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Ok, I'm early but we teachers are still off in North Yorks, and this is a good distraction from planning and marking.

Looking at draft team options for Sunday and there are currently 23 Dutch riders listed as potentially riding. Whilst a Dutch rider hasn't won since (E) Dekker in 2001, statistically they're the most successful nation in the race, with 17 victories. Then it's the Belgians with 11, Italians 6 and others 3 or fewer.

With Sagan as the exception, I'm confident in fielding 8 Dutch riders who could do well. I'm sure they won't all remain in my team, but could this be a year for a 'home' victory? Mollema, Terpstra etc...

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 3 years ago
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Im torn between Sagan and J-Rod, J-Rod in both teams at the moment. Mollema is in my purist team, went with a frenchman in my standard team instead. I do have another dutchman in both teams though.

This could all change though....

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Got one possible team picked for standard based purely on previous top 20 finishes  39
Trying to pick a team based on this years form but thats proving harder than i expected  102

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't think Sagan can beat J-Rod in a muur-type finish......Valverde's the tempting one for me.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

I don't think Sagan can beat J-Rod in a muur-type finish......Valverde's the tempting one for me.

After today Ive now gone for Sagan for Amstel

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm going to probably go for both plus Gilbert and then fiddle around for a few bargains.

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 3 years ago
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Push-to-shove, I'd go Terminator over Purito, though if my classics selection suggest anything then I'd think twice before listening to me.

Saying that, Phil Gil is a must-pick for me.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Is Spilak riding?

He's on Cycling Fever Startlists.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Is Spilak riding?

He's on Cycling Fever Startlists.

Yes, I believe so. ProCyclingStats have him down too.

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 3 years ago
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Spilak's in. not sure why he's so cheap for the classics, some kindofa glitch in the matrix  1

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Wish I hadn't said anything now.....he's a bargain,a steal,a sale of the god damn century!!

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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Moser and Slagter
OR
Valverde and Ruigh

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Can anyone help me make my mind up?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd go the Moser route.....5 pt bonus for Sagan if nothing else!!

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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Moser for purist, valverde for standard would be my shout. Can't wait for tomorrow, I love the ardennes races!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Time to get the ball rolling with the naming and shaming I guess

Standard(looking for high finishes for the big 3 with the rest a bonus)

J-Rod
Sagan
Gilbert
Cunego
Quintana
Spilak
Betancur
Weening
P.Velits

Purist(a very Colombian look about it and a nod to Pais Vasco form)

JRod,Gilbert,Weening,Betancur,Moser,Cunego,Slagter,Quintana,Henao

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 3 years ago
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ive gone bold with my standard, safer for my purist.

Sagan
Gilbert
Voeckler
Martin
Quintana
Dumoulin
Spilak
Weening
Betancur

Purist

J-Rod
Gilbert
Martin
Mollema
Iglinsky
Ulissi
Betancur
Weening
De Clerq

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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Les miserables std are
Gerrans
Gilbert
Sagan
Moser
Slagter
Velits
Leukemans
Spilak
Betancur

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silas chime [189 posts] 3 years ago
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standard
Sagan,Iglinsky,Betancur,Spilak,Ulissi,Albasini,Gilbert,Kwiatkowski,Quintana

purist
Rodriguez,Gilbert,Valverde,Gerrans,Schleck,Quintana,Betancur,Lagutin,Cunego

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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Sagan, gilbert, spilak and betancur will be in most teams then?! My other 5 are valverde, gerrans, ulissi, fuglsang and serry.

Happy with my purists...
Gilbert, gerrans, martin, betancur, kolobnev, ulissi, mollema, iglinsky, moser...

Rodriguez obviously the glaring omission but you can't have everyone!

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Sagan, gilbert, spilak and betancur will be in most teams then?! My other 5 are valverde, gerrans, ulissi, fuglsang and serry.

Happy with my purists...
Gilbert, gerrans, martin, betancur, kolobnev, ulissi, mollema, iglinsky, moser...

Rodriguez obviously the glaring omission but you can't have everyone!

I like the fact we have 6 the same for purist, basically you have Moser and Gerrans to my J-Rod.

Dumoulin and Voeckler my risks for standard that others won't have

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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Looki g at the other declared teams, I need slagter and leukemens to do well

Is there any way now to see how many squads picked each of my riders? That wud be a nice feature...it should only activate when the window closes...

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arsene [205 posts] 3 years ago
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Purist:
Sagan
Valverde
Gilbert
Uran
Ulissi
Kreder
Betancur
Weening
Ludvigsson

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chiv30 [986 posts] 3 years ago
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Std

Sagan
J-rod
Phil gil
GvA
Weening
Spilak
Quintana
Betancur

And a certain , schleck

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Standard team

Enrico Gasparotto
Philippe Gilbert
Peter Sagan
Simon Gerrans
Jelle Vanendert
Roman Kreuziger
Carlos Alberto Betancur
Simon Spilak
Vincent Jerome

Hoping for a better score than last years 12 points  26

Purist

Simon Gerrans
Giampaolo Caruso
Moreno Moser
Joaquin Rodriguez
Sylvain Chavanel
Vasil Kiryienka
Damiano Cunego
Philippe Gilbert
Carlos Alberto Betancur

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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It looks like this is our lead group: De Troyer, Pliuschin, Astarloza, Vanoverberghe and Vansummeren.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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They are being chased by Jelle Vanendert  4 (Lotto) und Klaas Sys (Crelan-Euphony).

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iammarcmason [47 posts] 3 years ago
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I was in a rush last night so not much thought went into these (hence why they're pretty much the same);

Standard

Pieter Weening
Carlos Alberto Betancur
Peter Sagan
Philippe Gilbert
Sergio Luis Henao
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa
Rob Ruijgh
Lars Boom
Simon Gerrans

Purist

Pieter Weening
Carlos Alberto Betancur
Peter Sagan
Philippe Gilbert
Sergio Luis Henao
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa
Alejandro Valverde
Maciej Paterski
Andy Schleck

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, I missed the Spilak boat then. I'm looking for good performances from Vansummeren, Ulissi, Bouhanni and... Elmiger!

I've developed a soft spot for this IAM team, even more so if Cancellara makes a move there next season (revelations from Spanish doctors hopfeully notwithstanding).

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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By the looks of the posted teams J-Rod,Cunego,Weening 1-2-3 would do very nice thanks....whilst any combination of Voeckler,Gerrans,Ulissi and Kwiatkowski would be a blow.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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Bouhanni is my pick for a surprise podium.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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No, it is not Vanendert chasing, but Nicolas Vogondy of Accent Jobs.  20

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