The first real race of the Ardennes classics

Velominati Super Prestige: Mens Amstel Gold Race 2017

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I spent my formative years growing up in the United States, hearing from all my Dutch and German relatives how crap American beer is and how fantastic Dutch and German brews are, respectively. By the time I started drinking it myself, the micro brew scene in the US had flourished and was giving the European beer icons swirlies in the locker room toilet.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Amstel Gold – a beer I assumed to be as prestigious as the race it sponsors – was every bit as shit as Miller or Budweiser. Nevertheless, the advertisers do get their way because anytime I’m in a Dutch bar where none of the beers available sound appealing, I’ll always default to this particular brand of piss.

Be that as it may, I love the fact that they’ve sponsored a race for so many years, and I love the fact that they’ve been doing a women’s edition for ages as well. And don’t be fooled by this racing being in the reputedly flat Netherlands; this particular province is very bumpy parcours and if you can’t get yourself over hills very well, you won’t feature very high on the results list.

Ponder the start list, get your picks in by the time the countdown timer goes to zero and good luck!

Final Race Results
1. GILBERT Philippe
2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
3. ALBASINI Michael
4. HAAS Nathan
5. ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin
Final VSP Results
1. taon24 (13 points)
2. JohnB (12 points)
3. RobSandy (12 points)
4. Phillip Mercer (12 points)
5. tony macaroni (12 points)
6. Randy C (12 points)
7. Chica (12 points)
8. Harminator (12 points)
9. Buck Rogers (8 points)
10. Teocalli (8 points)
11. freddy (8 points)
12. il ciclista medio (8 points)
13. The Grande Fondue (8 points)
14. Rick (8 points)
15. JCM (8 points)
16. Cameron W (8 points)
17. mulebeatsdrums (8 points)
18. MikeK (8 points)
19. dyalander (8 points)
20. wiscot (7 points)
21. sthilzy (7 points)
22. Barracuda (6 points)
23. R00tdown (6 points)
24. Canucklehead (6 points)
25. TurboJoe (6 points)
26. Kevin (3 points)
27. Haldy (3 points)
28. Geraint (2 points)
29. GoldenGorilla (2 points)
30. cycleman3000 (2 points)
31. Ccos (2 points)
32. Yagerbomb (2 points)
33. Kunanyi (2 points)
34. Byron (2 points)
35. Snowy (2 points)
36. schall und rauch (2 points)
37. the Engine (2 points)
38. John Irvine (2 points)
39. MangoDave (2 points)
40. dancollins (2 points)
41. Davido (2 points)
42. chuckp (2 points)
43. ErikdR (2 points)
44. xyxax (2 points)
45. Heusdens (2 points)
46. Jay (2 points)
47. Monti Martani (2 points)
48. Minnesota Expat (2 points)
49. Jansen (1 points)
50. JonnyG (1 points)
51. Two Ball Billy (1 points)
52. TheDon (1 points)
53. David van Dijk (1 points)
54. hhbiker (1 points)
55. Paul Woodhouse (1 points)
56. BacklashJack (1 points)
57. Clingon (1 points)
58. Quadzilla (1 points)
59. Pot Belj (1 points)
60. Lebowski Achiever (1 points)
61. LeoTea (1 points)
62. Skip (1 points)
63. BaltoSteve (1 points)
64. Quasar (1 points)
65. foggypeake (1 points)
66. ramenvelo (1 points)
67. osbk67 (1 points)
68. lokerola (0 points)
69. Magaramombi (0 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Phillippe Gilbert
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Sonny Colbrelli
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Michael Kwiatkowski
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. v Avermaet
    3. Valverde
    4. Gilbert
    5. Collbrelli
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Phil Gil
    3. GVA
    4. Uran
    5. Kwiatkowski
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    2. GILBERT, Philippe
    3. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    4. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    5. HAAS, Nathan
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gilbert
    4. Matthews
    5. Gasparotto
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Van AverMaet
    4. Gilbert
    5. Colbrelli
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Valverde
    4. Van Avermaert
    5. Albasini
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philip Gilbert
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Lars Boom
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Gilbert
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Gasparotto
    5. Wellens
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Michael Mathews
    3. Benoot
    4. Gilbert
    5. Oss
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Colbrelli
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Dan Martin
    5. GVA
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gilbert
    4. GVA
    5. Matthews
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Gilbert
    5. Gasparatto
  14. Amstel Gold picks

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert, Phillipe
    2. Valverde, Alejandro
    3. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    4. Van Avaermet, Greg
    5. Wellens, Tim
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Valverde
    4. GVA
    5. Mathews
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. gilbert
    2. matthews
    3. kwiatkowski
    4. dan martin
    5. gerrans
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Gilbert
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Greg van Avermaet
    4. Chris Juul Jensen
    5. Michael Matthews
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Mathews
    2. Sonny Colbrelli
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Greg van Avermaet
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  19. the new finish leaves this open for the fastest guys. We will probably be able to throw a blanket over the top 10

    at the line.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. GvA
    3. Gerrans
    4. Gilbert
    5. Colbrelli
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Phil Gil
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Malmerde
    5. Kwiatkowski
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Valverde
    4. GVA
    5. Mathews
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Gilbert
    3. Valverde
    4. Albasini
    5. Wellens
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Colbrelli
    2. Gilbert
    3. Valverde
    4. GVA
    5. Matthews
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Sonny Colbrelli
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Bryan Coquard
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiats
    2. Colbrelli
    3. Balaverde
    4. Matthews
    5. GVA
  26. Sprint or late break? Some rain, a decent head/crosswind in the final part of the loop. Podium women with silly little hats. There are reasons for and against every favorite. So riding the hot hand more than a reflection on how the race will play out.

    oh do shut up,

    xyxax.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Gilbert
    3. Matthews
    4. Colbrelli
    5. Albasini
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Geschke
    2. Kelderman
    3. Swift
    4. Naesen
    5. Benoot
  28. @Buck Rogers, @Teocalli

    It’s looking OK to me now…you guys still seeing the problem?

  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bling
    2. GvA
    3. Colbrelli
    4. Phil Gil
    5. Coquard
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Colbrelli
    2. Van Avermat
    3. Gilbert
    4. Valverde
    5. Michale Matthews
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Colbrelli
    2. Van Avermat
    3. Gilbert
    4. Valverde
    5. Michael Matthews
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sebastian Langeveld
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Rui da Costa
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Naesen
    4. Gilbert
    5. Matthews
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg Van Avermaet
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Sebastian Langeveld
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Zdenek Stybar
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. GILBERT Philippe
    2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3. MATTHEWS Michael
    4. VALVERDE Alejandro
    5. MARTIN Dan
  36. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Gilbert
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. Felline
    2. Haas
    3. GVA
    4. Colbrelli
    5. Kwiatkowski
  39. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Gilbert
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Dan Martin
  40. Shots in the dark…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Gilbert
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Greg van Avermaet
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  41. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. VALVERDE Alejandro
    3. MATTHEWS Michael
    4. GILBERT Philippe
    5. COLBRELLI Sonny
  42. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michael Matthews
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Sonny Colbrelli
  43. VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Sonny Colbrelli
    3. GVA
    4. Valverde
    5. Kwiatkowski
  44. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vakoc
    2. Matthews
    3. Valverda
    4. Gilbert
    5. Swift
  45. @frank

    All looks good now thanks.

  46. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Matthews
    4. Martin
    5. GVA
  47. VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. van Avermaet
    4. Kwiatowski
    5. Matthews
  48. @frank

    @Buck Rogers, @Teocalli

    It’s looking OK to me now…you guys still seeing the problem?

    It’s all good now, Mate! Thanks!

    But, the race has already started here in Europe and the picks window does not close for another 2.5 hours? Might want to adjust that in the future?

  49. Woop, top 2 correct.

  50. i was stoked to see the results, but it looks like my picks got dumped. bummer.

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