Fantasy Cycling: TDF stages 13-14

Did Tackgate deflate your chances of glory, or are you pumped up for the third week?

by Dave Atkinson   July 16, 2012  

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A busy weekend at the tour, what with Tackgate and Peter Sagan going off the front to try and win a mountain stage. Is there anything that boy can't do?

Anyway, a couple of stages to round up. Stage 13 was billed as flat but the short, sharp climb near the end distanced quite a few of the sprinters, Matt Goss and Cav included. Greipel and Sagan were on hand to contest the sprint though, and it was the German that took the win this time. Crapvelo Test Team had both of those chaps, as well as a selection of escapees and Wiggo for his GC points, posting a total of 181 for the stage, comfortably ahead of The Hoofs and flipjibbetry who shared second on 168. So user zolap303 walks off with a Cateye Green Strada Wireless Limited Edition computer worth £49. Nice.

Stage 14, and Tackgate. Chivalrous Wiggins neutralised the GC groups after 30 out of 50 of the leading group punctured, meaning the break won by a full quarter hour. And it was Luis-Leon Sanchez who hopped off the front to take the win, with Sagan sprinting for second and an iron grip on the green jersey. The Greasby Wheelers had Sanchez and Sagan, along with Casar (46) and Izagirre (36) from the break. Add Wiggo and Zubeldia to that and you have a grand total of 215 points and the stage win. User Nickbirtwistle wins a pair of Panaracer Closer Tyres worth £59. Well done to him.

At the top of the Tour de France table Team Mandy are still incumbent, with second place now taken up by Green Hedge Cycling; pedalnotes are in third. All change at the top of the purists though: Wigging it have taken over thanks to a 123-point haul yesterday, with Neville's Cross Wheelers and Superconfex ride again making up the current podium.

Today's stage winner bags an Altura Ergofit Race Cape worth £69. And after that you all get a day off, and four transfers ahead of the Circle of Death. good luck!