Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2016

There are a couple things you need to know about the Women’s Racing Scene. First of all, they’ve been racing the fuck out of Belgium and Italy, and staying well clear of the warmer climes. They are also busy kicking off their first-ever WorldTour. No surprise in who the current leader is; Lizzy Armitstead has gobbled up every race of value so far on the calendar, resplendent in her very Rule Compliant Rainbow jersey and black bibs. What’s not to love about her?

Well, she was forced to wear white bibs with her leaders’ jersey, so there’s that, I suppose. I remember when Tom Boonen was leading the WorldTour when riding in the rainbow bands, he petitioned the UCI to let him wear a hybrid jersey because he felt the bands were more valuable than the stale while WT leaders jersey. I’m not sure if Lizzy is thinking anything similar, but at least the jersey is a beautiful one.

The Trofeo Alfredo Binda kicks off on Sunday, and it is a nasty, hilly little bugger and will be sure to see the usual womens fireworks, which is another way of saying these girls race aggressively as shit. But how do you beat a hardwoman who can climb and sprint? Spoiler alert: you don’t. My money’s on Queen Lizzie.

Remember people, there is a Don Walker on offer. It might even get displayed at the best bike show in North America: NAHBS. And if you are the first loser, you’ll get a set of Café Roubaix CR Wheelworks wheels. Which might also be at NAHBS. Epic. Bragging. Rights.

So start prognosticating on your picks and check the scoring guidelines. Don’t wait too long as these are early VSPs and there have been some glitches in the systems on the MSR event; I don’t want to hear any complaining about Delgado’ing the event because something went catywampus at the last minute.

Check the start list, read the preview, and then pray to whatever you think will help make a difference. Personally, I’m rubbing my lucky Kapelmuur cobble.

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191 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2016”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    4. Trixi Worrack
    5. Annemiek Van Vleuten
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Annemiek Van Vleuten
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Giorgia Bronzini
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Lizzie Armistead
    4. Carmen Small
    5. Mara Abbott
  4. There’s been some awesome women’s racing so far this year in Italy, Belgium and up a Dutch landfill “mountain”. But clearly I must have imagined the early start in Australia and Wiggle-High5s tribulations in the desert because apparently that couldn’t have happened Frank?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. van der Breggen
    3. Worrack
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Olds
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    4. Anna Van Der Breggen
    5. Emma Johansson
  6. Go Lizzie!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. PFP
    3. Van Der Breggen
    4. Johansson
    5. Van Vleuten
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    3. Anna Van Der Breggen
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Tiffany Cromwell
  8. Even

    Lizzie has to have a bad day eventually…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Armitstead
    3. Amialiusik
    4. Moolman-Pasio
    5. Guderzo
  9. I am going for Lizzie, but since she has been ill, I will make a tactical pic, lets hope I don’t regret it.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ferrand Prevot
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Armitstead
    4. Cromwell
    5. Brennauer
  10. Against the grain.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Armitstead
    3. Ferrand Prevot
    4. Van der Breggen
    5. Amialiusik
  11. Fucked if I know!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Van Der Berggen
    3. Privot
    4. Van Dijk
    5. Vleuten
  12. Who would bet against Armitstead making it 3 in

    the rainbow bands?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Anna van Der Breggen
    3. Trixi Worrack
    4. Mara Abbott
    5. Anemiek Van Vlueten
  13. Not picking Armistead at all this season… something about her I just can’t warm to. Which will mean no points at all in the VVSP for me. Always will pick Warpdrive because it’s the best nickname ever.

    Mountain bikers and ‘crossers for the win!

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. PFP
    2. Neffertiti
    3. Ellen vD
    4. Warpdrive
    5. Lechner
  14. Go for the hat-trick

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Anna van der Breggen
    5. Giorgia Bronzini
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Lizzie Armistead
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    5. Tiffany Cromwell
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    5. Giorgia Bronzini
  17. Yep, oh and Dan, can you make my wheels with some red highlights

    , matches my bike

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ferrand Prevot
    2. Armistead
    3. Cromwell
    4. Johannson
    5. van Der Breggen
  18. Darts on the wall.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Longo Berghini
    4. Emma Johannson
    5. Cromwell
  19. With Lizzie not feeling the greatest I expect her rivals to really throw down and make this a very interesting and hard fought race.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Lizzie Armitstead
    5. Trixi Worrack
  20. Lets go with that.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Prevot
    2. Armistead
    3. Cromwell
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Stevens
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    4. Anna Van Der Breggan
    5. Trixi Worrack
  22. I’m pleased to see a growing number of contenders in these races–and much more media coverage for the women’s races. This is big in terms of growing the sport.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. P. Ferrand-Prevot
    2. A. Amialiusik
    3. C. Blaak
    4. A. Van Der Breggen
    5. L. Armitstead
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Elizabeth Armitstead
    3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    4. Jolanda Neff
    5. Annemiek Van Vleuten
  24. @Mikael Liddy

    @brett

    “Warpdrive”?

    Tiffany Cromwell. Someone came up with it a couple years ago, because of this:

     James Cromwell later played Cochrane in the 1996 feature film Star Trek: First Contact and the 2001 Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, “Broken Bow“. Footage of Cromwell from Star Trek: First Contact was used in the Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly (Part I)”, along with new footage of an identically-dressed actor whose face is not shown.

    As established by the events of Star Trek: First Contact, Cochrane is the first human to create a warp drive system, and in 2063, his successful light-speed flight draws the attention of the Vulcans, leading to humanity’s first official contact with an alien race.

     

  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMISTEAD, Elizabeth
    2. RIVERA, Coryn
    3. VAN DER BREGGEN, Anna
    4. BRENNAUER, Lisa
    5. VAN DIJK, Ellen
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Johansson
    4. Ferrand Prevot
    5. Amialiusik
  27. @Erik

    Looks like I have. Shoot. Sorry to fill up comment slots to figure this out.

    Luckily we don’t have limited inventory. Fill away. Your badge does appear to be working on the original posting of your picks.

  28. @brett

    @Mikael Liddy

    @brett

    “Warpdrive”?

    Tiffany Cromwell. Someone came up with it a couple years ago, because of this:

    James Cromwell later played Cochrane in the 1996 feature film Star Trek: First Contact and the 2001 Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, “Broken Bow“. Footage of Cromwell from Star Trek: First Contact was used in the Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly (Part I)”, along with new footage of an identically-dressed actor whose face is not shown.

    As established by the events of Star Trek: First Contact, Cochrane is the first human to create a warp drive system, and in 2063, his successful light-speed flight draws the attention of the Vulcans, leading to humanity’s first official contact with an alien race.

    This dorkery is why I fucking love this place, nearly ten years on.

  29. @frank

    @brett

    @Mikael Liddy

    @brett

    “Warpdrive”?

    Tiffany Cromwell. Someone came up with it a couple years ago, because of this:

    James Cromwell later played Cochrane in the 1996 feature film Star Trek: First Contact and the 2001 Star Trek: Enterprise pilot, “Broken Bow“. Footage of Cromwell from Star Trek: First Contact was used in the Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly (Part I)”, along with new footage of an identically-dressed actor whose face is not shown.

    As established by the events of Star Trek: First Contact, Cochrane is the first human to create a warp drive system, and in 2063, his successful light-speed flight draws the attention of the Vulcans, leading to humanity’s first official contact with an alien race.

    This dorkery is why I fucking love this place, nearly ten years on.

    Almost as if @brett messaged @Mikael Liddy and said ” Hey, can you ask me a question about a really random name Ive just picked, Ive got a great backstory on how I got to it, but I reckon none of the other Australian muppets on this site will pick it up ! ”

    I missed the reference to Warpdrive and am now pissed that I didnt ask the question.

    Well played gents

    I can here the cogs in @frank ‘s head turning for more such degrees of seperation as we speak.

    Let the games begin

     

  30. It’s incredibly frustrating that I can’t find decent coverage to watch this race.  Watching the women race is more entertaining than some (most?) grand tours in recent times.  Watching them race is like having a repeat of the world championships every. single. time. You can’t help but get up and start screaming at the screen when they start attacking each other, it’s awesome.

  31. Will this be one of the exceptions to what is likely to be a season dominated by Rabo and Boels.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. A Amieliusk
    2. A van der Breggen
    3. C Blaak
    4. E Johansson
    5. L Armitstead

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