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Thanks for the update, skidmark! I'm happy to still be towards the top. I thought I would move down further this week, but apparently not!

For the next week's races I have:

Le Samyn:
Vanmarcke
Hodeg
Sarreau
Dupont

Decent... But definitely not good.

Trofeo Lagueglia:
Bernal
Vansevenant

Definitely not good nor decent. Startlist isn't finalised though.

Strade Bianche:
Wellens
Sagan (?)
Alaphilippe
Van Avermaet
Arensman
Bernal
Pidcock

Startlist not finalised here either, but it's looking, hmm, decent, I guess.
 
This ain't going too well so far, and I'm not sure it'll get much better. However I am taking hope from the fact that my three most expensive riders haven't started their season, yet. I just need to get through these horrible cobble races. :coldsweat:

So for the next races I have:

Laigueglia: Mollema, Romo, Bernal, Vansevenant, Ayuso.

Strade so far: Buchmann, Mollema, Bardet, Arensman, Bernal, Pidcock, Sivakov. (If this was Lombardia, I'd be more content with these guys...)
 
Only three riders at La Samyn and two were in the top ten so not bad again. Was hoping for more from Dupont, but he was horribly out of position on the final bend and did well to finish 9th in the end.

A lot more possibilities at Laigueglia tomorrow

Ciccone
Colbrelli
Moscon
Bernal
Vansevant
Gavazzi
Calmejane

If DQS try to keep it together for Ballerini then Colbrelli is in with a shout. Otherwise, Ciccone and a couple of the others have a good chance at a top ten at least
 
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I'm top? Wasn't expecting that after the weekend. My first time at the top, hopefully not the last.

Some points today for Vanmarcke and Dupont, for Laigueglia I have

Mollema
Colbrelli
Bernal
Moscon

My hopes for Strade Bianche look to rest mostly on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe, but he's not exactly a bad guy to have in this situation. Like BlueRoads, the rest of my team seems ill suited to a race with a shortage of mountains.
 
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My team looks a little like Hugo's. But I'm really disappointed in Sagan not riding.

Strade Bianche:
Alaphilippe - Yes please
Arensman - practice
Bernal - support (but who?)
Pidcock - maybe, but likely too early
BARDET - maybe top 5?
BUCHMANN - the man now that Sagan is out?
FOSS - Nice support
SIVAKOV - support (but who?)
VERMAERKE - practice
 
How are my fellow Remco-owners feeling about the news that the Giro will be the first race of his season, and the only one before the Olympics? Even with his injury, I was a little surprised to hear that. Every day that he races is a day he can pick up big points, so that's a bit concerning. On the other hand, if he's fresh in the second half of the season he might be flying and ride a rich vein of form all over the autumn calendar, which of course would be a welcome top-up in the context of this game. Hard to say, but I remain cautiously optimistic.
 
How are my fellow Remco-owners feeling about the news that the Giro will be the first race of his season, and the only one before the Olympics? Even with his injury, I was a little surprised to hear that. Every day that he races is a day he can pick up big points, so that's a bit concerning. On the other hand, if he's fresh in the second half of the season he might be flying and ride a rich vein of form all over the autumn calendar, which of course would be a welcome top-up in the context of this game. Hard to say, but I remain cautiously optimistic.
Not the best nor the worst scenario I had envisioned.

Say he starts the Giro undercooked, he probably still has a chance to win a couple of stages (last day TT and a stage from the breakway) and finish top20 overall.
Then wins the Olympics TT and podiums the RR.
Podium at the Vuelta.
Domination in the Italian fall Classics.

That's still good enough for roughly 2000 points in less than 50 racing days.


Sagan's situation worries me a lot more. I thought he would open the season on a high note this year and build from there, the late start will likely mean he won't be competitive at Tirreno Adriatico and MSR. Hopefully he comes good for the cobble classics, but I regret picking him at this point.
 
How are my fellow Remco-owners feeling about the news that the Giro will be the first race of his season, and the only one before the Olympics? Even with his injury, I was a little surprised to hear that. Every day that he races is a day he can pick up big points, so that's a bit concerning. On the other hand, if he's fresh in the second half of the season he might be flying and ride a rich vein of form all over the autumn calendar, which of course would be a welcome top-up in the context of this game. Hard to say, but I remain cautiously optimistic.
Evenepoel is not in my team (I really wanted him there, but just couldn't get myself to do it, although it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have all of Sagan, Alaphilippe and Evenepoel in my team - what a dream!), but even so, I hope he has a good season. He's just a joy to watch so I'm bummed he's not riding. Of course, cynically speaking with this game in mind, I'm happy he's not on the road tearing everything apart.

At this point, I think that anything between 0 (probably not zero, but very few points) and, say, 2000 points is within reach, depending on how he recovers and if he does infact do the Vuelta. I think a monster 3000 points season is out of the question, unless he's trolling us all and is going to demolish the opposition in the Giro.
 
How are my fellow Remco-owners feeling about the news that the Giro will be the first race of his season, and the only one before the Olympics? Even with his injury, I was a little surprised to hear that. Every day that he races is a day he can pick up big points, so that's a bit concerning. On the other hand, if he's fresh in the second half of the season he might be flying and ride a rich vein of form all over the autumn calendar, which of course would be a welcome top-up in the context of this game. Hard to say, but I remain cautiously optimistic.
Didn't pick Evenepoel, however he was on my shortlist and I went back and forth over whether to select him.

At this moment, I do not regret leaving him out, his injuries were quite severe and it takes a long time to come back from that type of injury. Whether he is a factor in the Giro remains to be seen, but you can see him winning a couple of stages and pushing Ganna in the TT's.

If his recovery goes well he could be set for a huge second half of the season and will still prove to be a good pick. He is a once in a generation talent, and I really hope he comes back as strong as before.

For my team, Sagan is one giving cause for concern right now. To have any chance I need him to be firing on all cylinders once the cobble classics come around.
 
I'm pretty busy right now so I'm not as active in the thread as I would like but I just wanted to come and gloat a little. After a slow start this year (not entirely unexpected given the makeup of my team as I have Remco +a bunch of GC specialists as my most expensive riders ), I've gotten my first 1-2-3-4 in a race in my 11(12?) participations (totally out of the blue since I had only 6 riders at the start). Thanks to Mollema, Bernal, Vansevenant and Champoussin for making this happen (+ Hailu 9th and Pinot 24th). Can we cancel the rest of the week ? I only had Vanmarcke and Kooij scoring yesterday but I'm pretty sure I'm in the lead for the week right now.
 
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I'm pretty busy right now so I'm not as active in the thread as I would like but I just wanted to come and gloat a little. After a slow start this year (not entirely unexpected given the makeup of my team as I have Remco +a bunch of GC specialists as my most expensive riders ), I've gotten my first 1-2-3-4 in a race in my 11(12?) participations (totally out of the blue since I had only 6 riders at the start). Thanks to Mollema, Bernal, Vansevenant and Champoussin for making this happen (+ Hailu 9th and Pinot 24th). Can we cancel the rest of the week ? I only had Vanmarcke and Kooij scoring yesterday but I'm pretty sure I'm in the lead for the week right now.
Well done. I've had 1,2 and 3 before, but certainly not Top 4. Annoyingly both Champoussin and Mollema were late cuts from my final team. I shall have to console myself with Bernal, Hailu and Madouas from today.
 
This ain't going too well so far, and I'm not sure it'll get much better. However I am taking hope from the fact that my three most expensive riders haven't started their season, yet. I just need to get through these horrible cobble races. :coldsweat:

So for the next races I have:

Laigueglia: Mollema, Romo, Bernal, Vansevenant, Ayuso.

Strade so far: Buchmann, Mollema, Bardet, Arensman, Bernal, Pidcock, Sivakov. (If this was Lombardia, I'd be more content with these guys...)
Well, Laigueglia didn't go too badly for you, I guess.
 
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I'm pretty busy right now so I'm not as active in the thread as I would like but I just wanted to come and gloat a little. After a slow start this year (not entirely unexpected given the makeup of my team as I have Remco +a bunch of GC specialists as my most expensive riders ), I've gotten my first 1-2-3-4 in a race in my 11(12?) participations (totally out of the blue since I had only 6 riders at the start). Thanks to Mollema, Bernal, Vansevenant and Champoussin for making this happen (+ Hailu 9th and Pinot 24th). Can we cancel the rest of the week ? I only had Vanmarcke and Kooij scoring yesterday but I'm pretty sure I'm in the lead for the week right now.
That's great, definitely worth coming on to gloat!

I don't know if I've ever gotten a top 4. A seminal moment in my CQ game history was in 2012 Romandie where I believe I got 2-3-4-5-6. It's so long ago that I can't remember exactly who I had, but I recall Wiggins won but I had Costa in second in a breakout performance and then whoever the heck was 3-6... Kreuziger and Porte maybe in there? Kinda fun to try to remember before checking. Hmm, Tejay maybe? Probably also some random rider that retired 7 years ago.

(edit: I checked, my memory was mostly right... Costa got 3rd, 2nd was my hybrid Tejay guess/random guy who retired in Andrew Talansky, who I should've remembered. Then Porte, Michael Rogers - another random retired guy - and Kreuz)

Definitely happy with Mollema so far, holy cow! He's flying at the start of the season.
 
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That's great, definitely worth coming on to gloat!

I don't know if I've ever gotten a top 4. A seminal moment in my CQ game history was in 2012 Romandie where I believe I got 2-3-4-5-6. It's so long ago that I can't remember exactly who I had, but I recall Wiggins won but I had Costa in second in a breakout performance and then whoever the heck was 3-6... Kreuziger and Porte maybe in there? Kinda fun to try to remember before checking. Hmm, Tejay maybe? Probably also some random rider that retired 7 years ago.

(edit: I checked, my memory was mostly right... Costa got 3rd, 2nd was my hybrid Tejay guess/random guy who retired in Andrew Talansky, who I should've remembered. Then Porte, Michael Rogers - another random retired guy - and Kreuz)

Definitely happy with Mollema so far, holy cow! He's flying at the start of the season.
This 'made' ;) me go back and recount my own 15 minutes of fame in this game, obviously had the rose-tinteds on as it wasn't even as good as I thought! Was top of the table for a bit back then at least. Nearly 8 years ago :oops:

Robbed of a 1-2-3 when Stybar got clipped...

Quintana + 1-2-6-7 in Roubaix - I won't beat this week for sure. I've peaked.
(Context: 2013 Itzulia and Paris Roubaix week, Quintana 2 stages + overall plus Cancellara/Vanmarcke/Stybar/Langeveld)
 
Did fairly well at Laigueglia with Ciccone, Bernal and Vansevant. However, Mollema looks like being my most expensive omission this year. Just completely missed him. Which is doubly annoying as I'm a bit of a fan.

Good to see Mareczko start his campaign in the 'races you didn't know were happening' cup, with a win in the Trofeg Umag
 
Tentative team for Strade Bianche:

Van der Poel
Alaphilippe
Bernal
Bardet
Mollema
Simmons
Buchmann
Arensman
Pidcock

If Sagan was here this would likely be my strongest team ever since playing this game.

:openmouth: Can't imagine anyone will have a stronger team than that?

Am also missing Sagan, and Evenepoel. And now also Moscon, who's injured. Very annoying as he was looking pretty lively last weekend. So I'm left with..

Pidcock
Bardet
Yates
Bernal
Buchmann
Calmejane
Wellens

A few potential top ten placings there, but nothing more given the strength of the field
 
Ooh, very excited for this weekend! Well for the racing, my teams are nothing to write home about.

Strade Bianche


Greg Van Avermaet (now that I've finally remembered I also have Naesen on my team, he's not actually lining up with Greg)
Thomas Pidcock
Egan Bernal
Pavel Sivakov
Bauke Mollema

huh, that's a little light, isn't it? Well, Mollema and GvA are incapable of a bad finish (save from a crash, knock wood), Pidcock should be good on this, everyone has Bernal but I think he can do well, but does Sivakov do one day races? I guess we will find out.

The Sunday Italian race I have Mollema, who has won a similar race this week, and Hodeg, who this doesn't seem like his type of race.

GP Monsere

Timothy Dupont
Chris Lawless

Excited for that Dupont top 10 magic! Maybe Lawless will start contesting sprints in classics too!
 
Strade Bianche

Asgreen
Valverde
Cortina
Serrano
Gonzalez

GP Industria & Artigianato

Landa
Garrison
Rodriguez
Serrano


Paris-Nice (preliminary as it doesn't appear fully set yet)

Colbrelli
Ion Izagirre
Politt
Cavagna
Powless
Jorgenson
Benoot


Well interesting teams
 

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