Velominati Super Prestige: Milano Sanremo 2017

Well, that didn’t go as expected. It was over a month ago the last time I wrote an article and every day since then, I’ve thought a thought something along the lines of, “Tomorrow, I write.” The funny thing about Tomorrow is that it never comes. My favorite band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, even wrote a song about it back when I was still impressionable and even then I didn’t catch onto the whole “Today, I write” concept.

Daylight Savings happened over here. That’s always a big deal for me because now I’m officially able to ride after work without headlights. Which, if I was riding as much as I should, would be very important to me. Which I’m not. Although I have to say I’m stunned by how strong I am every time I do manage to ride my bike. And how incredible it feels to hurt. Afterwards, my legs remind me of this life. It is an important voyage back to the mothership, even when I’m not able to make as many visits as I’d like.

Like family.

Milano Sanremo is on Saturday, and I’m ashamed to say we haven’t sorted out the prizes yet for this year’s edition, though there certainly will be some. As it turns out, a free frame to the winner is not always a welcome thing in terms of cash outlay to get the bike up and running so we’re looking at some other options this go around. In any case, we have a cracking edition on our hands. Based on the racing so far this year, either everyone is clean or everyone is on the next thing – either way, the racing is spot-the-fuck-on. Can’t wait to see what the riders are going to pull out.

I’m behind on updating the schedule but will do any day now. Keep on holding your breath. Rest assured, get your picks in by the time the clock goes to zero and you’ll get your points. Good luck and more than anything – have fun! And now for some regularity on the whole writing bit. Not that that’s why you lot come around here.

VLVV.
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211 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Milano Sanremo 2017”

  1. Changing my #5. Same team. Different rider. My dark horse pick.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Arnaud Demare
    5. Edvald Bassoon Hagen
  2. Typo

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Arnaud Demare
    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Mark Cavendish
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. John Degenkolb
  4. 1 CAVENDISH Mark

    SAGAN Peter

    3 BOUHANNI Nacer

    4 VIVIANI Elia

    5

    VSP PICKS:

    1. CAVENDISH Mark
    2. SAGAN Peter
    3. BOUHANNI Nacer
    4. VIVIANI Elia
    5. DEGENKOLB John
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. KRISTOFF Alexander
    2. SAGAN Peter
    3. GAVIRIA Fernando
    4. DEGENKOLB John
    5. DEMARE Arnaud
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
    2. KRISTOFF Alexander
    3. VIVIANI Elia
    4. SAGAN Peter
    5. DÉMARE Arnaud
  7. @chuckp

    Still typo. Fixed:

    Edvald Bassoon Wagon

    Mine:

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael MathWagon
    2. Peter SecondWagon
    3. Fernando GavWagon
    4. Elia VivWagon
    5. John Wagonkolb
  8. Right. I’d like to get a couple of points up front. Then follow the usual pattern of things going Pete Tong

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Mathews
    2. Sagan
    3. Kristoff
    4. Alaphilippe
    5. Gavria
  9. Welcome bac

    k Frank.  I finally decided to post on the site, having enjoyed the copy of The Rules you signed for me at last year’s NAHBS.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews, Michael
    2. Cavendish, Mark
    3. Sagan, Peter
    4. Colbrelli, Sonny
    5. Gaviria, Fernando
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Elia Viviani
    4. Sam Bennett
    5. Nacer Bouhanni
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews, Michael
    2. Cavendish, Mark
    3. Sagan, Peter
    4. Colbrelli
    5. Gaviria, Fernando
  12. After Sags stage 5 win in Tirenno Adriatico I feel dumb tipping against him in any race, but I’ll do it anyway.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Matthews
    3. Sagan
    4. Degenkolb
    5. BOUHANNI
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johnny “biddon squirt” Degenkolb
    2. Gummy Bear Sagan
    3. Manx Missile
    4. Gaviria
    5. Kristoff
  14. Well, here goes another season’s worth of shite picks. Looked in the old crystal ball this morning and it said  . . . well, it didn’t say anything, it was too busy laugh

    ing uncontrollably.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. viviani
    2. Ewen
    3. Cavendish
    4. Sagan
    5. Bouhanni
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Mark Cavendish
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Greg van Avermaet
  16. Trying again to post.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews, Michael
    2. Cavendish, Mark
    3. Sagan, Peter
    4. Viviani, Elia
    5. Gaviria, Fernando
  17. VSP Picks:

    1. Sagan

    2.  Degenkolb

    3.  Gaviria

    4.  Bouhanni

    5.  Kristoff

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Gaviria
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Kristoff
  18. @wiscot

    Well, here goes another season’s worth of shite picks. Looked in the old crystal ball this morning and it said . . . well, it didn’t say anything, it was too busy laugh

    ing uncontrollably.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. viviani
    2. Ewen
    3. Cavendish
    4. Sagan
    5. Bouhanni

    It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. viviani
    2. demare
    3. gaviria
    4. van av I mate
    5. sagan
  19. Have…fun? I don’t come to the VSP for months of agonizing picks and post-race arguing for FUN, I come to get angry!

    I’m kidding. It’s always a blast and now that I have a 10-month old, I’ll likely lack the energy to get too fired up. But, I’ll try.

    I’m sure most of us would play if there weren’t any prizes up for grabs & we just appreciate you guys putting this on. Thanks, as usual, for your work!

     

  20. Tomorrow I write. Yep, it’s just that which turned me into a pretty damn good cyclist and NOT someone who is out of grad school. Yet. But, I’ve been giving an ultimatum so it looks like I need to be done by the Ronde, or else. Not a bad deadline to have. Once I pull this off, it’s back to bike ridin’, race watchin’, and many, many recovery ales. I cannot wait!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Cavendish
    3. Gaviria
    4. Kristoff
    5. Degenkolb
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Nacer Bouhanni
    5. Alexander Kristof
  22. Sweet baby Jesus yes. Quick-Step looks like a juggernaut but then I remember that fiasco with Stannard. Looks like there will be a slight southerly headwind toward the end. All this means nothing. Perhaps Marino Kobayashi will take it in a breakaway by virtue of nomenclatorial superiority. So awesome this has nothing to do with Trump.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Kristoff
    4. Degenkolb
    5. Ewan
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. GAVIRIA Fernando
    2. CAVENDISH Mark
    3. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    4. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
    5. SWIFT Ben
  24. Here goes…  hopefully better than 2016

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Caleb Ewan
    4. Julian Alaphillipe
    5. John Degenkolb
  25. @Ron

     

    I’m sure most of us would play if there weren’t any prizes up for grabs & we just appreciate you guys putting this on. Thanks, as usual, for your work!

    I’m with you!

    Just have the apron for the winner and a bit of left over kit that’s lying around the Frahnk’s flat to round out the podium.  It doesn’t need to be too complicated and it makes it more fun, in my opinion.

    Oh yeah, while you’re at it, get rid of those fucking rest day swaps as well!

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Fucking Sagan
    2. Backseat Rider Demare
    3. Diarrhea Gaviria
    4. Cabbage head Degenkolb
    5. Kumquatski

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