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. @Blah

    @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.

    Yes, a huge amount Delgado’d; there is so much attention on the Tour, it is really cruel of the UCI to syc this race with the biggest event on the calendar.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, the UCI have no fucking idea what they’re doing and there needs to be full replacement of the top levels of that organization. They pretend like they’re trying to promote the women’s events and then they do this. Its crazy.

    The Keepers fell victim to it ourselves; getting ready for the Tour, we knew it was on the calendar but didn’t imagine it was actually in sync with the fucking thing.

    Consider it a Schleckanical. Those of you who Delgado’d can hold a press conference and point out that you won’t lose the VSP due to a Delgado. And then lose the VSP to exactly the amount lost by Delgado’ing the VGiroVSP.

  2. @Chipomarc

    It’s very euro to just dismiss women’s racing.

    Are you calling the UCI Euro? Wait, oh…Fucking Pat McSpade. I wish he was a spade. You can get any manner of things accomplished with a spade. A shockingly diverse set of activities actually. Dig a hole, fill a hole. Dig something up, bury something else. Beat something, intimidate something. Commit a crime. Well, the UCI has a lot of that covered already. Maybe Pat is actually a spade.

  3. Good move from Evy Stevens today to solo away and take the stage and the lead. @Oli takes over the Giro Femminile VSP with a big 25 point tally. Shockingly, everyone but @meursault has at least a few points, which stands in sharp contrast to the men’s event.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. STEVENS Evelyn
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. POOLEY Emma
    4. LUPERINI Fabiana
    5. ARNDT Judith

    Provisional VSP Standings

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

  4. @frank

    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)

    This is the highest placing I’ve ever had in anything ever

  5. I really thought Stevens would save it for the Olympics. Well, it will blow my VSP but since it is already blown, go Evelyn!

  6. Mary V goes bonkers again and retakes the pink jersey. Vos looking super strong.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. STEVENS Evelyn
    3. POOLEY Emma
    4. LUPERINI Fabiana
    5. GUDERZO Tatiana

    Provisional VSP Standings

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

  7. @frank

    Mary V goes bonkers again and retakes the pink jersey. Vos looking super strong.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. STEVENS Evelyn
    3. POOLEY Emma
    4. LUPERINI Fabiana
    5. GUDERZO Tatiana


    By Merckx – I’m back in the top 20 – that set of drills is mine I tell you, all mine. Ah no wait that’s the Lotto Belisol one isn’t it? Bugger.

  8. Fairly good race coverage over here on WomensCycling.net. Race reports, photos, and videos. Still can’t find any live coverage, though.

    Here’s the Stage 3 coverage – awesome stuff. Evy just dropped the hammer. I’ll post Stage 4 when I spot it.

  9. Lady Giro results – Vos still in pink. No change in the VSP despite a change in the top V.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. STEVENS Evelyn
    3. POOLEY Emma
    4. LUPERINI Fabiana
    5. CROMWELL Tiffany

    Provisional VSP Standings

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

  10. Really interesting to have three big solo breakaway wins in the women’s Giro. First Evelyn Stevens with 3.35, then Vos with 2.45 and last night Tiffany Cromwell won solo taking 8.33!

    Seeing the womens race at Flèche Wallone this year was really cool. Some pics below to show their V and put some names to faces…

    Mur de Huy 200m to go – Stevens leads Vos final lap. Vos overtook, Stevens regained to win. No love lost…

    Clara Hughes wins bike races and speed skating races. 8th at La Flèche.

    Judith Arndt finished 6th but wins because she’s the only rider all day to climb the Mur in the drops – man or woman.

    Tiffany Cromwell finished 17th.

    Claudia Hausler is not related to Heinrich thanks Brett. Finished 34th.

    Me and Mrs Harminator with the Greenedge riders L-R Cromwell, Hausler, Loes Gunnewijk, Amanda Spratt, Arndt

    The Mur is a lovely beast. My turn on the steepest ramp. 39×27 inhaling wasps.

    Reward for effort. Sorry – got a bit sidetracked. Fuck I wish I was back in Belgium.

  11. @Harminator kudos to Mrs Harminator for blending in with the very Euro puffy jacket.

    I love how we’re debating the merits of how a guy fucking celebrates decimating a top class field in one thread & at the same time completely ignoring the fact that one of the women absolutely crushed her top class field for over 100k’s to win the stage last night…so much so that it didn’t even rate a mention in Frank’s report*.

    *This could well be down to the fact that it kinda ruins his theory on Aussies & catching wind in races.

  12. @brett

    @Harminator “Claudia Hausler is not related to Heinrich thanks Brett.”

    Right, next you’ll be telling me Kristen Armstrong isn’t Lance’s ex!

    You Idiot!  Everyone knows that Kristen is the granddaughter of Louis.

  13. @Harminator

    @brett

    @Harminator “Claudia Hausler is not related to Heinrich thanks Brett.”

    Right, next you’ll be telling me Kristen Armstrong isn’t Lance’s ex!

    You Idiot!  Everyone knows that Kristen is the granddaughter of Louis.

    Ah yeah, and Louis is Neil’s brother, making Lance… COTHO!

  14. stage 8 results

    • 1. Marianne VOS, Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team, in 22:06:11
    • 2. Evelyn STEVENS, Team Specialized – Lululemon, at 2:01
    • 3. Emma POOLEY, Aa Drink – Leontien.nl Cycling Team, at 3:23
    • 4. Fabiana LUPERINI, Faren Honda Team, at 3:56
    • 5. Judith ARNDT, Greenedge – Ais, at 4:47

    looking real good for me

  15. @gaswepass

    Nice pull, dude!

    Provisional Race Results

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. ARNDT Judith
    3. STEVENS Evelyn
    4. OLDS Shelley
    5. HOSKING Chloe

    Provisional VSP Results

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

  16. I may have done a good job on this one.  Can’t wait to see the final results. I picked Vos and Pooley right for the final GC!  I’ve never picked that well before.

    Is this my reward for reading up on women’s cycling?

  17. @RedRanger

    @gaswepass

    I’m a day late in the Lady VSP final stage. Here is the final shuffle after the ladies results got turned on their head on the final stage. @dancollins jumps past @gaswepass for the final win with @Ankush leading in a pack of four for third. Loads of points being scored here.

    A shuffle in the GC as well.

    [vsp_results id=”20276″]
    [/vsp_results]
    [vsp_gc]
    [/vsp_gc]

  18. @Erik

    I may have done a good job on this one.  Can’t wait to see the final results. I picked Vos and Pooley right for the final GC!  I’ve never picked that well before.

    Is this my reward for reading up on women’s cycling?

    Yeah, 20 points is more than most will win in the Tour VSP and you can score that many points in one placing!

  19. I was briefly second – if I hadn’t been trapped at Nedfest yesterday and had known this I’d have been the happiest man in the universe after @gaswepass. Unfortunately I wasn’t and was possibly the most miserable man in the universe.

  20. Aack! What happened to arndt? I knew my premature(unwittingly so, of course) acceptance speech was so lacking that it musta caused this calamity. Dammit. Woulda been victory #2. Gotta bring it with the gloat next time! Whats the online equivalent of a wheelie cross the finish line?

  21. @frank As lame as it sounds, that is the most exciting part of my day. Unless you count trying to teach my 6-year-old about the gears on her new bike and blowing her mind while scaring the hell out of her. She ended up riding her old bike, happier to complain about hitting her knees on the handlebars than figure out how to ride a bike with hand brakes, gears, and that is a little too big for her.

  22. @gaswepass

    Aack! What happened to arndt? I knew my premature(unwittingly so, of course) acceptance speech was so lacking that it musta caused this calamity. Dammit. Woulda been victory #2. Gotta bring it with the gloat next time! Whats the online equivalent of a wheelie cross the finish line?

    An emoticon.

    @Erik

    Show her some of the videos over here and she’ll be on that thing in no time.

  23. @frank

    @gaswepass

    Aack! What happened to arndt? I knew my premature(unwittingly so, of course) acceptance speech was so lacking that it musta caused this calamity. Dammit. Woulda been victory #2. Gotta bring it with the gloat next time! Whats the online equivalent of a wheelie cross the finish line?

    An emoticon.

    agreed.

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