Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2016

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!

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105 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Tours 2016”

  1. Okay see what I did there – because basically I have no idea.

    Not a list of names I’ll put on a VSP event very often.

    Basically I’ve arrived in the Velodrome with bits of skin and lycra hanging off to discover that the leading group is already on the bell lap. B

    ut they’re cat and mousing and it’s raining – I’m not dead yet you bastards…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matteo Trentin
    2. Tosh Van Der Sande
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Tiesj Benoot
    5. Roy Jans
  2. 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
  3. VSP PICKS:

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

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Arnaud Demare
    4. Giacomo Nizzolo
    5. Sam Bennett
  5. @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
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Andre Greipel
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Nacer Bouhanni
    4. Bryan Coquard
    5. Arnaud Demare
  7. 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
  8. Podium Cafe calls Greipel a non-starter.

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. Caleb Ewans
    3. Moreno Hofland
    4. Arnaud Démare
    5. Greg van Avermaet
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nacer Bouhanni
    2. André Greipel
    3. Fernando Gaviria
    4. Arnaud Démare
    5. Elia Viviani
  11. Now that the Gorilla is scratched.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ewan
    2. Coquard
    3. Bouhanni
    4. McLay
    5. Stannard
  12. Cav seems to be ill, so enters Bouhanni.

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Andre Greipel
    3. Fernando Gaviria
    4. Nacer Bouhanni
    5. Elia Viviani
  14. 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
  15. Shuffling

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

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Nacer BOUHANNI
    2. Elia VIVIANI
    3. Warren BARGUIL
    4. Rick ZABEL
    5. Caleb EWAN
  17. 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
  18. Not that this will win me anything anyway….

    VSP PICKS:

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

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

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