TDF Stage 8 Belfort-Porrentruy

by silas chime   July 8, 2012  

Plenty of KOM points to be earned today and with 5 climbs before the intermediate sprint it's likely to count the sprinters out of that too.

Looks like a Moncoutie/Hoogerland type stage but you'd then have to dump them for the TT and the risk/reward is too great.

I thought long and hard about a descender but went for the new Maillot Jaune Wiggins instead along with young tyro Taaramae in place of sprinters Greipel and Sagan

Wiggins
Taaramae
Rogers
VanGarderen
Westra
Pinot
Morkov
Cantwell
Boeckmans

Hoping not to haunted by the following names in about 5 hrs time-Hoogerland,Roux,Moncoutie,Voeckler

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Sanchez
Taaramae(in for Chavanel)-White jersey points a bonus
Zubeldia(in for Oss)-Shack No1 now?
Menchov
Edet
Albasini
Morkov
Pinot
Iglinsky

surprise surprise Chavanel goes in the break Angry

And it looks like a strong group

LuLuSanchez,Millar,Voigt,Riblon,Gilbert,Westra,RuiCosta,Perez,Nicki Sorensen,Curvers

posted by ray silvester [1741 posts]
8th July 2012 - 12:34

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I hope this break gets closed after they took LL back in Crying

Can let Voigt go off on his own Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 12:55

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WHAT A FANTASTIC STAGE....ITS ANYBODYS DAY TODAY....COMPELLING VIEWING.... Smile

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [479 posts]
8th July 2012 - 13:36

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Really hope this break stays away. 4 of my purist team are in it.

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
8th July 2012 - 13:37

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Oh yeah, i forgot everyone now has a purist team Angry Angry

I'm only playing purist, so i'm fecked

Sammy Sanchez is out. Hope he's not to badly injured, off in the ambulance

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 13:57

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Gkam,

bad luck mate. You never know what might happen though.

My purist team is Meagre Farmer Otto. I'm a few places below you currently.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
8th July 2012 - 14:17

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Bad luck?? Its Sammy Sanchez, I'm not delighted as it looked bad, but i know a few around me have him Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 14:32

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Had BBC Radio 5 on in the car and they reported Sanchez going down as good news for Cav as he was 'a main rival for the Olympics road race'... anyway, they said suspected broken collarbone.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
8th July 2012 - 14:52

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Not sure it was a collar as he didn't see to be in that position and he was stretchered off like he couldn't walk, I think it was lower down, but didn't get to see much.

Cav's got no chance for the Olympics, he couldn't keep to on the first small climb today Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 14:57

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Moncoutie letting me down!! just 3 points from him so far, need him to take points at the next cat 2 and the cat 1, oh and maybe some sprint points but doubt that

Oh and drheaton it shows just how much five live now, they are only saying it cause sammy won the last olympic road race and the no absolutely nothing!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
8th July 2012 - 14:57

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I put in Kessiakoff for the TT tomorrow and he goes crazy today. What luck.

Only now I'm wondering if he can still perform tomorrow.

posted by Aapje [160 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:03

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I'm watching here for updates, gave up on the race, the start was interesting to see a break go for a change, then the race split all over the shop and the commentators starting talking about scenery, so it's Murray time Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:10

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Aapje wrote:
I put in Kessiakoff for the TT tomorrow and he goes crazy today. What luck.

Only now I'm wondering if he can still perform tomorrow.

good call, should still top 20 tomorrow...

If I hadnt changed my original plan by trying to get casar in my team, then i would have had roy

but been as though im stupid i have casar not roy....fail

but thats the way the tour is going for me

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:13

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Have pretty much given up on the TdF now, had a really bad couple of days picking completely the wrong guys for the breaks and having no real plan for the TT tomorrow. Sammy Sanchez going down was just the icing on the cake, had hoped he'd go for the win today with it being downhill but c'est la vie, no bike for me this year Crying

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:17

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No anything for me this year, but knew that from the outset, so my only hope is any overall prize for purist is only for premium players as there are only a few of us up there Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:25

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I feel very un-nationalistic, but I've gone for Nibali today . . .and dropped Sagan to do it. . . but I think Sagan could do it...

Star riders
Vicenzo Nibali (LIQ)
Haimar Zubeldia (RSN)
Denis Menchov (KAT)
David Moncoutie (COF)
Domestiques
Kris Boeckmans (VCD)
Gorka Izagirre (EUS)
Sylvester Szmyd (LIQ)
Jonathan Cantwell (SAX)
Michael Morkov (SAX)

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Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1209 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:36

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Will all of the skyteam for the the TT tomorrow,or will some take a rest? Froome might take a rest as well as EBH...and let Wiggo go for it alone. . . .but then there is a rest day , so they might all go for it to keep their yellowhelmets. . . .hhhmmm Thinking Thinking

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Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1209 posts]
8th July 2012 - 15:46

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Yup ive given up on the TdF after today, another paltry score it will be, will get outscored by my purist team that has Pinot in it...

Gonna try a good tour de Polonge

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:05

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Good day for my Halfords team (apart from Sanchez).

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:16

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i forgot about the halfords game oops

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:18

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It's the only fantasy game I'm doing remotely well in.

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:22

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Got Evans and wiggins today with a +5. Did hoogerland get any kom? Rein hold onto white?

posted by rcorbin [208 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:22

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Not a bad day today, got Wiggo, Froome and Zubeldia in group home and Rein still holds white by about 6 seconds i think.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2664 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:35

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I wanted to put Pinot in my FC team but just didn't have the transfers. I made a complete mess of my star riders the day before so had to change those first. Gutted.

On the other hand, think my Purist team may continue to move forward.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:36

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Wiggins
Evans
Menchov
Zubeldia
Pinot
Vichot
Edet
Simon
Boeckmans

Rather happy with two transfers today Zubeldia & Pinot

not much wiggle room for tomorrow transfers

posted by nickobec [260 posts]
8th July 2012 - 16:36

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according to the rolling headlines at the top of the bbc sport page Thibault Pineau won today, never heard of him Thinking

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
8th July 2012 - 18:07

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French youngster Thibault Pineau takes a superb win on stage eight as Bradley Wiggins retains yellow Devil Devil Devil Devil

He's now suddenly Cédric's brother? Surprise

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posted by Gkam84 [8684 posts]
8th July 2012 - 18:48

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Ha! Been away for the weekend and return to find my team in tatters! What happened to Sammy? Never mind - should have a half-decent TT team tomorrow. Was 37th after Friday but looks like I'll have to go back to my original aim of top 100...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1534 posts]
8th July 2012 - 19:23

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Sammy broke both hands and a collarbone!!! Sick

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1695 posts]
8th July 2012 - 19:57

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Go Pinot Big Grin

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
8th July 2012 - 21:30

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