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How many sprinters will get over that last bump?
Will Cav?
I hope so....

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TERatcliffe26 [4464 posts] 2 years ago
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Ive got all bases covered to a degree.

A couple of sprinters, a couple of all rounders, some safe GC points  39

Will leave me the team I want for the ITT and then for stages 19/20, and should give me 4 or 5 transfers for the last stage

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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From what we saw today I doubt it. Haven't got a single sprinter, built for the TT with a couple of chances of a break/late attack for tomorrow. Left in Sammy for one last go!

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TERatcliffe26 [4464 posts] 2 years ago
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The one difference is they won't have had the tough climbs earlier on, anyway heres my team to tackle tomorrow. It will either work, or it won't, but I do expect Felline and Nava to be ok and be at the finish either way. Cav was incase, and Mezgec as he is cheap and only replaced Di Luca (who I can only see being at the finish if its a sprint anyway). I also axed Nibali, Santambrogio and Uran

Cav
Mezgec
Felline
Navardauskas
Kangert
Pellizotti
Majka
Betancur
Evans

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obutterwick [474 posts] 2 years ago
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May as well share mine. Fancy a breakaway to stay tomorrow, so no sprinters.

Nibali
Evans
Pirazzi
Betancur
Santambrogio
Felline
Marcato
Gatto
Canola

Some transfers banked, too.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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obutterwick wrote:

May as well share mine. Fancy a breakaway to stay tomorrow, so no sprinters.

Nibali
Evans
Pirazzi
Betancur
Santambrogio
Felline
Marcato
Gatto
Canola

Some transfers banked, too.

Marcato, Canola, Felline & Gatto, you've been reading the same preview as me I see  4

No Duarte though?

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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Mmmm...Gatto worked hard yesterday to reduce Santambrogio's deficit...  39

Enrique has no idea how having so many banked transfers can cause so much stress...What a stupid place to put a hill on a so called flat stage....  7 1

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chrisdstripes [1704 posts] 2 years ago
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Sprint sprint sprint!

Modolo
Cav
Felline
Mezgec
Nizzolo
Bak
Di Luca
Nibali
Betancur

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Sort of wishy washy effort from me. I agree STEVESPRO wish I didn't have so many transfers it would make playing the game less time consuming at least.

Nibali
Niemeic
Betancur
Majka
Felline
Nizzolo
Mezgec
Pellizoti
Pirazzi

I will have 5 transfers for tomorrow though and I know what I want to do with them.

Shame the big climbs at the weekend are not going to happen spoiling a good finale.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Really have no idea what to do today.

I'd planned on making 5 transfers with a view to it being a sprint but everywhere I look they're saying a sprint is unlikely. So, do I stick with my original plan and bring in Cav +4 sprinters or do I chase the break or do I stick with the team that got me 179 points yesterday?

If the GC guys try to test each other again today on what is apparently a very tight and technical climb that's much harder than it's cat 4 categorisation then a sprint won't happen and it'll go the same way as yesterday. BUT if some of the sprinters teams want to keep it together will the GC guys be happy to take it easy ahead of tomorrow's potentially more important TT?

Argh!

8 transfers and no idea what to do with them...

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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lol, 7 transfers and just seen its an uphill TT tomorrow, so do i keep my mountain goats for today, or ship them out n back again?
hmmm

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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used 5 of my 8 transfers

Evans
Betancur
Pirazzi
Chalapud

Cav
Nizzolo
Gatto
Sammy
Mezgec

As for tomorrow i'm stumped!!???  39

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 2 years ago
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last time i called it as not a sprint, it was very much a sprint.

this time i'm calling it as a sprint.

Take note, people  39

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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In the end I have used 4 transfers leaving 5 for tomorrow...

CAVENDISH
NIZZOLO
MEZGEC
SANCHEZ
EVANS
BETANCUR
NIEMIEC
MAJKA
PELLIZOTTI

Sort of fancy DiLuca but team orders may make him play nursemaid to Santambrogio...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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After scribbling down on a bit of paper how many transfers I'm likely to have and use over the rest of the race I've made 5 today. Gone for a sprint (Cav +4 I won't name yet) and hope that the GC guys will keep their powder dry for tomorrow. My only worry is that with so many teams not having got anything from the race yet the last climb will be carnage and someone (Sanchez?) will get away.

Either way, hope that Cav wants the red jersey enough to sprint for minor placings.

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Hope to god it's a sprint or my plan hits the fan!

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

After scribbling down on a bit of paper how many transfers I'm likely to have and use over the rest of the race I've made 5 today. Gone for a sprint (Cav +4 I won't name yet) and hope that the GC guys will keep their powder dry for tomorrow. My only worry is that with so many teams not having got anything from the race yet the last climb will be carnage and someone (Sanchez?) will get away.

Either way, hope that Cav wants the red jersey enough to sprint for minor placings.

The good dr read my mind....Thats why I only put in 3 sprinters and Sanchez as a cover bet..  1

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Wasted 2 transfers putting Gavazzi in and then having to 'tow' him out again.....did you see what I did there  37

Cav
Mezgec
Belletti-my wildcard
Nibali
Uran
Garzelli
Majka
Betancur
Pirazzi

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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My team is:

Cavendish (for Nibali)
Belletti (for Uran)
Nizzolo (for Santambrogio)
Viviani (for Majka)
Mezgec (for Pirazzi)

Evans
Betancur
Garzelli
Chalapud

Dropped about 40 guaranteed points but banking on a sprint finish today or at least the sprinters racing for top ten placings.

Plan for tomorrow is to make another 4/5 transfers and bring back Nibali plus some climbers more suited to a TT (probably not Santa).

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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STEVESPRO 79 wrote:

... Enrique has no idea how having so many banked transfers can cause so much stress...

Not as much stress as having only 4, when everybody else around you has 5, 8, 14 or 100!  1

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chrisdstripes [1704 posts] 2 years ago
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Yeah, it won't be until Friday that Santa claws his way back into contention. Ahem.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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This group is apparently Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Miguel Rubiano (Androni),Gert Dockx (Lotto Beilsol), and Luke Durbridge (OGE). They are said to have gotten away in the first kilometer.

Break of 4 has 4:40 with the peloton being led by OPQS.

If nothing else, that suggests that Cav isn't entirely discounting a result today.

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:

...what do you think about Rubiano? ...

Well, he's finally out there!  1

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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oh shit don't like the sound of this-
That climb near the end is the Crosara, and is ranked category four. It is a 5.3km long climb, with an average gradient of 8.1 percent most of the way, before flatting out to an average of 3.1% near the top. There is once setion of up to 12 %, though.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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This is what I read about the final climb:

inrng wrote:

There’s the climb of Crosara, 5.3km and 6.8% average with max at 12%. The point to note here is that you can’t take the climb in isolation. The roads before are narrow and the descent is technical is too. So pacing a sprinter up is no easy task as it’ll be hard to control before and after the climb too.

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inrng wrote:

The Scenario: some tipped Cavendish yesterday but I couldn’t see it. Glance at this stage and it looks like a sprint finish, albeit with a hill to mix things up. But now I’ve looked in more detail I’m less sure. The climb is so steep and narrow that if the bunch hits it full gas then the sprinters can get flushed out the back of the peloton like a bad case of dysentery. Crucially the twisting roads before the climb allow inventive teams to break the race up although whether OPQS and Cannondale consent is another matter.

Basically, much tougher climb than it appears and whether it comes down to a sprint all depends on whether the teams of Cav and Viviani are willing to really take hold of the race and keep it together.

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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surprised how many of us have gone for the sprint finish scenario.

I've brought in cav, nizzolo, mezgec. already had felline and di luca, i fancy felline to do well today if sprinters dont make the final.

I think its 50/50 for the cav's of this world to tag back on for the finish, after surely being dropped on the climb. But he's a 75% shot for the win if he does! so calculated gamble... too far down the rankings not to try something!

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TheBigMong [212 posts] 2 years ago
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I've found that the crappy feeling I get after making bad transfers is more crappy than the crappy feeling I get after not making transfers that I should have made. So today, I do nothing.

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cherrypicked [166 posts] 2 years ago
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TheBigMong wrote:

I've found that the crappy feeling I get after making bad transfers is more crappy than the crappy feeling I get after not making transfers that I should have made. So today, I do nothing.

+1

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Mikeh789 [131 posts] 2 years ago
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Hoping for a sprinters day today, after yesterdays fly by of the red arrows....

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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chatter coming from Italy is that snow may cause the tt route to be altered, just thought i would pass on that pearl of wisdom.

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enrique [2255 posts] 2 years ago
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Go Di Luca!  1

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