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04 Feb 2018 19:26

De Bie looks like a great pick. Also he will race two another relatively small races in the February where he can score.
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04 Feb 2018 19:29

postmanhat wrote:Another fairly good week. De Bie's already in profit after Bresges and Moscon's showing all the signs of a great year ahead, Van Poppel did well in Valencia, though there wasn't much competition. Am hoping from he can do something in the classics to become a great pick.

Injuries already mounting up with De Plus, Shivakov and possibly Mamykin(?). While Lambrecht and Halvorsen both missed the TDU. My team ended up a bit light in the cobbled classics, which was the my main reason for finally opting for Moscon over Alaphillipe. So I could do with getting points in these early races to compensate.

Cavendish, Ciccone and Gaudu start their seasons this week. Had Gaudu last year and wasn't going to pick him as I though this might be a development year, doing more WT races. However really struggled to find riders in the 300-500 range, and it was him or Terpstra, who I'm fairly indifferent about as a rider. So I'm looking forward to seeing how Gaudu goes, but am not expecting too much. Maybe 5-600 tops?

Vuelta will be crucial for Gaudu value. Eager to see his true potential as the GC rider there, unless he goes stage hunting only.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

05 Feb 2018 06:45

That was a pretty good week. Valverde holds serve, winning a 2.1 race in February as one would expect. And Chaves, although most have him, at least scores a bunch and takes those points away from anyone else. A stage win from Van Poppel, a stage win from Roelandts, and definitely NOT a stage win from Coquard but some points. The only disappointment was that I dropped De Bie from my team in the final stages after reading what a debacle VWC was last year, I didn't want to touch them with a ten foot pole this year. But you can't hit them all. Good week!
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05 Feb 2018 19:37

My points this week:
Chaves 136
Pantano 40
Martinez 30
Coquard 27
Lopez 14
Rosa 8
Capiot 3
I'm happy with my points from the Colombian Nats, 30 for Martinez in the TT was unexpected, otoh Pantano scored 110 less than last year due to him not starting the TT and the downgrading of the races compared to last year. It's not a huge worry, as last year his score at the Nats was about as good as it gets and in his best year, 2016, he scored nothing at all. Still, I would have liked to see him start the TT (with a good shot at winning).

Dubai Tour (2.HC)
Cavendish
Minali
Jakobsen
Nizzolo

Colombia Oro y Paz (2.1)
Martinez
Guardini
Pantano

Tour Cycliste International La Provence (2.1)
Gaudu
Coquard?

Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia (1.1)
Mas

Clasica de Almeria (1.HC)
Mas?

Trofeo Laigueglia (1.HC)
Albanese
Brambilla
Moser
No Felline :(


Hmm.. not too promising
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05 Feb 2018 19:50

Dubai Tour (2.HC)
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
NIZZOLO Giacomo

Colombia Oro y Paz (2.1)
CICCONE Giulio
GUARDINI Andrea

Tour Cycliste International La Provence (2.1)
COQUARD Bryan?

Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia (1.1)
MAS Enric?

Trofeo Laigueglia (1.HC)
ALBANESE Vincenzo
BAGIOLI Nicola
BRAMBILLA Gianluca


I have high hopes for Ciccone to be there in the GC.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

06 Feb 2018 04:40

Update #4: Kryvo Cleans up as Overall Tightens

This week was a pretty simple one - three 2.1 races held the bulk of riders in this game, and one of them was won by one of the most popular riders in the game, another by one of the most expensive. It would logically follow that the winner had at least Valverde and Chaves to start with, and this turned out to be true.

This Week's Top Scorers


Rank Team Points this week
1 Kryvo 449
2 minessa 443
3 scrooll07 428
4 18-Valve. (pithy) 419
5 DJ Sprtsch 418

It was pretty tight at the top this week, with the top 5 being separated by only 31 points. Kryvo indeed had the winning formula of Valverde and Chaves for the biggest points, but also got points from Sean de Bie, Danny van Poppel and Byran Coquard, to eke out the victory. minessa ALMOST gets there, with the same mix of riders, the biggest difference being Jurgen Roelandts' 30 points instead of DvP's 36. So close! Last year's Green Jersey winner scrooll07 rounds out the podium without Valverde, but on top of Chaves and De Bie their team had 66 points each from rare picks Howson and Guerreiro, and some contributions from Mads Pedersen and Roman Kreuziger.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 minessa (+51)
2 Guybrush (+48)
3 del1962 (+44)
4 Object (+43)
5 Total Package (+36)

With a few more points on the board for everyone, it's not quite as nuts as last week's 67 point jump, but points runner up minessa moves up more than a half-century to take top spot. Guybrush rides the success of unique pick Sergio Henao and rare pick Egan Bernal to sweep the Colombian national championships (and get 2nd in the high movers), and del1962 has a none-too-shabby week with points from some riders already mentioned plus Pantano in Colombia and what might turn out to be a good pick on only 5 teams, Kilian Frankiny.

Note: it's the end of the first month of the game, too, and normally every month we have the Monthly Top Scorers and High Movers as well. But, as it's the first month, the Top Scorers are the same as the overall, and the High Movers are just people who moved down from the original tie for first. So, that's not worth summarizing here!

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Jon_Ezeitza 90
2 18-Valve. (pithy) 52
3 ChrisDK 46
4 Kryvo 45
5 Poles & Co. 42

The hot team of January, Jon Ezeitza, remains untouchable on top, but with 2 4th place finishes in a row (26 points each), 18-Valve.(pithy) slides into second overall, and Kryvo's weekly win moves their team immediately up to 4th. No ties in the top 5 - of the 4 weekly winners, Jon Ezeitza did it twice, ChrisDK got an extra point for a 15th place tie to have 46 overall, and Kryvo got 45.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (-) Jon_Ezeitza 1074
2 (+8) search 1029
3 (+3) Nathanptz 1016
4 (+3) l'velo 978
5 (-1) bminchow 975
6 (+10) JSpear 967
7 (+4) postmanhat 964
8 (-3) sodak_za 936
9 (-) Giallo 933
10 (-7) Sneekes 928

Jon Ezeitza uses their team's cushion to ride out a rough week (they finished 119th without popular picks Chaves and Coquard) and hang on to first place. search makes a big leap to second, and Nathanptz joins the other 2 above the 1000 point barrier on the podium. Special shout-out to l'velo in 4th place, who I missed due to a formula glitch in last week's update (they should have been 7th). JSpear and postmanhat slide into the top 10, Salvarani and Poles & Co (2nd last week!) drop out.

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06 Feb 2018 07:31

Seems like Adrien Costa's farewell to cycling:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/adrien-costa-will-not-return-to-axeon-in-2018/#disqus_thread

Although he was super impressive, massive talent, and I had chosen him to be a part of my team, I must say I am happy for him and his decision.
Good luck, whatever you do in future, Adrien!
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06 Feb 2018 09:22

Thanks for the update!

Let's see what this week brings for me. Looks like a week which will not move me much up or down.

Dubai Tour
JAKOBSEN Fabio
CAVENDISH Mark
NIZZOLO Giacomo

Colombia Oro y Paz
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
DUARTE Fabio
CICCONE Giulio

Hopefully some GC points. Looking forward to seeing what (the severely underrated) Duarte can do.

Tour de Provence
Welten?
Müller?

Startlist not complete.

Vuelta a Murcia
MAS Enric
TAARAMÄE Rein
DE BIE Sean

Taaramäe is a former winner here, but his form is not great at the moment.

Clasica de Almeria
VAN POPPEL Danny
DE BIE Sean (?)

Hopefully DVP can win. De Bie is down to race two races this Sunday. We'll see how that goes.

Trofeo Laigueglia
ALBANESE Vincenzo
MOSER Moreno
DE BIE Sean(?)

Albanese to start his world domination! :D But I'm worried that Brambilla will run away with this.
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06 Feb 2018 09:23

Yes, fifth place and 11th overall.
Wonderful. I'm so happy I picked Valverde!
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06 Feb 2018 09:34

Squire wrote:
Albanese to start his world domination! :D

I would be fine with that, but he did hide his world domination powers quite well in Besseges.
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06 Feb 2018 09:39

fauniera wrote:
Squire wrote:
Albanese to start his world domination! :D

I would be fine with that, but he did hide his world domination powers quite well in Besseges.

It's all part of the plan. ;)
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

06 Feb 2018 10:51

Ok then.

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06 Feb 2018 11:21

Dubai Tour
Mark Cavendish
Robin Carpenter
GIacomo Nizzolo
Oro y Paz
No one
Vuelta a Murcia
Enric Mas
Sean de Bie
Robbert de Greef
Clasica de Almeria
Some lads
Tour de Provence
Some lads
Trofeo Laigueglia
Vincenzo Albanese
Gianluca Brambilla (!)
Niccolo Bonifazio
Sean de Bie
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

06 Feb 2018 11:23

Last week was kind of mediocre for me. This week has a few races with some potential for me, mainly in Colombia.

Dubai Tour
CAVENDISH Mark
NIZZOLO Giacomo

Colombia Oro y Paz
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
CARTHY Hugh
CICCONE Giulio
GUARDINI Andrea

Tour Cycliste International La Provence
GAUDU David

Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia Costa Calida
MAS Enric
TAARAMÄE Rein

Trofeo Laigueglia
ALBANESE Vincenzo
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
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06 Feb 2018 19:35

I had gotten a little bit worried about my pick of Magnus Cort after he only got picked 3 times, and maybe thought I had underestimated the effect of his broken colorbone in the winter, something that usually does not mean so much since one can often keep training. But what a nice start for him today close to winning in a very strong sprinter-field, and setting himself up for a top GC result in Dubai plus showing a lot of speed that will be very useful later this season where he will have a great calender full of his own chances at Astana, instead of his weird role on Orica where sprinting was often not allowed to fight for top 10 GC spots and so on and where he also was second to Ewan in many races that could have suited him. So I am back thinking he will be a great pick instead of a weakness.
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06 Feb 2018 19:49

MADRAZO wrote:I had gotten a little bit worried about my pick of Magnus Cort after he only got picked 3 times, and maybe thought I had underestimated the effect of his broken colorbone in the winter, something that usually does not mean so much since one can often keep training. But what a nice start for him today close to winning in a very strong sprinter-field, and setting himself up for a top GC result in Dubai plus showing a lot of speed that will be very useful later this season where he will have a great calender full of his own chances at Astana, instead of his weird role on Orica where sprinting was often not allowed to fight for top 10 GC spots and so on and where he also was second to Ewan in many races that could have suited him. So I am back thinking he will be a great pick instead of a weakness.

Cort was in and out of my team when putting it together. If Oomen had cost 100 points more, Cort would likely be in. I was happy when I saw he was only picked three times.

I was tempted to take him due to him having guaranteed leadership for all hardman sprinter's races Astana line up for. But I didn't expect him to do what he did today. He could be a good asset for you and the others who picked him.
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06 Feb 2018 22:05

Squire wrote:
MADRAZO wrote:I had gotten a little bit worried about my pick of Magnus Cort after he only got picked 3 times, and maybe thought I had underestimated the effect of his broken colorbone in the winter, something that usually does not mean so much since one can often keep training. But what a nice start for him today close to winning in a very strong sprinter-field, and setting himself up for a top GC result in Dubai plus showing a lot of speed that will be very useful later this season where he will have a great calender full of his own chances at Astana, instead of his weird role on Orica where sprinting was often not allowed to fight for top 10 GC spots and so on and where he also was second to Ewan in many races that could have suited him. So I am back thinking he will be a great pick instead of a weakness.

Cort was in and out of my team when putting it together. If Oomen had cost 100 points more, Cort would likely be in. I was happy when I saw he was only picked three times.

I was tempted to take him due to him having guaranteed leadership for all hardman sprinter's races Astana line up for. But I didn't expect him to do what he did today. He could be a good asset for you and the others who picked him.

Cort was good, but i don't think his performance is sustainable. He had a clear road ahead of him, while top sprinters fought against each other on the other side while cancelling their chances. Good positioning by Cort still.
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Slow but Steady

06 Feb 2018 23:46

Still holding my own in top five. What does this week hold?

Dubai Tour
CAVENDISH Mark
NIZZOLO Giacomo
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
MINALI Riccardo

Not a great start but still hopeful for a few points at least. Some sort of miracle for Minali would be great. Just to give me some hope.

Colombia Oro y Paz
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
CARTHY Hugh
GUARDINI Andrea

Something from Guardini would be nice.

Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia Costa Calida
MAS Enric
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
KREUZIGER Roman

High hopes here. Is it Kreuziger or Nieve? Can Mas show his stuff?

Trofeo Laigueglia
BRAMBILLA Gianluca !!!
CHEVRIER Clément
MOSER Moreno (Maybe a few points?)
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06 Feb 2018 23:55

Martin wrote:Seems like Adrien Costa's farewell to cycling:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/adrien-costa-will-not-return-to-axeon-in-2018/#disqus_thread

Although he was super impressive, massive talent, and I had chosen him to be a part of my team, I must say I am happy for him and his decision.
Good luck, whatever you do in future, Adrien!


Ah that’s a bummer. Of course I wish him good luck, but I would have loved to see what he would have become....and he was in my team. :)
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07 Feb 2018 00:08

Here is my week:

Dubai

Ivan Garcia Cortina
Brandon McNulty
Mark Cavendish
Giacomo Nizzolo

first day done already... IGC finished dead last, uh oh. I thought maybe San Juan was him having gastroenteritis, but maybe it's some bigger issue of form. Well, Colbrelli is their guy anyway so it was gonna be a zero point race for him anyway, just hope he can get it together for early March and some classics. Cav didn't feature in the finale, Nizzolo surprisingly didn't finish in the front group (which, also surprisingly, was only 50 riders) but they're for Degenkolb I suppose. McNulty, on his season debut, was in the front group! That's encouraging, when I saw the Rally rider(s) crash with a few km to go I was worried, but good to see he made it. Well it's not like he's going to go for the overall on Hatta Dam or anything, but still, better than dead last.

Colombia

Andrea Guardini

Guardini in Colombia, hey? Well, moving on...

Provence

David Gaudu

Season debut! Let's see where he's at.

Murcia

Alejandro Valverde
Ruben Fernandez
Enric Mas

Almeria isn't complete yet, but probably similar to above, plus Danny Van Poppel.

Oh boy, after two straight weeks of Valverde scoring some points, it's like a drug. I just want more. I want him to race every week. But I guess this week the 1.1 race is much more likely of a result for him than the HC race. I don't have much of a read on Mas in one-days, but this is a hilly enough one and it's in Spain, so maybe he'll do okay. Almeira is generally flattish and an HC race so without looking I'd have to assume DVP could place quite well.

Laigueglia (I have to look this one up every year to spell it correctly)

Vincenzo Albanese
Andrea Vendrame
Gianluca Brambilla

Well, Albanese or Brambilla could go strongly here, depending on form, and Brambilla did well in Mallorca while Albanese finished anonymously in Marseille. My unique pick Vendrame gets off the mark this year, no idea what to expect, but in general this is the kind of race I hope he top 10s as the year goes on.
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