2022 Vuelta CQ Game

Whatever might have gone wrong (or right) in the Tour de France, or for whatever reason one was missing from it, there is one main chance left to redeem the season for those who specialise on stage races, whether they are cyclists, teams, sponsors or participants in forum-based fantasy leagues: La Vuelta a España.

The time has come to give your prediction skills one final spin, and so, once again, I invite entries of teams of 8 riders who will take place in the Vuelta, whose collective CQ score (note 1) for the last 12 months (note 2) does not exceed 3500.

Entries can be sent to me right up to the start of stage one (18:30 Spanish Dutch time on Friday 19th) by PM at VeloRooms or Cycling News (note 3)

Teams will score the points gained by their riders according to the Cycling Quotient scale (note 4): the decision made by that website will determine any controversies. There will be daily (or at least near daily, I do have some travels booked during the race...) updates, and a minor classification based on stage points only for those who rashly fill their team with sprinters.

Hopefully any questions will be met by the footnotes below, if not, drop me a note.

It's just a bit of fun and a sidebar of interest during the race (unless you are competing at the top of the 4 seasons championship, in which case it is deadly important), so have a go.

1) If you don't know cqranking.com, it really should be one of your bookmarked pages, and these games are very much indebted to it.

2) Points are gained, and expire, on CQ ranking (almost) daily, but I operate according to the downloadable tables that are usually made available on Mondays. So the prices should be the scores to Sunday 14th, as contained in the download on Monday 15th. HOWEVER, CQ have been a bit late with this on some weeks recently, so if that is not posted on their site by 6 pm UK time on Monday, I will revert to the previous download, of prices to Sunday 7th. I shall make in clear in this thread, and the prices will be available from the downloads page on CQ Ranking, on each rider's page (but watch out for those daily fluctuations), from a team selection spreadsheet available here A lists of prices will also appear on this thread as the team naming nears completion.

3) Please make my life easier by sending names in CQ's format (surname forename) with nothing else on the same line (I already know their teams and prices). If you have are overbudget or choose a non-entrant, I will alert you to it as soon as I can: that's trickier if you leave your entry until the last minute. I have an established pattern for making replacements if you don't, but probably don't want to enter into that lottery. I will send my team asap to the first entry after prices are confirmed (which is usually, but does not have to be, Comodoro).

4) The full scale of points is on CQ (column GT2 here, and on the selection spreadsheet, but in short 500, 375, 315 dropping to 15 for 51st or any other finisher on GC; 70, 40, 25 down to 1 for 10th in each stage (truncated quarter of that for TTT) and also for points and KoM categories, and 18 for the overnight leader.
 
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Just to be sure if I understand the point-thing correctly:

Is it the one in the list with "points" in the current year, or the one that says "CQ value"?
It is the current CQ score, so points for the last 12 months: for Pogacar (in case there is a late change of line up) that would be 2996, not the 2562 he has in 2022.


But some riders' points might change between Sunday night and you looking at their CQ page, which is why I recommend that you use the spreadsheet, or the list in the thread which will appear in the next 24 hrs (if Search hasn't done it by 6pm (UK time) tomorrow, I'll work on it)
 
Yeah: If you highlight column A in the spreadsheet from Roglic's name on down as far as the end of the section where column D has a q in it (ie, the riders listed at PCS, with varying degrees of confidence, as likely to start) (currently Castrillo on line 208), then click Data - Sort Range you should get thee expected starters in alphabetical order.
 
Where on this page (or other riders' pages)?

CQ Ranking - VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
it's not on there. You'd need to check the team overview instead (column D)


or the "current ranking"

 
Sorry, I think I'll need to do it the oldfashioned way of just checking the rider profiles. So where do I need to look? Is it the number under the little "speedometer-thingy" up in the corner?

Where on this page (or other riders' pages)?

CQ Ranking - VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
Yes: red numbers on white background under the fuel-gauge graphic, marked as Current CQ value. BUT that is today's value, which might be different from Sunday's, which is the fixed-point-in-time score that is used (although so long as he hasn't earned points since Sunday, this should be an overestimate if anything) (The same proviso applies to the other locations that Search has pointed you to)
 
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Yeah: If you highlight column A in the spreadsheet from Roglic's name on down as far as the end of the section where column D has a q in it (ie, the riders listed at PCS, with varying degrees of confidence, as likely to start) (currently Castrillo on line 208), then click Data - Sort Range you should get thee expected starters in alphabetical order.
Hey! I think I figured it out. I thought I should use the "Data" selector up in the top of the spreadsheet.
 
Team selections with the relevant prices and CQ name formats

AG2R CitroenAlpecin
O'CONNOR Ben
642​
MERLIER Tim
995​
CHAMPOUSSIN Clément
488​
MEURISSE Xandro
415​
JUNGELS Bob
416​
VINE Jay
313​
RAUGEL Antoine
31​
STANNARD Robert
281​
VENDRAME Andrea
273​
DE TIER Floris
90​
HÄNNINEN Jaakko
108​
TAMINIAUX Lionel
197​
PETERS Nans
76​
VERMEERSCH Gianni
390​
PRODHOMME Nicolas
50​
JANSSENS Jimmy
68​
Arkea SamsigAstana
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander
1124
NIBALI Vincenzo
574​
DELAPLACE Anthony
255​
LUTSENKO Alexey
563​
GESBERT Elie
248​
BATTISTELLA Samuele
536​
MCLAY Daniel
237​
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David
406​
GUERNALEC Thibault
163​
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
406​
OWSIAN Lukasz
154​
PRONSKIY Vadim
137​
RUSSO Clément
116​
TEJADA CANACUE Harold Alfonso
104​
GUGLIELMI Simon
83​
FEDOROV Yevgeniy
53​
BurgosBike Exchange
OKAMIKA BENGOETXEA Ander
123​
YATES Simon
899​
NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel
110​
GROVES Kaden
418​
LANGELLOTTI Victor
4​
DURBRIDGE Luke
212​
CABEDO CARDA Oscar
75​
HAMILTON Lucas
147​
DIAZ GALLEGO Jose Manuel
68​
CRADDOCK Lawson
138​
EZQUERRA MUELA Jesus
64​
O'BRIEN Kelland
82​
BOL Jetse
52​
SCOTSON Callum
29​
HEPBURN Michael
27​
Bora HansgroheCofidis
HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
1194​
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus
631​
HINDLEY Jai
1008​
COQUARD Bryan
372​
VAN POPPEL Danny
950​
VILLELLA Davide
225​
BENNETT Sam
394​
ROCHAS Rémy
204​
KELDERMAN Wilco
241​
HERRADA LOPEZ Jose
82​
KOCH Jonas
156​
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
80​
MULLEN Ryan
82​
CIMOLAI Davide
60​
FABBRO Matteo
35​
CHAMPION Thomas
28​
DSMEd First
ARENSMAN Thymen
640​
KUDUS Merhawi Gebremedhin
91​
ARNDT Nikias
265​
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
360​
DEGENKOLB John
184​
VAN DEN BERG Julius
67​
DONOVAN Mark
114​
CARTHY Hugh
245​
VANDENABEELE Henri
92​
URAN URAN Rigoberto
230​
BRENNER Marco
75​
SHAW James
168​
NIEUWENHUIS Joris
64​
PADUN Mark
146​
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby
47​
CAICEDO CEPEDA Jonathan Klever
117​
Kern PharmaEuskaltel
ADRIA OLIVERAS Roger
263​
BIZKARRA ETXEGIBEL Mikel
206​
BERRADE FERNANDEZ Urko
171​
MARTIN SANZ Gotzon
195​
GALVAN FERNANDEZ Francisco
142​
AZPARREN IRURZUN Xabier Mikel
102​
PARRA CUERDA Jose Felix
131​
BOU COMPANY Joan
59​
REPA Vojtech
96​
MATE MARDONES Luis Angel
59​
GARCIA PIERNA Raul
77​
CANAL BLANCO Carlos
56​
MIQUEL DELGADO Pau
37​
ITURRIA SEGUROLA Mikel
28​
CARRETERO MILLAN Hector
15​
AZURMENDI SAGASTIBELTZA Ibai
15​
FdJIneos
PINOT Thibaut
654​
HAYTER Ethan
1264​
REICHENBACH Sébastien
412​
VAN BAARLE Dylan
913​
PACHER Quentin
356​
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
904​
ARMIRAIL Bruno
268​
RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
837​
STEWART Jake
261​
SIVAKOV Pavel
587​
MOLARD Rudy
246​
PLAPP Lucas
363​
LIENHARD Fabian
97​
TURNER Benjamin
330​
SCOTSON Miles
55​
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
278​
IsraelIntermarche Wanty
WOODS Michael
769​
HIRT Jan
635​
DE MARCHI Alessandro
392​
MEINTJES Louis
592​
BEVIN Patrick
268​
THIJSSEN Gerben
452​
HAGEN Carl Fredrik
234​
POZZOVIVO Domenico
446​
GOLDSTEIN Omer
150​
TAARAMÄE Rein
297​
EINHORN Itamar
146​
BAKELANTS Jan
137​
IMPEY Daryl
103​
JOHANSEN Julius
41​
FROOME Chris
54​
VAN POPPEL Boy
34​
Lotto SoudalMovistar
CRAS Steff
379​
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
1075​
VAN GILS Maxim
308​
MAS NICOLAU Enric
789​
BEULLENS Cédric
96​
VERONA QUINTANILLA Carlos
427​
DE GENDT Thomas
95​
OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes
169​
DRIZNERS Jarrad
51​
NORSGAARD JØRGENSEN Mathias
155​
SWEENY Harrison
39​
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
85​
CONCA Filippo
33​
ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin
78​
MALECKI Kamil
19​
MAS BONET Lluis Guillermo
53​
QuickstepBahrain
EVENEPOEL Remco
2305​
LANDA MEANA Mikel
579​
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
1231​
MÄDER Gino
524​
MASNADA Fausto
491​
BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago
498​
CAVAGNA Rémi
232​
POELS Wout
345​
VAN WILDER Ilan
151​
WRIGHT Fred
245​
VERVAEKE Louis
78​
SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon
243​
SERRY Pieter
56​
ZAMBANINI Edoardo
95​
DEVENYNS Dries
46​
SÜTTERLIN Jasha
74​
TrekJumbo Visma
PEDERSEN Mads
1179​
ROGLIC Primoz
2496​
LOPEZ PEREZ Juan Pedro
521​
KUSS Sepp
458​
HOOLE Daan
232​
TEUNISSEN Mike
373​
ELISSONDE Kenny
183​
DENNIS Rohan
367​
TIBERI Antonio
164​
OOMEN Sam
291​
BERNARD Julien
127​
AFFINI Edoardo
284​
KIRSCH Alex
93​
HARPER Chris
106​
CATALDO Dario
50​
GESINK Robert
50​
UAE
ALMEIDA Joao Pedro Gonçalves
980​
MCNULTY Brandon
746​
AYUSO PESQUERA Juan
641​
ACKERMANN Pascal
577​
POLANC Jan
320​
MOLANO BENAVIDES Juan Sebastian
254​
SOLER GIMENEZ Marc
196​
OLIVEIRA Ivo Emanuel Alves
44​

I will update this (and the selection spreadsheet) as I hear of changes.

Hope this helps in making your selection (8 of these guys, maximum total cost 3500)

As of 2:30 UK time on Wednesday, all teams claim to be confirmed.
Edit: updated with the accident/tramodol/Covid related matters in Alpecin/Arkea/Burgos.
 
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