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2017 Vuelta a Espana Challenge - MWCBoard Edition - Discussion/Commentary Thread

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The Vuelta a Espana is right around the corner and here is the contest:(Its mostly the same rules as the Tour De France Challenge, but here they are again)

The theme of the game will be: picking the closest winner of each stage. That means the person who picks the closest rider to 1st place of that stage will get the most points. If two different people picked that same rider then both people get the same amount of points depending on where that rider finishes for that stage. 

4 participants for this challenge.(im shrinking the number of participants for this challenge this time around)

Posters may pick any cyclist they want on each stage, multiple people are allowed to pick the same cyclist on the same stage. 

However, posters are only allowed to pick 1 individual rider to win a stage a maximum of 3 times for the whole competition.

Whoever accumulates the most points at the end of the Tour De France wins the challenge

Here is how we will allocate points in this competition:

pick that finished in 1st place out of all the picks of the stage: 40 points (+40 point bonus if you picked the winner of that stage)

pick that finished in 2nd place out of all the picks of the stage: 35 points

pick that finished in 3rd place out of all the picks of the stage: 30 points

pick that finished in 4th place out of all the picks of the stage: 25 points

Example rule explanation: If your rider finished in 3rd place, but the two posters in front of you both pick the closest finisher to 1st place of the stage, then the two posters tied for first both get 40 points and everyone else below moves up one position of points to collect. This same rule will apply to ties elsewhere in the standings of each stage. Again, points will be allocated based on where your rider that you picked for the stage finished in that particular stage.

If we have posters that end up tied for 1st place and/or 2nd place than the tiebreaker(s) will be this: 

1. Who will win the 2017 Vuelta a Espana General Classification?

2. By how much time do you think the General classification winner will win by? 

Here is the link to the teams and the riders competing in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: http://www.cyclingstage.com/vuelta-2017/riders-spain-2017/

Please enter your picks in this thread 

Posters who have entered this challenge:

1. @ExplorerSunDevil

2. @thelawlorfaithful

3.

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The Last day to enter this challenge will be August 18th as the Vuelta starts on August 19th

 

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ExplorerSunDevil is entering this challenge, here are my picks:

Route Start to Finish / Stage Classification / Predicted Winner

Stage 1: Nimes to Nimes / Team Time Trial / BMC Cycling Team

Stage 2: Nimes to Gruissan / Flat Stage / Jean-Pierre Drucker

Stage 3: Prades to Andorra la Vella / Mountains / Steven Kruijswijk

Stage 4: Escaldes to Tarragona / Flat Stage / Jens Debusschere

Stage 5: Benicassim to Ermita Santa Lucia / Summit Finish / Diego Rosa

Stage 6: Villareal to Sagunto / Hilly Stage / Darwin Atapuma

Stage 7: Lliria to Cuenca / Flat Stage / Rui Costa

Stage 8: Hellin to Xorret del Cati / Mountains / Esteban Chaves

Stage 9: Orihuela to Cumbre del Sol / Summit Finish / Vincenzo Nibali

Stage 10: Caravaca de la Cruz to Alhama de Murcia / Mountains / Sam Oomen

Stage 11: Lorca to Calar Alto / Summit Finish / Ilnur Zakarin

Stage 12: Motril to Antiquera / Hilly Stage / Juan Jose Lobato

Stage 13: Coin to Tomares / Flat Stage / John Degenkolb

Stage 14: Ecija to La Pandera / Summit Finish / Rafal Majka

Stage 15: Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada / Mountain stage,Summit Finish / Domenico Pozzovivo

Stage 16: Los Arcos to Logrono / Individual Time Trial / Nelson Oliveira

Stage 17: Villadiego to Los Machucos / Summit Finish / Gorka Izagirre

Stage 18: Suances to Santo Toribio de Liebana / Hilly stage,Summit Finish / Vincenzo Nibali

Stage 19: Caso to Dijon / Hilly Stage / Jose Joaquin Rojas

Stage 20: Corvera to Angliru / Mountains,Summit Finish / Thomas De Gendt 

Stage 21: Arroyomolinos to Madrid / Flat Stage / Michael Schwarzmann

General Classification Winner(Red Jersey): Vincenzo Nibali

Winning Time gap over 2nd place rider: +1:13 seconds

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Thelawlorfaithful is entering this challenge, here are my picks:

Route Start to Finish / Stage Classification / Predicted Winner

Stage 1: Nimes to Nimes / Team Time Trial / Team Sky

Stage 2: Nimes to Gruissan / Flat Stage / Jon Degenkolb

Stage 3: Prades to Andorra la Vella / Mountains / Estaban Chavez

Stage 4: Escaldes to Tarragona / Flat Stage / Jon Degenkolb

Stage 5: Benicassim to Ermita Santa Lucia / Summit Finish / Julian Allaphillipe

Stage 6: Villareal to Sagunto / Hilly Stage / Domenico Pozzovivo

Stage 7: Lliria to Cuenca / Flat Stage / Sasha Modolo

Stage 8: Hellin to Xorret del Cati / Mountains / Vicenzo Nibali

Stage 9: Orihuela to Cumbre del Sol / Summit Finish / Julian Allaphillipe

Stage 10: Caravaca de la Cruz to Alhama de Murcia / Mountains / Fabio Aru

Stage 11: Lorca to Calar Alto / Summit Finish / Chris Froome

Stage 12: Motril to Antiquera / Hilly Stage / Thomas De Gendt

Stage 13: Coin to Tomares / Flat Stage / John Degenkolb

Stage 14: Ecija to La Pandera / Summit Finish / Chris Froome

Stage 15: Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada / Mountain stage,Summit Finish / Alberto Contador

Stage 16: Los Arcos to Logrono / Individual Time Trial / Teejay Van Garderen

Stage 17: Villadiego to Los Machucos / Summit Finish / Vincenzo Nibali

Stage 18: Suances to Santo Toribio de Liebana / Hilly stage,Summit Finish / Julian Allaphillipe

Stage 19: Caso to Dijon / Hilly Stage / Sasha Modolo

Stage 20: Corvera to Angliru / Mountains,Summit Finish / Ilnur Zakarin 

Stage 21: Arroyomolinos to Madrid / Flat Stage / Juan Juoquin Rojas

General Classification Winner(Red Jersey): Vincenzo Nibali

Winning Time gap over 2nd place rider: +1:29 seconds

 

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The Vuelta is freaking impossible to predict. But man, what a great route. That time trial in the third week is huge. Angrilu as the penultimate stage is brutal. Should be a total toss up.

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Team Sky comes across with the 4th best time. I would imagine this course with narrow turns put a lot of the more powerful teams at a disadvantage as there is less room to power up each teams group of 9's momentum.

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Here are the top 10 finishing teams from this stage 1 team trial of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana:

1. BMC Racing Team 15:58

2. Quick-Step Floors +0:06

3. Team Sunweb +0:06

4. Team Sky +0:09

5. Orica-Scott +0:17

6. Bora-Hansgrohe +0:21

7. Lotto Soudal +0:24

8. Movistar Team +0:24

9. Bahrain-Merida +0:31

10. Team Katusha-Alpecin +0:33

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3 hours ago, ExplorerSunDevil said:

Here are the top 10 finishing teams from this stage 1 team trial of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana:

1. BMC Racing Team 15:58

2. Quick-Step Floors +0:06

3. Team Sunweb +0:06

4. Team Sky +0:09

5. Orica-Scott +0:17

6. Bora-Hansgrohe +0:21

7. Lotto Soudal +0:24

8. Movistar Team +0:24

9. Bahrain-Merida +0:31

10. Team Katusha-Alpecin +0:33

Good call on BMC.

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On 8/19/2017 at 1:49 PM, thelawlorfaithful said:

Good call on BMC.

I think they did well in the TTT at last years Vuelta, but they came up a bit short. 

Plus, although Team Sky has a very good team here, some of their strong time-trialists arent here at the Vuelta.

My gut had me leaning toward BMC.

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