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My team for this one is:

Froome
Martin
Porte
Gesink
Frank
Majka
Dennis
Wyss (M)
Van Rensburg

I think the climbers will do better than they usually do in a prologue but that the TTers may still come out on top.  My money is on Martin for the win, Froome, Gesink, Porte, Frank and the likes of Peraud and Spilak to get close with a smattering of TT specialists (Tuft, Bono, Malori) there or there abouts.  Don't see sprinters competing in this one.

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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I think Ive lost the plot on this one  39 20

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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In case you want to follow the action:

chrisdstripes wrote:

Live leaderboard here - Brajkovic the early leader!

http://www.matsport.fr.php53-23.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/Tribune/index...

Current top 10:

1 86 KELDERMAN W.* BLA 13:33.100
2 122 BOARO M. TST 11
3 101 BRAJKOVIC J. AST 12
4 81 GESINK R. BLA 17
5 53 DENNIS R.* GRS 32
6 15 IGNATENKO P. KAT 35
7 107 SILIN E. AST 47
8 172 BILLE G. LTB ST
9 95 DUPONT H. ALM ST
10 22 BAKELANTS J. RLT 55

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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I've had a look at the biciclisimo start time list and cannot find the name of C. Froome. Maybe it's my eyes  7

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Is he last man setting off? If he's dropped out I will not be happy!  14

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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Steephill says the last man is 17:08. Moreno is last on list at 17:07. So hope it's just a typo and he's been missed

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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Froome was last man on the list published earlier on the official site, so if he has dropped out it was very very late

As for my standard team, 1 and 6 at the moment, a long way to go though

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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Ok I may have got this wrong, Pinot goes fastest! and where did this come from Rujano goes 8th!!

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Blanco 4 in top 10 so far! opps i didn't pick any Blanco riders  31

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Gah, dropped Rujano at 10 to 12 today in order to pick up Morabito.

For what it's worth though, Rujano will go into the Giro as Vaconsoleil leader so he was always going to have to try and ride into some form this week.

Still, plenty of big names still to come.

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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3rd standard, 4th purist for two riders I expected to be up there (and will sit 2nd and 3rd in young riders at the moment. Plenty to come, hopefully

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, think I got this wrong as well, it looks like the main GC guys will be taking it today - I thought the climb would be less selective than it seems to be.

Most of the top guys are in the last 30 to go, so will be loads more changes yet. Looking at my two Astana guys to light it up and get me to a half-decent result!

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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Live tv now on sporza s

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, I thought it'd be a tough climb (it's rated cat 3) and that GC time triallers would likely take it but I thought pure TTers would do better.

Nice to see Kelderman doing well, hope he does well at the Giro too although he'll be working in support of Gesink.

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

Steephill says the last man is 17:08. Moreno is last on list at 17:07. So hope it's just a typo and he's been missed

It was a typo. Froome is still in

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like Gruzdev was a duff pick!  20

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AWPeleton [3294 posts] 3 years ago
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Sitting watching it on a feed through my laptop and the speaker has just died on me  20

Mind you its quite surreal watching it without any sound or the likes of Harmon bleating on in the background.

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

Looks like Gruzdev was a duff pick!  20

Shame - same with Grivko, he's well down. Could be that my good run will come to an end this week if today is anything to go by!

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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Ive had plenty of dud picks. i considered Moser too  20

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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This is getting worse the longer it goes on...make it stop haha

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chrisdstripes [1723 posts] 3 years ago
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I have Kelderman, so its fingers crossed now for Westra, otherwise its a bad day! (Purists OK tho with Rui Costa)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Spilak another Dud  14

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AWPeleton [3294 posts] 3 years ago
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Porte just gone quickest

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Theres the silver lining nice one Richie  4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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So just Porte and hopefully Talansky for me  20

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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Talansky my saviour as he is in both my teams. Let down from Martin. Need Froome to do well and it may be an ok score for my Purist team  39

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Damn Froome & Kiserlovski just ruined my 1-2  14

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TERatcliffe26 [4612 posts] 3 years ago
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Well that was a bust....

1,2,12 purist
2,10,16 standard

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Disappointed with Peraud & Spilak, but at least I know who to get rid of for tomorrow now.

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AWPeleton [3294 posts] 3 years ago
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1, 4 for standard from top 10 - anyone know 11 - 20 ?

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johnny2names [198 posts] 3 years ago
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urg, that went a bit flat for my standard. switched talansky out for martin at last minute  20
got spooked by betfair money coming in from 6:1 to 3:1, thought they knew something....

binned betancur also  20

westra/spilak/machado= waste of space...

'in sky we trust' a consolation.

1-4-16 standard

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