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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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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 2 years ago
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This to me looks like its going to be the most open GC battle of the year....Easy to make a case for a dozen or so riders....Terrain looks like it could be a classic Vuelta and the guys in Orange will be using this as an advert for their talents, to get team slots for next year...Should be a little animated to say the least...Bring it on...  1

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Dux89 [194 posts] 2 years ago
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Stage 1 looks like it will be for the heavy GC hitters + OPQS. Garmin's usually got a strong TTT but their squad doens't look time trial oriented at the Vuelta.

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AWPeleton [3280 posts] 2 years ago
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The men in Orange have to be going full belt like STEVESPRO said.

It might be to soon after the Tour for Valverde and JRod, at least in the first week but will they be to far behind by then ?

Nibs is the main man IMHO.

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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As I've said elsewhere, I think Betancur will be very strong. Ditto Henao if the Sky machine clicks properly around him.

Nibali is the big question mark. There's no doubt he'd love to take the worlds where the course suits him and it's on his home turf. But he MUST be looking at this course and the competition and thinking... "why the ruddy heck not?"

Anyone got any outside shouts for the podium? Rafal Majka?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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Scarponi would be my podium outsider.

I can't believe how cheap Zubeldia and LuLu are though!!

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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I have no idea how to call the TTT, so have basically picked tomorrow's team today (plus a couple of OPQSs).

So many contenders in this competition - not just for GC but for stage wins too - loads of riders putting themselves in the shop window, plus at least two genuinely competetive pro-conti teams in Caja Rural and Netapp Endura. Bit of a shame there aren't one or two more genuine sprinters' stages but otherwise looks to be a cracking grand tour in prospect.

And it starts on a boat.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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I see teams going flat out for the TTT win if they have a big GC guy, I know a couple of teams who have eyed taking the red jersey from start to finish.

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STEVESPRO 79 [541 posts] 2 years ago
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2 x OPQS
2 x SAXO
2 x RSN
1 x SKY
1 x ASTANA
1 x OGE

Picked as much with tomorrow in mind as much as today...

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TERatcliffe26 [4601 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 2 years ago
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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...

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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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?

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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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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ray silvester [1836 posts] 2 years ago
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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).

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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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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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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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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obutterwick [474 posts] 2 years ago
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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...!

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Not long now. ahh purist team decisions, lol

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AWPeleton [3280 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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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!  20 20 20 20 20

My purist team a man down already  20

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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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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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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Anyway, I've got (standard):

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

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TERatcliffe26 [4601 posts] 2 years ago
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Valverde
Meersman
Majka
Ulissi
Henao
Pozzovivo
Txurruka
Markus
Kangert

Is my purist team

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Purist

Nibali
Basso
Konig
Nieve
Pozzovivo
Henao
Farrar
S Sanchez
Betancur

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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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  4

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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drheaton [3318 posts] 2 years ago
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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  1

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

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Seems my standard team may have done slightly better than yours DR  3

Rowe
Meersman
Nibali
Cancellara
Zubeldia
Martin
Zandio
Javier Moreno
Brajkovic

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