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Only 36 points seperating the top three going into the last three stages - exciting!

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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Yes. The lead has changed once already during Tour of Guangxi.

Demare wasn't a great pick for Triccky.

I blew my chances choosing Kelderman instead of Simon Yates for 4 stages of the Vuelta.

Hoping I can get back up to 2nd in the purist. Probably depends on Visconti tomorrow.

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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It's been a great race all season Minardi. I got up to third with a 120pt defecit but i've blown it these past couple of weeks through having to pick diffs over what i thought the two above me would pick...and with two others breathing down my neck as well.... 

Kelderman and Demare did for me as well...

 

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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Also.....Gonna be very interesting to see who picks what riders today. One of those three players in contention has to NOT pick one of/two of/all of Uran/Moscon/Vuillermoz and instead go for something like Sanchez/Chernetckii/Schachmann...it won't mean they are any less knowledgable but replicating what those above you will likely go for won't win the race...

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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Two seasons ago the standard competition was decided on the last day of the season & the long standing leader lost out by just one point.

I won last season's purist because the guy above me didn't renew his enrolment and missed last years Tour of Guangxi.

 

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tony kappler [187 posts] 1 month ago
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Minardi, yes the purist overall comp is very interesting; the gap to 1st has closed considerably due to Bob not having Jacobsen. My only hope is that a 20 man breakaway wins stage 4, otherwise I think Bob will hang on, with Dope Strong 2nd. Sorry.

 

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Two seasons ago the standard competition was decided on the last day of the season & the long standing leader lost out by just one point.

I won last season's purist because the guy above me didn't renew his enrolment and missed last years Tour of Guangxi.

 

 

Struggled all season with the purist game Minardi...Early season saw me picking every drop out in the game...or so it seemed. I ended up with just two riders in one game. I was only around 50th for a long time. 

Standard game has been great though. I won two and was very close in three or four others..

All in all i'm really happy with 6th overall (?) for my first season despite making a bit of a bllx of the last three.

 

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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tony kappler wrote:

Minardi, yes the purist overall comp is very interesting; the gap to 1st has closed considerably due to Bob not having Jacobsen. My only hope is that a 20 man breakaway wins stage 4, otherwise I think Bob will hang on, with Dope Strong 2nd. Sorry.

 

Crikey...that's interesting. I wonder what motivated him not to get Jakobsen?...A very safe pick along with Ackermann and Groenewegen who were good for pts in 5/6 stages. Surely it should have been those chasing that went for the riskier picks in the hope they did better than the safe picks (probably forlorn)...

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Markwisdish [6 posts] 1 month ago
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I think that the standard comp will be decided on this stage. I suspect that Tony will take the win - he usually makes the right call... I’m hoping that I’ve got at least one different rider

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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Markwisdish wrote:

I think that the standard comp will be decided on this stage. I suspect that Tony will take the win - he usually makes the right call... I’m hoping that I’ve got at least one different rider

You have to have at least one diff Mark...and maybe for the next two as well...All fantasy games come down to diffs at the end if they're close.

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Condor Andy [513 posts] 1 month ago
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Ha! Just reading these comments and I've gone for Schachmann, Sanchez, Uran, Vuillermoz for stage 4.

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tony kappler [187 posts] 1 month ago
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Not convinced that Kennaugh will be much good, but he fitted in with stg 5 and 6 transfers, and he did show a bit of grunt in stg 1.  I fancied Carthy, but too expensive for stg 5.

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JohnnyRemo [266 posts] 1 month ago
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Stage 4: 1st: Moscon, 2nd: Felix Großchartner, 3rd: Sergei Chernetskiy, 4th: Carlos Verona

 

Lead changes hands -  Chernetcki gives a BIG swing to triccky - only 3 points in it!

 

 

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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tony kappler wrote:

Minardi, yes the purist overall comp is very interesting; the gap to 1st has closed considerably due to Bob not having Jacobsen. My only hope is that a 20 man breakaway wins stage 4, otherwise I think Bob will hang on, with Dope Strong 2nd. Sorry.

 

Looks like Bob will hang on now, Visconti didn't do anything.

I need Trentin to crash and Ben Swift to show up in the last 2 stages to have any chance.

If Kragh Andersen goes well tomorrow DopeStrong could be in with a shout. I fancy Jakobsen again tomorrow.

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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JohnnyRemo wrote:

Stage 4: 1st: Moscon, 2nd: Felix Großchartner, 3rd: Sergei Chernetskiy, 4th: Carlos Verona

 

Lead changes hands -  Chernetcki gives a BIG swing to triccky - only 3 points in it!

 

 

Tomorrows stage could well decide it.

It could come down to the final cheap pick.

Pity the TV coverage is so poor, it could be a very interesting tomorrow. Sky have a lot of riders they need to mark and Astana will probably go crazy.

Quickstep will probably try to get Cavagna on the podium too.

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Markwisdish [6 posts] 1 month ago
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Well done triccky - chernetski was an inspired pick.

Brambilla let his team down and, more importantly, he let me down.... I’m definitely out of the race

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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Markwisdish wrote:

Well done triccky - chernetski was an inspired pick.

Brambilla let his team down and, more importantly, he let me down.... I’m definitely out of the race

If you get the right combination and a bit of luck you could still steal it.

An inspired pick who hits the break and wins all sprints and KoMs might just do it.

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triccky100 [158 posts] 1 month ago
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Chernetski is my new favourite rider!! Must admit I thought I had blown season league, built up a good lead during Tour of Turkey and then lost it all in a few stages.  But I guess that's what makes its exciting! 

However with only a 3 point lead and Tony's pedigree it will be tough to hold on.....

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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Well done Tricky...good pick...I was surprised to see Chernetski wasn’t even a popular pick. Maybe the dog incident at Pologne kept him off radar...but he went on to win in Norway after that bad luck as as well. Good stuff by you.

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triccky100 [158 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Well done Tricky...good pick...I was surprised to see Chernetski wasn’t even a popular pick. Maybe the dog incident at Pologne kept him off radar...but he went on to win in Norway after that bad luck as as well. Good stuff by you.

 

Cheers Dr Winston. Well to put it out there this is my team for stage 5:

FELIX GROSSCHARTNER (BOH) 

PASCAL ACKERMANN (BOH) 

FABIO JAKOBSEN (QST) 

DYLAN GROENEWEGEN (TLJ) 

GIANNI MOSCON (SKY) 

REINARDT JANSE VAN RENSBURG (DDC) 

SERGEI CHERNETCKII (AST) 

CLEMENT VENTURINI (ALM) 

Wanted Trentin or Stuyven but was not sure which cheaper rider would be best, so went with VENTURINI  and JANSE VAN RENSBURG as both (hopefully) could well end up top 10. Went somewhat conservative with GROSSCHARTNER for GC/youth points, but still 2 changes left for stage 6. Let’s see what happens!

 

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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triccky100 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Well done Tricky...good pick...I was surprised to see Chernetski wasn’t even a popular pick. Maybe the dog incident at Pologne kept him off radar...but he went on to win in Norway after that bad luck as as well. Good stuff by you.

 

Cheers Dr Winston. Well to put it out there this is my team for stage 5:

FELIX GROSSCHARTNER (BOH) 

PASCAL ACKERMANN (BOH) 

FABIO JAKOBSEN (QST) 

DYLAN GROENEWEGEN (TLJ) 

GIANNI MOSCON (SKY) 

REINARDT JANSE VAN RENSBURG (DDC) 

SERGEI CHERNETCKII (AST) 

CLEMENT VENTURINI (ALM) 

Wanted Trentin or Stuyven but was not sure which cheaper rider would be best, so went with VENTURINI  and JANSE VAN RENSBURG as both (hopefully) could well end up top 10. Went somewhat conservative with GROSSCHARTNER for GC/youth points, but still 2 changes left for stage 6. Let’s see what happens!

 

I went for Stuyven with Wouters. Dunno much about the latter but Zweeler has had him marked down as the cheap pick since day one...and right once again...

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tony kappler [187 posts] 1 month ago
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Thought I was done and dusted, with Tricky ahead, plus 5 transfers to my 4, but we have picked totally differenty, which probably means it is going to come down to luck. I squeezed in Trentin and Wouters with zero balance left. Stage 5 last year (same as 2018 stg 5) had a 75 man peloton finishing at the same time. I think this year that Trentin and Stuyven and the GCs will be pushing it on the cat 2 and 1 climbs, and a smaller bunch will finish. Interesting to see which of the big 3 sprinters are in the final bunch.

On another note, it is good to see a bit of chatter on the forum. It has been missing the last couple of years.

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JohnnyRemo [266 posts] 1 month ago
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Another twist? Trentin wins Stage 5 from Ackerman and Stuyven...

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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JohnnyRemo wrote:

Another twist? Trentin wins Stage 5 from Ackerman and Stuyven...

So Mountain Renegade back into the lead by the look of things.

Wouters came in as last man too !!

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triccky100 [158 posts] 1 month ago
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yes did not work out well at all 

 

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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triccky100 wrote:

yes did not work out well at all 

 

All down to your last 2 transfers.

13 points difference (I think)

Both of you have - Ackermann, Jakobsen, Groenewegen & Moscon but then

Tony has - Uran (7pts), Trentin, Wouters & Vuillermoz (0pts) & 2 transfers (edited)

against - Grosschartner (13pts), Venturini, Van Rensburg, Chernetckii (8pts) & 2 transfers

the right picks and you should win it.

Congrats to Bob's Bicycle Shop who has now sewn up the PURIST competition with Trentin's win.

I have a slim chance of 2nd if Swift or Visconti finally do something in the last stage.

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Dr Winston [202 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
triccky100 wrote:

yes did not work out well at all 

 

All down to your last 2 transfers.

13 points difference (I think)

Both of you have - Ackermann, Jakobsen, Groenewegen & Moscon but then

Tony has - Uran (7pts), Trentin, Wouters & Vuillermoz (0pts) & no transfers(?)

against - Grosschartner (13pts), Venturini, Van Rensburg, Chernetckii (8pts) & 2 transfers

the right picks and you should win it.

Congrats to Bob's Bicycle Shop who has now sewn up the PURIST competition with Trentin's win.

I have a slim chance of 2nd if Swift or Visconti finally do something in the last stage.

Can't write Mark off at this stage. He's in a great position to drop one of the big three sprinters as a last gasp call. and hope they bomb. Having something like Trentin/Walschield or even the failing Demare to add to his Stuyven has to be a risk worth taking. Great end to the season.

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tony kappler [187 posts] 1 month ago
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As I said, all down to luck. One should get a special prize for picking 1st and last in such circumstances. And I still have 2 transfers left.

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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tony kappler wrote:

As I said, all down to luck. One should get a special prize for picking 1st and last in such circumstances. And I still have 2 transfers left.

I was surprised you went with Wouters as he got dropped on the same stage last year but didn't finish last.

Special prize will be could be winning the competition.

Not all luck. Keeping Vuillermoz & Uran in and leaving 2 transfers for the last stage is good judgement.

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enrique [2416 posts] 1 month ago
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You guys are so amazing!  1 Wow!  1 I'm impressed!  1 I wish there was a page where we could have each person's competition listed - like  it would say the Overall League 1st place and then show - for example - 3rd place Spring Classics - 4th place Giro DÍtalia - 1st place Tour de france - 2nd place Vuleta Espana - and so on - but showing the Top 5 or 10 competitors only. What consistency! How do you guys do it? sad  yes I see Minardi's about to win the Guanxi Tour!  1

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MinardiM189 [144 posts] 1 month ago
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enrique wrote:

You guys are so amazing!  1 Wow!  1 I'm impressed!  1 I wish there was a page where we could have each person's competition listed - like  it would say the Overall League 1st place and then show - for example - 3rd place Spring Classics - 4th place Giro DÍtalia - 1st place Tour de france - 2nd place Vuleta Espana - and so on - but showing the Top 5 or 10 competitors only. What consistency! How do you guys do it? sad  yes I see Minardi's about to win the Guanxi Tour!  1

Best performance this year has probably been Dr Winston's debut season. He won the Vuleta competition and has finished top 10 in both Standard and Purist competitions. An excellent performance.

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