The Grand Prize for the Giro 2005 fantasy game has been announced. We are pleased to announce that a Cofidis Wilier Le Roi is the Grand Prize for this year's Giro game. A bike company with a long and noble tradition of Italian craftsmanship, Wilier is also bang up to date with the carbon fiber Le Roi, the bike of the Cofidis team. With a frame weight of just 950g and 7.2kg all up, the fully Campagnolo Record equipped Le Roi is ready for everything from the rigours of the Spring Classics to the mountains of the Giro - and beyond.
The Le Roi comes with a suite of high-quality finishing components to complement its frame and group, including ITM carbon bar and stem, Mavic Ksyrium wheels, Selcof carbon seat post, Selle Italia SLR saddle and Look Keo pedals.
More prizes will be announced in the coming days.
To find out more go to the Fantasy site and register/login.
Fantasy Spring Classic overall competition results
The results from this season's first fantasy game, the Spring Classics 2005, have also been finalised. The Grand prize goes to manager John Frey (Northampton, Massachusetts, USA) with 1475 points. He wins a Specialized Roubaix bicycle equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed groupset worth US$4400.
John said the following about his approach: "...when the new rules were announced I knew the approach would need to be way different than with the Grand Tour competitions. It was imperative that one score high points each and every event. I figured if I could pick at minimum first and second place with a couple extra places thrown in that would be enough to win. Basically, I was biding my time until some of the dark horses came through. And sure enough, it was the two Wednesday races, the so-called lesser classics Gent-Wevelgem and Flèche Wallonne where the theory paid off. I won both of those races by a decent margin and was able to hold that lead to the end."
The 1st runner-up prize goes to manager "y barrankas" from San Sebastián, Spain with 1436 points. She wins a pair of Zipp 404 wheels worth US$1,600.
The second runner-up prize goes to manager "The Shining" from Denmark with 1391 points. He wins a pair of 2005 model Carnac M5 Carbon road shoes.
The following 10 runners-up win a B-2 multi-tool from Park Tools:
Manager "Suts the Mut" from UK - 1312 pts
Manager "Nielsen 1" from Denmark - 1286 pts
Manager "Grififico" from Australia - 1284 pts
Manager "Dr. Do Little" from USA - 1238 pts
Manager "Dr. Moose" from USA - 1232 pts
Manager "Riso302" from USA - 1228 pts
Manager "Pinocchio" from Netherlands - 1227 pts
Manager "Rocdoc" from USA - 1213 pts
Manager "Mountain to Climb" from UK - 1193 pts
Manager "Last Chance" from Denmark - 1178 pts
The full top 50 managers can be viewed here.
Per Classic competition results
In addition to these prizes, the per classics prizes consisting of six Specialized Decibel helmets worth US$169 each were awarded for the highest scoring team in the following individual races:
La Flèche Wallonne: Manager "Satomi" with team "Satomi IV" scoring 240 pts.
Amstel Gold: "The Shining" with team "Shining10" scoring 227 pts.
Paris- Roubaix: "y barrankas" from San Sebastián, Spain with team "Bepputativo05" scoring 260 pts.
Gent-Wevelgem: Manager "John Frey" with team "PEP Results 30" scoring 219 pts.
Tour of Flanders: Manager "Obélix" with team "Fightersss" scoring 255 pts.
Milano - Sanremo: Manager "fietser" (from Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA) with team "fietser" scoring 193 pts.
Joining the Giro 2005 game
Remember you can play for free for the first 5 stages! Try the game out and see how best to play. For more details go to rules section of the site for more info. It's a great way to follow the Giro 2005.
To register your teams for the game go to fantasy.cyclingnews.com
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team