The 2023 Amy Pieters Trofee (Prediction Game WE)



It’s time for the third edition of my version of the prediction game for the women’s calendar. A few races have been added to the list, but the rules are mostly unchanged (for now).

We have an interesting season ahead of us. Will Annemiek van Vleuten continue to win most races she enters? Will she be able to go through the season without major injuries? Will she actually hang up her bike at the end of the year? And will finally manage not to suck at my own game?
These are just of some the important questions we’ll get the answers to during the next 10-ish months.

There more the merrier, so I hope to see both old and new players taking part this time around. Choose wisely and good luck to all of you!
And don’t forget, that you can also join the new CQ based game hosted by @Armchair cyclist, if you want to increase your chances of winning/losing something in 2023.




(Drawings made by Amy's friend and teammate Christine Majerus)
 
2023 rules

The rules are quite simple...or perhaps not, but at least you don't have to work out some weird points system or how to “drop a box” in order to take part ;)

One-day races: Pick two riders who will be able to score you 3 points for a win, 2 for second place, 1 for third and 0.5 point for any other top 10 finish.

This means that it’ll be possible to get a maximum of 5 points during each of these races.

Stage races: The same as above + a stage huntress who’ll deliver you 0.5 point for every stage win she gets. The stage huntress can’t be one of your GC picks.

This means that it’ll be possible to get a maximum of 5 points + 0.5 per stage during each of these races.

The Vuelta Feminina, Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes:

You're allowed to pick three GC riders and two stage huntresses for these races. The stage huntresses can’t be picked for the GC or as one of the jersey winners. Riders can however be chosen for both GC and as jersey winners.

If your three GC picks make up the final podium, you’ll receive an additional 2 points for being so clever. This means that it’ll be possible to earn a maximum of 6 points + 2 + 0.5 per stage during each of these races.

WC ITT and RR: Pick one rider for the ITT and two for the RR. Only elite medals count (I might include U23 when they finally get stand-alone races) with 3 points awarded for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze.

This means that it’ll be possible to earn a maximum of 8 points during the World Championships.


Feel free to enter your picks already, so you’ll at least have some if you forget about the game later on, though you obviously never know who’ll actually end up riding the races.

I register the bets at around 10 o’clock CEST/CET on the (first) day of a race, so you can change them countless times up until then.

You can either update your copy of the table below throughout the season (in this game known as the RedheadDane method) or write your picks in separate posts as we go along.

The picks for the final WWT rankings have to be made before the start of the Tour Down Under, the first WWT race of the season, or as soon as possible if you join the game later.

I will do my best to keep you updated on the scores and to alert you when the next race is coming up. But history will tell you that I'm not always doing a good job of that, unfortunately :D


RacePredictions
Tour Down Under – GC (January 15-17)
TDU – Stage huntress
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January 28)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25)
Strade Bianche (March 4)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 19)
Gent-Wevelgem (March 26)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 2)
Paris-Roubaix (April 8)
Amstel Gold Race (April 16)
Flèche Wallonne (April 19)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23)
Vuelta Femenina – GC (May 1-7)
Vuelta – Stage huntresses
Vuelta – Points jersey (1 point)
Vuelta – QOM (1 point)
Vuelta a Burgos – GC (May 19-22)
Vuelta a Burgos – Stage huntress
Women's Tour – GC (June 6-11)
Women's Tour – Stage huntress
Tour de Suisse – GC (June 17-20)
Tour de Suisse – Stage huntress
Giro Donne – GC (June 30-July 9)
Giro – Stage huntresses
Giro – Points jersey (1 point)
Giro – QOM (1 point)
Tour de France Femmes – GC (July 23-30)
TdFF – Stage huntresses
TdFF – Points jersey (1 point)
TdFF – QOM (1 point)
WC – Time Trial (August 10)
WC – Road Race (August 13)
Tour of Scandinavia – GC (August 22-27)
Tour of Scandinavia – Stage huntress
Classic Lorient Agglomération (September 2)
Tour de Romandie – GC (September 15-17)
Tour de Romandie – Stage huntress
Winner of the individual WWT ranking (1 point)
Winner of the youth ranking (riders born in 2001 or later) (1 point)
Winner of the team ranking (1 point)
 
I had completely forgotten that we need to add our predictions for TDU.
And I haven't even changed any rules yet!


Right now I'm prepared to gamble (but let's be honest, it most likely won't cost me the win in the end anyway).

Edit: I won't actually gamble that much.

Team ranking: SD Worx
Elite: Demi Vollering
U23: Ally Wollaston

TDU
GC: Amanda Spratt and Grace Brown
SH: Ally Wollaston
 
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RacePredictions
Tour Down Under – GC (January 15-17)Manly, Chapmann
TDU – Stage huntressBrown
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January 28)Brown, Spratt
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25)
Strade Bianche (March 4)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 19)
Gent-Wevelgem (March 26)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 2)
Paris-Roubaix (April 8)
Amstel Gold Race (April 16)
Flèche Wallonne (April 19)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23)
Vuelta Femenina – GC (May 1-7)
Vuelta – Stage huntresses
Vuelta – Points jersey (1 point)
Vuelta – QOM (1 point)
Vuelta a Burgos – GC (May 19-22)
Vuelta a Burgos – Stage huntress
Women's Tour – GC (June 6-11)
Women's Tour – Stage huntress
Tour de Suisse – GC (June 17-20)
Tour de Suisse – Stage huntress
Giro Donne – GC (June 30-July 9)
Giro – Stage huntresses
Giro – Points jersey (1 point)
Giro – QOM (1 point)
Tour de France Femmes – GC (July 23-30)
TdFF – Stage huntresses
TdFF – Points jersey (1 point)
TdFF – QOM (1 point)
WC – Time Trial (August 10)
WC – Road Race (August 13)
Tour of Scandinavia – GC (August 22-27)
Tour of Scandinavia – Stage huntress
Classic Lorient Agglomération (September 2)
Tour de Romandie – GC (September 15-17)
Tour de Romandie – Stage huntress
Winner of the individual WWT ranking (1 point)Wiebes
Winner of the youth ranking (riders born in 2001 or later) (1 point)Van Anrooij
Winner of the team ranking (1 point)SD Worx
 
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RacePredictions
Tour Down Under – GC (January 15-17)Manly, Chapmann
TDU – Stage huntressBrown
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (January 28)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25)
Strade Bianche (March 4)
Trofeo Alfredo Binda (March 19)
Gent-Wevelgem (March 26)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 2)
Paris-Roubaix (April 8)
Amstel Gold Race (April 16)
Flèche Wallonne (April 19)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23)
Vuelta Femenina – GC (May 1-7)
Vuelta – Stage huntresses
Vuelta – Points jersey (1 point)
Vuelta – QOM (1 point)
Vuelta a Burgos – GC (May 19-22)
Vuelta a Burgos – Stage huntress
Women's Tour – GC (June 6-11)
Women's Tour – Stage huntress
Tour de Suisse – GC (June 17-20)
Tour de Suisse – Stage huntress
Giro Donne – GC (June 30-July 9)
Giro – Stage huntresses
Giro – Points jersey (1 point)
Giro – QOM (1 point)
Tour de France Femmes – GC (July 23-30)
TdFF – Stage huntresses
TdFF – Points jersey (1 point)
TdFF – QOM (1 point)
WC – Time Trial (August 10)
WC – Road Race (August 13)
Tour of Scandinavia – GC (August 22-27)
Tour of Scandinavia – Stage huntress
Classic Lorient Agglomération (September 2)
Tour de Romandie – GC (September 15-17)
Tour de Romandie – Stage huntress
Winner of the individual WWT ranking (1 point) Wiebes
Winner of the youth ranking (riders born in 2001 or later) (1 point) Van Anrooij
Winner of the team ranking (1 point) SD Worx

Why haven't you written all the names in the right columns?
 
Nice to see the game back with earlier start time to boot. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory last year while trying to be more original with my seasonal classifications picks, its time to be more boring and safe on that front.;) So the hunt for third consecutive second place starts with following rider choices.

TDU
GC: Brown, Manly
Stages: Baker

Seasonal
WWT team: SD Worx
Individual: AVV
U23: Van Anrooij
 
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Nice to see the game back with earlier start time to boot. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory last year while trying to be more original with my seasonal classifications picks, its time to be more boring and safe on that front.;) So the hunt for third consecutive second place starts with following rider choices.
Personally, I'll be trying to move up. :D
Which makes me wonder; we were tied for points last year, so why were you second, and I third? Why not the other way around?
 
Personally, I'll be trying to move up. :D
Which makes me wonder; we were tied for points last year, so why were you second, and I third? Why not the other way around?
Ha, I didn't even look the points total and went by the position on the table in the OP. Although should I get a second place again this season , I doubt that one of those being a tie stops me from claiming an eternal second reputation here.:D
 
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