Velorooms - Cycling Forum

Miscellany => Games => Topic started by: skidmark on December 17, 2017, 20:42

Title: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 17, 2017, 20:42
Hi all, and welcome to the 2018 CQ Ranking Manager Game! This is the eighth edition of the game. Please see below for some history, basics, and more specific rules related to dates, dopers, etc.

History

The game was launched on December 8th 2010 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=13361) by cyclingnews forum poster Hugo Koblet. His idea was to have a game where you build a cycling team from the website cqranking.com (http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/start.asp) and its comprehensive numerical rankings of riders. What was originally meant to be a 25-team max competition that Hugo reserved the right to cancel if there was lack of interest became the most successful game in cyclingnews forum history, and has expanded to velorooms forums as well.

Hugo successfully ran the game for 3 years, and it bred various offshoots, such as a youth game, seasonal games (classics and GTs), emerging riders and riders in decline games. I took over organizing the main game for 2014 when Hugo got too busy, and have done so for the past four years.

Some statistics:

2011 – 87 participants
1. ingsve – 13897 points
2. Waterloo Sunrise – 13450
3. mc_mountain – 12670

2012 – 129 participants
1. skidmark – 19345 points
2. Kvinto – 18087
3. Nyssinator – 17761

2013 – 132 participants
1. SteelyDan – 13094 points
2. Geraint Too Fast – 13074
3. will10 – 12986

2014 – 150 participants
1. Pentacycle – 14367 points
2. Cykeltyven – 13693
3. Ruudz0r - 13609

2015 – 155 participants
1. Cykeltyven – 16209 points
2. skidmark - 15616
3. snccdcno - 15412

2016 – 144 participants
1. skidmark – 15392 points
2. jeroenk - 14707
3. abbulf - 14448

2017 – 131 participants
1. fauniera – 15867 points
2. the asian - 15698
3. GP Blanco - 15217

That is it for preamble. Let’s go through the more comprehensive set of rules:

Basics

The game is based on the point system developed by the website www.cqranking.com (http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/start.asp). Based on this system you will have to select a team of between 25 and 33 riders whose combined value doesn’t exceed 7500 points. 7500 points is a fair bit under the mean for the ProTour teams whose mean for 2016 is 8891. 7500 was closest to the amount of points UAE Team Emirates made during the 2016 season, the 13th ranked of the 18 WT teams. At the end of the 2017 season it was generally accepted that the simplicity of having a 'round' 7500 to spend worked well, so it will be kept at 7500 points for the 2018 CQ Game too. 

Your aim then is to select a team of riders who will increase their 2017 score the most during the 2018 season. The winner of the game is the one who has selected the team with the highest combined value when the game ends.


1. How the game works

1.1. Start & Finish
The season starts when the first race giving CQ points is held (which is the Aussie National TT Championships on January 5th) and ends when the last major race (.1 or higher) is held. The winner will be crowned when the next update after the last major race is out.*

*An extension will be granted to the end of season if it is very close at the top. If any teams are within 100 points of the leader after the last major race, the season will be automatically extended until the final race of the year unless all teams within 100 points explicitly concede. As well, anyone in the top 10 can extend the season by PMing me a request to do so before the last major race starts.

(The reason for this rule is that although minor races go through December, it is rare to have a rider in the game participate in these races, so it is sensible to end the season when people are still generally watching cycling. But if it's a very close race, it's important to crown the person who picked the best team for the year.)

1.2 Updates
Each week we will publish an update with a top 10 and a list of the high scorers and high jumpers. This will sometimes be by me, and sometimes by others – I will be setting a tentative schedule based on volunteers.

2. On doping

2.1. On ex-dopers
All riders are available to choose, except for riders who are provisionally suspended by the UCI, as of their most recent list:

~pdf http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/CleanSport/17/63/88/20171214ProvisionalsuspensionsEN_English.PDF

Riders who have been suspended for doping and had that affect their 2016 score will not be available simply for their 2016 score. Instead, a rider’s value will be equivalent to that of his last full season; or, if he has more recently had a (not full, due to suspension) season in which he has earned more points, that season represents his value. Riders who have been suspended by the UCI (ie. Not merely provisionally suspended) are on this list:

~pdf http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/CleanSport/17/32/52/20171215SanctionADRVENG2.0_English.pdf

Therefore, you can pick any rider you like, but if you want to take Michael Bresciani, for example, his positive result and suspension came from 2017, meaning his last 'full' season was 2016, in which he scored 5 points. However, since he scored more in his 'partial' 2017 season, his cost is instead the 8 points he scored in that season.

Hopefully the lists I've provided and the rules are clear enough, but if you make an error I will try to let you know if any of your submissions fall into this category.

2.2. Riders getting caught during the season
If you include a rider in your team who gets caught with his hands in the cookie jar, nothing happens right away. Your rider keeps his points unless the cqranking.com deletes his results before the end of the game.

Basically, the value of a rider on cqranking.com always stands.

3. Submitting your team
(see next post)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 17, 2017, 20:44
3. Submitting your team

3.1. How do I?

You pick between 25 and 33 riders whose combined value doesn’t exceed 7500 points and send the list to me.

As I will manually have to include the teams into the Microsoft Excel file which keeps track of the scores, please be careful that you send your team to me based on the correct formula. I don’t take any responsibility for any error you might make. If I spot an error I will do my best to contact you but I can’t guarantee anything. Of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask either here in this thread or by sending a personal message.

The layout you need to use is this:

VAN AVERMAET Greg
CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto
Etc.

Nothing else. No points after the name. Also, be careful that there is no “space” after the name, because I will have to delete it manually, but can't always detect these things in time for the game. If there is an error that isn't discovered until after the game starts, the rider will simply be deleted from the team without replacement.

To make things easier for both you and me I will link to a file for you to download in which you can type in your team and it will automatically show you the value of each rider as well as the aggregated value of your team. Then you will just have to copy your team (names only) directly from this file and send it to me.

Hopefully this clears any misunderstandings of a rider’s value as well as reduces the number of errors made in a team sent to me.

3.2. When do I?
The first race of the season will start January 5, so I want to have your team in hand on January 3 at the latest.

There are two deadlines: a submission deadline and a revision/publication deadline, spaced 24 hours apart. This is to address the issue brought up in recent years about whether it is 'fair' to allow changes after teams have seen the teams of other players, and for 'late' submissions. I would like to make this a game that is accessible to as many people as possible, yet preserve that element of fairness. So, the submission deadline will be when I want to have received all the teams. The revision and publication deadline is to allow a 24-hour period for me to look over the teams and allow a chance to people to change their team in case of error, before having access to a list of riders that other teams picked. If you get mixed up with the time zone or unexpectedly don't have internet access around the submission deadline, I will accept teams up to the revision deadline at my discretion, but if allowed those teams will not have the chance to revise in case of error.

The submission deadline is 23:59 (CET) January 2nd, so early January 3rd for Aussies and sometime earlier on January 2nd for North Americans. The revision and publication deadline is 24 hours later; I would ask that people refrain from posting the riders on their team until after that, so midnight CET on the start of January 4th.

Please note that even though it feels as though the season is over, it’s actually not. There are still racing to be done and CQ points to be handed out that could affect the value of a rider you have picked. It is always possible that an obscure rider may score points in a small race at the end of season, or that CQ will adjust points for an earlier season race for whatever reason (eg. readjusting points for suspended dopers) Be mindful of these changes.

cqranking.com usually uploads the final update of the season on December 31, and the values in this update are the ones we’re using. However, the changes are usually very small so there’s no reason why you can’t start selecting your team already today!

**Disclaimer: ensuring your team is full of eligible riders and is on budget is your responsibility. If I notice you are over budget or have an ineligible rider I will send you a message, but if you don't get back to me in time, or I don't catch it before the deadline, I will simply remove one rider to make your budget work. Obviously it is to your advantage to be able to choose all your riders, so please be diligent.**

Create Your Team

Hugo created a very helpful file in 2012, referred to above, that helps avoid any errors in calculation and helps ensure you are formatting your rider names correctly. I would encourage everyone to use this option, especially if you are not confident in your spreadsheet creating skills. Please use the file attached here (http://www.dropbox.com/s/o7nkmykout3ltm0/Create%20Your%20Team%202018.xls?dl=0) to create your team, then copy and paste the rider names to send to me by PM once you have it correct. Thank you.

**note: the 'create your team' file has not yet been manually updated to include different scores for dopers as per rule 2.1, so it is currently wholly your responsibility to account for this.**

I think that about covers everything. If you have any questions or if I forgot to add or explain anything, please let me know.

Have fun and remember to visit www.cqranking.com! Without their great work it wouldn’t be possible to have this game.

This game is also being run through cyclingnews.com forums, and you can submit a team to me through either here or there. Updates will also be posted to both places.

Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 17, 2017, 20:58
This post is reserved for updates of teams as they come in. If you've submitted a team and it doesn't show up here within 24 hours, please contact me. If your team is up and has an asterisk beside it, it means it was received but you have to make changes before it's finalized (you will have been sent a PM by me specifying what needs to be changed).

Here are the 128 participating teams in the 2018 edition:

18.valve(pithy)
abbulf
adamski101
Akuryo
AlyKaptan
Amis Velo
ansimi
Archieboy
Armchair Cyclist
armchairclimber
AupaPyama
barmaher
Bicycle Boy
Blues in the bottle
bminchow
bort
Brullnux
Carlo Algatrensig
ChrisDK
comodoro
CQManager
Crevaison
del1962
derrudi
DFA123
DJ Sprtsch
DJW
drebelo
escartin
EvansIsTheBest
Eyeballs Out
fauniera
Ferminal
flashke
freshman
Geraint Too Fast
Giallo
Gigs_98
Googolplex
Gotland
GP Blanco
greenedge
Guilherme Ribero
Guybrush
Hakkie2
HelgeBlendet
Hugo Koblet
Jakob 747
Jancouver
Joelsim
Jon_Ezeitza
Josedin
Jpettersen
jsem94
Jspear
kabete
karaev
Kazistuta
kiilike
kiszol
Kjellus
Koronin
Krokro
Kryvo
laarsland
LaFlorecita
Leadbelly
LightBing
Londonpat
LosBrolin
l'velo
Maaaaaarten
MADRAZO
manafana
Martin
Mellow Velo
minessa
monsieur_hulot
NairoQ
Nathanptz
Nicosix
NorthAmericanScum
nuvolablu
Object
oliveira
Pantani1
PeterB
Poles & Co.
Popchu
postmanhat
PremierAndrew
repre
Riverside
rote_laterne
Roubaix
ruvu75
SafeBet
Salvarani
scrooll07
search
shalgo
Shawnm4747
simple
skidmark
Slapshot
Sneekes
sodak_za
Squire
the asian
TheArt
Tigerion
tom-jelte
torcia_86
Total Package
trackstand
triley36
Trudgin
Valv.Piti
VeloRooms
Vesica
vladimir
Wallenquist
will10
WKA311
Yellow Knight
yoyokt
zaka_fan
zlev11
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: LukasCPH on December 17, 2017, 23:37
Hey all, I'm having some trouble with the forum - when I tried to post the whole first post it kept kicking me out of the forum entirely. [snip]
Cleanup on aisle five! Can I have a techie, please!? :D

I have no idea what's going on, or how to fix it.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Francois the Postman on December 18, 2017, 02:57
Ailse five crew arrived with bucket. Reported Skidmarks being coned off.





[edit] ... should all be ok now.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on December 18, 2017, 10:52
My team is in.

I think I have this in the bag.

 :P
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on December 18, 2017, 11:30
3rd January, 16 days!!!!

 :o :( :(

What's happening with youth and 2018 to 2020?? although I may be dead by 2020.... to big a milestone

Just noticed its my 1000th post... another milestone  :cool
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on December 18, 2017, 16:44
My team is in.

I think I have this in the bag.

 :P

Ingsve said that in the first edition, and was right.
Are you equally confident?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on December 18, 2017, 16:48
3rd January, 16 days!!!!

 :o :( :(

What's happening with youth and 2018 to 2020?? although I may be dead by 2020.... to big a milestone

Just noticed its my 1000th post... another milestone  :cool

Congratulations on the megapost.

2018-20 Emerging riders game will be formally launched around New Year, but by all means you can start thinking about it.  It'll be the same as previously: 18 riders, maximum lifetime CQ total to 31/12/17 of 199.  If he would be on 200+ but for points deducted due to sanctions, he is not allowed.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on December 18, 2017, 17:10
3rd January, 16 days!!!!

 :o :( :(

What's happening with youth and 2018 to 2020?? although I may be dead by 2020.... to big a milestone

Just noticed its my 1000th post... another milestone  :cool
youth later this week
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 18, 2017, 17:21
Ailse five crew arrived with bucket. Reported Skidmarks being coned off.

<img src="http://i68.tinypic.com/2f07nza.jpg" style = "width:100%;">




[edit] ... should all be ok now.

Thanks for the help Francois! I could only get back to this now so your help is much appreciated.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on December 19, 2017, 16:29
Yeah enough tinkering from me.

Might as well get the team in early in case VR blows up over Xmas again! :P

Fingers crossed for no injuries/failed tests/reallocated points before the Aussie Nats.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on December 24, 2017, 15:54
Team Leadbelly

WT - 7
PCT - 15
CT - 10
Club - 1

Pretty similar to last year. A couple more PCT-ers in place of WT riders.

Spain and Colombia lead the way with four riders each, but the number of escarabajos is an outlier to a fairly Euro-centric team - no Laotians this time!

How about everyone else?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on December 24, 2017, 18:52
sorry, does the team go to Skidmark of Armchair Cyclist?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on December 24, 2017, 20:02
Skidmark of Armchair Cyclist?

Eh?! :D

It's skids you send it to.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on December 24, 2017, 20:06
hahahaha he ability to type makes such a difference
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on December 24, 2017, 20:48
Okay my team is in - already had to change original..  the breakdown surprises my a bit.  :o


7 - CT
14 PCT
11 WT


Nationalities  :o :o :o :o

*co  6
*es - 12
*fr - 7
*ie - 1
*ru - 1
*sk - 1
*it - 4  :( :(

I think i've picked 12 Spanish in an attempt to find the next Alberto

Ok teams

1 #adria  #ag2r #amore  #androni  #astana  #bahrain  #bardiani  #cajarural  #cofidis  #coldeportes  #direct  #jlt #katusha #manzana #nippo #roubaix  #sky #trek #wanty #porto

2  #movistar  #quickstep #wilier

4 #murias

and a Polartec - cant find a kit for it.

 :lol :lol




Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 25, 2017, 20:13
Just a note - Flo found a few riders with different scores while putting together the youth game. Please remember to double check the current 2017 scores as displayed on the CQ site, rather than just going off the last (November 26th) spreadsheet.

However, I am manually entering the correct scores of relevant riders into the 'create your team' spreadsheet as well as the game spreadsheet I am using to enter the teams, so if you notice someone with a score discrepancy who might be relevant to the game, please let me know and I'll try to update it so people won't be confused. Thanks!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on December 28, 2017, 00:02
My team :cool

Points
500+:      3
400-500:  4
300-400:  3
200-300:  6
100-200:  6
>100:      11

Teams
5 #trek  :o
4 #astana #quickstep
3 #bora
2 #bardiani #sky :o :o
1 #ag2r #burgos #bahrain #bmc #cofidis #didata #efd #fdj #israel #orica #sunweb #vlaanderen #vitalconcept

Nationalities
11 *it :o
5 *fr
4 *co
3 *nl
2 *uk *no
1 *be *cz *es *ee *lt *ru

Age
>30:     2
28-30:  9
25-27:  5
22-24:  11
20-21:  6
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on December 28, 2017, 14:15
My team :cool

Points
500+:      3
400-500:  4
300-400:  3
200-300:  6
100-200:  6
>100:      11

Teams
5 #trek  :o
4 #astana #quickstep
3 #bora
2 #bardiani #sky :o :o
1 #ag2r #burgos #bahrain #bmc #cofidis #didata #efd #fdj #israel #orica #sunweb #vlaanderen #vitalconcept

Nationalities
11 *it :o
5 *fr
4 *co
3 *nl
2 *uk *no
1 *be *cz *es *ee *lt *ru

Age
>30:     2
28-30:  9
25-27:  5
22-24:  11
20-21:  6

I have passed my Italians to Floof - 1 Spanish Flo whats that all about

I will do my teams  :o
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 31, 2017, 00:36
Okay, I was off grid for a couple of days but have caught up on the submissions. As of the end of the day (in Canada) on December 30th, there are 39 teams - the exact number of submissions that we had last year at the end of this day. Keep em coming, tell your friends!

Thanks to all who have participated so far. Just a note - when submitting names, please make sure to include the proper spelling, which includes accents and umlauts and the like over letters in the name. The best resource is the CQ spreadsheet - you can copy/paste a name from there if you're not sure about how to make the accents etc.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on December 31, 2017, 15:34
¿A qué dirección o e-mail debo enviar mi equipo?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Francois the Postman on December 31, 2017, 17:41
¿A qué dirección o e-mail debo enviar mi equipo?

I have sent your list to Skidmark.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on December 31, 2017, 18:31
Thank you very much.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on December 31, 2017, 22:17
Alright, new years update! There are 53 teams received so far, exactly how many there were at the end of December 31st last year (and the deadline was the same day as this year). If we have an influx of teams in the last two days like last year we will end up with similar numbers.

The CQ December 31st update came out as well, so I've programmed that into the Create Your Team spreadsheet - that means if you click on the link in the original post, you can check your team officially to make sure the score matches up.

I'm on a trip this week so I'll try to keep on top of the entries, but there may be a bit of a delay in getting the spreadsheet out after the deadline. I will do my best to respond to the entries as they come in, though.

Happy New Year all!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 02, 2018, 01:26
Hey everyone, just a note that the submission deadline is a little less than 24 hours away! But after that, there is a buffer period for revisions of teams that need changes (I receive so many in the last day of entry that I can't confirm them all right away). So I'd ask folks to refrain from posting their teams until 23:59pm CET on the 3rd (basically, midnight on the 4th) when all of the entries and revisions have come in. Thanks, keep the entries coming!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: ansimi on January 02, 2018, 01:32
Making my CQ team has become my New Year's Day tradition!

It seems hard this year. None of the expensive riders are looking like great deals to me. When in doubt, I pick riders I like :D

Pretty sure it will be my youngest team ever. I think a lot of my picks will be riders who got more points in 2017 than in 2016. I'd be interested to hear the 2016 totals for players' 2018 teams.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 09:04
I have spent 90% of today searching for zero pointers...... :=B :=B :=B

And then checking for 2018 :flustered

just in case anyone missed it... (as I did): there's a Zero Pointers CQ Game on CN:

http://forum.cyclingnews.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=33799

if you want to participate, just pick 10 zero pointers and send them to "rote_laterne" over there
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 02, 2018, 09:29
I only worked out this time around that it seems the zero point list is sorted by something relevant (can't work it out exactly as it's not points, maybe days raced or time since first race) so you don't need to go too deep.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2018, 10:10
just in case anyone missed it... (as I did): there's a Zero Pointers CQ Game on CN

I have a feeling we're going to see some very similar teams. Nevertheless I have thrown a quick team together.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 10:56
I have a feeling we're going to see some very similar teams. Nevertheless I have thrown a quick team together.

yeah, I was think a same but sent in a quick team. My main team is off to Skidmark as well:

Points
500+: 4
400-500: 0
300-400: 0
200-300: 5
100-200: 8
<100: 16

Teams:
#worldtour 19
#proconti 8
#conti 6

Nationalities
*it *it *it *it *it *it *it
*es *es *es *es
*co *co *co
*gb *gb *gb
*be *be
*fr *fr
*au
*cr
*cz
*dk
*ee
*lt
*md
*nl
*no
*pt
*ch
*usa

Age
>30: 9
28-30: 14
25-27: 5
22-24: 2
<=21: 3
-> Average: 29
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 02, 2018, 11:11
Pliuschin got a team?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 11:13
no idea. Even if, not sure I'd even consider him for the zero pointers game
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on January 02, 2018, 16:50
Harsh
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 02, 2018, 17:09
The winning team.

 *co  *co  *co  *co  *co
 *nl  *nl  *nl  *nl  *nl
 *be  *be  *be
 *fr  *fr  *fr
 *gb  *gb
 *it  *it  *it  *it
 *usa  *usa  *usa  *usa
 *cz
 *es  *es
 *no
 *au
 *ru
 *ee

500+: 5
400-500: 2
300-400: 2
200-300: 5
100-200: 8
<100: 11

 
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 17:44
The winning team

thanks for giving us a bit of a chance by using only 30 or 31 of your available spots though :P
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 02, 2018, 17:47
thanks for giving us a bit of a chance by using only 30 or 31 of your available spots though :P


Bah humbug.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 17:51

Bah humbug.

still two more flags you need to add, even after the edit  :shh
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 02, 2018, 17:58
still two more flags you need to add, even after the edit  :shh

Sorted. Have you and Lukas ever been seen together in the same room?
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 02, 2018, 18:13
ay
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: LukasCPH on January 02, 2018, 22:04
*md
:cool

Pliuschin got a team?
Pliuschin is so 2012.
Raileanu is the new hot sh*t!
Maybe I should dig out the photo I got with him at the Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia in ... 2012. :o

Have you and Lukas ever been seen together in the same room?
No comment. :-x :P

Having prioritised Christmas family time over scrunching CQ lists, I'm sitting this one out. It's not as if I'd won anyway.
Have fun, everyone! :hi
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on January 03, 2018, 00:11
1000+ : 1
500+ : 2
250 + : 4
125 +: 9
62+: 9
31+: 3
0+: 5


30+: 8  (that doesn't look such a good idea now I look at it)
27+: 8
24+: 9
21+: 8


 *be 6
 *co  *gb  *it 4
 *nl  *ru 2
 *by  *cz  *dk  *es  *ee  *fr  *no  *si  *sk   *ch  *usa 1

WT:
 #bora   #sky  4
#bmc #quickstep  3
 #efd   #lotto  #trek  #katusha 2
#ag2r #astana  #bahrain #didata  #movistar   #orica  #sunweb  #uae 1

PCT:
 #aquablue   #gazprom  #vital 1

I suspect I have too many sprinters who will take points off each other.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 03, 2018, 01:59
Hey guys, so I got swamped with CN messages today, but I cleared up all of VRs. If you aren't on this list, please bug me again (I decided to update in the thread instead of in the earlier post I was editing).

As of 8:00pm CST January 2nd, the following 99 teams have been submitted:

LaFlorecita
Martin
comodoro
Joelsim
Slapshot
Leadbelly
armchairclimber
oliveira
PremierAndrew
Trudgin
ChrisDK
Guilherme Ribero
EvansIsTheBest
scrooll07
bminchow
jsem94
Sneekes
laarsland
Nathanptz
Archieboy
will10
bort
Shawnm4747
Hakkie2
Total Package
vladimir
LosBrolin
escartin
fauniera
Guybrush
Blues in the bottle
Crevaison
Akuryo
rote_laterne
derrudi
Nicosix
Poles & Co.
Object
nuvolablu
Jon_Ezeitza
Armchair Cyclist
Koronin
GP Blanco
Jpettersen
Salvarani
DJ Sprtsch
PeterB
Ferminal
Gigs_98
monsieur_hulot
AupaPyama
Roubaix
del1962
VeloRooms
Giallo
DJW
Popchu
Squire
Wallenquist
Jancouver
Kryvo
Carlo Algatrensig
tom-jelte
abbulf
simple
manafana
Jakob 747
Kazistuta
MADRAZO
Vesica
Riverside
search
trackstand
shalgo
freshman
zlev11
NairoQ
Mellow Velo
Jspear
Hugo Koblet
Kjellus
DFA123
kiilike
Amis Velo
Maaaaaarten
adamski101
flashke
ansimi
NorthAmericanScum
Valv.Piti
l'velo
Tigerion
triley36
SafeBet
LightBing
kabete
CQManager
Geraint Too Fast
sodak_za

also note that there are a bunch of CN teams I haven't processed yet and it should be closer to 125-130 final number.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 03, 2018, 07:27
Pliuschin is so 2012.
Raileanu is the new hot sh*t!
Maybe I should dig out the photo I got with him at the Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia in ... 2012. :o
No comment. :-x :P

Nice, I did briefly consider him (because Torku)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 03, 2018, 22:56
Hey everyone. We are minutes from the publication deadline! Just an update - I am catching up on the last handful of entries from yesterday and changes from today. There are 3-4 teams that need changes that I haven't heard from, if I don't in the next ten minutes I'm just going to drop the rider that brings them under 7500, as is the usual rule.

Unfortunately I won't be able to post the full spreadsheet with popularity etc for some time; it's taken all my free time just to copy names into the spreadsheet on each team's sheet. This deadline comes in the middle of a driving trip for me, and I have to take free time for this when I can get it. Just a heads up, I'll try to do what I can, but it might be up to 24 hours before the whole spreadsheet is done, so you might have to satisfy yourselves with the teams that are revealed here until then. Sorry, doing my best here!

I also haven't had time to look at any posts on this thread, just the PMs, so if anyone has addressed me here, I'll get back to it once the compilation is done.

Good luck all, have fun discussing! I'll join you when I can.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 04, 2018, 00:08
Hey everyone. We are minutes from the publication deadline! Just an update - I am catching up on the last handful of entries from yesterday and changes from today. There are 3-4 teams that need changes that I haven't heard from, if I don't in the next ten minutes I'm just going to drop the rider that brings them under 7500, as is the usual rule.

Unfortunately I won't be able to post the full spreadsheet with popularity etc for some time; it's taken all my free time just to copy names into the spreadsheet on each team's sheet. This deadline comes in the middle of a driving trip for me, and I have to take free time for this when I can get it. Just a heads up, I'll try to do what I can, but it might be up to 24 hours before the whole spreadsheet is done, so you might have to satisfy yourselves with the teams that are revealed here until then. Sorry, doing my best here!

I also haven't had time to look at any posts on this thread, just the PMs, so if anyone has addressed me here, I'll get back to it once the compilation is done.

Good luck all, have fun discussing! I'll join you when I can.

Can’t you just work through the night to get it finished? This is vitally important to all entrants don’t you know. I personally won’t sleep until I know how many people have picked Joe Dombrowski.

 :lol
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 04, 2018, 00:13
My team


FELLINE Fabio
THEUNS Edward
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
LATOUR Pierre
CONSONNI Simone
GAUDU David
VAN POPPEL Danny
CAVENDISH Mark
RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan
COQUARD Bryan
BOSWELL Ian
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
KENNAUGH Peter
JAKOBSEN Fabio
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
POWER Robert
PHILIPSEN Jasper
OWEN Logan
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
MAMYKIN Matvey
NIZZOLO Giacomo
KANGERT Tanel
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
COSTA Adrien
KÖNIG Leopold
PIDCOCK Thomas
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on January 04, 2018, 01:12
Team Flo  :cool :flo :cheer

FELLINE Fabio
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
OOMEN Sam
LATOUR Pierre
PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson
TERPSTRA Niki
BETTIOL Alberto
GAUDU David
SENECHAL Florian
MAS NICOLAU Enric
CAVENDISH Mark
COQUARD Bryan
FORMOLO Davide
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
ROSA Diego
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
MINALI Riccardo
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
KENNAUGH Peter
TURGIS Anthony
JAKOBSEN Fabio
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
MAMYKIN Matvey
NIZZOLO Giacomo
CONCI Nicola
KANGERT Tanel
GUARDINI Andrea
CAPIOT Amaury
ALBANESE Vincenzo
MOSER Moreno
KÖNIG Leopold
ENGER Sondre Holst
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Jancouver on January 04, 2018, 04:11
Once again, a little bit of creativity plus many fan/heart picks.

SAGAN Peter   2296
Obvious fan pick but he had some bad luck last year during the classics and was kicked out of the TDF. He is very consistent and while still risky, he was at one point close to 4000 rolling points.

JUNGELS Bob   784
I picked Jungels over Angel Lopez as he was just a slightly more expensive and IMO has a better upside due to his TT and GC ambitions. Should be somewhat unique and I will keep watching his points vs Lopez

CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban   505
Obvious Pick

MCLAY Daniel   304
He got some speed but I was not sure about him because Cannondale riders are usually underperforming but at the end, I picked him too just because he may be a not so common pick
 
VAN POPPEL Danny   287
Same as above, he got some speed and doubling his points should be doable

BONIFAZIO Niccolo   276
Not sure why, but I keep adding this guy year after year and I'm hoping that even a broken clock can be right once in a while.

CAVENDISH Mark   257
Obvious Pick

RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan   236
I was really impressed by his last year performance during the Australian season and also thought that he may be somewhat unique

COQUARD Bryan   220
Obvious Pick

KÄMNA Lennard   220
He can TT so he got a big German engine. Should be somewhat unique.

FORMOLO Davide   217
Obvious Pick

MORTON Lachlan   217
He can climb and had some bad luck. My dark horse for one week GC races. Should have half of his points back after the TDU?

ROSA Diego   209
Obvious Pick

VLIEGEN Loïc   179
Still young and should be able to double his points

WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads   160
Junior TT champ, classic guy. Now that Kristoff is gone, he should get more opportunities at Katusha

HALVORSEN Kristoffer   151
Young guy with some speed. No wonder SKY picked him up. Should be popular, perhaps even an obvious Pick

SCHLEGEL Michal   147
He can climb, still young. Now that Jan Hirt is gone, he should be the GC leader for CCC. Hopefully, somewhat unique pick and I picked him over that infamous fat Colombian climber.

STANNARD Ian   135
Obvious Pick

JAKOBSEN Fabio   118
A young sprinter on QuickStep team. They know how to win and will back him up even in those smaller races that Gaviria and Viviani are not riding.

NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   77
Obvious Pick

NIZZOLO Giacomo   66
Obvious Pick

HAUSSLER Heinrich   60
Obvious Pick

KANGERT Tanel   58
Obvious Pick

DE BIE Sean   57
Obvious Pick

DANIEL Gregory   46
Had some bad luck last year. I like his aggressive style and should be somewhat unique

BARTA William   37
Local boy - heck, he was pushing 6kw/kg per hour since he was 15. Go BYRDS. Go Axeon!

PHINNEY Taylor   36
Obvious Pick

MCNULTY Brandon   35
Local boy and Junior TT champ who had some bad luck last year. No brainer.

FABBRO Matteo   30
He is young and he can climb. If he can keep the bike upright, he should be able to score some points.

MOSER Moreno   25
Obvious Pick

COSTA Adrien   27
Took some time off last year but still an obvious pick with too much upside not to have him. Gee, I even had him on my team last year at much higher cost so I would stupid not to put him back.

KÖNIG Leopold   10
Obvious Pick

INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat   0
Obvious Pick
   
Total:   7482
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 04, 2018, 08:01
I'll post my full team later, but going by the posts on here and on CN my most popular picks will be Lopez, Mas, Capiot and Enger. Funnily enough the max number of similarities with other teams is in that 4-5 rider range.

I'm sitting this one out. It's not as if I'd won anyway.

I'm disappointed in you Fus.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: LukasCPH on January 04, 2018, 08:15
I'm disappointed in you Fus.
Starting the new year how the old one ended! :win
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 08:32
my 33 new friends for 2018:

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro      1828
PORTE Richie      1228
ALAPHILIPPE Julian      1011
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban      505
CAVENDISH Mark      257
REICHENBACH Sébastien      234
COQUARD Bryan      220
ROSA Diego      209
REBELLIN Davide      200
BRAMBILLA Gianluca      195
CELANO Danilo      170
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto      159
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin      155
KENNAUGH Peter      137
STANNARD Ian      135
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben      115
RAILEANU Cristian      107
GASPAROTTO Enrico      93
SCHULTING Peter      81
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas      77
NIZZOLO Giacomo      66
KANGERT Tanel      58
DE BIE Sean      57
VANDENBERGH Stijn      40
GUARDINI Andrea      39
VINGEGAARD RASMUSSEN Jonas      32
COSTA Adrien      27
MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco      27
BRANDAO Joni Silva      17
KÖNIG Leopold      10
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres      9
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat      0
ENGER Sondre Holst      0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 04, 2018, 08:45
PORTE Richie   1228
ALAPHILIPPE Julian   1011
MOSCON Gianni   864
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel   629
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban   505
TERPSTRA Niki   417
PETIT Adrien   328
VAN POPPEL Danny   287
CAVENDISH Mark   257
DE PLUS Laurens   239
ROELANDTS Jürgen   228
COQUARD Bryan   220
REBELLIN Davide   200
POZZATO Filippo   175
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto   159
KENNAUGH Peter   137
GASPAROTTO Enrico   93
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   77
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro   72
NIZZOLO Giacomo   66
HAUSSLER Heinrich   60
KANGERT Tanel   58
GUARDINI Andrea   39
MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco   27
COSTA Adrien   27
MOSER Moreno   25
BOECKMANS Kris   19
FEILLU Romain   17
CRADDOCK Lawson   15
KÖNIG Leopold   10
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres   9
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat   0
HADDI Soufiane   0

Going to be my most "popular" team by far... definitely no uniques either.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 04, 2018, 10:21
my 33 new friends for 2018:

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro      1828
PORTE Richie      1228
ALAPHILIPPE Julian      1011
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban      505
CAVENDISH Mark      257
REICHENBACH Sébastien      234
COQUARD Bryan      220
ROSA Diego      209
REBELLIN Davide      200
BRAMBILLA Gianluca      195
CELANO Danilo      170
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto      159
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin      155
KENNAUGH Peter      137
STANNARD Ian      135
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben      115
RAILEANU Cristian      107
GASPAROTTO Enrico      93
SCHULTING Peter      81
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas      77
NIZZOLO Giacomo      66
KANGERT Tanel      58
DE BIE Sean      57
VANDENBERGH Stijn      40
GUARDINI Andrea      39
VINGEGAARD RASMUSSEN Jonas      32
COSTA Adrien      27
MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco      27
BRANDAO Joni Silva      17
KÖNIG Leopold      10
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres      9
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat      0
ENGER Sondre Holst      0

No Superman  :o
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 04, 2018, 10:24
I'm pretty cold on him after being let down in 2017 which was a guilt pick for consciously leaving him out in 2016.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 04, 2018, 10:25
I'm pretty cold on him after being let down in 2017 which was a guilt pick for consciously leaving him out in 2016.

It was an injury caused by a driver.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 04, 2018, 11:04
I am aware of his season.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 14:56
yeah, I don't really think it's going to hurt too much. I would be surprised if he scores >1000pt. But let's wait and see
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 04, 2018, 16:00
yeah, I don't really think it's going to hurt too much. I would be surprised if he scores >1000pt. But let's wait and see

How many do you get for winning the Giro and Vuelta, plus a few of the spring stage races? Oh, and a one day race or two too.

https://youtu.be/TDhQaUme_S0

 :P
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 04, 2018, 17:07
 I must be the only person who managed to miss Bryan Coquard, yet pick somebody else on 220 points. :fp
The price of the last minute, post Christmas rush.
So much so, I thought at one point I'd be sitting it out with Lukas. :(
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 19:03
I was considering to write a breakdown of my team but I can't really be bothered tbh. Most picks are more or less obvious anyway + two or three guys to potentially cheer for in Sibiu. Schulting could even be unique I guess

Of course, there are are other potential good picks as well (Lopez, Terpstra, Haussler, Craddock, Pippo and so on), but well, that's how it is. I really didn't want to pick Intxausti initially and I'm also not too confident about Reichenbach, but those are just too tough to leave out.

Celano will obviously score 1000+ :P
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on January 04, 2018, 19:12
Of course, there are are other potential good picks as well (Lopez, Terpstra, Haussler, Craddock, Pippo and so on), but well, that's how it is. I really didn't want to pick Intxausti initially and I'm also not too confident about Reichenbach, but those are just too tough to leave out.

Celano will obviously score 1000+ :P
Pippo is always a good pick

I didn't pick either Intxausti or Craddock. I had Craddock twice before and like someone else said, I've lost faith. Maybe he'll improve on his score; maybe he won't. Just not confident at all so I passed. Strongly considered Intxausti until I saw an interview a few weeks ago from which it sounded like he didn't really feel there was an end in sight. Of course he's 0 points so can't go wrong, but he does take up a spot.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 19:25
yeah, Craddock will probably improve but with no real reason why he sucked so hard in 2017 I found it difficult to pick him
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on January 04, 2018, 19:37
I must be the only person who managed to miss Bryan Coquard, yet pick somebody else on 220 points. :fp
The price of the last minute, post Christmas rush.
So much so, I thought at one point I'd be sitting it out with Lukas. :(

I picked mine in a bit of a rush so I'm a bit worried I might have ended up doing something stupid like including a rider who is currently suspended or out long term with an injury.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on January 04, 2018, 19:40
Here they are.

The Algatrensig All Stars

KÖNIG Leopold
GUARNIERI Jacopo
CRADDOCK Lawson
COSTA Adrien
ALBANESE Vincenzo
CAPIOT Amaury
DECLERCQ Tim
PHINNEY Taylor
GUARDINI Andrea
DE BIE Sean
KANGERT Tanel
HAUSSLER Heinrich
NIZZOLO Giacomo
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
MARTINELLI Davide
WALLAYS Jelle
PHILIPSEN Jasper
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
HENAO GOMEZ Sebastian
TURGIS Anthony
STANNARD Ian
KENNAUGH Peter
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
ROSA Diego
COQUARD Bryan
CAVENDISH Mark
PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
BARGUIL Warren
THOMAS Geraint
YATES Adam
YATES Simon
KELDERMAN Wilco
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 04, 2018, 19:56
Okay, I spent a few hours on the spreadsheet and the popularity tab should be finished, as well as all the individual pages for teams. Here is the link (https://www.dropbox.com/s/y77xwfzq8ig4dlc/CQ%202018%20final.xlsx?dl=0).

The spreadsheet isn't finished yet, but it has the basics to look at all the teams and popularity of riders. Note that the "Popularity Table" tab doesn't have a current summary - there is an example table there from a couple of years ago (I use a template every year to collect teams) but fiddled around with the pivot table and couldn't get it to work in the few minutes I had. If someone is interested in doing that work and posting the updated spreadsheet here, feel free, otherwise I'll do it after the weekend.

Also note that all the links in the first Rankings page go to the current teams, but if you just tab through the team tabs there will be some empty teams - again, this is because I used a template which has tabs for past teams in case they come back (it's handy to have it already there). I'll clean that up before the updates come out, but didn't have time now and just wanna get this info out because I know it's fun to peruse.

It looks like we have 129 teams this year - I have 128 on my list, so I must have missed one when I was keeping track as they came in. That's great, right on par with last year. We had 28 teams leave this year, which is a pretty good retention rate, although some of the names that left have been with us for a long time. We had 19 new teams, and a handful of returnees who have played before but not last year. There were 32 teams signed up through VeloRooms and 97 through cyclingnews.

That's it for me today - good luck everyone! It's lovely to see that this game continues to have robust participation and appreciation. Thanks for playing all.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 04, 2018, 20:10
Schulting could even be unique I guess

.....or not. :angel
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 20:36
yeah, yeah, well, Celano is though, even better
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 04, 2018, 21:40
In homage to the Collective Team (kinda).

The Zero Point Rider(s)

ADAMIETZ Johannes
ENGER Sondre Holst
NIV Guy
SAMITIER SAMITIER Sergio

Adamietz is the youthful Deutscher Bergmeister off to join Tirol where he should get a good calendar. Samitier should get plenty of freedom at Murias.

Who?

OTRUBA Jakub

I deliberately went out of my way to get a literal "who?" rider. It wasn't a complete eyes shut pick as I narrowed it down to a handful of teams first (lots of race days for the team in 2017), but despite riding l'Avenir I'd never heard of him before......and we may never hear of him again. Who knows?

The African(s)

EYOB Metkel
KIPKEMBOI Salim

Eyob is off to Asia and I think it's the right move for him - lots of races and hopefully visas will be less of an issue. Kipkemboi has only just turned 19, but has some nice results.

The Injured One(s)

CAPIOT Amaury
VINGEGAARD RASMUSSEN Jonas

Vingegaard has been named as the best U23 Danish rider by no less an authority than Fus. Broke his leg in 2017.

The Random Eastern European(s)

KUMP Marko
RAILEANU Cristian

Kump is Goldilocks. WT is too hot and CT is too cold. Let's hope PCT is just right.

GC rider(s)

VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
PORTE Richie
HERMANS Ben
ANTUNES Amaro Manuel Reposo

My overall position will probably depend on the performance of the first two.

The Colombian Climber(s)

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro
MONTOYA MONTOYA Javier Ignacio

Sosa trumps Rivera imo in the Androni face-off. Cheaper and, ignoring points scored, more impressive performances. As for Montoya, I wanted someone from Trevigiani, but couldn't decide between him and Robinson Lopez. A drugs bust removed the conundrum.

The CX-er

RUSSO Clément

Impressed me at Beauce. Not as quick as Carbel or Welten (probably), but a better all rounder.

Sprinter

SBARAGLI Kristian

Will hopefully stop getting his bikes nicked.

Young Sprinter(s)

SOTO MARTINEZ Nelson Andres
EINHORN Itmar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH3VszD6F4M

2m29 for Soto's long sprint with Avila unable to do anything.

The Continental Dominator

SCHULTING Peter

Two of us think so anyway.

Young ITT specialist(s)

SCHACHMANN Maximilian
PORZNER Manuel

A bit more than just TT-ers. Schach-attack can climb and Porzner can sprint.

Young GC rider(s)

MARTIN Guillaume
MAS NICOLAU Enric
DUNBAR Eddie

The categories are starting to get a bit more stretched as the reason I opted for Martin were his one day performances.

The Domestique(s)

HAIG Jack
BETTIOL Alberto
MÜLLER Patrick

I'm obviously hoping this isn't the case for this trio and they get plenty of chances of their own, but they could end up working a lot for Coquard/GVA/Yates/Chaves.

The Pretty Boy

SIMON CASULLERAS Jordi

The Next Big Thing™

IDJOUADIENE Pierre

Well he has a big surname.

------------------------------------------------------------

The one area my team is lacking in is cobbles riders, but hey ho, you can only pick what is available. Maybe Bettiol can get some freedom in the smaller Northern Classics to give me some interest there.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 04, 2018, 22:17
ah, I didn't have a detailed look at who exactly denied me from having more unique picks...  :angry
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 05, 2018, 10:24
I missed Brambilla.  :o
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Guilherme Ribeiro on January 05, 2018, 14:23
My picks :



ARU Fabio
TEUNS Dylan
BERNAL GOMEZ Egan Arley
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
HAIG Jack
GAUDU David
ANTUNES Amaro Manuel Reposo
HIRT Jan
GUERREIRO Ruben Antonio Almeida
CONTI Valerio
POWLESS Neilson
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
CARTHY Hugh 
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel
RAVASI Edward
RIABUSHENKO Aliaksandr
VAN HOECKE Gijs
SILVA Joaquim Ricardo Soares
WHITEHOUSE Daniel
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
BICO Nuno Miguel Alves Matos
HIRSCHI Marc
ALMEIDA Joao Pedro Gonçalves
MAGNUSSON Kim
PHINNEY Taylor
HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Slapshot on January 05, 2018, 15:12
My attempt at finishing last this year comprises  :D :D :D

LANDA MEANA Mikel
COQUARD Bryan
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
THEUNS Edward
CALMEJANE Lilian
GOGL Michael
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
COSNEFROY Benoit
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
JOHANSEN Julius
RASTELLI Luca
KÄMNA Lennard
FRAILE MATARRANZ Omar
CARBEL SVENDGAARD Michael
DE PLUS Laurens
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques
DOWNEY Mark
SKAARSETH Anders
ROVNY Ivan
BAKKER Dennis
DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
STORK Florian
BONNAFOND Guillaume
VEREECKEN Thomas
BALLERINI Davide
ALBANESE Vincenzo
CONTI Valerio
PEETERS Rob

Only went for 28 riders...try something different! Good Luck everyone
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 05, 2018, 19:39
 I made a list without big figures. I have looked for hard workers. Let's see how my first year in this game turns out:

ARNDT Nikias
BAUHAUS Phil
CAVAGNA Rémi
DIBBEN Jonathan
DLAMINI Nicholas
EDMONDSON Alexander
EIKING Odd Christian
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
GAUDU David
GIBBONS Ryan
GROSSSCHARTNER Felix
GUERREIRO Ruben Almeida
HAIG Jack
HAUSSLER Heinrich
HIRT Jan
KUDUS Merhawi
MANZIN Lorrenzo
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel
MAS NICOLAU Enric
MCCARTHY Jay
MINALI Riccardo
MÜHLBERGER Gregor
MULLEN Ryan
NIZZOLO Giacomo
PLAZA MOLINA Ruben
RESTREPO Jhonatan
REYES ORTEGA Aldemar
SBARAGLI Kristian
SCOTSON Miles
SÜTTERLIN Jasha
TXOPERENA Beñat
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
VAN DER SANDE Tosh
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on January 05, 2018, 20:55
OK you want it, here it is


LANDA MEANA Mikel  :D FREEEeeeEEE Mikel Landa
ZAKARIN Ilnur  :luv
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion  :ninja
CALMEJANE Lilian  :confident
FELLINE Fabio  <3 sigh
LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel  :cool bandages boy, wrap yourself up
SENECHAL Florian  :D with me forever
MAS NICOLAU Enric  :cool The Boy
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe  :cool
GOUGEARD Alexis :P
OFFREDO Yoann :P love this guy
BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto 🥞
TXOPERENA MATXIKOTE Beñat  :hi
BALLERINI Davide  *it
BENITO DIEZ Miguel Angel  :D :D :D :D My other Boy
INSAUSTI IRASTORZA Jon Ander  *es
TURGIS Jimmy baby boy  *fr
COUANON Jonathan
MOSCHETTI Matteo
CAMACHO BERNAL Julio Alexis
YUSTRE RODRIGUEZ Kristian Javier
LEROUX Samuel
BOZIC Jon
FLOREZ LOPEZ Miguel Eduardo
AMADOR CASTANO Juan Jose
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat  :hi The Prisoner of Sky
SANZ Enrique old favourite  *es
SANCHEZ REBOLLIDO Angel Lorenzo
BARRENETXEA URIARTE Ander
BOU COMPANY joan
MCCARTHY Robert-Jon
ORSINI Umberto

many unknown entities
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: rote_laterne on January 07, 2018, 19:15
I'm glad I missed no obvious picks, those I did not chose I did for one reason or another. I somewhat regret that I overlooked Haddi Soufiane and Bol Cees, but they are not popular.

A few words about my team:

ALAPHILIPPE Julian   1011   59   
If he stays healthy and uninjured and rides a full season he might double his points. Can also be a contender at the Worlds and I like him.

MOSCON Gianni   864 21
Massive talent, with Froome hopefully gone he should get more freedom in stage races and I guess he will lead Sky at the Classics with Van Baarle. Being at Sky he might even finish high at the Worlds.

THEUNS Edward   645   8
I like him, he might double his points. I'm not really convinced though, I chose him over Cort as the latter was injured and Theuns will probably better fit in at Sunweb than Cort at Astana.

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel   629   101   
No brainer.

CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban   505   107   
Can score high in 2 GTs and the Worlds.

ANDERSEN Søren Kragh   478   33   
After a very good season this can be his breakout year. Bit risky though.

GAUDU David   352   61
Massive talent, can double his points or stagnate this season.

CAVENDISH Mark   257   115
Even on a downward slope he should at least double his points.

DE PLUS Laurens   239   17
Chose him over Mas, probably not the best choice but he's got talent and should improve his score.

COQUARD Bryan   220   110   
No brainer, I hope he's motivated for the french races.

VLIEGEN Loïc   179   7   
I believed in him last year, I believe in him this year even more.

WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads   160   7
After a good first year at WT I expect a better second year.

RIVERA SERRANO Kevin   155   10
I hope he continues where Bernal left.

HALVORSEN Kristoffer   151   60
Should get his chances as Skys No. 1 sprinter.

SIVAKOV Pavel   142   23   
He's talented, I hope he gets a similar race program than Hart last year. Might probably also ride le Tour de l'Avenir.

PLANCKAERT Edward   121   3
Chose him over Capiot as I didn't know if the latter is healthy again. Should improve his scores but I fear a healthy Capiot has a higher ceiling this year.

NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel   120   12
Talented climber in a team with few climbers but not sure if he's a great pick.

JAKOBSEN Fabio   118   28
Quickstep knows how to develop a sprinter, should get his chances in smaller races.

FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben   115   42
After a bad year he can only be better and he is at Movistar so there's always the chance to score 400+ now that the Herrada brothers and Gorke are gone. Was my last pick as I'm not really convinced in him but he should do well in the TDU.

RODRIGUEZ MARTIN Cristian   106   6 ARANBURU DEBA Alex   76   1
They should do well at Caja.

NIZZOLO Giacomo   66   111
No brainer.

PADUN Mark   73   9
Talented and he might get his chances.

KANGERT Tanel   58   86
He's solid and good for 300-500 points.

DE BIE Sean   57   49
Plenty of points in smaller Belgium races.

MCNULTY Brandon   35   13
Talented rider who missed the beginning of last years season. Might also score in the Tour de l'Avenir.

BILLE Gaëtan   35   10   
Should do well at Conti level.

COSTA Adrien   27   38
If he's motivated he should be the man to beat at the Tour de l'Avenir. Too great a talent to miss for his cost.

MOSER Moreno   25   57   
He's cheap, in a contract year he might score.

KÖNIG Leopold   10   99
He's young enough for a solid comeback.

LEKNESSUND Andreas   0   1   
More exciting to cheer for a youngster than hoping for Intxausti to finish a WT race.

ENGER Sondre Holst   0   64
Hoping for 100 points.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 07, 2018, 20:22
DE BIE Sean   57   49
Plenty of points in smaller Belgium races.

I had De Bie in my team for a long while, but the brouhaha at Verandas about bikes etc just put me off enough to swap him for Capiot. I think they have changed bike manufacturers anyway, however Nuyens is obviously still there and there seemed to be trouble brewing between him and a few of the riders.

Some of the other riders who just missed out on selection for me were Mancebo (last minute swap for Eyob), Brandao (will probably turn a decent profit, but not enough race days to keep me interested), Van Schip (talked up on some other forums), Haddi (will regret it probably, but wanted another Bike Geeeeeeeeeeeeeks rider in) and Woods (replaced him with MLA when it was announced he was riding TdF in support of Uran , Giro news came too late).
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on January 07, 2018, 20:53
OK given everyone has written a little about their picks, here is my analysis and commentary.

FELLINE Fabio
No brainer

THEUNS Edward
No brainer

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
No brainer

KRUIJSWIJK Steven
No brainer

CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
No brainer

OOMEN Sam
No brainer

LATOUR Pierre
No brainer

CONSONNI Simone
No brainer

GAUDU David
No brainer

VAN POPPEL Danny
No brainer

CAVENDISH Mark
No brainer

RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan
No brainer

COQUARD Bryan
No brainer

BOSWELL Ian
No brainer

BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
WTF is he doing in there?

RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
No brainer

HALVORSEN Kristoffer
No brainer

KENNAUGH Peter
No brainer

JAKOBSEN Fabio
No brainer

FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
No brainer

POWER Robert
No brainer

PHILIPSEN Jasper
No brainer

OWEN Logan
No brainer

VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
No brainer

MAMYKIN Matvey
No brainer

NIZZOLO Giacomo
No brainer

KANGERT Tanel
No brainer

DOMBROWSKI Joseph Lloyd
No brainer

CAPIOT Amaury
No brainer

ALBANESE Vincenzo
No brainer

COSTA Adrien
No brainer

KÖNIG Leopold
No brainer

PIDCOCK Thomas
No brainer
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: rote_laterne on January 07, 2018, 21:12
Celano will obviously score 1000+ :P

Who is Celano?

I didn't pick either Intxausti or Craddock. I had Craddock twice before and like someone else said, I've lost faith. Maybe he'll improve on his score; maybe he won't. Just not confident at all so I passed. Strongly considered Intxausti until I saw an interview a few weeks ago from which it sounded like he didn't really feel there was an end in sight. Of course he's 0 points so can't go wrong, but he does take up a spot.

Exactly my thoughts.

My picks :

WHITEHOUSE Daniel

I like that you again went for a more unique team. Especially like your Whitehouse pick.

I had De Bie in my team for a long while, but the brouhaha at Verandas about bikes etc just put me off enough to swap him for Capiot. I think they have changed bike manufacturers anyway, however Nuyens is obviously still there and there seemed to be trouble brewing between him and a few of the riders.

I had no idea there's still trouble in the team. I still think he's a good pick. Missing Capiot most likely will hurt though.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 09, 2018, 06:45
Update #1: Newcomer takes early lead in Australian Summer

CQ Manager Christmas has come and passed, everyone has showed off their presents and looked at everyone else's. Now it's time to get down to CQ Manager New Year, when the points are thin and the possibilities are high! With only the Aussie and New Zealand national TT and RR results, the first week is always a question of 'who picked the most guys that were actually racing and scored points'? This year, the winners were Hamish Bond (TT) and Jason Christie (RR) in New Zealand, both of whom were on zero teams; Rohan Dennis (Aussie TT) was on 4 teams, and Alex Edmonson (Aussie RR) was on 6 teams. So - not a ton of scoring. There were 8 teams that scored at least 100 points (ie. two non-Edmondson teams), and 50 teams that scored at least something.

Top 10 (of the week and overall, obviously)

Rank   Team   Points
1   Jon_Ezeitza   180
2   l'velo   140
3   sodak_za   132
4   Blues in the bottle   120
5   Jakob747   116
6   Maaaaaaaarten   112
7   Eric10   100
7   the asian   100
9   CQmanager   90
10   Poles & Co.   72

It's a newcomer to the game, velorooms applicant Jon Ezeitza (interesting fact - the only application I've ever received written in Spanish) who takes the first lead of the year! On top of Edmondson, their team had unique pick (and 2nd place finisher) Jay McCarthy, and 20 points from Miles Scotson for good measure. Second place l'velo rode on the backs of Edmondson and Ewan, and third place sodak_za was the top team without Edmondson, spreading the scoring around with Dennis, Ewan, Durbridge and Bennett.

As you may guess, Green Jersey points are in the same order, so the overall update is really the only necessary one this week. Next week, unless there are some players in the game who score points in Tachira, there won't be an update, although I certainly will provide one if anyone scores. Then, the floodgates will start opening with Bongo, TdU, San Juan, rolling into the European season, the Middle East races, the February warmup races in southern Europe, Het Volk, Paris-Nice, etc etc. Time to discuss our teams some more and pore over provisional start lists, my favourite time of year.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/l67l8tdz572m4lh/CQ%202018%20update%201.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 09, 2018, 09:16
It's a newcomer to the game, velorooms applicant Jon Ezeitza (interesting fact - the only application I've ever received written in Spanish) who takes the first lead of the year!

:rave

Quote
Next week, unless there are some players in the game who score points in Tachira, there won't be an update, although I certainly will provide one if anyone scores.

Androni are riding with Rivera, Sosa, Malucelli and Bonusi so an update might be needed. A small number of us hope so anyway.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 09, 2018, 15:02
The rookie has started as champion plan. My Australian team has responded well. I hope that in Down Under the good run continues.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: DJW on January 09, 2018, 19:42
The rookie has started as champion plan. My Australian team has responded well. I hope that in Down Under the good run continues.

Felicidades!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 09, 2018, 21:01
Gracias, DJW. Espero felicitarte en una próxima victoria tuya.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on January 13, 2018, 10:39
My team for TDU :)

GC men: Kennaugh, Oomen, Latour, Mas
Designated sprinters: Halvorsen, Minali
Wildcards: Senechal, Navardauskas
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: DJW on January 13, 2018, 11:53
Just Oomen and Soler for me.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on January 15, 2018, 08:36
here is hope for a decent start...
Vuelta al Tachira   
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin   
   
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo   
BRANDAO Joni Silva   
   
Tour Down Under   
PORTE Richie   
KENNAUGH Peter   
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben   
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   
VANDENBERGH Stijn   

Seeing Haddi in the Tropicale lineups makes me regret my choice to pick Intxausti again already though...
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: rote_laterne on January 15, 2018, 22:43
Vuelta a San Juan Internacional (2.1)
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel
NIZZOLO Giacomo
PADUN Mark

Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT)
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben
OOMEN Sam
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads

Don't know the profile of San Juan, but Narvaez and Nizzolo could score. Fernandez and Oomen top ten in TDU. ,

Vuelta al Tachira en Bicicleta (2.2)
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin

He's out of the GC but did score on stage 3  :cool
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 16, 2018, 01:26
here is hope for a decent start...
Vuelta al Tachira   
RIVERA SERRANO Kevin   
   
La Tropicale Amissa Bongo   
BRANDAO Joni Silva   
   
Tour Down Under   
PORTE Richie   
KENNAUGH Peter   
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben   
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas   
VANDENBERGH Stijn   

Seeing Haddi in the Tropicale lineups makes me regret my choice to pick Intxausti again already though...

Sosa 1 Rivera 0

Looks like Haddi got some bonus seconds too.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 16, 2018, 05:43
Looks like CQ made the decision not to have an update spreadsheet that only included the results from 2 stages of a 2.2 race; makes sense. Update #2 to come next week after the TdU!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on January 16, 2018, 17:14
im 2 down before we kick a ball
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on January 16, 2018, 18:31



TDU

IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
MAS NICOLAU Enric
SENECHAL Florian

Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: DJW on January 16, 2018, 19:46
5 points from Vuelta al Tachira  :win:
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 16, 2018, 22:27
Haddi crash? Waaaa
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2018, 20:22
A decent haul from Porte this week, but it was Kipkemboi who held my attention in Amissa Bongo. Into profit after one race!

Sosa 1 Rivera 0

...... and that's how it finished. Will be fun to watch the "battle" between them this year.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Arb on January 22, 2018, 10:57
Think there's a case for calling that a nil all draw.

In Gabon I needed more from Petit but then again I'm not really expecting anything other than 100% +/-20%
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 22, 2018, 21:15
In the Tour Down Under I got many points. My cyclists have been very good:
Guerreiro 80 points
Bauhaus 51
Dlamini 50
Mccarthy 49
More 30
Edmonson 7
Arndt 5
Minali 5
Restrepo 5
Scotson 5
Sütterlin 5
In total, I now have 475 points, so I hope to continue very high in the classification CQ RANKING MANAGER 2018.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 22, 2018, 21:16
In the Vuelta a San Juan we have started with many illusions, although with few points. I have a good team, so I hope to accumulate many points. Hope that nobody will take it from us! These are my workers:
CAVAGNA
GARCÍA CORTINA
MULLEN
NIZZOLO
SBARAGLI
VAN DER SANDE
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 24, 2018, 00:48
Hey, for some reason when I try to post my update I'm getting kicked out of this thread without it posting - is it possible that there's a glitch in the forum that it doesn't take posts over a couple of paragraphs or something? This happened with my initial post in the thread too.

Regardless, the update is up, and I could post it at CN, so here is the link for that if you want to read it in the meantime while hopefully this glitch doesn't continue here: http://forum.cyclingnews.com/viewtopic.php?p=2219828#p2219828
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 24, 2018, 11:55
Bravo, Mullen! Great victory has been achieved in San Juan and that gives us 20 beautiful points to which we have in the team. Now, to wait for Nizzolo to win a sprint. Ja, ja.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 28, 2018, 09:25
New victory for my boys. On this occasion, of Mccarthy in the Cadel Evans. For what I hope to continue in the first places of the classification. We are making a good start to the season
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on January 30, 2018, 06:33
Update #3: Lots of Turmoil but a Repeat Winner Distances the Field

Wowee, it really feels like the season is getting started, hey? Races in Australia, races in Argentina, races in Indonesia, Dubai, getting started on European soil in Mallorca and in Marseille... remember before the CQ game when it was kinda nothing until Het Volk? Neither do I.

A busy week, with the potential for a lot of riders riding on various continents, perhaps unsurprisingly saw some big shakeups in the overall. But the week itself (and indeed, the overall) belonged to a name we've already seen in this game this year.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Jon_Ezeitza   483
2   Valv.Piti   434
3   Giallo   421
4   18-Valve. (pithy)   389
5   PeterB   379

Well, if I'm starting the summary with 'unique pick Jay McCarthy' on the week that rider has won the biggest points of the week, you're probably doing pretty well. But newcomer Jon Ezeitza kills it for the second time in three weeks! This team - have you seen this team? Its highest-price rider is 395 point Jack Haig. It has 4 riders picked by over 50 teams, and is 124th out of 129 on the popularity chart. That is a great recipe to win some weeks, at the very least! Loving it. So yeah, other than McCarthy, there are 62 points from unique pick Nikias Arndt, 80 points from rare pick (3 teams) Gregor Muhlberger, 48 points from rare pick Odd Christian Eiking (8 teams) and a handful from other sources (including 30 from Nizzolo, who somehow made his way onto this unconventional squad). Second place goes to Valv.Piti, who picks up 76 points from their team's namesake, 121 from rare (5 teams) Javi Moreno, 91 from the relatively rare (16 teams) Filippo Ganna, and the requisite Coquard/Nizzolo points. Third place Giallo has the Valv/Moreno combo, as well as some decent points from Moscon and Enger. Just also want to note that two teams with names referencing Alejandro Valverde got in the top 5 because of him this week... that may be a recurring theme this year.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   18-Valve. (pithy)   (+67)
2   PeterB   (+60)
3   Geraint Too Fast   (+59)
3   Hugo Koblet   (+59)
5   fauniera   (+56)

Speaking of that other Valv-referencing team... man do I love the early season. Look at those numbers! 67 spots! There were a few teams that got less than 67 points this week! Anyway, 18-Valve.(pithy) - which, sidenote, is not exactly the most pithy name - takes the top spot, another beneficiary of the Valv/Moreno train (huh, that's 3 out of the 5 Moreno teams that also have Valverde, interesting). PeterB hops a respectable 60 spots with Moreno and no Valverde, just the more common Coquard/Brambilla/Nizzolo/Enger bunch. CQ Game mainstays Geraint Too Fast and Hugo Koblet tie for third with a 'that is more than okay' 59-spot leap. In case you were wondering, GTF is the 5th and final owner of Moreno - a good week for those folks all around.

Green Jersey Competition


Rank   Team   Total
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
2   ChrisDK   46
3   Poles & Co.   42
4   Nathanptz   36
5   Valv.Piti   35
5   l'velo   35

Well yeah, if you win two out of three weeks, it's gonna be you. The rest of the top 5 remains the same, except Valv.Piti jumps into a tie for 5th with the 2nd place weekly points.

Top 10 Overall


Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (+4)   Jon_Ezeitza   958
2   (-1)   Poles & Co.   730
3   (+7)   Sneekes   727
4   (-)   bminchow   725
5   (+2)   sodak_za   722
6   (-3)   Nathanptz   708
7   (+1)   Salvarani   670
8   (+29)   Giallo   649
9   (+13)   search   632
10   (+7)   postmanhat   624

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team that is dominating every other aspect of this game is also dominating the overall. Jon Ezeitza has a 228 point lead with fewer than 1000 points total, which is pretty impressive percentage-wise. Sure, soon enough the Cavendishes and Coquards and Chaves' and Lopezes (wait, how would you pluralize those last two? I'm confused, that doesn't look right) of the world are gonna start scoring, and this team's time will be up. But it is a beautiful thing right now.

Last week's leader Poles & Co drops but holds a respectable second, while Sneekes captures third (fourth place bminchow is the only team in the entire 129 team field to hold position this week). Despite the jumping around, the top 7 teams were all in the top 10 last week - Giallo, search and postmanhat move in, while repre, ChrisDK, and kiszol fall out.

Next week - Valencia, Etoile de Besseges, Herald Sun Tour - oh my! Let's two-point-one it up!

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6swepvta3by56x7/CQ%202018%20update%203.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: jon ezeitza on January 30, 2018, 11:18
Very happy with the success of the team, a team without figures but with very hardworking people. Of the 33 cyclists in Team 17, they have already scored points. I expected fruit in the medium to long term, but there has been luck and we are leaders. For next week I have these:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (31-4)
PLAZA Rubén
KUDUS Merhawi

Etoile de Bessèges (31-4)
MANZIN Lorrenzo

Herald Sun Tour (31-4)
EDMONDSON Alexander
GUERREIRO Ruben

I have a lot of confidence in Guerreiro -for the moment he has given 91 points- and Kudus, from whom I hope that this year he will make an important leap forward in his progression.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on January 31, 2018, 17:49
ok here goes - I will get bored soon:

Besseges

Combo of wee boys, big boys and emerging.

Big Boys

GOUGEARD Alexis
TURGIS Jimmy
CALMEJANE Lilian
OFFREDO Yoann

Wee Boys

BARTHE Cyril
MADOUAS Valentin
IDJOUADIENE Pierre

Pupa

BOUDAT Thomas
DE GENDT Aimé
ALBANESE Vincenzo   
BENITO DIEZ Miguel Angel
SERRANO RODRIGUEZ Gonzalo

Valencia

Big Boys

INSAUSTI IRASTORZA Jon Ander
SANZ Enrique
BOU COMPANY joan
MOSCHETTI Matteo

Wee Boys

SOTO MARTINEZ Nelson Andres

Pupa

GAZZOLI Michele
BALLESTEROS CANOVAS Miguel Angel
MOSCON Gianni  :angry

Sun Herald

1 wee boy

EG Niklas




Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on February 05, 2018, 10:47
two GC wins this week. De Bie in profit. Can't complain I guess
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on February 05, 2018, 21:45
New Combo...

Dubai

Wee Boy

JAKOBSEN Fabio

Pupa

CHETOUT Loïc   
SCHACHMANN Maximilian   

Gold & Peace - Columbia

Big Boys

CAMACHO BERNAL Julio Alexis
MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
TXOPERENA MATXIKOTE Beñat
BARRENETXEA URIARTE Ander
FLOREZ LOPEZ Miguel Eduardo

Wee Boys


HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan ManuelPupa

Pupa

SIMION Paolo 
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando

La Provence

Big Boys

YUSTRE RODRIGUEZ Kristian Javier
TURGIS Jimmy
CALMEJANE Lilian
SANZ Enrique
MOSCHETTI Matteo

Wee Boys

BARTHE Cyril
SEVILLA LOPEZ Diego Pablo
IDJOUADIENE Pierre

Pupa

GAUDU David   

Murcia / Almeria

Big Boys

BENITO DIEZ Miguel Angel
INSAUSTI IRASTORZA Jon Ander
MAS NICOLAU Enric

Wee Boys

SOTO MARTINEZ Nelson Andres

Pupa

CASTRILLO ZAPATER Jaime
SELLIER Simon
AMEZQUETA MORENO Julen   

Trofeo Laigueglia


Big Boys

YUSTRE RODRIGUEZ Kristian Javier
BOU COMPANY joan
ORSINI Umberto

Wee Boys

ZACCANTI Filippo

Pupa

PUCCIONI Dario
ALBANESE Vincenzo
BERLATO Giacomo

lots of riders -not a lot of winners.... raging Felline isnt back for Laigueglia  :angry
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on February 06, 2018, 04:43
Update #4: Kryvo Cleans up as Overall Tightens

This week was a pretty simple one - three 2.1 races held the bulk of riders in this game, and one of them was won by one of the most popular riders in the game, another by one of the most expensive. It would logically follow that the winner had at least Valverde and Chaves to start with, and this turned out to be true.

This Week's Top Scorers


Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Kryvo   449
2   minessa   443
3   scrooll07   428
4   18-Valve. (pithy)   419
5   DJ Sprtsch   418

It was pretty tight at the top this week, with the top 5 being separated by only 31 points. Kryvo indeed had the winning formula of Valverde and Chaves for the biggest points, but also got points from Sean de Bie, Danny van Poppel and Byran Coquard, to eke out the victory. minessa ALMOST gets there, with the same mix of riders, the biggest difference being Jurgen Roelandts' 30 points instead of DvP's 36. So close! Last year's Green Jersey winner scrooll07 rounds out the podium without Valverde, but on top of Chaves and De Bie their team had 66 points each from rare picks Howson and Guerreiro, and some contributions from Mads Pedersen and Roman Kreuziger.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   minessa   (+51)
2   Guybrush   (+48)
3   del1962   (+44)
4   Object   (+43)
5   Total Package   (+36)

With a few more points on the board for everyone, it's not quite as nuts as last week's 67 point jump, but points runner up minessa moves up more than a half-century to take top spot. Guybrush rides the success of unique pick Sergio Henao and rare pick Egan Bernal to sweep the Colombian national championships (and get 2nd in the high movers), and del1962 has a none-too-shabby week with points from some riders already mentioned plus Pantano in Colombia and what might turn out to be a good pick on only 5 teams, Kilian Frankiny.

Note: it's the end of the first month of the game, too, and normally every month we have the Monthly High Scorers and Top Movers as well. But, as it's the first month, the High Scorers are the same as the overall, and the Top Movers are just people who moved down from the original tie for first. So, that's not worth summarizing here!

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
2   18-Valve. (pithy)   52
3   ChrisDK   46
4   Kryvo   45
5   Poles & Co.   42

The hot team of January, Jon Ezeitza, remains untouchable on top, but with 2 4th place finishes in a row (26 points each), 18-Valve.(pithy) slides into second overall, and Kryvo's weekly win moves their team immediately up to 4th. No ties in the top 5 - of the 4 weekly winners, Jon Ezeitza did it twice, ChrisDK got an extra point for a 15th place tie to have 46 overall, and Kryvo got 45.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Jon_Ezeitza   1074
2   (+8)   search   1029
3   (+3)   Nathanptz   1016
4   (+3)   l'velo   978
5   (-1)   bminchow   975
6   (+10)   JSpear   967
7   (+4)   postmanhat   964
8   (-3)   sodak_za   936
9   (-)   Giallo   933
10   (-7)   Sneekes   928

Jon Ezeitza uses their team's cushion to ride out a rough week (they finished 119th without popular picks Chaves and Coquard) and hang on to first place. search makes a big leap to second, and Nathanptz joins the other 2 above the 1000 point barrier on the podium. Special shout-out to l'velo in 4th place, who I missed due to a formula glitch in last week's update (they should have been 7th). JSpear and postmanhat slide into the top 10, Salvarani and Poles & Co (2nd last week!) drop out.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/s9pjux5mkgrl42c/CQ%202018%20update%204.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on February 06, 2018, 09:20
nice, 2nd is an all time high, I think (:

I fear this will be difficult to defend though

Dubai Tour   
NIZZOLO Giacomo   
CAVENDISH Mark   
   
   
Oro y Paz   
DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres   
ALAPHILIPPE Julian   
GUARDINI Andrea   
   
   
Tour de la Provence   
COQUARD Bryan   
REBELLIN Davide   
   
   
Vuelta de Murcia   
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro   
FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR Ruben   
DE BIE Sean   
   
   
Trofeo Laigueglia   
BRAMBILLA Gianluca   
DE BIE Sean   
VANDENBERGH Stijn   
   
   
Clasica de Almeria   
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro   
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on February 09, 2018, 05:05
Hey folks, so I need to line up some people to do updates this year while I'm not around frequent internet. Normally, this is May, June, and July while I work in the bush, but this year I might need some more help. The plan as of now is to do a little bike trip in Europe at the end of March - I'm hoping to catch a stage of Pais Vasco live, as well as Paris-Roubaix, and maybe even Amstel! I'll get to cheer my team on from the front lines. Regardless, it looks like I need help for:

April
May
June
July

I know a few people told me by PM when they submitted their teams that they'd be willing to do updates, but because I got like 150 PMs in a week, I don't exactly remember who said that. Anyway, if I could get some volunteers for each of those months, that would be really great. I'll send you the info on how to update before it comes time. Thanks all.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on February 12, 2018, 15:13
Moser 140
Cavendish 64
Senechal 54
Martinez 50
Gaudu 30
Pantano 21
Brambilla 15
Nizzolo 11
Minali 10
Mas 5
Guardini 3

Better than expected, with some unexpected points. Very happy with Senechal's 5th place in Almeria. Great performance as well by Dani Martinez. And of course a GREAT win by Moser and actually he is less popular than I thought, just checked and he isn't even on 50% of the teams :)
On the flip side Minali lost a chunk of points compared to last year when he scored big points in Dubai thanks to the cancellation of the Hatta Dam stage. Also, I would have liked a little more from Gaudu and Brambilla. Unfortunately it seems Van Poppel will be a very good pick which kinda stings because I initially forgot about him and then when I discovered him I couldn't figure out a good way to fit him in so I passed :(

Next week:
Tour of Oman (2.HC)
Superman Lopez
Jakobsen
Terpstra
Bettiol
Cavendish
Conci
Felline
Nizzolo
Kangert
Coquard
Capiot

Vuelta a Andalucia (2.HC)
Moser
Mamykin

Volta ao Algarve (2.HC)
Kennaugh
Senechal
Oomen
Turgis

Tour du Haut Var (2.1)
Enger
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Joelsim on February 12, 2018, 17:06
I didn’t go for Moser as I had him in the UCI game.  :S
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on February 12, 2018, 20:17
Next up


Tour of Oman (2.HC)

Big boys

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
FELLINE Fabio

Wee boys

JAKOBSEN Fabio
CONCI Nicola

Pupa

DLAMINI Nicholas
CHETOUT Loïc   
CAVAGNA Rémi   
DE GENDT Aimé
NIBALI Antonio
MARTINELLI Davide


Vuelta a Andalucia (2.HC)

big boys

INSAUSTI IRASTORZA Jon Ander
SANZ Enrique
LANDA MEANA Mikel
BOU COMPANY joan

Wee Boys

SOTO MARTINEZ Nelson Andres


Pupa

SERRANO RODRIGUEZ Gonzalo
BOUDAT Thomas
SOLER GIMENEZ Marc


Volta ao Algarve (2.HC)

Big Boys

BENITO DIEZ Miguel Angel
TURGIS Jimmy
SANCHEZ REBOLLIDO Angel Lorenzo
OFFREDO Yoann

Pupa

SERRANO RODRIGUEZ Gonzalo
CASTRILLO ZAPATER Jaime
AMEZQUETA MORENO Julen   


Tour du Haut Var (2.1)

YUSTRE RODRIGUEZ Kristian Javier
MOSCHETTI Matteo

Wee boys

BARTHE Cyril
ZACCANTI Filippo
IDJOUADIENE Pierre



Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on February 19, 2018, 21:30
Update #6: Winning is a Fine Art

**note: I'm looking for people to take on the posting of the updates for the following months: May, June, July. If you are interested, please let me know either here or by PM, thanks!**

I have very limited time this week, so this update will be a little lower level of detail than normal. But a big week, with 3 2.HC and a 2.1 race, and even more riders getting their seasons underway.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   TheArt   661
2   PeterB   592
3   archieboy   555
4   zaka_fan   533
5   ruvu75   519

Big week this week for TheArt, being one of only 2 teams with Lutsenko, one of 24 with Geraint Thomas, and one of many with Lopez. That mix of rare to popular riders was a winner this week, breaking 600 points. PeterB has Kruijswijk and Fuglsang in place of Lutsenko, and with the other two riders it's enough for second. archieboy rounds out the podium.

This Week's High Movers


Rank   Team   Up/down
1   TheArt   (+81)
2   PeterB   (+52)
3   ruvu75   (+51)
4   zaka_fan   (+50)
5   Object   (+49)

Similar table here, with the incredibly notable jump of EIGHTY ONE spots by our weekly winner, nearly 2/3 of the table in one fell swoop. PeterB gets second here, and their jump is notable because it's into the top ten! Quite the move this week. ruvu75 is very close behind in third.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
2   ChrisDK   72
3   PeterB   57
4   Nathanptz   54
5   18-Valve. (pithy)   52

A weekly win of 45 points will no longer get you in the top 5 overall; this competition is starting to flesh out. PeterB and Nathanptz score to leap into the top 5, the others were already there last week.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (+1)   Nathanptz   1841
2   (+11)   Popchu   1706
3   (+6)   l'velo   1680
4   (-3)   bminchow   1658
4   (+8)   LosBrolin   1658
6   (+22)   Squire   1649
7   (-4)   abbulf   1646
8   (+52)   PeterB   1599
9   (+13)   DJ Sprtsch   1574
10   (-2)   CQmanager   1552

Some big moves in the top 10 this week! bminchow slides down after a week on top, and last week's runner up Nathanptz takes over with a pretty decent lead over 2nd. Popchu leaps into the top 10 right up to second, and l'velo bounces back after sliding a bit and regains the podium. Popchu, LosBrolin, Squire, PeterB and DJ Sprtsch all jump into the top 10 overall this week.
Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahi64w39mkhlp3q/CQ%202018%20update%205.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on February 19, 2018, 22:40
Next Up


Abu Dhabi

Big boys

LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
MAS NICOLAU Enric
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion
ZAKARIN Ilnur

Wee boys

HODEG CHAGUI Alvaro Jose
KNOX James
EG Niklas
EENKHOORN Pascal

Pupa

ALBANESE Vincenzo   
NIBALI Antonio


Anatalya

Big Boys

MOSCHETTI Matteo - look who I missed  :lol :lol :lol

Wee Boys

SEVILLA LOPEZ Diego Pablo

Pupa (emerging)

GAZZOLI Michele
RAILEANU Cristian

Omloop

Big Boys

GOUGEARD Alexis
FELLINE Fabio
OFFREDO Yoann

Pupa (emerging)

DE GENDT Aimé
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
DE GENDT Aimé   

Ardeche & Drome

Big Boys

BALLERINI Davide
CALMEJANE Lilian

Wee boys

NARVAEZ PRADO Jhonatan Manuel
IDJOUADIENE Pierre
CONCI Nicola

Pupa (emerging)

CHETOUT Loïc   
SCHACHMANN Maximilian   
GAUDU David   
CAVAGNA Rémi   
MARTINELLI Davide

Disco Inferno (K-B-K)

Big Boys

SENECHAL Florian
FELLINE Fabio

Pupa (emerging)

DLAMINI Nicholas
SELLIER Simon
BOUDAT Thomas
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on February 21, 2018, 21:15
I got a message saying some points didn't show up in the update, but I think that's because I put in the wrong link!! Oops sorry, it was last week's rather than this week. Here's the correct link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s7tru60x90rki1l/CQ%202018%20update%206.xlsx?dl=0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on February 27, 2018, 03:52
Update #7: The King Stay the King

**note: I'm looking for people to take on the posting of the updates for June and July. If you are interested, please let me know either here or by PM, thanks!**

Opening Weekend in Belgium has a different feel to anything that's come before it - the season really feels underway when the cobbles show up in Europe, when people strap on race numbers in Belgium, when teams try to make up for a bad Het Volk by trying too hard in KBK on Sunday. But as far as the CQ game is concerned, it's just a continuation of the points parade, a big week to be sure, but we've already had some weeks with several tuneup races giving lots of cumulative points. And as it happened, this year on Opening Weekend, most of the big points from major picks in this game were a continent away, in Dubai.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   fauniera   687
2   Kryvo   662
3   torcia_86   654
4   Kazistuta   627
5   18-Valve. (pithy)   614

We have a familiar face at the top this week. It was only a matter of time before the brash move of picking both Valverde and Alaphilippe paid off for reigning champ fauniera, and it turns out time is up by the end of February. Their team's most expensive 3 picks (those two and Lopez) really took it home in Abu Dhabi, one Wico Kelderman stumble away from taking the whole podium. Throw in 82 points from Formolo for good measure, as well as some dribs and drabs from backup support, and you've got a weekly win. Kryvo wasn't that far behind, without Alaphilippe but with a bunch of smaller points from supporting players like Guardini, Bille, Van Poppel, Izaguirre, etc. torcia_86 has a great showing too, 8 points out of second with no Valverde, but another succesful 'Val' in the winner of Het Nieuwsblad, as well as Ala and Lopez.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   torcia_86   (+55)
2   Hakkie2   (+44)
3   18-Valve. (pithy)   (+39)
4   LightBing   (+37)
5   fauniera   (+32)

The aforementioned torcia conveys that third place on the last standings to first on the High Movers ranking, handily winning over the still-impressive 44 point jump by Hakkie2 (one of the 12 lucky ducks that chose Narvaez) and 18-Valve (riding high on the success of the team's namesake).

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
2   Kryvo   80
3   18-Valve. (pithy)   74
4   ChrisDK   72
5   fauniera   60

Two-time weekly winner Jon Ezeitza still holds on to the lead, but it's tightening up! Kryvo gets 35 points this week to move up to second, 18-Valve gets 22 points to leap to third, and weekly winner fauniera jumps into the top 5 in this competition as well.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Nathanptz   2233
2   (-)   Popchu   2216
3   (+1)   bminchow   2136
4   (+2)   Squire   2122
5   (+24)   Kryvo   2092
6   (+3)   DJ Sprtsch   2085
7   (+9)   Blues in the bottle   2082
7   (+32)   fauniera   2082
9   (+8)   JSpear   2078
10   (-6)   LosBrolin   2076

Early in the season and still a fair amount of volatility, but the very top is fairly stable. Nathanptz moved into the lead last week and although that has been dramatically reduced, it still holds. Popchu stays in second and bminchow claws back a spot after falling out of first last week. Kryvo and fauniera make big jumps into the top 10, and Blues in the bottle and JSpear make pretty decent ones themselves, while abbulf, l'velo, PeterB and CQManager say goodbye to the spotlight, at least for now.

I swear this is really the current spreadsheet at dropbox this time guys! (https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5iixjpzyxfky9p/CQ%202018%20update%207.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on February 27, 2018, 19:38
-12 on the week and in one fell swoop weeks of steady progress out the window :o
But this week started well with 98 points in Le Samyn with Terpstra, Capiot and Jakobsen

This week not too many riders but some potential big scorers
Strade Bianche (1.WT)
Rosa
Latour
Moser
Bettiol
Conci
Felline

GP Industria & Artigianato (1.HC)
Martinez

Dwars door West-Vlaanderen (1.1)
Jakobsen
Senechal
Coquard

Paris-Nice (2.WT)
Chaves
Oomen
Pantano
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: rote_laterne on February 28, 2018, 21:13
This year I have actually most of my riders racing and not bad. Top 30 is my highest ever ranking I believe.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on February 28, 2018, 22:21
Strade Bianche (1.WT)

big boys

Felline
Betancur
Ballerini

Wee boy

Madouas

pupa

Schachmann
Gaviria
Moscon
Gogl

GP Industria & Artigianato (1.HC)

big boys

Martinez
Ballerini
Orsini
Florez

wee boys

Madouas

Pupa

Castrillo
Puccioni
Berlato
Kolar

Paris Nice

big boys

Calmejaune
Izagirre I
Zakarin

Pupa

Castrillo
Boudat
Soler
Nibali A

Dwars door West-Vlaanderen (1.1)

big boys

Senechal
Turgis

wee boys

Hodeg
Jakobsen
Narvaez

Pupa

Sellier
Chetout
Alzate
Martinelli
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on March 05, 2018, 23:06
Update #8: Geraint Too Good

**note: I'm looking for people to take on the posting of the updates for June and July. If you are interested, please let me know either here or by PM, thanks!**

A fairly quiet week in CQ land, with a weekday slate almost empty of top tier races save La Samyn, and then Strade Bianche and one day of Paris-Nice on the weekend. So the top scores are relatively modest but glory comes from crossing the line first, not from the underlying points.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Geraint Too Fast   320
2   Roubaix   318
3   LightBing   285
4   escartin   275
5   Googolplex   270

Geraint Too Fast, long-time game participant and often a mainstay in the upper echelon, takes out the weekly winnings by a hair. As one of two teams with Romain Bardet, it must be pleasing to see him with a relatively unexpected result in SB. Terpstra and Sean De Bie, who got 80 and 67 points for GTF this week, were more popular picks, but rare enough to surge their team to victory. Roubaix comes oh-so-close in second, with Terpstra and De Bie as well, but additional contributions from Stybar, Rob Power, and Fabio Jakobsen. Light Bing is a bit further back in third place, as one of three teams with first-time professional victor Tiesj Benoot.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Geraint Too Fast   (+32)
2   Roubaix   (+29)
3   escartin   (+26)
4   LightBing   (+23)
5   Koronin   (+20)

A very similar bunch here, with escartin - another Benoot holder - nabbing the final podium spot.

This Month's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this Month
1   Popchu   1687
2   TheArt   1607
3   MADRAZO   1528
4   ruvu75   1507
5   Squire   1502

February is over, which means it's time to summarize the month (plus the first weekend of March, as that's how CQ gives their updates). Popchu scores big this month; with 1687 points, their team would be ahead of about 40 teams even if they didn't have January's scores to count as well! Quite impressive. Also impressive is that they've gotten such a solid month with two riders over 200 points (Astana's middle eastern kings, Lopez and Lutsenko), and three more over 100 (Alaphilippe, Van Poppel, and Moser). Most of their team's contributions came from solid double-digit showings, including 3 riders with exactly 79 points this month (the 'otherwise they have nothing in common' trio of Cavendish, Vliegen and De Bie). TheArt has to settle for second place (although they won a week, so they've had their taste of glory) with a similar set of riders, although add Geraint Thomas and subtract Moreno Moser. MADRAZO cracks 1500 and nabs a podium spot with similar guys as Popchu but switch Lutsenko out for Cort in the high scorers.

This Month's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   TheArt   (+83)
2   MADRAZO   (+72)
3   rote_laterne   (+71)
4   EvansIsTheBest   (+70)
5   Gigs_98   (+69)

Just like the weekly scores, the lists are similar... the top 2 were on the previous podium (winner Popchu was already high enough up that there wasn't much farther to jump), and rote_laterne slides into third place with some of the usual suspects as well as being one of the lucky 12 teams to pick Narvaez (125 points this month).

Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on March 05, 2018, 23:06
(part 2 of post; velorooms was kicking me out when I tried to post the whole thing in one go)

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total   Wk8
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90   
2   Kryvo   80   
3   18-Valve. (pithy)   74   
4   ChrisDK   72   
5   Geraint Too Fast   65

Not much action on this leaderboard this week, as GTF's weekly win gets their team into 5th overall, but no other points scored in the top 10 overall.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Nathanptz   2457
2   (-)   Popchu   2399
3   (+1)   Squire   2263
4   (+1)   Kryvo   2249
5   (+8)   abbulf   2245
6   (+6)   kabete   2212
7   (-1)   DJ Sprtsch   2203
8   (+3)   Valv.Piti   2201
9   (+9)   minessa   2195
10   (-3)   fauniera   2175

After almost relinquishing the lead last week, Nathanptz pulls back away a bit to ensure a third week at the top over Popchu. Squire continues an inexorable march up the standings to nab the final podium spot. Lots of changeover in the top 10 from week to week lately, and this week is similar, with abbulf, kabete, Valv.Piti and minessa jumping in, and JSpear, LosBrolin, Blues in the bottle and former leader bminchow (who has a very unfortunate week with only 3 points!) fall out.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/d1u1uf9ng9hgu5t/CQ%202018%20update%208.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on March 10, 2018, 18:39
1. HC Ronde van Drenthe is on the table tomorrow... probably the race to score big time for every rider with only the slightest bit of a pedigree for one day races - and all I have to offer is #monkeytown Peter Schulting...

anyway. Hup, Peter, hup :win
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on March 12, 2018, 21:35
Update #9: Soler Power Fuels Top Teams

With Paris-Nice the only major points on offer this week, plus some stages of Tirenno-Adriatico, it had the potential for an interesting week. And the big points were picked up by pretty rare riders. Accordingly, there were some serious runs up the overall table by a number of teams.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   archieboy   650
2   DJW   501
3   Riverside   486
4   Blues in the bottle   484
5   drebelo   474

archieboy absolutely crushes it this week, outscoring second place by almost 150 points! The 13 teams that had Marc Soler (327 points from Paris-Nice) were always going to have the advantage this week, but it was his breakaway companion on stage 8, unique pick David De La Cruz (130 points), that puts archieboy over the top. 61 points from Carapaz (8 teams) and 53 from Oomen (33 teams) help out as well. DJW turns in a more-than-respectable 2nd place, breaking 500 points almost entirely on the back of Soler, Oomen and almost unique pick (2 teams) Patrick Konrad with a breakthrough performance and 116 points. Riverside squeaks into third with Alaphilippe and Landa bolstering Soler's haul.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   archieboy   (+75)
2   drebelo   (+46)
3   Eyeballs Out   (+44)
4   Eric10   (+42)
5   scrooll07   (+40)

archieboy doubles up with the domination, and no matter how you slice it, a 75-spot leap in a single week is pretty incredible. Don't let this overshadow the other impressive leaps, such as 46 places for second-place drebelo (notable rider that hasn't been mentioned: Fraile, 4 teams, got 66 points) and 44 places for third-place Eyeballs Out.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
2   Kryvo   80
3   archieboy   77
4   18-Valve. (pithy)   74
5   ChrisDK   72

No team can yet touch the early season double-weekly-win total of Jon Ezeitza, but archieboy enters the conversation at #3 overall with the 45 points this week adding to 2 for 14th last week, and 30 more for 3rd place in week 6. Other than that the top 5 doesn't score, and lower down Blues in the bottle moves to 6th and last year's winner scrooll07 into 10th.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (+15)   Blues in the bottle   2625
2   (-1)   Nathanptz   2537
3   (-1)   Popchu   2534
4   (-1)   Squire   2464
5   (-1)   Kryvo   2449
6   (+1)   DJ Sprtsch   2417
7   (+34)   CQmanager   2406
8   (+12)   trackstand   2390
9   (-1)   Valv.Piti   2386
10   (+2)   TheArt   2371

Normally, the leaping about in the standings happens farther down, and the very top is a game of inches and incremental movements. But that gets thrown out the window this week as Blues in the bottle jumps fifteen places into the top spot! Their team is solid throughout, with 30 out of 33 riders having scored this year, and this week's haul from Soler puts them over the top. Everyone else in the top 5 gets displaced one spot by this huge move, and the only other entries into the top 10 are from other big movers, CQmanager in 7th from 41st, and trackstand to 8th from 20th. abbulf, kabete, and minessa say goodbye to the top 10 for now, falling out after last week.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/vucfk493w1qrwnu/CQ%202018%20update%209.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on March 19, 2018, 03:54
Update #10: The Rich Get Richer - Top 4 of the Week are Top 4 Overall

**note: I'm still looking for people to take on the posting of the updates for June and July. If you are interested, please let me know either here or by PM, thanks!**

I saw that the update was out on Sunday so I've got a jump on it this week!

The first monument of the classics season is done! It is not having quite as much of an impact on the standings as last year's, when a very popular Kwiatkowski took the win. This year, a rider nobody had - Vincenzo Nibali, who is very good every year and thus likely wouldn't have a much higher ceiling than his score - took out a thrilling victory, but took those 280 points away from everyone in this game. There were also the points for the GC of Tirenno on offer, which also didn't affect the game too much, as winner Kwiatkowski was only on 2 teams this year, again because of his good showing last season. That meant a combo of placings in these races and the 3 1.HC races (none of which were above 1.1 3 years ago - what's up with the UCI upping the category for nearly every race?) would give the best chance of victory this week.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   TheArt   893
2   ruvu75   822
3   Squire   764
4   Nathanptz   753
5   Hugo Koblet   728

If the name at the top looks familiar, it's because it's the same one that was at the top of the leaderboard in Week 6. TheArt takes a second weekly win of the year, scoring a whopping 893 points this week! Last time it was rare pick Lutsenko in Oman that powered their team to victory as well as Geraint Thomas in Algarve. This time, Thomas' 162 points from Tirenno lead the way, but not far behind is the impressive neo-pro Fabio Jakobsen with 155 this week. Triple digit scores from Jurgen Roelandts and Davide Formolo help a lot, as do a pair of 84-point showings from Halvorsen and Capiot. ruvu75 is the only team to come remotely close, with all those riders but Capiot, and a healthy collection of 40+ points from supporting riders. Squire rounds out the podium with a nice week from many of those same riders.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Hugo Koblet   (+42)
2   oliveira   (+35)
2   Poles & Co.   (+35)
4   Shawnm4747   (+33)
5   laarsland   (+31)

Normally there is significant overlap between this list and the previous one, but... well, read the title of this post. Game founder Hugo Koblet, the highest scoring team that wasn't already in or almost in the top 10, takes a solid 42 point leap up the charts. Despite lamenting the loss of Gaviria, his team fills in admirably, as one of the only teams with both QuickStep neo-pros that scored big this week, Jakobsen and Hodeg... or so I thought before writing the next sentence. oliveira and Poles & Co. tie for 2nd with equal 35 point leaps, and they also each have both of those guys (plus oliveira has Sagan, and Poles & Co. has Ewan).

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   TheArt   90
1   Jon_Ezeitza   90
3   Nathanptz   80
3   Kryvo   80
5   archieboy   77

We have some real changes at the top! With a second weekly win, TheArt matches Jon Ezeitza's feat from earlier in the year, and therefore their teams are tied since neither has any top 15 placing points from other weeks. Nathanptz gets 26 points this week to leap into a tie for 3rd with Kryvo as well. Lower down, PeterB jumps into the top 10 but no other scorers in the very top of the board.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (+1)   Nathanptz   3290
2   (+8)   TheArt   3264
3   (+1)   Squire   3228
4   (+11)   ruvu75   3158
5   (-4)   Blues in the bottle   3099
6   (-3)   Popchu   3021
7   (+5)   LosBrolin   2931
8   (+1)   Valv.Piti   2911
9   (-4)   Kryvo   2890
10   (-2)   trackstand   2885

A real jackpot for the top teams this week as already mentioned - Nathanptz gets 4th on the week but was already in 2nd place, and so their team regains the lead from last week's leader Blues in the bottle. Squire already was in 4th and gets 3rd on the week, but TheArt was in 10th last week and scored so many more points than anyone else that their team leapfrogs nearly everyone into 2nd overall. ruvu75 turns a good week into a top 10, and LosBrolin jumps in the top 10 as well, while CQmanager and DJ Sprtsch fall out.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/no5n6osy6y1tb37/CQ%202018%20update%2010.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on March 25, 2018, 18:04
Very happy, good week for me, I think, close to 1000 points without Valverde :o

Terpstra 225
Latour 162
Rosa 147
Martinez 86
Minali 73
Pantano 50
Capiot 48
Gaudu 45
Guardini 45
Senechal 26
Coquard 13
Mas 9
Bettiol 5
Halvorsen 5

Next week doesn't look as good for me. Need to hope for another good showing by Terpstra.
Dwars door Vlaanderen (1.WT)
Terpstra
Halvorsen
Minali
Senechal?

Route Adélie de Vitré & La Roue Tourangelle (both 1.1)
Enger

Ronde Van Vlaanderen (1.WT)
Senechal
Terpstra
Bettiol
Felline
Capiot
Coquard
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on March 25, 2018, 18:28
good job :cool

I have three GC winners (with Valverde, Rosa and Raileanu) but I think that's it more or less. Apart from Viviani of course

edit: Viviani was last year :D
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on March 27, 2018, 03:47
Update: Koronin Cracks 1K!

Whoa.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Koronin   1112
2   Eyeballs Out   947
3   minessa   945
4   LaFlorecita   944
5   Shawnm4747   940

That's some Grand Tour GC points right there. The stars aligned this week with a few WT classics, a WT stage race, and a smattering of other things from the 2.HC Langkawi to the 2.1 Coppi e Bartali to the 1.1 races in France. Most of these races had some prominent riders in this game, and with another jawdropping 367 points this week, it was going to be a team with Valverde that led the charge. But hey, wanna know how to get over 1100 points in a single week like this? Piti is only the start, you've gotta get 3x that amount. Terpstra helps, a moderately popular pick that did the right thing in E3 and brought in over 200. Heck, Soler and his 143 this week also help, making him already over 100 points in profit at almost 600 total. Being one of the 12 teams to pick Stybar also would help with his 110. Then smatterings of 50 here from Ben O'Connor and 42 there from Max Schachmann there would also help. Guess what? Koronin had all of 'em, and cleaned the heck up. Great week for a game neophyte especially. Of course, the ridiculous totals of the rest of the top 5 are overshadowed by this, but Eyeballs Out squeaks out 2nd place with Valv/Soler/Latour/Rosa while minessa edges out LaFlo for 3rd with Valv/Latour/Rosa and a good supporting cast. Yikes! Do you think that means there were some big jumps this week?

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Koronin   (+54)
2   vladimir   (+36)
3   Manafana   (+32)
4   minessa   (+29)
5   JSpear   (+28)

Well, yep. Koronin vaults up the table 54 spots, as one is wont to do with an 1100 point week in March in this game (to put it in context, 3 times that would get you in the top 30 for the year). vladimir, who didn't appear on the Top Scorers list, makes a big move up 36 with no Valverde but thanks to the interesting team including Quintana, Stybar, Latour, and make-you-look-brilliant unique pick Christophe Laporte, plus no fewer than 3 riders scoring exactly 40 points this week. Manafana slides into third with another non-Valverde team, this time with Stybar, Latour, Terpstra and George Bennett. Even after watching all the week's racing, 'Zdenek Stybar' is not a name I'd think of as having several mentions in this update. Interesting!

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Kryvo   98
2   TheArt   90
2   Jon_Ezeitza   90
4   Nathanptz   80
5   archieboy   77

New leader this week! Kryvo was tied for 3rd at 80 last week but got 18 points this week to leapfrog former co-leaders TheArt and Jon_Ezeitza. No other movement at the top this week.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   
1   (+8)   Kryvo   3767
2   (+14)   Eyeballs Out   3759
3   (-1)   TheArt   3754
4   (+2)   Popchu   3711
5   (-4)   Nathanptz   3693
6   (+7)   PeterB   3598
7   (-3)   ruvu75   3595
8   (+23)   LaFlorecita   3577
9   (+54)   Koronin   3572
10   (+25)   Shawnm4747   3564

And the Green Jersey competition isn't the only thing Kryvo takes the lead in this week. Look at that carnage! some enormous leaps going on in the top 10, and some pretty serious upheaval. The top is incredibly tight, with 13 points separating the top 3! 4th and 5th are around 50-60 points back of the podium. This is quite the race going on. Who knows what will happen while Valverde goes into two week hibernation until the Ardennes? This year is becoming one of the most changeable I can remember. As far as the top 10 goes, Kryvo was already in 9th place, but Eyeballs Out takes a big leap into the top 10, as does PeterB. And enormous leaps for LaFlo, of course Koronin (54 places! Into 9th!) and Shawnm4747. Condolences to Squire, trackstand, Blues in the bottle, Valv.Piti, and omg LosBrolin who each fall out of the top 10.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwggfnfb6wc6hic/CQ%202018%20update%2011.xlsx?dl=0)

This is my last week doing updates for awhile! EvansIsTheBest takes over for April, while I go watch some of my CQ team live while biking around myself. Then I go out to work for May-July, and I'm still looking for people to do June and July updates! Please contact me if you are available/interested.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on March 28, 2018, 19:36
Did not have to open the link to check my position :win :win :win
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on March 28, 2018, 20:59

Whomever is updating - Enrique Sanz is on 52 points, 44 of them since january... dont ask me how, but so says CQ
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Flo on March 28, 2018, 21:21
Whomever is updating - Enrique Sanz is on 52 points, 44 of them since january... dont ask me how, but so says CQ
On your page he's listed as SANZ Enrique and on CQ as SANZ UNZUE Enrique. You could PM EvansIsTheBest and ask him if he could change this for the next update

Oops.. I don't think it'll be that easy now that I'm looking at it :-x
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on March 28, 2018, 21:49
Oops.. I don't think it'll be that easy now that I'm looking at it :-x

not quite, by the look of it, no :D
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Trudgin on March 28, 2018, 22:14
not quite, by the look of it, no :D

No need to be so gleeful
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on April 03, 2018, 15:42
Evansisthebest is doing the updates but not registered here at the moment so here is a cut and paste from what he has put in the CN forum

Quote
Update: Lightbing dominates De Ronde, dominates the week

Hi, I’ll be taking over for skidmark for the month of April. Sorry for the late update but CQ decide to wait until the end of the first stage of Pais Vasco to publish the update so I couldn’t get to it yesterday.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 LightBing 695
2 jsem94 668
3 scrooll07 656
4 Koronin 632
5 Roubaix 631

With the biggest race of the week being the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, LightBing took advantage of the Boonen-sized hole in the Quick Step lineup to ride former teammate Terpstra to victory. There was support from other riders (Benoot, Vanmarcke, Politt, Haussler) but with only Alaphilippe contributing outside of Flanders, there’s no question where the scoring came from. Jsem94 (Terpstra, Vanmarcke, Valgren) is barely edged out from the top spot and would have been even closer had Anthony Turgis not managed to score -5 points on the week (what’s up with that?). Scrooll07 is third which proves that getting the top 2 right in a monument can cover for a rather lackluster week from everybody else (nobody else on their team scored above 30 points). Koronin continue to bulldoze their way to the top of the rankings (more on that later) with Terpstra, Stybar and as always Valverde. As you would expect during this time of year, Roubaix rounds out the top 5 with Vanmarcke, Stybar and Terpstra leading the way.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 jsem94 (+34)
2 tom_jelte (+34)
3 Roubaix (+31)
4 simple (+31)
5 derrudi (+29)

Jsem94 gets the top spot this time but shares it with tom_jelte who used the two Quickstep guys and a fifth place from Eddie Dunbar in the Volta Limburg Classic to rise 34 places. Roubaix and simple (Terpstra and Vanmarcke) also rise more than 30 spots. Derrudi closes the top 5 with Terpstra (who else?) and Valgren.

Green Jersey Competition

1 Kryvo 98
2 TheArt 90
2 Jon_Ezeitza 90
4 LightBing 87
5 scrooll07 86

The podium remains unchanged but LightBing, scrooll07 and Koronin ride their great results to 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. With another week of cobbles classics, it might be their last opportunity to reach the top in a while.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team
1 (+1) Eyeballs Out 4258
2 (+7) Koronin 4204
3 (-) TheArt 4203
4 (+1) Nathanptz 4121
5 (+5) Shawnm4747 4067
6 (+13) GP Blanco 4026
7 (-) ruvu75 4025
8 (-2) PeterB 4023
9 (+17) LightBing 4022
10 (+4) trackstand 4003

Former leader Kryvo slips all the way to 13th but that’s hardly surprising in the middle of the cobbles season with a team headlined by Valverde, Izagirre, Lopez, Chaves, Latour, Gaudu and Kudus. Better days ahead to be sure. Eyeballs Out barely holds off Koronin with 53 of the 54-point margin coming from the first stage of Pais Vasco. TheArt stays in third while GP Blanco, LightBing and trackstand make their entry in the top 10. Meanwhile, Popchu (no Terpstra) and LaFlorecita (nobdy besides Terpstra) fall out.

This Month's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this month
1 Koronin 2466
2 Eyeballs Out 2408
3 Shawnm4747 2222
4 scrooll07 2087
5 TheArt 2035
6 GP Blanco 2016
7 PeterB 1973
8 Manafana 1947
9 LightBing 1931
10 LaFlorecita 1924

With the first big month of the season done, it’s no surprise to see the monthly ranking is very similar to the overall ranking. Koronin and Eyeballs Out swap the top spot. Shawnm4747, TheArt, GP Blanco, PeterB and LightBing also feature on both top 10. Scrooll07 is third this week, fourth this month and twelfth overall. LaFlorecita is fourteenth overall and Manafana is the lowest of the monthly top 10 at a very respectable eighteenth overall still.

This Month's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 Koronin (+75)
2 Eyeballs Out (+62)
3 Shawnm4747 (+59)
4 JPettersen (+55)
5 armchairclimber (+53)
6 scrooll07 (+49)
7 archieboy (+47)
7 Carlo_Algatrensig (+47)
7 jsem94 (+47)
10 oliveira (+45)

No surprise here, as Koronin jumps all the way from 77th to 2nd and Eyeballs jumps 62 spots into first place and Shawnm4747 id this month’s third highest mover. How about JPettersen though? Their team is the embodiment of consistently good but not great, being currently ranked 28th overall and having climbed 55 spots in march while not scoring a single point in the green jersey competition. Armchairclimber and archieboy relied on Marc Soler to feature high on the list while Carlo Algantrensig used a pair of Yates brothers (picked 6 times combined) to have the most unique feel of the teams in the top 10. Finally, oliveira rounds out the top 10 (having Sagan in march helps, I guess).

Link to the update : https://www.dropbox.com/s/dj5e1n1g4yxsalx/CQ%202018%20update%2012.xlsx?dl=0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Slapshot on April 05, 2018, 13:36
Dead last.... Woohoo

I need Gaviria to rack up the same QS 24 wins on his own when he's healthy!!!
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on April 09, 2018, 23:41
Posted from CN, where Evans is the Best is currently providing updates

Update: Forget Paris, it's all about Roubaix

The cobbles are done, the hilly classics are due next. Let's hope we collectively do a better job of finding the hero of the day for Amstel, Fleche and Liege than we did for Roubaix. Nobody saw that performance from Dillier coming.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1   Roubaix   757
2   Salvarani   716
3   barmaher   694
4   kiilike   693
5   Valv.Piti   681

Roubaix is the best scorer for a week that ended in the Velodrome of Roubaix. You can't make this stuff up. A strong team effort (Mas, Terpstra, Jakobsen, Stybar, Vanmarcke, Phinney, Walscheid) is enough to push their team ahead of the pack. Salvarani lands 2nd place despite the fact that only five riders on their team scored and only one in Roubaix (Sagan, Landa, Mas, Betancur and Padun). Barhamer also did the bulk of their scoring outside of Roubaix (I. Izaguirre, Mas, Bilbao, Amador, Jakobsen). Like Salvarani, kiilike rides the Sagan/Landa/Mas trio to a high score. Valv.Piti emulates barhamer with I. Izaguirre, Mas and Jakobsen but a different smattering of lesser scorers (Phinney, Valverde, Brambilla).

This Week's High Movers


Rank Team Up/down
1   barmaher   (+30)
2   Salvarani   (+29)
3   Roubaix   (+21)
4   simple   (+20)
4   Jancouver   (+20)

Barhamer, Salvarani and Roubaix use their big weeks to soar up the rankings. No surprise there. On the other hand, Sep Vanmarcke finishing as the fourth highest scorer for simple's team behind Niki Terpstra, Guillaume Martin and Emanuel Buchmann is pretty wild. To date, it's been a tough year for Jancouver's most expensive picks so I'm sure seeing Sagan dominate on Sunday was a big relief. Jakobsen helps their team sweep the week's cobbled classics. Phinney also did his part by hopefully getting his career back on track.

Green Jersey Competition


1   Roubaix   102
2   Kryvo   98
3   TheArt   90
3   Jon_Ezeitza   90
5   LightBing   87

Roubaix takes the lead as the icing on the cake for their great week but with the hilly classics and the Giro on the horizon, there could be a bunch of new teams vying for the top spot in that ranking very soon.

Top 10 Overall


Rank Up/down Team
1   (-)   Eyeballs Out   4838
2   (+4)   GP Blanco   4686
3   (+2)   Shawnm4747   4614
4   (-2)   Koronin   4611
5   (-2)   TheArt   4608
6   (+1)   ruvu75   4588
7   (+3)   trackstand   4563
8   (-4)   Nathanptz   4507
9   (-)   LightBing   4476
10   (+2)   scrooll07   4425

12th on the week, Eyeballs Out stretch their lead out. With the bottom of the lineup (Riabushenko, Phinney, Betancur and Lambrecht) showing signs of life and Alaphilippe ready to pounce, that lead could continue to grow in the next week. GP Blanco (7th on the week) surges to second place and if Wallays hadn't cracked in the finale of Paris-Roubaix, they could have made things very interesting at the top. Lower in the order, scrooll07 (Terpstra, Mas, Phinney) sneaks into the top 10 while PeterB (Terpstra, Wallays, Debusschere) makes way.

Link to the update : https://www.dropbox.com/s/ippuwz812e2fhda/CQ%202018%20update%2013.xlsx?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ippuwz812e2fhda/CQ%202018%20update%2013.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Jancouver on April 16, 2018, 21:20
The light(bing) at the end of the tunnel

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   LightBing   449
2   search   378
3   Yellow Knight   345
4   Wallenquist   332
5   Gigs_98   329

With only a few one day races and the GP de Beiras beside the main event of the week (Tro Bro Leon obviously), this week was never going to reach the heights of the previous updates. Unless of course you just happen to own all of Kreuziger, Benoot, Alaphilippe, Silva, Brandao and Craddock like LightBing. A 71 pts difference with the second place search, who scored 378 pts (Valverde, Alaphilippe, Gasparotto and Brandao) for the entire week as a point of reference, is impressive to say the least. Yellow Knight relies on the specialist of Amstel Gold Race (Gasparotto) and an impressive ride by Craddock to complement his top priced riders Sagan and Alaphilippe for third on the week. Wallenquist and Gigs_98 both use the Alaphilippe-Kreuziger duo to get a top 5 finish meaning that none of the teams that selected Valgren made the cut.

This Week's High Movers


Rank   Team   Up/down
1   search   (+23)
2   Yellow Knight   (+16)
3   adamski101   (+14)
4   del1962   (+12)
4   yoyokt   (+12)
4   torcia_86   (+12)


LightBing is too high in the overall to feature here (more on that later) leaving the top spots to search (+23) and Yellow Knight (+16). Adamski101 is the first Valgren team to make an appearance in the update and jumps 14 spots. Del1962 (Sagan, Gasparotto), yoyokt (Valverde, Gasparotto, Craddock) and torcia_86 (Valgren, Alaphilippe) are tied for fourth (+12).

Green Jersey Competition


Rank   Team   Total
1   LightBing   132
2   Kryvo   108
3   Roubaix   102
4   TheArt   90
4   Jon_Ezeitza   90

LightBing takes control here with their second update win in three weeks while Kryvo had another good week to overtake Roubaix. TheArt and Jon_Ezeitza are the only other teams less than a weekly win away from the top spot so there is some real separation for the first time this year.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   
1   (-)   Eyeballs Out   5038
2   (+7)   LightBing   4925
3   (+3)   ruvu75   4883
4   (+1)   TheArt   4855
5   (+2)   trackstand   4832
6   (-4)   GP Blanco   4826
7   (-3)   Koronin   4807
8   (-5)   Shawnm4747   4727
9   (+2)   Giallo   4722
10   (-)   scrooll07   4693

Eyeballs Out holds off LightBing (2nd, +7) for the top spot thanks to the efforts of Gasparotto and Alaphilippe. Ruvu75 climbs on the podium with the efforts of the usual suspects (Alaphilippe, Gasparotto and Craddock) but also rare pick Madouas. Giallo (+2, 9th) enters the top 10 with their extreme top heavy approach bearing fruits in the classics (Valverde, Sagan AND Alaphilippe). Nathanptz (15th, -7) makes way as the lack of top level punchers on their team starts to show.


Link for update : https://www.dropbox.com/s/usml0pn0vywm0js/CQ%202018%20update%2014.xlsx?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/usml0pn0vywm0js/CQ%202018%20update%2014.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: search on April 16, 2018, 22:20
Thanks. About time that I move up a bit :D
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on April 23, 2018, 22:02
Quote from: EvansIsTheBest (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/viewtopic.php?p=2250285#p2250285)
Update: Lightbing does strike twice

With the Ardennes classics done, it's about to be Grand Tour season which brings its own kind of excitement. For the purpose of this game, it also means that a new set of riders will dominate the coming months giving the opportunity to a lot of teams to get back into the hunt for first place (and right now that means chasing down the hottest team in the field: LightBing).

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1   Wallenquist   1117
2   fauniera   1113
3   Maaaaaaaarten   1101
4   bminchow   1041
5   Gigs_98   1038

Five teams clear the 1k mark in a non GT week which is crazy enough but imagine scoring 1113 points and coming in second because Albanese got 5 points for finishing 49th in the GC in Croatia (finishing 51th would have netted him 0 points). Not sure many will sympathize with fauniera's situation though as he got plenty of great performances out of their squad this week (Alaphilippe, Ciccone, Lopez, Formolo, Brambilla, Padun and Valverde). The top spot belongs to Wallenquist who relied on a bunch top-notch results in Liege (Alaphilippe, Kreuziger, Gasparotto, Formolo, Lopez) and stellar performances from Miguel Angel Lopez and Ruben Plaza on top of a smattering of smaller placings including the aforementioned heroic performance by Albanese. Maaaaaaaarten got nice scoring from rare picks George Bennett and Giulio Ciccone, bminchow got value out of Ben O'Connor and Roman Kreuziger and Gigs_98 combined Kreuziger and Ciccone with unique pick Serry to round out the top 5 (and in case you were wondering, yes they all Alaphilippe on their team).

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1   bminchow   (+39)
2   fauniera   (+32)
3   Maaaaaaaarten   (+28)
4   Wallenquist   (+21)
4   Jakob747   (+21)
4   HelgeBlendet   (+21)
4   ansimi   (+21)

The only one from the top 5 scorers that doesn't crack this list too is Gigs_98 and that's because he was too high to begin with. Jakob747 ranking soared at the same time as Michael Woods dropped the favorites in Liège-Bastogne-Liège (with a nice assist by Aru). HelgeBlendet hit on all cylinders to compensate for a lack of Alaphilippe (Kreuziger, Ciccone, Padun, Formolo, Bennett, Brambilla). Ansimi's three most expensive picks (Alaphilippe, Woods, Lopez) had pretty good weeks to power their team up 21 spots.

Green Jersey Competition

1   LightBing   150
2   Kryvo   108
3   Roubaix   102
4   fauniera   95
5   TheArt   94

LightBing score an extra 18 points for their 7th place on the week stretching out their lead while fauniera make an appearance in the top 5 on the back of their strong week.

Top 10 Overall


Rank Up/down Team
1   (+1)   LightBing   5865
2   (+1)   ruvu75   5735
3   (-2)   Eyeballs Out   5703
4   (-)   TheArt   5696
5   (-)   trackstand   5628
6   (-)   GP Blanco   5592
7   (+12)   Gigs_98   5446
8   (+3)   escartin   5421
9   (+7)   MADRAZO   5344
10   (-3)   Koronin   5335

Guess who? It's LightBing in the lead after yet another stellar week. Alaphilippe, Kreuziger, Lopez, Formolo, and Brambilla provide the bulk of the scoring while Gesink, Benoot, and Bonifazio are rare picks that got a decent number of points. Meanwhile, Eyeballs Out slide down to 3rd as Alaphilippe, Lopez, and Gasparotto aren't enough to keep up with LightBing. Gigs_98, 5th on the week is now up to 7th in the overall (+12 spots). Escartin (Alaphilippe, Lopez, Gasparotto, Brambilla, Oomen) and MADRAZO (Alaphilippe, Loez, Woods, Brambilla, and Formolo) also join the top 10. Giallo and scrooll07 do a good job of cushioning their fall out of the top 10 (-3 and -4 spots respectively) but Shawnm4747 slides all the way down to 22nd as no Alaphilippe on the team and no race day from their most expensive pick Sagan prove to be a bad combo (121st on the week).


Link to the update : https://www.dropbox.com/s/yanywepwbgy38ak/CQ%202018%20update%2015.xlsx?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/yanywepwbgy38ak/CQ%202018%20update%2015.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarten on May 14, 2018, 19:55
Update: hyserical score for Eric10

With the Giro going along and some smaller stage races the scores have been significantly higher than they were past week (which isn't very difficult). Having led the Green Jersey competitiona and the overall for a while now, LightBing still has everything firmly under control.

This Week's Top Scorers
1 Eric10 457
2 zlev11 451
3 AlyKapan 439
4 AupaPyama 416
5 Londonpat 400

Eric10 has the golden Mitchelton duo dominating the Giro, with Chaves and Yates. However, unlike in the Giro, Chaves and Yates can be in several teams in our game and while Eric10 takes the lead, zlev11 and AlyKapan who are sporting the same duo aren't far behind. AupaPyama does not have Yates, but he has Timothy Dupont, who scored 97 points in Dunkerque. Londonpat, also missing Yates, has Gougeard to place him in this week's top 5.

This Week's High Movers
1 AupaPyama (+12)
1 zlev11 (+12)
3 the asian (+10)
3 Geraint Too Fast (+10)
5 Eric10 (+8)

Not a huge amount of movement this week. AupaPyama and zlev11 share the top spot, and Eric10, being the highest scorer of the week, unsurprisingly also makes the top 5. the asian keeps up his good run and Geraint Too Fast having Javier Moreno, Taaramäe and unique pick Evrard with 29 points completes the top 5.

Green Jersey
1 LightBing 150
2 Eric10 117
2 Squire 117
4 Kryvo 112
5 Wallenquist 111

LightBing still green as a frog. Behind him things are very close with Eric10 and Squire sharing the 2nd place and five points behind them Kryvo and Wallenquist are only one point apart. While LightBing has been giving the green Light for a while, nobody seems to be putting their foot on the gas quite yet.

Top 10 Overall
1 LightBing 6375
2 Eyeballs Out 6244
3 ruvu75 6217
4 trackstand 6163
5 TheArt 6076
6 Wallenquist 6059
7 scrooll07 6037
8 GP Blanco 5985
9 Squire 5966
10 Kryvo 5933

Here LightBing has been shining his light over the competition as well. Squire has entered the top 10, while Gigs has just barely dropped out of it. Meanwhile ruvu75 has swapped places with trackstand for the podium. As far as the current top 10 and the looming Giro GC points are concerned; Chaves, Lopez and Formolo are extremely common, with only scrooll07 missing Superman and only Eyeballs Out missing Formolo. However scrooll07 has Carapaz, which might to some extent make up for missing Superman. Squire might be looking best not missing any of the common picks likely to score significant GC points, while also having rare pick Woods. Finally, the fabled Phoenix rising from the fat might end up helping Eyeballs Out, Wallenquist, GP Blanco and Squire who have all picked Betancur. If I were LightBing and co I'd get on a plane to Italy ASAP and offer Carlos some of the Bandeja Paisa he's been missing in Europe.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rojx3wkuhk2gn0u/CQ%202018%20update%2018.xls?dl=0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarten on May 22, 2018, 18:41
Sorry guys, just for no apparent reason completely forgot I had to the update yesterday   :o

Update: Eric10 at it again and noBing lasts forever (not even LightBing)
This week saw a fair number of points, with the Giro going on, with California coming in and also some smaller races like Tour de l'Ain. This weeks are also, as can be expected, significantly higher than last two weeks. This week is rather eventful with Eric10 winning another update and the reign of Lightbing finally being overthrown.


This week's top scorers:
1.Eric10 755
2.Guybrush 609
3.AlyKaptan 604
4.Guilherme Ribero 571
5.ChrisDK 520

Eric10 winning back to back updates. With Gaviria, Van Poppel, De Plus, Mcnulty - and oh did I mention Simon Yates? - all being not super common and earning significant points, he is the clear victor of the week. Guybrush's South American oriented approach also reaps a high score, with Gaviria, Bernal and Martinez being his most important point scorers. AlyKaptan relies mostly on Yates power, having both brothers in his team. Guilherme Ribero also sports Bernal and has rare picks Ravasi and Nuno Miguel Alves Matos Bicos as rare picks scoring some significant points. ChrisDK earns his 5th place mostly with Bernal, Ewan and De Plus.

This Week's High Movers
1 Eric10 (+35)
2 zlev11 (+15)
3 archieboy (+13)
4 AlyKaptan (+12)
4 Guybrush (+12)
6 torcia_86 (+10)

Eric10 unsurprisingly winning this competition as well. Besides the players already mentioned in the above section about this weeks highest scorers, we find zlev11, archieboy and torcia_86. Zlev11 is relying again on Yates. Archieboy has no huge scorers, but with Martinez, Mohoric, McNulty and Durasek earning rare points he still moves up 13 places. Torcia_86 has Martinez as well and also Van Poppel.

Green Jersey Competition
1 Eric10 162
2 LightBing 150
3 ChrisDK 120
4 Squire 117
5 Kryvo 112

For the first time since I started doing updates we see a change at the top! Eric10's charge, winning back-to-back updates sees him overtake LightBing. Meanwhile ChrisDK entered the top 5 forcing Wallenquist down to 6th.

Top 10 Overall
1 Eyeballs Out 6573
2 LightBing 6511
3 ruvu75 6483
4 trackstand 6429
5 Wallenquist 6407
6 TheArt 6324
7 Squire 6304
8 Kryvo 6284
9 GP Blanco 6259
10 MADRAZO 6192

Not only has LightBing been chucked out of the hot seat in the green jersey competition, he's also overtaken by Eyeballs_Out in the overall. What a terrible week for LightBing! Has any man faced such travail since the dawn of the cq game?! Besides this shock, there are some minor movements. MADRAZO enters the top 10, while scrooll07 leaves it.

But what does it all mean, with the Giro and its abundantly pointed GC casting its ominous glare forward in our direction? Tune in next week to find out!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lteg6k7xd74rwii/CQ%202018%20update%2019.xls?dl=0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarten on May 28, 2018, 18:36
update: ruvu75 more like ruvu1

Huge points coming in with the Giro GC points with many people scoring 1000+ points this update, so let's dive right in:

this week's top scorers
1 HelgeBlendet 1778
2 zlev11 1421
3 shalgo 1375
4 torcia_86 1372
5 kabete 1208

HelgeBlendet wins the week with a whopping 1778 points! Lopez, Oomen, Bennett, Carapaz, Gesink, Ciccone, Coquard, Lambrecht, Formolo and Brambilla all score more than 80 points and many of them quite a bit more than that. In second place we have zlev11 who's busy with a very good week; he earns his points Yates, Lopez, Oomen, Formolo with 100+ points and various riders not much below 100. Shalgo and Torcia both have some of the more common high earning picks and also Carapaz. Kabete doesn't have Carapaz, but he has some rare points with Schachmann and Dion Smith, while also having a ton of smaller earners which add up to some significant points. (Honorable mention to the 6th placed player of the week, with Oomen, Bennett and Ciccone as some of his rarer picks who did well this week.)

This Week's High Movers
1 HelgeBlendet (+46)
2 zlev11 (+34)
3 shalgo (+31)
4 laarsland (+21)
5 derrudi (+20)

With the monstrous score HelgeBlendet is also the highest mover by some distance. Zlev and Shalgo up there as well as is to be expected. Laarsland is fourth, but overall, having picked Aru, I imagine he can't be too happy with this Giro. He has a rare pick in Schachmann who has done very well though. Derrudi has some fairly rare points as well with Oomen, Andersen and Gesink.

Green Jersey
1 Eric10 162
2 LightBing 150
3 Squire 127
4 ChrisDK 120
5 Kryvo 112

Not too much change here. Squire is the only on in the top 5 who earns some points which is enough for him to pass ChrisDK.

Overall Ranking
1 ruvu75 7566
2 Eyeballs Out 7506
3 Squire 7445
4 TheArt 7413
5 LightBing 7388
6 Wallenquist 7387
7 GP Blanco 7348
8 trackstand 7315
9 MADRAZO 7176
10 scrooll07 7151

Now that LightBing's reign has come to an end, it looks like we are now in a less stable period, with the lead changing again. Ruvu75 edges out Eyeballs Out by 80 points to take the lead. Behind them Squire, who's had another good week, joins them on the podium. LightBing keeps dropping and tracksand lost four places. Further below scrooll07 gets back into the top 10, while Kryvo drops out.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zsg4kz0h3b26t86/CQ%202018%20update%2020.xls?dl=0
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on June 09, 2018, 21:47
I thought I'd missed an update for this game so just went across to see if it had been done on CN to see that Squire had done it today and has asked for it to be reposted here. Well done to our collective team we made it into the top 5 for the week so surely worth a big cheer for us all here.

Quote
Update #21: Hipster week

Sorry for the delay, there was some confusion about who was gonna do this update.

A pretty quiet CQ game week, but we probably needed that for our post-Giro hangover. There were actually a great number of points on offer: One 2.HC stage race, three 2.1 stage races, three 1.1 races, one 2.NC and a bunch of 2.2s and 1.2s. The problem was that almost nobody had the big scorers in Luxembourg, Korea etc.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 archieboy 368
2 armchairclimber 305
3 Jon_Ezeitza 273
4 VeloRooms 264
5 zlev11 257

Hence, it was the week of the hipster teams. zlev's popularity ranking of 104th out of 133 teams makes theirs the most 'popular' team in the top 5. archieboy takes the week, and underscoring the hipster nature of this week, the majority of his 368 points were scored by riders picked less than 10 times. Oomen's 7 points and Pidcock's 28 points being the exception. Boucles de la Mayenne winner Mathieu Van der Poel (152 points) did most of the scoring, with Anthony Perez (75 points from Luxembourg) and Max Kanter (61 points from Mayenne) chipping in with decent amounts.

For armchairclimber in 2nd place, it's quite fitting that Romain Seigle, 2nd behind Van der Poel in Mayenne, is the top scorer with 85 points. The egalitarian team of Jon_Ezeitza in 3rd also rides the fortunes of Van der Poel, supplemented by Sbaragli's 48 points from GP Lugano and other minor scorers.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 archieboy (+13)
2 armchairclimber (+11)
3 zlev11 (+7)
4 Poles & Co. (+6)
5 Yellow Knight (+5)

A double-double for the teams of lower-case a's this week. archieboy's leap moves him into the top 50. The 3rd highest mover, zlev11, brings some exotic Korean points with the almost-unique pick of Mihkel Räim.

This Month's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this Month
1 HelgeBlendet 2637
2 zlev11 2624
3 Eric10 2516
4 torcia_86 2301
5 Squire 2192

The month of May is behind us, and it's no surprise that Giro dominator HelgeBlendet is the monthly top dog. Another Giro high-roller, zlev11, who also had another good week now, takes a close 2nd place. Coincidentally (or maybe not), zlev11 was top-scorer for the month of May last year. They seem good at hitting peak shape for the end of the Giro. Is it Kruijswijk in disguise?

This Month's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 zlev11 (+68)
2 HelgeBlendet (+55)
3 Eric10 (+53)
4 archieboy (+41)
5 torcia_86 (+33)

Many of the same names here. 68 places is quite a massive leap for zlev11. torcia_86 is the one who has made the most noise towards the top of the standings, with a very good month bringing them up to 14th overall.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Eric10 162
2 LightBing 150
3 archieboy 134
4 Squire 127
5 Jon_Ezeitza 120

archieboy continues to reap rewards from his good week, and moves to 3rd in the green jersey competition. Jon_Ezeitza is in the points for the first time since January ( :eek: ), and that is good enough to jump back into the top 5.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (-) ruvu75 7705
2 (-) Eyeballs Out 7660
3 (-) Squire 7586
4 (-) TheArt 7524
5 (+2) GP Blanco 7514
6 (-) Wallenquist 7509
7 (+1) trackstand 7441
8 (-3) LightBing 7437
9 (-) MADRAZO 7330
10 (-) scrooll07 7261

Very little change here, which is to be expected with few and rare points being scored this week. LightBing has a bit of a disastrous week, and GP Blanco is the one to profit the most. In other news, four more teams are now in profit, joining ruvu75 and Eyeballs Out.

Spreadsheet at dropbox
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on June 10, 2018, 11:21
We get a mention due to 152 points for Van der Poel (chosen by Flo) and 80 for Liepins (one of Archie's picks), but they are still in the 40s and 50s in terms of percentage returns.  Our only really successful picks so far (200% +) are Jakobsen, Reguigui and Plaza ( courtesy of Flo, Lukas and DJW respectively).  The good week does not manage to lift the collective above 123rd out of 129.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on June 11, 2018, 22:33
Modesty should really prevent it from being me who again copies the update from CN but here it is

 :party :party :party :party :party :party :party :party :party :party

Quote
Update #22: Dauphiné one-two for Carlo

The WT is back rolling, and with the Dauphiné comes the major CQ points again. Race winner Geraint Thomas (picked 24 times) was on all the top 13 teams this week, which was a pretty high-scoring one. However, there is one clear winner.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 Carlo_Algatrensig 806
2 Squire 709
3 greenedge 683
4 bort 672
5 Gotland 669

Carlo_Algatrensig didn't just have Thomas, he made sure to profit maximally from the Dauphiné by also having 2nd placed Adam Yates. Add in some De Bie and Barguil points, and you have a weekly win. Team Squire takes 2nd with the required Thomas plus Latour, Alaphilippe and De Bie. The same riders are found on greenedge's team which rounds out the podium, but Team Squire edges it by also having Jones and some more minor scorers chipping in.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 l'velo (+25)
2 greenedge (+23)
3 Bicycle_Boy (+21)
4 bort (+20)
5 Carlo_Algatrensig (+19)

A bike-themed podium is split by weekly podium finisher greenedge. Again, Geraint Thomas is the common denominator. bort gets the most bang for his buck out of this lot by moving into the top 30.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Squire 162
1 Eric10 162
3 LightBing 150
4 archieboy 144
5 Jon_Ezeitza 120

The success continues for Team Squire, whose 2nd on the week is enough to move into a split green jersey with Eric10. archieboy gets 10 more points this week, and weekly winner Carlo_Algatrensig moves up to 7th in this competition, just outside this leaderboard.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (+2) Squire 8295
2 (-1) ruvu75 8287
3 (+1) TheArt 8101
4 (-2) Eyeballs Out 7978
5 (+1) Wallenquist 7815
6 (+7) Gigs_98 7751
7 (-2) GP Blanco 7705
8 (-1) trackstand 7696
9 (-1) LightBing 7659
10 (-1) MADRAZO 7501

Now, this is slightly embarassing. First time ever that I'm leading the CQ game, and I'm the one doing the update. ruvu75 drops down to 2nd despite being 8th on the week, and impressive newcomer TheArt moves onto the podium at the expense of Eyeballs Out. Gigs_98 leapfrogs a whole bunch of teams to enter the top 10 in 6th while scrooll07 is bumped out. The entire top 10 is now in profit.

Spreadsheet at dropbox
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on June 21, 2018, 21:16
From Squire over at the CN forum again

Quote
Update #23: Previous leader rejuvunated
(Very subtle pun this week)

Teams with Richie Porte usually have good Junes, and this year is no exception. Tour de Suisse was the arena for the big points this week, with a few x.1 races in France, Slovenia and Belgium added in.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank Team Points this week
1 Amis_Velo 831
2 zaka_fan 806
3 bminchow 738
4 Leadbelly 700
5 search 667

With Porte, Quintana and Mas going 1st, 3rd & 4th in the Tour de Suisse, Amis_Velo takes the win this week. Weekly runner-up zaka_fan actually had a Suisse 1-2 with Porte and Fuglsang, but with no Mas it was no más for zaka_fan. bminchow in 3rd has a slightly more 'conventional' team, with Oomen and Mas adding to the Porte points.

This Week's High Movers

Rank Team Up/down
1 search (+17)
2 bminchow (+16)
3 Nicosix (+14)
3 zaka_fan (+14)
5 Valv.Piti (+12)
5 skidmark (+12)
5 JSpear (+12)
5 Leadbelly (+12)

The ladder is crowded this week. search makes the biggest jump with race winners Porte and Valverde carrying them up 17 placings. bminchow makes it a double weekly podium, while Nicosix and zaka_fan shares 3rd place with a jump of 14 places.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank Team Total
1 Squire 162
1 Eric10 162
3 LightBing 150
4 archieboy 144
5 search 120
5 ChrisDK 120
5 Jon_Ezeitza 120

The good week for search helps them join the party in 5th place in the green jersey competition. Otherwise, no changes in the upper echelons. The lead is still shared between Squire and Eric10. 11 teams are still to score a point in this competition. One of them, Martin, was damned close this week, just 5 points off the weekly 15th place.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Up/down Team Points
1 (+1) ruvu75 8833
2 (-1) Squire 8705
3 (-) TheArt 8445
4 (-) Eyeballs Out 8415
5 (-) Wallenquist 8183
6 (-) Gigs_98 8086
7 (-) GP Blanco 8037
8 (-) trackstand 7936
9 (+1) MADRAZO 7933
10 (+4) scrooll07 7932

I'm spared further blushes as previous leader ruvu75 reclaims their lead after just one week. A very good weekly haul; 12th place with big points from Mas, Oomen and Kragh Andersen is more than enough for ruvu to overtake Team Squire by quite a considerable margin. Elsewhere, scrooll07 enters the top 10 at the expense of former leader LightBing who drops 5 places after a disappointing 124th on the week.

Spreadsheet at dropbox
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on July 13, 2018, 07:05
Update #26: triley36 wins quiet week

*note: I see the last few updates haven't made their way here. I'll be doing the rest of the season and I'll make sure to post them here every week.*

Hey all, I'm back at the helm of the updates, and will look to have them back to being more timely (Monday or Tuesday) moving forward. This week's update is typically quiet, as the biggest race of the year is underway (meaning not many overlapping races with big points), but only with two stages counting for points in this update. Let's see how it went...

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   triley36   270
2   Leadbelly   258
3   Guybrush   256
4   oliveira   206
5   comodoro   185

Newcomer triley36 takes the week! Two riders in particular helped them achieve the 270 points that won this week, namely Sagan with 150 and Gaviria with 100 (the other 20 points were from Patrick Bevin). Sagan and Gaviria are only on 14 and 16 teams respectively, so that particular combo gives quite the haul, and it will likely do so again this week. Second place Leadbelly comes at it from a totally different place, with 142 points from Ivan Sosa (whose 9 owners must be throwing parties over his 421 points so far this season at a cost of 72), and smatterings from a bunch of riders including Valverde, Porte, Ben Hermans and Amaro Atunes. Guybrush completes the podium on the back of points from Gaviria and Sosa.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Jancouver   (+10)
2   Leadbelly   (+8)
3   Hakkie2   (+6)
3   Geraint Too Fast   (+6)
3   Jakob747   (+6)
3   Hugo Koblet   (+6)
3   oliveira   (+6)
3   Valv.Piti   (+6)
3   the asian   (+6)

With the relatively low points on offer this week, there weren't too many high jumps, but Jancouver managed to be the only player to jump double digits. thanks almost entirely to Sagan. Leadbelly is sadly a bridesmaid in this ranking as well, while 7 teams create a logjam tie for the last podium spot this week.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   178
2   Eric10   162
3   LightBing   150
4   Kryvo   147
5   greenedge   145

Not much change in the top 5, although notably greenedge continues an incredible hot streak to nab 13 points and move into 5th overall after winning the last two weeks (and finishing third two weeks before the first victory). Weekly winner triley36 scored their first points of this competition with the 45 for winning, so congrats for getting on the board so decisively! This means 121 of the 129 teams have scored at least a point in this competition.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   
1   (-)   Squire   9410
2   (-)   ruvu75   9354
3   (-)   TheArt   9073
4   (-)   Eyeballs Out   9011
5   (-)   Wallenquist   8712
6   (-)   trackstand   8615
7   (-)   Total Package   8595
8   (-)   GP Blanco   8582
9   (-)   Gigs_98   8565
10   (-)   MADRAZO   8467

With the vast majority of teams not really scoring huge points, that translates to no movement whatsoever in the top 10. I'm sure the glut of Tour points will change that soon enough, but for now, it's status quo.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/zf5ojwcg0w0hi9j/CQ%202018%20update%2026.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on July 13, 2018, 17:29
That must be about the third mention in four or five weeks! Living the dream!

I think we can also safely say that unless Rivera goes out and wins China I, II (and III) that Sosa was the shrewder pick from Androni.
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on July 18, 2018, 05:24
Update #27: Giallo has a big week as TdF churns along

The Tour is the biggest event of the year, causing many other events to be scheduled around it rather than opposing it, yet it only gives out about 10% more points than the other Grand Tours. This tends to mean the vast majority of players in this game are left waiting for the GC points to come in, crossing their fingers for three long weeks that their well-placed guy won't have it all go up in smoke in a second with a crash. But there are always a few teams that have high stage scorers, and can cobble together some points from the smaller races taking place.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Giallo   442
2   triley36   367
3   Bicycle_Boy   314
4   oliveira   284
5   Yellow Knight   280

A top 10 finisher last week, Giallo really pours on the points this week, winning by 75 points with 442 total. A huge chunk of that came from Sagan, who had 233 himself, but contributions from Valverde and Alaphilippe helped, as did points from smaller races: Javier Moreno got 45 from Austria, unique pick Jose Fernandes got 30 from a 2.2 race in Portugal, and Youcef Reguigui got 30 from an interestingly placed national championships. Last week's winner triley36 had won on the back of the Sagan-Gaviria combo, and this was certainly again the case (Cav with 4 points was their only other scorer), and Bicycle_Boy slides into third with points from Sagan, Alaphilippe and Giovanni Carboni.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Giallo   (+18)
2   Brullnux   (+11)
2   Shawnm4747   (+11)
4   Bicycle_Boy   (+10)
5   AupaPyama   (+8)

Giallo doubles up, with a bit more upwards movement than last week's somewhat lower-scoring field. Brullnux and Shawnm4747 tie for second thanks to, no mystery, Peter Sagan.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   178
2   Eric10   162
3   LightBing   150
4   Kryvo   147
5   greenedge   145

Status quo at the top as there's no change in the top 5; lower down, ChrisDK moves up to 7th after scoring 9 points on the week, and weekly points leader Giallo slides into 9th overall after a second good week in a row. If Sagan can keep it up (not as likely in this mountainous week), there's a chance the 14 teams with him can continue to score here.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team       Profit
1   (-)   Squire   9511   2011
2   (-)   ruvu75   9403   1917
3   (-)   TheArt   9152   1674
4   (-)   Eyeballs Out   9108   1611
5   (-)   Wallenquist   8936   1547
6   (+1)   Total Package   8783   1284
7   (-1)   trackstand   8666   1180
8   (-)   GP Blanco   8626   1140
9   (-)   Gigs_98   8611   1112
10   (+1)   Kryvo   8559   1066

A bit of movement this week, with Total Package and trackstand switching places, as well as Kryvo sliding in while displacing MADRAZO. Wallenquist and Total Package had the best points weeks of the top 10, scoring 224 and 188 while no one else scored more than 117. So even if there isn't much movement, some gaps are closing, although Squire's lead goes out by 52 points over 2nd place.

Next week, it's Tour Tour Tour, plus one stage of Qinghai Lake on Sunday. Although as I said above, it's the mountains in the Tour for the most part, so the team makeup to be successful might be a bit different than the last two weeks.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/9aewm2djn0hsbul/CQ%202018%20update%2027.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on July 26, 2018, 18:38
Update #28: Boy! What a week for the top contenders in the game

After a few relatively slow weeks for the field at large (apart from those with Sagan and Gaviria), there was a bit of an uptick at the Tour in terms of the top of the leaderboard in the CQ game - many of the top teams have already tasted some success from picking riders such as Alaphilippe and Thomas, and this was their week to go at the Tour, with stage placing and yellow jersey points. As always, one needs that and a bit more to take the honors for the week, and this week's winner certainly had the stars align.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Bicycle_Boy   605
2   AupaPyama   477
3   Squire   464
4   LosBrolin   394
4   Pantani1   394

A resounding win this week from Bicycle Boy, who had 4 riders score over 100 points for the week (and then single digit points from a couple of others), most notably the aforementioned Thomas (261 points) and Alaphilippe (130). Throw in Sagan and Ion Izagirre and that'll get you 600 points in a non-GC week! Nice work. AupaPyama  slides into second with a none-too-shabby 477 points -without Geraint Thomas! - on the strength of Alaphilippe, Izagirre, and stage winners Fraile and Cort (with lesser points from Taaramae and Brenton Jones). And don't look now, folks with hopes of winning this year, but Squire, who was already leading the overall and Green Jersey coming into this week, rounds out the weekly top 3. Spoiler alert - he's still leading both of those competitions after this week.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Bicycle_Boy   (+17)
2   AupaPyama   (+13)
3   DJ Sprtsch   (+12)
3   PremierAndrew   (+12)
5   Pantani1   (+11)

This is one that Squire isn't going to win, as there is nowhere to move up from top spot, and unsurprisingly Bicycle_Boy takes this as well as the Top Scorers title (their team is, however, in the upper echelons of the overall so a 17 place jump is pretty impressive in that context). AupaPyama repeats in second, and DJ Sprtsch & PremierAndrew tie for 3rd, each jumping a dozen places.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total   
1   Squire   208   
2   Eric10   162   
3   greenedge   157
4   LightBing   150   
5   Kryvo   147   

The rich got a bit richer in this competition, with Squire moving 30 points more clear in the lead, and greenedge picking up 12 points to move up to the podium. A little further down off the displayed chart, weekly winner Bicycle Boy moved into the top 10 after a 3rd scoring week in a row.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Squire   9975
2   (-)   ruvu75   9796
3   (-)   TheArt   9543
4   (-)   Eyeballs Out   9275
5   (-)   Wallenquist   9103
6   (+3)   Gigs_98   9003
7   (-)   trackstand   8896
8   (-2)   Total Package   8820
9   (-1)   GP Blanco   8758
10   (+1)   MADRAZO   8747

As mentioned earlier, Squire extends the lead, given that their team was the top point-scorer of the overall contenders. But, second and third placed ruvu75 and TheArt also were in the top 10 of the week, and so they consolidate their positions relative to the other overall leaders. Not a ton of movement in the top 10, although MADRAZO return, swapping places at the expense of Kryvo, who falls to #11.

Spreadsheet at dropbox  (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mxur5c6amhi7xo2/CQ%202018%20update%2028.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on July 31, 2018, 17:40
Update #29: Pantani Does the Double - Tour GC shakes up standings, but things remain consolidated at the top

July has been a bit of a slow burn for the CQ game, as stage wins and yellow jersey points were about all that were on offer. But the last week of July always brings massive points, and with some fairly frequently picked riders taking top points (Geraint Thomas, on 24 teams, had 848 points this week alone), it was bound to have a big impact on this game. Let's see how the standings are shaken up.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Pantani1   1806
2   PeterB   1746
3   Object   1680
4   Bicycle_Boy   1625
5   greenedge   1594

While Froome and Dumoulin had some of the most impressive Giro-Tour attempts in the last 20 years, the namesake of the last rider to achieve the double wins this GC week of the Tour. Of course, the anchor of any winning lineup this week was going to be Thomas, but Pantani1 also had help from Quintana and Alaphilippe (both over 200 points), and the underachieving-but-still-138-points-this-week showing from Warren Barguil. Throw in some other race points from Nizzolo and Kennaugh and you've got a winning formula. PeterB runs an impressive second with Thomas and a few rare picks - Kruijswijk (6 teams, 303 points) and Fuglsang (3 teams, 130 points). Object, with 1680 points, takes third.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Pantani1   (+44)
2   zaka_fan   (+38)
3   Carlo_Algatrensig   (+35)
4   l'velo   (+32)
5   Josedin   (+30)

This should give an indication of how much things are shaken up by such huge points in a week - Pantani1 does the double here, and moves up 44 places in a single week, 2/3 of the way through the cycling season. Wow! The rest of the top 5 all moved up more than 30 spots as well, with zaka_fan emulating their namesake's last week of the Tour by jumping up the standings, and Carlo_Algatrensig rounding out the podium for the week.

This Month's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this Month
1   Bicycle_Boy   2714
2   Pantani1   2266
3   greenedge   2263
4   bort   2138
5   Squire   2114

Whew. This one's not even close. Bicycle_Boy has a huge month, beating everyone else by about 450 points. When your lineup is headlined by Thomas (1123 points) and Sagan (594) and Alaphilippe (396), that is a good start - those 3 alone would be in the top 5 of this month's teams. Add in some Ion Izagirre (165) and it's a first place team with those four, even without the smattering of points from other riders. This week's winner Pantani1 grabs second, while greenedge has a very impressive showing, just being edged out and ending up in third.

This Month's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Pantani1   (+52)
2   Bicycle_Boy   (+42)
3   zaka_fan   (+41)
4   Carlo_Algatrensig   (+34)
5   PremierAndrew   (+30)
5   Josedin   (+30)

A very similar look to this table, with the top 2 spots flipped - in fact, Bicycle_Boy being on top of the other chart is the only thing stopping Pantani1 from sweeping the month as well as the week. Betraying how big this GC week was, it's interesting that 5th place for the month (+30) is the same as 5th place for the week.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   220
2   greenedge   179
3   Eric10   162
4   Bicycle_Boy   160
5   LightBing   150

Some movement here; Bicycle_Boy finishes off a torrid July with 113 points over the last four weeks to move into the top 5 overall. greenedge scores 22 points this week to leap into 2nd in the competition, but doesn't do quite as much to close down Squire, who scores 12 more points this week.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Squire   11501
2   (-)   ruvu75   11321
3   (-)   TheArt   11065
4   (+2)   Gigs_98   10497
5   (+7)   PeterB   10395
6   (+10)   Bicycle_Boy   10139
7   (-3)   Eyeballs Out   10055
8   (-1)   trackstand   9936
9   (+12)   bort   9929
10   (+12)   greenedge   9916

Some real movement here, except at the very top. Which, let's talk about that - not only do the 3 podium holders stay put in their respective places, they remarkably finished 11th, 12th, and 13th on the week, with Squire gaining a mere 1 point on ruvu75 (1526-1525) and 4 on TheArt (1522). They are each separated by a few hundred points, and 4th-5th are over 600 down from there, so it's pretty stratified. But with the Tour over and the back end of the season starting, the question becomes, what has everyone got left? The stage is set for either some exciting flip-flopping or some stable status quo maintenance. We shall see. Some big shakeups in the top 10, as PeterB, Bicycle_Boy, bort and greenedge all power into the top 10, while Wallenquist, Total Package, MADRAZO and GP Blanco tumble out.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6lfnyo88u7iykfy/CQ%202018%20update%2029.xlsx?dl=0)

Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on August 08, 2018, 21:38
Update #30: The Post-Tour Blues

This week, the big ticket in terms of points was the Clasica San Sebastian, which was won by a popular pick that many of the top teams have in Alaphilippe. As well, the points on offer paled in comparison to the TdF GC points from last week, so it was a bit quieter in terms of shaking up places, but still some movement in the table.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Blues in the bottle   564
2   trackstand   498
3   Hakkie2   488
4   rote_laterne   470
5   ansimi   467

The week went decisively to last year's top 10 overall finisher Blues in the bottle. Although their team hasn't quite reached those heights this year, this week will surely help out. Of course any weekly high finisher was likely to have Alaphilippe's 220 points as a centrepiece, but Blues gets some good supporting points from smartly picked supplementary riders - Alvaro Hodeg (104 points this week, 20 teams), James Knox (85 points this week, 5 teams) and Jhonathan Narvaez (82 points, 12 teams) add enough support to take the week (sidenote: notice a theme with these 4 riders? Man, QuickStep is pretty much the best at developing riders). Top 10 overall mainstay trackstand gets bolstered with a second place this week, with points from Alaphilippe, the excellent pick Pascal Ackermann (90 more points, 6 teams) and Ion Izagirre (66 points, 12 teams). Hakkie2 slides into 3rd thanks to Ala, Ackermann and Narvaez.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Blues in the bottle   (+14)
2   Hakkie2   (+11)
3   rote_laterne   (+9)
4   ansimi   (+8)
4   AupaPyama   (+8)

This list is very similar to the other, although trackstand was already high enough in the standings that they couldn't really move up that much farther. rote_laterne snags a podium spot here, with Ala, Narvaez, and unique pick Alex Aranburu continuing a fine second part of the season.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   220
2   greenedge   179
3   Eric10   162
4   Bicycle_Boy   160
5   LightBing   150

A quiet week here - no one in the top 5 with any points; Guybrush scores 16 points to move into the top 10 overall but other than that it's pretty quiet on the Green Jersey front. Now that popular picks with high returns (eg. Thomas, Alaphilippe) are gonna chill out for awhile, it will be interesting to see if some teams lower in the overall standings might start to creep up the Green Jersey comp.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Squire   11830
2   (-)   ruvu75   11626
3   (-)   TheArt   11354
4   (-)   Gigs_98   10888
5   (-)   PeterB   10599
6   (-)   Bicycle_Boy   10485
7   (+1)   trackstand   10434
8   (-1)   Eyeballs Out   10349
9   (+1)   greenedge   10278
10   (-1)   bort   10242

Such is the stratification in the top 10 that trackstand gaining a couple of hundred points on most of the rest of the top 10 only nets them one spot. At the top, although no places change, Squire's lead inches out a bit more, as their team outscores ruvu75 by 24 points and TheArt by 40. Fourth place Gigs gains 62 points on Squire but at 1000 points back, it'll require a bit more than that to take the title.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/veyv7hkgqim6z9k/CQ%202018%20update%2030.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2018, 05:38
Could be a good week. :-x

1-2 in Burgos
2-3 in Utah

Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on August 16, 2018, 17:36
Update #31: comodoro commands the week

A classic summer week this week, with Pologne, Utah, Burgos, the Euros, and a smattering of small races with fields of unpredictable competitiveness with riders on both the up and downswing of form. One team put it all together to command a four-digit point total this week.

This Week’s Top Scorers


Rank   Team   Points this week
1   comodoro  1045
2   archieboy  818
3   zlev11  811
4   Hakkie2  754
5   HelgeBlendet  743

What a week for comodoro! Between Burgos and Utah, their team garners both winners and both runners up, along with 5 stage wins from those riders. comodoro was one of 2 teams to pick Sepp Kuss this year, and although he only had 15 points this season coming into Utah, his weekly total of 267 is 6 points more than he got all of last year! comodoro was also one of 9 teams that picked Sosa (200 more points), the gift that keeps on giving in Burgos. Lopez was a popular pick with 176 points this week, but only 3 teams picked Hermans, who got 138. Throw in some points from Meintjes, Formolo, and a 1.1 win from Jan-Willem Van Schip, and you’ve got a formula for an 1000 point week! Also a great week for the other owner of Kuss, archieboy, who gets 818 points with the help of Lopez, unique pick de la Cruz, Oomen, Mathieu VdP and a few others. zlev11 slides into third with top help from Simon Yates, Lopez, Priedler, amongst others.

This Week’s High Movers


Rank   Team   Up/down
1   comodoro  (+16)
1   zlev11  (+16)
3   HelgeBlendet  (+13)
4   AlyKaptan  (+11)
5   Akuryo  (+9)
5   archieboy  (+9)

Two of the top three from the last ranking share the top spot this week, each moving up 16 places. HelgeBlendet gets a mention on the backs of not only Lopez, but rare picks George Bennett (144 points, 9 teams) and Tao Geogheghan Hart (79 points, 3 teams).

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   220
2   archieboy   179
2   greenedge   179
4   Eric10   162
5   Bicycle_Boy   160

archieboy moves up the standings, getting 35 points on the week to vault into a tie for 2nd, although still 41 points shy of Squire. No other points scored in the top 10 overall.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   Squire   12316
2   (-)   ruvu75      12144
3   (-)   TheArt      11893
4   (-)   Gigs_98    11300
5   (-)   PeterB      10958
6   (+1)   trackstand 10940
7   (-1)   Bicycle_Boy 10847
8   (+1)   greenedge  10754
9   (+3)   LosBrolin 10718
10   (-2)   Eyeballs Out 10649

No movement in the top 5, but the weekly totals tell of a slight tightening – leader Squire scores 486 on the week, second place ruvu75 scores 518, and third place TheArt scores 539. The gap between 2nd and 3rd is big enough that TheArt will need to make more of a difference, but Squire’s current lead (172 points) is healthy but not out of reach. Still one GT, the worlds, and plenty of small races to go. This week, LosBrolin conveys a weekly top 15 finish into a leap into the top 10, while bort falls out.

Spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/3j5ivrnkpqtiynf/CQ%202018%20update%2031.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: Leadbelly on August 16, 2018, 19:52
Not even good enough for the top-5 on the week..... :o

....but into profit. :cool
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on August 21, 2018, 15:45
Update #32: The top tightens as the Vuelta approaches

This week, there was a typical late-summer slew of races, from the WT-level (Benelux tour, Hamburg race) to HC (Colorado, Arctic Race) on down (Limousin, Hungary, Avenir). Success from a number of places is necessary for winning the week, and in the bigger picture, sustained success on weeks like this is crucial to stay at the top, which as we'll see was shaken up a little this week.

This Week's Top Scorers


Rank   Team   Points this week
1   kabete   633
2   ChrisDK   570
3   archieboy   558
4   Roubaix   543
5   Koronin   513

kabete makes an impressive showing to take the week, pulling in some big points from Benelux (Stybar, Schachmann both over 100 this week), Colorado (Carthy, Dombrowski get almost 200 between them), Hamburg (Nizzolo is starting to look like his old self with high placings) and a few scraps here and there (Gesbert takes 30 in Limousin). ChrisDK grabs second place with some similar riders (Carthy/Dombro/Nizzolo) and some different ones (SK Andersen, Campenaerts, Sagan, Ewan). archieboy slots into third with a big week from unique pick(!) Matej Mohoric and rare pick (5 teams) Mathieu van der Poel.

This Week's High Movers


Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Roubaix   (+11)
1   scrooll07   (+11)
3   Koronin   (+9)
4   PremierAndrew   (+8)
5   Mellow Velo   (+7)
5   ChrisDK   (+7)

A different look on this crew than the last listings, which is not a common sight (although the 1-2-3 here was 4-5-6 on the last rankings). There's a tie at the top - Roubaix and scrooll07 both move up double digits, and Koronin gets a mention on the last step of the podium, moving up 9 spots.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   220
2   archieboy   209
3   greenedge   179
4   ChrisDK   173
5   Eric10   162

Things got closer at the top here - Squire holds onto the lead, but archieboy scores 30 points on the week to jump out of a tie for second and comes within 11 points of the lead. ChrisDK's 35 points on the week move their team into the top 5, while there is no other scoring or movement in the top 10.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (+1)   ruvu75   12496
2   (-1)   Squire   12442
3   (-)   TheArt   12239
4   (-)   Gigs_98   11673
5   (+1)   trackstand   11321
6   (-1)   PeterB   11193
7   (+2)   LosBrolin   11022
8   (-)   greenedge   11019
9   (-2)   Bicycle_Boy   11010
10   (+2)   Manafana   11005

After a good solid while of the top 3 positions remaining static, we have a change at the top! Squire, the leader of the game for many weeks now, has an off week, scoring 126 points while ruvu75 and TheArt score 352 and 346 respectively. Those 3 are still head and shoulders above the rest in the overall, but the distance between first and second is now just 54 points. Any given week could shake things up, and there's still a fair bit of racing to do. This week isn't so crazy, with some 1.1 and 2.1 races on the calendar (including the revamped Deutschland Tour!), but looming in the distance (and starting this weekend) is the Vuelta. Manafana moves into the top 10 while Eyeballs Out drops down to 11th.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/92tr3xpfr217iyc/CQ%202018%20update%2032.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on September 07, 2018, 00:37
Update #34: Shawn with the wind

Another sort of transition week with the Vuelta stages in play and a few .HC races, but not much more, the median score wasn't too high, but there was still some pretty high scores at the top.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Shawnm4747   598
2   trackstand   484
3   Total Package   453
4   Hakkie2   435
5   NairoQ   431

With very few points available outside of the Vuelta stages, the fact that Pascal Ackermann continued his unfathomably good season by winning both 1.HC races this weekend - netting 280 points - was a big boon to the 6 teams that continue to reap the benefits of owning him. Having Ackermann was a necessary but not sufficient condition for winning the week. Shawnm4747 takes the week on the back of those points, but also with over 100 points from Sagan, who now leads the CQ year rankings. Other decent points from Senechal, Van Poppel and Nizzolo help guide their team to first this week. trackstand scores a (distant) second place with points from Acerkmann, DvP, Nizzolo and a smattering from Ion Izagirre and Consonni, while Total Package nabs third from mostly some of the names above.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Shawnm4747   (+14)
2   NairoQ   (+13)
3   WKA311   (+6)
3   Total Package   (+6)
3   Kryvo   (+6)
3   Hakkie2   (+6)

Shawnm4747 wins this one again, although it's much closer to second place this time. NairoQ moves up a solid 13 spots in the overall, with of course Ackermann leading the way, and even 10 points from namesake Nairo Q. Third place is a four way tie.

This Month's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this Month
1   trackstand   2042
2   comodoro   2010
3   archieboy   2008
4   kabete   1995
5   Akuryo   1859

It was a tight month at the top (and of course it's not a perfect 'month', ending a few days into September), but the surging trackstand takes top spot, moving ahead of the competition with a great final week. I know a team had around 2000 points in a single week earlier this year, so August was maybe not the biggest month, but those totals are very helpful in this game nonetheless. Let's take a look at trackstand's biggest scorers: Ackermann was by far the biggest (415 points!), but there were a number of other good performances in Alaphilippe (220), MA Lopez (195), Carthy (189), Nizzolo finally getting back on track (152), and Formolo, Izagirre, Terpstra, Consonni, DvP and even Ed Planckaert scoring over 70 for the month. comodoro comes oh so close but has to be content with just a great month, without even help from Ackermann - just solid months all around from great rare picks like Sepp Kuss, Ivan Sosa, Jan-Willem Van Schip, Ben Hermans, Dylan Van Baarle and Alvaro Hodeg. If it wasn't for some unfortunate seasons from high-priced picks Felline and Meintjes, their team would certainly be up there in the overall, as that's an impressive set of picks! archieboy also comes very close but ends up third on the month, with a big performance from unique pick Matej Mohoric (429!), as well as being the other team with Kuss and the only team with David de la Cruz (120).

This Month's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Akuryo   (+23)
2   comodoro   (+21)
2   WKA311   (+21)
4   Blues in the bottle   (+17)
4   Hakkie2   (+17)

A different leader here, with Akuryo having a consistent enough month to leap 23 spots in the rankings. Their team gets big points by being one of the only two to pick Kwiatkowski (who scored 509 in August), and one of 8 to pick Max Schachmann (259). comodoro is bridesmaid here again, tied with WKA311.

Green Jersey Competition


Rank   Team   Total   
1   archieboy   221   
2   Squire   220   
3   greenedge   179   
4   ChrisDK   173   
5   Kryvo   167

After some upheval last week, these rankings are a little more quiet, with Kryvo scoring 20 points to move into the top 5 overall (although more than a week's win away from top spot) but little movement elsewhere up top.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   ruvu75   12888
2   (-)   Squire   12750
3   (-)   TheArt   12588
4   (+1)   trackstand   11978
5   (-1)   Gigs_98   11836
6   (-)   PeterB   11439
7   (-)   Manafana   11300
8   (-)   greenedge   11297
9   (+4)   Bicycle_Boy   11263
10   (-1)   LosBrolin   11256

Things are pretty stable in terms of places at the top of the table, and indeed the top 3 were only separated by 11 points on the week (Squire had the best week at 155 points), but the stratification at the top masks trackstand's steady move up the table. Despite scoring over 3-400 points more on the week than most teams in the top 10, trackstand only moves up 1 spot, and has a large gap to the podium. Bicycle Boy leaps back into the top 10 at the expense of Eyeballs Out, but that is with 209 points on the week - the rest of the top 10 scored between 72 and 162 on the week, so the movements weren't too big. This week is the Canadian races and more Vuelta, so we shall see what will happen.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mvil8ytotmp0z8y/CQ%202018%20update%2034.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on September 12, 2018, 19:59
Update #35: Blues in the bottle takes second week of the season

You've got some Vuelta, you've got the Canadian races, you've got the Tour of Britain won by a popular rider... things are chugging along to the inevitably massive GC week of the Vuelta coming up. Let's see how this week went.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Blues in the bottle   664
2   Eric10   611
3   karaev   569
4   torcia_86   538
4   greenedge   538

Julian Alaphilippe, on 59 teams, would be expected to be the backbone of a winning team this week, scoring 224 points from the Tour of Britain as his solid season keeps rolling. With 0-picked Michael Matthews sweeping up the major points in Canada (and 0-picked Greg van Avermaet getting most of the runner up points), this was even more the case. And indeed, the winning teams this week were based off of the flying Frenchman. Blues in the bottle, who also triumphed 5 weeks ago, ends up on top with an impressive array of depth - their second highest scorer (MA Lopez) on the week was 80 points, and double-digit points scores from no fewer than 14 other riders (on top of the two mentioned) built a solid base to win the week. Eric10, who is also a previous winner (having won weeks 18 and 19), comes in a respectable second with Alapilippe's points and a major contribution from a rider that won their team the other weeks - (puts on Paul Sherwen voice) a certain Mr. Simon Yates. And if things don't go full Giro, expect to see Eric10's team up there again next week. Karaev lands in third place with Roglic points on top of Alaphilippe.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   Blues in the bottle   (+14)
2   tom_jelte   (+8)
3   DFA123   (+6)
3   zlev11   (+6)
5   WKA311   (+5)
5   Brullnux   (+5)
5   kabete   (+5)

It's late in the season so there's less dramatic movement in the overall, and Blues in the bottle doubles up here. A new name shows up in second, as tom_jelte moves up 8 spots, and DFA123 and zlev11 tie for third.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   archieboy   221
2   Squire   220
3   greenedge   203
4   Eric10   197
5   ChrisDK   173

Some happenings here, as greenedge (24 points) and Eric10 (35 points) move to within striking distance of the top (and, as I said above, with Simon Yates on the team, look out for Eric10 next week). Blues in the bottle also moves into a tie for 7th with the weekly win, although the top 5 shown here are the only teams within one weekly win - ie. 45 points - of the lead.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   ruvu75   13397
2   (-)   Squire   13189
3   (-)   TheArt   13011
4   (-)   trackstand   12435
5   (-)   Gigs_98   12317
6   (+2)   greenedge   11835
7   (+3)   LosBrolin   11766
8   (+5)   kabete   11729
9   (-3)   PeterB   11701
10   (+1)   Eyeballs Out   11700

The rich get richer here for the most part, as everyone but the Alaphilippe-less PeterB scores between 423 and 538 on the week. ruvu75 extends their lead slightly (the highest scoring of the top 3 with 509), and kabete leaps into the top 10, while Bicycle Boy falls back out.

This week is Vuelta GC points! Probably the biggest week left in the game for the most amount of people - after this, the Worlds and Italian classics can give big weeks to a minority of players who have relevant riders, but the Vuelta is always when seasons start winding down and it becomes a game of 'who has riders left'.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/vljzhc641um6sga/CQ%202018%20update%2035.xlsx?dl=0)
Title: Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
Post by: skidmark on September 18, 2018, 18:22
Update #36: Vuelta fray clarifies the frontrunners

Well, it's a GT GC week, so the CQ game was ripe to have some bombs go off. As well, there were a few 1.1 and HC races, and must-have Julian Alaphilippe somehow wrangled another 150 or so points out of Slovakia of all places. This isn't quite the highest scoring week of all time in this game, but it's not far off, with 54(!!) teams scoring over 1000 points for the week.

This Week's Top Scorers

Rank   Team   Points this week
1   zlev11   1782
2   AlyKaptan   1779
3   fauniera   1626
4   Valv.Piti   1545
5   Maaaaaaaarten   1501

And with all those points, the race for the top is decided by only 3! zlev11 scores the narrow victory, which wouldn't have happened without being one of the four teams to pick Simon Yates. With 677 points on the week to get to a monstrous 2261 on the season, Yates leads the charge for zlev11's team. Oh wait, you say their team also has the rest of the podium? Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez were both picked quite a bit more than Yates, but the podium combo is extremely valuable to have, accounting for 1521 points alone between them this week, which would get a team in the top 5 for the week. zlev11 was put over the top by the stage win of rare pick Jelle Wallays, as well as solid GC points from the more-anonymous Formolo and Brambilla. AlyKaptan also had an incredible week but came up just short, having the entire podium plus Brambilla as well, but a few less points from a supporting cast that included Cristian Rodriguez, Nizzolo, and the other Yates who got 21 points. Last year's winner fauniera leads the non-Yatesers for the week, having the other two on the podium, and the bold combo of Valverde and Alaphilippe.

This Week's High Movers

Rank   Team   Up/down
1   AlyKaptan   (+24)
2   zlev11   (+21)
3   Amis_Velo   (+16)
4   Kjellus   (+14)
4   Leadbelly   (+14)
4   Vesica   (+14)

Even on this monumental points week, the moves up and down the standings are rather muted, due to the lateness of the season. The top 2 from the previous ranking switch places here, and Amis_Velo slips into third (despite being 24th on points for the week!), jumping 16 spots on the back of contributions from Lopez, Mas, Quintana, and a bunch of riders that got around 40 points like Cras, Van Poppel, or Manzin.

Green Jersey Competition

Rank   Team   Total
1   Squire   240
2   archieboy   221
3   Eric10   214
4   greenedge   203
5   zlev11   186

It is a very new-look top 5 this week. Let's start at the top - Squire reclaims the pole position after being down 1 point to archieboy, getting 20 points for 6th place on the week. archieboy doesn't score any this week, but Eric10 scores 17 to leapfrog greenedge into the top 3. Weekly winner zlev11 uses those 45 points, meanwhile, to stake a claim in the top 5 overall as well. The top four teams are within a weekly win away from the top spot, but few opportunities are remaining in the year.

Top 10 Overall

Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   ruvu75   14790
2   (-)   Squire   14605
3   (-)   TheArt   13908
4   (-)   trackstand   13575
5   (-)   Gigs_98   13542
6   (+4)   Eyeballs Out   12965
7   (-)   LosBrolin   12960
8   (+5)   Total Package   12924
9   (+5)   Wallenquist   12880
10   (+2)   Manafana   12834

At first glance one might be inclined to think there wasn't much that came of this big week due to the lack of place swapping in the top 5, but that doesn't tell the whole story, as point differences amongst some contenders were quite pronounced. ruvu75 and Squire are locked in a battle at the top, and both kept it up this week, finishing tied for 7th and in sole position of 6th on the week, respectively. Squire gained 23 points, outscoring ruvu 1416 to 1393, which is a relatively minuscule difference but keeps things close enough that something like, say, a good Michael Woods performance in the Worlds could vault team Squire into top spot. The same can't be said for TheArt, who has doggedly been keeping pace with the top 2 until this week, as they scored a normally good 897 points and ended up 68th on the week, but losing 500 points in a week to their two rivals feels like a knockout blow. None of the rest of the top 10 outscored ruvu or Squire, effectively making this overall a two horse race. There are some impressive leaps in the bottom half of the top 10, with Total Package, Wallenquist and Manafana jumping in, while PeterB, kabete and greenedge fall out.

spreadsheet at dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/s/77d8ar1axc7w4hl/CQ%202018%20update%2036.xlsx?dl=0)