Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016

Has anyone checked the weather report for Sunday? Seriously. Have you checked? Wind. Rain. This. Is. Going. To. Be. EPIC. And you can all thank me for that because this is the year I chose not to head over there, naturally. I’m annoyed that we didn’t do a Women’s Gent-Wevelgem; we somehow missed it even though we should know better because Belgium is way ahead of all the other countries in terms of holding both Men’s and Women’s events. But we’re not missing this one.

Queen Lizzie has been crushing it this year, but since I can’t find a start list I’m just assuming she’s on it for Sunday. The weather will be a real wild card because wet cobbles are very different to gobble up than dry cobbles, especially when it comes to cornering hard and climbing steep bergs; if they haven’t trained riding the Paterberg or Koppenberg in the wet, those could be decisive in the outcome. And while we focus on the cobbled climbs, there are significant secteurs of pavé on the flat and rolling terrain, sometimes involving tight, high speed corners; wet cobbles could play a significant factor there as well.

And I’m not an expert on wind strength, but 16 kmph of wind seems like it might be strong enough to blow some of the ladies off the road if they are on deep section rims, so that will be interesting as well.

Remember there are prizes on offer; Don Walker is giving a free custom steel frame to the winner of the VSP overall, and Café Roubaix is awarding a set of their CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelsets to the runner-up. Third place gets a free V-Kit. Boom. So get prognosticating and get your picks in before the clock goes to zero. Good luck!

Update: Thanks to @hudson for a start list.

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199 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. anna van der breggen
    2. elisa longo borghini
    3. kelly druyts
    4. emma johansson
    5. lizzie armistead
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Chantal Blaak
    2. Liz Armistead
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Elisa Longo Borghini
    5. Anna van der Breggen
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMITSTEAD, Elizabeth
    2. VAN DER BREGGEN, Anna
    3. D’HOORE, Jolien
    4. CECCHINI, Elena
    5. DRUYTS, Kelly
  4. Who’s betting against the Queen? Lots of you. Not me though!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Ferrari-Peugot
    3. Blaak and white
    4. Johansson and Johansson
    5. Guarnier
  5. Methinks the Rabo-Liv squad is tired of Boels’ domination so far this year, and I’m thinking Lizzie will work for Ellen this time.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Van Dijk
    3. Borghini
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Amaliusik
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead, Elizabeth
    2. Blaak, Chantal
    3. Van Der Breggen, Anna
    4. D’Hoore, Jolien
    5. Niewiadoma, Katarzyna
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. anna van der breggen
    2. lisa brennauer
    3. kelly druyts
    4. emma johansson
    5. lizzie armistead
  8. What the hell do I know…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Longo Borghini
    2. johansson
    3. Armitstead
    4. Blaak
    5. D’Hoore
  9. Going all over the place with these pics in the wind.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. D’Hoore
    2. Prevot
    3. Van Der Breggen
    4. Johansson
    5. Villumsen
  10. Go cloggies!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Lizzie Amitstead
    4. Jolien d’Hoore
    5. Annemiek van Vleuten
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armistead
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Ellen Van Dijk
    4. Anna Van Der Breggen
    5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Ellen van Dijk
    5. Anna van der Breggen
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    2. Anna Van Der Breggen
    3. Elizabeth Armitstead
    4. Anna van der Breggen
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  14. @the Engine

    Must remember to pack boots, jacket, stupid hat and gloves for standing around purposes. By the way, toilet facilities at the top of the Kvaermont are the field margins – you don’t see that from the helecopter…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Elisa Longo Borghini
    2. Jolien D’Hoore
    3. Anna van der Breggen
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Elena Cecchini

    So. Jealous. Seriously, this hurts.

  15. @frank

    I don’t know where you get your weather forecasts, but no way it’s going to be a rough day Sunday. The whole weekend will be sunny, warm and mostly dry. Also, no wicked winds, at least not compared to Gent-Wevelgem last week, although it never really stops being windy around here. Just a heads up, don’t expect too much.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Johansson
    3. D’Hoore
    4. Blaak
    5. Longo Borghini
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armistead
    2. Jolien D’Hoore
    3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    4. Anna Van Der Breggen
    5. Emma Johansson
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Ferrand-Prevot
    3. van der Breggen
    4. Niewiadoma
    5. Johansson
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead, Elizabeth
    2. van der Breggen, Anna
    3. Johansson, Emma
    4. Guarnier, Megan
    5. Neff, Jolanda
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Chantal BLAAK
    2. Lizzie ARMISTEAD
    3. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN
    4. Emma JOHANNSON
    5. Gracie ELVIN
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. FERRAND-PREVOT
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. JOHANNSON
    5. Cromwell
  21. Can’t wait!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. ferrand-prevot
    2. armitstead
    3. blaak
    4. emma johansson
    5. van der breggen
  22. Looks like there’ll be a kosher livestream to watch.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Chantal Blaak
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Emma Johannson
    5. Warpdrive
  23. @LeoTea

    Looks like there’ll be a kosher livestream to watch.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Chantal Blaak
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Emma Johannson
    5. Warpdrive

    You guys are freaking me out, picking Chantal Blaak.

  24. @Minnesota Expat

    @LeoTea

    Looks like there’ll be a kosher livestream to watch.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Chantal Blaak
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Emma Johannson
    5. Warpdrive

    You guys are freaking me out, picking Chantal Blaak.

    Pffffft. It’s not like I know what I’m doing. My method for picking women’s races goes something like this:

    1. Is Lizzy in decent form? If so, stick her in first.
    2. Who’s been winning recently (Blaak has 2/3 other wins this season).
    3. Who did well in this race last year.
    4. Tiffany always goes in at number 5, cos she’s gotten me good results in the past.
  25. The Queen has made no secret of the fact that her two targets this year are RVV and the Olympics, so naturally she’s at the top of my list. Also, she’s British; if we can do anything, it’s succeed in bad weather!

    Vos has returned, and has started winning already. She’s not on the startlist, but I’m going to keep a keen eye on the team presentation on Saturday, because if she makes an appearance, she’s on the podium for sure.

    Provisionally:

    VSP PICKS:

    1. HM Queen Lizzie
    2. D’Hoore
    3. Blaak
    4. Van Der Breggen
    5. Johansson
  26. @Wietse Verbrugghe

    @frank

    I don’t know where you get your weather forecasts, but no way it’s going to be a rough day Sunday. The whole weekend will be sunny, warm and mostly dry. Also, no wicked winds, at least not compared to Gent-Wevelgem last week, although it never really stops being windy around here. Just a heads up, don’t expect too much.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Lizzie
    2. Johansson
    3. D’Hoore
    4. Blaak
    5. Longo Borghini

    Back on Weds when I was showing it, Google was predicting a shit storm. Disappointed it will be warm and sunny!

  27. Hard not to pick Lizzie. I admit putting PFP on the podium is more an emotional rather than rational pick. But I think two Boels on the podium is not unrealistic.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Guarnier
    4. Borghini
    5. Blaak

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