Games on tap:
1) First game is Colombia vs Ivory Coast in Brasilia. 9am pacific, 5pm in England andIvory Coast, 6pm in most of western Europe. I think Ivory Coast is overrated. Bassirou Konte is probably their best rider at the moment as he won their national championship road race 11 days ago. Compare to Colombia's best rider, Nairo Quintana. We know who's gonna win this race.
2) Second game is Uruguay vs England in Sao Paulo. noon pacific, 8pm in England, 9pm in western Europe. On the surface Chris Froome vs Uruguay's best rider, Fabricio Ferrari of Caja Rural seems like a mismatch. Ferrari is your basic climby domestique who's highest finish this year was on stage four of Castile and Leon and 17th on GC at Turkey. But England is chronically overhyped in the English press and both teams are desperate for a win.
3) Last game...Japan - Greece in Natal Game time is 3pm pacific, 7am in Japan, 11pm England, midnight in western Europe. Yukiya Arashiro of Europcar vs Ioannis Tamouridis of Conti team SP Tableware. Ioannis is an old guy (born 1980) who still has something left in the tank: results this year include 2nd on GC at the Tour of Taiwan (just four seconds behind Remy DiGregorio and 7th on GC at the Five Rings of Moscow. Good all-rounder who's looking for one last score. can he get it at the expense of Arashiro?
Con game player of the day is Wastrel!!!
Starting yesterday morning he was in 5th place 5 points out of the lead. Then he rides Netherlands, Chile, and Croatia to a whopping 71 points and a 15 point lead in the competition over a pack of players in the low 350's starting with Pigilito at 355.