Amgen Tour of California

by chrisdstripes   May 3, 2012  

The provisional startlists are up on Cycling Fever... Looks like the opening stages could be tricky to predict - bumpy but with flat finishing sections. Stage 5 TT will shake things up, and then stages 6 and 7 have the bigger hills to decide the GC. At first glance there are a lot of strong sprinters and TTers, and 4-5 US teams we haven't seen much of this season so far, but maybe only a handful of riders (Horner, Liepheimer, Nibali, Van Garderen, Gesink, Lulu Sanchez) competing for the overall. But what do I know...

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TER it seems to be a problem for all the premium races, just checked through and can't get any riders up for any premium races Thinking

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posted by livestrongnick [1776 posts]
6th May 2012 - 15:35

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Looking at this too, stay tuned

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7315 posts]
6th May 2012 - 15:39

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Cheers Dave Confused

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posted by livestrongnick [1776 posts]
6th May 2012 - 15:45

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Dave how you doing with the riders listing for this one? Thinking Was hoping to get a team bashed out as it's a Giro day off tomorrow........ Big Grin

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posted by livestrongnick [1776 posts]
7th May 2012 - 20:01

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yup, doing the provisional startlist tonight...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7315 posts]
7th May 2012 - 20:38

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...and it's done Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7315 posts]
7th May 2012 - 21:49

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Yea, also produce 'Neulasta', helped me stimulate white blood cells after chemo infusions.http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/wink.gif

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posted by Loosehorse [10 posts]
7th May 2012 - 22:47

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Im unsure how serious Boonen is with his comments, I was thinking he would be going for the win in stage 1....maybe he is not the correct rider for me team Thinking

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
8th May 2012 - 9:35

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Also I don't think credits will be much of an issue in this race (so long as you don't plump for nibali and Sagan)

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
8th May 2012 - 9:38

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I think you're right TER - I've just picked my team, have 4 of the top 10 highest priced riders and the 5 DSs I wanted, and still have plenty in change. Still can't decide which if any of the first 4 stages the sprinters will be able to compete in though. My guess is Yes, No, Maybe, Maybe.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1596 posts]
8th May 2012 - 14:47

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My thoughts exactly - and there are 5 or 6 good ones as far as I can tell. Should be an interesting few days racing...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1596 posts]
8th May 2012 - 18:11

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Stages 1-7 are for "climbing" sprinters, the likes of Boonen, Sagan and Kittel. Stage 8 is the only on for real sprinters.

Put it this way, If Cav was there, i would only have him for stage 8 Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
8th May 2012 - 18:59

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Do we need to choose a Purist team?

Think I will wait until Saturday to do my team while at work Sick

posted by Marauder [239 posts]
9th May 2012 - 12:05

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Nah its not purist, you will have two transfers everyday

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
9th May 2012 - 12:30

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Thanks Gkam

posted by Marauder [239 posts]
9th May 2012 - 12:33

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I seem to have loads of credit left and got a decent team, Wondering if i've gone wrong somewhere Thinking.

More importantly though is i've looked at Leipheimer but cant make my mind up whether to go for him or TJ.

Will mull it over and see what comes. Thats the problem with to many credits for the standard of the competitor.

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posted by stumps [2706 posts]
9th May 2012 - 17:44

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I'm kinda like that with Leipheimer aswell, but not for TJ

I have a secret weapon in my team though Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
9th May 2012 - 17:56

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I have a secret weapon too...I think the not really needing to worry about credits means that you need to pick the right men as you cant really on others being unable to have more than say 2 of the big boys like in a normal rice with lots of high priced riders

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
9th May 2012 - 19:37

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I hope your weapon is not a cheaper end DS Wink else we could end up with the same weapon, lol

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
9th May 2012 - 21:43

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yep it is im afraid, well i actually have two

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
9th May 2012 - 22:04

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I may just have changed my mind on one of my weapons (the question is do i go for 2 columbians as weapons Wink )

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
9th May 2012 - 22:49

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Well i have no drug runners in my team. 4 yankies, maybe 5 and the rest are Europeans

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
9th May 2012 - 22:58

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at the moment I have 2 yanks, a drug runner, an aussie and the rest european. I think 1 of my star riders will defo be the same as one of yours. You always have this guy!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
10th May 2012 - 9:37

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Most likely, He's the guy i cant decide him is Levi, both being in the same team

My ds's mirror the stars teams aswell apart from my weapon Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
10th May 2012 - 12:31

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Nope its not that guy then

Didnt quite look at it from a purist point of view but i know probably half my team would be the same.

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
10th May 2012 - 12:46

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Why isnt pat mccarty there?? Hes on the startlist

posted by domobrien96 [47 posts]
12th May 2012 - 21:52

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Still no scoring info as far as I can see - do we assume no points for breakaways, similar to the Giro?

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posted by chrisdstripes [1596 posts]
12th May 2012 - 22:15

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chrisdstripes wrote:
Still no scoring info as far as I can see - do we assume no points for breakaways, similar to the Giro?

Yes will just be standard stage race scoring

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3876 posts]
13th May 2012 - 0:17

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apologies for the delay, final roster changes and scoring info will be available today

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7315 posts]
13th May 2012 - 9:17

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dave_atkinson wrote:
apologies for the delay, final roster changes and scoring info will be available today

No worries, thanks!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1596 posts]
13th May 2012 - 10:28

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