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2024 Spring Classics CQ Game

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As ever I'm going in too light for the Ardennes, but the top-tier contenders were really expensive.

Annoyed I overlooked Tronchon, great potential value. Really wanted to take Dewulf and Ballerini as in the main game, but see both are yet to race and are not slated to do so in the foreseeable future either.

Best of luck to all and if anything I'm amazed you don't stuff it up more frequently, @Armchair cyclist :)
I think we are all weak on the Ardennes. that was my main complaint
 
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So, here we are:
35 teams, unique riders marked with an asterisk
Evans is the BestPIDCOCK Thomas
12​
891​
GREGOIRE Romain*
1​
784​
SHEFFIELD Magnus
6​
573​
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
20​
456​
GAUTHERAT Pierre
4​
148​
TRATNIK Jan
16​
121​
PEAK Barnabas*
1​
15​
CAPIOT Amaury
22​
10​
ANDERSEN Idar*
1​
0​
GILBERT Philippe*
1​
0​
NIBALI Vincenzo*
1​
0​
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro*
1​
0​
@EvansIsTheBest - I really like your thinking here!
 
Indeed a broken collarbone for Senechal so he will likely lose the whole spring. Maybe a boring pick but I think a quite solid one suited to the competiton that now will give a zero. Annoying since he was the last pick on my team bacause he and similar Hoffstetter just fitted the remaining points for the lats 2 places perfectly. Too bad that the alternative Politt and Gautherat combi was just 3 points too expensive :) (not that I would have gone with that instead for sure but they were in the puzzle )
 
Let's build up to the bigger race
Race 1: Faun Ardeche Classic
Point scorers that were selected for the game
2​
GREGOIRE Romain
78​
1​
5​
VAN GILS Maxim
52​
1​
10​
ARRIETA LIZARRAGA Igor
24​
1​
11​
GENIETS Kévin
20​
1​
12​
HUBY Antoine
18​
1​
27​
CALMEJANE Lilian
5​
1​
30​
BARRE Louis
5​
1​
Clearly, one for the unique picks

Pts this raceGreen points
EvansIsTheBest
78​
80​
Josedin
52​
50​
Bminchow
24​
35​
Sam6
20​
25​
Ingsve
18​
15​
RedheadDane
5​
7.5​
Vladimir
5​
7.5​

Not really worth doing a separate overall table at this stage. Spreadsheet seems to be working though.
 
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The one that we really consider to be the start of spring, even though the other one is also always on the same weekend (waits for those who know otherwise)
Race 2: Omloop het Nieuwsblad

1​
TRATNIK Jan
180​
17​
2​
POLITT Nils
108​
5​
4​
NAESEN Oliver
78​
4​
6​
REX Laurenz
62​
5​
7​
STUYVEN Jasper
54​
1​
8​
PIDCOCK Thomas
46​
12​
10​
DE LIE Arnaud
36​
1​
11​
GAUTHERAT Pierre
30​
4​
12​
WELLENS Tim
27​
2​
15​
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
20​
1​
16​
KÜNG Stefan
18​
1​
18​
VERMEERSCH Gianni
14​
2​
19​
DE BONDT Dries
12​
1​
22​
TEUNS Dylan
9​
4​
25​
MORGADO Antonio Tomas
6​
8​
And 36 others with 5 each for finishing (if I refer to riders as 'fivers' in future posts in this thread, this is what I mean)

Pointsmain scorersGreen pts
1​
DJW
360​
Tratnik, Pollit, Pidcock, Morgado
80​
2​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
358​
Tratnik, Pollit, Pidcock, Teuns
50​
3​
RoteLaterne
349​
Tratnik, Pollit, Pidcock
35​
4​
Search
329​
Tratnik, Naesen, de Lie
25​
5​
SlowClimber
317​
Tratnik, Stuyven, Gautherat, Wellens, Morgado
15​
6​
QueenStagiare
313​
Tratnik, Pollit
10​
7​
AmisVelo
303​
5​
8​
Rufs
284​
3​
9​
EvansIsTheBest
266​
2​
10​
Salvarani
257​
1​
11​
Madrazo
251​
12​
Anderis
246​
13​
Laarsland
216​
14​
Triley36
215​
15​
Scribers
214​
16​
Del1962
211​
17​
Laurens147
204​
18​
JumboVismaFan
200​
19​
DJSprtsch
138​
20​
Vladimir
122​
21​
NTFC1962
118​
22​
DevilsElbow
111​
23​
Hfgon1
93​
24​
Pitinho91
77​
25​
Peixotini
76​
26​
Leadbelly
64​
27​
JonEzeitza
30​
28​
RedheadDane
27​
29​
Ingsve
26​
30​
Armchair
25​
30​
Sam6
25​
32​
Sussannna
24​
33​
Bminchow
21​
34​
Kazistuta
15​
35​
Josedin
10​
CollectiveWisdom
251​
SoLastYear
118​
MainGamePop
15​


Standings

Green
1​
EvansIsTheBest
82​
0​
2​
DJW
80​
6​
3​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
50​
5​
3​
Josedin
50​
-1​
5​
RoteLaterne
35​
3​
5​
Bminchow
35​
-2​
7​
Search
25​
1​
7​
Sam6
25​
-3​
9​
SlowClimber
15​
-1​
9​
Ingsve
15​
-4​
11​
QueenStagiare
10​
-3​
12​
Vladimir
7.5​
-6​
12​
RedheadDane
7.5​
-6​
14​
AmisVelo
5​
-6​
15​
Rufs
3​
-7​
16​
Salvarani
1​
-8​
After most races, I'll only show the top ten in this category.

Main
1​
DJW
360​
7​
2​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
358​
6​
3​
RoteLaterne
349​
5​
4​
EvansIsTheBest
344​
-3​
5​
Search
329​
3​
6​
SlowClimber
317​
2​
7​
QueenStagiare
313​
1​
8​
AmisVelo
303​
0​
9​
Rufs
284​
-1​
10​
Salvarani
257​
-2​
11​
Madrazo
251​
-3​
12​
Anderis
246​
-4​
13​
Laarsland
216​
-5​
14​
Triley36
215​
-6​
15​
Scribers
214​
-7​
16​
Del1962
211​
-8​
17​
Laurens147
204​
-9​
18​
JumboVismaFan
200​
-10​
19​
DJSprtsch
138​
-11​
20​
Vladimir
127​
-14​
21​
NTFC1962
118​
-13​
22​
DevilsElbow
111​
-14​
23​
Hfgon1
93​
-15​
24​
Pitinho91
77​
-16​
25​
Peixotini
76​
-17​
26​
Leadbelly
64​
-18​
27​
Josedin
62​
-25​
28​
Bminchow
45​
-25​
28​
Sam6
45​
-24​
30​
Ingsve
44​
-25​
31​
RedheadDane
32​
-25​
32​
JonEzeitza
30​
-24​
33​
Armchair
25​
-25​
34​
Sussannna
24​
-26​
35​
Kazistuta
15​
-27​
CollectiveWisdom
262​
SoLastYear
118​
MainGamePop
15​

29 times more points in Omloop than in Faun, so no surprise that the table is essentially the order from the WT race.

Another double header tomorrow. I will share the spreadsheet eventually, but it still needs some tidying.
 
The French one finished first
Race 3: Drome Classic
3​
VAN GILS Maxim
66​
1​
6​
TRONCHON Bastien
46​
6​
9​
COSNEFROY Benoît
28​
6​
12​
BUSATTO Francesco
18​
1​
16​
GENIETS Kévin
10​
1​
17​
ALBANESE Vincenzo
9​
1​
21​
KULSET Johannes
5​
1​
24​
HUBY Antoine
5​
1​
29​
CALMEJANE Lilian
5​
1​
Still mainly unique picks, but a couple of more popular selections.


Race pos'nptsgreen pts
1​
DevilsElbow
74​
Tronchon & Cosnnefroy
80​
2​
Josedin
66​
50​
3​
Sam6
47​
Cosnefroy, Geniets & Albanese
35​
4​
Anderis
46​
11.6​
4​
Leadbelly
46​
11.6​
4​
Madrazo
46​
11.6​
4​
Salvarani
46​
11.6​
4​
Search
46​
11.6​
9​
Ingsve
38​
Cosnefroy and 2 fivers
2​
10​
Del1962
28​
0.33​
10​
JonEzeitza
28​
0.33​
10​
Laarsland
28​
0.33​
13​
Kazistuta
18​
14​
RedheadDane
5​
Standings but they'll only be short lived
Green
1​
Josedin
100​
2​
2​
EvansIsTheBest
82​
-1​
3​
DevilsElbow
80​
14​
3​
DJW
80​
-1​
5​
Sam6
60​
2​
6​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
50​
-3​
7​
Search
36.6​
0​
8​
Bminchow
35​
-3​
8​
RoteLaterne
35​
-3​
10​
Ingsve
17​
-1​
I'll normally only show the top ten in the minor classification

Main
1​
Search
375​
4​
2​
DJW
360​
-1​
3​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
358​
-1​
4​
RoteLaterne
349​
-1​
5​
EvansIsTheBest
344​
-1​
6​
SlowClimber
317​
0​
7​
QueenStagiare
313​
0​
8​
AmisVelo
303​
0​
8​
Salvarani
303​
2​
10​
Madrazo
297​
1​
11​
Anderis
292​
1​
12​
Rufs
284​
-3​
13​
Laarsland
244​
0​
14​
Del1962
239​
2​
15​
Triley36
215​
-1​
16​
Scribers
214​
-1​
17​
Laurens147
204​
0​
18​
JumboVismaFan
200​
0​
19​
DevilsElbow
185​
3​
20​
DJSprtsch
138​
-1​
21​
Josedin
128​
6​
22​
Vladimir
127​
-2​
23​
NTFC1962
118​
-2​
24​
Leadbelly
110​
2​
25​
Hfgon1
93​
-2​
26​
Sam6
92​
2​
27​
Ingsve
82​
3​
28​
Pitinho91
77​
-4​
29​
Peixotini
76​
-4​
30​
JonEzeitza
58​
2​
31​
Bminchow
45​
-3​
32​
RedheadDane
37​
-1​
33​
Kazistuta
33​
2​
34​
Armchair
25​
-1​
35​
Sussannna
24​
-1​
CollectiveWisdom
262​
SoLastYear
118​
MainGamePop
15​

A quick cup of tea, and I'll process KBK (edit: maybe not that soon, only a top 10 on CQ)
 
Race 4 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Two-thirds of the dominant breakaway were selected, but not the right third.

Race Pos'nPtsTeams
2​
WELLENS Tim
78​
2​
3​
LAZKANO LOPEZ Oier
66​
2​
5​
EEKHOFF Nils
52​
2​
7​
LAMPERTI Luke
40​
15​
9​
MAYRHOFER Marius
28​
4​
10​
STUYVEN Jasper
24​
1​
11​
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
20​
1​
16​
NAESEN Oliver
10​
4​
18​
VAN GESTEL Dries
8​
1​
19​
TURNER Ben
7​
18​
21​
WRIGHT Fred
5​
8​
22​
PETIT Adrien
5​
3​
23​
KANTER Max
5​
2​
26​
POLITT Nils
5​
5​
29​
HOFSTETTER Hugo
5​
2​

From this race:
Slow Climber will have enjoyed the break, even if there was a grim inevitability for him that it wouldn't be as good as it might have been.
1​
SlowClimber
215​
Wellens, Lazkano, Lamperti, Stuyven, Turner
80​
2​
Rufs
125​
Wellens, Lamperti, Turner
50​
3​
Sam6
106​
Lazkano, Lamperti
35​
4​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
62​
Eeckhoff & 2 fivers
25​
5​
Laurens147
57​
Eeckhoff and one fiver
15​
6​
Del1962
55​
7.5​
6​
Hfgon1
55​
7.5​
8​
AmisVelo
52​
2.5​
8​
Madrazo
52​
2.5​
10​
Armchair
47​
0.25​
10​
DevilsElbow
47​
0.25​
10​
DJSprtsch
47​
0.25​
10​
Triley36
47​
0.25​
14​
RoteLaterne
45​
15​
QueenStagiare
43​
16​
Josedin
40​
16​
Leadbelly
40​
16​
Peixotini
40​
16​
Pitinho91
40​
16​
Salvarani
40​
16​
Scribers
40​
22​
DJW
22​
22​
Search
22​
24​
JonEzeitza
20​
25​
Vladimir
17​
26​
Laarsland
12​
27​
NTFC1962
8​
28​
Bminchow
7​
28​
JumboVismaFan
7​
28​
Kazistuta
7​
31​
Ingsve
5​
32​
Anderis
0​
32​
EvansIsTheBest
0​
32​
RedheadDane
0​
32​
Sussannna
0​
CollectiveWisdom
47​
SoLastYear
0​
MainGamePop
7​

Standings
Green
Sometimes the top 10 has 11 or more in it...
1​
Josedin
100​
0​
2​
Sam6
95​
3​
2​
SlowClimber
95​
9​
4​
EvansIsTheBest
82​
-2​
5​
DevilsElbow
80.25​
-2​
6​
DJW
80​
-3​
7​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
75​
-1​
8​
Rufs
53​
12​
9​
Search
36.6​
-2​
10​
Bminchow
35​
-2​
10​
RoteLaterne
35​
-2​


Main
4 races so far, and 4 different leaders. Long may it remain as unpredictable as a race from which Visma are absent.
1​
SlowClimber
532​
5​
2​
Blues_in_the_Bottle
420​
1​
3​
Rufs
409​
9​
4​
Search
397​
-3​
5​
RoteLaterne
394​
-1​
6​
DJW
382​
-4​
7​
QueenStagiare
356​
0​
8​
AmisVelo
355​
0​
9​
Madrazo
349​
1​
10​
EvansIsTheBest
344​
-5​
11​
Salvarani
343​
-3​
12​
Del1962
294​
2​
13​
Anderis
292​
-2​
14​
Triley36
262​
1​
15​
Laurens147
261​
2​
16​
Laarsland
256​
-3​
17​
Scribers
254​
-1​
18​
DevilsElbow
232​
1​
19​
JumboVismaFan
207​
-1​
20​
Sam6
198​
6​
21​
DJSprtsch
185​
-1​
22​
Josedin
168​
-1​
23​
Leadbelly
150​
1​
24​
Hfgon1
148​
1​
25​
Vladimir
144​
-3​
26​
NTFC1962
126​
-3​
27​
Pitinho91
117​
1​
28​
Peixotini
116​
1​
29​
Ingsve
87​
-2​
30​
JonEzeitza
78​
0​
31​
Armchair
72​
3​
32​
Bminchow
52​
-1​
33​
Kazistuta
40​
0​
34​
RedheadDane
37​
-2​
35​
Sussannna
24​
0​
CollectiveWisdom
309​
SoLastYear
118​
MainGamePop
22​

Unfortunately Le Samyn on Tuesday is 1.1, so not in the game, but Laigueglia on Wednesday counts, if anyone selected is on the startlist, so there should be an update that evening.

Google drive behaving a bit oddly, so I hope the spreadsheet is accessible, but not editable, here. Perhaps someone will let me know.
 
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I was looking forward to that update especially as Armchair cyclists cup of tea after the Drome Update took almost 6 hours!

I enjoyed turning on KBK to see that breakaway. And my fast guys did well to get 3 more places in the top 10.

Nice way to start Monday and I hope no-one has any of the favourites for the mid week race!
 
I really think Le Samyn should feature in this game.
In the first couple of editions of the game I included some 1.1 races if they had a threshhold number of World Teams, but that participation was inconsistent, so I switched to a more objective 1.WT and 1.HS (now 1.Pro) a few years ago.

I'd be very happy if the UCI were to upgrade it so that it can be in: I have missed out on decent scoring myself some years, but I'd rather keep it objective, and I don't want to have to include another dozen or so events with all the 1.1s