The Tour de France starts tomorrow (Saturday July 2), which means time is ticking down for you to enter this year’s RoadCyclingUK Fantasy Tour de France game.
We’ve teamed up with Merlin Cycles to bring you some great prizes for this year’s game, with the winner in line to bag themselves a Merlin ROC road bike worth £1,120.
So should you be picking Mark Cavendish or Marcel Kittel for the sprints? Defending champion Chris Froome for the mountains or in-form Nairo Quintana.
Here are a our Fantasy Tour de France hints and tips to get you started with your team selections, if you’re still unsure who to pick. Then head way this to enter.
First of all, whoever you pick, you need to choose nine riders and one bonus team within your €65 million budget, as well a bonus stage. Then you need to save your selections or you won’t start scoring points. You can’t save your selections until you have nine riders, one bonus team and one bonus stage in place.
You can make as many changes as you like until 10am on Saturday (July 2) but after that you are then limited to eight transfers for every block of seven stages. When you think the Tour de France teams can’t make any changes in the actual race, that’s pretty generous of us!
Once the game starts, you score points if your rider finishes in the top 20 on a stage, gains or retains one of the three main jerseys – yellow jersey, green jersey, polka dot jersey – or one of their team-mates wins the stage (assist points). Your bonus team will also score points when one of their riders finishes in the top five of a stage, while you’ll score double points on whatever bonus stage you choose.
The stages are ranked as either ‘category one’ or ‘category two’ – the full list of which can be viewed in the game rules – with 50 per cent more points on offer for category one stages (the days on which the race for yellow jersey is likely to be decided).