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Velominati Super Prestige: Milano Sanremo 2017

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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.

Final Race Results
1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
2. SAGAN Peter
3. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
4. KRISTOFF Alexander
5. GAVIRIA Fernando
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1. Skip (10 points)
2. Harry (10 points)
3. TheDon (9 points)
4. Haldy (9 points)
5. TurboJoe (8 points)
6. cycleman3000 (8 points)
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// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @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
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kiwaitkowski
    2. À la Philippe
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Démare
    5. Gaviria
  3. et voilà

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. First time post!

    Welcome back Frank.

  7. VSP PICKS:

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

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

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Matthews
    4. Degencolb
    5. Kristoff
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Bling
    4. Sags
    5. Cav
  11. 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
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johnny “biddon squirt” Degenkolb
    2. Gummy Bear Sagan
    3. Manx Missile
    4. Gaviria
    5. Kristoff
  13. 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
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Kristoff
    4. Demare
    5. Degenkolb
  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. VanAvermat
    3. Gaviria
    4. Degenkold
    5. Kristof
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Gaviria
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Kristoff
  19. VSP Picks:

    1. Sagan

    2. Degenkolb

    3. Gaviria

    4. Bouhanni

    5. Kristoff

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Gaviria
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Kristoff
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermat
    2. Sagan
    3. Thomas
    4. Gilbert
    5. Pozzovivo
  21. @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
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Gaviria
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Kristoff
    5. Demare
  23. @Teocalli

    Say what now? That’s crazy talk!

    BTW, can you send Gianni’s e-mail address to greid@wisconsinart.org please? Ta!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. viviani
    2. Ewen
    3. Cavendish
    4. Sagan
    5. Bouhanni
  24. 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!

  25. 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
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ben Swift
    2. Sagan
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Cavendish
    5. Allephillipe
  27. I have no idea what I’m doing but here goes.

  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Swift
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Colbrelli
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Colbrelli
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Nacer Bouhanni
    5. Alexander Kristof
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ben SWIFT
    2. Jurgen ROELANDTS
    3. Matteo TRENTIN
    4. Sam BENNETT
    5. Philippe GILBERT
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bouhannis
    2. Gaviria
    3. Sagan
    4. Avermaet
    5. Degenkolb
  33. 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
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. GAVIRIA Fernando
    2. CAVENDISH Mark
    3. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    4. ALAPHILIPPE Julian
    5. SWIFT Ben
  35. VSP Picks:

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kristoff
    3. Matthews
    4. Cavendish
    5. GVA
  36. VSP Picks

  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. cav
    2. bouhani
    3. viviani
    4. mathews
    5. keukelaire
  38. Here goes… hopefully better than 2016

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Caleb Ewan
    4. Julian Alaphillipe
    5. John Degenkolb
  39. @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
  40. I’ll try these

  41. @Lebowski Achiever

    So awesome this has nothing to do with Trump.

    You just had to do it, right, you couldn’t let it go, you had to spoil the fun by mentioning The Man.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Diggin’ Cold
    2. The Sagman
    3. Van Avermait
    4. Via Ria Gaverola
    5. Quiet Cough Ski
  42. Last try

  43. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bouhanni
    2. Sagan
    3. Cavendish
    4. Ewan
    5. Viviani
  44. Another year of wild guessing!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Caleb Ewan
    3. Mark Cavendish
    4. Alexander Kristoff
    5. Elia Viviani
  45. Decimated bunch sprint”

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Caleb Ewan
    2. Gav
    3. Sags
    4. Cav
    5. Demare
  46. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Arnaud Demare
    4. Michael Matthews
    5. Nacer Bouhanni
  47. On another note, can anyone tell me how to change my password? I keep getting sent the same link that just takes me back to the previous page. Can’t find any info.

    Much obliged and good luck everyone!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Sagan
    3. Trentin
    4. Kristoff
    5. Gallopin
  48. Bouhanni by half a wheel…

  49. @Harminator

    Decimated bunch sprint”

    Just watched last year’s MSR again on the rollers yesterday and I cannot believe that Sagan will not push so much harder this year on the Poggio. He just kept sitting in and riding easy, no one attacked on the Poggio until the final 500-700 meters and then they all came to the sprint together. If Gaviria had not crashed, I am not sure who would have won.

    With Sagan’s strength (see his recent stage wins in T-A on both flats and hills), you’d think that he would want to separate out the sprinters from the group and then outsprint the remainders on the final stretch (and I bet there will not be too much holding onto cars on the Cipressa and Poggio this year after last year’s fiasco).

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Saggin
    2. Degenkob
    3. Gaviria
    4. “bling” Mathews
    5. Demare

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