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So, nailed on sprint or not?

Most of the sprinters teams are down to the bare bones, will they be interested in chasing? Or will they just want to get to Madrid?

I'm stage hunting tomorrow so won't reveal my team just yet.

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sm [405 posts] 4 years ago
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Don't think there was a nailed on sprint even when there was the full roster. Not enough power or experience in the race. And all the more enjoyable because of it. I like a sprint train battle but do enjoy to watch races for longer than the last few K!

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TERatcliffe26 [4727 posts] 4 years ago
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Ive gone sprinters  39 but they are pretty strong men  39

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 4 years ago
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A highlight of the Vuelta has been the tiredness shown by a lot of the sprinter's teams - they are chasing down the break and then losing control at the finish and allowing someone to jump away. Made a lot of the flatter stages very entertaining! And makes for some interesting opportunities for risk-taking in the fantasy game!

I've made 4 transfers - 2 sprinters and 2 strong, versatile, attacking all-rounders...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Three GC guys
Two sprinters (but not Farrar  39 )
Two puncheurs
Two breakaway monkeys

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TERatcliffe26 [4727 posts] 4 years ago
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Im just gonna come out with it.

4 GC guys, and 5 others, you could class them all as sprinters, but id say 3 of them could be classed more as classics guys at the same time, and 1 of them has been known to go in a break

Nibali
Valverde
Horner
Roche
Richeze
Petit
EBH
Meersman
Roux

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 4 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Im just gonna come out with it.

4 GC guys, and 5 others, you could class them all as sprinters, but id say 3 of them could be classed more as classics guys at the same time, and 1 of them has been known to go in a break

Nibali
Valverde
Horner
Roche
Richeze
Petit
EBH
Meersman
Roux

I've got 7 the same, Flecha and Edet instead of EBH and Petit. Urtasun and Mondory were the two others I was considering but I bottled it in the end...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Good shout on Petit. I've gone Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Vennegor of Hesselink. About time he did summat good, I reckon.

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chrisdstripes [1741 posts] 4 years ago
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Aramendia in the break just as I drop him - I really should learn to ignore my itchy trigger-finger...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Windy day today. Could we see a Valverde-in-the-Tour-style GC contender losing time today by not jumping onto the right ecehelon?

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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I went for a 4 pronged attack today, 3 sprinters and fabien for the cheeky punch and solo TT over the bump at 6k. Apparently he has said he will pull out of vuelta tonite, so no need to save legs to help horner... I hope he has a go!

valverde
nibali
horner
txurruka
edet

EBH
matthews
richeze
cancellara

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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and just as I say that, Fabien has gone up front and put the hurt on, echelons.

I dont get points for that, Fabien! listen up!

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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anyone watching it on telly? any GC favourites been caught out in echelons? only saw a post about the top 3 are in first group, seems FDJ have been caught out though

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stevemarks [472 posts] 4 years ago
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Pozzovivo and pinot caught out 48 secs back with matthews too

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Apparently neither Pozzovivo nor Pinot in the first group. Roche is in there though.

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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now we see who has a go on that last bump....

cancellara? paolini? anyone else?

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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ulissi goes

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stevemarks [472 posts] 4 years ago
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Ulissi tries to go on the climb gets 5 secs

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stevemarks [472 posts] 4 years ago
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Ullisi caught Tangert attacks

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stevemarks [472 posts] 4 years ago
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Richenze and Farrar are there for the sprint

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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FFS. Mollema goes inside the flamme rouge and takes it! unreal

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stevemarks [472 posts] 4 years ago
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Mollema wins! wow what a great race that was.

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chiv30 [987 posts] 4 years ago
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Hmmmm , 2,10 so far for me  45

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Gkam84 [9108 posts] 4 years ago
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1 Bauke MOLLEMA NED BEL 27 4:44:28
2 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR SKY 26 +0
3 Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE ARG LAM 30 +0
4 Tyler FARRAR USA GRS 29 +0
5 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI RLT 32 +0
6 Grega BOLE SLO VCD 28 +0
7 Luca PAOLINI ITA KAT 36 +0
8 Paul VOSS GER TNE 27 +0
9 José HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV 28 +0
10 Nicolas ROCHE IRL TST 29 +0
11 Vladimir GUSEV RUS KAT 31 +0
12 David TANNER AUS BEL 29 +0
13 Pablo URTASUN PEREZ ESP EUS 33 +0
14 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST 29 +0
15 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV 33 +0
16 Egoi MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN ESP EUS 35 +0
17 Christopher HORNER USA RLT 42 +0
18 Paolo TIRALONGO ITA AST 36 +0
19 Leopold KONIG CZE TNE 26 +0
20 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ ESP EUS 35 +0

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johnny2names [198 posts] 4 years ago
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2,3,5,14,15,17. not the best, but ok. i half thought about putting a few quid e/w on mollema, but never considered him for fantasy team, so no regrets  1

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Sounds like a cracker, looking forward to the highlight show.

Not so good for my fantasy team though - just Richeze in top ten plus Horner, Nibs and Valverde.

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Gkam84 [9108 posts] 4 years ago
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One winner today

1 Team Morales jacobo 168

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enrique [2386 posts] 4 years ago
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47. MEERSMAN, Gianni + 1' 31''  40

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chokofingrz [407 posts] 4 years ago
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2,3,10,14,15,17,19,20 and for the 8th (!) time this Vuelta, I miss out on a full house by one measly (Anthony Roux) rider. Unless...

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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enrique wrote:

47. MEERSMAN, Gianni + 1' 31''  40

Just didn't make the jump onto the right group in the winds. Nor did Matthews or my guy JvR.

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silas chime [189 posts] 4 years ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

2,3,10,14,15,17,19,20 and for the 8th (!) time this Vuelta, I miss out on a full house by one measly (Anthony Roux) rider. Unless...

I was a Klaas Lodewyck away but I had Hansen,EBH and Spartacus to make up for that and I'm pretty happy with 29th on the stage,34th in the Vuelta and 1st in the Vuelta Forum League plus more than enough transfers to get all the climbers back in tomorrow without penalties.