# Velominati Super Prestige: Giro Rosa 2014

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage race. What do I know? Evidently, not enough, but it is here and we should appreciate it, if it is properly covered, which it won’t be, because of the TOUR de FRANCE, FFS.

The 25th Giro Rosa includes 953 km of racing from Caserta to Santuario Madonna del Ghisallo with starts around noon, every stage, how civilized. American Mara Abbott will be defending her 2013 victory. It was gained on her climbing ability, a skill Ms. Vos has but somehow could not match last year. To be racing in Italy in summer; everyone will be lining up their bikes for this stage race. I imagine the women will be enjoying La Dolce Vita more than the men of the Giro in May. My impression is the women race just as hard but have more fun throughout the days of a stage race.

Podium Café always has some good lead-in coverage for women’s racing here. A provisional start list complete with rider’s twitter and instagram accounts is here, the kids. As we all know, points scored for women’s VSP races count equally for the overall 2014 prizes. Prizes you ask?

- 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.

To be clear on the Delgado issue, the time clock on the VSP banner is it, not the actual start in Italy. Refresh your browser to make sure you are still in pre-delgado status.

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I am so confused by Rabo Liv they are running 2 GC contenders with Vos as back up…or is this a clever ruse and everyone is riding for the Vos Boss. I am going to bet that this backfires a little, although women don’t tend to shaft each other on the road quite the way the men do, I still think it is a dangerous game to play and could leave things wide open for all the other contenders that I know absolutely nothing about! I would just like to say that the prize money of 17000 euros sucks for the only womens Grand Tour of the season.

VSP PICKS:

1. Alena Amialiusik

2. Mara Abbott

3. Anna van der Breggen

4. The Vos Boss

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Marianne Vos

3. Emma Johansson

4. Emma Pooley

5. Elisa Longo Bhorgini

I am ashamed to admit I know nothing of womens cycling, besides spending an inordinate amount of time looking at the Cyclepassion Calendar. I need to educate myself further!

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara “Russ” Abbott

2. Marianne “The Boss” Vos

3. Emma “Feeling” Pooley

4. Elisa “Oh So” Longo Borghini

5. Emma “Don” Johannson

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Johanson

3. Vos

4. Brand

5. Samara Sheppard

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Lichtenberg (Hausler)

3. Vos

4. Ferrand-Prevot

5. Guderzo

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Vos

3. Stevens

4. Johansson

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. abbot

3. pooley

4. johansson

5. borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. abbott

3. pooley

4. johansson

5. borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Lizzie Armistead

3. Emma Johansson

4. Elisa Longo Borghini

5. Giorgia Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Borghini

3. Armistead

4. Johansson

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Armistead

4. Abbot

5. Bronzini

blah

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Pooley

4. Bronzini

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Mara Abbot

3. Evelyn Stevens

4. Emma Pooley

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Alena Amialiusik

4. Anna van der Breggen

5. Mara Abbott

Clueless

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbot

2. Vos

3. Pooley

4. Stevens

5. Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Marianne Vos

3. Emma Pooley

4. Emma Johansson

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Elisa Longo Borghini

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Mara Abbott

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Mara Abbott

3. Evelyn Stevens

4. Claudia Lichtenberg

5. Tatiana Guderzo

VSP PICKS:

1. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT

2. Elisa LONGO-BORGHINI

3. Marianne VOS

4. Mara ABBOTT

5. Emma POOLEY

VSP PICKS:

1. Pooley

2. Ferrand-Prevot

3. Guderzo

4. Vos

5. Abbott

VSP PICKS:

1. mara abbott

2. Marianne Vos

3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

4. Elisa Longo-Borghini

5. Emma Pooley

After a DNS for Tour de Suisse, Floridian is back in the game!

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Abbott

3. Johannson

4. Gillow

5. Evelyn Stevens

Go get ’em girls!

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Vos

3. Stevens

4. Pooley

5. Longo-Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Stevens

4. Ferrand-Prevot

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. E Stevens

3. Amialyusik

4. Luperini

5. Van Der Breggen

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisa Longo-Borghini

2. Mara abbott

3. Emma pooley

4. Marianne vos

5. Evelyn stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. M Vos

2. A van der Breggen

3. P Ferrand-Prevot

4. M Abbott

5. E Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. P. Ferrand-Prevot

2. M. Abbot

3. A. Van der Breggen

4. M. Vos

5. A. Moolman

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos Boss

2. Abbott

3. Longo Borghini

4. Pooley

5. Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Evelyn Stevens

2. Marianne Vos

3. Emma Johansson

4. Shara Gillow

5. Mara Abbott

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma pooley

2. Marianne Vos

3. Emma Johansson

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Elisa Longo-Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Elizabeth Armistead

3. Emma Johansson

4. Elisa Longo Borghini

5. Tiffany Cromwell

VSP PICKS:

1. Borghini

2. Pooley

3. Vos

4. Johansson

5. Abbot

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Marianne Vos

3. Evelyn Stevens

4. Emma Johansson

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Pooley

2. Ferrand Prevot

3. Hausler

4. Vos

5. Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Emma Johansson

3. Marianne Vos

4. Emma Pooley

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

Only women’s race I’m not tipping Vos for. She only won 3/8 stages last year, so I’ll have to tip her teammate instead.

VSP PICKS:

1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

2. Mara Abbott

3. Claudia HÃ¤usler

4. Marianne Vos

5. Evelyn Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbot

2. Vos

3. Stevens

4. Pooley

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbot

2. Vos

3. Ferrand-Prevot

4. Pooley

5. Lichtenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbot

2. Vos

3. Pooley

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Claudia Hausler

Heads up! Claudia Hausler got hitched and is now Lichtenberg.

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbot

2. Vos

3. Emma Pooley

4. Emma Johansson

5. Claudia Lichtenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Vos

3. Emma Pooley

4. Emma Johansson

5. Claudia Lichtenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Abbot

3. Pooley

4. Bronzini

5. Ferrand-Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Abbott

3. Johansson

4. Stevens

5. Pooley

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Eleonora Van Dijk

4. Elisa Longo Borghini

5. Giorgia Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. abbott

3. Emma Johansson

4. bronzini

5. pooley

Fuck. Delgadoed due to shit 3G reception. Gutted.

Fuck.Just spent ages scrutinising the form guides and deliberating over choices to find I’ve Delgado’d. Fuck.

Delgado’ed too.

What’s with the conflicting info on the VSP? I Delgado’d Suisse and now the Giro Rosa due to conflicting banners. At the top of my refreshed page, I still seem to have 1D 13H 59M til closing on the Giro Rosa, yet the spot to enter picks at the bottom say closed. What gives? The TDF clock appears to be working correctly.