/ Its Back! Fantasy Cycling 2012
Sneck Lifters ride again
Have made a UKC league
Ref No is 75423
will try to stay focused this year (and might even manage to be in electronic contact)
I'm expecting to be determindly mid table again this year
Bump for anyone else interested
The usual suspects are battling for the podium already. :-)
Slight miscalculation there -- I didn't expect the true sprinters to be to the fore. The solo stage winner and the peloton finishing as a bunch did not upset the GC as much as I'd hoped.
Any TV coverage you know of?
You're not doing to bad yourself. Here's hoping it's not a fluke.
Gotta watch that Strathlubnaig team -- things are tight at the top.
Will stage 4 end in a bunch gallop, or will it shake up the GC?
Stage 5 will almost certainly not be another stage for the Sprinters.
Ive gone for bunch sprint in stage 4, but hedged towards tomorrow as well.
Couple of misjudgements, I removed Benatti for yesterdays stage, annoying in the extreme.
I slipped up a bit as well -- but where did he come from?
Got very lucky on day 2 with Clarke. Had Friere from day 1, wasn't expecting him to come good yesterday.
Not sure how Im going to fare on this stage.
Well done Todd.
Congrats also to FX & TA on your podium places at the TDU
6 stages down and only another 92 to go!
Roll on Paris - Nice.
Thanks,Tony's involvement in the team seems to be working!
Due to popular demand, two events have been added during February to stop people suffering from withdrawal symptoms before the European season kicks off with Paris-Nice at the beginning of March.
Tour of Qatar - 5-10 Feb
Tour of Oman - 14-19 Feb
For those who took part last year but have not joined the UKC league this time round, the user interface is much friendlier, and with more info available.
Holiday screwed up my tour of qatar selections have only managed to get 7 team members so far.
My stage scores are up and down like the proverbial whore's drawers.
I've not selected Farrar once - but am pleased to have Boonen on my team. Shame about Adam Blythe puncturing in the last couple of km -- he could certainly have helped my cause.
There's always tomorrow -- Hey-ho!
If you didn't see it it's too late now! - Stage over. All of the stages seem to be finishing a bit quicker than the TV schedule.
Disastrous first stage in Oman for me
I slipped up as well -- though I think I've fared a bit better on stage 2
all change this year inm the UKC league, entertaining stuff so far, not sure whats wrong with Cav in the Tour of Oman though, can he still be suffering from his fall at the weekend?
Fxsake -- I never look at anyone elses team.
Sky seem to have an issue with Cav's leadout train -- not enough horsepower to control things at the front and as a result Cav has to fight for position at every sprint. Cav got 'hampered' by a Katusha rider and had to unclip to avoid crashing on Stage 1 --and todays stage didn't suit him the last few km were a steady drag, so doubtless he's saving himself for another day. The big question is do I keep him in or do I drop him.
> Fxsake -- I never look at anyone elses team.
> Sky seem to have an issue with Cav's leadout train -- not enough horsepower to control things at the front and as a result Cav has to fight for position at every sprint. Cav got 'hampered' by a Katusha rider and had to unclip to avoid crashing on Stage 1 --and todays stage didn't suit him the last few km were a steady drag, so doubtless he's saving himself for another day. The big question is do I keep him in or do I drop him.
Was just kidding about your team, though they were virtually identical!
wondering about same thing re cav fopr tomorrow
Unfortunately I never got to visit Oman (properly) during my time in the middle east so am not familiar with the terrain for the finishes. However any finishes near dams in wadi's generally involve a bit of uphill! Today's finish was on the way to a well known climbing venue that plenty of my mates have visited.
The profiles on the ASO site seem a little misleading when you compare them to readings on Google Earth.
I loading my team with sprinters for the first 3 stages with plans to change out four tomorrow, it seems to have not worked so far though
Back where I belong.
160 for me. Helps a bit but this is still a dreadful tour. Moved up to 5th in the UKC league overall though
not sure how the team will fare tomorrow, it seems a rolling stage...
I joined up yesterday; I like that it lets you start in the middle of a tour!
Doubley annoying as I ummed and ahhed for days beforehand making numerous changes. My original team had Gretsch, leipheimer and Taaramae in, but I took them all out for "guaranteed" top 2 with Wiggins and Martin.
Having gambled heavily on scoring weel in the TT and failing, I am now going to have a fairly crappy day in the predicted sprint today.
From our points score - I guess we picked the same TT 'Bankers' yesterday. Disaterville.
Leipheimer was supposed to have been ill coming off Langkawi so I didn't pick him either, and Larsson was right off my radar.
Hopefully my sprinters will perform today.
I took a gamble on Larsson and it payed off. Also had Wiggins, Martin and Porte and was expecting the latter two to do much better. Got Boonen & Haussler in for todays stage
a better day today, lets see what tomorrow brings.
Got rid of Leipheimer and Larson from my starting lineup about 2 hours before the start on Sunday......gutted.
Boonen scored a few for me today,but I'm still miles off the pace.
And I slipped up spectacularly on a couple of stages.
big day today
It certainly was ;-)
I put in lulu sanchez for stage 5, he bombed so i took him out for stage 6, when he stormed off into the sunset for the win, great...
then I think for stage 7 I'll stick in taaramae and de gendt to be ready for the timetrial in stage 8, then think better to put them in on sunday instead as they will be bound to be resting on stage 7 with their sights on the timetrial stage win, much more likely...
They then proceed to storm off together for 1st and 2nd on stage 7
I would, I think its fair to say, have struggled to have any worse luck over those 2 stages.
Its totally screwed me in the overall for the season! Going to struggle to haul you back now, though its possible to drag points back in the classics as they can be a bit random.
It's a long season and there's a lot of points to play for in the classics -- but they are a bit of a lottery. The early season races give a few hints as to form -- but no-one is the stand out favourite for Milan San Remo. It's a long race and if some of the 'all rounders' set a hard pace, I see Cav struggling over the Cipressa and Poggio. If he gets over the final sharp climbs in the leading group he'd be hard to bet against -- but you've got to watch for the likes of Cancellara taking a flyer off the front with 5k to go!.
Looks like the bookies fancy Cav. I'd have though Boonen would have been shorter that 18/1
The bookies odds mostly reflect the amount of money bet- and how much they stand to lose if one of the favourites wins. It's probably easier picking the Derby winner!
To Cav or not to Cav? Aaaargh.
> To Cav or not to Cav?
That is the 50 point question.
It's all about whether he can get over the Cipressa and Poggio in the lead group -- it's going to be a fascinating finale. Will Spartacus be able to take off on his own? Who knows?
Youre sounding increasingly smug since last week!! ;)
No more than usual for a Skoda Octavia driver.
i dropped cav, thank god
Kept Cav and Eddie Boss - transferred Gerrans out 2 days ago and didn't keep a Greenedge domestique! I'd also variously picked and transferred out 2 of the of the riders who were in the long break. Glad I stuck with Sagan and Friere -- at least I didn't get nil points. Hey Ho!
Well that sucked, thought about gerrans the decided not to.
5 points from that one
The boy done good -- I only managed 1st 4th 5th 13th and a team counter. Should have gone for Sagan instead of Spartacus.
Roll on Flanders
My team selection for the Amstel Gold was as potent as Amstel Light (aka 'Lovemaking in a Canoe' beer and that's f'king close to water) -- however it was not too disastrous as many other UKC contenders seemed to have been drinking the stuff.
Here's hoping I guess right for the 'Fleche' and La Doyenne this week.
Still there's only a couple of weeks to go until the Giro and a chance to start picking up some steady points again.
Fleche Wallone today -- good luck everyone.
I made the mistake of picking my team on Monday, and am now down to 7 riders and no available transfers due to late withdrawals by Sammy Sanchez and a domestique.
Here's hoping my other selections do better than they did on Sunday in the Amstel!
Bring on the Giro :)
Despite my fairly disastrous performance in the classics, by some perverse twist of fate, i've actually consolidated my lead in the overall.
Bring on the Giro!
Some 200+ points down on the overall and struggling to get that back now I think...
I left Jrod in for the LBL against my better judgement having almost switched him for Nibali, and he didnt fail to disapoint in LBL once again.
Also, having ignored Gilbert for the whole season so far but watched him gradually improve, I switched out Sanchez for him, only for his recent better form to evaporate and Sanchez to pull in a top 10. Great.
playing for individual competition honours now I reckon.
OK then -- who's going premium ?
There's another 53 stages available
Amgen Tour of California
Tour de Suisse
Tour de Pologne
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
GP Cycliste Quebec/Montréal
Tour of Britain
Tour of Beijing
The snag is you have to pay for it -- £10 (or £7 if you sign up before 5th May)
Can anyone else be arsed with the extra races -- or is this a must for the seriously addicted with too much time on their hands for their own good!
how have you fared today? Ive got 7 of the top 9 (so far but it doesnt look liken that will change now)
my other 2 were not picked for todays stage really so should give me an advantage tomorrow
Bloody well done.
I could only manage 1,2,3,5 so got a decent few points myself.
Just made my 2 transfers for tomorrow, so barring crashes or big splits due to crosswinds should pick up a few more points in the next couple of days.
didnt see Astana or Katusha doing that well, so I was sheep like and went mainly with garmin, greenedge, BMC and Sky
I was hoping for more from Farrar, I picked him over Goss...oops. Still, got results from Cav!
Getting it all wrong at the minute,'roll on' the lumpy stuff.
Medium mountain stages are always a difficult one to predict.
You and me both!
I think we'll all need a spot of luck.
> You and me both!
> I think we'll all need a spot of luck.
Ha, who did you go with in the end? i took out Farrar for Lastras Garcia and Phinney for Cataldo
the obvious choice was Pozatto I think, but for some reason i cant explain I didnt go for him.
no challengers for the overall in the break either really so good chance it will stay away
Took out Cav and replaced him with Goss as I reckon Gossy has a better chance of getting over todays climbs should it end in a sprint. Dropped one of my domestiques and brought in Van De Velde as I hope he'll move up GC a few spots as sprinters drop down the GC. I'm saving a few transfer points for later in the week.
should ok in either case as I still have plenty of sprinters in, including cav, gossy and hunter
should see a bunch sprint now.
That went well for the Sneck Lifters today
I loathe sky, and normally avoid them all, but cavendouche was going well, so in he went then he crashed argh.... never again.
I will stick with Goss and such for sprints.
Really cannot make my mind up on this tour at all.
Dauphine Prologue - not a spoiler, honest, -- but Sneck Lifters had 1,2,5,6 and possibly a couple of more in the top 20.
In deep doodoos indeedy -- though hopefully I've stopped the rot.
Sods law now dictates that Eddie Boss will win todays stage from a 10 man breakaway and take yellow, other riders in the break will fill the top 10 on GC, and Cadel will puncture twice in the last 10km as the bunch is going 'full bore' !
I hope for that in every race.
I did a team for this one but haven't bothered changing it. I kind of gave up in a fit of pique after the second stage of the TDU when my changes didn't register. This was probably user error looking back!
Still doing the grand tours though.
I "should" also be reasonably set for the time trial too, though Im sure Ive said that before and been hopelessly wrong...
Cant get Cadel in though, possibly an issue as hes clearly going well at the minute.
Fortunately I didn't need Eddie Boss, as my other sprint choices picked up good points.
Can I do as well in the time trial without Tony Martin? I expect the GC will have a fairly vigorous shake up.
I on the other hand got totally bummed by Degenkolbs puncture 2ks from the finish...
My TT line up is good though I think, a lot hinges on one particular selection that could make or break my CdD. I ummed and ahhed for ages before dropping EBH for today to get Tony Martin in, cos EBH came 3rd in this distance TT in last years race.
You are definitely right about a big GC shakeup today though.
theres 15 points between us in the overall, mentally small gap when you consider weve got nearly 5500 points!
> theres 15 points between us in the overall, mentally small gap when you consider weve got nearly 5500 points!
It only goes to prove we're just as 'mental' as each other -- or just a 'sad'
No Martin for me -- but in case he wins I've got a backup OPQ domestique for team points.
my vote goes for "sad" by the way.
At least I'll be able to watch it live with English commentary today as Eurosport is only devoting one channel to screetchy women thumping a yellow ball in Paris this arvo -- unless Lady Starkness has got other plans .....
Unless the weather takes a real turn for the worse it looks as though I could be riding our club 10 tonight, as the predicted monsoon and tempest has not reached central lancashire - YET. -- I can but live in hope as a really slow time is on the cards if the weather stays as it is - damp and breezy.
who'd you stick in today?
I wimped out -- only 8 people were daft enough to turn out in the wind and rain. If I'd ridden I'd have done about as well as my selections in todays stage -- the only thing I did right was swapping Froome in for Millar. Durbridge was a DNS, so that's limited my options for todays transfer window.
To be honest I was surprised that Martin and Rogers got over todays HC climb in the main group -- I was expecting them to drop down GC a bit -- hopefully they'll fare less well tomorrow.
Hopefully I will be able to do better with my Tour de Suisse selections.
TDF is free, so you should be OK. I can only see myself in the overall league at the moment, but most of the usual UKC suspects are in there.
I'm not visible in UKC or my other leagues but expect to see them soon.
Allez Allez Allez!
Now team? Wiggo check, Cav check Hesjedal check, Cancellara....oh sod it ran out of credit :0
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