The first real race of the Ardennes classics

Velominati Super Prestige: Mens Amstel Gold Race 2017

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I spent my formative years growing up in the United States, hearing from all my Dutch and German relatives how crap American beer is and how fantastic Dutch and German brews are, respectively. By the time I started drinking it myself, the micro brew scene in the US had flourished and was giving the European beer icons swirlies in the locker room toilet.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Amstel Gold – a beer I assumed to be as prestigious as the race it sponsors – was every bit as shit as Miller or Budweiser. Nevertheless, the advertisers do get their way because anytime I’m in a Dutch bar where none of the beers available sound appealing, I’ll always default to this particular brand of piss.

Be that as it may, I love the fact that they’ve sponsored a race for so many years, and I love the fact that they’ve been doing a women’s edition for ages as well. And don’t be fooled by this racing being in the reputedly flat Netherlands; this particular province is very bumpy parcours and if you can’t get yourself over hills very well, you won’t feature very high on the results list.

Ponder the start list, get your picks in by the time the countdown timer goes to zero and good luck!

Final Race Results
1. GILBERT Philippe
2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
3. ALBASINI Michael
4. HAAS Nathan
5. ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin
Final VSP Results
1. taon24 (13 points)
2. JohnB (12 points)
3. RobSandy (12 points)
4. Phillip Mercer (12 points)
5. tony macaroni (12 points)
6. Randy C (12 points)
7. Chica (12 points)
8. Harminator (12 points)
9. Buck Rogers (8 points)
10. Teocalli (8 points)
11. freddy (8 points)
12. il ciclista medio (8 points)
13. The Grande Fondue (8 points)
14. Rick (8 points)
15. JCM (8 points)
16. Cameron W (8 points)
17. mulebeatsdrums (8 points)
18. MikeK (8 points)
19. dyalander (8 points)
20. wiscot (7 points)
21. sthilzy (7 points)
22. Barracuda (6 points)
23. R00tdown (6 points)
24. Canucklehead (6 points)
25. TurboJoe (6 points)
26. Kevin (3 points)
27. Haldy (3 points)
28. Geraint (2 points)
29. GoldenGorilla (2 points)
30. cycleman3000 (2 points)
31. Ccos (2 points)
32. Yagerbomb (2 points)
33. Kunanyi (2 points)
34. Byron (2 points)
35. Snowy (2 points)
36. schall und rauch (2 points)
37. the Engine (2 points)
38. John Irvine (2 points)
39. MangoDave (2 points)
40. dancollins (2 points)
41. Davido (2 points)
42. chuckp (2 points)
43. ErikdR (2 points)
44. xyxax (2 points)
45. Heusdens (2 points)
46. Jay (2 points)
47. Monti Martani (2 points)
48. Minnesota Expat (2 points)
49. Jansen (1 points)
50. JonnyG (1 points)
51. Two Ball Billy (1 points)
52. TheDon (1 points)
53. David van Dijk (1 points)
54. hhbiker (1 points)
55. Paul Woodhouse (1 points)
56. BacklashJack (1 points)
57. Clingon (1 points)
58. Quadzilla (1 points)
59. Pot Belj (1 points)
60. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
61. LeoTea (1 points)
62. Skip (1 points)
63. BaltoSteve (1 points)
64. Quasar (1 points)
65. foggypeake (1 points)
66. ramenvelo (1 points)
67. osbk67 (1 points)
68. lokerola (0 points)
69. Magaramombi (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. One more time Phil Gil …with FEEEELING!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Phil Gil
    2. Malmerde
    3. Komquatski
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Simon Gerrans
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. GILBERT Philippe
    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    4. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    5. GASPAROTTO Enrico
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Matthews
    3. Benoot
    4. Fuglsang
    5. Valverde
  4. I resisted Valverde all last season and paid for it so I’ll put him in this season……with my form on picks I expect an email from him asking me to remove him!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. GVA
    5. Colbrelli
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Valverde
    2. B. Swift
    3. O. Naesen
    4. P. Gilbert
    5. R. Costa
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    3. SKUJINS Toms
    4. ALAPHILIPE Julian
    5. GILBERT Philippe
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Greg van Avermaet
    4. Sonny Colbrelli
    5. Michael Matthews
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. MATTHEWS Michael
    2. COLBRELLI Sonny
    3. GILBERT Philippe
    4. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
  9. Another thing that can make piss beer taste better: you win a six pack of it in a sprint prime

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Gilbert
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Matthews
    5. Gasparotto
  10. I mean, they’re terrible picks, but hey, logical picks haven’t produced any winning results.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Uran
    2. Coquard
    3. Bardet
    4. Boom
    5. Van Avermaet
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MATTHEWS Michael
    3. GILBERT Philippe
    4. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    5. BENOOT Tiesj
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Valverde
    4. Matthews
    5. Kwiatkowski
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Sonny Colbrelli
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  15. Hey guys – we had some technical difficulties with the website and if you entered the competition after 5am today, you will need to re-enter your picks.

    Sorry!

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rigoberto Uran
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Philip Gilbert
    4. Michael Matthews
    5. Dan Martin
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. PhilGil
    2. Bling
    3. Valverde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. GVA
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Gilbert
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Sonny Colbrelli
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Greg Van Avermaet
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Phil Gil
    3. Malmerde
    4. GVA
    5. Dan Martin
  20. Bling for the win!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Gilbert
    3. Colbrelli
    4. Valverde
    5. Kwiatkowski
  21. @frank

    Hey guys – we had some technical difficulties with the website and if you entered the competition after 5am today, you will need to re-enter your picks.

    Sorry!

    Hey Frank – that other problem still exists that you don’t see the general thread on any of the topics so you can’t post new threads.

  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Colbrelli
    3. van Avermaet
    4. Gilbert
    5. Kwiatkowski
  23. Yup, also still occurring for me on multiple computers.

  24. Oi Oi Oi

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Bling
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Phil Gil
    4. Valverde
    5. Gerrans
  25. There’s about 25 riders who could plausibly win this – also it may rain

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Giblets
    3. Sonny Colbrelli
    4. Malmerde
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Phil Gilbert
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Valverde
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Philip Gilbert
    4. Sonny Colbrelli
    5. Daniel Martin

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