Monday, June 27, 2011
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Game on
2. Special prize
3. Special propositions
1. GAME ON
It's been almost a month since the Giro, so we've all had a chance to recover, taper and meditate on the upcoming Tour de France, which starts Saturday.
All major bets are now open, including the primary "Who will win?" proposition. This bet carries a 25% bonus, so it's a wager none of us can afford not to make.
2. SPECIAL PRIZE
In addition to the official $25 prize for performance during the Tour, your fellow player HornyforHorner has generously donated a new 2010 Saxo Bank jersey, identical to the one worn by the potential winner of the 2010 Tour de France.
See a photo here: http://rouleurderby.com/site_media/widgets/saxo-tdf-prize.jpg
Naturally, this Saxo Bank jersey is totally clean. Totally.
As with other intermediate contests, the Tour de France contest is judged by percentage gain, not raw points, so our overall leaders have no special advantage other than their well-documented guile and insight. All players have an equal shot -- even players who join this week, so you are encouraged to invite your friends and teammates.
The fine print: To be eligible for the prizes, players must make at least 15 bets and risk at least 400 points on the Tour de France.
The Tour de France leaderboard: http://rouleurderby.com/rd/contest/tour-de-france/roi/.
3. SPECIAL PROPOSITIONS
Among our array of side bets are a couple of old favorites: Will there be a doping scandal, and will Jens Voigt get in a break? In the long history of Rouleur Derby, neither of these bets have ever yielded a "yes," but prior performance enhancement -- or lack thereof -- is no guarantee of future results.
And here's a new one this year, by popular request: Will there be a dog- or livestock-related crash? "Yes" is currently a favorite at 1.8-1. This will take some discretion to judge. Swerving to avoid a dog or putting a foot down to yield to a cow will not trigger a "yes." We're talking a full endo or sliding into a ditch because a horse galloped onto the tarmac. (Some consider Graham Watson to be a pig, but skidding into his motorbike will not count.)
The first proposition to scored will be one that closed earlier this spring: Will Alberto Contador start? We'll know for sure on Saturday, but that's looking like a "Yes," paying out at 1.8-1.
Then we have two propositions for Sunday's team time trial: Who will win? And which RadioShack rider will finish first? One of the four contenders, or one of the five helpers?
There are a few more, and you can expect some more once the action starts and the contenders are narrowed down. Follow all the action at http://www.rouleurderby.com and on the Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rouleurderby.
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,