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. Okay, here goes nothing:

    WORLDS WOMEN’S RR:

    1. Amanda SPRATT
    2. Elisa LONGHO BORGHINI
    3. Annamiek VAN VLEUTEN
    4. Leah KIRCHMANN
    5. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO

    WORLDS MEN’S RR:

    1. Julian ALAPHILIPPE
    2. Alejandro VALVERDE
    3. Jakob FUGLSANG
    4. Primož ROGLIČ
    5. Adam YATES
  2. @mulebeatsdrums

    @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…

    Coppi and Bartali……..

  3. Women’s RR

    Van Vleuten

    Van der Breggen

    Spratt

    Change of Picks for Men’s RR

    Alaphilippe

    Simon Yates

    Bardet

    Roglic

    Benoot

     

    That young Belgian chap Evenepoel looks quite handy, doesn’t he?

  4. Just listened to interview with Sagan and he said: Innsbruck course seems to fit climbers. With my weight I shouldn’t have a chance. But nothing is impossible, I need nothing less than a miracle, haha.

  5. As this is the Words there can be no 1st= so by my reckoning Sthilzy was the first to submit so he gets the Gold Medal – well a rainbow icon actually………

  6. So Rick and RobSandy have sufficiently different picks that things could go either way today……..

    Though I don’t think Nibali will feature unless he has been spoofing in his interviews…….

  7. Well we were a collective shambles there!  I need to look as who was the first to post for the rainbow bands.

  8. Well it seems as though I am the first person to correctly post a pick of 1 point. So it seems I get the rainbow band of crap picks!

  9. Damn. Anyone but Valverde. Bardet in the bands would have been oh so sweet.

  10. Leaving us here…….

    Last event is the Giro de Lombardia on the 13th Oct.  Open for picks any time.

  11. @Teocalli

    Wow, she got back on after the crash and set up the winning move for Van der Breggen with a broken knee.

    I believe that is Rule #5 compliant!

     

  12. @wiscot

    Damn. Anyone but Valverde. Bardet in the bands would have been oh so sweet.

    Where were you Alaphilippe? I thought Pinot and Bardet were setting him up perfectly, and he could have challenged Valverde in the sprint…he just vanished.

    Not the result I wanted but thrilling racing, I thought.

  13. @wiscot

    Damn. Anyone but Valverde. Bardet in the bands would have been oh so sweet.

    Agreed. It was a great race, but Unashamed Cheat in first and Unashamed Racist Hothead in fifth; not a great look for the sport.

    On the flip-side, Van Der Breggen is the most deserving of winners! And chapeau to Amanda Spratt for that chase.

  14. @mulebeatsdrums

    @wiscot

    Damn. Anyone but Valverde. Bardet in the bands would have been oh so sweet.

    Agreed. It was a great race, but Unashamed Cheat in first and Unashamed Racist Hothead in fifth; not a great look for the sport.

    On the flip-side, Van Der Breggen is the most deserving of winners! And chapeau to Amanda Spratt for that chase.

    Watching Unashamed Cheat riding around in the bands is going to upset me all year.

    But seeing AVD fucking B riding them will be a joy. What a badass.

  15. What are you ghouls doing still hanging around in here? Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

  16. @ChrisO

    @Brett

    What are you ghouls doing still hanging around in here? Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

    It’s a fair point.

    WhatsApp group anyone? Copy this link to join, or message me on +44 7983 300 951 and I’ll add you.

    https://chat.whatsapp.com/ljEtesSstYg9bKjg4jsblL .

    Does that only work from a phone – or the WhatsApp application?

  17. @Brett

    What are you ghouls doing still hanging around in here? Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

    Ghouls? Please. We’ve the Velominati Zombies if you don’t mind. ;-) And yep, that’s an emoticon I’ve used.

    And we’re hanging around ‘cos of Teocalli’s VSP and the fact that he actually comes through with the prizes.

  18. I know I’m in the minority about this with y’all, but I’m fine with Valverde winning. And actually happy for him. Yeah, he doped. Yes, I know he’s unrepentant. But he did his time and there’s no evidence that he’s been doping since. I largely agree with the perspectives of the guys at Velo News:

    https://www.velonews.com/2018/10/commentary/roundtable-how-do-we-feel-about-valverdes-worlds-win_479605

    Get over it. Move on. It’s not like he committed a capital offense.

  19. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    @Brett

    What are you ghouls doing still hanging around in here? Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

    It’s a fair point.

    WhatsApp group anyone? Copy this link to join, or message me on +44 7983 300 951 and I’ll add you.

    https://chat.whatsapp.com/ljEtesSstYg9bKjg4jsblL .

    Does that only work from a phone – or the WhatsApp application?

    Yeah would have to be on mobile and have WhatsApp. I have your number but you aren’t showing up in WhatsApp.

  20. @Brett

    Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

    What, you’ve still got keys to the V-Bunker so you can get back in to set the demolition charges?

     

  21. @ChrisO

    Yeah I’ve never loaded Whatsap.  I’ll look at maybe setting something up on my old web site from when I was freelance.  Let’s finish the VSP here anyway.  There is also the FB page I set up, though at least one of us Zombies is not on FB.

  22. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO

    Yeah I’ve never loaded Whatsap. I’ll look at maybe setting something up on my old web site from when I was freelance. Let’s finish the VSP here anyway. There is also the FB page I set up, though at least one of us Zombies is not on FB.

    WhatsApp is good for what this has devolved into, which is basically just a chat group for a small number of leftovers.

    Web page or forum is better for a larger number or for longer content.

    FB I’m not keen on –  it’s hopeless as a chat medium because the bloody FB advertising algorithms decide you should see something posted a day ago by someone you haven’t spoken to for 5 years, rather than a comment 2 minutes ago in a site you visit 10 times a day.

  23. @Teocalli

     

    Yeah I’ve never loaded Whatsap. I’ll look at maybe setting something up on my old web site from when I was freelance. Let’s finish the VSP here anyway. There is also the FB page I set up, though at least one of us Zombies is not on FB.

    I’m not sure what the hurry is to shut the place down.  I’m enjoying our little VSP season here, I don’t see how going to Whatsapp or whatever will be an improvement.  Just the opposite, IMO.

  24. @MangoDave

    @Teocalli

    Yeah I’ve never loaded Whatsap. I’ll look at maybe setting something up on my old web site from when I was freelance. Let’s finish the VSP here anyway. There is also the FB page I set up, though at least one of us Zombies is not on FB.

    I’m not sure what the hurry is to shut the place down. I’m enjoying our little VSP season here, I don’t see how going to Whatsapp or whatever will be an improvement. Just the opposite, IMO.

    a) Good to have an alternative in case we wake up and find the site has been padlocked.

    b) I cringe a little every time I come here at the thought that we are still contributing to page impressions and advertising revenue.

  25. @chris

    @Brett

    Just let it go so we can burn this fucking thing to the ground.

    What, you’ve still got keys to the V-Bunker so you can get back in to set the demolition charges?

    Actually no, it’ll have to be a drive-by.

     

  26. The Leaves are Falling so get your picks in for the closing event for the VSP……..

  27. Here we go, dying together

    1. Valverde (yes people)

    2. Moscon

    3. Roglic

    4. Alaphilippe

    5. His Nibbles

  28. Okay, Lombardia, a race I have never actually watched, so I never had any idea who to go for.

    1. Romain Bardet (after his decent showing at the Worlds)
    2. Egan Bernal
    3. Primož Roglič
    4. Michael Woods (after his decent showing in the Worlds
    5. Julian Alaphilippe

    I don’t think Valverde is going strike twice, which is a shame – I don’t like the man, but it’s always good seeing the rainbow bands take wins. I feel like Moscon could be up there, but I refuse to endorse such an unpleasant human being, even passively.

  29. Lombardia

    1. Roglic

    2. Alaphilippe

    3. Valverde

    4. Nibali

    5. Moscon

     

    Hard to leave out Bardet, I hope he does well.

     

  30. il Lombardia:

    1)  Gilbert

    2)  Alaphilippe

    3)  Roglic

    4)  Valverde

    5)  Bardet

  31. Il Lombardia 2018

    1. Valverde

    2. Nibali

    3. Bardet

    4. Alaphilippe

    5. Roglic

  32. @Shandawg

    Lombardia

    Valverde

    P. Gilbert

    Egan Bernal

    Barguil

    Alaphillipe is out so keep my others as 1-4 and add Landa as #5 please..V for the win…

     

  33. Going with a bit of a flyer here maybe…….

    Woods
    Teuns
    Roglic
    Moscon
    Pinot

  34. @mulebeatsdrums

    Okay, Lombardia, a race I have never actually watched, so I never had any idea who to go for.

    1. Romain Bardet (after his decent showing at the Worlds)
    2. Egan Bernal
    3. Primož Roglič
    4. Michael Woods (after his decent showing in the Worlds
    5. Julian Alaphilippe

    I don’t think Valverde is going strike twice, which is a shame – I don’t like the man, but it’s always good seeing the rainbow bands take wins. I feel like Moscon could be up there, but I refuse to endorse such an unpleasant human being, even passively.

    Alaphilippe’s a pre-race scratch, apparently, so throw Malmerde in there I guess.

    @Teocalli Those are some interesting picks. The gents on the Cycling Podcast were rating Pinot and Woods.

  35. @MangoDave

    Lombardia

    1. Roglic

    2. Alaphilippe

    3. Valverde

    4. Nibali

    5. Moscon

    Hard to leave out Bardet, I hope he does well.

    OK, Bardet is back in for me.  Please swap out Alaphilippe and add Bardet in position #2.  Everyone else is the same.

  36. Given his form and winning the Worlds, I know it’s idiotic not to even include Valverde in my top 5 (which means he’ll probably win), but …

    1 – Nibali (I admit this is a choice more with my heart than my head)

    2 – Woods

    3 – Bardet

    4 – Roglic

    5 – Pinot

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