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Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
« Reply #330 on: September 22, 2017, 11:26 »
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #331 on: September 22, 2017, 11:29 »
    You already have a #rainbow! :P

    I guess  ot in my main CQ team... but I'll TAKE IT

    OOOOOO YOU ARE RIGHT... #duhmidge

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #332 on: September 25, 2017, 23:44 »
    Update #37: CQmanager manages total domination in the Worlds

    The Worlds were the biggest single-race points up for grabs left on the calendar; there are certainly a slew of Italian/French/Asian races to wrap up the season, including some quite prestigious ones, but the CQ game has mostly reached a climax by now, and the rest tends more towards denouement/epilogue. With some pretty heavy favourites (and 2016 high-scoring riders) dominating the road race, there wasn't much room for left field surprises in the game, and the scoring this week reflects that.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   CQmanager   827
    2   merengues   463
    3   Leadbelly   460
    4   the asian   441
    5   GP Blanco   438

    CQmanager had quite a fun strategy this year - load up at the top end with expensive picks (two riders over 1000 points, 9 riders over 479 points) and then fill the rest with cheap picks (24 riders at 7 points or lower including 16 zero-pointers). That top-heavy lineup would have to translate into some weekly wins, and it certainly has. CQmanager scores 179% of the second-place total this week, on the heels of unique picks Dumoulin and Matthews, rare picks Kelderman and Dennis, and Gaviria (also, 90 points from a zero-pointer named Mirko Trosino, who I have definitely never heard of but who was also picked by another team). merengues picks up second place with a more modest total from Gaviria, Tony Martin, Kwiatkowski and Soren Kragh Andersen, among others. Leadbelly nabs third with contributions from Gaviria/Moscon/Alaphilippe and a few more.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   CQmanager   (+25)
    2   ansimi   (+10)
    2   sodak_za   (+10)
    4   kabete   (+7)
    4   jeroenk   (+7)

    Well, of course such a week was going to have a high payoff! CQmanager leaps a couple of dozen spots; ansimi and sodak_za are the only other double-digit movers, and I just discovered that sodak_za was the other person who knew who Mirko Trosino was enough to pick him.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Blues in the bottle   241
    2   fauniera   226
    3   GP Blanco   222
    4   the asian   221
    5   scrooll07   214
    6   Kazistuta   197

    Some real shakeup here! Much like how the favourites took the top spots at the Worlds Road Race, the overall leaders had quite a good week this week, with top 6 overall teams Blues, the asian and GP Blanco all picking up a bunch of points. This moves Blues into top spot, dethroning fauniera after several weeks of back and forth. Blanco and the asian move within reasonable striking distance of the top as well... could be a hot competition from here on out!

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   the asian   14774
    2   (-)   fauniera   14564
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   14329
    4   (-)   HelgeBlendet   14012
    5   (-)   Kazistuta   13965
    6   (+1)   Blues in the bottle   13896
    7   (-1)   del1962   13858
    8   (-)   Squire   13590
    9   (+4)   Hugo Koblet   13499
    10   (-1)   Wallenquist   13473

    Not a lot of movement, but a lot of action. With a 4th place weekly finish, the asian's position atop the leaderboard looks pretty solid, extending their lead over fauniera by 132 points this week. With 5th place on the week, GP Blanco pulls over 300 points ahead of HelgeBlendet for the final podium spot, but is still a couple of hundred behind fauniera for 2nd. Of course there are still some races with some points over the next month, but those podium spots are starting to crystallize a bit. As far as the rest of the top 10, game founder Hugo Koblet parlays a top-10 week into a top 10 overall, jumping 4 spots, while Hakkie2 has an outside-the-top-100 week to fall 4 spots out of the top 10.

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #333 on: September 26, 2017, 08:58 »
    mmh, dropped another spot, sneaking back up into the Top 10 again looks more and more difficult now

    ...and it's surely not going to happen this week

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #334 on: October 02, 2017, 19:16 »
    :fanfare

    Phounsavath into profit! Leadbelly 1-0 Doubters. :P
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #335 on: October 03, 2017, 00:51 »
    Update #38: Top Spot Gets Tighter

    Well, it's almost the end of the season - Lombardia coming up, and some big-name riders have already shut down their season post-worlds, with more to come after this weekend. That means that part of the speculation as to how the standings are going to look at the end will depend on who has the most riders racing through October, with the new WT-level points available still in a couple of stage races. This week brought things closer together at the top, which could make for an exciting finish.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   ItalianGigolo   502
    2   AupaPyama   449
    3   minessa   384
    4   Total Package   383
    4   Russell23   383

    The week belongs to ItalianGigolo, who gets a pretty-decent 502 points from a smattering of HC and .1 races. Rare pick Andrea Pasqualon (3 teams) led the charge for ItalianGigolo, netting 128 points and a .1 victory. The ubiquitous Viviani also picked up 100 more points, and the 'how the hell did this guy show so little for years and then bust out this year' award winner of 2017, Mattia Cattaneo scored 83 more points to move his season total to 654, also known as 'almost 300 points more than he has scored combined since he started scoring CQ points in 2010'. Second place AupaPyama also had Pasqualon and Viviani, with rare pick Dan McLay finally scoring some big points this year. minessa just sneaks into third place by a point over two other teams, with some Nibali/Viviani points, plus 53 points from unique pick Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   torcia_86   (+9)
    1   R_O_Shipman   (+9)
    1   zlev11   (+9)
    4   Russell23   (+8)
    5   Total Package   (+7)
    5   AupaPyama   (+7)

    A three way tie at the top! And none of the top 3 from the previous ranking either. torcia_86, R_0_Shipman, and zlev11 (collectively, they're called 'underscores and numbers') share the top spot, and also largely share where they are getting their points from this week... all three teams had Viviani (100 points) and Egan Bernal (66 points), and while the 1st and 2nd place team were two of the three teams who had Alexey Lutsenko (146 points), zlev11 got major points from rare pick Vincenzo Nibali (143 points). A similar look, and a similar result.

    This Month's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this month
    1   zlev11   2163
    2   CQmanager   2158
    3   snccdcno   2127
    4   Hugo Koblet   2115
    5   Popchu   2102

    zlev11 takes the September honors by the slimmest of margins, and their team was a consistently high performer even though they didn't win a week. Their team was led by Nibali (590 points between the Vuelta and this week), Zakarin (407), Gaviria (310); Lopez and Viviani were both over 200 points and Aru, Benoot and Bernal all over 100 on the month. Last week's runaway winner CQmanager has to settle for second, and snccdcno nabs third.

    This Month's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down this month
    1   zlev11   (+23)
    2   CQmanager   (+20)
    3   kabete   (+17)
    4   snccdcno   (+15)
    5   Popchu   (+13)
    5   ansimi   (+13)

    This list sees the same teams in the top 2. kabete nabs third place with a good ensemble performance, getting a bunch of points from the likes of Gaviria, Boom, Viviani, Kung, Van Garderen, Aru, Benoot and Alaphilippe.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Blues in the bottle   241
    2   fauniera   226
    3   GP Blanco   222
    4   the asian   221
    5   scrooll07   214
    6   Kazistuta   197

    No one close to the top scored this week, but it was close! fauniera was just outside the points, in 16th place. In other news, the one team that had yet to score any points this season ended up solidly in the top 10 and is on the board! All 131 participants have now scored at least a point in this competition, I believe the first time that's happened since it started a couple of years ago (I proudly scored 4 points for my second scoring week of the season, to move up to 128th in the standings).

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   the asian   14962
    2   (-)   fauniera   14867
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   14562
    4   (+1)   Kazistuta   14158
    5   (-1)   HelgeBlendet   14154
    6   (+1)   del1962   14054
    7   (-1)   Blues in the bottle   14018
    8   (-)   Squire   13781
    9   (-)   Hugo Koblet   13778
    10   (-)   Wallenquist   13753

    The place movement may be small, but there is intrigue at the top. fauniera has closed the gap this week by scoring 303 points to the asian's 188, which means the lead is just 95 points. GP Blanco holds solid in third, and there are some pretty close races in the rest of the top 10. This week, combined with the release of any startlists for the October WT races, will help clarify the picture for the race to the end.

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #336 on: October 09, 2017, 23:18 »
    Update #39: Late Season Drama Sees CQ Game Lead Change

    Well. The weekend of Il Lombardia, in many ways the 'traditional' season end, has come upon us, and the curtain is starting to come down on the game. But with the new WT rules and new China race, there are still some big points out there to shake things up. With the startlists and lineups almost set, depending on your team you may be feeling hopeful that you might move up a spot or a few, or you may just be starting to look when the Australian nationals might be so that you can look forward to a blank slate for next year's game. I mentioned last week that with alot of riders ending their seasons already, there could be a few teams leapfrogging quite a bit in the last bit of the season, and that was certainly the case this week.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   zlev11   727
    2   tom_jelte   723
    3   ItalianGigolo   708
    4   minessa   702
    5   skidmark   699

    With Nibali's big week of 352 points, one would think that this week's winner would be led by that haul. One would be right, but this week's winner only finished a mere 4 points ahead of a non-Nibali team! zlev11 basically rode Nibali, Aru (198 points), Pozzovivo (105) and Bernal (52 more in a ridiculous year before he becomes a Skybot and scores 200 next year) to victory. tom_jelte, however, came a very impressive second with the aforementioned Aru, Bernal, and Pozzovivo, but also 165 from rare pick Uran, and 140 from unique pick Sam Bennett, who won the Munsterland Giro. ItalianGigolo also scoops the Nibali-centered teams to claim the final podium spot, with contributions from Aru and Pozzo, but also Moscon, Villella, Pasqualon and Pelucchi.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   zlev11   (+15)
    2   skidmark   (+13)
    3   EvansIsTheBest   (+10)
    3   minessa   (+10)
    5   adamski101   (+9)
    5   PunchingRouleur   (+9)
    5   Kjellus   (+9)

    zlev11 doubles up here, leaping an impressive 15 spots in the table. In second... hey, I haven't gotten to write about myself at all this year! Well, team skidmark finally makes an impression in a largely anonymous year, getting to the point where he doesn't regret picking Nibali, and getting some nice contributions from Aru and relatively rare picks Bauhaus and Lampaert. EITB and minessa (two other long-time participants who have been solid but not too much in the fray this year) tie for third spot, both jumping double digits.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Blues in the bottle   241
    2   fauniera   226
    3   GP Blanco   222
    4   the asian   221
    5   scrooll07   214
    6   Kazistuta   197

    There is no movement at the top of the Green Jersey competition, with 6 teams still within a weekly victory of the lead. Five teams in the top 15 of the week did move into the top 20 overall in the competition, with zlev11, ItalianGigolo, and Geraint Too Fast all gaining points in the top 10.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+1)   fauniera   15422
    2   (-1)   the asian   15332
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   14884
    4   (+1)   HelgeBlendet   14553
    5   (-1)   Kazistuta   14516
    6   (+4)   Wallenquist   14445
    7   (+4)   tom_jelte   14379
    8   (-2)   del1962   14362
    9   (-)   Hugo Koblet   14320
    10   (-3)   Blues in the bottle   14255

    We have a new leader. fauniera had another strong week, with 555 points to the asian's 370, and now fauniera is in the lead by 90 points. I haven't had time to do the comparison of who has which riders in the season-closing races, but after the asian led for much of the last few months, it now seems like fauniera has some momentum. Both are quite a bit clear of third place, and third place a few hundred clear of fourth, so GP Blanco has a good chance of locking up a podium spot. As for the overall, tom_jelte rides a standout week into the top 10, while Squire falls just out to 11th after a long, long time in the top 10 this year.

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #337 on: October 20, 2017, 06:07 »
    Update #40: Brullnux nabs late-season honours

    So as mentioned in previous posts, we are in the denouement phase of the season. The Tour of Turkey, which attained WorldTour status but then changed places on the calendar and only attracted a bare handful of WT teams, took place this week. Third-tier WT points were on offer, however, and with the rosters thinned mostly to those who had a disappointing season, those coming back from injury, and those who don't have much experience but want to prove something going into the off-season, it creates a mixed bunch for the weekly scoring.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Brullnux   315
    2   laarsland   308
    3   Guybrush   306
    4   ItalianGigolo   300
    5   rote_laterne   289

    It's not the highest-scoring of weeks, but there is still enough variety that teams are clearly separated (the first tie in the standings is for 25th place). The week goes to Brullnux, who finally has a big payoff for picking Edward Theuns (one of 14 teams to do so) - Theuns has had a few bright spots this season, but this week's 142 point haul in Turkey is by far his most consistent and promising result since his big injury at the TdF last year. And his 645 point return on 405 makes him a more pleasing pick than he was a week ago. The WT-bound Dani Martinez also has a haul that helps Brullnux (and 13 other teams), scoring 113 points to bring his total to 217 at a cost of 87.

    laarsland grabs second place as one of Martinez's other holders; laarsland's main scorer this week was actually unique pick Jesper Hansen with 163, but Brullnux squeezed out the win with a few riders scoring 20-30 points on top of the main 2. Guybrush slots into third with a totally different set of contributors, including Moreno Hofland, Yonder Godoy, Jarlinson Pantano and Ilya Koshevoy.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   Brullnux   (+9)
    2   rote_laterne   (+8)
    2   CraZyCaLL   (+8)
    4   laarsland   (+7)
    4   greenedge   (+7)

    Brullnux takes double honours, and rote_laterne (riding the Theuns-Martinez train) and CraZyCaLL (who has only Martinez and a few 20-ish pointers, but is in a fairly tight section of the standings) tie for second, each jumping 8 places.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Blues in the bottle   241
    2   fauniera   226
    3   GP Blanco   222
    4   the asian   221
    5   scrooll07   214
    6   ItalianGigolo   198.2
    7   Kazistuta   197

    No movement at the top, but ItalianGigolo bursts into the picture (I've listed teams that could take the lead with 45 points for a weekly win) by scoring big for a third straight week. With 45 points two weeks ago for the win, 30 points for third last week, and another 26 this week, that team is on a serious run. And most impressively, they seem to be getting points from all sides - this week it is unique picks Fausto Masnada (127 points) and (!!!) Davide Rebellin (60 points) that fuel the high placing.  No one else near the top scores any points, but it'll be obscure picks like those that will flip this competition on its head, if anything does. Otherwise, Blues in the bottle has it sewn up.

    Top 10 Overall


    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   fauniera   15532
    2   (-)   the asian   15389
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   14930
    4   (+1)   Kazistuta   14612
    5   (+2)   tom_jelte   14601
    6   (-2)   HelgeBlendet   14577
    7   (+2)   Hugo Koblet   14485
    8   (-2)   Wallenquist   14477
    9   (-1)   del1962   14394
    10   (-)   Blues in the bottle   14275

    The trophy is at the engravers, and they are starting to think about how to stylize the 'f' to commemorate this year's winner... it's not over yet, but with very little action left, fauniera extends the lead they took over recently by another 43 points. The podium is pretty locked up but there is a surprising amount of movement lower down in the top 10, with tom_jelte having a huge week to jump a few spots (top 10 on the week, 222 points) and Hugo Koblet having a good one too. No ins and outs of the top 10, but there's definitely still room for some movement.

    Up next, Japan Cup and some stages from Guangxi! We are winding down, softly.

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #338 on: October 26, 2017, 15:50 »
    The 2017 edition is winding down and I might just hang onto a top-100 spot with the help of Alaphilippe's GC points in Guangxi. So I may as well do an end of season review for my team.

    :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

    KWIATKOWSKI Michal - what a season, even if he did run out of puff a bit towards the end
    BERNAL GOMEZ Egan Arley - did pretty much what I thought he would
    TEUNS Dylan - despite getting into profit early, he wasn't a very exciting pick until July
    TVETCOV Serghei - profited from the extra US races and weaker field at Utah

    :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

    ZAKARIN Ilnur - difficult to see how he could have scored much more, but still only gets 4
    GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando - injured for a bit otherwise 5 stars would have awaited
    SIVAKOV Pavel - pretty good return for a club rider
    NEILANDS Krists - worth it for Portugal alone

    :onfire1 :onfire1 :onfire1

    ALAPHILIPPE Julian - missed the Ardennes and a lot of racing, but not too far off breaking even
    YATES Simon - fairly anonymous from the usually more aggressive Yates
    FELLINE Fabio - great year up until the Nats finished, then hit by mystery illness or summat
    BENOOT Tiesj - there or thereabouts so many times, but missing the wins
    MRAOUNI Salah Eddine - struggled in Europe, but picked up points on the national team
    REYES ORTEGA Aldemar - anonymous but more than doubled his points
    PLANCKAERT Edward - ditto
    HIRSCHI Marc - not bad for his first year out of juniors
    MCNULTY Brandon - ditto

    :onfire1 :onfire1

    MOSCON Gianni - marked down for other reasons, but big points coming in the future
    MADRAZO RUIZ Angel - worked for Finetto mainly with the occasional good result for himself
    PERRY Benjamin - harsh baptism this year, but got a win
    KANTER Max - anonymous
    IRISARRI RINCON Jon - ditto
    KASPERKIEWICZ Przemyslaw - some good performances, but not reflected in his points
    PHOUNSAVATH DESTRIBOIS Alex Ariya - he finally came good
    DIAZ GALLEGO Jose Manuel - inconsistent, but usually flakey

    :dizzy

    BILLE Gaëtan - expected a lot more
    ALBANESE Vincenzo - injured a lot
    SCHREURS Hamish - invisible
    LEMUS DAVILA Luis Enrique - ditto
    DROUIN David - busted
    RODRIGUEZ SALAZAR Jhon Anderson - needless to say Quickstep won't be signing him
    GOLDSTEIN Omer - falling out with team
    BELTRAN SUAREZ Edward Alexander - knee injury and never raced for Inteja

    I've had a bit of a look at my team for 2018 and have it narrowed down to ~100 riders (plus a load more when CT teams get round to announcing their teams).
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #339 on: November 02, 2017, 22:54 »
    Update #42: kabete takes late-season win

    We are near the end! The GC points from the last WT race of the year have been awarded, and it's just the tail-off of one .HC and one .1 race before we wrap it all up with a bow. Let's take a look at this week's results.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   kabete   306
    2   Josedin   297
    3   Eyeballs Out   271
    4   LukasCPH   269
    4   Slapshot   269

    Every single team scored at least ten points this week, which is definitely the last time that will happen this year, given that barely any teams have riders in the last races this year. kabete comes out on top, with the Guangxi combo of Alaphilippe (100 points), Diller (89) and Gaviria (83) leading the way; 14 from Walscheid and finishing points from Konig (doubling his 2017 total!) and Doull puts it away. Josedin finishes second for the 2nd week in a row, with the Ala-Gav combo and contributions from Mareczko and Cavagna to fall juuuust short of the top spot. Eyeballs Out grabs the last podium spot with Diller/Gav/Landa/Bonifazio leading the charge.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   abbulf   (+7)
    2   LukasCPH   (+6)
    2   kabete   (+6)
    2   Eyeballs Out   (+6)
    2   LightBing   (+6)

    Still a bit of jockeying to be done on the rankings, and team abbulf gets their name in lights this week! A 7-place jump just outpaces last week's winner LukasCPH, this week's points winner kabete, and two others tied with a 6-place jump.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Blues in the bottle   249
    2   fauniera   226
    3   GP Blanco   222
    4   the asian   221
    5   scrooll07   214

    No changes here, as the highest place of someone who got points this week is 16th overall. fauniera just misses out on the points this week, and so remains in second place, but they have enough to celebrate, as we'll see below.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   fauniera   15867
    2   (-)   the asian   15698
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   15217
    4   (-)   tom_jelte   14888
    5   (+1)   Hugo Koblet   14726
    6   (-1)   Kazistuta   14718
    7   (-)   HelgeBlendet   14709
    8   (-)   Wallenquist   14548
    8   (+1)   Blues in the bottle   14548
    10   (-)   del1962   14480

    fauniera scored 210 this week to be the highest scorer in the top 10 and thus extend their lead; the asian was the second-highest scorer in the top 10, and GP Blanco the third-highest. The podium becomes even more solidified as a result. Hugo Koblet manages to jump a spot, and Blues in the bottle leaps into a tie(!) for 8th with Wallenquist.

    Preview of next week - the three teams with Mareczko are going to do quite well.

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #340 on: November 08, 2017, 20:12 »
    Update #43: Green Jersey changes hands in final moments of the season

    Well, this might be it, folks. Only 53 teams scored any points this week with mainly Hainan on offer, and Fuzhou - the last race of the year - doesn't even have any Pro Conti teams at it. There will likely be a few folks who have rare riders and pick up points, but for all intents and purposes, the game is at an end. But that doesn't mean there wasn't some drama right down to the wire. And, of course, a weekly win is a weekly win.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   AupaPyama   201
    1   scrooll07   201
    3   Magnumpti   141
    4   Josedin   137
    4   LukasCPH   137

    Still some points to be had, and it was the two teams who took Hainan victor Jacopo Mosca that unsurprisingly prevailed this week. The young Italian rider had a respectable 124 points on his cost of 59 coming into Hainan, but exploded to become a decent overall pick with 325 on the year. AupaPyama and scrooll07 both had him, and no other riders scoring this week, and so they share first place. The three teams that had Mareczko come next, as he scored 132 this week, but whereas Josedin and LukasCPH got 5 more from Tvetcov, Magnumpti rises to the podium with the 9 extra points by Edoardo Zardini. These are the small difference makers at the end of the year.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   up/down
    1   scrooll07   (+4)
    2   DJ Sprtsch   (+3)
    3   LukasCPH   (+2)
    3   CQmanager   (+2)
    3   HelgeBlendet   (+2)
    3   DFA123   (+2)
    3   AupaPyama   (+2)

    A similar list here, and not a ton of movement, as the standings are pretty entrenched by the end of the year. Certainly, a couple of hundred points is valuable, but at the same time, some spots are separated by that much. DJ Sprtsch, not mentioned in the Top Movers, grabs second on the week in this competition with 78 points from zero-pointer Marc De Maar and 5 more from Asbjorn Kragh Andersen.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   scrooll07   254
    2   Blues in the bottle   249
    3   fauniera   226
    4   GP Blanco   222
    5   the asian   221

    There is drama right to the end!! After jockeying the lead back and forth between fauniera and Blues in the bottle, it seemed pretty locked up, with only 4 other teams within striking distance (ie. the max weekly 45 points) of Blues after last week. But one of those was scrooll07, who gets 40 this week for splitting top spot. This puts their team in a 5 point lead in this competition; barring even more drama from Blues or someone having an obscure rider in Fuzhou, this is a last second change in the top of the competition. Even more impressive, the rest of the contenders in this competition have been in the top 10 overall for months, whereas scooll isn't even in the top half of the table - the right picks of riders will get you points on a week-to-week basis, for sure. 6th place in the standings (Italian Gigolo) and 9th (CQManager) also scored points this week but didn't move any spots.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   fauniera   15867
    2   (-)   the asian   15698
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   15217
    4   (-)   tom_jelte   14888
    5   (+2)   HelgeBlendet   14739
    6   (-1)   Hugo Koblet   14726
    7   (-1)   Kazistuta   14718
    8   (-)   Wallenquist   14548
    8   (-)   Blues in the bottle   14548
    10   (-)   del1962   14480

    HelgeBlendet was the only team in the top 10 to get any points this week, with 30; but it was a tightly packed enough spot that their team moved up 2 spots into the top 5 in a Vino-on-the-Champs-Elysees (or, much much less dramatic but more recent, Kelderman-in-Madrid) type move. Wallenquist and Blues in the bottle look destined to remain tied in the top 10.

    One more week to go in the game! Next week will be a wrap-up post. And it's November 8th, which means it's less than two months to Aussie nationals! Start your long lists if you haven't already...

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #341 on: November 09, 2017, 14:21 »
    No sign yet of the annual JSG post of "Budget increase for next year's game please"? ;)

    This year there could be a very slight justification for doing it though. The extra WT races means there are a few more points sloshing around, but not that many and unless your name is Evan Huffman, most of the main beneficiaries are WT names. It's only anecdotal evidence but this year the top 39 riders scored over 1000 (29 in 2016, 30 on 2015, 34 in 2014, 29 in 2013).
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #342 on: November 14, 2017, 12:55 »
    Top 20 in the end. Not quite what I hoped for after a Top 10 last year, but still more or less okay. About time for a quick breakdown of my team...

    The good ones:

    2016 Results 2017 Results Profit
    VIVIANI Elia      275      1384      1109
    KWIATKOWSKI Michal      611      1516      905
    TEUNS Dylan      150      1015      865
    LANDA MEANA Mikel      479      1336      857
    BERNAL GOMEZ Egan Arley      159      766      607
    ARU Fabio      777      1296      519
    DEGENKOLB John      550      999      449
    KÜNG Stefan      225      660      435
    ZAKARIN Ilnur      867      1272      405
    SPILAK Simon      301      602      301
    BOOM Lars      212      465      253
    HIVERT Jonathan      173      415      242
    PELUCCHI Matteo      45      194      149
    VORGANOV Eduard      6      114      108

    many obvious picks in there, but given that Zakarin, Teuns, or Hivert (or even Bernal) weren's overly popular, this is still a selection (of mainly high price riders) I can be pretty satisfied with.

    The decent ones:

    2016 Results 2017 Results Profit
    FINETTO Mauro      378      502      124
    DEVOLDER Stijn      30      85      55
    BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto      108      159      51
    PONZI Simone      78      122      44
    POWER Robert      77      111      34
    GARCIA ETXEGIBEL Egoitz      0      9      9
    MALORI Adriano      2      0      -2
    GESINK Robert      369      318      -51
    INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Beñat      79      0      -79
    NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas      282      77      -205
    KÖNIG Leopold      264      10      -254

    guys like Malori, König, Navardauskas, Itxausti or Gesink didn't race much due to injuries, so I would still consider them as "decent" picks, as I probably would pick them again. Finetto had a great first part of the season, not so good in the end, but overall the profit he delivered was alright. Not so much for Devolder, Betancur, Ponzi and Power, but in the end, a profit is a profit.


    The bad ones:

    2016 Results 2017 Results Profit
    SILVESTRE Fabio Andre Tomas      1      10      9
    MACHADO Tiago Jose Pinto      140      138      -2
    ARREDONDO MORENO Julian Davi      17      12      -5
    BRESCHEL Matti      116      101      -15
    BOECKMANS Kris      60      19      -41
    NORDHAUG Lars Petter      154      7      -147
    PHINNEY Taylor      232      36      -196
    MOSER Moreno      281      25      -256

    But this list is just too long to expect a better result overall. Moser and Phinney seem to be done?! Nordhaug? Wtf...! And no idea what I was thinking about Boeckmans, Machado or Silvestre - in the end I'm not even surprised about their results over the year
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #343 on: November 15, 2017, 15:58 »
    Update #44: The End

    The final .1 or above race of the season, Tour of Fuzhou, took place last week, and nary a pro conti team was to be seen. There wasn't much expectation for riders in this game to score, but with 130 teams it's always possible that someone picked an obscure rider that ended up racing this late in the season in Asia. Let's see, shall we?

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   VeloRooms   10

    That's right! One team scored this week, and everyone else tied for second. Unique pick Dadi Suryadi nearly doubled his points on the season (he has 23 total) to propel VeloRooms to the final spot of glory for the year. Their team did need over 150 points to move from 103rd to 102nd though, so there was no movement in the charts and thus no High Movers for the week.

    Monthly Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this month
    1   Josedin   1381
    2   rote_laterne   1261
    3   tom_jelte   1232
    4   PunchingRouleur   1219
    5   ItalianGigolo   1161

    This is a bit of cheating - it's from the start of October until now, but I figured it'd be good to summarize who had a good season close in this final post. Josedin had a convincingly good month and a half, anchored by Mareczko piling on the late season points as he is wont to do (423 of his 634 total), but also from solid performances in Lombardia and China by Alaphilippe, Aru, and Gaviria (all around or over 200 points). rote_laterne had a great finish too, from a number of sources - no Alaphilippe or Mareczko, and only Aru/Gaviria/Dani Martinez/Theuns over 100 points for the month. But a bunch of guys like Cort/Jans/SK Andersen above 75 points, and a handful in the 50s and 60s. It takes a team. tom_jelte had a blistering finish too, to climb up the higher echelons of the overall standings.

    Monthly High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down this month
    1   rote_laterne   (+21)
    2   Kjellus   (+14)
    2   zlev11   (+14)
    4   Brullnux   (+13)
    4   PunchingRouleur   (+13)
    4   laarsland   (+13)

    Not as many wild swings towards the end of the season, but still some movement to be had. rote_laterne goes a step higher than the scorers list; Kjellus and zlev11 tie for the last podium spots of the year.

    Green Jersey Final Standings

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   scrooll07   254
    2   Blues in the bottle   249
    3   fauniera   226
    4   GP Blanco   222
    5   the asian   221
    6   ItalianGigolo   215.2
    7   Kazistuta   197
    8   tom_jelte   193
    9   CQmanager   187.2
    10   zlev11   175

    It was mentioned last week, but congrats to scrooll07 who pulls out victory in the jersey competition in the last real possible week! The points from a top finish in Hainan led their team to overtake the rest of the top 5, which was heavily populated with those teams already in the top 10 overall.

    Final Overall Standings

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   fauniera   15867
    2   (-)   the asian   15698
    3   (-)   GP Blanco   15217
    4   (-)   tom_jelte   14888
    5   (-)   HelgeBlendet   14739
    6   (-)   Hugo Koblet   14726
    7   (-)   Kazistuta   14718
    8   (-)   Wallenquist   14548
    8   (-)   Blues in the bottle   14548
    10   (-)   del1962   14480
    11   (-)   Squire   14313
    12   (-)   Hakkie2   14250
    13   (-)   Popchu   14186
    14   (-)   Object   14019
    15   (-)   AlyKaptan   14018
    16   (-)   Gigs_98   13956
    17   (-)   Geraint Too Fast   13902
    18   (-)   Maaaaaaaarten   13855
    19   (-)   vladimir   13789
    20   (-)   search   13775

    It's official - fauniera has taken the 2017 title in the CQ Ranking Manager Game! the asian had the lead for awhile, but it seemed an inevitability as the Vuelta wore on and Lombardia approached that fauniera had more riders still racing at a high level, and in the last month things solidified. Still, congrats to the asian on a fantastic season, as well as GP Blanco, who led for a long time in the middle of the season and was always around the top. tom_jelte had a fantastic run at the end to finish 4th; game founder Hugo Koblet ended with a top 10; there was a tie for 8th place overall; frequent thread contributor and thoughtful CQ analyst Squire finished just outside the top 10; frequent high finisher Geraint Too Fast scored another solid top 20; and really everyone on this list picked well this year - finishing in the top 20 in this comprehensive game is no mean feat. Thanks all, and congrats to the winner!

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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #344 on: November 15, 2017, 17:18 »
    Update #44: The End

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   VeloRooms   10

    That's right! One team scored this week, and everyone else tied for second. Unique pick Dadi Suryadi nearly doubled his points on the season (he has 23 total) to propel VeloRooms to the final spot of glory for the year.

    Champions!   :D :lol :cool
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #345 on: November 16, 2017, 16:42 »
    No sign yet of the annual JSG post of "Budget increase for next year's game please"? ;)

    This year there could be a very slight justification for doing it though. The extra WT races means there are a few more points sloshing around, but not that many and unless your name is Evan Huffman, most of the main beneficiaries are WT names. It's only anecdotal evidence but this year the top 39 riders scored over 1000 (29 in 2016, 30 on 2015, 34 in 2014, 29 in 2013).
    great idea why didn't I think of that
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    Re: 2017 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #346 on: November 19, 2017, 11:55 »
    No sign yet of the annual JSG post of "Budget increase for next year's game please"? ;)

    This year there could be a very slight justification for doing it though. The extra WT races means there are a few more points sloshing around, but not that many and unless your name is Evan Huffman, most of the main beneficiaries are WT names. It's only anecdotal evidence but this year the top 39 riders scored over 1000 (29 in 2016, 30 on 2015, 34 in 2014, 29 in 2013).

    In terms of the number of points would it be possible to say you can have a certain % of the total points awarded in the 2017 CQ rankings as the budget for the teams for the next season? That way any fluctuation in points due to races being up/downgraded. or just do some sort of simple ratio to adjust for it

    so

    2017 budget/total CQ points awarded 2016 = 2018 budget/total cqpoints awarded in 2017

    using this based on 2017 CQ points so far would give

    2018 Budget = 7500 x 275321 / 265169 = 7787
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