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So lumpy stage today with a small climb  21 14km from the finish!

Km 137.5 - Côte de la Clayette1 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 3

Km 156.5 - Col du Champ Juin8.5 kilometre-long climb at 2.9% - category 3

Km 164.0 - Col de la Crie1.7 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% - category 3

Km 187.0 - Côte du Mont Brouilly3 kilometre-long climb at 8.4% - category 2

Well i had 6 transfers and used the lot to give me this-

Rui Faria Da Costa (LAM)
Simon Gerrans (OGE)
Carlos Alberto Betancur (ALM)
Sylvain Chavanel (IAM)
Rafal Majka (TSB)
Steven Cummings (BMC)
Nelson Oliveira (LAM)
Jimmy Engoulvent (EUC)
Julien Fouchard (COF)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Heres the small climb i'm refering to.....  31

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dave atkinson [6207 posts] 2 years ago
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that looks fun  17

five transfers for me, 1 pen. costa/majka/chava/betancur for me too, + thomas and simon yates for a bit of UK interest  1

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Twybaydos [447 posts] 2 years ago
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I think stage 5 is potentially a bit sprinty, plus Degenkolb will still be in Green at the end of the day so didn't take a pen. Already had Thomas and brought 4 in

Betancur
Stybar
Gallopin
Thomas
Chavanel
Chernetski
Fonseca
Sepulveda
Degenkolb

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Latest gap 2:40

Km 24
Valerio Agnoli (AST),
Laurent Didier (TFR),
Perrig Quemeneur (EUC)
Jesus Harrada (MOV)

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NeilG83 [285 posts] 2 years ago
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When I quickly looked at the stage profile before making my transfers the climbs didn't look too hard so left in most of my sprinters. I failed to notice that section at 25% though! At only 14km from the finish that is going to end most sprinters chances, although Degenkolb seems to be in good form and can climb quite well.

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 2 years ago
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Whenever I bring in the breakaway guy from stage one, he never goes again. Whenever I don't, he's in every break of the tour. Bloody Laborie.

No idea about today, I'm expecting Nibali/Betancur et al to put the hammer down on the climb, but there's no guarantee they'll stay away. If they don't, my purists might do OK, if they do, I have them in standard. So guaranteed to be disappointed one way or the other!

Betancur
Nibali
Degenkolb
Thomas
J Izagirre
Gallopin
Laborie
Hinault
Rovny
(no pens)

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TERatcliffe26 [4600 posts] 2 years ago
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Didn't really know what to do, and kept Degenkolb as although expensive, should score at least 5 points the next two days, which is better than a kick in the teeth when anything could happen!

Degenkolb
Rui Costa
Bakelants
Chavanel
Slagter
Thomas
Chernetski
Zingle
Hinault

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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I got rid of Degenkolb because of the next few stages being mountainous and the stupid gradient in today's stage.

Costa
Nibali
Betancur
Thomas
Kelderman
Delaplace
Chernetski
Jungels
Fouchard

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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result of the first intermediate sprint in Vitry-sur-Loire (Km 56.5):

1. Laurent Didier (TFR) 3 secs, 6 points

2. Valerio Agnoli (AST) 2 secs, 4 pts

3. Jesus Herrada (MOV) 1 sec, 2 pt

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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had an indifferent bunch of sprint stages to date, so hoping for better now that we hit some hills.

gone for:

costa
kelderman
gva
thomas
slagter
gallopin
sepulveda
degenkolb
seb chava.

suspect sylv chava is going to show well, but couldnt make it fit! and nibali, and betancur, and stybar... cant fit them all!

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names wrote:

had an indifferent bunch of sprint stages to date, so hoping for better now that we hit some hills.

gone for:

costa
kelderman
gva
thomas
slagter
gallopin
sepulveda
degenkolb
seb chava.

suspect sylv chava is going to show well, but couldnt make it fit! and nibali, and betancur, and stybar... cant fit them all!

I'm rather hoping that you have an indifferent day today Johnny  4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Gap up to 4:50
Km 58

off for ride. Someone else can update for a couple of hours  16

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 2 years ago
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Eurosport have gone with Tirreno live (130-3ish) with highlights of Paris-Nice straight after. So might watch as-live and avoid the thread from now on...

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cherrypicked [167 posts] 2 years ago
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Got this one wrong by the looks. Gone to check Wig_Billy transfers...yep that's what I should have done

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 2 years ago
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oh bugger, 25% ? kept my sprinters in  102

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enrique [2339 posts] 2 years ago
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Top 20
1 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Garmin Sharp 50 5:00:09
2 THOMAS Geraint Team Sky 30 ,,
3 KELDERMAN Wilco Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 18 0:05
4 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE 13 ,,
5 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 10 ,,
6 VICHOT Arthur FDJ.fr 7 ,,
7 VELITS Peter BMC Racing Team 4 ,,
8 ROJAS José Joaquin Movistar Team 3 ,,
9 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar 2 ,,
10 DUMOULIN Samuel AG2R La Mondiale 1 ,,
11 COSTA Rui Lampre - Merida ,,
12 IZAGIRRE Ion Movistar Team ,,
13 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne - Séché Environnement ,,
14 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol ,,
15 BETANCUR Carlos AG2R La Mondiale ,,
16 CARUSO Damiano Cannondale ,,
17 JEANNESSON Arnold FDJ.fr ,,
18 NIEMIEC Przemyslaw Lampre - Merida ,,
19 SCHLECK Fränk Trek Factory Racing ,,
20 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale ,,

and photo Top 10 Courtesy of @Movistar

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TERatcliffe26 [4600 posts] 2 years ago
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That went a little bit wrong!! nevermind....

Scores on the way

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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 24 14 35

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TERatcliffe26 [4600 posts] 2 years ago
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I made 4 changes and would have scored more had I made none  20

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Just a shame I didn't know Gerrans was sick  31

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Wish I hadn't taken Degenkolb out. I was tempted not to, but my itchy fingers got the better of me.

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names wrote:

had an indifferent bunch of sprint stages to date, so hoping for better now that we hit some hills.

gone for:

costa
kelderman
gva
thomas
slagter
gallopin
sepulveda
degenkolb
seb chava.

suspect sylv chava is going to show well, but couldnt make it fit! and nibali, and betancur, and stybar... cant fit them all!

Nailed it. Nice one.

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:
johnny2names wrote:

had an indifferent bunch of sprint stages to date, so hoping for better now that we hit some hills.

gone for:

costa
kelderman
gva
thomas
slagter
gallopin
sepulveda
degenkolb
seb chava.

suspect sylv chava is going to show well, but couldnt make it fit! and nibali, and betancur, and stybar... cant fit them all!

Nailed it. Nice one.

Thanks Chris! first proper result stage this year! maybe the luck is turning! plus i had a fiver e/w at 66/1 on slagter and 2 bob on kelder at 150/1 ew for the stage- double bonus day!!

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 2 years ago
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Thats awesome Johnny, good stuff. I was 50-50 between Slagter and Izagirre, but Slagter has hardly ridden this year so I didn't gamble. Although there were others I rejected for the same reason that did bugger-all so I can't really complain.

Talking of betting - Horner is 33/1 for the Giro at present, I thought it was worth an e/w...

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Thats awesome Johnny, good stuff. I was 50-50 between Slagter and Izagirre, but Slagter has hardly ridden this year so I didn't gamble. Although there were others I rejected for the same reason that did bugger-all so I can't really complain.

Talking of betting - Horner is 33/1 for the Giro at present, I thought it was worth an e/w...

Yep, I doubt he will stay like that for long, was thinking about it myself. I had a fiver each way on Nibs for P-N last night at 10/1, and a fiver E/W on Kwia for the TdF at 100/1. Unlikely to win it, but with his form he could get a place if he can keep it up.