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

After collecting another top three, bonus-awarding result in Friday's sprinter's stage, Melissa Budd and her sprinter-packed squad team held onto the lead of the 4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. And fellow Australian Dave Arnold, earning points from several sprinters (but not Petacchi) maintained his third place standing.

Such that the biggest news of the day in GC terms is definitely Mark Vandenbergh's climbing to spot number two. Already a top 3 overall member after stage 4, "VdB" moved to an even better position after his bunch of fastmen, and notably Luca Paolini, earned him stage victory, and 25 bonus points. "No Vdb, but still ok!!!" (with "VdB" meaning Franck Vandenbroucke in this case) replaced Andreas Lindh's "Labbås" in second place. Despite quite a decent stage score (42 points: Zabel 25, USPS 12, Landis 5) the Swede moved down three places into fifth, and got out of the top three overall for the first time since the game start.

Benefitting from another excellent stage result and the relative bonuspoints, Vandenbergh's chief rival Danny Pate made significant gains too, and ascended to spot #4, also turning into America's top-placed contender. His virtual team is currently 13 points away from the podium, one point clear of Lindh, and 13 points ahead of Tim D.Hammer, that had the same stage score as Lindh (needless to say, thanks to the same picks) and moved down from 4th to 6th on GC. As for Pate, he's doing very well in this game, but could be in an even better place had he picked a better "A" team than Euskaltel-Euskadi, gone AWOL in the Vuelta's opening week.

Solid performance after solid performance, Anna Martisheuska finally took Belarus all the way into the top 10 spots. "Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club" is followed by three U.S. players: Leonard Trolio and John D.Renz, who maintained their respective positions (although the gap between them is down to one point only) and Todd Elenz, top 5 finisher in the stage and back to the top 10 overall after three days. With just 25 stage points (Freire 17, Menchov 8) Spain's Vicente Pérez was out of the top 10 again instead. And so was Dean Della Pella, who slipped four positions into 14th.

Thirty points (Zabel 25, Landis 5) and one more day in spot #13 for Mads Paulsen, brave leader of the Danish contingent in the game, while despite going down to 15th two-time stage runner-up William R. Driessen still is the best-placed Dutch participant; "No Dope" is the top team from Norway (and there's many of them in this edition of the game). Neither Jim Klepper not Rick Beuttel repeated Thursday's stellar performances, but both of them had Zabel and Freire in their line-ups, such that the fact they moved up three places in the General Classification is no surprise at all. Fellow Americans Bill Strachan and Scott Kern -both with Zabel and some more fastmen- also had good stage results and moved (back, when it comes to Kern) into the top 20 positions. Fantasy Vuelta opener winner Noah Summer is now off the top 20 list again, while both Sara Selle and Andrea Grandi made some gains, courtesy of their positive stage results, but still are far from the top of the overall. At the back of the field, nothing changed: one more time neither Bridge Hunter nor Andy McDobbin prove unable to gain any points, so that the battle for the "Lanterne Rouge", currently held by the American, goes on, and it's tighter than ever.

Note #1: In the Stage 6 report I made some mistakes in the top 3 overall: I awarded both Andreas Lindh and Dave Arnold their correct scores, but did not update the picks and mumbers in brackets, that were referring to the Stage 5 top 3. Andreas Lindh's score was the correct one, but the numbers in brackets referred to his stage 5 situation. And as for Arnold, his GC score and position were correct too, but the numbers and picks in brackets were those of Tim D.Hammer, third-placed contender after the previous stage. That's the reason why riders like Erik Zabel had 75 points in Melissa Budd's case, which was properly updated, and just 53 in Lindh's and Arnold's. We apologize for this mistake, which has been already fixed, as you can see in the as you can see in the Stage Six General Classification

Note #2: Six of the players who were repeatedly asked to follow the game rules and provide their full names and surnames (Caipirinha, Marlis1955, Werner1951, Sabrina1982, Pädäricco (Patrick), and Rufs), unfortunately didn't, and were consequently excluded from the game after Stage 5. As for two more players, Galen and JWMSales, their situation is still unclear, such that at the moment they remain in the game, although one of them at least might be excluded soon too.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Tour
Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 7

1. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 424 points (Zabel 100, Freire 95, Petacchi 94, van Heeswijk 18, Fassa Bortolo 39, Team CSC 18, Bonus Points 60)

2. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 407 points (Zabel 100, Freire 95, Petacchi 94, van Heeswijk 18, Paolini 11, T-Mobile 35, Saeco 11, Cofidis 3, Bonus Points 40)

3. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 371 points (Zabel 100, Freire 95, O'Grady 93, Evans 9, Flickinger 4, T-Mobile 35, Lampre 7, Cofidis 3, Bonus Points 25)

4. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 358 points
5. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 357 points
6. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 343 points
7. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 322 points
8. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 318 points
9. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 317 points
10. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 312 points

11. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 308 points
12. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 307 points
13. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 300 points
14. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 299 points
15. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 297 points
16. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 296 points
17. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 296 points
18. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 296 points
19. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 293 points
20. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 289 points

21. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 288 points
22. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 288 points
23. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 286 points
24. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 281 points
25. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 281 points
26. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 281 points
27. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 278 points
28. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 277 points
29. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 277 points
30. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 276 points
31. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 268 points
32. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 267 points
33. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 266 points
34. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 266 points
35. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 262 points
36. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 261 points
37. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 261 points
38. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 260 points
39. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 259 points
40. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 258 points
41. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 256 points
42. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 256 points
43. Chris Reed - The - UK / 255 points
44. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 253 points
45. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 253 points
46. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 253 points
47. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 251 points
48. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 249 points
49. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 249 points
50. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 248 points
51. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 246 points
52. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 244 points
53. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 243 points
54. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 242 points
55. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 241 points
56. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 241 points
57. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 239 points
58. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 238 points
59. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 235 points
60. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 235 points
61. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 233 points
62. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 232 points
63. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 229 points
64. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 228 points
65. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 228 points
66. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 225 points
67. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 224 points
68. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 223 points
69. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 221 points
70. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 221 points
71. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 220 points
72. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 220 points
73. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 219 points
74. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 216 points
75. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 215 points
76. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 215 points
77. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 212 points
78. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 211 points
79. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 210 points
80. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 208 points
81. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 205 points
82. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 205 points
83. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 202 points
84. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 201 points
85. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 201 points
86. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 199 points
87. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 197 points
88. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 196 points
89. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 195 points
90. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 195 points
91. JWMSales - JWMSales - USA / 195 points
92. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 195 points
93. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 194 points
94. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 194 points
95. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 193 points
96. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 193 points
97. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 193 points
98. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 191 points
99. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 190 points
100. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 188 points
101. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 187 points
102. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 187 points
103. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 186 points
104. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 184 points
105. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 184 points
106. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 183 points
107. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 182 points
108. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 182 points
109. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 181 points
110. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 180 points
111. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 179 points
112. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 178 points
113. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 178 points
114. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 178 points
115. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 177 points
116. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 176 points
117. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 175 points
118. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 174 points
119. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 174 points
120. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 172 points
121. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 172 points
122. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 171 points
123. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 170 points
124. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 168 points
125. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 168 points
126. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 168 points
127. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 168 points
128. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 167 points
129. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 167 points
130. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 166 points
131. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 163 points
132. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 163 points
133. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 163 points
134. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 162 points
135. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 162 points
136. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 159 points
137. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 159 points
138. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 158 points
139. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 158 points
140. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 158 points
141. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 157 points
142. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 157 points
143. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 156 points
144. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 155 points
145. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 154 points
146. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 154 points
147. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 153 points
148. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 152 points
149. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 151 points
150. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 150 points
151. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 150 points
152. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 150 points
153. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 144 points
154. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 144 points
155. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 144 points
156. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 142 points
157. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 142 points
158. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 141 points
159. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 141 points
160. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 140 points
161. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 138 points
162. Galen - Sam Slaughter's Discount Meat Locker - USA / 138 points
163. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 137 points
164. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 137 points
165. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 136 points
166. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 136 points
167. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 135 points
168. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 134 points
169. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 132 points
170. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 131 points
171. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 131 points
172. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 131 points
173. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 130 points
174. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 129 points
175. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 129 points
176. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 128 points
177. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 128 points
178. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 128 points
179. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 128 points
180. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 127 points
181. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 126 points
182. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 125 points
183. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 124 points
184. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 123 points
185. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 122 points
186. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 121 points
187. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 120 points
188. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 119 points
189. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 119 points
190. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 117 points
191. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 117 points
192. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 116 points
193. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 116 points
194. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 116 points
195. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 115 points
196. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 113 points
197. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 112 points
198. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 112 points
199. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 112 points
200. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 111 points
201. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 110 points
202. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 110 points
203. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 109 points
204. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 109 points
205. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 108 points
206. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 107 points
207. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 107 points
208. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 106 points
209. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 104 points
210. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 104 points
211. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 104 points
212. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 103 points
213. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 102 points
214. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 100 points
215. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 100 points
216. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 99 points
217. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 98 points
218. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 97 points
219. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 96 points
220. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 94 points
221. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 94 points
222. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 93 points
223. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 93 points
224. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 92 points
225. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 92 points
226. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 88 points
227. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 87 points
228. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 85 points
229. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 85 points
230. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 85 points
231. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 84 points
232. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 83 points
233. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 80 points
234. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 79 points
235. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 79 points
236. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 79 points
237. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 79 points
238. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 78 points
239. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 78 points
240. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 78 points
241. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 77 points
242. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 77 points
243. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 76 points
244. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 76 points
245. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 71 points
246. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 69 points
247. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 67 points
248. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 66 points
249. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 66 points
250. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 64 points
251. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 63 points
252. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 59 points
253. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 59 points
254. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 58 points
255. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 56 points
256. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 50 points
257. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 48 points
258. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 42 points
259. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 37 points
260. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 34 points
261. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 10 points

262. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 5 points


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