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("Vuelta Fantástica 2004")


Registration Rules - Registration is now closed.

Here are the guidelines you have to follow in order to enter your team for the "4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta" Game:

How To Register

Once you have completed your line-up, and after choosing your 3 favourite Trade Teams, all you have to do is enter your Virtual Team.

How? Just by going to the Create Fantasy Team link below and entering the following:

1) Name
Your name and surname (NO vulgarities, NICKNAMES, nonsense or namesakes - I'd like to see Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich, Tony Blair and Tiger Woods taking part in the game, but I think they have got something else to do...). Your name is absolutely mandatory, NO anonymous Virtual Teams will be accepted.

2) Team Name
Please avoid naming your virtual team after websites and existing commercial products: as this is just a game, there's no place for advertising or promoting your firm, enterprise, for political statements, etc. So if you name your team with a domain name, I won't accept it, sorry. And don't forget that, also in the Vuelta 2004 case, the funniest and most original name will win the "Best Team Name Award" contest (and get a prize for that!).

3) E-Mail Address
Your E-mail address is obligatory, but it won't be used for any commercial purpose; neither will be made public. In order to avoid fake entries, the Daily Peloton will email you back to check whether your e-mail address is valid.

4) Country
That's obligatory. And your hometown, if you want to, but this is not obligatory. I could even make a kind of "country classification" based on your Virtual Teams.

5) Riders
Select your riders from each one of the 4 drop down lists you can find in the "Create Fantasy Team" section, by clicking on the names of your favourite picks. You have to select the members of your Virtual Team the following way:

1 Rider in the "A" Category;
3 Riders in the "B" Category;
3 Riders in the "C" Category;
2 Riders in the "D" Category.

6) Trade Teams
Click on the names of your 3 selected Trade Teams (one for the "A" Category, two for the "B" Category) and your choice will be made.

7) Reserves (for Riders only)
Another fundamental topic: we post the  list of participating riders as soon as we get it. But that would hardly be a definitive one. So don't forget that last minute changes are very likely to happen. We'll try to keep you updated and change names in the riders list as soon as we know of any eventual replacements, but in the meantime you'd better pick one Reserve for each Category, that would replace any eventual non starter in the same category.

Don't forget to include your rider reserve selections, as no follow-up changes to your line-up will be accepted.

Be Careful!!! No Late Changes Permitted

Be careful while entering your team, as your submitted line-up is the definitive one. No follow-up changes (apart from the replacements of eventual nonstarters with Reserves you selected in your first line-up, or any other correction explicitly required by the Daily Peloton) will be admitted. In case any of your team members don't take the startline, but you didn't include any reserve, you would play with a lesser number of riders.

Roster Preview

After you have picked all of your riders and Trade Teams, and filled all blank spaces in all mandatory fields, check over you personal information and your virtual team choices in order to see if the Riders/Trade Teams you picked are the right ones, and avoid any mistakes. Then hit "Send" to submit your Virtual Team to the Daily Peloton! (You might want to print out a copy of the Preview so you have a record of your team.)

Maximum Number of Virtual Teams

A maximum of 300 Virtual Teams will be accepted. In case this number is achieved, no more teams will be accepted. So please enter just ONE team per person and leave the chance to take part in the game to the other ones too.

Registration Deadline!

For the "4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta" the one and only deadline is:
Saturday, September 4th, 2004 - 3PM Italian Time (CEST);
Saturday, September 4th, 2004 - 2PM UK/Ireland Time;
Saturday, September 4th, 2004 - 1PM GMT;
Saturday, September 4th, 2004 - 9 AM in the U.S. - NY and the East Coast (EDT);
Saturday, September 4th, 2004 - 6 AM in the U.S. - L.A. and the West Coast (PDT).

No teams sent after the deadline (and no teams sent BEFORE entries are open either) will be accepted.


One more time, you have the chance to win some prizes at Fabio's Fantasy Games. And this time there's a big novelty: after noticing that, in past editions of our games, some players built their teams with the aim of finishing last (and in some cases even chose their team names accordingly) we decided to...offer them a further incentive. Indeed, this time there's a prize also for the Lanterne Rouge, the "Red Lantern", the last placed contender in the final overall standings.

The full list of prizes on offer is as follows:

  • The overall winner of the 4th Fabio's Fantasy Vuelta game gets Jelly Belly Cycling Team set, consisting of: signed jersey, cap, box of Jelly beans, candy samples and Jelly bean pin, plus a copy of Scott Coady's "The Tour Baby!" DVD.

  • The 2nd place finisher on GC gets a DVD of Jamie Paolinetti's cycling documentary "The Hard Road".

  • The 3rd place finisher on GC gets a DVD of Jamie Paolinetti's cycling documentary "The Hard Road".

  •  The KOM competition winner gets a 2003 T-Shirt of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

  • The "Regularidad" (Points) competition winner gets one of our site's own T-shirts, signed by Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwin and Bobke (Bob Roll).

  • The Lanterne Rouge winner, the last placed contender in the Fantasy Vuelta final Ranking gets one Scott USA Bike Company kit (Jersey and Shorts) plus a copy of Scott Coady's "The Tour Baby!" DVD.

  • The BTNA (Best Team Name Award) contest winner gets a 2004 T-Shirt of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.


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