Velominati Super Prestige: Mens World Road Race Championships 2015

The last time the US hosted a World Championship, it was for the Cyclocross and it was totally badass. But potholes are part of the fun in CX; we’ll have to see how a speeding peloton deals with them.

My Pedalwan Nephew will be roadside watching this weekend in Richmond, and I have to say I hate him a little bit for having that opportunity at such a young age; he better be wearing Velominati gear or I’m disowning him. I also now realize in a face-palm moment that I should have sent him the V-Flag. What day is it? Can I still overnight it? Is that even worth it?

Ok. Back on message. I really hope the police don’t shoot any of the riders, or arrest the peloton for speeding. Assuming that doesn’t happen, I suggest you meditate on the start list, pull a few aces out of your sleeve, and lay down your picks. Good luck!
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202 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Mens World Road Race Championships 2015”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alexander Kristoff
    2. John Degenkolb
    3. Michael Matthews
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Greg van Avermaet
  2. For some reason, for me and a few others, my picks aren’t mapping numerically. Is this something I can fix? I’\m way out of the VSP running but some others might still be in with a shout.

    Also, can I just add to my worthless picks ANYONE but Malmerde.

    VSP PICKS:

    Nibali
    Hesjedahl
    Boonen
    Sagan
    Matthews

  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Julian Alaphilppe
  4. Heart totally says Gallopin and Gilbert in a two-up breakaway. But that seems unlikely…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Kristoff
    2. M. Matthews
    3. P. Sagan
    4. J. Degenkolb
    5. D. Ulissi
  5. You know what… fuck it! I’m leaving this one wide open, on purpose, because between the road conditions and the impending fuckness who knows who’ll end up in the hoops on Sunday?

    But, my god, it will be glorious!

  6. If this is wrong it will be Nibali by a car length

    and Sagan in second is now my default for every VSP event

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Sagan
    3. Gallopin
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Kwiatkowski
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. SAGAN Peter
    2. STYBAR Zdenek
    3. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
    4. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    5. BOOM Lars
  8. It’s going to be pissing rain and windy, so I’ll go with the above.  A dutchie is a possibility, but it’s not possible to align with Belgie’s and Dootcher’s at the same time, so there it is*.  The Green Man is awesome, but he does not like the shit weather so much.  The German with the pencilthinmustache is a good pick, but like looking good v going good, he would mess up the symmetry of my list.

    *and a gigantic effing Dootcher assaulted me in the group once so I’m bi-assed

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Belgian
    2. Czech
    3. Belgian
    4. Czech
    5. Belgian
  9. All this bad weather could help get Belgium back in the bands – BOONEN!

    This just in from my friend Johan:

  10. I’d love to see Sags get the bands, so going with the heart not the head, although they aren’t that far removed in this case.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. SagWagon
    2. GVA
    3. Kris Kristoffersen
    4. Degs
    5. Styby
  11. Switching Kristoff for Greipel. Will probably regret it but the Germans are so strong and I think Greipel will surprise – If he can hang with the front runners Degenkolb will ride for him – they’re both classy riders with level heads and helmets.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Stybar
    2. Matthews
    3. Sagan
    4. Greipel
    5. Van Avermaet
  12. And then switching back again.

    I should just stick to my rule – no switching!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Stybar
    2. Matthews
    3. Sagan
    4. Kristoff
    5. Van Avermaet
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Alexander Kristoff
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. John Degenkolb
  14. It’s not the world champs but today is my first race after The Injury.

    I don’t think I could be more nervous if I was lining up in Richmond.

    Bike is cleaned, bag is packed, legs are shaved, food is prepared.

    Simmering is not the word for it – I feel ready to burst into tears for some reason. Another hour until I even need to get stuff in the car.

    It’s a Cat 3 at a circuit. Not going into it with any expectations, other than to get through in reasonable shape and keep the rubber side down. At least it’s a lovely day for it.

  15. All this whining about road conditions? The roads at the spring classics are no better if not worse. These are the pros, Rule #5. It is a hard course, as it should be. People need to stop bitching about the roads and harden the fuck up. If the pros want to bitch about it they need to harden up as well. This is pro racing deal with it. I ride these roads all the time and they are not bad.

  16. Fuck it. I’d love to see the bands going at it during the cobbled classics, so I’m putting all klassiekers in there.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. DegenCobble
    2. Stybar
    3. Sagwagon
    4. Boonen
    5. Kristoff
  17. @Roger

    All this whining about road conditions? The roads at the spring classics are no better if not worse. These are the pros, Rule #5. It is a hard course, as it should be. People need to stop bitching about the roads and harden the fuck up. If the pros want to bitch about it they need to harden up as well. This is pro racing deal with it. I ride these roads all the time and they are not bad.

    Yeah, you tell ’em. HTFU people. The U23 race finish was pretty great. Nothing like an Italian who refuses to work in a break. I’m glad the French foiled their chances on this race. If it’s wet you better be at the front before that sharp left before any of the climbs.

  18. Well I made it.

    Totally stressed out by heavy traffic turning a one hour journey into nearly two hours, meaning I arrived with barely time to sign on, pin on and get on.

    Bad start by missing my clip – I’ve recently switched to the new Powertap pedals and they have a Look-style cleat but it’s just slightly different. Hit the first corner right at the back and had to work my way up.

    The hip came through OK. Bit painful on the big efforts – it’s a 2.5km circuit with a couple of sharp turns, one coming up a climb, so pretty much every lap you have to do at least two power sprints. Feeling a bit stiff and sore now though, but not too bad.

    Did nothing much during the race. Stayed in the bunch, followed wheels, made up gaps. It was just about getting it out of the way more than trying to do anything and making sure I still had the nerve to race in a pack. Another time I would have thought it was a waste of time to turn up and do so little but not today !

  19. @ChrisO

    The hip came through OK. Bit painful on the big efforts – it’s a 2.5km circuit with a couple of sharp turns, one coming up a climb, so pretty much every lap you have to do at least two power sprints. Feeling a bit stiff and sore now though, but not too bad.

    Glad to hear you’re back racing. Some of my favourite pieces on the site were your escapades in the desert. I was wondering about the side effects of the injury. From the X-rays you posted, it looked to be a reasonably clean break, and given that I was under the impression that such breaks usually heal pretty thoroughly, it must be something else causing the pain? Joint problems? Or side effect of having the leg cut open in order to install the hardware?

  20. @LeoTea

    @ChrisO

    The hip came through OK. Bit painful on the big efforts – it’s a 2.5km circuit with a couple of sharp turns, one coming up a climb, so pretty much every lap you have to do at least two power sprints. Feeling a bit stiff and sore now though, but not too bad.

    Glad to hear you’re back racing. Some of my favourite pieces on the site were your escapades in the desert. I was wondering about the side effects of the injury. From the X-rays you posted, it looked to be a reasonably clean break, and given that I was under the impression that such breaks usually heal pretty thoroughly, it must be something else causing the pain? Joint problems? Or side effect of having the leg cut open in order to install the hardware?

    Thanks.

    Yes the break was clean and it has healed well. The current pain is being caused by the hardware itself inflaming the soft tissue and normally the metal plate has to be in for at least 12-18 months.

    It got quite bad a few months ago and the doctors said there were three options.

    1) Take it out early, but they didn’t want to do that.

    2) Stop riding, but I didn’t want to do that.

    3) Suck it up.

    So we’re just managing the pain. I have daily exercises to stretch and strengthen, and am using a foam roller to keep things loose. It seems to keep it under control, if not back to normal.

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. john Degenkolb
    2. peter Sagan
    3. philippe Gilbert
    4. michael Matthews
    5. greg Van Avermaet

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