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Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

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Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.

It doesn’t bother me one bit, however. My mind is already cast ahead to Vlaanderen and the Cobbled Classics which kick off this weekend with Omloop Het Neiuwsblad. I still want to call it Omloop Het Volk, and people more brazen than me would call it Gent-Gent and people even more stubborn than that would call it “Feburacing”. (I made that last part up.)

Most importantly, this is when we kick off the third installment of the Velominati Super Prestige. We Keepers are all about the Spring Classics in general and the Cobbled Classics in particular – going so far as to host the second annual Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics in April. (Sign up now, by the way, as we are looking at other projects for Keepers Tour next year and there is no guarantee we’ll hold it on the cobblestones again in 2014.)

With that, we kick off the season-long 2013 Velominati Super Prestige with the first major race on the berggen and Kasseien of VVest Vlaanderen. Name your picks in the boxes below; 7 points for naming the winner correctly, 5 for second place, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, and 2 for fifth. One point for naming a rider to the top five, but getting the place wrong. Points will be amassed over the course of the season, and the winner will win a personalized Velominati Shop Apron. Full Rules and Scoring Guidelines on the VSP Main Page. Starting roster is over on CyclingNews.com. The ladies event will go up later today or first thing tomorrow.

Good luck, and Merckxspeed.

Final Race Results
1. PAOLINI Luca
2. VANDENBERGH Stijn
3. VANDOUSSELAERE Sven
4. THOMAS Geraint
5. VAN AVERMAET Greg
Final VSP Results
1. Two Ball Billy (5 points)
2. JohnB (4 points)
3. torrefie (3 points)
4. asyax (3 points)
5. Roberto Marques (3 points)
6. Chris (3 points)
7. Deakus (2 points)
8. roberto (2 points)
9. Barracuda (2 points)
10. Markp (2 points)
11. Geordi (2 points)
12. The Grande Fondue (2 points)
13. la plaque (2 points)
14. Bottles (2 points)
15. motor city (2 points)
16. Sauterelle (1 points)
17. GiantBars (1 points)
18. Buck Rogers (1 points)
19. taon24 (1 points)
20. simonsaunders (1 points)
21. napolinige (1 points)
22. Duende (1 points)
23. bugleboy21 (1 points)
24. moondance (1 points)
25. The Oracle (1 points)
26. strathlubnaig (1 points)
27. the Engine (1 points)
28. Dr C (1 points)
29. Blah (1 points)
30. unversio (1 points)
31. sthilzy (1 points)
32. spandexbro (1 points)
33. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
34. Rob (1 points)
35. Steampunk (1 points)
36. mouse (1 points)
37. Stephen Rash (1 points)
38. CanuckChuck (1 points)
39. Ron (1 points)
40. Gino (1 points)
41. snoov (1 points)
42. JBailey (1 points)
43. TomC (1 points)
44. sgraha (1 points)
45. Adrian (1 points)
46. Bat Chainpuller (1 points)
47. VeloVita (1 points)
48. SimonH (1 points)
49. ralph (1 points)
50. Babbs (1 points)
51. Cyclops (1 points)
52. freddy (1 points)
53. camh (1 points)
54. THISMACHINEKILLSCOBBLES (1 points)
55. Kyle (1 points)
56. Matthew langley (1 points)
57. Nosyt (1 points)
58. Skinnyphat (1 points)
59. brian (1 points)
60. San Tonio (1 points)
61. dancollins (1 points)
62. Jay (1 points)
63. ramenvelo (1 points)
64. Chica (1 points)
65. Ashwin.S (1 points)
66. LA Dave (1 points)
67. ChrisO (1 points)
68. xyxax (1 points)
69. Bianchi Denti (0 points)
70. stickyjumper (0 points)
71. Erik (0 points)
72. imakecircles (0 points)
73. Al__S (0 points)
74. tony macaroni (0 points)
75. Matt (0 points)
76. skagitteam (0 points)
77. Skip (0 points)
78. Fausto (0 points)
79. Lukas (0 points)
80. Facetious_Jesus (0 points)
81. DrewG (0 points)
82. Tobin (0 points)
83. Benny (0 points)
84. cal (0 points)
85. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
86. R00tdown (0 points)
87. paul.c (0 points)
88. unjoursans (0 points)
89. Simon (0 points)
90. Gervais (0 points)
91. paolo (0 points)
92. graham d.m. (0 points)
93. diablo (0 points)
94. scaler911 (0 points)
95. Don Amedo (0 points)
96. Noel (0 points)
97. Russ (0 points)
98. Dan_R (0 points)
99. Lister (0 points)
100. Heihachi (0 points)
101. eightzero (0 points)
102. anotherdownunder (0 points)
103. il ciclista medio (0 points)
104. Harminator (0 points)
105. nathan (0 points)
106. Kojczak77 (0 points)
107. V-olcano (0 points)
108. eenies (0 points)
109. blue (0 points)
110. Jhortua (0 points)
111. razmaspaz (0 points)
112. seemunkee (0 points)
113. RedRanger (0 points)
114. EricW (0 points)
115. typevii (0 points)
116. Anjin-san (0 points)
117. brett (0 points)
118. m_demartino (0 points)
119. BJH (0 points)
120. Graham (0 points)
121. King Clydesdale (0 points)
122. piwakawaka (0 points)
123. RossM (0 points)
124. wiscot (0 points)
125. ClydesdalePilot (0 points)
126. Rigid (0 points)
127. G'phant (0 points)
128. HeinrichHauslersHairstyle (0 points)
129. Vernwitha_V (0 points)
130. el gato (0 points)
131. Alex (0 points)
132. Marko (0 points)
133. starclimber (0 points)
134. lovehateclimbing (0 points)
135. pakrat (0 points)
136. frank (0 points)
137. Gianni (0 points)
138. dndrouleur (0 points)
139. Green Al (0 points)
140. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
141. girl (0 points)
142. jeyrod (0 points)
143. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
144. MJ Moquin (0 points)
145. Islandbike (0 points)
146. ten B (0 points)

// Belgian Affirmations // Keepers Tour // Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Marke
    2. Boonen
    3. Hushovd
    4. Boom
    5. Phinney

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Thor
    2. Boonen
    3. EBH
    4. Fletcha
    5. Phinney

  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Thor Hushovd
    2. Niki Terpstra
    3. Lars Boom
    4. Jurgen Roelandts
    5. Taylor Phinney

  4. Updated to include Flecha.  He sounds happy to be there.  Looks like proper Rule #9 conditions for the peloton today!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boss Hog
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Boonen
    4. Flecha
    5. Boom Boom Mancini

  5. Omloop cover bands

    VSP PICKS:

    1. nirVan Avermaet
    2. Boomtown Lars
    3. Nikki Sixx Terpstra
    4. Henry Roelandts
    5. Filippo Pozzicato 5

  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Chavanel
    2. Boom
    3. Vanmarke
    4. Phinney
    5. EBH

  7. Oooh, Rule #9! Been raining for 12 straight hours here. Do I Rule #9 it myself on this Saturday morning or do I wimp out and play futbol instead?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg vA
    2. Niki T
    3. Thor
    4. Sep VM
    5. Lars Boom

  8. Hmm, changed in my post but not in the standing boxes. I’ll try again.

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vansummeren
    2. Potato
    3. Hushovd
    4. Boom
    5. Boonen

  10. @xyxax

    give this man the VSP title right now: that’s quite the rollapalooza…

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Flecha
    2. Vanmarcke
    3. Langeveld
    4. Steegmans
    5. Pozzato

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. EBH
    2. MiniPhinney
    3. VanMarko
    4. Chavanel
    5. Thor

  13. @xyxax

    Omloop cover bands

    VSP PICKS:

    1. nirVan Avermaet
    2. Boomtown Lars
    3. Nikki Sixx Terpstra
    4. Henry Roelandts
    5. Filippo Pozzicato 5

    Henry Roelandts!  Nice one!

  14. I’d forgotten how frustrating grainy internet feeds were to watch. Can only get the wiziwig link to work via steep hill and that has pop up ads every 30 seconds. Anyone got a better link?

    ps. not much flandrian best on display today

  15. Where are you guys watching?  I can’t get into the video on Sporza for some reason and the Alfa TV video is atrocious!

  16. @motor city

    I’d forgotten how frustrating grainy internet feeds were to watch. Can only get the wiziwig link to work via steep hill and that has pop up ads every 30 seconds. Anyone got a better link?

    ps. not much Flandrian Best on display today

    I just do other stuff on the PC and watch the cycling news update feed, it is pretty good and avoids me getting too frustrated, I hate watching cycling on TV in languages I don’t understand anyway….

  17. @Deakus You might surprise yourself and learn some new languages!  I need to be fluent by the time that I move so this actually helps me learn!

  18. @motor city

    ps. not much Flandrian Best on display today

    @motor city by this i mean, they are all in full length leg warmers, hats – anything they can to keep warm

  19. Trying to watch feeds from work, I have the french feed up from steephill but its not going so well, constant freezing…

    If anyone knows any better feeds please post them…

  20. @King Clydesdale I think more feeds from steephill come online at 2.20 GMT (17’ish minutes). I can’t get the French one, i think I’m on the Dutch one and its really poor.

  21. cyclingtv has high quality coverage.  ~$80 for the year.  Langeveld is looking good.  Boonen, not so much.

  22. Enjoying French coverage with Cyrille Guimard doing colour commentary. Haussler’s gone down.

  23. Haussler went down HARD… they carried him off.  Vanmarcke is off the back,  Sylvain Chauvanel is looking strong as well.

  24. The french feeds are much higher quality, and in a language I know at least 10 words of, however its fine for 10 minutes then down for 10…

  25. @Steampunk

    Freebird!

  26. Mmm watching the 6 nations rugby is the perfect gap filler for the cycling updates!

  27. Looks like Haussler is in the race- he didn’t really go down, but was mis-identified by race radio.  Chavanel is going for it with 40k left… he’s got 20 seconds on the lead group.

  28. Most of the favorites have decided not to attempt the chase, 30 k to go and most of the big favorites are 2 minutes back…

  29. Cycling newscommentators writing off the 30 sec chase group.  Why?  Seems with 10 k they should be able to organize and bring them back, no?

  30. @Buck Rogers No, they aren’t organised and aren’t gaining time. And Chavanel can’t chase his own man.

    It’s between Paolini and Vandenbergh now.

  31. And VDB seems to be dragging him to the finish.

  32. Wow, my picks are looking FANTASTIC right about now…

  33. @ChrisO yeah, guess they were right.  Shows you what I know, eh?

  34. I can’t see anyone who picked Paolini to win so a low scoring start to the season….gives me hope!

  35. Well, that kind of sucked.  Paolini, my fellow italian, was a wheelsucker!

  36. A big fat zero on this one. I was going to go with a top 5 featuring everyone whose name began with Van for a lark. Would have been a better strategy. Mind you, even a semi-classic shouldn’t be won by a rider who dresses like one of Santa’s little helpers.

  37. @Anjin-san

    Well, that kind of sucked. Paolini, my fellow italian, was a wheelsucker!

    Well I underestimated Geraint Thomas…he seemed strong but without help could not get back in to it. I am just glad Avermaet snuck in to the top five just as Chavanel faded..

  38. Great big goose egg for the weekend, but it is great to be back!

  39. Darned Sporza – live feed videostream only for Belgians…..

    At least Ghent-Ghent will be live on Eurotrash tomorrow – G in a rich vein of form – maybe tomorrow – or will it be Cav’s day? (still support him even though he ain’t a skyboy anymore)

  40. ….I mean Kuurne Brussels tomorrow on Eurotrash

  41. @xyxax

    Lord knows I can’t change…

  42. One point.  Oh we’ll, it’s good to at least be on the board.

  43. OK People. Results are in. Read ’em and weep.

    Final Race Results
    1. PAOLINI Luca
    2. VANDENBERGH Stijn
    3. VANDOUSSELAERE Sven
    4. THOMAS Geraint
    5. VAN AVERMAET Greg

    Final VSP Results
    1. Two Ball Billy (5 points)
    2. JohnB (4 points)
    3. torrefie (3 points)
    4. asyax (3 points)
    5. Roberto Marques (3 points)
    6. Chris (3 points)
    7. Deakus (2 points)
    8. roberto (2 points)
    9. Barracuda (2 points)
    10. Markp (2 points)
    11. Geordi (2 points)
    12. The Grande Fondue (2 points)
    13. la plaque (2 points)
    14. Bottles (2 points)
    15. motor city (2 points)
    16. Sauterelle (1 points)
    17. GiantBars (1 points)
    18. Buck Rogers (1 points)
    19. taon24 (1 points)
    20. simonsaunders (1 points)
    21. napolinige (1 points)
    22. Duende (1 points)
    23. bugleboy21 (1 points)
    24. moondance (1 points)
    25. The Oracle (1 points)
    26. strathlubnaig (1 points)
    27. the Engine (1 points)
    28. Dr C (1 points)
    29. Blah (1 points)
    30. unversio (1 points)
    31. sthilzy (1 points)
    32. spandexbro (1 points)
    33. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
    34. Rob (1 points)
    35. Steampunk (1 points)
    36. mouse (1 points)
    37. Stephen Rash (1 points)
    38. CanuckChuck (1 points)
    39. Ron (1 points)
    40. Gino (1 points)
    41. snoov (1 points)
    42. JBailey (1 points)
    43. TomC (1 points)
    44. sgraha (1 points)
    45. Adrian (1 points)
    46. Bat Chainpuller (1 points)
    47. VeloVita (1 points)
    48. SimonH (1 points)
    49. ralph (1 points)
    50. Babbs (1 points)
    51. Cyclops (1 points)
    52. freddy (1 points)
    53. camh (1 points)
    54. THISMACHINEKILLSCOBBLES (1 points)
    55. Kyle (1 points)
    56. Matthew langley (1 points)
    57. Nosyt (1 points)
    58. Skinnyphat (1 points)
    59. brian (1 points)
    60. San Tonio (1 points)
    61. dancollins (1 points)
    62. Jay (1 points)
    63. ramenvelo (1 points)
    64. Chica (1 points)
    65. Ashwin.S (1 points)
    66. LA Dave (1 points)
    67. ChrisO (1 points)
    68. xyxax (1 points)
    69. Bianchi Denti (0 points)
    70. stickyjumper (0 points)
    71. Erik (0 points)
    72. imakecircles (0 points)
    73. Al__S (0 points)
    74. tony macaroni (0 points)
    75. Matt (0 points)
    76. skagitteam (0 points)
    77. Skip (0 points)
    78. Fausto (0 points)
    79. Lukas (0 points)
    80. Facetious_Jesus (0 points)
    81. DrewG (0 points)
    82. Tobin (0 points)
    83. Benny (0 points)
    84. cal (0 points)
    85. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
    86. R00tdown (0 points)
    87. paul.c (0 points)
    88. unjoursans (0 points)
    89. Simon (0 points)
    90. Gervais (0 points)
    91. paolo (0 points)
    92. graham d.m. (0 points)
    93. diablo (0 points)
    94. scaler911 (0 points)
    95. Don Amedo (0 points)
    96. Noel (0 points)
    97. Russ (0 points)
    98. Dan_R (0 points)
    99. Lister (0 points)
    100. Heihachi (0 points)
    101. eightzero (0 points)
    102. anotherdownunder (0 points)
    103. il ciclista medio (0 points)
    104. Harminator (0 points)
    105. nathan (0 points)
    106. Kojczak77 (0 points)
    107. V-olcano (0 points)
    108. eenies (0 points)
    109. blue (0 points)
    110. Jhortua (0 points)
    111. razmaspaz (0 points)
    112. seemunkee (0 points)
    113. RedRanger (0 points)
    114. EricW (0 points)
    115. typevii (0 points)
    116. Anjin-san (0 points)
    117. brett (0 points)
    118. m_demartino (0 points)
    119. BJH (0 points)
    120. Graham (0 points)
    121. King Clydesdale (0 points)
    122. piwakawaka (0 points)
    123. RossM (0 points)
    124. wiscot (0 points)
    125. ClydesdalePilot (0 points)
    126. Rigid (0 points)
    127. G'phant (0 points)
    128. HeinrichHauslersHairstyle (0 points)
    129. Vernwitha_V (0 points)
    130. el gato (0 points)
    131. Alex (0 points)
    132. Marko (0 points)
    133. starclimber (0 points)
    134. lovehateclimbing (0 points)
    135. pakrat (0 points)
    136. frank (0 points)
    137. Gianni (0 points)
    138. dndrouleur (0 points)
    139. Green Al (0 points)
    140. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
    141. girl (0 points)
    142. jeyrod (0 points)
    143. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
    144. MJ Moquin (0 points)
    145. Islandbike (0 points)

    146. ten B (0 points)

  44. Just gonna lull y’all into submission with my 0 points. I’m peaking in two months.

  45. I’d better get the old crystal ball in for service before the next one, That didn’t go well

  46. A solid start….with no clear breakaway on VSP number one….I think we are all pedalling along looking to see who is going to make the first solid move!

  47. As I said with the ladies’ race, “Let’s see who is slow in July!”

  48. @Deakus Yeah, not a lot of motivation in the chase or peloton. I would have liked to have Vandenbergh pull it out after doing most of the work, but he just ran out of gas in the last kilometer.

  49. Delgado’d due to being in the mountains skiing.  I don’t think I would have got any points in any event.

  50. piss a brick!  I pulled a Delgado…..

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