Vuelta stage 4

by stumps   August 25, 2014  

Interesting stage in store i think. A cat 2 towards the end will shake it up a bit no doubt but its still some 26kms before the end and a lot of sprinters could get back to the lead group however another kick in the tail at the end of the stage might just knock the stuffing out of them.

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After stage 3 I'm relying on chicken bones... Confused

Tempted to stick with Sagan - he's got to come good at some point, right?

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posted by Him Up North [236 posts]
25th August 2014 - 20:33

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Going to stick wit it for this one. Todays stage suggests, Matthews, Bouhanni and Mondory out of m team should defo make it. Stuyven and Gatto weren't too far off so again should be ok. Only slightly worried by how far off Hofland was, but going to stick with him. Also think Degenkolb will be at the finish of this one. Thinking Mas for Moreno as my only change for now maybe.

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
25th August 2014 - 21:21

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This is going to hurt. Phil Gil and Dani Moreno was a mistake yesterday, plus Castroviejo is out of the points. It shouldn't be penalty time so early.

Picking Felline over Stuyven was annoying when I took one Trek rider out after TTT

I have had horrendous first weeks in all grand tours so far

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
25th August 2014 - 21:40

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Putting Sagan in on Stage 2 and leaving him for Stage 3 has already basically put me out of contention for anything at all.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
25th August 2014 - 22:22

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I'm in contention for the lanterne. Nuff said.

One change for me tonight, got rid of Castroviejo and brought in someone else. Carry over the rest of my transfers until stage 6. No doubt.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
25th August 2014 - 22:30

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Riders will cross the finishing line for the first time before taking on a 38 km loop around the area.
This loop includes the first category 2 climb of this year’s Vuelta a España; Alto del Catorce por Ciento. Despite the fearful name, most of the 8 km towards the top aren’t very steep. The average gradient is set to 4.7 %. However, about a kilometer from the top, the climb lives up to its name of 14 %.

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
26th August 2014 - 9:09

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Matthews and Mondory just helped keep my head above water yesterday.
Had a few transfers up my sleeve so out goes - Serry, Moreno, Gilbert.
In come - Stuyven, Bouhanni, Bennati. That's it for a few stages.

The way I'm going it's sure to be a big mistake.

posted by thorolf [54 posts]
26th August 2014 - 10:40

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I've started the process of moving towards climbers. Tshopp in for today onwards.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 10:51

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John Degenkolb (GSH)
Fabio Felline (TFR)
Jens Debusschere (LTB)
Andrea Guardini (AST)
Michael Matthews (OGE)
Johann Tschopp (IAM)
Gerald Ciolek (MTQ)
Oscar Gatto (CAD)
Moreno Hofland (BLK)

I really really need a decent stage.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 10:53

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Dropped degenkolb for Matthews

Matthews
Gatto
Bouhanni
Hofland
Mas
Guardini
Pelucchi
Hutarovich
Erviti

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
26th August 2014 - 11:01

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From Cyclingnews live coverage:
14:53:21 CEST
'We've got an escape attempt already. Four riders have gone off the front. They are Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja-Rural), Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Sebastien Turgot (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar)'

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
26th August 2014 - 12:07

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Just Matthews for me in the top 20 Crying

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
26th August 2014 - 16:05

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I had Degenkolb. That's it. Oh and Mas retains the polka dot jersey. Plain Face

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posted by Him Up North [236 posts]
26th August 2014 - 16:23

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Degenkolb and Matthews for me. Rubbish again.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 16:45

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Degenkolb, Matthews and Mondory

Degenkolb and Matthews were in my team yesterday. Waste of 20 penalty points

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
26th August 2014 - 17:10

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YEEEEE HAAAAA

A whole update without someone moaning that it hasn't finished yet.

That is me finished with the Vuelta for a while, because I set off at 5.30 tomorrow on the road to Ireland and will be crewing a rider on Race Around Ireland from 31st

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posted by Gkam84 [9029 posts]
26th August 2014 - 17:57

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only 4 scorers today but still got 108 points. This is my best tour so far and i've probably now gone and put the jinx on myself D Oh

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posted by stumps [2839 posts]
26th August 2014 - 18:22

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Gkam84 wrote:
YEEEEE HAAAAA

A whole update without someone moaning that it hasn't finished yet.

That is me finished with the Vuelta for a while, because I set off at 5.30 tomorrow on the road to Ireland and will be crewing a rider on Race Around Ireland from 31st

He's obviously locked himself out of the house, or something.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 19:29

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Made my two transfers for tomorrow.....not gonna be saving any put it that way...

Hofland and Stuyven out, hope Ive got this right Thinking

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
26th August 2014 - 19:33

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Hofland is 6th fav at the bookies for tmw. Surprise

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 19:55

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Joelsim wrote:
Hofland is 6th fav at the bookies for tmw. Surprise

But what has he done so far? Congrats if he does well but time was time, and who ive brought in could go well

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
26th August 2014 - 20:03

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8 of my team are 66/1 or better to win, and my other is Mas

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
26th August 2014 - 20:04

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That leaves a choice of two in my book.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 20:29

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No changes for me tonight.

When it ain't broke...

Oh it is broken.

Oh f*ck it.

Wholesale tomorrow night.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 21:02

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This Vuelta reminds me of the first few weeks of the Tour with Nibali and a lot of not-Sagan victors. Lots of big names gone missing when you think they'd be in the mix.

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posted by Dux89 [115 posts]
26th August 2014 - 21:43

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1 change for tomorrow which gives me 4 for thursdays summit finish........ Plain Face

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
26th August 2014 - 21:54

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I need 8 for Thursday! Damn useless sprinters. Should have just picked some puncheurs for stage 1 and had done with it. Would have got loads more points, and had loads of transfers.

posted by Joelsim [1446 posts]
26th August 2014 - 22:52

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No changes today. I can't think of any riders to pick to get me no points better than my previous point avoiding riders. Go Felline!

posted by Twybaydos [358 posts]
27th August 2014 - 9:05

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Gkam84 wrote:
That is me finished with the Vuelta...
Gkam84 wrote:
Nobody cares

I do! Smile I'll miss you! Write! Smile

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
27th August 2014 - 17:05

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