Tour of Oman - Stage 2

by drheaton   February 12, 2013  

Its 45 minutes to transfer deadline and I have no idea what to do

Half tempted to swap out Breschel and Bouhanni for Gilbert and Phinney but my original plan was to make no transfer and have 6 for the Green Mountain stage.

Is today really going to be as tough as it looks?

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Well, at least I got Sagan right. Now attention switches to Volta ao Algarve.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [527 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:26

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11. Gianni Meersman.
12. Stijn Vandenbergh.
13. Geoffrey Soupe.
14. Sergey Lagutin.
15. Maciej Bodnar.
16. Rinaldo Nocentini

posted by simon F [978 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:30

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I think my transfers just about paid off, but it could've been better.

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:30

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My transfers cost me 2 points. Brought in Meersman for Impey Sad

posted by simon F [978 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:34

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Ouch, had a shocker today (Sagan aside). Clearly the Middle East disagrees with me.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1018 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:37

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Got 1 and 2 but made a mistake swapping Bouhanni for Boonen. Gilbert nowhere! Still got an extra transfer though!

posted by Alan Tullett [1428 posts]
12th February 2013 - 13:42

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http://www.letour.com/2013/TOO/LIVE/us/200/classement/index.html

Traksel got Lanterne Rouge! That man must have a fantasy team, why else would be racking up so many points?!

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 14:31

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2 and 10, glad I didn't make any transfers now! Wouldn't have been able to bring in Sagan and anyone else I considered was nowhere.

I'm pretty happy Big Grin

Edit: 74 points, should keep me up there somewhere and hopefully I might even be top ten in the purist comp.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 14:33

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i was afraid for that to happen when he stopt riding
at the KOM numer 1 GC did a real good pick by taking him:)

posted by The Instigator [73 posts]
12th February 2013 - 14:49

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Scores are up Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8680 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:11

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Hurray! High Roller badge (currently 6th in purist comp on my standard team) and sitting 20th in the ToO overall. I'm enjoying this one!

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:12

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Stage 4/5 is my great hopes as both my teams are based around that, Saving my transfers so I'll have 6

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posted by Gkam84 [8680 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:24

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Ditto, made no transfers for today, planning on none for tomorrow so I've got 6 for Green Mountain. Nice to see some of the big guys coming to the fore today though, gives an inclination as to who's up for it.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:33

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Rubbish for my standard team

Having 1st and 2nd was solid for my Purist team at least

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3775 posts]
12th February 2013 - 16:13

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Bad times for me Crying red arrows all over my league page Worried
Gone sprint heavy to try and get my 180 badge! If that fails only need 133 for my 2000 badge..... Big Grin

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1691 posts]
12th February 2013 - 16:45

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Nice one, hope you get that badge soon.

I thought it was for 2000 in a tour Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8680 posts]
12th February 2013 - 17:12

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Nah, it's 'a season score of 2000 or more' otherwise who's going to get 10k points in a single race Surprise

If things keep going well then I should hit 2k during the Oman/Algarve cross over.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 17:39

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Season score of 2k or more.
Wig_Billy and Alan Tullet are 2 of 12 to have it already.
As for the 180. only went over 180 4 times last season, so fingers crossed!
7maybe we could get a 200 point badge? Thinking

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1691 posts]
12th February 2013 - 17:40

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The one that's bugging me is the podium badge. It's the only one I haven't got apart from the season-long score badges. I can see me going all season and not getting it. Crying

posted by simon F [978 posts]
12th February 2013 - 17:44

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I finally got the podium badge on stage one of Oman, before that I'd picked two of the first three about 7 times including a couple of occasions with three of the top four. Its hard to get but if you're getting close then you're bound to get it sooner or later.

The ones that worry me are the top ten in a comp and podium on a stage. As the season goes on and more people start to play its only going to get harder to get those.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 18:04

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drheaton wrote:
I finally got the podium badge on stage one of Oman, before that I'd picked two of the first three about 7 times including a couple of occasions with three of the top four. Its hard to get but if you're getting close then you're bound to get it sooner or later.

Pretty much the same as me with the exception that you've finally succeeded.
drheaton wrote:
The ones that worry me are the top ten in a comp and podium on a stage. As the season goes on and more people start to play its only going to get harder to get those.

I know what you mean, I was just lucky with the ToQ. That and the Tour of California were my two best results last season as well, It seems to come down to whether you're lucky enough or knowledgeable enough to get a good start in a shorter race where it's harder for anyone to catch up. More luck then judgement in my case I think.

posted by simon F [978 posts]
12th February 2013 - 18:53

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Got 9/12 badges now. Podium on a stage is going to be tricky but I've won one stage a year in the TdF for the last two years, which is usually my best comp apart from TDU. Last year ToQ and ToO were a bit of a disaster so I'm very pleased to be 5th overall and doing ok in Oman so far, although I'm not keeping back as many transfers for green mountain as I intended to. I never can resist the siren call of a transfer that's just begging to be done.

I remember this stage was quite a tough one last year and broke up near the end so who knows what will happen.

Will Sagan have a go on green mountain; he can climb but will he be bothered? What do you think?

posted by Alan Tullett [1428 posts]
12th February 2013 - 19:41

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Sagan is an enigma, there's no knowing what he might do. If he's after the classics then a bit of climbing might be good prep for MSR but he may be happy with today and take it easy, it could go either way.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 19:50

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Viviani might be the lead sprinter tomorrow but I'm not going to change Sagan at the mo as it would be too risky. But if he got bonus secs tomorrow he'd have something to defend with the possibility of more bonus secs to come. But I expect him to sit up or at least not try too hard. on Thurs.

posted by Alan Tullett [1428 posts]
12th February 2013 - 20:08

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My races so far this season have been nothing short of crap. Way down in all the leagues and only 1 badge.

But as the song goes "things can only get better".

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2664 posts]
12th February 2013 - 20:31

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Well, I think I'll stick with these guys again tomorrow...they did quite well today.

Peter Sagan (LIQ)
Tony Gallopin (RSN)
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
Filippo Fortin (COG)
Marcel Kittel (ARG)
Kenny van Hummel (VCD)
Marko Kump (SAX)
Davide Appollonio (ALM)
Danny Van Poppel (VCD)

And then froome can join the fray for ther green mountain thingy thang

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1208 posts]
12th February 2013 - 21:33

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Is it a sprint tommorow or climbing?

posted by spurs810 [67 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:35

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spurs810 wrote:
Is it a sprint tommorow or climbing?

A little lumpy rather thsn an uphill finish...

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1208 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:38

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Ah ok, the sprinters might prefer that then, and the green mont' is tommorow is it?

posted by spurs810 [67 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:41

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Green Mountain is stage 4 I think which is Thursday. Tomorrow will likely be a sprint finish but perhaps a slightly tougher one than the first stage.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:51

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