tour of qatar 2014

by JAndrewHill   February 8, 2014  

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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standard team

Greipel
Howard
GVA
Viviani
Pelucchi
Boonen
Waeytens
Ruffoni
Almurawwi

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:15

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:16

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:50

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:51

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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 Waiting

posted by chiv30 [879 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:55

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Apparently Oss is riding. Got an email a couple of days ago saying he wasn't.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 12:59

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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 Waiting

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

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:00

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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 Waiting

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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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:01

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Terpstra takes second sprint.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:05

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Terpstra wins, looked like Roelandts second, Schar third.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:18

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:19

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where u getting the updates?

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posted by backflipbedlem [842 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:20

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At Wits End D Oh Crying Sick Waiting

posted by chiv30 [879 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:25

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Terpstra wins, then Roelandts, Schar. Boonen came 6th.

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:27

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Watched it on an arabic feed from cycling fans. The first five broke away and held on...just

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:28

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1 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 3:13:42
2 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol 0:01
3 SCHAR Michael BMC Racing Team ,,
4 ELMIGER Martin IAM Cycling ,,
5 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:07
6 BOONEN Tom Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ,,
7 MARKUS Barry Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ,,
8 DéMARE Arnaud FDJ.fr ,,
9 VAN STAEYEN Michael Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
10 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto Belisol ,,

posted by ray silvester [1858 posts]
9th February 2014 - 13:57

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Apparently Oss is riding. Got an email a couple of days ago saying he wasn't.

I just go by the official start list http://www.letour.com/tour-of-qatar/2014/us/riders.html

Oss isn't listed there Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
9th February 2014 - 14:54

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Results are taking a fecking age to come through.

Will update later tonight

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
9th February 2014 - 14:55

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2 & 8 th purist so far with 6 & 8 standard.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
9th February 2014 - 15:49

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Scores coming. Oss is NOT riding, if you ignored the email and didn't change him, I don't think you'll score anything as the team won't be vaild Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
9th February 2014 - 15:55

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Official top 20 from steephill site:

1 TERPSTRA, Niki (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) 3:13:42
2 ROELANDTS, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) + 1
3 SCHÄR, Michael (BMC RACING)
4 ELMIGER, Martin (IAM CYCLING)
5 VAN KEIRSBULCK, Guillaume (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) + 7
6 BOONEN, Tom (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)
7 MARKUS, Barry (BELKIN)
8 DEMARE, Arnaud (FDJ.fr)
9 VAN STAEYEN, Michael (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE)
10 SIEBERG, Marcel (LOTTO BELISOL)
11 MORKOV, Michael (TINKOFF-SAXO)
12 KRUOPIS, Aidis (ORICA GreenEDGE)
13 SUTTON, Christopher (SKY)
14 BENNETT, Sam (NETAPP - ENDURA)
15 WESTRA, Lieuwe (ASTANA)
16 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
17 OFFREDO, Yoann (FDJ.fr)
18 AL MURAWWI, Mohammed (SKYDIVE DUBAI)
19 BAZZANA, Alessandro (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
20 SELIG, Rudiger (KATUSHA)

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
9th February 2014 - 18:18

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Crying Rolling On The Floor

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
9th February 2014 - 18:41

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How can you get an "official" top 20....from steephill??

The only two official sources I will use for anything at Le Tour site and UCI

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
9th February 2014 - 18:45

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Gkam84 wrote:
Scores coming. Oss is NOT riding, if you ignored the email and didn't change him, I don't think you'll score anything as the team won't be vaild Wink

No, that's a strike against the commentary, which 'identified' him in the peloton. I did take him out Smile

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 19:16

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Sick is all I have to say

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
9th February 2014 - 20:24

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So, to keep Greipel in for tomorrow or not? Thinking

I can't imagine the sprint trains will want to let a break get away like that again. Will probably hold my nerve. Terpstra is IN though, especially as he can TT.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 21:35

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I wouldn't bother with Terpstra, because Boonen is there focus

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
9th February 2014 - 21:51

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Gkam84 wrote:
I wouldn't bother with Terpstra, because Boonen is there focus

Already got Boonen in, and I reckon Terpstra will get me more points than Rast (who is OUT).

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
9th February 2014 - 21:59

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Gkam84 wrote:
I wouldn't bother with Terpstra, because Boonen is there focus

Thx Gkam for your expected solid advice.
As tomorrows stage will be the one with humps, I will bring in a climber rather than Terpstra. Wink

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
9th February 2014 - 22:49

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Gkam84 wrote:
Scores coming. Oss is NOT riding, if you ignored the email and didn't change him, I don't think you'll score anything as the team won't be vaild Wink

I think you should score - just not for Oss. Quote from game rules...

Quote:

If you pick riders who subsequently retire from (or don't start) the race then they'll be greyed out. You can replace them using your transfers if you want. It doesn't matter if some of your riders are greyed out for the purposes of scoring: they won't score any points, but you'll still score for your other riders.

posted by simon F [994 posts]
10th February 2014 - 10:31

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