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Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche Wallone 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: La Flèche Wallone 2013

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We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and the Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.

I write this, then, woefully ignorant of the ferocity of the climb, particularly when combined with with a few hundred k’s of racing and scaling it several times in the process. Such is the nature of this event, and it doesn’t even have the dignity of holding a weekend spot on the calendar for its troubles.

But the Huy is a brute. Steep, long, and steep. Did I mention steep? We’re talking 26% steep. And long? We’re talking 1.3km. Even the best climbers in the world fade when the effort is dished out too soon. Keep the powder dry was ever thus.

Throw the formulas out the window; its best to resort to your eye of newt for this one. Whoever wins will have good finishing speed on an uphill finish and it also won’t be Andy Schleck. That’s about all the farther anyone can narrow this puppy down, the rest is guesswork. Enter your picks by the time the countdown clock goes to zero.

Good luck, regular rules apply.

I might have posted this last year as well, but this is my favorite finish of La Flèche to date, Pre-Cancerian Pharmy notwithstanding. He takes a flier in the only spot on this climb with some easing of the gradient. Its beautiful work, that.

Final Race Results
1. MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel
2. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
3. BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
4. MARTIN Daniel
5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Final VSP Results
1. napolinige (7 points)
2. unversio (5 points)
3. Buck Rogers (5 points)
4. stickyjumper (5 points)
5. Al__S (5 points)
6. Gianni (5 points)
7. JohnB (4 points)
8. Mikael Liddy (3 points)
9. San Tonio (3 points)
10. Bianchi Denti (3 points)
11. Deakus (3 points)
12. blue (3 points)
13. roger (3 points)
14. el gato (3 points)
15. Chica (3 points)
16. anotherdownunder (2 points)
17. mouse (2 points)
18. mbarston (2 points)
19. ChrisO (2 points)
20. Nate (2 points)
21. Skip (2 points)
22. dancollins (2 points)
23. xyxax (2 points)
24. ramenvelo (2 points)
25. strathlubnaig (1 points)
26. Blah (1 points)
27. Steampunk (1 points)
28. sthilzy (1 points)
29. CanuckChuck (1 points)
30. freddy (1 points)
31. Heihachi (1 points)
32. LA Dave (1 points)
33. snoov (1 points)
34. Smithers (1 points)
35. Dr C (1 points)
36. Mirko (1 points)
37. TomC (1 points)
38. Adrian (1 points)
39. Patrick (1 points)
40. VeloVita (1 points)
41. tony macaroni (1 points)
42. eenies (1 points)
43. m_demartino (1 points)
44. VirenqueForever (1 points)
45. Fausto (1 points)
46. Donnie Bugno (1 points)
47. simonsaunders (1 points)
48. Malfadactus (1 points)
49. Duende (1 points)
50. Dan_R (1 points)
51. Facetious_Jesus (1 points)
52. NoTubes (1 points)
53. seemunkee (1 points)
54. pakrat (1 points)
55. Ron (1 points)
56. BigPhil (1 points)
57. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
58. eightzero (0 points)
59. Noel (0 points)
60. R00tdown (0 points)
61. Erik (0 points)
62. asyax (0 points)
63. PeakInTwoYears (0 points)
64. Don Amedo (0 points)
65. The Grande Fondue (0 points)
66. Tobin (0 points)
67. scaler911 (0 points)
68. Gino (0 points)
69. Lukas (0 points)
70. RedRanger (0 points)
71. starclimber (0 points)
72. piwakawaka (0 points)
73. torrefie (0 points)
74. gallilano (0 points)
75. Franklin (0 points)
76. DocBrian (0 points)
77. girl (0 points)
78. Jbailey (0 points)
79. Simon (0 points)
80. Rigid (0 points)
81. ped (0 points)
82. G'phant (0 points)
83. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
84. the Engine (0 points)
85. Giles (0 points)
86. quanyeomans (0 points)
87. il ciclista medio (0 points)
88. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
89. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (0 points)
90. Joe (0 points)
91. razmaspaz (0 points)
92. Mr. Kotter (0 points)
93. Harminator (0 points)
94. Sauterelle (0 points)
95. SimonH (0 points)
96. Vernwitha_V (0 points)
97. wiscot (0 points)
98. Nosyt (0 points)
99. taon24 (0 points)
100. El Mateo (0 points)
101. jeyrod (0 points)
102. sgraha (0 points)
103. imakecircles (0 points)
104. Bat Chainpuller (0 points)
105. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
106. Chris (0 points)
107. jhortua (0 points)
108. sprider (0 points)
109. cal (0 points)
110. Gervais (0 points)
111. Islandbike (0 points)
112. moondance (0 points)
113. Tartan1749 (0 points)
114. brian (0 points)
115. Geordi (0 points)
116. brett (0 points)
117. leadout (0 points)
118. Gino (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. Wow, that was a surprise!

  2. Banner day for the VSP; appears I tallied a grand total of 0.

  3. Moreno

    Henao

    Betancur

    Martin

    Kwiatkowski

  4. Nice work by Martin to fight back for a top 5.

  5. @Nosyt Same here!

  6. That’s not the Moreno I had in mind. Kwia prevented the total disaster for me.

  7. Big F’n goose egg for me… Where’s the broom wagon?

  8. I think a few backed Moreno but not to win…lucky stroke for me Dan the Man bust his guts to get back in and I had him for 4th!  WTF happened to Dirty Bertie, the tea leaves told me he was a shoe in for the win!

  9. @Nosyt

    Nice work by Martin to fight back for a top 5.

    No kidding!  I thought he was gone for good.  And Phil Gil and sagan not even in the Top V.  Who would have thought it?  At least I had Henao in second for my only points on the day.

  10. Time to go for a ride…ciao

  11. Oh well, at least the women’s race wasn’t a disaster for me.

  12. Any news on the Women’s race?  I cannot find results anywhere.

  13. @Buck Rogers

    Any news on the Women’s race? I cannot find results anywhere.

    Never mind, just saw it on cyclingnews.  No surprise there, eh?

  14. Here you go Buck…

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/la-fleche-wallonne-feminine-2013/results

    Vos

    Borghini

    Moolman

    Van Der Breggen

    Johansson

  15. Well, I had Martin in 5th. Damn, nice surprise today.

    @Tobin
    Did a little better with the ladies. Like always. hehe. get it? see where I went there? I am saying I am good with the ladies…

  16. That was fun to watch, but did fuck all for my VSP. Garmin may want to look at their tyre selection. Martin and Ryder both flatted?

  17. @Dan_R you may be spending a little too much alone time at the shop bench…speaking of which, how long would it take to swap bars?  I am off this week and took my empties in…

  18. @Dan_R

    Well, I had Martin in 5th. Damn, nice surprise today.

    @Tobin
    Did a little better with the ladies. Like always. hehe. get it? see where I went there? I am saying I am good with the ladies…

    Move along….there is nothing to see here….!

  19. @Deakus @Tobin Maybe I have been getting into the tubular glue too much?

    For you my fellow V, overnight at the longest, unless something odd and unforeseen happens. Hell, we can even do a walk though, talk through with it if you’d like and have the time. We could do that either tomorrow morning or Friday if it suits your “off this week” timetable. Msg me on FB.

  20. I was semi excited when I heard them mention all of my picks within the last minute. Oh, well. My 1-2-3 finished 6-7-8. I, too, was able to score with the ladies, @Tobin.

  21. Damn. The big donut for me….

    Must try and find some highlights.

  22. O I found a winner @napolinige had Moreno for the win….Congratulations!

  23. Just Martin in my top five and even he finished fourth instead of my preferred third. Doesn’t he know I need the points?

    Bettler luck with the ladies: first and fifth metaphorically nailed.

  24. Moreno? Son of a bug. Who is he? FFS!
    Did anyone pick him to win?
    @napolinige takes the brass ring.

    Final Race Results
    1. MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel
    2. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
    3. BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
    4. MARTIN Daniel
    5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal

    Final VSP Results
    1. napolinige (7 points)
    2. unversio (5 points)
    3. Buck Rogers (5 points)
    4. stickyjumper (5 points)
    5. Al__S (5 points)
    6. Gianni (5 points)
    7. JohnB (4 points)
    8. Mikael Liddy (3 points)
    9. San Tonio (3 points)
    10. Bianchi Denti (3 points)
    11. Deakus (3 points)
    12. blue (3 points)
    13. roger (3 points)
    14. el gato (3 points)
    15. Chica (3 points)
    16. anotherdownunder (2 points)
    17. mouse (2 points)
    18. mbarston (2 points)
    19. ChrisO (2 points)
    20. Nate (2 points)
    21. Skip (2 points)
    22. dancollins (2 points)
    23. xyxax (2 points)
    24. ramenvelo (2 points)
    25. strathlubnaig (1 points)
    26. Blah (1 points)
    27. Steampunk (1 points)
    28. sthilzy (1 points)
    29. CanuckChuck (1 points)
    30. freddy (1 points)
    31. Heihachi (1 points)
    32. LA Dave (1 points)
    33. snoov (1 points)
    34. Smithers (1 points)
    35. Dr C (1 points)
    36. Mirko (1 points)
    37. TomC (1 points)
    38. Adrian (1 points)
    39. Patrick (1 points)
    40. VeloVita (1 points)
    41. tony macaroni (1 points)
    42. eenies (1 points)
    43. m_demartino (1 points)
    44. VirenqueForever (1 points)
    45. Fausto (1 points)
    46. Donnie Bugno (1 points)
    47. simonsaunders (1 points)
    48. Malfadactus (1 points)
    49. Duende (1 points)
    50. Dan_R (1 points)
    51. Facetious_Jesus (1 points)
    52. NoTubes (1 points)
    53. seemunkee (1 points)
    54. pakrat (1 points)
    55. Ron (1 points)
    56. BigPhil (1 points)
    57. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
    58. eightzero (0 points)
    59. Noel (0 points)
    60. R00tdown (0 points)
    61. Erik (0 points)
    62. asyax (0 points)
    63. PeakInTwoYears (0 points)
    64. Don Amedo (0 points)
    65. The Grande Fondue (0 points)
    66. Tobin (0 points)
    67. scaler911 (0 points)
    68. Gino (0 points)
    69. Lukas (0 points)
    70. RedRanger (0 points)
    71. starclimber (0 points)
    72. piwakawaka (0 points)
    73. torrefie (0 points)
    74. gallilano (0 points)
    75. Franklin (0 points)
    76. DocBrian (0 points)
    77. girl (0 points)
    78. Jbailey (0 points)
    79. Simon (0 points)
    80. Rigid (0 points)
    81. ped (0 points)
    82. G'phant (0 points)
    83. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
    84. the Engine (0 points)
    85. Giles (0 points)
    86. quanyeomans (0 points)
    87. il ciclista medio (0 points)
    88. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    89. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (0 points)
    90. Joe (0 points)
    91. razmaspaz (0 points)
    92. Mr. Kotter (0 points)
    93. Harminator (0 points)
    94. Sauterelle (0 points)
    95. SimonH (0 points)
    96. Vernwitha_V (0 points)
    97. wiscot (0 points)
    98. Nosyt (0 points)
    99. taon24 (0 points)
    100. El Mateo (0 points)
    101. jeyrod (0 points)
    102. sgraha (0 points)
    103. imakecircles (0 points)
    104. Bat Chainpuller (0 points)
    105. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
    106. Chris (0 points)
    107. jhortua (0 points)
    108. sprider (0 points)
    109. cal (0 points)
    110. Gervais (0 points)
    111. Islandbike (0 points)
    112. moondance (0 points)
    113. Tartan1749 (0 points)
    114. brian (0 points)
    115. Geordi (0 points)
    116. brett (0 points)
    117. leadout (0 points)

    118. Gino (0 points)

  25. It’s early to be generating GC standings but the tifosi demand it. It is cocktail hour somewhere in the world.

    2013 VSP G.C.

    1. dancollins (241 points)
    2. xyxax (197 points)
    3. Tobin (195 points)
    4. Nate (190 points)
    5. Chica (185 points)
    6. ramenvelo (179 points)
    7. Buck Rogers (179 points)
    8. seemunkee (174 points)
    9. imakecircles (168 points)
    10. Skip (164 points)
    11. sthilzy (161 points)
    12. napolinige (159 points)
    13. freddy (158 points)
    14. CanuckChuck (157 points)
    15. taon24 (152 points)
    16. VeloVita (152 points)
    17. Adrian (148 points)
    18. scaler911 (144 points)
    19. RedRanger (143 points)
    20. Donnie Bugno (140 points)
    21. Bat Chainpuller (139 points)
    22. Steampunk (138 points)
    23. TOM.NELS2120 (138 points)
    24. jeyrod (137 points)
    25. leadout (137 points)
    26. JohnB (135 points)
    27. San Tonio (135 points)
    28. mouse (133 points)
    29. razmaspaz (132 points)
    30. Deakus (130 points)
    31. tony macaroni (130 points)
    32. Mikael Liddy (130 points)
    33. simonsaunders (130 points)
    34. strathlubnaig (129 points)
    35. snoov (129 points)
    36. sprider (125 points)
    37. Duende (124 points)
    38. starclimber (123 points)
    39. Facetious_Jesus (122 points)
    40. chrismurphy92 (121 points)
    41. Bianchi Denti (120 points)
    42. stickyjumper (116 points)
    43. eightzero (114 points)
    44. Lukas (113 points)
    45. The Grande Fondue (113 points)
    46. SimonH (112 points)
    47. VirenqueForever (112 points)
    48. anotherdownunder (112 points)
    49. Simon (110 points)
    50. Sauterelle (109 points)
    51. torrefie (108 points)
    52. ped (106 points)
    53. Ron (106 points)
    54. Rigid (105 points)
    55. Vernwitha_V (105 points)
    56. LA Dave (105 points)
    57. the Engine (105 points)
    58. Gino (104 points)
    59. MJ Moquin (102 points)
    60. Two Ball Billy (102 points)
    61. Fausto (101 points)
    62. unversio (101 points)
    63. motor city (99 points)
    64. mbarston (99 points)
    65. Erik (99 points)
    66. eenies (94 points)
    67. blue (91 points)
    68. Jay (91 points)
    69. Heihachi (91 points)
    70. wiscot (89 points)
    71. R00tdown (87 points)
    72. quanyeomans (87 points)
    73. il ciclista medio (86 points)
    74. roger (86 points)
    75. Mike_P (84 points)
    76. Gianni (82 points)
    77. harminator (82 points)
    78. Noel (80 points)
    79. piwakawaka (80 points)
    80. Chris (79 points)
    81. moondance (79 points)
    82. la plaque (77 points)
    83. el gato (77 points)
    84. girl (76 points)
    85. Al__S (75 points)
    86. zeitzmar (75 points)
    87. Russ (74 points)
    88. Don Amedo (73 points)
    89. Dan_R (73 points)
    90. ChrisO (73 points)
    91. V-olcano (72 points)
    92. Smithers (71 points)
    93. Dr C (69 points)
    94. Mirko (69 points)
    95. graham d.m. (66 points)
    96. sgraha (66 points)
    97. Roberto Marques (66 points)
    98. pakrat (66 points)
    99. Patrick (66 points)
    100. meursault (65 points)
    101. V-inden (63 points)
    102. m_demartino (61 points)
    103. asyax (61 points)
    104. EricW (61 points)
    105. bunji (61 points)
    106. DerHoggz (60 points)
    107. Souleur (59 points)
    108. G'phant (58 points)
    109. Giles (58 points)
    110. Franklin (58 points)
    111. Jhortua (57 points)
    112. Alex (57 points)
    113. Islandbike (57 points)
    114. anotherdownunder (57 points)
    115. Daccordi Rider (56 points)
    116. brian (56 points)
    117. Yannersan (54 points)
    118. Barracuda (53 points)
    119. NoTubes (53 points)
    120. TomC (52 points)
    121. UptheTrossachs (51 points)
    122. Kyle (49 points)
    123. Skinnyphat (49 points)
    124. HeinrichHauslersHairstyle (49 points)
    125. gladoe (49 points)
    126. Marco (49 points)
    127. Gervais (48 points)
    128. andy holme (48 points)
    129. 936adl (47 points)
    130. bretth (46 points)
    131. HMBSteve (45 points)
    132. skagitteam (44 points)
    133. Smith (42 points)
    134. spoderman (42 points)
    135. mlambert1us (40 points)
    136. Oblewis (40 points)
    137. gallilano (39 points)
    138. frank (38 points)
    139. oneninefiveninesix (37 points)
    140. Tartan1749 (37 points)
    141. margc (37 points)
    142. MbM (37 points)
    143. Joe (36 points)
    144. David (36 points)
    145. Eli Curt (36 points)
    146. Joel (36 points)
    147. Tugman (36 points)
    148. Geordi (34 points)
    149. PeakInTwoYears (33 points)
    150. Scott simon (33 points)
    151. lindrop (33 points)
    152. Nero (33 points)
    153. El Scorcho (33 points)
    154. Vic McDoogle (33 points)
    155. Matthew (33 points)
    156. Nortorious Velo Mafia (33 points)
    157. Bluewatchtom (33 points)
    158. Bennett Hug (33 points)
    159. fatsprinter (33 points)
    160. Ed O (33 points)
    161. Bob Allen (33 points)
    162. The Oracle (32 points)
    163. brad_the_dean (32 points)
    164. R.J. (32 points)
    165. Tom (32 points)
    166. Nosyt (30 points)
    167. Anais Ninja (30 points)
    168. Neal J (30 points)
    169. Mr Dribble (30 points)
    170. velodr (30 points)
    171. Ibisrider (30 points)
    172. Courtney Gould (30 points)
    173. m s eley (30 points)
    174. efguerrero (29 points)
    175. Funky Peanut (29 points)
    176. FatSquirrel (29 points)
    177. pete (29 points)
    178. andreplume (29 points)
    179. Sarah (29 points)
    180. TBONE (28 points)
    181. Chris (28 points)
    182. Velodeluded (28 points)
    183. Collin (28 points)
    184. cal (27 points)
    185. nathan (27 points)
    186. mcsqueak (27 points)
    187. Joe (27 points)
    188. andrew (27 points)
    189. Justin Karbel (27 points)
    190. edster99 (27 points)
    191. Blah (26 points)
    192. TomC (26 points)
    193. trenchfoot (26 points)
    194. Cyclops (26 points)
    195. BaltoSteve (26 points)
    196. Dino (26 points)
    197. Stuart Johnson (26 points)
    198. Chris Jennings (26 points)
    199. Shane (26 points)
    200. ameezy (26 points)
    201. andrew d (26 points)
    202. Burner (26 points)
    203. Phil Walker (26 points)
    204. Viejo (26 points)
    205. Cantos (26 points)
    206. BJ (26 points)
    207. EdH (26 points)
    208. Allons-y (26 points)
    209. the-farmer (26 points)
    210. Cookie (26 points)
    211. Crawford (26 points)
    212. ErikdR (26 points)
    213. Andre the Fish (26 points)
    214. tessar (26 points)
    215. Counselor of Cadence (26 points)
    216. Luke (26 points)
    217. foggypeake (26 points)
    218. EuroFluro (26 points)
    219. PJW (26 points)
    220. Iain Marshall (26 points)
    221. Alessandro G. (26 points)
    222. Wayne (26 points)
    223. Tmac (26 points)
    224. brian parker (26 points)
    225. flatlandclimber (26 points)
    226. Neil Robertson (26 points)
    227. David Brand (26 points)
    228. Peyton Greenwald (26 points)
    229. batmobileau (26 points)
    230. Lepidopterist (25 points)
    231. actor1 (25 points)
    232. titirangisi (25 points)
    233. mobygrape (25 points)
    234. bugleboy21 (24 points)
    235. JBailey (24 points)
    236. Chappy McPappystackings (24 points)
    237. JCM (24 points)
    238. Dinan (23 points)
    239. roberto (23 points)
    240. DocBrian (23 points)
    241. Dufferin Sportif (23 points)
    242. Blake (23 points)
    243. Curtis Smith (23 points)
    244. habbi (23 points)
    245. Simon Collett (23 points)
    246. Mikk7787 (23 points)
    247. Fran Donnelly (23 points)
    248. Paco (23 points)
    249. Alex Hillis (23 points)
    250. Ryan Pesch (23 points)
    251. Boltzmann (23 points)
    252. GogglesPizano (23 points)
    253. Tit de la Course (23 points)
    254. withnails (23 points)
    255. Nanar (23 points)
    256. VVilliam (23 points)
    257. ben (23 points)
    258. Stephen Touset (23 points)
    259. RedWud (23 points)
    260. Wouter De Cat (23 points)
    261. Neil Cooper (23 points)
    262. goeteb (23 points)
    263. Alan (23 points)
    264. Alan (23 points)
    265. Marco (23 points)
    266. brojocan (23 points)
    267. nickleggs (23 points)
    268. gilly (23 points)
    269. Beers (23 points)
    270. JoeB (23 points)
    271. Michael Porter (23 points)
    272. Ross (23 points)
    273. JCS4 (23 points)
    274. Milo (23 points)
    275. davids1065 (23 points)
    276. Woofriedrice (23 points)
    277. Derek P (23 points)
    278. Joe (23 points)
    279. robditch (23 points)
    280. GD (23 points)
    281. Erik (23 points)
    282. packfiller (23 points)
    283. Xander (23 points)
    284. JezN (23 points)
    285. Andi (23 points)
    286. Wstevens (23 points)
    287. Patrick Donovan (23 points)
    288. Marco Legweak (23 points)
    289. StueyEd (23 points)
    290. David Root (23 points)
    291. GT (22 points)
    292. Wingnut (21 points)
    293. minion (21 points)
    294. colluphid (21 points)
    295. DrewG (20 points)
    296. sehmis (20 points)
    297. mpalazzi92 (20 points)
    298. VbyV (20 points)
    299. Kah (20 points)
    300. Matthew langley (19 points)
    301. DaRCrider (19 points)
    302. Oldschooly (19 points)
    303. El Segundo (19 points)
    304. Meh (19 points)
    305. Chris (19 points)
    306. Benny (18 points)
    307. itburns (18 points)
    308. Trobs (18 points)
    309. TomC (18 points)
    310. Alex (17 points)
    311. ten B (16 points)
    312. biggles (16 points)
    313. bderw (16 points)
    314. american psycho (16 points)
    315. Noel Eastwood (16 points)
    316. iceman (16 points)
    317. hurricane_josh (16 points)
    318. pink (15 points)
    319. BatDan (15 points)
    320. Mr_Jolly (15 points)
    321. kixsand (14 points)
    322. ralph (13 points)
    323. PT (13 points)
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  26. bzzzzzztttt……
    DATA FLAW. GHOST IN MACHINE. RESULTS PROVISIONAL.
    CONTESTED PICKS, FFS. STAND BY, FFS

  27. @Gianni

    Moreno? Son of a bug. Who is he? FFS!

    Wasn’t it Moreno who slipped gears in the Amstel Gold finale and almost took out Valverde and Gerrans? It’s funny: I remember making a mental note that he might be worth considering for Flèche Wallonne when he made his move, but then he almost lost control of his bike, and I blew him off. Chapeau for a good ride.

  28. Wrong Sky rider! It’s like changing your lottery numbers. At least my sub paid off.

  29. Good man Danny boy !

  30. @Steampunk No it wasn’t him, it was Giampaolo Caruso same team.

    Dani Moreno is a great rider though.

  31. @Gianni

    bzzzzzztttt……
    DATA FLAW. GHOST IN MACHINE. RESULTS PROVISIONAL.
    CONTESTED PICKS, FFS. STAND BY, FFS

    Phew! Glad to hear it! I think I’m owed a point for having Martin in my top 5. Also, any word on my L-B-L article being used for this weekend?

  32. I am relieved to see Andy Schleck continues to be consistant. Thankfully Sagan couldn’t manage a fast finish and i won’t be on a lycra diet.

  33. @wiscot

    Make sure you contest it.

    The Uber-VSP machine picks Martin, Tony before Martin, Dan, because he is German and built like a bastard. And Dan Martin, not so much. And he is English, ooops, Irish.

    L-B-L article, this Friday? Interesting. I’ll have to look at the Uber-Guest Article Radom Generator Selector Device. Funny, it requires copious amounts of Belgian Ales too.

  34. @wiscot@Gianni

    I had the same issue.  Thanks to pouring some Belgian ale into the dispute box, it has already been resolved.  Thanks.  Although I do have a dispute from the ladies’ Ronde that didn’t — Gianni, what is the appropriate libation for that race?

  35. @Gianni Dear G,

    Will do. Tony M doesn’t ride these events so I forget about him. Consider some virtual Belgian ales coming your way for the L-B-L article. Unless the forecast changes, something tells me it won’t be a weather epic like M-SR.

  36. @Pedale.Forchetta

    Right you are! So why was it Moreno who did, in fact, cross my mind as a candidate for today’s race? Simply nimble Spaniard who showed well at last year’s Vuelta?

  37. @Steampunk I think that finishing 5th in last year Vuelta while helping Rodriguez (3rd) made him progress in the team ranks.

  38. Laurens Ten Dam spent time in the break today, then motorpaced home to the Netherlands:

    http://app.strava.com/activities/49306938

  39. Almost a year Since Andy Schleck last finished a race

  40. @sthilzy actually he did not too bad today all in all, 85th or something ? but importantly, he finished some 4 minutes ahead of the skybot Porte.

  41. @Nate

    Laurens Ten Dam spent time in the break today, then motorpaced home to the Netherlands:

    http://app.strava.com/activities/49306938

    He’s a great follow, very interesting numbers.

  42. @Gianni

    Make sure you contest it.

    The Uber-VSP machine picks Martin, Tony before Martin, Dan, because he is German and built like a bastard. And Dan Martin, not so much. And he is English, ooops, Irish.

    I had that same dispute as well, Dan Martin for fourth.

  43. Frites and Mayo this Sunday – yeoooww!! Good hard ride involving getting lost a few times before battle commences through the Gilbert’s driveway, and we are in for a great day

    As nearly everyone I know is currently riding down and back up Sa Calobra, whilst I languish depressed at work, it is a godsend that we have some good racing on the telly

    Poor Philippe – he just wants it too much – needs to transmogrify into a TT expert or something, and not be so openly, the only man who wants the Ardennes more than anything else in the toyshop

    I guess it is the downside for kicking everyones butt so hard in 2011

    Moreno has been last man standing up the big ramps for J-Rod for the last year or so, so not surprised he made the jump

    Ryder, sorry mate, but the Astana/Skybots are about to trample all over your Girohopes

    That boy Kwiatowski is destined for greatness me thinx

  44. Hey guys – some more disputed picks; results have been updated again.

    Provisional Race Results
    1. MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel
    2. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
    3. BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto
    4. MARTIN Daniel
    5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal

    Provisional VSP Results
    1. napolinige (7 points)
    2. unversio (5 points)
    3. Buck Rogers (5 points)
    4. stickyjumper (5 points)
    5. Al__S (5 points)
    6. Gianni (5 points)
    7. JohnB (4 points)
    8. Mikael Liddy (3 points)
    9. San Tonio (3 points)
    10. Bianchi Denti (3 points)
    11. Deakus (3 points)
    12. roger (3 points)
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  45. @frank Can I dispute???  After all your efforts I STILL have 0 points.

  46. @frank

    I’d like to dispute my own ineptitude. So would my wife…

  47. @Dr C

    Ryder, sorry mate, but the Astana/Skybots are about to trample all over your Girohopes

    You’re undoubtedly right, but I was interested to see him finish well and comfortably (amid the host of bobbing heads) the other day. He seem to be well in control of his efforts and not racing to win. Combined with his effort at the Amstel Gold Race, he seems to be rolling into form. Witness the end of la Flèche Wallonne; Hesjedal rolls over the line at the very end of the video:

    A couple of other thoughts:

    1. I love “le peloton des battus.” Awesome stuff!

    2. Nice, tender moment between Henao and Betancur at the finish. It’s been a good spring for Colombian riders.

  48. Yeah, I think I get a point.

  49. @Dr C

    As nearly everyone I know is currently riding down and back up Sa Calobra

    Me too – are your mates on the Legro’s training camp? I’ll say hi if they are. A lot of Texans out here at the moment as well. Great riding out here; not sure I’m going to like going home to miserable weather and potholed roads, riding out here is seriously addictive.

  50. Hold on, I just re-read that title article, and realised the Keepers Tour ‘went close to but did not ride the Mur’ ?? wtf, over.

    That’s closer than a close thing which has just won a come close contest. Why would you not do this hill ?

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