Fantasy Cycling the final TdF scores + get set for the Olympics!
Who won what at the Tour, plus a look at the numbers and a guide to playing the Olympic road race and TT
So that's it. The Tour de France won by a Brit for the first time, with another Brit in second place. Cav wins on the Champs-Elysées for the fourth time, in the World Champ stripes. Roll on the Olympics!
Before we go there though, let's round up the Fantasy Tour de France. We were all a bit excited about Wiggo and Froome-dog and in our excitement got a bit lax with the stage updates. We've got six winners still to announce. So without further ado, here they are:
Stage 15: Curtains for Karpets won at a canter with 210 points on the flat to Pau. They win an Altura Ergofit Race Cape worth £69
Stage 16: Microdose's 238 point haul, including a round ton from Voeckler, is the second best stage score all season. They win a Prologo Zero Ti 1.4 saddle (Hard Black) worth £99
Stage 17: purefantasy correctly picked Valverde to go off the front and helped themselves to 231 points. They win a Bryton Rider 40 GPS computer worth £149
Stage 18: Team Cheese lined up the sprinters and ended up with 138 points. They win a Zefal FP70 Track pump worth £59
Stage 19: Lyrca Poofs took a tight TT stage with a total of 158. The win an Altura Ergofit Comp Short Sleeve Jersey (White) worth £59
Stage 20: Team Runaway bossed the Champs-Elysées with a 167-point haul. They win a pair of Tifosi Tyrant sunglasses (Race Red) worth £59.99
What does all that mean for the overall standings? Well, none of the teams above made it onto the podium, although Microdose did managed a very creditable 8th overall. In fact there weren't any podium changes for the last three stages of the race. Top of the heap this year is johnking, with 2,461 points. That's an average of 117 per stage, which is pretty impressive. Second place goes to Green Hedge Cycling, with 2,429 and third is EPO breaks. Those three are all premium players so they're also the prize winners this year. So we can announce the following winners of the Tour:
First: johnking wins a BMC Roadracer SL01 Tiagra Compact 2012 Road Bike worth £1,699
Second: Green Hedge Cycling wins a Full BMC team kit including jersey, shorts, windproof gilet and gloves, worth £260
Third: EPO breaks wins a Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet worth £124.99
There's the purist's competition to wrap up too. Again, no change for the final few stages of the Tour, and Wigging it's team of Wiggins, Sagan, Goss, Rogers, Kiserlovski, Voigt, Izagirre, Lund and Huguet win out with 1,715 points. That's especially impressive since they managed to pick two of the handful of riders - Lund and Huguet - that didn't score any points at all for the entire race.
The Fantasy TdF in numbers
A quick look at the stats of the Tour. Sagan won three stages, took points in a lot of intermediate sprints and went in the break across a big mountain stage. So it's perhaps no surprise that he's the overall top scorer in the game with 550 points. Wiggo was next with 475, Froome third on 367. Here's the top ten:
1 Peter Sagan 550 2 Bradley Wiggins 475 3 Christopher Froome 367 4 Matthew Goss 326 5 Vicenzo Nibali 304 6 Tejay van Garderen 301 7 Andre Greipel 295 8 Thomas Voeckler 293 9 Cadel Evans 288 10 Edvald Boasson Hagen 270
A decent mix of GC riders, all-rounders and sprinters in there. Top domestique was Thibaut Pinot, with 204 points, in twelfth equal with Pierre Rolland.
In terms of who was best value, our crude points-divided-by-cost calculation shows that it's all domestiques at the top. Gorka Izagirre is top of the pile with an impressive 38.9 points for each of his 2.7 credits. He's followed by Daryl Impey (27.1) and Kris Boeckmans (24.2); Sagan is first star rider on 15.9 in eighth place.
1 Gorka Izagirre 38.9 2 Daryl Impey 27.1 3 Kris Boeckmans 24.2 4 Michael Morkov 21.1 5 Thibaut Pinot 20.4 6 Pablo Urtasun 18.1 7 Yukiya Arashiro 16.4 8 Peter Sagan 15.9 9 Egoi Martinez 15.7 10 Julien Simon 15.3
Highest score for a single rider on a single day goes to Tommy Voeckler for his escape over the Pyrenees. He netted 100 points for that, the first time any rider has got into triple figures for a stage.
So that's it! Next up: the Olympics
The Olympics fantasy game
It's a touch different. Not much, but a bit. Obviously the riders are still in trade teams but that doesn't make much sense when you're riding for your country. So there are no team limits. If you want three Sky riders, fill your boots.
All the riders who weren't in the game as a member of a trade team have been added to a catch-all Olympic team; again, you can pick as many of them as you like.
Scoring will be similar to a one-day classic for the road race, with the exception that the bonus goes to members of the country squad, not the trade team. For the TT the same applies.
The roster is in for the road race, we'll update with the Time Trial riders after the road race is completed. There's about four days to go to deadline. Good luck!