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Who to pick? Will haedo have any gas left in his tank for the toq? Will boonen race or just captain his squad? Will katusha be a dark force? Will the smaller teams be more motivated, and push their puncheurs to the front? All tres ineressant, nest ce pas?

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm sure I've swapped and chopped my teams so much it's going to be another bust for me , my biggest decision was do I include griepel or spread the cash on my purist , either way it is going to be very interesting as you have said

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Yup, to Greipel or not to Greipel is my big thumbsucker for Qatar. There are a whole bunch of other riders, especially in the 10-15 bracket, who could be great picks or total busts. I've fiddled and faffed enough now that I'm not going to change any more.

The TT coming on stage three also forces some selection choices, but given it's so short I'm going to trust in my fast men to do OK and not worry too much about getting a full squad of TT specialists in place. Ideally no changes tomorrow, then three-in-three out for stages three & four.

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

three-in-three out for stages three & four.

I think thats gonna be the tactical choice for most of us , perhaps those that don't use that approach can gain a bit of a lead by using penalties?

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drheaton [3323 posts] 4 years ago
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chiv30 wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:

three-in-three out for stages three & four.

I think thats gonna be the tactical choice for most of us , perhaps those that don't use that approach can gain a bit of a lead by using penalties?

Penalties are always risky, in theory if you get it right you can make big gains but get it wrong and you quickly lose a lot of ground.

I'm not sure which way to go. Given that it's a TT there won't be huge points hauls but the stage winners of the TT should form the GC for the rest of the race so getting them in could be useful later on. Decisions decisions....

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JAndrewHill [1217 posts] 4 years ago
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I always try and pick a guy from the smaller teams who might go for the breakaway every day. Ive been lucky to hit gold in the tdu, but my other picks were garbage. Lol.
So ive tried again with the toq, as the small teams want the coverage, just hope I picked right.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Picking breakaway types just seems so risky, though, especially in races like ToQ where there's a lot less at stake (so fewer true domestique duties), there aren't any local riders and there is a very large pool of lesser riders/teams who might fancy it. Unlike, say, Tour de France where you could (in days of yore, anyway) happily put Hoogerland in your purist safe in the knowledge that he'd be likely to be in at least three or four sticky breaks.

Re. penalties, it is a risk for that kind of stage, not least because you then have to penalty-transfer out again for the next one (as opposed to a transition from e.g. a group of MM/FL stages to HM/SF stages). Also as noted above some of the speedy sprinters, especially tracky types like Morkov, might fancy the short TT for a shot at GC.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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My Purists:
Greipel
Viviani
DeMare
Boonen
Boom
Tuft
Waeytens
Haller
Rasch

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Puriste:

Demare
Haedo
Morkov
Boonen
Selig
Markus
Kruopis
Kristoff
Guardini

Umm-ed and aah-ed about both Cancellara and Greipel, but left them both out in the end. Kristoff and Demare both big punts (N.B. not rhyming slang); impossible not to pick Boonen at that price.

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livestrongnick [2119 posts] 4 years ago
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purist

greipel
cancellara
fenn
tuft
boonen
boom
lucas haedo
forster
locatelli

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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Anyone know of a live ticker?

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

My Purists:
Greipel
Viviani
DeMare
Boonen
Boom
Tuft
Waeytens
Haller
Rasch

Mine was that bar haller when the comp opened however I swapped and changed so much it's now :

Morkov
Demare
Viviani
Haussler
Bozic
Boom
L.s haedo
Z. Waeytens
Ruffoni
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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 4 years ago
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chiv30 wrote:

Anyone know of a live ticker?

Checked all my normal sources, can't find a thing

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Twybaydos [449 posts] 4 years ago
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Greipel
Cancellara
Boonen
Haussler
Bennati
Guardini
Sergent
Haedo
Forster

I'm just hoping Astana stick with Guardini in the sprints, Haedo keeps his form going and Fabien tries. Does anyone not have Boonen?

Picking Greipel meant I had to stay away from the other top sprinters

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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Twitter perhaps......i'm at work so can't access it  40

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livestrongnick [2119 posts] 4 years ago
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http://www.letour.fr/indexTQA_us.html official site might have one

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livestrongnick [2119 posts] 4 years ago
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standard team

Greipel
Howard
GVA
Viviani
Pelucchi
Boonen
Waeytens
Ruffoni
Almurawwi

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Managed to include neither Maes nor Fortin in either purist or standard. Now watch them both get in the break/finish top ten.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Break includes Roelandts, Elmiger, Terpstra, van Keirsbulk and Schar. I've got Elmiger in my standard.

Also, first sprint was won Terpstra; Kristoff second and Sam Bennett third.

Still fancy Greipel for the stage win though.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Coverage an absolute joke. Why, in this globalised internet age, do cycling race organisers find it so hard to make basic live broadcasting available?

Even for this daft little race there's a huge international audience who want to watch - and they've made it as difficult as possible to do so. The sponsors must be livid. Still, at least there are huge crowds at the roadside. Oh, wait...

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Break includes Roelandts, Elmiger, Terpstra, van Keirsbulk and Schar. I've got Elmiger in my standard.

Also, first sprint was won Terpstra; Kristoff second and Sam Bennett third.

Still fancy Greipel for the stage win though.

Sods law std had roelandts and terpstra up until last night  45

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Apparently Oss is riding. Got an email a couple of days ago saying he wasn't.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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chiv30 wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:

Break includes Roelandts, Elmiger, Terpstra, van Keirsbulk and Schar. I've got Elmiger in my standard.

Also, first sprint was won Terpstra; Kristoff second and Sam Bennett third.

Still fancy Greipel for the stage win though.

Sods law std had roelandts and terpstra up until last night  45

Ouch. Terpstra would've got you a few points.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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chiv30 wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:

Break includes Roelandts, Elmiger, Terpstra, van Keirsbulk and Schar. I've got Elmiger in my standard.

Also, first sprint was won Terpstra; Kristoff second and Sam Bennett third.

Still fancy Greipel for the stage win though.

Sods law std had roelandts and terpstra up until last night  45

Ouch. Terpstra would've got you a few points. Break could yet stick to the end, too... 12k to go, 25sec lead.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Terpstra takes second sprint.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Terpstra wins, looked like Roelandts second, Schar third.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:

where u getting the updates?

Twitter, plus a hooky feed that's probably given my laptop all manner of viruses.

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 4 years ago
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where u getting the updates?

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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 102 40 20 31 45

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JAndrewHill [1217 posts] 4 years ago
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Terpstra wins, then Roelandts, Schar. Boonen came 6th.

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JAndrewHill [1217 posts] 4 years ago
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Watched it on an arabic feed from cycling fans. The first five broke away and held on...just

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