Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Olympic Road Race 2016

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.

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106 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Olympic Road Race 2016”

  1. I hope I’m right.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Guarnier, Megan
    2. Armistead, Elizabeth
    3. Vos, Marianne
    4. van der Breggen, Anna
    5. Stevens, Evelyn
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Elizabeth Armitstead
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Marianne Vos
    5. Emma Johansson
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Niewiadoma, K.
    2. Moolman-Pasio, A.
    3. Abbott, M.
    4. Longo Borghini, E.
    5. Neff, J.
  4. VSP PICKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Vos
    3. Armitstead
    4. Guarnier
    5. Johansson
  15. Two Americans on the podium!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Megan Guarnier
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Lizzie Armistead
    5. Anna van der Bergan
  16. 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
  17. VSP PICKS:

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

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

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

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Megan Guarnier
    5. Linda Villumsen
  21. 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
  22. 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.

  23. @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.

  24. 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.

  25. @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.

  26. 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

     

  27. 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.

  28. @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.

  29. 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.

  30. @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.

  31. @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.

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