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Seems a pretty similar stage to yesterday although the climbs are closer to the end which may thin out the bunch.  Another day for Degenkolb?

I've made two changes, out go Rosa (DNS) and Oliphant, in come Colbrelli and Giraud so my ideal result would be pretty similar to yesterday.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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*goes to check what I did at stupid o'clock*

Oh yeah. 5.08am...

Leonardo Fabio Duque in for Boy Van Poppel
Cyril Gautier in for Yauheni Hutarovich

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 2 years ago
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Checked on Steephill and according to the profile there is an HC climb at 145km. Dont know if thats the same as a GT HC but if it is then the sprinters are going to struggle.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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This is pulled from the roadbook. HC climb looks steep but not too high, caps out at about 500m so it's actually lower than the cat 3 climb earlier in the stage.

Depending on how fast the peloton takes it it could dump some sprinters but with 25km to the end some of the stronger ones like Degenkolb should get back on.

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah true, its not that far for them to dig in and get over without losing to much time. Mind you if the peloton want to push it up the earlier cat 3 there might be less about when they hit the HC climb. Here's hoping as i've dumped all my sprinters.

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 2 years ago
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After 25km Veikkanen and Pantano have a 3 min 40 sec lead.

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simon F [1001 posts] 2 years ago
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Nocentini abandons. Veikkanen and Pantano have a lead of 6'50"

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cherrypicked [168 posts] 2 years ago
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http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Grand_Prix_Cycliste_la_Marseillaise_...
Looks similar (pas de couelle is the HC climb today) and looks like it ended in a sprint. All depends how it's ridden, although there aren't many strong teams. To me looks like either a small break to survive or BMC would have to try to rip it apart for degenkolb not to be there to contest. Then again.....

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I do like these kind of stages, so much more interesting than the bog standard flat stages you get in some races.

I think the TdF could do a lot more with it's sprint stages than it currently does, the best sprint stages last year were the ones broken up by climbs and winds, the pan flat bore-fests that are only worth watching for the last 5 minutes need to become less frequent.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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I put Vegard Staeke Laengen in for Boy Van Poppel because of his mountain points and the fact that he's equal GC with the leaders(oh yeah and he's as cheap as chips so gives me my spare credits for Chava on stage 4/5).....and

I've got to say Taylor Phinney's going to be a popular boy in stage races with the age bonus points he'll rack up!!

Phinney
Degenkolb
LuLuSanchez
Stake Laengen
Hutarovich
Hushovd
Sicard
Fedrigo
Zoidl

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Dropped DVP and Belletti

Degenkolb
Phinney
Ludvigsson
Pineau
Sicard
Hutarovich
Zoidl
Delaplace
Atkins

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Well missed the start of the Med Tour.
So here's my team i picked with 10 mins to go before todays deadline,

Degenkolb
Napolitano
Giraud
Colbrelli
Grijalba
Sanchez
Barguil
Betancur
Zoidl

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Quote:

#TourMed 19km to go and Pantano caught by 1st group. Degenkolb is there.

Quote:

#TourMed Duarte has attacked.

This could still go either way.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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7km to go sicard on the attack  4

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jollygoodvelo [1444 posts] 2 years ago
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Degenkolb takes it again.

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simon F [1001 posts] 2 years ago
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Top 20 non-officiel de la 2e étape :
1 John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)
2 Yannick Martinez (Team Europcar)
3 Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
4 Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF)
5 Mirko Selvaggi (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
6 Michel Kreder (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
7 Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar)
8 Anthony Roux (FDJ.fr)
9 Pavel Brutt (Team Katusha)
10 Mikaël Chérel (AG2R-La-Mondiale)
11 Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing)
12 Jérôme Pineau (IAM Cycling)
13 Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing)
14 Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling)
15 Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural-Séguros RGA)
16 Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix-Lille Métropole)
17 Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing Team)
18 Peio Bilbao (Caja Rural-Séguros RGA-
19 Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Giant-Shimano)
20 Domingos Gonçalves (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 2 years ago
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Well i think i can cancel both Qatar and Med for today, i've probably got 4 scoring riders in total for both comps  20

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 2 years ago
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1.6.8.11.15.19 for standard, got to be happy with that. Could keep it the same and have 6 transfers for the TT.

And glad Napolitano wasn't up there today, I feel better about not picking him now...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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official top 20 on stage, slight change to the earlier top 20

1 DEGENKOLB John Team Giant-Shimano
2 MARTINEZ Yannick Team Europcar
3 FONSECA Armindo Bretagne - Séché Environnement
4 COLBRELLI Sonny Bardiani - CSF
5 KREDER MichelWanty - Groupe Gobert
6 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar
7 BRUTT Pavel Team Katusha
8 SELVAGGI Mirko Wanty - Groupe Gobert
9 ROUX Anthony FDJ.fr
10 CHEREL Mikael] AG2R La Mondiale
11 FELLINE Fabio Trek Factory Racing
12 PINEAU Jérome IAM Cycling
13 JUNGELS Bob Trek Factory Racing
14 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM Cycling
15 VANTOMME Maxime Roubaix - Lille Métropole
16 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
17 CUMMINGS Stephen BMC Racing Team
18 BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMIENTA Pello Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
19 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Team Giant-Shimano
20 GONçALVES Domingos Team La Pomme Marseille 13

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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1,6,18,19 plus Pantano. Made no transfers, but if Nocentini has abandoned I'll have to bring someone else in for tomorrow.

So-so from my purist thus far. Having Degenkolb in has spared my blushes a bit as otherwise I think I've made a couple of expensive dud choices.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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DNF NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R La Mondiale
DNF EDET Nicolas Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
DNF BARBIER Rudy Roubaix - Lille Métropole
OTL GAWRONSKI Piotr CCC Polsat Polkowice

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Oooh, just noticed I also got LR with Wyss - so should have the coveted Bookends badge!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Scores are updating, green arrows for me  1