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Praha - Karlovy Vary - Praha

PT - 4 Stages

2 flat, 1 ITT, 1 prologue


A warm welcome from Prague, where the PT circuit continues with the famous 4-day long "Taylor Phinney Festival" - also known as "Praha - Karlovy Vary - Praha", but the latter name is actually only used to not discourage every other rider than the US American ITT World Champion.

From 2013 to 2015, the race was organized as a one-day event, containing parts of nowadays' stages 2 and 4, leading from the Czech capital to the country's best-known spa resort Karlovy Vary, and back to Prague. Three editions, three winners - Boonen, Guarnieri and Bewley.

But in 2016, someone had the idea to split up the race:


A short prologue in Prague, a transition stage to Karlovy Vary, the PT's longest ITT stage in and around Karlovy Vary, and then the transition back to Prague. The concept sounds great - the result is... boring?!? In those 6 years, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Taylor Phinney won stage 3 every single time - and because it's the only one with notable time gaps, the GC as well. And in 3/6 editions, he also took home the points jersey. Domination.

Given that King pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Phinney is back this year, we don't actually need a favorites list - but for the sake of completeness, let's still get an overview of those who might one day threaten his reign:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Taylor Phinney

Clearly, this skillset is mighty impressive - and he can't really make use of the uphill part of it in this race! At least at first sight - but when looking at the profiles more closely, the 60km long ITT actually includes quite some bumps - no major climbs, but the ITT World Champion will clearly try to use those uphill sections to his advantage, like he did in the past!

Even though he has to share the title "strongest time trialist" with another rider - we'll meet him soon - he's the single best prologue specialist, possibly giving him an additional head-start over his competitors. If we absolutely wanted to spot a weakness, we'd point at his resistance and flat stat - but those clearly haven't kept him from winning so far!

Do you need more arguments why he will (probably) win here again? In 2022, he's got a perfect GC record, winning all of: Tour of Tasmania, Volta a Portugal, and Tour of Ukraine. And he has a perfect record in long TTs so far - his only defeat against the clock so far was in the Volta a Portugal prologue, where he took an underwhelming (by his standards) 7th place. Any questions?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Mads Würtz

If anyone could get close to Phinney, then it would likely be the Dane. After years of training, he finally matches the American's TT skills, and could become the world's single best time triallist next year. But while he's clearly stronger on the flat and has better resistance, he will likely suffer (once more) on the lumpy sections of the time trial parcours. Furthermore, he still has some deficits in shorter races against the clock, and might give away a couple of seconds in the prologue - and a couple of seconds might already be too much.

We only had one single duel of the two top-shots so far in 2022, in the very first race of the year in Tasmania - where Würtz lost 6" to Phinney. On a shorter and flatter course than the one around Karlovy Vary, though. Otherwise, he took a rather disappointing 4th place in the closing TT of Tirreno - Adriatico (a rather short one), and got 5th in Copenhagen - Malmö and in the opening TTT in Tirreno with his team pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Grieg-Maersk - no top results, either. At least, he assisted teammate Pedersen in his Milano - San Remo win at the end of February, so the morale should still be high! Plus, he finished 2nd in this race last year, so he knows that the course suits him!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Marlen Zmorka

Next up is the sole 82 TTer participating here - because he's the only one in the MGverse, probably. While lacking only a little bit of pure TT speed vs. Phinney and Würtz, he lacks almost everywhere else. Most importantly, he's weak on the uphills - you'll read that again though, promised. His resistance isn't top-notch, either, but still better than Phinney's - but otherwise, there's nothing that should hold him back.

However, they say that numbers don't lie, and the numbers for him are just horrible this year. 15th, 24th, 16th (TTT), 12th (TTT), 42nd, 38th and 24th is his list of results in Tasmania, Qatar, Copenhagen, Tirreno (2x) and Ukraine (2x) - absolutely shocking for a rider of his calibre! No matter the length or the profile, he was just bad - can he finally turn things around here?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Tom Wirtgen

Onto the (shared) youngest rider on the favorites list! The Luxembourger is another bit slower in terms of pure TT speed than those presented before - but he's a very complete rider! Just like Phinney, he's neither the best rouleur, nor does he have the strongest resistance - but he's a very strong uphill rider, much stronger than most TT specialists! Let's see if he can use this strength to get the edge over his opponents - except for one, we probably have to say.

His season start was very promising, taking 4th in the TT and 2nd in the GC of Tasmania. Copenhagen - Malmö then was a huge success for him and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png EA Vesuvio, as they won the TTT classic. The TTT in Tirreno was a tad worse with 4th place, and the closing ITT didn't go to his liking at all with a 14th place finish. He stroke back in Ukraine though, with a 6th and a 5th place in the 2 ITTs - and yet another runner-up GC finish behind Phinney. Wirtgen is ready to go, it seems! He finished 4th here last year - could the podium be within reach this time?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Ryan Mullen

Looking at the Irishman's skillset, it's pretty clear why he's ranked behind Wirtgen in the favorites list despite having the same TT speed. He's just less strong everywhere else - despite on pan-flat roads, whereof he'll whowever not find many, except for the prologue maybe. But when speaking of prologue - he's actually the weakest of the Top13, so why should he get a good GC result here? Despite not being the best on the uphills, he's clearly not the worst, either. And he definitely is a solid time triallist, so his chances of a Top10 finish are clearly intact. On paper.

On the road, he more or less confirmed those stats. After a 7th place in the Tasmanian TT, he took two second places with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Polar in the TTTs in Copenhagen and Tirreno. The closing TT of Tirreno however might have been too short for him, as he finished on an absolutely shocking 107th place! Unlike Wirtgen, he probably doesn't have the greatest confidence going into this race - that furthermore starts with a short prologue... A 19th place last year - with a wildcard - probably doesn't overly improve his self-esteem.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Panagiotis Vlatos

Yes, we dare to not list the Greek on top, despite his "Cycling God" status. Even worse, he's the lowest of the 81 TTers - sacrilege! But we actually feel that he belongs there. Why? Of all the 80+ TTers, he has the lowest resistance, the shared worst recovery, and the second worst mountain stat. All of this combined doesn't sound very promising - but beware, a cycling god is obviously capable of anything!

A 12th place in Tasmania to begin the season with wasn't a very godlike result, though. 8th in Qatar wasn't top-notch, either, but still worth a decent GC placing. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png ELCO - ABEA then narrowly missed out on the Top10 in Copenhagen - Malmö, before doing much better in the Tirreno - Adriatico TTT with 6th place. However, it looks like Vlatos prefers riding with his teammates rather than racing solo, as he only got 19th in Tirreno's closing TT. All in all, it looks like a Top10 could be possible, but definitely isn't a given! However, he finished 6th last year, so he knows how to do well on this course!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Filippo Ganna

Let's take one step down to the big group of 80 TTers - and the other 26 year-old on this list. Ganna is first of this 7-rider group mainly because he's the most versatile of them - and especially the fastest one uphill. His resistance is only matched by one other rider in this field, and he's one of the world's best prologue riders as well. Great rouleur skills round off his skillset - and although he probably never will be a specialist for 3rd-week TTs in GTs, races like this one are almost tailor-made for him.

But enough praise now, let's let the numbers speak instead: A 10th place in Tasmania was decent, while his 4th place in the Qatar epilogue almost propelled him into the GC Top15. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Team Puma - SAP then took 7th place in Copenhagen with him being part of the squad, while they missed out on the Top10 in Tirreno. Unlike Vlatos, however, Ganna did better without his teammates, taking a very respectable 6th place in the closing ITT. He also participated in La Primavera - with limited success, though, as teammate Démare only took 11th place. Let's hope that his confidence didn't take too much of a hit by this, as he looked to be in a good shape before!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Steven Lammertink

Believe it or not, but the Dutchman actually is the final rider on the favorites list having a climbing stat above 60... We can also mention his resistance, that's on par with or even better than most competitors, and so are his rouleur skills. On the downside, he's one of just four sub-80 prologue riders among those 80+ TTers, let's see how that impacts his GC result.

He had a very slow start to the season - even worse than Zmorka - taking only 28th in the Tour of Tasmania ITT. He got some much better vibes in Copenhagen, where pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Aker - MOT missed out on the podium by just 2" and took 4th place. They added a 7th place in Tirreno, while Lammertink again disappointed in the ITT, taking only 22nd. It's definitely redemption time for him in this race!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Kiril Yatsevich

Redemption time sounds about right for the Russian, who only took 30th in last year's edition - way below the expected outcome given his skills against the clock. But what can really be expected? His resistance is fantastic, for sure - he's the one matching Ganna in that respect - but his climbing skills are close to non-existing. Although still stronger than Vlatos', so why should a Top10 be out of reach for him? We'll see.

His 2022 results don't really speak in his favor, though. 19th in Tasmania, 12th in Qatar, 9th with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Tinkoff - La Datcha Team - not the best start. However, the team improved to 3rd in the Tirreno TTT, but with Yatsevich down in 63rd it's questionable how much of that team podium was due to his own performance. He'll need to clearly step up his game if he wants to get somewhere close to the Top10 here!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Damien Howson

We're midway through that 80 TTers list, and they all look pretty similary to be honest. Lower resistance, better recovery than some others - and with 59 Mo almost in the upper half of them considering climbing "skills". He wasn't here last year, given that his team only promoted last offseason. What are his chances for a Top10?

His results so far this year say: Forget it. The start wasn't quite as bad, though, with 13th in Tasmania - but 61st in the Qatar epilogue was the first bummer. The TTTs went well for him, though, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Duoling taking 3rd in Copenhagen and winning in Tirreno - but Howson then took 62th on stage 7 in Tirreno, and 72nd and 46th in the two TTs in Ukraine. Definitely no confidence inspiring results.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Jasha Sütterlin

That last sentence holds for the German as well. Just like teammate Zmorka, he struggled pretty much in every single race against the clock, mostly doing even worse - with once exception: A 7th place in the Qatar epilogue sticks out - because of some missed splits before, this still wasn't worth much.

If he needs to gain some confidence, Sütterlin may want to look back on last year's result, where he took an amazing 3rd place in the GC in this race - if he wants to get even close to repeating this performance, he'll need to step up his game by several levels, though! Maybe his comparatively strong resistance can help?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Emilien Viennet

Just like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Los Pollos Hermanos, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Polar also have two riders on this list. But the Frenchman is set to struggle a lot on all those road bumps he'll have to face during the TT, being among the bottom 10 climbers in this race. Still better than Vlatos, though - whatever that will finally mean. At least his physical stats are alright, more or less the same as teammate Mullen's.

With 24th and 38th in Tasmania and Qatar, his morale was probably pretty low before the two TTTs with two 2nd places in a row. In each case, he got his best ITT result of the season so far in the closing TT of Tirreno, taking 11th place. The two stages against the clock in Ukraine then were races to forget, with him finishing 117th and 60th - confirming that his chances of a good result are quickly gone if the roads aren't pan-flat. And they aren't around Karlovy Vary, they aren't...

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ubs.png Silvan Dillier

Non-flat roads - something the final rider on our list definitely doesn't want to hear. We've got no clue how a Swiss rider can manage to be the (shared) worst climber of a race - maybe he didn't even grow up there? All of his good TT skills and decent resistance probably won't be able to hide the fact that Dillier suffers on every single minor incline. But he'll try, because his team needs him to do well!

And his manager is trying to warm up his legs by letting him ride some cobbles - with Franceville in January and Via Appia in March. He obviously was just a domestique in both, taking 152nd and 147th. In terms of TT results, he had a pretty bad time with his pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ubs.png Team UBS, taking only 12th in Copenhagen and 9th in Tirreno. In his only ITT of the year to date, stage 7 of Tirreno, he finished 53rd - not very promising, but still ahead of the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Keizer, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png Fraile, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Howson or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich, who should be direct rivals in this race.

After all this information, let's try to get an overview - including also the next lower level of TTers, as we have a couple of interesting names in there as well:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Phinney73857783777476587275687183
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Würtz77677183787876626670697279
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Zmorka74616682747572616270676082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Wirtgen73787581767575656372736480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Mullen75627081757472626070616478
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Vlatos72526681737167686766685281
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Ganna76697380748169666973747482
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Lammertink74646980707670656368746879
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich70556880768167646063666880
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Howson71596580737472586468726380
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Sütterlin71596580737767565960767380
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Viennet72546780757572595564736580
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ubs.png Dillier70516480747767686162746379
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Keizer70796979727674575570705979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png Fraile69767279747672586066796579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Cataford74727079757573676069677179
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Mano71727579727374626066697277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png Oliveira70707279767267617072686879
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Hepburn71646679747772606669676279
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Zakarin74666679757075556570746579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Razumov74637079757273566466706579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Vorobev75636579737167505872815678
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Tanfield73596379747571646672766579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ubs.png Haugard72576079747770565767736579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Dal Col71586479707268546270656278
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Goldstein74556179707272525861615679

Among these additional riders, especially pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Mano has been doing really well already, but also pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png I. Oliveira, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Hepburn or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Cataford, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Keizer in the more undulating races. We'll have a thrilling fight for the top spots, that's for sure!

We have focused a lot on the time triallists so far - because it's highly probable that one of them will take home the GC. But we also have two flat stages on offer - and if one rider takes them both, even the points jersey could be at stake! Let's take a look at who made the trip to Prague:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Coquard7374848379
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Ewan7571838173
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Groenewegen7371828172
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Van der Lijke7371827968
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mol.png Lo Cicero7060827573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Manninen7475818076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Samolenkov7471817970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hsk.png Van Poppel7271817872
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png Cullaigh7470808167
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kemboi7877808081
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Appollonio7364807660
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Dainese7475798063
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Van der Sande7573797958
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Philipsen7269797867
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mol.png Havik7368797666

For once, we'll not get the Top3 clash, given that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Isostar probably wanted to avoid all kinds of potential conflicts between a sprint and a GC leader. But we'll once again get the duel pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Coquard vs. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Ewan, augmented by the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Groenewegen and Qatar winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Manninen. And especially pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kemboi, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Coquard or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Manninen could be in a great position after the prologue to take over the GC lead after stage 2!

When speaking of prologue - we obviously have almost all of the stage favorites already listed among the GC favorites. But there are a couple of pure specialists, and some of the TTers don't like prologues that much. So let's still present a separate list:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Phinney737483
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Ganna768182
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Leung737782
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Zmorka747582
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kemboi787781
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Vlatos727181
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich708180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lph.png Sütterlin717780
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/eav.png Wirtgen737580
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Viennet727580
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/duo.png Howson717480
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Larsen777380

As mentioned previously, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Phinney could well have a head-start over the other GC contenders after the prologue - but especially strong rouleurs like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Ganna or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kemboi could make his life hard on such a pan-flat stage! And we've seen quite some surprising prologue results already, so the winner is not granted to come from this list by any means!

You should all know by now that this reporter has a soft spot for young riders, so let's take a look at the potential white jersey winners as well:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Mano71727579727374626066697277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Van Moer74616977747668695865676877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Norsgaard72626577687364625766565975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Foss69787276777979666069686672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Fung68777176697375506271716774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ela.png Kiriakidis68747376727374626371707376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Ferreyra72707176717372546869736875
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Bissegger73666876717570607272647175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Brunel74657076707671666164696676
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png Stork69757175747376586170626876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Chokri75616675747267766568666975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/yor.png O'Loughlin71656775687267626364686573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mol.png Akhmaevi67696775676869606165636371
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ced.png Pogacar69787574777878516371696673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Larsen77606874747378647776656680
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/gzl.png Leknessund72737174747873696568746974
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Hennis67677074707069697475696874
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pum.png O'Brien73627174717566616467646572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Hulgaard70656974727069586565676773

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Mano should be the outright favorite for winning this - the Thai has had an amazing season so far, and should even be an outsider for a GC Top10! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Van Moer and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Norsgaard are impressive to be that high on the list, given that they're still developing, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/akm.png Foss and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kng.png Fung might make use of their great climbing skills to get the edge over the "non-climbers" in the bumpy TT. And also beware of wildcard rider pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ced.png Pogacar, or prologue specialist pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/grm.png Larsen!

Now you know pretty much everything about the race - and once you have the startlist, you can collect yourself all the remaining information you want to have. Stay tuned for the races - and be assured that the reporter has tried shortening the reports compared to his previous races ;) It hasn't worked in all cases, though...


Sorry for posting a couple of days late, given that the race should be running in parallel with Colombia, but an untimely illness kept me from doing everything "in time".
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I'm really here for the experience. Pogacar is the only half decent TTer in the team, so don't worry PT teams, we're not stealing many points here Pfft

Thanks for the reports.


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This is one of those races where we need to deliver in order to avoid a catastrophy in march. We already had a very poor cobbled race, and with another 3 ahead of us, we need something else here.

Coquard obviously among the favorites on stage 2 and 4, and in theory he could also do decent on stage 1. His prologue efforts this season have been very poor, though. Bouglas, Kelly and Kortsidakis is hopefully strong enough to land a stage win for Coquard, but the competition is pretty significant.

Vlatos have done respectable results here in the past, but also messed everything up. So I'm not overly confident that he'll get a good GC result. For depth we have Ioannidis and Kiriakidis, but it's probably top 50 riders and nothing more.

Phinney is the obvious winner, with Würtz as the only realistical option to upset.
With four (on paper) strong time trialists as well as Manninen here, we simply must make this a race where we score well. No excuses for our time trialists anymore, as they really need to turn their season around now.

Thanks for the preview, Fab, and good luck to all Smile
T has been our only (positive) consistency so far, so let's go Taylor!
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Such a great and long preview and (rightfully) not a single evonik mention. Think that says it all about our squad here.
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Awesome preview, thanks Fabianski! The goal is of course to beat Phinney (and the others). That's the reason why we trained Würtz, and even the last seasons we have seen that he can beat Phinney. Hopefully he can do it once more.

As you mentioned, the morale should at least be high. Some good results by Mads P recently, so it's time for Mads W to continue on that trend. It's certainly one of our key races this if we want to be a PT team next year.
Awesome report, shit result
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Radsim'05: Quick-Step (since 2022) Astana (2018-2021)
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Hmm. Not the result we wanted, that's for sure. But better to have a bad day in the prologue than the ITT, I guess. Fingers crossed for better legs then.
Always surprising when a rider wins a PT race, you never heard of before. Pfft

Here for the 2 sprints basically. Must hope Groenewegen doesn`t go under the radar as 4th option. Then he could fight for a stage win maybe.
Big surprise! We are here for the depth points, hoping to have as many riders as possible in the GC top 50, and Lammertink targetting a top 10. in that regard, I am really hoping we turn our luck for the decisive TT.

Brilliant report, thank you!
A bit strange to see such results. Fortunately for the likes of Phinney and Würtz, the ITT is the one that really matters - but it always suck to see so big favorite mess up. Würtz perhaps not quite as surprising with his 79PRL (If I'm not mistaken?).

Vlatos with his first good TT of the season, which was really nice to see - but as always these PRL makes for a huge surprise, this time it was the win, pts jersey and leaders jersey... Congrats on a massive start!

Coquard was good today, and fitting in where he can fight for the leaders jersey if he performs. Unfortunately a lot of riders within that same distance, so he can't get a leaders jersey by finishing 2nd or 3rd.

Kiriakidis and Ioannidis both in the area where we expect, but nothing that leaves them with good points from this race unless they drastically improves on the longer course.

Anyway - good start for us here.
Annoying shitty result for us.

Awesome preview and first report as always Fab, thanks for that.

Congrats on the win Bush. Wish I could take one like this.
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As expected, the prologue is a bit random again. A shame, but nothing we can do about it I fear. Fantastic report softens the blow for the ones most hurt Smile Keizer with third is great and unexpected, and makes up for a weaker Sütterlin/Zmorka et. al combo. Zmorka decent I guess, but you always hope for more with an 82 prl guy. Let's see what Manninen can do in the sprint now Smile
What a bizarre set of results to start off here. Schäppi has to be the overperformance of the year :lol:

I will take it though, thanks Fabianski!
Bushwackers wrote:
Schäppi has to be the overperformance of the year :lol:

Sorry to say, but I guess that title goes to Foliforov for his Portugal prologue win Pfft
Schäppi at least is a somewhat capable TTer ^^

But I guess some of the prologue results make another strong case for the switch to PCM22 with more control over daily form... Especially Würtz' result is completely ridiculous, and trust me, it was not fun writing the report while shaking my head ^^

Pszczolarski already outperforming my expectation for the entire race. Unfortunate there will only be one day in yellow but im excited we'll get even that.
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Well that was dissapointing. I guess all we Can hope for now is that Vlatos has one of his strong races, to finish good in the TT (often not the case when high in the GC) and surviving the final Stage.
A no show from Manninen, a shame. Can't always be on the right side of the sprint lottery. Great report again, thanks Fab, and big congratulations to Yorkshire Smile
That was close!
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