Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Your 2023 FSA Directeur Sportif Winners Are…


Wearing on (slowly) with the season-ending festivities, now we transfer to the sweetest (and likewise maximum sour) second of the Podium Cafe yr: spotting the winners of the FSA Directeur Sportif! And to evaluate probably the most fascinating parts of this yr’s festival as smartly. I’ve requested the rostrum finishers to prevent by means of in feedback and proportion their secrets and techniques with us. It’s their second to bask for your glow.

117th Il Lombardia 2023

Yates vs Yates
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Males’s Pageant

It appears like I continuously get started this dialogue with a have a look at how shut the contest used to be, and may we actually have it get any nearer? Smartly, I assume till we get a one-point victory the solution will proceed to be sure. This yr, draisienne1000selle, helmed by means of Chabinho, defeated Zaidex by means of José Madureira Pinto by means of an insignificant 152 issues, with Champagne Masi’s Blues within the Bottle an additional 303 issues again. [The all time record is a Fignonian 9-point spread from the 2012 women’s comp, if you’re curious.]

No longer most effective are the numbers shut between the highest two, the groups themselves have an excessive amount of overlapping rider possible choices, with the most important distinction being draisienne’s collection of each Yates Bros over Arnaud De Lie and Carlos Rodriguez. The fateful day that arguably made up our minds all the season used to be October 7, when the Yates Boys completed 5th and 6th for Chabinho, forward of Zaidex’s Rodriguez in 7th, a 250-point web achieve that accounts for the general unfold. Blues closed tough with Marc Hirschi and Remco Evenepoel having sturdy finishes, and earned an overly first rate 3rd position with a hard-charging peloton of different FSA DS groups nipping at their heels. Your Males’s Pageant Ultimate Best Ten:

  1. Chabinho, Draisienne100selle, 25,082 issues
  2. zaidex, zaidex by means of 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, Recreation 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 creating a moment directly top-ten, and PvdV, who has Pietje Pelle within the height ten for the second one time in 3 years.


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Ladies’s Pageant

Large congrats to Rob Nicolai and Flyindustman for probably the most dominant victory in FSA DS historical past! Their 19,100 issues fell simply in need of the best-ever issues report, set in 2012, however the 1,759- level distinction between the highest two is a long way past the standard effects right here, which all the time come right down to mere masses of issues, if that.

In the long run, it got here right down to getting large returns on all in their dear hires — Kopecky, Labous, Persico, Lippert or even van Anrooij, with all however Persico making improvements to at the performances that were given them priced so top first of all. mpw5’s Wet Day Ladies (nice title) rode Kopecky, Niewiadoma and Labous to a powerful moment, simply forward of Sastre08’s Imanoleta squad, and a charging pack all sure in combination. Take a look at the highest ten after flyindustman:

  1. Rob Nicolai, flyindustman, 19,100 issues
  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 were given a clue, 16,902
  6. ovesty, Lotta and the remaining, 16,641
  7. Moncassin31, Pédale!, 16,635
  8. dave.49, Dave’s Staff, 16,203
  9. iiturriotz, Iiturriotz taldea, 16,137
  10. stubob, Kool n the Gang, 16,103

That is Rob Nicolai’s moment height ten in 3 years, and similar for ovesty and iituriotz, who have been there or thereabouts in 2021.

Blended Pageant

Extra excellent information for mpw5, who completed a extremely first rate sixteenth within the males’s comp to win the Blended name! Not anything too ancient about their end, however a complete of 18 issues (including the location in each comps) is correct in there with an ordinary successful general.

  1. mpw5, ♀2. Wet Day Ladies, 17,341; ♂16.Looking forward to 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 Yr

Questioning what drove those groups to victory? Discovering price that… smartly, now and again a lot of people noticed, wherein case you needed to have those riders simply to take care of. However actual greatness is in finding hidden gemstones. Listed below are a couple of circumstances for this yr’s height values.

At the males’s aspect, Ben Healy will get my vote for highest cut price, a two-pointer coming in who generated 1671 issues, crowned most effective on a per-point-spent charge by means of Felix Gall, the number one one-pointer who bagged 1131 issues. On the height finish of the size, 18-point cut price Primož Roglič rode his secure circulate of marginal good points to a 3685-point season, not up to 800 off full-priced Tadej Pogačar and rarely 200 in need of second-placed Remco Evenepoel, who at 42 and 34 issues paid off rather sufficient, however now not just like the ski jumper.

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

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At the ladies’s aspect, no person can height 1-pointer Cédrine Kerbaol’s per-point-spent haul of 1005, however there have been different terrific bargains upper up the chain, comparable to Christina Schweinberger’s 2004-point haul as a six-pointer, and Gaia Realini’s four-point value for turning in 1697 issues paid out. And naturally there’s little debate on the height finish, the place 52-point Demi Vollering cleared the impossibly top bar set for her with a 5282 level general… however that used to be an insignificant 900 higher than her teammate Lotte Kopecky’s sensible season, the place that you must have spent thirty issues to haul in her 4386-point general.

In our Males’s International Scores, UAE Emirates shocked Jumbo Visma, nothwithstanding the latter’s grand excursion treble, by means of taking the workforce festival by means of 1250 issues. Belgium and France completed off the entrance of the rustic comp, in that order.

In our Ladies’s International Scores, SDWorx used to be each bit as dominant as you take note, just about doubling up moment position Canyon SRAM. The Netherlands took the rustic name, regardless that now not with out a problem from Italy.



OK, your flip! How did your workforce determine? What strategic thrives or disasters do you want to proportion? What different traits struck you as fascinating this yr?

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

Thanks concerned about enjoying once more this yr! And thank you as all the time to our very good sponsor, Complete Pace Forward (FSA), makers of such a lot of of the important thing elements to the yr’s nice victories. Take into account how a lot quicker Jonas Vingegaard’s motorbike used to be on the Excursion de France time trial? Yeah, they constructed that cockpit (beneath). Their wheels stay all over the place, below the FSA and Imaginative and prescient manufacturers. And I’m simply speaking highway; their Gravel and MTB choices are simply as noteworthy on the best ranges of the game.

110th Tour de France 2023 - Stage 16

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