It's Giro time, and the Stage Predictor Game is back. Everyone is welcome to play. Feel free to join with us at any time and compete for stage wins, but most important will be the hotly-contested overall competition. Since last year's winner got a pink Giro cap signed by Sergey Lagutin, we'll continue the tradition and call the overall competition the cappello rosa. [Update] Courtesy of the ever-generous holmovka, there are again some fabulous prizes and trophies:
Results Stage 1
jojo-05 and harlequin_forest share the win on the first stage, with their picks taking an impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th on the stage. Although the range of contenders seemed fairly narrow today, they were in fact the only two players to score with all 4 riders. bought with blood came a close 3rd, thanks in part to 25 points from Ventoso, the only unique scoring pick today.
jojo-05 and harlequin_forest also share the first cappello rosa for the lead in the overall competition.
Sunday 5th May
Isola D'Ischia TTT 17.4km
Published start time 15:40 CET.
Pick 4 riders for the stage, the order of your picks doesn't matter. All your riders can score.
Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favorites. See below for scoring details.
The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the stage. There's no disadvantage to getting your entry in early, since you may always change your picks before the deadline. Feel free to revise your picks when you see which riders are more or less popular with other players. Post changes in a reply to your original post.
The top 10 finishers score points according to this basic scale from race winner down to 10th place:
However, if riders of all abilities scored the same, we'd all just be picking the big favorites all the time. So we multiply the scale above by a rider's payoff percentage based on the number of players that pick him. More picks, lower payoff. The highest possible payoff for a really unlikely outsider picked by less than 5% of players is 100% of the scale above; the lowest possible payoff for a hot favorite picked by more than 80% of players is 15% of the the scale above.
Here's an example result, based on last year's Stage 1:
If you're not familiar with this kind of scoring scheme from previous games, just play along for a few stages and it will soon make sense. All you need to do is pick 4 riders that you like for the stage - maybe go for two obvious favorites and try two outsiders that you fancy for a decent top-10 result.