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We are pleased to confirm that Giant Bicycles will be returning to sponsor a Fantasy game this...

We are pleased to confirm that Giant Bicycles will be returning to sponsor a Fantasy game this year's as main sponsor of the Vuelta game.

Win the same bike as Jan Ullrich and Alexandre Vinokourov! This bike is not for sale to the public, but Giant has been extremely generous to provide a Giant TCR Advanced T-Mobile '05 Tour De France Team Issue bicycle as Grand Prize for the Cyclingnews 2005 Vuelta a España Fantasy Game, with a retail value of $8000 if it were even sold in stores! But you can only get one by entering the Cyclingnews 2005 Vuelta a España Fantasy Game and winning it.

Giant TCR Advanced is made from Giant's most sophisticated formulaOne materials and technologies. TCR Advanced is Giant's lightest, strongest frame and the result of more than 20 years of composite manufacturing experience. In a small size, the Giant TCR Advanced frame without fork weighs an incredible 865 grams.

High strength, High Modulus Aerospace grade composite fiber called 'Fibrium' is used for better strength and rigidity in the Giant TCR Advanced, while a new, Nano resin is used to achieve a higher lamination strength to weight ratio. New Resin and fiber are being mated and woven on Giant's own in-house developed composite machine using proprietary technology. And Giant's propriety Dynamic Adaptive Tubing Technology (DAT), a special molding process, allows very efficient fiber distribution enabling the reduction of overlapping material at cross sections such as head and seattube. 7075 Aerospace Aluminum is being used for the aluminum parts (bottom bracket, dropouts and headset components) for increased strength and lower weight in the Giant TCR Advanced.

Giant TCR Advanced T-Mobile '05 Tour De France Team Issue bicycle specifications

Frame: Giant Tcr Composite Advanced
Fork: Giant Full Composite Advanced
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Tires: Continental
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Speed
Saddle: Selle Italia
Seatpost: Giant Racing Components Composite
Handlebars: Giant Racing Components
Stem: Giant Racing Components
Headset: FSA

Top tips

Find out how previous winners selected the best teams in last year's game in the winners section of the Fantasy site. Have a look at which riders performed the best in the game in the Riders Reference area of the downloads section of the Fantasy site.

How to play

Be a professional team manager, with many opportunities to win prizes in this year's game. You will take up the challenge of using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete with managers from around the world. For more info go to

You can begin creating your team/s now. You can play the first five stages for FREE! We will be making additions to the start list on a daily basis. The Tour games are easy to play, all you need to do to manage your own team is select 15 riders from the live start list then select 9 of these riders to race each day throughout the Vuelta. You score points according to how well each of the riders place each day in the Vuelta. So try your team today and see if it's for you. It's a great way to follow the Vuelta. Create your teams now at

Good luck!

The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team

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