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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Laurens88 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:33 pm

The year 2019 was, like every year so far, the most successful year in the team’s history. We won 63 out of 135 races (excluding 15 national championships) and won an incredible amount of 11 classics. 8 of those classic wins happened between 25 August and 13 October, which even RSF-legend Alkword referred to as “a nice streak”. Really, who could have imagined this when the team started its RSF-career almost 5 years ago with 0 wins in the first 50 races?

Rider of the year is, without a doubt, Jasur Khushbakov. In the past year he won a stage in Pais Vasco, the classics Monte Paschi, Brabantse Pijl, GP Quebec, Tre Valli Varesine and Lombardia plus the tours of Burgos and Wallonie. This makes him the most successful rider ever in our team. Only the great Jason van Poelgeest got more wins in his career (27 vs. 18), but those were mostly smaller races. Jasur was the first rider to win more than one classic and therefore he deserves the rider of the year-award and would have perhaps earned the rider of the century-award, if such an award existed.

Next to Jasur’s wins, other highlights of 2019 were:
- Hunter Manu becoming the second rider to win 2 classics in his career (Milano-Torino and Piemonte). However, he didn’t live up to his promise yet to win many tours. The only tour he won in 2019 was the Windwards Islands Tour, but to be fair: he also didn’t get any opportunities to win other tours from his manager.
- Michael Kaltack taking an unexpected win in Paris-Tours after a sprint of 350 meters.
- Yerbolat Aitmukhambetov getting an escape win in GP Hamburg, while his manager was chilling at the pool during a business trip to Myanmar
- Winning 4 out of 5 stages in both the Tour of Wallonie (well ok, only 1 opponent there) and Tour of Burgos (against 11 opponents)
- Evgeniy Lushnikov winning 2 races in May after a sprint with a 4-man group that contained 2 not too tired riders of the same team. Doing it once could be the result of an opponent screwing up, but doing it twice against different opponents shows that Zhenya really was a sly old fox. That’s also why he joined the team’s staff after his career ended.

All in all, 2019 was a good year for us. For 2020 we have no clear goals again, other than the simple goal of just trying to win every single race we ride.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Laurens88 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:24 pm

Here’s the review of the first two months of 2020. Two relatively successful months, although there were not so many important races of course.

Race results

In the first months of the year the Tour Down Under was the most important race. The race was designed for a climber like our own Hunter Manu and since Manu is from Down Under too he was of course in top form and very motivated to win. Winning the tour seemed to be difficult because his arch enemy Georgi Svidirenko was also signed up. In stage 2 Svidirenko tried to make a move on the flat together with his lieutenant Soslan Tigiyev. However, it backfired on him and suddenly Manu had a real chance to win the tour. This gave him wings and he actually won 2 stages and the yellow jersey. Bernardo Toloza also won a stage.

At the end of January Duncan Cleverley, the eternal second with only 2 gifted wins on his name, suddenly started winning. He won the first semi-classic of the year (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race, our third win in a row here), a fantasy race plus the first stage of the Tour de Besseges. So at the age of 33 his relatively anonymous career finally got a bit of color. Manu managed to finish second in Besseges. After a surprisingly good time trial he only had to surrender to the unbeatable Simba Tawanda.

Alejandro Mansilla managed to grab a surprise win in the first classic of the year: Omloop Het Blad. After making the tactical choice to not give everything to not be dropped on the Berendries, he had just enough energy to hang on on the Muur and Bosberg and stayed in the first group with a chance to sprint for the win. In the final sprint, he beat the Le Bihan and Thornquist (on paper two stronger sprinters) who were too focused on eachother. Let’s hope Mansilla can get some more lucky wins in the other Flemish classics.

Rider news

Youngsters Spencer Morris from Barbados and Andris Zvirbulis from Latvia joined the team. Both riders already got their first win in February. That’s a promising start, let’s see if they can get some more in their career.
Our Uzbek veteran Sanzhar Tuychiev retired in January after a relatively anonymous career without major highlights. He got some chances to win classics last year, but somehow he was never the lucky one in escape groups. Some other riders in the team are getting old as well, so in the coming months more changes in the team roster are to be expected.

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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Robyklebt » Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:46 am

So basically you're saying that you've won 6 classics in a row now....
Checked further, seems you didn't start at Montreal and Emilia, so it's 7 in a row in which you started..... Avoid the afternoon for MSR if you want to keep the series going. Bogarin won't be beaten! (If the series is still going on after today)
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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Laurens88 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:29 pm

That's not what I was saying, but if you checked it, it might be true. Would ride MSR in the morning or afternoon, or not at all. Normally I don't have the riders to win it, so I may skip it if I have better things to do that day. :D

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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Robyklebt » Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:52 pm

It's not true anymore, now it's 7....
But seems you've hurt the highly developed fairplay sense of free team by winning the 7th :D
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Re: Rapid Vitesse

Post by Laurens88 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:27 pm

Yeah, it was not really a win to be proud of, but what can you do if 15 minutes before the race starts you find out that you can't be online much? For a cat 1 race I might just go offline and not ride for the win, but for a monthly goal and as a co-favo with Freudenfeuer and Erkrath (who didn't ride at all and beat Freude in the sprint for place 2, just 1 second behind Browne), I think it was not totally unfair to check in from time to time and immediately putting in a rider for the next 15 km and then riding red alone the last 20 km as a compensation. And if others thought it was, they had plenty of opportunity to attack me while I was off. I'm actually surprised that free didn't try anything, other than of course complaining about me and trying to manipulate Freude. :D

But I can understand the negative fairplay vote, especially if he believed I did it on purpose (which I didn't). Although indeed free used to do the same thing in the past even while being online: not riding all race claiming to be only co-favo and then still winning it in the end. I guess managers who both ride with the main goal to win just never really like eachother much.

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