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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2018, 12:49:57 pm »
This weekend we go the Ardennes in Belgium to ride the GP Le Samyn:



The Belgians have a big advantage here as no one knows where Samyn is, and the only way to compete is of course to arrive at the start in the first place. So we have not told the other teams that the race will be held west of Mons and that there is no place called Samyn.

The first edition of this race in 1968 was called GP Fayt-le-Franc and was won by José Samyn.



A year later he died in a race after a collision with a crossing spectator and the race he had won was renamed GP Le Samyn. So we really seem to have a theme this season with memorial races as we have had the Memorial Ricardo Otxoa as well.

In 2018 the race started in Quaregnon and finished after 200 km in Dour with a reasonable flat start and a hilly second half.



It was held at the end of february in freezing cold weather and it was won by Niki Terpstra with teammate Philippe Gilbert in second place. One of those Quick Step reigned races obviously.



Oh, and it way also won by Janneke Ensing in the ladies edition. Which begs the question when ladies cycling will be introduced in CFF...



Who are trying to locate the start of the race?:

Fred Haverkate   29   kamikazepiloten   
Dirk VanDerVelde   29   kamikazepiloten   
Jonathan Smits   29   PipiolosTeam   
Maarten Heitinga   33   Dunkelheit   
Max De Vos Van Steenwijk   33   CyloN   
Eddy VanDerVaart   32   Leones_Del_Sur   
Gerben Franssen   33   Canes   
Rens Luijben   26   innioraths
Eddy Wagendorp   24   Losbicikoalas

A prediction for sunday then? Nairo Quintana will win on Lagos de Covadonga!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2018, 10:30:11 am »
Right, no Quintana on the Lagos de Covadonga, at least not within the first three places, but Frenchie Thibault Pinot, who made a dashing climb, undisturbed by Simon Yates.

And what happened in the Ardennes? For once leader Dirk VanDerVelde was up front at the start of a race and in company of helper Rens Luijben and free bird Jonathan Smits. All other helpers and the other free bird Gerben Franssen were unfortunately nowhere in sight, which was disappointing. As a consequence only three Dutch riders were in the top group of 27 after the flat part connecting the two hilly sections.

In the final stages of the race Dirk did not have any help whatsoever, Rens Luijben having spent all his energy, but he managed to get 6th place in the race, which was not bad at all. In fact it was one place better than Nairo Quintana... Jonathan Smits snatched away 17th place for an extra 40 points. If only Dirk had had a helper in the last sections...

1    Jean Perret      33   0: 00"   300      BetisCFF
2    Marat Fedin      32   0: 00"   250      AstaNunca
3    Alar Savisaar      32   0: 11"   225      NumberSushy
4    Thomas Hřydal      32   0: 15"   200      Bartali_ProCyclingTeam
5    Niles Judd      32   0: 15"   180      Bartali_ProCyclingTeam
6    Dirk VanDerVelde      29   0: 15"   160      kamikazepiloten
7    Julian Bünter      30   0: 24"   150      Rekutxu
8    Philip Sleurs      33   0: 24"   140      Zamaltej
9    Axel Laustsen      28   0: 27"   130      Salpeters
10    Maël Aupart      32   0: 35"   120      Reekse_Verkuhss
11    Atila Denis      32   0: 35"   110      Averatalm
12    Sébastien Emch      33   0: 35"   100      BetisCFF
13    Steve Morton      32   0: 38"   90      CaptainOrange
14    Juan Bautista Quero      31   0: 42"   80      BignigProCycling
15    Shalva Vyropaev      33   0: 42"   70      DD17EliteCT
16    Jacinto Vitorino      32   0: 42"   60      CyloN
17    Jonathan Smits      29   0: 42"   40      PipiolosTeam
18    Anton Alexandrov      32   0: 49"   30      drulo_team
19    Jüri Ojamaa      30   0: 49"   20      drulo_team

So at the Lagos the Covadonga, le Samyn, and Stade de France, France did win. They must have had a great weekend.

As planned we have gained two places to go up at 11th:

1. Belgium   1680
2. Italy   1300
3. Denmark   1125
...
10. Portugal   610
11.   The Netherlands   580
12. Germany   579,99


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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2018, 11:15:07 am »
This weekend we are going to ride the Giro. The whole Giro? Yes, the whole Giro! In one weekend? Yes, actually in one day! The Giro d'Italia in one day? No, the Giro di Lazio in one day:



This is a race in the hills around Rome which usually begins and finishes in Rome itself:



Last few times it was called the Roma Maxima, so with such a name no surprise the last race was held in 2014:



No surprising winner either. Alejandro Valverde:



Who are going to be the non-surprising Dutch participants?:

Noah Schoots   29   kamikazepiloten
Wouter Stolwijk   28   Reynoldx
Reinier Zuiverloon   33   Stumpers63
Jakob Jans   32   Reekse_Verkuhss
Hans VanOorschot   29   Pizzaboys
Chiel VanDerWaals   29   Reekse_Verkuhss
Alphons TenHoeve   33   AJFactoryCycling
Stef VanEmpel   25   JoebaCycling
Felix Huygens   25   ADOLF97

A prediction for sunday then? Oh, why not, Alejandro Valverde will win the Vuelta!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2018, 02:25:55 pm »
And this one is very far for the selection?

Simon VanHouwelingen   Edad : 29   Sueldo : 834
Resistencia : 25   Sprint : 99   Montańa : 25
LLano : 90   Pavés : 30   Tecnica : 71
Descenso : 13   Colinas : 88   Agresividad : 74
Crono : 50   TraEqui : 68   Experiencia : 71

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2018, 03:14:19 pm »
And this one is very far for the selection?

Simon VanHouwelingen   Edad : 29   Sueldo : 834
Resistencia : 25   Sprint : 99   Montańa : 25
LLano : 90   Pavés : 30   Tecnica : 71
Descenso : 13   Colinas : 88   Agresividad : 74
Crono : 50   TraEqui : 68   Experiencia : 71

I would not call it very far as he has a GV about 5 less than the best ones, but no phone call today, and I think it is because of his stamina and downhill skills. Going out of Rome won't be a problem, getting back might... I have (ok, in theory) 24 better riders. Even Stef VanEmpel is (slightly) better, Felix Huygens a little bit worse, but they are young and need the experience.

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2018, 02:05:51 pm »
Right, there is getting a prediction wrong and getting a prediction very wrong. The Valverde win on sunday was no doubt one in the last category. Well done, Simon.

And there is getting race tactics wrong and getting race tactics very wrong. The NT-race on sunday was no doubt one in the last category. Well done, Christian. And, ... eh ... well done almost everyone else...  :(

1    Christian Marbley      33   0: 00"   300      CyloN
2    Klash Krieg      32   0: 00"   250      SP0RTLIFE
3    Honoré Darrigade      29   0: 00"   225      Noldor
4    Alfred Brejner-Nielsen      31   0: 00"   200      JM
5    Giovanni Herrera      28   0: 00"   180      RaboRuben
6    Karl Janson      30   0: 00"   160      TrailRunners
7    Eduard Pokhomov      29   0: 21"   150      mortovia_cycling
8    Vicente Jose Zabala      28   0: 21"   140      RaboRuben
9    Siim Väli      33   0: 21"   130      terminatorvictor
10    David Montgomery      30   0: 21"   120      mortovia_cycling
11    Andrew Truex      32   0: 21"   110      Averatalm
12    Andy Larrieu      30   0: 21"   100      WVAchteruit
13    Diamantino Rato      33   0: 21"   90      WVAchteruit
14    Henry Meeuwissen      33   0: 21"   80      RealityCyclists
15    Leonardo Picoli      29   0: 21"   70      Arrieta1987
16    Luis Sierra      29   0: 21"   60      Reekse_Verkuhss
17    Herculano Moutinho      31   0: 21"   40      Lanihuli_cycling
18    Franklin Gailes      32   0: 37"   30      RealityCyclists
19    Massimo Kehrli      29   0: 37"   20      teamJumbo
20    Miguel Sesma      28   0: 37"   10      RaboRuben

No bold needed for any Dutch rider, the first one came in and place 31 and the intended leader at 34.

What went wrong? The usual problem, the start was too slow. Disastrously slow. I fear I will follow the path of John Paul de Jong, the FC Utrecht coach, before long.

Anyway, not the scheduled win of two places, but a loss of two:

1. Belgium 1760
2. Italy 1370
3. Danmark 1325
...
12. USA 630
13. The Netherlands 580
14. Germany 579,99

But no problem of course, still 4 races to go and if we win 3 places every time...


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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #36 on: September 21, 2018, 11:24:12 am »
This weekend we are back in Belgium. We are in Frameries in Hainault. This place has a big sundial in its center:



Not very useful as we will have rain the whole weekend. Some clever Belgian (they really do exist, you know) however has anticipated that problem and has found another means of guessing the time:



What race are we doing this time? Well, again it is a memorial race, this time for the Italian and Belgian racer Pino Cerami:



No tragical incidents fortunately, he just died of old age. The landscape seems to be flat, but the road is not:



In 2018 the race was held for the 50th time. It was won by Peter Kennaugh, in 2017 by upcoming talent Wout van Aert. The last Dutch win was in 2006 by Sebastian Langeveld.

Who are going to win in season 39?:

Anton VanDerKroon   30   Bolaverde
Jeroen Zilverberg   31   Enterprise
Laurens VanVriesland   33   Rossocrociati
Josef VanPoppel   33   Stumpers63
Rob Roossen   27   JoebaCycling
Jochem Jurgens   30   beerkes
Matthijs Martens   30   Stumpers63
Onno Boogerd   27   La_Cotera_Team
August Vermeltfoort   24   ADOLF97

A prediction for sunday then? PSV will beat Ajax 3-1...

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2018, 11:30:07 am »
The prediction for sunday was not that far off, Ajax did not even score, which was unexpected.

And the international cobble race? Well, that was not far off either! Leader Anton van der Kroon sent two helpers away in the first group, Jeroen Zilverberg and Josef van Poppel, and had helpers until the third section. After that he was a bit too enthousiastic, but he had enough energy left for a good finish. Free role Rob Roossen also managed to get some points, but the big surprise was that Jeroen and Josef managed to stay up front.

1    Kardo Taaramäe      29   0: 00"   300      Antequera
2    Terrell Williams      29   0: 00"   250      Caracoles
3    Carmine Garzelli      32   0: 02"   225      DEATEAM
4    Cyprien Tattou      33   0: 04"   200      BetisCFF
5    Anton VanDerKroon      30   0: 07"   180      Bolaverde
6    Josef VanPoppel      33   0: 07"   160      Stumpers63

7    Neil Gailes      32   0: 07"   150      Agolpede
8    Jeroen Zilverberg      31   0: 07"   140      Enterprise
9    Eńaut Navarro      28   0: 07"   130      Bolaverde
10    Thore Seim      33   0: 07"   120      Escayo
11    Gunner Madsen      33   0: 07"   110      BetisCFF
12    Ken Emerton      29   0: 07"   100      Bolaverde
13    Miguel Nieto      31   0: 12"   90      Averatalm
14    Deviko Tsymbalar      29   0: 12"   80      stratego
15    Sune Larsen      31   0: 12"   70      Agolpede
16    Rob Roossen      27   0: 12"   60      JoebaCycling
17    Mathieu Troost      35   0: 17"   40      Dunkelheit
18    Ian Spiker      32   0: 17"   30      SP0RTLIFE
19    Eskild Sundtoft      32   0: 17"   20      SP0RTLIFE
20    Raimundo Zberg      32   0: 17"   10      kamikazepiloten

That gave us a whopping 540 points, which was more than any other country could get. And we did win more than 3 places:

1. Belgium 1800
2. Italy 1595
3. Denmark 1525
...
6. Estonia 1165
7. The Netherlands 1120
8. Spain 1035

So, we are basically back to our 2-places-win-a-time strategy. If only we were always this lucky...

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2018, 11:41:39 am »
Nice result combuijs  8)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #39 on: September 25, 2018, 04:07:04 pm »
Well done Combuijs  8)  ( with the exception of your prediction of course^^ )

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2018, 08:56:35 am »
Well done!!  :)

Liked the soccer prediciton as well  ;D

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2018, 12:29:14 pm »

This weekend we are in Spain, which of course means better weather than in the Netherlands. Eh... wrong start this, it is 9 degrees, it rains and there is some wind. Then we must be in Basque Country? No, but almost, we are in Navarra.

In the memorial cycle of this season's national team races we are this time remembering Miguel Indurain, who fortunately is only getting a little bit older and gaining a little bit more weight, but certainly has not died yet.



We will be riding the GP Miguel Indurain, which of course is a time trial race. Eh..., no it is not, it is of course a difficult mountain race. Eh..., no it is not, it is of course a multi-day race with a combination of these two. Eh..., no it is not, it is a flat hill race with one not too serious mountain in it:



That is not the Miguel Indurain I remember, but I will take it... This was the route in 2018:



The race was of course in 2018 won by the best Spanish tour-rider of the moment: Alejandro Valverde? Eh..., yes, apparently it really was! And in 2017 it was won by Simon Yates, not a bad tour-rider either. And some great riders have done that in the past, like Jon Izagirre, Joaquim Rodriguez and even a certain Miguel Indurain. Worrying enough no Dutchman has ever won this race...

Who is going to be the first Dutch winner of this race then? You can choose from:

Josef Steegmans   33   RealityCyclists
Merijn VanAgt   32   CaptainOrange
Govert Vianen   28   Kelme4ever
Dick Heemskerk   29   Reekse_Verkuhss
Nick Steegmans   32   gicasoft
Hein Stolwijk   29   Tink0f
Niels Algra   30   Antequera
Tim Havik   34   AVP
August Engels   31   Xegalaki100

Normally I would like to see a good youngster for the the race involved at work to gain experience, but there is no one to be found who is good enough, so the average age this race is a bit high...

A prediction for sunday then? Primoz Roglic will win the world championship title!

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #42 on: October 02, 2018, 10:46:27 am »
The fall of Primoz Roglic last sunday proved fatal for my prediction, in the end he finished 34th at 4 minutes. Very interesting race and a deserved winner too!

And in the race that mattered on sunday, did a Dutchman finally win the GP Miguel Indurain? No, one Belgian turned out to be better than our leader Josef Steegmans. Still a second place at 2 seconds is very good.

As usual the difference was made in the first section, there were only 73 candidates for a win after that. Free role Merijn van Agt missed the cut unfortunately to finish at place 71. Bad luck that, but the other riders did very well, free role Tim Havik liked the weather very much and finished 11th, while helper Dick Heemskerk managed to become 15th. All and all a very good race:

1    Bart VanOsselaer      32   0: 00"   300      drulo_team
2    Josef Steegmans      33   0: 02"   250      RealityCyclists
3    Tyler Blanton      30   0: 08"   225      dopadosteam
4    Vadim Volkov      30   0: 08"   200      IKIBASQUE
5    Armando Mendez      33   0: 08"   180      PoohsDrenge
6    Vegar Rřd      29   0: 11"   160      Zaidin_BTK
7    Karl Emil Mikael-Nilsson      30   0: 19"   150      drulo_team
8    Kendall Madsen      29   0: 19"   140      PipiolosTeam
9    Aady Roschin      30   0: 19"   130      IKIBASQUE
10    Kalev Krabi      32   0: 25"   120      Averatalm
11    Tim Havik      34   0: 31"   110      AVP
12    Stanislav Usakov      33   0: 36"   100      SubiendoParriba
13    Phil Landauer      31   0: 46"   90      Agolpede
14    Hannes Siniorg      32   0: 46"   80      Averatalm
15    Dick Heemskerk      29   0: 46"   70      Reekse_Verkuhss
16    Gennady Makiev      34   0: 51"   60      IKIBASQUE
17    Alex Arnvig      31   0: 51"   40      dopadosteam
18    Pim Verkouteren      32   0: 51"   30      Remtygers
19    Georg Rossen      30   0: 51"   20      PipiolosTeam
20    Jean-Baptiste Castain      30   0: 51"   10      CaptainOrange
21    August Engels      31   0: 51"   0      Xegalaki100

No points for Engels (21), Vianen (26), Algra (29) and Stolwijk (34), but still 430 points for the Netherlands, again the best of all countries.

And we are ahead of schedule now, with two races left we are on place 4, instead of the scheduled 5th place:

1.   Belgium   2130
2.   Danmark   1735
3.   Italy   1595
4.   The Netherlands   1550
5.   Australia   1450

Maybe we should alert the Hungarian authorities that Belgians are in fact Dutch refugees and should be refused to go into their country. It seems they excel in that...

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #43 on: October 02, 2018, 12:22:24 pm »
Well done, Combuijs !  8)
It goes up and up and up in the ranking by countries, meanwhile already in 5th place.
If the calendar was a few races longer than 10 races, than my prediction is that the Netherlands will be world champion.  :)

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Re: Netherlands NT Season 39
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2018, 12:42:47 pm »
This weekend we are in the most beautiful part of Hungary: the Bükk mountains.



We will have a mountain time trial there:



It's shorter than the very well known Alpe d'Huez climb and there is a downhill part as well. We start in Bükkszentlászló and we will finish in Bükkszentkereszt.

The first mouthful just means Saint Laszlo in Bükk. The saint in question is the former Hungarian king Ladislaus I (slavic Vladislav).



The second mouthful is less simple: it is something like the Holy Cross in Bükk.



The race has just been held this year on the 30th of september. Winner was Gabor Fejes followed by 4 other Hungarians. So I guess the Hungarians will be slightly favourite this time. They can use the points as they are in 18th and last place this season. The climb will take about 13 minutes.

All nations have been preparing intensively for this race as every team did explore the road by car. For footage of this see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htBijXAfb3k.

Who will be exploring the road by bike?:

Frank Helder   32   CobbleCrushers
Rutger Spaaij   32   Starlords   
Iwan Megens   30   Euskapiero   
Joop Lampen   32   AJFactoryCycling   
Sander Kuijt   28   TrabancoTeam   
Arnold Verhoeven   33   TeamSolex   
Luuk Zuiderhoek   27   Noldor   
Marco Kuijpers   33   Igualada_Cycling_Team   
Bernhard Schoots   26   MATRIXTEAMITA   

Due to recent developments announced by the UCI we will not have some young riders in the team this time. As an interesting side note Iwan Megens rode in the Combuijs development team until his 19th birthday.

A prediction for sunday then?: Max Verstappen will win the GP of Japan!
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