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Description of the Game
This is the description of the Internet Tour de France Game 2017. Compose a team of fifteen Tour de France competitors and earn points for any team member that finishes in the first ten of a stage in the Tour de France 2017.
Submit your team via the web form or send the text form via e-mail to erikt(at)xs4all.nl (Erik TKS). Your contribution must arrive before Monday July 3, 2017, 10:00 GMT (12:00 MET summertime), otherwise you cannot participate in the game.
The participation form can be used for submitting an entry for the game (deadline is Monday July 3, 2017. 10:00 GMT).
Tour de France 1993 stage 19 (time trial) team Erik TKS (Groningen, The Netherlands) 1. T. Rominger 1. L. Jalabert . 2. M. Indurain 2. O. Ludwig . 3. Z. Jaskula 3. C. Chiappucci 13 4. J. Bruyneel 4. M. Indurain 12 5. G. Bugno 5. G. Bugno 11+2 6. J. Bernard 6. W. Museeuw . 7. V. Ekimov 7. D. Abdoesjaparov . 8. P. Louviot 8. S. Roche . 9. C. Chiappucci 9. V. Ekimov 7 10. A. Mejia 10. P. Delgado . 11. G. Fidanza . 12. A. Zulle . 13. E. Breukink . 14. J. Van Poppel . 15. M. Sciandri . ---- points in this stage: 45
If you want to compose a team that does well in the overall rankings, there are three things you should be aware of:
With these facts in mind we can examine the performance of the cyclists in the past years and select a team. The following tables contain cyclists sorted by the total number of stage top tens that they have obtained in the last five years (in the example we use years 1999-2003). A hyphen (-) instead of a number means that the cyclist has not participated in that year. Lets start with the top five riders:
tot aver 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Name 36 7.20 9 8 7 7 5 E. Zabel 33 6.60 10 2 9 6 6 S. O'Grady 31 6.20 5 6 7 7 6 L. Armstrong 22 5.50 5 5 - 7 5 R. McEwen 15 5.00 - 4 6 - 5 J. Ullrich
These five men have been the most reliable cyclists in the past five years with respect to stage top ten finishes. Except for O'Grady in 2000 (broken collarbone after crash), they have obtained at least 4 and usually more stage top ten positions in every of the Tours they have participated in since 1999. The top five of the last five years should be the top five names on your team list. The order of them does not matter, but you should think a little bit about who to put on top of the team. Do you think that the sprinters will win many stages? Then place one of them first to earn you bonus points. Or do you think one of the gc contenders will win mountain stages and time trials? Then select him as your team captain. Now we have a team of five riders.
For the next group of riders on the team, you should try to find riders which performed well in more than one year. Many stage top tens in one year is no guarantee for a good performance in other years. For example, Moreau had 7 top ten positions in 2000 and then only 2 in 2001 and none in 2002. We are looking for cyclists which obtained at least 3 top ten positions both in 2002 and in 2003:
tot aver 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Name 13 6.50 - - - 7 6 B. Cooke 8 4.00 - - 2 3 5 I. Basso 8 4.00 - - 0 4 4 T. Hushovd 13 2.60 5 1 1 4 2 J. Kirsipuu 8 1.60 0 2 1 3 2 F. Mancebo 8 4.00 - - 5 3 - I. Gonzalez 6 3.00 - - 4 2 - O. Sevilla 7 1.75 0 3 2 2 - E. Dekker
We find three such riders. We add them to the team which now contains eight riders. Probably it would have been save to include the next two in the team as well.
We select the remainder of the team list by examining the results of the prologue and stage 1, which do not take part in the game. Cyclists which finished in one of these top tens are most likely in good shape and they might perform well in the rest of the race. We compile a table from these two stage top tens which contains the information of all riders that have not already been included in our team:
tot aver 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Name 0 0.00 - - - - - F. Cancellara (P:1) 0 0.00 - - 0 - - J.I. Gutierrez (P:3) 3 1.00 - - 2 1 0* B. McGee (P:4) 0 0.00 - - - - - O. Pereiro (P:6) 5 1.00 2 1 2 0 0 J. Voigt (P:7) 13 2.60 1** 7 2* 0 3 C. Moreau (P:8) 2 0.50 0 0 1 1 - B. Julich (P:9) 8 1.60 6* 1 0 0 1 G. Hincapie (P:10) 13 2.60 5* 1 1* 4 2* J. Kirsipuu (1:1) 0 0.00 - - - 0 - D. Hondo (1:4) 0 0.00 - 0 - - 0 J. Nazon (1:5) 0 0.00 - - - - - K. Arvesen (1:7) 3 3.00 - - 6 - 3* A. Petacchi (1:8) 0 0.00 - - - - - A. Davis (1:10)
A star (*) in a particular column means that the rider was among the top ten of the prologue or stage 1 of that year. It is not easy to select the best cyclists from this list. For some of these riders, we have no previous data. They might be talented riders that will perform well in the race but in order to know that, we need more information.
Petacchi seems to be the most interesting of the group: at least three top ten positions in every year he took part. Kirsipuu could also be a good choice: a total of eight top ten positions in the three years he was among the best ten in the first stage. The data on Moreau is confusing: a total of 10 top ten positions when he was outside of the prologue top ten and only 3 when he started the Tour de France with a prologue top ten spot. We select these three riders and our team grows to eleven.
For the remainder of the list we just use the rest of the top ten of stage 1 of 2004: Hondo, Nazon, Arvesen and Davis. This finishes the team. Here is an example order: Armstrong, Zabel, McEwen, Ullrich, O'Grady, Cooke, Hushovd, Basso, Petacchi, Kirsipuu, Moreau, Hondo, Nazon, Arvesen and Davis. Armstrong is selected as team captain, the others of the top five are sorted by their lowest year score, just like the next two groups of three cyclists. The last four have been sorted by their positions in stage 1.
Of course there is no guarantee that a team constructed like this will win the game. So feel free to omit riders from the team that you do not have confidence in and replace them by riders from which you expect a lot. Good luck!
You can take a look at a list of teams which contains information about the cyclists that participate in the Tour.
You can also take a look at the optimal team for the game edition of 2016. Just select "Previous" on that page to examine optimal teams for earlier editions of the game. Note that some of the riders in those teams might not start in 2017.
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