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Velominati Super Prestige: The Women’s Elite Road Race 2014

Velominati Super Prestige: The Women’s Elite Road Race 2014

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This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber’s course, not exactly, nor a sprinter’s course.

I love the tension of trade teams wearing their national team jerseys; personal ambition and teamwork fight to the finish. I’m not jinxing anyone’s chances here, but repeating as World Champion is difficult, unless someone is the dominant rider of her generation. And even for her it will be very hard. But I’m not naming names here.

Here is the start list. If one delgados this, they need to check their priorities in life. We know the prizes are awesome, bragging rights, more awesome.

Final Race Results
1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
2. BRENNAUER Lisa
3. JOHANSSON Emma
4. BRONZINI Giorgia
5. CROMWELL Tiffany
Final VSP Results
1. dancollins (11 points)
2. tony macaroni (9 points)
3. Geraint (8 points)
4. blue (8 points)
5. RedRanger (5 points)
6. TheVid (5 points)
7. il muro di manayunk (5 points)
8. zeitzmar (5 points)
9. dyalander (5 points)
10. Heusdens (5 points)
11. Chica (5 points)
12. Stephen (5 points)
13. DCR (5 points)
14. Floridian (4 points)
15. Tobin (4 points)
16. Haldy (4 points)
17. JCM (4 points)
18. Dave R (4 points)
19. TOM.NELS2120 (4 points)
20. VirenqueForever (3 points)
21. VeloVita (3 points)
22. LeoTea (3 points)
23. Barracuda (3 points)
24. Tom Mc (3 points)
25. BoogieStudio22 (3 points)
26. Gianni (3 points)
27. unversio (2 points)
28. oldensteel (2 points)
29. Al__S (2 points)
30. DeKerr (2 points)
31. the Engine (2 points)
32. JohnB (2 points)
33. Ccos (2 points)
34. Minnesota Expat (2 points)
35. Kevin (2 points)
36. BatDan (2 points)
37. imakecircles (2 points)
38. Steampunk (2 points)
39. sthilzy (2 points)
40. xyxax (2 points)
41. The Grande Fondue (2 points)
42. freddy (2 points)
43. girl (2 points)
44. girl (2 points)
45. Harminator (2 points)
46. CanuckChuck (1 points)
47. chrismurphy92 (1 points)
48. Wardy (1 points)
49. Rom (1 points)
50. Jay (1 points)
51. piwakawaka (1 points)
52. Nate (1 points)
53. Rob (1 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. Argh, that’s what I get for wheelsucking. Thanks @Kevin

    VSP PICKS:

    1. The Divine Ms. V
    2. Emma Johannson
    3. Mara Abbott
    4. Riabchenko
    5. Bronzini

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Bronzini
    4. Borghini
    5. Van Dijk

  3. The trouble with a night shift is you have time to reconsider. I’ll be sorry if the TTT was a bit of sandbagging by Ms Vos.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Elisa Borghini
    4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    5. Evelyn Stevens

  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Vos
    3. Johansson
    4. Stevens
    5. Prevot

  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. E Johansson
    3. E Steven
    4. P Ferrard-Prevut
    5. K Niewiadoma

  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armitstead
    3. Bronzini
    4. Borghini
    5. Cromwell

  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Bronzini
    4. Johansson
    5. Ferand Prevot

  8. @DeKerr My pleasure, equal playing field and all…

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos, Marianne
    2. Amristead, Elizabeth
    3. Ferrand-Prevot, Pauline
    4. Bronzini, Georgia
    5. Stevens, Evelyn

  10. Still can’t get over that awful crash in the TTT. I was shocked to see Vos dropped, but she missed the carnage, so blessing in disguise? Hoping for a speedy recovery for the injured, and that Vos rides like a woman possessed.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Elizabeth Armitstead
    4. Giorgia Bronzini
    5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. M. Vos
    2. E. Johansson
    3. E. Armitstead
    4. P. Ferrand-Prevot
    5. R. Ratto

  12. I just have a sneaking suspecion that Vos is not on her best form. I don’t think that the sprinters will factor in the final. I would like to see Stevens win, but I may be overly optimistic.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Stevens
    2. Johansson
    3. Vos
    4. Armitstead
    5. Longo Borghini

  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Elizabeth Armitstead
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Tiffany Cromwell
    5. Linda Melanie Villumsen

  14. At the request of the the VMH, I am swapping out Tiffany Cromwell for Rossella Ratto. If Ratto places fourth, or anywhere in the top five, someone owes Ms Minnesota Expat a handlebar basket for her Bianchi Cortina. I’m guessing that someone is me.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    4. Rossella Ratto
    5. Elizabeth Armistead

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. P Ferrand Prevot
    3. L Armitstead
    4. G Bronzini
    5. E Johansson

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    2. Elizabeth Armistead
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Evelyn Stevens
    5. Elisa Longo-Borghini

  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johannson
    3. Van dijk
    4. Borghini
    5. Stevens

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Lizzie Armitstead
    3. Giorgia Bronzini
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

  19. Here’s to a great race!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Johansson
    4. Ferrand-prevot
    5. Stevens

  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Stevens
    4. Armistead
    5. Van Dijk

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    4. Johansson, Emma
    5. Longo-Borghini

  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Lizzie Armitstead
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. M. Vos
    2. L. Armitstead
    3. P. Ferrand-Prevot
    4. E. Johansson
    5. E. Stevens

  24. Pedal, girls, pedal.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Stevens
    4. Cromwell
    5. Johansson

  25. Pedal, girls, pedal.

  26. Fight for the stripes girls!

  27. Okay, three times a charm. My picks won’t post… Vos, Armistead, Stevens, Cromwell, johansson.

  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Marianne Vos
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Giorgia Bronzini

  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Vos
    4. Armistead
    5. Stevens

  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Stevens
    3. Armistead
    4. Bronzini
    5. Ferrand-Prevot

  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armistead
    3. Stevens
    4. Bronzini
    5. Johansson

  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Armitstead
    4. Bronzini
    5. Ferrand-Prevot

  33. I’m betting against Vos again, because I can. This should be a good race.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. johansson
    3. Chantal Blaak
    4. Elena Cecchini
    5. Tiffany Cromwell

  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. ferrand prevot
    2. armitstead
    3. bronzini
    4. johansson
    5. vos

  35. Call me Pedro…

  36. @Mikael Liddy To be fair, it was a very narrow window if you live in Europe and like a beer or two on a Friday night.

  37. Nasty crash has taken out many riders. Vos, Bronzini delayed and trying to chase back.

  38. The result:

    1. Ferrand-Prevot

  39. 2. Brennauer

    3. Johansson

    4. Bronzini

    5. Neylan?

    Break of four riders f-ing about at the end let the chasing group get back for a bunch sprint.

  40. @Geraint

    5. Cromwell (I think)

    Bizarre. Never seen a riders sit up like that in the final K – let alone a group with such strength.

  41. Cromwell 5th not Neylan, sorry.

  42. @Harminator beat me to it, thanks

    Agreed, daft tactics by all four of them, I think the Armitstead/Vos face-off blew it.

  43. I think that was the proof that Vos was not on her best form.

    If she was she would have gone for it and be damned about dragging the others along.

    But the others weren’t going to take the risk of pulling her to the line.

  44. Seemed such a long way to the line from the bottom of the hill for those four. I think a solo attack (like the Junior Mens) over the final climb is the go. Sparty won’t want to be towing anyone.

  45. Nothing like coming home smashed after a Rule #9 slug-fest of a morning ride with the boys to watch the bad ass women tear into each other in the Worlds. Until the 4 of them sat up and let the chasers catch them inside the final k. That was weird. They raced not to lose and lost.

  46. I am amazed we arent talking up the new women’s world champ. 22, french, holds 4 national titles in TT, Road, XC and CX. total bad ass. I love that women riders can kick ass in multiple disciples. Vos is known to mix it up in XC races also.

  47. Woo-Hoo. I received the coveted winners apron for the 2013 season. Well worth the wait and much better than a new frame, wheels, etc. Thanks Keepers. By the way, who won the Woman’s World Road VSP Championship??

  48. @dancollins Best as I can tell, you won, as you were the only person to guess Ferrand-Prevot in first. Plus, you got Johansson in third correct. So that means you took the Elite Road Race double. Nicely done!

  49. Woops – appears there was a miscommunication between us Keepers on who was updating results for what event…Here are the Lady’s results – and yes, @dancollins it appears you won both Worlds RR – nice work!

    Final Race Results
    1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
    2. BRENNAUER Lisa
    3. JOHANSSON Emma
    4. BRONZINI Giorgia
    5. CROMWELL Tiffany

    Final VSP Results
    1. dancollins (11 points)
    2. tony macaroni (9 points)
    3. Geraint (8 points)
    4. blue (8 points)
    5. RedRanger (5 points)
    6. TheVid (5 points)
    7. il muro di manayunk (5 points)
    8. zeitzmar (5 points)
    9. dyalander (5 points)
    10. Heusdens (5 points)
    53. Rob (1 points)

  50. @RedRanger

    I am amazed we arent talking up the new women’s world champ. 22, french, holds 4 national titles in TT, Road, XC and CX. total bad ass. I love that women riders can kick ass in multiple disciples. Vos is known to mix it up in XC races also.

    Indeed. This woman does not mess around, check the palmeres..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Ferrand-Pr%C3%A9vot

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/Pauline_Ferrand_Prevot

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