Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile 2012

Marianne Vos in the pink.   photo©Bart Hazen

It seems a disservice to start the Women’s Giro right before the Tour de France. Even at Velominati’s main bunker HQ, the new TdF VSP sponsorship excitement has overshadowed this race. But at least it is starting (the race and the VSP), nine stages, a time trial, some sprinting, some climbing and some serious transfers. The race starts in Napoli, the next day Roma, the next day Toscana, you get the idea. It could have started in Denmark so this is better, transfer-wise. Women racing through Italy, what’s not to like?

Judith Arndt (Orica-AIS) appears to be a juggernaut of pain dispensing femininity. She gets to wear her national champion kit for both the road races and the time trial. Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) has been training with the big boys in Boulder, Colorado. Marianne Vos (Rabobank) is back, healed and ready to defend. She might be just off her form enough to make this all very interesting. This Giro seems like ideal preparation for the Olympic road race and there is no good reason not to go full gas. There is plenty of time to recover, unlike the TdF, so the women can hold nothing back here and be ready to rock in London.

The start list here, time is short so make your picks right now. This race starts on Friday. Daily coverage will be available via raisports for those who either need even more cycling in their daily lives or who find men in lycra riding around France and Belgium distasteful.

 

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145 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile 2012”

  1. No dartboard here, just some random plagiarism

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Stevens
    3. Arndt
    4. Pooley
    5. Johansson

  2. Vos FTW

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Arndt
    3. Stevens
    4. Johansssssosnsosnsoknnn
    5. Pooley

  3. IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR PICKS:

    Do not put a rider’s name in more than one, folks. Cereal. It will make the scoring system go all googlie-eyed. I just loaded up a process that checks for duplicate entries and warns us of them; after reviewing your picks we find you indeed have duplicate entries, the only sensible thing we can do is clear out all your picks and email you to let you know you need to re-enter them.

    Please note that this comes at your own risk of missing the VSP. If you enter EDDY EDDY EDDY EDDY EDDY and we don’t see it before the VSP closes, you will have effectively Delgado’d due to the fact that we’ll have to remove your picks from the mix and you won’t have an opportunity to re-enter them.

    Sorry for any inconvenience, but since this is clearly a Piti Principle violation, I allow you to refer to Rule #5 should you have any problems with this approach.

  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bronzini
    2. Arndt you glad I said hello?
    3. Evy Stevens
    4. Cookeing with Nicole
    5. Claudia Hausler

  5. Hughes is just wishful thinking :)

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Arndt
    2. Vos
    3. Stevens
    4. Johanson
    5. Hughes

  6. I can’t believe it.  I did more reading and made two changes to my picks.  See, I’m learning. I watching the women race and I’m learning.

    Well. Probably going to lose the VSP and get no points, but I at least feel like I’m learning.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Pooley
    3. Arndt
    4. Cooke
    5. Luperini

  7. This here be something of a crapshoot…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Arndt
    2. Johansson
    3. Vos
    4. Pooley
    5. Evelyn Stevens

  8. Ok, I know Marianne should be first, hope I’m wrong.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Pooley
    2. Vos
    3. Johansson
    4. Bronzini
    5. Stevens

  9. Here’ s to hoping I do just a bit better with the women this go around

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Arndt
    2. Stevens
    3. Vos
    4. Pooley
    5. Johansson

  10. This is a tough call. I have done my homework and this is a throwdown set of picks. I will be wearing a brand new badge after this 9 day dust-up.

    Ina is hot right now and she has the best team, hands down. Her teammate and the future Mrs Richter, Clara Hughes will crack the top 5 working for Ina. Martine will fight and get second. Emma Pooley and Judith will round out the top 5…

    Consider yourselves servered.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ina Teutenberg
    2. Martine Bras
    3. Emma Pooley
    4. Judith Arndt
    5. Clara Hughes

  11. Arndt is a monster right now, Vos has more experience than Stevens so I’m picking her to beat her. 4ht and 5th, who knows. I didn’t even pick an Italian or French rider. Shame on me.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Arndt
    2. vos
    3. stevens
    4. hausler
    5. cooke

  12. Be nice if the men’s race was as hard to pick as this is…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. stevens
    2. pooley
    3. vos
    4. arndt
    5. cooke

  13. And somehow my cluelessness extends to my attempts to post my selections

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Pooley
    2. Arndt
    3. Luperini
    4. Bronzini
    5. Vos

  14. Not sure why it isn’t posting my picks with the post, just the comment (which it insists on having).  Something appears to have gone sideways.

  15. Hooray for random picks!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. VOS
    2. BACCAILLE
    3. TEUTENBERG
    4. CANTELE
    5. COOKE

  16. I think anyone that rode the VT cogal, and therefore was without good interweb for the 27 and 28, should get some form of average points. Either that or i should just htfu.

  17. Ahhhhhh, FUCK me, and not just because I left my knees on Rt 100 somewhere! Delgado’d the women. Did not realize that they started today. Oh well, just makes it that much more challenging!

  18. @Skip

    Not sure why it isn’t posting my picks with the post, just the comment (which it insists on having).  Something appears to have gone sideways.

    Weird. Are you able to get into the Tour VSP, or having the same trouble?

  19. Mary V took the opener here; off to a good start. She’s dialed into the Maglia Rossa as well. Eightzero takes the lead in a four-way tie.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. OLDS Shelley
    3. BRONZINI Giorgia
    4. HOSKING Chloe
    5. TAGLIAFERRO Marta

    Provisional VSP Standings

    1. eightzero (12 points)
    2. Ron (12 points)
    3. seemunkee (12 points)
    4. Lepidopterist (12 points)
    5. Ankush (10 points)
    6. the Engine (10 points)
    7. napolinige (10 points)
    8. Marko (10 points)
    9. RedRanger (10 points)
    10. tony macaroni (10 points)
    11. Flying Crowbar (10 points)
    12. Fausto (10 points)
    13. Chappy McPappystackings (10 points)
    14. razmaspaz (10 points)
    15. Nosyt (10 points)
    16. Lukas (10 points)
    17. itburns (10 points)
    18. Tobin (10 points)
    19. LA Dave (10 points)
    20. Trobs (10 points)
    21. blue (10 points)
    22. Erik (10 points)
    23. Skinnyphat (10 points)
    24. dancollins (10 points)
    25. Rigid (10 points)
    26. gaswepass (10 points)
    27. calves (10 points)
    28. Azzurri Tim (10 points)
    29. Skip (10 points)
    30. Belgian Cobblestones (10 points)
    31. DerHoggz (10 points)
    32. Blah (10 points)
    33. Giles (4 points)
    34. Cyclops (4 points)
    35. sprider (4 points)
    36. mouse (4 points)
    37. Marcus (4 points)
    38. Nate (2 points)
    39. Aidas (2 points)
    40. meursault (2 points)
    41. Oli (2 points)
    42. noiyce (2 points)
    43. Deakus (2 points)
    44. R00tdown (2 points)
    45. taon24 (2 points)
    46. Adrian (2 points)
    47. sthilzy (2 points)
    48. harminator (2 points)
    49. il ciclista medio (2 points)
    50. VeloVita (2 points)
    51. SimonH (2 points)
    52. versio (2 points)
    53. snoov (2 points)
    54. Bianchi Denti (2 points)
    55. The Oracle (2 points)
    56. scaler911 (2 points)
    57. brett (2 points)
    58. San Tonio (2 points)
    59. simonsaunders (2 points)
    60. Heihachi (2 points)
    61. King Clydesdale (2 points)
    62. frank (2 points)
    63. hammermama (2 points)
    64. Mikael Liddy (2 points)
    65. graham d.m. (2 points)
    66. TOM.NELS2120 (2 points)
    67. el gato (2 points)
    68. 936adl (2 points)
    69. Gianni (2 points)
    70. Simon (2 points)
    71. Sauterelle (2 points)
    72. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    73. Dan_R (0 points)
    74. Chris (0 points)

  20. @Fausto

    Is that the full list of participants? Has the VSP leader really Delgado‘d this one?

    I was away for a week, ending today, and didn’t take my laptop charger. Iphone is from Singapore so haven’t used it in Melbourne. Pretty much no web access.

    Had my sister share her connection last night and was idly browsing – saw 1hr to go for this VSP event and shat a brick. I was pretty sure I would get back today and just have to place my picks for TdF.

    Despite being on the schedule, this was a big surprise and I came close to the Delgado maneuver myself.

  21. Holy Merckx it’s been hard to find coverage of the Lady’s VSP. Coverage needs to step the fuck up and make this shit easier to find.

    Mary V ripped it up again today and took today’s stage.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. HUGHES Clara
    3. OLDS Shelley
    4. ARNDT Judith
    5. STEVENS Evelyn

    Provisional VSP Standings

    1. Tobin (18 points)
    2. dancollins (17 points)
    3. razmaspaz (15 points)
    4. LA Dave (15 points)
    5. Ron (15 points)
    6. seemunkee (15 points)
    7. Skip (15 points)
    8. the Engine (14 points)
    9. RedRanger (14 points)
    10. Fausto (14 points)
    11. Nosyt (14 points)
    12. Skinnyphat (14 points)
    13. gaswepass (14 points)
    14. Blah (14 points)
    15. Ankush (12 points)
    16. napolinige (12 points)
    17. Marko (12 points)
    18. tony macaroni (12 points)
    19. Flying Crowbar (12 points)
    20. Chappy McPappystackings (12 points)
    21. itburns (12 points)
    22. eightzero (12 points)
    23. Trobs (12 points)
    24. blue (12 points)
    25. Erik (12 points)
    26. Lepidopterist (12 points)
    27. Rigid (12 points)
    28. calves (12 points)
    29. Belgian Cobblestones (12 points)
    30. Lukas (10 points)
    31. Azzurri Tim (10 points)
    32. DerHoggz (10 points)
    33. Simon (9 points)
    34. hammermama (8 points)
    35. Giles (7 points)
    36. Two Ball Billy (7 points)
    37. Cyclops (7 points)
    38. snoov (7 points)
    39. The Oracle (7 points)
    40. Mikael Liddy (7 points)
    41. Dan_R (7 points)
    42. 936adl (7 points)
    43. noiyce (6 points)
    44. Adrian (6 points)
    45. sthilzy (6 points)
    46. harminator (6 points)
    47. VeloVita (6 points)
    48. SimonH (6 points)
    49. versio (6 points)
    50. San Tonio (6 points)
    51. simonsaunders (6 points)
    52. Heihachi (6 points)
    53. graham d.m. (6 points)
    54. TOM.NELS2120 (6 points)
    55. el gato (6 points)
    56. Gianni (6 points)
    57. scaler911 (5 points)
    58. sprider (5 points)
    59. Nate (4 points)
    60. Oli (4 points)
    61. Deakus (4 points)
    62. R00tdown (4 points)
    63. taon24 (4 points)
    64. il ciclista medio (4 points)
    65. Bianchi Denti (4 points)
    66. brett (4 points)
    67. King Clydesdale (4 points)
    68. frank (4 points)
    69. mouse (4 points)
    70. Marcus (4 points)
    71. Sauterelle (4 points)
    72. Aidas (2 points)
    73. Chris (2 points)
    74. meursault (0 points)

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