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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 7 Results
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/14/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: Stage 7 Results
 

Petacchi, Zabel and Freire re-stole the show on the roads of Spain in the stage finishing into Valencia, and ending up in a bunch sprint. And so did the trio that dominated close to all sprinter's stages in the first week of the game: with "AleJet", "Ete" and Oscar in their respective virtual teams, Melissa Budd, Mark Vandenbergh and Danny Pate couldn't help but sweeping the podium once more.

But the Australian did not win this time: with points from the top sprinters mentioned above as something common to all three players, it was the other, "minor" factors that really made the difference and decided the stage outcome. Whereas Melissa Budd clinched her eight "usual" points from Fassa Bortolo, "VdB" took advantage of Luca Paolini's excellent result: the Quick Step Milanese crossed the line fifth to give the Belgian player ten decisive points, that awarded him stage victory. After finishing third in the opening sprint (stage 2) and second a couple days later, Mark Vandenbergh could finally make his climb to the top spot complete.

As for Danny Pate, his "Team Fantasy" didn't get more points than those of Freire, Zabel and Petacchi, and consequently succeeded in hitting the top 3 again, but not in claiming stage victory. Seven stages, and no victories so far for the numerically strong US contingent (as usual, Americans represent the majority of players), but the next stage, with Hamilton and Landis as red hot favorites to take line honors and/or the Gold Jersey, is likely to interrupt America's non-winning streak.

Not just the top three, but also the top 5 players were the same ones we could find in both stage 2 and 4, courtesy of "Vdb", Budd and Pate, as well as Jim Robson and Todd Elenz. And as much as Vandenbergh finally edged out Budd, the 2002 Fantasy Worlds co-winner and his "Beards" pipped "Up in Smoke" to the line by a very slim margin and took fourth this time. Just like in VdB's case, Robson got a significant help from Luca Paolini, while Flickinger's "opening" points weren't enough for Elenz to score a hat-trick of fourth place finishes. But as for having these two players finally gain some bonus points, well, hopefully the next time will be the good one ...

Scott Kern (with points from Zabel, Freire and Menchov) became the sixth of eight players able to make the top 10 for the third time. The two others were Peter Budd and Carl Horton. Budd was back to his "usual" eighth place, and Horton "outsprinted" Robert Dinca and Jeff Manzer (all three got points from the Zabel & Petacchi duo) thanks to the tie-breaking rules, thus denying the Romanian a further top 10 result. Peter Bidd was also two points down on fellow Australian Dave Arnold, one of the many participants with four-point awarding Andy Flickinger on the "D" Cat. side of his line-up.

Sara Selle, currently faring well in the "Regularidad" competition, and Anna Martisheuska, adding a new solid performance to her collection, took 14th and 16th respectively, with Andrea Grandi in between the two ladies, getting Italy's best result so far in the Fantasy Vuelta. Points from the stage winner and GC leader Beltrán, but also sixth place finisher Pedro Horrillo, helped Italian-American Phil ("Filippo") Miano find a place in the top 20 spots, one point behind the other 2002 Fantasy World Champs co-winner, Michael Tierney, who at his turn had points coming from no less than four different riders: Zabel, Paolini, Menchov and Flickinger. A dozen players didn't earn more than one point, but that's still better than the resounding "zero" some 25 virtual teams had as Friday's stage score.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta
Virtual Teams: Stage 7 Results

1. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 82 points (Petacchi 30, Zabel 25, Freire 17, Paolini 10) (*)

2. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 80 points (Petacchi 30, Zabel 25, Freire 17, Fassa Bortolo 8) (**)

3. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 72 points (Petacchi 30, Zabel 25, Freire 17) (***)

4. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 65 points
5. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 64 points
6. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 63 points
7. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 61 points
8. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 59 points
9. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 58 points
10. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 55 points

11. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 55 points
12. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 55 points
13. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 52 points
14. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 51 points
15. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 50 points
16. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 50 points
17. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 48 points
18. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 47 points
19. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 46 points
20. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 45 points

21. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 44 points
22. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 44 points
23. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 43 points
24. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 43 points
25. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 43 points
26. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 42 points
27. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 42 points
28. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 42 points
29. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 42 points
30. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 42 points
31. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 41 points
32. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 41 points
33. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 41 points
34. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 41 points
35. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 40 points
36. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 40 points
37. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 39 points
38. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 38 points
39. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 38 points
40. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 37 points
41. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 37 points
42. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 37 points
43. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 36 points
44. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 35 points
45. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 34 points
46. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 34 points
47. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 34 points
48. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 34 points
49. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 33 points
50. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 33 points
51. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 33 points
52. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 33 points
53. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 33 points
54. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 33 points
55. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 33 points
56. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 32 points
57. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 32 points
58. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 32 points
59. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 31 points
60. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 31 points
61. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 30 points
62. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 30 points
63. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 30 points
64. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 30 points
65. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 30 points
66. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 30 points
67. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 30 points
68. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 30 points
69. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 29 points
70. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 29 points
71. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 29 points
72. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 29 points
73. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 29 points
74. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 29 points
75. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 27 points
76. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 27 points
77. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 27 points
78. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 27 points
79. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 26 points
80. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 25 points
81. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 25 points
82. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 25 points
83. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 25 points
84. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 25 points
85. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 25 points
86. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 25 points
87. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 25 points
88. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 25 points
89. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 25 points
90. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 25 points
91. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 25 points
92. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 25 points
93. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 25 points
94. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 25 points
95. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 25 points
96. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 25 points
97. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 25 points
98. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 25 points
99. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 25 points
100. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 25 points
101. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 25 points
102. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 25 points
103. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 25 points
104. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 25 points
105. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 25 points
106. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 25 points
107. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 25 points
108. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 24 points
109. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 23 points
110. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 21 points
111. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 21 points
112. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 21 points
113. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 20 points
114. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 20 points
115. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 19 points
116. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 19 points
117. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 19 points
118. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 18 points
119. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 17 points
120. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 17 points
121. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 17 points
122. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 17 points
123. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 17 points
124. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 17 points
125. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 17 points
126. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 17 points
127. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 17 points
128. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 17 points
129. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 17 points
130. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 17 points
131. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 17 points
132. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 16 points
133. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 15 points
134. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 15 points
135. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 15 points
136. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 15 points
137. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 15 points
138. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 15 points
139. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 14 points
140. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 13 points
141. Chris Reed - The - UK / 13 points
142. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 13 points
143. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 13 points
144. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 12 points
145. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 12 points
146. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 12 points
147. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 12 points
148. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 12 points
149. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 12 points
150. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 11 points
151. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 11 points
152. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 10 points
153. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 10 points
154. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 10 points
155. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 10 points
156. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 10 points
157. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 10 points
158. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 9 points
159. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 9 points
160. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 9 points
161. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 9 points
162. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 9 points
163. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 9 points
164. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 9 points
165. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 9 points
166. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 9 points
167. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 9 points
168. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 9 points
169. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 8 points
170. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 8 points
171. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 8 points
172. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 8 points
173. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 8 points
174. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 8 points
175. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 8 points
176. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 8 points
177. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 8 points
178. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 8 points
179. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 8 points
180. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 8 points
181. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 8 points
182. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 8 points
183. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 8 points
184. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 8 points
185. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 8 points
186. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 8 points
187. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 7 points
188. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 7 points
189. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 7 points
190. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 7 points
191. JWMSales - JWMSales - USA / 7 points
192. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 7 points
193. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 7 points
194. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 7 points
195. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 6 points
196. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 5 points
197. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 5 points
198. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 5 points
199. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 5 points
200. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 5 points
201. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 5 points
202. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 5 points
203. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 5 points
204. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 5 points
205. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 5 points
206. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 5 points
207. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 5 points
208. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 5 points
209. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 5 points
210. Galen - Sam Slaughter's Discount Meat Locker - USA / 5 points
211. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 5 points
212. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 5 points
213. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 4 points
214. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 4 points
215. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 4 points
216. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 4 points
217. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 4 points
218. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 4 points
219. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 4 points
220. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 4 points
221. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 4 points
222. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 4 points
223. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 4 points
224. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 2 points
225. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 2 points
226. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 1 point
227. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 1 point
228. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 1 point
229. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 1 point
230. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 1 point
231. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 1 point
232. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 1 point
233. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 1 point
234. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 1 point
235. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 1 point
236. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 1 point
237. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 1 point
238. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 0 points
239. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 0 points
240. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 0 points
241. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 0 points
242. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 0 points
243. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 0 points
244. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 0 points
245. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 0 points
246. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 0 points
247. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 0 points
248. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 0 points
249. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 0 points
250. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 0 points
251. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 0 points
252. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 0 points
253. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 0 points
254. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 0 points
255. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 0 points
256. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 0 points
257. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 0 points
258. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 0 points
259. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 0 points
260. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 0 points
261. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 0 points
262. 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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