Fantasy Cyclocross Update – February 2, 2009

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Cyclocross Magazine’s Fantasy Cyclocross League By Jake Sisson

Well, Worlds is over, and we don’t have a ton of cyclocross left to look forward to, but there are three weeks worth of racing left, and while the battle for the overall title may not be as tight as it has been in past weeks, there are still little battles left to be waged up and down the fantasy cyclocross standings. Owners of Marianne Vos and Niels Albert will be especially pleased with their performance after this week.

The big winner on the week was Echelon (Jay Moncel, USA) with an enormous 552 points total, easly eclipsing the most points ever scored in a week. Despite that monstrous total, the top score was outpaced by the all-star score by almost 100 points! Echelon picked 8 out of the top 11 scorers on the weekend. The all-star team is as follows, with Echelon’s picks highlighted in bold: Sven Nys (66), Zdenek Stybar (75), Klaas Vantornout (10), Niels Albert (90), Philipp Walsleben (60), Francis Mourey (48), Hanka Kupfernagel (75), Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (12), Katie Compton (66), Marianne Vos (90) and Sanne Van Paassen (57). The all-star final score was 649 points. Second place on the weekend went to Team Diablos (Bryan Garfoot, USA), with 549 points, with the bronze medal going to Froglegs (Mark Lovejoy, USA) (Shaun Radley, USA) continues to lead by a solid margin, with 4841 points total. Following a strong showing at worlds, Vorm een Team Helikopter (Mike Rolcik, USA) jumped into second place with 4794 points, with Bergen FK (Jake Sisson) falling to third with 4770 points.

Less than 50 points separate the top two positions in the rankings, and with only three weeks left to go, anything could happen and the race is still anyone’s to win. As always, check out the overall standings.



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