<> Fantasy Cycling Teams - 2014 <>


Last modified: Sunday, 14 August, 2016
 

* As has become our custom, Lisa & I will be adding to our interest in this year's professional cycling season by following the fortunes of our own fantasy cycling teams. We've been doing this since 1997. We select our teams on the basis of each rider "costing" his total UCI ranking points earned last season divided by ten and rounded to the nearest five, with a minimum cost of twenty points and a maximum of 200.  We allow each team 900 points on this basis, with nine riders to be selected. No more than two riders in each team can be selected from the same real life trade team.  Throughout the season we score our riders performances in all the major races according to the points system adapted from one used by Roger Hughes in his Fantasy Cycling League. The tables below summarise the fortunes of our teams throughout the season.


* For this season's line-up, Lisa had to make two changes to her Ready Steady Riders due to the suspension of Michael Rogers and the failure of Samuel Sanchez to find a trade team place before the start of the new season. To boost her presence in the sprints, she's taken on the sensation of last year Marcel Kittel and, in hopes of improving the stage race performance of her team, added Canada's Ryder Hesjedal to the mix.

* Steve had hoped to keep his entire Nightowlers team from last year but the last minute suspension of Alessandro Ballan left a gap in the line-up so Steve's added Rick Zabel (son of the great Erik who Steve selected for many years) to his team.

* Here's hoping for a more equal contest than last year's massively one-sided affair. For a blow-by-blow account of our riders' scoring rides, see the accompanying blog.

* See below for Ready Steady Riders' results.
 

@ N i g h t o w l e r s @
Rider Period Scores Total
Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Joaquin Rodriguez 33       8 15 33 12 101
Philippe Gilbert   53 13 5   15   49 135
Mark Cavendish 16   15 3     13   47
Thor Hushovd 4               4
Vincenzo Nibali     10 17 120       147
Rick Zabel   3 5           8
David Millar                 0
André Griepel 9   5 10 10   20   54
Peter Sagan 50 8   10 36   6 2 112
Total 112 64 48 45 174 30 72 63 608

@ R e a d y   S t e a d y   R i d e r s @
Rider Period Scores Total
Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alessandro Petacchi 5 9 3           17
Richie Porte 15       1       16
Marcel Kittel 10 20 11   36   14 3 94
Daniel Martin   18         15 49 82
Tom Boonen 12 9 6 2     3 11 43
Alberto Contador 60 35   25 4   84 5 213
Thomas Voeckler 1   2   6     13 22
Ryder Hesjedal 1   12       8   21
Fabian Cancellera 24 40     4 2 5 9 84
Total 128 131 34 27 51 2 129 90 592

* See above for Nightowlers' results.

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