Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia, Stage 20

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia, Stage 20

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The fact that the Giro’s penultimate stage finishes atop the storied climb to Sestrieres is secondary to the fact that it goes over the Col de Finestre just previous to it. The Finestre is one of those fantastic climbs that seems to walk the line between “road” and “goat path” that all the best rides in the world seem to do.

Steep? Check. Hairpins? Check. Technical descent? Check. Gravel? You bet your sweet ass. Nibali is about as likely to win this Giro as the Spanish Cycling Federation is to levy a sanction against one of their star athletes, but that won’t keep me from hoping he will. The Finestre represents his best opportunity to pull the cat out of the bag as the trip down the gravel descent will play into his strengths. The bad news is that even with a masterful descent, only mechanical or some other such hardship befalling the riders ahead of him in the Classification will see him gain enough time to take a step or two up the podium, and even I don’t want to see something like that happening to Bertie.

So with that, we’re firing up the last intermediate VSP for this year’s Giro. Get your picks in by 5am Pacific tomorrow morning for the chance to win 3, 2, or 1 points for the podium spots, and 1 point for 4th and 5th places.  Good luck.

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Nibali
    3. Gadret
    4. Scarponi
    5. Kreuziger

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Contadoe
    2. Go Go Gadret
    3. Nibali
    4. José Rujano
    5. Menchov

  3. I simply won’t name Bertie in my picks. Just won’t do it. I feel much better putting Pedale in there, especially considering he’ll be chatting with Moser later on and I can just imagine him saying, “You know who’s a good chap? Frank. He put me in his VSP Picks.” And then Moser would say, “Dude, that is straight DOPE. I been hopin’ he be puttin’ me in his pizzizzles but DAYUM – YOU DUNNIT. STRAIGHT. STRAIGHT.” *Shakes head in disbelief*

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Garggles
    2. Pedale.Forchetta
    3. Nibbles
    4. Rujano
    5. Purito

  4. Here’s hoping for some magical, mystical mountain-top redemption, gram slam, attacking, balls-out action! Go Nibbles!!!! (going with my heart not my head for the first time).
    Will be live on SBS in Australia – Yay

    VSP PICKS:

    1. NIBALI
    2. Contador
    3. Rujano
    4. Gadret
    5. Scarponi

  5. A good selection of climbers showing their prowess with contador proving that he is the best of the best after gifting a few stages to others. Nibali will descend well and give contador a go with scarponi desperate to save some seconds.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Nibali
    3. Rujano
    4. Scarponi
    5. Gadret

  6. Again, I refuse to name a certain current leader of the Giro as a selection. Call me crazy but Lo Sceriffo comes in the top 5 along with Pedale (thanks frank!). Great shot of the two, arms linked, taken on the OiPhone by Pedale as they cross the line together. This then becomes a topic for anatomy of a photo at a later date.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Niblets
    2. Rom Kruez
    3. Scarface
    4. Munchoff
    5. Lo Sceriffo/Pedale

  7. Hate having Conbutador in there but just can’t see it not happening…really hope Nibbles nails the descent & gets past Scarface.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cont of the Highest Order
    2. Nibbles
    3. Rujano
    4. Scarface
    5. Gazza

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Gadret
    3. Scarponi
    4. Rujano
    5. Anton

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. contador
    2. nibali
    3. scarponi
    4. gadret
    5. j-rod

  10. Frank…you OK buddy?

    VSP PICKS:

    4. Judas of Gadret

  11. Whoops

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Igor Ant on
    2. Steak boy
    3. Nibbles
    4. Judas of Gadret
    5. Scarface

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Judas
    3. Scarponi
    4. Nibali
    5. Anton

  13. @frank
    pizzizzle? Is that a Dutch thing?

  14. oh…nibbles…you’ve got quite a job tomorrow!

    Man, these guys (except Bertie) look properly cooked.

    Final Race Results
    1. KIRYIENKA Vasili
    2. RUJANO GUILLEN Jose
    3. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
    4. BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
    5. GADRET John

    Final VSP Results
    1. Andrew (3 points)
    2. Brett (2 points)
    3. ZachOlson (2 points)
    4. anotherdownunder (2 points)
    5. G'phant (2 points)
    6. seemunkee (2 points)
    7. Ron (2 points)
    8. Scuba Steve (2 points)
    9. Alex (2 points)
    10. TomC (2 points)
    11. Andreas (2 points)
    12. Roadslave525 (2 points)
    13. Erik (1 points)
    14. ramenvelo (1 points)
    15. Souleur (1 points)
    16. Steampunk (1 points)
    17. Velotoday (1 points)
    18. Mikeweb (1 points)
    19. mcsqueak (1 points)
    20. heath (1 points)
    21. Nathan Edwards (1 points)
    22. Gerard (1 points)
    23. lepidopterist (1 points)
    24. Velomihottie (1 points)
    25. RedRanger (1 points)
    26. Marcus (1 points)
    27. xyxax (1 points)
    28. MikeyEyesore (1 points)
    29. ben (1 points)
    30. R00td0wn (1 points)
    31. Roberto Marques (1 points)
    32. sgt (1 points)
    33. needmoreV (1 points)
    34. LA Dave (1 points)
    35. Nate (1 points)
    36. Ankush (1 points)
    37. frank (1 points)
    38. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
    39. harminator (1 points)
    40. CJ (1 points)
    41. pello (0 points)
    42. Netraam (0 points)
    43. sprider (0 points)
    44. jnunberg (0 points)

    45. il ciclista medio (0 points)

  15. Any stage or road race that gets you wondering, even if only momentarily, whether using a cross bike might be a good strategy is bad ass.

  16. I should get a point for the Pocket Grimpeur

  17. So wtf happened to Nibbles?

  18. @RedRanger

    The hotel was out of steak last night.

  19. Woo hoo! Finally top honors in a VSP. Sadly, the only thing on the line this time was points and bragging rights, no swag! Still I think every point is gonna count come the end of the season, so I’ll take the extras. :)

  20. Gutted. Nibali seems either to have given up taking the fight to Scarponi, let alone the Beefeater… Or else he hasn’t got it this year.

  21. Not to be one to try to take readers eyes away from this particular portal of articles but there’s a beauty of a blog entry about climbing the Finestre over yonder http://www.rapha.cc/colle-delle-finestre

  22. @ all,

    Hello from OTB. Busy and missing everyone and the fun. Been screwing my tan lines up at the beach. Not on purpose.
    That is all.

  23. I know this is post is for the Giro, but have a look at what Wiggo has been UP to.
    He’s climbed to outer space. Will this help him in the TdF?
    Article here

    Thanks BRR for reading The Telegraph!

  24. @sthilzy
    Can’t hurt, can it? If the pressure of the Olympics doesn’t get to him, he could be the big favourite come July, no? No GC contender will come close to him on the TT and if he can climb even better than in the past, he’ll be in fine fettle. There was a cyclingnews story about this the other day, too. Why are we on last year’s VSP page?

  25. @Steampunk
    Why are we on last year’s VSP page?
    Opps! Nut loose on the keyboard!

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