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2021: Who Gets Restricted? How Many?

What does a bear have to do to get some FSA-DS help around here?

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In that end-of-the-season FSA-DS thread that Chris wrote, he included this tidbit:

....we are probably just a couple weeks away from Ursula sending Jens and me some early pricing charts for next year’s FSA DS.

To which my response is, “ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow shit fuck ow ow.”

So I want to share a little bit of my pain with you. Cause it is 2020 and how can I say I love you in 2020 any better than giving and sharing pain?

What I’ve done so far has been focusing on who the restricted and double restricted riders might be and given how weird 2020 was in the cycling world, you can use different sorts of logic in picking the expensive riders. Seriously, I’ve come up with 10 different ways to pick the expensive guys and I need to narrow down that to the one way before I move on to the rest of the riders. And you are gonna help me.

Most years there have been around 27-30 riders who landed in the restricted or double restricted zones. But if you go back a bunch of years as few as 20 or even 14 riders got tagged. So if you care to play I want folks to make a case on how many riders should be in the restricted categories for 2021. You can name names or not. Explain your logic. I am genuinely interested. Really.

A couple of caveats though:

  1. The actual number of restricted riders and who they actually will be is ultimately my decision. Knowing that, I ask if you do not get too invested in your ideas so that if I don’t adopt them you get upset and stomp off. Remember that this is a game and I am just asking for your wisdom and creativity.
  2. On Christmas day I will tell you how many riders will be in the restricted lists for you to guess. I think then it will be more fun then usual to guess which riders are actually restricted. You will also not know exactly what prices I peg the riders at until we open up the competition, hopefully in February.
  3. Some riders obviously will be restricted. Roglic will be restricted. Alaphillippe will be restricted. So will Wout and MvdP and Pogacar. And that pimply-faced Belgian kid currently training in the south of Spain? Double restricted up the wazoo.
  4. But once you start looking at what riders actually scored this year you start seeing some weird point totals. You’ll see what I am talking about.
  5. For this year there were 26 restricted riders. In 2019, 27. In 2018, 30. In 2017, 30 again. Going back to 2013 you get 27-30 restricted riders. But 2012 and 2011 had just 14 restricteds. 2010 had just 21. You want to make a case for many fewer than 30? Make it. See if you can persuade me.
  6. One final thing: popularity costs. Unpopularity discounts. Example: Diego Ulissi aka the veteran rider who turned in the 10th highest point total this year while a) being priced at 14 points and b) being on only 8 teams at that 14 point total. Normally the 10th highest point rider in a given year would be restricted but this not a normal year. What to do with him? There’s a bunch of riders like that.
103rd Giro d’Italia 2020 - Stage Thirteen
In case you forgot, this is what Ulissi looks like when he’s winning.
Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,

Or take Al Kristoff and Arny Demare. Demare- the 4th highest point total this year but like Ulissi priced at 14 points and only picked by 25 teams, none of whom factored into the race for the best team of 2020. Kristoff who I priced at 28 points due ot his seventh best point total the year before, but no one picked him and he only scored 655 points in a very weird year.

Below I have two lists of riders to help you out. Obviously you should go to the FSA-DS site to see all the riders. Have fun!

The 30 highest scoring riders of 2020:


1 Roglic 3844 16 Nizzolo 1040
1 Roglic 3844 16 Nizzolo 1040
2 Wout 2361 17 Hirschi 1015
3 Pogacar 2075 18 G Benett 990
4 MvdP 1985 19 Lampaert 965
5 Demare 1855 20 Hart 960
6 Almeida 1815 21 Schachmann 951
7 Carapaz 1356 22 Senechal 950
8 Alaphillippe 1355 23 S Bennett 930
9 Fuglsang 1325 24 Mas 910
10 Ulissi 1290 25 Asgreen 890
11 Vlasov 1285 26 Kwiatkowski 870
12 Kung 1270 27 Barguil 870
13 G Mart 1265 28 Nibali 860
14 Sagan 1085 29 Ackermann 832
15 Ganna 1050 30 Matthews 815

A list of some other riders who finished outside the top 30”


31 D-Mart 805 51 GVA 585
31 D-Mart 805 51 GVA 585
32 Woods 797 53 Bernal 570
33 Cosnefroy 790 55 S (Right) Yates 548
34 Hindley 790 56 Carthy 545
35 Kelderman 785 57 Lopez 535
36 SKA 780 58 Thomas 535
37 Remco 768 64 Pinot 495
38 Porte 765 67 gaudu 465
39 Ewan 750 84 Wellens 380
40 Phillipsen 701 92 Dennis 335
41 Mads 693 101 A (Wrong) Yates) 310
42 Landa 690 168 Bardet 150
43 Stuyven 690 208 Lutsenko 100
44 Dumoulin 690 401 Buchmann 10
45 Kristoff 655 726 Froome 0
Other Scoring Riders

There could be other riders that I’ve missed (so far) that maybe should be restricted. What do you think?

114th Il Lombardia 2020 Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images