Fantasy Cycling: scoring details and tips for picking riders

Want to know what you get points for? Read this! Plus tips for getting in the points...

by Dave Atkinson   June 29, 2012  

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So, we've finally got our hands on the roadbook for the 2012 Tour de France, a day before the race actually kicks off. That means we can look at what gets scored, and finalise our points for the Fantasy Cycling game. So we have. Here's the rundown of what you get points for…

Finishing position on a stage

If one of your team makes it into the top 20 on any stage then they'll be off the mark. It's 35 points for first, then 30, 25, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for the rest.

Intermediate sprints

There's points up for grabs for the first 15 riders over the intermediate sprint line in the actual race, and that's true of the game too. 15 points for first, down to 1 point for 15th. There's a good haul to be had if your man makes it into the break...

King of the Mountains

Lots of points up for grabs on the climbs as well. The race weights the points hugely in favour of the biggest climbs but we're a bit more egalitarian. There's decent points even for leading over a cat 4 hill, which is good news if your man's in the break.

HC: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
1st cat: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1
2nd cat: 5, 3, 2, 1
3rd cat: 5, 3
4th cat: 5

Jerseys

If your man's wearing one of the Jerseys, or in the mix, then you'll be scoring points for that. Here's what gets scored:

General Classification: 10 points for 1st place, down to 1 point for 10th
Points jersey, Mountains jersey, Young rider jersey: 5 points for 1st down to 1pt for 5th

Note that it's the position in the classification that gets you the points. So if someone's top in GC and the green jersey they'll get the points for both, even though someone else will actually be wearing green.

Team bonus

If Liquigas win the stage, every participating Liquigas rider (except for the winner) gets a 5-point bonus.

Last man home

Everyone loves a tryer. Last man home on the stage – NOT the lanterne rouge, last in the GC – gets 10 points for their hard work.

Most combative rider

The right to wear the red number on the next stage nets you 10 points too.

Tips on scoring

All that clear as mud? Good. If you're new to the game (or you just haven't done so well thus far...) you might appreciate some tips on picking up points along the way. Here's four things you can do to bag yourself a score...

Check the profiles

This can help you in two ways. For a start, you can make a prediction on who's likely to win. But it's also worth thinking about jersey points. A flat stage means the GC is unlikely to change much, so there's normally riders that are pretty certain to score.

Find the hometown boy

If a stage ended in your town, wouldn't you be off the front trying to bring home a win for the locals? Googling 'professional cyclist [insert location here]' will normally bring up a rider's Wikipedia page if they're from the town/area. There's good points on offer for breakaway riders, especially if it's hilly.

Look at form

Past form's not always an indicator of future success. But there's lots of data in the game already from the Tour Down Under to the Tour de Suisse. Have a look at the graphs to see who's performing. Check what types of stage they've been scoring on.

Check what the riders are saying

Stalk them on Twitter. Read the news stories. If someone's said that they fancy a go off the front, or they're targeting a certain stage, chances are good they'll be in the break. Sometimes it's bluster. Often it isn't.

11 user comments

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Are you going to do a server swap in the middle of the Tour? Big Grin

(Oh go on.... it all adds a bit of spice to the game)

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
29th June 2012 - 13:52

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dunno, if it's all going smoothly i'll have to think of something to keep the old stress levels up.

by the by, the game's now running on a load-balanced system which should mean it's harder for it to fall over. I guess we'll see, eh Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
29th June 2012 - 15:01

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Crikey, there'll be some serious breakaway points to be had this year, I assume there's no mountain points awarded for a summit finish?

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
29th June 2012 - 15:54

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nope, no mountain points for the summit finishes. though it's worth noting that one of the summit finishes, stage 17 to Peyragudes, isn't *really* a summit finish...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7501 posts]
29th June 2012 - 15:58

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What is it then? Thinking

I love the smell of cleats (mexican accent, you do the jokes)

posted by paulfrank [80 posts]
29th June 2012 - 17:06

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This is from the official tour wensite from 2011.

Why was there no no.20 in the GC?

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Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
29th June 2012 - 18:52

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It's because of UCI Rule 2.6.037: "If a rider is disqualified after the result of the race has been sanctioned, the general individual classification shall be adjusted, if applicable, for the first 20 places only."

Contador disqualified, everyone from 5-20 moves up one, but not 21+, leaving 20 blank Nerd

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8498 posts]
29th June 2012 - 19:14

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Ohhh.

Thanks! Smile

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
29th June 2012 - 19:57

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@Simon

Now thats nerdy!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3469 posts]
29th June 2012 - 22:58

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Believe me, having waded through stuff at uni like EU directives and parts of the Italian Civil Code, UCI Regs read like a bestselling novel Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8498 posts]
30th June 2012 - 0:20

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paulfrank wrote:
What is it then? Thinking

The riders crest the final cat 1 climb a couple of km from the finish before going downhill a little then climbing back up to the finish. So the KoM points are awarded at the cat 1 and not the finish.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
30th June 2012 - 10:01

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