La Vuelta...

by Ghedebrav   August 11, 2014  

A touch ahead of myself, I know, but I CAN'T WAIT for this year's Vuelta! I know that TdF & GdI were both up a couple of weeks prior to the big start; any idea when this one will be up and running?

I need to do my obsessive stage-by-stage plan (that will be binned by stage 5), so want to know rider values Nerd

Also I suppose there's a 'Pick Three Spaniards' game to be run Silly

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Yeah. Got a reasonable idea for my purist, but standard is tough indeed. Short TTT = tiny time gaps = random scores. I think there are five or six teams who should be pushing for the win, then another four or five below them, then the rest (except one totally unfancied team will bizarrely get fourth place).

The idea then would be to pick riders from the fancied teams who are likely to do well on the following stages. Trouble is, I don't have a clue about stages 3, 4 & 5, and even stage 2 which looks like a straightforward sprint could get very windy...

So basically I'm stuck. I'd probably do just as well by picking riders at random that add up to 160.

My thoughts entirely. None of the better TT teams have anyone decent for stages 2 onwards.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
19th August 2014 - 15:48

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I've just picked a team for stage 1 and it looks nothing like I imagined.

Going to give it a go though.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
19th August 2014 - 16:29

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Quite happy with my team/plan for stages 1 and 2.

Found purist rather hard!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
20th August 2014 - 10:47

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Question mark for me purist-wise is over Sagan. With a Tour in his legs will he be as consistent a finisher? Or will he make up for not winning any stages in France by targeting some in Spain - certainly he's less likely to win the points jersey here than in the Tour. And 40 creds is a lot.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
20th August 2014 - 11:29

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Ghedebrav wrote:
... Sagan.... will he be as consistent...?
Waiting Crap. I know... I've got a smilar dilemma for Boonen... Is he there just to train for Ponferrada or does he have any ambitions?... Thinking

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
20th August 2014 - 11:52

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I have doubts about both of them as well. There are no massive points for intermediate sprints, less sprints. And Boonen could go awol at any moment. He's currently in my team but I am regretting it already.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
20th August 2014 - 12:46

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Still looking at my team like it's Stoke City on a wet Wednesday in November. It should do the job for stage 1, but hey...

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
20th August 2014 - 20:32

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Picked my team for stage 2 onwards forgetting all about stage 1 so any points will be a bonus to be honest.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2841 posts]
20th August 2014 - 21:06

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stumps wrote:
Picked my team for stage 2 onwards forgetting all about stage 1 so any points will be a bonus to be honest.

Same here pointless trying to pick a team for stage 1 then waste transfers the next 2/3 stages to catch up Nerd

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
20th August 2014 - 21:40

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Joelsim wrote:
Still looking at my team like it's Stoke City on a wet Wednesday in November. It should do the job for stage 1, but hey...

Nothing wrong with Stoke Wink although it gets very old up there on a wet wednesday night

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
20th August 2014 - 21:51

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Found purist rather hard!

Hard? How about impossible. With such a strong field there is so many difficult questions to answer:
Is it worth including more than one sprinter due to the lack of flat stages?
How many 3.0 riders to include to free up credits for the star names?
Who is racing as training for the worlds rather than for results?
Will Adam Yates complete the race?
Who is team leader at Garmin?

Also, as well as being the strongest line up for a Grand Tour in a long time is it the most multicultural ever? At one point my purist team contained riders from 5 continents and the only country represented by more than one rider was Eritrea!

posted by NeilG83 [259 posts]
20th August 2014 - 23:24

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9 countries represented in my purist team Silly

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
21st August 2014 - 9:02

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Didn't find Purist difficult at all.

Standard, now that is hard.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
21st August 2014 - 11:35

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Agreed, settled on my Purist a few days ago. Barring last-minute withdrawals I doubt I'll change it, making it my least-tinkered-with purist team ever.

Standard would be easier if, like the Giro, it was followed by three out-and-out sprint stages. But it isn't. So I'm still stuck.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
21st August 2014 - 13:54

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There aren't any out and out sprinters in there anyway!

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
21st August 2014 - 14:05

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Have made one change to my standard today. That's it now. All ready for stage 1!!!!

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
21st August 2014 - 15:35

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Im remembering the TDF and how his Nibs won a hilly stage early doors and then held yellow nearly every day. Valverde might be a good early pick perhaps.

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
21st August 2014 - 17:30

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Back to 160 after some lower budget races... going to take some readjusting of the fantasy viewfinder! Should be fun.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
21st August 2014 - 19:07

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My Purist.

Nairo Alexander Quintana (MOV)
Christopher Froome (SKY)
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
Daniel Martin (GRS)
Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM)
Johan Esteban Chaves (OGE)
Warren Barguil (GSH)
Merhawi Kudus (MTQ)
Lluis Guillermo Mas (CJR)

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
21st August 2014 - 19:37

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Chavez could be a great shout.

Not a single Spaniard in mine. EDIT: oops, actually turns out I do have just the one.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
21st August 2014 - 21:30

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Trying to find an EW bet on him for young rider but none of the bookies offering for some reason.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
21st August 2014 - 22:18

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Joelsim wrote:
Trying to find an EW bet on him for young rider but none of the bookies offering for some reason.

Probably because there is no "best young rider classification" at the Vuelta.

The 4 jerseys are GC, Points, KOM and combination classification.

posted by NeilG83 [259 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 0:37

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The bookies are offering young rider, just not Each Way.

So I take it there aren't any young rider points in this competition then? Says there are on the scoring info pages.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 0:55

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Horner out for low cortisol levels.

posted by Joelsim [1448 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 12:11

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Yeah, I'm confused by the bookies a bit. Almost certain there is no young rider classification in the Vuelta, they have that weird combination jersey.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 14:05

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Oh boy, it starts tomorrow, and I'm still clueless... besides, just when the kid is finally asleep, the game is uploading... I bet the uploading is done in order to eliminate stage 1 from the game, to save me from my misery...

posted by cgipryan [121 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 20:15

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Thanks for setting such a reasonable deadline for Stage 1... It means I can sleep in tommorow, have some coffee and relax while I try to figure out again at the last minute how to tame this beast! I really appreciate it... Smile

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 3:28

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cgipryan wrote:
Oh boy, it starts tomorrow, and I'm still clueless....

That makes two of us. It's a tough sequence and circumstances
Where's Wig when you need him?
And Ian putting a paywall up again
And every mamil who thinks they're an expert and trying their hand at blogging, ending up with rubbish or repeated dross

posted by cherrypicked [172 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 3:55

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Well, while everyone else is clueless, I have picked literally the perfect team, which will win every stage up to stage 6 without having to make a single transfer.

Nothing can go wrong Party

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 6:59

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Well, while everyone else is clueless, I have picked literally the perfect team, which will win every stage up to stage 6 without having to make a single transfer.

Nothing can go wrong Party

Not sure about the perfect team but definitely the perfect attitude! Applause

posted by cherrypicked [172 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 7:26

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