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The WGG Project
Ian Butler
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4th of March, 2019

Coming back from the Tour du Rwanda, we can only say: Wow!
The race has been a major success for us, and it really shows us what our boys are capable of, at least when the WT riders aren't around to dictate the race.

I'm very happy I choose to go with the team to Rwanda as a DS, because it was a wonderful trip. Meanwhile the boys back home fought in the Belgian Opening weekend, I'll give a small update on that first.

For the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, there oddly wasn't a very strong startlist. Daniel Dierickx profited fully from that and actually managed to pull off a major achievement by finishing 6th! That only goes to show how big his engine is. Talk about making a good first impression in Flanders!
We also had Arthur Roets riding in the breakaway all day!

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - Top 15

1Marcus BurghardtBORA - hansgrohe5h31'31
2Guillaume Van KeirsbulckCCC Teams.t.
3Nils PolittTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
4Luke RoweTeam Skys.t.
5Damien GaudinDirect Energies.t.
6Daniel DierickxWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 35
7Phil BauhausBahrain - Merida+ 1'18
8Daryl ImpeyMitchelton-Scotts.t.
9Fabio SabatiniDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
10Sean De BieRoompot-Charless.t.
11Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
12Jean Pierre DruckerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
13Gediminas BagdonasAg2r La Mondiales.t.
14Roel HuygeWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
15Salvatore PuccioTeam Skys.t.


Kuurne the next day was perhaps another good chance for our boys. Dierickx and Roets completely sacrificed themselves for Huyge, hoping for his fast kick to get us another top 10, but it wasn't meant to be. In the mass sprint, he finished 16th. Not bad, but not amazingly good either.

And so let's go to Rwanda, because exciting things have happened there!

Tour du Rwanda :: Part I - Charmed!

When we asked Maxime Thomas who his favorite rider was, he said Thomas De Gendt, without thinking. Turns out this is not a coincidence. Maxime was relentless in his attacking in this 8-day stage race. Sometimes at the start of the race, sometimes in the middle, sometimes near the end. It didn't yield to any result, besides the occasional intermediate sprint reward, but he charmed the whole cycling community, without a doubt.

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The one I'll remember most is when he had attacked, but been brought back. The tempo went up and he had to let the front group go. When things slowed down a little, he caught up, went to the front and immediately attacked again.

It's the folly of youth. But what a wonderful folly to watch!

Tour du Rwanda :: Part II - A Battle of Kings!

Maxime wasn't the only one to show his strength. Joris Cuyper, not even 20 years old, managed to get in the breakaway on the second stage. He took the King of the Mountain jersey there.
Asking him about it after the race, we decided to try and defend it until the end.

And so we did. Maxime was a major help, but mostly Joris did it himself. Especially Nikodemus Holler was dead set on the jersey himself, he wanted to crown himself King of the Mountains.

What followed was a battle for kingship, with these two together at the front, almost every day. In the end, Joris prevailed, bringing home our very first jersey for 2019!

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Tour du Rwanda :: Part III - Fighting Spirit

The list goes on! During all these fighting, the other boys were looking for their chance to shine. And one of them found it.

On stage 5, three of our guys were in the front group of 35 riders. There were 20 km left to go and it went uphill, at a slope of about 5-6%. Waiting for a sprint would not result in a win, so Noah Poulin decided to gamble. All or nothing. He went and attacked and got a 40 second lead pretty easily. But he had to keep his lead until the end!

He fought hard, and it payed off. A second victory for our team! This one tastes very sweet indeed!

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Tour du Rwanda :: Part IV - Mental Strength

And finally, arguably the greatest achievement over the entire race (though we can't underestimate the other riders' efforts!), Damien Michaud tried to ride a decent GC for this race. After two stages, he was placed 12th, so it looked good.

Damien performed on the level day after day and slowly moved up the GC, to 11th, to 8th, back to 12th. And just when you think he might crack, he pulls out his greatest performance on the final stage, only to end up 7th in the Final Classification.

Well done, Damien! And a big congratulations to the entire squad. I was proud to be with these boys during this race!

Tour du Rwanda - General Classification - Top 20
1Ben HermansIsraël - Cycling Academy24h01'40
2Lilian CalmejaneDirect Energie+ 2'00
3Laurens De PlusTeam Jumbo-Visma+ 5'47
4Dries DevenynsDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 7'07
5Sander ArméeLotto Soudal+ 7'34
6Matej MohoricBahrain - Merida+ 9'31
7Damien MichaudWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 12'03
8Fabio FellineTrek - Segafredo+ 12'51
9Jack HaigMitchelton-Scott+ 12'54
10Amanuel GebreigzabhierTeam Dimension Data+ 14'20
11Rohan DennisBahrain - Merida+ 14'22
12Niklas EgTrek - Segafredo+ 16'18
13Nicolas RocheTeam Sunweb+ 16'26
14Anthony RouxGroupama - FDJ+ 18'08
15Tomasz MarczynskiLotto Soudal+ 19'06
16Manuel SenniBardiani CSF+ 20'10
17Moreno MoserNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè+ 21'46
18Marco CanolaNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè+ 22'16
19Frederik BackaertDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 22'44
20Matteo MontagutiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 22'45


Tour du Rwanda - Mountain Classification - Top 5
1Joris CuyperWanty - Gobert Cycling Team99
2Ben HermansIsraël - Cycling Academy70
3Nikodemus HollerBike Aid60
4Jack HaigMitchelton-Scott56
5Lilian CalmejaneDirect Energie42


Unfortunately, the bad news is that Louis Leroy's back injury is healing more slowly than we hoped, he might be out until mid April. Sad to see his early season ruined like that. Let's hope he can kick back later this year!
- Ian
 
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canojuancho
Nice story. I started a story with the real WGG 2019, so, for sure i will follow this story.

Good luck!
 
sutty68
Nice to see you back Mr B, Good Luck with the project Grin
 
Tamijo
Some pretty neat results indeed
 
VoetsT
Very good stage race for this young team.
 
jandal7
Wow, a great result in Omloop but also a fantastic team race in Rwanda in a very strong field it must be said. Already a Maxime Thomas De Gendt fan Grin
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Great results for the team in Omloop and Rwanda
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Ian Butler
I had forgotten how great it was to write on PCM.Daily, with the daily Wink support! That's really great! Thanks!

canojuancho - Thanks. It's a great team, I really like them!

sutty68 - Nice to be back, Mr. S Wink Thanks! It wouldn't be a story without a comment from you!

Tamijo - It was a great race. Some of our boys in excellent form, too. I'm still getting to know the game, I may have peaked some boys too early...

VoetsT - Most definitely!

jandal7 - Glad to see Maxime already has some fans Wink

the_hoyle - Yes, very welcome points for the CQ ranking, too!


I think I'm getting the hang of this game. Just raced a few nice races, so I will probably up the difficulty now Smile
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Ian Butler
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20th of March, 2019

It's not easy, leading a team of 20 neopros in the PCT circuit. Obviously we've already gotten lots of criticism, people saying our license as a PCT shouldn't be valid with such a change of squad. I hope our results so far have proven the critics wrong, we're definitely not the worst ranked team in the PCT so far.

Yet, the last few races have been tough. But there's a reason for that. Our project has been very deliberate with working with climbers, boys from Belgium who otherwise would have to find Italian, French or Spanish teams to get their real chance at improving their craft. Unfortunately, we've been having a tough time securing invitations for several races. We're missing out on a few stage races we'd liked to be part of.
On the other hand, the sponsor asks us to ride in many Belgian races, and we do, with pleasure. But the results there are very mixed. Besides a great Omloop, our Classics riders haven't been performing very well. We got another top 10 spot in GP Monseré, but after that we've had some tough races.

Still, we are not without hope. The stage races we will enter, we'll just have to prove we belong there. And our Classics riders can step up their game, for certain. And we also have the hilly classics to look forward, too. Both the WT ones, and the smaller ones, where we might have a chance at a victory.


In other news, Sporza has been very interested in our project. Since we've received a wildcard for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, they intend to follow us all day that day with a camera crew. A team full of neopros starting at the Ronde, they think it's very special.
I agree.

- Ian
 
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29th of March, 2019

A grand reversal of fortune! Only 9 days ago I posted that it was a rough time for us, that we were having some tough races.
Well, the boys certainly picked up on the message! Oh and how!

Today I have three achievements for you. It's up to you to vote which achievement is the greatest. Search within your heart and tell us whose performance you rank the highest!

A. Huyge and the Sprint Train

In GP de Denain, the peloton was headed for a mass sprint. We had a few strong riders ready to make way for our sprinter, Roel Huyge. He was feeling good that day, so if we could get him in position, that'd be great!

It all started with Maxime Thomas, who pulled more than his weight. He set the pace for over 25 km, discouraging any further attacks and bringing the peloton closer to that mass sprint.

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After that, Mustafa Bousaid took up the role of bringing Huyge to the front, and keeping him there. He set a tremendous pace and made sure our sprinter could contend for the victory.

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Yet, a sprint train is useless without a finisher. Roel Huyge went from wheel to wheel and timed his final punch perfectly. A second victory for him this season. The 23 year old is definitely making use of his chances!

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Final Top 10 - GP de Denain
1Roel HuygeWanty - Gobert Cycling Team4h53'20
2Matteo PelucchiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
3Clément VenturiniAg2r La Mondiales.t.
4Samuel DumoulinAg2r La Mondiales.t.
5Boy Van PoppelRoompot-Charless.t.
6Juan Jose LobatoNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanès.t.
7Sondre Holst EngerIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
8Daniele BennatiMovistar Teams.t.
9Jonas RickaertCorendon - Circuss.t.
10Anthony RouxGroupama - FDJs.t.


B. Breakaway of the day - with benefits!

Obviously the Record Bank E3 - Harelbeke is going to be super important for us. We had high hopes of Dierickx. And while he certainly didn't disappoint, finishing 21th on his first E3, another rider of our team took all the glory for himself.

Tim Baets was the first attacker of the day, and one of the five riders to spend the entire day at the front. Baets is a monster rider, the biggest engine I've ever seen on a 22 year old.

Suddenly it started looking close for the peloton, would they even catch the breakaway group? Had they miscalculated? Greg Van Avermaet wouldn't leave it up to chance and attacked - and reached the breakaway group.

But the five brave men refused to let Van Avermaet go. They held on to the pace and Van Avermaet took them to the finish line. The peloton had, in fact, miscalculated. That meant we were in for a top 6!

Even greater, Van Avermaet had jumped and was in it, all or nothing. The other riders at the front had spent the entire day riding, so Van Avermaet did all the work himself. But maybe he dug a little too deep? Either way, he had no punch left at the end. Vuillermoz was the fastest and took the victory, while Baets surprised everyone, including me, by finishing 2nd, just ahead of Van Avermaet, in this E3 Harelbeke.

HO-LY COW!

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Final Top 15 - Record Bank E3 - Harelbeke
1Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale5h20'42
2Tim BaetsWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
3Greg Van AvermaetCCC Teams.t.
4Kenny MollyCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
5Arjen LivynsRoompot-Charless.t.
6Jorge ArcasMovistar Teams.t.
7Peter SaganBORA - hansgrohe+ 33
8Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJs.t.
9Alexander KristoffUAE Team Emiratess.t.
10Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
11Oliver NaesenAg2r La Mondiales.t.
12Jasper StuyvenTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Tiesj BenootLotto Soudals.t.
14Zdeněk ŠtybarDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
15Mike TeunissenTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.


C. Attack, Attack, Attack

Three guesses who this is about. You're right, he's quickly becoming a fan favorite and not without reason. Maxime Thomas, the boy from Wallonie who admires Thomas De Gendt and who resembles him in riding style.

In Classic Loire Atlantique, he showed off a little more of his attacking magic. You can't win if you don't try, that's his motto.

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And you know what that means. If you do try, you can win. He went looking for glory some 40 km from the finish. He brought along four others. They worked together extremely well and went to the final kilometers together. There, Maxime launched yet another attack. He got a few dozen meters, that's about it. He kept that lead straight until the finish line. If the finish line were five meters further, he might've lost, but he calculated his efforts perfectly.

A fourth victory this season for us, three months into the season. We've had our ups and downs, but the ups are leading!

Final Top 10 - Classic Loire Atlantique
1Maxime ThomasWanty - Gobert Cycling Team4h33'49
2Odd Christian EikingCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
3Delio FernándezDelko Marseille Provence KTMs.t.
4Matteo BusatoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 12
5Yoann BagotVital Concept - B&B Hotelss.t.
6Maxime BouetArkéa - Samsic+ 24
7Rudy MolardGroupama - FDJs.t.
8Romain HardyArkéa - Samsics.t.
9Axel DomontAg2r La Mondiales.t.
10Elie GesbertArkéa - Samsics.t.




So let us know below which performance ranks the highest in your book!
Here are the candidates once more:

A) Huyge and the Sprint Train
B) Breakaway of the day - with benefits!
C) Attack, Attack, Attack!

- Ian
 
jandal7
Wow three great races. Super happy to see Maxime get a victory already due to his attacking, Huyge looks like a strong and intelligent sprinter, but you can’t argue with an E3 podium for a Belgian neo-pro, Baets gets my vote!
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Great result in Classic Loire Atlantique. Thats the one thing I haven't been able to do much of so far, is have a successful long range attack!
 
sutty68
Some great results of late Wink
 
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Wow some great results in Denain and Loire but E3 is amazing! What a podium for Baets
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jandal7 - Wise decision Wink

valverde321 - It probably depends on what team you play with? If you have favorites or not. And, of course, a bit of luck never hurts!

sutty68 - Sure are!

the_hoyle - Yeah, so unexpected, too. That never happened to me in PCM before, that the breakaway makes it to the finish line in a WT classic!



Hope you don't mind about this pace for now. Like I said, for the first time in forever I have nothing to do for a few days, and I'm quite excited about this new PCM so that explains it.
Next week, busy schedule kicks in again, while the new-ness of PCM wears off, it'll be a much more leisurely pace!

For now, I've put it on normal difficulty, I'm getting the hang of the game. Eventually I'll probably end up on Hard difficulty.
 
Ian Butler
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8th of April, 2019

Even though our main focus lies in climbing, and finding talented climbers in Belgium, we have plenty of stakes in the fire in the cobbled races. Some of our guys are born Flandriens and we want to develop our team in all possible directions.

Gent - Wevelgem and the Ronde Van Vlaanderen were two big goals for this early season. Especially for Dierickx, Huyge and Leroy. Unfortunately, Leroy is still injured and won't be back until after the early season. Shows how important your back is, and how easily it can give you a lot of pain.

After our very surprising result in Record Bank E3 - Harelbeke, some pressure was already off our shoulders. The sponsors are already quite happy with what we've shown. Still, a team of 20 neopros means, besides inexperience, that these boys are always hungry!

Oh, and before you ask, yes we also raced in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. But we didn't even make the top 50 there, so nothing to report from that race.

Gent - Wevelgem

The story of Wevelgem is easily told. An early breakaway getting caught some 30 km before the finish line, and then a sprint of 24 riders.

Kris Catelyn was in the breakaway of the day, and actually attacked out of it with 50 km to go. He rode some 20 km at the front of the race, before being swallowed by the peloton.

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Unfortunately, Huyge was not strong enough to survive the hills, and we had no man in the first group of the race. Catelyn was our best finisher, at 30th place.

Gent - Wevelgem Top 10
1Sonny ColbrelliBahrain - Merida5h54'09
2Sam BennettBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3John DegenkolbTrek - Segafredos.t.
4Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
5Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Elia VivianiDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
7Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emiratess.t.
8Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
9Gianni MosconTeam Skys.t.
10Jurgen RoelandtsMovistar Teams.t.


Ronde Van Vlaanderen

A more exciting story, both for the average cycling fan and for our fans! Sporza followed our team for an entire day with camera crews. So don't be afraid if you see my face on television any day soon. Just remember that my wife has to look at that face every day. You'll be okay.

Back to the race. It was important for our sponsor to get in the breakaway of the day in the most important race in Flanders.
We could count on Maxime Thomas to do that. That's why we brought him here!

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Better yet, when the peloton started breaking up in pieces in the last half of the race, Thomas easied up a little, let himself get caught and then rode his heart out for about 10 km, not allowing riders in the background to catch back up. This was invaluable work for Dierickx, who had been racing very attentively and was still in this favorites' group!

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And still it gets better. Dierickx, as a neopro, managed to hang on to the accelerations on the Kwaremont. With 40 km left to go, he was within the top 13 of the race. Nobody expected him to set the pace, and - acting on our counsil - he kept a low profile.

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Further attacks wore him down, though, and when a group of 4 riders sped away, he had a tough moment. However, he did hang on in the chasing group and even took turns now. And that with the whole of Flanders watching!

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Unfortunately, the four attackers worked together well and managed to sprint for the top spots. Kristoff was unbeatable in the sprint and takes this year's Ronde Van Vlaanderen.

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Despite his best efforts, Dierickx is not a sprinter, and so he finished next to last in the chasing group. But that's only a footnoot in today's story. He finishes 10th in his first Ronde Van Vlaanderen.
I need only to remind you that he is 21 years old, and then you might figure out that our ambitious goal of winning a monument might not be so far fetched after all...

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Ronde Van Vlaanderen - Full Result
1Alexander KristoffUAE Team Emirates6h31'14
2Greg Van AvermaetCCC Teams.t.
3Oliver NaesenAg2r La Mondiales.t.
4Tiesj BenootLotto Soudals.t.
5Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJ+ 1'36
6Matteo TrentinMitchelton-Scotts.t.
7Laurens De VreeseAstana Pro Teams.t.
8Edvald Boasson HagenTeam Dimension Datas.t.
9Wout Van AertTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
10Daniel DierickxWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
11Dylan Van BaarleTeam Skys.t.
12Peter SaganBORA - hansgrohe+ 3'41
13Philippe GilbertDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 4'27
14Gianni MosconTeam Sky+ 5'12
15Silvan DillierAg2r La Mondiales.t.
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16Marcus BurghardtBORA - hansgrohes.t.
17Jens DebusschereTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
18Niki TerpstraDirect Energies.t.
19Lukas PöstlbergerBORA - hansgrohes.t.
20John DegenkolbTrek - Segafredo+ 6'14
21Zdeněk ŠtybarDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 6'45
22Sacha ModoloEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
23Jens KeukeleireLotto Soudals.t.
24Ian StannardTeam Skys.t.
25Sonny ColbrelliBahrain - Meridas.t.
26Luke RoweTeam Skys.t.
27Mike TeunissenTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
28Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
29Sebastian LangeveldEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
30Gijs Van HoeckeCCC Teams.t.
31Adrien PetitDirect Energie+ 8'23
32Ignatas KonovalovasGroupama - FDJs.t.
33Daniel OssBORA - hansgrohes.t.
34Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
35Stijn VandenberghAg2r La Mondiales.t.
36Nelson OliveiraMovistar Teams.t.
37Nikolas MaesLotto Soudals.t.
38Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emiratess.t.
39Piet AllegaertSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
40Dries DevenynsDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
41Elia VivianiDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
42Jurgen RoelandtsMovistar Teams.t.
43Salvatore PuccioTeam Skys.t.
44Nils PolittTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
45Bert Van LerbergheCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
46Alexis GougeardAg2r La Mondiales.t.
47Dion SmithMitchelton-Scott+ 10'14
48Edward TheunsTrek - Segafredos.t.
49Sven Erik BystrømUAE Team Emiratess.t.
50Maxime ThomasWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
51Julien VermoteTeam Dimension Datas.t.
52Luka MezgecMitchelton-Scotts.t.
53Andrea PasqualonAstana Pro Teams.t.
54Ramon SinkeldamGroupama - FDJs.t.
55Mads PedersenTrek - Segafredos.t.
56Marc SarreauGroupama - FDJ+ 11'37
57Maarten WynantsTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
58Max WalscheidTeam Sunwebs.t.
59Preben Van HeckeSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
60Martijn Van AmstelWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
61Grega BoleBahrain - Meridas.t.
62Tim BaetsWanty - Gobert Cycling Team+ 12'30
63Jos Van EmdenTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
64Nikias ArndtTeam Sunwebs.t.
65Baptiste PlanckaertCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
66Matthieu LadagnousGroupama - FDJs.t.
67Damien GaudinDirect Energie+ 14'09
68Søren Kragh AndersenTeam Sunweb+ 14'49
69Kris CatelynWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
70Mads WĂĽrtzTeam Katusha- Alpecin+ 15'36
71Sam BennettBORA - hansgrohes.t.
72Jhonatan NarváezTeam Sky+ 16'08
73Stijn DevolderCorendon - Circuss.t.
74Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
75Yves LampaertDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 16'39
76Mustafa BousaidWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
77Pascal EenkhoornTeam Jumbo-Visma+ 17'27
78Roel HuygeWanty - Gobert Cycling Teams.t.
79JĂ©rĂ´me BaugniesTrek - Segafredos.t.
80Iljo KeisseDeceuninck-Quick Step+ 18'18
81Christophe LaporteCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 19'00
82HĂ©ctor CarreteroMovistar Teams.t.
83Kenneth VanbilsenCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
84Thomas SprengersSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
85Pieter VanspeybrouckIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
86Michael GoglTrek - Segafredos.t.
87Tom DevriendtTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
88Serge PauwelsCCC Team+ 20'50
89Lasse Norman HansenCorendon - Circuss.t.
90Dries Van GestelSport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 21'25
91Lilian CalmejaneDirect Energies.t.
92Jan TratnikBahrain - Meridas.t.
93Leonardo BassoTeam Sky+ 21'56
94Nathan Van HooydonckCCC Teams.t.
95Guillaume BoivinIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
96Lionel TaminiauxCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
97Jordi WarlopSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
98Anthony RouxGroupama - FDJ+ 22'52
99Nicolas RocheTeam Sunwebs.t.
100Petr VakocDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
101Nacer BouhanniCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
102Zico WaeytensCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
103Marc HirschiTeam Sunwebs.t.
104Bernhard EiselTeam Dimension Data+ 24'31
105Mark CavendishTeam Dimension Datas.t.
106Vegard Stake LaengenUAE Team Emiratess.t.
107Niccolo BonifazioDirect Energie+ 25'28
108Benoit VaugrenardGroupama - FDJs.t.
109Mathias FrankAg2r La Mondiales.t.
110Jan BakelantsTeam Sunwebs.t.
111Mitchell DockerEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
112James WhelanEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
113Pawel BernasCCC Team+ 26'57
114Dmitriy GruzdevAstana Pro Teams.t.
115Jenthe BiermansTeam Katusha- Alpecins.t.
116Thomas DegandBahrain - Merida+ 27'49
117Damien HowsonMitchelton-Scott+ 28'27
118Tom BohliUAE Team Emiratess.t.
119Maxime MonfortLotto Soudals.t.
120Daniel TurekIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
121Patrick BevinCCC Team+ 30'03
122Robert StannardMitchelton-Scotts.t.
123Krists NeilandsIsraël - Cycling Academy+ 30'30
124Antwan TolhoekTeam Jumbo-Visma+ 30'57
125Alexander CatafordIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
126Ludovic RobeetCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
127Tanel KangertEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
128Lukas SpenglerCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
129Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha- Alpecin+ 32'25
130Rasmus TillerTeam Dimension Datas.t.
131Jaco VenterTeam Dimension Datas.t.
132Bart De ClercqSport Vlaanderen - Baloises.t.
133Joeri StallaertCorendon - Circuss.t.
134Domen NovakBahrain - Merida+ 34'13
135Tejay Van GarderenEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
136Julien MortierCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
137Lawson CraddockEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
138Franklin SixCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelless.t.
139Mark PadunBahrain - Meridas.t.
140Steff CrasTeam Katusha- Alpecin+ 36'58
141David Van der PoelCorendon - Circuss.t.
142Brent BookwalterMitchelton-Scotts.t.
143Leopold KönigBORA - hansgrohes.t.
144Antonio PedreroMovistar Team+ 38'20
145Cesare BenedettiBORA - hansgrohe+ 38'43
146Christopher Juul JensenMitchelton-Scotts.t.
147Amanuel GebreigzabhierTeam Dimension Datas.t.
148Carl Fredrik HagenLotto Soudal+ 41'16
149Michael StorerTeam Sunweb+ 41'41
150Manuel Amaro AntunesCCC Teams.t.
151Boris ValléeTrek - Segafredo+ 42'47
152Paul OurselinDirect Energies.t.
153Ruben FernandezMovistar Team+ 43'54
154Harm VanhouckeLotto Soudal+ 46'05
155Hernando BohĂłrquezAstana Pro Team+ 46'38
156Jimmy JanssensCorendon - Circuss.t.
157Odd Christian EikingCycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelles+ 47'41
158Bryan NauleauDirect Energies.t.
159Ben GastauerAg2r La Mondiale+ 48'38
160Jaime CastrilloMovistar Team+ 49'39
161Yuriy NatarovAstana Pro Teams.t.
162Larry WarbasseAg2r La Mondiale+ 53'14
163Matteo BadilattiIsraël - Cycling Academys.t.
164Eduard PradesMovistar Team+ 55'50
165Merhawi KudusAstana Pro Teams.t.
166Emmanuel MorinCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 56'39
167Otto VergaerdeCorendon - Circuss.t.
168Stephen WilliamsBahrain - Meridas.t.
169Aaron Van PouckeSport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 58'04
170Nathan EarleIsraël - Cycling Academy+ 1h02'18
171Victor LafayCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1h06'15
172Petter FagerhaugCorendon - Circus+ 1h12'32


We did not get an invitation to Paris - Roubaix, so that's it for our first cobbled season. And what a success it was!
- Ian
 
jandal7
A good showing from Catelyn in GW, but a fantastic one from Dierickx in De Ronde - wow! Sagan, Gilbert, Moscon, Terpstra, Stybar all beaten - by a neo pro with no breakaway or luck, a pure performance and what a statement. Belgium is watching, surely the world is too - and ASO must be kicking themselves over not giving you a Roubaix wildcard!
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A 10th place in your first attempt at the Ronde! Can you ask for more?
 
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Some impressive results incomming lately
 
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The team is looking like WT caliber in the first season already!!
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