Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013

Photo via Slipstream Sports
Photo via Slipstream Sports

Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.

It doesn’t bother me one bit, however. My mind is already cast ahead to Vlaanderen and the Cobbled Classics which kick off this weekend with Omloop Het Neiuwsblad. I still want to call it Omloop Het Volk, and people more brazen than me would call it Gent-Gent and people even more stubborn than that would call it “Feburacing”. (I made that last part up.)

Most importantly, this is when we kick off the third installment of the Velominati Super Prestige. We Keepers are all about the Spring Classics in general and the Cobbled Classics in particular – going so far as to host the second annual Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics in April. (Sign up now, by the way, as we are looking at other projects for Keepers Tour next year and there is no guarantee we’ll hold it on the cobblestones again in 2014.)

With that, we kick off the season-long 2013 Velominati Super Prestige with the first major race on the berggen and Kasseien of VVest Vlaanderen. Name your picks in the boxes below; 7 points for naming the winner correctly, 5 for second place, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, and 2 for fifth. One point for naming a rider to the top five, but getting the place wrong. Points will be amassed over the course of the season, and the winner will win a personalized Velominati Shop Apron. Full Rules and Scoring Guidelines on the VSP Main Page. Starting roster is over on CyclingNews.com. The ladies event will go up later today or first thing tomorrow.

Good luck, and Merckxspeed.

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227 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013”

  1. If these picks suck I’m going to blame it on the cyclo-cross-dressing picture.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boasson Hagen
    2. Sylvain Chavanet
    3. Thomas Geraint
    4. Bernhard Eisel
    5. De Vreese

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Taylor Phinney
    2. Johan Vansummeren
    3. Lars Boom
    4. Jurgen Roelandts
    5. Greg Van Avermaet

  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Degenkolb
    2. Hushovd
    3. Stannard
    4. Roelandts
    5. Vanmarcke

  4. @Deakus

    I am concerned that some people in the off season are mixing up Cyclo-X, with Cross Training, with Cross Dressing. This is unlikely to yield strong results in the Spring Classics!

    Someone finally got a photo of @minion!

  5. @scaler911

    @Deakus

    I am concerned that some people in the off season are mixing up Cyclo-X, with Cross Training, with Cross Dressing. This is unlikely to yield strong results in the Spring Classics!

    Someone finally got a photo of @minion!

    I don’t mind his tattoo or even the outfit…but a MOUNTAIN BIKE?!

  6. Quick question: Isn’t the closing time for picks/entires currently set for the day after the race?

  7. @Chris

    @Deakus WTF did you stick into google to come up with that? Deviant.

    Bizzarely I was looking up Rochelle Gilmore from the Wiggle Honda Team and somehow he is on the same site!  There is simply no comparison…I mean she is fully clothed….there is no justice!

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Juan Antonio Flecha
    2. Thor Hushovd
    3. Lars Boom
    4. Sep Vanmarcke
    5. Tom Boonen

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    2. Tom Boonen
    3. Thor Hushovd
    4. Zdenek Stybar
    5. Lars Boom

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Terpstra
    2. Roelandts
    3. Boom
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Vanmarcke

  11. @Deakus

    @Chris

    @Deakus WTF did you stick into google to come up with that? Deviant.

    Bizzarely I was looking up Rochelle Gilmore from the Wiggle Honda Team and somehow he is on the same site! There is simply no comparison…I mean she is fully clothed….there is no justice!

     

    I can see how they can be easily confused.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boom
    2. Boonen
    3. God of Thunder
    4. EBH
    5. Stybar

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    2. Tom Boonen
    3. Sep Vanmarcke
    4. Lars Boom
    5. Filippo Pozzato

  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Lars Boom
    2. Niki Terpstra
    3. John Degenkolb
    4. Dominique Rollin
    5. Greg Van Avermaet

  14. I picked with my head, but my heart is with Canadian road champ and local Guelph rez Ryan Roth (Champion System) who’s in this race (maybe he’ll get some face time in an early breakaway?)

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Terpstra
    2. Roelandts
    3. Boom
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Vanmarcke

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Niki Terpstra
    2. John Degenkolb
    3. Sebastian Langeveld
    4. Jurgen Roelandts
    5. Lars Boom

  16. @scaler911

    @Deakus

    I am concerned that some people in the off season are mixing up Cyclo-X, with Cross Training, with Cross Dressing. This is unlikely to yield strong results in the Spring Classics!

    Someone finally got a photo of @minion!

    I wish I had a Santa Cruz…

  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Boonen
    2. Boasson Hagen
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Fletcha
    5. Pozzato

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. HUSHOVD Thor
    2. BOONEN Tom
    3. BONNET William
    4. PHINNEY Taylor
    5. EISEL Bernhard

  19. This. or something entirely different.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. EBH
    2. Thomas
    3. Boonen
    4. Pozzato
    5. Van Avermaet

  20. N.o 3? ex MTB champ hard as…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sep Vanmarcke
    2. Tom boonen
    3. Clinton Avery
    4. Sebastien Chavanel
    5. Thor Hushovd

  21. opening day,can’t wait,cheers.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Terpstra
    3. Fletcha
    4. Rollin
    5. Vanmarcke

  22. It’s Good to be Back. The Mighty Thor is also glad to be back.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Thor Hushovd
    2. S. Vanmarcke
    3. G. Van Avermaet
    4. Boss Hagen
    5. Z. Stybar

  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Tom Boonen
    2. Thor Hushovd
    3. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    4. Sep Vanmarcke
    5. Taylor Phinney

  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. vanmarcke
    2. van summeren
    3. turgot
    4. chavanel
    5. boasson hagen

  25. @minion

    @scaler911

    @Deakus

    I am concerned that some people in the off season are mixing up Cyclo-X, with Cross Training, with Cross Dressing. This is unlikely to yield strong results in the Spring Classics!

    Someone finally got a photo of @minion!

    I wish I had a Santa Cruz…

    Wow, Lance is really going all out to get around that ban, isn’t he?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. vanmarcke
    2. van summeren
    3. turgot
    4. chavanel
    5. boasson hagen

  26. At the request of my four year old, I am reversing my first two picks so that we can cheer for Boom tomorrow.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boom
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Terpstra
    4. Boasson Hagen
    5. Roelandts

  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Terpstra
    2. Sep Vanmarke
    3. Avermaat
    4. Roelandts
    5. Boasson Hagen

  28. @Duende

    Rule #11! I’ll make any number of concessions to my brood in breach of this Rule, but changing VSP picks at their whim is plain wrong (unless there’s a stuffed crocodile involved””that changes everything).

  29. VSP PICKS:

    1. Boonen
    2. Hushovd
    3. Vanmarcke
    4. Boasson Hagen
    5. Dengenkolb

  30. It’s been a long hot summer in NZ, the tan lines are crisp and now the Spring Classics are on – let the V times roll!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Boonen
    2. Vanmarcke
    3. Nukes Nuyens
    4. Boss Hogg
    5. Flecha

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