Velogames 2022: A team by team review: Team SD Worx

Team SD Worx

2022 has not been kind on the team and yet they finished as number 1in the UCI ranking for the 6th time! 

In a year preceded by a horrible accident to Amy Pieters, the adaptation to the retirement of Anna Van der Breggen looked to be promising as Lotte Kopecky started the season in beast mode. 

As the days went by, the team’s individual performances diminished. Demi Vollering repeated crashes did not help.

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio did find the best form of her life when she out-classed Annemiek Van Vleuten in the Tour de Romandie. Unfortunately for the team, the 37 year old South Africa is on her way to AG insurance NXTG team.

Demi Vollering

Sharing the title of the most expensive rider in the velogames classics with Annemiek Van Vleuten at 30 points, she finished second to the latter by 57 points for a total of 2670 vs 2613.

While her mere 17th place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen brought her only 288 points and suggested a poor form.

She hit back and strongly in the remaining classic races she started. Winner of De Brabantse Pijl, she finished second at the Amstel gold race and 3rd at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

In Itzulia, she completely demolished the opposition by winning every stage, the points classifications, the general of course and finished second in the mountain classification. As equally expensive as team Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio at 24 coins, she earned 1031 and of course is part of the best possible team with nearly twice as much points as 22 credit Marta Cavalli. Ashleigh Moolman performance is later reviewed.

Best possible @velogames team for #ItzuliaWomen:

Demi Vollering
Liane Lippert
Pauliena Rooijakkers
Niamh Fisher-Black
Kristen Faulkner
Floortje Mackaij
Olivia Baril
Veronica Ewers
Petra Stiasny

3947 points, 100 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) May 15, 2022

In the velogames femmes, Demi Vollering was priced at 4 credit points less than winner Annemiek Van Vleuten but ended up with more final points than the Movistar rider. Indeed she earned 913 points and the third best rider at a cost of 22.

Best possible @velogames team for #TDFF Velogame Femmes 2022:

Demi Vollering
Marianne Vos
Katarzyna Niewiadoma
Lotte Kopecky
Juliette Labous
Silvia Persico
Évita Muzic
Veronica Ewers
Maike Van Der Duin

5826 points, 100 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) July 31, 2022

She then failed to be a profitable rider in velogames. She crashed out of the Tour of Scandinavia, then her high cost prevented her from entering the best possible team in the Vuelta and Tour de Romandie.

 She was the3rd best rider in Vuelta with 603 points at 20 credits and finished as 7th best in Romandie for 20 credits again.

Verdict 2023: She will again be at the forefront and be among the favourites for general classifications. But in women velogames, as noted with Annemiek Van Vleuten, it is better to have 3 riders at 10 credits than to invest a chunck of 30 on Vollering.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

While she cost 6 coins less than high flyer Vollering and Van Vleuten, she brought a total of 1716 from all the 4 races she started. That is however  600 points less for the same races compared to Demi Vollering.

Always high valued in stage races, she was the lesser of the two 24 valued Team Sd worx rider in Itzulia with a return of 295 points (11th best). As equally expensive as Elisa Longo Borghini at 18 credits, she brought back less than of the Italian’s riders of  941 points.

She then underwent a price drop to 12 credits only but those were not enough to place her on the radar in the Velogames femmes. She unluckily dropped out of the Simac ladies and headed to the Tour de Romandie costing 14 coins with Annemiek Van Vleuten costing 26 coins.

She did her thing and earned 635 points, the best total of the race and a comfortable seat at the table.

Best possible team for Tour de Romandie Féminin:

Elisa Longo Borghini
Liane Lippert
Ashleigh Moolman
Arlenis Sierra
Soraya Paladin
Évita Muzic
Yara Kastelijn
Marta Lach
Petra Stiasny
Score: 3466
Cost: 98— Jeremad (@jeremader) October 9, 2022

Verdict 2023: Celebrating her 37th birthday today (9 December), age does not seem to be a factor in women cycling. She will be the leader with a whole talented rider of AG insurance working for her. Her performance in Romandie suggest that a Grand Tour win is not impossible 

Lotte Kopecky

Unfortunately for her, Strade Bianche did not feature on the velogames women classics, she was worth all her 26 points in the only 3 Velogames classics races she started.

4th at for Gent-Wevelgem with 315, 1st in a Ronde van Vlaanderen with 715 points and second in paris Roubaix with 540 velogames points. She is the classic definition of take if she started when it concerns cobbles.

Her future team-mates Lorena Wiebes was a class apart in the ride London classique and won everything. Lotte Kopecky did however made it to the best possible team, despite her 20 coins price. She was the 3rd best rider with 578 points.

Best possible @velogames team for #RideLondon:

Lorena Wiebes
Lotte Kopecky
Chiara Consonni
Silvia Persico
Julia Borgström
Jesse Vandenbulcke
Rachele Barbieri
Simone Boilard
Vittoria Guazzini

3537 points, 98 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) May 29, 2022

The national ITT of Belgium was the only road races she then won in 2023. Disappointing end of season, some would say , but that was not the case in velogames.

She finished as 11th best rider in Giro Donne Velogames with 508 points for 14 points. Definitely not a bad choice.

She then made it to the best possible team of Velogames femmes 2022 and Vuelta. Costing 12 credits, she brought back 8th best of 508 in France and 6th best of 439 from Spain.

Best possible @velogames team for #TDFF Velogame Femmes 2022:

Demi Vollering
Marianne Vos
Katarzyna Niewiadoma
Lotte Kopecky
Juliette Labous
Silvia Persico
Évita Muzic
Veronica Ewers
Maike Van Der Duin

5826 points, 100 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) July 31, 2022

Best possible team for 8th Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta:

Elisa Longo Borghini
Liane Lippert
Lotte Kopecky
Elise Chabbey
Silvia Persico
Ane Santesteban
Anna Shackley
Amber Kraak
Megan Jastrab
Score: 3448
Cost: 100— Jeremad (@jeremader) September 11, 2022

Verdict 2023: What will be her role with the arrival of Lorena Wiebes? The answer might complex but for velogames, the choice is simple. Pick Lotte for Cobbles and stage races IF Wiebes is not at the start.

Marlen Reusser

At 14 credits, she was the 10th velogames women’s classic rider with 1269 points. Except for Gent-Wevelgem, she earned point in all the other women classics legs.

480 for a third place in Ronde van Vlaanderen, 204 for 19th in Amstel Gold Race, 375 for a 4th place at De Brabantse Pijl and finally her 21st place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège brought her 120 points.

For her first season at the super team, she was associated with a heavy price tag for in the Women Classics races and the stage races.

Her 12 credits point and as stage win in Velogames got her 25th best of 198 points whil she did achieved the best 11 total in Tour de Romandie.

Verdict 2023: The hunt for SD Worx team-mates assist points is usually a tough and the high price is too much of a risk for the Swiss even if she sometime pull out her own results.

Chantal Van Den Broek-Blaak

Not as 100% efficient as her team when it comes to get points in classics races, she did however bring the 12th best of 1155. 1035 points from 2 of the 6 races she started (Ronde Van Vlaaderen and Paris- Roubaix). Interestingly her 16 points brought 60 points as assist in 3 of the other 4 races.

Verdict 2023: she would be the perfect the addition in terms of assist points, if only she was half her price.

Niamh Fischer-Black

The youngster from New Zealand is one for the future. She did garner some velogames classics points although she was not even the second rider they were riding for.

While she did manage the 8th best Giro Donne VG total, she failed to make the best possible team due to her cost of 12 credits.

She did earlier made the best possible team in Itzulia though by finishing 5th behind Vollering with 460 points for 12 credits.

Best possible @velogames team for #ItzuliaWomen:

Demi Vollering
Liane Lippert
Pauliena Rooijakkers
Niamh Fisher-Black
Kristen Faulkner
Floortje Mackaij
Olivia Baril
Veronica Ewers
Petra Stiasny

3947 points, 100 credits— Calum Lonie 🇮🇪🇨🇵🇪🇺 (@CalumLonie) May 15, 2022

Verdict 2023: Poised to a more prominent role with the departure of Ashley Moolman-Pasio. She will be a fruitful possibly cheaper addition to a team. 

Elena Cecchini

She had better season in road cycling and at 33 she is destined to be more of luxury lead out for incoming riders Wiebes and Guarischi.

Christine Marjerus

The thirteenth time Luxembourg is the captain of the team and is one of the leader of the peloton. Her reputation make its hard for her to get away and win Solo.

Blanka Vas

The young Hungarian had a highly anticipated first season at team SD worx. While the results both on the road and in velogames were short of expectation, she remains one to follow. 

Anna Shackley

The young British started quietly at 10 credits with a 14th best return of 183 points in Itzulia.

She then got herself in the Vuelta best possible team with 299 points. That was the 11th best total for a price of 10 again.

Best possible team for 8th Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta:

Elisa Longo Borghini
Liane Lippert
Lotte Kopecky
Elise Chabbey
Silvia Persico
Ane Santesteban
Anna Shackley
Amber Kraak
Megan Jastrab
Score: 3448
Cost: 100— Jeremad (@jeremader) September 11, 2022

While her value grew to 12 in the Tour de Romandie, she still managed the 14th best of 218 points.

Verdict 2023: Just like Niamh Fischer-Black, she is among those who will benefit from the departure of Ashley Moolman-Pasio.


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