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So another medium mountain stage. Will it end in another sprint finish? Well Thor make it 2 in a row? Will Ben Swift ever be swift?

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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i'll tell you my thoughts in 46 mins  3

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names wrote:

i'll tell you my thoughts in 46 mins  3

How kind of you, make it 50  3

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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So after not having any sprinters yesterday, i've brought in Hushovd and Renshaw continuing my run of playing catch up!

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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Playing it cautious - expecting a bunch sprint but its not exactly pan-flat and I want to keep transfers in hand for Fri/Sat. With 6-man teams and big time gaps on GC, a break could definitely stay to the finish today or tomorrow. So just one change for me...

Majka
Henao
Huzarski
Matysiak
Swift
Hushovd (in for Kruiswijk)
Golas
Mezgec
Rebellin (hmm...)

Kruopis won this stage last year, but looks like Howard might be favoured above him this time round...

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Well, i've pushed on with my gamble on a sprint finish and gone for a full 7 man sprint team:

Hushovd
mezgec
swift
hutarovich
renshaw
howard
van off

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henao
majka

going for the stage win!! the die is cast...

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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Kept my sprinters from yesterday but made 2 GC related transfers. which should get me a full house  39

Howard
Renshaw
Von Hoff
Swift

Henao
Majka
Izagirre
Rohregger
Capecchi

points from 5 GC riders is as good as a win from sprinter i don't have, meaning one less rider to transfer out tomorrow  26

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names wrote:

Well, i've pushed on with my gamble on a sprint finish and gone for a full 7 man sprint team:

Hushovd
mezgec
swift
hutarovich
renshaw
howard
van off

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henao
majka

going for the stage win!! the die is cast...

Wowza! Looks pretty hot...

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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The break is settled according to the Twitter feed...

Benedetti
Ladagnous
Minguez
Bellemakers
De Greef
Duarte
Morajko
Gradek
Fronczek

Can't see that affecting many, although Benedetti and Bellemakers are the kind of people that someone chasing the break might go for...

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes wrote:

The break is settled according to the Twitter feed...

what twitter feed you using?

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Well after only bringing swift for yesterday i still ended up 43rd on stage so quite happy. Brought in Ratto and Hutarovich for today. I think Ratto might be there or thereabouts today and i dont think he will be picked by many.

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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backflipbedlem wrote:
chrisdstripes wrote:

The break is settled according to the Twitter feed...

what twitter feed you using?

Oh, I just searched Tour de Pologne in Twitter and their official feed came up.

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

Well after only bringing swift for yesterday i still ended up 43rd on stage so quite happy. Brought in Ratto and Hutarovich for today. I think Ratto might be there or thereabouts today and i dont think he will be picked by many.

I wondered about Ratto - Cannondale definitely thought he was worth working for yesterday, and today could be a bit more selective. Like your style Stumps!

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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chrisdstripes, dont hold your breath mate, i seldom get these right  3

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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great day to get rid of Duarte!

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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gone sh*t or bust! It's looking increasingly likely it will be a sprint, cycling news feed has gap down to 1:22 with approx 50k to go. Ratto is a thought, slightly uphill finish might suit. can I have an 8th sprinter pls?  4

Seriously though, It will cost me a bomb to switch this lot out- although at the moment I cant decide who to go for tomorrow, bit of an unpredictable stage.

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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anyone got a live video feed? my sky go isnt working

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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phinney takes it solo from 7k out! shades of his heroics in MSR that nearly saw him bridge to front group for final? what an engine

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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Good shout - that was brilliant when he appeared out of nowhere at the finish of MSR after that picture he'd tweeted earlier on, thanks for reminding me!

Matysiak came in 8th according to the telly, that one's turning out to be a very lucky pick!

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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1 PHINNEY Taylor BMC Racing Team
2 VON HOFF Steele Garmin - Sharp
3 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R La Mondiale
4 KRUOPIS Aidis Orica GreenEDGE 1 13
5 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Argos - Shimano
6 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team
7 MEZGEC Luka Team Argos - Shimano
8 MATYSIAK Bartlomiej CCC Polsat Polkowice
9 RATTO Daniele Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
10 SCHORN Daniel Team NetApp – Endura

who the hell is matysiak ?!? lol

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh, I've missed it then.....crap, I just came home hoping to catch it.....

I'll go kick the scores around and see what I come up with today  4

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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johnny2names wrote:

who the hell is matysiak ?!? lol

He's the 3 point filla I didnt pick!!!!

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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who the hell is matysiak ?!? lol

Honestly - I have no idea. Remembered the name so looked him up, and turns out he was in the break in a couple of ToP stages last year which is presumably why I recognised it. Thought he was as good a 3-credit breakaway pick as anyone, but top 10 in a sprint is a bonus!

I see Swift did his usual thing of sitting up when he knows he can't win. Fair enough, but doesn't he know we have fantasy points riding on him?!

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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swift definitely doesn't pay as a roadcc pick, that's for sure. i cant believe they gave kruopis the green light after i'd swapped him out for howard  20
Also seems argos gave JVR the nod ahead of Mezgec ? or boxed in?

well anyway, my big gamble didn't quite pay off, but not a total disaster either.

And big up to big man Phinney for that, its not often the solo break-away so close to the end wins out!

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chrisdstripes [1705 posts] 2 years ago
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6,7,8,12,13 for me, plus Hushovd bonus pts, and GC/jersey for 3 others. At first thought not great, but actually with Renshaw/Howard missing out and not many people having 1,4 or 5, it might be OK...  1

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johnny2names [198 posts] 2 years ago
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2,3,6,7,12,20, + majka&henao points. quite dissapointing i must say  22 whatever happened to renshaw? poor show

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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3,8,9,12 from the top 20 plus the gc boys.

here's your 11 -20 as well.
11 - Leonardo Duque
12 - Ben Swift
13 - Michal Golas
14 - Grega Bole
15 - Zdenek Štybar
16 - Arnaud Courteille
17 - Georg Preidler
18 - Francisco Ventoso
19 - Ángel Madrazo
20 - Mark Renshaw

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backflipbedlem [1190 posts] 2 years ago
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3rd unlucky Johnny!

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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13th on stage and a full house to. Not a bad days work