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There's still time to join the Fantasy La Vuelta Game - create your teams now and win some amazing...
There's still time to join the Fantasy La Vuelta Game - create your teams now and win some amazing prizes! You can enter new teams until Stage 4 begins (10:00 UTC/GMT+2 Tuesday, September 4).
From one Grand Prize and one First Runner-up to three each Second, Third and Fourth Runner-up prize packages, there are eleven chances for you to win based on your overall performance in the 2007 Vuelta a Espana Fantasy Game. There are also 21 daily prizes for each stage's top performer.
SRAM's Rival groupset is the latest to join this year's prize roster. Built for serious and competitive riders who hammer their gear day in and day out, the SRAM Rival grouppo delivers the same features and functionality of SRAM Red and Force but with different materials and finishes.
Crowned with controls featuring SRAM's Double Tap Controls which offer a performance advantage that other competition-level shifters can't touch. From the hoods, the drops, or even when you're sprinting, the single-lever design puts unmatched control in your hands while saving weight and limiting shifting motion to an optimized 15-degree sweep. The 10-speed Rival groupset includes shifters, front and rear derailleur, OCT crankset, bottom bracket, brakes, cassette and chain.
Also on offer in this year's Fantasy Vuelta the roster includes some great prizes from Speedplay's Zero Stainless pedals, Maxxis Courchevel road tyres, Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream, and Giro's Ionos helmets. To find out more have a look at the prize list.
Remember you can play for free for the first four stages. Try your teams out and see which rider combinations work out best. We hope you enjoy this year's game and look forward to seeing your winning team online soon.
Choosing your Mountains and Sprints Riders
In what's set to be an interesting race following the events of this summer picking your team of 15 riders couldn't be more challenging. If you are relatively new to the Grande Tours it can be a daunting prospect choosing your 15 riders from Saturday's start list of over 200 riders. You need to choose your riders carefully for all 4 elements of the game. The new ranking system can tell you some of the answers you need to know based on last year's results. Here's some direct links to real life riders that scored well in the 2006 Vuelta Fantasy Game:
We've added some great improvements to the game this year:
1. New ranking and results service, offering new depths of rider statistics on races over the last four years.
2. See your friends exact selections in the this year's game as it happens.
3. Look up the winning managers team selections for last year to improve your selection this year.
4. Follow the progress of the key fantasy managers whilst also tracking your friends' progress in the new "Watch Teams" tool.
5. Build your own Mini-Leagues.
6. Try out the Forum/Chat area, which provides new ways to communicate with your fellow players from around the world in real time as the races unfold.
7. New stage selection system to make sure you never miss a stage pick again.
The online game allows you to assume the role of a professional team manager for the 2007 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.
Remember you can still enter teams until stage 4 begins. You can re-edit and re-enter teams for stages 1-3 of the Vuelta 2007 competition up until stage 4 begins. Unlike most Fantasy games, this gives you the chance to try out the game for FREE and experiment with different strategies without having to pay for mistakes. If you join the Vuelta after the start date you can still take part with just as good a chance of winning as a manager who joined before stage 1. Try out a team today!
Play for free Remember you can play for free for the first 4 stages! Try your teams out and see which rider combinations work out best. We hope you enjoy this year's game and look forward to seeing your winning team online soon.