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Tour of Bulgaria


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Later than originally planned due to some technical difficulties, the Tour of Bulgaria rounds off the C2 season despite originally being timetabled to take place in July. Three summit finishes and a TTT will decide the GC, with an opportunity for the sprinters on Stage 4 provided they have anything left in their legs after a brutal first few days.

Headlining the field of stage racers here are the usual suspects: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Pinot, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Ratiy and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Valls. They're joined by two wildcard pure climbers here representing PCT teams in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Krasnoperov and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Seboka, and the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Faiers, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Nibali and home favourite pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Panayotov can't be discounted amongst others.

MOHILTTSTARESACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman817177767569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Pinot807465767969
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Ratiy807074707358
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Krasnoperov806873686961
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Seboka806253637067
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Valls797572787772
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Faiers787175757573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Panayotov787268717672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Campero787069757071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Diaz787072697368
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png Elissonde787363767766
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Ablenado786772737765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Signorini786965667274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Manfredi786565687373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Giogieri787366717467
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Nibali787373727153
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Stetina786764677465


However, the TTT may have a defining impact on the race, particularly if some of the weaker TTers amongst the favourites are dropped by their teams. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Eastman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Nibali, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png Giogieri and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Ablenado may be the most likely beneficiaries of their teams bringing strong TTT squads, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Valls, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png Pinot and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Krasnoperov will have to seek to limit their losses.

Top 5 TT AVGTeam TT AVG
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Azteca7569.63
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel7472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ptm.png OMV Petrom73.671.25
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk73.471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Adastra7369.13
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vip.png VIP Mobile7368
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire72.870
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kof.png Kofola71.867.75
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cbx.png CYBEX70.266.75
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/des.png Desigual70.267.14
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png NENT7065.5
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra68.864.13
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/trg.png Tryg68.666.63
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png BNZ68.465.25
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cen.png Centovalli68.467.25
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/mck.png McCormick68.265.75
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever6765
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/gcn.png GCN66.863.88
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/wcc.png WCC66.864.88
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bia.png Bianchi65.262.13
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Repsol6461


Finally, a number of sprinters have come here in search of a stage win provided they can survive Stages 1 and 3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Ulanowski should be the big favourite, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Perera, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Colbrelli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Castaneda will all fancy their chances.

FLHILSTARESSPACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Ulanowski735871668077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/nrh.png Perera716469737980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Colbrelli746174727975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rho.png Castaneda705869657977
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Tzortzakis716267617974
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bnz.png Altanzul726968737875
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/azt.png Vaquera716469657880
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/wcc.png Angarita726271657877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vip.png Jones726066657878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ahe.png Kamberaj746972737776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Polivoda716772687777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kof.png Jaser736672687775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Gough766469717676


Startlist

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First NameLast NameTeam
PetarPanayotovAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
RiccardoZoidlAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
XhulianoKamberajAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
EnricoBattaglinAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
KrzysztofMarchewkaAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
TadejPogacarAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
MichalKukrleAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
AdamToupalikAdastra - Hell Energy Cycling
SonnyColbrelliAndorra Cycling Project
MatalaSebokaAndorra Cycling Project
GeorgosTzortzakisAndorra Cycling Project
LluisRoperoAndorra Cycling Project
GunnarDahl-OlsenAndorra Cycling Project
YanjananiSakalaAndorra Cycling Project
ZhihuiJiangAndorra Cycling Project
Richard LaningoLaizerAndorra Cycling Project
RyanEastmanAzteca - NBCSN
CesarVaqueraAzteca - NBCSN
GavinMannionAzteca - NBCSN
PeterStetinaAzteca - NBCSN
SergioOrtegaAzteca - NBCSN
ChristianEgidioAzteca - NBCSN
JordanCheyneAzteca - NBCSN
UriMartins SandovalAzteca - NBCSN
RafaelVallsBianchi - Campagnolo
StefanoPirazziBianchi - Campagnolo
RomainHardyBianchi - Campagnolo
ArmantoArchimandritisBianchi - Campagnolo
SimoneVelascoBianchi - Campagnolo
FilippoZaccantiBianchi - Campagnolo
FernandoBarceloBianchi - Campagnolo
MichaelStorerBianchi - Campagnolo
PiterCamperoBNZ Cycling Team
MaaniAltanzulBNZ Cycling Team
TaylorGunmanBNZ Cycling Team
MaxOste-MacdonaldBNZ Cycling Team
NarankhuuBaterdeneBNZ Cycling Team
JoelYatesBNZ Cycling Team
LukeMudgwayBNZ Cycling Team
NickReddishBNZ Cycling Team
Jan-AndreFreulerCentovalli - Fiat
FaustoMasnadaCentovalli - Fiat
MircoSaggioratoCentovalli - Fiat
Gian PieroSignoriniCentovalli - Fiat
AndreaManfrediCentovalli - Fiat
MiltiadisGiannoutsosCentovalli - Fiat
PatrickGamperCentovalli - Fiat
GinoMäderCentovalli - Fiat
VadimRatiyCYBEX Platinum
Daniel RicardoDiazCYBEX Platinum
KennyElissondeCYBEX Platinum
DylanVan BaarleCYBEX Platinum
HosseinAlizadehCYBEX Platinum
JohannesHeiderCYBEX Platinum
ManuelFumicCYBEX Platinum
DarioPuccioniCYBEX Platinum
TimKennaughcycleYorkshire
ArtemOvechkincycleYorkshire
GabrielCullaighcycleYorkshire
WilliamFordcycleYorkshire
BenjaminThomascycleYorkshire
AndersSkaarsethcycleYorkshire
StephenWilliamscycleYorkshire
HayatoOkamotocycleYorkshire
MikelLandaDesigual
DanielEatonDesigual
XubanErrazkinDesigual
WilliamBartaDesigual
LeoVincentDesigual
TaylorNewtonDesigual
ErickHerreraDesigual
MilosBorisavljevicEuskaltel - Elior
VincenzoNibaliEuskaltel - Elior
StellyRobertEuskaltel - Elior
RubenFernandezEuskaltel - Elior
EnricMasEuskaltel - Elior
NicolaConciEuskaltel - Elior
MohammedAl MurawwiEuskaltel - Elior
JaimeCastrilloEuskaltel - Elior
ThibautPinotGCN ProTeam
GeremieNzekeGCN ProTeam
GaetanBilleGCN ProTeam
OumaruMinoungouGCN ProTeam
GracjanLejmanGCN ProTeam
CharlesAnguiletGCN ProTeam
BramWeltenGCN ProTeam
MichaelO'LoughlinGCN ProTeam
NazirJaserKofola
AndriyKhriptaKofola
JelleWallaysKofola
RomanKreuzigerKofola
MilesOlmanKofola
Elias AbouRachidKofola
JanCullyKofola
JurajBellanKofola
AlexandreGeniezKraftwerk Man Machine
AberlardoAblenadoKraftwerk Man Machine
NicoDenzKraftwerk Man Machine
JosueGonzalez CortesKraftwerk Man Machine
WestleyGoughKraftwerk Man Machine
Sang HongParkKraftwerk Man Machine
MaxWalslebenKraftwerk Man Machine
Johannvan ZylKraftwerk Man Machine
DanielHabtemichaelMcCormick Pro Cycling
Ka HooFungMcCormick Pro Cycling
ThomasRevardMcCormick Pro Cycling
NoahGraniganMcCormick Pro Cycling
BrendanRhimMcCormick Pro Cycling
ConnorBrownMcCormick Pro Cycling
AlexHoehnMcCormick Pro Cycling
ZekeMostovMcCormick Pro Cycling
ThomasFaiersNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
MadushankaPereraNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
JamesPiccoliNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
Amith UdayaKumaraNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
KristijanDurasekNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
SamuelCoronelNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
MamyrStashNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
JamesFoucheNENT Racing p/b Hootsuite
TyronGiogieriOMV Petrom-albania.al
MarkoPavlicOMV Petrom-albania.al
CsabaPalyiOMV Petrom-albania.al
AlexandrBraicoOMV Petrom-albania.al
ManuelBetilsonOMV Petrom-Albania.al
NikolayMihaylovOMV Petrom-albania.al
JordiMajoralOMV Petrom-albania.al
EmilDimaOMV Petrom-albania.al
TobynHortonRepsol - Honda
Jaime AlbertoCastanedaRepsol - Honda
Juan CarlosRienda SeguraRepsol - Honda
DanielAlloncaRepsol - Honda
MiguelBallesterosRepsol - Honda
HectorCarretero MillanRepsol - Honda
JoanBou CompanyRepsol - Honda
MarioSpenglerRepsol - Honda
MikayilKrasnoperovTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MartinLaasTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MaciejUlanowskiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
NicolaeTanovitchiiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OleksandrPolivodaTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
KentMainTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PetrRikunovTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
VadimPronskiyTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MagnusCort NielsenTryg Insurance Cycling Team
WolfgangBurmannTryg Insurance Cycling Team
JannikSteimleTryg Insurance Cycling Team
GeorgZimmermannTryg Insurance Cycling Team
KristianAasvoldTryg Insurance Cycling Team
MathiasNorsgaardTryg Insurance Cycling Team
JonasVingegaardTryg Insurance Cycling Team
El MehdiChokriTryg Insurance Cycling Team
BrentonJonesVIP Mobile
DmitriGrabovskiVIP Mobile
Michael FaerkChristensenVIP Mobile
IvanKovalevVIP Mobile
JimmiSorensenVIP Mobile
GoranAntonijevicVIP Mobile
LukaPajekVIP Mobile
NickBainVIP Mobile
Johan FredrikZieslerWorld Cycling Centre
Marvin OrlandoAngaritaWorld Cycling Centre
SergioGodoyWorld Cycling Centre
JogvanHojgaardWorld Cycling Centre
LudvigLundbergWorld Cycling Centre
AlexanderKampWorld Cycling Centre
JuanOsorioWorld Cycling Centre
HannesForsbyWorld Cycling Centre

 
ivaneurope
Given how stacked the GC will be, a Top 10 finish would be considered a success for my team. As this rate Eastman is unstoppable with only riders with similar abilites can match him. Pana unfortunately is not one of them though he has some abilities similar to Eastman.

KoM jersey is possible, as well as the U25 with Pogi if the pieces fall in place for us. But I'm not expecting my team to challenge for the overall win as this is yet another lost season and have to press the reset button again
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Fabianski
3rd goal of the season, and we're really hoping to get a Top 10 from Manfredi or Signorini. Negatively surprised by how packed the field is, but well, we'll have to cope with that... The TTT surely isn't our friend, but we often finished slightly above the expectations, so I we don't worry that much.

For the win, I guess there's no way past Beastman once again...
 
Gustavovskiy
Thank you, jph, for having the trouble of rescuing this race from oblivion and apologies everyone for provoking this delay. Hopefully this run of the race will be as interesting as it deserves, unlike the dull affair I was unfortunate to witness.

Good luck guys!
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Luis Leon Sanchez
Hopefully Nibbles tops off a successful C2 season here with a great result. He’s shown what he’s capable of on his own this season but he’ll have the trusty support of Borisavljevic and Fernandez in the Mountains. We’ve also got a pretty strong TTT squad with Nibbles, Borisavljevic, Robert, Castrillo and Al Murawwi so hope we make some big gains there!
 
Yellow Jersey
Really excited for this participation in a C2 race, got riders for the mountains and for the sprints I really want a stage from here!
 
Kentaurus
We've got our best here, both climbers and TT specialists to help Eastman maintain control of the C2 fields like he has most of the season.
 
liefwarrior
Well, Cort Nielsen has shown himself capable on the climbs this season, but the lack of support might hurt him in the TT here. Still, should be capable of scoring decent points and possibly hedging on the edge of the Top 10.
 
Fabianski
Ouch, Manfredi and Signorini being dropped is quite a bummer - and it's hard to understand, given that we still had 3 riders up front with Saggiorato, Masnada and Freuler... Well, if they are going for breakaway success in the following mountain stages, that's still OK, but I doubt it... So I guess we'll have to hope for Saggiorato getting that GC Top 10. Not what we were hoping for after stage 1...
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Great start for Nibbles! Strong at the finish is not usually his way due to his acceleration but 2nd is a great result and puts him in prime position going into the TTT.
 
ryant
Good start from Kennaugh, just need a good TTT and we could be due some decent amount of points here!
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Fabianski
A TTT Top 10 is definitely a good result for us, especially in a 20+ teams peloton. With our riders on P15-17 in GC, a Top 10 is really within reach now. And I won't rule out our best climbers, who should be in a good position for some breakaways with their current deficit.

Congrats once again to OMV for an insane TTT performance - well done!
 
Luis Leon Sanchez
Great effort so far from the team! A strong TTT as expected from the team and then Nibbles doing well enough to hold on in stage 3. Stage 4 should be a good rest day for the team but then the final stage will be a tough one for Nibbles to hold onto his GC lead.
 
Fabianski
Oh dear, that's really some dull racing... I must admit I've got no clue why PCM dislikes Signorini & Manfredi that much in this race, given that even Freuler (Mo 72) has done way better so far... With Saggiorato and Masnada in 13th and 14th we still have a good chance for a Top 10, which is just 3 seconds away... But we'll finally need some attacks, not this boring kind of racing...
Glad to see one of "our" young Greeks taking some KoM points, hopefully we can get some points from there, too!
 
whitejersey
Expected result in the TTT, but Faiers has had an absolute belter of a year and continues, most likely the best transfer I have ever made!
 
Fabianski
We didn't really care about stage 4 - which is a pity, as some of our boys would have been a good fit for the breakaway. But Freuler is probably too close in the GC for such a move - he'd really have been our man today.

Now, let's go all in on that last stage. With their gaps, ideally Manfredi and Signorini should try an early attack and then help Masnada and Saggiorato towards the end of the stage. But well, PCM isn't know for sophisticated team strategies, so the latter two will probably have to do it on their own... Fingers crossed!
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
Suddenly McCormick breakaways bearing fruit. Habtemichael with a good lead in the KOM, hopefully he can hang on tomorrow. Technically, I guess it was weeks before Revard finished 5th in an Australia but ironic that for all the breaks we have been two of our best results come on the same day in reporting time.
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Luis Leon Sanchez
A good result for the team as we avoid doing too much work on the front which saves the legs for tomorrow! It’ll be a big ask for Nibbles to hold onto the GC lead but he’ll have the strong support of Fernandez and Borisavljevic who have already sacrificed themselves for him previously. I think we can do it so let’s hope the best!!
 
jph27
Gustavovskiy wrote:
Thank you, jph, for having the trouble of rescuing this race from oblivion and apologies everyone for provoking this delay. Hopefully this run of the race will be as interesting as it deserves, unlike the dull affair I was unfortunate to witness.

Good luck guys!


Well, in the end it turned out to be about as exciting as your original run through Pfft

I think the problem here is that the final climbs on the mountain stages aren't particularly steep, so it's hard to get a gap. Combine that with passive AI and you end up with a race where the TTT is decisive and the GC comes down to who does the best job of not getting dropped on the climbs. Definitely a race we need to look at for next season, as the intention is for it to be like the Giro del Trentino of season's past (the TTT playing a role, but the mountains being more important) than what we got here.
 
jandal7
Habtemichael! Finally getting some reward for his awesome number of breakaways with a brilliant race here to win the KoM like a consummate mountain breakaway artist rather than a neo-pro, and that 5th place on this final stage was very nice indeed. Awesome stuff!
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