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. Courtesy of the ever-generous holmovka, there are again some fabulous prizes and trophies:
Results Stage 5
The crash meant some of the top 10 were unexpected names, but Palm Pro Cycling and Uphill made some good calls to share the stage win. 19 of us with Degs all squeeze onto the 3rd step of the waterlogged podium. (Come on now! Taller ones stand in a line at back, and some of you kneel down in a row at the front, everyone gets a kiss.)
An impressive second consecutive stage win for Palm Pro Cycling. Two good outsider calls for the stage profiles with Battaglin and Martens, and now a well deserved lead in the cappello rosa competition.
Thursday 9th May
Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia 169km
Published start time 13:25 CET
Mostly flat stage along the coast of Puglia (with some interior). Some narrow roads and occasionally worn road surfaces. The stage passes through inhabited centres with roundabouts, traffic islands and sections of paved road surface. Two final loops 16 km long, more or less square in shape, with very few curves. The last real turn is more than 3 km from the stage finish.
Final 3km mostly straight with two very slight curves at about 2 km from the finish line. Road width 7.5 m, surfaced with asphalt.
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.
For example, here's the result from 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.