Velogames season 2022: A team by team review: Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Intermarché Wanty Goubert

The Belgian team was winning the heart of everyone this season. They were being repaid for believing in riders who were left on the won, Kristoff, Meintjes and Pozzovivo. The emergence of Biniam Girmay was just the crowning of the trust the team put in its riders.

The popularity was increasing right up until the Tour de France where they put a foot wrong. Not picking Quinten Hermans for internal issues was the beginning of a rather sour end of season for Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux

When it comes to the super-classico, the multi sponsored has put down some heavy performances with a lot of riders.

Alexander Kristoff

Only Wout Van Aert(4361) and Tadej Pogacar (3825) scored more super-classico points than him! 

3rd in Milan Torino(420) , 26th in Milan San Remo (60), 11th in Gent (240), 31st in Dwars Van Vlaanderen(0) and 10th in Ronde Van Vlaanderen (255)

His win at Scheldeprij brought him 420 points which was his biggest achievement.  

The Norwegian continued his collection of points in Paris-Roubaix (12th). Tro Bro-Leon and Primus classics were the only races in which he failed to score any points.

Alexander Kristoff even pulled off a 6th place finish at the World Championship! (330 points) bringing a total of 3456 superclassico points.

Priced at 8 coins just like Mads Pedersen, he only brought in a little more than half of the total of the Danish ( 498points)

Verdict 2023: He will moving onto a new team, UNO-X built all for him in the classics. He might just do even better in the superclassico!

Biniam Girmay

The new ‘chou-chou’ of the peloton and where do we start? 

The Erithrean was knocking on the door of success in Italy (12th in Torino, 10th in San Remo) before that win in Gent which brought him 540 points. 

His 6th place in Bretagne classics, 3rd in Quebec and 2nd in Wallonie contributed to his grand tally of 2326 points. Only 5 riders did better.

The young African rider also made sensation in stage race. His first grand tour participation and his battle with Mathieu Van Der Poel will be remembered for some time.

Priced at 8 coins, he made the joy of 22% velogamers. He brought in 1119 points which is the second best as sprinter behind Demare and 8th overall. That was achieved by competing in only half of the 21 stages! 

That eye injury probably cost him a place at the best possible team.

Verdict 2023: Tipped to be at the start of The Tour de France 2023, there is no reason not to pick him as wildcard. In the classics, it would also be unwise to overlook him because of his expected high price.

Quinten Hermans

There are very few who could pride themselves of having beaten in a sprint and Quiten Hermans is one of them! His second place in Liege Bastogne Liege 540 points. This performance nevertheless is not a surprise for the cyclo-cross man who has been showing his abilities to get over climb year after year.

His 3rd place in the BEMER classics was the other big contribution to his total of  1140 points.

While he competed in only 3 stage of Itzulia he did bring on 109 points courtesy of second stage finish placings.

It was in the Tour de Romadie 2022 that Belgian showed his worth. Two 5th place finishes and 6th place in of 3 of the 4 non-TT stage. In the other stage, he was present in a the breakaway!

Price:6 Total:309 Rank:10 Best Team: Yes

Best possible @velogames team for #TDR22:

Aleksandr Vlasov
Rohan Dennis
Ben O’Connor
Ethan Hayter
Juan Ayuso
Gino Mäder
Steven Kruijswijk
Simon Geschke
Quinten Hermans

4606 points, 100 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) May 1, 2022

Verdict 2023: He will be moving to a more structured unit at Alpecin-Deceuninck. His partnership with Mathieu Van der Poel in the hilly stage will work wonders. He always need to be considered in one week stage races while his form will greatly determined if he is worthy of being included in a Velogames grand tour 9.

Lorenzo Rota

The Italian is an exceptional puncheur who has managed to escape all the radars! He has already collected 1037 points over 7 super classico races.  Unfortunately he brought a lot of hope by DNF the last two races of the super classico calendar.

Invisible in Tirreno-Adriatico, he was priced at 6 for the Giro where he garnered  334 points, owing most of it to a stage second place.

Verdict 2023: Not sure about why he did not perform in Tre Valli Vaseline and Lombardia, but at 27 and with some many riders leaving the team in 2023, there will be a lot expectations on him both in the one days races and stages. 

Taco Van der Hoorn

A true break-away expert. 12 one day classics raced. 4 break-aways, 3 assists, 3 placingg and one win. In fact the number of riders that cost same (6) or less can be counted on a hand (Tratnik, Piccolo, Turner, Van Gestrel and Louvel). The true symbol of an all-in attitude both on the road and Velogames, the Dutch represents an excellent bargain for those having nothing to lose.

Chosen by 6.3% of the velogamers in the Tour de France, his stage 5 second place in a break-away contributed to him earning 227 points.

Verdict 2023: The biggest certainty in cycling in 2023. Same price and same racing attitude.

Andrea Pasqualon

Where does this team collect them? Another sprinter that can get over climbs rather easily, Pasqualon’s high cost (16) should have deterred many to choose him. At 34, his placings in Gent Wevelgem (14), Dwaars Van Vlaanderen(12), Paris -Roubaix(19) and Paris Tours Elite (11) shows that the talent is still.  

A total superclassico points of 868 is not bad at all for a rider who usually has to share to share leadership duties

Present at the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France, he had his chances in punchy finishes but was far from the best.

Verdict 2023: He will be joining Team Bahrain-Victorious, a team known to resuscitate riders, particularly Italians.

 Tom Devriendt, Adrien Petit

They created the sensation when they finished 4th and 6th a Paris -Roubaix. The French monument was the highlight of their season.

Verdict 2023: Tom Devriendt is joining the newly formed Q36.5 team and is expected to shoulder the squad should they be part of any Paves classics.

Adrien Petit will remain a cheap option that should always be considered when the road gets rough.

George Zimmermann

The 25 year old German is the latest revelation in terms of puncheurs. His agressivity earned him a 14th place in Montreal.

Verdict 2023: He is expected to grow more in confidence and will be given more chances with the depart of Hermans and Pasqualon

Hugo Page

At 21, he had a break-through season particularly on French soil. After a rather decent outing in the Tour of Oman and some rather quiet performances in French one day races, his moment came at the Dauphine. Priced at 4 coins, his 329 points earned through 3 top 10 finished earned him a seat in the best possible team for the Dauphine.

Verdict 2023: He can get over short hump and is a fast sprinter. With his team backing, he will be given more chances in stage races. 

Best possible @velogames team for #Dauphiné

Primoz Roglič
Wout Van Aert
Jonas Vingegaard
Ethan Hayter
Ruben Guerreiro
Pierre Rolland
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Carlos Verona
Hugo Page

5150 points, 100 credits

— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) June 12, 2022

Gerben Thijssen 

There is a lot of expectation upon the shoulders of this man and 2023 is a do or die season for the sprinter.

Domenico Pozzovivo

It took some time to convince the belgian team that they should sign the Italian Veteran but right they were. Except for his 15th place at Liege Bastogne Liege, the Italian focus for the superclassico only sprung to light in the Italian autumn classics.

As he was gaining momentum, 3rd in Emilia (270) and 8th in Tre Valli Vaseline (147), tragedy struck as he crashed out of Lombardia.

While his performances in the Giro earned him the praise of everyone, he was not much of a big hit in the Velogames. Priced at 8 coins, he finished 23rd overall with half the riders above him in the climber category costing less.

Verdict 2023: Neither a team nor any word on his career has been announced yet as he is recovering from his crash in Lombardia

Jan Hirt

The Czech rider exploded on the scene this season.After winning the Tour of Oman, he raced the Giro D’Italia as if he was playing in his back yard. 

After staying quietly into the rank, he took went into the break aways on two consecutive days taking a win and 3rd place which propelled him to a 6th place finish.

1113 points for a climber that cost 6 coins! He only missed out on the best team possible as 3 of the 4 riders above him were in it ( Hindley, Kamna and Bouwman). 

Verdict 2023: He will surely be allowed to have his own chances as he joins Quick Step to bolster the rank to support Remco Evenepoel.

Louis Meintjes

It felt so good to see a rider who was promised the world come back onto the scene. An exceptional form in the Tour de France earned him a 7th final place which contributed to him earning his place in the best possible team.\

Indeed at just 6 credit, and earning 894 points, hardly 200 points less than second best climber Quintana (10 points). His place was secured.

Best possible @velogames team for Velogame2022:

All Rounders: Tadej Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard
Climbers: David Gaudu, Louis Meintjes
Sprinters: Wout Van Aert, Christophe Laporte (Wildcard)
Unclassified: Tom Pidcock, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Benjamin Thomas

14479 points, 100 credits

— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) July 24, 2022

He nearly repeated his feat in the Vuelta 768 points, 15th best overall. His place in the best team was more difficult task with the presence of 12 points Miguel Angel Lopez and Carlos Rodriguez and more particularly 6 points Jay vine.

Verdict 2023: He will be at the start of a very climby Tour de France. Expect a repeat of his price cost but a possible better performance.


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