The 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

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skidmark said:
Okay, unofficial count is 128 teams. My time to work on this is up for now, but until next time, here's my team:

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
LATOUR Pierre
GAUDU David
VAN POPPEL Danny
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CAVENDISH Mark
ROELANDTS Jürgen
COQUARD Bryan
KÄMNA Lennard
VENDRAME Andrea
DOULL Owain
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
SIVAKOV Pavel
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
MAMYKIN Matvey
NIZZOLO Giacomo
HAUSSLER Heinrich
KANGERT Tanel
GUARDINI Andrea
MCNULTY Brandon
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
CRADDOCK Lawson
KÖNIG Leopold
ENGER Sondre Holst
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat

I'll be back to discuss at length in the future, I'm sure, but feel free to pick it apart.
Oh *** for some reason CAPIOT wasn't in my final team :D
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Hakkie2 said:
I guessed 29 of your 33 riders correctly based on that post from you a couple of days ago.
Impressive; of course now the question is which riders you didn't guess
Well at some point I assumed the Dutch rider at Quickstep would be Terpstra. That's where things went wrong. I also didn't think Senechal would be your French rider on a non-French team, I thought it would be Julien Bernard. (So I also didn't predict Conci)

I didn't bother to guess who would be the Belgian rider at Sport Vlaanderen. Too many possibilities. Next year you should mention your leftover budget as well :lol:
 
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Hakkie2 said:
LaFlorecita said:
Hakkie2 said:
I guessed 29 of your 33 riders correctly based on that post from you a couple of days ago.
Impressive; of course now the question is which riders you didn't guess
Well at some point I assumed the Dutch rider at Quickstep would be Terpstra. That's where things went wrong. I also didn't think Senechal would be your French rider on a non-French team, I thought it would be Julien Bernard. (So I also didn't predict Conci)

I didn't bother to guess who would be the Belgian rider at Sport Vlaanderen. Too many possibilities. Next year you should mention your leftover budget as well :lol:
Maybe I will just for you ;)
Mind you I finished 100th last year so no use copying my team :)
 
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My team isn't as 'top-heavy' as most of the other teams, since I haven't picked anyone who had more than 629 CQ points in 2017. Hope I won't regret this...

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
VANMARCKE Sep
HERMANS Ben
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
LATOUR Pierre
KONRAD Patrick
GAUDU David
MCLAY Daniel
VAN POPPEL Danny
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CICCONE Giulio
CAVENDISH Mark
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan
ROELANDTS Jürgen
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
TAARAMÄE Rein
SBARAGLI Kristian
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
SIVAKOV Pavel
KENNAUGH Peter
ACKERMANN Pascal
NIZZOLO Giacomo
HAUSSLER Heinrich
KANGERT Tanel
DE BIE Sean
GUARDINI Andrea
CAPIOT Amaury
CRADDOCK Lawson
KÖNIG Leopold
ENGER Sondre Holst

Hermans and Konrad were last minute changes and it seems that they have not been picked much by others, therefore I hope that (especially) these two riders will have great seasons!
 
Oct 14, 2015
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NIZZOLO Giacomo
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
ROSA Diego
CAVENDISH Mark
COQUARD Bryan
VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
VAN POPPEL Danny
KÖNIG Leopold
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
ALBANESE Vincenzo
FORMOLO Davide
SBARAGLI Kristian
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
HAUSSLER Heinrich
GUARDINI Andrea
DUNBAR Eddie
OOMEN Sam
VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
GANNA Filippo
ENGER Sondre Holst
CONSONNI Simone
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
GAUDU David
CARBONI Giovanni
ALLEGAERT Piet
KANGERT Tanel
CAPIOT Amaury
 
SAGAN Peter
LANDA MEANA Mikel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
VAKOC Petr
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CICCONE Giulio
KÄMNA Lennard
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
NAESEN Lawrence
RODRIGUEZ MARTIN Cristian
PADUN Mark
HAMILTON Chris
BASKA Erik
NIZZOLO Giacomo
ARERUYA Joseph
GUARDINI Andrea
BAGIOLI Nicola
ALBANESE Vincenzo
WOUTERS Enzo
KÖNIG Leopold
BRESCIANI Michael
SCHINNAGEL Johannes
MOSCHETTI Matteo
BENDIXEN Louis
REYES ORTEGA Yeison Sebastian
GERVAIS Laurent
BOZIC Jon
MUÑOZ LANCHEROS Cristian Camilo
 
ALAPHILIPPE Julian 1011
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 629
LUTSENKO Alexey 563
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban 505
STYBAR Zdenek 503
LATOUR Pierre 453
GESINK Robert 318
ATAPUMA HURTADO Jhon Darwin 307
VAN POPPEL Danny 287
MAS NICOLAU Enric 285
CAVENDISH Mark 257
BOUDAT Thomas 238
COQUARD Bryan 220
FORMOLO Davide 217
ROSA Diego 209
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 195
VLIEGEN Loïc 179
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto 159
HALVORSEN KRISTOFFER 151
KENNAUGH Peter 137
TURGIS Anthony 131
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 77
VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter 76
NIZZOLO Giacomo 66
KANGERT Tanel 58
DE BIE Sean 57
GUARDINI Andrea 39
PHINNEY Taylor 36
CAPIOT Amaury 32
ALBANESE Vincenzo 31
MOSER Moreno 25
CRADDOCK Lawson 15
KÖNIG Leopold 10

Riders I strongly considered: Sbaragli (<-> Halvorsen), Debusschere (<-> Atapuma), Fernandez, Waeytens, Enger. Those riders were very close to make the cut, but I had to choose.
Riders on my longlist: Vanmarcke, Pantano, Oomen, Bonifazio, Roelandts, Taaramae, Gesbert, Vermote, Kuznetsov, Stannard, Vervaeke, Waeytens, Costa, Intxausti.
 
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Forgot Intxausti... :mad:

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
THEUNS Edward
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
LATOUR Pierre
HAIG Jack
BETTIOL Alberto
GAUDU David
VAN BAARLE Dylan
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CAVENDISH Mark
ROELANDTS Jürgen
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
KENNAUGH Peter
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
HAMILTON Chris
MAMYKIN Matvey
NIZZOLO Giacomo
HAUSSLER Heinrich
KANGERT Tanel
FRISON Frederik
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
LEYSEN Senne
KÖNIG Leopold
REYNDERS Jens
JELLOUL Adil
ENGER Sondre Holst
 
here we go...

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
PORTE Richie
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
CAVENDISH Mark
REICHENBACH Sébastien
COQUARD Bryan
ROSA Diego
REBELLIN Davide
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
CELANO Danilo
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
KENNAUGH Peter
STANNARD Ian
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
RAILEANU Cristian
GASPAROTTO Enrico
SCHULTING Peter
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
DE BIE Sean
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GUARDINI Andrea
VINGEGAARD RASMUSSEN Jonas
COSTA Adrien
MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco
BRANDAO Joni Silva
KÖNIG Leopold
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat
ENGER Sondre Holst
 
I kind of understand both choosing Porte and Valverde. Both had their seasons cut short, but there is no guarantee whatsoever their springs will be nearly as good as last year.

Valverde is getting older, has had this injury, so are you really banking on him getting 2700+ points? Ludicrous if you ask me, that's one of the biggest high risk picks one could take.

Porte? High ceiling. Could get 2000+ with relative ease, but he'd need to be just as fortunate as last year in the lead-up to the Tour and actually finish a GT placing high and maybe going into the Vuelta or Worlds and scoring big as well. He's never done it in his career yet and I haven't been convinced ever that he will suddenly be able to pull it off without something getting in the way.

Even with a 1000+ point pick you want to be relatively comfortable that they will add 50% to their score. So 1000->1500. Maybe if your pick is Valverde you want at least 600 points extra for it to be worth it. I don't know. Or you're banking on your low cost riders scoring many hundreds of points each.
 
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
ANDERSEN Søren Kragh
SOLER GIMENEZ Marc
LATOUR Pierre
TERPSTRA Niki
PLANCKAERT Baptiste
BAUHAUS Phil
VAN POPPEL Danny
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CAVENDISH Mark
ROELANDTS Jürgen
COQUARD Bryan
LAMBRECHT Bjorg
ROSA Diego
TAARAMÄE Rein
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
RAVASI Edward
RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
GASPAROTTO Enrico
YSSAAD Yannis
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
DE BIE Sean
GUARDINI Andrea
PHINNEY Taylor
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
KÖNIG Leopold
GUARNIERI Jacopo
ENGER Sondre Holst

A mostly obvious team which pretty much picked itself this year. 32 riders straight off which left about 480 pts for one rider and it came down to the two young Sunweb riders Andersen or Oomen. In the end I just went for the one that I guessed would be less popular. Looking at the other teams I don't think there is anyone popular that I didn't at least think about.
 
Yeh Porte could have a 2016 (or a 2011 :eek: ) but I'd say closer to 2017 (with Froome out he might win the Dauphine!) is more likely so he just needs to stay in one piece in July...

1500 is OK, he would have got there last year if the Spring wind didn't own him.
 
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So my team is:

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
BENNETT George
GAUDU David
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CICCONE Giulio
CAVENDISH Mark
COQUARD Bryan
KÄMNA Lennard
FORMOLO Davide
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
TAARAMÄE Rein
EDMONDSON Alexander
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
KENNAUGH Peter
TURGIS Anthony
CARTHY Hugh
POWER Robert
GASPAROTTO Enrico
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
OLIVIER Daan
GUARDINI Andrea
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
COSTA Adrien
MOSER Moreno
KÖNIG Leopold
ENGER Sondre Holst
 
@Kazistuta:
That's a good team, and very similar to mine. :D

You went with a few of my favourites who I was close to picking (De Plus, Vervaeke). So far you're the only other team with Brenton Jones, I think. I'm not convinced by Vanmarcke though, and I hope that could be where I beat you.

I can see you continuing your stellar record in this game.
 
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Squire said:
Valv.Piti said:
I went for a pretty top heavy team (I think) where I was able to fit a lot of my favourites in. I hope to place somewhere in the middle of the pack as I am not experienced at all with picking a team like this and probably have missed some pretty obvious picks! On top of that I was pretty late, but whatever. Good luck to everybody, I am very much looking forward to seeing how this game will develop. The 3 most common nations on my team are not unexpectedly Spain with 9 riders, Colombia with 6 and Italy with 5.

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 1828
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando 1268
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion 904
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 629
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban 505
MAS NICOLAU Enric 285
CAVENDISH Mark 257
COQUARD Bryan 220
FORMOLO Davide 217
BRAMBILLA Gianluca 195
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto 157
JAKOBSEN Fabio 118
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben 115
BRESCHEL Matti 101
PREIDLER Georg 91
MORENO BAZAN Javier 89
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 77
NIZZOLO Giacomo 66
PEDRERO LOPEZ Antonio 63
HAUSSLER Heinrich 60
KANGERT Tanel 58
MOSER Moreno 45
GANNA Filippo 42
PHINNEY Taylor 36
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose 26
KÖNIG Leopold 10
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres 9
SESSLER Nicolas Mariotto 8
SAMITIER SAMITIER Sergio 0
CASTRILLO ZAPATER Jaime 0
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat 0
EGHOLM Jakob 0
BOUHANNI Rayane 0
Absolutely loving this!

You will probably not win, but your team will be fun to cheer for.

Just one thing... Where's Barcelo? :eek: You could also have chucked in Cristian Rodriguez, who I think will do well for Caja. Aranburu too. And Brandao!

Some of the picks in the range 101-36 points are not too inspiring, I think. Low points ceilings for a lot of those guys.
Yeah, looking back at it, thats also where I am the most skeptical about my team. Not only are they low ceiling, but they really aren't sexy. I still have some faith in Breschel, but I seem to be the only one. Preidler is low ceiling, but I still remember his win in the Giro and he is relatively young still, so he should also improve from a bad 17.
Im okay with Moreno, he had a horrible 2017, but the changed team to Deiko and will be one of their main riders if not their main rider in small stages races and hard one day races. Definitely worth a shot, he could be good. even though he is pretty old and isn't funny.
Navardauskas and Nizzolo are common picks, especially the latter. Pedrero is just a favourite pick, he climbed very well on a few occasions last year, so whatever. Lots of climbers on this team tho.
Haussler, Kantert and Moser are pretty common picks as well - especially Kangert. I have no problem with them in hindsight.
I like Ganna, extremely strong and young. Could do decently and seems pretty rare, I like that.
Not sold on Phinney, I have a hard time coping with the hipster Americans from Cannondale lol, but he is a strong rider which simply should be able to produce a lot more than he does.

So to conclude, I would like to have Breschel, Preidler and Phinney back, Im good with the rest.

What I regret the most is not picking Sondre Holst Enger instead of useless picks such as Egholm or Bouhanni - both where picked 100% for the lolz. Next time I will also go through all pro conti teams which I sadly didn't this time around.. and yes, I should have picked Barcelo, thats really, really stupid, should have stuck with my theme. The Caja-guys are funny, but I dont really know anything about them, but I will for sure follow them.
 
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So far we're the only two who picked Ion Izagirre I think, Valv. If he continues where he left off last season and doesn't crash halfway through the seaon, I reckon he'll be a good pick for us. :D
 
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Maaaaaaaarten said:
So far we're the only two who picked Ion Izagirre I think, Valv. If he continues where he left off last season and doesn't crash halfway through the seaon, I reckon he'll be a good pick for us. :D
Yeah. I picked him with my heart as I initially had Moscon and also flirted with Ala, but I just thought screw it. He crashed out of Andalucia as well in the time trial so he should have gotten a lot more comfortable on his time trial bike over the winter now, lol. I think he easily can get 1500! Or maybe not, I actually didn't remember he had such a relatively good Ardennes-campaign.
 
@Valv.Piti:
The ones I was most sceptical about was Breschel, Phinney, Preidler, Pedrero and Moreno, as you seemed to agree with, but also Ganna, Fernandez, Haussler and Navardauskas.

Ganna is strong, but I don't see where his points are coming from. Flat stage races with a TT are becoming extinct, and he's too young for the cobbled classics. Fernandez probably has a ton of riders ahead of him at Movistar, and I just don't think he's that good (but I get that he's a 'theme' rider for you). Haussler is done, I think. Navardauskas is too valuable as a domestique to get many chances, and Colbrelli will block a lot of them anyway. If you look at how he scored his points at Cannondale, it was very random and inconsistent, with a lot of them coming at the Worlds, which doesn't suit him this year, and the Circuit de la Sarthe of all things. And then there's the heart issue. He said it's okay, but he hasn't tried all out efforts over a period of time yet, so you never know. I didn't feel Navardauskas was better value, all things considered, than some others in the price range.

Barcelo was my '34th' pick, so to speak, and I'm surprised not to see him in more teams.

I looked at Izagirre, but I think it was the 200 extra Ardennes points that put me off. He can of course repeat it, but he'll need a very good season to be a better pick than other options in the price range.
 
Jul 1, 2015
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ROGLIC Primoz
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
MOSCON Gianni
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
GAUDU David
DEBUSSCHERE Jens
DE TIER Floris
CAVENDISH Mark
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
KENNAUGH Peter
CARTHY Hugh
POWER Robert
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
WAEYTENS Zico
GUARDINI Andrea
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
MOSER Moreno
KÖNIG Leopold
CRADDOCK Lawson
VAN POPPEL Danny
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
ENGER Sondre Holst
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
YSSAAD Yannis
CIMA Imerio
CARBEL SVENDGAARD Michael

Did nobody else picked Roglic? His potential is unlimited in my opinion...
 
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
JAKOBSEN Fabio
MAS NICOLAU Enric
KNOX James
LATOUR Pierre
ZABEL Rick
KREUZIGER Roman
CAVENDISH Mark
KUMP Marko
VERMOTE Julien
SCHACHMANN Maximilian
COQUARD Bryan
KÄMNA Lennard
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
WALSCHEID Maximilian
TAARAMÄE Rein
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
KENNAUGH Peter
STANNARD Ian
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel
HAMILTON Chris
VANHOUCKE Harm
CRAS Steff
BONIFAZIO Niccolo
HAUSSLER Heinrich
KANGERT Tanel
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
CAPECCHI Eros
PHILIPSEN Jasper
COSTA Adrien
BJERG Mikkel
BOECKMANS Kris

Like I said before, lots of QS riders or guys who rode for the Belgian squad in recent years. :)
 
I start to regret not picking halversen. I'm usually rather concerned about super young picks and riders who are in their first year at sky (just compare landa and kwiat from 2016 to 2017). However I ignored that he is basically the only sprinter of the team and that he already had way more points two years ago. I don't expect him to be a game changer but he probably would have been a very good pick. Definitely better than someone like serry.
 
Jan 1, 2017
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VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
LATOUR Pierre
GAUDU David
KUDUS Merhawi Gebremedhin
PLANCKAERT Baptiste
VAN POPPEL Danny
CAVENDISH Mark
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
CARTHY Hugh
RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
GASPAROTTO Enrico
ARROYO DURAN David
VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
PADUN Mark
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
DE BIE Sean
HIRSCHI Marc
VANDENBERGH Stijn
GUARDINI Andrea
PHINNEY Taylor
BILLE Gaëtan
COSTA Adrien
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
CRADDOCK Lawson
KAGIMU Charles
ENGER Sondre Holst
MANSOURI Hamza
 
I didn't really follow cycling that much last year, so once the season was over my "longlist" for this year had 4 guys on it. I managed to fill that a bit late in November, early December and was looking forward to extended research late in December. Thus, I just pasted every young rider and every rider that declined into my longlist thinking I'll have plenty of time to go through each and every one. Well,,, I did that... 4 hours before the deadline hit... panicing slightly...

...and by going through it, I mean: Go to the CQ profile, check if he has a team, look at his scores and guess how much he'll score based on past scores and random extrapolation. Without checking team status, injuries, or planned races and declared goals for the season.
-> Sorting by profit expected, kicking out the two most expensive riders since I was over budget and replacing them with two guys that keep me below 7500 I ended up with a team I have absolute no confidence in perfoming well this year.

BENNETT George
BOHLI Tom
BONIFAZIO Niccolo
BOSWELL Ian
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio
CAVENDISH Mark
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
CICCONE Giulio
COQUARD Bryan
COSTA Adrien
FORMOLO Davide
GANNA Filippo
GAUDU David
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
GESINK Robert
HAUSSLER Heinrich
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat
KÄMNA Lennard
KANGERT Tanel
KENNAUGH Peter
KÖNIG Leopold
KREUZIGER Roman
LAMBRECHT Bjorg
LATOUR Pierre
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
NIZZOLO Giacomo
OOMEN Sam
PADUN Mark
PHILIPSEN Jasper
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan
VAN POPPEL Danny
VERVAEKE Louis

I won't go through all the riders because I honestly am not sure why I projected some of them to gain this much, but hey... it'll definitely be... ?interesting ... to follow those guys around this year.... I hope...
 
ALAPHILIPPE Julian 1011
With Valverde aging (hopefully for my team), he can claim his position.

MOSCON Gianni 864
Very versatile. Could improve. Of course he can be an idiot but hopefully Sky can control his mind.

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel 629
If he says on his bike, he could double his score. A gamble considering his bike handling.

CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban 505
No brainer

TERPSTRA Niki 417
He is getting older but he missed parts of last years classics.

VENTURINI Clément 356
His focus is now on road racing. With his speed he could do well in all of those French 1.1's.

GAUDU David 352
Hopefully this year will be his big break through.

VAN POPPEL Danny 287
His focus is back on sprinting. Don't forget he used to be a big sprinting prospect and better than Groenewegen.

MAS NICOLAU Enric 285
Showed some good racing last year and the GC department at Quick Step is not that big.

CICCONE Giulio 264
Interesting rider and last year was a but affected by his heart surgery.

CAVENDISH Mark 257
No brainer

COQUARD Bryan 220
No brainer

LAMBRECHT Bjorg 218
The climbing squad at Lotto is thin, which means he will have some chances to lead the team.

FORMOLO Davide 217
He must do better than last year.

ROSA Diego 209
Could do well in the hilly races.

COSNEFROY Benoit 191
Same as Venturini. Hopefully the goals won't clash because they are on the same team.

BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto 159
Was back on track until his Vuelta crash

HALVORSEN Kristoffer 151
Quality sprinter.

SIVAKOV Pavel 142
Nice climbing prospect. Hopefully he won't be Bernal's adjudant.

KENNAUGH Peter 137
Showed glimpses of his talent in the past. Now he ride for his own goals.

JAKOBSEN Fabio 118
Nice sprinter. Should have his chances in the smaller races like Handzame etc.

OWEN Logan 91
Do not what to expect.

WALLAYS Jelle 80
Hopefully the harder 1.1's in Belgium will be his hunting ground.

NIZZOLO Giacomo 66
No brainer

DE BIE Sean 57
Dropped back to pro-conti. Has the potential to score much more than last year.

OLIVIER Daan 53
Used to be a great climber. Hopefully this will be his year.

GUARDINI Andrea 39
Hopefully Bardiani will race Lankawi.

CAPIOT Amaury 32
Another Belgian 1.1 sprinter.

ALBANESE Vincenzo 31
He was quite hyped but last year was not that succesfull.

MOSER Moreno 25
No brainer

CRADDOCK Lawson 15
No brainer

SESSLER Nicolas Mariotto 8
Love the idea of a Brazilian climber.

ENGER Sondre Holst 0
No brainer

My biggest regret is not picking Kangert. Completely overlooked the guy.
 
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
THOMAS Geraint
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
GAUDU David
VAN BAARLE Dylan
ATAPUMA HURTADO Jhon Darwin
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CAVENDISH Mark
BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA Pello
REICHENBACH Sébastien
AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey
COQUARD Bryan
POWLESS Neilson
ROSA Diego
GOUGEARD Alexis
DOULL Owain
PEDERSEN Casper Phillip
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
KENNAUGH Peter
JAKOBSEN Fabio
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
RAVASI Edward
RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
PREIDLER Georg
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
GANNA Filippo
SILIN Egor
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
KÖNIG Leopold

Really disappointed to miss Intxausti. I had Phinney, Silin and Craddock as my shortlist for the last cheap place, but Intxausti would have been way better.

I considered Quintana, but preferred the upside of Thomas and Izagirre.

Amador would have been more popular I thought.
 

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