As the first stage of the Vuelta is a Team Time Trial, my theory is to choose 9 riders for stage 2. Whatever points you score in the first stage will be a complete guess. Anyone agree?
ive gone abit of both, people in teams that should do well in the TTT but will also be up in the sprint on stage 2
Kinda the same as Teratcliffe, picked my team without to much worry about the TTT but i've kept an eye on who is in the good TTT teams
I'd just be happy to find a really decent roster list, Tuesday and still too many ds. I hate team time trials at the start of races. This year the winning team probably HTC, will dominate the top 10 till stage 3, stage 4 will split things up a bit. But you can only pick 2 riders from a team. Trying to work a compromise, but failing badly
I've made 3 changes to my provisional lineup of 3 weeks ago. I've got a strong base which should score good points right the way through the first week. I expect to get between 50 and 60 points from TTT with a core of 7 riders all in the strongest TTT teams but also some of the strongest bunch and group sprinters. I've got 2 guys who have the potential to not score anything during TTT but I might be lucky and get a point or 2. One of those is a points compromise who I'll change through week 1 but the other is going to finish very high up on stage 2.
Feeling confident... probably a bad sign!
Ah, interesting. Thanks for the comments.
I've completely redesigned my team on the strategy of trying to score well in the TTT. Feel the risk I've taken though is that I will need to immediately reshuffle my team for stage 2 and 3. Working on the basis that 2 lots of 2 transfers will be enough to put my chosen riders back in the team. We'll just have to see what happens.
In the Tour de France, I had Contador as my GC and he came 88th in the first stage. I think the opening few days are very difficult to guess who may be in the top 20.
I'm just wondering if the likes of SKY will do well in the TTT when a lot of their best pursuiters, BW excepted, are not there. Can Froome and Xandio do a TTT?
Froome yes, but Xandio not really, although his is a bit of a climber and the TTT starts with a little climb
Threw a few names in just to get started. This could be a train wreck. This is the plan of defeat said French chiropodist.
All good TT riders for this course - all on the 'right' teams - some will stay for the sprint stages - some will be transferred with an eye to stages 3 and 4.
The best laid plans never work out though.
Bradley WIGGINS SKY TTT, overall, stage4
Mark CAVENDISH THR HTC hate this course,stages 2/3
Bauke MOLLEMA RAB Good cheap climber TTT +stage 4
Christophe LE MEVEL GRM TTT plus stage 4
Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL RAB TTT plus stage 4
Matthew BUSCHE RSH RSH love this TTT course
Marcel KITTEL SKS New kid on the block stages 2/3
Andrew TALANSKY GRM TTT+ cheap good tour romandie
Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE SKY TTT ponts
I was going to boycott Garmin beacause of their treatment of Thor.
25 points in bag for transfers.
Bradley WIGGINS Could win GC
Mark CAVENDISH Sprints
Bauke MOLLEMA Climbs that aint to steep
Stijn DEVOLDER Breaks
Taylor PHINNEY Coming off the back of a good Eneco
Enrico GASPAROTTO Sprints
Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA Breaks/Climbs/Sprints whatever mood he's in
Konstantin SIVTSOV GC contender
Ian STANNARD Decent work horse for Wiggo and breaks
175 credits with sh*t all left for transfers, thats a fairly balanced team, but now i've picked them they will all crash or get get ill
Bradley WIGGINS SKY 25.0 GC
Mark CAVENDISH THR 38.0 PC
David DE LA FUENTE RASILLA GEO 11.0 KM
Christophe LE MEVEL GRM 20.0 AR
Tony MARTIN THR 36.0 AR
Murilo Antonio FISCHER GRM 4.0 DS
Martin KOHLER BMC 4.0 DS
Karsten KROON BMC 15.0 DS
Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE SKY 5.0 DS
17 points left for transfers.
Bradley WIGGINS For his climbing power
Mark CAVENDISH Cos he has 3 legs
Bauke MOLLEMA As he was the only climber with a team half decent at TTT
Bert GRABSCH Cos THR are good at TTT
Taylor PHINNEY Cos he is a good sprinter
Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU Cos I have no idea
Steven KRUIJSWIJK He did well reently in another race Tiago MACHADO Need more RSH riders
Ian STANNARD In case SKY do ok at TTT
Terrible TTT for me, only 27 points I think.