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So, for the next races I have:

Romandie
Thomas, Kruiswijk, Kuss, Leemreize, Hirschi, Romo, Froome, Arensman, Brenner, Powless

Asturias
Latour

Algarve
Kämna, Politt, Jakobsen

Giro
Bernal, Sivakov, Gallopin, (Tejada), Buchmann, Bardet, Mollema, Gaviria
 
Dec 27, 2016
250
10
3,060
Now, my time will begin.. :)

For the giro I have:
S.Yates, Bernal, Evenepoel, Buchmann, Sivakov, Sosa, Tejada, Ciccone, Ewan, Moschetti, P. Bevin, Gaviria, Oliveira
Holy Crap. i thought my team was going to be good. But I don't have Yates or Ewan. I do have Bardet and Sagan. Not quite the same:
Bernal, Evenepoel, Buchmann, Sivakov, Sosa, Ciccone, Bardet, Champoussin, Foss, Sagan, Aleotti
 
Not having any GC riders at Romandie, I was expecting to finish near the bottom this week. But Colbrelli had a great race and manged to haul 130 points, so I might tread water, before dominating the next three week weeks with my Giro team :)
 
Thanks for the update! I'm glad to be a top of the leaderboard once again, although I'm sad that Otoxiep87 took the green jersey away from me! I'll have to get that back somehow :D

Btw, here's a question for you CQ game historians: When was the earliest someone got their team into profit?
As always with the first to a milestone/most points at a certain date questions, the correct answer is 2012 aka the year where everybody had Boonen and he proceeded to win every cobbled race on the calendar*. TeoSheva and 3 other managers with slightly lower totals broke even after the Tour de Romandie. In a "normal" year, I don't think anybody's broken even before the Giro GC update but I'm not sure on that one.

* I don't actually keep track of teams' cost so I use breaking 7500 points as the barrier for breaking even. Considering that pretty much every team comes within a few point of the budget I think it's a reasonable proxy but it means that if someone had a crazy low cost team I might have missed their team technically breaking even earlier.
 
Update #14: A tie for first in the weekly rankings as the overall standings flip again

This update's a little later than hoped, but better late than never. Last week saw Romandie as the center of CQ points, while a rescheduled Asturias also provided a few points to those who had riders in it. In keeping with the theme of the season so far, there were some high scores, and the leaderboard continued its constant back-and-forth jumble.

This Week's Top Scorers


RankTeamPoints this week
1Devils_Elbow830
1escartin830
3LosBrolin812
4del1962785
5Armchair cyclist754

Aside from weeks early and late in the season where teams with the same handful of scoring riders tie, I can't recall too many ties at the top. But Devils Elbow and escartin manage to do so this week, each with a very decent 830 points. And indeed, they each had the same crop of highest scorers - Geraint Thomas (347 points), Sonny Colbrelli (133), Pierre Latour (91), Peter Sagan (78), and Thymen Arensman (60). That accounts for 709 of their 830 points, and the rest just jumbled up in a way that made them even. Congrats to both! LosBrolin nabs third place with of course Thomas, Lucas Hamilton (100 points) and a few others.

This Week's High Movers

RankTeamUp/down
1Devils_Elbow(+16)
2escartin(+14)
3del1962(+13)
3will10(+13)
5LosBrolin(+12)

The same top 2 but no tie at the top this time - Devils Elbow takes it in a clean win. There is a tie lower down, with del1962 and will10 each with a foot on the last podium spot.

Green Jersey Competition

RankTeamTotal
1Otoxiep87190
2Hugo Koblet172.67
3Boris98168.67
4Jon_Ezeitza120
5Devils_Elbow115

40 points on the week (splitting the difference between 45 for first and 35 for second) gets Devils Elbow to slip onto this ranking. No points this week among the top 4, and therefore no movement either.

Top 10 Overall

RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+3)7098
2(-)Northerner7040
3(-2)Hugo Koblet6984
4(+1)Total Package6884
5(-2)Boris986879
6(-)Otoxiep876813
7(+5)Armchair cyclist6662
8(-)Squire6641
9(+1)Object6628
10(-3)Nakazar6581

Somewhat out of nowhere, Bicycle Boy jumps into the lead! This comes after a decent but not flashy week (28th on the week), but it's so close at the top that this was enough to flip the lead over Northerner (who was 32nd on the week but 79 points behind Bicycle Boy) and Hugo (57th on the week). The top 6 are all within 300 points. Armchair Cyclist rides a 5th place on the weekly rankings into the top 10 at the expense of manafana, who slips to 11th.

This week is already mostly over, but the points are still to come! The rescheduled Algarve has some .Pro points on offer, while a few teams may have riders in the 2.1 Rwanda race. All in all not a huge week for points, but of course the biggest thing going on is that the Giro starts on Saturday... we are in Grand Tour season! Happy racing everyone.

spreadsheet at dropbox
 
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Well, last week I felt good that my somewhat rare riders in Izagirre and Colbrelli scored well, but beyond them and Latour I didn't get much else and actually fell in the standings. This week the Algarve is kinda meh for my team, with my hopes mainly riding on Sosa. But you know what? I don't care! Remco is coming back.

Fingers crossed, fellow Remco owners. Let's see what else is going to excite me for the next three weeks:

Giro

Egan Bernal
Pavel Sivakov
Elia Viviani
Remco Evenepoel
Romain Bardet
Bauke Mollema
Matteo Moschetti

Well, hopefully this is a 'quality over quantity' type of team, with only seven entries (and also hopefully it means that guys like Izagirre are doing the secondary rescheduled Spanish races where points should be a bit easier to come by). Of course all eyes are on Evenepoel. He has not lost a race he has finished since 2019, and it's not impossible he could be the best cyclist of all time someday. But no pressure. Sivakov is an interesting one, especially with Bernal questionable. I have no doubt he can top 5 - if the day he fell off the pace in Tour of Alps is representative of his worst day, he shouldn't fall as far in a 3 week race. But we'll see, I think he has the potential to podium. Bardet and Mollema are just solid, top 7-9 potential all around. Viviani is hopefully back, and Moschetti is my rarest pick, so I'm hoping he can prove he belongs with the big time sprinters here.

Ah, the day before a Grand Tour, always full of hope before your guy hits a bidon in the neutral zone or something and crashes out. Good luck everyone!
 

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