2018 Vuelta CQ Game

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Stage 6 Echelons before a sprint

A rather different permutation of sprinters from that on stage 3 , and an unexpected little bonus for Lopez' teams.

BOUHANNI Nacer 70pts 2 teams
VAN POPPEL Danny 40 2 teams
VIVIANI Elia 25 0 team
MOLARD Rudy 18 0 team
CONSONNI Simone 15 0 team
TRENTIN Matteo 10 1 team
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 7 2 teams
FRAILE MATARRANZ Omar 5 0 team
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 3 3 teams
SAGAN Peter 2 0 team
MØRKØV CHRISTENSEN Michael 1 0 team

1 LightBing 80 (Bouhanni and Trentin)
2 TotalPackage 70
3 NorthAmericanScum, Shalgo 40
5 BikeRacer33, Rote_Laterne 7
7 BicycleBoy, GPBlanco, Search 3

Standings

1 TotalPackage 128
2 LightBing 106
3 Koronin 102
4 Yellow_Knight 98
5 Shalgo 94
6 NorthAmericanScum 82
7 GPBlanco 71
8 Mellow_Velo 68
8 MidnightFright 68
10 Gotland 61


Red points

BOUHANNI Nacer 70 2 teams
VAN POPPEL Danny 50 2 teams
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 25 3 teams
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 25 1 team
BENNETT George 24 8 teams
DE PLUS Laurens 22 6 teams
ARU Fabio 20 20 teams
URAN URAN Rigoberto 18 20 teams
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 16 15 teams
MAS NICOLAU Enric 15 10 teams
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 15 17 teams
TRENTIN Matteo 10 1 team
...
DE TIER Floris -13 1 team
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro -16 1 team
PINOT Thibaut -30 3 teams
KELDERMAN Wilco -140 3 teams

LightBing is struggling in the table, but he has been top of the daily scores twice in a row.

1 LightBing 118 (Bouhanni, Aru, Uran and Trentin)
2 NorthAmericanScum 113 (Van Poppel, Bennett, De Plus, de la Cruz)
3 TotalPackage 111 (Bouhanni, Aru and Uran)
4 Shalgo 104
5 Squire 94
6 GPBlanco 81
7 LosBrolin 80
8 BikeRacer33 78
9 Bminchow 76
10 Search 71
11 Josedin 69
11 Salvarani 69
13 Axl 67
13 Rote_Laterne 67
15 Hakkie2 66
16 Laarsland 59
17 Akuryo 56
17 BluesInTheBottle 56
17 Nathanptz 56
20 Del1962 55
21 Paniou 52
22 Scrool07 50
23 MidnightFright 41
24 BicycleBoy 40
25 Carlo_Algatrensig 38
26 SemirS 36
27 Yellow_Knight 33
28 Leadbelly 28
29 Vladimir 20
30 AmisVelo 11
31 Crevaison 5
32 Armchair_Cyclist -6
32 Koronin -6
34 Gotland -85
35 Minessa -91
36 Mellow_Velo -106
Collective_Wisdom 70


Standings

Yesterday, the three things I note here (highest placed mover, new entries to the top ten, biggest positive jump) were all filled by the same team. Same today, but today it is Squire who ticks all the boxes.

1 Axl 905
2 Hakkie2 898
3 LosBrolin 894
4 Josedin 835
5 Nathanptz 808
6 Rote_Laterne 791
7 Laarsland 766
8 Akuryo 719
9 Yellow_Knight 690
10 Squire 654
11 Carlo_Algatrensig 646
12 Salvarani 641
13 Koronin 633
14 BikeRacer33 630
15 Bminchow 629
16 AmisVelo 624
17 GPBlanco 622
18 Shalgo 580
19 BicycleBoy 554
19 Scrool07 554
21 SemirS 536
22 Mellow_Velo 518
23 Minessa 512
24 BluesInTheBottle 496
25 Gotland 490
26 Del1962 484
27 TotalPackage 477
28 Paniou 474
29 Search 465
30 NorthAmericanScum 464
31 Leadbelly 435
32 Vladimir 423
33 LightBing 396
33 MidnightFright 396
35 Armchair_Cyclist 395
36 Crevaison 363
Collective_Wisdom 598
 
Stage 7 Not just an uphill sprint

Green points

GALLOPIN Tony 70pts 0 team
SAGAN Peter 40 0 team
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 25 1 team
MOLARD Rudy 18 0 team
PRADES REVERTER Eduard 15 0 team
FRAILE MATARRANZ Omar 10 0 team
URAN URAN Rigoberto 7 20 teams
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 5 1 team
MAS NICOLAU Enric 3 10 teams
KELDERMAN Wilco 2 3 teams
KUSS Sepp 1 1 team

It's several days since we have had more than a handful of scorers:
1 Koronin 29 (Valverde, Mas and Kuss)
2 Axl , BluesInTheBottle, Salvarani, Squire 10 (Uran and Mas)
6 Gotland, Mellow_Velo, Minessa 9 (Uran and Kelderman)
9 Thirteen Uran teams 7
22 Josedin 5
23 Five Mas teams 3

Standings

1 TotalPackage 135
2 Koronin 131
3 LightBing 113
4 Yellow_Knight 105
5 Shalgo 101
6 NorthAmericanScum 82
7 Mellow_Velo 77
8 MidnightFright 75
9 GPBlanco 74
10 Gotland 70

Red points
Valverde and Gallopin move up in the GC top ten, resulting in Kwiatkowski (unpicked) and Ion Izagirre moving down.
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 204 1
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 16 2
MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel 16 3
ZAKARIN Ilnur 12 3
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 10 1
DUPONT Hubert 10 2
...
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion -20 1

One undoubted winner of the day:
1 Koronin 213
2 Carlo_Algatrensig 32
3 Scrool07 29
4 LosBrolin 27
5 Armchair_Cyclist 21
5 Squire 21
7 Crevaison 19
8 Nathanptz 18
9 TotalPackage 17
10 Search 15
11 AmisVelo 13
11 Mellow_Velo 13
11 Salvarani 13
14 BluesInTheBottle 12
14 Rote_Laterne 12
16 Del1962 10
16 Minessa 10
18 Gotland 9
18 MidnightFright 9
18 Vladimir 9
21 Akuryo 7
21 Axl 7
21 Hakkie2 7
21 LightBing 7
25 Leadbelly 6
25 SemirS 6
27 Paniou 5
27 Shalgo 5
27 Yellow_Knight 5
30 GPBlanco 4
31 Bminchow 3
32 BikeRacer33 2
33 BicycleBoy 0
34 Laarsland -1
35 NorthAmericanScum -8
36 Josedin -20
Collective_Wisdom 10

Standings
That top three are so close that it only took Dani Moreno moving up through the 30s in GC to move from 3rd to first. Koronin's super-day brings him to just off the podium, the rise of the day (9 places), and the only new team in the top ten.

1 LosBrolin 921
2 Axl 912
3 Hakkie2 905
4 Koronin 846
5 Nathanptz 826
6 Josedin 815
7 Rote_Laterne 803
8 Laarsland 765
9 Akuryo 726
10 Yellow_Knight 695
11 Carlo_Algatrensig 678
12 Squire 675
13 Salvarani 654
14 AmisVelo 637
15 BikeRacer33 632
15 Bminchow 632
17 GPBlanco 626
18 Shalgo 585
19 Scrool07 583
20 BicycleBoy 554
21 SemirS 542
22 Mellow_Velo 531
23 Minessa 522
24 BluesInTheBottle 508
25 Gotland 499
26 Del1962 494
26 TotalPackage 494
28 Search 480
29 Paniou 479
30 NorthAmericanScum 456
31 Leadbelly 441
32 Vladimir 432
33 Armchair_Cyclist 416
34 MidnightFright 405
35 LightBing 403
36 Crevaison 382
Collective_Wisdom 608
 
Stage 8 An eclectic top ten for a bunch finish

Green points (Why didn't I think of adding the colour years ago?)

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 70pts 1 team
SAGAN Peter 40 0
VAN POPPEL Danny 25 2
MOLARD Rudy 18 0
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 15 1
NIZZOLO Giacomo 10 14
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus 7 0
YATES Simon 5 3
LAMBRECHT Bjorg 3 0
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 2 2
KRUIJSWIJK Steven 1 0

1 Koronin 70
2 Shalgo 35 (Van Poppel and Nizzolo)
3 NorthAmericanScum 25
4 AmisVelo, Josedin 15(Nizzolo and Yates)
6 BikeRacer33 12 (Nizzolo and Garcia)
7 Eleven Nizzolo teams 10
18 BicycleBoy, SemirS 5
20 Rote_Laterne 2

Standings

Valverde has more than twice as many stage points as any other selected rider, so the lead of the only team to have him is almost inevitable, especially after three days out of 4 as top scorer.
1 Koronin 201
2 TotalPackage 145
3 Shalgo 136
4 LightBing 113
5 NorthAmericanScum 107
6 Yellow_Knight 105
7 Mellow_Velo 87
8 MidnightFright 85
9 Gotland 80
10 BikeRacer33 74
10 GPBlanco 74


Red points

No GC change in the top 30-odd places, and little in the mointains or points classifications (although van Poppel makes some progress in the latter), so the changes are basically those from the stage finish.

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 70pts 1 team
VAN POPPEL Danny 35 2
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 18 1
NIZZOLO Giacomo 17 14
YATES Simon 5 3
...
KELDERMAN Wilco -1 3
ANACONA GOMEZ Winner Andrew -1 1
PORTE Richie -1 10
DE MARCHI Alessandro -2 2
HERRADA LOPEZ Jose -3 2
ZAKARIN Ilnur -6 3

1 Koronin 69
2 Shalgo 55
3 NorthAmericanScum 35
4 AmisVelo 24
5 Josedin 21
6 Bminchow 20
6 Search 20
8 BikeRacer33 19
8 Gotland 19
8 Mellow_Velo 19
11 Salvarani 17
11 Scrool07 17
13 Armchair_Cyclist 16
13 BluesInTheBottle 16
13 MidnightFright 16
13 Paniou 16
13 TotalPackage 16
18 SemirS 10
19 BicycleBoy 5
20 Del1962 2
20 Laarsland 2
20 Minessa 2
23 Axl 0
23 Hakkie2 0
23 LightBing 0
23 LosBrolin 0
23 Nathanptz 0
23 Squire 0
23 Yellow_Knight 0
30 Leadbelly -1
30 Rote_Laterne -1
32 GPBlanco -2
33 Akuryo -4
34 Carlo_Algatrensig -6
34 Crevaison -6
34 Vladimir -6
Collective_Wisdom 20

Standings

Sometimes a manager lets his heart dictate his pick. Sometimes a manager decides to risk more than half his budget on one rider. Occasionally those coincide. And very rarely, one or both of those tactics pays off. But even if it makes you top scorer on 3 days out of 4, it might leave you just short...

1 LosBrolin 921
2 Koronin 915
3 Axl 912
4 Hakkie2 905
5 Josedin 836
6 Nathanptz 826
7 Rote_Laterne 802
8 Laarsland 767
9 Akuryo 722
10 Yellow_Knight 695
11 Squire 675
12 Carlo_Algatrensig 672
13 Salvarani 671
14 AmisVelo 661
15 Bminchow 652
16 BikeRacer33 651
17 Shalgo 640
18 GPBlanco 624
19 Scrool07 600
20 BicycleBoy 559
21 SemirS 552
22 Mellow_Velo 550
23 BluesInTheBottle 524
23 Minessa 524
25 Gotland 518
26 TotalPackage 510
27 Search 500
28 Del1962 496
29 Paniou 495
30 NorthAmericanScum 491
31 Leadbelly 440
32 Armchair_Cyclist 432
33 Vladimir 426
34 MidnightFright 421
35 LightBing 403
36 Crevaison 376
Collective_Wisdom 628

In an almost neutralised day in the game, Koronin's 2 place hop from 4th to 2nd is the biggest step forward of the day, and Josedin is the only other manager to move up in the top ten.

Sorry for the late update: stage 9, now underway, should let us know how realistic the standings at this stage are.
 
Stage 9 La Covatilla, the second MTF repeats the result of the first

Green points

KING Benjamin 70points 0 teams
MOLLEMA Bauke 40 0
TEUNS Dylan 25 1
YATES Simon 20 3
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 15 3
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 10 17
KELDERMAN Wilco 7 3
URAN URAN Rigoberto 5 20
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 3 1
BENNETT George 1 8

1 Nathanptz 40 (Teuns, Quintana, Uran)
2 BicycleBoy 35 (Yates, Lopez)
3 AmisVelo 30 (Yates and Quintana)
4 SemirS 25 (Yates, Uran)
5 Mellow_Velo, Minessa 22
7 GPBlanco, Rote_Laterne, Search 16
10 Axl, Del1962, LosBrolin, Paniou, Salvarani, Shalgo 15
16 Gotland 12
17 BikeRacer33, Bminchow 11
19 Hakkie2, Laarsland, Scrool07, Vladimir 10
23 Squire 6
24 BluesInTheBottle, Crevaison, Leadbelly, LightBing, MidnightFright, TotalPackage, Yellow_Knight 5
31 Josedin 4
32 NorthAmericanScum 1
33 Akuryo, Armchair_Cyclist, Carlo_Algatrensig, Koronin 0
Collective_Wisdom 15

Standings

1 Koronin 201
2 Shalgo 151
3 TotalPackage 150
4 LightBing 118
5 Yellow_Knight 110
6 Mellow_Velo 109
7 NorthAmericanScum 108
8 AmisVelo 92
8 Gotland 92
10 GPBlanco 90
10 MidnightFright 90

Red points

Lots of GC change: the green points almost irrelevant today.


YATES Simon 255 3 teams
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 160 17 teams
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 94 3 teams
URAN URAN Rigoberto 74 20 teams
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 53 1 team
TEUNS Dylan 30 1 team
KELDERMAN Wilco 26 3 teams
BENNETT George 16 8 teams
ARU Fabio 16 20 teams
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 14 15 teams
PINOT Thibaut 10 3 teams
...
DE PLUS Laurens -14 6 teams
MAS NICOLAU Enric -23 10 teams
BUCHMANN Emanuel -50 10 teams


Most of the points lost were held by the unchosen Kwiatkowski and Molard, so we nearly all end up in the black.

1 AmisVelo 414 (Yates and Quintana)
2 BicycleBoy 363 (Yates, Lopez and de la Cruz)
3 SemirS 339 (Yates, Uran and de la Cruz)
4 Minessa 271
5 Mellow_Velo 256
6 Del1962 253
7 Paniou 241
7 Shalgo 241
9 Salvarani 226
10 Nathanptz 209
11 Bminchow 202
12 Rote_Laterne 197
12 Vladimir 197
14 LosBrolin 190
15 Scrool07 183
16 Axl 181
17 BikeRacer33 160
18 Hakkie2 123
19 Gotland 120
20 Search 112
21 Laarsland 109
22 Crevaison 106
22 Squire 106
24 TotalPackage 93
25 LightBing 90
26 MidnightFright 89
27 Leadbelly 84
28 GPBlanco 79
29 BluesInTheBottle 66
30 Yellow_Knight 40
31 Josedin 32
32 NorthAmericanScum 14
33 Armchair_Cyclist -8
34 Koronin -9
35 Carlo_Algatrensig -10
36 Akuryo -46
Collective_Wisdom 260

Standings
Los Brolin slightly extends his lead, and Axl regains the second place he lost yesterday, but lots of change behind those two, with the three Yates teams gatecrashing the top ten, led by Amis Velo in third place, although Bicycle Boy had a slightly bigger (13 place) jump. Salvarani, courtesy of Quintana and Uran, also breaks into the top ten.

1 LosBrolin 1111
2 Axl 1093
3 AmisVelo 1075
4 Nathanptz 1035
5 Hakkie2 1028
6 Rote_Laterne 999
7 BicycleBoy 922
8 Koronin 906
9 Salvarani 897
10 SemirS 891
11 Shalgo 881
12 Laarsland 876
13 Josedin 868
14 Bminchow 854
15 BikeRacer33 811
16 Mellow_Velo 806
17 Minessa 795
18 Scrool07 783
19 Squire 781
20 Del1962 749
21 Paniou 736
22 Yellow_Knight 735
23 GPBlanco 703
24 Akuryo 676
25 Carlo_Algatrensig 662
26 Gotland 638
27 Vladimir 623
28 Search 612
29 TotalPackage 603
30 BluesInTheBottle 590
31 Leadbelly 524
32 MidnightFright 510
33 NorthAmericanScum 505
34 LightBing 493
35 Crevaison 482
36 Armchair_Cyclist 424
Collective_Wisdom 888

After a blip in the Tour, I am back in my more accustomed place.
 
Rest Day 1
A focus on the scores of the riders, rather than the teams.

Green points

We have not done particularly well in selecting those getting good stage placings or red jersey wearers so far, and the scores in this category are rather low.

1 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 165pts 1 team (Koronin, this one rider alone would put him top)
2 KING Benjamin 140 0 (would only have cost 77 points)
3 KWIATKOWSKI Michal 134 0
4 SAGAN Peter 107 0
5 VIVIANI Elia 95 0

6 DENNIS Rohan 88 1 (Yellow Knight)
7 BOUHANNI Nacer 85 2 (LightBing and Total Package)
8 MOLLEMA Bauke 80 0
9 MOLARD Rudy 79 0
10 GALLOPIN Tony 77 0

11 VAN POPPEL Danny 72 2 (NAS and Shalgo)
12 CLARKE Simon 70 0 (Other than Stalnov and King, only one who might have been a decent pick on %age return for green points alone so far)

13 NIZZOLO Giacomo 50 14 (including Total Package and Shalgo)
14 STALNOV Nikita 40 0 (Even cheaper than King)

15 DE MARCHI Alessandro 32 2 (Koronin and Gotland)
16 YATES Simon 28 3 (Amis Velo, Bicycle Boy and SemirS)

Red points

1 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 610pts 1 team (His green points, and those in minor categories, more than make up for the point differential between first and second)
2 YATES Simon 528 3
3 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 327 17
4 GALLOPIN Tony 294 0
5 KING Benjamin 279 0

6 BUCHMANN Emanuel 272 10
7 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 268 1
8 KWIATKOWSKI Michal 239 0

9 LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 210 3
10 URAN URAN Rigoberto 180 20
11 SAGAN Peter 162 0
12 MOLLEMA Bauke 160 0
13 MOLARD Rudy 157 0
14 KRUIJSWIJK Steven 151 0

15 BENNETT George 146 8
16 KELDERMAN Wilco 122 3
17 ARU Fabio 120 20
18 VIVIANI Elia 117 0

19 MAS NICOLAU Enric 115 10
20 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 104 15
21 DENNIS Rohan 103 1
22 BOUHANNI Nacer 100 2
22 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel 100 1

Who among these do the top teams have?
1 LosBrolin 1111 Quintana, Buchmann, Uran, Aru
2 Axl 1093 Quintana, Buchmann, Uran, Mas, de la Cruz
3 AmisVelo 1075 Yates, Quintana
4 Nathanptz 1035 Quintana, Buchmann, Uran
5 Hakkie2 1028 Quintana, Buchmann, Aru, Mas, de la Cruz
6 Rote_Laterne 999 Quintana, Buchmann, Uran, Bennett
7 BicycleBoy 922 Yates, Lopez, de la Cruz
8 Koronin 906 Valverde, Mas
9 Salvarani 897 Quintana, Uran, Aru, Mas
10 SemirS 891 Yates, Uran, de la Cruz

Expensive picks not in that list of 100 point plus riders include Pinot (3 teams), Martin (1), Trentin (1), Zakarin (3), and Porte (10). SemirS and Laarsland manage 10th and 12th despite having lost budget on Porte: no-one else with these expensive failures make the top 20.

I am honour bound to be the second person to have a team ready, but why did the other teams who had selected Porte not do as Shalgo did, and swap him out when he was too ill to attend the pre-race formalities?
 
Yeah I did risk a lot going with picking Valverde. Yes he is a heart/favorite rider pick. I basically hoped he had gotten his form back to something resembling decent plus the great terrain for him I hoped he'd be up there for most stages in the top 10 (baring breaks taking stages). There are two mountain stages I am/was most worried about with him. He's gotten through one of them, one more to go. It will be interesting to see the Green points at the end for teams plus specifically what Valverde ends up with compared to other combos of riders. Although I guess if ends up with the Green Jersey in Madrid I should end up fairly high in that category here. :)
 
Stage 10 Across the plateau to a sprint

Green points

The popular pick among the sprinters is becoming decent value.

VIVIANI Elia 70 0
SAGAN Peter 40 0
NIZZOLO Giacomo 25 14
YATES Simon 18 3
SOTO MARTINEZ Nelson Andres 15 0
SARREAU Marc 10 0
VAN POPPEL Danny 7 2
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 5 2
ABERASTURI IZAGA Jon 3 2
CONSONNI Simone 2 0
TRENTIN Matteo 1 1

1 AmisVelo 43 (Nizzolo and Yates)
2 Shalgo 32 (Nizzolo and Van Poppel)
3 BikeRacer33 30 (Nizzolo and Garcia)
4 Eleven more Nizzolo teams 25
15 BicycleBoy, SemirS 18
17 NorthAmericanScum 10
18 Rote_Laterne 5
19 Josedin 3
20 LightBing 1

Standings
1 Koronin 201
2 Shalgo 183
3 TotalPackage 175
4 AmisVelo 135
5 Mellow_Velo 134
6 LightBing 119
7 NorthAmericanScum 118
8 Gotland 117
9 BikeRacer33 115
9 MidnightFright 115


Red points

Almost nothing at all happening in the GC, and while Valverde moves up in the mountains category, he loses the lead in the points.

There are so few selected riders with a change today, I'll give them all:
NIZZOLO Giacomo 32pts 14 teams
YATES Simon 18 3
VAN POPPEL Danny 7 2
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 5 2
ABERASTURI IZAGA Jon 3 2
TRENTIN Matteo 1 1
ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor 1 4
HERRADA LOPEZ Jose 1 2
...
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel -1 3
KELDERMAN Wilco -1 3
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion -1 1
DE TIER Floris -1 1
SAEZ BENITO Hector -1 1
TEUNS Dylan -2 1
MARTIN Daniel -15 1
PETILLI Simone -15 1
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro -25 1


2 selected riders have dropped out of the race: they lose the 15 points they were on schedule for getting as finishers, but had no other points. Of course, the loss of Petilli does less damage to a team's budget than that of Dan Martin.

1 AmisVelo 50
2 Shalgo 39
3 BikeRacer33 37
4 Armchair_Cyclist 32
4 BluesInTheBottle 32
4 Bminchow 32
4 MidnightFright 32
4 Paniou 32
4 Salvarani 32
4 Scrool07 32
4 TotalPackage 32
12 Gotland 31
12 Mellow_Velo 31
12 Search 31
15 BicycleBoy 17
15 SemirS 17
17 NorthAmericanScum 11
18 Rote_Laterne 6
19 Josedin 2
20 Akuryo 1
20 LightBing 1
20 Squire 1
23 Carlo_Algatrensig 0
23 Crevaison 0
23 Del1962 0
23 Hakkie2 0
23 Laarsland 0
23 Leadbelly 0
23 LosBrolin 0
23 Vladimir 0
31 GPBlanco -1
31 Minessa -1
31 Nathanptz -1
34 Axl -15
34 Yellow_Knight -15
36 Koronin -25
Collective_Wisdom 32

Standings
There weren't many points today, but there were enough to put Amis Velo top of the table, up from third. Shalgo is into the top ten, also on a 2 place rise, but they are outdone, just, by Bminchow.

1 AmisVelo 1125
2 LosBrolin 1111
3 Axl 1078
4 Nathanptz 1034
5 Hakkie2 1028
6 Rote_Laterne 1005
7 BicycleBoy 939
8 Salvarani 929
9 Shalgo 920
10 SemirS 908
11 Bminchow 886
12 Koronin 881
13 Laarsland 876
14 Josedin 870
15 BikeRacer33 848
16 Mellow_Velo 837
17 Scrool07 815
18 Minessa 794
19 Squire 782
20 Paniou 768
21 Del1962 749
22 Yellow_Knight 720
23 GPBlanco 702
24 Akuryo 677
25 Gotland 669
26 Carlo_Algatrensig 662
27 Search 643
28 TotalPackage 635
29 Vladimir 623
30 BluesInTheBottle 622
31 MidnightFright 542
32 Leadbelly 524
33 NorthAmericanScum 516
34 LightBing 494
35 Crevaison 482
36 Armchair_Cyclist 456
Collective_Wisdom 920
 
Stage 11 A break that could have broken the race lead

Green points

Some good value break away riders there

DE MARCHI Alessandro 70pts 2 teams
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan 40 1
PELLIZOTTI Franco 25 1
YATES Simon 18 3
PETERS Nans 15 0
TEUNS Dylan 10 1
BENOOT Tiesj 7 0
MAJKA Rafal 5 0
ROCHE Nicolas 3 0
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 2 1
PINOT Thibaut 1 3

1 GPBlanco, Koronin 70
3 Crevaison 41
4 LosBrolin 25
5 AmisVelo, BicycleBoy, SemirS 18
8 Nathanptz 10
9 Scrool07 2
10 Armchair_Cyclist, Leadbelly 1

Stabdings
1 Koronin 271
2 Shalgo 183
3 TotalPackage 175
4 GPBlanco 160
5 AmisVelo 153
6 Mellow_Velo 134
7 LightBing 119
8 NorthAmericanScum 118
9 Gotland 117
10 BikeRacer33 115
10 MidnightFright 115

Red points

We Pinot teams were getting optimistic 50km out, but there were some GC changes, mainly down to Buchmann and Aru not holding the main group. Valverde regains the points lead.

DE MARCHI Alessandro 80 2
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan 40 1
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 30 1
PELLIZOTTI Franco 25 1
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 24 1
YATES Simon 18 3
TEUNS Dylan 11 1
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 10 1
...
BRAMBILLA Gianluca -10 2
DE PLUS Laurens -14 6
BOUHANNI Nacer -15 2
ARU Fabio -16 20
BUCHMANN Emanuel -50 10

More bad news than good, mainly because of the popularity of Aru and Buchmann

1 Koronin 126
2 GPBlanco 80
3 BicycleBoy 26
4 SemirS 25
5 Crevaison 23
6 AmisVelo 20
7 BikeRacer33 14
8 Minessa 8
9 Paniou 6
9 Search 6
9 Squire 6
12 Mellow_Velo 4
13 Armchair_Cyclist 3
14 BluesInTheBottle -4
14 Bminchow -4
14 Salvarani -4
17 Leadbelly -5
18 NorthAmericanScum -6
19 Del1962 -10
19 Gotland -10
19 Vladimir -10
22 MidnightFright -12
22 Scrool07 -12
22 Shalgo -12
25 Axl -28
26 TotalPackage -29
27 LightBing -31
28 Josedin -42
29 Hakkie2 -44
30 Nathanptz -47
31 Akuryo -48
31 Rote_Laterne -48
33 LosBrolin -49
34 Carlo_Algatrensig -54
35 Yellow_Knight -66
36 Laarsland -80
Collective_Wisdom -4

Standings

Amis Velo extends his lead, mainly by dint of not having Buchmann. Not for the first time, Koronin's rather eclectic team takes the daily headlines, up 8 places and just off the podium.

1 AmisVelo 1145
2 LosBrolin 1062
3 Axl 1050
4 Koronin 1007
5 Nathanptz 987
6 Hakkie2 984
7 BicycleBoy 965
8 Rote_Laterne 957
9 SemirS 933
10 Salvarani 925
11 Shalgo 908
12 Bminchow 882
13 BikeRacer33 862
14 Mellow_Velo 841
15 Josedin 828
16 Scrool07 803
17 Minessa 802
18 Laarsland 796
19 Squire 788
20 GPBlanco 782
21 Paniou 774
22 Del1962 739
23 Gotland 659
24 Yellow_Knight 654
25 Search 649
26 Akuryo 629
27 BluesInTheBottle 618
28 Vladimir 613
29 Carlo_Algatrensig 608
30 TotalPackage 606
31 MidnightFright 530
32 Leadbelly 519
33 NorthAmericanScum 510
34 Crevaison 505
35 LightBing 463
36 Armchair_Cyclist 459
Collective_Wisdom 916
 
242 green points from two riders with different versions of the name Alexander. I expected good green points from Valverde and was hoping for some decent green points from De Marchi. My hope was he'd get in the rights breaks that would stay away.
 
Stage 12 Yet another breakaway to the lighthouse.

Green points

As so often, scorers are few and far between

GENIEZ Alexandre 70 1
VAN BAARLE Dylan 40 0
PADUN Mark 25 3
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus 18 0
TEUNS Dylan 15 1
CAMPENAERTS Victor 10 1
FORMOLO Davide 7 0
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 5 2
DEVENYNS Dries 3 0
DE GENDT Thomas 2 0
CONTI Valerio 1 0

Leader's jersey points again cease to be an issue, for a few days at least.

1 NorthAmericanScum 70
2 Josedin, Leadbelly, Salvarani 25
5 Nathanptz 15
6 MidnightFright 10
7 Armchair_Cyclist, Scrool07 5

Standings
1 Koronin 271
2 NorthAmericanScum 188
3 Shalgo 183
4 TotalPackage 175
5 GPBlanco 160
6 AmisVelo 153
7 Mellow_Velo 134
8 Salvarani 130
9 MidnightFright 125
10 LightBing 119


Red points

I checked on the spreadsheet mid-stage, and was briefly excited to see that two teams have Herrada, but that was the rather cheaper option, José, so noone gets the 458 point bonus that would come from being a follower of Jesús. But lots of points lost because he (and to a lesser extent Brambilla) displaced so many riders who were higher in GC this morning.

GENIEZ Alexandre 70 1
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 57 2
TEUNS Dylan 27 1
PADUN Mark 25 3
CAMPENAERTS Victor 10 1
...
PINOT Thibaut -10 3
KELDERMAN Wilco -12 3
ARU Fabio -14 20
URAN URAN Rigoberto -15 20
BENNETT George -15 8
BUCHMANN Emanuel -25 10
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel -25 3
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion -26 1
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander -50 17
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro -60 1
YATES Simon -125 3

Only 2 teams in the black because of the non-chase of Herrada, and as when Molard took the GC lead, the teams that had most GC points lose most. (Spearman's R only -0.829 this time though)

1 NorthAmericanScum 40
2 Armchair_Cyclist 31
3 Leadbelly -16
4 Scrool07 -23
5 MidnightFright -27
6 LightBing -29
7 BluesInTheBottle -45
7 TotalPackage -45
9 Crevaison -46
10 Gotland -49
11 Search -54
11 Yellow_Knight -54
13 Josedin -55
14 Akuryo -60
15 GPBlanco -64
16 Carlo_Algatrensig -68
17 Salvarani -70
18 Paniou -73
18 Squire -73
20 Koronin -78
20 Vladimir -78
22 BikeRacer33 -81
23 Nathanptz -84
24 Mellow_Velo -85
24 Minessa -85
26 Del1962 -87
26 Shalgo -87
28 Bminchow -95
29 Laarsland -97
30 Rote_Laterne -110
31 Hakkie2 -113
32 Axl -114
33 LosBrolin -126
34 SemirS -148
35 BicycleBoy -158
36 AmisVelo -191
Collective_Wisdom -95

Standings
With those who had most losing most, this was more a compaction than a change, but there is some significant movement, with Axl stepping up to joint 2nd, Shalgo appearing in the top ten, Salvarani having a 3 place rise within the top ten, but NAS beating him with a 4 place step up.


1 AmisVelo 954
2 Axl 936
2 LosBrolin 936
4 Koronin 929
5 Nathanptz 903
6 Hakkie2 871
7 Salvarani 855
8 Rote_Laterne 847
9 Shalgo 821
10 BicycleBoy 807
11 Bminchow 787
12 SemirS 785
13 BikeRacer33 781
14 Scrool07 780
15 Josedin 773
16 Mellow_Velo 756
17 GPBlanco 718
18 Minessa 717
19 Squire 715
20 Paniou 701
21 Laarsland 699
22 Del1962 652
23 Gotland 610
24 Yellow_Knight 600
25 Search 595
26 BluesInTheBottle 573
27 Akuryo 569
28 TotalPackage 561
29 NorthAmericanScum 550
30 Carlo_Algatrensig 540
31 Vladimir 535
32 Leadbelly 503
32 MidnightFright 503
34 Armchair_Cyclist 490
35 Crevaison 459
36 LightBing 434
Collective_Wisdom 821

Still very difficult to know where this game (or the race itself) is going.
 
Stage 13 The break stays clear on the Camperona

Green points

Friday's 13th stage proves lucky for 3 teams who were in search of a cheap 8th rider

RODRIGUEZ GARAICOECHEA Oscar 70 3
MAJKA Rafal 40 0
TEUNS Dylan 25 1
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus 18 0
LAMBRECHT Bjorg 15 0
DE PLUS Laurens 10 6
KUDUS Merhawi Gebremedhin 7 0
ZAKARIN Ilnur 5 3
SERRY Pieter 3 0
RAVASI Edward 2 0
KING Benjamin 1 0

1 BicycleBoy, Rote_Laterne, Yellow_Knight 70
4 Nathanptz 35
5 GPBlanco, Laarsland,Leadbelly, LosBrolin,NorthAmericanScum 10
10 Carlo_Algatrensig, Crevaison, Vladimir 5


Standings

1 Koronin 271
2 NorthAmericanScum 198
3 Shalgo 183
4 Yellow_Knight 180
5 TotalPackage 175
6 GPBlanco 170
7 BicycleBoy 158
8 AmisVelo 153
9 Nathanptz 144
10 Mellow_Velo 134

Red points
In GC, Quintana overtakes Valverde, and Lopez and Uran overtake Izagirre, Gallopin and Buchmann, and lots of other changes all the way down

RODRIGUEZ GARAICOECHEA Oscar 77 3
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 75 3
URAN URAN Rigoberto 65 20
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 50 17
TEUNS Dylan 48 1
DE PLUS Laurens 22 6
KELDERMAN Wilco 20 3
ZAKARIN Ilnur 14 3
PINOT Thibaut 10 3
...
ARU Fabio -12 20
GONÇALVES Jose Isidro Maciel -15 2
BENNETT George -24 8
BRAMBILLA Gianluca -30 2
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion -50 1
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro -54 1
BUCHMANN Emanuel -55 10

1 BicycleBoy 163 (Rodriguez and Lopez)
2 Minessa 143 (Uran, Quintana, Kelderman)
3 Mellow_Velo 131 (Uran, Quintana, Kelderman)
4 Paniou 121 (Uran and Quintana)
5 Nathanptz 118 (Uran, Quintana, Teuns, De Plus, but Buchmann)
6 Rote_Laterne 115 (Rodriguez, Uran, Quintana, but Bennett and Buchmann)
7 Salvarani 107
8 Del1962 101
9 Shalgo 96
10 Leadbelly 90
11 Gotland 79
12 Axl 77
12 Crevaison 77
14 Yellow_Knight 75
15 GPBlanco 74
16 SemirS 73
17 LosBrolin 64
18 BluesInTheBottle 57
19 LightBing 56
20 TotalPackage 55
21 AmisVelo 52
22 MidnightFright 49
23 Vladimir 46
24 BikeRacer33 40
25 Search 38
26 Squire 33
27 Bminchow 18
28 Scrool07 10
29 Laarsland 5
30 NorthAmericanScum -2
31 Hakkie2 -3
32 Armchair_Cyclist -16
33 Akuryo -49
34 Carlo_Algatrensig -51
35 Koronin -56
36 Josedin -141
Collective_Wisdom 107

Standings

Chaos on the mountain, and in our game. Nathanptz moves from 4th to take the lead, and Axl holds his position while Amis Velo and Los Brolin both drop 2 places. Further down the top ten, Rote Laterne, Salvarani and Shalgo all move up, but are all overtaken in BicycleBoy's 5 place leap. An even bigger, 7 place, jump brings Mellow Velo into the top ten.

1 Nathanptz 1021
2 Axl 1013
3 AmisVelo 1006
4 LosBrolin 1000
5 BicycleBoy 970
6 Rote_Laterne 962
6 Salvarani 962
8 Shalgo 917
9 Mellow_Velo 887
10 Koronin 873
11 Hakkie2 868
12 Minessa 860
13 SemirS 858
14 Paniou 822
15 BikeRacer33 821
16 Bminchow 805
17 GPBlanco 792
18 Scrool07 790
19 Del1962 753
20 Squire 748
21 Laarsland 704
22 Gotland 689
23 Yellow_Knight 675
24 Search 633
25 Josedin 632
26 BluesInTheBottle 630
27 TotalPackage 616
28 Leadbelly 593
29 Vladimir 581
30 MidnightFright 552
31 NorthAmericanScum 548
32 Crevaison 536
33 Akuryo 520
34 LightBing 490
35 Carlo_Algatrensig 489
36 Armchair_Cyclist 474
Collective_Wisdom 928
 
Stage 14 Longer, but not as steep as yesterday, and the GC guys at the front for once, at Les Praeres

Green points
At last, the serious picks dominate the stage

YATES Simon 88 3
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 40 3
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 25 1
PINOT Thibaut 15 3
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 10 17
KRUIJSWIJK Steven 7 0
MAS NICOLAU Enric 5 10
URAN URAN Rigoberto 3 20
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 2 1
ARU Fabio 1 20

1 BicycleBoy 128 (Yates and Lopez)
2 AmisVelo 98 (Yates and Quintana)
3 SemirS 91 (Yates and Uran)
4 GPBlanco 45 (Lopez and Mas)
5 Search 40
6 Koronin 30
7 Armchair_Cyclist 20
8 Crevaison, Salvarani 19
10 Axl, Leadbelly 18
12 Hakkie2 16
13 BikeRacer33 15
14 Del1962, LosBrolin, Shalgo 14
17 Mellow_Velo, Minessa, Nathanptz, Paniou, Rote_Laterne 13
22 Bminchow, Laarsland, Scrool07, Vladimir 11
26 BluesInTheBottle, Squire 9
28 Akuryo 6
29 Gotland, LightBing, MidnightFright, TotalPackage, Yellow_Knight 4
34 Josedin 3
35 Carlo_Algatrensig 1
36 NorthAmericanScum 0
Collective_Wisdom 14

Standings
Koronin reaches the 300 mark, but has close competition for the first time. Red jersey points will probably be a factor more consistently from here on in.

1 Koronin 301
2 BicycleBoy 286
3 AmisVelo 251
4 GPBlanco 215
5 NorthAmericanScum 198
6 Shalgo 197
7 Yellow_Knight 184
8 TotalPackage 179
9 SemirS 172
10 Nathanptz 157

Red points

Lots of points that Herrada had borrowed for two day returned, but not distributed in exactly the same way.

YATES Simon 218 3
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 136 1
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 67 3
PINOT Thibaut 51 3
MAS NICOLAU Enric 50 10
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 30 2
ARU Fabio 27 20
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 10 17
...
TEUNS Dylan -13 1
SIVAKOV Pavel -15 1
MEINTJES Louis -16 20
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David -28 15
DE PLUS Laurens -28 6
BENNETT George -34 8

1 BicycleBoy 255 (Yates and Lopez, but de la Cruz)
2 AmisVelo 215 (Yates and Quintana, but Meintjes)
3 SemirS 193 (Yates but de la Cruz)
4 Koronin 173 (Valverde and Mas, but Meintjes)
5 Armchair_Cyclist 114 (Pinot, Mas and Brambilla, but Meintjes)
6 Salvarani 73
7 BluesInTheBottle 63
8 Crevaison 60
9 Akuryo 50
10 Scrool07 48
11 Hakkie2 43
12 GPBlanco 37
13 LightBing 32
14 Yellow_Knight 26
15 Del1962 24
16 Shalgo 23
17 Axl 21
18 TotalPackage 17
18 Vladimir 17
20 MidnightFright 13
21 Gotland 9
21 Laarsland 9
21 Squire 9
24 Mellow_Velo 4
25 Leadbelly -2
25 Search -2
27 BikeRacer33 -3
28 Josedin -5
29 Minessa -7
30 LosBrolin -10
31 Paniou -16
32 Rote_Laterne -24
33 Carlo_Algatrensig -26
34 Nathanptz -37
35 Bminchow -42
36 NorthAmericanScum -90
Collective_Wisdom -5

Standings
Top scorer 2 days in a row, Bicycle Boy has moved in that time from 10th to top. He is just 4 points clear of Amis Velo, up from 3rd yesterday, and the clean sweep of Yates teams on the podium is completed by Semir, who has made the biggest jump of the day, 10 places.

1 BicycleBoy 1225
2 AmisVelo 1221
3 SemirS 1051
4 Koronin 1046
5 Salvarani 1035
6 Axl 1034
7 LosBrolin 990
8 Nathanptz 984
9 Shalgo 940
10 Rote_Laterne 938
11 Hakkie2 911
12 Mellow_Velo 891
13 Minessa 853
14 Scrool07 838
15 GPBlanco 829
16 BikeRacer33 818
17 Paniou 806
18 Del1962 777
19 Bminchow 763
20 Squire 757
21 Laarsland 713
22 Yellow_Knight 701
23 Gotland 698
24 BluesInTheBottle 693
25 TotalPackage 633
26 Search 631
27 Josedin 627
28 Vladimir 598
29 Crevaison 596
30 Leadbelly 591
31 Armchair_Cyclist 588
32 Akuryo 570
33 MidnightFright 565
34 LightBing 522
35 Carlo_Algatrensig 463
36 NorthAmericanScum 458
Collective_Wisdom 923

This seems to be the most volatile of one of these games so far, and the next two stages are not likely to be much more settled.
 
Stage 15 Lagos de Covadonga

Green points

With one exception, the same bunch of riders as yesterday, but in a different order.

PINOT Thibaut 70 3
YATES Simon 43 3
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 40 3
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 15 1
KRUIJSWIJK Steven 10 0
MAS NICOLAU Enric 7 10
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 5 17
URAN URAN Rigoberto 3 20
BUCHMANN Emanuel 2 10
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 1 1


1 BicycleBoy 83 (Yates and Lopez)
2 Armchair_Cyclist 77 (Pinot and Mas)
3 Crevaison, Leadbelly 73 (Pinot and Uran)
5 AmisVelo 48 (Yates and Quintana)
6 GPBlanco 47(Lopez and Mas)
7 SemirS 46 (Yates and Uran)
8 Search 40 (Lopez)
9 Koronin 22
10 Axl 17
11 Salvarani 15
12 Hakkie2 14
13 BikeRacer33 12
14 BluesInTheBottle, LosBrolin, Nathanptz, Rote_Laterne, Squire 10
19 Akuryo 9
20 Del1962, Mellow_Velo, Minessa, Paniou, Shalgo 8
25 Laarsland 7
26 Bminchow, Scrool07, Vladimir, Yellow_Knight 5
30 Gotland, Josedin, LightBing, MidnightFright, TotalPackage 3
35 Carlo_Algatrensig 2
36 NorthAmericanScum 0
Collective_Wisdom 8

Standings

1 BicycleBoy 369
2 Koronin 323
3 AmisVelo 299
4 GPBlanco 262
5 SemirS 218
6 Shalgo 205
7 NorthAmericanScum 198
8 Yellow_Knight 189
9 Search 187
10 Armchair_Cyclist 182
10 TotalPackage 182

Red points

Pinot and Mas pass Uran and Izagirre (and Pinot passes a couple more to boot), and Lopez and Pinot make progress in the points and mountains classifications.

PINOT Thibaut 148 3
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 70 3
MAS NICOLAU Enric 57 10
YATES Simon 46 3
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 14 1
DUPONT Hubert 14 2
ZAKARIN Ilnur 14 3
DE TIER Floris 11 1
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 10 1
...
KUSS Sepp -12 1
MEINTJES Louis -16 20
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion -39 1
URAN URAN Rigoberto -47 20


(blushes)
1 Armchair_Cyclist 195
2 BicycleBoy 115
3 Crevaison 107
4 GPBlanco 99
5 Leadbelly 88
6 BikeRacer33 52
6 Search 52
8 Akuryo 51
9 Koronin 37
10 Hakkie2 34
11 AmisVelo 25
12 Vladimir 6
13 Axl 3
14 Scrool07 -3
15 SemirS -7
16 Laarsland -8
16 Squire -8
18 Salvarani -11
19 NorthAmericanScum -14
20 BluesInTheBottle -16
21 Carlo_Algatrensig -25
22 Bminchow -29
23 Rote_Laterne -39
24 Nathanptz -46
25 Josedin -47
25 LightBing -47
27 Minessa -48
28 Paniou -50
29 Yellow_Knight -56
30 Mellow_Velo -60
31 Gotland -63
32 Del1962 -66
33 MidnightFright -73
33 Shalgo -73
35 LosBrolin -79
36 TotalPackage -81
Collective_Wisdom -74

Standings

"Only" second place today, Bicycle Boy stretches the lead from just four points to nearly a hundred. Koronin nudges Semir off the podium, And Hakkie and GPBlanco are in the top ten. I am no longer bumping along near the bottom, after a 14 place, leap-of-the-day, move.

1 BicycleBoy 1340
2 AmisVelo 1246
3 Koronin 1083
4 SemirS 1044
5 Axl 1037
6 Salvarani 1024
7 Hakkie2 945
8 Nathanptz 938
9 GPBlanco 928
10 LosBrolin 911
11 Rote_Laterne 899
12 BikeRacer33 870
13 Shalgo 867
14 Scrool07 835
15 Mellow_Velo 831
16 Minessa 805
17 Armchair_Cyclist 783
18 Paniou 756
19 Squire 749
20 Bminchow 734
21 Del1962 711
22 Laarsland 705
23 Crevaison 703
24 Search 683
25 Leadbelly 679
26 BluesInTheBottle 677
27 Yellow_Knight 645
28 Gotland 635
29 Akuryo 621
30 Vladimir 604
31 Josedin 580
32 TotalPackage 552
33 MidnightFright 492
34 LightBing 475
35 NorthAmericanScum 444
36 Carlo_Algatrensig 438
Collective_Wisdom 849
 
Stage 16 Time Trial

Green points
Only one real TT specialist picked, but Quickstep's TT training widened the spread of points a bit.

DENNIS Rohan 70 1
ROSSKOPF Joey 40 0
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan 25 0
YATES Simon 18 3
KRUIJSWIJK Steven 15 0
KWIATKOWSKI Michal 10 0
MAS NICOLAU Enric 7 10
OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes 5 0
DE PLUS Laurens 3 6
GESCHKE Simon 2 0
ASGREEN Kasper 1 0

1 Yellow_Knight 70
2 AmisVelo, BicycleBoy, SemirS 18
5 GPBlanco 10
6 Akuryo, Armchair_Cyclist, Axl, BikeRacer33, BluesInTheBottle, Hakkie2, Koronin, Salvarani, Squire 7
15 Laarsland, Leadbelly, LosBrolin, Nathanptz, NorthAmericanScum 3

Standings
If you haven't seen your name among the top tens, here is the whole ranking in our minor classification
1 BicycleBoy 387
2 Koronin 330
3 AmisVelo 317
4 GPBlanco 272
5 Yellow_Knight 259
6 SemirS 236
7 Shalgo 205
8 NorthAmericanScum 201
9 Armchair_Cyclist 189
10 Search 187
11 TotalPackage 182
12 Leadbelly 171
12 Salvarani 171
14 Nathanptz 170
15 Crevaison 155
15 Mellow_Velo 155
17 Rote_Laterne 152
18 BikeRacer33 149
19 MidnightFright 132
20 LightBing 126
21 Scrool07 125
22 BluesInTheBottle 124
22 Gotland 124
24 LosBrolin 123
24 Paniou 123
26 Bminchow 116
27 Axl 84
28 Josedin 79
29 Laarsland 77
30 Minessa 75
31 Hakkie2 59
32 Squire 55
33 Del1962 51
34 Vladimir 44
35 Akuryo 32
36 Carlo_Algatrensig 15
Collective_Wisdom 126

Red points

The less you went for Colombian riders, the better a day you had.

DENNIS Rohan 70 1
MAS NICOLAU Enric 32 10
YATES Simon 20 3
TEUNS Dylan 17 1
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 16 1
DE PLUS Laurens 6 6
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 6 15
...
BUCHMANN Emanuel -15 10
CONCI Nicola -15 1
URAN URAN Rigoberto -15 20
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander -50 17
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel -60 3

Those who lost out were more picked than the riders who gained today, so most teams are in the red.

1 Yellow_Knight 40 (Dennis, but Buchmann and Uran)
2 Koronin 30 (Mas)
3 Armchair_Cyclist 29 (Mas)
4 Akuryo 21
5 Squire 19
6 BluesInTheBottle 15
7 SemirS 11
8 NorthAmericanScum 8
9 Josedin -1
10 Leadbelly -4
11 Gotland -9
12 Carlo_Algatrensig -11
13 BikeRacer33 -14
14 Crevaison -16
14 LightBing -16
16 MidnightFright -17
16 TotalPackage -17
18 GPBlanco -26
19 Hakkie2 -29
20 AmisVelo -32
21 BicycleBoy -35
21 Salvarani -35
23 Axl -45
24 Bminchow -48
25 Scrool07 -52
26 Vladimir -54
27 Search -56
28 Minessa -59
28 Nathanptz -59
28 Paniou -59
31 Del1962 -67
31 Mellow_Velo -67
33 Shalgo -69
34 Laarsland -74
35 LosBrolin -76
36 Rote_Laterne -84
Collective_Wisdom -61

Standings

Time trials are often more significant for the difference in time gaps than the changes in GC position. Similarly, there was a fairly wide range of scoring in our table, but few changes. GPBlanco is the highest placed team to have risen, although only by 1 place, and Bike Racer makes the top ten. Blues in the Bottle has a 6 place jump.

1 BicycleBoy 1305
2 AmisVelo 1214
3 Koronin 1113
4 SemirS 1055
5 Axl 992
6 Salvarani 989
7 Hakkie2 916
8 GPBlanco 902
9 Nathanptz 879
10 BikeRacer33 856
11 LosBrolin 835
12 Rote_Laterne 815
13 Armchair_Cyclist 812
14 Shalgo 798
15 Scrool07 783
16 Squire 768
17 Mellow_Velo 764
18 Minessa 746
19 Paniou 697
20 BluesInTheBottle 692
21 Crevaison 687
22 Bminchow 686
23 Yellow_Knight 685
24 Leadbelly 675
25 Del1962 644
26 Akuryo 642
27 Laarsland 631
28 Search 627
29 Gotland 626
30 Josedin 579
31 Vladimir 550
32 TotalPackage 535
33 MidnightFright 475
34 LightBing 459
35 NorthAmericanScum 452
36 Carlo_Algatrensig 427
Collective_Wisdom 788

So back to the battle against gravity for most of the rest of the week.
 
The current leader, Bicycle Boy, was bottom of the popularity ranking table (de la Cruz is the only member of his team on more than three teams), and the team in third was third from bottom in popularity (only Meintjes from Koronin's team is in the Collective Wisdom team).

Ironically, the team between those two in the popularity stakes, second from bottom there, is second from bottom here, so an idiosyncratic selection is no guarantee of success.
 
Re:

Armchair cyclist said:
The current leader, Bicycle Boy, was bottom of the popularity ranking table (de la Cruz is the only member of his team on more than three teams), and the team in third was third from bottom in popularity (only Meintjes from Koronin's team is in the Collective Wisdom team).

Ironically, the team between those two in the popularity stakes, second from bottom there, is second from bottom here, so an idiosyncratic selection is no guarantee of success.

Now that is interesting. In my case I banked on Valverde having his typical Vuelta. We'll see if that holds.
 
Stage 17 Balcón de Bizkaia

Green points

The break has it again, but not without some former GC hopefuls who had been picked.

WOODS Michael 70 0
TEUNS Dylan 40 1
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 25 15
YATES Simon 18 3
MAJKA Rafal 15 0
ZAKARIN Ilnur 10 3
DE MARCHI Alessandro 7 2
GEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel Werkilul 5 0
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus 3 0
HINDLEY Jai 2 0
NIBALI Vincenzo 1 0

1 BicycleBoy, SemirS 43 (de la Cruz and Yates)
3 Nathanptz 40 (Teuns)
4 Carlo_Algatrensig 35 (de la Cruz and Zakarin)
5 twelve more de la Cruz teams 25
17 AmisVelo 18
18 Crevaison, Vladimir 10
20 GPBlanco, Koronin 7

Standings

1 BicycleBoy 430
2 Koronin 337
3 AmisVelo 335
4 GPBlanco 279
4 SemirS 279
6 Yellow_Knight 259
7 NorthAmericanScum 226
8 Search 212
9 Nathanptz 210
10 Shalgo 205

At the other end of the table, Carlo Algatrensig more than trippled the total green point haul he had from the preceding 16 stages.


Red points

The final hill brought about some significant top 6 changes, particularly good for Mas and Lopez teams, but a hit to those with Quintana, Aru or Pinot.

MAS NICOLAU Enric 75 10
TEUNS Dylan 61 1
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 50 3
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David 45 15
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 24 1
ZAKARIN Ilnur 20 3
YATES Simon 18 3
URAN URAN Rigoberto 15 20
...
BRAMBILLA Gianluca -14 2
DENNIS Rohan -15 1
PADUN Mark -15 3
ARU Fabio -22 20
MATE MARDONES Luis Angel -30 1
PINOT Thibaut -41 3
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander -50 17


1 GPBlanco 119 (Mas and Lopez)
2 BicycleBoy 108 (Lopez, de la Cruz and Yates)
3 Squire 101 (Mas, de la Cruz, Uran, but Aru)
4 Search 94
5 Akuryo 93
6 SemirS 78
7 Koronin 77
8 Axl 74
9 BikeRacer33 64
10 BluesInTheBottle 62
11 Carlo_Algatrensig 42
11 Hakkie2 42
13 NorthAmericanScum 39
14 Gotland 38
15 Nathanptz 17
16 Armchair_Cyclist 14
17 Minessa 10
17 Paniou 10
19 Leadbelly 1
20 Salvarani -3
21 TotalPackage -7
22 LightBing -12
23 MidnightFright -13
24 Josedin -19
25 Yellow_Knight -22
26 Crevaison -28
27 AmisVelo -32
28 Bminchow -39
29 Mellow_Velo -41
30 Rote_Laterne -46
31 LosBrolin -61
32 Del1962 -63
32 Shalgo -63
34 Vladimir -64
35 Laarsland -75
36 Scrool07 -122
Collective_Wisdom -18

Standings
All three Yates teams had him combined with a different Colombian contender. Now that Lopez is looking confidently the strongest of those, Bicycle Boy's lead is looking pretty secure. Koronin is up to second, with the Spanish proportion of the GC podium. Akuryo pulls out a 9 place rise.
1 BicycleBoy 1413
2 Koronin 1190
3 AmisVelo 1182
4 SemirS 1133
5 Axl 1066
6 GPBlanco 1021
7 Salvarani 986
8 Hakkie2 958
9 BikeRacer33 920
10 Nathanptz 896
11 Squire 869
12 Armchair_Cyclist 826
13 LosBrolin 774
14 Rote_Laterne 769
15 Minessa 756
16 BluesInTheBottle 754
17 Akuryo 735
17 Shalgo 735
19 Mellow_Velo 723
20 Search 721
21 Paniou 707
22 Leadbelly 676
23 Gotland 664
24 Yellow_Knight 663
25 Scrool07 661
26 Crevaison 659
27 Bminchow 647
28 Del1962 581
29 Josedin 560
30 Laarsland 556
31 TotalPackage 528
32 NorthAmericanScum 491
33 Vladimir 486
34 Carlo_Algatrensig 469
35 MidnightFright 462
36 LightBing 447
Collective_Wisdom 770

Tomorrow should be fairly neutral.
 
Stage 18 A thwarted sprint in Lleida

Green points

Our popular, not too expensive, sprinters made the points, but only just.

WALLAYS Jelle 70 0
BYSTRØM Sven Erik 40 0
SAGAN Peter 25 0
YATES Simon 18 3
VIVIANI Elia 15 0
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 10 2
VAN POPPEL Danny 7 2
ABERASTURI IZAGA Jon 5 2
VAN ASBROECK Tom 3 2
NIZZOLO Giacomo 2 14
GIBBONS Ryan 1 11

1 AmisVelo 21 (Yates, Nizzolo and Gibbons)
2 SemirS 19 (Yates and Gibbons)
3 BicycleBoy 18
4 BikeRacer33, NorthAmericanScum 12
6 Rote_Laterne, Shalgo 10
8 Josedin 6
9 Bminchow, Crevaison, Gotland, Mellow_Velo, Search, Vladimir 3
15 Armchair_Cyclist, BluesInTheBottle, MidnightFright, Paniou, Salvarani, Scrool07, TotalPackage 2
22 Del1962, Laarsland, Minessa 1

Standings

1 BicycleBoy 448
2 AmisVelo 356
3 Koronin 337
4 SemirS 298
5 GPBlanco 279
6 Yellow_Knight 259
7 NorthAmericanScum 238
8 Search 215
8 Shalgo 215
10 Nathanptz 210

Red points
Pernsteiner's non-start made more difference than any time on the road. A few changes in the sprints classification, but not much happening.

YATES Simon 16 3
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 10 2
VAN POPPEL Danny 9 2
ABERASTURI IZAGA Jon 5 2
VAN ASBROECK Tom 3 2
BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA Pello 3 1
...
DUPONT Hubert -2 2
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel -5 3
TEUNS Dylan -13 1


For what it's worth:
1 AmisVelo 22
2 NorthAmericanScum 17
2 SemirS 17
4 Shalgo 13
5 BicycleBoy 12
5 BikeRacer33 12
7 Rote_Laterne 9
8 Vladimir 8
9 Josedin 6
10 Scrool07 5
10 TotalPackage 5
12 Bminchow 4
12 Carlo_Algatrensig 4
12 Crevaison 4
12 Mellow_Velo 4
16 BluesInTheBottle 3
16 Gotland 3
16 LosBrolin 3
16 MidnightFright 3
16 Salvarani 3
21 Armchair_Cyclist 2
21 Axl 2
21 Del1962 2
21 Paniou 2
25 Hakkie2 1
25 Laarsland 1
25 LightBing 1
25 Minessa 1
29 Koronin 0
29 Yellow_Knight 0
31 Akuryo -1
31 Leadbelly -1
31 Search -1
31 Squire -1
35 GPBlanco -5
36 Nathanptz -14
Collective_Wisdom 4


Standings

Despite the meagre sprinkling of points, five teams moved up a place, Blues in the Bottle, Crevaison, Scrool, Rote Laterne, and, moving back into 2nd place, Amis Velo.

1 BicycleBoy 1425
2 AmisVelo 1204
3 Koronin 1190
4 SemirS 1150
5 Axl 1068
6 GPBlanco 1016
7 Salvarani 989
8 Hakkie2 959
9 BikeRacer33 932
10 Nathanptz 882
11 Squire 868
12 Armchair_Cyclist 828
13 Rote_Laterne 778
14 LosBrolin 777
15 BluesInTheBottle 757
15 Minessa 757
17 Shalgo 748
18 Akuryo 734
19 Mellow_Velo 727
20 Search 720
21 Paniou 709
22 Leadbelly 675
23 Gotland 667
24 Scrool07 666
25 Crevaison 663
25 Yellow_Knight 663
27 Bminchow 651
28 Del1962 583
29 Josedin 566
30 Laarsland 557
31 TotalPackage 533
32 NorthAmericanScum 508
33 Vladimir 494
34 Carlo_Algatrensig 473
35 MidnightFright 465
36 LightBing 448
Collective_Wisdom 774

Proper competition to resume tomorrow.
 
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