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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #210 on: February 22, 2017, 22:39 »
You are right of course that not all PCT teams have an interest, but most do. There are 4 Belgian teams, 4 French, 4 Italian, 1 Dutch, 1 Irish, 1 Israeli, 1 Polish and 2 American teams and I would be surprised if a single one of those teams bar perhaps Androni didn't apply for at least some of these races. All of those teams bar Novo Novordisk, who have their own unique selling point, are better established, have higher profile riders or both.
#androni They've been in De Panne (?) recently, but that's about it
#bardiani Don't give a sh*t about cobbles, they're about the hills if anything
#nippo Do a few select Flemish races
#wilier Pozzato & co. want a proper Flemish campaign
#ccc They'll take what they can get. More hills than cobbles, but will show up here and there
#uhc Not much of an interest in cobbles, they'll take what they can get - may profit from being *us
#novonordisk No comment :lol
#vlaanderen #nuyens #wanty #wbva #roompot Are shoe-ins
#aquablue Want a Flemish campaign
#academy Want a Flemish campaign
#direct Are a regular feature on the cobbles, and an established team
#cofidis Are a regular feature on the cobbles, and an established team
#delko Don't seem to race that much outside France, really
#fortuneo Have some interest in the Flemish races

The 'smaller' French teams will be handicapped by there already being 2 *fr WT teams & 2 *fr PCTs on the list.
Do you want a 5th French team or the one and only *il resp. *ie team?
It's a fact that race organisers look at the nationality of the teams they're inviting, often trying to strike a balance and covering as many countries as possible.

None of this takes away from the achievement of #academy getting virtually a full Flemish campaign. I'm only trying to explain how it came about.
#stolting would have LOVED a full Flemish campaign last year, with G-W, Ronde and even Roubaix ... but #bora16 were 'first in line' of the German teams.
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