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Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Liege-Bastogne Liege 2017

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This guy. This fucking Valverde guy. How can you make it look so easy? Dan Martin was right to look like a little bitch on the podium, because that’s exactly what Valvecap made of him: his little bitch.

What kills me about him is he looks totally awesome, but I can’t find myself liking him. What’s the matter with me? Looking Fantastic is normally all I need. Maybe its because he’s bald. But that hasn’t stopped me before. Chalk it up to the great mysteries of life.

Liege is a race that’s dear to my heart; my dad and I did it together when I was seventeen and it was one of the greatest rides of my life. It’s a great classic, but today’s era of specialization means we rarely see riders contest the cobbled classics as well as the Ardennes classics. Yet, this year we’ve got Greg Van Avermaet lining up after winning Roubaix in the true Hardman style of Eddy Mereckx or Sean Kelly.

So lets make this happen people: I’m voting for GvA, nearly assuring everyone he won’t be anywhere near the podium. Appologies in advance. You know the drill: get the picks in by the time the clock goes to zero. Good luck!

Final Race Results
1. VALVERDE Alejandro
2. MARTIN Daniel
3. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
4. MATTHEWS Michael
5. IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon
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// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverdi
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Albasini
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Bardet
  2. I see Carlos Betancur is racing. Remember when he was going to be the next big thing?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Martin
    3. Valverde
    4. Romain Bardet
    5. Sergio Henao
  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Rigoberto Uran
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Rui Costa
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Sergio Hena
    5. Michael Albasini
  5. @Buck Rogers

    Awful news! Just saw this. Scarponi killed this morning in a training accident.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/michele-scarponi-killed-in-training/

    Very sad and shocking. RIP and thanks for the great racing…

  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. GVA
    3. Valverde
    4. Martin
    5. Henao
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Izagirre
    3. Dan Martin
    4. GVA
    5. Kwiatkowski
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Michael Albasini
    4. Simon Yates
    5. Michał Kwiatkowski
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Martin
    4. Albasisni
    5. Rui Costa
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Henao
  11. Hard not to pick Valverde to win.

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Valverde
    4. Albasini
    5. Uran
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Al
    2. Kwiatkowski, Mike
    3. Martin, Danny
    4. Albasini, Mike
    5. Rui Costa
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Rui Costa
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Barguil
    4. Wellens
    5. Albasini
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Pauwels
    3. Nordhaug
    4. Moscon
    5. Wellens
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. S. Yates
    2. Henao
    3. Valverde
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. D. Martin
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Rui Costa
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Albasini
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwitatkowski
    4. Martin
    5. Barguil
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. GvA
    5. Michael Albasini
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan Martin
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Gianni Moscon
  22. rest day swap…

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. D. Martin
    4. Rui Costa
    5. Van Avermaet
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michał Kwiatkowski
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Daniel Martin
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Lawrence Warbasse
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. VALVERDE, Alejandro
    2. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    3. URAN, Rigoberto
    4. VAN AVERMAET, Greg
    5. MARTIN, Dan
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Alejandro Valverde
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Gerrans, Simon
    5. Daniel Martin
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde
    2. Martin
    3. Albasini
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Bardet
  28. Too shocked by the news to be pissed that I Delgado’d Flèche. Godspeed, Scarponi.

    VSP PICKS:

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

    1. Valverde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Martin
    4. Costa
    5. Albasini
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Dan martin
    2. Valverde
    3. Kwiatkowski
    4. Albasini
    5. Barguil
  31. A sad day.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Valverde, Alejandro
    2. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    3. Martin, Daniel
    4. Albasini, Michael
    5. Van Avermaet, Greg
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Dan Martin
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Michael Albasini
    5. Warren Barguil
  33. So nearly Delgadoed. Totally missed Fleche, as well.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Malmerde
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Henao
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Barguil
  34. Balls, delgado… anyway, I’m about to spend the better part of 16 hours in the saddle, how good is that?

  35. @Cameron W

    Balls, delgado… anyway, I’m about to spend the better part of 16 hours in the saddle, how good is that?

    That’s a long day. More details, please…

  36. Four out of Five and fifth in the correct place. Improving!

  37. Class by Valverde dedicating the win.

  38. I was up early this am to have breakfast a couple of hours before a bike ride. But, was raining. So, what to do? Watch the race ! I really enjoyed watching the Cannondale team at the end put forth some efforts. Henao too. Dan Martin had a great attack but just looked to have sit his butt down at the top and at the wrong time. And boom, there went Valverde. That left turn just isn’t Martin’s corner hey?

    I had the NBC Sports package to livestream but regret, they started to broadcast just as the ladies’ finished !? What a week for Anna and the Boehls team. Wow. Katarzyna and Annemiek have just been up against such a strong team this spring. And Pauline today ?

    The spring classics and ardennes seem to have gone by so fast! Good fun. Cheers all

  39. I said “fuck Valverde” on Wednesday and I’ll say it again today. It’s just not right. Every other rider’s heaving their lungs out and the Movistar shit just crosses the line cool as a cucumber.

  40. @Randy C

    I was up early this am to have breakfast a couple of hours before a bike ride. But, was raining. So, what to do? Watch the race ! I really enjoyed watching the Cannondale team at the end put forth some efforts. Henao too. Dan Martin had a great attack but just looked to have sit his butt down at the top and at the wrong time. And boom, there went Valverde. That left turn just isn’t Martin’s corner hey?

    I had the NBC Sports package to livestream but regret, they started to broadcast just as the ladies’ finished !? What a week for Anna and the Boehls team. Wow. Katarzyna and Annemiek have just been up against such a strong team this spring. And Pauline today ?

    The spring classics and ardennes seem to have gone by so fast! Good fun. Cheers all

    as much as i enjoy watching the Ronde and Paris Roubaix, i just can’t get into the Ardennes classics, from a viewer’s perspective. as a rider, i would imagine i would like the Ardennes better than Flanders, though..

  41. @wiscot

    I agree. “Another level”…where have we heard that before?

  42. @Oli

    @wiscot

    I agree. “Another level”…where have we heard that before?

    But only a in a few races. If he’s killing it in all the Grand Tours as well then I will become very suspicious.

    Also, surely he can’t be stupid enough?

  43. Nothing like a little 160 mile bike ride avg 25 mph and climbing 13k+’

    Strava’s a hoot. GvA ? Very cool.

  44. @wiscot

    I said “fuck Valverde” on Wednesday and I’ll say it again today. It’s just not right. Every other rider’s heaving their lungs out and the Movistar shit just crosses the line cool as a cucumber.

    I’ve never cared for him but apparently he is donating all this last weeks prize money to the Scarponi family. Class move. Chapeau Alejandro!

  45. @Randy C

    I was up early this am to have breakfast a couple of hours before a bike ride. But, was raining. So, what to do? Watch the race ! I really enjoyed watching the Cannondale team at the end put forth some efforts. Henao too. Dan Martin had a great attack but just looked to have sit his butt down at the top and at the wrong time. And boom, there went Valverde. That left turn just isn’t Martin’s corner hey?

    I was up early too (usually am anyway … even on the weekends). I have NBC Gold and the app loaded on my Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV. Both kept asking me to validate with a code on my computer. I did and it kept rejecting the code (tried several different ones that the app kept putting on my TV screen) as invalid. WTF??? So I ended up streaming on my computer directly on NBC Gold website and hooked up HDMI cable to watch on my TV. Defeated the whole purpose of having the app on the TV. And I was able to watch the replay on the app no problem. Again, WTF???

    Semi-long ride with a couple of my young gun riding pals afterwards. They were nice to the old guy.

    #9 rain and hill ride Saturday morning.

  46. Wow, sad news on Scarponi. As the father of a new son, very sad to see his two sons and wife. Ugh.

  47. @MangoDave

    It ended up being a bit over 17 hours… I could post a strava link, but in a nutshell, 300km on the dot with 10,300m of vert metres. It almost came undone an hour in when I was descending in the dark and a wallaby crossed in front of me and tried to to take me out… it happened so fast I didn’t have time to react. I’ve had a nights sleep, not feeling too bad, however I firmly believe tomorrow will be a real bitch…

  48. @chuckp

    I had same issue with the app on my phone when trying to watch PR at the kiddo’s last bike race… kept being rejected despite my use of correct login and pw. Yet I’m 100% fine to watch on my laptop. Squirrelly isn’t it?

    @Ron

    That’s the real heartbreaker isn’t it? To see the recent photo of a very cool dude with his two young sons. Treasure every day for sure.

  49. @chuckp

    I’ve had the same issue and used the same fix. The NBC Gold site/interface was designed by a one-eared, lobotomized chimp. Perhaps a commentary on the sport’s visibility in the U.S. Meanwhile in Texas you can get better coverage of high school football. There’s WTF for you.

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