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Abel_Tasman Posted on 06/05/2019 15:23
Edited On: 06/05/2019 15:26VELOGAMES GIRO D'Italia Now Open For Entry
 
 
The first of this year's Grand Tours the Giro D'Italia starts this weekend and the FMTTM League his now open for entries.

For those who haven't played before you are asked to select 9 riders who form your Squad Team for the 21 stages of the Giro. Unlike the Spring Classics there are no transfers. Riders score points for stage position, intermediate sprints and climbs. There are also end of tour points for position on GC and the category comps. You stick with your team throughout. Deadline for entries is this Saturday May 11th at 3:30pm.

Go to www.velogames.com

League Name: FMTTM - Grand Tours
League Code: 415205519

Good luck!

Previous winners

2017 1. Renaud Breban 2. Phil G. 3. Borolad259
2018 1. Davlar. 2. Cardiffdaffs. 3. Mark (BoroPE)

Link: Giro Entry
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 06/05/2019 15:32

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Cheers Abel. Going to take some serious thought this. Second last year, 2nd in the Spring Classics - becoming known as the bridesmaid of velogames.[:D]

Anyone know who is replacing Bernal as the GC leader for Sky (INEOS)?
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borolad259 Posted on 06/05/2019 15:45

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Cheers Abel. Have got my entry in already so that I don't forget this time.
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1finny Posted on 06/05/2019 15:54

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Thanks Abel
Cardiff - don’t know, just heard that Moscon isn’t going either
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dooderooni Posted on 06/05/2019 16:32

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In [^]
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itsscirea Posted on 06/05/2019 16:33

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In

Cheers Abel [^]
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 06/05/2019 18:22

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Maybe it's all the transfers in the classics, but it seems really hard to make a good team on the 100 budget.
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Buddy Posted on 06/05/2019 18:25

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I think I saw this morning that Eddie Dunbar has been added to the Ineos team.
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 06/05/2019 19:02

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I think they'd have to go with Kwiatoski, with both Froome and Thomas going for France.

Sivakov and Tao aren't quite there yet as GC contenders. Three TT stages would suggest Kwia could be a good option.
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borolad259 Posted on 06/05/2019 22:03

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Word at the TdeY was that it would be Dunbar (eavesdropping at the team coach). Kwiat would have more chance but he has had a full classics programme.
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Zoophonic Posted on 06/05/2019 22:07

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Kwiatkowski would prefer The TdF I think.
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Buddy Posted on 06/05/2019 22:50

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I forgot you were Halifax-ish BL, otherwise I'd have texted to see if you were around.

Link: Last to sign on as usual
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 07/05/2019 00:07

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Depends on Ineos's ambitions I guess.

Dunbar is a good prospect, but at 22 and having never ridden a three week tour he's not gonna be their leader.

Likewise, Kwia may prefer the TdF but he's only gonna be their 3rd choice Captain at that race.

If Kwia doesn't go, that leaves Henao, Tao and Sivakov as potential GC riders imo.

Two spots up for grabs. Maybe 2 out of Dunbar, Diego Rosa, Kwia.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 07/05/2019 07:03
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Suspect Team Ineos will write the Giro off as winnable and concentrate on the other two. Tao and Sivakov won’t have the experience to challenge seriously although stage wins will be a target of course. Disappointed that the Twitteratti are dubbing them “Team Intravineos” with gossip about Moscon and the doc in Austria who was involved with the now suspended Preidler and Denfl.

Anyway. This should be a great GT. Roglic v Nibali v Landa v Lopez v Chaves.
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borolad259 Posted on 07/05/2019 07:44

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Buddy, I was stationed about 30m from there, just inside the Piece Hall west gate ... best place for photos. I did come up the road earlier when the Ineos bus rolled in but got a bit bored and went back to my favourite spot. It would have been nice to bump into you. Halifax ... and the west yorks pennines ... looked fantastic I thought.

Hendries, I agree re. Dunbar, but bear in mind he's older than Sivakov I think. Sivakov has no chance in GC. The field is too well stacked. Kwiat would have a shout with all the ITT miles ... but I don't see him hanging with the likes of Yates, Lopez, Landa or Nibali in the high mountains. This route should suit Dumoulin, but he hasn't looked great so far this year.

It's going to be an interesting race. Going to be an interesting velogames competition too.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 07/05/2019 07:53

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Dumoulin is a dark horse and the unknown in this year’s Giro. He was 4th at Tirenno Adriatico which was won by Roglic and missed most of the classics season to concentrate on his Giro build up. Not to be written off.
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1finny Posted on 07/05/2019 14:16

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Sivakov and Tao announced as joint team leaders for Sky.
Unknown territory - could be fun
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dooderooni Posted on 07/05/2019 14:34

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Both Sivakov and TGH looked good in the Tour of the Alps, not sure if they'll cope with the demands of the Giro though.

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CardiffDaffs Posted on 07/05/2019 15:04

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1 week Tour of the Alps v 3 week Giro. Cant see it either. Thats why they won't have great expectations - just go and enjoy themselves.
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 07/05/2019 17:58

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Yeah could be fun. Tao had a solid Vuelta last year, it should really help him especially if he's got protection.
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Buddy Posted on 07/05/2019 18:25

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I managed to see the TDY five times on Sunday. The start; the run out towards Queensbury (accidentally, due to a routing XXXXXX-up); the descent from Barden Moor (nobody talking in the peloton apart from Cav chuntering away to anyone who would listen); the first 200m of the climb out of Pateley Bridge; and the finish.

I'd have been happy with three, so I was pretty impressed with that.
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borolad259 Posted on 07/05/2019 23:37

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did you sample the delights of Bradshaw then? [:D] That's my hood.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 08/05/2019 09:45

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Cycling fans who may be around London on May 21 note that there is an evening with Harry Pearson on in Putney promoting his new book on Belgium classics.

Link: Details and Tickets Here
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Buddy Posted on 08/05/2019 20:54

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Only from above BL. Headed up the road that goes along the ridge to the pub on the junction, not realising that was where the closure was. Still got round the back and up to Skipton in time for the actual target. [^]
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borolad259 Posted on 08/05/2019 21:14

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Roper Lane. You would get great views down to Bradshaw from there. Give me a shout if you come back next year.
Bradshaw village spent a week decking the place out in bunting and painted bikes ... all for a few seconds of TV time that was almost knacked by transmission issues. It's all still up now.
I love how the race has been embraced. Even Mrs 259 went to the Piece Hall and loved it. She's now on messaging terms with Victor Lafay [:D]
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Buddy Posted on 08/05/2019 21:43

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.

Link: Bradshaw
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Buddy Posted on 08/05/2019 21:45

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Anyway, I've sorted my league entry, for the first time this season. No science, quick guesswork.
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borolad259 Posted on 08/05/2019 21:45
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Haha, cool. Bradshaw looks ace from up there. Second pic doesn't load but my house is probably on there somewhere ... in amongst the hills.
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borolad259 Posted on 09/05/2019 21:29

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Hoofing for last minute entries
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dooderooni Posted on 10/05/2019 15:32

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20 entrants so far, bumping before the action kicks off.
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Buddy Posted on 10/05/2019 18:58

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I've got a nagging doubt in the sprint department. But I can't really afford Viviani.
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borolad259 Posted on 10/05/2019 20:03

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So, who is pondering last minute substitutions ... panic buying and selling? Who is sitting confidently thinking "That'll do donkey"?
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dooderooni Posted on 10/05/2019 20:16

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I've swapped 2 riders from the same team, but other than that it's the team I originally put in. The sprinters are my concern though, but my gc and wildcards took up the bulk of my budget.
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Exiled_in_herford Posted on 10/05/2019 20:20

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I've heard of all 9 of my riders which I can honestly say has never happened before so I'm quietly confident. [;)]
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pierrequiroule Posted on 10/05/2019 21:02

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' So, who is pondering last minute substitutions ... panic buying and selling? Who is sitting confidently thinking "That'll do donkey"? '

I put my team in only a few days ago and I've changed riders half a dozen times. I'll have another fiddle tonight, but it's all pointless as we know it's a blöödy lottery.
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borolad259 Posted on 10/05/2019 21:19

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[:D]
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Buddy Posted on 10/05/2019 21:21

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That's the thing dood. I'm not confident my sprinter will hoover up many wins - he's probably in the top five - but these things are weighted towards GC in the end so you can't waste much on a sprinter I don't think.
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borolad259 Posted on 10/05/2019 21:22
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Viviani is priced according to the likely results ... but is he value? This is a pretty stacked field all round.... it's a tricky one. I'm happy enough with my choices ... until they fall off their bike, which is usually what happens in the Giro. Buddy, I have picked two!
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dooderooni Posted on 10/05/2019 21:31

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It is a very competitive field I'll give you that.

You'd expect Yates to want to prove a point, Lopez looks a strong contender, Roglic is bang on it and you have to think Doumoulin has had the Giro targeted.

I watched a recce of the opening TT and there could be a few big gaps even though it's not a long TT.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 10/05/2019 21:56

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Sugar! Yates is in my team but I really don't like this - he's been Ozzied - might have to drop him.

Link: Not british old boy.
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Zoophonic Posted on 10/05/2019 21:58

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There’s 5 flat stages and 2 MM stages which a sprinter may win. So a third of all the stages are suited to the fast men. 250 points for a stage win it is pretty useful to have a decent sprinter.
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borolad259 Posted on 10/05/2019 22:06

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Pierre ... hubris. But the "XXXXXXting themselves" gag was quite funny.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 10/05/2019 22:07

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What do you mean by “Ossied”? Sure he’s in an Australian Team and he’s confident.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 10/05/2019 22:10
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Probably Lancastrian humour, but nevertheless it made me cringe and will not have pleased his rivals. Now, do I swap him or not? [cr]

EDIT Sorry Abel (I thought you were NZ) As you probably know Aussies are renowned in the UK for their confidence bordering on arrogance. I think Whitey has been geeing him up.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 10/05/2019 22:17

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I am Kiwi P and believe you me I have a lot of thoughts on our friends across the Tasman. That said didn’t find Yates confidence anything but refreshing.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 10/05/2019 22:19

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I'm ancient Abel and come from a much politer time. [smi]
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1finny Posted on 11/05/2019 09:11

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Final change made
Henao out Bakelandts in - we know what happens now [;)]

Ready for the off too
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 11/05/2019 09:15

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I am changing my team every hour at the moment. I now find myself with a shockingly unbalanced team. I should just walk away from the laptop and settle down for another runners up spot [:D]
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 11/05/2019 09:51

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Made my final change at about midnight last night. Team bears no resemblance to my first pick.

Was tempted by Henao, but I've gone for a different secret (cheap) weapon.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 11/05/2019 14:17

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One final hoof. Just over an hour to go. Entries close at 3:30pm and the ITT gets underway in Bologna.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 11/05/2019 16:14

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Roglic looking supreme already!!!! Blew Dumoulin and Nibali away already in this ITT
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 11/05/2019 16:33

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Looks like a climbers TT. Though Roglic is both. But Nibal's time is very good for him. Could be a very good call by Yates to go out late.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 11/05/2019 16:34

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If the forecast rain doesn’t arrive of course.
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borolad259 Posted on 11/05/2019 16:35

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I'm wondering if it was a good idea to swap Roglic out and Dumo in now [:P]
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 11/05/2019 20:10

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The 1st stage prologue is done. I took the opportunity during the stage to take a look at all the FMTTM teams.

So here's some stats.

BIG NAME TEAM LEADERS
Tom Dum and Simon Yates come out as the most popular riders, with Yates just edging it.

Of the Sprinters, Viviani and Ackerman were most popular. Demare and Nizzolo were quite unpopular.
Dumoulin - 12
Yates - 13
Roglic - 9
Nibali - 6
Lopez - 7
Viviani - 6
Majka – 4
Landa - 3
Demare – 1
Gaviria – 2
Ewan – 3
Nizzolo – 1
Ackerman - 7

COMBINATIONS
It's been really tricky to build a team for this Giro. Swapping out one rider for another has a knock on effect through cost and only being able to pick so many riders of certain disciplines.

Tom Dum & Yates were the most popular combo. Several managers managed to get three top riders in to their teams, and one manager even managed 4 GC riders.

Dumoulin & Yates - 4
Dumoulin & Roglic - 1
Dumoulin & Nibali – 1
Dumoulin & Lopez - 1
Yates & Roglic – 2
Nibali, Roglic & Yates – 1
Yates, Lopez & Dumoulin – 1
Roglic, Majka & Landa - 1
Roglic, Lopez & Majka – 1
Dumouling, Landa & Majka – 1
Dumoulin, Yates & Landa - 1
Lopez & Nibali – 1
Roglic & Lopez - 1
Roglic & Nibali - 2
Yates & Lopez – 1
Yates & Majka – 1
Lopez, Nibali, Landa & Yates - 1

One team also managed a sprinter combo of two big names, not many teams have got two sprinters never mind two top sprinters.

Viviani & Ewan - 1

YOUNG UPSTARTS
The most popular pick was Ineos's Sirakov, fresh from winning the Tour of The Alps.

Madouas - 2
Masnada - 4
Sivakov - 10

WENT WITH DE GENDT
Almost as many managers picked the man-machine Thomas De Gendt.

De Gendt - 9

THE OTHER BRITS (And Ireland)
Apart from Simon Yates, there's 4 other UK riders. Perhaps due to his Tour De Yorkshire ride, or perhaps due to price, Dunbar is the most popular.

Knox - 1
Carthy - 2
Tao - 3
Dunbar - 5

AND YES CRAPAZ
Did pick Carapaz

INTERESTING TEAMS

Dr Doof ... has Lopez, Dumoulin, Yates, Viviani. And will be hoping for KoM opportunties from from Masnada and Hirt.

Quizzical ... has Roglic, Lopez, Majka, Ackerman And will be looking to De Gendt and Dunbar for side points.

Cardiffdaffs ... looks strong with Tom Dum, Roglic, Ackerman, then young stars Madouas and Masnada. As well as possible KoM men De Gendt and Hirt.


Simon Brown ... has Nibbles, Roglic, Masnada, and Ackerman. He will need big rides from Carthy and De Gendt in the mountains.

Just A Kiwi ... has Nibbles, Roglic, Masnada, Oomen and Viviani. Will be looking to Gallopin and Conti for stage wins.

A COUPLE MORE LEFT FIELD TEAMS

Monsieur Rayman ... has Nibbles, Roglic and Yates all for GC but 3 CCC Riders as back up.

Phil G ... is the freak with Yates, Lopez, Nibali and Landa for 4 GC riders. But then some oldies including Hansen and Modolo as back up.
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dooderooni Posted on 11/05/2019 21:05

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Interesting stuff.

I appear to have either played a blinder or drop a bóllóck by not going heavy on gc or the sprints, but I do have a strong climbing bias.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 11/05/2019 21:16

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Stage 1 ITT scores are in and here is the first league table. The early leader is Monsieur Rayman with the top 3 on today's stage in his squad.


500 points Gazelle Monsieur Rayman

400 points Scuderia Franchigia Quizzical Eyebrow

375 points Quasi Rouleurs PQR

370 points Jandiooo Phil G

365 points Velo Club Bored Man Hairingtons

350 points Cyprusboro Cyprusboro

345 points Peloton Brief Simon Brown

330 points Dr Doof Andrew

330 points dooderouleurs dooderooni

320 points Eketahuna Eagles Just a Kiwi

305 points Bye Bye Sky Steer

280 points Lee Van Cleat Cardiffdaffs

270 points St Albans CC GeoffV

265 points La Bella Collarbonitos David John Watton

260 points In a Jiffy Davlar

240 points crapaz bl259

230 points Razz Fat lads on tour

230 points Exiled`s Racers Exiled

230 points hello vello bukweetz

230 points Lincoln Strollers TP

200 points Stop for a XXXXXX Finndog

190 points BoroPEleton Mark

190 points Wilson`s Wheelers Greg Wilson

90 points sans rival grimwall
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borolad259 Posted on 12/05/2019 01:05

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Jumbo Visma are going to be tested like hell this first week and a half unless they just decide to let a breakaway go tomorrow and cede the leader's jersey. Taking time is good. Taking (and feeling obliged to defend) the leader's jersey so early is tough. I binned Roglic late on so maybe I'm looking through distorted glasses, but I don't see him winning after today.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 12/05/2019 07:24

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Roglic has momentum. Winner of Tirenno and Romandie which were both tough week long races. He’s also done it three week tours. Top 4 TdF. Maybe too hot too soon?

Interesting tactic by our early leader to use his budget on Yates, Roglic and Nibbles. He must have a weaker back up squad? The next few stages won’t suit him. It’s a dead patch for the GC.
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Rayman Posted on 12/05/2019 08:26

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Indeed! Early days and all based on a TT!
However, it’s the first time i’ve ever topped a League even for one day so i’ll allow myself a brief period of rejoicing.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 12/05/2019 08:36

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And indeed bravo. Long may you stay there! As long as it’s not in three weeks time! [;)]
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1finny Posted on 12/05/2019 08:58

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There is a saying
‘you can’t lose the Giro on the first day’

I think you can lose the FMTTM league tho [cr]
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 12/05/2019 09:34

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"You can't lose the Giro on the first day"

Try saying that to Hiroki Nishimura who is 4 minutes 36 down already.[:D]
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Buddy Posted on 12/05/2019 10:27

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And hors delai, I think.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 12/05/2019 11:03

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Yes, the poor so-and-so is out and I was looking forward to following him and his fellow countryman because of my japanese roots. Had a bad night apparently.

Link: How so
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borolad259 Posted on 12/05/2019 11:34

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Poor lad. I'm following him this season for other reasons. He hasn't done too bad so far.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 12/05/2019 19:21

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The first sprinters stage and a win for Pascal Ackermann from Elia Viviani. Change of leader with Buddy's Quizical Eyebrow squad taking over the head of the Peloton.


717 points Scuderia Franchigia Quizzical Eyebrow

673 points Quasi RouleursPQR

658 points Velo Club Bored Man Hairingtons

643 points Peloton Brief Simon Brown

609 points Gazelle Monsieur Rayman

606 points In a Jiffy Davlar

576 points crapaz bl259

570 points Dr Doof Andrew

552 points Cyprusboro Cyprusboro

549 points Eketahuna Eagles Just a Kiwi

549 points Lee Van Cleat Cardiffdaffs

548 points St Albans CC GeoffV

542 points Razz Fat lads on tour

507 points La Bella Collarbonitos David John Watton

489 points Wilson`s Wheelers Greg Wilson

485 points Jandiooo Phil G

450 points hello vello bukweetz

444 points Hereforthelongterm Sortie

428 points Exiled`s Racers Exiled

423 points dooderouleurs dooderooni

405 points BoroPEleton Mark

390 points Lincoln Strollers TP

378 points Bye Bye Sky Steer

348 points Stop for a XXXXXX Finndog

120 points sans rival grimwall
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Rayman Posted on 12/05/2019 19:52

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Nice while it lasted! Congrats to Monsieur Eyebrow.
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Buddy Posted on 12/05/2019 22:49

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I half read something earlier on and was convinced Ewen had won until I saw the last few km just now. Pleasant surprise. [^]
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borolad259 Posted on 13/05/2019 07:04

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Despite Ackerman's success yesterday, I do think that the sprints will be shared out. They are very closely matched. Having two sprinters helps.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 13/05/2019 10:27

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This week it certainly does Borolad. They are both sure to get in the points. Wish I’d gone for two now.
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dooderooni Posted on 13/05/2019 12:23

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Well, my hunch that Modolo would re-find his form for the Giro was crushed when Matt Stephens interviewed him before yesterday's stage.

Hopefully all my climbers/gc contenders will fill the final standings [:D]
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 13/05/2019 12:30

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Japanese cyclist Sho Hatsuyama has gone solo in a break in today’s stage. Nice to see him get some profile today.
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 13/05/2019 16:48

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Fair amount of veering/swerve there from Viviani. Doubt the Giro will relegate him, but it really cut up Moschetti.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 13/05/2019 17:00

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Bad luck for Tao crashing with 4kms to go and losing a minute and a half. Not in my team but a shame for him on such a benign stage.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 13/05/2019 17:07

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Viviani dqd
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Exiled_in_herford Posted on 13/05/2019 17:09

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Yeap that's just my luck.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 13/05/2019 17:19
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Right decision to be fair. Viviani made a sudden movement left that definitely hindered Moschetti's run to the line

Tao showed his inexperience I think.
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dooderooni Posted on 13/05/2019 17:33

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As an aside, I'm enjoying the studio panel on the Eurosport coverage. Sock doping, sock/shoe colour combos and anything else seems fair game.
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borolad259 Posted on 13/05/2019 17:39

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Just to be safe, I decided to have a third sprinter. yates.
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boroPE Posted on 13/05/2019 17:49

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FFS i have Viviani. [|)]
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pierrequiroule Posted on 13/05/2019 19:26
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I think the sprints will be shared out amongst the main protagonists by the end of the week. Really chuffed that my 6pt sprinter got 7th (now 6th) today.

EDIT Bored Man trumped me with his 4pt sprinter for 4th place. Well done that man.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 13/05/2019 19:54

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This is going to be a close competition. Shaping up nicely. We have yet another new leader after Stage 3 won by Fernando Gaviria after the DQ of Viviani from today's stage.


981 points Velo Club Bored Man Hairingtons

970 points Quasi Rouleurs PQR

956 points Scuderia Franchigia Quizzical Eyebrow

867 points Peloton Brief Simon Brown

839 points crapaz bl259

836 points Lee Van Cleat Cardiffdaffs

817 points Gazelle Monsieur Rayman

760 points Wilson`s Wheelers Greg Wilson

747 points Razz Fat lads on tour

734 points St Albans CC GeoffV

710 points In a Jiffy Davlar

693 points Dr Doof Andrew

680 points Lincoln Strollers TP

674 points Cyprusboro Cyprusboro

654 points Jandiooo Phil G

633 points Eketahuna Eagles Just a Kiwi

597 points Stop for a XXXXXX Finndog

573 points hello vello bukweetz

560 points La Bella Collarbonitos David John Watton

551 points dooderouleurs dooderooni

537 points Bye Bye Sky Steer

514 points Exiled`s Racers Exiled

512 points Hereforthelongterm Sortie

463 points BoroPEleton Mark

215 points sans rival grimwall
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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 13/05/2019 21:09
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Was very happy with Moschetti sneaking me those extra pts today. He was very much a wildcard pick as 2nd sprinter.

Hope Battaglin is okay after going down hard in final few km. He scored good pts last year, was hoping for a repeat.
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borolad259 Posted on 13/05/2019 21:16

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Anyone with Mareczko should be delighted ... he has been chuffin useless so far this year. It'll be close this year but we're all playing GC feckup roulette. It'll be about who implodes/crashes/misses a split rather than who is the best ... that's the way I see it anyway. The good thing about this competition is that it makes long, dull flat stages more intriguing.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 14/05/2019 16:28

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Carnage in the lanes of Lazio. Nibali and Dumoulin in trouble caught in a crash. Dumo Looks badly hurt.

Roglic didn’t get caught in it. Yates did. Caused by Sivakov crashing in the Peloton.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 14/05/2019 16:35

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It was such a dull stage until 10ks to go and then bang.

Dumoulin Is done I think.
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borolad259 Posted on 14/05/2019 16:37

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As if to illustrate my previous post. That's my competition screwed, even though I scored well today.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 14/05/2019 16:46

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Illustrated perfectly BL. Almost spooky.

Well that's me done as well. Dumoulin was my GC man too. And I also have Sivakov who caused the crash! Irony
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pierrequiroule Posted on 14/05/2019 16:51
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Ah, Sivakov caused the crash - I assumed it was Tao. I must admit I really profited from this crash today, but wish it hadn't happened. I think these long, dare I say boring stages are not helping as there are far too many relatively fresh legs in the finale which always spells trouble.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 14/05/2019 16:54

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Beginning to think Richard Carapaz is going to be the differential rider this Giro.
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1finny Posted on 14/05/2019 19:35

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Looks like big Tom is a doubt to start stage 5 - that’s me done.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 14/05/2019 21:16
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Terrible day today for the race as a whole. Roglic could well carry the leaders jersey from start to finish!
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 15/05/2019 05:36

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Neither Tao nor Sivakov guilty for this one - was Salvatore Puccio from Ineos who crashed, they called it wrong at the time on Eurosport. Carnage, one of the Katusha riders ended up with horrific injuries: collarbone and three ribs broken and lung contusions, shocking.

Apparently there was another big crash just after that wasn't caught on camera. Simon Yates dinked Landa into a roundabout and Landa called him a "retard" in today's Spanish press, ha!

GC lottery is right, goes to show the luck you need to get through one of these tours.
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Exiled_in_herford Posted on 15/05/2019 05:41

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So let me guess this correct. Viviani DQ'd after winning the 2nd stage for me. I then have Landa and Yates doing their best to knock each off. Add Dumoulin probably out and Sivakov may or may not being involved in a big crash. Yeap, I'm having an absolute stormer here like.
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borolad259 Posted on 15/05/2019 06:50

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I'd say you are a jinx Exiled.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 15/05/2019 07:02

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Well. After all that shenanigans we have our 4th new leader but it feels like a strong and significant strike out from Pierre. Half the teams hoping that Dumoulin makes it to the start this morning. It’s a sprinters stage so not too taxing.

1463 points. Quasi Rouleurs. PQR

1314 points. Scuderia Franchigia. Quizzical Eyebrow

1266 points. Velo Club Bored Man. Hairingtons

1229 points crapaz bl259

1224 points. Wilson`s Wheelers. Greg Wilson

1141 points. Peloton Brief. Simon Brown

1090 points. St Albans CC. GeoffV

1060 points. Lee Van Cleat. Cardiffdaffs

1025 points. In a Jiffy. Davlar

1023 points. Gazelle. Monsieur Rayman

997 points. Cyprusboro. Cyprusboro

968 points. Razz. Fat lads on tour

961 points. dooderouleurs. dooderooni

905 points. hello vello. bukweetz

872 points. Jandiooo. Phil G

851 points. Eketahuna Eagles Just a Kiwi

824 points. Dr Doof. Andrew

756 points. Hereforthelongterm. Sortie

755 points Lincoln Strollers TP

706 points. Stop for a XXXXXX. Finndog

681 points. La Bella Collarbonitos. David John Watton

616 points. Bye Bye Sky. Steer

581 points. Exiled`s Racers. Exiled

581 points. BoroPEleton. Mark

452 points. sans rival. grimwall
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1finny Posted on 15/05/2019 07:34

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Small point (but helps neither me nor Exiled)

Yates was bumped first by another rider.
Landa has since apologised
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pierrequiroule Posted on 15/05/2019 09:26

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Ah that's nice, but won't be long before we have a 5th leader jumping out of the pack like Carapaz I reckon.

Yates said last night that another rider slid out in front of him. With most crashes it's usually just one rider that causes it, the rest is collateral damage.
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 15/05/2019 11:28

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Exiled [:D]

Whoever else you've got, I hope my boys give them a wide berth on the road!
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MightyDuck Posted on 15/05/2019 11:31

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The Eurosport coverage has been great and i'm really enjoying the Breakaway show. Also i think i might actually love Orla. [LOVE]
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pierrequiroule Posted on 15/05/2019 11:45

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I don't have Eurosport and good streams are getting harder to find, but fortunately l'Equipe TV are showing it live in France.
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Buddy Posted on 15/05/2019 11:51

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Orla has been excellent on the Cycling Podcast for years and is an excellent presenter as well.

And she once asked me to move out of her shot in Compiegne before the start of Paris Roubaix. [:D]
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Buddy Posted on 15/05/2019 23:28

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Sprinting in a river is a new one, keeps the points coming though I suppose.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 16/05/2019 07:49

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No real change to the table after yesterday’s wet stage. PIerre still leads. Update posted after today’s stage.
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thetees5 Posted on 16/05/2019 14:39
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I am really enjoying the cycling podcast daily reviews. Well worth a listen.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 16/05/2019 16:11
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A new race leader. Roglic and co have let the break take the day and the maglia rosa goes to Valerio Conti. Best stage so far. Deserved stage win for Masnada.

In fact Roglic temporarily at least outside the top ten overall. Extraordinary. Great for the race and perhaps Sam Ooman.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 16/05/2019 16:21

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Roglic had a bad fall very early in the stage (see a pic elsewhere of his ripped shorts) so that may have informed his decision to let pink go.

I think we might have a new leader in the league too as Bored Man has Masnada in his team. I don't really suit pink anyway. [smi]
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 16/05/2019 16:25

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I am sure Roglic is relieved. No interviews and hanging around for a week or so. Funny but Eurosport haven’t picked up on a Roglic tumble.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 16/05/2019 16:40

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Look back through the pics on here. Landa, Ackermann, Majka and others involved.

Link: cn
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Zoophonic Posted on 16/05/2019 17:10

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Landa has been involved to some extent with every fall going it seems.

Great stage today. Who would have predicted that Top Ten overall this morning. 😀
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dooderooni Posted on 16/05/2019 17:17

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My slim chances of troubling the podium have all but gone with today's stage I think. I can see that top 10 remaining intact for a couple of stages so I won't even be getting GC points for a few days.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 17/05/2019 19:21

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With all the distractions over who are next manager will be we shouldn’t forget there’s a bike race going on and apologies for the delay in an update. After stage 6 the big mover was Just a Kiwi who had both Conti and Masnada but Hairingtons took over the leaderboard last night. So the table before today’s stage


1951 points. Velo Club Bored Man. Hairingtons

1910 points. Quasi Rouleurs. PQR

1798 points. Wilson`s Wheelers. Greg Wilson

1740 points. Lee Van Cleat. Cardiffdaffs

1699 points. Peloton Brief. Simon Brown

1659 points. Scuderia Franchigia. Quizzical Eyebrow

1633 points. crapaz. bl259

1616 points. St Albans CC. GeoffV

1443 points. Eketahuna Eagles. Just a Kiwi

1399 points. In a Jiffy. Davlar

1265 points. Razz. Fat lads on tour

1222 points. Gazelle. Monsieur Rayman

1217 points. Lincoln Strollers. TP

1190 points. Cyprus Boro. Cyprusboro

1177 points. Go Slow Stripes. Stu Smith

1130 points. Dr Doof. Andrew

1090 points. dooderouleurs. dooderooni

1001 points. Jandiooo. Phil G

998 points. hello vello. bukweetz

912 points. Hereforthelongterm. Sortie

895 points. Stop for a XXXXXX Finndog

745 points. La Bella Collarbonitos. David John Watton

673 points Bye Bye Sky. Steer

669 points. Exiled`s Racers. Exiled

663 points. BoroPEleton. Mark

558 points. sans rival. grimwall
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 18/05/2019 07:49
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Same top two from the previous stage after Stage 7. I’ve moved now into third place courtesy of Bilbao in my squad. Top 10

2046 points. Velo Club Bored Man. Hairingtons

1991 points. Quasi Rouleurs. PQR

1987 points. Peloton Brief. Simon Brown

1945 points. Scuderia Franchigia. Quizzical Eyebrow

1897 points. St Albans CC. GeoffV

1872 points. Lee Van Cleat. Cardiffdaffs

1869 points. Wilson`s Wheelers. Greg Wilson

1852 points. crapaz. bl259

1701 points. Eketahuna Eagles. Just a Kiwi

1549 points. In a Jiffy. Davlar

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hendrieswondergoal Posted on 18/05/2019 09:32

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I normally start really bad and finish well. Surprised to be leading, but have been lucky to avoid crashes and abandons so far.

Apparently it's gonna wee down today. And it's a twisty, crazy finish. Could be chaos if the sprinters keep it together.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a break stay clear if it's really bad weather.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 18/05/2019 11:13

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Yes, the GC guys will be conserving their energy for tomorrow's important TT. There's never a good time to crash, but today would be a bad day.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 19/05/2019 09:24

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Little change in the overal classication of our league after yesterday’s Ewan victory.

Moving day today with the long ITT.

Top ten

2233 points Velo Club Bored Man Hairingtons

2177 points. Quasi Rouleurs. PQR

2169 points. Peloton Brief. Simon Brown

2157 points. Wilson`s Wheelers. Greg Wilson

2109 points. Scuderia Franchigia. Quizzical Eyebrow

2091 points. St Albans CC. GeoffV

2077 points crapaz bl259

2056 points. Lee Van Cleat. Cardiffdaffs

1974 points. In a Jiffy Davlar

1938 points. Eketahuna Eagles. Just a Kiwi
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Buddy Posted on 19/05/2019 14:49

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Puncture for Lopez during the TT.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 19/05/2019 22:17

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Is the Giro over for Simon Yates after today? Maybe. Losing over 3 minutes in today’s TT makes his job very difficult and then there’s Roglic so far in imperious form.

Another new leader. I’ve taken over the leaders jersey. Will lose it again probably Tuesday when there are two sprinter stages. So we reach the first rest day and this is the state of play.




2645 points. Peloton Brief. Simon Brown

2562 points. Velo Club Bored Man. Hairingtons

2525 points. Quasi Rouleurs. PQR

2493 points. Scuderia Franchigia. Quizzical Eyebrow

2370 points. St Albans CC. GeoffV

2329 points. Lee Van Cleat. Cardiffdaffs

2326 points. Eketahuna Eagles. Just a Kiwi

2212 points. Wilson`s Wheelers. Greg Wilson

2139 points. In a Jiffy Davlar


2129 points. crapaz. b259

1677 points. Go Slow Stripes. Stu Smith

1666 points. Gazelle. Monsieur Rayman

1638 points. Cyprusboro. Cyprusboro

1619 points. Razz. Fat lads on tour

1612 points. Hereforthelongterm. Sortie

1594 points. dooderouleurs. dooderooni

1523 points. Dr Doof. Andrew

1517 points. hello vello. bukweetz

1439 points. La Bella Collarbonitos. David John Watton

1380 points. Jandiooo. Phil G

1320 points. Lincoln Strollers. TP

1249 points. BoroPEleton. Mark

1138 points. Stop for a XXXXXX. Finndog

986 points. Bye Bye Sky. Steer

859 points. Exiled`s Racers. Exiled

688 points. sans rival. grimwall
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