2021 Spring Classics CQ Game

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I started the analysis on Monday night, got distracted from it and posted an incomplete version at around midnight, and haven't had any time since. But here is a bit more:

The impeccable picks
If your budget remaining for one last rider was in this range, this was the best you could do:
Points woncost rangeteams
VAN AERT Wout
881​
1702 +​
0​
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
625​
1247-1701​
4​
PIDCOCK Thomas
534​
57-1246​
8​
VANSEVENANT Mauri
215​
15-56​
7​
GESBERT Elie
52​
6-14​
0​
HERMANS Quinten
48​
0-5​
2​


Collective Ignorance
It might seem to speak well of our selection ability that the Collective Wisdom team came 2nd with a very strong score despite a considerable underspend, but I was able to construct a team of those that nobody chose that would have won by a vast margin (score of 2898) that cost exactly the budget limit.
PricePoints
ASGREEN Kasper
543​
521​
MOLLEMA Bauke
310​
387​
VAN BAARLE Dylan
344​
376​
ARANBURU DEBA Alexander
298​
253​
PHILIPSEN Jasper
645​
253​
VERMEERSCH Gianni
348​
226​
STEWART Jake
122​
182​
SCHELLING Ide
79​
150​
CHAMPOUSSIN Clément
111​
141​
ROBEET Ludovic
50​
140​
VAN DER SANDE Tosh
71​
136​
HAUSSLER Heinrich
79​
133​


Best possible team
I am always happy to be proven wrong, but the best scoring permutation I could come up with that was allowed (and had 5 budget points of loose change) is this lot, amassing 3700 points
PricePointsTeams
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
1247​
625​
4​
PIDCOCK Thomas
57​
534​
8​
TRENTIN Matteo
370​
397​
5​
MOLLEMA Bauke
310​
387​
0​
VAN BAARLE Dylan
344​
376​
0​
TURGIS Anthony
306​
373​
4​
LAPORTE Christophe
136​
219​
8​
VANMARCKE Sep
70​
216​
19​
VANSEVENANT Mauri
15​
215​
7​
VAN ASBROECK Tom
90​
170​
0​
ROBEET Ludovic
50​
140​
0​
HERMANS Quinten
0​
48​
2​


Hall of shame
If you did not do as well as you hoped, it is probably down to one or more of this bunch: they were all selected, without being particularly cheap (>100 cost) and seriously under performed (<25% return)

PointsPrice%ageteams
BATTISTELLA Samuele
0​
104​
0.0​
1​
CALMEJANE Lilian
0​
125​
0.0​
1​
JUNGELS Bob
0​
136​
0.0​
8​
TEUNISSEN Mike
0​
172​
0.0​
1​
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
5​
129​
3.9​
1​
DEVENYNS Dries
17​
338​
5.0​
1​
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
10​
178​
5.6​
1​
DRUCKER Jempy
15​
252​
6.0​
2​
POELS Wout
24​
382​
6.3​
1​
BETTIOL Alberto
26​
390​
6.7​
2​
BARDET Romain
26​
358​
7.3​
1​
DEGENKOLB John
36​
383​
9.4​
2​
BISSEGGER Stefan
20​
145​
13.8​
1​
ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
98​
649​
15.1​
1​
COQUARD Bryan
50​
331​
15.1​
1​
VIVIANI Elia
45​
261​
17.2​
1​
MADOUAS Valentin
71​
387​
18.3​
1​
DE BUYST Jasper
24​
129​
18.6​
1​
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
25​
131​
19.1​
1​
WELLENS Tim
83​
431​
19.3​
6​
TEUNS Dylan
75​
385​
19.5​
2​
VERMEERSCH Florian
41​
208​
19.7​
1​
SAGAN Peter
159​
767​
20.7​
4​
DEWULF Stan
30​
132​
22.7​
1​
LUTSENKO Alexey
93​
397​
23.4​
2​
VALGREN HUNDAHL (ANDERSEN) Michael
50​
200​
25.0​
2​


So how did they do so well?
Top four scorers for the top 5 teams:
Leadbelly: Alaphilippe, Pidcock, Van Avermaet, Matthews
Josedin: Pidcock, Turgis, Senechal, Vanmarcke
Madrazo: Stuyven, Van Avermaet, Laporte, Vanmarcke
Amis Velo: Van der Poel, Van Avermaet, Trentin, Vanmarcke
Otoxiep87:Alaphilippe, Pidcock, Laporte, Vanmarcke


Not all races are equal
Well, they are in the Green Jersey classification, but they vary vastly in how many points they contributed to the main game, partly because of CQ point allocations, and partly because of the popularity of riders who did well.
Ronde
7370​
Omloop
4612​
MSR
4448​
E3
4370​
KBK
3277​
Dwars
2741​
Strade
2546​
Amstel
2135​
Fleche
2079​
Gent-Wev
1991​
Brabantse
1762​
LBL
1524​
Koksijde
1060​
GP Industria
910​
Laigueglia
502​
De Panne
370​
Schelde
341​
Nokere
273​
GP Indurain
226​
Ardeche
28​
Drome
5​

Let's hope that Paris-Roubaix is back in the mix for this game next year (and, I suppose, Frankfurt and Denain too)

Let us know if you find any other interesting data in the spreadsheet.

Thanks to all those who entered, and to CQrankings.com, and congratulations to Leadbelly, the podium teams, and to Madrazo on the green jersey win, and a special mention to ChrisDK for getting 2nd on the green classification with a team that was, by a very long way, lowest on the popularity ranking.

and look out for the Giro CQ game, coming very soon, possibly before I go to bed tonight if I remain interruption free.
 
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