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FSA DS Highest Value Riders End of 2012...

Well there is this whole kerfuffle about le dopage right now. All I can say is Bah and double Bah on the whole shitstorm. I love bike racing and I double love FSA DS. I want to thank all those from Chris and Ursula setting prices, to super Ted for running the site, to all the little worker bees entering data all year. FSA DS makes the cycling season tick for me. When I started doing these posts I noticed a trend, riders who do well in the classics tend not to do well in the GT's. Riders from the Giro don't tend to do the Tour etc.. This made updates kind of pointless. Oh look all the Classics studs are in the lead at the end of April, wow those guys who did well in the Giro sure went up in May, darn the Tour guys did well in July, and look at that the nobody who won the Vuelta just got a big boost in Value. So this year I just did a post Giro post, and I am now going to wrap up the whole season. Hopefully we will uncover a few surprises.

So I will be using this System proposed by tgartner to assign rider values. I will be using 55 as my point per point number since it is nice and round and easy to remember. Oh and if the last two seasons of info have shown this number to be incorrect it will take some one with Maths abilities to correct. I love this system since it nicely takes cost into account. well on to the results.

So the the top 21 value riders are as follows.

Rider

Cost

Value

Joaquim Rodriguez

26

2407

Bradley Wiggins

18

1640

Peter Sagan

20

1456

John Degenkolb

10

1380

Tom Boonen

12

1347

Sergio Henao

2

1067

Chris Froome

10

1062

Niki Terpstra

4

1040

Rui Costa

6

1002

Tejay van Garderen

8

925

Taylor Phinney

6

913

Ryder Hesjedal

6

901

Oscar Friere

6

820

Luca Paolini

4

765

Fredrik Kessiakoff

2

765

Michael Rogers

2

750

Alejandro Valverde

22

721

Thomas Voeckler

14

685

Rigoberto Uran

12

672

Lieuwe Westra

6

656

Moreno Moser

1

644

I went with a top 21 since that's where the top 1 pointer showed up. A couple of surprises here for me. John Degenkolb at spot 4 ahead of Tom Boonen was a shocker to me, with Tombo's utter domination of the spring I did not think that Degenkolbs' solid consistency would move him that high. I knew John was going well and loved seeing him sprint at the Vuelta, but 4th in rider value WOW.

Ryder being the third best 6 pointer behind Phinney and Costa was a bit of a wow for me, I guess winning the Giro is not all its cracked up to be. FSA DS sure does love the consistent riders. Speaking of Consistent there is J-Rod mister oh I like early week long stage races, and Classics, and the Giro, and the Vuelta, oh and I'll just go ahead and win Lombardia while I'm at it. A 26 pointer with a 2407 point efficiency is a blazing season! Not quite Phil Gil 2011 good. Phil cost 2 points more and returned 39 points more value. Still a great year for J-Rod!

How did the 18+ and 21+ point restricted riders fare this year?

Rider

Cost

Value

Philipe Gilbert

36

-896

Alberto Contador

30

-90

Fabian Cancellara

26

-125

Cadel Evans

26

-605

Joaquim Rodriguez

26

2407

Mark Cavendish

22

160

Alejandro Valverde

22

721

Edvald Boasson Hagen

20

435

Peter Sagan

20

1456

Tony Martin

18

525

Vincenzo Nibali

18

990

Samuel Sanchez

18

301

Bradley Wiggins

18

1640

Not to well at all outside of J-Rod, Sagan, and Wiggo. Nibbles almost hit a thousand points. Valverde and Martin get over 500 points, considering 24 other riders all of whom cost less returned over 500 in value they were not the best buys. Every other restricted rider was a waste. For all he did at the end of the year Contador was still negative. A 1 point doughnut would have been a better investment. Since no on in the top 30 (I Didn't keep looking to see who was the highest team with Gilbert, Contador, Cancellara, Evans, Cav, or Valverde was. In fact with J-Rod, Sagan, and Wiggins available for selection not picking those three put you in a huge hole against anyone who did.

Huge suckholes missing from the above list are in a bottom 10 table below.

Rider

Cost

Efficiency

Andy Schleck

16

-880

Thor Hushovd

14

-710

Juan Jose Cobo

12

-660

Nick Nuyens

10

-550

Frank Schleck

16

-540

Jose Joaquin Rojas

12

-538

Denis Galimzyanov

10

-525

Bjorn Leukemans

16

-520

Davide Rebellin

8

-530

Tyler Farrar

14

-387

So Thor Hushovd and Andy Schleck once again bitter dissapointments. Tyler Farrar once again overrated and over priced, why oh why did I Pay for Chris' love affair? Rebellin underperformed by like 10 guys hah that's a laugh!

Well there they are your FSA DS highest Value riders for 2012, hope I didn't upset any applecarts by talking about, you know, not le dopage!

Not to make this any longer than it needs to be but some have suggested that 80 would be a more accurate mean production value to use so I re-ran the numbers and updated accordingly.

Rider

Cost

Value@55

V@80

Joaquim Rodriguez

26

2407

1757

Bradley Wiggins

18

1640

1190

Peter Sagan

20

1456

956

John Degenkolb

10

1380

1130

Tom Boonen

12

1347

1047

Sergio Henao

2

1067

1017

Chris Froome

10

1062

812

Niki Terpstra

4

1040

940

Rui Costa

6

1002

852

Tejay van Garderen

8

925

725

Taylor Phinney

6

913

763

Ryder Hesjedal

6

901

751

Oscar Friere

6

820

670

Luca Paolini

4

765

665

Fredrik Kessiakoff

2

765

715

Michael Rogers

2

750

700

Alejandro Valverde

22

721

171

Thomas Voeckler

14

685

335

Rigoberto Uran

12

672

372

Lieuwe Westra

6

656

506

Moreno Moser

1

644

619

and the next table..

Rider

Cost

Value@55

V@80

Philipe Gilbert

36

-896

-1796

Alberto Contador

30

-90

-840

Fabian Cancellara

26

-125

-775

Cadel Evans

26

-605

-1255

Joaquim Rodriguez

26

2407

1757

Mark Cavendish

22

160

-390

Alejandro Valverde

22

721

171

Edvald Boasson Hagen

20

435

-65

Peter Sagan

20

1456

956

Tony Martin

18

525

75

Vincenzo Nibali

18

990

90

Samuel Sanchez

18

301

-149

Bradley Wiggins

18

1640

1190

Michele Scarponi

18

-225

-675

And the next table...

Rider

Cost

Value

V@80

Andy Schleck

16

-880

-1280

Thor Hushovd

14

-710

-1060

Juan Jose Cobo

12

-660

-960

Nick Nuyens

10

-550

-800

Frank Schleck

16

-540

-940

Jose Joaquin Rojas

12

-538

-838

Denis Galimzyanov

10

-525

-775

Bjorn Leukemans

16

-520

-920

Davide Rebellin

8

-530

-630

Tyler Farrar

14

-387

-737

Dan Martin

16

-270

-670

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