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Here in sunny Dubai its the weekend now so I can leave my selection until the last minute. Is Bouhanni a DNS today??

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rcorbin [212 posts] 3 years ago
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Bouhanni and wiggins have both withdrawn

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Plus Hesjedal!!

To be fair Wiggins and Hesjedal came at a good time for fantasy purposes as most will have subbed them out for sprinters yesterday so can put whoever they like back in once it goes uphill again.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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They're pulling out at a good time for standard teams but they'll hit some purist teams pretty hard.

Thankfully, I think most teams will have Wiggins so it might not make too much difference but if any team has neither and went for Evans instead they could surge right up the table.

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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It's fairly obvious why Wiggins and Hesjedal have withdrawn, but what's up with Bouhanni? Anybody know?

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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All I know about Bouhanni is that FDJ have already said Demare won't be riding the Tour, so presumably Bouhanni will. Maybe it was always the intention to pull out now (L'Equipe says next stop Dauphine). If thats case, its strange that he didn't have one last go at a stage win today - and worries me that maybe he doesn't see it as a sprint day!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Bouhanni as French champ was always most likely to ride the Tour. If Demare isn't riding in support/lead out then I guess they want to make sure Bouhanni is in top shape so a rest isn't out of the question.

Either that or he was politely asked to stop endangering other sprinters and go home.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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No transfers for me today......those I made yesterday were for both flat stages.

Cav
Viv
Niz
Gav
Maj
Bet
....sounds like a old folk's day trip to Brighton

plus

Gesink
Chalapud
Pirazzi

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 3 years ago
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Nizzolo for Bouhanni, I had planned no changes, although now thinking I should have played it safe and just brough Nibs in but oh well. Gonna need a penalty transfer or two tomorrow

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adholman [74 posts] 3 years ago
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I had 3 transfers for today so ditched Bouhanni and Locatelli and brought in Uran for guaranteed points for the next few days and Wurf as a serial breakist who I hope will be mopping up some points today. Leaves me 3 transfers for the big mountains.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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I have a bad feeling about today - might not be as sprinty as I thought. Was hoping for a bigger day yesterday so today wouldn't matter so much, should've gone Mezgec over Gavazzi! Looking at my team now - it doesn't look good at all.

And of course could've done with Bouhanni sticking around for one more day - the sprinters I do have are not so strong for a 250km stage.

Cav
Viviani
Gavazzi
Modolo
Evans
Majka
Di Luca
Wauters (seems like the only Vacansoleil rider not to be in a break since I brought him in)
And the last-minute Hail Mary in for Bouhanni - Taylor Phinney.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I cracked and made two transfers:

Ventoso (for Bouhanni)
Mezgec (for Gavazzi)
Cavendish
Viviani
Nizzolo
Battaglin
Di Luca
Evans
Chalapud

Just want to keep pace today before throwing some penalty transfers at my team for tomorrow.

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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got rid of Bouhanni and Viviani
for Ventoso and Evans

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

They're pulling out at a good time for standard teams but they'll hit some purist teams pretty hard.

Thankfully, I think most teams will have Wiggins so it might not make too much difference but if any team has neither and went for Evans instead they could surge right up the table.

I'm happy I went for the all-Italian option for my team...come on Nibs. Can I rise from the bottom to the top?

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 3 years ago
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I can't see it being a bunch sprint today, i really can't. the climb to tre cuni is too long and the descent off it is narrow and steep and twisty.

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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Hondo, Ermeti, Lastras, Ludviggson, Bak, Boem, Andriato have a lead of 3.40

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

got rid of Bouhanni and Viviani
for Ventoso and Evans

Might be a stage too early to dump Viviani?

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Philip Unwin [991 posts] 3 years ago
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The gap now out to 10mins.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 3 years ago
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Shame, decided to go for a wildcard for the break today but went Phinney over Bak - silly really with the BMC boys probably being kept back to support Cadel. Another bad decision - hope the break doesn't go to the end!

Having said that, if it does go to the end, that might limit my losses as not many teams will score big.

Bak won the stage exactly 12 months ago to the day!

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djb123 [86 posts] 3 years ago
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The day I give up on Ludvigsson, why now?

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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djb123 wrote:

The day I give up on Ludvigsson, why now?

always the way!

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

Shame, decided to go for a wildcard for the break today but went Phinney over Bak - silly really with the BMC boys probably being kept back to support Cadel. Another bad decision - hope the break doesn't go to the end!

Having said that, if it does go to the end, that might limit my losses as not many teams will score big.

Bak won the stage exactly 12 months ago to the day!

Your pigeons arrived a bit late with that bit of info!!

I forgot Bak was even in the race  39

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cgipryan [201 posts] 3 years ago
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Why oh why did Bouhani leave me with a grey spot in the team? I can only hope it will not be a real sprint day then...

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johnny2names [198 posts] 3 years ago
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i made only one change, nibali for bouhanni ahead of tomorrow.
Looks like the bunch wants to contest the sprint, reeling in that break hard.

2:46 with 95+ km to go

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I made a couple of changes today, I hadn't planned so I would have 7 for tomorrow, but it leaves me with 5 to get some climbers back in

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Getting rid of Cav might have been a mistake...  39

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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Apparently Goss got dropped on the climb.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Rule 1, never pick Matthew Goss.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Cav takes it, Viviani and Nizzolo there or there abouts too.

Lancaster was sprinting for GreenEdge which suggests Goss was dropped.

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 3 years ago
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Oops.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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That'll do me, 1,2,3,5,6  4

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