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Massive day ahead and I've got the rest of the week off work so I'll be glued to the TV tomorrow afternoon  4

Having major problems picking my team.  Got a few riders I want to pick but can only afford a selection of them.

Contador and Kreuziger are on the up, could they threaten Froome and try to put a chunk of time into him tomorrow?  If so, which is the preferred rider?  Contador should be the team leader but he's still not earning any World Tour points after his ban so are the team better off supporting Kreuziger?

Mollema and Ten Dam just seem to be trying to hold on.  Can they do anything else now?

Quintana seems to have the white jersey wrapped up, does he think he can win yellow or will he settle for a stage win?  Can Kwiatkowski do anything during the last week to catch the Columbian revelation?

Rolland has come out and written off his chances of winning the polka dot jersey.  Is he bluffing?  If not, which of the last stages will he target for a stage win?

I have no answers and no idea who'll be in my team tomorrow  39

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 2 years ago
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Rolland did say he thought it was out of reach, but double points the second time over Alpe would get him right back there.

Tomorrow will be a day to pick break guys. A break will win  26

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dave atkinson [6201 posts] 2 years ago
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my team's ace and is going to win the stage. just so's you all know.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not a betting man, but my team will wipe yours tomorrow  19

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dave atkinson [6201 posts] 2 years ago
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socks says it ain't so

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 2 years ago
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Done, a pair of socks vs a pair of campag gloves I bought and will never use  3

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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 2 years ago
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No problems naming mine a little early...Mollema did not impress me today and so he is ditched and a couple of risky climbers drafted in, just to be different...No penalties..

FROOME
QUINTANA
KREUZIGER
NIEVE
NAVARRO
SCHLECK
ZUBELDIA
GADRET
FISCHER

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 2 years ago
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20 penalty points for me....

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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30 penalty points for me...
Nothing to hide as i'm having a shitty tour this year  20

Froome
Quintana
Rolland
Kreuziger
Nieve
Shrek
Fischer
El Fares
Mederel

no changes now till sunday, just gonna enjoy watching it on my day off tomorrow  4

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 2 years ago
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Fancy Wout Poels for the break today but couldn't squeeze him in due to my fixation on bringing in J-Rod...

Froome
Rodriguez
Quintana
Nieve
Schleck
Gadret
Le Mevel
El Fares
Mederel

No pens...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 2 years ago
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I've risked Rolland today, which could backfire. However, I've resolved to hold my nerve and NOT make any more transfers, barring big-name withdrawals, until sprint o'clock.

Desperately hoping for Rogers to climb into the overall top ten. If he does, I'll win £140! So not cursing him by picking him for my fantasy team...

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backflipbedlem [1194 posts] 2 years ago
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Can't afford Rolland, hopefully be a blessing! Should be an interesting stage

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 2 years ago
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so with my 20 penalty points I have this

Froome
Kreuziger
Quintana
Nieve
Rolland
De Clerq
Mederel
Fischer
El Fares

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like I have one particular rider that nobody else does. Will be interesting to see if it pays off.

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AWPeleton [3267 posts] 2 years ago
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20 point hit to get,

Christopher Froome
Roman Kreuziger
Laurens Ten Dam
Julien El Fares
Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
Jakob Fuglsang
Murilo Antonio Fischer
Maxime Mederel
Mikel Nieve Ituralde

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Looks like I have one particular rider that nobody else does. Will be interesting to see if it pays off.

Mine is Rodriguez so far, I'm sure lots of people will actually have him, but maybe not as many as I expected...

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Timbo13 [264 posts] 2 years ago
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My picks:

Froome
Contador
Quintana
Nieve
Ten Dam
Erviti Ollo
Mederel
Fischer
El Fares

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backflipbedlem [1194 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Looks like I have one particular rider that nobody else does. Will be interesting to see if it pays off.

Voeckler? Evans? Bono?

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Looks like I have one particular rider that nobody else does. Will be interesting to see if it pays off.

Dan Martin?  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I'll tell you in 38 minutes  4

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TERatcliffe26 [4586 posts] 2 years ago
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I reckon its Moreno  39

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Hilltown_Ian [9 posts] 2 years ago
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I fancy Valverde for today's stage, was strong in the TT and looking for redemption after his disaster. Nieve coming in for lots of support this morning, can understand that, he will be chasing Polka dot points to try to hang on to the jersey and may be let go.

http://cyclingbetting.co.uk/tour-de-france-stage-18-preview

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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I planned to make three changes but in the end I made five.

Dropped: Kwiatkowski, Mollema, De Gendt (unsure about that one), Castroviejo and Fischer

Brought in: Contador, Nieve, Bardet, Schleck and Quintana

Secret weapon is Contador. From memory he's never won up the Alpe d'Huez during the Tour (was pipped in 2011 by Rolland) so I reckon he'll try and drop Froome up the Col de Sarenne and on the descent then go for the stage win. He's not one to settle for second place and if he wants to win he needs to be aggressive. Fantasy wise I don't think many people will have chosen Contador over Rolland just because he's so expensive so I'm hoping to make places today and get back into the top 100.

Wasn't planning on dropping De Gendt but fancied Schleck and Bardet for a break over the next couple of days and didn't want to make any more transfers than I needed to before the last day so got them in now. I may (or may not) bring in Rolland for one stage if he looks like he fancies a stage win but I don't think that'll be today.

Anyway, my team:

Froome
Contador
Quintana
Bardet
Nieve
Schleck
Mederel
El Fares
Bonnet

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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i hope all the sprinters make the cut today.....  17

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 2 years ago
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drheaton wrote:

Anyway, my team:

Froome
Contador
Quintana
Bardet
Nieve
Schleck
Mederel
El Fares
Bonnet

Same tactic as me - switch Contador, Bardet and Bonnet for Rodriguez, Gadret and Le Mevel and you have my team. Heavy rain is a possibility near the finish, so I'm hoping the bunch won't want to let a break get too far ahead in case they can't control it later on...

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rcorbin [212 posts] 2 years ago
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Only change was Rolland for Martin (T).

Looks like none of the 8 people ahead of me have him so I'm quids in if he goes on a KOM roam or wins the stage!

Not much happening so far in the stage in terms of a break being let go.

De Gendt and Evans have been dropped.

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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 2 years ago
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Wow this is going to be some stage....  1 I could do with being sat in front of 3 TV's....The Tour, The Open and The Ashes....Sporting heaven...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Break of 9, 1min 30+ seconds

Amador
Riblon
TJV
Chavanel
Jeannesson
Danielson
Voigt
Boom
Moser

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting to see a few people picking Schleck. A win on a big stage like today, tomorrow or Saturday would be redemption of sorts for him. Still seems a long shot to me, even if he did do an unexpectedly good TT yesterday.

My big thumbsucking point was to drop Nieve for Ten Dam; I'm hoping he'll be able to diesel over the next three days' climbs in or around the lead bunch, scoring some consistent stage finish points. Not sure Nieve will still see KOM in his grasp after today.

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backflipbedlem [1194 posts] 2 years ago
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Froome
Nieve (IN)
Schleck (IN)
Quintana
Kwiatkowski
Fuglsang (IN)

Thought about Rolland, Voekler, Kreuziger, D Martin etc, but went with Schleck instead!!!!! Woooo

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chrisdstripes [1716 posts] 2 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Interesting to see a few people picking Schleck. A win on a big stage like today, tomorrow or Saturday would be redemption of sorts for him. Still seems a long shot to me, even if he did do an unexpectedly good TT yesterday.

My big thumbsucking point was to drop Nieve for Ten Dam; I'm hoping he'll be able to diesel over the next three days' climbs in or around the lead bunch, scoring some consistent stage finish points. Not sure Nieve will still see KOM in his grasp after today.

Yeah, by no means convinced by Schleck, but had 20 credits for 2 riders to keep until Sunday, so thought he was as good a bet as any. Radioshack going for the team prize so I wouldn't be surprised if he just rides with the main bunch for as long as he can and picks up 10th-15th place each time, though he may attack late if he has the legs...

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