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. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Martin
    4. VUILLERMOZ
    5. MAJKA
    0
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Henao
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Albasini
    0
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao
    0
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Barguil
    0
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Henau
    4. Albasini
    5. D. Martin
    0
  6. 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
    0
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Moscon
    2. Kelderman
    3. Slagter
    4. Wellens
    5. Haas
    0
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Michael Mathews
    3. Valverde
    4. Uran
    5. Martin
    0
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tim Wellens
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Rigoberto Uran
    4. Warren Barguil
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
    0
  10. Sta rt list if anyone still needs it http://www.letour.com/la-fleche-wallonne/2017/us/starters.html VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Warren Barguil
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Lars Petter Nordhaug
    0
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Rui Costa
    4. Jarlinson Pantano
    5. Michael Albasini
    0
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Sergio Henao
    3. Michael Albasini
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
    0
  13. @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.

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  14. @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
    0
  15. 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
    0
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    3. MARTIN Daniel
    4. BARGUIL Warren
    5. ALBASINI Michael
    0
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Rui Costa
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Diego Ulissi
    0
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Michael Woods
    5. Rui Costa
    0
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Tim Wellens
    5. Adam Yates
    0
  20. Are they renaming this La Valverde Wallonne VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Albasini
    3. Sammy Sanchez
    4. Rui Costa
    5. Sergio Luis Henao
    0
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Sergio Henao
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Michael Albasini
    0
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michał Kwiatkowski
    3. Rigoberto Urán
    4. Nathan Haas
    5. Rui Costa
    0
  23. Would have liked to include Vuillermoz or Woods, but it’s hard to look past the big favourites. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Sergio Henao
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Michael Albasini
    0
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Uran
    5. Fuglsang
    0
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Sergio Henao
    0
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Woods
    4. Kwiats
    5. Henao
    0
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatko
    3. Martin
    4. Albasini
    5. Henao
    0
  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Sanchez
    5. Uran
    0
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MARTIN Daniel
    3. VALVERDE Alejandro
    4. MATTHEWS Michael
    5. ALBASINI Michael
    0
  30. Picks VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Alejandro
    2. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    3. Martin, Dan
    4. Sanchez, Samuel
    5. Haas, Nathan
    0
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Albasini
    2. Malmerde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Henao
    0
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Albasini
    4. Uran
    5. Majka
    0
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Vuillermoz
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. D.Martin
    5. da Costa
    0
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Wellens
    4. Da Costa
    5. Dan Martin
    0
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Vakoc
    3. Uran
    4. Wellens
    5. Martin Dan
    0
  36. and again .. I can only enter one name .. 1: Valverde 2: Kwiatkovski 3: Martin 4: Henao 5: Geesink VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    0
  37. Picking Valverde for the win (urgh) , but rooting for Dan….. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Sergio Henao
    4. Pantano
    5. Vuillermoz
    0
  38. @frank

    @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.

    Never bet on your own team. Golden rule.

    0
  39. @RobSandy

    @frank

    @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.

    Never bet on your own team. Golden rule.

    I have a friend who regularly bets against his own teams. He calls it “emotional insurance”.

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  40. Why isn’t Wout Poels racing? VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Sergio Henao
    5. Albasini
    0
  41. @The Grande Fondue

    Why isn’t Wout Poels racing?

    He’s recovering from a knee injury – he won’t be defending his Liège title either: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/poels-disappointed-to-miss-out-on-chance-to-defend-liege-title/

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  42. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Henao
    5. Majka
    0
  43. Results of the 81st Flèche wallonne:
    1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
    2. Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors)
    3. Dylan Teuns (BMC)
    4. Sergio Henao (Sky)
    5. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) I got 3 in the right place.

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  44. Two in the right place plus Henao as a top 5 finisher! Bring on La Doyenne!

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  45. Fuck Malmerde. It’s just not right. Just not right at all.

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  46. Cyclingnews quote from today’s race … Malmerde attributed his latest success to “confidence and strength … and drugs–shitloads of drugs”. I might have changed it just a whee bit!

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  47. @Buck Rogers

    Cyclingnews quote from today’s race … Malmerde attributed his latest success to “confidence and strength … and drugs–shitloads of drugs”. I might have changed it just a whee bit!

    Cyclingnews quote from today’s race … Malmerde attributed his latest success to “confidence and strength … and drugs–shitloads of undetectable drugs”. I might have changed it just a whee bit! Fixed your post! A 36 years old former doper and kicking the ass of riders 10 years younger on the Huy? I know a lot of success in this race is timing, but really? I just don’t buy it.

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  48. @wiscot

    Fuck Malmerde. It’s just not right. Just not right at all.

    +1 and same for the Labrador Not normal I’ll be cracking a Chimay bleu the day day he goes down. He leaves me cold.

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  49. Dang – 4 out of 5 and just 5th in the right place.

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  50. @Harminator

    @wiscot

    Fuck Malmerde. It’s just not right. Just not right at all.

    +1 and same for the Labrador Not normal I’ll be cracking a Chimay bleu the day day he goes down. He leaves me cold.

    Right? I mean this is not an elder statesman of the peloton slipping into a break and using some tactical nous acquired over the course of a long career to outsmart some younger riders. This is a guy who turns 37 next week winning by a considerable margin on perhaps the nastiest finishing climb in pro cycling. Smells fishier than than a dumpster full of fish behind a fishmongers on a hot day.

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