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As no-one else has made one I'll get the ball rolling as I'm free this afternoon to watch this one and I think for a TT it'll be good.

My team, with one change from yesterday is:

Vicenzo Nibali (AST)
Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM)
Cadel Evans (BMC)
Robinson Eduardo Chalapud (COL)
Tanel Kangert (AST)
Michele Scarponi (LAM)
Carlos Alberto Betancur (ALM)
Franco Pellizotti (AND)
Rafal Majka (SAX)

Gone for Scarponi rather than Uran and Kangert as a TT expert. He might win if Nibali lets him; I think it's between those two but Nibali under pressure to get a stage win.

One free transfer to add to two for tomorrow to get my team right for the mountains. Debating whether to go for a full GC or mixed GC and mountain point strategy, which it seems will depend on the weather.

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Timbo13 [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Finally scraped into the top 100 for the competition, and conscious that I don't want to lose ground.

Evans
Uran
Nibali
Kangert
Betancur
Mezgec
Santambrogio
Majka
Di Luca

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 2 years ago
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As you predicted Alan we have very similar teams, I went with Uran over Scarponi purely for one reason, I couldn't do a straight swap of Kangert for Santa or Pirazzi et al if I had gone Scarponi. I can't see the points scoring between the two being massive, as I think both will top 10, but neither in the top 3.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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This from INRNG.com

The Route: there’s not much to it. The start is novel with half a lap of the Velodrome in Mori before exiting into the town and starting the climb on the slopes of Monte Baldo in no time. The climb can be divided into three parts:

first, as far as the Brento, the road is wide and regular, constantly climbing at about 6% on a new surface
A short and gentle descent into Brento for the time check and then a false flat for about 3 km
The final 7 km of constant climbing at 7-8% all the way to the line

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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My team

Intxausti(to continue Movistar's good form)
Nibali
Uran
Kangert
Niemiec
Majka
Betancur
Pirazzi
Garzelli

Hoping that's pretty much my team until Brescia now.

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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hmm, so some bad choices yesterday, hoping for a turn in fortune today.

Going fo rthe obvious, but what do people think about Dowsetts chances.
Obviously there was a bit of a climb on the last one, so not to averse to climbing, thoughts??

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 2 years ago
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The climb wasn't long and he lost 30/40 seconds to Kangert is just 8km (not all that was climbing either), shows he wont be near the sharp end

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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Cheers!
Thinking of bringing in
Cataldo
Kangert
Visconti

and keeping 2 transfers for 2moro.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 2 years ago
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Never underestimate Dario Cataldo. Italian TT Champion and showing some form again after illness. Kangert should do well. Blanco have 3 cards to play. Pity I'm at work this afternoon.

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 2 years ago
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obutterwick wrote:

Never underestimate Dario Cataldo. Italian TT Champion and showing some form again after illness. Kangert should do well. Blanco have 3 cards to play. Pity I'm at work this afternoon.

Same, im at work today, tomorrow and sunday, so only saturday that I can watch  2

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Dangermen include:

Kelderman,Danielson and Mourey.....plus Gesink could go really well.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Dangermen include:

Kelderman,Danielson and Mourey.....plus Gesink could go really well.

Kessiakoff's talking himself up too?

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STEVESPRO 79 [531 posts] 2 years ago
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Blanco should go well in this....Gesink for me is just too inconsistent...Kelderman should be the safer option...Loads who can be thrown into the mix, but some will be under team orders to hold back to protect their GC men over the next couple of days...Sky and Astana have possible stage winners but will they opt to protect Uran and Nibs....Of course those two could also sneak this....Should be as entertaining as it is confusing...Roll on 1.30pm...  1

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Dowsett had to change bikes because of a mechanical apparently and finished 2.48 behind Steve Cummings the current leader.

I think I may have made a mess of this.

Evans
Nibali
Cataldo
Tuft
Majka
Kangert
Mezgec
Niemiec
Sanchez

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Vicenzo Nibali
Cadel Evans
Samuel Sanchez
Przemyslaw Niemiec
Mauro Santambrogio
Carlos Alberto Betancur
Rafal Majka
Tanel Kangert
Thomas Dekker

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, I'm a bit worried Kangert will be told to knock it off a bit but he was third on a demanding TT course, so he's got the ability. Isn't Kelderman more of a prologue guy? Kessiakoff could do something but does he have any form? He hasn't shown anything yet.

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Capecchi new leader but Cataldo 51 seconds better than him at the split.

come on Dario!

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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well we have a new benchmark

Dario Cataldo 46:10 45 sec better than Capecchi.

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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That didn't last long.

Stef Clement 5 seconds quickly.  20 20

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Spammy had better not win today or I'll kill him!

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Damiano finally comes good! Bit late for me.

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Damiano Caruso goes 15 secs better than Clement.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Sammi goes fastest  4 4 4

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Spammy first now, Damiano second. Damn!

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Alan Tullett wrote:

Spammy had better not win today or I'll kill him!

Sammi Nails it!

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stevemarks [458 posts] 2 years ago
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Majka is going very well ahead of Sammi.....

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Dropped Sammy yesterday NOOOOOOO

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Betancur Niemiec and Majka going well.

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 2 years ago
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Pellizotti 9th. Could get a full house as I think Chalapud's still got 1 point.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Where's Dekker now? If he lands in the top 20, I'll get a full house  4

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