Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2015

Cobblestones make the race, I’m not ruining any fantasies telling you that. Wet cobblestones, well, those make a legend. Nibbles rose in my esteem considerably when he rode the wet cobbles as well as he rides any mountain descent or climb; that is a boy with some nerves and some mad bike handling skills.

Wet cobbles are scarier to ride that dry ones, but they aren’t really that much more difficult to ride; you’re still playing the lottery that your wheels keep pointing where your bike is trying to go. But wet stones are definitely more draining; the mud and silt you ride through make it like riding through molasses. Awesome molasses, but molasses nonetheless.

The cobbles are back this year, and hopefully so will the rain. Let us pray for rain, because last year’s stage made the race.

The Tour de France needs no introduction but the VSP prizes deserve a gentle reminder. This is a Grand Tour, people, lots of points at stake. And those points are going towards amazing prizes including a Jaegher frame and a Café Roubaix wheelset. There is plenty of time for you to Delgado this thing, too, if you wait around until the last minute. So my advice is that you avoid doing that.

Give yourself enough time to enter your picks so if something has gone amuck, you have time to hit “reload” or come back V minutes later to try again before the event closes. Remember, your procrastination in this matter will not result in our emergency to enter your picks for you. All that said, if you do encounter a problem, please be so kind as to take a screenshot and upload it because the descriptor “it didn’t work” or “hm, not working” doesn’t help us debug the problem. Also, Internet Explorer is not supported and apparently only shows one Pick Entry box, so use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari instead.

The scoring for the Grand Tours is a tad more involved than the one-day races and one-week Tours, so look the guidelines over before making your prognostications.

So get your picks in before the countdown clock goes to zero, hit the go button, and good luck.

 

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520 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de France 2015”

  1. @Mikael Liddy

    @frank

    @Chris

    @frank

    @PT

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Pinot
    2. Yeats
    3. Yeats
    4. ‘kenoath
    5. Bardot

    You’ll have to redo your picks; you can’t have the same rider in two positions. Piti Principle and all that.

    I’ assuming he meant Adam and Simon of Orica. Unless you can score points for DSs in which case I might add Sean Yates to my picks.

    How am I supposed to know which is in which position, pray tell.

    He could just nominate which colour sunnies he wants to go with each rider

    http://twitter.com/ORICA_GreenEDGE/status/616879338835845121

    I thought I might just wait until Week Three and then allocate my Yeats(‘s) according to who is leading who in the GC.   Surely that’s reasonable?

    Sorry Frank, ’twas all in jest.  I have not a hope in hell of the wheels or the frame and can’t bear the thought of nominating favourites.  I would rather drink a schooner of vomit than back THE BIG FOUR.   Just my contrarian nature.  Did you at least enjoy ‘kenoath ?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Pinot
    2. A “green Bolles” Yeats
    3. S “white Bolles” Yeats
    4. ‘kenoath
    5. Bardot
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vincenzo Nibali
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Alberto Contador
    4. Romain Bardet
    5. Thibaut Pinot
  3. This top 5 will make a great race (correction: Any top 5 will make a great race)

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Quintana
    3. Froome
    4. Nibali
    5. Pinot
  4. I wish Contador can win it

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Nibali
    4. Contador
    5. Van Garderen
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Chris Froome
    3. Albero Contador
    4. Tejay van Garderen
    5. Nincenzo Nibali
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Chris Froome
    3. Albero Contador
    4. Tejay van Garderen
    5. Vincenzo Nibali
  7. The thing of it is, you have to pick one of the big four to fall.  Will Froome fail to perform up to standards. I really don’t know.  Today I am feeling regret looking at my picks.  I still have time to change my mind, again.

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Albero Contador
    3. Chris Froome
    4. Vincenzo Nibali
    5. Ryder Hesjedal
  9. @Erik

    The thing of it is, you have to pick one of the big four to fall.  Will Froome fail to perform up to standards. I really don’t know.  Today I am feeling regret looking at my picks.  I still have time to change my mind, again.

    Nah. Look at everyone’s picks. How much can the VSP standings change? I think the first rest day swaps will be critical. We should have an idea about fitness, who has lost time, who is hot heading into the Pyrenees, and the penalty is only 5-points. That will open up gaps and we’ll have a breakaway.

    Of course, it also looks like xyxax and dancollins are playing VSP poker. I expect to see their picks somewhere close to midnight.

  10. OK last waffle!

    Still lovin Nairo – Valverde needs to sit the fuck down and serve

    Can’t discount doped up Astana on the cobbles and overall team ability – so he goes up a place

    Bertie and number of the squad are doing the double – that’s got to take a tole so he goes down one

    Flip Flopping on TJ and Pinot. – TJ has a better team / Pinot has all of France behind him

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo
    2. Froomey
    3. Nibbles
    4. Bertie
    5. Pinot Noir
  11. need some points if I have any hope at some new wheels.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Nibbles
    3. Nario
    4. Froome
    5. Teejay VG
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Chris Froome
    2. Nairo Quintana
    3. Vincenzo Nibali
    4. Alberto Contador
    5. Tejay Vangarderen
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana, Nairo
    2. Pinot, Thibaut
    3. Contador, Alberto
    4. Nibali, Vincenzo
    5. Gallopin, Tony
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. QUINTANA, Nairo
    2. NIBALI, Vincenzo
    3. CONTADOR, Alberto
    4. HESJEDAL, Ryder
    5. VAN GARDEREN, Tejay
  15. As has been said many times already, this has the makings of a classic. 4 top riders all in with a shout, one trying to go out with a bang (preferably of firing pistols, not the sound of hitting the floor), one trying to prove he can ride on cobbles, another skipping his Giro defence to aim for the big time and a defending champ who is trying to avoid peaking too early. Chances of them all making it to Paris? Slim? Chances of me picking the right order? Practically non existent. Get the popcorn in; this is going to be good.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Two-in-a-row Bertie
    2. Stemwatcher
    3. Not quite Nairo
    4. KOM Pinot
    5. Spirited defence Nibali
  16. Got to try and make some alternate choices, the only chance is one of the big 4 crashing out

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Nibali
    4. Van Garderen
    5. Pinot
  17. Not sure why, my browser shows only 1 box in the “picks” section.

    Here are my top 5:

    1 Quintana

    2 Froome

    3 Contador

    4 Mollema

    5 Gesink

    I’d like to see Bertie win the double but he won’t be able to match those guys who are focused solely on the Tour.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana
  18. Not many ways you could go this year. It’s the small matter of placing them in the right order.

    I just hope there wont be any crashes that will affect the outcome.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Alberto Contador
    3. Chris Froome
    4. Vincenzo Nibali
    5. Thibaut Pinot
  19. Easiest Prediction: Lance will make a nuisance of himself in the first day or two

    Two non-contenders booted for drugs within the first 2 weeks

    Froome will crash out

    Whoever is most insane and lucky on the descents will take the yellow to Paris

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Nibali
    2. Contador
    3. Quintana
    4. Hesjedal
    5. van Garderen
  20. @BaltoSteve

    Not sure why, my browser shows only 1 box in the “picks” section.

    Here are my top 5:

    1 Quintana

    2 Froome

    3 Contador

    4 Mollema

    5 Gesink

    I’d like to see Bertie win the double but he won’t be able to match those guys who are focused solely on the Tour.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana

    Further proof no one reads the articles (both a blessing and a curse). Pasted from the article:

    All that said, if you do encounter a problem, please be so kind as to take a screenshot and upload it because the descriptor “it didn’t work” or “hm, not working” doesn’t help us debug the problem. Also, Internet Explorer is not supported and apparently only shows one Pick Entry box, so use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari instead.

  21. Nibali’s been too quiet so far, I think he’s been saving himself.  Sky hasn’t been as impressive this year, Tinkoff has looked downright weak as a team in the mountains.  Pinot wants it badly after last year’s taste….  Quintana may have the strongest team, but doesn’t do the classics stages well and will suffer in the rain on cobbles.

  22. Tour de France = the Titanic

    Fab Four = deck chairs

    Making Picks = rearranging

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Quintana
    2. Froome
    3. Nibali
    4. Contador
    5. Pinot
  23. @Minnesota Expat

    Of course, it also looks like xyxax and dancollins are playing VSP poker. I expect to see their picks somewhere close to midnight.

    Sorry to disappoint, Mr. Expat,  but I don’t look at others’ picks until after making my own.  Trying to decide picks based on others is a fool’s errand.  The method is simple, but it doesn’t favor picking early.

    Best of luck to you.

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