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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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and 150 challenging budget. I like  105

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

and 150 challenging budget. I like  105

Let the moaning commence......  37

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Someone will be moaning....I'd give you 1/10 on who it will be aswell.

At least this is going to be a challenge, pick a couple of top guys and you'll have to look at cheap guys.

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tony kappler [80 posts] 2 years ago
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Question for Dave; will you be scoring points for the cat 4 KOM in the stage 1 time trial? If so, will the top 5 KOM riders (even though there will only be 3) score positional points (as per normal KOM at end of stage). If so, you need to list the KOM positional points in your "information on scoring".

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 2 years ago
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tony kappler wrote:

Question for Dave; will you be scoring points for the cat 4 KOM in the stage 1 time trial? If so, will the top 5 KOM riders (even though there will only be 3) score positional points (as per normal KOM at end of stage). If so, you need to list the KOM positional points in your "information on scoring".

if they're scoring it then i guess we can, yeah. didn't notice the KOM, thanks

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Someone will be moaning...

For the life of me I can't figure out who...  4

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Damn, these rider values are too high (!)...  1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Both my teams picked

Standard has no 3.0 riders 150 credits exactly.
Purist has one 3.0 & three 3.? With 0.5 credits spare.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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That is a tough pick.

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 2 years ago
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Ok GKAM, the 150 limit has forced me to consider a mega Enrique Gambit for the Dauphine.
Basically I have sacrificed all the likely stage winners, Froome, Contador and Kwia and picked a squad of riders under 25.0 value, and most under 20, who might pick up the minor places. Could be a disaster but I cant see many under 10.0 value riders who will score and I would need at least five....eeek

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 2 years ago
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Ok GKAM, the 150 limit has forced me to consider a mega Enrique Gambit for the Dauphine.
Basically I have sacrificed all the likely stage winners, Froome, Contador and Kwia and picked a squad of riders under 25.0 value, and most under 20, who might pick up the minor places. Could be a disaster but I cant see many under 10.0 value riders who will score and I would need at least five....eeek

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Ha! No idea on this one. Gotta be Froome, you'd think.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmmm. Toying with leaving Froome out.

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AWPeleton [3291 posts] 2 years ago
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Picked both teams and i quite like the look of my purist team even if i say so myself  26

The 150 is great and its made it quite difficult working out who and where my team will change.

I will still probably do sh*te  24

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Kwia is the kwestion mark. Will he compete on those high summit finishes? Can't not include Contador, though.

There are a couple or three low value (<6.0) riders I've got reasonably high hopes for too... not telling, though!

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Yep, Froome is a gonner!

From my team at least. Can't afford him.

8 good TTers in my team (although still plenty of days left to change it).

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a fully French team and a fully Spanish team. Locked in and ready to go

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TERatcliffe26 [4607 posts] 2 years ago
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Quite a challenge, but not impossible. Ive gone for big names in purist, as I think there is enough predictable stages, with the summit finish on stage 2 early, likely to produce GC points. the so called flatter stages are more unpredictable, so got a couple of strongish guys that could compete from a reduced sprint.

As for standard, ive gone Kwit, but could easily swap him for Froome for stage 2. Got some decentish TTers, should have it all covered nicely.

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 2 years ago
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Hi chaps,
In as a warm up for the TDF.

Hope you are all well.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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thefatcyclist wrote:

Hi chaps,
In as a warm up for the TDF.

Hope you are all well.

Welcome back  36

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I have a fully French team and a fully Spanish team. Locked in and ready to go

Wow, what a challenge! What an interesting experiment!  39 Why didn't I think of that?  39
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Gkam84 wrote:

and 150 challenging budget. I like...

Wow, did the budget make it hard for you to decide on your teams?  39 That is more of a challenge than the budget!

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You are so (!) creative! You come up with some incredible ways to play this game. That's pretty cool. I'm so (!) impressed with your creativity! Pretty (!) cool!

You're making me think about your team...  39 That must (!) mean you don't have Froome or Kwiatkowski or Hesjedal or Porte or Nibali or Spilak or Konig or Yates or Kelderman or Thomas or Nizzolo or Impey or Demare or Gerrans or Fuglsang on any of your teams , but then you must have Chavanel, Peraud, Simon, Vichot and, of course, Voeckler, on your French team and you must have Contador, Moreno, Anton, Navarro, Lopez, and Zubeldia on your Spanish team...

Nice mental jigsaw puzzle to put together... I congratulate you  41

So, are you going to play them both Purist? And, if you had to take a wild guess, which one do you think will do better? I think your French team will do better on Stage 1 and, of course, your Spanish team will do great (!) in the mountains... So, if you play Purist your Spanish team should kick your French team's ass !  1

What an interesting concept... You certainly know how to entertain yourself (!)... I'll be watching carefully! Please (!) keep us updated! It'd be so (!) cool if you manage to win a stage with your novel concept (!). You just might (!) win one with both Vichot and Voeckler there (!) Cool (!) Amazing (!)...

Which reminds me, are we doing pick 3 Frenchmen?  39

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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You're making me think about your team...  39 That must (!) mean you don't have Froome or Kwiatkowski or Hesjedal or Porte or Nibali or Spilak or Konig or Yates or Kelderman or Thomas or Nizzolo or Impey or Demare or Gerrans or Fuglsang on any of your teams , but then you must have Chavanel, Peraud, Simon, Vichot and, of course, Voeckler, on your French team and you must have Contador, Moreno, Anton, Navarro, Lopez, and Zubeldia on your Spanish team...

No Chavanel, Simon, Vichot or Voeckler for the French team
No Lopez, Anton, Navarro or Zubeldia in the Spanish team

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So, are you going to play them both Purist? And, if you had to take a wild guess, which one do you think will do better? I think your French team will do better on Stage 1 and, of course, your Spanish team will do great (!) in the mountains... So, if you play Purist your Spanish team should kick your French team's ass !  1

Spain should beat France I would think. Both are being played as purist, much the same as I did with the Giro teams. I have lost all interest in mens pro cycling and I am exploring other options for 2015.

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

No Chavanel, Simon, Vichot or Voeckler...

Damn... No Chavanel or Voeckler?...  39 I can't believe there'll be any Frenchmen other than Peraud who may score more points  39 Am I mistaken?...

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and 150 challenging budget. I like...

So was the budget an issue for you at all?  39

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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enrique wrote:

I can't believe there'll be any Frenchmen other than Peraud who may score more points...

And Demare...  39

Gkam84 wrote:

I have lost all interest in mens pro cycling and I am exploring other options for 2015.

GLT cycling events?...  39

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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The 150 was slightly tougher on the French team.

GLT?? What is that when it is at home?

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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enrique wrote:

you must have Chavanel, Peraud, Simon, Vichot and, of course, Voeckler, on your French team...

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No Chavanel, Simon, Vichot or Voeckler for the French team...

Ok, so I figure you must have Peraud, Demare, Alaphilippe and Reza on your French team... But what did you target for that team?  39 Anything?  39 Sprints? Did you care?  39 Or was it just squeeze frenchmen in there?  45 ...

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enrique [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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By the way, what start list are you guys using?...  39

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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Easy peasy

Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
Sylvain Chavanel (IAM)
Romain Bardet (ALM)
Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM)
Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
Tony Gallopin (LTB)
Jerome Coppel (COF)
Sebastien Hinault (IAM)
Jonathan Hivert (BLK)

Alberto Contador (TSB)
Daniel Moreno (KAT)
Mikel Nieve (SKY)
Imanol Erviti (MOV)
Benat Intxausti (MOV)
Daniel Navarro (COF)
Jesus Hernandez (TSB)
Xabier Zandio (SKY)
Markel Irizar (TFR)

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't help but fiddle with my team. I guess it will be down to whichever team happens to be saved at the starting line.

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 2 years ago
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I've gone all-out on a TT team for stage 1, which is NEVER the right thing to do - just couldn't resist. Couldn't find space for Howson but might tinker before the start...

Was easily my worst race last year, totally got the GC guys wrong.

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