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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 13
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/20/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 13
 

The most recent stages of the Tour of Spain caused a kind of revolution in the Vuelta's overall, with new names making their way to the top of the ranking. But the impact on the fantasy version of the race was lower; indeed most of the names we can find in the current top 10 spots are the same ones we could notice in many previous stages too. To start with the current podium places, although GC leader Andreas Lindh moved to spot number one only after Thursday's leg. The Swede, 21st place finisher in the stage, increased his lead on Friday, mainly due to points from his top two riders of the moment, Erik Zabel (25) and Roberto Heras (21).

The T-Mobile fastman gave his points also to Tim D. Hammer, that even enjoyed the first four points from Gudo "L'Americano" Trenti. But that wasn't enough for his "hammers" to avoid being dropped by "Låbbas". It did prove enough for Hammer to successfully defend his second place overall from Melissa Budd's attack: the (three-time) stage winner, who earned a further 25 bonus points, easily stepped back into the top three, but couldn't move ahead of Hammer; she just cut the gap down to seven points. Budd widened her advantage to "VdB" (50 pts) and "Regularidad" leader Dave Arnold (68) anyway.

The Belgian had a good stage score of 56, while the Aussie paid for Freire's dropout and got just 40. Both moved ahead of David Schimpf, who got points (6) only from new scorer Eddy Mazzoleni, and dropped four places into seventh, as also Danny Pate -same score and riders as Vandembergh of course- was back to making some gains on GC. After moving upward and upward and upward in recent stages, Mars Abantao took the opposite direction for once: in spite of a good 21 points from Heras, added to three from Félix Cárdenas, the Filipino slipped to ninth overall.

There's one player we have not mentioned that much so far, but we'd better do asap, as even if he was never a dominator in any stage, Denmark's Anders Pedresen silently made his way up to spot number 11, with just John D. Renz (another man who received good news from Friday's "flatlanders festival") and the tie-breaking rules keeping him for entering the top 10. With top riders like Zabel, Valverde and Mancebo, plus guys like Moreni and Putsep able to deliver some points from time to time, "csc-vuelta" (that gained 20 positions in just two stages) is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Philip from Austria and Georg Reidarsen from Norway were on the winning side of things too: the former had a decent score of 36 (points from four different riders, Zabel and Valverde included) and moved up seven places into 13th; the latter, whose excellent stage performance we already talked of, finally got into the top 20 places, and it will be a hard task for anyone to throw him out. And so was Carl Horton (30th to 19th in just one day), whereas James Bass wasn't, and moved down four places into 12th, while Chris Knox went from 9th to 16th. It was even worse for Louise Smith, Vicente Pérez, Dean Della Pella and Richard Dodge, all of whom with low stage scores, all currently off the top 20 spots.

Mads Paulsen lost the status of top Danish player, but gained one position. Some participants moved up, some participants moved down, Peter Hurley maintained his 17th position. "Mountain Sharks" is the only top 20 team with no points at all from its "A" rider (Vinokourov): but Erik Zabel, who also this time provided Peter with many, many points, made up for his teammate's poor performances.

Few news at the bottom of the pack: Roberto Heras' Liberty Seguros gave Chris Tunnock more points, and almost threw the Aussie out of the battle for last place prize. A battle that maybe doesn't involve Beth Lester (another 6-point getter, albeit they came from Eddy Mazzoleni) either, but surely involves at least three players: American Bridge Hunter, Britain's Andy Mc Dobbin and Canadian Chris Gunningham, none of whom scored Friday, such that Gunnigham held onto the red lantern, with still eleven points between his "Kwik-E-Mart" and Andy's "Lanterne Rougians III".

4th Fabio's Fantasy Tour
Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 13

1. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 609 points (Zabel 157, Landis 132, Heras 103, Barry 5, Pérez A. 2, USPS 171, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11, Bonus Points 10)

2. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 593 points (Zabel 157, Landis 132, Zabriskie 38, Hamilton 32, Cruz 8, Trenti 4, USPS 171, Team CSC 18, Rabobank 8, Bonus Points 25)

3. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 586 points (Zabel 157, Petacchi 146, Freire 115, van Heeswijk 18, Fassa Bortolo 47, Team CSC 18, Bonus Points 85)

4. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 536 points
5. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 518 points
6. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 517 points
7. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 508 points
8. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 502 points
9. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 493 points
10. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 475 points

11. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 475 points
12. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 470 points
13. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 470 points
14. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 466 points
15. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 465 points
16. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 464 points
17. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 461 points
18. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 461 points
19. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 454 points
20. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 454 points

21. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 450 points
22. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 448 points
23. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 447 points
24. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 446 points
25. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 445 points
26. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 445 points
27. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 439 points
28. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 437 points
29. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 437 points
30. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 435 points
31. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 432 points
32. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 432 points
33. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 425 points
34. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 425 points
35. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 422 points
36. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 422 points
37. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 421 points
38. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 417 points
39. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 416 points
40. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 412 points
41. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 408 points
42. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 405 points
43. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 404 points
44. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 401 points
45. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 400 points
46. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 398 points
47. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 394 points
48. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 392 points
49. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 388 points
50. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 388 points
51. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 387 points
52. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 387 points
53. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 386 points
54. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 386 points
55. Chris Reed - The - UK / 382 points
56. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 381 points
57. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 378 points
58. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 376 points
59. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 374 points
60. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 374 points
61. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 370 points
62. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 368 points
63. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 365 points
64. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 360 points
65. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 360 points
66. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 357 points
67. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 356 points
68. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 351 points
69. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 350 points
70. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 350 points
71. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 349 points
72. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 347 points
73. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 347 points
74. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 347 points
75. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 346 points
76. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 344 points
77. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 343 points
78. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 341 points
79. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 339 points
80. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 339 points
81. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 338 points
82. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 337 points
83. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 337 points
84. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 335 points
85. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 335 points
86. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 335 points
87. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 331 points
88. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 331 points
89. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 329 points
90. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 329 points
91. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 327 points
92. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 327 points
93. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 327 points
94. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 324 points
95. Jack McDaniel - PT247 - USA / 322 points
96. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 322 points
97. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 321 points
98. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 321 points
99. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 319 points
100. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 319 points
101. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 319 points
102. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 318 points
103. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 315 points
104. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 315 points
105. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 315 points
106. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 313 points
107. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 312 points
108. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 311 points
109. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 311 points
110. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 311 points
111. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 309 points
112. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 308 points
113. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 306 points
114. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 305 points
115. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 302 points
116. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 302 points
117. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 301 points
118. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 301 points
119. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 299 points
120. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 299 points
121. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 295 points
122. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 292 points
123. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 291 points
124. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 289 points
125. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 288 points
126. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 288 points
127. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 287 points
128. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 286 points
129. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 285 points
130. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 283 points
131. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 278 points
132. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 278 points
133. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 271 points
134. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 270 points
135. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 269 points
136. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 268 points
137. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 268 points
138. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 266 points
139. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 266 points
140. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 263 points
141. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 263 points
142. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 262 points
143. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 261 points
144. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 260 points
145. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 260 points
146. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 258 points
147. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 257 points
148. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 256 points
149. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 254 points
150. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 254 points
151. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 253 points
152. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 250 points
153. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 250 points
154. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 250 points
155. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 246 points
156. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 246 points
157. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 246 points
158. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 243 points
159. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 243 points
160. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 243 points
161. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 242 points
162. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 242 points
163. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 241 points
164. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 240 points
165. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 239 points
166. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 237 points
167. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 237 points
168. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 236 points
169. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 236 points
170. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 234 points
171. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 232 points
172. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 231 points
173. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 231 points
174. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 231 points
175. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 229 points
176. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 228 points
177. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 228 points
178. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 227 points
179. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 226 points
180. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 226 points
181. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 225 points
182. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 223 points
183. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 221 points
184. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 218 points
185. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 218 points
186. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 217 points
187. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 215 points
188. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 215 points
189. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 215 points
190. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 212 points
191. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 212 points
192. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 210 points
193. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 209 points
194. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 206 points
195. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 202 points
196. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 201 points
197. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 201 points
198. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 199 points
199. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 199 points
200. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 199 points
201. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 198 points
202. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 195 points
203. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 195 points
204. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 194 points
205. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 194 points
206. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 193 points
207. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 192 points
208. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 191 points
209. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 191 points
210. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 187 points
211. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 184 points
212. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 184 points
213. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 182 points
214. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 179 points
215. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 177 points
216. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 173 points
217. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 171 points
218. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 170 points
219. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 166 points
220. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 165 points
221. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 165 points
222. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 164 points
223. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 163 points
224. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 160 points
225. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 160 points
226. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 159 points
227. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 159 points
228. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 159 points
229. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 156 points
230. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 154 points
231. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 149 points
232. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 147 points
233. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 147 points
234. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 146 points
235. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 146 points
236. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 145 points
237. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 144 points
238. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 140 points
239. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 139 points
240. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 137 points
241. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 135 points
242. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 134 points
243. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 130 points
244. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 127 points
245. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 127 points
246. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 126 points
247. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 125 points
248. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 117 points
249. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 116 points
250. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 115 points
251. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 113 points
252. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 110 points
253. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 101 points
254. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 100 points
255. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 93 points
256. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 93 points
257. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 88 points
258. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 85 points
259. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 83 points
260. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 78 points

261. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 66 points


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