2022 Giro CQ Game

Here we go again:
For those who already know how it all works, the key info is unchanged budget of 3500, 8 men rider prices as of update to be released on 2nd May, submit by start of stage 1 on 6th May, and selection spreadsheet is here.


If you found it necessary to read beyond that, you might be new to the games, in which case you are very welcome.

In the Giro CQ Game your challenge is to select a team of 8 riders that will be competing in the Giro: your team remains unchanged throughout, for better or worse. There is no selecting different riders for different stages, any more than the DSes get to do so.
The restriction on your team is that they must have a total cost of 3500 or less, based on their CQ points gained for the year to 1st May. That is determined by a download of scores that should be available on the afternoon of Monday 2nd May on that excellent website, which I shall upload to a selection tool here (If you prefer not to use that tool, you are looking for the red number in a white box just below the old-fashioned fuel gauge style meter in the top right of a rider's page, such as this example that you won't be using, but that figure can change from day to day: it is the number as of the end of Sunday 1st that matters).

Your selected riders can gain points according to the CQ scale for GC position (500 for the winner, then 375, 315, 265, 240 down to 135 for 10th, 44 for 30th, 16 for 50th and 15 for all finishers below that), for being awarded the Pink jersey (18 points per stage, except the last one), for stage position (70 points, then 40, 25, 15, 10 down to 1 for 10th) and for final ranking in the climbing and points classifications (same distribution as for stages, no points for leading the classification during the race, no points for the young rider classification).

I will update daily, real life permitting, with a table based on each team's projected finish if nothing were to change in the classifications from that point on, and also with a secondary classification ("purplish points", because I won't concede that that colour is described as cyclamen in English) based only on stage finish points. Some managers like to stack their teams with sprinters and breakaway riders with an eye on that prize.

To enter, please sent your list of 8 riders (please do not append info like their cost or teams, it creates extra work for me) to me by PM on either Cycling News Forum or VeloRooms (you will contribute to the average score of your chosen platform in the inter-Forum challenge) by the start of the race on Friday 6th (11:40 CET I believe). I will lodge my selection with the first entrant (usually Comodoro, but sometimes others are faster) as soon as possible to ensure I am above suspicion. PLEASE send the riders' names in the form in which they appear on the CQ site (and therefore in the selection spreadsheet), otherwise entering your team becomes much more laborious. And while you can start planning, please do not submit your teams until the prices are finalised: if riders are doing Romandie or Eschborn-Frankfurt, or if they did them last year, the numbers will probably be wrong.

If you do not leave submitting your team until the last minute, I should be able to warn you if there is any error and give you a chance to change it. I do have a strangely contrived set of criteria by which replacements are selected if you are over budget or have a non-starter, but I'll only post it if necessary.

Please do have a go: it's a bit of fun, and it feels far more worth my time if there is a good number of entrants. Feel free to publicise it wherever seems appropriate.

And as I usually say on my PMs to confirm receipt of teams, good luck to your teams, and enjoy the game and the Giro.
 
Hey, @search. You gonna do that thing with the names and the prices, like you've done for other GT games?

And if he isn't, how do I make sure I'm using the right price looking at each rider's CQ page? Never really figured out how to read those spread-sheets...
 
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Search usually puts that list up at Velorooms, but give him a chance: It's not much more than an hour since the prices were released.

Did you try looking at the selection spreadsheet: It is all in one page. I thought you young people were all highly computer literate.

Otherwise, the prices that are on a rider's CQ page today are probably accurate: as the week goes on and past results are removed they may become less so. Like I explain in the OP, it's the red number in the white box below the needle gauge at the top right of a rider page, or if you prefer column D on the team page.
 
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Search usually puts that list up at Velorooms, but give him a chance: It's not much more than an hour since the prices were released.
I'm not saying he should do it now, just asking if he's gonna do it once all the teams - maybe not EF... - have officially announced their lineups.

Did you try looking at the selection spreadsheet: It is all in one page. I thought you young people were all highly computer literate.
That's... kinda the problem. So much scrolling... and it doesn't even appear to be listed alphabetically.
 
I'll figure something out. Maybe I should just say that if I keep getting too many riders from near the top of the spread-sheet, I should be worried.
I'm definitely not gonna do any kind of "semi-deliberance"! Not after the effort to squeeze in Vanmarcke for the Spring Classics Game...

And I had completely forgotten that I actually briefly lead the Vuelta Game last year...
 
scrap that, it took like 5 minutes. Teams with a pizza are confirmed

���
INEOS GRENADIERS:pizza:AG2R CITROEN TEAM:pizza:
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
1552​
VENDRAME Andrea
373​
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan
141​
CALMEJANE Lilian
222​
TULETT Ben
245​
CHEREL Mikael
51​
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel
191​
GALL Felix
187​
PORTE Richie
591​
HÄNNINEN Jaakko
37​
PUCCIO Salvatore
30​
PETERS Nans
45​
SIVAKOV Pavel
289​
PRODHOMME Nicolas
32​
SWIFT Ben
164​
NAESEN Lawrence
113​
ALPECIN-FENIX:pizza:ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM:pizza:
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
1380​
NIBALI Vincenzo
344​
BAYER Tobias
143​
CONTI Valerio
119​
DE BONDT Dries
367​
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David
549​
KRIEGER Alexander
31​
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
167​
LEYSEN Senne
48​
FELLINE Fabio
122​
MARECZKO Jakub
124​
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
507​
OLDANI Stefano
270​
PRONSKIY Vadim
117​
RIESEBEEK Oscar
195​
TEJADA CANACUE Harold Alfonso
86​
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS:pizza:BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE':pizza:
BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA Pello
970​
ZANA Filippo
389​
BAUHAUS Phil
492​
COVILI Luca
154​
BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago
312​
FIORELLI Filippo
217​
LANDA MEANA Mikel
393​
GABBURO Davide
160​
NOVAK Domen
41​
MODOLO Sacha
50​
POELS Wout
528​
RASTELLI Luca
22​
SÜTTERLIN Jasha
70​
TONELLI Alessandro
47​
TRATNIK Jan
505​
ZOCCARATO Samuele
138​
BORA - HANSGROHE:pizza:COFIDIS:pizza:
KELDERMAN Wilco
544​
MARTIN Guillaume
941​
ALEOTTI Giovanni
406​
CIMOLAI Davide
203​
BENEDETTI Cesare
75​
CONSONNI Simone
440​
BUCHMANN Emanuel
177​
KREDER Wesley
55​
GAMPER Patrick
80​
PEREZ Anthony
270​
HINDLEY Jai
363​
PERICHON Pierre-Luc
223​
KÄMNA Lennard
184​
ROCHAS Rémy
212​
ZWIEHOFF Ben
79​
VILLELLA Davide
268​
DRONE HOPPER:pizza:EF EDUCATION - EP:pizza:
TESFATSION Natnael Ocbit
308​
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
459​
BAIS Mattia
119​
CAMARGO PINEDA Diego Andres
45​
CEPEDA ORTIZ Jefferson Alexander
164​
CARR Simon
153​
TAGLIANI Filippo
64​
CARTHY Hugh
263​
PONOMAR Andriy
53​
CAICEDO CEPEDA Jonathan Klever
48​
RAVANELLI Simone
86​
DOULL Owain
64​
ZARDINI Edoardo
88​
VAN DEN BERG Julius
95​
SEPULVEDA Eduardo
326​
KUDUS Merhawi Gebremedhin
211​
EOLO-KOMETA:pizza:GROUPAMA - FDJ:pizza:
FORTUNATO Lorenzo
506​
DEMARE Arnaud
790​
ALBANESE Vincenzo
455​
DAVY Clément
49​
BAIS Davide
39​
GUARNIERI Jacopo
25​
FETTER Erik
72​
KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
45​
GAVAZZI Francesco
128​
LUDVIGSSON Tobias
81​
MAESTRI Mirco
50​
SCOTSON Miles
40​
RIVI Samuele
79​
SINKELDAM Ramon
35​
ROSA Diego
49​
VALTER Attila
446​
INTERMARCHÉ - W.G.:pizza:ISRAEL - PREMIER TECH:pizza:
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
721​
NIZZOLO Giacomo
812​
DE GENDT Aimé
214​
BRÄNDLE Matthias
72​
HIRT Jan
352​
CATAFORD Alexander
25​
PEAK Barnabas
127​
DE MARCHI Alessandro
397​
VLIEGEN Loïc
188​
DOWSETT Alex
44​
POZZOVIVO Domenico
302​
BIERMANS Jenthe
78​
ROTA Lorenzo
495​
HOLLENSTEIN Reto
56​
TAARAMÄE Rein
318​
ZABEL Rick
81​
JUMBO-VISMA:pizza:LOTTO SOUDAL
:pizza:
DUMOULIN Tom
358​
EWAN Caleb
472​
AFFINI Edoardo
362​
SELIG Rüdiger
24​
BOUWMAN Koen
310​
VANHOUCKE Harm
263​
EENKHOORN Pascal
277​
DE GENDT Thomas
30​
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
362​
HOLMES Matthew
37​
LEEMREIZE Gijs
102​
KLUGE Roger
20​
OOMEN Sam
273​
MONIQUET Sylvain
83​
VAN EMDEN Jos
126​
SCHWARZMANN Michael
31​
MOVISTAR TEAM:pizza:QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL:pizza:
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
1073​
CAVENDISH Mark
938​
ARCAS PEÑA Jorge
35​
KNOX James
69​
BARTA William
53​
BALLERINI Davide
151​
LAZKANO LOPEZ Oier
43​
CERNY Josef
163​
PEDRERO LOPEZ Antonio
300​
SCHMID Mauro
249​
ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin
66​
VAN LERBERGHE Bert
183​
SAMITIER SAMITIER Sergio
96​
MØRKØV CHRISTENSEN Michael
230​
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
269​
VANSEVENANT Mauri
278​
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE:pizza:TEAM DSM:pizza:
YATES Simon
975​
BARDET Romain
925​
CRADDOCK Lawson
181​
ARENSMAN Thymen
287​
HAMILTON Lucas
35​
BOL Cees
149​
HEPBURN Michael
20​
COMBAUD Romain
95​
HOWSON Damien
205​
DAINESE Alberto
390​
JUUL JENSEN Christopher
60​
DENZ Nico
64​
SCOTSON Callum
29​
HAMILTON Chris
154​
SOBRERO Matteo
297​
TUSVELD Martijn
113​
TREK - SEGAFREDO:pizza:UAE TEAM EMIRATES:pizza:
CICCONE Giulio
408​
ALMEIDA Joao Pedro Gonçalves
1604​
CATALDO Dario
62​
OLIVEIRA Rui Filipe Alves
180​
SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
378​
COSTA Rui Alberto Faria
387​
LOPEZ PEREZ Juan Pedro
192​
COVI Alessandro
669​
MOLLEMA Bauke
743​
FORMOLO Davide
300​
MOSCA Jacopo
57​
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
484​
THEUNS Edward
336​
RICHEZE ARAQUISTAIN Maximiliano Ariel
62​
VERGAERDE Otto
45​
ULISSI Diego
1195​
 
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A couple of the teams already in had selected Chaves, but the Ed First team has now been announced (not last!) without him.

If you name a rider who is not selected, and you don't notice and replace him, I will fill the gap in your team with the next cheapest rider (first alphabetically if there are more than one at that price). So those who picked Chaves will have Edward Theuns unless they do something about it. (Edit: they have both politely declined Theuns overnight)

If your team is over budget, I will remove the cheapest rider that leaves enough budget to put in a replacement (at least 20 points), and then put in the most expensive pick that can be bought with the money thus released.
 
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And Groupama FdJ have finally confirmed (the same as PCS had predicted, so no change to either the selection spreadsheet or to Search's table above).

So now you have no excuse to procrastinate further over selecting your team. 48 hours (ish) to go, I have 11 teams so far, but am hoping for about 4 times that.
 
My last gratuitous bumping of the thread to remind you to enter.

27 teams submitted so far (I hope I have acknowledged all of them), 61 different riders selected, 3 of them on more than half the teams, and 28 unique picks.

My work appointment for Friday pm has been cancelled, so I'll be working on the lists and numbers while watching stage one. Make sure your list of 8 is with me before it starts so that you are included. (and if you do it before about 8am UK time I'll be able to check it for you).

If you're not in it, you can't win it!
 
And they're off

37 teams, 71 riders, and (eventually) one winner.

The teams
Teams sorted alphabetically, riders by cost: asterisks for unique picks.

Amis Velo
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
HINDLEY Jai
DUMOULIN Tom
HEPBURN Michael

Archie Boy
YATES Simon
POELS Wout *
EWAN Caleb
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
ALEOTTI Giovanni *
PEDRERO LOPEZ Antonio *
ARENSMAN Thymen
KNOX James

Armchair Cyclist
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
YATES Simon
LANDA MEANA Mikel
DUMOULIN Tom
KNOX James
DENZ Nico *
PONOMAR Andriy *
HAMILTON Lucas

Berflamand
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
LANDA MEANA Mikel
POZZOVIVO Domenico
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix
BUCHMANN Emanuel

Bicycle Boy
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
POZZOVIVO Domenico
KNOX James
ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin *
MODOLO Sacha
PETERS Nans
DE GENDT Thomas

Blues in the Bottle

CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CICCONE Giulio
HINDLEY Jai
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
KÄMNA Lennard
CEPEDA ORTIZ Jefferson Alexander
DAVY Clément *

Bminchow
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
KELDERMAN Wilco
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix

Bonimenier
BARDET Romain
KELDERMAN Wilco
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
LANDA MEANA Mikel
DUMOULIN Tom
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix

Comodoro
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
LANDA MEANA Mikel
HINDLEY Jai
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
CARTHY Hugh
CIMOLAI Davide

Del1962
BARDET Romain
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
DUMOULIN Tom
NIBALI Vincenzo
CARTHY Hugh
KÄMNA Lennard

DJSprtsch
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
DUMOULIN Tom
FIORELLI Filippo
CIMOLAI Davide
KÄMNA Lennard
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd *

Evans is the Best

GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
DUMOULIN Tom
NIBALI Vincenzo
TAARAMÄE Rein

Josedin
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
DEMARE Arnaud *
LANDA MEANA Mikel
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
BALLERINI Davide
DE GENDT Thomas
HEPBURN Michael

Jumbo Visma Fan
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
VANSEVENANT Mauri *
GALL Felix
KÄMNA Lennard

Kazistuta
YATES Simon
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
CARTHY Hugh
KÄMNA Lennard
FELLINE Fabio

Laarsland
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
TAARAMÄE Rein
GALL Felix
CARR Simon *
BOL Cees *
MARECZKO Jakub *

Leadbelly
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
HINDLEY Jai
GALL Felix
KÄMNA Lennard

Manafana
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
LANDA MEANA Mikel
SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
HINDLEY Jai
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix

Mellow Velo
ALMEIDA Joao Pedro Gonçalves *
LANDA MEANA Mikel
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
DUMOULIN Tom
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix
DOWSETT Alex

Northerner
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
HINDLEY Jai
ARENSMAN Thymen
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
BUCHMANN Emanuel

Nyssinator
YATES Simon
KELDERMAN Wilco
EWAN Caleb
VALTER Attila
LANDA MEANA Mikel
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix
BALLERINI Davide

Otoxiep87
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
VALTER Attila
LANDA MEANA Mikel
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
CARTHY Hugh
DOULL Owain *

RedHead Dane

DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David *
BAUHAUS Phil *
DE BONDT Dries *
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
KUDUS Merhawi Gebremedhin *
KREDER Wesley *
TONELLI Alessandro *
DOWSETT Alex

Rote Laterne
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
HINDLEY Jai
DUMOULIN Tom
KÄMNA Lennard
BUCHMANN Emanuel

Rufs
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
DUMOULIN Tom
CARTHY Hugh
BUCHMANN Emanuel
HAMILTON Lucas

Safe Bet
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CICCONE Giulio
LANDA MEANA Mikel
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
SIVAKOV Pavel
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh

Salvarani
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
BARDET Romain
LANDA MEANA Mikel
SIVAKOV Pavel
GALL Felix
KÄMNA Lennard
KNOX James
PETERS Nans

Samu Cuenca
MARTIN Guillaume *
DAINESE Alberto *
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
POZZOVIVO Domenico
FIORELLI Filippo
GALL Felix
KÄMNA Lennard
PETERS Nans

Scrooll07
YATES Simon
BARDET Romain
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CICCONE Giulio
CARTHY Hugh
CIMOLAI Davide
LEEMREIZE Gijs *
MODOLO Sacha

Search
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
LANDA MEANA Mikel
POZZOVIVO Domenico
CARTHY Hugh
KÄMNA Lennard
CEPEDA ORTIZ Jefferson Alexander
BALLERINI Davide

Slow Climber
YATES Simon
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix

Titan31
BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA Pello *
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
FORTUNATO Lorenzo *
LANDA MEANA Mikel
ARENSMAN Thymen
CARTHY Hugh
GALL Felix
HAMILTON Lucas

TRiley36
YATES Simon
BARDET Romain
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
LANDA MEANA Mikel
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
LOPEZ PEREZ Juan Pedro *
KÄMNA Lennard
ROSA Diego

Vladimir
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
EWAN Caleb
CICCONE Giulio
NIBALI Vincenzo
ARENSMAN Thymen
BUCHMANN Emanuel
FELLINE Fabio
PRONSKIY Vadim *

Will10
YATES Simon
EWAN Caleb
VALTER Attila
LANDA MEANA Mikel
VENDRAME Andrea *
FOSS Tobias Svendsen
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
KÄMNA Lennard

Yellow Knight
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
CARTHY Hugh
SCHMID Mauro *
GALL Felix
DE GENDT Thomas

Zigzag Wanderer
YATES Simon
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
EWAN Caleb
LANDA MEANA Mikel
TESFATSION Natnael Ocbit *
ARENSMAN Thymen
GALL Felix
ROSA Diego
 
@RedheadDane

Did you attempt to get 8 unique picks?
I nearly took Bauhaus, but landed on Dainese in the end.

Also I'm surprised that I'm the only one who has selected Martin. I thought Peters would have been a unique pick for me here (I couldn't really leave him out, could I?), but I'm glad other people also believe in him.
 
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The riders

An interesting distribution. There were hardly any riders starting in the 700-900 bracket, where riders one might expect in the top ten would often be found and can be fairly popular picks. That means that there are far more riders being picked in the 300-450 bracket (with some real gems in that range), so far fewer of the variety of under 100 pt riders, among whom in most years we would find a lot of the variety in picks, and the source of a large proportion of the number of riders relevant to the game.

So, out of 37 teams, here are the numbers going for each rider:

27: LANDA MEANA Mikel
20: LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
19: EWAN Caleb
18: CARTHY Hugh, YATES Simon
15: GALL Felix
12: KÄMNA Lennard
11: ARENSMAN Thymen
Those eight have a within-budget total cost of 3268, so neatly define themselves as the Collective Wisdom team.

9: CICCONE Giulio, DUMOULIN Tom
8: FOSS Tobias Svendsen
7: CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio, HINDLEY Jai
6: SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro, VAN DER POEL Mathieu
5: BARDET Romain, BUCHMANN Emanuel, GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
4: GIRMAY HAILU Biniam, KNOX James, POZZOVIVO Domenico
3: BALLERINI Davide, CIMOLAI Davide, DE GENDT Thomas, HAMILTON Lucas, KELDERMAN Wilco, NIBALI Vincenzo, PETERS Nans, VALTER Attila
2: CEPEDA ORTIZ Jefferson Alexander, CORT NIELSEN Magnus, DOWSETT Alex, FELLINE Fabio, FIORELLI Filippo, HEPBURN Michael, MODOLO Sacha, ROSA Diego, SIVAKOV Pavel, SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias, TAARAMÄE Rein

and I hope that if you were to count the asterisks above, there will be 31 of them.

Popularity table
The total of the popularity scores for each rider (Landa has 27, Lopez 20 etc)

1​
SlowClimber
136​
2​
Leadbelly
127​
3​
Rote_Laterne
117​
4​
Bminchow
115​
5​
Del1962
113​
5​
Manafana
113​
5​
Northerner
113​
5​
SafeBet
113​
9​
AmisVelo
111​
10​
Kazistuta
110​
11​
Yellow_Knight
109​
12​
Bonimenier
108​
13​
Berflamand
106​
13​
Nyssinator
106​
15​
Comodoro
104​
16​
Otoxiep87
100​
17​
ZigzagWanderer
97​
18​
Rufs
96​
19​
JumboVismaFan
95​
20​
Will10
94​
21​
Mellow_Velo
91​
21​
Triley36
91​
23​
Titan31
80​
24​
Search
78​
25​
Scrooll07
76​
26​
Salvarani
74​
27​
DJSprtsch
72​
27​
Josedin
72​
29​
EvansIsTheBest
71​
30​
Armchair_Cyclist
70​
31​
Laarsland
66​
32​
BluesInTheBottle
64​
33​
ArchieBoy
57​
33​
Vladimir
57​
35​
SamuCuenca
46​
36​
BicycleBoy
30​
37​
RedheadDane
16​
Collective_Wisdom
140​

Slow Climber has, especially for a rookie in these games, an extraordinarily high popularity score, and he only differs in one pick from the Collective Wisdom team: he has the still fairly popular Foss rather than Kamna, thus making the tracking of the Collective Wisdom team almost redundant.

Major picks
I'll define a major pick as a rider with a cost of 700 points or more. We seem to have unusually few teams that have more than one of them this time, perhaps because of the previously mentioned wealth of riders in the 300-450 range.
So those who have doubled up are:
Carapaz & van der Poel: Bicycle Boy
Carapaz and Yates: Armchair Cyclist
Carapaz & Demare: Josedin
Van der Poel & Bardet: Salvarani
Yates & Bardet: Scrooll07 and TRiley36
Yates & Girmay: Zigzag Wanderer
Bilbao & Girmay: Titan31

so the others only have one of these expensive picks:
Almeida: Mellow Velo
Carapaz: Blues in the Bottle, Search and Vladimir
Van der Poel: Berflamand, DJSprtsch, Rufs and Yellow Knight
Yates: Amis Velo, Archie Boy, Comodoro, Jumbo Visma Fan, Kazistuta, Leadbelly, Manafana, Northerner, Nyssinator, Otoxiep87, Rote Laterne, Safe Bet, Slow Climber and Will10
Martin: Samu Cuenca
Bardet: Bonimenier and Del1962
Girmay: Bminchow and Evans is the Best

while Redhead Dane has unique Pick De La Cruz (549 pts) as her most expensive team member.
 
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