Tour de France - Stage 7, Montpellier > Albi

by drheaton   July 5, 2013  

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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In the fantasy pontoon stakes.....I stuck , was tempted to take cav out after his tumble yesterday but apparently no ill affects Confused so if it ain't broke and all that Smile

posted by chiv30 [855 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:19

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Greipel and Kittel 1 minute down on Cannondale peloton, Cav another 1 minute behind them.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:25

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Scratch that, the Cav and Greipel groups are now together, 3 minutes down on the Sagan group.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:27

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:39

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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.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:50

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 14:57

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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.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:06

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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.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:24

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Sprinters given up. Orica chasing the break now.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:28

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Lotto and Omega have eased up!

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posted by backflipbedlem [655 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:29

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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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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:31

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:37

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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..... Crying

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

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1719 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:41

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Looking forward to some green arrows tonight after 3 days of red, but anyone with Sagan, Gerrans and Rojas will be ok. Me and TERatcliffe will be the main ones to benefit in the forum although I'm sure Wig-billy will do ok as usual.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:49

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Can't figure from following on Twitter and the Tour website whether Kristoff is in the grupetto. Sort of hoping he is, much as I like him, seeing as I swapped him out for Rolland.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:00

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please dont tell me millar is going to do something today?? after 3 days of nothing!

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posted by backflipbedlem [655 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:03

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One four five plus Impey

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1212 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:16

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Just Sagan and gerrans for me today Confused bad day still 5 transfers for tomorrow Plain Face

posted by chiv30 [855 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:22

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1, 5, 6, 15 plus IM and table points. EBH a bit of a disappointment but he got baulked as he tried to move up. Wonder if Sagan will get combativity today?

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:22

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Damn damn damn you Davide Cimolai! I kept faith in you for so long but you gave me NOTHING! And now you go and bag fourth after I transfer you out. Bah.

EDIT: apparently Kwia in fourth, who is in my squad. I take it back (a bit).

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:24

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Just Sagan for me, expected to drop down a bit but could be worse than I thought looking at the guys who made the top 10. Never mind - balances out an unexpectedly good day yesterday and now to decide on my 5 changes for tomorrow...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1556 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:26

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I make it 78 for me, Kwiatkowski, Gerrans and Chavanel have kept me afloat with some handy points and I have 6 transfers for tomorrow so I'm not too unhappy but I'm way behind in the overall and only going to fall further after today.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:33

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They keep talking about Cimolai but it's Mori (147) (9th) from Lampre!

Gallopin finally earns some points for my 3 Frenchman but I was hoping for a lot more this week. Probably he and Degenkolb have recovered from early crashes now.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:33

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1, 4, 15 for me, plus a few Rolland and Kittel points.

Bakelants got combativity I think.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:34

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Think Tom Veelers got stage LR.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:44

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Nope Cimolai rolled in last.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:59

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drheaton wrote:
Nope Cimolai rolled in last.

Then damn him again! Devil

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 17:34

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Wow, points bonanza from Sagan. 56! Nerd

Finally clawed my way into the top 1,000 for this competition...

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posted by Ghedebrav [1046 posts]
5th July 2013 - 18:33

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up to 12th Big Grin Big Grin Nerd Nerd Confused Confused

got 5 in the bag for the weekend but who to pick?!

Will Froome want the yellow early? Who will be Movistar's leader? Will Saxo dominate?

Too many options!!!

posted by rcorbin [208 posts]
5th July 2013 - 18:48

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So my sticking paid off as I now have 6 transfers, and I moved up more today than what I lost yesterday, just abit gutted I brought in De Gendt rather than who im brining in for tomorrow

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3808 posts]
5th July 2013 - 20:43

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