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Hurray! Mountains!

This is where the tour gets exciting, the first HC climb of the race, the Col du Grand Colombier, awaits the riders today (fewer than finished the TT). I can't wait! Today and tomorrow should go some way to answering some of the many questions such as how will Sky handle the consistent attacks that are bound to come from those 4-5 minutes down. Who will end up working together to beat Sky and in the end can Wiggins/Froome be put under enough pressure to crack?

I've made my transfers but a heads up for those who haven't Di Gregorio is in jail and Matt Lloyd bumped his elbow so neither will feature.

What's your tactics? Are there enough KoM points to tempt you to chase breaks or is it all about the GC contenders? Does anyone not have Wiggins, Evans, Froome and Zubeldia in their team?

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TERatcliffe26 [4658 posts] 4 years ago
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Well this is how ive gone

Wiggins
Evans
Zubeldia
Chavanel (didnt have enough transfers and was the best option i already had, could go in a break, could be there at the end, or could do nothing)(also transfer out tomorrow)

Roux (my break guy)
Izagirre
Grivko (transfer out tomorrow)
Lancaster (aim to replace later in the week)
Boeckmans (cheap, could be useful later in the week)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Well i've been split between a few riders but kinda played safe-ish.....  39

Wiggo
Menchov
da Costa(showed form this season)
van den Broeck(lost alot of time so poss break away)

Vichot
Izagirre
Lund
Engoulvent
Edet

Just 1 in the break would be nice  14

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 4 years ago
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Wiggins (pretty much my only points scorer since Saturday!)
P Velits (could be dangerous at the end if he stays with the lead group)
Brajkovic (was thinking about replacing him but Di Gregorio forced my hand on that one)
Chris-Anker Sorensen for the KOM today and/or tomorrow I hope
T-bo (might go for the KOM now he has his stage win? We'll see)
Kevin De Weert (was top 15 overall last year so might do something in a break)
And my perpetual "might-get-in-a-break" French DS's - Bouet, Jeandesbosz and Julien Simon.

Obv would be great to have someone go big in a break, but I'll be watching more as a Wiggins fan and if I happen to get fantasy points then even better.

Getting very nervous - he should be fine today but we won't know for sure that he can handle the big mountains until the finish tomorrow - until then I refuse to get too carried away...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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The obligatory

Wiggins
Froome
Evans
Zubeldia

for guaranteed GC and finish line points (they should end somewhere near the front) then my breakaway guys.

Jeandesboz (TdRomandie KoM)
Vichot (won this exact stage in the Criterium du Dauphine)
Egoi Martinez (came third to Vichot on this stage)
Julien Simon (who's bound to do something eventually)
Izagirre (you can't win a stage without him)

Hoping for solid points from my stars and a couple of guys in the break but it just hasn't happened so far this tour.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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Wiggins
Evans
Kessiakoff
Zubeldia

Sandy Casar (for the break)
Urtasun
Kasechkin
Bernaudeau (because i havent got the points to buy anyone else)
Boeckmans

I was thinking of doing wiggins, evans, froome for my star riders but then I would have had to slash all my DS's to the lowest priced riders I could find. My tactics are to try to get all 9 riders scoring (if that doesn't sound crass!). It's worked for me in previous tours.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm just hoping my climbers keep their powder dry for tomorrow.  16

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Sagan in the early break, come on, hands up, who predicted that?

Early break is Sagan, Lemoine and Grivko.

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 4 years ago
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Gotta love Sagan trying to get in the break.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Pfft, if he was a real man he'd do a Hushovd and just go solo.

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 4 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Well i've been split between a few riders but kinda played safe-ish.....  39

Wiggo
Menchov
da Costa(showed form this season)
van den Broeck(lost alot of time so poss break away)

Vichot
Izagirre
Lund
Engoulvent
Edet

Just 1 in the break would be nice  14

I admire you for going for van den Broeck, I was considering him for tomorrow as he does look good and lost most of his time due to a crash rather than any loss of form, plus he's so expensive that not many people will have him. Chapeau!

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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Purist team

Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
Fabian Cancellara (RSN)
Luis Leon Sanchez (RAB)
Peter Sagan (LIQ)
Andriy Grivko (AST)
Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC)
Mikel Astarloza (EUS)
Gorka Izagirre (EUS)
Kris Boeckmans (VCD)

Just started my stage hunting team, so gone for

Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
Cadel Evans (BMC)
Christopher Froome (SKY)
Haimar Zubeldia (RSN)
Sylvester Szmyd (LIQ)
Julien Simon (SAU)
Pablo Urtasun (EUS)
Matthieu Sprick (ARG)
Anders Lund (SAX)

I could really do with that break getting away for my purist team though, but 12 chasers, Sagan's got 40 seconds over peleton but 20 over the chase......

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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Now Sagan and Grivko are the only two left with 12 seconds left, break over  20

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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Has anyone seen @tweeterSagan?

It is definitely the funniest thing on twitter atm.

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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23 in the counter attack
There are 23 men in the counter-attack but we still don't have any names of those involved...

It seems as though this counter-attack might be the one that's able to escape the peloton. Riders in the chase of Sagan and Grivko include:

Voigt (RNT), Voeckler (EUC), Millar and Zabriskie (GRS), Casar (FDJ)

REALLY?? they are going to let a break of 25 go......

If thats the case, Its going to be a win for someone in the break

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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That's it, the selection has been made. We'll post the names in the next flash but we can report that, at 35km, the peloton is behind by 2'00" and led by Team Sky. There are 23 in the escape that initially began at the 2km on the initiative of Sagan (LIQ).

I was hoping to get some guys in a break.....but not with 20 others.....points are going to be sparse. I hope Sagan goes for everything though as I doubt many will have him in today  19

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 4 years ago
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Goss has gone with Sagan too.

I have one in the break out of 23 - not great!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Scarponi in there too, could be an interesting day.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Two in the escape for me, Jeandesboz and Martinez. Also considered Fofonov last night but he was too expensive.

Most worryingly for Sky there are two BMC guys in the break. I think at some point today, assuming that the break holds together, Evans will attack off the front and try and bridge the gap to Burghardt and Cummings and use them as a platform.

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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Composition of the lead group
The 25 riders who are in today's escape are:

-Burghardt and Cummings (BMC)

- Popovych and Voigt (RNT)

- Arashiro (EUC)

- Martinez (EUS)

- Sagan (LIQ)

- Scarponi (LAM)

- Millar and Zabriskie (GRS)

- Peraud (ALM)

- Jeandesboz (SAU)

- Horrach (KAT)

- Casar, Hutarovich and Ladagnous (FDJ)

- Sanchez (RAB)

- Kroon and Morkov (STB)

- Fofonov and Grivko (AST)

- Devenyns (OPQ)

- Gerrans and Goss (OGE)

Take your pick. My purist team has 3 in there, my stage team 0  19

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 4 years ago
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Voigt & Casar from my purist team, and none from my team for tomorrow. All good.  4

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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What I don't get, why didn't Sky chuck a guy in the break, Knees, EBH or one of the Aussie's.  39

They don't need everyone to get Wiggo and Froome to the finish and Bernie will babysit Cav through again.....I think Cav may jump off in the next couple of day's. Nothing for him left in this race apart from pain and some hills. If he's nearly ready for the Olympics, give it up and get a rest in.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I agree, Sky should really have a man in the break but I guess the break only really helps those looking to attack as it will act as a springboard, Wiggins doesn't need that, he just needs to follow and defend.

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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The break is staying away today. Sky don't need to close is. Nearest man being Scarponi at 10 minutes. Sky only need to defend attacks from the GC men in the peleton. So I think your winner will come from the 25 break away guys

Hopefully Sagan can hold in, But i'm hoping for a LL win  4

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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One thing I have just noticed since it's gone live.

No yellow helmets on RSNT?? I thought every team had to bring along a yellow helmet for each rider just incase they should be leading the team standings  39 39

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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The five points for first at the first climb today have been won by Kroon who surged ahead in the final 100m. He was marked by Grivko and Voigt.

ARGH, come on my riders, get me some points, Could have done with LL, Grivko and Sagan going over 1,2,3  19

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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OK, TdF is getting like ToP, but at least they have the right riders in the race  19 19 (points are race points not the game points)  3

Morkov was the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider who was first at the top of the first climb today (not Kroon as previously report).

The points for the cote de Corlier were won by:

1. Michael Morkov (STB) 5pts

2. Andriy Grivko (AST) 3pts

3. Jens Voigt (RNT) 2pts

4. Thomas Voeckler (EUC) 1pt

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TERatcliffe26 [4658 posts] 4 years ago
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nice work from mr Grivko  1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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reat i dropped morkov  20 and no one in the break for me either  14 20

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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The points for the sprint in Beon were won by:
1. Matt Goss (OGE) 15pts
2. Yauheni Hutarovic (FDJ) 14pts
3. Peter Sagan (LIQ) 13pts
4. Yukiya Arashiro (EUC) 12pts
5. Jens Voigt (RNT) 11pts
6. Marcus Burghardt (BMC) 10pts
7. Sandy Casar (FDJ) 9pts
8. Luis Sanchez (RAB) 8pts
9. Michael Morkov (STB) 7pts
10. David Millar (GRS) 6pts
11. Michele Scarponi (LAM) 5pts
12. Dmitry Fofonov (AST) 4pts
13. Dave Zabriskie (GRS) 3pts
14. Simon Gerrans (OGE) 2pts
15. Thomas Voeckler (EUS) 1pt

What's the point in having two guys in the break if neither score you any points!  14

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chrisdstripes [1732 posts] 4 years ago
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The next 45 mins is going to be ace...

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