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160 miles of rolling terrain before a cat 2 climb to finish. Tough one to call, like yesterday!

No changes from me (I fancy Battaglin & EBH but can't fit them in, and saving the transfers), but what about YOU!?

Bit of historic resonance for me too; my grandad fought at Montecassino in WWII and was also a passionate cyclist & clubman (had his own shop, in fact). If he was still around I'm sure he'd be satisfied to see the battle's 70th anniversary commemorated with a great bike race.

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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2 Trades no pens

OUT-Nizzolo, Swift:( IN-Evans, Arredondo

Evans
Ulissi
Matthews
Arredondo
Viviani
Weening
Bouhanni
Tjallingii
CHICCHI  8

Good Luck

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, its a fairly flat last km so my reading of it was that Orica and Sky will want to work for Matthews and EBH, but someone like Battaglin might nip in there like last year, plus Evans/Ulissi etc. Thats just a guess though really, could just as easily see a break stay out, or a smaller group at the finish.

I brought in Battaglin for Fedi anyway...

Evans
Ulissi
Rodriguez
Matthews
Swift
Battaglin
Gasparotto
Boem
Tjallingi

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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No changes for me today after yesterday's pleasant surprise. A couple of changes planned for tomorrow and then keeping the powder dry for a few days, saving up transfers for the flat and TT stages to come, and of course getting shot of that plum Evans before the 3rd week.

Enrico Battaglin (BAR)
Diego Ulissi (LAM)
Rigoberto Uran (OPQ)
Cadel Evans (BMC)
Maarten Tjallingii (BLK)
Enrico Gasparotto (AST)
Michael Matthews (OGE)
Rafal Majka (TSB)
Julian David Arredondo (TFR)

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah - awesome result yesterday Joelsim - nice one!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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At one point yesterday I thought I was quids in as EBH,J-Rod and who I thought had to be Cunego were careering to a 1-2-3.....then Purito got busted by Cadel,EBH finished last of the first group and the Lampre rider was proven to be Ulissi(easy mistake...the PAID commentators on Eurosport had him as Niemiec!!).......watch the replay of the last 15 minutes at

http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Giro_d_Italia_2014_Stage_5_Viggiano

and pretend you're rooting for those 3 if you don't believe me!!

3 changes today...Ulissi and Arredondo in for Oss and Durbridge plus Uran in for J-Rod as it was the only way to afford the first two.

2 transfers in the bank so 4 transfers available tomorrow.

Cunego
Ulissi
Uran
Kelderman
Matthews
Tjallingi
Boassen-Hagen
Swift
Arredondo

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 2 years ago
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Dammit, Fedi in the break after I dropped him. Hopefully he doesn't score many points...

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Dammit, Fedi in the break after I dropped him. Hopefully he doesn't score many points...

Steephill article mentioned Zardini had lost time and would prob attack today too.
Not suprised to see Bandiera there, AVILA I AM.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Dammit, Fedi in the break after I dropped him. Hopefully he doesn't score many points...

Currently tied for 4th in kom with 3 points so I expect him to at least take the cat 4 points  22

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Finally no pens for me today been playinga horrible game of catch up  37

Evans
Ulissi
Uran
Jrod
Tjallingii
Gatto
Matthews
Arredono
Gasparotto

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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Arredondo down  2 Huge fall Caruso doesn, t look good. Instant thought to Wouter  2

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice job orica 3 up front! I'd like a santamorita win for my pick 3 Italians  1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Holy shit!! What a shakeup that was...  19

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE, GO SON ...you good things  1

StageGeneral

Pos.RiderTeamWT

1 Matthews MichaelOrica GreenEDGE

2 Wellens TimLotto Belisol

3 Evans CadelBMC Racing Team

4 Rabottini MatteoNeri Sottoli

5 Santaromita IvanOrica GreenEDGE

6 Morabito SteveBMC Racing Team

7 Kelderman WilcoBelkin-Pro Cycling Team

DNS Cecchinel GiorgioNeri Sottoli

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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1 Michael Matthews
2 Tim Wellens
3 Cadel Evans
4 Matteo Rabottini
5 Ivan Santaromita
6 Steve Morabito
7 Wilco Kelderman
8 Mauro Finetto
9 Diego Ulissi
10 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo
11 Hesjedal Ryder
12 Rosa Diego
13 Aru Fabio
14 Pozzovivo Domenico
15 Uran Rigoberto
16 Moreno Daniel
17 Rogers Michael
18 Rolland Pierre
19 Quintana Nairo
20 Bongiorno Francesco Manuel

89 Rodríguez Joaquim 7:43

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Theinvisiblecyclist [73 posts] 2 years ago
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Just got home and seen the above posts ....what happened?  31

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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171 Roche 15:08
175 Arredondo 18:30

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Bottom of the last climb (11km) looked like greasey road and a big domino effect! Caruso taken to hospital....could be a few dns tomorrow

8 men went clear of it and top 20 tells the story.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Tuft came in 25mins down

DNF Brajkovič
DNF Caruso
DNS Cecchinel

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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Well that was a fun stage.
I can't complain I think I may have faired better then most.

Standard 1,3,9. ..  40

Purist Team
1,3,7,19...
Is fairing a lot better now.
Managed to Avoid KITTEL and went MATTHEWS (who? honestly expected this). Avoided ARREDONDO. Got MONSLAVE as my KOM chance and he seems to be having a go.
KELDERMAN survived fall and MAJKA lost 15mins,
Avoided MAJKA ...PHEW and NEIMEIC ( who lost another 1.57 to 3.41 min GC) . SCARPONI lost bit over a min, but he had a little bit of breathing room already. BONGOIRNO (5min) , PURITO(9min) GONEEEEEE .....

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Tuft came in 25mins down

DNF Brajkovič
DNF Caruso
DNS Cecchinel

Dare Say Caruso didn't either  2 Didn't look healthy

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Bottom of the last climb (11km) looked like greasey road and a big domino effect! Caruso taken to hospital....could be a few dns tomorrow

8 men went clear of it and top 20 tells the story.

Just seen  1
Actually a Majority of the field fell ahead of Caruso after he fell.... Comms Said the noise unsettled them. lol

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 2 years ago
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Disgusted with the tactics of BMC and Orica today. The attacked AFTER the crash

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Disgusted with the tactics of BMC and Orica today. The attacked AFTER the crash

It was within the LAST 10km....and that's the reward you get for expending extra energy and team mates staying up front out of trouble ESPECIALLY in this weather and THE GIRO'(notorious)

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VVV73 [408 posts] 2 years ago
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VVV73 wrote:

MAJKA lost 15mins,
Avoided MAJKA ... ..

Seems MAJKA has mad a miraculous recovery. back to 4th 1.25min down on GC ...lol

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 2 years ago
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Swifty was last man.

I'm permanently disgusted with Cuddles. How a man so unsportsmanlike has the cheek to complain when anyone else does anything outside of his queensbury rules of cycle racing I don't know.
Still put him in my team though - no morals.

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Didn't catch any of today, but from what it sounds like it was a pretty horrible crash. A shame to see Purito out of the running so early. BMC will be delighted, can't imagine Cadel will do any less than podium now, barring accident.

Similarly morally bankrupt to Twybados I slapped a fiver on him at 10/1 each way for GC before the race started.

Interesting to see Basso hanging in there; tenth on GC now. I'd written him off.

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Stumps [3356 posts] 2 years ago
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I have to say i hope J-Rod goes big style on the mountains and blows evans away he deserves nothing less. Quintana for the title now unless there is a miracle for J-Rod.

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope after today, Evans to have a few offs and no-one to wait for him, punctures, mechanicals....anything

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Big scope for breakaways next !

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Stumps [3356 posts] 2 years ago
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Should Swift not have an extra 10 points for LR ?

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