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When will the Tour of Qatar be open...

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movingtarget [144 posts] 2 years ago
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Obviously I'm not much of a TV watcher (poor reception under the rock where I'm living  3 ) since I burst out laughing when I read the phrase "Tour of Qatar" and scared my dog. Then I googled it and apparently it does exist. Theoretically Feb 9th is the start date (link to stage dates and route map http://www.letour.com/tour-of-qatar/2014/us/overall-route.html). Instead of a gold cobblestone do they hand out gold skyscrapers?

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TERatcliffe26 [4463 posts] 2 years ago
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Well Feb 9th is a Sunday, so maybe Mon 3rd id say

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks Ter, much appreciated :doffscap:

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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I suppose I could go look at startlists to get it set up  3

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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No rush, in your own time Gkam : )

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orli [75 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like 8 man teams and it looks like the guys at ProCycling Stats seem to have all teams with 8 riders, just not all confirmed. Wow! That's pretty complete! Other than putting these riders in the race, what else would prevent Qatar from being open soon?  1http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_of_Qatar_2014-Startlist

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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orli wrote:

That's pretty complete! Other than putting these riders in the race, what else would prevent Qatar from being open soon?  1

A complete confirmed startlist possibly?

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orli [75 posts] 2 years ago
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orli wrote:

That's pretty complete! Other than putting these riders in the race, what else would prevent Qatar from being open soon?...

chiv30 wrote:

A complete confirmed startlist possibly?

That's never stopped them before. There's always changes made even after start lists are confirmed. You must have seen it many times. You've been around. You're not new to this! And it's pretty rare that a start list is filled out as completely as this one is. It's probably because most of these riders will be riding Dubai, Qatar and Oman, so why not put them in? ProCyclingStats is the bomb with these start lists! I'd say pile them in and let us start playing with rider combinations! I mean the changes to rider values due to the TDU have already been factored in, right? Anyways, I'm just anxious to start play again!  1

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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I had the startlist set up weeks ago, there was no issue with that, it will be open on 31st if everything is ok at Dave's end

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orli [75 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I had the startlist set up weeks ago, there was no issue with that, it will be open on 31st if everything is ok at Dave's end

You're the man! Way to go! Yippee!  1

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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The four of us who run the game are a very select group of "men"

But I am happy to take all the credit, because indeed, I AM THE MAN  24

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi Gkam. Just out of curiousity, I was taking a look at the Current Rider Ranking on the FC 'Rankings' page and noticed that none of the riders for IAM cycling and Team NetApp - Endura seem to have a value.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Because they have not been involved in a race yet.

Let me try and remedy that, but the values won't be exact  3

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Right, every rider should now have a value, but they will not update until after the first stage of Qatar I think....

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Right, every rider should now have a value, but they will not update until after the first stage of Qatar I think....

Thanks, G! I went to see if it had updated, but obviously not, since I can't see them, but, if you can, I'd like to know the value you can see, even if they change by game time, for the following riders:

Heinrich Haussler IAM
Matteo Pelucchi IAM
Martin Elmiger IAM
Sebastien Hinault IAM
Blaz Jarc TNE
Daniel Schorn TNE
Scott Thwaites TNE
Sam Bennett TNE
Zakkari Dempster TNE
Enrico Battaglin BAR
Marco Coledan BAR
Lucas Sebastian Haedo SDD
Alessandro Bazzana UHC
Robert Forster UHC

They're all penciled in to ride Qatar and I'm curious... thanks!

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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I shall give you those, because you were first to ask, the game will be open in a couple of days and I will not be giving out any more riders values before that.

Heinrich Haussler 20.6
Matteo Pelucchi 18.6
Martin Elmiger 17.1
Sebastien Hinault 5.5
Blaz Jarc 9.6
Daniel Schorn 10.3
Scott Thwaites 9.9
Sam Bennett 20.7
Zakkari Dempster 10.1
Enrico Battaglin 13.1
Marco Coledan 11.5
Lucas Sebastian Haedo 8.4
Alessandro Bazzana 16.8
Robert Forster 3

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I shall give you those, because you were first to ask...

I could hug you  4

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orli [75 posts] 2 years ago
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Just read the news this morning:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/horner-signs-with-lampre-merida

In faux celebration, can I have the value for Chris Horner, please?  41

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Cough Cough...........its open  3

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

...its open...

Hurray for Gkam! Thanks for taking the time to do it so early! You're loved, you know it?  1

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Wasn't me, twas the boss man

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jstreetley [63 posts] 2 years ago
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Liking the 'Skinsuit' badge for picking a TT winner  1

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benji p [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Wasn't me, twas the boss man

Hurray for Roadcc! Hurray for Dave! Hurray for Gkam! We still love you! Who doesn't love the bearer of good news?  4

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Argh, Dave must have taken out a badge I put in, picking first and last home...

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Argh, Dave must have taken out a badge I put in, picking first and last home...

don't worry though, it's in tour of the med  3

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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jstreetley wrote:

Liking the 'Skinsuit' badge for picking a TT winner  1

should be a gimme in this race

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 2 years ago
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Well who should I pick for the TOQ?
The stage names suggest a very indulating profile.
You read camel track, and I think 'lots of humps',
But there are not many climbers in the startlists .
So I am thinking of building my squad around Riblon, Gilbert and Westra.
Any thoughts?

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Last years race was as flat as a pancake with Cav winning 4 stages. I cant see it being any problems to the sprinters at all although i haven't seen the profiles anywhere yet.

My team will be all sprinters with the odd ds in.

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 2 years ago
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Well dont say I didnt warn you about the humps. Cant see a sprinter winning the GC.

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Ghedebrav [1098 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd imagine wind could well come into play, so worth thinking about that - more experienced riders who can get themselves in the right break, or the right spot on the echelon, will prosper.

That said, dromedaries or no, this is a pretty flat old tour. A punchy sprinter who can do short TTs well (perhaps somebody with a bit of history on the track?) could take the GC. An open field, though, and wouldn't be surprised to see someone pretty leftfield (thinking Gaudin, Fenn etc.) walking off with it.

Incidentally, if Phinney was competing, I reckon he'd win this in his sleep.

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