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Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 18 Results & Rankings
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/27/2002
Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 18 Results & Rankings
 

"2nd Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta" - Stage Eighteen: AMERICA'S BEST STAGE !!!! : Thursday's "fantasy stage" was dominated by US contenders. 17 American Teams in the Top19 places (with a Spanish player to complete the stage Top 20) is a result speaking for itself !!! So it's no surprise that the stage winner was a member of the strong USA contingent: Ernesto Ramirez, whose Team "Cycos" got a very high score: 94 points, two more than Todd Duso's "Team Klein", and three more than David Shylko, whose "Attack of the Killer B's" prevented Americans from occupying all podium places for the second time in this contest. Fantasy Game debutant Ramirez got his first victory, coming after a podium place in Sunday's Angliru stage, with strong contributions from Heras, fellow "Bejarano" Santi Blanco, Beloki and USPS.

But this was the same roster as David Shylko's (apart from Kelme replacing USPS, but it didn't change a thing because the team in green got the same score as USPS ...), so the decisive factor in "Cycos" stage victory was the presence of Alessandro Petacchi. The Fassa sprinter, second-placed in the Vuelta's Points Classification, provided Ramirez with the three precious points he needed to clinch victory, points that neither Shylko nor Duso (that was featuring Aitor González Jiménez in his line-up, but it wasn't enough for him to match the Beloki & Petacchi combination in "Cycos") got. Fourth placed player in the stage was Jeffrey A. Cross, then came Jeff Petrea, then Amber McFarlane, then Bill Clark, and so on with a broad list of American names and teams, broken just by Andre Umali. The Asian veteran of Fabio's Fantasy Games did better in previous contests, but at least got into the stage Top 10 on Thursday.

The best-placed Virtual team not featuring Santi Blanco was "Freddies Favorites" (Craig Fredrickson), who ranked 13th, while the maximum stage score for a team not containing Roberto Heras was of 58 points, and belonged to Brad King ("King's 18 Wheelers") who finished just outside the Top 40 spots. "Cloggelera" Anita van Crey should email Juan Antonio Flecha in order to thank him for the "record score" the talented iBanesto rider provided her on Thursday: 19 points. 7 other Virtual Teams (6 from the US, 1 from Canada) shouldn't thank anybody, as they didn't get any stage points.

Primera victoria de etapa para Ernesto Ramirez. El estadounidense de origen hispana, consiguió estar otra vez entre los tres primeros, trás su tercer lugar en la "etapa reina" del pasado domingo, pero ahora subió a los más alto del podio. Su equipo "Cycos" obtuvo 94 puntos, gracias a Heras, Santi Blanco, Beloki y el US Postal. Sin embargo fue determinante la presencia de Alesssandro Petacchi. El esprinter del Fassa otorgó a Ramirez tre puntos de etapa, pocos pero fundamentales ya que ni el actual segundo (Todd Duso - Team Klein) ni el tercer clasificado (David Shylko - Attack of the Killer B's) los obtuvieron. De las 20 mejores plazas de la etapa, 17 pertenecieron a equipos de EE.UU., aunque el Caandiense David Shylko les impidió ocupar complteamente el podio por segunda vez. Además de Shylko, las únicas alternativas a la dominación estadounidense fueron Andrea Umali de las Filipinas y un español (Abraham Martínez González) que se colocó en la vigesima plaza del día, bastante lejos del ganador. A pesar de no tener Santi Blanco en su equipo, Craig Fredrickson (Freddies Favorites) obtuvo un satisfactorio resultado al colocarse décimo tercero en la clasificación de etapa. Sólo siete concursantes se quedaron sin puntos, mientras como siempre las reglas del desempate fueron aplicadas al los primeros sesenta equipos virtuales del día.

And now to the detailed Stage Results / Y ahora a los resultados de la etapa ...

Virtual Teams - Stage 18 Results
Equipos Virtuales - Resultados de la 18ava. etapa


1. Ernesto Ramirez - Cycos - USA / 94 Points (Heras 42, Blanco 31, Beloki 13, Petacchi 3, USPS 5) (*)

2. Todd Duso - Team Klein - USA / 92 Points (Heras 42, Blanco 31, González Jiménez Aitor 14, USPS 5) (**)

3. David Shylko - Attack of the Killer B's - Canada / 91 Points (Heras 42, Blanco 31, Beloki 13, Kelme- Costa Blanca 5) (***)

4. Jeffrey A. Cross - Crossman - USA / 90 Points
5. Jeff Petrea - Mahtel Eezore - USA / 86 Points
6. Amber McFarlane - J & A - USA / 84 Points
7. Bill Clark - Team One - USA / 84 Points
8. Dan Steinbach - Arriva Arriva Andale! - USA / 84 Points
9. Francine Latil - Amadeus Slacker - USA / 83 Points
10. Andre Umali - balik-balik - Philippines / 82 Points

11. Mike Hackenwerth - TEAM HACKATTACK - USA / 80 Points
12. John Eichorst - VELO MOJO - USA / 79 Points
13. Craig Fredrickson - Freddies Favorites - USA / 79 Points
14. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 78 Points
15. Christopher Coats - Moose Loose - USA / 78 Points
16. Terence Sexton - Team Avarice - USA / 74 Points
17. Rob Jeffers - Snap City Velo - USA / 74 Points
18. Roberto Noisiom - TEAM TROUTS - USA / 74 Points
19. Bruce Mayer - Bungalow Bombers - USA / 74 Points
20. Abraham Martínez González - The puqui cuchis - Galicia (Spain) / 74 Points

21. Tomasz Brodala - The Spaniards - Poland / 73 Points
22. Jeff McFarlane - JAM - USA / 73 Points
23. Javier Pazos - Fixed Gear Fuji - USA / 73 Points
24. Chuck Hudak - Venga Simoni - USA / 73 Points
25. Matt Haigh - Broken Bones - UK / 73 Points
26. Mike Byrd - Up Up and Away - USA / 73 Points
27. George Forman - Lactic-Acid Trip - USA / 73 Points
28. Kerry Whitman - Whitass Racers - USA / 69 Points
29. Gregg Bray - Posties4Ever - USA / 66 Points
30. Michael McQuillen - Team Erie - USA / 63 Points

31. Mick Knapton - Julio Winterbottom's All Stars - UK / 63 Points
32. Keri Greene - cycling widow - USA / 62 Points
33. Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi - Ilbera - Euzkadi / 61 Points
34. Lee Chyn Hwa - Team Pang Pang - Malaysia / 58 Points
35. Scott Bray - HerasTriumphs - USA / 58 Points
36. Rafael Tejeda - Daddy's Boys - USA / 58 Points
37. Ben Hackenwerth - Eurozark - USA / 58 Points
38. Arjan van den Broek - Mr. Blonde - Holland / 58 Points
39. Tom Scanlon - Maillot Jaune - USA / 58 Points
40. Mo Ball - Spanish Knights - UK / 58 Points

41. Brad King - King's 18 Wheelers - USA / 58 Points
42. M. Edlin - Velowhiz - USA / 57 Points
43. Andy Bamber - Bamber's Bombers - UK / 56 Points
44. Martin Tetreault - Smithfield Hams - USA / 56 Points
45. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - Holland / 56 Points
46. David Cavalier - Angry Dog Cycling - USA / 56 Points
47. Scott Owens - Ugly Americans - USA / 56 Points
48. Javier - BJJ - Euzkadi / 56 Points
49. Peter Trkman - Slovenia Flyers - Slovenia / 56 Points
50. Charles Henry - Charles Henry - USA / 55 Points

51. Patrick B. Sharp - Smokin' Hams - USA / 55 Points
52. Julia Schlenkrich - Prinzin - Germany / 55 Points
53. Ehud Tal - Santander's diamond - Israel / 55 Points
54. Patrick Williams - Venga Santiago - USA / 55 Points
55. Josu - Onenak - Euzkadi / 55 Points
56. Phil Miano - GS Baby Got Back - USA/Italy / 55 Points
57. Michael Tierney - Calculated Risk - USA / 55 Points
58. José Pedro - Ginásio - Portugal / 55 Points
59. K. Hansen - Vuelta Roleros - USA / 55 Points
60. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 55 Points

61. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 55 Points
61. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal/Quick Step - USA / 55 Points
63. Michael Haywood - EV Racing Team - Canada / 54 Points
63. Karen Sondgeroth - From Trikes To Bikes - USA / 54 Points
65. Johan Koedijker - - Holland / 53 Points
65. Alonso Tejeda - Sweet Al & the Wet Willies - USA / 53 Points
65. Christopher Boshart - Weezer's Wheelers - USA / 53 Points
65. Joseph Hess - atlantic shores velo loves shakira - USA / 53 Points
65. James K. - Senior Surly's Spinners - USA / 53 Points
65. Betsy Baker - cyclisme veloce - USA / 53 Points
65. Nigel Ravenhill - Union Cycliste de Napa - USA / 53 Points
72. Beatrice Meehan - BB's Brigade - USA / 52 Points
73. Martin Kessler - Real Sociedad - Germany / 51 Points
74. Lisa Parsons - I wear the pants - USA / 50 Points
74. Jonathan Greene - JG's Boys - USA / 50 Points
74. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 50 Points
77. Andrew Wilson - Team Kiwi - USA / 49 Points
77. Sean Dingeldein - Gruppetto - USA / 49 Points
77. Daniela Kampmann - World-United - Germany / 49 Points
77. Joerg Schmidgall - pedalritter - Germany / 49 Points
77. Walt Armstrong - Spry kids - USA / 49 Points
77. Chuck Taylor - Crankarm-Dallas - USA / 49 Points
83. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 48 Points
83. Michael Miller - CannonRiders - USA / 48 Points
83. Rick Paden - Ricky's Raunchy Riders - USA / 48 Points
83. Rick Sane - Bull Cycle - USA / 48 Points
83. Jeff Berkowitz - GS Park Ridge - USA / 48 Points
83. Thomas Zimmermann - Tourmalets Helden - Germany / 48 Points
83. Paul Rentz - Iberian Sons of the Dump - USA / 48 Points
83. Paula Andrist - Team Opaline-Emma - USA / 48 Points
83. Frank Fronhofer - Firefly - USA / 48 Points
83. Laurie Fronhofer - Team Lala - USA / 48 Points
83. Peter Lind - The Danish Armada - Denmark / 48 Points
83. Chris Hoang - WaterFromtheSky! - USA / 48 Points
83. Chris Coolman - Speedmerchants - USA / 48 Points
83. Brannon Amtower - Agony Awaits - USA / 48 Points
83. Dean Muller - equipo de canteros borrachos - USA / 48 Points
83. Todd Shew - JOY - USA / 48 Points
83. Francis De Cort - Pack Fodder - England / 48 Points
100. Manny Samaniego - EPO? Yes PLEASE!!! - USA / 47 Points
100. Rich Pink - Team Electric Rhino - USA / 47 Points
100. Juan Pablo Villate - Follow me to Madrid - Canada / 47 Points
100. Mike Roe - Rose Riders - USA / 47 Points
100. Russell D. Jewell - JAFT - USA / 47 Points
100. Malina Dragu - Cyber_Cycling - Romania / 47 Points
100. Deborah Steiner - Blue-specked shoes - USA / 47 Points
100. Patrick Shipley - a day on the road - USA / 47 Points
100. Marcelino Abantao - DWUHS77-TAC - Philippines / 47 Points
100. Glenn Stilwell - Team ASR - USA / 47 Points
100. Avery Oakley - Heel on Wheels - USA / 47 Points
100. Jason Minato - GTC - Australia / 47 Points
100. Stacey Strong-Rieckehoff - Paseadores de La Anglirú - USA / 47 Points
100. Trent Burton - Stage Stealers - Canada / 47 Points
100. Friedrich - Barbarossa - Germany / 47 Points
100. Chad Black - Team Cinzano - USA / 47 Points
100. Charles R. Wilson - Bringing Home the MAIL - USA / 47 Points
100. Jaime Nichols - ¡Las piernas calientes de acero! - USA / 47 Points
100. Stuart Burden - tsunami - USA / 47 Points
100. Melanie Williams - Velocidad de la Luz - USA / 47 Points
100. Turner Waskom - Massive carcass racing - USA / 47 Points
121. John Plaschke - Equipe NP - USA / 45 Points
121. Zac Coolman - USA !!! - USA / 45 Points
121. Chris Fox - Franciso Franco is Still Dead. - USA / 45 Points
124. Moritz Mehlem - Manolo and the VENGA-BOYS - Germany / 43 Points
124. Gerald Lee - Island Boy Racaing - USA / 43 Points
124. Ed Granger - Andes Candies - USA / 43 Points
124. Michael Elmer - pleasebespeedy - USA / 43 Points
124. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 43 Points
124. Ervin Evangelista - Cyclones - USA / 43 Points
124. Julie & Paul Carvey - right on mate, right on dude - USA/UK / 43 Points
131. Mike Sondgeroth - Prairie Racers III - USA / 42 Points
131. Stefan Meijvogel - Foreal in da house - Holland / 42 Points
131. Brian Purtell - IT'S ABOUT THE SPRINTERS - USA / 42 Points
131. Peter Woodrow - Chugga Plugga - USA / 42 Points
131. Phil Coldrey Lo - Poo Bahs - Canada / 42 Points
131. Jim Parsons - ShowMeThePesos - USA / 42 Points
131. Jim Keener - Nashville Mashers - USA / 42 Points
131. Tom Irvine - Vuelta Prime - USA / 42 Points
131. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 42 Points
131. Chad Gagnier - Conjugal Visitors - USA / 42 Points
131. Jim Klepper - Zak el Gato - USA / 42 Points
131. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 42 Points
131. James S. Guild - Pyramid - USA / 42 Points
131. Tony Lippert - The Lion King Roars - USA / 42 Points
131. Samantha Xochi Kody - Olistostrome's - USA / 42 Points
131. Scot Jahn - gobarca - USA / 42 Points
131. Mike Starr - SuperStarr - USA / 42 Points
131. Brian Kappus - No Wammies - USA / 42 Points
131. Lexi Tejeda - Ginger Snaps - USA / 42 Points
131. Christopher Hurt - Tennessee Mashers - USA / 42 Points
131. Craig Robertson - biddon fetchers - Australia / 42 Points
131. Leonard Trolio - LWA - USA / 42 Points
131. Andrew Szafranski - The Pain of La Angliru - Canada / 42 Points
131. Karen Sholtz - Viva la Vuelta - USA / 42 Points
131. John Roguski - HOLD THE MAYO - USA / 42 Points
131. Janusz Soszynski - Soszyn's Team - Poland / 42 Points
131. Marcus Haub - Don't bike - Just drink - Germany / 42 Points
131. Joshua Lee - Climbers, sprinters and frogs. - USA / 42 Points
131. Aritz Azkune Sudupe - Azkunetarrak - Euzkadi / 42 Points
131. Patrick Harris - Spanish Billygoats - USA / 42 Points
131. Clark Ritchie - Half-Fast Velo - USA / 42 Points
131. Jakob Duma - Who said lethal combination - Punk - Denmark / 42 Points
131. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 42 Points
131. Michael Hammernandez - Team Loretta - USA / 42 Points
131. Rajvinder Singh - Perico's Delga Dogs - Singapore / 42 Points
131. Scott Coady - tourbaby - USA / 42 Points
131. Vaughn Trevisanut - Cavallo Toso espana - USA / 42 Points
168. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Könige - Germany / 41 Points
169. Chris Edin - Dino Bravo - USA / 40 Points
170. Janna Trevisanut - Diosa del Sitio - USA / 37 Points
170. Ralf Heeg - Los estremos duros - Germany / 37 Points
170. Sam Bills - EUROTRASH!!! - UK / 37 Points
173. Francesco Grandi - C'era una Vuelta... - Italy / 36 Points
174. Josué Nazario - Sabana Grande - Puerto Rico / 33 Points
175. Alister Watt - Ali's Team - Scotland / 31 Points
176. Herman van Iterson - Green Kelme Climbing Goats - Holland / 30 Points
177. Tommie Brock - Team Iron Station NC - USA / 29 Points
178. Jeff Sloop - FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - USA / 27 Points
179. Jim Troedel - Chicago Crankheads - USA / 26 Points
180. Andrew Hughes - iBananas.kom - UK / 24 Points
181. Alexander Mais - BotcheMania - Germany / 23 Points
182. Alex Ball - Donny Matadors - UK / 22 Points
182. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 22 Points
184. Stefano Figallo - Carramba!Arriba El Pipi! - Italy / 19 Points
184. Doris Herman - D's Madrid Madness Matadors - USA / 19 Points
184. Remo Kaasenbrood - Vueltalent - Holland / 19 Points
184. Kris Withington - supagrom - New Zealand / 19 Points
184. Anita Van Crey - Cloggeleros - Holland / 19 Points
184. Emanuel Correia - Go Team Maia-Milaneza-MSS !!! - Portugal / 19 Points
184. Marc Bechtold - AC Marco - USA / 19 Points
184. Richard Woodruff - Brit Abroad Boys - France / 19 Points
184. EzioT. - Ganar la Vuelta y beber Sangria:aquì la Fiesta! - Italy / 19 Points
184. Helen Davis - Cierta Falta - UK / 19 Points
184. Adriana Diaz - Where is the Angliru? - Canada / 19 Points
184. Tim Kenington - DownunderOnTop - Australia / 19 Points
196. Johnny Nazario - BORICUA - Puerto Rico / 17 Points
196. Buds Fuller - TeamBuds - New Zealand / 17 Points
196. Mike McCray - Mental Knee Madness - USA / 17 Points
196. Johannes Heuser - Hot sun of the spanish mountains - Germany / 17 Points
200. Gary McCarthy - Macs Riders - USA / 16 Points
201. Peter Budd - House Rules - Australia / 15 Points
201. Georg Thomas - team canas - Germany / 15 Points
203. Mike Troedel - Bob Roll Fan Club - USA / 14 Points
203. Roy Drinkwater - wiley wheelmen - USA / 14 Points
203. Pod Ball - iron men of irun - UK / 14 Points
203. Tom Snelders - Sjezers - Belgium / 14 Points
207. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 13 Points
207. Kevin Schlaufman - Atherton Atlas - USA / 13 Points
207. Laura Weislo - SquadraFantastica - USA / 13 Points
207. Niko Hinz - Team It can just end better - Germany / 13 Points
207. Nick Bull - NBCycles - UK / 13 Points
207. Mike Barker - Don White Cyclists - UK / 13 Points
207. Joe Coughlin - Spanish Fly-ers - USA / 13 Points
207. Matt Guse - The Flying Dogs - Canada / 13 Points
207. Chris Tunnock - Hell Riders - Australia / 13 Points
207. Gil Wilson - johnny quest - USA / 13 Points
207. Gerard K. - cosmic flyers - England / 13 Points
207. Mike Pease - Lobo Cycling - USA / 13 Points
207. Robert Parker - Parker's Pro - USA / 13 Points
207. Paul Anderson - Half Fast Velo - USA / 13 Points
207. Primož F. - zmagovalci - Slovenia / 13 Points
207. Vanessa Kolej - TEAM LAMER - USA / 13 Points
223. Phil Fink - Tight Purple Underwear - USA / 12 Points
224. Hans Tveitereid - Grubers - Norway / 11 Points
224. Germán Rieckehoff - Masters of Suffering - Puerto Rico / 11 Points
224. Ralf Hönscheid - Tailwind Geckos - Germany / 11 Points
224. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 11 Points
228. Tim Maros - Cuspid's Last Stand? - USA / 10 Points
229. Jim Robson - Bears on motorBikes - UK / 9 Points
229. Joe N. - Ugandan Gold Miners - USA / 9 Points
229. Mark Allebach - ZuZu's Pedallers - USA / 9 Points
229. Richard Lane - Mad Hungarians - USA / 9 Points
229. Doug Van Orsow - Greenbelt Grimpeurs - USA / 9 Points
229. Michael T. Meehan - Lemond's Domestique - USA / 9 Points
229. Andrea Grandi - Speedy Gonzabel - Italy / 9 Points
236. Giovanni Tassara - Juan de La Vuelta - Italy / 8 Points
236. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 8 Points
236. J. Edward Lee - Vuelta Skelter - USA / 8 Points
239. Ken Kontowicz - Tucson Hotwheels - USA / 7 Points
239. Andranik Aghazarian - Team Saddle Soreos - Canada / 7 Points
241. Ross Klobucher - Climbing with the Bulls - USA / 6 Points
241. John Lee - Autobus - New Zealand / 6 Points
241. Raymond Tiangco - My Legs Look Better Than Yours - Philippines / 6 Points
241. Ido Schnitzer - YoniTeam - Israel / 6 Points
241. Eric Thelen - badpits eposchlampen - Germany / 6 Points
241. Justine Meaux - Randi - USA / 6 Points
241. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 6 Points
241. Dan Suciu - The Rain in Spain... - Romania / 6 Points
241. Norm Simmonds - Mueltdown - USA / 6 Points
241. Nancy Stafford - IwantTigerStripes - USA / 6 Points
251. Diego Villate - DV team - Canada / 5 Points
252. Greg Davis - Que Pasa Muchacho ? - USA / 4 Points
253. Leah Bray - Love to Ride - USA / 3 Points
254. Dan Mueller - Team Hauenstein - USA / 3 Points
255. Scott Woodward - Spanish Flyze - USA / 2 Points
255. Karin Borges - karins - USA / 2 Points
257. Rick Wirthlin - vueltopolis - USA / 1 Point
257. Merlin Morris - Merlins - USA / 1 Point
257. Justin Scott - ccfc - UK / 1 Point
257. Larry Parker - Vamanos, Muchachos - USA / 1 Point
261. Rick Beuttel - Velo Dodos - USA / 0 Points
261. Mauro Brunetti - Canada 1 - Canada / 0 Points
261. Doug Hadley - Hadley's Highwheelers - USA / 0 Points
261. James Connell - Fancy Lad - USA / 0 Points
261. Sharon Sharp - The Lion's Pajamas - USA / 0 Points
261. Tammara Torres - Team Tapas - USA / 0 Points
261. Barbara Goldberg - Riosita Rapida - USA / 0 Points

(*) Plus a 30-point Bonus to add in the Overall Ranking / ... y 30 Puntos de Bono para añadir en la Clasificación General

(**) Plus a 15-point Bonus to add in the Overall Ranking / ... y 15 Puntos de Bono para añadir en la Clasificación General

(***) Plus a 5-point Bonus to add in the Overall Ranking / ... y 5 Puntos de Bono para añadir en la Clasificación General


"2nd Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta" - GC after Stage Eighteen: What a great final part is coming !!! We probably have the best and most uncertain Fantasy Game ever !! With just three stages to go, there are as many Virtual teams in a 10-point gap, and at least a couple more players standing a serious chance to become the Final Overall Champion, and win a prize that will be announced in the near future.

The main favorite, Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi, finally got to the top of the GC: the player from Euzkadi (the Basque Country of Spain), benefited from the excellent performance of Roberto Heras, but also the stage scores of Sevilla, Petacchi and Kelme-Costa Blanca, and gained 61 further points. Puerto Rico's Johnny Nazario lost the overall lead after spending eight stages at the top, and even dropped to third place, although he's only 10 points behind "Ilbera".

Indeed American Christopher Boshart lost some points to the Basque, but moved ahead of the "BORICUA" squad, such that his overall position didn't change. And with just a six-point gap between "Weezer's Wheelers" and the brand new the leader, Boshart may hope to move to the top spot in case of a Zabel's stage victory paired with Petacchi's modest performance. Of course, with only a GC contender (Heras) in his roster, Boshart's chances of a final victory are slimmer than Arrizabalaga's, but everything may happen in the coming days, the DP's Fantasy Games are not new to big surprises.

And talking about possible winners, also Kerry Whitman is worthy of mention. "Whitass Racers" is just 14 points behind "Ilbera" after all. Very few chances for both Martin Kessler and Beatrice Meehan instead, whereas I wouldn't completely rule out Terence Sexton. Gaining more than 50 points toVirtual teams such as "Ilbera" or "Weezer's Wheelers" is no easy task at all, but nonetheless with Roberto Heras, Aitor González and Joseba Beloki in the roster (that probably means the whole Madrid podium) "Team Avarice" can hope for a podium placing or even something better.

David Cavalier and Scott Bray finally made it into the Top 10, at the expense of Remo Kaasenbrood (who also lost the "Dutch leadership" to Johan Koedijker) and Jim Robson, while Andrea Grandi moved down three places, but still remains in the best nine positions. As for the Italian, I must also correct a mistake I made yesterday, when I greeted him on his three podium placings. Actually he has climbed the podium no less than FIVE times so far in this game: once as stage winner, twice as runner-up, and the rest as third-place getter. Guess it's a record !! So even more congrats to Andrea on his outstanding performances.

The Nazarios' bad day was completed by Josué dropping to 28th overall, while stage winner Ernesto Ramirez moved up to 32nd, right ahead of "unseparable" Dingeldein and Armstrong. Big changes at the top, but not the bottom of the standings: despite gaining nineteen, somehow unexpected points from Juan Antonio Flecha (but at the same time losing the "usual" ones from Gibo Simoni) miss Anita van Crey from the Netherlands still holds the "Red Lantern" place, and has several chances to keep it all the way until the end.

!!! Por fin lo consiguió !!! Trás 18 días de carrera, Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi logró subir a la cabeza la clasificación general, con una ventaja de seis puntos sobre Chris Boshart y sus "Weezer's Wheelers", mientras Johhny Nazario perdió el liderazgo después de ocho etapas. El Puertoriqueño ahora se queda tercero, a diez puntos de la cabeza de la tabla clasificatoria. Muy cerca del podio, y a sólo catorce puntos del primer puesto se encuentra otro equipo norteamericano, otro posible candidato para la victoria final (aunque la vasca Saioa Ariizabalaga sigue como principal favorita) es decir "Whitass Racers" de Kerry Whitman. Quizás Martin Kessler (actulamente en el quinto lugar) y Beatrice Meehan (sexta) puedan subir al podio, pero sus posibilidades de ganar la "Fantasy Vuelta" son escasas, con toda seguridad menos de las de Terence Sexton. El estadounidense se encuentra ahora en el séptimo lugar, más de cincuenta puntos por detrás de "Ilbera", pero tiene a Heras, Aitor González Jiménez y Beloki (es decir, muy probablemente los tres primeros de la clasificación final de la Vuelta ciclista a España) en su "Team Avarice", y pudiera sacar muchísimos puntos al final de la competición. David Cavalier y Scott Bray se colocaron entre los diez primeros de la tabla, mientras Remo Kaasenbrood y Jim Robson están afuera de la Top 10. Mal día para los Nazario, ya que también Josué perdió algunas plazas y ahora está en el vigésimo octavo lugar. El ganador de etapa del jueves, Ernesto Ramirez, ascendió hasta ser trigésimo segundo, mientras no hubo novedades en la cola del pelotón, con Anita van Crey otro día más en el último lugar.

Virtual Teams - General Classification after Stage 18
Equipos Virtuales - Clasificación tras la 18ava. etapa


1. Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi - Ilbera - Euzkadi / 751 Points (Sevilla 212, Heras 203, Petacchi 141, Jeker 24, Valverde 13, Kelme-Costa Blanca 126, Cofidis 17, Bonus Points 15)

2. Christopher Boshart - Weezer's Wheelers - USA / 747 Points (Zabel 239, Heras 203, Lastras 73, Zubeldia 36, Edo A. 34, Tauler 10, Mancebo 6, Kelme-Costa Blanca 126, Bonus Points 20)

3. Johnny Nazario - BORICUA - Puerto Rico / 741 Points (González Jiménez Aitor 191, Petacchi 141, Cipollini 105, Simoni 86, Lastras 73, Jeker 24, Martín Perdiguero 6, ONCE-Eroski 85, Alessio 10, Bonus Points 20)

4. Kerry Whitman - Whitass Racers - USA / 737 Points
5. Martin Kessler - Real Sociedad - Germany / 724 Points
6. Beatrice Meehan - BB's Brigade - USA / 714 Points
7. Terence Sexton - Team Avarice - USA / 697 Points
8. David Cavalier - Angry Dog Cycling - USA / 676 Points
9. Andrea Grandi - Speedy Gonzabel - Italy / 672 Points
10. Scott Bray - HerasTriumphs - USA / 670 Points

11. Johan Koedijker - - Holland / 659 Points
12. Chris Edin - Dino Bravo - USA / 650 Points
13. Remo Kaasenbrood - Vueltalent - Holland / 649 Points
14. Herman van Iterson - Green Kelme Climbing Goats - Holland / 648 Points
15. Jim Robson - Bears on motorBikes - UK / 643 Points
16. Scott Owens - Ugly Americans - USA / 640 Points
17. Chuck Taylor - Crankarm-Dallas - USA / 636 Points
18. Jeffrey A. Cross - Crossman - USA / 636 Points
19. M. Edlin - Velowhiz - USA / 635 Points
20. Karen Sondgeroth - From Trikes To Bikes - USA / 633 Points

21. Mike Hackenwerth - TEAM HACKATTACK - USA / 632 Points
22. Todd Duso - Team Klein - USA / 632 Points
23. Chris Fox - Franciso Franco is Still Dead. - USA / 626 Points
24. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 625 Points
25. James K. - Senior Surly's Spinners - USA / 623 Points
26. Gregg Bray - Posties4Ever - USA / 622 Points
27. Mo Ball - Spanish Knights - UK / 620 Points
28. Josué Nazario - Sabana Grande - Puerto Rico / 617 Points
29. Michael Haywood - EV Racing Team - Canada / 613 Points
30. Ralf Hönscheid - Tailwind Geckos - Germany / 598 Points

31. Paul Rentz - Iberian Sons of the Dump - USA / 596 Points
32. Ernesto Ramirez - Cycos - USA / 595 Points
33. Sean Dingeldein - Gruppetto - USA / 594 Points
34. Walt Armstrong - Spry kids - USA / 594 Points
35. Peter Lind - The Danish Armada - Denmark / 593 Points
36. Andrew Wilson - Team Kiwi - USA / 592 Points
37. Johannes Heuser - Hot sun of the spanish mountains - Germany / 589 Points
38. Michael T. Meehan - Lemond's Domestique - USA / 587 Points
39. Francesco Grandi - C'era una Vuelta... - Italy / 584 Points
40. Rick Sane - Bull Cycle - USA / 583 Points

41. David Shylko - Attack of the Killer B's - Canada / 583 Points
42. Patrick B. Sharp - Smokin' Hams - USA / 580 Points
43. Paula Andrist - Team Opaline-Emma - USA / 579 Points
44. Phil Fink - Tight Purple Underwear - USA / 575 Points
45. Brad King - King's 18 Wheelers - USA / 575 Points
46. Doug Van Orsow - Greenbelt Grimpeurs - USA / 572 Points
47. Peter Budd - House Rules - Australia / 567 Points
48. Arjan van den Broek - Mr. Blonde - Holland / 567 Points
49. Rick Paden - Ricky's Raunchy Riders - USA / 563 Points
50. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 563 Points

51. Alonso Tejeda - Sweet Al & the Wet Willies - USA / 562 Points
52. John Plaschke - Equipe NP - USA / 562 Points
53. Frank Fronhofer - Firefly - USA / 561 Points
54. Nigel Ravenhill - Union Cycliste de Napa - USA / 555 Points
55. Marc Bechtold - AC Marco - USA / 554 Points
56. Tommie Brock - Team Iron Station NC - USA / 554 Points
57. Norm Simmonds - Mueltdown - USA / 553 Points
58. Kris Withington - supagrom - New Zealand / 553 Points
59. Ben Hackenwerth - Eurozark - USA / 551 Points
60. Tony Lippert - The Lion King Roars - USA / 550 Points

61. Sam Bills - EUROTRASH!!! - UK / 550 Points
62. Friedrich - Barbarossa - Germany / 550 Points
63. Rob Jeffers - Snap City Velo - USA / 548 Points
64. Tom Scanlon - Maillot Jaune - USA / 547 Points
65. Dean Muller - equipo de canteros borrachos - USA / 546 Points
66. Jeff Sloop - FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - USA / 544 Points
67. Hans Tveitereid - Grubers - Norway / 540 Points
68. Joseph Hess - atlantic shores velo loves shakira - USA / 539 Points
69. Mark Allebach - ZuZu's Pedallers - USA / 537 Points
70. Betsy Baker - cyclisme veloce - USA / 534 Points

71. Lee Chyn Hwa - Team Pang Pang - Malaysia / 532 Points
72. Rafael Tejeda - Daddy's Boys - USA / 532 Points
73. Dan Steinbach - Arriva Arriva Andale! - USA / 531 Points
74. EzioT. - Ganar la Vuelta y beber Sangria:aquì la Fiesta! - Italy / 530 Points
75. Joe N. - Ugandan Gold Miners - USA / 526 Points
76. Jeff Berkowitz - GS Park Ridge - USA / 524 Points
77. Andrew Szafranski - The Pain of La Angliru - Canada / 523 Points
78. James S. Guild - Pyramid - USA / 520 Points
79. Chris Hoang - WaterFromtheSky! - USA / 519 Points
80. Nancy Stafford - IwantTigerStripes - USA / 517 Points

81. Michael Miller - CannonRiders - USA / 517 Points
82. Brian Kappus - No Wammies - USA / 517 Points
83. Thomas Zimmermann - Tourmalets Helden - Germany / 513 Points
84. Chuck Hudak - Venga Simoni - USA / 507 Points
85. Francis De Cort - Pack Fodder - England / 505 Points
86. Tom Snelders - Sjezers - Belgium / 503 Points
87. Jim Parsons - ShowMeThePesos - USA / 501 Points
88. Jason Minato - GTC - Australia / 499 Points
89. John Eichorst - VELO MOJO - USA / 499 Points
90. Dan Suciu - The Rain in Spain... - Romania / 497 Points

91. Chris Coolman - Speedmerchants - USA / 495 Points
92. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 495 Points
93. Peter Trkman - Slovenia Flyers - Slovenia / 494 Points
94. Raymond Tiangco - My Legs Look Better Than Yours - Philippines / 493 Points
95. Phil Coldrey Lo - Poo Bahs - Canada / 493 Points
96. Helen Davis - Cierta Falta - UK / 492 Points
97. Brian Purtell - IT'S ABOUT THE SPRINTERS - USA / 492 Points
98. Bill Clark - Team One - USA / 490 Points
99. Doris Herman - D's Madrid Madness Matadors - USA / 489 Points
100. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 489 Points

101. Charles Henry - Charles Henry - USA / 486 Points
102. Janusz Soszynski - Soszyn's Team - Poland / 485 Points
103. Michael McQuillen - Team Erie - USA / 483 Points
104. Greg Davis - Que Pasa Muchacho ? - USA / 481 Points
105. Craig Fredrickson - Freddies Favorites - USA / 479 Points
106. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 475 Points
107. Laurie Fronhofer - Team Lala - USA / 474 Points
108. Andre Umali - balik-balik - Philippines / 473 Points
109. Julia Schlenkrich - Prinzin - Germany / 472 Points
110. Scott Coady - tourbaby - USA / 471 Points

111. Richard Woodruff - Brit Abroad Boys - France / 470 Points
112. Buds Fuller - TeamBuds - New Zealand / 468 Points
113. Jaime Nichols - ¡Las piernas calientes de acero! - USA / 467 Points
114. Mike McCray - Mental Knee Madness - USA / 467 Points
115. Jim Troedel - Chicago Crankheads - USA / 466 Points
116. Patrick Harris - Spanish Billygoats - USA / 465 Points
117. Jeff McFarlane - JAM - USA / 465 Points
118. Malina Dragu - Cyber_Cycling - Romania / 464 Points
119. Ervin Evangelista - Cyclones - USA / 464 Points
120. Michael Elmer - pleasebespeedy - USA / 464 Points

121. Javier - BJJ - Euzkadi / 464 Points
122. Melanie Williams - Velocidad de la Luz - USA / 464 Points
123. Ross Klobucher - Climbing with the Bulls - USA / 460 Points
124. Emanuel Correia - Go Team Maia-Milaneza-MSS !!! - Portugal / 460 Points
125. Pod Ball - iron men of irun - UK / 460 Points
126. Tim Kenington - DownunderOnTop - Australia / 456 Points
127. Andrew Hughes - iBananas.kom - UK / 456 Points
128. Andy Bamber - Bamber's Bombers - UK / 456 Points
129. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal/Quick Step - USA / 455 Points
130. Deborah Steiner - Blue-specked shoes - USA / 453 Points

131. Clark Ritchie - Half-Fast Velo - USA / 452 Points
132. Ehud Tal - Santander's diamond - Israel / 452 Points
133. Julie & Paul Carvey - right on mate, right on dude - USA/UK / 452 Points
134. Keri Greene - cycling widow - USA / 450 Points
135. Joshua Lee - Climbers, sprinters and frogs. - USA / 449 Points
136. Martin Tetreault - Smithfield Hams - USA / 449 Points
137. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 449 Points
138. Jakob Duma - Who said lethal combination - Punk - Denmark / 449 Points
139. Moritz Mehlem - Manolo and the VENGA-BOYS - Germany / 447 Points
140. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 446 Points

141. Christopher Hurt - Tennessee Mashers - USA / 445 Points
142. Stefano Figallo - Carramba!Arriba El Pipi! - Italy / 443 Points
143. Gerald Lee - Island Boy Racaing - USA / 441 Points
144. Ed Granger - Andes Candies - USA / 440 Points
145. Stefan Meijvogel - Foreal in da house - Holland / 440 Points
146. Mike Byrd - Up Up and Away - USA / 440 Points
147. Patrick Williams - Venga Santiago - USA / 440 Points
148. Karen Sholtz - Viva la Vuelta - USA / 439 Points
149. Rajvinder Singh - Perico's Delga Dogs - Singapore / 439 Points
150. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - Holland / 438 Points

151. Leah Bray - Love to Ride - USA / 438 Points
152. Lexi Tejeda - Ginger Snaps - USA / 437 Points
153. Alex Ball - Donny Matadors - UK / 437 Points
154. K. Hansen - Vuelta Roleros - USA / 436 Points
155. Roberto Noisiom - TEAM TROUTS - USA / 436 Points
156. John Lee - Autobus - New Zealand / 435 Points
157. Giovanni Tassara - Juan de La Vuelta - Italy / 434 Points
158. Ido Schnitzer - YoniTeam - Israel / 432 Points
159. Chad Black - Team Cinzano - USA / 432 Points
160. Josu - Onenak - Euzkadi / 431 Points

161. Patrick Shipley - a day on the road - USA / 429 Points
162. Brannon Amtower - Agony Awaits - USA / 429 Points
163. Chad Gagnier - Conjugal Visitors - USA / 428 Points
164. Scot Jahn - gobarca - USA / 426 Points
165. Phil Miano - GS Baby Got Back - USA/Italy / 426 Points
166. Jim Klepper - Zak el Gato - USA / 425 Points
167. Michael Hammernandez - Team Loretta - USA / 425 Points
168. Michael Tierney - Calculated Risk - USA / 424 Points
169. Manny Samaniego - EPO? Yes PLEASE!!! - USA / 424 Points
170. Charles R. Wilson - Bringing Home the MAIL - USA / 424 Points

171. Abraham Martínez González - The puqui cuchis - Galicia (Spain) / 422 Points
172. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 420 Points
173. Jeff Petrea - Mahtel Eezore - USA / 420 Points
174. Marcus Haub - Don't bike - Just drink - Germany / 420 Points
175. Turner Waskom - Massive carcass racing - USA / 419 Points
176. Samantha Xochi Kody - Olistostrome's - USA / 419 Points
177. Matt Haigh - Broken Bones - UK / 418 Points
178. Aritz Azkune Sudupe - Azkunetarrak - Euzkadi / 417 Points
179. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 416 Points
180. Mick Knapton - Julio Winterbottom's All Stars - UK / 416 Points

181. Stacey Strong-Rieckehoff - Paseadores de La Anglirú - USA / 413 Points
182. José Pedro - Ginásio - Portugal / 409 Points
183. Trent Burton - Stage Stealers - Canada / 409 Points
184. Amber McFarlane - J & A - USA / 408 Points
185. Richard Lane - Mad Hungarians - USA / 408 Points
186. Bruce Mayer - Bungalow Bombers - USA / 407 Points
187. Juan Pablo Villate - Follow me to Madrid - Canada / 407 Points
188. Jim Keener - Nashville Mashers - USA / 406 Points
189. Mike Roe - Rose Riders - USA / 406 Points
190. Mike Starr - SuperStarr - USA / 405 Points

191. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 402 Points
192. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 402 Points
193. Javier Pazos - Fixed Gear Fuji - USA / 399 Points
194. Justine Meaux - Randi - USA / 398 Points
195. Rich Pink - Team Electric Rhino - USA / 397 Points
196. Todd Shew - JOY - USA / 394 Points
197. Mike Sondgeroth - Prairie Racers III - USA / 390 Points
198. Tom Irvine - Vuelta Prime - USA / 390 Points
199. Stuart Burden - tsunami - USA / 387 Points
200. Eric Thelen - badpits eposchlampen - Germany / 386 Points

201. Tomasz Brodala - The Spaniards - Poland / 385 Points
202. John Roguski - HOLD THE MAYO - USA / 382 Points
203. Leonard Trolio - LWA - USA / 381 Points
204. George Forman - Lactic-Acid Trip - USA / 378 Points
205. Marcelino Abantao - DWUHS77-TAC - Philippines / 375 Points
206. Russell D. Jewell - JAFT - USA / 374 Points
207. J. Edward Lee - Vuelta Skelter - USA / 374 Points
208. Vaughn Trevisanut - Cavallo Toso espana - USA / 373 Points
209. Craig Robertson - biddon fetchers - Australia / 371 Points
210. Zac Coolman - USA !!! - USA / 368 Points

211. Glenn Stilwell - Team ASR - USA / 366 Points
212. Justin Scott - ccfc - UK / 365 Points
213. Rick Wirthlin - vueltopolis - USA / 364 Points
214. Chris Tunnock - Hell Riders - Australia / 364 Points
215. Germán Rieckehoff - Masters of Suffering - Puerto Rico / 359 Points
216. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Könige - Germany / 359 Points
217. Vanessa Kolej - TEAM LAMER - USA / 356 Points
218. Joerg Schmidgall - pedalritter - Germany / 355 Points
219. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 354 Points
220. Paul Anderson - Half Fast Velo - USA / 354 Points

221. Mike Troedel - Bob Roll Fan Club - USA / 353 Points
222. Adriana Diaz - Where is the Angliru? - Canada / 349 Points
223. Avery Oakley - Heel on Wheels - USA / 348 Points
224. Robert Parker - Parker's Pro - USA / 347 Points
225. James Connell - Fancy Lad - USA / 346 Points
226. Doug Hadley - Hadley's Highwheelers - USA / 345 Points
227. Janna Trevisanut - Diosa del Sitio - USA / 344 Points
228. Daniela Kampmann - World-United - Germany / 342 Points
229. Mike Barker - Don White Cyclists - UK / 342 Points
230. Matt Guse - The Flying Dogs - Canada / 341 Points

231. Francine Latil - Amadeus Slacker - USA / 340 Points
232. Gary McCarthy - Macs Riders - USA / 340 Points
233. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 338 Points
234. Gil Wilson - johnny quest - USA / 338 Points
235. Ralf Heeg - Los estremos duros - Germany / 336 Points
236. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 333 Points
237. Jonathan Greene - JG's Boys - USA / 332 Points
238. Christopher Coats - Moose Loose - USA / 324 Points
239. Merlin Morris - Merlins - USA / 314 Points
240. Laura Weislo - SquadraFantastica - USA / 305 Points

241. Peter Woodrow - Chugga Plugga - USA / 301 Points
242. Niko Hinz - Team It can just end better - Germany / 301 Points
243. Alexander Mais - BotcheMania - Germany / 299 Points
244. Lisa Parsons - I wear the pants - USA / 298 Points
245. Mike Pease - Lobo Cycling - USA / 295 Points
246. Andranik Aghazarian - Team Saddle Soreos - Canada / 293 Points
247. Roy Drinkwater - wiley wheelmen - USA / 286 Points
248. Barbara Goldberg - Riosita Rapida - USA / 257 Points
249. Tim Maros - Cuspid's Last Stand? - USA / 252 Points
250. Dan Mueller - Team Hauenstein - USA / 247 Points

251. Larry Parker - Vamanos, Muchachos - USA / 247 Points
252. Karin Borges - karins - USA / 245 Points
253. Rick Beuttel - Velo Dodos - USA / 245 Points
254. Gerard K. - cosmic flyers - England / 244 Points
255. Joe Coughlin - Spanish Fly-ers - USA / 238 Points
256. Mauro Brunetti - Canada 1 - Canada / 236 Points
257. Kevin Schlaufman - Atherton Atlas - USA / 229 Points
258. Sharon Sharp - The Lion's Pajamas - USA / 227 Points
259. Alister Watt - Ali's Team - Scotland / 227 Points
260. Nick Bull - NBCycles - UK / 224 Points

261. Scott Woodward - Spanish Flyze - USA / 221 Points
262. Ken Kontowicz - Tucson Hotwheels - USA / 211 Points
263. Tammara Torres - Team Tapas - USA / 202 Points
264. Diego Villate - DV team - Canada / 197 Points
265. Georg Thomas - team canas - Germany / 194 Points
266. Primož F. - zmagovalci - Slovenia / 159 Points
267. Anita Van Crey - Cloggeleros - Holland / 139 Points

OTHER RANKINGS - POINTS (Otras Clasificaciones - Puntos): Same as in the previous stage: nine points (Zabel 6, Petacchi 3) for leader Jim Robson and four other players with the same score, nine points for the seven "chasers" too. And the 15-point gap remained unchanged.

Virtual Teams - Points Ranking after Stage 18 (TOP PLACES)
Equipos Virtuales - Clasificación por Puntos tras la 18ava. etapa

1. Jim Robson - Bears on motorBikes - UK / 146 Points (Zabel 99, Petacchi 32, Cipollini 15)
2. Joe N. - Ugandan Gold Miners - USA / 146 Points
3. Doug Van Orsow - Greenbelt Grimpeurs - USA / 146 Points
4. Chris Edin - Dino Bravo - USA / 146 Points
5. Andrea Grandi - Speedy Gonzabel - Italy / 146 Points
6. David Cavalier - Angry Dog Cycling - USA / 131 Points
7. Martin Kessler - Real Sociedad - Germany / 131 Points
8. Mark Allebach - ZuZu's Pedallers - USA / 131 Points
9. Kerry Whitman - Whitass Racers - USA / 131 Points
10. Michael T. Meehan - Lemond's Domestique - USA / 131 Points
11. Beatrice Meehan - BB's Brigade - USA / 131 Points
12. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 131 Points
13. Raymond Tiangco - My Legs Look Better Than Yours - Philippines / 114 Points
14. Hans Tveitereid - Grubers - Norway / 114 Points
15. Justine Meaux - Randi - USA / 114 Points
16. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 114 Points
17. Tony Lippert - The Lion King Roars - USA / 114 Points
18. Ralf Hönscheid - Tailwind Geckos - Germany / 114 Points
19. Pod Ball - iron men of irun - UK / 114 Points
20. Nancy Stafford - IwantTigerStripes - USA / 114 Points
21. Sam Bills - EUROTRASH!!! - UK / 114 Points
22. Johan Koedijker - - Holland / 106 Points
23. Kris Withington - supagrom - New Zealand / 106 Points
24. James K. - Senior Surly's Spinners - USA / 106 Points
25. Dan Suciu - The Rain in Spain... - Romania / 100 Points
26. Remo Kaasenbrood - Vueltalent - Holland / 100 Points
27. Christopher Boshart - Weezer's Wheelers - USA / 100 Points
28. EzioT. - Ganar la Vuelta y beber Sangria:aquì la Fiesta! - Italy / 100 Points

... several other Virtual Teams follow with a lesser score / .. siguen otros equipos con menos puntos.

OTHER RANKINGS - KOM (Otras Clasificaciones - Montaña): Keld Haagensen has practically won !! The Dane gained 6 more points thanks to Roberto Heras' leadership in the Vuelta's Kom Ranking, whereas the score of all three closest challengers (Lane, Tassara, Budd) didn't change. The new 15-point gap should be absolutely unbridgeable. The good results of Juan Antonio Flecha and Santi Blanco allowed some more palyers to move up into the Top 10, while Tim Maros got out of it after just 24 hours.

Virtual Teams - KOM Ranking after Stage 18 (TOP PLACES)
Equipos Virtuales - Clasificación GPM tras la 18ava. etapa

1. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 99 Points (Simoni 56, Garcia Casas 28, Heras 15)
2. Richard Lane - Mad Hungarians - USA / 84 Points
3. Giovanni Tassara - Juan de La Vuelta - Italy / 84 Points
4. Peter Budd - House Rules - Australia / 84 Points
5. Jeff McFarlane - JAM - USA / 75 Points
6. Michael Hammernandez - Team Loretta - USA / 74 Points
7. Chuck Hudak - Venga 1 - USA / 72 Points
8. Mike Byrd - Up Up and Away - USA / 72 Points
9. Mike Sondgeroth - Prairie Racers III - USA / 71 Points
10. Stefan Meijvogel - Foreal in da house - Holland / 71 Points
11. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 71 Points
12. Mike Starr - SuperStarr - USA / 71 Points
13. Patrick Shipley - a day on the road - USA / 71 Points
14. Ed Granger - Andes Candies - USA / 71 Points
15. Brannon Amtower - Agony Awaits - USA / 71 Points
16. Aritz Azkune Sudupe - Azkunetarrak - Euzkadi / 71 Points
17. Michael Elmer - pleasebespeedy - USA / 71 Points
18. Clark Ritchie - Half-Fast Velo - USA / 71 Points
19. Chad Black - Team Cinzano - USA / 71 Points
20. Scott Coady - tourbaby - USA / 71 Points
21. Vaughn Trevisanut - Cavallo Toso espana - USA / 71 Points
22. Tim Maros - Cuspid's Last Stand? - USA / 68 Points
23. Anita Van Crey - Cloggeleros - Holland / 59 Points
24. Alex Ball - Donny Matadors - UK / 59 Points
25. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Könige - Germany / 57 Points
26. Germán Rieckehoff - Masters of Suffering - Puerto Rico / 57 Points
27. Lisa Parsons - I wear the pants - USA / 57 Points
28. Alister Watt - Ali's Team - Scotland / 57 Points
29. Larry Parker - Vamanos, Muchachos - USA / 57 Points

... several other Virtual Teams follow with a lesser score (20 of them with 56 points) / .. siguen otros equipos con menos puntos.

OTHER RANKINGS - Regularity (Otras Clasificaciones - Regularidad ): No changes at the Top of the Standings, with Canada's Michael Haywood still keeping the leadership ahead of three other players with the same score, but whose Virtual Teams were posted after "EV Racing Team". The leading quartet extended the gap to Herman van Iterson to 7 points. Big news right behind the Top 5 instead, as due to Roberto Heras' points an All-American trio (Duso, Edlin , Sexton) moved ahead of nine other teams.

Virtual Teams - Regularity: Ranking after Stage 18 (TOP PLACES)
Equipos Virtuales - Clasificación Regularidad tras la 18ava. etapa

1. Michael Haywood - EV Racing Team - Canada / 85 Points (Sevilla 52, Heras 33)
2. Dan Steinbach - Arriva Arriva Andale! - USA / 85 Points
3. Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi - Ilbera - Euzkadi / 85 Points
4. Jeffrey A. Cross - Crossman - USA / 85 Points
5. Herman van Iterson - Green Kelme Climbing Goats - Holland / 78 Points
6. Todd Duso - Team Klein - USA / 59 Points
7. M. Edlin - Velowhiz - USA / 59 Points
8. Terence Sexton - Team Avarice - USA / 59 Points
9. Gregg Bray - Posties4Ever - USA / 54 Points
10. Scott Bray - HerasTriumphs - USA / 54 Points
11. Andre Umali - balik-balik - Philippines / 54 Points
12. Patrick B. Sharp - Smokin' Hams - USA / 54 Points
13. Michael McQuillen - Team Erie - USA / 54 Points
14. Julia Schlenkrich - Prinzin - Germany / 54 Points
15. Kerry Whitman - Whitass Racers - USA / 54 Points
16. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 54 Points
17. Mick Knapton - Julio Winterbottom's All Stars - UK / 54 Points
18. Tommie Brock - Team Iron Station NC - USA / 52 Points
19. Andrew Hughes - iBananas.kom - UK / 52 Points
20. Malina Dragu - Cyber_Cycling - Romania / 52 Points
21. Johannes Heuser - Hot sun of the spanish mountains - Germany / 52 Points
22. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 52 Points
23. Jaime Nichols - ¡Las piernas calientes de acero! - USA / 52 Points
24. Francesco Grandi - C'era una Vuelta... - Italy / 52 Points
25. Tom Snelders - Sjezers - Belgium / 52 Points
26. Ben Hackenwerth - Eurozark - USA / 48 Points
27. Peter Budd - House Rules - Australia / 36 Points
28. Russell D. Jewell - JAFT - USA / 34 Points
29. Joerg Schmidgall - pedalritter - Germany / 34 Points

... several other Virtual Teams follow with a lesser score / .. siguen otros equipos con menos puntos.



2nd FABIO'S FANTASY VUELTA - Previous Stage Results / Resultados Etapas anteriores

* STAGE 1 - ETAPA 1:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 2 - ETAPA 2:
--Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 3 - ETAPA 3:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 4 - ETAPA 4:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 5 - ETAPA 5:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
--Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 6 - ETAPA 6:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 7 - ETAPA 7:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 8 - ETAPA 8:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 9 - ETAPA 9:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 10 - ETAPA 10:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 11 - ETAPA 11:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 12 - ETAPA 12:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 13 - ETAPA 13:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 14 - ETAPA 14:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 15 - ETAPA 15:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 16 - ETAPA 16:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 17 - ETAPA 17:
-- Virtual Team Results & Standings - Equipos: Resultados y Clasificaciones
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

* STAGE 18 - ETAPA 18:
-- Rider Scores - Puntos Corredores

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2nd FABIO'S FANTASY VUELTA - Statistics, Details and more stuff / Detalles y Estadísticas

* Virtual Teams: List & Line-ups / 1 - (Equipos Participantes y alineaciones / 1)

* Virtual Teams: List & Line-ups / 2 - (Equipos Participantes y alineaciones / 2)

* All Stage Winners and Ranking Leaders so far in the Fantasy Vuelta - Ganadores de etapas y Líderes

* Fantasy Vuelta: Other statistics - Otras estadísticas

* Fabio's Fantasy Games - Complete Palmares

* 1st Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta (2001) Final Results - Resultados Vuelta 2001

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