Tour de Fantasy
Ian Melvin invites readers to join our Tour de France fantasy game.
at his best and we can again expect to see him pacing Armstrong up the climbs and if opportunity arises, going for a stage victory himself.
Michael Rogers (QuickStep-Davitamon) ? the rider who can do no wrong in
Bradley McGee (FDJeux.com) ? a stage win last year into
David Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) ? Dudu?s not here so it?ll be down to the diminutive Etxebarria to get into those early breaks in the vain hope of staying away for a chance of a stage victory. This guy can climb on his day so a stage victory could come anytime during July.
Think you?ve got a better line-up? Let me know. Drop me an email at Cycletw@aol.com .
Even better, let?s play our own Fantasy league TdF. Here are the rules:
- Top ten riders in each stage all collect points; decreasing from 10 points for 1 st place to 1 point for tenth.
- Wearer of the yellow jersey each day collects 5 points, green jersey and KoM 3 points, and white jersey 2 points.
- You are only allowed to enter 1 team and there will be no rider transfers during the race ? the team you start with is the team you finish with.
- All entries are to reach me before 14.35 GMT on Saturday July 5 th (Sorry it?s late notice but I?ve just had the idea to do this whilst I?m here doing my day job)
- All teams are to include: 1 leader, 2 ?super? domestiques, 1 sprinter, 2 climbers and three domestiques. You are not allowed to attempt to pass, e.g. Tyler Hamilton off as a Sprinter or Santiago Botero as a Domestique and all such entries will be excluded from the competition.
The winner of the Roadcycling.com Tour de Fantasy will be interviewed by yours truly for the web site and the interview will be published along with a photo of you!
Good luck guys, I look forward to receiving your entries.
Oh, just thought I?d get this one in nice and early, my tip for 2004. Who else! He?s gonna take a record breaking sixth victory and then announce his retirement from the sport (assuming that he?s broken his duck at Amstel Gold in the spring) after a short series of show races to say his ?au revoir? to the fans and a gold medal in Athens. Behind Lance will be Ullrich,