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My second mini target of the season after Tirreno where I finished 15th. After that comes the Giro as my main objective this year. Then Tour, Vuelta and Lombardia as other important races.  16

Anyway, last year I got a 5th place in the purist competition here and I really like this race because of the hard stages and the rain.  105

Let's gear up for this important event my fellow purist players!  36

Date: 04/07 - 04/12
Official website: http://vueltapaisvasco.diariovasco.com/index.php
Parcours: http://vueltapaisvasco.diariovasco.com/2014/etapas/etapa1-ordizia-ordizi...
Startlist: http://vueltapaisvasco.diariovasco.com/equipos-ciclistas-vuelta-pais-vas...

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not so worried about the effects of the races on my fitness, so am going for every single race this year.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I like to target particular races because personally I feel like I need a mental break every now and again.

The classics are races that I just don't pay as much attention to and it shows as I never really do that well but I like to target the mini-tours, the week long European stage races like Med, Algarve, Catalunya and Pais Vasco.

Anyway, I'll be trying to target this race on both purist and non-purist sides because I need some Forum Scorum points before I go away!

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Dux89 [194 posts] 2 years ago
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I love the small stage races on Road.cc because they force you to plan transfers (unlike Classics) but they don't take 3 weeks of your soul like the Grand Tours. Not that I won't be spending many, many hours on here during all three GTs, because I most certainly will.

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chrisdstripes [1733 posts] 2 years ago
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3 top guys, 3 break guys, 2 cheap climbers and one sort-of-sprinter. Might change my mind...

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Stumps [3415 posts] 2 years ago
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picked my team and i made sure the break had not formed lol  40

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

I like to target particular races because personally I feel like I need a mental break every now and again.

The classics are races that I just don't pay as much attention to and it shows as I never really do that well but I like to target the mini-tours, the week long European stage races like Med, Algarve, Catalunya and Pais Vasco.

Anyway, I'll be trying to target this race on both purist and non-purist sides because I need some Forum Scorum points before I go away!

Same!

If you want to be good, you have to take some time to prepare. I get bored easily and I don't want to spend too much time on this game.  37

I always consider the purist overall too but I already missed a couple race days  102 , just like last year, so I don't have to focus on that anymore either.

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

3 top guys, 3 break guys, 2 cheap climbers and one sort-of-sprinter. Might change my mind...

It will be vital to have at least one rider who collects a decent amount of breakaway points looking at the stages.  26

Ratto did that for me last year and also Landa scored a few on one stage.  16

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chrisdstripes [1733 posts] 2 years ago
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I agree, lots of mountain points on stage 1 so I've risked it from the off in both teams actually. Feels like I'm a strong sprinter light tho'...

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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There are 1-2 sprint stages so 1 sprinter is ok. I currently have 2 riders in my purist team specifically for breaks. 2 sprinters (1 is very cheap) and the rest is GC.  16
Might change tho.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Who is your cheap sprinter?  13

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Can't tell.  11

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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You can tell me, just our secret

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Dux89 [194 posts] 2 years ago
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Lots of Paris-Nice guys could feature here... Too bad they're all expensive after Paris-Nice.

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chrisdstripes [1733 posts] 2 years ago
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Made some changes to my standard but kept purist the same. Was my best competition last year - 9th in purist and 17th standard. I think it was a combination of Gerrans/Impey early on, Quintana/Henao, and Betancur's breakthrough on stage 3 that did it. That slow-motion sprint between Betancur and Henao was one of my favourite moments of last season, I don't think they do that climb this year though...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Despite saying I would put effort into this comp I realised at 9am this morning I hadn't picked either team and hadn't done any prep (the weekend got away form me a little bit).

Anyway, two teams thrown together with no real thought put into them, let's see how this goes.

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stevemarks [471 posts] 2 years ago
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Going to be suffering tomorrow as I know most of those roads for stage two pretty well, and wont be riding them again until late July. Wish I had arranged a holiday now!

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Fuck!!! I missed out on the deadline. Wanted to make one last change - Polanc for Wellens.  40 20

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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arsene wrote:
Joelsim wrote:

You can tell me, just our secret

I can tell you now:
Polanc and Koldo.
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Pah, already had Koldo Fernandez!!!

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:

You can tell me, just our secret

I can tell you now:
Polanc and Koldo.
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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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That's cool then.  41

Why do these fucking deadlines have to be so early though?  102

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Stumps [3415 posts] 2 years ago
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arsene wrote:

That's cool then.  41

Why do these fucking deadlines have to be so early though?  102

The stage has been open to pick teams for a while now, no need to leave it till the last minute  1

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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I was making my head up over and over again.  2

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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arsene wrote:

That's cool then.  41

Why do these fucking deadlines have to be so early though?  102

It's so you can't pick riders in a break after the start!  13

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Start time is 1.15 CET.  7

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Deadlines were moved further from stage start times to try and avoid any potential overlap and another incident similar to what happened during Gent-Wevelgem.

I know it's shit but sadly it's a step that needed to be put into place to try and avoid any possibility of it happening again.

The deadline for every stage this week is 10am GMT so at least they are consistent and those above are right, you can submit a team and change it right up to the deadline.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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One thing is that some posts on the forum are going out of sequence.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:

One thing is that some posts on the forum are going out of sequence.

That's been happening a while, not entirely sure why, think I raised it a while back but I doubt it'll be an easy fix.

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm just shocked because my team would've been perfect with this one change, sorry.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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arsene wrote:

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I'm just shocked because my team would've been perfect with this one change, sorry.

No need to apologise, and sorry if I came across a little harsh.

I think the intention is that deadlines will be earlier going forwards and that players will have to try and get used to it. For my races at least I think I'll try and keep one deadline time for all stages for consistency unless one stage (a TTT or ITT for example) start particularly late or a long mountain day starts particularly early.

There's a balance to be found between precaution (trying to avoid any chance of a race starting before the transfer window closes) and giving players as much time as possible to pick their team. Over time we'll find that balance but I think we were pushing to keep deadlines as close to start times as possible and got bitten in the arse over Gent-Wevelgem so needed to change something.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Valverde
LuLu
Contador
Panzerwagon
Spilak
Gorka Izz
Roy
Cunego
Kessiakoff

are my purist

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