Vuelta Fantasy League – results


Image: La Vuelta

La Vuelta 2013 is over and Chris Horner will probably retain the record as the oldest winner of a Grand Tour for many years to come… unless his exploits really do inspire the MAMILs to take it up a notch.

In the #LVDL Fantasy League, Team RadioSchleck led pretty much from start to finish. Congratulations, Angi, on putting together such a dominant team. The Lanterne Rouge was more hotly contested, with a number of teams vying for the prize. In the end it was Andrea’s team, Flapjack Corncakes, that took the honours. Given the amount of time in the virtual saddle, I hope the Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream comes in handy.

Thanks, too, to Buttered Frog for keeping the stats on the straight and narrow when the official site went a little off piste.

The last word goes to the red jersey winner. Enjoy. The only thing missing from this is “Be excellent to each other… Party on, dudes!”.



Las Vacas de la Vuelta 2013

The official website for the Vuelta tells me that there are six days to go. Maybe it’s the timezones messing with my head, or the cabin fever I’m suffering from being couch-bound with a dodgy back, but I reckon it’s more like four days. Whichever it is, it’s time enough to get your fantasy team organised to join the LVDLV mini league on Velogames. Use code 20095032.

May the best team win!

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Image: La Vuelta

Is it too early to open the jerez?

Vuelta a España 2012 – Batalla de los Toros

This year’s Vuelta looks set to bring us a lot of what we missed in the Tour de France: mountain-top stage finishes, a team time trial and a start town synonymous with bovines.

Image: Been There Yet

It’s 39 degrees today in Pamplona, so the riders (start list here) will be pleased that the racing won’t start until the evening. For those of us who live in colder climes and want to watch live coverage, the 2.45am AEST start time on Eurosport seems like almost unendurable cruelty. Speaking of… the finish for the team time trial is in Pamplona’s bullring.

The course today covers 16.5 km around the streets of Pamplona and is described as “technical”, with one of those betting places listing Team Sky as the favourites to take out the stage.

SBS One will be covering some of the stages live, starting from Stage 8 on Sunday 26th August. They are really selling the Contador/Froome rivalry with this promo:

Kinda makes me hope for an upset!

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In Fantasy Vuelta news, there is a Las Vacas de la Vuelta mini-league over at Velogames. Set up your team and use code 13102939 to join the league. There’s a t-shirt for the winner.