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Big Donkey

The management and staff


Teammanager: Big Donkey
Assistant General Manager:
Directeur sportif: L. Gaouaoui
Directeur sportif adjoint: A. Farkas, N. Tukhtasinov
Flatrcoach: C. Faye
Sprintcoach: L. Recordon
TT Coach: E. Zipoli
Mountaincoach: L. Zafzaf
Advanced age riders coach: L. Gopal
Scout: T. Umesao
Chief mechanic: M. Nganang
Mechanics: M. Balderis
Cook: S. Poggi
Masseur: N. Kashiwabara, Masseuse H. Kashiwabara
Team doctor:
Public Relation: Anonymous

Wins: (stages+ 1 day races, without TTT)
2006: 39
2007: 32
2008: 44
2009: 19
2010: 30
2011: 52
2012: 34
2013: 50
2014: 39
2015: 25
2016: 17
2017: 45
2018: 57

stage race wins

2006: 1
2007: 1
2008: 5
2009: 2
2010: 3
2011: 2
2012: 6
2013: 4
2014: 2
2015: 3
2016: 2
2017: 6
2018: 9

Robyklebt/petit singe/Big Donkey: Rider of the season

2006


02: A. Hasler
03: A. Hasler
04: A. Hasler
05: C. Gygax
06: U. Guevara
07: V. Kharlamov
08: Ja. Jammerlappen
09: V. Kharlamov
10: T. Kühlschrank
11: A. Oesch
12: L. Tismeanu

2007

01: A. Tschannen
02: J. Rotzellipse
03: J. Rotzellipse
04: K. Zhou
05: Z. Hochuli
06: R. Liechti
07: B. Ghurani
08: D. Pitu
09: V. Pugachov
10: D. Pitu
11: A. Hochuli
12: H. Hochuli

2008

01: H. Hochuli
02: R. Wang
03: N. Pucci
04: H. Hochuli
05: H. Hochuli
06: F. Gygax
07: H. Hochuli
08: N. Pucci
09: T. Aldea
10: N. Pucci
11: F. Gygax
12: E. Schmalztorus

2009

01: F. Gygax
02: M. Vannini
03: F. Gygax
04: E. Schmalztorus
05: M. Guggisberg
06: P. Ruiz
07: T. Guggisberg
08: P. Ruiz
09: X. Nedelcu
10: R. Ying
11: Y. Gamov
12: P. Guggisberg

2010

01: Y. Gamov
02: P. Guggisberg
03: Y. Gamov
04: P. Guggisberg
05: Y. Gamov
06: I. Buonarroti
07: Y. Gamov
08: S. Berlogea
09: I. Buonarroti
10: I. Buonarroti
11: S. Berlogea
12: S. Berlogea

2011

01: F. Conti
02: F. Conti
03: F. Conti
04: F. Conti
05: P. Haryono
06: F. Conti
07: F. Conti
08: F. Conti
09: F. Conti
10: L. Alighieri
11: O. Fahrny
12: O. Fahrny

2012

01: T. Olteanu
02: D. Mattarozzi
03: O. Fahrny
04: L. Alighieri
05: M. Yrjönpoika
06: N. Legrand
07: N. Legrand
08: M. Yrjönpoika
09: Y. Ramirez
10: T. Häfeli
11: M. Trapani
12: Y. Ramirez

2013

01: R. Momyshuly
02: N. Legrand
03: D. Sekiguchi
04: V. Villa
05: M. Trapani
06: R. Momyshuly
07: R. Momyshuly
08: R. Momyshuly
09: D. Gao
10: D. Gao
11: P. Groselj
12: C. Zibi

2014

01: A. Tasman
02: M. Creek
03: P. Groselj
04: Y. Tabakov
05: M. Creek
06: P. Groselj
07: Z. Kopelyan
08: G. Lajeunesse
09: G. Lajeunesse
10: G. Lajeunesse
11: M. Creek
12: G. Lajeunesse

2015

01: J. Ghazali
02: U. Tobler
03: J. Ghazali
04: V. Dourado
05: V. Dourado
06: V. Dourado
07: T. Stratigopoulou
08: L. Gaouaoui
09: M. Vargas
10: T. Umesao
11: T. Stratigopoulou
12: J. Peixe

2016

01: I. Wassberg
02: M. Quiroga
03: T. Umesao
04: Q. Gfeller
05: S. Cayetano
06: I. Wassberg
07: I. Wassberg
08: J. Garita
09: E. Zipoli
10: L. Recordon
11: E. Zipoli
12: C. Faye

2017

01: E. Zipoli
02: E. Zipoli
03: E. Zipoli
04: D. Kehrli
05: E. Zipoli
06: E. Zipoli
07: E. Zipoli
08: D. Kehrli
09: J. Sax
10: L. Zafzaf
11: L. Zafzaf
12 E. Kaniuk

2018

01: S. Almeida
02: L. Zafzaf
03: L. Zafzaf
04: L. Zafzaf
05: L. Zafzaf
06: L. Zafzaf
07: C. Aeschlimann
08: E. Tobar
09: K. Gopal
10: E. Tobar
11: Hiro. Matsuyama
12: H. Matsukaze

2019

01: H. Matsubara
02: H. Matsubara
03: His. Matsuyama
04: His. Matsuyama
05: His. Matsuyama
06
07
08
09
10
11
12

Rider of the year
:
2006: Anton Hasler
2007: Helios Hochuli
2008: Helios Hochuli
2009: Edgar Schmalztorus
2010: Yuri Gamov
2011: Fabrizio Conti
2012: Nicolas Legrand
2013: Daiken Sekiguchi
2014: Gaston Lajeunesse
2015: Vinicius Dourado
2016: Ingemar Wassberg
2017: Evaristo Zipoli
2018: Lotfi Zafzaf
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:52 am

Records, to be updated much much later
Kraftsystemrevision! Include the distance!
Basics reform: Give blue a chance!
Don't punish bugusers. We all have to use bugs, since most of them are declared as "features"!

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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:52 am

Retired riders from 2019, update whenever
Kraftsystemrevision! Include the distance!
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:53 am

Grands Tours:

Giro d'Italia

2006: 4. Universo Guevara 13. Vladimir Kharlamov ?? Laurentiu Tismeanu 2 étapes, C. Gygax, Ja. Jammerlappen
2007: 5. Zeus Hochuli 14. Zhou Kaicheng 2 étapes, 2x Z. Hochuli
2008: 4. Helios Hochuli 8. Niccolò Pucci 4 étapes 2x H. Hochuli, 1x E. Schmalztorus 1x C. Machiavelli
2009: 5. P. Ruiz 17. F. Gygax, 23. R. Guggisberg 3 étapes: M. Guggisberg, E. Schmalztorus, P. Ruiz
2010: 1. Y. Gamov, 11. I. Buonarroti, 22. T. Guggisberg 1 Etappe, K. Eiterolloid.
2011: 5. O. Fahrny 9. S. Urganov 22. B. Qian, 1 Etappe P. Haryono
2012: ----------------
2013: 4. M. Trapani 11. R. Momyshuly, 15. D. Sekiguchi, 2 Etappen, M. Trapani
2014: 3. P. Groselj, 15. I. Tansykbayev, 19. G. Trenteseaux, 2 Etappe, M. Creek, S. Poggi, Punktetrikot, M. Creek
2015: 2. V. Dourado, 11. T. Stratigopoulou, 1 Etappe, V. Dourado
2016: 7. I. Wassberg, 8. J. Peixe, 19. Z. Grabkowsky, 2 Etappen, S. Cayetano, I. Wassberg
2017: 1. E. Zipoli 7. A. Uppdal, 20. K. Sax 2 Etappen, A. Farkas, E. Zipoli
2018: 1. L. Zafzaf 2. C. Aeschlimann 18. E. Tobar, 6 Etappen, 3x C. Aeschlimann, 2x L. Zafzaf, 1x K. Gopal
2019: 2. His. Matsuyama 5. Hir. Matsuyama, 18. YW. Son 2 stages, 2x His. Matsuyama, mountain jersey, His. Matsuyama, team classification

Tour de France:

2006 -------
2007 -------
2008 -------
2009: 4. P. Ruiz 17ème V. Vittoria 26. T. Guggisberg, 1 étape T. Guggisberg
2010: 5. Y. Gamov, 14. I. Buonarroti, 24. S. Berlogea 4 Etappen, Y. Gamov
2011: 2 O. Fahrny, 28. O. Uchigasaki 2 Etappen, F. Conti, Punktetrikot F. Conti
2012: 8. Y. Ramirez, 13. M. Trapani, 3 Etappen, T. Olteanu, N. Legrand, D. Sekiguchi
2013: 7. R. Momyshuly, 10 P. Groselj, 23. P. Scodreanu, 3 Etappen, D. Gao, R. Momyshuly, P. Groselj, Bergtrikot R. Momyshuly
2014: 1. Z. Kopelyan 12. G. Lajeunesse, 13. I. Tansykbayev, 2 Etappen, M. Creek, Y. Tabakov
2015: 2. T. Stratigopoulou, 1 Etappe, MZF
2016: 5. I. Wassberg, 6. J. Peixe, 17. M. Quiroga, 22. L. Recordon, 2 ETappen, Q. Gfeller, I. Wassberg
2017: 1. E. Zipoli 9. A. Uppdal 5 Etappen, 4x E. Zipoli, 1x A. Uppdal
2018: 6. C. Aeschlimann 10. E. Tobar 20. K. Gopal 7 Etappen, 4x C. Aeschlimann, 1x K. Gopal, E. Tobar, J. Valdelomar, Bergtrikot C. Aeschlimann


Vuelta a Espana

2006: 3. Vladimir Kharlamov, ?? Universo Guevara 2 étapes, V. Kharlamov
2007 10. Helios Hochuli, maillot gris. 1 étape, V. Pugachov
2008: 3.. Niccolò Pucci, 8ème Ferdinand Gygax 3 étapes 2x T. Aldea 1x B. Iseli.
2009-2018: ----------
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Re: Big Donkey

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Monuments

Milano Sanremo

2006 5. A. Hasler
2006 5. J. Rotzellipse
2007 6. C. Machiavelli
2009 27. G. Hänni 28 C. Suciu ....57. E. Schmalztorus
2010: 2. T. Guggisberg, 24. K. Eiterolloid
2011: 1 F. Conti
2012: 2. M. Yrjönpoika 7. L. Alighieri
2013: 11. A. Tasman, 27. P. Scodreanu
2014: 7. M. Creek, 21. A. Tasman
2015: 1 J. Ghazali
2016: 6. P. Dahlerup
2017: 4. L. Recordon 16. J. Sax 20. J. Garita
2018: 2. E. Kaniuk
2019: 4. H. Matsukaze 5. Y. Son

Tours des Flandres

2006 ------
2007 2. D. Pitu
2008 16. R. Wang 20ème B. Iseli
2009 2. N. Vannini 3ème G. Hänni
2010 8. P. Guggisberg
2011 14. B. Qian
2012: 5. L. Aligheri 17. M. Leibundgut 19. C. Todea
2013: 1. D. Sekiguchi 14. F. Mollagholipour
2014: 9. S. Poggi, 18. I. Tansykbayev
2015: 24. S. Saddler
2016: 13. M. Quiroga, 20. Q. Gfeller
2017: 6. M. Balderis, 10. R. Kehrli,
2018: 10. J. Valdelomar, 20. V. Babic
2019: 12. H. Matsubara 13. H. Matsuishi



Paris-Roubaix

2006 1. A. Hasler 10. L. Frigorifero 17. G. Kühlschrank
2007: 8. W. Hadorn
2008: 13. M. Zhang 18. R. Wang
2009: 6 A. Tiendrébéogo
2010: 11. I. Duculescu 17. A. Grillboy
2011: 8. O. Duculescu 19. B. Sagyrbayuly
2012: 1. L. Alighieri 15. M. Leibundgut
2013: 1. V. Villa 13. T. Häfeli
2014: 1. Y. Tabakov 7. W. Ford
2015: 7. T. Umesao, 8. S. Saddler, 11. O. Generalic
2016: 2. Q. Gfeller, 6. C. Squarcialupi 27. I. Rääts
2017: 8. S. Almeida, 17. N. Kashiwabara 23. I. Rääts
2018: 6. G. Knoblauch, 12. J. Valdelomar, 14. V. Babic
2019: 3. H. Matsuishi, 4. J. Valdelomar, 6. H. Matsubara, 15. H. Matsushita, 20. S. Kolbeinsson

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

2006: 7. F. Cellini 12ème Ja. Jammerlappen
2007: 1. K. Zhou 6 L. Tismeanu 9 A. Oesch
2008: 3. N. Pucci 12. H. Hochuli 20. O Margineantu
2009: 12. F. Gygax 15. P. Ruiz 21. R. Guggisberg
2010: 8. I. Buonarroti, 9. T. Guggisberg, 12. Y. Gamov
2011: 17. O. Fahrny, 20. S. Urganovm 21 B. Qian
2012: ----------------
2013: 7. R. Momyshuly, 11. D. Sekiguchi, 13. M. Trapani
2014: 4. P. Groselj, 20. A. Tasman, 21. G. Lajeunesse
2015: 3. T. Stratigopoulou 5. V. Dourado, 10. U. Tobler
2016: 2. J. Peixe, 13. I. Wassberg, 19. Z. Grabkowski
2017: 2. E. Zipoli, 10. A. Uppdal, 17. J. Garita
2018: 1. L. Zafzaf, 7. E. Tobar, 13. C. Aeschlimann
2019: 4. YG. Son, 12. Hisa. Matsuyama 13. H. Matsuoka

Giro di Lombardia

2006 ???
2007 4. H. Hochuli
2008 6. F. Gygax 14. N. Pucci 20. M. Vannini
2009 17. R. Guggisberg
2010 17. B. Qian 22. I. Buonarroti
2011 10. S. Urganov, 13. O. Fahrny 28. C. Todea
2012 11. Y. Ramirez, 14. M. Trapani, 18. N. Legrand
2013 2. A. Tasman, 7. P. Groselj, 20. R. Momyshuly
2014:1. G. Lajeunesse, 8. P. Groselj, 17. I. Tansykbayev, 18. Z. Kopelyan
2015: 2. C. Matuska, 5. I. Wassberg, 7. T. Stratigopoulou
2016: 5. J. Garita, 15. M. Quiroga, 22. E. Zipoli, 25. J. Peixe
2017; 7. A. Uppdal, 9. J. Sax, 15. L. Zafzaf, 17. S. Vienuolis
2018: 3. E. Tobar, 8. Hiro. Matsuyama, 9. C. Aeschlimann 13. H. Matsuoka, 15. Hisa. Matsuyama
Kraftsystemrevision! Include the distance!
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Re: Big Donkey

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Other important stage races, update possibly before 2025
Kraftsystemrevision! Include the distance!
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Re: Big Donkey

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Classics February-April
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:55 am

Classics July-October, update planned before then, or might just start with 2019 :lol:
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Re: Big Donkey

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Safety empty post in case I want to write more
Kraftsystemrevision! Include the distance!
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:55 am

We love Big Donkey!
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Thu May 09, 2019 11:56 am

And another safety open post...
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Fri May 10, 2019 10:47 am

Welcome to the first Big Donkey monthly
press report in the English section. If you
ask yourself, why the Donkey (well, not the
Donkey but me, his press secretary) is writing
on the left side only, the answer it's simple.
Lennao in the German section voiced his fear that in English he wouldn't be able to read past the 4th line, so with his legendary friendliness and unmatched concern for his fellow managers the Donkey ordered me to make the first 5 lines shorter, so that Lennao would exceed his expectations!

April

Performance
11th place in D1 with 11'686 points. 2 wins. The important races:
Dwars: 15th with Son, no chance, outclassed in this race, of which I remember nothing. But 15th sounds outclassed.
RVV: 12. Matsubara, 13th Matsuishi. A somehow more interesting edition of the most predictable monument, Kalenchuk (Tukh) beats Camenisch and Pankratov. Deserved win, good race. Even if the Donkey probably told Tukh that he did all wrong.
Scheldeprijs: 3. Sofiga, as is often the case there we're there, but not good enough to win.
PR: A special, but not bad, but special edition of PR. 2 very strong teams, Tukh and Monks, then team no 3, Donks that can somehow hope to surprise them, the rest of the small group complete outsiders. Brodar Tukh, Alaphilippe Monks ahead, 1-2. 3rd Matsuishi at 14", but the real third was Pankratov once again, once again it was he that pulled his teammate to the win. But then decided to fall back. Donkey 4th and 6th too, so ok, even if it was a small group. Here I remember that I told Tukh that he did it all wrong.... The guy will never win more than 2 cobbled monuments in a season with such tactics!!! Actually the Donkey for a very short moment looked to have a chance to ride for the win, but that moment was past soon. As it is with moments, if it weren't they wouldn't be moments.
Brabant: 8th with Son.
Amstel: 3rd Son
Zug-Aarau: Matsushita with his second career win, again in a low energy sprint. We had hoped this great race would give us Bonuspoints in the CBJ Trophy, had been assured of it by our secret contact (can't tell you who, wouldn't be secret anymore, but we communicate through the mirror) that we would get those points. But no. Scandalous. The great win stays though.
Fleche Wallonne: 2 years ago the Big Donkey was fighting major depressions after managing not to win the greatest 1 day race on earth once again. For the 3rd time in the history of the team as the big favorite, we managed not to win. 1 year ago before the Flèche Big Donkeys Job was on the line. And Zafzaf saved his ass. Donkeys ass, not Zafzaf's ass, since Zafzaf didn't own the Donkey, but the other way around. This year, Hiroshi Matsuyama as captain, great attack blocked by Son, then depression took over for the rest of the race again, Notari the expected winner, but Hisashi Matsuyama turned out to be stronger. WIN! And now we're 4 time winners of this great race, record, at least we think so. Big Donkey, Flèche Wallonne specialist.
LBL: 4th Son. A depressing race, and early attack, nobody rides, except the Donkey very late, nobody helps, except some newbie with masstempo for a while. Even with that unnecessary and unfair help, we still missed the front group by 1'59" Never had a chance to come back. But at least we attempted it, unlike the rest in the peloton. Patachon from Schartner the solo winner, after dropping his escape companions with an attack in the last kms.

So 2 wins, thanks to the Flèche Win a good month despite the lack of success in most other classics. RVV never had a chance, doesn't matter, PR don't think more was possible, unless Tukht Monks fight each other too much. Amstel we rather not win, shitrace, and LBL, well, that was a failure.

Rider of the season: For the second month in a row the same script. Matsushita wins, hopes to get the most prestigious award in c4f, but then Hisashi Matsuyama takes it away.

Short interview with Hisashi Matsuyama:

- Hisashi, congrats, 2 month in a row rider of the month!
- Thanks.
- Let's talk about May first. Tomorrow the Giro starts, are you excited?
- Excited? Not really. I'm mentally concentrating on the Tour de France already, I want the double. I know I'll win the Giro, I know how I'll win it, there's no need to get excited about that anymore. I need to prepare for the Tour already.
- Ok, but why aren't you in Bologna yet? Except Matsukaze who is riding some race in Switzerland the rest of the team is in Bologna, why are you here in Japan?
- Why should I go to Bologna already now? Since we clearly don't use airplanes in this Cycling series, unlike the UCI series, there's no need to hurry up. We can ride in Vladivostok till 2 in the morning, then start in Brienz at 9 this morning, no plane can do that, we use some sort of beam, like Star Trek I gues
- Sorry, Hisashi, but we alll know how transportation works at c4f, what I wa
-NEVER EVER DARE TO INTERRUPT ME AGAIN YOU WORM! APOLOGIZE MOTHERFUCKER
- Sorry! But why are you in Japan still?
- There's no need to be in Bologna yet, the race doesn't start for another 28,5 hours. Let the helpers organize themselves there, they need to talk to each other about what I need, I'm not needed there. And why would I spend my free time with that bunch of weak riders, helpers, wannabes? Plus most of the can hardly count to 2'548'121. That's how dumb they are.
- 2'548'121????
- Yes, that's how far I can count, I tried it.
- Wow.. eh, impressive!
- It's a joke dammit, don't you have a sense of humor?
- Sorry! But, ok, but you'll join tomorrow?
- Yes of course, what kind of question is that?
- I apologize again Hisashi. Ok, let's talk a bit about April.
- April=Fleche Wallone, I won. As I knew I would. Despite Big Donkey making a mess of the tactic. Give Hiroshi the number 1? Have him as leader? Seriously? That idiot? But I'm loyal, I follow team orders, so I accepted this sabotage attempt at my chances. I knew Hiroshi would fuck it up. And then I could ride for myself. And so it was.
- Your brother and Matsuoka attacking from far, the plan to me made sense though.
- The plan was horseshit, the implementation laughable. The lack of winning instinct, class in Hiroshi is really amazing. It really surprises me that 2 persons with the same parents can turn out so differently. One full of talent and class, intelligence and brilliance, the other... well, Hiroshi. Enough said.
- There were some rumours that you payed Son to block your teammates attack?
- Pay? Me? The chon?
- Please, there's no need for racial slurs here!
- What slur, that's what he is, the chon. First, I knew they would lack the intellegence to implent that plan. And even if I thought it might work, I wouldn't have interfered, as I said, I'm loyal, I follow the orders. And I had no problems with one of the helpers, even if it's my useless brother, getting some success. I'll win the Giro and most likley the Tour, so... But if I wanted to make the chon, ah, ok Son, otherwise you'll have a heart attack, if I wanted to make Son block that attack I simply would have ordered him too. I have that natural leadership charisma, the helpers do what I demand. If I say something, people do it. Like you, I tell you to apologize, you apologize!
- I apologize!
- Shut up, not now, I was saying I had nothing to do with Son blocking the attack, the 3 helpers fucked that up all by themselves.
- Ok, thanks for this interview Hisashi.
- My pleasure, see you in a month!

Finances
+1'556'275 yeah!

Training

Excellent I think. Son +1 Sprint and TT and mountain. Hiroshi Matsuyama +1 mountain, so now we have 2 86 climbers. Rest probably was superb too, but not noteworthy.

New rider
Tulio Armas from San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela 56-73-62-59-54 with 50 reg for 1'791'971. Classic rider for April May 2020. For the first months he's just expected to train, but after that he'll become the leader of the classic faction soon. After all Matsuoka and Son are 34 and 30 respectively. He's an untypical Donkeyclassic in the sense that he has too much reg, not enough downhill, usually a no-no. But has happened before as well.... 56-73 at 95% was too good to pass up.
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Re: Big Donkey

Post by Robyklebt » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:01 pm

May

Place 13 in D1, 10'108 points, 2 wins, first Pilioko, Andong Jecheon, fantasy race, at 37 finally Pilioko won something. Beating Zingle, showing him how it would hopefully all work out at the Giro. Well... .Anyway, nobody but Pilioko and the Donkey cared about that race, all that counted was the Giro. 1 stage in May, Hisashi Matsuyama to Courmayeur. And place 2 in GC, 2 stages before the end for Hisashi Matsuyama, 20" behind Peter Vangramberen. (Spoiler, it would be the same place at the end of the Giro). Couldn't crack Vangramberen and his team. In the end 6", but that's is much closer than the race really was. Both Vangramberen and Hisashi (Hiroshi even more, he managed to rule himself out of contention pretty impressively) lost some seconds here and there easily in the first part, first TT 1 km standard setting, bad long TT for Hisashi, L'Aquila and mistaken early (buggy?) attack for Peter.. but doesn't matter. In the end what was decisive:
-Vangramberen with 87 mountain and more flat.
-Outstanding support team for Vangramberen.
On the first one, that's what it is, have to adjust to that, ride differently.
Second one more important, the Donkeys actually had a good team. Matsuoka 76 mountain, Son 75, superior to the 2 Feiting classics. Both with downhill, but without reg. The problem was that there weren't too many stages where this superiority could be used. Without having at least one completely dead classic the next day. Sort of used it on Mortirolo and on the June stage, that we'll include here too, since we already spilled the beans (cleaning up now) on what happened in June...Where else possible to use? Maybe missed some day, but even to Ceresole Reale for a few km Matsuoka he was clearly under 1000 the next day. Courmayeur? Maybe could have, but it means no helpers for one of my climbers as well.... small advantage. The problem was behind, the 60-80es. Big fan of those, so a bit depressing that I was outclassed in exactly this department. Mine were good. Matsuzaka 63-83-77 with 47 reg, and the younger still training Wiedmer, 60-81-79 with 62 reg. And as extra battery Matsukaze with 62 mountain. But had no chance vs Feiting Siebing. Cyclope 65-84, no reg, no downhill. Bouteiller 65-82-77 with 58 reg. Zingle 61-84-74 with 59 reg. And the sprinter as battery in the mountains too, 60-69 Wauthier. So while I had 7 guys over 60, in most races that would be a very strong team, I could control the early mountains easily, against this team... I was on the defensive. Plus Wiedmer and Matsukaze were possibly the 2 weakest of those 60+ riders, Matsukaze because of the flat once again, and form setting too possibly. Often behind Wauthier, AND fighting a lot at times. So he was under reg even when doing nothing. Example the stage to Ceresole Reale, I did nothing all day with him, next day still dead. And the damn Feitings despite working the day before... still there, hoped to have a numbers advantage that day, didn't. Wiedmer did well, used him a lot for escapes etc too, but in the end was behind Zingle (who seemed to have early form, like Wiedmer too I think) almost each time. Bought too late maybe. Anyway, Feitings team enormously strong, fit perfectly for the sprinter too, I was outclassed there. Had the Donkey been a bee, he would have lost his sting there. But in a mystery of nature, the Donkey lost his sting even being a Donkey.
Anyway, in the end, 6", could have been a minute too, on paper now it's close, in reality it wasn't. Few chances to get time, Mortirolo first and foremost, didn't do the right attack. Not enough guts to race it hard, that means not collaborating to Courmayeur, but even there, with no collaboration it still would have been hard to actually gain time that day. An attack on the 7 in the last otherwise unsiebable climb... maybe I get away, but then I gain what, 3" ? If I have a big power advantage, without I'm just caught again. The flat.... Not collaborating would have made sense, more for the next day and keeping Matoussi in, than for actual time gain that day. So second place it was, tried, but not really to the end, still ok finally. Wasn't easy against such a team.

Short interview with Hisashi

- Hisashi, second place in the Giro, but for the third time in a row rider of the season! Congrats!
- Thanks.
- Rider of the season, more important than winning the Giro, correct?
- You're an idiot.
- No need to get insulting, do it like the Donkey, stay Zen at all times!
- You're an idiot...
- OK, anything else you want to say? Great stage win at the Giro in Courmayeur, real class!
- Yeah.. I was the strongest rider at the Giro, but my support just wasn't good enough. This Peter is quite ok actually, pretty could climber, he can match me when he has a good day, but he had a really strong team. I didn't. If the helpers hadn't failed, I would have won this, no doubt. I hope the Donkey buys some more talented guys for the Tour.
- Let me guess, your brother Hiroshi wasn't strong enough?
- Actually Hiroshi for once did ok. Even well, surprisingly. He seems to have accepted that I'm better and worked well for me. It's more Hiroyasu and that swiss guy, or Matsukaze, what were they doing 3 weeks? One rode on the way to Courmayeur, but didn't manage to drop anybody, he just rode... the Swiss moron thought he should attack most of the first 10 days, how about keeping energy for the mountain stages? And Matsukaze thought more about his weak sprints than bringing me bottles, plus he usually was chatting behind with the icelandic weakling.
- Wasn't it more a case of the Feiting team being strong than ours being weak?
- Ours? MINE. And I demand that I get a decent team. Don't need to have the strongest, I will make the difference myself. But this one was under par. Good enough to win the Tour de Kumano, but not the Giro.
- Ok, but still second place, mountain jersey and team classification, plus 2 stages not that bad.
- The only thing that counts is the GC win, we failed there. I saved the day with 2 stages, and everybody including the Donkey has been claiming that the second one was a present. No no, I saw the look on Peter's face, I simply was much stronger than him in that sprint too. Hisashi Matsuyama just sprints, and climbs better than the Belgian!
- Well, looked different, but ok ok, before you get angry again, we believe you. Plans for June? Tour de Suisse or Dauphiné?
- We'll see, maybe I ride the Tour de Suisse. Dauphiné clashes with my sleep pattern, and the manager claims to be working at those times, not that I would believe that a useless guy like that has work... but ok. TdS maybe, we'll see.
- So maybe only Hiroshi for the Tour de Suisse?
- Are you crazy? That's like not starting at all. Not an option, it's clear, either the team starts, I'm leader, or we give it a pass. Again, according to our little lying Donkey he claims that 14h is a bit early for him, he misses the start on Tue/Wed/Thu... not that I believe him really... but anyway, he claims that because of this we will possibly not do the Tour de Suisse.
- Luxembourg? Slovenia?`
- No. TdS or nothing.
- Ok, thank you and we wish you success in June.
- Thanks.

Training
Matsushita at 35 managed to lose 4 flat, we finish the Giro, want to use him again and realize that his second most useful skill, flat, is basically gone. Matsuoka at 34 on the other hand good, only lost 2 flat, but no mountain (of the important skills, some TT and sprint gone too, but nobody cares)
Rest ok, Son +1 mountain, excellent, Wiedmer +3 mountain fantastic. Haqqi and Kolbeinsson +1 flat, Armas perfect training at 21 +4 +4. So generally good training I'd say.

Finances
-1'117'258 in May. Giro not ended yet, so big minus, but June now will be a big plus..

New rider
Fabio Antinori from Firenze, 21 year old obviously, 73-52-79-49-46 and 54 reg. After our double 65 reg with the Japanese brothers, a guy that has a bit less, but still over 50 seemed a good idea. For June and July we expect him to train, nothing more, no Tour de France most likely, no Tour de Suisse most likely either, although both is possible. Depending on our mood in August/September, Vuelta... we are thinking about stopping our boycot after 10 years. But only thinking about it. Most likely his stage race debut will be the Andes. But well, we're thinking about not starting there as well, it has become too easy winning the Andes in the past years, our Giro centered team building usually guarantees us a strong team for the Andes too, too strong for the opposition in past years. And if we start, then we do with our best team... so maybe better not to start? Dec tour debut then for Fabio. But classics before, San Sebastian for sure.

Retirement

On May 3rd Barrington Salkey retired at the age of 39. 46-74-49-56-56 with 35 reg his skills when he joined the team in November 2017. Best skills 48-88-50-56-56. So an excellent and typical flat rider with some TT as bonus. 259 races, 1090 eternal points. Despite his good flat/sprint combination, he never managed to win a race until the jamaican national championship in February 2019, not an overly impressive win btw. He was the only rider interested in racing, the rest was happy being back home and were just waving into the (small) crowd the whole race. While Barrington attacked and raced. In the end though it was a rather unexciting career really. Lacking any semblance of talent on pavé, he never could be a factor there, with his good flat skills he would have been perfect as last man for a star sprinter, the team didn't have that either. Late attacks in flat races, never worked (don't remember if we tried even, but probably yes). Stage races with his reg and mountain skill not really something for him, so he was mostly there as a cheap and good flat rider on one day races. The highlight of his career was his sale. We got 162'030 for him. That puts him at number 1 for the cheapest sale competition for 2019. Number 2 in the team behind the legendary Cheik Faye. And number 12 worldwide since 2009 (that's when probably there was a rule change, there's much much cheaper sales before that, but stop suddenly in January 2008, but 2009+2010 there were no sales under 250'00 at all, maybe another rule there too?) We hope he can keep his lead in that competition for 2019! Barrington now is back in Jamaica, works as a sports instructor at a Hotel. We wish him all the best in his new job.
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