Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2017

Some things come, some things go. On Sunday in Flanders, there will be a mix of joy and melancholy as an old favourite returns, and another bids farewell. The famed Muur de Geraardsbergen aka the Kapelmuur finally reappears where it belongs, albeit not with the important role it once played. But at least it’s there. And riding up it for the last time will be another legend of the race, also possibly not playing as important a hand, Tom Boonen. It might be fitting to see him lead the peloton past the iconic cross and chapel one last time.

It may be a bridge too far for Tommeke to take a fourth Flanders, and something tells me he’s keeping his powder dry to have a real tilt at a fifth cobblestone next week after coming oh-so-close in 2016. Contending with the rampaging Greg van Avermaert and Peter Sagan up the bergs might take the sting out of ageing, tired legs, and probably most younger ones too. Who can stop these two right now? Probably not QuickStep, who seem more concerned with working out how not to win than actually using any of their many weapons to try to win. Giblets looks to be on song though, and a win in Oudenaarde in the Tricolor jersey is a sight we’ll never tire of.

This promises to be a race for the ages, and picking the winner might not be a flip of the coin situation at all. Best put the thinking casquettes on, study the start list and settle in with a fine Tripel and enjoy the show!
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187 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2017”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Alexander Kristoff
    4. Philippe Gilbert
    5. John Degenkolb
  2. My alternative picks: 1. Fuck! 2. Fuck me! 3. Fuck @

    Frank! 4. What the fuck! 5. Fuck this!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Phillipe Gilbert
    4. Alexander Kristoff
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  3. Looking forward to a great race!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet, Greg
    2. Sagan, Peter
    3. Gilbert, Phillipe
    4. Stuyven, Jasper
    5. Keukeleire, Jens
  4. I was just thinking this morning as I was walking my dogs…Damn, these next two weekends are FAR better than Christmas, or any other time of year, for cycling fans. Hard to believe the Ronde and the Hell of the North are on tap!!

    Let’s talk about other seasons this many guys were riding this well. Greg VA, Sagan, Kwiatkowski, Boonen, Gilbert, Kristoff, Durbridge. It’s crazy.

    Seeing Boonen on a Merckx was so much better than seeing him on a Specialized.

    Sunday is going to be awesome.

  5. Here goes correcting for the wee Pole’s absence.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Boonen
    4. Benoot
    5. Keukeleire
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. P. Sagan
    2. Greg v. Avermaet
    3. P. Gilbert
    4. A. Kristoff
    5. J. Stuyven
  7. Having missed the very small window for submitting tips for Gent-Wevelgem I am now checking this thing almost daily to see when and if tips need to be submitted and then I see it’s already closed…but now open again!? What’s going on?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Gilbert
    4. Kristoff
    5. Degenkolb
  8. Will there be a women’s VSP this year?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. SAGAN, Peter
    2. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    3. DEGENKOLB, John
    4. KRISTOFF, Alexander
    5. GILBERT, Philippe
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Sep Vanmarcke
    4. Alexander Kristoff
    5. Niki Terpstra
  10. Hasn’t been a bunch sprint with 10 or more riders finishing with the same time in almost 20 years…another attack on the Paterburg to seal the deal?  That’s what I’m banking on.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Gilbert
    3. GVA
    4. Keukeleire
    5. VanMarcke
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan, Peter
    2. Van Avermaet, Greg
    3. Degenkolb, John
    4. Gilbert, Philippe
    5. Terpstra, Niki
  12. Lets get my token Aussie in there!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. P Sagan
    2. J Degenkolb
    3. Luke Durbridge
    4. Greg VA
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  13. Delgad’open again… Anyhoo, slightly changed my picks

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Boonen
    4. Kristoff
    5. Degenkolb
  14. @Buck Rogers Thanks – I was rushing to get my tips in with the original short deadline. I saw your Kwiatkowski and thought how he’d be pretty good on the course…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. van Avermaet
    3. Gilbert
    4. Kristoff
    5. Terpstra
  15. Hell hath no fury like a Sagan scorned.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan can choose who wins today
    2. Gilbert
    3. GVA
    4. Oliver Naesen
    5. Luke Durbridge
  16. Maybe Sagan is getting into good form

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Alex Kristoff
    5. Geraint Thomas
  17. @Snowy

    Having missed the very small window for submitting tips for Gent-Wevelgem I am now checking this thing almost daily to see when and if tips need to be submitted and then I see it’s already closed…but now open again!? What’s going on?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Gilbert
    4. Kristoff
    5. Degenkolb

    Daily? Hell’s bells man , hourly is the way to go!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Boonen
    4. Benoot
    5. Keukeleire
  18. I’m hoping to see some action from Trek Segafredo. They’ve been snoozing somewhat of late.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg Van Avermaet
    3. Jasper Stuyven
    4. Luke Rowe
    5. Philippe Gilbert
  19. Switching Sep for Degs due to the latter’s illness and crash. And putting Degs ahead of Kristoff.

    But keeping all my secondary fuck picks.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Phillipe Gilbert
    4. John Degenkob
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  20. Fucking keyboard!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg van Avermaet
    3. Phillipe Gilbert
    4. John Degenkolb
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  21. GVA crash or mechanical..

    VSP PICKS:

    1. P Sagan
    2. Jens Keukeleire
    3. Alexander Kristoff
    4. Tom Boonen
    5. Oliver Naesen

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