Le Tour Mediterranéen

by drheaton   February 6, 2014  

Just a heads up about a couple of things with this race.

The race runs from Thursday 13th February to Sunday 16th February and has five stages with two stages, a short MM stage (stage 3) and a 18km time trial (stage 4) both being run on the Saturday. Given that one stage starts at 9am local time and the other at 2pm local time the intention is to run both stages in the game as separate stages so there will be a transfer window in between them. Just something to bare in mind when making your picks.

I ran the race last year and from memory it took a while to get some of the results info so it may be that scores are up later than expected and it's almost certain that I'll struggle to get stage 3 scores up before the start of stage 4 on Saturday afternoon.

The race website can be found at http://www.letourmed.fr/ and it has breakdowns of stages but no profiles (as far as I can see but my French isn't what it used to be). You can get more stage info at ProCyclingStats here (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_Mediterraneen_Cycliste_Professi...)

If you have any questions let me know.

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Typical i'm dayshift on the Saturday and i wont have a chance of making transfers, looks like i'm going to do purist for both teams for this race.

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posted by stumps [2430 posts]
6th February 2014 - 15:44

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Given the short nature of the TT (only 18 km) and the unpredictability of a 63km medium mountain stage including two category 2 climbs not bothering to make changes on that day might be a reasonable tactic.

Given that Sunday is the only real mountainous day and ends in a summit finish being able to throw some transfers at your team may come in handy.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
6th February 2014 - 16:21

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Profiles etc. are here...

http://www.letourmed.fr/plans-bd_1.pdf

reached from the "Infos Pratiques" drop down on http://www.letourmed.fr/

posted by simon F [869 posts]
6th February 2014 - 17:44

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Watch out for them bike thieves too......

posted by ray silvester [1520 posts]
8th February 2014 - 8:57

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T'is open.

Will be checking the start lists Monday and late on Wednesday to pick up any last minute roster changes. Feel free to give me a heads up if you hear anything though.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
8th February 2014 - 21:08

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The site has stage 4 as a team time trial.....Its actually an ITT?

Profiles are available at pro cycling stats but I'm reading it as follows

1)Classics type stage
2)Breakaway chance
3)Sprinters
4)Undulating 18k ITT
5)HC summit finish

posted by ray silvester [1520 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:08

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ray silvester wrote:
The site has stage 4 as a team time trial.....Its actually an ITT?

Profiles are available at pro cycling stats but I'm reading it as follows

1)Classics type stage
2)Breakaway chance
3)Sprinters
4)Undulating 18k ITT
5)HC summit finish

Well spotted, thought I'd checked everything. Have updated it accordingly.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
9th February 2014 - 14:33

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hmmmmmm Thinking brain teaser this one Waiting

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posted by livestrongnick [1404 posts]
9th February 2014 - 18:04

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Unsure about Chavanel on this one. He's cock-of-the-walk at IAM and will undoubtedly lead them at TDF - but will he be genuinely arsed here? Common sense tells me 'no', yet I'm finding it a wrench to drop him from my purist. The course seems to suit him, even the summit finish (I recall him giving it a bloody good go once or twice in the moutains at last year's Tour).

Thinking Thinking

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posted by Ghedebrav [803 posts]
9th February 2014 - 22:57

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Chavanel could well have a go now he's a real team leader and IAM will want to put down a marker (plus they won the race last year) but this is the top ten from 2013

Quote:
Top-10 Previous Edition
1.Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) IAM12:27:24
2.Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA) ALM,,
3.Francesco Reda (ITA) AND0:11
4.Maxime Monfort (BEL) RLT0:16
5.Nicolas Roche (IRL) TST0:20
6.Bauke Mollema (NED) BLA0:30
7.Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) LTB0:41
8.Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE) IAM0:50
9.Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ,,
10.Arthur Vichot (FRA) FDJ1:06

I'm not sure if this is a race for the big guns to be honest, lots of second tier GC guys and people who wouldn't get much of a shot in major races.

That being said, what is Cadel Evans doing there this year?!

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
10th February 2014 - 9:56

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Dr the parcours this year is generally much hillier than last year overall id say

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3504 posts]
10th February 2014 - 11:13

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And Evans is probably looking for a block of training on euro tarmac pre-giro?

posted by ray silvester [1520 posts]
10th February 2014 - 12:12

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One of the hillier stages last year was cancelled I think, otherwise maybe Roelandts etc wouldn't have still been up there on GC. I seem to remember someone (TER?) picking his stage win at the end though?

With purist I've gambled on 5-6 TTers who also tend to like attacking on MM stages. Hopefully 2-3 of them will come off, i've been rubbish so far this season compared to last!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1355 posts]
11th February 2014 - 10:36

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I can't remember as the competition archive isn't that extensive, however I believe I came 19th with my normal team, but I know I won the purist overall with that team.

Not gone too big with ITTers with my purist, just 1 out and out rider, but that could change yet

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3504 posts]
11th February 2014 - 11:16

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Also, think Sonny Colbrelli needs to go into the startlist

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3504 posts]
11th February 2014 - 11:29

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Isn't Voeckler racing now as well? Can't see him on the start list ...

posted by the domestique [19 posts]
11th February 2014 - 12:12

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I'll be running a start list update over lunch so if you look again this afternoon it should have any of the latest changes included.

EDIT: Roster update done with only a couple of changes. Will probably run another tomorrow evening.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
11th February 2014 - 13:17

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
I can't remember as the competition archive isn't that extensive, however I believe I came 19th with my normal team, but I know I won the purist overall with that team.

Not gone too big with ITTers with my purist, just 1 out and out rider, but that could change yet

I know that Wig_Billy took the Forum's Scorums and old Tommy Two Darts(TERatcliffe)took the purist division in that mini league.

posted by ray silvester [1520 posts]
11th February 2014 - 13:23

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Isn't it on telly?

posted by Sanderville [192 posts]
11th February 2014 - 20:28

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hushovd?

posted by cherrypicked [119 posts]
12th February 2014 - 14:50

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cherrypicked wrote:
hushovd?

Aye, there have been a couple of changes so will pick these up this evening once the last ones have trickled through.

If someone you want to pick isn't in the current game startlist you can still add them to your team. You just need to change "Filter: In startlist" to "Filter: All riders" and you'll then be able to pick anyone.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
12th February 2014 - 14:54

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I'd thought about Hushovd but he's not cheap!? Thinking

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posted by livestrongnick [1404 posts]
12th February 2014 - 17:00

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Final pre race roster update has been done.

The big question, is Chavanel worth picking? He's expensive at 36.4 credits but when you look at the potential competition (Peraud basically) he seems a good shout.

I'm assuming Betancur and Rolland are just there for training?

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
12th February 2014 - 21:26

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Chava is NOT in my purist... though another IAM rider is.

I've also gone for Phinney... Thinking

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posted by Ghedebrav [803 posts]
12th February 2014 - 22:26

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I'll put it out there , my purist

4 French
2 Americans
1 Spaniard
1 Columbian
And a Swiss fella

posted by chiv30 [595 posts]
12th February 2014 - 22:54

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Looking at their pics, pretty sure IAM is actually a firm of modernist architects. They all look they drive Saabs.

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posted by Ghedebrav [803 posts]
12th February 2014 - 23:42

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Chava is NOT in my purist... though another IAM rider is.

I've also gone for Phinney... Thinking

Not Lovqvist i hope....he's pulled out

posted by ray silvester [1520 posts]
13th February 2014 - 9:47

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My purist team looks strong but my standard team is a bit cobbled together. Not sure what type of finish today or tomorrow will be so edging all my bets and going for a mix of riders.

Banking on being able to leave my team as is until Saturday afternoon then make some TT/GC changes before the big stage on Sunday.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
13th February 2014 - 9:57

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Glad i logged on this morning as 2 of my team have pulled out, a quick change with 30 mins to go.

My purist is:

Tobias Ludvigsson
Pierre Rolland
Thomas Peterson
Francesco Manuel Bongiorno
Bartlomiej Matysiak
Franco Pellizotti
Angel Madrazo
Marcel Wyss
Julien Antomarchi

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posted by stumps [2430 posts]
13th February 2014 - 10:16

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I had withdrawals in both my teams, just squeezed in some changes before the deadline. Now I look at it, my purist is very TT-heavy which is either a big mistake or a revolutionary new tactic...

My standard is 7 guys that can sprint from a reduced bunch, one potential GC guy and a Europcar 3.0 for luck. Hoping for minimal changes until the TT, but could have called it completely wrong, difficult to tell from the profiles...

PURIST
Chavanel
Peraud
LL Sanchez
Roux
Larsson
Felline
Ludvigsson
Vorobyev (3.0 wildcard)
Planckaert

STANDARD
Degenkolb
Belletti
Felline
M Kreder
Porsev
Roux
LL Sanchez
Ludvigsson
Kern

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posted by chrisdstripes [1355 posts]
13th February 2014 - 10:49

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