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[PCT] Minions '21

It's the final month of the racing season, excluding the championships. One final push to get us further up the ranking.

Japan Cup

Hagen has two more races in his final month, starting with Japan Cup. His fate was already sealed though, no matter how well he'd do here it would be his second-last race for us. Looking to increase his value on the job market, he was very active all race and went to the line with Yates, who was the better of the two. Second place in PTHC did deliver a lot of points though.


Rating: BananaBananaBananaBanana
Looking to hire a lazy puncheur who only cares in October?

Vilnius GP

We have a decent but admittedly not extraordinary team time trial squad, especially with Uran needed elsewhere. So any points coming home from Lithuania were welcome. With our twelfth place we scored fifteen, so not bad at all!


Rating: BananaBananaBanana
Almost free points.

Bayern Rundfahrt

Uran was needed for a race with two time trials and a semi-mountain stage. The big climbers already ended their season so this was a huge opportunity to score big. It started off very well, with the Colombian tenth on the first stage ahead of most rivals. Kalaba got boxed in on the flat stage unfortunately. Uran fought his way to the front on the mountain stage but did not gain enough time on some weaker climbers. At this point he was third in the general classification and just needed a good TT to get on the podium. Unfortunately, the legs were quite poor on the final day as he finished thirty-first, and dropped all the way to ninth.


Rating: BananaBanana
What looked so good.

Giro dell'Emelia

On the final day we were not involved in any important ranking battle, so we could ride with no pressure. Hagen took this a bit too literally by not doing anything noteworthy despite coming ninth in the final sprint.


Rating: BananaBananaBanana
The season is over, time to party!


11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngAker - MOT375517521,46
42pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.pngLos Pollos Hermanos325817518,62

These are the final rankings, which we'll cover in more details later. For now, we just want to say we kept seventeenth place which is safe from relegation but also far away from promotion.

I hope I'm invited to the party. You can choose whether I bring Quispe or Manarelli as a +1. Or maybe it's time to invite Bru again? Think your leaders rather disappointed you this season. Hagen was one of the victims of the incredibly strong puncheur PCT division. Interested to see what you will do with him (and Uran) during the off season.
@Nemolito - Manarelli is a team legend so always welcome, and we'd be honored to have the best cyclist ever attending. Bru on the other cannot be seen within 5 kilometers of our HQ Pfft


We didn't spoil it in the October review, but here it is, the final rankings.

Team rankings

1pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngAker - MOT3755
4pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.pngLos Pollos Hermanos3258
6pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.pngTeam UBS3119
7pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff3053
9pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngKraftwerk Man Machine2917
10pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/brs.pngBralirwa - Stevens2871
11pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.pngBinance Cycling2801
12pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/cdb.pngCarlsberg - Danske Bank2744
13pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngRed Bull Zalgiris2625
14pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lpu.pngLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam2607
15pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngProject: Africa2589
16pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.pngAssa Abloy2431
18pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/voy.pngVoyagin - Bird2144
19pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pfi.pngPhilips - Force India2131
20pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ino.pngIndosat Ooredoo2112
21pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/spr.pngSauber Petronas Racing2030
22pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.pngCarrefour - ESPN2006
23pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngJura - Fiat2003
24pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.pngPodium Ambition1800
25pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/trg.pngTryg - Ritter Sport1736
26pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gcn.pngEurosport x GCN1438

So we finished seventeenth, our worst ever result since barely surviving in our first season in PCT. The last three years we placed exactly mid-table in thirteenth or fourteenth, an now we dropped to middle right-table. After the first few months this does not come as a surprise, it looked clear we were not challenging for promotion and the odd result kept us away from relegation danger. For next season we have to reverse the trend, which might require a big clean-up and some new superstar signings which actually deliver.

Individual rankings

1Eduard Alexander BeltranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ced.pngCedevita1171
59Edvald Boasson HagenNORpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions350
64Daniel VeselyCZEpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions329
76Rigoberto UranCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions282
97Dusan KalabaSERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions229
100Ruben ZepuntkeGERpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions222
112Alvaro HodegCOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions177
129Pawel PoljanskiPOLpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions148
162Chad HagaUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions113
197Laurens SweeckBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions85
272Leandro MarcosCUBpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions49
283Borislav IvanovBULpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions46
304Andrei NechitaROMpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions38
315Mauri VansevenantBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions36
322Jordan CheyneCANpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions34
326Mathias De WitteBELpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions33
334Bert-Jan LindemanNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions32
348Bjorn SelanderUSApcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions28
349Pim LigthartNEDpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions28
360Laureano RosasARGpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions26
400Antoine DuchesneCANpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions18
460Florentino MarquezESPpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions8
465Mikkel BjergDENpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngMinions8

While in previous seasons we had a rider high up in the individual rankings, we do not find any Minion inside the top fifty.

At fifty-nine is our highest scoring rider: Edvald Boasson Hagen. Before the season this would not have been a surprise, but his performances during the season were mostly bad. Somehow still ending up as highest scoring rider is testament to how the rest of the team did.

Daniel Vesely is only a few positions behind but he also had his fair share of missed opportunities and poorly timed sprints.

For the first time, Rigoberto Uran is not our best rider in the individual rankings, but the legs haven't been what they used to be. We didn't expect him to pull out wins everywhere and his points were still quite decent.

Our secondary sprinter Dusan Kalaba only finished a hundred points behind the lead sprinter, despite having to do with lesser opportunities. Perhaps a change of role for next season?

Ruben Zepuntke received training but that did not translate to significantly better results. We might need to throw bananas at someone else.

Rider of the season: Alvaro Hodeg! What a season from the young Colombian who might not have been that successful as lead-out, but in the very few opportunities he had for himself he converted them to very good results, including the odd win. He'll have earned more chances next season.

Everyone in the team managed to score points, so no one has to feel bad and everyone is invited to the team party. May next season be a better one and finally fix our procastrination of building a team capable of promotion.

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Bru scored six points for us, now ex LPH rider Marquez only scored eight for you. I think we now both know to not scout for any of our ex-riders anymore Pfft I hope Zepuntke can deliver a bit more for you next season, he's really had some atrocious results :/

Before the season we had set five goals to achieve. We asked a few Minions to react to our results.

Tour of Ukraine - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 10th


Tour de Vineyards - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 19th


Tour de Slovenie - Win

Chad Haga - 38th


Bayern Rundfahrt - Top 5

Rigoberto Uran - 9th


PCT Team Standings - Top 5

Minions - 17th


Congratulations on joining Team Failed Goals! I have a little something to cheer up the Minions though, as it's a present I can't tell what it is.

God damn those Goal results are awful! Quite interested in your off-season plans, as this team has been treading mid-table water since promotion to the PCT. More so when realising EBH & Uran are on yet another decline (along with 7 other riders).

Maybe time to remove the minions from a position of control?


@Nemolito - Thanks for the present, I'm sure the team won't fight over who gets it.

@TheManxMissile - Planning the goals around Uran, those super suitable to his skills even after decline, did not turn out well. We need a rebuild, but I've been saying that every year. Perhaps the Minions have trouble following my orders.


Hooooolyyyy that's a rough go at goals here, looking forward to watching how you sort out the aging squad rebuild in the transfer window with what one could assume is going to be a pretty gimped budget.
Edited by whitejersey on 22-06-2022 22:16
I think you have some decent building blocks for a rebuild. Two good young sprinters, Zepunkte will be around for a while and still has potential, Bjerg should become a very consistent scorer when maxed. They probably all would need some training to be elite in their respective role, but still. Anything climbing related is obviously a bit rough, but Hagen and Uran (either by release or by lower demand) should reduce your wage bill significantly and give you some flexibility. It's a big task to be sure, but you got something to work with I think.
Ah, fellow 0/5 goal compadre
@whitejersey - On the bright side, lesser budget means less chance to waste it Pfft

@cunego59 - The flat discipline is well filled. It are the mountains and hills where we need to redevelop. Uran might still be useful next year but I don't see Hagen having any future.

@quadsas - We need to start a moral support group.

At the end of the season, riders from each country battle it out for the right to wear a jersey with the country's flag. It does not bring any ranking points or money, just pure nationalism. We have riders from sixteen different countries all over the globe, so a lot to report about.


Rosas rode the Argentinian races together with riders from Brazil, Chile and Panama. He only had to beat his countrymen to win a title though, with big chances in the time trial. He had a good ride but unfortunately Sepulveda was a few seconds faster.

Laureano RosasRR5th+ 16TT2nd+ 23


Our busiest NC with three participants: De Witte, Sweeck and Vansevenant. The first one performed best on the cobbled road race, finishing in the front group of a strong field in seventh. Sweeck was our winner in the time trial with fifteenth place, three places ahead of Vansevenant.

Mathias De WitteRR7ths.t.TT43rd+ 8'25
Laurens SweeckRR23rd+ 1'08TT15th+ 3'59
Mauri VansevenantRR48th+ 3'24TT18th+ 4'11


Bulgaria joined forces with other European countries, but Ivanov only had five opponents. The route was way too flat for him to be a contender, coming in fourth out of six in both events.

Borislav IvanovRR4ths.t.TT4th+ 5'42


Duchesne targets the hilly road race, while Cheyne is a favorite for the time trial. Both men got on the top step of the podium but where beaten by Houle and Cataford respectively.

Jordan CheyneRR10th+ 17.TT2nd+ 1'19
Antoine DuchesneRR2nds.t.TT6th+ 3'55


Uran has claimed the RR title before on mountainous courses, and Hodeg is one of the best sprinters from Colombia, but this profile suited neither. The time trial is Uran's kingdom though with no serious challenger over the years, until now. A certain Bernal beat his time at the first checkpoint, and the second, and would beat him by over a minute at the finish. His best days are definitely over.

Alvaro HodegRR31st+ 2'33TT18th+ 3'57
Rigoberto UranRR12ths.t.TT2nd+ 1'08


Mixed with other Caribbean and Central American countries (and for some topography fails, Bosnia and Mongolia), Marcos' only opponent was Perez from Podium Ambition. On the cobblestone course, Marcos let everyone eat his dust to celebrate on the line and the podium. He partied a bit too hard as Perez blew him away in the time trial.


Leandro MarcosRR1st1h10'18TT2nd+ 2'35

Czech Republic

A flat course for Vesely, but his sprints have not been all that consistent. From this race we determined it must have been the sprint train as he sailed to victory solo with ease!


Daniel VeselyRR1st1h21'27TT16th+ 11'22


Bjerg is a promising time trialist, but taking the win in the senior Danish TT championship is a year or two too soon. He did take his first top ten though.

Mikkel BjergRR20th+ 6'23TT10th+ 3'23


Zepuntke is a favorite on cobblestones, but anything can happen. The German though got surprised by a strong Degenkolb and never even came close to the champagne. Scheiße.

Ruben ZepuntkeRR4ths.t.TT17th+ 6'22


Lindeman participated, and that's all we have to say about him. Ligthart was an outsider for the time trial victory and got onto the podium, but on the lowest instead of the highest step

Pim LigthartRR63rd+ 3'08TT3rd+ 59
Bert-Jan LindemanRR46th+ 2'01TT42nd+ 10'44


If Hagen cannot win the race which has specifically been made to give him one final Norwegian title he is officially the most overpaid rider we ever had. The other riders were not in on the plan and demonstrated what Hagen actually is, a fraud.

Edvald Boasson HagenRR4th+ 6TT10th+ 2'30


A hilly route should suit Poljanski, but it suited others more. He did not play a role in the final sprint and finished tenth.

Pawel PoljanskiRR10th+ 27TT16th+ 7'39


On the mountain Nechita failed miserably, finishing last amongst the Romanians, but in the time trial he was on his best form. He had to be with a challenging Tvetcov, but he beat the Evonik rider by three seconds to take the title!


Andrei NechitaRR16th+ 44TT1st1h04'34


In a mix with other smaller European nations, Kalaba had to battle with among others Borisavljevic. The latter was the favorite for both events, but had bad legs on the uphill sprint which Kalaba took full advantage of. Not only did he win the Serbian championship but he also beat the riders from the other nations. In the time trial Borisavljevic did beat him though.


Dusan KalabaRR1st1h17'11TT3rd+ 1'27


While a mountain climb should be a huge opportunity for Marquez, we'd be talking about the young Marquez. The old Marquez doesn't have enough energy to be there at the end.

Florentino MarquezRR12th+ 17TT25th+ 5'54

United States

Selander felt really good in the road race and made it difficult for the big favorites Van Garderen, Boswell and Phinney, but in the end he had to settle for fourth. Haga played a minor role but nevertheless took tenth in both the road race and the time trial.

Chad HagaRR10th+ 14.TT10th+ 3'49
Bjorn SelanderRR4ths.t.TT29th+ 8'43

Perez offers his congratulations to Leandro, and will put up a stronger fight for the RR next season Pfft

The cycling season ends as always with the World Championships, this time held in downtown Manhattan between the big skyscrapers of New York City. The route is mostly flat with a slight bit of undulation. We have eleven riders participating from ten nationalities over the six events, so plenty to talk about!

B Road Race

The B race is meant for smaller countries to have a chance at competing, the country of the winning rider advancing to the main race. Our Kalaba from Serbia had the best chance of achieving that win, while Nechita from Romania and the Canadian duo of Cheyne and Duchesne had a leader capable of this (Grosu and Houle), leaving Argentina's Rosas as the one most likely to only race once. Kalaba participated in the sprint and finished a decent eighth, right behind Grosu and Houle. The spot in the main event went to Kenya thanks to Kemboi's win.


1Salem KemboiKenya6h00'12
8Dusan KalabaSerbias.t.
35Antoine DuchesneCanadas.t.
99Jordan CheyneCanadas.t.
114Laureano RosasArgentina+ 3'31
130Andrei NechitaRomanias.t.

Team Time Trial

Four riders spread over three teams participated in the team event. The aforementioned Canadian duo Cheyne-Duchesne took seventeenth out of twenty-four with their team, while the Dutchies took ninth with Ligthart. Team USA was in the hunt for the victory at home, taking the lead when they crossed the line, putting Haga in one of the hot seats. Portugal relegated them to second and the victorious French relegated them to third, and that is where they remained. Bronze medal for Chad Haga!


3Chad HagaUSA+ 6
9Pim LigthartNetherlands+ 39
17Jordan CheyneCanada+ 1'09
17Antoine DuchesneCanadas.t.

U23 Time Trial

Bjerg won the time trial in the Tour de l'Avenir, and as such is amongst the favorites in the U23 time trial against similar opposition. He was too distracted by the NY skyline to get in the zone and only posted the nineteenth time, even losing out to Danish teammate Hulgaard.

1Byron MuntonAfrica A1h16'23
19Mikkel BjergDenmark+ 3'00

Time Trial

Our only representative in the time trial, and the only rider to do three events is Cheyne as Canadian number two behind Cataford. He was one of the weaker riders and his only goal is avoiding the red lantern, which he did by seventeen seconds to Cruz as forty-fourth out of forty-eighth.

1Taylor PhinneyUSA1h13'16
44Jordan CheyneCanada+ 4'36

U23 Road Race

Bjerg helped the Danish team take ninth with Rodenberg in the under-23 road race, and even took twentieth himself. Who would have thought he would finish only one place lower in the RR compared to the TT.

1Alberto DaineseItaly5h54'49
20Mikkel BjergDenmarks.t.

Road Race

And now for the main event, let's get ready to rumble! For Colombia we have Hodeg, for Norway we have Hagen and the main contender, from the Czech Republic: Vesely. Unfortunately, Vesely could not participate in the sprint due to bad positioning, meaning our only chance for the win went up in smoke. Hagen did much better and benefited from the small inclines to finish in seventeenth. But the best performance came from Hodeg, even though he finished out of the peloton. His work earlier in the day was valuable to bring Gaviria in a promising position, and the Colombian sprinted to the win and the rainbow jersey! At least one of us got a party to never forget!


1Fernando GaviriaColombia6h10'20
17Edvald Boasson HagenNorways.t.
62Daniel VeselyCzech Republics.t.
167Alvaro HodegColombia+ 4'36


Even though the results were not always that amazing, we thought it would be a nice idea to end the season with a party. After all, relegation was avoided so there was no need for punishment either. We converted our top secret hideout (in Nepal, halfway up Mount Everest, taking a left at the sign "Top-secret hideout", mind the gap!) into a party venue. Many Minions had too much to drink and partied all the way through the night.


Suddenly, armed men come through the door, having found our secret hideout (how could they have known?). Taken by surprise, the Minions have no time to flee and end up being captured. The men announce themselves as a joint American-Guatemalan-Qatari army. It seems like our troubled past has finally caught up to us.



Shocking conclusion to the season, hope the little yellow guys got out okay Pfft
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