Vuelta al Pais Vasco - Stage 5

by drheaton   April 5, 2013  

So, is today a breakaway stage or will the GC guys bring it back together for a big finish?

My money is on a select group reaching the finish together (mainly GC people) similar to the crazy stage during Tirreno-Adriatico.

My 1,2,3 for today is Sanchez, Quintana, Henao.  Sanchez has something to prove and Euskatel need a win, Quintana and Henao are both in great form and I can't see any group with Porte in making it to the finish at the front, why would you tow along Porte when he's just going to smash you to bits in the TT?

At this points in time Txurruka has pretty much sewn up the mountains and sprint jerseys so will he bother racing today?

No changes for me so I'll announce my team:

Contador, Porte, Quintana, Sanchez, Peraud, Ulissi, Txurruka, Cardoso, Betancurt

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would it be worth leaving txurrka in for the tt tomorrow?
will he still get points for leading the KOM even though its a shortish TT any ideas? Thinking Big Grin Big Grin

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posted by keith roberts [178 posts]
5th April 2013 - 17:38

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I imagine he will still get points, but the good DrH will advise i'm sure.

I'm leaving him in for my team as its a guaranteed 10 points for the KOM and the tt is quite lumpy so he may do quite well.

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posted by stumps [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 17:50

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More importantly do i leave in Henao / Quintana or get rid of one for Martin ?

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 [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 17:52

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That's assuming he finished today? Thinking

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1661 posts]
5th April 2013 - 17:57

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and he did nearly 16mins down...

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1661 posts]
5th April 2013 - 17:59

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69th at 15mins down. Think that answers my own question.

If it was flat yes but judging by the profile i dont think he has the legs at the moment to pull off a fast time.

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posted by stumps [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:00

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Txurruka will get 10 points tomorrow assuming he a) starts and b) finishes in the time limit. That's 5 each for leading the sprint and KoM standings plus obviously any he gets on the actual stage itself.

Same logic applies to the likes of Didier etc and anyone else in KoM/sprint top 5 as there are no sprint/KoM points awarded tomorrow so no change in the standings.

posted by drheaton [3428 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:01

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drheaton wrote:
Txurruka will get 10 points tomorrow assuming he a) starts and b) finishes in the time limit. That's 5 each for leading the sprint and KoM standings plus obviously any he gets on the actual stage itself.

Same logic applies to the likes of Didier etc and anyone else in KoM/sprint top 5 as there are no sprint/KoM points awarded tomorrow so no change in the standings.

Cheers bud.

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posted by stumps [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:05

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Keeping Txurruka and Didier (best transfer I made). 18 points in the bag!

Martin, who knows? Was 3rd last year. Sanchez won ITT and race! But I doubt he'll do that this time. Velits and Castroviejo the best transfers I think! And this from a man who took out Sanchez last night!

posted by Alan Tullett [1423 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:15

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Only 73 finishers! That'll shorten tomorrows stage. Wonder if they'll start late or finish early Thinking

posted by simon F [976 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:19

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pcs says :-
DNF SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard

posted by simon F [976 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:28

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Start late probably, they'll have a TV slot to aim for and will want the GC fight to be live so will just start later.

Also, did Schleck finish?

EDIT: no, he didn't Devil

posted by drheaton [3428 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:29

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Just realised that not only will I get the podium badge but also it'll be my 50th badge Smile I know that's not particularly spectacular but it pleases me.

posted by simon F [976 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:36

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Can't believe that with so many DNF that I still have 8 left in my purist team

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posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:41

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Finally, a stage in this stinking race that I've got right. By my calculations, I might be looking at three awards for this one. Nonetheless, crappy showings in the early stages mean that I've had a bad Pais Vasco. Only good old Richie Porte reliably getting me points throughout.

He doesn't half look good, that Porte lad, does he? Team Sky will be quite the soap opera come the Tour...

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posted by Ghedebrav [995 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:46

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simon F wrote:
pcs says :-
DNF SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard

Dreadful, dreadful start to the season. Still, there's only one way he can go from here.

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

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posted by obutterwick [527 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:46

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obutterwick wrote:
simon F wrote:
pcs says :-
DNF SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard

Dreadful, dreadful start to the season. Still, there's only one way he can go from here.

Retire Thinking Thinking Thinking

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 [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:51

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obutterwick wrote:
simon F wrote:
pcs says :-
DNF SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard

Dreadful, dreadful start to the season. Still, there's only one way he can go from here.


Probably a Luxembourg retirement home

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posted by Philip Unwin [771 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:52

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Apparently the organisers stopped a lot of the groups at the back which included Andy Schleck, not sure why.

posted by northstar [1083 posts]
5th April 2013 - 18:55

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Perhaps they exceeded the time limits ????

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 [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 19:10

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anyhow thanks for the advice chaps, ta! Big Grin

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posted by keith roberts [178 posts]
5th April 2013 - 19:58

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thanks stumps, thought that was the case, but prudent to check/ask so many wise people out there!

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posted by keith roberts [178 posts]
5th April 2013 - 20:02

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Retirement is the best option, I fear. Better retiring before the UCI or WADA catch up with you. Wink

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

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posted by obutterwick [527 posts]
5th April 2013 - 20:02

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Scores updating, today was a nightmare, 50-odd non-finishers and 10 climbs so apologies for the delay.

posted by drheaton [3428 posts]
5th April 2013 - 20:12

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Woohoo - 266 whopping points and 2nd on the stage Big Grin

Thats my best result of the season.

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 [2639 posts]
5th April 2013 - 20:43

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Can feel a gamble coming on tomorrow for the guy who at the moment for me,is the guy who impresses me the most in the world of cycling..... Wink

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [465 posts]
5th April 2013 - 21:28

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Ive already made my transfers for tomorrow

Axed Henao, Quintana and Fuglsang for Sanchez, Martin and Castroviejo

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3749 posts]
5th April 2013 - 21:29

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Good day for me today, but it could have been so much better. I swapped Gorka for Peraud who was pointless...planning for thr ITT. If only I had gone for Sanchez...

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1206 posts]
5th April 2013 - 22:15

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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:
Can feel a gamble coming on tomorrow for the guy who at the moment for me,is the guy who impresses me the most in the world of cycling..... Wink

@TheJensie?

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6th April 2013 - 8:16

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30 pt lead for you now Alan Thinking

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6th April 2013 - 8:22

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