Vuelta a Murcia

by enrique   February 27, 2014  

Ok, I'm set with Omloop and I've put in a team for the Spring Classics Purist Forum Competiton and, well, is that it for the weekend? Of course not! There's the Vuelta a Murcia this weeekend, too! Who doesn't love a race where Valverde is riding? Big Grin

Well, the 34th issue of the Vuelta a Murcia is being run this Saturday, the same day Omloop is being held, but, of course, in a warmer climate! Smile

Choosing a winner should be easy? Right? I mean you've got Valverde, Quintana and Sanchez there, right? They could easily go 1-2-3. But what about the next placings? Care to take a stab at who can make a Top 20 appearance? Care to venture a guess who might even take it other than these Top 3? Well, I've narrowed down the competitors to the following list of riders with their respective game ranking. If you're up to it, pick any 3 riders other than Valverde, LL Sanchez and Quintana that you think might take a Top 20 appearance. I'd expect that the Top 20 will come from the group listed below, but if you think somebody else can crack the Top 20, take a look at the start list at PCS (

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas Movistar Team 25.4
Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 32.6
Luis León Sánchez Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10.9
Daniel Navarro Cofidis, Solutions Créd 14.8
Tiago Machado Team NetApp – Endura 9.4
Marcos Garcia Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 6.5
Davide Rebellin CCC Polsat Polkowice 10.6
Luis Angel Mate Cofidis, Solutions Créd 11.1
Ruben Fernandez Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3.0
Ruben Plaza Molina Movistar Team 11.1
David Arroyo Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3.0
David De La Cruz Melgarejo Team NetApp – Endura 8.5
Javier Moreno Bazan Movistar Team 11.4
Antonio Piedra Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 14.1
Jose Herrada Movistar Team 18.6
Jerome Coppel Cofidis, Solutions Créd 15.2
Yoann Bagot Cofidis, Solutions Créd 8.0
Pablo Lastras Garcia Movistar Team 11.9
Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil Movistar Team 25.7
Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice 8.7
Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes Team NetApp – Endura 8.5
Stephane Poulhies Cofidis, Solutions Créd 14.8
Miguel Minguez Euskadi 3.0
Lluís Guillermo Mas Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 3.0
Jaroslaw Marycz CCC Polsat Polkowice 3.0
Carlos Barbero Euskadi 3.0

If I had to guess, I'd say these 3 could take a shot at having the best placings against the Top 3 of LL, AV and Quintana:

Daniel Navarro Cofidis, Solutions Créd
Tiago Machado Team NetApp – Endura
Marcos Garcia Caja Rural - Seguros RGA

There's also a gaggle of Continental Teams participating. They're listed below. Some of them have been pretty active in some races, so, just for fun, care to list the team, from those that appear below, that will produce the highest placing?

These are the Continental Teams in the race:

ActiveJet Team AJT
Burgos BH-Castilla y León BUR
Efapel-Glassdrive EFG
Euskadi ORB
Keith Mobel-Partizan KMP
Louletano-Dunas Douradas LDD
Spain ESP
Team Ecuador ECU

My guess is Euskadi (ORB) will produce the best placing from these teams, maybe with Minguez or Barbero. I'll post results after the race. Smile

By the way, here you'll see Valverde and LL having breakfast earlier this week while training for Murcia , courtesy of @xoaquinmateo.

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JJ Rojas

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2197 posts]
28th February 2014 - 0:55


Jesus Herrada

posted by Twybaydos [455 posts]
28th February 2014 - 1:01



posted by TERatcliffe26 [4522 posts]
28th February 2014 - 1:30


Ok, think about picking a team from the eight Continental teams listed above. There'll be bonus points available to those who also add their pick from one of the Continental Teams listed above. Edit your comment to select your pick if you want. Picking that team will give you 5 points if you have the highest placed rider from those 8 teams on your selected team (ActiveJet, Burgos, Efapel, Euskadi, Keith Mobel, Louletano, Spain or Ecuador) and 5 points per rider from that team that's in the 'break of the day'. If sprint points are awarded and published, the points will be awarded to you as they are in the game, that is, 6,4 and 2 points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd over the line, if you have selected the team to which that rider belongs. If a rider from one of those teams gets a Top 20 placing, you get the points for that rider, too. You can pick the same team as another person.

Vive Le Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [2315 posts]
28th February 2014 - 2:56


Ruben Fernandez (CR)

posted by stevemarks [482 posts]
28th February 2014 - 11:39


Daniel Navarro
Davide Rebellin
Marcos Garcia

posted by northstar [1113 posts]
28th February 2014 - 21:57


Byron Patricio Guama De La Cruz (Ecuaaadooorrrrr)

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posted by Ghedebrav [1133 posts]
28th February 2014 - 23:06


With 15km to go Valverde and Coel had taken a flyer but were brought back... All together now (courtesy of @Movistar_Team)

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posted by enrique [2315 posts]
1st March 2014 - 15:09


Just 14 km to go and 40 riders in the lead according to @Procyclingeu

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posted by enrique [2315 posts]
1st March 2014 - 15:11


Valverde, Machado, Rebellin.

Arroyo 7th

posted by Twybaydos [455 posts]
1st March 2014 - 15:37


TERatcliffe26 wrote:

I think you took this one TER! Smile You placed 2, 3 and 10. Nice! Smile

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posted by enrique [2315 posts]
1st March 2014 - 17:11

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TOP 20

1 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team 80 75 5:06:53
2 MACHADO Tiago Team NetApp – Endura 56 55 0:03
3 REBELLIN Davide CCC Polsat Polkowice 32 40 ,,
4 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 24 32 0:05
5 ROJAS José Joaquin Movistar Team 20 28 0:07
6 FERNANDEZ Ruben Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 16 24 ,,
7 MENDES José Team NetApp – Endura 12 20 0:09
8 ARROYO DURAN David Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 8 18 ,,
9 MINGUEZ Miguel Euskadi 7 16 ,,
10 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 6 14 0:14
11 LECHUGA RODRIGUEZ Pablo Euskadi 5 12 0:17
12 SOUSA Sérgio Efapel - Glassdrive 3 10 ,,
13 MARTíN HERNANDEZ Víctor Burgos-BH 8 0:19
14 BAGOT Yoann Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 7 0:21
15 CAMANO ORTUZAR Iker Team NetApp – Endura 6 0:22
16 SILVA Bruno Efapel - Glassdrive 5 ,,
17 MONTENEGRO Jorge Martín Louletano - Dunas Douradas 4 ,,
18 RUBIO Vicente Louletano - Dunas Douradas 3 0:30
19 FRANCZAK Pawel ActiveJet Team 2 0:40
20 MERINO CORTAZAR Igor Burgos-BH 1 0:45

I laughed when I saw nick put in JJ Rojas. Rolling Eyes Now I'm not laughing Thinking Nice pick! Smile

Other riders selected:

38 GUAMA DE LA CRUZ Byron Patricio Team Ecuador
85 HERRADA Jesús Movistar Team
Bennett DNF
Matysiak DNF
Marcos Garcia DNS

Vive Le Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [2315 posts]
1st March 2014 - 17:13


Ghedebrav wrote:
Byron Patricio Guama De La Cruz

The Clasica Almeria is today and guess who was in the break of the day? Guama! Smile They've been caught, but thought it was funny! Smile

Vive Le Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [2315 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 15:09

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Ghed won't think it's funny!!

posted by ray silvester [1867 posts]
3rd March 2014 - 11:12

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