Carlee Taylor, 3rd place 2012 photo (APP)

Velominati Super Prestige: Route de France Féminine 2013

Velominati Super Prestige: Route de France Féminine 2013

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Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make it interesting, Marianne Vos is not racing. Last year’s winner was @eightzero’s favorite Evelyn Stevens (a serious Rule #27 violator), an all around power house, neither a pure sprinter or pure climber, a Phyllis Gilbert, if you will.

Women are fighting for better wages everywhere and cycling is no different. But at least they seem to be having more fun and racing their brains out too. I don’t believe they have podium boys, but they should. In this race they have their own singer (!?). Here is the start list. We at Velominati are interested in promoting women’s racing in our own half-assed way so we offer up this petition to promote a women’s Tour de France.

This race begins on Saturday so do your research and don’t Delgado. These women’s race points are worth just as much as the men’s points in the quest for overall VSP general classification victory.

Final Race Results
1. VILLUMSEN Linda
2. JOHANSSON Emma
3. STEVENS Evelyn
4. GUDERZO Tatiana
5. AMIALIUSIK Alena
Final VSP Results
1. Bianchi Denti (17 points)
2. Tobin (12 points)
3. napolinige (11 points)
4. HMBSteve (10 points)
5. Buck Rogers (10 points)
6. Eli Curt (10 points)
7. Fausto (10 points)
8. mlambert1us (10 points)
9. Erik (10 points)
10. seemunkee (10 points)
11. Bat Chainpuller (10 points)
12. moondance (10 points)
13. Jay (10 points)
14. Rigid (10 points)
15. leadout (10 points)
16. JohnB (9 points)
17. mouse (9 points)
18. xyxax (9 points)
19. il ciclista medio (8 points)
20. anotherdownunder (7 points)
21. ped (7 points)
22. CanuckChuck (6 points)
23. freddy (6 points)
24. edster99 (6 points)
25. dancollins (6 points)
26. margc (4 points)
27. Steampunk (4 points)
28. taon24 (4 points)
29. Mikael Liddy (4 points)
30. sprider (4 points)
31. sthilzy (4 points)
32. jeyrod (4 points)
33. Deakus (4 points)
34. chrismurphy92 (4 points)
35. Nate (4 points)
36. razmaspaz (4 points)
37. scaler911 (4 points)
38. the Engine (4 points)
39. G'phant (4 points)
40. V-inden (4 points)
41. Adrian (4 points)
42. ramenvelo (4 points)
43. The Grande Fondue (4 points)
44. bunji (4 points)
45. starclimber (4 points)
46. Two Ball Billy (4 points)
47. simonsaunders (4 points)
48. UptheTrossachs (4 points)
49. San Tonio (4 points)
50. la plaque (4 points)
51. TOM.NELS2120 (4 points)
52. eightzero (2 points)
53. unversio (2 points)
54. Sauterelle (2 points)
55. RedRanger (2 points)
56. piwakawaka (2 points)
57. Mike_P (2 points)
58. Skip (2 points)
59. Chris (2 points)
60. VeloVita (2 points)
61. Lukas (2 points)
62. eenies (2 points)
63. Patrick (2 points)
64. harminator (2 points)
65. Bill Chris (2 points)
66. Vernwitha_V (2 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. The Woman with the Hammer, Georgia Bronzini, takes her fifth stage in a row.

    No change in the overall.

  2. @xyxax

    The Woman with the Hammer, Georgia Bronzini, takes her fifth stage in a row.

    No change in the overall.

    Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wtf kinds of stage race has a time trial and 5 sprint stages.  Please tell me there is some climbing tomorrow.

  4. @razmaspaz

    Wtf kinds of stage race has a time trial and 5 sprint stages. Please tell me there is some climbing tomorrow.

    I don’t think the stages are pancake-flat, but it doesn’t look like the have to climb mountains at any stage. However, it’s hard to find course info. Even their official wesbite doesn’t show stage elevations. If the promoter wants fans to take more than a casual interest in their race, they have to do better than this.

    http://www.velonation.com provides good race reports soon after the finish. Stage 5 looked like a consolation win for Bronzini after she worked all day to help Villumsen gain 2s to take the lead off Johansson, but couldn’t do it.

    5 wins out of 5 stages, but still not leading the race must confuse the crap out of some people…

  5. @razmaspaz

    Wtf kinds of stage race has a time trial and 5 sprint stages. Please tell me there is some climbing tomorrow.

    Here, here! The petition says, “…over the same distances, on the same days, with modifications in start/finish times…” How about a double ascent of Alpe d’Huez after 108 kms or am I being mean?

  6. @erik

    There’s got to be a trivia question in there, right?  Name the last pro cyclist who won 5 consecutive stages of a “grand tour”.  Fuck if I know.

    @razmaspaz

    @Bianchi Denti

    You can check out a preview of the last stages here:  http://velofocus.com/2013/preview-route-de-france-stage-4-to-7/

    The description of the last stage encapsulates the organizers’ thinking.  I’d like to know the thoughts of the participants but I can’t help but feel that at a time when women’s cycling needs extra support to keep growing (or stop shrinking), this is a bit of weak tea.

  7. So the plan is Bronzini again tomorrow and then everything’s up for grabs on Saturday. Weak tea indeed.

  8. Stage 6…Bronzini, Armitstead, Peters, I believe.

  9. plus the other 43 in the bunch

  10. @freddy Thanks for helping us keep on top of this. I’m excited to see tomorrows stage results…wish I could watch it!

  11. @frank Oh, hi Frank. Nice to know I’m not the only one staying awake for the finale. Twitter feed seems to be the only way to  track “live.” I wonder if Bronzini is going to go for a solo break–she needs 31 seconds to take the GC.

  12. Villumsen’s in a solo break with about a 4 min lead. Looking god to win the overall.

  13. VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie

    JOHANSSON Emma 5:52.

    STEVENS Evelyn 5:57.
     
    GUDERZO Tatiana 6:00.
     
    AMIALIUSIK Alena 6:06.
     
     
    Two through 4 were my 1 through 3.  Villumsen crushed them, but she will still be hearing from my attorneys.
  14. @xyxax

    you idiot.  Had Guderzo fourth.  And no one cares anyway.

  15. Did not see that coming.  Uber solo break.

  16. @erik

    Did not see that coming. Uber solo break.

    Fuck i had johansson and stevens the wrong way round!

  17. @xyxax

    VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie

    JOHANSSON Emma 5:52.

    STEVENS Evelyn 5:57.
     
    GUDERZO Tatiana 6:00.
     
    AMIALIUSIK Alena 6:06.
     
     
    Two through 4 were my 1 through 3. Villumsen crushed them, but she will still be hearing from my attorneys.

    Is this the final GC?

  18. @Buck Rogers

    @xyxax

    VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie

    JOHANSSON Emma 5:52.

    STEVENS Evelyn 5:57.
     
    GUDERZO Tatiana 6:00.
     
    AMIALIUSIK Alena 6:06.
     
     
    Two through 4 were my 1 through 3. Villumsen crushed them, but she will still be hearing from my attorneys.

    Is this the final GC?

    Yes.

  19. @Steampunk

    @Buck Rogers

    @xyxax

    VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie

    JOHANSSON Emma 5:52.

    STEVENS Evelyn 5:57.
     
    GUDERZO Tatiana 6:00.
     
    AMIALIUSIK Alena 6:06.
     
     
    Two through 4 were my 1 through 3. Villumsen crushed them, but she will still be hearing from my attorneys.

    Is this the final GC?

    Yes.

    Nice!  Just back from a week of leave at the in-laws without Internet.  At least I got one place right and another in the top 5! I’ll take it.

  20. @Buck Rogers

    @Steampunk

    @Buck Rogers

    @xyxax

    VILLUMSEN Linda Melanie

    JOHANSSON Emma 5:52.

    STEVENS Evelyn 5:57.
     
    GUDERZO Tatiana 6:00.
     
    AMIALIUSIK Alena 6:06.
     
     
    Two through 4 were my 1 through 3. Villumsen crushed them, but she will still be hearing from my attorneys.

    Is this the final GC?

    Yes.

    Nice! Just back from a week of leave at the in-laws without Internet. At least I got one place right and another in the top 5! I’ll take it.

    Does not compute. But I guess “at the in-laws” is the closest I’ve ever been to a war zone…

  21. Congrats to Canuck Karol-ann Canuel who came in an impressive 5th today and 15th in the GC! Steamy was rooting for her.

  22. Bugger! I should have backed the Kiwi! Still I had the first 4 but only Guderzo in the right place.

  23. Final classification – Congrats to Denti for taking a clean win.

    Final Race Results
    1. VILLUMSEN Linda
    2. JOHANSSON Emma
    3. STEVENS Evelyn
    4. GUDERZO Tatiana
    5. AMIALIUSIK Alena

    Final VSP Results
    1. Bianchi Denti (17 points)
    2. Tobin (12 points)
    3. napolinige (11 points)
    4. HMBSteve (10 points)
    5. Buck Rogers (10 points)
    6. Eli Curt (10 points)
    7. Fausto (10 points)
    8. mlambert1us (10 points)
    9. Erik (10 points)
    10. seemunkee (10 points)
    66. Vernwitha_V (2 points)

  24. @frank

    Final classification – Congrats to Denti for taking a clean win.

    Final Race Results
    1. VILLUMSEN Linda
    2. JOHANSSON Emma
    3. STEVENS Evelyn
    4. GUDERZO Tatiana
    5. AMIALIUSIK Alena

     

    Final VSP Results
    1. Bianchi Denti (17 points)
    2. Tobin (12 points)
    3. napolinige (11 points)
    4. HMBSteve (10 points)
    5. Buck Rogers (10 points)
    6. Eli Curt (10 points)
    7. Fausto (10 points)
    8. mlambert1us (10 points)
    9. Erik (10 points)
    10. seemunkee (10 points)
    66. Vernwitha_V (2 points)

     

    Thanks. And a kiwi race winner too!

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