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So Stage 8 is finally here, Individual TT time!
After Wiggos crash yesterday is everyone still confident he can take his TT crown? Or will there be another surprise result???

Discuss!

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [547 posts] 3 years ago
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He is a certain winner today as Im not picking him....Up until yesterday he was going into my team but I was just not convinced with his desire yesterday....He will probably win the TT but I think he has lost the tour and Im not convinced that he will be in Pink after today...Hope Im wrong though and we see the Brad of 2012...

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adholman [75 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggos not in my team due to (1) cost (2) weather forecast for possible rain (3) low GC position (4) so my team is

Visconti
Nibali
Kessiakoff
Kiserlovski
Gesink
Locatelli
Pirazzi
Dekker
Dowsett

Dekker and Dowsett OUT tomorrow!

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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well hopefully! Maybe he was just trying to play it safe for today...

who else you see as doing ok?

Evans/Nibali/Kessiakoff?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I had him in yesterday so he'll definitely stay in and there is probably not much competition here as usual in a long Grand Tour ITT(No Martin,Cancellara,Tejay,Froome,Porte,LuLuSanchez,Chavanel,Westra etc).

To be honest he'd be coming in even if he wasn't already in and and I reckon anyone without him will forfeit 45pts today(stage win+pink).

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chrisdstripes [1736 posts] 3 years ago
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After my predicted disaster yesterday, I've just gone for Wiggo, Nibali, Gesink and Phinney plus the cheap ones I already had in - damage limitation and hopefully (except Phinney) people I can keep in for the next couple of days. Kelderman and Danielson were on the shortlist...

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letsgoup [121 posts] 3 years ago
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I've dropped Wiggo. He just doesn't seem right to me. Plus could get in 3 good TT'ers for the cost of him. Hoping their combined score outweighs Wiggo's. I also think Wiggins will struggle on the big mountain stages when it comes to it. I have always thought Evans Le Tour win was a one off, he always seems to lack something generally in the big tours. So I have done a big u-turn and picked him as I think he looks pretty good. Keeping a low profile, nobody has mentioned him yet only a handful of seconds off the lead and he can TT too  13

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TERatcliffe26 [4676 posts] 3 years ago
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Ive gone for Wiggo in the end  13

My team

Wiggo (for Ventoso)
Phinney
Sergent (for Pirazzi)
Ludvigsson (for Paolini)
Hesjedal
Visconti
Santambrogio
Battaglin
Gavazzi

This could go drastically wrong!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Made 5 changes, weighing up another but it'll cost me 20 points because I'll want to reverse it tomorrow so I probably won't bother.

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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wiggins (for evans)
locatelli
Nibali
Intxausti
Aru
Visconti
Di Luca
Santambrogio
Battaglin

got 2 transfers left, shall i use them??

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:

wiggins (for evans)
locatelli
Nibali
Intxausti
Aru
Visconti
Di Luca
Santambrogio
Battaglin

got 2 transfers left, shall i use them??

Hmmm, I might be tempted to drop either Santambrogio or Visconti as there are some TT options at a similar price. Or drop both and bring in Gesink maybe? Up to you, depends on what your plan is for transfers ahead of tomorrow really.

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:
backflipbedlem wrote:

wiggins (for evans)
locatelli
Nibali
Intxausti
Aru
Visconti
Di Luca
Santambrogio
Battaglin

got 2 transfers left, shall i use them??

Hmmm, I might be tempted to drop either Santambrogio or Visconti as there are some TT options at a similar price. Or drop both and bring in Gesink maybe? Up to you, depends on what your plan is for transfers ahead of tomorrow really.

Care to divulge who those tt's are??

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TERatcliffe26 [4676 posts] 3 years ago
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Durbridge and Boaro, but I avoided them as I have 5 guaranteed from Visconti, and unsure what Santambrogio can do, and also wasn't impressed with the form shown from either at Romandie, but could have been Sandbagging, but as Dr says, its up to you. (also I would have needed penalty points, and think Santambrogio will be valuable tomorrow)

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Durbridge, Sergent, Tuft, Kangert and Clement are among some of the highest rated at the TT in the game and all around/under 15 credits. That's based on past performance on ITT rated stages in the game.

I wouldn't bother with Kangert as he worked hard yesterday and I don't know about Durbridge's form but the others are always popular picks.

There's also Alex Dowsett who I'm very tempted to bring in to my team. He finished 18 minutes down yesterday so took it nice and easy and I think he may be targeting today. I don't know though how he fares on TTs as long as today (today is very long for a grand tour).

If you want to move up to a 20-25 credit rider then there's always Phinney, Kessiakoff, Kelderman, or Gesink. Intxausti is a solid TTer so I'd definitely keep him, Nibali has been working hard on his TT too in recent years and could top 10 today as its hilly and technical.

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Gkam84 [9098 posts] 3 years ago
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Bradley Wiggins
Taylor Phinney
Fredrik Kessiakoff
Luke Durbridge
Svein Tuft
Stef Clement
Luka Mezgec
Kanstantin Siutsou
Maarten Tjallingii

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Durbridge and Boaro, but I avoided them as I have 5 guaranteed from Visconti, and unsure what Santambrogio can do, and also wasn't impressed with the form shown from either at Romandie, but could have been Sandbagging, but as Dr says, its up to you. (also I would have needed penalty points, and think Santambrogio will be valuable tomorrow)

Yeah, I've kept Visconti in my team for the guaranteed 5 points but dropped Pirazzi. No idea on Santambrogio so dropped him. I also wouldn't pick Durbridge as he's more suited to long flat straight TTs rather than the up and down technical stage today.

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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cheers for the pointers guys, might trade visconti for Boaro

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Ive gone for Wiggo in the end  13

My team

Wiggo (for Ventoso)
Phinney
Sergent (for Pirazzi)
Ludvigsson (for Paolini)
Hesjedal
Visconti
Santambrogio
Battaglin
Gavazzi

This could go drastically wrong!

Amongst the TT'ers I've got Durbridge,Kelderman and Kiserlovski against your Phinney,Sergent and Hesjedal in the battle for Forum's Scorum's 4th place.

Wiggins
Durbridge
Kiserlovski
Kelderman
Visconti
Aru
Puccio
Oliveira
Haas

Went for Kiserlovski over Phinney due to

1)It would have meant Tuft instead of Durbo in terms of cost

2)Phinney's fever......although he's showed good fighting spirit this season so maybe he's fought through it

3)GC points today and on-going....should move up the top 10 a bit today whereas Phinney at an hour behind won't be getting any competition standing points in this tour

4)I've got a feeling Phinney may abandon on the rest day

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dave atkinson [6290 posts] 3 years ago
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haven't gone for wiggo. vaughters reckons (on twitter) he's got the same bug as cataldo, plus i reckon he's bruised his elbow which will make a long tt a massively uncomfortable experience. and it's going to rain.

so he'll probably boss it today  1

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I have gone for Wiggins because he's not one to give up and even off form he's still got a chance of winning this stage.

Wiggins (for Pirazzi)
Evans
Nibali (for Rubiano)
Boaro (for Santambrogio)
Visconti
Di Luca (for Paolini)
Battaglin (for Rabottini)
Mezgec
Gavazzi

I reckon Evans is going well and has the ability to do a long TT better than some and Nibali is getting better and should go well in the rain. Boaro finished well down yesterday in preparation for today so I'm hoping he's targeting a solid ride today.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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Wiggins
Boaro
Evans
Intxausti
Clement
Tuft
Battaglin
Dekker
Durasek

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like Wilco could be my ace in the hole.....White Jersey tonight?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Looks like Wilco could be my ace in the hole.....White Jersey tonight?

Could be, although he's young and I'm not sure he's ever done such a long TT before.

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chrisdstripes [1736 posts] 3 years ago
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Of the under-15-credits guys, I would go for Dowsett myself. Can't squeeze him in tho with the other guys I've got...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Made a couple of changes for today but also making sure i can make easier changes for tomorrow. 20 penalties points today also. Not overly confident in today as after the last couple of days i'm not sure there are any obvious riders for today!? Although thinking Evans is looking farely sharp at the moment  26

Wiggins (for Viviani)
Tuft (for Paolini)
Intxausti (Di Luca)
Ludvigsson (for Cattaneo)

Aru
Visconti
Pirazzi
Santambrogio
Weening

Made all my transfers as soon as the transfer deadline changed yesterday. Was kinda fool hardy but worked out ok. Could've gone crazy with more penalty points but felt i'd only be bringing riders in i'd have to get rid of tomorrow for more penalties.

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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According to Diretta, the first starter Bobridge started 10 mins later than planned, so if you have a list of start times I think you should put them all back 10 mins.
Also
The sun is shining

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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Dowsett fastest thru 1st check
1.18 over Sergent
Phinney 2.12 off the pace

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THE SILENT ASSASSIN [547 posts] 3 years ago
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INTXAUSTI
KELDERMAN
CLEMENT
HESJEDAL
TUFT
SANCHEZ
BETANCUR
ARU
DeHAES

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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1 M. Belkov Katyusha 1:27:57
2 L. Pichon FDJ +5:14
3 M. Mínguez Euskaltel +5:37
4 J. Bobridge Blanco +6:25
5 R. Andriato Vini Fantini +9:23
6 M. Gavazzi Androni Giocatt. +11:37

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djb123 [86 posts] 3 years ago
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I have:
Evans
Durbridge
Phinney
Kelderman
Svein Tuft
Danielson
Dowsett
Tanel Kangert
Tobias Ludvigsson

If I'd done my research I'd have probably not have had Phinney, in favour of Sergeant and Boaro (for Ludvigsson). I haven't really been following so didn't know about him having a fever.

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chokofingrz [407 posts] 3 years ago
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Phinney 2:12 behind Dowsett?  20 Knew I should have shuffled for a few extra credits and gone for Beñat.

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