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Anyone any thoughts on team selection? I've strong track record in ballsing up TTTs; not sure whether to just basically pick a team for stages two and three and just take whatever I get from stage one as a bonus (also banking plenty of transfers), or to play the stage for real with two fellas each from teams I'm expecting to make top five, then take the hit on penalty points to get a viable sprint posse.

I'd booked Friday off work ages ago, but didn't realise/check that it was a TTT - my least favourite of all the disciplines to watch.  40

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AWPeleton [3310 posts] 2 years ago
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I know what you mean, this is my favourite GT despite Froome and Wiggins in the tour i love watching this race.

My team for friday is built around my team for Saturday onwards with 2, already planned, riders to come in.

Cant wait for it to start  4 4 4 4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Gone the same way as stumps. Picked riders who should figure in stages 1,2,3 but from team's that will do well in TTT! Can't wait  4 had a good start to last year's but fell away after a few poor transfers.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 2 years ago
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In theory, have my sprinters from teams that should do well, + a couple of fillers, but need to bring in at least 2 sprinters for stage 1 from teams unlikely to do well.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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That is what I have done too.

I just posted my Purist team and then deleted it as I don't want you crafty f*ckers taking my picks  20

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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It must suck to be pig...

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd tell you what I'm doing but I doubt you would see it lol

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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Really enjoyed picking my teams for this - so many options! For me, the TTT has one team nailed on, with 2 close behind, and then the rest is a bit of a lottery, so apart from a couple of guys I've just picked for Saturday as its too unpredictable.

Lots of sprinters - on wet, narrow, winding roads in Ireland with every team trying to get to the front, I hope everyone stays upright...

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Lots of sprinters - on wet, narrow, winding roads in Ireland with every team trying to get to the front, I hope everyone stays upright...

Indeed - and I'm wondering what kind of chaos Bouhanni will wreak in the final sprint! Had a look at the odds for the Irish stages but I wouldn't be surprised if the whole lot get skittled and some Pierre Randome takes the win.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Really enjoyed picking my teams for this - so many options! For me, the TTT has one team nailed on, with 2 close behind, and then the rest is a bit of a lottery, so apart from a couple of guys I've just picked for Saturday as its too unpredictable.

Lots of sprinters - on wet, narrow, winding roads in Ireland with every team trying to get to the front, I hope everyone stays upright...

highly unlikely with lunatics like Farrar,Chicchi and Ferrari in the peloton....wonder what odds you'd get on one of them crashing before we leave The Emerald Isle?

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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There's nothing more frustrating in this game than loading your team up with sprinters and then seeing them all come crashing down in the last km...

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Theinvisiblecyclist [73 posts] 2 years ago
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Well I'm going 7 sprinters and two guys who TTT well with two changes in mind for stage 2

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Theinvisiblecyclist wrote:

Well I'm going 7 sprinters and two guys who TTT well with two changes in mind for stage 2

Ha ha ha! Brilliant! Welcome back, dude!  1 Well played!  1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Let battle commence  41
Hoping for an improvement this year
2012-346th  2
2013-2378th  24

Standard

5 Italians
2 Aussies
1 Brit
1 Spaniard

Purist

Evans
Pirazzi
Quintana
Viviani
Pozzivivo
Cunego
Arrendondo
Gatto
Henao

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Theinvisiblecyclist [73 posts] 2 years ago
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Purist

Quintana
Kelderman
Niemic
Aru
Landa
Matthews
Viviani
Swift
Chichi

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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Theinvisiblecyclist wrote:

Purist

Quintana
Kelderman
Niemic
Aru
Landa
Matthews
Viviani
Swift
Chichi

I really wanted to squeeze kelderman in but couldn't quite justify it. Could be a good outside bet for top 6?

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Theinvisiblecyclist [73 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:
Theinvisiblecyclist wrote:

Purist

Quintana
Kelderman
Niemic
Aru
Landa
Matthews
Viviani
Swift
Chichi

I really wanted to squeeze kelderman in but couldn't quite justify it. Could be a good outside bet for top 6?

Well I finished 26th overall last year and 2nd in fs league to Jonas with my std I think ,so I'm hoping I can go one better this year.....bring on a nightmare tour for me now lol

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Nairo Alexander Quintana (MOV)
Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Marcel Kittel (GSH)
Sonny Colbrelli (BAR)
Ben Swift (SKY)
Julian David Arredondo (TFR)
Ivan Santaromita (OGE)
Fabio Andres Duarte (COL)
Francesco Chicchi (NRI)

There's my Purist, not giving away my standard, although...

4 x Italians
2 x Spaniards
1 x Brit
1 x Aussie
1 x German

2 of those to be replaced for stage 2 and beyond, which 2 depends on today's result.

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AWPeleton [3310 posts] 2 years ago
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Purist team for me:
Daniel Moreno
Francesco Chicchi
Joaquin Rodriguez
Ben Swift
Igor Anton Hernandez
Michael Matthews
Domenico Pozzovivo
Sonny Colbrelli
Mikel Landa

Just checked my standard team and Locatelli has been scrubbed off ! great start for me.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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I've never done well in the giro. Have been top 100 in last 2 grand tours so would be happy with that again! Looking forward to seeing everyone's purist teams, I suspect the same two names, but a lot of variation other than that...

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Purist:

Quintana
Evans
Viviani
Swift
Pirazzi
Santaromita
Pozzovivo
Chicchi
Alafaci

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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My purist is...

Quintana
Rodriguez
Dan Martin
Pozzovivo
Viviani
Matthews
Monfort
Armee
Colli

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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And I've taken a different tack with my standard - hoping for an Orica/BMC/Movistar 123 and planning on penalties tomorrow by transferring the first five of these...

Quintana (MOV)
Izagirre (MOV)
Wyss (BMC)
Eijssen (BMC)
Hepburn (OGE)
Matthews (OGE)
Swift (SKY)
Kittel (GSH)
Petacchi (OPQ)

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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full out TTT for me

2 Orica, 2 BMC, 2 Movistar, 2 Belkin, 1 Omega

Tuft
Santaromita
Quintana
Anton Hernandez
Evans
Sanchez
Kelderman
Goos
Petacchi

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Eyes on the first 4 stages here. Think Orica and BMC will be top 2 in the TTT so have 2 each of those.

Depending on which team is top, I will almost certainly swap out 2 tomorrow for Bouhanni and Chicchi.

Ivan Santaromita (OGE)
Elia Viviani (CAD)
Daniel Oss (BMC)
Alessandro Petacchi (OPQ)
Francisco Jose Ventoso (MOV)
Ben Swift (SKY)
Michael Matthews (OGE)
Marcel Kittel (GSH)
Samuel Sanchez (BMC)

Then no more changes (barring injuries) until stage 5. Saving my transfers for later in this one as there are a few stages mid race that they will be needed.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:

full out TTT for me

2 Orica, 2 BMC, 2 Movistar, 2 Belkin, 1 Omega

Tuft
Santaromita
Quintana
Anton Hernandez
Evans
Sanchez
Kelderman
Goos
Petacchi

Big penalty points for you tomorrow!

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:
backflipbedlem wrote:

full out TTT for me

2 Orica, 2 BMC, 2 Movistar, 2 Belkin, 1 Omega

Tuft
Santaromita
Quintana
Anton Hernandez
Evans
Sanchez
Kelderman
Goos
Petacchi

Big penalty points for you tomorrow!

Actually this is my Purist team, but don't tell anyone!

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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Standard

Evans
EBH
Matthews
Pettachi
Swift
Ventoso
Lancaster
Bozic
Wyss

Purist

Quintana
Evans
Nizzolo
Matthews
Scarponi
Kelderman
Monslave
Chicci
Alafaci

Good Luck

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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Purist
JRod
Quintana
Duarte
Matthews
Kittel
Viviani
Chicchi
Kruijswijk
Zoidl

Didn't even bother with TTT. All geared up for tomorrow's sprint with the exception of transferring out Michael Hepburn

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chokofingrz [407 posts] 2 years ago
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So, hands up everyone else who picked Svein Tuft for the maglia rosa knowing it was his birthday today?  26

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 2 years ago
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Poor Dan Martin. More to the point, poor me! In purist, I lost Meersman on stage 2 of Paris-Nice, Tejay on Stage 2 of Romandie and now Dan Martin on stage 1 of the Giro! I chose...poorly.

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