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Re: Team FL

Post by Z&B » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:04 am

The answer is 5.

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Re: Team FL

Post by Robyklebt » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:29 am

4.8!
Henzell counts only 0.8.
Or 5.8 maybe...

I don't really remember Lichtenstein, just the name... but what was his speciality?
Unsinn the same, somehow thought he was a sprinter, but not mentioned above so....
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:10 pm

Robyklebt wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:29 am
4.8!
Henzell counts only 0.8.
Or 5.8 maybe...

I don't really remember Lichtenstein, just the name... but what was his speciality?
Unsinn the same, somehow thought he was a sprinter, but not mentioned above so....
Why Henzel 0.8?

Roy Lichtenstein was a climber part of the duo together with Eddie Sixpence, Xaver Unsinn a classic rider and Stefano Benni's congenial parter.

Btw. the right answer is 5: Nguyen, Schmarotz, Federspiel, Ollé Ollé and Perry Henzell. Sitko could also count as a sprinter, but he never had more than 81 sprint. But still GW and Giro points classement winner!
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Re: Team FL

Post by Robyklebt » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:13 pm

Because ZB already said 5, so to win had to go higher or lower, but since in your sprinters list you mentioned 5, it seemed highely likely that it was 5. Wasn't sure about Unsinn, and sort of remembered Sitko being lower, although wasn't completely sure, so my best chance to win is: Henzell only 0.8. Because he was boring somehow. If he wasn't in the sprinters list I probably wouldn't have remembered him either. Schmarotz, Federspiel Ollé Ollé, Nguyen, ok. This Perry? Bah...

0.8. I demand random tempo too.
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:19 pm

What's up with Hugo Marxer?

The Team FL roster has a lot to offer. Still, the team is hardly riding at all at the moment. It even missed the Tour des Pavés,usually a planned fixture in the team's schedule.

The cycling season has come to an end, the offseason has already begun with the Tour des Pavés. For the last years, this usually was a busy time for Hugo Marxer, Team FLs technical director. He had to plan the line-up, the tactics and often the celebrations for the outcome, as his team has participated pretty successfully. This year is different. Hugo Marxer was not found in the office but rather in Liechtenstein mountains hiking or mountain biking, enjoying the last warm days of the year. In the meantime, the team rode 12 one day races in October after 11 in September and only 4 in August. Still the team has some promising riders in its roster, like the classic riders Lorenz Looser and Halvor Haugen, brazilian sprinter Eduardo Spohr or its Pavé armada around Kopinski. So what is the team up to? Well, it looks like it's hard to find sponsors in the rich apline country in the middle of Europe these days. So, due to budget cuts the schedule hat to be cut too. Which means more free time for Hugo Marxer, who does not like to ski, unfortunately. But then again, he has more time to prepare the upcoming 2020 season and the spring classics, when Team FL will be ready to look our fro some surprising wins and upsets. Until then, Hugo keeps being lazy, most likely.
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:40 pm

Team FL review of 2019

2019 has been the year with the lowest number of race ridden in a long time. Low number of tours, even low number of classic races attended. Hence, the results look like they do and the team produced the lowest number of points and points per race since a looong time. Still, 35 race wins could be celebrated, two of them even classic wins. And, I dare to say traditionally, Team FL has won the Tour Down Under team classement. Besides that, the highlights this year were the Giro and the Tour, in this order. Due to the team’s new focus on one day race after the Tour de France winner Afshin Pirhashemi's retirement, esp. riders like Luca Spirito, Thibault Rossard, Karl Kopinski and the sprinter bullet from Brasil, Eduardo Spohr flourished.

2019 in numbers:

Races: 178 (~14.8 Races/Month)

Points: 22’144 (~124.4 Points/Race)

Race wins (35):
12 – Eduardo Spohr
06 – Karl Kopinski
06 – Luca Spirito
03 – Baltasar Banzer
03 – Thibault Rossard
01 – Kahlid Satour
01 – Sandro Spaeth
01 – Sean Murphy
01 – Carlos Kaiser
01 – Wael Afifi

Classic wins (2):
01 – Thibault Rossard (Scheldeprijs)
01 – Luca Spirito (De Panne)

Stage races (0):
Points classements (0):
Mountain classements (0):
Youth classements (0):

Team classements (1):
- Down Under

Rider of the year 2019:

This looks like a duell between Luca Spirito and Eduardo Spohr. Despite the more race wins by the latter, Spirito proved himself as a classic and GT stage winner, during De Panne and the Giro. Besides that, he was never tired to attack, escape or do valuable helping stuff for his team members. Thus, Team FL rider of the year 2019 is Luca Spirito.
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:58 am

And here the current all time statistics, etc. pipapo :)
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Current Team Roster (January 2020):

- Image Baltasar Banzer, 36, Flat sprinter, Liechtenstein

53-73-48-48-79, 67 Pavé, 36 Reg

- Image Pieter Coolman, 36, Flat specialist, Belgium

51-84-49-46-51, 76 Pavé, 35 Reg

- Image Oystein Eikeland, 22, Drunkard, Norway

51-73-56-56-49, 64 Pavé, 36 Reg

- Image Max Funk, 31, Allrounder, Luxembourg

59-87-47-48-48, 81 Pavé, 51 Reg

- Image Halvor Haugen, 26, Hill specialist, Norway

70-80-76-52-61, 72 Pavé, 40 Reg

- Image Hieronymus Hilti, 28, Allrounder, Liechtenstein

54-84-78-57-47, 74 Pavé, 53 Reg

- Image Karl Kopinski, 33, Pavé specialist, Great Britain

54-85-77-52-70, 84 Pavé, 43 Reg

- Image Nicolas LeGoff, 23, Helper and Allrounder, France

54-77-71-51-46, 73 Pavé, 50 Reg

- Image Jose Lluis, 29, Flat Specialist, Spain

52-87-67-46-48, 81 Pavé, 38 Reg

- Image Lorenz Looser, 27, Hill specialist, Switzerland

71-78-79-52-64, 74 Pavé, 35 Reg

- Image Sean Murphy, 28, Pavé specialist, Ireland

55-83-74-50-48, 82 Pavé, 36 Reg

- Image Nicola Nicoli, 22, Flat sprinter, Italy

51-74-67-47-70, 71 Pavé, 40 Reg

- Image Eduardo Spohr, 29, Sprinter, Brasil

52-60-74-46-90, 58 Pavé, 35 Reg

- Image Ron Zwerver, 31, Flat specialist, Netherlands

56-87-49-47-45, 77 Pavé, 38 Reg


Team Statistics:

Stage Wins (460):

25 - Image Fran Peterlin
22 - Image Ngo Nguyen
21 - Image Stefano Benni
18 - Image Phineas Federspiel
13 - Image Cédric Schmarotz
13 - Image Perry Henzell
12 - Image Jean OlléOllé
12 - Image Iwan Franko
12 - Image Eduardo Spohr*
10 - Image Gaudenz Taverna
10 - Image Xaver Unsinn
10 - Image Carlos Lampe
9 - Image JungGi Kim (NC)
8 - Image Stefan Küng (3x NC)
8 - Image Joe Friesenbichler
8 - Image Elwyn Oxley (NC)
8 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi
7 - Image Harald Mühlenberg
7 - Image Lorenz Dürr (U23 WC, NC)
7 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo
7 - Image Ryan Kilfeather
7 - Image Nodirkhan Kadyrkhanov
6 - Image Eric Lichtenstein
6 - Image Breyten Breytenbach
6 - Image Lukas Marxer (NC)
6 - Image Luca Spirito (NC)
6- Image Karl Kopinski* (NC)
5 - Image Pedro Garrido
5 - Image Severino Nicolosi
5 - Image Kari Steinsson
5 - Image Martti Rosenblatt
5 - Image Carlos Tejeda
5 - Image Harrison Tasher (2x NC)
5 - Image Pavel Sitko
5 - Image Feliciano Centurion (NC)
4 - Image Omar Pene
4 - Image Steve Hasler
4 - Image Gilles Braas
4 - Image Roy Lichtenstein
4 - Image Jan Flachbart (NC)
4 - Image Royston Lighting
4 - Image Robertlandy Simon
4 - Image Bambang Megaranto
4 - Image Tony Woodcock
4 - Image Serghei Pascenco
3 - Image Andrea Clavadetscher
3 - Image Sylvain Boss
3 - Image Louis Thuilliez
3 - Image Raffael Kämpfer
3 - Image Keyser Söze
3 - Image Alex Goop
3 - Image Guus Nederlof
3 - Image Victor Fargas
3 - Image Eddie Sixpence
3 - Image Ariel Weisman
3 - Image Thibault Rossard
3 - Image Baltasar Banzer* (NC)
2 - Image Roger Schnitzer
2 - Image Jens Scholz
2 - Image Frantz Granvorka
2 - Image Toni Hassler
2 - Image Nathaniel Biedermann
2 - Image Janis Smedins
2 - Image Wilhelm Wahlforss
2 - Image Paul Betancourt
2 - Image Valentin Bratoev (NC)
2 - ImageHassan Dif
2 - Image Otto Ospelt
2 - Image Amartya Sen
2 - Image Anselmo Grau
2 - Image René Ritter
2 - Image Carlos Kaiser
2 - TTT (TdS'18, TdF'18)
1 - Image Josef Fichtl
1 - Image Knut Bakke
1 - Image Bill Schneider
1 - Image Ewald Wolf
1 - Image Dimitri Jiriakov
1 - Image Elmar Goop
1 - Image Zak McKracken
1 - Image Tommy Zech
1 - Image Larry Erkisson
1 - Image Steve Becker
1 - Image Hannes Büchel
1 - Image Chuck Bass
1 - Image Hugo Marxer
1 - Image Wesley Lichtenkiesel
1 - Image Tim Hamberger
1 - Image Harry Hole
1 - Image Tomasz Kowalski
1 - Image Lars Hirschfeld
1 - Image Alain Yoda
1 - Image Elvis Bodganic (NC)
1 - Image Desideriu Vatca
1 - Image Fridolin Tschugmell
1 - Image Samir Sellami
1 - Image Dong Dong (NC)
1 - Image Juan Villafuerte
1 - Image Kahlid Satour (NC)
1 - Image Wael Afifi (NC)
1 - Image Sandro Spaeth
1 - Image Sean Murphy*

Classic Wins (36):

3 - Image Phineas Federspiel (Gent-Wevelgem'14, Scheldeprijs'14 + '15)
3 - Image Iwan Franko (Omloop'16, RVV'16, DdV'17)
2 - Image Harald Mühlenberg (Züri-Metzgete'07, MSR'08 )
2 - Image Pedro Garrido (Omloop'11, Gent-Wevelgem'11)
2 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo (Flèche'11, Tre Valli'11)
2 - Image Stefano Benni (Lombardia'12, MSR'13)
2 - Image Kari Steinsson (Scheldeprijs'13, P-R'13)
2 - Image Perry Henzell (Brussels'16, Paris-Tours'16)
1 - Image Andrea Clavadetscher (Lazio'08 )
1 - Image Roger Schnitzer (Scheldeprijs'09)
1 - Image Keyser Söze (Tre Valli'09)
1 - Image Guus Nederlof (Omloop'10)
1 - Image Jens Scholz (Flandern'10)
1 - Image Gilles Braas (P-R'11)
1 - Image Hugo Marxer (Piemonte'11)
1 - Image Stefan Küng (Omloop'12)
1 - Image Harry Hole (Quebec'12)
1 - Image Alain Yoda (Montreal'14)
1 - Image Elwyn Oxley (Hamburg'15)
1 - Image Eric Lichtenstein (Quebec'15)
1 - Image Breyten Breytenbach (LBL'16)
1 - Image Carlos Lampe (Emilia'16)
1 - Image Pavel Sitko (Gent-Wevelgem'17)
1 - Image Omar Pene (San Sebastian'17)
1 - Image Luca Spirito* (De Panne'19)
1 - Image Thibault Rossard* (Scheldeprijs'19)

-> 2. Plätze: Josef Fichtl (Züri-Metzgete'06), Ewald Wolf (P-B'07), Steve Hasler (Placci'08, Hamburg'08 ), Sylvain Boss (Piemonte'08 ), Elmar Goop (Harelbeke'09), Mavolio Bent (Omloop'10), Luigi Mastrangelo (AGR'11), Cédric Schmarotz (MSR'12), Toni Hassler (E3'12), Stefano Benni (Omloop'13, LBL'13), Jean Ollé Ollé (GW'13), Jan Flachbart (MSR'14), Fran Peterlin (LBL'15), Perry Henzell (Hamburg'16), Iwan Franko (Omloop'17), Feliciano Centurion (PR'17), Ngo Nguyen (Scheldeprijs'18), JungGi Kim (P-R'18, Harelbeke'18), Karl Kopinski (P-R'19, Omloop'19)

-> 3. Plätze: Schavi Nator (LBL'07), Ewald Wolf (Fourmies'07), Andrea Clavadetscher (MSR'08 ), Tim Hamberger (PR'11), Stefan Küng (E3'12), Xaver Unsinn (Tre Valli'12), Arni Steinsson (RVV'13), Wilhelm Wahlforss (Harelbeke'14), Eric Lichtenstein (GW'15), Fran Peterlin (RVV'15, San Sebastian'15), Perry Henzell (MSR'16), Breyten Breytenbach (San Sebastian'16), Iwan Franko (Harelbeke'17), Pieter Coolman (Omloop'19), Karl Kopinski (RVV'19)

Stage races (29):

4 - Image Fran Peterlin (Solidarnosc'14, Alberta'14. Minas Gerais'14, Romandie'15)
4 - Image Carlos Lampe (Lux'16, Sibiu'16, Utah'16, Argentina'16)
3 - Image Gaudenz Taverna (Bayer '12, Elk Grove'12, Moldova'12)
2 - Image Kari Steinsson (Sachsen Pflaster'12, De Panne'13)
2 - Image Iwan Franko (Sachsen Pavés'16, Tour des Pavés'17)
2 - Image Nodirkhan Kadyrkhanov (SPIH Nostalgia'17, TDU'18)
2 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi* (TdF'18, AtlasTour'18)
1 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo (Akropolis Tour'11)
1 - Image Jan Flachbart (Beijing'13)
1 - Image Janis Smedins (Tour des Pavés'14)
1 - Image Tomasz Kowalski (De Panne'14)
1 - Image Phineas Federspiel (WPC'14)
1 - Image Valentin Bratoev (Tour des Pavés'15)
1 - Image Paul Betancourt (Down Under'15)
1 - Image Harrison Tasher (Tour des Pavés'16)
1 - Image JungGi Kim (Sachsen Pavés'17)
1 - Image Lukas Marxer (BinckBanck'18)

Youth jerseys (17):

2 - Image Fran Peterlin (Solidarnosc'14, Wallonie'14)
1 - Image Gilles Braas (Sachsen Pavés'11)
1 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo (Tour Med'11)
1 - Image Stefan Küng (Tour des Pavés'11)
1 - Image Stefano Benni (Correze'12)
1 - Image Roy Lichtenstein (Oman'13)
1 - Image Eddie Sixpence (Trentin0'13)
1 - Image Wilhelm Wahlforss (Sachsen Pavés'13)
1 - Image Phineas Federspiel (WPC'14)
1 - Image Valentin Bratoev (Sachsen Pavés'14)
1 - Image Royston Lighting (Tour des Pavés'15)
1 - Image Carlos Lampe (Ruta del Sol'16)
1 - Image Bambang Megaranto (De Panne'16)
1 - Image Samir Sellami (Tour des Pavés'17)
1 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi (Giro'18)
1 - Image Luca Spirito* (Tour des Pavés'18)

Mountain jerseys (6):

1 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo (Giro'11)
1 - Image Wesley Lichtenkiesel (PN'12)
1 - Image Eddie Sixpence (Scotland'13)
1 - Image Alain Yoda (Down Under'15)
1 - Image Carlos Lampe (Utah'16)
1 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi* (TdS'18)

Points jerseys (31):

6 - Image Stefano Benni (EAT'13, Down Under'13, Ruta del Sol'13, Trentino'13, Romandie'13, Giro'13)
6 - Image Fran Peterlin (Alberta'14, Minas Gerais'14, Mexico'14, Tour des Pavés'15, Romandie'15, Giro'15)
3 - Image Elwyn Oxley (Ruta del Sol'16, TA'16, Giro'16)
2 - Image Cédric Schmarotz (Burgos'11, Qatar'12)
2 - Image Iwan Franko (Sachsen Pavés'16, Tour des Pavés'17)
2 - Image Ngo Nguyen* (TdF'17, TDU'18)
1 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi* (TdS'18, Andes'18)
1 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo (South Alps'11)
1 - Image Nathaniel Biedermann (California'12)
1 - Image Kari Steinsson (Sachsen Pflaster'12)
1 - Image Phineas Federspiel (WPC'14)
1 - Image Carlos Lampe (Lux'16)
1 - Image Fridolin Tschugmell (Oman'17)
1 - Image Pavel Sitko (Giro'17)
1 - Image JungGi Kim* (Sachsen Pavés'17)

Team classement (25):

4 - Tour des Pavés ('10,'11,'16,'17)
4 - Tour Down Under ('15,'16,'17,'19)
2 - Dunkerque ('12,'14)
1 - Alberta ('14)
1 - BinckBank ('18)
1 - California ('12)
1 - Denmark ('12)
1 - De Panne ('12)
1 - Deutschlandtour ('16)
1 - Dubai ('18)
1 - Giro della Toscana ('17)
1 - Oman ('13)
1 - Romandie ('13)
1 - Sachsen Pflaster ('12)
1 - Sibiu ('16)
1 - Tour de Suisse ('13)
1 - Tour du Maroc ('09)
1 - Trentino ('13)

Most Points:

17667 - Image Stefano Benni
16332 - Image Fran Peterlin
12201 - Image Afshin Pirhashemi
10147 - Image Luigi Mastrangelo
9408 - Image Nodirkhan Kadyrkhanov
9067 - Image Carlos Lampe
8104 - Image Roy Lichtenstein
7794 - Image Iwan Franko
7780 - Image Xaver Unsinn
7620 - Image Ngo Nguyen
7553 - Image Paul Betancourt
6997 - Image Elwyn Oxley
6571 - Image Stefan Küng
6552 - Image Eddie Sixpence
6433 - Image Cédric Schmarotz
5850 - Image Phineas Federspiel
5789 - Image Jean Ollé Ollé
5672 - Image Breyten Breytenbach
5484 - Image Nathaniel Biedermann
5432 - Image Pedro Garrido
5361 - Image Gaudenz Taverna
5326 - Image Perry Henzell
5273 - Image Pavel Sitko

Most Races:

282 - Image Victor Fargas
276 - Image Stefano Benni
268 - Image Henri Bienvenu
267 - Image Kenny Banzer
262 - Image Wesley Lichtenkiesel
262 - Image Niels Hörnö
256 - Image Stefan Küng
245 - Image Daniel Clavadetscher
242 - Image Fred Colon
237 - Image Frantz Granvorka
233 - Image Stéphane Antiga
232 - Image Tim Hamberger
230 - Image Pit Schlechter
228 - Image Ronny Beck
214 - Image Haruki Murakami
208 - Image Walter Walch
206 - Image Xaver Unsinn
206 - Image Dominikos Petrakis
200 - Image Hannes Büchel

*still riding

Team FL rider's nationalities (80/80):

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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:28 am

First Highlight in 2020 set by Hilti

So far, Team FL hasn't won a single race in 2020. But sind the Tour Down Under, its palmares is not empty anymore, as Hieronymus Hilti was able to win the mountain classement.

0 victories in 9 races (incl. TDU stages). That sounds not good for the team that wins almost every 5th race it rides, statistically. But the times of the empty palmares in 2020 are finally over as Hieronymus Hilti won the Tour Down Under mountain classement, one point in front of the GC winner Hitoshi Matsuyama from CircleCycle. In the escapes during stage 2 and 4, Hilti gathered enough points to bring the red jersey home and win a mountain classement for Team FL for the first time since Afshin Pirhashemi (of all people) won it at the Tour de Suisse in 2018. So far, the Liechtenstein cycling team could win a mountain classement only 7 times. 4 of them have been won by climber, three by escapers. Still, despite Hiltis success, one of the most memorable wins is Wesley Lichtenkiesel's triumph at Paris-Nice in 2012.
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Re: Team FL

Post by Robyklebt » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:51 am

14 years ago the Donkey (or maybe Robyklebt or somebody) created his team and that's a you have to say? Not even mention how nice the Donkeys were during the escape?

Not bad Hilti anyway. Wish him a cat 4 win!

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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:47 am

New Flag, fresh blood

Sean Murphy won the irish National Championships in February. In the meantime, two riders retired and two new riders joined Team FL.

But first things first: The spring classic season started on Saturday with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The race was interesting, although not very successful for Team FL. The Liechtenstein cycling team tried to ride for Kopinski with Looser as Co-leader, but the british pavé specialist seems to be too old already for this kind of race. So in the end, neither Looser nor Kopinski could be found in front and the 11th and 12th place had to do it. But Team FL was not completely unsuccessfull in February. Sean Murphy gatherd the irish flag at the National Championships. A first for Team FL (I think). And the brasilian bullet Eduardo Spohr could celebrate his already 15th race win. His goal now is clearly MSR and at least one Giro stage. But, more is more.

As Karl Kopinski is not the only rider getting old in the Team FL roster, Baltasar Banzer and Pieter Coolman retired from cycling at the end of February. Both rider were vital for the sprint victories of Eduardo Spohr, Pieter as fast man for the last ten KM or early puller at the end of his career, and Baltasar as the last man in the Team FL sprint train, often leaving Eduardo in a winning position. While Banzer won three races himself during his career, including a NC of Liechtenstein and adding a 3rd place at Paris-Tours 2019, Mr. Coolman was too cool to win anything himself. So while these to are gone, the management was busy finding replacement for them. And while Banzer's replacement is already in the team with Nicola Nicoli, at 1 March, Arthur Arpaguas, a local flat talent, and Diego Tschiggfrei, an Italian non-smoker, were presented to the public. May they have the luck Murphy did not have in training but in races...
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:25 pm

Karl the Great!

At the age of 36 and after a 2nd place in 2019, Karl Kopinski wins Paris Roubaix for Team FL, the third cobblestone for the Liechtenstein cycling team.

It was an exciting moment when Gilles Braas won Paris Roubaix in 2011 for Team FL for the first time. Tim Hamberger, got third that day, the only time two FL riders have been on the Podium in Roubaix. Next up, the Steinsson twins dominated the pavé races in 2013 for Team FL. While Ari was his most important helper, Kari won Paris Roubais in 2013 after winning De Panne (a stage race back then) and the Scheldeprijs. It took 7 years for Team FL to win it again this year after three consecutive 2nd places by Feliciano Centurion in 2017, Jung Gi Kim in 2018 and Karl Kopinski in 2019, who now won the race right before retirement.

The 2020 race itself was shaped by an early escape incl. three riders from Curvasud and one from LombardInvest. After giving them around 20 min time, Team FL started the chase in cooperation with SV Furpach who had with Jean Kaltak a similar rider than Kopinski and a nice support cast too. As expected, other teams tried to make the race hard with attacks in the second half of the race. Esp. Chartreuse Monks' riders never got tired of attacking and were one of the most important forces for an action packed finish. But Jose Lluis, Karl's last helper got everything under control, later also with the help for SV Furpachs' Amor Atlason. Hence, all attemps to prevent a final sprint for Kaltak and Kopinski could be neutralised. On the last 500m, Karl profitted from his experience and intuition together with the strategy worked out by Hugo Marxer and crossed the finish line first with a huge smile on his face.

In the meantime, two other Team FL riders set some marks: The brasilian bullet Eduardo Spohr won the Scheldeprijs and Halvor Haugen got third at De Brabantse Pijl. The team management is very happy with all these results and already 2 classic wins in the pocket after the first half of April. The next classic to race will be AGR, maybe with another great results, or even the next win?
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Re: Team FL

Post by Robyklebt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:33 pm

Congrats. Now Lafargue has to be second in a year, grrr :twisted:

But you should have written a race report in the spring classics thread!!
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:15 am

Goodbye Karl...

Now it's offical: Karl "the Great" Kopinski retired from cycling only 12 days after the biggest win of his long career. He will be one of the legends future FL Kieslers will talk about for sure.

It was new years day in 2019 when this handsome human being entered the stage of cycling. On the 1 January, Team FL presented the world 21 years old Karl Kopinski, the one to conquer the cobble races. But before he became a world wide phenomenon, first he achieved greatness on national level when he won the British National Championship with only 22 years in Februar 2019. Still under 24 years old, he won Brussels and Denain in March and reached the podium at Omloop, RVV and the devastating second place at PR. After hat traumatic experience, it was clear that his whole focus was on the same race in 2020, everything else was just the way to that goal. On that way it became quiet about Kopinski. He got some more race wins, more ouf of habit, unimportant looking at what he dreamt about. He still was a valuable piece of the Team FL sprint train around the brasilian bullet Eduardo Spohr and was one of the main factors for the many sprint wins during that period. But then began the new spring classic season and eventually the 12 April 2020 arrived, the day of his dreams, of his nightmares, of all he wished for. The team was prepared, everything was set, and finally, everybody could see Karl happy but also at the end of a long way. Now, his story is over, but it will be told and talked about. 24 April 2020 was the day, he decided to chase other life goals outside cycling. But who knows, maybe we will see him again at PR 2021, in a different uniform with a different task....

His career in numbers can be summed up a little shorter: 149 races, 7 race wins, 6'001 eternal points, retired with 36 years. His best skills were 55-85-77-54-70 with 84 pavé and 43 Reg.

Goodbye Karl, hope to see you again...
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Post by Bear » Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:59 pm

Nice career/story of King Karl.

Looking forward to your next cobble-star.

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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:08 pm

The brasilian bullet says Adeus!

Eduardo Spohr, aka the brasilian bullet has retired from cycling right after his 20 race win, incl. two Giro stage wins in May.

Nobody at Team FL would call Eduardo Spohr hardworking. It was more his flair that intrigued people around him. And his churrasco skills, which gave him his nickname: The brasilian bullet. Often misunderstood, this nickname did not stand for his pace as a sprinter, but more for his body form, his flywheel mass so to speak. And it made him difficult to overtake, as it took a looong way round. Finally, it was his sprinter instict and the combination of the beforementioned skills that led to 20 race wins overall, incl. two Giro and Tour stages and a classic win (Scheldeprijs 2020), not to forget his great sprint trains with the likes of pavé legend Karl Kopinski, Liechtenstein NC Baltasar Banzer, the Italian alliteration Nicola Nicoli or in his last race the young canadian prospect Jay Blankenau. Now, with 34, Eduardo Spohr retires from cycling, leaving huge foot steps for his successor, Zach Wheeler. Team FL wishes him best luck, an hopes for future churrasco parties at his house.
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Post by Falkenbier » Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:33 pm

All the best Eduardo!
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Post by Gipfelstuermer » Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:02 am

Was a pleasure to ride races with and versus Eduardo, especially the Giro! Actually JJ hoped to ride Le Tour with Eduardo as well, but ok, let's see if this youngstar Wheeler can deliver for Team FL like Eduardo did!
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:06 am

Zach wins in Belgium, misses green

While Eduardo Spohr gains weight every day, his successor Zach Wheeler continues the sprinter winning streak at Team FL with a victory at stage 3 of the Belgium Tour but misses green by less than 10 points.

End of stage 3 of the Belgium Tour 2020: The Team FL sprint train was set. It was the proven Giro combination of Looser in front, Nicoli as lead-out and Spohr, oh wait..., well, Wheeler with the finishing punch. And maybe the luck that the other sprinters failed to bring themselves in a good position. Anyway, Wheeler went first over the finish line, setting his first mark in professional cycling and put him at first position in the points classement, at least temporarily. The fact that he could not defend it was a very strong Hediger, who won stage 4, and a desastrous result at stage 2, where the Team FL sprint train got blocked in a crazy sprint scenario. Still, it was a good start into the post Spohr era and Wheeler showed, that he won't be a push off in future races. Hugo Marxer is pleased too and so are his fellow team mates who know now, that it is worth to work for the young American in a sprint race.
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:49 am

Zach makes it a full podium at Fourmies for Team FL

GP de Fourmies was one of the races, Team FL could only grab podium places so far. After Zach Wheelers victory in this year's edition, the podium is finally fully occupied by Team FL riders, including the first place.

Before the race, Hugo Marxer told the team that they should trust in their abilities, trust in the Team FL sprint train and its strategy and eventually in Zach Wheeler to finish confidently. And Hugo Marxer was right after all. After a fast race, good cooperation in the peloton and and insecure opponents in the sprint, Zach crossed the finish line first and was also the first Team FL rider to win the GP Fourmies. So far, Ewald Wolf got 3rd in 2007 and Perry Henzell got second in 2015. It is Zach's first classic win, Team FL's third this year after winning the Scheldeprijs (Eduardo Spohr) and Karl Kopinski's emotional victory in Roubaix. In sum, this makes 39 classic victories for Team FL overall. Who knows, maybe Zach can also win the 40th classic race for the Liechtenstein cycling team? Or it might be another "debutant" as no other rider in the currrent roster has ever won a classic race...
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Re: Team FL

Post by team fl » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:28 am

Team FL News Update

Due to Corona-Measures, Team FL senior PR officer William deWorde has to work from Home at the moment. "Work" is a big word in that sentence though, as nobody in the Team FL headquarters really knows what exactly he is doing. Unfortunately, it is obvious what he's not doing: Writing press releases. Hence, the team management ordered Hugo Marxer to summarise what happened during the last month since Zach's win at the GP de Fourmies (and in some cases even before that) and here is the result:

- Jay Blankenau won two races: Gent-Oudenaare, 22.09.2020 and the Memorial VDB, 06.10.2020

- Team FL got younger again, say hello (if you haven't already) to: Koen Koekelkoren, Belgium, future classic rider; Uros Kovacevic, Serbia, future allrounder and Yuji Nishida, Japan, future classic rider.

- Say goodbye to the following greybeards: Lorenz Lo(o)ser, Switzerland (4 race wins, 3'695 points) and Halvor "haha" Haugen, Norway (0 race wins due to Looser, 2'425 points).

In the meantime, the team is developping well for the spring campaign and a possible Giro start in 2021. The team structure will look something like this:

Sprinters (!):
- Zach Wheeler, flat sprinter, possible MSR candidate
- Timo Tammemaa, lead out sprinter with decent pavé, possible GW or similar candidate
- Jay Blankenau, pavé guy with decent sprint, possible PR candidate.

Classic riders:
- Koen Koekelkoren, good allrounder who lacks sprint, possible Ardennes candidate
- Yuji Nishida, good allrounder who lacks sprint, possible Flanders candidate

Pavé-ish:
- Diego Tschiggfrei, refuses to train more flat, so pure helper it looks like
- Uros Kovacevic, 80 pavé questionable, still good as helper and possible Flanders candidate (optimistic), good allrounder (realistic), or maybe a total failure (pessimistic)

Flat:
- Arthur Arpagaus, holding high the FL flag
- Pekka Piippo, Pekka Pekka!

Helper/Allrounder:
- Bana Hassana, Mr. stamina at Team FL


So still one or two guys needed as the currently remaining three riders, Eikeland, LeGoff and Nicoli all will become greybeards soon too, unfortunately. Anyway, have to check if William deWorde is still not available...
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