Play at Being Directeur Sportif in the Fantasy Tour de France

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/350582000/

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/350582000/

I really enjoyed this during the Giro, so a heads up to y’all for the Velogames fantasy Tour de France, which will be opening for entries soon.

The concept is simple, and like a lot of other ‘fantasy’ sports. You take the position of DS at this year’s Tour de France, and are allocated a certain number of points to spend on riders. You must spend these points wisely to build a balanced team (a mix of sprinters, all-rounders, climbers and doméstiques) that you think will perform well over the 2010 Tour.

Reigning champ Contador, obviously, will cost many more points than Katusha’s Evgeni Petrov, so sacrifices and compromises to fit in the riders you want. Then, each day, the riders are allocated points on a range of measures, ranging from their stage finish position and GC ranking to stage assists and aggressivity, and each fantasy team ranked in a central table.

The fun really starts, however, by inviting all your mates into a mini-league, to add an element of personal competition: wagers, prizes… who knows?

Think you can better Bruyneel? Have a go!

Expect an update when the Tour de France 2010 game goes live.

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