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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #600 on: October 10, 2020, 17:57 »
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #601 on: October 10, 2020, 18:15 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1314945053945720833

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    Alex Dowsett fears for his professional life. The Briton has no contract for the upcoming season yet. His victory in the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia was therefore a very welcome gift. “It was a very tough year. There is so much uncertainty. ”

    “I work hard, I want to keep racing next year, because that is what I prefer to do. I want to get food on the table for my family. Hopefully this victory will secure me for next year. ”

    The 32-year-old Briton tries to enjoy all impressions as much as possible due to his uncertain professional life. “You keep getting a year older. Every win could be your last, maybe this will also be my last big round. I try to enjoy this with my teammates, my wife Chanel and my family. ”

    Could be tough for him to stay with I-SUN. Normally there are only three spots left and at least one cobbled classics rider is needed. However there is a strain of sentimentality that runs in the team, not always to it's benefit, and that could swing him a contract. Unless of course somebody else comes in with an offer. I had been thinking Bahrain could be an option for him. There's the Ellingworth link and the team there is quite light on pure TT ability.

    If it had been me in charge it would have been Dowsett and not Brandle who got the extension earlier in the year. However the Austrian got the nod, MWS is also around and Bevin is joining the team. Dowsett is probably a better TT-er than all three, but the latter two bring extra stuff to the table.

    We'll see what happens.

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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #602 on: October 16, 2020, 09:09 »
    Some behind the scenes stuff.

    https://twitter.com/sporza_koers/status/1317005700510453760

    Looks like Verbrugghe will be the new sports manager (another ex-IAM associate). More news today is likely.

    A month or two ago there was also the news that the team will continue to ride Factor bikes in 2021. A bit surprising as other brands (Bianchi and someone else I can't remember) had been linked and there had been some trouble during the year with the riders actually getting TT bikes - Cataford said something after TA about not being able to practice his TT much this year.

    It could just be that they lost out in the bike merry-go-round to other teams or maybe they have a brand lined up, but only from 2022 and Factor is just staying on as a stop-gap. Specialized would be good (if unlikely)!
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #603 on: October 17, 2020, 21:42 »


    This is more the sort of team I like, with plenty of options on most days :cool

    Martin obviously has the best chance of getting a stage win. Badilatti and Piccoli could try for the break on some of the MTF finishes and then there's three or four hillier days in the second half for Renard and Goldstein to target.

    Raim finally gets his reward for his wins over the years. Not too much depth in the sprint field after the big-3, but with very little obvious help for the Estonian, top-tens are all he can hope for I think.

    MWS's omission is a bit of a surprise. I assumed that since he wasn't riding the classics, he would be here, but no sign of him. Has there been a falling out with his plain speaking after missing out on the Tour?
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #604 on: October 17, 2020, 22:38 »
    Nice to see that they took such care over producing that poster that they didn't give Piccoli a capital letter.  C-
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #605 on: October 18, 2020, 08:41 »
    Nice to see that they took such care over producing that poster that they didn't give Piccoli a capital letter.  C-
    You're being generous.

    No capital Piccoli, and the riders' photos not in the same order as in the list ... it's a 3/10 from me.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #606 on: October 18, 2020, 09:50 »
    It really annoys me when it is someone's job to do such things, and they do it with so little care and with nobody checking it before it is sent out as the public image of the organisation they work for. 
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #607 on: October 18, 2020, 19:48 »
    It really annoys me when it is someone's job to do such things, and they do it with so little care and with nobody checking it before it is sent out as the public image of the organisation they work for.
    Speaking of which, the Vuelta tweeted about *ec Carapaz ... using the *co flag. :fp

    He was not happy:
    https://twitter.com/RichardCarapazM/status/1317898257775906816
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #608 on: October 18, 2020, 22:41 »
    Technically, the civil flag (which is the level of flag relevant to sporting events) is identical to the Colombian flag.  The version charged with the coat of arms is the State flag, which is properly restricted to the government, military and diplomatic service.  I only cited that once in Ecuador before I learned that no-one wants to use the civil flag.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #609 on: October 19, 2020, 12:29 »
    I only cited that once in Ecuador before I learned that no-one wants to use the civil flag.
    Probably because the civil flag is, as you say, identical to the Colombian flag. :P
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #610 on: October 21, 2020, 09:16 »


    He just wasn't suited to European racing or rather, he was just very late in his career to make an attempt to get used to it.

    In addition to that we know Navarro is looking elsewhere, so that leaves seven unknowns for next year.

    Sagiv, Niv and Goldstein - All three must extend

    Boivin - I'd say that's almost a certainty too. The only other option would be Rally. They are looking to expand their European racing programme and if Guillaume fancies a few more leadership opportunities....

    Raim and Dowsett - Could get sentimental contracts, but the squad needs strengthening in other areas.

    Hollenstein - Solid, but least chance of all of these.
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    Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
    « Reply #611 on: October 22, 2020, 18:08 »
    https://twitter.com/wcsbike/status/1319307319663054848

    Sorry Alex. This is the first proper WT stage win. ;)

    The team is doing an decent job so far of helping him. Renard especially and Hollenstein have been prominent in keeping him towards the front. Goldstein helped a little bit today on the climb. Obviously the big test will be on the longer climbs on Sunday and further on in the race. Can Badilatti stick around a bit more?
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