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[PT 20] Rakuten | 2020 Squad
Fabianski
There's a pretty interesting climber among the **** riders. But there are quite many of them out there, so let's see if we'll finally talk Smile
 
DaveTwoBob
I think we might well be having a chat over transfers.
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jandal7
Why do the best managers have to be so smart and put all their cool riders on 1 star, it's not fair Pfft Interesting loan option though, and cool to see our old loan-in Onodera growing still and maxing this year Grin
 
valverde321
Thanks everyone, I look forward to speaking with you all, come the transfer window. Smile

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@ redordead - Thanks. It will hurt a bit to see some of them go, but PT is the highest level, and I think we need to re-tool a bit in order to balance success while still trying to bring in some talents.

@ Fabianski - I think I know who you are speaking about. He would be a great rider at the CT level, and his wages are very conducive to allowing enough wages for more leaders as well.

@ DaveTwoBob - Looking forward to it. I know we have some interest in a few of your riders as well, although most aren't available Pfft

@ jandal - Well, thats very flattering that you are grouping me in with "the best managers" Pfft I would've thought you'd be excited about Kuboki as well Pfft
 
valverde321
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Well, we've got our man. Cool (Dont mention how much he's earning)
 
valverde321
First Signings


Nairo Quintana | | 4.100 | 850,000 | 30 years
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Nairo joins as our co-leader in the mountains. He still has 3 years before a decline, so we think he is a solid investment over the other available riders on the market. His arrival from free agency also allows us to allocate our funds in other ways...
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Kai Reus | | 4.100 | 55,000 | 35 years
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Kai joins as a strong domestique, and solid TT rider, who should help with TTTs, as well as being able to fight for his own results in breakaways, or hilly TTs. His experience will be helpful for the younger riders in the squad, much like Rolland was last year.
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Xianjing Lyu | | 1.00 | 90,000 | 22 years
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Lyu is a great talent in cycling, that may be Kinoshita's replacement one day. He is a solid rider when the roads get steep. He will spend the season on loan with Repsol - Netflix, but as soon as next season he could be in our colours.
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Shonak
Gratz. Nairito looks like he is 40 on that picture. Hope he won't decline midseason. :lol:
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Mresuperstar
Given that I couldn't get Lyu, I'm glad you ended up with him. Nice prospect to have. Wink
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cio93
With just a biiiit more FL, I absolutely would've chased Lyu to accompany Niu!
He's a really interesting rider IRL, never racing outside of China, but absolutely smashing it there when he does.

Congrats on the signing.
 
Bikex
Also congrats from me, was close to outbid you again, but in the end decided against. Wink
Will be a great rider, but tbh hoped he would've been added a little bit better since he seems to be one of the biggest talents in a long time coming from Asia irl.
 
AbhishekLFC
I don't think even Nairo believed that he could fetch that much in FA Pfft Great addition though!
 
valverde321
@ Shonak - As long as he's 30 in MG years, thats all that matters Pfft

@ Mre + Cio - Thanks. He's probably one of the biggest talents we've successfully gone for in a few seasons and being from our focus area is a bonus. I'm not messing up his development like I have with my other riders in the past, so hopefully he will be maxed at a young age, that makes training worthwhile. After a few years of Hill training, his FL can probably be upgraded with the stat exception Pfft

@ Bikex - Thanks for not outbidding us. I agree, he's a huge talent irl, even for being based in Asia, much like how Choi was (but he sadly retired quite early).

@ AbishekLFC - Yeah, he's one happy man now. I was hoping to get him for 600k or less and have room for one more sub-top leader, but as I quickly saw how prices for GC riders were going, Im quite happy to get him from FA and still have money and cap space left over. Some clearly inferior riders were going for just as much!
 
valverde321
Final Signings


Jakub Kratochvila | | 4.100 | 100,000 | 32 years
Jakub joins from Free Agency, for a very modest wage. He will be one of our top domestiques in the mountains, and may even get a chance to lead in some races. His ability on short and long climbs should ensure he is always one of the last riders in the lead group for our team, in tougher stages.
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Tushantha Rajapakshage | | 4.100 | 95,000 | 28 years
Tushantha joins as maybe our best TT rider, given his ability on shorter prologues, and his climbing ability, compared to Lok Cheung. Tushantha is going to be an important rider for us, that will hopefully be able to get into many breakaways, as well as place well in TT's.
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Stagiare

Pierre Barbier | | 1.00 | 10,000 | 23 years
Pierre will be joining the team in August, as well as for the Tour de L'Avenir, and will hopefully gain some solid experience. He hopes to become a classics rider in the future, but could also be a solid sprint leadout.
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Loan In

Piotr Brozyna | | 4.40 | 50,000 | 25 years
Piotr is a rider we had wanted to join the team permanently heading into the season. However with our Plan A not looking like it was going to work out, we needed to keep over 1million in cap space for our Plan B rider, meaning he joined another team for the minimum before we could contend. However when the opportunity to loan him in for the season became available and our Plan A working out, we are able to welcome Piotr for this season (at the least). He will be a solid domestique in the mountains, and is a solid TT rider, meaning he can ride GTs and be of use if there is a TTT.
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Final 2020 Squad


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Yes, Kinoshita has improved his hill stat. We think based on his backups, and Hagen declining, there is an opportunity for Kinoshita to realistically be one of the best, if not the best in the top tier of Puncheurs in the MG. The rest of the squad is quite well balanced as well. Perhaps its a bit weak for PT, but with the team being an underdog, and over half of the team with over 70 Fighter, we think there is an opportunity to score a lot of points from breakaways for us this season. Wins may be hard to come by, but we may be able to score frequent Top 10's with so many capable sprinters, and strong climbing depth as well.
 
jandal7
Hell yeah I love to see that Kinoshita upgrade, love seeing him do well and very excited about seeing him at 83 Grin
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valverde321
jandal7 wrote:
Hell yeah I love to see that Kinoshita upgrade, love seeing him do well and very excited about seeing him at 83 Grin


Thanks. He's really the life of this team now. I was considering training Shikai/Saya Kuroeda instead, but I think for this season its more beneficial that Kinoshita is capable of winning monuments.
 
valverde321
Rakuten 2020 NC Jerseys


We contacted our teams jersey supplier, hillis91, who kindly came out of retirement just to help us out with a couple NC jerseys, so we thank him very much for his work.

Chen Shikai, China RR Champion

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Our first NC wearer is Chen Shikai, who will wear the Chinese national colours as road race Champion.

Saya Kuroeda Japan RR Champ, Rei Onodera Japan TT Champ

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Next, two of our biggest homegrown talents will be sharing the Japanese champion jersey, depending on the type of race it is. Kuroeda is a great classics rider, and Onodera will be our top TT rider for years. Kinoshita our star wore it last year, but decided he wanted a bit more anonymity this year.

Jacob Salcone Fiji TT Champ


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Jacob Salcone will wear the Fiji champion shirt during time trials this year. What an amazing jersey it is too. We may have to try and find a co-sponsor with those colours for next season so we can wear it full time next year... Cool
 
Guave
Probably one of the nicest collection of one-and-the-same-nation/region racers i've seen so far. I understand the Yamamoto link now Smile I see Pierre might turn out a very similar rider as his older brother! Sprinting clearly in the genes! Best of luck (but i don't think you'll need any Wink )
 
cunego59
I think the depth should give you a good chance to stay up, but a lot probably depends on whether Kinoshita makes good on the training investment. At least he doesn't have to compete against Beltran as much anymore Wink
 
jandal7
Wow I love that Fijian champion's jersey, maybe even more than Ngamoki-Cameron's old one for us Grin
30/12/14 - matt17br said "Sutty's birthday is more important than [Jesus' Birthday]"
14/11/20 - Pablo Matera said "There was no respect. I play for my country."

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[CX] Listerijns & Kiwis

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redordead
cunego59 wrote:
I think the depth should give you a good chance to stay up, but a lot probably depends on whether Kinoshita makes good on the training investment. At least he doesn't have to compete against Beltran as much anymore Wink


I very much share that sentiment, as I think Kinoshita has now surpassed Beltran.

I'll be cherring for you and Kinoshita in PT Smile


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"I am a cyclist, I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying." - Tadej Pogačar
 
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