Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2016

A lot has happened in the last ten years of le Tour, and a lot of it stemmed from the race that took place in 2006. At the time it seemed like yet another “Tour of Redemption” as the organisers liked to claim every few years after something had happened to tarnish the race’s image, yet again. In 06, we were coming off the back of a seven year reign of very little in the way of competition, with most of those races decided in the Prologue and followed by a three week procession. 06 was anticipated as the start of a new era, we just didn’t know at the time how significant it would become many years further down the track.

The pre-Tour build-up had fans frothing with anticipation of an Ullrich vs Basso battle, but that was scuppered at the 11th hour by Operacion Puerto, just what incoming Director Christian Prudhomme didn’t need. Also ditched were Fransisco Mancebo, a young Alberto Contador (yet to be considered a GC contender), and one Alexandre Vinokourov (while not one of the Puerto accused, still unable to start as most of his Astana teammates were pulled, leaving him without a sufficient team). With the two favourites out, the race was anyone’s for the taking. Of course, there was more drama to come.

A crazy break was let go and produced a surprise leader in Oscar Pereiro, who then conceded the yellow to Floyd Landis, who then blew to bits and handed it back to Pereiro, before making the biggest comeback since Lazarus the next day and riding away from the race in a solo effort that still ranks as one of the best ever, no matter how juiced he was. I remember watching the stage live and talking to a mate on the phone, and his incredulity at what we were witnessing. As Landis drank with the fervour of an alcoholic and manically poured water over his head during his escapade, my friend (an ex-road racer at a high level himself) professed that Landis was “cooking” from some sort of drug cocktail and was doing his best to dilute whatever concoction he’d taken, and not blow a positive or do a Tommy Simpson on live tv. How prophetic his words proved.

Of course, that was just the beginning, and the resulting fallout became one of the biggest sporting stories of all time. Landis just about brought down the entire sport with his revelations, and no Tour since has been without some form of scuttlebutt, yet not on that scale. The last few years, while tame by comparison to those preceding them, have been pretty well dominated by each winner and not offering too much in the way of exciting competition; although last year’s end result was closer on paper than the actual race was… which once again leaves us in the same state of anticipation that grips us every year in the month leading up to the start, and then promptly lets us down about two weeks after that, and wondering when the Vuelta starts.

This Tour has all the hallmarks of potentially being a great one, with three guys who have to be considered genuine contenders, yet just one who is most likely to win. We really do need a positive test to liven this one up, or someone to juice themselves so comprehensively that the motor in their seat-tube can’t handle the power from their legs and melts the carbon around the bottom bracket and drops onto the road at the summit of Mont Ventoux. Maybe try and blame it on a chimera twin that drank too many whiskeys the night before and left their bike in the team truck with a bag of someone else’s piss strapped to it. That would bring the crowds back. But seriously, if each of the contenders is on form, we could have one of the best races of the last ten years with some real proper drama played out on the roads, not in the labs or courts and not two, three or seven years from now.

We’re giving you plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, and maybe come up with your own hare-brained scenarios as to what may unfold, or what will most likely bring you those precious VSP points and the honour of wearing the Maillot Jaune for the next year. Will you be daring and go out on a limb that doesn’t resemble that of an anorexic spider? Will you take short odds on a short-ass? Will you stake your claims on claims of a steak? Or will you tear yourself apart with internal conflict like a couple of bitchy Italians?

Whatever you do, there is absolutely no excuse to Delgado this one, we’re giving you plenty of time and it’s not like you can claim you didn’t realise that the race was this week… and don’t whinge if this Start List changes before the racing gets underway, it is provisional after all. Good luck and may the best, or second best, man win.

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585 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2016”

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Richie Porte
    5. Romain Bardet
  2. @Quadzilla

    whats the deal if I move a riders position and do a swap.

    Ie. Move 3rd to 5th and put a new rider in 3rd? Is that two swaps? = ten points?

    Sounds like two swaps to me!

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Aru
    3. Porte
    4. Quintana
    5. Contador
  3. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Chris Froome
    3. Ritchie Porte
    4. Fabio Aru
    5. Thibaut Pinot
  4. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome, Chris
    2. Quintana, Nairo
    3. Porte, Richie
    4. Pinot, Thibaut
    5. Bardet, Romain
  5. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Richie Porte
    3. N. Quintana
    4. R. Bardet
    5. T. Pinot
  6. Pinot & Contador out…

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Adam Yates
    5. Fabio Aru
  7. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Christopher Froome
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Richie Porte
    5. Fabio Aru
  8. Four of my five are still in contention (although NITRO applies), so just swapping Bertie out for Dan Martin and hoping he manages to stay upright (unlikely, but meh…!)

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. QUINTANA Nairo
    2. FROOME Chris
    3. ARU Fabio
    4. MARTIN Dan
    5. THOMAS Geraint
  9. Rest day swap: Bertie to be replaced by D.Martin. Ideally 3: Porte, 4: Martin, 5: Aru

    but costs too many points so will just replace Contador by Martin.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Aru
    5. Porte
  10. Learned my lesson at the Giro. No swaps for me. Let the dice and bikes fall as they may.

  11. Dan the Man for Bertie.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Froome-Dog
    3. Dan the Man Martin
    4. Bardet
    5. Porte
  12. I still think Porte has more left in him, and I think it will take more days like yesterday to dethrone Froome. The top ten are going to have to gang up on him to do it though.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Porte
    3. Froome
    4. Van Gaarderen
    5. Pinot
  13. This will be all NITRO’d, but can’t afford to rearrange the order.  Had to get rid of Nibbles and Contador, Martin and Yates in.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Froome
    3. Quintana
    4. Yates
    5. Aru
  14. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Fabio Aru
    3. Chris Froome
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Adam Yates
  15. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Fabio Aru
  16. Froome in, Contador out

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Aru
    3. Froome
    4. Zakarin
    5. Tejay
  17. Contador is out so Martin is in (Dan that is)

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Martin, Dan
    4. Aru
    5. Pinot
  18. Rest day swap… Bertie & Pinot out. Yates & Porte in

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Yates
    4. G Thomas
    5. Porte
  19. Rest Day Swap – Froome for Contador – keep the rest the same – its a long race..

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Romain Bardet
    3. Richie Porte
    4. Daniel Martin
    5. Fabio Aru
  20. Contador and Rolland out.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome, Chris
    2. Quintana, Nairo
    3. Valverde, Alejandro
    4. Nibali, Vincenzo
    5. Rodriguez, Joaquim
  21. My boys are all still in. No swaps for me.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Fabio Aru
    3. Chris Froome
    4. Romain Bardet
    5. Daniel Martin
  22. Oh, ffs – I log on to drop Contador after getting home from work and see the countdown window says 11h left to make rest day swaps. As soon as I log in to add Aru, it disappears and says closed. Awesome.

  23. @Chica

    Oh, ffs – I log on to drop Contador after getting home from work and see the countdown window says 11h left to make rest day swaps. As soon as I log in to add Aru, it disappears and says closed. Awesome.

    wth? me too. i swore it said over 1 day left yesterday at this same time. blarg!

  24. @Chica

    @sinikl

    Sorry folks – there’s some timezone shenanigans going on as apparently the servers were moved to another geography where it thinks it’s already the 12th. I pushed out a quick update to hopefully fix it but I have little confidence it’s a real fix.

    Simply can’t spend the time to properly solve it right now, so sorry for that. On the other hand, Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

  25. Rest day swap, Bertie out, Dan in.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Froome
    3. Porte
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Pinot
  26. @frank – thank you!! Got up in the middle of the night to check and see if it magically decided to start working, and saw your message. Yes, you tried to save me the shame of the rest day swap, but gotta throw caution to the wind, now – after the last race I lost my tied for second overall position (though third on time), and have tumbled to sixth, I think – well and truly down. Any points are welcome, even if I do have to suffer the dishonor of the anti-v in swapping. Always knew I’d bonk at some point, but did I have to do it in a race where my competitors were riding like hell for leather? In a few months time when I find myself less than five points off the podium, kindly refrain from reminding me how stoked I was that you reset the clock for me so I could make a rest day swap.

     

    No worries about the time zone shenanigans – it’s clear that the real issue at hand is that I should’ve just made my swaps at work instead of waiting til I got home.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Fabio Aru
    4. Romain Bardet
    5. Thibaut Pinot
  27. One swap only. Bye bye bertie, Hello hail-mary choice

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Yates
    4. Aru
    5. Pinot
  28. Seems i picked the wrong gc contender to crash out in the first week…

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo a go-go
    2. Froomantula
    3. Any Porte in a storm
    4. Oh Danny Boy
    5. I’ll have the ’90 Pinot
  29. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Chris Froome
    3. Adam Yates
    4. Fabio Aru
    5. Alejandro Valverde
  30. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. QINTANA ROJAS Nairo
    2. Froome Chris
    3. VAN GARDEREN Tejay
    4. BARDET Romain
    5. PINOT Thibaut
  31. Well as I can still do this Bertie and Pinot out and Martin and Bardet in.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome-dog
    2. Quintana
    3. Bardet
    4. Titchy Ritchie
    5. Dan effin’ Martin
  32. Sagan really making his bid for the maillot vert today!!!  Hope they can hold on until the end!

  33. @frank

    It looks like I’m currently eligible for a rest day swap. How odd?

    How about a little Lacking In Moral Fibre badge for those that choose to partake in such Anti-V activities?

  34. @frank

    Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

    Who decided to allow the concept of a Rest Day Swap anyway ??

  35. @frank

    @Chica

    @sinikl

    Sorry folks – there’s some timezone shenanigans going on as apparently the servers were moved to another geography where it thinks it’s already the 12th. I pushed out a quick update to hopefully fix it but I have little confidence it’s a real fix.

    Simply can’t spend the time to properly solve it right now, so sorry for that. On the other hand, Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

    There has been an Awakening of the V Force.

  36. @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @Chica

    @sinikl

    Sorry folks – there’s some timezone shenanigans going on as apparently the servers were moved to another geography where it thinks it’s already the 12th. I pushed out a quick update to hopefully fix it but I have little confidence it’s a real fix.

    Simply can’t spend the time to properly solve it right now, so sorry for that. On the other hand, Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

    There has been an Awakening of the V Force.

    Who knows what’ll happen next. A fresh batch of V-Socks?

  37. If memes were acceptable here, one might say:

    @******* only comes here for the VSP

    @******* takes advantage of @franks rare coding fuckups to make unscheduled swaps

    @******* is a ****

    Don’t be like @******* 

     

  38. @chris

    @Buck Rogers

    @frank

    @Chica

    @sinikl

    Sorry folks – there’s some timezone shenanigans going on as apparently the servers were moved to another geography where it thinks it’s already the 12th. I pushed out a quick update to hopefully fix it but I have little confidence it’s a real fix.

    Simply can’t spend the time to properly solve it right now, so sorry for that. On the other hand, Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

    There has been an Awakening of the V Force.

    Who knows what’ll happen next. A fresh batch of V-Socks?

    More likely V scented candles.

    VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Fabio Aru
    3. Chris Froome
    4. Romain Bardet
    5. Daniel Martin
  39. @universo

    @frank

    Rest Day Swaps are lame as shit anyway so maybe I did you a Rule #5 favor by accident?

    Who decided to allow the concept of a Rest Day Swap anyway ??

    Exactly.  Frank’s the one with his nose to the wind leading this peloton of fools, so if he thinks it shite, then why have it?

    This is the first time I’ve taken advantage of the swaps, but my picks will probably still suck.

  40. @chris

    If memes were acceptable here, one might say:

     

    @******* only comes here for the VSP

     

    I sat out of the VSP my first season here to avoid that very perception.

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