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It's a gamble with any rider, illness & crashes are in the hands of the gods.

I did put more thought in this time - didn't pick riders who weren't in the races for a start hehehe, and i wanted to balance the team between Dauphine & Suisse.

I think Froome will take GC, but chose Contador for sentimental reasons - liked his style pre-ban but now wonder if that style was borne of self-confidence in his preparations - he doesn't seem to have it now.
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well done John
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Hey Nolte, you got some points for the TdL yesterday, think you're the only one to score anything for the race!
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JohnD wrote:
Hey Nolte, you got some points for the TdL yesterday, think you're the only one to score anything for the race!


yeah, i put bob jungles in my team with luxembourg in mind. Smile
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I seem to have a weakness on "semi-classic stage races".  Whatever they are.  Check out my work in that area.  It think it is possible that I don't even care much about them, whatever they are.  I recall entering a team of sprint-oriented riders in Australia. I felt I might never make up the appalling gap.  Must work on that next year.

Never been this close to Maffy at Mid-season, ever.  I think he might crack from the pressure.
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Where is Maffy?
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Fontfroide wrote:
Where is Maffy?


running scared Very Happy

seriously i hope he's ok.
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I suppose there is no point in PMing him, as if he can see the screen, he would surely read these messages.  All these years trailing behind him and suddenly he disappears just as I MIGHT catch him.  Total chicken shit, unable to deal with impending doom.  

More likely he just has not pressed the right buttons and entered his team in our little close knit, world-wide, league-let.  Probably pop up in two days about 500 points ahead, maybe a thousand.

Hey Almaty, wasup?
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Right, I can breathe easy, he is back.
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Fontfroide wrote:

..........On the other hand, you are not doing too badly in the Cobblestone overall.  Nice choices.


Cor blimey, you're right FF - i'm 16th overall for the TdF!  I wouldn't have thought to look at the whole league by race; i just look at the league overall to see how Maffy's doing.
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Gerry top of the front page today!
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46 FRA Just a Team 678
175 IRL Rockers Uptown 603
184 WAL Ferrari's Fanboys 599
271 ESP Kathysklowns 553
304 KAZ baikonur kashechkinauts 540
333 WAL red dragons 531
343 GBR lanterne_rouge [2011 Vuelta a España top 10 placing] 527
438 IRL an fhoireann eile de mo chuid [Top 10 Tour de France 2011] 501
443 WAL McQuaid's Mauraders 499
453 SCO Mrs Murphy's Fan Club 495
460 IRL Team Nolte-Blunt 493
546 WAL pen y bont 469
581 KAZ almaty [1st 2008 Vuelta a España] [Top 10 Tour de France 2011] 460
620 SCO His Royal Hoyness [1st 2012 Tour de France] 449
647 CHE BMC Retirement Home [2008 Tour de France top 10 placing] 439
715 IRL over the bridge 413
745 HUN vivapantani 399
866 CAN Queen of Decending 329
926 FRA Team Occitan 297
986 CAN Dream Team 2013 251
995 IRL Original Rockers 235
1002 PRT Bianchi Oltre XR 221
1003 IRL The Ace Men 218
1015 FLK Penguin Power 185
1024 KAZ one stop quick steppe shop 153
1026 ESP Desperados 131
1039 WAL The Italian Job 60
1045 ESP French Fries 31

well our teams are probably climber orientated so there's not been much opportunities *fingers crossed*
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Just a Team, mine, is Froome, Valverde and seven sprinters.  So I am just about finished for the Tour and should be drifting downwards.  I must admit I got ruined by the poor performance of Greipel and Cav this year, especially at the beginning.  Still, it was fun trying that kind of experiment, which I tried before, but with all sprinters, which was too excessive.

One can see why I was a bit disappointed with Valverde's puncture.
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Nolte wrote:
46 FRA Just a Team 678
175 IRL Rockers Uptown 603
184 WAL Ferrari's Fanboys 599
271 ESP Kathysklowns 553
304 KAZ baikonur kashechkinauts 540
333 WAL red dragons 531



Nolte, I just realised this is NOT Cobblestone, wrong thread.
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yeah i just realised that too. i think the big hint was there being more than 6 teams on the list Very Happy

oh well, we're none of us perfect.

talking about cobblestones, i scored some points today with greg van a i think
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Maffy joint 1st on front page for TdF!

Good on ya Nolte for picking for the other races, i need more knowledge of what goes on outside of the usual races & riders.

Here's our homework for the next few days, deadline for midnight Friday CET:


   Tour of Poland (2_X)
   Clasica San Sebastian (1_X)
   Post Danmark Rundt (2_HC)
   Vuelta a Burgos (2_HC)
   Eneco Tour (2_X)
   USA Pro Challenge (2_HC)
   Tre Valli Varesine (1_HC)
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I will do the tour of Poland and the Classics San Sebastian.  That is enough.

Maybe Tre Valli
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Oh yeah, and congrats to Almaty.  I was really worried to begin with, I thought something happened to him, but in fact, he was lying low and made his usual excellent picks.

But I was watching closely and there was a two day period, when I was TOPS on the overall yellow jersey competition.  Might never happen again.
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I hear you FF; i'm going to try for Eneco as well.  I think picking for 3 races will hurt my brain too much tho'.
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Nolte wrote:
....talking about cobblestones, i scored some points today with greg van a i think


You did & you're top of the front page!
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