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Leigh Howard (GEC),
Remy Di Gregorio (COF),
Marcus Burghardt (BMC),
Eros Capecchi (Liquigas)
Jimmy Engoulvent (SAU).

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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Well Ive made a wee change today. Wiggins out for Tommy V
Sanchez out for De gendt.

5-7 degree climbs and a downhill finish, perfect for a breakaway, and Tommy's favourite steepness. But wish I could have put in Hushovd too.

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spindoctore [53 posts] 4 years ago
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I havent made the switch - but was hovering over Rojas - odd to see Lars Bak give up for this stage.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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I was hoping Di Gregorio would get in the break  2 . All hopes with De Gendt and one or two of my domestiques now.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 4 years ago
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My money's on Westra or Valverde. If they want the race win, they'll need a victory today. The won't beat Wiggo in the TT tomorrow.

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spindoctore [53 posts] 4 years ago
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and Christian Knees (SKY) has given up too now, falling like flies

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spindoctore [53 posts] 4 years ago
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Westra or Valverde. either would suit - both in my selection, but then wont they be in everyone's?

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Bob_k66 [18 posts] 4 years ago
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Bloody Engoulvent dropping out, just put him in this morning  14

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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Peloton doesn't want to let anyone away yet. Got Moinard for the break (his training area and he said he would, for what that's worth) and Guarnini for the sprint. About 30k to the first col then something might happen.

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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Hutarivich (FDJ) et Kittel (PRO)already struggling. Europcar active in trying to get a breakaway so maybe Voeckler will have a go.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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Took out Pauriol(retired anyway) and Tejay for Boonen and Porte.....hoping for a bunch sprint with the finish more than 50km from the final peak and that Boonen makes up what I'm losing in guaranteed White Jersey points for Tejay.

Porte in case there's a breakaway that sticks......I'd fancy him to be in it to protect Wiggins,and for the final stage full stop.

Wiggins
Haussler
Boonen
Leipheimer
Veuchelen
Westra
Porte
Moreno
Spilak

DeGendt and Sanchez will probably come in for Boonen and Haussler tomorrow if all works to plan  4

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nickobec [246 posts] 4 years ago
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I suggest you go read the preview on inrng

The finish: flat and on the sea front, ideal for a sprint. The stage might have some big climbs and descents but it’ll be hard for the GC riders to get time on each other, especially since the final 2okm are on wider roads where an organised team can neutralise any rivals. Wiggins has a strong team ...

Sticking with Haussler and Boonen today, just had to clear enough budget for Levi & TJVG for tomorrow so picked up Simon for the sprint replacing Navarro who did nothing up to yesterday, go into the break and scored 0 in KOM or PC points..

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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Taaramae et De Gendt 35 seconds up.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Taaramae and De Gendt lead the main bunch by 2:40.

Finally, I get a rider in the break. Hallelujah!  4

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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knew i should have gone de gendt and not TJ was toying with which was best for the TT and chose TJ and Hivert for the break today, rather than go De Dendt and Porte  2

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AWPeleton [3325 posts] 4 years ago
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First its Burghardt pulling out - not that he has done anything - and now De Gendt in the break and i got rid of him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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This lead for Taaramae and DeGendt is getting a bit out of hand.....12minutes!!

And they'll work together too,Taaramae for the stage and DeGendt for GC

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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De Gendt is 15' 44'' back. Don't think he'll win by that kind of margin. But they might stay out to win as they are good climbers, but it's 50k to the finish so it'll be hard later on. Depends if they have a head or tailwind maybe. Had De Gendt earlier on for 3/4 stages and was toying with the idea of him instead of Valverde for the ICTT, but I won't now.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Another two riders that i dropped in the break  20

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Km 182 - Levi Leipheimer (OPQ) is against caught in a crash, with France’s Pierrick Fedrigo among others. All the riders in the crash are back on their bikes.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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De Gendt HAS won today, all on his own with 11.30 clear, Taaramae is some 1.45 behind him

Only 30km to the finish, So that'll be nice because i have the other two VCD riders who have showed something  4

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Assuming something unfortunate doesn't happen to De Gendt, he's going to score 65 points today!  4

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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OUCH Ouickstep ALL crash, Levi out i think now

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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leiphein=mers race killed off by a motor cyclist. what a prat to be stopped on a corner

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Wig_Billy wrote:

Assuming something unfortunate doesn't happen to De Gendt, he's going to score 65 points today!  4

Right enough  20 my only bonus is i have two VCD guys

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

65 how you getting that?  39

35 for the win, 4 for 2nd in KOM, & all the points he's collected over the mountains and intermediate sprint today.

I could be wrong of course.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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thefatcyclist wrote:

leiphein=mers race killed off by a motor cyclist. what a prat to be stopped on a corner

That was a medic and the motor bike was protecting the Lampre guy on the ground, so not his fault, Quickstep didn't get told about it over the radio and did have their eyes open, that was avoidable, but not the motor bikes fault

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm listening in French so I might be wrong but I think the motorcyclist is there deliberately to stop them crashing worse.

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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No actually the comment above mine is correct. The moto was protecting a Lampre guy who had crashed.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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If the motorbike hadn't been there, 5 Quickstep guys would have done one of these

1, All hammered into the Lampre rider who was on the deck and being shielded while he got medical attention

2, Quickstep would have tried to avoid him and gone flying off the corner, which i think they would have done without any hazards there

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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oh I see I didn't see that bit, flicked on to the aftermath
sorry bike medic.

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