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PN was fantastic and TA was even better Pfft
The classics are also going more than decent Smile

I don't mind that you don't include profiles. The only thing I miss is the team selection for the races, but not a big deal at all.

Great story so far!!!
@VoetsT: Thank you for the feedback, too!

I edited the last post with TA and MSR to include icons to signify the type of stage and I included team selections as well. That's pretty simple, I just hadn't thought of that. Let me know what you think and if it works for you as readers I'll include both going forward (and probably edit them in for the other previous posts).
That's a great improvement Grin
Glad to hear it! I'll keep it that way, then.

Volta Ciclista a Cataluña | 23.03. - 29.03.2020

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G. Martin Je. Herrada F. Barcelo L. Maté
N. Edet Jo. Herrada J. Hansen

Stage 1 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits3h35‘49
2. Michal KwiatkowskiTeam Ineoss.t.
3. Dan MartinIsrael Start-Up Nations.t.

Stage 2 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits4h17‘01
2. Enric MasMovistar Teams.t.
3. Michal KwiatkowskiTeam Ineoss.t.

Stage 3 i.imgur.com/s6IpImK.png
1. Geraint ThomasTeam Ineos6h26‘59
2. Romain BardetAg2r La Mondiales.t.
3. Marc SolerMovistar Team+ 41
6. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1‘26

Stage 4 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Fausto MasnadaCCC Team4h57‘41
2. Louis MeintjesNTT Pro Cyclings.t.
3. Dan MartinIsrael Start-Up Nation+ 1‘23
4. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.

Stage 5 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits5h29‘32
2. Vincenzo NibaliTrek – Segafredos.t.
3. Geraint ThomasTeam Ineoss.t.

Stage 6 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits4h17‘43
2. Miguel Ángel LópezAstana Pro Teams.t.
3. Geraint ThomasTeam Ineoss.t.

Stage 7 i.imgur.com/n6h5U2y.png
1. Marc SolerMovistar Team3h09‘38
2. Davide FormoloUAE Team Emirates.t.
3. Michal KwiatkowskiTeam Ineoss.t.
4. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.

1. Geraint ThomasTeam Ineos32h15'51
2. Romain BardetAg2r La Mondiale+ 12
3. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1‘03
4. Marc SolerMovistar Team+ 1‘04
5. Miguel Ángel LópezAstana Pro Team+ 1‘38
1. Guillaume MartinCofidis, Solutions Crédits139
2. Geraint ThomasTeam Ineos79
3. Marc SolerMovistar Team57
So ... This race had six stages that ended in downhill or flat finishes after several difficult hills. One was won by a breakaway, one by a late attack from a favorite and the other FOUR by Guillaume Martin. He really established himself as the best finisher among the top pucheurs and climbers, even after a scary crash on stage 4 – not least thanks to fantastic lead-outs by an equally quick Jesús Herrada, who was absolutely vital. It’s no coincidence that the two stages in which Guillaume didn’t win the bunch sprint were those in which Jesús fell behind and wasn’t there to guide him.

Despite losing some time on the sole mountain stage, the bonus seconds were enough to vault him to another podium finish, the third in a row – all three stage races were won by Geraint Thomas, who’s having a fantastic season so far. Of course, with four stage wins also comes the points jersey, which is another nice addition.

Guillaume’s season now pauses until he starts his Tour de France preparation. Jesús Herrada takes over as the leader in the Basque Country and the Ardennes. But there’re also a couple of cobblestone classics in between all of that …
What is Martin doing Shock He must have a +10 daily form each day!
Martin for Tour de France win Pfft Pfft .
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To be fair, Martin has 71 Sprint, 75 Acceleration and so does Herrada. That's better than almost anyone there except for Kwiatkowski (who's only marginally better), so it's not like he's beating Sagan or Alaphilippe here, these are sprints where Geraint Thomas and Miguel Angel Lopez finish second or third Grin But yes, he's also had good daily forms Wink
Wow great work. I find stages that end in downhill the easiest to win, but still great job. I hadn't known that Martin had a quick finish to him, so that could really come in handy. I won the Tour Green Jersey with Alaphilippe due to similar stats.
Cofidis is crushing it already, amazing!
@valverde321: That's my experience as well. Everyone's just starts sprinting very early from wherever they are and if I'm the team with one or even two guys to lead Martin, it's pretty simple. The green jersey seems like a big task, but if he can score a stage win or two at the Tour, I'd be very happy Wink

@Croatia14: It's going well, yes Grin Surprisingly well. It's a really fun team to play with.

AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne | 25.03.
C. Laporte C. Lemoine P. Perichon M. Mathis
D. Claeys P. Allegaert K. Vanbilsen
Same squad for all three races
1 Christophe LaporteCofidis, Solutions Crédits4h56‘25
2 Giacomo NizzoloNTT Pro Cyclings.t.
3 Daniel McLayTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
4 Yves LampaertDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
5 Kenneth VanbilsenCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
I indentified this race early in the year as one that we could do well in. Laporte is decent over cobblestones and I knew that if we’d get him to the line, he’d easily be among the fastest riders. And that’s how it turned out. After a terrific lead-out by Vanbilsen, Laporte held off a late charge by our good friend Giacomo Nizzolo to take our first classics win of the season.

E3 BinckBank Classic | 27.03.2020
1 Edvald Boasson HagenNTT Pro Cycling5h01‘55
2 Jens DebusschereB&B Hotels – Vital Concepts.t.
3 Oliver NaesenAg2r La Mondiales.t.
4 Daniel OssBORA - hansgrohes.t.
5 Jurgen RoelandtsMovistar Teams.t.
15 Christophe LaporteCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 2'20
Our first race without a final Top 10. Laporte wasn’t positioned well enough in one or two key spots so he lost too much energy to keep up to the end.

29.03.20020 Gent-Wevelgem
1 Pascal AckermannBORA - hansgrohe5h47‘57
2 Marc SarreauGroupama - FDJs.t.
3 Dylan GroenewegenTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
4 Alexander KristoffUAE Team Emiratess.t.
5 André GreipelIsrael Start-Up Nations.t.
7 Christophe LaporteCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
I had hoped for a bit more and as you can see, Laporte was very close to more. Part of this was that Laporte was alone in this group, so a stronger cobblestone team will be a goal for the future.

Cofidis Continental Race Highlights - March
Win Royal Bernard Dome Classic Simone Consonni
3rd Cholet – Pays De Loire Simone Consonni
5th Kuurne – Brussel – Kuurne Christophe Laporte
A couple of good results on French terrain, always good for the image in our home country. Consonni continues to shine, although the competition wasn't very stiff.
Fantastic win by Laporte and good result at the other races. E3 could have gone better and the sprint in G-W is always messy.
I think Nizzolo is having a difficult time due to your team Pfft
@VoetsT: It was a great start to the cobbles, let's see how we handled the next ones:

Dwars Door Vlaanderen | 01.04.2020
D. Claeys P. Allegaert E. Morin M. Mathis
C. Lemoine V. Lafay E. Finé
Same squad for all three races
1 Mathieu Van der PoelAlpecin-Fenix5h37‘18
2 Luke RoweTeam Ineos+ 43
3 Frederik BackaertB&B Hotels - Vital Concept+ 1‘27
4 Heinrich HausslerBahrain - McLarens.t.
5 Dimitri ClaeysCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
In a very weird race that got blown up super early without any team really in control, Dimitri Claeys made the right moves and held on in the end to a strong fifth place, making the most of a pretty weak field.

Ronde Van Vlaanderen | 05.04.2020
1 Mathieu Van der PoelAlpecin-Fenix6h28‘16
2 Greg Van AvermaetCCC Teams.t.
3 Niki TerpstraTeam Total Direct Energies.t.
4 Tiesj BenootTeam Sunwebs.t.
5 Oliver NaesenAg2r La Mondiales.t.
26 Dimitri ClaeysCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 6'33
Claeys put in way too much effort to stay with the first group for as long as he could and paid the price. He was overtaken by a lot of riders on his way to an ultimately disappointing finish. MVDP made my prophecy come true at the earliest possible date and celebrates his second monument of his career.

Paris - Roubaix | 12.04.2020
1 Jasper StuyvenTrek - Segafredo6h17‘28
2 Peter SaganBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3 Wout Van AertTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
4 Mathieu Van der PoelAlpecin-Fenixs.t.
5 Sep VanmarckeEF Pro Cyclings.t.
19 Dimitri ClaeysCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 5‘51
Again a less than ideal performance by Claeys. A bit frustrating that Piet Allegaert, who was in better shape for De Ronde and showed some promise but was ultimately hindered by his subpar abilities on the hills did not have as good a day this time. But he’ll be someone we can hopefully rely on as we improve this part of our roster in the future.
I reported Paris-Roubaix before the Itzulia Basque Country to make this more comprehensive, the post would have been too long with the Itzulia in it and I didn't want to split up the cobblestone classics. Basque Country is up next!
Classy showing quite some form in the classics, very well done! For me Rinse and Roubaix are two of the toughest races to win in PCM, so I guess you did a good job in those.
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I tend to struggle in cobbled races in general, so I was super happy with that fifth place in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. But that part of the team needs some serious improvements in the next years to actually compete in the monuments. And there are some interesting riders possibly available on the transfer market, so we'll see what we can do Smile
Very well done in Catalunya and what a nice victory for Laporte. A cobbles leader would be to prefer in the transfer period, I agree.
There are a few areas we need to improve, cobbles is certainly one of them but not the only. I hope that Cofidis increases our budget a little Wink

Itzulia Basque Country | 06.04. - 11.04.2020

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Je. Herrada F. Barceló Jo. Herrada L. Maté
N. Haas A. Perez M. Le Turnier

Stage 1 i.imgur.com/bsmtpIi.png
1. Chris FroomeTeam Ineos17‘38
2. Tom DumoulinTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
3. Vincenzo NibaliTrek - Segafredo+ 7
18. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 37

Stage 2 i.imgur.com/8Ne0HYJ.png
1. Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb3h36‘44
2. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
3. Álvaro HodegDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
1. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits5
2. Michael ValgrenNTT Pro Cycling5
3. Roman KreuzigerNTT Pro Cycling2

Stage 3 i.imgur.com/8Ne0HYJ.png
1. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Crédits5h17‘30
2. Michael MatthewsTeam Sunwebs.t.
3. Luka MezgecMitchelton-Scotts.t.
1. Michael ValgrenNTT Pro Cycling14
2. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits9
3. Roman KreuzigerNTT Pro Cycling2

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1. Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale3h58‘34
2. Pieter SerryDeceuninck-Quick Steps.t.
3. Kilian FrankinyGroupama - FDJ+ 28
4. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
6. Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb+ 1‘31
10. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
1. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits16
2. Pieter SerryDeceuninck-Quick Step16
3. Michael ValgrenNTT Pro Cycling14

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1. Vincenzo NibaliTrek - Segafredo3h55‘48
2. Chris FroomeTeam Ineoss.t.
3. Tom DumoulinTeam Jumbo-Vismas.t.
4. Jesús HerredaCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1‘10
5. Marc SolerMovistar Teams.t.
1. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits19
2. Roman KreuzigerNTT Pro Cycling18
3. Tim WellensLotto Soudal16

Stage 6 i.imgur.com/8Ne0HYJ.png
1. Simon YatesMitchelton-Scott3h06‘10
2. Rigoberto UránEF Pro Cyclings.t.
3. Ilnur ZakarinCCC Teams.t.
6. Jesús HerredaCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 23

1. Tom DumoulinTeam Jumbo-Visma20h14‘18
2. Chris FroomeTeam Ineoss.t.
3. Vincenzo NibaliTrek - Segafredo+ 7
4. Ilnur ZakarinCCC Team+ 1‘08
5. Marc SolerMovistar Team+ 1‘33
7. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 1‘47
1. Carlos Alberto BetancurMovistar Team27
2. Tim WellensLotto Soudal25
3. Michael ValgrenNTT Pro Cycling23
4. Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits22
1. Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Crédits77
2. Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb59
3. Tom DumoulinTeam Jumbo-Visma57
Another pretty successful race for us. Jesús Herrada finished in the Top 10 in every stage but the opening time trial, which limited his chances in the GC, but a strong performance on the only uphill finish on stage 5 brought him into the Top 10. He also won a stage and the points jersey! Both stages 2 and 3, while classified as flat, had a pretty steep finish.

Anthony Perez was very active in breakaways in pursuit of the mountain jersey. He got to wear it for three days and even came close to a stage win when the breakaway succeeded on day 4, but on the final stage, he lost it again to, to be honest, just superior riders. Still, his effort was much appreciated, not least by our sponsors.
Who is your best TT rider?
On the entire team, it's actually Marco Mathis. Herrada is second. Also something that might warrant improvement Wink
Looking somewhat lucky to avoid Sagan in the 3 mini classics, and a great win for Laporte. DDV was a great result too, and MVDP had a great classics season. Hopefully VDP and Stuyven can sweep DDV, RVV and PR in my story too Pfft

Herrada with a very strong Basque Country. Im wondering if Cofidis has the most wins of all the teams now.
Sagan was pretty invisible the whole cobbles season, except for PR. Bit surprising, but the case of Laporte's win, I didn't mind Pfft Fingers crossed for VDP and Stuyven in your story Wink And yes, we currently lead Ineos by a few wins.

Amstel Gold Race | 16.04.2020
Je. Herrada F. Barceló Jo. Herrada L. Maté
N. Haas A. Perez M. Le Turnier
Same squad for all three races
1 Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck-Quick Step6h47‘17
2 Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
3 Dylan TeunsBahrain - McLarens.t.
4 Alexander KristoffNTT Pro Cyclings.t.
5 Enrico GasparottoNTT Pro Cyclings.t.
Wow! Another phenomenal performance by a puncheur of ours, again it’s Jesús Herrada who almost takes it all but way exceeds expectations! Helped very much by José Herrada, who pulled him over the mur and delivered him in great position for the final sprint to the line, and even held on to finish 12th himself!

La Flèche Wallonne | 20.04.2020
1 Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck-Quick Step5h00‘45
2 Benoît CosnefroyAg2r La Mondiales.t.
3 Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
4 Jesús HerradaCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
5 David GauduGroupama - FDJs.t.
Herrada pulls off his second Top 5 finish of the week! Without help in the final climb this time, he managed to find Valverde’s wheel and clang onto it all the way. Alaphilippe is two thirds to the treble crown of the Ardennes, his compatriot Cosnefroy has the best day of his career.
Somehow forgot to take a screenshot here

Liège - Bastogne - Liège | 23.04.2020
1 Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Team6h51‘28
2 Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohes.t.
3 Michael WoodsEF Pro Cyclings.t.
4 Dylan TeunsBahrain - McLarens.t.
5 Bauke MollemaTrek - Segafredos.t.
49 Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 6‘27
Both Herrada and Alaphilippe were caught in a crash with about 60 kilometers to go and had no impact on the result. Instead, Alejandro Valverde made the most out of this opportunity while Anthony Perez, the rider designated with the lead role after a few others including José Herrera and Nathan Haas were sent back to assist Jesús Herrada, didn’t. But it’s only a small downer on what was otherwise a great week.

Cofidis Continental Race Highlights - April
Win Tro-Bro Léon Elia Viviani
Win Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Stage 1 Elia Viviani
Win Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Stage 2 Elia Viviani
2nd Route Adélie de Vitré Fabio Sabatini
3rd Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Stage 3 Marco Mathis
Viviani is showing some great pre-Giro form, Sabatini as well. And Marco Mathis makes his first appearance of note with a good time trialing performance.
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