Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2013

The Nufenenpass photo:(KEYSTONE/Jean-Christophe Bott)
Descending the Nufenenpass photo:(KEYSTONE/Jean-Christophe Bott)

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.

Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery allowed between it and the Tour. The Tour de Suisse provides a chance for everyone else to prove they are worthy to make their Tour team or they are lieutenants who actually would like to win this Swiss tour before they have to work for their Tour de France team leader, who will falter and then they will assume the leadership, the understudy, as it were. No, did I say Cadel’s name? I did not.

Fabian Cancellara is in, he is a past winner of the Tour de Suisse, like Francesco Moser is a past winner of the Giro. Two Passitas if there ever were, winning mountainous stage races of their home countries.  Vlad Karpets won the Tour de Suisse in 2007! What does this mean? It means picking the winner of this race could put you in a spot of bother is what it means. Some are riding to gain fitness, some are not riding too hard to keep fitness and some are racing to win because they have no chance of winning the Big One just weeks later. Clarity on this issue is only achievable from the correct reading of chicken bones stirred with monkey paw, or a life of purity.

This race begins on Saturday so don’t mess around. The provisional start list is here. This is a stage race but not a grand tour so the winner’s prize is not as grand, but the bragging rights are.

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187 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2013”

  1. @brett

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vor gone off
    2. Kangert
    3. Wilco
    4. Kochhead
    5. Kreder Klearwater Revival

    want a bed sheet & burning cross with those picks?

  2. @harminator

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cameron Meyer
    2. Ryder
    3. Costa
    4. Tejay
    5. S Spilak

    Huge call! I have Meyer in my top 5. Go you good thing!

  3. Well damn, nothing like waking up at 6:00 on a Saturday and realizing you’ve Delgado’ed.

    I might totally go off the rails and even skip a ride this morning in favor of some futbol. I’ve reached a new low.

  4. @sthilzy

    Mate. We both know he’s a class act. TdF 2016. You saw it here first. Forget the thanks, just send beer.

    This week? Well… the big mountain stage and the ITT are a day apart…

    Is Ryder going to pull for Rat Pack? I’d have thought the reverse would be in order after the LBL deal.

  5. Again, I’m amazed that on the first stage, someone already has 10 points. @harminator, you’ll need to provide a sample, I’m afraid.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. MEYER Cameron
    2. TERPSTRA Niki
    3. HAUSSLER Heinrich
    4. RASMUSSEN Alex
    5. VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka
    Provisional VSP Standings

    1. harminator (10 points)
    2. sthilzy (2 points)
    3. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (2 points)
    4. RedRanger (2 points)
    5. oneninefiveninesix (2 points)
    6. efguerrero (0 points)
    7. TBONE (0 points)
    8. unversio (0 points)
    9. Steampunk (0 points)
    10. the Engine (0 points)
    11. razmaspaz (0 points)
    12. Bianchi Denti (0 points)
    13. Buck Rogers (0 points)
    14. mlambert1us (0 points)
    15. pakrat (0 points)
    16. strathlubnaig (0 points)
    17. taon24 (0 points)
    18. chrismurphy92 (0 points)
    19. Mikael Liddy (0 points)
    20. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    21. CanuckChuck (0 points)
    22. asyax (0 points)
    23. Fins (0 points)
    24. scaler911 (0 points)
    25. LA Dave (0 points)
    26. San Tonio (0 points)
    27. niksch (0 points)
    28. gino (0 points)
    29. Nero (0 points)
    30. TOM.NELS2120 (0 points)
    31. Daccordi Rider (0 points)
    32. piwakawaka (0 points)
    33. torrefie (0 points)
    34. Simon (0 points)
    35. Bat Chainpullet (0 points)
    36. Dr C (0 points)
    37. anotherdownunder (0 points)
    38. Sauterelle (0 points)
    39. coquito (0 points)
    40. Adrian (0 points)
    41. Giles (0 points)
    42. V-olcano (0 points)
    43. Yannersan (0 points)
    44. jeyrod (0 points)
    45. napolinige (0 points)
    46. seemunkee (0 points)
    47. mouse (0 points)
    48. eenies (0 points)
    49. il ciclista medio (0 points)
    50. VeloVita (0 points)
    51. freddy (0 points)
    52. Deakus (0 points)
    53. TomC (0 points)
    54. erik (0 points)
    55. gladoe (0 points)
    56. Don Amedo (0 points)
    57. snoov (0 points)
    58. mbarston (0 points)
    59. Duende (0 points)
    60. Mike_P (0 points)
    61. Tobin (0 points)
    62. MJ Moquin (0 points)
    63. Rigid (0 points)
    64. JohnB (0 points)
    65. tony macaroni (0 points)
    66. Smithers (0 points)
    67. Skip (0 points)
    68. Facetious_Jesus (0 points)
    69. Lukas (0 points)
    70. SimonH (0 points)
    71. Nate (0 points)
    72. simonsaunders (0 points)
    73. sprider (0 points)
    74. motor city (0 points)
    75. Dan_R (0 points)
    76. V-inden (0 points)
    77. wiscot (0 points)
    78. Chica (0 points)
    79. dancollins (0 points)
    80. Jay (0 points)
    81. xyxax (0 points)
    82. VirenqueForever (0 points)
    83. Smithers (0 points)
    84. leadout (0 points)
    85. eightzero (0 points)
    86. ramenvelo (0 points)
    87. Heihachi (0 points)
    88. NoTubes (0 points)
    89. starclimber (0 points)
    90. ChrisO (0 points)
    91. brett (0 points)
  6. @frank With only 5 people scoring I am putting this down to early nerves in the peloton….my boys will come good!

  7. Alright! tied for 6th.  Took a screenshot of the current over all standings so I can preserve the memory of being in the lead.

  8. @brett

    @Chris

    Beer and wine. Get in that spa now.

    WTF? Watch classic Cav destroying the field or lounge around being aromatherapised or whatever they do in those places? We are not talking about getting the guns massaged by some grizzly old DS.

    It wasn’t so much of a question of one or the other, beer and wine were consumed, just a case of which one first.

  9. Harmy increases his lead. WTF picks do you have, boy. @brett, are you seriously going to suck so much that I have to do some extra coding just to make you get your v-badge back? You and that fucking lantern. Get some fucking points, would you?

    Provisional Race Results

    1. MEYER Cameron
    2. HESJEDAL Ryder
    3. FRANK Mathias
    4. VISCONTI Giovanni
    5. PINOT Thibaut
    Provisional VSP Standings

    1. harminator (18 points)
    2. Skip (11 points)
    3. NoTubes (10 points)
    4. Simon (8 points)
    5. TomC (8 points)
    6. Jay (8 points)
    7. napolinige (5 points)
    8. asyax (4 points)
    9. sprider (3 points)
    10. motor city (3 points)
    11. ChrisO (3 points)
    12. TBONE (2 points)
    13. the Engine (2 points)
    14. mlambert1us (2 points)
    15. pakrat (2 points)
    16. chrismurphy92 (2 points)
    17. sthilzy (2 points)
    18. CanuckChuck (2 points)
    19. San Tonio (2 points)
    20. niksch (2 points)
    21. TOM.NELS2120 (2 points)
    22. piwakawaka (2 points)
    23. Dr C (2 points)
    24. coquito (2 points)
    25. Giles (2 points)
    26. V-olcano (2 points)
    27. Yannersan (2 points)
    28. jeyrod (2 points)
    29. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (2 points)
    30. seemunkee (2 points)
    31. freddy (2 points)
    32. Deakus (2 points)
    33. gladoe (2 points)
    34. Mike_P (2 points)
    35. MJ Moquin (2 points)
    36. JohnB (2 points)
    37. Lukas (2 points)
    38. SimonH (2 points)
    39. Nate (2 points)
    40. simonsaunders (2 points)
    41. Dan_R (2 points)
    42. Chica (2 points)
    43. xyxax (2 points)
    44. eightzero (2 points)
    45. efguerrero (0 points)
    46. unversio (0 points)
    47. Steampunk (0 points)
    48. razmaspaz (0 points)
    49. Bianchi Denti (0 points)
    50. Buck Rogers (0 points)
    51. strathlubnaig (0 points)
    52. taon24 (0 points)
    53. Mikael Liddy (0 points)
    54. Two Ball Billy (0 points)
    55. Fins (0 points)
    56. scaler911 (0 points)
    57. LA Dave (0 points)
    58. gino (0 points)
    59. Nero (0 points)
    60. Daccordi Rider (0 points)
    61. torrefie (0 points)
    62. Bat Chainpullet (0 points)
    63. anotherdownunder (0 points)
    64. Sauterelle (0 points)
    65. Adrian (0 points)
    66. RedRanger (0 points)
    67. mouse (0 points)
    68. eenies (0 points)
    69. il ciclista medio (0 points)
    70. VeloVita (0 points)
    71. erik (0 points)
    72. Don Amedo (0 points)
    73. snoov (0 points)
    74. mbarston (0 points)
    75. Duende (0 points)
    76. Tobin (0 points)
    77. Rigid (0 points)
    78. tony macaroni (0 points)
    79. Smithers (0 points)
    80. Facetious_Jesus (0 points)
    81. V-inden (0 points)
    82. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
    83. wiscot (0 points)
    84. dancollins (0 points)
    85. VirenqueForever (0 points)
    86. Smithers (0 points)
    87. leadout (0 points)
    88. ramenvelo (0 points)
    89. Heihachi (0 points)
    90. starclimber (0 points)
    91. brett (0 points)
  10. I know it’s the wrong race, but I was impressed with Tim Wellens over at the Dauphiné. The lad deserved more for his efforts on Stages 5 & 8, but he looks a decent rider for Lotto Belisol.

  11. @frank

    Again, I’m amazed that on the first stage, someone already has 10 points. @harminator, you’ll need to provide a sample, I’m afraid.

    Pardon Monsieur? Je suis a la delicatessen avec mon frère. Would you like a sample or b sample. I have both ready.

  12. Has anybody else been watching Tour de Suisse on BeIn sport? I love that they just carry the eurosport feed so we get better commentary, but the ‘host’ they have is the most comedically stupid person I think I’ve ever heard. He clearly has no idea how cycling works, was frequently confused as to what was going on, and I’m not sure he pronounced any names correctly. Also, they went to commercial break with 2 km left in the stage, granted their breaks are usually just 30 seconds, but wtf.

  13. @Deakus

    @starclimber

    And….Ryder crashes out. Sigh.

    So teejay will ride for the win then right?

    Looks like BMC is riding for Mathias Frank. He is Swiss. And BMC is Swiss, so, that make sense.

  14. @erik

    @Deakus

    @starclimber

    And….Ryder crashes out. Sigh.

    So teejay will ride for the win then right?

    Looks like BMC is riding for Mathias Frank. He is Swiss. And BMC is Swiss, so, that make sense.

    TJ is looking strong though I suspect he will feature in my tdf picks….

  15. @starclimber

    And….Ryder crashes out. Sigh.

    I could hear the collective Canadian cycling community’s groan from here.  Man, I hope he is well.

  16. @Buck Rogers

    @starclimber

    And….Ryder crashes out. Sigh.

    I could hear the collective Canadian cycling community’s groan from here. Man, I hope he is well.

    ’twas more akin the sound of a mighty maple tree cracking in a windstorm.

  17. @TBONE

    Speaking of fuck sticks, why did you dispute your pick just because a Ryder crashed out? We abandoned DNF swaps before last season.

    Big shakeup on the GC for the race; I forgot Roman even existed.

    Provisional Race Results

    1. FRANK Mathias
    2. KREUZIGER Roman
    3. DA COSTA, Rui
    4. VISCONTI Giovanni
    5. PINOT Thibaut
    Provisional VSP Standings

    1. napolinige (11 points)
    2. the Engine (10 points)
    3. eenies (9 points)
    4. Duende (9 points)
    5. pakrat (8 points)
    6. chrismurphy92 (8 points)
    7. Mikael Liddy (8 points)
    8. sthilzy (8 points)
    9. Two Ball Billy (8 points)
    10. CanuckChuck (8 points)
    11. Nero (8 points)
    12. Adrian (8 points)
    13. RedRanger (8 points)
    14. snoov (8 points)
    15. MJ Moquin (8 points)
    16. tony macaroni (8 points)
    17. Smithers (8 points)
    18. VirenqueForever (8 points)
    19. Smithers (8 points)
    20. Skip (7 points)
    21. leadout (7 points)
    22. freddy (6 points)
    23. motor city (5 points)
    24. Steampunk (4 points)
    25. LA Dave (4 points)
    26. Dr C (4 points)
    27. coquito (4 points)
    28. NoTubes (4 points)
    29. sprider (3 points)
    30. ChrisO (3 points)
    31. efguerrero (2 points)
    32. unversio (2 points)
    33. Bianchi Denti (2 points)
    34. Buck Rogers (2 points)
    35. mlambert1us (2 points)
    36. strathlubnaig (2 points)
    37. asyax (2 points)
    38. scaler911 (2 points)
    39. San Tonio (2 points)
    40. niksch (2 points)
    41. gino (2 points)
    42. TOM.NELS2120 (2 points)
    43. Daccordi Rider (2 points)
    44. torrefie (2 points)
    45. Simon (2 points)
    46. Giles (2 points)
    47. V-olcano (2 points)
    48. HeinrichHausslersHairstyle (2 points)
    49. seemunkee (2 points)
    50. TomC (2 points)
    51. erik (2 points)
    52. gladoe (2 points)
    53. mbarston (2 points)
    54. Mike_P (2 points)
    55. Rigid (2 points)
    56. Facetious_Jesus (2 points)
    57. Lukas (2 points)
    58. Nate (2 points)
    59. wiscot (2 points)
    60. Chica (2 points)
    61. dancollins (2 points)
    62. xyxax (2 points)
    63. TBONE (0 points)
    64. razmaspaz (0 points)
    65. taon24 (0 points)
    66. Fins (0 points)
    67. piwakawaka (0 points)
    68. Bat Chainpullet (0 points)
    69. anotherdownunder (0 points)
    70. Sauterelle (0 points)
    71. Yannersan (0 points)
    72. jeyrod (0 points)
    73. mouse (0 points)
    74. il ciclista medio (0 points)
    75. VeloVita (0 points)
    76. Deakus (0 points)
    77. Don Amedo (0 points)
    78. Tobin (0 points)
    79. harminator (0 points)
    80. JohnB (0 points)
    81. SimonH (0 points)
    82. simonsaunders (0 points)
    83. Dan_R (0 points)
    84. V-inden (0 points)
    85. oneninefiveninesix (0 points)
    86. Jay (0 points)
    87. eightzero (0 points)
    88. ramenvelo (0 points)
    89. Heihachi (0 points)
    90. starclimber (0 points)
    91. brett (0 points)
  18. @frank

    @TBONE

    Speaking of fuck sticks, why did you dispute your pick just because a Ryder crashed out? We abandoned DNF swaps before last season.

    Speaking of fuck sticks…that would be me putting Martin and Costa in my picks columns without fleshing out the names.  Did I mention that @frank is a just and merciful Keeper?

  19. Weirdly enough, at the moment Our Ryder was crashing out of the TdS I was T boning a wifie in a Kia at 36km/h as she hung a left in front of me. Coincidence ? I think not.

  20. @strathlubnaig DAMN!  How’s the bike?  Oh yeah, how are you as well?

    Is that already a rule?  Whenever I crash or one of my cycling friends crash I always think “Shit, how’s the bike?” before I check myself over for compound fractures or, in the case of cycling friends, give a shit about their helath.  If not, could be a decent rule if scripted correctly (which is beyond me).

  21. @Buck Rogers

    @strathlubnaig DAMN! How’s the bike? Oh yeah, how are you as well?

    Is that already a rule? Whenever I crash or one of my cycling friends crash I always think “Shit, how’s the bike?” before I check myself over for compound fractures or, in the case of cycling friends, give a shit about their helath. If not, could be a decent rule if scripted correctly (which is beyond me).

    Bike might need a new left side lever (that’s the rear brake/front ring in these here parts). I am fine. Wifie needs an ear transplant after all my cussing.

  22. @frank Fuck…from zero to hero (well 2 pts) then back down to zero again.  I am not sure my heart can take this, I was hyper ventilating today…er…o…actually that was me dragging my fat ass up a hill…but the point still remains…

  23. @strathlubnaig

    @Buck Rogers

    @strathlubnaig DAMN! How’s the bike? Oh yeah, how are you as well?

    Is that already a rule? Whenever I crash or one of my cycling friends crash I always think “Shit, how’s the bike?” before I check myself over for compound fractures or, in the case of cycling friends, give a shit about their helath. If not, could be a decent rule if scripted correctly (which is beyond me).

    Bike might need a new left side lever (that’s the rear brake/front ring in these here parts). I am fine. Wifie needs an ear transplant after all my cussing.

    Insurance?

  24. @the Engine

    @strathlubnaig

    @Buck Rogers

    @strathlubnaig DAMN! How’s the bike? Oh yeah, how are you as well?

    Is that already a rule? Whenever I crash or one of my cycling friends crash I always think “Shit, how’s the bike?” before I check myself over for compound fractures or, in the case of cycling friends, give a shit about their helath. If not, could be a decent rule if scripted correctly (which is beyond me).

    Bike might need a new left side lever (that’s the rear brake/front ring in these here parts). I am fine. Wifie needs an ear transplant after all my cussing.

    Insurance?

    I dont insure such things, as far as I know. I can live with it for now. Might chase the wifie for some squigglies though.

  25. And here I was all hoping to score poorly thanks to Ryder proving me a silly bunt. Now Scarps lost another 6:45, and TJ is riding for Frank. No, not you. There’s still time for the alchemy of my choices to bubble and ferment and produce a TDS humunculus, turn lead into gold, tragedy into victory, but I’m not holding my breath.

  26. @the Engine

    I’m in the breakaway – can I hold the wheel for the rest of the week and mug @napolinige on the line?

    I’m right behind you. For fucks sake don’t make a sudden left turn or you might get T boned… and Mrs Engine wouldn’t like that.

  27. As I just told the Dutch Monkey, this will make you want to sell all your kit and take up knitting (from yesterdays ToS):

    [dmalbum: path=”/velominati.com/wp-content/uploads/readers/scaler911/2013.06.11.14.24.22/1/”/]

  28. @disputes

    Costa mismapping corrected. Please remember to take care to be specific enough when naming your picks so we know who the fuck you mean.

    Also, it is at our discretion to correct vague names one the race is in progress. We will have great prizes for the TDF VSP, so I strongly encourage people to check their mappings prior to the race, or on the first day of the event.

  29. @scaler911

    As I just told the Dutch Monkey, this will make you want to sell all your kit and take up knitting (from yesterdays ToS):

     

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    Slideshow:
    Fullscreen:
    Download:
     

    Those measurements mean nothing to me…

  30. @Mikael Liddy

    @scaler911

    As I just told the Dutch Monkey, this will make you want to sell all your kit and take up knitting (from yesterdays ToS):

     

    1 / 3
     
     
     
     
    Slideshow:
    Fullscreen:
    Download:
     

    Those measurements mean nothing to me…

    24.9 mph= 40kph

    134.8 miles = 216.9 Km

    9483ft = 2890M

    That help?

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