PG - La Vuelta Stage 17


The Favourites

Angliru. A chance to really take some time on rivals? Not necessarily. The last time we were here, Mcarthy took the win (he’s not in that sort of form this time round but a past winner is a past winner). The thing is he only gained 16" on Mas, Vlasov and Carapaz. Roglic and Kuss were a further 10" back. Kuss waiting and working for a Rog who was on a ‘bad’ day. So unless it’s taken on from the start to really make it a hard stage, it’s unlikely the race will be won today. The stage goes up from the start but it’s more false flat. The first cat 1 comes after 66k so it could be a long fight for the break. Dots will still be in play so it will be surprising if it’s not a strong break. Whether someone can go all the way is doubtful though. At some point UAE will want to try something. I’ve now idea how stage 16 has played out but assuming UAE aren’t aggressive today and Almeida shows that he’s recovered, Agrilru is the place to do it. I therefore think the break will come back and we’ll get a GC day.

Kuss will be hoping he doesn’t crack. Roglic will be hoping he doesn’t crack and Kuss does. Ayuso and Mas will be hoping all of Jumbo crack. Vingegaard however will just be figuring out how he can get away with attacking off the front solo and pretending he was covering moves to protect Kuss…

This looks like a day for Vingegaard. If anyone is able to break the Jumbo hegemony then I’ll tip Ayuso with Mas second best. It’s really hard to see anything but the best on GC filling the top ten.

Good luck with your picks.

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The Rules

In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.

Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.

Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.

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The Scoring


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The Results

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