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Re: 2022 Giro CQ Game
« on: May 06, 2022, 15:06 »
The riders

An interesting distribution.  There were hardly any riders starting in the 700-900 bracket, where riders one might expect in the top ten would often be found and can be fairly popular picks.  That means that there are far more riders being picked in the 300-450 bracket (with some real gems in that range), so far fewer of the variety of under 100 pt riders, among whom in most years we would find a lot of the variety in picks, and the source of a large proportion of the number of riders relevant to the game.

So, out of 37 teams, here are the numbers going for each rider:

27: LANDA MEANA Mikel
20: LOPEZ MORENO Miguel Angel
19: EWAN Caleb
18: CARTHY Hugh, YATES Simon
15: GALL Felix
12: KÄMNA Lennard
11: ARENSMAN Thymen
Those eight have a within-budget total cost of 3268, so neatly define themselves as the Collective Wisdom team.

9: CICCONE Giulio, DUMOULIN Tom
8: FOSS Tobias Svendsen
7: CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO Richard Antonio, HINDLEY Jai
6: SOSA CUERVO Ivan Ramiro, VAN DER POEL Mathieu
5: BARDET Romain, BUCHMANN Emanuel, GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
4: GIRMAY HAILU Biniam, KNOX James, POZZOVIVO Domenico
3: BALLERINI Davide, CIMOLAI Davide, DE GENDT Thomas, HAMILTON Lucas, KELDERMAN Wilco, NIBALI Vincenzo, PETERS Nans, VALTER Attila
2: CEPEDA ORTIZ Jefferson Alexander, CORT NIELSEN Magnus, DOWSETT Alex, FELLINE Fabio, FIORELLI Filippo, HEPBURN Michael, MODOLO Sacha, ROSA Diego, SIVAKOV Pavel, SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias, TAARAMÄE Rein

and I hope that if you were to count the asterisks above, there will be 31 of them.

Popularity table
The total of the popularity scores for each rider (Landa has 27, Lopez 20 etc)
1 SlowClimber 136
2      Leadbelly      127
3      Rote_Laterne      117
4      Bminchow      115
5      Del1962      113
5      Manafana      113
5      Northerner      113
5      SafeBet      113
9      AmisVelo      111
10      Kazistuta      110
11      Yellow_Knight      109
12      Bonimenier      108
13      Berflamand      106
13      Nyssinator      106
15      Comodoro      104
16      Otoxiep87      100
17      ZigzagWanderer      97
18      Rufs      96
19      JumboVismaFan      95
20      Will10      94
21      Mellow_Velo      91
21      Triley36      91
23      Titan31      80
24      Search      78
25      Scrooll07      76
26      Salvarani      74
27      DJSprtsch      72
27      Josedin      72
29      EvansIsTheBest      71
30      Armchair_Cyclist      70
31      Laarsland      66
32      BluesInTheBottle      64
33      ArchieBoy      57
33      Vladimir      57
35      SamuCuenca      46
36      BicycleBoy      30
37      RedheadDane      16
      Collective_Wisdom      140
Slow Climber has, especially for a rookie in these games, an extraordinarily high popularity score, and he only differs in one pick from the Collective Wisdom team: he has the still fairly popular Foss rather than Kamna, thus making the tracking of the Collective Wisdom team almost redundant.

Major picks
I'll define a major pick as a rider with a cost of 700 points or more.  We seem to have unusually few teams that have more than one of them this time, perhaps because of the previously mentioned wealth of riders in the 300-450 range.
So those who have doubled up are:
Carapaz & van der Poel: Bicycle Boy
Carapaz and Yates: Armchair Cyclist
Carapaz & Demare: Josedin
Van der Poel & Bardet: Salvarani
Yates & Bardet:  Scrooll07 and TRiley36
Yates & Girmay: Zigzag Wanderer
Bilbao & Girmay: Titan31

so the others only have one of these expensive picks:
Almeida: Mellow Velo
Carapaz: Blues in the Bottle, Search and Vladimir
Van der Poel: Berflamand, DJSprtsch, Rufs and Yellow Knight   
Yates: Amis Velo,  Archie Boy, Comodoro, Jumbo Visma Fan, Kazistuta, Leadbelly,  Manafana, Northerner, Nyssinator, Otoxiep87, Rote Laterne, Safe Bet, Slow Climber and Will10
Martin: Samu Cuenca
Bardet: Bonimenier and Del1962
Girmay: Bminchow and Evans is the Best

while Redhead Dane has unique Pick De La Cruz (549 pts) as her most expensive team member.
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