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Title: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on April 14, 2016, 17:55
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Welcome to something new on Velorooms – a blog from a pro rider, exclusive to our website! We are happy to present Kirill Pozdnyakov of the Synergy Baku Cycling Project. Kirill will write his blog every few weeks or so, and give us an insight into life and racing on the Continental level. Please feel free to comment and ask questions!

Kirill is a 27-year-old Russian now living in Gent, Belgium. He turned pro in 2013 with Synergy Baku, and very successfully. That year he had five wins: stages in the Tour de Taiwan, An Post Ras, Jelejah Malaysia, and the Tour of China 1, taking the overall title in the latter.

He was so successful that his homeland team Rusvelo called him home, so to speak. His two years there didn’t show any significant results, and he happily returned to Synergy Baku this season.

The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is licensed in Azerbaijan, sponsored by the Synergy Group, one of the largest private investment companies in the country.

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Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov
Post by: Synergy Baku on April 14, 2016, 17:57
Hi everybody,

My season finally started in "Istrian Spring Trophy”, a four-day stage race in Croatia. The beginning of the season didn’t go the way I had expected. I came down with the flu and had to take antibiotics for 10 days and had to miss the Porec Trophy. My teammate Matej Mugerli won this race, which made me happy because it was our first win and it came so early in the season.

Because of that we arrived at the Istrian Spring Trophy with high morale and a winning spirit. For me, it was my first chance to meet my new teammates, and it turned out to be a great week to race together.

The first day was a prologue and my legs were not good, probably due to the antibiotics and having been off the bike for five days. Matej put in another good performance and in this kind of race, the GC is decided by seconds, so we all helped him. We didn’t win the race, but he won the last stage and finished third overall. For myself, I felt good during the race, except for the prologue, and I was happy how I was feeling on the bike and the work I could do for my team.

 Our next race was "Coppi Bartali", which came as a surprised. I had planned to go to altitude training on Tenerife before the Tour of Croatia the end of this month. I didn’t know what to expect from this race, because after Istrian I had gone home to Belgium and in my mind was already in Tenerife :-).  But I was happy to go to the race!

As a team, we decided to try for a stage result, and stages 2 and 4 were hard ones. From the beginning of stage 2, it was very hard because it was constantly up and down, and the temp was very high. At some point the peloton split into groups. After about 50 km, I finally made it into the break group. There were five ranked climbs and once I was in the group, I went for the mountain jersey. I could take the first three and so I could secure the jersey.

The last stage was another hard one and decisive for the GC. I tried to get in the breakaway again, but this time I was marked by the other guys who were close in the mountain ranking. We chased each other for the first 40 km and in the end, the break went away without any of us. I was not feeling bad on the climbs, but on the second to last climb I started to feel the efforts I did at the beginning of the stage. I was dropped from the first group and so lost the jersey.

After the race I was a bit  disappointed and at the same time I wasn’t, as the rider to whom I lost the jersey was riding stronger than me. There was not much I could actually do, except to have been lucky enough to be in the first break or maybe I should have better saved the power from the beginning of the stage ... that is racing, and I took my chance, but it didn’t work out this time. Anyway,it’s a good sign for important upcoming races and again, a good race week.

After that race, I was supposed to go to Tenerife, but unfortunately the hotel was already full with the ProTour teams training for the Giro.  I chose to go to Calpe, Spain, for a last intensive block of training, before the Tour of Croatia and Tour  d'Azerbaidjan. The Tour d’Azerbaidjan would be the most important race for our team so I need to be ready for it, and in my last two weeks of training I have had a lot of intensive hours on my bike.

Right now I feel improvement since my last race and my tests are showing some good numbers of my condition. I hope to turn this into results. Right now I have some days of recovery and then I'm ready to start the Tour of Croatia on April 19.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov
Post by: LukasCPH on April 14, 2016, 19:59
After that race, I was supposed to go to Tenerife, but unfortunately the hotel was already full with the ProTour teams training for the Giro.
This made me laugh! :lol
Not so funny for you, of course.

Great to have such a rider blog here on the site, looking forward to the next installments. :cool
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov
Post by: just some guy on April 15, 2016, 07:09
Thanks for doing this, In one of the future blogs I was wondering if we could have a training type of blog, who you ride with, why Gent rather than say Spain etc, who sets your training programs what type of stuff you do etc

Good luck in Croatia
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov
Post by: L'arri on April 15, 2016, 12:10
Thanks for doing this, In one of the future blogs I was wondering if we could have a training type of blog, who you ride with, why Gent rather than say Spain etc, who sets your training programs what type of stuff you do etc

Good luck in Croatia

Yes, Gent is an interesting choice to me too. If you're racing a lot in France, Belgium and the Netherlands it makes a lot of sense but I haven't seen much of SB over here lately.

However, the Gent area isn't too far from a decent international airport (at least when it isn't affected by strikes and the lunatic fringes); it's also home to several services courses, a significant community of Belgian and expat pro cyclists and a world-class velodrome.

So I think Kirill's choice is simply because he used to ride for RusVelo and they're based in Flanders. As recently as last season, he was riding quite a lot of races here.

I used to enjoy climbing the woody hill on which Ivanov's big white house perches above the town of Diest. The RusVelo team car was often parked outside.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Slow Rider on April 16, 2016, 22:01
A very interesting read, thanks for taking the time to share with us :)

I agree a training blog would be interesting. And something else I really want to know more about is the contract stuff: how does it work when switching teams or extending contracts? Do teams approach the riders, or do agents 'offer' their riders to teams? When do negotiations take place, and to which degree are you as a rider involved in those negotiations? Do you leave most of it to an agent, or are you actively involved in the whole process? And, for the conspiracy theorists, do contract negotiations for next season affect the current season? Would you be more likely to help out a rider if you knew he would be in your team next year?
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: M Gee on April 17, 2016, 01:11
Hmmm - I seem to recall that there is some way to upgrade Kirill from "Couch Potato" to something a bit more select. Am I right? After all, if ever "Couch Potato" didn't fit, this would be a good bet, eh?

Welcome to VR, Kirill!
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: LukasCPH on April 17, 2016, 10:37
Hmmm - I seem to recall that there is some way to upgrade Kirill from "Couch Potato" to something a bit more select. Am I right?
I'm pretty sure that it goes purely by number of posts.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on April 20, 2016, 15:55
A hard day for Kirill in Stage 2 of the Tour of Croatia. He crashed twice, the last time 15km before the finish, so he lost time today. He is ok though, just got a few scratches.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: just some guy on April 20, 2016, 16:21
A hard day for Kirill in Stage 2 of the Tour of Croatia. He crashed twice, the last time 15km before the finish, so he lost time today. He is ok though, just got a few scratches.
sending mending vibes.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on April 28, 2016, 17:48
KIRILL AND THE TOUR OF CROATIA

It was a beautiful week of racing in Croatia, we achieved great team results and I enjoyed being part of this success! I remember myself last year when I did the Tour of Croatia and when I compare that to where I am no, I'm really happy. At last my work starts to turn into results and I feel great sensations on my bike again.

I wanted to do well in the general classification.  Before the race I knew I had good condition and my power was good enough to do well. The last two years were very disappointing years for me. but when we hit the first hills I realised that I actually had a good opportunity to fight for a high  GC position.

Unfortunately, I crashed during stage 2 with some other favourites 20 km from the finish and lost 51 seconds. I did all I could to always be in the front of the peloton to avoid all the dangerous moments. At this moment, though being in the front of the group didn't bring me any luck :) For general classification my chances went down but my teammate Matija Kvasina was lucky enough to avoid this crash and to have better cards than me.

Stage 4 was the day to decide who should win this race, with the mountain finish.. In the morning I woke up with the ambition to still fight for my goal that i had before the race. I still had this little chance to get in the breakaway and hope this group would stay away until the climb with some advantage on the main group.

Before the first mountain, the break went away and I was there. There were a lot of attacks and just before the mountain finish, a group of 20 guys came to our group. Not everyone was interested in cooperating and the main peloton was also not far away. I decided to stay calm and wait until the last climb and see what will happen. Then when a few guys attacked I stayed calm and waited until the main group came back. When we all came together, it was already 50-60 guys maybe and Trek Factory took control of the race until the finishing climb.

We started the climb very fast and with a good tempo . Directly from the start i realised today could be my day. I could sit comfortably with the first guys. Tinkoff and CCC were making tempo all the way until 15 km to the top and no one could really get away. My teammate Matija had also good feelings and he was in a better position than me in classification.  I   wanted to try and fight for the stage win, but to gain time back for GC would be hard. But for him it was about taking the jersey this day, so decision was to help him make the best of it and try to win this race with him.

The last 10 km of the climb I rode for him and made the tempo until the last 4km when the climb got steeper and from there it was on him to go for it :) He did great and came 2nd on this stage and also took the leader’s jersey. I was very happy after this stage, we made great efforts and it worked well .

For our small team to perform like this on this level is a huge result and having the opportunity to take a jersey and fight for the overall win is much bigger than a stage win at this point. The day could not end up better than this !

The day after we had maybe the biggest test for us. On paper maybe we weren't contenders but cycling is not only numbers and calculations ;) A team time trial in the rain for 43km is team work. We were the last team to start and just before the start we heard that almost every team had crashed more than once. Technical roads and a lot of roundabouts brought a lot of teams in trouble.

In cycling its all about team work but there only one winner or one team that can pull this success to the end. Every day we try to help each other but even this does not always work -- in the sprint stages someone can help more than another, for example. Earlier some teammates maybe could help more than me in the last kms when it comes to the sprint, but  yesterday I could deliver this work for success on the climb.

But today during the TTT it was Tamo (Ioannis Tamouridis) who made our day successful, his experience was the success for our ride. We rode very carefully in the roundabouts and dosed our power perfectly to finish 4th and keep the race lead.

On the last day we only had to survive local laps with a small cobble hill and make sure that Matija was near the guys who were close to him in GC. All the team did the work perfectly. On the last lap I stayed with Matija to make sure he will not get in troubles, but he did well and no one could be real danger for him. We won Tour of Croatia and enjoyed the moment in Zagreb , for myself i kept 7th place in GC and feel strong.

Next week is a big challenge for our team, the most important race of the year, the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. We are going there with a winning spirit. There is only one winner and a lot can happen. No one can guarantee the victory but from my side I guarantee this fight for the win!
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on May 02, 2016, 06:41
Kirill's next race, of course, will be the Tour d'Azerbaidjan, starting this coming Wednesday. He will be one of the team's two leaders in the race, along with Matej Mugerli.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: irondan on May 03, 2016, 00:25
Cool blog!   :cool

I like what Baku Pro Cycling is doing to promote their riders, seems much more accessable than other pro teams.

I too would enjoy reading blog posts about training and other behind the scenes insight. Hopefully someday.   :D
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on May 20, 2016, 23:07


The Tour d’Azerbaidjan is over. We had another good racing week with our team. We came with a strong team and won two stages and the team classification. It was not an easy task to be the home team because some of the other teams were watching us during the race, but we made it without any problem and used our team spirit :) Since I first went to
Azerbaijan in 2013, the country has changed a lot. Baku is a very beautiful city, with lots of new buildings and the “Formula One" circuit in the centre of the city, just amazing! It was an honour to ride on this road during the last stage of the Tour, you don't race much on roads like this during the year.  Not only in Baku but during the whole race when we hit the countryside, everywhere it was just a pleasure to ride.

The crowds were amazing too, people like cycling there and ride their bikes a lot. Every day you could see a lot of people at the start and finish and during the race on the side of the road. Mostly you only see this in Europe because of cycling culture, but once you go out of Europe there is not always so much public interest in a bike race, but Azerbaijan impressed me! I really enjoyed racing there and visiting this beautiful country. If I would have the opportunity to do "Tour d’Azerbaidjan" again i wouldn't hesitate :)

So the first part of the season is done. If I look and analyse my races , I'm happy with what i have done so far, the condition is there. The Tour of Croatia went good for m , normally it should suit me better and I worked toward this race. When the GC was made I was there and felt goo , this is important for coming races . In Azerbaijan I didn't find a great feeling, different climate zone and allergies made me feel not super good during the race and in general.

One week after Azerbaijan was an easy week for me and now I am starting to work towards the second part of the season, where my head already is. June 7 will be my next race in Slovakia , stage race from 7th until 12th June and after that, another big test at the Tour of Austria. I  hope my evaluation will continue and I willnhave a good result in Austria.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Caruut on May 21, 2016, 10:39
You actually raised something there I was wondering - how difficult is it to be racing in different climates and time zones all the time? Do you get used to it, or is it something that always weighs you down?
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 09, 2016, 19:14
(June 9, 2016)  Kirill Pozdnyakov finished second on the Queen Stage of the Tour of Slovakia. After the difficult mountain stage, the Russian riding for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project has moved up to third overall.

Pozdnyakov attacked on the penultimate climb and joined a lead group, with 15 km to go. The group stayed away until the end.

“The team helped me a lot during the stage,” Pozdnyakov said. “Maksym Averin and Samir Jabrayilov made good tempo on the climbs. On the second to last climb I attacked with (eventual winner) Mauro Finetto and we held the gap until the end.”

“The final climb wasn't hard enough to make a difference,” he added. “On the sprint I was sitting in third position, but the guy before me left a gap. I went around him but it was too far up to Finetto.”

With three more stages to go, two of them with climbs, Pozdnyakov is sitting comfortably in third place overall, nine seconds down.

Friday’s stage three is the longest of the race, at 170.1km from Strbske Pleso to Zuberec. There are four ranked climbs, with two coming in the first 40 km.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 10, 2016, 17:42
Kirill finished in the first group which arrived at the finish one second behind the winner of stage 3 of the Tour of Slovakia. He remains in third place overall with two more stages to go.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 12, 2016, 13:47
Kirill has finished third overall in the Tour of Slovakia! Congratulations to him and to his teammates who helped put him there!
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 13, 2016, 12:31
June 13, 2016) Kirill Pozdnyakov has finished third overall in the Tour of Slovakia. The Russian riding for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project finished second on the race’s mountainous second stage to move into third place, and held on to it until the end.

“I am very happy with this result, and would like to thank my teammates. The good teamwork is what made this possible,” Pozdnyakov said.

Sunday’s closing stage was a short one, with two climbs, the first coming almost immediately after the start. With 75 km to go, a break group formed which stayed away until the end. Pozdnyakov was safely within the peloton which finished over a minute down.

The team’s next race will be the Tour of Serbia, June 14-19. Matija Kvasina, Matej Mugerli, Josip Rumac, Alex Surutkovych, Elchin Asadov and Ioannis Tamouridis will represent Synergy Baku in the race.
 
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 15, 2016, 20:41
(June 15, 2016) Matija Kvasina finished third on the second stage of the Tour of Serbia to move into second place overall. The Croatian riding for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project was the initiator of a stage-long break group which stayed away until the end.

It was a top day for the team, with three riders in the top ten of the stage. Ioannis Tamouridis came back from a crash to lead the peloton home and finish sixth, with Matej Mugerli eighth. Tamouridis is now 8th overall and Mugerli 12th.

In addition, Kvasina took the mountain jersey and the team retained its hold at the top of the team ranking.

Kvasina was the first to attack on the opening 18km long climb, and four other riders joined him. Their largest gap was three minutes, but they were able to stay away until the finish line.

The short stage, only 108 km, was full of climbs “and lots of headwind. I was not feeling at my best today, and in the end ran out of energy. The race profile we had seen wasn’t correct and did not fit the situation, so I didn’t know there was another 2 km climb only 5km before the finish. One of the others attacked there and soloed in to the finish. I was about at the end of my power but managed to pull out a third place on the stage, and second overall,” Kvasina said.

It was the first race for the 34-year-old since the Tour d’Azerbaidjan last month. “The long break from racing has made my body lazy but every day I feel better. Maybe tomorrow we will try to do some more damage!”

DS Andrej Hauptman also commented that “at the end was a short steep climb which was not in the race book. One of the others attacked and Matija did his best with what was left in his legs. We are pretty happy because for all of them except Alex Surutkovych, this is their first race since Azerbaijan.”

Tamouridis had a heavy crash today after receiving a tire from the neutral service car. The tube was not glued, and on the descent the tire came loose from the rim, and he crashed. The Greek rider was not injured.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 17, 2016, 07:10
Mugerli wins stage three in Serbia

(June 16, 2016) Matej Mugerli soloed in to win the third stage of the Tour of Serbia and take over the yellow jersey of the race leader. It is the fourth season win for the Synergy Baku rider.

In addition, Matija Kvasina is third in GC and wears the mountain jersey, and the team still leads the teams ranking.

Josip Rumac was in the first break group of the day. Later Mugerli escaped with Clemens Fankhauser of Tirol Team, and the two slowly pulled away. They had only a three minute gap on the chasing group which held all the top sprinters. With less than 40 km to go, the other rider crashed on a descent, leaving Mugerli alone in the lead. He held on for teh remaining thirty-plus kilometers and flew in to the finish line, 2:31 ahead of the field.

Mugerli’s last win this season was stage three of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. He also won stage 3 of the Istrian Spring Trophy and the Porec Trophy.

“It was not such a long stage, but hard and for me a very intensive race,” Mugerli said. “I did 100km in the breakaway, and the last 30 km alone after my mate from Tirol crashed. From teh beginning, we pushed, there was no real tactic, just going full gas.

“I am happy with this victory and also to be in the yellow jersey on my birthday tomorrow. And of course many thanks to the Synergy Baku team, which controlled the race behind me.”

“This was another amazing day for our team,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “The first part of the stage was really hard. Matej and Fankhauser attacked before the first climb. Then he won the first intermediate sprint and picked up six seconds.

“Behind them, we controlled the yellow jersey group. With 50 km to go, the gap was three minutes and the others started to chase. It was not easy, but today, Matej was the strongest. We still face three difficult days, but as always this season, congratulations to the whole team.”
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 17, 2016, 15:56
Matej Mugerli continues to hold the lead in the Tour of Serbia. The Synergy Baku Cycling Project controlled the whole race so that his overall lead was not endangered and he again won the leader’s jersey on his 35th birthday.

“Everything was under control today. Ioannis Tamouridis, Josip Rumac and Alex Surutkovych did a fantastic job!” Mugerli said. “They chased for 180 km.”

“There were a few attacks on the final climb, but Matija Kvasina and I controlled them. Huge thanks to the guys. Now I have to bring the yellow jersey to the finish on Sunday for them!”

“Today was a hard day. It was 192 km and the guys were in front all day. We still have yellow,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “I am very proud of this team.”

There are still two stages to go in the race.
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 19, 2016, 19:54
Matej Mugerli has won the overall title in the Tour of Serbia. In addition, Matija Kvasina finished third overall and Synergy Baku Cycling Project takes home the title of best team.

Mugerli finished the sixth and final stage Sunday safely in the peloton, which crossed the finish line only three seconds behind two escapees. He came into the stage with a lead of over two minutes and was never really endangered all day.

He laid the base for his GC win on the third stage, which he won by over two and a half minutes in a solo to the finish. The team led the team rankings for the entire race. Kvasina finished third on the second stage and stayed in the top three overall until the end.

“There were many attacks today but our team had no problem controlling the race. The guys did an amazing job and we also won the team ranking,” Mugerli said. “This was my first race back after a break, and I am very happy to have won the overall title in a stage race.”

“This final stage was more difficult than we expected, but the guys really gave their best,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “We lost the mountain jersey, but held on to the team classification. Congratulations to all the riders and staff.”
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 24, 2016, 18:38
Kirill has a racing break right now, and is doing altitude training on Tenerife. This was his rest day, so he took the time to answer some of your questions.

"Most of the time I train in the Flemish Ardennes when I'm in Belgium.  I have lived in Belgium since I was 17 but since I first signed with Baku in 2013, I spend most of the time in Spain and come to Belgium only to see family and for recovery time between races. Marc Lombaerts makes my training plans, he has been coaching me for 5 years.

When you switch teams at the continental level, you don't really need an agent, you can handle it all by yourself. At some point maybe you are more relaxed if you have contract for the coming year, but it will not affect your current season if you don't have the legs :)

Racing in different climate zones is more difficult than time zones, sometimes you even don't feel the time difference if the climate is not extremely different than that you came from."
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 27, 2016, 11:54
Synergy Baku Cycling Project riders have brought in six national titles for 2016. Ioannis Tamouridis scored the double, winning both the time trial and road titles in Greece.

As expected,Synergy Baku riders filled the podiums at both Azerbaijan championships. Maksym Averin won the road title, winning by some 12 minutes in a solo breakaway. Synergy Baku riders took the top six places in the race. Samir Jabrayilov won the sprint for second ahead of Elchin Asadov, with Ismail Iliasov only two seconds back in fourth. In the time trial, Asadov ended up atop the podium, beating out Averin and Jabrayilov.

“I am proud to have defended my title in the road race, and it tops off a great first part of the season. Many thanks to my teammates who helped to make this possible,” said Averin. “I am also proud to have won with such a large time gap!”

Matija Kvasina, winner of the Tour of Croatia, took the Croatian time trial championship for the third time, and was third in the road race. Josip Rumac finished second in the Croatian road race, which gave him the U-23 title.

The man of the weekend was Tamouridis. On Friday he won the Greek national time trial, and on Sunday the Greek national road race. It was his eighth time trial title and fifth road title.

“It was a great weekend! My aim was to win both jerseys and I was in a good condition to do it,” Tamouridis said. “I knew the time trial was ‘easier” to win, but the road race is always a very stressful race and they were another eight to ten riders racing against me. In addition to power I also needed a good plan to control all of them and for sure luck. I crashed In the middle of the race but fortunately without consequences. Finally everything got well and I can be satisfied with the results and my condition.”

Averin, Tamouridis and Kvasina are all headed to the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

Team manager David McQuaid was proud of his riders.  “This year’s national championships have indeed been rewarding for our squad. This puts our name out there for sure.”

“It is a strong credit to the guys as a group, and while I am happy to see our three Rio-bound riders all on the road race podiums – Maksym and Ioannis winning, and Matija impressing in Croatia – I am also happy to see our young guys performing so well too, pushing the Elites. Ismail narrowly missed the podium in Azerbaijan, and Josip narrowly missed the Elite win in Croatia.”
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on June 30, 2016, 13:55
Kirill has just finished his altitude training on Tenerife and is back in Belgium -- for the moment. "I love the island," he said. "If I could, i would live here. Nothing to distract me from my focus."

"I did some tests and everything is great. The next races can come!"

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Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on July 05, 2016, 08:32
Kirill Pozdnyakov will lead the Synergy Baku Cycling Project in the Tour of Sibiu (UCI 2.1). The Romanian race runs July 6-10.

Pozdnyakov recently finished third overall in the Tour of Slovakia, and was 14th overall in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. In the Tour of Croatia he was seventh in the final GC, and contributed greatly to teammate Matija Kvasina’s overall win.

He will be supported by Kvasina, who won the Croatian national time trial championship, and Josip Rumac, who won the U23 Croatian road race title. Matej Mugerli, winner of the Tour of Serbia, and Elchin Asadov, Azerbaijan’s time trial champion, will also back the Russian up, as will Samir Jabrayilov.

The Tour opens with a 2.2km prologue in the city of Sibiu. Stage 1, with start and finish in Sibiu, contains four ranked climbs, is followed by a stage with five climbs, and a mountain top finish. The climbing continues with a mountain time trial in the third stage. There is no let up, as the race closes with six climbs on the final stage.

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Sibiu: Elchin Asadov, Samir Jabrayilov, Matija Kvasina, Matej Mugerli, Kirill Pozdnyakov, and Josip Rumac
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on July 09, 2016, 13:45
Kirill has won the mountain time trial in the Sibiu Tour!
Title: Re: Kirill Pozdnyakov blog
Post by: Synergy Baku on July 09, 2016, 16:45
Kirill Pozdnyakov has won the mountain time trial in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The Russian took his first win of the year by covering the difficult 6.8 kilometers in 16:20.

The penultimate stage in Romania,which finished at the glacier lake Bâlea Lac at 2040 m, contained 13 hairpin curves and numerous other curves and turns. It had an average gradient of 6.18%.

Pozdnyakov covered the course six seconds faster than second-place Alessio Taliani and 11 seconds faster than Serghei Tvetcov, both of Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec.

“It was great to win today ! A special win on a special mountain,” Pozdnyakov said. “I dedicate this win to the people who make it possible for us to race and who support us in what is not always an  easy situation.”

“Kirill was amazing today,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “For sure he was the strongest. This is a big victory for him and the team.”

“This is an excellent results for the team, and an excellent result for Kirill personally,” said team manager David McQuaid. “To win a mountain time trial takes pedigree. Kirill set the best time today ahead of established Pro Conti riders, and I am happy for him because he is a dedicated rider.”

“Unfortunately due to how yesterday’s stage panned out, the GC is out of the equation now. We came here to win the GC with Kirill and today’s results show that we could have done it.”
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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 09, 2016, 16:48
Waiting to learn whether you will win a time trial is not easy.....

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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 11, 2016, 09:06
Kirill talks Sibiu:  what went right, and what went wrong.

Hi!

RIght now I am on my way back from Sibiu Tour to Belgium for few days. On  Wednesday I leave for another race, not in Europe this time but in China, an altitude race, Qinghai lake.

Since my last blog i have done a few race, including the Tour of Slovakia. It was n also a successful race for me, as I managed to finish second on the mountain stage and third in General Classification.

This race should have been part of the preparation for the Tour of Austria that we were expected to take part in, so straight after Slovakia I went to altitude training camp in Tenerife. In the end we didn't get the invitation for Austria and the Sibiu Tour came instead. To be honest i was disappointed that we did not start in Austria but there is nothing else i could do about this, so i had to stay focused and switch my mind for the new targets and races that will come.

The Tour of Sibiu is a 2.1 race and every year has some mountain finishes. It is not an easy race and a nice opportunity to see a new county :) After all the training I  have done, I knew I could fight for overall classification and my team came to support me and help me win this race. The second stage and the mountain TT should decide this race.

Stage 2  was 210 km with a mountain top finish, but this stage did not go the way we and other favourites expected. After 15 km a big break group got away  and the strong teams had someone in there. Everybody started to look to each other and no one wanted to work to bring this group back. They got easily 10 minutes and at some point the peloton just gave up and at this moment my GC goal was over… the breakaway arrived 10 minutes before the peloton and for us it was a very disappointing day.

The next was the mountain TT and for me it was a very important day despite having lost the race the previous day and I didn't had any excuse. But I wanted to  show that i was ready for this race and that the team came to support me here not for nothing, i just gave everything I had and won the mountain TT

After the finish I was happy but at the same time disappointed for the day before, because i had great legs and for sure was able to fight for victory. For me it was still a great achievement, my first pro victory in Europe.

What happened the day before i only can take as a lesson for the future.  Normally in the stage like this the favourites arrive together at the last mountain and fight against each other but this time it went totally the other way.  You have to be prepared for all kind of situations in the race. I was just too confident that it would be like this..and this was my mistake.

Now I have a few recovery days with family and then racing again. Qinghai Lake is a long race and we are going there with a strong team. A lot can happen in this race... My goal is again the GC and helping our sprinters to win some stages, so its gonna be a very interesting race ;)

Keep following us!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 15, 2016, 08:38
The team is back in action next week and once again we will be looking to Kirill for top results!

(July 15, 2016) Kirill Pozdnyakov will lead the Synergy Baku Cycling Project in the Tour of Qinghai Lake. The race in China runs for 13 stages from July17 to 30.

The Azeri-based squad will send a strong team to the race, ready to take on both climbs and sprints. Pozdnyakov recently won the mountain time trial at the Sibiu Cycling Tour, and will look to do well in the GC in China. Matej Mugerli, winner of the Tour of Serbia, will also have his eye on various stages.

Fast men Maksym Averin and Ioannis Tamouridis will look for their chances in the sprints, while also using the race as fine-tuning for their upcoming appearances in the Rio Olympics.

The squad will be rounded out by Josip Rumac and Azeri riders Elchin Asadov and Samir Jabrayilov, with all three expected to be active in break groups.

“We are looking forward to a good hard race,” said DS Jeremy Hunt. “We have a good team and it’s the last prep race before the Olympics for Averin and Tamouridis. The team have shown that they are going well and I’m sure it will continue so.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for Tour of Qinghai Lake: Elchin Asadov, Maksym Averin, Samir Jabrayilov, Matej Mugerli, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Josip Rumac, and Ioannis Tamouridis
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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 17, 2016, 08:43
A big crash near the finish of Qinghai Lake in stage 1 -- a "fan" either decided to cross teh road or stand in the middle of the road to take  photo, as the peloton was speeding along for a bunch sprint finish. Apparently he has been arrested.

Unfortunately we probably have injuries, no real details yet.

 :angry :angry
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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 17, 2016, 09:46
Kirill was one of those who hit the road in that crash today, but of course says, "I'm fine! And tomorrow is another day!"
 <3 <3

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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 18, 2016, 12:59
Kirill gave it a try today in stage 2, but sadly his injuries were too great and he had to abandon. We wish him a speedy recovery!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on July 26, 2016, 14:24
Qinghai Lake has certainly not gone as planned! That awful crash in the first stage took out Ioannis Tamouridis (cracked collarbone) and Kirill Pozdnyakov (concussion). Josip Rumac became ill, Elchin Asadov had to abandon after a bad crash, and Max Averin left early because of the Olympics.

That leaves us with only Matej Mugerli and Samir Jabrayilov for the second half of the race! But Matej has worked his way up to 4th in GC, so that is good.

And we are happy to report that all the ill and injured are doing well again!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 04, 2016, 08:12
Kirill has a new Facebook page. Check it out and please give him a "like"!

https://www.facebook.com/Kirill-Pozdnyakov-1664494583873397/
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 08, 2016, 16:38
We had planned to have another blog from Kirill today or tomorrow. But he just told us that he had been in Spain training, and his luggage got lost on the flight back to Belgium. This evening he is flying to Slovenia for his next race "and I hope to sort out things with my bag, everything was there including my laptop so I can't write something right now for a blog."

"Going to the race now with one set of race clothes and old shoes. Hope still to see my bag before I leave, all my rain clothes are there also."
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Post by: LukasCPH on August 09, 2016, 12:05
his luggage got lost on the flight back to Belgium.
Lost luggage - the nightmare of every traveller. Hope it turns up in time.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 10, 2016, 07:51
(August 10, 2016) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project’s next race is the Cycling Tour Szeklerland, in Romania. The race runs 476 kilometers over three days, starting Thursday, August 11.

Kirill Pozdnyakov and Matej Mugerli will lead the team in the race. Mugerli recently finished second in the Tour of Qinghai Lake. Pozdnyakov had to abandon that race after suffering a concussion in a mass crash involving a spectator.

They will be supported by Josip Rumac and young Azeri riders Elgun Alizada, Enver Asanov, Kanan Gahramanli and Ismail Iliasov.

“I will do my best to help ‘Mugo’ who is in good form now,” said Pozdnyakov. “I am coming back after the crash, I will see how it goes and maybe try something.”

The race opens with a stage of 184km with start and finish in Csikszerada, and includes one ranked climb. Stage 2 runs 163 km with multiple mountains to be conquered.

Saturday sees two half-stages. In the morning there is a 6.1km uphill time trial, followed that afternoon by a 123 km stage with 17 laps of a circuit course.

Synergy Baku for the Tour of Szeklerland: Elgin Alizada, Enver Asanov, Kanan Gahramanli, Ismail Iliasov, Matej Mugerli and Kirill Pozdnyakov
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 11, 2016, 15:36
The Synergy Baku Cycling Project got the Cycling Tour of Szeklerland off to a good start. On the first stage, Matej Mugerli finished second, with Josip Rumac 10th, with Kirill Pozdnyakov in the day’s long break group.

The stage ran 184 km and featured one climb near the end. “Today was a very fast race,” said DS Andrej Hauptman. “Kirill was in the breakaway of 13 riders for 100 km. The group split at the end of the last climb. With 20 km to go, Matej attacked along with 7 other riders. Then he was second in the sprint.”

“It was a hard race ,with many attacks.” Mugerli said. “The team worked very good. We were always present. Today I was so close to the victory, that I must try tomorrow again!”

Mugerli was also impressed with the young Azeri riders, saying they “contributed to this result. This was the first race in a long time that I have raced with them again. And I saw that they have made good progress.”

Pozdnyakov said that he was trying not to repeat the mistake from the Tour of Sibiu, where a break group stayed away on the first stage with a gap large enough to decide the overall title. “So I was active from the start and got away, but the group didn’t co-operate well and in the end it was a tactical race.”

Friday’s stage will be a challenging one, with numerous climbs and a mountain top finish.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 11, 2016, 15:38
By the way, Kirill's lost luggage was finally delivered to his home in Belgium -- after he had left, of course.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 12, 2016, 15:55
In only his first race back after that nasty crash, Kirill today stormed his way as first to the top of the mountaintop finish, and also took over the lead in GC! His teammate Matej Mugerli controlled things behind him and was second on the stage and second on GC!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 12, 2016, 18:23
Pozdnyakov takes over in Szeklerland

(August 12, 2016) Kirill Pozdnyakov has taken over the Cycling Tour of Szeklerland, just ahead of his teammate Matej Mugerli. The Synergy Baku Cycling Project duo finished first and second on stage two, also taking over the first and second positions in GC.

“It was a good day today,” said Pozdnyakov. “I am happy to win after my crash in China. Matej and I attacked on the last climb and immediately got a good gap. With 4km to go, I attacked and could get away. I just went full gas until the end.”

“I am happy to win the stage and happy to share the podium with my teammate. Thanks to my team for helping me. Also thanks to our DS Andrej Hauptman and team manager David McQuaid for their support and everything they do for me.”

It was a rainy day in Romania for the stage which covered 163 km from the start in Székelyudvarhely to the mountaintop finish at Hargitafűrdő/Băile Harghita  — the last of many climbs on the day!

“From the start, a group of six riders got away, and the race leader’s team controlled the race all day. On the last climb, a group jumped and caught those six. Kirill attacked with 4 km to go, and there was no response. Mugerli controlled things behind him and then won the sprint for second place,” said DS Andrej Hauptman.

The stage win put Pozdnyakov in to the overall race lead, with Mugerli in second place.

Saturday sees two half-stages. In the morning, the riders will take on a 6.1 km uphill individual time trial, followed in the late afternoon by a circuit race of 123 km.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 12, 2016, 18:25
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 13, 2016, 10:29
And another win! Kirill has just won the uphill time trial in the first half-stage today, by a comfortable margin.He now has a good lead going into this afternoon's final half stage.
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Post by: Caruut on August 13, 2016, 16:58
Congrats Kirill, best of luck for this afternoon!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 14, 2016, 14:08
Pozdnyakov, Mugerli rule in Romania

(August 14, 2016) Kirill Pozdnyakov won the overall title in the Cycling Tour of Szeklerland on Saturday. The Synergy Baku Cycling Project dominated the race in Romania, winning three of the four stages. Matej Mugerli won the closing stage and finished third overall.

In addition Mugerli won the points ranking and the Azeri team won the team ranking.

Mugerli finished in the top three on all four stages – second in the first two stages and third in the time trial before winning the closing stage. He won the bunch sprint of the circuit stage which covered 123 km.

Pozdnyakov set the ground stone for his overall title by winning the mountaintop finish on stage two, by a clear margin. He went on to increase his lead with a commanding win in the uphill time trial and cemented his win with 13th place in the closing sprint.

“The team was just amazing today. Big thanks to everyone and our young guys did such a perfect job. They fight to the end,” said Pozdnyakov. “The mountain stage and the time trial were more about my condition but today wouldn’t have been possible without my team! Thanks a lot to everyone.”

Pozdnyakov, Mugerli and DS Andrej Hauptman all had praise for the team’s young riders in the race. “We did a great job, and the whole team really worked at 100 percent.The young riders fought like lions,” Hauptman said.

“It again proves that all the work behind the team is bringing perfect results, as you can see the young guys developing and getting strong,” Pozdnyakov said. “I’m sure in a few more years they will be able to win international races.”

“The Synergy Baku team did a great job. All young riders amazed Kirill, Andrej and me,” Mugerli said.. “They really raced like old pros. It was really not an easy stage. Hats off to all of them. My victory was only the icing on the cake.”
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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 14, 2016, 14:09
The guys having a little fun while claiming the best Team award!

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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 18, 2016, 13:01

Hi everybody,

Been a while I wrote something, and a lot of things have happened in the last weeks, both disappointing and successful moments.

We had a  big HC race in "Qinghai Lake" in China, following my victory in Sibiu and altitude training camp. I had a good feeling to do well in China but it was over for me on the first day, when 2 km before the finish a spectator walked into the peloton and caused a nasty crash with all the bunch. It was hard to end the race this way. There was a long trip back to Belgium and recovery from this crash, I actually had to spend two more days in China until I could fly back home. Those two days were very long days for me :)

I managed to recover well and after one week, i could start building up again towards coming races. The team confirmed another stage race in Romania and this was a good one to start after the crash in China. The Tour of Szeklerland is 2.2 race, not the same level as Sibiu but still not an easy race, because they are very unpredictable and anything can happen so you can't wait until the last climb.

With my experience in Sibiu I didn't take any risks on the first day and tried to be present in all the breaks from the start. Finally we managed to get away with a big group but 40 km before the finish, the peloton caught them. In the finale my teammate Matej Mugerli went with small group  away to the finish and finished second. This was a better start than last time in Romania :)

As a team we always had control of the race and everybody did a perfect job. The second stage included a mountain top finis. The team of the race
leader took the control until the last climb and on this climb it was up to Mugo and me to make the race. With 4 km before the finish I had good legs and went for the stage win, while Mugo protected me behind . I won, Mugo was second and this was great!

The last day had in the morning a mountain TT and in the afternoon a 124 km stage. I did again what I did in Sibiu, just went all out and managed to bring another stage win and  a good lead in General Classification. During the last stage, the team did a perfect job to control the race and it worked perfect.  Mugo won the last stage and all the guys gave their all for this success.

I continue training now and my next race would be August 28 in Slovenia.  I'm glad that right now all is behind and I stay focused on the upcoming races.  In all the races that will come I want to do my best, either for the team result or my own result. The season is not over yet and I hope to share some more successful moments with all of you ;)

Thx,
Kirill

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Post by: Synergy Baku on August 21, 2016, 20:17
Kirill never knows who he will meet on the Belgian roads....(http://i65.tinypic.com/2hgdbup.jpg)
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Post by: Synergy Baku on September 02, 2016, 00:36
Kirill says:
The cancellation of South Bohemia has put a real hole in my race program. All that training, and not many races..... I will fill the gap the best I can with some pro kermis races here in Belgium, there are several every week. I will let you know how it goes!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on September 06, 2016, 19:58
Today Kirill finished fifth in the Grote Prijs Erpe Sportief in Erpe, Belgium, a pro kirmes race of 168 km.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on September 08, 2016, 15:54
Baku Cycling Project is sending Kirill Pozdnyakov and six Azeri riders to the East Bohemia Tour, September 9-10. The Azeri riders will then travel on to France to represent Azerbaijan in the European Championships.

The race starts Friday with a 150 km stage which should end with a sprint finish. Saturday’s stage two runs 178 km and features multiple climbs.

Pozdnyakov most recently won the Tour of Serbia, including two stages. He will look to the mountainous second stage in East Bohemia.

Sprinter Maksym Averin, who won a stage at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan and represented the land in the Rio Olympics road race, will lead the team in the first stage.

The two will be supported by Elgun Alizada, Enver Asanov, Kanan Gahramanli, Ismail Iliasov and Samir Jabrayilov.

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the East Bohemia Tour: Elgun Alizada, Enver Asanov, Maksym Averin, Kanan Gahramanli, Ismail Iliasov and Samir Jabrayilov.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on September 28, 2016, 19:22
Kirill reports: "Today I finished fourth in the GP Fred de Breyne, up against a lot of big names. Actually it was frustrating – I rode the last lap alone in the lead, and they caught me on the line!  However, I am feeling super strong right now and am looking forward to the Tour of Almaty this weekend."
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Post by: Synergy Baku on September 30, 2016, 11:18
(September 30, 2016) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project will round off its successful 2016 season at the Tour of Almaty on October 2.

Kirill Pozdnyakov will lead the team in the one-day race. The Russian won the overall title at the Szeklerland Tour as well as two stages in that race and one at the Sibiu Cycling Tour. At his side will be Elchin Asadov, who will ride the individual time trial in the World Championships. They will be supported by young Azeri riders Elgun Alizada, Enver Asanov, Ismail Iliasov and Samir Jabrayilov, all of whom have qualified for the Worlds.

Pozdnyakov, who has ridden strongly in several criterium races recently, is aiming to land on the podium, while the others will look to put in a strong final race before the Worlds.

The Synergy Baku Cycling Project had its most successful season ever, with 17 wins on the season, including five national championships and three stage race overall titles. Three of the team’s riders rode in the Rio Olympics road race, and seven will appear in the World Championships.

Synergy Baku for the Tour of Almaty: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Ismail Iliasov, Samir Jabrayilov and Kirill Pozdnyakov
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Post by: Synergy Baku on October 01, 2016, 07:06
David McQuaid steps down from Synergy Baku management

Synergy Baku announced today that team manager David McQuaid has stepped down from the team  he has run for the past four years. In a statement released by the team, McQuaid said he accomplished the goals originally set when the team was formed -- creating a platform to secure Azerbaijan’s qualification for Rio in road cycling - prompting him to step away from the Continental team.
"It seems like the right time to go," he said.

"Four years is a long time by any standard, but from those four years have come many long-standing relationships, and I am very appreciative of any of the individuals, be it a staff member, a rider, a sponsor or a race organiser, that have collectively contributed to where the team is today from its nothing beginning," he said. "If you are reading this and you received the 'I need a favour' phone call or email from me, well then you know who know who you are and thanks."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/movistar-adds-carapaz-and-de-la-parte-news-shorts/
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Post by: Synergy Baku on October 03, 2016, 08:33
Kirill ended his season yesterday with a 15th place in the Tour of Almaty. it was a hard day, with very cold temperatures and lots of rain.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on October 05, 2016, 16:58
Kirill today won the pro kirmis in Zele, Belgium!

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Post by: Synergy Baku on January 12, 2017, 12:23
At last! Yes, I will be back with Synergy Baku again in 2017, with one huge change – I have taken on Azeri citizenship!
I will represent Azerbaijan. This is a huge honor for me, and I now have chance to bring in UCI points for the country and do something useful and appreciated by the people from Azerbaijan. I started my success with this team in 2013 and it always been a successful team. There are already good Azeri riders and when I join the national team, it will make our team even stronger and together it will be easier for us to fight for success !
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Post by: Kirill P on March 15, 2017, 10:22
Today is my final full day of altitude training in Tenerife. I am resting and so are my bikes! I am taking this time to think of my wonderful girlfriend Emma, whose love and support get me through all the hard times. And also looking forward to an interesting year!

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Post by: Kirill P on March 31, 2017, 08:32
After a successful Coppi e Bartali, where I worked my way up to the final top ten, I am now ready to take on the GP Adria Mobil on Sunday. And I was very happy to read these nice words from our DS Eldar Jabrayilov:


“After Coppi e Bartali, I can say that we are a step closer to victories as a team,” said sport director Eldar Jabrayilov. “In that race, everyone tried to help the team, and it has brought its results: the team performed well among such strong teams, and Kirill of course proved to be a worthy captain of the team, showing the young riders that to achieve results you need to work together.  Everyone was trying to help with something, some more and some less - but it was a team effort, so we are moving in the right direction. 

“At our next races, the GP Adria Mobil and Tour of Morocco, we will continue to try different tactics to allow our young riders to show results.”
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Post by: Flo on March 31, 2017, 09:39
Nicely done Kirill :cool
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Post by: Kirill P on March 31, 2017, 14:02

Been a while since I wrote anything – it has been a very busy time for me but I never forget you guys.

This winter I started building up towards Coppi  e Bartali. I love this race and the level is always very high, so this year I decided to do some good preparation for this race and improve myself for the longer mountains with  my Belgian coach. In December I spent my first training camp in altitude on Tenerife, just more endurance and some power exercise. I changed it a bit as I focused on not getting in shape too fast and not gaining too much weight during the winter. The result was incredible, if you work at it, the results come fast. 

In January we had a team camp with the Baku guys in Turkey. It was my first time there and I have to admit I really enjoyed staying there. For this time of the year you have all you need, good weather, mountains …short, steep, long, flat roads. For sure I would like to come back to this place one day again! For us it was the first camp and we had many trainings together as most of the guys knew each other already from last year. There were only few days when everyone had to do special work outs and we split on small groups ,but for the rest we enjoyed quality group rides.

After this camp they guys went to the Istrian Spring Trophy but i went straight to Tenerife to pick up my climbing legs for Coppi e Bartali and it really worked well. I had a super feeling all through the race and was able to fight for the win. It didn’t work out  this time  but if you keep going one day it will be there! I keep up my good spirits and look forward to our new races!

Big thanks to my team who supported me during our week in Italy. The guys did great job and big thx for this!

See you at the next race!

Grtz, Kirill
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Post by: Kirill P on April 04, 2017, 13:54
 Krill Pozdnyakov will lead the Synergy Baku Cycling Project in the Tour of Morocco, a ten-stage race to be held April 7-16.

The new Azeri citizen will be supported by Elchin Asadov, Samir Jabrayilov, Josip Rumac, Elgun Alizada and Ismail Iliasov.

“We are waiting for 10 unforgettable stages in Morocco,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov. “In 10 stages you can see all your weaknesses and strengths. It's more difficult to do than one-day races, because this one day may not be yours: bad health, puncture, crashes.... At a multi-day event like Morocco, you can try and try from day to day, and something will come out.

Pozdnyakov has put in a consistent early season, finishing seventh on two stages of Coppi e Bartali and taking ninth overall, last weekend finishing sixth in the GP Adria Mobil. “I look for a good race. It will be great to ride in a new country and to prepare for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.”

“Kirill was very good in the GP Adria Mobil. I have not seen him before in action like this, in al breakaways. There were Colombians, whose task was to make the race as difficult as possible, to get rid of all the sprinters and to avoid a race with a sprint finish, but even they could not cope with Kirill's attacks. When the road starts to go up Kirill sets the rhythm,” Dzhabrailov said.

“For our young drivers this is a good example and an incentive to develop and move upwards.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Morocco: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Ismail Iliasov, Samir Jabrayilov, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Josip Rumac
 
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Post by: Kirill P on April 07, 2017, 20:59
Pozdnyakov wins Stage 1 in Morocco

(April 7, 2017) Kirill Pozdnyakov won the first stage of the Tour of Morocco and has taken the leader’s jersey. It is the first season victory for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project.

Today’s stage covered 148.7 km from Benslimane to Kenitra.

“The guys were always at the front today. With 40 km to go, there was a breakaway and the guys did a great job to get Kirill into the group. Then it was up to Kirill to do his best, and he did it. With 4 km left, he attacked and went on to win solo,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov.

“It was a good race for us, great work by all the guys. After a difficult travel day yesterday, they were rewarded and are all satisfied with the results.”

“It went better than I expected. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat, but it didn’t affect my form today. It is great to have my first win!” said Pozdnyakov.

“Thanks to all the team, together we rode perfect race today.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Morocco: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Ismail Iliasov, Samir Jabrayilov, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Josip Rumac
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Post by: Kirill P on April 08, 2017, 13:22
Going into stage 2, Tour du Maroc

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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on April 10, 2017, 18:05
The Tour of Morocco has been a real roller coaster ride for Kirill. He won the first stage and so took the leader's jersey. He held on to it on the second stage. On stage 3 he was held up by a crash, promping the rival teams up ahead to attack, and he lost a lot of time.

But we know our doughty Russian-turned-Azeri would not be daunted by that! Today, stage 4, was the Queen Stage, and Kirill and teammate Josip Rumac were in a four-man break group with a very large gap -- and Kirill went on to win the stage. No word yet on GC.... and Josip may have won the KOM.

A frustratingly long wait for the official results!
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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on April 10, 2017, 18:41
Kirill not only won the stage but takes back the lead in the points ranking, too. We think he is now third on GC. Josip is confimed as KOM!

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Post by: Kirill P on April 11, 2017, 07:10
 Kirill Pozdnyakov made a strong comeback to storm to the victory in stage four of the Tour of Morocco. In a great day for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, he also won back the points jersey and Josip Rumac took the King of the Mountains jersey. In addition, Pozdnyakov climbed back up to third in the GC rankings.

Pozdnyakov had won the first stage but lost the leader’s jersey Sunday. He was held up behind a crash and rival teams up front took advantage of that to attack. Pozdnyakov lost a lot of time and fell to 15th overall.

Not one to be discouraged, the Azeri rider fought his way back to the top on today’s Queen stage, 191 km from Oued Laou to El Hoceima. Pozdnyakov and Rumac made their way into the break group of the day, building up a big gap over the field. Along the way, Pozdnyakov made sure that his younger teammate got most of the KOM points on tap, ensuring the young Croat the polka-dot jersey at the end of the day.

With about four or five km left, Pozdnyakov attacked on a small climb and soloed in to the finish line.

“It was a really, really great stage, maybe the best day of my life,” said an overjoyed DS Eldar Dzhabrailov. “Kirill’s attack – I never saw an attack like that ever before!”

“It was a good day for the team and for me! Rumac has the mountain jersey and I won so it went better than yesterday :) I am now looking forward for stages and to make the best of it with all the team,” Pozdnyakov said.

“I'm so happy,we are all very proud of our work today,” Rumac said. “It was very tough day but Kirill and I gave our best.”
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Post by: search on April 11, 2017, 07:52
congratulations, a good way to fight back after an unfortunate time loss the day before :cool
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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on April 11, 2017, 19:48
Stage 5 was very "relaxed", Kirill said. He is still third in GC and has the points jersey. Three of them are tied with 30 points, but he has the jersey. And Josip Rumac is still KOM.
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Post by: Kirill P on April 13, 2017, 19:39
Stage 7 was another easy day in the bunch. The breakaway went and my teammate Elchin was in it. He rode a great race to take his first win and we are all very happy for this!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on April 16, 2017, 21:01
A place on the final podium, the best climber in the 10-day race and three stage wins – the Synergy Baku Cycling Project can be more than satisfied with its performance in the 2017 Tour of Morocco.

Kirill Pozdnyakov started the race off in top form, winning the first stage to take both the leader’s jersey and the points jersey. He wore the leader’s yellow jersey only briefly, but had the green points jersey on several different times during the race. Kirill won again on the fourth stage, with a solo closing effort on the Queen Stage.

That was enough to move Kirill back onto the overall podium, putting him into third place, where he stayed until the end.

That same mountainous stage saw Josip Rumac take virtually all of the available climbing points, giving him an unbeatable lead in the King of the Mountains ranking. He was also 11th in the final overall standings.

One particular highlight of the Tour was Elchin Asadov’s win on stage 7. The Azeri veteran took his first ever international win out of an escape group. He outsprinted his break companion for the victory, only seconds ahead of the onrushing peloton. Elchin finished the race as 11th in GC.

Samir Jabrayilov put in an untold amount of important and much appreciated support work, and rounded out the team’s fine performance with a 25th place in GC.

On Sunday’s stage 10, all of the riders finished in the same time as the winner of the bunch sprint.

“Today was a nervous stage but the guys did a perfect job to protect me. Thanks a lot to my teammates and people who support us! Now we switch our focus to the Tour d’Azerbaidjan and we will do our best there,” Kirill said.

“This was our first time in Morocco, and we'll remember this race forever, starting with visa adventures in the airport,  the conquest of the yellow and green jersey on the first day, fighting to hold them but sadly losing them, the delightful fight of our guys on the crucial fourth stage for the general classification, the first international victory of his career for Elchin Asadov, losing my voice due to the victorious cries :) -- that's what was needed for the team to raise morale, each of the guys had a chance for themselves and all were willing to  help each other,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov.

“For us it was a good preparation for our next race , the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, where we will try to consolidate what we did in Morocco.”
 
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Post by: Kirill P on April 22, 2017, 10:44
I was shocked and saddened to hear the dreadful news about Michele Scarponi. I send my condolences to his family and team, and wish them much strength in this very difficult time.
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Post by: Synergy Baku on April 24, 2017, 12:29
Vansummeren as advisor to  Synergy Baku

(April 25, 2017) Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren will join the Synergy Baku Cycling Project as an advisor. He will attend the upcoming Tour d’Azerbaidjan to help the Azeri team and riders.

Vansummeren, 36, retired in June 2016 for medical reasons. In his 13 year career he rode for four teams, and 15 Grand Tours. His biggest career win was Paris-Roubaix in 2011, and he also won the Tour of Poland in 2007.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation is giving me,” he said. “Together with the Federation I’m hoping to bring my knowledge to the Azeri riders to help and support them to reach their highest dreams.

“Personally I’m very happy with the chance they give me to start my second career in cycling and hopefully together we can achieve great things.

“Out of the first conversations I had with Farhad Aliyev (General Secretary of the Federation) and the Federation I feel they are willing to grow and put Azerbaijan and their riders on the map of international cycling.”

The Belgian is eager to start work with the team. “I’m honored to be a guest during their national tour and the national championships. I hope to speak as soon as possible with the riders and the staff to make a plan of ‘attack’

and help them with all their questions. Hopefully it`s the start of an ongoing partnership where we can work very well together.”

“I met with Johan in Brussels during the UEC Meeting and discussed his future view after he finished his career,” Aliyev said. “I was impressed by his enthusiasm to continue working in cycling, and invited him to Tour d'Azerbaidjan as an advisor to our riders. We hope this step will help our riders as well, in achieving results now and at races in the future.”

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Post by: Kirill P on April 24, 2017, 13:32
The Tour of Morocco got off to a difficult start for us. There were visa problems and we had to wait a long time at the airport when we arrived. We arrived at the hotel very late after a long day of travel, and one of our riders and the mechanic had to wait even longer at the airport.

The next day was already the first stage, and we started with only five riders. We were all thinking how to do our best in the race and forget about the previous day’s problems. We rode this stage like a real team and supported each other in difficult moments . Near the end I joined a break group, so it was up to me to make it and I did.  3 km from the finish I attacked and won solo. A great day!

On the fourth stage I was lucky again. Josip Rumac and I were in the break group. I was able to help him get the mountain points, which were enough for him to win the final KOM jersey. And I won this stage, too!

Stage 6 was also successful for us -- Elchin won this stage in the break group . We were all happy and especially for him because this was his first win and he worked hard for it!

Everybody did a fantastic job during the race and it was perfect preparation for Azerbaijan. Now ow we need to bring this spirit further and try to repeat our success.

After Morocco I went home for a few days home to see my family and now I'm at altitude, working towards our goals in the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.
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Post by: Kirill P on April 26, 2017, 10:39
Putting in some more altitude training on Tenerife on my way to the Tour d'Azrbaidjan!
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Post by: Kirill P on April 28, 2017, 19:33
Where did the sun go?????  :o :o

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Post by: Synergy Baku on May 01, 2017, 09:21
Synergy Baku Cycling Project ready to take on the Tour d’Azerbaidjan

(May 1, 2017) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is eager to take on its homeland race, the Tour d'Azerbaidjan (May 3-7). The team will be led by captain Kirill Pozdnyakov and for the first time, will consist almost entirely of Azeri riders.

Kirill most recently won two stages and finished third overall at the Tour of Morocco. He will be supported by the team’s other two heroes from that race: Elchin Asadov, who won a stage there for his first professional win, and Josip Rumac, who won the King of the Mountains jersey.

“We go to the Tour with high goals, which we will try to achieve,” Kirill said. “We know that to win you also need luck and there are many other factors, but we are here  to fight for the victory!”

Three young Azeri riders round out the squad. Samir Jabrayilov will ride his third Tour, while Elgun Alizada and Enver Asanov are making their debuts in the race.

It is Kirill’s second appearance in the race, and Josip’s first. Elchin is the veteran in the race, having ridden it every year since it was first held in 2013.


The team will look to repeat or improve on its success in the 2016 Tour d’Azerbaidjan. Last year they won two stages and the overall team ranking.

The team will also be joined by ex-pro Johan Vansummeren, who is acting as an advisor.

“First of all, I would like to thank the organizers and all those who work so hard to organize such a high-end race. I am very proud of that a competition of this scale is  carried out in our country  and I am very glad that the world can watch a broadcast of  race, to see the beauty of Azerbaijan and its contribution to world cycling,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov.

“For the first time I stand in the role of sport director for the home team at the Tour d'Azerbaidjan and of course I feel a great responsibility for the performance of my team.

“I don't know why, but the race in Azerbaijan is to me like home cooking. Everyone likes to dine in expensive restaurants, but homemade food prepared by their hands tastes best. It is cooked with love  and no one will criticize or compare it with something fancier. Others can make suggestions as to the right way to prepare it, but  you will till prepare it as you feel and how it tastes. 

“At this race in Azerbaijan we will act as a cooks: all our athletes know their work, they know their strengths and weaknesses, each carries out different roles in the races. They are all ready for the variety of situations that may occur in the race, and the most important thing is that they are ready to help each other, not only as a team, but also as a family.

“I know that for our guys this is a very important race, and they are under a lot of pressure to achieve good results.  I know that they have done a great job with the start of the season and that they will continue to do so, because the love their work so much.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Samir Jabrayilov, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Josip Rumac
 
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Post by: Kirill P on May 03, 2017, 13:29
Stage 1, Tour d'Azerbaidjan:

It was a  good day today. Elchin was in the breakaway and all the guys took control on the stage to get safely over the line. We look forward to the coming days when the roads start to go up.

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More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1837284816594372&id=1664494583873397
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Post by: Kirill P on May 04, 2017, 13:47
This says it all!

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Post by: Kirill P on May 04, 2017, 16:20
I won the stage and took the race lead!

We had a great day today with all the team. It was a nervous stage but we made it and it's great to win in the home race for our sponsors and people who support us from Azerbaijan! A perfect day for me and now three tricky stages are coming up, where we would need to ride smart. But I have confidence in my teammates so we are just going to do our best to bring this jersey home.

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Post by: Kirill P on May 05, 2017, 12:41
14th on the stage today in the same time as the winner, my former teammate Matej Mugerli. And of course I still lead the GC!
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Post by: DJW on May 05, 2017, 13:41
Молодец Kirill!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on May 07, 2017, 11:48
Kirill has won the overall title in the Tour d'Azerbaidjan! The first Azeri to win this race!
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Post by: Synergy Baku on May 07, 2017, 12:36
Are we happy?  :D

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Post by: Kirill P on May 07, 2017, 16:59
This is a dream come true to win the home race! I did a lot of work for this and looked forward to the win, but it’s not always dependent on your physical condition, but also on the support of your team and luck.

We had all of these at this race and the team did fantastic work. This is how the victory came! Thanks a lot to everyone for the support.
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Post by: Kirill P on May 08, 2017, 16:38
My next races are already coming up -- the Azeri national championships, May 11-12.

And then the Tour of Slovakia and the Tour of Slovenia, both in June.
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Post by: Kirill P on May 09, 2017, 10:06
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/trek-segafredo-announces-tour-of-california-roster-news-shorts/

Pozdnyakov wins for Azerbaijan

Kirill Pozdnyakov won the overall title at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan – the first time an Azeri has won the race, and the first time the home team, Synergy Baku Cycling Project, has claimed that title.

Pozdnyakov took on Azeri citizenship this year, with an eye towards representing the land in international events. He won stage two of the Tour in a solo effort to take the race lead, and held on to the lead until the end.

“This win was very special for me, it's my home race and my family came to support me,” he told Cyclingnews. “This made unforgettable emotions for me when I crossed the line in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

“It was very important to win the Tour d’Azerbaidjan for our team and being an Azeri rider is a great honour. Sooner or later an Azeri rider would win this race and I'm lucky I'm the first one. I started my career with this team and since I joined this project I have only had positive emotions and been supported all the time.

“Azerbaijan gave me the opportunity to represent them in the World Championships and maybe the Olympic Games in the future. I will do all I can to confirm their belief in me."

Pozdnyakov started his pro career with Synergy Baku in 2013, and rode for RusVelo for two years before returning to the Azeri team in 2015. This season he also won two stages at the Tour of Morocco, finishing third overall.





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Post by: Kirill P on May 12, 2017, 12:19
My next victory -- I am now the natonal road champion in Azerbaijan! Here I am with my Baku teammate Elchin Asadov (the ITT champ) and our DS, Eldar Dzhabrailov

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Post by: Kirill P on May 14, 2017, 11:27
My next race will be the Tour of Ukraine next week, where I will look to help the young guys get some results. After that it is time to go home for a rest!

Next my attention will turn to the Tour of Slovenia (June 7-11). It is a very interesting race, with four ProTour teams. So it would be great to get some results there, and I am as always highly motivated.
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Post by: LukasCPH on May 14, 2017, 19:54
Next my attention will turn to the Tour of Slovenia (June 7-11).
Slovakia? ;)
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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on May 14, 2017, 20:55
Slovakia? ;)

No, Slovenia. Got the dates wrong. June 15-18
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Post by: Synergy Baku on May 16, 2017, 14:13
Synergy Baku with young team to Tour of Ukraine

(May 16, 2017) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project will concentrate on its young riders in the Tour of Ukraine (May 17-21). Last year Samir Jabrayilov finished fourth overall in the first running of the UCI 2.2 stage race.

Veterans Kirill Pozdnyakov and Elchin Asadov will guide and support the young riders in the race. Samir is returning with hopes of equalling or improving on his results from last year, and Elgun Alizada, Musa Mikayilzade, and Enver Asanov will also look for their chances.

The race opens on Wednesday, May 17, with a 3.5km prologue in Kiev. Stage one travels 179.1 km with start and finish in Bila Tsirvka and stage two is a 30 km team time trial. The two final stages are circuit courses, starting and ending in Bucha (196.8 km) and Kiev (131 km).

“Our next adventure is waiting for us in Ukraine. Last year, our young riders did well here and
 managed to earn international points for participation in the World Championships,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov.

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Ukraine: Elgin Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Samir Jabrayilov, Musa Mikayilzade, and Kirill Pozdnyakov
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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on May 19, 2017, 07:25
Kirill was 29th in the prologue of the Tour of Ukraine. 54th in stage one, same time as the winner. Today is the team time trial.

Results from this race are extremely difficult to come by, and then are totally inadequate. I have never seen GC results.
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Post by: Kirill P on June 05, 2017, 20:43
It was one of those weekends...... I was coming down a climb, went around a curve -- and there was an elderly man standing right there! I avoided him but hit the tree beside the road. I ended up looking quite battered and with 17 stitches. But I was back on the bike today, and put in six hours of training!

edit: for some reason I can't post the photos, sorry.
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Post by: LukasCPH on June 06, 2017, 06:10
I ended up looking quite battered and with 17 stitches. But I was back on the bike today, and put in six hours of training!
Ouch! :-x
Best wishes!
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Post by: Kirill P on June 09, 2017, 13:14
Happy 30th birthday to our DS, Eldar Dzhabrailov!  :party :party
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Post by: Kirill P on June 13, 2017, 16:26
The Tour of Slovenia was supposed to be my next season highlight, but unfortunately I will have to miss it. I suffered a concussion in my training crash and am still not feeling well.
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Post by: LukasCPH on June 13, 2017, 18:17
The Tour of Slovenia was supposed to be my next season highlight, but unfortunately I will have to miss it. I suffered a concussion in my training crash and am still not feeling well.
Concussions have to be taken seriously. It's the right decision not to rush back into things.
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Post by: M Gee on June 16, 2017, 15:02
It was one of those weekends...... I was coming down a climb, went around a curve -- and there was an elderly man standing right there! I avoided him but hit the tree beside the road. I ended up looking quite battered and with 17 stitches. But I was back on the bike today, and put in six hours of training!

edit: for some reason I can't post the photos, sorry.
Ooo. That's ok, no photos, no problems! Don't need them! I get puckered enough from your description! Glad you are out and training! Hoping your fast healing continues!
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Post by: Kirill P on July 05, 2017, 09:01
Still recovering. Still don't know when I will be back in action.  :(
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Post by: Susan Westemeyer on August 24, 2017, 15:24
Kirill has been suspended for eight months for  an anti-doping violation. He tested positive for the drug Methylphenidate at the Tour of Morocco in April. His ban ends on December 6, 2017.
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Post by: Joan on August 24, 2017, 19:30
And now we delete all these bullsh*t reports of the last half year?

It had been obvious since Pozdnyakov didn't count anymore in the UCI nations ranking for Azerbaijan during the last months.
Very honest press work.

 :-x
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Post by: Flo on August 25, 2017, 14:42
Kirill has been suspended for eight months for  an anti-doping violation. He tested positive for the drug Methylphenidate at the Tour of Morocco in April. His ban ends on December 6, 2017.
:(

I hope he will be back posting on here next season :)
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Post by: search on August 25, 2017, 17:35
first of all, some honest words about his doping violation wouldn't hurt as well to be honest...
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Post by: Kirill P on January 06, 2018, 09:38
I am happy to announce that I am riding for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project again this year! Right now I am training in Turkey with several teammates.

As to last year: I took a medically necessary medication which I was unfortunately not aware was not approved. Both the UCI and the team accepted my explanation, which is why the UCI gave me a short ban and the team took me back. I very much regret the whole situation and the difficulties it has caused to so many people.

From here I am looking only forward, and am eager to prove that I am a clean rider who can ride well and win for his team.
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Post by: Murrjt on January 06, 2018, 11:22
Thank You Kirill brother and good luck for this season.
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Post by: Flo on January 07, 2018, 18:08
Great news Kirill and looking forward to seeing you back on the road :cool
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Post by: Kirill P on January 08, 2018, 18:39
I am now training in Turkey with Elchin Asadov, Samir Jabrayilov and Oleksandr Polidova.

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Post by: Kirill P on January 22, 2018, 11:47
Synergy Baku opens 2018 season at Sharjah Tour
(January 22, 2018) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is sending an experienced team to the Sharjah International Tour for Cycling. The four-stage race, held January 24-27 in the United Arab Emirates, will be the team’s season opener.
Veteran riders Kirill Pozdnyakov, Elchin Asadov and newcomer Oleksandr Polivoda will lead the team. They will be backed up by Samir Jabrayilov, Enver Asanov and Elgun Alizada. The race marks Pozdnyakov’s return to racing and Polivoda’s debut for the team.
“The new season is starting and we are looking forward to a good one,” says sports director Eldar Dzhabrailov. “Our veterans are taking on this first race and we will see how well they have trained over the winter – of course we expect good results! The whole team will get together for the first time for training camp after this race, and we are all looking forward to that.”
The race covers 412 kilometres in the Emirate of Sharjah. It opens with a 10.2 km individual time trial in the capital city of Sharjah. The second stage is a flat one, 151.6 km from Al Batayeh to Al Malaiha.
The third stage should be decisive in determining the overall winner. It covers four ranked climbs in the 116.7 km from Dibba to Wadi Al Hilo, with a category one climb coming only six kilometres before the finish. The race then ends with 139 km along the Sharjah waterfront.
Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Sharjah Tour: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Samir Jabrayilov, Oleksandr Polivoda and Kirill Pozdnyakov
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Post by: Kirill P on January 23, 2018, 09:14
FROM THE SYNERGY BAKU FACEBOOK PAGE:

THREE QUESTIONS for: KIRILL POZDNYAKOV

How does it feel to be back after missing so much of last season?

I’m super happy to be back! If I do something I give 100% of myself, so the goal is to get the best possible results this year. I trained hard to stay in shape and to be ready for this season.


What was the problem last year and how was it resolved?

As to last year: I took a medically necessary medication which I was unfortunately not aware was not approved. Both the UCI and the team accepted my explanation, which is why the UCI gave me a short ban and the team took me back. I very much regret the whole situation and the difficulties it has caused to so many people. I also suffered a severe concussion in a training accident, which took a long time to recover from.


What are your plans for this season and which races will you be concentrating on?

This year the first goal is Coppi e Bartali the end of March and after that of course the Tour d’Azerbaidjan . Those are the two races I’m looking forward to in the first part of the year.
After the Tour d’Azerbaidjan I will sit down with team management and look at what is coming up --  but for now my head is on this two races.
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Post by: Kirill P on January 26, 2018, 17:54
Today was stage 3 of the Sharjah Tour, with mountains! I was up near the front in the finale, and finished 12th, moving up to the top 20 overall.

The feeling were better today. It’s only the first race and January, so we are building up and working toward our biggest goals of the year. I’m very happy to see the guys doing their job today for me, thanks a lot to them! From here on we only can keep it up and be hungry for the first win
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Post by: AG on January 26, 2018, 23:57
good luck   :)
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Post by: Kirill P on February 19, 2018, 07:16
Kirill Pozdnyakov wins Grand Prix Alanya

(February 18, 2018) Kirill Pozdnyakov put in one of his trademark breakaways to win the Grand Prix Alanya in Turkey. It was his and the team’s first win of the 2018 season and the earliest win of a season for the team ever.

Pozdnyakov, Oleksandr Polivoda and Elgun Alizada were in the large break of the day in the 175-kilometre race that featured several climbs. Originally 36 riders, the break had gotten smaller as the riders got to the last climb of the day. On that final climb, Pozdnyakov took off from the group in a solo effort with just over 30 km to go. Polivoda was in the group of 11 behind him, and the Ukrainian controlled things, allowing his teammate to stay untouched. The teamwork was successful and Pozdnyakov soloed in to victory, with Polivoda finishing fourth on the day.

“I am very happy! It was a great start of the season, big thanks to my teammates. Everybody was super today, the guys did all the work until the last climb. I only needed to finish it off and I did. I attacked on the last climb and could stay away,” Pozdnyakov said. “Big thanks to Polivoda, who controlled the chasing group and brought me in a comfortable situation until the final. Team spirit was the key point today!”

“What can I say after the first victory in this season – it was great. It was a very intense race and we knew there would be lots of attacks from the start. Our goal was to get in the main breakaway which would decide the race, so our guys had to cover all the dangerous attacks in the first half of race. After 60 km a break of 36 riders formed, with Kirill, Oleksandr and Elgun in it,” said sports director Eldar Dzhabrailov.

“It was a very strong group, and Elgun and Polivoda did a lot of work. There were many attacks, and on the second of the three climbs, there were only 12 riders left including not only Kirill and Polivoda, but also such strong teams as Torku, CCC and Minsk. The only solution was to attack on the third climb, and Kirill did it in style.

“The last 30km were the most exciting in this race, as the leader was going and the pack started working hard to catch up with Kirill. They came within 20 seconds, and the last thing I told Kirill was ‘don’t give up,’ and he didn’t. Polivoda tried the whole time to keep control of this group so that they wouldn’t catch him. Kirill’s spirit was strong and he won a beautiful victory for the whole team.”
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Post by: Kirill P on March 28, 2018, 11:10

I am back in Turkey but am staying at the team base in Alanya instead of racing this weekend.  Everything is on plan to build up to he important race Tour d’Azerbaidjan. My feelings are good and I did some good training rides in Tenerife. The races that are coming up are good races for our team. At the Tour of Morocco (April 6-15), I can test my legs on the mountain stages, and  a ten-day race is very good effort towards the final training and final touch to be in top shape in May. Everyone will get his opportunity to show something and I will try to do a good GC placing and also in the mountain stages.

Our team is strong and we are moving in the right direction!
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Post by: Kirill P on April 04, 2018, 11:39
Synergy Baku with experienced team to Morocco

(April 4, 2018) The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is sending an experienced team to the Tour of Morocco, which runs April 6-15. The 10 stages cover more than 1500 kilometers.

Kirill Pozdnyakov and Oleksandr Polivoda will lead the team, with support from Elchin Asadov, who won stage 7 of the race last year for his first pro victory. They will be backed up by Samir Jabrayilov, Enver Asanov and Elgun Alizada.
The race opens on Friday, April 6, with a stage from Rabat to Meknes. It ends on Sunday, April 15, with a stage from El Jadida to Casablanca. Six of the stages feature ranked climbs, and there is no time trial in this UCI 2.2-ranked race.

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Morocco: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Samir Jabrayilov, Oleksandr Polivoda and Kirill Pozdnyakov
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Post by: Leadbelly on April 04, 2018, 20:50
How do you Kirill and your team mates feel about the cancellation of the Tour d'Azerbaidjan? and what will be the main target of the year now? Sibiu?
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Post by: Kirill P on April 07, 2018, 19:49
How do you Kirill and your team mates feel about the cancellation of the Tour d'Azerbaidjan? and what will be the main target of the year now? Sibiu?

We are very disappointed, of course. We now have to sit down and see what we can do. But first the Tour of Morocco!
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Post by: Kirill P on April 07, 2018, 19:50
I finished 11th on stage 2 of the Tour of Morocco today, and am now 15th in GC, only 31 seconds down. It was hard today, the guys did all the best to get me in position before the climb and I managed to get into the day’s break group. I’m happy we survived this day as the weather was very bad at the start. I tried to attack few times but I was marked by many riders. I am looking forward to stage 4 where the GC will be decided . I feel good and we will go for it!

(Note: 17 riders finished within 21 seconds on the stage, the rest of the peloton was over 21 minutes back)
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Post by: Kirill P on April 09, 2018, 20:21
It was a good stage today, as I finished third and moved up to third on GC. We had a plan and it almost went as we wanted. Having Samir win the mountain jersey was a real bonus. The guys protect me all day and after the last cat 1 climb I got away with we stay with eight others. I tried many times to attack in the last 20 km but was always marked by many guys in the group. Oleksandr  Polivoda also did a good race, he kept the pace high on the climb and this helped me to get in the break group. We will keep going on, our main goal is to win GC and now we are a few steps closer.
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Post by: Caruut on April 20, 2018, 00:15
Congrats on the win and the jersey today Kirill
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Post by: Kirill P on April 20, 2018, 18:36
Thank you!

As you know I won stage 1 of the Tour of Mersin. It was a nice victory. Our team spirit is great and the guys did all the work perfectly. We had this planned before the stage and we pulled it off -- our young guys did a perfect job. Now we will recover and fight until the end to hold on to the leader’s jersey.
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Post by: Kirill P on April 20, 2018, 18:38
Today was the second stage, and there was a misunderstanding as to the time at the end. At first the yellow jersey was awarded to someone else, but we protested and --- I have the jersey (and the race lead) again!

Today was quite a calm day. The break got away on the first climb and we took control of the race. The guys did a great effort today and the jersey stays in our team.. Only in the last 2 km we had some stress. The peloton split in 2 groups in the corner and one group was in the middle of traffic, luckily no one crashed. Tomorrow we have the hardest stage of the race. We are going to fight for the jersey and I have confidence in my team that we can do it.
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Post by: Kirill P on May 06, 2018, 18:10
Kirill Pozdnyakov wins final stage and takes second overall in Five Rings of Moscow

(May 6, 2018) Kirill Pozdnyakov won the final stage of the Five Rings of Moscow and finished the race in second place overall. It is the Azeri rider’s second win of the season for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project. Kirill set up his good placing by finishing third on stage one.

Samir Jabrayilov was in the four-man break of the day, and he controlled the break so that Kirill could catch them. Kirill then attacked on the final climb, with the others following. As it got steeper he simply increased his power, leaving the others behind. He took a 50 metre gap into the final kilometre and emptied himself to take the win by one second. With his stage win, Kirill also won the points jersey of the race.

“We gave it all today and it worked out. I am very happy with our team performance,” Kirill said.

“The last stage in Moscow was a great success for our team. We had an ideal tactical plan, and the whole team executed it perfectly,” commented sports director Eldar Dzhabrailov. “Samir and three others left in a break from the start. He was waiting for Kirill to come to him ... and it happened. Kirill rode a brilliant race. The last three kilometres of this circuit are all visible to the fans, and everyone saw Kirill's attack at the end and heard the cheers by our staff. Only the real champions win like this.”

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