The Paterberg is a brute made easier by a comfortable, wide gutter.

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Omloop Het Volk (Nieuwsblad) 2015

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I don’t know what it is about Belgian Race organizers, but I love those guys. Routes? The longer the better, please. The climbs? The steeper the better please, and as many as possible (which is very many). Cobbles? As many as possible, please. Cobbled climbs? The steeper, the longer the better. And as many of possible.

Oh, and lets do all that while its still winter, so we can be sure the weather sucks.

Not only that, but they’ve been staging women’s editions of these events for ever. Het Volk is on it’s ninth edition of the Women’s race. Women’s Ronde has done 11 editions, and La Fleche has done 17. That’s a lot more than the number of Women’s Paris-Roubaix’s, which has zero.

The VSP won’t start officially until Milano Sanremo, but we can’t resist doing an unofficial event for mock points and the chance to win a V-Mussette, handmade by Gianni himself. Points don’t go towards the 2015 VSP, but they do go towards bragging rights and may serve as a bit of foreshadowing on who to look out for this year.

Meditate on the start list, get your picks in by the time the countdown timer goes to zero (5am Pacific) and pray for some rain.

Good luck, let the season begin!

Final Race Results
1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2. VAN DIJK Ellen
3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
4. BLAAK Chantal
5. CROMWELL Tiffany
Final VSP Results

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Amy Pieters
    4. Silvia Valsecchi
    5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri

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  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Armitstead
    2. Tiffany Cromwell
    3. Annemiek Van Vleuten
    4. Amy Pieters
    5. Chloe Hosking

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  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Pieters
    3. Armistead
    4. van Dijk
    5. van Vleuten

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  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie armitstead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Anna van der breggen
    4. ELISA longo borghini
    5. Tiffany cromwell

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  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anisha Vekemans
    2. Anna Van Der Breggen
    3. Ellen Van Dijk
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Annemiek Van Vleuten

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  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Van Dijk
    3. Vekemans
    4. Johansson
    5. Pieters

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  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armitstead
    2. Van Der Breggen
    3. Van Dijk
    4. Cromwell
    5. Pieters

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  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Lucinda Brand
    3. Amy Pieters
    4. Chloe Hosking
    5. Tayler Wiles

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  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Elisabeth Armitstead
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Anna Van Der Breggen

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  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Lizzie Armitstead
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Giorgia Bronzini
    5. Annemiek van Vleuten

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  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Lisa Brennauer

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  12. @sthilzy

    VSP PICKS: 1. Anna Van Der Breggen 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Lisa Brennauer

    pressed enter on third entry and posted picks unfinished. see how this goes… VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Lisa Brennauer
    4. Amy Pieters
    5. Iris Slappendel

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  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Anna Van Der Braggen
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Lisa Brennauer

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  14. Yet again the VSP sneaks up on me. Fun to do on a phone while boarding an aircraft. VSP PICKS:

    1. BronzinI
    2. Birthing
    3. e johansson
    4. van dijk
    5. armistead

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  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armitstead
    2. Amy Pieters
    3. Jolien D’hoore
    4. Anisha Vekemans
    5. Chantal Blaak

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  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Johansson
    2. Armistead
    3. Van Der Breggen
    4. Borghini
    5. Amialiusik

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  17. The site works properly with ios, great work guys VSP PICKS:

    1. Johannson
    2. Cromwell
    3. Armisted
    4. Van Dijk
    5. Bronzini

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  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Dijk
    2. Bronzini
    3. Cromwell
    4. Johansson
    5. Armitstead

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  19. Ok I’m logged in as Roobar and my name just came up as Carlo Steinke, spoke too soon?

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  20. this is SO GOOD. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armisted
    2. Emma Johansson
    3. Tiff Cromwell
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Van der Bruggen

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  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Tiffany

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  22. Shit i preemptively hit enter…. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Joansson
    4. Tiffany Cromwell
    5. Chantal Blaak

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  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lizzie Armistead
    2. Ellen van dijk
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Tiffany Cromwell
    5. Chantal Blaak

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  24. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Cromwell 3. Johannson 4. Bronzini 5. Blaak

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  25. VSP PICKS: 1. Tiffany Cromwell 2. nna Van Der Breggen 3. Elisabeth Armitstead 4. Emma Johansson 5. Giorgia Bronzini

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  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Johannson
    3. Van Vleuten
    4. Hosking
    5. Pieters

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  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Armistead
    2. Bronzini
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Longo Borghini
    5. Lucy Garner

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  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. Van Dijk
    3. armistead
    4. johannson
    5. bronzini

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  29. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johannson 3. Pieters 4. Gunnewijk 5. Bronzini

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  30. Yeah

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  31. @Kevin Missed the deadline by 2 mins? FFS! Armistead, Lizzie Johansson, Emma Stevens, Evelyn Van Der Breggen, Anna Cromwell, Tiffany

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  32. Call me Delgado!

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  33. Van der Breggen Van Dijk Armistead Blaak Cromwell

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  34. Newcomer @TheDon takes a solid win! Very happy to see Lizzy up there on the podium, off to another good start!

    Final Race Results
    1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    2. VAN DIJK Ellen
    3. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
    4. BLAAK Chantal
    5. CROMWELL Tiffany
    Final VSP Results
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  35. Yay, points – I wish we could have seen the race too!

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  36. @Alex

    Yay, points – I wish we could have seen the race too!

    I’ve been watching the “highlights” reel of the Women’s Cup races this year. 20 minutes is pretty decent, good editing, some interesting interviews in between. Makes it so much deeper than just a results list…

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  37. @frank I was in the VSP last year. So relative newcomer might be a better description. Sadly this is probably where I peak. Would be happy if you want to wind up the VSP 2015 early…just saying

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  38. @frank Frank it’s Paterberg not Taaienberg. They should block that gootje for each race. Still good photo though.

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  39. @TommyTubolare

    @frank Frank it’s Paterberg not Taaienberg. They should block that gootje for each race. Still good photo though.

    Correct.

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  40. @TommyTubolare, @brett Looked to me like the top of the Taaienberg because of the building at the top on the false flat and I don’t remember a gutter on the Paterberg. But when it comes to gutters I’ll take @brett‘s word on it any day. My mistake.

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