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[CT 20] Guave's Sunlight Cycling | Cobble Overture & HK Challenge
Nemolito
Nice squad with a lot of depth, add a leader or two to these guys next year and who knows where you will end up
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Guave
Nemolito wrote:
Nice squad with a lot of depth, add a leader or two to these guys next year and who knows where you will end up


Wherever i end up, i hope you'll join me Wink
 
redordead
Not any stand out leaders on this squad, but plenty of quality in depth. I was interested in quite a few riders you signed.

I think you're in for a good first season Smile


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"I am a cyclist, I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying." - Tadej PogaÄŤar
 
Guave
redordead wrote:
Not any stand out leaders on this squad, but plenty of quality in depth. I was interested in quite a few riders you signed.

I think you're in for a good first season Smile


Thanks! I'm not expecting much, so not ending in the absolute bottom would already mean a "good first season" Smile
 
Guave
January preview


It's time! We wouldn't say "finally" because, well, it all went very fast. After establishing our team and defining our race schedule, we've got no time to waste: let's get on with our first ever monthly preview!


GP Yekaterinburg

10th of january

C2HC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/profiles/c2hc_yek.jpg
MntHillAccMntHillAcc
Andrea Zordan737774Olivier Le Gac697769
Nandra Eko Wahyudi727667Irakli Bablidze737461
Mektel Eyob767666Farzad Khodayari757372
William Maesen757260Mihran Avetisyan747473
First ever monthly preview obviously also means first ever squad appearance. For this hilly Russian terrain we foresee racers who should all be able to easily handle the repeated steep flanks. The question that remains is whether or not they'll form a synergie and, while doing so, ensure that Zordan has enough punch left to reach the places of honor.


January as a baptism of fire is busy as hell (see what we did there) and confronts us with our biggest race clash of the year: Vuelta al Tachira, Gisborne GP and Great Ocean Road Classic!


Vuelta al Tachira

22nd - 31th of january

C2
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/profiles/c2_tac_1.jpg
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/profiles/c2_tac_2.jpg
MntHillAccMntHillAcc
Mektel Eyob767666Wolfgang Burmann767076
Farzad Khodayari757372William Maesen757260
Mihran Avetisyan747473Kaden Groves616971
January also brings the first big stage race. Eyob is our main man, but the competition will be fierce so expectations are moderate. We'll be happy when we see the squad performing as a team, helping each other out when possible. Top 20 in the final ranking for Eyob or a individual race top 10 in general will make us happy. First racedays for Groves as well. He'll better be prepared from day one!

Gisborne GP

31th of january

C1
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/profiles/c2_gis.jpg
MntHillAccMntHillAcc
Andrea Zordan737774Olivier Le Gac697769
Nandra Eko Wahyudi727667Carl Fredrik Hagen747572
Irakli Bablidze737461Oram James566470
GP Gisborne brings out the full puncheur-squad plus James. Can he guide Zordan to the podium in his heimat?

Great Ocean Road Classic

31th of january

C2HC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/profiles/c1_goc.jpg
FlatSprintAccFlatSprintAcc
Lionel Coutinho727980Dylan Page757879
Rudy Barbier757779Kevin Feiereisen747778
Genki Yamamoto727878Christoph Taubel736164
Only one Tasmansea away from the GP Gisborne on the 31th of january, the full sprint-squad will appear for the first AND only time this season. Taubel joins the troops in Australia. What will this unique full force composition be able to produce?


Busy times, busy times... No better way to start our PCM-ManGam career than with the full speed of (Sun)light.

Edited by Guave on 14-11-2020 18:37
 
Nemolito
That's definitely a lot of depth! It'll be interesting to see whether your team goes all in for one sprinter or they all kind of try to do their own thing Smile
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Guave
GP Yekaterinburg -

Disappointing debut for puncheur-squad

The GP Yekaterinburg was the first ever Guave’s Sunlight Cycling race in our short history, but it wasn’t a debut to remember. Top 25 and one measly point would have made us happy, but our guys rode a very anonymous race.

The first bad signs came when Zordan got caught behind in the last lap after Sotto il sole di Riccione decided to put some fire in the race. Zordan eventually got back to the group of favourites in time before the last ascend of the final hill, but he never made it to the front of that group, nor even in sight of any camera.

That meant, unfortunately, that we didn’t even get a decent chance to have a closer look – not even a glimps – at our jersey and bike-setup in race conditions. From that moment on our newest priority became: getting some time in the spotlight in the near future, whatever the end result.

In the end, a group of 44 crossed the finish and was appointed the same time as expected GP winner Kelderman, in which Le Gac (33th) eventually ended before Zordan (41th):

i.imgur.com/wdNFvLu.jpg

It was not the debut we hoped for, but that’s not a shame. Another day will bring another chance and hopefully better legs. Maybe nerves got the better of our squad, as they had to carry the pressure of being the pioneer Sunlight-squad of our ManGam journey.

The squad took this experience back to Belgium and will have gotten stronger in order to perform better on the next opportunity, being the end of the month’s GP Gisborne - .

1Wilco KeldermanPhilips5h53'53
33Olivier Le GacGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
41Andrea ZordanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
51Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'44
55Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'08
59Irakli BablidzeGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
61Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'28
77Nandra Eko WahyudiGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 4'27
123William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 5'16

Edited by Guave on 11-11-2020 17:33
 
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Guave
Nemolito wrote:
That's definitely a lot of depth! It'll be interesting to see whether your team goes all in for one sprinter or they all kind of try to do their own thing Smile


That's our main concern as well! The Great Ocean Road Classic at the end of January will show us whether or not the sprinters understand each other.
 
Guave
Vuelta Al Tachira – Midtour assessment


Stage 1 - Groves assures camera-time


The expectations for the Vuelta Al Tachira were low, as we didn’t send an experienced sprinter to compete on the first flat stages ànd the climber-opponents would most probably prove themselves on another level.

We hoped just to survive these first stages without losing any time and having bad luck. Our only “ambition” for these first stages was to try and gain some camera-time so that we could have a closer look at our jersey and bike-setup. Groves took care of that and did even more!

Not having meddled in the intermediate sprints, it all looked to end like the expected anonymous race. Groves decided otherwise. With 1.5 kilometers to go a small group of sprinters made a small gap and low and behold, Groves was one of them:


i.imgur.com/5hIjq8g.jpg


Starting out as 8th of the bunch in the last kilometre, Groves rode a fast first 500 meters to gain some positions, having him in 5th at best. He couldn’t keep the speed up however and eventually ended up finishing 9th behind winner Dakteris.

This meant this stage didn’t bring us our first ever ManGame points but Groves delivered our first ever, and very unexpected at this point, top 10 listing.
This can be considered as a marvellous performances from our youngster and bennelong-mitchelton loanee. It was a perfect debut and made us all looking forward on him confirming his abilities.


i.imgur.com/l0bXRY0.jpg


1Janis DakterisCarrefour - ESPN2h55'01
9Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
53Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
59Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
60Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
61Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
68William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.


Stage 2 – Groves confirming


Groves had the time of his life in the Vuelta al Tachira being our only and, being so, main sprinter. As unexpected his first performance during the first stage was, equally unexpected was the way he managed to confirm his incredible talent.

No Sunlight in sight before or during intermediate sprints, the question remained whether or not this was going to be the anonymous race we were always expecting.

It started looking that way, as – much like during the first stage – 10 sprinters succeeded in forcing a gap with the peloton and Groves - unlike during the first stage – wasn’t part of them. Six racers managed to stay competitive until the end, but nobody could hold Manarelli, riding for our beloved Nemolito’s team Los Pollos Hermanos, from winning his first ever in the orange-yellow colours.

Groves clearly divided his powers in a smarter way and managed to overtake Nordica-Enel’s Battistella – who was part of the first 10 sprinters to jump away from the peloton – to secure another top 10 listing: 10th.

This meant we still didn’t earn our first ever ManGam points but Groves’ performances nevertheless made us feel very happy!


i.imgur.com/3pO4b3W.jpg


1Carlos Alexandre ManarelliLos Pollos Hermanos2h42'26
10Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
47Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
61Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
72Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
74Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
93William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.


Stage 3 – Groves on fire


What can we say? Groves showed that his achievements aren’t dumb beginners luck and that he’s not a one-day-birdie just saying “hi”. He has gotten three chances to sprint – all by himself, without any leadout-present – and took all three of them.

As was the case in the second stage, a small group of sprinters managed to establish a gap with the peloton, with Groves not being a part of them. But we know by now, that doesn’t have to mean anything.

Groves was only riding in 25th position when the gap was made, but by the time the peloton reached the red bow, he managed to find 8th.

At top speed, he rode in 6th position for a short while but unfortunately couldn’t keep up the effort. Nonetheless, he again managed to secure a 9th place, which is absolutely amazing for our youngster-loanee. Tsmoha was looking and obviously liked what he saw.

i.imgur.com/CPP3hLT.jpg

For the first time, some races were caught out and lost time. For the Sunlight, only Avetisyan had to accept a delay of a couple of minutes. Eyobhowever had been riding very attentively and so far ended consistently around 40th position, pleasing us a lot.


1Christian BertilssonCarlsberg - Danske Bank3h12'00
9Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
35William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
39Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
41Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
45Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
105Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'26


Stage 4 – One illusion poorer


With the first hilly race of this tour, we expected to see the advantages of the versatility that Eyobpossesses: reasonably strong on both hills and mountain. That versatility regrettably wasn’t shown…

Whereas Groves made us happy when we didn’t expect it, the rest of our team disappointed when we counted on them. The Tour-squad was attentive enough throughout the race and Eyobpositioned himself right where he was supposed to be when riding under the red bow:

i.imgur.com/uLSitMp.jpg

We hoped Eyobwould do a good job on this last hill, seeing as most favourites for the rankings would be stronger in the mountains but perhaps less dominant on this hilly scene. The opposite was true. The stronger climbers, Pinot on top, overshadowed those with the stronger punch and worse. What we really didn’t take into account, happened: Eyobeven lost a considerable amount of time in the last 1000 meters, finishing only 24th.


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa4h57'42
24Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'58
32Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
37Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
41Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
53William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
108Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 7'34


Stage 5 – Mixed feelings in mid-round-up


A rather unconventional parcours, qualified as flat and something for the sprinters but starting off with two steep climbs, formed the 5th race of this Vuelta.

Unconventional as it may have been, it didn’t cause a lot of trouble for the usual suspect sprinters. The intermediate sprints were – again – taken on by a small group of adventurers, of which – again – no Sunlight rider was part of. At this point, we started to hope someone of the squad would join such ventures, as most racers otherwise were of no meaning at all. It didn’t happen at that point though.

The tricky start of the race unfortunately did have an impact on our youngster Groves. His legs clearly weren’t as fresh as the first couple of races and he didn’t manage to grap another top 10 ending. 13th was his place, which still is remarkable. Whichever way one looks at it, Groves was our best rider in the first half of this Vuelta.

i.imgur.com/g6Ignx5.jpg

His position in points-ranking (11th) thusfar is one we were proud of. Eyob 's situation worried us, as we kind of hoped to have had an advantage – on basis of his versatility in both hilly and mountainous terrain - knowing only one hilly race had been taken on and the harder mountains were yet to be visited. Instead, he already lost time and could be found on the 35th position… Perhaps some puncheurs would drop in rankings, making it possible for him to move up a bit. Nevertheless, top 20 seemed far away.


1Andrea PasqualonSotto il sole di Riccione4h17'54
13Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
45Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
61Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
95Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
96Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
108William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.


- General ranking -


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa18h04'43
35Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'18


- Points ranking -


1Carlos Alexandre ManarelliLos Pollos Hermanos85
11Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling23


Edited by Guave on 14-11-2020 14:58
 
Nemolito
Now you mention it, it is strange your riders don't want to join the breakaway. They seem to think of Groves being a possible stage winner - or Eyob having a shot at a good GC, which could explain their absence. Looking forward to what Eyob can do in the next five stages, I do feel good about him still coming into that top-20 though Smile
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Fabianski
Love in which detail you keep track of your results Smile ...and wondering if you can keep up during the whole 150 RDs
Groves definitely did do well, but as written in the discussion thread, it must hurt to see lower-tier sprinters getting stage wins when you have an armada of at least same-level riders sitting around at home...

Seeing Mektel lose time is really a bummer, especially given that some clearly weaker riders finished in the first group... On the upside, he might try his luck in breakaways now, where he could even gain some points he likely wouldn't while staying with the favs. But relying on breakaways isn't the safest bet... Wish you good luck anyways!
 
Guave
Nemolito wrote:
Now you mention it, it is strange your riders don't want to join the breakaway. They seem to think of Groves being a possible stage winner - or Eyob having a shot at a good GC, which could explain their absence. Looking forward to what Eyob can do in the next five stages, I do feel good about him still coming into that top-20 though Smile


I'd like you to from now on always make such predictions as you clearly have a crystal ball!

The squad really only "got loose" in the second half of this Vuelta and made up for the disappointments we endured in the first hilly and mountaineous races. It only shows: 10 stages means anything can happen so you better have some patience.

Fabianski wrote:
Love in which detail you keep track of your results Smile ...and wondering if you can keep up during the whole 150 RDs
Groves definitely did do well, but as written in the discussion thread, it must hurt to see lower-tier sprinters getting stage wins when you have an armada of at least same-level riders sitting around at home...

Seeing Mektel lose time is really a bummer, especially given that some clearly weaker riders finished in the first group... On the upside, he might try his luck in breakaways now, where he could even gain some points he likely wouldn't while staying with the favs. But relying on breakaways isn't the safest bet... Wish you good luck anyways!


I certainly won't keep it up, that I know already. But it was fun to use this kind of format this time. I'll probably figure out some other kind of ways to report, dependent on how much time i have.

The sprinter issue did hurt, but it's supposed to. That way I'll be remembered of this and I won't make the same mistake again.

Fortunately Khodayari and Mektel made up for the worries i had, so all in all i'm happy the way this Vuelta ended.
 
Guave
Vuelta Al Tachira - round-up


Stage 6 – First mountains bring no miracles


Or at least not for our squad. Eddie Stobart’s Lovik felt blessed as he jumped away from the peloton with 17 upwards climbing kilometres ahead. No one in the peloton felt the urge to really do something, giving Lovik enough time to finish solo and walking away with a sublime victory.

We would have liked to see our squad investing more in teamwork and by doing so, keeping chances of own victories alive but it wasn’t happening.

Eyob managed to hang on with the favourites until the last kilometre, where he – once more but this time more expectedly – had to give away some time when finishing 27th. Surprisingly, he managed to limit the loss of time below 30 seconds, meaning he lost less time on the truly mountainous terrain compared to the hilly terrain. Having more mountains than plain hills ahead, that maybe was a good sign.

i.imgur.com/vONNbaE.jpg

As was predicted, he managed to gain some positions in the general rankings as some puncheurs probably fell through, placing him 28th but already 27 seconds behind the aspired top 20 and still in the same time as teammate Khodayari.


1asmund Romstad LovikEddie Stobart4h20'22
27Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 52
34Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
43Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'32
48Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
55William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
97Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 6'44


- General ranking -


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa22h25'22
28Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'53


Stage 7 – Decent team performance in MTT


At this stage, reporter jph (who did a terrific job) didn’t have much eye left for Eyob or any other Sunlight racer, which is totally understandable. That however means, we haven’t got anything to show for regarding the MTT and 7th stage.

The squad did reasonably well however, although the relative positions came as a surprise with Burmann on 17th, Khodayari on 22th and Eyob on 24th. That also meant Khodayari had a better ranking in the general rankings and more surprisingly our four best climbers were all in all still quite close to each other, having as effect that our squad could be found in the upper half of the team ranking.


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa53'50
17Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cycling + 1'47
22Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'57
24Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'11
38William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'57
56Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 4'43
99Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 10'02


- general ranking –


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa23h19'12
24Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 4'50
26Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 5'04
31Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 5'20
42William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 6'30


- team ranking -


1Project: Africa70h03'34
8Guave's Sunlight Cycling+ 9'16


Stage 8 – Khodayari breaks the spell


During what might have been the hardest race of this Vuelta, our prayers were finally heard. At last a Sunlight races found the guts to join an early flight: Khodayari did the honours.

i.imgur.com/G2v3W4D.jpg

With 60 kilometres to go, the group fractured but Khodayari remained in front while Petrovski managed to grap the most points on the first cat. 2 climb with Khodayari following close.

i.imgur.com/WpUOtnE.jpg

Khodayari even managed to reach that same cat. 2 climb first the second time around, with 45 kilometres to go and grabbing some very interesting KoM-points on the go.

i.imgur.com/6UXpsUy.jpg

On the penultimate ascend of the last mentioned climb, Petrovski decided he wouldn’t let anyone steal one more point from him and left Khodayari behind. Doing so he secured himself the first position in the KoM-rankings and, by hanging on the gap he forced, yet another victory for our orange and yellow friends. Khodayari fortunately never stopped fighting and eventually finished 2nd, 45 seconds down.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Reports/C2/Tachira/S8/12.jpg

Thanks to Khodayari the zero can be wiped away from our scoreboard, which was the logical ambition waiting to be fulfilled. Next up: a first victory!

Eyob yet again fell behind and thereby made it clear he just wasn’t in shape.


1Stefan PetrovskiLos Pollos Hermanos4h51'26
2Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 45
33Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 7'45
41Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
57William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 8'21
61Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 9'04
106Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 25'22


- general ranking –

1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa28h12'21
9Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 3'40


- KoM ranking –


1Stefan PetrovskiLos Pollos Hermanos38
2Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling30


Points acquired – Khodayari: 7


Stage 9 – Eyob finally wakes up


We had to wait until the last race of this Vuelta on real mountainous terrain but in finally happened: squad leader Eyob showed himself. It this point, we stopped expecting anything from him and shifted our focus on Khodayari and his general ranking. That might have lifted some pressure from Eyob’s shoulders and made better legs possible. It probably helped as well that Khodayari first led the way and showed some guts, teaching Eyob how it’s done. Eyob had clearly listened and joined the fourteen-headed daily breakaway.

i.imgur.com/zk6LowI.jpg

Eyob clearly wanted to make sure we’d all seen him in action by crossing first on the Alto de Berlin, the cat. 3 climb with 28km to go.

i.imgur.com/IgNKXer.jpg

The group started to fall apart and Eyob had difficulties as well. With three kilometres to go, we saw the first signs of that as he was cracking. He managed to get back in front when going under the red bow, but winning the stage at that point seemed far away.

i.imgur.com/nHUQ8y9.jpg

Meanwhile, Pinot and co started their own party and while they were approaching the leading group fast, Jaramillo found some leftover energy to jump away with only 300 meters left. Eyob was eventually overtaken by Pinot and co but still managed to finish 7th, grabbing some points for the team and gaining some places in the general rankings.

i.imgur.com/FgMP263.jpg

We were certainly very proud he managed to still make something out of this Vuelta this way.

Khodayari more surprisingly, although having lost some time, still had a very interesting general ranking to protect in the last race and was already sure of the 3rd position in the KoM ranking. Eyob suddenly could still get that top 20 ranking, which meant that possible two of our riders would succeed in the ambition we had set out for this race.


1Daniel Alexander JaramilloTeam Europcar3h46'49
7Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'03
23Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 3'46
37Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 6'26
47William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 8'23
51Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
97Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 18'36


- general ranking –

1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa31h59'29
11Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 7'07
21Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 11'50


- KoM ranking –


1Stefan PetrovskiLos Pollos Hermanos38
3Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling30


Points acquired – Eyob: 1


Stage 10 – Eyob held the best for last


The last stage was a hilly one and constituted the last possibility for Eyob to display his polyvalency and maybe enter the aimed for top 20. Khodayari on the other had to find those incredible legs he had been having this Venezuelan Vuelta one last time to keep him from losing places in the general ranking.

We actually assumed that Khodayari would probably lose a couple a places in the general ranking because he isn’t the greatest puncheur, but we would be happy if he could hold on to a top 20 ranking. That way he could be the one achieving the goal that was originally set out for Eyob. As for Eyob himself, we figured he just wasn’t in shape although stage 9 showed improvement. We didn’t want that to elevate our expectations too much however.

The reporters believed in Eyob’s chances and his possible better form, making it so that for the first time ever one of our own was presented as stage favourite

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Reports/C2/Tachira/S10/1.jpg

This time, Eyob wasn’t impressed by the expectations and clearly didn’t feel any pressure. His audacity in the previous stage - and that of Khodayari the day before – was proven fruitful so he decided to give it another go and partake in the early breakaway:

i.imgur.com/HarCYDS.jpg

The breakaway easily held on to a comfortable advantage until 21 kilometres to the finish, when the peloton closed to within a minute. Eyob was clearly feeling strong and went for it:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Reports/C2/Tachira/S10/3.jpg

While Khodayari struggled to stay with the peloton, that was now reduced to less than 40 riders, Eyob was joined by Desigual’s Narvaez and Sotto il sole di Riccione’s Dall’Oste 50 seconds clear of the peloton.

i.imgur.com/f3MZzQf.jpg

Dall’Oste went for glory with 6 kilometres to go but was caught again when reaching the red bow, with the trio still having 28 seconds of advantage on the peloton, which meant they were free to fight it out amongst themselves.

Although Eyob doesn’t have the stats to be a killer finisher – and he thus far always seemed to fade away in the last couple of meters – the frustration he must have compiled during this Vuelta fuelled him sufficiently to defeat Dall’Oste and by doing see, reeling in the very first Sunlight victory.

i.imgur.com/8XlVagp.jpg

His victory, bonus time and collected advantage also had as consequence that he succeeded in the goal we had set forward: top 20!

Eyob surprisingly wasn’t our best stage racer. Khodayari surprised friend and foe and managed to make a little jump in the general ranking to 10th position. This meant we had 2 racers achieve the ambition we had put forward and one of them even surprised us by doing a lot better. Khodayari also went home with the 3rd place in the KoM ranking.


1Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling3h01'25
13Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 15
76Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 2'30
81Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
94Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 4'15
109William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 5'55


- general ranking –

1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa35h01'09
10Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 7'07
16Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 11'07
39Wolfgang BurmannGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 21'29
55William MaesenGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 26'52
60Mihran AvetisyanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 28'22
103Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1h08'34


- points ranking –


1Thibaut PinotProject: Africa106
14Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling42
24Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling23
26Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling23


- KoM ranking –


1Stefan PetrovskiLos Pollos Hermanos38
3Farzad KhodayariGuave's Sunlight Cycling30
12Mektel EyobGuave's Sunlight Cycling12


- youth ranking –


1Suranga RanaweeraSauber Petronas Racing35h03'28
33Kaden GrovesGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1h06'15


- team ranking –


1Tryg - Ritter Sport105h24'43
9Guave's Sunlight Cycling+ 17'22


Points acquired: - Eyob: 16
- Khodayari: 13

Edited by Guave on 15-11-2020 15:23
 
Nemolito
An interesting read once again Smile congratz on your first win and let´s hope Eyob races stress-free from now on Wink
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cunego59
Congrats on your first win! And cool to see you achieve it with Eyob Smile It's an interesting read, experiencing the race again from the perspective of a single team, very nice format Smile
 
redordead
Was very interested in Eyob in free agency. Great to see him performing from the off, I'm sure he'll have plenty more chances to shine this season Smile


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"I am a cyclist, I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying." - Tadej PogaÄŤar
 
aidanvn13
Always happy to see an African win. Mektel was one of my transfer shortlists, but wouldn't have gotten the same kind of freedom at Tachira so happy he could do it justice with a win.
Manager of
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Guave
Nemolito wrote:
An interesting read once again Smile congratz on your first win and let´s hope Eyob races stress-free from now on Wink


Thanks Nemo! We do hope the same, obviously Smile

cunego59 wrote:
Congrats on your first win! And cool to see you achieve it with Eyob Smile It's an interesting read, experiencing the race again from the perspective of a single team, very nice format Smile


Thanks! I probably won't be able to keep it up but when the time is available I'd like to do my bit of storytelling this way Smile

redordead wrote:
Was very interested in Eyob in free agency. Great to see him performing from the off, I'm sure he'll have plenty more chances to shine this season Smile


I hope you're right. At least he has already shown the wide interest in him wasn't wrong.

aidanvn13 wrote:
Always happy to see an African win. Mektel was one of my transfer shortlists, but wouldn't have gotten the same kind of freedom at Tachira so happy he could do it justice with a win.


The shadow of Pinot would have his effect, yes. But working for him and helping to deliver that 1th position in the general ranking surely isn't ungrateful. He might have done a good job, for as much Pinot needed any help Wink

Having a win like this is a fair substition.
 
Guave
Oceanic expedition


Coutinho Down Under


The complete sprint squad was present in Palmerston as we hoped they would form a perfect lead-out for Coutinho.

The team was alert and laboured when needed to keep the anticipated breakaway at bay:

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With 20 kilometres to go, the early breakaway was caught which triggered a series of attacks. With 7 kilometres to go, all attacks were neutralized. Coutinho was still accompanied by Feiereisen but it was obviously way to early to be in front.

Where the rest of the team, and presumed lead-out, was at that moment will probably remain a mystery.

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When Gjensidige's Katrasnik considered it was his time with 2 kilometres left, nor we nor any other sprinter had a companion left to do the dirty work. This brought about a gap for Katrasnik that wouldn’t be closed in time, resulting in a magnificent victory for Gjensidige.

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Coutinho stood his ground and delivered a decent sprint, which was just not enough to achieve a place on the podium.

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We had to settle with the 4th place but were happy enough. A decent debut is the least you could call this performance.

Unfortunately having the full sprint squad in Australia didn’t have any advantages, confirming the statement that some of our sprinters would have been better of in Venezuela. Their absence in Venezuela nevertheless wasn’t a freepost to perform rather underwhelmingly in Australia however. Planning wise the management can be blamed for not doing better, but this result is insufficient whichever way one looks at it. Here’s hoping that our other sprinters can find their feet quick. This squad composition was unique, so that’s not an item they’ll be able to hide behind.


1Gasper KatrasnikGjensidige Pro Cycling Team3h12'23
4Lionel CoutinhoGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
42Genki YamamotoGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
46Kevin FeiereisenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
49Dylan PageGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
65Rudy BarbierGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
131Christoph TaubelGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 3'17


Points acquired - Coutinho: 37

Zordan one Tasman Sea further


As all other squads had made an impression so far – sprinters in Australia, stage racers in Venezuela – we expected a reaction from our puncheurs after the let down in Russia.

The competition was very strong, so we didn’t expect any wonders but nevertheless hoped to see one of ours – Zordan on top – ending within reach of points.

That goal was proven totally overestimated. None of our racers was ever in sight and all disappointed. Bablidze, Wahyudi, Hagen and Le Gac ended 1 minute 34 seconds behind winner Turgis in the fourth group. While Coutinho had what could almost be called a dreamed debut in Australia, Zordan lived a true nightmare and ended 107th… The Oceanic air clearly doesn’t have the same effect on each of our racers.

We hope to see some improvement from this squad soon. As mentioned, the other squads already established themselves. Maybe third time can be a charm for the puncheurs. February will show us.


1Anthony TurgisFarfetch Pro Cycling5h59'42
48Irakli BablidzeGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 1'34
65Nandra Eko WahyudiGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
66Carl Fredrik HagenGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
83Olivier Le GacGuave's Sunlight Cyclings.t.
107Andrea ZordanGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 4'24
142James OramGuave's Sunlight Cycling+ 10'44

 
Guave
February preview

We enjoyed January strongly and the team is off to a good start. We’re in 13th position, which isn’t bad but not great either as we’ve used up quite a lot of racedays already. This oversight made us decide the following: ending 15th and up will be considered as a good debut season. Everything below will be regarded as failure. Top 10 would make us cry out and believe in miracles.

PosTeamTotalRDDUCYekTdUTacGisGOR
1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.pngGjensidige Pro Cycling Team1816068003281
2pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.pngPhilips17814010507201
3pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.pngProject: Africa17114020159010
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.pngCentovalli - Fiat1678755000357
5pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.pngLos Pollos Hermanos14514000125020
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank1391405907406
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.pngCarrefour - ESPN13014040061029
8pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.pngTryg - Ritter Sport12714029075023
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.pngBNZ Cycling Team101120254801711
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.pngBralirwa - Stevens Bikes931402041050
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eur.pngTeam Europcar792009451906
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.pngSauber Petronas Racing78140406608
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gsc.pngGuave's Sunlight Cycling731600036037
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ssr.pngSotto il sole di Riccione691407033029
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sva.pngStrava501205120033
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.pngTrans Cycling Team4240000042
17pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/esc.pngEddie Stobart31160002182
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.pngNordica - Enel26140804014
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.pngMcCormick Pro Cycling23200091103
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.pngGlanbia Foods Cycling Project128530004

We seriously thought January was a busy month but February is here to prove us wrong. Eight races are scheduled and we are again confronted with some major clash- and planning concerns. Note for management: planning could be better! But that’s also part of the learning process and we nonetheless succeeded in arranging our squads sufficiently, but for one.


Viana do Castelo

4th of February

C1
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HillCobHillCob
Christoph Taubel6578Rudy Barbier6768
Dylan Page6666Carl Fredrik Hagen7565
Irakli Bablidze7464Andrea Zordan7753
Olivier Le Gac7752Nandra Eko Wahyudi7651
Viana do Castelo seems like a very peculiar race. It’s both a cobbled and a hilly race, so it makes sense sending Taubel over there. The longest cobbled strip is downhill however, making us wonder whether the real cobbleurs are really that advantaged. Maybe this race is better fit for puncheurs, holding into account the steep hill that will have to be conquered six times during the race. Downhill skills could come in handy as well, seeing as the finish lays at the end of the last decent of said hill. We’re very curious to see how this race turns out, but we don’t have any high expectations. Any notifiable result will make us happy.


Gent – Wevelgem

6th of February

C2HC
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HillCobHillCob
Christoph Taubel6578Dylan Page6666
Carl Fredrik Hagen7565Irakli Bablidze7464
Kevin Feiereisen6863Kaden Groves6963
Genki Yamamoto6557
Gent – Wevelgem has a special place in our heart as it is the only race on our calendar in the country of our headquarter. It’s without a doubt also the race on our calendar we’ve seen most editions of. That nevertheless doesn’t mean the team starts here with special ambitions. Taubel will be our leader and to our opinion has more chances here than in Viana do Castelo as the Flemish Ardennes are much more gentle than the hills in Portugal. As the last “hill” and cobble area are still quite far from the finish line, we suspect Page might also play a role. His hill and cobble capacities aren’t the best, but they aren’t the worst either. Those who can’t shake Page in time, might be in trouble.


Hong Kong Challenge

8th – 10th of February

C1
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HillAccHillAcc
Andrea Zordan7774Nandra Eko Wahyudi7667
Carl Fredrik Hagen7572Irakli Bablidze7461
Wolfgang Burmann7076Mihran Avetisyan7473
Oram James6470
The Hong Kong Challenge brings two opportunities for our puncheurs to redeem themselves. Oram can in the meantime have his go during the scheduled TT in between. At this point we don’t expect anything regarding general ranking and such. Ending within reach of points now is the first goal for Zordan and co.


GP Herning

9th of February

C2
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CobSprintAccCobSprintAcc
Christoph Taubel786164Rudy Barbier687779
Dylan Page667879Kevin Feiereisen637778
Genki Yamamoto577878Kaden Groves637171
Another race where Taubel can enjoy himself. Barbier and Page are in fact decent enough cobbleurs on themselves but we suspect the race will be too hard for them to stick around until the end. If they do however, they’ll be forces to reckon with.


Volta a Catalunya

15th – 20th of February

C1
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MtnHillAccMntHillAcc
Mektel Eyob767666Wolfgang Burmann767076
Farzad Khodayari757372William Maesen757260
Mihran Avetisyan747473Andrea Zordan737774
Nandro Eka Wahyudi727667James Oram566470
As the Volta a Catalunya is a nice mix of hills and mountains, spiced up with a flat TTT, we decided to send an evenly spiced mix of riders. Eyob and Khodayari will try and do an equally good job as they did in Venezuela, but it’s expected that a stronger competition will be present so it’ll probably be hard to do as good as in January. If a good general ranking is quickly swiped off of the table, we should have enough dynamite in the squad to go for a good day-result here or there.


Ras Tailteann

22th – 24th of February

C2
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FlatSprintAccFlatSprintAcc
Lionel Coutinho727980Kevin Feiereisen747778
Genki Yamamoto727878Kaden Groves687171
Christoph Taubel736164Mihran Avetisyan666273
Ras Tailteann should really be something right up the ally for Coutinho. Three days of fun amongst competition in his category, accompanied by two strong lead-out racers and one strong youngster who has already proven his worth. We do expect a lot from this race. If we don’t return home with a decent amount of points from here, where will get them from?


Tour of Southland

24th – 28th of February

C1
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HillSprintAccHillSprintAcc
Dylan Page667879Rudy Barbier677779
Olivier Le Gac776469Nandra Eko Wahyudi765867
Wolfgang Burmann705476William Maesen725060
Oram James646970
The Tour of Southland offers a chances to two number two’s of our squad to manifest themselves as potential leaders. Page will take on the flat races, assisted by Barbier, while Le Gac takes care of the rest. As for Page, we recognise the stiff competition so there’s no podium ambition, really. But one or two top 10 notifications should be the goal. Le Gac has been performing better than our designated leader Zordan so far, but he hasn’t been very close to a good result. Maybe having his full freedom in New Zealand can change that.


Trofeo Laigueglia

28th of February

C2HC
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HillAccHillAcc
Carl Fredrik Hagen7572Irakli Bablidze7461
Farzad Khodayari7372Mihran Avetisyan7473
Kaden Groves6971Christoph Taubel6564
The last race of February is that one race too many, as a result of faulty planning. We’ve got some decent allrounders to show our colours but the expectations are low. Having one of them in an early breakaway would already bring a smile on our faces. A free role for all of them. PCM may always surprise us!

February is crazy but March brings peace: no backsies.

Edited by Guave on 23-11-2020 22:20
 
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