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Two teams tied on 2,189 points after the race is won, but who walks away with the bike?

Well would you believe it. After 21 stages of rough and tough fantasy racing there's literally nothing in it. Up the top, tied on an astonishing 2,189 points, are team saioarri and team meninblack, who've been exchanging the top spot stage after stage for all of the latter half of the race.

So, what do we do now? Well, the rules state that in the event of a tie the final scores of the riders in the player's final team will be taken into account. And that means that team meninblack (Cavendish, Danielson, Forster, Hutarovich, Nibali, Roche, Rodriguez, Tondo, Peter Velits) edge out team saioarri (Bak, Bole, Danielson, Farrar, Moncoutie, Mosquera, Rodriguez, Tondo, Peter Velits) by 1,914 points to 1,802.

So we can announce that team meninblack are the Fantasy Vuelta 2010 winners and the lucky recipient of a Giant Defy 3.5 worth £525, thanks to the super chaps at CycleSurgery! Congratualtions to them and commiserations to saioarri who couldn't have possibly run it closer. It's been a ding dong battle, and if we had two bikes to give away... sadly we don't. But there's always next year...

Also deserving of high praise are the other five jersey-winning teams that made it over the magic 2,000 barrier – Saeco par Cafe, Fisher MWRT, JRB RC, Farsan Bortalo and errekarte – and the next four teams who'll also be receiving a CycleSurgery jersey as a runner up prize: Ghostriders, im training for the worlds, fdringo and Team EPO.

Two spot prizes also need to be announced, for stages 19 and 21, and those go to unkemped erberts for a score of 127 on stage 19, and Team Rocket who blasted into the lead on the final stage to amass 115 points and take the road.cc tee on offer. Well done to you both.

There's one other winner to announce, and that's the winner of the purists' league: Team Tesla, who came 114th overall with a score of 1,565 points from their first choice nine of Ardila, Farrar, Gilbert, Intxausti, Kolobnev, Nibali, Rodriguez, Uran and Peter Velits. Since they're purists they probably won't want a prize or anything, but we'll sort one out anyway.

So that's it: the Fantasy Vuelta is over and that's our season closer for the year, fantasy-wise. We've got big plans for next year though, the main thrust of which is to combine our grand tour games together with some classics to have some kind of super-game going right through the season. Sound good? We think so, but we'd welcome suggestions on how to make the game better, and what you'd like to see for next season. If you build it and all that... Thanks for everyone who played, we had 1,800+ for the Tour de France and nearly 1,000 for the Giro and we hope to build on that next year to bring you a better game with bigger prizes, so stay tuned!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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JoeyL [45 posts] 6 years ago
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Cheers guys!

Loved playing both the fantasy tour games (even though I never even got into the top 100!) and can't wait for next year!

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timbola [246 posts] 6 years ago
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Dave, my 12-year old and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Fantasy Vuelta - many thanks. We were slightly gutted to finish 12th, just 9 points out of the prizes  20 We did the same in the Fantasy Tour de France, namely assumed the 2 KOM main-players would fight it out on Stage 20 ! Nope, we should have kept Roche, instead of swapping him for Moncoutie. C'est la vie - roll on the next year and if you have the stamina, a Giro one would be great, too. Tim and his Cyclic Cephalopod son, Hamish.  16

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Fringe [1047 posts] 6 years ago
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excellent stuff, like the idea of a 'classics' league thing.

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martyntr [119 posts] 6 years ago
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Classics league sounds like a fantastic idea..... top 100 finish for me so I'm happy....... JRB RC won our league..... no one else had a chance....

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guitarromantic [2 posts] 6 years ago
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I came 666th - I reckon that deserves some sort of prize/punishment...

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lycralad [70 posts] 6 years ago
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Loved playing this, made watching the Vuelta even more enjoyable! Just outside the top 100, due to picking riders that i was hoping would snatch a surprise win.
Giro sounds great as well as the classics!

Cheers guys for running this.

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bikingscot [47 posts] 6 years ago
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Made it my goal to get into top 100 and finished 62nd despite forgetting to make transfers on two days leaving my climbers in on sprint days. C'est la vie!

Great competition and all for free, what more could you want? Well done guys.

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mia [5 posts] 6 years ago
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Wow! Great game! By the way, how did the winner for day 21 get so many points? Can you reveal the winner's team, Team Rocket, for the last stage? How did they get 115 points on Stage 21 and stay within budget? Nice job!

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dave atkinson [6251 posts] 6 years ago
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you should be able to see that for yourself, just find them in the big list of teams and you can see their squad for any stage.