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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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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Remco DNF

Did he bring anybody else down?

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Damn....brought in Gaudu who crashed...damn again....also brought in Ewan though. Happy days with that one....didn’t even head butt anybody.

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Condor Andy [627 posts] 1 month ago
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I got zero points on my purist team.....I was meaning to tinker it on Saturday night but was preoccupied with something else.

Did get 3rd on the stage in standard.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

I got zero points on my purist team.....I was meaning to tinker it on Saturday night but was preoccupied with something else.

Did get 3rd on the stage in standard.

Nice....I manage tenth. 

Been a strange race so far with so many seemingly good picks being a bit flaky. I think most of us have fallen into various traps so far....both purist and standard.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Damn....brought in Gaudu who crashed...damn again....also brought in Ewan though. Happy days with that one....didn’t even head butt anybody.

I was going to drop Moscon for Gaudu, I wish I had.

Rather than Ewan I went for Gaviria in place of Roglic. 37 points lost.

Having a disaster this race.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Damn....brought in Gaudu who crashed...damn again....also brought in Ewan though. Happy days with that one....didn’t even head butt anybody.

I was going to drop Moscon for Gaudu, I wish I had.

Rather than Ewan I went for Gaviria in place of Roglic. 37 points lost.

Having a disaster this race.

It’s not you having the disaster but some of the riders. Moscon and Kwia are better than they did today...along with Nibali, Porte, Dumoulin...and on and on.

Nothing sums up the conditions of some of these riders this week than Kristoff pushing his bike up those last 100 mts...and he’s got some conditioning.

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stevemarks [550 posts] 1 month ago
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Is it possible? They say good things come in threes. Back to back purist stage wins. Thanks guys you've obviously really improved my Purist play as I am usually rubbish at it.

Up to second overall too, I'm getting all excited like a small child again. 

Standard? I see a lot of familiar names side by side in the table, but I guess I'm going to struggle now as only 4 transfers left. nose bleed time.

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Condor Andy [627 posts] 1 month ago
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Kristoff's derailer broke apparently and dropped his chain, so he might have featured better if not for that.

I only have 2 transfers left, saving them for the final stage.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

Kristoff's derailer broke apparently and dropped his chain, so he might have featured better if not for that.

I only have 2 transfers left, saving them for the final stage.

Did it ?...apologies.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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It’s not you having the disaster but some of the riders. Moscon and Kwia are better than they did today...along with Nibali, Porte, Dumoulin...and on and on.

Nothing sums up the conditions of some of these riders this week than Kristoff pushing his bike up those last 100 mts...and he’s got some conditioning.

It is me being a disaster, it was an impulsive late night decision to drop Roglic and bring Gaviria in.

Surprisingly I'm not doing as badly as I thought.

I went for a slightly different strategy for the rest of the race, rather than bringing in sprinters for today I brought in Kuriyanov & Planet. It looks like it might pay off as they are both in the break again :).

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

It’s not you having the disaster but some of the riders. Moscon and Kwia are better than they did today...along with Nibali, Porte, Dumoulin...and on and on.

Nothing sums up the conditions of some of these riders this week than Kristoff pushing his bike up those last 100 mts...and he’s got some conditioning.

It is me being a disaster, it was an impulsive late night decision to drop Roglic and bring Gaviria in.

Surprisingly I'm not doing as badly as I thought.

I went for a slightly different strategy for the rest of the race, rather than bringing in sprinters for today I brought in Kuriyanov & Planet. It looks like it might pay off as they are both in the break again :).

 

bringing in Gaviria was not a bad call, he was caught up in the crash, otherwise he would have been up there. I am pretty sprinter heavy tonight so hoping for a nice big (clean) sprint!!

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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A bit thin on sprinters for today. 

Ewan, Halvorsen, Moschetti...Valverde, Roglic, Martin, Gaudu...Leezer.

Gonna need a few kindlies....Halvorsen to go big again, Valverde to drag the GC boys to a modicum of a respectable finish and about a gallon of luck.

Probably better off just hoping for damage limitation.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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My team for today

GAVIRIA
VIVIANI
GAUDU
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
KUIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

Hopefully the 2 'break' riders can pick up points in all the last 3 stages.

4 transfers remaining.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Well that'll be my worst day of the season so far I suspect. No Viviani or Gaviria or Kittel should see me fall about a zillion places. 

What the hell happened to Ewan?

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Condor Andy [627 posts] 1 month ago
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Didn't make any transfers for today, my purist might have done okay though.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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That didn't go badly for me.

Kurianov & Planet picked up some decent points and then 1,2 in the sprint.

Roglic back in for tomorrow, keep Gaviria & Moschetti in.

Then 3 more sprinters in for Saturday.

Things are looking up  1

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

That didn't go badly for me.

Kurianov & Planet picked up some decent points and then 1,2 in the sprint.

Roglic back in for tomorrow, keep Gaviria & Moschetti in.

Then 3 more sprinters in for Saturday.

Things are looking up  1

Going well Minardi. Just looked at the leagues...down from 10th to 26th...basically everybody who did well with Ewan inwards yesterday sat with big fat red arrows today. Could hardly transfer him out though for Viviani or Gaviria...weven thogh they were slightly better for the day as picks.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Doubt it’ll be much different to a lot.

Roglic Valverde Buchmann Gaudu Martin....Halvorsen Moschetti...Leezer.

That’s me for tomorrow with two transfers left....which won’t be getting used on Ewan.

 

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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triccky100 wrote:

bringing in Gaviria was not a bad call, he was caught up in the crash, otherwise he would have been up there. I am pretty sprinter heavy tonight so hoping for a nice big (clean) sprint!!

I was annoyed with myself for making the change, I had my reasons for leaving Roglic in but made an impulsive last minute decision to swap him out for Gaviria.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Doubt it’ll be much different to a lot.

Roglic Valverde Buchmann Gaudu Martin....Halvorsen Moschetti...Leezer.

That’s me for tomorrow with two transfers left....which won’t be getting used on Ewan.

 

My team for tomorrow -

GAVIRIA
ROGLIC
GAUDU
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
KURIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

I decided it was better to leave Buchmann out and bring in an extra sprinter tomorrow.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Doubt it’ll be much different to a lot.

Roglic Valverde Buchmann Gaudu Martin....Halvorsen Moschetti...Leezer.

That’s me for tomorrow with two transfers left....which won’t be getting used on Ewan.

 

My team for tomorrow -

GAVIRIA
ROGLIC
GAUDU
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
KURIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

I decided it was better to leave Buchmann out and bring in an extra sprinter tomorrow.

 

Kurianov and Planet should see you over the line quite nicely for the avg instead of Buchmann or Kelderman....maybe better. You’ve played a blinder since you made your Roglic error. 

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stevemarks [550 posts] 1 month ago
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Took Gaviria out for Buchman will swap them back tomorrow

Roglic

Valverde

Gaudu

Buchmann

Kittel

Moschetti

Leezer

Halvorsen

Made my mistakes for stage 3 and used too many transfers. One day I'll find a way to deal with that.

 

Good Luck Guys

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Took Gaviria out for Buchman will swap them back tomorrow

Roglic

Valverde

Gaudu

Buchmann

Kittel

Moschetti

Leezer

Halvorsen

Made my mistakes for stage 3 and used too many transfers. One day I'll find a way to deal with that.

 

Good Luck Guys

Who did you bring in on day 3 ?...I also made that mistake when Nibali looked primed to go into the GC rankings.

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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Off topic...What do you think folks?...Entry level Raleigh circa 1990..but a looker...Should I ?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Racing-Bike-Raleigh-Pro-Race-12-Speed...

Currently riding a Cannondale CAAD8 but just don’t love it...never will....

 

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

Doubt it’ll be much different to a lot.

Roglic Valverde Buchmann Gaudu Martin....Halvorsen Moschetti...Leezer.

That’s me for tomorrow with two transfers left....which won’t be getting used on Ewan.

 

My team for tomorrow -

GAVIRIA
ROGLIC
GAUDU
VALVERDE
MARTIN D.
KURIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

I decided it was better to leave Buchmann out and bring in an extra sprinter tomorrow.

 

Kurianov and Planet should see you over the line quite nicely for the avg instead of Buchmann or Kelderman....maybe better. You’ve played a blinder since you made your Roglic error. 

Very nicely played with Kurianov and Planet. I am up to 3rd with 6 changes left, hoping to come home strong!!

 

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stevemarks [550 posts] 1 month ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Took Gaviria out for Buchman will swap them back tomorrow

Roglic

Valverde

Gaudu

Buchmann

Kittel

Moschetti

Leezer

Halvorsen

Made my mistakes for stage 3 and used too many transfers. One day I'll find a way to deal with that.

 

Good Luck Guys

Who did you bring in on day 3 ?...I also made that mistake when Nibali looked primed to go into the GC rankings.

used 5 transfers bought in Nibali and Zakarin  2

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triccky100 [172 posts] 1 month ago
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Here we go:

Valverde

Roglic

Gaudu

Martin 

Buchmann

Kittel

Kurianov

Moschetti

 

2 changes for tomorrow 

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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No sign of Planet or Kurianov in today's break.  2

Viviani in the break, probably looking to take the points jersey.

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MinardiM189 [380 posts] 1 month ago
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I should have kept Viviani rather than Gaviria but otherwise an OK stage.

3 sprinters if for tomorrow, hopefully we can have a repeat of Stage 5 finish  1

GAVIRIA
BENNETT Sam
GAUDU
VIVIANI
KITTEL
KURIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

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Dr Winston [521 posts] 1 month ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

I should have kept Viviani rather than Gaviria but otherwise an OK stage.

3 sprinters if for tomorrow, hopefully we can have a repeat of Stage 5 finish  1

GAVIRIA
BENNETT Sam
GAUDU
VIVIANI
KITTEL
KURIANOV
PLANET
MOSCHETTI

Aye. Viviani is quite prone to grabbing points at intermediate sprints at times....in fact...has he not already done that once this season?...We need to remember that,

Lost my way in this race yesterday with the Ewan fail. Just hoping for top 20 now. Viviani Gaviria Halvorsen and Moscheti my only rides of note for tomorrow.

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