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12 Jan 2019 03:48

the asian wrote:I don't expect much from Evenepoel despite picking him.
I believe he'll struggle to score over 100 points.
Might even turn out to be bad as Albanese.
Picked him for the same reason as squire's
Didn't want to look stupid if he scores big.



Don't forget as he's a 0 pointer it didn't cost any points to take him either, so any points he scores is profit.
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12 Jan 2019 07:52

Koronin wrote:
the asian wrote:I don't expect much from Evenepoel despite picking him.
I believe he'll struggle to score over 100 points.
Might even turn out to be bad as Albanese.
Picked him for the same reason as squire's
Didn't want to look stupid if he scores big.



Don't forget as he's a 0 pointer it didn't cost any points to take him either, so any points he scores is profit.
But that is not the whole story, is that. He does cost you 1 spot on your team out of 33. I expect Vacek to maybe score 100 points too but did not take him because that was not enough profit potential for me to allow him occupy that spot.

On Evenepoel, it is possible he scores more than 100 although I do not necessarily expect it. But included him for the fun factor and as a pre-caution should he surprise us all. Like Sagan who scored 928 points in his first pro season when he was just 1 year older than Remco will be. By the way, did anyone notice anything striking about their birth dates? :eek:
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12 Jan 2019 08:03

Even though I'm sure Evenepoel will turn out great one day, I decided this year I'd rather look wise for not picking him and risk looking stupid for not picking him :razz:
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12 Jan 2019 11:34

With Evenepoel, I had no idea really how to assess what some of his junior performances would merit at the top level - it seems to be such a huge step up in class. Or to put it another way I would guess that most low-level pros would be unstoppable if there were riding in junior races. So for this year I'm happy to watch what happens without having him on my team. My guess is that he probably will be on my team in a few years time

Similar for Vakoc, the other popular zero-pointer at QST. That was a really bad accident. At this point I just hope he still has a career racing and a good start would be to get at least half a season of just finishing races - maybe I'll pick him next season
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12 Jan 2019 11:56

Looks like Vakoc is listed for San Juan, so hopefully he's ok. My team for TDU
Philipsen
Pogacar
Ballerini
Castrillo
Vincent
Mareczko
Kanter

Which, numerically at least, is the most promising team I've had in Aus. Mind, Dlamini gave me a surprise handful of points last year.
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12 Jan 2019 12:19

Hopefully, Ewan, Bauhaus, McLay, and Mareczko can score some points at the TdU because I don't want to be out of the Top100 again from the very beginning :D
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12 Jan 2019 12:52

I don't expect Evenepoel to score more than 150 points. I think the will rather be in the 35-80 score range (actually I believe Vacek could score more with races in the US) but he could turn out a great pick. And I don't think too much about rider combinations as skidmark does - that's might be why he's doing better than me in these games. If I have 3 spots and 0 points left I pick 3 zero pointers and Evenepoel was my first choice.

I've never been this successful this early in the season. Durbridges NC performances were a nice surprise, O'Connor scored too. And I never got a bigger team for TDU:

BETTIOL Alberto
DURBRIDGE Luke
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
HONORE Mikkel Frølich
MARECZKO Jakub
O'CONNOR Ben
ROWE Luke

I thought I had Kanter in the main game too ...
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12 Jan 2019 17:23

laarsland wrote:All of you should have a gander at this post to see if First Cycling's manager game is something for you. I know of several participants here also submitting teams for every one of the races we have manager for :)

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12 Jan 2019 17:31

My Line Up for TDU. I usually stack my roster with TDU participants, just to see my name up high before I come crashing down. I say usually though this is only my third year. But in the end I left off Ewan, which i think I might regret. That guy is fast. Just hoping Bauhaus and Halvorson do something in sprints and hope for high overall from Porte and O'Connor. I really like Valgren this week for some reason, even with O'Connor and Slager on the roster. This is the only race Slager does anything though. Bold guys lost time due to injury last year. I really went off that when choosing my roster. It's a strategy to try. Go young guys too!

BAUHAUS Phil
BETTIOL Alberto
DAVIES Scott
HALLER Marco
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
HINDLEY Jai
O'CONNOR Ben
PORTE Richie
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12 Jan 2019 20:23

PeterB wrote:
Koronin wrote:
the asian wrote:I don't expect much from Evenepoel despite picking him.
I believe he'll struggle to score over 100 points.
Might even turn out to be bad as Albanese.
Picked him for the same reason as squire's
Didn't want to look stupid if he scores big.



Don't forget as he's a 0 pointer it didn't cost any points to take him either, so any points he scores is profit.
But that is not the whole story, is that. He does cost you 1 spot on your team out of 33. I expect Vacek to maybe score 100 points too but did not take him because that was not enough profit potential for me to allow him occupy that spot.

On Evenepoel, it is possible he scores more than 100 although I do not necessarily expect it. But included him for the fun factor and as a pre-caution should he surprise us all. Like Sagan who scored 928 points in his first pro season when he was just 1 year older than Remco will be. By the way, did anyone notice anything striking about their birth dates? :eek:



True, but when you pick a rider who takes up about a third of your point total you need some really cheap riders and being 0 points helps that way. I also have some hope that he can do well with the team he's with as well.
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12 Jan 2019 23:39

Evenepoel was definitely a case of "I'll bite me if he's actually good this year and I didn't pick him" for me. 0 pointers don't hurt and I had more faith in him than some other guys available. I'm happy if he scores 100+ points and only disappointed if he scores less than ?20... idk...

Anyway... my team for the TdU looks kinda ok-ish, I guess.

Pöstlberger
O'Connor
Philipsen
Bauhaus
Bettiol
Kanter
Hofstede
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13 Jan 2019 11:05

Rather late to the show, but here's an analysis of my team.

MOSCON Gianni
It's a gamble and i quite like it. He had a bad spring last year and obviously with him slated to ride the Giro as a super dom there will be concerns whether he can be in good form for the spring classics.
But last year showed what an amazing talent he is and he could be points scoring machine with his all terrain abaility.
It came down to him vs Quintana for the expensive rider's pick and went for the high risk high reward pick rather than chosing one of my favourite riders. Last year I went for Fanboy pick Gaviria over Alaphillippe and it cost me dearly. This time i've reversed it. Hoping for 2000 points or somewhere close to it.

NIBALI Vincenzo
Had to pick him since i am a big fan. Bit of a risky pick and if i wasn't such a fan might not have even picked him.
Will he be back to his best in the GT's? I have serious doubts. There's a packed field in the Giro, he'll have to really master his voodoo talents to even get on the podium. :lol: He's highly unlikely to repeat his MSR win.
There are more questions than answers but he's lo squalo the champion, never to be underestimated.
Hoping for 1000+

BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Surprised that only 8 others have picked him. Would've thought he would be a safe bet to score over 1000 points.
He suffered an injury early last season, but probably did not put him off much during the classics season.
Riding for DD isn't problem, he's scored more than 1000 points for three consecutive seasons prior to last season.
World's course should suit him well. No reason not to expect another 1000 point season.

GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
Third staright year of picking him and if you picked him at 1250, why not at 600?
Obviously there are concerns in going to a team like UAE, but with Neil Stepehens and Alan Peiper on board it looks like they are moderninsing. There have been a host of changes in the support staff and they''ve even added Frrome's pyscho doc. Hoping he can stay on his bike and if so, should deliver at least 1200 points.

GALLOPIN Tony
Another pick I'm pleased with, only 7 others have picked him, so he'll play an important role on where i'll finish in the game.
Last year he had a horrendous classics campaign and pulled out of the Tour early, even though he made amends in the Vuelta.
Will he be wasted being a domestique for Bardet or will he get his chances in the classics and the short stage races? That's the dilemma with him, but I'm thinking he should have enough freedom for him to perform in races and score around 1000 points. World's RR could also suit him.

ZAKARIN Ilnur
A return to the Giro & Vuelta should see him at least doubling his points. A bit wary of Russians burning out too quickly though, hopefully Zakarin's time is not yet up.

BOUHANNI Nacer
Had his worse season since 2011, but even though we've seen the rise of Laporte, Coffidis do need him.
Believe he'll sort out his differences with the team and be back scoring over 1000 points.

ARU Fabio
A bit wary of picking him, but if he returns to form should easily score around 1200 points. Figured out he'll be very popular so less of an impact on the game. Playing it safe.

GAUDU David
Probably the pick i'm most worried about.
Hoped that he'll get to lead the Vuelta and some smaller French races. Seems to be a decent hilly one day racer too. Expected at least 800 poitns when i picked him, but a bit worried that in a recent interview he siad that he'll most ride the same races as Pinot, which isn't too good for CQ scoring. If he scores about 500 pts might be a waste of a pick :(

KITTEL Marcel
Being the most popluar pick, his impact would be minimized, and the merger of DUbai & Abu Dhabi Tour takes away some of his most likely high scoring opportunities.
Still a return to winning LS's most favourite race and a couple of stage wins at the Tour along with some high placings in the sprinter's one day races should see him score atleast 600 points. 1000+ would be bonus.

FELLINE Fabio
Late season results last year seems to indicate that he has gotten over his illness. Has the all terrain ability and if he truly hits form can score over 1000 points.

VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
My unique pick, and will be cheering him madly. Had a look at Team CCC's line up and there's not much quality other than GVA there. Figured out he'll be the last man standing for GVA and should get a decent chance of scoring points for himself. A interview with him later, has confirmed the fact. My team was also a little light on cobbled classics riders, so went for him.

THEUNS Edward
Back to Trek, where he has done well in the past. Obviously Stuyven, Mads P & Degenkold should all be higher in the pecking order than him but he has a fast finish and 600 points is not out of the question.

PADUN Mark

Excting yougster who i'm hoping will improve a lot. Should get his fair share of chances at Bahrain.
Looking for around 500 points.

DURBRIDGE Luke
Looked like a beast in the cobbled classics in 2017, had an early season injury last year resulting in an underwhelming classics campaign. I' like to pick a couple of Aussies in my team to have the nice early feeling of getting some points on the board and he has not dissapointed so far this year.
With the start he's got, if he doesn't score 500 + i'll be dissapointed.

MEINTJES Louis
Boring rider and boring pick. But should at least Zubeldia his way to a top in a weak field at the Tour.
Looking for around 500 points.

PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
Another rider picked on promise though he's now 27.
Might get wasted on domestique duties but has that rouleur skills to score some decent points.
Will be satisfied with 300 points.

SEPULVEDA Eduardo
A returnee from last year. Dissapointing first season with Movistar but wanted couple of riders who could score in the small spanish stage races and went with him over other Movistar guys such as Carretero, Valls and Castrillo. Some points from San Juan would be nice too.

DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ Victor

Picked after looking at Team CCC line up. Should get his chance at some one week stage races with only Antunes and Pauwels being the other likely leaders.

SWIFT Ben
Back to Sky and with MSR and a home World's with a course that should suit him , at 72 points why not?

Luke Rowe
Recovered from injuries. Decent classics campaign should see him score at least 200.

RODRIGUEZ MARTIN Cristian
Selected for the small Spanish stage races.

ATAPUMA HURTADO Jhon Darwin
At Coffidis he should have opportunity to go in breakaways and will get to ride the Tour and Vuelta.
If he gets lucky with a couple of stage wins could score at least 400.

BETTIOL Alberto
Back with JV. No reason why shouldn't score at least 300 points.

[b]PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
My french Neo Pro pick this year. Hope he'll follow in the footsteps of Cosnefroy and Madouas.

[u]ALBANESE Vincenzo

Picked him again. Surely now's the time to live up to the hype.

BOOM Lars
Hope he'll perform in some of the smaller cobbled races.

KÄMNA Lennard
Big Talent and hope he'll bounce back, but did not know about his motivational issues when i picked the team.
Probably would have left him if I did.

VANHOUCKE Harm
Had injury problems last year. Lambrecht scored 300 points in his debut season, so expecting him to do well too.

VAN STAEYEN Michael

At Roompot and sprinting for himself. Looking for at least 200 points here.

RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
Another returnee. Believed in the hype last year and picked him at 155. So why not at 20?
Could be the next Bernal/Sosa or dissapear back to Costa Rica.

SCOTSON Callum

Another Aussie pick. Looked for Points at the Nationals and the Hammer Series. So far so Good with 14.

Evenepoel
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13 Jan 2019 13:06

I like your team, the asian. It looks really strong. As you mention, Gaudu could disappointed, as it seems like his progression stalled last year. The potential is definitely there, though. I'm also not 100% sold on Gallopin, but he could prove me wrong for sure.
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13 Jan 2019 14:47

Eyeballs Out wrote:
Similar for Vakoc, the other popular zero-pointer at QST. That was a really bad accident. At this point I just hope he still has a career racing and a good start would be to get at least half a season of just finishing races - maybe I'll pick him next season


Yeah Vakoc is in some ways harder to predict than Evenepoel - he could get back to a good chunk of his previous level and score a few hundred points, or he could prove that he'll never get back to race shape a la Malori. Recovery from such a serious injury over such a long period of time creates a big range of possibilities, and the actual range between winning races and being spit out the back is quite small physiologically, in the bigger picture. I hope for his sake he recovers, and I put him on my team because I think it's possible and if it is he'll score a few hundred points.
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Re: The 2019 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

14 Jan 2019 21:50

Can't believe the season starts today/tomorrow. It's nearly as exciting as putting the CQ team together :D

My TDU riders with a few thoughts

Porte - Had him last year and was going to swerve him until I saw his Aussie schedule, which seems to show a commitment to actually riding a few races. IF he can stay on his bike until the Tour then he's certain to be a good pick and anything after that is a bonus. It's going to be a nervous few months though

Hindley - Assuming he rides the other Aussie races, could be in profit by the end of the month. Showed well towards the end of last year, and will hopefully get a few more chances in his second season with Sunweb

Bauhaus - Will get a lot of races as the main sprinter for Bahrain and good support. Hoping for a couple of respectable placings here to get things going
Bettiol -
Honore - Mainly picked because I was so annoyed at missing Quickstep's neo-pros last year:)

O'Connor - Looked great at Trentino and The Giro before crashing, and presumably now the main GC rider for Dimension Data? Might be supporting Slagter here though, as this seems to be the race he peaks for every year
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Re: The 2019 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

15 Jan 2019 01:46

Hey, I got points! Caleb is the man!
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Re: The 2019 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

15 Jan 2019 04:39

Tonton wrote:Hey, I got points! Caleb is the man!


No, you didn't.

And today, he wasn't anywhere in the sprint when it counted.
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15 Jan 2019 07:12

A few points thanks to Marezcko and Philipsen but I am already kicking myself. All last season I after the TdeY I had Walscheid in my picks list for this year. I thought he looked like a beast in the making. Left him out quite late on. Oh well.
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15 Jan 2019 09:29

Nice start to the season for Walscheid! :)
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15 Jan 2019 15:01

CQ has an update out! I will have mine out later today.
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