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Morning all!

So what's the plan for today?  The previews I've seen all seem split between a Sagan sprint, a Cav sprint or a breakaway with no real consensus.

Given that Impey holds the yellow I can't see Orica-Greenedge letting a break go if there's anyone close in the GC but you never know.

I'm not making any changes because it's so unpredictable but I have an itchy finger and might bring in Sagan for Greipel.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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I think the day will all come down to Greenedge. If the break is no threat i see it staying away. im sticking purely because i need my transfers for tomorrow although i too have pondered bringing in Sagan but would have to make 2 transfers to justify it  39

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes - lots of guys more than 10 mins off yellow now, so could see the break stick. But I'll stick my neck out and say bunch sprint. Same result as yesterday would be great, but maybe some of the pure sprinters might have less in the tank after the hills.

No transfers for me anyway - expecting to drop a little bit today and then make 5 changes for tomorrow...

If I had one more credit I could afford to bring in Impey for Kittel, so I'm quite glad that decision's made for me as I might've been tempted...

Been to Albi a few times, lovely place. Looking forward to some nice helicopter shots of the river and cathedral.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Having just watched sky sports news Cav quoted as saying should be a nailed on sprint that his team will want!?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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No changes either....bunch sprint I hope but with the right sprinters this time....NOT Greipel/Sagan!!

Cav
Kittel
Gerrans
Impey
Gasparotto
Navardauskas
Terpstra
Gasparotto
Fischer

SIX free transfers tomorrow.

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm level on points with Dave, and had 8 riders the same yesterday! Can't help thinking someone is hacking into the system and copying me...

Sticking with...
Sagan
Greipel
Kristoff
Kittel
Gerrans
Le Mevel
Hoogerland
Muravyev
El Fares
So 4 free transfers tomorrow (will probably make 5).

Have a totally unjustified sneaky feeling that I'll have someone in the break today.  4

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 3 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

I'm level on points with Dave, and had 8 riders the same yesterday! Can't help thinking someone is hacking into the system and copying me...

Sticking with...
Sagan
Greipel
Kristoff
Kittel
Gerrans
Le Mevel
Hoogerland
Muravyev
El Fares
So 4 free transfers tomorrow (will probably make 5).

Have a totally unjustified sneaky feeling that I'll have someone in the break today.  4

maybe i'll just log in as you and make some changes  19

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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too late to bring in Greipel? lol.
people saying could end in a sprint, he's looking pretty strong!

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Apparently (according to one preview) Jens Voigt has some mates down to watch the stage today, could he be a good shout for the break?

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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i too thought it could be a 'shut up legs day'  19

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TERatcliffe26 [4694 posts] 3 years ago
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I had this nailed on as not being a sprint  39 which is why I made no changes yesterday and lost a shed load of points. So I axed Kittel for today with my one transfer looking at a break.

Gerrans
EBH
Sagan
Kwiatkowski
De Gendt (for Kittel)
Mederel
Bono
Gutierrez
Fischer

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 3 years ago
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it's a sprint or i'm sunk  1

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TERatcliffe26 [4694 posts] 3 years ago
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hopefully your sunk then Dave, and im heavily reliant on De Gendt being in the break

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 3 years ago
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Early break, so might not stick, is...
Vanmarcke
Voigt (good call)
Gasparotto (nice one Ray)
Perez (EUS)
Kadri
El fares (which will please a lot of people...)

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chrisdstripes [1738 posts] 3 years ago
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And already caught...

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Voigt and Kadri are at it again....I doubt Europcar are going to let Kadri go?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Good research on @TheJensie though guys.....anyone got him?

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Nope, considered him but stuck to my original plan and changed nothing so I have 6 transfers for tomorrow.

Pretty annoyed with myself though as Voigt should be worth at least 24 points (3 points for each of the first three climbs plus 15 for the sprint) and might have a chance of the stage win (unlikely). Might have been worth a cheeky Gerrans for Voigt tranfer.

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chiv30 [987 posts] 3 years ago
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In the fantasy pontoon stakes.....I stuck , was tempted to take cav out after his tumble yesterday but apparently no ill affects  7 so if it ain't broke and all that  1

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Greipel and Kittel 1 minute down on Cannondale peloton, Cav another 1 minute behind them.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Scratch that, the Cav and Greipel groups are now together, 3 minutes down on the Sagan group.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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Brought in Rolland today, thinking he might want to cement his early KoM lead... he'll need to get himself over these last two climbs first now, otherwise I'll have wasted my transfers (took Kristoff out for him).

Still think we'll see a late dig from Chava/Kwia today to grab race lead, it's OPQS's last chance to wear yellow this Tour. Other option would be a Cannondale shutdown for a Sagan win.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 3 years ago
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Gone for the ARs today. EBH had better win or come second to make up for his pathetic sprint yesterday!!

Sprint group 2' 30" roughly. Don't think they'll get back in as there are a couple more climbs yet. Hoped this would happen.

Sagan
EBH
Gerrans
Gavazzi
Rojas
El Fares

are the ones who might score today.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Cannondale gunned it to the first sprint and Sagan took full points:

1. Sagan (CAN) 15pts
2. Flecha (VCD) 14pts
3. Sabatini (CAN) 13pts
4. Clarke (OGE) 12pts
5. Gerrans (OGE) 11pts
6. Impey (OGE) 10pts
7. De Marchi (CAN) 9pts
8. Albasini (OGE) 8pts
9. Marangoni (CAN) 7pts
10. Moser (CAN) 6pts
11. Koren (CAN) 5pts
12. Bodnar (CAN) 4pts
13. Siutsou (SKY) 3pts
14. Porte (SKY) 2pts
15. Kennaugh (SKY) 1pt

Cannondale still pushing hard, Sagan clearly wants the win today and doesn't want any true sprinters getting back into the peloton.

That being said, Impey/Gerrans are still up there and could scupper Cannondale's plans.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 3 years ago
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26 points in the bag! More to come I hope. If Gavazzi and Rojas do well could catch up a bit, especially if people have been tempted to keep their sprint team and save transfers.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 3 years ago
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Bakelandts gone again! He said he'd targetted this stage originally, not 2. Got a different EUS but I hope he'll do something this weekend. Now Orica and Cannondale will work till the end. Maybe they just want mountain points.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 3 years ago
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Sprinters given up. Orica chasing the break now.

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backflipbedlem [1200 posts] 3 years ago
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Lotto and Omega have eased up!

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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Can't see Bakelite taking this, Cannondale are just looking insanely strong driving on the peloton. Nice try, but they're going to be reeled in, I think.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Balls, should have brought in Sagan.

The only upside is that to bring in Sagan (for Greipel) I'd have had to drop another rider to free up credits and probably would have gone for Gerrans so I'm not too many points down on where I could have been.

Fingers crossed for a Gerrans win but I have to say, Sagan and Cannondale look strong.

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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luckily i've still got EBH, JJ Rojas and Impey so shouldn't be a total bust for me having Griepel, Kittel and D V Poppel Out the back.....  20

Bit bummed that JJ oroz couldn't have gone on the escape with jensie and picked me up some points  14

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