Stage 15 TdF

by Gkam84   July 16, 2012  

So who are your men for today?

I can't see a break being let away today as it looks like a bunch sprint day 2 Cat 4's and a Cat 3 pretty far out from the finish.

Still 10 minutes before it even kicks off. Eurosport showing it live from the start Big Grin

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Yeah, I guess as Lotto Belisol is now using the old OP-Lotto license he's in the same team and OP-Quickstep are racing on the old Quickstep license.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:13

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Gkam84 wrote:
Sagan's the type of rider thats hunger for anything. He'll want as much as possible, He didn't have to do all that climbing yesterday, But he did to chase down the guys and get back to the front. He's a monster and can do everything. In a few years, If he works a little on him climbing, He'll be a GC guy that can take every jersey Nerd

Either that or he'll be serving some form of ban Devil

I'm kidding, but he's exactly the kind of rider who explodes onto the scene and who can do so much to such a high standard that you do begin to question their performances.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:15

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That's it fellas: 1'30" - you're away!
So the selection has been made. The peloton has eased off the accelerator and the escape group has formed. It's composed of five at the front and one in a counter-attack. The lead group is: Voeckler (EUC), Vande Velde (GRS), Fedrigo (EUC), Devenyns (OPQ) and Dumoulin (COF).

The counter-attacker is Nicki Sorensen (STB).

I'm sure Fedrigo is riding for FDJ Thinking

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:20

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Dumoulin! Big Grin Not the guy I thought I'd get in the break, but happy nonetheless.

posted by Wig_Billy [571 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:23

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silas chime wrote:
silas chime wrote:
Dumoulin(for Voeckler)
Greipel(for RuiCosta)
Sagan
Gerrans
Albasini
Izagirre
Vichot
Pinot
Edet

Might have known Rui Costa would be in the break Sick Still confident that Greipel will outpoint him today though!!

3 decent TT'ers in this break though with Grabsch,Millar and Grivko

Swings and roundabouts again

Voeckler AND the man I bought in for him(Dumoulin) in the new break....one that looks like the break of the day.

I'd imagine Dumoulin would be favourite for the intermediate Cool

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:26

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Bah, I had Dumoulin in the break on Sat and decided he wouldn't go again, never mind. He was only 6th in the intermediate when I had him, so watch him take the 15 points today...

Thought I might get lucky with Stortoni trying to get across the gap just now, but he just missed it. Lampre have done virtually nothing the whole tour, so surely someone (Scarponi again?) will go for it on Weds...

I had quite a good plan in week one and got to top 50 overall after stage 6, but I've messed things up in week 2 and am left with a team that I look at thinking "how the hell have I ended up with that?" Smile still - hopefully three in the top 5 at the finish today and then I think I'll have 5 transfers for Weds if I want them...

Greipel
Goss
Sagan
Valls for Weds
Jeandesbosz
Stortoni
Pinot
De Weert
Boeckmans

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posted by chrisdstripes [1368 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:37

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Greipel's birthday today Thinking

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:43

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First six over intermediate sprint line
The 20 points for first place at Maugbouguet (101.5km) were won by Nicki Sorensen. With six over the line, the first places went to:

1. Sorensen (STB) 20pts
2. Voeckler (EUC) 17pts
3. Devenyns (OPQ) 15pts
4. Dumoulin (COF) 13pts
5. Fedrigo (FDJ) 11pts
6. Vande Velde (GRS) 10pts

Just after these points were taken, the peloton arrived at the '5km until the sprint' sign.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:13

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Wow they went through the int sprint as if it never existed! Surprise

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1425 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:15

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Fantasy points for the intermediate were:

1. Sorensen (STB) 15pts
2. Voeckler (EUC) 14pts
3. Devenyns (OPQ) 13pts
4. Dumoulin (COF) 12pts
5. Fedrigo (FDJ) 11pts
6. Vande Velde (GRS) 10pts
7. Sagan (LIQ) 9pts
8. Koren (LIQ) 8pts
9. Bak (LTB) 7pts
10. De Greef (LTB) 6pts
11. Eisel (SKY) 5pts
12. Froome (SKY) 4pts
13. Knees (SKY) 3pts
14. Boasson Hagen (SKY) 2pts
15. Cavendish (SKY) 1pt

Looks like Griepel, Goss and Cavendish have given up on the sprints and the Green jersey.

and Brett Lancaster has abandoned.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:18

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21 at the intermediate sprint and I'm hoping DuMoulin can get a win here as less people will have him than Sagan or Greipel......although the sportsman in me would like to see a Cav win after Sky's show of honour yesterday.

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:23

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Lancaster, Van Hummel
abandoned Confused

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1425 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:24

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Giovanni Bernaudeau & Kenny van Hummel quit
There are two more retirements in stage 15: they are Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC) and Kenny van Hummel (VCD). There are now 157 left in the race.

Merde.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:27

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Bernaudeau needs SACKED, he's done nothing but sit at the back ALL tour.....and never finished last Angry Angry

Thats me down to 6 in my purist, I need some more LL Sanchez breaks Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8247 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:31

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I know the scoring system changes year-by-year, but still...
Sagan now has 340 points, so if and when he finishes top 10 today, he will have the most points since Sean Kelly's 434 in 1985! If he can beat that by Paris he'll have the highest points total in over 50 years!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1368 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:34

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Break at 8'20" with only 40km to go! What are Lotto playing at? Are they just not bothering to even try and bring it back today?

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:38

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Yeah they've just let them go, nobody else interested in taking it up, so the break can go.

So much for Cav, Goss, Griepel and Sagan having a heads up sprint Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8247 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:40

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I'm really surprised at this - they get a day off tomorrow! Lazy bastards. Slightly more annoyed about dropping Dumoulin now...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1368 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:43

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Yeah, very annoying, wish I hadn't bothered to bring in Griepel/Sagan now although I suspect Sagan at least will sprint for minor placings.

Very odd with a rest day tomorrow, I assume that Lotto were looking at Liquigas and Greenedge to chase it down and vice versa and by the time they got organised it was too late. Will be interesting to see the highlights.

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:47

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The first 50-60km of this stage were really fast with loads of attacking. The sprinters teams are just too tired to chase down the break.

posted by Wig_Billy [571 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:51

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10 bloody minutes what the f@#k this is rubbish racing!!!! Angry

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1425 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:52

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Reminds me of the tour a few years ago when Armstrong used to just let breaks go and could control the peloton. It's only really in the HTC years that we've gotten so used to teams chasing down breaks in order to have a sprint finish.

I wonder if this is what we'll get more of when they scrap race radios?

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:02

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ray silvester wrote:
I was going to take Chavanel out this morning but bought Boeckmans in for Iglinsky and Cavendish in for Gilbert and have only just discovered that Chavanel's abandoned Angry

Cavendish
Chavanel-abandoned
Sagan
LuLuSanchez
Edet
Cantwell
Boeckmans
Pinot
Vichot-was in an early break that got pulled back Crying

This could be an all time low score for me Confused

posted by ray silvester [1525 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:05

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Wiggins - 10
Griepel - 4 + finish line
Sagan - 14 + finish line
Van Hummel - 0
Jeandesboz - 0
Vichot - 0
Simon - 0
Pinot - 0
Izagirre - 0

-20 penalty points.

Best case scenario is probably a Fedrigo win and a score of around 30 points Cool

posted by drheaton [3351 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:10

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Gkam,

Next time you choose a Purist team, could you let me know who you pick?

Your abandon rate seems well above average.... Wink Big Grin

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:15

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I think the overall abandon rate has been high(carnage in week 1 plus upcoming Olympics.....never mind the tackattacks)but yeah.....Gkam can certainly pick 'em

posted by ray silvester [1525 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:18

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drheaton wrote:
Wiggins - 10
Griepel - 4 + finish line
Sagan - 14 + finish line
Van Hummel - 0
Jeandesboz - 0
Vichot - 0
Simon - 0
Pinot - 0
Izagirre - 0

-20 penalty points.

Best case scenario is probably a Fedrigo win and a score of around 30 points Cool

your team is almost the same as mine! except i have boeckmans and impey instead of simon and jeandesboz

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3525 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:19

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64 for me Thinking

Pyrenees and some proper racing next! Nerd

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posted by livestrongnick [1425 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:56

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Finally, Kern not in last, he came in 3rd last Devil

Vanotti your last man home today, 162 home yesterday, only 156 today

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posted by Gkam84 [8247 posts]
16th July 2012 - 16:59

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londonplayer wrote:
Gkam,

Next time you choose a Purist team, could you let me know who you pick?

Your abandon rate seems well above average.... Wink Big Grin

No really, 3 riders out of 9 from the start, 36 riders so far out of the tour.....could have been worse and I'm still keeping up there as the top premium purist Wink Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8247 posts]
16th July 2012 - 17:01

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