Vuelta - Stage 1

by backflipbedlem   August 23, 2013  

Stage 1 of this eagerly anticipated Vuelta is nearly upon us!

GC could be wide open, There's lots of decent climbers, so teams should be quite varied!

So everyone is going to be very hush hush about their picks!

If anyone isn't, please feel free to share your wisdom!
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2 x OPQS
2 x Movistar
1 x Sky
1 x Radioshack
1 x Ag2R
1 x Astana
1 x Cannondale

I think

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3786 posts]
24th August 2013 - 12:06

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I've noticed that the TTT starts at 18:48 local time and won't be finished until 20:45. Will the riders therefore be using front and rear lights to complete their 27km run out, and could their choice of aerodynamics vs weight vs illumination (or even blinking vs solid!) play a dramatic role in the outcome of the race? Fantasy Vuelta just took on a whole new dimension...

posted by chokofingrz [260 posts]
24th August 2013 - 12:44

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2 x Sky
2 x Movistar
2 x Astana
1 each from Shack,Belkin and Caja Rural

I doubt Caja will be wearing their bull running outfits from last year today?

posted by ray silvester [1753 posts]
24th August 2013 - 12:45

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So scoring wise. Top team all get 20 points? Or does first rider across the line get more for quickest rider of the day (jersey)?

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posted by backflipbedlem [652 posts]
24th August 2013 - 14:06

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Yeah anyone in top10 Gc,Top 5 pts comp and top 5 mountains comp would get additional points I'm sure(although whether they's score the points or mountains I'm not sure).

posted by ray silvester [1753 posts]
24th August 2013 - 14:14

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QUICK, Do you have Theo Bos in your team??

GET HIM OUT, I've just removed him from the startlist

www.teambelkin.com/teamnews/theo-bos-will-not-start-in-the-vuelta-1345

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 14:26

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ray silvester wrote:
Yeah anyone in top10 Gc,Top 5 pts comp and top 5 mountains comp would get additional points I'm sure(although whether they's score the points or mountains I'm not sure).

So top team will all get 20 points plus, cascadibg down in order they crossthe line, due to leading the gc

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posted by backflipbedlem [652 posts]
24th August 2013 - 15:04

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Yeah, So the first guy home in the first team will score 30 then 29, 28, 27 and so on for the top 9 guys

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 15:07

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Gkam84 wrote:
QUICK, Do you have Theo Bos in your team??

GET HIM OUT, I've just removed him from the startlist

www.teambelkin.com/teamnews/theo-bos-will-not-start-in-the-vuelta-1345

He was in my purists, but out now. Come on Greg Henderson...!

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [527 posts]
24th August 2013 - 15:26

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Not long now. ahh purist team decisions, lol

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posted by backflipbedlem [652 posts]
24th August 2013 - 16:46

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With 5 mins to go to deadline i might as well start the ball rolling with my purist team:

Gianni Meersman
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
Mikel Nieve Ituralde
Amets Txurruka
Samuel Sanchez
Vicenzo Nibali
Rafal Majka
Daniele Ratto
Edvald Boasson Hagen

I think i've got all the bases covered.

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 [2677 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:25

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Gkam84 wrote:
QUICK, Do you have Theo Bos in your team??

GET HIM OUT, I've just removed him from the startlist

www.teambelkin.com/teamnews/theo-bos-will-not-start-in-the-vuelta-1345

Oh no! Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying

My purist team a man down already Crying

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posted by Ghedebrav [1037 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:31

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My purist team

Luis Leon Sanchez
David Arroyo Duran
Gianni Meersman
Daniel Moreno
Rafal Majka
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
Roman Kreuziger
Diego Ulissi
Samuel Sanchez

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:40

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Back off my honeymoon in time to get my teams in. My purist team:

Nibali
Rodriguez
Henao
Meersman
S.Sanchez
L.L.Sanchez
Pozzovivo
Txurruka
Arroyo

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:42

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Anyway, I've got (standard):

Stybar
Martin
Cataldo
Henao
Intxausti
Nibali
Moreno (D)
Gerrans
De Gendt

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posted by Ghedebrav [1037 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:46

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Valverde
Meersman
Majka
Ulissi
Henao
Pozzovivo
Txurruka
Markus
Kangert

Is my purist team

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3786 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:47

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Purist

Nibali
Basso
Konig
Nieve
Pozzovivo
Henao
Farrar
S Sanchez
Betancur

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posted by backflipbedlem [652 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:48

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I'm not that confident about my standard team;

Stybar
Vandewalle
Valverde
Intxausti
Henao
Uran
Nibali
Basso
Arroyo

Very happy with my purist team though;

Valverde
Rodriguez
Nibali
Henao
Arroyo
Basso
Arndt
Lasca
Markus

posted by Wig_Billy [574 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:52

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For what it's worth I put four (4) pounds on Nibali to win GC at 9/4.

Also £2 on Txurruka to finish top ten at 66/1 Big Grin

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posted by Ghedebrav [1037 posts]
24th August 2013 - 17:58

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Standard team

Valverde
Kreuziger
Henao
Stybar
Clarke
Ratto
Kangert
Cancellara
De Clercq

Purist

Valverde
Kreuziger
Clarke
Nieve
Henao
Marczynski
Txurruka
Richeze
Kangert

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

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posted by livestrongnick [1706 posts]
24th August 2013 - 19:42

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My standard team may have done quite well,

Nibali
Brajkovic
Cancellara
Zubeldia
Tony Martin
Stybar
Henao
Intxausti
Mollema

So 2 from each of the top three teams, 1 from fourth, 1 from fifth and 1 from tenth. Plus I should have 1,2,7 & 8 on GC Smile

I think Mollema will be all that stands between me and a stage win.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
24th August 2013 - 20:11

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Seems my standard team may have done slightly better than yours DR Wink

Rowe
Meersman
Nibali
Cancellara
Zubeldia
Martin
Zandio
Javier Moreno
Brajkovic

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 20:15

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drheaton wrote:
My standard team may have done quite well,

Nibali
Brajkovic
Cancellara
Zubeldia
Tony Martin
Stybar
Henao
Intxausti
Mollema

So 2 from each of the top three teams, 1 from fourth, 1 from fifth and 1 from tenth. Plus I should have 1,2,7 & 8 on GC Smile

I think Mollema will be all that stands between me and a stage win.

That must win...Well Done...

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [481 posts]
24th August 2013 - 20:16

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It seems the good Dr wasn't far off, but the leader scored 174, with Dr only scoring 158

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 20:39

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Ok, I have never personally seen this, but with 174, eoghan39 has scored the most that you could of possibly scored today. Nice work

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
24th August 2013 - 20:59

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That is some score for a TTT... Smile

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [481 posts]
24th August 2013 - 21:23

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Scored 105, which I feel reasonably happy with. In retrospect though, given that the next few stages are a bit of a crapshoot and today was much more predictable, I perhaps should've gone all out for the points today.

Oh well. Hoping I've made some lucky picks!

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posted by Ghedebrav [1037 posts]
24th August 2013 - 22:10

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Bother - missed the news about Bos... was counting on him for a few points for my purist team... oh well...

Purist:
Sammy Sanchez
Valverde
Basso
Henao
Moreno
Betanur
Txurruka
Van Rensburg
Bos (zero points)

99 today for my standard team.

posted by d_jp [102 posts]
24th August 2013 - 23:50

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Yeah, Mollema cost me in the end plus I had Horner instead of Cancellara but both Mollema and Horner may do something over the next couple of days so fingers crossed it works out better for me Smile

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
25th August 2013 - 8:20

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My purists...
Valverdi
Nibali
Martin
Henao
Stybar
Majka
Txuurruka
Sarmiento
Arroyo

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1209 posts]
25th August 2013 - 9:04

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