Final update: Congratulations skidmark!
The game has come to an end and it's time to crown our new champion. First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has participated - I hope to see you again next in 2013
Second, thanks to everyone who have helped me out during the season when I've been busy, and a special "thank you" to CQmanager!
And then let's make it official: congratulations skidmark! It has been in the cards for a while, but now skidmark can finally brag about being the 2012 CQ Ranking champion.
Nothing changed in the top 3 this week, so a congratulations to Kvinto and Nyssinator seems appropriate as well. TeoSheva managed to sneak himself into the top 5 by overtaking Armchair cyclist, while Netserk pushed bicing out of the promised top 10 in the very last moment.
Final Top 10:
1. (1) skidmark - 19345
2. (2) Kvinto - 18087
3. (3) Nyssinator - 17761
4. (4) FF'Wilco - 17105
5. (6) TeoSheva - 17085
6. (5) Armchair cyclist - 17084
7. (7) EvansIsTheBest - 16900
8. (8) mc_mountain - 16474
9. (9) shalgo - 16435
10. (12) Netserk - 16314
The good, the bad and the ugly
Let's take a look at the backbone of the game: the riders.
A special award for the best unique pick percentage wise goes to the_fool_on_the_hill for including Julian Kern in his team. Kern managed a return of 13000% costing a single CQ point and giving 130 in return. This statistic doesn't include zero pointers, of course.
In absolute terms, Tom Boonen was the best rider costing 502 points and giving 2202 in return, but he was by no means a unique pick. Instead that price goes to adamski101 for picking Wiggins who, with a profit of 1365, was the second best pick in the game in absolute terms.
The best rider in absolute terms who wasn't picked by a single team was Lars Petter Nordhaug who turned out to be the 13th best pick in the game measured in this way, costing 180 points and giving 827 in return.
Percentage wise, the best rider not picked was the Russian Anton Samokhvalov who would have given you 113 points for the measly cost of 1 CQ point.
That was the good ones. Let's have a look at the bad - and the ugly!
In absolute terms, the absolute worst pick in the game was one of the best last year: Philippe Gilbert. Costing an extraordinary 3168 point noone was crazy enough to include Gilbert in their team and as he only would have returned 1086 points, that was probably a good decision.
Four teams was probably more than dissapointed by Andy Schlecks performances this year, though. Costing 1152 points, al_pacino, Blues in the Bottle, Swede1 and Team Kapiris spent the big bucks to include Andy in their teams, but I think they regret this decision now. Returning only 20 points - a measly 2% of his 2011 score - the younger of the Schleck brothers was arguably the worst pick in the game.
Two years running now...
2012 was quite a deroute for the defending champion. ingsve only managed a 49th place in his quest for an impossible double, but let's take a look at the standings when combining the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
With a third place last year and an eight place this year, mc_mountain is, with 11 points, the best team when combining both years. Only one other team has managed to finish top 10 both years: Armchair cyclist with a 9th and a 6th place for 15 points total. The Hitch takes third in this aggregated leaderboard with a 6th and a 13th place for 19 points total.
Aggregated top 5 based on placings:
1. mc_mountain - 11 points
2. Armchair cyclist - 15 points
3. The Hitch - 19 points
4. skidmark - 22 points
5. MADRAZO - 24 points
5. LukeSchmid - 24 points
Another way of determining the best team over the last two years is by looking at the combined amount of points earned. Here skidmark also leads because of his dominating 2012 while mc_mountain and Armchair cyclist's stability comes up short.
Aggregated top 5 based on points:
1. skidmark - 30429
2. mc_mountain - 29144
3. Armchair cyclist - 29126
4. Waterloo Sunrise - 28454
5. The Hitch - 28374
Thanks for a great season!