La Vuelta Stage 3

by TERatcliffe26   August 20, 2012  

Wll I really wasnt sure what to do today so ive actually gone risky

Davis
Mollema (in for Swift)
Henao (in for viviani)
JVDB (in for Breschel)

Bouhanni
Quintana (in for florencio)
Talansky
Terpstra
Machado

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Laurens ten Dam
Fredrik Kessiakoff (for Boom)
Thomas de Gendt
Daniel Moreno
Bart de Clercq
Johan Vansummeren
Paolo Tiralongo
Gorka Verdugo (for Weening)
Rinaldo Nocentini

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 12:10

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I've brought in the big guns;

Contador
J-Rod
Froome
Viviani
Quintana
Cardoso
Florencio
R.Kreder
Bouhanni

Suprised I'm the only person with Contador so far... Thinking

posted by Wig_Billy [579 posts]
20th August 2012 - 12:30

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Used all 4 transfers to get a team of climbers

Out:Swift,Gilbert(watch him breakaway and win now),Bouhanni,Bennati

In:Contador,DeGendt,Uran,DeLaFuente(CajaRural look like they're going to put someone in the break every day)

They join

Froome,Talansky,Quintana,Florencio and Machado.

Fingers crossed for a contribution from everybody today!!

posted by silas chime [208 posts]
20th August 2012 - 13:15

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Although my finger hovered over the confirm button more than once when considering Jeannesson Thinking

posted by silas chime [208 posts]
20th August 2012 - 13:19

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silas chime wrote:
Used all 4 transfers to get a team of climbers

Out:Swift,Gilbert(watch him breakaway and win now),Bouhanni,Bennati

In:Contador,DeGendt,Uran,DeLaFuente(CajaRural look like they're going to put someone in the break every day)

They join

Froome,Talansky,Quintana,Florencio and Machado.

Fingers crossed for a contribution from everybody today!!

Gilbert picking up points in the break.....just my luck Angry

posted by silas chime [208 posts]
20th August 2012 - 14:05

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Contador
Froome
Rodriguez
Henao

(in for Swift, Viviani, Davis and Degenkolb)

Bouhanni
Quintana
De Weert
Santambrogio
Rasilla

Went safe by picking the GC guys who should top 20 today and tomorrow then I'll bring the sprinters back in. My risky picks would probably have been Valverde, Mollema, van den Broeck and Anton, maybe Meersman too.

Was tempted to leave in Viviani and save a transfer but plumped for Henao instead hoping he has the chance to go for it or at least keeps up.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
20th August 2012 - 14:23

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The breakaway
Christophe RIBLON (018)
Sergio CARRASCO GARCIA (022)
Andrey ZEITS (039)
Philippe GILBERT (041)
Nico SIJMENS (069)
Dominique ROLLIN (088)
Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU (176)
Pim LIGTHART (214)

First climb

Alto La Aldea
1. Pim LIGTHART (214)
2. Philippe GILBERT (041)
3. Andrey ZEITS (039)

Second Climb

Puerto de Vitoria
1. Pim LIGTHART (214)
2. Philippe GILBERT (041)
3. Andrey ZEITS (039)

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 14:44

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Gone safe-ish
Froome
Swift
J-Rod
Degenkolb

Terpstra
Castroviejo
Talansky
Astraloza
Florencio

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2176 posts]
20th August 2012 - 15:57

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13km to go - gap under 30 secs. Looking forward to the next half-hour...

posted by chrisdstripes [1718 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:05

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Go on Froome dog! show the drugmule how it's done! Big Grin

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2176 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:23

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I nipped out to the shop and its all exploded.

At least my purist team is looking good Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:27

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Awesome! Say what you like about Contador but climbs are more exciting when he's in there. Photo between J-Rod and Valverde - Valverde takes red jersey either way. Froome 3rd, Contador 4th.

posted by chrisdstripes [1718 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:32

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defy makes for good racing! makes it easy to pick riders if that's the way these stages are gonna go! Devil

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2176 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:34

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Bah, I thought Valverde might win today but figured he wouldn't score tomorrow, at least I have Froome, Contador and Rodriguez so should do ok today.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:36

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Valverde
J-Rod
Froome
Contador
Moreno
Mollema
Capecchi
Intxauati
Talansky
Gesink
Roche
Anton
Anacona
Uran
Marczynsku
Ten Dam
Niemiec
Verdugo
Henao
Kessiakoff

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:36

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Top 10 GC

Valverde
Intxausti
J-Rod
Froome
Contado
Mollema
Gesink
Uran
Moreno
Anton

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:38

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drheaton wrote:
Bah, I thought Valverde might win today but figured he wouldn't score tomorrow, at least I have Froome, Contador and Rodriguez so should do ok today.

You might regret not having him today

Winner, 1st in GC, 2nd in points and also got the Combat number Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:53

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Gkam84 wrote:
drheaton wrote:
Bah, I thought Valverde might win today but figured he wouldn't score tomorrow, at least I have Froome, Contador and Rodriguez so should do ok today.

You might regret not having him today

Winner, 1st in GC, 2nd in points and also got the Combat number Wink


Yep, and second in KOM!

posted by chrisdstripes [1718 posts]
20th August 2012 - 16:57

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Wonder what happened to Machado? A lot of us had him in, but the top 140 or so are now confirmed, and he ain't among them... Thinking

posted by chrisdstripes [1718 posts]
20th August 2012 - 17:02

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Oh yeah, got a bit confused

Winner, 1st in GC and Points, 2nd in KoM

But just looking, Combat doesn't score? Thinking

So around 60 points

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 17:03

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Oh yeah - combativity doesn't score. I hadn't noticed that either, never mind. I had Valverde but not a lot else (Mollema, Anton). However, there were a number of interesting losses...
De Gendt - lost 2:07
Quintana lost 2:57
Van Den Broek lost 3:23

posted by chrisdstripes [1718 posts]
20th August 2012 - 17:12

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Yeah, I have De Gendt is both my teams, So expect him to be in a break now Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th August 2012 - 17:19

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well i took a risk and it failed....nevrmind!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4444 posts]
20th August 2012 - 17:31

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Yeah, I'm concerned about Machado too... 149 riders listed on the Vuelta site, and he ain't among 'em. The Withdrawals list only has Gasparotto.

I wonder if he got lost along the way today?

posted by TheBigMong [218 posts]
20th August 2012 - 18:02

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Gkam84 wrote:
drheaton wrote:
Bah, I thought Valverde might win today but figured he wouldn't score tomorrow, at least I have Froome, Contador and Rodriguez so should do ok today.

You might regret not having him today

Winner, 1st in GC, 2nd in points and also got the Combat number Wink

You may be right but I'm playing the long game so I picked riders for both today and tomorrow. If I picked Valverde I wouldn't have been able to afford all three of Contador, Froome and Rodriguez and the points lost on one of those today and tomorrow vs the potential points gain from Valverde (and maybe Anton over Henao) was worth it in my opinion. I still think Valverde may struggle tomorrow and I'll come out on top, maybe Thinking
And Valverde was always going to be a risk and I've learned this year that generally, risks don't pay off.

Anyway, that's the fun of this game, until we've run all the stages everything can still change.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
20th August 2012 - 18:06

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Had Contador, Froome, j rod and inxtausti so think I did okay...

posted by rcorbin [221 posts]
20th August 2012 - 18:24

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OK, they found Machado (and 50 other riders.) He finished in 66th today, 3:22 down.

http://www.lavuelta.com/12/en/resultados/index.html?e=3

posted by TheBigMong [218 posts]
20th August 2012 - 18:57

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2-3-4 for the second stage in a row... Thinking

posted by Wig_Billy [579 posts]
20th August 2012 - 22:27

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1,2,3 and Talansky and Moreno. 165 and 8= on the stage. Valverde is really doing the business for me. Won stage 17 with him in TdF (started using the Bryton I won for that now - not bad at all although only just learning how to use it), now dug me out of a hole today after messing up yesterday (only had Swift and not a lot else).

A real race today, good to see Contador's aggression (let's hope it's clean aggression). Froome struggling but hung on. Cobo lost a lot of time, looks like Valverde is the leader now as I don't think he was just stage hunting today. Purito well in the mix. Not sure Froome will win this one though, reckon it's between the 3 Spaniards.

posted by Alan Tullett [1580 posts]
21st August 2012 - 0:28

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I think ive lost the plot Confused Plain Face

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4444 posts]
21st August 2012 - 8:48

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