Vuelta a España Tipping Competition

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I have to admit, I have a hard time getting fired up about the Vuelta. It always seems to come so quickly after the Tour de France. And quite frankly, how is it going top this year’s Tour? Well, we’ve decided to do something about that. What we need is a good ol’ fashioned tipping competition.

If you’ve ever participated in a Grand Tour tipping competition, you’ll know how much more fun it can be. Not only is it about the riders in the race, but you’re competing in a race of your own. Pick one wrong rider and your mates never let you hear the end of it. It’s the closest you’ll ever follow a Grand Tour.

A group of mates of mine (The King’s Men) have been running these tipping competitions for many Grand Tours now and they pretty much have the formula nailed. They do a fantastic job at making it fun and engaging. Plus, you’ll likely have a shot at winning something, no matter how small the payout (which is better than anything you’ll put on the stock market these days).

The way it works is very simple. You pick a different rider every day of the Vuelta. The winner of the competition is the person whose tips throughout the Vuelta amounts lowest cumulative GC time. There are awards for stage wins as well as a KOM and Points competition that your tips go towards.

All you need to do to enter is click here (costs $20). After that you can select your first tip. It’s that easy.

Every day throughout the Vuelta my mate Byron will keeping track of the tipping competition and be doing the write-ups to get the banter going. I’ll be getting photos of the race and providing daily updates as per usual. Anyone in the world is welcome to take part.

Read about the top 10 contenders here, see the SBS television schedule here, and get excited about the Vuelta!


1. You chose one rider per stage. You get that rider’s time for the stage and any points for KOM and Sprint.

2. If the race has bonus time at sprint points, these are also included.

3. The time and points go towards your overall total. The person with the lowest time at the end of the competition wins, just like the real Vuelta!

4. You can only chose a rider once during the competition. Once you have used Sparticus, that’s it, no picking him again.

5. You can put all your tips in at the start, change them as you go, or put them in each night. This start time (AEST) is listed on your tip entry page.

6. If you miss the time cut-off or if your rider doesnt start or finish the stage you will get a rider from the Default List. This list will be made up of the current UCI World Rankings.

7. Riders will be allocated the top rider on the Default List who is in the Vuelta (who you haven’t already picked in another stage). There are some good riders there so if you are befallen by a crash rest assured you will probably still be in the game. If you are given a default rider and they are the highest tipped rider for that stage you do not share in the stage winnings.

8. A default tip always trumps a future existing pick.

9. You can be allocated 5 default riders before you become ineligible for the Laterne Rouge (or Farolillo Rojo) prize.

10. Stage results are from the Vuelta’s official website

11. Stage prize money is allocated at 1% per stage. The person who picks the first tipped rider wins the stage. If there is not a unique winner of the stage (i.e. one tipper) then the money is carried forward until there is a unique winner of a stage.

The prize breakdown of the total pool of all entrants is listed below:

25% 1st
10% 2nd
8% 3rd
6% 4th
4% 5th
3% 6th
2.5% 7th
2% 8th
1.5% 9th
1% 10th

21% for stage wins
1% last place overall

5% Sprint
5% KOM
5% to cover expenses (i.e. paypal fees, misc)

Disclaimer: CyclingTips is promoting this competition and taking part in it, however TKM is administering it and the responsibility of ensuring the competition is run in a fair and professional manner is upon them. This is not a commercial operation. She’ll be right, mate…

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