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Big day today, will Cancellara win? how's Tony Martin doing? will Froome go all out or settle for his domestique roll? Lots of questions today and it should be as interesting.

My team, made four transfers (40 penalty points):

Wiggins
Evans
Froome
Gusev
Zabriskie
Jeandesboz
Levarlet
Boeckmans
Izagirre

Unless I have a good day today I'll be calling it a day on my title challenge (a'la Gesink) and shooting for a stage win.

Oh, and the transfer window has closed and the stage has just started. Good luck everyone.

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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I think I can get 7 out of the top 20 with any luck:

Wiggins
Rogers
Taaramae
VanGarderen
Pinot
Westra
Boeckmans
Grabsch(in for Morkov)
Zabriskie(in for Cantwell)

Hope the early deadline caught a few out!!!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I wonder how many picked Cancellara and Martin, personally I figured Wiggins, Froome and Evans could well outscore them with their guaranteed GC/KoM standings points.

"silas chime" wrote:

Hope the early deadline caught a few out!!!

That's just plain mean  19

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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I went for these, not ideal but best I could do considering what a mess my team was in yesterday!
Wiggins
Cancellara
Brajkovic
Peter Velits (bad choice for last 2 days but is an improving TTer)
Zabriskie
Grivko
Jeandesbosz, Bouet, Simon
Hopefully at least four of the top six can pick up good points, then I'll recalibrate on the rest day with the four free transfers and have another go...

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Almost as mean as the BBC 'gloating' over Sammy Sanchez' injuries and the so-called 'boost' to Cav's Olympic chances.  19

Personally,if Sanchez was even a contender then Cav has no chance.....as it is it made no difference to the Olymic Road Race favourites(Greipel/Cav/Gerrans/Goss/Gilbert/Sagan).And if France get their track sprinter Bourgain over the undulations then I think he'll blow Cav away!!

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Taken a penalty today  2 had a mare last 2 days so hoping for a better showing today. Couldn't get Evans in either(being biased towards Wiggo was a factor)  19

Menchov
Wiggo
Rogers
Cancellara

Vichot
Izagirre
Lancaster
Engoulvent
Morkov

Didn't think martin was worth it today!  31

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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took my penalty yesterday bringing in rogers a day early  1

Evans
Van Garderen
Rogers
Wiggins

Lancaster
Roux
Zabriskie
Boeckmans
Bernaudeau

for me. 5 or six in the top 20 would do

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Everyone seems to be talking up Cancellara and Wiggins as top two, then Evans and Martin as 3 & 4 in any order. Does anyone think there are any other riders capable of breaking into the top 4? Froome, Millar, anyone?

Also probably more importantly, how will Nibali, Van den Broeck and Menchov do in relation to Wiggins/Evans?

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Zabriskie,Grabsch and Grivko from the DS' perhaps.....Kessiakoff,Taaramae,Rogers from the stars but probably not good enough to top 4 if Martin's on form.

Larsson,LuLuSanchez,Westra look to be the early 1/2/3.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Current top 5

1. Westra
2. Larsson
3. LL Sanchez
4. Millar
5. Gretsch

Zabriskie 1 minute down at the first check, Lancaster same at first check, 2 minutes down at the second.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Tony Martin 13 seconds better than Westra at first time check  31

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Excellent, I have neither but I reckon more people will have Westra than Martin so the more people quicker than Westra the better  19

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm hoping for points from LL Sanchez today  19

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Zabriskie only 7th with probably at least 5 or 6 faster guys to finish, looks like bringing him in was not worth 20 penalty points after all  14

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Zabriskie only 7th with probably at least 5 or 6 faster guys to finish, looks like bringing him in was not worth 20 penalty points after all  14

Always unlikely to finish top 5(minimum requirement for 20 penalty points)and nowhere in any of the GC/pts/KOM comps!!

Martin goes fastest by half a minute!!

first 3 of mine to finish are sitting 2nd,9th and 12th with some major guns to come-really anticipating top50 on the stage

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Currently i've no riders in the top 20  20
But i do have the current slowest rider Engoulvent  4

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Currently i've no riders in the top 20  20
But i do have the current slowest rider Engoulvent  4

He should stay there unless one of the big guns goes round in under 50 minutes, at which point he's outside of the cut-off and DQ'd  4

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Hat's off to The Jensie......2nd at the first chrono  13

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Never trust Gustav Larsson's twitter.  14

EDIT - Although thinking about it, I brought in Westra for Larsson so I should be happy.  4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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silas chime wrote:

Hat's off to The Jensie......2nd at the first chrono  13

Shit the bed he's flying  13 13 13
shouldn't be suprised really, he did put in a stormer in California  26

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Martin had puncture again in an time trial!  13 so Canc will prob come in nearer 50min mark!

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Simon E [2723 posts] 4 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:
silas chime wrote:

Hat's off to The Jensie......2nd at the first chrono  13

Shit the bed he's flying  13 13 13

And he was nailing it for a good portion of yesterday's stage. Chapeau Jens.

He's such a star! I don't think he'll retire quietly and voluntarily - it'll take several big blokes to drag him away in a strait jacket  3

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm calling it now, without Canc even finished, he's going to win it, Over a minute up at the second split......He's found his TT legs today  13

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Sorry, Cancellara is storming it but I still reckon Wiggins is in with a good shout. The climb in particular should help him more than Cancellara, plus, if he's doing his Discovery Channel thing he may even out pace his support car today...

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STEVESPRO 79 [543 posts] 4 years ago
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With you on this one drh.....Wiggins comfortably....

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I hope Wiggo can put in a good time, but I don't see him doing a 52. As it stands I have 3 in the top 10, so I'm hoping only Wiggo can go under 54.33  19 19

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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TJvG currently leading at the first check!

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Van Garderen beats Cancellara's time
At the first check, the young American from BMC - Tejay van Garderen - has set the fastest time. He is 3" ahead of Cancellara!

Have to go for Wiggo now, he should destroy the course and hopefully put 30+ seconds into Evans. If Evans limits him to less than that then he's put in a superhuman ride.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Can't really judge anything on the first split though, because the timing is just at the top of the small climb, So Canc was never going to be fastest through split one

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Can't really judge anything on the first split though, because the timing is just at the top of the small climb, So Canc was never going to be fastest through split one

TJvG fastest at second check by 2 seconds, all but Evans and Wiggins on the road.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Forget the Panzerwagon, hear comes the Froome-wagon... (sorry, bad pun)

"letour.fr" wrote:

Boom, zoom... Froome!
Froome has taken 23.41 seconds off the time set by van Garderen at the first check, that's 16.5km - much of it uphill - at an average speed of 46.8km/h!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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And they're also reporting at the 10km mark Wiggins is already 20 seconds up on Evans.

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