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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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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Sounds like i may have made the same 2 transfers as you?  39
Interesting stage ahead with heavy rain on the forcast!  19

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I dropped Yates and Agnoli for Lemarchand and Ferrari.

I considered Martens but today is flatter and Ferrari finished well yesterday, I also considered dropping Nizzolo but am holding out for a result today.

I wouldn't call Yates crappy but he's fairly low down the pecking order for Orica on flat stages I guess so didn't think he was worth keeping and Lemarchand should get me a few points over the next few days just from jerseys. Fingers crossed though he makes a play for the KoM and tries to keep it throughout.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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I dropped Jeannesson and Baugnies for Howard and Lemarchand

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 2 years ago
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I just swapped my 3.0 and brought KOM leader Lemarchand in - I've done that for stage 2 of pretty much every tour so far (tho it hasn't worked yet). Decided to keep Nizzolo, hoping he's feeling more competitive today.

Tomorrow, will most likely drop Mezgec, Nizzo, Dumoulin, Howard and Roux for 2 pens, which should be enough funds for a few of the top GC guys. Picking the right ones will be the problem though...

Txurruka looks lively and a good bet for mountain points over the next 2 days, but is he too expensive to risk it?

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 2 years ago
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I thought about bringing in Alaphalippe, but I want as many free transfers as possible for stage 3, so I haven't made any changes today.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Wig_Billy wrote:

I thought about bringing in Alaphalippe, but I want as many free transfers as possible for stage 3, so I haven't made any changes today.

That's usually been my tactic but I figured Ferrari was worth a punt and combined with Lemarchand I'm hoping for more than 20 points return which isn't a lot to ask for given I dropped Agnoli who's not even there  1

Worst case scenario, Yates gets in the break...

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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6 escapees 1'30'' after 6km
Belkov, Koch, Voeckler, Marczynski, Rutkiewicz and Baugnies

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

I dropped Jeannesson and Baugnies for Howard and Lemarchand

Unlucky on that one, Baugines is in the break:

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#VoltaCatalunya After 7km Belkov, Koch, Voeckler, Marczynski, Rutkiewick & Baugines have 1'30"

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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DNS
Hondo

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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Dropped Froome for Mezgec but kept enough spare points to buy him back tomorrow.

I have Alaphillipe, Howard and Sammy D anyway so only one pen tomorrow. Possibly should be more risky here

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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#VoltaCatalunya Clarke, Seeldraeyers & Zubeldia have all abandoned.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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Cat 3
1 Marczynski
2 Rutkiewick
3 Voeckler
gap being held at just over 2'

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Finally my 3.0 point competition rider is riding a race!
Go Phillip Gaimon!!!!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Zubeldia, Seeldraeyers and Clarke abandoned

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 2 years ago
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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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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Voeckler (EUC), Rutkiewicz / Marczynski (CCC), Belkov (KAT), Baugnies (WGG) y Koch (CAN) at 90 km -2'19''- Pelotón

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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Cat 2
1 Marczynski
2 Belkov
3 Rutkiewicz
4 Koch

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 2 years ago
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Live on Eurosport now. Why am I always working from home on the boring days?

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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Lemarchand retains mountain jersey

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Porte abandons

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 2 years ago
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Sprint 1
1 Koch
2 Baugnies
3 Rutkiewicz

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AWPeleton [3291 posts] 2 years ago
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getting a few points for Rutkiewicz today in my purist team  4 .

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Here we go!  1

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 2 years ago
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Ok, I should've brought in Alaphilippe.

Well played drh.  41

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Mezgec wins again  41

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simon F [1001 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

1,2,3,4 and 9 today  16

Ditto (again - after having the same scoring riders as you yesterday too)  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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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  16

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TERatcliffe26 [4607 posts] 2 years ago
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Another terrible day at the office, oh well, can't wait for this race to be over

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