Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial 2014

TM  photo:Getty Images
TM photo:Getty Images

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Consult your god.

Twiggo should be in with some speed, he could get lucky, or he could suck. You decide. Time is short and the points are worthy. Delgado at your own risk. A start list is somewhere, I sure can’t find it, FFS!

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117 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial 2014”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Tejay van Garderen
    4. Vasil Kiryienka
    5. Tom Dumoulin

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin, Tony
    2. Wiggens, Bradley
    3. Dumoulin, Tommy
    4. Adriano Malori
    5. Dennis, Rohan

  3. I find it hard to believe that some folks are actually betting against Martin. Last year he put 46 secs into Wiggins and 48 into Cancellara.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Rohan Dennis
    4. Sylvain Chavanel
    5. Tejay Van Garderen

  4. @xyxax honest I’m not wheelsucking, I made my picks without seeing yours!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Wiggins
    3. Dumoulin
    4. Malori
    5. Dennis

  5. Hard to pick against Martin.   Good ole blood nuts

    VSP PICKS:

    1. mARTIN
    2. Wiggins
    3. Tuft
    4. Durbridge
    5. Dennis

  6. It is what it is. Rohan’s on a roll.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. T. Martin
    2. Wiggins
    3. Dumoulin
    4. Malori
    5. Dennis

  7. Hope there is a record made!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Wiggins
    3. Dennis
    4. Van Garderen
    5. Malori

  8. Startlist: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/2014-uci-road-world-championships-mens-itt-start-list

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Martin
    2. Wiggins
    3. Dumoulin
    4. Dennis
    5. Kiryienka

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Sir Bradley
    3. Rohan Dennis
    4. Tony Dumoulin
    5. Luke Durbridge

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Rasmas Quaade
    4. Rohan Dennis
    5. Adriano Malori

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Toni Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Alex Dowsett
    5. Adriano Malori

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Alex Dowsett
    5. Adriano Malori

  13. If my top five is wrong I hope it’s Rohan Dennis and/or Alex Dowsett who upset it.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Bradley Wiggins
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Tejay van Garderen
    5. Adriano Malori

  14. @Gianni

    @simonsaunders

    @simonsaunders

    Going with heart rather than head, I believe Tony Martin is unbeatable at the moment, but I just hope Wiggo can do it

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Wiggins
    2. Martin
    3. Cancellara
    4. Rohan Dennis
    5. Kiwatowski

    Actually, can I swap out Kiwatowski ( not riding) for Kiriyenka please

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Wiggins
    2. Martin
    3. Cancellara
    4. Rohan Dennis
    5. Kiwatowski

    Try just changing your pick, it should change until the count down clock has tripped the breaker on the VSP generator.

    Yeah… unfortunately I didn’t manage to get back online to do this (or remove Cancellara) before the gun went!

    Arse!

  15. Wow.  I have to say that I did not by any means think that Wiggo was going to be able to pull that one out.  Chapeau!

  16. So, uh, when do you think we’ll get a chance to see those stripes on the road next year?

  17. Agreed. I think the fact that Wiggo himself is surprised tells it all. He had to know Martin was the hot favorite.Good for him. Another great – and well deserved – addition to his palmares. Chapeau. Sky have to be happy as their season (by their usual standards) hasn’t been that great.

  18. @andrew

    So, uh, when do you think we’ll get a chance to see those stripes on the road next year?

    Same issue with Stybar being the WC in cyclocross.

  19. Interviewer: “What went through your head when you woke up this morning?”

    Wiggo: “That I needed a wee.”

    Another gem to add to the list.

    What a performance, with very few of the cognoscenti (velomiscenti?) predicting it. So where, in the all time greats list, should we place him now? Olympic track gold medallist, TdF, multiple classics winner and now world time trial.

    Surely up there somewhere?

    David

  20. @davidlhill

    Interviewer: “What went through your head when you woke up this morning?”

    Wiggo: “That I needed a wee.”

    Another gem to add to the list.

    What a performance, with very few of the Cognoscenti (velomiscenti?) predicting it. So where, in the all time greats list, should we place him now? Olympic track gold medallist, TdF, multiple classics winner and now world time trial.

    Surely up there somewhere?

    David

    Up there for sure, but I’d be very careful equating cognoscenti and velomiscenti. Very rarely do those two groups intersect!

  21. @davidlhill yes to putting him in the pantheon but there is a slight hiccup with his “British” eccentricity, no? That is when the competition is Anquetil, Coppi, Merckxs et al?

  22. @davidlhill

    What a performance, with very few of the Cognoscenti (velomiscenti?) predicting it. So where, in the all time greats list, should we place him now? Olympic track gold medallist, TdF, multiple classics winner and now world time trial.

    Don’t forget Olympic TT gold medalist (beat Tony Martin in that one too) and he seems intent on riding the Classics again. Could there be a win coming this spring? He is surely “checking the boxes”.

     

    @Rob

    @davidlhill yes to putting him in the pantheon but there is a slight hiccup with his “British” eccentricity, no? That is when the competition is Anquetil, Coppi, Merckxs et al?

    Eccentricity? You’re being generous. He’s prickly, flinty and a little flaky, but cycling is much richer for Bradley Wiggins. Imagine what he could accomplish with Froome’s focus (but then he’d have to shave his head and flush his personality)? He’s certainly put another mark on the wall at SKY Pro Cycling.

  23. @Minnesota Expat right you are. Actually I love that Brit thing – it’s never boring! Like some on the other end of the Chunnel…(calm down Froonk, just kidding).

    Wiggo should have a bonkers good year coming up.

  24. Babooom! Despite that messed up hairdo of his, Sir Twiggins beat Tony soundly. Well done. And a few of you picked him to win also, despite my saying TM was a lock. Chapeau.

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  25. @Rob

    @davidlhill yes to putting him in the pantheon but there is a slight hiccup with his “British” eccentricity, no? That is when the competition is Anquetil, Coppi, Merckxs et al?

    Read Sex. Lies and Handlebar Tape about Anquetil. His “eccentricities” make Wiggo look like some kind of zen bhuddist saint-like kinda guy.

  26. So, GB had six people to help Wiggins, but appartently couldn’t afford to take a woman for the women’s TT? For shame.

  27. Wow what a result!

    Can someone explain my score to me? I picked Martin, Wiggins, Dumoulin, Dennis, Kiryienka and scored only 4. Shouldn’t that have been 6?

  28. @The Grande Fondue

    Wow what a result!

    Can someone explain my score to me? I picked Martin, Wiggins, Dumoulin, Dennis, Kiryienka and scored only 4. Shouldn’t that have been 6?

    Me thinks you should get 8 points: Martin (1), Wiggins(1), Dumoulin(4), Dennis (1), Kiryienka (1).

  29. @The Grande Fondue

    Wow what a result!

    Can someone explain my score to me? I picked Martin, Wiggins, Dumoulin, Dennis, Kiryienka and scored only 4. Shouldn’t that have been 6?

    Click on the arrows next to each of your picks to ensure it was mapped to the right rider, that’ll also tell you how much you scored for each one.

  30. @wiscot

    So, GB had six people to help Wiggins, but appartently couldn’t afford to take a woman for the women’s TT? For shame.

    This is BS. The reigning national champion Emma Pooley has retired and the next likely riders like Joanna  Rowsell have declared themselves unavailable because of track focus.

    After that you’re looking at people who didn’t even make top ten at the Commonwealth Games. British Cycling decided to draw a line between sending someone for experience and sending someone as a token to finish 37th.

    Australia only sent one man to the ITT instead of two but for some reason that hasn’t made the outrage news.

  31. Hmm. Apparently there is a Samuel Dumoulin. I’m disputing it coz who knew?

  32. @Mikael Liddy

    @ChrisO I would assume the Aussie decision is related to ensuring Gerro has as much of his OGE break neutralisation squad at hand as possible in the road race.

    They could have given Hayman (the national champion) a ride, given that I don’t think he’s riding the road race. Though I don’t think he was in the OGE team in the TTT either? Hmm.

  33. @The Grande Fondue

    @Mikael Liddy

    @ChrisO I would assume the Aussie decision is related to ensuring Gerro has as much of his OGE break neutralisation squad at hand as possible in the road race.

    They could have given Hayman (the national champion) a ride, given that I don’t think he’s riding the road race. Though I don’t think he was in the OGE team in the TTT either? Hmm.

    Err – I meant Hepburn of course. And he did ride the TTT. (I still stand by the “Hmm” bit though)

  34. @Mikael Liddy

    @ChrisO I would assume the Aussie decision is related to ensuring Gerro has as much of his OGE break neutralisation squad at hand as possible in the road race.

    Pretty big sacrifice if you’re Luke Durbridge don’t you think?

    And what’s Faboo’s excuse? I guess he has the RR in his sights. The course is a bit like MSR.

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