Stage 6 - Epernay to Metz

by drheaton   July 6, 2012  

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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Well its over for Cav as far as the Green goes now

Alot of GC guys loosing quite alot of time

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:07

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Hesjedal 7 minutes behind, oh dear, quite a come down after the Giro Sad

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:07

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Astarloza out - thats a shame I was interested to see how he'd go in the mountains...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:07

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Balls, Griepel up front and possibly in the sprint Angry

Also, Poels hasn't abandoned, Astarloza has.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:09

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Zabriske won combativity i believe Smile

hope veelers is in the lead group...

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:12

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Sagan takes it!

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:13

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130 points for the stage for me, not great in the end as i lost out on at least some points for veelers and Cav, could have had that stage but it seems not

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:19

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1. SAGAN Peter
2. GREIPEL André
3. GOSS Matthew Harley
4. VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert
5. HAEDO Juan Jose
6. HENDERSON Gregory
7. PETACCHI Alessandro
8. PAOLINI Luca
9. IMPEY Daryl
10. LANCASTER Brett Daniel
11. HINAULT Sébastian
12. CURVERS Roy
13. SIMON Julien
14. EVANS Cadel
15. EISEL Bernhard
16. NIBALI Vincenzo
17. MARCATO Marco
18. KLÖDEN Andréas
19. SANCHEZ Samuel
20. ROCHE Nicolas

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:19

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That was bizarre. From Greipel saying he wasn't sprinting, to the commentators saying it was van Hummel that lost his chain, I thought it would be a rubbish day, and all of a sudden I got 1,2,3,4. Although I still don't trust that it was actually van Hummel in 4th until I see the replay again...

I think everyone will be having a rethink of their teams tonight!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:21

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1, 3 and 4 plus 38 intermediate sprint points and a few standings points, maybe 135-140. Not bad to say my main man missed the finish.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:21

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Julien Simon 13th, thats a bonus...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:24

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From my team for tomorrow - only Gorka Izaguirre was in the first group. Angry

posted by Wig_Billy [577 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:24

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Taaramae lost 1'39"
Scarponi, Brajkovic, Schleck, Rolland, Mollema, Valverde and Peraud lost 2'09"
Gesink and Kruijswick lost 3'31"
Casar 5'01"

and they're still rolling in at 7+ minutes down, no sign of Hesjedal just yet.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:30

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chrisdstripes wrote:
That was bizarre. From Greipel saying he wasn't sprinting, to the commentators saying it was van Hummel that lost his chain, I thought it would be a rubbish day, and all of a sudden I got 1,2,3,4. Although I still don't trust that it was actually van Hummel in 4th until I see the replay again...

I think everyone will be having a rethink of their teams tonight!

Think you will beat me on the stage now!

My team is gonna be the same as i planned....

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:31

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Hesjedal lost 13'24" in the end finishing 181 of 190.

bad day for Garmin and for my purist team Crying

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:34

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I backed Ryder at 66-1 e/w. Poo.

posted by veseunr [282 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:37

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only one of mine lost time as i am changing all 4 of my stars tomorrow....and you know which star that is

Anyone think sagan could be there at the finish tomorrow?

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:51

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

My team is gonna be the same as i planned....

Me too probably, although that means keeping Astarloza who has abandoned. Going to wait for the dust to settle and try to work out who is injured, and who just lost time because they were caught up behind the crash. A couple of the stars I was intending to bring in tomorrow lost over 5 mins...
...which could be a good thing in terms of getting in a break, as long as they aren't injured...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:52

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Those stars who lost time could still be worth a gamble! nothing to lose by getting in a break whilst Wiggo and BMC mark each other for the next 2 days Thinking

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1848 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:54

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Anyone think sagan could be there at the finish tomorrow?

It had crossed my mind, but I think not - he's playing the long game of getting to Paris and winning Green. Having said that, he's sat up on most proper climbs so far this season, so who knows what he's capable of if he actually tries...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
6th July 2012 - 15:54

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Wig_Billy wrote:
From my team for tomorrow - only Gorka Izaguirre was in the first group. Angry

I dont think your stage hunting plan has gone well!!!

One of your riders has even abandoned...

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 16:31

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sagan's perfectly capabale of being in the hat for the intermediate points tomorrow, i'd guess that'll be his goal for the day

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7497 posts]
6th July 2012 - 16:47

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
only one of mine lost time as i am changing all 4 of my stars tomorrow....and you know which star that is

Anyone think sagan could be there at the finish tomorrow?

I'm not sure about the finish but he could definitely be there on Sunday.

Transfers planned but just waiting for the highlights to assess the damage that crash caused. Time to take some risks so gambling on a couple of stars who've lost time to go for the win tomorrow. Probably not ones you expect though Wink

Out of interest, apart from Rogers and Gusev, which under 20 credit stars do you rate for the TT?

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
6th July 2012 - 17:51

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Well im leaving sagan for the intermediate sprint tomorrow, then will take him out for sunday in place of my breakaway guy

none, rogers will be in my team.

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 19:02

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Wig_Billy wrote:
From my team for tomorrow - only Gorka Izaguirre was in the first group. Angry

I dont think your stage hunting plan has gone well!!!

One of your riders has even abandoned...

I know Crying . I'm wondering whether to give up on tomorrow and bring in a load of breakaway guys for Stage 8 instead.

Lol - http://fantasy.road.cc/leagues?action=stage&sid=69 Cool

posted by Wig_Billy [577 posts]
6th July 2012 - 20:02

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
only one of mine lost time as i am changing all 4 of my stars tomorrow....and you know which star that is

Anyone think sagan could be there at the finish tomorrow?

Yes. I'm definitely keeping him. He's got nothing to lose and some guarenteed points. Some of the riders who lost time may not have been hurt and will go for stage wins now so I'm not sure who to go for. Might stick in Moncoutie though for Sunday, his kind of day if he's up for it. Also double points at the finish tomorrow so Morkov has had his day. Shame about the crashes but by luck rather than judgement I got 1,2,3,4. Glad the sprints are over for a while. Prefer the mountain stages.

posted by Alan Tullett [1465 posts]
6th July 2012 - 21:26

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mouncoutie is going in my team sunday in place of sagan

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
6th July 2012 - 21:50

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I'm keeping Sagan too. he's plenty good enough a climber to be at the front of the peloton for the intermediate, and he'll still be in green

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7497 posts]
6th July 2012 - 22:03

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drheaton wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:
only one of mine lost time as i am changing all 4 of my stars tomorrow....and you know which star that is

Anyone think sagan could be there at the finish tomorrow?

I'm not sure about the finish but he could definitely be there on Sunday.

Transfers planned but just waiting for the highlights to assess the damage that crash caused. Time to take some risks so gambling on a couple of stars who've lost time to go for the win tomorrow. Probably not ones you expect though Wink

Out of interest, apart from Rogers and Gusev, which under 20 credit stars do you rate for the TT?

Devenyns/Zubeldia?

But Rogers is cheaper and better.

posted by ray silvester [1858 posts]
8th July 2012 - 7:10

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If if there was no TT on monday id have put zubeldia in, however went rogers due to the TT. Rogers shpould top 10 and dont think zubledia will place, maybe top 30 for him, but not higher than maybe 18th/19th

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
8th July 2012 - 8:25

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