Energizer Bunny: Valverde

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017

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Valverde is one of those guys who seems to never suck. And he looks great on a bike; he doesn’t spin too much, he doesn’t grind too much. He likes to stomp a big gear uphill in the drops, 90’s-style, when the mood strikes. What’s not to like? I’m not sure, but I can’t find myself liking him, must be the Piti Principle nonsense that spoiled him for me.

In any case, I can’t believe the guy is still an active Pro, let alone still winning. This race always comes down to who can go uphill like he stole something at the end of a long, lumpy race, and have the patience to wait until the right moment – go too early and you’ll burn out. Go too late and you’ll have missed the move from the guy who timed it right. And don’t get tempted into it by that skinny climber who goes well in the Alps; if he hasn’t done this climb yet, he’s likely to get it wrong.

Dan Martin is due to win this race, and my money is on him, assuming he’s starting, and I haven’t checked that he is. (Update: He is.) That’s a free tip, the rest I leave to you. Contemplate the start list (which I can’t find), peruse those pesky tea leaves, and get your picks in before the timer goes to zero.

Final Race Results
1. VALVERDE Alejandro
2. MARTIN Daniel
3. TEUNS Dylan
4. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
5. ALBASINI Michael
Final VSP Results
1. Yagerbomb (17 points)
2. ramenvelo (15 points)
3. RobSandy (15 points)
4. the Engine (15 points)
5. Rick (15 points)
6. Two Ball Billy (15 points)
7. sthilzy (14 points)
8. Adrian (14 points)
9. Minnesota Expat (14 points)
10. chuckp (13 points)
11. TurboJoe (13 points)
12. Cameron W (13 points)
13. LeoTea (13 points)
14. MangoDave (12 points)
15. MikeK (11 points)
16. Clingon (11 points)
17. ojhart (11 points)
18. Snowy (10 points)
19. dyalander (10 points)
20. dancollins (10 points)
21. xyxax (10 points)
22. Skip (9 points)
23. R00tdown (9 points)
24. Phillip Mercer (9 points)
25. Quadzilla (9 points)
26. Haldy (9 points)
27. JohnB (8 points)
28. Pot Belj (8 points)
29. Quasar (8 points)
30. foggypeake (8 points)
31. Erik (8 points)
32. Lebowski Achiever (8 points)
33. Monti Martani (8 points)
34. JCM (8 points)
35. schall und rauch (8 points)
36. osbk67 (8 points)
37. Jason (7 points)
38. freddy (7 points)
39. cycleman3000 (7 points)
40. GoldenGorilla (7 points)
41. taon24 (7 points)
42. BaltoSteve (7 points)
43. David van Dijk (7 points)
44. The Grande Fondue (7 points)
45. Kunanyi (6 points)
46. wiscot (6 points)
47. Kevin (6 points)
48. Teocalli (5 points)
49. ErikdR (4 points)
50. tony macaroni (4 points)
51. John Irvine (4 points)
52. Tom Mc (4 points)
53. Randy C (4 points)
54. TheDon (4 points)
55. Canucklehead (3 points)
56. Buck Rogers (3 points)
57. 1860 (3 points)
58. Ccos (3 points)
59. Phil Hasty (3 points)
60. Harminator (2 points)
61. Jansen (2 points)
62. BacklashJack (2 points)
63. hhbiker (1 points)
64. Davido (1 points)
65. Alex (1 points)
66. Paul Woodhouse (1 points)
67. Magaramombi (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Sergio Henao
    5. Michael Albasini



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  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tim Wellens
    2. Michael Albasini
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Sergio Henao
    5. Dan Martin



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  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3. GILBERT Philippe
    4. YATES, Adam
    5. SWIFT, Ben



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  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Albasini
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Valverde
    5. Bardet



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  5. Valverde too strong.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini



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  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Daniel Martin
    3. Sergio Henao
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Rui Costa



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  7. Go Woods!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Woods
    5. Wellens



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  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. Albasini
    4. GVA
    5. Kwiatkowski



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  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Gilbert
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini



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  10. Check your picks! Gilbert is out of Fleche and Liege with a kidney injury http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/after-amstel-win-gilbert-shelved-with-back-injury_435751

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini



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  11. Gilbert out with torn kidney.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kumquatski
    2. Malmerde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Wellens



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  12. Random picks in case I forget to think about this – not that thinking is likely to improve my chances!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Albasini
    3. Valverde
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Wellens



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  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Wellens
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Valverde



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  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Izaguirre



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  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao



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  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Ulissi
    5. Henao



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  17. Picking Valverde to win even though I don’t like him, as then I’ll be pleased if he wins and pleased if he doesn’t.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Henao
    5. Wellens



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  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Henao
    2. Valverde
    3. Martin
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini



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  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Costa



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  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Samuel Sanchez
    5. Michael Albasini



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  21. .

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Samuel Sanchez
    3. Kwiatowski
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Albasini



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  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Well, D. Martin
    2. I. Izagirre
    3. M. Kwiatkowski
    4. A, Valverde
    5. T. Wellens



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  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henau



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  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    3. MARTIN Daniel
    4. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
    5. ALBASINI Michael



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  25. Here we go

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Matthews
    5. Benoot



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  26. One can only hope

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao



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  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Uran
    5. Mollema



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  28. Malmerde is looking well prepared….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Daniel Martin
    3. Hey Now (Sergio)
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini



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  29. I’m doing way too much thinking………….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Ulissi
    5. Albasini



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  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MARTIN Daniel
    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    4. ALBASINI Michael
    5. Sanchez Samuel



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  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Jon Izagirre Insausti
    4. Albasini
    5. Dan Martin



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  32. Roll the dice and see what happens!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Warren Barguil
    4. Alexis Vuillermoz
    5. Sergio Henao



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  33. Holding my nose on pickling Malmerde

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Gasparotto
    5. Uran



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