Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 5

by drheaton   March 28, 2014  

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

posted by ray silvester [1844 posts]
28th March 2014 - 12:34

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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.

posted by Joelsim [1400 posts]
28th March 2014 - 12:37

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go lukasz go!

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7388 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:01

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

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1837 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:11

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

This is good for me Smile

posted by chiv30 [873 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:29

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

posted by Joelsim [1400 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:39

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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

posted by ray silvester [1844 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:40

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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.

posted by Joelsim [1400 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:43

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1645 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:52

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Oh I see. Didn't realise that.

posted by Joelsim [1400 posts]
28th March 2014 - 13:58

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I suspect I would be winning the whole thing if I'd known that.

That's my excuse.

posted by Joelsim [1400 posts]
28th March 2014 - 14:03

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1645 posts]
28th March 2014 - 14:05

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Nizzolo retires with knee pain

posted by ray silvester [1844 posts]
28th March 2014 - 15:02

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ray silvester wrote:
Nizzolo retires with knee pain

At Wits End Crying Sick Silly

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1837 posts]
28th March 2014 - 15:33

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:02

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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

posted by ray silvester [1844 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:20

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And now they come back together before.....BERTIE GOES!!

posted by ray silvester [1844 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:22

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Mezgec wins Applause
2nd alaphilippe
3rd Dumolin
4th Martens
5th M Kreder
6th Contador
7th A Yates
8th Reza
9th Va Der Sande

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1837 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:36

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:40

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Same as you drh - 1,2,3, picked Howard, dropped Contador.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1645 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:43

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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

posted by Twybaydos [351 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:48

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11 Hardy
12 Talansky
13 Martin, D
14 Serry
15 Howard
16 Bardet
17 Kelderman
18 Malacarne
19 Paterski
20 Ratto

That makes it 1, 2, 3, 15, 19 & 20 plus GC points, probably around 110 points, might be enough to keep me top 10 but I'm not sure.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
28th March 2014 - 17:25

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I sacrificed my team yesterday to go stage hunting for the final 3 stages.

1,2,3,4,9,16,20 today. Pretty good, but I think Contador might have spoiled it.

posted by Wig_Billy [577 posts]
28th March 2014 - 17:43

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1,2,6,15,17 std
1,6,purist

Thinking

posted by chiv30 [873 posts]
28th March 2014 - 17:43

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Scores up, 115 and moved up to 6th, it's getting very tight at the top.

Now, how do I make up 50 points in two days Thinking

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
28th March 2014 - 18:20

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drheaton wrote:
Scores up, 115 and moved up to 6th, it's getting very tight at the top.

Now, how do I make up 50 points in two days Thinking

Gamble

posted by chiv30 [873 posts]
28th March 2014 - 18:28

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Only team in the top 30 without Contador. Frustrating. At Wits End

posted by Wig_Billy [577 posts]
28th March 2014 - 18:37

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I came second to Wig_Billy on Forumscorum's! I think Nix is third.

posted by Twybaydos [351 posts]
28th March 2014 - 18:44

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chiv30 wrote:
drheaton wrote:
Scores up, 115 and moved up to 6th, it's getting very tight at the top.

Now, how do I make up 50 points in two days Thinking

Gamble

Nah, tomorrow is a play it safe day then go for it on Sunday. I think the winner will be the one who picks the right riders for the tricky finish on Sunday.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to win anything on a usual race let alone one that I'm running so I'd rather protect my position and go for the Forum Scorum win than take a big risk to try and win the whole race.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
28th March 2014 - 18:53

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Sobs. Why o why o why...
Did I loise my nertve and tfr contador and tosh for nizzollo and ferrari. I would have won the stage by a mile if I had stuck. Blew my own plan for stage wins.
Shouls I give up this game?

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1227 posts]
29th March 2014 - 19:08

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