Dirty Schlecky Love

Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France 2013, Stage 19

Velominati Super Prestige: Le Tour de France 2013, Stage 19

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Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective drag chutes and did a stage-winning riding with Bertie pointlessly attacking to drop his own teammate on the run up the final climb.

This year features a bumpy profile which includes two of what I personally have found to be the hardest climbs in the Alps: the Glandon and the Madeleine. They’re going up the easier side of the Glandon (which shares the road with the Col de la Croix de Fer from this side) and then down to the steep side of the Madeleine. Then its over the camel’s back to the Col de la Croix Fry before diving into the valley for the finish.

In my review of that stage in ’09, I was airing my Dirty Schlecky Love on the laundry line, but there is little risk of that happening again this time around, unless Le Petite Schleck finds his patrones between now and then. And lets not forget that Contador is descending like a witch on a broomstick and putting Froome on the ropes in the process. Not to mention, Nairo’s horrible lines on the way down could mean we see a major shuffle on the GC.

Be that as it may, the stage itself will surely go to a breakaway and that’s what we’re here for. So get your picks in by midnight Friday for a chance to win a pair of Bont shoes; the winner will be assisted in selecting the size and will also be helped through the molding process. VSP Points go towards the overall VSP, not the Le Tour VSP. Finally, as this is a Stage VSP, points only go to getting the places right, no bonus points for getting the right rider in the wrong place. Good luck.

Final Race Results
1. DA COSTA, Rui
2. KLODEN Andreas
3. BAKELANDTS Jan
4. GENIEZ Alexandre
5. NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel
Final VSP Results
1. motor city (5 points)
2. Buck Rogers (0 points)
3. DerHoggz (0 points)
4. leadout (0 points)
5. TBONE (0 points)
6. the Engine (0 points)
7. Trobs (0 points)
8. Kah (0 points)
9. Colin (0 points)
10. JCM (0 points)
11. Chris (0 points)
12. DeanM (0 points)
13. PeakInTwoYears (0 points)
14. RedRanger (0 points)
15. Mario Arroyave (0 points)
16. snoov (0 points)
17. torrefie (0 points)
18. strathlubnaig (0 points)
19. cal (0 points)
20. mlambert1us (0 points)
21. the-farmer (0 points)
22. Bianchi Denti (0 points)
23. smkane (0 points)
24. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
25. Sauterelle (0 points)
26. tony macaroni (0 points)
27. roger (0 points)
28. Giles (0 points)
29. trenchfoot (0 points)
30. Beers (0 points)
31. Steampunk (0 points)
32. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
33. JohnB (0 points)
34. Spun Up (0 points)
35. sthilzy (0 points)
36. taon24 (0 points)
37. paolo (0 points)
38. titirangisi (0 points)
39. San Tonio (0 points)
40. El Scorcho (0 points)
41. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
42. pakrat (0 points)
43. CanuckChuck (0 points)
44. ten B (0 points)
45. gaswepass (0 points)
46. wiscot (0 points)
47. seemunkee (0 points)
48. ralph (0 points)
49. The Grande Fondue (0 points)
50. Rob (0 points)
51. mouse (0 points)
52. bugleboy21 (0 points)
53. starclimber (0 points)
54. Chris (0 points)
55. GogglesPizano (0 points)
56. bunji (0 points)
57. Lukas (0 points)
58. Fausto (0 points)
59. LA Dave (0 points)
60. piwakawaka (0 points)
61. withnails (0 points)
62. minion (0 points)
63. simonsaunders (0 points)
64. simon (0 points)
65. Velodeluded (0 points)
66. anotherdownunder (0 points)
67. ped (0 points)
68. Bat Chainpuller (0 points)
69. Tyler Wolfe (0 points)
70. Noel (0 points)
71. unversio (0 points)
72. SimonH (0 points)
73. efguerrero (0 points)
74. bigfudge (0 points)
75. Tobin (0 points)
76. Duende (0 points)
77. napolinige (0 points)
78. mbarston (0 points)
79. VirenqueForever (0 points)
80. Skip (0 points)
81. Nate (0 points)
82. Patrick (0 points)
83. Mikael Liddy (0 points)
84. imakecircles (0 points)
85. Marcus (0 points)
86. sprider (0 points)
87. dancollins (0 points)
88. eenies (0 points)
89. Barracuda (0 points)
90. Adrian (0 points)
91. asyax (0 points)
92. jeyrod (0 points)
93. margc (0 points)
94. xyxax (0 points)
95. graham d.m. (0 points)
96. Ron (0 points)
97. Gianni (0 points)
98. freddy (0 points)
99. Chica (0 points)
100. TomC (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. dan martin
    3. JRod
    4. nieve
    5. quintana

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Talansky
    2. Quintana
    3. J Rod
    4. Valverde
    5. Froome

  3. Swaps before the VSP closes, got to try something to score some points. Tough day ahead but the big climbs are relatively early on. Names out of a hat

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ryder Hesjedal
    2. Joaquin Rodriguez
    3. Mikel Nieve Iturralde
    4. Andrew Talansky
    5. Peter Kennaugh

  4. slight changes to picks

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Froomestrong
    2. Quintana
    3. J Rod
    4. Moser
    5. Moreno

  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. J Rod
    2. Contador
    3. Nairo Q
    4. Hejdal
    5. Valverde

  6. Cant believe I won on the wrong day.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Nieve
    3. Chava
    4. Quintana
    5. Purito

  7. J-rod getting stronger & Contador getting desperate. Porte will lead Froome off the mountain…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodriguez
    2. Contador
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Kreuziger
    5. Porte

  8. It’s a redemption day, no one cares about the break & Sky don’t bother chasing lest Froomey gets hungry again.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Talansky
    2. Chavanel
    3. Bad Cadel
    4. Valverde
    5. Schleck the Younger

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Geniez
    2. De Clerq
    3. Quintana
    4. Porte
    5. Froome

  10. Evans sandbagging/resting up today, gonna have a go in the break tomorrow now that he’s WAY out of the GC.  Especially since teammate TVG didn’t finish it off today and BMC doesn’t have much to show so far this tour.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Evans
    2. Voeckler
    3. Hesjedel
    4. Purito
    5. Contador

  11. My first VSP this year. Need shoes.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Bryce Feillu
    2. Jens Fucking Voigt
    3. Non Gadret
    4. Simon Clarke
    5. Damiano Cunego

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo Quintana Rojas
    2. Joaquin “Purito” Rodriguez
    3. Mikel Nieve
    4. Ugh, Alberto Contador
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski

  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Purito
    2. Porte
    3. Froome
    4. Quintana
    5. Contador

  14. Pick 5 nearly men.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Talansky
    2. Anton
    3. Geniez
    4. Gadret
    5. Fedrigo

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana
    2. Valverde
    3. Contador
    4. Froomage
    5. Porte

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. martin
    2. valverde
    3. rodriguez
    4. contador
    5. froome

  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Hesjedal
    2. Cuddles
    3. Gerrans
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Rolland

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Jrod
    2. Quintana
    3. Valverde
    4. Froome
    5. Contador

  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. JRod
    2. Contador
    3. Evans
    4. Quintana
    5. Froome

  20. I’ve come to the conclusion that I know fuck all at this stage.

    Whatever – go Berite on the descents, and come on you little dynamo Colombian.

    Need J-Rod to do something good to salvage my overall picks, since Mollema packed it in.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. contador
    2. quintana
    3. froome
    4. porte
    5. purito

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. De Marchi, Alessandro
    2. Voeckler, Thomas
    3. Rodriguez, Joaquim
    4. Quintana, Nairo
    5. Froome, Xtopher

  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodriguez
    2. Quintana
    3. Froome
    4. Contador
    5. Kreuziger

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana
    2. Rodriguez
    3. Fuglsang
    4. Martin
    5. Talansky

  24. Gonna be a fun damn Friday morning!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodriguez. J
    2. Quintana
    3. Contador
    4. Froome
    5. Fuglsang

  25. Broome lets Porte ride away from the group to win the stage. Daddy need some new shoes.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Porte
    2. nieve
    3. froome
    4. jrod
    5. kreuziger

  26. The last place contestant in the super prestige must wear one of these jerseys, sleeveless of course.

    http://www.swimbikemom.com/

  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rodrigues
    2. Nieve
    3. Quintana
    4. Froome
    5. Contador

  28. @TBONE

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @TBONE

    All you haters suck my balls

    -Hesjedal

    I wish him joy of his sponsorship, but is that really a very Canadian thing to say?

    yes.

    An entertaining video. Apparently by two brothers who are apparently from Colorado and Nevada.

    Perhaps I can be of assistance. When I sat down just now, I was enjoying the work of a band from Vancouver that you may have heard of.

  29. Total crapshoot, but who can resist the allure of new cycling shoes?  A small break stays away, and the GC group rounds out the final two slots.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Johnny Hoogerland
    2. Cadel Evans
    3. Sylvain Chavanel
    4. Nairo Quintana
    5. Joaquím Rodríguez

  30. Total crap shoot. Remnants of the break fight for the win and the contenders come in together after movistar and katusha have tried to tear the race to pieces.

    I think there will be a lot of zeroes on this one, myself included…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. rolland
    2. riblon
    3. rodriguez
    4. froome
    5. quintana

  31. It’s not the Croix de Fer it’s the Croix Fry, different pass.

  32. Come on Ryder and Rolland! Baby needs new shoes! Actually, baby doesn’t even exist, and I like my Sidis, but seeing as I’m sitting on zero for the Tour VSP, I’ll take just about anything.

  33. What’s with Ryder’s glasses? Off the bike, perhaps (in another colour), certainly not whilst on the bike

  34. And there goes Ryder.  Not sure if he is slowing or if Rolland just has ants in his pants but he is leaving Ryder in his dust.

  35. Bye bye Ryder.  It was fun while it lasted.

  36. @Buck Rogers

    And there goes Ryder. Not sure if he is slowing or if Rolland just has ants in his pants but he is leaving Ryder in his dust.

    Yea sorry for him; he sat up to wait for Rolland a few k’s back then bam, legs seem to have come off.

  37. Bugger. And it looks like Bad Cadel is being paced by Cav and the Autobus Gang.

    So… when does the Vuelta VSP start?

  38. not much the keepers could have done about it but it would appear that they’ve selected one of the most boring stages of the tour for a mini-vsp…

  39. @Mikael Liddy

    not much the keepers could have done about it but it would appear that they’ve selected one of the most boring stages of the tour for a mini-vsp…

    Um, no, not the Keepers. Hence I posted the results for the Alpe d’Huez stage yesterday, believing the VSP was for the Queen stage…

  40. Fuckity fuck fuck – totally Delgado’d this one.

  41. @Mikael Liddy

    not much the keepers could have done about it but it would appear that they’ve selected one of the most boring stages of the tour for a mini-vsp…

    On the other hand, had it not been a VSP stage, (and had I not had a couple of riders in the break) I would have called it an early night. Kept it from being completely meh.

  42. So does Buck win the shoes for being first in line with a zero score or did someone pick anyone from the first five in the right spot?

  43. I picked Da Costa for the win….

  44. @motor city

    I picked Da Costa for the win….

    I had him second…Doh!

  45. @motor city

    I picked Da Costa for the win….

    Yes you did, and you get the shoes my friend! Congrats…

    Final Race Results
    1. DA COSTA, Rui
    2. KLODEN Andreas
    3. BAKELANDTS Jan
    4. GENIEZ Alexandre
    5. NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel

    Final VSP Results
    1. motor city (5 points)
    2. Buck Rogers (0 points)
    3. DerHoggz (0 points)
    4. leadout (0 points)
    5. TBONE (0 points)
    6. the Engine (0 points)
    7. Trobs (0 points)
    8. Kah (0 points)
    9. Colin (0 points)
    10. JCM (0 points)
    100. TomC (0 points)

  46. Shit. I Delgado’d this. At least I went riding.But I totally would have picked Kloden. I mean, that was obvious for second.

  47. Son of a gun! @motor city rules. Not easy conjuring up who is going to win when it’s not the race leaders. How do you even get on a bike after yesterday’s stage? I can’t imagine, much less starting off with a HC climb. I’d dope just to get in under the time cut.

  48. @motor city and given you declared for bankruptcy yesterday, a needy winner!

  49. YES! Amazing, adding a stage victory to my 3rd place on the TDF VSP last year. All this twatwaffling with all you twatwaffles is paying off.

    I usually buy new road shoes at Christmas with cash I get given by my parents.  This year I’ll spend that money on V-kit instead, it seems like the appropriate thing to do.

    Cheers Keepers and the kind folks at Bont.

  50. Late to the party.

    “the hardest climbs in the Alps: the Glandon and the Madeleine.”

    Indeed, riding up the Glandon after the Madeline was the toughest thing I ever did on a bike.

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