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Today looks like a similar day to Sunday with a breakaway going away only for the high pace of the Liquigas/Astana led peleton to bring it back together ahead of the final climbs.

I wouldn't put it past J-Rod to get another top 3 finish today although I expect a similar result to Sunday with 1 or 2 riders going away on the final climb to fight it out for the win.

My team:
Rodriguez
Uran
Hesjedal
Gasparatto (dubious choice, could win, could be a DS for Kreuziger/Tiralongo again)

Tiralongo
Pozzovivo
Demare
Guardini
Caruso

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 3 years ago
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Should be a good stage finish....Feel that Scarponi may test his legs again,but have a feeling that it will just be to chase a diminutive South American....
So Scarponi,Pozzovivo,J-Rod against the Androni guys for me...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Matthew Goss (GRE)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Giovanni Visconti (MOV)
Dario Cataldo (OPQ)
Damiano Caruso
Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)

Jrod back in for Cav and Put in Cataldo going on his previous tours he should stay up in the GC  16

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TERatcliffe26 [4465 posts] 3 years ago
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Ive gone for this

J-Rod
Hesjedal
Haeno
Scarponi

Caruso
Pozzovivo
Vicioso
Demare
Guardini

decided to for scarponi over cataldo (put caruso in instead), as the transfer of scarponi for Goss gives me more wiggle room tomorrow and for the future

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I was tempted by Cataldo but thought today would better suit Tiralongo. Hoping to make as few changes as possible over the next day or two to try and build up to 4 transfers for the first big mountain stage, although my team is pretty climb-y at the minutes so I may not need to bother although it'd be nice to swap out Demare and Guardini.

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fluffchucker [272 posts] 3 years ago
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Pozzato's a gonner with a broken hand  20

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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fluffchucker wrote:

Pozzato's a gonner with a broken hand  20

After his blunder yesterday I've no sympathy!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:
fluffchucker wrote:

Pozzato's a gonner with a broken hand  20

After his blunder yesterday I've no sympathy!

Accidents happen and it's never nice to see a rider having to withdraw, especially from your home tour where you've been hoping to do well.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:
livestrongnick wrote:
fluffchucker wrote:

Pozzato's a gonner with a broken hand  20

After his blunder yesterday I've no sympathy!

Accidents happen and it's never nice to see a rider having to withdraw, especially from your home tour where you've been hoping to do well.

Yep i see your point.
With an almost hairpin corner 300m from the finish a crash was inevitable! So it could have been any number of riders make an error.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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5 man break

Bonnafond (Ag2r)
Mínguez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Failli (Farnese Vini)
Brandle (NetApp)
Keizer (Vacansoleil)

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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What has Keizer been eating for breakfast? Is he trying to rack up 1000km in a break during the Giro or something?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Apparently there was a big crash early on, with Perget (AG2R), Miguel Rubiano (Androni), Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel), Brian Bulgac (Lotto Belisol) and Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) all involved. As far as we know, they are all ok and still riding.

Doesn't sound like any serious injuries.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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The peloton weaves its way through Riccardo Ricco's home town of Bastardo

As it stands the break will be caught as and when the peloton feels like it but definitely before the last climb, expect to see lots of attacks.

My money's on Rodriguez!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Rodriguez with the win and the pink!

Possibly Slagter second, Tiralongo up there then all the usual suspects.

EDIT:

1. Rodriguez
2. Huzarski
3. Visconti(?)

There seems to be some confusion as to who finished 3rd...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver
2 Bartosz Huzarski
3 Giovanni Visconti
4 Domenico Pozzovivo
5 John Gadret
6 Ryder Hesjedal
7 Tom Jelte Slagter
8 Dario Cataldo

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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GC:

1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 40:27:34
2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
5 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:02
8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:03

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Wig_Billy [577 posts] 3 years ago
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1st, 4th, 6th so far for me, but they are very popular riders.

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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Huzarski or Pirazzi second?? Home page reckons Pirazzi  7

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Agreed, the real winners will have Visconti, Huzarski, Slagter, maybe Gadret but those with Rodriguez, Pozzovivo and Hesjedal won't get any advantage. This is why it all closes up again in the last 10 stages.

It seems that to win a grand tour you need to get out well ahead in the first week then just hold the lead with the obvious climbers.

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Agreed, the real winners will have Visconti, Huzarski, Slagter, maybe Gadret but those with Rodriguez, Pozzovivo and Hesjedal won't get any advantage. This is why it all closes up again in the last 10 stages.

It seems that to win a grand tour you need to get out well ahead in the first week then just hold the lead with the obvious climbers.

Inspired strategy ... would have never have thought of that! Get the lead and then pick the winning climbers! Genius ... can see why you're a "Dr"!!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Bobbys boys wrote:
drheaton wrote:

Agreed, the real winners will have Visconti, Huzarski, Slagter, maybe Gadret but those with Rodriguez, Pozzovivo and Hesjedal won't get any advantage. This is why it all closes up again in the last 10 stages.

It seems that to win a grand tour you need to get out well ahead in the first week then just hold the lead with the obvious climbers.

Inspired strategy ... would have never have thought of that! Get the lead and then pick the winning climbers! Genius ... can see why you're a "Dr"!!

My point was that there are minimal gains to be made in the mountains with most of the top teams scoring within 20-30 points of each other depending on finishing order but mainly having the same riders. The real gains are clearly made in the TTs, the sprint stages and the breakaway stages.

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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Agreed. Tough mountains and flat sprints are generally quite predictable. Rolling stages and picking breakaways is a real skill. Big point differentials on those days.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Bobbys boys wrote:

Huzarski or Pirazzi second?? Home page reckons Pirazzi  7

Home page has been updated, everything I;ve seen says Huzarski.

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:
Bobbys boys wrote:

Huzarski or Pirazzi second?? Home page reckons Pirazzi  7

Home page has been updated, everything I;ve seen says Huzarski.

Darn it  14

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schlunzi [9 posts] 3 years ago
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Full results are up at
http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2012/classifiche/it/t_10_cla...

I am counting at around 164 points. I call that a good day.

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Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry, think I'm going deaf, misheard Huzarski for Pirazzi. Changed it as soon as I realised.

Had 1, 3 and 4 and 7 of top 20 so I'm not complaining - 160-ish points I reckon.

I'm stuffed if tomorrow goes to the expected sprint mind.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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123 points today I think. Sadly that's probably pretty average, I can see some managing at least 180 or 190.

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schlunzi [9 posts] 3 years ago
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Top 20

1 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
2 HUZARSKI Bartosz
3 VISCONTI Giovanni
4 POZZOVIVO Domenico
5 GADRET John
6 HESJEDAL Ryder
7 SLAGTER Tom Jelte
8 CATALDO Dario
9 KREUZIGER Roman
10 URAN URAN Rigoberto
11 BRAMBILLA Gianluc
12 INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat
13 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
14 TIRALONGO Paolo
15 BASSO Ivan
16 DUPONT Hubert
17 SCARPONI Michele
18 CAPECCHI Eros
19 CARUSO Damiano
20 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel

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TERatcliffe26 [4465 posts] 3 years ago
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Rubbish is all ive got to say, gonna drop more places.

Had visconti for most of the giro and now ive dropped him he goes and does something!!

The question now is Goss or Cav to go with Kristoff tomorrow  39

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 3 years ago
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Go on, drop jrod, so you can have both cav and goss . . . anyone with real bottle would do that

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TERatcliffe26 [4465 posts] 3 years ago
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its not about having the bottle, its about whats gonna favor me best in the long run regarding what team I end up with for the big mountains.

Scarponi and Vicioso will be dropped

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