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4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: Stage 18 Results
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/25/2004
4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta. Virtual Teams: Stage 18 Results
 

America strikes back! As usual representing the biggest contingent in the game -although this time they are the relative majority, and not the absolute one- US players didn't have a particularly good record in this game, at least when it comes to stage winning, with just three victories out of 17 stages, and contenders from Australia and Norway (!) doing better. But then Phil Trostel came and took charge of re-establishing equality as he scored America's fourth stage success in the Fantasy Vuelta 2004.

In a stage marked by quite low scores, 42 points were enough for "vicious cycle" to take both line honors and twenty-five bonus points on the GC. Trostel didn't have any of the stage top 3 scorers, and he lacked the mighty Kelme too. But Mallorca's own Joan Horrach got into the right breakaway (although none of the escapees did counter Pascual Rodríguez's winning move) and earned him sixteen points. And other members of his wild bunch of good riders, as well as Heras' trade team, did the rest, hence Mr.Trostel, not much in the spotlight before in the game, could finally have his well-earned day in the sun.

It was a successful day for "America" ... in its broader meaning. In fact a player from the American continent took also the runner-up spot: Colombia's Mario Ballesteros made the most out of the excellent performances by fellow countrymen Iván Parra and Félix Cárdenas and earned 40 stage points, 27 of which from the two "escarabajos" and the rest scored by Valverde and Heras. A pity (for him) that he didn't pick Hernan Buenahora too, as with the third Colombian stage scorer in his team Ballesteros would have clinched stage victory.

The battle for the remaining top 3 spot ended in small bunch sprint with three protagonists, all of them getting 35 points. But curiously their respective virtual teams had three different top scores, such that it wasn't difficult for us to apply the tie-breaking rules: Richard Purkiss (with Parra awarding him 20 points) snatched third, followed by Holland's Bas van Gelderen ("Robasco" had 16-point getter Horrach as main scorer of the day), with American Xavier Cintron (top scorer: Hernán Buenahora. 13 points).

Just like in the real Tour of Spain, Thursday was theday for "stage hunters" and non-GC contenders to go for some glory. And this trend continued into the rest of the stage top 10, which featured (mostly) players seldom able to make the headlines in previous legs, from Mima Bennett to Martin Connor to Stephen Myers. The Australian was the only FG contender with stage winner -on the road- Javier Pascual Rodríguez in his virtual team. But with just two points from the rest of its riders, courtesy of Paco Mancebo, "Sunshine" couldn't place higher than ninth, although not far from the top 3 spots.

Alonso Tejeda was the exception to the rule: "Summertime Blues" snatched tenth in stage 15, was even runner-up the next day, and got back to spot number tem in Thursday's leg, Points by Heras (18) and Kelme (14) proved enough for Tejeda to be the third American in the daily top 10. And certainly make some gains in the overall too. Another previous stage runner-up, yesterday's second place getter Mattias Markstrom, put in one more remarkable performance, thans to his "regular" point-providers Heras, Cárdenas and Liberty Seguros, but the Swede failed to enter the top 10 places by just one point.

He had the honour of outsprinting Georg Reidarsen (thanks to the "earlier poster" tie-breaking rule) anyway, with Holland's Jim Terpstra (31 points from the Spanish-speaking mix of Roberto Heras and Hernan Buenahora for him) in between. A true protagonist in some of the past Fantasy Games, Hans Jacob Hofgaard is not repeating his past performances in this Vuelta, but he managed a top 15 finish in Thursday's stage at least, and edged out a seven-strong group (which contained three Dutch players and as many Americans, GC contenders Pluijmen and Roguski included, as well as France's Aurélien Delaurent) by one point.

Janna Trevisanut was the only player getting one stage point (Stefano Garzelli was the one to blame for that). The "Site Goddess" is really living up to her virtual team name in this Fantasy vuelta edition, but in Thursday's stage she did better than more than sixty players, whose score of the day was zero.

4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta
Virtual Teams: Stage 18 Results

1. Phil Trostel - vicious cycle - USA / 42 points (Horrach 16, Valverde 8, Cárdenas 7, Zabel 5, Liberty Seguros 6) (*)

2. Mario Ballesteros - LOS ESCARABAJOS - Colombia / 40 points (Parra 20, Valverde 8, Cárdenas 7, Zabel 5) (**)

3. Richard Purkiss - Rich's Riders - UK / 35 points (Parra 20, Valverde 8, Cárdenas 7) (***)

4. Bas van Gelderen - Robasco - The Netherlands / 35 points
5. Xavier Cintron - Xavier Cintron - USA / 35 points
6. Mima Bennett - Animo Roberto! - Spain / 34 points
7. Martin Connor - St Domingo - UK / 34 points
8. Keld Haagensen - BARAKA - Denmark / 34 points
9. Stephen Myers - Sunshine - Australia / 32 points
10. Alonso Tejeda - Summertime Blues - USA / 32 points

11. Mattias Markstrom - Farsan Bortolo - Sweden / 31 points
12. Jim Terpstra - Crazy Eagles - The Netherlands / 31 points
13. Georg Reidarsen - Team Ture - Norway / 31 points
14. Hans Jacob Hofgaard - best of the rest - Norway / 30 points
15. Herman van Iterson - Green-Blue-White after 25 yrs the last Kelme-Fight - The Netherlands / 29 points
16. Luuk Punt - The Kelme revengers - The Netherlands / 29 points
17. John Roguski - ride for redemption - USA / 29 points
18. Dan Brabeck - Grande Loco Portabello - USA / 29 points
19. Gregory Sutton - Greg's Gems - England / 29 points
20. AURELIEN DELAURENT - HAUTACAM - France / 29 points

21. Cyrille Pluijmen - No Chain - The Netherlands / 29 points
22. Buds Fuller - teambuds - New Zealand / 28 points
23. John Graham - Team Layna - Ireland / 28 points
24. Bill Strachan - VengaVenga - USA / 27 points
25. Malcolm Irving - Phoney Phonak - UK / 26 points
26. Cheryl Coughlin - Verdant Valverde - USA / 26 points
27. Bob Kristin - Bobarians - USA / 25 points
28. Marcelino A. Abantao - queda-vuelta - Philippines / 25 points
29. Chuck Hudak - Venga Venga - USA / 24 points
30. Tomasz Walachowski - Wakart Boys - Poland / 24 points
31. Patrick Sharp - Jamon Fantastico - USA / 24 points
32. N. Joe Lara - Twisters - USA / 24 points
33. Vincent Pieterse - Barande - The Netherlands / 24 points
34. Henriette Brandt - Cykelmyggens Tante - Denmark / 24 points
35. Marianne Werz O'Brien - muchachos lycra-vestidos encantadores - USA / 24 points
36. Daniel Fredriksson - Bubbis - Sweden / 24 points
37. Christopher Lee - Peach Pedalin' - USA / 24 points
38. Andreas Lindh - Labbås - Sweden / 23 points
39. Hans Tveitereid - Spitzfire - Norway / 23 points
40. Willem Punt - thegreenmeankelmeteam - The Netherlands / 22 points
41. Udi Tal - The devious diesel - Israel / 22 points
42. Vicente Pérez - Club Ciclista Usabiaga - Spain / 22 points
43. Rosa Gallagher - Unexpected Results - USA / 22 points
44. Philipp Paier (DonPippo) - Fassa Pippolo - Austria / 22 points
45. Thomas Jensen - Team TGJ - Denmark / 22 points
46. Andre Umali - deedee and his amazing technicolor cyclists - Philippines / 21 points
47. Jonathan Podmore - Jon's Raiders De la Montaña - USA / 21 points
48. Jim Robson - DELiRIOus Bears ? - UK / 21 points
49. Iñaki Rodríguez Hidalgo - CCCP - Spain / 21 points
50. Morten Hansen - Team I-Stole-This-Bike-Let-Me-Through - Norway / 21 points
51. Lionel Herrera - panama cycling team - Panamá / 21 points
52. Walt Armstrong - A Team - USA / 21 points
53. Jakob Duma - I dont know were to Bingen!! - Denmark / 21 points
54. Terence Sexton - Sagacity - USA / 20 points
55. Aritz Azkune - Azkunetarrak - Basque Country / 20 points
56. Mark David Chapman - Luz Ardiden - England / 20 points
57. Bob Gaegler - la vida puerca - USA / 19 points
58. Gerrit van den Akker - G-force - The Netherlands / 19 points
59. Andrea Grandi - RED WINE IS MY DRUG - Italy / 19 points
60. Martin Tejeda - Pass me my Spanish Visa - USA / 19 points
61. Michel Verbeke - TT Team - Belgium / 19 points
62. Hans Bauck - Coastal - Canada / 19 points
63. Christopher Smith - speedy gonzales - Australia / 19 points
64. Morten Jakobsen - Slasquer - Denmark / 19 points
65. Henk Jan Punt - valverde - The Netherlands / 18 points
66. Frances Hurley - Hurricane Frances en Espana - USA / 18 points
67. Patrick McNeal - Caps - USA / 18 points
68. Pete Butler - Team Atomic - USA / 18 points
69. Jeff Ofsanko - Victim or the Crime - USA / 18 points
70. Alisdair Cook - Valverde/Cunego 1/2 - Scotland / 16 points
71. David Schimpf - Team Mafidel - USA / 16 points
72. Anders Pedersen - CSC-espana - Denmark / 15 points
73. Abraham Martínez González - los tibios - Galicia / 15 points
74. Philip Brunjes - Brunj Squad - USA / 15 points
75. Leonard Trolio - TSWheels - USA / 15 points
76. Deora Lily Trevisanut - nina d' site God peloton delight - USA / 14 points
77. Peter Finlay - Aussie Aussie Aussie-plus some foreigners - Australia / 14 points
78. Kaspar Kristiansen - Vuelta E Banaña - Denmark / 14 points
79. Krzysztof Lesinski - Off Off C.T. - Poland / 14 points
80. Calvin Jones - Coolhand's Cruisers - UK / 14 points
81. Jorge Letras - One Leg Team (OLT) - Portugal / 14 points
82. Michael Elmer - Alphabet Soup - USA / 14 points
83. Scott Price - pinche pirates - Canada / 14 points
84. Mike Mefford - Varometric Vueltatude - USA / 14 points
85. Don Potter - Riding with No Hands - USA / 14 points
86. Leif Vernersen - 18 soft legs - Denmark / 14 points
87. Dejan Vranic - The Wild Bunch - Croatia / 14 points
88. Lubomir Kopanicak - Team Kukulele - Slovakia / 13 points
89. Tim Saari - FLYING RHINOS - USA / 13 points
90. Mark Allebach - Valverde/Cunego Smackdown - USA / 13 points
91. Rick Beuttel - Grande Loco Velo Dodos - USA / 13 points
92. David Hall - hallbrain - USA / 13 points
93. Jason Pokrzywinski - Fatty Flauta - USA / 13 points
94. Jim Klepper - Team Oscar - USA / 13 points
95. John D. Renz - The Flat Tires - USA / 13 points
96. Scott Cairns - Team Caffeine - USA / 13 points
97. David Holm - Giorgino - Denmark / 13 points
98. Emin T. - No Dope - Norway / 13 points
99. Ryder Brooke - Brooke - Norway / 13 points
100. Laura Weislo - Barely Legal - USA / 13 points
101. Peter Edwards - Forcats de la Route - USA / 13 points
102. Mads Paulsen - team v-c - Denmark / 13 points
103. Egil Thomassen - eath - Norway / 12 points
104. Jan Dijkstra - Sprints by Spurts - The Netherlands / 12 points
105. Aaron Williams - Milton Basement Racers - Canada / 12 points
106. Joanne Cross - Jo's Crossbar Wonders - England / 12 points
107. Erick Clavijo - clavijo's colombians - USA / 12 points
108. Kevin Schlaufman - Atlas of Atherton - USA / 11 points
109. Todd Elenz - Up in Smoke - USA / 11 points
110. Aren Hellum - Livin' La Vida Spoke-a - USA / 11 points
111. Nils Wernitzki - C4F - Germany / 11 points
112. Scott Kern - The 2nd Best Bet - USA / 11 points
113. Paul Finley - boo-no-oln - USA / 10 points
114. Martin de Vries - Fietsmaarwatjes - The Netherlands / 10 points
115. Peter Hoogervorst - Cascader - The Netherlands / 9 points
116. Erik Backlund - Erik - Sweden / 8 points
117. Jan Pankuweit - Vuelta Royal Riders - Germany / 8 points
118. Burkni Helgason - SBS - Iceland / 8 points
119. Josu Sanpelaio - ariostxea - Basque Country / 8 points
120. Betsy Baker - Shoulda Woulda Coulda - USA / 8 points
121. Francesco Grandi - A la Buena Hora! - Italy / 8 points
122. Jim Keener - Destined 4 Last - USA / 8 points
123. Dan Steinbach - Arriva, Arriva, Andale!! - USA / 8 points
124. Kevin Kohler - bUeNo - USA / 8 points
125. Dave Pacey - VinoValveVici - USA / 8 points
126. Doris Herman - D's Fantastic Hombres - USA / 8 points
127. Martin Kristensen - la vuelta magnífica de Beloki - Denmark / 8 points
128. C.C.Buizer - NWK is on its way - The Netherlands / 8 points
129. Julio Pons - T-Valencia - Spain / 8 points
130. Tord Eriksson - passa bollo - Sweden / 8 points
131. Steven Crane - Crusin' Caribbean - Puerto Rico / 8 points
132. Aleksander Martinsen - Team Martinsen - Norway / 8 points
133. Derrick Neckel - tom's rhinoplasty - USA / 8 points
134. Miles Hurley - Team Big Chiefs - USA / 8 points
135. Matthew Tognini - Creeping LAFB - Australia / 8 points
136. Jack McDaniel - PT247 - USA / 8 points
137. Harm Hanemaayer - The Visitors - The Netherlands / 8 points
138. William R. Driessen - How's That?! - The Netherlands / 8 points
139. Chris Reed - The "¡Venga, venga!" boys - UK / 8 points
140. Stefan Meijvogel - I love Menno - The Netherlands / 8 points
141. Stig E Sandø - Republic de Fufie - Norway / 8 points
142. Michael Hayes - team - redemption for bad fantasy tour de france - Canada / 8 points
143. Gary Resnick - Chatty Cathies - USA / 8 points
144. Hugh Graham - mundo ciclismo - USA / 8 points
145. José Pedro - Incomensuraveis - Portugal / 8 points
146. Lee Maloy - Spinners - USA / 8 points
147. David Turner - Felix, Max & Other Household Pets - USA / 7 points
148. Filippo (Phil) Miano - Fast Fil's Fantasy Flyer's - Italy/USA / 7 points
149. Ervin C. Evangelista - TN Hawkeye - USA / 7 points
150. Micheal Dean - The Pain Game - USA / 7 points
151. Chris Tunnock - clean urine riders (I think) - Australia / 6 points
152. Cesilia Carlsson - Cesilia - Sweden / 6 points
153. Peter Budd - Buddy's Biker Bandido's - Australia / 6 points
154. Biff Whaley - Pepto Bismal presented by Quick Step - USA / 6 points
155. Hannes Egger - Haeggar - Austria / 6 points
156. Jon Thomsen - Carmenski - USA / 6 points
157. Jim Flaherty - Sicklerville Syclists - USA / 6 points
158. Corey Tincher - Legstrong - USA / 6 points
159. Frank Moser - BagBalmBoys - USA / 6 points
160. Amanda Mar - What's in a Name? e-RAS, Hair-AS, he-RASS, heras - USA / 6 points
161. Michael Miller - Raliegh Rider - USA / 6 points
162. Roger D Herbert - rdhbicycles - USA / 6 points
163. Anita van Crey - Gruppo delicioso - The Netherlands / 6 points
164. podofdonny - Una Vez - Yorkshire / 6 points
165. Judith Buck - Veni la Vuelta - England / 6 points
166. Dan Clark - ThunderDan - USA / 6 points
167. John Gorman - Late Season Chargers - USA / 6 points
168. John James - GS LEXI - USA / 5 points
169. Danny Pate - Team Fantasy Presented By The Pate - USA / 5 points
170. Dave Arnold - muddle headed ones - Australia / 5 points
171. Matthias Jünemann - Jetleg + Lli - Germany / 5 points
172. Remo Kaasenbrood - the jersey fits nice with the medal - The Netherlands / 5 points
173. Mark Vandenbergh - No Vdb, but still ok!!! - Belgium / 5 points
174. John Bartold - Team Zeke - USA / 5 points
175. Carl Horton - Team Jed - USA / 5 points
176. Joe Coughlin - Vino, Vini, Vinci - USA / 5 points
177. Lee Todd - eltodd - UK / 5 points
178. Sara Selle - Pedalling Pretty - USA / 5 points
179. Peter Hurley - Mountain Sharks - USA / 5 points
180. Melissa Budd - Mel's Boys - Australia / 5 points
181. Michael Tierney - Hurricane Cross Winds - USA / 5 points
182. Steve Wootton - WOOTS WONDERS - England / 5 points
183. Anna Martsisheuska - Yulia Nesterenko Fan Club - Belarus / 5 points
184. Jody Horton - RAGIN CAJUNS - USA / 5 points
185. Chris Romans - C. Montgomery Burns - USA / 5 points
186. Robert Dinca - roberto - Romania / 5 points
187. Jim Lais - laser's beams - USA / 5 points
188. David Bennett - Rub Her Down - USA / 5 points
189. Jeff Manzer - Arriba! Arriba! - USA / 5 points
190. Kenan Kirkendall - Crystal Ball Guessers - USA / 5 points
191. Tim D. Hammer - Hammer's Hammers - USA / 5 points
192. Aris Galatis - Greek Stars - Greece / 2 points
193. Joop van der Zouten - US armstrongalwayswinsSTOLS - The Netherlands / 2 points
194. Sergio Zanotti - los pilas - Paraguay / 2 points
195. Adam Tucker - No Hay - UK / 2 points
196. Rene Strandberg - campo - Denmark / 2 points
197. Janna Trevisanut - A Paso de Tortuga - USA / 1 point
198. Craig Robertson - Little Spanish Flea Circus - Australia / 0 points
199. Vaughn R. Trevisanut - Pelotonomaniacs Broken Hearts on Wheels - Ameritalia / 0 points
200. Garland Lee - Vuelta A La Carte - USA / 0 points
201. Havard Ramstad - NorwegianWood - Norway / 0 points
202. Luigi Barozzi - Lui-Baroz Group Spa - PortoValtravaglia (Italy) / 0 points
203. Jonathon Tainsh - gofast - Australia / 0 points
204. Martin Tetreault - Jamones de Smithfield - USA / 0 points
205. Tom Whatling - Soap & Water - Great Britain / 0 points
206. Javier Pazos - Billboard Bull Rider - USA / 0 points
207. Alex Whitney - Fingers in the Spokes - USA / 0 points
208. Nicholas W. Briggs - Who Ha Yahoo's - USA / 0 points
209. Michael Cairns - Blue Plate Special - Canada / 0 points
210. Richard Dodge - Jester's Dead - USA / 0 points
211. James Bass - Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts - USA / 0 points
212. Matthew Stevens - Team Ornitorrinco - USA / 0 points
213. Andy McDobbin - Lanterne Rougians III - UK / 0 points
214. Roel Glasbeek - ROEL - The Netherlands / 0 points
215. Charles Cabardos - Cabardos - Canada / 0 points
216. Heather Gardiner - Heather's Dream Team - Canada / 0 points
217. Jonathan Runge - the anteaters - USA / 0 points
218. David Wymore - Udder Power Cycling Team - Milk on the Move - USA / 0 points
219. Dave Shields - Unbie Tuble - USA / 0 points
220. Doug Brennan - Olive Wood - USA / 0 points
221. Tim Oh - Queer Eye For The Bike Guy - USA / 0 points
222. Saioa Arrizabalaga - Ilbera - Basque Country / 0 points
223. Todd Haugen - Team Start Slow and Taper Off - USA / 0 points
224. Angelina Beers - Bringing Up the Rear - USA / 0 points
225. Anders Diedrichs - CK Remmers - Sweden / 0 points
226. Tim McDonald - Tim McDonald - USA / 0 points
227. Craig Cheeseman - Adirondack Highlanders - USA / 0 points
228. Annie Snider - Mongerals - USA / 0 points
229. Gordon Savage - Oatmeal Savages - Canada / 0 points
230. Joanna Hurley - The Pov's - USA / 0 points
231. Warren Lawrence - Ivana Ridealot - Canada / 0 points
232. Rod Palomino - HotRod - USA / 0 points
233. Enikö Vozár - Hungarian Postal - Hungary / 0 points
234. Arie Guijt - QB dynamite - The Netherlands / 0 points
235. Noah Summers - max watts - Canada / 0 points
236. Dean Della Pella - Velobama - USA / 0 points
237. Bob Selden - Volta la Vuelta - Australia / 0 points
238. Bridge Hunter - Puente - USA / 0 points
239. Michael Procajlo - Searching for seniorettas - Australia / 0 points
240. Phil Coombs - On the Rivet - England / 0 points
241. Quinn Bergman - Tator tots - USA / 0 points
242. Abe Oogerfart - Cowpoo - USA / 0 points
243. Bryan Slinkard - Colonel Mustard - USA / 0 points
244. Celine Tytgadt - cycling ducks á l'orange - Belgium / 0 points
245. Chip Rice - luvmybike - USA / 0 points
246. Brad King - All the King's Men - USA / 0 points
247. Chris Knox - ENT - USA / 0 points
248. Chris Brennan - The molloping otters - UK / 0 points
249. Joshua Lee - Aitor-ly Ridiculous - USA / 0 points
250. Louise Smith - huracán Solana - USA / 0 points
251. Gary McCarthy - In the Mood for a Spain Ride - USA / 0 points
252. Chris Gunningham - Kwik-E-Mart - Canada / 0 points
253. Nigel Ravenhill - In the Gutter and I'm Lovin' It - USA / 0 points
254. Kerrigan Bennett - Tippe-freakin'-canoe, baby! - USA / 0 points
255. Beth Lester - Riders of the Revolution - USA / 0 points
256. Jesse Feinberg - Fight the Power - USA / 0 points
257. Attila Vozár - Losers Postal - Hungary / 0 points
258. Anita Derks - Kiwis Fly - Australia / 0 points
259. Paul Butler - Team Paulie - USA / 0 points
260. Kathy Davies - VinoFan - USA / 0 points
261. 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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