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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

31 Jan 2018 00:33

Hmm: http://www.velo-club.net/post/interview-pavel-sivakov-les-grands-tours-me-font-rever

Tendinitis?! No winter form and starting from scratch?! Late March forecast start to season?? Huh, I guess I don't pay enough attention to cycling journalism to have known that. Well, two bright spots - 1. he says what my first thought was, namely that he'll maybe have a good late season because of it, and 2. he doesn't anywhere say he's just wanting to work for the team, rather he says 'why go back to U23, I'm pro now', and 'if I have chances, I'm going to go for them'. That's a good attitude to have on such a deep team.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

31 Jan 2018 04:40

Well, here are my hopes and dreams for the week:

Valenciana

Alejandro Valverde
Jurgen Roelandts
Ramunas Navardauskas
Danny Van Poppel
Sondre Holst Enger
Matvey Mamykin

Alot of guys here! More than I was expecting. Well, with a TTT and an 800m 'mountaintop' finish and 3 flat stages, not sure what to expect. DvP and Enger can do well in the sprints (and maybe even Roelandts), and of course normally Valverde is a podium threat anywhere. Mamykin doesn't have the team for the TTT and it's his first race. So we will see.

Etoile de Besseges

Bryan Coquard
Amaury Capiot
Vincenzo Albanese

Okay a few finishes are made for Coquard but everyone has him. Capiot and Albanese have definitely never shown the TT skills to give me confidence in something like this, but it's uphill end of the TT so who knows.

Herald Sun Tour

Esteban Chaves

I have one guy, he's the best guy there, but everyone has him. So, it'll be okay.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

31 Jan 2018 08:09

skidmark wrote:
Huh, I guess I don't pay enough attention to cycling journalism to have known that.

That interview is only a few days old i think (linked it here), therefore after the deadline. But yeah, bad news for teams with Sivakov.
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31 Jan 2018 09:11

Kazistuta wrote:
Nathanptz wrote:Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.1)
1. Danny van Poppel
2. Jurgen Roelandts
3. Matvei Mamykin
Etoile de Bessèges (2.1)
1. Bryan Coquard
2. Sean de Bie
3. Vincenzo Albanese
4. Amaury Capiot
Herald Sun Tour (2.1)
1. Esteban Chaves
2. Robert Power
3. Robbert de Greef

Hopefully Power and de Greef can rack up some points in this weak field, should be possible.


Who is this De Greef? I've never heard of him. Is he related to the famous Ninja candidate Francis? Will be surprised to see him get points in Jayco considering his past results.


They are not related. This De Greef is dutch
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

31 Jan 2018 17:51

skidmark wrote:Update #3: Lots of Turmoil but a Repeat Winner Distances the Field

Wowee, it really feels like the season is getting started, hey? Races in Australia, races in Argentina, races in Indonesia, Dubai, getting started on European soil in Mallorca and in Marseille... remember before the CQ game when it was kinda nothing until Het Volk? Neither do I.

A busy week, with the potential for a lot of riders riding on various continents, perhaps unsurprisingly saw some big shakeups in the overall. But the week itself (and indeed, the overall) belonged to a name we've already seen in this game this year.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 Jon_Ezeitza 483
2 Valv.Piti 434
3 Giallo 421
4 18-Valve. (pithy) 389
5 PeterB 379

Well, if I'm starting the summary with 'unique pick Jay McCarthy' on the week that rider has won the biggest points of the week, you're probably doing pretty well. But newcomer Jon Ezeitza kills it for the second time in three weeks! This team - have you seen this team? Its highest-price rider is 395 point Jack Haig. It has 4 riders picked by over 50 teams, and is 124th out of 129 on the popularity chart. That is a great recipe to win some weeks, at the very least! Loving it. So yeah, other than McCarthy, there are 62 points from unique pick Nikias Arndt, 80 points from rare pick (3 teams) Gregor Muhlberger, 48 points from rare pick Odd Christian Eiking (8 teams) and a handful from other sources (including 30 from Nizzolo, who somehow made his way onto this unconventional squad). Second place goes to Valv.Piti, who picks up 76 points from their team's namesake, 121 from rare (5 teams) Javi Moreno, 91 from the relatively rare (16 teams) Filippo Ganna, and the requisite Coquard/Nizzolo points. Third place Giallo has the Valv/Moreno combo, as well as some decent points from Moscon and Enger. Just also want to note that two teams with names referencing Alejandro Valverde got in the top 5 because of him this week... that may be a recurring theme this year.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 18-Valve. (pithy) (+67)
2 PeterB (+60)
3 Geraint Too Fast (+59)
3 Hugo Koblet (+59)
5 fauniera (+56)

Speaking of that other Valv-referencing team... man do I love the early season. Look at those numbers! 67 spots! There were a few teams that got less than 67 points this week! Anyway, 18-Valve.(pithy) - which, sidenote, is not exactly the most pithy name - takes the top spot, another beneficiary of the Valv/Moreno train (huh, that's 3 out of the 5 Moreno teams that also have Valverde, interesting). PeterB hops a respectable 60 spots with Moreno and no Valverde, just the more common Coquard/Brambilla/Nizzolo/Enger bunch. CQ Game mainstays Geraint Too Fast and Hugo Koblet tie for third with a 'that is more than okay' 59-spot leap. In case you were wondering, GTF is the 5th and final owner of Moreno - a good week for those folks all around.

Green Jersey Competition


Rank Team Total
1 Jon_Ezeitza 90
2 ChrisDK 46
3 Poles & Co. 42
4 Nathanptz 36
5 Valv.Piti 35
5 l'velo 35

Well yeah, if you win two out of three weeks, it's gonna be you. The rest of the top 5 remains the same, except Valv.Piti jumps into a tie for 5th with the 2nd place weekly points.

Top 10 Overall


Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (+4) Jon_Ezeitza 958
2 (-1) Poles & Co. 730
3 (+7) Sneekes 727
4 (-) bminchow 725
5 (+2) sodak_za 722
6 (-3) Nathanptz 708
7 (+1) Salvarani 670
8 (+29) Giallo 649
9 (+13) search 632
10 (+7) postmanhat 624

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team that is dominating every other aspect of this game is also dominating the overall. Jon Ezeitza has a 228 point lead with fewer than 1000 points total, which is pretty impressive percentage-wise. Sure, soon enough the Cavendishes and Coquards and Chaves' and Lopezes (wait, how would you pluralize those last two? I'm confused, that doesn't look right) of the world are gonna start scoring, and this team's time will be up. But it is a beautiful thing right now.

Last week's leader Poles & Co drops but holds a respectable second, while Sneekes captures third (fourth place bminchow is the only team in the entire 129 team field to hold position this week). Despite the jumping around, the top 7 teams were all in the top 10 last week - Giallo, search and postmanhat move in, while repre, ChrisDK, and kiszol fall out.

Next week - Valencia, Etoile de Besseges, Herald Sun Tour - oh my! Let's two-point-one it up!

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as per the rankings tab, i am actually 7th this week and was in the top ten last week as well... happy to fly under the radar but wanted to make sure i am reading the sheet properly
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31 Jan 2018 18:47

@l'velo:
The 'Update' tab displays your score as LaFlorecita's, it seems. I guess that's the tab that skidmark copies the leaderboard from. I'm sure he'll fix it for the next update (or in a correction of this one).

That's indeed some serious Zubeldia-ing you're up to. :D
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31 Jan 2018 19:12

For Valencia Amador so he can be home with his fiance for the birth of their daughter (whom is being given the same name I have and the same spelling. My name is uncommon and the spelling of it is even more uncommon so I find this really cool.). Jasha Sütterlin is replacing him in the lineup for Movistar.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

01 Feb 2018 09:35

skidmark wrote:Update #3: Lots of Turmoil but a Repeat Winner Distances the Field

Top 10 Overall[/b]

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (+4) Jon_Ezeitza 958
2 (-1) Poles & Co. 730
3 (+7) Sneekes 727
4 (-) bminchow 725
5 (+2) sodak_za 722
6 (-3) Nathanptz 708
7 (+1) Salvarani 670
8 (+29) Giallo 649
9 (+13) search 632
10 (+7) postmanhat 624

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team that is dominating every other aspect of this game is also dominating the overall. Jon Ezeitza has a 228 point lead with fewer than 1000 points total, which is pretty impressive percentage-wise. Sure, soon enough the Cavendishes and Coquards and Chaves' and Lopezes (wait, how would you pluralize those last two? I'm confused, that doesn't look right) of the world are gonna start scoring, and this team's time will be up. But it is a beautiful thing right now.

Spreadsheet at dropbox

Good morning, friend: where I live, in the Basque Country, the plural of the surnames we say without adding "s". For example: the Cavendish, the Coquard, the Chaves, the Lopez ... It is much easier to use them, both when speaking and when writing, and we make life a little less complicated :) .
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01 Feb 2018 19:41

Squire wrote:@l'velo:
The 'Update' tab displays your score as LaFlorecita's, it seems. I guess that's the tab that skidmark copies the leaderboard from. I'm sure he'll fix it for the next update (or in a correction of this one).

That's indeed some serious Zubeldia-ing you're up to. :D


Whoops, sorry about that! Yes, when I add a new team to the sheet, I copy the line before it and do a find and replace to get the formulas to read the new team name. I forgot that excel has issues with certain characters so it messed up when I put "l'velo" and I had to change it to "lvelo" in the formulas, but I must have copied the rankings tab to the update tab before I did that. It's all fixed now, and I very much doubt anyone else will have the same problem!
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

01 Feb 2018 21:09

Mamykin!! Nice abandon dude. Jeez.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

02 Feb 2018 00:54

bminchow wrote:Mamykin!! Nice abandon dude. Jeez.

just another example why you can't rely on russian...i made that mistake too.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

02 Feb 2018 05:44

fauniera wrote:
skidmark wrote:
Huh, I guess I don't pay enough attention to cycling journalism to have known that.

That interview is only a few days old i think (linked it here), therefore after the deadline. But yeah, bad news for teams with Sivakov.


Right, I knew that interview was recent, I just figured there must have been some knowledge about his condition over the winter from those 'in the know', a group that I don't count myself within. Although maybe this is the first it has come to light. Gawd, I hope he's not another Dombrowki (I will probably pick him three more times even if he is)...
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

02 Feb 2018 09:04

bminchow wrote:Mamykin!! Nice abandon dude. Jeez.

He's just returned from a very heavy injury :confused:
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

02 Feb 2018 09:06

bminchow wrote:Mamykin!! Nice abandon dude. Jeez.

Picking up where he left off :D

On the other hand, nice to see Fabbro up there with the best in his first race as a pro. Just give him a crash-free season and he'll get some very good results.
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03 Feb 2018 21:04

Well, if Valverde stays injury and calamity free, he will be a very big player this year. Assuming he wins the GC tomorrow, he will already be way over 10% of his cost. With Murcia, Andalucia and Abu Dhabi to come this month ... well, I daren't tempt fate.
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04 Feb 2018 00:07

armchairclimber wrote:Well, if Valverde stays injury and calamity free, he will be a very big player this year. Assuming he wins the GC tomorrow, he will already be way over 10% of his cost. With Murcia, Andalucia and Abu Dhabi to come this month ... well, I daren't tempt fate.


I think his performance is an exclamation point on the fact we need to at least believe his friends who train with him and know his abilities very well.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

04 Feb 2018 15:54

Gonna be hard to keep up with the teams that have Valverde it seems like :o


Happy to see him back like this though :)
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04 Feb 2018 16:02

On another note...

My unique pick Joseph Areruya won his second stage race this year at Coupe des Nations de l'Espoir Blue Line following up on his victory at Tropicale Amissa Bongo :D
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04 Feb 2018 18:37

Sean De Bie into profit :D
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04 Feb 2018 19:00

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?
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