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Well I really enjoyed the stage yesterday - exciting racing and amazing views. Today looks tougher, so question is, can Sagan/Haussler/van Avarmaet/Boonen et al still get over the hills with the lead group? I think yes, but if not then it could be a sprint between the non-sprinters, much like the early stages in the Basque country and Romandie...

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AWPeleton [3267 posts] 3 years ago
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Hard to decide who to swap as no scores up yet and i'm crap at working them out myself - always seem to do better than i end up with  4

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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 3 years ago
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Think the lumps at the end are too big for 3 out of the 4 that you mentioned....
Have to agree with you on yesterdays stage.....Stunning backdrop and without having the glitz of the Giro,it felt like proper bike racing....  1

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 3 years ago
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The most frustrating thing is when you pick the breakaway guy, but the break is too big and he does nothing!

Well its Kittel out and GVA out for two GC guys. Hoping I have the break guy for today too, after he lost 6 minutes yesterday and will wanna go for th mountains jersey

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

The most frustrating thing is when you pick the breakaway guy, but the break is too big and he does nothing!

Well its Kittel out and GVA out for two GC guys. Hoping I have the break guy for today too, after he lost 6 minutes yesterday and will wanna go for th mountains jersey

Yeah, shame about Bouet, it made it even more exciting to watch though! Maybe he'll go for KOM points today?

I've dropped both my guys that didn't stay with the lead group yesterday, and brought in 2 GC guys, so feel like I have a fairly balanced team. Hoping not to have to make any transfers tomorrow, then 2 before stage 4 and 4 before the TT...

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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So I'm having to watch it through my xbox because the ONLY channel which is not working through my sky is Eurosport  17

Its laggy, but 48km to go

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh, I took Boonen and Kittel out and stick Horner and Levi in for today

LL Sanchez grabbed me some points on a climb

Sagan out the back with a puncture and the WHOLE peleton has slowed to a crawl to let him catch up  19

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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1,2,3,5,6 . . . not bad, but why did i not get 4th as well???

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Sagan wins again  19
Haussler
Howard
De Kort

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, i've written this Tour off for me, I couldn't get any research done for various reason's, Enjoying watching it, but its a diddy race

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Wig_Billy [577 posts] 3 years ago
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Would've had 1,2,3 but I got rid of Howard for some reason.  39

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 3 years ago
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I wonder - does anyone NOT have Sagan?

1,3,6 for me, following 1,4,5 yesterday - really enjoying this one!

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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Sagan, Haussler, Howard, A.N.Other (De Kort), Rodriguez, Avermaet

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fraser [27 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm going to try and pick up a puncture in the closing stages of my next race. It's an odd tactic, but it seems to be working out well for Sagan! :p

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 3 years ago
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screw my transfers!!!! didnt think they would all get over!!! well points lost today!!! ToC is written off along with the Giro, just need to not loose ground overall now! Le Tour is mine  10 although blew my chance of a win in the TDU finishing 4th

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh just so everyone knows, I had De Maar in my team until 10 minutes before I chose my final team, and his replacement McCarty has done nothing  2 (definite Gkam moment picking the wrong guy off the shortlist)

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 3 years ago
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Lovely views but the racing is predictable. Forgot to put in a team for stage 1 but made one in the end for stage 2 before I'd seen stage 1 results but luckily had the right key riders, Sagan, Haussler and van Avermaet.

Would have been better if I'd put in my team for stage 2 after watching stage 1, then I could have stuffed my team with all the best riders. Could be a strategy for these little tours in future??

What do people think?

Quite nice it's on late at night when the kids are in bed but to be honest I'd rather not have a distraction when a major tour like the Giro is on. Maybe next year just have little tours on when they don't clash with the big three.

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

screw my transfers!!!! didnt think they would all get over!!! well points lost today!!! ToC is written off along with the Giro, just need to not loose ground overall now! Le Tour is mine  10 although blew my chance of a win in the TDU finishing 4th

If I hadn't made one mistake in the TDU I would have won it  3 3

Cav has been a disaster for me in the Giro. Whenever I put him in he crashes, when I have him out he wins. Still got a very slim chance of winning if I get another Rubiano moment or play very well, but I very much doubt it.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I've had 3 or 4 good days in the Giro and the gap to 1st is still widening! However well I do I always seem to fall back, I'm now 170 points off 1st place and with everyone having pretty much the same riders over the next week and a half I don't see how I'll catch up.

The ToC is ok but does seem predictable, I've had 3 of the top 5 on each of the first two days, got 136 today and dropped 15 places! Too easy to score big points and not enough changes in profile between stages to make people think and make transfers. It's fun, but not a patch on the Giro.

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 3 years ago
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Alan Tullett wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:

screw my transfers!!!! didnt think they would all get over!!! well points lost today!!! ToC is written off along with the Giro, just need to not loose ground overall now! Le Tour is mine  10 although blew my chance of a win in the TDU finishing 4th

If I hadn't made one mistake in the TDU I would have won it  3 3

Cav has been a disaster for me in the Giro. Whenever I put him in he crashes, when I have him out he wins. Still got a very slim chance of winning if I get another Rubiano moment or play very well, but I very much doubt it.

Lets just say we both could have won the TDU, but i defo blew a podium spot!

I like the fact of having both races but each to there own.

Already made my transfers, had to bring in Haussler and Howard (so now they wont be there at the finish)