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Copenhagen Hidden Alliances

To have national teams in this era of men's professional road cycling is a bit of an anachronism. It creates an interesting new dynamic at the World Championships compared to the other races we see all season. Some moves on the road in Copenhagen might be motivated by more than what obviously follows from jersey colours on the day. Most riders acknowledge this: if national team tactics don't work out, the next best thing would be for a trade team mate to win.

While having that priority would probably not be wrong by anyone's standards, sometimes, of course, it goes a little deeper than that. There might be money in it, too; either directly as a bonus from the guy trying to win or from his trade team sponsor, or as a result from ongoing contract negotiations. Even the national team selection process might have been influenced by trade team considerations. So I decided, third year running, to put all three teams next to each other: the national team, the current pro team and next year's pro team:

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User guide and updates on the flip.

Click the above screen shot to go to the web page and discover those hidden alliances. Use three drop-down menu boxes at the head of three table columns to select different countries and professional teams. You can also click the links in front of rider names in one column to update the other columns.

The UCI will apparently publish the official start list on Thursday, Sep 22. In the mean time, my version lists pre-registered riders and final selections where known. Please leave a comment here or on the Rainbow Thread if you spot a new selection. Thanks!

The same goes for any new transfers. At the bottom of the pro team menu boxes you will find an "Unknown/Elite2" entry, abbreviated XYZ. Grouped in that category are riders for which I could not find a professional team (bunch o' amateurs) and those who have not officially announced their 2012 UCI team, yet. See all unattached riders. If you heard something solid, please let me know here or on the Transfer Thread.

Update Thu 22 Sep: earlier today, the UCI published the final start list, the app has been updated. Especially the German selection is quite different from what I had before ...

Update Fri 23 Sep: I added a way to search for start numbers.

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