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Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2013

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Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.

Now we begin the Ardennes three race-fest of Amstel, La Flèche Wallone and LBL. Peter Sagan has been resting up, Phil Gil is looking for his 2011 form (or his cortisone), Andy Schleck is suiting up for da ‘Shack. The big Spring Classic boys have moved on to the couch. They are not welcome here. Riding up to the start line now are the tough riders who can climb and climb again. Power to weight ratios must be honed to the razor’s edge to win these Ardennes races. Cancellara has talked of losing weight to be competitive in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Just winning Ronde van Vlaanderen does not qualify you to win in the Ardennes races. Unless your first name was Edddy and last name Merckx.

Enjoy the start list. The betting window is open. Do not let Pedro Delgado sit on your couch.

Final Race Results
1. KREUZIGER Roman
2. VALVERDE Alejandro
3. GERRANS Simon
4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
5. GILBERT Philippe
Final VSP Results
1. Blah (6 points)
2. sthilzy (6 points)
3. anotherdownunder (6 points)
4. The Grande Fondue (6 points)
5. Vernwitha_V (6 points)
6. Heihachi (6 points)
7. Sauterelle (6 points)
8. CanuckChuck (6 points)
9. graham d.m. (6 points)
10. TOM.NELS2120 (5 points)
11. Mikael Liddy (5 points)
12. JohnB (5 points)
13. Adrian (5 points)
14. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (5 points)
15. Bianchi Denti (5 points)
16. freddy (5 points)
17. Skip (5 points)
18. Steampunk (5 points)
19. Islandbike (5 points)
20. Al__S (5 points)
21. Nate (5 points)
22. strathlubnaig (5 points)
23. roger (5 points)
24. seemunkee (5 points)
25. VeloVita (5 points)
26. Tobin (5 points)
27. xyxax (5 points)
28. quanyeomans (5 points)
29. Ron (5 points)
30. Roberto Marques (3 points)
31. Buck Rogers (3 points)
32. blue (3 points)
33. ChrisO (3 points)
34. LA Dave (3 points)
35. stickyjumper (3 points)
36. eightzero (3 points)
37. dancollins (3 points)
38. el gato (3 points)
39. Gianni (3 points)
40. G'phant (3 points)
41. Gino (3 points)
42. oneninefiveninesix (2 points)
43. ramenvelo (2 points)
44. Asyax (2 points)
45. Chris (2 points)
46. DocBrian (2 points)
47. Gervais (2 points)
48. gallilano (2 points)
49. MJ Moquin (2 points)
50. Donnie Bugno (2 points)
51. RedRanger (2 points)
52. Two Ball Billy (2 points)
53. PeakInTwoYears (2 points)
54. VirenqueForever (2 points)
55. imakecircles (2 points)
56. tony macaroni (2 points)
57. Harminator (2 points)
58. jeyrod (2 points)
59. Dr C (2 points)
60. Jhortua (2 points)
61. Simon (2 points)
62. Geordi (2 points)
63. il ciclista medio (2 points)
64. pakrat (2 points)
65. girl (2 points)
66. Rigid (2 points)
67. Russ (2 points)
68. NoTubes (2 points)
69. Chica (2 points)
70. starclimber (2 points)
71. leadout (2 points)
72. mouse (2 points)
73. Lukas (1 points)
74. San Tonio (1 points)
75. ped (1 points)
76. piwakawaka (1 points)
77. Mirko (1 points)
78. Benny (1 points)
79. sgraha (1 points)
80. torrefie (1 points)
81. napolinige (1 points)
82. unversio (1 points)
83. eenies (1 points)
84. Duende (1 points)
85. simonsaunders (1 points)
86. wiscot (1 points)
87. scaler911 (1 points)
88. Don Amedo (1 points)
89. BatChainpuller (1 points)
90. Fausto (1 points)
91. R00tdown (1 points)
92. TBONE (1 points)
93. snoov (1 points)
94. Patrick (1 points)
95. Facetious_Jesus (1 points)
96. taon24 (1 points)
97. brian (1 points)
98. Chris (1 points)
99. biggles (1 points)
100. motor city (1 points)
101. la plaque (1 points)
102. Jay (1 points)
103. m_demartino (1 points)
104. the Engine (0 points)
105. Dan_R (0 points)
106. Deakus (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @scaler911 Assuming you’re getting the same feed,  that was Magnus Backstedt.

    One way to tell – did he say fifty three or fifty tree ?

  2. @ChrisO

    Probably. But either way, “fuck me” still applies methinks.

  3. I thought Andy broke his vagina again.

  4. can’t seem to find a stream.  Damn.

  5. woke up with 2km to go…

  6. Good race, that.

    Though I may have gotten everything wrong in the VSP.

    I guess you live and you learn. Or at any rate you live.

  7. Damn, saw Ryder bridge up to the chase group and had some fleeting hope that he would pull something off, but he crumpled on the last climb.  Props to Roman K. great ride.

  8. Bloody hell, the Roman Cross pulls it off! Not a fan of the 2k time trial after the Cauberg to be honest.

  9. @Mikael Liddy

    Bloody hell, the Roman Cross pulls it off! Not a fan of the 2k time trial after the Cauberg to be honest.

    Also not a fan.  Bleh.

  10. Peter Saggin. Blah.

  11. @starclimber

    Peter Saggin. Blah.

    ?yes?

  12. 3 out of 5 anyway.  Only Gerrans in the right place though.  WTH happened to Sagan???  Must have been on Facebook too late last night.

  13. 1-Kreuzinger

    2- Valverde

    3-Gerrans

    4-Giblets

    5=Meersman

  14. I woke up too late to see what happened to Voeckler. Maybe they can give him some muscle relaxers so he doesn’t strain something in his face.  Hope he’s not too badly hurt.

  15. Only a solitary point but just glad Piti did not win.

  16. Slept through all of it. Genius. @sthilzy takes it in a race where I have no clue what happened!

    Final Race Results

    1. KREUZIGER Roman
    2. VALVERDE Alejandro
    3. GERRANS Simon
    4. GILBERT Philippe
    5. MEERSMAN Gianni

    Final VSP Results
    1. sthilzy (8 points)
    2. Adrian (7 points)
    3. Blah (6 points)
    4. The Grande Fondue (6 points)
    5. Vernwitha_V (6 points)
    6. Heihachi (6 points)
    7. Sauterelle (6 points)
    8. CanuckChuck (6 points)
    9. graham d.m. (6 points)
    10. TOM.NELS2120 (5 points)
    11. Mikael Liddy (5 points)
    12. JohnB (5 points)
    13. anotherdownunder (5 points)
    14. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (5 points)
    15. freddy (5 points)
    16. Steampunk (5 points)
    17. Islandbike (5 points)
    18. Al__S (5 points)
    19. Nate (5 points)
    20. strathlubnaig (5 points)
    21. roger (5 points)
    22. dancollins (5 points)
    23. seemunkee (5 points)
    24. VeloVita (5 points)
    25. Tobin (5 points)
    26. xyxax (5 points)
    27. quanyeomans (5 points)
    28. Ron (5 points)
    29. ped (3 points)
    30. Roberto Marques (3 points)
    31. Buck Rogers (3 points)
    32. blue (3 points)
    33. Don Amedo (3 points)
    34. LA Dave (3 points)
    35. stickyjumper (3 points)
    36. eightzero (3 points)
    37. biggles (3 points)
    38. Gianni (3 points)
    39. G’phant (3 points)
    40. oneninefiveninesix (2 points)
    41. ramenvelo (2 points)
    42. Asyax (2 points)
    43. Chris (2 points)
    44. Bianchi Denti (2 points)
    45. DocBrian (2 points)
    46. Skip (2 points)
    47. Gervais (2 points)
    48. gallilano (2 points)
    49. MJ Moquin (2 points)
    50. Donnie Bugno (2 points)
    51. RedRanger (2 points)
    52. ChrisO (2 points)
    53. Two Ball Billy (2 points)
    54. PeakInTwoYears (2 points)
    55. VirenqueForever (2 points)
    56. imakecircles (2 points)
    57. tony macaroni (2 points)
    58. Harminator (2 points)
    59. jeyrod (2 points)
    60. Dr C (2 points)
    61. Jhortua (2 points)
    62. Simon (2 points)
    63. Geordi (2 points)
    64. il ciclista medio (2 points)
    65. pakrat (2 points)
    66. girl (2 points)
    67. Rigid (2 points)
    68. Russ (2 points)
    69. NoTubes (2 points)
    70. Chica (2 points)
    71. el gato (2 points)
    72. starclimber (2 points)
    73. leadout (2 points)
    74. Gino (2 points)
    75. mouse (2 points)
    76. Lukas (1 points)
    77. San Tonio (1 points)
    78. piwakawaka (1 points)
    79. Mirko (1 points)
    80. Benny (1 points)
    81. sgraha (1 points)
    82. torrefie (1 points)
    83. napolinige (1 points)
    84. unversio (1 points)
    85. eenies (1 points)
    86. Duende (1 points)
    87. simonsaunders (1 points)
    88. wiscot (1 points)
    89. scaler911 (1 points)
    90. BatChainpuller (1 points)
    91. Fausto (1 points)
    92. R00tdown (1 points)
    93. TBONE (1 points)
    94. snoov (1 points)
    95. Patrick (1 points)
    96. Facetious_Jesus (1 points)
    97. taon24 (1 points)
    98. brian (1 points)
    99. Chris (1 points)
    100. motor city (1 points)
    101. la plaque (1 points)
    102. Jay (1 points)
    103. m_demartino (1 points)
    104. the Engine (0 points)
    105. Dan_R (0 points)
    106. Deakus (0 points)

  17. Hah! Gilbert 4th. I knew it.

  18. @Blah

    @starclimber

    Peter Saggin. Blah.

    ?yes?

    Chuckle. Unless your peter is saggin’, in which case my condolences.

  19. This was a beautiful day, literally the first time this year it was possible to ride in shorts (which lead to some hasty shaving this morning). We crossed the race five times, but I only learned about the final results when I got home, as the Cauberg was closed for bikes.

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  20. Feck, upload didn’t work and now the upload icon is gone.

  21. Attaboy Gerro ! Only one I got right, but on a brighter note, sky was no where to be seen, ptl.

  22. hope the pics show now

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  23. http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/04/news/2013-amstel-gold-race-results_281922

    This shows Kwiatkowski in 4th and Gilbert in 5th.  Meersman in 89th.  ???

  24. Thank bejeez is was a low scoring VSP having scraped my sad ass in to the bottom 3 with zero the season is taking a turn for the worse!  Good to see I have some esteemed company on this one though……(cue appropriate emoticon)

  25. @Mirko

    This was a beautiful day, literally the first time this year it was possible to ride in shorts (which lead to some hasty shaving this morning). We crossed the race five times, but I only learned about the final results when I got home, as the Cauberg was closed for bikes.

     
     
    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

    Download:

     

    Indeed, I felt like a schoolboy again out in my short sleeves today!

  26. Meersman’s and Kwiatkowski’s transponders were switched by mistake.

  27. This needs to be re-scored based on Kwiatkowski’s 4th place. (which should net me 3 points).  I’ve searched all over for the dispute button.  Anybody know how to do it?

  28. @Skip

    This needs to be re-scored based on Kwiatkowski’s 4th place. (which should net me 3 points). I’ve searched all over for the dispute button. Anybody know how to do it?

    Right you are. Updated results.

    Final Race Results
    1. KREUZIGER Roman
    2. VALVERDE Alejandro
    3. GERRANS Simon
    4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    5. GILBERT Philippe

    Final VSP Results
    1. Blah (6 points)
    2. sthilzy (6 points)
    3. anotherdownunder (6 points)
    4. The Grande Fondue (6 points)
    5. Vernwitha_V (6 points)
    6. Heihachi (6 points)
    7. Sauterelle (6 points)
    8. CanuckChuck (6 points)
    9. graham d.m. (6 points)
    10. TOM.NELS2120 (5 points)
    11. Mikael Liddy (5 points)
    12. JohnB (5 points)
    13. Adrian (5 points)
    14. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (5 points)
    15. Bianchi Denti (5 points)
    16. freddy (5 points)
    17. Skip (5 points)
    18. Steampunk (5 points)
    19. Islandbike (5 points)
    20. Al__S (5 points)
    21. Nate (5 points)
    22. strathlubnaig (5 points)
    23. roger (5 points)
    24. seemunkee (5 points)
    25. VeloVita (5 points)
    26. Tobin (5 points)
    27. xyxax (5 points)
    28. quanyeomans (5 points)
    29. Ron (5 points)
    30. Roberto Marques (3 points)
    31. Buck Rogers (3 points)
    32. blue (3 points)
    33. ChrisO (3 points)
    34. LA Dave (3 points)
    35. stickyjumper (3 points)
    36. eightzero (3 points)
    37. dancollins (3 points)
    38. el gato (3 points)
    39. Gianni (3 points)
    40. G’phant (3 points)
    41. Gino (3 points)
    42. oneninefiveninesix (2 points)
    43. ramenvelo (2 points)
    44. Asyax (2 points)
    45. Chris (2 points)
    46. DocBrian (2 points)
    47. Gervais (2 points)
    48. gallilano (2 points)
    49. MJ Moquin (2 points)
    50. Donnie Bugno (2 points)
    51. RedRanger (2 points)
    52. Two Ball Billy (2 points)
    53. PeakInTwoYears (2 points)
    54. VirenqueForever (2 points)
    55. imakecircles (2 points)
    56. tony macaroni (2 points)
    57. Harminator (2 points)
    58. jeyrod (2 points)
    59. Dr C (2 points)
    60. Jhortua (2 points)
    61. Simon (2 points)
    62. Geordi (2 points)
    63. il ciclista medio (2 points)
    64. pakrat (2 points)
    65. girl (2 points)
    66. Rigid (2 points)
    67. Russ (2 points)
    68. NoTubes (2 points)
    69. Chica (2 points)
    70. starclimber (2 points)
    71. leadout (2 points)
    72. mouse (2 points)
    73. Lukas (1 points)
    74. San Tonio (1 points)
    75. ped (1 points)
    76. piwakawaka (1 points)
    77. Mirko (1 points)
    78. Benny (1 points)
    79. sgraha (1 points)
    80. torrefie (1 points)
    81. napolinige (1 points)
    82. unversio (1 points)
    83. eenies (1 points)
    84. Duende (1 points)
    85. simonsaunders (1 points)
    86. wiscot (1 points)
    87. scaler911 (1 points)
    88. Don Amedo (1 points)
    89. BatChainpuller (1 points)
    90. Fausto (1 points)
    91. R00tdown (1 points)
    92. TBONE (1 points)
    93. snoov (1 points)
    94. Patrick (1 points)
    95. Facetious_Jesus (1 points)
    96. taon24 (1 points)
    97. brian (1 points)
    98. Chris (1 points)
    99. biggles (1 points)
    100. motor city (1 points)
    101. la plaque (1 points)
    102. Jay (1 points)
    103. m_demartino (1 points)
    104. the Engine (0 points)
    105. Dan_R (0 points)
    106. Deakus (0 points)

  29. @Skip

    This needs to be re-scored based on Kwiatkowski’s 4th place. (which should net me 3 points). I’ve searched all over for the dispute button. Anybody know how to do it?

    Hey Skip

    Go to your list of picks. Click on the black triangle to the right of the pick(s) to be disputed, then follow the instructions. I’m in the same boat.

    BD

  30. It takes skill to come away with fuck all – there will be a reversion to the mean soon however

  31. @ChrisO  – was this to do with the National Road Series last week? Went out to watch it on the hills road Stage – alas no V-kit spotted. No it wasn’t me – i was wearing my V-T-shirt though!

  32. @Bianchi Denti Thanks.  I never thought I’d care enough about VSP to actually dispute anything.  Who’d have thought that with the winner this time would have only 6 points!

  33. I am always amazed at the accelerations the pro’s…great race today!

  34. “of the pro’s”…apparently I was so amazed I forget a few words…

  35. Sweet.

  36. http://app.strava.com/activities/48827955

    No looking by the Strava Haters!

    Laurens ten Dam  upload from Amstel

  37. Well the revision got me closer to winning it (3 point gap down to 1) but didn’t get me any higher in the standings!!!

  38. A broken collarbone and a quad injury in my 5 but somehow I came away with 3 points.

  39. @Asyax No it’s a thing called the UCWT – a UCI-approved series of events around the world that earn qualificiation to a Masters world championship in the summer, which is being held in Italy. You have to finish in the top 10% to get a place.

    it wasn’t the V kit – it was our Dubai team kit someone recognised, but I guess it wasn’t you.

    I’m just always surprised by the number of people one can bump into who read or know of the Velominati site, when if you look at the regular posters you’d think it was no more than a few hundred people.

  40. @Sauterelle That’s some funny

    @Sauterelle

    I thought Andy broke his vagina again.

    That’s some funny shit right there.

  41. Ha ha ha, Damn it…….2nd place to out the top ten in one foul swoop…..

    Didn’t even have time to pinch the podium girls arse before being thrown off the stage like one of Hinault’s favorite supporters…

  42. My third Delgado in four weeks.  I think I’m going to enjoy the rest of the VSP this year from the sidelines, drinking Maltenis and yelling obscenities.

  43. @The Oracle

    My third Delgado in four weeks. I think I’m going to enjoy the rest of the VSP this year from the sidelines, drinking Maltenis and yelling obscenities.

    No, no, no! You have to stay in the game! I owe you beer from last year and if you drop out that means we don’t have the opportunity to even the VSP competition or even let you go 2 up. Given my form lately ( I swapped out Valverde from the Amstel VSP at the last minute) you can catch up – there’s  long way to go. Pulling out now would be a real Schlecky thing to do.

  44. @ChrisO

    I’m just always surprised by the number of people one can bump into who read or know of the Velominati site, when if you look at the regular posters you’d think it was no more than a few hundred people.

    At the end of our Toronto Cogal, which finished at the Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto, we found ourselves in the way of a limo trying to do a three-point turn (call it an eight-point turn; we couldn’t work out what it was trying to do). The doorman kept calling for us to move, but it wasn’t clear where we could move to. After the limo pulled out, the doorman started to come over. Big, strapping guy. We thought he was going to get us to move on. Turns out, he’s a fan of the site (he came over after recognizing the V-kit) and an avid cyclist himself. The following evening, he helped me load a couple of bikes into my car for the trip home and might join us on the next Cogal. Like you said: it’s amazing how many people recognize the site…

  45. Couple of pics from Sunday.. The ‘Broom Wagon’ has brooms attached..

  46. Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  47. The atmosphere at Amstel is way more relaxed then holy cobbles week. Roads were open right up to 10mins before and even between the breakaway and peloton. People riding / driving up the climbs. One old dude was going up on his mobility scooter; a good 3km out of the main village!

  48. @wiscot

    @The Oracle

    My third Delgado in four weeks. I think I’m going to enjoy the rest of the VSP this year from the sidelines, drinking Maltenis and yelling obscenities.

    No, no, no! You have to stay in the game! I owe you beer from last year and if you drop out that means we don’t have the opportunity to even the VSP competition or even let you go 2 up. Given my form lately ( I swapped out Valverde from the Amstel VSP at the last minute) you can catch up – there’s long way to go. Pulling out now would be a real Schlecky thing to do.

    Could we make this a verb? Too Shleck- give up, pull out, quit? Is five times already this season?

  49. @piwakawaka

    @wiscot

    @The Oracle

    My third Delgado in four weeks. I think I’m going to enjoy the rest of the VSP this year from the sidelines, drinking Maltenis and yelling obscenities.

    No, no, no! You have to stay in the game! I owe you beer from last year and if you drop out that means we don’t have the opportunity to even the VSP competition or even let you go 2 up. Given my form lately ( I swapped out Valverde from the Amstel VSP at the last minute) you can catch up – there’s long way to go. Pulling out now would be a real Schlecky thing to do.

    Could we make this a verb? Too Shleck- give up, pull out, quit? Is five times already this season?

    The thing is, schleck already is the root form of a German verb and means lick, suck or eat ice cream. No joke.

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