And so it is all done
I'm sure Cavendish will remember fondly his (final?) GT stage win, but when one looks at the riders behind him, this was maybe not his greatest acheivement. Nor was it the sort of point availability many 0f us were expecting when we selected our teams.
|GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando||5||1|
It should be obvious enough who picked whom (and most of us picked no-one relevant)
Final positions, so everybody gets listed.
Although large daily scores are possible (theoretically 175 points), so the lead had not been mathematically secured, but it has been in little doubt for some time, and only Riverside really seems to have had much positional movement in the last several stages, nipping in with Dainese at the last to take a podium spot. The presence of DJW, Laarsland, Josedin and ArchieBoy in the top ten at least means there is some justification in runnng this as a minor classification.
Samu Cuenca was top on the day, but that does not manage to move him out of last place: his scorers today, Fiorelli and Dainese, are the only riders on his team to have made a top ten appearance.
Rufs and Rote Laterne are split on the principle of a lesser reliance on one rider being favoured (Evenepoel wasn't there for long, but two stage wins put him 4th in the stage points among the riders). With Berlus and Kazistuta I had to bring in another tiebreak as their point scoring riders were identical: of the riders that they did not share, Berlus's best positioned was Gibbons in 14th in stage 2, but he was pipped by Kazistuta's pick of Williams in 12th in the final stage (part of the Team GB secondment to Astana for the day?), so Kazistuta gets that coveted 17th place.
8 teams chose Jonathan Milan: 7 of them are in the top 8 in this classification, with Riverside being the interloper, and Bonimenier the one lacking backup for Milan's sprint points.
Peixotini wins with 7 of his 8 riders picking up at least one top ten (Kamna was 11th twice), which was matched by Riverside (Riccitello, 11th once) and Laarsland (Haig, 14th), but Comodoro, although he finished in the final third in this classification, named 8 men all of whom got at least one top ten placing.
So congratulations to Peixotini, who has worn the virtual, strangely-named, purplish jersey for this classification since stage 4. Or would have been if he weren't wearing another jersey...
Even sprint stages normally have something more to contribute to the game, but this was a rather damp squib to end a sodden Giro. No pink or KoM points, small change in the sprint classification, and nothing in GC until you get down to 38th.
So few points I may as well put them all up
|GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando||5||1|
|DE MARCHI Alessandro||1||1|
On the day
Unsurprisingly, very little change anywhere near the top. A bit of a shocker at the foot of the table, where Redhead Dane's randomiser has not put her in last place.
I'm going to claim best riser of the day for myself. What do you mean I haven't mentioned that metric for the last three weeks?
Search's reliance on his 3rd higest scorer, Groves, against the more equal contributions made by Del's scorers, determines the final spot in the top 20.
To those who say that this was a boring Giro, it wasn't as boring as the dominance of this game by one manager. A consistent start, a boost to the top by Paret-Peintre's stage win, and Roglic's lack of stage points and pink jersey bonuses that made him a race winner that one could afford to be without, such that Almeida is more of a feature in the top teams than the Slovenian.
But that is a massive winning margin, so well done to Peixotini who put together a team in which everybody scored more than 100 points (Titan was next best in that regard with 6 out of his 8). Congratulations also to TRiley and to Titan for filling out the podium.
I'll do some number crunching later (I still have Ride London results to process for the Women's Game), but until then, it is I believe 4 weeks today that the prices will be set for the Tour de France game, so get working on your longlists for that.