Velominati Super Prestige

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight on the day of the race start. These articles are clearly marked and are generally posted at least 72 hours in advance of each event. The current leader of the competition has the honor of posting on the site bearing the VSP Leader’s badge; winners of select races (the monuments and Grand Tours) similarly gain the honor of posting with a dedicated badge for the remainder of the year. Prizes may be given for key events; these prizes will be announced on the associated VSP Event. Points will be tallied as the season progresses and the winner will be announced after Paris-Tours. Prizes to be determined.

Scoring (One-Day Races)

Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings of each race by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the race. Regular Points Points will be scored in reverse order of finishing order: 7 points for first place, 5 points for second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, and 2 for fifth.  Readers will also earn 1 bonus point for every other rider named in the top five, regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner.

Scoring (Grand Tours)

Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings on General Classification of each Grand Tour by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the first stage or prologue. Points Points will be scored as follows based on the final G.C of the race: 20 points for first place, 15 for second, 10 for third, 7 for fourth, and 5 for fifth; plus 3 points per rider in the top five regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Changing of the Picks* Contestants are allowed to make line up changes on one of the rest days of the Grand Tours but not both. These changes will come with a point penalty.  You will be allotted one (1) rest day to make swaps in grand tours; you may pick either the first or second rest day. The penalties for swapping will be lower for the first rest day than the second. This will allow you to swap out a rider(s) who gets caught in some first week nervousness  with a 5 point penalty for each swap. Or make some go for broke/doomed to fail break-away swap on the second rest day for a 10 point penalty for each swap. That’s it. You make one swap or five on either rest day for the corresponding 5 or 10 point penalty per swap. Additionally, if one of your riders crashes out, DNF’s, or DNS’s, you may swap them out on a rest day with corresponding penalties if you haven’t already used up your one rest day swap. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner. Minor Stages We will be posting VSP’s for minor stages as well. Scoring is similar to one-day racing, except no bonus points are in play for getting the rider in the wrong placing.

Scoring (Minor Stage Races)

Readers who wish to enter shall enter their predictions for the top five placings on General Classification of each Minor Stage Race (less than three weeks) by the time the countdown clock goes to zero at midnight PDT on the day of the first stage or prologue. Regular Points Points will be scored in reverse order of finishing order: 10 points for first place, 8 for second, 7 for third, 5 for fourth, and 3 for fifth; plus two bonus points per rider in the top five regardless of the rider’s placing, but riders are not scored twice. Tie Breaking In the event of a tie, the first reader to submit their predictions will be named the winner.

Posting Badges

The following badges will be worn by current leaders of the competition and sub-competitions:

Overall Super Prestige Leader:
Milano Sanremo:
VVomen’s Ronde van Vlaanderen:
Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen:
Paris-Roubaix:
Leige-Bastogne-Liege:
Giro d’Italia Leader:
Giro Rosa Leader:
Tour de France Leader:
Vuelta a Espana Leader:
Giro di Lombardia:
Overal Super Prestige Lanterne Rouge:

2016 Velominati Super Prestige Schedule

Les Hommes

Start

End

Event

Race Website

18.03.2017 18.03.2017 Milano-Sanremo www.milanosanremo.it
26.03.2017 26.03.2017 Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields www.gent-wevelgem.be
02.04.2017 02.04.2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres www.flandersclassics.be
09.04.2017 09.04.2017 Paris-Roubaix www.letour.fr
16.04.2017 16.04.2017 Amstel Gold Race www.amstelgoldrace.nl
19.04.2017 19.04.2017 La Flèche Wallonne www.letour.fr
23.04.2017 23.04.2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège www.letour.fr
05.05.2017 28.05.2017 Giro d’Italia www.giroditalia.it
04.06.2017 11.06.2017 Critérium du Dauphiné www.letour.fr
10.06.2017 18.06.2017 Tour de Suisse www.tds.ch
01.07.2017 23.07.2017 Tour de France www.letour.fr
29.07.2017 29.07.2017 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian www.klasikoa.net
19.08.2017 10.09.2017 La Vuelta ciclista a España lavuelta.com
08.09.2017 08.09.2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec www.gpcqm.ca
10.09.2017 10.09.2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal www.gpcqm.ca
20.09.2017 20.09.2017 Mens World Championship Time Trial
24.09.2017 24.09.2017 Mens World Championship Road Race
07.10.2017 07.10.2017 Il Lombardia www.illombardia.it

La Femmes

Start

End

Event

Race Website

26.03.2017 26.03.2017 Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields www.gent-wevelgem.be
02.04.2017 02.04.2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres www.flandersclassics.be
16.04.2017 16.04.2017 Amstel Gold Race [email protected]
19.04.2017 19.04.2017 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine www.letour.fr
23.04.2017 23.04.2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes www.letour.fr  et www.pesantliege.be
11.05.2017 14.05.2017 Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM amgentourofcalifornia.com
30.06.2017 09.07.2017 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile
20.07.2017 20.07.2017 La Course by Le Tour de France www.letour.fr
29.07.2017 29.07.2017 Prudential RideLondon Classique www.ridelondon.co.uk/events/classique
17.08.2017 20.08.2017 Ladies Tour of Norway www.ladiestour.no
26.08.2017 26.08.2017 GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération www.grandprix-plouay.com
29.08.2017 03.09.2017 Boels Rental Ladies Tour www.hollandladiestour.nl
10.09.2017 10.09.2017 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta lavuelta.com/Madridchallenge
19.09.2017 19.09.2017 Womens World Championship Time Trial
23.09.2017 23.09.2017 Womens World Championship Road Race

Standings

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Past Results

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2010 VSP G.C.

1. Andy 56 points
2. Geoff 53 points
3. Steampunk: 51 points
4. Frank 48 points
5. Gianni 47 points
6. Marcus: 43 points
7. Jarvis 42 points
8. Hawkeye 40 points
9. Rob 38 points
10. Brett 37 point
11. Robert Marques: 36 point
12. Joe 35 point
13. Marko 32 points
14. Scott 26 points
15. Roadslave 25 points
16. Ben 21 points
17. Ken 17 points
18. Pont 15 points
19. Nathan Edwards: 11 points
20. Souleur: 10 points
21. Crossy: 10 points
22. KitCarson 10 points
23. Mr Haven 7 points
24. Cyclops 6 points
25. Daniel 5 points
26. Sgt 3 points
27. David: 2 points
29. Dan O 2 points
30. Joshua 2 points
31. David 1 points
32. James 0 points
33. Jim 0 points
34. Ben: 0 points
35. Dale: 0 points
36. Houdini 0 points

*The Changing of the Picks rules are designed to promote fair play and keep the competition fun and open throughout the three-week race.  Abuse of these rules will be managed through the “Piti Principle”: if we we feel you are attempting to exploit loopholes or otherwise take advantage of the Changing of the Picks rules, we will penalize you by deducting points from your total score. Much like the UCI doping suspensions, the amount of points deducted will be based on how egregious the abuse was.

2,331 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige”

  1. @RobSandy

    @chris

    I don’t understand how you could even pedal your bike with your sunglasses like that.

    You may have just, unwittingly, provided me with an excellent excuse not being the quickest up the mountain that day. I thank you.

     

  2. Turning back to the altogether more serious business of racing for a moment; is there anything more Anti-V than pulling out of a Grand Tour for anything other than severe injury or sickness?

    Rohan Dennis has just pulled out of the Vuelta to focus on the ITT at the World Championships. Perhaps riders should only be paid win bonuses etc. after they’ve crossed the line on the final day.

  3. @RobSandy

    @chris

    I feel similar about Chris Froome riding the TOB and just rolling around at the back.

    I can’t quite picture a stick insect rolling around.

    Unless, of course, its whilst trying to mate with a light bulb.

  4. @RobSandy

    @chris

    I feel similar about Chris Froome riding the TOB and just rolling around at the back.

    Yeah, Froome and GT basically used the ToB as an end of season wind-down ride. Not to diminish their achievements this season, but a bit more effort might have been nice. I’m assuming they got starting money?

  5. @Teocalli

    That was one tough finish today. Quintana’s hopes toasted.

    What a great stage. Happy for Woods, and glad that Yates held on to the overall lead. Regarding Quintana, I think this cartoon says it all:

     

  6. @Teocalli

    @Rick

    Great cartoon!

    @RoisDeLaPedale  On twitter posts these great cartoons in real time during the race. The TdF has its own artist, @davidbuonomo, who does the same. I recommend for anyone inclined to tweet or follow. These guys really understand cycling and their cartoons are very entertaining.

  7. @chris

    @chris

    Turning back to the altogether more serious business of racing for a moment; is there anything more Anti-V than pulling out of a Grand Tour for anything other than severe injury or sickness?

    Rohan Dennis has just pulled out of the Vuelta to focus on the ITT at the World Championships. Perhaps riders should only be paid win bonuses etc. after they’ve crossed the line on the final day.

    Cipo’s career was based around doing the first week of the Tour wasn’t it? So there’s a long and possibly ignoble tradition, but that’s often the case with the Vuelta. Seem to recall Cav pulling out too, or am I confusing that with the Olympics.

    As for The Second Transgression as it shall henceforth be enigmatically known, are we supposed to guess what it might be?
    An inside-out pair of bibs perhaps?

  8. Valverde cracks should be game over but the rest of the podium still up for grabs.

  9. The gap closed on Rick but he holds on in fine form…….

    So a second mug on the way to Rick

    leaving overall standings….

  10. Ah shit, no it isn’t I missed that too! Sorry things happening my end to distract me somewhat.

    Next event will be

    Sunday, 16 September 2018 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta

    Then the Worlds.

  11. @Teocalli

    Ah shit, no it isn’t I missed that too! Sorry things happening my end to distract me somewhat.

    Next event will be

    Sunday, 16 September 2018 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta

     

    Errr, that’s today!

  12. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    Ah shit, no it isn’t I missed that too! Sorry things happening my end to distract me somewhat.

    Next event will be

    Sunday, 16 September 2018 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta

    Errr, that’s today!

    Balls – my email explains.

  13. Folks Picks open for The Worlds.  I think my brain is back in gear (see email explaining to those whose email I have).

    I propose we do the following to give anyone a chance of catching Rick.  More likely to allow Rick to steamroll us even further!  Though if this last week is anything to go by I’ll completely scramble my spreadsheet and screw the whole thing up.

    Picks open till (all times UK)

    ITT women Midday Tues 25th

    ITT Men Midday Weds 26th

    Others Midnight Fri 28th

  14. Meh?!

    Women’s ITT

    Annemiek van Vleuten

    Katrin Garfoot

    Anna van der Breggen

    Ellen van Dijk

    Amber Leone Neben

     

    Men’s ITT

    Rohan Dennis

    Tom Dumoulin

    Tony Martin

    Michal Kwiatkowski

    Victor Campenaerts

     

    Women’s RR

    Anna van der Breggen

    Elisa Longo Borghini

    Katarzyna Niewiadoma

    Amanda Spratt

    Annemiek van Vleuten

     

    Men’s RR

    Bauke Mollema

    Julian Alaphilippe

    Peter Sagan

    Sonny Colbrelli

    Michal Kwiatkowski

  15. I’ll get all me picks in soon, but one footnote to La Vuelta and Yates. Every day, every interview, every podium – a proper cap. Bless him. On the final podium, Yates and Mas wearing proper caps, Lopez? Some abomination. Setting the standard – if only others would follow.

  16. @Teocalli

    Time trials‽ Whatever next‽

    I was about to launch straight into my picks, but there are no published startlists yet, so I’m going to ruminate a few more days :)

  17. @Teocalli

    Folks Picks open for The Worlds. I think my brain is back in gear (see email explaining to those whose email I have).

    I propose we do the following to give anyone a chance of catching Rick. More likely to allow Rick to steamroll us even further! Though if this last week is anything to go by I’ll completely scramble my spreadsheet and screw the whole thing up.

    Picks open till (all times UK)

    ITT women Midday Tues 25th

    ITT Men Midday Weds 26th

    Others Midnight Fri 28th

    Going to make us work for it, eh? I’ll use the weekend to figure out picks that won’t make any difference!

  18. Women’s TT

    Van der Breggen

    Van Vleuten

    Ellen van Dijk

    Lucinda Brand

    Trixi Worrack

    Men’s TT

    R. Dennis

    T. Domoulin

    B. Jungels

    M. Bodnar

    V. Campenaerts

    Women’s Road

    Van Vleuten

    Moolman-Pasio

    C.U. Ludwig

    Amanda Spratt

    Van der Breggen

    Men’s Road

    Alaphilippe

    Roglic

    Kwiatkowski

    Miguel Lopez

    A. Yates

  19. OK, here goes with my picks …

    Women’s TT:

    1 Van Vleuten
    2 Van Dijk
    3 Brand
    4 Van de Bergen
    5 Worrack

    Men’s TT:

    1 Dumoulin
    2 Dennis
    3 Tony Martin
    4 Kiryienka
    5 Campenaerts

    Women’s RR:

    1 Van der Bruggen
    2 Van Vleuten
    3 Moolman-Paiso
    4 Niewadoma
    5 Borghini

    Men’s RR:

    1 Nibali
    2 Alaphilippe
    3 Roglic
    4 Kwiatkowski
    5 Sagan

  20. I need to check all of these are riding but………

    Womens ITT

    Vos
    van Vleuten
    Spratt
    Moolman-Pasio
    D’Hoore

    Mens ITT

    Roglic
    T Martin
    Dumoulin
    Campenaerts
    R Dennis

    Womens RR

    Moolman-Pasio
    Spratt
    van Vleuten
    van der Breggen
    Blaak

    Mens RR

    Alaphilippe
    Roglic
    Mas
    Lopez
    Yates

  21. @chuckp

    OK, here goes with my picks …

    Women’s TT:

    1 Van Vleuten
    2 Van Dijk
    3 Brand
    4 Van de Bergen
    5 Worrack

    # 4 should be Van der Bruggen. F*ing auto-correct!

  22. Anna Van der Breggen. Both for the women’s TT and RR. FFS what’s wrong with me???

  23. men’s elite RR:

    1)  Sagan

    2)  Alaphilippe

    3)  Bardet

    4)  Kwiatkowski

    5)  Roglic

  24. men’s Elite TT:

    1)  Dennis

    2)  Dumoulin

    3)  T Martin

    4)  Roglic

    5)  Campanaerts

  25. Men Women
    ITT RR ITT RR
    1 Dumoulin Alaphillippe VV VDB
    2 Dennis S Yates VDB VV
    3 Jungels Roglic Brand Spratt
    4 Campanaerts Kwiato Brennauer Moolman
    5 Kung Nibali Simmonds Niewiadoma

    All my picks in one handy table.

    @Teocalli

    Let me know if you can’t read this. Looks fine to me!

  26. Women’s ITT

    Van Vleuten

    Van Dijk

    Van der Breggen

    Neben

    Brand

    Men’s ITT

    Dumoulin

    Dennis

    Kirienka

    Schachmann

    T Martin

    Women’s RR

    Van der Breggen

    Van Vleuten

    Borghini

    Van Dijk

    Bronzini

    Men’s RR

    Alaphilippe

    Valverde

    S Yates

    Roglic

    A Yates

  27. @RobSandy

    Men

    Women

    ITT
    RR
    ITT
    RR

    1
    Dumoulin
    Alaphillippe
    VV
    VDB

    2
    Dennis
    S Yates
    VDB
    VV

    3
    Jungels
    Roglic
    Brand
    Spratt

    4
    Campanaerts
    Kwiato
    Brennauer
    Moolman

    5
    Kung
    Nibali
    Simmonds
    Niewiadoma

    All my picks in one handy table.

    @Teocalli

    Let me know if you can’t read this. Looks fine to me!

    Got it.

  28. Women’s ITT

    1. van Vleuten

    2. Brand

    3. van der Breggen

    4. van Dijk

    5. Spratt

    Women’s RR

    1. van der Breggen

    2. Moolman

    3. van Vleuten

    4. Borghini

    5. Spratt

    Men’s ITT

    1. Dumoulin

    2. Dennis

    3. Campenaerts

    4. Tony Martin

    5. Kwiatkowski

    Men’s RR (pains me to not have Sags as #1)

    1. Alaphilippe

    2. Roglic

    3. Sagan

    4. Kwiatkowski

    5. Bardet

     

     

     

     

  29. The Worlds – ITT Women
    van der Breggen
    van Vleuten
    Simmonds
    Moolman-Pasio
    van Dijk

  30. The Worlds – RR Women Moolman-Pasio Spratt van Vleuten van der Breggen H Barnes

  31. Ah bollocks, pretty sure I’ve Delgadoed the Women’s ITT. I defer to the ruling of the commissaires, but in the hope they take pity on me:

    1. Annamiek Van Vleuten
    2. Ellen Van Dijk
    3. Anna Van Der Breggen
    4. Trixi Worrack
    5. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig

    Other picks TBD!

  32. WORLD CHAMPS

    Men’s ITT:

    1. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO
    2. Rohan DENNIS
    3. Tom DUMOULIN
    4. Bob JUNGELS
    5. Vasil KIRYIENKA

    There’s still no official startlist for the Road Races…?!?

  33. Ok, here goes nuttin’.

     

    Mens TT

    Dumoulin

    Dennis

    Castroviejo

    Bodnar

    Tony Martin

     

    Men’s RR

    Simon Yates

    Julian Alaphillipe

    Roman Bardet

    Adam Yates

    Tiesj Benoot

  34. @mulebeatsdrums

    WORLD CHAMPS

    Men’s ITT:

    1. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO
    2. Rohan DENNIS
    3. Tom DUMOULIN
    4. Bob JUNGELS
    5. Vasil KIRYIENKA

    There’s still no official startlist for the Road Races…?!?

    I hope this site is not far out.

  35. Chazbot, this is so frustrating. In London for the whole week and missing all of this great TV watching… Chose the wrong week for having a team offsite. Yesterday clean Dutch women ITT sweep apparently!

    ITT men

    Tom Dumoulin

    Tony Martin

    Dennis

    Quiet Cough Ski

    Jungels

  36. @RobSandy

    Sweet. I think AVV might win the RR too. She’s an animal.

    She definitely has it in her, but then so do AVDB and a couple others on the Dutch squad. I’m foreseeing a potential lack of cohesion and we’ll just see a repeat of the European Champs in Glasgow where they’d get one rider in the break, and the others leading the chase in the pack.

    Definitely the strongest riders, but I’m not sure if that’ll definitely work in their favours…

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