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Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2021, 17:39 »
3rd overall let's stop the competition right here :D
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #31 on: February 16, 2021, 03:35 »
    Update #3: Hugo Boss



    We have been building up in our limited French calendar so far, going from a 1.1 the first week of the game to a 2.1 and nationals the second week, to a 2.PS and 1.PS this week. And indeed, with Provence and Almeria taking place this week, we see our biggest points week in the game so far!



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Jon_Ezeitza   586
    2   Hugo Koblet   561
    3   Crevaison   559
    4   Northerner   547
    5   karaev   536


    Having the podium of the stage race of the week is a fine basis for winning the week; indeed, Jon Ezeitza takes it with Sosa (183 points, 42 teams), Alaphilippe (120, 27), and Bernal (107, pretty much everyone) forming a good start. Add in 62 from Mollema and 50 from Vansevenant (at a cost of 15!) and you've got a winner! A few minor points from Almeria put it over the top. Hugo Koblet gets second this week, but won't be crying too much as he was already in first overall coming in. Crevaison gets third - both of the other podium finishers didn't have Mollema but did have 52 from Dupont in Almeria, and had a little bit less than Jon Ezeitza from the minor points.



    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   karaev   (+56)
    2   ChrisDK   (+53)
    3   bminchow   (+48)
    4   Earns1985   (+46)
    5   MuddyWaters   (+42)


    Some huge leaps this week as the table isn't yet settled so there is room to move! karaev takes top spot this week, with ChrisDK and defending champ bminchow right behind. All 3 teams also have the Provence podium, without a key rider or two of the three top scorers from the previous list, but all the top scoring teams this week are very similar.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   106.67
    2   Boris98   62.67
    3   Jon_Ezeitza   62
    4   LaFlorecita   55
    5   Crevaison   51


    Wow, three weeks in and you can barely get in the top 10 with the 45 points you'd get for a weekly win! There are a few teams that are faring quite well in the French races at the start of the season and scoring week upon week. Hugo's 35 points puts their team ahead with a huge lead, almost no one else is even within 45 points. Boris98 and Jon Ezeitza are buzzing around the top here too.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Hugo Koblet
    995
    2   (+1)   LaFlorecita   891
    3   (+7)   Northerner   887
    4   (+8)   Object   840
    5   (-)   Hakkie2   817
    6   (-)   rote_laterne   804
    7   (+14)   Crevaison   778
    8   (-)   manafana   767
    9   (+34)   Jon_Ezeitza   740
    10   (-8)   Boris98   707


    Some long-time game participants near the top of the list here, and at the top of the list once again is Hugo Koblet, coming oh so close to cracking 1000 points. Second on the week extends his lead to over 100 points, while LaFlorecita moves up one spot and Northerner rounds out the podium. Some big leaps into the top 10 from Object, Crevaison, and especially Jon Ezeitza, while Gigs_98, Armchair Cyclist and postmanhat fall out.



    Normally, this upcoming week would be a flurry of early season activity, continuing the ramp-up to Opening Weekend with Algarve, Andalucia, and the oft-overlooked snack of Haut Var in France, three days long and .1 level. But now, with the former two postponed, Haut Var gets its outsized time in the sun! Since the season has actually started, things seem to have stabilized a bit, in terms of covid numbers holding or declining, and no whispers of any new races being postponed or cancelled. So... fingers crossed, but after this week, we get our first WT action with the UAE Tour (with even some CQ points this week), and that will take us all the way to Belgium!



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #32 on: February 23, 2021, 05:13 »
    Update #4: So Var So Good



    It was (hopefully!) the quietest week we'll have in quite awhile here at the CQ game, with the 3-day 2.1 Tour du Var taking centre stage, plus a stage of UAE Tour that happened before the update as well. So after the excitement and scramble to get on the starting lists on the early season races, we can take a breath and assess the first part of our respective teams' seasons before the top-level races start happening fast and furious, starting with this weekend. The start of the season was rocky with the covid changes, but we've tentatively made it through the races that survived the first round of cancellations.



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Devils_Elbow   220
    2   adamski101   199
    3   trackstand   196
    4   Nicosix   182
    5   EvansIsTheBest   180


    Only one team breaking 200 points this week, and it's Devils Elbow! Congratulations. As nobody had Brambilla and only 3 teams had Rusty Woods, Devils Elbow's team is driven by 102 points from Bauke Mollema (33 teams) for third place (+ stage placings), and 48 from David Gaudu (19 teams). But actually it seems like what's put their team over the top was the inclusion of Monday's UAE TT stage in the CQ ranking, getting 30 points from Bissegger (18 points) and Bjerg (12) there. adamski101 would've taken the week without that stage's inclusion, with a spread-out haul from Ben O'Connor (55 points, 5 teams), Gaudu, Valentin Madouas (45, 4) and MvdP (39, 9). Team trackstand takes the third spot.



    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Devils_Elbow   (+26)
    2   Nakazar   (+20)
    3   adamski101   (+18)
    4   EvansIsTheBest   (+16)
    5   Yellow Knight   (+15)


    Devils Elbow doubles up here, jumping a modest (compared to the volatile first few weeks) 26 spots in the standings. Nakazar is a newcomer on this ranking, while adamski101 gets a second podium of the week.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   106.67
    2   Boris98   62.67
    3   Jon_Ezeitza   62
    4   LaFlorecita   55
    5   Crevaison   51


    No change from last week, no scoring from the top 5. Devils Elbow gets 7th overall with 45 points for the weekly win.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Hugo Koblet
    1030
    2   (+1)   Northerner   998
    3   (-1)   LaFlorecita   977
    4   (-)   Object   966
    5   (+1)   rote_laterne   906
    6   (+2)   manafana   879
    7   (+2)   Jon_Ezeitza   858
    8   (-3)   Hakkie2   848
    9   (+2)   R_O_Shipman   808
    9   (+4)   skidmark   808


    Hugo Koblet holds onto the top spot again this week despite scoring only 35 points; no other top 10 teams cleared 130 so not much ground was made up. Northerner and LaFlorecita switch places on the podium, while lower down, R_O_Shipman and skidmark enter the top 10, and Crevaison and Boris98 tumble out.



    This week... *deep breath*... it's OPENING WEEKEND! The first WT race of the season, the UAE Tour, is not to be overlooked, there are a couple of fun mountains even though the GC race was drastically thinned on the first day. But as that winds up, we get the hallowed double of Het Nieuwsblad and KBK in Belgium, and the "nobody pays attention to these races but they give out some decent CQ points" undercard of two .Pro races in France.



    The 'real' opening of the European season ushers in the flurry of classic races (and capital-C Classics) coming in the month ahead. Let's see some racing!



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #33 on: February 23, 2021, 10:43 »


    This week... *deep breath*... it's OPENING WEEKEND!... we get the hallowed double of Het Nieuwsblad and KBK in Belgium, and the "nobody pays attention to these races but they give out some decent CQ points" undercard of two .Pro races in France.



    The 'real' opening of the European season ushers in the flurry of classic races (and capital-C Classics) coming in the month ahead. Let's see some racing!

    And those four races, and 19 other Classics/classics up to the beginning of May, make up the Spring Classics CQ game, for which you can use the same price list as you did for this game.   Don't forget to get your team (12 men, 3000 pt budget) to me before the Omloop.
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #34 on: February 26, 2021, 20:49 »
    I've never been this long in the top ten. And Flo's team has quite some start.  :cool
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #35 on: March 02, 2021, 01:31 »
    Update #5: The Season is On!



    Although the really big points are still in the future, Opening Weekend certainly always feels like its name, and the UAE Tour always feels like... uh, well, some World Tour points, more significant this year as the first WT race without the Australian races. But if anyone was wondering what the CQ game is going to look like in 2021 with tons of relatively 'discounted' riders, this week was definitely a preview to kick it off. Last week Hugo was the only team with over 1000 points; some of this week's scores alone would have caught that mark.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Nakazar   954
    2   Otoxiep87   845
    3   Devils_Elbow   832
    4   mineralJ   799
    5   Northerner   791


    This is some "GC of a Grand Tour week" kind of scores. Nobody makes 4 digits, but Nakazar leads the pack with 954 points. Some of that, including their team's highest scorer (Adam Yates, 175 points, 13 teams) was in the UAE Tour, but the bulk was from Belgium and France. Some good points from relatively rare picks David Gaudu (136 points, 19 teams) and Mads Pedersen (135, 5), and also from Anthony Turgis (98, 2) and Phil Gil (70, 19), as well as more popular picks like Pidcock, Politt and Buchmann. A solid all around effort! Otoxiep87 went another direction, as one of the two teams to take Pogacar (286 points) at his 2000+ point cost, helped by a supporting cost of popular picks (Vanmarcke/Pidcock/Politt) and good value picks like David Dekker (60 points, 10 teams) and Clement Champoussin (78 points, 16). Devils Elbow, winner last week, has another solid outing with a lot more points than last week's relatively minor haul.



    This Week's High Movers




    1   Nakazar   (+37)
    2   escartin   (+33)
    3   ray10   (+29)
    4   Devils_Elbow   (+26)
    4   Rebecops   (+26)


    Nakazar doubles up here, with the gigantic haul finding a proportionate jump up  the standings. The other two on the podium are new names, with escartin benefitting from the same Gaudu/Pedersen combo as Nakazar (as well as another large supporting cast), and ray10 rounds it out with a 29 spot jump.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   118.67
    2   Devils_Elbow   75
    3   Northerner   66
    4   Nakazar   65
    5   Boris98   62.67


    Not to be left behind, Hugo Koblet gets 12 points in the green jersey competition for another solid week, and indeed the top 4 overall all scored here this week. Hugo still basically has a one-week (45 points for a win) lead over everyone else. Devils Elbow and Nakazar vault into the top echelon here after two great weeks in a row.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+1)   
    Northerner
    1789
    2   (-1)   Hugo Koblet   1777
    3   (+3)   manafana   1652
    4   (+8)   Otoxiep87   1643
    5   (+10)   shalgo   1535
    6   (+14)   Total Package   1518
    7   (+37)   Nakazar   1515
    8   (+5)   Squire   1504
    9   (-)   skidmark   1486
    10   (-6)   Object   1482
    10   (-3)   Jon_Ezeitza   1482


    Lots of movement on the charts this week - only 3 of the 93 teams are in the same spot as last week - and the top spot switches places by the barest of margins. Despite the good week, Hugo Koblet gets overtaken by Northerner by 12 points, and those two are over 100 points ahead of the next teams on the list. manafana nabs the final podium spot by 9 points. some big jumps into the top 10, with Otoxiep87, shalgo, Total Package, Nakazar and Squire moving in, and rote laterne, Hakkie2, LaFlorecita and RO Shipman falling out.



    This week: a bit calmer of a week than last week, but still some good stuff, with La Samyn, Laigueglia mid-week and then Strade Bianche on Saturday, a 1.Pro Italian race Sunday, and the start of Paris-Nice, after which it just keeps rolling. Remember a year ago when the last stage of the UAE Tour was cancelled, Strade Bianche was nixed and Paris-Nice was in doubt and everything was happening very quickly? Phew, I know I've said it before, but I'm grateful to be seeing some racing!



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #36 on: March 08, 2021, 17:31 »
    I've never been this long in the top ten. And Flo's team has quite some start.  :cool
    Had a flop week the week before last, -20, I did get 2 in the top-3 in Strade but I guess many will have them. Also - look at Carlos Rodriguez just casually finishing 7th in GP Larciano - that's my boy!
    I'm also very satisfied with the shape my unique pick Oldani is showing and this week started off alright with Bol and Matthews in P-N.
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #37 on: March 09, 2021, 04:11 »
    Update #6: When your CQ score's high from that cheap QuickStep guy, that's'a Mauri



    Another week, another top score approaching 4 digits. While last year's week-to-week updates were unique for combining a grab bag of races that normally are not close in the calendar to each other, this year's updates are whiplash-inspiring by the number of points teams are getting even in relatively 'down' weeks. Strade Bianche is bigger in our hearts than it is in CQ points, and "two 1.PS races in Italy, two 1.1 races in Belgium, and 1 stage of Paris-Nice" is hardly an exceptional backing cast. But the big suspicion going into the year - that the sheer affordability of top riders would mean lots of riders on teams would be snagging top spots every week - is already showing us what that actually looks like. And it looks like some monster weeks.



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Otoxiep87   975
    2   Bicycle_Boy   921
    3   SafeBet   871
    4   trackstand   848
    5   EvansIsTheBest   841


    With two top placings in the non-Strade Bianche Italian races this week, Bauke Mollema scores 222 points for 386 on the season and somehow first place in the year's CQ rankings! Props for a guy who's always there or thereabouts to get his moment in the sun. And with 33 teams owning him, a lot of owners have to be pleased. But similarly highly placing in the Italian races and getting a much higher return on investment is young Belgian Mauri Vansevenant, getting 196 points on the week to get to 246 on the season, for a cost of fifteen points! His 28 owners must be quite pleased, and we are just getting started on the season. Unsurprisingly, the winner of the week has them both. Otoxiep87 rides the success of these two, good points from near unanimous picks Bernal (170 points) and Pidcock (70), and 108 from Julian Alaphilippe (27 teams), to end up at almost 1000 points. CQ included Bol's 45 points from Monday's Paris-Nice stage, but Otoxiep87 would have had the week regardless. Bicycle Boy gets a great haul for second place, and being the owner of the rare combination of Van der Poel, Van Aert, and Alaphilippe (now THAT is a big CQ game swing! Props for that), their team is primed to have some giant weeks, despite being one of the few teams without Bernal. BB also has Mollema, Sam Bennett (61 points), and the other QuickStep guy that cost 15 points, Mark Cavendish (48 points). I just want to take a moment here to recognize the ridiculous of QuickStep, winning two of the races on Sunday and getting 2nd in the other race. SafeBet lands in third place, rounding out the podium.



    This Week's High Movers



    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   EvansIsTheBest   (+25)
    2   Josedin   (+23)
    3   Bicycle_Boy   (+22)
    4   BlueRoads   (+21)
    5   Rebecops   (+18)


    A bit of a different list on this ranking. EITB takes the top spot here, moving up 25 spots with a big 3 of Mollema/Vansevenant/Bernal. Josedin lands in second, as one of only 3 teams to benefit from Tim Merlier's two wins this week (160 points), and Bicycle Boy manages both podiums this week.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   122.67
    2   Otoxiep87   98
    3   Jon_Ezeitza   80
    4   Devils_Elbow   75
    5   Northerner   72


    Otoxiep87 narrows Hugo's lead here with the 45 points for the win, although Hugo did pick up 4 points for a top 15 placing. Jon Ezeitza picks up 18 points this week and Northerner picks up 6, tightening things slightly at the top.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+3)   
    Otoxiep87
    2618
    2   (-1)   Northerner   2502
    3   (-1)   Hugo Koblet   2488
    4   (+6)   Object   2270
    5   (+5)   Jon_Ezeitza   2266
    6   (-3)   manafana   2255
    7   (+13)   SafeBet   2227
    8   (-1)   Nakazar   2203
    9   (+12)   trackstand   2194
    10   (+6)   Fivezzz   2185


    Hugo Koblet and Northerner were very close at the top last week, and in fact this week they were very close as well, with Northerner edging out Hugo 713-711 for the week. But Otoxiep87's monster week leapfrogs them both, putting their team handily in the lead by over 100 points. Some big shakeup lower down, with teams moving around the top 10, and SafeBet, trackstand and Fivezzz jumping in, and Squire, Total Package, shalgo and skidmark tumbling out (last week had a tie for 10th so we lose 4 and gain 3).



    This week is always a treat for cycling fans to watch with overlapping stages of Paris-Nice and Tirenno-Adriatico (and an extra treat for some this year I'm sure, as it's comforting to get back to that annual rhythm after it was interrupted last year). But in fact it's quite a simple week for CQ points, as these are the only points on offer, and T-A doesn't give GC points until next week. I used to feel like Paris-Nice was the start of the cycling season, back before I really understood the significance of Opening Weekend and before the CQ game made me obsessed with every single point and therefore all the smaller opening season races. But however you measure it, by the time Paris-Nice rolls around, the season is truly started.


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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #38 on: March 09, 2021, 04:21 »
    In free fall still it seems :D
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #39 on: March 09, 2021, 09:08 »
    Take a moment please to appreciate that update title: brilliant
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #40 on: March 16, 2021, 05:38 »
    Update #7: Jakob747 has a Nice week



    We are in full swing here, with Paris-Nice offering top level WT stage race points and T-A doing the same for a few stages at least. The scores aren't quite at the heights of the busy last few weeks, but still quite solid.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Jakob747   623
    2   Otoxiep87   608
    3   BlueRoads   601
    4   laarsland   599
    5   Koronin   551


    After leading for much of last year before bad injury luck towards the end of the season, Jakob747 makes an appearance at the top for the first time this year. Leading the way for Jakob is an rare, expensive pick that is a young rider with high upside (which, if you've been here for a few CQ games, is very on brand for Jakob's team) - Alexsandr Vlasov netted 205 points for 9 teams with what ended up being 2nd place in P-N after Roglic's shocking Sunday. Also looking good is the 155 from Lucas Hamilton (16 teams), 82 from Laporte and 61 from Bissegger. In 2nd is a familiar name - Otoxiep87 scores a remarkable third week in a row in the top 2 (and was 7th the week before that run started). Vlasov is to thank for that as well, and as one of the two owners of Pogacar, this upcoming week is looking pretty good too. BlueRoads clears 600 on the back of 314 points from the rare Schachmann (2 teams) and Hamilton helping out too.


    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Galpedal   (+23)
    1   Jakob747   (+23)
    3   BlueRoads   (+21)
    4   laarsland   (+19)
    5   Eyeballs Out   (+17)


    Jakob does the double, although this time the spotlight is shared with Galpedal, who didn't show up on the last ranking. Vlasov and van Aert were the key movers for Galpedal there. BlueRoads repeats in third.



    Green Jersey Comptetition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Otoxiep87   133
    2   Hugo Koblet   122.67
    3   Jon_Ezeitza   80
    4   Devils_Elbow   75
    5   Northerner   72


    Otoxiep87's rampage continues through this ranking, as Hugo's giant lead from a couple of weeks ago has evaporated. Only Otoxiep87 scored any points this week of the top 5 on this ranking.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Otoxiep87
    3226
    2   (-)   Northerner   2759
    3   (-)   Hugo Koblet   2733
    4   (+6)   Fivezzz   2710
    5   (-1)   Object   2605
    6   (+1)   SafeBet   2598
    7   (-2)   Jon_Ezeitza   2592
    8   (-2)   manafana   2587
    9   (+11)   MADRAZO   2548
    10   (+9)   rote_laterne   2521


    ...and indeed, Otoxiep87 sees their team lead stretched in the overall to nearly 500 points. That's what happens when you get 2nd on the week after already being in the lead, and as mentioned above, Pogacar is going to ensure this week goes decently at the very least. Northerner and Hugo manage to hold onto the podium spots, and lower down MADRAZO and rote laterne get into the top 10 while trackstand and Nakazar fall out.



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #41 on: March 16, 2021, 08:28 »
    That's a VR member leading. :cool

    I was wondering where my 387 points came from, but I forgot I had Lucas Hamilton.
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #42 on: March 24, 2021, 02:33 »
    Update #8: Another week, another 1000 points



    pardon the update being a bit later this week, it's been a busy one! Just like it was a busy week on the scoresheets of many of the teams of this CQ game. It's my believe that the pandemic-shortened season in 2020 has made it so that game participants could talk themselves into almost any rider this side of Primoz Roglic as a good deal. I think it's perhaps easier to convince yourself to take a rider you really like but is a bit more expensive if that rider still only costs 500 points. If you're comparing a 500 pointer you like to a 300 pointer you like a bit less, it's easier to justify that than, say, if that rider was 1000 points and you were comparing him to a 600 pointer. With the CQ game total remaining at 7500, this has led to some diverse teams, and it also means that there are enough good riders that aren't completely off-limits for teams that no matter which rider wins the big race of the week, it's likely some people are going to have him.



    It's sheerly a coincidence that I used 500 points for illustrative purposes, but it fits well enough the profile of Jasper Stuyven. Costing 502 points and with scores from 850-1250 for the last three full seasons, he's not an eye-catchingly good deal, but you could talk yourself into it. And if you did, you snagged a cool 280 points this week for his monument win! Those riders with Van Aert (5 teams) won't be too disappointed with the 'loss', as he snagged even more (430 points). And hey, why don't you pick van der Poel (9 teams) or Pogacar (2 teams) while you're at it? Cycling's biggest names coming off big seasons are still being picked, and the points they bring are truly a haul.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Boris98   1085
    2   tom_jelte   1025
    3   LosBrolin   962
    4   triley36   948
    5   Hakkie2   944


    Teams have flirted with the 1000 point barrier in recent weeks, and the combo of T-A, MSR and a flurry of smaller races broke that barrier this week. Boris98 returns to the top of the charts after a torrid first few weeks and then a slowdown; aside from Stuyven's 280 points, Boris had four other riders cracking triple digits. The mildly popular Tim Wellens (105,  18 teams), the wildly popular Egan Bernal (136, everyone pretty much), and then exactly 100 from Bardet and Michael Matthews (didn't have a particularly bad year last year, but at 639 cost that was good enough for 23 teams). Sorry Sonny Colbrelli, your 80 points are only good enough for a mention this low down the list, and heaven forbid you scored less than that, you're not even worth a mention on this update. tom jelte gets second, and with a lineup of Van Aert, van der Poel and Sagan (as well as Bernal as a top scorer this week), their team might feature in a number of weekly updates in weeks those 3 are racing. LosBrolin doesn't quite crack a grand but gets third on the week with Stuyven, Bernal and Sagan leading the way and some strong supporting points across the board.



    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   LosBrolin   (+29)
    2   tom_jelte   (+22)
    3   18-Valve. (pithy)   (+19)
    4   the asian   (+17)
    5   Josedin   (+16)
    5   postmanhat   (+16)


    Boris98 finishes just out of the top 5 here, so the next two from the other rankings take over the top two spots here, both with jumps of over 20 spots. 18-Valve.(pithy) manages third here, as one of the 2 owners of Pogacar, as well as having Sagan and Bernal scoring big this week.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Otoxiep87   133
    2   Hugo Koblet   122.67
    3   Boris98   107.67
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   80
    5   Devils_Elbow   75


    Boris98's team nabbed 4th on the first week of the CQ game, finished in a 3-way tie for 1st the next week, and then underwent a drought until this week, with 45 points for the win returning them to the top of this ranking. No other teams in the top 5 score this week.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Otoxiep87
    3922
    2   (-)   Northerner   3551
    3   (+15)   Boris98   3443
    4   (+7)   Bicycle_Boy   3416
    5   (+5)   rote_laterne   3406
    6   (+2)   manafana   3366
    7   (-4)   Hugo Koblet   3361
    8   (-3)   Object   3309
    9   (+5)   Squire   3283
    10   (+2)   Total Package   3276


    And Boris' big week comes with a big result in the overall! Even though they almost made the top 5 high movers of the week, they were already placed quite high, moving up from 18th to 3rd overall! Otoxiep87 loses 96 points to Northerner on the week but still has a pretty healthy lead (although is 370 points really that healthy in a game where top teams are scoring 1000ish every week?), and those two keep the top two spots. Apart from Boris, Bicycle Boy does a big leap into the top 10 (and top 4), Squire and Total Package move into the top 10, while SafeBet, MADRAZO, Fivezzz and Jon Ezeitza fall out.



    This week the fun continues, with Catalunya and Coppi e Bartali already underway with none of the biggest phenoms of cycling present, making them seem fairly wide open to my eyes (although Mauri Vansevenant is probably going to get a bunch more points from Italy). And then, we've got De Panne Wednesday, E3 Friday (welcome back!) and Gent Wevelgem Sunday. Classics season is truly underway!



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #43 on: March 24, 2021, 16:31 »
    +15 and a few riders in profit.

    Plus ahead of Search so there is that :)
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #44 on: March 30, 2021, 17:22 »
    Update #9: Leaderboard flips in another monster week



    It was an exciting week in racing, with echelons from 170km out in Gent-Wevelgem and constantly attacking racing in E3, as well as De Panne, Coppi e Bartali, and Catalunya (which I guess was exciting if you were nostalgic for the days the Sky train dominated by having the best TTers and then the strongest team in the mountains). That amount of racing was always going to add up to a strong week, but this one is the strongest of the season which has already seen some big weeks.



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Total Package   1246
    2   Tigerion   1116
    3   Bonimenier   1115
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   1076
    5   JPettersen   1058


    Last week's top 3 scored over 1000 points, and this week doubled that with 6 teams breaking that mark. There were many ways to succeed this week, but if you wanted a spot at the top the must-have was Adam Yates, who managed to pull in 331 points for his 13 teams with the tightly controlled win in Catalunya. Total Package managed the win with Yates and a solid grab bag of classics stars, with 130 points from Trentin (36 teams), 120 from Viviani who finally won a race (32 teams), 119 from Colbrelli (18), 117 from Naesen (42) and 111 from Van Avermaet (33), as well as a few solid sub-100 weeks from riders to top it off. Phew! Tigerion will be happy despite second on the week, reaping 1116 points from an even more concentrated group of high scorers, with Yates leading the way and 222 points from Esteban Chaves (2 teams!), who seems to have finally returned to form (much to the relief of those of us who like the guy and much to the chagrin of those of us who have picked him for the last three years but declined to do again this year). Geraint Thomas (166, 32 teams) and Viviani also contribute. Bonimenier is one point back as the highest team without Yates, with Thomas leading the way over a wealth of classics riders (Trentin, Colbrelli, Naesen, GvA) and 140 points from an almost-41-year-old Alejandro Valverde chosen by 4 teams. Respect to the old man!



    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Tigerion   (+32)
    2   PremierAndrew   (+18)
    2   Bonimenier   (+18)
    2   Yellow Knight   (+18)
    5   VeloRooms   (+16)


    As we will see lower down, Total Package was already fairly high on the overall and had little space to move up, so Tigerion makes the most notable bounce this week. PremierAndrew and Yellow Knight join Bonimenier on a packed podium on this standing.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   142.67
    2   Otoxiep87   133
    3   Boris98   107.67
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   106
    5   Northerner   84


    Hugo Koblet is back on top of this ranking after Otoxiep87's tear of the last month, getting 20 points for 6th on the week to regain the lead. 2nd and 3rd place teams are idle this week, while Jon Ezeitza grabs 26 points and Northerner gets 10 to get into the top 5.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+9)   
    Total Package
    4522
    2   (-)   Northerner   4477
    3   (+4)   Hugo Koblet   4400
    4   (-1)   Boris98   4328
    5   (+1)   manafana   4311
    6   (-2)   Bicycle_Boy   4310
    7   (+8)   Jon_Ezeitza   4289
    8   (+5)   Fivezzz   4233
    9   (-8)   Otoxiep87   4206
    10   (+2)   MADRAZO   4068


    Otoxiep87's tear through the charts comes to a halt this week as rare picks Pogacar and Vlasov took a break, and the 400 point lead of last week evaporates. Total Package was already 10th overall and so was well positioned to take advantage of the monster week, and so jumps into the top spot overall. Northerner holds in second, tantalizingly close to first (less than 50 points difference can be easily made up in this high scoring environment, but that also means the teams behind you can catch you just as easily), while Hugo returns to the podium. Jon Ezeitza, Fivezzz and MADRAZO return to the top 10, while Squire, rote laterne and Object drop out.



    This week is a bit quieter, although there continues a theme of 'races that didn't take place in 2020 returning' in Dwars Door Vlanderen and GP Miguel Indurain, before the one we're all waiting for on Sunday - La Roue Tourangelle. No wait, the one we're all waiting for actually did take place last October but is returning to its normal spot at the start of a Holy Week sandwich, which may of course become an open-faced sandwich depending on what happens with the touch-and-go Paris-Roubaix drama. I'll take what I can get.



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #45 on: March 30, 2021, 18:43 »
    Really not helping my most expensive rider at 918 is on 0 it seems :lol
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #46 on: April 05, 2021, 21:56 »
    Update #10: Boris98 strikes back



    At the start of the week, I thought it was strange that a week with a monument was so thin with racing and figured it would be a down week for points. But, uh, the 1000 point weeks keep coming!



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Boris98   1080
    2   Salvarani   1004
    3   Hugo Koblet   871
    4   Total Package   828
    5   Gigs_98   816


    Boris98 won two weeks ago, had a down week last week, and now has won again with another 4-digit week. The driving force behind the win two weeks ago (Jasper Stuyven, 4 teams) scored 161 this week, but that was only good enough for third on Boris' team, behind Greg Van Avermaet (199 points, 33 teams) and Christophe Laporte (162, 32). Also contributing is Sep Vanmarcke (112, 62 teams), Kristoff (13 teams, got 90 points despite overall having a disappointing week) and Lutsenko (78 points, 31 teams). Salvarani has a solid week, cracking 1000 points with a very similar lineup as Boris but instead of the owned-by-4-teams Stuyven, their team has 130 points from an owned-by-4-teams (and is seeming like possibly quite a good deal) Alejandro Valverde. A familiar face in third, as Hugo Koblet has yet another great week with the familiar trio of GvA/Laporte/Vanmarcke and just a cumulative bounce from a strong supporting cast of 12 other riders that nabbed between 10 and 90 points this week. Interestingly, none of the 5 teams that picked Asgreen featured in the top 10 this week, emphasizing how big of a team game this truly is.



    This Week's High Movers




    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Salvarani   (+28)
    2   VeloRooms   (+15)
    2   Gigs_98   (+15)
    4   escartin   (+13)
    4   Koronin   (+13)


    Salvarani's 1000 point week comes with a large jump in the standings, moving up a very impressive 28 spots in the standings. The VeloRooms collective team and Gigs_98 tie for the other podium spots, the former being one of those 5 Asgreen teams and the latter riding the tried and true GvA/Laporte/Vanmarcke + Valverde combo.



    This Month's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this month
    1   Boris98   4091
    2   Total Package   3832
    3   Bicycle_Boy   3691
    4   Hugo Koblet   3494
    5   tom_jelte   3467


    It has been quite the month! Note that March scores include 5 updates rather than 4, but Boris98 still averages over 800 points/update in March, and along with Total Package is one of two teams who earned over half of their team's 7500 cost this month. Boris' riders scoring big points range from the rare to the popular, the expensive to the cheap. But leading the way is the aforementioned Stuyven, who got 473 points for his 4 owners. Behind that, Boris98 got hauls from GvA (375), Bernal (311), Michael Matthews, Christophe Laporte (270 each), Mauri Vansevenant (237), Tiesj Benoot (211), Sonny Colbrelli (209), Matteo Trentin (197) and Sep Vanmarcke (165) as a top 10 on the month. Phew! Total Package has the same top 5 save for Adam Yates (331) replacing Stuyven, and the same in spots 6-10 save for Mollema (262) and Sagan (218) swapped in for Vansevnant and Benoot. Bicycle Boy is in third place but with little to complain about, with a wildly top-heavy team, top 3 scorers being WvA with 1010 points(!), MvdP with 738, and Sam Bennett with 329.



    This Month's High Movers



    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   tom_jelte   (+48)
    2   Galpedal   (+39)
    3   LosBrolin   (+33)
    4   Bicycle_Boy   (+32)
    5   VeloRooms   (+28)


    A different set on this ranking, indicating that the teams that were highest scoring in March had already gotten off to a great start. On this ranking, tom-jelte managed to move up more than half the length of the table with a Van driven lineup (Van Aert, Van Der Poel, Van Avermaet) plus Bernal topping 300 for the month. Galpedal grabs second on this ranking thanks largely to WvA, and LosBrolin gets a mention in third.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   172.67
    2   Boris98   152.67
    3   Otoxiep87   133
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   106
    5   Total Package   91


    The rich get richer in this ranking... Boris98 would have gone back in the lead with 45 points this week if Hugo hadn't gotten 30 points for third place - as a result, both teams build up a pretty good lead on the rest of the field. Total Package gets 26 points for 4th on the week to build on 45 for the win last week to move into the top 5 overall here.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+3)   
    Boris98
    5408
    2   (-1)   Total Package   5350
    3   (-)   Hugo Koblet   5271
    4   (-2)   Northerner   4986
    5   (-)   manafana   4895
    6   (-)   Bicycle_Boy   4879
    7   (+1)   Fivezzz   4799
    8   (+3)   Squire   4739
    9   (+7)   skidmark   4736
    10   (-)   MADRAZO   4707


    Another week, another lead change! Boris98's great week is enough to get back into the lead, although only by 58 points over last week's leader Total Package - in this high-point environment, that's nothing. Hugo Koblet keeps a place among the leaders as has been the case all season. Lower down there's minor bouncing about, with game veterans Squire and skidmark coming back into the top 10, and the  feast-or-famine teams of Otoxiep87 and Jon Ezeitza tumbling out (although with Pogacar and Yates in action this week, that may be a short-lived drop for both of them).



    This week lacks the full punch it would have had if Paris-Roubaix had gone ahead, but at least we have the most hated one day race on the calendar in Scheldeprijs. I would imagine, at least, there is legitimate excitement at the return of Itzulia, as well as at the first showdown of the year between Roglic and Pogacar (even if they might have little impact on this game). And I would also imagine that many of you might have had the same reaction as I did looking at the calendar and, in realizing the Tour of Turkey has its first stage this CQ week, reacted by thinking 'oh yeah that race exists'.



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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #47 on: April 06, 2021, 13:51 »
    Collective team getting in the highlights :D
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    Re: 2021 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #48 on: April 14, 2021, 14:13 »
    Update #11: Lead changes again even in relatively quiet week



    The postponement of Paris-Roubaix took a big points prize off the week, but the always-exciting Itzulia made everyone realize why they missed it in 2020, and in regards to this game it offered a week of WorldTour level points. There was some movement in the standings to go with it.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   AlyKaptan   701
    2   Blues in the bottle   612
    3   Rebecops   521
    4   Nakazar   498
    5   ray10   482


    A pretty top-loaded week, with one team topping 700, two teams topping 600, and one other joining them at 500... AlyKaptan hit on a few rare picks this week, with Jonas Vingegaard (199, 9 teams) and David Gaudu (178, 19 teams) and Brandon McNulty (87, 9 teams) leading the way. Blues in the bottle has the latter 2 of those 3, but rather than Vingeagaard had Scheldeprijs-winning Jasper Philipsen (133, 2 teams). Rebecops ends up in third, with the same top 2 as AlyKaptan as well as Landa (82, 4) but little other support.



    This Week's High Movers



    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   AlyKaptan   (+15)
    2   Blues in the bottle   (+12)
    2   ray10   (+12)
    4   laarsland   (+10)
    5   Rebecops   (+9)
    5   JPettersen   (+9)
    5   Nevs   (+9)


    Unsurprisingly, with a score head and shoulders above the rest of the field, AlyKaptan also has the highest leap up the standings. Blues in the bottle takes second here too, tied with ray10.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Hugo Koblet   172.67
    2   Boris98   152.67
    3   Otoxiep87   145
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   120
    5   Nakazar   107


    The top 2 here have a week off (in terms of green jersey points), but below, Otoxiep87 got 12 points this week, Jon Ezeitza nabbed 14 and Nakazar 26 to make things a bit tigther at the top. Hugo still has a pretty healthy lead, with only two others within a weekly win (45 points) of the lead.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+1)   
    Total Package
    5630
    2   (-1)   Boris98   5587
    3   (-)   Hugo Koblet   5570
    4   (-)   Northerner   5210
    5   (+8)   Nakazar   5164
    6   (-)   Bicycle_Boy   5147
    7   (-2)   manafana   5137
    8   (+4)   Otoxiep87   5086
    9   (-1)   Squire   5038
    10   (+9)   JPettersen   4974


    Total Package flips things around back into first this week, gaining 101 points on last week's leader Boris98 in a very competitive battle for the top - Hugo is only 60 points out of first back in third place as well. Nakazar, Otoxiep87 and JPettersen enter the top 10, while skidmark, Fivezzz and MADRAZO drop out.



    This week is an interesting one - a lot of the 'top' names in this game are in a resting cycle after the flurry of opening big spring races, and .Pro level races in Turkey and Spain attract a mixed group of WT and non-WT teams that offer opportunity for some riders to punch above their normal weight in terms of CQ points. As well, Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold get a mix of Ardennes riders and more cobbles guys than usual now that P-R has been postponed. Looming around the corner is the first Grand Tour of the year in a few weeks...



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