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Tingling with anticipation for todays stage.....Let the fireworks begin.....  1

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I think today will be won by an attack or breakaway, with the main GC guys coming in not far behind. My money's on a Gadret attack today, maybe Nieve too. Wouldn't surprised to see De Gendt give it a go either.

I've given up on the main comp now after losing 10 places in two days but I've stuck to my plan:

Rodriguez
Basso
Hesjedal
De Gendt

Pozzovivo
Rabottini
Guardini
Tschopp
Txurruka

Fingers crossed today goes better than the last couple of days.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Well i've got 1 eye on sunday so not much change  26

Sergio Luis Henao
Ivan Basso (IN)
Joaquin Rodriguez
Thomas de Gendt

Domenico Pozzovivo
Johann Tschopp
Christian Vande Velde (IN)
Matteo Rabottini
Geoffrey Soupe

Depending on today, prob give Tschopp and de Gent the chop and bring back Uran or Hesjedal  39

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TERatcliffe26 [4571 posts] 3 years ago
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Well ive gone

J-Rod
Hesjedal
Basso
Gadret

Txurruka
Tschopp
Keizer (please go in the break, you need the km's)
Pozzovivo
Bauer (cheap and ready for sunday (also 5 points if hesjedal was to win the stage))

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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The leading group now has four minutes over the peloton. The riders are:
Casar (FDJ)
Rohregger (RadioShack)
Sella (Androni)
Pirazzi (Colnago)
Flecha (Sky)
Santaromita (BMC)
Pauwels (QuickStep)
Garate (Rabobank)
Malori (Lampre)
Ventoso (Movistar)
Zeits (Astana)
Hansen (Lotto Belisol)
Benedetti (NetApp)
Cazaux (Euskaltel)
Ignatiev (Katusha)
Guardini (Farnese Vini)
Haedo (Saxo Bank).

No Rabottini  2

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Guardini for KoM Jersey!!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Guardini for KoM Jersey!!

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Pirazzi/Sella probably with maybe Guardini trying to steal points away from them. I guess as they've both been crap for the first two weeks they'll be after the stage win.

Any idea if there's enough KoM points left today and tomorrow for Rabottini to lose the jersey?

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:
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The leading group now has four minutes over the peloton. The riders are:
Casar (FDJ)
Rohregger (RadioShack)
Sella (Androni)
Pirazzi (Colnago)
Flecha (Sky)
Santaromita (BMC)
Pauwels (QuickStep)
Garate (Rabobank)
Malori (Lampre)
Ventoso (Movistar)
Zeits (Astana)
Hansen (Lotto Belisol)
Benedetti (NetApp)
Cazaux (Euskaltel)
Ignatiev (Katusha)
Guardini (Farnese Vini)
Haedo (Saxo Bank).

No Rabottini  2

Seventeen different teams represented, although no Garmin. Would think this is likely to stay away, which would increase Cav's chances of retaining the Maglia Rossa.

DrHeaton, I believe Rabottini has no close KOM rivals in the break.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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DrHeaton, I believe Rabottini has no close KOM rivals in the break.

No he doesn't, but with 5 climbs today (inc 3 Cat 1s) and 5 tomorrow (cats 2, 3, 3, 1 and the cima copi) I was wondering if it was possible for someone to start from scratch and catch him with so many points on offer over the next two stages? Pirazzi and Sella may fancy it seeing as they've got nothing else to ride for other than maybe a stage win.

If Pirazzi, Sella, Garate and maybe Casar take it up and work together there's no reason the four of them can't stay away, there's some excellent climbers in the break but it's a looong stage and anything could happen. I wouldn't be surprised if Euskatel wanted to bring it back together for one of their better climbers later on, or Vaconsoliel even as they've not got anyone in there and De Gendt may fancy his changes.

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nickobec [246 posts] 3 years ago
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Pirazzi takes the points at the top of the climb with Rohregger and Serge Pauwels grabbing second and third

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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My rough calculations (based on 15pts for a cat 1, 9 for a cat 2 and 5 for a cat 3 which I think is right) mean that there are 59 KoM points on offer today and 34 tomorrow excluding the Cima Coppi as I don't know what that scores.

Based on that there's no reason that Pirazzi can't overtake Rabottini's 65 if he manages to stay out today and get in a break tomorrow.

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nickobec [246 posts] 3 years ago
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Happy because

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Rigoberto Uran (SKY)
Ivan Basso (LIQ)
Stefano Pirazzi (COG)
Matteo Rabottini (FAR)
Andrea Guardini (FAR)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
Jan Barta (APP)

Choice between Cesare Benedetti & Jan Barta today and I went for better chance on Sunday, might regret that.

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nickobec [246 posts] 3 years ago
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DrHeaton Cima Coppi twice a cat 1 if my memory serves me right so 30 points.

59 today, 64 tomorrow, the Maglia Azzurra can change hands, so Rabottini might come out tomorrow to defend, resting today  3

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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nickobec wrote:

DrHeaton Cima Coppi twice a cat 1 if my memory serves me right so 30 points.

59 today, 64 tomorrow, the Maglia Azzurra can change hands, so Rabottini might come out tomorrow to defend, resting today  3

Looks like today was the day to have Pirazzi then  2 I went for Tschopp in the end as he's likely to be there or there abouts at the end. If all, or even just some, of this break manage to stay away there's going to be a lot of low scores today. I think most people were banking on the GC guys fighting it out up the front on the last climb.

Oh, and Rujano has just called it a day.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Rujano's out of here  4
Never really justified the pre-race hype.

Out:Hunter,Cav,Guardini
In:Uran,Basso,Barta

Hesjedal
J-Rod
Uran
Basso
Pozzovivo
Rubiano
Barta
Rabottini
Golas

Unlikely to make any changes tonight in order to save them for Milan

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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wow Ray we have awfully similar teams.

Hesjedal
J-Rod
Uran
Basso
Pozzovivo
Pirazzi
Barta
Rabottini
Felline

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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Pirazzi over the top first again, just before Rohregger. They look to be the only two going for the KoM

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Update:

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Liquigas still drive the pace with seven lime green riders on the front of the bunch. The 16 leaders have 4:10 on the pack, with the Cavendish-Intxausti group 8:20 off the pace.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Movistar's Benat Intxausti has been dropped by the peloton! The young Spaniard started the day in sixth place in the GC, 3:04 down on Rodriguez. He may tumble down the standings today if he continues at this rate...

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robacairns [19 posts] 3 years ago
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Movistar's Benat Intxausti has been dropped by the peloton! The young Spaniard started the day in sixth place in the GC, 3:04 down on Rodriguez. He may tumble down the standings today if he continues at this rate...

Noooo! He was one of my differentiators today. I had the choice of mimicking the second place team with Henao, but thought the Inxtausti vs Henao matchup was worth going for. Team leader who has been steady so far vs young rider possibly running out of gas and with potential duty helping Uran. Of course it's not paying off. That could be my new bike sliding back down the road - thanks Benat.  2

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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robacairns wrote:
drheaton wrote:
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Movistar's Benat Intxausti has been dropped by the peloton! The young Spaniard started the day in sixth place in the GC, 3:04 down on Rodriguez. He may tumble down the standings today if he continues at this rate...

Noooo! He was one of my differentiators today. I had the choice of mimicking the second place team with Henao, but thought the Inxtausti vs Henao matchup was worth going for. Team leader who has been steady so far vs young rider possibly running out of gas and with potential duty helping Uran. Of course it's not paying off. That could be my new bike sliding back down the road - thanks Benat.  2

This is why I'm glad I'm not near the top of the standings. It would be tough to have that much on the line!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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In fairness he was a good choice gone badly wrong. What I've learned in the last couple of days is that generally, risks don't pay off and the best bet, if you find yourself up there, is to just play it safe.

Don't worry too much robacairns, I suspect Henao will crack long before the end which is why I brought in De Gendt.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Here are my guys today

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ivan Basso (LIQ)
Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Stefano Pirazzi (COG)
Sandy Casar (FDJ)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Diego Ulissi (LAM)
Alexander Kristoff (KAT)

I have the two leaders in the road and they just got me some points on a climb, but i've just switched on

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Here are my guys today

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ivan Basso (LIQ)
Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Stefano Pirazzi (COG)
Sandy Casar (FDJ)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Diego Ulissi (LAM)
Alexander Kristoff (KAT)

I have the two leaders in the road and they just got me some points on a climb, but i've just switched on

Pirazzi's been getting max KoM points all day, Tiralongo is way out the back, all four of your stars are in Basso's 'peloton', Ulissi and Kristoff are not anywhere interesting as they've not been mentioned all day.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh, and Guardini is 3 minutes behind the Cavendish/Intxausti group and going backwards fast. If he finishes inside the time limit he's nailed on last man but I can see him getting lapped before the end  19

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Cheers drheaton

I just saw Guardini coming across the line waving to everyone and looking like he's just enjoying the attention, I think he'll be timed out though

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Attack: Dario Cataldo of Omega Pharma-QuickStep jumps off the front of the main pack. He's only four minutes down in the GC, which is interesting.

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robacairns [19 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

In fairness he was a good choice gone badly wrong. What I've learned in the last couple of days is that generally, risks don't pay off and the best bet, if you find yourself up there, is to just play it safe.

Don't worry too much robacairns, I suspect Henao will crack long before the end which is why I brought in De Gendt.

I know - kicking myself. I was debating between Inxtausti and De Gendt. I should have put more stock in the ITT and gone with De Gendt.

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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Right on cue the Eurosport feeds start breaking down when they get on the final climb.

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joemmo [1156 posts] 3 years ago
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frankiejay wrote:

Right on cue the Eurosport feeds start breaking down when they get on the final climb.

are you using the iPad eurosport player? That keeps happening to me, it seems a pretty flaky service at times.

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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Kreuziger
Hesjedal
Rodriguez
Scarponi
Pozzovivo
Basso
Uran
Nieve
Pirazzi
Gadret
De Gendt
Cunego
Henao

...not official, that is just how I saw it.

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