Velominati Super Prestige: Strade Bianche 2012

Velominati Super Prestige: Strade Bianche 2012

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The Monte Paschi Strade Bianchi is happening this Saturday and it is such an interesting race we are putting it into the VSP.  The route is a mix of pavement and white marble sectors that roam through the hilly Tuscan country and finishes in the middle of beautiful Sienna. It seems early to me but that is because the Giro had an epic stage on the Strade Bianche in May 2010.  The word epic is overused but the wet, grimy Giro stage was compelling, awesome, everything you would want in a race. It was epic.

This race grew out of the immensely popular Eroica retro-sportive. Goggles, mustaches, heavy old bikes, I don’t understand it. It must be like the Civil War enactments in the USA: people are compelled to recreate something, and participate in it to understand it. I’m never going to participate in the Eroica sportive, so I’m never going to understand it. Sweet Merckx a mighty, I’m old enough to never want to ride a bike with a five speed Regina cluster again. Give me Campa 11 with electronic shifting if you must, I’m riding into the future.

Phillipe Gilbert started his reign of terror in 2011 by winning the Strade Bianche and he never stopped. I would not want to bet against him and yet, perhaps he is saving himself for a month from now. His team is stacked with possible winners (a phrase we are going to be over-using this year). Judging from past results the Italians have not had any home road advantage but if Vinny “da shark” Nibali can ride away from everyone in Oman, surely he can do it here. This year’s incomplete start list includes past winners, potential Spring Classic stars and Mark Cavendish. Did I imagine this, the World Champion on the crushed marble roads of Tuscany? Please stay tuned for a more accurate start list.

I will stop further skewing the odds at Lotto, they are all winners aren’t they? Put on your aluminum foil thinking caps, consult the awesome countdown timer which will stop on Saturday morning and be thankful there is not a women’s edition of this race to show the world how little you all know about women’s racing (@cyclops excluded somehow).

I just can’t stop myself from including a bit of wet strade from the Giro.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0jCHawi9II[/youtube]

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @paolo
    On a 25 kilogram bicycle? Everything I do is Rule #5.

  2. Just to prove my powers of prediction are as poor as in previous years

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Iglinksy
    2. Ballan
    3. Sagan
    4. Vansummeren
    5. Cancellara

  3. @frank
    @frank

    @paolo

    @frank
    It’s not even a real nation…

    Careful. We have some Canadians here and if we don’t appreciate them fully, they’ll go on strike and write a special striking song.

    Here’s what I get every freaking time you post that link.

    I’d call it ironic, but you’d just cite Alanis Morissette or something (proving once again that Americans””and at least one Canadian””don’t understand irony).

  4. @Gianni

    Happy to have made you gulp.

    I assume your avatar is you, and you are a lovely pup.

  5. Strade Bianche on the desktop, Liverpool-Arsenal on the i-Pad. I haven’t seen this many live streams since I last needed a visit to an airport men’s room.

  6. Spartacus!

  7. Love watching this in Italian.

  8. Watching the Sporza feed. Wish I got the Eurosport 2 one but can’t find it. Ballan took a wrong turn a minute ago. Gatto is wheel sucking hard.

  9. On track for a few points at least this time. Cancellara looks great!

  10. This is indeed Sparta and all that good shit.

  11. bit late now but its on MeGom.TV eurosport…Faboo 52 seconds, c’mon

  12. Big fat goose egg for me but wow FABOOLOUS!

  13. Well at least I’m on the board now with a few points. Spartacus looked amazing.

  14. Got Gatto third and bonus points for Ballan and Cancellara.

    Slow and steady.

  15. Why didn’t I put Fabian in there?! Doh!

  16. 1/5 but at least I picked the winner

  17. Well, Gilbert and Nibali sure disappointed me. Cancellara classy as always, watch him for Flanders!

  18. Lots to like in the Spartacus move. BMC seemed to be playing it right, except for the fact that Cancellara destroyed Van Avermaet’s move. Bennati’s move earlier””I assume to make the others chase and give Cancellara a break””was brutal. So half-hearted. Van Avermaet’s looked much stronger until the Swiss just ripped his legs off. Absolutely brilliant. Nice wrong turn from Ballan, too…

  19. Well, got 3 out of 5, but none in the damn right place.

  20. Sweet. Winner and a bonus for Iglinsky. That’ll do me for the guess-fest that it was.

  21. I’d like to thank Fabio for removing all the drama. It must be nice to break away without even getting out of the saddle

  22. @Skinnyphat

    I’d like to thank Fabio for removing all the drama. It must be nice to break away without even getting out of the saddle

    Steady up with more speed!

    time for bed said zeberdee

  23. @Skinnyphat

    I’d like to thank Fabio for removing all the drama. It must be nice to break away without even getting out of the saddle

    The Drama is in what this may mean for the rest of spring. Boonen in form, Canc in form…

  24. Missed the whole thing. Woke up to Motorcus rolling over the line alone in the picture and Gobbles finishing in the middle of the bunch. Wish I coulda seen the fireworks. *sigh*

    On the other hand, @Ankush and @wiscot drilled it. Congrats!

    Final Race Results
    1. CANCELLARA Fabian
    2. IGLINSKIY Maxim
    3. GATTO Oscar
    4. BALLAN Alessandro
    5. VAN AVERMAET Greg

    Final VSP Results
    1. Ankush (10 points)
    2. wiscot (10 points)
    3. DaRCrider (9 points)
    4. Netraam (8 points)
    5. gaswepass (8 points)
    6. ajn124 (8 points)
    7. Blah (8 points)
    8. Skinnyphat (8 points)
    9. Skip (8 points)
    10. taon24 (7 points)
    11. Lepidopterist (7 points)
    12. Flying Crowbar (7 points)
    13. RedRanger (7 points)
    14. calves (7 points)
    15. Heihachi (7 points)
    16. Lukas (7 points)
    17. Poppyseed (7 points)
    18. King Clydesdale (6 points)
    19. mouse (6 points)
    20. JC Belgium (6 points)
    21. Buck Rogers (4 points)
    22. Cyclistthings (4 points)
    23. tomb (4 points)
    24. xyxax (4 points)
    25. Tobin (4 points)
    26. Bongo (4 points)
    27. Steampunk (4 points)
    28. VeloVita (4 points)
    29. el gato (4 points)
    30. noiyce (4 points)
    31. G'phant (4 points)
    32. Alex (4 points)
    33. nico (3 points)
    34. nathan (3 points)
    35. LA Dave (3 points)
    36. LastBoyScout (3 points)
    37. Dino (3 points)
    38. Will (3 points)
    39. Oldschooly (3 points)
    40. pakrat (3 points)
    41. Jarvis (3 points)
    42. Chappy McPappystackings (2 points)
    43. Erik (2 points)
    44. Calmante (2 points)
    45. RayElVis (2 points)
    46. moondance (2 points)
    47. Kris (2 points)
    48. xponti (2 points)
    49. napolinige (2 points)
    50. Chris (2 points)
    51. R00tdown (2 points)
    52. Adrian (2 points)
    53. trustnoone (2 points)
    54. Mason (2 points)
    55. ramenvelo (2 points)
    56. Tartan1749 (2 points)
    57. ash (2 points)
    58. Rob (2 points)
    59. mattd (2 points)
    60. Gianni (2 points)
    61. Nate (2 points)
    62. Souleur (2 points)
    63. MJ Moquin (2 points)
    64. Islandbike (2 points)
    65. acciaio (2 points)
    66. Geordi (2 points)
    67. taylorgibson (2 points)
    68. Jay (2 points)
    69. cchern (2 points)
    70. bjb (2 points)
    71. 936adl (1 points)
    72. scaler911 (1 points)
    73. Danger (1 points)
    74. SimonH (1 points)
    75. Pedale.Forchetta (1 points)
    76. CanuckChuck (1 points)
    77. Bianchi Denti (1 points)
    78. Roadslave525 (1 points)
    79. Fausto (1 points)
    80. dancollins (1 points)
    81. Roberto Marques (1 points)
    82. Gerard (1 points)
    83. la Vela (1 points)
    84. Rigid (1 points)
    85. Louutah (1 points)
    86. Mikael Liddy (1 points)
    87. sprider (1 points)
    88. Two Ball Billy (1 points)
    89. il ciclista medio (1 points)
    90. olliewm (1 points)
    91. tjancijr (1 points)
    92. brett (1 points)
    93. motor city (1 points)
    94. TomC (1 points)
    95. zac (1 points)
    96. Nosyt (1 points)
    97. Dr C (1 points)
    98. ChrisO (1 points)
    99. stenbak (1 points)
    100. paolo (1 points)
    101. payaso (1 points)
    102. sgt (1 points)
    103. Maximilian (1 points)
    104. blue (1 points)
    105. Mikel Pearce (1 points)
    106. eightzero (1 points)
    107. snoov (1 points)
    108. tony macaroni (1 points)
    109. Benj (1 points)
    110. The Oracle (1 points)
    111. The Fish (1 points)
    112. San Tonio (1 points)
    113. frank (1 points)
    114. mcsqueak (1 points)
    115. Markp (1 points)
    116. Marcus (1 points)
    117. sgraha (1 points)
    118. Jeff in PetroMetro (1 points)
    119. roger (1 points)
    120. simonsaunders (1 points)
    121. Trobs (1 points)
    122. Anjin-san (1 points)
    123. godsight (1 points)
    124. Ron (1 points)
    125. imakecircles (1 points)
    126. Noel (1 points)
    127. draffenator (1 points)
    128. Andrew (1 points)
    129. sam findley (1 points)
    130. Bill (1 points)
    131. Belgian Cobblestones (1 points)
    132. DerHoggz (1 points)
    133. seemunkee (1 points)
    134. ZachOlson (1 points)
    135. bkwentz (1 points)
    136. bjm (1 points)
    137. Cyclops (0 points)
    138. Dan_R (0 points)
    139. GProsser (0 points)
    140. marko (0 points)
    141. Simon (0 points)

    142. harminator (0 points)

  25. This is going to be the best spring ever, with some luck.

  26. Very tight standings in the GC with the top V being separated by two points.

    2012 VSP G.C.

    1. San Tonio (192 points)
    2. G'phant (181 points)
    3. xyxax (179 points)
    4. Blah (176 points)
    5. Fausto (162 points)
    6. Trobs (158 points)
    7. Ankush (157 points)
    8. Buck Rogers (156 points)
    9. Gianni (156 points)
    10. ramenvelo (153 points)
    11. dancollins (152 points)
    12. CanuckChuck (150 points)
    13. Skinnyphat (149 points)
    14. blue (148 points)
    15. taon24 (146 points)
    16. The Fish (141 points)
    17. VeloVita (140 points)
    18. Ron (140 points)
    19. Bianchi Denti (139 points)
    20. Mason (138 points)
    21. snoov (138 points)
    22. Mikel Pearce (136 points)
    23. Nate (134 points)
    24. Heihachi (133 points)
    25. gaswepass (131 points)
    26. Flying Crowbar (131 points)
    27. tony macaroni (129 points)
    28. Nosyt (127 points)
    29. Skip (126 points)
    30. Rigid (125 points)
    31. Mikael Liddy (124 points)
    32. motor city (123 points)
    33. TomC (121 points)
    34. The Oracle (120 points)
    35. RedRanger (120 points)
    36. scaler911 (119 points)
    37. R00tdown (119 points)
    38. Markp (118 points)
    39. napolinige (117 points)
    40. el gato (115 points)
    41. SimonH (115 points)
    42. LA Dave (115 points)
    43. mouse (108 points)
    44. sthilzy (107 points)
    45. wiscot (105 points)
    46. Bill (104 points)
    47. Lukas (103 points)
    48. calves (103 points)
    49. seemunkee (101 points)
    50. Steampunk (100 points)
    51. King Clydesdale (100 points)
    52. simonsaunders (98 points)
    53. Noel (98 points)
    54. Deakus (98 points)
    55. MJMoquin (97 points)
    56. Lepidopterist (95 points)
    57. moondance (94 points)
    58. RayElVis (93 points)
    59. TOM.NELS2120 (93 points)
    60. Erik (92 points)
    61. Chris (91 points)
    62. Cyclops (89 points)
    63. Tobin (89 points)
    64. il ciclista medio (88 points)
    65. Jay (88 points)
    66. Chappy McPappystackings (87 points)
    67. 936adl (87 points)
    68. Adrian (87 points)
    69. Marko (85 points)
    70. Marcus (85 points)
    71. imakecircles (85 points)
    72. sprider (85 points)
    73. pink (83 points)
    74. Simon (83 points)
    75. pakrat (83 points)
    76. Roadslave525 (82 points)
    77. Islandbike (82 points)
    78. Azzurri Tim (82 points)
    79. graham d.m. (80 points)
    80. noiyce (79 points)
    81. Two Ball Billy (79 points)
    82. eightzero (77 points)
    83. Belgian Cobblestones (77 points)
    84. razmaspaz (77 points)
    85. harminator (75 points)
    86. nico (74 points)
    87. Geordi (74 points)
    88. Vin'cenza (73 points)
    89. meursault (73 points)
    90. brett (72 points)
    91. Dan_R (71 points)
    92. payaso (69 points)
    93. Dr C (67 points)
    94. Calmante (65 points)
    95. Tartan1749 (65 points)
    96. Alex (63 points)
    97. ChrisO (62 points)
    98. mcsqueak (62 points)
    99. zac (62 points)
    100. Danger (60 points)
    101. the Engine (59 points)
    102. sauterelle (58 points)
    103. JC Belgium (57 points)
    104. DaRCrider (57 points)
    105. ten B (57 points)
    106. Benj (55 points)
    107. niksch (55 points)
    108. Duende (54 points)
    109. acciaio (53 points)
    110. LastBoyScout (53 points)
    111. VirenqueForever (53 points)
    112. Netraam (52 points)
    113. GProsser (52 points)
    114. Roberto Marques (51 points)
    115. Jonny (50 points)
    116. Daccordi Rider (50 points)
    117. drewPjohnson (50 points)
    118. Rev.C.Mac (49 points)
    119. tomb (48 points)
    120. itburns (48 points)
    121. sgraha (48 points)
    122. DerHoggz (48 points)
    123. huffalotpuffalot (48 points)
    124. Oli (48 points)
    125. godsight (44 points)
    126. Kyle (43 points)
    127. ben (42 points)
    128. Spicy McHaggis (41 points)
    129. smithers (41 points)
    130. Giles (41 points)
    131. ash (40 points)
    132. Jeff in PetroMetro (40 points)
    133. trustnoone (40 points)
    134. Oldschooly (40 points)
    135. Anais Ninja (40 points)
    136. diablo (39 points)
    137. frank (38 points)
    138. Belgian Boys Club (37 points)
    139. velomihottie (37 points)
    140. al (36 points)
    141. Xponti (36 points)
    142. draffenator (36 points)
    143. Aidas (35 points)
    144. mattd (35 points)
    145. Lindrop (35 points)
    146. ajn124 (33 points)
    147. Jarvis (33 points)
    148. paolo (33 points)
    149. Chuckk (33 points)
    150. farzani (33 points)
    151. Gino (33 points)
    152. Mikel Pearce (33 points)
    153. sgt (32 points)
    154. Louutah (32 points)
    155. Dino (32 points)
    156. Xyverz (32 points)
    157. Sam (30 points)
    158. mrhallorann (30 points)
    159. Modtastic (30 points)
    160. cal (30 points)
    161. MrLowell (30 points)
    162. Papageno (29 points)
    163. Paco (28 points)
    164. kowala (28 points)
    165. JCS4 (28 points)
    166. cchern (26 points)
    167. Matt (26 points)
    168. sar02 (26 points)
    169. Kedan (26 points)
    170. McTavish (26 points)
    171. Steampunk (26 points)
    172. stickyjumper (26 points)
    173. taylorgibson (25 points)
    174. Souleur (24 points)
    175. Harry (23 points)
    176. Mark1 (23 points)
    177. Eddie Bell (23 points)
    178. Pablo Colletti (23 points)
    179. shep (23 points)
    180. Chris Schneider (23 points)
    181. RMK (22 points)
    182. hammermama (22 points)
    183. Anjin-san (21 points)
    184. stenbak (21 points)
    185. actor1 (21 points)
    186. Benny (21 points)
    187. minion (20 points)
    188. Ruskerdu (20 points)
    189. tessar (20 points)
    190. J-hump (20 points)
    191. mrdriftless (20 points)
    192. Pirata with Pasta (20 points)
    193. Vince (20 points)
    194. Steve Swift (20 points)
    195. Casey Arnold (20 points)
    196. feef (20 points)
    197. Blake (20 points)
    198. Phil Schneider (20 points)
    199. Nic (20 points)
    200. NRMontgomery (20 points)
    201. roleur510 (20 points)
    202. nathan (19 points)
    203. Pedale.Forchetta (18 points)
    204. Philip Turner (18 points)
    205. bkwentz (17 points)
    206. Rob (17 points)
    207. Pistolfromwarragul (17 points)
    208. Hassan (17 points)
    209. Dashiell (17 points)
    210. Henrik (16 points)
    211. roger (15 points)
    212. Lister (14 points)
    213. Enoch (14 points)
    214. ZachOlson (13 points)
    215. Andrew (13 points)
    216. Two Ball Billy (13 points)
    217. Cyclistthings (13 points)
    218. handsOn (13 points)
    219. Nukatpiat (13 points)
    220. VeloAU (13 points)
    221. Chasquimorgan (13 points)
    222. Mike Honcho (13 points)
    223. Painkiller (13 points)
    224. TraJoM (13 points)
    225. Wilyscot (13 points)
    226. Kris (12 points)
    227. Mikeweb (12 points)
    228. ThinGuy (12 points)
    229. rhys (11 points)
    230. Poppyseed (11 points)
    231. marshy (11 points)
    232. Wayne Schimmelbusch (10 points)
    233. TBONE (10 points)
    234. mxlmax (10 points)
    235. 2000dB (10 points)
    236. Barracuda (10 points)
    237. UptheTrossachs (10 points)
    238. wiscoerik (9 points)
    239. olliewm (9 points)
    240. eightace (9 points)
    241. Maximilian (9 points)
    242. jkennedy (9 points)
    243. Sean (9 points)
    244. packfiller (9 points)
    245. Clydeone (9 points)
    246. Frank Ramos (9 points)
    247. huwge (9 points)
    248. Grant Henninger (9 points)
    249. Lunchrider (8 points)
    250. velo_ronin (8 points)
    251. IcemanYVR (8 points)
    252. anotherdownunder (8 points)
    253. El Mateo (8 points)
    254. brianc (8 points)
    255. Nozzle (8 points)
    256. cornishlovemuscle (7 points)
    257. gino (7 points)
    258. Ross C (7 points)
    259. Franklin (7 points)
    260. somebum (6 points)
    261. kah (6 points)
    262. BP (6 points)
    263. nutellaurent (6 points)
    264. ralph (6 points)
    265. Anast Demitt (6 points)
    266. starclimber (6 points)
    267. celestialdrive (6 points)
    268. american psycho (6 points)
    269. Don juan (6 points)
    270. Rick (6 points)
    271. Tomislav (6 points)
    272. sean (6 points)
    273. elrond (6 points)
    274. ifurley (6 points)
    275. Matt (6 points)
    276. DR5150 (6 points)
    277. Erik Olsen (6 points)
    278. Jellybean (6 points)
    279. batchuba (6 points)
    280. Bongo (5 points)
    281. BrianG (5 points)
    282. imakecircles (5 points)
    283. Blease (5 points)
    284. fuzzmartin (5 points)
    285. David (5 points)
    286. Jonathan (5 points)
    287. Jamin (4 points)
    288. Simon (4 points)
    289. bjm (4 points)
    290. bjb (4 points)
    291. igowing (4 points)
    292. Jonnyp82 (4 points)
    293. Bike Jonez (4 points)
    294. torvid (4 points)
    295. JFT (4 points)
    296. Will (3 points)
    297. Roadslave525 (3 points)
    298. schmiken (3 points)
    299. Craig Chambers (3 points)
    300. Topcover (3 points)
    301. ErikdR (3 points)
    302. Karl (3 points)
    303. dunderleif (3 points)
    304. Emile (3 points)
    305. Jason (3 points)
    306. urbanwhitetrash (3 points)
    307. WillB (2 points)
    308. needmoreV (2 points)
    309. Maximilian (2 points)
    310. tjancijr (2 points)
    311. tom wojcik (2 points)
    312. themayneframe (2 points)
    313. Harminator (2 points)
    314. elewis (2 points)
    315. Chris (2 points)
    316. Bonesx (2 points)
    317. veritas_tm (2 points)
    318. gearz (2 points)
    319. edukaycheon (2 points)
    320. Mshengu (2 points)
    321. minion (2 points)
    322. puddles (2 points)
    323. Paul Seip (2 points)
    324. fredd727 (1 points)
    325. la Vela (1 points)
    326. sam findley (1 points)
    327. mike masterson (1 points)
    328. Dave (1 points)
    329. la Vela (1 points)
    330. bdias85 (1 points)
    331. GPdomestique (1 points)
    332. TheCoolman (1 points)
    333. Marcovelo (1 points)
    334. David (1 points)
    335. jimmy (1 points)
    336. highball (1 points)
    337. Dave R (1 points)
    338. Tandjes (1 points)
    339. packfiller (1 points)
    340. geoff gummer (1 points)
    341. Frank (1 points)
    342. Stephen Rash (1 points)
    343. bottecchia il (1 points)
    344. richards86 (1 points)
    345. Bruno DN (0 points)
    346. TripleEight (0 points)
    347. Ryan (0 points)
    348. Hammerhed (0 points)
    349. calves (0 points)
    350. Bianchi_Bob (0 points)
    351. Erik Assum (0 points)
    352. doubleespresso (0 points)
    353. Lee (0 points)
    354. mtnbikerfred (0 points)
    355. Marcus (0 points)
    356. Joe Davis (0 points)
    357. Dave (0 points)
    358. Alex (0 points)
    359. DR5150 (0 points)
    360. Joshua C. (0 points)
    361. Lee Woolston (0 points)
    362. BillB (0 points)
    363. ed o (0 points)
    364. Austin (0 points)
    365. hendriku (0 points)
    366. Oli Cartlidge (0 points)
    367. Oli Cartlidge (0 points)
    368. Fat Mexican (0 points)
    369. Gal (0 points)
    370. Kermit Pannell (0 points)
    371. Chuckolade (0 points)
    372. TomC (0 points)
    373. magiscla (0 points)
    374. metalface (0 points)
    375. Routier (0 points)
    376. Balexander (0 points)
    377. ironaiden (0 points)
    378. jmabbott (0 points)
    379. torrefie (0 points)
    380. Pistolfromwarragul (0 points)
    381. Nof Landrien (0 points)
    382. nickcw (0 points)
    383. Ed O (0 points)
    384. G'rilla (0 points)

    385. Gerard (0 points)

  27. Well that f’n sucks. Still, it’s early……

  28. Oh damn, I missed my chance for an early lead. Top-5 for now, but I think I’ll be down a few places next race.

  29. @Frank

    How do I get my disputed 3pts (4th place) from the women’s Omloop? That will put me dangerously close to the top…

  30. @Skinnyphat

    @Frank

    How do I get my disputed 3pts (4th place) from the women’s Omloop? That will put me dangerously close to the top…

    Did you click the dispute link next to the ones you disagree with?

  31. @scaler911

    Well that f’n sucks. Still, it’s early……

    Its because you changed your avatar right before a big race.

  32. @frank

    Yes I did. Not sure what was supposed to happen. Let me try it again, may have been user error

  33. @Skinnyphat

    @frank

    Yes I did. Not sure what was supposed to happen. Let me try it again, may have been user error

    I think we just forgot to update the results after correcting your pick. I updated them now, so have a look and let me know if its better now.

  34. So, FAIL to BMC for managing to get two riders into the final six, but then placing fourth and fifth? I’m willing to let them off the hook for not finishing first (under Cancellarian circumstances), but shouldn’t they at least have got on the podium? Terrific riding by Gatto, by the way.

  35. @nico likewsie. I should get a bonus point for calling Iglinsky

  36. @frank: when you have a moment, like you have nothing else to do, can you look at my scoring. somewhere things don’t add up

  37. +1 Steampunk!
    Ballan needs to be able to read a route, he blew it at the end by getting off course and dropped off for a while
    VanAvermaet rode his guts out for nothing, Ballan

  38. @jarvis and nico, nice pick on iglisky, he rode very well

    But Spartacus was a stud today
    can you say motordope II

  39. @Steampunk

    So, FAIL to BMC for managing to get two riders into the final six, but then placing fourth and fifth? I’m willing to let them off the hook for not finishing first (under Cancellarian circumstances), but shouldn’t they at least have got on the podium? Terrific riding by Gatto, by the way.

    Agreed. Read something last week (can’t remember where, unfortunately) that compared the fates of Garmin and BMC thus far and noted how Garmin has achieved better despite “inferior” talent and speculated it’s because BMC has no chemistry/needs to work on their teamwork. Granted, it’s very early in the season, but I would have expected more from them thus far – especially in a situation where you have 2 strong riders in a break of 6 and you end up 4/5.

  40. @Souleur & @Nosyt:
    Ballan seemed to have caught back on without much trouble after his gaffe, so I wouldn’t be inclined to blame this for the failure (can’t have helped, mind). There also seemed to be a few technical turns in the final run-in (even Cancellara on his own had a bit of difficulty). I suspect the real test of BMC will come at Flanders and Roubaix, when Gilbert and Hushovd (respectively) will need to prove why they were added to the team. Chemistry, perhaps, but Avermaet and Ballan can’t have that excuse, since they were together last year.

    Watching Spartacus, though, does anyone else get the unsettling feeling that he’s still a little pissed about last spring, and has 3/17, 4/1, AND 4/8 all circled on his calendar? And can you imagine what the aftermath of that would be like? Philippe who?

  41. I am pretty disappointed in Gilbert. I thought long and hard about whether I should pick Cancellara or Gilbert to win… guess I should have reversed the order. I think a trip to Italy for next year’s race would be a fantastic Keeper’s Tour…

  42. @Steampunk

    Watching Spartacus, though, does anyone else get the unsettling feeling that he’s still a little pissed about last spring, and has 3/17, 4/1, AND 4/8 all circled on his calendar? And can you imagine what the aftermath of that would be like? Philippe who?

    Definitely; and I think the strength of BMC will actually favor him since teams won’t be able to focus on him solely like they did last spring. If he rides smart (like today) and finds himself in the mix in the final 20K or so I don’t think there’s anyone who can touch him.

  43. @Steampunk BMC fucked-up again. No way should they have attacked Cancellara where they did. In a way it is good that they are willing to take the fight, but Van Avermaet and Ballan are not Gilbert and aren’t going to outpower Canc.

  44. @Nico didn’t realise you’d gone with Iglinsky as well. Think that was his third podium at the race.

  45. @Jarvis
    I assumed that Van Avermaet was sacrificing himself for Ballan, who then couldn’t keep Cancellara’s wheel. It seemed like the right move (maybe not the right time, but probably the last chance to create some real separation), but Cancellara countered brilliantly. Van Avermaet didn’t gain as much ground as he wanted, and Ballan was nowhere to be seen when Cancellara attacked.

  46. @Steampunk
    I can see Cancellara trying to break away in the AGR as well, just to show that he alone and no one else is champion of the spring.

    Seriously, a Cancellara this strong is someone to watch in every race.

  47. @frank

    Very tight standings in the GC with the top V being separated by two points.

    2012 VSP G.C.
    1. ajn124 (17 points)
    2. Blah (16 points)
    3. xyxax (16 points)
    4. Lukas (15 points)
    5. Netraam (15 points)
    6. Skinnyphat (15 points)
    7. Nosyt (14 points)
    8. Buck Rogers (14 points)
    9. mattd (14 points)
    10. scaler911 (13 points)
    11. calves (13 points)
    12. Heihachi (13 points)
    13. Cyclops (12 points)
    14. Ankush (12 points)
    15. Lepidopterist (12 points)
    16. taon24 (12 points)
    17. Calmante (11 points)
    18. Steampunk (11 points)
    19. wiscot (11 points)
    20. Tobin (11 points)
    21. mcsqueak (11 points)
    22. Tartan1749 (11 points)
    23. JC Belgium (10 points)
    24. Fausto (10 points)
    25. RedRanger (10 points)
    26. R00tdown (10 points)
    27. snoov (10 points)
    28. VeloVita (10 points)
    29. wiscoerik (9 points)
    30. nathan (9 points)
    31. Dino (9 points)
    32. il ciclista medio (9 points)
    33. Adrian (9 points)
    34. noiyce (9 points)
    35. zac (9 points)
    36. Poppyseed (9 points)
    37. DaRCrider (9 points)
    38. ramenvelo (8 points)
    39. RayElVis (8 points)
    40. Islandbike (8 points)
    41. bkwentz (8 points)
    42. Noel (8 points)
    43. gaswepass (8 points)
    44. Skip (8 points)
    45. Bianchi Denti (7 points)
    46. The Oracle (7 points)
    47. taylorgibson (7 points)
    48. mouse (7 points)
    49. Belgian Cobblestones (7 points)
    50. imakecircles (7 points)
    51. draffenator (7 points)
    52. Rigid (7 points)
    53. Flying Crowbar (7 points)
    54. Souleur (6 points)
    55. Mikael Liddy (6 points)
    56. sgt (6 points)
    57. tomb (6 points)
    58. el gato (6 points)
    59. Gianni (6 points)
    60. Marcus (6 points)
    61. Markp (6 points)
    62. King Clydesdale (6 points)
    63. Nate (6 points)
    64. sgraha (6 points)
    65. somebum (6 points)
    66. G’phant (6 points)
    67. ash (6 points)
    68. godsight (5 points)
    69. Bongo (5 points)
    70. 936adl (5 points)
    71. napolinige (5 points)
    72. GProsser (5 points)
    73. CanuckChuck (5 points)
    74. Erik (5 points)
    75. Bill (5 points)
    76. harminator (5 points)
    77. diablo (5 points)
    78. Simon (5 points)
    79. SimonH (5 points)
    80. The Fish (5 points)
    81. BrianG (5 points)
    82. Alex (5 points)
    83. Xponti (4 points)
    84. olliewm (4 points)
    85. frank (4 points)
    86. nico (4 points)
    87. Dr C (4 points)
    88. TomC (4 points)
    89. bjm (4 points)
    90. Andrew (4 points)
    91. stenbak (4 points)
    92. moondance (4 points)
    93. acciaio (4 points)
    94. Cyclistthings (4 points)
    95. Chris (3 points)
    96. al (3 points)
    97. Danger (3 points)
    98. Chappy McPappystackings (3 points)
    99. Mikel Pearce (3 points)
    100. Marko (3 points)
    101. tony macaroni (3 points)
    102. Roadslave525 (3 points)
    103. Mason (3 points)
    104. ChrisO (3 points)
    105. Benj (3 points)
    106. seemunkee (3 points)
    107. Ron (3 points)
    108. dancollins (3 points)
    109. Jay (3 points)
    110. LA Dave (3 points)
    111. Trobs (3 points)
    112. payaso (3 points)
    113. Gerard (3 points)
    114. Simon (3 points)
    115. cchern (3 points)
    116. Sam (3 points)
    117. Jeff in PetroMetro (3 points)
    118. LastBoyScout (3 points)
    119. Will (3 points)
    120. Oldschooly (3 points)
    121. pakrat (3 points)
    122. Jarvis (3 points)
    123. Anjin-san (2 points)
    124. ZachOlson (2 points)
    125. simonsaunders (2 points)
    126. eightzero (2 points)
    127. Louutah (2 points)
    128. itburns (2 points)
    129. WillB (2 points)
    130. motor city (2 points)
    131. razmaspaz (2 points)
    132. San Tonio (2 points)
    133. MJMoquin (2 points)
    134. needmoreV (2 points)
    135. Jamin (2 points)
    136. paolo (2 points)
    137. Maximilian (2 points)
    138. Roberto Marques (2 points)
    139. Wayne Schimmelbusch (2 points)
    140. trustnoone (2 points)
    141. Kris (2 points)
    142. Rob (2 points)
    143. Geordi (2 points)
    144. bjb (2 points)
    145. pink (1 points)
    146. fredd727 (1 points)
    147. brett (1 points)
    148. roger (1 points)
    149. G’rilla (1 points)
    150. Two Ball Billy (1 points)
    151. rhys (1 points)
    152. kah (1 points)
    153. Pedale.Forchetta (1 points)
    154. la Vela (1 points)
    155. sprider (1 points)
    156. Two Ball Billy (1 points)
    157. tjancijr (1 points)
    158. blue (1 points)
    159. The Fish (1 points)
    160. sam findley (1 points)
    161. DerHoggz (1 points)
    162. Jonny (0 points)
    163. Bruno DN (0 points)
    164. Aidas (0 points)
    165. Dan_R (0 points)
    166. marko (0 points)
    167. eightace (0 points)
    168. Noel (0 points)
    169. TripleEight (0 points)
    170. igowing (0 points)

    Hate to Ron but I had Cance and Gatto in – doesnt that give me 2?

  48. @frank

    @scaler911

    Well that f’n sucks. Still, it’s early……

    Its because you changed your avatar right before a big race.

    Ya, but it’s early in the season, and I’m still in the hunt. That said if Paris- NIce doesn’t work out for me, I’m going back.

  49. @frank

    Shouldn’t I have more then 2 points from the day? I had Gatto in third, and had Ballan and Cancellara in my picks. That should be 6 points I thought

  50. Caught the last 12kms on steephill on Saturday am. What a great race! We live in an age when too many things are dubbed classics when they don’t deserve the name (golf being a prime offender in this regard), but with the Strade Bianche I think the organizers have come up with a unique and beautiful event. The parcours, the finish all harken back to an older age and while it’s only 6 years old, I think it has taken a greater prominence than say Paris=Tours, Het Whatever, San Sebastian. It might take a few years, but if they ever add another monument, this is the one to add.

    One thing I’d like to see though is a great trophy. P-R has its cobblestone, but I was disappointed to see the podium guys get silver platters. This is a race that calls for a big fuckin’ silver trophy. Old school style. Over the top.

    One last thing, while we revere our riders of years gone bye, let’s be aware that we are seeing racing by modern masters: Gilbert, Cancellara, Boonen. These are men whose names will go down in the history books as all time-greats.

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