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There is a rider from CCC who is not even in the list of all riders, Jonas Koch. I expect we will see him in other races during the season.

I think the wrong Kragh Andersen is down for Sunweb it should be Soren and not Asbjorn.

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 3 months ago
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Good spot, Jonas Koch was also listed in the CCC Development team, must have been a late addition. He wasn't in the start list this morning.

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stevemarks [569 posts] 2 months ago
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Need more transfers for this one, not a lots of good climbers, Mas who will Sky ride for Poels or De La Cruz? then where do you go?

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Need more transfers for this one, not a lots of good climbers, Mas who will Sky ride for Poels or De La Cruz? then where do you go?

The order of the stages does make it hard work with only 10 transfers. The reduced budget makes getting the sprinters in difficult too.

As for climbers you can always take a punt on Aru.

Very strong Sky team althouh DLC has no form so far this season.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
stevemarks wrote:

Need more transfers for this one, not a lots of good climbers, Mas who will Sky ride for Poels or De La Cruz? then where do you go?

The order of the stages does make it hard work with only 10 transfers. The reduced budget makes getting the sprinters in difficult too.

As for climbers you can always take a punt on Aru.

Very strong Sky team althouh DLC has no form so far this season.

I'm going for a slightly thin day one and see how it goes for later.Aru will be fun...one way or the other.

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 2 months ago
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What do we think, bung in an extra 2 transfers? I agree the lack of stage consistency is the killer here.

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

What do we think, bung in an extra 2 transfers? I agree the lack of stage consistency is the killer here.

I guess that a lot of competitors are at work and have made their choices based on 10 transfers.

It would be unfair to them to increase transfers at this stage.

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 2 months ago
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Roger that, interested to see how everyone manages the transfers then! An ITT in the middle of a short stage race always throws a spanner in the works.

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TERatcliffe26 [4781 posts] 2 months ago
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I did mine on the basis of 10,

Gone for the 4 big sprinters, degenkolb, demare, ackermann, groenewegan then have aru, poels, antunes and a 3.0 rider. Means with 2 transfers for tomorrow i can bring in mas for demare and oomen for degenkolb.

My purist is balanced but no ITT guy, degenkolb, groenewegan, ackermann, mas, poels, aru, antunes then 1 other cant remember who a 3.0 rider i think

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archieboy [79 posts] 2 months ago
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Yeah played it much the same as TER, the notable difference in purist was Konrad over Mas mostly for his TT ability. The 3.0 picks were easy for me Alcaron and Garcia de Mateos, time will tell if that works well.

 

Then I put Antunes and Alcaron in standard ready for stg 2.

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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My team for Stage1

ACKERMANN
JAKOBSEN
GROENEWEGEN
ANDERSEN S.K.
BOASSON HAGEN
POGACAR
ANTUNES
MATEOS

The big 3 sprinters & then a couple of durable fast men for the next couple of stages.

Then Pogacar my bet for Young Rider competition and a couple of dark horses for the mountain stages.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Gone slightly different to usual and decided not to go totally overboard with day one...

Ackerman

Groenewegen

Jakobsen

Van Baarle

Boassen Hagen

Koch

Antunes

Poels

As for extra transfers...I think that would be a great idea for "just for fun" games in future anyway. I think we can already see folk more open about their teams and reasons for picking in the "just for fun games" and posting lots more on the forum...extra transfers would just increase that "fun" and postings...no need to go overboard though...

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stevemarks [569 posts] 2 months ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

I did mine on the basis of 10, Gone for the 4 big sprinters, degenkolb, demare, ackermann, groenewegan then have aru, poels, antunes and a 3.0 rider. Means with 2 transfers for tomorrow i can bring in mas for demare and oomen for degenkolb. My purist is balanced but no ITT guy, degenkolb, groenewegan, ackermann, mas, poels, aru, antunes then 1 other cant remember who a 3.0 rider i think

 

Sorry Minardi yes I had Aru in there too.

Same four as you TERatcliffe's with Aru. Added Phillipson, Malucelli, and De Mateosa. Atunes and poels in my purist with mas and some sprinters. I think I had KUng in there too as I expect him to win the TT and he can hold on up hill if he has something to fight for.

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Sniffer [607 posts] 2 months ago
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Gone big on sprinters first up.  Will kill me later, but get a lead and hold on is the strategy.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Gone big on sprinters first up.  Will kill me later, but get a lead and hold on is the strategy.

Who’ve you gone for Sniffer?...anybody off the beaten track?

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 2 months ago
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My purist is based on a main 4 of Poels, Mas, Ackermann, and Groenewegen. Laporte, Powless, Theuns, and Alarcon make up the numbers, although it's only Laporte and Alarcon I'm happy with.

Standard is massively sprint heavy:

Groenewegen, Ackermann, Demare, Debusschere, Laporte, Philipsen, with Alarcon and Koch making up the numbers.

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
Sniffer wrote:

Gone big on sprinters first up.  Will kill me later, but get a lead and hold on is the strategy.

Who’ve you gone for Sniffer?...anybody off the beaten track?

If I had to pick a cheap sprinter I would have gone with Koch or Malucelli, maybe De Buyst.

Problem with Malucelli is that Caja Rural may go with Aberasturi.

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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My purist is -

MAS
GROENEWEGEN
ANDERSEN S.K.
POELS
BOASSEN HAGEN
VAN BAARLE
POGACAR
ANTUNES

I've actally got 8.7 points left but couldn't find a better combination I liked.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

My purist is based on a main 4 of Poels, Mas, Ackermann, and Groenewegen. Laporte, Powless, Theuns, and Alarcon make up the numbers, although it's only Laporte and Alarcon I'm happy with.

Standard is massively sprint heavy:

Groenewegen, Ackermann, Demare, Debusschere, Laporte, Philipsen, with Alarcon and Koch making up the numbers.

Very big day for you Andy...could well win the day. 

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TERatcliffe26 [4781 posts] 2 months ago
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My 3.0 hoping he goes for the sprint in my normal team Matias

Went Hirschi as my 3.0 in my Purist

Looked at Alarcon but wasnt convinced by his form so far, so left him out

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Well that’s made a mess of the race. Groenewegen Degenkold Baarle all floored with about half the race.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Well that’s made a mess of the race. Groenewegen Degenkold Baarle all floored with about half the race.

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Sniffer [607 posts] 2 months ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

lp

Sniffer wrote:

Gone big on sprinters first up.  Will kill me later, but get a lead and hold on is the strategy.

Who’ve you gone for Sniffer?...anybody off the beaten track?

Just the big names. Groenewagen on his arse won't help.

I have Ackerman, Jakobsen, Demare and EBH.  Not much left so cheap climbers.

That might be a podium though.

 

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Sniffer [607 posts] 2 months ago
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I have DVB for purist. So his GC prospects might be damaged.

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stevemarks [569 posts] 2 months ago
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So a complete mess. I managed to have Jakobsen as one of my two sprinters in purist but left him out of my standard team. I think I may try a few different things now with the rest of this game.

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MinardiM189 [470 posts] 2 months ago
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I think that stage will be neutralised.

If not, it looks like a reace between Mas & Poels with Andersen, Pogacar and Powless as outsiders.

 

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stevemarks [569 posts] 2 months ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

I think that stage will be neutralised.

If not, it looks like a reace between Mas & Poels with Andersen, Pogacar and Powless as outsiders.

 

 

respectfully

 

Sam Ooman?

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 2 months ago
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Why didn't I get Jakobsen in again?

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Only had Jakobsen,  Ackermann and Poels get across the line in that front group...oddly that might be somewhere around avg maybe...I hope...

Anybody have any access to who may have had to drop out of the race altogether...or who may be damaged beyond repair for now...

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Condor Andy [679 posts] 2 months ago
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Well, having just crunched the numbers, I got more points in my purist than in my standard. 10th in purist though.

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Dr Winston [653 posts] 2 months ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

Well, having just crunched the numbers, I got more points in my purist than in my standard. 10th in purist though.

Jeez Andy. All those top sprinters and you managed to dodge the winner. Just not your day. It didn’t even turn out to be proper sprint in the end with no trains to speak of so even the ones you had were playing it by ear.

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