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The Tour de France warm up event is upon is! Still 3 days to go and 7 teams are yet to finalise their rosters, so sit tight for EF Education First, Katusha, FDJ, Lotto Soudal, Arkea, Vital, and Cofidis.

This race is a difficult one to call. Two medium mountains days to kick off, two flat days follow with an ITT sandwiched in the middle, and then two high mountains days with a summit finish sandwiched in the middle finish the race off.

Very few pure sprinters are heading to this one, but a hat full of stage hunters and GC men are in attendance.

Good luck!

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 1 week ago
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Never mind all that....what we really need to know for this one is who’s going in the breaks.

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 1 week ago
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Not De Gendt  3

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 1 week ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

Not De Gendt  3

I feel a bit nervous about all the usual suspects now...

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 1 week ago
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1st stage is really hard to call. I may set my team up for the first 3 stages and aim not to make transfers.

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 1 week ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

1st stage is really hard to call. I may set my team up for the first 3 stages and aim not to make transfers.

This is a really strong line up Andy....dare I say it....better than the Giro.

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 1 week ago
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9 or 10 really strong GC guys who could win. So hard to call.

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 1 week ago
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9 or 10 really strong GC guys who could win. So hard to call.

Also a strong  field of riders capable of winning stages from the same teams as the GC boys. Gaudu, Groschartner and such like...

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jollygoodvelo [1812 posts] 1 week ago
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Not that it matters, but the Purist game is spelled wrong.

Pricing on this one seems terrifying although mostly justified... Purist is going to be a case of getting lucky I think. 

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 1 week ago
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jollygoodvelo wrote:

Not that it matters, but the Purist game is spelled wrong.

Pricing on this one seems terrifying although mostly justified... Purist is going to be a case of getting lucky I think. 

Prices are really good....not many bargains to be had this time. 

Purist always has an element of luck. Best player in this game is Tony by a distance....he was doing really well in the purist as well as being top in the standard game...and then just fell like a stone in the purist over a couple of tours, safe to assume it wouldn't have been through picking poor riders...it just happens. I think you can make a case for safety in numbers usually (maybe not for this one) with somebody like Dumoulin in the Giro...crashed out but then again he crashed out for a lot of players...same with De Gent and his no show in the breaks. I had only two riders finish a one week tour last season in the purist...sheesh...

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teckert [23 posts] 1 week ago
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I have not been able to submit my standard team due to the site not loading today!! Anyone else have this issue?  The site Is still down now.

Has stuffed up my whole season.

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archieboy [83 posts] 1 week ago
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Its working for me

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teckert [23 posts] 1 week ago
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yep, now it is....  tad late for stage 1 though!

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stevemarks [586 posts] 1 week ago
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Nice complicated competition. going to have to be very careful with trabsfers which is not my forte. LOL.

Purist

Froome

Yates

Fuglsang

Alaphillipe

Van Aert

Pedersen

De Ghent

Delaplace

Standard

Bennett

Alaphilippe

Impey

Colbrelli

Van Aert

Bettiol

Pedersen

EBH

 

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stevemarks [586 posts] 1 week ago
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Took out Bennett for  Gilbert with a view to reversing tomorrow. Gilbert should be worth at least 20 points today possibly 35 plus so how much is two transfers worth in peoples opinions?

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 1 week ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Took out Bennett for  Gilbert with a view to reversing tomorrow. Gilbert should be worth at least 20 points today possibly 35 plus so how much is two transfers worth in peoples opinions?

If he'd got over 20, I'd have said that was a good trade.

I made no subs. Looking back, Lutsenko would have been a good transfer. Never thought about G Martin or Teuns. This was a crazy stage. Highest score 110.

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MinardiM189 [516 posts] 1 week ago
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Crazy race to pick.

Kwiatowski playing super domestique. Alaphilippe playing something I don't quite understand.

On holiday and no time to plan.

Dlamini dropping out forcing my hand for tomorrow.

Just spotted Armee DNF too.

 

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stevemarks [586 posts] 1 week ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Took out Bennett for  Gilbert with a view to reversing tomorrow. Gilbert should be worth at least 20 points today possibly 35 plus so how much is two transfers worth in peoples opinions?

If he'd got over 20, I'd have said that was a good trade.

I made no subs. Looking back, Lutsenko would have been a good transfer. Never thought about G Martin or Teuns. This was a crazy stage. Highest score 110.

Thanks for the response.

 

It didn't work out too well but I think it was worth the shot.

At least the pecking order has established itself.

Porte and Dumoulin are wasters and just a question of how many sprinters to bring in for one day.

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stevemarks [586 posts] 1 week ago
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OMG just found out I took out alafpolak today and its his birthday.......

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Aragonite [269 posts] 6 days ago
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Froome could be the only Sky rider going for this TT if Kiri's half way time is anything to go by.

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 6 days ago
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Froome DNS, crashed in his recon and gone to hospital.

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Gecko-cyclist [50 posts] 6 days ago
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Hmmm

Not the first time he's had problems in a TT and you wonder if he'll rue not including any earlier in his race programme this year? 

Hopefully he'll recover in time for the tour or Brailsfords endorsement of him going for a 5th this morning was unbelievably bad timing....

I thought Kwia would soft pedal and left him out in favour of Froome and Dumoulin - If the latter doesn't get it right for the first time this year it could be a low scoring stage for many?  

It looks like this race is wide open for the climbers now Froome, Kwia and Dumoulin are out of the GC picture though - let the fireworks commence!    

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Condor Andy [704 posts] 6 days ago
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Apparently, several sources are stating Froome might have broken his leg/pelvis.

I got Kwiato in, and he's not going for it.

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stevemarks [586 posts] 6 days ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

Apparently, several sources are stating Froome might have broken his leg/pelvis.

I got Kwiato in, and he's not going for it.

Only wanted to use 3 transfers Froome and Pollit were my certanties and I prevaricated extensively between Kwia and Fuglsang.....so much so I coudn't remember which way I went, Fuglsang won out apparently but says a lot about me that I couldn't recall.

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MinardiM189 [516 posts] 6 days ago
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with another probable sprint stage tomorrow I only made 1 transfer

brought Froome in for Impey  no

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 6 days ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

with another probable sprint stage tomorrow I only made 1 transfer

brought Froome in for Impey  no

Big day for you tomorrow.

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MinardiM189 [516 posts] 6 days ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

with another probable sprint stage tomorrow I only made 1 transfer

brought Froome in for Impey  no

Big day for you tomorrow.

All depends if some of the sprinters show up. Greipel was dreadful again on Tuesday, as was Manzin. I don't expect Ballerini to do as well again either.

Van Aert will probably top3 again tomorrow but I can't use up another transfer with 3 mountain stages coming up.

 

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 6 days ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

with another probable sprint stage tomorrow I only made 1 transfer

brought Froome in for Impey  no

Big day for you tomorrow.

All depends if some of the sprinters show up. Greipel was dreadful again on Tuesday, as was Manzin. I don't expect Ballerini to do as well again either.

Van Aert will probably top3 again tomorrow but I can't use up another transfer with 3 mountain stages coming up.

 

I’ve made a bllx of this one again Minardi but I think my general plan was right. The riders are so expensive that you won’t be able to field a decent full squad at the end....six riders at most...so to that end I think you could spare the transfer now because your funds look too spread out. ...so that’s to say at some point you may have to bring another 3.0 in anyway...which effectively is a wasted transfer just to rebalance. Looking at the way the money needs to be there’s not much below 20.0...Van Aert and Lambrecht the best as far as I can see.

Do you think Van Aert manages stage six?...I can’t decide...he seems to have decided he’s now a world class sprinter as well as a world class time trialist...he may as well become a climber now as well...what do you think about stage six and him?

Also...what about Kwai....what do you think was going on there?....

 

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JAndrewHill [1225 posts] 6 days ago
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Thinking my decision to sub Alaphillipe for Froome was not the best...

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Dr Winston [701 posts] 6 days ago
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Thinking my decision to sub Alaphillipe for Froome was not the best...

Well an awful lot of others would have done the same. With Dumoulin of uncertain form and Alaphillipe  likely to be lead out man again tomorrow then I think Alla > Froome would have been a big transfer.

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JAndrewHill [1225 posts] 6 days ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
JAndrewHill wrote:

Thinking my decision to sub Alaphillipe for Froome was not the best...

Well an awful lot of others would have done the same. With Dumoulin of uncertain form and Alaphillipe  likely to be lead out man again tomorrow then I think Alla > Froome would have been a big transfer.

 

And subbing out Van Aert for Guillaume Martin proves that it is not my week

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