Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017

Valverde is one of those guys who seems to never suck. And he looks great on a bike; he doesn’t spin too much, he doesn’t grind too much. He likes to stomp a big gear uphill in the drops, 90’s-style, when the mood strikes. What’s not to like? I’m not sure, but I can’t find myself liking him, must be the Piti Principle nonsense that spoiled him for me.

In any case, I can’t believe the guy is still an active Pro, let alone still winning. This race always comes down to who can go uphill like he stole something at the end of a long, lumpy race, and have the patience to wait until the right moment – go too early and you’ll burn out. Go too late and you’ll have missed the move from the guy who timed it right. And don’t get tempted into it by that skinny climber who goes well in the Alps; if he hasn’t done this climb yet, he’s likely to get it wrong.

Dan Martin is due to win this race, and my money is on him, assuming he’s starting, and I haven’t checked that he is. (Update: He is.) That’s a free tip, the rest I leave to you. Contemplate the start list (which I can’t find), peruse those pesky tea leaves, and get your picks in before the timer goes to zero.

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83 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017”

  1. Random picks in case I forget to think about this – not that thinking is likely to improve my chances!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Albasini
    3. Valverde
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Wellens
  2. Picking Valverde to win even though I don’t like him, as then I’ll be pleased if he wins and pleased if he doesn’t.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Henao
    5. Wellens
  3. Roll the dice and see what happens!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Warren Barguil
    4. Alexis Vuillermoz
    5. Sergio Henao
  4. Holding my nose on pickling Malmerde

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Gasparotto
    5. Uran
  5. Forgive me Father, for I have Valverde-ed.

    We’re all going to hell.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Al
    2. Kwiatkowski, Mike
    3. Martin, Danny
    4. Albasini, Mike
    5. Henao, Surge
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tim Wellens
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Rigoberto Uran
    4. Warren Barguil
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  7. @RobSandy

    Picking Valverde to win even though I don’t like him, as then I’ll be pleased if he wins and pleased if he doesn’t.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Henao
    5. Wellens

    Its…diabolical. And genius.

  8. HAAS HAS a HEROIC HUMP day on the HUY!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. HAAS, Nathan
    2. MARTIN, Daniel
    3. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    4. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    5. WOODS, Michael

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