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"André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) has been ruled out of the Tour of Qatar with illness. The German sprinter had been expected to contend the sprints after a superb showing at the Tour Down Under, where he won three stages. His team expect him to recover for the Tour of Oman which starts later this month."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/greipel-out-of-tour-of-qatar

Back to the transfer drawing board...

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Well it makes thing easier for me because I was trying to fit 5 star riders into 4 positions. Unfortunately, Greipel was the one I was most confident about.

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Rvizzle [94 posts] 4 years ago
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Another twist to my game-plan!

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Sweet, Greipel out Cav in!

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AWPeleton [3315 posts] 4 years ago
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With Greipel out i already had Cav in so my main concern now is who i replace him with:

Hushovd or Renshaw or Degenkolb or Galimzyanov or Sagan ?

I must admit i'm at a loss to be honest especially with the TT coming up.  39

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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i'm stumped too. So I've compromised and gone for some decent DS, who ride for teams that are good at TTT. . . . but there's time to change that again. . . .

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AWPeleton [3315 posts] 4 years ago
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Hushovd in for now but no doubt i will change it again before the deadline....oh the stress is killing me  102

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seabass89 [212 posts] 4 years ago
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I am not revealing anything!

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bubby016 [89 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah, what fun  5 . Got cheated out of Cav by 0.1  102 . Pretty normal with my luck :<. Back to the drawing board  37 .

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Cheated???

It's a game of pure, unadulterated logic and skill . . .

The only cheating is done by those folk who try and suggest that Qatar is full of Alpine mountains, and every stage is a mountain top finish akin to Alpe D'Huez.

Its more a course for the Rabobank riders, as it is as flat as a dutch pancake (mmmmm)

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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as flat as a stroopwaffel  4

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Can anyone else confirm this.
Just read on a french website that Mark Cavendish is also out of Qatar.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisson_d%27avril

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aaus [16 posts] 4 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:

Can anyone else confirm this.
Just read on a french website that Mark Cavendish is also out of Qatar.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisson_d%27avril

I know that he fell a few days ago while he was training and had bruises. But I think, that was not that important to quit the race.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Aye its awful new JAndrewHill

Going to have to completely restructure my team now  20

Like your style by the way, seems i have trained a few people into my tactics  19

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carl simpson [52 posts] 4 years ago
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oh no . im going to have to rethink my whole strategy  16

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AWPeleton [3315 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah yes, people have been taking lessons from a certain Mr A Ferguson on mind games me thinks  39

Some would call it cheating - i call it gamesmanship and a good effort at that to.....  19

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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/see....and you all poked sarcastic fun at me. . . . I might start dubbing myself as a prophet of doom .  4

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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Got a bit of a cold myself as well, so no cycling for me this weekend for the first time in over 3 months.

Sprints wide open now, hope my changes are good, as I had Greipel and Cav.

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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It might be as flat as Keira Knightley, but it has been windy as hell, 30Km/Hr head and cross. This caused splits in the womens race on various stages, so if FDJ get away as they will no doubbt try, and then the field splits, it could be tres interessant.