<> Fantasy Cycling Teams - 1998 <>


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 550 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.

* As you can see, after leading our private contest for the entire season, my Nightowlers were pipped at the final post by Lisa's Ready Steady Riders, thanks entirely to Chris Boardman retaining his hold on the 1-hour world record throught the season.

* In spite of being so far down the league rankings, we enjoyed taking part tremendously. Roger's running another edition of the league this year and we'll both be back; with rather different line-ups. Lisa has her eye on Jacky Durand who delighted viewers of the Tour de France with his commitment to attacking riding, and I'll likely be ditching messers Chiappucci, Rous, Fondriest, and Sciandri and adding another rider to my line-up who might actually score some points for me!

* See below for Ready Steady Riders' results.
 

@ N i g h t o w l e r s @
Rider Period Scores Total
Score
Cost Score
/Cost
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Allex Zülle 34 16 57 0 0 1 19 0 127 140 0.907
Johan Bruyneel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0.000
Claudio Chiappucci 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 35 0.257
Mario Cipollini 2 0 22 12 14 0 0 0 50 75 0.667
Maurizio Fondriest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0.000
Viacheslav Ekimov 0 8 10 1 0 25 0 4 48 95 0.505
Rolf Sørensen 21 8 0 0 0 25 0 0 54 80 0.675
Max Sciandri 0 0 0 6 0 13 0 0 19 50 0.380
Didier Rous 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0.000
Total 65 32 89 19 14 64 20 4 307 550 0.558
Postion 112 236 218 218 377 91     364  

@ R e a d y   S t e a d y   R i d e r s @
Rider Period Scores Total
Score
Cost Score
/Cost
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Udo Bölts 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 8 65 0.123
José María Jimenez 0 0 0 17 0 7 74 0 98 60 1.633
Mikel Zarrabeitia 22 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 30 50 0.600
Jan Svorada 5 0 3 4 10 0 1 0 23 75 0.307
Bjarne Riis 0 0 2 5 8 0 0 0 15 80 0.188
Chris Boardman 0 0 0 12 12 3 0 27 54 85 0.635
Bo Hamburger 0 31 3 6 11 0 6 0 57 45 1.267
François Simon 0 0 6 0 7 0 0 0 13 30 0.433
Laurent Brochard 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 60 0.350
Total 27 37 35 46 48 12 81 33 319 550 0.580
Postion 303 210 328 51 323 365     352  

* See above for Nightowlers' results.

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