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And so, onto the next stop in this season's world tour! Welcome to the inaugural UAE Tour, an amalgamation of the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour, this new race encompasses the best of both. On paper there looks to be something for everyone, with a couple of sprint stages, two summit finishes, a TTT and a couple for the rouleurs.

There are 2 PCT teams in Novo Nordisk and Gazprom-RusVelo to go along with the 18 WT teams, and no one is pulling any punches it seems. The classics men might be absent as stage 7 clashes with Omloop, but on the start list are defending champion Valverde, Dumoulin, Roglic, Nibali, Kwiatkowski, Porte, and many other contenders. And the sprinters field is stacked with Bennett, Viviani, Ewan, Gaviria, Kittel, and Kristoff all going along.

So what are you looking forward to? Who are you looking to pick above all others? All I'm hoping for are some crosswinds and carnage!

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Sniffer [599 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:
MinardiM189 wrote:

What happens if you get a repeat of Stage 1 in ALgarve angel

In all honesty, that's probably what's going to happen noindecision

I had a slighlty lighter day yesterday and am sprint heavy today.

Gaviria, Kittel, Bauhaus, Viviani, Halvorsen, Walscheid.

Did have one Jumbo rider yesterday, but didn't have Roglic which cost me.

No transfers used yet.

Crosswind chaos or a crash and I could be in trouble.

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Condor Andy [637 posts] 1 month ago
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Oops, should have gone for Gaviria...

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

Oops, should have gone for Gaviria...

Went for Ewan and Halvorsen over Gaviria and Mezgec. If Ewan keeps his third place i’ll eat my hat.

Kittel sitting up again throws away so many points for us. 

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MinardiM189 [387 posts] 1 month ago
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Pretty poor day for me, my second rate sprint team did a third rate performance.

Time for more climbers.

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Sniffer [599 posts] 1 month ago
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archieboy wrote:

Just a thought, but why was Tony Martin not at the team presentation? 

Lost 9 minutes today.  Suspect he is sick.

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archieboy [75 posts] 1 month ago
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Sniffer wrote:
archieboy wrote:

Just a thought, but why was Tony Martin not at the team presentation? 

Lost 9 minutes today.  Suspect he is sick.

Yeah, a possible DNS in the moring

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archieboy [75 posts] 1 month ago
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*morning

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MinardiM189 [387 posts] 1 month ago
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Sniffer wrote:
archieboy wrote:

Just a thought, but why was Tony Martin not at the team presentation? 

Lost 9 minutes today.  Suspect he is sick.

He also got dropped during the ITT, so it is highly likely he is ill but is soldiering on.

Jumbo would have won by more if he wasn't ill !!!

 

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

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Gecko-cyclist [36 posts] 1 month ago
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Hmmm. I had 6 sprinters like sniffer today for pretty average return so the lack of GC men from the start didn't pay out. Maybe Minardi called it right and the crosswinds sapped some legs even if it ended up a full bunch sprint.

Tough call Steve picking which of your cheaper riders can return to former glories this early in the season. I bet a few of us got burned with Aru last time out getting that one wrong. Good luck whichever way you go!

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

I I could draw a picture of a finish for Dan Martin it would probably look a lot like tomorrow's....but then the day after looks far more suited to Kwia...

Who have you got so far Steve?

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

I I could draw a picture of a finish for Dan Martin it would probably look a lot like tomorrow's....but then the day after looks far more suited to Kwia...

Who have you got so far Steve?

I'll use five transfers, always have Bala,  the Pole and Evenepole, probs Nibs and Zaks with Roglic Keldeman and Leezer from the TTT.

really really not sure what I'll do for stage 4. 5 & 7 look like sprints sandwiched by another summit finish Never going to find enough transfers now!

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

I I could draw a picture of a finish for Dan Martin it would probably look a lot like tomorrow's....but then the day after looks far more suited to Kwia...

Who have you got so far Steve?

I'll use five transfers, always have Bala,  the Pole and Evenepole, probs Nibs and Zaks with Roglic Keldeman and Leezer from the TTT.

really really not sure what I'll do for stage 4. 5 & 7 look like sprints sandwiched by another summit finish Never going to find enough transfers now!

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
stevemarks wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Some tough choices for tomorrow. Mainly...who the hell to pick.

Dam Martin and Louis Meintjes or Nibs and Zakarin?

I I could draw a picture of a finish for Dan Martin it would probably look a lot like tomorrow's....but then the day after looks far more suited to Kwia...

Who have you got so far Steve?

I'll use five transfers, always have Bala,  the Pole and Evenepole, probs Nibs and Zaks with Roglic Keldeman and Leezer from the TTT.

really really not sure what I'll do for stage 4. 5 & 7 look like sprints sandwiched by another summit finish Never going to find enough transfers now!

Four looks like a great stage, short sting of a climb. Really hard to call...but Valverde and Kwiatkowski look good.

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 month ago
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now it starts to get interesting, first 3 changes used

ALEJANDRO VALVERDE (MOV) 
DANIEL MARTIN (UAD) 
DAVID GAUDU (FDJ) 
REMCO EVENEPOEL (QST) 
PRIMOZ ROGLIC (TJB) 
WILCO KELDERMAN (SUN) 
MARCEL KITTEL (KAT) 
MATTEO MOSCHETTI (TFS) 

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Condor Andy [637 posts] 1 month ago
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I've used quite a few. Hatta Dam is always a reduced bunch/puncheurs finish. If people like Kwiatkowski and Valverde want to make it hard for the sprinters then they probably can. Stage 4 looks weird, but probably a sprint. I might make a couple of transfers for it and leave them until the final summit. I've gone full GC for today.

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MinardiM189 [387 posts] 1 month ago
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My team for today

ROGLIC
MOSCON
KELDERMAN
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
EVENEPOEL
MARTENS
MOSCHETTI

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

I've used quite a few. Hatta Dam is always a reduced bunch/puncheurs finish. If people like Kwiatkowski and Valverde want to make it hard for the sprinters then they probably can. Stage 4 looks weird, but probably a sprint. I might make a couple of transfers for it and leave them until the final summit. I've gone full GC for today.

 

agree, I think Hatta Dam tomorrow will be harder than usual with Valverde etc, to push the pace...

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Condor Andy [637 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

My team for today

ROGLIC
MOSCON
KELDERMAN
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
EVENEPOEL
MARTENS
MOSCHETTI

I was tempted with Moscon, wasn't sure who Sky were going for, but he's up there in the young persons comp and probably should be able to take it.

I share 4 riders with your team.

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Condor Andy [637 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

 Stage 4 looks weird, but probably a sprint.

Think I meant stage 5, oops

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Condor Andy [637 posts] 1 month ago
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Wow! I got that super wrong! Rip my standard chances

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Wow I won the Purist Stage, now that doesn't happen very often. least said about my climbing picks the better, At least I didn't pick POrte! 8 minutes down? is he ill?

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 month ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Wow I won the Purist Stage, now that doesn't happen very often. least said about my climbing picks the better, At least I didn't pick POrte! 8 minutes down? is he ill?

nice work Steve. I picked up 2nd in standard,  Gaudu was a nice suprise, thought he was good for a top 10 but he had a cracking ride. Next stage is tough to pick, punchy climbers or punchy sprinters?

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Wow I won the Purist Stage, now that doesn't happen very often. least said about my climbing picks the better, At least I didn't pick POrte! 8 minutes down? is he ill?

Brilliant....nicely done.

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Dr Winston [538 posts] 1 month ago
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triccky100 wrote:
stevemarks wrote:

Wow I won the Purist Stage, now that doesn't happen very often. least said about my climbing picks the better, At least I didn't pick POrte! 8 minutes down? is he ill?

nice work Steve. I picked up 2nd in standard,  Gaudu was a nice suprise, thought he was good for a top 10 but he had a cracking ride. Next stage is tough to pick, punchy climbers or punchy sprinters?

Hard to know. That last bit is at 17% which is a real killer. Are people assuming sprinters are an option because sprinters have won in the past ?...or is it short enough for them to conquer it ? Last year was won by Colbrelli I see but that race didn't have any GC riders in it at all...this year they have Valverde driving a good GC crowd on as he pursues a bonus...at least...

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runaroundsioux [21 posts] 1 month ago
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Two transfers tonight to Bring In Gaviria. Fingers crossed it works

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stevemarks [553 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
triccky100 wrote:
stevemarks wrote:

Wow I won the Purist Stage, now that doesn't happen very often. least said about my climbing picks the better, At least I didn't pick POrte! 8 minutes down? is he ill?

nice work Steve. I picked up 2nd in standard,  Gaudu was a nice suprise, thought he was good for a top 10 but he had a cracking ride. Next stage is tough to pick, punchy climbers or punchy sprinters?

Hard to know. That last bit is at 17% which is a real killer. Are people assuming sprinters are an option because sprinters have won in the past ?...or is it short enough for them to conquer it ? Last year was won by Colbrelli I see but that race didn't have any GC riders in it at all...this year they have Valverde driving a good GC crowd on as he pursues a bonus...at least...

Degenkolb beat valverde here in 2015 but very rarely have there been any great climbers in the Dubai race.

I thought given my lack of transfers and how expensive the sprinters were I'd bring in Gaudu.

Moschetti and Gaviria. the other option was just leave Nibali and Zakarin in who would be dead for the next two stages. leaves me just 4 transfers. Oh well you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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archieboy [75 posts] 1 month ago
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Remco DNF

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