The 2020 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

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Simon Yates is very much alive, which will please about 75% of us

Soler has at least tried a couple times. Hopefully he will have better luck in the much weaker Giro

Oomen looks a long way from ready for The Giro, which isn't surprising given his lack of racing. Maybe he'll be able to ride himsef into it

Don't know what's happening with Latour. He doesn't seem to have recovered at all well from his injury

Valgren continues his pointless amble around France

Another DNF for Padun. Assuming Bahrain don't renew his contract, it's difficult to see anyone taking a risk on him for next year :confused_old:
 
Stage win for Martinez should give a few points.
Soler is starting to find some form. He's likely to try a few more breaks in the Tour looking for a stage win. However, it's looking like he should be better for the Giro.
Mas is finding his form and as long as he stays on his bike should be able to get the top 10 he was aiming for before the Tour started.
Pinot and Dumoulin, I have no clue.
Valverde looks to be getting better for his later races.
 
Decent day at Tirenno... Yates is had by many so not alot of gain, but still good. My better return will (hopefully) be from Kelderman, on fewer teams. Meintjes finally showing something (even an attack!!) after a couple of years of nothing suggests a promisingly anonymous top 10 in the Giro. Oomen looking better but not great, although of course many have him.

In the Tour, well, I guess I can keep my fingers crossed for stages and polka dots from the likes of Pinot and Chaves, although neither really look like they can do much right now. I also have hopes for them at the Worlds though.

Soren Kragh Andersen getting some more form, hopefully will continue to build for the classics. Soler not quite there but hopefully that means he will be looking sharp for the Vuelta or something.

Froome is not looking like he'll be sharp for anything. Nor does Latour. Aru's career might be over.
 
Simon Yates is very much alive, which will please about 75% of us

Soler has at least tried a couple times. Hopefully he will have better luck in the much weaker Giro

Oomen looks a long way from ready for The Giro, which isn't surprising given his lack of racing. Maybe he'll be able to ride himsef into it

Don't know what's happening with Latour. He doesn't seem to have recovered at all well from his injury

Valgren continues his pointless amble around France

Another DNF for Padun. Assuming Bahrain don't renew his contract, it's difficult to see anyone taking a risk on him for next year :confused_old:
Padun crashed with Bauhaus, bad luck again...
 
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I was just wondering how this game was actually going for me as I haven't checked the standing since March, looked at my team since I had forgotten most about it, saw the first 8 names on the list were
"Sagan, Pinot, Kwiatkowski, Moscon, Dumoulin, Oomen, Froome, Bardet".
Didn't bother checking the standings.
 
After a quiet couple of weeks, good to see some non-WT races this week.

Luxembourg - Gallopin and Vanendert have already cemented their status as terrible picks on stage one. All hopes lie with Simmons now

Slovakia - Notable for the return of Modolo, who's barely raced this year. De Bie, Strakhov and Steimle also.

Alfredo Martini - Is Moscon about to go on one of his late-season blitzkriegs? And good to see Bouhanni back so quickly after his crash in Brussels. Hayter and Mader also.
 
Update #21: The Stages of Success

It's a bit of a transition week in the CQ game - although the Tour is in full force and the dissonance of the season continued with Tirenno-Adriatico overlapping, neither race awarded GC points in this update. Aside from a couple of 2.2 races and a 1.1 race won by a cyclo-crosser, the WT points this week came solely from stages (which included three wins by cyclo-crossers off the top of my head, so maybe the takeaway is that cyclo-crossers are killing it on the road these days). Let's see how it shook out.

This Week's Top Scorers

RankTeamPoints this week
1triley36416
2Eric10393
3zaka_fan387
4comodoro385
5DJ Sprtsch382

triley36 comes out on top as the only team to top 400 points; Soren Kragh Andersen was the star for their team, parlaying a 1st and 3rd in Tour stages into 115 points for his 43 owners. Wins from Marc Hirschi (15 teams) and Dani Martinez (9 teams) supplemented 50 points for a 2nd place from Lennard Kamna (spoiler alert - at least 80 more to come this week) and 80 points from Simon Yates (also more to come). Eric10 comes in second, swapping in Lucas Hamilton (45 points) in place of Dani Martinez from the above combination, and zaka_fan rounds out the podium with 60 from Sagan and 50 from Merlier to supplement Andersen/Yates/Kamna.

This Week's High Movers

RankTeamUp/down
1dimasotf(+13)
2triley36(+12)
3Nicosix(+10)
3Eric10(+10)
3Team_Instigator(+10)
3DJ Sprtsch(+10)
3zaka_fan(+10)

We are 21 weeks into the CQ season so 400 points isn't going to take you as far up the standings as earlier, but some teams still manage a double digit leap. dimasotf tops this one, riding Andersen/Yates/Kamna/Merlier/Hamilton to a 13 place rise. triley36 comes in second here, whereas 5 teams tie for third.

Green Jersey Competition

RankTeamTotal
1Jakob747236.7
2ChrisDK192
3EvansIsTheBest131
4Wallenquist122
4Hakkie2122

No scoring for the top teams aside from the one at the very top. Jakob747 gets 13th on the week and 6 more points in this competition, extending the lead over second place ChrisDK to 44.7 points. Of course a weekly win is worth 45 points, so ChrisDK is still technically within reach of the lead on any given week. The rest of the pack is quite a ways back.

Top 10 Overall

RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+1)5552
2(-1)EvansIsTheBest5460
3(-)Nyssinator5035
4(+4)Nathanptz5000
5(-1)skidmark4999
6(-)BlueRoads4944
7(+2)Lortnoc4914
8(-3)bminchow4893
9(-2)mineralJ4887
10(+2)Wallenquist4844

There is a change at the very top for the first time in weeks. After slowly creeping up for a few weeks, Jakob747 gains 116 points on EvansIsTheBest thanks partially to Pogacar's amazing run, although that is likely to pay off more in the upcoming week. EITB remains comfortably in second for now, while Nyssinator stays in third. 150 points separates 3rd and 9th, so it's quite tight below the top two. Wallenquist moves into the top 10 at the expense of JPettersen.

The upcoming week has not only GC points for the Tour, but also for Tirenno, which ended on Monday. And for good measure, there are no fewer than 3 one-day races in Italy, and 1.1s in France and Belgium. It definitely has the potential for a points bonanza and an upheaval in the standings.

Spreadsheet at dropbox
 
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It's getting close-ish towards the top of the ranking. Wout van Aert, Kwiatkowski, or who would belive Wilco Kelderman, will probably be my undoing.

I need one or two of my "cheaper" selections to finally start lightning up the roads a little. For example, Alexander Cepeda (Androni) whom I had/have high hopes for.

Just before Cepeda traveled back to Europe after the corona -break, he did the "Guagua Negro" ascent in 12min 58sec - a new record time. 6.5kilometers which starts at 2920m of altitude and finishes at over 3300ms. Carapaz did the same climb in 13.31 on July 13th and although it was reported that Richie was in less than optimal form while training in Ecuador its still an impressive register from Cepeda.

He was ok-ish strong in Savoie, but his positioning in the Italian one-day events has been anything but optimal. Tomorrow he starts in Giro dell'Appennino and I hope to see him with the best on Passo della Bochetta at least, fine turning his form as he declared to Primicias.ec that his aim is to win the "Maglia Bianca" at the Giro.
 
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Good day for me with Steimle and Hayter both winning. Just after I picked the latter, it was announced that he wouldn't be racing till after The Olympics. As it turned out, neither was anyone else, so he must be one of the few riders to benefit from the Covid break.

Looking at the calendar, there's not many races below WT left, so about half my team are more or less out of the game now. Need some of my expensive failures to lift their wings - Latour, Valgren, Gallopin, Moscon, Soler, Kwiatkowski and Pinot
 
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Weirdly many of my riders have been great the past week, but nonetheless I will fall deep, because other teams will just be better. I am hoping for a podium of van Aert, Hirschi and Martínez at worlds. :neutral: Fuglsang, Nibali and Thomas to reign the Giro, please...
 
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