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
  2. VSP PICKS:

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

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

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

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini
  6. VSP PICKS:

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

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Woods
    5. Wellens
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. Albasini
    4. GVA
    5. Kwiatkowski
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Gilbert
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini
  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
  11. Gilbert out with torn kidney.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kumquatski
    2. Malmerde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Wellens
  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
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Wellens
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Valverde
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Izaguirre
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Ulissi
    5. Henao
  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
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Henao
    2. Valverde
    3. Martin
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Costa
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Samuel Sanchez
    5. Michael Albasini
  21. .

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Samuel Sanchez
    3. Kwiatowski
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Albasini
  22. VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henau
  24. VSP PICKS:

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

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Matthews
    5. Benoot
  26. One can only hope

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Uran
    5. Mollema
  28. Malmerde is looking well prepared….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Daniel Martin
    3. Hey Now (Sergio)
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini
  29. I’m doing way too much thinking………….

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Henao
    4. Ulissi
    5. Albasini
  30. VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Jon Izagirre Insausti
    4. Albasini
    5. Dan Martin
  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
  33. Holding my nose on pickling Malmerde

    VSP PICKS:

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

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