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Congratulations to our 2021 FSA DS Winners!

Women and Gents… we’ve got winners!

With the biking season lastly over for 2021, so too is our FSA Directeur Sportif Competitors, the English-speaking world’s biggest year-long biking fantasy recreation. With roughly a full calendar again on for this 12 months, plus Olympics, the competitors ran lengthy and remained hard-fought to the tip. Let’s take a fast take a look at how issues turned out, and naturally invite our winners (and non-winners) to pop by the feedback and share your tales.


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118th Paris-Roubaix 2021 - Men’s Eilte

Picture by Vincent Kalut – Pool/Getty Pictures

I’ve a pair of Metrons from seven years in the past. They nonetheless roll such as you wouldn’t consider.

Males’s Competitors

Right here is your prime ten:

  1. (DS) Lampje, Lampenkappen, 22,561 factors
  2. Cacaramus, Are You Hirt? No, It’s Simply Eekhoff, 22,342
  3. guegoethe, Française des Rajeux, 22,278
  4. Narrehut, Llamatron, 22,258
  5. Mqthieu, Degemer Mat, 21,840
  6. smico01, Poldeci borovicky s citronom, 21,768
  7. PvdV, Pietje Pelle op zijn Gazelle, 21,638
  8. sagas, 123456789, 21,522
  9. Googol, MacGyver Biking Crew, 21,415
  10. Luc_Nilis, Maglia Rosa, 21,088

The flexibility to get factors out of your complete roster is kind of a magical factor, and that’s what separated out the highest ten and the winners themselves from whoever trailed them. Issues like 300+ factors from all your prime 20, or 600+ from 13 or extra riders, or 7 riders over the 1000 mark — that’s what fills out your scoresheet. The Lampenkappen had a single donut on its roster, however had scored constantly throughout the remainder of it to take the win.

The three key riders appear to be Tadej Pogacar, Egan Bernal and Joao Almeida, every of whom could possibly be discovered on 5 of the highest ten groups. Pogs is smart as our general prime scoring particular person, by greater than 1000 factors. The truth that 5 groups made the highest ten with out him might be extra outstanding (Wout Van Aert appeared to be the choice). Bernal was this 12 months’s greatest comebacker, rising from his 570 level efficiency in 2020 to a sturdy 2495 this 12 months. Almeida was the highest performing 18-point rider, and whereas he had an exquisite breakout 2020 season, he managed to prime his general rating, one thing of a shock. The highest scoring single-digit value riders had been Tim Merlier and Matej Mohoric, each 5 pointers. Mohoric was on 4 groups, displaying that an all-Slovenian strategy was a great way to go.

How did the most well-liked riders correlate to the highest scoring groups? Properly, Sepp Kuss was #1 in recognition and was on eight of the highest 10 groups. Second-most-picked Leonard Kamna went one higher, discovering himself on 9 of the highest 10. Brandon McNulty (7 of 10) and Davide Ballerini (6 of 10) had been notable on this regard too. Common knowledge is precise knowledge typically, I suppose? Or we’re only a well-informed group.

High underperforming riders embrace Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel and Julian Alaphilippe, three notable protagonists all through the season who nonetheless didn’t propel any of their groups into the highest ten.

Lastly, the overall scores of twenty-two,000 plus among the many winners was the second-highest all time. The data set in 2019 (25k winner, six groups north of 22k) may not be damaged for some time, until we mess with the pricing. Nevertheless, this 12 months’s scores are an indication that we had an actual season, going effectively past the 2020 totals which mirrored diminished racing.

Girls’s Competitors

Your prime ten:

  1. (DS) mattattackx, Is that this even well worth the grief?, 16,505 factors
  2. ovesty, Lotta and the remaining, 16,050
  3. Vlaanderen90, Chris’ Kiss of Demise, 15,566
  4. gabriel ryynänen, unrun621, 15,495
  5. Archieboy, Wheeling and Dealing, 15,395
  6. Rob Nicolai, Flyindustman, 15,136
  7. Oaktown Oaks, The Geese are swimming on a really inexperienced pond, 14,793
  8. unionmanbirch, Decaf Opium, 14,764
  9. Manuel8, Making an attempt to not end with fewer factors than final season, 14,567
  10. iiturriotz, Iiturriotz taldea, 14,555

In contrast to the boys’s competitors, there was nothing uncommon concerning the prime scores, falling completely effectively consistent with previous profitable scores which vary from 15-17k. I take this as an indication that our pricing and outcomes scoring have achieved a degree of stability. Which is nice.

Emma Norsgaard wins the Connective Tissue Prize, touchdown on ALL of the highest ten scoring groups! Her youth (22) and value (8 factors) made her a breakout candidate of observe, and escape she did, racking up 2516 factors (up from 419) in her fourth (!) season on the WWT degree. Demi Vollering was subsequent (8 of 10), adopted by Cecile Uttrup (7 of 10). The 2 greatest stars, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen, had been collectively on only one prime ten squad (vdB), displaying that spending 52 factors on one rider may decrease your ceiling an excessive amount of? Undecided.

In 2020 the highest crew scores had been about half of this 12 months’s, which means particular person rider scores had been down within the pandemic 12 months. Not information. However! It does imply that any rider who struggled to match their 2020 rating this 12 months, or dropped off, underperformed by a bigger margin than may seem. This 12 months’s fallers included Lizzie Deignan (-140), Liane Lippert (-167), amd Mikayla Harvey, Lauren Stephens and Sarah Roy, who all fell off considerably.


DS Gabriel Ryynänen gained the mixed classification, with fourth within the males’s comp and eleventh within the girls’s… the most effective efficiency since 2015 when DS Ozzie 5365 completed fifth and seventh together with his(?) two groups.

Our Editors’ League was gained by Ursula, for the second time in three years, and albeit we’re on the verge of canceling the competitors if that is what it’ll be like any more. By the best way, Ursula could also be unavailable to assist this 12 months with pricing and establishing for subsequent 12 months’s FSA DS crew, so if you wish to take part on the hassle of holding this competitors operating, please electronic mail me on the gmail tackle you get when you click on on my title above.

As for our sponsors at FSA, DS Josheadanks gained their inner competitors together with his twentieth place within the males’s comp. That they had two DSs place within the prime 60 and a minimum of three above the Jimbo Line, which is greater than a few of us can say. Andrew aka Edredon Browny was the highest Editor’s League scorer within the massive recreation, with a VERY respectable forty ninth within the males’s league and twenty fourth within the girls, good for tenth within the mixed rating.

OK, how did your draft leagues go? Some other foremost board observations you care to share? Hope this 12 months was enjoyable for you, which is magnanimous of me to say as a result of I completed within the backside 10% on the boys’s facet, regardless of giving off the looks that I really know one thing about biking. Anyway, I don’t want you all to share in my distress. Keep on and do your greatest! Cheers.



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