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Le Tour de France 2016 - Pro Cycling Manager 2016

About

Become the sports manager of a professional cycling team and take part in a great 2016 season packed with new features that will let you travel the world in over 200 cycling events (550 stages) culminating in the famous Tour de France 2016.

As the manager, it's up to you to coordinate every aspects of a team's life: recruiting, negotiating contracts with cyclists and sponsors, managing staff, training and handling the race calendar… your role will also be crucial during the races themselves since you will need to make real time key decisions during the different stages !

Start a season by yourself or organize online competitions against virtual managers from all over the world. Share your own content using Steam Workshop (races, backgrounds, jerseys, equipment…) in order to constantly renew your experience in Pro Cycling Manager.

The New Features

Overhaul of the multiplayer mode : for an ultra complete experience that includes creating competitions, races, specific rules, leader boards, cooperative mode… and the ability to compete against players from all over the world on stages that you have created and shared on Steam Workshop.

Richer and more immersive Pro Cyclist Mode : with more developed relationships and interactions between you, your manager and your teammates. As the leader, know how to guide your teammates. As a teammate, do your best to meet your leader's needs !

Improved Career Mode : with a new objective system in which you will have to reconcile your sponsors' objectives and your star riders' desires.

More realistic : thanks to graphic enhancements, new backgrounds and sceneries, a clearer interface, improved conveying of information for better decision making, and a more advanced AI that takes into greater consideration cyclists' physiological abilities, shape and behaviors during breakaways.

Share the created content : using Steam Workshop (races, backgrounds, jerseys, equipment…) to constantly renew your game experience.

The New Features

Overhaul of the multiplayer

The multiplayer mode underwent a complete overhaul to offer you all of the required tools to compete in online races. Thus, you can easily create your own tournaments, races, tours, classics, tracks… These tournaments are totally customizable (races, teams, databases…) and can take place on a specific date or run through several days. You can also decide to get into the cooperative mode to take the lead of one of the official teams in the game, in order to climb all the way to the top of the official leader boards! Another great addition to the multiplayer mode: the Pro Cyclist mode – in which you no longer play as the sports manager, but as a rider — also gets a multiplayer element. Challenge your friends or other online players, or race co-op in the same team for new tactical options.

Richer Pro Cyclist mode

The Pro Cyclist Mode pushes the immersion further than ever before. Your relationship with your sports manager and your teammates are enhanced. In order to become the outright leader of your team and guide your teammates, you will first need to be a perfect teammate yourself and obey your leader's orders to support his goals. Little by little, thanks to good performances, your role and your responsibilities will increase within the team. You will surely become leader over the years to guide and give orders to your teammates so they, in return, can help you reach your personal goals.

Improved Career Mode

The objective system has been entirely redone. Your sponsor will require visibility during specific races or tours so you will need to put forth your riders by winning stages or jerseys. It is up to you to make sure your sponsor's demands and objectives are compatible with your leaders' desires if you want to spare egos. Take into account your cyclists' freshness and recovery which could make it extremely difficult to string two big tours in a row.

Enhanced realism

This year, Pro Cycling Manager is back with a lot of graphic enhancements. More beautiful, more detailed, with new backgrounds and sceneries showcased in the Tour de France 2016 (Mont Saint-Michel, Mont Ventoux…) the peloton and its riders benefit from smoother animations and from more diverse sizes and heights. The in-race interface as been redesigned for clearer and more detailed information, which leads to better decision making. Finally, your opponents' Artificial Intelligence will be more advanced to let them make decisions not only based on the daily stages, but on their long term objectives.

Steam Workshop

Thanks to the Steam Workshop, you can easily share and download all the user-generated content, whether it was created by you or by the huge community of enthusiastic Pro Cycling Manager 2016 players. New races, jerseys, databases… all you need to expand and constantly renew your game experience with unlimited content put up by the fans.

Realism

Hit the road

Control one of the official professional teams split into 3 divisions, and travel the world to gorgeous true to life locations. From the Mont Saint-Michel, where the Tour de France 2016 will start, to the Mont Ventoux and the highest peaks of the Alpes, from Quatar's arid tracks to La Vuelta's roads, Pro Cycling Manager's season 2016 will make you travel.

The weather plays a crucial part during races. More than once, we've seen that rain can influence the fate of a race… be careful on slippery roads! In addition to races on roads, engage in intense and tactical track events, like Keirin or point races.

Further in simulation NEW

Pay close attention to your riders' daily shape and recovery. Before the start of a stage, you can consult the direct impact a decrease in fitness can have on a rider… recovery is also more realistic. Analyze these stats to know a cyclist's potential for the next stage and to know his ability to race two major tours in a row. The riders' statistics are even more precise. For instance, during hybrid stages (hills and mountains), you'll see a more realistic behavior between Puncheurs (more efficient during a short effort) and pure Climbers (able to put up with an intense effort for a longer climb).

More realistic breakaways NEW

During breakaways, you will have access to an indicator showing the degree of implication from your breakaway mates – and thus their impact on the rhythm and on the strategy to follow. A more advanced AI will decide which fighters will engage in the early breakaway for an even more realistic behavior.

Greater immersion NEW

This year, Pro Cycling Manager is back with a lot of graphic enhancements. More beautiful, more detailed, with new backgrounds and sceneries showcased in the Tour de France 2016 (Mont Saint-Michel, Mont Ventoux…) the peloton and its riders benefit from smoother animations and from more diverse sizes and heights. The in-race interface as been redesigned for clearer and more detailed information, which leads to better decision making.

The Career Mode

You are the manager

The career mode puts you in the shoes of the sports manager of an amateur or professional team, including Continental, Continental Pro and World Tour favorite teams. You can create and customize your team with your choice riders — make them progress and gain levels through training sessions and race victories. In exchange for financial support, your sponsor will impose specific objectives on races and tours, in which you will have to put forth your colors by winning stages and jerseys. It is up to you to make sure your sponsor's demands and objectives are compatible with your leaders' desires if you want to spare egos. Take into account your cyclists' freshness and recovery which could make it extremely difficult to string two big tours in a row.

Essential technical staff

Hire recruiters who will travel the globe in search of the new rising star in the cycling world. Hire trainers specialized in areas that your riders could benefit from during specific training sessions. Nothing is better than a sprint specialist to train your sprinters! Lastly, having the best medical staff by your side will allow your injured riders to recover better.

You control EVERYTHING

Thanks to the season schedule, efficiently manage and prepare for your season. From signing your riders up for the races of your choice (over 200 competitions!) to the supervision of their fitness and the planning for their specific training, the season schedule will soon become a precious and essential tool. During the pre-season, a R&D phase will let you develop frame or wheel prototypes and equip your team with the most efficient models. Lastly, assemble your reserve team with promising youngsters.

The Pro Cyclist Mode

The Pro Cyclist Mode NEW

In Pro Cyclist mode, you will not be the manager in charge of a complete team but you will play a single rider at the start of his career. Create your cyclist (first name, last name, place of birth, age…) and choose your first team. Depending on your choice, your manager will give you a specific role that you will have to fulfill at any cost to progress and grow in your career. Perform well in the race to improve your stats and your reputation, and be wise and opportunist to advance in your career, sign with the biggest teams, and become a world star.

Saison Pro Team

The Pro Cyclist Mode pushes the immersion further than ever before. Your relationship with your sports manager and your teammates is enhanced. In order to become the outright leader of your team and guide your teammates, you will first need to be a perfect teammate yourself and obey your leader's orders to support his goals. Little by little, thanks to good performances, your role and your responsibilities will increase within the team. You will surely become leader over the years and to guide and give orders to your teammates so they, in return, can help you reach your personal goals.

In Race

Take control

Once the race preparation is over, it is time to take control of your team and guide it towards victory in the competition! You now control your cyclists by giving them the best race strategy possible. You will have access to a lot of information on the way, about your riders' shape, the weather, the race's progress, the gaps… Digest all of this information to give the best instructions to your cyclists.

Strategy and race commands

Many tutorials and integrated pieces of advice will help you make your decisions. The race system will not only help you decide on a strategy before the start, but also reorganize and automate the behavior of some of the riders DURING the race. To defend your yellow jersey during a mountain stage, ask each of your team members to maintain a rapid pace at the front of the peloton and ask your leader and his lieutenant to react to every single attack coming from a direct opponent. This is only an example of the many tactics you can try during the game!

Effort management

One of the most crucial elements to control in order to perform well in a race is your riders' effort management. Many actions (long solo breakaways, riding at the front of the peloton facing the wind…) will tend to wear your riders out faster… quite a handicap when one is aiming for a stage sprint victory with one's best rider, after having spent many weeks of training, working on launching sprints. You will have access to different strategies to finish a stage in good shape (maintain your position in the peloton, stick to the wheel of the rider in front of you, ask cyclists to protect your leader from a side wind…). Remember to resupply your riders so they have enough juice when needed. During sprints, manually control your sprinter and choose his preferred trajectory. Clear yourself to avoid being stuck when the time comes, take the wheel of your direct opponent and pass him at the very last second to cross the line as a winner!

Attack and counter-attack

rider's capacity to attack and sometimes to breakaway alone on very long distances is based on his shape, his preparation, his rest time but also on your decisions and strategy during the race. Information about your riders' shape is available on a daily basis, pay close attention to all of them. A rider on a roll is not managed in the same way as a rider completely strung out by an intensive month of competition. Depending on your cyclist, and on his shape, you will opt for a more offensive or defensive position for your riders. Plan an attack in the middle of an Hors catégorie mountain pass with your leader in good shape in order to increase the gaps and make an impression, or observe your direct opponents and only react to their attacks. But beware, your opponents will always be on the lookout for your weaknesses and will react in a heartbeat to your race strategy. If you are dangerous on the general leader board and launch an early breakaway during a stage, expect your pursuers to overtake you in a few seconds.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer

The multiplayer mode underwent a complete overhaul to offer you all of the required tools to compete in online races. Thus, you can easily create your own tournaments, races, tours, classics, tracks… These tournaments are totally customizable (races, teams, databases…) and can take place on a specific date or run through several days. You can also decide to get into the cooperative mode to take the lead of one of the official teams in the game, in order to climb all the way to the top of the official leader boards! Another great addition to the multiplayer mode: the Pro Cyclist mode – in which you no longer play as the sports manager, but as a rider – also gets a multiplayer element. Challenge your friends or other online players, or race co-op in the same team for new tactical options.

Steam Workshop

Steam Workshop

Thanks to the Steam Workshop, you can easily share and download all the user-generated content, whether it was created by you or by the huge community of enthusiastic Pro Cycling Manager 2016 players. New races, jerseys, databases… all you need to expand and constantly renew your game experience with unlimited content put up by the fans.