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Down Under Classic Discussion
AbhishekLFC
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Here we go!

The first race of the PCT calendar is upon us, and we're in the land Down Under for the traditional season opener, the Down Under Classic. A race for the pure sprinters - very short and expected to be ridden at a very fast pace. Stamona is not expected to play a role here but do look out for sprinters who're good on the flats to possibly get an advantage in the closing kilometers. Also, look out for late attacks in case the break is caught early. Everyone will be hoping to make a good early impression and set the tone for the season.

Favourites
FLARESSPRACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Ewan75718381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Guarnieri75758180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio79758080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Manninen74758180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Swift73698381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Saber75728179
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Silvestre78718081
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Van Asbroeck75728078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Lander77727977
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Vesely73688180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Rowe78707980


Unsurpsingly, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Caleb Ewan starts off as the top favourite for this race. Expect this to be a common feature for most of his races this season.

The aging pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Guarnieri is expected to be the top challenger to the Aussie in this race. The defending champion is hoping to go back-t0-back and become only the third rider to win this race twice in its 11 year history.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Bonifazio is also expected to be a strong contender for the podium. Very similar to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Guarnieri, just a shade slower but perhaps with better backups needed for a race like this, he should not be discounted to lead his team well in the absence of Gaviria.

The improved pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Manninen and the declining pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Swift round out the Top 5 contenders for this race. The youngster on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Valio's roster will look to impress, having improved on his top speed in the off-season. The latter is back to the PCT after an prolonged career in the PT, and while his aging legs have lost some punch, he's still got enough of a sprint left to beat the best on his day.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Saber has a good record in this race, finishing in the Top 5 in the last two editions, beating better sprinters for the same. He has moved teams in the off-season and will be hoping to make a good start for the same.

The likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Silvestre, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Van Asbroeck, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Lander and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Rowe always have a surprise in them. =pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Van Asbroeck has finished 6th and 2nd in 2017 and 2018 in this race, and is back racing in new colours this time around.

Another new name in the PCT peloton is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Vesely who should be a Top 10 contender for sure in a race like this.

Outsiders
FLARESSPRACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Boeckmans72708082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami75678082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini72698082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Perera71737980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Aberasturi74717978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Ciolek73668176
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino70658277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/p4e.png Lutsyshyn70737980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully74707980


A lot of interesting riders in the outsiders group, who would easily be a favourite in other races. A few leaders in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Ciolek and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino, mixed in with co-leaders like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Boeckmans should make for an interesting contest.

Startlist

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Last NameFirst NameTeam
LanderSebastianAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
DrapacDamionAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
StauffAndreasAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
RobovMomchilAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
MarchewkaKrzysztofAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
HiguitaSergioAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
GrashevMartinAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
OtrubaJakubAdastra N Hell Energy Cycling
VanspeybrouckPieterAndorra Cycling Project
AwangAzizulhasniAndorra Cycling Project
MajoralJordiAndorra Cycling Project
TownsendRoryAndorra Cycling Project
UrcelayAdriaAndorra Cycling Project
RubioEiner AugustoAndorra Cycling Project
ReyndersJensAndorra Cycling Project
EekhoffNilsAndorra Cycling Project
AvelinoOscarAramco DP
PrasadDarshanaAramco DP
TeweldeJaniAramco DP
FonsecaArmindoAramco DP
BatmunkhMaral-ErdeneAramco DP
Abdul HalilMohamad Izzat HilmiAramco DP
RichardsonAlexanderAramco DP
ThijssenGerbenAramco DP
VaqueraCesarAzteca - NBCSN
GarciaJhojanAzteca - NBCSN
FlorezMiguelAzteca - NBCSN
AcostaRubenAzteca - NBCSN
CepedaJefferson AlexanderAzteca - NBCSN
RiveraKevinAzteca - NBCSN
AlbaJuan DiegoAzteca - NBCSN
GarrisonIanAzteca - NBCSN
GuarnieriJacopoBakkafrost
BreenVegardBakkafrost
PereraMadushankaBakkafrost
SarreauMarcBakkafrost
VeyheTorkilBakkafrost
HermansBenBakkafrost
DaineseAlbertoBakkafrost
KonychevAlexanderBakkafrost
SwiftBenBerg Cycles
SilvestreFabioBerg Cycles
KupfernagelDaniloBerg Cycles
AularOrluisBerg Cycles
KortsidakisMichailBerg Cycles
TzortzakisPolychronisBerg Cycles
OrkenAhmetBerg Cycles
ReckwegMortenBerg Cycles
LaySauloCampari Asahi Procycling
NooytensSvenCampari Asahi Procycling
ChristianMarkCampari Asahi Procycling
LascaFranciscoCampari Asahi Procycling
PetilliSimoneCampari Asahi Procycling
MoschettiMatteoCampari Asahi Procycling
AllegaertPietCampari Asahi Procycling
NeumanDominikCampari Asahi Procycling
ReinhardtTheoCentovalli - Fiat
ScullyTomCentovalli - Fiat
CisseIssiakaCentovalli - Fiat
StockerManuelCentovalli - Fiat
MundleBenediktCentovalli - Fiat
WalscheidMaximilianCentovalli - Fiat
BisseggerStefanCentovalli - Fiat
YoungEricDesigual
SvabJernejDesigual
WackermannLucaDesigual
EatonDanielDesigual
VeronaCarlosDesigual
OleiFedericoDesigual
SuredaJaumeDesigual
RhimBrendanDesigual
HavikYoeriDuolingo
CiolekGeraldDuolingo
MerlierTimDuolingo
OliveiraRuiDuolingo
ArchboldShaneDuolingo
KiskonenSiimDuolingo
VahtraNormanDuolingo
KopfaufMarkusDuolingo
ItamiKenjiGCN Racing
MatthewsMichaelGCN Racing
VingerlingMichaelGCN Racing
McLayDanGCN Racing
ArchibaldJohnGCN Racing
BurkeStevenGCN Racing
WallsMatthewGCN Racing
GallFelixGCN Racing
BennettSamGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
KingBenGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
FordMichaelGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
FrameAlexGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
McCarthyEoinGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
Petrie-ArmstrongAdamGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
EnglishFelixGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
SimpsonGeorgeGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
BonifazioNiccoloLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
VanbilsenKennethLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
MareczkoJakubLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
GamperPatrickLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
BiermansJentheLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Van AertWoutLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
FedeliAlessandroLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
SajnokSzymonLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
GuardiniAndreaMapei
FavilliEliaMapei
BalloniAlfredoMapei
OstergaardNikiMapei
AtkinsJoshMapei
GrosserAaronMapei
PalyiCsabaMapei
VandousselaereSvenMapei
VeselyDanielMinions
LindemanBert-JanMinions
HodegAlvaroMinions
AlbertNielsMinions
RekitaSzymonMinions
RosasLaureanoMinions
ChampoussinClementMinions
BjergMikkelMinions
EwanCalebPodium Ambition
KeukeleireJensPodium Ambition
NelsonRickiPodium Ambition
AlaphilippeJulianPodium Ambition
AberasturiJonPodium Ambition
EdmondsonAlexanderPodium Ambition
MatthewsDarrenPodium Ambition
SteimleJannikPodium Ambition
Van AsbroeckTomPolar
BushRobertPolar
MullenRyanPolar
Garcia CortinaIvanPolar
BrockhoffJanPolar
NychArtemPolar
Gallego MartinJuan AbenhamarPolar
StenersenStenPolar
SaberLahcenSwisslion Cycling Team
BoeckmansKrisSwisslion Cycling Team
MarinGabrielSwisslion Cycling Team
RajovicDusanSwisslion Cycling Team
GroseljMaticSwisslion Cycling Team
KurianovStepanSwisslion Cycling Team
ChristodoulosMichaelSwisslion Cycling Team
SiricIvanSwisslion Cycling Team
LutsyshynRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
GolovashOleksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RiabushenkoAliaksandrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
KochetkovMikhailTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
PszczolarskiWojciechTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
BakariAmadouTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
GladyshRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
AniolkowskiStanislawTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
ManninenMattiValio - Viking Genetics
DanielMaximeValio - Viking Genetics
ChatarungaSameeraValio - Viking Genetics
KulppiOlliValio - Viking Genetics
KaislavuoJesseValio - Viking Genetics
MinaliRiccardoValio - Viking Genetics
AaltioRistoValio - Viking Genetics
NieuwenhuisJorisValio - Viking Genetics
RoweLukeXero Racing
SchreursHamishXero Racing
Van NiekerkMorneXero Racing
NovardiantoJamalidinXero Racing
NikiemaBachirouXero Racing
StannardRobertXero Racing
SchomberNilsXero Racing
KipkemboiSalimXero Racing

 
whitejersey
Content with having not sent a team here, obviously an incredibly strong field as a season opener should be, looking forward to seeing how the sprinters in the division get along!
 
the_hoyle
Damn... did not expect Itami to be an outsider...
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Ollfardh
The first Bonifazio vs. Van Asbroeck of the year, only time will tell if I made the right choice. Nice touch to give him our jersey while talking about his past results!

Sudden flashback to our first ICL race of the season where Van Poppel's flat stat encouraged him to attack with 6K to go instead of wait for the sprint. Let's hope Bonifazio doesn't do anything similar Grin

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Marcovdw
First race for Vesely, going in with fresh hope of finally being able to challenge in the sprints.
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SportingNonsense
I assume the course has been adjusted this year, away from the twisty F1-circuit of Albert Park. That should make for a fairer contest. Will of course be cheering for former rider Swift!
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TheManxMissile
Lets f*cking go! Pocket Rocket is here to party y'all, supported by three riders who could all make the preview in their own right. Plus Edmo, Julian, Darren and Jakob (deal with it Cio, his name is Jakob forever now) as a leadout. Maybe a touch short in FL without Goose with us this year we pack enough finishing speed to compensate.

You know it's a focus race when your #4 sprinter is still ranked a good outsider.
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Fabianski
Rather surprised to see Scully instead of Reinhardt in the outsiders list, but given how much flat and resistance seem to be valued this year, it's understandable.
However, after having seen Marco "Mr. Low-Res" Guillén do so well last year, I'm not too afraid; we should still be good for some great results. Not necessarily in a PCT field, though - but we'll take any points we might get Wink
 
ivaneurope
Well, we didn't come with Kristoff, but we could be a sleeper team with the Lander-Drapac-Stauff trident + throwing some ex-Podium Ambition BG guys for good measure Pfft

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redordead
Excited to see the Lahcen and Kris double act in the season opener Smile



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fintas
let's goBanana
First race of the season and first opportunity to see how the possibility of a sprint train with Swift-Silvestre-Kupfernagel runs. With this team less than a top5 will be a bad result
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Sykkel_Freak
Can't wait to get started! Smile We actually won twice here last year (due to the re-run), so hoping to make it 3/3 Pfft Will be harder now that Guarnieri has lost a bit of speed, though.

Ewan is my favorite I think, and I'm also very interested in seeing how the Swift-Silvestre-Kupfernagel train plays out.
 
jandal7
Debut of three talents as well as maxed Morne and most importantly maxed Jams for us, would love it if Jams had something to say but really just hoping Rowe continues his constant attacking in flat classics from last year and gives it a go from range Grin Thanks for the preview Abhi, can't wait to get going Grin
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ivaneurope
jandal7 wrote:
Debut of three talents as well as maxed Morne and most importantly maxed Jams for us, would love it if Jams had something to say but really just hoping Rowe continues his constant attacking in flat classics from last year and gives it a go from range Grin Thanks for the preview Abhi, can't wait to get going Grin

Higuita will also make an appearance, but for him (as well as few others on the teams) it's more of a filler race ahead of Tour Down Under
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fjhoekie
Let's start with Bakari's debut in our team Grin

Perhaps Lutsyshyn can get himself in the mix, but not hopeful really..
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Kentaurus
Should have basically my whole team in the breakaway and then hopefully get some bit of surprise showing from Vaquera to actually earn any points in this race.
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Mresuperstar
Never a good sign when you bring your top sprinter and he doesn't even make the preview. Embarassed Not expecting much from Eric Young but hopefully he at least makes an appearance in the race report. *Fingers crossed*
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Gustavovskiy
Having a subpar 90k leader makes wonders to the pre-race worrying.

Great to see the season started!
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knockout
I've only ever participated once in this race but since Dzamastagic won on that day, I've kept a sweet spot for this race and am cheering for late attackers here.


A few interesting startlist observations:

- No Gaviria. Quite surprising to me since Gaviria would have been a clear top 3 candidate but i guess this tells us a bit about Lierses sprinter planning.
- Berg sends Swift, Silvestre and Kupfernagel. Very curious how the AI handles that.
- Schomber vs Bakari: Seems like Schomber might find another meme rider that he can actually beat.
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AbhishekLFC
Ollfardh wrote:
Nice touch to give him our jersey while talking about his past results!

Accidental win! Cool
 
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