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Tour of Ukraine Discussion
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Tour of Ukraine (HC)


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Honor roll

YearWinner
2020Ryan Eastman (Azteca - NBCSN)
2019Aleksandr Pluchkin (Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff)
2018Ion Izagirre (Iberia - Team Degenkolb)
2017Simone Ponzi (Hugo Boss)
2016Thomas Dekker (Compal - Merida)
2015Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Evonik - ELKO)
2014Dan Craven (Venchi - Ferranti)


2020 edition

1Ryan EastmanAzteca - NBCSN3h55'55
2Alexandor CatafordPodium Ambition+ 26
3Tim DeesDK - SVA Zalgiris+ 1'03
4Mattia CattaneoMOL+ 1'34
5Chad HagaMinions+ 1'50
6Ion IzagirrePolar+ 2'15
7Yoann PaillotFarfetch Pro Cycling+ 2'22
8Robert GesinkDuolingo+ 2'36
9Josue Gonzalez CortesKraftwerk Man Machine+ 2'50
10Benat IntxaustiDK - SVA Zalgiris+ 2'55


Favourites Dolyna Raion

ImageLast nameFirst nameMTNHILTTPRL
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngKeizerMartijn80708080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.pngFaglum KarlssonMarcus79737379
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngFraileOmar76727979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.pngCatafordAlexandor72707979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngLaengenVegard Stake76737677
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngSolerMarc76717477
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngPluchkinAleksandr83737777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.pngGesinkRobert79777676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngUranRigoberto80727676


Favourites Ivano Frankivsk > Chernyk

ImageLast nameFirst nameMTNHILTTPRL
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.pngSpilakSimon81787373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngPluchkinAleksandr83737777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.pngGesinkRobert79777676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngIzagirreIon74817777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pfi.pngTalanskyAndrew78767171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngMasnadaFausto77767370
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngPoljanskiPawel77776767
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngAmezawaTakeaki77776460


Favourites Nadvirna

ImageLast nameFirst nameMTNHILTTPRL
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngKeizerMartijn80708080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngFraileOmar76727979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.pngCatafordAlexandor72707979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngOliveiraIvo70727979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngLammertinkSteven64698079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngIzagirreIon74817777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngBobridgeJack69837777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngUranRigoberto80727676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.pngGesinkRobert79777676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngBernalEgan79727674


Favourites GC

ImageLast nameFirst nameMTNHILTTPRL
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngKeizerMartijn80708080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngFraileOmar76727979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngIzagirreIon74817777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngPluchkinAleksandr83737777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.pngFernandesJose75707777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngDeesTim74717675
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngBernalEgan79727674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngUranRigoberto80727676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.pngGesinkRobert79777676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngBobridgeJack69837777


Let's look at all participating teams in detail:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.png Aker - MOTPCT****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
AmezawaTakeakiJPN2677776460
FossTobiasNOR2476717470
JansenAmund GrondahlNOR2764706566
LaengenVegard StakeNOR3276737677
LammertinkStevenNED2864698079
NgandambaGeoffroyGAB3259697371
VangstadAndreasNOR2972707776


First team in this preview is Aker-MOT. This team has favourites in all three stages: Laengen (stage 1), Amezawa (stage 2) and Lammertink (stage 3).
Laengen looks like the leader for the general classification. The Norwegian is a contender for a top-10 spot.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.png Assa AbloyPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
Faglum KarlssonMarcusSWD2779737379
FreulerJan-AndreSWI2972756869
GallopinTonyFRA3370737473
GesbertElieFRA2673766466
Gonzalez SalasMarioESP2957608080
MoscaJacopoITA2872756368
VichotArthurFRA3364756464
ZukowskyNickolasCAN2362686768


Marcus Faglum Karlsson will aim for the leader jersey after the first stage. However, we don't think the Swede is strong enough to compete for the overall win.
Gonzalez Salas is another prologue (and time trial) specialist. His skills doesn't seem to suit the stage profiles in Ukraine.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.png Binance CyclingPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
AfonsoLuisPOR3166775858
BartlDavidGER3077727175
BenitoMiguel AngelESP2875707373
FernandesJosePOR2675707777
RodriguesJoaoPOR2778737474
StavrakakisGeorgiosGRE2361677173
TzortzakisPolychronisGRE3261637576
YatesJoelNZL2563736868


This team is stacked with four climbers who are all capable of a good time trial. The Portugese Jose Fernandes should be the leader of this group.
Luis Afonso looks to aim for a good result in the second stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/brs.png Bralirwa - StevensPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
El SabbahiHoucaineMOR2464686368
FiedlerJacobGER3457658079
HadiJanvierRWA2974727474
MugishaMoiseRWA2468706160
MugishaSamuelRWA2463687064
RosskopfJoeyUSA3273757677
SchoonbroodtBobNED3063756363
UwizeyimanaBonaventureRWA2876727474


Jacob Fiedler was tenth in the time trial of 2020. That seems to be a good objective for this year as well.
This team has with Hadi, Rosskopf and Uwizeyimana thee allrounders that should be able to perform in the general classification.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bwt.png BWT Hyundai N CyclingCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BartaWilliamUSA2576727375
JacobsenTormodNOR2873737273
KozhatayevBakhtiyarKAZ2977747272
LudvigssonFredrikSWD2763766969
MarchewkaKrzysztofPOL2864607777
SakalouAndreiBLR2876756565
StoenchevValentinBUL3067687676
ThillTomLUX3166737474


BWT Hyundai N Cycling is the only Continental Team in this year's race. Unfortunately their best time trialers (Marchewka and Stoenchov) don't have a good record in the mountains.
Like Bralirwa-Stevens they have three leaders for the classement: Barta, Jacobsen and Kozhatayev.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/cdb.png Carlsberg - Danske BankPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
AsgreenKasperDEN2666776868
CannisterGoldwijnnCUR2261656466
ForssellHugoSWD2262687171
KrigbaumMathiasDEN2669707473
RoeTimothyAUS3275737575
SteroboRasmusDEN3071637878
SulvaranGyasiCUR2768727172
SuterJoelSWI2362686565


The Danish team Carlsberg-Danske Bank brings two time trialers (Sterobo and Roe) to the start in Ukraine.
When we look at the startlist, we don't think these two can compete for the top prizes. Maybe Kasper Asgreen can go for a surprise in stage 2.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.png Carrefour - ESPNPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BakelantsJanBEL3571806362
ColleoniKevinITA2268686562
DaineseAlbertoITA2361676063
GunmanTaylorNZL3065757077
KubokiKazushigeJPN3265737578
LavoineAnthonyFRA3359596161
NovakJakubCZE3376727575
SkalaJakubCZE2856715669


Carrefour-ESPN has one leader (Jakub Novak) for the general classification.
Jan Bakelants is one of the dark horses for stage 2.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ced.png CedevitaPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
ArdilaAndres CamiloCOL2272726767
BuitragoSantiagoCOL2269686565
Cepeda HernandezJeffersonECU2570726462
ChristodoulosMichaelCYP2466677677
EvansAlexanderAUS2473697067
Le GacOlivierFRA2869776060
LopezJuan PedroESP2473705862
PenkoIzidorSLO2568717676


Cedevita has the same problem as BWT earlier in this preview. The mountain skills of Christodoulos and Penko don't match up with the top competitors.
Frenchman Olivier Le Gac looks like the leader in the second stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshirePCT****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
ChristakosDimitriosGRE2269676669
DurbridgeLukeAUS3058678181
FraileOmarESP3176727979
HayterEthanGBR2366687374
KennaughTimGBR3077707472
OliveiraIvoPOR2570727979
RomoJavierESP2268716562
TennantAndrewGBR3460667574


Omar Fraile was one of the excellent in last year's edition. The Spaniard won the opening stage and was eighth in the last stage.
Maybe he can repeat his performances? Ivo Oliveira looks like another contender for the third stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.png DuolingoPCT****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BarbioAntonioPOR2874727675
GesinkRobertNED3579777676
GohChoon HuatSIN3174767069
HiratsukaYoshimitsuJPN3376736262
KaczmarekJakubPOL2868757576
QuaadeRasmusDEN3154637876
RazumovNikitaRUS2563697777
SiposZoltanHUN3068707677


Robert Gesink performed well last year. He was eighth in the first stage and third in the second, leaving him in the 6th spot after the closing time trial.
He is all of these allrounders that has been moulded for this kind of race. The Dutchman will be supported by Barbio, Goh and Hiratsuka in the hilly stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gcn.png Eurosport x GCNPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
ArchibaldJohnGBR3161647675
CumingMichaelGBR3174747272
DoullOwainGBR2859657375
HulgaardMortenDEN2364687170
Pantano GomezJarlinsonCOL3378705353
SchreursMauriceNED3368806665
StedmanMaxGBR2566716266
StuyvenJasperBEL2963775858


We expect to see Eurosport x GCN in the second stage. They have two excellent riders in Schreurs and Stuyven.
Michael Cuming seems to be the only contender for the general classification, as Archibald isn't suited for this course.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.png Jura - FiatPCT**

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BalloniAlfredoITA3260667878
BisseggerStefanSWI2366677372
BrunelAlexysFRA2364697373
ManfrediAndreaITA2978656565
MasnadaFaustoITA2877767370
RekitaSzymonPOL2756617776
SchmidMauroSWI2270716765
Van MoerBrentBEL2360687474


Italian Fausto Masnada is one of the expected names for the second stage. His time trial abilities look weak to go for the overall.
Balloni and Rekita could do well on the closing time trial, although the course isn't fully suited for them.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk Man MachinePCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BilbaoPelloESP3167796561
DieterenJanGER2870775858
DulanjanaSachinSRI2674727475
HelmeSasuFIN2575746969
KasaGaborSER3271727474
KittelMarcelGER3354638080
ScheitFlorianGER3072765858
StimulakKlemenSLO3159667766


Kraftwerk Man Machine brings two pure time trialers in Marcel Kittel and Klemen Stimulak. I'm afraid that the course is too heavy for both of them.
Maybe Pello Bilbao or Jan Dieteren could bring some points in the second stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/lph.png Los Pollos HermanosPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
AffonsoMuriloBRA3076727373
MunozDanielCOL2577716658
OsorioAlejandroCOL2372696864
RobertStellyFRA3356597878
SpilakSimonSLO3581787373
SterbiniLucaITA2956667878
UlloaJose GerardoMEX2566696364
ZmorkaMarlenUKR2861668282


Simon Spilak looks like the leader of Los Pollos Hermanos. Especially the second stage should suit the Slovenian, where he will receive support from Affonso and Munoz.
Marlen Zmorka is one of the best time trialers in this field. He wants to do better than last year, when Zmorka finished 16th in the closing time trial.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.png MinionsPCT****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
CheyneJordanCAN3058667675
De WitteMathiasBEL2860686161
HagaChadUSA3374717576
IvanovBorislavBUL3276746363
LigthartPimNED3353577777
MarquezFlorentinoESP3478696868
PoljanskiPawelPOL3177776767
UranRigobertoCOL3480727676


In the Minions squad we can find another contender in Rigoberto Uran. He has the time trial and the climbing abilities to survive these three days in Ukraine.
He will be supported by a strong squad including Poljanski, Marquez, Ivanov and Haga. Haga finished here in fifth place last year, after a 4th place in the queen stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pfi.png Philips - Force IndiaPCT**

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
DumoulinTomNED3159687878
HenttalaJoonasFIN3074687373
KooistraMartenNED2459645863
MoriczDanielHUN2558666565
SchellingIdeNED2372696668
TalanskyAndrewUSA3378767171
ZoidlRiccardoAUT3374737571


Andrew Talansky and Riccardo Zoidl should be the leaders of Philips-Force India.
Maybe Tom Dumoulin can overcome the challenging time trial course to go for a good result.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.png Podium AmbitionPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
CatafordAlexandorCAN2872707979
CroesJonathanARU2469717070
GayralJoshuaANT2465717070
HennisHasaniAIA2467697171
LaganeChristopherMRI2368726564
MayerAlexandreMRI2368747071
Morales OrtegaJacobPUR2267686061
NorbertAndrewLCA2367686969


Alexandor Cataford will be happy to return after last year's edition. He finished second in the overall, after registering a fifth, second and first spot in the stages.
Podium Ambition has selected a nice support group, altough there looks to more quantity than quality.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.png PolarPCT****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BernalEganCOL2479727674
CarpenterRobinUSA2976766868
De LunaFlavioMEX3174717574
Di MaggioCesareITA3364816161
IzagirreIonESP3274817777
Rodriguez GalindoMichaelCOL3274766666
SolerMarcESP2876717477
ViennetEmilienFRA3054678080


In the Polar team we can find another leader that performed well last year. Ion Izagirre finished within the top-10 at all three stages. The Spaniard also won the 2018 edition.
This year they also bring Egan Bernal and Marc Soler. Both are capable of riding a good overall classification.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.png Project: AfricaPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BobridgeJackAUS3269837777
CoppelJeromeFRA3562727979
GebrezgabihierAmanuelERI2770796664
KirevaAlbertZIM3168697576
PidcockThomasGBR2271726969
ReguiguiYoucefALG3176717375
SeibebCostaNAM2975766666
SsabagwanyaSamuelUGA2772755653


Project: Africa brings a strong line-up to the start line in Ukraine. They have two excellent time trialers in Jack Bobridge and Jerome Coppel.
Bobridge will be supported in the hilly stage by Gebrezgabihier, Seibeb and Ssabagwanya.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.png Red Bull ZalgirisPCT*****

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
Ahmad ZamriMuhamma AfifMAS2975707575
AkhmaeviSulkhanGEO2469677571
DeesTimNED3374717675
DyrnesKristianNOR2972786166
KeizerMartijnNED3380708080
LasinisVenantasLTU2472697070
NareklishviliGiorgiGEO2868697876
NepomnyachsniyYevgeniKAZ3474717474


Martijn Keizer is one of the big favourites in Ukraine. He should be able to perform in all of the three stages.
Tim Dees will show his countryman the way, as he finished here third last year.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.png Team Popo4Ever p/b NemiroffPCT***

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
AndriafenomananiainaZouzouMAD2776727470
DzervusDarijusLTU3154667176
GladyshRomanUKR2666726365
GolovashOleksandrUKR3060607878
LaasMartinEST2874766262
PapanovMartinBUL2269686670
PluchkinAleksandrMOL3483737777
PszczolarskiWojciechPOL3060707477


Team Popo4Ever brings with Aleksandr Pluchkin an ex-winner (2019) to the race. With Gladys and Golovash he has two locals on his side.
However Oleksandr Prevar, the national champion of Ukraine, wasn't selected by the manager. With Pluchkin, Dzervus and Andriafenomananiaina there are three national champions competing.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.png Team UBSPCT**

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BohliTomSWI2763687073
DillierSilvanSWI3151648079
FominykhDaniilKAZ3056677776
GoncalvesJosePOR3273717866
GrigrianArturARM3276717272
HaugardPhan AgeNOR2957607979
Ramos TiconaBasilioBOL3270747571
ReichenbachSebastienSWI3273796767


The Swiss Team UBS brings a team full of time trialers with the likes of Silvan Dillier and Phan Age Haugard.
We fear that the course will be too heavy for most of them. Sebastien Reichenbach can go for a good result in the second stage.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/trg.png Tryg - Ritter SportPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
KanterMaxGER2463676766
KronAndreasDEN2366746564
NorsgaardMathiasDEN2462657775
PedersenCasperDEN2561676776
RodenbergFrederikDEN2360626369
SleenTorjusNOR2469697169
SmirnovsAndrisLAT3168775656


The manager of Tryg-Ritter Sport has selected a very young team for the Tour of Ukraine. Andris Smirnovs will guide the young guns around.
Mathias Norsgaard is already a good time trialer, but the course doesn't seem to suit the Dane.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/voy.png Voyagin - BirdPCT*

Last nameFirst nameCountryAgeMTNHILTTPRL
BagioliAndreaITA2268706870
CheungKing LokHKG3059677777
LunkeSindre SkjostadNOR2878727376
MatsudaShoiJPN2265696870
NatarovYuriyKAZ2573686766
OnoderaReiJPN2666697875
PlucinskiLeszekPOL3173727170
RajapakshageTushanthaSRI2964707678


Voyagin-Bird will end this preview. They have three Asian time trialers in Cheung, Onodera and Rajapakshage.
Sindre Skjostad Lunke should be the leader for the overall.


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TheManxMissile
This race is a massive indicator for our season. If AC goes well then he should bring in good points across the rest of his calendar with this version of PCM agreeing with his skills. And that will go a long way towards our survival bid. If AC struggles, well then we're in trouble as we lose a third of our leadership chances. The stronger field makes me think we could well be in camp two and looking at a bad outcome.
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Very cool preview, hope the race can live up to that expectation.
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baseballlover312
I kind of forgot we were racing here, but it's an obligatory HC race, so it's more of a sacrifice than opportunity.

Could have sent Warbasse here, but the race days didn't align. We'll be hoping either Roe can really surprise like he did in Hong Kong, or that the race is dramatically less selective than expected and Sterobo somehow manages to snag a minor placing. Other than that, a breakaway appearance on stage 2 would be nice.

Thanks for the preview!
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Marcovdw
Thanks for the preview Laurens!

Haga performed exceptionally well here last year, and now it's time for Uran to continue the streak!
 
Nemolito
Really nice preview. Thought Zmorka could do well on the final stage (and GC), but it seems I'm wrong. Also thought Spilak's TT and hill combination could net me a lot of points, but underestimated the competition he would have this season. The race needs to be selective on stage 2 I fear, or I will have a disappointing stage race as in Hong Kong.

Btw, think you posted this preview a bit early, as Ulrich is the reporter and he's currently unavailable. Iirc this race will start at the beginning of December, after Tirreno/Catalunya. (Not negative towards you and your great work Laurens, just wanted to inform the participants they don't need to expect anything tomorrow Wink )
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
Thanks for the great preview. But confirming what Nemo said, this race will post will late next week. So TMM's season will be in the balance for a little while.
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TheManxMissile
Ulrich Ulriksen wrote:
So TMM's season will be in the balance for a little while.


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quadsas
One of more guaranteed big points scoring opportunities for us. Was one of better races last year, probably should've sent Brandle here as well, but Keizer should be finishing 2nd at the very worst
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cunego59
TheManxMissile wrote:
And that will go a long way towards our survival bid.

Wait I thought we were gonna compete for the division title, what happened to that? Pfft

Thanks for the (early) preview. Should be an easy one for Keizer, Izagirre is the only one I reckon could be a threat. For us, Rosskopf should target the Top 15, this is the type of race we pay him 100k for. And with a little (well, a lot) of luck, Uwi or Hadi might slip into the Top 25. But time trials have been very unpredictable this year, so it could be slightly better of much worse. Good luck to everyone Grin
 
Fabianski
Thanks for the preview Smile

Next opportunity for Masnada to deliver some good points. Hong Kong was very good, but we've got some more TT kms here. The uphill one should suit him, no matter whether mountain or hill stat comes into play - hard to conclude with that short distance.
Else, we're trying to go for stage results on the final day; Balloni and Rekita had solid results so far, let's see if they can get a couple of points this time. And maybe one of our 23y.o. TTers can get a few U25 points Smile

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ivaneurope
Well, we've entered straight into the fire. But since we're the only CT team, any points we win here will be in our advantage.
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AbhishekLFC
Not a lot of hopes on this one. Thought it wasn't a great option for Kelderman, and seeing the competition, I guess the others also felt somewhat similarly. \ Interested to see how Zoidl handles the race, while Talansky in a free role is also interesting. Hope the AI gives us a break for a change.

Thanks for the excellent preview Laurens Smile
 
DaveTwoBob
Great preview Laurens.

Hoping for some Kraftwerk depth scoring.
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Gustavovskiy
Amazing preview mate, thanks a lot for the write-up.

Looking forward to the reports!
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ember
Thank you for a massive preview, Laurens!

Hoping Amezawa can get a flying start here as a maxed rider, challenging for, and maybe even winning, stage 2. Looking a lot forward to see him maxed!

If Laengen can sneak info the top 10 GC, it will be a positive surprise, as I suspect that will be very daily form dependent considering both the prologue and the TT.
 
ryant
Time for Fraile to shine. He *should do well but it all depends on stage 2 here. Doesnt seem too decisive but neither did stage 3 of the Volta a Portugal either.

Keizer is the favourite but TT randomness may well mix the order up quite a bit.
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valverde321
Not sure what to expect for my team, but I doubt it will be a good race for us. Lunke or Onodera will be our leader but it all depends how S2 goes.
 
aidanvn13
Hope this race sees some time gaps on stage 2 (although I doubt it). I feel like there’s a lot ways this could go so looking forward to it
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redordead
This is for the most part another xp race for us. We don't have any riders suited to this race so if Penko manages to score a couple pts, I'll be more than happy with it.

Thanks for the preview Smile

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