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I thought i would start this off early as i've been up for ages.

It appears to be a flat stage with only one cat 3 climb, although the laps around the lake at the end might suit a classics style rider if they get away.

However there are 18 riders at nearly 3 mins and higher so i think we will see a break coming from a mixture of those riders.

Personally i think with some of the main GC contenders already in the top 10 it will come down to a sprint.

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adholman [74 posts] 2 years ago
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Any idea on the last 3km profile??? and the last 1km? Sprint? Uphill sprint or J-Rod uphill finish?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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See here: http://www.voltacatalunya.cat/ca/etapa/2/

The last circuit is about 9.2km long, starts at 170m, climbs to 225m after 4km then drops to 150m at 8km before climbing back up to 170m for the finish.

No idea about % gradients or anything but it seems fairly flat, 20m over 1.7km isn't steep by any means but it could well be a steep ramp in the middle or spread across that 2km.

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adholman [74 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm totally sucked into this game...I worry if I dont know the last km profile!!!!!!

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm expecting a sprint as there won't be (m)any more opportunities for sprinters if they miss out today. It does look like a bit of an uphill drag - is that the kind of thing that could affect someone like Guardini?

Whenever I pick Koldo Fernandez he does nothing, so I'd expect him to win today as I've avoided him.

Could be Allan Davis' type of finish, but he came in a long way back yesterday and I've been unable to find out if he's OK...

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Big mistake on my part, picked Gavazzi instead of Guardini, bugger. They should not be allowed to have riders with similar names on the same team, it hurts my brain  20

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm reading it as a slightly uphill sprint finish so sticking to the plan of no transfers for today leaving 4 for tomorrow's mountain stage to get my sprinters(DuMoulin,Fenn,Meersman and Davis) out for J-Rod + 3 cheaper climbers that may be contesting KOM points.

Sky have shown though that if there's a split or echelons form (and one may be caused by wind of the lake)then if Brad's in the front group with help then they may look to open it up.

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

Big mistake on my part, picked Gavazzi instead of Guardini, bugger. They should not be allowed to have riders with similar names on the same team, it hurts my brain  20

Just wait until Orica have C Meyer, T Meyer and C Meier racing at the same time  20
You might get lucky - Gavazzi likes an uphill sprint, although I suspect today will be close enough to flat that Guardini gets the nod.  39

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TERatcliffe26 [4463 posts] 2 years ago
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I have Simon, Dumoulin, Meersman, Wellens and Ratto for today

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, Gavazzi has the better form of late but Guardini is their sprinter so will just have to wait and see.

As for Orica never thought the Aussies had much sense in any case  40

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Unchanged from yesterday:

Valverde
Simon
Meersman
Davis
Guardini
Dumoulin
Cardoso
Haedo
Kreder

Hoping for a sprint finish today with Haedo taking the win followed by Cardoso and Dumoulin as I reckon they'll be the three least popular of my riders.

All change tonight though, gutting my team and bringing in as many climbers as I can afford. May even go as far as to make a couple of penalty transfers to maximise my budget.

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Made one change:

Gianni Meersman
Francesco Gavazzi
Samuel Dumoulin
Joaquin Rodriguez
Robert Wagner
Simon Spilak
Danny Pate
Blel Kadri
Martin Kohler

Like the good Dr will be making sweeping changes tomorrow and may also take a penalty or 2. Lets hope my fubar with Gavazzi / Guardini works out.

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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At 47km, 1km from the top of the only climb of the day, Kaisen, Laborie and Meier have 3:05 on the peloton.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

Yeah, Gavazzi has the better form of late but Guardini is their sprinter so will just have to wait and see.

As for Orica never thought the Aussies had much sense in any case  40

Meier's on the go again!!

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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KoM 1 (cat 3) - 1 Laborie, 2 Kaisen & 3 Meier

Sprint 1 - 1 Meier, 2 Kaisen & 3 Laborie

97km to go. Gap down to 2'30"

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Horner(in my purists  14 ) and Hansen didn't start today

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Laborie finished in the main field at 28" yesterday so if it's a bunch finish and he stays in the pack he'll move up thanks to his 1 second bonus.....either way he's the virtual leader.

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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This coverage on Eurosport is a joke at times....  20

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 2 years ago
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To be fair to Eurosport, they can only play with the cards the host broadcaster deals them. That's where the big problem is...

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Meersman takes it.

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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Meersmann wins again.

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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1 Meersmann
2 Ratto
3 Lancaster
4 Dumoulin
5 Wagner
6 Simon
7 Lammerrtink
8 Pichon
9 Wyss
10 Mori

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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GC
1 Meersman
2 Valverde +16
3 Wyss +20
4 Gesink +20
5 Cataldo +20
6 Lopez +20
7 Wiggins +20
8 Herrada +20
9 Martin +20
10 Rodriguez +20

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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What happened to Agnoli?

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

What happened to Agnoli?

what happened to [insert name of any member of my team]?

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arsene [205 posts] 2 years ago
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Agnoli was one of those who crashed in last km. He shouldnt lose any time and therefore remain top 10 overall.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks Arsene

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Allan Davis last man home. Knew he was worth picking today  16

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Allan Davis last man home. Knew he was worth picking today  16

Ha, I had him yesterday when he was second-last, and today replaced him with Ligthart who came...21st! Me and my trigger-happy transfer finger...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Update on the way.

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 2 years ago
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Both results pages I've seen (Cycling news, PCS) have changes in the GC eg Rodriguez dropping 8th-11th, Dan Martin 4th-9th, presumably on some crazy sophisticated countback system, but I'm not totally sure these have been accounted for in the scoring?

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