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Colombo Classic


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The 4th edition of the Colombo Classic. The characteristics of this race favour the classic puncheurs. It's nearly 186 km long with 8 traversals of a circuit that is mostly flatish, with the exception of a short hill within it. After completing the circuit the riders face a slightly longer and steeper climb, before descending all the way to the finish line. The ability to punch up the hills will of course be crucial, but the flat kilometres on the circuit could tire the riders. As well as the descents could prove to be an avenue to rest their legs or launch an attack.

This is a race that featured some of the best puncheurs in it's 3 prior years as a PTHC categorised race. This year it's been moved to the C2 category and will therefore host the best the CT division has to offer. But don't be fooled, the startlist is full of talented riders.

Let's look at some of the favourites:

Favourites


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Kelderman8275708071
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Moscon7977717669
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson7972707572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Juul-Jensen7874737669
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png Eiking7874717869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/esc.png Meyer7971747462
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Quevedo7872697272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sva.png Felline7773687571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.png Hoelgaard7772727269
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Dieteren7770677573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Mudarra7770717464
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Palini7868697561
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Anuar Aziz7868697362
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png Ben Nasser7767677366


As with any hilly race this season we cannot look past pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Kelderman as the #1 favourite. No one can match his hill stat, he is well suited to even longer races with his great stamina and there are no chinks in his armour whatsoever.

Next we have another very well rounded rider in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Moscon. It's difficult to imagine anyone beating Kelderman, but if it was to happen, Moscon should be one of the riders in position to do so. The same can be said of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Edmondson, who can also descend pretty well.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Juul-Jensen is another rider that brings a great set of skills to the table that should serve him well, same for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gct.png Eiking. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/esc.png Meyer is better than most on the flat and terrific going uphill, but is not the best descender, so he will have to work around that somehow.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Quevedo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sva.png Felline and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Dieteren are all very strong riders, but they all lack a little when the pace picks up on the flats. Dieteren on the other hand is one of the better descenders. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.png Hoelgaard is good a allrounder, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Mudarra struggles a bit going downhill.

Lastly we have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Palini, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Anuar Aziz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png Ben Nasser. All strong puncheurs in their own right, but all more one dimensional riders. They all lack the resistance, ability on the flat and downhill skills compared to most of the other favourites. They will need to ride a smart race to achieve a top result.


Full startlist:

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EdmondsonJoshuaBNZ Cycling Team
VuillermozAlexisBNZ Cycling Team
YatesJoelBNZ Cycling Team
DelgerbayarSonomtserenBNZ Cycling Team
ErdenebatBilguunjargalBNZ Cycling Team
ErdenesurenMunkhtulgaBNZ Cycling Team
ScottCameronBNZ Cycling Team
MarryattJakeBNZ Cycling Team
NdayisengaValensBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
KhederiSouheilBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
SchoonbroodtBobBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
Ben NasserHassenBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
CarrSimonBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
LopezJuan PedroBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MugishaMoiseBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MunyanezaDidierBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
KunshinAleksejCampari Asahi Procycling
DieterenJanCampari Asahi Procycling
JungHa JeonCampari Asahi Procycling
FiorelliFilippoCampari Asahi Procycling
LascaFranciscoCampari Asahi Procycling
PetilliSimoneCampari Asahi Procycling
NakaneHidetoCampari Asahi Procycling
IkibeSotaCampari Asahi Procycling
Juul-JensenChristopherCarlsberg - Danske bank
EislersSandisCarlsberg - Danske Bank
De VreeseLaurensCarlsberg - Danske Bank
OlesenPatrickCarlsberg - Danske Bank
SulvaranGyasiCarlsberg - Danske Bank
GregaardJonasCarlsberg - Danske Bank
TsatevichAlexeyCarrefour - ESPN
QuevedoXavierCarrefour - ESPN
CarusoDamianoCarrefour - ESPN
BerczPatrickCarrefour - ESPN
RowsellErickCarrefour - ESPN
SkalaJakubCarrefour - ESPN
MosconGianniCentovalli - Fiat
LienhardFabianCentovalli - Fiat
ThieryCyrileCentovalli - Fiat
BassoLeonardoCentovalli - Fiat
MäderGinoCentovalli - Fiat
BrünggerNicoCentovalli - Fiat
MundleBenediktCentovalli - Fiat
WalscheidMaximilianCentovalli - Fiat
MeyerTravisEddie Stobart
HugentoblerGregoryEddie Stobart
UmerbekovNikitaEddie Stobart
De TierFlorisEddie Stobart
JoeaarGertEddie Stobart
LewisShaunEddie Stobart
Van der PloegNeilEddie Stobart
SaviniDanielEddie Stobart
EikingOdd ChristianGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
Mehr-WenigeDietmarGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
ZieslerJohan FredrikGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
FlügelAleksandarGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
ZingleRomainGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
LindauPhilipGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
RattoDanieleGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
KangangiSuleimanGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
FrankovicMateoMcCormick Pro Cycling
McCutcheonConnorMcCormick Pro Cycling
GraniganNoahMcCormick Pro Cycling
GunnlaugssonKristoferMcCormick Pro Cycling
BrownConnor WMcCormick Pro Cycling
MostovZekeMcCormick Pro Cycling
WirtgenLucMcCormick Pro Cycling
CurranGeoffreyMcCormick Pro Cycling
MudarraPabloMOL
PonsGaetanMOL
KenyeresAbelMOL
PereyraPedro PabloMOL
DinaMartonMOL
AbdurrahmanMuhammadMOL
FilutasViktorMOL
MoriczDanielMOL
PaliniAndreaNordica - Enel
LafayVictorNordica - Enel
VilaAimilianoNordica - Enel
BattistellaSamueleNordica - Enel
VenchiaruttiNicolaNordica - Enel
AgrotisAlexandrosNordica - Enel
KeldermanWilcoPhilips
KrederMichelPhilips
WatsonCalvinPhilips
BardetRomainPhilips
BovenhuisJasperPhilips
StorerMichaelPhilips
Cepeda HernandezJeffersonPhilips
SchellingIdePhilips
SeibebCostaProject: Africa
SsabagwanyaSamuelProject: Africa
AugustynJohn-LeeProject: Africa
MainKentProject: Africa
MuntonByronProject: Africa
Van HeerdenEddieProject: Africa
TesfomSirakProject: Africa
MuhindoJimmyProject: Africa
Anuar AzizMohamed ShawalSauber Petronas Racing
PellaudSimonSauber Petronas Racing
HirschiMarcSauber Petronas Racing
MisbahMushinSauber Petronas Racing
Nur HasanSandySauber Petronas Racing
JacobsJohanSauber Petronas Racing
NoiaCarloSauber Petronas Racing
Van den BergLarsSauber Petronas Racing
ZainiTommySotto il sole di riccione
RabottiniMatteoSotto il sole di riccione
CanolaMarcoSotto il sole di riccione
PasqualonAndreaSotto il sole di riccione
Dalla ValleNicolasSotto il sole di riccione
LonardiGiovanniSotto il sole di Riccione
LuccaRiccardoSotto il sole di riccione
JermanZigaSotto il Sole di Riccione
KrederWesleyStrava
FellineFabioStrava
MolardRudyStrava
RouxAnthonyStrava
RosaDiegoStrava
HansenJesperStrava
MygindRasmusStrava
SchinnagelJohannesStrava
HoelgaardDanielTryg - Ritter Sport
SmirnovsAndrisTryg - Ritter Sport
ZimmermannGeorgTryg - Ritter Sport
NommelaAkselTryg - Ritter Sport
HonoreMikkelTryg - Ritter Sport
KronAndreasTryg - Ritter Sport
RodenbergFrederikTryg - Ritter Sport
RiesMichelTryg - Ritter Sport
GebremedhinAwetValio - Viking Genetics
KanervaJoniValio - Viking Genetics
PaajanenPaavoValio - Viking Genetics
Bergstrom FriskHannesValio - Viking Genetics
MinaliRiccardoValio - Viking Genetics
HänninenJaakoValio - Viking Genetics
LindahlJesperValio - Viking Genetics
PeltonenUkko IisakkiValio - Viking Genetics
 
Jakstar22
Let’s go team!!! Good luck everyone!!
 
SotD
This race sure is Kelderman's to lose! That's one massive gap in quality between the best and the rest.
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Shonak
Thanks for the preview. Let's all hope for a race without any attacks and a nice reduced bunch sprint, won by Felline or Kreder. Cheers! On a more serious note, this is likely the first time we can properly test our 3 hill rider strategy and hopefully they can all score.
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AbhishekLFC
Off course with Kelderman I expect a win but I'm not as confident as Yekaterinburg because of the downhill finish. Will need him to use his skills on the ascent to make sure of the expected result. Hope Watson can keep going as well like Yekaterinburg.
 
baseballlover312
Hoping for a result here of course, but on CT hills this year the field is so wide that's it's all down to luck after Kelderman. Just gotta stay alert at the front and see what happens.
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krisa
weird to see ZAini is no favourite BananaAngry
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hillis91
Hopefully we can get something great out of this, we are sending a strong group and we are looking to get some points here!

Kelderman the man to beat
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Fabianski
It's redemption time after the underwhelming results in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, downhill + flat finish isn't really Moscon's preferred terrain, so he'd have to get clear on that last hill for a podium or even more.
If we once again get a bunch sprint on a hilly race, maybe Lienhard or Thièry could be in the mix - but I'd prefer to see them attacking early anyway.

Thanks for the preview!
 
sammyt93
Unfortunately Anuar Aziz only looks like a top 10 contender this year, but it's still worth it for us to finally get hold of him.
 
maxime86
Happy to see Quevedo mentioned relatively highly in this preview. Hoping for some fireworks out of him despite his flat due to his great Mountain+Hill.

Thanks for the preview Redordead!
 
Fabianski
Well, that one definitely mustn't go to the breakaway. Once again, the AI was extremely lame in a hilly race ending in a downhill - in most of these the breakaway wins. I'd definitely be happier with more HTFs, as long as the AI messes up with the catch so often... On the other hand, it's great for those who are allowed to join the breakaway - congrats to Carlsberg!

We did a good job in limiting the damage, though, taking 9th to 11th, plus two more in the Top25. But it should have been 4th to 6th instead...

Thanks for the report, nice read (until the last hill Pfft)!
 
cio93
Johannes Schinnagel!!!!! Shock

wow I'm absolutely over the moon with his ride here.
Obviously it sucks for the favorites (and all unbiased spectators) that it played out like this, but what a way to make that loan worth it for Strava in spring already! Grin

I'm perpetually worried that my CT loans end up serving mostly myself to temporarily offload some of my development expenses, but at least in this case the benefit is already mutual.

Congrats also to our friends at Carlsberg who can surely breathe another sigh of relief and look forward to the next ranking update. Smile
 
SotD
Well that was a strange result...
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hillis91
SotD wrote:
Well that was a strange result...


+1...
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baseballlover312
Well, wow. Okay! Shock

Very strange to see the breakaway win here. The peloton surely had the manpower and should have had the motivation, but just didn't do anything when it mattered. Disappointing as a racing fan, but of course I can't complain about the result. We can use a little good luck once in a while! Grin

Gregaard seemed to use his mountain to drill away at the climbs here. He's a pretty terrible puncheur, so it was surprising to see him with so much strength. His backups must have helped. Then the downhill sprint really helped him by not letting anyone have enough speed to come around. If that's flat, I think he fades and probably finishes 6th, so very lucky for us. Hopefully this is the first of a lot of good results for him.

JJ in the pack, which is fine since we were in the break. Gotta feel bad for other teams with top puncheurs who just get nothing when they deserved more.

Thanks for a great report redordead!
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Nemolito
Wasn't participating here but obviously interested to see how my fellow CT managers were doing A very nice and clear report with a surprising finale, congratz bbl! I can imagine Abhishek waking up grumpy in a couple of hours Pfft Luckily this was only C2 and he didn't lose too many points here
 
Tamijo
Could not expect much here so..
 
cunego59
Well that was certainly unexpected Grin Our continued aggressiveness pays off in a big way. 5th is more than I could ever have hoped for, and for a young Rwandan talent in Moise Mugisha to achieve this is just fantastic. Cool to see Lopez active once again as well, eventhough he didn't make it with the others until the end.

For Ben Nasser, this is 100% what I expected to see, and what I expect to see in many races this year - simply being in a poor position and falling behind early because of it. Which is why every single point in hilly races is much appreciated, and especially in this way. Fantastic race for us, congrats to bbl, very happy to see your season going so well, and thank you for the nice report red!
 
Shonak
cio93 wrote:
Johannes Schinnagel!!!!! Shock

wow I'm absolutely over the moon with his ride here.
Obviously it sucks for the favorites (and all unbiased spectators) that it played out like this, but what a way to make that loan worth it for Strava in spring already! Grin

I'm perpetually worried that my CT loans end up serving mostly myself to temporarily offload some of my development expenses, but at least in this case the benefit is already mutual.

Congrats also to our friends at Carlsberg who can surely breathe another sigh of relief and look forward to the next ranking update. Smile

Legend Schinnagel!

Also lol @ rest of strava. Gratz to all lucky escapees, especially bbl and thanks for the report!
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