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2018 Amgen Tour of California

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Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Saturday 19.May 23:00, 2018
The name of the female edition is pretty short: Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race empowered with SRAM

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Saturday 19.May 22:48, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Poor Walscheid :D

goon1221 [BMC] Saturday 19.May 10:11, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
If anything, i will admire his ability ( when that time comes) to handle his " responsibility " to win the biggest cycling race in the world :))

goon1221 [BMC] Saturday 19.May 09:45, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
It's actually like this . ... Bernal got it all from birth...
Altitude borne makes him done droped compeared to those who's not, and he is borned with especially long skinny legs, which also is a huge advantage compeared to those with a more "normal" anatomi .... if this guy don't win the tour in the future ... It's actually a big failure .... he is born to win TdF...

goon1221 [BMC] Saturday 19.May 09:32, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
Ooooh.... sterotype skinny little altitude born Colombian can climb .... I'm SHOCKED :D
Before you guys get too excited about this guy ... read this article :))

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/are-elite-athletes-born-or-made/

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Saturday 19.May 09:27, 2018
Great to see De Plus back in proper action

LosBrolin [JuhaMieto] Saturday 19.May 07:58, 2018
4th FC-manager overall - 10th FC-manager last 6 weeks
#firstworldproblems #Valverde #at #every #thread

Koronin [Koronin] Saturday 19.May 04:49, 2018
Bernal destroyed the field today. Impressive today.

However, can NBC's announcers please STOP talking about the fact that he dropped Quintana in Catalonia if they refuse to tell the rest of the story of stage 4. They have yet to mention that although he dropped Quintana that Valverde, NOT Bernal won that stage. Only Vandervelde even tried to mention that Bernal was actually battling two Movistar riders and that he never actually dropped Valverde. As soon as Vandervelde reminded his partners that they stopped talking about it. That is still annoying me to no end. If you want to mention something you need to tell the whole story. The problem being the whole story didn't fit what they were trying to do with talking up Bernal. Guess not being able to drop a 37 year old who just returned from a devastating injury doesn't help your cause too well. Talk about what he's done, but don't leave out important parts of the story, like he didn't win the stage and never lead that race.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Saturday 19.May 01:02, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
He’s a monster at 21 years old, yes! :)
If I remember well, this year Roglic was the only one to control him.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Saturday 19.May 00:53, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Yep, love watching Bernal destroying anyone and everyone.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Saturday 19.May 00:51, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
Just take a look at that podium. We could think about a U-23 race almost... :)
There are so many great riders arriving, simply great to Cycling!

Yes Andy, it is open. :) Too bad Powless couldn’t ride strongly...
Just crossing my fingers for Kittel tomorrow...:)

Assassin, really?.. :(

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Saturday 19.May 00:19, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Beautiful watching Bernal slaughter Tejay :D

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Saturday 19.May 00:08, 2018
Bernal just destroyed Tejay ambitions for GC win, but our duel still very open Francisco. Maybe it is up to Gaviria tomorrow if he wins or not. Geogheghan Hart may lose podium overall because of time lost yesterday, a shame for him if that happens.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Thursday 17.May 11:45, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
For what i've been told it was a big success yesterday.
More than 1500 visitors in the facilities, lot of work for those there but big satisfaction...:)

About Tejay, big, big smile here! :)
It will be total madness tomorrow and hard to keep the yellow one but i hope (and wish) a podium place, at least.
It was very good to watch him sharing the stage with his ladies and it was obvious how happy and emotional Van Garderen was. This guy deserved the moment, no doubt about it.

P.S. Andy, our duel seems opened! Now, it's time to see if Ewan, Kittel and Sagan can take Gaviria from the top... ;)

Koronin [Koronin] Thursday 17.May 05:46, 2018
I'm on the opposite coast. Nice they were doing that for those out there.

Glad to see Tejay put in a really good ITT today. Don't know if he can hold on for the overall win, but the TT was nice to see.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Wednesday 16.May 11:39, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
I don't know if any of our US friends are californians and, even so, if they live near San Jose/Morgan Hill but here's the tip:
Today, Specialized will have a open door day at his HQ in Morgan Hill. Offices, museum, lab tests and wind tunnel can be visited by anyone, wich is simply great.

Tomas [Second Coming] Monday 14.May 15:17, 2018
I'll re-add it at once after x-number of quesetions about it. And keep it there till the new manager-result-page addon arrives :)

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 14.May 14:23, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
Most picked riders is the first thing I look at after a new comp kicks off. Very informative, and was an immediate miss when I couldn't find it, the last few games.

Tomas [Second Coming] Monday 14.May 10:07, 2018
"Found the 'Captains' and 'Most picked riders'" <-- its moved since its coming a new addon to the result pages very soon :)

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 14.May 01:59, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
Eureka. Found the 'Captains' and 'Most picked riders' lists. In case anyone else doesn't know where they are hiding , they are on the 'Riders points' page.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Monday 14.May 01:06, 2018
Well - if nothing else it'd been all talk but no way to prove the last rider to be dropped without the reserve system.

Erythropoietin [Erythropoietin] Monday 14.May 01:01, 2018
2nd FC-manager overall - 2nd FC-manager last 6 weeks
always fun when your first reserve wins. gaviria here, yates in the giro, bernal in romandie, naesen in eschborn.... the list goes on. fuck this season

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Monday 14.May 00:50, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
Think Sagan might have won that if he hadn't chosen to follow Kittel. Kittel didn't have the legs, leaving Sagan with too much ground to make up.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Sunday 13.May 22:19, 2018
I didn't even saw him on startlist before now... Wouldn't picked him anyway, but great to see if he can continue his development.

Tomas [Second Coming] Sunday 13.May 22:18, 2018
I didn't dare to put McNulty higher than a reserve spot.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Sunday 13.May 22:17, 2018
Exciting to see what Brandon McNulty can do in the race. Remember when he as first year junior was the only to be able to manage to finish together with Adrien Costa on the queen stage in the Peace Race, maybe the most important stage race for the juniors. He has had a good season so far in Spain/Portugal where the level is very high as shown in Volta Portugal each year, but high level here also, but maybe he can do what Powless did 2 years ago at Gibraltar Road.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Sunday 13.May 22:13, 2018
I'd look to make California move aheadof Arctic in number of stage wins too if I was you ;)

Viktor86 [Le Tour de Brabant] Sunday 13.May 22:11, 2018
I just went for a sprinters team, couldn't be bothered to pick climbers

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Sunday 13.May 22:08, 2018
Still two stages to watch in the Giro - but noticed that I've actually picked up stage wins of both Froomeless, will enjoy watching those extra on the turbotrainer tomorrow :)

In contrast to goon and Francesco, I thought making my team here was a bit too easy. Gaviria could've been Ewan or Kristoff, but found it hard to think outside the box GC-wise. Craddock, Narvaez and de Plus the closest contenders to a slight gamble on my part.

Hope to see some of the Axeon-youngsters mixing it up in both the sprints and summits.

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Sunday 13.May 21:57, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
Don't have him. Gambled on him not winning the ITT. Got that correct, then Sunweb gift him the pink jersey on day two. Very annoying. :)

goon1221 [BMC] Sunday 13.May 21:52, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
And what about Dennis ... i was impressed by him today ... make me get different thoughts about my plan dropping him for week 2 ... oh my god ... headache :D

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Sunday 13.May 21:48, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
I'm thinking 40/60 in favour of him continuing. Would be awful looking at a vacant 150 spot in a GT though. Have to listen to pressers for any clues tomorrow.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Sunday 13.May 21:45, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
He might drink a red bull on the rest day goon.

goon1221 [BMC] Sunday 13.May 21:43, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
I did the Froome Yates math Aragonite . .. and it wont pay off unless Froome abandons . . Because if he doesn't, he will climb the list and score a good bunch of points in the end here . .. but the Aru Yates math is an whole other story ... unless he suddenly grows wings :D

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Sunday 13.May 21:43, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
This was very dificult but now it's time to enjoy the race..

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Sunday 13.May 21:37, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
I left Simon out of my Giro team. Now deciding whether to bring him in on 150 and ditch Froome, could backfire badly though.
One thing certain is, I'm not going to be rogered by another Yates in Cali. He is in, probably only on 100 though, his fitness has to be in question.

Tomas [Second Coming] Sunday 13.May 21:31, 2018
Having a hard time regarding the captain here. Yates performance in the Giro the last days kind of wants me to put his brother into the top spot here...

Aragonite [TORA TORA TORA] Sunday 13.May 21:28, 2018
6th FC-manager overall - 3rd FC-manager last 6 weeks
Great time to watch a live bike race. Always enjoy the USA races, Antler Man included. :)

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Sunday 13.May 20:49, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
Less than one hour and my team's empty... :D
couldn't agree more with you goon..

goon1221 [BMC] Sunday 13.May 10:15, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
Wow .... 

Kittel
Sagan 
Martinez 
Bernal
Huffman
Britton
Yates 
Ewan
Gaviria
Majka
Powless 
Bookwalter 
Tejay
Mannion 
Tvetcov 
Kristoff 
Kuss 
Morton 
Stetina aaaaaand Cavendish .... 
what a mess trying to settle down with a team :D 
And still there's quit a few names that should be considered... like some Axeon guy, a motivated TT machine and late attacker Tyler Phinney, a SKY plan "b" Sivakov or some continental sprinters .... 
The Giro setup was a treat compear to this .... Good luck guys :D

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Sunday 13.May 08:12, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Startlist Final

Koronin [Koronin] Sunday 13.May 01:11, 2018
Wasn't sure if you had or not.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Saturday 12.May 19:23, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Already sorted but thanks :)

Koronin [Koronin] Saturday 12.May 19:17, 2018
Got an email from the Tour of California with a link for the team rosters. Here is the link: https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/competition/teams?utm_source=Roster+Announcement-+%285.11%29&utm_campaign=Rosters+Email+%285%2F12%29&utm_medium=email

Meers222 [GearsMeers] Saturday 12.May 02:29, 2018
Great! Thank you!

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Friday 11.May 22:42, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
There it is updated a bit. The Team presentation is 6pm local time which is the middle of the night for most of us so I would expect by first thing tomorrow a full list will be available.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Friday 11.May 22:35, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Not yet but i'm going to update the startlist in a few minutes with some more info :)

Meers222 [GearsMeers] Friday 11.May 22:26, 2018
Have you heard back from organizers about a full startlist as of yet? I see it's still fairly incomplete and hard to really decide on a team.

Francisco [K92-Team Neverland] Wednesday 9.May 20:34, 2018
25th FC-manager overall
I would suggest a 12 riders team for this incredible race! :)

goon1221 [BMC] Wednesday 9.May 19:53, 2018
11th FC-manager overall - 11th FC-manager last 6 weeks
Well, let's hope some here drops off .... already a true nightmare of a dropping fiest :D

Tomas [Second Coming] Wednesday 9.May 19:15, 2018
Nice :) Excited to see who's showing up this year.

Assassin [Troy The Trader] Wednesday 9.May 18:57, 2018
17th FC-manager overall
Not much of a Startlist here yet but I've been told by the organisers a list will come on Friday so i've opened with what is known so expect a few changes :)