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Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
« Reply #750 on: May 09, 2022, 20:37 »
https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1523565936044875777

Carlstrom did an interview the other week with CN about the team's relegation woes and what they intend to do about it. Sending the in-form Bevin to Hongrie looks to be part of that plan. I think Norway is also on his calendar and there'll be no GT for him. They're obviously hoping he'll be the Ben Hermans of 2022.

Speaking of Ben, he has long covid and there's schedule for his return.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #751 on: May 10, 2022, 18:26 »
    Sending the in-form Bevin to Hongrie looks to be part of that plan.

    You couldn't make this up.....

    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1523942183295979521

    Part of the Carlstrom interview also highlighted the sickness and illness that was rife in the team earlier in the year. I think the stat was 650 sick days since December (~20 days per rider on average). At one point 21 of their 31 riders were ill.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #752 on: May 28, 2022, 21:15 »
    ......could have been Hindley I guess, but I don't view him as the future of GTs.....

    This comment hasn't aged well.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #753 on: June 14, 2022, 20:33 »
    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1536726053007380482

    Nice to see his team mates celebrating too as they came over the line. :)
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #754 on: June 22, 2022, 18:46 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1539594460799041541

    Not bad actually. It's probably the best they could go for on this parcour (apart from Froome of course). A stage win is never a certainty, but I'd be disappointed if they're not in the action on all stages bar the absolute flat sprints.

    I guess the hope is that Fugly can avoid the first week drama and still be in contention for a stealthy top-ten in GC. While Woods can take things very easy and just hit the stages that suit him.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #755 on: June 22, 2022, 18:50 »
    Würtz in shape would be a great addition, I think - but he has been crap all year, and now caught Covid anyway. Solid team indeed. Go Hugo! :)
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #756 on: July 13, 2022, 13:06 »
    Some ICA news with Boucek leaving the team. He was lucky to get an extension at the end of last year and had a fair few DNFs this season in what race days he had. I wonder if he regrets leaving ATT.

    His replacement? Alexandros Agrotis. A 24 year old Cypriot with very few results....

    Not really the type of signing you need if you're wanting to be the "best devo team". I can't believe they couldn't find somebody a bit better. It smells of a favour to somebody (a bit like the Nagy non-signing).

    Anyway the team is racing today at one of the toughest races out there - Aosta. Frigo will be out to show what he can do after missing the Baby Giro through injury, but with a very high quality start list, a top-ten or stage win would be good going.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #757 on: July 13, 2022, 19:01 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1547239450815733763

    He only wins stages at the big races. Volta in 2021, Aosta in 2022, Sibiu in 2023?
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #758 on: July 18, 2022, 14:51 »
    Anyway the team is racing today at one of the toughest races out there - Aosta. Frigo will be out to show what he can do after missing the Baby Giro through injury, but with a very high quality start list, a top-ten or stage win would be good going.

    They got the stage win (see above) and they got a top-5 with Frigo finishing 4th. Not bad.

    As expected, every day was tough, so it shows that the big Italian is quite regular and steady, if definitely a step or two below Martinez/Thompson. However they're two of the best climbers out there in the U23 division. From what I saw though, Frigo potentially could be a better descender and maybe in stages races with a bit less steep climbing he could have been a bit closer.

    Also, why not somebody like Stockwell (8th in GC) for the devo team next year? Some good results though out the season.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #759 on: July 19, 2022, 19:38 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1549445616551579649

    A good day in many ways.

    For Hugo obviously.

    For Woods. Looks to be over the effects of his crash and with two uphill finishes to come he'll be fancying his chances as very few of the usual names you see cropping up in breaks look to be in form.

    For Froome. Hanging in with the GC guys again. A stage win doesn't look completely unlikely, here on or in the Vuelta (Verbrugghe said he'll be riding it).

    For Premier-Tech. 2022 hasn't exactly been plain sailing for the team and Belanger must have wondered at more than one point if he had made the correct decision in signing up, but to be part of the first Canadian stage win in donkeys must have made it all worth while.

    For UCI points. Still in the relegation zone, but keeping pace with two stage win BikeExchange.

    For the 2023 Tour. Let's say they get relegated and let's say they miss out on the auto-wildcards. Two stage wins will definitely work in their favour if it comes down to a battle between B&B or Uno-X or whoever.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #760 on: July 23, 2022, 08:47 »
    The rest of the season starts here.

    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1550431941647687680

    It's gonna be a busy few months for the team and riders with a lot of racing as they try to overhaul the teams ahead of them in the UCI points league.

    There are signs that the devo team will be helping a fair bit. Obviously you can see Gee and Mackellar above, but in addition Tene, Puppio and Pickrell are down for Castilla y Leon (which I'm almost sure ICA planned to race initially) and the devo team is no longer going back to Portugal for the Volta (For shame! ditto Movistar).

    Anyway, after all that, I'll be rather surprised if they pick up too many points here.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #761 on: July 26, 2022, 19:50 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1551966210346065921

    He did look pretty good tbh. Very aggressive. Could we almost say he's good enough to be a legit (lower end) WT rider?

    He was close in Rwanda to that first win, then again in Coppi e Bartali, gave a good showing in one stage of the Tour of the Alps. I think he's not far away from slamming a big one.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #762 on: July 29, 2022, 19:42 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1553030689120985089

    Koggy > Boggy for the second day in a row. Could snatch the overall tomorrow, but will be tough as the onus will be on them (Israel Nat team) to control the break.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #763 on: August 05, 2022, 17:20 »


    There a lot of riders with futures unknown at the end of this season (according to PCS anyway).



    Maybe it's time to revisit this post.

    Clarke has deservedly got an extension. There are rumours that Impey will too and we can assume that Froome will continue on as well.

    Sagiv has temporarily left the team to allow Teuns to join. Will he return? I doubt it. A promotion for Goldstein III and/or Koggy would be a better idea.

    Riccitello could also turn his stagiaire role into something more permanent.

    There have been rumours going about of varying degrees of credibility linking the team with Cavendish, Adam Yates and Ghys. Even if those particular three don't sign, I think there still could be room for the right rider(s).

    I'm thinking they might need to lose 50% of the remaining riders with no contract to allow all those incoming transfers. The fact that they're in 20th place in the "league" might suggest though that the figure should be closer to 75%!

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