Fantasy Cycling for TDU – After S1

1. Gerrans, 2. Greipel, 3. von Hoff

Stage 1 Review

What did we learn from Stage 1.

  • Well Greipel got over the hill and finished 2nd.  So don’t listen to my advice.  Although Kittel gave up pretty early on the climb so maybe I was half right.
  • Gerrans is the man to beat. Everyone should have him in their team.
  • As predicted most of the AR riders – all rounders did pretty well.  So for the coaches who had problems perhaps just picked the wrong guys.
  • OGE was all about Gerrans. So Durbridge sacrificed himself keeping the pace up early. Clarke, Matthews and Impey all rode in front of Gerrans providing lead out cover.

The full results are here – http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/results.htm

Road.cc don’t seem to provide any break down of the fantasy scores which is a bit disappointing. So you will probably need to revisit this page to refresh your memory for the scoring – http://dreamteamtalk.com/2014/01/14/fantasy-cycling-for-tdu-game-open/

Stage 2 – Prospect to Stirling

The next 2 stages are hilly stages.  These won’t be bunch sprint finishes (yes I know I’ve said that before).  Here is a link to the route and profile. http://www.cyclingthealps.com/#tour-down-under-2014-stage-2-stageprofile

What Trades to Make?

I’ve just lost power and lights, so I’m on batteries.  So let’s get straight to the chase.

  • Orica Green Edge are just going to defend Gerrans’ lead.  He may even go for some intermediate sprints to increase his lead.  Therefore should probably trade out other OGE riders because they are all going to support Gerrans.  While they may get 5 points as winners’ team mates this isn’t going to be enough.
  • Evans looks pretty good and the next 2 stages will suit him.  Similarly Frank Schleck. While Evans is expensive, coupling him with Schleck might get the trades done.
  • No reversing trades in this game. So once you trade you’re stuck with it.
  • Greipel and Kittel should be traded out for the next 2 stages, ditto for any pure sprinters really.
  •  Expect the same every stage – a breakaway duo from the 2 wild card teams Drapac and Uni of SA.

I scored 94 points, which is a long way from 150.  Good thing there is another race tomorrow.

Well that’s it from me given the power situation.  If you have any questions of comments please post below or contact me by tiwtter on @NixTrader

6 Comments

  • Nice article Nix. I’ll probably trade Greipel and Kittel back into my team for Stage 4.

  • “Road.cc don’t seem to provide any break down of the fantasy scores which is a bit disappointing” If you click on Stage 2 scoring information, you should be able to then click on Stage 1 scoring information where it will show the scoring breakdown.
    Also if you click on the “league” and then click on the “score” to the right you can see your teams scoring breakdown.
    Its been updated, because Adam Hansen didn’t have anything for KOM last night, but has this morning

  • Thanks Gorillas, found it – if it was there last night I didn’t see it.

    Anyway I’m dumping Impey and Bobridge. Bringing in Evans and Schleck. I would have liked Ulissi but didn’t have the cash.

    I am still in Barossa Valley. Better get packed up and moving if I am going to get south of the race route before the riders come through. Will be on twitter though.

    Yesterday was at Angaston – town’s Bigpond internet packed up with a lap to go. I guess couldn’t handle the load of all the visitors for the race.

  • Scores are up and game open for 2 more trades.

    Well I went a bit better. Regretting swapping Ulissi out for Bakelandts before stage 1. I’m surprised such a big bunch finished together in this Stage as it was supposed to be hardest.

    Winners: Gerrans, Evans, Gesink, Porte
    Disappointing: Schleck
    Block: Bakelandts

    Corkscrew Hill tomorrow – I’ll post another article tonight.

    How did other teams go? Tiltraise seems to have had a blinder!

    • Good stage for me up to 184th overall :)

      Only let down was Rojas who after crashing out yesterday decided not to start. Shame it wasnt reported as had already completed my trades :(

      Heroes: Ulissi, Gerro, Evans, Gavazzi, Felline

      Zeros: Rojas- thanks for the donuts im gunna enjoy hitting the X on you tomorrow

      • Wow your doing great Tiltraise. Nix I’m also regretting trading out Ulissi and Gesink before the first round.

        Heroes: Evans, Gerrans

        Duds: Schleck and everyone else