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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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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #764 on: August 27, 2022, 18:01 »
    The fat lady is warming up her vocal cords I fear re: the WT in 2023.

    Post ARoN when the gap to safety was down to 600-700 points then there was still a small chance of escaping. However a combination of crashes (Woods, Hagen, Nizzolo) and other teams pushing on (Movistar with Aranburu, Kanter and Mas as an example) has left them far from safety (1000+ points and rising).

    I think the WT has gone. For the auto-wildcards there might still be a glimmer of hope, and that is if both Lotto and Movistar overtake EF and push them into the relegation zone. Their annual total compares most unfavourably with IPT's. It's a small chance, but it's their only one imo.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #765 on: August 30, 2022, 20:12 »
    https://twitter.com/KaplanJonathanE/status/1564570047355490304

    Kessler interview. Very focused and seems to have an old head on his young shoulders.

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    “My most generic advice would be to not give up. One thing I did not know then that I know now is to try your best at networking. The more people you know in this sport, the better it is for you. This can help get on teams because, often as an American, it can be hard to make it onto a professional team.”

    “If you know people who were former professionals in America and get contacts for them because many of them are now team directors. You have to become a more social person if you’re not already. And it can help knowing people because, for example, if you have a bad season, and teams only know you at a surface level, they might not realize what you’re capable of doing. If you know someone, you can share with them your power profiles and share your thoughts on the season. So networking is really important for launching your career and its longevity.”
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #766 on: September 08, 2022, 19:51 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1567911279225966593

    Another victory for Kogut! However for somebody who's had some of his results this year against people like Boggy and Plowright, I do wonder about the value of his riding here in a non-UCI race. Spain isn't really a hotbed of sprinting talent to improve himself against. Get him up to the PCT (!) team next year.

    One other thing to note is that Sagiv is riding. No retirement as yet.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #767 on: September 11, 2022, 12:06 »
    ..... and he won the final stage as well.

    https://twitter.com/EmparCliment/status/1568914351888957441

    The team nearly won three of the four stages as yesterday Weinberg just got pipped on the line by one of his breakaway compatriots.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #768 on: September 20, 2022, 20:51 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1571815605392769027

    First Israeli at the Tour and five GTs in total. Not bad.

    He always gave his best, but as I've said before, for me he brought the least to the table of the current Israeli riders at IPT (including Sagiv). He snaffled a couple of GC top-tens at smaller 2.1 races, but never had enough to contribute when it really mattered in bigger races and if the team wants to progress they have to start doing that.

    Will Sagiv come back? That's the next question. He's riding the Worlds which could be viewed as either a parting gift or a sweetener for him to step back from the team for a few months.

    I'll assume Koggy is a gimme for promotion.

    Previously I would have thought that Edo Goldstein would have been a shoe-in to move up too, but apart from one stage at Aosta he hasn't done anything amazing in 2022. Maybe they'll look at Weinberg or Raisberg instead
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #769 on: September 26, 2022, 15:04 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1574383310490554369

    A bit like the team, these riders have flattered to deceive in 2022, but you need some continuity and a few of them have built up some credit from previous years.

    No news about Biermans and there have been rumours about French teams being after him. It'd be a shame to lose him definitely.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #770 on: October 06, 2022, 19:55 »
    Previously I would have thought that Edo Goldstein would have been a shoe-in to move up too, but apart from one stage at Aosta he hasn't done anything amazing in 2022.

    Retirement?

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CjX7K89Mqf6/

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    You could read it as if he was moving up to the main team and just saying cheerio to his devo buddies, but Hollyman says he's gonna miss him, so I think we can read it as retirement from the road at least.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #771 on: October 18, 2022, 18:56 »
    https://twitter.com/TeamRolandCE/status/1582325055060856832

    IPT had already been sponsoring them a bit this year, but now they're the main sponsors.

    Not the owners though. Still, it's a bit weird that they don't have a single Israeli or Canadian rider.

    How do you think they'll get on in 2023 Fus? Still in that bottom three with Uno-X and HPH?
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #772 on: October 20, 2022, 18:33 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1583051194238324736

    Just one year contracts? I thought the one year for Reynders might just be because they didn't rate him that highly, but one year for the Israelis (especially Omer) makes me think that unless results improve and they get one of the two auto-wildcard slots for 2024 then Adams might pull the plug?

    Anyway that's twenty six riders for next year according to most sources.

    Still question marks about De Marchi (didn't seem too upbeat after cracking a few ribs the other day), Hollenstein, Piccoli and Cataford.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #773 on: October 21, 2022, 08:48 »
    How do you think they'll get on in 2023 Fus? Still in that bottom three with Uno-X and HPH?
    Probably, yes.
    When you compare the three teams' rosters, though, in my opinion, the number of riders that definitely are WWT calibre is:
    IPTR (7 of 12): Dronova, Eklund, Nguyen, Pirrone, Vieceli, Steels, Delbaere
    HPH (6 of 8 confirmed so far): A. Barnes, Buijsman, Christie, Malcotti, Pikulik, L. Williams
    UXT (9-11 of 16): S. Andersen, H. Barnes, Confalonieri, Dideriksen, Koster, Leth, Lowden, H. Ludwig, Ottestad; plus Ahtosalo and Ysland at a stretch

    On paper, UXT is the strongest of those teams, and their second season should run smoother than their first. However, at the moment, Dronova is the strongest rider on any of those teams and remarkably consistent too. But Dronova alone won't be enough to keep the WWT licence, and their signings are from one or two rungs lower than those of HPH or UXT.

    There has been speculation on cycling Twitter that their riders aren't on (much more than) the WWT minimum wage, and that will naturally limit who's willing to come to your team.
    UXT has signed riders from Trek, Jumbo, and Ceratizit (all WWT or auto-invited to WWT races), HPH signed riders from Canyon and a very talented rider from the Conti ranks, while IPTR have signed riders from Ceratizit and Valcar (and both of those have mainly been support riders in recent years) and a selection of Conti teams (and not even the most stellar of Conti teams).

    Still, it's a bit weird that they don't have a single Israeli or Canadian rider.
    I agree. The only reason not to re-sign Gafinovitz (even if her season wasn't stellar) has to be that she had a better offer from somewhere else? The same has to be true for Stiasny. Nobody in their right mind wouldn't try to keep her.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #774 on: November 01, 2022, 07:37 »
    ICA signing for 2023.

    https://www.skcprostejov.cz/o-nas/novinky/drahovy-mistr-sveta-radovan-stec-miri-do-israel-cycling-academy/

    Radovan Stec. Nothing to write home about on the road yet, but the track is a different matter.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #775 on: November 17, 2022, 21:28 »
    ICA signing #2

    https://www.hln.be/sport-in-de-buurt/luca-dhollander-kiest-volgend-seizoen-voor-israel-premier-tech-u23-als-tweedejaars-wil-ik-nieuwe-stappen-voorwaarts-kunnen-zetten~acf93c458/

    Luca D'Hollander. Not the greatest 2022 due to injury and illness(?).

    Still waiting to see if the American duo sign.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #776 on: November 23, 2022, 10:54 »
    https://twitter.com/IsraelPremTech/status/1595322490905059328

    Three good years is maybe overstating it a bit. He himself in his instagram post about leaving said "There’s no way to sugar coat it…this year has been one of the most difficult in my sporting career and life".

    If you were being mean you might say three good days. He's had more than a fair crack of the whip and the results and performances show he just isn't WT material. Of course with the team heading down to PCT, he might have been able to find his real level there, but it doesn't sound like he's enjoyed it too much.

    Cataford might follow suit as well which would leave the Canadian contingent a bit light, but they do still have the best in Houle and Woods. Maybe they can persuade the newly rainbowed Bibic to make the jump to the devo team this year to bolster the canuck numbers.
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    Re: The Premier Tech of Cycling
    « Reply #777 on: November 30, 2022, 18:19 »
    https://twitter.com/KaplanJonathanE/status/1597367557224218624

    Einhorn interview.

    A few factual mistakes and other errors, but what is interesting is what almost sounds like his desire to leave IPT.

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    “If I can gain 500 or 700 or a 1000 points in one year, it is already something that other teams will be closely looking [at]. So this is also important for me [if I am] able to get a contract outside of Israel,” he said. “For the moment, for all my performances, I got some teams talking, but I was never offered another contract.”

    He did seem to stall this year. There was probably a bit of illness/crashes involved, but he really needs a solid season in 2023.
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