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Start lists are up on Cycling Fever but beware, Cadel Evans has already put his participation in doubt so things may change.

I assume that points will be scored in line with one day classics, something like this from Milan San Remo?

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Information on scoring

This stage will be scored on the following criteria:

Finish line - one day race: Points awarded for the first 20 riders over the line in a one-day race.

The following points will be awarded (1st-20th): 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Last man home: 10 points awarded for the last man home on a tour stage or one-day race

Breakaway bonus: 10 points to any rider in a lead breakaway group of 10 riders or less that's more than a minute ahead of the peloton at half distance

Team bonus: 5 points to every participating rider in the winning rider's team

Dave, will it work like the Worlds last year with two per nationality and team bonus points awarded for same country rather than trade team?

The Favourites seems to be Cavendish, Sagan (although he's racing on his own, no teammates), Goss (who can't win a thing) and Griepel which suggests everyone expects a sprint finish. Can anyone see a lone or small group breakaway winning? Possibly Boonen/Gilbert? Italy always seem to go well too so I expect them to be there or there abouts with Modolo/Paolini.

I think I'll be loading my team with sprinters but might take a punt on Boonen if he's fit (didn't he break some ribs in the Tour of Poland?).

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TERatcliffe26 [4571 posts] 3 years ago
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My team is loaded with sprinters too, well my stars are, may yet change my domestiques and put in a breakaway guy

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Put my team together just now, everything's pretty much sprint biased but I can't decide on which two to pick from Goss, Griepel, Sagan and Boassan Hagen! EBH, Goss and Gripel are number one riders on their teams, Sagan has no team, Goss can't win a thing right now but has a decent lead out in Rogers, Gerrans, O'Grady but Gripel should have Martin and Degenkolb leading him out! Decisions decisions!

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 3 years ago
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Boonen crashed twice in Poland, and after the second one (stage 3) I read that he'd "damaged some ribs" - but he completed the last 4 stages I think so I'm assuming he's OK...

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sanderville [326 posts] 3 years ago
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How many transfers do we get before the TT?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Stage listing shows TT as having unlimited transfers.

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dave atkinson [6201 posts] 3 years ago
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email/story about this tomorrow, but basically: yes it's the same as a one-dayer, but bonuses awarded by country.

there's no team limits, you can pick any number of riders from a trade team. the star/ds split still applies though.

everyone that's been added to the game for the games is in an 'olympic riders' team

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 3 years ago
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Cool - looking at the lists its easier than I thought it would be to pick a proper team, there are even a few TTing DS that should make the top 10, although they are fairly expensive. I can't decide if guys like Cav will last 9 times over Box Hill, especially if they're riding hard on the last 2 or 3 to catch a breakaway. So at present I have a couple of strong sprinters and a couple of good all-rounders likely to last the distance that can sprint well from a small group. I've only really started watching non-TDF cycling this year, and these kind of days are few and far between, so I don't really fancy my chances.  2

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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It's hard to predict, it could go the way of a full field sprint with a Cav win, a small field sprint between Sagan/Goss/Cancellara or some other strong sprinter types or a small group/breakaway in which case it could be anyone!

I caught an article saying that Michael Rogers doesn't think it'll come down to a full field sprint, he's mentioned trying to get into the break so it could be interesting.

The worst possible outcome for GB would probably be to have a German, American and Australian in any break that gets away as then they're not likely to get any help bringing back the break. If it's minor nations and people like Italy in the break then they could have allies.

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TERatcliffe26 [4571 posts] 3 years ago
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I see the break as an issue, but its getting the right guys to go, i guess all my stars are sprinters, and then some of my DS's are sprinters, but are the type of sprinters that could go in a break, as well as a couple of definite guys for a break.

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 3 years ago
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I guess with 50 points for the win, and no more than 10 points for being in a break (and could be zero - was it Paris-Roubaix where there were more than ten guys in the break so none of them scored?) its better to focus on guys that might be there at the end, and treat breakaway points as a bonus - different to what we're used to over the last 3 weeks.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I've ridden it and the boxhill/zigzag road part is nothing like the climbs you get in the Ardennes classics at all!!

With about 55k between Boxhill and the Mall I'd be surprised if a breakaway can stay out unless of course all the sprinters teams bar GB have someone in it.

Germany(for Greipel),US(for Farrar),Australia(for Goss)and GB(for Cav) will want a bunch finish and assist in reeling in any breaks.

People like EBH,Gilbert,Sagan,Boonen(if he rides) and Spartacus will be more interested in a strung out field but 55k is a long way out to launch anything.

The roads on the way are quite wide and flat so difficult to see a launch pad for any kind of Chavanel/Voeckler/LuLuSanchez type raids and to be honest you'd expect the strength of Wiggo,Froome,Stannard and Millar to chase anything down?

No race radios also mean the peloton will be loathe to allow any escapees get too far away,and the narrow nature of the 'rural' part of the course will mean riders wanting to be at or near the front ensuring a high average speed and almost certainly a few crashes on the descents of each of the 9 boxhill climbs which at this moment in time are not very well maintained.

Besides,the sprinter's teams will hope for a breakaway before we even reach the countryside as the race starts on the Mall and there are bound to be a little selection of 'novelty' riders looking for a bit of glory on the way out.As long as no-one too strong joins them they'll leave it till after the climbs to reel it in.

I for one am really looking forward to it and predict a Cav/Greipel battle.....whilst looking for Chinese/Kiwi/Spanish breaks.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I've been trying to work out who the 'protected' sprinters will be on some of the larger teams. Spain and Italy are interesting as both have two (Ventoso/Rojas and Viviani/Modolo) and a few others don't have clear leaders.

pain actually have a very strong team as usual, Rojas, Ventoso, Valverde and Sanchez could all win and I expect a Sanchez kamikaze break on the run in to the finish.

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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Hi Dave,
RE how does it work.
Thanks for posting here, as my original post seems to have been hijacked in lieu of mug shots.  4

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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Does anybody know where to find a simple list of teams.
i.e riders plus country, instead of all this picture rubbish?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Cycling fever have a start list by country.

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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Miller in the break so the other teams have to chase it down, then a blast from the other 4. That's what I'd do, but my recent results show I know naff all.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Dave i know you'll prob be updating the list, but noticed Albasini is missing from the riders game list.  13

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SpooksTheHorse [27 posts] 3 years ago
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I cant make olympic transfers, just get a banner saying the transfer window for the final stage of the tour is closed, is my login screwed or am i just being impatient?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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You need to make sure you pick the 'Olympics' from the competition drop down menu otherwise you're trying to make transfers to your Tour de France team hence the big red 'Window Closed' message.

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SpooksTheHorse [27 posts] 3 years ago
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Ah thought i was probably being an idiot. Thanks

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Want to score big for a Zico Waeytens win.....pick him twice  19

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TheBigMong [212 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmm... trying to make my changes and it says "window closed". Is this just temporary as the roster is being updated?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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See above  3

drheaton wrote:

You need to make sure you pick the 'Olympics' from the competition drop down menu otherwise you're trying to make transfers to your Tour de France team hence the big red 'Window Closed' message.

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TheBigMong [212 posts] 3 years ago
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Nope, I was in the right competition, and actually in the middle of making my transfers. Went to go to the next page of riders and the "Window Closed" sign came up. A few mins later I tried again and my team had been reset to what I had saved earlier. All's well now... just got a little scared that the window was actually over and I'd be stuck w/ the old team.

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yann le coz [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Mickael Bourgain  39 . Only man in peloton faster than Cavendish?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Over 1km maybe, I'll be surprised if he completes the first 249km with the main field though  19

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yann le coz [11 posts] 3 years ago
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You would have said the same from Cav a few years ago. Just playing pre race games.

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TERatcliffe26 [4571 posts] 3 years ago
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Am I right in saying the Transfer Window shuts after the race is started?

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