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The 2022 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

Page 26 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.
Update #12: Bicycle Boy owns the week as see-saw battle continues in the overall

The scope of the main event of the week was bigger than the sheer number of CQ points available, so there was a bit of a step back from the 4-digit scores we saw at the top in week 11. But cycling fans got a treat regardless of who you have in your team, as the Ronde came down to the best classics rider (that didn't have covid) vs the reigning TdF (and nearly everything else) champion. So if you didn't have a big week for your team, I hope you at least had fun!

This Week's Top Scorers


RankTeamPoints this week
1Bicycle_Boy640
2BlueRoads500
3LosBrolin466
418-Valve. (pithy)463
5del1962458

Quite a decisive victory for the week by Bicycle Boy here, being the only team to clear 500 points, let alone 600! Such is the advantage of being the only team to take a swing at the 1523 point cost of Mathieu van der Poel. With a win in the Ronde and DDV both this week, MvdP alone scored 460 points, which would be better than all but 3 other teams for the week. Throw in the 130 that Pidcock got, and you've got a clear win, plus dribs and drabs from other riders. BlueRoads lands in second with an even 500 points, thanks to Pidcock but also even more thanks to almost unique pick Tiesj Benoot, who scored 150 for his two teams. And shoutout to BlueRoads for some good looking picks in Mads Pedersen (85 points, 10 teams), who has already scored 80% of his 589 point cost, and Alexis Vuillermoz (58 points, 3 teams), who is already almost 50 points in profit over his cost of 121. Third goes to LosBrolin, who also has Pidcock as a common link, with strong contributions from the continuing ridiculous neo-pro season from Arnaud De Lie (80 more points to get to almost 400, at a cost of 57), and the 'where did that come from' week from Fred Wright (96 points, 5 teams).

Green Jersey Competition

RankTeamTotal
1ray10157
2EvansIsTheBest111
3Eyeballs Out108
4Lortnoc105
5Jakob74796

ray10 scores yet another 10 points to extend their lead in this contest, and now has scored points for being the top 15 of the week in 6 of the 12 weeks thus far. No other teams in the top 5 overall score this week.

Top 10 Overall


RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+1)4663
2(-1)EvansIsTheBest4625
3(-)Squire4599
4(+1)Nakazar4330
5(+1)Lortnoc4263
6(+3)MADRAZO4257
7(-)Nyssinator4254
8(+3)laarsland4212
9(+1)kabete4195
10(-6)search4173

It's quite tight at the top! ray10's solid week means that their team switches places with EvansIsTheBest, but the gap is less than 40 points. Squire's top 15 placing on the week tightens the gap to third as well, only 64 back of first. The rest are a bit farther back, but still in striking distance with a good week. laarsland is the only new entrant in the top 10 this week, at the expense of triley36.

This week we have Itzulia, Sarthe, and of course, the Queen of the Classics itself and the culmination of Holy Week... Amstel Gold Race? Alright, we'll wait until 2023 to get a full Holy Week back, no problem. Just glad to have a full season of racing.

spreadsheet at dropbox
 
Itzulia
EVENEPOEL Remco
HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
TULETT Ben
VAN GILS Maxim
KÄMNA Lennard
MÜHLBERGER Gregor

Sarthe
KOOIJ Olav
PINOT Thibaut
BARONCINI Filippo
ZINGLE Axel
VAN TRICHT Stan
QUINN Sean

Schelderprijs
VERMEERSCH Florian (lol)

Amstel
BAGIOLI Andrea
DUMOULIN Tom
BATTISTELLA Samuele
SIMMONS Quinn
BARONCINI Filippo
VAN GILS Maxim

Well I can't complain that my picks are chilling at home. Beyond Remco, I can't say that I'm too confident in any of them scoring however.

Edit: if anybody is confused as to why Paris-Roubaix isn't on sunday it's because it's the first round of the presidential elections and for some reason that takes precedence (I wasn't consulted on that choice).
 
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Barely had anyone racing last week, so very happy to have dropped only 4 spots. Also, 16th after Flanders is way better than I expected from my no established cobbles riders team before the season (admittedly thanks in large part to actually scoring in those races with Girmay). Either way, on to what will hopefully be a better week, although my team looks to be on the thin side again:

Itzulia
Edoardo Zambanini
Daniel Felipe Martinez
Ben Tulett
Emanuel Buchmann
Lennard Kämna
Pelayo Sanchez

All aboard the Ineos train. Today's TT looks to have set me up decently well.

Sarthe
Olav Kooij
Filippo Baroncini
Luke Plapp
Laurens De Plus
Thibaut Pinot

Probably only points from Kooij here, perhaps even on GC if we end up getting four sprints. Baroncini needs racing kilometres after his injury but Plapp and Pinot are probably wasting race days here, unfortunately, and De Plus seems a wasted pick anyway.

[Censored]prijs
Fabio Jakobsen
Ethan Vernon

Go Fabio! He's been pretty good at surviving the tombola of echelons and crashes here in the past so let's hope that streak continues, he's had enough bad luck for a lifetime after all. And if not, there's always my and Quickstep's plan B.

Amstel (as things stand)
Tom Dumoulin
Andrea Bagioli
Mauro Schmid
Ben Turner
Bob Jungels
Tobias Bayer
Filippo Baroncini

Well, it's better than what I had last Sunday.

Turkey (as things stand)
Sam Bennett
Caleb Ewan

Oh, the joys of having your expensive sprinters go to pick up what little points there are on offer for them in a .Pro race while having nobody for the easy GC points. At least it's mostly a worry for next week.
 
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Well, I've got Remco still in the mix in Itzulia, fingers crossed, but nobody else. I've got Pinot in a decent position in Sarthe and Kooij proving his quality with a win and can move higher in the GC if he gets more bonus seconds. Not great, not terrible. What else in the next few days?

Amstel

Tom Dumoulin
Andrea Bagioli
Tom Pidcock
Cian Uitjdebroeks
Filippo Baroncini
Alberto Bettiol
Juan Ayuso

An interesting mix. Pidcock is the big hope here of course, although even with WvA out of the way, he replaces someone he finished the closest photo finish I can remember with someone in MvdP who would probably beat him decisively in a sprint. Other than that, Bagioli is my big x factor, if he can handle the distance in his third year he can definitely podium this race. Dumoulin and Bettiol have the goods but have probably not got the shape from their respective setbacks - more realistically hoping Bettiol can round into form and be a points jersey threat in the Giro. The other guys are all neos so we'll see.

Turkey

Caleb Ewan
Kaden Groves
Henri Vandenebeele
Jay Vine

Okay, Jay Vine 2022 season, take 3! Bad positioning got him in his first race of the season, but since then it's been sickness and general bad luck it seems. Of course he got 2nd here last year so I'm expecting a high finish. This is a great kind of race for Vandenebeele, not a deep field at all. Ewan and Groves should have enough chances and Groves has been one of my rare standouts this year so far. Not gonna say I'm hopeful as my season has been pretty effective at crushing hope so far, but I've got my fingers crossed.
 
My mad sprinter focus took another beating when I didn't get any sprinters in top10 in the big Spring sprinter classic, despite having both "bad deal Bennett" and Thijssen in the decisive break, and the two best placers in the group behind, Jakobsen and De Lie. Hopefully Bennett will finally get on track in Tyrkey, along with Groves and Ewan, but I'm beginning to realize my narrow focus is hurting me, also with Sagan doing his best Froome-imitation.
 
Well, I felt like I couldn't catch a break at the moment today, with Higuita, Padun and Sagan being wiped out by sickness, Plapp being wiped out by a crash, Lafay being swallowed up late yesterday ... but then Carlos delivered a small compensation today. He is turning out to be a great pick along with Plapp and De Lie. Shame my "bankers" are more like ... well, I won't go there.
 
Great teamwork by my picks Martinez and Evenepoel to protect their GC position today.

Amstel
BRENNER Marco
BARONCINI Filippo
VAN GILS Maxim
UIJTDEBROEKS Cian
VAN TRICHT Stan
BAGIOLI Andrea
GONZÁLEZ Abner
BATTISTELLA Samuele
DUMOULIN Tom
AYUSO Juan
KORETZKY Victor
It's like all my underperforming riders decided to throw a pity party and Ayuso and Van Gils are stuck chaperoning them.
 
Just to add to my feeling that I am a jinx upon my riders, Milan Vader is the latest. Get well soon lad.

After having Lambrecht a couple of years ago, this gave me the horrors.

Bagioli continued the disaster theme at AGR.

I hope now that I have visited all the bad luck possible upon my riders and that my jinx on their seasons is over. If you are in my team and reading this, I apologise.
 

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