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Fantasy TDU S6 – Wash up

Stage 6 is over, and the TDU is finished for another year. This article is your chance to comment on what you thought about fantasy cycling, and if you want to do more …

Andre 'Gorilla' Greipel

Andre ‘Gorilla’ Greipel

Stage Review

Andre Greipel won the stage fairly easily in the end with the only train that formed up properly.  Kittel disappointed his owners again, finishing 76th and 27 seconds behind Greipel.

There were lower scores across the board as some of the GC riders finished outside the top 20 finishers or were traded out for sprinters.

Caleb Ewan finally emerged to finish 15th and get his first fantasy points – at least this suggests he is over his crash.

The Jerseys:

The GC was won by Gerrans, from Evans and Ulissi – solid scorers for their owners throughout the tour.  Then came Porte and Haas. Haas was a great fantasy performer – running at 3.3 pts per credit per stage, for the 2 stages in my team.  It will be interesting to see how he develops over the rest of the year.

The KOM was won by Adam Hansen.  Porte and Gerrans picked up lower level placings for their owners.

Gerro wins

Gerro wins GC & Points

Gerrans also won the Sprint jersey, from Ulissi, Evans, Haas and Greipel.  So their owners doubled up here.

Jack Haig took out the young rider – which is a good return for his 3 credits.

Gerrans performance throughout was very good for his owners – I had him for all 6 stages and he averaged 2.2 points per credit per stage which is pretty impressive.

Orica Green Edge also won the team title to round out a dominant performance for them.

DTTalk ProCycling League

Congrats to tiltraise and his Lanterne Rouge Cycling on winning the league, and for finishing 24th overall.  That’s impressive first up.  Also congrats to Grouse Mate and Gorillas for getting to the podium in the DTTalk league.

My team finished fourth, it might have been different had not Kittel failed me twice.  But that’s fantasy sports – if only …

Review, where to from here

Here is your opportunity to comment on the game and what you would like to see done differently.  And also whether you want to do any other cycling events this year.

My two cents:

  • It would have been helpful if the game was open earlier than a week before – there was a lot to try and understand with the rules, rider prices, and to study rider performances if you were a rookie.
  • As with most fantasy games it is important to get a good start, because everyone’s teams tend to become the same over time.
  • I like that I learned a lot about some cyclists that I would never have taken much notice of if not for fantasy cycling.
  • I liked TDU because it was in our time zone and information was available, plus it only went for a week.  I think 2 trades a day over a 3 week grand tour might become a bit of a chore.  I wouldn’t want to write an article everyday for 3 weeks.


That’s it from me.  Good luck.  If you have any questions of comments please post below or contact me by twitter on@NixTrader.




  1. Gorillas

    January 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Good work with your articles Nix.
    First time doing any Fantasy Cycling for me and enjoyed it.
    Will give the TDF Fantasy a shot for the first time this year.

  2. Nix

    January 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Glad you enjoyed it Gorillas.

    Rethinking this morning when not so tired – the Giro d’Italia might be good to do, although I haven’t taken much interest in it in the past.

    Giro starts in May, with first few stages in Ireland. SBS are covering it and the race should have a big aussie flavour with Evans and Porte making it a focus. Now we know how game is played should be easier to concentrate more on riders and stages and less on game rules / seeking exploits.

    Fantasy sports – its amazing how short the time is between being happy a comp is over to wanting the next one to start!

  3. Tiltraise

    January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Was a lot of fun and thanks again Nix for all your work.

    Giro should be a great race this season with Purito, Evans, Porte and possibly Qunitana amongst many other targeting the race. Grand tours also include a “wild card” which can be used once throughout the tour allowing you to make as many trades as you like without cost.

  4. Tuarts

    January 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I signed up here to play this! Thanks for running the comp and the updates.

    Seems fantasy knowledge trumps cycling knowledge! I did miss the last stage, though.

    Well done to those that won.

    If you want another game, Velogames is worth checking out. It runs during the classics and Grand Tours but is set and forget, you pick a team and there’s no trading. Rules are rather clear cut too.

  5. Nix

    January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for response Tuarts,

    For players coming at this from AFL fantasy background, trading is integral to how we think. For example in AFL players prices change throughout the year so if you continually “buy low / sell high” you can build up your salary capital pool and by the end of the year you can afford a team full of expensive star players.

    So for me a game without trading would force me (as manager) to become too passive and take some of the fun out of it. Although I admit trading every day is a bit of a logistical burden.

    I am interested in your comment “fantasy knowledge trumps cycling knowledge”. I was trying to write articles with enough info to cater for both
    A) cycling fans without fantasy background, and
    B) fantasy fans without cycling background.
    So I am interested to get some further suggestions from you as to what more fantasy knowledge you would have liked.

    Although I won’t be writing articles to support it – if anyone wants to continue now they are registered with you can do it on your own. The next comp is the Tour of Qatar which starts on Friday 6 Feb – game opens Friday 31 January.

    • Tiltraise

      January 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      A league for the Giro would be good fun. Perhaps an article each rest day (where there are extra trades) and at start/finish. Qunitana has been confirmed as team leader for Movistar so along with Purito thats 2 podium finishers from last years TDF contesting the Giro!

    • Tuarts

      January 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Just meant that I’ve been following cycling quite fanatically since ’09, so know a lot about cycling but it’s the people that are fantasy nuts who dominated the game. It’s no coincidence.

      But I played last year and never did well so /bleh :P

      The articles were fine. Usually these games are separated by the uniques on the teams that have all the obv scorers.

      • Gorillas

        January 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        Quote Tuarts “fantasy knowledge trumps cycling knowledge”
        Quote Tuarts “Just meant that I’ve been following cycling quite fanatically since ’09, so know a lot about cycling but it’s the people that are fantasy nuts who dominated the game. It’s no coincidence.”

        Please don’t assume the fantasy guys here don’t know anything about cycling.
        If I didn’t have an interest in cycling, I wouldn’t have played the game.

        • Tuarts

          January 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          I never said anywhere I assumed the fantasy guys here don’t know *anything* about cycling. You’re misinterpreting what I said.

          • Gorillas

            January 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm

            Yep. I realized I was probably reading your post wrong after I posted but couldn’t edit. It’s all good. Hope you stay around and play afl fantasy if you haven’t played it before. There might be some room for more cycling fantasy during the year.

  6. Nix

    January 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Yeah, I think we should be able to get by now without an article every day. But people can still use comments section of the last article – I would still like to encourage players to come here make comments, ask questions and to exchange ideas.

    It would also be good if we all try to get a few more active players – but we have some time to do that now.

  7. Tiltraise

    February 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Heres my early draft squad for the TOQ. Looks like a sprinters paradise.

    Andre Greipel (LTB)

    PC Value: 36.4 Form: 16.40 popular rider Dream team In form rider

    Elia Viviani (CAD)

    PC Value: 27.9 Form: 6.60 popular rider

    Alexander Kristoff (KAT)

    PC Value: 27.4 Form: 4.60

    Tom Boonen (OPQ)

    DS Value: 9.9 Form: 0.00

    Daniele Bennati (TSB)

    DS Value: 13.3 Form: 1.40

    Robert Forster (UHC)

    DS Value: 3.0 Form: 0.00

    Nicola Ruffoni (BAR)

    DS Value: 3.0 Form: 0.00

    Christopher Sutton (SKY)

    DS Value: 7.1 Form: 3.20

    Andrea Guardini (AST)

    DS Value: 11.7 Form: 0.60

    • Nix

      February 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Wow you’re keen. From the form numbers it looks like you’ve gone premium as well.

      Think I’ll wait till start of March to have another crack.

      • Tiltraise

        February 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

        No havnt gone premium but I though I might as well aim for the top non premium spot thus need the pts from to TOQ plus it should be fun.

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