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My team for today. Purito for the mountains and then some GCers. Got a feeling some good riders like Riblon may go for a win today

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Richie Porte (SKY)
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
Vincenzo Nibali (AST)
Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Romain Bardet (ALM)
Rein Taaramae (COF)
Giovanni Visconti (MOV)
Alexandre Pichot (EUC)

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I keep hearing Riblon but I'm sure he's sick?

I took out my 2 sprinters Coquard and Degnkolb for Purito and Tejay

Nibali
Porte
Van Garderen
J.Rodriguez
Bardet
Pinot
Voeckler
Peraud
Bideau

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livestrongnick [2120 posts] 3 years ago
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2 transfers banked and hoping for full house and maybe podium badges  7

Nibali
Porte
Van Garderen
JVDB
Bardet
Pinot
Voeckler
Peraud
Dumoulin

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chrisdstripes [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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Couldn't decide whether it would be a break day today, decided it wouldn't be. So GC today and will bring in Purito and a wildcard tomorrow most likely.

Wasted a transfer on Trentin yesterday, either I was exceptionally lucky last year or I've been very unlucky this year, because I'm sure I didn't have anywhere near this many crashes/injuries/DQs etc in 2013!

Ten pens for this lot...

Nibali
Porte
Tejay
Valverde
Pinot
Peraud
Konig
Voeckler
Visconti

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Joaquim Rodriguez explained how he intends to race for the KOM price today. “I feel great this morning because it's another hot day and we are going to the mountains”, said the Catalan climber. “It's going to be a very fast start with a lot of attacks as today's stage offers opportunities to many riders. I foresee a breakaway going early. Thomas Voeckler might try to be part of it, but whether he goes or not, if the group is big, I'll try to go for it as well. If not, my team will work to keep the race under control until we hit the first category climb [col de Palaquit]. I don't know the finish. I've looked at the road book. It doesn't seem to be a climb for a man to make a difference alone. It's more suitable for four or five riders to sprint for the stage victory.”

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Joaquim Rodriguez explained how he intends to race for the KOM price today. “I feel great this morning because it's another hot day and we are going to the mountains”, said the Catalan climber. “It's going to be a very fast start with a lot of attacks as today's stage offers opportunities to many riders. I foresee a breakaway going early. Thomas Voeckler might try to be part of it, but whether he goes or not, if the group is big, I'll try to go for it as well. If not, my team will work to keep the race under control until we hit the first category climb [col de Palaquit]. I don't know the finish. I've looked at the road book. It doesn't seem to be a climb for a man to make a difference alone. It's more suitable for four or five riders to sprint for the stage victory.”

That didn't work out then

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chrisdstripes [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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Break doesn't look all that strong (for a big mountain stage at least), so called it nicely for a change. Hopefully Visconti can recreate his Galibier (was it?) ride and the GC boys can fight for 2nd!

Will be interesting to see if Purito has the legs to challenge for the stage against the GC guys, or whether he'll save his legs for tomorrow - hopefully the latter as lots of people picked him today and I didn't!

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chrisdstripes [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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I guess its conceivable that Katusha will try to keep the break in check and catch them on the penultimate climb so Purito can still attack early and take the points - never thought of that...  39

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Katusha seem to be holding the peloton, so maybe J-Rod is biding his time to scamper up the cat 1 and then go for the win. I'd be extremely happy with that! Visconti 2nd  16

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Touche

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

I guess its conceivable that Katusha will try to keep the break in check and catch them on the penultimate climb so Purito can still attack early and take the points - never thought of that...  39

We've both had the same plan re J-Rod, whatever happens I cannot see J-Rod winning the stage, therefore say Nibs wins, he gets double points (50) and is likely to take the jersey even if J-Rod tops the cat, as thats only 15 points (correct?).

For the way my team is set up it was either Valverde or J-Rod. J-Rod will have mountain points but equally all the other riders I have (or could drop) have either GC points or YR points or both, so will J-rod outscore those GC riders on this stage alone? As long as the GC riders I have finish top 10 n the stage, the answer will be no, unless he is there at the finish,and tops the Cat 1 first as well, but if he is still in the may group some other GC riders may pick up points there too.

Anyway my team

Valverde
Nibali
Porte
Pinot
Bardet
Tejay
Voeckler
Taaramae
Visconti

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chrisdstripes [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes TER, Valverde or Purito was my choice too, we went the same way for the same reasons I think! In fact we have 7 the same, with my Peraud and Konig against your Bardet and Taaramae. (Although I'm starting on minus 10)...

My best chance of a full house the way its shaping up - will probably come down to Konig as long as the others stay on their bikes...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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Voeckler I think is saving himself for the Pyrenees (ditto Nico Roche, maybe). I think this break will be reeled in and either a GC guy or Purito will win the stage TBH.

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Voeckler I think is saving himself for the Pyrenees (ditto Nico Roche, maybe). I think this break will be reeled in and either a GC guy or Purito will win the stage TBH.

I think the question is will it be reeled in before they top the Cat 1? or at the base of the HC?

As or the stage winner, others need to gain time on Nibs, and I don't think J-rod is as strong as any of the current top 7 on GC, so if attacks fly, does that mean around 8th is as good he can go on such a long climb?

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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there are alot of points available on stages 16 and 17. Leaving Voeckler in is much less of a risk than leaving out a GC guy. he who dares wins, but its he who dares at the correct time wins.

I dared the other day and madeu p decent ground, dared yesterday and lost a little ground, its all swings and roundabouts in this game.

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cgipryan [212 posts] 3 years ago
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My plan for today was that Purito would attack from the bunch on the Cat 1 and that Navarro would go with him. I got the second part pretty wrong, it seems  17

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 3 years ago
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Three retirements: Vichot, Acevedo and Navarro.

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cgipryan [212 posts] 3 years ago
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Tell me about it... there goes my 5th place  102

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Tommy V off the back

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:

Tommy V off the back

Thats not good! but nevermind

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Joelsim wrote:

Tommy V off the back

Thats not good! but nevermind

Good for me.

Also got a fiver EW on De Marchi for the mountains jersey at 80/1.

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Joelsim wrote:

Tommy V off the back

Thats not good! but nevermind

Good for me.

Also got a fiver EW on De Marchi for the mountains jersey at 80/1.

I hope the De Marchi one works out, I quite like him. He is in my RCUK team, but I don't know whether what he has done today scores him anything in that.

Just 2 points for J-rod on that climb. You reckon he will be at the finish?

I just Fancy Valverde, Pinot, Bardet as the top 3

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure of J-Rod, kind of don't want him to be now for financial reasons...sod the FL

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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A Valverde win would suit me both financially and fantasy-wise.

Not many talking about TJVG - he could contend at the finish line too.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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J-Rod popped. Porte popped.

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 3 years ago
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Porte has lost 5 minutes, so he's out of GC contention now. Looked like he just completely cracked half way up the climb.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Couldn't decide whether it would be a break day today, decided it wouldn't be. So GC today and will bring in Purito and a wildcard tomorrow most likely.

Wasted a transfer on Trentin yesterday, either I was exceptionally lucky last year or I've been very unlucky this year, because I'm sure I didn't have anywhere near this many crashes/injuries/DQs etc in 2013!

Ten pens for this lot...

Nibali
Porte
Tejay
Valverde
Pinot
Peraud
Konig
Voeckler
Visconti

A good day for you!

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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Could have gone worse I guess, will get Porte and Tommy V out tomorrow to get in J-Rod in

ended up with 1,4,5,6,7 and 1,2,3,4,5 on GC

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TERatcliffe26 [4752 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeh Chris had Peraud and Konig to my Bardet, so he will score about 20 points more than me, congrats to him, as it could be a stage win, unless someone had my team with Konig over Porte

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chrisdstripes [1748 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah - in the end it was Porte that cost me my full house - didn't see that coming!

Not a fan of the way Majka rode that climb - he didn't (couldn't?) help Konig at all when they were trying to get away, just sat in his wheel all the way up, and then felt justified in outsprinting him for second! Cheeky bugger...

EDIT - Porte came 15th in the intermediate sprint! 1 point, and a full-house for me (assuming Voeckler stayed in the top 5 on the KOM...) Ah - looks like Tommy V has dropped to sixth in the KOM so no full-house after all...

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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What happened to J Rod I put him in instead of Konig.

I think somebody may have a 1-9 today .

I just got booted while picking my team for tomorrow boo.

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