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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #180 on: January 24, 2017, 15:35 »
So far no wildcards to the WT events they had targeted which is a bit of shame.

MSR, although I felt it was their best chance of a big race invite, was always a long shot especially with Novo Nordisk and Gazprom being sponsors for some RCS races. Strade Bianche would have been cool, but with all eighteen WT teams participating it didn't leave much room for PCTs. I'm even thinking Omloop is looking a bit dodgy. Assuming seven of the ten wildcards are already filled it still leaves Aquablue, CCC, Delko, Fortuneo, Gazprom, Willier + the Bike Geeeks fighting over the last three spots.

California should be a given later in the year (and the Canadian double header, but they haven't been mentioned previously). Looking elsewhere I think Pologne would be a very good option for the classics half of the team (Eneco would even better, but that's not going to happen). Turkey has it's issues, but I could see that being a good place for the other half of the team (Lowndes, Diaz, Lemus etc).

There's plenty of nice HC and .1 races about if they can't get those invites, but it must be frustrating trying to build a calendar when you are waiting for that e-mail to say if you have or haven't got the nod.
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