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Another sprint stage and another chance for Goss to show us he's the third fastest man in the world or is it another chance for Tyler Farrar to take out half the field?

Cast iron sprint finish again, four in the escape:

- Davide Malacarne (ITA) EUC
- Romain Zingle (BEL) COF
- Dave Zabriskie (USA) GRS
- Karsten Kroon (NED) STB

One sprint and one cat 4 before the finish.

I think pretty much everyone will have a broadly unchanged team today with an eye on the shake up that will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Mine is:

Cavendish
Goss
Sagan
Van Hummel

Arashiro
Ladagnous
Levarlet
Boeckmans
Izagirre

Plan is to ditch Cav, Goss, Ladagnous and Boeckmans tonight but not 100% on who I'll bring in, still deliberating between starting to bring in TTing climbers or to go full out on breakaway riders and try hoover up a load of points on Sunday.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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My DS's won't be scoring today so I'm cheering for Sagan, Goss, van Hummel and Greipel. All of whom will then be promptly dropped before tomorrow.

Glad to see Dave Z in the break, wasn't sure about his form for Monday but hopefully this means he's OK...

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Monday is why Dave is still in my team...

same as yesterday

Cav
Sagan
Goss
Veelers

Lancaster
Edet
Arashiro
Izagirre
Zabriske

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Captain America Running away from something perhaps?

Same team as yesterday starts in 2nd place on the tour overall (1st premium)

Cavendish
Greipel
Sagan
Veelers
Cantwell
Boeckmans
Impey
Morkov
Cooke

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Crash in the bunch, Griepel, Gutierrez and Westra are down, no report on any injuries although Gutierrez seems have come off worst.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Report on the crash:

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Dr. Florence Pommerie: Greipel has significant injuries

The medical team of the Tour has recently offered an appraisal on the state of the riders who fell at the 35km mark. “About 20 riders came past our car after the fall, including many team leaders,” said Florence Pommerie. “The crash victims included Sandy Casar (FDJ), Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) and Andre Greipel (LTB). Most have abrasions and contusions. “These are minor injuries, but they hurts all the same. André Greipel seems to have some significant injuries including and a wounded finger. He must have landed very heavily.”

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Sprint points:

1. Kroon (STB) 15pts
2. Zabriskie (GRS) 14pts
3. Zingle (COF) 13pts
4. Malacarne (EUC) 12pts
5. Goss (OGE) 11pts
6. Cavendish (SKY) 10pts
7. Sagan (LIQ) 9pts
8. Boeckmans (VCD) 8pts
9. Boasson Hagen (SKY) 7pts
10. Hutarovich (FDJ) 6pts
11. O'Grady (OGE) 5pts
12. Impey (OGE) 4pts
13. Popovych (RNT) 3pts
14. Albasini (OGE) 2pts
15. Bak (LTB) 1pt

No Van Hummel  2

You have to wonder what Greipel is playing at if he wants the Green jersey, Goss can happily finish second or third and still out score him every stage while he's pikcing up 10 intermediate sprint points.

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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31 at the intermediate for me from Cav,Tourminater,Impey and Boeckmans  16

Just considering my transfers for tomorrow.....actually I've already made 3 and am waiting for the finale to decide whether to take Sagan or Greipel out for my last star transfer.

transfers:
1)Cav for the 'Yankee Dutchman' DONE
2)Cooke for the 'Mayor's Son' DONE
3)Impey for the 'nearly man of Paris-Nice' DONE
4)Greipel(or Sagan) for a 'well named man' although I'm considering Veelers out for 'Aussie Buck'

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Van Hummel said yesterday he was feeling good, so I'm hoping he's saving himself for the finish...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Griepel and Gesink on the floor again.

Garmin are quoted as saying that Farrar won't contest the sprint because he's too afraid of crashing. I predict there will be no crash today purely because Farrar isn't there, he seems to cause most of them.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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49 points at the intermediate sprint  1

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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You made up 27 on me then TER...

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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"Today's stage features a tight right-hander just before the 2km to go sign that the peloton is going to have to slow down significantly for. Then comes a gentle left turn and a gentle right hander... with about 1,400m to go there is a 90 degree left turn that leads riders to a 300m downhill stretch (with a gradient of about three per cent) and under a railway bridge.

The speed is going to be up around 70km/h and then, there's another 90 degree turn (to the left) with about 850m to go. And, from there it's flat and straight all the way to the line."

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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that 49 includes the 5 for the cat 4 too, forgot to say that...

A Cav, Sagan, Goss, Veelers top 4 and the stage could be mine?....

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Could be - according to commentary, Lotto are saying that Greipel won't be contesting the sprint due to his injuries  2

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Greipel wont sprint today....

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Shame about Greipel. Today was always going to be average for me as all my DS riders are the ones I wanted for the hills, but still need some points from somewhere! A Goss win is my best hope...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Friere and Farrar have been dropped. Without those two odds are we should have a safe sprint today.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Huzzah

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Frison: Greipel won't sprint today
France Télévision has just interviewed the directeur sportif of the Lotto-Belisol team, Herman Frison who explained the injuries sustained by André Greipel today. "He has pain in his shoulder," said the Belgian about the rider who has won the last two stages. "And he won't take part in the sprint today."

This is likely to mean that Greg Henderson will be given the chance to sprint for himself instead of doing the lead-out as he's done in the last couple of days. The 35-year-old New Zealander is riding the Tour for the first time this year. He's previously won a stage of the Vuelta a España and he switched teams - from Sky - largely because he wanted to race the Tour before the end of his career.

Obviously it's unfortunate, but from a fantasy news it's bloody great.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Yet more crashes, Shrek is down, so is Petacchi.

Is this the end of Shrek's attempt on yellow?

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Think Casar and Hesjedal in there too....may change my plans (casar wise)

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Bloody hell. Safe sprint - there's only about fifty guys left!

Hesjedal also losing time, could be interesting to see the GC after today...

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah TER, I though Moncoutie might be your Frenchman  3

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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anyone seen Cav in the lead group?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Chaos, gutted for Hesjedal, Schleck and anyone else who's lost time through crashes. It's not nice but it can happen to anyone and it's nice to see Sky have learned from last year and had Wiggins right at the head of the peloton.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Ah TER, I though Moncoutie might be your Frenchman  3

He is....

I just found a way of getting in casar for sunday as well.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Not sure where they are though as i dont think he is in the second group  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

anyone seen Cav in the lead group?

Poels abandons, Cavendish and EBH in the second group  20

That's Karma, I was feeling far too smug about Griepel not sprinting today  14

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Chavanel is right near the front, is he gonna have another go?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Le Tour reporting that Cav and EBH in the second group although no time check, Schleck and Gesink at around 2:30, Danielson and Vigano have now also abandoned.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Schleck 2'00" behind first peloton
The group that includes Cavendish, Brajkovic, Valverde, Rolland and Schleck is 2'00" behind the Orica-GreenEdge led bunch that is now just 11" behind the four stage leaders.

Sounds like Goss and GreenEdge are caning it to try and keep Cav out of the sprint. Two minutes is surely far too much to make up in 15km and if Wiggins and Sky decide to the up the pace Schleck, Rolland, Valverde and anyone else in that group could lose even more.

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