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Greenedge boss says Goss is aiming for stage win today! Last 700m at 7% - is he telling the truth or bluffing and hoping Albasini will slip under the radar? I was planning on bringing Goss in for Chavanel tomorrow - do I stick to my guns or make the change a day early?  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon Goss can make it to the end if he's in form, the climbs today are not so bad, but I don't see him winning. Sagan for the win, Cancellara top 20 and Chavanel to have a dig on the last climb in the hope of solo-ing to the line.

I have brought Goss in today though as I'm struggling and wanted to start bringing in sprinters a day early just to try and have some semblance of a decent team tomorrow.

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Debarrio [78 posts] 3 years ago
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Would be surprised if Goss makes it to the line. Johnnie Hoogerland for the Polka dots today? The profile suits his skills and indomitable need to attack. Did you know he attacks because he doesn't like being locked up in the peloton? He's been having panic attacks ever since last years horrific crash (for which he and Flecja still haven't seen any compensation...insurance companies look at each other...no riders' union to sort things out)

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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Hoogerland's problem vis a vis compensation is his interview after the incident last year.

I do agree with you that he could be a major figure today but on such an unpredictable stage and sitting 3rd in the TDF I played safe.

Chavanel is probably too close to Maillot Jaune to be allowed a jump but how about Voeckler or even Shrek?

Cancellara(in for Greipel)
EBH(in for Cavendish)
Sagan
Freire
Urtasun
Impey
Boeckmans
Cooke
Cantwell

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Hoogerland is only 1 min down on GC and given the climbs are all grouped at the end of the stage you could argue that the peloton (BMC for Gilbert, Liquigas for Sagan and Radioshack for the yellow) won't want to give a break too much time so that they can stay away and win the stage/make up time on the leaders.

Remember, cat 4s only award 1 KoM point, I reckon Hoogerland will wait till Sunday if he really wants the jersey when it's all Cat 1 and Cat 2 climbs.

I reckon a nothing break brought back on the final climb, Chavanel to have a dig but be brought back then a similar finish to Sunday.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Hopeful about moving up today after a pretty average start

Spartacus
EBH
Chavanel(in for Haedo)
Hunter
Edet(in for Zabriskie)
Albasini-top 3 today?
Grabsch
Morkov
Engoulvent

Hoping for some cheap DS' to come to the fore so I can kick out Grabsch and Engoulvent soon.....Gene perhaps?

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 3 years ago
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Need a good day today to make up for yesterday - plenty of transfers saved for tomorrow tho.
Cancellara, Chavanel, Sagan, Van Hummel
Boeckmans, Albasini, Gallopin, Simon, Burghardt
Definitely working from home today - looks like a really exciting day ahead...  4

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Morkov looks to be at it again

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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There are five men with a lead of 15". They began their attack at the 5km mark. The riders involved in the first successful escape are:

- Bernaudeau (EUC)

- Perez Moreno (EUS), who instigated the move.

- Minard (ALM)

- Morkov (STB)

- Grivko (AST)

Drat, once again I thought about transfering in Morkov but didn't.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Stage hunting.

Philippe Gilbert
Peter Sagan
Daniel Martin
Dries Devenyns
Julien Simon
Michael Albasini
Gorka Izagirre
Anders Lund
Brice Feillu

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Break already up to 2 minutes. That's your break for the day guys, 100% certain it'll be brought back together before the end though as Grivko is only 38 seconds down on Cancellara.

Looks like Morkov's another good pick, he should be worth a good 30 points at least assuming noone competes for the KoM points.

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Marauder [274 posts] 3 years ago
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Nooooo

I transferred Grivko out for Morkov  20

Could of score big time.

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iammarcmason [47 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggins
Sagan
EBH
Horner
Cantwell
Sprick
Morkov
Horrach
Wynants

starting to think Morkov for Astarloza was a good move, not sure how Horner is going to fare this tour though.

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d_jp [126 posts] 3 years ago
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@drheaton - likewise... decided against Morkov to have an extra transfer for tomorrow.  2

Turned out as inspired as picking Kittel for yesterday  20

I do have Minard - hopefully he can add to the 12 points my DSs have scored me so far in the TdF (yes 12 points for the three stages combined)

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 3 years ago
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ah, Bernadeau and Morkov in the break, eh? *rubs hands*

got EBH, Sagan and Gerrans for the run in too. Hoping for a good day...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Cancellara
Sagan
Goss
Chavanel
Arashiro
Simon
Levarlet
Bernaudeau
Izagirre

Already got my transfers tonight planned out then it's just tweaking until Saturday. Need to make sure I save myself some transfers for the weekend.

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TERatcliffe26 [4600 posts] 3 years ago
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my team looks like this

Gilbert
Sagan
Valverde
JJ Haedo

Gallopin (last chance!)
Simon
Edet
Zabriske
Lancaster

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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A lot of people seem to fancy Valverde for this stage.....rain might put him off?  31

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pward [88 posts] 3 years ago
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Yay, at last, two of the five riders up the road today..... Grivko and Bernaudeau
that was pure luck !

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Marauder [274 posts] 3 years ago
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From Eurosport website
"Jens Voigt sets the pace. The 40-year-old father of six has an energy gel tucked up his shorts for a sweet boost a bit later on."

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Brian Nichol wrote:

From Eurosport website
"Jens Voigt sets the pace. The 40-year-old father of six has an energy gel tucked up his shorts for a sweet boost a bit later on."

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No wonder he's a father of six...

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TERatcliffe26 [4600 posts] 3 years ago
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silas chime wrote:

A lot of people seem to fancy Valverde for this stage.....rain might put him off?  31

out of who i could get for 29 credits i thought he was as good a bet as any considering the other day and the fact i will transfer him out for a sprinter for tomorrow, so it a 1 stage deal...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Minard (ALM) has taken 20 points for first place at the intermediate sprint. He was ahead of Bernaudeau (EUC), Morkov (STB), Perez (EUS) and Grivko (AST)

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Goss really wants green.

No chance.

Cavendish is on hopping fire.

Anyway, I've got two in the break (Morkov and Bernaudeau)  1

I reckon Chav or Sag for today

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Full results of the intermediate sprint
1. Minard (ALM) 15 pts
2. Bernaudeau (EUC) 14pts
3. Morkov (STB) 13pts
4. Perez (EUS) 12pts
5. Grivko (AST) 11pts
6. Cavendish (SKY) 10pts - at 4'30"
7. Van Hummel (VCD) 9pts
8. Sagan (LIQ) 8pts
9. Lancaster (OGE) 7pts
10. Hutarovich (FDJ) 6pts
11. Renshaw (RAB) 5pts
12. Petacchi (LAM) 4pts
13. Goss (OGE) 3pts
14. Boeckmans (VCD) 2pts
15. Cooke (OGE) 1pts

Dissapointing from Goss although perhaps he's saving himself for the finish?

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 3 years ago
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Lotto/Greipel didn't seem at all interested in the sprint there - anyone else surprised by that?

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Sivtsov(sky) Abandoned  2 not good for sky's ambition

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Really tough on Kanstansin.  2

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chrisdstripes [1721 posts] 3 years ago
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Bad news for Sky - any more and Cav won't have any choice but to ride all the way to Paris whether he was intending to or not...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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There has been a big crash at the front of the peloton
At the 166km mark there has been a big crash that has caught up Gerrans as well as a Katusha rider who appears in a terrible state... there are many riders on the ground but we await confirmation of who else was involved

Not great news if you've got Gerrans.

EDIT: Caruso and Rojas also down.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Movistar need to stop pulling!

Gerrans and Rojas down  22

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