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1st "FABIO’S FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE" - RULES

The 1st "Fabio’s Fantasy Tour League" is a Fantasy Cycling Game whose format is a bit different from the "usual" one, and from all games so far organized by the "Daily Peloton".

Participants in the "Fantasy Tour League" will play with the same 9 Riders and 2 Trade Teams they pick for the Fantasy Tour Game, such that:

1. They don't need a separate registration: every player entering his/her team in the "Create Fantasy Team" section will be admitted into both the Fantasy Tour Game and the preliminary phase of the Fantasy Tour League.

2. Each day players will get the same stage score as in the Fantasy Tour Game, according to their rider and trade team performances.

But the "Fantasy Tour League" is not like a "cycling race" or average Fantasy Game, with all teams competing together in every stage and the overall classification, like they were part of a "peloton", and getting stage points whose sum is their cumulative score.

As the name suggests, this game looks more like a kind of "league" instead, be it the European Football Premier League, Bundesliga or "Serie A", or America's NFL and NBA. Every team plays a different rival in a one-on-one match in every different Tour de France stage, except for the prologue, which represents the "preliminary phase" of the game (more details on this are available below).

If your team wins, you earn 2, 3 or 4 points (according to the stage).

If the match ends in a draw, with riders and trade teams of both you and your rival of the day getting the same score, both teams get 1 point only.

And if your team loses the one-on-one match … sorry folks, you don’t get any points.

Needless to say, the teams achieving the highest overall score at the end of each phase get access to the next one. The game ends in a final, one-on-one match between the Top 2 Virtual Teams, disputed on the TdF’s ultimate day (Sunday, July 27th 2003).


1st "FABIO’S FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE" - GROUPS and PHASES

PRELIMINARY PHASE
(Prologue, Saturday July 5th, 2003)

This phase will be disputed only in case more than 192 players enter the game. It is needed in order to select the 192 virtual teams that will take part in the "Fantasy Tour League". Rules are similar to the Fantasy Tour Game, with all players competing against each other in a kind of "peloton", and getting stage points according to the results of their own picks in the opening race against the clock. Only the 192 participants with the best scores in the preliminary stage of the game will be admitted into Phase One of the "Fantasy Tour League".

Tie Breaking Rules (Preliminary Phase and Finals only):

In case two or more teams score the same number of points in the prologue classification, or there’s any draw in any one-one-match in the finals (TdF last stage), the consequent ties would be broken according to the same factors as in the Fantasy Tour Games, namely:

A. The number of points earned by the RIDER with the highest score inside the virtual team;

B. In case the best rider is the same, or got the same number of points: the number of points earned by the TEAM with the highest score;

C.  In case both the best rider and team are the same, or got the same number of points: the number of points earned by the the RIDER with the SECOND BEST score inside the virtual team;

D. In case the SECOND best rider is the same, or got the same number of points: the number of points earned by the RIDER with the SECOND BEST score inside the virtual team;

E. In case the best THIRD best rider is the same, or got the same number of points: the number of points earned by the RIDER with the THIRD BEST score inside the virtual team;

... and so on until the NINTH best rider, and eventually the SECOND best team.

In the event equality still persists, the tie will be broken according to the time of registration of your Virtual Team. (The earlier you registered, the better...)


FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE - PHASE 1
(Stages 1 to 7, July 5-12 2003)

The 192 best-placed virtual teams in the Prologue standings will be admitted into Phase 1 of the FTL, and divided into 24 Groups of 8 teams each, according to a draw held after the Prologue results are known. Draw results and the complete schedule of this phase will be posted on the Daily Peloton site.

From Sunday, July 6 (Saint-Denis/Montgeron - Meaux, 168 km.), to Saturday, July 12 (Lyon - Morzine, 230 km.), each participant will play a different member of his/her group in a one-on-one match.

As I wrote above, if your team gets a better stage score than your opponent’s and wins the match, you add 2, 3 or 4 points to your overall score, according to the stage (details below), If you get the same stage score as your opponent, both players earn 1 point (this rule applies to each stage). If your daily rival does better than you, your team simply doesn’t get any point.

Points per Victory: Winners of each one-on-one match are awarded:

  • 2 POINTS in Stages 1, 2, & 3

  • 3 POINTS in Stages 4, 5 & 6

  • 4 POINTS in Stage 7

Qualifying Teams: The Top 4 Virtual Teams in each group at the end of Stage 7 (Saturday, July 12th) are admitted into Phase 2 of the "Fantasy Tour League". A total of 92 teams goes through, while the game will be over for as many players at this point.

Tie-Breaking Rules - Phase One: In case two players have the same overall score at the end of this phase, the deciding factor in order to break the tie is the one-on-one match between them. The winner of that match takes the better place in the group’s Final GC.

If the one-on-one match ended in a draw, we look at the cumulative score (total amount of points scored by the player's riders and trade teams all through the current phase). The player with the best cumulative score takes the better place in the group’s Final GC.

In case three or more players end on the same score, we look at the "mini-league", the results of all one-on-one matches played among them. The one who got most points in those matches gets the best place in the group’s Final GC.

In case equality still persists, then we look at the cumulative score (total amount of points scored by the player's riders and trade teams all through the current phase). The player with the best cumulative score takes the better place in the group’s Final GC.


FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE - PHASE 2
(Stages 8 to 14, July 13-20, 2003)

This phase takes place in a fashion similar to the previous one: the 96 Virtual Teams admitted into Phase 2 of the "FTL" are divided into 12 groups of 8 teams each, according to a draw held after all Phase 1 Final Standings are known. Draw results and the complete schedule of this phase will be posted in a Daily Peloton news article and also on the Fantasy Game main page.

From Sunday, July 13 (Sallanches - l'Alpe D'Huez, 219 km.) to Sunday, July 20 (Saint-Girons - Loudenvieille, 191 km.), each participant will play a different member of his/her group in a one-on-one-match.

Just like in Phase 1, if your team gets a better stage score than your opponent’s and wins the match, you add 2, 3 or 4 points to your overall score, according to the stage (details below). If you get the same stage score as your opponent, both players earn 1 point (this rule applies to each stage). But if your daily rival does better than you, your team simply doesn’t get any point.

Points per Victory: Winners of each one-on-one match are awarded:

  • 2 POINTS in Stages 8, 10 &11

  • 3 POINTS in Stage 9, 12 & 13

  • 4 POINTS in Stage 14

Qualifying Teams: In this field, rules are different than in the previous phase. Indeed only the 12 WINNERS, the best-placed virtual teams in each group at the end of Stage 14 (Sunday, July 20th) are admitted into Phase 3 of the "Fantasy Tour League", and will be vying for the title. Also the second placed Virtual Teams in each group will be admitted into the next phase, but they will compete for places from 13 to 24 only.

Tie-Breaking Rules - Phase Two: In case two or more players have the same overall score at the end of this phase, ties are broken following the same rules as in Phase 1.


FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE - PHASE 3
(Stages 15-19, July 21-26, 2003)

Both the 12 virtual teams admitted into Phase 3 of the "Fantasy Tour League" and going for the final victory, and the other dozen competing for 13th place, are divided into 2 groups of 6 Virtual Teams each, according to a draw held after all phase 2 final standings are known. Results of the draw and full schedule of this phase will be posted on the Daily Peloton site. Players still in contention for the overall victory are admitted into groups "A" and "B", while groups "C" and "D" are reserved for competitors going for 13th place.

From Monday, July 21 (Bagnčres-de-Bigorre - Luz-Ardiden, 159 km.), to Saturday, July 26 (Pornic - Nantes, 49 km. - ITT), each participant will play a different member of his/her group in a one-on-one match.

Like in previous phases, if your team gets a better stage score than your opponent’s and wins the match, you add 2, 3 or 4 points to your overall score, according to the stage (details below). If you get the same stage score as your opponent, both players earn 1 point (this rule applies to each stage). But if your daily rival does better than you, your team simply doesn’t get any point.

Points per Victory: Winners of each one-on-one match are awarded:

  • 2 POINTS in Stages 16 & 17

  • 3 POINTS in Stages 15 & 18

  • 4 POINTS in Stage 19

Qualifying Teams: At the end of Stage 20 (Saturday, July 26th) WINNERS of the "A" and "B" Groups qualify for the FINAL MATCH, to be disputed the next day, in the TdF ultimate stage into Paris. Also all other "A" and "B" Group Virtual Teams, plus the Top 4 Virtual Teams in the "C" and "D" Groups, will be playing a different one-on-one match, a different final to be disputed on Sunday, July 27th. See full details below.

Tie-Breaking Rules - Phase Three: In case two or more players have the same overall score at the end of this phase, ties are broken following the same rules as as in both previous phases.


FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE - PHASE 4
(The FINALS - July 27, 2003)

On the last day of competition, ten different one-one-one matches will determine the Winner of the 1st "Fabio’s Fantasy Tour League", as well as the podium and all other places from 4th to 20th. Matches to be played on Sunday, July 27, are as follows:

Fantasy Tour League Final: "A" Group winner v. "B" Group winner

3rd Place Playoff:
"A" Group second placed team v. "B" Group second placed team
5th Place Playoff:
"A" Group third placed team v. "B" Group third placed team
7th Place Playoff:
"A" Group fourth placed team v. "B" Group fourth placed team
9th Place Playoff:
"A" Group fifth placed team v. "B" Group fifth placed team
11th Place Playoff:
"A" Group sixth placed team v. "B" Group sixth placed team


13th Place Playoff:
"C" Group winner v. "D" Group winner
15th Place Playoff:
"C" Group second placed team v. "D" Group second placed team
17th Place Playoff:
"C" Group third placed team v. "D" Group third placed team
19th Place Playoff:
"C" Group fourth placed team v. "D" Group fourth placed team


1st "FABIO’S FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE" - PRIZES

Besides the unmatchable status and honor that being on the top of the podium in one of the DP's Fantasy Cycling Games gives, the overall winner of the 1st "FABIO’S FANTASY TOUR LEAGUE" will be awarded a copy of The Tour Baby! video. The second and third place winners will receive a Daily Peloton T-Shirt!

Hope you may enjoy this game and have fun throughout the Tour,

FABIO

 

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