Dare we be so bold as to hope for Rule #9?

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
Final VSP Results
1. Skip (10 points)
2. Harry (10 points)
3. TheDon (9 points)
4. Haldy (9 points)
5. TurboJoe (8 points)
6. cycleman3000 (8 points)
7. dyalander (7 points)
8. JonnyG (7 points)
9. David van Dijk (7 points)
10. ClamSauce (7 points)
11. schall und rauch (7 points)
12. Lebowski Achiever (7 points)
13. Adrian (7 points)
14. Quadzilla (7 points)
15. Gervais (7 points)
16. Kunanyi (6 points)
17. sthilzy (6 points)
18. RobSandy (6 points)
19. Peter (6 points)
20. KogaLover (6 points)
21. chuckp (6 points)
22. chris (6 points)
23. Harry (6 points)
24. JohnB (6 points)
25. Randy C (6 points)
26. JayTee (6 points)
27. Paul Woodhouse (6 points)
28. Bianchi Denti (6 points)
29. Cameron W (6 points)
30. dancollins (6 points)
31. Geordi (6 points)
32. Brett (5 points)
33. Gopha (5 points)
34. Ccos (5 points)
35. Snowy (5 points)
36. Mattpmoore (5 points)
37. Steve Markham (5 points)
38. ramenvelo (5 points)
39. Ron (5 points)
40. Mike Collins (5 points)
41. John Irvine (5 points)
42. ojhart (5 points)
43. MikeK (5 points)
44. Jason Ziegler (4 points)
45. R00tdown (4 points)
46. Quasar (4 points)
47. hhbiker (4 points)
48. Rom (3 points)
49. Buck Rogers (3 points)
50. Jansen (3 points)
51. Jed (3 points)
52. 1860 (3 points)
53. Ryan Scully (3 points)
54. kixsand (3 points)
55. GoldenGorilla (3 points)
56. Stendhal (3 points)
57. Scott Shannon (3 points)
58. J. Wilkie (3 points)
59. Byron (3 points)
60. Geraint (3 points)
61. the Engine (3 points)
62. Father of Four (3 points)
63. Byron (3 points)
64. Chica (3 points)
65. Steve (3 points)
66. Clingon (3 points)
67. Fred (2 points)
68. Kevin (2 points)
69. freddy (2 points)
70. Stuart F (2 points)
71. Teocalli (2 points)
72. Rob (2 points)
73. Phil Hasty (2 points)
74. VirenqueforeVer (2 points)
75. taon24 (2 points)
76. ccunix (2 points)
77. Erik (2 points)
78. Stefaan (2 points)
79. MangoDave (2 points)
80. hombre_U (2 points)
81. Pot Belj (2 points)
82. DavidO (2 points)
83. Cary (2 points)
84. LeoTea (2 points)
85. The Grande Fondue (2 points)
86. RAFAEL OLIVEIRA RIBEIRO (2 points)
87. Roberto Marques (2 points)
88. Monti Martani (2 points)
89. TXGUNslinger (2 points)
90. Harminator (2 points)
91. il ciclista medio (2 points)
92. Hopey (2 points)
93. ErikdR (2 points)
94. foggypeake (2 points)
95. mulebeatsdrums (2 points)
96. Two Ball Billy (2 points)
97. Kyle (2 points)
98. Canucklehead (2 points)
99. JCM (2 points)
100. osbk67 (2 points)
101. Minnesota Expat (2 points)
102. xyxax (2 points)
103. portemat (2 points)
104. Kay_Jay (2 points)
105. Barracuda (1 points)
106. Benjamin (1 points)
107. Slowtrane (1 points)
108. Deakus (1 points)
109. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
110. wiscot (1 points)
111. Rick (1 points)
112. BaltoSteve (1 points)
113. DVMR (0 points)
114. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
115. Magaramombi (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @TurboJoe

    Hover over your name top right, select Settings, General – or is it after that you are coming unstuck?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Swift
    2. Trentin
    3. Viviani
    4. Pozzatto
    5. Gaviria
  2. VSP Picks

  3. @Teocalli

    Thanks for your reply. My problem is I have forgotten my password but it is saved on my home PC so I can log in here but nowhere else. When I choose the ‘lost password’ link it emails me another link which just goes back to the same ‘lost password’ link and so on. I hope this makes sense!?

  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Arnaud Démare
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  5. @TurboJoe

    Ah I see. I think your problem goes to the “@Frank – help please” tray.

  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Cummings
    2. Bakelants
    3. Ballerini
    4. Swift
    5. Gatto
  7. @KogaLover

    Apologies! It just slipped out. No more. Only charged debates about gruppos.

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Michael Matthews
    4. Arnaud Démare
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  9. @Teocalli

    Thank you!

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Boonen
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Viviani
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Mark Cavendish
    4. Michael Matthews
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  12. Let’s not hope for Rule #9 conditions, or we’ll have to read interviews and tweets until the Ronde about how the racers are not animals and us fans are bastards for enjoying the spectacle.

    Right on, Buck! Yeah, just give away some simple things – apron, decals, jersey, cap, etc. Let us Followers buy our own bikes, it gives us the chance to deceive our better half…

  13. I’ve missed this! Viva VSP!

    @frank May I suggest gruppos or wheelsets for prizes? Personally I’d love a nice frame, but I understand the reservations.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Gaviria
    5. Boassen Hagen
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Cummings
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Sagan
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Cummings
    5. Swift
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Matthews
    4. Kristoff
    5. Van Avermaet
  17. Jesus Christ, what kind of nincompoop (that’s right, I said nincompoop!) would turn their nose up at a hand-built custom frame? Send them my way if you don’t want them, cheers lads.

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. CAVENDISH Mark
    2. KRISTOFF Alexander
    3. GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando
    4. BOUHANNI Nacer
    5. SAGAN Peter
  19. Only three weeks until I’m riding a Flandrian Classic myself – just throwing that in there…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Haribo Sagan
    2. Fernando Heavily Backed Gaviria
    3. Arnaud Team Car Demare
    4. John Degencobble
    5. Alexander Well Prepared Kristof
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kristoff
    2. Matthews
    3. Sagan
    4. Degenkolb
    5. Gaviria
  21. My pick

  22. VSP Picks

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Swift
    2. Trentin
    3. Viviani
    4. Pozzato
    5. Gaviria
  23. @the Engine

    There weeks? Perhaps closer to 2?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. viviani
    2. demare
    3. gaviria
    4. van av I mate
    5. sagan
  24. There = Three, obviously

  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    2. SAGAN Peter
    3. CAVENDISH Mark
    4. KRISTOFF Alexander
    5. DEMARE Arnaud
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Gaviria
    4. Kristoff
    5. Cavendish
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Gaviria
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Demare
    5. Kristoff
  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Nacer Bouhanni
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  29. Changing it up, can’t bet against my man Sags.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagwagon
    2. Che Gaviria
    3. The Mayor
    4. Kris Pistoffagain
    5. Colbrelli
  30. Switching it up:

    Sag

    Kristoff

    Demare

    Bling

    Stuyven

    https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/842675969261539328/photo/1

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kristoff
    3. Bling
    4. Demare
    5. Stuyven
  31. Final:

    Sag

    Kristoff

    Demare

    Bling

    Stuyven

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kristoff
    3. demare
    4. Bling
    5. Stuyven
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. SAGAN, Peter
    2. GAVIRIA, Fernando
    3. CAVENDISH, Mark
    4. DEGENKOLB, John
    5. MATTHEWS, Michael
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Mathews
    3. Kristoff
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Degenkolb
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Gaviria
    3. Demare
    4. Kristoff
    5. Degenkolb
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. VanAvermaet
    3. Gaviria
    4. Degenkolb
    5. Viviani
  36. @Teocalli

    There = Three, obviously

    It was encripted.

  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elia Viviani
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Caleb Ewan
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Ben Swift
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. KRISTOFF Alexander
    2. SAGAN Peter
    3. MATTHEWS Michael
    4. DEGENKOLB John
    5. DEMARE Arnaud
  39. VSP Picks:

  40. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. VanAvermaet
    3. Demare
    4. Wellens
    5. Kristoff
  41. If you use a VPN like Hola you can mirror a EU IP address and watch a Euro stream while in the US. Just sayin. Just need to learn the local language then.

  42. Gav should have won last year before his brainfade crash – fastest guy likely to make it to the finish. MSR always a bundle of likely and unlikely names in the final selection.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Saggy
    3. Kristoff
    4. Matthews
    5. Colbrelli
  43. @KogaLover

    Not my best move, I admit. I’ll limit future indiscretions to arguments over choice of gruppo.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Sagan
    3. Kristoff
    4. Degenkolb
    5. Ewan
  44. Man, I’ve missed this! Early season shots in the dark, but hoping for at least a few points on the board. Ride like hell for leather, lads!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Alexander Kristoff
    4. Greg van Avermaet
    5. Michael Matthews
  45. MSR picks.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan, Peter
    2. Gaviria, Fernando
    3. Van Avermaet, Greg
    4. Degenkolb, John
    5. Trentin, Matteo
  46. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Mark Cavendish
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  47. VSP PICKS:

    1. Pete S
    2. Bling
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Degenkolb
    5. Gaviria
  48. VSP PICKS:

    1. Cavendish
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Gaviria
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Caleb Ewan

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