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Weekly News #143
Weekly News

Another week and another round of news to catch you all up on! Who would have thought that the off-season would be this busy!!

PCM.Daily DB Stats Update

The long promised post-Vuelta stats update has finally arrived! First mentioned back in #138 Alakagom posted the new .cdb file on Wednesday. It includes a new database with fully updated rider stats up to and including this years Vuelta. So now you can play PCM14 with the most accurate stats yet!

You do need the PCM.Daily 2014 DB V1 installed to make it work, but let's be honest you've all got it already. Instructions are simple: 1) Extract the .cdb, 2) Place the .cdb file in Documents/Pro Cycling Manager 2014/Mod/Database, 3) Select it in-game on the options menu, 4) Enjoy!

There is planned to be a final update including post-WC stats to come this year, though an eta is still unknown. Download the latest update here!

PCM.Daily Stages Expansion Pack

Alongside the new stats update perhaps you want some new stages? Well here at PCM.Daily we are always aiming to please and have released a Variant DLC for you to enjoy. The stages pack includes 496 new stages to use in PCM14 for the WorldTour and World and National Championships. Grab the action here!

Members DB for PCM13

Those of you with PCM13 might be feeling a bit left out with all the new PCM14 updates, but don't fear! Jesleyh's Members DB has been converted to PCM13, thanks to Bikex. Unfortunately some of the new stages and races are non-compatible but an effort has been made to keep things different and fun. Otherwise the teams and riders are just the same as in the PCM14 version. Pick up the fun here!

Man-Game Madness

The weekly look at the Man-Game is here again. La Vuelta still dominates the PT news where Oscar Avelino of Prio-Porto won the latest stage, Stage 10. Local hero Justo Tenorio of Santander leads the race but legend Alberto Contador is right on his wheel as are several other pre-race favorites.

Some of the PCT's best climbers took a trip to France for the Tour des Pays de Savoie, where after 4 days Janez Brajkovic continues Heineken-Cal Giant's run of success with the GC victory. We also witnessed Chris Froome win his first classic of the season for QuickStep in the GP Onda-Boavista.

Whilst CT teams have been at the above races they recently had a big showdown of their own in the Transfagarasan GP, a mountainous classic. Peilun Wu of Siam Cement-Lenovo attacked early and rode smartly to outwit his breakaway companion on the line.

Lastly we had yet another PCT/CT rankings update to conclude the month of May. It's an exciting season full of surprise and thrill and you can read the latest here.

Thread of the Week

As always i finish off with Thread of the Week. With racing all but finished those threads are pretty quiet meaning off-topic discussion take the fore. I'm With Stupid continues to run strongly, and the Music thread has been active. But yet again it goes to Café Pedro 9: Nein, nein, nein! for continued general chat, and this week an actual amount of actual chat.

Weekly News #142
Weekly News

One fo the busiest weeks on Daily in a while meaning i've got some real news to give you all, which makes a nice change. But it also comes with the end of the European road sesaon, which is not a nice change...

Immortalising Users

As of today we have a new DB to use on PCM14, and it's fair to say it has been getting a lot of users rather excited. PCMDaily Members DB, created by Jesleyh, takes ordinary site users and turns them into the pro peloton. All the top members are included as are a selection of the newer and less active ones creating a rather familiar set of divisions. The database also comes with a selection of new stages and jerseys to sink into, overall making for a fun and unique PCM experience.

The DB has been added to our downloads section here, and a patch has already been added here in the official thread. Already proving very popular a number of video reviews are popping up on Youtube, my personal favorite being EwanWilson's. Jesleyh is known for his DB skills so this really comes with recomendations.

Man-Game Madness

This weeks round up of the Management Game will be a lot smaller than previously. The highlight being the start of the Vuelta a Espana which is again being reported by SportingNonsense, a true sign of dedication to the game. Currently still in the early stages winds, hills and AI are already shaking things up and it promises to be an enthralling three weeks.

The PCT teams have had much action, tackling the Sibiu Tour, Taihu and Czech Republic. The CT teams have being finishing off Juarez and heading to Madrid for a climbers showdown. Results have been spread around and if you want to find more head to the Discussion Threads.

Story Games Summary

Again i'll keep this fairly brief. EPIC concluded it's final GT of the season as Chris Froome won the Vuelta. In the end it was comfortable for Team Sky and a bit dissapointing for Movistar who dominated the opening week of action. Shout out to SSJ2Luigi for some great reports.

There has also been a whole host of other races such as Pologne, Plouay, USAPCC and Burgos amongst others. To find all the results and discussion check out the Season Part 3 thread. Finally in the world of EPIC the World Championships loom and pre-race busines is taking place here.

Thread of the Week

It's been a busy week. Jesleyhs members DB has been stupidly popular racking up over 20 pages already. News of another Astana positive galvanised the New in October thread with discussion, and the Transfers 14/15 thread has been active with all the latest news. But this week the award goes to Café Pedro 9: Nein, nein, nein! This week it had a lot of discussion and has also been lost and restored, certainly more action than a small Cafe should see in a week.

Weekly News #141
Weekly News

Before i begin i have to point out the truly fascinating Cyclist Interview with Vassili Davidenko, GM of Novo Nordisk. Well worth a read! Right now onto the News:

Focus Steam Sale

This weekend Focus are giving discounts of upto 75% off their entire catalog on Steam! This includes PCM2014 cut by 50% to £14.99, PCM2013 cut by 75% to £3.74 and PCM2012 cut by 75% to £1.74. These deals run through to Monday 13th so it's a good time to catch up on the series if you've been holding off.

Man-Game Madness

Yet again the Man-Game has been providing a sizable proportion of the sites content this week. I'll begin by drawing attention to SN's call for reporters. The recent pace has been amazing but it can't last forever, and more reporters makes the whole things easier for everyone. And with PCM2013 on sale now is a perfect time to lend a hand. If you are interested drop a comment in this thread.

Anyway, to the Giro! The seasons first Grand Tour came to a conclusion in Bergamo where Damiano Cunego added his 6th title, an amazing record! Lotto-Australia Post's rider also took home the Points Jersey. 2nd place overall went to Aleksandr Pluchkin of Team B&O just 54" back. 3rd place comfortably ended with Angel Madrazo of Santander. Rothaus-Aegon's Jose Angel Gomez Marchante claimed an easy KoM Jersey, whilst Joseph Dombrowski of Pendleton's took the Youth competiton and provided the base for that teams Team Classification victory. Huge thank you to SportingNonsense for quick and incredible reports.

Away from the top tier there's still be action. The PCT headed to Japan where Mirco Saggiorato took a shock win for Sauber Petronas Racing. The true sprinters classic Berlin ProRace wasn't one for the sprinters as George Bennett of Oz Cycling Project attacked late to spoil the party. Currently the best climbers are split between Sibiu Tour and Cartago-Irazu.

The CT division had two cobbled classics, the Criterium Hainleite and Lincoln GP. The first won by Michal Golas of Grupo Nutresa, and the second won by Aleksei Saramotins of Evonik-Signal Iduna. Currently the top sprinters are engaged at the Circulo de Juarez in Mexico.

Story Games Summary

Philippe Gilbert, of Prorace Cycling Team, won the ICL's first Velo d'Or. Gilbert had won the Worlds, as well as PT events like MSR and Strade Bianche. Tour de France winner Nairo Quintana was second, and Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador took thrid. The game is now truly into its off-season and is hunting for a few more teams to fill out the game. If you are interested you can sign up here!

EPIC still rumbles along, with the Vuelta entering it's final 4 stages, however unless someone launches a big attack the GC result is looking set. More action can be found at the Tour d'Pologne or in the CT races which continue to provide interest and excitement.

Thread of the Week

I was tempted to give it to I'm With Stupid again, having just finished the opening set of 5 Rounds (won by Bikex), but i couldn't do that. The Man-Game Giro d'Italia discussion thread was also considered but also rejected. No instead my Thread of the Week is Other Races 2014. With plenty of late season action there is plenty of late season discussion to be had!

Cycling Interview: Vassili Davidenko
Interviews

For an unseeable time frame, that is the last interview for now as I don't have any interviews left I can post, so I hope you will enjoy todays edition of cycling interview. This time we have Vassili Davidenko, Corporate Vice President of Athletics and General Manager of the Team Novo Nordisk. Please click read more to see the full interview.

Fantasy Betting season coming to an end
Fantasy Betting

With the pro cycling season coming to an end, it's also time to round off the fantasy betting season and determine this years winner. Once the riders cross the finish line of the last race of the Europe tour on 19 October, the PCM.daily Fantasy Betting season will also be over.

Before the final UWT race of the season, the Tour of Beijing, we see rastaff in a comfortable leading position leading with 7,802 PCM$ ahead of koreksiak3 in second with 1,851 PCM$ and tkg81 in thid with 1,428 PCM$. It will now be interesting to see whether rastaff has the guts to place bets on this race in an attempt to consolidate his position or whether he will take a step back and hope to see his competitors fail their last chances.

Once the last bets have been finished, we'll make a round up news article where we announce this years winner and look into the greatest wins and losses during the season.

Weekly News #140
Weekly News

It's been a couple of weeks since the last edition, sorry for that, but here we are with another wrap up of everything Daily! Do remember to read our latest Cyclist Interview, this time with Novo Nordisk man Javier Megias

Stories from the Month

Without a Story of the Month competition or a Story Spotlight for the time being here is quick flick around some of the happenings in the Story sub-forums. HuDCC and jihardy both hit Page 3 with their stories The New Luxembourg Lion and Fly Emirates-Blackberry, respectively. zuff's The 1980's continues to go from strength to strength hitting another Giro d'Italia in style

Matijn North returns In the Pursuit of Glory by the_hoyle entering the 2015 season. Another return, this time for Karl Hammarling by TMM as Act 8 draws to a close after a summer break. Fabio Melani from cycleman123 completes the one-rider trifecta on PCM13 heading into Le Tour yet again!

Big shout out to all the current stories, i can only fit so many into a brief section like this. However sadness as The Writers Block misses another edition due to the lack of an editor/organiser.

Man-Game May Madness

Okay not quite March Madness but the Management Game enters May full of speed and excitement. The Giro d'Itlia is the first GT of the season and is full of intrigue and action. Cunego goes out to bag perhaps his final GT win, while teams must deal with only having 8 riders on the road. Currently the race is hinged with 6 stage to run, but Damiano is in control for Lotto-Australia Post.

That's not all! Americas premier race the Tour of California is about conclude with Wikipedia's Taylor Phinney looking strong to take the title. We drop a division to the PCT, where Quickstep dominate Dunkerque but Jaguar-Eritel's Azzeddine Lagab took the honors. Finally the Tour of the Middle East, the longest stage race at CT level, concluded after a loooong pause. Vitor Rodrigues of Siam Cement-Lenovo took a slim win ahead of Maxim Iglinskiy, just 7 seconds!

Finally finally do go and look over the Team HQ's as the recent races have brought a wealth of detailed and entertaining updates. Also drop by the most recent PCT/CT Rankings Update as the battles heat up and the divisions shape up!

Story Games Special

The ICL and EPIC continue to make history in terms of community Story Games. The ICL has just completed it's debut season, which saw Gilbert conclude with victory at the World Championships. You can sign up for Season 2 here, and catch up on the Velo d'Or here.

EPIC hits it's first Vuelta, reported by SSJ2Luigi. Movistar got off to a dominating start in Week 1, but yet it's Purito and Froome dueling for top honors at this stage. Good news for youngsters as EPIC creations Birt and Ghita win three stages in a row to validate the young rider programmes. Catch all the action in the official thread here.

Thread of the Week

Tough call for these past two weeks. Lots of World Championships discussion, lots of Transfer discussion. The Cyclocross thread gathers interest. Cafe Pedro continues to fill up at an alarming rate. But i have to give the award to one thread in paticular. I'm With Stupid 2014: Attempt #2 takes the honors! The old favorite community game is back in action with no changes at all, just new life and energy. It's open to all at any time and looks to run right across the off-season.

Cycling Interview: Javier Megias
Interviews

It's friday and it's cycling interviews time:
Today, we have Javier Megias from the Novo Nordisk team.
Please click read more to see the interview.

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