Tour-de-Romandie-stage-3

by stevemarks   May 2, 2014  

So many choices....

This is where I really love this game. Spot on to the organisers the values make it a tough choice in an interesting race.

The obvious thing was to pop in His Nibs and Froomey and I think that would probably be the best option, but I have gone off piste and put in a couple of Swiss guys, Spilak, and Peraud instead. Added in a mid range Frenchie who is a real gamble and left in a blanked out MM, so going with an eight man team. I really wanted to bring in TJ but couldn't make it work. Talansky and Uran were also carefully considered, and of course there was that couple of Paxo Stink of Cheeses that I wanted in too. My big problem is the romantic in me did'nt want to take out the big Pole, so I have left him in, and taken 20 penalties. TBH I cannot see how I can win the stage but, it's fun trying all the different variations.

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Rainy day, long downhill, had to be nibbles didn't it?

I don't expect Froome is going to kill himself on a wet downhill chasing Vincenzo when he knows he can beat him in the time trial.

Also picked Spilak and Tschopp. Had Talansky and Dennis since day 1.

I think Matthias Frank would do well but I'd have needed to take a pen to bring him in, then take a pen to take him out again tomorrow so didn't risk it

posted by Twybaydos [272 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 10:27

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Chris Froome ‏@chrisfroome 41s
Today's profile and heavy rain forecasted. 3 guesses what Nibali is planning for today.. #WWND (What Would Nibali Do) pic.twitter.com/twNufXdrZK

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posted by Gkam84 [8688 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 10:45

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Twitter has an 8-man break with a lead of over a minute - no-one in the break that many people will have in their team though...

Gautier
Grivko
Malacarne
Dani Wyss
Favilli
Vallee
Bobridge
Veelers

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 11:41

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Froome, Nibali, Spilak, Talansky, Uran, Rui Costa should be the strongest today.

But also Pinot and the Tinkoff riders (Majka, Roche) seem to be in great shape.

Zoidl is a good option too considering his price.

Atapuma, Preidler, Roy, Voeckler, M.Wyss and Tschopp, maybe Fumeaux my picks for the break.

posted by arsene [217 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 11:58

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Looks like I got the break all wrong. D Oh

posted by arsene [217 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:01

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arsene wrote:
Looks like I got the break all wrong. D Oh

Yes I expected some better climbers in there as well, but I guess they are all within a minute or two on GC so they weren't prepared to let anyone dangerous go. Glad Fumeaux isn't in as I nearly picked him and changed my mind at the last minute to accommodate Frank...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:15

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I've got Gautier in my purist team, hope he gets me a few points today as my purist team, other than Kohler, have done nothing so far.

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 [2671 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:42

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Yeah that's probably the reason, hoped for Fumeaux to be in there though because he's on my purist team.

I definitely expected at least one IAM rider. Thinking
That's a surprise that they have no one in the break considering the mountain classification will be decided today.
I think they will most likely try to start an attack later. Confused

posted by arsene [217 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:43

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Might well do - just on the first climb and the gap is down from 6 mins to just 1 min 40 secs!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:45

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I finally got one in the break, grabbed Valle yesterday purely for this purpose as I couldn't afford Nizz, Mezgec yesterday, so targeted a Break rider.

Waaaa Waaaaa !

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posted by VVV73 [389 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 12:56

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17.7 to go... Froome up front with Spilak... Pinot and Majka go down but get up pretty quickly... Road looks wet and slippery...

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posted by enrique [1515 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:03

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Nibali, Inxausti and Frank are behind Froome and Spilak on the road...

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posted by enrique [1515 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:05

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Nice Izaguirre in there too now Smile

Waaaa Waaaaa !

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posted by VVV73 [389 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:12

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Wow.... Froome and Spilak with almost a minute on the 2nd group! Wow!...

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posted by enrique [1515 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:22

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3,8,9 plus I think vallis got some break points

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1703 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:27

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1 Spilak
2 Froome
3 Costa +57
4 Fuglsang +57
5 Intxausti +57
6 Frank +57
7 Nibali +57
8 Herrada +1:41
9 Pinot +1:41
10 Talansky +1:41
11 Wyss +1:41 (I think)
12 Izagirre +1:41

posted by simon F [978 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:28

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Good to see Froome showing some form today! Shame Talansky dropped his chain halfway up the last climb, otherwise he would have been in the Nibali group, with a good chance of podium after the TT. Didn't see anything of Tejay, I wonder if Tuesday's crash has given him an injury, or if he just decided to take it easy and focus on the TT?

1,2,6,10 for me, but with 30 penalty points. Although Zoidl might have scraped into the top 20, and Tschopp should have 10-15 points as well.

Purists plummet after today, the only GC rider I had was Tejay...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:29

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Not great for me but I never really considered puting Froome in, as he was too expensive, and the risk of him not being fit was too high. Some poor decisions there but it was fun and at least I had Spilak. Should have dropped Kwiatowski.

Hindsight ehhhhh a wonderful thing!

posted by stevemarks [404 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 16:29

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1,2,3 and 12 so far - that should at least double my so far totally crap score

EDIT: +15th for zoidl (and a few points for tschopp)
EDIT (Again): and a couple for Beltran (3rd in the young rider). I've only got 2 non-scorers today and one of them was a DNS - no-one worth swapping him out for with penalties.

posted by simon F [978 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 17:10

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1 Simon SPILAK
2 Christopher FROOME
3 Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA
4 Jakob FUGLSANG
5 Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA
6 Mathias FRANK SUI
7 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA
8 Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ
9 Thibaut PINOT
10 Andrew TALANSKY
11 Marcel WYSS
12 Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI
13 Rafal MAJKA
14 Sébastien REICHENBACH
15 Riccardo ZOIDL
16 Maxime MONFORT
17 Laurens TEN DAM
18 Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO
19 Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO
20 Rigoberto URAN URAN

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posted by Gkam84 [8688 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 17:19

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Winner winner chicken dinner

1 Silky Riders Dasilky 170

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posted by Gkam84 [8688 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 17:40

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livestrongnick wrote:
3,8,9 plus I think vallis got some break points

Sorry Nick, but break rider was my dude BORIS VALLEE (LTB), not Valls Ferri (LAM).

Waaaa Waaaaa !

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posted by VVV73 [389 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 17:48

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How come Boris Vallee only got 1 pt for 5th in pts jersey and not 10 pts as well for riding break ?
It was VALLEE not VALLS FERRI

Waaaa Waaaaa !

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posted by VVV73 [389 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 17:51

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10 break points only in one day races! Wink

posted by arsene [217 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 18:00

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arsene wrote:
10 break points only in one day races! Wink

DOH, sorry Arsene. Thank you.
3am here been up for quite while Smile

Waaaa Waaaaa !

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posted by VVV73 [389 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 18:03

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Nice bonus with kern last man home, although purist scored a big fat zero!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 18:05

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VVV73 wrote:
livestrongnick wrote:
3,8,9 plus I think vallis got some break points

Sorry Nick, but break rider was my dude BORIS VALLEE (LTB), not Valls Ferri (LAM).

Yeah twitter was a bit mixed up today At Wits End

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1703 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 18:17

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3rd on the stage goes a little way to making up for my personal worst of -7 on stage 1. At least I'll get another FSUCI point or two. No idea what to do for tomorrow though.

posted by simon F [978 posts]
2nd May 2014 - 22:22

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Chris I got it all wrong! Nevermind, shoud have gone froome not Kwiat. Only ended u with like 8th and 10th, so gone boldish for stage 4

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3782 posts]
3rd May 2014 - 12:33

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Pleased for SS....along with Gerrans and Paolini probably my favourite 3 riders.

posted by ray silvester [1750 posts]
3rd May 2014 - 13:31

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