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Well after nearly 140 quotes on the prologue / stage 1 post lets see what people are doing for stage 2. It's the only flat stage for the sprinters so who's in and who's out for tommorow.  39

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Stumps [3460 posts] 5 years ago
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Personally i have only made one change from my team today and keeping back a transfer for the hilly stages to come.

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msw [113 posts] 5 years ago
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Martin out. Vacillated between Boonen (already in GC points, could do well in other stages) and Kittel (more likely to win tomorrow). Chose one of them.

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arsene [210 posts] 5 years ago
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As a purist I have to rely on my sprinters Haussler and Aaen Jorgensen.

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Stumps [3460 posts] 5 years ago
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arsene wrote:

As a purist I have to rely on my sprinters Haussler and Aaen Jorgensen.

Hausslers not a bad choice for tommorow, he's been doing canny recently.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 5 years ago
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I've plumped for two strong sprinters who I reckon will see me through a few of the later stages too which are a bit more uphill.

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Duck [56 posts] 5 years ago
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I missed the deadline by 10 mins (got confused with Eurosports coverage timings!) so was unable to change my team before the start of prologue, at that time it was saying i had 4 transfers, now i only have 2 available. Surely i should have 4 as i didnt make any transfers on previous stage.

Please give me a chance, at the momement I potentially only have 1 scoring rider before i make any transfers!!!

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Gkam84 [9097 posts] 5 years ago
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Andy D, everyone will only have 2 transfers at this moment in time

I am making no changes, going pursuit for a few stages  4

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TERatcliffe26 [4692 posts] 5 years ago
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Ive made my transfers Gkam, aiming for a decent points score tomorrow and then some luck on stage 3 and hopefully in a good position for stage 4

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JAndrewHill [1211 posts] 5 years ago
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I knew it was going to rain, and the later riders like Martin might struggle.. Go Larsson.
Anyway, I reckon i might see how well i might do all tour without Wiggo, even if he goes on to win it as i expect

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obutterwick [474 posts] 5 years ago
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Boonen and Kittel in. Lu-Lu and Martin out.

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giff77 [1260 posts] 5 years ago
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Martin gets the heavho, hoping I do better than todays meagre offering

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lushmiester [195 posts] 5 years ago
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Wondering how RADIOSHACK-NISSAN's race/season is going to pan out, if they continue their usual ITT form or lack there of. Can not see either of them gaining two minutes over Wiggo between now and next Sunday which they would need to do if they are going to repeat today's performance stage 8 ITT. They might have more chance in the Tour but then again the ITT is longer and there are 3 TTs.

Anyway not expecting a good score tomorrow got my fingers crossed for a winning break by Kroon and Fofonov. Position 1000 here I come.

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lushmiester [195 posts] 5 years ago
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Ooops missed the name Schleck put of the last post. Second to last word line 1 (they) replace with... the Schleck's. Should now make some sense

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lucas [74 posts] 5 years ago
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Are there any time bonuses at the finish line or along the way in this race?...

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [549 posts] 5 years ago
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Cannot see past Kittel,Renshaw or Boonen today...Degenkolb if he finds a little form...Low score for me today as planning for the hills... :-)...

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Stumps [3460 posts] 5 years ago
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Put in a couple of sprinter types, will have to wait and see  4

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TERatcliffe26 [4692 posts] 5 years ago
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Righto well lets post as deadline is so close

Ive put in Kittel and Haussler for Taaramae and Peraud

I cant see past Viviani (He is in my team also)

Plan on one transfer for tomorrow to give me more flexibility the day after in order to get viviani out then

I think haussler could have the legs to be there on stage 3

Wanted Huntarovich really as think he may podium but could afford thus why i went haussler

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drheaton [3318 posts] 5 years ago
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Hmm, I went for

Out
Martin and Van Garderen

In
Hushovd and Boonen

I figured the guaranteed 10 points or so for TJVG would be outwayed by a possible 35+ for either one of my two sprinters. Plus I reckon they're more likely to get points over the next two or three stages anyway.

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Stumps [3460 posts] 5 years ago
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Took out Brakjovic and Peraud and replaced them with Henderson and Hutarovich.

Will have Peraud back tomorrow though for the hills.

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 5 years ago
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I've brought in Kittel and Boonen - the latter could also get good GC points if he picks up time bonuses (10 secs bonus for stage win, he's currently 11 secs off third). Got rid of Van Gard and Martin with same reasoning as drheaton above. Will probably offload Gretsch and Phinney after today, at least Gretsch gets a teammate bonus if Kittel wins. Also have Viviani and possible minor points from Kruopis so hoping for a good day! (Its all so easy until the stage starts innit?)  39

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [549 posts] 5 years ago
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Dont understand people dumping TeeJay with the hills just around the corner....If he rides well today he must challenge over the next couple of days....Or am I missing something...  39

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nickobec [246 posts] 5 years ago
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In
Huntarovich (on current form the likely winner, though maybe replaced by Hushovd or Haussler tomorrow)
Tom Boonen (long term pick)

Out
Tony Martin
Levi (same as others for dropping TJVG) can get more than 9 (GC & PC jersey) points with Boonen

In team
Degenkolb hopefully his day tomorrow + good finish today.
TJVG can't see him losing the white jersey or top 5 position

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drheaton [3318 posts] 5 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

Dont understand people dumping TeeJay with the hills just around the corner....If he rides well today he must challenge over the next couple of days....Or am I missing something...  39

With the changes to stage points this year it's much more profitable to gamble on a possible stage winner than stay safe and take 5 GC and 5 young rider points.

Last year it would have been a comparison of 20-25 points against 10, This year it's a potential 40+ points for stage win and points comp so in my opinion it's worth the risk plus as TJVG is soooo expensive this year he's a more likely candidate for replacement than someone like Thomas De Gendt who's only worth 18 credits.

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [549 posts] 5 years ago
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drheaton wrote:
STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

Dont understand people dumping TeeJay with the hills just around the corner....If he rides well today he must challenge over the next couple of days....Or am I missing something...  39

With the changes to stage points this year it's much more profitable to gamble on a possible stage winner than stay safe and take 5 GC and 5 young rider points.

Last year it would have been a comparison of 20-25 points against 10, This year it's a potential 40+ points for stage win and points comp so in my opinion it's worth the risk plus as TJVG is soooo expensive this year he's a more likely candidate for replacement than someone like Thomas De Gendt who's only worth 18 credits.

Well all things considered Teejay will be in my team for the duration...We shall see...  3

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 5 years ago
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Well 2 obvious inclusions for today - Boonen and Kittel
form should get me a good points total.  26

Keeping Levi and Wiggo as GC contenders  39

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 5 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

Dont understand people dumping TeeJay with the hills just around the corner....If he rides well today he must challenge over the next couple of days....Or am I missing something...  39

Personally I'll probably bring him back in a couple of days, but wanted to free up enough cash to bring in Kittel and Boonen for today/tomorrow. They'll both be out again before we get to Mende. Obv forfeiting GC and White Jersey points but if today is a bunch sprint that should more than cancel that out.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 5 years ago
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My theory is that the race only really has two GC days, stages 5 and 8, with the remainder being probably sprints, breakaways or uphill strong sprinter type stages. As a real GC contender TJvG will be marked out and nullified finishing top 20 in a few stages but not up near the front (hopefully otherwise my team is going to fall away quite quickly).

I might pick him up, Wiggins and another GC guy before stage 5 but I'm not going to try and stack my team with top 10 GC guys this early in the race. Fingers crossed I can figure out a way to shoehorn everyone I want into my team with only two transfers a stage.

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TERatcliffe26 [4692 posts] 5 years ago
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Im hoping meersman or Boeckmans may do something for me today, but they should go well on stage 3, especially after the way boeckmans flew up the climb on the TT yesterday

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JAndrewHill [1211 posts] 5 years ago
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Anyone think Nick Nuyens might go well today ??

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [549 posts] 5 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:

Anyone think Nick Nuyens might go well today ??

Well at least he wont fall off today...having not started...  40

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