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Giro finale
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91st Tour de France - July 3-25, 2004

Prizes galore during the Tour

There's an amazing array of prizes on offer through Cyclingnews and our sponsors during this year's Tour de France. If you won them all, you could find yourself traveling to Australia and France with a couple of new bikes to ride, a wardrobe full of new clothing, making calls on a new mobile phone, and riding with new shoes and pedals - and then making a side trip to Texas to go ride with Lance Armstrong!

Win Giant's new TCR Advanced!
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For starters, there's our Tour de France Fantasy Competition, where you get to play directeur sportif and choose one or more virtual Tour teams. It's easy and fun, and prizes on offer include a Giant 2005 TCR Advanced frameset in T-Mobile colours; a ten-day trip to one of next year's grand tours with Bikestyle Tours; Zero Gravity super-light Ciamillo brakes; CycleOps Electronic Trainer Plus; Bontrager wheels; Speedplay Tyler Hamilton Signature Edition Zero Pedals; Rudy Project Tour de France edition eyewear; Salsa Competidor™ six panel shorts.

To register for the Cyclingnews Tour de France fantasy Game, go to fantasy.cyclingnews.com. Good luck!

For more information on joining, see the rules section.

Win the Tour Down Under!
Photo: © Mark Gunter
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Australia's premier race is the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, which next year runs January 18 - 23, 2005. The JCTDU is always a huge but friendly event where fans can easily meet riders, and where the racers are happy to enjoy some Aussie sunshine when it's still chilly and damp in Europe. You can join them courtesy of the JCTDU organisation who will fly two lucky winners from anywhere in the world to see the 2005 race. The prize includes car hire and accommodation for the duration of the Tour and two JCTDU Club Tour memberships.

Win Specialized Pro Carbon 04 shoes!

Our good friends at Specialized - the bike and shoe sponsor of Mario Cipollini and Domina Vacanza - invite you to play "Whose shoes" for the chance to win a pair of their carbon fiber-soled Pro Carbon Body Geometry road shoes. All you have to do is identify the rider belonging to the mystery feet and you could win - and keep checking back as there's a new pair of mystery feet every three days throughout the Tour de France

As well as these competitions, brought to you by our generous sponsors in conjunction with Cyclingnews there's a host of others:

  • Polar is giving away a Nokia 5140 mobile phone every day of the Tour - one of the phones recommended for use with its latest 725 model heart rate monitor. To win, you just have to guess the winner of the next stage. Easy! Plus, at the end of the Tour, Nokia is running a grand draw for a Dura-Ace equipped Giant TCR Composite bike.
  • Speedplay is giving away three pairs of its new Tyler Hamilton Signature Edition pedals - Hamilton's monicker is laser-etched on the pedal axle - with runner-up prizes of Speedplay Schwag Packs.
  • Cannondale is giving away a new Cannondale Six13 frameset in its end-of-Tour grand draw. All you have to do to enter is guess the daily average power of Saeco rider Gerrit Glomser as measured by his SRM Power Meter. There's a jersey for each day's winner.
  • Want to ride with Lance? All you have to do is visit a Trek dealer between July and July 25 and fill in an entry form. Trek will fly the lucky winner (who must be a US or Canadian - but not Quebec - resident) to Austin, Texas for a ride with Lance Armstrong.
  • In the Powerbar Live Like Lance sweepstakes you could win a Trek Madone 5.9 bike, plus a trip to the Lance Armstrong Foundation Ride for the Roses in Austin Texas. (US residents only)
  • Gita Sporting Goods - US importer of Giordana clothing, Diadora shoes, Pinarello and Eddy Merckx bikes and more - is giving away two Giordana pro team kits (jersey and bib-shorts) each week during the Tour de France.
  • 700C makes casual and technical cycling for cyclists and is offering the chance to win a complete wardrobe of stylish t-shirts, jacket and cycling gear worth AU$2,000.