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The Wolfpack - Deceuninck - Quick-step
VoetsT

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Edited by VoetsT on 05-02-2020 08:09
 
VoetsT
Introduction


Hello everyone

My name is Thomas and for the upcoming season I will be a Sport Director at one of cycling’s most iconic teams. It’s a team of riders willing to sacrifice themselves for their teammates and the successes of the team. It’s a team with the biggest reputation in the most excited classics. A team where many legend have rode for. A team with a lot of future stars. It’s a team that is called “The Wolfpack”. It is …

Deceuninck - Quick-Step

How does he get there, I hear you ask. Well, that’s a really is a coincidence. Last year I was on a weekend in the Ardennes. I was chilling on a sunny terrace with a bear while playing “Pro Cycling Manger” on my laptop. When suddenly a man, standing behind me, said: “Well, that was a beautiful sprint finish and a perfect lead-out for Jakobsen you did there”. I didn’t know him, but we talked a couple of hours about cycling and running a team. Out of the blue, that man asked me if I would become as sport director. I laughed and I said: “Of course I want, when do I start”. He asked my phone number and email address, paid the bill and left.

The next morning, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Did I really drunk too much that night before, or was this really happening. My iPhone dropped almost out of my hand when a saw the sender. With trilling hands, I opened the mail on my phone:



Dear Mr. Thomas

Our team does not only invest in young cyclist but also in motivated people who can support our riders during the races. Someone who can bring something extra, who as a new and fresh vision on cycling.
After your chat with our Technical & Development director Ricardo Scheidecker, we are willing to propose you a job as Sports Director. He believes that you have the qualities to make our team even better. If you are interested, please reply on this email and we will do the rest.

Kind regards
Patrick Lefevere
CEO


Of course I replied and a few days later I was at the teams headquarter to sign my contract. The rest is history and brings us to this point. It’s a Saturday evening in Gent. We are in a very chique hotel and all the riders and staff are preparing for the team presentation later this night. I was thinking at how it all started and I remembered that site about my favorite computer game, PCM Daily. Maybe it is a good idea to start my own story in the story thread. And voila, here we are…

That’s it for now, the team presentation is about to start. I hope you will follow us through this season and support us as best you can!

Cheers and see you next time
#TheWolfpack

Thomas
Edited by VoetsT on 05-02-2020 08:16
 
VoetsT
Team Presentation

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Ladies and gentleman, my name is Patrick Lefevere and I will present to you the Deceuninck – Quick-step team for 2020! We will do this in 3 stage. First we will look back at how 2019 was, than we talk about the transfers and last but not least what we expect for the upcoming season. Please sit back and enjoy the show!

How it was in 2019

In the long and successful history of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, so many historical victories have already been achieved that it is nowadays difficult for riders to surpass them. Except for one rider. He achieved success last season and achieved what many thought was impossible. We are now talking about Julian Alaphilippe.
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The petite Frenchman already started winning in January in the Vuelta a San Juan and kept it up until the Tour de France, where he wore the yellow jersey, in addition to two stage victories, for no less than fourteen days. Only in stage 19 to Tignes, he had to bow his head to Egan Bernal. Earlier, he made his mark on the spring, with victories in the Strade Bianche, two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and La Fleche Wallonne. Add a second place in the Brabantse Pijl and fourth place in the Amstel Gold Race and you can be sure that Alaphilippe was the man of the spring cammaign.

With 68 victories, Deceuninck-Quick-Step once again became the most winning WorldTour team. The largest share in that number is for Elia Viviani. The Italian top sprinter was good for ten victories. Fabio Jakobsen was again victorious. In his second year, the Dutchman again recorded seven victories for the team, including the Dutch championship, the Scheldeprijs and two stage victories in La Vuelta.

At the cobblestone classics, traditionally the favored races of the team, the team once again managed to leave an indelible mark. Zdenek Stybar immediately got off to a good start at the end of February in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and a day later Bob Jungels did the same in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Florian Sénéchal won Le Samyn, Stybar also won the E3 BinckBank Classic, Jakobsen again won the Scheldeprijs. It all ended in style with an impressive victory in Paris-Roubaix by Philippe Gilbert. The experienced Walloon could cross-off his fourth monument. Only Milan-San Remo is still missing on his record.
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Then there was the startling first professional year of Remco Evenepoel. The young Belgian tempered expectations at the start of his cycling year. Nevertheless, he surprised friend and foe with his achievements. That started in January in the Vuelta a San Juan, where he had a long-term view of winning in the time trial. He ended up third. The only 19-year-old REV did not have to wait for a long time for his first victory. In the Baloise Belgium Tour he was too fast for everyone in the second stage to Zottegem. He would finally also win the final GC. By far the most impressive was his solo victory in the Clásica San Sebastián, where the course served as a red carpet for his class. These achievements earned him almost all the Belgian sports prizes that were awarded at the end of the season.
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The only place where Deceuninck-Quick-Step appeared a little less were the general classifications. Their were only 3 stage races won by a rider of our team; Baloise Belgium Tour (Evenepoel), Tour of Slovakia (Yves Lampaert) and the Tour of Guangxi (Enric Mas). The latter rider had a solid season - he finished fourth in the Algarve, 14th in the Basque Country, 22nd in the Tour - but missed the outlier from a year earlier when he finished on the podium of the Vuelta.




Transfers

Let’s now present our eleven new riders for 2020, of which Sam Bennett is the most appealing rider. The Irish sprinter was at the center of a long-running transfer soap. For a long time BORA-hansgrohe did not want to give in to his wish to leave. He was passed by the German team in 2019 for the Tour de France.
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We strengthened our selection in particular by attracting Mattia Cattaneo, Bert Van Lerberghe, Davide Ballerini, Stijn Steels and Andrea Bagioli. The team again invested heavily in talent development by attracting Jannik Steimle, Ian Garrison, Andrea Bagioli and JoĂŁo .. Mauri Vansevenant is also part of The Wolfpack from this year on. The 20-year-old son of former pro Wim Vansevenant showed his talent by winning the Giro Valle d'Aosta and finishing sixth in the rankings of the Tour de l'Avenir.
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Opposite the arrival of the eleven riders is the departure of eight riders, and those are not the least. Two of the leaders have searched for new places. Gilbert returns to Lotto Soudal after eight years. Sprinter Elia Viviani continues his career at Cofidis, which makes the move to WorldTour. In his wake, he has taken lead-out Fabio Sabatini with him. His colleague with the same role, Maximiliano Richeze has switched to UAE Emirates, where he is reunited with Fernando Gaviria.
The team also had to say goodbye to Enric Mas (second in the Vuelta 2018). The talented Spanish rider is the new big man at Movistar. And although he could resign, Petr Vakoc decided to look for new places. The Czech, who was hit by a truck in South Africa in January 2018 and had to recover for sixteen months, is a new teammate of Mathieu van der Poel. At Alpecin-Fenix, he will form the head trio in the classical spring together with the Dutchman and Tim Merlier. We wish him all the best luck!

INOUT
JoĂŁo AlmeidaHagens Berman AxeonEros CapecchiBahrain - McLaren
Shane ArchboldBORA - HansgrohePhilippe GilbertLotto Soudal
Andrea BagioliTeam ColpackDavide MartinelliAstana Pro Team
Davide BalleriniAstana Pro TeamEnic MasMovistar Team
Sam BennettBORA - HansgroheMaximiliano RichezeUAE Emirates
Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli-SidermecFabio SabatiniCofidis, Solutions Crédits
Ian GarrisonHagens Berman AxeonPetr VakocAlpecin - Fenix
Stijn SteelsRoompot-CharlesElia Viviani Cofidis
Jannik SteimleTeam Vorarlberg Santic
Bert Van LerbergheCofidis, Solutions Crédits
Mauri Vansevenant-





Ambitions for 2020

Deceuninck-Quick-Step wants to continue its course in 2020. The Belgian team will again aim - not surprisingly - at the cobblestone classics this year. A major replacement for Philippe Gilbert has not been recruited, so just as in recent years the talents from our own ranks have the opportunity to stand up and grow to stars. The core for the Flemish spring will again consist of Kasper Asgreen, Tim Declerq, Jungels, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Florian Sénéchal and Zdenek Stybar. Complemented by newcomers Davide Ballerini, Jannik Steimle and Bert Van Lerberghe.

The program of Alaphilippe is not yet complete. The Frenchman, for example, does not yet know whether he will defend his victories in the Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. But Tirreno-Adriatico is definitely not on his program. Instead, he opts for races in Argentina (Vuelta a San Juan) and Colombia (Tour Colombia 2.1) and then to start at Paris-Nice. In April, some cobble classics and the Walloon triptych is then on the schedule. In the Tour de France, Alaphilippe has no ambition for the general classification, but it’s all-in for stage victories.
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The Tour de France is very important. Especially for Alaphilippe and Sam Bennet, but otherwise there is also the Giro d’Italia. I can confirm that this will be the Grand Tour in which Remco Evenepoel will make his debut. The big question is how far he will be able to get in the general classification, although he says he is mainly aiming i.imgur.com/AIgLfIz.pngfor stage success. Someone who also wants to do that is Fabio Jakobsen. The Giro is on the program of the Dutch champion. For the one-week rounds (and the Giro), James Knox moves up a spot in the pecking order. The young Brit, one of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step surprises of 2019, no longer has to tolerate Mas and therefore has a little more leeway.


Complete Selection

J. Alaphilippe M. F. Honoré
J. Almeida F. Jakobsen
S. Archbold B. Jungels
K. Asgreen I. Keisse
A. Bagioli J. Knox
D. Ballerini Y. Lampaert
S. Bennett M. Morkov
M. Cattaneo F. Sénéchal
R. Cavagna P. Serry
T. Declercq S. Steels
D. Devenyns J. Steimle
R. Evenepoel S. Stybar
I. Garrison B. Van Lerberghe
J. A. Hodeg M. Vansevenant

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Edited by VoetsT on 06-04-2020 09:10
 
VoetsT
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VoetsT
Hello everybody

This is an idea that I have for a long time.
I hope you will like it. It's a career mode story with the UAE team.
Besides Deceuninck-Quick step, UAE is my favorite team in the peloton. With Philipsen, Gaviria and PogaÄŤar it holds some of the riders I really like to see racing.

That's it for now.
See you soon!

Thomas
Edited by VoetsT on 22-01-2020 12:02
 
cunego59
Nice to have a new story around, good luck with this!
 
Batista15
Good luck with this new story! Smile
 
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Good luck! I'll try my best to follow along.
 
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Really looking forward to this, good luck!
 
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Always good to see a new story, best of luck Grin
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VoetsT
@All: Thanks for being here! Much appreciated Grin

But I changed my mind, I will do a story with Deceuninck - Quick-step.
It's the team closest to my heart. As a kid, Tom Boonen was my hero. And now it has Evenepoel, Alaphilippe, Jungels, and so many other fantastic riders.
I had the feeling that this team suited my more and would give me more motivation.
So give my some time to rewrite the start of my story and we are good to go. Nevertheless, the first update should be out tomorrow at last.

See you than.

Thomas
Edited by VoetsT on 30-01-2020 11:20
 
VoetsT
I add the introduction.
Enjoy Grin
 
VoetsT


Actually, I will just stick to UAE because I think that this team offers a better game experience. So, Intro is updated a bit.
 
cunego59
What a rollercoaster Grin Most important thing for any story is that you have fun with it and if you think UAE is the best team for that, you should go with it. Also good to keep up the tradition of pcmdaily users being hired for their PCM skills Grin
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VoetsT
Ohw ohw, I think I messed up my database Frown
Last night, I was editing my save game and now my game keeps on crashing Sad
I'm quite new to database manipulation so I think I did someting wrong. But the bad part is that I don't now what.
So I think, this is done before it started (again Rolling Eyes )

I'm moving to a new house, so I don't have that much time to start something new atm. I hope to be back soon with a story I can get to a decent start.

I hope you don't mind. And thanks for the support up to this point.
I will stay active on the forum and support other stories as much as possible.

Thomas
 
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VoetsT wrote:
Ohw ohw, I think I messed up my database Frown
Last night, I was editing my save game and now my game keeps on crashing Sad
I'm quite new to database manipulation so I think I did someting wrong. But the bad part is that I don't now what.
So I think, this is done before it started (again Rolling Eyes )

I'm moving to a new house, so I don't have that much time to start something new atm. I hope to be back soon with a story I can get to a decent start.

I hope you don't mind. And thanks for the support up to this point.
I will stay active on the forum and support other stories as much as possible.

Thomas


Ask around, I am sure you will find someone to help you out.
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VoetsT
Okay guys, stick with me please but we are back at Deceuninck.
After I messed up my UAE career savegame, I will not start with that team again. I was racing already tour of Oman. To do 2 times the same preparation, same races, writing the same reports, ... I didn't want that.
So last night I started a new save with Deceuninck. I hope you don't mind this plot twist and will still follow my journey.

Hope to see you soon!

Oh btw, intro is already been 'fixed'.

Thomas
 
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VoetsT wrote:
Okay guys, stick with me please but we are back at Deceuninck.
After I messed up my UAE career savegame, I will not start with that team again. I was racing already tour of Oman. To do 2 times the same preparation, same races, writing the same reports, ... I didn't want that.
So last night I started a new save with Deceuninck. I hope you don't mind this plot twist and will still follow my journey.

Hope to see you soon!

Oh btw, intro is already been 'fixed'.

Thomas


No worries! Smile

Just go for it. Good luck with the season start.
 
cunego59
I think it matters more that you enjoy your playthrough rather than what team you play with so as Batista said, just go for it Wink Good luck with your move, too.
 
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