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Old 08-13-17, 02:45 PM   #1
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Last fantasy GT of the year-the Vuelta!!

hay everybody! still licking your wounds from having (the wrong) 5 riders finish on your tdf team?
then the fantasy vuelta a espana is your last/best chance to right all wrongs. shorter, intense stages
with plenty of mountaintop finishes sprinkled in from the get go. lots of riders with something to
prove whether due to injuries, being snubbed, relegated to the doghaus, riding for a contract or proving to a
new team that their decision was justified. deadline to register is saturday, august 19th by 17:00 cest.

https://www.velogames.com/vuelta-a-espana/2017/

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Registered. Thanks for setting this up. I have no clue, basically made emotional picks more than calculated ones. This'll be the first time I've ever followed the Vuelta stage by stage.
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and to be honest, i think it's a great way to follow the tour. before i started doing the fantasy
thing a few years ago, coulda cared less about the sprint stages or transitional stages. just
waited for the "big" mountain stages. the gt's are a little more life like than that tho. there is
something for everyone. the intermediate and finishing sprints. the early/middle/late climbs.
the punchy finishes. the breakaways. the young)er) rider(s). the grizzled vets assists.
time trials w or w/o the team. crashes. injuries. dq's. dnf's/dns's. the camraderie. the scenery.
the suffering. the history. the quirky villages/towns/cities. the crazy roadside fans. the passion.
the inevitable monkey wrench thrown into the mix on any given stage nonsense. the weirdo/
ill-advised finishing circuits. the ridiculous hc/cat 1/cat 2 climbs in a row and sketchy descents.
the brokered while rolling, spontaneous or ancient/legacy/nationality/friendly alliiances.
the is he recovered from that injury/grand tour. will he/won't he bounce for the worlds
inevitable hand-wringing/calculations. the where the hell has he been. the finally free to ride his
own race out of the heavy shadow of whatever team's leader angst. can't wait.

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In!

I agree and it also really helps you learn quite a bit.
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In. Preliminary picks made...need to review on Friday.
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It's interesting that we can all pick the same riders. It's kind of neat that every rider is available to everyone to pick. I'm used to fantasy leagues where when one person makes a pick, that player/rider is no longer available to anyone else. And I tried not to succumb to the urge to do some research and try to figure out some dark horses. I really only started watching pro cycling again recently, and so I'm trying to stick with riders who made some kind of impression on me. Now if there were some money on this, I'm get into game theory mode, and really study the scoring, and go down that rabbit hole. But no, this will be more fun shooting from the hip.

Be sure to note you can pick your team jersey, too. There's a pretty long list to draw from.
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In to make a fool of myself again. lol
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In to make a fool of myself again. lol
Thanks!
glad to have company on the road to what the h*ll was i thinking?!?!
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looks like a personal can't live with him/can't live without him rider in talansky won't be riding.
s'okay...his brother from another mother-tvg-is riding. where is hedgehog bob when you need him?!
just looking at who's riding, i get a feeling of the top two for the podium but 3-15 is anybody's guess.
so many great riders between grizzled vets and youngish p*ssants.
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and for the totally addicted/dysfunctional entrants that also played the giro and tdf, there is the grand tours (gt) combined competition as well.
should be interesting to see who hoists the first annual "lucky ducky" trophy once the vuelta is concluded.
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remember...deadline to register is saturday, august 19th by 17:00 cest.
that's maņana..

if you're already registered, don't forget to check your team riders and make sure they're all still riding.
there have been some substitutions in the last few days.
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Registered. Thanks for setting this up. I have no clue, basically made emotional picks more than calculated ones. This'll be the first time I've ever followed the Vuelta stage by stage.
this just might become your favorite race. last few years have been crazy racing and this year is shaping up to be no different.
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this just might become your favorite race. last few years have been crazy racing and this year is shaping up to be no different.
I'm looking forward to it. I like that the stages are generally shorter than those in the TdF - between that and the terrain, it should make for some great racing. I've also been watching more racing this season than before, and along with doing a bit of research in filling out my fantasy team, I know more about the riders than ever before, which will add to the fun.
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I'm looking forward to it. I like that the stages are generally shorter than those in the TdF - between that and the terrain, it should make for some great racing. I've also been watching more racing this season than before, and along with doing a bit of research in filling out my fantasy team, I know more about the riders than ever before, which will add to the fun.
I've always thought that playing a fantasy sport in a sport that you're not very familiar with puts you in the fast lane to learning the (players), riders and other important factors about that sport.

Looking forward to this!
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I'm disappointed to have missed the entry deadline. A few crises this week got in the way of me self-inducing 3 weeks of mostly pain, with a few shreds of joy and hope. Sort of like a long version of my golf game.

To those who put a team in, suffer well and cherish the suck.

I am waiting to see if my GT total stays ahead of that of our gracious league host and very own maglia nera. That could be some small consolation for missing out.
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Sorry slcbob...will miss you in the peleton.

I tried to look at everyone's picks but they're still hidden...even though entry is closed...oh well...guess I'll have to wait until have the TTT.

I'm heavy on Sky and Bahrain, hoping that it's a Nibali/Froome battle and their teammates pick up a lot of assist points. Knees got 480 points for me in the TdF.
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14 teams in the competition. I'm hoping for a top 10 finish. On these grand tours, it's all about surviving to the end, right?
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Whew, got through the first stage without any crashes. Well positioned in the middle of the pack. The podium is still in sight. Where's my massage?
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I need to enjoy the standings of the first day because I'm pretty sure I'm gonna drop! LOL!
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I am considering leaving the league. I find myself in a very strange position of second place Having not fared that well in the past I might take this opportunity to retire and claim a podium position in a gran tour
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Now I'm in second! I've never been higher than tenth in any of these races. I'm tempted to take a screen shot to remember this moment!
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