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So tomorrows a tricky one! Could be cold and is lumpy! They are saying someone who is great at descending has an advantage! Anyone any advice? I have the top 5 in the GC, so is it worth keeping them or ship one out and look for a stage winner??

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm not planning on doing any transfers and am keeping the same for tomorrow. I'm loaded with the GC contenders, as I'm sure many others are also.

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Tricky init. Ive gone for an out of form climber whoo rested himsekf today and fiknished with the sprinters. He has previous kom so might be saving himself for a big day tomorrow. There again he will prob finish next to last.  4 4 4

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I'd like to drop Rodriguez for Kreuziger but I can't as Rodriguez is far too in form. Have 4 transfers, will use 2, probably dropping Golas and Slagter for either a couple of Italians or a Spaniard and an Italian. Not saying anything else until deadline  3

It'll be a big KoM day so if you get the right rider you're in for a hatfull of points.

I wouldn't worry too much about the descent, the winner has to get to the top with the front group before they can win on the descent so a good climber is a must. I wouldn't be surprised if both Rujano and Gadret had a pop but I won't be going for either, not just yet.

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Doaky [68 posts] 4 years ago
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Henao Could have a dig tomorrow! Would like to see basso having a go as well! May just keep my transfers and hope the GC dosent get shaken up too much tomorrow!!

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 4 years ago
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I made 1 transfer, dropped slagter for a swiss guy  3

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah, he's on my radar too but I was thinking of bringing him in later in the week, he seems to be going well.

Henao is neither here nor there because EVERY team will have him now, I have him because he's cheap points, he could do something, he might not, either way he stays because he let's me spend my credits elsewhere.

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 4 years ago
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I have 5 of the top 10 GC and 4 decent climbers who have been trying regularly over the past few days to get into breaks. So theoretically a chance of a really good day, but obviously if I have no-one in the break then I'll just be middling along with everyone else. Team is only 300th or something, so may as well go for a stage win!

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 4 years ago
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I did it today as im satisfied with the rest of my team for now, and i can only role over 2 transfers and needed to use 1.

So can use 3 tomorrow for the sprinters, use 3 to role the sprinters out with 1 eye on the ITT, then no transfers between 20 and 21, then 4 for the ITT.

My question is when do I axe haeno for a certain belgium in prep fro the last stage

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

I did it today as im satisfied with the rest of my team for now, and i can only role over 2 transfers and needed to use 1.

So can use 3 tomorrow for the sprinters, use 3 to role the sprinters out with 1 eye on the ITT, then no transfers between 20 and 21, then 4 for the ITT.

My question is when do I axe haeno for a certain belgium in prep fro the last stage

I've got the same transfer plan as you but wasn't considering de Belgian, the obvious times are either just for the ITT or if you're swapping Henao out for 18 bringing in someone like Modolo you could do it ahead of 19 maybe? I can see the Belgian going for a stage win and he'll probably TT better but I don't know if he'll get consistently more points than Henao who's a complete unknown at this stage of a GT.

Actually, anyone know how well Henao TTs?

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

I made 1 transfer, dropped slagter for a swiss guy  3

But contador isnt doing the giro.

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Watch out...the spanish have invaded the giro....i hope. #youhearditherefirst.  3 3 3 3

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Doaky [68 posts] 4 years ago
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A certain french guy might want to make his mark tomorrow!!!  3 3

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 4 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Actually, anyone know how well Henao TTs?

I doubt even he knows for sure - he's ridden so few competitively, and at the end of 3 hard weeks, who knows? In Vasco he came 32nd over 19km, just over a minute down on Sammy Sanchez and ahead of Hesjedal. But I can't remember how hilly that one was...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

My question is when do I axe haeno for a certain belgium in prep fro the last stage

Damn you!

I had it all planned out and I hadn't considered this until you mentioned it... haven't been able to decide if it's worth it yet but my head says it's a good idea and possibly some great points, if the transfer's made for the right stage...

Time to redo all my plans  2

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 4 years ago
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Apologies but I had to throw it out there....

Im still working on my plan as it may involve axing tiralongo as i need another italian on my team by the end of the race as he should do well at the end of the race but credits are the issue.

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 4 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:

I made 1 transfer, dropped slagter for a swiss guy  3

But contador isnt doing the giro.

you sure  3

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Thrown my plan completely out of the window, it's a stupid decision and a complete punt... I already regret hitting commit but c'est la vie, time to take risks if I want a top 10 finish.

Out: Hesjedal and Slagter
In: Rujano and Txurruka

so...

Rodriguez
Basso
Rujano
Henao

Txurruka
Pozzovivo
Tiralongo
Rabottini
Golas

Hoping for a decent breakaway looking for KoM points, ideally Rabottini, Txurruka, Pozz and Rujano staying away all day. If Hesjedal were to crack and finish 5 minutes down on the leaders that'd help too  4

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 4 years ago
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I've taken a punt too and dumped Pozzovivo - will probably regret it but I reckon there are big points if you can get someone in the break. Still have a fairly safe set of stars tho...

Rodriguez, Henao, Hesjedal, Basso
Cataldo, Txurruka, Pauwels, Pirazzi, Benedetti

Had Benedetti more for yesterday really, but he did try to get in the first break before missing the final one, so maybe he's up for going again.

Prob Cav and Kristoff in for tomorrow and straight back out again for Friday. That Belgian is on my radar for the weekend too.

Tho' I'm nowhere overall so am considering gearing all my last 6 transfers towards Sunday and going for the stage win - we'll see...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Benedetti was going to be in my team for today, he's a local lad and with NetApp being a smaller team he'd probably take the opportunity to get some TV time. I still think he'll try and get in the break but we'll see.

Txurruka and Rujano will definitely try something, I'm just not sure how early and whether or not it'll stick.

Whoever gets 2-3 in the break and picking up KoM points will be on for a great score today.

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 4 years ago
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well here is my team

J-Rod
Henao
Hesjedal
Gadret (dont think many teams have him at the moment)

Txurruka (got him in yesterday ready)
Pozzovivo (will be axed at some point but when who knows? need to get a certain member of your team in for sunday Chris)
Tiralongo
Keizer (had a day off yesterday, so surely due to be in the break today?)
Tschopp (replaced slagter wiht him, again another punt, but not many teams will have him)

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Little gamble today

DeGendt in for Basso

Tschopp in for Barta

Team:
J-Rod
DeGendt
Henao
Hesjedal
Tiralongo
Tschopp
Golas
Robottini(in the break  3
Pozzovivo

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 4 years ago
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Got rid of Basso due to the long downhill finish and replaced him with Scarponi who i think will go for it today.

Team now looks like:

Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Michele Scarponi (LAM)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Allessandro De Marchi (AND)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Damiano Caruso (LIQ)
Amets Txurruka (EUS)
Stefano Pirazzi (COG

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 4 years ago
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Samoilau's done a Barta and got in the break 2 days after I dropped him. Gkam your luck is catching...

At least he's in my "just for fun" purist team - Go Branislau!

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 4 years ago
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Gap is only 4 mins tho thanks to Euskatel on the front of the bunch, hopefully trying to keep it manageable for Txurruka or Nieve to bridge the gap later...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Annoyingly the only person I wasn't fussed about getting into the break, Rabottini, is in there. Yeah it's extra points but it's points everyone else will get too  2

Fingers crossed Rujano, Pozzovivo and Txurruka attack like crazy on the final climbs, apparently Gadret has also said he's going to 'dynamite the race' which should be fun to watch, it was a toss up between bringing him or Rujano in, thought Rujano might be given more leeway as he's nearly 8 minutes down.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah crap, my secret weapon for tomorrow has jacked it in...

Quote:

Another withdrawal: Thomas Vaitkus of Orica GreenEdge

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Annoyingly the only person I wasn't fussed about getting into the break, Rabottini, is in there. Yeah it's extra points but it's points everyone else will get too  2

I won't be getting them.  20

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I was tempted to bring in Gadret after he said he was going to "dynamite" the race today, but i doubt he'll be backing it up.  3

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Doaky [68 posts] 4 years ago
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No one in the break today!! AGAIN.
Whens the tour start???????
Still a few GC contenders and got Gadret in the hope he does something today!!!

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Doaky [68 posts] 4 years ago
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Do these guys not realise we're relying on them for points????  3

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