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Velominati Super Prestige: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian 2017

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This week we are currently in is the most boring week of the year. After three weeks of non-stop Tour de France coverage, we slip, without any warning whatsoever, back into the doldrums of loving a sport that doesn’t get any television coverage. When, on Saturday morning, I tune into San Sebastian, it will be via a crappy, low-resolution feed snaked off Steephill.tv.

San Sebastian isn’t exactly my favorite race, but it’s a race and after enduring the post-Tour hangover for nearly a week, I’m ready to take anything resembling a bike race. It even has enough climbs to make it interesting, and enough race motos to keep us biting our nails right to the very end.

So, go get jiggy with the start list, get your picks in, and let’s party.

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gallopin
    4. Landa
    5. Gilbert
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. S. Yates
    4. Dumoulin
    5. D. Martin
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Landa, Mikel
    2. Uran, Rigoberto
    3. Van Avermat, Greg
    4. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    5. Majka, Rafal
  4. .

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Yates, Simon
    3. Majka
    4. Mollema
    5. Barguil
  5. @Rick

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg Van Avermaet
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Tony Gallopin
    4. Mikal Landa
    5. Philippe Gilbert
    0

    this is a good group! me too.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Tony Gallopin
    4. Mikal Landa
    5. Philippe Gilbert
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bauke Mollema
    2. Quiet cough ski
    3. Landa
    4. Uran uran
    5. G Van Avermaet
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Uran
    3. Gilbert
    4. Benoot
    5. Ulissi
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Tiesj Benoot
    5. Tony Gallopin
  9. @Cary

    Hope so!

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Alaphillipe
    3. Gallopin
    4. Yates
    5. Betancur
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Landa
    4. Dumoulin
    5. Gallopin
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatowski
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Mikal Landa
    4. Phil-Gilbert
    5. Tony Gallopin
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Uran
    2. Domoulin
    3. Kwiatowski
    4. Landa
    5. Pinot
  14. They didn’t do a very good job of hiding the motor on that BMC bike. You’d think the UCI commissaires would’ve caught that.

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Mikel Landa
    4. Philippe Gilbert
    5. Tony Gallopin
  16. @Logan Sholar

    They didn’t do a very good job of hiding the motor on that BMC bike. You’d think the UCI commissaires would’ve caught that.

    0

    I know. I mean, grafting a whole bloody motorbike on the back of a BMC and then hoping no-one would notice? Really. But then again, maybe they only scanned the bottom of the seat tube and finding nothing, gave it the thumbs up.

  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bennett
    2. Mollema
    3. GVA
    4. Benoot
    5. Gilbert
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Landa
    2. Uran
    3. GVA
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Phil Gil
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Mikel Landa
    2. Simon Yates
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Jan Bakelants
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Warren Barguil
    2. Simon Yates
    3. Uran
    4. Phil Gil
    5. GvA
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermat
    2. Gilbert
    3. Landa
    4. Mollema
    5. Kwiatkowski
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Landa
    4. Gilbert
    5. Gallopin
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Gilbert
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Landa
    5. Gallopin
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Landa
    3. Gilbert
    4. S. Yates
    5. Kong
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tom Dumouloin
    2. Tony Gallopin
    3. Bauke Molema
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tom Dumoulin
    2. Tony Gallopin
    3. Bauke Molema
    4. Mikel Landa
    5. Luis Leon Sanchez
  27. okay… I think I have it now… yeesh

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tom Dumoulin
    2. Tony Gallopin
    3. Bauke Mollema
    4. Mikel Landa
    5. Luis Leon Sanchez
  28. okay then… one more time because I’m not sure Luis Leon is in fact racing. And because I’m adding GVA then have to add Philippe too…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tom Dumoulin
    2. Tony Gallopin
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Mikel Landa
    5. Greg Van Avermaet
  29. Truly a hardman yes ? “During the tour I didn’t have any problems when racing, but off the bike I wasn’t feeling very comfortable…”, Dan describes racing TdF with a broken back.

    Just to be straight here, “…I wasn’t feeling very comfortable…” is how he describes having a broken back. Though he was fine when racing. Unbelievable. Reminds me of Thomas racing 20 stages, including the TTT, with a busted pelvis after getting injured on first stage a few years back.

  30. Frank: The race is live on Cycling TV in the USA. I think a 6 month subscription is $29. They do an internet broadcast of a number of fairly good races. For some reason, it doesn’t show up on Steephill as a broadcaster of this race. I have subscribed for a couple of years.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. kwiatkowski
    2. R. Uran
    3. Van Aver Maet
    4. Gilbert
    5. Gallopin
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatowski
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Mikel Landa
    4. Philippe Gilbert
    5. Tony Gallopin
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Mikel Landa
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Tony Gallopin
    4. Philippe Gilbert
    5. Simon Yates
  33. Dumoulin is not yet back in form so Mollema it is for us Dutchmen!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Evermaet
    2. Kwiatkovski
    3. Mollema
    4. Landa
    5. Roglic
  34. NFA

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. GVA
    3. Mollema
    4. Gilbert
    5. Yates S
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. van Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gilbert
    4. Gallopin
    5. Barguil
  36. If I lose, I’m asking for video replay. Is that like TiVo?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Landa
    2. Uran
    3. Gallopin
    4. Baulke Mollema
    5. Van Avermaet
  37. After a Tour of mixed feeling for me (when it was Good, it was Very Very Good, when it was Bad it was a snooze-fest), I’m hoping this’ll be exciting! I’m at work, without a VPN, so not 100% sure I’ll be able to even get a stream running…

    @frank Could you update the results on the Tour VSP page? They’re still showing provisional Week 1.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    2. YATES, Simon
    3. GILBERT, Phillippe
    4. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    5. LANDA, Mikel
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. dumoulin
    2. gallopin
    3. mollema
    4. kwiatkowski
    5. GVA
  39. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Gilbert
    2. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    3. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    4. Tony Gallopin
    5. Bauke Mollema
  40. @Ccos

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Landa
    3. Gilbert
    4. S. Yates
    5. Kong
    0

    #5 should be Konig with the umlaut thingy, not like “King.” Stupid spellcheck for Merckx’s sake.

  41. I can’t believe I got f*ing Delgado-ed!

  42. Kwiatkowski wins with Tony Gallopin in second!

  43. Mollema third.

  44. Nice race. Very happy to see Kwiat take it, after doing some super-duper domestique work in the TdF.

  45. Missed this one. Didn’t even think the VSP was still happening given that the points for the TdF haven’t been calculated or posted.

  46. @chuckp

    I can’t believe I got f*ing Delgado-ed!

    0

    +1 darn darn darny darn

  47. steephill.tv is the best website on the internet by both function, form, and content

  48. Get jiggy. Wow, been so long I nearly forgot people used to say that. Now I’m just waiting for everyone to stop calling everyone “bro”.

    Completely forgot this race was on! Was packing up after a family beach trip and heading home. If someone had told me how many things you need to bring a 15 month old to the beach for a week…good lord!

    Watched the replay. Pretty exciting race, I’d say. The Sky troopers are let off the leash and put in a nice 1-2 punch for a win.

  49. VSP Vuelta: In the works?

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