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FANTASY WORLDS - DAY 2: FULL RESULTS & GC
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/11/2002
FANTASY WORLDS - DAY 2: FULL RESULTS & GC
 

2nd FABIO'S FANTASY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
(October 9th-13th 2002)
----- ELITE MEN'S ITT -----

First of all, here are the scores of both riders and nations in Thursday's ITT.

ELITE MEN'S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL - RIDER SCORES

1. Santiago Botero (Colombia) - 50 Points
2. Michael Rich (Germany) - 40 Points
3. Igor González de Galdeano (Spain) - 32 Points
4. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary) - 27 Points
5. Uwe Peschel (Germany) - 24 Points
6. David Millar (Great Britain) - 21 Points
7. Aitor González Jiménez (Spain) - 18 Points
8. Michael Rogers (Australia) - 15 Points
9. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) - 12 Points
10. Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) - 10 Points
11. Bogdan Bondariew (Ukraine) - 8 Points
12. Marc Wauters (Belgium) - 6 Points
13. Bert Roesems (Belgium) - 4 Points
14. Filippo Pozzato (Italy) - 2 Points
15. Vjatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) - 1 Point

TOT. 270 Points

ELITE MEN'S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL - COUNTRY SCORES

Colombia (Winner's Nation) - 16 Points;

Germany (Silver Medalist's Nation) - 9 Points;

Spain (Bronze Medalist's Nation) - 6 Points

And now to the Virtual Team (better: Tandem) Results for the Elite Men's ITT


2nd "Fabio's Fantasy World Championships" (October 9th -13th 2002) - EMITT: RESULTS Many many points for everyone in Thursday's second leg of the game. As the vast majority of contestants selected the main favorites of the ITT, and those riders actually lived up to expectations (although Aitor González was supposed to fare better than he did), the scores were particularly high. And the battle for victory so tight, such that in the end the British-Norwegian pair who took the win on Thursday edged out the runner-ups by three points only.

Once again the presence of an accomplished British contender, not new to victory in the DP's Fantasy Games, proved fundamental. On Wednesday it was Jim Robson, the following day it was Mike Barker. The Fantasy Tour 2002 champion from Lincolnshire was the Top scorer of the day with 182 points (!!!) (Botero 50, Rich 40, IGG 32, Millar 21, Aitor González 18, Rogers 15, Spain 6) and led his team to a well-deserved stage victory. But he couldn't win without a big help from teammate Georg Reidarsen: the Norwegian player provided the team with 162 points (Botero 50, Rich 40, Bodrogi 27, Peschel 24, Wauters 6, Roesems 4, Pozzato 2, Germany 9).

A total of 344 points, three more than the second placed pair, namely Jim Robson and Michael Tierney. The Anglo-American duo, winner of the opening leg, had another sensational performance, one more time with plenty of points from both players (175 for the American, 166 for the Brit). They came close to make the double and, although this time found somebody doing better than them, succeeded in putting 15 more Bonus Points in store.

Points which could be very helpful in the Overall Classification, where they main rivals seemingly are Moritz Mehlem and Jakob Duma. The German-Danish "Virtual Tandem" hit the podium for the second time in a row, and once more finished just behind Robson and Tierney. On Thursday it was "Tag-Team-Championships" to provide more points (172, courtesy of Rich, Bodrogi, Peschel, Millar, Aitor González, Rogers, Belohvosciks and Bondariew plus obviously Germany) than the Scandinavian partner (166 with Botero, Rich, Bodrogi, Millar, Aitor and Latvia's Belohvosciks).

The all-European duo came in third with 338 points, seven more than the "Andy & Andy" tandem (Andrew McGrath of London and Andrea Grandi from Italy). Fifth place for the Israeli-Belgian duo made up of Ido Schnitzer and Céline Tytgadt. Just like last year (although with a different teammate) the Belgian was off to an excellent start of the Fantasy Worlds Game.

Not a good start for Becky Blice instead: the American must be of the unluckiest player ever in the DP's contests: actually she made a little mistake in selecting the Elite Men ITT guys, by picking an excessive number of "B" riders (6 instead of the regular 4) and no "C" Category rider. Not a crime anyway, such mistakes happened many a time in past editions. And I did as I'm used to in such circumstances: I kept the proper number of riders for that category ACCORDING TO THE ORDER THEY WERE LISTED. So I kept the four riders she posted first (Americans Horner and Casey, France's Jacky Durand and Luxembourgian Benoit Joachim, none of which got any points in the race) and left the last two men in the list aside.

Unfortunately one of these two guys was no less than race runner-up Michael Rich (chosen as sixth "B" rider, right after Canada's Roland Green) such that "Fantasy Freewheelers" missed 40 points. Not basical points, as they wouldn't have been enough for the Blice-Samaniego tandem to win Thursday's "virtual race", but nonetheless it's a pity that she couldn't get them. Definitely a lot of bad luck for Blice.

With such high stage scores, no wonder that the last tandem in the ranking (Kevin Schlaufman and Roy Drinkwater) got much more points (176 was their score) than Wednesday's 4th placed pair. Both with so many competitors making the right choices, you need an extremely excellent score to get an excellent result. A real surprise was instead the fact that for the first time I didn't have to resort to tie-breaking rules: all "Virtual Tandems" got different scores.

Some teams featuring nonstarters had those riders replaced by reserves. Others, equally featuring nonstarters, but not including any reserve (who actually took the start) of the same category, played with a lesser number of riders. Due to lack of time (running the game and covering the World Championship races take plenty of it) I had to postpone the publication of the team lists (line ups included). Sorry.

To the detailed results now ...

1. Myke-Jon Barker (Don White Cyclists - UK, 182) - Georg Reidarsen (Team Ture - Norway, 162) / 344 points <*>

2. Michael Tierney (Daniel's Delight - USA, 175) - Jim Robson (Bears without Bikes (on vacation) - UK, 166) / 341 points <**>

3. Moritz Mehlem (Tag-Team-Championships - Germany, 172) - Jakob Duma (Hans Dekkers Future World U/23 Champ - Denmark, 166) / 338 points <***>

4. Andrew McGrath (McGrathia CC - UK, 169) - Andrea Grandi (yourworstnightmare - Italy, 162) / 331 points

5. Ido Schnitzer (Cipollini's tiny onions - Israel, 172) - Celine Tytgadt (Appologies in advance to my teammate! - Belgium, 148) / 320 points

6. Kaspar Kristiansen (Cykelmyggen - Denmark, 171) - Julia Schlenkrich (Heidenei - Germany, 148) / 319 points

7. Burkni Helgason (SBS - Iceland, 165) - Matthias Jünemann (Jetleg + Lli - Germany, 149) / 314 points

8. Troels Bjerregaard (Latecomers - Denmark, 164) - Terence Sexton (Team Avarice - USA, 140) / 304 points

. 9. Francine Latil (Amadeus Slacker - USA, 122) - Aritz Azkune (AzkTeam - Euzkadi, 178) / 300 points

10. Keld Haagensen (BARAKA - Denmark, 151) - Peter Lind (The losers brigade - Denmark, 145) / 296 points

11. Eric Thelen (ZoldaManiacs - Germany, 161) - Ezio T. (Last Game, Last Chance - Italy, 134) / 295 points

12. Raymond Tiangco (Helmet Hair Brigade - Philippines, 127) - Christine (Cipo Forever! - Germany, 166) / 293 points

13. Joe Coughlin (Hoping for a DP writer as a teammate - USA, 165) - Mike Norris (Fat Former Fabio Fantasy Champions - USA, 116) / 281 points

14. Stefano Figallo (El Pipisprint! - Italy, 132) - Jim Keener (Cutters - USA, 145) / 277 points

15. David Holm (Giorgino - Denmark, 146) - Frank Fronhofer (The world according to - USA, 119) / 265 points

16. Francesco Grandi (Cipo speeder than Varenne - Italy, 134) - Janna Trevisanut (Ole What's His Name - USA, 123) / 257 points

17. Jim Troedel (Team Green Rouleurs - USA, 145) - Jonathan Brelsford (Montagne - USA, 99) / 244 points

18. Jason Minato (GTC - Australia, 100) - Niko Hinz (Zol Der Bel Gium - Germany, 140) / 240 points

19. Saioa Arrizabalaga (Ilbera - Euzkadi, 113) - Matthew Stevens (Team Ornitorrinco - USA, 125) / 238 points

20. Matt Guse (The Flying Dogs - Canada, 171) - Jeff Berkowitz (gs park ridge - USA, 58) / 229 points

21. Marcus Haub (Team Helgoland - Germany, 114) - Mark Allebach (Squadra Shagga - USA, 110) / 224 points

22. Betsy Baker (pedals spring eternal - USA, 90) - Richard Lane (Mad Hungarians - USA, 131) / 221 points

23. Rick Beuttel (Flahutes van Vlaanderen - USA, 171) - Doris Herman (D's Rainbow Raiders - USA, 48) / 219 points

24. Craig Robertson (biddon fetchers - Australia, 114) - Chris Coolman (Your geuss is as good as mine? - USA, 104) / 218 points

25. Phil Miano (One Day Wonders - Italy/USA, 102) - Leonard Trolio (BL / LWA - USA, 106) / 208 points

26. Becky Blice (Fantasy Freewheelers - USA, 63) - Manny Samaniego(We are the Champions - Panama, 142) / 205 points

27.Tommie Brock (Team Iron Station NC - USA 65) - Rajvinder Singh (Zolder at our feets - Singapore, 134) / 199 points

28. Chad Gagnier (Edith Rumas's Conjugal Visitors - USA, 44) - Charles Henry (CHARLES HENRY - USA, 140) / 184 points

29.Kevin Schlaufman (Atherton Atlas - USA, 101) - Roy Drinkwater (wiley wheelmen - USA, 72) / 173 points

<*> = Plus a 30-Point Bonus to add to the Overall Score

<**> = Plus a 15-Point Bonus to add in the Overall Score

<***> = Plus a 5-Point Bonus to add in the Overall Score


--- OVERALL RANKING AFTER TWO RACES ---

Despite having such high scores in the second leg of the competition, the Top 3 places Overall didn't change. Only the gaps did.

Michael Tierney and Jim Robson are on a "solo breakaway". And things couldn't be different after a victory and a second placing in two consecutive stages. The Anglo-American pair has got 611 points (45 of which are Bonus points, earned thanks to their results), and are leading by a 41-point margin over the only other "tandem" able to hit the podium twice.

Indeed Moritz Mehlem and Jakob Duma have earned 570 points so far, with the Dane still being Top scorer at individual level.

Defending champions Joe Coughlin and Mike Norris (an exception to the "Americans usually have a poor start" rule, which was confirmed in this game too, as after two days of competition the five tandems at the bottom of the ranking are all-American ones; but they have all the time to improve their positions in days to come ...) remained in third place, although they lost some points to the leaders, and the Schnitzer-Tytgadt pair is closing in a dangerous way.

American Francine Latil had a better start than in the recent "Fantasy Vuelta". The Latil-Azkune tandem (with the Basque being the second best scorer of the day) is currently fifth overall. Thursday's winners Reidarsen and Barker moved from 26th to 6th place, just ahead of the "Andy & Andy" duo.

But with so many competitors in a narrow gap, expect several places to change after Friday's U23 Road Race. And as Jakob Duma knows well Under 23 cycling, you may expect the German-Danish duo to seriously jeopardize Tierney and Robson's leadership.

Two players (Roy Drinkwater and Ezio T.) still have to communicate their rosters for Sunday's RR, while Niko Hinz send an incomplete one and should add more riders to his line-up. All three can do the required things before Saturday afternoon's deadline.

To the Overall Standings now ...

1. Michael Tierney (Daniel's Delight - USA, 279) - Jim Robson (Bears without Bikes (on vacation) - UK, 287) / 611 points (including 45 Bonus Points)

2. Moritz Mehlem (Tag-Team-Championships - Germany, 237) - Jakob Duma (Hans Dekkers Future World U/23 Champ - Denmark, 313) / 570 points (including 20 Bonus Points)

3. Joe Coughlin (Hoping for a DP writer as a teammate - USA, 228) - Mike Norris (Fat Former Fabio Fantasy Champions - USA, 252) / 485 points (including 5 Bonus points)

4. Ido Schnitzer (Cipollini's tiny onions - Israel, 216) - Celine Tytgadt (Appologies in advance to my teammate! - Belgium, 251) / 467 points

5. Francine Latil (Amadeus Slacker - USA, 190) - Aritz Azkune (AzkTeam - Euzkadi, 261) / 451 points

6. Myke-Jon Barker (Don White Cyclists - UK, 235) - Georg Reidarsen (Team Ture - Norway, 174) / 439 points (including 30 Bonus points)

7. Andrew McGrath (McGrathia CC - UK, 193) - Andrea Grandi (yourworstnightmare - Italy, 243) / 436 points

8. Eric Thelen (ZoldaManiacs - Germany, 184) - Ezio T. (Last Game, Last Chance - Italy, 247) / 431 points

9. David Holm (Giorgino - Denmark, 224) - Frank Fronhofer (The world according to - USA, 199) / 423 points

10. Burkni Helgason (SBS - Iceland, 242) - Matthias Jünemann (Jetleg + Lli - Germany, 171) / 413 points

11. Troels Bjerregaard (Latecomers - Denmark, 208) - Terence Sexton (Team Avarice - USA, 203) / 411 points

12. Kaspar Kristiansen (Cykelmyggen - Denmark, 224) - Julia Schlenkrich (Heidenei - Germany, 184) / 408 points

13. Stefano Figallo (El Pipisprint! - Italy, 172) - Jim Keener (Cutters - USA, 229) / 401 points

14. Keld Haagensen (BARAKA - Denmark, 226) - Peter Lind (The losers brigade - Denmark, 155) / 381 points

15. Craig Robertson (biddon fetchers - Australia, 188) - Chris Coolman (Your geuss is as good as mine? - USA, 188) / 376 points

16. Raymond Tiangco (Helmet Hair Brigade - Philippines, 195) - Christine (Cipo Forever! - Germany, 179) / 374 points

17. Tommie Brock (Team Iron Station NC - USA 117) - Rajvinder Singh (Zolder at our feets - Singapore, 246) / 363 points

18. Phil Miano (One Day Wonders - Italy/USA, 166) - Leonard Trolio (BL / LWA - USA, 184) / 350 points

19. Jason Minato (GTC - Australia, 122) - Niko Hinz (Zol Der Bel Gium - Germany, 227) / 349 points

20. Matt Guse (The Flying Dogs - Canada, 186) - Jeff Berkowitz (gs park ridge - USA, 163) / 349 points

21. Francesco Grandi (Cipo speeder than Varenne - Italy, 212) - Janna Trevisanut (Ole What's His Name - USA, 134) / 346 points

22. Becky Blice (Fantasy Freewheelers - USA, 78) - Manny Samaniego (We are the Champions - Panama, 247) / 325 points

23. Marcus Haub (Team Helgoland - Germany, 136) - Mark Allebach (Squadra Shagga - USA, 185) / 321 points

24. Saioa Arrizabalaga (Ilbera - Euzkadi, 165) - Matthew Stevens (Team Ornitorrinco - USA, 150) / 315 points

25. Betsy Baker (pedals spring eternal - USA, 96) - Richard Lane (Mad Hungarians - USA, 195) / 291 points

26. Jim Troedel (Team Green Rouleurs - USA, 158) - Jonathan Brelsford (Montagne - USA, 130) / 288 points

27. Rick Beuttel (Flahutes van Vlaanderen - USA, 181) - Doris Herman (D's Rainbow Raiders - USA, 106) / 287 points

. 28. Kevin Schlaufman (Atherton Atlas - USA, 111) - Roy Drinkwater (wiley wheelmen - USA, 111) / 222 points

29. Chad Gagnier (Edith Rumas's Conjugal Visitors - USA, 44) - Charles Henry (CHARLES HENRY - USA, 163) / 207 points


Individual Scores - Top 10 places - RACE:

Myke-Jon Barker - Don White Cyclists - UK / 182 points
Aritz Azkune - AzkTeam - Euzkadi / 178 points
Michael Tierney - Daniel's Delight - USA / 175 points
Moritz Mehlem - Tag-Team-Championships - Germany / 172 points
Ido Schnitzer - Cipollini's tiny onions - Israel / 172 points
Kaspar Kristiansen - Cykelmyggen - Denmark / 171 points
Matt Guse - The Flying Dogs - Canada / 171 points
Rick Beuttel - Flahutes van Vlaanderen - USA / 171 points
Andy McGrath - McGrathia CC - UK / 169 points
Jim Robson - Bears without Bikes (on vacation) - UK / 166 points and
Jakob Duma - Hans Dekkers Future World U/23 Champ - Denmark / 166 points and
Christine - Cipo Forever! - Germany / 166 points

Individual Scores - Top 10 places - OVERALL after 2 races:

Jakob Duma - Hans Dekkers Future World U/23 Champ - Denmark / 313 points
Michael Tierney - Daniel's Delight - USA / 287 points
Jim Robson - Bears without Bikes (on vacation) - UK / 279 points
Aritz Azkune - AzkTeam - Euzkadi / 261 points
Mike Norris - Fat Former Fabio Fantasy Champions - USA / 252 points
Celine Tytgadt - Appologies in advance to my teammate! - Belgium / 251 points
Ezio T. - Last Game, Last Chance - Italy / 247 points
Manny Samaniego - We are the Champions - Panama / 247 points
Rajvinder Singh - Zolder at our feets - Singapore / 246 points
Andrea Grandi - yourworstnightmare - Italy / 243 points

 
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