Critérium du Dauphiné stage 5

by stumps   June 12, 2014  

Difficult one to predict today with categorised climbs of 3 and 2 followed by a bit of a lumpy run in.

Can Sky dig deep enough to keep a break from causing to many problems or will someone hovering around the top 20 at just 2 mins down cause an upset ?

Perosnally i think Sky will manage but may end up leaving Froome on his own or with just one other rider halfway up the final climb. I have brought in Reza as with 6 climbs he has got to go for it to keep the jersey as he is only 11 points in front.

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I brought reza in too and have gone back to GC riders, just trying to put some stability back in to my team after a disastrous start Sad

Roulston and pineau have abandoned after 24km of racing. They got caught up in a large crash early on. They have gone to hospital in Gap.

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posted by livestrongnick [1849 posts]
12th June 2014 - 8:49

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Much better day, but 10 penalties

2,4,11,12,14

and for purist 1,14,16

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
12th June 2014 - 12:44

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Of course, after keeping him on from stages 1-4, today was the day I finally decided to kick that no-good slacker Spilak off my team At Wits End

Still, what an amazing stage.

I have to say - so far I reckon the Dauphine has been the race of the season. Fantastic riding, and a great time slot too. Here in Oz, the stages are finishing up by a very civilised 11pm (rather than 1.30-2am for Le Tour), so it's a great way to unwind in the evenings after work.

SBS is showing a live stream in HD from 9.30pm (with no ads!), with a commentator I've not heard before - Anthony McCrossan. He's rather good, with some great insights and inside info. He's flying solo, so he could do with a partner to share the load (and his voice can grate after a while, but I think that's always the case with solo commentators).

What are the rest of you watching it on, and with who's commentating?

posted by the domestique [30 posts]
12th June 2014 - 13:12

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Ive not seen an awful lot of the race, but Ant is a great guy and commentator and is often on the Eurosport commentary, but not sure if he is on there this week

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
12th June 2014 - 13:17

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Looking forward to getting my 10 stage points badge.

This has been my worst result in any competition so far. Inversely proprtional to the amount of time I spent on my team before it started.

Suisse was picked in 10 mins flat, Dauphine took me days to hone my pathetic showing.

posted by Joelsim [1452 posts]
12th June 2014 - 14:42

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I'm doing so bad I can't even pick the Lanterne Rouge At Wits End

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posted by jova54 [628 posts]
12th June 2014 - 15:19

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the domestique wrote:

What are the rest of you watching it on, and with who's commentating?

British Eurosport has commentary from Brian Smith and the Marmite of cycling commentary, Carlton Kirby.

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posted by Him Up North [238 posts]
12th June 2014 - 16:21

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I cannot see today's results in the website yet

posted by stonechat [12 posts]
12th June 2014 - 16:27

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2,3,12,14 for me much better day today Big Grin

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posted by livestrongnick [1849 posts]
12th June 2014 - 16:28

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Dauphine organizers sure love hilly, breakaway friendly stages.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
12th June 2014 - 18:52

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36th on the stage for my purist team, who are now well ahead of my standard...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
13th June 2014 - 6:05

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chrisdstripes wrote:
.................my purist team, who are now well ahead of my standard...

Mine too, although a total of 200 points so far for the Purist is hardly a good score but better than my standard team. Yesterday I scored 56 points and doubled my standard team's total score, and I still can't pick a Lanterne Rouge Crying

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posted by jova54 [628 posts]
13th June 2014 - 6:32

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Wow! Yeah it was my worst race last year, came 869th in standard, and am only just beating that this year. Purists are doing OK though, in fact if Intxausti hadn't crashed so much I would've been going even better. As it is, I'd have been better off with Contador and a 3.0 instead of Tejay and Intxausti. Its a shame - my tactic with purist is normally to pick the top two favourites and build it around them, but I changed my approach this time.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
13th June 2014 - 6:56

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Forgot to do my team, but with stage points as so far of 103,90,47,17,39...

posted by Joelsim [1452 posts]
13th June 2014 - 8:48

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