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Cyclingnews.com, the Oz-based roadie news-and-features website (which, incidentally, keeps former MBUK dep ed John Stevenson in gainful employment), has launched a "fun and challenging online experience of being a professional cycling team manager." And Procycling.com has released a very similar fantasy game.

News websites launch fantasy games

The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation is providing bikes as prizes for the Cyclingnews.com game, found at http://fantasy.cyclingnews.com

There are three ’rounds’: Giro d’Italia (May 10th – June 1st); Tour de France (July 5th – July 27th) and Vuelta a Espana (Sept 6th – Sept 28th).

Would-be directeurs sportifs can play the games per tour to win prizes and can also play all three tours to win the Overall Grande Tour prizes.

It costs $7.50 to enter.

The aim of the game is to build as many points as you can for your teams by picking riders to compete in four sections per Grand Tour: Stage by Stage; General Classification; Mountain Classification; and Classification by points

Stewart Cruickshank of Edinburgh-based Fantasy Sports International Ltd is producing the game for Cyclingnews.com.

"The depth of tactical permutations involved ensures even the most well-informed cycling fans are presented with a considerable challenge," said Cruikshank.

"It is a unique opportunity for cycling fans worldwide to apply their cycling knowledge and tactical awareness to compete for major prizes."

Cyclingnews editor Jeff Jones will also be providing expert game opinions and race gossip to assist team managers with tactical decisions.

The Procycling.com fantasy game – D irecteur Sportif – has been on its site, unflagged, since last year in an evolving number of demos but has now been beefed up. Game winners also win prizes. It costs £5 to enter.

http://www.directeursportif.com/?pid=2

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