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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #450 on: February 18, 2019, 11:04 »
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Valenciana ↑

A couple of good efforts from Hermans, but the TT meant a great GC result was always unlikely. A couple of top-tens for Enger in the sprints without much help.

Besseges and Provence

Might as well lump the SSFRs together where things didn't go very well. Some lower top-tens in the sprint finishes, but not much evidence of a train being any help in a crowded field. Cataford was nowhere in the Ales TT. The climbing days in Provence weren't much better - all of the team finished 10+ minutes down on stage 3 which I thought might have been a good profile for Jensen/Neilands.

Colombia ↑

Finally some nice sprint results for the team. Raim doing the business on a couple of stages. He got baulked by Richeze on stage 1 when otherwise he might would have scooped a podium and then on stage 4 he was pretty much the only sprinter to survive the climbs, but got Deceunincked by Jungle Bob. Climbing-wise Badilatti didn't do very well on the hilly circuit stages, but on the final stage he finished just behind Alaphilippe. Not bad for his first race of the season.

Laigueglia =

A missed opportunity really. Hermans got injured in Spain and thus missed this race. Cimolai and Sbaragli did okay in his absence. Maybe they could look at Gavazzi and think if he could make the group in front, why couldn't they.

Next races are Antalya, Haut Var and Rwanda. Fingers crossed they should get off the mark in Turkey.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #451 on: March 05, 2019, 13:33 »


    Antalya

    This is actually a combination of a massive ↓ for Minali and his train and a = for Plaza/Dunne on the climbing day. In Minali's defence a couple of the sprints had very technical finishes and a few crashes, but against this level of opposition he needs to be doing better.

    Haut Var + 2 SSFRs ↓

    Neilands had a good first stage at Haut Var, but then got ill and the rest of the race was therefore a complete write-off. The Classic de l'Ardeche went quite well actually. It was Hermans' first race back after injury and he made the grp which came in just after Calmejane. Rather worryingly though he said the foot injury still prevents him from sprinting, which doesn't bode well for making attacks or winning stages in future races. Guy Niv also performed credibly in the same race, finishing 28th alongside people like Cherno, Vinjebo, Simon and Masnada.

    Rwanda ↑

    Finally some good news. Stage win for Avila (might have been two without a crash), a couple of other stage podiums and a GC podium for Badilatti. It's only a small arrow though as the level of competition wasn't so high. Going by what happened on the queen stage, Badilatti was probably the second best climber in the race. He's almost definitely not going to the Giro, but could be used to rack up some points in the more exotic races.

    KBK =

    It might have been a ↑ if not for Boivin's crash. It was disappointing though for not one rider to make the fairly large front group when it split up. They had to rely on Jumbo/Bora to bring it back together.

    Up next are a couple more 1 day races in Belgium, GP Industria & Artigianato, TA and Taiwan.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #452 on: March 05, 2019, 23:26 »
    Broken collarbone for #academy August Jensen after crash in Le Samyn. Crash wasn't his fault, some Quickstepper lost his balance and then lost control trying to recover on a slippery section, and crashing into Jensen as a result.

    Jensen expects to miss out on all the Italian races (there goes his San Remo , now Cimolai must get in shape!) and may be back for the Amstel.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #453 on: March 12, 2019, 20:14 »
    https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1105547181203881985

    Team for TA:

    Tom Van Asbroeck- Belgium
    Ben Hermans - Belgium
    Conor Dunne - Ireland
    Davide Cimolai - Italy
    Krists Neilands - Latvia
    Alex Cataford- Canada
    Matthias Brändle- Austria

    No Minali and no Israeli rider! Sagiv was meant to be riding, but he hasn't been feeling so great after training at altitude and the other home riders are already inked in for other upcoming races.

    Last year they lost 1m47 to BMC in the TTT. Hopefully there'll be a bit of an improvement with the addition of Dunne, Brandle etc but I'm still seeing 1m20+. Add into that the final TT (and for Hermans the lack of any real mountains) and I think any talk of a top-ten is pie in the sky.

    Neilands says is he is good shape though (he had several mechs to ruin any chance of a good result at the weekend) and the hilly nature of the course should suit him better.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #454 on: March 13, 2019, 07:08 »
    There's a short interview in Belgian media today with Ben Hermans. Sounds like we can strike him off the list for the Giro.

    "Via Coppi e Bartali, Volta Limburg and Circuit de la Sarthe I'll get ready for the ardennes classics. Most likely I will not do the Giro afterwards. Personally I have more of an eye on the Tour of California, although we are not sure to get a wildcard yet."

    His foot is getting better though, and he'll try to go for a stage win in Tirreno.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #455 on: March 13, 2019, 10:10 »
    Bit of a strange one. :S

    Surely you'd want your best rider (and best chance of a stage win) at the biggest event of the year.

    Is this a conscious decision already by the team to chase points after their indifferent start to the season? There's no TT in California this year, so depending on the line-up, a top-5 in the GC wouldn't be crazy talk.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #456 on: March 13, 2019, 10:52 »
    Bit of a strange one. :S

    Surely you'd want your best rider (and best chance of a stage win) at the biggest event of the year.

    Is this a conscious decision already by the team to chase points after their indifferent start to the season? There's no TT in California this year, so depending on the line-up, a top-5 in the GC wouldn't be crazy talk.
    What would Hermans achieve at the Giro? A top-30 in GC if he's lucky, maybe a good stage placing from a breakaway.
    How many points do you get for that? Not that many.

    In comparison, in California he can get much more points for much less effort. From the auto-wildcard chasing point of view, leaving him out of the Giro and sending him to California is the only thing that makes sense.
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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #457 on: March 13, 2019, 11:18 »
    Personally I have more of an eye on the Tour of California, although we are not sure to get a wildcard yet.

    https://twitter.com/yallaACADEMY/status/1105780113994588160

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    Re: The Academy of Cycling
    « Reply #458 on: March 14, 2019, 11:10 »
    Last year they lost 1m47 to BMC in the TTT. Hopefully there'll be a bit of an improvement with the addition of Dunne, Brandle etc but I'm still seeing 1m20+.

    Well they did a lot better than expected.

    The finishing position of 9th ahead of ten WT teams has to be taken with a large pinch of salt as the conditions did favour those going later, but the time in comparison to those other late starters was a competitive one (only 43s down on Sunweb! 33s ahead of Katusha).
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