Volta a Catalunya stage 2

by stumps   March 19, 2013  

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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Horner(in my purists Angry ) and Hansen didn't start today

posted by ray silvester [1807 posts]
19th March 2013 - 14:56

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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.

posted by ray silvester [1807 posts]
19th March 2013 - 15:17

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This coverage on Eurosport is a joke at times.... Crying

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [485 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:26

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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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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8004 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:38

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Meersman takes it.

posted by northstar [1099 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:54

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Meersmann wins again.

posted by simon F [990 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:54

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1 Meersmann
2 Ratto
3 Lancaster
4 Dumoulin
5 Wagner
6 Simon
7 Lammerrtink
8 Pichon
9 Wyss
10 Mori

posted by simon F [990 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:58

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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

posted by simon F [990 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:05

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What happened to Agnoli?

posted by ray silvester [1807 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:08

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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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posted by Dave Atkinson [7310 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:23

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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.

posted by arsene [217 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:28

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Thanks Arsene

posted by ray silvester [1807 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:35

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

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:39

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drheaton wrote:
Allan Davis last man home. Knew he was worth picking today Cool

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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posted by chrisdstripes [1579 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:47

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Update on the way.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th March 2013 - 17:53

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1579 posts]
19th March 2013 - 18:14

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Yes, GC has been revised since I put the scores together. It'll mean minor changes but I'll sort it once I have access to a proper computer (ie around 7)

Serves me right for trying to be efficient, was hoping today would run smoother than yesterday Thinking

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th March 2013 - 18:28

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No worries dr, thanks.

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posted by chrisdstripes [1579 posts]
19th March 2013 - 18:39

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What are your thoughts for tomorrow then? I think I'll pick up Wiggins or Rodriguez (already have Valverde) but not sure which, Sky look strong and Wiggins apparently is here to win but Rodriguez has more racing in his legs and is in form.

Which do I pick?

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
19th March 2013 - 19:56

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Its stage three and up we go,
But dont pick jrod or wiggo
I have gone and had a long think,
And you cant do better than dutchman Gesink

#youhearditherefirst

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Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1219 posts]
19th March 2013 - 20:46

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JAndrewHill wrote:
Its stage three and up we go,
But dont pick jrod or wiggo
I have gone and had a long think,
And you cant do better than dutchman Gesink

#youhearditherefirst

I dont know whats worse your poetry or your tips Big Grin

Gesink is an enigma, he got dropped like a stone in Paris Nice when Sky attacked but was hammering it out on the first stage here.

I think i would rather go safe with either J-Rod or Wiggo to be honest.

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posted by stumps [2697 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:06

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in this race there is no androni
so i wil go for scarponi
i think i'm a good coach
so i will take the nephew of roche
in dutch searching is zoek
and i found van den broeck
looking for a cheap climber that is OK
and i found my hero jose

sorry for the pour poetry
but i'aint english:)

posted by The Instigator [73 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:23

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The Instigator wrote:
in this race there is no androni
so i wil go for scarponi
i think i'm a good coach
so i will take the nephew of roche
in dutch searching is zoek
and i found van den broeck
looking for a cheap climber that is OK
and i found my hero jose

sorry for the pour poetry
but i'aint english:)


But id steer clear of roche...
Its hard doing tips that rhyme.

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1219 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:27

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i don't have roche but his nephew or cousin the other irish:)

posted by The Instigator [73 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:32

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Hands up who else had Ratto Wink

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3860 posts]
19th March 2013 - 23:12

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Hands up who else had Ratto Wink

No, I had bewley At Wits End

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1219 posts]
19th March 2013 - 23:55

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Finally got my stage podium badge, 2nd, (4= was my best before) and my second full house! Missing a stage was just a tactic really! Wink Wink

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
20th March 2013 - 0:34

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Michele Scarponi (LAM)
GC Value: 30.9 Form: 8.20

Jurgen van den Broeck (LOT)
AR Value: 26.1 Form: 0.40

Cristiano Salerno (LIQ)
DS Value: 3.5 Form: 10.60

Gianni Meersman (OPQ)
PC Value: 13.9 Form: 21.00

Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
GC Value: 38.9 Form: 9.80

Daniel Martin (GRM)
AR Value: 20.5 Form: 8.20

Jose Humberto Rujano (VCD)
DS Value: 8.9 Form: 0.00

Ariel Richeze (LAM)
DS Value: 3.0 Form: 2.00

Carlos Alberto Betancurt (ALM)
DS Value: 3.0 Form: 0.00

davis wil probably DNF so richeze will be last onother full house:)

posted by The Instigator [73 posts]
20th March 2013 - 12:24

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Alan Tullett wrote:
Finally got my stage podium badge, 2nd, (4= was my best before) and my second full house! Missing a stage was just a tactic really! Wink Wink

The patented drheaton Tour of Britain tactic eh?

posted by ray silvester [1807 posts]
20th March 2013 - 13:07

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Actually I did it first in the ToC last year when I did OK after missing the first stage then! Currently 10th in the Forum after 4 stages after missing a stage and I meant to have Quintana in the 3rd originally but wanted some other riders as well and couldn't make it by 0.1. Funny game really!

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 0:39

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