Everyone is welcome to play. Feel free to join in at any time and compete for stage wins, and for regular players the individual stage scores will accumulate for the hotly-contested overall competition, the casquette jaune.
Prize & Trophies
We have a most excellent grand prize for the overall winner: a complete FSA cycling kit, including socks! Size is European Large, probably like a US Medium. I haven't seen it (Chris has it at the moment), but I think the design is probably like the jersey in the viddy below. It was originally a prize for FSA-DS at the end of last year, so the size is locked in, but it is most exclusive. If somebody petite or XL wins maybe some horse trading can be arranged.
And thanks once again to holmovka for these awesome plaques and the non-virtual casquette jaune.
Stage 1 Results
Today's shenanigans certainly opened up an opportunity to score big with outsider picks... but since many of the second tier sprinters were out of position too, in the end the scores in our game were not so dramatic. Palm Pro Cycling took best advantage with 50 points for a unique pick of
Boy Danny Van Poppel, taking the solo stage win and the first casquette jaune. Joop LeDuq and rmeloa completed our Stage 1 podium.
Stage 1 and overall, top of standings:
Sunday 30th June
Published start time 13:25 CET
Bastia - Ajaccio 156km
Cat 3 - Col de Bellagranajo
GPM 86km to go
Cat 3 - Col de la Serra
GPM 71km to go
Cat 2 - Col de Vizzanova
4.6km @ 6.5%
GPM 60km to go
Cat 3 - Côte du Salario
1km @ 8.9%
GPM 12km to go
In this game, only the stage results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the race, you make fresh picks before every stage. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual stage scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some stages.
Pick 4 riders for the upcoming stage. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of 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, the neutralized rollout or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.
The top 10 finishers score points according to this basic scale from stage 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 according to the number of players that pick him. More popular means lower payoff. The highest possible payoff for a really unlikely outsider (picked by less than 5% of our players) is 100% of the scale above; the lowest possible payoff for a hot favorite (picked by more than 80% of our players) is 15% of the the scale above.
For example, here's the result from the first stage of the Giro:
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 big favorites along with two less obvious riders that you fancy for a mid-top-10 placing.