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Well im out all day playing Golf, then going to work, so I thought I'd get this rolling and post my team. Surely today and tomorrow have got to be sprints?

My team is this

Cav (for Nibali)
Viviani
Bouhanni (for Santambrogio)
Gavazzi
Battaglin
Di Luca (for Pirazzi)
Evans
Betancur
Majka

Ok so its not the most sprint heavy team, but should have 3 of the top 5. Then ive kept the GC etc who will score me the most, but also based on price. Evans would score more than Nibali due to points, Betancur and Majka will score the same as Santambrogio and Pirazzi. No sprinter for Vini, so Di Luca is as good a shout as anyone to give it a go, and cheap. Just hope I haven't missed a trick not going Mezgec now Degenkolb is out

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Mezgec was the one rider I was most unsure about.

I have Chalapud from yesterday so that's 3 points guaranteed but I'm very tempted to bring in Mezgec. Problem is he'd need to score 13 points to make it worth it (plus 10 more tomorrow so it's worth the penalty to take him out) and I don't know if he'll manage it. 23 points in two days is effectively two top 10 finishes.

The upside to Mezgec is that tomorrow looks much harder than today and he could feature more so than the flat sprinters like Cavendish.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 2 years ago
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Avila is my wildcard. Cavendish and Viviani in, as the red jersey comp should be exciting today. Like that 'Tappa' has become the norm when posting, too.

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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I had 6 transfers saved up and have used 5 - was also tempted by Mezgec but like the idea of keeping transfers for the weekend. Brought in Cav, Viviani, Gavazzi, Bouhanni and one other, and kept Evans rather than Nibali.

Giro has gone well this week, and Cali very badly, so I'm yoyo-ing up and down the overall table at the moment!

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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I've had Mezgec since the start and he's done FECK all for me.

I took in Cav, Viviani, Bouhanni and Battaglin for today, still have 5 transfers banked and that will be 7 once the couple of flat stages are over. So will still be hunting for a stage win to fill up my badges. Then work out where I can get a tour top 10.....

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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hopes pinned on viviani/bouhanni/gavazzi/mezgec today

plus cuddles will mix it up and try and nab a few red jersey points with a bit of luck

i've had mezgec from day 1 too. about time he pulled his finger out, now that degenkolb's gone home he's got more reason to have a go

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Brought in Cav and Viviani too and had Gavazzi anyway. All my other riders will pick up minor Jersey points so fingers crossed for a Full house badge  4

Had a piss poor Tour from stage 3 onwards  20 but had green arrows yesterday which was nice  16
Gonna start saving Transfers as i've taken too many penalties for no gain.......  31

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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As i'm so far behind i will post my team now and if anyone wants a few red arrows they can copy my team  2

Mark Cavendish
Elia Viviani
Stefano Pirazzi
Robinson Eduardo Chalapud
Nacer Bouhanni
Matthew Goss
Davide Appollonio
Mattia Gavazzi
Dmitriy Kozontchuk

My only concern is the 4th cat towards the end. If someone jumps off the front going up will the sprint teams be willing to chase it back down ????

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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This is my full team for today. I also kept cuddles for the points

Mark Cavendish
Elia Viviani
Cadel Evans
Johan Le Bon (Girls on film....Girls on film.....  19 )
Nacer Bouhanni
Enrico Battaglin
Luka Mezgec
Rafal Majka
Ivan Santaromita

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Just to make you giggle....When researching Le Bon, I went onto his wiki page and used google translate. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Le_Bon

For the last couple of year's he's been "Champion of France against the clock hopes"

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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CAVENDISH
VIVIANI
NIBALI
MEZGEC
DEHAES
MAJKA
SANTAMBROGIO
APPOLLONIO
NIEMIEC..

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
Stefano Pirazzi (BVI)
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
Elia Viviani (LIQ)
Cadel Evans (BMC)
Mattia Gavazzi (AND)
Enrico Battaglin (BVI)
Luka Mezgec (ARG)
Robinson Eduardo Chalapud (COL)

sod it, went for it, 30 penalties...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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I ended up using all six of my transfers, so not planning on making any tomorrow, then 5 (one penalty) for Saturday. Best laid plans...

IN
Cav
Bouhanni
Modolo
Viviani
Gavazzi
Majka

KEPT
Di Luca
Evans
Wauters (give him 2 more days...)

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TheBigMong [212 posts] 2 years ago
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I guess it's comforting to hear I'm far from the only one who has been wasting a roster spot on Mezgec for much of this competition!

Brought in Cav & Viviani, and I'm going to go out on a limb and hope Ferrari finds some form in time for a bunch sprint today.

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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no one going for goss??

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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Budget-wise for a lot of us, its got to be Cav or Goss - difficult to fit them both in and still have two other good sprinters. And in a choice between Cav and Goss, there's only one winner...

(We all know who's going to win the stage now...)

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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Damn - severe weather alert - possible thunderstorms apparently...

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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I've got Goss, lets hope he wins  4

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I have three rules when it comes to fantasy cycling:

1) Don't pick Matt Goss
2) Don't pick Tyler Farrar (I broke this one for the ToCali)
3) Don't worry, there's always someone making worse transfers than you

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh, any my team:

Cavendish (for Nibali)
Bouhanni (for Santambrogio)
Viviani (for Pozzovivo)
Nizzolo (for Pirazzi)
Gavazzi (for Betancur)
Evans
Di Luca
Battaglin
Chalapud

Effectively dropped a guaranteed 25 points (plus taken a 20 point penalty) so need my sprinters to really do well.

Hoping by having at least one more sprinter than everyone else I can make a move in the overall.

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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Heavy rain is forecast, and only 13°C. There is in fact a severe weather alert, with the chance of thunderstorms.

Could through a spanner in the works

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djb123 [86 posts] 2 years ago
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All change (apart from Ludvigsson)

Cav
Bouhanni
Belletti
Viviani
Nizzolo
Bennati
Majka
Gavazzi
Ludvigsson

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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DNS
Breschel (SAX)

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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The early kilometres appear to be neutralised because of the heavy rain

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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The race has now been let go and Felline, Belkov, De Backer and Lammertink have jumped off the front

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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The leading four have a gap 0f 1.20 with Marcato just behind them.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Apparently stage start was delayed a little because of a broken down bus. Expect the stage to finish about 15 minutes later than expected.

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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S1
1 Belkov
2 De Backer
3 Lammertink
4 Felline
5 Marcato
which puts Belkov up to 6th in points class.

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simon F [993 posts] 2 years ago
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GC times will be taken at the 3km to go point to avoid risks at the finish line. Sprint will be for the stage only.

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Philip Unwin [941 posts] 2 years ago
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Breakaway just crashed

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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So for instance, if Wiggins was leading out the peloton at the 3k marker he would get the 20 secs bonus and after that its only the sprint points they are going for ???

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