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Tour du Faso Discussion

The Tour du Faso is a pretty special event on the calendar. Just 3 days, mainly pan flat, short ~125km stages and most interesting though the amount of cobbles. Already a very long late section on day 1 but it`s the final day, that is usually the big GC stage. Different to other cobbled stages, the amount is up side down. Mainly cobbles on ~70% of the day and hence a stage for the specialists.
Only on day 2, the peloton gets some kind of calm day with a flat sprinter stage, though slightly uphill towards the end.

Most recently in 2016 it was Geraint Thomas winning the race, back then teh CT top cobbler. This year he no longer was eligible to race here due to their promotion but the field has it all for another spectacle.

As C2HC event all 24 CT teams are starting and hence all the CT top cobblers hope to win.
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnr.png Van Keirsbulck, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wcc.png Bush, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Drucker or a bit behind those three also pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/yor.png Thwaites, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/prx.png Lindeman or pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kul.png Havik combine the needed cobbled strength with a decent sprint. In a 3-day race like this, the combination of both might be important as bonus seconds always can play a big role.

But with such amount of cobbles seeing lots of gaps, which make them unimportant is also possible. Hence pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/spr.png Grand, pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/0r8.png Vandenbergh or former winner pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/and.png Flaksis as also pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/csd.png Verbist and many more must not be forgotten when talking about the top favourites.

pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnr.png Van Keirsbulck72787068pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/prx.png De Vreese74747070
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wcc.png Bush74787173pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/san.png Gaday67746871
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Drucker74777475pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/spr.png Wyss73747273
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/spr.png Grand72776565pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/red.png Schoonbroodt72746872
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/0r8.png Vandenbergh75776162pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ioc.png Aulas73737472
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/and.png Flaksis70766162pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wcc.png Harrison72737881
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/csd.png Verbist76765766pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnr.png Hamilton71726570
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/yor.png Thwaites73767876pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/lse.png van der Poel71727072
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/prx.png Lindeman73767476pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/lse.png Vanthourenhout73726868
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/azt.png Corwin68755556pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Van Emden76727373
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnr.png Lebris73757163pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Matzka69727477
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kul.png Havik73757976pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Per73726873
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/prx.png Fouquet74756864pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/hrc.png Marcato72727471
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/azt.png Richardson68746061pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/spr.png Zafferani71726967
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnz.png De Vocht73746165pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wpb.png Konwa68726367

Then there`s the one stage for the sprinters and on 3-days only many decided to come here.

Thorsen on paper, Meyer and Rowe following the top favourites most likely.

Though with the cobbles in their legs it`s Havik, Croket, Thwaites, Harrison or Farrar that must be named as well. All decent cobblers and also Haussler, Vingerling or Kruopis are decent.

Palmares wise it`s probably also Bennett or Hochmann that need a mention as they used to win those kind of stages in the past.

pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/esc.png Thorsen618285pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kul.png Hochmann707980
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/yor.png Rowe728070pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/yor.png Thwaites737876
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/red.png Meyer728076pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wcc.png Harrison727881
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kul.png Havik737976pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnr.png Farrar717876
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/red.png Croket747971pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/ioc.png Kruopis737877
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/wpb.png Haussler727975pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Kreder737880
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/bcp.png Vingerling717979pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/azt.png Angarita727877
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/lse.png Vanderaerden727975pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Bogdanovics737877
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/phc.png Krieger717979pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/bcp.png Jones727878
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/gnz.png Von Hoff717977pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/teb.png Sonnery697873
pcmdaily.com/files/Micros17/kul.png Bennett717979

With Jakstar being gone for a while now, I will cheer for Garmin in his abscence. Hopefully Von Hoff will be a factor in the sprint stage.

Tough and interesting race, let's hope the AI does it properly. Hard to see past the usual suspects Van Keirsbulck and Bush, but I guess Drucker can do some damage with his sprint skills. Obviously, the same goes for Havik, Thwaites and maybe Lindeman.
One of my favourite races on the calendar, shame it had to be C2HC rather than C2 as otherwise last year's 3rd place would be in attendance.

Break's to win the first two days, Drucker to win the last. Would be cool to see Vanderbergh have a good race as well. Smile

Thanks for the preview Roturn!


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Verbist should love this race with cob's right up to the finish line on the crucial final day. Dreaming of a top 5, but anything inside top 10 will be fine.

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Hopefully Drucker can keep his good form going. A bit worried about these kinds of races after having reported De Panne and seeing the damage caused by the first stage break. Hopefully, we get a race with the favourites dominating. Also hoping my cobbles depth comes into the fore.

Thanks for the preview Smile
Do something guys! A breakaway for example Pfft

Well, maybe Marcato can score a few minor points Rolling Eyes but this is a forgettable race before even having started. Luckily it's only 3 RD :lol:
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Faso's always such an interesting race. Looking forward to some stage 3 drama for sure.

Still hoping we can reach our top 5 goal here, even though I don't see a single way for that to happen. If not, stage 2 with Meyer would be the stage to look out for.
I sense a big race for Philips!
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Great to have you in the reports roturn and it started off good!
Glad to be back racing, I expect minimum a top10, as Flaksis is a former winner and a good contender, I do expect a top5 tho

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Hopefully we have the talent on our roster to cope with all eventualities with the combo of Bush and Harrison being our main GC focus. This race has been a bit up and down in previous editions in terms of AI, so hoping nothing too bonkers takes place on the first two stages in terms of the BotD, as these short stages can be dangerous/difficult to control.
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Hopefully Thorsen can prove his worth here Frown
Hopefully we can get a strong GC result out of this one, I guess we would need it to break up over the cobbles for that unless Wyss has some really strong sprinting legs after the cobbles.
We will be simply looking for the breaks...

Great preview sir Smile
I hope that Thwaites can be successful here, we should be aiming for around a top 5 GC placement and good stage results across all 3 stages, but who knows what happens if the breakaway have their day here, lets hope that they dont Smile

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Three in the top 10, leading the team standings, can't really complain about that. Understandable for our trio to lose out to better sprinters. Glad that stage went to the favourites!

Congrats Scorchio and thanks for the report roturn Smile
Decent Stage for Lufthansa, and also Vingerling very nice!
Marcato leading home the second group in 20th is a decent result, with Kneisky and Van Niekerk also in that group. Gives me hopes of minor points in GC Grin
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Decent Stage for Lufthansa, and also Vingerling very nice!

Probably better to not mix MG with ICL, stories or whereever Lufthansa is coming from.

Just leads to confusion.
Sam was strong in the sand Grin, congratulations to Scorchio a perfect start.

For us Evert Verbist not losing time was fine, he just can’t sprint
Good that he attempted to get I the first group, a behavior very important for him at stage 3.

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Though slightly underperforming, I’m quite happy with Havik’s performance. Surviving the cobbles without his top domestique (Jérôme) is a testament to his raw power. Blame the team manager on the planning phase, this was a rookie hiccup.

WCC seems to be running away with the title at this stage, consistently strong results on every terrain that matters so far. If Havik can pull off a top 5 GC result, I’ll be thrilled.

Thanks as ever for the preview and reports roturn, much appreciated Smile
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