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Who should you pick this year?

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Win a Cervélo Soloist Carbon. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

With the drastic changes in the field of top riders this year, selecting the right team in the Tour looks to be a truly exciting prospect. If you are not that familiar with the lesser seeded riders that you'll need to pick from to make up your 15 this year, there are a number of sources of information you can use to help your selection process. We've answered some common questions below:

"What's a good Fantasy game strategy?"

Read the Tips & Tactics section first and then have a look at the new info in the Tips section of the Fantasy forum.

"How can I see who did well this year and last?"

Go to the Top Pro Riders section to see what each rider actually scored in the games last year in each of the Grande Tours.

"How do I know which rider is a Climber or a Sprinter?"

To work out which riders are good GC (General Classification or overall winner), MTN (Mountains or Climbers), PTS (Points Classification or Sprinters) - in the Top Pro Riders section, select a previous Tour, then click on the relevant column heading and re-order the riders to show you the best riders in each category. You can compare all the previous Grande Tour games. You can also download these in Microsoft compatible spreadsheet formats should you want to do some more in depth analysis.

"How do I know who's on form?"

The best way to know what's going on with the riders and the teams is to follow the News here at Cyclingnews and to read the feature stories and diaries in the Le Tour site at Cyclingnews. The complete rules with worked examples can be found in the Rules section of the site.

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