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It's finally over, we've made it to the end and we still don't know who's going to take the Maglia Rosa.

Who's your money on for the ITT and the overall?

Is it between Phinney, Larsson and Rasmussen and if so who's survived the mountains in a good enough condition to put in a great ride? Who else has a shot?

Can Rodriguez put in the time trial of his life to keep the jersey or will Hesjedal take it from him at the last minute? Can De Gendt make up any time and make the podium? How will Basso do?

Lots of questions still to answer, its been a great three weeks and for me, the TdF is going to have to be amazing to top this.

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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Haven't got a clue. But i've put Rasmussen and Thomas in. Which means I took out Scarponi. I could have put Phinney in of course and kept Scarponi for gc points.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm not sure about Thomas, I just don't know if he's got it in him to win after a punishing three weeks, Phinney too. The likes of Rasmussen and Larsson seem like safer bets, its a shame that Miller's not racing really.

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rcorbin [212 posts] 4 years ago
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Tuft, Bauer and Larsson were my transfers.

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TERatcliffe26 [4663 posts] 4 years ago
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here is my team, nothing to hide and dont know when i will be on tomorrow

J-Rod
Basso
Hesjedal
De Gendt (should have took the risk and put him in last night but thought gadret may do something)

Bauer
Sergent
Tshchopp
Larsson
Phinney

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Not decided yet but possibly

Rodriguez
Hesjedal
De Gendt
Pinotti

Phinney
Larsson
Rasmussen
Rabottini
Guardini

My decision really is whether to pick up Phinney or not and who to drop from Rodriguez and Basso. I think Basso has the better TT but Rodriguez has 5 guaranteed points and possibly another 5+ from GC.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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I've put Pinotti and Larsson in my team for tomorrow. Only had 2 transfers available so that'll have to be. Long way off winning the bike now in any case.

I imagine that everyone is going to be in the same position? Unless you've been extremely tactical and kept your maximum 4 transfers.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I've got 4, had a very climby team so I didn't make any changes between 19 and 20 with the ITT in mind.

I've made my changes now, gone with what I put above. Dropped Basso over Rodriguez even though Basso's got the better TT, at this stage I'd rather have the guaranteed points in hand.

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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J-Bob could be worth a punt too although I didn'y put him in.

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Stumps [3434 posts] 4 years ago
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Stuck in De Gendt, Larsson and Phinney. Nothing to lose as i'm not going to win but a nice little climb up my area standings would do nicely.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Squiggle wrote:

J-Bob could be worth a punt too although I didn'y put him in.

Um... I'm sure I saw that Bobridge had called it a day today on one of the text commentaries. Probably worth checking out if you're thinking of having him in your team.

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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Can De Gendt TT?

I seem to remember him doing well at prologues, but this ones a little longer.

Hmmmm

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Simon_MacMichael [2471 posts] 4 years ago
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He was 4th in the TDF ITT in Grenoble last year behind Tony Martin, Cadel Evans and Alberton Contador, so yes he can.

He wasn't saving himself for it either - he was sixth on the Alpe d'Huez the previous day.

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Loosehorse [10 posts] 4 years ago
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Bobridge DNF according to CN finish list

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frankiejay [150 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't like Thomas or Phinney for the longer TT. Don't get me wrong, I think they could easily top 10 or even top 5, but I see them as less likely than others. My outrageous top 5 prediction (now bound to be wrong) for tomorrow is

1. Larsson
2. de Gendt
3. Rasmussen
4. Pinotti
5. Boaro

Others I looked at include of course Thomas and Phinney, but also Malori, Tuft, and Clement.

With that said, here's the team:

Pinotti (IN for Uran)
J-Rod
Hesjedal
de Gendt (IN for Basso)

Larsson (IN for Barta)
Rabottini
Pirazzi
Pozzovivo
Rasmussen (IN for Felline)

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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Out:Rubiano,Golas,Pozzovivo,Basso
In:DeGendt,Phinney,Rasmussen,Pirazzi

Team:
Uran
DeGendt
Hesjedal
J-Rod
Pirazzi
Rabottini
Barta
Phinney
Rasmussen

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chrisdstripes [1734 posts] 4 years ago
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My team is...

Hesjedal
Basso
De Gendt
Pinotti
Phinney
Rasmussen
Larsson
Clement
Hermans

So hoping for a decent day. My last-minute change of heart was Rasmussen instead of Malori, I hope I don't live to regret that...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't think you will, Malori should top 10 but I think Rasmussen will win it.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Ivan Basso (LIQ)
Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
Gustav Erik Larsson (VCD)
Manuele Boaro (SAX)
Matteo Rabottini (FAR)
Ramunas Navardauskas (GRM)

Considering taking a 20 point penalty to bring de gent for Henao or bass!?
He'd need to be top 4 for a good positive points tally!

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Gone for

Hesjay
Basso
Henao
DeGendt

Phinney
Rasmussen
Larsson
Rabottini
Golas

Expect podium to be

Hesjay
Sir Thomas of Ghent
Purito
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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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My 'Operation Milan' team;

Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Marco Pinotti (BMC)
Geraint Thomas (SKY)
Taylor Phinney (BMC)
Alex Rasmussen (GRM)
Adriano Malori (LAM)
Svein Tuft (GRE)
Gustav Erik Larsson (VCD)

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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Wig_Billy wrote:

My 'Operation Milan' team;

Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Marco Pinotti (BMC)
Geraint Thomas (SKY)
Taylor Phinney (BMC)
Alex Rasmussen (GRM)
Adriano Malori (LAM)
Svein Tuft (GRE)
Gustav Erik Larsson (VCD)

Did you get to that team with no penalty points?

Could be a stage winner if so  44

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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No penalty points  16 . I've been planning it for a few stages.

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frankiejay [150 posts] 4 years ago
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Stage hunting... love it.

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simon F [1003 posts] 4 years ago
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Cav's really trying. 1'46" down on Rasmussen at the finish. Don't think it'll be good enough but pretty impressive all the same. And now 1'53" down on Sergent.

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TERatcliffe26 [4663 posts] 4 years ago
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picking phinney was a mistake!!!

At least I have sergeant that others wont have

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simon F [1003 posts] 4 years ago
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And Ballan pushes him out of the top 15. Game over.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 4 years ago
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My team, only ended up with 2 transfers left, So I put in Larsson and Phinney just incase

Joaquin Rodriguez (KAT)
Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)
Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Stefano Pirazzi (COG)
Gustav Erik Larsson (VCD)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
Diego Ulissi (LAM)
Taylor Phinney (BMC)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Phinney way of the pace; GT flying!

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Might get 5 points for Phinney afterall thanks to Pinotti!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Awesome ride from De Gendt, beating Rasmussen/Larsson is no mean feat and I think he deserves a podium place for the last two days.

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