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RTG '19 | Teams, Riders and Races
AbhishekLFC
This thread will be used to discuss everything going on in and around the peloton in Road To Glory. I will start off by posting team details. Feel free to start discussing about the make-up of the teams, their focus and which ones catch your fancy.

Once the rider creation process is complete for the season, I will put up rider details in this thread too. You can also use this thread to post about and from the perspective of your riders. Let everyone know how his recent race went, what he's thinking and what his dreams are. Also feel free to spark some rivalries in the peloton. But always remember, keep it clean!

When the racing starts, use this thread to discuss about the races that are taking place in the cycling world.
 
AbhishekLFC
Teams Details


AG2R La Mondiale

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
FranceN/AFrance, Western EuropeLow28

Leaders: Bardet, Gallopin, Naesen, Latour


Astana Pro Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
KazakhstanN/AKazakhstan, Italy, Central AsiaMedium28

Leaders: M. A. Lopez, Fuglsang, Bilbao, I. Izagirre


Bahrain - Merida

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
Bahrain Cobbles, SprinterItaly, Asia, Eastern EuropeMedium26

Leaders: Nibali, Teuns, Pozzovivo, Dennis, Bauhaus


Bora - Hansgrohe

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
Germany AnyGermany, Central EuropeLow27

Leaders: Sagan, Buchmann, Schachmann, Ackermann, Bennett


CCC Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
Poland Climber, Puncher, SprinterPoland, Central EuropeMedium28

Leaders: Van Avermaet, Mareczo, Coquard, Calmejane


Deceuninck-Quick Step

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
BelgiumClimberBelgium, Western EuropeLow26

Leaders: Alaphilippe, Stybar, Gilbert, Lampaert, Viviani


EF Education First p/b Cannondale

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USAN/ANorth America, Western Europe, OceaniaLow28

Leaders: Uran, Woods, Vanmarcke


Groupama - FDJ

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
FranceN/AFrance, Western EuropeLow29

Leaders: Pinot, Gaudu, Demare, Kung


Hagens Berman - Axeon

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USAAnyNorth America, ScandinaviaMedium27

Leaders: Barguil, Terpstra


Israel - Cycling Academy

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
IsraelN/AIsrael, Eastern EuropeHigh31

Leaders: Hermans, Cimolai


Lotto Soudal

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
BelgiumClimber, Stage RacerBelgium, Western EuropeMedium26

Leaders: Wellens, Campenaerts, Ewan, Benoot


Manzana - Postobon Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
ColombiaAnySouth America, IberiaLow28

Leaders: Je. Herrada, Merlier, Atapuma


Mitchelton-Scott

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
AustraliaPuncher, Cobbles, SprinterOceania, South AfricaMedium26

Leaders: S. Yates, A. Yates, Trentin, Durbridge


Movistar Team

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
SpainCobbles, SprinterSpain, South America, Central AmericaMedium26

Leaders: Valverde, N. Quintana, Landa, Carapaz, Greipel


Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
JapanAnyEast Asia, ItalyLow26

Leaders: G. Martin, Bonifazio, Petit


Team Dimension Data

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
South AfricaN/AAfrica, AustraliaLow28

Leaders: Gasparotto, Valgren Andersen, Boasson Hagen, Cavendish, Nizzolo


Team INEOS

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
Great BritainN/AGreat Britain, EuropeHigh29

Leaders: Froome, Bernal, Thomas, Kwiatkowski


Team Jumbo-Visma

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
NetherlandsN/ANetherlands, Western EuropeLow26

Leaders: Kruijswijk, Roglic, Groenewegen, Van Aert, Teunissen


Team Katusha- Alpecin

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
SwitzerlandAnyRussia, GermanyHigh26

Leaders: Zakarin, Pollitt, Kittel


Team Sunweb

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
GermanyCobbles, PuncherNetherlands, GermanyMedium27

Leaders: Dumoulin, Kelderman, Matthews, Van der Poel


Trek - Segafredo

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
USATT, Cobbles, SprinterUSA, Western EuropeMedium26

Leaders: Porte, Mollema, Degenkolb


UAE Team Emirates

NationalityRequirementsFocusFlexibilitySize
UAEN/AItaly, West AsiaMedium28

Leaders: D. Martin, Pogacar, Ulissi, Kristoff, Gaviria

 
AbhishekLFC
Riders in Focus

Daniel Clark

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: BMC Racing Team
Career Goal: Historic Mini or Grand Slam (4 or 5 of the monuments won in a career)
Rides For: Trek - Segafredo
Spoiler
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Daniel Clark didn't start out wishing to be a bicycle racer. His love was for football (the real kind, not the American version). His childhood in Michigan was spent chasing a ball rather than riding a bike. However, a series of concussions cut short his ability to play football...and he was soon on his bike looking to expend the excess energy of youth in a less dangerous way.

The first amateur clubs wanted to help Clark become a great climber, seeing his light frame ideally suited him to that role. However, Clark had no interest in a style of racing he called 'boring'. His heart was set on the purest form of bike racing...the classic. Where savvy and race experience count for just as much as pure physical power.

Clark therefore set about improving his attack and short climbing skills, working on his sprinting, and trying desperately to train for the pain of the cobbles. His environment in Michigan provided plenty of opportunity to work on bumpy terrain...but the gravel roads are no substitute for the pave.

Optimistically looking to the future, Clark hopes his quick acceleration, light frame, and ability to enjoy pain and suffering will serve him well in the professional peloton. The future awaits...and for now, Clark is dreaming big.


Jhon Santíago García Cerravalos

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Movistar Team
Career Goal: Winning a GT in Ecuador
Signed For: Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
Spoiler
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Early Steps: Jhon was born in a rather small family in Gualacea at the 20th of April 19 years ago. Together with one older brother he was sharing the full attention of his family. Already in his young age he had the privilege of having a TV at home, where he followed the big names of Ecuadorian Sports: Of course Carlos Tenorio was one of his early heroes, as he not only was part of the first Ecuadorian WC team ever in 2002, he also was the main man when the team promoted to the Round of 16 at the WC in Germany in 2006.

But it wasn't all about football. When Jhon was that kid that was all about sports, the big hero of the country was world champion and olympics silver medal winner Jefferson Pérez. While Athletics caught the interest of Jhon more and more, it wasn't really about walking or running. He was more and more attracted to the popular sportsmen from Colombia or Venezuela, when the likes of Rujano, Pena, Serpa and Laverde conquered the world, especially at the Giro. But it would be other shining stars that really brought him into cycling.

Cycling Path: Soon the young gun started to take his own first footsteps. He had a bike pretty early, as distances were quite long and parents were hard working. The downside of this was having to be quite self-serving pretty early in his life, the upside though was that his family could finance him a quite decent bike even for european standards. And he absolutely fell in love with it.

By that time it was pretty sure though that he'd join a cycling club pretty soon. And he did so. Though, as you might have guessed, not everything ran in line with the expected of course. We're not talking about a road bike, we are talking about a proper cool mountainbike. And with that he could step into the paths of his real hero: Emilio Falla.

Soon he was riding competitions, having the full support of his family. And he was damn good. On national level he was quite good at first, but with his determination and a great trainer he became a world apart from the regional and even national competition in his age. Even his role model, Falla, shouted out his name on the nation bmx championships in Quito in 2013, where young Garcia won the U18! competition.

But by that time another shift happened. Falla wasn't as successful as he used to be anymore, the big names from South America were the Brazilian Renato Rezende or the Colombians with Carlos Oquendo and Carlos Ramirez. Even on his young age he was the #3 in Ecuador behind Alfredo Campo and Emilio Falla already.

That was when he got the opportunity to broaden his horizon. A certain Movistar Team had started a developmental program in Ecuador. Colombia hat these youth development structures for long, and with the rise of the youngsters like Rigoberto Uran, Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancur and Fabio Duarte they were lightyears away from the rest. However, also in Ecuador something started to form, and the Team Ecuador was built.

This team, led by Byrom Guama at that point, built some structures to capture talent. While this didn't work out too good in the beginnings, the project had some success over the next months. And one of the first prospects in this project was Jhon. He was offered a development contract with the development team of the project which slowly turned into the Movistar Team Ecuador.

And with it he had the opportunity to ride his first UCI level races. The Vuelta Kolbi or the Vuelta Dominica were one of his first races on the proper road cylcing world. Not forgetting his roots however, as he still appeared to win the junior BMX championships with ease and even got some footsteps into cyclocrossing, which was part of the developmental contract he signed.

It didn't take long until he first rode the Vuelta al Ecuador, eventhough the race these days only had an amateur character. Still, Jhon had some success, especially finishing 3rd from a breakaway on one of the late stages. This may have been the last convincing move to become finally part of the Movistar Team Ecuador, just at the age of 17!

Together with the likes of Jefferson Cepeda, Santiago Montenegro and Wilson Haro , all only 1-3 years older, he rode a very nice calendar. Also, he got invited for Nations Cup races with Ecuador for the first time. While he had a nice calendar with Team Ecuador, racing in Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and even the USA, racing the nations cup was on another level.

From the whole Ecuadorian squad there was one guy that stood a chance: Jonathan Narvaez. The others, including Jhon, flew off the back so fast you couldn't even tell. Especially on the flat races. Jhon just wasn't used to racing that hard all the time, and not just at the end of the race or a climb. But he tried to adapt the european mentality in a way only Narvaez could do so far.

He heard of many Ecuadorians - well, even more Colombians but also many of his teammates or former ones - that tried to do so in the past. But most of them failed. There was one Ecuadorian that made it over: Richard Carapaz. He achieved the dream of becoming a professional cyclist in road racing. And after the season there were good news for Narvaez too. After signing a contract with Axeon, rumour had him in lines with a potential QuickStep engagement already.

That left Jhon with a certain decision to make: He now was at Team Ecuador, but that wouldn't earn him the money he needs in his life. Should he follow the path? Or was it time to jump over the sea to Europe? Yeah sure, there was also the chance of riding professionally in Colombia. But would they want an Ecuadorian with their number of strong youngsters?

Thinking about being just a 19 year old guy he postponed the decision. After finishing his season with Team Ecuador he turned his attraction a little bit more on BMX riding. He still got it in him, so he gave it a go at U23 races and even starting in the Copa Latinoamericana in Bolivia. Also finishing 2nd at both Sierra Centro and Orient - Amzonico behind Campo and another 6th place in San Jose at the Copa de Naciones Costa Rica made him gain some serious reputation in the BMX world, as that meant that Jhon would climb in the Top 50 of the BMX world standings at the age of 19.

Gaining in confidence step by step made him looking into the future a lot more comfortable. Training for the next season together with Byrom Guama and Jonathan Klever Caicedo determined his preperation. Secretly always waiting for the right phone call - of yourse he wouldn't hire an agent and do it himself - Jhon had planned to ride for Movistar Team Ecuador, eventhough there had been interest from Medellin - Inder, Team Bolivia and EPM-UNE.

Even a Belgian cyclocross-team, we are not allowed to call their name here, invited him to join a young riders program with chances on the Belgian amateuir circuit on the road and on the dirt. But then there was the one option that turned everything around. Austrian equipe MyBike-Stevens had offered a developmental contract, which was similar to the cyclocross one, but actually on UCI level on both ends.

Enthusiasticly Jhon packed his bags to travel to Austria, aiming to finalize the details of what should be a real cycling contract! Or would he? Just as he turned on his phone stepping out of the plane, there was a message left for him. It changed everything...

Personality: Calm, and always well prepared. Jhon is that acribic worker that tries to find the perfect race scenario right before the race already. Has some issues with adapting to surprising race situations. Loves the tropical whether. Loves dirt. Get's bored when a race is too flat for too long. Absolutely open to take planned risks. Sunnyboy on the outside, not so on the inside. Not the best out of rest days. Doesn't like quick changes of flat and mountain stages. Loves difficult profiles, where the race is hard to predict. Trash Talker.

Cycling character: Jhon is a pretty lightweight climber. When the road kicks up, it's the steeper the better. Unrythmic climbs, rough punches, steep ramps. Give him that and you make him feel comfortable. He's never sat on a time trial bike. His acceleration is very quick, though he is yet to have a proper sprint on board. There are a lot of questions raised on his recovery and stamina. But coming from the BMX background he knows how to sustain an effort quite well, especially with changing pace all the time. Also, for a South American he is a straight out awesome descender and technique expert. On the flat roads he has to work on his engine, though the potential should be there.

Favourite Teams/Riders/Races: Movistar Team Ecuador. Several riders that determined his youth, f.e. the likes of Uran and Henao. Androni-Giocattoli with all there young south Americans. Narvaez, Klever, Carapaz. Joaquin Rodriguez. Jose Rujano. The Giro is the big race for him. Otherwise it's about the Vuelta of course. But a huge priority are the home races in South America. His dream is having a GT finishing in Ecuador, either a new South American one or even the Giro/Vuelta. Zdenek Stybar. Emilio Falla. The BMX Worldcupraces in South America. Caja Rural.

Rivals/No Gos: Young Colombians. The arrogant Belgian cyclocross youth. Time Trials. Echolons. Wout van Aert. The overrate borefest which is the Tour de France. Vegans. Former Dopers. People that do high-altitude training camps in Ecuador but can't ride a bike properly. Elbows. The rotten apples.


Hector César Ernesto Fernándes Hernándes

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Team Dimension Data
Career Goal: Win 3 monuments, a GT and the Cyclocross WC or Olympic Medal MTB
Signed For: Movistar Team
Spoiler
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Hector César Ernesto FERNÁNDES HERNÁNDES was born in Cali, Colombia on 14 may 1998. He was seen as a gifted cyclist early on, doing tricks on his bike that few adults could match. His parents pushed him to become a professional cyclist, and Hector liked cycling so he didn't mind.

At first, it was hard for him to specialise, he won all local races whether they were flat, uphill or even offroad. The only thing he didn't like were time trials, as he couldn't motivate himself to ride without competition. He loved cyclocross and mountainbike, but his parents wanted his to pursue a road career, as he would get more money that way. They also discouraged him from riding on the cobbles, as no sane person would ever organise a race on cobblestones.

With parts of his passion repressed, he joined his first junior team. They turned him into a puncheur as he could ride the bike uphill fast and had a good acceleration. And of course because all of Colombia was mountains and hills. Having won even more races, Hector was offered many professional contracts, but he had one team that stood out.

Learning from another allrounder Boasson Hagen, becoming a part of the legendary Mark Cavedish' sprint train, and most importantly, no real puncheur leader. He had a chance to grow in the ranks and maybe one day realise the secret dream no one but him knew about: becoming the first Colombian to win Paris-Roubaix.


Mattia Tornello

Specialization: Stage Race
Favourite Team: BMC Racing Team
Career Goal: Win the Giro d'Italia
Rides For: Astana Pro Team
Spoiler
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Born in Corvara, in the Alta Badia region of South Tyrol, Mattia had since he was little a bug for cycling. In 2010 for the first time he saw the whole Giro on TV, and as he witnessed Ivan Basso win after three caothic weeks he gained a big passion for bike racing. Shortly after he got his first bike, a cheap mountain bike wich he used to go to school and as a way of having fun and distracting himself from the stresses in life. His family couldn't afford much and he learned to be responsible for it and took great care of all his cycling gear.

He never was a very social kid, he valued his alone time more than hanging out with his friends, and so riding his bike was something he increasingly valued more over time. Some years later his dad got a bike too, much to the request of Mattia, as he wanted to explore the local roads, that included some of the mythical Giro passes, including the Valparola, Gardena and Campalongo.

Over the years he withnessed on the road some iconic moments of the Giro, something he worshiped by then, the Purito win in Cortina d'Ampezzo, 2012, Nibali winning atop Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 2013, and so when he finally could ride far from home, he made sure he trained hard so in May he could always ride to see the pros in action.

When he was 15 he got his first road bike, and soon enough he joined a cycling club, which although was far from home, it would allow him to participate in some races of his categorie on the weekend. Usually long trips were involved, with very few races in the Alps he had to go near the Adriatic sea, where all races were flat or hilly.
He evidently struggled in them, always hanging out the back, but he always fought for the best result he could. He even tried Mountain bike but his results weren't motivating at all, wich was starting to take a psychological toll on his will of racing.

In 2016, after a brutal stage of the Giro, that finished right in his home town of Corvara, he saw Chaves take the win and Kruiswijk moving into pink. And just days after, after some years watching it on the road, he decided to sign for the Maratona dles Dolomites, a mythical Grandfondo that takes place in the Dolomites and has several of the Giro's most famous climbs. And that race was something that changed his life..

Riding a cheap aluminium Merida, he found himself in the end of 140Km in the high mountains finishing in the Top50, winning in his category. That came as an absolute shock and regional cycling teams soon found themselves contacting him quickly.

He was signed by a local team, which, from July to October, allowed him to show in his newly-discovered talent, alongside providing him with the right gear for professional racing. In that period of time, he raced 3 one-day races in the mountains, where he came in Top5 in all, a 3-day stage race, where after a strong time-trial and ride in the mountains, a crash on the final day derailed his chances of finishing in the podium, and 2 Grandfondos in the Alps, where he came 4th in one of them.

After this amazing display of talent, he has been contacted by some pro teams, and during the off-season he will decide where he will race in 2017. He is a diamond in the rough, nobody knows what potential he may have. He says it himself, he will win the Giro one day, but while many take it as a kid's dream, some see it as a possibility and are willing to take a risk. With so much yet to learn and master, like positioning in the pack, recovery methods, the right nutrition, TT-position work, etc, there is no telling how far Mattia can go, his Italian cycling blood will be an indication of what he is willing to do.

A natural stage-racer, his recovery abilities haven’t yet been shown, but he’s a very strong rider in long climbs, and is at ease with multiple mountain-stages. A good time-trialist too, but struggles a bit more on prologues. He is clearly a very consistent rider, capable of flying through mountains again and again, but when it comes to explosive and unpredictable racing he still neads to learn a lot. He’s also a good descender which adds to his set of skills to take on week-long races and Grand Tours.


Jørgen Hillestad

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Team Sky
Career Goal: Historic Mini or Grand Slam / Stage win in all three GT's / World Road Champion
Rides For: Team Katusha- Alpecin
Spoiler
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At a young age, Jørgen was an aspirering football player. Making all state three years in a row and being the midfielder of any coachs dream. But, during a regular season game while 14 years old, he got tackled in knee height. Blowing out his knee and ending his season early. During recovery, his physican recommended swimming and cycling as a road to recovery.

During his sessions on the bike, Jørgen fell in love with the art of cycling. And later that year, he entered a local club and basicly ending his hopes and dreams of playing for Manchester United on Old Trafford. To winning the Tour de France overal. However, after several years of competing on the bike. He came to the realisasion that his specialty was on the tougher and more technical roads rather then long high gradient climbs.

A new classic rider has been born.


Virginijus Alunderis

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Movistar
Career Goal: Win the mountain classification in all GTs
Signed For: Deceuninck-Quick Step
Spoiler
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Alunderis turned up out of nowhere for last year's everyman race of the Öztaler 5500, where he soon left everybody behind and and won by over 25 minutes with an estimated power output that caught the interest of professional teams. At the press conference he claimed it's due to his all-meat-diet. He would not disclose any further details about himself or his past, but there seemed to be no motor hidden in the bike and he passed a doping test without raising any red flags.


Elias Abdessabour

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: Dimension Data
Career Goal: First Morrocan rider to podium in the Tour
Signed For: Team Dimension Data
Spoiler
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From the desert city of Ouarzazate comes Morocco’s possible first three week stage prospect. Known for its cinema studios, Ouarzazate is about to contribute with another star and Hollywood-esque story, although off frame. Pedalling from an early age, he started riding in the twisty turns of the Atlas Mountains, training almost everyday on Africa’s longest summit range. At 15, he started winning several local races, including one at the top of the Col du Tichka. Abdessabour caught eye of several top cycling teams, including the obvious MTN-Qhubeka, now Dimension Data, interested in attaining one of Africa’s biggest prospects in years. Talks did start and the team even lent some bikes and an opportunity to travel to Europe so that young Elias could have better training conditions. Still living in Morocco, and after some months in Europe where he kept showing his potential, it’s time for the star in the Moroccan flag to fulfill his dream and write history for the Northern African country. Will it be with Dimension Data or Sky? We’ll soon find out.


Arnout Van Aarle

Specialization: Northern Classics
Favourite Team: Quick-Step Floors
Career Goal: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix
Rides For: Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
Spoiler
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Riding in the fields of Flanders, there was little else that Arnout wanted to do in life than to become a cycling legend. Filled with the legends of Johan Museeuw and Peter van Petegem, AVA was a huge supporter of Mapei and Lotto-Domo in the past alike. But the sentiments of his father - an ex-doper fallen from grace in the belgian public - and family were much more anxious. Having seen what professional cycling does to you and how it may ruin in the long-haul, his father preferred that Arnout focuses on his school success and follow a more traditional career trajectory.

In the junior races, Arnout was one of the also-rans in his beginning until he got a late spurt in growth and put on some additional muscle mass. This gave him an edge in the wind and turned him into a work-horse for the peloton. He developed the strength to split the bunch in the flat but was first reluctant to channel the same tactic in the hills. Over time, as the distance of the junior races became longer, he became a dominat figure of the junior races, usually dueling it out with the same five faces all year. He relied on his strength in the Bergs but was a quick learner when it came to the finesse of tactical games and grand strategies within a race. Some would call it wheel-sucking but the belgian junior scene is an unforgiving one where only victory counts, where is no margin of error. At least, Arnout was well equipped in playing this game in all his forms and had the lungs to go the whole distance. Still, this was just a beginning and there was a lot to learn on and off the pavé.

Now that Arnout has finally finished school, he and his parents made an arrangement: He gets one year, perhaps two years, to see how it is for him. Clearly remembering the words of his father, Arnout was hasty to employ his father as his agent as well. But something in his father wanted to return to the world of cycling as well. He was concsious of what this implied but Arnout didn't want to break his father's heart for his love to cycling.

Currently Arnout is one of the young belgian hopefuls. Having experience in junior races and cyclo-cross as well, Arnout aims for the smaller classics and wants to see where his strenghts are. While Ronde and Roubaix are mostly the stuff of his dreams, he hopes that smaller flanders and ardennes classics won't be out of reach for too long, and has taken interest in the career path of olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and former World Champion Philippe Gilbert.

Arnout speaks flemish dutch, french and english.


Rocco Bianchi Campagna

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Lotto-Soudal
Career Goal: Be more handsome (already done) and get more career wins than Flosi Thorson (more personal one added later)
Rides For: Team Katusha - Alpecin
Spoiler
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Well before Cancellara, Kwiatkowski and Stybar made the rolling white roads of Tuscany famous, Rocco Bianchi Campagna rode them with his older sister on their parents' old bikes. Those beautiful evening rides past the vineyards of Tuscany were truly something else. Growing up on the vineyards in Chianti was a great way to live.

Rocco was a kind, but sometimes hotheaded, young boy who loved football and cycling. The obvious hero when he was quite young was Bettini - a Tuscan hero. As he got older he continued to play and love football and cycling but the former was a sport and the latter a hobby.

However, when his sister got into bike racing, Rocco Campagna followed her, first in mountain biking, where he had great success - the technical and punchy stylings suited the young boy well in the local and regional levels. However whilst Eva Campagna stuck to the mountain biking and loved it, Rocco wanted to take his cycling a step further once he became a teenager.

So, on the encouragement of one of the runners of the mountain biking league, he bought a cheap old Colnago and started competing on the tarmac as well as the dirt. He kept up both but he found himself excelling on the road. He won many races on many levels and though he kept up mountain biking (and still does when he can), his true talent (and passion) was for the road. Not necessarily tarmac if Rocco had any say. He loved them Tuscan back roads on his road bike as well.

As Rocco got older he found great success on the junior circuit, not always at the front but impressing with attacks and some consistent scoring in both Italian races and in the most prestigious junior events. As part of the Ride to Glory he's done enough to secure a contract for next year... the only question is: where?

Type of Rider: Full of panache! So far his spirit of attacking has undermined his chances of top 5 or top 3 success on the hard roads of the junior circuit. Campagna doesn't have too much of a specialty yet but has shown an affinity for one-day races - not to say just classics, he's won stages in stage races a lot but he is better at riding to win in the purest form than to ride for GC in the mountains - where he can also perform well, but on the Elite level it'll be a different matter for everything.

The hills, flats, cobbles and even some sprints have also shown to be Rocco's strengths and so, even though he hasn't beaten the big names of the future just yet, he's got a lot of options and could prove a useful domestique or even baroudeur in his neo-pro year. Loves to attack and has a good punch and racing mind. Will attack to the death, but not in the mindless Voeckler style, more in just a never-say die but still tactically ok style Pfft Happy to service teammates and is a loyal teammate on and off the bike.

Instinctive racer but also likes to know the course before-hand, particularly in technical classics and stage-races, where he can plan for stages to target or KoMs to chase if he has a free role.

Very good technically and with great energy over long days, tough days and multiple days alike. A bit lighter than your average cobbler means Roubaix can be tough on him but the Flemish classics, with their punchy and technical stylings, are his jam. But still could develop into a more bemuscled flat rider, or even more of a Gilbert or even Valverde type of rider - even though he's not going to be as good as them in all likelihood.

Oh and hates TTs. Duh.

Personality: A kind-hearted guy mostly but, despite being well-meaning, is probably too quick on the draw when he or a friend/teammate is insulted/mistreated, and doesn't pick his fights well at all, which gets him into sticky situations with rivals and, probably at some point, the UCI. Makes him a doggedly loyal teammate and friend. Loves his family above all, and grows to apply that to his team. Hates arrogance but can respect confidence. Also hates dopers. Self-assured but not overconfident.

Favourites: Loves Strade Bianche most of all, plus the Giro, San Remo and Lombardia in his home country of course. Absolutely in love with the Flanders classics and basically all of cycling as a big cycling romantic and nerd. As a part of this, he has a lot of respect for the history, not to say he can't appreciate positive changes in globalisation and not-doping. Also means he loves Le Tour even if he has to agree it's got boring recently - the Giro is definitely the best in Rocco's eyes. Doesn't really have a favourite team as their pasts can all be disillusioning - more about the people than the teams for him.

Modern heroes are Bettini, Stybar, Gilbert, L. Deignan, De Gendt, Jensie, Voeckler, et al. Has a huge respect for the heroics of older riders, his favourites there would be Fondriest, De Vlaeminck and Henri Van Lerberghe to name a few. Kind of likes Valverde and Contador also in modern times, but would like them more if they weren't goddamn dopers. Chiappucci and Kelly too, of course.

The road is his favourite cycling discipline by far but still loves MTB and has dabbled in CX. To Rocco you just can't beat the heroism and romance of road cycling though.


Flósi Thorson

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: AG2R - La Mondiale
Career Goal: Win more races than Rocco Bianchi Campagna & Never let Rocco win Strade Bianche
Rides For: Team Katusha - Alpecin
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Flósi Thorson, Tórshavn born and raised, had a natural aptitude for things he was good at - everything, well everything that mattered at least, because it didn't matter if he didn't have a natural aptitude for it. Flosi played a lot of football when he was young, but he found cycling early and well, he won some races and it stuck. Off natural talent alone he was competitive in the domestic Faroese scene and then he started training...

Faroese cycling taught him to be a strong all-rounder on many terrains but he's a god (or more precisely the son of one) at long hard efforts in strong wind, really a jack of all trades though with a good kick and skills. He also happens to know that he is the best.

Already 3 time Kring Føroyar champion, Flosi was a big fish - scratch that - a huge whale in the small pond that is the Atlantic. But now he will move onto a greater challenge, Europe, will this small 200 ton whale be the biggest fish in the huge pond that is the Mediterranean?

Personality: Aggressive on and off the bike, he'll call out anybody who gets on his nerves or just races against him really. He loves to talk to the media, especially about himself but gets easily frustrated if the results aren't coming his way (and will blame his losses on someone/something else). Absolutely hates domestique duties. Loves unpredictability in races, rain, hale, snow, wind, dirt, cobbles as long as it doesn't disadvantage him. If he's not like Sagan, he's better. Trash Talker.


Bernard Garin

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: FDJ
Career Goal: Being the first Black rider to win TDF, win a TDF stage in 14th July
Signed For: Groupama - FDJ
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Background

Descendant of the first Tour de France winner, Maurice Garin, Bernard takes his name from the French legend Bernard Hinault, as Bernard's father, Jacques Garin, was a huge fan of Hinault. His mother was born in Guadalape so that gives Bernard his "Black" anscestry.

He has won everything in Junior level, from popular races up the Alpe d'Huez, to highly known stage races. Now he makes the step to the WT level hoping to develop into a top climber and why not, try to be the first black rider to win the Tour de France


Jens Christiansen

Specialization: Stage Racer
Favourite Team: Astana
Career Goal: Revenge the injustice done to his hero Michael Rasmussen to win the Tour de France and start a WT team just like Bjarne Riis did
Rides For: Team Sunweb
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Jens Christiansen is a natural Time Trial rider, he will try to lose some weight and transform into a stage racer, his aim is to get a contract with Astana to join fellow Danes BRESCHEL, FUGLSANG, HANSEN and VALGREN and help Jacob until he one day will get his own chances.


Nagy Levente

Specialization: Climber
Favourite Team: CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Career Goal: To win a stage race, a monument, a one-day classic and a stage in a GT
Rides For: Bora - Hansgrohe
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Levente born in Romania, in a town called officially Odorheiu Secuiesc (hungarian translation: Székelyudvarhely). This little town was famous about its futsal and handball teams, so Levente started football and handball trainings early from 5 years age. In 2009 hes parents applied for double nationality (hungarian), because of hes ancestors. At the age of 14 he obtained a football scolarship in the near county center, Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda). Living in the another side of the town, Levente rided with a bike to hes school and after that to the training center. Besides the football trainings he joined the local Tusnad Cycling Team. He made an advantage of hes very good body condition and started to podium almost all the races where he entered. Mentored by Novák Károly Eduárd, a fellow hungarian minority paralympic champion, at 16 years age he quitted the football academy to concentrate more in hes growing cycling carreer (already had problems in football because hes height). After graduating he moved to Budapest to be a trainee in the Pannon Cycling Team. After two months he beated uphill all of hes teammates, including the experienced riders like Hollo Botond or Simon Peter. The future is bright, just the perfect contract still to come.


Levi De Groot

Specialization: Roleur
Favourite Team: LottoNL
Career Goal: Lead-out a sprinter to victory at Champs Elysess and the World Championships.
Rides For: CCC Team
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Born in the capital city of Amsterdam, Levi has never known life away from his country's capital. From an early age, his favourite toy and his favourite activity involved his bike. He would go out on long rides with his friends in the outskirts of his hometown, leaving in the morning and returning after sundown. Growing up, he was very competitive, and was always up for a race whenever anyone mentioned it. The high-speed finishes of sprints or he huge effort of major climbs did not interest him. He felt at home in the pack, leading them through bumps and feeling the wind in his hair. He could ride well in the wind, and never felt the need to 'hide' in the pack. Many a times, in races for his local club, he would be successful in setting a high pace and dropping riders from the back, especially on windy days. He was also often tasked with leading out the team's sprinters, when the team did not have enough support for the latter. He loved the freedom his role gave him, often going away on lone attacks at the start of races, knowing fully well that he might get caught later, but enjoying the suspense and the tiny chance of surviving with relish. He is now ready to take the next step into professional cycling and has already signed a contract with Team Sunweb for the coming season in the RTG. The perfect team player (because HE IS GROOT) finds the perfect team to start off his professional life.


Harry Stanley

Specialization: Sprinter
Favourite Team: Team Sky
Career Goal: Road World Championships, Milan San Remo, Ride London Surrey Classic
Signed For: Trek - Segafredo
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Harry inherited his sporting genes from his mum Stella, who was a promising swimmer but could not follow her passion due to family circumstances. She was keen that Harry should get the opportunities she missed. Naturally Harry's first sport was swimming, trained by his mum he performed well in local galas often winning on his favourite backstroke. Harry grew up in Surrey and was inspired to start cycling after being taken by his dad to watch Bradley Wiggins win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games on his home roads.

The combination of swimming & cycling meant it was natural for him to give triathlon a try and he had quite a bit of success at junior level. As time went on his performance on the bike outshone the other two disciplines and he decided to focus on cycling, his mum was a bit disappointed when he dropped swimming but supported his choice.

Physically Harry is big, tall and strong, he developed into a powerful rider with a fast finish. Club rides over Box Hill showed Harry could also power up a short climb. At junior level Harry would manage a win in a reduced bunch after a tough parcour but didn't quite have the speed to compete with the pure sprinters. He had to develop a tactical sense as the other riders did not want to pull him to the finish and found he had the reserves of energy needed to close down attacks at the end of a race. With a surname of Stanley and an ability to cut through the field for a win, Harry got the nickname of The Knife.

Encouraged by his mum Harry now wants to make the jump to the professional ranks and hopes one day to join Team Sky and emulate his hero Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the Road World Championships & MSR. He would also love to win his home race the Ride London Surrey Classic but fears he might not have the top end speed.


Maximiliaan Vansibraert

Specialization: Classics
Favourite Team: Trek-Segafredo
Career Goal: Race Ronde Van Vlaanderen beside Jasper Stuyven, Eneco Tour, one stage and carry out all three GTs at least once a time
Signed For: Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
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Born in Leuven 27/11/1999, grown up in Boonen era, most popular sportsman in his boyhood years in Belgium, lead to approach "Max" to cycling.
Started to race thanks to another cyclist that would become a Pro star, less crowned but very popular in Leuven: Jasper Stuyven, that gifted him the first bike, an old little one suited for 10/12 years old boys, in same year he won Paris-Roubaix Juniors. He started a great esteem relationship with Jasper, and become one of his closest supporter. Now that Max is close to a Pro contract, his dream is to race together with his idol.
He is a good all-rounder, but too heavy to follow best climbers. In youth categories demonstrate to be a willing teammate, and with hard work he is used to bear, found some personal role, raising his power that favored him on short steep hills and cobbled roads. Unfortunately often is not taking best strategy, and this is the reason of his miser showcase.
Max raced also in local cyclocross and cross country races, but didn't explode same love found on road races, but he is going on with a parallel program in these disciplines, finding them helpful for his bike handling skills.
Hopes are to find a contract in a Belgian low-profile team for first years and make some experience to get visibility from top teams that are pointing to classics.


Andrey Yanakiev

Specialization: Stage Racer
Favourite Team: Bora - Hansgrohe
Career Goal: Win stage races that will serve as cornerstone for Grand Tour greatness
Signed For: CCC Team
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Andrey Yanakiev was born on 17 June 1999 in Varna, Bulgaria. His parents are also sportspeople - his father, Todor, is former professional swimmer, while his mother, Aneliya, is former volleyball player. So being born in a sporting family, naturally Andrey, as well his younger sister Dariya (who is nearly 2 year s younger), took interest in sport as well. But neither of them will practice the sports of their parents. Dariya began practicing rhytmic gymnastics at the age of 6 with the hope to represent the next "Golden Girls" generation of Bulgaria. While Andrey got hooked to cycling after watching the big cycling events on television.

At the age of 10 Andrey entered Cycling Club Cherno More - the major cycling club in Varna. He was competitive right off the gate - winning the Republican Championship 4 times in the U16 class and twice in the U19 class. Around the same time the major teams in the country (like CSKA, Levski and Hemus) offered him a move to Sofia, but Andrey stayed in Varna. But another opportunity rose - Philipp Meyer, a world class manager, offered Andrey his managerial services and help in finding professional cycling team. Andrey agreed and at the age of 17 he went for Germany, riding for NRVg.Luisenstadt 1910 Berlin. Now Andrey is pursuing his dream of becomming the greatest stage racer ever.


Donald McRettin

Specialization: Time Trial
Favourite Team: Team Sky
Career Goal: World Hour Record and Commonwealth Games TT for Scotland. Since those will likely be off screen from the game also the World TT and winning a Grand Tour stage in a ridiculously long solo breakaway. He also likes the idea of riding the peloton off his wheel in the crosswinds.
Signed For: Hagens Berman - Axeon
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Donald is the much more disciplined and less flamboyant nephew of sometime cycling entrepreneur Willie McRettin. While his interest in cycling was inspired by his uncle but he has always chosen his own path. His hero is the Flying Scotsman, legendary TT maverick Graeme Obree on whom he bases his independent streak.

Donald loves the TT because it requires the singular commitment of a lone rider. His absolute focus means Donald tends to be dismissive of those who don’t display the same rigor he demands of himself. Perhaps with maturity he will learn to relax a little which will also make him a more popular teammate on the bus.


Tornike Zurabiani

Specialization: Baroudeur
Favourite Team: Astana
Career Goal: World Championship
Signed For: Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
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Tornike grew up as a drug dealer for Georgian mafia, using bike to sell and getaway. A local good samaritan was once robbed by Tornike, and he noticed his incredible ability to accelerate and get out of harm's way on his lil bike. Not wanting to ruin youngster's life, said person suggested Tornike to join local cycling club and it all has gone swimmingly for him ever since

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Maximiliaan Vansibraert

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2018

3rd U22 World Championships - Race 2 - Flat/Cobble Classic
 
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Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane make the early double swoop of free agent Jhon Santiago Garcia Cerravalos and neo-pro Tornike Zurabiani


Trek - Segafredo sign American classics rider Daniel Clark


Jens Christiansen agrees to ride in Sunweb's colours for the coming season.

 
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Team Movistar continue their recent trend of investing in youth to sign Hector César Ernesto Fernándes Hernándes


Nagy Levente swtiches allegiances to sign up for Bora - Hansgrohe


Trek - Segafredo make their second signing in the form of young sprinter Harry Stanley


Virginijus Alunderis springs another surprise and jumps at the chance of signing with Deceuninck-Quick Step

 
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Alunderis switches teams again


A couple of weeks ago Virginijus and I looked through all the squads and we decided he should stay with Bahrain-Merida. The team has just the right climbing depth and a captain worth supporting for him to play a small role next year.

Then the contract offers arrived. As expected, Bahrain-Merida offered a new contract, even a 3-year contract, which felt pretty good. But possibly because he won the Growth Potential Race 2019 he also attracted an offer from one of the best teams in the world, with a long and distinguised history, Quick Step. Sorry, Bahrain-Merida, we couldn't resist accepting that offer.

We thank Bahrain-Merida for hiring Alunderis, and putting so much trust in him to offer him a long-term contract. Virginijus learned a lot in the past 12 months and we wish the team all the best for the future.

But we couldn't be more excited to join Deceuninck-Quick Step. Alunderis is absolutely awed about the team he'll join, the many fantastic team mates. He's totally outclassed. But it's a team without much climing focus, Alunderis might just prove useful. He may have switched teams twice in as many years, but he might stay with Quick Step for a long time.
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Astana snap up Italian stage racer Mattia Tornello


Neo-pro Donald McRettin signs with Hagens Berman - Axeon for two seasons


Jorgen Hillestad makes the switch to Team Katusha - Alpecin

 
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ANNOUNCEMENT


Katusha keep their trust on the classics duo of Rocco Bianchi Campagna and Flosi Thorson as they extend for another season.


CCC Team sign young roleur Levi De Groot on a 2 year deal.

 
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Donald McRettin has taken time out from training to send his inaugural tweet, saying that he is excited to have signed with Hagens and that he can't wait to meet with the team to discuss his bike set-up and share his ideas on training and nutrition.
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Rocco Bianchi Campagna

Specialisation: BaroudeurFavourite Team: Lotto - Soudal
Height: 178cmWeight: 69kg
Birthday: 22nd May 1998Team: Katusha - Alpecin

Background:

Well before Cancellara, Kwiatkowski and Stybar made the rolling white roads of Tuscany famous, Rocco Bianchi Campagna rode them with his older sister on their parents' old bikes. Those beautiful evening rides past the vineyards of Tuscany were truly something else. Growing up on the vineyards in Chianti was a great way to live.

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Rocco was a kind, but sometimes hotheaded, young boy who loved football and cycling. The obvious hero when he was quite young was Bettini - a Tuscan hero. As he got older he continued to play and love football and cycling but the former was a sport and the latter a hobby.

However, when his sister got into bike racing, Rocco Campagna followed her, first in mountain biking, where he had great success - the technical and punchy stylings suited the young boy well in the local and regional levels. However whilst Eva Campagna stuck to the mountain biking and loved it, Rocco wanted to take his cycling a step further once he became a teenager.

So, on the encouragement of one of the runners of the mountain biking league, he bought a cheap old Colnago and started competing on the tarmac as well as the dirt. He kept up both but he found himself excelling on the road. He won many races on many levels and though he kept up mountain biking (and still does when he can), his true talent (and passion) was for the road. Not necessarily tarmac if Rocco had any say. He loved them Tuscan back roads on his road bike as well.

As Rocco got older he found great success on the junior circuit, not always at the front but impressing with attacks and some consistent scoring in both Italian races and in the most prestigious junior events. As part of the Ride to Glory he's done enough to secure a contract for next year... the only question is: where?

Type of Rider: Full of panache! So far his spirit of attacking has undermined his chances of top 5 or top 3 success on the hard roads of the junior circuit. Campagna doesn't have too much of a specialty yet but has shown an affinity for one-day races - not to say just classics, he's won stages in stage races a lot but he is better at riding to win in the purest form than to ride for GC in the mountains - where he can also perform well, but on the Elite level it'll be a different matter for everything.

The hills, flats, cobbles and even some sprints have also shown to be Rocco's strengths and so, even though he hasn't beaten the big names of the future just yet, he's got a lot of options and could prove a useful domestique or even baroudeur in his neo-pro year. Loves to attack and has a good punch and racing mind. Will attack to the death, but not in the mindless Voeckler style, more in just a never-say die but still tactically ok style Pfft Happy to service teammates and is a loyal teammate on and off the bike.

Instinctive racer but also likes to know the course before-hand, particularly in technical classics and stage-races, where he can plan for stages to target or KoMs to chase if he has a free role.

Very good technically and with great energy over long days, tough days and multiple days alike. A bit lighter than your average cobbler means Roubaix can be tough on him but the Flemish classics, with their punchy and technical stylings, are his jam. But still could develop into a more bemuscled flat rider, or even more of a Gilbert or even Valverde type of rider - even though he's not going to be as good as them in all likelihood.

Oh and hates TTs. Duh.

Personality: A kind-hearted guy mostly but, despite being well-meaning, is probably too quick on the draw when he or a friend/teammate is insulted/mistreated, and doesn't pick his fights well at all, which gets him into sticky situations with rivals and, probably at some point, the UCI. Makes him a doggedly loyal teammate and friend. Loves his family above all, and grows to apply that to his team. Hates arrogance but can respect confidence. Also hates dopers. Self-assured but not overconfident.

Favourites: Loves Strade Bianche most of all, plus the Giro, San Remo and Lombardia in his home country of course. Absolutely in love with the Flanders classics and basically all of cycling as a big cycling romantic and nerd. As a part of this, he has a lot of respect for the history, not to say he can't appreciate positive changes in globalisation and not-doping. Also means he loves Le Tour even if he has to agree it's got boring recently - the Giro is definitely the best in Rocco's eyes. Doesn't really have a favourite team as their pasts can all be disillusioning - more about the people than the teams for him.

Modern heroes are Bettini, Stybar, Gilbert, L. Deignan, De Gendt, Jensie, Voeckler, et al. Has a huge respect for the heroics of older riders, his favourites there would be Fondriest, De Vlaeminck and Henri Van Lerberghe to name a few. Kind of likes Valverde and Contador also in modern times, but would like them more if they weren't goddamn dopers. Chiappucci and Kelly too, of course.

The road is his favourite cycling discipline by far but still loves MTB and has dabbled in CX. To Rocco you just can't beat the heroism and romance of road cycling though.

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First impressions after calendar release

Max is very excited for the isertion of 4 Jours de Dunkurque in the calendar, likely one of the big goals for the new season: "Let's wait for the full disclusure of the race's profiles, but I already have some ideas that I want to bring in the meeting with my team's DS for planning the upcoming season. I'm sure they will agree on those, because I feel that are the best for my growth, and I can guarantee more support to our leaders in stage races. Surelly after first season experience, I think we should focus more on these, where my help can be more concrete, and sometimes I can have more freedom to play an own-role."
 
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Excerpt from an article in the latest issue of CQ (Cycling Quarterly): "Young riders waiting for their breakthrough season":

13. Virginijus Alunderis (21, Quick-Step)

The Lithuanian climber is entering his third professional season and has already switched teams twice. He recently followed the siren call of the almost legendary Quick-Step team. It seems like an odd fit, his rather singular focus doesn't gel with the rest of the team and he might feel a bit isolated. But he should certainly learn a lot.

Verdict: Alunderis will have to wait another year or two.
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RTG 2019 Season Imminent

The 2019 season of RTG is just two days away and some of the the riders have already made their way to Australia to participate in the season opener - the Tour Down Under. Chris Froome took the individual standings last season, edging out defending champion Alejandro Valverde. Peter Sagan completed the podium. Team Sky comfortably won the Team Championships with BMC and Quick Step stepping onto the podium. BORA - Hansgrohe celebrated the most wins as a team.

Coming to this season, there will be a total of 43 races and 188 RDs raced. Of these, as usual, there are the three Grand Tours and five Monuments. There will be 15 stage races and 20 classics that the teams will participate in. There are 22 teams that will compete this season. There will be the customary two-race World Championship to wrap-up the season.

As for the Riders in the Focus, 17 riders return from last season, while 3 new riders join the peloton as neo-pros. The returning riders have improved in the off-season and will be hoping to make a bigger mark in the races this time around.
 
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Virginijus Alunderis reveals his 2019 race calendar

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I had a long chat with my directeur sportif and we decided that I should plan 50 race days and add two training blocks. The team wanted me to race a Grand Tour and gave me a free choice between the three. To be honest, I felt that none of the three routes suit me terribly well.

All things being equal, I just had to select the Tour de France. It's a childhood dream, of course, and I can't wait to finish on the Champs Elysees. But the first half of the race will be all about conserving energy which I'll need for the tough mountain stages.

On top of that I'll be competing in three further stage races. I'm returning the the Dauphine, where I did very well last season. Already in January I'll be travelling to South America for the first time and race Colombia Oro y Paz and in March you can see me in Tirreno-Adriatico.

I've added 8 one-day races, just to see my name on the results sheet more often. They don't really suit me, but they'll be a great learning experience. I might prove useful in the Clasica Aldeias do Xisto, but don't expect much from me in the other races, I'm bound to be the first Quick-Step rider to get dropped every time.

JanuaryColombia Oro y PazFebruaryTraining Block
MarchTirreno-AdriaticoAprilLa Fleche Wallone
Milan-SanremoLiege-Bastogne-Liege
MayTraining BlockJuneCriterium Dauphine
Clasica Aldeias do Xisto
JulyTour de FranceAugust San Sebastian
SeptemberGP de QuebecOctoberIl Lombardia
GP Montreal

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Favourites

NameTeamFLAHILSPRACCSTARESREC
Patrick KonradBORA - hansgrohe71797075757476
Jelle VanendertLotto Soudal71796169787470
Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb77787779767979
Simon ClarkeEF Education First p/b Cannondale74787275787472
Sergio Luis HenaoUAE Team Emirates69786478767272
Gorka IzagirreAstana Pro Team73776972767571
Eduard PradesMovistar Team72777275727370
Toms SkujiņšTrek - Segafredo72776975747573
Rudy MolardGroupama - FDJ71776873767376
Jack HaigMitchelton-Scott71776471767573
Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale68776476757373


Top Sprinters

NameTeamFLAHILSPRACC
Fernando GaviriaUAE Team Emirates76688181
Caleb EwanLotto Soudal76718083
Peter SaganBORA - hansgrohe80747981
Fabio JakobsenDeceuninck-Quick Step75707981
Bryan CoquardCCC Team74727879
Christophe LaporteTrek - Segafredo77717877
Marc SarreauGroupama - FDJ76677878
Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb77787779
Sonny ColbrelliBahrain - Merida76767780
Luka MezgecMitchelton-Scott75717779
Hugo HofstetterBahrain - Merida75717775
Danny Van PoppelTeam Jumbo-Visma74707778
Michael MørkøvDeceuninck-Quick Step77707774
Daniel McLayEF Education First p/b Cannondale75677778
Nacer BouhanniNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane73677778


Startlist

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VuillermozAlexisAg2r La Mondiale
PetersNansAg2r La Mondiale
WarbasseLarryAg2r La Mondiale
DillierSilvanAg2r La Mondiale
JaureguiQuentinAg2r La Mondiale
VenturiniClémentAg2r La Mondiale
BagdonasGediminasAg2r La Mondiale
IzagirreGorkaAstana Pro Team
Cort NielsenMagnusAstana Pro Team
SánchezLuis LeónAstana Pro Team
HouleHugoAstana Pro Team
GidichYevgeniyAstana Pro Team
BizhigitovZhandosAstana Pro Team
GruzdevDmitriyAstana Pro Team
ColbrelliSonnyBahrain - Merida
Garcia CortinaIvanBahrain - Merida
DennisRohanBahrain - Merida
BoleGregaBahrain - Merida
HofstetterHugoBahrain - Merida
KorenKristijanBahrain - Merida
WangMeiyinBahrain - Merida
KonradPatrickBORA - hansgrohe
McCarthyJayBORA - hansgrohe
SaganPeterBORA - hansgrohe
SchwarzmannMichaelBORA - hansgrohe
DruckerJean PierreBORA - hansgrohe
GattoOscarBORA - hansgrohe
BurghardtMarcusBORA - hansgrohe
De MarchiAlessandroCCC Team
BevinPatrickCCC Team
CoquardBryanCCC Team
KochJonasCCC Team
BernasPawelCCC Team
De GrootLeviCCC Team
YanakievAndreyCCC Team
SerryPieterDeceuninck-Quick Step
VakocPetrDeceuninck-Quick Step
HonoréMikkel FrølichDeceuninck-Quick Step
DevenynsDriesDeceuninck-Quick Step
JakobsenFabioDeceuninck-Quick Step
MørkøvMichaelDeceuninck-Quick Step
MartinelliDavideDeceuninck-Quick Step
ClarkeSimonEF Education First p/b Cannondale
CarthyHughEF Education First p/b Cannondale
HowesAlexEF Education First p/b Cannondale
CraddockLawsonEF Education First p/b Cannondale
BennettSeanEF Education First p/b Cannondale
OwenLoganEF Education First p/b Cannondale
McLayDanielEF Education First p/b Cannondale
MolardRudyGroupama - FDJ
RouxAnthonyGroupama - FDJ
GenietsKevinGroupama - FDJ
Le GacOlivierGroupama - FDJ
SeigleRomainGroupama - FDJ
SarreauMarcGroupama - FDJ
HoelgaardDanielGroupama - FDJ
PreidlerGeorgHagens Berman - Axeon
VermaerkeKevinHagens Berman - Axeon
BoudatThomasHagens Berman - Axeon
MadsenMartin ToftHagens Berman - Axeon
CarvalhoAndréHagens Berman - Axeon
MostovZekeHagens Berman - Axeon
RiceMichaelHagens Berman - Axeon
SbaragliKristianIsrael - Cycling Academy
EarleNathanIsrael - Cycling Academy
Van AsbroeckTomIsrael - Cycling Academy
BoivinGuillaumeIsrael - Cycling Academy
AvilaEdwinIsrael - Cycling Academy
CariseyClémentIsrael - Cycling Academy
GebremedhinAwetIsrael - Cycling Academy
VanendertJelleLotto Soudal
MarczynskiTomaszLotto Soudal
KeukeleireJensLotto Soudal
Van der SandeToshLotto Soudal
EwanCalebLotto Soudal
HansenAdamLotto Soudal
DewulfStanLotto Soudal
VelascoSimoneManzana - Postobon Team
ParedesWilmarManzana - Postobon Team
RestrepoJhonatanManzana - Postobon Team
JaramilloDanielManzana - Postobon Team
LiepiņšEmilsManzana - Postobon Team
OchoaDiegoManzana - Postobon Team
GomezBryanManzana - Postobon Team
HaigJackMitchelton-Scott
SmithDionMitchelton-Scott
AlbasiniMichaelMitchelton-Scott
Juul JensenChristopherMitchelton-Scott
StannardRobertMitchelton-Scott
SchultzNicholasMitchelton-Scott
MezgecLukaMitchelton-Scott
PradesEduardMovistar Team
RojasJosé JoaquinMovistar Team
FernandezRubenMovistar Team
Mas BonetLluís GuillermoMovistar Team
RoelandtsJurgenMovistar Team
BennatiDanieleMovistar Team
CastrilloJaimeMovistar Team
CanolaMarcoNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
BagioliNicolaNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
LobatoJuan JoseNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
NakaneHidetoNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
BouhanniNacerNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
CimaDamianoNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
ZurabianiTornikeNippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
SlagterTom JelteTeam Dimension Data
GibbonsRyanTeam Dimension Data
WyssDaniloTeam Dimension Data
DaviesScottTeam Dimension Data
VenterJacoTeam Dimension Data
BakLars YttingTeam Dimension Data
DlaminiNickolasTeam Dimension Data
DunbarEdwardTeam INEOS
RosaDiegoTeam INEOS
NarváezJhonatanTeam INEOS
SwiftBenTeam INEOS
CastroviejoJonathanTeam INEOS
BassoLeonardoTeam INEOS
KneesChristianTeam INEOS
BennettGeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma
De TierFlorisTeam Jumbo-Visma
MartensPaulTeam Jumbo-Visma
LindemanBert-JanTeam Jumbo-Visma
EenkhoornPascalTeam Jumbo-Visma
Van PoppelDannyTeam Jumbo-Visma
Van AarleArnoutTeam Jumbo-Visma
HaasNathanTeam Katusha- Alpecin
GonçalvesJoséTeam Katusha- Alpecin
StrakhovDmitriyTeam Katusha- Alpecin
HallerMarcoTeam Katusha- Alpecin
BiermansJentheTeam Katusha- Alpecin
CampagnaRocco BianchiTeam Katusha- Alpecin
SmitWillieTeam Katusha- Alpecin
MatthewsMichaelTeam Sunweb
HirschiMarcTeam Sunweb
HindleyJaiTeam Sunweb
HamiltonChrisTeam Sunweb
PowerRobertTeam Sunweb
StorerMichaelTeam Sunweb
Kragh AndersenAsbjørnTeam Sunweb
SkujiņšTomsTrek - Segafredo
GoglMichaelTrek - Segafredo
PedersenMadsTrek - Segafredo
De KortKoenTrek - Segafredo
LaporteChristopheTrek - Segafredo
ReijnenKielTrek - Segafredo
BeppuFumiyukiTrek - Segafredo
HenaoSergio LuisUAE Team Emirates
BystrømSven ErikUAE Team Emirates
RiabushenkoAlexandrUAE Team Emirates
SutherlandRoryUAE Team Emirates
ConsonniSimoneUAE Team Emirates
GaviriaFernandoUAE Team Emirates
FerrariRobertoUAE Team Emirates


Riders in Focus

Name Team
Van Aarle Team Jumbo-Visma
Campagna Team Katusha Alpecin
De Groot CCC Team
Yanakiev CCC Team
Zurabiani Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane

 
jandal7
i.imgur.com/CtLR755.jpg

The Florentine - Tuscany's English-Language Newspaper

Chianti cyclist enters third year with the pros

Rocco Bianchi Campagna has quietly embedded himself in Team Katusha - Alpecin, a team on cycling's World Tour, and is upbeat when discussing what will be his third season in the professional peloton.

'I was really happy when Katusha asked me to sign again, it was an easy decision.' he smiles. 'My cycling has come a good way, I think, and I have enjoyed it a lot, I feel really comfortable and better in the peloton now.' His English has certainly improved a lot too (enough to graciously conduct this interview with us in the language), but it is on the bike he's making an impression. A member of the Road to Glory program, which gives young talent the chance to prosper and gain a contract with top teams, he has been allotted into the top band of performers by the RTG despite a relatively quiet first two years.

'I don't really know much about that, I haven't got the results yet.. There's a long way to go yet though so I don't watch it.' he tells me seriously. But a long way to what?

'I couldn't tell you,' he smiles, 'I'm still 20! But I think the dream has to be obvious. One day I want to cross that line in Siena and taste victory. I love all races, Il Giro, Sanremo, De Ronde, but one day, winning here, would be beautiful. This year... I'll settle for not crashing again!'

Campagna seems to have his feet firmly on the ground as he saddles up for a third season. We can watch our local man on Raisport, channel 59, this week as he begins his year in Australia, at the Tour Down Under.
 
AbhishekLFC
The season is underway with the first two stages of the Tour Down Under: https://pcmdaily....st_1352954
 
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