TDU Stage 5

by lucas   January 19, 2012  

Ok, a couple of things:

1. Who are the true climbers in the TDU?
Valverde, Gerrans, Meyer?
Why hasn't LL Sanchez shown himself?
Will Tiago Machado come through?
Will Sandy Casar give it a go?
Can Boassen hang?

2. What's Willunga Hill going to do to the GC?
How long is it?
What gradients?
What will the time gaps be?

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stumps wrote:
With the form of Griepel at the mo it might be the only stage for a UniSA rider to have a pop at a win, if they can get in an early break you never know.

LOL are you OK Stumps? Did you bump your head yesterday or just having an internet ban? Laughing

Or were you just playing on my original tack of feeding false info? Devil

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
19th January 2012 - 14:43

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My biggest question for my team is will it be worth taking out greipel and putting in someone like Valverde or Bakelants for the stage then reverting back to Greipel for the last stage

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3756 posts]
19th January 2012 - 19:51

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Squiggle wrote:
stumps wrote:
With the form of Griepel at the mo it might be the only stage for a UniSA rider to have a pop at a win, if they can get in an early break you never know.

LOL are you OK Stumps? Did you bump your head yesterday or just having an internet ban? Laughing

Or were you just playing on my original tack of feeding false info? Devil

Ah bugger, i asked for that didn't i !!! what i meant was the last chance on the tour.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2644 posts]
19th January 2012 - 23:19

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OK drastic team revamp! Gotten rid of Greipel, Rojas, Haussler, and Elminger. Swapped in 3 great climbers, and 1 stonking all rounder. Prediction: Disaster but what the hell I've been way of the pace so far. Cool

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
20th January 2012 - 10:26

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All or nothing time for me as well. I'll probably be using 4 transfers for this stage so if it doesn't work out, I'll be stuffed for the final stage. Big Grin

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
20th January 2012 - 13:33

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My entire strategy has been built towards getting a big points total tomorrow. Well, that's my explanation for my less-than-stellar performance to date. But who to bring in, and who to drop? Hmmm...

Thinking

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7850 posts]
20th January 2012 - 13:38

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Made 3 transfers - Gerrans in for defo plus 2 others...lets hope i dont regret this bout of activity.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2644 posts]
20th January 2012 - 14:57

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well i've gambled a bit and gone for the obvious guys who might want to win going uphill . . .
Go Cantwell ! Go Greipel !

J Andrew Hill

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
20th January 2012 - 23:32

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Hi, it's just that i have Shiplevsky (latern rouge) and in the rules it says that the last guy gets 10 points a stage. I didn't get 10 points. please can i have them?
if possible.
kind regards.

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posted by Robrien [4 posts]
20th January 2012 - 23:53

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Sorry Robrien, its the last guy over the line on each stage not the last guy overall that scores.

Shame really as LR made up most of my points last year!

Downhill bikes don't make you cool.

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posted by charliemac74 [166 posts]
21st January 2012 - 0:08

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Well this is when it all goes pear shaped for me, I guess.
I'm going to bed so here is the team.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)
Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Simon Gerrans (GRE)
Michael Matthews (RAB)
Christopher Sutton (SKY)
Tiago Machado (RSN)
Jonathan Cantwell (SAX)
Rohan Dennis (USA)
Luke Roberts (SAX)

I fully expect to wake up to find, Roy, Casar, Hesjedal, Rojas, Ballan, Thomas, LL Sanchez have carved it up between them.

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
21st January 2012 - 0:10

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Looks to me like you got a pretty good team! Smile How many transfers do you have left for the next day?...

posted by eduardo [1 posts]
21st January 2012 - 0:14

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Ok, just made a couple of changes after saying NO i wouldn't

they went like this

Oscar Freire in for Heinrich Haussler
Rohan Dennis in for Cameron Meyer
Martin Kohler in for Steele von Hoff

SO if you have Haussler, Meyer or Van Hoff, prepare for a good score Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
21st January 2012 - 0:29

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After some last-minute umming and ahhing this is what I'm left with;

Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)
Simon Gerrans (GRE)
Michael Matthews (RAB)

Cameron Meyer (GRE)
Christopher Sutton (SKY)
Manuel Belletti (ALM)
Jonathan Cantwell (SAX)
Matthew Lloyd (LAM)

Is anybody else getting up in the early hours to follow the final km's?

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
21st January 2012 - 1:16

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1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 3:45:48
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE
3 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:02
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:04
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 0:00:07
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:12
7 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar 0:00:13
8 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
9 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:26
10 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
11 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:29
12 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:32
13 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:43
14 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:55
15 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar 0:01:05
16 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:01:18
17 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC
18 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
19 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC 0:01:50
20 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
21st January 2012 - 8:25

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cmon TER don't lose it now

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
21st January 2012 - 10:02

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some big points from fatcyclist and up 19 places to 7th... TER down to 2nd, only 4 points in it

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7236 posts]
21st January 2012 - 10:11

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ARRRRGGGHHHHH!!! Back to the drawing board! Well sod it, I've just bought new wheels anyway. At least I picked the Valve but I was sure Hesjay was going to do something! Off to take out my frustrations on the training group! Angry

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
21st January 2012 - 10:28

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Trying to be clever and going for Lagutin has cost me.....knew i should have played it safe with Valverde....always tomorrow but i cant see how im gonna win, as im sure the same transfer will be made for 1 rider and then its all about the other transfer

I would have been fine if he hadn't got moreno

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3756 posts]
21st January 2012 - 11:31

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Well my transfers did well for a change Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
21st January 2012 - 13:57

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Gkam84 wrote:
Well my transfers did well for a change Devil

Oh are you still in this game, heh heh.

haven't got a clue what to do for tommorrow, and as some hikes up the table were as much as 200 odd places, I assume that a drop tommorrow of similar proportions is possible. I don't know whether to play it safe and go for the points for all the jersey winners, or look for a stage winner. I don't know this race. Will it be a procession and bunch sprint, or an actual race. Greipel is obviously the form sprinter, but lots of others with something to prove.

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
21st January 2012 - 14:09

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To be honest, i don't have a clue either, i don't even know who has what jersey and who is leading the race??

I've just been playing guess work and not even looking at the stages as i just dont have the time, only 179 behind you though Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
21st January 2012 - 14:17

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I finally get rid of Steegmans after 4 Stages with no points, and he decides to roll in last on Stage 5. Crying

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
21st January 2012 - 14:20

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only 179 behind you though......

Yeh and it is a long season. Why is head honcho Dave A not in our rivals league? running scared, or not showing favouritism, what do you think? Devil

posted by thefatcyclist [567 posts]
21st January 2012 - 14:43

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None, i didn't send him an invite Big Grin

Dave can join if he wants, he has the number to ALL leagues and can prob accept himself Devil

It is a long season, as you showed today, 200 points can be had in one stage, so only a stage/classic behind you

We'll see who's laughing on the 23rd Oct Wink Nerd

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
21st January 2012 - 14:53

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[quote=Gkam84

It is a long season, as you showed today, 200 points can be had in one stage, so only a stage/classic behind you

We'll see who's laughing on the 23rd Oct Wink Nerd

Never a truer word said ! 200+ points is easy to make up if no one else takes part in a stage Devil

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2644 posts]
21st January 2012 - 15:14

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Now stuck with a team designed to go up Old Willunga Hill and win, so am expecting to lose most of the 216 place gained on Willunga come the next stage.
Thought Sanchez & Valverde were hiding their light but Sanchez did me in, should have followed my instincts after stage two re Sanchez.
Oh well lets hope Steele Von Hoff does something crit wise. But can only see sky and Lotto-Belisol tussling for points, GreenEDGE trying to spoil and Movistar chasing the other three.

THE ONLY WAY IS BIKE

posted by lushmiester [156 posts]
21st January 2012 - 15:46

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Big Grin I'm off the bottom of `Last years rivals' Surprise
106 points today Party

I'm always in two minds
Then I go and pick the wrong one Sad

posted by fluffchucker [282 posts]
21st January 2012 - 16:20

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I went for bakelandts and should have gone for Valverde, but that's just being greedy i guess. . . Smile

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posted by JAndrewHill [1207 posts]
21st January 2012 - 23:05

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Gkam84 wrote:
None, i didn't send him an invite Big Grin

Dave can join if he wants, he has the number to ALL leagues and can prob accept himself Devil

It is a long season, as you showed today, 200 points can be had in one stage, so only a stage/classic behind you

We'll see who's laughing on the 23rd Oct Wink Nerd

considering we're soon going into the physiotherapist business together, Please may I have an invite to your rivals league?

I did pretty well last year considering the fact that I got no points on both Ghent wevelgem and that stage that came the day after the last in like Canada...

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
21st January 2012 - 23:32

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