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Fabio's Fantasy Games - Statistics and Palmares
 
By Fabio
Date: 7/30/2003
Fabio's Fantasy Games - Statistics and Palmares
 

"Tour de Titman: The 2003 Tour de France has definitely been the "Tour de Titman", as the Englishman accomplished something unique, and hard to be equalled in times to come, as he won two games at once. He is also the only player so far able to claim two different DP's Fantasy Games (out of 10 competitions so far held). They were the first wins for Titman, but it wasn't the first time the man took part in a DP's Fantasy Cyling contest. Andrew Titman entered his Virtual Team in both previous Fantasy Tour editions, although with less successful results: he ranked 66th in 2001 (Team Deeping - 459 points) and 76th the past year (Bayesian Inferrers - 791 Points). But this time things took a completely different turn for him.

Another feature of Titman's triumph was the lack of stage victories, as the best results of "MayoNazon" were two second placings in as many different stages. But claiming Overall Title in a game without taking any Stage is not as uncommon as one may think: Denmark's David Holm (Giorgino) winner of the 2002 Fantasy Spring without taking any leg (but they were just five), and 2002 Fantasy Giro Overall Champion John Graham of Ireland (Team Layna) did the same before.

Tour de Jan: Holland's Jan Dijkstra followed in the footsteps of the "other" Jan (Ullrich), and snatched second. And even in two different games !!! But "Sprints by Spurts" now holds a new record, being the only Virtual Team hitting a Fabio's Fantasy Game podium three times in two different years, as the man's 2003 Tour second placing must be added to Dijkstra's victory in the DP's opening Fantasy Cycling contest, the 2001 Fantasy Tour.

David Holm accomplished something alike, as the "Giorgino" team hit the podium thrice, but it was in the same year, as the Dane won the 2002 Fantasy Spring campaign, and got third in both Fantasy Giro and Fantasy World Championships. In the same period his fellow countryman Keld Haagensen climbed the podium two times, as he took second in the Giro (a few points ahead of Holm) and third at Le Fantasy Tour 2002.

Most Stage victories: Harm Hanemaayer (Holland), Jan Dijkstra (Holland), Walt Armstrong (USA) and Phil Miano (Italy/USA), all of them with 2 Stage wins.

The Mianos also set a new record by capturing three stages, as also Nancy Miano took line honours once in the 3rd "Fabio's Fantasy Tour Game". Day-by-day list of Stage Winners and Overall Leaders available here

Most Stage victories - Per Country:

* USA - 11 (Including two "Italian-American" wins by Phil "Filippo" Miano)
* The Netherlands - 5 (!!!!!)
* Australia - 2
* Denmark - 1
* France - 1
* Scotland - 1

Highest Stage Score: 107 points (Walt Armstrong - Pommes de Couch - USA).

It's the fourth best score ever in a Fantasy Grand Tour Stage, the record still being hold by Chris Tunnock and Mike Barker, each of them stage winner with a 112-point score in the past Tour de France.

Highest Winning Margin: 24 points. Aurélien Delaurent (Hautacam - France) over Gil Wilson (80-56; Stage 17)

Lowest Winning Margin: 0 points. Evan Oliphant (bilbster - Scotland / Prologue), Jan Dijkstra (Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / Stage 9), Jeffrey Paul (Schmutzic Velo - USA / Stage 14), Ben Weston (Ben Weston - USA / Stage 16) won a stage thanks to the Tie-breaking Rules.

Most Stage Podium Places:Harm Hanemaayer (The Visitors - Holland) - 4. Two stage wins, once second and one time third in a Stage Ranking.

Most Stages as Overall Leader: Harm Hanemaayer (The Visitors - Holland) - 11

Most Stages as "Red Lantern": Alan McFarlane - Denoyer - UK - 11

The "Invincible" Team: The best possible Virtual Team, made up of Riders and Trade Teams with the best score in each Category, would be as follows:

* RIDERS - "A" CATEGORY:
Lance Armstrong - USA - USPS - 297 points

* RIDERS - "B" CATEGORY:
Richard Virenque Fra - Quick Step-Davitamon - 147 points
Alexandre Vinokourov - Kaz - Team Telekom - 145 points
Alessandro Petacchi - Ita - Fassa Bortolo - 134 points

* RIDERS - "C" CATEGORY:
Baden Cooke - Aus - FDJeux.com - 203 points
Denis Menchov - Rus - iBanesto.com - 81 points
Thor Hushovd - Nor - Crédit Agricole - 55 points

* RIDERS - "D" CATEGORY:
Walter Bénéteau - Fra - Brioches La Boulangère - 23 points
Yuriy Krivtsov - Ukr - Jean Delatour - 18 points

* TRADE TEAMS - "A" CATEGORY:
USPS - 199 points

* TRADE TEAMS - "B" CATEGORY:
iBanesto.com - 57 points

TOT. 1359 points (plus any eventual Bonus Points. What a team !!)

Worthy of mention is the fact that, despite pulling out of the competition just one week into the race, Alessandro Petacchi maanged to get into the Top 3 "B" Category riders. A sign of the way he dominated the sprints as long as he kept into the race.

The "People's Team": And here's the "average" Virtual Team, consisting of the most popular choices among FG players, the riders that got most "votes" in each Category. Including the number of Teams each rider was part of, and the "People's Team" score.

* RIDERS - "A" CATEGORY:
Lance Armstrong USA - USPS - 291 Teams / 297 points

* RIDERS - "B" CATEGORY:
Alessandro Petacchi - Ita - Fassa Bortolo - 176 Teams / 134 points
Joseba Beloki - Spa - O.N.C.E.-Eroski - 132 Teams / 17 points
Iban Mayo - Spa - Euskaltel-Euskadi - 109 Teams / 99 points

* RIDERS - "C" CATEGORY:
Baden Cooke - Aus - FDJeux.com - 169 Teams / 203 points
David Moncoutié - Fra - Cofidis - 55 Teams / 0 points
Axel Merckx - Bel - Lotto-Domo - 49 Teams / 0 points

* RIDERS - "D" CATEGORY:
Nicolas Vogondy - Fra - FDJeux.com - 66 Teams / 0 points
Antonio Tauler - Spa - Kelme-Costa Blanca - 56 Teams / 0 points

* TRADE TEAMS - "A" CATEGORY:
USPS - 145 Teams / 199 points

* TRADE TEAMS - "B" CATEGORY:
iBanesto.com - 84 Teams / 57 points

TOT. : 1006 Points (A very good score that would earn the Team a Top 10 Spot in the Final GC. And such a squad could probably gain some Bonus points too!)

Nationalities: "National Champions": All nationalities in the Game, plus number of players, and best player, per Nationality.

- Australia - 11 (Best Aussie - Chris Tunnock)
- Austria - 2 (Best Austrian - Leo Ploner)
- Belarus - 1
- Belgium - 2 (Best Belgian - Mark Vandenbergh)
- Canada - 15 (Best Canadian - Tony Tullio)
- Colombia - 1
- Denmark 7 - (Best Dane - Martin Kristensen)
- France 2 - (Best French - Aurélien Delaurent)
- Germany (without "German-American" Judith Angela) - 27 (Best German - Moritz Kufferath)
- Iceland - 1
- Ireland - 2 (Best Irishman - Greggor Hall)
- Israel - 2 (Best Israeli - Ido Schnitzer)
- Italy (without "Italian-American" Phil Miano) - 8 (Best Italian - Andrea Grandi)
- New Zealand - 5 (Best "Kiwi" - Buds Fuller)
- Norway - 4 (Best Norwegian - Hans Jacob Hofgaard)
- The Philippines - 5 (Best Filipino - Raymond Tiangco)
- Portugal - 2 (Best Portuguese - José Pedro)
- Puerto Rico - 2 (Best Puertorican - Josué Nazario)
- Romania -1
- Singapore - 1
- Slovakia - 1
- Slovenia - 1
- South Africa - 2 (Best South African - Gavin Linnett)
- Spain (including Galicia and Basque Country) - 10 (Best Spaniard - Abraham Martínez González)
- Sweden - 1
- The Netherlands - 12 (Best Dutch Player - Jan Dijkstra)
- U.K. (including Scotland and "Yorkshire") - 29 (Best Briton - Andrew Titman)
- USA - 204 (Best American - Silvia Harper)
- Double Nationalities - 3 (Germany/USA; Panama/USA; Italy/USA)


And last but not least the ...

FANTASY GAME COMPLETE PALMARES: All Overall Winners and Podium Place Getters of all Fantasy Games organized by the "Daily Peloton" since the beginning, 24 months ago!!

1st FABIO'S FANTASY TOUR - 2001

1st: Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts (Holland) - 855 points

2nd: Andy Larson - Fabio's Fantasy Team (USA) - 771 points

3rd: Mike McQuillen - Team Three-In-A-Row (USA) - 761 points

1st FABIO'S FANTASY VUELTA - 2001

1st: Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña (USA) - 863 Points

2nd: Caren Corbett - Team Caliente - (USA) - 695 points

3rd: Mike Wood - Team Mike Wood - (USA) - 630 points

1st FABIO'S FANTASY WORLDS - 2001 (*)

1st: MIKE NORRIS (Composite Team #2001, USA) - JOE COUGHLIN (Great Guessers, USA): 1127 Points

2nd: ANDREA GRANDI (Brother's Team, Italy) - WALT ARMSTRONG (Dick's Return, USA): 1095 Points

3rd: STEVEN ROBERTSON (Happy to be here, Canada) - TONY SZURLY (Spaccagambas, USA): 1063 points

(*) = This game was played by "virtual tandems", pair of players put together by a draw, instead of single competitors.

1st FABIO'S FANTASY SPRING - 2002

1st: David Holm (Denmark) - 456 Points

2nd: Remo Kaasenbrood (Holland) - 452 points;

3rd: David Rose (USA) - 442 points

1st FABIO'S FANTASY GIRO - 2002

1st: John Graham - Team Layna (Ireland) - 919 Points

2nd: Keld Haagensen - BARAKA (Denmark) - 872 Points

3rd: David Holm - Giorgino (Denmark) - 868 Points

2nd FABIO'S FANTASY TOUR - 2002

1st: Mike Barker - Don White Cyclists (U.K.) - 1172 Points

2nd: Geoff Pendry - Pendry Racing (USA) - 1118 Points

3rd: Keld Haagensen - BARAKA (Denmark) - 1091 Points

2nd FABIO'S FANTASY VUELTA - 2002

1st: Terence Sexton - Team Avarice (USA) - 1149 Points

2nd: Saioa Arrizabalaga Juaristi - Ilbera (Euzkadi/Basque Country) - 1118 Points

3rd: Kerry Whitman - Whitass Racers (USA) - 1091 Points

2nd FABIO'S FANTASY WORLDS - 2002 (*)

1st: Michael Tierney (Daniel's Delight, USA) - Jim Robson (Bears without Bikes (on vacation), UK): 633 points

2nd: Joe Coughlin (Hoping for a DP writer as a teammate, USA) - Mike Norris (Fat Former Fabio Fantasy Champions, USA): 606 points

3rd: David Holm (Giorgino, Denmark) - Frank Fronhofer (The world according to, USA): 593 points

(*) = This game was played by "virtual tandems", pair of players put together by a draw, instead of single competitors.

3rd FABIO'S FANTASY TOUR - 2003

1st: Andrew Titman - MayoNazon - UK -1143 points

2nd: Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands -1083 points

3rd: Gavin Linnett - Khumbaya - South Africa - 1063 points

1st FABIO'S FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE - 2003

1st: Andrew Titman - MayoNazon - UK

2nd: Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands

3rd: Greggor Hall - GRANNY GEAR GRINDERS - Ireland


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