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Olympia's Tour


Welcome to the 9th edition of the Olympia's Tour. It has been part of the MG calendar all but one year since 2011. It has been a time-trial heavy race now for a while and still is probably the most time-trial friendly race there is. With 2 ITTs and a TTT the winner will have to be proficient against the clock, but will also need support from his teammates in the TTT. Apart from the time-trials there are also 3 road stages dedicated to the sprinters. There are no KOM points in this race, but the stages are long, so stamina could play a role. The former winners of the race on startlist include pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Marlen Zmorka, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Mikhail Ignatiev, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Jacob Fiedler and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Dominique Cornu.

With that said let's look at some of the favourites:

Stage 1 Time Trial

TTR + PRL Score
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka8282
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Fiedler8281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kittel8181
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Howson8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Viennet8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford7979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Mullen7978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Balloni7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Dempster7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Ford7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Janse van Rensburg7878

The aforementioned pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Marlen Zmorka is the top time-trialist and while the opening time-trial is a close mix between a prologue and a time-trial, the Ukrainian is the best in both categories. His closest competitor on paper is another former winner in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Jacob Fiedler, who prefers the longer distance events. Zmorka's teammate pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kittel is the 3rd best rider on the list. After that we have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Howson, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Viennet and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich who are all very strong against the clock. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford is a notch below, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Mullen prefers a longer distance. The rest of the riders on the list have to be considered slight underdogs compared to the top favourites.

Stage 4 Team Time Trial

Top 3 ScoreTop 5 ScoreTop 8 Score
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Repsol - Netflix81.0078.7175.68
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Mapei79.0478.0274.85*
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Duolingo78.3376.873.89
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Minions77.0076.4073.82
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Polar77.9676.6973.74
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Glanbia Foods Cycling Project77.3376.5173.71
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Project: Africa76.9376.5373.40
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk Man Machine76.0074.8270.44
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eur.png Team Europcar73.0771.4469.33
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Berg Cycles74.9373.6769.17
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png DK - SVA Zalgiris72.9370.7168.30
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Centovalli - Fiat71.5670.4967.71
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Farfetch Pro Cycling74.1571.5567.68
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png GCN Racing77.1971.7167.19
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Trans Cycling Team69.1867.1364.99
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Podium Ambition71.3768.0264.19
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Aramco DP68.1565.6063.40

* Mapei have only brought 6 riders to the race

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Repsol come out as big favourites for the team time-trial stage. They top all three of the average scores and their closest competitors in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Mapei have two riders less in their setup, which could easily prove to be their undoing regarding the stage win. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Duolingo who have won TTTs already this season and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Minions are two other teams that will look to challenge Repsol. The former is more top heavy in their setup, while the latter has a more equal setup with only one non-TTer there. Another three teams really worth mentioning here are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Polar, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Glanbia Foods Cycling Project and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Project: Africa. Polar and Glanbia are very similar in all their scores with Project: Africa having a slightly weaker, but very well rounded unit of 8 riders. Props to the latter two to be ranked so highly as CT teams.

Stage 6 Time Trial

TTR + PRL Score
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka8282
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Fiedler8281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kittel8181
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Howson8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Paillot8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Sergent8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Viennet8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Cataford7979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Hamza7679
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi6381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Mullen7978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Dempster7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Ford7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Balloni7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Janse van Rensburg7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Gretsch7678

The last deciding event of the race will be the stage 6 epilogue. The previously mentioned favourites like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Zmorka, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Fiedler and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Kittel among others will still need to put in a good ride on the shorter course to compete for the GC victory. A special mention here should go to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi who is great on these shorter TT events and will be hoping to upset the more accomplished time-trialists.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi7874778080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Swift7372698381
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami7571678082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini7274698082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Nelson7270648181
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Kalaba7470727979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully7466707980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish7171688178
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Salleh7073658080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino7069658277

And speaking of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Kemboi he is here foremost for stage wins in the 3 sprint stages and has all the skills to tackle the long flat stages. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bgc.png Swift is here as the best pure sprinter with the best top speed. Next we have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Itami and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guardini who the two most explosive sprinters here. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/t3a.png Nelson is another fantastic sprinter as long as his lower resistance doesn't hinder him. Young pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/min.png Kalaba is the opposite as the slowest sprinter, but has solid flat and resistance. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully will try to repeat some of Reinhardt's great performance against PCT opposition. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Cavendish has lost some acceleration due to age, but is still a classy sprinter. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Salleh is another CT sprinter here with top speed to compete against some of the best. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Avelino is the sprinter with the most holes in his skill set, but if he can use his top speed then he's a great choice to come up with a win.

Full startlist:

AvelinoOscarAramco DP
PrasadDarshanaAramco DP
TeweldeJaniAramco DP
FonsecaArmindoAramco DP
Abdul HalilMohamad Izzat HilmiAramco DP
RichardsonAlexanderAramco DP
Al MurawwiMohammedAramco DP
ThijssenGerbenAramco DP
SwiftBenBerg Cycles
SilvestreFabioBerg Cycles
BrandaoJoniBerg Cycles
TzortzakisPolychronisBerg Cycles
PortelaMarcioBerg Cycles
VilelaRicardoBerg Cycles
GoncalvesDomingosBerg Cycles
ReckwegMortenBerg Cycles
ScullyTomCentovalli - Fiat
Merino CriadoPedroCentovalli - Fiat
LienhardFabianCentovalli - Fiat
BassoLeonardoCentovalli - Fiat
MäderGinoCentovalli - Fiat
BrĂĽnggerNicoCentovalli - Fiat
WalscheidMaximilianCentovalli - Fiat
BisseggerStefanCentovalli - Fiat
NareklishviliGiorgiDK - SVA Zalgiris
RäimMihkelDK - SVA Zalgiris
NepomnyachsniyAlexandrDK - SVA Zalgiris
DzervusDarijusDK - SVA Zalgiris
OvsyannikovAlexandrDK - SVA Zalgiris
EinhornItamarDK - SVA Zalgiris
LasinisVenantasDK - SVA Zalgiris
NareklishviliBekaDK - SVA Zalgiris
KemboiSalemFarfetch Pro Cycling
PaillotYoannFarfetch Pro Cycling
KamberajXhulianoFarfetch Pro Cycling
van den BergJuliusFarfetch Pro Cycling
MentenMilanFarfetch Pro Cycling
WoutersEnzoFarfetch Pro Cycling
SouliousZisisFarfetch Pro Cycling
AffiniEdoardoFarfetch Pro Cycling
ItamiKenjiGCN Racing
SergentJesseGCN Racing
MatthewsMichaelGCN Racing
ThwaitesScottGCN Racing
McLayDanGCN Racing
MohsErikGCN Racing
ArchibaldJohnGCN Racing
BurkeStevenGCN Racing
CraddockLawsonGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
DowneySeanGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
SebrightAggreyGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
FordMichaelGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
Van der PloegPaulGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
RichardsonIanGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
FrameAlexGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
ConnollyWilliamGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
CavendishMarkKraftwerk Man Machine
ZhupaEugertKraftwerk Man Machine
WillwohlWilliKraftwerk Man Machine
SchädlichLucasKraftwerk Man Machine
Gonzalez CortesJosueKraftwerk Man Machine
GoughWestleyKraftwerk Man Machine
HoBurrKraftwerk Man Machine
KasaGaborKraftwerk Man Machine
Janse van RensburgReinhardtMinions
CatafordAlexandorPodium Ambition
KeukeleireJensPodium Ambition
NelsonRickiPodium Ambition
AlaphilippeJulianPodium Ambition
AberasturiJonPodium Ambition
EdmondsonAlexanderPodium Ambition
DomeneRamonPodium Ambition
WeltenBramPodium Ambition
De LunaFlavioPolar
HaddiSoufianeProject: Africa
KiflayMetkelProject: Africa
LaizerRichard LaningoProject: Africa
HamzaFaycalProject: Africa
GretschPatrickProject: Africa
BetilsonManuelProject: Africa
MuntonByronProject: Africa
TesfomSirakProject: Africa
ZmorkaMarlenRepsol - Netflix
KittelMarcelRepsol - Netflix
Gonzalez SalasMarioRepsol - Netflix
HerradaJesusRepsol - Netflix
TrofimovYuriRepsol - Netflix
BenitoMiguel AngelRepsol - Netflix
PostlbergerLukasRepsol - Netflix
MasLluisRepsol - Netflix
Parra BustamenteHeiner RodrigoTeam Europcar
KorenKristjanTeam Europcar
SchornDanielTeam Europcar
PavlicMarkoTeam Europcar
VinkMichaelTeam Europcar
MillerNickTeam Europcar
Janse van RensburgJacquesTeam Europcar
MahdarMartinTeam Europcar
SallehMohamed HarrifTrans cycling team
AbrahaTesfayTrans cycling team
IgnatievMikhailTrans cycling team
PrimozicJakaTrans cycling team
KnoxJamesTrans cycling team
GanjkhanlouMohammadTrans cycling team
MunozCristianTrans Cycling Team
SotbergAndreTrans cycling team
We have a pretty weak squad here, but I expect Giorgi to score something. actually, our squad is straight garbo thanks to Austria
Manager of the greatest team in the world
DK Žalgiris
Going to need our guys to deliver on their part to challenge for the podium. It's time to have Howson back to his best.

Can't see anyone else other than Repsol though.

Thanks for the preview Red!
Manager of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Duolingo pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png
A great TTT team + Kalaba for the sprints. Hopefully this race brings us some points
Manager of Minions
Well, really no clue why we've signed up for this one... There's some hope that Scully will actually participate in the sprints, given the rather short sprinters list - and even more so as Mundle, who has often destroyed our sprinters' chances so far, is not here. 4 stages where he can possibly shine - let's hope for at least some minor points.

Thanks for the preview!
I hope that my leader Salleh can do something on the third and fifth stages because other stages will be too hard for my team. Smile

thanks redordead for a great preview Grin
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png i.imgur.com/XZ5vU9L.png
Warm-up stage, as expected. Gino did actually pretty well, currently sitting in 4th in the U25 standings. But now let's put the focus on the next two stages, where Scully really needs to deliver.
I guess I'll never understand his horrible showings in those mid-length TTs. I thought PRL did have some impact up to 20km long TTs, but it looks as if for him it's just 100% TT stat, losing 2 minutes here... Lienhard did much better, looks like a better balance is a better fit.

Congrats to Repsol, who at least had one of their top favorites delivering - should look good for GC and team standings!
When did AC become a good time-trialist, this is the third or fourth race in a row he's outperformed his stats, after three or four races underperforming. Positive start, hopefully we can build on this with a couple more good stage results.
Good start from the boys Smile
Manager of Minions
Can't complain with Howson in fifth. In contention for a good final result, that's what we need. Looking forward to stage 4 now.

Congratulations to Repsol!
Manager of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Duolingo pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png
I'm completely happy as I didn't send the TT team on this race.
Mikhail Ignatiev can finally stretch his legs :lol:

Thanks redordead for a great report and congrats to Repsol Smile
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At least Zmorka is always consistent, because if i had to be dependant on what Kittel can do... He's being straight trash all season

Hopefully we dominate the TTT and put the 3 guys in the Top5 of GC together with same decent prologue result
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Pretty awkward race for us. We have a lot of mid-tier TTers and no stand out so any points scored will be welcome.

Zmorka showing why he is the favourite - thanks for the report!
Manager of
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Project: Africa pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png
Hopeful Schädlich can manage a top 10, 7th in the opening stage is a reasonable start.
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Manager of Kraftwerk Man Machine [Man Game]
What is wrong with Scully... Always dropped early, never participating, while someone like Salleh gets a podium, that's just inacceptable. And as if that wasn't enough already, Mäder failed to finish in the first group, basically making it a sure 0-pointer and a huge waste of RDs already.
If he doesn't finally start performing, I'll definitely get rid of that useless Kiwi in the offseason...

Congrats to Farfetch once again, who else could have won this one...
At least my guns in the GC didn't lose time, but someone like Hacecky could've scored some decent backup points which are now gone. Kalaba also not showing himself but at least he's still in the battle for white Frown
Manager of Minions
wohoo thanks to Salleh and his second-place it is what we hoped about for this race to finish in the top 5 in the second and fifth stage. Tomorrow it won't be our day but in the day before the last it will be another stage for Salleh and I hope he can do another great result there.

Congrats to Farfetch for a win and a nice report to redordead Smile
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TheManxMissile wrote:
When did AC become a good time-trialist, this is the third or fourth race in a row he's outperformed his stats, after three or four races underperforming. Positive start, hopefully we can build on this with a couple more good stage results.

Ah, that's the AC i've come to know!

Decent work from the Jon-Kek-Ricki train, although yet again being the top train isn't really the way to go (imagine, just imagine, if PCM AI was half decent and had each of them on a different train!). Also Julian up in the Top25 as well is nice to see.
Tough blow to Podium Ambition with Cataford getting dropped like that.

Congratulations jph. Kemboi did it again.

Thanks for the sweet reports, red!
Manager of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Duolingo pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png
Every rider in this first group. That's great. Let's hope it continues this way in the other flat stages
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

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