Fantasy Cycling TDU S3 – Evans attacks

Cadel Evans on Corkscrew

Cadel Evans on Corkscrew

Stage 3 Review

What did we learn today from Stage 3?

  • Cabel Evans blew them away in the tough corkscrew climb and raced away with the Stage win.
  • Good day for fantasy coaches having finally got their teams together – Evans, Gerrans, Ulissi, Gesink and Porte all scoring and featuring in multiple jersey competitions.
  • Evans should be able to win GC from here with 2 sprints and Willunga hill stage to go.  All he needs to do is follow Gerrans and Ulissi on Willunga and get the same time as them.
  • Break didn’t feature Will Clarke today.  But it did feature old stager Jens Voigt who was very happy to get the competitive rider award.  At 42 and in probably his last year any trip to the podium is worth savouring.

    Jens Voigt & friends

    Jens Voigt & friends

  • I had a better stage scoring 183 points.  So I’m happy with that.

How will Stage 4 unfold?

  • Stage 4 is a trip from Adelaide to Victor Harbor on the South Coast.  There is one KOM point about 50km from the finish.  The climbs in this stage are fairly easy.
  • Traditionally this has been a sprinters stage and I expect it to be again.
  • The intermediate sprints will become more interesting for the last 3 stages, as these carry a couple of seconds time bonus.  Gerrans and Ulissi might start chasing these if there is no breakaway.
  • Adam Hansen and Will Clarke will probably go for the KOM to try and get to be KOM leader.
  • The peloton will get back together and for a bunch sprint into Victor Harbor.  I expect Kittel to win, but most of the big name sprinters will be there at the end.  I expect Evans and Gerrans to ride fairly close to the front of the group to avoid any trouble – so they might even get more points for finishing in the high teens.

Trade Talk

  • Sprint finish means getting gun sprinters into our teams. I held over a trade from last round, so I want to bring in 3 good sprinters – Kittel, Greipel and someone else.  Kittel and Greipel are expensive, so I need the third trade to get enough cash.
  • However stage 5 is a climbing stage and has hilltop finish.  So I expect I will want to reverse my trades for stage 5 (to get the 3 spinters out again, and 3 all rounder / climbers back), and then reverse them again for stage 6 to get 3 sprinters back in.
  • This means ideally I would like to have 3 trades for each of the next 3 stages.  So I could end up buying an extra trade for 10 points in stages 5 and 6.  I think it will be justified in this situation.
  • So who is on the block – Porte and Thomas and probably Gesink out, and bringing in the big Panzers Kittel and Greipel, plus someone else who can get into first 20 finishers for about 14 credits.

 

Good luck.  If you have any questions of comments please post below or contact me by twitter on @NixTrader.  Also post your trades and your views on how the stage will play out.  It would be good to see what trades people are making.

8 Comments

  • Banked trades have now been added :)

    Re using 10 credit extra trades youd need to be fairly confident of your rider scoring at least 10 pts though likely not too hard for guys high up in GC/KOM/Pts jerseys the sprinters are another matter.

  • It is a bit YOLO, but we’ll see in next 2 stages. I have 3 free trades for this stage.

    Welcome to my squad – Greipel, Kittel & Jonathan Cantwell.

  • Wow Haas now seems an inspired choice (lucky).

    He even picked up max pts on an intermediate sprint :P

  • Haas has had a great tour – good get. In fact a lot of lesser known aussies have done good stuff.

    I moved accommodation to near Willunga after the race so haven’t gone through results in detail yet. Kittel proved a disaster, but glad I had 3 trades because I would have taken Kittel if I had to choose between Panzers.

    I did a drive through Willunga Hill climb, looks awesome for spectators – great view, fair few trees for shade. Should be good tomorrow.

  • Good round scored 155.

    Guns: Haas, W.Clarke, Greipel.
    Duds: Schleck
    Regrets: Dropping Viviani for Kittel

    My whole S4 team: W.Clarke, N.Haas, A.Greipel, J,Haig, C.Evans, S.Gerrans, F.Schleck, D.Ulissi, M.Kittel.

    • Good score – and good pick up in Haas, but what did Clarke do for you today for him to be a gun? I must have missed it.

  • Nice work Declan its nice to be on board the Haas train :)

    Moved up to 43rd overall!

    Heroes: Haas, Greipel, Gerro ohh and did I mention Haas?

    Zeroes: Kittel (flat track bully comes to mind but it appears he doesnt like wind either..Etihad specialist)