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After another day of high scores, a chance for 'hit and hope' again. Martin? van Garderen? Velits? Castroviejo? I reckon Spilak may pull out all the stops, too. David Harmon believes Henao can TT. Ha Ha, guess we'll see.

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TERatcliffe26 [4611 posts] 3 years ago
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Tejay was DNF

well my team is this, nothing to hide as its the last stage and I can't win

Martin (for Henao)
Castroviejo (for Quintana)
Sanchez (for Fuglsang)
Contador
Porte
Spilak
Weening
Txurukka
Betancurt

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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After a good start my team suffered from:

1)No Henao
2)Stuck with Cunego too long
3)Gamble on Schleck(could have afforded Betancur)

I think the performances today will be heavily influenced by motivation.....i.e Peter Velits has the skills to top 5 but will he bother?

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm crossing my fingers for Velits.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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Done. Like TER, I can't win. Here's mine:

Contador
Porte
Quintana
Martin
Sanchez
Castroviejo
Spilak
Betancurt
Didier

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chiv30 [986 posts] 3 years ago
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Martin (contdor)
Porte
Spilak
Ulissi
Betancourt
Sanchez
Talansky (carusso)
Castroviejo (cunego)
Txurukka (quintana)

Yep Txurukka in just for his mountain and sprints points it gaurantees me some points  22

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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I had another good day yesterday, but red arrows due to my silly error of bringing in Peraud despite his crash at the finish line that I temporarily forgot about.  39

I've gone with the guys in form, rather than concentrate too hard on picking TT specialists - might be the wrong tactic but it is pretty lumpy...

So I've not picked Martin, with the safety net that he's in my purist team. So if he does well, I might make the purist top 10, and if he does badly I might overhaul a few people and make the standard top 10! There's logic in there somewhere folks...

Castroviejo
Henao
Riblon
Txurruka
Porte
Contador
Spilak
Quintana
Betancurt
(no penalties)

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TERatcliffe26 [4611 posts] 3 years ago
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There maybe logic, but i do think your brave sticking with both Quintana and Henao. I think Martin will top 5 even if he doesn't win and thus score more points than either of those 2 riders (potentially more than both put together if they have a disasater). I think they will end up 7-10 on GC and will be outside the top 15 on the stage. On of them may hit the fringes of the top 10 with the ITT of there life

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Same here i can't win, keep playing swapsies with The 95th /sharpiesharpe for the lead in South West overall!

Porte
Spilak
Txurruka
Sanchez
Martin(for Henao)
Castroviejo(for Ulissi)
Peraud
Quintana
Kangert(for Betancurt)my outside punt for 10 point penalty  39

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

There maybe logic, but i do think your brave sticking with both Quintana and Henao. I think Martin will top 5 even if he doesn't win and thus score more points than either of those 2 riders (potentially more than both put together if they have a disasater). I think they will end up 7-10 on GC and will be outside the top 15 on the stage. On of them may hit the fringes of the top 10 with the ITT of there life

Its not really brave, I just fancied a go - my usual policy is that if I can't win with one stage left, I may as well have some fun and try something different!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Has nobody picked Malori?

My team

Martin
Porte
Malori
Sanchez
Castroviejo
Spilak
Fuglsang
Quintana
Txurruka

Contador is obviously my biggest concern.

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Timbo13 [264 posts] 3 years ago
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After dropping Sanchez yesterday (doh!) he's back today.

I'm gambling that Henao will have a mare.

Porte
Contador
Spilak
Sanchez (for Quintana)
Martin (for Henao)
Velits (for Caruso)
Txurruka
Didier
Betancurt

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TERatcliffe26 [4611 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Has nobody picked Malori?

My team

Martin
Porte
Malori
Sanchez
Castroviejo
Spilak
Fuglsang
Quintana
Txurruka

Contador is obviously my biggest concern.

I didnt even notice he was riding otherwise would have gone with him over Castro, but my team looks strong apart from betancurt. Think Weening will do well

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simon F [1001 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone seen a start times list anywhere?

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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simon F wrote:

Anyone seen a start times list anywhere?

First rider Albasini 14:10 BST
Henao 15:36 BST
Biciclisimo

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simon F [1001 posts] 3 years ago
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Cheers. No full lists anywhere? I guess I'll just have to work it out for myself

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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simon F wrote:

Cheers. No full lists anywhere? I guess I'll just have to work it out for myself

If you go to steephill follow the link to vuelta pais vasco it gives you the full start time list at biciclisimo

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Mikeh789 [132 posts] 3 years ago
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Going with

Contador
Porte
Peraud
Velits
Castroviejo
Sanchez
Txurruka
Didier
Betancurt

Only 4 left in Purist squad, mostly TTers!
Martin
Castroviejo
Porte
Fraile

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simon F [1001 posts] 3 years ago
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Philip Unwin wrote:
simon F wrote:

Cheers. No full lists anywhere? I guess I'll just have to work it out for myself

If you go to steephill follow the link to vuelta pais vasco it gives you the full start time list at biciclisimo

Thanks for that. I must be in brain-fade mode. I should have been able to find that myself.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Martin (for Contador)
Velits (Peraud)
Quintana
Sanchez
Porte
Castroviejo (Cardoso)
Malori (Ulissi)
Txurruka
Betancurt

Part of the reason I didn't confirm my team last night was because nobody else seemed to be picking Malori and I didn't want to remind everyone he was there  19

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Contador
Porte
Castroviejo
Intxausti
Spliak
Ulissi
Txurruka
Fraile
Betancur

Intxausti seems to be a less popular pick so... Go Benat!  16 Also hoping Talansky gets a good result for my purist team.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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For me Intxausti was just too expensive, I think he'll do well but others were cheaper allowing me to get more TTers in my team.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Picking Martin probably would've been the sensible move, but I wanted to take a risk.  19

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simon F [1001 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm amazed to discover I've still got 8 in my purists. Shame they're not TT'ers really.

Fingers crossed that it's too hard for Malori and Castroviejo because I've not picked them. Is it only me who's picked Monfort? I hope it wasn't a massive mistake, although I've nothing much to lose - can't win anyway but it would be nice to stay in the top 10 in Forum's Scorums.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Martin (for Contador)
Velits (Peraud)
Quintana
Sanchez
Porte
Castroviejo (Cardoso)
Malori (Ulissi)
Txurruka
Betancurt

Part of the reason I didn't confirm my team last night was because nobody else seemed to be picking Malori and I didn't want to remind everyone he was there  19

I kind of gave the game away.....Ooops  7

I remember people saying 'Note to self next time trial' with regards to Malori (and Amador) not that long ago(Tirreno Adriatico I think)and he's won the ITT at Coppi Bartoli since.

Similar team to mine except Fuglsang+Spilak v Velits+Betancurt

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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 3 years ago
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I`ve gambled today on my fave rider at the moment Kiryienka....He is in great form and I think that Sky will want him to go hard to give a marker for Porte`s effort....However he did do a 60K TT yesterday and so he might be knackered...We shall see....

PORTE
CONTADOR
MARTIN
SANCHEZ
KIRYIENKA
MALORI
DIDIER
BETANCURT
TXURRUKA

Really enjoyed this Tour...proper racing....

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enrique [2341 posts] 3 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

... Really enjoyed this Tour...proper racing....

Yeah, race of the year, so far!  1

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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Navarro non-starter

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

I`ve gambled today on my fave rider at the moment Kiryienka....He is in great form and I think that Sky will want him to go hard to give a marker for Porte`s effort....However he did do a 60K TT yesterday and so he might be knackered...We shall see....

PORTE
CONTADOR
MARTIN
SANCHEZ
KIRYIENKA
MALORI
DIDIER
BETANCURT
TXURRUKA

Really enjoyed this Tour...proper racing....

Kiryienka - I like your style!

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AWPeleton [3292 posts] 3 years ago
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Kept my team the same with only weening in instead of fraile. Hoping the gradient will be to steep for most after the climbing they have done this week

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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6ª etapa Vuelta al País Vasco. Paso Intermedio: Top 10

Paso Intermedio (km. 10,6):
1. Martin (Omega) 17:24
2. Malori (Lampre) a 47
3. Riblon (Ag2r) a 1:03
4. Silin (Astana) a 1:04
5. Chernetski (Katusha) a 1:06
6. Fraile (Caja Rural) a 1:11
7. Voigt (RadioShack) a 1:22
8. Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi) a 1:39
9. Txurruka (Caja Rural) a a 1:40
10. Didier (RadioShack) a 1:49

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