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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 8
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/15/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta - Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 8
 

We did expect the Factoría Ford ITT to have quite a big impact over the Fantasy Vuelta GC. But not to such an extent. We did expect many a good players to close down the gap to Melissa Budd. But not her to yield the game leadership to someone else. We did expect a few players not far from the top 10 spots overall to move (or get back) into them. But not someone to move from place number 19 all the way to the top of the ranking.

And all we did not expect actually happened. It took no more than some 43 km. and less than an hour of racing for David Schimpf to accomplish something arguably unprecedented: not only the stage winner nullified a 137-point gap all at once, but even surpassed the Aussie by a four-point margin and stormed to the top spot. "Team Mafidel" is the brand new "Virtual Golden Jersey" holder, with a score of 434 (and 141 points earned in just one stage), with the "Mel's Boys", undisputed main protagonists of the Fantasy Vuelta before Saturday's race against the clock, down to second. After a whole week featured by the unability of U.S. players to win any stage and/or take the race leadership, an American finally captured both of them, and all of the above at the same time.

Another American made consistent gains, as despite not figuring in the stage top 10 (he finished 14th with 79 points, courtesy of Floyd and Hamilton as well as Zabel and USPS) Tim D. Hammer found back a podium spot. Hammer would be number one on the GC without the bonus points, but the fact he has never managed a top 3 result so far in any stage prevented him from taking over the Fantasy Vuelta leadership.

The battle is still wide open anyway, as the gaps in the top places are quite narrow. Mark Vandenbergh had the same (poor, but probably not unexpected) score as Melissa Budd -and, needless to say, Danny Pate-, and slipped to fourth place, but remains a serious overall contender, while "Team Fantasy Presented by The Pate" was down to 11th. Points from Landis, Zabel and USPS helped Andreas Lindh maintain his fifth place overall, while stage runner-up and ten bonus points getter Chris Knox, 29th after Friday's leg, made his way into the top 10, and is not too far from the top 3 spots.

Richard Dodge, James Bass and Dean Della Pella regained a place in the top 10, whereas Dave Arnold wasn't on the winning side, as the Aussie got just eight stage points (all from his three super-sprinters) and moved down five places into eighth, although his gap to the top spot went from 53 to 55 points only. Noah Summers couldn't repeat the successful performance his team put in a week before, in the other race against the clock, but nonetheless the Canadian was among the "stage winners" in GC terms.

Louise Smith, Kenan Kirkendall and, to a lesser extent (but despite not having either Tyler or Floyd) Peter Hurley also moved up on GC; Leonard Trolio and Anna Martisheuska took the other way instead. And what about Brad King? His top 3 finish in the stage, and the bonus points he was awarded for, made him move up more than 80 positions. But "All the King's Men" were very distant from the top spot at the end of the previous leg, such that the American is currently sitting in 59th place only.

As for the fight for the "red lantern prize", Bridge Hunter gained 32 stage points, "courtesy" of Tyler Hamilton. But so did Andy McDobbin, while Havard Ramstad got even 42 (those from TH plus 10 from ITT sensation Isidro Nozal), such that regardless of its solid stage score "Puente" held onto the Lanterne Rouge one more day, and the gap between him and McDobbin didn't change either. But they'd better beware a new, serious last place contender: Australian Chris Tunnock, who got just ten stage points, and is now just ten points down (sorry, up) on GC. And with Vinokourov far from his best condition as his "top rider" the Melbournian might really have something to say in the battle for winning a Scott USA Bike Company kit (Jersey and Shorts) plus a copy of Scott Coady's "The Tour Baby!" DVD.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Tour
Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 8

1. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 434 points Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 424 points (Landis 106, Beltrán 56, Hamilton 32, Peña 23, Sastre 14, Flickinger 4, Isasi 1, USPS 139, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11, Bonus Points 30)

2. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 430 points (Zabel 105, Freire 96, Petacchi 94, van Heeswijk 18, Fassa Bortolo 39, Team CSC 18, Bonus Points 60)

3. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 422 points (Landis 106, Zabel 105, Hamilton 32, Zabriskie 8, Cruz 6, USPS 139, Team CSC 18, Rabobank 8)

4. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 413 points
5. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 404 points
6. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 399 points
7. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 379 points
8. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 379 points
9. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 373 points
10. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 370 points

11. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 364 points
12. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 359 points
13. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 355 points
14. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 347 points
15. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 341 points
16. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 339 points
17. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 336 points
18. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 334 points
19. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 331 points
20. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 331 points

21. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 328 points
22. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 328 points
23. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 321 points
24. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 318 points
25. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 316 points
26. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 314 points
27. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 312 points
28. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 310 points
29. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 305 points
30. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 305 points
31. Chris Reed - The - UK / 305 points
32. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 302 points
33. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 302 points
34. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 301 points
35. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 296 points
36. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 295 points
37. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 294 points
38. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 290 points
39. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 282 points
40. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 280 points
41. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 280 points
42. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 277 points
43. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 275 points
44. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 275 points
45. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 274 points
46. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 273 points
47. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 272 points
48. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 271 points
49. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 271 points
50. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 271 points
51. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 268 points
52. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 266 points
53. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 266 points
54. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 266 points
55. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 265 points
56. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 264 points
57. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 263 points
58. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 263 points
59. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 262 points
60. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 261 points
61. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 261 points
62. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 256 points
63. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 254 points
64. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 253 points
65. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 252 points
66. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 252 points
67. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 249 points
68. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 248 points
69. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 247 points
70. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 246 points
71. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 245 points
72. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 245 points
73. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 243 points
74. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 242 points
75. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 242 points
76. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 242 points
77. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 242 points
78. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 241 points
79. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 240 points
80. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 239 points
81. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 238 points
82. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 238 points
83. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 234 points
84. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 234 points
85. JWMSales - JWMSales - USA / 233 points
86. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 232 points
87. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 231 points
88. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 231 points
89. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 230 points
90. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 229 points
91. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 229 points
92. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 228 points
93. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 228 points
94. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 228 points
95. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 227 points
96. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 227 points
97. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 226 points
98. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 225 points
99. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 225 points
100. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 224 points
101. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 223 points
102. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 222 points
103. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 221 points
104. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 220 points
105. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 220 points
106. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 220 points
107. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 218 points
108. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 216 points
109. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 216 points
110. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 213 points
111. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 213 points
112. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 212 points
113. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 211 points
114. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 209 points
115. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 208 points
116. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 208 points
117. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 206 points
118. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 205 points
119. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 205 points
120. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 205 points
121. Galen - Sam Slaughter's Discount Meat Locker - USA / 204 points
122. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 204 points
123. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 202 points
124. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 201 points
125. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 200 points
126. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 200 points
127. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 199 points
128. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 198 points
129. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 196 points
130. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 191 points
131. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 191 points
132. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 191 points
133. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 190 points
134. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 189 points
135. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 187 points
136. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 187 points
137. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 187 points
138. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 186 points
139. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 186 points
140. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 185 points
141. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 184 points
142. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 183 points
143. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 183 points
144. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 182 points
145. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 181 points
146. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 180 points
147. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 178 points
148. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 176 points
149. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 175 points
150. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 175 points
151. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 175 points
152. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 175 points
153. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 175 points
154. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 171 points
155. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 171 points
156. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 170 points
157. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 170 points
158. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 170 points
159. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 170 points
160. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 168 points
161. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 168 points
162. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 167 points
163. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 167 points
164. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 167 points
165. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 166 points
166. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 165 points
167. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 165 points
168. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 165 points
169. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 164 points
170. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 163 points
171. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 163 points
172. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 161 points
173. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 161 points
174. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 161 points
175. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 160 points
176. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 158 points
177. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 158 points
178. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 157 points
179. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 155 points
180. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 151 points
181. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 151 points
182. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 150 points
183. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 148 points
184. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 148 points
185. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 145 points
186. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 144 points
187. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 144 points
188. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 143 points
189. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 142 points
190. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 141 points
191. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 137 points
192. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 137 points
193. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 137 points
194. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 133 points
195. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 132 points
196. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 132 points
197. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 132 points
198. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 131 points
199. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 131 points
200. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 129 points
201. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 129 points
202. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 128 points
203. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 128 points
204. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 128 points
205. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 127 points
206. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 125 points
207. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 125 points
208. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 124 points
209. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 122 points
210. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 122 points
211. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 121 points
212. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 120 points
213. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 120 points
214. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 120 points
215. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 120 points
216. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 119 points
217. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 119 points
218. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 119 points
219. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 119 points
220. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 119 points
221. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 118 points
222. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 118 points
223. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 117 points
224. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 112 points
225. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 112 points
226. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 111 points
227. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 111 points
228. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 110 points
229. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 110 points
230. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 110 points
231. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 109 points
232. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 108 points
233. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 108 points
234. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 104 points
235. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 102 points
236. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 102 points
237. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 101 points
238. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 101 points
239. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 97 points
240. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 97 points
241. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 94 points
242. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 92 points
243. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 92 points
244. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 91 points
245. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 91 points
246. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 89 points
247. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 89 points
248. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 88 points
249. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 88 points
250. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 88 points
251. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 85 points
252. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 80 points
253. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 80 points
254. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 76 points
255. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 76 points
256. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 74 points
257. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 73 points
258. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 66 points
259. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 66 points
260. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 47 points
261. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 42 points

262. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 37 points


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