Hey, you had enjoyable, didn’t you? At first at the least?
Sure, the season is over and we’re deep into the method of trying again and attempting to grasp what occurred. We had some excellent particular person performances, capped by Remco Evenepoel (chosen by voters) and Annemiek van Vleuten (vote pointless) as our high performing riders of the 12 months. We may get right into a debate about which groups had been superior in 2022 (it was Jumbo males and Trek ladies).
Or we may start three months of gnashing our enamel over our FSA Directeur Sportif groups.
Sure, let’s do this. However first… let’s congratulate the
godverdo… the noble winners of the 2022 FSA DS! As we generally mentioned alongside the best way, it was an interesting competitors, with the standard twists and turns among the many high riders and our share of surprising enhancements and disappointments. It’s a time to mirror not simply on what the highest groups did however by yourself outcomes and methods. Let’s dive in!
Nicely earlier than attending to the highest groups, let’s simply say that our year-long pricing dialog, which I defended till I couldn’t, has formally blown up in my face. The Males’s competitors was roughly dominated by groups who chosen Tadej Pogačar, because of his last-month blitz that separated him from the pack and made his 30-point value a bit too low-cost. That received’t be occurring once more.
However in the event you have a look at the winners… nicely, let’s introduce them.
In first place is Effort Curseur 99, helmed by Elpedacyclo, who rose from the underside to the highest in simply three years of taking part in the FSA DS. Elpeda received by some 900 factors, a reasonably strong win after two years of shut competitors. Effort Curseur 99 rose on the backs of not simply Pogačar however absolutely 11 riders scoring in extra of 1000 factors, seven of which had been single-digit value pickups. That’s lots of worth! Undecided if it’s totally apples-to-apples however his ultimate rating of 27,700 is the best season in FSA DS historical past!
[Actually all of the top six teams beat the previous scoring record. Just one of those years.]
Second place went to Greylock and Crew BoPenYang, additionally boasting 11 1000+ scorers, six of whom had been single-digit priced. Greylock has been nicely above common for a number of seasons however that is their first rise to the uppermost echelon. Third went to JoshJackson20 and group Pole to win, with ten 1000+ scorers, seven of whom had been nabbed on a budget. JoshJackson20 has put up a pair robust seasons of late, together with high 100 final 12 months. With the previous NBA lottery decide’s hoops profession on maintain, he had time to degree up from there to the rostrum this 12 months, a superb use of the spare time!
Now the large reveal… The highest 8 groups all had Pogs, Arnaud De Lie, and both Alexander Kristoff or Mads Pedersen, or each. That was the successful formulation this 12 months… together with any variety of different bargains accessible. And this was a banner 12 months for bargains, in contrast to another than 2020, which wasn’t a traditional 12 months by any measure. Absolutely six of the highest 20 and 10 of the highest 30 riders had been single-digit-priced, together with one-pointers De Lie at sixth total and Juan Ayuso at 18th. One-pointers hardly ever present up on web page one of many ultimate standings and the slew of low-priced riders reveals that a number of of the next issues occurred:
- Lots of riders had been unexpectedly glorious because of an accelerated improvement curve; or
- Ursula handed off the pricing choices to a poorly-prepared noob who missed out on some in any other case apparent underpricings; or
- No, it in all probability simply needed to do with sudden improvement.
Anyway, let’s not quibble over who underpriced who. Let’s simply benefit from the unpredictable nature of getting me in command of pricing.
The general victory went to Citius, altius, fortius, pulcrius, helmed by Salaliittoteoria, a multi-year participant who lastly discovered the pathway to glory, because of a deep group that included ten riders scoring in extra of 700 factors, a pair key bargains, and plenty of riders exceeding their 2021 totals — the definition of fine worth.
Second place went to MacGuyver’s Angels, headed by Googol, who has been hanging across the high half of the competitors for years and beforehand was as excessive as thirty eighth total. The Angels fell 447 factors wanting victory, a considerably decisive unfold in comparison with current nailbiters. In third, one other 142 factors again, was Is that this even well worth the grief? by Mattattackx, final 12 months’s total winner who additionally has a fourth place to his (I believe) title, thereby answering his query within the affirmative.
The most typical risk was Lorena Wiebes, who led the entire high eight scoring groups, regularly together with Elisa Balsamo. Annemiek van Vleuten, the #1 scoring rider, wasn’t on any of the highest seven squads, though she was on the eighth positioned group, Monkey Saddle Sore Collective, together with each Wiebes and Balsamo, but by some means seven different groups climbed over them.
One other key rider was Silvia Persico, who at two factors value was by far the 12 months’s greatest worth acquisition, scoring 2,340 factors. She was on ten groups, together with mine, and possibly 9 different individuals who watched the Cyclocross World Championships the place she floor out a spot on the rostrum and in (a few of) our hearts. The lesson, as at all times: watch cyclocross. Anyway, from her gritty efficiency in Fayetteville, Persico made a meteoric leap to prominence on the highway, the place she had beforehand bided her time working for others (scoring 170 factors final 12 months). She received a Vuelta stage and the factors comp, plus two smaller Italian one-day occasions, whereas additionally taking ten podium locations, together with third total within the Elsy Jacobs race and highway Worlds, plus fifth total on the Tour de France Femmes and seventh on the Giro Donne. She is the primary two-point rider to position within the high ten total since Lisa Brennauer in 2013.
Chapeau to DS Manuel8, whose groups KabindaPower and Couldn’t Consider a Good Title completed third and ninth, respectively, to clinch first total within the mixed competitors! Manuel8 rode Pogs, De Lie, Lotte Kopecky and Cecile Uttrup Ludwig to this one-off (non podiumed) class. Good job, and a high-quality response to final 12 months’s close to miss in second place. Manuel8 defeated former winner Crooked Rain, amongst others (cough!).
I suppose I’m a glutton for punishment in reporting that Crew Drewd took our PdC Outdated People draft league, thanks largely to the Kristoffaissance that no one noticed coming (Drewd nabbed the Norwegian in spherical 3), together with shrewd picks like Dani Martinez within the seventh, Fabio Jakobsen in spherical 1, and Magnus Sheffield within the final spherical (#12 in our draft comp). He defeated former winner Majope by simply north of 200 factors, in addition to Clydesdale (one of many conceptual founding fathers of the FSA DS), along with your humble scribe locked in mediocrity (sixth of twenty-two).
Nicely, on the danger of repeating myself, I attempted and nearly acquired someplace with a tactic that I’ve used quite a bit, not taking the highest man within the hopes that I can get two riders from the higher echelon and nonetheless have a couple of dollars left over for later to make up the distinction, and extra. I constructed a group round Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Vlasov, costing 18, 24 and 16 factors, a type of committee method. And it nearly labored… besides it didn’t. I completed exterior the highest 100, though Vingegaard and Evenepoel had been two of the 12 months’s greatest stars and all three blew previous their 2021 factors.
The issue was first that Pogačar was underpriced contemplating he received the scoring crown by 1000 factors. However my different drawback was that I didn’t have sufficient of the huge bargains. I did have Ayuso, however lacking on De Lie was a game-ender, and hitting on Kristoff, Pello Bilbao or Sergio Higuita would have made up some floor too. So whereas the non-Pogs technique was defensible given how nicely Evenepoel ended up doing, it nonetheless required one to nail plenty of discount picks to even sniff the highest rung of this 12 months’s competitors.
Get Prepared for 2023!
Ah nicely, hope springs everlasting in about 4 months. Due to everybody who made this 12 months’s competitors doable, together with our sponsors Full Velocity Forward a/ok/a FSA, makers of so many high-quality parts and wheels that you just see on TV all season lengthy. Click on on the hyperlink to buy vacation concepts for the intense bicycle owner in your vacation circle! Thanks enormously to SuperTed, with out whom we actually couldn’t do any of this. Due to Jens, UMWolverine, and Ursula for keying in outcomes, giving recommendation on pricing, and serving to put together the inputs for SuperTed’s work. It’s a group effort behind the scenes, for certain! Oh and because of the oldsters who spent a bunch of time tinkering with race scores. I believe it made the competitors a bit extra correct, and although I misplaced steam with that effort late in summer season (child off to school, little or no relaxation), I’ll stay up for extra assist subsequent season.