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

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!

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117 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Liege-Bastogne Liege 2017”

  1. @Lebowski Achiever

    @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.

    Doesn’t HS Football take precedence over everything in TX?

  2. @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    I’ve just noticed the same thing has happened to me. I didn’t even know Tony Martin was riding so didn’t specify ‘Dan’!

  3. @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    @RobSandy

    @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    I’ve just noticed the same thing has happened to me. I didn’t even know Tony Martin was riding so didn’t specify ‘Dan’!

    You guys have to remember the auto-mapping is done by the software, not a person…basically it goes and looks to see what rider is usually associated with “Martin”, it doesn’t cross-check what you might have meant or the start list…so either get clever enough with your name so the auto-mapper has no idea what to do with it (for instance, Bretto’s “Bad Shit” which was Malmerde which is French for bad shit meaning Valverde…) so we have to do it manually, or be specific enough that the software will map to the correct rider. Best practice is always to include the first letter of first name at least in order to avoid confusion.

    But you can always dispute your picks, so just go ahead and use that mechanism in order to alert us to the wrong mapping.

  4. @frank

    @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    @RobSandy

    @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    I’ve just noticed the same thing has happened to me. I didn’t even know Tony Martin was riding so didn’t specify ‘Dan’!

    You guys have to remember the auto-mapping is done by the software, not a person…basically it goes and looks to see what rider is usually associated with “Martin”, it doesn’t cross-check what you might have meant or the start list…so either get clever enough with your name so the auto-mapper has no idea what to do with it (for instance, Bretto’s “Bad Shit” which was Malmerde which is French for bad shit meaning Valverde…) so we have to do it manually, or be specific enough that the software will map to the correct rider. Best practice is always to include the first letter of first name at least in order to avoid confusion.

    But you can always dispute your picks, so just go ahead and use that mechanism in order to alert us to the wrong mapping.

    This happened to me last year and I learned my lesson. But yet another reason to say: F**k @frank!

  5. @chuckp

    @frank

    @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    @RobSandy

    @ErikdR

    @frank

    Frank/Keepers, I’m a bit curious here (but not particularly bothered, for the record, since I’ve previously Delgado’d myself out of any real chance to make ‘the Big League’ in the VSP).

    But anyway: as far as I can tell, I scored 16 points on the Women’s LBL (picking the first three finishers correctly) but only 11 points doing the same here in the Men’s LBL (See my post #45 above). Can this have something to do with the fact that I should have specified that I was referring to DAN Martin as my pick for second, by any chance – rather than merely writing ‘Martin’? Cheers!

    I’ve just noticed the same thing has happened to me. I didn’t even know Tony Martin was riding so didn’t specify ‘Dan’!

    You guys have to remember the auto-mapping is done by the software, not a person…basically it goes and looks to see what rider is usually associated with “Martin”, it doesn’t cross-check what you might have meant or the start list…so either get clever enough with your name so the auto-mapper has no idea what to do with it (for instance, Bretto’s “Bad Shit” which was Malmerde which is French for bad shit meaning Valverde…) so we have to do it manually, or be specific enough that the software will map to the correct rider. Best practice is always to include the first letter of first name at least in order to avoid confusion.

    But you can always dispute your picks, so just go ahead and use that mechanism in order to alert us to the wrong mapping.

    I should add to this: best practice to add first name or letter of first name is also for Keepers who are mapping something like 250 unmapped picks and really can’t be fucked to imagine which “Martin” you mean and which is or isn’t on the start list.

    This happened to me last year and I learned my lesson. But yet another reason to say: F**k @frank!

    Wait. There are reasons to say “Fuck Frank?” More than one?

    I’m in disbelief. Please expound on this in detail.

  6. @frank

    @chuckp

     

    You guys have to remember the auto-mapping is done by the software, not a person…basically it goes and looks to see what rider is usually associated with “Martin”, it doesn’t cross-check what you might have meant or the start list…so either get clever enough with your name so the auto-mapper has no idea what to do with it (for instance, Bretto’s “Bad Shit” which was Malmerde which is French for bad shit meaning Valverde…) so we have to do it manually, or be specific enough that the software will map to the correct rider. Best practice is always to include the first letter of first name at least in order to avoid confusion.

    But you can always dispute your picks, so just go ahead and use that mechanism in order to alert us to the wrong mapping.

    I should add to this: best practice to add first name or letter of first name is also for Keepers who are mapping something like 250 unmapped picks and really can’t be fucked to imagine which “Martin” you mean and which is or isn’t on the start list.

    Word. I usually do exactly this but on this occasion confusion with the Panzerwagen didn’t even cross my mind.

    FWIW I thought ‘Bad Shit’ was genius.

  7. @frank

     

    You guys have to remember the auto-mapping is done by the software, not a person…basically it goes and looks to see what rider is usually associated with “Martin”, it doesn’t cross-check what you might have meant or the start list…so either get clever enough with your name so the auto-mapper has no idea what to do with it (for instance, Bretto’s “Bad Shit” which was Malmerde which is French for bad shit meaning Valverde…) so we have to do it manually, or be specific enough that the software will map to the correct rider. Best practice is always to include the first letter of first name at least in order to avoid confusion.

    But you can always dispute your picks, so just go ahead and use that mechanism in order to alert us to the wrong mapping.

    Thanks! Duly noted; will be adding first name or correct initial from now on.

  8. There is also this … uh … feature called a “drop down” where you can check to see how your entries are mapped. If they’re not mapped right, then you can make them right. Not hard to do.

  9. On Rule #85: apparently the Giro will have a 5000 EUR prize for the fastest downhill cyclist. Comment from Wout Poels (Sky Team): Life threatening idea to give a prize to the best descender in Giro? I hope this is a joke? What about safety?… https://t.co/OiXlUKvHCI

    When will the VSP for the Giro be up? Only 3 more days… Here’s my list to get things going and to avoid yet another Delgado (my VSP season’s gone already).

    1. Quintano 2 Nibbles 3 DuMoulin 4 Kruijswijk 5 Thomas

  10. @KogaLover

    I saw that too. Stupid idea. Sure, it can be said that it’s up to the riders to go as fast on the descents as they deem prudent or capable. But we all know that once you put money on the table, riders will do crazy things and when you think that some of the better descenders are not the best climbers, it means that they are going for it through cars, other riders, etc. And, as we’ve seen (TJvG in Romandie and Hoogerland in the Tour ) not all the drivers are as skilled at driving amongst riders as they should be. Recipe for disaster IMHO.

  11. Here is what one pro thinks of the descending prize:

    In related news, Band-Aid brand will be sponsoring the new “most spectacular crash” classification. Seriously, who came up with this shit?

  12. @Rick

    Good call. The last thing RCS need during the 100th Anniversary of the Giro is some horrendous accident or death caused by an unnecessary competition. I understand the need to keep things fresh and vital and racing lively, so why not bring back (as in Giros past) the black jersey, or the Regions jersey? Maybe a combine jersey like they had in the Tour back in the 80s? A couple of other classifications could be added that would attract sponsors without putting rider’s lives at risk.

    On a lighthearted note, the following prizes could be awarded at the end of the race:

    The Moser Prize. For the biggest, heaviest rider to do well in the mountains.

    The Ricco Prize: for the biggest douche in the peloton.

    The Schepers Prize: Most loyal domestique (Gregario?)

    The Freuler Prize: Best facial hair.

    The Cipo Prize: Most fined rider for wearing unauthorized team kit

    The Contini Prize: Fattest rider

    The TJ Prize: most disappointing rider

  13. @KogaLover

    hi@wiscot

    Great ideas! Am glad this was cancelled, I was already considering to move to Conti instead of Pirelli tires (on the car).

    Ha! These other awards could also be on offer:

    The Quintana Prize: for the race leader who wears the most pink gear.

    The Gimondi Prize: For the most casually deliberate rider

    I’m sure I can think of others . . .

  14. @wiscot

    Excellent list.

    I think I might be in contention to win the Contini prize at this weekend’s gravel race.  I definitely feel too fat to climb after a horrible April (lack of) training schedule.  Looks like there will be a good turnout of local Pros, even Ted King is supposed to race.  I will be off the back by mile 0.5, maybe I’ll see them at the finish line if they wait around long enough.

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