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Velominati Super Prestige: Clásica San Sebastián 2016

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The VSP generator is still warm and sticky from all the ales we had to pour into it to keep it from overheating in Paris. Who would have guessed Froomey would have won again? Well, he won’t win this because he isn’t racing, probably too busy racing the criteriums. Last year’s winner should be back and ready to repeat. It is amusing that the UCI oversees these criteriums despite everybody knowing they are often rigged, riders collude, results questionable. Who cares.

Clásica San Sebastián is crowded with Tour de France survivors and those who aren’t dead should be ready to tear it up. Here is a start list to chew on.  You all know what to do, what’s on the prize list and who Pedro Dalgado is. And yes, we missed another Women’s race. We do indeed suck. We are suffused with shame. We are bad males. But that has been obvious for about seven years running so moving on…this race is on Saturday and Delgado is Spanish. Be careful and good luck.

Final Race Results
1. MOLLEMA Bauke
2. GALLOPIN Tony
3. VALVERDE Alejandro
4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
5. VAN AVERMAET Greg
Final VSP Results
1. Jansen (9 points)
2. MangoDave (7 points)
3. Fred (6 points)
4. RobSandy (6 points)
5. Tobin (6 points)
6. Rom (5 points)
7. the Engine (5 points)
8. wiscot (5 points)
9. ramenvelo (5 points)
10. foggypeake (5 points)
11. Yagerbomb (5 points)
12. fenlander (5 points)
13. Byron (5 points)
14. DVMR (5 points)
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16. mulebeatsdrums (5 points)
17. John Irvine (5 points)
18. BarTapeMummy (5 points)
19. Snowy (5 points)
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25. VbyV (4 points)
26. Bart (4 points)
27. TheDon (3 points)
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31. Ron (3 points)
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37. xyxax (3 points)
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41. Randy C (2 points)
42. il muro di manayunk (2 points)
43. Harminator (2 points)
44. dinosaurJR (2 points)
45. Geraint (2 points)
46. Steve Trice (2 points)
47. Tom Mc (2 points)
48. JAIA (2 points)
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64. Kevin (1 points)
65. Jed (1 points)
66. Al__S (1 points)
67. Teocalli (1 points)
68. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
69. GordoGreatBelly (1 points)
70. Rick (1 points)
71. eenies (1 points)
72. Monti Martani (1 points)
73. litvi (1 points)
74. Quadzilla (1 points)
75. JohnB (1 points)
76. 1860 (1 points)
77. piwakawaka (0 points)
78. Rob (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. Valverde
    3. Rodriguez
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Ulissi
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gallopin
    2. Valverde
    3. Rodriguez
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Ulissi
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Joaquim Rodriguez
    5. Daniel Martin
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. J. Rodriguez
    2. A. Valverde
    3. G Van Avermaet
    4. M. Landa
    5. T. Wellens
  5. What are my chances? Sweet FA, but always worth a try :)

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Yates
    2. Alaphillipe
    3. GVA
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Valverde
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ulissi, Diego
    2. Sanchez, Luis Leon
    3. Valverde, Alejandro
    4. Martin, Daniel
    5. Purito
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. van Avermaet
    2. Alaphillipe
    3. Valverde
    4. Martin
    5. Kwiatkowski
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Yates
    5. Rodriguez
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Kawasaki
    3. Allezplillipe
    4. Adam Yates you can
    5. TIMMY Wellens
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Julien Alaphilippe
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Diego Ulissi
    4. Hugh Carthy
    5. Ilnur Zakarin
  11. To correct which Yates.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Adam Yates
    5. Rodriguez
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Alejandro
    3. Gianluca Brambilla
    4. Hugh Carthy
    5. Ilnur Zakarin
  13. Arghh! Right third time…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Diego Ulissi
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Ilnur Zakarin
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Ilnur Zakarin
    3. Greg van Avermaet
    4. Adam Yates
    5. Joaquim Rodriguez
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Richie Porte
    2. Daniel Martin
    3. Joaquim Rodriquez
    4. Luis Leon Sanchez
    5. Simon Yates
  16. I’d like the nickname “Cough Drops” for Simon Yates to catch on, after his asthma inhaler ban. I’d also like to see him up there with his bro.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Malmerde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Simon Yates
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Valverde
    2. Joaquim Rodriguez
    3. Dan Martin
    4. G. Van Avermaet
    5. Mikel Landa
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
  19. Don’t need picks for 2-5, Dan Martin is enough

    .

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Philippe Gilbert
  21. It’s a one-day race. Anything can happen.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Yates, Adam
    5. Martin, Dan
  22. Anyone else get the ad for GU Stroopwaffel on the start list? Timely, given @frank‘s revelation about how he watches the TDF.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    2. KREUZIGER, Roman
    3. Martin, Dan
    4. YATES, Adam
    5. ROCHE, Nicolas
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Bauke Mollema
    5. Tim Wellens
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. J-Rod
    3. Giblets
    4. Van Avermat
    5. Dan Martin
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Adam Yates
  26. The whole day I thought I was picking Greg of Avermat, put I just can’t quit dirty Al love, and the fact that Puito and he hate each other will have them go to the line together. That’s what the drugs are saying at least.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Rodriguez
    3. GVA
    4. Martin
    5. Landa
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Alejandro
    2. Porte, Richie
    3. Yates, Adam
    4. Rodriguez, Joaquin
    5. Mollema, Bauke
  28. some points, any points

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Adam Yates
    3. Porte
    4. Dan Martin
    5. steven Kruijswjik
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Yates
    5. J Rod
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Adam Yates
    5. J Rod
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Mikel Landa
    4. Alberto Contador
    5. Richie Porte
  32. Day for a breakaway?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Avermaet
    3. Gilbert
    4. Rodriquez
    5. Martin
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Yates
    2. Zakarin
    3. Valverde
    4. Landa
    5. Martin
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Joaquin Rodriguez
    5. Dan Martin
  35. Yikes! Nearly a Delgado.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Richie Porte
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Alberto Contador
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Adam Yates
  36. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Rodriguez
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Kwiatkowski
  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Alaphilippe
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Phil Gilbert
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. D. Martin
    3. GVA
    4. A. Yates
    5. J. Rodriguez
  39. Result:

    1. MOLLEMA Bauke

    2. GALLOPIN Tony

    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro

    4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim

    5. VAN AVERMAET Greg

  40. @the Engine

    Sent from a dark hotel room near Arras

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Greg Van Avermae
    4. Purito
    5. Philippe Giblets

    A dark hotel room near who’s ass?

  41. @xyxax

    @the Engine

    Sent from a dark hotel room near Arras

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Greg Van Avermae
    4. Purito
    5. Philippe Giblets

    A dark hotel room near who’s ass?

    No donkey here

  42. @the Engine

    Ashleigh Moolman?

  43. @mulebeatsdrums

    I’d like the nickname “Cough Drops” for Simon Yates to catch on, after his asthma inhaler ban. I’d also like to see him up there with his bro.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Malmerde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Simon Yates

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

  44. Delgadoed…and that for a classic won by our own fire-in-the-belly Mollema the Avenger.

    Anyway, I presume the cap he wore at the celebration is the only possible exception to the real cycling cap.

  45. @KogaLover

    Delgadoed…and that for a classic won by our own fire-in-the-belly Mollema the Avenger.

    Anyway, I presume the cap he wore at the celebration is the only possible exception to the real cycling cap.

    Mollema signed my copy of the Rules against Rule #5 – true story

  46. @wiscot

    @mulebeatsdrums

    I’d like the nickname “Cough Drops” for Simon Yates to catch on, after his asthma inhaler ban. I’d also like to see him up there with his bro.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Malmerde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Simon Yates

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

    Yes! Eugh, I fucking hate those things. I imagine that they are not dissimilar to eating embrocation salve.

  47. @mulebeatsdrums

    @wiscot

    @mulebeatsdrums

    I’d like the nickname “Cough Drops” for Simon Yates to catch on, after his asthma inhaler ban. I’d also like to see him up there with his bro.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Malmerde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Simon Yates

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

    Yes! Eugh, I fucking hate those things. I imagine that they are not dissimilar to eating embrocation salve.

    Amazing that they still make them. In all of my 50+ years I’ve only ever seen one person eat one.

  48. @Steve Trice

    @mulebeatsdrums

    @wiscot

    @mulebeatsdrums

    I’d like the nickname “Cough Drops” for Simon Yates to catch on, after his asthma inhaler ban. I’d also like to see him up there with his bro.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Adam Yates
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Malmerde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Simon Yates

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

    Yes! Eugh, I fucking hate those things. I imagine that they are not dissimilar to eating embrocation salve.

    Amazing that they still make them. In all of my 50+ years I’ve only ever seen one person eat one.

    I’d forgotten about those. Used to love ’em. The Marmite of sweets?

  49. @Teocalli

    @Steve Trice

    @mulebeatsdrums

    @wis

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

    Yes! Eugh, I fucking hate those things. I imagine that they are not dissimilar to eating embrocation salve.

    Amazing that they still make them. In all of my 50+ years I’ve only ever seen one person eat one.

    I’d forgotten about those. Used to love ’em. The Marmite of sweets?

    I love ’em! They are Rule #5 sweets.

    In fact, might start taking a few for particularly cold/wet rides.

  50. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @Steve Trice

    @mulebeatsdrums

    @wis

    Maybe tweak it to be the “Fisherman’s Friend”?

    Yes! Eugh, I fucking hate those things. I imagine that they are not dissimilar to eating embrocation salve.

    Amazing that they still make them. In all of my 50+ years I’ve only ever seen one person eat one.

    I’d forgotten about those. Used to love ’em. The Marmite of sweets?

    I love ’em! They are Rule #5 sweets.

    In fact, might start taking a few for particularly cold/wet rides.

    Utter madness, total Rule #5 though. Wouldn’t they dissolve in wet conditions?

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