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Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2013

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Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris-Tours, the last big road race of the season, unless you count the Tour of Beijing, which we don’t.

Authon-du-Perche to Tours, 235 km of relatively flat riding; a sprinters route.  Or a passista’s route judging from some of the former winners: Tchmil, Tafi, Museeuw. Or if you inject enough epo into him, a climber’s route: Richard Virenque. I say this every year when this race comes up; his win here almost made me like him. I actually liked him a lot for this win but his overall obnoxious quotient kept him firmly in the hate.

So place your bets carefully. This race is quite hard to predict, it could go so many ways. And this is almost the last chance for bragging rights in the 2013 VSP so pray to your gods for guidance and make a move before Sunday. It would be a shame to Delgado the penultimate event of the VSP season.

Start list is here. Here is the very classy Andrea Tafi showing how you win a sprinters race the hard way.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWZJfPbs3is[/youtube]

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. Why is Marcato such an unpopular choice? Has he had the plague this summer and no one told me like when Judas Gadret had bronchitis and never thought to mention in in the Tour last year thus costing me any chance of winning those V stamped wet wipes or whatever the prize was.

    Git.

  2. Sprint Finish.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Arnaud Demare
    2. Bryan Coquard
    3. Gerald Ciolek
    4. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg
    5. Andrew Fenn

  3. Pish picks, but what the hell. I see Sky can’t be arsed sending anyone.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Dumoulin
    3. Ciolek
    4. Farrar
    5. Sylvain Chavanel

  4. @mouse

    @Buck Rogers

    @Gianni

    @Buck Rogers

    Also Gianni, isn’t there the Women’s Chronos race the weekend after this one on the VSP schedule so there will be just one more after this one, correct?

    Balls! Yes! I am wrong. You are correct. I will edit. Women’s Chrono…who can remember such races?

    You said it, not me. Didn’t there used to be a men’s Chrono race at the end of the season back in the ’80″²s? Seems like it. I need to research that one.

    Grand Prix des Nations

    Indeed, the Grand Prix des Nations. Back before there was a World TT championship, there was the Nations. A sad omission from the calendar. Working o a piece on Daniel Gisiger who won the Nations twice and the Baracchi Trophy three times. Before Faboo, there was Danny G.

  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Dekengolb
    3. Avermet
    4. Ciolek
    5. Meersman

  6. I know I’ve got more chance of winning the lottery but here goes. Would love to see Haussler get top 5; a good guy who has had a shitty run of luck.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. John Degenkolb
    2. Sylvain Chavanel
    3. Johan Van Summeren
    4. Graeme Brown
    5. Heinrich Haussler

  7. @Harminator

    Farrar winning a bunch sprint is about as likely a Horner winning a grand tour.

    Hmmm.  So he has a good chance? Or Horner is doped to the gills?  Or maybe he has a chance if he is doped to the gills.  Anyway.  Fun time to be had by all this weekend.  Give me my pirate internet video feed of some random foreign language I barely comprehend.

  8. No time to think about this, son is getting married in 2 hours.  hopefully better than a Delgado

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Van summeren
    3. Voukler
    4. Van averermaet
    5. Hausler

  9. @seemunkee

    No time to think about this, son is getting married in 2 hours. hopefully better than a Delgado

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Van summeren
    3. Voukler
    4. Van averermaet
    5. Hausler

    Nice job on the multi-tasking though. Hope the wedding goes well.

  10. Picking one great name and the funniest name, there were plenty of contenders to choose from but Ivar edges it

    Hey slick, see that shit comin’ outta their ears? They can’t fucking hear you! Cool it!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. CHAVANEL Sylvain
    2. DEGENKOLB John
    3. HINAULT Sébastien
    4. CIOLEK Gerald
    5. SLIK Ivar

  11. Need to think this through…initial picks in case the Nyquil renders me unconscious for the weekend.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. John Degenkolb
    2. Niki Terpstra
    3. Tommy Voeckler
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Mercato

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkold
    2. Demarre
    3. Ciolek
    4. Farrar
    5. Sylvain Chavanel

  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Demarre
    3. Ciolek
    4. Farrar
    5. Sylvain Chavanel

  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. DEMARE
    2. Syl CHAVANEL
    3. VAN AVARMAET
    4. DEGENKOLB
    5. BOOM

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. J Degenkolb
    2. A Demare
    3. G Van Avermaet
    4. T Farrar
    5. G Ciolek

  16. I’m not taking these picks as super cereal as I should.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg Van ‘Avinit.
    2. Boom boom shake the room
    3. Tryer Failure
    4. John Dodgytash
    5. Arnold Demure

  17. In a pleasing act of symmetry the German closes the curtain he opened in March. Was it March, or April, anyway he’s bound to do it.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ciolek
    2. Danny Van Poppel
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Dehaes
    5. Belkov

  18. Puncheurs Paradise

    VSP PICKS:

    1. voeckler
    2. van avermaet
    3. ciolek
    4. mercato
    5. Demure

  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Demare
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Farrar
    5. Ciolek

  20. Boom, boom, boom, boom
    I’m gonna shoot you right down
    Right off your feet
    Take you home with me
    Put you in my house
    Boom, boom, boom, boom

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boom Boom Boom Boom
    2. DeMare
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Meersman

  21. Back to the eternal second for T-Fail. Winning won’t stick to it either.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Farrar
    3. Van Poppel
    4. Demare
    5. De Haes

  22. Voila!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Ciolek
    4. Farrar
    5. Meersman

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Warren Barguil
    2. Sylvain Chavanel
    3. Henrich Haussler
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Gerald Ciolek

  24. @seemunkee

    No time to think about this, son is getting married in 2 hours. hopefully better than a Delgado

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Van summeren
    3. Voukler
    4. Van averermaet
    5. Hausler

    You know how you know when you’re a Velominati? When your son is getting married in 2 hours, and you’re getting your VSP picks in. That’s how it’s done lads.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Terpstra
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Voeckler
    4. Boom
    5. Van Summeren

  25. Here goes nothing

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Van Avermat
    3. S. Chavanel
    4. Ciolek
    5. Farrar

  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Demare
    2. Degenkolb
    3. Marcato
    4. Vanavrrmaet
    5. Chavanel

  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Chavenal
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Boom
    5. Terpstra

  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. A. Demare
    2. J. Degenkolb
    3. S. Chavanel
    4. G. Van Avermaet
    5. B. Coquard

  29. Frankly I’m that far down the standings that this is a bit like racing against USPS with nothing better than cough syrup in your medicine cabinet, do I might as well go for the unlikely option.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Haussler (and his haircut)
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Boom

  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Coquard
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Haussler
    5. Farrar

  31. I probably could have asked a random stranger to make five picks and have as good a chance as I will with these.  Oh well, here goes nothing…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Haussler
    3. Farrrar
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Feillu

  32. This is my home-in-law race.  Don’t be surprised to see xyxax bobbleheads littering the course.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Gasparotto
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Leukemans
    5. Boom

  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Chavanel
    3. Degenkolb
    4. Farrar
    5. Ciolek

  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Sylvain Chavanel
    3. Anaud Demare
    4. Ciolek
    5. Farrar

  35. My picks

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Chavanel
    2. Farrar
    3. Terpstra
    4. Van avermaet
    5. Boom

  36. I got nuttin’ but Voeckler finally winning a race by himself.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. voeckler
    2. Degenkolb
    3. hausseler, h
    4. Tjallingii, m
    5. Westra, l

  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Ciolek
    3. Farrar
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Voeckler

  38. @Gianni

    That would be a pretty poetic way to close out the season. I’d drink to that (though I probably would, regardless).

  39. One last kick..

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ty-Lar Fer-Rar
    2. Big John D
    3. Van Averm…
    4. Ciolek
    5. A Demare

  40. Every time I think the season is over, the Race of the Falling Leaves keeps on livin’ on…

    The best part is that I can justify sitting around Sunday morning after a ride and recovering, rather than working on the house. Nice!

  41. pretty funny discussion about caps going on the eurosport stream.

    “We used to cut the tops off our caps so we didn’t overheat on hot rainy days, so you’d end up with a visor”

    Blasphemy.

  42. Degenkolb for the win with T-Bone again just missing the podium.  Poor guy.  At least he has a team for next year.

    1
    John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
    5:29:19
     

    2
    Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
     
     

    3
    Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
     
     

    4
    Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
     
     

    5
    Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

  43. OK, Skip kicks ass. Bat Chainpuller too slow on the draw.

    Final Race Results
    1. DEGENKOLB John
    2. MORKOV Michael
    3. DEMARE Arnaud
    4. FARRAR Tyler
    5. VAN STAEYEN Michael

    Final VSP Results
    1. Skip (11 points)
    2. Bat Chainpuller (11 points)
    3. jeyrod (11 points)
    4. wiscot (10 points)
    5. CanuckChuck (10 points)
    6. starclimber (9 points)
    7. Buck Rogers (8 points)
    8. freddy (8 points)
    9. Bianchi Denti (8 points)
    10. DCR (8 points)
    59. scaler911 (0 points)

  44. Bugger.

  45. A top  10 result – better late than never! Add that to  a glorious 100kms in fantastic fall colors his morning and volunteering for a local noon-profit’s fundraiser his afternoon and all’s right in my world.

  46. I missed the race unfortunately due to a family outing. I came here first for the race results! I will have to find a good source for a race recap.

    How was the finish of the race? Anything exciting?

  47. @wiscot

    @mouse

    @Buck Rogers

    @Gianni

    @Buck Rogers

    Also Gianni, isn’t there the Women’s Chronos race the weekend after this one on the VSP schedule so there will be just one more after this one, correct?

    Balls! Yes! I am wrong. You are correct. I will edit. Women’s Chrono…who can remember such races?

    You said it, not me. Didn’t there used to be a men’s Chrono race at the end of the season back in the ’80″²s? Seems like it. I need to research that one.

    Grand Prix des Nations

    Indeed, the Grand Prix des Nations. Back before there was a World TT championship, there was the Nations. A sad omission from the calendar. Working o a piece on Daniel Gisiger who won the Nations twice and the Baracchi Trophy three times. Before Faboo, there was Danny G.

    Chrono Des Nations on this weekend in France.  Same race as GP des Nations, just renamed.  Stared in 1982. 

    UCI 1.1 rating, won by Tony Martin last year.

  48. @scaler911

    @seemunkee

    No time to think about this, son is getting married in 2 hours. hopefully better than a Delgado

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Farrar
    2. Van summeren
    3. Voukler
    4. Van averermaet
    5. Hausler

    You know how you know when you’re a Velominati? When your son is getting married in 2 hours, and you’re getting your VSP picks in. That’s how it’s done lads.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Terpstra
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Voeckler
    4. Boom
    5. Van Summeren

    it got my one point, and a new daughter.  Not a bad weekend.

  49. Delgadoed – daughter’s wedding.  The only excuse I have……

  50. @HMBSteve and a poor one at that, see the post above yours for how it’s properly done.

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