The Paterberg is a brute made easier by a comfortable, wide gutter.

The Paterberg is a brute made easier by a comfortable, wide gutter.

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Omloop Het Volk (Nieuwsblad) 2015

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I don’t know what it is about Belgian Race organizers, but I love those guys. Routes? The longer the better, please. The climbs? The steeper the better please, and as many as possible (which is very many). Cobbles? As many as possible, please. Cobbled climbs? The steeper, the longer the better. And as many of possible.

Oh, and lets do all that while its still winter, so we can be sure the weather sucks.

Not only that, but they’ve been staging women’s editions of these events for ever. Het Volk is on it’s ninth edition of the Women’s race. Women’s Ronde has done 11 editions, and La Fleche has done 17. That’s a lot more than the number of Women’s Paris-Roubaix’s, which has zero.

The VSP won’t start officially until Milano Sanremo, but we can’t resist doing an unofficial event for mock points and the chance to win a V-Mussette, handmade by Gianni himself. Points don’t go towards the 2015 VSP, but they do go towards bragging rights and may serve as a bit of foreshadowing on who to look out for this year.

Meditate on the start list, get your picks in by the time the countdown timer goes to zero (5am Pacific) and pray for some rain.

Good luck, let the season begin!

Final Race Results
1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2. VAN DIJK Ellen
3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
4. BLAAK Chantal
5. CROMWELL Tiffany
Final VSP Results

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Amy Pieters
    4. Silvia Valsecchi
    5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Tiffany Cromwell
    3. Annemiek Van Vleuten
    4. Amy Pieters
    5. Chloe Hosking

  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Pieters
    3. Armistead
    4. van Dijk
    5. van Vleuten

  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie armitstead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Anna van der breggen
    4. ELISA longo borghini
    5. Tiffany cromwell

  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anisha Vekemans
    2. Anna Van Der Breggen
    3. Ellen Van Dijk
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Annemiek Van Vleuten

  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Van Dijk
    3. Vekemans
    4. Johansson
    5. Pieters

  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Van Dijk
    4. Cromwell
    5. Pieters

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Lucinda Brand
    3. Amy Pieters
    4. Chloe Hosking
    5. Tayler Wiles

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Elisabeth Armitstead
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Anna Van Der Breggen

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Lizzie Armitstead
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Giorgia Bronzini
    5. Annemiek van Vleuten

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Lisa Brennauer

  12. @sthilzy

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Lisa Brennauer

    pressed enter on third entry and posted picks unfinished. see how this goes…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Lisa Brennauer
    4. Amy Pieters
    5. Iris Slappendel

  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Anna Van Der Braggen
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Lisa Brennauer

  14. Yet again the VSP sneaks up on me. Fun to do on a phone while boarding an aircraft.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. BronzinI
    2. Birthing
    3. e johansson
    4. van dijk
    5. armistead

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Amy Pieters
    3. Jolien D’hoore
    4. Anisha Vekemans
    5. Chantal Blaak

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Armistead
    3. Van Der Breggen
    4. Borghini
    5. Amialiusik

  17. The site works properly with ios, great work guys

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Johannson
    2. Cromwell
    3. Armisted
    4. Van Dijk
    5. Bronzini

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Dijk
    2. Bronzini
    3. Cromwell
    4. Johansson
    5. Armitstead

  19. Ok I’m logged in as Roobar and my name just came up as Carlo Steinke, spoke too soon?

  20. this is SO GOOD.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armisted
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Tiff Cromwell
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Van der Bruggen

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Tiffany

  22. Shit i preemptively hit enter….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Joansson
    4. Tiffany Cromwell
    5. Chantal Blaak

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Tiffany Cromwell
    5. Chantal Blaak

  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Cromwell
    3. Johannson
    4. Bronzini
    5. Blaak

  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tiffany Cromwell
    2. nna Van Der Breggen
    3. Elisabeth Armitstead
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Giorgia Bronzini

  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Johannson
    3. Van Vleuten
    4. Hosking
    5. Pieters

  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Bronzini
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Longo Borghini
    5. Lucy Garner

  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Van Dijk
    3. armistead
    4. johannson
    5. bronzini

  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Johannson
    3. Pieters
    4. Gunnewijk
    5. Bronzini

  30. Yeah

  31. @Kevin

    Missed the deadline by 2 mins? FFS!

    Armistead, Lizzie

    Johansson, Emma

    Stevens, Evelyn

    Van Der Breggen, Anna

    Cromwell, Tiffany

  32. Call me Delgado!

  33. Van der Breggen

    Van Dijk

    Armistead

    Blaak

    Cromwell

  34. Newcomer @TheDon takes a solid win! Very happy to see Lizzy up there on the podium, off to another good start!

    Final Race Results
    1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    2. VAN DIJK Ellen
    3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    4. BLAAK Chantal
    5. CROMWELL Tiffany

    Final VSP Results

  35. Yay, points – I wish we could have seen the race too!

  36. @Alex

    Yay, points – I wish we could have seen the race too!

    I’ve been watching the “highlights” reel of the Women’s Cup races this year. 20 minutes is pretty decent, good editing, some interesting interviews in between. Makes it so much deeper than just a results list…

  37. @frank I was in the VSP last year. So relative newcomer might be a better description. Sadly this is probably where I peak. Would be happy if you want to wind up the VSP 2015 early…just saying

  38. @frank

    Frank it’s Paterberg not Taaienberg. They should block that gootje for each race. Still good photo though.

  39. @TommyTubolare

    @frank

    Frank it’s Paterberg not Taaienberg. They should block that gootje for each race. Still good photo though.

    Correct.

  40. @TommyTubolare, @brett

    Looked to me like the top of the Taaienberg because of the building at the top on the false flat and I don’t remember a gutter on the Paterberg. But when it comes to gutters I’ll take @brett‘s word on it any day. My mistake.

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