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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 1 Results
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/6/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 1 Results
 

The last Grand Tour of the season kicked off the way the previous one had finished: with the United States Postal Service (presented by Berry Floor etc. etc.) winning. Even without Lance Armstrong, as usual, not racing the Vuelta a España, his fellow Posties dominated Saturday's opening Team Time Trial, and fellow countryman Floyd Landis had all of his huge efforts to help his TdF team leader rewarded as the USPS team director(s) decided he was the man to cross the line first. So he did, and captured the first Jersey Oro in the race, ahead of Michael Barry, V.H. Peña, Manolo Beltrán and David Zabriskie, all of them part of the same multinational squad.

To the joy of all Fantasy Game players who picked Landis, Barry, and their team as "A" squad. Two of them in particular, the competitors that fought for the top spot until the end: Canadian Noah Summers (virtual manager of the "max watts" squad) and Sweden's Andreas Lindh ("LAbbås") had the same score, courtesy of the same riders and Trade Teams (see details below), such that to determine the first stage winner of the 4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta we had to resort to the tie-breaking rules, notably to the "earlier poster" one. And as Mr. Summers entered his team before his chief rival did, the man could give his country a "fotofinish victory". And replied to compatriot Heather Gardiner, stage winner of the Tour de France TTT, dominated by the same USPS. Curiously two wins against the clock by America's mightiest cycling team corresponded to as many successes for their northern neighbours in our games.

The top U.S. finisher was David Schimpf, whose "Team Mafidel" earned the same score as the other two squads, but with Peña (3 points) as second best scorer instead of Barry (5), the tie-breaking rules weren't much of help to the American, who had a more than excellent result and got some welcomed bonus points on the GC anyway. Five more Americans, all of whom with USPS, Landis and Team CSC in their respective line-ups, managed a Top 10 result, while also another Canadian (Michael Cairns) and Marcelino (Mars) Abantao of the Philippines, whose team has a strong USPS flavour, finished in the top spots. Fantasy Game veteran Peter Hurley, who finished (a distant) 11th, was the top-placed Landis-less contender, whereas despite having T-Mobile instead of US Postal as "A Category" Trade Team, Denmark's Mads Paulsen and "team v-c" got an excellent 14th place in the stage ranking (and obviously on GC too). But Paulsen had Landis at least, while the top finisher without both Floyd and USPS was Joanna Hurley, who snatched 18th, even if with a gap of more than 30 points to the Canadian winner.

Fantasy Tour champion Buds Fuller of New Zealand wasn't off to a great start: USPS-less "teambuds" finished in the middle of the pack (117th, with a score of 44), seven places and two point behind 2002 Vuelta winner Terence Sexton of the U.S., while just one player didn't get any points at all, and was awarded the first Red Lantern, a player actually not new to such "accomplishments": our site's Dutch correspondent Anita Van Crey, last place finisher in this same competition two years ago, and seemingly a serious contender for the last placed team price in this edition too. But she'll likely find stiff opposition from many a good rivals, to start with another member of this site's staff, Andy McDobbin, Lanterne Rouge "winner" in 2003, and whose team name (Lanterne Rougians III) suggests that, after a "failed attempt" at the Tour de France, the Englishman is aiming for the same target this time too.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta
Virtual Teams: Stage 1 Results

1. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 98 points (Landis 9, Barry 5, USPS 55, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11) (*)

2. Andreas Lindh - LAbbås - Sweden / 98 points (Landis 9, Barry 5, USPS 55, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11) (**)

3. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 98 points (Landis 9, Peña 3, Beltrán 2, USPS 55, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11) (***)

4. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 96 points
5. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 94 points
6. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 93 points
7. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 90 points
8. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 90 points
9. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 87 points
10. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 83 points

11. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 74 points
12. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 73 points
13. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 73 points
14. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 73 points
15. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 69 points
16. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 67 points
17. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 67 points
18. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 66 points
19. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 65 points
20. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 65 points

21. Chris Reed - The - UK / 65 points
22. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 64 points
23. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 64 points
24. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 64 points
25. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 64 points
26. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 64 points
27. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 64 points
28. Emin - No Dope - Norway / 64 points
29. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 62 points
30. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 62 points
31. Werner1951 - Werner1951 - Switzerland / 62 points
32. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 62 points
33. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 62 points
34. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 62 points
35. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 60 points
36. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 59 points
37. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 59 points
38. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 59 points
39. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 59 points
40. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 59 points
41. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 58 points
42. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 58 points
43. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 58 points
44. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 58 points
45. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 57 points
46. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 57 points
47. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 57 points
48. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 56 points
49. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 56 points
50. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 56 points
51. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 56 points
52. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 56 points
53. Marlis1955 - Marlis1955 - Switzerland / 56 points
54. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 55 points
55. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 55 points
56. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 55 points
57. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 55 points
58. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 54 points
59. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 54 points
60. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 54 points
61. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 54 points
62. JWMSales - JWMSales - USA / 54 points
63. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 54 points
64. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 54 points
65. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 53 points
66. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 53 points
67. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 53 points
68. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 53 points
69. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 53 points
70. Scott Price - pinche pirates - canada / 53 points
71. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 53 points
72. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 53 points
73. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 53 points
74. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 52 points
75. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 52 points
76. Galen - Sam Slaughter's Discount Meat Locker - USA / 52 points
77. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 52 points
78. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 51 points
79. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 51 points
80. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 51 points
81. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 51 points
82. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 51 points
83. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 51 points
84. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 50 points
85. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 50 points
86. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 50 points
87. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 50 points
88. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 50 points
89. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 50 points
90. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 49 points
91. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 49 points
92. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 48 points
93. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 48 points
94. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 48 points
95. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 48 points
96. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 48 points
97. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 48 points
98. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 48 points
99. Pädäricco - Pädäricco - Switzerland / 48 points
100. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 48 points
101. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 48 points
102. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks Ó l'orange - Belgium / 48 points
103. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 48 points
104. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 47 points
105. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 47 points
106. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 47 points
107. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 47 points
108. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 47 points
109. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 46 points
110. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 46 points
111. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 46 points
112. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - / 46 points
113. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 46 points
114. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 45 points
115. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 45 points
116. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 44 points
117. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 44 points
118. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 44 points
119. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 44 points
120. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 44 points
121. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 44 points
122. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 44 points
123. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 43 points
124. Vicente Perez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 43 points
125. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 43 points
126. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 43 points
127. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 43 points
128. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 42 points
129. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 42 points
130. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 42 points
131. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 42 points
132. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 42 points
133. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 42 points
134. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 42 points
135. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 42 points
136. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 42 points
137. Robert - roberto - Romania / 42 points
138. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 42 points
139. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 42 points
140. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 41 points
141. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 41 points
142. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 41 points
143. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 41 points
144. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 40 points
145. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 40 points
146. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 40 points
147. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 40 points
148. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 40 points
149. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 40 points
150. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 40 points
151. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 40 points
152. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 40 points
153. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 39 points
154. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 39 points
155. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 39 points
156. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 39 points
157. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 39 points
158. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 39 points
159. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 39 points
160. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 39 points
161. Rufs - Team Something S - Norway / 39 points
162. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 39 points
163. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 38 points
164. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 38 points
165. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 38 points
166. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 38 points
167. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 38 points
168. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 37 points
169. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 37 points
170. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 37 points
171. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 36 points
172. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 36 points
173. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 36 points
174. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 36 points
175. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 36 points
176. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 36 points
177. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 36 points
178. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 36 points
179. Sabrina1982 - Sabrina1982 - Switzerland / 36 points
180. Caipirinha - caipirinha - Switzerland / 36 points
181. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 35 points
182. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 35 points
183. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 35 points
184. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 35 points
185. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 35 points
186. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 35 points
187. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 35 points
188. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 34 points
189. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 34 points
190. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 34 points
191. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 34 points
192. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 34 points
193. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 34 points
194. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 34 points
195. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 34 points
196. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 34 points
197. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 33 points
198. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 33 points
199. William R Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 33 points
200. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 32 points
201. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 32 points
202. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 32 points
203. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 32 points
204. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 31 points
205. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 31 points
206. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 31 points
207. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 31 points
208. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 31 points
209. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 31 points
210. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 31 points
211. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 31 points
212. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 31 points
213. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 31 points
214. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 31 points
215. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 31 points
216. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 31 points
217. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 31 points
218. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 30 points
219. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - norway / 29 points
220. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 29 points
221. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 28 points
222. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 28 points
223. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 27 points
224. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 27 points
225. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 27 points
226. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 27 points
227. Luuk Punt - Luuk Punt - The Netherlands / 26 points
228. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 26 points
229. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 26 points
230. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 25 points
231. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 25 points
232. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 24 points
233. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 24 points
234. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 24 points
235. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 24 points
236. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 23 points
237. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 23 points
238. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 23 points
239. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 23 points
240. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 22 points
241. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 22 points
242. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 22 points
243. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 22 points
244. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 20 points
245. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 20 points
246. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 20 points
247. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 18 points
248. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 18 points
249. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 16 points
250. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 16 points
251. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 16 points
252. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 16 points
253. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 15 points
254. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 15 points
255. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 14 points
256. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 14 points
257. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 13 points
258. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 13 points
259. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 13 points
260. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 11 points
261. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 10 points
262. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 9 points
263. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 7 points
264. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 5 points
265. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 5 points
266. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 2 points
267. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - sweden / 1 point
268. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 0 points

(*) = Plus 25 Bonus Points added to the overall score
(**) = Plus 10 Bonus Points added to the overall score
(**) = Plus 5 Bonus Points added to the overall score


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