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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 4 Results
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/10/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 4 Results
 

Tuesday's stage bore striking resemblances to Sunday's. To say the least. Indeed both stages ended up (on the road) with Alessandro Petacchi giving a further display of his sprinting power and beating the likes of Zabel, Freire and O'Grady in very tight sprints. And both stages ended up (in the game) with the same winner: Melissa Budd. Her sprinter-packed team rocked the field Sunday, with no less than 88 points, and so she did two stages later, with a very similar score (87 points this time), courtesy of the very same factors: AleJet Petacchi, Ete Zabel, Oscar Freire and MadMax Van Heeswijk, plus the Fassa Bortolo wunderteam.

And both stages even ended up with the very same players in the top 3 spots: besides Budd, also Danny Pate and Mark Vandenbergh were back to the bonuspoint-awarding places. But after losing to the American due to the tie-breaking rules, "VdB" took revenge this time, as Milano's own Luca Paolini of Belgium-based Quick Step-Davitamon gave the Belgian the point he neeeded to "counter-outsprint" Pate. Kudos to both of them anyway. And that's just the beginning: with so similar line-ups, we'll certainly see more clashes and "sprints" between Pate and Vandenbergh in stages to come.

The resemblances between the two stages continued into the remainder of the Top 5, as American Todd Elenz and Britain's Jim Robson repeated their fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. But the first US or UK stage victory in the Fantasy Vuelta 2004 has been further delayed. Also the other top 10 places were about the same, with Tim D. Hammer, who snatched sixth Monday but only 12th today (with 12 points less, mainly due to the different scores of "minor" Posties like Cruz and Zabriskie) as only exception. Hammer was "replaced" by fellow countryman Jeff Manzer in the stage top 10, but the other four names are the same ones, from Carl Horton to Peter Budd, from Robert Dinca (thank you for providing the additional info required - btw) of Romania to Scott Kern, all of whom doing very well in these early stages of the game.

Dave Arnold leads the Points competition, but one more time failed to enter the stage top 10: he did better than on Sunday anyway. Sweden's Andreas Lindh got the same result as two days before instead: 13th was the place he took in Stage 2, and 13th was the place he claimed this time! The Swede had the same stage score as Hungarian Attila Vozár (who at his turn had a much better result than on Sunday, mainly due to 10 points from Alessio's fastman Angelo Furlan), but posted his team earlier, so he took a better place. Sara Selle and Bryan Slinkard made their way into the stage top 20 again, while finally we had a Top 20 finisher from Italy as, even if he didn't pick either Petacchi or Freire, Andrea Grandi -22nd on Monday-, a player not now to good results in pure sprinter's stages, took 19th with 44 points (same score as Jeff Ofsanko).

More than 40 players, and among them also "Lanterne Rouge Prize" contenders Andy McDobbin and Bridge Hunter, didn't get any stage points at all instead.

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


1. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 86 points (Petacchi 32, Zabel 25, Freire 16, Wan Heeswijk 5, Fassa Bortolo 8) (*)

2. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 79 points (Petacchi 32, Zabel 25, Freire 16, Wan Heeswijk 5, Paolini 1) (**)

3. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 78 points (Petacchi 32, Zabel 25, Freire 16, Wan Heeswijk 5) (***)

4. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 70 points
5. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 63 points
6. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 58 points
7. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 57 points
8. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 57 points
9. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 57 points
10. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 57 points

11. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 55 points
12. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 51 points
13. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 50 points
14. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 50 points
15. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 47 points
16. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 47 points
17. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 47 points
18. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 45 points
19. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 44 points
20. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 44 points

21. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 42 points
22. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 42 points
23. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 42 points
24. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 42 points
25. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 41 points
26. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 41 points
27. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 41 points
28. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 40 points
29. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 39 points
30. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 39 points
31. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 38 points
32. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 38 points
33. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 38 points
34. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 38 points
35. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 38 points
36. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 38 points
37. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 38 points
38. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 38 points
39. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 37 points
40. Caipirinha - caipirinha - Switzerland / 36 points
41. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 35 points
42. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 34 points
43. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 33 points
44. Roger D. Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 33 points
45. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 33 points
46. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 33 points
47. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 32 points
48. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 32 points
49. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 32 points
50. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 32 points
51. Pädäricco - Pädäricco - Switzerland / 32 points
52. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 32 points
53. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 32 points
54. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 31 points
55. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 31 points
56. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 31 points
57. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 31 points
58. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 31 points
59. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 31 points
60. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 30 points
61. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 30 points
62. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 30 points
63. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 30 points
64. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 30 points
65. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 30 points
66. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 29 points
67. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 28 points
68. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 27 points
69. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 27 points
70. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 27 points
71. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 27 points
72. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 26 points
73. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 26 points
74. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 26 points
75. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 26 points
76. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 26 points
77. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 26 points
78. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 25 points
79. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 25 points
80. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 25 points
81. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 25 points
82. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 25 points
83. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 25 points
84. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 25 points
85. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 25 points
86. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 25 points
87. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 25 points
88. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 25 points
89. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 25 points
90. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 25 points
91. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 25 points
92. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 25 points
93. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 25 points
94. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 25 points
95. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 25 points
96. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 25 points
97. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 25 points
98. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 25 points
99. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 25 points
100. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 25 points
101. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 25 points
102. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 25 points
103. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 25 points
104. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 25 points
105. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 25 points
106. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 25 points
107. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 25 points
108. Rufs - Team Something S - Norway / 25 points
109. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 24 points
110. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 23 points
111. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 23 points
112. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 23 points
113. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 22 points
114. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 22 points
115. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 21 points
116. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 21 points
117. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 21 points
118. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 21 points
119. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 21 points
120. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 20 points
121. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 20 points
122. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 18 points
123. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 18 points
124. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 18 points
125. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 18 points
126. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 18 points
127. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 18 points
128. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 18 points
129. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 16 points
130. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 16 points
131. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 16 points
132. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 16 points
133. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 16 points
134. Vicente Perez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 16 points
135. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 16 points
136. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 16 points
137. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 16 points
138. William R Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 16 points
139. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 16 points
140. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 16 points
141. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 16 points
142. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 16 points
143. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 14 points
144. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 14 points
145. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 14 points
146. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 14 points
147. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 14 points
148. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 14 points
149. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 14 points
150. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 14 points
151. Galen - Sam Slaughter's Discount Meat Locker - USA / 14 points
152. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 14 points
153. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 14 points
154. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 13 points
155. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 13 points
156. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 13 points
157. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 13 points
158. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 13 points
159. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 13 points
160. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 13 points
161. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 13 points
162. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 13 points
163. JWMSales - JWMSales - USA / 13 points
164. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 13 points
165. Chris Reed - The - UK / 13 points
166. Werner1951 - Werner1951 - Switzerland / 13 points
167. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 13 points
168. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 13 points
169. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 13 points
170. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 13 points
171. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 13 points
172. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 13 points
173. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 13 points
174. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 13 points
175. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 12 points
176. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 12 points
177. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 11 points
178. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 11 points
179. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 10 points
180. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 9 points
181. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 8 points
182. Sabrina1982 - Sabrina1982 - Switzerland / 8 points
183. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 8 points
184. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 8 points
185. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 6 points
186. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 6 points
187. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 6 points
188. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 6 points
189. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 6 points
190. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 6 points
191. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 6 points
192. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 6 points
193. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 6 points
194. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 6 points
195. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 6 points
196. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 6 points
197. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 6 points
198. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 5 points
199. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 5 points
200. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 5 points
201. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 5 points
202. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 5 points
203. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 5 points
204. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 5 points
205. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 5 points
206. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 5 points
207. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 5 points
208. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 5 points
209. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 5 points
210. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 5 points
211. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 4 points
212. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 4 points
213. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 4 points
214. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 2 points
215. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 2 points
216. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 2 points
217. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 2 points
218. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 2 points
219. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 2 points
220. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 2 points
221. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 2 points
222. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 2 points
223. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 2 points
224. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 1 point
225. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 1 point
226. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 1 point
227. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 1 point
228. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 0 points
229. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 0 points
230. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 0 points
231. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 0 points
232. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 0 points
233. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 0 points
234. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 0 points
235. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 0 points
236. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 0 points
237. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 0 points
238. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 0 points
239. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 0 points
240. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 0 points
241. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 0 points
242. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 0 points
243. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 0 points
244. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 0 points
245. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 0 points
246. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 0 points
247. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 0 points
248. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 0 points
249. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 0 points
250. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 0 points
251. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 0 points
252. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 0 points
253. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 0 points
254. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 0 points
255. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 0 points
256. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 0 points
257. Marlis1955 - Marlis1955 - Switzerland / 0 points
258. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 0 points
259. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 0 points
260. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 0 points
261. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 0 points
262. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 0 points
263. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 0 points
264. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 0 points
265. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 0 points
266. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 0 points
267. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 0 points
268. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 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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