Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2012, Stage 16

Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2012, Stage 16

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Which bold rider has this stage circled in their tour bible? Wednesday July 18th, Stage 16, 197 km. The day after a the final rest day. A climbing day with two HC climbs followed by two Category 1 climbs and a serious descent toward the finish. The Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde: you better be a fearless climber and a good descender, but a better climber. This is not a stage for Sagan or Fränkie Schleck (sorry Frank). If Wiggo was going to have a bad day, this would be a special one to have it on. And this follows a rest day? Could the weather finally make a difference?  Will the mad tacker return? Will climbers just try to survive this stage to perform on the fearsome Stage 17? More questions than answers in the Velominati Super-Bunker.

All VSP bettors better give an extra shake of the monkey bones before casting them down. Study them well. There is much at stake: fi'zi:k R3s for the winner, 2 pair of DeFeet socks for first loser. The rules are the same as for the first single stage VSP. Points are awarded for correct place only. Delgado might have enjoyed this stage but don’t be like him.

 

 

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @xyxax Sorbet?

    The cone looks like a V; hence it’s Velomi-Sorbet.

  2. @xyxax

    Anyone up for a nice sorbet?

    yeah, why don’t we meet at the metro station just down the road.  I’ll be there in five minutes.

  3. Dear Versio / Unnamed / Whatever –

    I like to think that I am a reasonable man. I understand that part of life’s rich tapestry involves the occasional interaction with folk whose views, and methods of espousing them, are not always to one’s taste. And I like to think that I am a forgiving man. Rare indeed is the person who has never made a mistake and so knows not the need for and bliss of forgiveness and redemption.  And I like to think that I am a patient man.  When patience is shown to me I recognise and cherish it, and I try my best to do the same for others (including those, such as small children and other lawyers, who demand much of it).

    But you have threatened my ability to be reasonable, to be patient and to forgive.

    Not by your incomprehensible ramblings.  Not by your petty needling.  Not by your barely-sophomoric sense of what I assume you think might pass for humour. Not by your pathetically puffed and preened grandiosity.

    It is far, far worse than that.

    It is this: I stand on the brink of finding myself agreeing with Marcus.

    Should I take that final step into the abyss, I fear I shall never forgive you.

  4. Time for the assos girl.

    I’m trying to channel that image as otherwise i keep vomiting into the back of my throat when i return to readng the  part about energy conservation and agreeing w @Marcus. Is that a sign of the apocalypse? Shit, still haven’t won a race! Cant i have a few more days. Please.

  5. see, @G’phant beat me to it! I need time to work on my finishing! Assos girl, release me!!!!

  6. @G’phant

    Dear Versio / Unnamed / Whatever –

    I like to think that I am a reasonable man. I understand that part of life’s rich tapestry involves the occasional interaction with folk whose views, and methods of espousing them, are not always to one’s taste. And I like to think that I am a forgiving man. Rare indeed is the person who has never made a mistake and so knows not the need for and bliss of forgiveness and redemption.  And I like to think that I am a patient man.  When patience is shown to me I recognise and cherish it, and I try my best to do the same for others (including those, such as small children and other lawyers, who demand much of it).

    But you have threatened my ability to be reasonable, to be patient and to forgive.

    Not by your incomprehensible ramblings.  Not by your petty needling.  Not by your barely-sophomoric sense of what I assume you think might pass for humour. Not by your pathetically puffed and preened grandiosity.

    It is far, far worse than that.

    It is this: I stand on the brink of finding myself agreeing with Marcus.

    Should I take that final step into the abyss, I fear I shall never forgive you.

    That may well be the most eloquently delivered backhanded compliment Marcus has received in a while…

  7. @Mikael Liddy Oh fuck – now I;m not merely agreeing with him but complimenting him?!!!  Damn you, Unnamed Versio, damn you and your Marcus-baiting. 

  8. @G’phant

    It is this: I stand on the brink of finding myself agreeing with Marcus.

    Should I take that final step into the abyss, I fear I shall never forgive you.

    Ahh, quit your fucking whinging and get in the water’s fine. You won’t even remember what life was like on the other side.

  9. @G’phant

    This deserves the weekly V-jersey and a frowny emoticon…

  10. Can anyone introduce Versio to Karolinka?

  11. @Steampunk What’s the opposite of nipple lube? Chain grime? Axle grit?

  12. @HarMinator

    Can anyone introduce Versio to Karolinka?

    I’m not convinced they’re not the same person…scary thing is she found me on twitter about 6 months ago (insert scared emoticon here)

  13. @minion

    @Steampunk What’s the opposite of nipple lube? Chain grime? Axle grit?

    Assembly paste?

  14. @minion

    @Steampunk What’s the opposite of nipple lube? Chain grime? Axle grit?

    Versio.

  15. I have to admit I am happy to hear that no one else comprehends @versio, I was beginning to wonder if I was the problem not the incoherent posts. I scan over them to see how long into the sentence he stops making sense.

    And the new @unamed screen name, almost a stroke of genius. Is there some kind of saying. ‘one cog short of a full cassette?’ Surely someone can do better than that.

  16. @DerHoggz

    @minion

    @Buck Rogers

    The palate has been cleansed.   Thank you gentlemen.

  17. THAT HAS TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST AMAZING FINISH EVER!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. @girl

    And the new @unamed screen name, almost a stroke of genius. Is there some kind of saying. ‘one cog short of a full cassette?’ Surely someone can do better than that.

    One cog short of a full cassette. I fucking love it.

  19. @unnamed

    I’m not deleting your profile or anyone else’s. My minimum expectation is that you manage your own identity within the community well enough that you don’t need me to spend my time cleaning up your mess.

    I think you ultimately mean well, but you are the only person here who has needed to change their handle in order to continue contributing – I’ve lost track of how many times. You are accusing several long-standing, well respected community members of being assholes; I suggest you examine your conduct and consider how you might be bringing this upon yourself.

  20. @frank Nicely put, Frank. Versio, I think your aggression is out of all proportion to the intent of the posters, although I do understand how their sniping might have got you riled up.

    @frank That was an INCREDIBLE sprint! Go Cav!

  21. That story Cav told of them sitting on the bus and him asking if he could have a chance and Wiggins immediately raising his hand and saying he’d give him a chance and Froome and others joining in was very touching.

    Massive respect.

  22. @frank

    That story Cav told of them sitting on the bus and him asking if he could have a chance and Wiggins immediately raising his hand and saying he’d give him a chance and Froome and others joining in was very touching.

    Massive respect.

    Didn’t sound like the inside of a Death Star, did it?

  23. @frank I hear you. Let’s try it.

  24. Chucking this in here because I could not be bothered to scroll back through the articles any further to find a rightful place for it..

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rodriguez-keeps-options-open-but-argos-rule-out-move

    I have to admit JRod has me “Smeagolled”.  He has the capacity to outsprint anyone on a hill, he can break away at the last minute when all around him are chewing the handlebars.  He is a genius in one sense, his team gave him mediocre support this year and he was often the lone red shirt in a Sea of Sky black yet it cannot be denied he was there or there abouts everytime.

    The problem is he seems to have the tactical equivalent to narcolepsy.  Sometimes he just goes to sleep on the job.  he basically lost 2 Grand Tours this year that should by all accounts have been his…

    Maybe a move to another team would be good for him, somehow he reminds me of watching Scotland play rugby union.  Year in year out they have somewhere between 1-3 world class players, yet because they do not have the depth in the team they cannot ever be victorious…think Patterson, Richy Gray etc etc…

    I just despair at seeing such an obvious talent continually “lose it” …. always the bridesmaid, never the bride…yet he tops the world rankings…this must drive him nuts!

    In fact I cannot decide whether he is Smeagol…or me!!

  25. @Deakus – Hope he doesn’t get too precious about it…

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