Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016

Everybody knows there are two kinds of cobbles. Big cobbles, little cobbles, grippy cobbles, and slippy cobbles. And when it comes to mastering the stones, no one is better than the undisputed King of the Cobbles, Kenny Van Vlaminck. And speaking of cobble legends, there is a great piece on our friend Johan Museeuw over on Rouleur today.

According to the weather reports, there is going to be wind and rain on Sunday. And if you watched the live coverage of Gent Wevelgem last week, the storm that blew in after the race was wicked intense. And, since I’ve decided not to visit Belgium this year, you can be pretty sure that the weather will finally be rubbish. You’re welcome.

We rode the RVV route (the classic route, not the crap new one) in the wind, rain, and hail a few years back, and it was striking how slippy the cobbles on the Paterberg and Koppenberg are in the wet. These climbs are borderline doable in the dry, and if you need to get out of the saddle for some extra juice, it is going to take some good bike handling to keep from spinning out.

And don’t forget we’ve got wicked prizes on offer; Don Walker is giving a free custom steel frame to the winner of the VSP overall, and Café Roubaix is awarding a set of their CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelsets to the runner-up. Third place gets a free V-Kit. Boom. So get prognosticating and get your picks in before the clock goes to zero. Good luck!


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306 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016”

  1. Who possibly could have seen these picks coming?  If I were any farther out on a limb, I’d be a small toe.

    De doo Ronde Ronde, De doo Ronde Ronde.

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cancellara
    2. Sagan
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Sep VanMarke
    5. Michael Kwiatkowski
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sep Vanmarcke
    2. Greg Van Avarmaert
    3. Fabian Cancellara
    4. Alexis Gougeard
    5. Niki Terpstra
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Michal Kwiatwoski
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Niki Terpstra
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  5. Ride like hell for leather, lads.

     

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fabian Cancellara
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Zdenek Stybar
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  6. Fabs attacks hard on the Kwaremont and a select group forms, Sagan and Kwit get away on the Paterberg and Sags gets revenge in the two-up sprint.

    This won’t happen.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sags
    2. Kwit
    3. Sep
    4. GVA
    5. Fabs
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan, Peter
    2. Canellara, Fabian
    3. Van Avermaet, Greg
    4. Vanmarcle, Sep
    5. Kwiatkowski, Michael
  8. Hard race for the hard men

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cancellera
    2. Sagan
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Vanmarcke
    5. Kwiatwoski
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michał Kwiatkowski
    2. Alexander Kristoff
    3. Zdeněk Štybar
    4. Fabian Cancellara
    5. Lars Boom
  10. CrankySheds pulls from the Regina tin can

    Cancellara

    van Marcke

    van Avermatt

    Kiawatowski

    Stuyven

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cancellara
    2. VanMarcke
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. CANCELLARA Fabian
    2. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    3. SAGAN Peter
    4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    5. VANMARCKE Sep
  12. Sparty goes all in but overdraws on his massive testosterone account like the compulsive gambler he is, thereby proving his awesomeness and also losing gloriously. The beneficiaries are Sagmeister and Vanmarcke, the latter of whom better positions himself than he did in Ghent-V and also, for about the first time ever, does not have a bunch of flats. The others sprint in a dispirited bunch. Kristoff earns the second F in his name,and Geraint Thomas shows that the Welsh should subjugate England, righting an historical wrong. In this alternate reality I also get to ride 80 miles tomorrow and don’t have to change any diapers.

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Vanmarcke
    3. Kristoff
    4. Thomas
    5. VanAvermaet
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Greg van Avermaet
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Lars Boom
  14. Mr Kelly wasn’t happy that the lads are running 30mm tyres.  Reckons they are soft.  Mr Kelly would know !

  15. Mark Renshaw pulled off circuit and taken his bat and ball and gone home.   ?

  16. Van Avermaet is down, hurt and out. Just about the whole BMC team went down that time.

    I should have picked Chantal Blaack for the men’s race. I’d have scored just as many points.

  17. The men’s feed is live. Van Avermaet crashed out literally the moment I started it.

    The women’s feed is intermittent and the English commentary has been ditched due to technical issues, according to Twatter.

  18. Cool beans. Eurosport1 has switched over to the women’s race for a minute. 17km to go.

  19. 13km to go and Armistead and Johansson have broken clear. Have about 100m on the main group.

  20. Women’s results are in:

    Surprisingly no Anna VdB in there. I’m wondering if something happened…

  21. 16.5 km to go… Sagan and Vanmarck. Cancellara chasing, but maybe cracked?

  22. Just like Richmond. Attacks on the last hill and powers away. He deserves the win.

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