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ProTour Pundit 2016 *no spoilers please*

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Marmion, 31 Dec 2015.

  1. Marmion

    Marmion Guru

    **New players most welcome - feel free to join in and ask anything that I have not explained well enough to understand**

    Roolz are similar to what we ended up with last year (maybe with some additional randomness thrown in which will be announced prior to any race)

    Teh Roolz

    Predictions to be submitted via this thread before the stage/race starts - some leeway will be given on occasions, but not when decisive moves have been made and deffo not 2 miles before the end of the stage/race ;)
    Three riders prediction per stage/race.
    One rider prediction for any of the "jerseys" for multi-stage races - I'll announce the "jersey" competitions prior to multi-stage races.
    Points will be awarded for 1st-5th for each stage/race as well as for overall picks - I'll announce the scores for each race as they approach and will throw in a few double points stages/races.
    No penalties for not making a prediction in any race.
    Points will be collated and published as soon after races/stages as I can.

    There is no overall league so players can join in as they want - I might have an overall "Spring Classics/Semi-Classics/Other Single Day Races in Spring" table but that will depend how busy I am; I am unlikely to be busy as I lead a shite life...

    There are no prizes.

    And please no spoilers, keep those for the race chat threads.

    I had been considering throwing in some less well-known events but the pre-event internet coverage might not be great so decided to keep it "mainstream". There are also a few events which clash so I have made a call on which ones to go with, but happy to be flexible if the consensus is that another event takes precedence. I have also included Female events where I can.

    The Races I plan to include are:
    19th - 24th Tour Down Under
    3rd - 6th Dubai Tour
    8th - 12th Tour of Qatar
    17th - 22nd Tour of Oman
    27th Oomlop Het Nieuwsblad Male and Female
    28th Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne
    5th Strade Bianche
    6th - 13th Paris-Nice
    19th Milan-San Remo
    25th E3 Harelbeke
    27th Gent-Wevelgem Male and Female
    3rd Flanders Male and Female
    4th - 9th Pais Vasco
    10th Paris-Roubaix
    17th Amstel Gold
    20th Fleche Wallone Male and Female
    24th LBL
    26th - 1st May Tour of Romandie
    6th - 29th Giro d'Italia
    5th - 12th Dauphine
    2nd - 24th Tour de France
    24th La Course Feminine
    30th London GP Female
    31st Ride London Classic <snigger>
    6th, 7th, 10th The 'lympics road events
    11th - 16th The 'lympics track events - 10 events being competed, not sure whether to include all or select events so open to comment and persuasion either way
    20th - 11th September LaVuelta
    20th August - 11th La Vuelta
    (I may include 6th - 13th Tour of Britain but that would be a cross-over with the Vuelta so if someone else wants to volunteer...)
    19th - 25th Eneco Tour
    1st Il Lombardia
    9th - 16th Worlds

    Hopefully I have all the dates correct, if not just let me know. And if there are any female events that run alongside male events or which do not clash with other events please let me know.

    So, as Delia Smith would say, "Let's be 'avin' ye".
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2016
  2. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    looks like your gonna be busy , im looking forward to this ,
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  3. irish on the costa blanca

    irish on the costa blanca day of war = warrior, day of peace = man of peace

    looking forward to the start of the season, I decided to feck off from the flare picks as they bring me nothing but heartache and humiliation, you know what bollox to that I've just realised that flare picks make me look like someone with in depth knowledge of cycle racing, which I don't, so flare it is, ...
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  4. simo105

    simo105 Senior Member

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  5. OP

    Marmion Guru

    First up on the 2016 Punditry is the Santos Tour Down Under, all teams with one exception have declared their starting riders so Punditry is open for business. Starts on 19th January with 6 stages.

    Here is the awful official site:

    A slightly easier guide to starters can be found here:

    The Jersey competitions will be scored as follows, one selection per competition:
    GC: 15, 12, 10, 7, 5
    Mountains: 12, 10, 7, 5, 3
    Sprint: 12, 10, 7, 5, 3

    3 selections per stage, with each stage being scored 12, 10, 7, 5, 3
    And I'm going to throw in a double points stage - stage 4.

    All players old and new most welcome.

    I'll kick off:
    GC - Porte
    Mountains - Bobridge
    Sprint - Ewan

    Stage 1 - Bobridge, Blythe, Rowe
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  6. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    GC....Simon Gerrans ( was going for porte but changed my mind)

    Mountains....Jack bobridge

    Sprint ....Mark Renshaw

    Stage 1... Haussler, Bobridge and Blythe
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  7. simo105

    simo105 Senior Member

    Gc gerrans
    Mountains- pozzovivo
    Sprint- ewan
    Stage 1- ewan swift lobato
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  8. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    GC - Dennis
    KOM - Meintjes
    Sprint - Ewan
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  9. OP

    Marmion Guru

    Here's all our Down Under starters
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  10. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Overall: Thomas, Ulissi, Dennis
    KoM: Henao, Meintjes, Arredondo
    Sprints: Ewen, Swift, Nizzolo

    Stage I:
    Bobridge tries and fails to repeat his solo breakaway, Ewan takes Swift and Nizzolo for the bunch sprint, a pattern which will repeat itself on Stage 4.
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  11. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Welcome back, Monkey Man!
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  12. irish on the costa blanca

    irish on the costa blanca day of war = warrior, day of peace = man of peace

    GC.......Sergio Henao
    KOM....Sergio Henao
    Sprint...Boy Van Poppel

    Stage 1........Caleb Ewan, Boy Van Poppel, Steele Van Hoff
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  13. OP

    Marmion Guru

    Welcome aboard.

    You only need one selection for the jerseys, three picks reserved for the stages. Let me know if which riders you want to go with, if you don't get back due to not visiting the site before it starts then I'll stick you down for your first named riders - Thomas, Hanao, and Ewen
  14. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Thanks, that's fin by me. I'll continue to make extra predictions for places whenever I feel like it; I'm in this for sh:ts and giggles not points. :smile:

    Although, having said that, why don't we adjust the rules to include three picks for the overall at least. It's not as if many people have contributed yet this year and the Top Three overall (i.e. the podium) are all pretty signicant.
  15. OP

    Marmion Guru

    Because I have one pen and one bit of paper and 10 fingers to count with. In the summer when I take my socks off I can just about manage to count the Grand Tours properly due to my 10 toes also being there to help out.
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