Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2017

I spy with my little eye a certain Michele Scarponi, who sadly lost his life while out training near his home two weeks ago, in there amongst his teammates after his captain, Nibbles, won the race. I’m torn about a death like Michele’s – we subject ourselves to similar risks every time we climb aboard our bikes and we accept it as part and parcel of our craft. Yet, while every day members of our tribe lose their lives to their trade, it takes a high profile rider to remind us how real that risk is.

But onto lighter topics, Nibali won the Giro last year going downhill, and it happened on the one stage I managed to sleep through which is another way of saying I missed it. But I love waking up to a that WTF feeling only a reshuffled GS can give you.

The race starts Friday morning, which is sooner than I expected, so I’ll stop typing so you can start picking. Get them in by the time the clock goes to zero, and remember that our Grand Tour scoring rules are a little different than the smaller events. So jump on that start list and get prognosticating!

Good luck!

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410 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia 2017”

  1. So I tried to put on my posts last night, mumbled to my velomihottie that the mobile site appeared to be messed up and then tried on the computer. So be it. Long live the Girl.

  2. @stooge

    Weird final! The sprinters were waiting, waiting, waiting… now… oops! Well done to Postlberger!

    So awesome!!!  I love it when it does not go according to the script!  His first win as a pro.  Not bad, eh???

  3. @Krames

    Can’t find any coverage streaming or on TV . . .

    NBC Sports Gold

    Cycling TV

    Bein Sports

    Any info for viewing in the USA?

    You have to subscribe to Fubo TV.  Stack Social was running a deal for a one month subscription for $5 (normally $30-something).  Then $8.99 for Cycling add on.  If you can get it, $14 to watch the Giro is a pretty good deal.  Not sure I’d be willing to pay almost $40 though.

  4. @Brett

    Hey Brett: None of us were able to post picks for the Giro because the entry/modification never opened up. Some people tried just listing picks in the comments. The rest of us are waiting for the picking to open up. Since nothing will probably (?) happen with the GC in the first couple of stages, why don’t you see if the picking can be opened up until the start of the third stage. Just a suggestion.

  5. Putting in some picks here in hopes it will be worth something. Hate to have Delgadoed. Even if I do, it’s recorded for posterity.

    1. Quintana

    2. Pinault

    3. Kruijswijk

    4. Nibali

    5. Dumolin

  6. @dancollins

    @Brett

    Well, McFuck. That sucks. Goes to show when you have about 10 minutes to do something you’re bound to fuck it up. I never actually set up the event properly.

    So, with that in mind, I opened it up until Monday morning, so that should give everyone plenty of time to get their picks in.

    (BTW, for anyone who entered them in manually, you’ll have to use the form directly.)

    Sorry!

  7. Thanks @Frank and @Brett!  And a big thanks to @dancollins for the alert to the Keepers.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. QUINTANA, Nairo
    2. NIBALI, Vincenzo
    3. YATES, Adam
    4. DUMOULIN, Tom
    5. MOLLEMA, Bauke
  8. Okay, here goes! Keepers/anyone with info, any chance of receiving last year’s VSP 3rd place prize V-kit in the foreseeable future? Will be paying a visit to my local bike shop If the V-kit doesn’t materialize soon… Not complaining, just want to know what’s happening…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana Nairo
    2. Nibali
    3. Kruiswijk
    4. Pinot
    5. Landa
  9. @Frank

    Great that you opened the picks up, but they seem to be 2nd rest day swaps. Just a heads up so you can consider what to do when the second rest day comes

    around. Cheers

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nibali
    2. Quintana
    3. Landa
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Zakarin
  10. Third time lucky. Managed to get my original order right, finally (everything seems harder with a toddler literally on your back). What are the origins of the term ‘piggy back’, I wonder. Did kids once ride pigs and insist parents stood in for them when none were to be found?

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Landa
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Zakarin
  11. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. KRUIJSWIJK Steven
    2. QUINTANA Nairo
    3. NIBALI Vincenzo
    4. PINTO Thibaud
    5. ZAKARIN Ilnur
  12. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Kruijswijk
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Pinot
  13. 25 point penalty?

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Geraint Thomas
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Steven Kruijswijk
  14. Test…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Yellow wiggle
    2. Nibali
    3. Landa
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Zakarin
  15. Big list of names below from current standings, to alert those who aren’t aware that Frank has opened picks and to get ’em in. If you entered them manually just for kicks, you can enter them properly now (though they seem to be 2nd rest day picks, currently). Used long forgotten regular expressions to edit, so some names may be stuffed up.

    @RobSandy

    @JohnB

    @MikeK

    @tony macaroni

    @dancollins

    @David van Dijk

    @Minnesota Expat

    @Randy C

    @ramenvelo

    @foggypeake

    @the Engine

    @xyxax

    @Yagerbomb

    @freddy

    @Lebowski Achiever

    @Phillip Mercer

    @ojhart

    @chuckp

    @Rick

    @Quadzilla

    @taon24

    @Snowy

    @TurboJoe

    @hhbiker

    @The Grande Fondue

    @Cameron W

    @dyalander

    @MangoDave

    @Haldy

    @Skip

    @JCM

    @Jason Ziegler

    @Chica

    @sthilzy

    @JonnyG

    @Clingon

    @Kevin

    @Buck Rogers

    @Teocalli

    @R00tdown

    @Quasar

    @ErikdR

    @Phil Hasty

    @LeoTea

    @Canucklehead

    @John Irvine

    @Kunanyi

    @wiscot

    @mulebeatsdrums

    @Two Ball Billy

    @Adrian

    @Jansen

    @cycleman3000

    @osbk67

    @TheDon

    @BaltoSteve

    @Harminator

    @Jay

    @Pot Belj

    @Erik

    @GoldenGorilla

    @BacklashJack

    @Ccos

    @Paul Woodhouse

    @Byron

    @eenies

    @stooge

    @Brett

    @Barracuda

    @schall und rauch

    @Cary

    @Monti Martani

    @Geraint

    @DavidO

    @1860

    @frank

    @Fred

    @chris

    @KogaLover

    @Bianchi Denti

    @Gopha

    @Ron

    @TXGUNslinger

    @Carel

    @Aldo Cella

    @Rob

    @Harry

    @oneninefiveninesix

    @il ciclista medio

    @Tom Mc

    @RAFAEL OLIVEIRA RIBEIRO

    @Steve

    @igloo

    @ClamSauce

    @Geordi

    @CanuckChuck

    @lokerola

    @kixsand

    @Gervais

    @sinikl

    @Rob

    @Peter

    @Harry

    @JayTee

    @HeinrichHausslersHairstyle

    @Heusdens

    @Mattpmoore

    @J Wilkie

    @Steve Markham

    @Mike Collins

    @Kyle

    @BK

    @Floridian

    @VirenqueforeVer

    @hombre_U

    @Magaramombi

    @Al__S

    @Rom

    @Jed

    @Ryan Scully

    @Stefaan

    @Stendhal

    @Scott Shannon

    @Byron

    @Father of Four

    @Stuart F

    @ccunix

    @Roberto Marques

    @Hopey

    @Kyle

    @portemat

    @Kay_Jay

    @TBenz

    @schmiken

    @Benjamin

    @Slowtrane

    @Deakus

    @Jerry

    @aaus

    @TBONE

    @WindDrifter

    @Wojtek

    @Haroldo Melo

    @Lukas

    @Alex

    @DVMR

    @mihaibu

     

    @dinosaurJR

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Big Bird
    2. Nibali
    3. Landa
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Zakarin
  16. Apologies for the seemingly meaningless posts – tried to do a community service (grabbed all the names on the VSP standings, edited to @velominatus_name, and tried to post with heads up about Frank opening the picks, but there must be a word limit, or recipient limit, or something else blocking such a thing).

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Landa
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Zakarin
  17. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Fucking Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Kruijswijk
    4. Pinot
    5. Mollema
  18. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Geraint Thomas
    4. Mikel Landa
    5. Steven Kruijswijk
  19. Tough choices !

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Kruijswik
    4. Dumoulin
    5. Mollema
  20. OK. Glad this opened up again. Thanks, @

    Frank. Hope we won’t get the points penalty. With my grand tour picking prowess I could realistically score negatively if so!

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Pinault
    3. Kruijswijk
    4. Nibali
    5. Dumolin
  21. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Steven Kruijswijk
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Bauke Mollema
  22. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. S. Kruijswijk
    2. N. Quintana
    3. M. Landa
    4. T. Dumoulin
    5. A. Yates
  23. 1) Nairo – simply the best – Quintaninho

    2) Stefan – no salto’s this time- Kruiswijk

    3) Thibout – little duckface- Pinot

    4) Tom – the Windmill- Dumoulin

    5) Bouke – always has a bad day- Mollema

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Kruiswijk
    3. Pinot
    4. Dumoulin
    5. Mollema
  24. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Adam Yates
    3. Thibaut Pinot
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Steven Kruiswijk
  25. I hope we will not get the rest day penalties.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Steven Kruijswijk
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Thibaut Pinot
  26. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Yates
    3. Pozzovivo
    4. Kruikswijk
    5. Nibali
  27. Thanks Frank

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. A. Yates
    3. Geraint T
    4. Pinot
    5. Dumoulin
  28. Fixing typos….

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. A. Yates
    3. G Thomas
    4. Pinot
    5. T Dumoulin
  29. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Steven Kruijswijk
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Thibaut Pinot

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