This year's Fantasy Tour is under way. You can begin building your teams now! There will be over 25 opportunities to win prizes in this year's game. 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 managers from around the world. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win prizes. For more info go to the fantasy site.
João Marques from Portugal, who came second in last year's Fantasy le Tour game, shares some of his tactics for this year's game:
"First of all, I would like to say, that this is one of the best games that I have played online. It's a great way to watch the every day stages of the Grand Tours. About this year TDF game, considering the change in rules, I will use different tactics this year. Of course, the mostly important thing, is to catch the first five or six of the GC. But it is also very important to catch the best climbing riders and those who score a lot in the points classification. In my view, the best way to pick the riders, is to choose seven for GC, two for the Mountains, two strong guys for the stages, and the remaining four, they will come from the first eigth stages. The difficulty lies in having to select our riders before the first real mountain stage, the shape of the best riders can't be known for sure.
João (manager João Marques, Portugal)
The prize list is currently being finalised.
1st Prize - a TREK Madone Discovery Team bike.
Stage by Stage Prizes
- Specialized - 21x pairs of sunglasses Runnerup Prizes
- Bontrager - 2x pairs Bontrager Race X-Lite Aero wheels, 1x Race X Lite OS handlebars, 1x Race XXX Lite OS carbon stem, and 1x Race X Lite Pro saddle.
- DMT - 3x pairs of Flash shoes
- Speedplay - 4x pairs of CSC pedals
- CTS - Signature coaching package
- fi'zi:k - 5x Team issue Arione saddles
More prizes will be confirmed shortly.
In conjunction with feedback and suggestions from players of the game over three years, we have developed a new points system for the Tour games. We've awarded more points to a greater number of riders and given back more emphasis to GC placings. Thanks to all of you who helped us develop the new points system. Have a look for yourself in the [ points section.
How to Play
You can begin creating your team/s now. You can play the first 8 stages for FREE! We will be adding additions to the startlist 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 Tour. You score points according to how well each of the riders place each day in the Tour. So try your team today and see if it's for you. It's a great way to follow the Tour. Create your teams now at fantasy.cyclingnews.com.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team