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Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
« Reply #150 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.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #151 on: August 13, 2018, 05:38 »
    Could be a good week. :-x

    1-2 in Burgos
    2-3 in Utah

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #152 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.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #153 on: August 16, 2018, 19:52 »
    Not even good enough for the top-5 on the week..... :o

    ....but into profit. :cool
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #154 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.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #155 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.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #156 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'.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #157 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.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #158 on: September 25, 2018, 17:13 »
    Update #37: Geraint has one more victory this year

    It's a bit of a bridge week this week, with the Vuelta done and the Worlds to come (the 62 points offered to winners of the TTT this week was less than winning one of the 1.1 races this week), but a bunch of little races with similar fields could lead to a decent haul if you had a rider or two on form.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Geraint Too Fast   494
    2   Vesica   486
    3   DJW   399
    4   JPettersen   377
    5   rote_laterne   368

    The namesake of the team may have ended his season already, but Geraint Too Fast pulls out a victory this week with a very respectable 494 points. Leading the charge on that team is Gianni Moscon, who adds 147 points to his 80 points last week, breathing some life into a disappointing season (as a CQ points earner as well as a human being; although he only gets CQ points redemption this week). Also adding to the points haul is 4-time-TTT winner Nikki Terpstra in one of his last races with QuickStep, as well as 60 points from David Gaudu (who is also having a rather disappointing season). Add in some contributions from Bardet, Welten, Van Schip and a couple of the Sunweb TTTers and you've got a winning formula. Vesica comes oh so close but has to settle for second, unsurprisingly with Moscon leading the way as well, but also with a few other 'steppers in De Plus and Schachmann, and the very fast and very young Jasper Philipsen. DJW is a little bit behind in third, with a similar but less robust slate of riders as the top two.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Vesica   (+7)
    2   rote_laterne   (+6)
    2   scrooll07   (+6)
    4   Geraint Too Fast   (+5)
    4   WKA311   (+5)

    Not a lot of spots to move around by the end of the season. Vesica does one better on this chart, getting the weekly win for moving up seven spots. rote_laterne and scrooll07 tie for second, bettering their 5th and 6th on the other chart (interesting note - scrooll is the highest non-Mosconite this week, instead being powered by 140 points from unique pick Mads Pedersen).

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Squire   240
    2   archieboy   221
    3   Eric10   218
    4   greenedge   203
    5   zlev11   186

    A relatively quiet week - Eric10 gets 4 points for 14th on the week to inch up closer to the top, but no other real gains of note at the top.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   ruvu75   15106
    2   (-)   Squire   14720
    3   (-)   TheArt   14108
    4   (-)   trackstand   13896
    5   (-)   Gigs_98   13683
    6   (+1)   LosBrolin   13142
    7   (+1)   Total Package   13125
    8   (-2)   Eyeballs Out   13119
    9   (+2)   MADRAZO   13092
    10   (-)   Manafana   12999

    There is a somewhat anticlimactic stratification at the top, but of course at the end of the season all it takes is one rider that others don't have to have a good run in some big races. ruvu75 gains 201 points on Squire this week, scoring 316 to Squire's 115. Squire does have a few possibilities, like Woods for the Worlds/Lombardia and Ciccone for the hilly Italian races, but perhaps a more likely scenario is that they both get points when Alaphilippe wins everything in the next  few weeks. TheArt is still on the podium by a couple of hundred, but trackstand closes the gap a bit with some Moscon points. The top 5 seems pretty set in some order, but spots 6 through 10 are still quite close. MADRAZO swaps places with Wallenquist to move into the top 10 while the latter moves out.

    Who's gonna score big at the Worlds? The TT seems fairly minimal impact in that if the Dennis/Dumoulin combo takes the top 2 as expected, there won't be tons of points in this game, but the RR has some intrigue. If it all goes according to 'the best duke it out' then it could definitely be a Alaphilippe romp, with some hope for those who have Valverde and possibly Moscon. But if the favourites mark each other, a punchy underrated rider could take a flier, or if they watch each other too much it could come back together for the Sagans and Van Avermaets of the world. Or some Colombians, or Kwiatko, or whatever. We shall see!

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #159 on: October 02, 2018, 15:44 »
    Update #38: Worlds points tightens things at the top

    The biggest single-race points on offer were the 400 points for the Worlds Road Race, which were handed out this week. Winner Valverde has been a factor in this game, although fellow favourite and CQ game essential Alaphilippe only got 8th place points (which are still somewhat substantial), and with the other top 10 riders mostly rare or non-picked riders, it's going to be an interesting week.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Giallo   752
    2   Geraint Too Fast   658
    3   will10   651
    4   Kryvo   627
    5   fauniera   618

    Giallo's top-heavy team strategy pays off this week, as they are the only team with Valverde (15 teams), Alaphilippe (59 teams) and Moscon (21 teams) - if Sagan had had a better day, their team's point total would have been stratospheric. That's most of the scoring though - other than a few points here and there (Navardauskus randomly wins a 2.2 race for 33 points, rare pick Milan Menten picks up the same amount), that's more than enough to win the week by almost 100 points. Second place this week is last week's winner Geraint Too Fast, who actually doesn't have Valverde, but is one of the two teams with second place Bardet, as well as Moscon and Alaphilippe (and contributing points from Oomen, Taaramae and the aforementioned Milan Menten, who I have never heard of before this post). Rounding out the top 3 is will10, with another interesting non-Valverde mix of Michael Woods (9 teams), Victor Campanaerts (4 teams) and David Villella (5 teams), who got 141 points in Kazakhstan this week. Also popping up at the bottom of this week's top 5 is last year's winner fauniera, whose bold Valverde-Alaphilippe strategy paid off this week.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Kryvo   (+12)
    2   Giallo   (+11)
    3   Koronin   (+8)
    3   Akuryo   (+8)
    3   search   (+8)

    Kryvo, who was 4th in the last chart and missed the podium by 24 points, takes top spot over Giallo here, moving up 12 points on the strength of double World Champion picks Valverde and Marc Hirschi. There's a 3-way tie for 3rd, with Koronin, Akuryo, and search each leaping 8 points in the standings.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Squire   240
    2   archieboy   221
    3   Eric10   218
    4   greenedge   203
    5   Kryvo   193

    No movement at the very top - leader Squire ends up in 16th place for the week, just out of the points. Kryvo jumps into the top 5 with the 26 points their team got on the week, and further down in the top 10 we have Geraint Too Fast, Giallo and fauniera jumping in on the strength of big weeks. Still, only the top 4 are within a weekly win of first place.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points   Points this week
    1   (-)   ruvu75   15377   271
    2   (-)   Squire   15240   520
    3   (-)   TheArt   14457   349
    4   (-)   trackstand   14393   497
    5   (-)   Gigs_98   14005   322
    6   (+3)   MADRAZO   13536   444
    7   (-1)   LosBrolin   13448   306
    8   (+5)   kabete   13412   488
    9   (-1)   Eyeballs Out   13389   270
    10   (+1)   Wallenquist   13319   325

    I added the "Points this week" column so you can see for yourselves how it's playing out at the top. ruvu75 still leads, but it's a lead that's drastically slashed. I mentioned last week that a good performance by Woods at the Worlds could pull Squire back from the deficit their team faced, and indeed the gap has closed to 137 points, which is 249 points closer than last week. TheArt is a distant third, and being closed on by trackstand, who is now within 64 points of the podium after another solid week. Down a bit farther, kabete and Wallenquist jump into the top 10, while Total Package and Manafana fall out.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #160 on: October 08, 2018, 09:51 »
    Glad Cosnefroy is finally 'positive'. I expected more from him in the smaller French races.
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #161 on: October 08, 2018, 10:01 »
    Glad Cosnefroy is finally 'positive'.

    I'm not. :angry

    Will probably have to cross him off my long list for 2019 now. Along with SKA and Denz....
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #162 on: October 09, 2018, 05:59 »
    Update #39: Ruvu75 puts a stamp on the season

    It was the in-between week, sandwiched by the Worlds and Lombardia, after which there are a few trickle-off races left in the season, but it's about the time where things can really tighten up or be put out of reach. Let's see how it went, shall we?

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   MADRAZO   587
    2   ruvu75   546
    3   Geraint Too Fast   479
    4   GP Blanco   420
    5   scrooll07   397

    MADRAZO takes the win this week with a very respectable-for-a-non-WT-week 587 points, on the back of two rare picks winning 1.HC races in Walscheid (9 teams) and SK Andersen (11 teams); as well, Woods, Terprstra, Van Poppel, Coquard and Sbaragli help out with some more points. In second is - yep - overall leader ruvu75, with a clutch week at the most opportune time. Andersen gets a bunch of points but almost as many come from Valentin Madouas (134 this week), who, at a cost of 33 and a season total of 561, is a gem for the 4 teams that picked him. Geraint Too Fast continues a remarkable run, capping a first two weeks ago and second last week with a complete set of podium places, finishing third with Andersen and still more points from Moscon and Bardet (and 32 more from that Milan Menten fellow).

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Geraint Too Fast   (+7)
    1   18-Valve. (pithy)   (+7)
    1   GP Blanco   (+7)
    1   torcia_86   (+7)
    1   Eric10   (+7)

    It's too late in the season for much change in the standings, so everyone ties for first! Well, no, just these five teams tied for first, but they're all moving up.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total   
    1   Squire   240   
    2   Eric10   224
    3   archieboy   221   
    4   Geraint Too Fast   212   
    5   greenedge   203   

    There is some movement at the top here - Eric10 scores 6 points to leapfrog archieboy into 2nd place and draw a bit closer to Squire's lead, and GTF's aforementioned fantastic three-week run sees their team leap into the top 5. All members of the top 5 are within a weekly win of the overall title.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   ruvu75   15923
    2   (-)   Squire   15512
    3   (-)   TheArt   14833
    4   (-)   trackstand   14786
    5   (-)   Gigs_98   14159
    6   (-)   MADRAZO   14123
    7   (+2)   Eyeballs Out   13770
    8   (-)   kabete   13647
    9   (-2)   LosBrolin   13640
    10   (+1)   Total Package   13588

    The placings haven't changed much but the underlying numbers are telling. If you read the weekly top scorers, you'll likely have intuited that the overall leader of the game getting 2nd on the week is likely to be a bad sign for everyone else. Indeed, ruvu75 outscores their only realistic competitor - Squire - 546-272 this week. This puts the lead, at this late in the season, for all intents and purposes out of reach. Squire would need something like Mike Woods winning Milano-Torino and Il Lombardia, and then some luck on top of that. Still mathematically possible, but as unlikely as Chris Froome's chances of winning the Giro going into stage 19. The battle for the last podium spot stays close, with trackstand gaining 16 points on TheArt to pull within 50. MADRAZO's weekly win doesn't gain them a single spot (interestingly, I wonder if this is the first time that the top 2 weekly scorers didn't move up at all in the standings) but has brought them within 40 points of a top 5. Further down, Total Package moves back into the top 10 while Wallenquist falls out.

    Let's see what the rest of the Italian races and Turkey have to offer us!

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #163 on: October 13, 2018, 17:25 »
    The Continental Dominator

    SCHULTING Peter

    Two of us think so anyway.

    too bad that one only started after the domestic domination (7 wins in Dutch non-UCI races this year) was secured...
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #164 on: October 22, 2018, 04:24 »
    Update #40: The Leaves Have Fallen

    (sorry for the delay in update - I was on a trip and had a lot to catch up on when I returned home. I know there are only a few updates left but I'll try to get 'em all out by the Tuesday of the week)

    And with that, the season has come to a close for many, leaving only a small tailing off of post-Lombardia races, mostly several time zones to the east of Europe. It's been a fun game this year as always, and the die has been mostly cast in the overall for several weeks despite some 'well if this happens...' thinking, but truly in terms of points, it's all but over by now. Let's see how folks fared in the last Monumental week of the season.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   minessa   660
    2   ansimi   649
    3   LaFlorecita   640
    4   Guilherme Ribero   617
    5   Kryvo   605

    minessa takes top spot on the week with a very respectable 660 points! Those points come from a variety of sources, with their only scorer over 100 points being World Champion Alejandro Valverde, who scored 137. But minessa had a great breadth of talent on their team, getting over 80 points from Lopez, Senechal, Reichenbach and Kennaugh, as well as a few dozen from some other riders. ansimi makes it pretty close, finishing 11 points back sans Valverde but with Mike Woods, Hodeg, Restrepo and popular picks Lopez and Kennaugh doing quite well. LaFlorecita gets a mention for 3rd on the week, not far behind the other two. Her week is headlined by 90 points from Fabio Felline in a decent end to his completely listless season.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   minessa   (+9)
    2   LaFlorecita   (+7)
    2   ansimi   (+7)
    2   Kryvo   (+7)
    5   Maaaaaaaarten   (+6)

    minessa takes this one too, with the rest of the other podium tied for second, plus Kryvo who got 5th in the other ranking.

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    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Squire   240
    2   Eric10   224
    3   archieboy   221
    4   Kryvo   213
    5   Geraint Too Fast   212
    6   greenedge   203

    I've included the top 6 here as they are all within a weekly win (45 points) of the top spot... Kryvo's 20 points on the week vault them into the top 5. At this point of the season, things are pretty set and Squire's spot looks good, but you never know who might have a good week at the end of things (and since I'm updating after the week's already pretty much done, I'll tell you that a quick look at the top 6 shows that GTF in fact has Moscon, so we shall see how that plays out this week...)

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   ruvu75   16303
    2   (-)   Squire   15947
    3   (-)   TheArt   15405
    4   (-)   trackstand   15248
    5   (+1)   MADRAZO   14549
    6   (-1)   Gigs_98   14519
    7   (+3)   Total Package   14146
    8   (-)   kabete   14059
    9   (-2)   Eyeballs Out   13991
    10   (+7)   Kryvo   13902

    A familiar refrain - no movement among the top 4. Squire pulls back 55 points on ruvu, but at this point there are still 350+ points to make up, and not enough weeks to do it at that pace. trackstand had been trending upwards, but TheArt comes back with a solid week to gain 110 on trackstand and effectively seal up the final podium spot. A bit lower, things jostle around a bit with MADRAZO gaining a spot to top 5, and Kryvo's great week sees them leap into the top 10 at the expense of LosBrolin, who falls 4 to 13th overall.

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    (note: for some reason velorooms wouldn't let me post this all in one post, which is why it's split up)
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #165 on: October 22, 2018, 10:00 »
    Overtaken by search in the final stretch......

    Got a very small chance to reverse it back if Einhorn/Eyob/Kippers can do something in Hainan or any of the other Asian Tour races for the latter two.
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #166 on: October 22, 2018, 18:07 »
    I can make the top 10 with Moscon's victory in China.
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #167 on: October 26, 2018, 04:35 »
    Update #41: It's Not All Over Just Yet

    I spoke a bit too soon last week when I said the podium had been sewn up; post-monument, there was some dramatic movement at the death of things, which I should really have learned to anticipate after 7 years of watching this game and knowing that when there are only a few active riders on each team left, a big week for a rider or two can really change things up in the standings. Anyway:

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   adamski101   544
    2   trackstand   541
    3   Hugo Koblet   529
    4   nuvolablu   515
    5   karaev   497

    adamski101 ekes out a victory in the final 'big' week of the season, getting 544 impressive points mostly from 3 riders: Gianni Moscon (257 points, 21 teams) wins in China to go over 1000 points for the year after being at three hundred and something just a few weeks back; Fabio Jakobsen (134 points, 28 teams) just keeps on chugging in his neo-pro year, and Rob Power (140 points, 16 teams) gets what I think can be considered a breakthrough win at the Japan Cup. Other than that, Sivakov got 8 points and Stijn Vandenbergh (oh yeah! I forgot about him!) got 5, and that was it for adamski. Their team went big before it went home this week. trackstand just misses out in 2nd place, with both Moscon and Power, but gets 114 points from Ackermann (the gift that keeps on giving for the 6 teams that took him) and some not-quite-enough points from Brambilla, Carthy and Kennaugh. Game founder Hugo Koblet gets his name in lights once more before the end of the season, nabbing third with of course Moscon and Jakobsen, and some decent points from Ruben Fernandez and Max Walscheid.

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   adamski101   (+12)
    2   Hugo Koblet   (+11)
    3   Hakkie2   (+10)
    4   nuvolablu   (+8)
    5   Vesica   (+7)
    5   PremierAndrew   (+7)
    5   rote_laterne   (+7)
    5   Eric10   (+7)

    The movement was actually higher than last week after Lombardia, with some similar names as the first list at the top (sans trackstand, who didn't have much farther up to move - more on that below). Hakkie2 is a new name in this list, nabbing 3rd and meriting a mention in the update.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Squire   240
    2   Eric10   224
    3   archieboy   221
    4   Kryvo   213
    5   Geraint Too Fast   212
    6   greenedge   203

    I mentioned last update that a weekly win would get any of the top 6 into first place, and also speculated that Geraint Too Fast had Moscon and so might perform well, but it was all for naught. GTF landed in 19th place, just out of the points, and no one in the top 10 overall got any points (the highest overall ranking for a point-getter this week was trackstand moving into 12th). It looks like, unless something really wacky happens in the final races of the season, Squire has got this ranking wrapped up.

    Post Merge: October 26, 2018, 04:38
    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   ruvu75   16465
    2   (-)   Squire   16091
    3   (+1)   trackstand   15789
    4   (-1)   TheArt   15567
    5   (-)   MADRAZO   14697
    6   (-)   Gigs_98   14624
    7   (+1)   kabete   14510
    8   (-1)   Total Package   14301
    9   (+3)   GP Blanco   14291
    10   (+10)   Hakkie2   14129

    Wow! Some real movement at the end. Not at the very top - ruvu and Squire essentially keep pace with ruvu gaining 18 points, but that was mostly done and dusted anyway. But last update I said TheArt had pretty much sewn up third, and I was definitely wrong on that front. trackstand's incredible week outscores TheArt by 379 points and flips the script, moving decisively onto the podium, pipping TheArt in the sprint for third. Things do mostly hold the same in the top 10, with kabete and Total Package flipping spots, but at the bottom of the top 10 GP Blanco jumps in with an impressive 3 spot leap, and Hakkie2 vaults an entirely improbable 10 spots to land in the top 10 overall! I can't recall such a dramatic jump into the top 10 in October before, congrats to Hakkie. (a little lower down, Hugo Koblet jumps 11 spots to 16th overall). The success of GP and Hakkie comes at the expense of Eyeballs Out and Kryvo, who still are going to have very respectable finishes but slide out of the top 10.

    Post Merge: October 26, 2018, 04:37
    I know the 'major' races are over and only a small handul of teams have riders even riding in the remaining races in the year. But despite the outcome being pretty set, the game is still live until - as stated in the opening post - the last 2.1 or higher race is done. It turns out that after the 2.HC Hainan that starts this week and goes until the end of next week, the only race fitting this category is the 2.1 Tour of Fuzhou from November 14th-18th. Here's how it's going to work - I'm going to acknowledge that coming updates will have little effect on the overall, but still deserve recognition for the weekly winners etc. So right now I can give a soft congratulations to the final podium, with ruvu75 in 1st, Squire in 2nd, and trackstand in 3rd. But I will still have (probably truncated) updates until the end of Fuzhou. I will follow the precedent of years past, in that Green Jersey points will be pro-rated if there are fewer than 15 teams scoring, so that the lowest scoring team will get 2 points, the 2nd lowest 4 points, up to the winner of the week. In the meantime, feel free to post here about your reflections on how your team did this year, how you're feeling about the game, any suggestions for next year etc. The new game thread should be up a couple of weeks after the last update of the year.

    As most people usually check out by the time the last official update comes out (well, I'm sure most have even checked out by now), there isn't really an ideal platform for a formal sendoff from me, so I'll just say here - thank you for participating in another edition of this always-fun game. I still really enjoy all aspects of it, from making a long list to revealing all the teams to the first races of the year to seeing how the season develops. Cheers to all you folks who pick a team, play and contribute throughout the year, and to all who helped with updates, sent PMs about errors in the spreadsheet, and so on and so on.

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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #168 on: October 26, 2018, 04:39 »
    I can make the top 10 with Moscon's victory in China.

    And so you did! Congrats!
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #169 on: October 28, 2018, 18:43 »
    Cheers for running the game skids. Cycling would seem awfully dull without CQ.

    Got a long list of 130+ riders for next year's team. First rough attempt at a team ended up at ~6000 points.
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #170 on: November 07, 2018, 22:46 »
    Update #42: Green Jersey flips at the last of it

    CQ has released their November 4th update, which includes the 1.HC Tour of Hainan that took place over the last two weeks. Somewhat surprisingly for this late in the game, 89 teams scored at least some points this week, although nobody scored very many. It wasn't enough to affect the overall standings, but it was certainly enough to change things up in the minor competitions. And, of course, probably the last chance for one's name in lights as a weekly leader.

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   AupaPyama   116
    2   Nicosix   113
    3   karaev   66
    3   fauniera   66
    5   Eric10   63
    5   search   63

    A narrow win for AupaPyama this week - although I suppose it was bound to be narrow with low totals. How does one get 116 points so late in the game, one might ask? Well, take a rare rider (Raymond Kreder, 2 teams) on a small team going to a race in Asia with tons of potential sprint stages, and you'll get some placing points (65 on the week). Take a more popular rider (Andrea Guardini, 66 teams) in a similar situation and sprinkle that on (43 points). Then take a sort of popular rider who has sort of been a bust that nobody who owned him probably even knew he was racing (Vincenzo Albanese, 50 teams) and put his meagre tally as a garnish (5 points). You may have guessed by this point that Nicosix was the other team with Kreder, and so this recipe thus far has been followed by both teams at the top. But you know how you win the week, the cherry on top? Be one of the 4 teams with a rare and not that great sprinter (Brenton Jones) who manages a 4th place somewhere along the line to pick up 3 points to put you over the top. And that's how you win in November! And how do you get third, as karaev and fauniera have managed? Well it's Guardini and Albanese again, but with a hint of Imerio Cima (18 points, 4 teams). Your name in (the fading, end-of-season) lights!

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Nicosix   (+3)
    2   karaev   (+2)
    2   scrooll07   (+2)
    2   JSpear   (+2)
    2   torcia_86   (+2)

    Well, at least we had a clear winner, as there was loads of potential for ties. Nicosix moves up an enormous 3 places on the board, which is actually when you think about it pretty good for 100ish points on the last week of the season. There's a 4-way tie for second, and an 18-way tie for third with a bunch of teams moving up one spot.

    October's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points this Month
    1   trackstand   1439
    2   Hugo Koblet   1349
    3   nuvolablu   1301
    4   GP Blanco   1290
    5   karaev   1288

    If you are a careful reader of these updates, you likely noticed that trackstand had a meteoric rise in the late season to land the third podium spot in the last big update. It should be no surprise that their team leads this ranking, with a robust 1439 points cobbled together from a bunch of Italian one-day races including Lombardia, a few second-tier WT races in Turkey and China, and scattered other October offerings. Let's go through trackstand's greatest hits list - the biggest #1 smash (and I'm not talking about his fist to other riders' faces) is Gianni Moscon, who bounced back from his, ah, troubles to score 321 points in October; beyond that are three high-charting singles in Pascal Ackermann (185 more to his already impressive year), Rob Power (145 to end a solid if quiet year), and Ion Izagirre with 100 more to move over 1100 for the year. Guys like Lopez, Terpstra, Kennaugh and Van Poppel all contributed over 75 points. Hugo Koblet had a nice end to the season too, even more top-heavy with Moscon, Max Walscheid (203 points) and Fabio Jakobsen (161) as the riders over 100 points for the month. nuvolablu finishes a solid third, with Moscon and Power and lots of little points from a bunch of guys.

    October's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Hugo Koblet   (+13)
    1   nuvolablu   (+13)
    3   Vesica   (+12)
    4   Hakkie2   (+11)
    5   LaFlorecita   (+10)
    5   Roubaix   (+10)
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   (+10)
    5   Eric10   (+10)
    5   karaev   (+10)

    Papa Hugo (because he founded this game; okay Hugo, sorry I'll never call you that again) and nuvolablu tie for top spot on this chart, and of course being the end of the season the standings are stratified so the moves aren't the largest ever. Points winner trackstand was already in the top 10 and had nowhere to move, so their team doesn't appear here and instead Vesica sneaks onto the podium on this ranking (highest-scoring pick that hasn't been mentioned already: Florian Senechal with 132 on the month).

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Eric10   245
    2   Squire   240
    3   archieboy   221
    4   Kryvo   213
    5   Geraint Too Fast   212
    6   greenedge   203
    7   fauniera   193
    7   ruvu75   193
    9   Giallo   192
    10   zlev11   186

    Squire, I'm sorry. Already a bridesmaid in the overall standings, Squire relinquishes the lead in this competition at the last. Eric10 gets 21 points in a tie for 5th place, which is enough to overhaul Squire for the lead in this competition, as their team was already in 2nd in the rankings. Lower down in the top 10, last year's overall winner fauniera (28 points this week) moves into a tie for 7th with this year's overall winner ruvu75 (1 point this week in a huge tie for 10th on the week), and Giallo scores 15 to hop into the top 10.

    Top 10 Overall

    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   ruvu75   16513
    2   (-)   Squire   16099
    3   (-)   trackstand   15832
    4   (-)   TheArt   15615
    5   (-)   MADRAZO   14697
    6   (-)   Gigs_98   14624
    7   (-)   kabete   14556
    8   (-)   Total Package   14344
    9   (-)   GP Blanco   14339
    10   (-)   Hakkie2   14177

    There is no movement in this ranking, so take a snapshot of this as your almost-certainly final standings. A couple of spots were switched in the top 20, but the top 10 stays solid. There is officially one more update that counts with the 2.1 Tour of Fuzhou, which I will dutifully post if it provides any points, but the participating teams are obscure and it's entirely possible that no one in this game scores any points. So that's pretty much it! Remember to come back around for next year's game when it's time to submit teams around New Years! Interestingly, it looks like the Aussie roads are before the TTs next year, so the new game will start the day before the road race on January 5th.

    Spreadsheet at dropbox
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    Re: 2018 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #171 on: November 21, 2018, 00:30 »
    Update #43: Huge Points in Final Week of CQ Game

    ...just kidding. But there were some points!

    Oscar freakin' Sevilla, of all people, got 2 points for 11th place at the 2.2 Vuelta Michoacan in Mexico. Guybrush had him as a unique pick, so Guybrush scores 2 points and wins the week as no one else had any point getters in Fuzhou or elsewhere.

    The game is officially done! I can now offer an official congratulations to this year's top 10, which is unchanged from the last update:

    Rank   Team   Points
    1   ruvu75   16513
    2   Squire   16099
    3   trackstand   15832
    4   TheArt   15615
    5   MADRAZO   14697
    6   Gigs_98   14624
    7   kabete   14556
    8   Total Package   14344
    9   GP Blanco   14339
    10   Hakkie2   14177

    The 2 points scored this week didn't change the standings or the green jersey standings (I gave Guybrush 2 points in that, following my precedent in other weeks when fewer than 15 teams scored of giving 15th place points to the lowest team that scored and moving up from there), so there is no need to issue a new spreadsheet, the standings of the last sheet are official. For those who track or aggregate all time stats, you can manually add 2 points to Guybrush's total :)

    Thanks once again to all for playing! I will certainly follow up by early to mid December to start next year's thread.
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