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[PT] Metinvest - Dacia | 2015
Avin Wargunnson
Metinvest - Dacia


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Main sponsors:


Metinvest is an international vertically integrated mining and steel company owning 24 assets in Ukraine, Europe and the United States and managing each link of the production chain – iron ore and coal mining.
Metinvest CEO Ruslan Popov is a big cycling fan and his idea started this project.
The holding is ready to spend large funds if this idea will have expected results.


Dacia is a Romanian car manufacturer that takes its name from the historic region that constitutes much of present-day Romania. Now a subsidiary of the French car manufacturer Renault, the company was initially founded in 1966. It is Romania's largest exporter, constituting 7.9% of Romania's total exports in 2011. The Dacia manufacturing plant in Mioveni, Argeș County is currently Europe's fifth biggest car manufacturing facility in terms of volume produced with a total of 412,718 units (cars and CKD kits) delivered in 2013.

Dacia joins Metinvest as the main co-sponsor prior to our PT debut and should help us even more to promote eastern european cycling on highest level of competition. Our rising star sprinter Eduard Grosu was one of the main reasons why Dacia felt attracted by our project. Welcome Dacia!

Minor sponsors

Harmony Gold mining - South Africa
Harmony Gold is the third largest gold mining company in South Africa, the 12th largest in the world (2009) and the 5th largest gold producer in the world. The company owns a number of mines including Elandskraal mine and Phakisa Mine.

Our South african sponsor was floding with joy after we managed to sign their home star in person of Nolan Hoffman. His stellar rersults in 2013 only assured Harmony, that they are cooperating with right team. As long as we will hold on our african star, they will support us greatly.

Gruppo Lucchini - Italy
Gruppo Lucchini is the third largest Italian steel group after Gruppo Riva and Techint, with a year production of 3.5 million tonnes. It is specialized in high quality long and special carbon steel products.


Our ever improving italian focus is pleasing music to the ears of this italian company. And since we plan to aquire more of the talented italians, there is no reason for them to leave the bandwagon.

Clothing sponsor


Bike sponsor


Our only change from 2013 to 2014 was switch of the bike manufacturers. We are very happy to have secured contract with famous italian company Bianchi. Bianchi has long tradition of producing both beautiful and functional bikes for road cycling, so we hope for succesful cooperation. That proved to be the case in 2014 season, as we were more than happy with quality of bikes that we were provided with.

We were so amazed by our 2014 bike design, made by famous bike designer Fintas that we are ready to continue with it also in 2015 PT adventure.


Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 07:37
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Team history

2012: Metinvest-Slovnaft (Cdiv2)
Squad 2012

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Ruslan Grychenko
Born: 4.2.1981
Wage: 210,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Juri Krivtsov
Born: 7.2.1979
Wage: 55,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Marlen Zmorka
Born: 19.8.1993
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Marjan Smigunov
Born: 31.12.1988
Wage: 55,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Denis Kostjuk
Born: 13.5.1982
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Maxim Rudenko
Born: 12.10.1979
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/UKR.png Vladimir Djudja
Born: 6.1.1983
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Antonio Bucciero
Born: 19.4.1982
Wage: 60,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ISR.png Idan Shapira
Born: 1.1.1989
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ISR.png Dor Dviri
Born: 1.10.1984
Wage: 50,000 euros

i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae328/JJagr/flags/MNG.png Tuguldur Tuulhangai
Born: 17.6.1985
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SAF.png Dennis Van Niekerk
Born: 19.10.1984
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SAF.png Herman Fouche
Born: 30.3.1987
Wage: 50,000 euros

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/QAT.png Ahmed Albourdainy
Born: 4.4.1990
Wage: 50,000 euros

Summary 2012 - standings, goals and results

The 2011/2012 season almost came to the end, actually only NCs are left to race this season, so it is time of reflection and looking back. We will bring news about important NCs, especially the one from Ukraine, in the separate report.

Also we want to let you know that our teams webmaster was fired, as he failed to inform about races from September and October, sorry for that.

Team rankings

1stHet Nieuwsblad Cycling Team1824
2ndAmerican Express1565
3rdTeam Cativen1337
4thPivovarna Laško Cycling Team1258
5thSamsung-Mol Cycling Team1162
6thAlstom - Bic Pro Cycling1064
7thTeam Kingspan Continental957
8thTeam Adecco935
9thTeam UPC925
10thTeam Metinvest - Slovnaft918
11thTeam Dyson899
12thEkspla-Maxima Cycling Team896
13thTeam Serbian Telecom855
15thTeam Petrobras - Banco do Brasil610
16thTeam Finnair-Nordea558
17thEurovision Cycling Team485
18thTeam Armavia440

Our goal was to finish in the top 10 here and we did, we finished right there in the 10th spot. The margins between 7th and 14th spot was rather small, several teams were very balanced results-wise. To be honest we were hoping for top 6, but some of our riders under performed a bit, especially the one we will talk about in a while.

Individual rankings

First nameSurnameTeamPoints
1AnthonyColbyAmerican Express396
2SaïdHaddouAlstorm - Bic377
3GilbertoSampaioHet Nieuwsblad367
4FranciscoManceboTeam Kingspan Continental330
5Carlos AlbertoOspinaAmerican Express327
6MaximBurlutskyTeam Armavia320
7Luis FelipeLaverde JimenezTeam Cativen310
8RicardoSerranoPivovarna Laško301
9Ruben ElviraLobatoPivovarna Laško262
10Rubén DaríoLaverde VelezHet Nieuwsblad261
11FabioCiccareseTeam Cativen251
13DavidBeldaTeam Kingspan Continental236
14AdonisCardoso EspañolaAmerican Express221
15RuslanGrychenkoTeam Metinvest - Slovnaft216
18EdgarRestrepoTeam Cativen204
19IsidroNozalTeam UPC200
20YauhenSobalTeam Serbian Telecom195

As you can see our best rider is Ruslan Grychenko, sitiing at the 15th place in the end. Not bad you can say, but problem is that we expected a lot more from him, top 10 at least, rather even top 3/5. Why? Because Ruslan should have been the absolute best on hills of Div2 races. In the end he was far from that and majority of his points came from stage races, as he failed to enter top 3 in single day races, what a shame. We are currently thinking about what he and we did bad, but one thing is sure, Ruslan and Metinvest are both going their ways heading to 2013.

Team goals

Win goal:Tour de Maroc - failed
Top 10 goal: Chrono Gatineau - accomplished
Special goal: Going global - failed

Wins and podiums in 2012


1st Antonio Bucciero Tour of San JuanStage 3
1st Antonio Bucciero Dutch Food Valley classic
1st Dennis Van Niekerk Vuelta a AsturiasGC
1st Idan Shapira Settimana Coppi e BartaliStage 5
1st Ruslan Grychenko Tour of the LowveldStage 4


3rd Juri Krivtsov Tour of GeelongGC
3rd Denis Kostjuk Tour de MarocStage 10
3rd Ruslan Grychenko Tour of the LowveldGC
2nd Juri Krivtsov Chrono Gatineau

2013: Metinvest-Emirates (PCT) TBD

2014: Metinvest-Emirates (PCT) TBD
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 07:26
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Team Roster prior to 2015

Name Role/infoWage
Jaroslav PopovychStage racer 320 000 €
Vitaliy PopkovPuncheur/TT 80 000 €
Sergiy LagkutiTime Trial60 000 €
Anatoliy PakthusovPuncheur50 000 €
Oleksandr GrygorenkoClimber/Puncheur50 000 €
Andriy VasylyukSprinter50 000 €
Denys KarnulinStage racer 50 000 €
Marlen ZmorkaTime Trial 100 000 €
Anatoliy SosnitskiyClimber 50 000 €
Volodymyr DzhusClimber 50 000 €
Andrii BratashcukPuncheur 50 000 €
Mikhail IgnatievTT/beast540 000 €
Giorgio BrambillaSprinter/Lead out50 000 €
Marco OsellaClimber60 000 €
Sergio GhisalbertiClimber/Puncheur50 000 €
Roberto TraficanteFlat/TT50 000 €
Nolan HoffmanSprinter 180 000 €
Haijun MaTime Trial 80 000 €
Eduard GrosuSprinter 100 000 €
i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/MAC.pngStefan PetrovskiClimber50 000 €
Nicolae TanovitchiiPuncheur 50 000 €
Frantisek RabonPuncheur 130 000 €
Julian Alaphilippe (loaned out)Puncheur/Sprinter 120 000 €
Mike Aaron EggerClimber 60 000 €
Andris Smirnovs (loaned out)Sprinter/Cobbles 80 000 €
Emils Liepins (stagiare)Sprinter 10 000 €

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 07:27
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Team Goals, Calendar and Results - 2015

Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 07:29
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Rider availability prior to 2015 season

Who knows, but will be renewed for sure
Jaroslav Popovych
Nolan Hoffman
Julian Alaphilippe
Emils Liepins
Frantisek Rabon

Not going anywhere
Marlen Zmorka
Andriy Vasylyuk
Vitaliy Popkov
Denys Karnulin
Anatoliy Sosnitskiy
Anatoliy Pakthusov
Oleksandr Grygorenko
Sergiy Lagkuti
Andrii Brataschcuk
Volodymyr Dzhus
Eduard Grosu
Mikhail Ignatiev
Haijun Ma
Giorgio Brambilla
Roberto Traficante
Nicolae Tanovitchii
Andris Smirnovs

Looking for a PCT loan
i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/MAC.png Stefan Petrovski
Mike Aaron Egger

Sergio Ghisalberti
Marco Osella
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 07:35
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Ooooooh shiny! Liking the layout, and best of luck in the PT! Slick shirt to boot!
Edited by jandal7 on 31-03-2015 07:26
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I love that you are keeping old D2 rider Zmorka for the PT season. Talk about a comeback!
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Would be sad to see Hoffman leave you (if someone, aidavn... buys him), I kinda see him as your lucky charm :-p
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Thanks guys!

@Count: To be fair, D2 Zmorka was close to useless and after that season SN changed free agent Shumilov to Zmorka and improved his stats or something like that. So now Zmorka is biggest TT man-game talent, who will max on 82TT, so it is not just because of good old D2 days. Pfft

@Heine: Well , i have exactly same opinion on Hoffman and he is my favourite non-ukrainian and Metinvest legend in the making. Only reason i even start thinking about selling him is Aidan and his team, i would never sell him to anybody else.

With that said, next to him being my favourite, he would still be extremely useful in PT, especially in the future to lead-out Grosu, so there is like 60-40 chance now i will keep him, to be honest with other managers. It will depend on how will start of the transfers influence my future squad...
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 13:12
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@Heine: Well , i have exactly same opinion on Hoffman and he is my favourite non-ukrainian and Metinvest legend in the making. Only reason i even start thinking about selling him is Aidan and his team, i would never sell him to anybody else.

With that said, next to him being my favourite, he would still be extremely useful in PT, especially in the future to lead-out Grosu, so there is like 60-40 chance now i will keep him, to be honest with other managers. It will depend on how will start of the transfers influence my future squad...

In other words, something strange will happen when every plan is destroyed during the first 12 hours. Just like it does for everyone else of us...
Mike Aaron Egger can be an interesting name, because I intend to loan some of my riders to a PT team
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Popovych... Would be a pretty decent domestique for Topchanyuk for 2 seasons, and he fits our nationality... Even though he's never been top priority I could consider making an offer.
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Awesome jersey you got there.
A shame you want to keep Haijun Ma, though. Smile
Avin Wargunnson
Thanks Bikex, Aidan did brilliant work indeed. I also love majority of your designs, nice to have several talented people among man-game managers. Smile
Haijun is important part of our TTT lineup and one of the fan favourites, so yeah, he is staying on 95%

@fintas: Noted. It would be great if Egger found a loanee team with german presence, but nothing is granted yet, so we will talk during transfers, looking forward to that. Smile

@fjhoekie: If Popovych will be on the move, COC (lol) would be an obvious choice of both the rider and the Metinvest management. But his availaibility is very highly dependant on first 48 hours of transfers.
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 31-03-2015 14:47
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Liking the Team kit and the equipment too !!
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@ Sutty: Thanks mate, both Aidan and Fintas are talented guys, Metinvest is happy to have their services! Smile

2015 goals announced

WIN, Giro d 'Italia OR Vuelta a Espana /

Top 3,Tour de France

Top 3, Copenhagen-Malmo TTT /

Top 3, Chrono des Herbiers

Avoid relegation i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae328/JJagr/flags/WRL.png

We enter the PT with fairly ambitious goals as one would say, but who aims low, ends low. As soon as the Metinvest project was created, the dream was to compete on the highest level of cycling, especially Grand Tours. No other races are so tough, no other races are so special and with many eyes set on them. Our goals reflect that and our transfer season will have one main purpose - bringing a GT worthy leader.

Two other goals are connected with our actual strong department, which is time trialing. Ignatiev and improved Zmorka should be the founding stones to battle the glory in famous nordic TTT and Chrono des Herbiers.

Last goal is only logical for newly promoted team and is our ultimate goal for 2015 season. In the end we are newcomers and challenging the PT veterans should be hard.
Edited by Avin Wargunnson on 05-05-2015 10:53
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No wonder you are thinking about Phinney Wink Looking forward to keep battling TTs against my favorite opponents. Challenging goals, may the transfers begin!
Crazy goals. Even for a team owning Spilak, I wouldn't dare to bet on those things. There are very good GC riders out there, so you have to get one of the very top guns and possibly even train him further. The TTT and TT goal (and avoid relegation) seems doable though.

My bet is that he is going for someone just as good as Spilak Smile
Those Grand Tour goals are definitely a big risk! Especially as we're yet to know if those top class stage racers will have enough race days to do two GTs. I mean, right now, Pluchkin and Madrazo are on 40 race days with Phinney and Tenorio on 43, but that could very well change according to the DB thread.

Fingers crossed you get what you want and what you need for those two goals in the transfer season, good luck!
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