The results are now in for this year's 2005 Le Tour Fantasy competition. Below are the 10 lucky prize-winners, who all get to enjoy over US$13,000 worth of prizes, including the first-place prize of a TREK Madone Discovery Team bike.
Of course, these prizes wouldn't have been possible without our presenting sponsor, Trek, and other sponsors Specialized, Park Tool, Bontrager, Carmichael Training, Systems, DMT, Giro, fi'zi:k and Speedplay.
And don't forget - the 2005 Vuelta a España game is just around the corner! Stay tuned for more details.
Won by team manager "Wanna B. Fasta" with team "Velo Europa/Cyfac #5" from California, USA. The team gets the big-daddy prize, a TREK Madone Discovery Team bike worth $7700 USD and 1 Giro Atmos Helmet.
Here's what they had to say: "I first started by looking at all of the stage profiles to see how many stages favoured the sprinters, rouleurs, and the GC contenders. Once I broke that down, I then weighted my team of fifteen accordingly. With the sprinters, there was no way I could afford the dream team of Boonen, McEwen, O'Grady, and Hushovd - so I decided to save some points by not choosing Boonen and going with Hushovd and McEwen. While I love the Aussie riders, Stuey was just way too expensive. I filled out the other sprinter spots with bargain basement sprinters like Eisel, Wrolich, Forster, et al., being careful to skip over repetitive non-finishers or riders who seem to be entering the twilight of their careers, like Kirsipuu.
"For the GC contenders, the first couple of selections were a no-brainer. Armstrong and Basso were must haves. I skipped Ullrich because I didn't have a ton of confidence in how he would do, and his results in races leading up to the Tour didn't impress me too much. There were a handful of riders that I passed over because they seemed to find their form much too soon - guys like Michael Rogers. Instead, I went with proven performers over the last few Tours - Vino, Pereiro.
"Most importantly, I took advantage of the game's provision that I could sign up as late as the 8th stage, so I did. I went back and did a huge Excel spreadsheet and tracked the stage results to that point, and looked for the riders that scored the most points, and took advantage of that to help me with the sprinter selection.
"I hedged my bets with the two last teams I entered. I did one team with Boonen and McEwen, and the other with Hushovd and McEwen. I also mixed up the GC riders a bit to cover my bases and took a risk by skipping Basso and going with Evans and Moreau for my second placed team. I took care this year to also think about the other competitions (GC, maillot vert, maillot a pois) when I made my rider selections.
"Thanks for a wonderful game, and a special thanks to the sponsors for providing such great prizes! I'll look forward to next year's game!"
"Wanna B. Fasta" also won second prize with his other team "Velo Europa/Cyfac #4". He wins a pair of Bontrager wheels, Bontrager Race X-Lite Aero wheels, 1x Race X Lite OS handlebars, and 1 Giro Helmet.
Won by team manager "kharris21" with the team "Racebears2".The team wins 1 pair Bontrager Race X-Lite Aero wheels, 1 pair DMT Flash shoes, 1 Giro Atmos Helmet, 1x Race X Lite Pro saddle, and 1x Race XXX Lite OS carbon stem.
Team manager "CY-KOTICS" with team "JOEYBIKE" came 4th place, winning the CTS signature coaching package, 1 pair DMT Flash shoes, 1 Giro Atmos helmet, and 1 Fizik saddle.
Won by team manager ""Grififico" with team "Port Adelaide". The team wins 1 pair DMT Flash shoes, 1 pair Speedplay CSC pedals, 1 Fizik Arione saddle, 1 Giro helmet.
Won by team manager ""Mad Dawg" with team "Droppin' Chains". This team wins 1 pair DMT Flash shoes, 1 pair Speedplay CSC pedals, and 1 Giro Helmet.
Team manager "wheelsuckers" won 7th place prize with the team "wheelsuckers 2". They win 1 Fizik saddle, 1 Giro Atmos Helmet, and a pair of Speedplay CSC pedals.
Team manager "GoPosties" with the team "ColoCats" came 8th place, winning 1 Fizik Saddle, 1 Giro Atmos Helmet, and Speedplay CSC pedals
Team Manager "Jeff Doyle" with the team "Bluestar" came 9th place, winning a Giro Atmos Helmet.
Taking tenth place was team manager "Stimulleke" with the team "3Tourstimul" winning a Fizik saddle.
Daily Stage Prizes – each stage winner wins a pair of Specialized sunglasses and a tool from Park Tool: