Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 2

by drheaton   March 25, 2014  

Morning,

Another day for the sprinters today, a MM stage but fairly flat in the latter half means that it's likely we'll see a bunch sprint with fewer of the hard-men involved.  Meersman won both of the first stages last year, can Mezgec equal this?

I've made a couple of changes dropping one DNS (Agnoli, who I'll never forgive) and one crappy domestique for an in form sprinter and another crappy domestique in the KoM jersey.

My tactic for this race is to use my transfers and if necessary use penalties too.  I made the mistake of being conservative in Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, saving transfers and trying to avoid penalties, it didn't work for me and cost me points so this week I'm testing out the opposite approach and going transfer crazy.

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No changes today as I already had The Windmill,Howard and Mezgec....and sit 30th in the race

DuMoulin
Howard
Mezgec
Ratto
Sammy Sanchez
LuLu Sanchez
DeGendt
Kessiakoff
Arredondo

Purist is off the charts bad.....just a single point yesterday

Froome
Contador
Betancur
Stetina
LuLu
Arredondo
Serpa
Kessiakoff
Gaimon

posted by ray silvester [1743 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:17

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No transfers for me today. Hoping to at least equal my 5 pts from yesterday.

Whoever drew those stage profiles needs sacking.

posted by Joelsim [952 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:27

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Cat 3
1 Marczynski
2 Rutkiewick
3 Voeckler
gap being held at just over 2'

philip unwin

posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:28

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Finally my 3.0 point competition rider is riding a race!
Go Phillip Gaimon!!!!

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posted by backflipbedlem [645 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:32

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Zubeldia, Seeldraeyers and Clarke abandoned

posted by ray silvester [1743 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:34

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backflipbedlem wrote:
Finally my 3.0 point competition rider is riding a race!
Go Phillip Gaimon!!!!

Hope so, he's in both my teams as well. Game on, indeed.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1538 posts]
25th March 2014 - 14:41

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Voeckler (EUC), Rutkiewicz / Marczynski (CCC), Belkov (KAT), Baugnies (WGG) y Koch (CAN) at 90 km -2'19''- Pelotón

posted by ray silvester [1743 posts]
25th March 2014 - 15:26

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Cat 2
1 Marczynski
2 Belkov
3 Rutkiewicz
4 Koch

philip unwin

posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
25th March 2014 - 15:33

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Live on Eurosport now. Why am I always working from home on the boring days?

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posted by chrisdstripes [1538 posts]
25th March 2014 - 15:35

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Lemarchand retains mountain jersey

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posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
25th March 2014 - 15:40

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Porte abandons

posted by ray silvester [1743 posts]
25th March 2014 - 15:52

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Sprint 1
1 Koch
2 Baugnies
3 Rutkiewicz

philip unwin

posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
25th March 2014 - 16:01

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getting a few points for Rutkiewicz today in my purist team Big Grin .

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2665 posts]
25th March 2014 - 16:34

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Here we go! Smile

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Vive Le Road.cc Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [1514 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:03

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Ok, I should've brought in Alaphilippe.

Well played drh. Applause

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:06

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Mezgec wins again Applause

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:07

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drheaton wrote:

1,2,3,4 and 9 today Cool


Ditto (again - after having the same scoring riders as you yesterday too) Thinking

posted by simon F [978 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:09

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1 Mezgec
2 Ferrari
3 Ratto
4 Alaphilippe
5 Burghardt
6 Vigano
7 Vallee
8 Van der Sande
9 Howard
10 Paterski

1,2,3,4 and 9 today Cool

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:10

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Another terrible day at the office, oh well, can't wait for this race to be over

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3776 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:23

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11 Hardy
12 Pineau
13 Lancaster
14 Serry
15 Kelderman
16 Marino
17 Poulhies
18 Dumoulin
19 Madrazo
20 Koch

And, last man is Nizzolo Party

Good day for me, 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 18, last man and jersey points, about 185 I think.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th March 2014 - 17:48

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drheaton wrote:

And, last man is Nizzolo Party

Good day for me, 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 18, last man and jersey points, about 185 I think.


Damn - you win. I thought Nizzolo seemed out of shape so didn't pick him. Wish I'd realised just how out of shape he was Sad

posted by simon F [978 posts]
25th March 2014 - 18:01

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Lots of points today, lots of penalty transfers for tomorrow though, going to probably have to make 6 transfers so that's 40 penalties straight away.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th March 2014 - 18:02

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Scores going up.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th March 2014 - 18:19

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Starting to get panic stricken now! Sick My tactic of leaving out the sprinters in my purist team has given me the old Mezgec double, a pair of boobies, and with Arrendondo already creaking I am just praying that the fightback begins tomorrow Worried I have 4 big names to cheer for and they had better start to earn some money or my strong early season form will all have been for nothing.

posted by stevemarks [404 posts]
25th March 2014 - 19:25

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stevemarks wrote:
Starting to get panic stricken now! Sick My tactic of leaving out the sprinters in my purist team has given me the old Mezgec double, a pair of boobies, and with Arrendondo already creaking I am just praying that the fightback begins tomorrow Worried I have 4 big names to cheer for and they had better start to earn some money or my strong early season form will all have been for nothing.

Peaked too early? Devil

posted by chiv30 [848 posts]
25th March 2014 - 19:33

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sweated a bit, swapped in alaphillipe for nizolo- worth it even though the nizz got last!
purist scored another doughnut today, amazingly up 160 odd positions in purist league though Laughing

All change tomorrow!

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posted by johnny2names [199 posts]
25th March 2014 - 19:56

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Impressive day again. 11 points in Standard and 0 points in Purist. That'll still be 0 in Purist then.

posted by Joelsim [952 posts]
25th March 2014 - 20:56

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Second impressive day for my purist team with a xsecond big round zero points and zubeldia has abandoned. Im getting worse at this game.

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posted by JAndrewHill [1209 posts]
25th March 2014 - 21:31

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JAndrewHill wrote:
Second impressive day for my purist team with a xsecond big round zero points and zubeldia has abandoned. Im getting worse at this game.

Exactly the same ......... just total CRAP... At Wits End

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [479 posts]
26th March 2014 - 8:09

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I got 1pt on stage 1 and rock all on stage 2.......Stage 3's the day for a full house though(more optimistic than a TiVo breakaway!!)

posted by ray silvester [1743 posts]
26th March 2014 - 8:52

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