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CLASSICS PREDICTOR GAME Race#12: La Flèche Wallonne

All welcome to play

Flèche Wallonne is the penultimate race of the Classics Predictor Game, similar in concept to our GT stage predictor game. There's no commitment to a season-long team of riders here. Instead, you pick 4 riders that you like for each spring classic, one race at a time. There's a season leaderboard for 13 spring cobbled & hilly classics through to Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but you're also welcome to play for any standalone race.

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This is all you need to know to play

Pick 4 riders that you like for this race and post them in a comment below, the order doesn't matter. Riders score points down to 10th place. Less obvious riders are worth considering: if they get a decent top-10 result, they can score more points in this game than a big-name favorite.

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Strict entry deadline: Wednesday 14:00 CET

The deadline is about 80km into the race, before the first ascent of the Mur de Huy. If you enter after the race starts you can't pick anyone in a break, or any rider ahead of the last major group in a fragmented peloton. Earlier entrants are not disadvantaged - you're free to change your picks until the entry deadline. Do this in a reply to your original entry.

Cycling Fever startlist

Results history

Official site

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RESULTS (eventually...)

With an inspired unique winning pick (such a nice call, given the J-Rod situation) shepherds_crook wins the race and blasts into the overall lead. broerie and Le Blaireau complete the podium.

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Overall: a rare miss for Ed K this race allows shepherds_crook to move into the lead. It's probably between these two now, although Mr Van P is within range if he hits a race-winning score. Overall top 30:

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Excel spreadsheet of all results

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Scoring rules

All 4 of your riders can score.

The top 10 finishers score points according to this basic scale from race winner down to 10th place:
100-60-50-40-30-25-20-15-10-5

However, if riders of all abilities scored the same, we'd all just be picking the big favorites all the time. So we multiply the scale above by a rider's payoff percentage based on the number of players that pick him. More picks, lower payoff.

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If you're not familiar with this kind of scoring scheme from the Giro & TdF Stage Predictor games last year, just play along for a couple of races and it will soon make sense. All you need to do is pick the 4 riders that you like for the race. A good strategy might be to go for two big names and two outsiders that you fancy for a breakout result.

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