Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017

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.

[vsp_results id=”104291″/]

Related Posts

83 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017”

  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. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Daniel Martin
    3. Sergio Henao
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Rui Costa
  5. Gilbert out with torn kidney.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kumquatski
    2. Malmerde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Wellens
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. VSP PICKS:

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

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    3. MARTIN Daniel
    4. HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
    5. ALBASINI Michael
  10. I’m doing way too much thinking………….

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MARTIN Daniel
    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    4. ALBASINI Michael
    5. Sanchez Samuel
  12. Roll the dice and see what happens!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Warren Barguil
    4. Alexis Vuillermoz
    5. Sergio Henao
  13. Holding my nose on pickling Malmerde

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Gasparotto
    5. Uran
  14. Forgive me Father, for I have Valverde-ed.

    We’re all going to hell.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Al
    2. Kwiatkowski, Mike
    3. Martin, Danny
    4. Albasini, Mike
    5. Henao, Surge
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tim Wellens
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Rigoberto Uran
    4. Warren Barguil
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Rui Costa
    4. Jarlinson Pantano
    5. Michael Albasini
  17. VSP PICKS:

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

    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

    Its…diabolical. And genius.

  19. @freddy

    Go Woods!!

    VSP PICKS:

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

     

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Sergio Henao
    5. Rui Costa
  20. HAAS HAS a HEROIC HUMP day on the HUY!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. HAAS, Nathan
    2. MARTIN, Daniel
    3. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    4. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    5. WOODS, Michael
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    3. MARTIN Daniel
    4. BARGUIL Warren
    5. ALBASINI Michael
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Rui Costa
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Diego Ulissi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.