Nicholas Deane won the overall in an amazing turn of events, taking 34 seconds over Andrew Craig on the last stage and winning by 29 seconds with a time of 83 hours 49 minutes and 59 seconds. As a reference Chris Froome completed the Tour in a time of 83:56:40.

Here’s what competition winner Nicholas had to say about his experience of the tipping comp and his 11th-hour victory:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the tipping competition. My sister convinced me to enter not long before the commencement of the first stage. It made for some late nights watching the Tour and then waiting for the Cycling Tips leader board to be updated.

I was singed by Degenkolb on stage 10, losing more than a minute on the GC riders. The other notable dud pick was Kreuziger on stage 18 who dropped me from second position back to sixth. Fortunately the efforts of Valverde on stage 19 and Rodriguez on stage 20 moved me back into second position.

Although I was confident in my stage 21 tip I never imagined the time gaps would occur or be so significant as to put me into the lead (it could have been something to do with Sky’s, hand holding, victory celebration road block)”.

Second-placed Andrew Craig was circumspect despite having lost his overall lead on the Champs-Elysees:

“I am pretty happy to make the podium after my final pick took the scenic route to the finish line. I should have stuck with Impey or Ferrari. Never mind, I’ll know better next time.”

Third place in the general classification went to Brenton Thain who was only 12 seconds behind second place. In fact you could have thrown a blanket over the top 10 tippers with the gap between first and 10th being only 3 minutes and 21 seconds.

At the other end of the competition Lance Reynolds took the Lanterne Rouge, finishing 2 hours 59 minutes and 52 seconds behind Nicholas. His performance is still commendable when you look at the time dropped by Svein Tuft, the actual Tour de France Lanterne Rouge, who finished 4:27:55 behind Froome.

In the Sprint competition Plamen Stoyanov finished on 409 points while the actual winner, Peter Sagan, had 408 points. Plamen just took the overall! In the KOM however it was a different story with Gavin Schulze finishing on 203 points while our actual winner, Nairo Quintana “only” managed 147 points.

The CyclingTips tipping competition, we can conclude, contained better tippers than the Tour had riders. Or something like that.

Our total prize pool was worth nearly $6,000 and here’s what the five lucky individuals mentioned above have won:

General classification

1st prize — Nicholas Deane

2nd prize — Andrew Craig

  • Bolle Vortex sunglasses
  • 100th edition TdF DVD
  • Le Coq Sportif Replica Yellow Jersey

3rd prize — Brenton Thain

  • Bolle Vortex sunglasses
  • 100th edition TdF DVD
  • Le Coq Sportif Replica Yellow Jersey

KOM

1st prize — Gavin Schulze

Sprint

1st prize — Plamen Stoyanov

Click here for more information about the prizes we had on offer.

Thanks to everyone for participating. We’re always looking for feedback about how to make the experience better and more relevant. We do this because we love it, and we love having people enjoy what we’re enjoying.

The tipping competition will be back for the Vuelta and we hope you’ll join us then!