2014, Amstel Gold Race, Gilbert Philippe, Valkenburg (pic: ©Sirotti)

2014, Amstel Gold Race, Gilbert Philippe, Valkenburg (pic: ©Sirotti)

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2016

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Ooooof! The VSP generator and operators need more than a week to recover from that race. Tommeke may never recover, that chance will never come again.

We now move into the Netherlands and the first of three Ardennes races. Whomever did well in Paris-Roubaix probably won’t like all the hills in Amstel. Same with the beer but I’ll leave that beery subject alone this year.

PhilGil has been busy fighting drunk drivers (He Badger’d him!) and is now off the start list then again he is back on as of Wednesday. Sure, the police pay attention when the cyclist in the altercation is Philippe Gilbert, ffs. Matt Hayman and Tony Martin are on the list, ouch, no rest there. So rest, recover, don’t spare the malted rehydrating beverage. No Delgados please.

Final Race Results
1. GASPAROTTO Enrico
2. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
3. COLBRELLI Sonny
4. COQUARD Bryan
5. MATTHEWS Michael
Final VSP Results
1. Bianchi Denti (7 points)
2. fenlander (4 points)
3. Kay_Jay (3 points)
4. VirenqueforeVer (3 points)
5. wiscot (3 points)
6. Fabshiddenmotor (3 points)
7. chuckp (2 points)
8. seemunkee (2 points)
9. Kevin (2 points)
10. Rigid (2 points)
11. dyalander (2 points)
12. Lukas (2 points)
13. Chickenmcnasty (2 points)
14. sinikl (2 points)
15. BarTapeMummy (2 points)
16. portemat (2 points)
17. dancollins (2 points)
18. Al__S (2 points)
19. Monti Martani (2 points)
20. Tom Mc (2 points)
21. Barracuda (1 points)
22. sthilzy (1 points)
23. freddy (1 points)
24. Richo (1 points)
25. DVMR (1 points)
26. Shane Courtney (1 points)
27. ErikdR (1 points)
28. Jed (1 points)
29. Duende (1 points)
30. Rob (1 points)
31. The Grande Fondue (1 points)
32. hudson (1 points)
33. VeloJello (1 points)
34. LawnCzar (1 points)
35. Roobar (1 points)
36. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
37. Minnesota Expat (1 points)
38. Erik (1 points)
39. 1860 (1 points)
40. justindcady (1 points)
41. universo (1 points)
42. Iain Taggart (1 points)
43. Vbikes (1 points)
44. cycleman3000 (1 points)
45. MangoDave (1 points)
46. Pierre Couderc (1 points)
47. TheVid (1 points)
48. Cameron W (1 points)
49. BenAndo (1 points)
50. Nicholas (1 points)
51. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
52. il muro di manayunk (1 points)
53. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
54. R00tdown (1 points)
55. Yagerbomb (1 points)
56. Buck Rogers (1 points)
57. bsqueeze (1 points)
58. Cullen (1 points)
59. Rom (1 points)
60. oldensteel (1 points)
61. Ccos (1 points)
62. Wietse Verbrugghe (1 points)
63. Harminator (1 points)
64. CanuckChuck (1 points)
65. Stefan (1 points)
66. Slowtrane (1 points)
67. red_riviera (1 points)
68. Steampunk (1 points)
69. Snowy (1 points)
70. Canucklehead (1 points)
71. PT (1 points)
72. dpalazzo (1 points)
73. Evan Dix (1 points)
74. Luis Gee (1 points)
75. simonsaunders (1 points)
76. JonnyG (1 points)
77. KogaLover (1 points)
78. bea (1 points)
79. dinosaurJR (1 points)
80. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
81. Quasar (1 points)
82. BacklashJack (1 points)
83. JCM (1 points)
84. fignons barber (1 points)
85. Pot Belj (1 points)
86. Geraint (1 points)
87. Father of Four (1 points)
88. Radar (1 points)
89. John Irvine (1 points)
90. Matthew M (1 points)
91. ojhart (1 points)
92. Quadzilla (1 points)
93. tony macaroni (1 points)
94. bobthecat (1 points)
95. piwakawaka (1 points)
96. osbk67 (1 points)
97. gilly (1 points)
98. Skip (1 points)
99. the Engine (1 points)
100. bwjosh (1 points)
101. ramenvelo (1 points)
102. Olli (1 points)
103. Kyle (1 points)
104. Neil83 (1 points)
105. Bill Chris (1 points)
106. Heusdens (1 points)
107. MikeK (1 points)
108. gmk69 (1 points)
109. fly (1 points)
110. Rafael Ribeiri (1 points)
111. wilburrox (1 points)
112. AJ (1 points)
113. xyxax (1 points)
114. Jay (1 points)
115. Giotto (1 points)
116. Chica (1 points)
117. Haldy (1 points)
118. Tobin (1 points)
119. ziggy (1 points)
120. LeoTea (1 points)
121. Clingon (1 points)
122. Ron (1 points)
123. oneninefiveninesix (1 points)
124. taon24 (0 points)
125. Bart (0 points)
126. Teocalli (0 points)
127. RobSandy (0 points)
128. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
129. TheDon (0 points)
130. SamV (0 points)
131. Fred (0 points)
132. LavaPupil (0 points)
133. imakecircles (0 points)
134. JohnB (0 points)
135. GoldenGorilla (0 points)
136. Owen (0 points)
137. Kunanyi (0 points)
138. mulebeatsdrums (0 points)
139. EdwinJames (0 points)
140. Philonius (0 points)
141. CJ@178 (0 points)
142. RedRanger (0 points)
143. Byron (0 points)
144. foggypeake (0 points)
145. BatDan (0 points)
146. plynie (0 points)
147. TurboJoe (0 points)
148. eenies (0 points)
149. moondance (0 points)
150. BaltoSteve (0 points)
151. Hansen (0 points)
152. brett (0 points)
153. chris (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VAKOC Petr
    3. GESINK Robert
    4. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
    5. KING Benjamin
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatowski
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatowski
    2. Gerrans
    3. Gilbert
  4. Don’t know how I did that, gotta stop using the I-pad I guess.

    I’ll add the last two, lickety split!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatowski
    2. Gerrans
    3. Gilbert
    4. Mathews
    5. Dumoulin
  5. Still reeling from an epic Roubaix, and hoping I read the tea leaves correctly this time. Ride like hello for leather, lads – I need the points!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Julian Alaphilippe
    4. Philippe Gilbert
    5. Juaquim Rodriguez Oliver
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Alaphilippe
    4. Costa
    5. Gilbert
  7. @Kevin

    Yes, interesting to be a fly on the wall in the OGE bus pre race.

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Julian Alaphillipe
    3. Michael Kwiatkowski
    4. Joaquin Rodriguez
    5. Bauke Mollema
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Matthews
    3. Alaphillipe
    4. Gallopin
    5. Gerrans
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
    2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3. MATTHEWS Michael
    4. SLAGTER Tom Jelte
    5. GASPAROTTO Enrico
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dumoulin
    4. Gerrans
    5. Gilbert
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. MATTHEWS Michael
    2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3. GALLOPIN Tony
    4. VAKOC Petr
    5. COSTA Rui
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Julian Alaphillipe
    3. Michael Kwiatkowski
    4. Rui Costa
    5. Simon Gerrans
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bling matthews
    2. Phil gil
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Gallopin
    5. Jelle vanendert
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Tony Gallopin
    3. Michael Kwiatkowski
    4. Julian Alaphillipe
    5. Simon Gerrans
  16. It’s a comin’…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Matthews
    4. Boasson Hagen
    5. Mollema
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Michael Kwiatkowski
    3. Tony Gallopin
    4. Julian Alaphillipe
    5. Simon Gerrans
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. alaphillipe
    2. galopin
    3. mathews
    4. kwiatkowski
    5. cunego
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gilbert
    4. Gallopin
    5. Gasparotto
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowsky
    2. Alaphillippe
    3. Garrans
    4. Gilbert
    5. Valoc
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Werewolves of London
    2. Kwitters never wins
    3. Vakoc
    4. Gerro
    5. Dumoulin
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSK
    2. ALAPHILIPPE
    3. VANMARCKE
    4. KREUZIGER
    5. HESJEDAL
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Gerrans
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Gilbert
    5. Boassen-Hagen
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dumoulin
    4. Gilbert
    5. Clarke
  25. And so it came to pass that everybody got exactly one point. ;)

    Enjoyed that finale! Nice lesson in how to time your attack.

  26. Yup, I got a duck on that one. Unlikely I’ll be maintaining my 4th place in the overall.

  27. @LawnCzar

    And so it came to pass that everybody got exactly one point. ;)

    Enjoyed that finale! Nice lesson in how to time your attack.

    Disagree. But maybe I should watch again…

    Time to move the finish back to the top of the Cauberg. At least then the attacks have to go on the climb instead of a bunch of guys sitting in and waiting for someone else to bridge on the flat. Just about the total opposite of last Sunday.

  28. Flip, think that’s my first VS duck.

  29. @Harminator

    @LawnCzar

    And so it came to pass that everybody got exactly one point. ;)

    Enjoyed that finale! Nice lesson in how to time your attack.

    Disagree. But maybe I should watch again…

    Time to move the finish back to the top of the Cauberg. At least then the attacks have to go on the climb instead of a bunch of guys sitting in and waiting for someone else to bridge on the flat. Just about the total opposite of last Sunday.

    I can see that; I do prefer a fight on a climb.

    Still, Wellens went too early, and when the counterattack came after he was caught it was enough to open a gap and get the win. There’s a lesson in there.

    (That shot of Wellens noodling on his own after he finished with the media all crowded around Gasparotto? Heartbreak.)

    Maybe not a world class finale, but I enjoyed it and found it instructive.

  30. @Bianchi Denti

    Enrico to win for his fallen comrade.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gasparotto
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Wellens
    4. Vakoc
    5. Weening

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!

  31. Serves me right for swapping out Gasparatto for Costa last night. Chapeau to a classy win.

  32. @Bianchi Denti

    Nipple lube.

  33. Denti with a rockin’ 7 points!

    Final Race Results
    1. GASPAROTTO Enrico
    2. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
    3. COLBRELLI Sonny
    4. COQUARD Bryan
    5. MATTHEWS Michael

    Final VSP Results
    1. Bianchi Denti (7 points)
    2. fenlander (4 points)
    3. Kay_Jay (3 points)
    4. VirenqueforeVer (3 points)
    5. wiscot (3 points)
    6. Fabshiddenmotor (3 points)
    7. chuckp (2 points)
    8. seemunkee (2 points)
    9. Kevin (2 points)
    10. Rigid (2 points)
    11. dyalander (2 points)
    12. Lukas (2 points)
    13. Chickenmcnasty (2 points)
    14. sinikl (2 points)
    15. BarTapeMummy (2 points)
    16. portemat (2 points)
    17. dancollins (2 points)
    18. Al__S (2 points)
    19. Monti Martani (2 points)
    20. Tom Mc (2 points)
    21. Barracuda (1 points)
    22. sthilzy (1 points)
    23. freddy (1 points)
    24. Richo (1 points)
    25. DVMR (1 points)
    26. Shane Courtney (1 points)
    27. ErikdR (1 points)
    28. Jed (1 points)
    29. Duende (1 points)
    30. Rob (1 points)
    31. The Grande Fondue (1 points)
    32. hudson (1 points)
    33. VeloJello (1 points)
    34. LawnCzar (1 points)
    35. Roobar (1 points)
    36. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
    37. Minnesota Expat (1 points)
    38. Erik (1 points)
    39. 1860 (1 points)
    40. justindcady (1 points)
    41. universo (1 points)
    42. Iain Taggart (1 points)
    43. Vbikes (1 points)
    44. cycleman3000 (1 points)
    45. MangoDave (1 points)
    46. Pierre Couderc (1 points)
    47. TheVid (1 points)
    48. Cameron W (1 points)
    49. BenAndo (1 points)
    50. Nicholas (1 points)
    51. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
    52. il muro di manayunk (1 points)
    53. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
    54. R00tdown (1 points)
    55. Yagerbomb (1 points)
    56. Buck Rogers (1 points)
    57. bsqueeze (1 points)
    58. Cullen (1 points)
    59. Rom (1 points)
    60. oldensteel (1 points)
    61. Ccos (1 points)
    62. Wietse Verbrugghe (1 points)
    63. Harminator (1 points)
    64. CanuckChuck (1 points)
    65. Stefan (1 points)
    66. Slowtrane (1 points)
    67. red_riviera (1 points)
    68. Steampunk (1 points)
    69. Snowy (1 points)
    70. Canucklehead (1 points)
    71. PT (1 points)
    72. dpalazzo (1 points)
    73. Evan Dix (1 points)
    74. Luis Gee (1 points)
    75. simonsaunders (1 points)
    76. JonnyG (1 points)
    77. KogaLover (1 points)
    78. bea (1 points)
    79. dinosaurJR (1 points)
    80. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
    81. Quasar (1 points)
    82. BacklashJack (1 points)
    83. JCM (1 points)
    84. fignons barber (1 points)
    85. Pot Belj (1 points)
    86. Geraint (1 points)
    87. Father of Four (1 points)
    88. Radar (1 points)
    89. John Irvine (1 points)
    90. Matthew M (1 points)
    91. ojhart (1 points)
    92. Quadzilla (1 points)
    93. tony macaroni (1 points)
    94. bobthecat (1 points)
    95. piwakawaka (1 points)
    96. osbk67 (1 points)
    97. gilly (1 points)
    98. Skip (1 points)
    99. the Engine (1 points)
    100. bwjosh (1 points)
    101. ramenvelo (1 points)
    102. Olli (1 points)
    103. Kyle (1 points)
    104. Neil83 (1 points)
    105. Bill Chris (1 points)
    106. Heusdens (1 points)
    107. MikeK (1 points)
    108. gmk69 (1 points)
    109. fly (1 points)
    110. Rafael Ribeiri (1 points)
    111. wilburrox (1 points)
    112. AJ (1 points)
    113. xyxax (1 points)
    114. Jay (1 points)
    115. Giotto (1 points)
    116. Chica (1 points)
    117. Haldy (1 points)
    118. Tobin (1 points)
    119. ziggy (1 points)
    120. LeoTea (1 points)
    121. Clingon (1 points)
    122. Ron (1 points)
    123. oneninefiveninesix (1 points)
    124. taon24 (0 points)
    125. Bart (0 points)
    126. Teocalli (0 points)
    127. RobSandy (0 points)
    128. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    129. TheDon (0 points)
    130. SamV (0 points)
    131. Fred (0 points)
    132. LavaPupil (0 points)
    133. imakecircles (0 points)
    134. JohnB (0 points)
    135. GoldenGorilla (0 points)
    136. Owen (0 points)
    137. Kunanyi (0 points)
    138. mulebeatsdrums (0 points)
    139. EdwinJames (0 points)
    140. Philonius (0 points)
    141. CJ@178 (0 points)
    142. RedRanger (0 points)
    143. Byron (0 points)
    144. foggypeake (0 points)
    145. BatDan (0 points)
    146. plynie (0 points)
    147. TurboJoe (0 points)
    148. eenies (0 points)
    149. moondance (0 points)
    150. BaltoSteve (0 points)
    151. Hansen (0 points)
    152. brett (0 points)

    153. chris (0 points)

  34. Nice emotional win by Gasparotto in the end there, but was that the most boring hilly classic ever otherwise?

  35. Anyone see the footage of Felline crashing out in the neutral zone? Talk is he was using his hand to remove some glass in his tyre & then got the hand jammed between fork & wheel.

    Unfortunately it looks like he’ll be out for a while has he broken his nose & they’ve also found a small skull fracture (landed face first).

  36. @Oli

    Nice emotional win by Gasparotto in the end there, but was that the most boring hilly classic ever otherwise?

    I reckon it suffers from the fact that it directly follows P-R (and especially in comparison to this year’s), but when one of the little fellas spent most of Saturday night keeping us up, I wasn’t too upset in having to sacrifice watching it last night. Was pretty sure I could happily find the last 10k online this morning for review before looking at results.

  37. @frank

    153. chris (0 points)

    ‘rse

  38. @chris

    Good news – I tied with someone.

    Bad news – with you!

  39. @Mikael Liddy

    Anyone see the footage of Felline crashing out in the neutral zone? Talk is he was using his hand to remove some glass in his tyre & then got the hand jammed between fork & wheel.

    Unfortunately it looks like he’ll be out for a while has he broken his nose & they’ve also found a small skull fracture (landed face first).

    Ouch!

    Could probably have been avoided if he’d read the post (& discussion) about cleaning tyres on the go by Gianni last year.

  40. @Mikael Liddy

    Fucking OUCH

  41. @frank

    Denti with a rockin’ 7 points!

    Final Race Results
    1. GASPAROTTO Enrico
    2. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
    3. COLBRELLI Sonny
    4. COQUARD Bryan
    5. MATTHEWS Michael

    Final VSP Results
    1. Bianchi Denti (7 points)
    2. fenlander (4 points)
    3. Kay_Jay (3 points)
    4. VirenqueforeVer (3 points)
    5. wiscot (3 points)
    6. Fabshiddenmotor (3 points)
    7. chuckp (2 points)
    8. seemunkee (2 points)
    9. Kevin (2 points)
    10. Rigid (2 points)
    11. dyalander (2 points)
    12. Lukas (2 points)
    13. Chickenmcnasty (2 points)
    14. sinikl (2 points)
    15. BarTapeMummy (2 points)
    16. portemat (2 points)
    17. dancollins (2 points)
    18. Al__S (2 points)
    19. Monti Martani (2 points)
    20. Tom Mc (2 points)
    21. Barracuda (1 points)
    22. sthilzy (1 points)
    23. freddy (1 points)
    24. Richo (1 points)
    25. DVMR (1 points)
    26. Shane Courtney (1 points)
    27. ErikdR (1 points)
    28. Jed (1 points)
    29. Duende (1 points)
    30. Rob (1 points)
    31. The Grande Fondue (1 points)
    32. hudson (1 points)
    33. VeloJello (1 points)
    34. LawnCzar (1 points)
    35. Roobar (1 points)
    36. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
    37. Minnesota Expat (1 points)
    38. Erik (1 points)
    39. 1860 (1 points)
    40. justindcady (1 points)
    41. universo (1 points)
    42. Iain Taggart (1 points)
    43. Vbikes (1 points)
    44. cycleman3000 (1 points)
    45. MangoDave (1 points)
    46. Pierre Couderc (1 points)
    47. TheVid (1 points)
    48. Cameron W (1 points)
    49. BenAndo (1 points)
    50. Nicholas (1 points)
    51. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
    52. il muro di manayunk (1 points)
    53. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
    54. R00tdown (1 points)
    55. Yagerbomb (1 points)
    56. Buck Rogers (1 points)
    57. bsqueeze (1 points)
    58. Cullen (1 points)
    59. Rom (1 points)
    60. oldensteel (1 points)
    61. Ccos (1 points)
    62. Wietse Verbrugghe (1 points)
    63. Harminator (1 points)
    64. CanuckChuck (1 points)
    65. Stefan (1 points)
    66. Slowtrane (1 points)
    67. red_riviera (1 points)
    68. Steampunk (1 points)
    69. Snowy (1 points)
    70. Canucklehead (1 points)
    71. PT (1 points)
    72. dpalazzo (1 points)
    73. Evan Dix (1 points)
    74. Luis Gee (1 points)
    75. simonsaunders (1 points)
    76. JonnyG (1 points)
    77. KogaLover (1 points)
    78. bea (1 points)
    79. dinosaurJR (1 points)
    80. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
    81. Quasar (1 points)
    82. BacklashJack (1 points)
    83. JCM (1 points)
    84. fignons barber (1 points)
    85. Pot Belj (1 points)
    86. Geraint (1 points)
    87. Father of Four (1 points)
    88. Radar (1 points)
    89. John Irvine (1 points)
    90. Matthew M (1 points)
    91. ojhart (1 points)
    92. Quadzilla (1 points)
    93. tony macaroni (1 points)
    94. bobthecat (1 points)
    95. piwakawaka (1 points)
    96. osbk67 (1 points)
    97. gilly (1 points)
    98. Skip (1 points)
    99. the Engine (1 points)
    100. bwjosh (1 points)
    101. ramenvelo (1 points)
    102. Olli (1 points)
    103. Kyle (1 points)
    104. Neil83 (1 points)
    105. Bill Chris (1 points)
    106. Heusdens (1 points)
    107. MikeK (1 points)
    108. gmk69 (1 points)
    109. fly (1 points)
    110. Rafael Ribeiri (1 points)
    111. wilburrox (1 points)
    112. AJ (1 points)
    113. xyxax (1 points)
    114. Jay (1 points)
    115. Giotto (1 points)
    116. Chica (1 points)
    117. Haldy (1 points)
    118. Tobin (1 points)
    119. ziggy (1 points)
    120. LeoTea (1 points)
    121. Clingon (1 points)
    122. Ron (1 points)
    123. oneninefiveninesix (1 points)
    124. taon24 (0 points)
    125. Bart (0 points)
    126. Teocalli (0 points)
    127. RobSandy (0 points)
    128. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    129. TheDon (0 points)
    130. SamV (0 points)
    131. Fred (0 points)
    132. LavaPupil (0 points)
    133. imakecircles (0 points)
    134. JohnB (0 points)
    135. GoldenGorilla (0 points)
    136. Owen (0 points)
    137. Kunanyi (0 points)
    138. mulebeatsdrums (0 points)
    139. EdwinJames (0 points)
    140. Philonius (0 points)
    141. CJ@178 (0 points)
    142. RedRanger (0 points)
    143. Byron (0 points)
    144. foggypeake (0 points)
    145. BatDan (0 points)
    146. plynie (0 points)
    147. TurboJoe (0 points)
    148. eenies (0 points)
    149. moondance (0 points)
    150. BaltoSteve (0 points)
    151. Hansen (0 points)
    152. brett (0 points)

    153. chris (0 points)

    THREE points! I’m so stoked. Merckx bless you Bryan Coquard. The comeback starts here . . . cough, splutter, choke . . .

  42. @Mikael Liddy

    Anyone see the footage of Felline crashing out in the neutral zone? Talk is he was using his hand to remove some glass in his tyre & then got the hand jammed between fork & wheel.

    Unfortunately it looks like he’ll be out for a while has he broken his nose & they’ve also found a small skull fracture (landed face first).

    Ouch is right. Who needs disc brakes when a human hand stops you so much better? It was like he hit an invisible wall!

    Happy to see Gasparotto win and win it for a small team. Wins like this really help keep the smaller teams in the sport because it keeps their sponsors happy.

  43. If only I would’ve picked Gasparotto for the win and not 2nd…

    Oh well, at least I finally got on the board.

  44. Gasparotto and colbrelli were on my shortlist, but then again so was felline! Ouchers! Poor man, that was some whack!

  45. I watched the finish again last night and it just seems odd to me.

    So many teams had thier team leaders with support in the final selection but they were all just looking at each other when the big move went down – I was almost (almost) thinking it must have been fixed because it just seems so crazy that no one followed – when Valgaren went it looked like a couple tried but either stopped or popped. Perhaps it was because they were all marking each other – so none of the names went, because none of the names went – they just neutralised each other. But even then is seems strange that the support riders wouldn’t chase down the move – a lot has been made of Matthews and Gerrans, no doubt because of the Worlds debacle, but it seems to me there were other teams who seemingly stuffed the finish despite having numbers.

    All that said it could just be that they were toasted having dodged the street furniture, endured the downpour and gone up and down all day – maybe no one could go when it mattered and I guess if the leaders can’t go why should you expect the support riders to be able to go?

  46. @dyalander in last year’s race, Matthews absolutely cooked himself following the standard Gilbert attack up the Cauberg, but because the finishing straight is so long over the top, they were reeled in again before the finish, at which point he had no sprint left. I think there was a lot of assuming that the two up the road wouldn’t last, especially seeing as that finishing straight was apparently in to a head wind.

  47. right, I’m buying a dartboad to figure out picks for this weekend

  48. @Mikael Liddy

    sure, he wouldn’t have wanted to get burnt again and I’m sure quite a few others didn’t go then for the same reason, but then why not chase and reel them in like last year? And why not send your team mate to cover the move? And that doesn’t just go for OGE – a bunch of teams had numbers.

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