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The 2022 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

Page 17 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.
I was surprised to check the spreadsheet and see that no one took Charmig. I had him rated fairly highly and he was in the mix until fairly well on the process... then again, I noted next to his name on my sheet that I should take him in the 3 year game and ended up not even doing that, I'm not sure why. Did anyone else strongly consider him?
 
I was surprised to check the spreadsheet and see that no one took Charmig. I had him rated fairly highly and he was in the mix until fairly well on the process... then again, I noted next to his name on my sheet that I should take him in the 3 year game and ended up not even doing that, I'm not sure why. Did anyone else strongly consider him?

I have considered and pick other UnoX rookie - Johannesen. But look at their season so far. It's really impressive. Is there any other teams. which has 5 wins this season? Or two in one day?
 
I was surprised to check the spreadsheet and see that no one took Charmig. I had him rated fairly highly and he was in the mix until fairly well on the process... then again, I noted next to his name on my sheet that I should take him in the 3 year game and ended up not even doing that, I'm not sure why. Did anyone else strongly consider him?

I expect to have missed two or three Uno-X gems purely because I know so few of their guys, it was hard to know where they'd stand in the hierarchy, who'd get opportunities etc. Charmig looks great so I'm relieved no-one's got him!
 
Good start for Van Wilder and a great start for Higuita. Martinez won the ITT earlier in the week also.

Kanter scored some points in Almeria. 10th was alright in a chaotic finish. He was by himself with no help from a team mate and I could see him having to use other lead-outs in future races as well. That could be a downside, but he was cheap and already scored half of his tally from last year.

There is a lot of young riders firing on all cylinders in these early races. A bit frustrating since most of them were on the long-list. I guess I have to hope some of them will find it harder to make results once the real racing gets going, but some may be bound to have great seasons. Congratulations to those that have hit it right on the money with some picks, so far!

I might have opted for a bit more experienced team, with a few young riders mixed in, and I guess I had to expect a bit of a slow start. Still a few riders, 9 to be exact if I am not mistaken on my team, that has not raced yet. A few will begin their season next week but waiting for the provisional startlists to be confirmed.

I think and hope my team will start moving a bit upwards in the rankings when we get further into the season with more WT-races and once the classics season begin. We will see, but getting by for now I guess with some decent results.
 
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Skjelmose, Van Wilder and Battistella managed to keep a good GC position in Provence. It should be a good week considering the GC points in Oman aren't going to be in the update and the Spanish races don't seem to feature too many riders that are relevant in this game.
Kristoff is relevant for some of us:D. With Jorgenson and Higuita also on my team I hope for a very high place in the rankings this week.
 
Update #4: MaximIsTheBest

The CQ season has truly kicked off in earnest, with this being the first week with multiple stage races taking place, and televised to boot! CQ game fanatics are no longer confined to the margins of following the Mallorca Challenge live feed twitter updates, dreaming about what the action might look like. And it was quite a fun and unpredictable week as well, with all Vlasov, Van Gils, and Thomas picking up their first stage race wins of their careers (I think - didn't look it up so apologies if I'm wrong), and all three of them being quite rare picks in this game. As always, it's the teams that have the best combo of rare riders with a good week and more popular riders with a good week that fill out the top of the standings.


spreadsheet at dropbox

Quick note Skidmark there appears to be am issue with the rank this week column on the spreadsheet.
I've got the wonder rank of 90th and a 49 place drop (wonder if that will be a season record) on the Update tab but on that Rankings tab I'm rank 91 and firefly is listed as N/A
 
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Just realized, that I kicked Higuita out of my team in the last minute.. I think I decided for Martinez, because I already had a lot of Bora riders in my team..

Happy that Skjelmose seems to be a good pick with not so many players here in the game having him. At a lower level I am also satisfied that one of my rarest picks Stork is already at 300% Return on Investment. Although I don´t think that he will win a bike race this year, it seems that DSM will let him ride a few times for GC this year. If DSM wouldn´t have to withdrawl from Valencia he would have earned some points already there.

I am really curious how one of my rarest and also most expensive picks Aleotti will begin his season today.
 
Just realized, that I kicked Higuita out of my team in the last minute.. I think I decided for Martinez, because I already had a lot of Bora riders in my team..

Happy that Skjelmose seems to be a good pick with not so many players here in the game having him. At a lower level I am also satisfied that one of my rarest picks Stork is already at 300% Return on Investment. Although I don´t think that he will win a bike race this year, it seems that DSM will let him ride a few times for GC this year. If DSM wouldn´t have to withdrawl from Valencia he would have earned some points already there.

I am really curious how one of my rarest and also most expensive picks Aleotti will begin his season today.
You have to like Aleotti. His team is kind of loaded this week but he should still be good.
 
Update #5: Nairo shines, laarsland climbs

This week saw some good early season February action in Spain, the south of France, and Oman (although the GC points for that one will be on the next update). As the CQ points are starting to pile up, let's see how it all shook out.

This Week's Top Scorers

RankTeamPoints this week
1laarsland452
2vladimir426
3EvansIsTheBest416
4Jakob747392
5Armchair cyclist345

laarsland gets the top spot this week, largely thanks to two picks - Nairo Quintana got 175 points for the win in Provence, and laarsland is the only team that benefits, as he is their team's most expensive rider and also a unique pick. In Spain, Alexander Kristoff showed that he's not done yet, taking the Clasica Almeria over a pretty decent sprinting field for 130 points. laarsland also called on some supporting points from Van Wilder, Marijn Van Den Berg, and Loic Vliegen to clear 450 on the week. vladimir lands in second on the week, thanks to Kristoff, but also 100 points from Sergio Higuita (30 teams), 88 from an impressive Matty Jorgenson (8 teams), and Van Wilder. Last week's winner EvansIsTheBest has another great week, ending up with another podium on the back of 107 points from Skjelmose Jensen (11 teams), as well as a double Colombian championship from Higuita in the road race and Martinez in the TT.

Green Jersey Competition


Things are tight at the top here! Jakob747 gets 26 points for 4th on the week, and just edges out EITB, who got 30 for 3rd place. The week's winner laarsland got 45 to add to a previous 15, while last week's leaders stand still and are tied for 4th.

Top 10 Overall

RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+1)1113
2(+23)laarsland967
3(+9)Lortnoc913
4(+33)vladimir899
5(+17)search883
6(+29)Jakob747868
7(-6)mayomaniac833
8(-4)Jon_Ezeitza830
9(+4)ray10818
10(-7)Nakazar812

It's a topy-turvy table once again, but EvansIsTheBest palays two great weeks into top spot overall, being the first team to reach 1000 points on the season. laarsland lands in 2nd, while Lortnoc jumps into the top 10 and right on the podium as well. Last week's leader mayomaniac slips to 7th, but is one of the few teams from last week to stick around in the top 10 at all.

This week sees the completion of the GC in Oman, and some comforting early-season staples return to their non-pandemic-rescheduled dates, with the 2.Pro races of Andalucia and Algarve, and the 2.1 Tour du Var in France. Then the first WT race of the season is right around the corner!

spreadsheet at dropbox
 
Kristoff is relevant for some of us:D. With Jorgenson and Higuita also on my team I hope for a very high place in the rankings this week.
I admit that I didn't expect Kristoff to feature on any team this year. Now that he costed me a weekly win I've learned my lesson.

After 2012 and 2020 this is the third time my team has led the competition. I guess I'm the Andreas Klöden of the CQ game, I only show up on even years :D

I might have missed a few riders because the startlist don't seem final yet but I should have decent lineups this week.

UAE Tour
EWAN Caleb
DUMOULIN Tom
VAN WILDER Ilan
HINDLEY Jai

Andalusia
GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
BAGIOLI Andrea
RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
VAN GILS Maxim
KÄMNA Lennard
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin

Haut Var
VERMEERSCH Florian
PINOT Thibaut
ZINGLE Axel
KORETZKY Victor

Algarve
EVENEPOEL Remco
HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
BATTISTELLA Samuele
KOOIJ Olav
TULETT Ben
BARONCINI Filippo
 
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I didnt expect +22 places and 17th on the week, but Oman not being in the update probably worked in my favor.

Good day in Jaen. The first edition of that race. Kämna, Hindley, Lopez and Buchmann all scored some points. Only Kanter with a DNF, but he had a decent day yesterday.

This week.

Andalucia
Emanuel Buchmann
Lennard Kämna
MAL
Oliver Naesen
Jakob Fuglsang

I would be disappointed if there are not some points gained from this race. Only Naesen may not score anything. Prep race for him most likely.

Edit: No Fuglsang changes it. Shame, he would have had a good chance here.

Algarve
Sergio Higuita
Thomas Pidcock
Olav Kooij
Fabio Jakobsen
Dani Martinez

Higuita seems to be in good form. If the flight and coming to Europe straight after the nationals hasnt done anything to his form he could finish high in the GC. The ITT is not in his favor though., but could be good for Dani Martinez.

Later in the week and still pretty provisional startlists.

Tour du Var
Florian Vermeersch
Thibaut Pinot
Nicolas Edet

Dont know if this race suits Vermeersch or not. Perhaps just a prep race before the classics start. Pinot is slowly getting into shape.

UAE
Andreas Leknessund
Jai Hindley
Ilan Van Wilder
Tom Dumoulin
Antonio Tiberi
Bob Jungels
Max Kanter
Campbell Stewart
Olav Kooij

Could be good or turn out to be underwhelming. Most interested in seeing what form Leknessund is in and if he has progressed anything over the offseason or if he just starts slowly in the first race.
 
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I have quite a horrible team which I did not think through because lack of time and research. I have no idea what Ackermann is doing in my team. :D Will still be interesting to see how my team fares though, and to read other people's posts on their teams / riders. The insights of Jakob747 (for example) are just great to read!

Anyway, the past few days the first small successes for my team: Higuita (30 times chosen), Kristoff (5 times chosen) and Lutsenko (unique pick) with a win is nice to see.

And last but not least: a sincere thank you to skidmark for organizing this game.