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2014 season for IAM looks really promising so far. A couple of more invites to the Classics and they have achieved their goals for spring and summer 2014.
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    IAM plus a really solid bunch of teams selected as Wild Cards to Gent-Wevelgem.
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    Well the open secret is now official Löfkvist does not see himself as a GC contender in the 2014 edition of Tour de France  :we all gonna die:  He has ambitions going for GC next year [after a full 2014 season without injuries].

    This years edition of Tour de France he will be a domestique and go for stage wins. It will possibly be Mathias Frank that goes for the GC. Maybe a subject to change in July, Gotland does not sound definitive in the interview on the subject matter.

    Löfkvist's season kicks off in Oman followed by Strade Bianche, Milano-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico and Circuit de la Sarthe. He's hoping to make a good effort in the Ardenner Classiscs too.


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    Well the open secret is now official Löfkvist does not see himself as a GC contender in the 2014 edition of Tour de France  :we all gonna die: 
    In my opinion a rider whose best GT result is a 16th place (2010 Tour, when he became Sky's leader after Wiggins crashed out) should look for different goals and not doggedly continue to try to improve on his anonymous top-20 year after year. Nobody remembers a top-15, everybody remembers a GT stage win.
    Of course there is the example of Nico Roche who stubbornly refused to change his goalposts and finally was rewarded with a Vuelta top-5; but time-wise he was closer to 9th place than to 4th place.

    A one-day race has a different dynamic than a GT, and with good tactics and a bit of luck one of the sub-toppers can very well win a big classic.
    Ciolek, Goss, Devolder, Nuyens, O'Grady, Vansummeren, Iglinsky, Zaugg (and I've probably left out a few) ... none of them was a pre-race favourite, and they all have a monument in their palmarès now.
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    In my opinion a rider whose best GT result is a 16th place (2010 Tour, when he became Sky's leader after Wiggins crashed out) should look for different goals and not doggedly continue to try to improve on his anonymous top-20 year after year. Nobody remembers a top-15, everybody remembers a GT stage win.

    How dare you speak ill of Gotland  :o  :o  :o Especially as a Dane talking about a man from the island of Gotland.  1361, Valdemar Atterdag and the taxation of Visby comes to mind!

    Seriously, you are right Fus. I think that Löfkvist has come to the point when he has to choose which type of rider he should be. He's 29 and should be at his peak. If 2014 is a excellent year for him he'll probably go GC in 2015. Otherwise he will be a classiscs and shorter stage race rider, and aim for stages at the Grand Tours.

    You will never know with people from Gotland [talking about the island in the Baltic sea] they are known for being cryptic and having a stubborn mind. Which should speak in favour of he wanting to do atleast one year as a GC contender in a Grand Tour.

    IAM seem to be serious and well organized team without loosing familiarity and letting riders have their own individuality. Therefore, Löfkvist is in a good position to evalutate his options what he should do with his career and being at the peak of his physical ability. I'm hoping that 2014 will be a smashing season for him.
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    Goodbye Kristof
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    And I know it might sound weird, but in some way I still think Kristof will be with us in the peloton. I didn’t believe in any of that before but I have that feeling that he’s still going to be around, on the front, diving into those corners and joking in the pack. We won't forget you.

    Rest in peace, Kristof.

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    Paris-Nice squad revealed. Not surprisingly Sylvain Chavanel is captain of the ship this time.

    http://twitter.com/IAMcyclingFans/status/440834357809250304

    http://www.iamcycling.ch/pro/en/paris-nice-the-iam-cycling-line-up/
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    Chavanel was reportedly in the front group at Omloop but the only IAM rider I saw was Haussler and by the Molenberg he had one of the most terrible painfaces I've ever seen. Next day, Haussler finished highly in the second group at KBK.

    I'm thinking Chavanel is holding it down for better performances later in the year. He will still ride a lot of days like he always does but perhaps he's been told to keep the powder dry for now. And so he should because IAM still isn't that strong in depth, in my opinion. The A-team for the Tour should be pretty good using all the best guys but there's a half season to go before that.
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    It is down to Swiss watch precision and the Swedish steel of Gustav Larsson that will take Tomas Löfqvist at the top of the podium in Strade Bianche. Gotland is the former winner of 2009 Montepaschi Strade Bianche. The squad has 5 Swiss riders, two Swedes, and one Austrian.

    This is one Löfkvist's favorite races and he likes racing on the gravel roads in Tuscany. I am guessing that it reminds him of the roads on his parental home on the island of Gotland. The island is famous for –among many things– its dusty roads and having young people spending a bike holiday on those roads – hopefully the weather is nice too.
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    Chavanel was reportedly in the front group at Omloop but the only IAM rider I saw was Haussler and by the Molenberg he had one of the most terrible painfaces I've ever seen. Next day, Haussler finished highly in the second group at KBK.

    I'm thinking Chavanel is holding it down for better performances later in the year. He will still ride a lot of days like he always does but perhaps he's been told to keep the powder dry for now. And so he should because IAM still isn't that strong in depth, in my opinion. The A-team for the Tour should be pretty good using all the best guys but there's a half season to go before that.

    I just hope they don't find themselves in a position, whereas they are struggling for results late in the season and find themselves really under the cosh, especially if they are aiming to push for WT next year. (any news on this are they?).

    They should go well at the Tour, but they may not get much out of the Tour if some of their key riders (like Chav) don't fire and that could cause problems.
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    And on that topic: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sebastien-reichenbach-to-support-sylvain-chavanel-at-paris-nice

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    For Sylvain Chavanel the first big objective for 2014 will be to lead the IAM Cycling team at Paris-Nice which starts on Sunday with support of a strong team that includes climbers Stefan Denifl  and Mathias Frank, classics specialist Jerome Pineau, sprinter Sebastien Hinault and key domestique Sébastien Reichenbach.

    Reichenbach has enjoyed brief rest after racing last weekend as he prepares to help Chavanel's assault on the overall classification. "Last Sunday at the GP Lugano, we invested quite a lot of energy to go for the win. A crash at the bottom of the final climb succeeded in messing up our organization a little," Reichenbach said.

    "But fatigue played a role at the end of the day. Nevertheless, I still have tried to find a good rhythm and feeling in my legs. On Wednesday I headed out for four hours with a variation in intensities."

    Chavanel could in fact be an outside for the overall in Paris Nice. I definitely think they can go well there and I am excited to follow Reichenbach in general. He particularly impressed last year at the Tour of Britain.
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    Strade Bianche summed by  DS Marcello Albasini. Löfkvist did have the best of legs during this day.

    “Once again we were missing a rider to race at the front with the best when the deciding moves were being made.  The team performed well and it worked in harmony for our leader and best asset, Thomas Löfkvist.  But it didn’t take Löfkvist long to realize that he was not at his best for this race, and he was sorry about it.  And in the face of that, with the conditions made even more difficult with a strong wind, we had our share of bad luck with punctures hitting both Lang and Aregger.  When our team car is back in 16th position, this complicates being able to provide any service"
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    Time for a 4th roster analysis, here is what I see as making the most sense for IAM

    # Name Age Nationality Role and reason for selection.
    151 Sylvain Chavanel 34 *fr Given the number one as the teams most successful TdF rider, can, and will go for stage wins in anything but the highest mountains. Very likely to take a shot at yellow on stages 2 and 5 as well.
    152 Mathias Frank 27 *ch The Swiss all-rounder has had the best year of his career so far this year, he is one of the options that the team has for the GC, an unlikely top 10 which means that he will likely go for stage success in the mountains instead.
    153 Heinrich Haussler 30 *au Stage 5 over the cobbles will likely be won by a specialist who is in a position where he does not have to protect a captain. IAM not having a true bid for overall can allow both Chavanel and Hausler to ride their chance on this stage, winning it might secure a couple of days in yellow. The hard sprints where the pure sprinters are set, such as stage 7, is anothe opportunity for Hausler. Hausle also adds value as a leadout man for the teams sprinter Matteo Pelucchi. If Sagan under preforms Hausler has the skills needed to pick up the Sprint points where the pure sprinters might not be able to.
    154 Gustav Larsson 33 *se The long ITT on stage 20 is a stage where Larsson should preform very well, apart from that he will work for the team sprinters, and is free to go in the break in medium mountains and mountain stages with a downhill finish.
    155 Thomas Löfkvist 30 *se Gotland has been quietly aging, it seems like yesterday when he was a young GC hope. He is a good option in the GC, riding well upwards and having a good ITT. He will probably more or less be dedicated to the GC, however if he starts to slip too far away from the top 10 he should try and take a stage win. But it will probably be a lot of try to keep up with the favorites the best you can from the Swedish rider.
    156 Matteo Pelucchi 25 *it The young sprinter proved his skills earlier this year by winning stage 2 of Tirreano-Adriatico where he won in front of Démare, Greipel, Sam Bennett and Sagan. Pelucchi is an outsider that has to be mentioned in the sprints in the tour.
    157 Jérôme Pineau 34 *fr Pineau is Chavanels usual partner in crime, he can go in the break on all parcours really, and is a strong dom everywhere as well. Also he has a lot of experience in the race which is valuable to the team.
    158 Johann Tschopp 31 *ch The climber has finished top 15 in the last two GTs that he has finished, and he could be looking to do the same in the Tour, however the long ITT may lead to the conclution that he is better of chasing a stage win in the mountains. While the polka dot jersey looks hard for a non GC contender to secure this year. If the break last home on one of the days that end with a MTF on a HC climb it is possible that stage winner might just take the jersey, Tschopp should be looking for both of those goals.
    159 Marcel Wyss 27 *ch Wyss will be looking for stage sucess in the Tour, he could go for GC, but with Tschopp, Köfkvist and Frank on the team it is unlikely that he will do much better than them, a lot may come down to form and luck as to who goes for GC and who goes for stages, if one of the four goes all the way on a mountain stage early on the GC may just come naturally, whereas those that lose time might as well change to stage chasing.

    Martin Elmiger, Matthias Brändle and Sébastien Hinault looks like those that could gain a spot, issue is Hinault brings experience but not much else (besides being French as well) Brändle has had good results with the team, his youth and GT inexperience means that he can't really be asked for too much where he to ride, he should get to ride the Vuelta as a somewhat free rider so the team will get to access his potential GT skills better. Elminger is a seasoned veteran, but much like Hinault it is hard to see him getting even a placing on a stage.
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    The goal for IAM this tour will probably be stages and not having a GC contender. This is what I understood from reading interviews and other publicized material from the team during spring time and pre classics season. Although, I haven't been able to keep myself up to date with the team and goals for the tour due to work load and other commitments.
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    The goal for IAM this tour will probably be stages and not having a GC contender. This is what I understood from reading interviews and other publicized material from the team during spring time and pre classics season. Although, I haven't been able to keep myself up to date with the team and goals for the tour due to work load and other commitments.

    Yes I think so too, somebody could very well end up in the GC though, say Gotland ends up in a break on stage 10 and he comes home with a minute or two, all of a sutton he may be in yellow, or very well placed GC wise and have to ride it. I think the goal is stages but GC may just happen. I think Gotland also is more of a grinder for that top 10-15 than a stage win really with his very good ITT. So I think you tell him try to hold on, and let Frank, Tschopp  and Wyss go for stage wins.
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    http://www.nzz.ch/sport/frank-ist-frei-1.18321651 (in german)

    quite interesting, about the difference between being a domestique and the team leader
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    http://www.nzz.ch/sport/frank-ist-frei-1.18321651 (in german)

    quite interesting, about the difference between being a domestique and the team leader
    Thanks for the link, interesting indeed. :cool
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    Thanks search enjoyed the GT version
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