Paris-Tours

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2016

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One doesn’t appreciate how many touring companies there are in Paris until you do a search for “Paris-Tours”. Refine the search to “Cycling Paris-Tours” and the results are not noticeably reduced. I imagine that adding the year to the search will do little to improve the situation.

The fact is, as popular as Cycling is, it remains a fringe sport, at least as far as Paris and Tours is concerned.

My internal clock is all fucked up. And so is the 2016 VSP calendar, because we don’t have the Men’s World Road Race Championships on there at the moment (we will put that little nugget on there, worry not). But when it comes to Paris-Tours, we should not be talking last major trade team road race of the season for the blokes. But we are, because up is down and down is up. Just wait for the green flash.

Paris-Tours is supposed to be a sprinters classic, but it is remarkably lumpy towards the end and you never know what might happen. Richard Virenque won the thing once; for fucks sake, anything can happen if Tricky Dickie can win the “flattest” classic of the season.

In any case, the season is winding down, but we have some serious racing to come. With the Worlds being a Sprinters’ course, this could be a final warm-up; either that or all the sprinters head off to the Middle East last-minute to acclimate to the heat to leave a load of twiggy climbers to fight it out, dismally.

Time to put your chips down, and stop fooling around. If you’re going to make a play for these VSP prizes, you’re going to have to show up with some game. Good luck!

Final Race Results
1. GAVIRIA Fernando
2. DEMARE Arnaud
3. VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
4. TRENTIN Matteo
5. COQUARD Bryan
Final VSP Results
1. ojhart (12 points)
2. R00tdown (9 points)
3. osbk67 (8 points)
4. dancollins (8 points)
5. fenlander (8 points)
6. Snowy (8 points)
7. JCM (8 points)
8. Clingon (8 points)
9. Kevin (6 points)
10. Jansen (6 points)
11. ramenvelo (6 points)
12. piwakawaka (5 points)
13. Cary (5 points)
14. Bianchi Denti (5 points)
15. DVMR (4 points)
16. taon24 (3 points)
17. il muro di manayunk (3 points)
18. wiscot (2 points)
19. Teocalli (2 points)
20. Ron (2 points)
21. BacklashJack (2 points)
22. dyalander (2 points)
23. xyxax (2 points)
24. Minnesota Expat (2 points)
25. Quadzilla (2 points)
26. Tom Mc (2 points)
27. tony macaroni (2 points)
28. John Irvine (2 points)
29. Lebowski Achiever (2 points)
30. Heusdens (2 points)
31. Al__S (1 points)
32. LeoTea (1 points)
33. RobSandy (1 points)
34. Rick (1 points)
35. JohnB (1 points)
36. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
37. KogaLover (1 points)
38. TheVid (1 points)
39. VirenqueforeVer (1 points)
40. Kay_Jay (1 points)
41. Rigid (1 points)
42. Ccos (1 points)
43. the Engine (1 points)
44. Jay (1 points)
45. Yagerbomb (1 points)
46. ErikdR (1 points)
47. Harminator (1 points)
48. freddy (1 points)
49. JonnyG (1 points)
50. Fred (1 points)
51. Quasar (1 points)
52. sthilzy (0 points)
53. TheDon (0 points)
54. 1860 (0 points)
55. Erik (0 points)
56. Kunanyi (0 points)
57. MikeK (0 points)
58. Barracuda (0 points)
59. dinosaurJR (0 points)
60. Bart (0 points)
61. Nicholas (0 points)
62. MangoDave (0 points)
63. Byron (0 points)
64. CanuckChuck (0 points)
65. BaltoSteve (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Trentin
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Boonen
    4. Viviani
    5. Ewan
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. N Bouhanni
    2. F Gaviria
    3. A Posev
    4. J Van Genechten
    5. M Cavendish
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. N. Bouhanni
    2. A. Demare
    3. F. Gaviria
    4. S. Bennett
    5. B. Coquard
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Demare
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Greipel
    4. Coquard
    5. Gaviria
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Armand Demare
    4. Giacomo Nizzolo
    5. Sam Bennett
  6. Spellcheck…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Arnaud Demare
    4. Giacomo Nizzolo
    5. Sam Bennett
  7. @the Engine has lost his mind. Brexit = brain exit

    But I like your style.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boo! Hanni
    2. Gaviria
    3. Ewan
    4. Demare
    5. Bennett
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Andre Greipel
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Nacer Bouhanni
    4. Bryan Coquard
    5. Arnaud Demare
  9. Ca

    n OBE do it again? They seem to be winning a lot on the big stage.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewen
    2. Gaviria
    3. Cav
    4. Coquard
    5. Viviani
  10. Can OBE win again? They keep doing it right on the big stage.

  11. Podium Cafe calls Greipel a non-starter.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Bouhanni
    2. Demare
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Greipel
    5. Matthews
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. C. Ewan
    2. A. Démare
    3. N. Bouhanni
    4. A. Greipel
    5. F. Gaviria Rendon
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Caleb Ewans
    3. Moreno Hofland
    4. Arnaud Démare
    5. Greg van Avermaet
  14. Oops – sorry; that should have been “Caleb Ewan“, of course.

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vivs
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Demure
    4. Matthews
    5. Gaviria
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Viviani
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Greipel
    4. Gaviria
    5. Démare
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. André Greipel
    3. Fernando Gaviria
    4. Arnaud Démare
    5. Elia Viviani
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bouhanni
    2. Demare
    3. Gavira
    4. Greipel
    5. Viviani
  19. Now that the Gorilla is scratched.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewan
    2. Coquard
    3. Bouhanni
    4. McLay
    5. Stannard
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Demare
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Boonen
    4. Coquard
    5. McLay
  21. Cav seems to be ill, so enters Bouhanni.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Greipel
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Demare
    4. Matthews
    5. V Avermaet
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewan
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Gaviria
    4. Demare
    5. Van Avermaet
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Demare
    4. Matthews
    5. Greipel
  24. @RobSandy

    @Rick

    Cavendish suffers illness setback ahead of World Championships

    Bugger!

    Since I posted this poorly fonted headline, I believe it is good form to report that Cav is on the confirmed start list of Paris-Tours.

  25. Damned start list changes.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cavendish
    2. Coquard
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Ewan
    5. Mclay
  26. why not?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewan
    2. Greipel
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Gaviria
    5. Zabel
  27. @Rick

    @RobSandy

    @Rick

    Cavendish suffers illness setback ahead of World Championships

    Bugger!

    Since I posted this poorly fonted headline, I believe it is good form to report that Cav is on the confirmed start list of Paris-Tours.

    Bugger twice, now I am in doubt.

  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Cav
    2. Gorilla
    3. Ewan
    4. Coquard
    5. Bouhou
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bouhanni
    2. Gaviria
    3. Demare
    4. Bennett
    5. Vivianni
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Coquard
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Cavendish
    5. Demare
  31. GVA escapes

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Matthews
    3. Demare
    4. Vivianni
    5. Bouhanni
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Andre Greipel
    3. Fernando Gaviria
    4. Nacer Bouhanni
    5. Elia Viviani

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cav
    2. Gaviria
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Ewan
    5. Demare
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewan
    2. Viviani
    3. Bouhanni
    4. Gaviria
    5. Zabel
  34. Third time’s a charm?

    Thanks all for the notices to the starlist changes.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. VIVIANI, Elia
    2. DEMARE, Arnaud
    3. CAVENDISH, Mark
    4. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    5. GAVIRIA, Fernando
  35. Shuffling

    the deck chairs but sinking fast. Calgon, take me away!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boo! Hanni
    2. Gaviria
    3. Demare
    4. Bennett
    5. Ewan
  36. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer BOUHANNI
    2. Elia VIVIANI
    3. Warren BARGUIL
    4. Rick ZABEL
    5. Caleb EWAN
  37. Bouhanni could do anything, so could Cav even if he has been sick but Gav has good form going in

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Cavendish
    4. Demare
    5. Ewan
  38. Not that this will win me anything anyway….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cavendish
    2. Greipel
    3. Ewan
    4. Bouhanni
    5. Gaviria
  39. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Greipel
    3. Cavendish
    4. Mathews
    5. Trentin
  40. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Arnaud Demare
    4. Elia Viviani
    5. Tom Boonen
  41. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Bouhanni
    3. Ewan
    4. Greipel
    5. Demare
  42. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaviria
    2. Demare
    3. Ewan
    4. Cavendish
    5. Bouhanni
  43. VSP PICKS:

    1. Caleb Ewan
    2. Elia Viviani
    3. Nacer Bouhanni
    4. Arnaud Demare
    5. Sam Bennett
  44. why no VSP for men’s or women’s TTT at the Worldchampionships?

  45. Wow, who had this result? Thank goodness Coquard kept me from being totally shut out.

  46. Perusing the picks some did get the result correct-well played!

  47. Oh, that went well…

  48. I love Gaviria’s finish ! And the black sox too btw. I delgado’d the VSP and completely missed the race. But I’ve watched the final km a couple of times each of past mornings. And this am I’m still saying to myself, so cool. What a great attack and finish. To ride away from a peloton full of sprinters in final km ??? So strong. Wow.

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