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NRT wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:
Just noticed a sentence on NRT's little note.

So I ask, "Can you actually change the jokers for riders anytime during the Tour?"  I kind of thought you did that once and the beginning and lived with it, just as you choose your team members and live with the choices..  So could I change my jokers for two or three of my riders this evening, for the stage two?


Yes you can. As long as the stage you have already picked a joker for has not yet started (actually 10am regardless of the actual start time), you can change it for a different one.


Brilliant.  Thanks very much for the response.  I had no idea and never thought of changing the joker, all these years.  READ THE RULES!.  Might be handy.  Although of course it becomes slightly more complicated than picking a team, giving them jokers and sitting back to watch how they do.  In my case, on the first day, an almost total disaster.  Or was it total.
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Nice choices Gerry, one minimising and one less minimising sprinters, among other choices.  I really like seeing the other teams, it gives me an idea what I missed, of how one might have chosen, and so forth.  Very educational.  Its one of the things I like about other people's teams, you can look at them dispassionately and appreciate the knowledge, choice skill and random coin flipping that went into watch team.  Always a pleasure to watch someone do well on JC, someone I know, and then check out their team to see why they are doing so well.  I even sometimes check out teams doing worse then mine, just to see what choices people made and try to guess why.

I have only two teams instead of my usual four.  One is my real time to win the Tour de France competition on JC (won't happen) and be in the top 100 (also unlikely).  One is loaded with sprinters with a vague attempt to pick both the KOM, the green and the yellow jersey.  If I got incredibly lucky and all the sprinters turned up for all the massive sprints, I could do quite well.  Yesterday. for example, I didn't do any better than someone who guessed Kittel and Kristoff and had a normal team with GC and Climbers.  I shoudl have had double points for Greipel and Cav, but got nothing for either.  I am amazed I persist.
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I just looked at the standings.  It seems that my gimmick team is first in JC and my "real team" is last.  I claim a first.  First and last.  Never before.

What troubles me a little is that I picked a serious team, carefully, and so far they have scored three points (3).

How did I do that?  What kind of Tour is this?
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Five teams with a Welsh flag next to them.  Are they all Huw?
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pen y bont and the dragons are my teams.
they fly the welsh flag.
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dissapointing one

108 WAL Ferrari's Fanboys 1508
160 ESP Kathysklowns 1436
250 FRA Just a Team 1358
263 KAZ baikonur kashechkinauts 1343
266 KAZ almaty [1st 2008 Vuelta a España] [Top 10 Tour de France 2011] 1338
297 SCO Mrs Murphy's Fan Club 1310
311 IRL Rockers Uptown 1300
344 CHE BMC Retirement Home [2008 Tour de France top 10 placing] 1273
409 GBR lanterne_rouge [2011 Vuelta a España top 10 placing] 1220
566 IRL an fhoireann eile de mo chuid [Top 10 Tour de France 2011] 1085
575 WAL red dragons 1078
605 SCO His Royal Hoyness [1st 2012 Tour de France] 1061
611 WAL pen y bont 1058
628 IRL Team Nolte-Blunt 1048
684 HUN vivapantani 1011
812 CAN Dream Team 2013 902
820 WAL McQuaid's Mauraders 895
842 CAN Queen of Decending 869
849 PRT Bianchi Oltre XR 860
888 FRA Team Occitan 815
938 IRL over the bridge 742
959 IRL Original Rockers 686
990 IRL The Ace Men 603
1015 ESP Desperados 454
1025 FLK Penguin Power 392
1033 KAZ one stop quick steppe shop 276
1040 WAL The Italian Job 122
1043 ESP French Fries 103

though the ace men did break the top 1000 Smile
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Huw again?  Blimey... Very Happy
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I say you can't beat everyone in so many leagues, so easily, without a bit of help of some kind.  Just sayin'.  

I am totally impressed.  Actually I am little bit proud that he is our Huw.  I know he contributes, under some name I always forget, to many other forums.  But I consider him ours.
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Your team:
Team Nolte-Blunt has scored 0 points so far.
Team Nolte-Blunt has scored a total of 2253 points so far in all 3 Grand Tours. (1205+1048+0)

Your team selections are:
Team Roster
Joker
stage Points
scored
AG2 Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ (1) N/A 0
SAX Roman KREUZIGER (3) CZE N/A 0
CEI Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (9) ESP N/A 0
SKY Rigoberto URAN (3) N/A 0
SKY Edvald Boasson HAGEN (5) NOR N/A 0
APP Daniel SCHORN (1) N/A 0
GSS Tyler FARRAR (4) USA N/A 0
FDJ Geoffrey SOUPE (2) N/A 0
KAT Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (1Cool ESP N/A 0

The Ace Men has scored 0 points so far.
The Ace Men has scored a total of 1147 points so far in all 3 Grand Tours. (544+603+0)

Your team selections are:
Team Roster
Joker
stage Points
scored
AG2 Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ (1) N/A 0
QST Zdenek STYBAR (1) CZE N/A 0
LAM Maximiliano RICHEZE (1) ARG N/A 0
APP Bartosz HUZARSKI (1) POL N/A 0
LAM Diego ULISSI (1) N/A 0
VAC Lieuwe WESTRA (1) N/A 0
APP Daniel SCHORN (1) N/A 0
VAC Rafael Valls Ferri (1) SPA N/A 0
TRS Ben HERMANS (1) BEL N/A 0

even worse than usual, 2 net apps, 2 lampres and 2 vacansoleils. i'm going for the lanterne rouge Very Happy

Your team:
an fhoireann eile de mo chuid has scored 0 points so far.
an fhoireann eile de mo chuid has scored a total of 2065 points so far in all 3 Grand Tours. (980+1085+0)

Your team selections are:
Team Roster
Joker
stage Points
scored
AG2 Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ (1) N/A 0
DVL Greg HENDERSON (2) N/A 0
SAX Roman KREUZIGER (3) CZE N/A 0
EUS Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ (4) ESP N/A 0
KAT Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ (5) ESP 2 0
LAM Michele SCARPONI (7) ITA N/A 0
AST Vincenzo NIBALI (Cool ITA N/A 0
CEI Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (9) ESP N/A 0
SKY Edvald Boasson HAGEN (5) NOR N/A 0

as could afford rodriquez, i started working back wards until i got to a point of there being a rider available. prettary barren territory from 6 upwards.
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If I knew how to present my entries as neatly as gerry I would.
One of my teams has every rider speaking Spanish, although a gimmick, it is a pretty good team.  Team Occitan is my real team, and none of the picks are terribly interesting, but thoughtful nonetheless.

How do you do that Gerry?  How do you save that exact lineup?
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Screengrab on Mac FF.  Cmd - Shift - 4
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My teams

Desperados

AG2 Domenico POZZOVIVO (3) ITA N/A 0
CJR Marcos GARCIA (1) ESP N/A 0
SAX Roman KREUZIGER (3) CZE N/A 0
EUS Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ (4) ESP N/A 0
KAT Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ (5) ESP N/A 0
QST Zdenek STYBAR (1) CZE N/A 0
TRS Robert KISERLOVSKI (2) CRO N/A 0
VAC Grega BOLE (1) SLO N/A 0
RAB Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL (3) ESP N/A 0

kathysklowns

KAT Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (1Cool ESP N/A 0
AST Vincenzo NIBALI (Cool ITA N/A 0
SKY Rigoberto URAN (3) N/A 0
EUS Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE (4) N/A 0
AG2 Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ (1) N/A 0
LAM Diego ULISSI (1) N/A 0
SKY Sergio HENAO (3) COL N/A 0
VAC Grega BOLE (1) SLO N/A 0
SAX Roman KREUZIGER (3) CZE N/A 0

Gazpacho

EUS Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ (4) ESP N/A 0
LAM Michele SCARPONI (7) ITA N/A 0
LIQ Ivan BASSO (5) ITA N/A 0
FDJ Thibaut Pinot (3) N/A 0
SKY Edvald Boasson HAGEN (5) NOR N/A 0
CJR Amets Txurruka Ansola (1) SPA N/A 0
GSS Dan MARTIN (3) N/A 0
RAB Bauke MOLLEMA (4) N/A 0
DVL Jelle VANENDERT (2) BEL N/A 0
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Team Occitan

Team selections:
Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ ( pts) Joker stage 8
Theo BOS ( pts) Joker stage 7
Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER ( pts) Joker stage 20
Dan MARTIN ( pts) Joker stage 4
Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ( pts) Joker stage 14
Gianni MEERSMAN ( pts) Joker stage 7
Sergio HENAO ( pts) Joker stage 16
Rigoberto URAN ( pts) Joker stage 10
Vincenzo NIBALI ( pts) Joker stage 20

Just a Team

Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE (4) 8 0
Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ (4) ESP 3 0
Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (9) ESP 15 0
Rigoberto URAN (3) 14 0
Sergio HENAO (3) COL 10 0
Koldo FERNANDEZ (2) ESP 7 0
Bauke MOLLEMA (4) 16 0
Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ (1) 8 0
Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (1Cool ESP 14 0

Actually now I look at them I think they both evolved a bit until they became nearly the same.  And Bauke Mollema does not speak Spanish, so that team is not even what I thought.  I really should think a bit more.  Still, the last time we do this until next year.
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I want to know who the 46% of players are that don't think there is room for a 1 point Betancur in their team Laughing
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His Royal Hoyness

Carlos Alberto BETANCOURT GOMEZ
Vincenzo NIBALI
Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ
Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ
Roman KREUZIGER
Rafal MAJKA
Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE
Theo BOS
Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER

(anyone else think J Rod is hugely overpriced??? )

Mrs Murphy's Fan Club

Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ
Tyler FARRAR
Sergio HENAO
Ivan BASSO
Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE
Vincenzo NIBALI
Dan MARTIN
Michele SCARPONI
Edvald Boasson HAGEN
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Biosphere wrote:
I want to know who the 46% of players are that don't think there is room for a 1 point Betancur in their team Laughing


Other observations:
Majka is getting rather popular.
83% don't have room for a 2 point Meersman
Lots of teams must not have any sprinters at all, or only one, since even the second tier sprinters have not been chosen by many.  EBH 34%, Meersman and Farrar 17% and Bos 11%
Three of the top eight riders picked are Sky, perhaps an indication the British bias of the contest, perhaps a recognition they have a great team, perhaps ….
Ten of the eleven top picks look like they could be in the last big group on any one of the last climbs on eleven stages.
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Fontfroide wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
I want to know who the 46% of players are that don't think there is room for a 1 point Betancur in their team Laughing


Other observations:
Majka is getting rather popular.
83% don't have room for a 2 point Meersman
Lots of teams must not have any sprinters at all, or only one, since even the second tier sprinters have not been chosen by many.  EBH 34%, Meersman and Farrar 17% and Bos 11%
Three of the top eight riders picked are Sky, perhaps an indication the British bias of the contest, perhaps a recognition they have a great team, perhaps ….
Ten of the eleven top picks look like they could be in the last big group on any one of the last climbs on eleven stages.


....and some us picked Theo Bos who's been dumped for low cortisol levels!!!
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Oh dear, Bos dropped.  I hope no sprint stages end in sprints.
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