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Weirdly inconsistent start times for the stages this week - yesterday started over 3 hours earlier than today! Its good though, means I can watch it after work (starts 1pm UK time, finish approx 5:45).

Most of the stage is in Slovakia so I picked Peter Velits as well as three Poles, and the rest seems a bit random too. I don't think the climbs are that steep, so it really is unpredictable today!

Majka
Marczynski
Niemiec
P Velits
Arredondo
Weening
Zakarin
Ignatenko
Vakoc
(no pens, but used all my transfers)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 1 year ago
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Absolutely clueless for today

Majka
Arrendondo
Santamortia
Henao

Bos
Hutaroavich
Stepniak
Vakoc
Kern

Look at bringing in TT's tomorrow who have done well today. Thinking maybe ludvigsson  39

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 1 year ago
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This is where my Purist team should start to make it's bid for FSUCI pts....people who can handle a minor summit finish,descend and TT

EBH
Hushovd
Sammy Sanchez
Hesjedal
Henao
Jungels
Nordhaug
Hamsen
Franczak

Used all 5 transfers in standard

OUT:EBH,Matthews,Hushovd,K.Fernandez,Hutarovich

IN:Majka,Sanchez,Cunego,Monfort,Hesjedal

plus:Hansen,Gasparotto,Vakoc,Paterski

Krizek out for stage 4 wasn't good but at least it was for Vakoc.....I'll be interested to see how many go for Ryder(enrique's normally good at finding that sort of thing out).

Talking of enrique....his tweet of Le Petit Prince's knee hasn't cheered me up much but I'm trying to persuade myself that if he hasn't abandoned then he must think it's a race for him?

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 1 year ago
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Purist should make me some points finally

Weening
Arrendondo
Ryder
Deignan
De gendt
Moser
Stepniak
Ignatenko
Kasperkiewicz

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 1 year ago
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That's a good shout on the raid into Slovakia today Stripey......either of the Velits boys are good picks then.

Has Mezgec pulled out?

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 1 year ago
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Mezgec has pulled out. I didn't think about Peter Velits being Slovak when I picked my team last night. 7 transfers 2 pens

Samu Sanchez
Majka
Formolo
Geniez
Rebellin (boo!)
Ion Izaguirre
Barguil
Plus 3-4 points for Vakoc in the sprint comp and Maikin sitting there looking pretty

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 1 year ago
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Twybaydos wrote:

Mezgec has pulled out. I didn't think about Peter Velits being Slovak when I picked my team last night. 7 transfers 2 pens

Samu Sanchez
Majka
Formolo
Geniez
Rebellin (boo!)
Ion Izaguirre
Barguil
Plus 3-4 points for Vakoc in the sprint comp and Maikin sitting there looking pretty

I wish I could work out how the sprint competition works or how points are scored, or how I can see who is in which position at the start and the end of the day. But alas.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 1 year ago
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Mine for today.

Rafal Majka (TSB)
Julian David Arredondo (TFR)
Davide Formolo (CAD)
Ilnur Zakarin (RVL)
Peter Velits (BMC)
Sebastian Henao (SKY)
Fabio Silvestre (TFR)
Warren Barguil (GSH)
Konrad Dabkowski (POL)

Majka, Formolo, Henao and Bargui have to make time up today ahead of the TT. Zakarin is a good, cheap climber, Velits is Slovak and a good TTer so if he can keep in touch then he will be in with a shout of the overall. And Arredondo is so far back he is just going for stages today and tmw.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 1 year ago
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Yeah, Mezgec out - quite a few of the sprinters are listed to start Eneco on Monday so wouldn't be surprised if a few more don't start tomorrow.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 1 year ago
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Joelsim wrote:

I wish I could work out how the sprint competition works or how points are scored, or how I can see who is in which position at the start and the end of the day. But alas.

Its called the "most aggressive rider" classification for some reason - they did the same last year. I've been looking at it on CN each day, its underneath the mountains standings - http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-de-pologne-2014/stage-4/results

There are 2 sprints today and 1 tomorrow, 3,2,1 for the first three - Krizek leads on 11, with Vakoc and Taciak on 6.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 1 year ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:
Joelsim wrote:

I wish I could work out how the sprint competition works or how points are scored, or how I can see who is in which position at the start and the end of the day. But alas.

Its called the "most aggressive rider" classification for some reason - they did the same last year. I've been looking at it on CN each day, its underneath the mountains standings - http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-de-pologne-2014/stage-4/results

There are 2 sprints today and 1 tomorrow, 3,2,1 for the first three - Krizek leads on 11, with Vakoc and Taciak on 6.

Crazy. Why can't they just score the points on the points classification. It's a nonsense.

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Twybaydos [448 posts] 1 year ago
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1,3,5,6,7 plus Vakoc is second in GC, less 20 pens.

Annoying I took Haller out for Rebellin and a pen

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 1 year ago
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1,5,7,13,17.

Damn!

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simon F [1001 posts] 1 year ago
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Is there any reason why I can't see "all riders" in the filter drop-down, or am I the only one? I can only see "in startlist" and "popular riders".

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enrique [2341 posts] 1 year ago
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Joelsim wrote:

I wish I could work out how the sprint competition works or how points are scored, or how I can see who is in which position at the start and the end of the day. But alas.

chrisdstripes wrote:

Its called the "most aggressive rider" classification... Krizek leads...

Joelsim wrote:

... Why can't they just score the points on the points classification...

It's sad and confusing... and kind of an irrelevant standing mainly compared to the actual 'Points' compeition... Michael Matthews has 47 points in the Points competition and well, Chris says Krizek has 11 on the 'Most Aggressive' classification... I still don't understand why they chose to ignore the actual points competition and instead decided to score this other jersey... It makes so little sense to me... I hope they change their mind next year and if only always score the Points competition and add other ones at will...

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silas chime [189 posts] 1 year ago
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Just one point short of only my second ever stage win  102

Giro 2013 stage 18 was my last one  20

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 1 year ago
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enrique wrote:

It's sad and confusing... and kind of an irrelevant standing mainly compared to the actual 'Points' compeition... Michael Matthews has 47 points in the Points competition and well, Chris says Krizek has 11 on the 'Most Aggressive' classification... I still don't understand why they chose to ignore the actual points competition and instead decided to score this other jersey... It makes so little sense to me... I hope they change their mind next year and if only always score the Points competition and add other ones at will...

Nah, its better as it is - the more ways for cheap guys to score, the better.