Giro Stage 14

by drheaton   May 18, 2012  

Seeing as we're all still up worrying about the game falling apart I thought I'd ask the big question...

Who's going to go for it tomorrow?

I can't see any of the big GC contenders, Basso, Schleck, Scarponi, Rodriguez, Hesjedal or Kreuziger even attempting to put more than a few seconds into each other with 3 more summit finishes in the next week. Stage 15 should be more fun as it runs into a rest day.

I'm thinking, I'll pick up two of Rujano, Gadret, Hesjedal and Basso and maybe leave Scarponi until later although I could afford Kreuziger and one of the first 4 on my list.

Something else to throw into the mix, apparently it'll to be bloody freezing on the summit tomorrow with risk of snow and Rodriguez is known to dislike the cold, Pozzovivo too (as he's a whippet).

Thoughts?

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No Hesjedal or Pozzovivo in the maglia rosa group???

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3879 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:04

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Gkam84 wrote:
Raleigh wrote:
But he won the Vuelta one in 2012 Nerd

So he did, but not in 2012 Thinking Wink

Interesting to here the interview with Pozzovivo's manager today read out online, what does he fear. The cold, the rain and going downhill Devil

Oops, 2010, sorry.

It's just that I've only recently returned from the future.

Let me tell you what happens in this year's Giro.

It transpired that Thor had actually been cycling really slowly behind the race caravan, sneaking into the roadside bushes for sleeps and nuts to keep him going. He actually finished seventeenth on the GC, cycling through the night to gain bonus time at the intermediate sprints.
Mark cavendish launched an attack on stage 19 on one of the descents, soling to the finish like never before.
Both Frank Schlecks arms fell of, but he still managed to finish.
Mehdi Sonrabi returned from Limbo to win three stages on the bounce.
Androni finished top of the team classification, by way of Rujano finishing First, Second, Third and Fourth.

So yeah, I basically got a little confused.

And oh yeah, Heinrich Haussler became the first person ever to win every single stage of the Tour and Vuelta. Devil

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:28

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
No Hesjedal or Pozzovivo in the maglia rosa group???

Both of them still in there

13.4 to go and Amador has 7.15 of a gap, Looking like a break win today

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:32

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De Marchi looking stronger than Amador which is good for me having two Androni riders in my team

But 11km with 6,39 gap, big enough? Hmmmm Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:36

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5km 3.25 gap to De Marchi, Amador and Barta

Might just about make it to the finish

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:56

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Sat in a bowling alley, any idea who's in the main peloton? All the main guys still there?

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:58

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Rujano having another punt off the front......Come on you ugly little man Big Grin

But FAIL, he's going no where Crying

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 15:58

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Going on your team drheaton

Rodriguez ✔
Hesjedal ✔
Rujano ✔
Henao ✓

Pozzovivo ✔
Tiralongo ✔
Caruso ✓
Rubiano ✓
Golas

I think the smaller ticks "might be"

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:01

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3km 1.34 of a gap and Hesjedal is going for it Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:02

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Its going to be a nice day for my points if they can reel in the 3 break away guys because there are only around 30 riders in the pack left and most of my guys are still there Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:04

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J-Rod going to catch Hesjedal, Tiralongo, Scarponi, Pozzovivo and Kreuziger trying to keep with and there are two sky riders in there

Heano and Uran

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:06

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SH*T i just noticed i didn't put Hesjedal back in, Come on De Marchi Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:08

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Kreuziger dropped? Sounds like 4th for Hesjedal Smile

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:11

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1 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
2 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp
3 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda
5 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:13

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GC now looks like this

Hesjedal
J-Rod +9
Tiralongo +41
Casar +1.05
Basso +1.06
Kreuziger +1.07
Intxausti +1.07
Uran +1.19
Scarponi +1.20
Pozzovivo +1.21
Henao +1.39
Cataldo +1.42
Pardilla +2.06
De Gendt +2.14
Schleck +2.20

Cav might be timed out today aswell Big Grin Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:18

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God damn

Amador
Barta
De Marchi
Hesjedel (now in pink)
Tiralongo
Uran
J-Rod
De Gendt
Scarponi
Gadret
Schleck
Pozzovivo
Basso
Henao
Intxausti

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:19

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4th, 5th, 7th, 12th, 16th for me. Surprised by Hesjedal, disappointed with Kreuziger.

posted by Wig_Billy [575 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:27

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I didnt do so well again argh

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3879 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:28

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Damn! Why did Rujano attack early when he can't descend. If he'd waited till the last 2/3k he could have done it as he obviously had some good legs, just no brain Crying Crying

Surprised by Hesjedal a bit as well, but the flatter climbs suit him better. Not sure if I'll change my team though. Might wait and see if Rujano tries again tomorrow as he obviously wants a stage win and he could do it if he uses his grey matter a bit. Might switch Scarponi for Purito tomorrow as it suits him better though. Glad I didn't put in Kreuzinger for Basso though, but De Gendt did well. Maybe going for the GC after all as he can TT very well. He's not out of it yet.

Going to lose ground today.

posted by Alan Tullett [1436 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:39

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1 AMADOR
2 BARTA
3 DE MARCHI
4 HESJEDAL
5 TIRALONGO
6 URAN
7 RODRIGUEZ
8 DE GENDT
9 SCARPONI
10 GADRET
11 SCHLECK
12 POZZOVIVO
13 BASSO
14 HENAO
15 INTXAUSTI
16 KREUZIGER
17 MORENO
18 PARDILLA
19 NIEVE
20 CATALDO

For me 5,7,12,15,16,20 +5 for winning team

Rujano got 24th Crying Was going to take Moreno over him, but only lost 4 points by not doing that

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:41

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Cav in at 32.04 down, Inside the time limit??

Last man home might be good for someone

GUARDINI at 35.59 all on his ownsome

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:51

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The Cav bus had 80 riders in it!
180 riders home Nerd
Sky have all 9 riders still in race

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1777 posts]
19th May 2012 - 16:58

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Have mountain points accidently been awarded for todays finish? I've got 5 more points than I was expecting.

posted by Wig_Billy [575 posts]
19th May 2012 - 17:49

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130 points but only 253rd on the stage, must've been some pretty high scores today. Thankfully not fallen back in the overall but running out of stages to make up that 130 points. I think today might've been the day to do it with Amador and Barta, shame I went defensive with my choices.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th May 2012 - 18:51

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Didn't fall back as much as I expected but 200 points is a lot to make up. If I'd played more defensive today and stuck with Purito and Hesjedal I would have got within 150 points. Still not completely out of it yet though. Still a few unpredictable stages to come. May have to be a bit more risk-taking with the DSs and play safer with the stars rather than the other way round.

posted by Alan Tullett [1436 posts]
19th May 2012 - 19:24

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
You've pulled a handy little gap on me now Alan, as ive been steadily dropping.

My plan is to see what happens tonight and maybe drop J-Rod and Hesjedal for tomorrow, however tomorrow should suit Pozzovivo/J-Rod I reckon. At least im now in a position where my team is pretty much how I want it making my transfers tactical, rather than needing to switch for sprinters or climbers so I haven't been able to axe climbers i may have wished to.

My only set in stone tactic is to make sure I have 4 transfers going into the last stage

I thought you'd gain on me today but we ended up with the same number of points. Now, what to do about Scarponi and Rujano. Do I go back to Purito and Hesjedal or take a gamble and change some DSs. Got the feeling some people may go on a break for mountain points tomorrow if they've got some energy left, but who will join them. Keizer again?

posted by Alan Tullett [1436 posts]
19th May 2012 - 19:31

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My decision, drop Rubiano and Caruso or Rodriguez and pick up Sella and Slagter, or Garate and Scarponi.

I reckon one Rabo rider might have a go, Sella too as he's 15 minutes down and Scarponi should come into his own this week.

Ideally I'd like both Sella and Garate but that can't happen unless I drop Tiralongo, which I have no intention of doing.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th May 2012 - 20:05

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Tiralongo is definitely undroppable, but I would have thought tomorrow suited Purito more than Scarponi. Was hoping Scarponi would make a bit more of a move at the end today like Hesjedal did, but maybe he doesn't have the legs or not just yet. Maybe he'll (S) wait until people are more worn out. But there's only one really difficult stage left. Tomorrow isn't that bad, 7k at 7/8%. Wed is downhill finish, Fri is short and sharp, only next Sat is long and hard, about 20k at 7%. Leaving everything to one stage is a dangerous game. Don't think Scarponi is going to win it now, think Purito might hang on and win.

posted by Alan Tullett [1436 posts]
19th May 2012 - 20:18

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After taking the extra hit of a 20 point penalty to drop Hesjedal for Basso it bloody backfired big style Angry

Never ever thought he could climb like that !

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2706 posts]
19th May 2012 - 20:38

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Just had a proper look at the profile you might be right, might keep Rodriguez and take some chances with me DSs.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th May 2012 - 21:13

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