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Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
« Reply #60 on: August 24, 2022, 00:32 »
Update #32: Berflamand hits big



The Vuelta started this past weekend, but also there was the Tours de Limousin and Denmark. There weren't a lot of big weeks from the game's most popular picks, so even more than usual the top of the leaderboard is covered by teams that picked moderately rare riders that scored big this week.



This Week's Top Scorers



Rank   Team   Points this week
1   Berflamand   702
2   laarsland   700
3   Bonimenier   685
4   JumboVismaFan   623
5   LosBrolin   574


Berflamand ekes out the victory by a mere two points this week! Their roster was bolstered by the continually solid pick of Magnus Sheffield (179 points, 12 teams), who also brings his season total to 550 at a cost of 19. Sam Bennett (140 points, 43 teams) finally hit his stride and is about to break even for the year, whereas Mattias Skjelmose (117, 11) and Jhonathan Narvaez (131, 14) also had great weeks. laarsland finishes so closely behind, getting 700 points thanks to the headliners of Sheffield and Bennett, but with a more spread out supporting cast including another continually great pick in Arnaud De Lie (80 points, Soren Kragh (81 points, 39 teams) and Olav Kooij (63 points, 27 teams). Bonimenier is close behind in third with a similar sampling of high scoring riders.



Green Jersey Competition



Rank   Team   Total
1   ray10   309
2   EvansIsTheBest   308
3   Riverside   192
4   MADRAZO   188
5   laarsland   186


laarsland picks up 35 points for 2nd on the week to jump into the top 5 overall, but there is no scoring this week by any teams higher than that.



Top 10 Overall



Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
1   (-)   
EvansIsTheBest
13643
2   (+1)   MADRAZO   13160
3   (+1)   laarsland   13054
4   (-2)   squire   12970
5   (+1)   ray10   12667
6   (-1)   Riverside   12666
7   (-)   Rakim   12482
8   (-)   Lortnoc   12353
9   (+1)   Nakazar   12239
10   (+3)   search   12121


laarsland's great week has vaulted their team onto the podium, the first significant breakthrough into the top 3 in weeks. MADRAZO gains a few hundred on EvansIsTheBest this week, but is still almost 500 behind. search moves into the top 10 at the expense of Salvarani.



This week, it's a busy August schedule with the Vuelta continuing, the Bretagne Classic, the 2.Pro Deutschland Tour, the 2.1 Poitou-Charentes, and a few 1.1 races.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #61 on: August 31, 2022, 14:21 »
    Update #33: CQ Game stewards get a moment in the sun



    It was a busy week, with the first week of the Vuelta, the Deutschland Tour, Poitou Charentes, Bretagne Classic, and of course l'Avenir, as well as a few minor 1-days. With Remco taking the Vuelta by the throat, his owners will no doubt be happy, but there were a lot of points to come from various places so let's see how it shook out!



    This Week's Top Scorers




    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Hugo Koblet   755
    2   skidmark   720
    3   LosBrolin   660
    4   Jon_Ezeitza   629
    5   Sneekes   628


    Two teams clear the 700-point mark this week, and would you look at that, they're the two participants who have run this game since its inception in 2011! Game founder Hugo Koblet has a bright spot in an otherwise relatively anonymous year, winning the week with 755 points. That total is largely due to 3 star riders: Arnaud De Lie continuing his ridiculous rookie year with another 176 points for his 18 owners, while Remco Evenepoel and Jay Vine each score 140 in the Vuelta. Throw in 82 from Girmay, 80 from Vansevenant, and 70 from l'Avenir champ Cian Uijtdbroeks, and you've got a win for the week. Current game manager skidmark also has a bright spot in his middling year, scoring 720 without De Lie, but with Remco, Vine, Oliver Naesen (84 points, 14 teams), Bettiol (51 points, 35 teams), Andrea Piccolo (46 points, 17 teams) and a few others. LosBrolin nabs the final podium spot thanks to De Lie, Pello Bilbao (150, 2 teams), Naesen and a few others.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   ray10   325
    2   EvansIsTheBest   312
    3   18-Valve. (pithy)   194
    4   Riverside   192
    5   MADRAZO   188


    18-Valve scores 20 points this week to leap into the top 5, but ray10 and EITB are still well in front, and consolidating that considerable lead, with ray10 scoring another 16 points and EITB another 4 this week.



    Top 10 Overall



    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    14179
    2   (-)   MADRAZO   13607
    3   (-)   laarsland   13522
    4   (-)   squire   13290
    5   (-)   ray10   13266
    6   (+1)   Rakim   13039
    7   (-1)   Riverside   13035
    8   (-)   Lortnoc   12692
    9   (-)   Nakazar   12573
    10   (+3)   NielsB   12571


    EvansIsTheBest gains 89 points on MADRAZO this week, countering another good week from De Lie with good weeks from Remco, Battistella and Girmay. Outside of that, there is little movement in the top 10, with NielsB moving into the top 10 at the expense of search sliding out.



    This week is a bit quieter, with second week Vuelta stage points, the (finally) first edition of the Maryland Classic, a 1.1 race and the start of the Tour of Britain.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #62 on: September 07, 2022, 16:30 »
    Update #34: Rakim wins the week as EITB consolidates lead



    It was one of the less busy weeks in the game, with Vuelta 2nd week stage and jersey points the biggest factor, a new 1-day race in the US having a minor impact with only 4 WT teams participating, and the start of the Tour of Britain right at the end of the week. Still, there was some scoring to do, and some differences made in the upper regions of the overall.



    Also notably, CQ adjusted the Tour results to reflect Nairo Quintana's disqualification, so some teams saw minor gains from riders who didn't actually score in races this week, and unfortunately laarsland (who had Quintana as a unique pick) got negative points on the week.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Rakim   448
    2   skidmark   442
    3   repre   425
    4   del1962   407
    5   EvansIsTheBest   376


    Rakim ends up with top spot, netting almost 450 points on the week. Of course, since there were only stage and jersey points at the Vuelta this week, having Evenepoel, the red jersey wearer for the whole week, was a must. At 182 points, he gave his 35 owners a good head start. Rakim also saw some points scored by Thymen Arensman (75 points, 14 teams), MA Lopez (67 points, 69 teams), and Corbin Strong (46 points, 4 teams). Team skidmark ends up bridesmaid for the second week in a row, only 6 points behind with Kaden Groves (70 points, 16 teams) and Andrea Piccolo (52 points, 17 teams) adding to Remco/Lopez points. repre ends up back in third with Pedersen (80 points, 10 teams) the most notable name not mentioned yet.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   334
    2   ray10   325
    3   Rakim   209
    4   Leadbelly   199
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   194


    There's some significant movement at the top of the rankings this week, with the headline being that EITB has overtaken ray10 for the lead of this competition. 22 points for 5th place leads to a leapfrogging of ray10 for the first lead switch in awhile.



    Lower down, Rakim's weekly win and 45 points vaults their team into the top 5, and right on the podium, albeit over 100 points behind the leader. Leadbelly scores 20 points to move into the top 5 as well.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    14555
    2   (-)   MADRAZO   13795
    3   (+2)   ray10   13547
    4   (+2)   Rakim   13487
    5   (-1)   squire   13468
    6   (-3)   laarsland   13353
    7   (-)   Riverside   13174
    8   (+2)   NielsB   12891
    9   (-1)   Lortnoc   12792
    10   (+2)   Bonimenier   12757


    The good news keeps coming for EvansIsTheBest - their team outscored 2nd place MADRAZO 376-188 this week, and former third place laarsland got negative 169 points on the week due to Quintana's DQ, a swing of over 500 points to EITB. The lead now stands at close to 800 points, and with the leader of the Vuelta on the team, EITB's lead looks pretty good at the moment. ray10 benefits from laarsland's misfortune to jump onto the podium, and lower down Bonimenier vaults into the top 10 while Nakazar slides out.



    This week is bound to be a big one, with Vuelta GC points (and several popular riders in the upper echelons of the GC), Tour of Britain GC, and two Canadian WT races, oh boy! We will see how it shakes out.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #63 on: September 12, 2022, 17:43 »
    Update #35: A Record-breaking week in CQ land



    With the end of the Vuelta, the return of the two Canadian WT races, and the truncated Tour of Britain, it was a big week in the CQ game. And with a dominant Evenepoel picked by about a third of teams, and a number of popular riders in the top 10 (as well as Roglic, who no one had, crashing out and therefore giving points to riders who moved up), it was the biggest week of all time, in fact! The former biggest week in the CQ game was 2146 points back in 2014 (I'm trusting the reference made here in the thread, I don't keep such meticulous records), and several teams flew by that this week. Let's have a look!



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Object   2551
    2   Crevaison   2484
    3   Rakim   2377
    4   skidmark   2223
    5   repre   2209


    After a relatively anonymous year, defending game champ Object has another notch in the belt by setting the all-time weekly record for points. A staggering 2551 points were earned this week by their team. Of course, a necessary component of a winning team this week was always going to be Evenepoel and his 692 points, so he's the centrepiece. But even without Remco, Object would have earned over 1800 points, having 3rd (Ayuso, 343 points), 4th (Lopez, 275 points), 6th (Arensman, 280 points) and 10th (Hindley, 165 points) on the team. Beyond that, some underperforming riders came up big in other races for Object, with Pidcock (135 points from ToB), Ewan (130 for winning a 1.Pro race) and Bagioli (126 points in Canada) pulling it together this week.



    Crevaison gets a relatively close second, and of course the second best weekly score ever in the CQ game. Their team has a very similar composition to Object's, with the only major difference being Mads Pedersen (265 points) instead of Aresnman. Rakim gets a fine third place (and, yes, third-best score ever as well) with the same collection of marquee names as Object save Bagioli.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   350
    2   ray10   325
    3   Rakim   239
    4   Leadbelly   213
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   194


    EvansIsTheBest is starting to pull away a little bit in this competition, adding another 16 points for 8th place on the week to extend the lead over ray10 to 25 points. Rakim gets 30 points and Leadbelly gets 14 points on the week to consolidate their already-held 3rd and 4th places respectively, although they would basically need to win 3 weeks and have EITB not score to come back at this point.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    16596
    2   (+2)   Rakim   15864
    3   (-)   ray10   15289
    4   (-2)   MADRAZO   15230
    5   (-)   squire   15043
    6   (+4)   Bonimenier   14857
    7   (-1)   laarsland   14820
    8   (-)   NielsB   14750
    9   (+8)   repre   14589
    10   (-3)   Riverside   14568

    Speaking of it being difficult to catch frontrunners... EvansIsTheBest extends their lead on most of the nearest competitors, with only Rakim in the top 5 overall outscoring EITB this week. The lead now stands at over 700 points to second, and a whopping 1300 to third. The season isn't over, but things are looking good. Rakim jumps onto the podium at the expense of MADRAZO, and lower down repre enters the top 10 at the expense of Lortnoc falling out.



    This week is guaranteed to not be as momentous in terms of CQ points (obviously), but there is the Tour of Luxembourg and a brace of three 1.Pro races and a few other 1.1s.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #64 on: September 12, 2022, 19:35 »
    That's right I'm "Moving On Up" once again. :D

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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #65 on: September 21, 2022, 02:32 »
    Update #36: The lead continues to grow for EvansIsTheBest



    It was a mishmash this week of 1-day races in Europe, 2 stage races there, and then the start of the Worlds all the way in Australia. Obviously scores were quite a bit lower than last week's record breaking highs, but there were still some pretty good scores.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   LosBrolin   831
    2   zaka_fan   776
    3   Berflamand   771
    4   Fivezzz   727
    5   Kazistuta   696


    LosBrolin wins the week in fairly comfortable fashion, thanks to Tobias Foss saving an abysmal season with a truly shocking victory at the Worlds TT race. That 250 points for Foss' ten owners will have them happy to see him in the black. As well, Mattias Skjelmose takes a step up from an already solid breakout year, netting 201 points for his 11 owners. Another rider on LosBrolin's team getting into profit after an anonymous year was Marc Hirschi, whose 108 points for his 33 owners got him past his 577 cost. zaka fan lands in second with Foss and Hirschi as well, but also 170 from continued points-eater Dani Martinez and 106 from Max Kanter (16 teams). Berflamand rounds out the podium with Skjelmose, Martinez, Hirschi, and another 130 from Remco.



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   370
    2   ray10   327
    3   Rakim   239
    4   LosBrolin   222
    5   Leadbelly   213


    EvansIsTheBest decides to remove further suspense from this competition, nailing another 20 points for 6th on the week to extend the lead to 43 points, ie almost a week's win. ray10 also finished in the top 15 this week, but only gets 2 points for 15th place. LosBrolin's 45 points for the weekly win get their team to jump into the top 5, but of course that battle is for third place.



    Top 10 Overall




    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    17288
    2   (-)   Rakim   16384
    3   (-)   ray10   15873
    4   (-)   MADRAZO   15838
    5   (-)   squire   15515
    6   (-)   Bonimenier   15254
    7   (+1)   NielsB   15240
    8   (+2)   Riverside   15233
    9   (-2)   laarsland   15154
    10   (-1)   repre   15041


    EITB continues to slowly bludgeon opponents into submission, gaining 172 points on second-place Rakim to extend the lead to 900 points. In case you aren't aware, there aren't too many weeks to make that up, so EITB's stranglehold on the lead is looking pretty secure. Rakim in turn is 500 ahead of ray10 in 3rd, while lower in the top 10 there are a few close race. No new entrants or exits from the top 10 this week.



    This upcoming week, cycling fans will look forward to the Worlds Road Race, as well as... hmm... the U23 Road Race? Oh, and the Omloop van het Houtland Middelkerke-Lichtervelde? Cool, cool, well some weeks are busier than others I guess.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #66 on: September 28, 2022, 16:55 »
    Update #37: The Remco Show Continues



    Capping off a stunning run which included winning the Vuelta while leading most of the way and missing the Worlds TT championship by 9 seconds, Remco Evenepoel capped it off by winning the Worlds road race solo by the largest margin since 1968. Although there are 33 players on a CQ team, it certainly gives teams a leg up to have a rider that's over 3100 points for the year at a cost of 1300. The largest-single-day-race-points-of-the-year haul of 400 points for that win was certainly a must to rank this week (to illustrate: 38 teams had over 400 points this week, and 35 have Remco), with most other races cleared out of the calendar to showcase this one.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Hugo Koblet   800
    2   Jon_Ezeitza   765
    3   Berflamand   748
    4   ray10   700
    5   vladimir   660


    Game founder Hugo Koblet takes another weekly win this season, getting equal points from Evenepoel and the rest of the team. Other scorers were far behind, of course, but notable ones include rare picks Ethan Hayter (96 points, 4 teams), Mauro Schmid (92 points, 6 teams), and you-know-who (hint, neo-pro Lotto rider that seems to get 80 points every week; 80 points, 18 teams). Jon Ezeitza lands in second with supporting points from De Lie as well, and also another constant points-producer in Skjelmose (80 points, 11 teams) and U23 TT champ and high RR finisher Soren Warenskjold (60 points, 6 teams). A good week for the sequential consonants 'skj', apparently. Berflamand rounds out the podium with Schmid ('sch' had an alright week too), Skjelmose and Garcia Cortina (64 points, 5 teams).



    Green Jersey Competition




    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   380
    2   ray10   353
    3   Rakim   239
    4   Leadbelly   233
    5   LosBrolin   222


    Some scoring in the top places here, but mostly the top 2 making their lead even more unassailable. ray10 gets 26 points for 4th place on the week, but EITB gets 10 points for 11th on the week. That 16-point gain means ray10 is 27 points out of the lead, which is not impossible, especially at the end of the season when some riders have shut it down and if you have someone who's riding and on form you can have some good weeks.


    Lower down, it's a done deal; Rakim would could win 3 weeks at 45 points and have EITB score no more, and still be in second place. Leadbelly gets 20 points to leapfrog LosBrolin.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    17880
    2   (-)   Rakim   16921
    3   (-)   ray10   16573
    4   (-)   MADRAZO   16028
    5   (+1)   Bonimenier   15777
    6   (-1)   squire   15671
    7   (+3)   repre   15625
    8   (+1)   laarsland   15472
    9   (+3)   Object   15445
    10   (+6)   will10   15405


    EITB gains 45 points on Rakim and loses over 100 to ray10, but that doesn't change all that much. 959 points is a pretty commanding lead at this poiont of the season, and the top 3 are pretty stratified and therefore will be hard to overtake. A little lower down in the top 10 there's somoe significant movement, with Object and will10 entering the top 10 and Nielsb and Riverside falling out.



    This week, there's the CRO race and those end-of-season spate of Italian one-day races, as we build up to Lombardia and the season's end.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #67 on: October 03, 2022, 22:10 »
    Update #38: Mayomaniac is #1 with a Green Bullet



    The post-Worlds is always a hodgepodge of closing season races, with unheralded riders often getting a chance in lineups with gaps due to many riders ending their seasons. This week saw the CRO race as the main stage race, with 1-days in Italy, France and Belgium filling out the docket (and of course 2.1 races in Asia with few if any riders in this game participating). As such, scores were a bit lower, and the overall is all but settled, but there was still a weekly win up for grabs!



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   mayomaniac   279
    2   search   268
    3   edkDeus   246
    4   laarsland   200
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   194


    Only four teams scored over 200 points this week, with mayomaniac coming out on top with 279. And mayomaniac's best-scoring rider of the week is a 42-year old who happens to be the greatest scoring CQ rider of all time. Their team reaps the reward of the boldness of being one of the two teams to take Alejandro Valverde in his final year, and the Green Bullet propels the team to the weekly win with some 106 of the final CQ points of his career. 



    Since this game is based on the CQ system, I just want to take a minute to pay tribute to the greatest rider of the era (by the metric CQ measures, which rewards longevity, consistency, and greatness year-in, year-out). Valverde's total CQ points are greater than #2 Peter Sagan by about the margin of #14 Chris Froome's entire career. Prior to 2020, he had 15 ranking seasons after his neo-pro year. He ranked inside the top 10 on the year 14 of those 15 seasons, and in the top 5 in 12 of those years. He finished 1st 5 times, 2nd once and 3rd twice. His career finishes after Il Lombardia this weekend, and so his CQ mark will be set as the record for quite some time yet.



    Anyway. Valverde scores 106 points on the week to come within 96 of breaking even for the season, meaning with Tre Valle and Lombardia to come he could still be a profitable pick. Beyond the CQ GOAT, mayomaniac got 86 points from a very impressive breakout performance from Jonathan Milan (9 teams) in Croatia, 56 points from Andrea Piccolo (17 teams), and a handful from other riders. search finishes close behind in second, thanks to a newer Spanish Movistar talent, Enric Mas gaining 146 points for the only team that picked him. EdkDeus picks up third with 78 points from Pogacar (3 teams) supplementing Piccolo and Milan picks.



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   380
    2   ray10   353
    3   Leadbelly   249
    4   Rakim   239
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   228
    5   LosBrolin   228


    Neither of the top 2 score points this week (finally, the jealous amongst us might say), but Leadbelly scores 16 to get positioned in the final podium spot, and 18-Valve scores 22 points while LosBrolin scores 6 to tie for 5th overall. With pretty much 3 weeks of points scoring to go, mathematically Leadbelly could technically win with 3 weekly wins in a row, but as has been clear for awhile, it's really bewteen EITB and ray10.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    17987
    2   (-)   Rakim   16947
    3   (-)   ray10   16596
    4   (-)   MADRAZO   16065
    5   (-)   Bonimenier   15809
    6   (-)   squire   15713
    7   (+1)   laarsland   15672
    8   (-1)   repre   15650
    9   (+4)   search   15593
    10   (-)   will10   15491


    EvansIsTheBest outscores Rakim by 80 points this week, which brings the lead to over a nice round 1000 points, but at this point will make little difference. search parlays a 2nd on the week into a 4-place leap into the top 10 at the expense of Object, who falls to 11th.



    This week there are no fewer than 11 one-day races in Europe, with the last monument of the season in Il Lombardia offering the most points, but a bunch of 1.Pro to go with the 1.1s. Who's still racing? Who will be scoring? How much will EITB extend the lead this week? I'm stretching to come up with suspense, but heck I'm down in like 19th place and I'm still following every race with excitement. I hope many of you are too!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #68 on: October 04, 2022, 07:41 »
    Just think were you'd have been search if you'd selected De Lie and/or Evenepoel. :o
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #69 on: October 04, 2022, 10:03 »
    Just think were you'd have been search if you'd selected De Lie and/or Evenepoel. :o

    yeah, but to be fair, I never considered either of them. I completely missed de Lie, and didn't see enough of a progress from Evenepoel last year to pick him. For me, Mads Pedersen and Girmay were more hurtful misses, as they were on my list almost till the end.

    Without all the crashes, Mas would have probably scored 500pt more at least as well, but still not sure if that would have made him a really good pick.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #70 on: October 11, 2022, 17:23 »
    Update #39: Successful search finds top spot as the season winds down



    While different cycling fans may note varying milestones as the start of the season - Australian nationals, GP Marseillaise/Mallorca week, Opening Weekend, Paris-Nice - the end of the season comes on very suddenly after the Worlds. This week, with Il Lombardia and Paris-Tours, along with a smattering of 1-day races in Belgium, Italy and France, marks the end of the season for most riders. There are a few high-level events left in Asia, the new Veneto races, and the always-mixed lineup of the unique Chrono des Nations, but this is pretty much it. And of course for the CQ game, that means the last best chance at pulling in a good points haul, and getting your name in lights.



    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   search   1063
    2   Squire   839
    3   edkDeus   827
    4   Lortnoc   765
    5   Fivezzz   732


    search ends up with a very comfortable victory this week, squeezing the most out of the week to nab the last 1000+ point week of the year. Part of this is due to unique pick Enric Mas, whose fine end-of-season form netted another 175 points, but search's team would have won the week even without this contribution. Their team's biggest scorer was actually Higuita with 203, but they also got fine contributions from Landa (150), Kooij (148) and Sam Bennett (118). Squire has a great week as well, even if their team couldn't match search's score. Squire had Higuita, Landa and Kooij as well, but was missing Mas and Bennett - their team's best rider not mentioned above was Alexis Vuillermoz (89 points, 3 teams). edkDeus rounds out the podium, scoring over 800 points with a much more prominent headliner in Tadej Pogacar (410 points, 3 teams).



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   380
    2   ray10   353
    3   Leadbelly   249
    4   Rakim   239
    5   18-Valve. (pithy)   228
    5   LosBrolin   228


    No scoring by any of the teams in the top 5 this week (highest team to score this week was Lortnoc in 8th overall). ray10 has to have a good enough lineup this week to finish in the top 3 to get enough points to overtake EITB, and the last podium spot is in play as well. A very cool thing that happened this week was that the last team who had yet to score this season finished in the top 15, meaning every participating team has scored green jersey points this year.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    18590
    2   (-)   Rakim   17469
    3   (-)   ray10   17118
    4   (-)   MADRAZO   16706
    5   (+4)   search   16656
    6   (-)   Squire   16552
    7   (-2)   Bonimenier   16238
    8   (-1)   laarsland   16231
    9   (+4)   Riverside   16072
    10   (+2)   NielsB   16013


    With over a thousand point lead, EvansIsTheBest's title was hardly in doubt, but the longshot possibility of a massive week for Rakim has now passed, with EITB actually gaining 81 more points on the closest competitor. Lower down, search's great week (the last two weeks, actually) vaults them into the top 5, and Squire's very good week leaves them only 4 points behind in 6th. There's also some last-minute turnover in the top 10, with Riverside and NielsB jumping in, and repre and will10 falling out. However, 11th-13th are all less than 25 points out of the top 10, so the last week of the game could still see some changes depending on who is racing and scoring.



    This week, we have the two Veneto 1.1 races, the Chrono des Nations, the return of the 1.Pro Japan Cup after being cancelled from covid, and the Tour of Langkawi also returning. And... that's it! The CQ game season ends with the end of the last .1 or higher race, and those are the only ones left until 2023. Langkawi actually ends next Tuesday the 18th, so the CQ game will depend on how the updates will work on the CQ site. If they have a regular Sunday or Monday update, I'll have update 40 next week and then update 41 will contain the remainder of the results for Langkawi. But if they delay the update until after Langkawi ends, there will be one more update. I suppose we will all be in a little bit more suspense yet!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #71 on: October 17, 2022, 20:56 »
    Update #40: Kazistuta stars in penultimate update



    CQ has released an update for the week ending October 16th, which means that the last European races of the season are included, but the last stages and GC of Langkawi are not. That matters for the game only in that it's a 2.PS race, and the last race .1 or higher of the year, which means the game comes to a close when its points are counted. That means there is one more update next week, although of course it will only include points of riders that are picked by teams in the game. So it will be a little denouement next week of interest to those with riders in Malaysia, or those whose spots may be threatened by said riders' points.



    But this week, the vast majority of the peloton had their final races of the season in Italy, France and Japan. Let's see how it shook out.


    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   Kazistuta   267
    2   skidmark   266
    3   Rufs   241
    4   Jakob747   222
    5   the asian   220


    It was a relatively low scoring, but very competitive week. Long-time game participant Kazistuta ekes out the win with a score of 267. This was thanks to the following riders: Marc Hirschi (80 points, 33 teams) for the win in Veneto, Andrea Piccolo (78 points, 17 teams) for 2nd in Japan, Ivan Sosa (57 points, 27 teams) for stage and jersey points in Langkawi, MA Lopez (36 points, 52 teams) and Max Kanter (16 points, 16 teams). Such is the end of the season that you can list all scorers for the weekly winner. Team skidmark finishes a mere 1 point back, with Piccolo, Sosa and Lopez from the above group, but missing the rest, instead including Foss (48 points), Ciccone (40) and Bettiol (7). If Bettiol had got 12th instead of 14th in Chrono des Nations it would have made the difference - that's how close the week was. Rufs ends up with the last podium spot with Hirschi/Sosa/Ciccone/Lopez and Andreas Kron (27).



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   380
    2   ray10   353
    3   Leadbelly   249
    4   Rakim   239
    5   LosBrolin   238


    No scoring at the top this week, although LosBrolin gets 10 points on the week to move into sole possession of 5th place. I haven't fact-checked this, but a comment upthread suggested that ray10 has no active riders in Langkawi, which means that it would be mathematically impossible for anyone to catch EITB in these rankings. I'll make everything official next week, but it is looking pretty solid at this point.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   
    EvansIsTheBest
    18657
    2   (-)   Rakim   17585
    3   (-)   ray10   17139
    4   (+1)   search   16857
    5   (-1)   MADRAZO   16855
    6   (-)   squire   16701
    7   (+1)   laarsland   16388
    8   (-1)   Bonimenier   16345
    9   (-)   Riverside   16234
    10   (-)   NielsB   16207


    At the top, EvansIsTheBest successfully continues to run out the clock on all challengers, losing 49 points to Rakim but still maintaining a 4-digit lead. While the season is not quite over, the game effectively is. Adding up all the points from GC in Malaysia (places 1-50), I quickly did the math in my head and came up with 1115 points. This means that even if Rakim's 33 riders were all riding in Langkawi and swept places 1-33, it still wouldn't overturn the lead. So barring something like Martinez getting his entire year DQ'd this week, it's over mathematically, even on the theoretical level. Congrats to EITB on a great year!


    A little lower down, search continues an amazing last few weeks, leapfrogging up to 4th, albeit 2 points ahead of MADRAZO. Despite having Sosa, it's probably too much of a gap to close to the podium for either of these teams. laarsland and Bonimenier swap places, and teams just outside the top 10 are within striking distance if they still have riders scoring, but things are all but settled.



    One more update to wrap it up after the Langkawi GC update is released, and I'll be doing a 'year in review' going over monthly leaders every week just like last year to bridge the gap until the 2023 game starts, but otherwise it's time to start taking a look at riders for next year if you haven't already. See you all in a week to wrap it up!



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #72 on: October 24, 2022, 23:01 »
    Update #41: sam2837 takes the final week as EvansIsTheBest is the confirmed winner of the CQ Game 2022



    Well folks, this is it. 41 weeks since the CQ points started flowing in Australia, we've reached the end of the season, with Langkawi being the last race .1 or above in 2022. With one final week of scoring, we have one more weekly winner to highlight before confirming the final standings for another year of this game.


    This Week's Top Scorers



    Rank   Team   Points this week
    1   sam2837   281
    2   DJ Sprtsch   246
    3   vladimir   180
    3   Amis_Velo   180
    5   Kazistuta   171


    Despite the very limited amount of riders in this game that were in Langkawi, we did not have a multiple-team tie at the top of the standings. The clear winner of the week is sam2837, who had 4 scoring riders. Of course, the must-have was Langkawi overall winner Ivan Sosa, who brought 158 points to his 26 owners. sam2837 also had 2nd place Hugh Carthy (110 points, 5 teams), as well as smaller amounts from Gianni Moscon (8 points, 11 teams) and Hugo Toumire (5 points, 5 teams). DJ Sprtsch lands a clear 2nd place, with George Bennett (78 points, 5 teams), Marijn Van Den Berg and Max Kanter (5 points each) supplementing Sosa's points. vladimir and Amis Velo tie for third, but with completely different riders: vladimir had Sosa, Matteo Jorgenson (12 points) as well as Kanter/Toumire (5 each), whereas Amis Velo had Carthy and Einer Rubio (70 points, 4 teams).



    Green Jersey Competition



    Rank   Team   Total
    1   EvansIsTheBest   380
    2   ray10   353
    3   Leadbelly   249
    4   Rakim   239
    5   LosBrolin   238


    No teams in the top 5 overall of this ranking scored any points this week - 18-Valve scored 8 points to pull within 2 points of the top 5, but it wasn't quite enough. EvansIsTheBest and ray10 have been well in front of this competition for a long time now, and this week solidifies EITB at the top of the ranking.



    Top 10 Overall



    Rank   Up/down   Team   Points
    1   (-)   EvansIsTheBest  18662
    2   (-)   Rakim   17585
    3   (-)   ray10   17157
    4   (-)   search   17020
    5   (-)   MADRAZO   17018
    6   (-)   squire   16867
    7   (+1)   Bonimenier   16503
    8   (-1)   laarsland   16393
    9   (-)   Riverside   16349
    10   (-)   NielsB   16207


    The lead has looked commanding for much of the season, and the air of inevitability grew thicker as the weeks passed. But now I can officially crown EvansIsTheBest as the winner of the 2022 CQ Game!



    Their team's 18662 points ranks as one of the most successful CQ Game seasons ever, and the 1077 margin of victory surely is among the largest as well. EITB had 7 1000-point scorers, led of course by Remco, but also including Girmay, Higuita, Rodriguez, Martinez, Ayuso and Hindley.  With the Giro and Vuelta winners, as well as riders that scored a ton in the early season and other who scored a ton in the later season, it's no wonder that EITB doubled up with the Green Jersey win as well.



    Rakim does not get the win, but had a great season to finish in 2nd, and ray10 hangs on for 3rd after a solid season as well. Lower down in the top 10, only one spot flips this week (7th and 8th trade places), and the table stays the same otherwise.



    Congrats to our winner and our top 10! And thank you to everyone who participated this year, I hope it was fun and that you'll come back for the 2023 edition. I'll have year-in-review updates until then, but the game is officially over.



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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #73 on: October 25, 2022, 01:42 »
    13th is my best for some time: if I had included De Lie (a late omission) instead of Umba, I could have been top three (but everyone will have a what-if)
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #74 on: October 25, 2022, 18:58 »
    Thanks as always skids for the updates through the year, and to EITB as well for helping out for a few weeks. That victory of his must have some karma mixed in there, along with De Lie and Evenepoel!

    I've already got a bit of a long list going for next year, but I might, time permitting, have a look back at this years team first.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #75 on: October 28, 2022, 13:33 »
    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.

    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)?

    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.

    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.

    Wow Hoelgaard was rubbish. What happened t-72? At least THJ did okay when he wasn't ill/injured.

    Glad I broke my rule about Girmay. Tempted to do the same with Mulu in 2023 as he too didn't get a fair crack of the whip this time round.

    Zingle did really well. The only other person to select him? EITB.

    Einhorn actually had a better point return than Omer, but it was the latter that impressed me more.

    Piccolo finally found his home after many attempts elsewhere. Good haul from less than half (?) a season.

    Unfortunately I was right about Baska or at least that's what we can assume from his results.

    Heming + Delbove :cool

    Anybody else worth mentioning? Ewart imo turned out to be not so fun a pick - 2120% is great from a statistical viewpoint, but it was only in Rwanda he was on my radar.
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    Re: 2022 CQ Game Thread
    « Reply #76 on: November 05, 2022, 14:46 »
    Thanks as always skids for the updates through the year, and to EITB as well for helping out for a few weeks. That victory of his must have some karma mixed in there, along with De Lie and Evenepoel!

    I've already got a bit of a long list going for next year, but I might, time permitting, have a look back at this years team first.
    Thanks for the kind words. Considering I completely overlooked him during my selection process, I don't think De Lie helped that much except to keep things more interesting than I would have liked. Obviously that's a decision I'd like to have back but at least I was fortunate enough to have my other riders score a lot.

    I posted it over on cyclingnews, so I might as well share it here too, here's the optimal team someone could have come up with:
    EVENEPOEL Remco
    VLASOV Aleksandr (unique pick: comodoro)
    PEDERSEN Mads
    DE LIE Arnaud
    KRISTOFF Alexander
    HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
    MARTINEZ POVEDA Daniel Felipe
    HINDLEY Jai
    RODRIGUEZ CANO Carlos
    GIRMAY HAILU Biniam
    AYUSO PESQUERA Juan
    KOOIJ Olav
    ARENSMAN Thymen
    SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias
    THOMAS Benjamin (unique pick: zaka_fan)
    MEINTJES Louis (unique pick: ray10)
    ZINGLE Axel
    VAN GESTEL Dries (no one)
    SCHMID Mauro
    HERMANS Quinten
    SHEFFIELD Magnus
    VAUQUELIN Kévin (no one)
    PICCOLO Andrea
    VUILLERMOZ Alexis
    GROVES Kaden
    JUNGELS Bob
    KANTER Max
    KÄMNA Lennard
    DUJARDIN Sandy (no one)
    TURNER Benjamin
    CONCI Nicola
    STRONG Corbin
    KAMP Alexander (no one)
    Score: 29036
    Price: 7496

    The best team without Evenepoel would have scored 28200, without De Lie 27992 and with neither 27172. So you are right that those two were the two most important picks and would give a manager a nearly 2000 points headstart on teams without those riders even if they had pick optimal replacements (which considering Vingegaard was part of those replacements, they probably didn't). You'll notice our guy Zingle on there as well.

    Excited for a new edition to start and to try to defend the title. Usually I can recycle half my team from one year to the next but they are all so expensive this time around. I'll have to actually scout some new talent this time. At least I can still stick Bagioli in there for the 12th consecutive year and nobody (including myself) will notice :lol
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