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Getting in early with this as I'm out on a ride tomorrow AM. I've enjoyed the Tour up to now, but this stage is the first one I've put a big circle round in the calendar.

So does anybody dare reveal their plans? Who has saved their transfers? Who are we tipping for the win?

I won't say who I've picked, but I will say that I've gone for a spread of a few mid-20 guys rather than a big GC feller. I reckon Contador will go for the win, but fancy Rolland to crest the first HC climb in the lead. I'm basing these predictions on absolutely nothing, by the way.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I am that far behind, anyone copying me would be stupid. So here is my team for tomorrow as I'm out aswell

Dmitriy Muravyev (filler)
Joaquin Rodriguez (Stage win)
Michal Kwiatkowski (High position, Maybe yellow but keeps white)
Simon Clarke (break for polka)
Blel Kadri (break with Clarke to keep polka)
Michael Rogers (Gonna be up at the head keeping Contador going)
Damiano Cunego (Hunch)
Albert Timmer (Filler)
José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Hunch)

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NeilG83 [300 posts] 3 years ago
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The official TdF website shows that the final KOM point is 1.5km from the finish. Will this be scored in the game or is it being counted as a summit finish?

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 3 years ago
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NeilG83 wrote:

The official TdF website shows that the final KOM point is 1.5km from the finish. Will this be scored in the game or is it being counted as a summit finish?

It should be counted. If my memory serves me correctly its only when the finish line is at the top that they dont count.

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dave atkinson [6224 posts] 3 years ago
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The finish line isn't the KOM, so the KOM points will be awarded.

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 3 years ago
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Ive taken a penalty So I Can buy Bono.

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 3 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

The finish line isn't the KOM, so the KOM points will be awarded.

That's good news. I hope a couple of my riders go for those.

Thanks for the socks for the 3 Italian game. Very comfy. Used them for a ride tonight.

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chiv30 [986 posts] 3 years ago
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5 changes for me , unfortunately I won't have a clue of the outcome till around 11 pm UK time as my journey to the alps and the tour starts tomorrow, just hoping I can get a WiFi connection somwhere then  7

Anyway I've gone with:

A dog
A Cobber
A future white jersey winner
An ex doper
A previous stage winner
An under achiever

And 3 fillers

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 3 years ago
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I was gonna go Rolland, then I didn't as I don't think he will crest the HC climb 1st, or be in the top 10 at the finish.

Got 5 riders and 4 fillers

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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The problem with Rolland is, until he's dropped more time on the GC, he's not going to get away in a break to get more KOM's.

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chokofingrz [407 posts] 3 years ago
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I know there is one "local" rider for this stage, jolly good climber he is too, but I haven't picked him because his early season form hasn't been as scintillating of late.

I have:
The 2 best lieutenants in the race
The 2 best grenouilles grimpants
Alberto's ex
The current polka dots wearer
plus 3 x 3.0

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 3 years ago
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I think today is about trying to get 4 top GC guys, tomorrow is the day to have the KOM contenders. To Schleck or not to Schleck tho'?

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STEVESPRO 79 [544 posts] 3 years ago
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Hard to believe that I have actually picked Shrek... I must have spent about 4 hours trying to work out a line up for today.. Still not happy but enough is enough...

KWIATOWSKI
MORENO
SCHLECK
QUINTANA
ROLLAND
NAVARRO
PALACIOS
FISCHER
SABATINI

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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After 3 days of score 3 points per day and still moving up. I really hope my purist team comes to the front

Daniel Moreno
Przemyslaw Niemiec
Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
Andy Schleck
Michael Rogers
Johnny Hoogerland
Daniel Navarro Garcia
Jon Izaguirre Insausti
Maarten Wynants

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Kwiatkowski
Quintana
Porte
Peraud
Fuglsang

DV Poppel
Oroz
Willems
Mederel

5 Transfers  39

As much as i wanted GC guys wanted to have an experiment...

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon at leat one forum'er will get caught out by the deadline this morning......I wonder who?

My tour starts today.....6 transfers available and all used so my team is now

Froome
Contador
Quintana
Schleck
Serpa
Gadret
Gasparotto
Hoogerland
Fischer

Voeckler,Clarke,Dennis or Degendt may well be breakaway merchants today

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TERatcliffe26 [4644 posts] 3 years ago
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Mederel
Bono
Gutierrez
Fischer

oh now for the real riders

Froome
D Martin
Mollema
Navarro
Quintana

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rcorbin [212 posts] 3 years ago
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Christopher Froome (SKY)
Pierre Rolland (EUC)
Andy Schleck (RSN)
Daniel Moreno (KAT)
Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (MOV)
Murilo Antonio Fischer (FDJ)
Christophe Le Mevel (COF)
Johnny Hoogerland (VCD)
José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (MOV)

Looks like Moreno could either be good bet or bad one by the looks of other teams

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dave atkinson [6224 posts] 3 years ago
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hoping for shock and awe from sky today. probably won't get it  39

Froome
Porte
Quintana
Martin
Nieve
Palacios
Le Mevel
Hoogerland
El Fares

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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Bugger.missed the deadline! 0 points for me today!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Everyone's favourite Iron-Man Johnny H looks to be in the break  4

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

I reckon at leat one forum'er will get caught out by the deadline this morning......I wonder who?

Lol. That'd be me!

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

Bugger.missed the deadline! 0 points for me today!

Look on the bright side...Hoogerland in the break,Sagan and Cav will get green jersey competition points,the sprint comes before the first climb so you may get something there,Kwia might(doubtful)get over the mountains OK but after that you are clutching at straws OTHER than the fact that you will have the transfers tomorrow knowing who's got mountain legs and who ain't!!

And you're the first one to fulfil my prediction of a forum'er getting caught out by the deadline(or at least admit to it!!).

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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Yea look on the brightside a

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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- Hoogerland (NED) VCD - 161st overall at 49'27"

- Jean Marc Marino (FRA) SOJ - 99th overall at 20'22"

- Christophe Riblon (FRA) ALM - 61st overall at 4'49"

- Rudy Molard (FRA) COF - 76th overall at 10'57

that's the break with about a minute over the peloton.....got a feeling Riblon's won a stage here before?

*Confirmed....2010 stage 14 Revel-Ax 3 Domaines*

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

- Hoogerland (NED) VCD - 161st overall at 49'27"

- Jean Marc Marino (FRA) SOJ - 99th overall at 20'22"

- Christophe Riblon (FRA) ALM - 61st overall at 4'49"

- Rudy Molard (FRA) COF - 76th overall at 10'57

that's the break with about a minute over the peloton.....got a feeling Riblon's won a stage here before?

You would be correct Ray 2010 Schlek was 4th JRod was 5th that day  26

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 3 years ago
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Wat do people think of Pinots chances?

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

Wat do people think of Pinots chances?

Almost everything pointed to him for me......terrain,locality etc but then I read that Team manager Marc Madiot has expressly forbidden him from attacking on this stage and blowing himself out for the rest of the tour......i think that of the FDJ guys Jeannesson is the more likely today?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Dave Atkinson wrote:

The finish line isn't the KOM, so the KOM points will be awarded.

Whoa there.....I thought a stage classified as summit finish within the game would not count the final KOM pts?

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simon F [1001 posts] 3 years ago
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Good to see one of my 3 rhyming frenchmen in the break. Wish I had him on one of my teams now.

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chrisdstripes [1728 posts] 3 years ago
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Go Johnny!

I've gone with (starting on minus 10)...

Froome
J-Rod
Quintana
Nieve
Schleck
Hoogerland
Le Mevel
Muravyev
El Fares

Playing it safe, I hope...

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