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2016 Spring Classics CQ Game

14 Feb 2016 23:41

The season must be properly underway, because it is time to launch the CQ Spring Classics Game.

Teams 12 riders, to a budget of 3000 points from the 31 December 2015 CQ download (so you can use your research from the main or youth games): this spreadsheet at Dropbox might help.
All riders are available, no distinct doper rules.

Scoring CQ points gained in following 20 one day races:
27/2 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 1.HC
28/2 Sud Ardeche - 1.1
28/2 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne - 1.1
28/2 Drome Classic - 1.1
28/2 GP di Lugano - 1.HC
2/3 Le Samyn - 1.1
5/3 Strade Bianche - 1.HC
16/3 Nokere Koerse - 1.HC
17/3 GP Nobili Rubinetterie - 1.HC
19/3 Milano - Sanremo - 1.WT1
23/3 Dwars door Vlaanderen - 1.HC
25/3 E3 Harelbeke - 1.WT2
27/3 Gent - Wevelgem - 1.WT2
3/4 Ronde van Vlaanderen - 1.WT1
6/4 Scheldeprijs - 1.HC
10/4 Paris - Roubaix - 1.WT1
13/4 Brabantse Pijl - 1.HC
17/4 Amstel Gold Race - 1.WT2
20/4 La Flèche Wallonne - 1.WT2
24/4 Liège - Bastogne - Liège - 1.WT1

This comprises all of the European 1.WT and 1.HC races, and any 1.1 race that had at least 6 WT teams last year (only four, of which Kuurne-B-K had 9 and the other three each had 7: none of the others that fit the other criteria had more than 3), during the Classics season as defined by the period from Omloop to Liege. Since last year's game, Nobili-Rubinetterie has been added (I think I had missed it's HC status change last year), Nokere Koerse is upgraded to HC, and the Classica Corsica seems to have disappeared after just 1 year.

Entering

PM to me either at CN or at Velorooms by the beginning of the Omloop on Saturday 27 February (probably about 10:45 am GMT)
Please submit names in CQ format (easily cut and pasted from the dropbox spreadsheet above) with nothing else on each line. I doubt I will pay any real attention to entries until next weekend as I will be away for a few days, so no hurry.

Good luck to all.
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19 Feb 2016 19:59

thanks for setting it up again. GP Nobili will not take place this year though
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22 Feb 2016 21:31

Entries as of 9:30 on Monday evening: about 4 1/2 days to go.

Armchair
Comodoro
DJW
GuilhermeRibeiro
JustSomeGuy
Leadbelly
LosBrolin
Scrool07

Between those 8 teams we have 64 different riders chosen, of whom 2 are on more than half the teams, and 45 are unique picks.
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27 Feb 2016 01:32

29 teams in, still a few hours to go, for North Americans, Australians, and early-rising Europeans. I believe the start time for the Omloop is 10:45 (GMT): that is your cut-off.


People are getting better at this: I haven't had to refer any selections back to their manager yet for being over budget or wrong number of riders. And thanks to all for proper name formatting (only one misspelling so far!)

AG
AmisVelo
Armchair
Asdfgh101
Comodoro
Del1962
DJSprtsch
DJW
Flo
GeraintTooFast
GPBlanco
GuilhermeRibeiro
Joelsim
Josedin
JustSomeGuy
Kazistuta
Leadbelly
LosBrolin
LukasCPH
Madrazo
MellowVelo
Murrjt
NotMyCircus
RoteLaterne
Scrool07
Search
Togo95
Trudgin
Vladimir


119 riders selected: 3 on at least half the teams, one almost ubiquitous, 66 unique picks.
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27 Feb 2016 12:28

2 more entries overnight, one about 10 minutes before the race started, but I had an unplanned lie-in, so it didn't matter: 31 teams in all, and here they are. Alphabetical order of teams, price order of riders within each team, and * to indicate a unique pick.

AG
GILBERT Philippe *
CANCELLARA Fabian
STANNARD Ian
GERRANS Simon
PHINNEY Taylor
POZZATO Filippo
VANENDERT Jelle
HOWARD Leigh
STEELS Stijn *
BREEN Vegard
THURAU Björn
ZORDAN Andrea *

Amis Velo
BENOOT Tiesj
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
KITTEL Marcel
STUYVEN Jasper
CIOLEK Gerald
HOWARD Leigh
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien
BREEN Vegard

Armchair
STYBAR Zdenek
CANCELLARA Fabian
OSS Daniel
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
SENECHAL Florian
KITTEL Marcel
CIOLEK Gerald
BOUDAT Thomas *
DE VREESE Laurens
OFFREDO Yoann
KERKHOF Tim

Asdfgh101
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
VAN BAARLE Dylan *
GRIVKO Andriy *
VANDENBERGH Stijn
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
SENECHAL Florian
KITTEL Marcel
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
BAUER Jack
FARRAR Tyler

B'baas
vanmarcke sep
bole grega *
cancellara fabian
gavazzi francesco *
gerrans simon
fedi andrea *
vichot arthur
waeytens zico
van lerberghe bert
petit adrien
nerz dominik
ciccone giulio *

Comodoro
BENOOT Tiesj
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
GERRANS Simon
VAN DER SANDE Tosh *
PHINNEY Taylor
CIOLEK Gerald
VANENDERT Jelle
HOWARD Leigh
DE KORT Koen
VANSUMMEREN Johan
PETIT Adrien

Del1962

BENOOT TIESJ
MARTIN DANIEL
DEMARE ARNAUD
CANCELLARA FABIAN
GERRANS SIMON
KITTEL MARCEL
VANENDERT JELLE
HOWARD LEIGH
KERKHOF Tim
GOSS MATTHEW
VELITS Peter
MARTINELLI Davide *

DJSprtsch
CANCELLARA Fabian
STANNARD Ian
GROENEWEGEN Dylan
ROWE Luke
HOFLAND Moreno *
TEUNISSEN Mike
VANDENBERGH Stijn
STUYVEN Jasper
TURGOT Sébastien
HOULE Hugo *
DE VREESE Laurens
LEMOINE Cyril *

DJW
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
STANNARD Ian
ROWE Luke
OSS Daniel
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
STUYVEN Jasper
BYSTRØM Sven Erik
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
PETIT Adrien
BRAMMEIER Matthew

Flo
KREUZIGER Roman *
ROSA Diego *
CANCELLARA Fabian
GATTO Oscar
GERRANS Simon
WAEYTENS Zico
PHINNEY Taylor
SENECHAL Florian
STUYVEN Jasper
BYSTRØM Sven Erik
VANENDERT Jelle
OFFREDO Yoann

GeraintTooFast
BENOOT Tiesj
VANMARCKE Sep
CANCELLARA Fabian
LADAGNOUS Matthieu *
DEVENYNS Dries
KITTEL Marcel
POZZATO Filippo
LANGEVELD Sebastian
VANENDERT Jelle
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien
HARDY Romain *

GPBlanco
VANMARCKE Sep
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
BOOM Lars
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
SENECHAL Florian
BAUER Jack
LANGEVELD Sebastian
MARTINELLI Davide *
PETIT Adrien
KERKHOF Tim

Guilhermo Ribeiro
DEGENKOLB John *
COSTA Rui Alberto Faria *
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
GOGL Michael *
OFFREDO Yoann
VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco Jose *
MAISON Jérémy *
VAN MEIRHAEGHE Jef *
COURTEILLE Arnaud *
PELLAUD Simon *
BONNET William
BRAMMEIER Matthew

Joelsim

VANMARCKE Sep
CANCELLARA Fabian
SWIFT Ben *
TEUNISSEN Mike
GERRANS Simon
WAEYTENS Zico
PHINNEY Taylor
KITTEL Marcel
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
MOSCON Gianni
ENGER Sondre Holst

Josedin
VANMARCKE Sep
CANCELLARA Fabian
STANNARD Ian
VAN ASBROECK Tom *
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
KITTEL Marcel
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
VANENDERT Jelle
PETIT Adrien
VEELERS Tom

Just Some Guy

VAN AVERMAET Greg *
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
GERRANS Simon
BREEN Vegard
THURAU Björn
GOSS Matthew
WAGNER Robert *
HONIG Reinier *
LATON Eryk *
BOUHANNI Rayane *
DELFOSSE Florent *

Kazistuta
MARTIN Daniel
DEMARE Arnaud
CANCELLARA Fabian
BOOM Lars
GASPAROTTO Enrico
GERRANS Simon
PHINNEY Taylor
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
MOSCON Gianni
WISNIOWSKI Lukasz *
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien

LeadBelly
Vanmarcke Sep
Cancellara Fabian
Boom Lars
Keukeleire Jens
Vandenbergh Stijn
Vichot Arthur
Phinney Taylor
Devenyns Dries
Stuyven Jasper
Van Lerberghe Bert
Bystrøm Sven Erik
Howard Leigh

Los Brolin

STYBAR Zdenek
CANCELLARA Fabian
GROENEWEGEN Dylan
VANDENBERGH Stijn
KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav *
CAPIOT Amaury
PHINNEY Taylor
VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael *
WESTRA Lieuwe *
VAN ROOY Kenneth *
CARDIS Romain *
FARAZIJN Maxime *

LukasCPH
BENOOT Tiesj
DRUCKER Jempy *
CANCELLARA Fabian
GATTO Oscar
CLARKE Simon *
CAPIOT Amaury
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
MØRKØV CHRISTENSEN Michael *
LANGEVELD Sebastian
EISEL Bernhard *
REIHS Michael *
VEELERS Tom

Madrazo
VANMARCKE Sep
CANCELLARA Fabian
BOOM Lars
GATTO Oscar
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS SIMON
TURGOT Sébastien
Van Lerberghe Bert
LANGEVELD Sebastian
VANENDERT Jelle
OFFREDO Yoann

MellowVelo
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
GESCHKE Simon *
OSS Daniel
GASPAROTTO Enrico
TEUNS Dylan
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
LANGEVELD Sebastian
VANENDERT Jelle
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien

Murrjt
VANMARCKE Sep
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
VAKOC Petr *
GERRANS Simon
WAEYTENS Zico
PHINNEY Taylor
STUYVEN Jasper
LANGEVELD Sebastian
VANENDERT Jelle
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien

NotMyCircus
BRESCHEL Matti *
ROWE Luke
OSS Daniel
KREDER Raymond *
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
VICHOT Arthur
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
DEVENYNS Dries
KITTEL Marcel
FARRAR Tyler

Rote Laterne
VANMARCKE Sep
CANCELLARA Fabian
GASPAROTTO Enrico
GATTO Oscar
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
PHINNEY Taylor
DEVENYNS Dries
KITTEL Marcel
DE KORT Koen
FENN Andrew *

Scrool07
LAMPAERT Yves *
CANCELLARA Fabian
STANNARD Ian
ROWE Luke
TEUNS Dylan
KEUKELEIRE Jens
VANDENBERGH Stijn
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
SERGENT Jesse *
PETIT Adrien
BONNET William
CHETOUT Loïc *

Search
VANMARCKE Sep
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GERRANS Simon
ARREDONDO MORENO Julian David *
VICHOT Arthur
STUYVEN Jasper
LANGEVELD Sebastian
VANENDERT Jelle
HOWARD Leigh
WYNANTS Maarten *

Togo95
BENOOT Tiesj
CANCELLARA Fabian
DILLIER Silvan *
OSS Daniel
GERRANS Simon
VICHOT Arthur
STUYVEN Jasper
VANENDERT Jelle
ENGER Sondre Holst
HOWARD Leigh
OFFREDO Yoann
PETIT Adrien

Tom-Jelte

VANMARCKE Sep
MARTIN Daniel
CANCELLARA Fabian
BENNETT Sam *
BOOM Lars
GERRANS Simon
KITTEL Marcel
TEN DAM Laurens *
VANSUMMEREN Johan
OFFREDO Yoann
KADRI Blel *
Velits Peter

Trudgin
STYBAR Zdenek
ROELANDTS Jürgen *
GATTO Oscar
KEUKELEIRE Jens
QUINZIATO Manuel *
POZZATO Filippo
BATTAGLIN Enrico *
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
GUARNIERI Jacopo *
SANZ UNZUE Enrique *
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan *
VAN MELSEN Kevin *

Vladimir
VANMARCKE Sep
DEMARE Arnaud
CANCELLARA Fabian
GASPAROTTO Enrico
GAUTIER Cyril *
CAPIOT Amaury
PHINNEY Taylor
SENECHAL Florian
POZZATO Filippo
STUYVEN Jasper
ENGER Sondre Holst
NERZ Dominik
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27 Feb 2016 12:56

Rider popularity
126 riders nominated:

28 CANCELLARA Fabian (everyone except Guilherme Ribeiro, Trudgin and Not My Circus)
20 GERRANS Simon
15 VANDENBERGH Stijn
12 MARTIN Daniel, PETIT Adrien
12 VANMARCKE Sep
11 OFFREDO Yoann, VANENDERT Jelle
10 KITTEL Marcel, PHINNEY Taylor
9 STUYVEN Jasper
8 KEUKELEIRE Jens
{I'll log the top 12 selections as the Collective Wisdom team. The total spend would have been 3019, but close enough to budget to be interestig for comparison)
7 HOWARD Leigh, LANGEVELD Sebastian
6 BENOOT Tiesj
5 BOOM Lars, GATTO Oscar, OSS Daniel, SENECHAL Florian, STANNARD Ian, VICHOT Arthur
4 DEVENYNS Dries, GASPAROTTO Enrico, GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando, POZZATO Filippo, ROWE Luke, VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume, WAEYTENS Zico
3 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto, BREEN Vegard, BYSTRØM Sven Erik, CAPIOT Amaury, CIOLEK Gerald, DEMARE Arnaud, ENGER Sondre Holst, KERKHOF Tim, STYBAR Zdenek, VAN LERBERGHE Bert
2 BAUER Jack, BONNET William, BRAMMEIER Matthew, CORT NIELSEN Magnus, DE KORT Koen, DE VREESE Laurens, FARRAR Tyler, GOSS Matthew, GROENEWEGEN Dylan, MOSCON Gianni, NERZ Dominik, TEUNISSEN Mike, TEUNS Dylan, THURAU Björn, TURGOT Sébastien, VANSUMMEREN Johan, VEELERS Tom, VELITS Peter

Those are the 56 riders picked more than once, for the 70 who were picked just once, look for the asterisks in the previous post.
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27 Feb 2016 13:32

Popularity rankings
(Number in brackets is the unique rider count)
1 Murrjt 137 ( 1 )
2 AmisVelo 136 ( 0 )
3 Josedin 128 ( 1 )
3 MellowVelo 128 ( 1 )
3 Search 128 ( 2 )
6 Madrazo 127 ( 0 )
7 GPBlanco 122 ( 1 )
8 DJW 119 ( 0 )
8 RoteLaterne 119 ( 1 )
10 Togo95 118 ( 1 )
11 Comodoro 114 ( 1 )
12 Kazistuta 112 ( 1 )
13 Leadbelly 109 ( 0 )
14 Flo 108 ( 2 )
15 GeraintTooFast 107 ( 2 )
16 Del1962 105 ( 1 )
16 TomJelte 105 ( 3 )
18 Joelsim 99 ( 1 )
19 Armchair 94 ( 1 )
20 AG 93 ( 3 )
21 Bbaas 90 ( 4 )
22 Asdfgh101 85 ( 2 )
23 Vladimir 84 ( 1 )
24 Scrool07 83 ( 3 )
25 NotMyCircus 77 ( 2 )
26 JustSomeGuy 73 ( 6 )
27 DJSprtsch 72 ( 3 )
28 LosBrolin 67 ( 6 )
29 LukasCPH 59 ( 5 )
30 Trudgin 31 ( 7 )
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 27 ( 8 )

The Collective Wisdom team has a popularity index of 158, and almost by definition, no unique picks.
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27 Feb 2016 15:35

Big Budget selections
3000 point budget for 12 riders makes for an average of 250 points/rider, but who wants a team full of average riders?

No very expensive, very popular riders this time,
Who spent big on whom? Any riders dearer than Cancellara (449 points, or 150% of budget) listed. * again shows unique picks.

Van Avermaet* (1685) Just some Guy, who also has Dan Martin(526)
Degenkolb* (1412) Guilhermo Ribeiro, who also has Rui Costa* (1108), hoping for remarkable recovery from the car crash.
Gilbert* (1301), AG
Stybar (952) Armchair, Los Brolin and Trudgin (also Roelandts* (703))
Benoot (872) Amis Velo, Comodoro, Del1962 (those 3 also have D Martin, and Del also has Demare(464)), GeraintTooFast (also has Vanmarcke(600), LukasCPH (also Drucker* (503)), Togo95
Lampaert*(724) Scrool07
Vanmarcke (600), GeraintTooFast as named above, but also with B'baas (also Bole*(475)), GPBlanco, Murrjt, Search, Tom-Jelte (those 4 all also having D Martin), Joelsim, Josedin, LeadBelly, Madrazo, Rote Laterne, Vladimir (has Demare as well)
Kreuziger*(552) and Rosa* (507) both in Flo's team
D Martin (526) Several already named, also Kazistuta (also with Demare), Asdfgh101, DJW and MellowVelo
Breschel*(452) for Not My Circus
And the answer to the earlier question, "who wants a team full of average riders?" seems to be DJSprtsch, who has no-one dearer than Cancellara in his side.

Taking Cancellara as the definition of average is, I concede, open to challenge.
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27 Feb 2016 18:24

Im surpriced so relatively few has picked Vanmarcke. Was expecting him to be on almost every team. He is the expensive rider that normally has by far most of his seasonpoints made in the specific races of this game and last season he even underperformed and were unlucky. A not unlikely superclassicseason by Stybar, Benoot that had huge improvement-potential or Dan Martin that normally only has FW and LBL to shine (but will very likely do so and become a good choise there) were options too, but for me Vanmarcke was fairly obvious. But ofcourse not picking him and going for one of the other options might be a good way to win the game should Vanmarcke dissapoint or puncture too much again. And so far so good for the Benoot-pick.

Personally I was mostly in doubt between Boom (chose him as the safer choise) and Stannard costing almost the same for one spot and then for the last 3 spots that went to Gatto, Van Lerberghe and Offredo. Could have been riders like Oss, Rowe, Elmiger, Phinney, Waeytens, Kittel (only rides Scheldeprijs so not much risk skipping him even if he is lilkely to win and will be a fine pick because of that), Gaviria, Stuyven, Pozzato and Devenyns too. Ended up with Gatto and Van Lerberghe a bit with the heart but also since Offredo for me was the most obvious cheap choise and those just fitted perfectly with the points alongside him.
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27 Feb 2016 21:54

Day 1, a double header to start
No-one ever looks forward to the Sud Ardeche race as the real beginning of the season, but it usually happens on the day that many consider to be that annual landmark.

It will not be much looked back either in this game, except perhaps by Murrjt:
VAKOC Petr 80 points 1 team (Murrjt)
ARREDONDO MORENO Julian David 12 pts 1 team (Search)
VICHOT Arthur 5 5 teams

The main event, however, was the Omloop,
VAN AVERMAET Greg 140 1 (Just Some Guy)
BENOOT Tiesj 72 6 (Amis Velo, Comodoro, Del1962, GeraintTooFast, LukasCPH, Togo95)
ROWE Luke 62 4 (DJSprtsch, DJW, NotMyCircus, Scrool07)
PETIT Adrien 42 12
STUYVEN Jasper 30 9
LADAGNOUS Matthieu 26 1
VAN ASBROECK Tom 12 1
and 8 other riders getting 5 to 9 points, for up to 5 teams.

Top scoring teams in the Omloop:
1 AmisVelo 144 (Benoot, Petit, Stuyven)
1 Togo95 144 (Benoot, Petit, Stuyven)
3 GeraintTooFast 140 (Benoot, Petit, Ladagnous)
3 JustSomeGuy 140 (Van Avermaet)
5 DJW 134 (Rowe, Petit, Stuyven)
6 Comodoro 119 (Benoot, Petit, Van Der Sande)
7 Scrool07 104 (Rowe, Petit)
8 DJSprtsch 97 (Rowe, Stuyven)
9 LukasCPH 80 (Benoot, Gatto)
10 Murrjt 72 (Rowe, Stuyven)
10 Del1962 72 (Benoot)

The combination of top in France and joint 10th in Belgium is enough to make Murrjt our first overnight leader:
1 Murrjt 152
2 Togo95 149
3 AmisVelo 144
4 GeraintTooFast 140
4 JustSomeGuy 140
6 DJW 134
7 Comodoro 119
8 Scrool07 104
9 DJSprtsch 97
10 LukasCPH 80
11 Del1962 72
12 NotMyCircus 67
13 Josedin 54
14 Search 52
15 GPBlanco 51
16 Kazistuta 47
16 Flo 47
16 Bbaas 47
19 MellowVelo 42
20 Vladimir 39
21 Leadbelly 35
22 Trudgin 19
23 Madrazo 13
24 Armchair 9
24 Asdfgh101 9
26 RoteLaterne 8
27 Joelsim 5
28 TomJelte 0
28 AG 0
28 LosBrolin 0
28 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 72
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Re: 2016 Spring Classics CQ Game

28 Feb 2016 02:00

Only spent 20 mins doing this but can't believe i missed Gerro :eek:
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28 Feb 2016 22:55

Day 2: A three headed beast


In France, the Drome Classic was somewhat of a repeat of yesterday's Sud Ardeche, much to Murrjt's delight.

VAKOC Petr 80pts 1 team (Murrjt)
VICHOT Arthur 40 5 (B'baas, LeadBelly, NotMyCircus, Search, Togo95)
GASPAROTTO Enrico 9 4 (Kazistuta, MellowVelo, Rote Laterne, Vladimir)

Lugano is an HC race, so more points available, but its field is not filled with the riders most of us look for here, so it has rather less impact on the game, except on the score of our only newcomer to the game: B'baas had both GAVAZZI Francesco (11 points) and BOLE Grega (5) as unique picks.


And so to the main event of the weekend, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne:
STUYVEN Jasper 140points 9 teams
GROENEWEGEN Dylan 62 2
WISNIOWSKI Lukasz 54 1
DEMARE Arnaud 22 3
PETIT Adrien 15 12
KREDER Raymond 12 1
OSS Daniel 9 5
VAN LERBERGHE Bert 8 3
VAN ASBROECK Tom 7 1
VANDENBERGH Stijn 5 15
FENN Andrew 5 1

The top race scorers were:
The top nine all had Stuyvens: Kazistuta being the best of the rest. Here is who else got them points today:
1 DJSprtsch 207 (Groenwegen and Vandenburgh)
2 DJW 169 (Petit, Oss and Vandenburgh)
3 Togo95 164 (Petit and Oss)
4 Vladimir 162 (Demare)
5 AmisVelo 160 (Petit and Vandenburgh)
6 Murrjt 155 (Petit)
7 Leadbelly 153 (Van Lerberghe and Vandenburgh)
8 Search 145 (Vandenburgh)
9 Flo 140
10 Kazistuta 91 (Wisniowski, Demare and Petit)

So after 2 days and 5 races, the standings are:
1 Murrjt 387
2 Togo95 353
3 DJSprtsch 304
3 AmisVelo 304
5 DJW 303
6 Search 237
7 Leadbelly 228
8 Vladimir 210
9 Flo 187
10 GeraintTooFast 155
11 Kazistuta 147
12 JustSomeGuy 140
13 Comodoro 134
14 NotMyCircus 133
15 Bbaas 126
16 Scrool07 124
17 Del1962 94
18 Josedin 81
19 MellowVelo 80
19 LukasCPH 80
21 GPBlanco 71
22 LosBrolin 67
23 RoteLaterne 27
24 Madrazo 26
25 Armchair 23
26 Trudgin 19
27 Asdfgh101 14
28 Joelsim 5
29 TomJelte 0
29 AG 0
29 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 232

More than 25% of the races gone already, but the major point races are still to come: my team might yet make triple figures.
Next up: Le Samyn on Wednesday.
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29 Feb 2016 09:24

Hoorah!
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02 Mar 2016 23:25

Race 6: Le Samyn

The race was more impressive than our picking: Terpstra was prohibitively expensive, but the unselected Scott Thwaites has taken enough points in the first half a week of the game to have been worth a place on many teams.

But we didn't miss the point earners entirely:
SENECHAL Florian 40pts 5 teams (Armchair, Asdfgh101, Flo, GPBlanco, Vladimir)
GROENEWEGEN Dylan 28 2 (DJSprtsch, Los Brolin)
BYSTRØM Sven Erik 24 3 (DJW, Flo, Leadbelly)
WYNANTS Maarten 16 1 (Search)
MARTINELLI Davide 5 2 (Del1962, GPBlanco)

So the points earned are:
1 Flo 64
2 GPBlanco 45
3 Vladimir 40
3 Armchair 40
3 Asdfgh101 40
6 DJSprtsch 28
6 LosBrolin 28
8 DJW 24
8 Leadbelly 24
10 Search 16
11 Del1962 5
12 Everyone else, including Collective Wisdom 0

Standings:
DJSprtsch is 3rd rather than joint third, DJW moves to 4th, Vladimir came third on the day but still loses one place to Flo, and GPBlanco, Los Brolin and Asdfgh101 all move up at least 3 places, but within the lower half of the early table.

1 Murrjt 387
2 Togo95 353
3 DJSprtsch 332
4 DJW 327
5 AmisVelo 304
6 Search 253
7 Leadbelly 252
8 Flo 251
9 Vladimir 250
10 GeraintTooFast 155
11 Kazistuta 147
12 JustSomeGuy 140
13 Comodoro 134
14 NotMyCircus 133
15 Bbaas 126
16 Scrool07 124
17 GPBlanco 116
18 Del1962 99
19 LosBrolin 95
20 Josedin 81
21 MellowVelo 80
21 LukasCPH 80
23 Armchair 63
24 Asdfgh101 54
25 RoteLaterne 27
26 Madrazo 26
27 Trudgin 19
28 Joelsim 5
29 TomJelte 0
29 AG 0
29 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 232
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Race 7: Strade Bianche
The most popular rider in the game makes the three who did not pick him suffer:
CANCELLARA Fabian 140pts 28 teams (out of 31)
STYBAR Zdenek 84 3 (Armchair, Los Brolin and Trudgin)
VAKOC Petr 54 1 (Murrjt)
VAN AVERMAET Greg 48 1 (Just Some Guy)
BENOOT Tiesj 36 6 (Amis Velo, Comodoro, Del1962, GeraintTooFast, LukasCPH, Togo95)
OSS Daniel 12 5 (Armchair, DJW, MellowVelo, NotMyCircus, Togo95)
MOSCON Gianni 8 2 (Joelsim, Kazistuta)
STUYVEN Jasper 5 9
BOLE Grega 5 1
GRIVKO Andriy 5 1

Points on the day
Maybe I should just stop the game here, and declare it to have been the CQ Strade Bianche game. I won't bother naming Cancellara as a point earner in the breakdown of the top teams' hauls, take it as read.

1 Armchair 236 (Stybar and Oss)
2 LosBrolin 224 (Stybar)
3 Murrjt 199 (Vakoc and Stuyven)
4 Togo95 193 (Benoot, Oss and Stuyven)
5 JustSomeGuy 188 (Van Avermaet)
6 AmisVelo 181 (Benoot and Stuyven)
7 GeraintTooFast 176
7 Comodoro 176
7 Del1962 176
7 LukasCPH 176 (those 4 all with Benoot)
11 DJW 157
12 MellowVelo 152
13 Kazistuta 148
13 Joelsim 148
15 DJSprtsch 145
15 Search 145
15 Leadbelly 145
15 Vladimir 145
15 Flo 145
15 Bbaas 145
15 Asdfgh101 145
22 Scrool07 140
22 Josedin 140
22 GPBlanco 140
22 RoteLaterne 140
22 Madrazo 140
22 TomJelte 140
22 AG 140
29 Trudgin 84
30 NotMyCircus 12
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 145


Standings
My magnificent and glorious victory on the day makes me the fastest riser as well, but humility kicks back in when I admit that the height I've reached is only 14th. Vakoc is still maintaining Murrjt's lead, and although it might look as though the first two have already opened daylight between themselves and the rest of the field, things can change quickly when we get the bigger points from WT races.

1 Murrjt 586
2 Togo95 546
3 AmisVelo 485
4 DJW 484
5 DJSprtsch 477
6 Search 398
7 Leadbelly 397
8 Flo 396
9 Vladimir 395
10 GeraintTooFast 331
11 JustSomeGuy 328
12 LosBrolin 319
13 Comodoro 310
14 Armchair 299
15 Kazistuta 295
16 Del1962 275
17 Bbaas 271
18 Scrool07 264
19 LukasCPH 256
19 GPBlanco 256
21 MellowVelo 232
22 Josedin 221
23 Asdfgh101 199
24 RoteLaterne 167
25 Madrazo 166
26 Joelsim 153
27 NotMyCircus 145
28 TomJelte 140
28 AG 140
30 Trudgin 103
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 377
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06 Mar 2016 21:34

If I had known that GP Industria was going to get so many WT teams entering when I posted the game details, it would have made the list.

Of course, the picks we have made would have been altered by the major strategic implications of this, but as it stands, it would only have made a difference to 2 teams:
LukasCPH has the winner, Simon Clarke, and would have had 80 points,
Bbaas has both Fedi (2nd) and Gavazzi (5th), and would also have got 80 points.

If I keep the same criteria next year, then this point fest will be part of next year's game.
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16 Mar 2016 20:51

Race 8:Nokere Koerse

Timothy Dupont, had anyone been able to predict his win, would have instantly been a worthwhile pick with 140 points for a 198 point payout, and Halvorsen could have been in your team with no expenditure and with 84 points will outscore many of our pricier selections.

But in the realm of who we did actually pick, we find these:
GROENEWEGEN Dylan 72pts 2 teams (DJSprtsch and Los Brolin)
MOSCON Gianni 36 2 (Joelsim and Kazistuta)
VAN LERBERGHE Bert 22 3 (B'baas, LeadBelly and Madrazo)
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume 12 4
MARTINELLI Davide 10 2
WISNIOWSKI Lukasz 5 1
FENN Andrew 5 1
VAN DER SANDE Tosh 5 1

1 DJSprtsch 72
1 LosBrolin 72
3 Kazistuta 41
4 Joelsim 36
5 Leadbelly 22
5 Bbaas 22
5 Madrazo 22
8 DJW 12
8 Scrool07 12
8 Josedin 12
8 Trudgin 12
12 Del1962 10
12 GPBlanco 10
14 Comodoro 5
14 RoteLaterne 5
Everyone else drew a blank today.

The only meaningful change in standings is Groenewegen lifting DJSprtsch from 5th to 2nd,but the big points start on Saturday in San Remo, that should really shift this table around.
1 Murrjt 586
2 DJSprtsch 549
3 Togo95 546
4 DJW 496
5 AmisVelo 485
6 Leadbelly 419
7 Search 398
8 Flo 396
9 Vladimir 395
10 LosBrolin 391
11 Kazistuta 336
12 GeraintTooFast 331
13 JustSomeGuy 328
14 Comodoro 315
15 Armchair 299
16 Bbaas 293
17 Del1962 285
18 Scrool07 276
19 GPBlanco 266
20 LukasCPH 256
21 Josedin 233
22 MellowVelo 232
23 Asdfgh101 199
24 Joelsim 189
25 Madrazo 188
26 RoteLaterne 172
27 NotMyCircus 145
28 TomJelte 140
28 AG 140
30 Trudgin 115
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 0
CollectiveWisdom 377
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17 Mar 2016 03:44

This should start to get interesting now. My team for MSR is Vichot, Cance, Howard, Offredo, Vanendert, Oss. Not great, but if Howard does something noteworthy, I wouldn't be annoyed. Maybe Oss could get freedom to attack, but I doubt it.
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19 Mar 2016 21:10

Race 9: Milan-San Remo

The first big scoring race in the competition, the big points only go to a few teams:
DEMARE Arnaud 280 pts 3 teams (Del1962, Kazistuta, Vladimir)
SWIFT Ben 170 1 (Joelsim)
ROELANDTS Jürgen 145 1 (Trudgin)
VAN AVERMAET Greg 112 1 (Just Some Guy)
POZZATO Filippo 80 4 (AG, GeraintTooFast, Trudgin, Vladimir)
VICHOT Arthur 28 5
GESCHKE Simon 26 1
GAVAZZI Francesco 24 1
FEDI Andrea 20 1
VANMARCKE Sep 16 12
BOOM Lars 14 5
BATTAGLIN Enrico 7 1
and 31 other finishers for 5 points

1 Vladimir 386 (Demare, Pozzato, Vanmarcke and a 5 pointer)
2 Kazistuta 304 (Demare, Boom and a 5er)
3 Del1962 295 (Demare and three 5ers)
4 Trudgin 257 (Roelandts, Pozzato, Battaglin and five 5ers)
5 Joelsim 201 (Swift, Vanmarcke and two 5ers)
6 JustSomeGuy 117
7 GeraintTooFast 116
8 Bbaas 103
9 AG 100
10 Leadbelly 83
11 Search 69
12 Madrazo 60
13 MellowVelo 51
14 Togo95 48
14 NotMyCircus 48
16 Josedin 46
17 GPBlanco 45
18 RoteLaterne 41
19 TomJelte 40
20 Murrjt 36
21 Scrool07 35
22 DJSprtsch 30
22 DJW 30
22 Flo 30
22 Armchair 30
26 LukasCPH 25
26 Asdfgh101 25
28 Comodoro 20
29 AmisVelo 15
29 LosBrolin 15
29 GuilhermeRibeiro 15
CollectiveWisdom 36

New standings
A far bigger shake up than previous races: those few big scoring teams make some massive leaps:
1 Vladimir 781
2 Kazistuta 640
3 Murrjt 622
4 Togo95 594
5 Del1962 580
6 DJSprtsch 579
7 DJW 526
8 Leadbelly 502
9 AmisVelo 500
10 Search 467
11 GeraintTooFast 447
12 JustSomeGuy 445
13 Flo 426
14 LosBrolin 406
15 Bbaas 396
16 Joelsim 390
17 Trudgin 372
18 Comodoro 335
19 Armchair 329
20 GPBlanco 311
20 Scrool07 311
22 MellowVelo 283
23 LukasCPH 281
24 Josedin 279
25 Madrazo 248
26 AG 240
27 Asdfgh101 224
28 RoteLaterne 213
29 NotMyCircus 193
30 TomJelte 180
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 15
CollectiveWisdom 413

The new top two, Vladimir and Kazistuta, were respectively 9th and 11th before this race, while 5th placed Del1962 was previously 17th. That 17th spot is now occupied by Trudgin, who had an ever larger jump, from 30th. The other team getting 200+ points today, Joelsim, had an 8 place rise to 16th.

Next up: Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.
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Race 10: Dwars door Vlaanderen

The top three were presumably deemed too expensive to buy: Pozzato lives, and is one of the best percentage scorers selected at the halfway stage of the game.

POZZATO Filippo 62pts 4 teams (AG, GeraintTooFast, Trudgin, Vladimir)
KEUKELEIRE Jens 54 8
GATTO Oscar 42 5
TEUNISSEN Mike 30 2
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando 26 4
VAN ASBROECK Tom 22 1
PETIT Adrien 18 12
CAPIOT Amaury 12 3
STUYVEN Jasper 6 9
DEVENYNS Dries 5 4
SENECHAL Florian 5 5
VAN LERBERGHE Bert 5 3


Biggest jumper on Sunday, biggest scorer today: Trudgin is on a roll.
1 Trudgin 158 (Pozzato, Keukeleire and Gatto)
2 Madrazo 101 (Keukeleire, Gatto and a 5 pointer)
2 RoteLaterne 101 (Keukeleire, Gatto and a 5 pointer)
4 Josedin 94 (Keukeleire, Van Asbroeck and Petit)
5 GeraintTooFast 85 (Pozzato, Petit and a 5er)
5 Vladimir 85 (Pozzato, Capiot, Stuyven and a 5er)
7 Scrool07 72
8 Leadbelly 70
9 AG 62
10 Armchair 59
10 NotMyCircus 59
12 Joelsim 56
13 LukasCPH 54
14 Flo 53
15 Kazistuta 44
16 DJSprtsch 36
17 Asdfgh101 31
18 GuilhermeRibeiro 26
19 AmisVelo 24
19 DJW 24
19 Murrjt 24
19 Togo95 24
23 Bbaas 23
23 GPBlanco 23
25 Comodoro 18
25 MellowVelo 18
27 LosBrolin 12
28 Search 6
29 Del1962 0
29 JustSomeGuy 0
29 TomJelte 0
CollectiveWisdom 78

Standings

On the one hand, that lead is 27% more than 2nd place, and a convincing lead. On the other hand, that margin could be overturned by one monument win. Trudgin is biggest riser for the second round in a row: Geraint also nudges into the top 10, DJSprtsch and Del1962 swapping places is the highest position in which there is any change.

1 Vladimir 866
2 Kazistuta 684
3 Murrjt 646
4 Togo95 618
5 DJSprtsch 615
6 Del1962 580
7 Leadbelly 572
8 DJW 550
9 GeraintTooFast 532
10 Trudgin 530
11 AmisVelo 524
12 Flo 479
13 Search 473
14 Joelsim 446
15 JustSomeGuy 445
16 Bbaas 419
17 LosBrolin 418
18 Armchair 388
19 Scrool07 383
20 Josedin 373
21 Comodoro 353
22 Madrazo 349
23 LukasCPH 335
24 GPBlanco 334
25 RoteLaterne 314
26 AG 302
27 MellowVelo 301
28 Asdfgh101 255
29 NotMyCircus 252
30 TomJelte 180
31 GuilhermeRibeiro 41
CollectiveWisdom 491

Next up: E3 Harelbeke on Friday.
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