The 2012 Olympic Road Race was epic.

The 2012 Olympic Road Race was epic.

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Olympic Road Race 2016

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In contrast to the Men’s race in 2012, the Women’s event was epic; torrential rains, an elite breakaway, a nail-biting sprint finish, and a finish line interview with Lizzie Armitstead that changed the face of Women’s road racing for ever.

Marianne Vos crushed fools that day, with four of those fools coming along on the erand. Through epic Rule #9 conditions, the break held off the chasing bunch, leaving it to a two-up sprint between her and Armistead. Fast forward four years, and Lizzie is at the top of the sport with Vos coming back from injury. But the course suits them both, and Vos has starting winning a bit again. It could be a repeat, or an underdog goes clear. Either way, the racing is sure to be phenomenal. Buckle your seatbelts, people.

Check the start list, maybe check the 10 Riders to Watch list, and get your picks in by the time the clock goes to zero, and good luck.

Final Race Results
1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2. JOHANSSON Emma
3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
4. ABBOTT Mara
5. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
Final VSP Results
1. tony macaroni (14 points)
2. JonnyG (13 points)
3. Jed (10 points)
4. Yagerbomb (9 points)
5. Bart (9 points)
6. the Engine (9 points)
7. Rick (9 points)
8. feub (9 points)
9. ramenvelo (9 points)
10. Byron (9 points)
11. LeoTea (9 points)
12. Snowy (9 points)
13. MikeK (9 points)
14. Rom (8 points)
15. Kay_Jay (8 points)
16. VirenqueforeVer (8 points)
17. Quasar (8 points)
18. Ron (7 points)
19. 1860 (7 points)
20. Al__S (6 points)
21. GoldenGorilla (6 points)
22. The Grande Fondue (6 points)
23. oligali (4 points)
24. piwakawaka (4 points)
25. Fred (4 points)
26. dancollins (4 points)
27. Monti Martani (4 points)
28. TheDon (3 points)
29. Cats Whiskers Wheels (3 points)
30. Buck Rogers (3 points)
31. RobSandy (3 points)
32. Two Ball Billy (3 points)
33. VbyV (3 points)
34. Nicholas (3 points)
35. dinosaurJR (3 points)
36. CanuckChuck (3 points)
37. John Irvine (3 points)
38. Geraint (3 points)
39. TheVid (3 points)
40. Lebowski Achiever (3 points)
41. Randy C (3 points)
42. Clingon (3 points)
43. ojhart (3 points)
44. il ciclista medio (3 points)
45. Quadzilla (3 points)
46. Barracuda (2 points)
47. Kunanyi (2 points)
48. Bianchi Denti (2 points)
49. foggypeake (2 points)
50. Teocalli (2 points)
51. osbk67 (2 points)
52. wiscot (2 points)
53. BacklashJack (2 points)
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55. il muro di manayunk (2 points)
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57. JCM (2 points)
58. DVMR (2 points)
59. Father of Four (2 points)
60. mulebeatsdrums (2 points)
61. eenies (2 points)
62. Kevin (2 points)
63. Rigid (2 points)
64. dyalander (2 points)
65. chuckp (2 points)
66. JohnB (2 points)
67. xyxax (2 points)
68. Chica (2 points)
69. sthilzy (1 points)
70. Steve Trice (1 points)
71. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
72. brett (1 points)
73. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
74. Erik (1 points)
75. R00tdown (1 points)
76. taon24 (1 points)
77. Shatterhand (1 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Marianne Vos
    4. Lisa Brennauer
    5. Ashleigh Moolman-Passio

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna VDB
    2. Guarnier
    3. Vos
    4. Johansson
    5. Niewiadoma
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. van der Breggen
    3. Guarnier
    4. Vos
    5. Abbott
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kat Niewiadoma
    2. van der Breggen
    3. Megan G
    4. Evie Stevie
    5. Longo Borghini
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Evelyn Stevens
    2. Anna van der Breggen
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Lizzie Armitstead
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Katazryna Niewiadoma
    5. Lizzie Armitstead
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. STEVENS, Evelyn
    2. VOS, Marianne
    3. ARMISTEAD, Elizabeth
    4. GUARNIER, Megan
    5. VAN DER BREGGEN, Anna
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gaurnier, Megan
    2. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    3. Armistead, Lizzy
    4. Abbott, Mara
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Lizzie Armitstead
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Breggie
    3. Evie
    4. Armitstead
    5. Prevot
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Megan Guarnier
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Mara Abbott
    5. Elizabeth Armitstead
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitsted
    2. Vos
    3. Johansson
    4. Abbot
    5. Van see Breggen
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Megan Guarnier
    3. Lizzie Armitstead
    4. Marianne Vos
    5. Evelyn Stevens
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Lizzie Armitstead
    4. Elisa Longo Borghini
    5. Megan Guarnier
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. van der Breggen
    3. Guarnier
    4. Longo Borghini
    5. Vos
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. E Stevens
    2. Van der Breggen
    3. Guarnier
    4. Johansson
    5. Vos
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Megan Gaurnier
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Marianne Vos
    5. Where’s Lizzie?
  17. No idea with this one…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Vos
    3. Armitstead
    4. Guarnier
    5. Johansson
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Liz Everywherelesinstead
    3. VDB
    4. Borghini
    5. Vos
  19. Two Americans on the podium!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Lizzie Armistead
    5. Anna van der Bergan
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Evelyn Stevens
  21. Don’t touch return until the picks are completed.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Anna Van Der Breggen
    5. Emma Johansson

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Who Cares
    3. Never Mind
    4. Not Important
    5. Some Wheel Sucker
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Lizzie Armitstead
    3. Marianne Vos
    4. Megan Gaurnier
    5. Emma Johansson
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Anna VDB
    3. Evie Stevie
    4. Lizzy Armstronginstead
    5. Marianne Vos
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Guarnier
    2. Stevens
    3. Van Der Breggen
    4. Longo Borghini
    5. Armitstead
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Anna Van der Breggen
    3. Lizzie Armistead
    4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    5. Marianne Vos
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarni
    2. Anna Van der Bre
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Lizzie Armistead
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Megan Guarnier
    5. Linda Villumsen
  28. Looking for a bit of an upset! Technical descents and damp roads.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Jolanda Neff
    2. Vos the Boss
    3. Where’s Lizzy?
    4. Elisa Longo Borghini
    5. Emma Johansson
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Johansson
    3. Guarnier
    4. Ferrand-Prevot
    5. Van der Breggen
  30. Does the racing start after the cafe stop?

  31. @ChrisO

    Does the racing start after the cafe stop?

    I am expecting the cafe stop any time.

  32. Oh my god, that was a nasty crash! Fingers crossed for the poor lady :(

    I wonder if this course transgressed the line in unnecessary risk for the riders.

  33. @Pali65

    It looked very serious to me. Hope I’m wrong but I’d guess there might be neck problems. Fingers crossed she’s OK.

  34. Not a great race but a great finish. Gutted for Abbott – at least Majka got a consolation medal.

    And Van Vleuten’s crash looked truly awful. I hope nothing really serious or long term.

  35. @Steve Trice

    @Pali65

    It looked very serious to me. Hope I’m wrong but I’d guess there might be neck problems. Fingers crossed she’s OK.

    According to Dutch TV Van Vleuten is ok.

  36. Fuck me! These girls can ride.

    Was standing on the couch screaming for Emma last 2k’s. Sadly she missed the start of the sprint. Looked the strongest of the bunch. Anyway.

    Brilliant effort of a girl I can proudly say I have shared a ride with (well, some 5k and then she dropped me like a tub of blub in the first climb…)

    Good to hear Van Vleuten seems ok

  37. That was a terrible crash to see. And right after the moto caught up with her? Oh man that was scary. And reading report of a severe concussion and three fractures to spine is an awfully rough “okay”! Let’s hope the best for her recovery. To think of the crashes and the injuries occurred on that descent over two days? That’s something else.

  38. @Randy C

    That was a terrible crash to see. And right after the moto caught up with her? Oh man that was scary. And reading report of a severe concussion and three fractures to spine is an awfully rough “okay”! Let’s hope the best for her recovery. To think of the crashes and the injuries occurred on that descent over two days? That’s something else.

    Dutch TV confirmed she was “alive but in shock.” If they need to confirm that a rider is alive after a crash it was bad. A concussion and minor spinal fractures seems about as good as could be expected after seeing that crash.

  39. I heard Armitstead missed another test – she told them to find her on the podium after the race but when they came to test her she wasn’t there.

  40. @dyalander

    I see what you did there, and I like it.

  41. @Pali65

    Oh my god, that was a nasty crash! Fingers crossed for the poor lady :(

    I wonder if this course transgressed the line in unnecessary risk for the riders.

    I’m no expert but I would say so. So many skilled riders, including renowned descenders, hitting the deck. It doesn’t seem right to me that a race should be so dominated by such a specific ability while exposing so many to such danger.

  42. @Bespoke

    @Pali65

    Oh my god, that was a nasty crash! Fingers crossed for the poor lady :(

    I wonder if this course transgressed the line in unnecessary risk for the riders.

    I’m no expert but I would say so. So many skilled riders, including renowned descenders, hitting the deck. It doesn’t seem right to me that a race should be so dominated by such a specific ability while exposing so many to such danger.

    Except in both cases less noted descenders were OK. It punished those who pushed the boundaries not those who stayed within them.

    And ironically had Nibali/Henaio and Van Vleuten eased back a bit on the descent they would all be wearing medals now.

    Majka and Abbott nearly stayed away on their own and surely a group of three or two would have made it to the line without being caught.

  43. I tend to agree @ChrisO, the art of descending at this level is knowing your parameters and knowing the consequences of exceeding them. A lot of the criticism seems to have been levelled at the edges of the road (the tarmac just stops and then there’s a drop) and what a rider falls on to if they do come off. Certainly that kerbing looked high, but a road edge is a road edge, if you hit a kerb, a verge or a ride into trench at 60, 70, 80 kph you’ll crash and burn. That crash netting was noticeable as well, you don’t see that in many races, hence the legendary stories of riders surviving falls into Alpine ravines etc. Having said all that there were a lot of falls, for which we can partly blame rider error, but there do seem to have been a lot of fairly serious injuries – Porte, Nibali, and Van Vleuten prime amongst them, so maybe there are lessons to be learned. Certainly Chris Boardman and Mick Bennett seem to think so.

    Glad to read that AVV is on the mend, albeit still in intensive care. My first thoughts were a lot worse than the spinal fractures and severe concussion that she has suffered.

  44. @ChrisO

    @Bespoke

    @Pali65

    Oh my god, that was a nasty crash! Fingers crossed for the poor lady :(

    I wonder if this course transgressed the line in unnecessary risk for the riders.

    I’m no expert but I would say so. So many skilled riders, including renowned descenders, hitting the deck. It doesn’t seem right to me that a race should be so dominated by such a specific ability while exposing so many to such danger.

    Except in both cases less noted descenders were OK. It punished those who pushed the boundaries not those who stayed within them.

    And ironically had Nibali/Henaio and Van Vleuten eased back a bit on the descent they would all be wearing medals now.

    Totally agree. There wasn’t much margin for error on the descent, but all these riders know that you only win races if you stay rubber side up. And it wasn’t like whole big groups of riders were crashing off; it was ones and twos who were really pushing it. Mind you, I don’t know the circumstances of GT’s crash – he’s normally a very reliable descender.

    Also, was it just me or did it start to rain a little on the descents in both the men’s and woman’s race? Can’t have helped.

    Glad to hear AVV is ok – I thought the worst when I saw the crash and that she didn’t move afterwards. Interesting she locked the front wheel up – don’t see that often.

  45. @RobSandy

    I thought she locked up the rear, over corrected the slide and then high sided as the tyre grabbed again?

  46. @piwakawaka

    Having reached the outer limits of Rule #64 in a pretty similar manner (luckily only doing in a collar bone in the process), I’m guessing she’s grabbed two handfuls of brake when she noticed the corner was much tighter than expected, locking & skidding the rear first before the front locked throwing her in to a high-side.

  47. Does anyone have a link to a rebroadcast? I’d like to watch those final 25 k again. Thanks!

  48. Update: Van Vleuten (who crashed horribly) won yesterday’s prologue of the Ronde van België. She’s back!

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