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[PCT] Kraftwerk Man Machine 2018
DaveTwoBob
Kraftwerk Man Machine

Welcome to the Head Quarters of Kraftwerk Man Machine Cycling Team riding in PCM Daily's Management Game 2018 Season.

The major rebuild during 2017 delivered a solid 13th place in our first PCT season. In 2018 we need to build on that platform.

Negotiations with a new sponsor came to nothing so the team are riding in the same iconic shirt.

Quick Summary of 2017
Spoiler

Point Scorers
RiderNationPoints
Mark CavendishGBR903
Aleksandar FlügelGER585
Robert KiserlovskiCRO233
Wesley KrederNED152
Gennadiy TatarinovRUS116
Roman MaikinRUS114
Dietmar Mehr-WenigeGER74
Nico DenzGER71
Nils PolittGER33
Florian ScheitGER22
Sang Hong ParkKOR15
Max WalslebenGER12
Ole HirschleinGER12
Florian VachonFRA11
Martyn IrvineIRL8
Michael KurthGER6
Takero TerasakiJPN6
Linus GerdemannGER1
Thomas BontenackelsGER1


Goals
Tour Down UnderTop 57thFAILED
Milano TorinoWin4thFAILED
Tour de PologneTop 54thACHIEVED
Tour of BeijingTop 56thFAILED
Team StandingsTop 1013thFAILED


Apologies for the sparse HQ updates last season, lots of real life to deal with, some issues still to be resolved, things should be clearer by Christmas so this HQ may not see too much action until then. On with the shameless cut and paste Smile.



Main Sponsors

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Kraftwerk https://www.kraftw...
The Dusseldorf based Pioneers of Electronic Music and big cycling fans are stepping up from their cycling club Radsportgruppe Schneider, to sponsor a professional team. Here is a great article by Jack Thurston from 2005 that describes Kraftwerk's history and love of cycling following the release of Tour de France Soundtracks in 2003 (eagle eyed members will have spotted my avatar is from the cover of this album Smile).

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Trivago https://www.trivag...
The travel tech company also based in Dusseldorf.


Equipment Sponsors
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Dusseldorf base with international mix

Kraftwerk Man Machine are based in Dusseldorf riding on a German licence. The team is comprised of an international squad to reflect the international appeal of Kraftwerk's music, although Germany will always be the best represented nation. The management will look to recruit riders from Germany, France, Japan, Russia and Great Britain. This reflects the fan base and mix of languages sung on various Kraftwerk songs as you can hear on the track Numbers from their 1981 album Computer World.
Here is a live version from the Minimum-Maximum tour (its playback restricted if embedded).
https://www.youtu...3f-JwOGO1A

Pioneers

As Kraftwerk were pioneers in developing new sounds and instruments, the Kraftwerk Man Machine will look to develop new talent. We are open to developing riders on loan from other teams if they fit our nationality profile.

Concept and Icon

The Kraftwerk Man Machine team name is taken from Kraftwerk's 1978 album The Man Machine. The concept of the Man Machine is of humans, technology and nature combined in harmony with the Rider, Bicycle and Parcours being a prime example. The youtube link below is the live version of The Man Machine from the Minimum-Maximum tour (its playback restricted if embedded).
https://www.youtu...kd7LbQnfIQ

Kraftwerk are as much about image as music and the shirt design was inspired by the iconic cover of the same album.

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A BIG thankyou to the_hoyle for the shirt design and for his guidance in keeping the design pure and elegant.

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DaveTwoBob
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Here is the Kraftwerk 2018 squad, new recruits in green, loan out in brown.

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Edited by DaveTwoBob on 22-08-2018 17:43
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DaveTwoBob
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RACEGOALCOMMENT
Ras TailteannWinCav will hope to avoid some of his rivals to get a win
SAA Tour d'AfriqueTop 10Lots of sprint training this season makes this a big ask of Cav
Giro dell'EmeliaTop 10Flügel should deliver this with ease
Barbados Cycling FestivalTop 5Cav won last year but competition is stiffer this season
Team StandingsTop 10Just outside the Top 10 last season, will need some luck to deliver this goal.

Edited by DaveTwoBob on 21-08-2018 00:57
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Renewals have gone well, with a nervous moment as Cavendish held out until the last minute before signing.

Stars Available Again – any reasonable offer considered
The age profile of the squad is not ideal and so some of our older star riders are available for transfer.

Aleksandar Flügel

Hill 81 € 450,000 inflicted a rare defeat over EBH to triumph at Strade Bianchi in 2017 and is a reliable point scorer in PCT.

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Robert Kiserlovski

Mo 80, Hil 75, TT 72 € 205,000 was third in the Tour of America in 2017, would make a great CT leader.

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Renewals
NatRiderNew WageChangeAgeAvailableKey Stat
Mark Cavendish€ 550,000€ 032No
Aleksandar Flügel€ 450,000-€ 30,00032YesHil 81
Robert Kiserlovski€ 205,000-€ 70,00032YesMo 80
Wesley Kreder€ 130,000-€ 5,00028No
Dietmar Mehr-Wenige€ 138,000-€ 52,00030No
Florian Scheit€ 50,000€ 027No
Sang Hong Park€ 50,000-€ 2,00029No
Roman Maikin€ 50,000-€ 10,00028No
Michael Kurth€ 50,000-€ 5,00032NoCob 75
Gennadiy Tatarinov€ 50,000-€ 8,00027No
Ole Hirschlein€ 60,000-€ 25,00030YesMo 77
Nico Denz€ 55,000€ 4,00024NoHil 74
Thomas Bontenackels€ 50,000-€ 4,00032No
Takero Terasaki€ 50,000€ 027YesSP 73
Max Walsleben€ 50,000-€ 4,00028No
Nils Politt€ 57,000€ 4,00024NoTT 76
Martyn Irvine€ 50,000€ 033YesTT 74
Fabien Grellier€ 50,000€ 40,00024MaybeFL 70
Linus Gerdemann€ 0-€ 55,00035Released
Florian Vachon€ 0-€ 50,00033Released
Pascal Ackermann€ 0-€ 50,00024Released


We said farewell to Linus Gerdemann, Florian Vachon and Pascal Ackermann and wish them well in their future careers.
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DaveTwoBob
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Transfer Season News

Transfers Out
Robert Kiserlovski and Ole Hirschlein both went to CT squad Andorra Project InGamba where we hope they can be part of a successful promotion bid.
Thomas Bontenackels went to German PT squad T-Mobile as part of the deal that brought Willi WillWohl (SP79, ACC78) and Daniel Paulus (HIL77, MO74) to Kraftwerk.

Transfers In
From Free Agency we failed to get our main targets so had a switch of focus giving up on getting to top class climber or stage racer in favour of improving our time trial chances and getting more depth in the hills and sprints department to support Cav and Flügel.

Top time trialler Lucas Schädlich (TT 80) will add an extra dimension to the squad and was brought in with the Deutschland tour in mind.

Surprise top leadout man last season Martin Irvine has declined so we were looking for a rider with similar attributes and were delighted to get Westley Gough (FL76, SP76, TT74) for just 60k.

We have to make a big shoutout to gentleman Croatia14 who spotted climber Jocelin Maillet (MO77, ACC77) just before the deadline and did not overbid us so we landed a bargain to get him for 50k. Little did I know at the time that he would turn out to be our mountains leader. He scored useful points behind Henao last season, lets see what he can do as a leader.

I very nearly landed Alex Ariya Destribois for 50k but it wasn’t to be and I found a useful cheaper alternative in veteran Alexandre Shushemoin(HIL75, MO74). I did consider a 5th TT guy for a stronger TTT team but felt another hill domestique for Flügel would be a better bet.

The reason for needing a cheaper alternative was a deal to bring Marco Haller (SP80, ACC79) in from Festina – Dexia. Having Cav, Marco and Willi will allow us to send a decent sprinter to every flat stage we race and hopefully get some points out of them that we couldn’t do last season.

Fabien Grellier is loaned out to very promising new team Delvaux with a L1 to L3 clause, we hope he can make a contribution to their promotion bid.
Lastly we hired our third Austrian Benjamin Brkic as a Stagiaire.

Sadly no improvements in the cobbles department, we showed an interest in Marc Potts but the price went a bit too high for our PCT pockets.

I couldn’t help noticing the remarkable progress made by Pascal Ackermann after leaving Kraftwerk, we hope this is all by natural talent and no “jiffy bags” were involved.

I wanted better depth this season and I have got it, at the expense of mountains and stage races.
Sprinters are 83,80,79,77,76,76,75,73,73
Puncheurs are 81,78,77,76,75,75,74,74

Race selection has been dictated by these terrains.

Here is the full squad
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To honour the memory of Ruby Twoface I have committed to send a full squad to every race, with only 21 riders and a stagiaire it will be a challenge!
Edited by DaveTwoBob on 02-08-2018 01:03
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DaveTwoBob
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Kraftwerk Man Machine Rivals review and January/February Preview



Whats playing on the Kraftwerk Man Machine Team Bus

For the season opener we have our theme tune, The Man Machine, the 3D Catalogue version this time.

Kraftwerk - The Man Machine – 3D Catalogue version
https://www.youtu...F8qK5g_NCI



KRAFTWERK’S MAIN COMPETITORS


PUNCHEURS

Despite Lutsenko joining PCT Aleksandar Flügel has a slightly weaker field to contend with than last year and better support so should improve on last season’s points haul.

Here are the stats of the top PCT puncheurs.
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SPRINTERS

Cav has a significantly better leadout squad than last year, hope they can form a train to challenge Degenkolb. Haller will be used as a second lead sprinter with Willwohl taking the role as Cav’s main leadout man.

Here are the stats of the top PCT sprinters.
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TIME TRIAL

New recruit Schädlich will be looking to make top 5 to 10 finishes in the flatter time trials targeting home race Deutschland Tour.

Here are the stats of the top PCT testers.
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MOUNTAINS & COBBLES
Kraftwerk have the 50th best climber and the 40th best cobbler so any points from these terrains will be a bonus.

Month by Month analysis
I have tried to show which months have the best scoring potential for Kraftwerk based on the 4 riders with the best scoring potential. Cav & Flügel are shown as Race Days while Schädlich and Haller are shown as Stages where they can score.
The analysis shows we can expect a strong start and end to the season from Kraftwerk but March and April will have slim pickings.

44 race days are classified as having negligible scoring potential, that’s a quarter of all race days. If Kraftwerk are to achieve a top 10 or promotion place we need to be very lucky in these races and grab some breakaway, sprint or KOM results.

MonthDaysCavendish RDFlügel RDSchädlich STHaller STScoring Potential
Jan4200050%
Feb213120386%
Mar29902138%
Apr27422341%
May82015100%
Jun14260164%
Jul12042158%
Aug16721063%
Sep365101661%
Oct84400100%
Total175384092066%


Here is a look at the racing programme of Kraftwerk Man Machine during January and February that includes a win goal at Ras Tailteann.

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Cav rides the Down Under Classic and our win goal Ras Tailteann so we are hopeful his rivals avoid this race.

Flügel rides Etoile de Besseges & Tour de Pologne where we expect at least a top 5 and the Pro Hallstatt Classic where the mountains rating may not be to his liking.

Haller leads the sprint challenge in Tour de Pologne while Cav is in Ireland.

Dietmar Mehr-Wenige (DMW from now on) just qualifies for C2 races so might grab a few points from Clasico San Cristobal.

The team is not suited to Tour of the Middle East or Kuurne - Bruxelles – Kuurne so anything out of these races will be a bonus, Willwohl has a rare chance at lead sprinter at Tour of the Middle East so will be keen to make a good showing.
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Shonak
DaveTwoBob wrote:
I wanted better depth this season and I have got it, at the expense of mountains and stage races.
Sprinters are 83,80,79,77,76,76,75,73,73
Puncheurs are 81,78,77,76,75,75,74,74

True credo of champions. Cool #OneDayAllDay
Unleash the Landa!
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"It’s a little bit scary when Contador attacks." - Tommy V
 
knockout
Shonak wrote:
DaveTwoBob wrote:
I wanted better depth this season and I have got it, at the expense of mountains and stage races.
Sprinters are 83,80,79,77,76,76,75,73,73
Puncheurs are 81,78,77,76,75,75,74,74

True credo of champions. Cool #OneDayAllDay


Sounds like a great plan Cool
A Big Thank You To All MG Reporters!
And To All Who Organize Something On Daily As Well!


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DaveTwoBob
knockout wrote:
Shonak wrote:
DaveTwoBob wrote:
I wanted better depth this season and I have got it, at the expense of mountains and stage races.
Sprinters are 83,80,79,77,76,76,75,73,73
Puncheurs are 81,78,77,76,75,75,74,74

True credo of champions. Cool #OneDayAllDay


Sounds like a great plan Cool


Evonik is my inspiration Smile
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To honour the memory of Ruby Twoface I have committed to send a full squad to every race, with only 21 riders and a stagiaire it will be a challenge!


Mission accomplished although it took a lot of rescheduling and some of the riders attending unsuitable races will be cursing the management Smile
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Wrote this preview and forgot to post it!

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Kraftwerk Man Machine March Preview



Whats playing on the Kraftwerk Man Machine Team Bus

March is such a busy month but with low scoring opportunites it seemed Europe Endless was appropriate.

Kraftwerk – Europe Endlesshttps://en.wikipe...ss_(album)
https://www.youtu...3KMe6qnBfU


Here is a look at the racing programme of Kraftwerk Man Machine during March which covers a massive 32 race days.

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Cav rides the SAA Tour d'Afrique our PTHC goal where we are aiming for a top 10 but with all the sprint training that has gone on that will be a challenge. Joining Cav at the Tour of Southland is Lucas Schädlich who we are hoping can deliver a decent GC result. Finally Cav rides Ronde van Nederland for fun.

Flügel avoids Vuelta al Pais Vasco as the TTs don’t suit him, Schädlich has the best chance of getting something out of this race for us.

Maillet tries to get something out of Vuelta a Colombia and Haller goes for the flat stage in Tour of East Java.

Three cobble races are not likely to gain us any points, Le Samyn, E3 Prijs & GP Herning.
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Another late preview Sad

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Kraftwerk Man Machine April Preview



Whats playing on the Kraftwerk Man Machine Team Bus

April is nearly as busy as March so another long track is playing this month.

Kraftwerk – Autobahn – Video features the surreal Roger Mainwood animation
https://www.youtu...gBX6H0Z2hc


Here is a look at the racing programme of Kraftwerk Man Machine during March which covers a substantial 27 race days.

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Cav rides Nakhon Ratchasima Trophy and the Veenendaal - Veenendaal where we managed a 1-2 finish last year. On the same day as Veenendaal Haller & Kreder try their luck in the lumpier Philadelphia International Championship.

Flügel has a great chance in the Sochi Cup but avoids the Tour of Ukraine where Schädlich goes for the time trails and DMW tackles the hill stage.

Maillet tries to get something out of the Tour of Vancouver & Tour of California, Haller goes for the flat stages in Vancouver and Willwohl sprints in California.
DMW has another C2 hills race at the Coppa Placci.
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