help wood be good

by Sexy dex   April 27, 2011  

Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO Mark CAVENDISH Jérôme PINEAL Thomas LÖVKVIST Marco PINOTTI Philip DEIGNAN Russell DOWNING Ben HERMANS Bram TANKINK this is my team for the TTT is this good as im new to biking so help wood be nice to get me rolling thanks

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looks ok to me

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1218 posts]
27th April 2011 - 16:54

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I'd be tempted to drop Cav, get a cheap sprinter and use the money saved to get an all-rounder who's also a good time trialler… Fabian Cancellara springs to mind

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
28th April 2011 - 10:17

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Not sure Cancellara is racing in the Giro. He's not listed at the moment. Are we expecting him to confirm nearer the time?

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posted by waxenjackson [10 posts]
28th April 2011 - 11:12

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no, you're right don't think he is - saving himself for later

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
28th April 2011 - 11:34

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Millar might be a good bet though

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
28th April 2011 - 11:37

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The other thing to remember is that you've only got two transfers per stage so you may need to also pick your team with an eye to what's coming up and who you are going to want to move out and who you'll want to replace them.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
28th April 2011 - 11:39

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ye but cav will be good for the next racers

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posted by Sexy dex [10 posts]
28th April 2011 - 14:06

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cav should be good for the first couple of stages as i have him, then gonna take him out

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3774 posts]
28th April 2011 - 21:47

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I've read that Cav's racing up to Stage 12 into Ravenna before heading off (the race is really no place for sprinters after that). Officially, five of the stages up till then are 'flat' but a look at the profiles suggests that bunch finishes are certainly not guaranteed in Stages 3 and 6.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7887 posts]
29th April 2011 - 0:35

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yeh, that may be cav's plan but if he wins all the so called flat stages and has enough points, surely he will stay till the end if he has a chance of winning the points classification?

yeh looked at the stage profiles and the 3rd one supposedly flat looks hillier than one that has moderate hills

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3774 posts]
1st May 2011 - 11:44

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
yeh, that may be cav's plan but if he wins all the so called flat stages and has enough points, surely he will stay till the end if he has a chance of winning the points classification?

Afraid not. Unlike the Tour de France, the Giro doesn't now weigh the points classification in favour of the sprinters by allocating more points to flat stages.

So even if Cav were leading the classification when the race reaches Ravenna, he'd have pretty much zero chance of wearing it all the way to Milan.

Sprinters have won it in the past of course - Cipollini springs to mind - but changes introduced in 2009, as well as the current focus of the race on mountain and medium mountain stages, means its's almost certain to be an all rounder who can climb a bit too, and probably someone high up on GC.

That's illustrated by the fact that the last two winners are Denis Menchov and Cadel Evans.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7887 posts]
1st May 2011 - 12:27

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ok so we lose cav but how wood you get in his plas

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posted by Sexy dex [10 posts]
1st May 2011 - 12:59

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Don't make the same mistake as me and take Pettachi - he's italian and unlikely to be up for the giro Liar . . . and could not beat Cav in the tdf Liar . . .

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
1st May 2011 - 21:10

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. . . and do you want good individual time triallists if the rest of their team are sprinters? Surely you need a good all round team . . . Katusha did well last year

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
1st May 2011 - 21:11

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I'm too obstinate to put Contador in my team so am going for Menchov instead.

Does this make me a totally unrealistic fool?

...  Soyez Realiste-Demandez L'impossible ...

posted by Gregoire500 [138 posts]
5th May 2011 - 15:50

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I didn't want to put in Contador either, but it's hard to look past him for the GC isn't it.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
6th May 2011 - 13:02

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Nibali for me, thats who i have gone for

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3774 posts]
6th May 2011 - 18:34

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Against all my principles and better judgement I've gone for Contador. He just better win!
I think I have picked a classic 'purists' line up - not planning to change anyone.
Road CC what is the purist prize for the Giro?

... ... need more speed!

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posted by JC [125 posts]
7th May 2011 - 14:14

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