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Setting this comp up now, hopefully opening tomorrow. I'm awaiting decent profiles from PCS, the official ones are pants. Some curious things with the start list as well. Two of the folk down for the Swiss Cycling Team are in the Tour of the Alps for their trade teams, I'll update these guys later today or tomorrow; and Patrick Muller is racing for Vital Concept at Liege, so he'll be a late edition.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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3.8 km prologue....really....I walk further than that for my morning paper. 

Who’s good at 3.8km prologues?....

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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It's just a long sprint essentially. So whoever can put out the most power and sustain it. On the current start list, Bevin, Kung, Dowsett, hell even Viviani might be able to give it a good go! There is a 400m 5.5% climb in the middle, which isn't much really.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

It's just a long sprint essentially. So whoever can put out the most power and sustain it. On the current start list, Bevin, Kung, Dowsett, hell even Viviani might be able to give it a good go! There is a 400m 5.5% climb in the middle, which isn't much really.

I bet even the TT boys aren’t sure who to look out for. Some riders do well up to the first check point on the usual distance TT’s...I wish i’d taken some notes.

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MinardiM189 [474 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
Condor Andy wrote:

It's just a long sprint essentially. So whoever can put out the most power and sustain it. On the current start list, Bevin, Kung, Dowsett, hell even Viviani might be able to give it a good go! There is a 400m 5.5% climb in the middle, which isn't much really.

I bet even the TT boys aren’t sure who to look out for. Some riders do well up to the first check point on the usual distance TT’s...I wish i’d taken some notes.

The short prologue is a regular feature of Romandie although sometimes they throw a hill into the mix.

I think there is a small hill in this years prologue but nothing significant.

Some sprinters seem to be good at prologues whereas others are useless or don't make an effort.

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stevemarks [572 posts] 3 weeks ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
Condor Andy wrote:

It's just a long sprint essentially. So whoever can put out the most power and sustain it. On the current start list, Bevin, Kung, Dowsett, hell even Viviani might be able to give it a good go! There is a 400m 5.5% climb in the middle, which isn't much really.

I bet even the TT boys aren’t sure who to look out for. Some riders do well up to the first check point on the usual distance TT’s...I wish i’d taken some notes.

The short prologue is a regular feature of Romandie although sometimes they throw a hill into the mix.

I think there is a small hill in this years prologue but nothing significant.

Some sprinters seem to be good at prologues whereas others are useless or don't make an effort.

I think Kwia has won this prologue twice, some sprinters are very good at the Matthews kittel and Cavendish have all had good results in short prologues although Matthews is a solid TT rider anyway. and I think Kittel used to be too.

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MinardiM189 [474 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Any update on when the competition will be opened?

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Today, as soon as possible. Need to make one or two updates.

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Stage profiles will follow when there are decent ones on PCS.

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jollygoodvelo [1804 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Who’s good at 3.8km prologues?....

Owain Doull?  Geraint Thomas?  3

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jollygoodvelo [1804 posts] 3 weeks ago
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FYI - looks like Pogacar isn't starting. 

Seems an oddly tricky race to predict this year: Giro guys who may not be giving it everything so close to the start, Tour guys who either won't yet be in shape, or will want to hit out and see where they are.  Hmmm.

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Even with Giro favourite Roglic on the start list, I'd be willing to bet he can win this race peddling with his face. That's if Geraint Thomas isn't in form yet. Otherwise Jumbo are there for Kruijswijk. Either way, what I'm trying to say is the start list is a bit lacking compared to previous years.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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No idea what to do strategically for this one. Two TT’s complicates matters. Can we have another eight transfers please Andy...

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Hahahahaha no.

But seriously it is a tricky one. I'm just betting that there won't be many sprints. I can see one that probably will be a sprint.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Hahahahaha no.

But seriously it is a tricky one. I'm just betting that there won't be many sprints. I can see one that probably will be a sprint.

Agreed. I'm taking the risk of having a thin day on that day three because I can't see the points for sprinters other than that one.

A lot of this race will revolve around how committed Thomas a Roglic are. The timing is better for Kruiswijk with Roglic playing second fiddle...but then again does he even have a second fiddle...Thomas with no form whatsoever  could be there for turning his legs over mainly...like Froome the last time out. Or maybe they'll both deliver.

 

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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RIP my Campenaerts pick in standard...

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

RIP my Campenaerts pick in standard...

 

Is he not starting?...

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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He crashed.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

He crashed.

Oh well. He must be in just about every team anyway. Makes tomorrow’s transfers easier.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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The one I left out....Van Emden on the course....Go easy on me.

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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You're okay, he wasn't on form.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say no one has Tratnik, possibly not even in purist.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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You're okay, he wasn't on form.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say no one has Tratnik, possibly not even in purist.

I put Colbrelli in instead ready for tomorrow...and he played a stormer.

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stevemarks [572 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

You're okay, he wasn't on form.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say no one has Tratnik, possibly not even in purist.

 

Swapped Tratnik out of my purist this morning along with Fatty, Not sure what I was up to really because I ended up with a very strange team that doesn't make much sense to me now.

 

Kruijswijck

Grosschartner

Martinez

Kung

Buckmann

Zakarin

Evenepoel

Costa.

Standard was always going to be a gamble I'm not too distressed although wish I'd left Thomas in.

 

 

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MinardiM189 [474 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
Condor Andy wrote:

You're okay, he wasn't on form.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say no one has Tratnik, possibly not even in purist.

I put Colbrelli in instead ready for tomorrow...and he played a stormer.

I looked at Tratnik but his last short ITT in Tirreno was far from impressive, so didn't consider him at all.

Fortunatley I went with Colbrelli like Dr W.

Otherwise not a great stage for me. Will Clarke disappointed, my outsider pick Moschetti didn't come off, Ganna disappointed and Campanaerts crashed.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Just realised I had six of the top  twelve in Purist. It might have beaten my standard again.

Roglic, Thomas, Colbrelli, Costa, Bevin, Bohli. ..happy with that. 

No TDG might hurt tomorrow though.

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MinardiM189 [474 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Just realised I had six of the top  twelve in Purist. It might have beaten my standard again.

Roglic, Thomas, Colbrelli, Costa, Bevin, Bohli. ..happy with that. 

No TDG might hurt tomorrow though.

I dropped Roglic after I read JumboVisma were riding for Kruijswijk, although on refelection I think this race is Roglic's to lose and he will score points in all the stages unilke Kruijswijk.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:

Just realised I had six of the top  twelve in Purist. It might have beaten my standard again.

Roglic, Thomas, Colbrelli, Costa, Bevin, Bohli. ..happy with that. 

No TDG might hurt tomorrow though.

I dropped Roglic after I read JumboVisma were riding for Kruijswijk, although on refelection I think this race is Roglic's to lose and he will score points in all the stages unilke Kruijswijk.

He could win it by accident...just by virtue of being there. It get’s somewhat forgotten that Thomas actually did almost that in the TDF. If Roglic is ahead of Kruiswijk with two stages to go they’ll quickly forget the plan....maybe.

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Condor Andy [680 posts] 3 weeks ago
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In a spectacular turn of events, Campenaerts came last, so 10 whole points for him.

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Just realised I had six of the top  twelve in Purist. It might have beaten my standard again.

Roglic, Thomas, Colbrelli, Costa, Bevin, Bohli. ..happy with that. 

No TDG might hurt tomorrow though.

IT’S A DRAW...!!....142 pts for both teams....

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Dr Winston [655 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Is TDG down for doing his mad thing in the Giro?...if so...will he be doing his thing  in this race as well...any thoughts?....

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MinardiM189 [474 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Is TDG down for doing his mad thing in the Giro?...if so...will he be doing his thing  in this race as well...any thoughts?....

IMO the break has a good chance to win tomorrow.

Who is going to chase ?

TDG's biggest problem is that he is only a few seconds down on GC, so teams might try and stop him getting away.

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