Update #11: The lead changes at last
Former game winner bminchow has been in front of the game since the start, and only came within touching distance of the pack last week as a Roglic-less team had to come back down to earth at that point. This week, the jig was up as Milan-San Remo points saw the lead change for the first time since the beginning.
This Week's Top Scorers
escartin wins for the second week this season, with an impressive 642 points. Of course, this helps when 280 monument-winning points are doled out for your star attraction, and indeed escartin was one of the 15 owners of Mathieu Van Der Poel, who took his third monument in impressive fashion. Also contributing in the smattering of one-day races across Europe were Pascal Ackermann (78 points, 26 teams), Jasper Stuyven (62, 23), Matteo Moschetti (57, 15) and Alaphilippe (54, 97). Amazingly, RO Shipman and Popchu were tied for second, only three points back, and RO Shipman without MvdP to boot! Shipman got it done with Filippo Ganna (170, 7), Soren Kragh (112, 10), Lewis Askey (71, 7), Casper Van Uden (66, 22) and a few others. Popchu had the perhaps more predictable MvdP, with help from Gaviria (83, 12) and a few of the same support riders as Escartin.
This Week's High Movers
The top two here mirror the first ranking, with JumboVismaFan and two weeks ago's winner rote_laterne tying for third, moving up 29 spots each as Van Der Poel-havers.
Green Jersey Competition
An interesting mix this week - 9 of the top 15 teams on the week finished in the top 15 for their first week this year, while 3 teams who were already quite high up jumped into the top 6 with big weeks. rote_laterne and ray10 moved into the top 5, while escartin is in 6th with only two weekly wins making up their team's 90 points overall. bminchow holds on atop this ranking, but things are getting quite close.
Top 10 Overall
However, bminchow couldn't stay atop the main rankings, finally sliding out of the top spot after a season-long run. tobydawq, who was next in line at 2nd place last week, takes over, but things are quite tight, with less than 250 points separating the entire top 10! I believe that level of bunching is quite rare in this game, although I'm admittedly going by feel rather than facts. Blues in the Bottle is closest 43 points back, and adamski101 rounds out the podium within 100 of the top spot.
And if you're asking, dear reader, if there are points this week... well let me tell you, there most certainly are! We are in the heyday of the classics season, with a dizzying amount of high-profile races bringing both excitement for fans and big points for CQ managers. Catalunya and Coppi e Bartali are underway as we speak, and a slate of 1.WT races are coming in rapid succession, from De Panne on Wednesday to E3 on Friday to Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday (oh and a 1.Pro and 1.1 that day to boot). And you know what comes at the end of next week...
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