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2018 Santos Tour Down Under

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Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Wednesday 17.Jan 23:49, 2018
Gorka and Pozzovivo doing their best impression of the Michelton 1-2 last night.

Great to Stijn Vandenbergh properly back the font of the peloton again after his injury last spring.

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Wednesday 17.Jan 02:49, 2018
Hoelgaard obviously DNS today.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 16.Jan 11:38, 2018
Thanks Viktor, fixed now.

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Tuesday 16.Jan 10:47, 2018
Hey guys, I think there's some mistake. William Clarke was the on the attack with the all the bonuses, not Simon Clarke.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 16.Jan 10:46, 2018
Tdu, advertising signs and norwegians is not a good match obviously .... Hoelgaard with a face first in the sprint .... yaks....

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Tuesday 16.Jan 06:20, 2018
Greipel won the stage. Great, my favourite sprinter of all sprinters. WWoS used to have good streams, but now only accesible from Australia.

Jspear [Jspear] Tuesday 16.Jan 04:18, 2018
When can we see each others teams? :) :P

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Monday 15.Jan 23:07, 2018
Clever choice. It is after all the most hyped race of the season.

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 22:27, 2018
Bit late for any medicine. Think I will be recording for tomorrow.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 22:26, 2018
If Valverde has another all-action season from Feb through October, winning at ease like until the Tour last year with that injury to recover from and a 37-old year body - I’m ditching my testosterone and getting in line to pass on as much of those genes as possible.

Just not the hair though!

Koronin [Koronin] Monday 15.Jan 22:22, 2018
goon, I think Strade Bianche is the day before P-N. Actually was looking that up yesterday because Valverde is saying he's planning on going back to Strade Bianche this year.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 22:21, 2018
Remember not to reach into the Lobato-medicine before, though.

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 22:17, 2018
Great steer Assassin. Didn't think I had the channel, as I've never heard of it. Quick look on the index, and there it is, number 424. And it's live tonight from 1-3am.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Monday 15.Jan 22:08, 2018
The Freesport Channel has a few stages Aragonite

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 22:07, 2018
Sky showed it live the year before last, the only road race they covered all year. Viewing figures must not of been great.

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 22:05, 2018
One thing I decided before I entered the draft fantasy was I wasn't going to let it interfere with my decision making for the main event.
Is that easier said than done? Ruvu noticeably hasn't put himself in that position.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Monday 15.Jan 22:04, 2018
He at least did some good races there, Sohrabi and Zargari though

No idea in UK, but actually live Norway, wonder how many viewers they expect to get..

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 21:57, 2018
Will he be able to give Edward Beltran’s neo-stint at Saxo a run for it’s money though?

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 21:57, 2018
Anyone know where the TDU is being shown/streamed live or recorded?
Think I watched recordings on Tiz last year, but they don't seem to be covering it this year.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Monday 15.Jan 21:42, 2018
Frame may turn out to be better rider than Calvin Watson was during his two years at Trek.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Monday 15.Jan 21:12, 2018
My choice too, tomorrow morning we start to find out if right or wrong... :)

Erythropoietin [Erythropoietin] Monday 15.Jan 20:48, 2018
I let my fantasy bias decide the Viviani/Greipel dilemma

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 20:46, 2018
Apart from EF’s Swedish sponsor-signing, Alex Frame is the biggest huh-signing at WT for me this season - Leo Basso gets a free pass for being Moscon’s mate.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Monday 15.Jan 20:38, 2018
And what about Greipel/Viviani dilema?
You can also add Bennet G./Oomen/Latour... :)
Wondering if I should already start with my risky picks and chose Nathan, who is negotiating with K92’s Team for this summer draft... :)

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 15.Jan 20:30, 2018
What about the Pozzovivo, Gorka and Ion Izaguirre dilemma :D ... wow

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Monday 15.Jan 20:14, 2018
Easy, pick none of them

Jspear [Jspear] Monday 15.Jan 20:13, 2018
I’m ready for the TdU. I feel strongly about my team....that means I’ll probably end up doing poorly!

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 20:07, 2018
Anyone solved the Bennett/Sagan and/or Ulissi/Costa-puzzles yet? Troy the teabagger, perhaps?

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Monday 15.Jan 18:36, 2018
haha yeah :)

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 15.Jan 18:32, 2018
Changed the name Assassin. Should of been to Troy The Tipster. :)

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Monday 15.Jan 18:28, 2018
Season starts at Tachira for banter men :D

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 15.Jan 15:55, 2018
I guess :D

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Monday 15.Jan 14:32, 2018
It's the day before, but Omloop?! :D

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 15.Jan 13:51, 2018
Is strade Biance before or after PN by the way ? Well, if it's before, it starts there :D

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 15.Jan 13:49, 2018
My big interest for the cycling sports always start with Paris nice, but when the game is like it is, you need to hang on in a desent way from Tdu though ... so no, I am not quit on just yet :D

Erythropoietin [Erythropoietin] Monday 15.Jan 13:06, 2018
ready for a mediocre season

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Monday 15.Jan 12:58, 2018
So you are actually ready to start the cycling season? I'm not, so will be interesting to see how good I do it in the start of this season, I can't do better than last year for sure. Expecting my usually bad part of the season to come early this year. Anyway, startlist is final now

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 15.Jan 12:57, 2018
146 teams signed up so far .... that's not nearly enough guys ... COM'N ..... 15 hours togo before the season launches ....

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 09:44, 2018
Could be related to different national federations and whether they help teams/riders out at an earlier stage than the Belgian one does.

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Monday 15.Jan 09:42, 2018
UCI is such a sorry-ass excuse of a federation. Unbelievable

I wonder though why other neo-pros are not affected?

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 15.Jan 09:25, 2018
A LOL is in order. Good thing they slammed shut the opportunity for Lambrecht to blood dope his way to a TDU-victory due to limited bio passport-history!!!111

Seems inexplicably tardy of the UCI not to have responded to Lotto-Soudal's correspondance in this matter to lead them to release this statement. Common sense would be for UCI to expedite a last-minute excemption for Lambrecht, but I can't see them being this agile.

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Monday 15.Jan 09:05, 2018
Other neo pro (Lambrecht) is out either:

The UCI has informed Lotto Soudal that neo-pro Bjorg Lambrecht can’t take part in the Tour Down Under. The young Belgian would make his début in the first WorldTour stage race of the season, but the international cycling union prevents that now.

1. Until last year, neo-pros in WorldTour teams needed to undergo three doping controls for their biological passport ahead of the start of their first WorldTour race. From now on this is no longer the case and the rule is applied that those riders need to have filled in their whereabouts at least six weeks (42 days) before the start of their first race. 2. In December the UCI organised three webinars (one in French, English and Spanish) to teach the neo-pros how to use the ADAMS whereabouts system. One day later Bjorg Lambrecht received his login for the ADAMS whereabouts system. However, the English webinar only took place on December 14 (only 33 days before the start of Tour Down Under) and Bjorg received his login on December 15 with the message that he needed to fill in his whereabouts as of December 17 (30 days before the start of Tour Down Under) to be able to start at Tour Down Under. Conflicting with the regulations. Lotto Soudal informed the UCI not to agree with the decision, explained with an extensive argumentation, but without a written confirmation of the UCI that Bjorg can start, neither the rider nor the team can take any risk.

goon1221 [BMC] Sunday 14.Jan 19:41, 2018
Not the best start of Halvorsens pro career .... in the sprint in people's choice today, he crashed an broke his hand ....

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Sunday 14.Jan 13:58, 2018
Great to be finally back in action and to see all these familiar names of participating managers, good luck to all!

Il Piccolo Partykjepps team goals this year is to finish top 20 with 3 race and 5 stage wins whilst keeping true to the philosophy of making hipster picks regularly.

BartVelo [BartVelo] Sunday 14.Jan 01:07, 2018
Deadline time?

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Tuesday 9.Jan 13:03, 2018
Ah yes, Gerrans. The most unreliable rider of the last few years. Rather finds himself in the gruppetto than when he was supposed to help a team mate.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Tuesday 9.Jan 10:09, 2018

Viviani and Greipel have not been fucking around in the off-season, they're looking incredibly lean for sprinters. You could probably crack an egg on the latter's cheekbones.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 8.Jan 18:02, 2018
PartyFinn - looking forward to Gerro instructing all teammates to sit on wheels without contributing and nip past in the final 100 meters!

LosBrolin [JuhaMieto] Monday 8.Jan 16:05, 2018
Gerro should focus on his role as a road captain and domestique from now on. Dude just isn't fast enough nor climbing with the level he once was.

From CN article : "I'm going to get certain objectives but they come based around the goal of helping Richie. That starts in January at the Tour Down Under when we try and defend his title. Then there's a great opportunity at the Cadel Race the weekend after, where I can have a go."

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 8.Jan 15:14, 2018
Who will dare have a punt at Gerrans? Porte/Dennis could be putting favours in the bank for bigger races by superdoming for him here

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 8.Jan 15:10, 2018
Great to see that Kristoffer Halvorsen will get some great testing from the start .... Caleb Ewan, Viviani, Greipel and Bennett/Sagan ....