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Week In Review: Friday July 23rd

Cycling and the Tour de France have invaded Statistical Skier this week.  If you’ve been tuning in here for the skiing content and find this trend distressing, you can console yourself with the fact that the Tour will end soon.  On the other hand, I’ve enjoyed the cycling stage race graphics and so I have made the official decision to continue Statistical Skier’s treatment of cycling, but only for the grand tours: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta de Espana.

Lots of stuff to recap this week:

  • I debuted an experimental method for adjusting FIS points in sprint events (Distributed Sprint Points) to account for the elimination rounds as well as qualification and looked at how that effected athlete rankings.
  • I engaged in a bit of editorializing on the subject of the increasingly fractured FIS race schedule.
  • Per a reader’s request, I looked more closely at the incredibly strong performance by the Canadian men at the most recent Olympics.
  • I made a rather frivolous graph examining the nationalities of various riders on Tour de France teams.
  • I totally pwned scalable vector graphics.  (The animations will not work in IE or Firefox, as far as I know.)
  • I engaged in an excessively complex look at which Tour stages thus far have had the biggest GC shakeups.
  • We continued to update the various forms of bump charts tracking the progress of Tour de France riders.

Have a great weekend!

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