Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Stage 9, Mt. Etna

Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Stage 9, Mt. Etna

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There will be fireworks. It’s a phrase we often use, and one we rarely take literally. But this photo shows Mount Etna. Actually erupting. Recently. There is a non-zero chance that it will erupt tomorrow, when the Giro d’Italia riders over this brute twice.

Tomorrow’s stage will be the first real battleground for this year’s Giro, and we expect there to be fireworks. Possibly literally. And figuratively. Get your picks in by 5am Pacific time tomorrow for a chance to grab a few extra points in the VSP.

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @Marcus
    Surely they have some sense of drama.
    You’re racing up an active volcano for Pete’s sake! The only thing that could make it more awesome would be dinosaurs. It deserves a bit of dash.

  2. For all you suckas having to watch the race via your computers- in Oz we have a choice of two tv channels covering tonights stage – eurosport (Harmon/kelly) or SBS (Oz commentators Keenan and mcgrory). Ha!

  3. Hmm, I might have made a slip up during the Giro and incurred a 2 point penalty, but I’m listed as -1 for the VSP GC. The last I checked, after the Classics, I was in the high 20s. I couldn’t have fucked up that much.

  4. Hmm… they are going to let these guys go! Bah!

  5. Don’t they know we have points on the line?

  6. @Marcus
    Hooked up the laptop to the tv, so I’m pretty happy, though the its definitely not HD.

  7. Cracked! The pink jersey will be changing.

  8. On another note, woke to 2″ of snow here at home in Lake Tahoe. Should make for an interesting start to the Tour of California today here in the mountains.

  9. Cracked again! Buh-bye Scarponi. But Nibbles didn’t do ANYTHING to respond. Come on mna, this is your mountain.

  10. A little red meat seems to go a long way.

  11. I may have to change my opinion of Contador… he does show some guts, rather than sitting and waiting.

  12. Great stage!

  13. The photo of the BMC dude checking out the ladies is awesome!

    I went to Italy to play soccer when I was younger and we dedicated a significant portion of the trip to buying racy magazines in as many shops as we could find. In the U.S. we’d have been kicked out of the store; in Italy they didn’t bat an eye. My love for Italy was forged then and there.

  14. Damn!! missed getting picks in.

    Well, well. Frandy have to be sitting somewhere watching this today saying, “Ach. Sheiße.”

  15. @Cyclops

    Nice cyclops! Not too much longer until we get a podium out of you, methinks.

  16. @Cyclops
    Very well done! Congratulations!

  17. @pakrat

    Indeed, worth getting up really early for. Too bad I could only get the Italian feed to work. The video quality was pretty good, but I would have liked to understand the commentary!

  18. @all
    Please don’t dispute your picks until I’ve posted the results. There is a bug, and I’m working on it, so settle down, have a glass of warm milk, and relax.

  19. @Cyclops
    Congratulations! Bravo!

  20. Today’s results. Bear in mind that this is a Stage VSP, so there are only points going to the top three, and for 3, 2, and 1 points. You still get a bonus point for picking a rider who made it into the top five.

    Final Race Results
    1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto
    2. RUJANO GUILLEN Jose
    3. GARZELLI Stefano
    4. NIBALI Vincenzo
    5. KREUZIGER Roman

    Final VSP Results
    1. wiscot (5 points)
    2. ben (5 points)
    3. Netraam (5 points)
    4. Scuba Steve (5 points)
    5. mcsqueak (5 points)
    6. Marcus (5 points)
    7. Xponti (5 points)
    8. Alex (5 points)
    9. CanuckChuck (4 points)
    10. ZachOlson (4 points)
    11. Jeff in PetroMetro (4 points)
    12. xyxax (4 points)
    13. harminator (4 points)
    14. LA Dave (4 points)
    15. Andrew (3 points)
    16. G'pjant (3 points)
    17. Minion (3 points)
    18. Velomihottie (3 points)
    19. Souleur (3 points)
    20. Oli Brooke-White (3 points)
    21. sgt (3 points)
    22. CJ (3 points)
    23. benjamin (3 points)
    24. Nate (3 points)
    25. Ron (3 points)
    26. Hawkeye (3 points)
    27. Nathan Edwards (3 points)
    28. anotherdownunder (3 points)
    29. Erik (2 points)
    30. sprider (2 points)
    31. RedRanger (2 points)
    32. seemunkee (2 points)
    33. Brett (2 points)
    34. il ciclista medio (2 points)
    35. heath (2 points)
    36. Rose City Rolleur (2 points)
    37. Collin (2 points)
    38. ChrisO (2 points)
    39. frank (2 points)
    40. pakrat (2 points)
    41. pello (2 points)
    42. Jamin (2 points)
    43. joe (2 points)
    44. Bo (2 points)
    45. Roadslave525 (2 points)

    46. Steampunk (1 points)

    Drugs sure make a difference in helping you climb well for your weight; Bertie made everyone look like they were riding tricycles.

  21. Hey, I made it to the podium!

  22. @joe, @Ron

    Sorry guys – not a lot of time yesterday, busy building a chicken coop. Yeah, I know. What the fuck.

    Some more detail:

    Interim stages have nothing to do with your VSP Giro picks. These are bonus stages that go towards your overall VSP total, but don’t effect the Giro VSP in any way. Three points for first, Two for second, and 1 for 3 through 5 and a bonus point for any rider in the top five.

    Rest day picks will open up automatically on the rest day, and will close again at 5am Pacific the day of the next stage. Any DNF’s get free swaps on the day of the DNF (or the day we notice they’ve DNF’d and we update the DNF list.)

  23. @Cyclops
    Well played good sir! That’s a helluva pace no doubt.

  24. @Cyclops
    Nice work, mate! Pick a race this year and we’ll do a VSP on it.

  25. @frank

    Building a chicken coop eh? Those things are popular down here as well. My last neighbors had chicken, which were pretty neat actually.

  26. @frank
    Chicken coop? Is that a joke, cuz I’m right there with you? I have an old shed I am waiting to convert to a coop as soon the f’n HOA approves it. No roosters mind you, I want to sleep in on occasion.

    TOC on hold till 1pm pending weather. I’m hoping to go to the finish and see Der Jens, Grimplette, and Thor in person. Unfortunately it is alternating between sunshine and blowing snow.. WTF. At least its a full day of cycling!

  27. Post-race interview from Contador… we enjoyed some great Spanish steak last night, and will enjoy some more tonight. :)

  28. If I may, I think I should get a credit for John Gadret. He finished 9th, ahead of several favorites. I knew he was a badass at last years TdF when he wouldn’t give up his bike to Roche the younger because he was climbing better than the captain and knew it. Watch out for him.

  29. Damn man. It’s rides like that from Bertie that make me wish I could be convinced he’s totally clean, proper attacking pair of tars on him. Then I remember him beating Motorcus in the lake annecy time trial, the day after handing it to the grimpeurs on the grand st bernard and it all goes to smeg again…
    @Cyclops – get in there matey, don’t forget to reward yourself with some well hopped recovery beverages, balance is critical… ;)

  30. VSP pack fodder continues. My only consolation is holding a one point lead over Bretto.

  31. mcsqueak :
    @Cyclops
    Nice cyclops! Not too much longer until we get a podium out of you, methinks.

    Well, they called me forward to receive a reward for fourth (a swell Cateye LED taillight that I’ll never use) so that kind of is podiuming isn’t it?

  32. @Cyclops
    Yee haa. Top effort.

    @pakrat
    Our neighbors have a rooster. I hate it. We have a chook coop. It has no chooks. I hate chooks. They remind me of roosters. Frank, couldn’t you find a more Velominatesque progetto?

  33. Alex:
    @Oli Brooke-White
    haha he’d be riding better!

    Hmmm, I think I’ll have to defer to you on this point. 20th not quite as good as I thought…at least we know he’s clean!

  34. The life of a Velominati: I spent this morning watching the race and wondering where I’d gone wrong, how I’d gone from the lead grupetto to La Lanterne Rouge in such a short span. How was I so suddenly off the back? Should I have eaten more imported beef?

    Just got back from two hours of riding with two cool friends.

    I checked back and all is once again right in my VSP world.

    And a chicken coop is to blame…

    (Frank, sorry for freaking out. But’s it’s your fault… You do such a fine job with the site it’s impossible to believe you have a life beyond the bike!)

  35. Freaking out about the VSP is not the life of a Velominati – it is the very antithesis of Rule #5!

  36. Still, I can’t believe I missed the Etna VSP. Bertie was my go to.

  37. Oh, that’s right, the Giro is a bike race. Imagine picking a winner based on the fact he ‘lives in the area’ vs the best stage racer around. “First with the head, then with the heart”
    Gonna smash myself as penance

  38. @Cyclops
    With that form come to Australia Cyclops. Instead of prizes our club races pay cold hard cash in all grades…

  39. Erik:
    If I may, I think I should get a credit for John Gadret. He finished 9th, ahead of several favorites. I knew he was a badass at last years TdF when he wouldn’t give up his bike to Roche the younger because he was climbing better than the captain and knew it. Watch out for him.

    How did you work that one out when Roche was AHEAD of him on the road and asked for Gadret’s bike when Gadret rode up to him. All that Gadret proved that day was that he is a shit teammate

  40. @Marcus
    Agree and it wasn’t a pleasant bus ride back by all accounts. Still he did ride well last night so props to Eric for the pick.

    I’m starting to wonder what J Rod is there to do at this Giro, along with Menchov and Sastre, all over 2 mins back.

  41. Yo Frank… there’s a ghost in the machine… no way I should be in la maglia rosa

  42. Maybe a new lexicon entry to describe Bertie’s Big Teeth Grimace that he pulls when putting the sword to the rest of the field. Smiling Like A Shark perhaps?

  43. Oli Brooke-White:
    Freaking out about the VSP is not the life of a Velominati – it is the very antithesis of Rule #5!

    Oli – as an elder Velominati (meaning you’ve been one far, far longer than me, not an age-specific descriptor) thank you for that. Spot on!

    I had it all wrong; I shall see Rule #5 for my penance.

  44. Good man, Ron. Remember, ABC – Always Be Cool.

  45. Well the Eggtimer used his pull and called off the TOC 1st stage today. He even made the announcement himself to the crowd. At the Giro they ride on an active volcano. Here they call it off for a few snowflakes and some damp roads. You know Der Jens would have finished with a smile on his face. This is why we don’t use the TOC for the VSP.

  46. @pakrat
    …And for anyone still wondering why we don’t do a TOC VSP.

  47. @Ron

    @Oli Brooke-White
    Oli, spot on. Except Velominati is plural; Velominatus is singular. Remeber your fake Latin, fermerckxsakes!

  48. @joe

    Damn man. It’s rides like that from Bertie that make me wish I could be convinced he’s totally clean, proper attacking pair of tars on him.

    It’s rides like that that convince me he a doping douchenozzle. Easy to go all-in on a climb like that when you know you’re gonna get your blood topped off the next day. “yeah, sure…warm ‘er up, ma’am.”

  49. @Marcus
    Tweet from Cosmo (Cyclocosmo) yesterday:

    Jon Gadret attacking like Nicholas Roche is up the road. #giro

    Also will note that of the top 5, Contador, Guillen, and Kreuziger were wearing nasal strips yesterday. Nibali and Garzelli were not.
    What the fuck do I know?

  50. um, “Cyclocosm”

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