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Tour of the Sanreizan - A Preview
by Yuri, at 25/3-19 - 13:19 GMT


  Written by Tim Woolman of Junee Racing Team
  
  
  24 teams are set to tackle to beautiful scenery of Japan for the seventh edition of Tour of the Sanreizan.
  While every rider will be admiring the cherry blossoms and the splendor of Mount Fuji, it looks like the General Classification could turn into a two horse race between Aleksander Konjevic of Junee Racing Team, and Chatwin Stiver of Driehoek. Both are in TF with strong teams behind them.
  
  The Sprint classification will be far more interesting in the absence of Jurgen Devenyns, the winner of the last two SC jerseys. It could come down to a battle between the historic might of Nairobi City Cycling Club and the perennial podium filler USA Postal Services.
  
  The YC jersey could be anyones, as long as that anyone puts time on his rivals in the mountains and can consolidate in the TT.
  
  But whatever happens, i'm sure the teams will be enjoying fresh sushi and a glass or two of sake at the end of each stage.
  
  Team Previews
  
  
  USA Postal Services
  
  After 2nd and 3rd places behind Jurgen Devenyns in the previous two editions of TotS, USA Postal are clearly here to go one better and win SC. Will they go top 3 in SC? Yep. Will they win the jersey? Not sure, but an injury to Christian certainly won’t help their cause.
  
  Junee Racing Team
  
  I might be biased, but with 5 of the 6 squad members in TF, including captain Konjevic, it’s hard to see the GC jersey not heading back to Australia. Stranger things have happened, but they could be hard to beat.
  
  Driehoek
  
  Chatwin Stiver will be the biggest threat to Konjevic in the GC. He and Marcellino are both in top form, with a strong climbing squad helping them. It could come down to the TT stage. Will definitely be up there in GC.
  
  BGK Cycling Team
  
  Ian Barone has ridden well in TotS in previous editions, but appears to be a TM behind Lalsimbra. Could manage a top 9, but won’t trouble for the win.
  
  Vaduz
  
  Lynn Cabell should be favourite for the YC jersey. I think he can have a good showing in GC finishing top 9, but without TF the podium MIGHT be out of reach. Also look for a good ride from Kampf in the mountains.
  
  Broderbergbund
  
  Coming in with the young Kitengi Fouety as captain, Broderbergbund could make YC interesting. A good TT could make the match up with Cabell interesting.
  
  TeamQuetzal
  
  A nice team with Aristia at the helm. Aristia has had success in TotS in previous seasons, however is preparation might not have been 100% this time around. Pencil him in for top 9 GC.
  
  Jenno
  
  Dalostto as captain. Could put in a good ride to maybe podium in YC, but doesn’t have the team to make a big impact in GC.
  
  Statisticmaster
  
  Could look for top 9 rides in Stages 1 and 5, but lacks the team support to look for a big results in SC.
  
  Geneve Roule
  
  Castaneda should be able to break into the top 9 GC, possibly earning some low money and points

along the way.
  
  Rapid Rianad
  
  Quite possibly the oldest team signed up. Pereira’s glory days are long gone, but fingers crossed he’s got the legs of a younger man to make a good showing. I think the team will be enjoying the scenery.
  
  UK Postal Service
  
  Not sure what to expect from this team. Captain Gauw isn’t the strongest climber on the team, but isn’t the weakest either. Won’t trouble for stage wins, GC, SC or YC. Wouldn’t be surprised if Gauw finishes top 9, but also wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t. Could be a good learning experience.
  
  Baccala
  Righi could learn a lot from this tour. He has virtually no team help, and has no TT skills, so this tour should be all about gaining experience for him. Depending on other riders, Righi might feature lower in the YC ranks unless he pulls out the ride of his career.
  
  Petyabike
  
  Petyabike appears to be coming into TotS with Verbeeck as Captain. Is this their best option? Nope. Given the strength of other teams and riders, Verbeeck won’t feature anywhere in GC and won’t challenge for any stage wins. Best bet? Kota as captain for YC. Without any TT skills, he might not challenge for the win against a rider like Cabell, but I think he could podium.
  
  vgnpnx, Canuelas, and HTK
  
  Unfortunatelty, these teams will be enjoying the sights of Japan. Just not strong enough to challenge the likes of Junee Racing Team or Driehoek.
  
  You Team
  
  Best chance for some kind of result for this team is with Giron in Stages 1 and 5. Problem is, they don’t have the team to make that as reality. The other problem is they don’t have a GC team either. Could simply be here for the experience.
  
  Team Migros
  
  Could go for top 9 results in Stages 1 and 5 with Taylor. Gholson might feature in the TT but his lack of climbing skills could count against him.
  
  Jolly Wheels
  
  Captain Catalan might have a good ride, but I don’t feel he will feature in GC. Has good team to try and get him a good result. No TT skills will hurt.
  
  Berto92
  
  I hope Hamner can do well in SC. Berto92 is one of the few team here with an eye on SC. Either way it will be a great experience for them.
  
  Nairobi City Cycling Club
  
  One of OCMs most legendary teams. Former home of Bongo Longosiwa, the greatest rider of all time. Nabbed the first of the reserve spots, they are here with a beautifully young team, rebuilding their dynasty and looking for results in SC, and I think they will get them. Kipchoge appears to be captain, with Blom in TF. I have a feeling that the SC jersey will be heading to Kenya.
  
  Zottekes
  
  Picked up the second of the reserve spots. They won’t challenge for anything, but aren’t just here to make up the numbers. Will use this tour for experience.
  
  Phantasia Team
  
  Last, but not least, the last reserve spot going to a team that could have an impact on GC. Is a podium on the cards? I don’t think so. But should definitely be able to crack the top 9 and nab some points.
  

Predictions
  
  GC
  
  ***** Aleksandar Konjevic (Junee Racing Team)
  
  **** Chatwin Stiver (Driehoek)
  
  *** Lynn Cabell (Vaduz), Fons Overmans (Junee Racing Team)
  
  ** Raymond Blanchard (Junee Racing Team), Iban Arista (TeamQuetzal)
  
  * Gavin Hanning (Driehoek)
  
  SC
  
  ***** William Kipchoge (Nairobi City Cycling Club)
  
  **** Corvin Giron (you team), Julian Blom (Nairobi City Cycling Club)
  
  *** Marc Hamner (berto92)
  
  ** Razvan Vaduva (USA Postal Services)
  
  * Leotrim Salihi (statisticmaster)
  
  YC
  
  ***** Lynn Cabell (Vaduz)
  
  **** Fons Overmans (Junee Racing Team), Kitengi Fouety (Broderbergbund)
  
  *** Umberto Righi (Baccala), Jaime Dolostto (jenno)
  
  ** Zulfiqar Sial (BGK Cycling Team)
  
  * Collier Sizemore (Phantasia Team)



Comments


Vaduz at 14:35 25/3-2019
  Great preview! Thanks for the write-up.
  I again screwed up TF for Cabell, I thought the first stage would trigger it as he's going in with 90 DP, 99RS but obviously i should have triggered before the start of the tour. Should still be enough for YC hopefully but clearly not GC. Shocked that Blom did so well during a mountain stage though, if he keeps it up even YC will be tough...


Schiavi di Don at 14:47 25/3-2019
  Oh boy, let's hope your predictions won't come back to haunt you! Gotta love a bit of self confidence though. :)


Junee Racing Team at 23:05 25/3-2019
  I hope so too! Off day for Konjevic and a couple of mechanicals on stage 2. So hopefully that's the last of the bad luck!


Nairobi City Cycling Club at 04:34 26/3-2019
  Blom was on BA in the mountains so therefore a 5th place on 2nd stage.. BA failed on the 3rd stage though :)


Holwerda Cycling at 23:57 26/3-2019
  Predicting your own win and doing it. Wow!


Junee Racing Team at 04:35 27/3-2019
  I got a little lucky in the end Frank


USA Postal Services at 19:55 28/3-2019
  I could not get on in the last 3 stages lol, guess it wasn't my season after all, I will try to make a full come back next one. Yes Tim, the injure of Christian one day before race started destroyed my team's hopes at first stage.