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Longest stage of the race today featuring a lumpy parcours, it's possibly one for the breakaway with the riders cresting the summit of a Cat 2 climb just 8km from the finish.

Last year stage 6 took a slightly different route with a more mountainous profile but used the same finishing climb and run in.  That stage was taken by Simon Gerrans just ahead of Meersman, Dumoulin and Ratto so I've assumed a similar finish and plumped to bring back four sprinters into my team.

Froome, Contador, Serpa and Lemarchand are out, Mezgec, Ratto, Dumoulin and Howard are in leaving me with

Rodriguez
Mezgec
Ratto
Dumoulin
Howard
Alaphiliipe
Paterski
LL Sanchez
Chaves

Fingers crossed they reel the breakaway in before the finish otherwise I'm screwed.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Just the one today....Clement in for the withdrawn Arredondo

LuLu
Sammy
Contador
Tejay
Kessiakoff
Anacona
Uran
Bobridge
Clement

I was tempted by Westra who seems to be the name on everyone's lips but it would have meant taking LuLu out and today looks to be his sort of day

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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After a crappy few days of not picking the right riders  40 i'm hoping today is more straight forward  39

Jrod
SS
Mezgec
Howard
Nizzolo
Ferrari
Chaves
Bodridge
Vallee

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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Gone with

Contador
Ratto
Kelderman
Mezgec
Howard
Ferrari
Serpa
Baugnies
Howson

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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My Volta has been shocking so far. Today's team is:

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Jack Bobridge (BLK)
Luka Mezgec (GSH)
Alberto Contador (TSB)
Leigh Howard (OGE)
Stef Clement (BLK)
Adam Yates (OGE)
Andrey Zeits (AST)
Andrew Talansky (GRS)

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 3 years ago
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I came 3rd in this comp last year thanks to picking Gerrans for that stage mentioned above. Nowhere near that this year! I've got a very messy selection, 4 sprinters for today(?) and tomorrow, one GC and some very random break guys.

Mezgec
Howard
Dumoulin
Alaphilippe
Rodriguez
LL Sanchez
De Greef
Gaimon
Frohlinger

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dave atkinson [6318 posts] 3 years ago
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After coming a heady 582nd in Tirreno I'm currently 11th in the Volta. This game, eh?

gone for:

TVG
J-Rod
Mezgec
Ferrari
Howard
Van der Sande
Yates
Fernandez
Oswian

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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Stage is underway, break after 15km break is Serry, Zeits, Koch, Haga, Beppu & Taciak.

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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Break has been caught, all back together after 25km.

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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50km gone, all together still

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Courtesy of @pelotonwatch

Leaders are Earle,Kruijswijk, Burghardt, Roy, Rolland, Preidler, Madrazo & Owsian. After 62km gap is 1'40"

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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8 in the break

58 EARLE, Nathan (AUS / Sky)
84 Kruijswijk, Steven (NED / Belkin)
95 BURGHARDT, Marcus (GER / BMC)
112 ROY, Jérémy (FRA / FDJ)
158 ROLLAND, Pierre (FRA / Europcar)
166 PREIDLER, Georg (AUT / Giant)
185 MADRAZO, Angel (ESP / Rural Caja)
196 Owsian, Lukasz (POL / CCC)

And hopefully, Kruijswick and Eale are in my Purist team.

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dave atkinson [6318 posts] 3 years ago
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go lukasz go!

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Koch has now joined the break with over a 2' gap

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chiv30 [987 posts] 3 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Koch has now joined the break with over a 2' gap

This is good for me  1

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Is it only the first bunch of the breakaway that counts? Or both (given there are less than 10 riders)?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:

Is it only the first bunch of the breakaway that counts? Or both (given there are less than 10 riders)?

It's whoever earns the KOM/sprint points in stage races rather than halfway bonuses in one day jobbies

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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I mean in Catalunya. We have 2 riders up front, 6 in the second break and the peloton 8 mins behind.

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim - its only one-day races where the 10 bonus points are awarded to the breakaway. In tours, there are bonus points for intermediate sprints and KOMs, so there is no need for the 10 bonus points.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh I see. Didn't realise that.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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I suspect I would be winning the whole thing if I'd known that.

That's my excuse.

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 3 years ago
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No worries. I'd be even more annoyed if it were the case, the number of times I've missed out on the breakaways this week!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Nizzolo retires with knee pain

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Nizzolo retires with knee pain

 102 20 31 35

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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20km to go, all together. Final climb starts in about 5km so expect some attacks there and possibly a few more at the summit with about 8km to go.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Just the one today....Clement in for the withdrawn Arredondo

LuLu
Sammy
Contador
Tejay
Kessiakoff
Anacona
Uran
Bobridge
Clement

I was tempted by Westra who seems to be the name on everyone's lips but it would have meant taking LuLu out and today looks to be his sort of day

Westra attacks....Navarro and Gaimon go with him

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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And now they come back together before.....BERTIE GOES!!

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Mezgec wins  41
2nd alaphilippe
3rd Dumolin
4th Martens
5th M Kreder
6th Contador
7th A Yates
8th Reza
9th Va Der Sande

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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1 Mezgec
2 Alaphilippe
3 Dumoulin
4 Martens
5 Kreder
6 Contador
7 Yates
8 Reza
9 Van der Sande
10 Vigano

1,2,3 but took a hit by not keeping Contador (what's he doing up there? looking to snipe some bonus seconds?)

Annoyed that I forgot Martens, in hindsight he was a better pick than Howard.

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 3 years ago
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Same as you drh - 1,2,3, picked Howard, dropped Contador.

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Twybaydos [449 posts] 3 years ago
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Brought in Mezgec, Ratto and Vignano. Kept Contador Yeats and Alaphillipe Didn't think of Sammy D

1,2,6,7,10 Purist 2,3,6,15

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