear indication of the difficulties facing cyclists to fulfill their dream of advancing to the top level in pro cycling, none of the Academies core of 12 riders except Turek who raced in the teams inaugural season will wear its uniform in 2017.

“We owe so much to the riders who started our journey. They gave it their all” said Team owner and founder Ron Baron. “But it was absolutely necessary to up the level as we move to a much tougher racing schedule in our first season as Pro Continental team”.

The team has already announced the signing of 5 New riders, all top young Talents or veterans with Pro continental Pro Tour experience, in addition to a few successful riders from its 2016 season that will officially end next month with the Tour of Rwanda.

But the Czech 24 year old who won his teams first ever race in 2015, will now be the only original rider to make it. And no wonder, “We are extremely proud of Turek” said team manager Ran Margaliot. “From our very first days as a team, he showed his courage & aggressiveness, taking huge risks in breakaways when the odds were totally against him. In a way, Turek symbolizes our DNA. He races in the way we want our team to approach racing: To risk it all in a daring way, when finishing a race means nothing if you do not have the guts to go for the jugular. Turek exemplifies all that. Which is why he was rewarded with our trust to be part of our Pro Continental team.”

Turek’s style of being ultra aggressive earned him the nickname “Mr. Breakaway”. He earned his 2 wins for Cycling Academy in 2015 through breakaways, and although this season he was used more as a domestique to the team’s sprinters, he never abandoned his signature style. “I had a different role on the team this season, as I was more of a support guy, but I was happy to do it. I am very proud to be with this team from day 1 and to have the chance to continue with it to the next level” he said. “I am sure that I can keep progressing next year, although the challenges will be much more difficult. I am sure I can show that I belong”.

Best news of the week. I was getting a bit worried that he didn't fit in with this alleged "top name" team policy, but my fears have been allayed. Now we just need the other Dan to put pen to paper and then we're cooking with gas.

Not that out of the blue that Migdal, Malovec and Piaskowy are leaving. Gabay, the winner of Hets Hatsafon, is maybe more of a surprise.

Anyway if we assume that Mr. Craven re-signs as do the remaining five Israelis (Goldstein x 2, Hadari, Sagiv and Yechezkel). That will give a total of 15 riders to date. So probably still a few spots to fill - a couple from another X-Factor camp? a top name fast guy? Africans?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 30, 2016, 23:39
Best news of the week. I was getting a bit worried that he didn't fit in with this alleged "top name" team policy, but my fears have been allayed. Now we just need the other Dan to put pen to paper and then we're cooking with gas.
The "top name" policy was always just for new signings (more or less), they'd be stupid not to take their tried and tested talents with them.

Not that out of the blue that Migdal, Malovec and Piaskowy are leaving. Gabay, the winner of Hets Hatsafon, is maybe more of a surprise.
Huh.
4th in the *il champs isn't good enough anymore for a pro contract ... to be honest, that's probably a reasonable assessment of the current strength of Israeli cycling.
I guess that he'll continue with the development team that they have in the works.

Anyway if we assume that Mr. Craven re-signs as do the remaining five Israelis (Goldstein x 2, Hadari, Sagiv and Yechezkel). That will give a total of 15 riders to date. So probably still a few spots to fill - a couple from another X-Factor camp? a top name fast guy? Africans?
Mr. Craven said in Sibiu that he'd already had "the talk" with the management back in June/July (two months early), and I assume he's just waiting for all the Is to be crossed and Ts to be dotted ... or something.

I don't think all five Israelis will necessarily get a pro deal right away. Sagiv and Roy Goldstein have proven themselves, and Yechezkel is up-and-coming. Omer Goldstein however has only half a season of Conti experience, and the same is true for Zohar Hadari. Those two would profit from another year at Conti level.

Another X-Factor camp would be cool. :D
Don't know if they need a top name fast guy, but it's undeniable that, if one were available, he'd be nice to have.
Africans I would love to see. I think #academy will be at the Tour of Rwanda, what better opportunity to look at the talent that's there.
But I think they can also snap up one or two experienced riders still; there are lots of riders looking for a ride at the moment, many with an impressive palmarès.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 31, 2016, 05:42
Huh.
4th in the *il champs isn't good enough anymore for a pro contract ... to be honest, that's probably a reasonable assessment of the current strength of Israeli cycling.
I guess that he'll continue with the development team that they have in the works.

I don't think all five Israelis will necessarily get a pro deal right away. Sagiv and Roy Goldstein have proven themselves, and Yechezkel is up-and-coming. Omer Goldstein however has only half a season of Conti experience, and the same is true for Zohar Hadari. Those two would profit from another year at Conti level.


I was more surprised about Gabay just because he is an Israeli. I seem to remember you didn't rate Hets Hatsafon too highly though.  :P

We'll have to see what happens with the Israelis and the devo team. They said it was going to be U23 and therefore only Omer Goldstein would be eligible from that perspective, but there's no reason why over 23s couldn't sign too, just that those riders wouldn't be able to compete in the U23 calendar.

I still think most of them will sign for the main team. Although they'll be a PCT team and will be racing some bigger races, presumably they'll still be a presence at quite a few .2 events where the less experienced members of the team (Israeli or otherwise) can continue their development.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 31, 2016, 07:56
We'll have to see what happens with the Israelis and the devo team. They said it was going to be U23 and therefore only Omer Goldstein would be eligible from that perspective, but there's no reason why over 23s couldn't sign too, just that those riders wouldn't be able to compete in the U23 calendar.
True.
In my opinion there's absolutely no reason to be holier than the pope when it comes to the U23 "cut-off" for the development team. Many riders, especially from "non-traditional cycling nations", simply need more time to become ready for a pro contract. Sign 5-8 U23 riders by all means, and then add any non-U23 riders that you want to keep in the project that aren't ready for PCT yet.
There are U23 races where the development team's U23 riders can get high-level experience (though some are Nations Cup which means that a multi-national U23 line-up isn't possible), but there are also many .2 races that have a strong peloton with both lots of U23 riders and decent elite riders.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 31, 2016, 18:56
True.
In my opinion there's absolutely no reason to be holier than the pope when it comes to the U23 "cut-off" for the development team. Many riders, especially from "non-traditional cycling nations", simply need more time to become ready for a pro contract. Sign 5-8 U23 riders by all means, and then add any non-U23 riders that you want to keep in the project that aren't ready for PCT yet.

There's also a lot to be said for having, not really a father figure, but more of a big brother team mate. Like Luke Roberts did at Stolting or Dan is doing with the main team. Someone to show them the ropes on and off the road.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 31, 2016, 22:08
There's also a lot to be said for having, not really a father figure, but more of a big brother team mate. Like Luke Roberts did at Stolting or Dan is doing with the main team. Someone to show them the ropes on and off the road.
Indeed. Those guys are invaluable. I've seen first-hand which roles Fabian Wegmann, Linus Gerdemann or Michael Reihs filled on #stolting - it's hard to explain, but even harder to overstate its importance.


Hang on ... Michael Reihs. :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 11, 2016, 09:13
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/796953695640551425

https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/videos/803599903076903/

Final race of the year for the team. Form probably isn't going to be that good as Qatar was their last racing and if they want to be in top shape for 2017 they should be just starting their training for the new season now.

Both Goldsteins are riding, but not 100% sure about who else. Boivin did say a while back about some date in November he was looking forward to - it could be romantic or it could be Rwandan!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2016, 08:32
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/798215095071440896

We're still waiting on the UCI for final confirmation, but signing up to ADAMS and the whereabouts programme is a requisite of riding for a PCT.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 15, 2016, 08:53
We're still waiting on the UCI for final confirmation
Don't hold your breath.
Last year, we had to wait until 25th November (http://africasteam.com/2015/11/25/africas-team-goes-world-tour-with-dimension-data/) ... so don't expect it anytime before next week. More likely the week after that. :ohu
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 18, 2016, 18:40
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/799602606343495681
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 18, 2016, 19:55
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/799699804888698880

 :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 18, 2016, 20:23
That almost-casual tone by the UCI ... :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2016, 18:25
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/801097620701806592

CSI: Kigali
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2016, 19:23
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/photos/a.516933988410164.1073741833.515137875256442/814030625367164/?type=3&permPage=1

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Got the front sport page of Imvaho Nshya newspaper in Rwanda with a great story about our team.
Team manager Ran Margaliot discussed our team's great experience being part of the unique Tour du Rwanda in the last 10 days and our desire to have an African rider in our team.

Rest assure: This will happen sooner then later.

Areruya or Mugisha in pole position I'd say.

If they go down the sprinter route Galdoune impressed me in Hongrie and he can't have failed to impress the team too, but a Rwandan or Eritrean would seem more likely than a Moroccan (even if it's a fairly Italian one).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 22, 2016, 20:00
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/photos/a.516933988410164.1073741833.515137875256442/814030625367164/?type=3&permPage=1

Areruya or Mugisha in pole position I'd say.

If they go down the sprinter route Galdoune impressed me in Hongrie and he can't have failed to impress the team too, but a Rwandan or Eritrean would seem more likely than a Moroccan (even if it's a fairly Italian one).
Mugisha's #rwkom jaunt was impressive; but it was "only" about going into the break and hoovering up the points.
Areruya's performance is much more promising, especially on the back of last year's second place. He's now confirmed what he can do, even if he ended up in fourth place this time.

There are also the Eritreans and Ethiopians that had been invited to the team's end-2015 "X-Factor camp" (but didn't get visas for it); I trust that the team will have kept an eye on those.

But finally, *cough* *na Dan Craven, anyone? :D
He is an African, his family have lived there for I-don't-know-how-many generations. And he's been on the team this year already.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 29, 2016, 13:41
Nikita Stalnov signs for #astana

Using Astana as an example does make you think how tough it is going to be for Cycling Academy to develop Israeli riders that can make their mark on the road.

Astana have been round for 10+ years now, have a much bigger budget, several official and unofficial CT feeder teams through their history (Vino 4ever, Seven Rivers, Astana City) and yet the list of Kazakh names that have come through since the team started is hardly inspiring.

Lutsenko is probably the stand out name then maybe Zeits and Gruzdev.

It's a sobering thought anyway for Bike Geeeek followers.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 29, 2016, 15:33
It's a sobering thought anyway for Bike Geeeek followers.
How dare you have such thoughts?
Get back on the hype train! :angry


Now, I see where you're coming from.
But bear in mind that #06astana was at the time born from the necessity to find a sponsor for what was then the team Vino himself was racing for, and has continued in that vein ever since.
Of course the development of *kz cycling is also part of the team's philosophy - but it takes a distant backseat to making benefit for glorious nation of Kazakhstan (by winning races with big foreign names) and giving Vino a toy to play with.

For #academy it's the other way around: The team exists to develop *il cycling (and, not to forget, riders from other "non-traditional" cycling nations) first and foremost. Sure, the exploits of Sagiv, Yechezkel, the Goldsteins etc. are given particular attention - but I'm sure the people behind the project won't be any less happy if and when Räim, Lemus, Turek, Perry, Schreurs etc. break through.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 29, 2016, 20:41
Hype train? It must be somebody else you're thinking of. :slow ;)

I don't know enough about Kazakh cycling history to know at what level they were at pre-Astana, but they must have had a substantial enough base to produce Vino, Kash etc. Israel seems to have a burgeoning MTBing scene (and that's where most of the current Israeli Academy riders have come from), but even so that must be a lower base and a smaller pool to draw from than from where Kazakhstan started from.

On the other hand achieving a certain standard for competing in PCT will be easier than it is for the Astana boys. I'm sure quite a few of Kazakhs I've maligned above could replicate their feeder team form if they raced at this lower rung on the ladder.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 01, 2016, 09:22
https://twitter.com/rapha/status/803974078902190080
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 01, 2016, 15:06
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/820291561407737

Carlstrom replaces Nicki as head DS. He started following all of the riders on Twitter a while back, so not much of a surprise.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 04, 2016, 20:02
Talking of things not being too much of a surprise....

https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/822886154481611

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Israel Cycling Academy team have signed Jose Manual Diaz Gallego, arguably the best young amateur climber from Spain, as their designated number 1 climber, for its first season as a Pro Continental Team.

We all know how difficult it is to find those riders that can climb a 20 km mountain at the speed that most of us will faint just from THINKING about it.

So we are happy to have this 21 Spaniard join us. Meet Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego. He actually LIVES on a mountain and climbs 7 km just to reach the dinner table. And he is a great talent although inexperienced: He is the winner of the most important amateur single race in Spain - the Valenciaga - and came 2nd in the Spanish cup.

Did we gamble on this guy? We sure did. But we are certain he will prove us right!

I know they don't really have any other climbers other than Lemus now (currently anyway), but the bolded bit does seem very errrrr bold. It's going to be tough to make that transition to races against bigger and better names and the increase in distance.

If he's a long term signing then saying he's #1 just seems like unneeded pressure.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 06, 2016, 05:38
https://twitter.com/PezCycling/status/805778290266947588

The "low-down" on Cycling Academy from their media director Tsadok Yecheskeli.

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We still have names to announce but we’ll have 16 riders with seven or eight of them from either Pro Continental or World Tour teams (his counting must be off as I see only 5 so far including Lowndes) – and three young Israelis. And we’ll have a development team for 2017 to bring young riders through.

Two more new riders, a Spaniard and an Australian will be announced in the next two days with the two Israelis to give 16 in total. We’re out to prove we belong at Pro Continental level; not necessarily winning but leaving our mark; being in the breaks, attacking – gambling is in our DNA. Finishing isn’t the thing – it’s showing, trying to win. We know we can’t dominate but we have to try to steal races in the breakaways; that’s the philosophy – attack and try to go for the win!

I presume the interview was done before the announcement of Diaz otherwise they'll have seventeen riders, so he is the Spaniard and Lowndes is the Australian. Yechezkel is bound to be one of the Israelis and the other is probably one of the Goldsteins.

No new African unfortunately, but maybe we'll see one or two in the development team.

Sixteen is the smallest amount of riders that they could have on the team, but they've shown in previous years that they're not averse to bringing in more riders during the year. So I'd expect some from the development team to make the jump if they impress.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 07, 2016, 11:30
I presume the interview was done before the announcement of Diaz otherwise they'll have seventeen riders, so he is the Spaniard and Lowndes is the Australian. Yechezkel is bound to be one of the Israelis and the other is probably one of the Goldsteins.
That's what I think as well.

No new African unfortunately, but maybe we'll see one or two in the development team.
About the development team ... haven't heard a bleep on that since back in July (?); I very much hope it's still going ahead.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 07, 2016, 11:35
I know they don't really have any other climbers other than Lemus now (currently anyway), but the bolded bit does seem very errrrr bold. It's going to be tough to make that transition to races against bigger and better names and the increase in distance.

If he's a long term signing then saying he's #1 just seems like unneeded pressure.
When I saw the announcement, I was like "José Manuel who?!", but having looked at his (mostly non-UCI) results, he does seem to be quite good indeed.

It is a bold statement, yes; but I would hope that something like that would have been discussed with the rider himself, getting him on board before making announcements of this nature.
It could still be that he overestimates himself, of course - but that's another issue.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 08, 2016, 18:38
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/806929857494052864

Final two spots taken by Yechezkel and Roy Goldstein. I think they were pleased with some of the dom work that Roy did late in the season.

About the development team ... haven't heard a bleep on that since back in July (?); I very much hope it's still going ahead.

Gets a mention in the PEZ article, but no details. However we can probably ink in one name, purely from the absence of his name from the main team.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 11, 2016, 20:03
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15338857_827954767308083_7656787198003561069_n.jpg?oh=30bee46395bd790e6ecaf7ddeb24aa74&oe=58B0CDDD)

So, not an altitude training camp then.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15493716_827960880640805_5603553739605022886_o.jpg?oh=869b2a07d01ef86382cf16c310b13a14&oe=58ED237E) (https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15393019_827961207307439_2814783534577177949_o.jpg?oh=60cac5bee9c0e6ecaee12ced38db5e1a&oe=58E76B1F)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 14, 2016, 19:29
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15440380_830092433760983_7235573008369304983_o.jpg?oh=d9bf547ea34bd8eee2c133403e346efc&oe=58ED46A1)(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15578600_830092723760954_257711179185903342_n.jpg?oh=02f44bff16a9128339c9d419786ea326&oe=58B35F99)

Some serious training, but is the devo team (or some of them anyway) riding along there too?

1) 26 riders in the first shot, but only 16 on the main team
2) 10 2016 Cycling Academy helmets, but they've only re-signed 8
3) Some kits I don't recognise. One of the ones I do recognise (blue and fuschia sleeves) is an Israeli club kit - Yechezkel was wearing it when he raced against the Academy at the Tour of Arad.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2016, 20:39
is the devo team (or some of them anyway) riding along there too?
I went to the trouble of trying to identify as many of the 26 as I could:
(http://i63.tinypic.com/mkaqgn.jpg)
Number Name
1 #jumbo van Winden
2
3
4
5 #axeon Neilands/Williams
6
7 #axeon Neilands/Williams
8 #champee Räim
9 #academy
10 #champil Sagiv
11
12 #klein Schreurs
13 #academy
14
15 #extremadura Diaz Gallego
16 #drapac Lowndes
17
18 #academy
19 #bora16 Dempster
20 #academy
21 #academy Roy Goldstein?
22 #silber Perry
23 #champna Craven
24 #champmx Lemus
25
26 #academy
I imagine that the two "extra" #academy guys are Omer Goldstein and either Guy Gabay or Zohar Hadari[1].
The remaining eight could be Israeli club riders that they've invited to the training camp to see where they're at (like #astana invited Korsæth, or #quickstep Halvorsen) - or they're just (club) riders that took the opportunity to hold their own training camp concurrently.
 1. or even all three if one is wearing a different kit already, but that's unlikely
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2016, 20:52
Oh, and I also made a handy table of all sixteen riders' career so far:
Name Nat Birth date 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Guillaume Boivin *ca 25/05/1989 #academy CT #optum15 CT #can14 WT #can14 WT #spidertech PCT #spidertech PCT #spidertech CT #ardennes09 Nat
Dan Craven *na 01/02/1983 #academy CT #europcar PCT #europcar WT #baku CT #igsigma CT #rapha CT #rapha CT #rapha CT #fidibc Nat #fidibc Nat #fidibc Nat #fidibc Nat
Zakkari Dempster *au 27/09/1987 #bora16 PCT #bora16 PCT #netappendura PCT #netappendura PCT #endura CT #rapha CT #rapha CT #drapac CT #southaustralia CT #southaustralia CT #drapac CT
José Manuel Diaz Gallego *es 18/01/1995 #extremadura Nat #extremadura Nat #extremadura Nat
Roy Goldstein *il 20/05/1993 #academy CT #academy CT
Luis Lemus *mx 21/04/1992 #academy CT #airgas CT #jellybelly CT #jellybelly CT #jellybelly CT
Jason Lowndes *au 14/12/1994 #drapac PCT #garneau CT
Krists Neilands *lv 18/08/1994 #axeon CT #rietumu CT #rietumu CT #rietumu CT
Ben Perry *ca 07/03/1994 #silber CT #silber CT #baguet Nat #lotto Nat
Mihkel Räim *ee 03/07/1993 #academy CT #proimmo Nat #proimmo Nat #amore13 CT #cr4c Nat
Guy Sagiv *il 05/12/1994 #academy CT #academy CT
Hamish Schreurs *nz 23/01/1994 #klein CT #sojasun Nat #veranclassic CT
Daniel Turek *cz 19/01/1993 #academy CT #academy CT
Dennis van Winden *nl 02/12/1987 #jumbo WT #jumbo WT #belkin WT #belkin WT #rabobank WT #rabobank WT #rabobank WT #rabobank CT #rabobank CT #rabobank CT #bec07 Nat
Tyler Williams *us 17/11/1994 #axeon CT #bmc16 Nat #bmc16 Nat #bmc16 Nat
Aviv Yechezkel *il 21/04/1994 #academy CT

10 years of WT experience plus 8 years of PCT experience to lead a team with 10 neo-pros[1] & an average age of 25.125[2].
 1. as per the UCI definition; they are: Diaz Gallego, Goldstein, Neilands, Perry, Räim, Sagiv, Schreurs, Turek, Williams, Yechezkel
 2. going by the UCI definition of 'racing age' as: Current year (2017 for this team) minus year of birth (e.g., 1993 for Räim)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 14, 2016, 21:12
Nice work that man!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/303a71c.png)

I feel I should know the kit circled in blue, but I just can't quite make out the words above the orange band. The one circled in red looks more like a ladyshape as l'arri would say.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2016, 21:24
I feel I should know the kit circled in blue, but I just can't quite make out the words above the orange band.
It says "Team ???" - which doesn't help at all. :D

The one circled in red looks more like a ladyshape as l'arri would say.
Could also be a long-haired gentlemanshape.
Or it's former female pro cyclist & triathlete Leah Goldstein (http://leahgoldstein.com/bio.html)[1] who, I believe, could be the mother of Roy & Omer (that's not confirmed, but it would make sense; and they do look similar to her).
 1. she has dark hair, though
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 14, 2016, 22:04
The one circled in red looks more like a ladyshape as l'arri would say.

Mystery solved.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/foluvm.png)

https://www.facebook.com/noga.korem.3

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/14543795_10211246417855085_3499326577879243140_o.jpg?oh=467fac33fce8fffc719a9c5982e9ea46&oe=58B7DFFD)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2016, 22:17
Mystery solved.
Dude, you're a stalker! :lol
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 19, 2016, 15:54
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/posts/833138493456377

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A NEW TEAM IS BORN!

Say Hello to " Cycling Academy Development team".

We invested in our future by constructing a new team with 8 Israeli young and talented riders we consider the best of the next Israeli generation .

The new team will take part in International Under 23 races next year and the chosen 8 are already taking part in our pro conti team's Israeli Training camp.

How exciting is it ????

You judge. But we definitely are.

Here is the Press release we will issue to the world's Cycling Media in the next hour:

Israel Cycling Academy launches a new development team:

Team consists of 8 Israeli riders, will serve as a feeder team to the senior Pro-Continental Israeli team

Team to be named: Cycling Academy Development Team

Tel-Aviv. December 19, 2016

In what can be seen as the most significant investment in its future, Israel’s newly founded UCI Pro Continental team Cycling Academy has founded a Development team that will start racing in 2017.

The first-ever Israeli Pro Cycling team has recruited the best U23 Israeli cyclists. The selection process included a series of testing sessions, with the eight final riders making the cut.

“This is an investment, not only in our future, but in the future of Israeli cycling” said team manager Ran Margaliot. “We took not only road cyclists, but also several great Mountain Bikers. We see ourselves responsible to support and guide those young Israeli talents. We want to give them the opportunity to make it to the highest levels of the pro cycling world.

Team management has also recruited Logistics and Professional staff to support the new team. Israel National MTB team Aviad Izrael will be the new team manager.

Spaniard Sports director Oscar Guerrero, who is also working with the senior Pro-Continental team, will direct the young team on the road.

The young team is aiming to race some of the world greatest U23 UCI races, including races such as: Paris-Roubaix U23, Giro del Valle d’Aosta and the U23 Giro d’Italia. The Pro Continental “Mother Team” intends to take the best two or three riders from its feeder team as “Stagaires” later on in 2017.

The 8 new riders are, no doubt, the cream of the crop of Israeli riders from ages 18 to 22 years old. The 8 riders include Guy Leshem (19) who was crowned Juniors National Champion on both Road and XCO, as well as Omer Goldstein, who raced as a stagaire with the senior team in 2016 and achieved 2x Top10 finishes in the recent Tour of Rwanda.

Other riders on the team:

Ido Bear (19)- Israel National Junior ITT Champion in 2015
Guy Niv (22)- Climber
Itamar Einhorn (19)- A sprinter
Guy Sessler (21)- Israel Mountain Bike national team member who won national ITT and XCO titles in 2013.
Yam Poliak (19), all-rounder
Ori Leonzini (18) all-rounder
Omer Goldstein
Guy Leshem

The Israel Cycling Academy Pro continental team already signed 3 Israeli Riders in its ranks and has now taken a major step to guarantee that it will be able to draw more Israeli riders to the Senior squad in the future. Aside for international races, some of them World Cup mountain bike races, the Development Team will be providing full Professional support and will take part in the Pro Continental training camps both in Israel and Europe.

Otherwise known as The Academy of Cycling Academy.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 30, 2016, 08:32
Otherwise known as The Academy of Cycling Academy.
Academy2! :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 31, 2016, 05:19
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/raim-strikes-gold-with-gamble-on-first-israeli-pro-team/

Raim interview from a few days ago.

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"For the goals I need to be realistic, one race where I really want to be good this year is Tro-Bro Leon in France. I really like those races where there are cobblestone sectors. This was my big goal this past year now and I was ninth in this race."

That's now the kind of racer Raim sees himself as: a hard-man who can outlast the rest as the field gets smaller and smaller, and then at the finish having a little bit faster kick and a little bit more left in the tank than the others.

"I'm quite fast in the sprint, but I'm not a pure sprinter, so for me the Classics races with the cobblestones and short steep hills, those races that are, I can say killing me softly," he said. "Every lap there is somebody dropped, so this is my cup of tea. Also, I don't mind to go in the early break to help the team out, and you never know, sometimes the break can go to the finish. That's my racing style: aggressive and attacking. So I see my future like that."

He has an interesting turn of phrase.

Academy2! :D

Their First Assignment (or something).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 03, 2017, 10:30
I thought I'd do a bit of stalking research on these youngsters. There's not much info about though.

Omer Goldstein we know about already. He's bound to be the leader a lot of the races that have climbing and/or a TT.

Leshem combines road and MTB, and since he gets a specific mention by the team my guess is that he is someone they hope to get some results from.

Bear and Einhorn have both been racing in Belgium over the past couple of years with *takes deep breath* Verandas Willems - Crabbé Toitures - CC Chevigny.

Einhorn - http://www.ccchevigny.be/coureur/249
Bear - http://www.ccchevigny.be/coureur/254

Poliak was in Belgium too with Asfra Racing Team.

http://www.directvelo.com/coureur/15538/yam-poliak

Sessler, Leonzinni and Niv look to be the MTBers.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 12, 2017, 15:30
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/819558465995767808

The race presentation is today I believe. It starts with a 38km TTT and stage four should be the other decisive day.

(https://vueltacv.es/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ETAPA4-VCV2017-PERFILok.jpg)

Same finish (roughly) as stage 17 from last year's Veulta?

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 15, 2017, 19:37
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2dj47b.png)

In the flesh.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 24, 2017, 15:35
So far no wildcards to the WT events they had targeted which is a bit of shame.

MSR, although I felt it was their best chance of a big race invite, was always a long shot especially with Novo Nordisk and Gazprom being sponsors for some RCS races. Strade Bianche would have been cool, but with all eighteen WT teams participating it didn't leave much room for PCTs. I'm even thinking Omloop is looking a bit dodgy. Assuming seven of the ten wildcards are already filled it still leaves Aquablue, CCC, Delko, Fortuneo, Gazprom, Willier + the Bike Geeeks fighting over the last three spots.

California should be a given later in the year (and the Canadian double header, but they haven't been mentioned previously). Looking elsewhere I think Pologne would be a very good option for the classics half of the team (Eneco would even better, but that's not going to happen). Turkey has it's issues, but I could see that being a good place for the other half of the team (Lowndes, Diaz, Lemus etc).

There's plenty of nice HC and .1 races about if they can't get those invites, but it must be frustrating trying to build a calendar when you are waiting for that e-mail to say if you have or haven't got the nod.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 24, 2017, 15:58
There's plenty of nice HC and .1 races about if they can't get those invites, but it must be frustrating trying to build a calendar when you are waiting for that e-mail to say if you have or haven't got the nod.
And still they've pulled out of Sibiu. :(

Probably got an invite to Austria which is sucking away many teams every year.
Same with #tirol - but I can understand it better for an *at Conti team; they have to be at their country's national tour.

Had the Austrians gotten their June spot as wished for, all would be fine and dandy; this way, I believe Sibiu has to try to get a time slot a week or two later in order to be able to have more high-quality teams actually lining up. :angry
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 24, 2017, 16:20
Damn that's a bummer. :(

The opposite is certainly true as well then. Frustrating for races waiting to hear if teams will accept invitations or reneging on already accepted ones.

ps. Nice are probably available if you have a free spot now. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 24, 2017, 16:38
Frustrating for races waiting to hear if teams will accept invitations or reneging on already accepted ones.
This is just not good management. If you give your word, you stand by it. If you're only accepting the invitation "unless something better comes up", at least say so up front.

ps. Nice are probably available if you have a free spot now. :P
Just wait and see. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 26, 2017, 09:25
Circuit des Ardennes added to the calendar. Although a 2.2 it will have quite a few of the stronger CT teams in attendance: Axeon, Joker, SEG, Veloconcept, Wiggins etc along with WB-Veranclassic-Aqua Protect as the only other PCT.

Just wait and see. ;)

At least we've progressed from an outright no. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2017, 21:43
https://twitter.com/bikeGEEEEKS/status/824983589989318656
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 29, 2017, 20:23
https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAcademyTeam/videos/861224127314480/

Team for Valenciana:

Diaz
Williams
Van Winden
Lowndes
Dempster
Boivin
Perry
Yechezkel

Are the other half of the team riding Etruschi? Nobody knows.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 03, 2017, 22:34
A couple of slightly more solid days at Valenciana after the abysmal TTT. I wasn't expecting fireworks in the team event, but getting beaten by the Spanish CT teams can't have been part of their plans. Since all eight finished together I can only think it was conscious decision not to drop anyone and thus they could only go as quickly as the slowest member.

Although I didn't see any highlights, according to reports Perry was close to getting into the group that finished at 19s on the second stage. On the negative side though, they didn't manage to get anyone in the break (despite many efforts) and Lowndes was a DNF after his group got stopped by the police as they had to reopen the roads.

Tomorrow should be Diaz territory (I hope!).

http://www.rutasur.net/diaz-gallego-antes-de-marcarme-objetivos-tengo-que-ver-el-nivel-que-hay/

Little interview with the youngster. Next races for him are Andalucia and Alentejo.

Also Lemus says his first race of the season is going to be Laigueglia.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2017, 23:33
https://twitter.com/TylerWcycling/status/827914782556692480

https://twitter.com/benjefperry/status/827997802856845312

The whole team suffered, especially the two from the break yesterday and Yechezkel.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 14, 2017, 16:23
Not a great day in Laigueglia either, which is fine in a way as it is very early season, but it does make me worry that they aren't going to be in tip-top shape for Omloop. It's not that many days away.

Going by the start lists on PCS most of the Academy riders on the 25th will have had five or six racing days, which doesn't sound like much. Schreurs will have raced the most, but all of those were on the other side of the world.

Ruta del Sol starts tomorrow and it's a good chance for the team to win their first jersey as a PCT.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4fXvDAWQAAvwdv.jpg)

It's for the best rider from Andalucia and there are only three entrants. :P

Local boy Diaz is going up against Jorge Cubero and Javier Moreno.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 14, 2017, 17:25
Not a great day in Laigueglia either, which is fine in a way as it is very early season, but it does make me worry that they aren't going to be in tip-top shape for Omloop. It's not that many days away.
You're not supposed to be in tip-top shape for the Omloop! It's the opening classic! :P

Ruta del Sol starts tomorrow and it's a good chance for the team to win their first jersey as a PCT.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4fXvDAWQAAvwdv.jpg)

It's for the best rider from Andalucia and there are only three entrants. :P

Local boy Diaz is going up against Jorge Cubero and Javier Moreno.
Shouldn't be impossible to get this one. :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 14, 2017, 18:04
You're not supposed to be in tip-top shape for the Omloop! It's the opening classic!

Let me rephrase it then, competitive shape or at least doing better than Aquablue. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 15, 2017, 20:37
Shouldn't be impossible to get this one. :D

Hmmmm got 17 minutes now to make up on Moreno. :-x

However you can always rely on Mr. Turek.

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/831909823537147905
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2017, 21:04
(http://i63.tinypic.com/122kvo9.png)

This must be the U23 kit, the reverse of the main team's.

Anyway the reason they're wearing it is that some of the U23 riders and Shlomi Haimy are riding the MTB Samarathon at the moment. Dan and Guy Sagiv won it last year.

Guy Niv and Haimy won the prologue, Guy Leshem and Guy Sessler took the overall lead today and there's one more day of competition to go tomorrow.

Guy sure must have been a popular name in Israel 20-25 years ago.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 17, 2017, 21:23
(http://i63.tinypic.com/122kvo9.png)
This looks WAY better than the pros' kit in my opinion. :cool

Guy sure must have been a popular name in Israel 20-25 years ago.
Maybe the nurses were often misunderstood when saying "Congratulations, it's a guy", and Guy was put on the forms as the baby's name? :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2017, 21:45
This looks WAY better than the pros' kit in my opinion. :cool

Absolutely, but a bit too similar to the Cannondale green to be perfect.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2017, 22:25
Maybe the nurses were often misunderstood when saying "Congratulations, it's a guy", and Guy was put on the forms as the baby's name? :D

New name for the devo team : JustSomeGuys™
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 17, 2017, 22:57
Absolutely, but a bit too similar to the Cannondale green to be perfect.
It is, yes.
But if Cannondale were to change their kit for 2018, I'd love to see this as next year's #academy kit. :luv
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 21, 2017, 21:26
Very disappointing last day at the Ruta del Sol, not due to losing the sprints jersey, purely and simply because they failed to get in the break. With the weather being how it was and the lack of strength in sprint teams, there was always a good chance for it to make it the whole way and that's how it turned out.

Hopefully Alentejo will be a bit better. The opposition on paper will be of the lowest level they have faced this year and the broken terrain (but no massive mountains) should suit them more.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16649361_878296662273893_6784269091508370857_n.jpg?oh=d8a6e42d86af8eff8f7f0589606f5bf3&oe=5940100A)

Some of the riders should have decent race legs now (Neilands, Diaz and Turek), but others have been ill (Lemus) and some still haven't raced that much (Craven, Goldstein and Lowndes).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on February 21, 2017, 22:05
Let me rephrase it then, competitive shape or at least doing better than Aquablue. :P

That's a slightly unfair bar to set, as Cycling Academy's team has much less experience at the pro level and likely a significantly lower budget. One place where they are in direct competition in the early season though is for "new team novelty value" wild cards. Up until today's announcement of LBL and FW wild cards, Cycling Academy were somewhat surprisingly winning on that score.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 22, 2017, 17:41
They've definitely benefited from the WT teams not being obliged to enter the new WT events, that almost nullifies the addition of the extra Belgian PCTs, and with the Italian teams + CCC being given the collective heave-ho, it does leave a few extra spots up for grabs.

However GW is the only pre-existing Belgian WT race so far where they have got an wildcard and it remains to be seen whether they can get one at E3 or the real biggie RVV. They are obviously in contention for them though, it could be they are fighting over one spot with Direct Energie and Aqua Blue.



Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on February 22, 2017, 20:34
They've definitely benefited from the WT teams not being obliged to enter the new WT events, that almost nullifies the addition of the extra Belgian PCTs, and with the Italian teams + CCC being given the collective heave-ho, it does leave a few extra spots up for grabs.

However GW is the only pre-existing Belgian WT race so far where they have got an wildcard and it remains to be seen whether they can get one at E3 or the real biggie RVV. They are obviously in contention for them though, it could be they are fighting over one spot with Direct Energie and Aqua Blue.

They have invites to Omloop, Dwars Door, GW. Outside of the WT they are also invited to KBK. That's a very impressive list of races for a first year PCT outfit without any big (or even medium sized) names on the roster. Yes, other than GW they are non-compulsory for WT teams, but they are the sort of non-compulsory races that 15 or 16 WT teams go to. By contrast, in the Flanders classics, Aquablue got just an invite to Omloop. Direct Energie, one of the very strongest PCT teams and one with a leader who is a contender for some of these races, missed out on GW.

However the team end up doing on the road this year, whoever it was who was responsible for lobbying race organisers in Flanders has done an excellent job. On paper, they should have less to offer those races than really a lot of other PCT teams in terms of roster. Not because they are bad, but because they are a mixture of young guys stepping up to PCT and a sprinkling of experienced journeymen. In this portion of the season, they have a clean sweep of invites of a sort that only Low Countries teams and Cofidis have. Hats off!

I don't think they will get an RVV invite. If it was them v Aquablue then they would be favourites, given how invites to these races have gone so far, but I can't see Direct Energie being passed over for them in both GW and the RVV. But the mere fact that they are serious contenders for an RVV wildcard at this point is impressive. It will be interesting to see if they can get invites to big races in other parts of the world or if this will prove to be a Flandrian phenomenon only.

You are right about the exclusion of the Italians and CCC counterbalancing the growth in the number of Belgian teams, by the way. It is somewhat odd that they've got the cold shoulder.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 22, 2017, 21:13
They have invites to Omloop, Dwars Door, GW. Outside of the WT they are also invited to KBK. That's a very impressive list of races for a first year PCT outfit without any big (or even medium sized) names on the roster. Yes, other than GW they are non-compulsory for WT teams, but they are the sort of non-compulsory races that 15 or 16 WT teams go to. By contrast, in the Flanders classics, Aquablue got just an invite to Omloop. Direct Energie, one of the very strongest PCT teams and one with a leader who is a contender for some of these races, missed out on GW.
I agree that they're not doing badly at all.

However, we also shouldn't forget that with 16 WT teams at the start, that leaves 9 spots for 22 PCTs ... of which only 10-13 have an interest in going.
You won't see #cajarural #androni #manzana etc. in a Flemish classic.

And 9/12 is less impressive than 9/22, you have to admit. It's still an achievement to beat ~3 other teams for one of those spots, of course.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on February 22, 2017, 21:43
I agree that they're not doing badly at all.

However, we also shouldn't forget that with 16 WT teams at the start, that leaves 9 spots for 22 PCTs ... of which only 10-13 have an interest in going.
You won't see #cajarural #androni #manzana etc. in a Flemish classic.

And 9/12 is less impressive than 9/22, you have to admit. It's still an achievement to beat ~3 other teams for one of those spots, of course.

You are right of course that not all PCT teams have an interest, but most do. There are 4 Belgian teams, 4 French, 4 Italian, 1 Dutch, 1 Irish, 1 Israeli, 1 Polish and 2 American teams and I would be surprised if a single one of those teams bar perhaps Androni didn't apply for at least some of these races. All of those teams bar Novo Novordisk, who have their own unique selling point, are better established, have higher profile riders or both.

Even just the Belgian, French and Dutch teams alone potentially take up all 9 invites. Yet a brand new team with no "name" riders at all managed a clean sweep so far, ahead of at least one of those teams plus Pozzato's Willier, CCC, Aquablue, UHC etc. Doing that for one race would be a pretty good return, but they've so far got a forthcoming cobbled season on the level of a Belgian classics specialist squad!

All this and I can't even tell who their cobbles leaders will be. How many of their riders have even been in a cobbled race before?

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on February 22, 2017, 22:09
Or to look at your numbers another way: If there are 9 invites going and 13 teams interested, 7 of them are basically accounted for in advance by Belgians, Dutch and French and then there are maybe 6 teams trying to grab one of the 2 remaining spots. Cycling Academy have got one of the two in every race.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 22, 2017, 22:39
You are right of course that not all PCT teams have an interest, but most do. There are 4 Belgian teams, 4 French, 4 Italian, 1 Dutch, 1 Irish, 1 Israeli, 1 Polish and 2 American teams and I would be surprised if a single one of those teams bar perhaps Androni didn't apply for at least some of these races. All of those teams bar Novo Novordisk, who have their own unique selling point, are better established, have higher profile riders or both.
#androni They've been in De Panne (?) recently, but that's about it
#bardiani Don't give a sh*t about cobbles, they're about the hills if anything
#nippo Do a few select Flemish races
#wilier Pozzato & co. want a proper Flemish campaign
#ccc They'll take what they can get. More hills than cobbles, but will show up here and there
#uhc Not much of an interest in cobbles, they'll take what they can get - may profit from being *us
#novonordisk No comment :lol
#vlaanderen #nuyens #wanty #wbva #roompot Are shoe-ins
#aquablue Want a Flemish campaign
#academy Want a Flemish campaign
#direct Are a regular feature on the cobbles, and an established team
#cofidis Are a regular feature on the cobbles, and an established team
#delko Don't seem to race that much outside France, really
#fortuneo Have some interest in the Flemish races

The 'smaller' French teams will be handicapped by there already being 2 *fr WT teams & 2 *fr PCTs on the list.
Do you want a 5th French team or the one and only *il resp. *ie team?
It's a fact that race organisers look at the nationality of the teams they're inviting, often trying to strike a balance and covering as many countries as possible.

None of this takes away from the achievement of #academy getting virtually a full Flemish campaign. I'm only trying to explain how it came about.
#stolting would have LOVED a full Flemish campaign last year, with G-W, Ronde and even Roubaix ... but #bora16 were 'first in line' of the German teams.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 23, 2017, 09:34
We must also recognise that it could be the case that Sylvan Adams is throwing a few Canadian $ the way of the various organizers, generous billionaires are handy things to have on board. He's involved in real estate and I can't see any obvious Canadian or Israeli partners on the various race websites, so we can't be sure of it with any certainty.

On the other hand, the classics were one of their big stated targets (along with stage wins). The transfers (eight) they made over the winter were mainly for guys who could make their mark in that field over the next few years. They only brought in Diaz for big climbs (and he looks like he will need a lot of time to deliver) and they look quite weak in that dept. As they do in TTing. In fact the team feels very unrounded and skewed towards these targets.

Even so I think they are lucky to get all the invites they've got so far, I seem to remember stating my pessimism over them even getting an Omloop invite not so long ago. They probably will suffer like dogs over the course of the next month, but hopefully the experience will stand them in good stead for future endeavours.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 23, 2017, 10:48
We must also recognise that it could be the case that Sylvan Adams is throwing a few Canadian $ the way of the various organizers, generous billionaires are handy things to have on board. He's involved in real estate and I can't see any obvious Canadian or Israeli partners on the various race websites, so we can't be sure of it with any certainty.
He moved to *il, so he'd be throwing shekels now. :P

It's a possibility, of course, but I don't think it's what happened. The team budget isn't that cozy to begin with, and in that case wouldn't it make far more sense to put the money into the team?

In fact the team feels very unrounded and skewed towards these targets.
That's not a bad thing in my book. We need more classics-focused teams from outside Belgium. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 09:42
Going by the results it wasn't the greatest opening set of races for the Bike Geeeeks (they've changed their twitter handle actually, but I'm still calling them this), but since I didn't see a second of the coverage I can't really comment too much.

Boivin did well at KBK being in the break and then getting back up after his crash to finish. Dempster who crashed very hard the day before was the other finisher.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16864480_881330795303813_6251755478160807842_n.jpg?oh=27277223116334a05e8c727b73c69457&oe=593B3845)

Turek did his thing at Le Samyn

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17021848_884047941698765_4099973238558745821_n.jpg?oh=fb69ea4f32ee3c2accc171bfe59531bf&oe=593A06DA)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 10:41
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/837961975955140609

Slightly different weather at the Tour of Arad.

The team was split into two to try and add some extra competition.

Stage 1 (crit) went to Omer Goldstein in a photo finish.

Stage 2 (20km uphill from the Dead Sea) again went to Goldstein with Einhorn and just some guys 20-40 seconds back.

Stage 3 (proper stage including the Scorpions Pass climb) finished earlier with Einhorn winning the sprint from a group of eight.

Goldstein took the overall. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 04, 2017, 11:56
Going by the results it wasn't the greatest opening set of races for the Bike Geeeeks (they've changed their twitter handle actually, but I'm still calling them this)
That must have happened VERY recently?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 12:12
That must have happened VERY recently?

A week ago or something. Same with Facebook, they've gone from CyclingAcademyTeam to IsraelCyclingAcademy.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 06, 2017, 05:35
https://twitter.com/Guillaumeboivin/status/838502300809375748
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 10, 2017, 16:18
https://www.israelcyclingacademy.com/

New website is finally up and running.

The calendar is the only bit I'm really interested in.

Some selected races for the main team that we didn't know about:

Fjords
Utah
Portugal
Colorado
Quebec
Montreal
Italian Autumn Classics

Subject to change of course and there could be other races in there too.

They also have some of the races that the devo squad will be participating in:

Circuit des Ardennes
Carpathian Couriers
Flèche de Sud
Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
Shalosh Kalot
Coppa della Pace / Trofeo F.lli Anelli
Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
Valle d'Aosta
Olympia's Tour

Some goodies in there and probably plenty of ouchies too.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 10, 2017, 17:22
Some selected races for the main team that we didn't know about:

Fjords
Replacement for California where they (for me) surprisingly didn't get an invitation. Must be a real blow, though lessened in part by doing the whole American autumn calendar.

The Tour of Austria is in the calendar as 16-22 June ... if only it were then instead of 2-9 July. :(
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 01, 2017, 09:03
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/847898160353726466

There was a bit of a give away from Sagiv's national champs kit when Fus posted it.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/157ytza.png)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 01, 2017, 09:14
They also have some of the races that the devo squad will be participating in:

Circuit des Ardennes
Carpathian Couriers
Flèche de Sud
Paris-Roubaix Espoirs
Shalosh Kalot
Coppa della Pace / Trofeo F.lli Anelli
Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
Valle d'Aosta
Olympia's Tour

Some goodies in there and probably plenty of ouchies too.

Only three of these remain now on the calendar, so let's just say it's a fluid situation. The Ardennes is one of them and that's in a week's time. Should be fun/chastening.

They rode a kermesse in Meer the other day as part of their preperation. Goldstein was in the winning break and took sixth and Einhorn placed well in the sprint from the peloton.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on April 01, 2017, 10:38
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/847898160353726466

There was a bit of a give away from Sagiv's national champs kit when Fus posted it.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/157ytza.png)
It's on the regular team kit as well, you know. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 01, 2017, 11:28
It's on the regular team kit as well, you know. :P

No I didn't, but then they haven't been that visible so far this year on our screens ....  :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 09:37
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17814264_912237232213169_3439746346264221070_o.jpg?oh=967dc5ed74287b6df3947e993d54bed7&oe=59941079)

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/912239282212964

Quote
This is a new chapter in ICA young life and its equally exciting as it a big question mark.

This is what you get when you send 6 young Israeli riders, 2 of them spent most their life riding Mountain bikes - To the boxing ring of sorts: Circuit des Ardennes International. An Elite UCI race which none of them (but one) has ever got even close.

They are our Development team. Only 5 months in existence and now meeting the greatest of their first UCI challenge ever : A 4 stages race on the Ardennes with two 180 km stages, a monstrous climbing 2nd day and a double stage for dessert.

"It will certainly be interesting to see how they adept to a race like that, facing big teams, Pro peloton, High speed and great distances. We certainly did not make it easy on them" admitted their manager Aviad Izrael. " But I believe in them. I really do".

" We need to know how they preform in this kind of level. There is no escaping that" explained our " Big boys" pro conti team Oscar Guerrero who will be the DS during the race.

The Guys? They seem to believe. " We are not coming here just to survive" said Yam Poliak ( 22).

We shall see.

The Squad:

Guy Niv
Ido Bear
Omer Goldstein
Guy Sessler
Itamar Einhorn
Yam Poliak

Einhorn for the sprints and Goldstein for the GC, but apart from Omer, survival should just be the target for the upcoming days.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 15:55
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/850352777830289409

Not the most auspicious of starts.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 20:30
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/850365730340167681

Not a lot of luck for sure, but at least for one day they are ahead of Axeon in the team competition. :P

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 09, 2017, 20:44
https://twitter.com/CanadianCycling/status/850849235725451264
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 14, 2017, 19:25
Despite the initial bad luck I felt the Circuit des Ardennes was a decent start for the Devo team.

Guy Niv (their best finisher) gave a little write up (https://www.facebook.com/guynivrider/posts/799207296910420) about what went on for him during the race, but be warned as Hebrew can be added to Estonian as languages that google translate struggles on.

Going by what he wrote the legs were good, but he was struggling on positioning within the peloton and not being aggressive enough to battle for it. That's fine though as that should come with experience.

The team in general did show their greenness, and I'm not talking about their kits, on a couple of occasions. Bear spent 50km fruitlessly trying to bridge to a break and then getting spat out the back of the peloton when they caught him. The team also mentioned Bear and Sessler slowing down to try and help Einhorn (their sprinter) get back into the peloton on a climb and thus all three getting dropped, that doesn't sound too bad per se, but it left Niv isolated.

The next race pencilled in on the calendar is the Coppa della Pace in June, but at the end of his report he says "I now await the two tournaments the German round are" - so Eschborn-Frankfurt and Berlin?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on April 17, 2017, 15:44
The next race pencilled in on the calendar is the Coppa della Pace in June, but at the end of his report he says "I now await the two tournaments the German round are" - so Eschborn-Frankfurt and Berlin?
Frankfurt maybe, Berlin has been cancelled.[1]
 1. due to the organisers forgetting that Berlin will host the Kirchentag the same weekend, 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of visitors :fp
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 20, 2017, 15:40
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/853993984695447553

Raim broke his derailleur in the sprint for third at Tro Bro Leon. Could have easily bettered last year's result.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/vb.515137875256442/921548967948662/

Kjell gives his rundown of the season so far. "It's not been that great" is the condensed version.  It was last year at this point that their season started to produce results so fingers crossed.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 21, 2017, 20:34
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/855447025554477056
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 03, 2017, 15:18
It was last year at this point that their season started to produce results so fingers crossed.

The trend continues. Encouraging performances and today a result!

After Tro Bro Leon it was off to Croatia where Mr Turek did his thing and was in the break three (?) days in a row. He couldn't manage it on the final day though....

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/856134420306243584

Diaz snuck into the top twenty on GC in Croatia and then followed that up with a much improved performance in Asturias where he was 11th on the queen stage in awful weather. Unfortunately he managed to ship 24 seconds on stage one and 27 on stage three which cost him an even better GC result (8th if we take away that time). Both stages ended with short sharp climbs topping out with ~10km to go, so whether he prefers longer climbs or he wasn't in a great position going into the ascent or not having teammates to help, it's something for him and the team to work on.

Here's a video on Jose. He certainly has a bit of the Jimmy Hills about him if you know what I mean.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/932401126863446/

The race he wants to ride is the Giro and he prefers Valverde to Contador.

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One sad bit of news is no Baby Giro invite for the Devo team.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 08, 2017, 09:01
(http://i65.tinypic.com/687eh5.png)

Another day, another victory! This time for a different Baltic state. Krists attacked solo with 20km to go on the hilly circuit around Baku and wasn't seen again.

Azerbaidjan (along with Tro Bro Leon) seems to be race that brings out the best in the team. It was here in 2015 that Turek got the team their first ever victory and this week has produced two wins, a second, a third and a top-ten in the GC. This is against a much weaker field than they have been facing for much of the year, but who cares, it's weeks like this which should boost confidence and could lead to better performances in these other races.

Speaking of weakened fields, GP Lugano nearly produced a bigger result. Turek was attacking and attacking, but just failed to grab a podium while Diaz continued his improvements with a top-ten.

Next up Castilla y Leon and the Tour des Fjords.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 24, 2017, 17:54
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/867422032669143042

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/867422659860189185

:fanfare :fanfare :fanfare
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 26, 2017, 16:27
So the proposed invites to the Baby Giro, Valle d'Aosta etc weren't forthcoming for the devo team and so they have gone instead for a bunch of non-UCI Spanish stage races. Navarra (Carapaz won last year) is the first one and then in June there is Castellon and Llerida.

They have also added a new rider to the team and would you believe it, his first name is Guy!! :lol

Team for Navarra:

Guy Weinberg
Guy Niv
Omer Goldstein
Yam Poliak
Ido Bear
Itamar Einhorn
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 29, 2017, 18:46
Navarra Update

Stage 1: Missed a split caused by crosswinds. Most of the team finished in the ~thirty man grp at 6m44, but there were lots of other riders that lost even more.

Stage 2: Much better day with Goldstein and Einhorn protecting Niv until the final climb. He ended up 56s down on the stage winner Vanhoucke in 13th position. Einhorn wasn't much further back which is pretty good going considering he's the team sprinter.

Stage 3: A top-ten in the reduced sprint finish to round the race off from Einhorn.

Final GC

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DA6-2CQXUAAoszR.jpg:large)

 :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on May 29, 2017, 19:00
They have also added a new rider to the team and would you believe it, his first name is Guy!! :lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyVX3uJpqxc
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 07, 2017, 11:37
Busy time for the team. Slovakia starts today for the main team, tomorrow Perry and Boivin riding for the Canadian national team begin Saguenay and finally the devo guys have the Volta a Castello on the menu.

Four short stages in Spain (all between 125-140km).

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5X_tPNoBM3s/WROV_3-kWOI/AAAAAAAAACg/VrcOZN8LImEvLkuCSd-9zCPwnFmFgOW9gCK4B/s1600/VC2017-E1-Perfil.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-atmyXL4K6uQ/WROf8fIxRWI/AAAAAAAAAEE/Sy8T8sFh7wwQ9dRRVYDRrPBhLz829vc_wCK4B/s1600/VC2017-E2-Perfil.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Za7piNCPf6c/WROg2eHVIEI/AAAAAAAAAEg/JErMkQvoqGoPIV-6A2TrGCO0eSY2c93YACK4B/s1600/VC2017-E3-Perfil.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s08mZZT1-5U/WROheTtCdaI/AAAAAAAAAE4/XSfqV8OhbtM0wHDPijauYN2kJEGeseKtwCK4B/s1600/VC2017-E4-Perfil-01.jpg)

No Lotto this time to dominate things, but all (?) of the big Spanish teams and a couple of other foreign teams.

Competing teams:

BENICASSIM ME GUSTA -LUK (COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA)
GSPORT – VALENCIA ESPORTS (COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA)
MUTUA LEVANTE – GINESTAR (COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA)
ULB-NATURAL GREATNESS (COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA)
AMPO (EUSKADI)
CAFES BAQUE – BH (EUSKADI)
FUNDACION EUSKADI (EUSKADI)
ESCRIBANO TEAM (MADRID)
POLARTEC (MADRID)
CAJA RURAL (NAVARRA)
LIZARTE (NAVARRA)
ALDRO (CANTABRIA)
GOMUR – LIEBANA 2017 (CANTABRIA)
COMPAK (CATALUNYA)
CONTROLPACK – SIX2 BADIA (CATALUNYA)
RIAS BAIXAS (GALICIA)
SUPER FROIZ (GALICIA)
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISRAEL)
LA POMME MARSELLA (FRANCIA)
LOTTONL-JUMBO-DE JONGE RENNER (HOLANDA)

Let's see an improvement from Navarra.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 11:40
Castello start list:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBymXfGWAAIEdzm.jpg:large)

The LottoNL feeder team can't really be full of Belgians. :S

No Lotto this time to dominate things, but all (?) of the big Spanish teams and a couple of other foreign teams.

Not quite all of them. A lot of the Aldro boys have exams so can't field a team and there were no invites for EC Cartucho (they weren't too happy) or Quick Step-Telco’m Gimex.

Quite a few nationalities dotted amongst the various teams. There's a Norwegian (Erland Sor - think he was at Caja previously) for t-72 to cheer on, some Africans for Fus and apart from the Guys I'll also be watching some Misc. American Tour riders - Moreira and Alpizar. The Costa Rican won the Vuelta de la Juventud Costa Rica last year and Gregory Brenes used his contacts to get him a ride in Spain. Daniel Jara (currently with the CMC) could also join him at Controlpack later in the year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 08, 2017, 13:26
The LottoNL feeder team can't really be full of Belgians. :S
That's got to be the race secretary confusing those Lowland countries.

some Africans for Fus
*dz Ismail Medjahed! :cheer
*za Ivan Venter! :cheer
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 16:17
https://twitter.com/VoltaCastello/status/872832141603852288

There was a bigger group of ~forty that got away earlier (including three devo riders), but this current one is much smaller. Bike Geeeeeeks are still represented though with Omer Goldstein.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 18:36
https://twitter.com/VoltaCastello/status/872861399537651712

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DB0MkjMWsAELQcN.jpg)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 20:34
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 :snooty
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 08, 2017, 23:01
Turek has donned his preferred kit in Slovakia: The mountain jersey! :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2017, 16:53
https://twitter.com/VoltaCastello/status/873205433741320195

Stage two in Castello. Peloton reduced down to ~25 riders as they start the final climb of the day. Goldstein part of that group.

Turek has donned his preferred kit in Slovakia: The mountain jersey! :cool

He still has it after today, but Vilela is closing in.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2017, 18:21
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DB5J8MpWsAEWP7D.jpg)

Seventh and that was after an attack near the end. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on June 13, 2017, 07:48
(https://scontent-frx5-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/19122476_225974244585530_3471932548542627840_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 17, 2017, 19:26
(https://scontent-frx5-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/19122476_225974244585530_3471932548542627840_n.jpg)

They've had quite a few good race style posters so far this year, but it's getting into dangerous Cannondale territory if they don't get the results to back it up. It reminds me, bizarrely enough, of Peter Crouch who rather stated the obvious when he said "Football's not about robotic dancing (his celebrations), it's about winning games and scoring goals". Substitute in cycling, race posters and winning sprints.

Lowndes isn't exactly burning down the house in Korea and annoyingly Lemus made the winning break on stage two and could have had a excellent GC result, but had lost a bucket load on stage one when working for the big Aussie.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 17, 2017, 19:34
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/972609246175967

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Israeli cycling Academy has released its development team rider Omer Goldstein.

Recently , the team Management has decided that Omer had not been able to fulfill all the team disciplinary requirements and he will therefore part ways with the team on immediate basis.

Rather interesting timing with it being announced just after the Israeli TT Nats had finished.

Some possible scenarios:

1) The team really wanted Sagiv to take the title and told Omer to take it easy which he didn't (he only lost by 6s).

2) He had had some disciplinary issues, but they didn't want to sack the National TT champ and so waited to see the result.

3) ???
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 17, 2017, 21:16
They've had quite a few good race style posters so far this year, but it's getting into dangerous Cannondale territory if they don't get the results to back it up. It reminds me, bizarrely enough, of Peter Crouch who rather stated the obvious when he said "Football's not about robotic dancing (his celebrations), it's about winning games and scoring goals". Substitute in cycling, race posters and winning sprints.
Hmm. Yes. I can see what you mean.
To be fair, they have had three wins, and it's their first year as a PCT. Those are never easy.

But I agree that they're not pulling out trees much. It feels like there's just something missing - and I can't pinpoint what that 'something' is, either.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/972609246175967
Huh.
Could of course simply be
3) Omer had not been able to fulfill all the team disciplinary requirements and he will therefore part ways with the team on immediate basis. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 18, 2017, 22:42
Huh.
Could of course simply be
3) Omer had not been able to fulfill all the team disciplinary requirements and he will therefore part ways with the team on immediate basis. :P

Come on, you don't believe that. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 24, 2017, 10:45
https://www.israelcyclingacademy.com/blogs/cycling-academy-team/ran-margaliot-open-letter

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In view of what is happening in social media in recent days (does he read Velorooms!), I feel the need to voice my personal opinion in public. I wrote this letter to you to open a window beside that I think most of you do not know

Without going into details, one of the most challenging cases I had, is the decision to suspend the team last week Omer Goldstein. Omer, is one of the most talented riders in the group, one of the best ever grew up in Israel. There is no argument about it.

The choice to suspend the disciplinary background, was very painful and made only after we were convinced that he acted in a way that is acceptable professional team and we can not help him in the present circumstances.

Anyone who thinks that this was a decision born whim championship Israel against the clock, do not understand how professional team works. Even in matters of discipline there a way to conduct traitor steps and measures leading up to the suspension rides. Omar went through a long and complicated, which included, among other things, disciplinary committees, warnings and financial penalties, until we got to this unusual step.

This is not a decision that I am proud of her. This is a badge of shame for the team under management, took upon itself to give a chance to all Israeli talent a potential exhaust her and at this moment I do not know to help one of the greatest talents that grew here.

I think we all have a longer way to go and that the future will be in my hands better tools to handle such situations. Enough for me to look back a year or two to figure out how much progressed since then, some learned since. I believe we all undergo that people deserves a second chance if they wish it. We have proved this in the past and Omar gets a second chance if he chooses to be part of the group conditions required of its members.

So Ran is in firmly in the 3rd scenario group, but I think there must have been an element of the 1st too - something happened in the TT or in the days before and that was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 24, 2017, 11:03
There was some good news for the Goldstein family this morning though. It did feel a touch stage managed apart from one incident.

A break had got away including Sagiv, Yechezkel, some of the devo guys and a couple of others including ex-Academy rider Gabay. The DS then took the unusual decision to tell the Academy riders to wait for Roy Goldstein who was a couple of minutes behind. They waited and then recaught the riders who had continued.

Now if that was the whole story and Roy had won from there, I might have been crying foul, but Sagiv (going for his third straight title) punctured and crashed in the finale and he might have won without that. We'll have to see footage (if there is any) to see if it was a gift or not.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 25, 2017, 17:08
https://twitter.com/Ritenbrauksana/status/878969472249409537
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 14, 2017, 19:34
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/885235463589703680

The team have just started an altitude camp in preparation for the final couple of months of the season. Well if it worked for Kittel.....
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 18, 2017, 20:27
One race that I noticed that has been added to the team's calendar is the self styled world's toughest one-day cycle race - Pro Otztaler 5500. There's been an amateur event for a while, but this is the first year for pro riders (1.1).

COURSE FACTS FOR PROS AND AMATEURS:

238 kilometers
5500 meters of altitude gain
4 Alpine passes: Kühtai 2020 m; Brenner pass 1377 m; Jaufen pass 2090 m; Timmelsjoch 2509 m
Start and finish in Sölden / Tirol

(https://ext.soelden.com/radmarathon/orm2014/hoehenprofil.jpg)

My spidey senses tell me carnage awaits.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 25, 2017, 09:18
Back racing today at the Ordiziako Klasika after a bit of break. Osterreich was the last race for some of the squad, but others haven't raced since the nats. There could be some rust.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20246356_1002763509827207_8690857460880898538_n.jpg?oh=044db01446d389f62fe44591e50dd8a5&oe=5A0ADD2B)

The new Latvian champs jersey. Would have preferred a full flag one, but hey ho.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 25, 2017, 12:51
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20246356_1002763509827207_8690857460880898538_n.jpg?oh=044db01446d389f62fe44591e50dd8a5&oe=5A0ADD2B)

The new Latvian champs jersey. Would have preferred a full flag one, but hey ho.
Nah, this is alright. But the white band should be narrower - look at the flag:
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/84/Flag_of_Latvia.svg/255px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2017, 14:08
http://www.procycling.no/jensen-snart-klar-for-israelsk-proffsatsing/

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Next year Carlström will be  head sports manager, and then he wants to have a Norwegian rider on board.

"You may not have avoided noticing August Jensen during Tour des Fjords?

"He did his stuff very well, that's for sure. There are several good riders in Norway, and he is one of the strongest. But that's what the rider wants for the coming season. We are in talks with several Norwegians. It would be very good to get one of them to our team, he admits.

Anybody but Nordhaug.

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Carlström confirms that the commitment is working to upgrade significantly ahead of next year's season.

"This year we had 16 riders. Next year we hope to be somewhere between 20 and 23. It's a bit challenging to run a dual program with only 16 men, he points out.

"Last year, did you have riders from 12 different nations, and next year there will be even more?

Yes, we have a policy that we should be international. The purpose of starting the team was to produce more Israeli talents, and we will have 3-4 domestic riders also next year. But beyond that, we want to be a bit like Israel. A kind of melting pot with different people from many nations.

"It's also a bit of a hunch on what riders we get. It will decide whether we are turning to stage games in the World Tour or Classics. Our goal is to grow a little year by year, in this respect we are in a very interesting period, "concludes Carlström.

If a Giro invite is forthcoming, serious reinforcements will be needed. The team has recently started following people like Hermans, Avila, Carpenter and McLay on Twitter....
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2017, 14:30
If a Giro invite is forthcoming, serious reinforcements will be needed. The team has recently started following people like Hermans, Avila, Carpenter and McLay on Twitter....
Subtle! :lol

Here's some free advice for teams: Never follow riders before you've announced their signing - at least not during silly season. People like Leadbelly will turn anything into transfer rumours. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2017, 15:16
People like Leadbelly will turn anything into transfer rumours.

In other transfer news Lukascph is either signing for RTS-Monton, Gary McQuaid or the Tour of Bulgaria. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2017, 15:20
In other transfer news Lukascph is either signing for RTS-Monton, Gary McQuaid or the Tour of Bulgaria. :P
:D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2017, 10:30
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1011453682291523/

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You are our sports Director and here is your Dilemma:

One of your strongest rider (Turek) is part of a breakaway that will almost certainly escape the peloton and get to the finish.

But Your great Sprinter (Raim) back in the peloton is telling you that he is feeling "real strong".

So what do you do? Who are you going to "sacrifice". Who are you going to bet on?

Even ignoring the fact that they didn't get the stage win, I still don't think they got it quite right.

For me they told Turek to stop working too far out and when the gap was still manageable for the peloton. By doing that they just threw away one of the two cards they could play.

Better to get him keep on doing his turns (not strong ones though) and play it by ear.

The peloton closing in? Get Turek to take stronger pulls and let the rest of the team conserve energy back in the peloton for a bit longer.

Gap getting too big? Then you let Turek sit on or miss a few turns until the gap comes back down.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2017, 13:03
Even ignoring the fact that they didn't get the stage win, I still don't think they got it quite right.
It's easy to criticise, this is one of the hardest dilemmas a DS can face, and I didn't see the stage.
But I agree with you.

First of all, if you have someone in a breakaway that's almost certain to make it, you don't tell him to stop working.
A bunch sprint is the absolute hardest scenario to get right in cycling - there's no limit to the number of miniscule things that can go wrong, throwing your whole gameplan out of the window. So unless the peloton is down to nothing more than 30 riders, your guy is the only real sprinter left, and he's well-protected by all available teammates, put your weight behind the breakaway.

If you mess up your lead-out in a normal mass sprint, your sprinter finishes 15th.
If your guy in the break can't sprint for toffee, he'll still finish better than that - and he could try anticipating the sprint with a late attack.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on August 07, 2017, 21:22
so with the Giro start in Israel next year...

...I guess we will get to see some transfer news Leadbelly is unlikely to approve?!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 07, 2017, 23:27
so with the Giro start in Israel next year...

...I guess we will get to see some transfer news Leadbelly is unlikely to approve?!

Could be, could be. It's not black and white though, there's plenty of grey in there. The absolute no-nos would be American hipster types and one trick pony sprinters.

I feel they definitely need an established climber or two. However they don't grow on trees (at least great ones don't), so someone like Hermans if he was available would be a excellent selection, but he's probably way above the upper limit of realistic transfers. Woods could be an alternative from the WT level.

Avila would be an excellent signing I think. The only smile out there to rival Chaves, can climb better than most of the current Bike Geeeeks team and has a sprint at the end.

Carpenter is a very strong rider. Would be good for breaks, stage/jersey hunting and climbing support.

Who else could be a potential signing?

The Canadian link might want Houle or Tony the Tiger added to the squad, though Duchesne looks to be heading to Pineau's team.

They have a habit of picking up on riders who they have raced against, so why not Ciccone who did really well at Utah. Bardiani can't guarantee a Giro invite in 2018.

The most important signing however is getting Turek signed up for a few more years.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 08, 2017, 13:04
so with the Giro start in Israel next year...

...I guess we will get to see some transfer news Leadbelly is unlikely to approve?!
I would hazard a guess and say that with the Giro starting in Israel, #academy would get a wildcard even with their current squad. I mean, the *il Grande Partenza is organised by literally the same people who run the team - they'd be phenomenally stupid if they didn't put a "we get to race ourselves" clause in the deal.

Hermans
Woods
Avila
Carpenter
Houle
Tony Duchesne
Ciccone
Good picks, though I'd agree that Hermans may be above their paygrade.
First and foremost, I hope that they continue their mission of picking riders from "non-traditional" countries and don't bring in half a dozen Italians (or similar) now.

The most important signing however is getting Turek signed up for a few more years.
Definitely. Turek is a world-class breakaway specialist.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2017, 18:18
It remains to be seen if the other Dan will be part of the team in 2018. He's only had 19 race days and although he is over the US at the moment, he didn't race in Utah and won't in Colorado going by the start list. Is he ready to hang up the bike? Get involved in media? Coaching or DSing?

How about Krists Neilands in Portugal! :bow[1]

12th on the only big MTF and I wouldn't say that sort of stuff is his forte. He was only really starting to lose contact with leaders a little bit before Antunes and Alarcon jumped away. He, Silin and Schelling can have a little non-Roman European GC competition between them.

 1. No bow emoticon?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 08, 2017, 19:28
How about Krists Neilands in Portugal! :bow[1]
 1. No bow emoticon?
There is now![2]
 2. It was pray :pray if you want to know
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2017, 15:14
https://www.rtp.pt/play/direto/rtp1

Last climbing stage in Portugal and Neilands is in a fight with Luis Gomes to hang onto the white jersey. Both are in the break and the peloton is ~2m30 back.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2017, 15:36
All change.

Alarcon and Antunes have bridged and Neilands (for the time being - looking a bit shaky) + another W52 is all that is left.

Still 7km of the climb to go?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 14, 2017, 20:48
https://twitter.com/avozgurozan/status/897155710517161984

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/1020359581400933

Well he couldn't hang on to the W-52 duo all the way to the line, but even after he got dropped the chasing group didn't make up much time on him. I think the gap was ~3m30 when he had to let them go and it was down to ~3 minutes at the line. So some smart racing not to completely blow himself up.

What was also smart was getting in the break. A few others around him in the GC had the same idea (Gomes, Fonte and Schelling), but he was the only one who managed to hang on after being caught. The youth jersey (and the unofficial non-Latin European one) should be his now barring something awful tomorrow in the TT.

It's been a very impressive week from him and to be honest when the road has gone uphill he has had not much support from the team. If he had had somebody, on stage 5 in particular, to eat wind/lead him out then a stage victory might not have been beyond him.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 18, 2017, 17:36
https://twitter.com/rouleurmagazine/status/898480580110802945
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 25, 2017, 21:30
A surprisingly good day at the Pro Otztaler. Diaz in 10th, Sessler in 17th (!) on his debut and Van Winden in 26th gave the Bike Geeeeeeks a second place in the team comp (if such a thing existed) behind the dominant Orica. Naturally the profile gave bigger gaps than a normal one day race, but this is still an encouraging performance.

Schaal-Sels up next for Raim and co.

https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/901042179472228352
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2017, 09:29
Omer Goldstein may have left the devo team under a cloud, but he certainly hasn't given up on cycling. He's now riding for AMPO in Spain and has been doing quite nicely.

https://twitter.com/deportesdv/status/900594876571635712

He beat Samitier (who's probably joining Movistar) into second place.

Considering the lack of visible racing that the devo team has been doing since that trio of Spanish races, making this switch is probably a good thing for his development.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on August 29, 2017, 08:13
Ben Hermans interview in Het Nieuwsblad today

(http://i.imgur.com/xaaeM5B.jpg)

(better quality is behind a pay wall only)

He says the team wants to go WT within two years
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 29, 2017, 10:34
He says the team wants to go WT within two years
A WT team without any real sponsor, solely on the dime of Ron Baron & Sylvan Adams?
I'll believe it when I see it. :shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 29, 2017, 18:51
There could be a certain bike manufacturer looking for a new main interest. :shh

But yeah, lots of teams say they want to go WT in two/three years and nothing ever happens. So no breath is being held by me and to be honest I'd prefer them to stay at PCT anyway (and ride a few more .2 races).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 29, 2017, 20:51
With the newest signings, let's have a look at how a possible Giro squad could look.
Almost certain to be included, in my opinion:
*be Hermans
*es Plaza
*no Holst Enger
*ee Räim
*cz Turek
*lv Neilands
*mx Lemus

That leaves two spots for others[1]. Boivin, Craven, Dempster, and van Winden haven't been announced as having a deal for 2018 yet; either of those wouldn't be out of place in a GT squad.
I believe there may be a "quota Israeli" as well - Guy Sagiv has to be the frontrunner for that, with Aviv Yechezkel and Roy Goldstein as outsiders. This might cost someone like Neilands, Lemus, Dempster, or Craven their spot.
 1. or even only one if the reduction in GT squads goes ahead
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 30, 2017, 09:47
http://www.bikemagazine.com.br/2017/08/entrevista-nicolas-sessler-talento-brasileiro-agora-no-pelotao-pro/

Sessler interview.

With the newest signings, let's have a look at how a possible Giro squad could look.

I think I've covered most of my thoughts already in the transfer thread, but I'm getting more pessimistic about the chances of the youngsters. There's probably more signings incoming (support for Hermans?) and the team might feel that having experienced riders like Dempster and Van Winden for dom duties or helping in sprints would be more appropriate. I'd love to be wrong, but the more I think about it, even having one (Krists?) might be pushing it.

When it comes to the Israeli selection issue, Goldstein will surely be guaranteed a place due to his Nats win and jersey. Aviv and Guy fighting over another spot.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 07, 2017, 18:49
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/905826473638072321

Looking for good things from Krists, Ben and Guillaume.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 08, 2017, 11:55
There's a *ca national team in the races which is obviously also non-WT.
They are, however, the only ProConti team and could just as well have said that (which would also sound better in my opinion).
I wish people were more careful about what they say.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 13, 2017, 10:52
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/907808266142580738

Must be the official Giro news ....... or a Daniel Turek contract extension. One or the other.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 13, 2017, 11:16
One or the other.
Could also be that they've (re-)signed their Israelis. Although, on second thought, those all got 2-year contracts.

The Giro wildcard would only be announced in January, I think. Unless they make it part of the Grande Partenza presentation (which would make sense)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 17, 2017, 08:25
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/909099138289213441

The Giro will present their Grande Partenza on the 18th. So this is definitely that.
We'll see if the presentation will also include a #academy wildcard already, or if that one stays an open secret for now.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 18, 2017, 10:46
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-2018-will-begin-with-jerusalem-individual-time-trial/

Quote
Monday’s formal announcement means that the Pro Continental Israel Cycling Academy team seems guaranteed its place on the start line in Jerusalem next May. Team backer Sylvan Adams confirmed on Sunday night that the team has applied for a wildcard invitation to the corsa rosa but stressed that RCS Sport will not make a decision until January.

So what's the SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT and PRESS CONFERENCE for?

A women's team?

Just for a transfer? Orken? Basso and Contador?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 18, 2017, 16:35
Just for a transfer? Orken? Basso and Contador?
Turned out to be Örken, and not that much more.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 18, 2017, 17:30
There was some more stuff in amongst the waffling, but not much.

• Guy Niv has signed full time for the team as well.

• Omer Goldstein got a mention from Ron Baron, so maybe the door is being opened for him to make a return to the development team in 2018.

• There will be at least three teams riding the Tour of Turkey in October. ;)

As for Orken, he deserves a shot at a higher level and he fits perfectly into the "rider from a non-traditional cycling nation" category. However is another fast man really what the team needs?  Not sure of all the renewals yet, but the team could have SHE, Raim, Boivin, Avila, Lowndes, Dempster, Jensen and Orken for various types of sprints (reduced or otherwise). He'll have to fight for his chance.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on September 18, 2017, 18:10
• Omer Goldstein got a mention from Ron Baron, so maybe the door is being opened for him to make a return to the development team in 2018.
He was racing the U23 ITT Worlds at the same time, so maybe it was only that. :shh

As for Orken, he deserves a shot at a higher level and he fits perfectly into the "rider from a non-traditional cycling nation" category. However is another fast man really what the team needs?  Not sure of all the renewals yet, but the team could have SHE, Raim, Boivin, Avila, Lowndes, Dempster, Jensen and Orken for various types of sprints (reduced or otherwise). He'll have to fight for his chance.
You're right, they stock up on "guys with some sort of sprint".

Another thing I want to nip in the bud: His name is Örken. Not Orken.
I don't care if Anglophones don't have the letter Ö on their keyboards.
Do show him[1] the respect of spelling his name correctly. :angel
 1. and all other riders with Ö, Ä, Ü, Æ, Ø, Å, Ç, Ț, Ș, Ł, Ź, Č and whatnot in their names
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 02, 2017, 05:44
It's not confirmed by the team yet, but Gazzetta dello Sport reported it today (and lots of Italian websites picked it up):
http://www.ciclonews.biz/kristian-sbaragli-israele/ (http://www.ciclonews.biz/kristian-sbaragli-israele/)

Sbaragli #didata --> #academy

Another fast finisher/sprinter!  :lol :S :fp

Anyway if everybody re-signs that's the 24 riders and 17 nationalities. Surely there must be some climbing support incoming for Hermans though. So adios Dan, Jason and maybe even Zak to free up some space?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 02, 2017, 08:14
Another fast finisher/sprinter!  :lol :S :fp
You can never have too many of those! :lol
Except, you can. They'd need to determine who's the designated sprinter on any given day; leaving that to be decided during the race is a recipe for disaster.
On the other hand, if sprinter A doesn't feel so good, and sprinter B is in the break, you'll always have sprinter C to fall back on ...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 03, 2017, 20:06
On the other hand, if sprinter A doesn't feel so good, and sprinter B is in the break, you'll always have sprinter C to fall back on ...

That's all very well, but what about sprinters D, E, F, G and H :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 07, 2017, 19:52
https://twitter.com/eldeportedejaen/status/916597219079475200
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 19, 2017, 14:10
https://twitter.com/Guillaumeboivin/status/920615905251311616

I guess it could be a ticket to a different team's training camp, but the wording and #yalla suggests it's a renewal with the Geeeeeeeeeeeeks.

Lowndes on the other hand is probably heading towards JLT Condor.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 24, 2017, 20:49
Lowndes confirmed to JLT, so if they stick to their "24 riders, 17 countries" and everybody else re-signs (def not guaranteed), that means a spot opens up but only to riders from certain nations. Some non-sprinting possibilities are below (going by PCS).

*au Earle or Morton

*be Pauwels

*ca Piccoli

*co Quintana Jr or one of the Manzana youngsters

*it Ficara

*nl Bol

When they told Sessler they wouldn't be signing him for 2018, they said they were after more experienced heads who could immediately make a mark, therefore I'm ruling out Piccoli, the Manzanistas and Ficara which is a shame as the two at CT level deserve a chance.

Quintana looks very likely to renew with Movistar after his brother pulled strings.

That leaves four. My choice would be Pauwels as a nice helper (and fellow countryman) for Hermans, but I'd be surprised if DD don't keep him on. Bol is good mates with Van Winden and he was out on rides with the team in Hainan. Morton does fit in somewhat with the team's previous ethos, but hasn't impressed me that much this year in Europe.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 26, 2017, 08:52
*au Earle or Morton
Bingo: ;)
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/922932238924345344

If they do re-sign all four riders who are still unconfirmed here or elsewhere (Boivin, Craven, Dempster, van Winden), that would make 24. If they don't, there are 1-4 spots still up for grabs. And if they let Craven or van Winden go, that opens up for a nationality (or two), throwing all our speculation into disarray.

Like you say, Dayer is virtually confirmed with #movistar:
They also signed Sergio Samitier, quite a promising youngster who also was in talks with Movistar (but ended up empty handed because Unzue had only one place left for either him or Dayer Quintana)

http://www.ciclo21.com/samitier-sin-movistar-pero-en-murias/
http://www.ciclismointernacional.com/noticias-breves-del-peloton-50/

That leaves four. My choice would be Pauwels as a nice helper (and fellow countryman) for Hermans, but I'd be surprised if DD don't keep him on. Bol is good mates with Van Winden and he was out on rides with the team in Hainan. Morton does fit in somewhat with the team's previous ethos, but hasn't impressed me that much this year in Europe.
Bol could be an option, but I think he may want to stay at #manzana rather than move again after only one year. I could be horribly wrong, of course. Or maybe van Winden is learning Spanish from his buddy and goes to Colombia?!

Pauwels would be a coup, but I don't see #didata parting with him voluntarily. Morton is an idea, but only for races outside Europe - is it the relatively narrow roads (as in, only two lanes instead of 4-8) he can't adjust to?

Finally, there are the #icadt guys. They signed Guy Niv, maybe It(a)mar Einhorn gets a chance as well already - although it would be awfully early for him, really.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 27, 2017, 19:37
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/923938657341407234

Boivin + Dempster + Van Winden ---------> #academy
Reading the article, "Israel Cycling Academy have one more rider to announce to complete the 2018 roster" doesn't really sound as if that rider is going to be Dan Craven. If he were getting a new contract, they would have announced that with those three other re-signings.

Of course, that doesn't get us much (or any) closer to who "rider no. 24" is going to be ...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 27, 2017, 20:08
Of course, that doesn't get us much (or any) closer to who "rider no. 24" is going to be ...

To replace Namibia it should be a new country, but there are no stand out picks despite the increase in number of available nationailities.

*at Zoidl

*er Kudus or Debesay

*de Thurau

*pl Paterski

*ru Chernetskiy

*si Pogacar

*ch Stussi

*ua Padun

I'm leaning towards the Austrian as the realistic option.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 27, 2017, 20:13
I'm leaning towards the Austrian as the realistic option.
*ch Stüssi has done well enough this year to attract some ProConti interest. Not to mention that he'd strengthen the climber's department ...

... and then there's *pl Magic Paterski! :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 27, 2017, 20:30
https://twitter.com/procyclingno/status/923602323926024192

Quote from: SHE
I already notice that it is much more tidy with regard to emails and messages. Everything goes in English so it's tidy and easy to understand. It's so delicious to be back to it (!), instead of having to translate back and forth via Google Translate, he says about the first experiences with his new team.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 27, 2017, 22:13
https://twitter.com/procyclingno/status/923602323926024192
Oh my. He'd signed for a French team without knowing at least conversational French?
I could have told him in advance that that wouldn't work at all.
:fp
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 02, 2017, 13:12
I wonder if this language barrier would have seemed so important to him if he had been free from his health issues and competitive in races? Probably not.

Anyway onto the Giro and possible team selections!

#academy

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/israel-cycling-academy-complete-2018-roster-with-omer-goldstein/

Edwin Avila (Col)
Guillaume Boivin (Can)
Zakkari Dempster (Aus)
José Manuel Díaz (Spa)
Nathan Earle (Aus)
Sondre Holst Enger (Nor)
Omer Goldstein (Isr)
Roy Goldstein (Isr)
Ben Herman (Bel)
August Jensen (Nor)
Luis Lemus (Mex)
Krists Neilands (Lat)
Guy Niv (Isr)
Ahmet Örken (Tur)
Ben Perry (Can)
Rubén Plaza (Spa)
Mihkel Raim (Est)
Guy Sagiv (Isr)
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita)
Hamish Schreurs (NZl)
Daniel Turek (Cze)
Dennis Van Winden (Ned)
Tyler Williams (USA)
Aviv Yechezkel (Isr)

Using common sense provisos of form/illness/the course etc.

Who will definitely not ride the Giro?

Diaz, Omer Goldstein, Lemus, Niv, Perry, Schreurs, Turek and Williams.

Fairly obvious reasons of youth, inexperience, inconsistency and (let's be honest) lack of ability for a couple of them.

The Israeli selection?

Roy Goldstein

If the team size was still nine I think they would have gone with two home riders, but with just eight now, it makes senses to go with just one. Roy Goldstein must be in pole position with his National Champs RR jersey. However the main consideration must be picking someone who they think has the best chance of finishing the race. So this one is still up in the air really.

Guaranteed picks?

Hermans, Plaza, Sbaragli (and SHE?)

It's tempting to say all four who have dropped down from WT will have been given the nod before signing, but for me Enger will have to show some early season form first.

The rest?

Boivin, Van Winden, Jensen (and Earle?)

A lot of people fighting over three (or four) spots. Boivin and Van Winden are the experienced doms and as Carlstrom says “Their roles will be to help out some of the fast men in the team to arrive at the sprint in perfect condition." They get the nod over Dempster as they can climb a bit better.

Jensen offers something a bit different either from a break or a punchy finish.

If SHE isn't firing on all cylinders, I think they'll go with Sbaragli as the sprinter and Earle or Avila or Neilands could be the beneficiaries.

It's not the team I would have gone with, but it's the one I think they will select.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 02, 2017, 14:12
Using common sense provisos of form/illness/the course etc.

Who will definitely not ride the Giro?

Diaz, Omer Goldstein, Lemus, Niv, Perry, Schreurs, Turek and Williams.

Fairly obvious reasons of youth, inexperience, inconsistency and (let's be honest) lack of ability for a couple of them.
I wouldn't exclude Turek and Lemus out of hand:
Turek has been the breakaway specialist for the team, and breakaways will be an important part of their Giro.
And Lemus they've built up as the next Mexican GT participant for years ... yes, he hasn't performed all that great in 2017, but there's still time in early 2018 to turn that around. He's also great in regards to Social Media, and that's becoming ever more important. I'm not saying they will definitely pick him, but it's not totally impossible.[1]

I agree with the rest of your analysis. The new signings from the WT are obvious picks, Boivin & van Winden as well. Jensen & Enger are in the 'very likely, but not guaranteed' category for me. And as *il champion, Roy Goldstein is, as you say, in pole position for the 'local rider' spot.
 1. and, yes, there's personal sympathy playing in here, too; I really like the mexiCAN :shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 13, 2017, 18:18
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOg4LgOWAAAUt36.jpg)(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23435239_1085312111572346_8142352185338949872_n.jpg?oh=ef7d852549af4b055d3c6ad7ce421eee&oe=5A99582C)

New kit on Wednesday. The previous one was a bit dull in my opinion and not always the easiest to spot (I had to rely on the green helmets more often that not for that).

I think it's safe to say blue will feature, but some chameleon-esque colouring change would be cool.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: pastronef on November 13, 2017, 20:11
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOg4LgOWAAAUt36.jpg)(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23435239_1085312111572346_8142352185338949872_n.jpg?oh=ef7d852549af4b055d3c6ad7ce421eee&oe=5A99582C)

New kit on Wednesday. The previous one was a bit dull in my opinion and not always the easiest to spot (I had to rely on the green helmets more often that not for that).

I think it's safe to say blue will feature, but some chameleon-esque colouring change would be cool.

new bike would mean Cannondale not there anymore.

guesses? Orbea? Focus?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on November 13, 2017, 20:42
I wonder if this language barrier would have seemed so important to him if he had been free from his health issues and competitive in races? Probably not.

Anyway onto the Giro and possible team selections!

Using common sense provisos of form/illness/the course etc.

Guaranteed picks?

Hermans, Plaza, Sbaragli (and SHE?)

It's tempting to say all four who have dropped down from WT will have been given the nod before signing, but for me Enger will have to show some early season form first.

The rest?

Boivin, Van Winden, Jensen (and Earle?)

Jensen offers something a bit different either from a break or a punchy finish.

If SHE isn't firing on all cylinders, I think they'll go with Sbaragli as the sprinter and Earle or Avila or Neilands could be the beneficiaries.

Simplifying your discussion to the choice between the two Norwegians, who have similar strenghts at first glance: good finish, particularily if it skoles slopes (damn autocorrect on ipad...) uphill. Decent at climbing, not the first sprinters to drop.
However, they are very different as August Jensen is Mr Reliable, one of the riders with most top 10 placings last year. Sondre Holst Enger is perhaps the opposite: no-one doubts his potential, but he’s been described as “cube shaped bouncing ball”: He can bounce very high,  but no-one knows which direction he’ll go. (Quoting former team Norway coach Kristiansen.) The academy should look for what was right at IAM. He may be a winner.
I think I would put Jensen in more one-day races and shorter stage races. Sondre has the GT experience after all.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2017, 18:54
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1087046381398919/

Team presentation is live (devo team too I believe). Kit to follow.

New bikes are De Rosa (just for Pastry).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2017, 19:40
(http://i65.tinypic.com/2lo5b9v.png)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2017, 20:35
Itamar Einhorn and Yam Poliak are the only returning riders for the devo team. Didn't quite catch the names of the new Israeli riders other than Saar Hershler, but they did say two foreign riders would be announced in the next couple of weeks. Let's hope for some real non-traditional cycling nations.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2017, 08:46
Itamar Einhorn and Yam Poliak are the only returning riders for the devo team. Didn't quite catch the names of the new Israeli riders other than Saar Hershler.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/photos/a.515941738509389.1073741831.515137875256442/1088380691265488/?type=3&permPage=1

Saned Abu Fares is another. Not that much info about, but he did ride a few races (http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/tag/wielrennen/saned-abu-fares) in Belgium this summer.

Just looking through those results, there are a couple of other names to watch out for - Yuval Ben Moshe (http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/tag/wielrennen/yuval-ben-moshe) and Nir Gabbay (http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/tag/wielrennen/nir-gabbay). Quite a few top-tens, but I don't have enough knowledge about the races/opposition to judge if that is impressive or not.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2017, 08:54
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/932637532172488704

Quote
Hermans’ Grand Tour appearances have been sporadic since his first ride at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. He believes that he does have the capacity to pull out a strong general classification result, but says that a stage victory would likely prove more beneficial than a half-decent GC spot.

"I have proved it before. In the Vuelta in 2016, I went 14th supporting other guys in the GC and this year I was 12th when I left the Giro with illness, so I proved that I can do top 10 in the best circumstances but it is not a real objective for the team also. When you win a stage, it is better than finishing ninth in the GC

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2017, 16:47
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/sport/exkluzivne-na-ct-sport/363238-giro-v-izraeli-snad-budu-u-toho-veri-cesky-cyklista-v-izraelskych-sluzbach/

Quote
When Giro d'Italia starts to compete in the first days of May, it will not be in Italy. It will not even be in Europe. The start of the famous event will be organized by Israel, and Czech cyclist Daniel Turek believes he will not miss the start.

"There must be at least one Israeli, with about three sprinters, Rubén Plaza and Ben Hermans, and we have six people there, and there are two places for universal racers who can escape, help people in sprinters and leaders in the hills. I would take this year's people from Krists Neilands and myself, but we will see how the newcomers will look and how it will be in the spring, I really believe in it, if we go, I think I should be there."

Make it so Number One.

There is also some team race calendar news in there about Australia (CEGORR + Herald Sun presumably, but I wouldn't say no to the two NZ races myself) and Andalucia.

Trofeo Laigueglia and San Juan are also on the cards.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on November 22, 2017, 23:39
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/sport/exkluzivne-na-ct-sport/363238-giro-v-izraeli-snad-budu-u-toho-veri-cesky-cyklista-v-izraelskych-sluzbach/

Make it so Number One.

There is also some team race calendar news in there about Australia (CEGORR + Herald Sun presumably, but I wouldn't say no to the two NZ races myself) and Andalucia.

Trofeo Laigueglia and San Juan are also on the cards.

Sensible to try and load up on race days early when the team's whole season revolves around the Giro.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 23, 2017, 09:00
I do remember thinking earlier this year that they went into the Spring Classics (their big target for 2017) a bit undercooked, so yeah getting a few more early races in makes sense, and let's face it with a 24 man team and most events now having only six riders, you are going to need a bumper calendar to give everybody enough kms.

It's an important year for the team and riders though. Using the analogy of a young rider (which they signed lots of a year ago), if 2017 was their first year of a "neo-pro" contract where results aren't such a big thing, then this year they need to show something and I'm not just talking Hermans, Sbaragli etc. There needs to be evidence of a maturing, better stamina, more nous and results from the whole team.

So no pressure then. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: zinoviev letter on November 23, 2017, 16:54
They've got 24 riders for next season? That seems a bit unwise unless they are going to be riding a really very extensive calendar for a PCT team. I hope they can find enough races for the less prominent half of their squad.

It seems like they've brought in basically a whole new set of leaders with this year's squad now mostly likely to be in support roles. Are there any of this year's riders who you think will still get regular chances of their own?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 23, 2017, 19:18
They've got 24 riders for next season?

Add in the devo squad (more UCI races in 2018 they say) and you have at least 30. :o

Quote
It seems like they've brought in basically a whole new set of leaders with this year's squad now mostly likely to be in support roles. Are there any of this year's riders who you think will still get regular chances of their own?

That will depend a lot on the calendar and how many race squads they have, but you'd think with 24 riders they'll have three teams on the go quite a few times through the season, so if you're in the third group chances are you will get plenty of opportunities.

Some definitely won't get that freedom however. Boivin, Dempster and Van Winden have already been marked down by Carlstrom as (mainly sprint) helpers. I would put Schreurs and Williams in a similar role, but in smaller races.

The three Israelis (Roy Goldstein, Sagiv and Yechezkel) might get a bit more freedom than others due to their nationality, but water carrying and dom duties will await a lot of the time. Not that dissimilar to this year.

From what I've seen Raim isn't a very good leadout (going too early one time sticks in my mind), so I think he'll either still be one of the sprinters or when in a race with Sbaragli/SHE be given the green light to go in breaks which he did very successfully in 2016.

Neilands and Turek may find their roles compromised by the addition of Earle, Jensen and Avila which would be a shame.

To be honest though, I'm hoping that apart from the first five names I mentioned most will still get some freedom to try and get in breaks. Be the aggressors and not the guys in the peloton trying to control things.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 24, 2017, 21:25
http://www.velo-club.net/post/interview-kjell-carlstrom-une-bonne-nouvelle-que-le-giro-parte-d-israel

Quote from: Carlstrom
Ahmet is a very fast runner as well as Kristian, August and Sondre Holst Enger among the recruits, without forgetting Mihkel Räim and Guillaume Boivin who were already with us. I think he can be part of the sprinters' train, while also sometimes having his card to play.

http://www.procycling.no/du-merker-at-det-er-et-hakk-opp/

Quote from: Jensen
"It will not be like in Coop, where I had a free role in virtually all the rides I cycled. You have to go the degrees and find yourself in a slightly different role. I am prepared for that. I hope to participate in some stages and individual rides where I can get my own opportunities.

"Although I climbed pretty well in the rides I cycled for Coop, it would be a climbing to mean something different when we reach WorldTour. I'm not a rider in a very hilly climbing range, but more typical classic riders we recognize in several other Norwegian riders, such as Edvald, Alex, Amund and Truls. Norwegian riders are quite similar, and I join in those who want to bet on the classics.

"The impression I have gained from the conversations we have had on the team is that I'm going into the classic game. Then there are others that are more specific on climbing. At the continental level, they roll the roles a little more into each other. At this level, I think there are more specific roles, he explains.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 26, 2017, 09:46
http://bikepanel.com/p/44112

Roy Goldstein interview.

A lot of DNFs for him towards the end of the season, but apart from the Giro Della Toscana they were all in one day races. He finished every stage race apart from that one which extrapolates quite well into possibly finishing a GT, though obviously with Portugal being the longest at only 10 days (half a Giro) you can only draw so much from it.

Sagiv also did quite well in the "finishing stage races" stakes. The Giro Della Toscana again was a DNF for him, but his only other one was at 3DP which is understandable.

I'm ruling Yechezkel out of the running for the Giro. I think it's between those two. Putting my cynical hat one, I do wonder if they'll be tempted to run the Israeli Nats a bit earlier in the year if they decide not to go with Roy.

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At the beginning of January there is already a senator (huh?), and Tour Downer in Australia, and maybe the group is going there - it has not been officially declared so it's not safe yet

If google translate isn't playing tricks, that would be a bit of a coup.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 26, 2017, 15:43
A lot of DNFs for him towards the end of the season, but apart from the Giro Della Toscana they were all in one day races. He finished every stage race apart from that one which extrapolates quite well into possibly finishing a GT, though obviously with Portugal being the longest at only 10 days (half a Giro) you can only draw so much from it.
And really, the Giro della Toscana is two one-day races who combined forces and are now posing as one stage race. :P

If google translate isn't playing tricks, that would be a bit of a coup.
I wouldn't read anything more into this than that the team applied for a wildcard, and that the Tour Down Under organisers haven't said "no" yet.

In its ten editions as a WorldTour event since 2008, the race has invited a non-Australian ProConti team exactly once: In 2010, when #bmc16 BMC had reigning world champion Cadel Evans of Australia on their squad. Otherwise, it's always only been the #unisa national team and, in their ProConti years, #drapac16 Drapac.

Dempster and Earle are very good riders. But they're nowhere near the stature of Cadel Evans, in every aspect.
And since there are no signs whatever that Peter Sagan is making a surprise move, I think the chances of #academy racing the TDU are slim.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 28, 2017, 14:45
Devo team news. Subtitles for the video, but you have to rely on Google Translate for the accompanying post (you are warned).

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1095742213862669/

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Academic Syyqlyng (!) is proud to announce the new lineup of her reserve group for 2018

Yam Poliak
Itamar Einhorn
Saned Abu Fares
Saar Herschler
Ofek Hason? Too old surely?
Guy Leshem

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The Six Horsemen selected will soon be added to two foreign riders (Adam Wolf is in the video) and four stagg stagg (stagiaires?). The young group riders will enjoy the full variety of the pro group, including the de (TT?) bike, and the next season will also be exploitation in Europe, which includes three "blocks" of uci and national races.

The four names at the bottom of the post are the future stagiaires I reckon, even though Google Translate has them under the "Staff" grouping.

Ido Bear
Yanai Golan
Lior Avitan
Yuval Ben Moshe
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 30, 2017, 19:12
https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/936220162566512640

Lengthy Sylvan Adams interview.

Are Canadian as a rule usually so loqaucious? I'd have them down as more the strong silent types, certainly in comparison with their southern neighbours, but from the cycling world both Adams and Gord Fraser can talk the hind leg off a donkey.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 01, 2017, 18:20
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1098063670297190/

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1099246176845606/

Okay.....  :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 01, 2017, 22:26
Okay.....  :D
Kind of utterly pointless and devoid of any meaningful content whatsoever ...
... but still fun. :lol
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 02, 2017, 20:46
There is also some team race calendar news in there about Australia (CEGORR + Herald Sun presumably, but I wouldn't say no to the two NZ races myself) and Andalucia.

Trofeo Laigueglia and San Juan are also on the cards.

http://www.federacioncolombianadeciclismo.com/ruta/avila-se-estrena-con-israel-y-sosa-comandara-al-androni-sidermec-en-la-colombia-oro-y-paz/

+ Oro y Paz

Edwin Avila
Guillaume Boivin
Luis Lemus
Ben Perry
Mihkel Raim
Aviv Yechezkel

It would make sense if that was the team for San Juan too.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 19, 2017, 18:49
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1114373858666171/

Must be the kits for National Champs jerseys.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 20, 2017, 07:46
Must be the kits for National Champs jerseys.
Has to be. It sure would be silly if, after a glitzy team presentation and a training camp extensively covered by various media, they now released this video to 'reveal' their 2018 kit.
:shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Francois the Postman on December 20, 2017, 10:37
Silly it is:

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/vb.515137875256442/1114752385294985/?type=2&theater
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on December 20, 2017, 10:58
well, yeah, but it's a major improvement at least
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 20, 2017, 17:37
We need a picture. I'll pick somebody at random.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/25446399_1600805076679856_2473616260906375544_n.jpg?oh=b01cdadc39eb9998938cf5eda4e0e88a&oe=5AD16631)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 21, 2017, 20:48
Silly it is:
Some people can move robotically and make it look good.
Others ... well. :shh

well, yeah, but it's a major improvement at least
Huge improvement. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 28, 2017, 20:06
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1120729441363946/

Rather plain looking devo kit (if is what it is).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on December 29, 2017, 17:36
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1120729441363946/

Rather plain looking devo kit (if is what it is).
If you mean the guys in blue, that's #gazprom Gazprom-RusVelo. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on January 04, 2018, 21:41
Spotted yesterday:   #academy Israel cycling academy hat, on the Bergen light rail train (Bybanen)!

Inside the hat, it turned out to be August Jensen. Not a big surprise, he is the only #academy rider in my immediate neighborhood.  :)
I noticed the hat before the man, though!

He was heading to the airport with a big bag of what looked to be clothes and a bicycle! Looks like a training camp is underway...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 06, 2018, 12:13
....and you didn't get your phone out to take a sneaky pic? :P

He could be off to Australia for CEGORR and the Herald Sun, but I think it would make more sense for him to stay in Europe and to start his season in Mallorca and then Italy.

Season kicks off for the team tonight with Earle and Dempster in the Aussie RR and Schreurs across the Tasman Sea.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2018, 13:00
(http://i64.tinypic.com/wlk4j.png)

The Ex-Nats Champ detailing looks good, especially Boivin's.

Those three in the picture have been training in Colombia in preparation for San Juan. Since Sbaragli hasn't joined them for this little training camp, it could be that Raim will be the main man.

A win in the Argentine will be very difficult to achieve, but after Gaviria the sprint field is far from frightening.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2018, 20:33
He was heading to the airport with a big bag of what looked to be clothes and a bicycle! Looks like a training camp is underway...

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/photos/a.515941738509389.1073741831.515137875256442/1139585489478341/?type=3

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/27066848_1139585489478341_2293519819434102643_n.jpg?oh=18c20a9ea103d081ac1babe5d3c3798c&oe=5AF51D2F)

It's CEGORR and Herald Sun for August. CEGORR is the kind of course which should suit him.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 25, 2018, 21:12
Not a bad start to the season in Argentina and Mallorca. Last year the team was very slow to get going, so this is quite encouraging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JXyqSF6Mxg

This is the overhead of yesterday's sprint. Avila gets a bit muscled out by Pelucchi and is then thus in the way of Raim. Some fine tuning needed, but fourth in a 2.1 here is arguably better than his win at the 2.HC Colorado Classic.

The climb tomorrow isn't that tough. Even so it is probably too much to expect Avila to hang in, but we shall see.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on January 28, 2018, 23:11
There's no way to hotlink to a facebook video here is there? This seems to become more popular than youtube with some organizations like Velon, obsessed by followers. Facebook videos are notoriously more difficult to share outside facebook than youtube videos :(

Anyway my local hero August Jensen in #academy, decided to go cycling and would surely ended i,n top 10 if he hadn't been viped out by a rider in front of him (#sunweb Mike Teunissen) hitting a road marker cone. This brought down both of them, and it is actually filmed live onboard at ~52 secs in this video.

https://www.facebook.com/veloncc/videos/1426225790838312/

Damage done: mostly lost skin for Jensen, don't know about Teunissen.

These cones are useless on a road race course, I remember last year they caused a fall in the finale of one of the Vuelta al pais Vasco stages (finishing in Bilbao) - I think that was Contador going down but I don't remember details, it was bad though.

The thing is, they are so small they only guide the first riders and then the rest can't see them.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 28, 2018, 23:42
There's no way to hotlink to a facebook video here is there?
No. Maybe we can persuade the gremlins to make one.

This seems to become more popular than youtube with some organizations like Velon, obsessed by followers.
That's Velon alright! :lol

I wonder time and again why so many subscribe to the view that followers, clicks etc. are the be-all and end-all and will ultimately save humanity.
That way, you determine the value of a piece of work solely by how many people watched/shared/commented on it - which isn't necessarily related to the quality of the work, but to who is well-known already. According to a German saying, the devil always sh*ts on the biggest pile. ;)
Social Media are especially rife with this belief, but it increasingly permeates into 'traditional' media.

These cones are useless on a road race course, I remember last year they caused a fall in the finale of one of the Vuelta al pais Vasco stages (finishing in Bilbao) - I think that was Contador going down but I don't remember details, it was bad though.

The thing is, they are so small they only guide the first riders and then the rest can't see them.
Man, that was a stupid & unnecessary crash.
Was there any good reason to limit the peloton to just half the road there? Only thing I can think of is if they had to keep open the other lane for oncoming traffic ... but then they should have found an alternative route for the race! Jeesh. :fp
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 30, 2018, 13:30
It's dangerous to read too much into riders' first races of the season, but what the hey.

Giro Watch

SHE - Second to Degenkolb in a sprint one day, then in a break (solo for a lot of it) the next on an up and down parcour in nasty weather. Small crash and puncture on last day ruled out a result there. I'd be inking his name in already.

Earle, Niv, Raim and Turek - Not amazing performances, but enough to stand out.

Lemus and Sagiv - Lemus admitted he made a rookie mistake in not warming up before Tramuntana (you could argue it was partially the fault of the DS, but the buck stops with Luis). He tweeted something as well which could be construed as him thinking about his future career in cycling. Sagiv has knee problems which made him DNF his only day's racing.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on January 30, 2018, 21:32
I assume they will need at least a few Israelis for the giro? and at least one Italian, in which case Sbaragli is in?

In-shape version of the cube-shaped bouncing ball Sondre Holst Enger can be a threat for almost everyone. High risk, high potential!  :cool


 
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 31, 2018, 05:53
I assume they will need at least a few Israelis for the giro? and at least one Italian, in which case Sbaragli is in?

Just the one Israeli for the Giro barring some miraculous form from more than one of them. Roy Goldstein is in prime position with the Nats jersey. Sagiv is his main rival, but if he's carrying an injury, then the decision could be even easier.

I think all the riders who stepped down from WT will be there including Sbaragli. Unless they're injured of course or have shown absolutely no form in the next couple of months.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 13, 2018, 09:00
Giro Watch

There's been a few races since the last update, but no major performances to get excited about.

Hermans, Neilands and Sagiv - 10th on the queen stage at Valenciana for Hermans. Didn't feel great at the bottom of the climb (and was nowhere to be seen), but fought hard and had a really strong finish to the stage. At Laigueglia he had to bridge across the gap to the front grp and didn't have any energy left to do any more. Sagiv looks to be over his knee pain.

Everyone in Colombia! Crashes didn't help, but nobody there will be thinking their Giro chances are looking rosy. Raim was already facing an uphill battle to get ahead of Sbaragli and SHE, but a possible wrist injury and poor performances by him and his train surely means Italy will not be on the menu for him. Also Edwin Avila is not a guy for the sprint train. Too small and lightweight. The team should be using him in other ways ie. breaks or slightly more selective group finishes.

Up next for the team Ruta del Sol (Hermans and Sbaragli) and Haut Var (SHE and Jensen).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 20, 2018, 18:45
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/1162226460547577

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It was time for a frank reflection .

It is obvious a month into our breakthrough grand tour season , we seem to still having problems in kicking into gear.

What is missing ?

The results obviously not there, nor are our performance in critical moments overboard in most of the races so far.

We asked our sports director in Andalucia Oscar Guerrero to give us his views and he was direct and sincere as you can expect in this team.

“Is not easy to say. I think first, that maybe we are not in the shape that we thought we will be at the start of the season. We are not in a bad shape, far from it, but, in the real hard moments of the races, we are not strong enough .

Sometimes it just a matter of timing and luck. Here in Andalucia, for example, Ben Hermans wasn't 100% healthy, and in the hard moments, he needed to be 100%, because the finishes here were very steep.

I think also, that we need to be more AGGRESSIVE in the races. We Were not able to get to breakaways, and this is something we need to do even if we need to protect our leader.

But it’s only the start of the season and we need stay CALM . because the results will come.

I'm sure the exact same things were being said a year ago. Let's hope we don't have to wait till Azerbaidjan and Tro Bro Leon again for a turn around in fortunes.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 21, 2018, 07:28
It's February.
The real season hasn't even started yet.[1]

If they've still underperformed by the start of April, there may be some cause for getting worried - but until now, everything has been nothing more than glorified training races: Nice to get a win in, but not really something anyone will remember in the long run.
 1. yes, I'm a European snob
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2018, 14:23
https://www.facebook.com/Einhorn11/posts/1821024484577074

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Last (!) Day before the first #uci race in my #2018 season!
Super excited! Feeling super good and strong, even started to beat the cold 😎🤩
...... @ Umag

We don't even know 100% who is on the team, but Itamar should be it's leader, to begin with anyway.

I think they said that the Devo team would have three batches of races through the season. So batch 1 starts with Trofej Umag and presumably will continue then with Porec, Istrian Spring Trophy and then the non-UCI Tour of Arad to finish off with.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2018, 19:26
We don't even know 100% who is on the team

(http://i65.tinypic.com/fee9sz.png)

Poulton is the only new name.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=193754

South African and probably came to the teams attention when he won the Maccabiah Games (the third-largest international sporting event in the world, but i have to hold my hands up and say I've never heard of it before) TT last year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on February 27, 2018, 20:10
Inflamed left knee + saddles sores for August Jensen. :( Should be back for Tirreno-Adriatico. 
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 01, 2018, 20:22
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1822291077783748&set=p.1822291077783748&type=3&theater

Quote from: Einhorn
Not all the things go as you want, not always at least.

I had a great feeling, great legs and great mood, i was there in the front and 13 km to the end i got stuck behind a big crash, i just fell in zero speed, didn't got any problems and started chasing the first group of 40+- riders... With no success, finished 1:15 minutes behind the winner and 37 by place.

I will race again Saturday in porac trophy race!

Ben Moshe and Poulton finished in the next group at 2 minutes. Avitan the only DNF.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 05, 2018, 06:09
Giro Watch

Neilands and Boivin - Krists was right up in the action yesterday. Looked one of the more aggressive riders in that select group of 7(?). The Cannonball was the team's best rider last year in the Spring Classics, but had zero luck. So nice to see him get a good result at KBK this time round. Of course there might not be to much correlation between doing well in classics and a GT, but the Giro can get nasty weather.

Raim and the Norwegian contingent - My fears about Raim's injury came true. Broken scaphoid almost 100% means no Giro. The Norwegians have been suffering too. "Inflamed left knee + saddles sores for August Jensen" and a cold for SHE meant there were no results forthcoming at Haut Var.

The team has mentioned that a long list for the Giro will appear some time in March (after TA?), so now is the time to shine.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 06, 2018, 18:53
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28795996_1175926239177599_3061971444968723085_n.jpg?oh=8a152448ee42622299f1c866f450c7e4&oe=5B424352)

SHE still suffering from the cold?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on March 06, 2018, 19:48
That would be a valid interpretation, yes.
Also, he is a rider without a tradition for being in shape in the spring. Typically starts working around May. The overlapping competences between Sbaragli, Jensen and Holst Enger must also be considered, you can't have a team with only chiefs, and I think they already are a bit low on indians in that setup.
 
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 09, 2018, 08:59
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/1177775962325960

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7 km to the finish we felt that we were in great shape. Israeli Guy sagiv just completed his task magnificently - leading the almost full day breakaway. His teammates were fresh and ready in line for the sprint.

But then that horrifying sound of metal. “There was that rider in front of me that went down and I crashed,” described Kristian Sbaragli, revealing his frustration. Almost all of the team came down after him. Latvian Krists Neilands, Norwegian August Jensen, Canadian Guillaume Boivin and Belgian Ben Hermans. Jensen seemed to have got the worst of it, injuring his elbow. He was sent later to the local hospital for checkups and nobody is sure if he can start tomorrow.

Jensen and Neilands had x-rays this morning and it showed no problems, so all five crashees will start the next stage.

Anyway not the most auspicious of starts, but as long as any injuries don't affect the riders going forward, then it really doesn't mean much as the TTT and TT made GC a rather unrealistic target for Hermans.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 20, 2018, 08:50
https://twitter.com/HamishSchreurs/status/975840241176203264

Giro Watch

Neilands and Hermans - The Belgian was actually ill and on antibiotics at TA. He said he almost didn't bother on the MTF, but I'm sure he's glad he made the effort. Good couple of (very long) days in a row for Krists at TA. Struggled a bit then on the third tough day.

Dempster and Avila - Picking up some decent results. Haven't seen the Drenthe finish, but on paper I think Zak should have beaten those other riders for the win. Over in Taiwan we finally see Edwin racing how he should be used. Getting in breaks and riding aggressively. Probably given himself a snifter of a chance of making the team.

Sbaragli and SHE - Enger has had the one good result between the pair of them, on reflection though finishing second to Der John isn't looking so impressive now. Kristian's best result from 23 race days is a 14th. We know SHE has been ill, but these lack of results from the pair of them doesn't make it easy to make a selection for the Giro.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on March 20, 2018, 22:30
I think Neilandts clearly is the man of the hour in #academy, but the hour doesn't necessarily stretch into May.
Actually, in the MSR, the whole team, with one notable exception,  was pretty much punching above their weight class, I think they were 5-strong before the Cavendish crash near the base of the Poggio.

Somone crashed into August Jensen's rear derailleur, probably in the chaos caused by the flying Manx missile. The derailleur was bent and skipped gears, only working on some. On the climb of the Poggio he couldn't get the best gear for his climbing working. Nevertheless, he managed to get over in the first group but lacked the gears to follow in the high speed chase on the flat section into the Via Roma.
Although the results doesn't show it -it is probably recognized internally as a good day out.
(source: procycling.no)   

The one rider who did not go quite to expectatations was the intended captain? Kristian Sbaragli was clearly struggling at the back and dropped before the start of the Poggio. However, I guess he's a guaranteed man on the Giro squad, he'll play the part of "the Italian guy" in this spaghetti eastern movie...

EDIT: damn !#¤!#¤ procyclingstats - that was supposedly the team results widget....will see if I can fix it.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 22, 2018, 22:16
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/2018/03/22/110178/radiocorsa-i-segreti-della-sanremo-raisport-amarcord-indiscreto-tuttobiciweb

Get your large pinch of Beppe salt ready: Bike Geeeeks to take over the BMC WT licence for 2019.

However isn't the WT shrinking to 17 teams next year?

On the other hand I did read an article earlier this year (or at the tail end of last) saying that the infrastructure of the team (all the staff in the background, the facilities, the non-white leather seats on the bus etc) were of a WT level already. The riders are obviously mainly not at that level (they're a mixture of all three "classes" really), but WT and the guaranteed invites must be on Sylvan Adams mind at some point.

I think Neilandts clearly is the man of the hour in #academy, but the hour doesn't necessarily stretch into May.

True, but I'd rather performances in 2018 weighed more in the selection reckoning than results from last year or even earlier. For me, him and Hermans should be the only guaranteed picks so far.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on March 22, 2018, 22:20
(..the non-white leather seats on the bus etc)

Marginal gains  :o 
but definetly one step ahead of uno-x ok get it :D 
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 23, 2018, 08:38
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/2018/03/22/110178/radiocorsa-i-segreti-della-sanremo-raisport-amarcord-indiscreto-tuttobiciweb

Get your large pinch of Beppe salt ready: Bike Geeeeks to take over the BMC WT licence for 2019.
Now I have enough salt for the next couple of years! :lol

However isn't the WT shrinking to 17 teams next year?
Possibly. Information on this is conspicuously unforthcoming. I think the last we heard was this from November 2016:
http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/18-teams-2017-uci-worldtour-including-dimension-data-298663 (http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/18-teams-2017-uci-worldtour-including-dimension-data-298663)
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“Since the commencement of the WorldTeam registration process for 2017, it has become clear that there are 18 candidates for WorldTeam licences,” said the UCI in a press release. “With this in mind, the PCC has decided that for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, a maximum of 18 UCI WorldTeam licences may be issued.”
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The UCI said: “the ambition is to strengthen the competitiveness of elite level and therefore to set the maximum number of UCI WorldTeams to 17 in 2019 and 16 from 2020 onwards, with a working group tasked to study this and a number of other topics.”
So it's "the ambition" to reduce the number of teams ... that could mean everything and nothing.
I think that if there are 18 or more candidates for 2019 again, they won't reduce the number.

On the other hand I did read an article earlier this year (or at the tail end of last) saying that the infrastructure of the team (all the staff in the background, the facilities, the non-white leather seats on the bus etc) were of a WT level already.
The bus is the one we had at #stolting, so it's obviously the bestest bus ever. :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on March 30, 2018, 17:28
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Battle for Israeli Giro berth heating up

Only one blue-and-white cyclist is set to be part of Israel Cycling Academy’s squad for Grand Tour

The start of the Giro d’Italia in Jerusalem in five weeks will undoubtedly be the greatest moment in Israeli cycling history, one that was unimaginable not that long ago.

The race will see 176 of the world’s top cyclists begin the competition with a time trial against the backdrop of the Old City.

Among all the elite riders waiting at the start line there will also be one Israeli, preparing to make history and become the first blue-and-white cyclist to ever compete in one of the three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana).

While the Giro will get under way in just over a month, the battle for what is expected to be the lone berth for an Israeli rider on the squad of Team Israel Cycling Academy is still wide open.

Guy Sagiv, Roy Goldstein and Guy Niv are set to be the three Israeli finalists for a place on the team’s eight-man squad for the Giro.

While in theory more than one Israeli could make the team, in all likelihood there will only be room for a single local rider in the monumental race, which will continue with road stages between Haifa and Tel Aviv (167 km) and Beersheba and Eilat (226 km) before heading to southern Italy.

“This 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia will be historic in many ways,” Israel Cycling Academy team owner Sylvan Adams told The Jerusalem Post. “The first time a Grand Tour will race outside of Europe it will happen in Israel. And, our Israel Cycling Academy team, the country’s first professional bicycle team, is participating in the Giro on home soil, which also means that an Israeli athlete will be competing in a Grand Tour for the first time. Each of these is a remarkable first, unimaginable just a couple of years ago, and announces Israel’s arrival as a true cycling nation on the World stage.”

Sagiv, Goldstein and Niv all live in the city of Girona in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, and are good friends away from training and racing. They often meet for Friday night meals and go out for coffee when they are all in town.

But they are all well aware that only one of them is set to take part in the Giro, which will obviously leave the two other riders bitterly disappointed.

“This is our career and this is our life, but we also all undoubtedly want the best for each other,” said the 23-year-old Sagiv, a native of Givat Nili, a moshav near Zikhron Ya’akov. “There is no IN A heated race, (from left) Guy Sagiv, Roy Goldstein and Guy Niv are battling for what is expected to be the lone berth for an Israeli rider on the Israel Cycling Academy’s squad at the upcoming Giro d’Italia. doubt that this is a very special race but there will be more races.”

Sagiv is coming off a remarkable performance at the Milan-San Remo “Monument” classic two weeks ago, being among the nine riders in the early break. Sagiv and teammate Dennis Van Winden were part of the lead group for 250 kilometers before it was pulled in by the peloton, with Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali ultimately claiming the win after 291km.

“I’m happy to see Guy Sagiv do well in the Milan-San Remo. I don’t want someone else to fail, I want to do well myself,” explained the 24-yearold Goldstein, a native of Gilon in the Lower Galilee. “I’m happy when the other riders do well, but even happier when I succeed.

At the end of the day we are friends and teammates who will always work for each other. The bottom line is that this battle will help us progress and make us stronger.

“This Giro really is historic, but our path only passes through the Giro. It isn’t our ultimate goal. Our goal is bigger than this Giro or next year’s Giro.”

The 24-year-old Niv, a native of kibbutz Misgav Am in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel, echoed a similar sentiment.

“At the beginning of the year there was a race in which Guy Sagiv was injured but he had no problem riding in front of me, blocking the wind for me and helping me out,” noted Niv, who has surprised everyone with his form after only making the switch from mountain biking to road racing last year. “We are pros and we are all doing our job.

Eventually the team will make its choice. We live in the same city, far from our families, and we also meet away from cycling. We will be happy for whoever makes it.”

While Sagiv, Goldstein and Niv are genuinely rooting for each other, they each also have little doubt that they should be the one racing in the Giro.

“I for example have more experience than Guy Niv. He has made amazing progress this year and has closed the gap from a physical standpoint, but you can’t discount years of experience and the understanding of racing in a peloton, which I have,” said Sagiv. “Regarding Roy, I think that I have an advantage over him in experience, as well as knowing how to work for the team.”

Goldstein, whose brother Omer is also a member of Israel Cycling Academy, is extremely confident.

“I think my chances of making the team are really high,” he stated.

“I’m the current Israel national champion and that says a lot. We are all being tested in competitions across the world and it will ultimately come down not to who is the better or stronger rider, but on which rider will adapt himself to the team at the Giro and help the team to win.”

Niv understands he has the disadvantage of having focused on mountain biking up until a year ago, but he still believes he will make the team.

“I really believe in my abilities. Obviously, I lack experience. I still need to learn a lot about racing in a peloton, but I try to learn from every race in which I compete and not make the same mistake twice,” he explained. “I have no qualms about saying that I’m the best Israeli climber and ultimately the Giro is a race with many climbs. A rider who can overcome the climbs and stay with the leaders can be a great asset to the team and that is what I’m counting on.”

Niv became a professional road cyclist almost by coincidence, taking part in a race in France last April to prepare for a mountain bike competition, only to discover that his passion for cycling wasn’t limited to rough terrain.

“Fortunately the transition was smooth,” said Niv. “One of the things that crossed my mind when I decided to make the change was that there was talk that the Giro might be coming to Israel. It seemed unrealistic for me at the time as I hadn’t even competed in top road races. It was a dream, but I’m happy that I’m one of the candidates to make the squad one month be-fore the Giro.”

One of the things on which Sagiv, Goldstein and Niv all agree on is their good fortune to be racing at a time when Israel’s first professional cycling team is rising to prominence. Only one of them is set to be at the start line in Jerusalem on May 4, but the future of all three under the stewardship of Israel Cycling Academy looks to be brilliantly bright.

“It really is a gift from heaven,” said Goldstein on having the opportunity to race for ICA. “Sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time to get your chance. A few years ago the path to success was much tougher, not that it is easy and simple now. I didn’t know that the team would exist when I was a young rider. I always believed I would be able to make it regardless, but now the Israeli riders are extremely lucky to have a much clearer horizon for the future.”
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 30, 2018, 18:41
Just a little bit of tension there between Roy and Sagiv.

Even with the national champs jersey on Roy's back, the chances of him being selected are definitely fading. Sagiv finished both MSR and a lengthy, tough TA whilst Goldstein was a DNF at Catalunya. Final chances to impress will be at Trentino or Croatia/Castilla y Leon if the team races there.

Niv doesn't have a chance imo, but all three will be part of the long list - soon to be announced and now expanded to 15 (!) riders.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 09, 2018, 10:03
:fanfare

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/983264798191374336

Confirmed:

Ben Hermans (Belgium)
Krists Neilands (Latvia)
Rubén Plaza (Spain)

Fighting over the other spots:

Edwin Avila (Colombia)
Guillaume Boivin (Canada)
Zak Dempster (Australia)
Nathan Earle (Australia)
Sondre Holst Enger (Norway)
Roy Goldstein (Israel)
August Jensen (Norway)
Guy Niv (Israel)
Guy Sagiv (Israel)
Kristian Sbaragli (Italy)
Daniel Turek (Czech Republic)
Dennis van Winden (Netherlands)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on April 13, 2018, 18:35
Fighting over the other spots:
So the MexiCAN is out. :(
Oh well. Not a surprise if we're honest.

Great news for Neilands! :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on April 13, 2018, 22:57
Great news for Neilands! :cool

Dude, with a modest to modest+ squad to pick from you don't forget the guy who  made the Milano - Sanremo?  All the *it tifosi will love him already! + if he's back up in shape again for May, he might actually be good enough to steal a stage when no-one is watching  :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on April 15, 2018, 09:50
Dude, with a modest to modest+ squad to pick from you don't forget the guy who  made the Milano - Sanremo?  All the *it tifosi will love him already! + if he's back up in shape again for May, he might actually be good enough to steal a stage when no-one is watching  :cool
Oh, totally. He belongs in that Giro squad.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2018, 19:22
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/1211458972290992

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Israel cycling Academy has chosen its Canadian rider Guillaume Boivin as it’s 4th rider to secure a place in the ICA lineup to the historic Giro d'Italia.

At the same time, the team professional staff has decided to narrow its list of candidates to the Giro . Israeli champion Roy Goldstein and Dutch Dennis van Winden will no longer be considered .

Team manager Kjell Carlström: “ We decided to secure G’s place in the Giro since he proved once and again his dedication to the team and his willing to put the team good before his own ambitions. He is an experienced and strong rider that we need in the critical and decisive moments in Giro stages. I really wanted to Let him know he is IN so he can relax his mind and prepare to the challenge”.

As for the painful decision regarding Goldstein and Van Winden he said: “ Dennis was injured in his last race and needed multiple stitches. Unfortunately the injury will prevent him to prepare for the Giro. Roy is a rider who made a significant progress but we feel he is not yet ready to the demands of 21 Days grand tour. He will race and further develop , reaching this level in the future”.

The writing was on the wall for Goldstein when he DNF-ed on Sunday before they reached the halfway point of the race.

That leaves 9 riders fighting for 4 spots. Sagiv must be a gimme over Niv, so realistically 7 fighting over 3.

SHE
Sbaragli
Dempster
Avila
Jensen
Earle
Turek

Some combination of the first four (or five) in that list seems likely. They are experimenting with the sprints in Croatia, so that might help (or hinder) their final choices.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on April 22, 2018, 20:57
High activity for the Academy riders now....with a GC win for Ruben Plaza in Vuelta Castilla y Leon, and (finally) a decent sprint from Sondre Holst Enger in Croatia.
Meanwhile, I spotted August Jensen on a training ride here in Bergen today. I look into the crystal ball and think this means that Jensen will not race the Giro. There's a few races here in Norway on their calendar (Tour of Norway, Tour des Fjords and the Hammer series) and I guess he's wanted there. The same could be the case for Sondre Holst Enger, although it doesn't make a lot of sense to put these guys on the same team given their overlapping skill sets.
If, and that is always a big if, Sondre Holst Enger is on his way back in shape again, he could still be in contention. There are few others on that team that have raced Peter Sagan to the line on a TdF stage, so he remains one of the riders with the highest potential - if only!   

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 27, 2018, 18:44
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/989159454762504192

Well there we go.

I think taking Niv is a mistake, but hey ho. Dempster was almost a shoe in after Van Winden got injured. Him and the Cannonball (along with Sagiv) will be the workhorses for the team. Sbaragli has shown absolutely nada since he joined, but with those Italian sponsors onboard he was always going to have a big chance of riding.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 12, 2018, 18:45
Non-Giro Watch

https://www.facebook.com/omergoldy/videos/1954329294587018/

I was watching this (Aragon Stage 1) yesterday and like the commentator I wasn't sure who it was, but I assumed it was SHE channelling some Giro non-selection rage, just riding off the front of the front of the peloton in the last km and showing the team what they were missing out on. Turns out it was Omer Goldstein. Pretty impressive effort from the youngster. Of course if he'd waited a a little bit and properly led out Van Winden it would have been even better. Let's see how he gets on with tomorrow's MTF of Cerler.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 20, 2018, 16:35
https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/videos/1239888132781409/

The team waits (live at the mo) at the finish line to see if Dempster, Boivin and Sagiv make the time cut. Sagiv was struggling earlier to feed.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on May 20, 2018, 18:54
they don't seem to be waiting anymore. All guys made it comfortably :cool

is bringing them home to Rome the only goal left though?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 20, 2018, 19:44
is bringing them home to Rome the only goal left though?

They had three goals in mind pre-Giro:

#1 Stage win
#2 Aggressive racing
#3 An Israeli to finish the race

So at the moment the last one, yes, seems the only attainable goal.

Hermans was at least in with a chance on Etna for the stage win and I was feeling pretty optimistic after that, but although he has been trying since then, it's been without much success. Him and Neilands got in the break on stage 10, but with Chaves getting dropped it was doomed and today he had another go, but didn't look full of energy when I saw him and De Marchi alone at the front. Three chances left for him (1 KoM point wouldn't go amiss either!)

Plaza probably had two stages marked as opportunities. Ten and seventeen. If he'd had the legs on ten, the opportunity was there to go with Frapporti or later with Villella+Mohoric or even with Denz+De Marchi+Henao. The day after the TT is his final chance.

Sbaragli has been awful. He was bad at the start of the season, bad in the run-up to the Giro and even worse during it.

Those are the three the team would have been pinning their hopes on for the stage wins and (worthwhile) aggressive racing. You can't expect too much from debutant GT riders like Neilands or the doms.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on May 21, 2018, 11:25
....he is a rider without a tradition for being in shape in the spring. Typically starts working around May.....

and...although he fell through on the last hilly stage in Lillehammer and did not win a stage, he was leading the race overall after two stages, and was a threat on stage finishes (even with Groenewegen being way faster) so I guess we can say, the may form curve thing, it  happened again. 

I think he might have won a stage in the Giro, the competing group of sprinters in the Tour of Norway were at more or less the same level as in Italy. Bad selection by Academy, although I have no problem understanding why.

PS: This post was to feature a photo of Sondre in yellow but because of some new anti-copysteal from the race photographers I think I better let it be :)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on May 21, 2018, 12:45
I think he might have won a stage in the Giro, the competing group of sprinters in the Tour of Norway were at more or less the same level as in Italy. Bad selection by Academy, although I have no problem understanding why.

the springing level in Italy isn't particularly high for sure, but still miles above the one from the Tour of Norway. Just look at stage 1 for example - personally I have never even heard about half of those sprinters finishing in the Top 10 there.

So, would he have done better than Sbaragli? Yes, I think so too. But would he have won a stage, the way the things were going so far? No way.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: rote_laterne on May 21, 2018, 12:47
I think he might have won a stage in the Giro, the competing group of sprinters in the Tour of Norway were at more or less the same level as in Italy. Bad selection by Academy, although I have no problem understanding why.

I don't think so but even riding with one leg he would have done better than ICA chosen one.
Nice to see him getting results, I also rate him high in the Tour of the Fjords.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 21, 2018, 12:57
Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere...

I've been watching some of the Giro in Hebrew, not a language with which I'm familiar but still makes more sense than Kirby. But it seems to me that the word that sounds like academia is used for team so I was wondering if that is why the team is called the Israel Cycling Academy. But then I saw it was called the Israel Cycling Academy Team on their kit, so I do't know if anyone can clear that up...


I did hear the best piece of commentary I've heard in a while; when Yates kicked for the second time yesterday the commentator simply exhaled, 'oofff' in the manner of someone who has been punched in the stomach. No translation required.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on May 21, 2018, 13:14
I don't know if anyone can clear that up...
More or less the only Hebrew I know is 'mazel tov', so I can't be of help here. :S
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 01, 2018, 18:47
https://twitter.com/FQSC/status/1002214238226735104
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 15, 2018, 18:33
https://twitter.com/HamishSchreurs/status/975840241176203264

There was some help from a puncture, but today was that day!

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 23, 2018, 14:54
Been a decent few weeks for the team since the Giro ended. Not only victories in Korea and Dwars door het Hageland, but good showings in most races they have entered: Hammer Limburg, Adriatica Ionica, Elfstedenronde, Koln and GP Lugano.

It's time to think though of transfers. Not who is joining, but who could be leaving as a lot of the team's contracts are up. If Beppe Conti is right for once and they go WT, then the list could be much longer, but let's work under the assumption that they stay at PCT.



Neilands is the only obvious candidate for a promotion. Great win the other weekend on a tough course, but not against real top competition. Showed enough there though and in MSR and TA and Portugal last year that he has something. EF-Drapac *shudder* could be an option.



Luis Lemus just isn't good enough. I know he's mainly working for others, but one or two decent days in the mountains per year just doesn't cut it. He ticks the box of coming from a non-traditional cycling country and has a good media presence, but there are better Mexicans out there. Somewhere like Illuminate/Elevate/Jelly Belly would be a better fit.

The other one I could definitely see leaving is Yechezkel. He was one of the bigger hopes among the Israeli riders, but seems to have fallen way down the pecking order. Back to MTB?

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As for the rest. Plaza could retire. Riders like Williams and Schreurs are essential to any team, but easy to replace as well if slightly better options become available. Diaz has shown a few improvements over the past two years and if the Vuelta is the next target for the team, then will probably be safe.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on June 23, 2018, 16:33
If Beppe Conti is right for once
:lol :rofl: :lol

Good analysis.
I get what you're saying about Lemus. I like him, but he hasn't exactly turned heads this year (or last year).
Neilands is an #axeon alumnus - they don't often go to Vaughters even later on (and he shouldn't). A Latvian tag-team with Skujins at #trek would be better in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 03, 2018, 19:58
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1014175568298901507

 :cool

Neilands turning down WT offers to stay for another year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 12, 2018, 16:15
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Hermans winning on the Kitzbuhler Horn wasn't the team's first victory on a MTF. Butler won a couple of years ago in Hongrie, but if you remember Raim finished third or fourth on said climb, so let's just say it wasn't very tough. The victory for the Belgian was of a much higher standard.

The defence of the leader's jersey hasn't been easy so far. Yesterday's Grossglockner stage went okay, a short day with just the one real climb made things fairly simple, but today's longer and more up and down profile had them struggling. From the footage I saw they were having to rely on the kindness of strangers (Gazprom for some reason) to stop Madrazo from nicking the lead. Tomorrow looks even tougher.

Some climbers definitely need to be on incoming transfer menu.

Frankiny? Probably heading for a bigger team. FDJ rumoured among others.

Polanc?

Bookwalter?

Carlos Verona? Might fancy a bit more freedom away from Cerberus
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 21, 2018, 18:11
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1020708739773599744
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2018, 07:29
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/israel-cycling-academy-start-tour-de-france-push-with-first-french-signing/

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Cyclingnews understands the team hopes to add several French riders

Please not Rolland or Bouhanni.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2018, 12:16
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/israel-cycling-academy-start-tour-de-france-push-with-first-french-signing/
Harrumph.
I get that you may need to sign someone from La Grande Nation if you want to get into La Grande Boucle.
But more and more, this is no longer 'the team that gives riders from non-traditional countries a chance', instead turning into 'just another cycling team'. :(

Romain Lemarchand has a family member working for ASO, and he's not under contract with #delko any more ... but that's because he retired after last season. Stupid me. :S
I guess he could get a DS post ... :shh

Sylvain Chavanel - he's announced his retirement, but maybe some sweet words from Ran Margaliot (and the accompanying envelope of cash from Sylvan Adams) could convince him of postponing that? :shh

Nacer Bouhanni: He'd probably almost guarantee an entry to whichever French race(s) they wanted ... but he'd also be a big liability to take on.

Other French riders out of contract at their current teams:
#ag2r Cyril Gautier
#groupama Mathieu Ladagnous, Rudy Molard, Anthony Roux, Bénoît Vaugrenard, Arthur Vichot ... and a certain Thibaut Pinot
#cofidis Stéphane Rossetto, Anthony & Jimmy Turgis
#direct Thomas Boudat, Jonathan Hivert
#fortuneo Anthony Delaplace, Arnaud Gérard, Amaël Moinard, Pierre-Luc Périchon
#vital Erwann Corbel, Arnaud Courteille, Marc Fournier
#delko Julien El Farès, Yannick Martinez

With the exception of Pinot (and there's no way he's leaving Madiot, is there?) none of these make me sing hallelujah.

Disclaimer: I do not know which French riders and/or staff they've allegedly signed, this is all speculation.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2018, 20:09
One other alternative is CN being wrong( :P ) or shall we say over connecting the dots. Yes, we know they want to ride the TdF at some point, but there was nothing in the stagiaire press release about it or the French riders/races bit.

To me the Vuelta would make much more sense in 2019. They have some Spanish riders already and have raced quite a bit in Spain the past couple of years. A wildcard could be easier to get as well if there isn't some upturn in the form of Burgos (will they even exist in 2019?).

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on July 31, 2018, 21:00
if not even Coquard could guarantee a Tour wildcard, I honestly can't see anyone on the market (but Pinot, who will not sign anyway) who would
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2018, 22:59
One other alternative is CN being wrong( :P ) or shall we say over connecting the dots. Yes, we know they want to ride the TdF at some point, but there was nothing in the stagiaire press release about it or the French riders/races bit.
Unless I am much mistaken there will be some off-the-record source about this that they can't quote yet (the team will want to announce the signing(s) itself), but which confirms that there will be French signings - they just can't go public with the names yet.
You don't write "CN learned #academy will sign French riders" unless you are certain of it. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 07, 2018, 10:55
https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1026760087933800448

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The French team Côtes d'Armor Cycling playing in National Division 1, announces a privileged partnership with Israel Cycling Academy evolving in Pro Continental UCI.

The French club will become the official reserve team of ICA.
 
The Israeli team and the French club have decided to join forces to allow young talents to develop their full sporting potential and to flourish fully in high-level cycling. In other, Côtes d'Armor Cycling will welcome several hopeful runners of the Israeli team . As part of the collaboration, the French club will serve as the official training and race platform for the reserve team, providing the hopefuls with a quality racing program, full professional support and supervision. Close to ICA staff and management French club riders will also join the professional team at training camps throughout the year.
 
For several years Côtes d'Armor Cyclisme is part of the training and support of young French riders but also foreign. This international collaboration strengthens the spirit of openness characterizing Brittany. We will allow some of our young people to evolve in an international context allowing them to see and live other sports, cultural, linguistic experiences.

No French riders as of yet, but they have linked up with a French team.

Fabien Schmidt is the jewel in the crown (1st in the Direct Velo Challenge) and was talking yesterday about a potential return to the pro ranks, but he is 29. Other names I recognize are Bescond (ex-Cofidis) and Nico Roche's younger brother Alexis.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 07, 2018, 18:37
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/68326/cotes-d-armor-reserve-d-israel-pour-survivre

More detail about the partnership in an interview with the Cotes d'Armor boss.

It's a big financial help to the team.

They'll have 3 Israelis and possibly another of a different nationality.

No obligation to use them in their big races.

The Geeeeks will have first dabs on their riders (assuming the rider wants to sign).

They'll be able to send some of their riders to altitude training camps with the pros.

Renard declined a stagiaire role.

They'll use the same gear and will have similar (new) kits.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on August 13, 2018, 11:54
Fabien Schmidt is the jewel in the crown (1st in the Direct Velo Challenge) and was talking yesterday about a potential return to the pro ranks, but he is 29.

off to Delko now...

https://twitter.com/Delko_MP_KTM/status/1027932670305726464
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 25, 2018, 21:16
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlR0V9GWsAA-PhH.jpg)

Great win yesterday for the team and, unlike for Neilands victory earlier in the year, this time Quickstep were competing. Not sure how it played out tactically, but Raim showed he is the man.

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You don't write "CN learned #academy will sign French riders" unless you are certain of it. ;)

The field of potential signees is getting shorter and shorter. Roux extended with Groupama, Bouhanni says he's staying with Cofidis (phew!), Rolland + Vichot + The Gaut ended up at Vital Concept and Turgis went to Direct Energie.

At WT that leaves the trio of Molard (surely will re-sign with Groupama unless his demands are now too high after a good year), Cavagna (could be a small chance if he fancies a bit more freedom) and the youngster Vincent (his 18th at the Dauphine completely passed me by).

Boudat is the only one at PCT and there have been rumours of him falling out with JRB during the Tour.

There are a couple of young 'uns at the CT level that interest, but no more than that and of course there are numerous unknowns at the amateur level, but the pickings could be slim after all the French pro teams take the cream.

So Vincent + Boudat?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 26, 2018, 06:41
There are a couple of young 'uns at the CT level that interest, but no more than that and of course there are numerous unknowns at the amateur level, but the pickings could be slim after all the French pro teams take the cream.

So Vincent + Boudat?
They're French. Nobody said they'd have to also be good. :P
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 18, 2018, 10:36
Been a decent few weeks for the team since the Giro ended. Not only victories in Korea and Dwars door het Hageland, but good showings in most races they have entered: Hammer Limburg, Adriatica Ionica, Elfstedenronde, Koln and GP Lugano.

That run of good form continued on for a while, mainly through the personage of Hermans at Austria and Utah, but things have been going off the rails of late I think.

Obviously there was the win for Raim at the GWRR, but there hasn't been much else to show for this series of European one-day races that they have been on. Here are the recent results:

Coppa Bernocchi: 17th Sbaragli
GP Jef Scherens: 13th Neilands
Primus Classic: 10th Jensen
Coppa Agostini: 18th Sbaragli
KVV: 36th Enger
GP Wallonie: 29th Neilands
GP de Fourmies: 10th Sbaragli
Antwerp: nobody finished
Brussels: 26th Perry
Druivenkoers - Overijse: 19th Perry
Schaal Sels: 12th Perry
Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde Meulebeke: 50th Enger
GWRR: 1st Raim
Veenendaal-Veenendaal: 3rd Enger
GP Stad Zottegem: 21st Carisey

Okay the plain results might not tell the full story. No doubt bad luck played a part here and there, but not in all of the races. Sure some of the races they were up against top competition, but in others, if you look at the start lists or top-tens, they are up against lower end PCT and the usal smattering of local CTs.

Not a good end to the year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on September 18, 2018, 20:03
If you factor in the stage races, it is a little bit better, at least they had 2x stage 2nd in ARctic race with van Winden and Enger. Only listing one day races is a bit biased :)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 20, 2018, 05:53
ARoN fell outside the time frame of these races. Just checking back the only stage race that the team has raced whilst on this one day series marathon was Deutschland. It was raced around the time of GWRR on the list

Stage 1: 10th Sbaragli
Stage 2: 17th Hermans
Stage 3: 25th Hermans
Stage 4: 15th Hermans

GC: 16th Hermans

Nothing special there.

Still, they have quite a few more chances in the next couple of weeks to redeem their tail-end of the season.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 23, 2018, 21:00
Still, they have quite a few more chances in the next couple of weeks to redeem their tail-end of the season.

Much better stuff today and yesterday.

Looks like my e-mail to the team did the trick. :shh
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 11, 2018, 18:13
It's an ill wind etc.

For differing reasons the Israeli youngsters have had a chance the past couple of days to show what they can do, and they've done okay.

Over at Taihu Lake, Avila was a DSQ after the organizers decided he was to blame for Alzate's crash on stage 2. Step forward stagiaire Itamar Einhorn. You can watch the sprint below (from stage 3) where he got himself in the perfect position inside the last km, right on Molano's wheel. It looked even better when the Manzanista went early. However from that point it didn't go as well. He decided within a couple of seconds to come off Molano's wheel to try and come by, but it was still too early, he didn't have the pace and ended up eating wind. I think a third or fourth might have been possible if he had just stayed where he was and then came out when the Colombian started to fade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgfranJeHKY

Anyway (outside of the nats) it was the first top-ten in a UCI race for an Israeli elite male this year. In fact it was the first since Rwanda in 2016.

The other youngster to benefit from somebody else's misfortune was Omer Goldstein at Gran Piemonte today. It was Sbaragli who crashed early in the race and, although he managed to finish, was in no shape to sprint. The onus thus fell on Omer to try his best.

Okay the competition wasn't of the highest pedigree and the course was pan flat, but 14th in nasty conditions isn't too shabby.

----------------

News tomorrow on whether Plaza will retire or not.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 12, 2018, 07:32
Over at Taihu Lake, Avila was a DSQ after the organizers decided he was to blame for Alzate's crash on stage 2. Step forward stagiaire Itamar Einhorn. You can watch the sprint below (from stage 3) where he got himself in the perfect position inside the last km, right on Molano's wheel. It looked even better when the Manzanista went early. However from that point it didn't go as well. He decided within a couple of seconds to come off Molano's wheel to try and come by, but it was still too early, he didn't have the pace and ended up eating wind. I think a third or fourth might have been possible if he had just stayed where he was and then came out when the Colombian started to fade.
He'll learn from this and be better the next time.
More important than the actual sprinting (anybody can learn that) is the positioning - and being in the wheel of the green jersey is a great place to be.
So he has that down. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 12, 2018, 21:04
So he has that down. :cool

Apart from yesterday when he got squeezed and ended up back in 18th. :lol

Today he finished way down on time as well. Either a victim of a crash or had to help a team mate.

News tomorrow on whether Plaza will retire or not.

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1050787263431491586

Not the most professional of announcements as they spent forever trying to work out if the video was showing correctly. :lol

Still waiting for extension news on the following riders:

Van Winden
Sagiv
Roy Goldstein
Turek
Perry
Lemus
Schreurs
Diaz
Williams

Difficult to see the first three not being renewed. The others however must be under threat if the team wants to strengthen with more than the uninspiring Barbier and Brandle, and keep to roughly the same number of riders as this year.

I obviously wouldn't want Turek to leave, but I could live with it if he went to Elkov and got free reign there. Perry seemed to already know about the Landis team news before the announcement - could Gord have tipped him the wink for a future job?
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 19, 2018, 21:24
https://twitter.com/procyclingno/status/1052633548145000448

Jensen interview.

Quote
It has been very educational. It has been a season where I have suffered a bit of injury and illness (and crashes!) But I have been cycling many big rides and it has been good and fun challenges in a row. But I wish I had been more stable fresh and fast.

The health issues were knee infections and saddles sores due to new pedals and saddles respectively.

Quote
When I've been in good shape, I've felt stronger than I did last year in some of the bigger rides. Especially part of the 1.1 rides I have cycled, I have known that there is no level I have trouble with. But there have been no fighting results because I've driven a lot of helpers too. Like I did for Sondre in the Norwegian rides and also a lot abroad.

I knew I did not get the same freedom that I got last year in Coop. Then I ended up at a wave peak and could float in tailwind and it has not been as easy this year because of a few different factors. But now I can sit down and look at what can be done differently and what was the difference with last year with regard to driving and the things there. And come up with concrete suggestions to avoid injury and illness and perhaps avoid the stupid rolls.

If Google translate isn't letting us down he says that the team will use the "same equipment next year".
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 20, 2018, 08:40
If Google translate isn't letting us down he says that the team will use the "same equipment next year".
I can confirm that he says that. :cool
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 23, 2018, 18:50
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1054722528185368576

Could find it difficult to get another gig.

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https://sport.idnes.cz/smlouvy-cesti-cykliste-rok-2019-dka-/cyklistika.aspx?c=A181018_213728_cyklistika_ten

In other news the team was interested in Toupalik, but he has extended with Correndon. Turek is also mentioned in the article. I think it says he was promised a new contract earlier in the year, but nothing has been signed yet.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 30, 2018, 13:58
good performance by Badilatti in Hainan today, let's hope he can build up on that next year :cool.

Looks like #fdj Davide Cimolai is likely to be another signing for 2019. It's not confirmed yet, but Cimolai said that he found a new team, and he started following both Bikegeeeks and Carlström on Instagram a couple of days ago.

Cimo is a good rider of course with a lot of experience, but not exactly what the team needs, I would say
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 30, 2018, 16:38
Cimo is a good rider of course with a lot of experience, but not exactly what the team needs, I would say
Doesn't every team need 17 sprinters?! :lol
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 30, 2018, 16:48
I think he is a bit more than just a sprinter, more of a hard man, and also with a chance to get good results in races like Sanremo, maybe Plouay, Vattenfall and so on. But that's probably still pretty far away from getting a podium, let alone winning a race like that. And what do you get for finishing 8th...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 30, 2018, 19:44
And what do you get for finishing 8th...

UCI points. :P :fp

I had seen that he was following the team on twitter and I had it in my head that he could do a lead out job, but he's probably of a level as a sprinter with the guys he might be leading out.

Even so, no matter which way you look at it, he's an upgrade on Williams or Schreurs or Perry, but an (exotic) climber would be preferable and needed.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on October 30, 2018, 21:24
Let's not forget that ICA doesn't need more guys for the Poggio, they actually had an excellent MSR last year, launching the winning move (albeit not winning) + August Jensen was there ready for for the final finale but someone rammed his derailleur and he couldnt get the right gear for the sprint.



They do need 28 sprinters! :fp at least! (This team-with-no-midfielders sickness has spread across the Arabian peninsula from #uae I believe)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 01, 2018, 18:47
http://www.be-celt.com/2018/10/31/ran-margaliot-israel-cycling-academy-a-ete-chercher-le-team-des-cotes-darmor/

Interview with Margaliot about the team's link-up with Cotes d'Armor. Just two points of interest.

#1 "Next year (2019), our main goals will be: the Giro d'Italia, the California Tour Amgen and the new Tour of Israel."

They must have a got a 2 for the price of 1 deal at the RCS sale. Seriously though, while their showing at the Giro was a bit unforgettable with only a few stand out days, I do think their performance through the year showed that the invite wasn't totally without sporting merit.

#2 "We set ourselves the goal, with the management of the Côtes d'Armor, to sign one or more before the end of 2019 for the Pro team and I do not speak of Israeli runners!"

A repeat of an earlier statement, but who? Renard is the obvious candidate, but he hasn't renewed with the team yet and has actually started following Chambery on twitter. No news about Balfour or Poisson either. From the six that have signed so far, possibly Axel Flet (24) is the pick of the bunch.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on November 07, 2018, 08:27
Jensen surely has talent, but I'd think seeing him as contender for MSR is a bit far fetched tbh.

#fdj Davide Cimolai is now confirmed to join the team. And he says he wants to win exactly that race.

https://www.facebook.com/515137875256442/posts/1456432111127009/
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 10, 2018, 14:17
https://twitter.com/OdvartJames/status/1061230082285621249

This is a counter-argument to the "Why hire all these fast guys? :S" and it links in with expanding the team to twenty nine (!) riders i think. The hope is that they can be competitive with multiple riders worldwide over the course of the whole season and that the top-ten scorers will be enough to beat Cofidis/Wanty to those auto-wildcards.

It kinda works as an argument to an extent, but of course climbers can win points too and decent lead out men can help those fast guys get better results.

When it comes to scoring points though, the sprinter/classic guys do seem to have the system weighted in their favour.

The top-ten in the European Tour rankings for 2018 contain Hofstetter (1st but with only one win!), Dupont (3rd), Pasqualon (6th) and Dehaes (10th). The best PCT climber is Sosa down in 11th who had a pretty good year by all accounts. Maybe this is something the UCI needs to look at.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 10, 2018, 19:27
When it comes to scoring points though, the sprinter/classic guys do seem to have the system weighted in their favour.

Maybe this is something the UCI needs to look at.
But how?
Award more points to mountainous races on account of their mountainousness?
If a 2.1 stage race has mountains, it automatically gets points as if it were 2.HC? :dizzy

Now, that wasn't entirely serious.

But the UCI really should reconsider awarding the exact same amount of points for a stage race GC (and no matter if it's two days or eight) as for a one-day race. Maybe even give more points for individual stages compared to the current points scales.

My first idea was to simply add X points per extra day (say, 5-10 percent of the points for a one-day race per day). Then I realised that this wouldn't be as easy since the lower ranks get only a few points (3 points for 40th in a .HC race), and adding even just a single point per day would be a whole 33 %. But since the UCI loves to award decimal points in TTTs, why not do it for stage races as well?!

Here's an example:
Win a 1.HC one-day race[1] --> 200 points
Win a 2.HC with 5 stages[2] --> 240 points (200+200*5%*4)
Win a 2.HC with 8 stages[3] --> 270 points (200+200*5%*7)
Finish 15th in a 1.HC race --> 10 points
Finish 15th in a 5-day 2.HC --> 12 points (10+10*5%*4)
Finish 15th in an 8-day 2.HC --> 13.5 points (10+10*5%*7)

In my opinion, that doesn't skew the balance towards GC guys by so very much. It's only an extra 35% for a race that lasts eight days as opposed to one day.

Points for stages (often won by sprinters) could should be increased as well - it's ridiculous that a 1.HC sprint victory gives 200 points while a sprint stage win in a 2.HC race gives only 20. I don't see a problem with doubling that (and simultaneously giving points to not only the stage podium, but the top-5 or even top-10).

EDIT:
Oh, and by the way, the pre-2005 World Ranking did have differing points scales for one-day races and stage races. It was only when the ProTour/WorldTour and Continental Tours were introduced that the points scales were 'simplified'.

Looking at the 2003 rulebook, the winner of what was then a 1.2 race (e.g. GP Miguel Indurain, now 1.HC) got 80 points. The winner of a 2.2 stage race (e.g. the Giro del Trentino, now 2.HC as Tour of the Alps) received 120 points - a whole 50 % more!
 1. e.g. Brabantse Pijl
 2. e.g. Volta ao Algarve
 3. e.g. Tour of California
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 10, 2018, 21:04
Yes, I guess I'd have been better saying that Sosa was the best placed PCT stage racer rather than climber.

No matter what you do though it will never be fully balanced. Cycling just has too many variables. Stage races vs classics, two day races vs ten day ones, early season vs peak season, European Tour vs the ROTW and a big one in start list quality. Hainan gives the same points as Algarve, Fuzhou (or Sibiu if we want to stop bullying China) the same as Valenciana even though the start lists are astronomical units apart in quality.

I don't think we'd see anything as crazy as teams turning down invites to "big" races in Europe so they can rack up the points in Ballybackofbeyond, but there's room definitely for some judicious picking of the lowest hanging fruit.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 17, 2018, 05:44
http://www.velo-club.net/post/interview-lionel-marie-faire-partie-des-deux-premiere-equipes-conti-pro-en-2019

Another Lionel Marie interview. Points of interest:

#1 He doesn't disagree when the signing of Minali is mentioned. Virtual confirmation.

#2 "The riders for a general classification remain unaffordable for our budget".

#3 "It is not a surprise to say that being part of the first 2 Conti-Pro teams who will be offered a direct invitation to the big TOURS in 2020 is a goal."

#4 "We can count on a staff of 30 riders."

That's one more rider than previously thought. Signing Minali will give 23 confirmations.

So seven riders more in total. A combo of either extensions from Perry, Lemus, Schreurs, Van Winden, Sagiv, Diaz, Goldstein or new signings of Einhorn, Burke?, somebody else?

As for #2, that's true no doubt if he's talking about Quintana or Porte, but there are cheaper alternatives that could do well in .HC and .1 races.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on November 17, 2018, 19:00
As for #2, that's true no doubt if he's talking about Quintana or Porte, but there are cheaper alternatives that could do well in .HC and .1 races.
And, if we're honest, they also can't afford sprinters who can do well (i.e., win) in WT races. You may get lucky once in a while, especially if you have a dozen sprinters, but Minali, Van Asbroeck, Räim, or Ávila aren't the same calibre as Gaviria, Viviani, Kittel, or Cavendish.

In my opinion, signing this many sprinters is a conscious choice - not one dictated by budget constraints.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 22, 2018, 19:01
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1065654004900945920

Sagiv and Roy Goldstein both re-sign unsurprisingly. Einhorn will be one of the riders at Cote d'Armor, but only for the first half of the season, after which he will join the main team full time.

So seven riders more in total. A combo of either extensions from Perry, Lemus, Schreurs, Van Winden, Sagiv, Diaz, Goldstein or new signings of Einhorn, Burke?, somebody else?

It's now two from Lemus, Schreurs, Van Winden, Diaz and/or new signings.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 04, 2018, 19:17
It's now two from Lemus, Schreurs, Van Winden, Diaz and/or new signings.

Schreurs (a bit surprising) and Van Winden get the nod.

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelCyclingAcademy/posts/1488241434612743?__tn__=K-R

Diaz might feel a bit hard done by. He has shown some improvement and was a big help to Hermans in Austria, but crucially I think he didn't show enough when he had a free hand. Badilatti is an upgrade, but the climbing dept is definitely not overstocked now.

As I mentioned before, Schreurs is the type of rider that all teams need, but are also very replaceable. To use a footballing analogy, being a good guy to have in the changing room/on the bus might be what got him the nod.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35943580_10156562452917053_1923065065548808192_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=30f2be8f562d0a4ac94fa56b8e985bc4&oe=5C6DBFE6)

Nicki Sorenson also rejoins as a performance coach.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on December 28, 2018, 21:01
https://twitter.com/DeRosaCristiano/status/1078705895939469313
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 09, 2019, 19:34
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/1082758427095355394

Quote
Sylvan Adams is determined to bring his team to the Tour de France by 2020.

The way he sees it, there are three ways to get there. First, his team can finish among one of the top two spots in this year’s team rankings among the Professional Continental league, and earn an automatic wildcard berth to all three grand tours for 2020, which includes a spot in the Tour. Option two is to sign a big-name rider who could entice a grand tour to invite ICA, a scenario that opens doors but provides no guarantee. Or, he could merge with an existing WorldTour team hungry for new financial partners.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2019, 07:34
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1086606506387271685
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 26, 2019, 17:41
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx1_TqkWoAEh2WD.jpg)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2019, 20:11
"Giro Watch" will make a return to this thread for 2019. :cool

We can probably ink in a few names already.

Minali and Cimolai - Their presence in the team (along with some lira) no doubt helped secure the wildcard, and as we saw last year with Sbaragli, a lack of form won't necessarily harm your selection. As long as they're not injured, they'll be there.

Hermans and Plaza - The sprinters might get placings, but these two are the best shot at a stage win. Last year only two and a half breaks were successful, but maybe this year it will play out differently.

Two Israelis - It might just be one, but I think two is more likely. I can see Niv getting another shot and then one of either Sagiv or Roy Goldstein.

So that leaves two spots and twenty three riders to fight over them.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2019, 21:08
The Academy getting into the 'should races be shorter' discussion?

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1089630969307500545
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2019, 21:51
It's not very exciting, but then the ICA media person is at least getting paid (I hope) to watch it.

Probably not the smartest comment to make anyway while your team is out riding there, it could very easily be taken as a slight on the race. Will they make a similar statement in the middle of the very, very pan flat stage 10 at the Giro? I don't think so.

If they have a point to make, they'd be better off making in general terms rather than while talking about a specific race.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2019, 23:06
If they have a point to make, they'd be better off making in general terms rather than while talking about a specific race.
Yes.
It is a discussion to be had (though I'm not sure the solution should be 'shorter races'), but the team Twitter account while a race is on isn't the place to do it.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2019, 11:22
Bearing in mind they only started racing just over a week ago, it's not the most auspicious of starts to the season, which isn't too different from 2018 and 2017.

Here's what Fus said nearly a year ago.

It's February.
The real season hasn't even started yet.[1]

If they've still underperformed by the start of April, there may be some cause for getting worried - but until now, everything has been nothing more than glorified training races: Nice to get a win in, but not really something anyone will remember in the long run.
 1. yes, I'm a European snob

Still mainly true, but if you've pinned your colours to the mast re: the 2020 auto-wildcards then you really need to hit the ground running with two or three guys.

There has been some bad luck. Hermans got caught up in the crash on the first day in Mallorca and then on day three he punctured while bridging to Buchmann with Higuita and Wellens (who went on to win). Dunne was ill at San Juan.

The one faintly bright spot was TVA.

https://twitter.com/cycling_360/status/1092178989815418881

Very long sprint, slightly uphill and into a bit of a headwind.

Brandle and Barbier (plus his helpers in the sprints) the disappointments so far. Brandle's excuse was the heat and to be fair to the Frenchman, there was some improvement through the course of the week of his sprinting/train and he looked quite attentive and aggressive on stage one when there was echelon action.

Valenciana (thankfully no TTT this year) and Besseges are up this week.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on February 07, 2019, 22:03
With sprint stages all over today, best #academy results for Sondre Holst Enger with a top 10 (finishing 8th) in Valenciana. In Bessèges, Tom van Asbroek came close with a 9th (but the sprinters in Valenciana are better). 

As for the new classissisimo,  Davide Cimolai finished 10 minutes down in the Valenciana stage, with a couple of the Israelis. I guess they were thrown off the wagon on the same hill where #visma Groenewegen disappeared - and then decided not to bother with helping sprinters.

Sondre Holst Enger seemed to be operating solo without any leadout and started his sprint to early due to wrong information about the distance from the roundabout to the finish line (#academy DS said it was 100m but it was definetly longer.)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2019, 09:58
[...] where #visma Groenewegen disappeared [...]
The Norwegians are only co-sponsor ... but I added the smiley anyway. But the 'regular' code is still # jumbo. ;)
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2019, 11:30
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dy_fIqgXQAEw2Xi.jpg)

The new boy band is in town! However that sock-short combo ain't gonna get Raim many screaming female fans.

These are the guys for Colombia (+ Roy Goldstein?) and despite the presence of two new signings, this is very much old-school Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeks with no WT cast-offs. Top-5 in the sprints and getting in the breaks should be the main target. It would be a bit much to expect Badilatti to be duking it out with Bernal, Lopez, Quintana et al.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on February 10, 2019, 11:38
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dy_fIqgXQAEw2Xi.jpg)

The new boy band is in town! However that sock-short combo ain't gonna get Raim many screaming female fans.
Well, they may be screaming ... while running away. :D
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on February 18, 2019, 11:04
Giro Watch

Valenciana ↑

A couple of good efforts from Hermans, but the TT meant a great GC result was always unlikely. A couple of top-tens for Enger in the sprints without much help.

Besseges and Provence

Might as well lump the SSFRs together where things didn't go very well. Some lower top-tens in the sprint finishes, but not much evidence of a train being any help in a crowded field. Cataford was nowhere in the Ales TT. The climbing days in Provence weren't much better - all of the team finished 10+ minutes down on stage 3 which I thought might have been a good profile for Jensen/Neilands.

Colombia ↑

Finally some nice sprint results for the team. Raim doing the business on a couple of stages. He got baulked by Richeze on stage 1 when otherwise he might would have scooped a podium and then on stage 4 he was pretty much the only sprinter to survive the climbs, but got Deceunincked by Jungle Bob. Climbing-wise Badilatti didn't do very well on the hilly circuit stages, but on the final stage he finished just behind Alaphilippe. Not bad for his first race of the season.

Laigueglia =

A missed opportunity really. Hermans got injured in Spain and thus missed this race. Cimolai and Sbaragli did okay in his absence. Maybe they could look at Gavazzi and think if he could make the group in front, why couldn't they.

Next races are Antalya, Haut Var and Rwanda. Fingers crossed they should get off the mark in Turkey.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 05, 2019, 13:33
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Antalya

This is actually a combination of a massive ↓ for Minali and his train and a = for Plaza/Dunne on the climbing day. In Minali's defence a couple of the sprints had very technical finishes and a few crashes, but against this level of opposition he needs to be doing better.

Haut Var + 2 SSFRs ↓

Neilands had a good first stage at Haut Var, but then got ill and the rest of the race was therefore a complete write-off. The Classic de l'Ardeche went quite well actually. It was Hermans' first race back after injury and he made the grp which came in just after Calmejane. Rather worryingly though he said the foot injury still prevents him from sprinting, which doesn't bode well for making attacks or winning stages in future races. Guy Niv also performed credibly in the same race, finishing 28th alongside people like Cherno, Vinjebo, Simon and Masnada.

Rwanda ↑

Finally some good news. Stage win for Avila (might have been two without a crash), a couple of other stage podiums and a GC podium for Badilatti. It's only a small arrow though as the level of competition wasn't so high. Going by what happened on the queen stage, Badilatti was probably the second best climber in the race. He's almost definitely not going to the Giro, but could be used to rack up some points in the more exotic races.

KBK =

It might have been a ↑ if not for Boivin's crash. It was disappointing though for not one rider to make the fairly large front group when it split up. They had to rely on Jumbo/Bora to bring it back together.

Up next are a couple more 1 day races in Belgium, GP Industria & Artigianato, TA and Taiwan.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on March 05, 2019, 23:26
Broken collarbone for #academy August Jensen after crash in Le Samyn. Crash wasn't his fault, some Quickstepper lost his balance and then lost control trying to recover on a slippery section, and crashing into Jensen as a result.

Jensen expects to miss out on all the Italian races (there goes his San Remo , now Cimolai must get in shape!) and may be back for the Amstel.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 12, 2019, 20:14
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1105547181203881985

Team for TA:

Tom Van Asbroeck- Belgium
Ben Hermans - Belgium
Conor Dunne - Ireland
Davide Cimolai - Italy
Krists Neilands - Latvia
Alex Cataford- Canada
Matthias Brändle- Austria

No Minali and no Israeli rider! Sagiv was meant to be riding, but he hasn't been feeling so great after training at altitude and the other home riders are already inked in for other upcoming races.

Last year they lost 1m47 to BMC in the TTT. Hopefully there'll be a bit of an improvement with the addition of Dunne, Brandle etc but I'm still seeing 1m20+. Add into that the final TT (and for Hermans the lack of any real mountains) and I think any talk of a top-ten is pie in the sky.

Neilands says is he is good shape though (he had several mechs to ruin any chance of a good result at the weekend) and the hilly nature of the course should suit him better.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on March 13, 2019, 07:08
There's a short interview in Belgian media today with Ben Hermans. Sounds like we can strike him off the list for the Giro.

"Via Coppi e Bartali, Volta Limburg and Circuit de la Sarthe I'll get ready for the ardennes classics. Most likely I will not do the Giro afterwards. Personally I have more of an eye on the Tour of California, although we are not sure to get a wildcard yet."

His foot is getting better though, and he'll try to go for a stage win in Tirreno.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 13, 2019, 10:10
Bit of a strange one. :S

Surely you'd want your best rider (and best chance of a stage win) at the biggest event of the year.

Is this a conscious decision already by the team to chase points after their indifferent start to the season? There's no TT in California this year, so depending on the line-up, a top-5 in the GC wouldn't be crazy talk.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on March 13, 2019, 10:52
Bit of a strange one. :S

Surely you'd want your best rider (and best chance of a stage win) at the biggest event of the year.

Is this a conscious decision already by the team to chase points after their indifferent start to the season? There's no TT in California this year, so depending on the line-up, a top-5 in the GC wouldn't be crazy talk.
What would Hermans achieve at the Giro? A top-30 in GC if he's lucky, maybe a good stage placing from a breakaway.
How many points do you get for that? Not that many.

In comparison, in California he can get much more points for much less effort. From the auto-wildcard chasing point of view, leaving him out of the Giro and sending him to California is the only thing that makes sense.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 13, 2019, 11:18
Personally I have more of an eye on the Tour of California, although we are not sure to get a wildcard yet.

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1105780113994588160

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on March 14, 2019, 11:10
Last year they lost 1m47 to BMC in the TTT. Hopefully there'll be a bit of an improvement with the addition of Dunne, Brandle etc but I'm still seeing 1m20+.

Well they did a lot better than expected.

The finishing position of 9th ahead of ten WT teams has to be taken with a large pinch of salt as the conditions did favour those going later, but the time in comparison to those other late starters was a competitive one (only 43s down on Sunweb! 33s ahead of Katusha).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 06, 2019, 19:10
Far too many races to catch up on for a proper "Giro Watch". However you don't need me to tell you that the highlights have been few and far between. There aren't many riders putting their hands up with eye catching performances.

Cimolai's performance at TA is probably the best the team can proffer. You can say the second sprint was a strange one (and it was weird), but his second and sixth were against real top opposition at a WT event. TVA helped him achieve those results and you could see them building some sort of partnership during the race, but the last I heard was that the Belgian was not going to be at the Giro. He would be going to Norway instead as there are easier UCI points available there........

Nonsensical in my opinion (ditto for Hermans and California), but I wonder with this week's news of the UCI backtracking on the WT situation in 2020, if those choices might be reversed. There's no guarantee those auto-wildcards will be in play next year now and there's no way they can get enough points to get a WT spot when they are using a three year ranking. It would seem logical to me to send your best riders to your biggest race. One Giro invite in the hand is worth more than numerous auto-wildcards in the bush (especially if that bush is rapidly disappearing into the distance).

If it was up to me they'd both be there and the team would be something like this:

Hermans
Plaza
Cimolai
Van Asbroeck
Niv
Sagiv
+ 2

The realistic two would be Brandle and Sbaragli (in lieu of Minali).
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 15, 2019, 13:08
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Great team performance at the GP Beiras. None of the three stages had "tough" finishes, it was just a case of making the selection each day (and three of them managed it), but they did go over Torre on the final stage which is no molehill.

Along with Avila's GC win and stage, Niv finished in seventh overall. Add that to his 6th in Taiwan and things are looking quite upbeat from the homegrown aspect.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: t-72 on April 20, 2019, 17:27
These guys race like Kristoff now? Isn’ t that a tubeless setup? How common is that these days?

https://twitter.com/yallaacademy/status/1119519407791845377
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on April 20, 2019, 18:18
These guys race like Kristoff now? Isn’ t that a tubeless setup? How common is that these days?

I don't have the foggiest I'm afraid. :D

Pastry's the man for tech details and knowing who's riding what etc etc.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 03, 2019, 20:59
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What a day for Dan in Asturias. In a two man break with Paco and then got the KoM jersey off Alberto.

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He also made the decision to dye his hair silver....

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Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 04, 2019, 20:08
Neilands running into some timely form at Asturias. The season's been a bit of a non-event for him so far. He couldn't quite manage to stick with Vlasov on the climb, but came back to him on the descent and flatter run-in. Hopefully this performance will ensure he gets to ride the Giro. As long as he doesn't break a collarbone tomorrow.......touch wood.

PCS actually has a provisional team for the Giro.

Cimolai
Gebremedhin
Boivin
Dunne
Neilands
Plaza
Sagiv
Sbaragli

Can't see Dunne riding as he hasn't raced for a month and his missus is due to give birth soon (or has already). Not sure about Awet or Sagiv either.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on May 04, 2019, 20:23
it's from a provisional startlist RCS has sent out yesterday. Doesn't necessarily need to be up to date, but ICA seems to have sent those names in at some point at least
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: rote_laterne on May 04, 2019, 21:25
I still don't understand why they don't sent their best team with Hermans. Can't see them getting invited again in 2020 unless Cimolai features strong in the sprints and Plaza going for stage wins/ #blue.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 05, 2019, 10:16
I still don't understand why they don't sent their best team with Hermans. Can't see them getting invited again in 2020 unless Cimolai features strong in the sprints and Plaza going for stage wins/ #blue.

They hadn't fully decided about whether to send him to the Giro or California, but I think the decision has been rather taken out of their hands after his crash at FW where he took a chunk out of his knee. It's unlikely we'll see him at either race.

Cimolai's performances recently have given me some hope it might not be a repeat of 2018. The sprint field is going to be pretty hot and a win is very, very unlikely, but maybe a top-5 or two is possible and who knows what could happen if the dice fall correctly on the right stage.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: rote_laterne on May 05, 2019, 15:58
I didn't know Hermans is injured. I understand he could place higher in California but when you as a PC team are invited to a GT you applied for you send the best team.
Cimolai has quite some form and should be good for plenty of top tens and maybe come stage 18 there aren't any top tier sprinters in the race anymore.
Neilands should be good for breaks too.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on May 13, 2019, 10:33
Not bad from Cimolai yesterday. A bit of a tangle with Le Gac which was unfortunate, but he was up there nonetheless, a few bike lengths behind the four big names. Demare is probably now a member of the "rest", so today's minimum aim is to beat him and be the best of the rest. Looking further ahead I'm not too sure if I see a Goldilocks stage profile for him. Tomorrow is probably just a bit too tough. His best chance may come if the poor weather continues.

Quite a bit of less good news yesterday too.

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1127616080753643520

Quote from: Boivin
I didn’t have time to brake and just went over the bars. My ankle is a bit sore and I actually snapped my shoe in half somehow. I thought my ankle was broken but I just stretched the ligaments pretty bad. The next days won’t be fun at all. I was just bummed that I wasn’t able to help Cimo at the finish

Judging by yesterday that means Cimolai's only helper in the sprints is going to be Sbaragli, as everybody else was doing a Moncoutie at the back of the peloton.

Gebremedhin also crashed twice on one of the descents.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on June 12, 2019, 10:03
Well it was a better Giro than 2018 (that's not saying much!), but weighing up all 21 stages it still comes down as not quite meeting the par performance for a wildcard invitee.

The first eleven stages in the main were fine. Cimolai was in the mix to be the best of the rest (five times he was 5th-7th). Sure he got caught up in the crash on stage 4 and on stage 5 he picked the wrong wheel (Viviani), but yeah it was okay. Plaza did his job as well on the two consecutive break days. Getting a fourth on the first of them.

Excepting Neilands on stage 17, the rest of the race is what drags the overall rating down. The Latvian had been fighting illness which explains his lack of attacking, but with soooo many breaks being successful it was frustrating not to see the team up there fighting more. The Benedetti stage was the most disappointing. That's not to say it's the riders fault particularly, if you're two metres tall and weight ~90kg or whatever you are going to struggle on 9% slopes.

The fault, if there is any, lies more in team selection or moving further back in the timeline - transfer policy. Hermans (if fit obviously) should have been there and Brandle and/or TVA would have been much more use to Cimolai on the flat days than Gebremedhin. Those "important UCI points" that TVA was meant to be targeting in Norway didn't exactly materialize.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Drummer Boy on June 18, 2019, 20:48
Most of you who are interested may not have seen this.

THEMOVE Ran Margaliot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7nF7QHw0QM

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WEDŪ
Published on May 27, 2019

Former professional cyclist Ran Margaliot is this week's guest on THEMOVE. Ran is the co-founder of the Israel Cycling Academy Team. He and Lance spent most of the conversation discussing the team's homage to Gino Bartali. Bartali was a 3x winner of the Tour of Italy as well as the Tour de France twice. But his accomplishments off the bike are more important.

Bartali used his fame on the bike to help move documents and papers of persecuted Jewish people. His actions saved hundreds of lives. He was awarded, posthumously, Israeli citizenship for work.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 15, 2019, 13:52
Израильская Академия Велоспорта?

You may remember earlier in the year that I posted a VeloNews interview with Sylvan Adams. It was about his big wish for the team to ride the TDF in 2020. He saw three avenues down which this could happen. I think a fourth has come on the scene and if anything it has the best chance of happening, but more on that later.

His three options (in order of preference):

#1 Automatic Wildcard (but no UCI confirmation yet on this!)

Basically finish as one of the top-two PCT teams in the new combined UCI rankings chart. This is what having the massive team, riding loads of races and lots of quick guys is all about, but it's just not happening. There has been an improvement point-wise from last year, but they're still a fair bit behind the top echelon. Maybe with a great end of season they could nab the third spot which has a pretty good prize in itself.

#2 A Big Name Signing

A marquee signing big enough for ASO to feel they have to give the team one of their wildcards. However there have been zero rumours about big names joining the team. Quintana is rumoured to drop down to PCT with Arkea, so something like that might have been possible. It's difficult to think though of anyone else available....Barguil(?), but his relationship with Arkea seems on a better footing after his Nats win.

#3 Merge/Buy Out An Existing WT Team

When he did this interview the talked about target was of course Sky, but several months down the line it's now about Katusha (or other unnamed teams according to some reports!). This would at a stroke guarantee them the TDF spot (no messing about with wildcards), but the big problem is about the team's identity. Is it Katusha? Is it the Geeeeeeeks? I've talked about Mr Burns' softball team in the past, but you can swap in the ship of Theseus or your grandfather's axe if you like.

Okay #1 is not going to happen, zero rumours about #2 and while #3 is being talked about it does have drawbacks. This brings us to....

#4 A Normal Wildcard

There are some variables which could stymie this. Katusha continuing in some form and either Androni or Corendon winning an automatic wildcard. If both of those happen it will be very difficult to achieve the target, but if just one happens or neither then there is plenty of room for optimism I think. Being better than a weakened Wanty (Martin ------> Cofidis) might be enough or in a best case scenario, being better than Vital Concept!

As I said in the transfer thread, Hofstetter and Offredo strike me as more #4 signings, so that's what I think they're going for.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on July 31, 2019, 20:43
The unlikely alliance between Katusha and Arkea could have been great news for the team and their wish to ride the Tour next year. The effect of the merger would be the freeing up of a normal wildcard and this would surely be contested between Vital and the Geeeeeks. A very winnable battle. A few squad improvements and maybe some "race sponsorship" could seal the deal.

However Hubert denies it and with the way the auto-wildcard battle is going, it's going to be difficult to get anywhere near Paris.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 05, 2019, 10:26
Time for a quick game of Fantasy Cycling Manager 2020.

They need a lot of different types.

A GC rider who can TT
A puncheur
A dedicated final guy for Cimolai/Hofstetter
Deeper strength in the classics team
More climbers in general are good

Not so easy to think of good realistic candidates for these roles from the WT.

A GC rider who can TT - Powless (not certain to be renewing with Jumbo)

A puncheur - Slagter (not keen on him myself)

A dedicated final guy for Cimolai/Hofstetter - Haller (best option + adds to classics)

Deeper strength in the (classics) team - Vermote, Houle (Argon18 won't be with Astana) or Denz. An easier section to find names for.

More climbers in general are good - ???

Who is available from PCT? Van Schip, but as a trackie will have one eye on Tokyo.

CT? Zukowsky, Aular, Steimle (if he doesn't sign for Deceuninck), Townsend etc etc etc.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on August 05, 2019, 11:53
More climbers in general are good - ???

Kangert could be a good fit maybe, if he doesn't get an extension at #ef EF
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on August 05, 2019, 20:40
Time for a quick game of Fantasy Cycling Manager 2020.

Not so easy to think of good realistic candidates for these roles from the WT.

A dedicated final guy for Cimolai/Hofstetter - Haller (best option + adds to classics)
Excellent call. Haller is a very good rider who I feel is often underrated resp. flies under the radar.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2019, 14:26
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Looking swish.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on August 16, 2019, 19:13
https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1162361809430601729

I didn't see this one coming.

Even if the monuments were over five years ago, it's still the team's biggest signing and real statement. One conclusion we can draw from it is that they must know one way or another that'll they'll be riding a GT (the Tour?) next year. A nice salary's all well and good, but he'd want guarantees about the race programme.

More signings are incoming they say.....maybe I should upgrade some of the selections from a few posts above after this news.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 16, 2019, 08:11
So I wonder if Sylvan Adams is a gambler or not.

He might have been sitting in his Montreal hotel suite last night after Sbaragli's sixth placed finish pondering the future the of the team. A week ago the auto-wildcard situation looked dead and buried, but the team have had a great week with nearly 400 UCI points and this has moved them right up to the bumper of Wanty (even Total will be looking over their shoulders).

There are still plenty of scoring opportunities. Belgian and Italian one-day races and funnily enough all of the three teams mentioned above are now racing Guangxi.

The gamble for Adams is does he go ahead with the rumoured Katusha merger or does he twist and see how the races unfold?

Short term the merger doesn't make sense, and by short term I mean 2020. It would end up being a transition year as you'd be stuck with a lot of weak Katusha riders (unless you can pay off their contracts?) and even if you cut half of the ICA riders from the team (bear in mind you have to keep the five Israelis), there would still only be room for one or two more transfers in addition to Martin and Hofstetter. The results for that one year would be really tough to come by.

Long term it does make more sense. The WT in essence becomes a closed shop for the next three years after this. You would have to rely on wildcards to get into the races and with no guarantee that the auto-wildcard competition would stay in place.

Today is the day we should hear more.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 16, 2019, 20:30
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1173638641194868736

Looking more and more likely.

Let's have a look at this potential team.

Katusha Riders

Enrico Battaglin
Jenthe Biermans
Jens Debusschere
Alex Dowsett
Reto Hollenstein
Daniel Navarro
Nils Politt
Dmitry Strakhov
Harry Tanfield
Mads Würtz Schmidt
Rick Zabel

The question you need to ask is, if none of these had contracts for next year, who would get re-signed for the new team? Politt obviously, but might he try and force a move through to Deceuninck (Van Aert style). Battaglin covers much the same ground as Sbaragli. Not a great year for Debusschere, but previous years results might get him a cheap extension. Dowsett/Hollenstein/Tanfield don't excite. Navarro is getting on a bit. How is Zabel as a leadout? I remember one good one for Kristoff in California a couple of years back. Biermans has youth on his side, but isn't going to be a world beater. Strakhov is a strange one. MWS could be okay - TT and a decent sprint.

So maybe five or six if you're not too sniffy.

ICA Riders with contracts

Matteo Badilatti
Rudy Barbier (?)
Davide Cimolai
Itamar Einhorn
Ben Hermans
Krists Nielands
Mihkel Räim
Tom Van Asbroeck

I'm sure Barbier was announced as getting a two year deal, but neither CQ or PCS has this. Maybe it was a one year deal with an option for another.

New ICA Riders

Hugo Hofstetter
Dan Martin

That comes to twenty one if we include Barbier. Add on the other four Israelis to get twenty five and that leaves five spots to fill. Just five.

ICA Hopefuls

Awet Gebremedhin - Nice story, but a CT rider
Edwin Avila - Shame if he has to go, but the exotic calendar will be much reduced
Guillaume Boivin - Bound to be kept if he wants to stay
Matthias Brandle - Not needed as Dowsett/Hollenstein/Tanfield will be overkill already
Clement Carisey - Just not good enough malheursement
Alexander Cataford - Canadian, but not really up to the task
Zak Dempster - Good pro, but covers much the same ground as Boivin
Conor Dunne - Popular rider, but not WT level
Nathan Earle - Missed most of the season with injury. Might have a chance as not many climbers in team
Sondre Holst Enger - Rumoured to Uno-X
August Jensen - Been unlucky with injuries/crashes
Riccardo Minali - Could he have some off the bike problems? Difficult to explain his season otherwise
Ben Perry - Canadian, but limited in the bigger races
Ruben Plaza - Retiring
Kristian Sbaragli - Bound to be extended after his late season showing
Hamish Schreurs - A good one in the changing room, but is that enough now
Daniel Turek - The only original left, I think we're gonna lose a third of the Holy Trinity....
Dennis Van Winden - Has fallen down the pecking order this year

Alexis Renard (stagiaire) might also be in contention, but he's still young and they might offer him another trainee role in 2020 before signing full time the year after.

Anyway from that long list I (thinking with my head, not heart) would go for Boivin, Dempster, Sbaragli and possibly Earle.

That would leave one or two spots left to be filled by other transfers in. Kangert and Haller from earlier in the thread would tick several boxes.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on September 24, 2019, 09:38
Some transfer news. Not ICA news exactly, but their French devo team - Côtes d'Armor-Marie Morin-Veranda Rideau (to give them their full title).

They have announced six 2020 transfers already and unlike last year the accent is firmly on youth. Now there are a few ways of looking at this. ICA might have dropped some hints about wanting more potential signings in the future or the ICA money/backing is enabling them to think longer term rather than having to sign guys who will get results straightaway or it could just be coincidence.

The six are:

Cyprien Giles
Jeremy Patoux
Victor Guernalec
Thibault D'Hervez
Maxime Rio
Titouan Renvoise

Patoux is the outlier at 29 years old. Of the rest, the most interesting are Guernalec (brother of Thibault), D'Hervez who has is coming out of the junior ranks where he has had some nice results this year (should be riding in the Junior RR on Thursday) and finally Renvoise who is a former Junior World Champion (2018) on the track. However he has zero race days on the road according to First. Here's an interview (http://www.be-celt.com/2019/09/20/le-defi-de-titouan-renvoise-et-du-team-cotes-darmor-marie-morin-veranda-rideau/#disqus_thread) with him about the move to Cotes d'Armor.

There could be more signings. An article in Le Telegramme talked about a "grimpeur des Andes" possibly joining.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 03, 2019, 09:34
https://twitter.com/Feltetdk/status/1179462577371406336

Wurtz seems sure of his position in the team next year. Brandle also can be added to the list of current riders who have a contract for next year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 04, 2019, 07:31
All the above doesn't guarantee success of course and my worry now is that the gap that the homegrown riders will have to bridge might be too big. They'll have to retain quite a few of the smaller .1 raced in their program and in future years a proper CT devo team might not go amiss.

https://twitter.com/JdeQuebec/status/1179902395591118848

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We are also planning a continental team in parallel, to keep our riders who can not access the WorldTour

The article also says that Piccoli has signed for them and they're likely to be riding Argon18 bikes.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 04, 2019, 20:08
Piccoli confirmed.

https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1180119132446044160

A bit strange that they didn't sign him two years ago, but better late than never.

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I’m a climber/GC rider so I will probably be the last guy to help Dan and Ben in the hard races, and I’ll also look to take my shot at the win in target races when I can.

He's a better TT rider than either of those, so hopefully he'll get more than a few chances of his own.

News today as well today that Perry is leaving the team. Cataford brings even less to the table and therefore it might just be Guillaume and Piccoli representing Canada in the team next year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 08, 2019, 05:34
https://twitter.com/MarcaTMF/status/1181301312438317062

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Oscar Guerrero , one of the Spanish box Israeli directors, he attended Radio Marca in the cycling program 'open grave'. :o

The majority of brokers who have in Katusha contract the majority will stay, of 11 that remain with contract at least 7 will surely stay. The same will happen with the staff, 4 masseuses and 4 mechanics will come The management is going to take from ICA.

"The first year will not be easy for sure because it will be a great change, "said Guerrero, who acknowledges that there are still many open negotiations regarding cyclists.

As for Spaniards there is Dani Navarro and maybe Rubén Plaza, who is in negotiations to be able to continue although the truth is that they do not fit all. With what there was and what is coming there are more than 30, so we won't look beyond the market. "

We can add Navarro then to the list of riders that will be part of the merger.

That final line suggests they won't be buying anyone else, but Cote d'Armor might have let something out of the bag

https://www.facebook.com/CotesArmorCyclisme/posts/2914659255214387

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Good continuation in the Continental Pro Israel Cycling Academy
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2019, 08:59
https://twitter.com/philippepriser/status/1181558772814221313

There were discussions about it between the teams, but Cote d'Armor won't be going CT and instead the "reserve of ICA will likely be a team in Slovenia". Whether that's a new team or an already existing one isn't stated.

The link between the Breton club and the pro team will however remain in what sounds like very similar terms to this year.

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We will stay in National 1 while maintaining a bridge with Israel Cycling Academy, equipment loan, training, training riders ... Our riders will then join the Conti or the WorldTour," he adds while adding: "We has no exclusivity: a rider from us can very well join Arkéa-Samsic or Vital Concept-B & B Hotels if he wishes.

Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2019, 18:39
https://twitter.com/procyclingno/status/1181913494129664001

Quote from: Jensen
I have suspected for a while that it looks a bit thin when it is so long and I probably feel that I have to change teams next year, as things stand now. There are some Katusha riders going in. Many of the Israelis on the team have signed and so have you who had a contract for next year. The team starts to fill up.

I have received an offer from ICA that was reserved for pro accounts, but when they are not, the offer expires. It may look like a team change

It just hasn't worked out for him at ICA for whatever reason. We never saw a repeat of his Coop form. He seems philosophical about it all though and not overly worried about the future.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 10, 2019, 18:28
https://twitter.com/daskarov/status/1182312144441937920

More rumours about the new CT level reserve team.

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That Academic is considering establishing a reserve group to compete in the third tier of the road bike world - Continental, to allow as many Israelis as possible to take part in competitive and professional races. These are two or three riders who will drop out of the adult group and a number of riders who will jump from the existing reserve group.

It should be noted that riders who remain in the World Tour (presumably Guy Sagiv and Guy Niv) may occasionally drop into the Continental Group and compete in smaller races to try and earn personal victories while advancing the young riders.

The Continental group, as it was academically until two years ago, will consist of about 12 riders and its cost is estimated at 750,000 euros. It will of course include a large portion of Israelis, but also other riders who will not find a place in the World Tour group that is forming after the reunification with Katusha.

Quite surprised at the first bolded bit. I was almost certain they would keep all of them (unless they decided to quit for whatever reason) and have Israelis as the most represented nationality, but maybe I was wrong. From a sporting viewpoint it makes sense as, let's be honest, they're not all of WT level (or even PCT!) and they'll find CT a more suitable level, but it's the look/feel of the thing.

The new UCI rules on feeder teams will help though. The second paragraph talks about riders being able to drop down to ride in .1 and .2s with the lower ranked team, but the opposite is also true and the youngsters will be able to compete in ProSeries and .1 races with the main team throughout the year, gaining valuable experience.

Can't see too much value in the second bolded bit unless it's a couple of guys who are willing to act as mentors to the youngsters.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 17, 2019, 08:29
they're likely to be riding Argon18 bikes.
Makes sense with Sylvan Adams' *ca money calling the shots. :D

There were discussions about it between the teams, but Cote d'Armor won't be going CT and instead the "reserve of ICA will likely be a team in Slovenia". Whether that's a new team or an already existing one isn't stated.
#ljubljana would fit with the main team's cosmopolitan look.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: LukasCPH on October 23, 2019, 10:54
Now we know that *nz Hamish Schreurs isn't getting a new contract:
https://twitter.com/HamishSchreurs/status/1186936259941302272
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on October 23, 2019, 11:06
let's hope that the lack of punctuation in this job application doesn't scare away as many potential employers as in more traditional "industries"
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 25, 2019, 12:38
The tweet has now disappeared. Could be he's now got something for next year.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 29, 2019, 11:06
The season is done and dusted and the riders are enjoying a well deserved break. 306 race days according to PCS. That's 27 more than any other team, but it has to be taken with a pinch of salt as it does include events when the riders were racing with their national teams (Badilatti for example in l'Ain, Romandie and Suisse).

The stats may point to an improvement over the 2018 season. Almost double the amount of wins and a hefty increase in UCI points. However I don't think there has been a massive jump. The vast majority of the wins have still been at smaller events or ones with weaker fields (not that that matters to me) and in general, with some exceptions, when they have come up against the bigger guns they have gone awol.

The exceptions would be the end of season performances from Sbaragli and TVA, and some of the sprints from Cimolai during the year (a 2nd in TA springs to mind).

Disappointments? Yet another slow start to the season despite the stated aim to fight for points. The Giro to an extent. The Northern Classics (and equivalent stage races) - too often it was just TVA fighting on his own. Too many passengers after the oft-derided transfer policy.

Highlights? Neilands at GP Wallonie! Sbaragli at Montreal! Hermans winning on Powder Mountain!
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on October 29, 2019, 19:42
https://twitter.com/ERR_Sport/status/1189168296903483394

Raim wants to ride the Vuelta.

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What will your role be in the new year?

It is not known because the riders do not even know who our teammates are right now. There are so many open ends. Maybe the team management knows, but we haven't been given this information.

Hopefully they (and us) will have some news soon. Surely we won't have to wait for the final WT confirmation in mid-December before the full team is announced...
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 03, 2019, 15:02
Turek interview.

https://www.roadcycling.cz/clanek/daniel-turek-mou-podporu-si-vyzadali-vsichni-hlavni-lidri?

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We have an overview of races where you have helped several leaders. Did the team or leaders appreciate it?

Last year, when Ben Hermans Giro was supposed to go with an emphasis on overall ranking, he asked me. But then the management decided not to go to GC, and then my services were not needed either. Also this year leaders appreciated my work and skills. Ávila told me the team at the beginning of the season. Cimolai asked for only two people during the season and I was one of them. Van Asbroeck, too, was very satisfied with my support, which showed leadership. This award is the biggest win for me in the season!

So, do you stay in this team that moves to WorldTour in 2020?

The final roster will have 30 people and it is not yet known exactly what the final team composition will be. If I don't make it to the World Tour team, then, like any team from the top division, Israel Cycling will have to have a development team from next season. And if not in the first team, I have a reserved place in development.

The advantage is that besides WorldTour races, the first team can nominate people from the reserve team for selected races of a higher category. The fact that I am the only one who has been in the team since its inception also plays in my favor. At the moment, I cannot say what the probability of the end result is.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 09, 2019, 17:17
This popped up on Twitter today.

https://twitter.com/UCI_Track/status/1193166334705766400

....and the UCI page on the team.

https://www.uci.org/track/teams/TeamDetail/11546/2003370/249

Don't have any more details other than that.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: search on November 15, 2019, 09:36
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mccabe-ready-to-sign-with-israel-cycling-academy/

Drummer will be happy, but now with the WT license secured, I can't see many reasons to sign another (not exactly world-beating) sprinter, tbh.
Title: Re: The Academy of Cycling
Post by: Leadbelly on November 15, 2019, 19:29
Yeah he's a slight upgrade on Avila and if they were staying PCT I'd be more than happy, but if he's really a WT level rider, why didn't they sign him last year or even before then.

Still, he could do okay with an easier programme and at the right race - TDU, Oman, and Utah (obviously) spring to mind.