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VDS Stage Stats

As a participant in this year’s VDS competition I sometimes get the feeling I am following a Grand Tour by reading the paper. The problem is that every time I run to the kiosk to buy my paper it contains only information about the GC after yesterdays stage. So I know who is in yellow but I know nothing about the heroic breakaways or blood chilling bunch sprints that might have occurred during the stages.

Just like in GT’s I think the VDS competition media coverage should not only focus on the top-10 in GC. Therefore I present these VDS Stage Stats (VSS) as a try to spread the love by highlighting the performance of stage-winners, KOM-hunters and other trivia about the last stage. I might even throw in some additional stats about the race for GC.

 

Interested? Enter VSS-land at the other side of the flip.

 

[Warning: No P-R points included here]

So what are those stages I am talking about? It is simple. A stage is the period that has elapsed since the last time official VDS standings appeared on PdC. VSS will compare the latest standings to the fore last standings to see who has been flying in this stage. Just as in a GT a rider can be hot in both a stage and the GC but this will not always be the case.

 

Before I turn to the actual VSS part I have a couple or remarks. This version is more or less a try-out. I keep it short because of a lack of time and because there might be an after P-R standings published soon that would make my tables here obsolete. I would like to know what you think about it. I have some ideas I might throw in when I make further VSS’s but for now any ideas and suggestions are welcome. Especially on the titles I make up for certain statistical feats teams can excel in during a stage.

 

VSS 9

 

Stage description:

Stage 9 was a brutal stage in which the maniacal VDS-team owners chased their riders over the combined course of Driedaagse de Panne, Gent-Wevelgem, GP Miguel Indurain and de Ronde van Vlaanderen. A lot of cobbles and a little Spanish sun.

 

Top finishers:

So, who won this stage?

The team that beat all others on the line was The Mighty Herd. Muk's Maybes and

Northern Lights fought the Herd every meter of the course but in the end there could be only one. Complete top-10:

 

Team

Points

1

The Mighty Herd

1525

2

Muk's Maybes

1420

3

Northern Lights

1285

4

Grote Mandrenke

1195

5

Les Pignons Fous

1160

6

Hinkle Horn Honkers

1160

7

Txirrindulariak

1160

8

BF&S

1160

9

The Troubled Trike Tykes

1155

10

Death Riders

1140

Two teams rolled over the finish line when the festivities were done and almost everybody had left already. The Year of Jani and IrishChase both scored a meager 30 points…

 

King of Mountain

What is a race without a KOM competition. We have one too now. KOM points can be won by being the best climber during a stage. Who is the best climber? The team that manages to climb the most ranks on the GC table.  The mountain goat of this stage was Grote Mandrenke. This team passed 158 other teams during this stage. A stunning display of climbing prowess in everyone’s book I’d say. Other KOM contestants:

1

Grote Mandrenke

70

2

The Troubled Trike Tykes

66

3

Northern Lights

63

4

zegno3

59

5

Sopwith Camels

56

6

BF&S

54

7

Cunning Stunt

54

8

Txirrindulariak

53

9

La Bomba

52

10

Monkey Taint

50

 

Special mention goes to the Schleck of the Week. The team that drops the furthest. This stage this dubious honor goes to Almost Random Cyclers who dropped 63 places. If it’s any conciliation: today’s Schlecks can be tomorrows KOM’s.

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