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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #480 on: October 29, 2019, 11:06 »
The season is done and dusted and the riders are enjoying a well deserved break. 306 race days according to PCS. That's 27 more than any other team, but it has to be taken with a pinch of salt as it does include events when the riders were racing with their national teams (Badilatti for example in l'Ain, Romandie and Suisse).

The stats may point to an improvement over the 2018 season. Almost double the amount of wins and a hefty increase in UCI points. However I don't think there has been a massive jump. The vast majority of the wins have still been at smaller events or ones with weaker fields (not that that matters to me) and in general, with some exceptions, when they have come up against the bigger guns they have gone awol.

The exceptions would be the end of season performances from Sbaragli and TVA, and some of the sprints from Cimolai during the year (a 2nd in TA springs to mind).

Disappointments? Yet another slow start to the season despite the stated aim to fight for points. The Giro to an extent. The Northern Classics (and equivalent stage races) - too often it was just TVA fighting on his own. Too many passengers after the oft-derided transfer policy.

Highlights? Neilands at GP Wallonie! Sbaragli at Montreal! Hermans winning on Powder Mountain!
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