Tour of Poland stage 4

by backflipbedlem   July 31, 2013  

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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i'll tell you my thoughts in 46 mins Wink

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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 9:13

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johnny2names wrote:
i'll tell you my thoughts in 46 mins Wink

How kind of you, make it 50 Wink

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 9:16

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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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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 10:06

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 10:07

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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

+
henao
majka

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

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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 10:38

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Kept my sprinters from yesterday but made 2 GC related transfers. which should get me a full house Thinking

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 Nerd

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1657 posts]
31st July 2013 - 10:50

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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

+
henao
majka

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


Wowza! Looks pretty hot...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 11:25

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 11:37

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chrisdstripes wrote:
The break is settled according to the Twitter feed...

what twitter feed you using?

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 13:06

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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.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2631 posts]
31st July 2013 - 13:50

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 13:59

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 14:00

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chrisdstripes, dont hold your breath mate, i seldom get these right Wink

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posted by stumps [2631 posts]
31st July 2013 - 14:05

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great day to get rid of Duarte!

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 14:51

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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? Big Grin

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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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 14:57

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anyone got a live video feed? my sky go isnt working

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 15:08

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 15:14

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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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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 15:56

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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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 15:59

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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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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:01

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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 Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8637 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:04

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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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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:05

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johnny2names wrote:

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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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:06

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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 Crying
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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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:15

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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... Smile

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posted by chrisdstripes [1519 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:18

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2,3,6,7,12,20, + majka&henao points. quite dissapointing i must say Plain Face whatever happened to renshaw? poor show

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posted by johnny2names [198 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:29

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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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posted by stumps [2631 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:44

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3rd unlucky Johnny!

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posted by backflipbedlem [634 posts]
31st July 2013 - 16:46

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13th on stage and a full house to. Not a bad days work

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2631 posts]
31st July 2013 - 18:07

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