RCUK Fantasy Tour de France 2015 launches
Pick your Tour de France dream team and win great prizes from Science in Sport
by Colin Henrys
The world's biggest bike race is fast approaching and RoadCyclingUK’s Fantasy Tour de France game is back for 2015. This year we've teamed up with Science in Sport, nutrition sponsor of Trek Factory Racing, to give you the chance to win some great prizes.
With the countdown to the Grand Depart in Utrecht ticking down, pace, pro cycling’s biggest teams are starting to announce their nine-man line-ups, with the race starting with a time trial on Saturday July 4.
But if you could pick your own dream team who would you go for? Would you pin your hopes on the sprinters, hunt for stage wins on the transition days or bid for glory in the high mountains?
Prove you know better than your mates by heading to
http://fantasycycling.roadcyclinguk.com, register, and select nine riders, a bonus team and a bonus stage using your €65 million budget.
How to play
You have until Saturday July 4 at 10.00am (BST) to pick and save your team selections. You must have nine riders, a bonus team and a bonus stage selected or you will not score points.
If you would prefer, you can also opt to have your team chosen by lucky dip.
Riders score points for finishing in the top 20 positions on a stage, helping a team-mate to win or taking/retaining the lead in the overall, mountains and points classifications.
Stages are ranked either category one or two, with the former worth 50 per cent more points, while the team time trial will see riders from the top five teams score points.
On your selected bonus stage, all points your team score for that stage will be doubled – but once the game starts you can’t change your bonus stage, so pick wisely.
For each block of seven stages you can make up to eight transfers, with all transfers having to be submitted by 10am on the day of the stage you want them to count for.
Want to earn bragging rights among your work colleagues, fellow riders and club mates? You can also start your own mini league.
We've teamed up with Science in Sport to offer the following prizes:
The overall winner will bag themselves a signed Trek Factory Racing jersey
The person who leads their team to second overall will win a year’s supply of Science in Sport energy gels.
Missed out on the top two prizes? Not to worry – third overall will earn you a Science in Sport Endurance Pack.
Alongside the best teams overall, the person who performs best on each of the three weeks of the Tour will earn themselves a Science in Sport Variety Pack.
Sign up and get playing
Can’t wait to get going? Head to http://fantasycycling.roadcyclinguk.com and enter your team now. Look out for our hints, tips and updates as the Tour progresses.