Vuelta stage 6

by chrisdstripes   August 23, 2012  

What's going to happen today then?? Is a last 4km at an average 8% (I think thats what I read but might be wrong) going to be enough to cause any changes to GC? Will a break get away? Will a classics rider like Ballan be able to stay with the proper climbers, or are we looking no further than J-Rod, Contador, Froome and Valverde?? Is that really Gilbert riding for BMC this season or has it been Sohrabi all along wearing one of those Mission Impossible-style rubberised masks??

My hot tip today? Bakelants. But my hot tips rarely do anything.

Froome (in for Degenkolb, will reverse tomorrow)
Mollema
Bakelants (in for Swift)
Boom
Machado
Astarloza (only had 2.5 left after my other transfers!)
Meersman
Bouhanni
Lodewyck
TOTAL 150.0

Of those of you going for a high overall placing, how are you getting on? I'm just outside the top 200, no disasters yet but nothing special either...

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Currently 22nd (8th premium) but falling over the last.couple of stages. Now about 70 points behind 1st and need some serious luck to catch them.

Rodriguez
Contador in for Degenkolb
Valverde in for Swift
Viviani
Quintana
Bouhanni
Rasilla
Talansky in for Santambrogio
De Weert

Needed to swap out some DSs so have had to compromise and leave Viviani in, my only major decision was Froome or Contador. Contador seems more aggressive but Froome has the benefit of the potential 5 bonus points from a Henao/Uran win.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:34

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De Weert is a funny one - have you had him for a few days? I had him for about ten stages of the TdF and got virtually nothing! But he is a very good rider. Are you expecting something soon or are you just waiting for a chance to get rid?

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:40

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Been plodding along and sitting 221st (87 premium)
Swift setting up and Valverde crashing stuffed me a bit! but must keep going Big Grin
Froome
JRod
Anton
Swift

Bouhanni
Terpstra
Florencio
Astraloza
Talansky
Can't afford Contador yet so brought in Bouhanni gore tomorrow leaving some spare change! Nerd

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1706 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:43

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Well tip for today is moreno

my team looks okish, but keep chopping and changing between sprints stages to hills makes it quite difficult so ive gone

Moreno (in for Davis)
Mollema
Froome
Degenkolb (will score at least a handful of points for points jersey)

Anacona
Talansky
Bouhanni
Quintana (could do well today)
Marczynski (in for Cimolai)

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3785 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:46

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Oh as for poistion is not great 448 (150 odd in premium) but still time to go, with some luck, if someone like anacona or maczynski can score big for me that others dont have i could gte back into the top 100

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3785 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:48

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peloton pundit saying on twitter that the stage finish is *much* harder than it looks on paper. gone for the big guns Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7253 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 11:53

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524th overall/190th premium so far for LaVuelta Angry

This stage has J-Rod written all over it with a short steep cat 3 finish after quite a tough looking Cat 3 to thin things out a bit....we may even see a little sprint between GC guys for the bonus seconds in between the climbs.

Only 2 transfers after using all 4 yesterday playing catchup(it worked as I climbed 375 places thanks to 91 pts)

Cesar(Andalucia)for Bouhanni trying to luck into the Andalucia breakaway man of the day.

J-Rod for Gilbert....obvious reasons

Add them to

Froome
Davis...points competition position/good for tomorrow
Degenkolb...see above
Talansky
Quintana
DeLaFuente...thought was him finishing 4th on stage 4 Sick
Florencio...possible top 20+teammate of J-Rod

High hopes for today

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 12:24

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My team is very boring;

J-Rod
Valverde
Contador
Viviani
Talansky
Quintana
Kreder
Cardoso
Bouhanni

With my current transfer strategy I could've picked a wildcard just for this stage, but I couldn't see past the obvious guys (and not going with the obvious pick yesterday burned me a bit).

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 12:24

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Viviani is great value, doing OK in points competition and the cheapest star rider of the lot by nearly 5 points. I reckon Gilbert might surprise us today but can't afford him...

posted by msw [125 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 12:48

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'Low Countries' break with DeGendt the biggest name involved.....took him out for yesterday's sprint stage and kind of gave up on him to be honest Crying

Don't expect him to win the stage as Katusha are controlling the gap for a J-Rod/Moreno win but I reckon he could take points in the first sprint and climb and finish top 10 today.

Why are the Vacansoleil guys so inconsistent?

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 13:40

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Ooh - another 2 points for Degenkolb yesterday? Wink

"Correction in stage five
Today, through a press release and after a claim by the interested team, judges have reported that the third in the first intermediate sprint of stage five was John DEGENKOLB (191) instead of Tom DUMOULIN (194)."

Could make all the difference!! (Or is it too late - I can't be bothered to check the rules...)

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 14:15

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chrisdstripes wrote:
Ooh - another 2 points for Degenkolb yesterday? Wink

"Correction in stage five
Today, through a press release and after a claim by the interested team, judges have reported that the third in the first intermediate sprint of stage five was John DEGENKOLB (191) instead of Tom DUMOULIN (194)."

Could make all the difference!! (Or is it too late - I can't be bothered to check the rules...)

Well we shoulld get the extra 2 points, start a new thread, with the quote on so dave or oli have a look at later

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3785 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 15:33

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1 101 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 4h 15' 56''
2 181 FROOME, Christopher SKY + 5''
3 9 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV + 10''
4 201 CONTADOR, Alberto STB + 18''
5 121 CAPECCHI, Eros LIQ + 19''
6 188 URAN, Rigoberto SKY + 20''
7 17 NOCENTINI, Rinaldo ALM + 25''
8 49 SANTAMBROGIO, Mauro BMC + 27''
9 19 ROCHE, Nicolas ALM + 28''
10 161 GESINK, Robert RAB + 32''
11 183 HENAO, Sergio Luis SKY + 35''
12 1 COBO, Juan José MOV + 35''
13 91 TALANSKY, Andrew GRS + 39''
14 117 NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw LAM + 44''
15 171 MONFORT, Maxime RNT + 44''
16 216 MARCZYNSKI, Tomasz VCD + 47''
17 168 TEN DAM, Laurens RAB + 47''
18 12 BOUET, Maxime ALM + 47''
19 136 MEERSMAN, Gianni LTB + 49''
20 48 MORABITO, Steve BMC + 51''

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:04

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At least I took J-Rod in for today. I missed the whole stage, go home in time to see Contador crossing the line. FINALLY Nocentini got me some points though Big Grin

Nicolas Roche
Laurens ten Dam
Joaquin Rodriguez
Daniel Moreno
Bart de Clercq
Nacer Bouhanni
Mikel Landa
Gorka Verdugo
Rinaldo Nocentini

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posted by Gkam84 [8696 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:05

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chrisdstripes wrote:
De Weert is a funny one - have you had him for a few days? I had him for about ten stages of the TdF and got virtually nothing! But he is a very good rider. Are you expecting something soon or are you just waiting for a chance to get rid?

I've had him from the start, I read somewhere that he'd be given the nod to go after GC so thought I was being clever by getting him in early and hoping he'd do well in the hills.

Unfortunately it hasn't really played out that way so I will be looking to get shut of him when I can for either a cheap climber like an Euskatel rider or whoever hits form over the next couple of days, or someone like Meersman who I'd considered but after he let me down at the Giro I didn't want the risk.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:05

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GC
1 101 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 21h 45' 06''
2 181 FROOME, Christopher SKY + 10''
3 201 CONTADOR, Alberto STB + 35''
4 188 URAN, Rigoberto SKY + 43''
5 161 GESINK, Robert RAB + 53''
6 9 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV + 54''
7 19 ROCHE, Nicolas ALM + 1' 04''
8 166 MOLLEMA, Bauke RAB + 1' 12''
9 107 MORENO, Daniel KAT + 1' 17''
10 1 COBO, Juan José MOV + 1' 34''

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:05

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Points
1 191 DEGENKOLB, John ARG 51
2 101 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 45
3 9 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV 41
4 181 FROOME, Christopher SKY 37
5 151 DAVIS, Allan OGE 29

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:05

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Mountains
1 152 CLARKE, Simon OGE 16
2 9 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV 11
3 214 LIGTHART, Pim VCD 11
4 67 MATE, Luis Angel COF 10
5 101 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 9

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:06

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All the above are provisional and given previous days on the Vuelta, may change.

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:07

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And where TF did Meersman come from? I wish I hadn't dropped him this morning now, although I suppose 2 points isn't the end of the world Plain Face

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:09

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Simon beat me to it Devil

My purist squad should be going well today though, big points with De Gendt getting two sprints and a climb, shame combat number aint scored as he had that aswell

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posted by Gkam84 [8696 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:09

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Any big guys suffering badly today? Not just the last climb

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posted by Gkam84 [8696 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:12

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Another 'treading-water' sort of stage for me, but at least I finally had the stage winner in my team.

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:16

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Gkam84 wrote:
Simon beat me to it Devil

Purely fortuitous. I walked in just as they entered the last km. Got 1,2,3 today so quite pleased but I suspect a lot of other will have them as well Sad

posted by simon F [978 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 17:16

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Disaster for me, knew i should have gone valverde and not moreno Sad well im gonna drop mollema and moreno tomorrow for sprinters, then get in contador and J-Rod

should be decent for my purist team, J-Rod, Froome and De Gendt

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3785 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 18:03

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Ah, Bakelants saving himself for Saturday I see... Wink

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posted by chrisdstripes [1540 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 18:10

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Had a 1,2,4,11 today from my stars! Florencio finally got some points too...

posted by rcorbin [208 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 19:31

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I'd started so well but steadily falling away now, dropped a few more places today despite having 1, 3 & 4 plus other placings and GC points.

On the other hand, I'm up to second in the purist comp Smile

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
23rd August 2012 - 21:58

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109pts drops DOWN the standings Crying

However two of my stars(Davis/Degenkolb) were left in for the 'Grand Prix' stage so should pick up tomorrow.

posted by silas chime [207 posts]
24th August 2012 - 12:50

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