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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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stumps [3183 posts] 1 year ago
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Similar, gone for Nibs and Peraud plus a couple of Movistar lads but no Froome. If it had finished on a peak it would be Froome for Nibs but looking at that downhill section to the line its made for Nibs.

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 1 year ago
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Doing well in this one so spent a while mulling over the options - really enjoyed working out all the different permutations!

Had to decide whether to just use one penalty transfer and keep Kittel & Nizzolo for tomorrow, or use three pens in order to bring in two more climbers. Went with the latter, so starting today on minus 30...

Went Froome over Nibali more because I'd be keeping them til the end and expecting Froome to outscore Nibs over the three stages.

Leaves me with...

Froome, Spilak, Talansky, Frank
Tschopp, Zoidl
Kern, Gaudin, Hivert

More pens to come over the next 2 days methinks...

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stumps [3183 posts] 1 year ago
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Gone for;
Vincenzo Nibali
Jean-Christophe Peraud
Maxim Iglinskiy
Martin Kohler
Ion Izaguirre
Nino Schurter
Jesus Herrada Lopez
Andrew Talansky
Nathan Earle

Earle and Schurter are my 2 3.0 fillers, maybe a 5 pointer for Earle if Froome comes through.

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Joelsim [1963 posts] 1 year ago
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The way things have been going for me, if I started with a 30pt penalty I would end up getting a minus number.

Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ)
Pirmin Lang (IAM)
Simon Spilak (KAT)
Andrew Talansky (GRS)
Tony Martin (OPQ)
Nathan Earle (SKY)
Johann Tschopp (IAM)
Damien Gaudin (ALM)
Martin Kohler (BMC)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 1 year ago
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Considering i've not scored 100+ and still been getting green Arrows i'm pleased so far  4
Although struggled with todays picks, wanted Talansky and Izaguirre but ment more pens and dropping others i didn't want to leave out so left myself with-

Kwiatkowski
Costa
Pinot (for dennis)
Herrada
Vallis Ferri (for Brandle)
Albasini
Zoidl
Earle
Schurter

Def gonna go pens for the next 2 days  26

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Twybaydos [446 posts] 1 year ago
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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

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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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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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 1 year ago
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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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arsene [205 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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arsene [205 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks like I got the break all wrong.  40

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 1 year ago
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arsene wrote:

Looks like I got the break all wrong.  40

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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stumps [3183 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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arsene [205 posts] 1 year ago
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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.  39
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.  7

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 1 year ago
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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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VVV73 [408 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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enrique [2255 posts] 1 year ago
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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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enrique [2255 posts] 1 year ago
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Nibali, Inxausti and Frank are behind Froome and Spilak on the road...

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VVV73 [408 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice Izaguirre in there too now  1

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enrique [2255 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow.... Froome and Spilak with almost a minute on the 2nd group! Wow!...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 1 year ago
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3,8,9 plus I think vallis got some break points

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simon F [993 posts] 1 year ago
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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

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 1 year ago
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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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stevemarks [458 posts] 1 year ago
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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!

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simon F [993 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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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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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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Winner winner chicken dinner

1 Silky Riders Dasilky 170

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VVV73 [408 posts] 1 year ago
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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).

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VVV73 [408 posts] 1 year ago
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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

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arsene [205 posts] 1 year ago
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10 break points only in one day races!  3

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VVV73 [408 posts] 1 year ago
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arsene wrote:

10 break points only in one day races!  3

DOH, sorry Arsene. Thank you.
3am here been up for quite while  1

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