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Now are you Aussies exciting about the Vuelta? I completely forgot about my tip for the TTT on Saturday, but managed to get one in for last night’s stage (BTW, it’s not too late for you to enter). It looks like my complete and utter domination of this tipping competition has now begun thanks to CJ Sutton pulling through for me. Stage 3 looks to be a bit of a wildcard and won’t be so easy. Who should I tip for tonight?
WOODY’s Stage 2 Tipping And Stage Writeup
Good afternoon tipsters,
An uneventful stage yesterday, just a nice 4hr tanning session in 42 degree heat. Throw a kicker at the end and did any team actually look at the finish? THERE IS A HILL, WHY ARE YOU SPRINTING FROM SO FAR OUT? Everybody went too early and then it was an opportunistic move by Reynes after everyone has started going backwards and he catches the bunch unaware. Except Sutton who hands over his ticket and gets on board! What was Boonen doing? Sure he was in the mix on the hill, but there’s no glory in reaching the top of the hill 200m from the finish…
Anyhow, here’s what happened overnight in the tipping. Since there are time bonuses for top 3 finishes, the tipping peloton is already starting to split up.
Only one person picked Sutton, and that was CT! Amazing tip, really. He takes the stage prize money and a cool 20 second bonus. Too bad he missed stage 1 and as a result lost time there. Otherwise he’d be in the lead. Great tip! Can he keep it up? I personally know that you don’t want to be wearing the leaders top in the tipping just yet. Way to stressful to hold it from this far out. Sit pretty in the top 10 and go Cadel on the rest of the field and take it on the final TT or grab the bonus seconds in Madrid for the win! That’s the plan at least, we’ll see how we go with implementation.
Two people picked Kittel and got the 8 second bonus! So congrats to TooMuchPasta who is the solo leader, and also well done to VeloRaptor. The top 15 on the leaderboard is rounded out by people who tipped Leopard or HTC riders on stage 1 and managed to finish with the peloton on stage 2.
Onto the sprint competition, and it’s CT in the drivers seat with 25 points. VeloRaptor and TooMuchPasta are threats back at 16 points. Still, early days.
Nobody had Adam Hansen or any of the other KOM point winners, so it’s all sitting even at 0 points.
In the Lanterne Rouge comp, it’s Freddo out to an impressive 3min 45sec deficit — Sky’s disastrous day 1 combined with Cav losing 2 minutes on stage 2. Good luck holding on to that Freddo!
Stage 2 Results
1 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
2 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil – Shimano
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
10 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
General Classification After Stage 2
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 4:28:11
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek
3 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek
4 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:04
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
7 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
8 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
10 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:09
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