Written by Universal Soup at 18:33 13/2-2020|
Season 51 - 1 goal
Last season our main goal was to win my own designed race Cua Lò - Cau Treo in division 8. To do this we had to drop down there first, which was a task on it's on. Not trusting the tactics to race practice only because of fear for injuries we raced 6 captains mainly. However in the lower divisions this almost destroyed our season by gaining 10 points.
Luckily the races in divsion 8 do not fill up quickly and before the end of the sign up we could join the party. With 7 teams the resistance was not very strong and we became 1st, 5th and 8th (and 12th, 13th and 34th ). Which is good considering we put everything at one captain. Wang Tuan Lam did what he was supposed to and won this race for us. The first Vietnamese to win this Vietnamese race designed by our manager.
After this success we didn't have any specific goals other than to just race and train our designated Anh Sang Cuc LO1 for the upcoming captain we have in our talent feature. With small FR and good TT he would be a nice addition, also for our National Team.
Being in Division 5 we saw Fast on Wheels opening up. At first we wanted to ignore this race, because it has only 1 real hill stage and we'd prefer to race normal races outside the tour as we wouldn't expect to compete for anything seriously in here.
Seeing that there were not really any good, well suited races coming up for our captains we decided to join the tour. We took the last spot and wanted to win the hill race.
This was all until our designated LO1 decided to become 13th in the prologue. Not a really good result, but not bad either. This made him ranked quite high in the Youth Classification already. After this two more sprinty stages followed and we just put our LO as captain, because why not? And why not indeed. We became 51st and 33rd in stage 2 and 3. But were still ranked high in the YC. A bold plan was hatched and instead of going for the stage win we would try to take the YC.
Take the YC? Why would you try that with an unmaxed LO1? Well because why not. We ended up 14th in the hill stage and therefore reached to the #2 spot in the YC 17 seconds behind a great sprinter. Luckily for us the next ITT required no sprint, so we had the advantage once more. We ended 23rd in the ITT and thought we would've failed. Luckily we didn't as our competitors did worse and we grabbed the lead in the YC.
In the last stage the positions remained the same and our (at that time ) AV40 LO1 took a 4th spot in the GC and won the YC of Fast on Wheels. The icing on the cake of our season!
Season 52 - 1 goal
The focus for season 52 will also contain only one goal. Our lead out Anh Sang Cuc will be further developed and will once more aim for the YC in Fast on Wheels and also take a shot at the GC.
Other than that we are planning for S53 to go to division 6 and compete in the hill cup there. As there are no real hill classics in the lower divisions otherwise.
Our main focus will shift too to rake up some achievements, classics, trophies, cups or jerseys in the lower divisions now that we are here anyway. Since we aren't big enough, or rich enough yet to go to the higher divisions and successfully compete there.
We will remain Vietnamese only.
Fantastic review and congrats for your achievements! Good to read you stay Vietnamese :-)
Good luck in season 52!
Nice reports, maybe ill focus on the div.6 hill cup too, eventough still not that HL strong team
Good luck with your all-Vietnam team!
Always great to get a "home win".
Cheers to that.
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