San Sebastian Classic

by Gkam84   July 24, 2011  

Just thought i'd take the piss and start this VERY early Devil

So who you banking on winning?

I know who ALL my money is on already Big Grin

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nope as the guy i have didnt race for ONCE
21, but havn't been into cycling since i was 8, at least not being able to watch anything other than the tdf, and my household was behind the ball game when it came to the internet etc and finding out stuff, still dont have sky. so abit behind on knowledge that isnt already well known beyond about 6/7 years ago

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3756 posts]
25th July 2011 - 23:42

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Oh right, yeah i was stuck to TdF for a long time aswell, channel 4 of a night was all i got until i finally got my own place and got Sky, but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone, i only got it because i used to work for them Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
26th July 2011 - 0:34

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So the odds are stacked towards a Spanish allrounder then

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
28th July 2011 - 21:39

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Hope so. My team is packed with spanish speakers

J Andrew Hill

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
28th July 2011 - 22:16

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I have 5 spaniards and 3 belgians and 1 other nationality which i wont reveal as will probably give the rider away

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3756 posts]
28th July 2011 - 22:52

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I think that a certain rider who happened to have won the mountain classification at the tour will do well tomorrow

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
29th July 2011 - 9:12

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My team is a pretty multinational mixed bag headed by 3 Spaniards, then 2 Belgians, the other 4 are from all over!

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
29th July 2011 - 15:11

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Seven spaniards for me. plus a token belgian, and some bloke from norway

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7236 posts]
29th July 2011 - 15:32

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Theres only 1 rider from Norway. Good choice. Smile

posted by arsene [217 posts]
29th July 2011 - 16:29

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him then Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7236 posts]
29th July 2011 - 16:52

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Just made a slightly concerning reshuffle, now only 1 Spaniard and NO Euskaltel! Silly

10 Spaniards in top 20 in 2010
Only 5 in 2009

Still I'm going for the top 9 Devil

I'll probably go back to my original lineup or another new one several more times before I settle anyways!

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
29th July 2011 - 17:31

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Team selected - and it is badass!

Exercise physiologist, endurance coach, bike geek!

posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
29th July 2011 - 19:51

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Silly Silly Silly
Ok,
I've got 3 from the low countries, one south american, and 5 who are spanish I think, well the two euskatels are anyway.

J Andrew Hill

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
29th July 2011 - 21:03

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Right... Heilain Coos mark 5.1 and I'm definitely sticking... I think... maybe! Thinking

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
29th July 2011 - 21:32

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Go to go out soon, so here is my team, since I have nothing to fear except zero points

Damiano CUNEGO (even tho let me down all season)
Greg VAN AVERMAET (up for it)
Rigoberto URAN URAN (knackered probs)
Ryder HESJEDAL (up for it)
Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL (back to back wins??)
Carlos BARREDO LLAMAZALES (always does well)
Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA (cheap)
Ruben PEREZ MORENO (could do well)
Johan VAN SUMMEREN (lightly raced)

I had JRod in, Hushovd in, Weening in, Davy millar in at various times,

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
30th July 2011 - 10:21

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Ahem! Think anyone with Thor or Andy Schleck might want to have a quick reshuffle! Wink

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th July 2011 - 10:35

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OK! Final lineup...

SASTRE
Van AVAERMET
URAN
HESJEDAL
VELITS
BARREDO
GERDEMANN
VANENDERT
IRRIZIGE

I had Porte and Devenyns in until 10:45 when I found out Andy Schleck and Hushovd weren't racing then I assumed that Gerdemann and Hesjay had just been promoted. Thinking

I could have afforded Cunego but I think Sastre will go better!

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th July 2011 - 11:19

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1 Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) 5:48:53
2 Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) + 0:12
3 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) + 0:14
4 Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)
5 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)
6 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek)
7 Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack)
8 Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
9 Rigoberto Urán (Sky)
10 Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) + 0:50
11 Simon Gerrans (Sky) + 2:05
12 Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale)
13 Matti Breschel (Rabobank)
14 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD)
15 J Joaquín Rojas (Movistar)
16 Murilo Fischer (Garmin-Cervélo)
17 Juan José Cobo (Geox)
18 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)
19 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo)
20 Mathias Frank (BMC)

so thats 2,3,9,19 for me, better than diddly squat.

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
30th July 2011 - 16:27

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2,3,9,10,19, & a team bonus! Pretty disappointed with Hesjay and Velits but more so at myself for not leaving Devy9s in, and for blatantly knowing that PhilGil was up for it!

Plain Face

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th July 2011 - 16:36

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1, 3, 7, & 19 for me. Not bad I suppose.

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
30th July 2011 - 16:39

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1st, 2nd and 4th for me. some good headline picks but no strength in depth...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7236 posts]
30th July 2011 - 17:19

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1,3,8,9,10 and team bonus = 79 points. Almost in the top ten overall now. Bring on the vuelta!

Exercise physiologist, endurance coach, bike geek!

posted by LabMonkey [97 posts]
30th July 2011 - 17:43

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Hey... riders shouldn't be allowed to withdraw so late!

I finalised my team late y'day removing both Uran & Jelle to free credits for both Thor and PhilGil only to see now that Thor didn't race Confused

Thor owes me some mega points.

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posted by rbx [243 posts]
30th July 2011 - 18:12

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2,3,4 and 19, at the least the sprinter i wouldnt tell you i had Gkam came in 3rd Smile

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3756 posts]
30th July 2011 - 22:59

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No a happy camper today, just back from a few days in Shetland to find i got 32 points from the race but that at least 1 of my riders didn't even bother to race Angry

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
31st July 2011 - 10:14

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I only scored 44 points. Gutted! I put so much time into thinking about it and even made the catastrophic error of ditching Vanendert in favour of a spaniard. That's the last time I'll let patriotic criteria determine who is in my team. Bring on the Vuelta indeed.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
31st July 2011 - 11:50

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I suddenly realised with 5 minutes to spare I hadn't selected my team - shot through the selection process but in a fatal error I deselected two domestiques, and before I got the second replacement in, the window had closed. Result - eight riders and nul points Crying

Lesson for the future there is to deselect one at a time if deadline looming.

Gutted because I had three of the top ten and another in the top 20 Sad

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7850 posts]
31st July 2011 - 12:00

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I'm sure you won't forget the Vuelta....

Unusually for me, I actually selected my team before I went on the Blackfriars bridge protest as Critical Mass can often lead to late night returns to my flat and I thought that I might not be able to log on again before the 11am deadline.

Hopefully, this race won't affect the overall result for you! It was only a maximum of 80 points-ish.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
31st July 2011 - 12:29

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Only 79pts

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
1st August 2011 - 16:09

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2nd with 102 points, hope I can perform like this in the Vuelta Smile

posted by Hansemann [74 posts]
1st August 2011 - 21:55

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