Velominati Super Prestige: Giro di Lombardia 2016

I turned forty last week. Nothing feels different except all my strength has gone, my memory sucks, and everything hurts now. That, and everything makes me mad because it isn’t the way it used to be. Case in point: the Giro di Lombardia is no longer the last race of the year. (I know it hasn’t been for a while but no one counts that race in Japan or the Tour of Beijing as real races.) And they moved it up so early in the season that the leaves aren’t even falling yet. We call it the race of the falling leaves for a reason, people!

Christ, I miss the Cold War.

At least we can count on @pedale-forchetta to be at the roadside, delivering the most badass photos on the most badass part of the route.

For those of you entering the VSP, don’t let the fact that Paris-Tours and the Words haven’t happened yet fool you. Lombardia is this weekend even though it will barely be October by the time they hit the start line. Get your picks in by the time the clock goes to zero. (Countdown clock’s been fixed, by the way, just in time for the season to end – you’re welcome.)

Kick it.

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124 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Giro di Lombardia 2016”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe
    2. Tom Dumoulin
    3. Wouter Poels
    4. Alberto Contador
    5. Bauke Mollema
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Albasini
    2. Bauke Mollema
    3. Winner Anacona
    4. Tony Gallopin
    5. Julian Alaphilippe
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. daniel MARTIN
    2. darwin ATAPUMA
    3. davide FORMOLO
    4. romain BARDET
    5. miguel angel LOPEZ
  4. I am so out of it, I feel like that knucklehead who is sprinting for 34th place.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Gilbert
    3. Contador
    4. Are
    5. Valverde
  5. 40? Damn, are those the things I have to look forward to?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Gallopin
    3. Valverde
    4. Majka
    5. Mollema
  6. Starter for 10…I’m picking Konig to ignore team orders, as a final “Thanks for nothing

    ” to Sky.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Simon Yates
    2. Konig
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Formolo
    5. Contador
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Romain Bardet
    2. Fabio Aru
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Julian Alaphilippe
    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Joaquim Rodriguez
    2. Julian Alaphilippe
    3. Bauke Mollema
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Daniel Martin
  9. I’m turning 35 in a few weeks. Frank you old fuck.

    Looking at previous winners, it seems literally any permutation of top 5 is possible. Need to think about this. Or get my dartboard out…

  10. @RobSandy

    I’m turning 35 in a few weeks. Frank you old fuck.

     

    Cripes all the bleeding yoofs around here professing how young they are…….. (including @theengine)

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Albasini
    2. Julian Alaphillipe
    3. Alberto Contador
    4. Peter Kennaugh
    5. Jarlinson Pantano
  12. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    I’m turning 35 in a few weeks. Frank you old fuck.

    Cripes all the bleeding yoofs around here professing how young they are…….. (including @theengine)

    No kidding man… 50’s the new 30 you knuckleheads… buncha folks still seem to be suffering teenage brain syndrome. Cheers all

  13. @Randy C

    @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    I’m turning 35 in a few weeks. Frank you old fuck.

    Cripes all the bleeding yoofs around here professing how young they are…….. (including @theengine)

    No kidding man… 50’s the new 30 you knuckleheads… buncha folks still seem to be suffering teenage brain syndrome. Cheers all

    Including @randyc…………

  14. Well here’s mine for all the good it’ll do me now.

     

    And Frank wait ’till you get past 50(actually 60 is fast approaching)

    ,everything goes then.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan fecking Martin
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Julian Allaphillipe
    4. Tony Gallopin
    5. Edvald Bosen-Hagen
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe
    2. Michael Albasini
    3. Robert Gesink
    4. Leopold König
    5. Warren Barguil
  16. I’m thinking this year’s course will favour climbers over typical classics men, but it’s hard to deny Alaphilippe’s form right now.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. Chaves
    3. Atapuma
    4. Contador
    5. Aru
  17. I suspect that the leaf next to my name will soon be leafing. Bah-dah-bum.

    Schleck and Hesjedal retirement tour aside, I’m picking Igor Anton Hernandez because Dimension Data needs it some WT points.

    These are desperate choices in desperate times. Oh, and Contador is on the start list.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Igor Anton Hernandez
    2. Darwin Atapuma
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Damiano Cunego
    5. Alberto Contador
  18. I’m just pack fodder for the overall, but still have to throw in my picks.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. GVA
    3. Contador
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Chaves
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet, Greg
    2. Ulissi, Diego
    3. Alaphilippe, Julian
    4. Mollema, Bauke
    5. Martin, Dan
  20. @Teocalli

    Oh man don’t I wish ! But hey, maybe so … And I’m about gonna go for a good bike ride on a glorious sunny fall eve here in the deep south if that helps bring it on. Cheers

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor
    2. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    3. PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson
    4. MARTIN Daniel
    5. BENOOT Tiesj
  22. “I turned forty last week. Nothing feels different except all my strength has gone, my memory sucks, and everything hurts now.” You are feeling all that now @Frank? Wait until you turn 50 and stop talking bollocks!

     

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. ALAPHILIPPE, Julian
    2. CHAVES, Esteban
    3. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    4. POELS, Wout
    5. URAN, Rigoberto
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphillipe
    2. Gianluca Brambilla
    3. Adam Yates
    4. Moreno Moser
    5. Greg Van Avermaet

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