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14 Mar 2019 22:09

tobydawq wrote:
SafeBet wrote:
tobydawq wrote:Bettiol is alive. I wouldn't be surprised if he shows himself to be a must-have.

Søren Kragh has thankfully put his disease behind him and I am hoping he can do a good GC here and be released in the classics (with Matthews' injury, this seems even more likely now).

Chaves also shows all signs of life in Paris-Nice (not the points giving ones just yet, though).

Aru, Spilak and Nibali don't.

I wouldn't worry much about Nibali, he's where he's been in the past few years at this point of the season. GTs and fall classics are where you should expect points from him.

Aru and Spilak on the other hand...


Yeah, that's true. But if he gets 280 points again next weekend I won't complain about him again ;)

I just think it was a bit weak to not be able to at least follow the 32 rider peloton. He wasn't too far away though and he did better than Geraint Thomas.



My only concern with Nibali is whether or not his back is ok and at this point it appears it is. As long as that is the case he should be fine for the races he's targeting. There are other riders on my team that I have more concerns about than him.
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16 Mar 2019 15:49

Good day for me with Lutsenko's stage victory in TA and Bernal and Quintana going 1 and 3 in PN. Very happy with my Lutsenko pick. :)
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16 Mar 2019 21:56

Been away this week so only just seen last week's update and very surprised to see my team at the top of the week standings

That's the end of the good news though. My top pick Moscon can barely turn pedals this season and looks like he has some sort of long term ailment which would be the end of my team's chances this season
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17 Mar 2019 01:28

Popchu wrote:Good day for me with Lutsenko's stage victory in TA and Bernal and Quintana going 1 and 3 in PN. Very happy with my Lutsenko pick. :)


Holy fuc! Insane squad bruh.

Barring accidents you will be catapulted straight to the top. Brutal.

I need Moschetti or Dainese to do something tomorrow in Drenthe or else it's all uphill.
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17 Mar 2019 03:17

Eyeballs Out wrote:Been away this week so only just seen last week's update and very surprised to see my team at the top of the week standings

That's the end of the good news though. My top pick Moscon can barely turn pedals this season and looks like he has some sort of long term ailment which would be the end of my team's chances this season



Don't worry, I have one rider, Kiryienka, who may not race at all this season due to a health issue and another rider, Landa, who's been sidelined since the start of the season with an injury.
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17 Mar 2019 15:02

Popchu wrote:Good day for me with Lutsenko's stage victory in TA and Bernal and Quintana going 1 and 3 in PN. Very happy with my Lutsenko pick. :)

This looks like a winning team. Chapeau.
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17 Mar 2019 17:49

Having a break from the exhausting business of scoring points this week .. unlike Popchu (kudos). Normal service will be resumed this next week ... he says hopefully.
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17 Mar 2019 20:03

Not many points this week for me, probably not even 150. Barguil crashing out in Paris-Nice really hurt my team, I think he could have gotten a good result...

For next week, I have to hope for good results in the 3 HC races. In Tirreno I only have Bettiol in an okay position on GC, and Küng could score some points in the ITT. For MSR, haven't seen a full startlist yet, but of course I won't be able to compete with the teams with Ewan, Trentin and Nizzolo. I will cross my fingers for Venturini.

I see some opportunities in the Belgian one-day races though.

Nokere Koerse
Remco Evenepoel
Aliaksandr Riabushenko
Max Walscheid
Rudy Barbier
Matteo Moschetti
Kristoffer Halvorsen
Imerio Cima
Harry Tanfield

Bredene Classic
Remco Evenepoel
Kristoffer Halvorsen
Matteo Moschetti
Harry Tanfield
Loic Vliegen
Aliaksandr Riabushenko

GP de Denain
Matteo Moschetti
Loic Vliegen
Rudy Barbier

Some thoughts about the game so far, I really regret not picking Lutsenko and Madouas. Lutsenko should be obvious, but Madouas, despite his young age and pretty high cost, is showing some really promising signs. He finished 11th in Paris-Nice even though he isn't really a climber. He can become really big.

As for my team, I think I have quite a few riders that seem to be in good shape, but lack the ability to finish things off at the end of a race or lack opportunities to ride for themselves. Meanwhile the riders that should be leaders at their teams are severely underperforming. Let's see what the next few weeks bring.
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17 Mar 2019 20:25

Porte and Bonifazio can no longer mask my trainwreck of a season. Barely got 100 points this week. I expect to drop out of the top 10 and possibly never be seen again until next season. It's not shaping up to be my year.
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17 Mar 2019 20:37

Squire wrote:Porte and Bonifazio can no longer mask my trainwreck of a season. Barely got 100 points this week. I expect to drop out of the top 10 and possibly never be seen again until next season. It's not shaping up to be my year.


You mean my team isn't the only trainwreck this season?
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17 Mar 2019 21:10

Jancouver wrote: I just noticed that you have only 25 riders on your team.

Obviously, you are eight cheap/free picks short ... perhaps if there was "average points per rider" category, you may do well but with such a disadvantage, it will be HC uphill battle.

It was a last minute decision for me to enter, after I saw the post in the PRR thread. I put my team together in one day, and being a first-timer, I didn't know better. Lesson learned...at my expense :o .

Now this week with Pinot, Nibali, Polanc, and Gaviria at TA, plus Ewan at PN, it won't be too bad...I hope :) .
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17 Mar 2019 21:33

Haig getting 4th at Paris-Nice is really amazing considering only 4 people have him. Always special when one of the "under the radar" picks performs. :)
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17 Mar 2019 22:21

Akuryo wrote:Haig getting 4th at Paris-Nice is really amazing considering only 4 people have him. Always special when one of the "under the radar" picks performs. :)

I am surprised only four people picked Haig. I thought about him very seriously and get the feeling that I will regret picking Taco Van der Hoorn instead. Haig is looking like a great pick.

At least I have Bernal, so the week is not a complete waste for me.
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18 Mar 2019 08:24

Akuryo wrote:Haig getting 4th at Paris-Nice is really amazing considering only 4 people have him. Always special when one of the "under the radar" picks performs. :)

Yeah, I'm very happy with that. He's definitely liven up to my expectations so far this year.
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Re: The 2019 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

18 Mar 2019 09:10

I really regret not having picked Nairo. I'm a big fan of his but i have to confess that i had lost my confidence in him a bit. Unfortunately i hadn't heard the news about Bartoli being his new coach, whom i like a lot. Lack of information never helps you in this game. ;)

Of course we don't know how good Nairo will be in the rest of the season, but things are looking good. Only 8 teams have picked Nairo, lets have a short look at these teams and the other expensive riders they chose.

18-Valve.(pithy): Froome, Bernal, Porte, Ewan
del1962: Bernal, Porte, Nibali, Gaviria
Falze: Porte, Nibali, Trentin
Geraint Too Fast: Bernal, Nibali, Poels
LightBing: Nibali, Gaviria, Costa
PeterB: Nibali, Gaviria, Trentin, Henao
Popchu: Bernal, Nibali, Lutsenko, Gaviria
Simurgh: Nibali

4 of these 8 teams also have Bernal, who i think will have a great season. Popchu even has Lutsenko, who has been on fire so far.
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18 Mar 2019 09:12

Not that many points this week I think for me. Just from sprints. With Ewan, Trentin and Gaviria.

Landa being out has really hurt my chances for some GC points in these early stage-races. So far some other riders have performed pretty good. But luck ran out with that in PN and TA. De Plus was in a good position in TA, but then was out of it. Which was unfortunate. I think I fell out of the top 10 this week :o
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18 Mar 2019 11:38

Squire wrote:Porte and Bonifazio can no longer mask my trainwreck of a season. Barely got 100 points this week. I expect to drop out of the top 10 and possibly never be seen again until next season. It's not shaping up to be my year.

Perspectives.
Dropping out of the top10 is a trainwreck for you.
(Hopefully) getting in the top100 is a success for me.

:D
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18 Mar 2019 17:43

I knew that I could trust Nairo to get himself together! I have started to regret choosing Nibali, because I don't think that he is able to win another GT, and with such a strong field in the Giro (Roglic, Bernal, Yates and Dumoulin e.g), I don't even think, that he will podium...but I hope that he at least can get a stage and top 5. I have no expectations for him in the Tour. Aru has been a waste of money/points, he is clearly past it.
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18 Mar 2019 19:25

Simurgh wrote:I knew that I could trust Nairo to get himself together! I have started to regret choosing Nibali, because I don't think that he is able to win another GT, and with such a strong field in the Giro (Roglic, Bernal, Yates and Dumoulin e.g), I don't even think, that he will podium...but I hope that he at least can get a stage and top 5. I have no expectations for him in the Tour. Aru has been a waste of money/points, he is clearly past it.

Agreed> Nibali and Aru are really messing this up. I'm guessing at MSR we'll see what Nibali is capable of when motivated. But I'm not holding out hope.
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Re: The 2019 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

18 Mar 2019 22:10

Update #10: Weekly and Overall Rankings feel a Pop

Whatever your gauge is, by the time Paris-Nice winds up, the season has most certainly officially started. Big points on offer for a 2.WT1 race, and it's won by a rider that is picked by more than a few people here (but not THAT many - 26 teams), so that is almost certainly going to shake things up significantly in this game.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 Popchu 659
2 del1962 625
3 Geraint Too Fast 607
4 Leadbelly 600
5 18-Valve. (pithy) 598

Week 6 winner Popchu gets another win this year with a very robust 659 points. If you thought that Egan Bernal's 274 points had something to do with that, well you'd be right. But even rarer pick (8 teams) Nairo Quintana's 213 points is a fine complement to that. Throw in Zakarin's 70, unique pick Lutsenko's 45 for the stage win in T-A, and that's mostly it for the stellar week. del1962 has a great week too with basically the same point-getters minus Lutsenko, while GTF clears 600 as well with the big two Colombians as well (I guess people who like one like the other - GTF has the same riders as above but was missing the 18 Gaviria points that the other two had).

This Week's Top Movers


Rank Team Up/down
1 Geraint Too Fast (+47)
1 Eric10 (+47)
3 Hugo Koblet (+41)
4 Leadbelly (+38)
5 18-Valve. (pithy) (+35)

The aforementioned GTF is atop this chart, but is tied with Eric10, who just missed out on the top 5 of the other standings having Bernal and Haig rather than Bernal and Quintana. Game founder Hugo Koblet makes an appearance (and was also just outside the top 5 scorers), amazingly also with Bernal and Haig (the latter of which is only on four teams).

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Popchu 118
2 MADRAZO 95
2 just_some_guy 95
4 armchairclimber 80
5 del1962 75

A second weekly win vaults Popchu over the previous deadlock for first place in this competition, dropping MADRAZO and jsg to second. Popchu had been in a 3-way tie for 3rd with 73 points, but their team's win and del's 35 points for second place has changed that to a two-way tie for 6th, just off the chart.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (+14) Popchu 2258
2 (-1) Blues in the bottle 2140
3 (-1) MADRAZO 2111
4 (+32) del1962 2094
5 (-1) just_some_guy 2077
6 (+1) shalgo 2069
7 (-4) Salvarani 2050
8 (-3) Amis_Velo 2029
9 (+35) 18-Valve. (pithy) 2011
10 (+38) Leadbelly 2005

There are... a few changes here. I guess the 26 teams that had Bernal and the 8 teams who had Quintana (at least 4 of them with both) really got a leg up on everyone else. Popchu absolutely launches up the charts, going from 15th place into 1st overall by over 100 points. The rest of the top 10 is some minor shuffling mixed with some crazy leaps. Aside from our new leader, del, 18-Valve and Leadbelly all jump over 30 spots into the top 10, while Nicosix, Londonpat, TheArt and Squire tumble out.

We've still got the overall of Tirenno to decide this week, as well as a glut of 1.HC races and - oh, what's this? Our first monument of the season!! Another fun week coming up!

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