Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallone 2014

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest country in the world.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the town of Huy will once again be heaving on Wednesday when the riders of La Fleche Wallone tackle the horrible, beautiful Mur de Huy three times in the afternoon (whether you regard the climb as horrible or beautiful largely depends if you’re on a bike or in the pub). While three times up the Mur is never going to be fun, the last ascent has to be one of the most brutal finishes to any race, on any climb, anywhere. It truly is horribly beautiful.

I guess the talk will now centre on Dr Phil and whether he can repeat, threepeat or maybe even Steve Peat his way into the history books after his wins in Brabantse Pilj and Amstel Gold in the last week.  The way he’s riding, the only surer bet you could make is that Abandy doesn’t show up. So with that thought, get thee to the start list, watch the timer (if we’ve managed to work it out) and get your picks in to stay in GC contention for the greatest prize pool in internet based cycling related tipping competitions.

First place overall wins a Veloforma Strada iR Velominati Edition frame in addition to the customary VSP winner’s VVorkshop Apron.

Second place overall wins a set of hand built CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelset in a custom Velominati paint scheme laced to orange Chris King hubs. (CR Wheelworks is Café Roubaix’s new wheel goods brand.)

Third place overall wins a full Velominati V-Kit with accompanying custom orange Bont Vaypor+ road shoes.

Good luck and bottoms up!

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239 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallone 2014”

  1. I’m not a fan of Valverde winning at the best of times, but it’s even worse when he was going to be my VSP pick.

  2. Damn, was hoping Danny boy could pull it off! Fine effort by the lad and here’s hoping for a better result on Sunday. PhilGil was cooked. Schleck fell off. Sorry to see wee Damiano fall too – I’ve always had a soft spot for him.

    More shite and worthless picks coming for Sunday. I’ll miss the race because of the Cheesehead Roubaix. Reports are the gravel roads are ok until the end, then it gets kinda bad.

  3. Crap! Was so tempted to pick Valverde for the win but got caught up in the Gilbert/Ardennes Sweep hype.  Oh, and I guess Dan Martin’s knee really was a 100% today.

  4. Good to have the heart racing while sitting at the desk this morning — with coffee!

  5. No idea how I did in the women’s race, I can’t seem to load the posts in any browser or anything.

  6. @The Grande Fondue

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Valverde
    4. Daniel Moreno
    5. Carlos BETANCOUR

    What the hell is up with Betancour? He looked like a million dollars earlier in the year, and looked like he cruised through Amstel, but here he finished a minute down. Does he only ride when he’s there for the win?

    Also, fuck crashes on the Mur. At least I didn’t put JRod in.

    Also, fuck Malmerde.

  7. @The Grande Fondue

     

    Also, fuck crashes on the Mur. At least I didn’t put JRod in.

    Also, fuck Malmerde.

    Now I’ve actually watched the video I that back. Gilbert just didn’t have the legs.

    Still fuck Malmerde, but he knows not to go too early on the Mur. Dan Martin & Kwiatkowski need to watch Evans’ win in 2010 and watch this one again. 

  8. well Glad to see Martin is ok. not a big deal, but it says i got two points when I believe that should be seven, 5 for Martin and 1 each for the kiddo and Valverde

  9. @Chris S

    No idea how I did in the women’s race, I can’t seem to load the posts in any browser or anything.

    Ah then…

  10. @The Grande Fondue Betancour got a virus after Paris Nice & then pulled out of Pais Vasco with a knee issue after the first stage so he may not be as sharp as possible at the moment…watch out for him at the Giro though.

  11. Valverde is in serious danger of almost waring knickers, I mean W.T.F. Major rule 27 violation. While Martin’s short length seems perfect to me, his sock length is getting close to Footballer category.

  12. @Mikael Liddy

    You know what really fucks me off more than that douchebag winning? The fawning, COTHO-esque treatment he gets off the commentators…

    Agree, agree and agree again.

    Im not liking the Valv at all.    But I hear he speaks highly of me, meh

  13. do I need to hit the “submit Post” button to lodge a dispute, or just the dispute button? (got no points for 5th pick)

  14. @Rom Hit the dispute button for the 5th place. Somehow there are two Slaghter (?) names in the VSP data bank. One has a hyphen, ones does not, yada, yada, yada, Was he your 5th place pick?

  15. @Gianni

    @Rom Hit the dispute button for the 5th place. Somehow there are two Slaghter (?) names in the VSP data bank. One has a hyphen, ones does not, yada, yada, yada, Was he your 5th place pick?

    Hi @Gianni, yes I meant the Slagter  that came 5th

  16. @anhtony

    @Gianni Where is this dispute button, should I have specified D Martin

    Fuck yes you should have. And I quote-

    Also remember to be precise enough in your description so we know which rider you mean; in other words, if you enter “Martin”, we will use our discretion (read: wild guess) to decide if you mean Tony or Dan – and that choice will not be negotiable once the the countdown clock goes to zero, so be sure to give yourself enough time.

    On the right side of your picks is a triangle. Hit that and activate the dispute button. I promise nothing.

  17. @Gianni OK OK! Totally my fault. In my defence it was late and I was drunk most likely, and while I am frequently a fool, I am not dumb enough to pick The big German to finish second In such a contest. 

  18. @Gianni

    @Rom Hit the dispute button for the 5th place. Somehow there are two Slaghter (?) names in the VSP data bank. One has a hyphen, ones does not, yada, yada, yada, Was he your 5th place pick?

    Hi Gianni

    I’ve hit the dispute button on Tom Jelte Slagter twice. No update. I’ll take no hypen but every other character represented and in the correct order. that 1 point may make a difference at the end of the season. Probably not.

  19. @Gianni I’m obliged. Slagter was my semi educated ‘pin’ into the start list and gaining even one more measly point, or in a more positive tone, increasing my race score by 100% would go a small way to validating the selection process!

    VLVV

  20. @JohnB

    @Gianni

    @Rom Hit the dispute button for the 5th place. Somehow there are two Slaghter (?) names in the VSP data bank. One has a hyphen, ones does not, yada, yada, yada, Was he your 5th place pick?

    Hi Gianni

    I’ve hit the dispute button on Tom Jelte Slagter twice. No update. I’ll take no hypen but every other character represented and in the correct order. that 1 point may make a difference at the end of the season. Probably not.

    Hi Gianni

    same with with me and I’ve still got no points for Slagter.

    looking to double my points awesomeness here.

    cheers

    rom

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