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« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2019, 10:59:32 PM »
Well, we did try to guide Yvo de Cleer over the cobbles to Montalcino today, but it was, as expected, no great success as he lost almost 3 minutes. Inocencio Aleixio did pretty much ignore his orders and rode to place 5 as a domestique, while Ørjan Henningsen finished 11th.

Lovely place by the way, Montalcino. A bit difficult to get the teambus parked, but still...



In the GC the differences are rising slowly:

1    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 00"   0   0
2    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   0: 14"   0   0
3    Nick Johnson   19   $Tourmalet   0: 22"   0   0
4    Romeu Maximo   19   Kalarratas   0: 26"   0   0
5    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   0: 30"   0   0
6    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   1: 04"   0   0

Nobby and Oto will be a problem as they climb almost as good as Yvo.

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« Reply #61 on: April 16, 2019, 03:25:33 PM »
In the slightly downhill stage from Clusone to Milano all team attentions were focused on Yvo de Cleer, but he slightly outclassed his helpers by finishing 19th on one minute of the all eaglesOFcarthage podium. Eduard Brouwers finished 20th and Ørjan Henningsen 24th.



By the way, what letter does Ørjan get at the Sinterklaas festival? No wonder that the festival is not popular in Scandinavia...

Anyway, a good result for Yvo as he climbs up in the GC:

1    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 00"   0   0
2    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 39"   0   0
3    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   1: 16"   0   0
4    Raul Arango   19   Jediondos   1: 19"   0   0
5    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   1: 23"   0   0

You can't keep anything from King Corona Magazine, so we have admitted that we sent Carlo Bemelmans on training camp to Les Vieilles Forges.


We are sure he will take this very seriously...



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« Reply #62 on: April 16, 2019, 09:17:21 PM »

In tonight's stage from the fearsome Zoncolan to Scanuppia our goal was to get as much time as possible between Yvo de Cleer and the other riders. Maarten Ducrot as usually repeated himself by saying again that Yvo looked better than his rivals, and of course by "this is the new way of cycling". But again there was no serious opposition for Yvo, so he wins his second stage this Giro and 21 seconds on rival Nobby Kellman.
Epifanio Merchan gets 15th and Eduard Brouwers a very skillful 30th place.

Yvo took some extra luggage with him to make it the race more interesting:


Nobby unfortunately stays in pink, but there is only 17 seconds in between:

1    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 00"   0   0
2    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 17"   0   0
3    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   1: 31"   0   0
4    Raul Arango   19   Jediondos   1: 33"   0   0
5    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   1: 45"   0   0

Oh, and guess who is favourite tomorrow in the stage to Zoldo Alto. Indeed...

It seems we have started our publicity campaign for young new riders a bit too late as skilful young riders only now start to emerge. The team selection is getting a little messy now...

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« Reply #63 on: April 17, 2019, 02:52:59 PM »
Again a climbing stage in the Giro, this time from Marostica to Zoldo Alto. So the only question was who would finish first behind Yvo de Cleer and that were not unexpectedly Nobby Kellman and Oto Kleinbergs. Epifanio Merchan got 17th place and minimalist Eduard Brouwers again 30th...



Unfortunately Yvo did not win enough time to blink in pink:

1    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 00"   0   0
2    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 11"   0   0
3    Raul Arango   19   Jediondos   1: 52"   0   0
4    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   1: 57"   0   0
5    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   2: 08"   0   0

Maybe in tonight's stage Yvo can claim the pink jersey again?

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« Reply #64 on: April 18, 2019, 03:46:57 PM »
Yvo de Cleer and his team hunted for the pink jersey in the stage from Pordenone to Di Lavaredo. In the first hills he made a surprise attack together with helper Ørjan Henningsen and they found GC-leader Nobby Kellman fast asleep! Nobby never recuperated and in the final climb Yvo de Cleer and Romeu Maximo (Kalarratas) made a deal. Romeu the stage win, Yvo the pink jersey!



This time Epifanio Merchan was the minimalist with 30th place.

The GC and proud we are indeed:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   0   0
2    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 26"   0   0
3    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   1: 50"   0   0
4    Raul Arango   19   Jediondos   2: 01"   0   0
5    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   2: 17"   0   0

Getting the pink jersey is difficult, but keeping it might prove more difficult...

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« Reply #65 on: April 18, 2019, 03:47:23 PM »
In the stage to La Spezia the main goal was keeping the pink jersey on the shoulders of Yvo de Cleer. The good news was that Nobby Kellmann lost contact in the last flat section, the bad news that Oto Kleinbergs was far ahead in the leader group. He apparently knows how to manage a hill. In the end Yvo lost 1:20 on Oto and won 29 seconds on Nobby. That gain came as a surprise as $Tourmalet seems to be training riders for hills. Free roler Ørjan Henningsen hobbled to 15th place.



The GC has changed a bit, but the right man is still at the right place:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   0   0
2    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   0: 30"   0   0
3    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   0: 42"   0   0
4    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 55"   0   0
5    Romeu Maximo   19   Kalarratas   1: 25"   0   0

That is, for the moment, because next race is on the dreaded cobbles...

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« Reply #66 on: April 19, 2019, 02:36:38 PM »
Bad communications here in Italy, so we will do two stages for the price of one.

First the cobbles to San Vendemiano. Inocencio Aleixo finished 2nd in a free rol, which was better than expected. Ørjan Henningsen as a helper finished 23rd. He of course tried to help Yvo de Cleer but Yvo suffered mainly alone and lost 2:33 in the end.



The stage to Praia a Mare brought more fun, mainly because there are some serious hills before you arrive at the sea. Helper Ørjan Henningsen finished 10th and Yvo de Cleer only lost 1:28.


Interesting place for a training camp...

In the GC all gaps are closing up:

1    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 00"   0   0
2    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   0: 16"   0   0
3    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 17"   0   0
4    Romeu Maximo   19   Kalarratas   0: 24"   0   0
5    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   0: 38"   0   0

So, it will be a very interesting last sprint stage. Camera footage might be difficult as they expect a lot of rain this afternoon...


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« Reply #67 on: April 20, 2019, 08:00:28 PM »
Communications have opened up hee in France and we have a lot to tell. First of all the last stage of the Giro: we did it! Or better: Yvo de Cleer did it. The team attacked from the beginning of the flat stage and important riders like Oto Kleinbergs in the first section and Nobby Kellman in the second one lost contact. In the end Yvo de Cleer finished 11th, helper Eduard Brouwers even 7th and Ørjan Henningsen 23rd.

Final GC of the Giro:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   1000   166667
2    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   0: 48"   800   150000
3    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   0: 52"   650   133333
4    Oto Kleinbergs   19   WinterIsComing   2: 02"   550   116667
5    Romeu Maximo   19   Kalarratas   2: 13"   500   100000

We hope every team keeps on underestimating sprint for GC-riders, but meanwhile we are enjoying the admiring gaze of the local people Lido Santa Maria del Cedro:


In Dauphiné Libéré, the paper, not the race, the cycling expert explained the tactical qualities of Roque Moron after the spectacular win in the last stage of the Giro.


Division standing after the Giro:

1º      $Tourmalet   20990   8   12   11   
2º      WinterIsComing   19325   4   7   13   
3º      Combuijs   18476   15   8   8   
4º      Kalarratas   11206   2   10   3   
5º      CojoNudos   11064   2   1   0   

In the Dauphiné Libéré, the race, not the paper, Combuijs is represented by:

21 Yvo de Cleer
22 Tristan Prins
23 Daniel Rooijakkers
24 Arjen Rutte
25 Julius Wiegel

We thought it appropriate to send the sons of two liberal politicians to a liberating race...

The first stage to Valmorel was (of course?) a win for Yvo de Cleer, who simply can't be beaten in the mountains. Helper Tristan Prins took 25th place.

The second stage to Belley saw Yvo again doing well with a 16th place. Arjen Rutte scored his first points with place 18.

In the GC Yvo leads:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   0   0
2    Valentijn Teffer   19   WinterIsComing   0: 44"   0   0
3    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   1: 07"   0   0
4    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   2: 02"   0   0
5    Harry Tjoens   19   Plopsala   2: 08"   0   0

but we will have to see what happens in the time trial tomorrow.



After the Dauphiné Liberé, Arjan Rutte will be on training camp in Heerlen Thermen for the Binck Banck Tour and the Vuelta.


On Dutch and Australian social media there has been a vivid discussion which team to support, so with this in mind we have decided to give a free package with a bottle of our lovely Combuijs Honey Ale and our lovely designed race shirt to everyone who supports us against $Tourmalet, WinterIsComing and CojoNudos (we do want to go to division 1 after all...).

We have now a very sad treasurer who for the third time in his short career saw an empty chest after we bought cobblehiller Adam Balogh to strengthen our squad.



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« Reply #68 on: April 21, 2019, 06:16:01 PM »
The time trial to Louhans Chateaurenaud in the Dauphiné proved to be quite succesfull for acknowledged non-time-trialists like us. Daniel Rooijakkers is lacking some stamina so after a good start he finished 7th in the end. There were also points for Julius Wiegel (18th), Yvo de Cleer (22nd) and Arjen Rutte (29th). The only rider in the squad not scoring any points for us is Adam Balogh who admittedly has not ridden a race for us until now...



Yvo de Cleer has strengthened his position in the GC and it is hard to see him losing first place:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   0   0
2    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   1: 42"   0   0
3    Henrik Michael-Møller   19   $Tourmalet   1: 48"   0   0
4    Policarpo Mendoza   19   MelonKas   1: 58"   0   0
5    Albano Roseiro   19   Kalarratas   2: 06"   0   0

Earlier reports by De Telegraaf con be confirmed by now. Chester Laybutt is far from a great talent, which is a pity. There is an internal heavy debate now going on which rider will be central to our training. Obvious candidates are Julius Maalderink and Garret Rose, but there might be more talents in the team.

Tigran Filin is doing his very best and is still doing a good job, but he has not been able to find a trick to improve our cobble bikes.

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« Reply #69 on: April 21, 2019, 08:41:45 PM »
Yvo de Cleer felt very safe in the stage to Vaujany. Too safe it seems as he looked around a bit, eyeing the girls in the crowd and chatting with other riders. So he totally missed an important escape and was in trouble the rest of the race. Tristan Prins in the end finished 3rd, mainly because he was looking behind him to see where Yvo was. Yvo lost 1 minute on 11th position, but is still in the lead in the GC:

1    Yvo de Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   0   0
2    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   1: 24"   0   0
3    Henrik Michael-Møller   19   $Tourmalet   1: 31"   0   0
4    Harry Tjoens   19   Plopsala   1: 33"   0   0
5    Valentijn Teffer   19   WinterIsComing   1: 58"   0   0

But let's give him a warning for tomorrow: beware of Harry Tjoens!



Tomorrow we start in the Tour of Switzerland and we more or less take a break with the GC riders:

21 Andreas van Zijl
22 Inocencio Aleixo
23 Julius Maalderink
25 Eddy Room
25 Daniel Rooijakkers

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« Reply #70 on: April 22, 2019, 05:31:46 PM »
In the last stage of the Dauphiné Yvo de Cleer could ride quite defensively to retain the leader jersey, so Harry Tjoens was able to win the last race, before Yvo and Tristan Prins (8th).



With the second place in the last stage of the Dauhpiné Orica has decided to sponsor us for the rest of the season. Which probably means all our riders will become more explosive in the near future?


GC of the Dauhpiné:

1    Yvo De Cleer   19   Combuijs   0: 00"   500   100000
2    Harry Tjoens   19   Plopsala   1: 09"   400   90000
3    Nobby Kellman   19   $Tourmalet   2: 12"   325   80000
4    Pedro Kranz   19   MelonKas   2: 36"   275   70000
5    Henrik Michael-Møller   19   $Tourmalet   3: 24"   250   60000
6    Valentijn Teffer   19   WinterIsComing   3: 52"   225   50000

Division standings after the Dauhpiné:

1º      $Tourmalet   22405   8   12   12   
2º      WinterIsComing   20698   4   7   13   
3º      Combuijs   19713   16   9   9   
4º      Kalarratas   12211   2   10   6   
5º      CojoNudos   11678   2   2   0   
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« Reply #71 on: April 22, 2019, 07:54:31 PM »
The first stage of the Switzerland Tour to Grimselpass did not bring a lot of points, Andreas van Zijl finished 14th. He apparently had time to take this picture...


A sponsor bid for the second stage of the BinckBank Tour from Fertil France proved ... eh ... fertile.

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« Reply #72 on: April 23, 2019, 02:37:28 PM »
In the second stage in Switzerland to Tiefenbachferner Andreas van Zijl became 9th and Eddy Room 30th. Andreas is now 10th in the GC, which is not bad at all. Unfortunately hills are not his forte... Eddy Room is tipped as 3rd favourite in the next stage though.


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« Reply #73 on: April 23, 2019, 07:55:58 PM »
Eddy Room arrives 5th in Baar in a free role. Not bad at all that.


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« Reply #74 on: April 24, 2019, 05:23:59 PM »
In the time trial around Bellinzona Daniel Rooijakkers looked good in the beginning, but he faded in the end to place 8. Andreas van Zijl did not bad at all with 13th place and even Eddy Room scored points on place 25.



In the GC Andreas is now 12th and he knows his way around the cobbles too, so he might be in the top 10 after tonight's race. But we will focus on a win for Julius Maalderink of course.

We have now an exclusive report by our health service that Arjen Rutte and Julius Wiegel both are medium talents. Not too disappointing then...