2014 Tour de France CQ game

And here we go again:

Rules
Team of exactly nine riders. Teams with fewer riders will be filled out with cheapest riders available (if two or more riders are the joint cheapest, the rider whose name comes first alphabetically shall be used). If quota of nine cannot be reached in this manner (eg, 8 riders totalling exactly 4000, no free riders starting race) team will be disqualified.

Riders selected who do not start the Tour, or who are excluded from the game because of a ban (see below) will be replaced, if it is possible within budget, by the next most expensive from their own team, otherwise as above.

Where a team has nine riders but is over budget, the cheapest rider whose price is at least equal to the overspend, will be replaced according to the same principle.

Teams with more than 9 riders will have their most expensive pick(s) removed from their squad.

Budget
4000 points (as has been the case on the two previous versions of this game)

Price of riders
CQ current score as at 29th June, with points accumulated over 12 months leading up to that date, for which the update file that CQ release on Monday 30th will be considered definitive.

There is a spreadsheet at dropbox here that might help you compile your team.



Rider eligibility
As previously, any rider who has been under a ban for any part of the period during which their price is calculated is not eligible.
The only riders that I am aware of thus affected are Frank Schleck and Mick Rogers: please let me know if you spot others.

Submitting your team
By personal message to me. Should my message box fill up, I should be able to clear it each evening.
Do not attempt to send in your team before the finalised price list is available (30th June)
PLEASE use the CQ format for names (surname then first name, nothing else at all): it makes an enormous difference to the time it takes to log teams.
If you are also a member of Velorooms, it would ease pressure on my inbox if you submit your team there, where I have an unlimited PM space.

I shall endeavour to have my team ready on the first day after the price list is released and submit it to the first to submit a team so that there can be confidence that I didn't pick from among the best of everyone else's ideas. (Edit: I sent it to Dazed and Confused on 1 July)

Deadline
Saturday 5th July 1100 BST/1200 CET (Start time of the race)

Scoring

Points issued according to the points tables of CQ (column GT1). Note there are no points issued for the young rider category.

Per the precedent set in relation to Di Luca and Santambrogio in the 2013 Giro, riders sanctioned for doping offences shall retain their points for the purposes of this game unless the CQ website removes them before publishing the final result on the final day of the race (which seems most unlikely)



Teams entered so far

As at 10:15 am Fri 5th July
18Valve
Afrank
AG
Akuryo
AlPacino
Armchair_Cyclist
asdfgh101
BeagRigh
BicycleBoy
BigMac
BikeRacer33
Blues_in_the_Bottle
Comodoro
Crevaison
Dazed_and_Confused
DBCoop
Del1962
Diggercuz
Evans_is_the_best
Flo
Fus87
GeraintTooFast
Gotland
Handbrake
HilltopFinisher
Hugo87
ItalianGigolo *
Jancouver
Jaylew
Jorik112
Josedin
JosephD
JustSomeGuy
Karlboss
Kazistuta
L29205
LaVelocipide
Leadbelly
LiamP
LightBing
LosBrolin
LugHugger
Manafana
Martyfulu
MC_Mountain
Mellow_Velo
Minessa
Mix
Mkind07
Murali
Mutschi
NairoQ *
Oli
Oliveira
Patrick767
PeterB
Pricey_Sky
Rote_Laterne
Roubaix
Search
Shalgo
Simple *
Somar13
the_fool_on_the_hill
The_Sceptic
Tigerion
Trudgin
Tuart
USPostal *
Vladimir
Yellow_Knight
* indicates that team has issues: manager notified.

If you are part of other cycling forums, feel free to publicise the game there, and invite entrants.
Good luck!
 
Nov 26, 2012
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thank you AC for running this game. was looking forward for this for a long long time.

is the budget of 4000 finalized or can it be raised to 4500?

a doubt: is mike rogers affected?
 
Nov 26, 2012
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the sceptic said:
should be fun to try to figure out a good team here. why is the budget raised from the giro btw?
it was 4000 last yr.
I was hoping for a raise.
All the main GC, superdoms and points jersey contenders are too costly this year.
 
murali said:
is the budget of 4000 finalized or can it be raised to 4500?
the sceptic said:
why is the budget raised from the giro btw?
There was a lot of discussion before the first of these games (2012 Tour) as to what the budget should be: 4000 was decided upon eventually, as squad prices seemed higher than those for the Giro. I invited discussion of it last year, but no-one took it up. If anyone wants to present a compelling argument for change, we could discuss it, but my instinct would be to keep these things stable.

murali said:
a doubt: is mike rogers affected?
Good point: the principle is that if his score is lower than it might otherwise have been because of suspension, a rider is ineligible: he presumably could have earned some points between October and April (well, between January and April), so he is out of the game. Thanks for reminding me: I'll amend the OP and the selection spreadsheet.
 
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I haven't played this kind of game before, so I'm asking it over just to make sure: Your total score is gonna be your total post tour cq value of your team minus their starting value? Or minus the 4000? Or it's not the difference that's compared at all, just their raw points made during tour added up?
 
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murali said:
it was 4000 last yr.
I was hoping for a raise.
All the main GC, superdoms and points jersey contenders are too costly this year.
ah I see. I thought 3500 was the standard. But that makes sense.

Nice to have an extra 500 to work with.
 
mihhint said:
I haven't played this kind of game before, so I'm asking it over just to make sure: Your total score is gonna be your total post tour cq value of your team minus their starting value? Or minus the 4000? Or it's not the difference that's compared at all, just their raw points made during tour added up?
Your score is simply the total points won during the Tour by your 9 riders. There is no advantage in spending below the 4000 point budget unless you simply think that the cheaper riders will earn more points.
 
murali said:
is the link in dropbox after the TdS results?
The link to the selection spreadsheet (use with caution: teams are not confirmed and prices are liable to fluctuation until next Monday evening) is on the word here in the sentence There is a spreadsheet at dropbox here that might help you compile your team in the OP. The link word should show in a different font colour: I'll underline it to make it easier to see.

(Reading that again, I don't think you are asking where the link is, so I'll answer the alternative interpretation of the question)
The data in that spreadsheet is the most recent CQ download: data as of 15 June, so only 2 days of TdS included. Depending on at what time CQ make the download of data to 22 June available (and what is on TV, and/or how randy Mrs Armchair might be feeling) I will update prices either tonight or tomorrow evening: these will still only be provisional until 30th June.
 
Nov 26, 2012
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Armchair cyclist said:
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(Reading that again, I don't think you are asking where the link is, so I'll answer the alternative interpretation of the question)
The data in that spreadsheet is the most recent CQ download: data as of 15 June, so only 2 days of TdS included. Depending on at what time CQ make the download of data to 22 June available (and what is on TV, and/or how randy Mrs Armchair might be feeling) I will update prices either tonight or tomorrow evening: these will still only be provisional until 30th June.
sorry for that badly worded question. i was supposed to type file instead of link.

ty for the reply. I will wait for the updated file for making the selection.
 
Nov 26, 2012
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the way things are going, i think we can pick a team only after all the nationals are over. :(

every major contender is winning nationals now
 
Nov 26, 2012
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AC, could you please update the file? i hav got confused after the nationals.

Also, regarding raising cap. Is it still 4000? Most of my combinations are going over budget with just 7 riders :( so could you please raise the limit to 4500 unless ppl have already started submitting teams.
 
murali said:
AC, could you please update the file? i hav got confused after the nationals.
Not until CQ release their download, no, I can't. Do you expect me to look up 200 or more rider scores individually?

murali said:
Also, regarding raising cap. Is it still 4000? Most of my combinations are going over budget with just 7 riders :( so could you please raise the limit to 4500 unless ppl have already started submitting teams.
Not at this stage, no. You just need to be less ambitious in your selections. If you use the spreadsheet, it tells you at each step what your average spend per remaining pick can be.
 
Jul 21, 2012
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4000 sounds good to me. It wouldnt be any fun if everyone could just pick all the best riders. Got to find those hidden gems.
 
Nov 26, 2012
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if its 4000, then its 4000. I will change my choice strategy. The problem is in choosing the GC rider and main sprinter. valv,froome,AC,nibbles,cav, sagan,greipel... everyone is costly. They moment i choose one good GC guy, one decent sprinter and one superdom, i am out of options. I think i will have to change my strategy this time.

Thank you for the wonderful job that you do. i was asking for update as I will have to worry abt those small changes for my choice. i m waiting for all teams to be announced, hoping tht some cheap guy will get included at the last moment.
 

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