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Your 2023 FSA Directeur Sportif Winners Are…

Carrying on (slowly) with the season-ending festivities, now we transfer to the sweetest (and likewise most bitter) second of the Podium Cafe yr: recognizing the winners of the FSA Directeur Sportif! And to evaluate among the attention-grabbing components of this yr’s competitors as nicely. I’ve requested the rostrum finishers to cease by in feedback and share their secrets and techniques with us. It’s their second to take pleasure in your glow.

Yates vs Yates
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Males’s Competitors

It looks like I typically begin this dialogue with a have a look at how shut the competitors was, and will we actually have it get any nearer? Effectively, I suppose till we get a one-point victory the reply will proceed to be sure. This yr, draisienne1000selle, helmed by Chabinho, defeated Zaidex by José Madureira Pinto by a mere 152 factors, with Champagne Masi’s Blues within the Bottle an additional 303 factors again. [The all time record is a Fignonian 9-point spread from the 2012 women’s comp, if you’re curious.]

Not solely are the numbers shut between the highest two, the groups themselves have quite a lot of overlapping rider selections, with the most important distinction being draisienne’s alternative of each Yates Bros over Arnaud De Lie and Carlos Rodriguez. The fateful day that arguably determined your complete season was October 7, when the Yates Boys completed fifth and sixth for Chabinho, forward of Zaidex’s Rodriguez in seventh, a 250-point internet achieve that accounts for the ultimate unfold. Blues closed exhausting with Marc Hirschi and Remco Evenepoel having robust finishes, and earned a really respectable third place with a hard-charging peloton of different FSA DS groups nipping at their heels. Your Males’s Competitors Closing Prime Ten:

  1. Chabinho, Draisienne100selle, 25,082 factors
  2. zaidex, zaidex by josé madureira pinto, 24,930
  3. champagne masi, Blues within the Bottle, 24,623
  4. bouhanniRacing, Quelqu’un a les trimestres de Thibaut Pinot?, 24,344
  5. JM21, Sport Membership Sem Rodinhas, 24,261
  6. Stefan King, Van Daert Evenepoel, 24,065
  7. AnthoADR, Daghe Biking Membership, 23,905
  8. Celestn, ”””24 and below – Celestin”””, 23,699
  9. Jule, Mamie Nova, 23,663
  10. PvdV, Pietje Pelle op zijn Gazelle, 23,555

None of this yr’s podium confirmed up close to the highest in 2022, so congrats on leveling up! And a shout out to Jule, whose Mamie Nova is making a second straight top-ten, and PvdV, who has Pietje Pelle within the prime ten for the second time in three years.


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Ladies’s Competitors

Massive congrats to Rob Nicolai and Flyindustman for probably the most dominant victory in FSA DS historical past! Their 19,100 factors fell simply wanting the all time factors file, set in 2012, however the 1,759- level distinction between the highest two is much past the standard outcomes right here, which at all times come all the way down to mere lots of of factors, if that.

Finally, it got here all the way down to getting enormous returns on all of their costly hires — Kopecky, Labous, Persico, Lippert and even van Anrooij, with all however Persico enhancing on the performances that bought them priced so excessive to start with. mpw5’s Wet Day Ladies (nice title) rode Kopecky, Niewiadoma and Labous to a powerful second, simply forward of Sastre08’s Imanoleta squad, and a charging pack all certain collectively. Try the highest ten after flyindustman:

  1. Rob Nicolai, flyindustman, 19,100 factors
  2. mpw5, Wet Day Ladies, 17,341
  3. sastre08, Imanoleta, 17,292
  4. andytheciderman, Roast Dinner Appreciation Society, 17,174
  5. johnnysteeler, I haven’t bought a clue, 16,902
  6. ovesty, Lotta and the remainder, 16,641
  7. Moncassin31, Pédale!, 16,635
  8. dave.49, Dave’s Group, 16,203
  9. iiturriotz, Iiturriotz taldea, 16,137
  10. stubob, Kool n the Gang, 16,103

That is Rob Nicolai’s second prime ten in three years, and similar for ovesty and iituriotz, who had been there or thereabouts in 2021.

Mixed Competitors

Extra excellent news for mpw5, who completed a extremely respectable sixteenth within the males’s comp to win the Mixed title! Nothing too historic about their end, however a complete of 18 factors (including the location in each comps) is true in there with a typical profitable complete.

  1. mpw5, ♀2. Wet Day Ladies, 17,341; ♂16.Ready for Gaudu, 21,841
  2. PvdV, ♀30. Pietje Pelle op zijn Gazelle, 14,826; ♂3.Pietje Pelle op zijn Gazelle, 23,555
  3. andytheciderman, ♀4. Roast Dinner Appreciation Society, 17,174; ♂36.Roast Dinner Appreciation Society, 20,759

102nd Tre Valli Varesine 2023

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Cut price Riders of the 12 months

Questioning what drove these groups to victory? Discovering worth that… nicely, generally a lot of folks noticed, wherein case you needed to have these riders simply to maintain up. However actual greatness is in discovering hidden gems. Listed here are a number of circumstances for this yr’s prime values.

On the boys’s facet, Ben Healy will get my vote for finest discount, a two-pointer coming in who generated 1671 factors, topped solely on a per-point-spent fee by Felix Gall, the #1 one-pointer who bagged 1131 factors. On the prime finish of the size, 18-point discount Primož Roglič rode his regular stream of marginal good points to a 3685-point season, lower than 800 off full-priced Tadej Pogačar and barely 200 wanting second-placed Remco Evenepoel, who at 42 and 34 factors paid off moderately sufficient, however not just like the ski jumper.

29th UEC Road Cycling European Championships 2023 - Elite Women´s Individual Time Trial

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On the ladies’s facet, no person can prime 1-pointer Cédrine Kerbaol’s per-point-spent haul of 1005, however there have been different terrific bargains greater up the chain, comparable to Christina Schweinberger’s 2004-point haul as a six-pointer, and Gaia Realini’s four-point value for delivering 1697 factors paid out. And naturally there’s little debate on the prime finish, the place 52-point Demi Vollering cleared the impossibly excessive bar set for her with a 5282 level complete… however that was a mere 900 higher than her teammate Lotte Kopecky’s sensible season, the place you may have spent thirty factors to haul in her 4386-point complete.

In our Males’s World Rankings, UAE Emirates stunned Jumbo Visma, nothwithstanding the latter’s grand tour treble, by taking the crew competitors by 1250 factors. Belgium and France completed off the entrance of the nation comp, in that order.

In our Ladies’s World Rankings, SDWorx was each bit as dominant as you bear in mind, almost doubling up second place Canyon SRAM. The Netherlands took the nation title, although not with out a problem from Italy.



OK, your flip! How did your crew work out? What strategic prospers or failures would you wish to share? What different tendencies struck you as attention-grabbing this yr?

And the way quickly will you be able to make your 2024 crew? [Correct answer is “right now” even though functionally it will be more like February 1.]

Thanks all for taking part in once more this yr! And thanks as at all times to our wonderful sponsor, Full Velocity Forward (FSA), makers of so most of the key elements to the yr’s nice victories. Keep in mind how a lot sooner Jonas Vingegaard’s bike was on the Tour de France time trial? Yeah, they constructed that cockpit (under). Their wheels stay all over the place, below the FSA and Imaginative and prescient manufacturers. And I’m simply speaking street; their Gravel and MTB choices are simply as noteworthy on the highest ranges of the game.

110th Tour de France 2023 - Stage 16

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