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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 16
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/24/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 16
 

With a great stage win, an excellent stage score, and 25 more bonus points (that took his bonus tally 70 !!) Georg Reidarsen couldn't help but cutting the gap to Andreas Lindh further down. Such that only 21 points separate the two Scandinavians at the moment. "Labbås" got the "usual" 27 stage points from GC leader Heras (22) and regularidad leader (5) Zabel, and held onto his lead one more day. But at this point of the contest, with the Norse having more "big guns" (well, one more at least: Mancebo) than the Swede, and even "lesser" riders like Slovenia's Valjavec giving him a hand, Reidarsen becomes the number one favourite to win the Nordic duel and the overall title.

Tim D. Hammer got some -maybe unexpected- points coming all the way from Antonio Cruz, and increased his advantage over the closest chasers. The "Hammer's Hammers" are leading Melissa Budd's boys (that gained the five ordinary points from Zabel) by an 18-point margin, and "Fassa Pippolo" (Don Pippo had quite a low stage score this time: 15 points, seven from Valverde, the rest from "Ete" and Mancebo) by 22.

But Hammer's third place is still highly in jeopardy, not just because the American is one of the players who could be stripped of Hamilton's 32-point score, but mainly as there is one strong team gaining one place ater another: Cyrille Pluijmen's "No Chain": Heras, Zabel and Liberty Seguros earned Holland's top contender 33 stage points, such that Plujmen moved three places into fifth, one point ahead of "Fassa Pippolo", and 31 behind Hammer. And the aforementioned riders/trade team make "No Chain" a very likely top three finisher at the end of the Fantasy Vuelta.

But there's still five stages to go, and close to all battles are wide open. Such that a few other players might have a lot of things to say; arguably not Melissa Budd, currently out of the top 3 spots and likely to drop a few more places in the next days, but Anders Pedersen and Marcelino Abantao could. The Dane receievd points from five different riders, although his stage score was just 18, and he dropped to seventh. Abantao had a better one (22 points, all coming from SuperRoberto), but Asia's top contender had to move down one place too, as a result of Pluijmen's achievements.

Mark Vandenbergh (5 stage points) and John D.Renz (helped by Moreni, Valverde and Zabel in Tuesday's leg) dropped out of the top 10 overall, and were replaced by two Americans: Jim Klepper and Todd Elenz. The latter was one of the lucky guys with Valjavec in their line-up, and consequently got back into the top 10 spots, while the former finally made his way into the same top ten after hovering around spot number 15 for so many stages.

Two main stars of the Fantasy Vuelta's first two weeks, Danny Pate and Dave Arnold, moved out of the top 15 spots, and are going to drop out of the top 20 soon. Bill Strachan's "VengaVenga" moved up five places into 12th, courtesy of Valverde (that delivered him 7 points and his super Kelme, as well as Erik Zabel). Vicente Pérez and John Roguski, one with Valverde and Kelme, another with Heras and his "blue" team plus Erik Zabel, were on the winning side of the matter on GC terms. Mads Paulsen (points from Valverde and Zabel but neither Kelme nor the Manolo Saiz crew) and David Schimpf, who received just six Isasi points and is currently outside the top 20, were not, this time.

As we predicted yesterday, "Hurricane Frances" did storm into the top twenty spots: Frances Hurley derived benefit from Isasi's six-point score, which were added to Heras' and took the American all the way into place number 19, two points ahead of Andrea Grandi, that kept his top 20 position thanks to Valverde, Liberty and Zabel. Stage top three finisher N. Joe Lara made significant gains and moved from 74th to 54th on the GC. Alonso Tejeda moved up some places too, but failed to enter the game top 100.

One thing is certain: luck is not on Andy McDobbin's side. The Briton captured the last place overall he's aiming for no less than thrice, and had to yield it immediately all three times. And what happened Tuesday, with José Cayetano Juliá -picked by Andy only- giving him thirty points was a big blow to McDobbin's red lantern hopes. Even more as, like we mentioned in the stage report, none of his three chief rivals scored. Such that Andy is now 29 points clear of Chris Gunningham, who retook the Lanterne Rouge, although it might soon get back into Bridge Hunter's hands, and not just in case Puente is deprived of all Hamilton's points.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Tour
Virtual Teams: GC after Stage 16

1. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 711 points (Heras 190, Zabel 172, Landis 132, Barry 5, Pérez A. 2, USPS 171, Team CSC 18, Saeco 11, Bonus Points 10)

2. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 691 points (Heras 190, Zabel 172, Mancebo 143, Sastre 27, Valjavec 20, Liberty Seguros 51, Team CSC 18, Bonus Points 70)

3. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 621 points (Zabel 172, Landis 132, Zabriskie 38, Hamilton 32, Cruz 21, Trenti 4, USPS 171, Team CSC 18, Rabobank 8, Bonus Points 25)

4. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 603 points
5. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 590 points
6. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 589 points
7. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 587 points
8. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 581 points
9. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 562 points
10. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 557 points

11. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 553 points
12. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 552 points
13. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 548 points
14. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 547 points
15. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 545 points
16. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 545 points
17. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 538 points
18. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 533 points
19. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 528 points
20. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 526 points

21. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 525 points
22. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 524 points
23. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 511 points
24. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 506 points
25. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 501 points
26. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 499 points
27. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 498 points
28. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 498 points
29. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 496 points
30. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 496 points
31. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 495 points
32. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 495 points
33. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 494 points
34. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 494 points
35. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 487 points
36. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 483 points
37. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 482 points
38. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 482 points
39. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 477 points
40. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 477 points
41. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 476 points
42. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 476 points
43. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 476 points
44. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 475 points
45. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 474 points
46. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 467 points
47. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 466 points
48. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 466 points
49. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 465 points
50. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 464 points
51. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 463 points
52. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 463 points
53. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 461 points
54. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 460 points
55. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 458 points
56. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 458 points
57. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 456 points
58. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 453 points
59. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 452 points
60. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 452 points
61. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 451 points
62. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 450 points
63. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 449 points
64. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 446 points
65. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 441 points
66. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 440 points
67. Chris Reed - The "¡Venga, venga!" boys - UK / 439 points
68. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 436 points
69. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 436 points
70. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 435 points
71. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 430 points
72. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 430 points
73. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 427 points
74. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 427 points
75. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 427 points
76. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 426 points
77. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 423 points
78. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 423 points
79. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 420 points
80. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 418 points
81. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 418 points
82. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 414 points
83. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 414 points
84. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 413 points
85. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 412 points
86. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 412 points
87. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 408 points
88. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 408 points
89. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 408 points
90. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 405 points
91. Jack McDaniel - PT247 - USA / 401 points
92. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 400 points
93. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 399 points
94. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 399 points
95. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 396 points
96. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 395 points
97. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 392 points
98. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 391 points
99. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 387 points
100. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 387 points
101. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 386 points
102. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 385 points
103. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 385 points
104. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 385 points
105. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 378 points
106. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 377 points
107. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 376 points
108. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 376 points
109. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 371 points
110. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 369 points
111. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 362 points
112. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 356 points
113. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 356 points
114. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 355 points
115. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 355 points
116. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 354 points
117. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 354 points
118. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 354 points
119. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 354 points
120. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 350 points
121. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 350 points
122. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 349 points
123. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 348 points
124. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 347 points
125. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 345 points
126. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 344 points
127. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 343 points
128. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 342 points
129. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 341 points
130. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 341 points
131. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 339 points
132. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 339 points
133. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 337 points
134. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 336 points
135. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 335 points
136. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 332 points
137. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 330 points
138. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 329 points
139. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 329 points
140. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 326 points
141. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 326 points
142. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 324 points
143. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 324 points
144. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 320 points
145. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 317 points
146. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 316 points
147. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 316 points
148. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 314 points
149. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 314 points
150. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 314 points
151. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 313 points
152. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 313 points
153. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 310 points
154. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 309 points
155. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 308 points
156. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 308 points
157. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 306 points
158. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 306 points
159. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 306 points
160. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 303 points
161. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 303 points
162. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 302 points
163. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 301 points
164. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 297 points
165. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 294 points
166. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 293 points
167. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 292 points
168. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 291 points
169. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 291 points
170. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 289 points
171. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 283 points
172. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 282 points
173. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 281 points
174. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 280 points
175. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 279 points
176. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 276 points
177. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 275 points
178. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 274 points
179. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 273 points
180. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 273 points
181. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 272 points
182. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 272 points
183. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 268 points
184. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 267 points
185. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 267 points
186. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 266 points
187. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 266 points
188. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 266 points
189. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 264 points
190. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 264 points
191. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 263 points
192. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 262 points
193. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 262 points
194. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 261 points
195. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 261 points
196. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 260 points
197. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 258 points
198. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 257 points
199. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 255 points
200. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 252 points
201. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 251 points
202. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 249 points
203. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 248 points
204. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 248 points
205. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 248 points
206. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 245 points
207. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 244 points
208. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 242 points
209. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 241 points
210. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 240 points
211. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 239 points
212. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 238 points
213. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 237 points
214. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 233 points
215. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 231 points
216. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 231 points
217. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 230 points
218. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 228 points
219. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 224 points
220. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 223 points
221. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 222 points
222. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 220 points
223. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 217 points
224. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 217 points
225. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 213 points
226. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 213 points
227. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 205 points
228. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 204 points
229. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 198 points
230. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 198 points
231. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 190 points
232. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 182 points
233. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 180 points
234. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 174 points
235. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 173 points
236. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 172 points
237. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 171 points
238. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 170 points
239. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 170 points
240. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 170 points
241. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 163 points
242. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 156 points
243. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 153 points
244. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 152 points
245. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 152 points
246. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 151 points
247. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 147 points
248. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 146 points
249. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 146 points
250. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 141 points
251. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 140 points
252. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 134 points
253. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 131 points
254. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 125 points
255. Emily Davies - Spindola10 - USA / 120 points
256. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 114 points
257. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 108 points
258. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 106 points
259. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 101 points
260. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 88 points

261. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 79 points


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