Tour de France Stage 14

by Alan Tullett   July 13, 2013  

Pity I couldn't watch the race live yesterday. Work really does get in the way sometimes Crying

Not having Cav has cost me about 70 points so any lingering hope for the overall has been blown away like Valverde. Glad to see that Quintana will be their main rider now. I think he deliberately soft-pedalled the ITT to save himself to help Valverde (how else can you explain him being a minute behind Serpa!!), but that strategy has been blown apart now. Doubt if he can win but he can probably get a podium spot. Got a soft spot for Columbians as I teach a lot of them and they're very nice.

God knows what'll happen today. Good day for Cannondale to blow the peloton apart but with Sagan so far in the lead I'm not sure they'll be bothered. Haven't made any changes but probably be something like Sagan Degenkolb and Bennati up there. Maybe Impey, Kwiatowsky unless the GC battle takes over and then it's anyone's guess.

Purist team doing ok: Froome, Porte, Quintana and Sagan. Quite near the top with the mountains to come. I hope Porte gets back his legs. 2nd in the roadcc forum on Roaduk and my Cycling News team is doing fine with my bonus stage to come (Alpe d'Huez - another stage I can't watch live - unless I have a mystery illness). Good chance of a decent prize there.

Have to go for a stage win on the overall now but a mini-pump doesn't really do it for me compared to the Bryton I won last year Wink

Team same as yesterday as a bunch sprint is also a possibility. Come on Greipel, Bonnet, Lobato et al!!

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Hoping for similar to yesterday to be honest, as ive made a few changes with today and tomorrow in mind, but safety wise with GC points. Wanted Hoogerland in the break, but no luck Crying

Sagan
Cav
Bonnet
Mollema (for Greipel)
Fuglsang (for Kittel)
Hoogerland (for Noval, Greyed out)
Mederal
Fischer
Greyed out

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4224 posts]
13th July 2013 - 12:25

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No changes to ensure 5 transfers for Ventoux

Sagan
Kittel
Kwiatkowski
S.Dumoulin
Kristoff
Fischer
Gadret
Serpa
Hoogerland

The first five of those are coming out tomorrow for the climbers/GC guys looking for stage wins/badges from here on in.

posted by ray silvester [1866 posts]
13th July 2013 - 13:05

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Put Bak, Contador and Quintana today. Sagan and Lobato left if its a sprint.
3 transfers for tomorrow

posted by rcorbin [213 posts]
13th July 2013 - 13:08

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Aargh. Why didn't I go for someone whose name begins with Bak?

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [293 posts]
13th July 2013 - 14:12

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Damn it i considered Bak, Albisini and Voigt but didn't bother. plus i dropped jj rojas Crying 15 points up the swanny Sick

went a big classics style today

Sagan
Gerrans
Flecha
Gilbert
Navarro
Bonnet
Quitana
Mederel
Willems

oh well shit happens Phbbbbt!

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2037 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:02

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Five changes

Sagan
Gilbert (for Cav)
Bakelandts (for Greipel)
Bak (for Kittel)
De Gendt (for D Van Poppel)
Voigt (for Gutierrez)
Mederel
El Fares
Fischer

Three in the break and De Gendt can stay for tomorrow. Disappointed no Gilbert in there though.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:19

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Just stuffed myself with barbecued food and salad and red wine. Now I can settle down to watch someone I haven't got win in the break. Still I've got 6 transfers for tomorrow although I'll probably only use 5 and keep saving transfers to try different combos for a stage win. Vichot could win this.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:25

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My current tally is 48 from the stage so effectively that covers my 5 transfers and I haven't lost any points from my sprinters because they couldn't contest the intermediate sprint.

Hoping for a Back/Bakelandts win now to round off a good day.

Will need four transfers for tomorrow though including two penalties.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:30

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Simon off with Vichot chasing. Maybe the French have gone a day early.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:35

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Shocker of a day for me! at least I will get 9 for Mollema, 5 for Fuglsang, 5 for Sagan and 4 for Cav buts that about it.

And there goes my chances in the forum scorum league as rcorbin has Bak Crying

It has Rojas win written all over it

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4224 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:36

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No, Vichot is not chasing. Simon by himself. Now Kadri goes.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:37

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Actually hoping Tejay wins

If Hoogerland can come in 19th that would be another 2 points.....Im desperate haha

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4224 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:38

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I hope Rojas doesn't do well as some other teams in Cycling News have him but I don't.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:39

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Alan Tullett wrote:
I hope Rojas doesn't do well as some other teams in Cycling News have him but I don't.

I hope he doesn't as some teams on here will have him in a sprinter too.

Bad day for my RCUK team as well

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4224 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:41

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I think at the moment I have 8 points but it doesn't matter as I'm just chasing wins in the mountains now.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:41

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Alan Tullett wrote:
I hope Rojas doesn't do well as some other teams in Cycling News have him but I don't.

I hope he doesn't as some teams on here will have him in a sprinter too.

Bad day for my RCUK team as well

I don't think anyone has anyone in this break much. My team for the last week will be made later tonight. It's a bit more GC than yours with a few cheap sprinters for the last day.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:50

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Simon fading. Burghart, Albasini, Geschke

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:51

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Trentin, Alabsini, Talansky Rojas

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:53

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could Bak see me back in the top 10 overall Cool

Thought about bakelandts,voight and vichot today but didn't have the balls to but all of them in

posted by rcorbin [213 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:57

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Damn! Top 2 in Cycling News mini-league have Rojas. Not too many points though but I didn't need that.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 15:57

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Purist 31
Standard 11 (must be the lowest score I've ever had in the Tour I think).

At least my purist is doing ok. Actually for that team it was good that the sprinters got nothing today so as that's the only team I have here with a chance of winning anything I should be happy, really.

posted by Alan Tullett [1497 posts]
13th July 2013 - 16:05

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Ha! A laughable 55 points today (half thanks to Simon) and I get green arrows!

posted by chokofingrz [381 posts]
13th July 2013 - 18:29

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-6 for me Rolling On The Floor

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

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posted by livestrongnick [2037 posts]
13th July 2013 - 18:36

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Glad I put Kadri in, otherwise would've been a laughably low score. For tomorrow, who knows? So many riders will fancy it.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1126 posts]
13th July 2013 - 20:57

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