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The 2022 CQ Ranking Manager Thread

Page 27 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.
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.
Bagioli has been like this his whole pro career though (and some of his u23 as well IIRC): crashes, illness, injuries, bad luck, etc...
Hardly your fault.
 
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Update #13: It's not crowded at the top

It was an action-packed week, with the always-great and often-unpredictable Itzulia throwing up a result with neither Roglic or Evenepoel on the final podium, the sometimes-great and occasionally-unpredictable Amstel Gold Race ending with a pretty fun two-up sprint, and a smattering of other races. Who came out on top?

This Week's Top Scorers

RankTeamPoints this week
1EvansIsTheBest873
2BlueRoads819
3Riverside764
4LaFlorecita762
5JPettersen745

Well, a familiar name came out on top, that's who. EvansIsTheBest had 1st and 4th at Itzulia, with of course the 328 points from Dani Martinez being the biggest for EITB and Martinez's other 32 owners, as well as 150 points for Olav Kooij for his wild last-day GC coup at Sarthe. Add in good support points from relatively rare picks Axel Zingle (55 points, 2 teams) and Carlos Rodriguez (47 points, 16 teams) and it's enough for a solid win. BlueRoads had Martinez as well but was more Amstel-heavy in support, with 222 points from Benoit Cosnefroy (6 teams) and 112 from Tiesj Benoot (2 teams). Riverside winds up in third with 'only' 764 points, led again by Martinez and Kooij, with double digit supporting points from the likes of Pedersen, Hirschi, and Rodriguez.

Green Jersey Competition

RankTeamTotal
1ray10157
2EvansIsTheBest156
3Eyeballs Out108
4Lortnoc105
5Jakob74796

ray10 had a 46 point lead coming into this week, then EITB scored 45 for the weekly win, and now it's a 1-point difference! No one else in the top 5 scores, so it's becoming a two-horse race at the top.

Top 10 Overall

RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+1)5498
2(-1)ray105229
3(-)Squire5210
4(-)Nakazar5012
5(+1)MADRAZO4930
6(+1)Nyssinator4925
7(+1)laarsland4859
8(+2)search4827
9(-4)Lortnoc4783
10(+1)zaka_fan4743

Speaking of which, those two are the top 2 overall as well, with their positions flipped. However, EITB's good weeks have been the big point weeks, so the difference between EITB and ray10 is a bit bigger than the Green Jersey points, and Squire is breathing down ray10's neck in 3rd, quietly consistent every week. But EITB leads by 269 points, a respectable week's point score on most weeks on its own, and only 3 other teams are within 500 points. It's a long season, but EITB has a good cornerstone on which to build.

As the points build for the season, the table shakeups are a bit less volatile, so this week the only entry into the top 10 is zaka fan, while kabete slides out.

This week we have stage races in Turkey and Sicily, Brabantse Pijl, and the apex of the cobbled classics in Paris-Roubaix, back in April for the first time in 3 years.

spreadsheet at dropbox
 
Not the best week but no change in position. 18th overall atm.

Some races this week.

Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily
Gerben Thijssen

Decent sprinter in this field. Maybe some points from a stage is possible.

De Brabantse Pijl
Thomas Pidcock
Florian Vermeersch
Oliver Naesen

Even if Pidcock is a popular pick it would be nice to him score points here, so it is not a wasted pick and a better chance for him to turn into profit. He is the defending champion in this race.

Tour du Jura Cycliste
Thibaut Pinot

Paris-Roubaix
Florian Vermeersch
Oliver Naesen
Max Kanter

A good performance from Vermeersch would be nice. Maybe Naesen can come back to life again soon.

Looks like it could be a really quiet week, if things dont work out.
 
Upcoming sources of hope (I need them!):

Doubs

Clement Berthet
Thibaut Pinot

One thing I know about the copious French 1-day calendar - there are always 80 points to pick up.

Roubaix

Oliver Naesen

One more chance for Naesen in the classics... even odds that I get more points from the above-mentioned French 1.1 race than the Queen of the Classics.

Onwards!

Alps

Miguel Angel Lopez
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Clement Berthet
Lennard Kamna
Cian Uijtdebroeks
Thibaut Pinot
Carl Fredrik Hagen

Alright, now my hopes for kickstarting something are primed to be crashed... Lopez has looked uneven at best, but is coming off a long period without a race so hopefully he's building. TGH has been okay but I need more! Pinot seems to be progressing back, and the other folks I'm mostly just looking for something. I'll take anything at this point!
 
Good points from my unique pick Lafay today makes up a little for him getting caught last time out.

At least I can watch PR as a neutral :)

The coming week should be better. It seems I have picked a team for the Ardennes, rather than the cobbles.

Alps:
Rivera
Champoussin (double entered in LFW)
Cian
Kamna
Legendary climber Storer

Ardennes:
Jungels
Champoussin
Paret Peintre (A)
Padun
Higuita
Lafay
Rodriguez
Pidcock
Bagioli
Hirschi
Ayuso
 
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My one-man Roubaix team finished 11th today to crack 100 points for the week on his own. A couple of points for Ewan, De Plus and Pinot and I think that's all for the week, so probably dropped a little. Next week looks exciting:

Alps
Mikel Landa
Edoardo Zambanini
Lennard Kämna
Miguel Angel Lopez
Thibaut Pinot
Michael Storer

Flèche
Bob Jungels
Jai Hindley
Daniel Felipe Martinez
Ilan Van Wilder
Andrea Bagioli
Giulio Ciccone
Juan Ayuso
Tobias Halland Johannessen

Liege
Same as above plus Landa and Zambanini minus Ayuso and Van Wilder.

A bit annoying that Tulett has disappeared from all startlists in a week full of races that should suit him but that's a team full of riders capable of scoring good points. With a bit of luck, this is the time to rise above 11th for once.
 
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Not the best week. Edet scored some points in Turkey and is into profit, but that was about it. Only some minor points from others.

Tour of the Alps
MAL
Lennard Kämna
Thibaut Pinot
Carl Fredrik Hagen

Hopefully some points will be scored here.

La Flèche Wallonne
Bob Jungels
Jai Hindley
Sergio Higuita
Dani Martinez
Thomas Pidcock
Jakob Fuglsang
Gregor Mühlberger
Ilan Van Wilder
Søren Kragh Andersen
Giulio Ciccone
Juan Ayuso

Would be disappointed if not a couple of riders scores some points.

LBL
Same as above minus Van Wilder and Ayuso, but plus Moscon and Bettiol.

Ardennes looks on paper like it could turn out to be good, but thats only on paper right now.
 
Update #14: Familiar names continue to win

So you've been in the lead of the CQ manager game, but the team in second place wins the week big to leap back in front of you. What should you do? Well, a good start is to win the very next week!

This Week's Top Scorers

RankTeamPoints this week
1ray10515
2del1962463
3Bonimenier456
4skidmark450
5NielsB413

ray10, after dropping to second overall, swings back at EvansIsTheBest by following the above advice and winning this week, as the only team clearing 500 points. Their team's star of the week was the very cheap (19 points - same as his age) Magnus Sheffield picking up a handy 130 points for his win in Brabantse Pijl, which his 12 owners will savor. Aside from that, it was just a good collection of supporting points, with 78 from Cosnefroy (6 teams), 76 from unique pick Meintjes, 52 and 46 from more popular picks Pidock and Evenepoel, and 40 from Vuillermoz (3 teams). del1962 lands in 2nd place thanks also to Sheffield, but with strong support in the form of 112 points from another Ineos neo-pro in Ben Turner, as well as Pidcock and Evenepoel. Bonimenier nabs third with an identical mix to del, but a little less support from the odds and ends scoring riders.

Green Jersey Competition

RankTeamTotal
1ray10202
2EvansIsTheBest156
3Eyeballs Out108
4Lortnoc105
5Jakob74796

ray10's lead here was down to a single point last week, but now it's back to 46 over EITB, and 94 points over third place. That's one weekly win better than 2nd and more than 2 weekly wins better than third, so ray10 is safe on top here for a bit.

Top 10 Overall

RankUp/downTeamPoints
1(+1)5744
2(-1)EvansIsTheBest5694
3(-)Squire5453
4(+3)laarsland5185
5(-1)Nakazar5122
6(-)Nyssinator5110
7(-2)MADRAZO5095
8(+1)Lortnoc4983
9(+1)zaka_fan4931
10(-2)search4903

The story this week is similar to the last few weeks - ray10 and EITB trade blows at the top, Squire stays consistent keeping within striking distance in third, and there's some jockeying for position lower down in the top 10. No entries or exits from the top 10 this week.

This week sees the Tour of the Alps, and the second part of the Ardennes with Fleche and Liege, ending the spring classics season before we transition to the first Grand Tour of the year in just a few weeks!

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ray10’s team is so annoying, it just keeps one upping my picks. Most of my high priced riders in action this week so I gotta get a bunch of points. All I need is to outscore ray10's core of Evenepoel, Pidcock, Cosnefroy, Vansevenant, McNulty and Higuita by 50 points during the Ardennes week to reclaim the lead. Like I said annoying.

Tour of the Alps
Everybody was in the front group today. Hopefully Gonzalez and Quinn can get their season on track.
PINOT Thibaut
BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago
GONZALEZ RIVERA Abner
QUINN Sean
KÄMNA Lennard
UIJTDEBROEKS Cian

Flèche Wallonne

HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
BATTISTELLA Samuele
HINDLEY Jai
RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
EVENEPOEL Remco
VAN WILDER Ilan
VAN TRICHT Stan
SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
AYUSO PESQUERA Juan
KORETZKY Victor

Liège-Bastogne-Liège
BATTISTELLA Samuele
BUITRAGO SANCHEZ Santiago
HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
HINDLEY Jai
RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
VAN GILS Maxim
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
EVENEPOEL Remco
BAGIOLI Andrea
SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
 
ray10’s team is so annoying, it just keeps one upping my picks. Most of my high priced riders in action this week so I gotta get a bunch of points. All I need is to outscore ray10's core of Evenepoel, Pidcock, Cosnefroy, Vansevenant, McNulty and Higuita by 50 points during the Ardennes week to reclaim the lead. Like I said annoying.
I guess I couldn't have asked for anything better than 1, 4 and 5 in Liège. I got a bunch of decent contributions during the Tour of the Alps too. It should be another good week.
 
2nd, 4th, 5th and 12th for me, so happy with my day as well, especially as the rare picks are among those scoring today.

Some of the arrivals in Romandie could suit Hermans as well, but he'll probably get ill again and disappear until the Tour instead.
 

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