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Dr Winston [392 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Looking like a great race ahead for us with “choices” to be made. Still a few teams to declare fully but already looks like that ITT and the big climb are the deciding factors. Can the strongest ITT guys gain enough on the climbers?...

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stevemarks [523 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Looking like a great race ahead for us with “choices” to be made. Still a few teams to declare fully but already looks like that ITT and the big climb are the deciding factors. Can the strongest ITT guys gain enough on the climbers?...

 

I hope so I had a little flutter on one of them.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Depending on the weather anything can happen in this race, which is why it always one of the most interesting races.

Given the weather forecast for Sunday some of the GC riders could be literally blown out of contention.

 

 

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Wow....That SKY team...looking good.

Young Sosa and old man Bernal plus Narvaez chucked in for good measure.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 2 weeks ago
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stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Looking like a great race ahead for us with “choices” to be made. Still a few teams to declare fully but already looks like that ITT and the big climb are the deciding factors. Can the strongest ITT guys gain enough on the climbers?...

 

I hope so I had a little flutter on one of them.

Which one?...All of Kelderman, Izagirre and Jungels look like they could have enough in their locker. Close call though.

Yates has improved his TT efforts though...well a little anyway.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 2 weeks ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Depending on the weather anything can happen in this race, which is why it always one of the most interesting races.

Given the weather forecast for Sunday some of the GC riders could be literally blown out of contention.

 

 

Not looked that far forward yet. What’s it saying?

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Wow....That SKY team...looking good.

Young Sosa and old man Bernal plus Narvaez chucked in for good measure.

Rowe & Kwiatowski will be busy looking after their lightweight team mates in the wind.  1

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Depending on the weather anything can happen in this race, which is why it always one of the most interesting races.

Given the weather forecast for Sunday some of the GC riders could be literally blown out of contention.

 

 

Not looked that far forward yet. What’s it saying?

37kph wind from the West on Sunday afternoon, gusts of up 50kph.  1

It is forecast to be windy Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday too.

50% chance of snow on Turini on Thursday & Friday, so the mountain stage could be affected.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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Picking my team for tomorrow seems to be a case of who to leave out and not who to include. Decisions.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Picking my team for tomorrow seems to be a case of who to leave out and not who to include. Decisions.

Difficult to know which sprinters to go with given the weather forecast.

Quite a few are coming back from illness too. It might be a tactic to pick those who have already been ill, as they shouldn't get the flu again.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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Good chance for people to make ground on me in the Purist league.

My top pick Michael matthews crashes out on Stage1  2

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Good chance for people to make ground on me in the Purist league.

My top pick Michael matthews crashes out on Stage1  2

Unlucky Minardi. I was very close to getting him. I’ve put my faith in the TT boys instead with all of Jungels, Kelderman and Izzy at the expense of the extra money for Matthews. Bullett dodged.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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So many good sprinter picks for this one. Reading the ticker I think I should have been going with the heavy mob. 

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Good chance for people to make ground on me in the Purist league.

My top pick Michael matthews crashes out on Stage1  2

Ion Izagirre losing 2.50 has blown my TT heavy plans.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

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stevemarks [523 posts] 1 week ago
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I had matthews in Purist as well, Colbrelli my only other sprinter. The cupboard will look bare for the first three stages.

Standard however went with 6 sprinters who all made first 8. I am happy with that.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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Wind, wind and more wind again tomorrow. Echelons and trusting to luck the order of the day.

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 week ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

 

Same here, last minute change to put in Kristoff over Ewan as thought he would do better in crosswinds, but too much of a lottery to pick who will get caught out...

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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triccky100 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

 

Same here, last minute change to put in Kristoff over Ewan as thought he would do better in crosswinds, but too much of a lottery to pick who will get caught out...

I got five of the top six today to finish fifth...but i’m under no illusions that it could easily be reversed tomorrow for some of them. I’d be amazed if Kristoff finishes so lowly again....or....in fact the whole sprint thing could be relegated to a sideshow.

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 week ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
triccky100 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

 

Same here, last minute change to put in Kristoff over Ewan as thought he would do better in crosswinds, but too much of a lottery to pick who will get caught out...

I got five of the top six today to finish fifth...but i’m under no illusions that it could easily be reversed tomorrow for some of them. I’d be amazed if Kristoff finishes so lowly again....or....in fact the whole sprint thing could be relegated to a sideshow.

you smashed it Dr Winston, nice work. Turns out Kristoff had a mechanical..his shoe broke!! enough said...

 

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stevemarks [523 posts] 1 week ago
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triccky100 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
triccky100 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

 

Same here, last minute change to put in Kristoff over Ewan as thought he would do better in crosswinds, but too much of a lottery to pick who will get caught out...

I got five of the top six today to finish fifth...but i’m under no illusions that it could easily be reversed tomorrow for some of them. I’d be amazed if Kristoff finishes so lowly again....or....in fact the whole sprint thing could be relegated to a sideshow.

you smashed it Dr Winston, nice work. Turns out Kristoff had a mechanical..his shoe broke!! enough said...

 

Yep well done Doc. I swore I wouldn't make a change in the first three stages but I want to take Demare out and bring in Ewan. Can I resist?

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stevemarks [523 posts] 1 week ago
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triccky100 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
triccky100 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

Given today's weather forecast I went for sprinters that I think have a better chance in crosswinds. I chose Greipel and Laporte over Ewan or Jakobsen.

BENNETT S.
DEMARE
KRISTOFF
GROENEWEGEN
GREIPEL
LAPORTE
MADOUAS
COMBAUD

Not a bad start to the stage I have Combaud in the break, hopefully he can pick up a few points.

That is the last time ever I pick Greipel.

 

Same here, last minute change to put in Kristoff over Ewan as thought he would do better in crosswinds, but too much of a lottery to pick who will get caught out...

I got five of the top six today to finish fifth...but i’m under no illusions that it could easily be reversed tomorrow for some of them. I’d be amazed if Kristoff finishes so lowly again....or....in fact the whole sprint thing could be relegated to a sideshow.

you smashed it Dr Winston, nice work. Turns out Kristoff had a mechanical..his shoe broke!! enough said...

 

Yep well done Doc. I swore I wouldn't make a change in the first three stages but I want to take Demare out and bring in Ewan. Can I resist?

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stevemarks [523 posts] 1 week ago
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stage 2 start delayed because of wind.

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Condor Andy [588 posts] 1 week ago
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Chaos so far. Demare, Degenkolb, Kittel, Greipel, Trentin and Groenewegen are in the front group. Jakobsen, Bennett, Ewan, Kristoff behind.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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I don't think this is going to be my race.

After yesterday I broke one of my golden rules - "don't chop & change sprinters". I dropped Greipel for Ewan and in the race Greipel drops Ewan.

Kristoff nowhere to be seen again.

Looking a bit better for my purist team, Kelderman & Jungels up front.

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Condor Andy [588 posts] 1 week ago
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I dropped Kittel for Trentin...

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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Well....not so good today. Only Groenewegen and Trentin scoring for the day for me. Big decision to be made early about Kwia...looking like SKY are hell bent on taking advantage of the wind.

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MinardiM189 [289 posts] 1 week ago
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Well....not so good today. Only Groenewegen and Trentin scoring for the day for me. Big decision to be made early about Kwia...looking like SKY are hell bent on taking advantage of the wind.

I had Groenewegen, Demare and Laporte today.

Same as you for tomorrow looking at bringing in some GC riders for non-preforming sprinters.

A longer stage tomorrow and very windy again although the wind directions might not be ideal for blowing things up again.

I can't beleive how some teams fell asleep in the last 3km today. FDJ had lots of riders there for Demare but still got caught out, AG2R too.

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Dr Winston [392 posts] 1 week ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Well....not so good today. Only Groenewegen and Trentin scoring for the day for me. Big decision to be made early about Kwia...looking like SKY are hell bent on taking advantage of the wind.

I had Groenewegen, Demare and Laporte today.

Same as you for tomorrow looking at bringing in some GC riders for non-preforming sprinters.

A longer stage tomorrow and very windy again although the wind directions might not be ideal for blowing things up again.

I can't beleive how some teams fell asleep in the last 3km today. FDJ had lots of riders there for Demare but still got caught out, AG2R too.

Is it a tail wind tomorrow?

 

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