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Who wants to get to Qatar without a prep race? Not me!  1 So, here we go. A Forum competition for those who can't live without a race!  1

The Tour of Dubai runs for just 4 days. It's the perfect race to tweak your team for Qatar and Oman!  1

The Tour starts on Wednesday Feb 5 and runs through Saturday Feb 8.

Its stages look something like this:

Stage 1 Time Trial
Stage 2 Flat
Stage 3 Hilly - 6.8 km flat run-in to the finish
Stage 4 Flat

But don't take my word for it. Here's the race profiles link:

http://dubaitour.com/

Here's the start list I've been using:

http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Dubai_Tour_2014-Startlist

Here's the officail Tour of Dubai Twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/dubaitour

The rules:

1. Pick 9 riders from the list below.
2. Use the rider values listed below.
3. You have a budget of 150 credits.
4. Deadline will be the start of Stage 1. Stage 1 starts at 1:05pm local time Wednesday Feb 5 (9:05 CET/ 4:05 AM ET USA).
5. Follow the special rule.

The Special rule!

Yep. A special rule. And here it is. You cannot use any (!) of the following 5 riders in your team  1

Peter Sagan 36.4
Mark Cavendish 30.1
Fabian Cancellara 27.1
Tony Martin 28.3
Marcel Kittel 19.3

Hope you like it.

Notes:
1. If you enter a team, please check your math(s). I could not catch all the budget mistakes in the last game and we had a hiccup there. To make it easier to spot a mistake please list your riders with the rider value next to the name and a budget total for your team after the list.

2. If there are Sprint points along the way, Sprint points will be awarded. If there are no Sprint points along the way those riders in the break of the day will receive 5 points for being in the break. More or less, that will apply to groups of riders that make a break stick and lasts either until the finish line or until the peloton catches the group that has been away for the majority of the race. If there's any confusion, the race organizer will determine what constitutes the 'break of the day'  1

3. If you want to use a rider not listed, let me know and I'll look up the appropriate value. In most cases if they are not listed they will probably be a 3.0 credit rider.

4. I may not be able to post the team scores quickly. In fact I cannot say for sure I will do an update every day. Please be patient. I think I have a rough week ahead. If anybody wants to take care of the daily stage scoring for any particular day or days, please, I'll take the help!  1

The riders

START LIST SORTED BY RIDER VALUE

Alejandro Valverde 37.5
Vincenzo Nibali 31.1
Rui Faria Da Costa 29.0
Ryder Hesjedal 23.5
Luca Paolini 21.1
Alessandro Petacchi 20.9
Joaquin Rodriguez 20.9
Thor Hushovd 20.8
Taylor Phinney 19.7
Alex Dowsett 19.3
Lawson Craddock 18.7
Peter Velits 17.8
Mark Renshaw 17.7
Tyler Farrar 17.3
Jonathan Castroviejo 17.0
Giacomo Nizzolo 16.8
Jose Herrada 16.8
Roberto Ferrari 15.8
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg 15.7
Damiano Caruso 15.0
Angel Vicioso 14.9
Adriano Malori 14.7
Alexey Lutsenko 14.4
Julien Vermote 13.4
Danilo Hondo 13.1
Marco Marcato 12.4
Jesus Herrada Lopez 12.4
Daniele Ratto 12.2
Fabio Sabatini 11.9
Andrea Guardini 11.7
Nikolay Trusov 11.7
Nikolas Maes 11.6
Filippo Pozzato 11.0
Juan Jose Lobato 10.8
Kristof Vandewalle 10.8
Sebastian Langeveld 10.8
Sebastian Lander 10.8
Enrique Sanz 10.5
Maciej Bodnar 10.5
Bob Jungels 10.3
Jacopo Guarnieri 10.2
Klaas Lodewyck 10.1
Davide Cimolai 9.9
Rory Sutherland 9.9
Edward King 9.9
Alexander Porsev 9.8
Matteo Tosatto 9.5
Janez Brajkovic 9.4
Martin Velits 9.4
Tom Veelers 9.1
Juraj Sagan 8.9
Lucas Sebastian Haedo 8.4
Yannick Eijssen 8.1
Steven Cummings 7.9
Francisco Mancebo Perez 7.8
Bert De Backer 7.8
Vladimir Gusev 7.7
Nelson Oliveira 7.2
Dmitriy Gruzdev 6.7
Alberto Losada 6.6
Oliver Zaugg 6.4
Rafael Valls Ferri 5.9
Wout Poels 5.8
Ramon Sinkeldam 5.6
Koen De Kort 5.4
Pavel Brutt 5.2
Jay Mccarthy 5.2
Cheng Ji 5.1
Evan Huffman 4.9
Sergey Chernetski 4.6
Alexandr Pliuschin 4.5
Fumiyuki Beppu 4.4
Johan Van Summeren 4.4
Nick Nuyens 4.0
Raymond Kreder 3.7
Rick Zabel 3.7
Adil Jelloul 3.0
Ahmed Yousef Almansory 3.0
Alessandro Malaguti 3.0
Alex Coutts 3.0
Andrea Palini 3.0
Antonio Viola 3.0
Boris Shpilevsky 3.0
Bruno Matos Sancho 3.0
Bruno Pires 3.0
Daniel José Pereira Mestre D 3.0
Diogo Nunes 3.0
Dylan Van Baarle 3.0
Eduard Michael Grosu 3.0
Eugenio Alafaci 3.0
Fabio Silvestre 3.0
Henrique Madeira Casimiro 3.0
Ivan Rovny 3.0
João Pereira 3.0
Keon Woo Park 3.0
Khaled Altani 3.0
Kim Magnusson 3.0
Lasse Norman Hansen 3.0
Maher Hasnaoui 3.0
Majed Albalooshi 3.0
Manabu Ishibashi 3.0
Mansoor Albalooshi 3.0
Manuel Amaro 3.0
Michael Valgren 3.0
Mohamed Hasan Almurawwi 3.0
Mohammed Almansuory 3.0
Niccolo Bonifazio 3.0
Oscar Pujol 3.0
Pier Paolo De Negri 3.0
Qayed Ahmad 3.0
Rafaa Chtioui 3.0
Rafael Reis 3.0
Ruslan Karimov 3.0
Simon Buttner 3.0
Sun Jae Jang 3.0
Takashi Miyazawa 3.0
Tan Peng Yuan 3.0
Valentin Iglinksiy 3.0
Valter Pereira 3.0
Wen Chung Huang 3.0
Willie Smit 3.0
Yousef Mohamed Mirza 3.0

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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My team  1

21.1 Luca Paolini
20.8 Thor Hushovd
19.7 Taylor Phinney
19.3 Alex Dowsett
17.3 Tyler Farrar
17.0 Jonathan Castroviejo
14.7 Adriano Malori
11.7 Andrea Guardini
8.4 Lucas Sebastian Haedo
Total 150.0

Obviously stacked!  1

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Gkam84 [9097 posts] 3 years ago
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Mark Cavendish 30.1
Tyler Farrar 17.3
Luca Paolini 21.1
Roberto Ferrari 15.8
Jacopo Guarnieri 10.2
Lucas Sebastian Haedo 8.4
Nelson Oliveira 7.2
Johan Van Summeren 4.4
Tony Martin 28.3

Total 142.8 and you know what you can do with your special rule. If you want to run a game where you just chop and change the rules, go play elsewhere  21 21

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JAndrewHill [1211 posts] 3 years ago
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Dowsett 19.3
Pettachi 20.9
Nibali 31.1
Lucas Haedo 8.4
Rui Costa 29.0
Brajkovic 9.4
Pujol 3.0
Perez 7.8
Castroviejo 17.0

Looks ok to me

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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Phinney 19.7
Renshaw 17.7
Ratto 12.2
Guardini 11.7
Maes 11.6
Veelers 9.1
Dowsett 19.3
Gruzdev 6.7
Hansen 3.0

A few randomers thrown in to make it interesting.

I'm with Gkam on the special rule - don't see the point? If anything it'll make the teams even more similar. If you wanted to mix things up with a special rule, maybe something like a minimum of two 3.0 credit riders or something would get competitors thinking more creatively. Or may the first letter of each riders surname has to spell a nine-letter dictionary word (e.g. already found PARAMEDIC is possible).

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Twybaydos [449 posts] 3 years ago
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Questions - You have missed Nizzolo - Named on procyclingstats and Trek website. On the main list he is a 22 but Farrar is 22.9 on the main list so should I assume Nizzolo is around 17? I'm not sure how the rankings are calculated relative to this event

In the main game, minor comps such as Qatar have a points limit of 140, are you happy to stay at 150? Works for me if you are.

If we are not allowed to pick the five big boys above, are the points to be scored as if these riders were not in the race? e.g. when Phinney or one of the Movistars comes third in the TT they get 35 as if first? I suspect you would not get the info for 4-6 on intermediate sprints to account for those adjustments but you would be able to for the final figures.

Assuming Nizzolo is, at most, the same points as Farrar my team is:

Paolini 21.1
Hushovd 20.8
Phinney 19.7
Farrar 17.3
Nizzolo 17.3*
Ferrari 15.8
Malori 14.7
Guardini 11.7
Haedo 8.4

Total 146.8
*Nizzolo value to be agreed

Thanks for running this

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Twybaydos [449 posts] 3 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Or may the first letter of each riders surname has to spell a nine-letter dictionary word (e.g. already found PARAMEDIC is possible).

Sinkledam
Hushovd
Iglinskiy
Tosatto
Brajkovic
Alafaci
Lobato
Lutsenko
Sabatini

sounds like a team, not mine though  21

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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To answer your questions

Twybaydos wrote:

... You have missed Nizzolo...

Crap! How?  39 That's a great (!) rider I should have put on my team. Now I'm jealous! Nizzolo is at 16.8. You're going to be racking up a lot (!) of points! :)Thanks for noticing! Glad someone is catching these details, I'll add him to the OP!  1 And I may change my team!

Twybaydos wrote:

... are you happy to stay at 150? Works for me if you are....

Yeah, I like 150. It works all right for me ... It gives a lot of space...

Twybaydos wrote:

If we are not allowed to pick the five big boys above, are the points to be scored as if these riders were not in the race?...

No, the points will be scored normally, so, yeah, I expect the scores to be, obviously, lower than usual...

Twybaydos wrote:

I'm not sure how the rankings are calculated relative to this event...

If the rider has a current value on the 'Rankings' page, that's the value that we're using... If they don't, I'm taking the value that Dave published in the 'base rider values' databse he created for the San Luis game... thanks, Dave!  1

Twybaydos wrote:

Thanks for running this

My pleasure! I like the challenge of the setup where you can't go for the big guns, it makes it more fun for me so you can see how the other riders are performing, too. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's just for fun!  1

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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Twybaydos wrote:

.... sounds like a team, not mine though  21

Ha ha ha ha ha!  41 Good one!  1

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TERatcliffe26 [4697 posts] 3 years ago
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Cavendish 30.1*
Martin 28.3*
Kittel 19.3*
Nizzolo 16.8
Phinney 19.7
Malori 14.7
Jungels 10.3
Chernetski 4.6
Norman Hansen 3.0

Again, don't agree with the no big boys rules, your basically then just keeping a a big budget with all cheap riders to choose from, making cost irrelevant and no thought into teams. My team has 3 of your big boys and still comes in at under 150 credits

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [549 posts] 3 years ago
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Enrique.....I admire your enthusiasm in trying to do something to keep us interested...But you don't half over complicate things for no real need...Think I will sit this one out and save my legs for Qatar....

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Stumps [3460 posts] 3 years ago
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Alex Dowsett 19.3
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg 15.7
Roberto Ferrari 15.8
Davide Cimolai 9.9
Marco Marcato 12.4
Fabio Sabatini 11.9
Tony Martin 28.3
Mark Cavendish 30.1
Rafael Valls Ferri 5.9

total 149.3

I've edited my team and put 2 of the big boys in. I was in two minds about this and after reading what others have said i tend to agree, play the game as its always done then no one gets confused.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

Enrique.....I admire your enthusiasm in trying to do something to keep us interested...But you don't half over complicate things for no real need...Think I will sit this one out and save my legs for Qatar....

I'm with you steve, things are gonna get pretty complicated in a minute with a few races over lapping so i'll just watch from a far  103

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Hugh Lupus [29 posts] 3 years ago
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Sagan
Cavendish
Cancellara
Martin 121.9
Sutherland 9.9
Lucas Haedo 8.4
Pires 3
Iglinskiy 3.0
Smit 3.0

Team: CosICan

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I would say it's enrique's show so enrique's rules?

Castroviejo 17.0
Hesjedal 23.5
Hushovd 20.8
Phinney 19.7
Velits 19.8
Malori 14.7
Brajkovic 9.4
Huffman 4.9
Dowsett 19.3

total= 149 .1

Think I'll be taking stage one of the LEGAL teams!!

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Stumps [3460 posts] 3 years ago
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To be fair we need something from enrique to say its one way or the other, otherwise its going to be a nightmare for the lad to sort out.

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stevemarks [472 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Mark Cavendish 30.1
Tyler Farrar 17.3
Luca Paolini 21.1
Roberto Ferrari 15.8
Jacopo Guarnieri 10.2
Lucas Sebastian Haedo 8.4
Nelson Oliveira 7.2
Johan Van Summeren 4.4
Tony Martin 28.3

Total 142.8 and you know what you can do with your special rule. If you want to run a game where you just chop and change the rules, go play elsewhere  21 21

But more importantly you broke the Tyler Farrar rule........  3

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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well should be an interesting one to watch, stage 2 finishes on that palm island, and then you've got the Burj Khalifa as well.
Is it on eurosport?

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:

Dowsett 19.3
Pettachi 20.9
Nibali 31.1
Lucas Haedo 8.4
Rui Costa 29.0
Brajkovic 9.4
Pujol 3.0
Perez 7.8
Castroviejo 17.0

Looks ok to me

Hugh Lupus wrote:

Sagan
Cavendish
Cancellara
Martin 121.9
Sutherland 9.9
Lucas Haedo 8.4
Pires 3
Iglinskiy 3.0
Smit 3.0

Team: CosICan

JAndy, did I read right in http://road.cc/content/forum/74351-tdu-stage-1 and http://road.cc/content/forum/62294-finally-hit-target that Hugh Lupus is your "alter ego"? Another account you run?

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

... don't agree with the no big boys rules...

TER, if we open it up to the 'Big Boys' would you help with the scoring? I'll be happy to put up the daily rider scores if you or someone else wants to report on the 'Traditional' team totals, I know a lot of people will be disappointed because they want to play 'Traditional' and they might want to join the game, but only if they can play 'Traditional'... let me know...

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Stumps [3460 posts] 3 years ago
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backflipbedlem - yep its on Eurosport, but i cant find Qatar on Sky or Eurosport

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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JAndrewHill [1211 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, HughLupus was the earl of chester in 1086, and the subject of my uni dissertation.

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TERatcliffe26 [4697 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:

... don't agree with the no big boys rules...

TER, if we open it up to the 'Big Boys' would you help with the scoring? I'll be happy to put up the daily rider scores if you or someone else wants to report on the 'Traditional' team totals, I know a lot of people will be disappointed because they want to play 'Traditional' and they might want to join the game, but only if they can play 'Traditional'... let me know...

Like I said on the email, after thursday morning im not going have internet access to do any scores

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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Ok, about 33 hours to go and the following teams are confirmed and registered to play the Dubai Tour 'No Big Boy' Challenge!  1 Of course, you can still make changes to your team and enter the competition...

J Andrew Hill
31.1 Vincenzo Nibali
29.0 Rui Faria Da Costa
20.9 Alessandro Petacchi
19.3 Alex Dowsett
17.0 Jonathan Castroviejo
9.4 Janez Brajkovic
8.4 Lucas Sebastian Haedo
7.8 Francisco Mancebo Perez
3.0 Oscar Pujol
145.9

Ghedebrav
19.7 Taylor Phinney
19.3 Alex Dowsett
17.7 Mark Renshaw
12.2 Daniele Ratto
11.7 Andrea Guardini
11.6 Nikolas Maes
9.1 Tom Veelers
6.7 Dmitriy Gruzdev
3.0 Lasse Norman Hansen
111.0

Twybaydos
21.1 Luca Paolini
20.8 Thor Hushovd
19.7 Taylor Phinney
17.3 Tyler Farrar
16.8 Giacomo Nizzolo
15.8 Roberto Ferrari
14.7 Adriano Malori
11.7 Andrea Guardini
8.4 Lucas Sebastian Haedo
146.3

ray silvester
23.5 Ryder Hesjedal
20.8 Thor Hushovd
19.7 Taylor Phinney
19.3 Alex Dowsett
17.8 Peter Velits
17.0 Jonathan Castroviejo
14.7 Adriano Malori
9.4 Janez Brajkovic
4.9 Evan Huffman
147.1

enrique
21.1 Luca Paolini
20.8 Thor Hushovd
19.7 Taylor Phinney
19.3 Alex Dowsett
17.3 Tyler Farrar
17.0 Jonathan Castroviejo
14.7 Adriano Malori
11.7 Andrea Guardini
8.4 Lucas Sebastian Haedo
150.0

I'll be posting rider scores every day (hopefully)!  1

I realize there are a lot of people who want to play 'Traditional' and took the time to put together a 'Traditional' team. I don't want to alienate anybody so if no one takes responsibility for the 'Traditonal' teams I might be able to score them at the end of the Tour. I might! Not "I will"... Just confirm below you would like to play 'Traditional' and if I can, I'll post those results when the Tour is over. Thank you!  1

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enrique [2383 posts] 3 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

... I admire your enthusiasm in trying to do something to keep us interested...

Thanks, Steve!  1

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TERatcliffe26 [4697 posts] 3 years ago
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Castroviejo 17.0
Hushovd 20.8
Farrar 17.3
Nizzolo 16.8
Phinney 19.7
Malori 14.7
Jungels 10.3
Guardini 11.7
Chernetski 4.6

My none normal team

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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stumps wrote:

To be fair we need something from enrique to say its one way or the other, otherwise its going to be a nightmare for the lad to sort out.

To be fair I think he stated the rules in the first post.....not sure if people flagrantly breaking it requires him to reiterate?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Or perhaps enrique can start a new 'Dubai Tour No Big Boy Challenge' thread and see if anyone else can be arsed to do a seperate competition thread for the so called traditionals?

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Stumps [3460 posts] 3 years ago
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Right, i've switched my team to fit in per enrique's original post.

Alex Dowsett 19.3
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg 15.7
Roberto Ferrari 15.8
Davide Cimolai 9.9
Marco Marcato 12.4
Fabio Sabatini 11.9
Rafael Valls Ferri 5.9
Taylor Phinney 19.7
Vincenzo Nibali 31.1

total 141.7

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chiv30 [987 posts] 3 years ago
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I'n all fairness , Enrique has decided to run this for everyone using his own time to try to keep people entertained. Although I'm not joining in I honestly think some people need to show him some respect and either play by the rules he has set or not play.
If It was Dave that had set these rules you wouldn't be blatantly flouting them .

Banter is one thing on a forum but as I've said show the lad some respect or if you feel that strongly about the rules run your own game for forumites .

Rant over  14

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