TdF Stage 10 - Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

by drheaton   July 11, 2012  

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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nice work from mr Grivko Smile

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3784 posts]
11th July 2012 - 13:41

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reat i dropped morkov Crying and no one in the break for me either Angry Crying

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1705 posts]
11th July 2012 - 13:57

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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! Angry

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:25

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The next 45 mins is going to be ace...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:30

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That's all my riders in the break scored for me so far Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:30

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Kern, Cancellara, Hoogerland, Marcado, Dan Martin, Sylvain Chavanel, Gesink... are some of the riders who have recently been dropped by the peloton.

Gesink has been tosh so far this race, he was not a great pick for my purist team and neither was Hoogerland Crying

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:38

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drheaton wrote:
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Kern, Cancellara, Hoogerland, Marcado, Dan Martin, Sylvain Chavanel, Gesink... are some of the riders who have recently been dropped by the peloton.

Gesink has been tosh so far this race, he was not a great pick for my purist team and neither was Hoogerland Crying

My just-for-fun purist team had Sammy Sanchez, Astarloza, Di Gregorio and Kittel. (I've stopped scoring it now...) Glad I didn't go to the hassle of creating that second account!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:41

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Go Luis Go Luis......... FINALLY, he might get me some points back in the purist as not many people have picked him Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 14:46

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Result of Grand Colombier
The points at the top of the first HC climb were won by:

1. Voeckler (EUC) 25pts
2. Scarponi (LAM) 20pts - at 5"
3. Sanchez (RAB) 16pts
4. Devenyns (OPQ) 14pts
5. Voigt (RBT) 12pts - at 1'08"
6. Casar (FDJ) 10pts
7. Martinez (EUS) 8pts
8. Fofonov (AST) 6pt
9. Grivko (AST) 4pts
10. Peraud (ALM) 2pts

I believe fantasy points are 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

That means my two riders in the early breakaway have amassed me a mighty 4 points so far...

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 15:22

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So far, my breaker's have 35 with LL still in the front 4, but only a 5 and 3 for 3rd Cat, Voeckler will go for it, then he'll be in the KoM's jersey I think.

IF they can stay away up that climb I think they should get to the finish in front, But Sagan and Nibali are motoring on the descent. Sagan can go up hill. But I think the 3rd cat is 7km.... Maybe to much for him?

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 15:34

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Could be interesting although I think Sagan has now done his job by helping Nibali build a 1 minute gap on the peloton. I'm impressed though, Goss was caught and spat out of the back of the peloton miles ago, Sagan's clearly not a bad climber.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 15:38

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Yeah - Sagan could be the next Sean Kelly! (Bit harsh on Goss there tho - he sat up as soon as he got the sprint and didn't try to stay out like Sagan did).

Oop - Tejay is being dropped...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
11th July 2012 - 15:45

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Voeckler with the win, Wiggins, Froome and Evans all finishing top 20 and no major time gaps between the big GC guys.

Despite having two in the break I only scored 72 today, fairly dissappointed. Voeckler's worth that all on his own today!

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 16:24

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I had to nip out and missed the last 15km. I see LL came in 4th, So my breakers got 57 to if my counting is on the ball.

So then I have Wiggo's GC and Sagan's points. I think my Purist will be around level with my stage hunting Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 16:34

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WOW, Today's stage winner picked his/her team by the 28th February Surprise

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:00

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Gkam84 wrote:
WOW, Today's stage winner picked his/her team by the 28th February Surprise

And they had Remy DG!

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:10

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Gkam, I think I'm mistaken on this but I still want to ask you. I could have sworn you had Sam Sanchez in your Purist team?

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:24

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Nope, I don't like or rate him and as much as its a shame he got injured. I always had LL Sanchez

Also, if you look at my guys, I already have 2 Euski's Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:31

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ah, my mistake.

Didn't LL Sanchez get injured earlier on in the Tour, you had him in your Purist team and you thought he might withdraw?

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:32

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I think he was in a crash along with half the field that day when all the Rabo guy's went down and he was over 30 mins down at one point.

He got me points for a break on stage 7. But missed out on the prologue and the TT, where i'd banked on some points from him, with him being the Spanish TT champ i thought he'd be going alot better than he is....As with the rest of the Rabo team, disappointed this tour.

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:39

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ah, well, nice choice for today in any case. Smile

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:41

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Don't worry, You'll get your points back on me with having Evan's. But if LL keeps on going in break's, which he might be try or Canc tries one of his super human effort's. I might keep with you Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:45

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Decent day made better by Izagirre finishing last, what's happened there? He seemed to be in great form until today.

Thinking of picking up a couple of new stars for the stage tomorrow but not sure who, Peraud looks so-so at the minute but Rolland looks ok, Van den Broeck will attack again but I can't decide whether to play it safe or not. None of my risks have paid off so far so no idea what to do Angry

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 20:27

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drheaton wrote:
Pfft, if he was a real man he'd do a Hushovd and just go solo.

Good God. He's only 22 (I think). He hasn't built up the endurance yet, plus he has 2 jobs; win the green, almost done, help Nibali, I think we'll see more of this although I doubt if it'll help much. Sky still looking strong, no panic when Nibali attacked, sign of winners. Wiggins is going to do it.

posted by Alan Tullett [1431 posts]
11th July 2012 - 20:45

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I wonder what his odds are now?

posted by Alan Tullett [1431 posts]
11th July 2012 - 20:45

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Not great.

posted by Alan Tullett [1431 posts]
11th July 2012 - 20:49

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Gkam84 wrote:
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 Thinking Thinking

I think the helmets are optional, but numbers aren't.

posted by Alan Tullett [1431 posts]
11th July 2012 - 20:52

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Alan Tullett wrote:
drheaton wrote:
Pfft, if he was a real man he'd do a Hushovd and just go solo.

Good God. He's only 22 (I think). He hasn't built up the endurance yet, plus he has 2 jobs; win the green, almost done, help Nibali, I think we'll see more of this although I doubt if it'll help much. Sky still looking strong, no panic when Nibali attacked, sign of winners. Wiggins is going to do it.

Sarcasm...

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
11th July 2012 - 21:07

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Gkam - it seems you may have got some points with Mr Bernadeau at last Wink

posted by d_jp [100 posts]
12th July 2012 - 0:22

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Yeah through his lack of doing anything, his team mate got bored and made some points for him Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
12th July 2012 - 1:08

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