Thanks for the update! It is my first time participating in one of these emerging riders games, and there is definitely a different rhythm to it than to one of the shorter (season-long, GT, or classics) games. It will be fun to watch how all of these riders develop over the next three years.
Three big scorers this month, but all three among our most popular picks.
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 190 (won Handzame and a stage in Catalunya) 22 teams
JAKOBSEN Fabio 155 (Handzame win) 27 teams
PHILIPSEN Jasper 132 (3rd in dreidaagse, won the triptique: I'm guessing his lucky number is 3) 21 teams
DAVIDS Brendon 62 for Lukas CPH
WELTEN Bram 59 pts 10 teams
TURGIS Tanguy 54 3
13 teams have all three of those popular picks, three of us have none of them.
The Asian moves up from 6th to take the lead, and is sweating under two yellow jerseys, as he also leads the 2017-19 version. Kryvo was immediately ahead of him, now immediately behind in second, having dislodged Scrool, who hangs onto his podium place ahead of Skidmark, who makes an impressive jump from 12th. Also bursting into the top ten are Flo, on the back of a 7 place rise, and Ludwigzgz, whose 10 place rise is matched only by monthly winner Karaev.
Once again, the best scorers were fairly high on the popular picks list.
JAKOBSEN Fabio 140 (Scheldeprijs win) for 27 teams
PADUN Mark 88 (2nd in Itzulia mountains category, stage win and 12 in GC in Tour of the Alps) for 19 teams
MCNULTY Brandon 78 (stage 2nd and GC 5th in Beiras e Serra da Estrela, 10th in Klasika Primavera) for 18
EG Niklas 77 (5th in Tour of Croatia) for 21
MADOUAS Valentin 63pts 10 teams
BOL Cees 60 1
LECROQ Jérémy 54 8
Kryvo moves back to the top of the table, but the table is still pretty volatile, with 4 teams moving up by 7 places or more, including new entries in the top ten Alykaptan and Kazizstuta (biggest riser: 9 places).
No points for my unique pick Nans Peters at the Tour de Suisse today, but at least he looked strong before being caught near the finish--hopefully a sign of things to come. (He also put in a good ride at the Tour de 'Ain last month.)
Last Monday passed me by without my noticing it was the first Monday (normal update schedule), and this week looks rather busy for me. Working on these three games during the build up to, and in the duration of, the TdF game is likely to be impossible if I am to maintain a marriage. So with your forbearance (or, frankly, without it), I'll do an early-May to mid-June 'month' next week, and another 6 week 'month' ending on the first Monday of August. Hopefully we will be back on schedule thereafter (though I won't promise that any update due mid Vuelta won't also be postponed).
This applies equally to the 2016-18 and 2017-19 editions. If you feel I have seriously undermined your enjoyment of the games, I will reimburse 25% of your entry fee if you send me the receipt.
Enjoy the additional tension waiting to see how you have done.
Year 1 Month 5-6 7th May to 17 June (for reasons explained last week)
POGACAR Tadej 136pts (Won GC at Course de la Paix, GC 4th in Tour of Slovenia, 2nd in ITT nats) 16 teams
LE CUNFF Kévin 106 (Won Boucles de l'Aulne) for Comodoro
BOL Cees 103 (2nd in GP Marcel Kint, 5th in Heistse Pijl) for Squire
MADOUAS Valentin 102 (7th in 4 Jours de Dunquerque, 8th in l'Occitanie) 10 teams
PEDERSEN Casper Phillip 102 (5th in4 Jours de Dunquerque and 2nd on a stage, top 20 in Belgium Tour) 11 teams
HIRSCHI Marc 97 (4th in Tour de l'Ain, 3rd in Course de la Paix) 7 teams
DE GENDT Aimé 81pts 1 team
MCNULTY Brandon 77 18
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 70 22
JAKOBSEN Fabio 69 27
PETERS Nans 69 1
GODON Dorian 66 1
PLANCKAERT Edward 61 5
Little stability in the table so far: leader Skidmark was 4th at the beginning of May, and Squire leaps from 16th to 3rd. That is the biggest jump, but Fauniera's 5 place move within the top ten is notable, and Cordi is also a new face, just, in the top ten.
None of the riders a year ahead of this cohort outscored these top two over this period, and only Akkermann of those 2 years ahead of them.
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro 284 points (one stage and overall in both Adriatica Ionica and Sibiu) for 12 teams
AGUIRRE CALPA Hernan Ricardo 282 (won 2 stages and GC in Qinghai Lake) 4 teams
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 112 (win and 2 seconds in Tour of Poland) 22
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel 92 26
KNOX James 90 14
JOHANSEN Julius 79 1
CARBONI Giovanni 75 2
NOMMELA Aksel 60 2
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan 60 10
JAKOBSEN Fabio 58 27
Ludwigzgz (winner of the first edition of this game) makes a huge jump from 19th to top of the table. Karaev is in the shade, having jumped only 12 places to 2nd place. Comodoro and Nathanptz are both new in the top ten, and the collective wisdom team is still leading the way.
Year 1 Month 8/9 7th August to 30th September (2 months together; I was rather busy with the Vuelta game at the beginning of Sept: I think I had intended doing a mid Sept update, but that didn't happen)
There were much bigger races in this period, but some decent scores accumulated.
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro 226 points (Burgos GC win, with a stage win and 2nd, and 6th in l'Avenir) for 12 teams
VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem 211 (won Slam og Nord, 4th in Great War remembrance, 5th in Antwerp Port, 8th in Eurometropole etc) for Comodoro, Karaev, Nathanptz
PHILIPSEN Jasper 207 (4th in Eurometropole, 8th in GP Impanis, Stage win and 2nd in Utah, and more) 21 teams
BALLERINI Davide 185 ( won Memorial Pantani and Trofeo Matteotti) for Madrazo
NOMMELA Aksel 163 (2nd in Antwerp Port Classic, 5th in GP Scherens and Maulebeke, 6th in Lichtervelde) for LukasCPH and Squire
JAKOBSEN Fabio 150 27 teams
MADOUAS Valentin 137 10
DE GENDT Aimé 120 1
CRAS Steff 112 13
POGACAR Tadej 111 16
The top three in this period had a bot of a margin over the rest, and are now the top three overall. Karaev was already 2nd, and now is top of the table, followed by Nathanptz on the back of a 6 place rise (best since the last update), and Comodoro up from 6th. Laarsland and Squire appear in the top ten.
Year 1 Month 10/11 1st October to 18th November (and therefore effectively to the end of the season) It didn't seem worth doing an end of October update if that left only a handful of November races to make a separate job out of.
JAKOBSEN Fabio 161 points (2 stage wins, 2 other podiums and the points win in Guangxi, 2nd in HammerHK) for 27 teams
MADOUAS Valentin 134 (Paris-Bourges win, 5th in Paris-Tours) 10 teams
BALLERINI Davide 116 (3rd in Gran Piemonte, 7th in Italian TT nationals) for Madrazo
VELASCO Simone 107 (10th in Gran Piemonte, 7th in Hainan) for Joelsim
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 78 22
FABBRO Matteo 64 1
CIMA Imerio 61 10
BASSO Leonardo 57 4
STANNARD Robert 51 6
GANNA Filippo 51 23
The only member of the previous top ten to move upwards is Kryvo, but the two teams above him in this period, Hugo K and Scrool, move up by 5 and 4 places respectively, Hugo appearing in the top ten. Will the riders who have not yet lived up to expectation come through in the remaining two seasons, or is the basic shape of the table already established?
Those two managers who sought early season glory through Gonzalo Najar get their 142 points of comeupance, with popular picks Narvaez and Ganna getting 1 and 14 points respectively in the reallocation of honours in the Vuelta a San Juan. Castrillo (6 teams) and Carretero (20 gain points from the disqualification of Igor Merino from his 8th place in the Spanish national ITT. Blues in the Bottle has all 4 of those riders who will now feel they have a more just points haul.
So the slightly revised end of year standings, 1/3 of the way through in terms of time, although rather less than that for points, are:
1 Karaev 4687
2 Nathanptz 4590
3 Comodoro 4504
4 Kryvo 4480
5 TheAsian 4425
6 Ludwigzgz 4345
7 Fauniera 4338
8 HugoKoblet 4281
9 Squire 4271
10 Laarsland 4208
11 Scrooll07 4184
12 Skidmark 4163
13 Cordi333 4142
14 AlyKaptan 4093
15 Hakkie2 3900
16 Blues_in_the_Bottle 3856
17 Kazistuta 3844
18 RoteLaterne 3734
19 Flo 3701
20 AmisVelo 3634
21 Shalgo 3587
22 Madrazo 3506
23 Armchair_Cyclist 3491
24 Monsieur_Hulot 3468
25 Josedin 3452
26 LosBrolin 3369
27 JonEzeitza 3352
28 DJW 3129
29 Joelsim 3053
30 Vladimir 2985
31 LukasCPH 2607
32 Leadbelly 1805
33 NorthAmericanScum 1761
34 Trudgin 1392
Best possible team
JAKOBSEN Fabio 777points 27 teams
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro 647 12
MADOUAS Valentin 561 10
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 558 22
BALLERINI Davide 508 1
POGACAR Tadej 361 16
PHILIPSEN Jasper 357 21
AGUIRRE CALPA Hernan Ricardo 347 4
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel 314 26
NOMMELA Aksel 310 2
VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem 308 3 JANSSENS Jimmy 290 0
ARANBURU DEBA Alex 285 0
MCNULTY Brandon 273 18
DE GENDT Aimé 271 1
HIRSCHI Marc 266 7
DENZ Nico 262 0
MÄDER Gino 255 0
The Collective Ignorance Team (those we all missed out on, headed by Janssens, Aranburu, Nenz and Mader) would have 4946 points, and a healthy lead. The actual leader, Karaev, has 67.4% of the 6950 possible.
Appart from Najar, with his retracted points, 3 selected riders remain pointless (DAL-CIN Matteo, GAZZOLI Michele and PEÑA MOLANO Wilson Estiben), and among those picked ten or more times without really justifying the hype (yet: they still have 2 years to prove their worth) are ALBANESE Vincenzo, VANHOUCKE Harm, OWEN Logan and RIVERA SERRANO Kevin. At least Albanese has now reached the 200 career total, so his repeated popularity while underacheiving will not be repeated.
Hope this whets your appetite for the new edition, so long as you think you can hold concentration until the end of 2021: official launch should be before the end of the day/year.
Chris Hamilton in 2018 did not finish in the top-18 of the best team of the year. But this year 2019 he started it on a motorcycle of 500 c.c .; until now he has scored 131 points. And it will go up many positions ... and I with him
Year 2, Month 1
So, riders, are you ready to step up?
24 selected riders have broken their ducks for this year, the best among them being:
HAMILTON Chris 131 points (6th in TDU, 16th in CEGORR) 8 teams
SCHULTZ Nicholas 116 (2nd overall, and a stage win, in Herald Sun race, and nationals 19th) 5 teams
FOUCHE James 70 (NZ national champion, and 5th in TT) for Leadbelly
PHILIPSEN Jasper 65 (TDU stage win) 21 teams
POGACAR Tadej 54 (13th in TDU) 16
EYOB Metkel 45 1
Karaev more than doubles his lead, and Kryvo overtakes Comodoro to take a podium spot: further down the top ten, Fauniera regains one of the positions he lost when Najar's points were removed, and Skidmark gets a top ten spot through the biggest rise this month:5 places.
Don't be surprised if the March update is slightly delayed: it will be the weekend of the first races in the Spring Classics game, so I might be a bit busy with that (watch our for news of it soon), but it should appear during that first week of March.
Here is the spreadsheet, but some columns are redundant or unupdated, because the first month each year requires slightly different calculation.
Year 2, Month 2 4th February to 3rd March
Pogacar looks like he is going to be a key selection in this edition, after arguably the best performance in the peloton, emerging or otherwise, this month.
POGACAR Tadej 212 (stage win, yellow jerseys, and overall win in Volta ao Algarve) for 16 teams
VELASCO Simone 150 (Laigueglia win) for Joelsim
MADOUAS Valentin 131 (2nd in both Drome and Adeche, 8th in Etoile de Besseges) for 10 teams
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro 91(2nd in Tour of Colombia) for 12
KNOX James 64 (8th in UAE GC) 14
AGUIRRE CALPA Hernan Ricardo 62 (4th in Rwanda GC) 4
PETERS Nans 57 1
PLANCKAERT Edward 52 5
MCNULTY Brandon 50 18
8 of the top ten at the end of January were in the top ten for February, so this was more a confirmation than a shake up. The cream may have already risen. There is some significant change though, with Comodoro making the podium, Hugo Koblet (+3) and Squire (+2) moving up within the top ten, and Laarsland (+3) joining that elite. Although they were 16th and 20th respectively this month, a congested lower-middle table gives Los Brolin and Monsieur Hulot the honour of biggest riser (+4).
BOL Cees 175 (Nokere Koerse win. 11th in De Panne) for Squire
WELTEN Bram 108 (8th in both Nokere and Denain, 4th in GP Cholet) for 10 teams
NAESEN Lawrence 95 (14th in De Panne, 10th in Nokere, 7th in Koksijde) 6 teams
NOMMELA Aksel 93 (16th in De Panne, 11th in Koksijde, 6th in Drenthe) for LukasCPH and Squire
PHILIPSEN Jasper 77pts 21 teams
SCHULTZ Nicholas 76 5
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 72 22
MADOUAS Valentin 63 10
VELASCO Simone 57 1
HIRSCHI Marc 56 7
Squire moves from 8th to 3rd, the jump of the month, and the idea that there can be a 200 point-odd margin over anyone else in a month shows that the title is still fairly open. AlyKaptan nudges into the top ten
JAKOBSEN Fabio 227 (Scheldeprijs win, stage win and 2 seconds in Turkey) 27 teams
POGACAR Tadej 197 (GC 6th and stage points in Itzulia, 6th in GP Indurain, top 20 in LBL) 16
ASGREEN Kasper 180 (2nd in Ronde van Vlaanderen) for Leadbelly and LukasCPH
MÜLLER Patrick 148 (Volta Limburg win, 5th in Circuit de la Sarthe) 5
MCNULTY Brandon 139 (Giro di Sicilia GC and stage win) 18
PRONSKIY Vadim 105 3
AGUIRRE CALPA Hernan Ricardo 99 4
MADOUAS Valentin 98 10
Squire is the top scorer by a large margin for the second month in a row, largely based on a different bunch of his team.
POGACAR Tadej 244pts (GC and a stage win in California) 16 teams
ASGREEN Kasper 195 (Stage win, Points classification and 3rd on GC in California) for Leadbelly and LukasCPH
BOL Cees 170(stage wins in California and Norway, 5th on GC in Norway) for Squire
MADOUAS Valentin 114 10 teams
SHAW James 102 for Shalgo
PETERS Nans 102 another unique pick for Shalgo
Higuita and Harper would have been in the moth's top 5 if anyone had picked them.
Top scorer for three months in a row is a terrific achievement, and it is no surprise to see Squire take the lead with a healthy margin. Hugo Koblet gets onto the podium: he is one of 4 teams to have a three place rise (Laarsland, who enters the top ten, Lukas and Vladimir are the others).