Fantasy Vuelta: Week 2 round-up
As the last Grand Tour of the year enters its final week, who's making the running in our Fantasy game?
Week two at the Vuelta has been a good one for the bright young things, with Daniele Ratto and Warren Barguil – of whom are expected great things – picking up stage wins. It's the old hands at the top of the GC though, with Vicenzo Nibali taking a slender lead into week three with the oldest hand of all, Chris Horner, still breathing down his neck.
In the Fantasy Vuelta there's been no change at the top of the overall league. Still in the hotseat for a £999 carbon fibre road bike from Halfords is team Dag Otto Lauridsen, with a slender-ish 28-point lead over team Scorekeeper in second. Team jayna are third, another 15 points back.
Purist-wise, the leaders on the first rest day, team blackheath wheelers, have slipped to second behind team Rouleurs Revenge, who now have an 89-point lead at the top of that competition. That's not unassailable though, by any means.
Here's a rundown of our individual stage winners for week two:
Stage 11: Nick Ost (239 points, wins on a coin toss from a tie)
Stage 12: liamsmale (liamsmale) (157 points, wins with most scoring riders from a 3-way tie)
Stage 13: Team Lucas (lucas) (145 points)
Stage 14: GetJohn (johcar) (233 points)
Stage 15: NONDOPINGBASTARDS (stukas666) (223 points)
Stage 16: NathanLukeTickner (NathanLukeTickner) (127 points)
Play Fantasy Cycling and win great prizes from Halfords!
Have you entered your team for the Fantasy Vuelta yet? You can still enter a team and there's stage prizes every day. And one lucky player will win an Adidas outfit worth £150 just for picking a team! Even if you haven't registered yet, you could still get a great prize...
We've teamed up with Halfords to bring you a great prize pot for the third and final grand tour of the season. The high street and online retailer has hugely expanded its cycling catalogue in recent months with thousands of products from premium brands, and we've got some of that gear to give away to the top players in the Vuelta.
First prize is a Boardman Carbon Fibre road bike, Boardman's £999 carbon-framed race machine. With a full carbon frame and fork and good quality Shimano and FSA componentry it's a whole lot of bike for the money. Not that money will be involved if you win…
The players that fill the podium will be walking away with a pair of Lake CX331 shoes worth £259.99. Our Mat gave these an exceptional 9/10 when he tested them last year, they're a cracking pair of high-end, mouldable race shoes for the serious cyclist.
There's a prize every day, too. Win any stage and you'll be getting your hands on a Halfords Essential Bike Toolkit worth £34.99. This handy set contains pretty much everything you need for day-to-day maintenance of your bike, all in a strong plastic case
If you head up the purist league (no transfers during the race) then your reward will be a Gore Phantom 2.0 jacket worth £119.99. It's a high-quality softshell that's windproof and breathable, and it comes in mens' and ladies' versions too, so there'll be one to fit you just right.
On top of all that, we'll do our usual raffle: one lucky player will get a prize just for entering a team. So even if you're no good at Fantasy Cycling you're still in with a chance of winning an Adidas Outfit – short sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey and bib shorts – worth over £150. It's worth picking nine riders just for that.
To get started, just head over to the Fantasy Cycling site. Good luck!