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Australia : ABS season 37
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:39:08 am »


Season 37 ; my debut as elite NT manager.  :)
Goal = top 10 in the ranking by countries.
NT Lists, selection and preview of race 1 later today or tomorrow morning.

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 08:38:03 pm »
Good luck this season! :)

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2018, 09:23:13 am »
Thanks WiC.
Very busy this morning, no time, so........
NT lists will be posted tomorrow and sometime this afternoon the preview and selection of race 1.
For now 5 cyclists are selected and also their tactics are made already, just in case.

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 06:33:44 pm »
STAGE 1 : SWITZERLAND ( FLAT-HILLS )

39C

Olten, Switzerland,
The NT season starts (stage 1) and ends (stage 10) in Switzerland.
No long distance travelling this season, because all races are in Western Europe with the exception of stage 3, but that is not so far either because it is the well known Tartu GP in Estonia.
Stage 2, 4 and 5 are in France.
Then we go to the Netherlands (stage 6), probably the most difficult race of this season, de Ronde van Haarlem.
After that the Belgium cobblestones for stage 7 and then twice a stage in Spain before we go again to Switzerland for the last race.

This stage 1 is the well known stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse ; a tricky one because there are some tactical options. Hopefully the tactics will turn out the way I planned, because it is my debut as elite NT manager and perhaps the NT races are slighlty different then the normal CFF races. We will see.
I'm not sure what to expect, but it seems to me Australia has a very good team captain with one really good helper. Of course in this race the others can be very good helpers too on the flat sections.
So hopefully a good result in my very first race, but it is for sure possible that I m way too optimistic. :)

Australia NT selection :

Baron Friend (32)   CyKings   
Fergus Henderson (30)   Palmeiras_Marcos
Karl Janson (28)   Matterhorn
Oscar Cahill (29)   LaFieraChurretes
Mark Putnam (34)   CandasuTeam
David Montgomery (28)   mortovia_cycling   
Steve Morton (30)   Palmeiras_Marcos
Walter Reid (33)   Taviracycling
Rick Carter (31)   STR0NK3R
« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 06:35:41 pm by Vos »

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2018, 12:55:29 pm »
Hmmmm, I was hoping for a podiumplace but the 4th place of Baron Friend is also a good start of the season.  8)

And probably sprint or so counts more than I thought in this race, because the very risky tactics of the team captain and his best helper (who scored also points) could not be better, well, perhaps the helper could ride even 1 EP or 2 EP more risky (however, than a possibility in his role as helper that he can not follow in one of the middle flat sections) but his 5 finish was already superstrong to lauch his teamcaptain hard who had the best superstrong 5 finish.

Next week ; a pure climbing stage in France, La Marmotte.
No Australian pure climbers in the top 63 (!) of the CFF Climbers Dream Team.
Just one Aussie there, Darvin Odom on number 6, but he is a hills-climber. He is suited for stage 8 en 10, not this one.
So it will be extreme difficult to score some points next week and Australia will drop from his current 3rd position in the ranking by countries.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2018, 01:45:22 pm by Vos »

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2018, 10:31:44 am »

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 01:42:14 pm »
STAGE 2 :  ALPE D'HUEZ



24C

Le Bourg-d'Oisans, France,
Today a brutal mountain stage with a finish on the Alpe d'Huez.
No high expectations at all for this race, because Australia does not have top climbers.
Hopefully the team captain can score points, but that is very uncertain.
Also it is not sure yet who the Australian team captain will be, I m still in doubt and probably I m gonna change the tactics later this afternoon. Although it is a possibility that it does not matter who the team captain will be. Anyway, this stage is a good experience for this relatively young selection and always fun to ride those mountains full of cycling history.  :)

Australia NT selection :

Barry Edgar (33) GiordanoBici
Clive Farmer (32) Ale8Sev
Alistair Byers (30) meloneros
Angus Finn (29) escartines_neverdie
Sam Donaldson (27) gandarias
Darvin Odom (31) CapitanSalami
Merv Horwill (27) mortovia_cycling
Walter Hoffman (28) Team_Boogie_Woogie
David Edgar (21) Drollevangers
« Last Edit: April 01, 2018, 01:45:08 pm by Vos »

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 02:46:54 pm »
Good result of Farmer, 13th, more than I expected so I m satisfied with these 90 points.
Australia now on the 5th place in the ranking by countries and next week a sprint stage in Estonia.
There the Fox will instruct the Wolf how he can finish top 10.  :))

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 09:09:45 am »
STAGE 3 : ESTONIA

40C

Tallinn, Estonia,
Today it will be extreme hot ; 40C. That seems no problem for Aussies, they are used to it. Unfortunately nobody has a sun icon, just Gatson has one and he is selected as last one because of that. Hopefully he can bring a lot of water to the best Australian sprinters.
In the picture the recent stage 3 victory in the Tour de Basque of McCarthy (AUS), hopefully this will inspire the Australian selection.

It seems Wolf be the team captain. He finished the past 2 seasons in normal NT sprint races three times in the top 10 (5th, 7th and 8th).
No other Australian scored points in those three NT sprint races.
And this is Tartu GP, a tricky (tactical) sprint race where hills also counts a little bit and Wolf does not have that (the top 4 of the sprint list are not good at hills at all). And besides that, sprint races are always difficult in tactical choices ; very risky or not risky or something in between. And just afterwards it is clear what the best tactic would have been.

So still the top 10 will be the goal but that is not going to be too easy for Wolf in this little deviant NT sprint race.
A lot of preasure on him of the NT manager, Wolf needs to score as  much points as possible.
Because next week it is a time trial and there Australia has a very good TT specialist, the 28yo Hoffman, but he is (most likely) still too young to score points. And good old John Hunter who won 4 (!) NT TT races is now 36yo and too old to score points. I just see now he is not in the Australian top 15 TT list of last week (he should have been) because I made a mistake, his TT skill dropped below the 90 and I searched from =>90.
Anyway, hopefully a good race of Wolf in Estonia.
Because in my debut as NT manager I don't want to finish outside the top 10 in the ranking by countries at the end of the season.  :-[  :))

Australia NT selection :

Graham Wolf (32) cave
Denis Nelson (32) cave
John Jons (31) TeamTimidus
Mark Post (30) Rekutxu
Christian Marbley (31) TeamSolex
Henry Beckham (29) CaptainOrange
Rick Andrews (30) TrailRunners
Franklin Gailes (30) RealityCyclists
Brent Gatson (31) trekgvsu
« Last Edit: April 08, 2018, 09:11:35 am by Vos »

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2018, 09:30:52 pm »
Wolf : 6th place.
And the best helper, Nelson, scored a few extra points with a 19th place.
Good result but not entirely satisfied if I look at how the race went ;
the peleton in the first few sections, and in fact in the entire race, was megahuge. And Wolf could have saved at least 1 EP more for the finish-section if I had known that in advance.
Also I tried an attack with a few good helpers somewhere in the race to force a break away group or to isolate some foreign teamcaptains, it is clear this was not the race to try that. But no problem, the back up plan with best helper Nelson worked, who had also a strong 5 finish to lauch his teamcaptain hard.

A shared 5th place in the points per race by country, but despite this ; 2 places down in the (season)ranking by countries and now 7th.
Next week a time trial in France. Expected points = zero.
For me still fun to watch that NT time trial because SP0RTLIFE-TT-specialists Higueras (SPA) and Mutombo (ZWI) will be among the favorites to win it. Let s see if a SP0RTLIFE-cyclist can win that NT time trial for the third season in a row,
because Verde won 2 seasons ago and Arguillet won previous season. (  8)  8) + 8) ? )  :)

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2018, 05:31:08 pm »
Nice stuff

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 08:29:24 am »
Thanks Dirk  :)

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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 03:50:46 pm »
New lists, and because this weekend there is a time trial ;
+ extra list of outside top15 TT, including of the latest draft ; 19 yo mega-top-TT-talent  Martin Warrenburg  8)




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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 08:32:00 pm »
STAGE 4 : Fte du Chrono

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Les Herbiers, France,
Tomorrow a time trial.
First of all I had to make a difficult decision ; John Hunter, 4 times winner of the NT time trial races and once TT world champion is not selected.
Previous season he was still good enough to score points ( 11th ) but now he is already 36yo and imo he cannot score points anymore.
To the many fans of John Hunter ; no worries, as a well deserved tribute to his achievements for Australia, he will be coming along to France as an assistent manager to motivate and give advice to the other Australian TT talents.

At the moment the best Australian time trialist is the 28yo Walter Hoffman.
I think he is still too young to score points, but this top TT talent will get close. In the future he will score many points for Australia in the TT for sure.
And the 4 other, younger Australian top TT talents were also selected without any doubt.
About the remaining spots left, later this evening or tomorrow morning they will be selected. Perhaps some other very good TT talents and/or xp cyclists will be selected, I m too tired to decide right now.
Anyway, the future of Australian TT cycling is looking very good, see the first five selected cyclists.  8)

Australia NT selection :

Walter Hoffman ( 28 ) Team_Boogie_Woogie  --> 3rd u21 NT TT and 2nd u23 NT TT
William Owen ( 25 ) Argonautjes --> 1st u21 NT TT and 3rd u23 NT TT
Oscar Hunter ( 24 ) FacHaBortoLo --> 2nd u21 NT TT and 1st u23 NT TT
David Edgar ( 21 ) Drollevangers --> 3rd u21 NT TT and 2nd u21 NT TT (prologue).
Martin Warrenburg ( 19 ) Argonautjes --> TT draft race winner
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Re: Australia : ABS season 37
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2018, 09:09:46 pm »
Three big talents! I was very lucky with pulling and the draft  :)

William Owen ( 25 )
David Edgar ( 21 )
Martin Warrenburg (19)

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