Giro Stage 11

by chrisdstripes   May 16, 2012  

Its a long haul today, are we expecting a sprint? I've decided against bringing Cav back in, which makes him a nailed-on certainty for the stage. Visconti's back yard, and he's been there or thereabouts for a few days (ie since I transferred him out...) so might he be interested too?

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Mark my words .... Bonnet sprinting for FDJ today Wink

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:28

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Wig_Billy wrote:
The transfer deadline's closed already??? I'm sure when I checked last night it was 11:35.

Me too. In fact I couldn't complete my transfers last night due to the site slowing down. Just now I clicked the green button with 19 minutes to go, only to get the closed message.

Maybe there's good reason for this 10.55am cut-off http://www.gazzetta.it/static_images/ciclismo/giroditalia/2012/pdf/doc_c... just a shame I didn't check gazzetta earlier. Didn't the game have the wrong transfer cut-off time just a few days ago, if I recall correctly some one said it wouldn't happen again?

Was intending to swap Cav for JRod and Caruso for Balloni. Would love it if a little discretion could be used. Wink

Thanks for the great game anyway, really enjoying it & not really complaining, as I've not paid for the premium side or anything. Smile

posted by Bodsey [14 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:31

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Wig_Billy wrote:
Missing out on making my transfers means I'm stuffed if it comes down to a sprint. Demare is my only sprinter but he's exhausted so Soupe will probably be FDJ's man today. I was going to bring in Cav, so expect him to win today. Sad

Or, if the peloton ends up sat on their backsides on the floor again you could be on to a winner! Anyway, I was half tempted to give up on today and save my transfers for the big breakaway stage tomorrow so you could still do really well out of it.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:34

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Bodsey wrote:
Wig_Billy wrote:
The transfer deadline's closed already??? I'm sure when I checked last night it was 11:35.

Me too. In fact I couldn't complete my transfers last night due to the site slowing down. Just now I clicked the green button with 19 minutes to go, only to get the closed message.

Maybe there's good reason for this 10.55am cut-off http://www.gazzetta.it/static_images/ciclismo/giroditalia/2012/pdf/doc_c... just a shame I didn't check gazzetta earlier. Didn't the game have the wrong transfer cut-off time just a few days ago, if I recall correctly some one said it wouldn't happen again?

Surely we should have some notice though?

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Or, if the peloton ends up sat on their backsides on the floor again you could be on to a winner! Anyway, I was half tempted to give up on today and save my transfers for the big breakaway stage tomorrow so you could still do really well out of it.

I was intending to save 1 transfer for tomorrow anyway, but I might end up taking an extra risk now (depending on the result today of course). It's just frustrating to look at Scarponi in my team knowing that he wont score me any points, while Cav might end up with 40.

posted by Wig_Billy [571 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:50

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Today's breakaway

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Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Adrian Saez (Euskaltel), Simone Ponzi (Astana), Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM), Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) and Mickaël Delage (FDJ-BigMat)

That man Kaisen is there again!.

Can't seem them making it but at 6 with some serial escapists and Boaro (who can TT) they should make a good fist of it.

Also, Goss isn't doing too well and Tom Leezer of Rabobank is out.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:53

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Wig_Billy wrote:
Bodsey wrote:
Wig_Billy wrote:
The transfer deadline's closed already??? I'm sure when I checked last night it was 11:35.

Me too. In fact I couldn't complete my transfers last night due to the site slowing down. Just now I clicked the green button with 19 minutes to go, only to get the closed message.

Maybe there's good reason for this 10.55am cut-off http://www.gazzetta.it/static_images/ciclismo/giroditalia/2012/pdf/doc_c... just a shame I didn't check gazzetta earlier. Didn't the game have the wrong transfer cut-off time just a few days ago, if I recall correctly some one said it wouldn't happen again?

Surely we should have some notice though?

drheaton wrote:
Or, if the peloton ends up sat on their backsides on the floor again you could be on to a winner! Anyway, I was half tempted to give up on today and save my transfers for the big breakaway stage tomorrow so you could still do really well out of it.

I was intending to save 1 transfer for tomorrow anyway, but I might end up taking an extra risk now (depending on the result today of course). It's just frustrating to look at Scarponi in my team knowing that he wont score me any points, while Cav might end up with 40.

Windows closing after the stage start time was raised a couple of days ago and I think Dave was looking at all the other stages to see if it was likely to happen again, he may have changed the closing time for today's window but not updated all the literature so it might be worth dropping him an email.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 11:55

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I've gone for . . .

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Mark Cavendish (SKY)

Arnaud Demare (FDJ)
Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
Miguel Angel Rubiano (AND)
Elia Favilli (FAR)
Damiano Caruso (LIQ)

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1153 posts]
16th May 2012 - 12:49

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I'm super excited about the team today, which means I'm bound to have no luck whatsoever Smile

Cavendish
Goss
J-Rod
Gatto

Guardini
Demare
Rubiano
Pozzovivo
Caruso

posted by frankiejay [159 posts]
16th May 2012 - 14:12

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Gatto's a good call, I was tempted to pick him up for tomorrow actually seeing as I couldn't fit him in today.

I didn't realise though that today's finish is a mirror of Monday's with a very tight hairpin bend 400m from the finish, plus with the last climb 10km from the finish and maxing out at 8% there's no guarantee that it'll still be together for a sprint finish Worried

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 14:15

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Honestly, I sat here thinking about how I could get Cav, Goss and J-Rod in, then who would be left? Obviously not enough points to keep Hesjedal, so I needed somebody sub 15... and thought "Well, I've been burned by every Farnesi-Vini rider so far. Why not try again?"

posted by frankiejay [159 posts]
16th May 2012 - 14:19

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Didn't Gatto finish 3rd in the Strade Bianche? and I'm sure he was in decent form during the Classics, he's not a bad call at all.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 14:22

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On the final climb, group of 6 in front at the summit, about 10km downhill and flat to go

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Damiano Caruso is one of the leading quartet of riders in the Visconti group. They are being joined by a couple more: Astana's Roman Kreuziger and Lampre's Michele Scarponi. Interesting.

Bah, once Scarponi got across Liquigas shut the break down, sprint finish for sure now.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:27

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Sky really controlling things here as we enter the last 5km. Goss is definitely nowhere to be seen at the front end.

Sounds like Schleck has been dropped on the descent.

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Crap

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Three down on the final corner!

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:34

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Ferrari wins Devil

Which is all good for me as i have 2 of their riders Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8132 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:34

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Ferrari wins Sad

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:35

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Ferrari
Chicchi
Vaitkus
Cavendish

etc...

posted by frankiejay [159 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:35

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pleased i went for cav and not goss

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1153 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:36

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Any idea what happened to Goss?

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:36

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Ferrari
Chicchi
Vaitkus
Cavdendish
Belletti
Nizzolo
Schorn
Demare

I took Demare out the other day, But i've been playing the tactic that the sprints are not worth transferring in guys for as the routes are shocking, another final corner crash because its FAR to narrow

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posted by Gkam84 [8132 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:37

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drheaton wrote:
Any idea what happened to Goss?

I think, but unsure, he got dropped on the final little climb when Visconti gave it beans and the speed ramped up

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posted by Gkam84 [8132 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:38

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Is it me, or did Modolo nearly get his head cut off by someone's front wheel there?! Surprise

posted by TheBigMong [218 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:38

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Who caused the crash?

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:47

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Not as bad as it could've been, but 28 points lost thanks to the new random transfer deadline Sad. I'm ****ed off.Angry

posted by Wig_Billy [571 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:53

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Chicchi remembered he's the team sprinter! Angry

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1404 posts]
16th May 2012 - 16:57

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not sure what happened with the transfer deadline, i'm investigating that

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7028 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:03

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Goss finished 10 minutes down, Kristoff and Guardini nowhere either, Schleck managed to lose 46 seconds today. Forget about TTing, that man can't descend for toffee. There's a huge descent to finish a stage in the next week, that could break Schleck long before the TT.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:12

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No-one was at fault for the crash bar the race organisers. They made the corner to tight, MASSIVE exit (plenty of room to drop you bike and slide) and then into a narrow exit. It was always going to happen.

I think it was Modolo who went down first, but it was just a case of riders going into a tight bend and their wheels going from underneath them rather than anyone causing a mass pile up

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posted by Gkam84 [8132 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:17

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What a fail today Sad

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3503 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:35

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I've said before, I like technical sprints more than long straight drags but I admit, three crashes (two down to the organisers) is too many and when they as a race want to attract the top sprinters they need to sort it out for next year. Cav, Goss and the other top sprinters won't keep turning up if theres more chance of a broken collarbone than a couple of stage wins as they build up to the TdF.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:39

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Average day, 88 points and gained 4 places, still 171 points behind 1st though, no bike for me Crying

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
16th May 2012 - 17:53

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