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Starts on Tuesday - Profile looks not a million miles away from Tour of California minus TT (first 4 stages could all be sprint finishes but a couple do have hills, 5 is craggy, 6 is a brute, 7 short and flat). I just picked my team and had 43.4 credits left over! Who's going for this? Or is it just an unwelcome distraction?

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm still deciding upon a team but have a rough team in my head. Am I right in thinking they are a climbing the same cat 1 mountain 4 times on stage 1?

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dave atkinson [6144 posts] 3 years ago
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northstar wrote:

I'm still deciding upon a team but have a rough team in my head. Am I right in thinking they are a climbing the same cat 1 mountain 4 times on stage 1?

yup. and the same two cat 1 hills *five* times on stage 6  22

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks

There's going to be a lot of shelling out the back I guess on those days.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I think it's probably an unwelcome distraction and takes away from the TdF which should be the main focus of the fantasy comp.

I didn't really enjoy the ToC because I was still competing in the Giro but I guess if the TdF is a write off for you then the ToP could be fun. Personally my ToP team will be thrown together at the last minute and will be considerably less well planned than my TdF team.

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dave atkinson [6144 posts] 3 years ago
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stage 6 looks genuinely awful, there's not a metre of flat road in it judging by the profile. just those two categorised hills five times each plus another one that's not categorised, five times. fifteen climbs of 200-400m a pop.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

stage 6 looks genuinely awful, there's not a metre of flat road in it judging by the profile. just those two categorised hills five times each plus another one that's not categorised, five times. fifteen climbs of 200-400m a pop.

Sounds like loads of breakaways points  20

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dave atkinson [6144 posts] 3 years ago
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yeah, get the guys in that break and you've probably won the tour  4

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Picking the hometown DS' who go on the breaks will decide it for sure.

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stumps [3184 posts] 3 years ago
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going to enter as purist. I dont think there will be an awful lot of sprint finishes going by the profiles.

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm thinking along the lines of:

Gasparotto
Uran
Teklehaymanot
Arroyo
Tiralongo
Dekker
Gerdemann
+ 2 Polish guys.

Boonen/Haussler/Degenkolb/Swift for the sprint stages?

Anyone know who the best Polish Climber is? Restricted to WIKI research I'm afraid on this one!!

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simon F [993 posts] 3 years ago
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Stage 1 - lumpy with last 1km at 2.5% uphill

Stage 2,4,7 - flat

Stage 3 - 2 climbs (actually 1 repeated - looks like cat ears on the profile) then 3.5 100 vert meter (max 13.5%) lumps in a crit. Uphill finish (500m at 4.6%)

Stage 5 - nasty. first cat and second cat climbed 3 times. last 1km at 3.1%

Stage 6 - worse. 2 cat 1's and an evil looking uncategorised climb repeated 5 times. Last 3km - 1km at 8.1% (max 11.5%) then 1km at 2.6% finishing with 1km at 3.6%

This is mostly for my benefit but maybe someone else will find it useful. I'm a bit stuck for who should be in my team at the moment.

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simon F [993 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone know who the best Polish Climber is?

Szmyd? Niemiec? cqranking.com is the place for this sort of info.

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks for the resource Simon F

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TERatcliffe26 [4465 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon giving away one of my riders  3

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simon F [993 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Simon giving away one of my riders  3

Is Szmyd coming home from France then? If my psychic powers were that good, I wouldn't be so consistently behind you in the West Mids overall (for two years)  2

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmm, maybe I've underestimated a couple of these stages - oh well, I'm sticking with it. Will have a good team for stage 2 if nothing else!

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stumps [3184 posts] 3 years ago
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Treating this race as a bit of fun and picked my team for purist:

Rigoberto Uran (SKY)
Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Jan Bakelants (RSN)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG) (weather supposed to be really sunny)
Ignatas Konovalovas (MOV)
Andrew Talansky (GRM)
Alexander Kristoff (KAT)

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TERatcliffe26 [4465 posts] 3 years ago
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simon F wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Simon giving away one of my riders  3

Is Szmyd coming home from France then? If my psychic powers were that good, I wouldn't be so consistently behind you in the West Mids overall (for two years)  2

Nope I have Niemiec...

Theres always time to catch me with my awful TdF showing so far

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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This is an absolute shot in the dark...

Uran
Boonen
Ventoso
Degenkolb
Gavazzi
Machado
Kristoff
Golas
Demare

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 3 years ago
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No one seems to have my man who is reazching for the sky. Allez lp

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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I want Ballan, I just cant fit him in anywhere  39

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Bit of hair puller this one  102 hoping i've picked the right Polish riders for the breaks!  39

Boonen
Bakelants
Henao
Haussler
Stybar
Pozzovivo
Niemiec
Bodnar
Marczynski

Sprint stages should be a bit more straight forward.....  39

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 3 years ago
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Well I have a couple of poles...but Szmyd was not one of them...big mistake???

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm going purist again, I don't know what it is about this season, but there is no fun left in playing the game for me. Last year it was fun, this year, not in the slightest and I think that may have come across in some of my posts.

It was Ballan or Ventoso

Roman Kreuziger (AST)
Fransisco Jose Ventoso (MOV)
Heinrich Haussler (GRM)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
Michal Golas (OPQ)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Rinaldo Nocentini (ALM)
Marek Rutkiewicz (POL)

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I'm going purist again, I don't know what it is about this season, but there is no fun left in playing the game for me. Last year it was fun, this year, not in the slightest and I think that may have come across in some of my posts.

It was Ballan or Ventoso

Roman Kreuziger (AST)
Fransisco Jose Ventoso (MOV)
Heinrich Haussler (GRM)
Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)
Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
Michal Golas (OPQ)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Rinaldo Nocentini (ALM)
Marek Rutkiewicz (POL)

Bit too easy now you can pick so many stars of a certain type. Thinking this might be my last year at it as well! At most going to play this purist.

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iammarcmason [47 posts] 3 years ago
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Going purist too methinks with

Rigoberto Uran
Tom Boonen
Thor Hushovd
Jan Bakelants
Danilo Wyss
William Bonnet
Domenico Pozzovivo
Wilco Kelderman
Aidis Kruopis

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 3 years ago
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I've gone for these, no idea what to expect really but I can't imagine there would be so many sprinters there if they weren't going for stage wins. So were rider classifications different last year then? This is my first year and I'm really enjoying it, but nothing to compare it to!

Degenkolb
Ciolek
Modolo
Swift (like Chavanel, I can't resist picking him if he's riding)
Majka
Golas
Serebriakov
Kristoff
Gavazzi
Hmm - 40.4 credits left over, can I use them in the TdF?  3

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I'm going purist again, I don't know what it is about this season, but there is no fun left in playing the game for me. Last year it was fun, this year, not in the slightest and I think that may have come across in some of my posts.

Perhaps it's just a case of overkill, I've found that a little this year, didn't enjoy the CdD, TdS or ToC, all three were just a race too much at the time, especially having a week long race at the same time as the grand tours (Giro/ToC and TdF/TdP). I wonder if stretching the fantasy season to start with the TDU, ToQ and ToO was too much and I'm just burnt out. I might take it easy next year (a'la the riders aiming to peak at the tour) and only get started just before the Giro.

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 3 years ago
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Gone for this team to begin with, took about 5 mins. Might do a couple of quick transfers each day as I'm quite high on Premium overall now.

Tom Boonen (OPQ)
AR Value: 27.8 Form: 0.0

Eros Capecchi (LIQ)
AR Value: 19.5 Form: 0.8

Rigoberto Uran (SKY)
KM Value: 28.2 Form: 21.0

Enrico Gasparotto (AST)
KM Value: 19.8 Form: 1.0

Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
DS Value: 14.3 Form: 0.0

Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)
DS Value: 9.8 Form: 18.4

Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
DS Value: 8.2 Form: 4.4

Ramunas Navardauskas (GRM)
DS Value: 6.9 Form: 0.0

Michal Golas (OPQ)

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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silas chime wrote:

I'm thinking along the lines of:

Gasparotto
Uran
Teklehaymanot
Arroyo
Tiralongo
Dekker
Gerdemann
+ 2 Polish guys.

Boonen/Haussler/Degenkolb/Swift for the sprint stages?

Anyone know who the best Polish Climber is? Restricted to WIKI research I'm afraid on this one!!

OK Dekker and Arroyo have pulled out so starting with

Gasparotto
Uran
Teklehaymanot
LeMevel
Tiralongo
Niemiec
Gerdemann
Huzarski
Rutkiewicz

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