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With just a few days left until the 2006 Vuelta a Espana kicks off, now is a good time to start...
With just a few days left until the 2006 Vuelta a Espana kicks off, now is a good time to start thinking about your strategy for your team selection for the Fantasy Game. Here's what Grand Prize winner from last year's game, manager "Tim M" from the USA, had to say on his winning 2005 selection:
"For the Vuelta I made sure to get some riders from the non-ProTour team Comunidad Valenciana since like the Giro, those '2nd tier' teams race very hard. Carlos Garcia Quesada rode will last year, and Ruben Plaza is a very good time trialist and I knew that would be important this year. You mostly need riders that will do well overall because they place high on most stages as well as in the KoM and Points competition. With the addition of some sprinters like Petacchi and Thor for the stage points."
"For the last few riders I tracked the points the first few days before the fantasy teams were finalized and got some riders that did not cost much and scored some points with René Haselbacher and Christian Vandevelde. Both those riders came through for me as well in the final weekend getting some points. Most important of all was to have luck with all of my GC riders not crashing, leaving the race, or not being allowed to start a stage by their team."
Create your teams today. Registration has already begun. Be a professional team manager for the 2006 La Vuelta and create your own dream team from any of the real life riders in this year's Vuelta. Based on the live racing action, you will take up the challenge of using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete with other virtual managers from around the world. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win some great prizes.
The official La Vuelta rider list has been uploaded to the game site ready for your winning team selections to begin. We have based the points for each of the riders for the Vuelta on a merged list of ProTour points from both the end of last year and the end of May this year (post Giro 2006). More information on the Rider Reference details can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format in the Downloads section.
Remember you can play for free for the first 6 stages! Try your teams out and see which rider combination is best.
We hope you enjoy this year's game and look forward to seeing your winning team online soon.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team