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2022 CQ Game Thread
« on: December 21, 2021, 15:16 »
Hi all, and welcome to the 2022 CQ Ranking Manager Game! This is the twelfth edition of the game! Please see below for some history, basics, and more specific rules related to dates, dopers, etc.



History



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



Hugo successfully ran the game for 3 years, and it bred various offshoots, such as a youth game, seasonal games (classics and GTs), emerging riders and riders in decline games. I took over organizing the main game for 2014 when Hugo got too busy, and have done so for the past seven years. See the second post in this thread for a roll of honour of yearly champions.





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



Basics



The game is based on the point system developed by the website www.cqranking.com. Based on this system you will have to select a team of between 25 and 33 riders whose combined value doesn’t exceed 7500 points. 7500 points is normally under the mean for the ProTour teams; the mean for 2020 is 7830. 7500 is closest to the amount of points team Israel Start-Up Nation made this season, the 7th ranked of the 19 WT teams.



Your aim then is to select a team of riders who will increase their 2021 score the most during the 2022 season. The winner of the game is the one who has selected the team with the highest combined value when the game ends.





1. How the game works



1.1. Start & Finish


The season starts when the first major race (.1 or higher) giving CQ points is held* and ends when the last major race is held. The winner will be crowned when the next update after the last major race is out.**



*normally, the game season starts when the first race giving out points is held, which is usually the Aussie nationals soon after the new year. Coronavirus pushed those back in 2021, but this is back at the top of the calendar with the TT race scheduled to be the first one up on January 12th. There is currently one 2.2 race scheduled before then, but any points scored by riders in those races will be reflected in the first update.







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



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



1.2 Updates


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



2. On doping



2.1. On ex-dopers

All riders are available to choose, except for riders who are provisionally suspended by the UCI (as of their most recent list).



Riders who have been suspended for doping and had that affect their 2020 score will not be available simply for their 2020 score. Instead, a rider’s value will be equivalent to that of his last full season; or, if he has more recently had a (not full, due to suspension) season in which he has earned more points, that season represents his value. Riders who have been suspended by the UCI (ie. Not merely provisionally suspended) [urlhttps://assets.ctfassets.net/761l7gh5x5an/1eUWQkeQp5lRjW9QcgG6us/365e451dec09ec4c1c4154e0dea38dea/2021_12_17_Sanction_ADRV_ENG_2.0.pdf]are on this list[/url].



Therefore, you can pick any rider you like, but if you want to take Jaime Roson, for example (his suspension ends in 2022), he got 0 points in 2017-2021 due to his suspension and backdated annulment of results. His suspension dates back to 2017, meaning his last 'full' season was 2016, in which he scored 178 points. The length of suspensions (and relatively low profile of positive athletes) means that hopefully the complicated rules around doping won’t be an issue this season.



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



**NOTE: I have made a specific rule to deal with the unique case of Dylan Groenewegen, who has faced a long suspension for a non-doping offense. Briefly, he is to be treated the same as dopers, available for his 2019 cost for both the 2021 and 2022 editions of the game.



2.2. Riders getting caught during the season


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



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



3. Submitting your team



3.1. How do I?


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



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



The layout you need to use is this:



ROGLIC Primoz

POGACAR Tadej

Etc.



Nothing else. No point scores after the name. Also, be careful that there is no “space” after the name, because I will have to delete it manually, but can't always detect these things in time for the game. If there is an error that isn't discovered until after the game starts, and that error makes your team ineligible (eg. if it puts your team over the limit) the rider will simply be deleted from the team without replacement.



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



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



3.2. When do I?

The first race of the season will start January 12, so I want to have your team in hand on January 10 at the latest.



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



The submission deadline is 23:59 (CET) January 9th, so early January 10th for Aussies and sometime earlier on January 9th for North Americans. The revision and publication deadline is 24 hours later; I would ask that people refrain from posting the riders on their team until after that, so midnight CET on the start of January 11th.



Please note that even though the racing season is over, it is always possible that CQ will adjust points for an earlier season race for whatever reason (eg. readjusting points for suspended dopers) Be mindful of these changes.



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



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



Create Your Team




Hugo created a very helpful file in 2012, referred to above, that helps avoid any errors in calculation and helps ensure you are formatting your rider names correctly. I would encourage everyone to use this option, especially if you are not confident in your spreadsheet creating skills. Please use the file attached here to create your team, then copy and paste the rider names to send to me by PM once you have it correct. Thank you.



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



I think that about covers everything. If you have any questions or if I forgot to add or explain anything, please let me know.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #1 on: December 21, 2021, 15:17 »
    I'm going to reserve the second post in the thread for a list of teams who have submitted, as they come in, as well as list an honour roll of top finishers throughout the years.

    As of 4:00 CET on January 9th, the following 55 teams have been received:

    1   Mayomaniac
    2   comodoro
    3   vladimir
    4   Jon Ezeitza
    5   zaka_fan
    6   Bonimenier
    7   Salvarani
    8   Panda Claws
    9   Berflamand
    10   repre
    11   Riverside
    12   vsd88
    13   EvansIsTheBest
    14   Leadbelly
    15   Jspear
    16   search
    17   armchairclimber
    18   Jumbo Visma Fan
    19   triley36
    20   Koronin
    21   Martin
    22   Sneekes
    23   oliveira
    24   scrooll007
    25   Total Package
    26   BlueRoads
    27   firefly3323
    28   Hugo Koblet
    29   NielsB
    30   Eric10
    31   adamski101
    32   PremierAndrew
    33   Kazistuta
    34   LaFlorecita
    35   trackstand
    36   Rakim
    37   Hakkie2
    38   Earns1985
    39   will10
    40   Object
    41   ray10
    42   rote_laterne
    43   Otoxiep87
    44   Lortnoc
    45   Armchair Cyclist
    46   Jpettersen
    47   bminchow
    48   escartin
    49   edkDeus
    50   LosBrolin
    51   Mellow Velo
    52   Amis Velo
    53   DJ Sprtsch
    54   NorthAmericanScum
    55   MADRAZO


    2011 – 87 participants



    ingsve – 13897 points

    Waterloo Sunrise – 13450

    mc_mountain – 12670



    2012 – 129 participants



    skidmark – 19345 points

    Kvinto – 18087

    Nyssinator – 17761



    2013 – 132 participants



    SteelyDan – 13094 points

    Geraint Too Fast – 13074

    will10 – 12986



    2014 – 150 participants



    Pentacycle – 14367 points

    Cykeltyven – 13693

    Ruudz0r - 13609



    2015 – 155 participants



    Cykeltyven – 16209 points

    skidmark - 15616

    snccdcno - 15412



    2016 – 144 participants



    skidmark – 15392 points

    jeroenk - 14707

    abbulf – 14448



    2017 – 131 participants



    fauniera – 15867 points

    the asian - 15698

    GP Blanco - 15217



    2018 – 129 participants



    ruvu75 – 16513 points

    Squire - 16099

    trackstand - 15832



    2019 - 114 participants



    fauniera - 14579 points
    karaev - 14339
    Hakkie2 - 14260
    2020 - 113 participants



    bminchow - 10010 points
    Wallenquist - 9520
    Object - 9173
    2021 - 93 participants



    Object - 19129 points
    Squire - 19015
    Total Package - 18676
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #2 on: December 21, 2021, 18:41 »
    After much footering my latest conundrum is 66 points for two riders.

    Hopefully the 31st December CQ update will bring a resolution to things. :shh
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #3 on: January 02, 2022, 19:33 »
    Team Crash Bang Wallop

    Two riders costing over 1000 points each.
    Three zero pointers.
    Riders from all six continents (kinda).
    Right up until the last week or two I-SUN wasn't the most represented team!

    19 (!) WT Riders
    6 PCT Riders
    8 Continental Heroes
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #4 on: January 03, 2022, 08:17 »
    sent in my team as well. Of course I ditched some early selection at last minute, which somehow resulted in 28 WT riders now.

    I-SUN isn't quite my most represented team either (1) :dizzy - nor is the one, I initially planed to focus on a bit more. Instead I ended up with lots of #bora
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #5 on: January 03, 2022, 19:35 »
    Ah well it was #trek I was talking about. Had four riders initially and was toying with the idea of 5, 6 or even 7 but ended up with two.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #6 on: January 05, 2022, 21:34 »
    I noticed there doesn't appear to be VR collective team thread this year - is that tradition ending? I'm sorry if so, that has been a fun tradition and the thread was always fun to read :(
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #7 on: January 08, 2022, 14:39 »
    Team submitted with even less confidence than I usually have:

     9 U-23s
    8 aged 30+

    12 costing below 100 points
    10 above 300pts (but only one above 600)

    16 teams represented, 2 of them 5 times, but only one non-WT.

    17 nationalities, with a maximum of 5 from any one; 7 non-Europeans and only 6 from GT countries.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #8 on: January 11, 2022, 05:51 »
    Team Crash Bang Wallop

    ALMEIDA Joao Pedro Gonçalves
    EVENEPOEL Remco
    LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
    FUGLSANG Jakob
    HOELGAARD Markus
    GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
    HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
    SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
    BAGIOLI Andrea
    ADRIA OLIVERAS Roger
    JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland
    AYUSO PESQUERA Juan
    ZINGLE Axel
    VAN WILDER Ilan
    UMBA LOPEZ Abner Santiago
    EINHORN Itamar
    GOLDSTEIN Omer
    DE LIE Arnaud
    PICCOLO Andrea
    JUNGELS Bob
    ÖRKEN Ahmet
    BASKA Erik
    FRIGO Marco
    HAGEN Carl Fredrik
    FRETIN Milan
    HEMING Mika
    RANGEL COSTA Vinicius
    DELBOVE Joris
    EWART Jesse
    TENDON Arnaud
    RIVERA SERRANO Kevin
    HAILEMICHAEL Mulu Kinfe
    MALECKI Kamil

    Maybe a few words later, but I make it ten uniques - Adria being the highest costing as one other went for Almeida.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #9 on: January 11, 2022, 08:21 »
    here are my 33 friends for the year

    Name Price Popularity
    MAS NICOLAU Enric      1095      1
    BENNETT Sam      566      43
    LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel      563      51
    LANDA MEANA Mikel      533      20
    EWAN Caleb      482      68
    HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres      404      28
    CICCONE Giulio      343      33
    MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe      311      32
    CONSONNI Simone      269      3
    BETTIOL Alberto      257      34
    KOOIJ Olav      249      26
    IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka      214      3
    SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro      211      25
    PINOT Thibaut      207      61
    ANDERSEN Søren Kragh      203      39
    BUCHMANN Emanuel      190      49
    HERMANS Quinten      186      2
    AYUSO PESQUERA Juan      178      57
    IMPEY Daryl      165      1
    VAN WILDER Ilan      137      63
    HINDLEY Jai      137      62
    MARECZKO Jakub      130      5
    GROSU Eduard-Michael      111      3
    PLAPP Lucas      97      34
    TIZZA Marco      58      1
    KÄMNA Lennard      53      72
    KANTER Max      49      16
    MÜHLBERGER Gregor      45      16
    VERNON Ethan      26      29
    MILAN Jonathan      25      8
    EWART Jesse      5      4
    UIJTDEBROEKS Cian      0      50
    MARTIN ROMERO David      0      2

    a bit wary about leaving out Rivera. Dumoulin and Jungels, not so much, but could still backfire of course.

    As I said, I wanted to follow Ibarguren's move to Movistar a bit, so ended up with guys like Mas (unique), Gorka and Sosa, who looked like having the most potential to me - and because Valverde felt too old to still pick. Apparently others felt that way about Impey, my 2nd unique pick. Third one is Tizza. Vai #bingoal Marco Tizza! :cheer

    Also quite happy with the other rare picks. Hard to say how quick Martin really is, but with not much sprinting competition at Eolo, I felt more confident in him than in Malecki, or Gazprom turning the table for Rivera. Grosu could become no #1 sprinter at Androni as well, and apparently also Consonni is at Cofidis, despite signing Coquard. Maybe I'm a bit overconfident in him, but I think he could do very well if he finds enough hilly races/stages with a sprint in the end.

    Celano was another 0-point option for a long while, but last week I read that Sapura's move to Europe may not happen, so he had to go. Same as some other long-timers like Askey, Babor and Hirschi, because I messed up the points ;)
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #10 on: January 11, 2022, 18:42 »
    Hey, you said over on CN that you see a lot of potential in Hermans. Isn't this the third year in a row you've picked him? Must be a slow burning potential. :P :shh

    Anyway you missed the best zero-pointer imo. He's riding for your friends at Global6 - HAILEMICHAEL Mulu Kinfe.

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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #11 on: January 11, 2022, 19:26 »
    Some musings:

    Hoelgaard (444) - Made the selection at the Euros and Worlds last year. Probably most of his scoring will be in one-dayers, but could do okay in the right 4-5 day stage race too.

    Girmay (431) - Breaking one of my own rules here by having him two years in a row, but it was more like half a year in 2021 with the Delko half being a write-off.

    Adria (310) - His performance in Paris-Tours probably had a lot to do with this. He did impress me on a course which I didn't think would be his cup of tea.

    Johannessen (237) - Me and Scandis don't usually get on (good job I only picked five of them then....) in CQ terms. I actually wanted Tobias and his twin, but Anders had to get the heave-ho.

    Zingle (138) - A really strong end to the season for Axel at various Coupe de France races, but only one other person went for him?! I think he could do really well (500-600+).

    Einhorn (79) and Goldstein (75) - Both of them at the Tour this year? We'll see if IPT are true to their word about them getting more chances.

    Piccolo (49) - Mental issues (anorexia I heard) meant his time at Astana was over before it started. His late season results makes one think he still has the talent, but is Gazprom a "caring" workplace where he'll flourish? Wasn't there some story a year or two ago about their poor treatment of a rider(s)?

    Orken (36) - After many years he finally makes it onto my team. Varied calendar at Wildlife should give plenty of opportunities.

    Baska (31) - I'm more than a bit sceptical that he has the fire in the belly to train and perform especially at this lower level, but Dukla turn up all over the place, so should still keep me interested.

    Fretin (14) - Worked for De Lie a lot at Lotto U23 last year, but still managed results of his own. I reckon he can pick up a fair haul of points at various SSRs.

    Heming (11) - Wanted someone from ATT and Mika got the nod (after he impressed the team at one of their recent camps) ahead of Camrda.

    Delbove (7) - New signing for St Michel after his top-ten at l'Avenir. They're not overly blessed with climbers so should get a free rein and since he's still U23 can always get his calendar boosted by getting selected for the French espoirs team.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #12 on: January 11, 2022, 21:31 »
    Hey, you said over on CN that you see a lot of potential in Hermans. Isn't this the third year in a row you've picked him?

    yes, and I see even more potential now :P
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #13 on: January 17, 2022, 18:40 »
    Update #1: 2022 - Luke's good so far

    And we are off! The CQ game has its first official results a spreadsheet update. Just a TT and road race in Australia, and just a handful of pro riders that were picked for this game, but the big winner was a moderately popular pick here in Luke Plapp. There are a lot of teams tied, as to be expected, but the game is underway and real points are being scored!

    This Week's Top Scorers

    Rank   Team   Points
    1   Eyeballs Out   150
    1   Nakazar   150
    3   DJ Sprtsch   112
    3   shalgo   112

    5th place is shared by 30 teams that have Plapp as their sole scorer with 100. Eyeballs Out and Nakazar get the first mentions of the season, as they had the two winners in Plapp (RR, 100 points) and Dennis (TT, 50 points). DJ Sprtsch and shalgo got George Bennett's 12 points from the 2.2 New Zealand Cycling Classic race to go with Plapp's to score a place on the podium.

    Green Jersey Competition

    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Eyeballs Out   40
    1   Nakazar   40
    3   DJ Sprtsch   28
    3   shalgo   28

    A reminder of what this competition is about - each week, the weekly wins get graded like stage wins at the Tour, rewarding teams that are highly placed in given weeks. Often this coincides with teams that do well in the game, but it also rewards teams with rare picks that score highly in specific races, so there's often a mix at the top.

    Points are based on TdF stage points from the mid- 2010s, which are 45-35-30-26-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 for the top 15 finishers each week. Tied teams split the points - Eyeballs Out and Nakazar split the first and second points (45 + 35 = 80 / 2 = 40 each), same with DJ Sprtsch and Shalgo splitting the 30 and 26 for the places they tied for. The 30 teams that tied below that got 5 points each for their share of the remaining places (Technically 5.03, but that's too minute to track).

    Normal updates will include the top 10 overall, but of course this week it's the same as the weekly total. Historically, I have summarized High Movers, ie the teams that move up the standings the most in a week. This will still be tracked on the spreadsheet, but I announced at the end of last season that this part would no longer feature on the weekly updates. Theoretically I'll summarize top monthly scorers as well, but I kept forgetting to do that last year. I will try to remember this year!

    The actual updated spreadsheet will be linked to in dropbox every week, in case you want to look through the whole thing. Here is this week's. I've got some cleanup left to do still, but the main rankings tabs should work.

    There is still racing going on this week, with the 2.2 Vuelta a Tachira and the 1.2 Valencia race on the weekend. Both have a few ProTeams, so there may be some points scored. If CQ releases an update, I will update as well, but if they don't release one for two weeks until after the Mallorca races, I'll wait until then as well.

    Good luck all! Nice to be underway again.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #14 on: January 24, 2022, 23:02 »
    Update #2: Small Week, Big Leaderboard



    Yes there was racing this week, and yes there were points scored in this game! For 16 teams at least. And there was just enough to get some clear separation at the top of the overall standings. It's weeks like this that give those who chose rare picks a moment in the sun.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Jakob747   20
    2   Mellow Velo   8
    2   repre   8
    2   Yellow Knight   8
    2   comodoro   8
    2   LaFlorecita   8
    2   adamski101   8
    2   Bicycle_Boy   8
    2   del1962   8
    2   Poles & Co   8
    2   postmanhat   8
    2   Popchu   8
    2   Rufs   8
    2   tom_jelte   8
    2   trackstand   8


    Yes, only one team scored even in the double digits this week - okay, we're far from the GT GC weeks with 1000+ scores, but a week is a week in this game! Jakob747 sees a reward for his dedication to emerging talents from around the globe by finishing first on the back of 20 points from unique pick Didier Merchan. The Colombian neo-pro from Androni  managed a stage win and 3rd on the GC at the 1.2 Vuelta a Tachira in Venezuela.  If I needed more support for my personal theory that Jakob747 is actually Gianni Savio in the anonymity of a message board, here it is. The rest of the podium is split between 14 teams, all of which had Chris Lawless, who was a pointless rider last year (wording deliberately chosen as one of his owners last year) but sees an infinite return on investment in his very first race at the 1.2 race in Valencia.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Jakob747   50
    2   Eyeballs Out   40
    2   Nakazar   40
    4   DJ Sprtsch   28
    4   shalgo   28


    Jakob747 gets 45 points for the weekly win, surpassing the two teams who split last week's win and the corresponding points. All the teams that tied for 2nd got 15.92 points, which for coherence's sake I rounded up to 16 on the spreadsheet. But if there ends up being a dead heat for the top spot, I reserve the right to make a tiebreaker by counting back to the rounding!



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Eyeballs Out
    154
    2   (-1)   Nakazar   150
    3   (+2)   Jakob747   120
    4   (-1)   DJ Sprtsch   112
    4   (-1)   shalgo   112
    6   (-1)   repre   108
    7   (-2)   Amis_Velo   100
    7   (-2)   armchairclimber   100
    7   (-2)   Blues_in_the_bottle*   100
    7   (-2)   Blame it on the Boogie   100
    7   (-2)   bminchow   100
    7   (-2)   Devils_Elbow   100
    7   (-2)   Eric10   100
    7   (-2)   Hakkie2   100
    7   (-2)   Hugo Koblet   100
    7   (-2)   Jon_Ezeitza   100
    7   (-2)   Josedin   100
    7   (-2)   JumboVismaFan   100
    7   (-2)   Londonpat   100
    7   (-2)   Lortnoc   100
    7   (-2)   LosBrolin   100
    7   (-2)   MADRAZO   100
    7   (-2)   manafana   100
    7   (-2)   Martin   100
    7   (-2)   Nyssinator   100
    7   (-2)   Object   100
    7   (-2)   oliveira   100
    7   (-2)   Riverside   100
    7   (-2)   SafeBet   100
    7   (-2)   sam2837   100
    7   (-2)   scrooll07   100
    7   (-2)   search   100
    7   (-2)   Tigerion   100
    7   (-2)   tobydawq   100
    7   (-2)   will10   100


    You may have noted that I said 16 teams scored points this week, and the weekly leaders table had 1 leader and 14 teams with Lawless. Sneaking in 16th unremarked-upon until now was Eyeballs Out, who got 4 points from Tachira from unique pick Juan Diego Alba. And coincidentally, Eyeballs Out was tied for the lead last week with Nakazar, so this is enough to break the tie, congrats!



    After these little morsels for appetizers, the European season (that is, above .2 level) starts this week, with the Mallorca Challenge races and Etoile de Besseges. There should be a bit more definition on the leaderboard come this time next week.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #15 on: January 31, 2022, 14:36 »
    Update #3: Increasing Brandon Awareness



    Well the first proper .1 races went down in Spain and France this week, and all 91 teams are on the board with points this season.  Let's dive right in.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   kabete   416
    2   ray10   371
    3   the asian   277
    4   mayomaniac   266
    5   Tigerion   263


    kabete had a solid week this week, clearing 400 points and scoring at least 150 points more than all but two other teams. The top pick of the week was Brandon McNulty, with the still-young American winning with a huge solo attack on the first day of road racing of the season, and following it up with a couple of other high placings on the week. McNulty gained 164 points for his 8 team owners. kabete also saw a good return from Biniam Girmay, as the Eritrean rising star won the second road racing day of the season, adding 10 more points in another race for 90 on the week for his 17 owners. Beyond that, kabete had a few scorers adding points, notably 40 points from unique pick Sasha Weemaes. ray10 had a good result in second, also bringing in points from the McNulty-Girmay duo and adding a third winner in Arnaud De Lie (80 points, 18 teams). the asian nabs a somewhat distant third thanks largely to McNulty as well.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Eyeballs Out   52
    2   Jakob747   50
    3   kabete   45
    4   Nakazar   40
    5   ray10   35


    First week co-winner Eyeballs Out picks up 12 points for 10th place on the week, which is enough to leapfrog Jakob747 for the lead of this competition. kabete's weekly win gets their team into third overall.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+53)   
    kabete
    416
    2   (-1)   Eyeballs Out   376
    3   (+51)   ray10   371
    4   (+3)   Tigerion   363
    5   (+2)   Nyssinator   338
    6   (+1)   Martin   333
    7   (-)   Lortnoc   319
    8   (-4)   shalgo   318
    9   (-2)   Hugo Koblet   294
    10   (+31)   slow_climber   287


    Eyeballs Out may have been spotted a 150+ point lead after a good first two weeks, but kabete's 416 points on the week were enough to go from zero to first in a single bound! Obviously the table is ripe for massive shakeup in the first couple of weeks, and the top of the overall table largely mirrors the weekly table with this being the first week of multiple days of racing giving points. Other than kabete and ray10, slow climber is also a newcomer to the top 10 this week, at the expense of a bunch of teams that were tied for a top 10 placing last week.



    This upcoming week sees our first 2.1 races in Saudi Arabia and France, as well as our first 2.PS race in Spain. The season is ramping up, and most riders are getting started!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #16 on: January 31, 2022, 14:58 »
    Not a bad start by my standards with a couple of .1 winners. :)

    Some bigger guns coming out to play this week.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #17 on: February 07, 2022, 16:56 »
    Update #4: MaximIsTheBest



    The CQ season has truly kicked off in earnest, with this being the first week with multiple stage races taking place, and televised to boot! CQ game fanatics are no longer confined to the margins of following the Mallorca Challenge live feed twitter updates, dreaming about what the action might look like. And it was quite a fun and unpredictable week as well, with all Vlasov, Van Gils, and Thomas picking up their first stage race wins of their careers (I think - didn't look it up so apologies if I'm wrong), and all three of them being quite rare picks in this game. As always, it's the teams that have the best combo of rare riders with a good week and more popular riders with a good week that fill out the top of the standings.



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   EvansIsTheBest   607
    2   comodoro   550
    3   Crevaison   463
    4   repre   461
    5   Sneekes   459


    Two teams stand out above the rest, and one in particular. EvansIsTheBest hit the jackpot on numerous fronts this week, with Maxim Van Gils (139 points, 2 teams) and Santiago Buitrago (112 points, 3 teams) cleaning up in the Saudi Tour, and Carlos Rodriguez (117, 16) and Remco Evenepoel (151, 35) doing well in Spain - despite his performance inspiring reactionary panic as to whether Evenepoel is actually good, he did still get second place and a boatload of points. comodoro slots in second thanks largely to the guy who beat Evenepoel, unqiue pick Aleksandr Vlasov (206 points), with help from Evenepoel and Bettiol (93, 35). Crevaison edges out repre for third on the podium with Remco and a strong supporting cast scoring in the 20-90 point range.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   Nakazar   52
    1   Eyeballs Out   52
    3   comodoro   51
    4   Jakob747   50
    5   repre   47


    The two teams that tied for the first week win are now tied for first in the green jersey ranking, with Nakazar scoring 12 points this week to match the 12 that Eyeballs Out got last week. comodoro scores 35 this week to get within a point, and other teams are not far behind.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+15)   
    mayomaniac
    708
    2   (+62)   EvansIsTheBest   697
    3   (+14)   Nakazar   682
    4   (+7)   Jon_Ezeitza   663
    5   (+13)   will10   660
    6   (+7)   SafeBet   652
    7   (-5)   Eyeballs Out   643
    8   (+54)   comodoro   642
    9   (+5)   DJ Sprtsch   634
    10   (-4)   Martin   630


    There's quite the flip in the standings this week! mayomaniac makes it to the top spot, as EvansIsTheBest was a bit further back in the overall to allow their team's great week to convert into the top spot overall. (I should note that mayomaniac's top scorer thus far is the 41-year-old Valverde) Nakazar rounds out the podium, while the only survivors remaining from last week's top 10 are Eyeballs Out and Martin.



    This week, we have the return of the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Provence, a 2.1 stage race in Turkey, as well as the Murcia-Almeira double header of one-day races in Spain.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #18 on: February 14, 2022, 16:06 »
    Update #5: Nairo shines, laarsland climbs



    This week saw some good early season February action in Spain, the south of France, and Oman (although the GC points for that one will be on the next update). As the CQ points are starting to pile up, let's see how it all shook out.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   laarsland   452
    2   vladimir   426
    3   EvansIsTheBest   416
    4   Jakob747   392
    5   Armchair cyclist   345


    laarsland gets the top spot this week, largely thanks to two picks - Nairo Quintana got 175 points for the win in Provence, and laarsland is the only team that benefits, as he is their team's most expensive rider and also a unique pick. In Spain, Alexander Kristoff showed that he's not done yet, taking the Clasica Almeria over a pretty decent sprinting field for 130 points. laarsland also called on some supporting points from Van Wilder, Marijn Van Den Berg, and Loic Vliegen to clear 450 on the week. vladimir lands in second on the week, thanks to Kristoff, but also 100 points from Sergio Higuita (30 teams), 88 from an impressive Matty Jorgenson (8 teams), and Van Wilder. Last week's winner EvansIsTheBest has another great week, ending up with another podium on the back of 107 points from Skjelmose Jensen (11 teams), as well as a double Colombian championship from Higuita in the road race and Martinez in the TT.



    Green Jersey Competition



    1   Jakob747   76
    2   EvansIsTheBest   75
    3   laarsland   59
    4   Nakazar   52
    4   Eyeballs Out   52


    Things are tight at the top here! Jakob747 gets 26 points for 4th on the week, and just edges out EITB, who got 30 for 3rd place. The week's winner laarsland got 45 to add to a previous 15, while last week's leaders stand still and are tied for 4th.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+1)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    1113
    2   (+23)   laarsland   967
    3   (+9)   Lortnoc   913
    4   (+33)   vladimir   899
    5   (+17)   search   883
    6   (+29)   Jakob747   868
    7   (-6)   mayomaniac   833
    8   (-4)   Jon_Ezeitza   830
    9   (+4)   ray10   818
    10   (-7)   Nakazar   812


    It's a topy-turvy table once again, but EvansIsTheBest palays two great weeks into top spot overall, being the first team to reach 1000 points on the season. laarsland lands in 2nd, while Lortnoc jumps into the top 10 and right on the podium as well. Last week's leader mayomaniac slips to 7th, but is one of the few teams from last week to stick around in the top 10 at all.



    This week sees the completion of the GC in Oman, and some comforting early-season staples return to their non-pandemic-rescheduled dates, with the 2.Pro races of Andalucia and Algarve, and the 2.1 Tour du Var in France. Then the first WT race of the season is right around the corner!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #19 on: February 14, 2022, 18:48 »


    "moving on up, moving on up"  :playlist

    Not gonna get anything in Oman, but maybe Remco and co. can help me out later in the week.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #20 on: February 15, 2022, 15:20 »
    I have made my annual appearance in an update, the year has already been a success.

    If mover of the week were still a thing, I would have been top: I feel defrauded.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #21 on: February 22, 2022, 03:22 »
    well, if you can get registration up above 100 teams again, I'll reinstate that classification! Or I can just do a special update here putting you in it...

    Here we go:

    This Week's High Movers

    Rank   Team   Up/down
    1   Armchair cyclist   (+38)
    2   vladimir   (+33)
    3   Jakob747   (+29)
    4   escartin   (+27)
    5   Earns1985   (+26)

    Armchair Cyclist absolutely crushes it this weekend, providing a highlight of their team's CQ game career, and possibly of all life experiences! An absolutely dominant performance due to picking the few Colombians that stuck around for the Nationals plus the savvy pick of Matteo Jorgenson ;)
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #22 on: February 22, 2022, 03:23 »
    Update #6: Remco's powers bring ray flowers



    Ahh yes, this week is what a fully buzzing week in the CQ game feels like. As always, the tantalizing buildup to the start of the season and glimpses of early season form from CQ team picks brings a lot of interest to the first weeks of the game, and we are now reaching the equilibrium where the amount of racing makes it harder to overly obsess about a single result. With stage races in three countries and two continents, we're past mid-February and getting into the WorldTour season itself. Let's see how the week went!



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   ray10   729
    2   Blues_in_the_bottle*   714
    3   JPettersen   701
    4   repre   676
    5   Rakim   673


    It was quite the week for ray10, as their team gets the highest weekly score so far this year and ends up with the top step of the podium (where they give you flowers, get it? Okay it's not the first time I've committed to pushing it for the sake of bad wordplay) Leading the way for ray is the new leader of the year CQ rankings, Remco Evenepoel, coming back from his extremely disappointing second place last week to completely mop up in the TT of Algarve and run away with 186 points for his 35 owners. But that alone won't do it on a week like this - ray10 is also benefitting from the red-hot start of rare pick Brandon McNulty, who picked up another 128 points this week for his 8 teams. ray10 had solid support from Lennard Kamna (66 points, 73 teams), Mauri Vansevenant (63 points, 12 teams) and unique pick Kevin Colleoni (61 points). Blues in the bottle nabs second place led by Remco, with strong support from Lopez (112 points, 52 points), Kamna, and Jakobsen (58 points, 39 teams). JPettersen gets the last podium spot, with a similar look with Remco, Lopez and Dani Martinez (110 points, 33 teams).



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   80
    2   EvansIsTheBest   76
    2   Jakob747   76
    4   repre   73
    5   laarsland   59


    ray10 gets on top here too, getting 45 points for the weekly win to go with 35 points a few weeks ago for 2nd place for a total of 80 in this classification. EvansIsTheBest gets a single point for tying for 15th place on the week (solo possession of 15th is 2 points) to draw even with Jakob747, who if you recall was just ahead last week.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    1738
    2   (+7)   ray10   1547
    3   (-1)   laarsland   1449
    4   (+13)   Nyssinator   1430
    5   (-)   search   1399
    6   (+9)   comodoro   1384
    7   (-3)   vladimir   1371
    8   (+6)   Crevaison   1360
    8   (+23)   repre   1360
    10   (+22)   Berflamand   1347


    ray10 can't make it a triple though, as EITB had enough of a lead and a good week to boot, and therefore holds onto the top step of the overall podium, by a fairly convincing margin at this early stage of the game. While ray10 and laarsland round out the podium, lower down in the top 10 there is the appropriate amount of movement to reflect the high scores of the week and the chaotic fluctuations of the early season.



    This week the UAE Tour is the main event all week, although there is a new 2.1 race in Spain that seems fun. And then... it's Opening Weekend! Whew, racing in Belgium is yet another step towards feeling like the season is really on! The counterprogramming of the less prestigious (but still lots of CQ points) races in France is just a bonus. See you all on the other side!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #23 on: February 23, 2022, 19:45 »
    Armchair Cyclist absolutely crushes it this weekend, providing a highlight of their team's CQ game career, and possibly of all life experiences!
    I'll leave the wedding pictures up in the living room rather than a print out of this for now, but...
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #24 on: March 01, 2022, 15:49 »
    Update #7: ray10's run to the top continues



    Opening Weekend has come and gone, and the CQ game is continuing to take shape. While stage races take a back seat for a couple of weeks, the classics stars come to the fore. Let's see how it shook out.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Nyssinator   722
    2   will10   695
    3   DJ Sprtsch   683
    4   Eyeballs Out   669
    5   ray10   659


    Nyssinator tops 700 points for the week to take the top spot, thanks to some good placings in 1.Pro races... both Jakobsen (39 teams) and the continuing success of McNulty (8 teams) lead to 130 points for winning a race, while Vansevenant (12 teams) and Ewan (69 teams) get 78 points for 2nd. will10 lands in 2nd for the week thanks to Jakobsen as well, but their team's highest scorer was actually rare pick Natnael Tesfatsion (135, 4 teams) for winning the 2.1 Tour of Rwanda. DJ Sprtsch nabs the final podium spot led by the same Jakobsen/Tesfatsion combo. Interestingly, even though Pogacar and Van Aert have been picked by a few teams and ended up with the highest scores on the week, it was the more balanced teams with multiple scorers that prevailed.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   102
    2   Nyssinator   83
    3   Eyeballs Out   78
    4   Jakob747   76
    4   EvansIsTheBest   76


    ray10 was already in top spot with 80 points coming into this week, and got 22 points for 5th on the week to extend their lead. Nyssinator uses the 45 points on the week to leapfrog into 2nd overall, and Eyeballs Out also moves up after picking up 26 points this week.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+1)   
    ray10
    2206
    2   (+2)   Nyssinator   2152
    3   (-2)   EvansIsTheBest   2098
    4   (+12)   Eyeballs Out   1965
    5   (-2)   laarsland   1908
    6   (+25)   DJ Sprtsch   1900
    7   (-2)   search   1895
    8   (+20)   Total Package   1860
    9   (-1)   repre   1845
    10   (+11)   Nakazar   1826
    10   (+19)   MADRAZO   1826


    After leading for a couple of weeks, EvansIsTheBest slips a little, as their team was 72nd on the week and other teams did quite a bit better. The already mentioned ray10 and Nyssinator take over the top 2 spots as the podium breaks 2000 points. Eyeballs Out, DJ Sprtsch, Total Package, Nakazar and MADRAZO move into the top 10, while comodoro, Crevaison, Vladimir and Berflamand fall out.



    This week is a rare stage raceless week, but we have Le Samyn, Laigueglia and Strade Bianche, with Paris-Nice starting on Sunday as well.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #25 on: March 05, 2022, 10:40 »
    And after my recent biggest climb of the week, I have the most precipitous fall of the week.  Don't need that classification to be published though...
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #26 on: March 09, 2022, 04:54 »
    Update #8: Pogacar Time



    With a bit of a quiet week in the CQ game, the three teams in the game who chose to pick the most expensive rider ever in the game (a 2021 score of 3656 CQ points) were rewarded with Tadej Pogacar taking the biggest prize of the week in Strade Bianche, with a typical 50km escapade like it was no big deal. There were a few other .PS and .1 one-day races, and the start of Paris-Nice, so with the fairly limited points available, was Pogacar ownership enough to come out on top?



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   18-Valve. (pithy)   438
    2   armchairclimber   426
    3   Fivezzz   412
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   367
    5   Bonimenier   366


    The answer to that previous question is - heck yes! Albeit just barely. 18-Valve takes the top spot on the week with 438 points, 198 of which came from Pog. However, obviously there was a lot of help to get to 438, with some good help from youngsters Arnaud De Lie (92 points, 18 teams), Juan Ayuso (78 points, 57 teams), and 28 points from Remco Evenepoel for 2nd in the first stage of T-A which I guess was included. And yes, you read that right, 18-Vavle has pursued a fascinating team strategy of getting Pogacar, Evenepoel and Pidcock to take up a collective 5689 of their 7500 budget (as you can imagine, the other 30 riders are a bit cheaper). But I guess when you can get two riders who have the potential to both be top 10 of all time, and another that's not far off in their ascendant youth, you might as well take 'em! I'm fascinated to see what kind of weeks this will lead to in the game, starting with this week in T-A.



    Second goes to armchairclimber, close behind at 426 points, Pogacar-less but more spread out, with De Lie and Ayuso as high scorers, but also Carlos Rodriguez (63, 16), Victor Lafay (46, unique pick) and Fabio Jakobsen (45, 39). Fivezzz gets third close behind, with a similar lineup, Attila Valter (78 points, 10 teams) being the highlight of riders not already mentioned.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   102
    2   Nyssinator   83
    3   Eyeballs Out   78
    4   EvansIsTheBest   76
    4   Jakob747   76


    No changes in this contest this week, as most of the week's top scorers hadn't previously scored too many points in this competition. The only team in the top 12 overall in the Green Jersey that scored points this week was laarsland in 7th, who got 2 points for 15th on the week.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    ray10
    2431
    2   (-)   Nyssinator   2396
    3   (-)   EvansIsTheBest   2391
    4   (-)   Eyeballs Out   2246
    5   (-)   laarsland   2218
    6   (+7)   Squire   2161
    7   (+3)   MADRAZO   2135
    8   (+1)   repre   2118
    9   (+12)   Rakim   2112
    10   (-3)   search   2104


    No changes in the top 5 overall - ray10 was the lowest scorer in the bunch with 225 on the week, but only lost 19 points to Nyssinator and less than 90 to the rest. Squire parlays some  consistency (in the top 15 for the week the last 4 weeks!) into moving into the top 10, and Rakim has a good week to leap into the upper echelon as well. Total Package and Nakazar fall out.



    This week, we have the P-N/T-A double-header, overlapping even more than usual to end at the same time. Aside from that, the only counter-programming of note is the 1.1 Drenthe race, taking place only 5 months after the last edition, which some may remember as the last race of the CQ game in 2021.


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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #27 on: March 14, 2022, 21:37 »
    Update #9: Eyeballs on the top spot



    The season is really on now. This week saw two WT stage races of the highest level in Paris-Nice and Tirenno-Adriatico, with the two Slovenians dominating affairs as expected. With no one having Roglic and only 3 teams with Pogacar, the top points were unavailable to most CQ game teams, but nevertheless the two high-point races shook things up quite a bit this week.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Squire   907
    2   MADRAZO   905
    3   Object   894
    4   search   860
    5   Eyeballs Out   857


    It's a very tight race at the top this week, but Squire ekes out the victory with over 900 points. This is due to a few standout riders, most notably Dani Martinez (192 points, 33 teams), a resurgent Mikel Landa (183 points, 20 teams), and Jai Hindley (123 points, 64 teams). Add in 92 from Pinot and 62 from Kooij and a smattering of others and you've got just enough to edge out MADRAZO, who holds down second place this week with the exact same named riders but not quite enough support further down. Last year's champ Object shows up in third, just a few points behind with the same top 3 but also Thymen Arensman (110 points, 13 teams) and a disappointing Remco Evenepoel (75 points, 35 teams).



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   102
    2   Eyeballs Out   100
    3   Nyssinator   83
    4   repre   79
    5   EvansIsTheBest   76
    5   Jakob747   76


    Eyeballs Out closes the gap to ray10, netting 22 points for 5th on the week. repre scores 6 points on the week to vault into the top 5; otherwise, that's all the scoring from the top 5 this week.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (+3)   
    Eyeballs Out
    3103
    2   (+1)   EvansIsTheBest   3092
    3   (+3)   Squire   3068
    4   (-2)   Nyssinator   3044
    5   (+2)   MADRAZO   3040
    6   (+4)   search   2964
    7   (+1)   repre   2889
    8   (-3)   laarsland   2852
    9   (+11)   comodoro   2812
    10   (+6)   Earns1985   2802


    With a great week and a great season so far, Eyeballs Out gains the top spot this week, breaking the 3000 point barrier. EvansIsTheBest comes oh so close to returning to the top, and is only 11 points behind in second, while this week's winner Squire moves onto the podium only a few dozen points behind. Things are very tight at the top and it's still early in the season, but these teams have set themselves up well for the long haul. Comodoro and Earns1985 jump into the top 10, while ray10 falls all the way from first to out of the top 10, and Rakim drops out as well.



    This week is a little less full on than the simultaneous stage races, but there's plenty of one-day racing to go around, starting on Wednesday with Nokere Koerse and Milan-Torino, then GP Denain on Thursday, Koksijde Classic Friday, and the first Monument of the season in Milan-San Remo on Saturday.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #28 on: March 14, 2022, 21:48 »
    damn, could have really been the lead without that late crash of Mas.

    Well, maybe next week. But most likely not ;)
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #29 on: March 21, 2022, 15:36 »
    Update #10: Lortnoc squeaks out a win



    After an interesting week with a variety of races, we saw the first Monument of the season taken out by Matej Mohoric, a rider often owned in this game, but after a stellar 2021 nobody had him this year, and therefore his 280 points did not affect this game. The win on the week therefore went to the team that had the best combo from the other races of the week.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Lortnoc   516
    2   ray10   514
    3   Amis_Velo   446
    4   vladimir   422
    5   Kazistuta   405


    It was very very close at the top this week, but ultimately Lortnoc came out on top by 2 points over ray10, getting 516 on the week. The star scorer for Lortnoc was Pascal Ackermann, back to his winning ways and bringing home 158 points for his 4 team owners. Also doing well for Lortnoc were a pair of Intermarche-Wanty guys in Kristoff (78 points, 5 teams) and Girmay (70 points, 17 teams), and Marc Hirschi getting the win and 80 point in his first race day of the season for his 33 teams. ray10, who has been up in these rankings a fair bit, ends up in second two points behind, with a different group of riders (only Girmay is in common). ray10 got another strong showing from Arnaud De Lie (94 points, 18 teams), Soren Kragh (90 points, 39 teams) and Lewis Askey (64 points, 12 teams). Amis Velo is a little ways back in third with 446 points thanks to Pierre Barbier (108 points, 3 teams) as well as De Lie and Askey.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   137
    2   Eyeballs Out   108
    3   Nyssinator   83
    4   repre   79
    5   Jakob747   76
    5   EvansIsTheBest   76


    ray10's 35 points this week comes on top of an already-solid season, and they're enough to leapfrog Eyeballs Out (who nevertheless scores 8 points this week) for first place in this ranking. No other scoring in the top 5, although weekly winner Lortnoc sits only a point outside the top 5 after this week.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    Eyeballs Out
    3445
    2   (+3)   MADRAZO   3383
    3   (-)   Squire   3354
    4   (+8)   ray10   3305
    5   (+1)   search   3242
    6   (-4)   EvansIsTheBest   3240
    7   (+1)   laarsland   3187
    8   (-4)   Nyssinator   3173
    9   (-2)   repre   3128
    10   (+3)   tobydawq   3007


    Eyeballs Out has a top 15 week to extend their lead, although it's still only about 60 points, and the top 10 are all over 3000 total on the season. ray10 continues a yo-yo few weeks and gets back into the top 10, as does tobydawq, while Earns1985 and comodoro fall out.



    This week we've got a full on spring week of treats, with Catalunya, Coppi e Bartali, De Panne, E3, and Gent Wevelgem, wow! Let's get to it.



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