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. @Steve Trice

    ???? I count six (although they’re not all in the lead photos). Anyway, as we all know, there are three kinds of people; those that can count and those that can’t.

    I thought there were 10 kinds of people; those who understand binary numbers and those who don’t

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Daniel Martin
    2. Rui Costa
    3. Tim Wellens
    4. Wout Poels
    5. Bauke Mollema
  2. @KogaLover

    @Steve Trice

    ???? I count six (although they’re not all in the lead photos). Anyway, as we all know, there are three kinds of people; those that can count and those that can’t.

    I thought there were 10 kinds of people; those who understand binary numbers and those who don’t

    Ha ha yeah, that too.

  3. @Steve Trice

    @KogaLover

    @Steve Trice

    ???? I count six (although they’re not all in the lead photos). Anyway, as we all know, there are three kinds of people; those that can count and those that can’t.

    I thought there were 10 kinds of people; those who understand binary numbers and those who don’t

    Ha ha yeah, that too.

    But to unravel @robsandy‘s point you have to read too………

  4. @Steve Trice

    @Teocalli

    But to unravel @robsandy‘s point you have to read too………

    Ahh, all makes sense now. Never thought to read the article.

    Who the fuck reads articles?

    Yeah, says 7. I’m in the sort of mood where that gets to me.

  5. So with the Race of the Fallen Leaves upon us, is there a date for the VVhidbey Island Cogal of the Fallen leaves yet?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. Chaves
    3. Atapuma
    4. Contador
    5. Aru
  6. One step higher on the podium than La Fleche Wallonne for Martin and Alaphillipe this time round

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Alaphillipe
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Aru
    5. Poels
  7. Allaphillipe and then Names out of a hat

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Allaphillipe
    2. Contador
    3. Steve Cummings
    4. Anacona
    5. Simon Yates
  8. Two Cloggies and a Dane in the top 5? Hell, why not. My VSP season is shot to bits anyway, after 3 or 4 dumb

    Delgado’s earlier this year. All or nothing, then; last minute glory or red lantern blues; de dood of de gladiolen.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Esteban Chavez
    2. Robert Gesink
    3. Jakob Fuglsang
    4. Gianluca Brambila
    5. Bauke Mollema
  9. Ever ch

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe
    2. Tom Dumoulin
    3. Wouter Poels
    4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
    5. Simon Yates
  10. Is “Not Pepper Spray” a usable nickname for GVA?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Esteban Chaves
    3. Fabio Aru
    4. Tom Dumoulin
    5. Dan Martin
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Diego Ulissi
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Wout Poels
    4. Simon Yates
    5. Rigoberto Uran
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Gianluca Brambilla
    5. Simon Yates
  13. Happy belated birthday, Big Frank!

    I’m getting old too, and my body is letting me know. I play futbol twice a week on an artificial surface. Considering I played college sports on one as well, my body is pretty tired of 20 years of that pounding on my joints and lower back

    . NOT easy getting out of bed the next day, my ankles and feet as so stiff I have to walk like a peg leg until they loosen up.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Alaphilipe
    2. Bauke Mollema
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Fabio Aru
    5. Greg van Avermaet
  14. Cycling weather is finally upon us in Arizona!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Rigoberto Uran
    3. Wout Poels
    4. Julian Alaphilipe
    5. Bauke Mollema
  15. Contador out. Uran in. All my picks are dark horses (‘cept maybe Martin).

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Igor Anton Hernandez
    2. Darwin Atapuma
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Damiano Cunego
    5. Rigoberto Uran
  16. Contador’s out with the flu.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alaphilippe
    2. Chaves
    3. Atapuma
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Aru
  17. @BacklashJack

    Cycling weather is finally upon us in Arizona!

    San Antonio too! Finally, I can ride at 3:00 in the afternoon and the heat index isn’t 110F.

  18. Is the VSP still going? Well, let’s put in some picks.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Johan Esteban Chaves
    2. Julian Alaphilippe
    3. Romain Bardet
    4. Bauke Mollema
    5. Fabio Aru
  19. And another roll of the dice!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
    2. ARU Fabio
    3. BARDET Romain
    4. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
    5. CHAVES RUBIO Jhoan Esteban
  20. I can’t win the overall, even if my picks are perfect, but what the heck?  So close with the Vuelta…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Wout Poels
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Esteban Chaves
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Rui Costa
  21. yates is out – Martin instead

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Allaphillipe
    2. Contador
    3. Steve Cummings
    4. Anacona
    5. Martin
  22. Crap shoot, but I love Brambilla. I think it’ll come down to who can descend.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Uran, Rigoberto
    2. Brambilla, Gianluca
    3. Chaves, Estaban
    4. Moreno, Dani
    5. Bardet, Romain
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Wout Poels
    3. Ed Boasson-Hagen
    4. Esteban Chaves
    5. Romain Bardet
  24. I totally re-thought my predictions based on recent form, team-mates and experience

    . This will be a great race. I wonder how Woods will do this time around.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Poels
    2. Aru
    3. Martin
    4. Uran
    5. Chaves
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Esteban Chavez
    2. Romain Bardet
    3. Woet Poels
    4. Miguel Angel Lopez
    5. Jakob Fuglsang
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rigoberto Uran
    2. Diego Ulissi
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Simon Yates
    5. Gianluca Brambilla

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