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Velogames is once again not running it's TdF Fantasy Team Contest, so not sure what we can do this year. The official TdF website Letour ran one last year, but with only 5 days to go there is still no sign of a 2019 version on their website. Does anyone know of another option?

 

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Jens making a comeback??    

Enough of all of this meaningless talk about the race. Lets talk about who is winning the Fantasy League! Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me

Trannie Ninjaman was planning on riding up to the finish of today's stage with another guy from work today. After riding the Alps in sweltering conditions for the past week, he's currently stopped for

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I spotted the Tour de France 'official' fantasy game email just landed but I can't for the life of me remember how to log back in... and is a bit fiddly on the mobile at the moment!

 

Looks like fantasy.letour.fr is the address for anyone interested...

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I think I've set up a league (hopefully), it's very clunky. There are some weird league-specific options, but I entered a team normally as per the competition rules and then set up this league - if it's working as it should the link can be found below with the 5 letter password shown:

Join me in the league now: no.1779 : Transitions AU

Password : LWZPQ
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Does anybody know how to look to see how many players are in the league?

OK, I found it. Only 6 of us at the moment. 24 hours left to join.

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It's really not terribly intuitive, but then this is the country that gave us the 1980s / 90s citroens which my old mechanic used to say were the fiddliest cars ever made!

 

Long answer: If you click on the top left hand side menu option and select Transitions AU instead of options for the Tour de France / whichever team you follow, then there's a screen behind that (on a phone anyway) with three options, the middle one being a trophy which shows the league for the selected option (the right hand option shows all the league's you're in)

 

Short answer: 6 people so far 🙂

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Pretty sure Dave T if  you  joined now you'd be ahead of me in a couple of days and stay there for the duration!!!

My team was kind of picked with stages like tonight's in mind (lots of bits n pieces / liquorice allsorts riders) so if this one goes tits up too I'm going nowhere fast!

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13 minutes ago, BNothling said:

I may or may not have had him in my team, but forgot to make him captain. Boo.

Yeah, I saw all the fancy things you can do, like change your captain to earn extra points, and use credits to swap team members. I couldn't be bothered with that stuff.

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4 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Yeah, I saw all the fancy things you can do, like change your captain to earn extra points, and use credits to swap team members. I couldn't be bothered with that stuff.

I did pick a team that I'm not really planning on changing. We'll see how it goes.

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I saw an interesting article in Cyclingtips tonight. Apparently Ineos are using Lightweight wheels for the mountain stages. And not a modern wheel, by pro-cycling standards. A 15 year old deep V design. 

I wonder how their long time sponsor Shimano feel about having their "latest tech" wheels ditched for something from the early 2000's?

https://cyclingtips.com/2019/07/team-ineos-swaps-to-lightweights-for-climbing-stages/?fbclid=IwAR3Xa9GieApmEPutDbBdzl2gLgSIOdLYsxdsUloPKsko_ixehta_xxiTRsk

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2 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I saw an interesting article in Cyclingtips tonight. Apparently Ineos are using Lightweight wheels for the mountain stages. And not a modern wheel, by pro-cycling standards. A 15 year old deep V design. 

I wonder how their long time sponsor Shimano feel about having their "latest tech" wheels ditched for something from the early 2000's?

https://cyclingtips.com/2019/07/team-ineos-swaps-to-lightweights-for-climbing-stages/?fbclid=IwAR3Xa9GieApmEPutDbBdzl2gLgSIOdLYsxdsUloPKsko_ixehta_xxiTRsk

I saw that Mitchelton Scott were using lightweight discs in the TTT with shimano front wheels and they're still shimano sponsored I think..

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Fabulous, as per in the Giro, the first abandonment of the tour is one of my picks - super... if only I could pick something  useful with such unerring accuracy... grrrrrrr

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9 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Do Shimano make a disc? I think Mitchelton have Pro as a sponsor as well, so I would have expected them to use a Pro disc.

Isn’t Pro part of Shimano?

 

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Yes, I have made a couple of changes... Bevin out with his withdrawal and Valverde as he seems to be playing the role of super-domestique (No doubt having shipped him out he'll win the next 3 stages in a row or something like that!)

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On 11/07/2019 at 6:29 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I saw an interesting article in Cyclingtips tonight. Apparently Ineos are using Lightweight wheels for the mountain stages. And not a modern wheel, by pro-cycling standards. A 15 year old deep V design. 

I wonder how their long time sponsor Shimano feel about having their "latest tech" wheels ditched for something from the early 2000's?

https://cyclingtips.com/2019/07/team-ineos-swaps-to-lightweights-for-climbing-stages/?fbclid=IwAR3Xa9GieApmEPutDbBdzl2gLgSIOdLYsxdsUloPKsko_ixehta_xxiTRsk

According to the secret pro it is actually because their bike sponsor bikes are heavy and they are having trouble getting them to 6.8kg. So it's not the wheels they don't like...

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last nights stage was pretty damn exciting with a fair bit of "will or wont the breakaway make it to the end without being gobbled up".  Watching the sprinters struggling throughout the climbs was lovely to watch also.

Tonight may be a similar stage.

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23 hours ago, dazaau said:

According to the secret pro it is actually because their bike sponsor bikes are heavy and they are having trouble getting them to 6.8kg. So it's not the wheels they don't like...

For a bike that's apparently on the heavy side, it could do with some more strength.

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Just now, AJS said:

That looked like a reasonably slow-speed / moderate impact - surprised there was enough in it to crack a frame - maybe someone else rolled over or fell on this one?

The whole team combined would weigh less than me. Someone must have got it in just the right spot.

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Richie survives stage 9 😅

Looking good, and after finishing stage 9 in tact it suddenly dawns on him how far back that crappy TTT really was. 

How do you find over a minute these days, tall order!

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On 13/07/2019 at 5:41 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Thanks Ratty. I had him in my team. I've just swapped him too.

any suggestions on who to replace him with?

 

I'm not in the transitions league... not that you'd have to worry about my score if I was :-)

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16 minutes ago, toolex said:

any suggestions on who to replace him with?

 

I'm not in the transitions league... not that you'd have to worry about my score if I was 🙂

I replaced him with someone who is getting me a point a stage.😭

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43 minutes ago, toolex said:

any suggestions on who to replace him with?

 

I'm not in the transitions league... not that you'd have to worry about my score if I was 🙂

Mine has scored about the same as Tejay did, about 10 per stage.

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If you were to pick a pro cyclist to go well in a non-drafting Ironman bike leg, what sort d'you reckon would go best (let's say we use a typical medium conditions Kona for our course and conditions and forgive my sweeping generalisations/classifications below)...

The 'heavier' TT specialist - Tony Martin / Cancellara type rider?

The leaner TT type - Rohan Dennis / Castroviejo type rider?

The solo escapee type - Thomas de Gendt type rider?

One day classic strongman - Boonen / Terpstra rider?

The time trialling GC rider - Dumoulin / Roglic rider?

The climbing GC rider - Quintana / Porte / Froome?

Or the good at most things rider - Sagan / Alaphillipe / Van Avermaert / Valverde?

I'm thinking I can exclude the pure sprinters...

My money would be on probably a Roglic or Dumoulin type rider at a guess?

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