So which team is the best team?
Or, which team has had the better 1st half of the season?
These two questions have been asked by Chris for the past half year starting with this post here. There he compares the rankings systems of Cycling Quotient, the UCI Pro Tour, and Cycling Weekly. You can read that post and comments to get to those details.
Eventually Chris focused on CQ when discussing rankings, which makes sense to me as they are more comprehensive and accessible then the other two systems. Last week he gave us a run down on the top 20 teams, 1-10 here, and 11-25 here. But that got me to thinking...
Maybe Chris, with the help of the rest of us to a varying degree, has created a better ranking system than CQ! Maybe the VDS system is actually a better judge of the teams than CQ! Whoo-hoo!
Okay, I can see you rolling your eyes, saying, "She-bear you knucklehead, there is no VDS team ranking! Can't you read?" To that I reply: Ha! Last night when I had this brain fart I immediately downloaded the latest VDS rankings, added to them what I estimate are the Tour de Suisse results, then went down the list and put the riders into their Pro teams. Actually didn't take all that long! But before I get to comparing the CQ and VDS team rankings, let me say a couple words on why one would want to use the VDS system than CQ.
To me the biggest reason to use VDS is that it actually uses the races that I care about most. CQ includes a whole bunch of races that I honestly don't pay any attention to and never even notice are taking place while The UCI Pro Tour rankings include too few races because they are idiots of politics. For me I want a ranking system to be about the races I care about, which are the races that enough top teams try their utmost to win. Otherwise the scoring systems of CQ, UCI, and VDS are pretty similar. I do like that CQ weights the Tour over the Giro and Vuelta since that reflects reality but things like that can be tweaked- they are relatively minor problems.
(Now its possible that the VDS uses not quite enough races and we talked about that last winter; we can always talk about it again this winter.)
So onto to the rankings where below I have four columns: The CQ ranking, the CQ points, the VDS ranking and the VDS points scored:EDIT: Jens and Frinking noticed that I slotted Nocientini into QS and not AG2R. I've fixed that now. For those who saw this before the edit, the change keeps QS in 5th place of the VDS standings but moves AG2R up from 19th to 14th.
|CQ Ranking||Points||VDS Ranking||VDS Points||1. Columbia/HR||5950||1. Sexy/CSC||3562|
|2. Liquigas||5821||2. Liquigas||3422|
|3. Sexy/CSC||5685||3. Rabobank||3409|
|4. Astana||5492||4. Columbia/HR||3265|
|5. Rabobank||5073||5. Quickstep||2700|
|6. Quickstep||4907||6. Astana||2502|
|7. Caisse d'Epargne||4622||7. Caisse d'Epargne||2309|
|8. Silence!||4150||8. Lampre||2250|
|9. Francaise des Jeux||3983||9. Silence!||1980|
|10. Credit Agricole||3823||10. Gerolsteiner||1791|
|11. Gerolsteiner||3802||11. Cofidis||1241|
|12. Bouygues Telecom||3735||12. Saunier DS||1095|
|13. Lampre||3573||13. Credit Agricole||1085|
|14. Cofidis||3269||14. AG2R||1035|
|15. Barloworld||2940||15. Barloworld974|
|16. AG2R||2905||16. FdJ||900|
|18. Saunier DS||2609||18. Bweeg||810|
|19. LPR Brakes||2490||19. LPR Brakes||630|
|20. Garmin/Slippies||2425||20. Garmin/Slippies||617|
|23. Milram||2023||21. Milram||610|