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Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallonne Femmes 2016

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Nothing magical happened in between us publishing the Men’s event ten minutes ago that somehow brought us another day for the VSP. I was really banking on a fissure in the space-time continuum but no luck. Seems a guy can’t catch a break.

On the surface of it, I blame the fact that Gent Wevelgem was moved to a Sunday and that has made me assume La Fleche was as well. Watertight excuse-making, right there. It is further annoying because this is not my favorite race and I feel like I might have snubbed it subconsciously; something about this finish being so tough and the bunch being so radio’d up that the break never stays away. It is always a bunch gallop up the final ramps and a game of chicken between the riders on the front before they make their bid for glory.

Anyway. We only have about 20 hours for VSP picks entry, so I’m going to stop yapping and get this baby up before I burn even more time. Hopefully you’re already done chewing on the start list and are ready to go. If not, you can take solace in knowing you probably don’t stand a chance in winning the awesome prizes on offer: Don Walker is giving away a free custom steel frame, Café Roubaix is giving away a carbon wheelset, and we are giving away a free V-Kit.

Good luck!

Final Race Results
1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2. STEVENS Evelyn
3. GUARNIER Megan
4. NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
Final VSP Results
1. Byron (12 points)
2. Heusdens (12 points)
3. John Irvine (10 points)
4. osbk67 (9 points)
5. Iain Taggart (8 points)
6. the Engine (8 points)
7. oldensteel (8 points)
8. dancollins (8 points)
9. Stefan (7 points)
10. CanuckChuck (7 points)
11. freddy (7 points)
12. sthilzy (7 points)
13. Kunanyi (7 points)
14. oneninefiveninesix (7 points)
15. LeoTea (7 points)
16. taon24 (6 points)
17. BaltoSteve (6 points)
18. Al__S (5 points)
19. Bianchi Denti (5 points)
20. Kevin (5 points)
21. Radar (4 points)
22. portemat (4 points)
23. Clingon (4 points)
24. il muro di manayunk (3 points)
25. tony macaroni (3 points)
26. Erik (3 points)
27. xyxax (3 points)
28. imakecircles (3 points)
29. Lukas (3 points)
30. MikeK (3 points)
31. Two Ball Billy (3 points)
32. bea (3 points)
33. cycleman3000 (3 points)
34. 1860 (3 points)
35. MangoDave (2 points)
36. Yagerbomb (2 points)
37. VirenqueforeVer (2 points)
38. Matthew M (2 points)
39. Harminator (2 points)
40. SamV (2 points)
41. RobSandy (2 points)
42. LavaPupil (2 points)
43. universo (2 points)
44. Fabshiddenmotor (2 points)
45. ojhart (2 points)
46. Pierre Couderc (2 points)
47. R00tdown (2 points)
48. BenAndo (2 points)
49. Chickenmcnasty (2 points)
50. gilly (2 points)
51. RedRanger (2 points)
52. bsqueeze (2 points)
53. Alex_Todo (2 points)
54. Snowy (2 points)
55. Tom Mc (2 points)
56. LawnCzar (2 points)
57. ziggy (2 points)
58. GoldenGorilla (2 points)
59. Nicholas (2 points)
60. seemunkee (2 points)
61. Giotto (2 points)
62. Monti Martani (2 points)
63. dinosaurJR (2 points)
64. Bart (2 points)
65. Skip (2 points)
66. chris (2 points)
67. Rigid (2 points)
68. aaus (2 points)
69. Slowtrane (2 points)
70. hudson (2 points)
71. mulebeatsdrums (2 points)
72. Kay_Jay (2 points)
73. DVMR (1 points)
74. Teocalli (1 points)
75. Duende (1 points)
76. AJ (1 points)
77. chuckp (1 points)
78. red_riviera (1 points)
79. BacklashJack (1 points)
80. Vbikes (1 points)
81. plynie (1 points)
82. TheVid (1 points)
83. Wietse Verbrugghe (1 points)
84. Jed (1 points)
85. brett (1 points)
86. CJ@178 (1 points)
87. Father of Four (1 points)
88. Rusty Gramm (1 points)
89. Pot Belj (1 points)
90. wiscot (1 points)
91. Haldy (1 points)
92. Luis Gee (1 points)
93. Phillip Mercer (1 points)
94. JohnB (1 points)
95. Olli (1 points)
96. Barracuda (1 points)
97. Canucklehead (1 points)
98. Steampunk (1 points)
99. bwjosh (1 points)
100. wilburrox (1 points)
101. ramenvelo (1 points)
102. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
103. Minnesota Expat (1 points)
104. Chica (1 points)
105. Quadzilla (1 points)
106. moondance (1 points)
107. dyalander (1 points)
108. Buck Rogers (0 points)
109. Cameron W (0 points)
110. Quasar (0 points)
111. Rom (0 points)
112. Mikael Liddy (0 points)
113. piwakawaka (0 points)
114. JCM (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    4. VAN DIJK Eleonora
    5. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    0
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. M. Vos
    2. L. Armistead
    3. A. Moolman
    4. P. Ferrand-Prevost
    5. E. Stevens
    0
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Stevens
    4. Guarnier
    5. Johansson
    0
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    2. MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh
    3. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    4. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
    5. GUARNIER Megan
    0
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. VAN DIJK Eleonora
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    4. GUARNIER, Megan
    5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    0
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. JOHANSSON Emma
    2. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    4. STEVENS Evelyn
    5. BRENNAUER Lisa
    0
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Guarnier
    3. Armitstead
    4. Van der Breggen
    0
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Guarnier
    3. Armitstead
    4. van der Breggen
    5. Vos
    0
  9. Don’t think Marianne quite has the racing in the legs to unseat Queen Liz, but watch out come Giro Rosa time… VSP PICKS:

    1. Queen Liz
    2. Emma Johannson
    3. The Boss
    4. Alena Amialiusik
    5. Rachel Neylan
    0
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Van der Breggen
    3. Vos
    4. Van Dijk
    5. Stevens
    0
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johanson
    2. Vos
    3. Van der breggen
    4. armitstead
    5. Longo borghini
    0
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Guarnier, M
    2. Van der Breggen
    3. Moolman, A
    4. ELB
    5. Vos, M
    0
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Johannson
    3. Moolman
    4. Borghini
    5. Vos
    0
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. van der Breggen
    3. Vos
    4. Johansson
    5. Ferrand-Prevot
    0
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armistead
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    4. Anna Van Der Breggen
    5. Marianne Vos
    0
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. JOHANSSON Emma
    4. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    0
  17. I picked Piti for the win in Flèche and didn’t pick Vos for Flèche Femmes. I feel really dirty now. Like no amount of hill repeats will ever make this right. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Anna Van Der Breggen
    3. Marianne Vos
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Alena Amialiusik
    0
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Vos
    3. Van der Breggen
    4. Guarnier
    5. Johansson
    0
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    2. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    3. VOS Marianne
    4. JOHANSSON Emma
    5. GUARNIER Megan
    0
  20. Fairytale for Vos as Moolman unfortunately misses the top step again. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Moolman
    3. Armistead
    4. Johansson
    5. Van der Breggen
    0
  21. My well thougt out random choices. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Vos
    3. Lamboughini
    4. Van Der Breggen
    5. PFP
    0
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Moolman
    4. Armitstead
    5. Amialiusik
    0
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Armistead
    3. Guarnier
    4. Stevens
    5. Vos
    0
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
    2. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    3. NEFF Jolanda
    4. HOOGEBOOM Roos
    5. LELEU Fanny
    0
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead, Elizabeth
    2. Ferrand-Prevot, Pauline
    3. Johansson, Emma
    4. Van Vleuten, Annamiek
    5. Vos, Marianne
    0
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. VOS Marianne
    2. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    4. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    5. VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
    0
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Liz Armitstead
    2. Emma Johannson
    3. Marianne Vos
    4. Evie Stevens
    5. Anna Van Der Breggen
    0
  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Moolman
    2. Armitstead
    3. Johansson
    4. Vos
    5. Van der Breggen
    0
  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Armitstaed
    3. Stevens
    4. Johansson
    5. Guarnier
    0
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie
    2. Johansson
    3. Van der Breggen
    4. Stevens
    5. Longo Bourghini
    0
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Ashleigh Moolman
    3. Anna van der Breggen
    4. Megan Guarnier
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
    0
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. van der breggen
    2. vos
    3. armistead
    4. pfp
    5. Van Dijk
    0
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Liz Armitstead
    2. Anna Van Der Breggen
    3. Emma Johannson
    4. Longo borghini
    5. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    0
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ferrand-Prevot
    2. Guarnier
    3. Armitstead
    4. Johannson
    5. Longo Borghini
    0
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Vos
    4. Borghini
    5. Evelyn Stevens
    0
  36. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Elizabeth Armitstead
    3. Anna Van Der Breggen
    4. Evelyn Stevens
    5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    0
  37. x VSP PICKS:

    1. van der Breggen
    2. Queen Lizzie
    3. Annemiek van Vleuten
    4. Marianne Vos
    5. Tiffany Cromwell
    0
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Armitstead
    3. Ferrand-Prevot
    4. Borghini
    5. Guarnier
    0
  39. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Vos
    3. Van dijk
    4. Ferrand Prevot
    5. Borghini
    0
  40. VSP PICKS:

    1. JOHANSSON Emma
    2. STEVENS Evelyn
    3. MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh
    4. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    5. NEFF Jolanda
    0
  41. Good to see Marianne making her return to the top tier. There’s not been an Unsanctioned podcast for this race so I’m using ‘intuition’ (guesswork) VSP PICKS:

    1. Guarnier
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Queen Lizzie
    4. Vos
    5. Johansson
    0
  42. VSP PICKS:

    1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. anna Van Der Breggan
    4. Evelyn Stevens
    5. Lizzie Armistead
    0
  43. Results I’m hearing from the Pro Women’s Cycling radio feed:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Megan Guarnier

    Searching for fourth and fifth now. Vos is reportedly top 10, and Lizzie and Johannsson were in the front group.

    0
  44. 1. Anna VdB 2. Evie Stevie 3. Megs Guarnier 4 Niewiadoma, 5 Longo Borghini, Another NITRO.

    0
  45. This just in: Anna Van der Breggen wins the women’s Flèche Wallonne.

    0
  46. Sounds like:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Niewiadoma
    5. Longo Borghini

    Vos in 9th—just worth noting, because everyone loves Vos!

    0
  47. @xyxax

    1. Anna VdB 2. Evie Stevie 3. Megs Guarnier 4 Niewiadoma, 5 Longo Borghini, Another NITRO.

    oops, not a NITRO as defined. I will go back under the bed now.

    0
  48. I was thinking about crying out loud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Cik61A6lM that one of the Keepers is violating Rule #43: When I looked at the website this Monday, I did not find the VSP. When I looked at it this Tuesday, it was already closed. So Delgadoed by design and on purpose???

    0
  49. @KogaLover

    I was thinking about crying out loud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Cik61A6lM that one of the Keepers is violating Rule #43: When I looked at the website this Monday, I did not find the VSP. When I looked at it this Tuesday, it was already closed. So Delgadoed by design and on purpose???

    Oh Jeeezhus! ANOTHER Meatloaf comment! Frahnk!!! Can’t you write some code that blocks all reference to Meatloaf (the singer that is–not that I am a fan of the food, either–used to be made to eat it once every few weeks growing up–never liked either the singer or the food). And for what it is worth, I did not Delgado this one but still scored zippo/naddo/no points on this one! So this one goes out to all the Velominati whinging about the VSP shit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbrjRKB586s “Crying wont help you”

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  50. @buck rogers You were most welcome, always a pleasure to know what gets you ticked off and I am sure there’s a lot more to discover. Suggest to stay close to “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…”

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