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13 Sep 2018 05:13

Tigerion wrote:Holy fudge balls I made profit
I think it is safe to say that spending over half my budget on Quintana, Porte and Landa was a Brilliant strategy this year



Ouch! I thought I had some bad picks, you managed to get the trifecta of bad picks.
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15 Sep 2018 02:35

Thanks for the update! Very surprised to have moved into 6th overall, hopefully a top 10 overall is within reach.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

18 Sep 2018 17:21

Update #36: Vuelta fray clarifies the frontrunners

Well, it's a GT GC week, so the CQ game was ripe to have some bombs go off. As well, there were a few 1.1 and HC races, and must-have Julian Alaphilippe somehow wrangled another 150 or so points out of Slovakia of all places. This isn't quite the highest scoring week of all time in this game, but it's not far off, with 54(!!) teams scoring over 1000 points for the week.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 zlev11 1782
2 AlyKaptan 1779
3 fauniera 1626
4 Valv.Piti 1545
5 Maaaaaaaarten 1501

And with all those points, the race for the top is decided by only 3! zlev11 scores the narrow victory, which wouldn't have happened without being one of the four teams to pick Simon Yates. With 677 points on the week to get to a monstrous 2261 on the season, Yates leads the charge for zlev11's team. Oh wait, you say their team also has the rest of the podium? Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez were both picked quite a bit more than Yates, but the podium combo is extremely valuable to have, accounting for 1521 points alone between them this week, which would get a team in the top 5 for the week. zlev11 was put over the top by the stage win of rare pick Jelle Wallays, as well as solid GC points from the more-anonymous Formolo and Brambilla. AlyKaptan also had an incredible week but came up just short, having the entire podium plus Brambilla as well, but a few less points from a supporting cast that included Cristian Rodriguez, Nizzolo, and the other Yates who got 21 points. Last year's winner fauniera leads the non-Yatesers for the week, having the other two on the podium, and the bold combo of Valverde and Alaphilippe.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 AlyKaptan (+24)
2 zlev11 (+21)
3 Amis_Velo (+16)
4 Kjellus (+14)
4 Leadbelly (+14)
4 Vesica (+14)

Even on this monumental points week, the moves up and down the standings are rather muted, due to the lateness of the season. The top 2 from the previous ranking switch places here, and Amis_Velo slips into third (despite being 24th on points for the week!), jumping 16 spots on the back of contributions from Lopez, Mas, Quintana, and a bunch of riders that got around 40 points like Cras, Van Poppel, or Manzin.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Squire 240
2 archieboy 221
3 Eric10 214
4 greenedge 203
5 zlev11 186

It is a very new-look top 5 this week. Let's start at the top - Squire reclaims the pole position after being down 1 point to archieboy, getting 20 points for 6th place on the week. archieboy doesn't score any this week, but Eric10 scores 17 to leapfrog greenedge into the top 3. Weekly winner zlev11 uses those 45 points, meanwhile, to stake a claim in the top 5 overall as well. The top four teams are within a weekly win away from the top spot, but few opportunities are remaining in the year.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (-) ruvu75 14790
2 (-) Squire 14605
3 (-) TheArt 13908
4 (-) trackstand 13575
5 (-) Gigs_98 13542
6 (+4) Eyeballs Out 12965
7 (-) LosBrolin 12960
8 (+5) Total Package 12924
9 (+5) Wallenquist 12880
10 (+2) Manafana 12834

At first glance one might be inclined to think there wasn't much that came of this big week due to the lack of place swapping in the top 5, but that doesn't tell the whole story, as point differences amongst some contenders were quite pronounced. ruvu75 and Squire are locked in a battle at the top, and both kept it up this week, finishing tied for 7th and in sole position of 6th on the week, respectively. Squire gained 23 points, outscoring ruvu 1416 to 1393, which is a relatively minuscule difference but keeps things close enough that something like, say, a good Michael Woods performance in the Worlds could vault team Squire into top spot. The same can't be said for TheArt, who has doggedly been keeping pace with the top 2 until this week, as they scored a normally good 897 points and ended up 68th on the week, but losing 500 points in a week to their two rivals feels like a knockout blow. None of the rest of the top 10 outscored ruvu or Squire, effectively making this overall a two horse race. There are some impressive leaps in the bottom half of the top 10, with Total Package, Wallenquist and Manafana jumping in, while PeterB, kabete and greenedge fall out.

spreadsheet at dropbox
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18 Sep 2018 18:12

haha, those scores :surprised: :lol:

I actually scored more points than I thought I did and came lower than I thought I would! :lol:
think that was probably my record scoring week and I only moved up 2 positions. at least I am back into the top 20 (for now).
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18 Sep 2018 18:46

I am in much the same boat with escartin: with Mas, Lopez, Brambilla, Carapaz, Formolo, Nizzolo, and Van Poppel, I thought that I must have had a good week, but instead my team was only 40th on the week and I actually slipped one place in the overall standings. It goes to show just how many points were on offer this week.
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18 Sep 2018 20:06

Thanks for the update!

Fun fact: zlev11, who now won the Vuelta week by 3 points, lost out on the win in last year's Vuelta week by four points. I'd say it's deserved. :D

A podium seems pretty secure for my team now, which would make me happy. It would of course be great to win it, but I need something special to overtake Ruvu75. This week was quite frustrating in that regard. Whenever I had a Taaramäe in 2nd place, Ruvu had a Gasparotto in 3rd.
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Re: The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

18 Sep 2018 21:32

I really like that gap behind my fifth place and for the first time I actually feel comfortable of staying in this position. Moreover I gained some ground on trackstand and theArt so maybe, just maybe there is still a chance for a podium. One can dream, right :D
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18 Sep 2018 21:52

Thanks for the update. We're headed home tomorrow to clean up from the hurricane. The entire area has no internet, so no idea when it will be back so I can talk with you all again. May have limited coverage with cell phone data.
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18 Sep 2018 21:58

The recurring questions which comes back to haunt you:

What good does being 1 of 4 to pick strong roleur Valentin Madouas at 1200%-profit gain you overall
when
You pick both Aru and Ed Theuns at a 25%-profif as your two most expensive riders?

Mediocrity...
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18 Sep 2018 22:09

laarsland wrote:The recurring questions which comes back to haunt you:

What good does being 1 of 4 to pick strong roleur Valentin Madouas at 1200%-profit gain you overall
when
You pick both Aru and Ed Theuns at a 25%-profif as your two most expensive riders?

Mediocrity...



No kidding. I picked Madouas and Hodeg, but have riders like Rosen and Bettiol
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19 Sep 2018 06:34

Atapuma
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20 Sep 2018 08:29

Thanks for the update.
Well, here I thought the Vuelta would do me good. And I made over 1000 points - but still slipped down 4 places.
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20 Sep 2018 09:12

I am in the same boat. I had second, third and ninth in the Vuelta, scored over 1100 points and I still dropped a few spots.

It seems to me that the standard has been very high this year. I have made fewer mistakes than usual, picked a couple of crackers and I am still only 30th or so.
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