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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vicenzo Nibali
    3. Geraint Thomas
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Adam Yates
  2. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. N. Quintana
    2. B. Mollema
    3. Zakarin
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Thomas
  3. Fixing Dumoulin to Tom Dumoulin since Dumoulin gets mapped as Samuel Dumoulin.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nibali
    2. Quintana
    3. Pinot
    4. Zakarin
    5. Tom Dumoulin
  4. Not rest day swaps, and Orica for their first GT win!

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. yates
    2. pinot
    3. nibbles
    4. kruisjwijk
    5. quintana
  5. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Thibout Pinot
    5. Mikel Landa
  6. As with everyone else, just reaffirming the original picks after the mechanical at the start, rather than changing them.

  7. Thanks for reopening @frank

     

    Nairo clearly the classiest but will he hold back for the tour.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Yates
    3. Nibali
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Mollema
  8. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Adam Yates
    3. Nibali
    4. Kruijswijk
    5. Mollema
  9. Leaving my picks the same as the previous “just in case” list, even if most of you are going with Quintana.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nibbles
    2. Quintana
    3. Adam Yates
    4. Pinot
    5. Kruijswikj
  10. Yesterday’s stage was more up and down than I expected it to be. Sardinia looks like it’d be a cool place to ride around for a few days. Well done Greipel for continuing his record of stage wins in every Giro. What happened to Ewan in the sprint? They called a mechanical but it looked to me as if he unclipped his left foot in the squeeze.

  11. First round picks (not second rest day swaps)…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

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

    1. Nibali
    2. Quintana
    3. Dumoulin Tom
    4. Mr. Bo Jangles
    5. Yates
  13. Boy I hope I don’t cop a 25 point penalty…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Adam Yates
    4. Steven Kruiswijk
    5. Ilnur Zakarin
  14. I Think I’ll wait for Sundays stage before I pick my picks. Strong cross/tailwind for the 1st 100km then up to 50mph cross/headwind for the finale. It could be fireworks from the start and the end of some GC dreams. Or it could be a snooze fest like the 1st two stages as everyone waits for Etna.

  15. Okay, sticking with the same. Ready for chaos!

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Mollema
    3. Zakarin
    4. Dumolin
    5. Yates
  16. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Bauke Mollema
    3. Vincenzo Nibali
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Adam Yates
  17. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Tom Dumoulin
    3. Geraint Thomas
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Vencenzo Nibali
  18. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Kruijswijk
    4. M Landa
    5. T Pinot
  19. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. QUINTANA Nairo
    2. NIBALI Vincenzo
    3. PINOT Thibaut
    4. THOMAs Geraint
    5. MOLLEMA Bauke
  20. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintana
    2. Thibaut Pinot
    3. Steven Kruijswijk
    4. Bauke Mollema
    5. Adam Yates
  21. No rest day swaps but just the first round repeated in appropriate form.

    1. Quintano 2 Nibbles 3 DuMoulin 4 Kruijswijk 5 Thomas

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nairo Quintano
    2. Vincenzo Nibali
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Steven Kruijswijk
    5. Geraint Thomas
  22. Not sure these were my exact picks but pretty sure.  I didn’t pick Rohan and Dennis’ Laugh In, if that’s what you are thinking.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana, Nairo
    2. Pinot, Teebow
    3. Thomas, Gerisn’t
    4. Kruijswijk, Stejvejn
    5. Nibali, Vinnie, Viddie, Vichy
  23. How the fuck is there a rest day after three days… as if starting on a Friday wasn’t bad enough.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. Nibali
    3. Landa
    4. Adam Yates
    5. Jungels
  24. @ChrisO

    I’m guessing it’s more of a “how do you open a window after the thing has started to enable selections”.  I’m assuming (hoping) that @Fraughnk then manipulates everyone back to zero on the deductions perspective when the window closes – though I see the window seems to have another 21h to go!

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana
    2. GT
    3. A Yates
    4. Zakarin
    5. Pinot
  25. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Nibbles at 1
    2. Near but so Nairo
    3. Yates wine lodge
    4. Pinot Noir
    5. The ginger ninja Kruijswijk
  26. @ChrisO

    How the fuck is there a rest day after three days… as if starting on a Friday wasn’t bad enough.

    Early rest day is needed because there’s a 12-hour ferry ride from Sardinia to Sicily for all the team vehicles. (Riders got a quick plane flight last night).

  27. Hey guys – since today is the rest day anyway, I extended to tomorrow morning. Jeez. What a cluster. I’ll also make sure no one gets penalties for the little bug we have with the rest day swaps…

  28. @LeoTea

    @ChrisO

    How the fuck is there a rest day after three days… as if starting on a Friday wasn’t bad enough.

    Early rest day is needed because there’s a 12-hour ferry ride from Sardinia to Sicily for all the team vehicles. (Riders got a quick plane flight last night).

    The swaps are a bug because its a rest day but the picks were still open…don’t worry about it, I’ve cleared them all out. Sorry about the clusterfuck. Did it all in too much of a rush!

  29. This should be interesting.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Quintana, Nairo
    2. Nibali, Vincenzo
    3. Yates, Adam
    4. Landa, Mikel
    5. Mollema, Bauka
  30. A propos of almost nothing, I hope everyone’s gotten over their Schleck-ons: yesterday’s performance at the Giro makes Bob Jungels the greatest Luxembourger cyclist since Charly Gaul. That was some pretty badass riding.

  31. Just reaffirming my original picks (per post #36). The website is all kinds of struggling on my laptop at the moment so apologies in advance if I post this multiple times.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Gee
    2. Kruiswijk
    3. Yates, A.
    4. Nibbles
    5. Pinot
  32. Hurrah! It worked! Well done for sorting this all out, @frank!

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Gee
    2. Kruiswijk
    3. Yates, A.
    4. Nibbles
    5. Pinot
  33. @Steampunk

    A propos of almost nothing, I hope everyone’s gotten over their Schleck-ons: yesterday’s performance at the Giro makes Bob Jungels the greatest Luxembourger cyclist since Charly Gaul. That was some pretty badass riding.

    It was pretty damn spectacular alright. Nothing gets me more excited about an upcoming cycle race on the telly than the magic word “crosswinds”. Echelons! F*** yeah! (apologies to Team America: World Police)

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