The 1984 Road Race

The 1984 Road Race

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Olympic Road Race 2016

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The Men’s Olympic Road Race, a race traditionally won by the biggest jerk in the bunch, usually after one of the coolest riders in the bunch makes a mess of things when the race is all but in his hands. Take Fabian Cancellara last time ’round, casually looking behind him as he leaned into a right-hander which he then just as casually overshot, opening the door for Alexandre Vinokourov – dirtiest rider in the bunch – to buy off the race from Rigoberto Uran Uran.

In 1980 the Rooskies won because no one else showed up to the race, then in ’84 Alexi Grewal won, beating Steve Bauer to the line. I don’t think there has ever been a nicer guy in the peloton who came second place in more important races than Steve Bauer. The Olympics, Paris-Roubaix. He got tangled up in the sprint for the Worlds once, and got sued as a result. In 1989, he flatted out of the lead group at the Worlds, when the math said Sean Kelly should have been the fastest sprinter. But math isn’t always right and Greg LeMond bested Sean to the line; there is no reason to belief Bauer wouldn’t have been in that sprint finish, with every possibility of taking top honors.

But races aren’t won on theories, and coulda-woulda-shouldas. My money is on a climber with a good descent and a fast finish, like Alejandro Valvecap. Nibali could get away, but let’s face it – it would be too glorious if he won and glorious things don’t normally happen in the Men’s Olympic Road Race. Is Armstrong coming out of retirement (again) for the race? Maybe he’ll win.

Check the start list, maybe check the 10 Riders to Watch list, and get your picks in by the time the clock goes to zero, and good luck.

Final Race Results
1. VAN AVERMAET Greg
2. FUGLSANG Jakob
3. MAJKA Rafal
4. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
5. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin
Final VSP Results
1. dinosaurJR (10 points)
2. TheVid (8 points)
3. taon24 (7 points)
4. Teocalli (4 points)
5. Barracuda (3 points)
6. Two Ball Billy (3 points)
7. feub (3 points)
8. Erik (3 points)
9. il muro di manayunk (3 points)
10. Byron (3 points)
11. Haldy (3 points)
12. R00tdown (2 points)
13. Phillip Mercer (2 points)
14. Rick (2 points)
15. Ron (2 points)
16. VirenqueforeVer (2 points)
17. tony macaroni (2 points)
18. dyalander (2 points)
19. Rom (1 points)
20. Yagerbomb (1 points)
21. sthilzy (1 points)
22. Kunanyi (1 points)
23. Bianchi Denti (1 points)
24. TheDon (1 points)
25. foggypeake (1 points)
26. Bart (1 points)
27. Buck Rogers (1 points)
28. the Engine (1 points)
29. osbk67 (1 points)
30. oligali (1 points)
31. RobSandy (1 points)
32. pedro (1 points)
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34. Nicholas (1 points)
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70. Nicholas Collins (0 points)
71. xyxax (0 points)
72. Kevin (0 points)
73. GoldenGorilla (0 points)
74. The Grande Fondue (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nibali
    2. Alaphilippe
    3. Valverde
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Froome
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Warren Barguil
    4. Jon Izagirre
    5. Mikel Landa
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Nibali
    3. Pouls
    4. Mollema
    5. Pantano
  4. I’m too tired to think, which is normally a good thing.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Nibali
    3. Mollema
    4. Bardet
    5. Froome
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. NIBALI, Vincenzo
    2. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    3. FROOME, Chris
    4. MOLLEMA, Bauke
    5. MARTIN, Dan
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Alaphillippe
    3. Mollema
    4. Martin
    5. Froome
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Nibbles
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Mollema
    5. Vroom
  8. One more time…

  9. Phinney is an outsider for sure and I’m not sure his legs are back for the climb in this course, but anyone who saw that ATOC stage where he blitzed the peloton just before the summit and mach schnell’d the descent to the beach… Could there be a repeat? He’ll have to be super-stealthy if he’s got the legs with just Bookwalter with him.

    And while Nibali has worn the crown on descending machismo for years there are pedalwans with the potential to shame the sensei in the field today. I think Chavez just might have him and is a bit fresher. It’s gonna be a good one.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Chavez, Esteban
    2. Nibali, Vincenzo
    3. Bardet, Roman
    4. Valverde, Alejandro
    5. Phinney, Taylor
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nibali
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Alaphillipe
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Yates
    4. Allaphillipe
    5. Rui Costa
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Julian Alaphilippe
    4. Vincenzo Nibali
    5. Bauke Mollema
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nibali
    2. Valverde
    3. Froome
    4. Martin
    5. Alaphilippe
  14. Who knows really?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Julian Allaphillipe
    2. Valverde
    3. Nibbles
    4. Porte
    5. Mollema
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Allaphillipe
    2. Wout Poels
    3. Valverde
    4. Bardet
    5. Nibbles
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Mollema
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Nibali
    5. Bardet
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Wout Poels
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Julian Alaphilippe
    4. Richie Porte
    5. Dan Martin
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Julian Alaphilippe
    3. Vincenzo Nibali
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Steven Cummings
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Froome
    3. Mollema
    4. Nibali
    5. van Avermaet
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Alaphilippe
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Cancellara
    5. Porte
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Froome
    2. Alaphilippe
    3. Valverde
    4. Pouls
    5. Martin
  22. Bardet can do it..

  23. Gold! Gold! Gold!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Nibali
    3. Alaphilippe
    4. Froome
    5. Martin
  24. F*ing Delgado’ed! Oh well … Here’s my latest article for PEZ Cycling News about Coppin’s Organic Restaurant. If any of y’all are ever in DC, you have to go.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/dining-with-il-campionissimo-coppis-organic-resaurant#.V6XOumWrPPw

  25. Cracking race, the ‘final’ seemed to be the last 100k! Proud of the way the British rode today, gutted for Geraint going down on the last descent.

    Result:

    1. VAN AVERMAET Greg

    2. FUGLSANG Jakob

    3. MAJKA Rafal

    4. ALAPHILIPPE Julian

    5. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim

  26. So does the winner (not I) get an Olympic Ring posting tag for the next four years???

  27. Flip – 3 of my top 4 crashed on the final descent. I was feeling pretty happy to that point.

  28. Didn’t matter that I Delgado-ed. None of my picks would’ve been top 5. That’s about right.

  29. @chuckp

    F*ing Delgado’ed! Oh well … Here’s my latest article for PEZ Cycling News about Coppin’s Organic Restaurant. If any of y’all are ever in DC, you have to go.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/dining-with-il-campionissimo-coppis-organic-resaurant#.V6XOumWrPPw

    G*ddamn f*king auto spell correct. That’s Coppi’s Organic Restaurant in DC.

  30. It doesn’t matter that I delgadoed. It doesn’t matter that I would have had the winner correct. I’m just too happy GVA won!

  31. Well okey dokey, so when did we decide to add the Olympics to the 2016 VSP schedule? Should we assume the TT will pop up in the next couple days?

    In any event, good on Greg Avermaet a deserving winner. And Sagan was a deserving winner in the Worlds! Certainly not the biggest jerks in the bunch.

  32. @Buck Rogers

    So does the winner (not I) get an Olympic Ring posting tag for the next four years???

    If I get another 0 tomorrow, at least ‘ll have the bottom half of the Olympic Rings going on.

  33. Belgian gold in the road race is like USA gold in the basketball. No matter where you come from, it just feels right.

  34. Woah, crashed and burned there. Not even sure how many of my picks even finished, they certainly didn’t trouble the medal positions.

  35. @mulebeatsdrums

    @Geraint

    Your picks coming true would make me so happy. I figure G will be riding for Spidey; I’m going for a Cummings monster break. I live in hope.

    Thanks mate, wasn’t a bad pick in the end – wrong of course, but not bad! I didn’t buy the idea that Froome would be the plan A as he’s never won a big one-day race and is in with a better chance in the TT.

    Absolutely gutted that Geraint crashed, he looked like he’d measured his ride nicely and was in with a very good chance. I actually cried.

  36. @taon24

    Impressive pick!

  37. @chuckp

    F*ing Delgado’ed! Oh well … Here’s my latest article for PEZ Cycling News about Coppin’s Organic Restaurant. If any of y’all are ever in DC, you have to go.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/dining-with-il-campionissimo-coppis-organic-resaurant#.V6XOumWrPPw

    Am actually in DC since yesterday, and am indeed amazed about bike-friendliness (when comparing to the likes of Amsterdam). So will certainly “do” Coppi when I get there. Was in Arlington today, watched out for cyclists coming back from Mt Vernon.Btw, as a result of being in US (NY before), I delgadoed all races.

  38. @KogaLover

    @chuckp

    F*ing Delgado’ed! Oh well … Here’s my latest article for PEZ Cycling News about Coppin’s Organic Restaurant. If any of y’all are ever in DC, you have to go.

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/dining-with-il-campionissimo-coppis-organic-resaurant#.V6XOumWrPPw

    Am actually in DC since yesterday, and am indeed amazed about bike-friendliness (when comparing to the likes of Amsterdam). So will certainly “do” Coppi when I get there. Was in Arlington today, watched out for cyclists coming back from Mt Vernon.Btw, as a result of being in US (NY before), I delgadoed all races.

    How long are you in DC? Feel free to shoot me an email the_penas@yahoo.com. If our schedules allow, would be fun to meet a fellow Velominatus in person. BTW, I live in Arlington. If it was in the late afternoon/early evening, might have been one of those cyclists. :-)

  39. GET IN THERE!

    @Buck Rogers

    I fully support this initiative – can I please have the rings?

    Final VSP Results
    1. dinosaurJR (10 points)
    2. TheVid (8 points)
    3. taon24 (7 points)
    4. Teocalli (4 points)
    5. Barracuda (3 points)
    6. Two Ball Billy (3 points)
    7. feub (3 points)
    8. Erik (3 points)
    9. il muro di manayunk (3 points)
    10. Byron (3 points)
  40. I mean, lets face it – I ain’t winning a new bike / wheel set / Velominati kit / any other races / any beauty contests / the lottery / anything else in my life ever…

  41. @dinosaurJR

    I mean, lets face it – I ain’t winning a new bike / wheel set / Velominati kit / any other races / any beauty contests / the lottery / anything else in my life ever…

    Dang and I’m crying. Now I know what it feels like to come 4th in the Olympics and miss a medal by one place.

  42. @Buck Rogers

    So does the winner (not I) get an Olympic Ring posting tag for the next four years???

    Good call! I will make this so! Men and Women, of course.

    @dinosaurJR

    Stand by; I am a tad short on time at the moment but this will happen.

  43. @Teocalli

    Its ok – this is really the equivalent of if one of the Iranian riders had won the gold on Saturday – highly unlikely / nigh on impossible and never to be repeated…

    @frank

    Absolutely no problem. It takes as long as it takes.

  44. @Teocalli

    @dinosaurJR

    I mean, lets face it – I ain’t winning a new bike / wheel set / Velominati kit / any other races / any beauty contests / the lottery / anything else in my life ever…

    Dang and I’m crying. Now I know what it feels like to come 4th in the Olympics and miss a medal by one place.

    I’m really happy – somehow even though I’ve done really badly recently I’m still top 10 and within spitting distance of the podium in the overall VSP. Just need a really good Vuelta.

  45. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    @dinosaurJR

    I mean, lets face it – I ain’t winning a new bike / wheel set / Velominati kit / any other races / any beauty contests / the lottery / anything else in my life ever…

    Dang and I’m crying. Now I know what it feels like to come 4th in the Olympics and miss a medal by one place.

    I’m really happy – somehow even though I’ve done really badly recently I’m still top 10 and within spitting distance of the podium in the overall VSP. Just need a really good Vuelta.

    After an early season flurry in a breakaway in the Classics I’m back solidly in the Peloton. Could be worse at least I’m avoiding the AutoBus so far the year.

  46. @Teocalli

    After an early season flurry in a breakaway in the Classics I’m back solidly in the Peloton. Could be worse at least I’m avoiding the AutoBus so far the year.

    I think I’ve made the selection but it remains to be seen if I’ve got the legs to make it to the finish line in a good position.

  47. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    After an early season flurry in a breakaway in the Classics I’m back solidly in the Peloton. Could be worse at least I’m avoiding the AutoBus so far the year.

    I think I’ve made the selection but it remains to be seen if I’ve got the legs to make it to the finish line in a good position.

    Re: the VSP I’m pretty sure I missed the course marshals and made a wrong turn. I say that metaphorically yes, but, that’s actually happened twice in reality. Once with an entire lead group and peloton in a CAT 5 road race. Go figure… cheers

  48. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    So does the winner (not I) get an Olympic Ring posting tag for the next four years???

    Good call! I will make this so! Men and Women, of course.

    @dinosaurJR

    Stand by; I am a tad short on time at the moment but this will happen.

    Unlikely as it may seem, the IOC is known to be a tad protective and litigious about use of the Olympic Rings.

    Something like crossed laurel wreaths, in the style of the ancient Olympics, might be suitable and trademark free alternative. Indeed you have a prototype around the VSP emblem.

    Or golden shoes, a la Sammy Sanchez.

  49. @ChrisO

    @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    So does the winner (not I) get an Olympic Ring posting tag for the next four years???

    Good call! I will make this so! Men and Women, of course.

    @dinosaurJR

    Stand by; I am a tad short on time at the moment but this will happen.

    Unlikely as it may seem, the IOC is known to be a tad protective and litigious about use of the Olympic Rings.

    Something like crossed laurel wreaths, in the style of the ancient Olympics, might be suitable and trademark free alternative. Indeed you have a prototype around the VSP emblem.

    Or golden shoes, a la Sammy Sanchez.

    A Gold, Silver and Bronze V Cog?

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