# Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallone Féminine 2013

Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races are too far apart to infer much from the last race. This is their whole Ardennes campaign; one race, no holds barred, save nothing. Who is a badass? Is Marianne tuned up? Is she still hungry enough? Are there some more young guns looking to make a name for themselves? Ponder all this carefully. The race is Wednesday. To contest one has to first be there in the top ten at the bottom of the Huy. A good team is required to chase down the troublesome breaks and help shape the final kilometers. To win one has to have the best power to weight ratio and the sense to use it at exactly the right time. Experience with this race shows. People who have botched the finish have returned to win. Timing is almost everything, superlative power climbing ability is the rest. The start list is here.

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I think Johansson has had 9 races for 9 podiums so far in 2013, without a win. She MUST be due!!!

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Lisa Brennauer

4. Marijn de Vries

5. Amber Neben

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Lisa Brennauer

4. Marijn de Vries

5. Anna Van Der Breggen

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Armitstead

4. Van vleuten

5. Van dijk

Aaah this is tough…the Vos Boss has to be the money pick, but Johanssen has “the force” within her and has been doing some steep hill interval shit…

I can’t do it! I cannot bring myself to back anyone but Marianne to win….she is the course specialist!

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos Boss

2. Emma Johanssen

3. de Vries

4. Van Dijk

5. Cromwell

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Borghini

3. Armistead

4. Johansson

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Borghini

4. van Dijk

5. Armitstead

VSP PICKS:

1. johannson

2. vos

3. van dijk

4. armistead

5. borghini

An upset on the Muur de Huy is In store.

Or I don’t know shit.

It’s one or the other.

My money’s on the second.

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Van Dijk

3. Vos Boss

4. Lizzie A

5. De Vries

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. De Vries

3. Johannson

4. Armistead

5. Borghini

haven’t got a scoobies

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. borghini

3. johannson

4. armistead

5. van dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Gillo

2. Vos

3. Johannsen

4. Stevens

5. Armstead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Borghini

4. Armistead

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Gunnawin

2. Stevens

3. Vos

4. Armistead

5. Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Borghini

4. Kupfernagel

5. Borgato

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Dijk

3. Johansson

4. Borghini

5. De Vries

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Stevens

3. Johansson

4. Borghini

5. Armistead

Here’s hoping

She can’t win them all…..but I got a feeling she wants to make up for a miss play last year.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Van Dijk

4. Van Vleuten

5. Longo Borghini

I wanted to upload some pics but I’m on an iPad…meh.

VSP PICKS:

1. Cromwell

2. Vos

3. Armistead

4. Kitchen

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Voss

3. Van Dijk

4. Longo Borghini

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johannson

3. Van Dijk

4. Borghini

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Borghini

4. Van Dijk

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Spratt

3. Longo Borghini

4. Van Dijk

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Van Vleuten

4. Garner

5. Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Van Vleuten

4. Moolman

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Stevens

3. Johansson

4. van Vleuten

5. van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Van Dijk

4. van Vleuten

5. Ratto

VSP PICKS:

1. VOS

2. VAN DIJK

3. JOHANNSON

4. LONGO BORGHINI

5. VAN VLEUTEN

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Longo Borghini

3. Johansson

4. Gunniwijk

5. Neben

Surely Vos to show them the way home?

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Gunnewijk

4. Armitstead

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Dijk

3. Johansson

4. Borghini

5. Van Vleuten

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. johansson

3. van dijk

4. borghini

5. liz a

There was an intriguing article in Velonews about Gran Fondo and cycle-sportifs being “the market” for pro cycling. Rather than trying to market it as a spectator sport, the money for promoters might be in participation.

I gotta say I find the concept pretty attractive. Sure, races are where top cyclists want to prove their worth. But rather than go watch a race, I really rather go for a ride with good cyclists. Why post here? Well…call me a pig, but I’d kinda dig going for a ride with pro women. I’d pay for for that.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/04/news/along-for-the-ride-are-cyclosportives-the-key-to-pro-cyclings-future_279826

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. Johansson

3. Moolman

4. Van Vleuten

5. Gunnewijk

I have no idea, other than Vos, so I hope Jens at Podium cafe knows something.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johanssen

3. Cromwell

4. Moolman

5. Borghini

@eightzero I like the idea as well. Spending the day before struggling away at a course and then watch the Pro Peloton destroy the same route the next day. It can only help to emphasize how amazing these athletes are.

VSP PICKS:

1. Borghini

2. Armistead

3. Vos

4. Johanssen

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Pooley

3. Armitstead

4. Borghini

5. Gilmore

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Van Dijk

4. Borghini

5. Cromwell

Ah who knows . I entirely blame the UCI. get these races on the TV so we can see the races and see the form

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johannson

3. Armstead

4. De Vries

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Longo Borghini

4. Van Dijk

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Brand

4. Bras

5. Visser

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Cromwell

4. Borghini

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Dijk

3. Johansson

4. De Vries

5. Armitstead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Armistead

4. Van Dijk

5. Kristen McGrath

I’ll probably regret this, but Vos is talking like a team player,not a ruthless winner. So she is out, and P-F-P is in.

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

3. Lisa Brennauer

4. Elia Longho Borghini

5. Anna Van Der Breggen

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Armitstead

4. Cantele

5. Van Der Breggen

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Dijk

3. Johansson

4. Borghini

5. Moolman

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Stevens

4. Van dijk

5. Borghani

pew, pew, pewpewpew. Shot in the dark…

VSP PICKS:

1. Borghani

2. Stevens

3. Vos

4. Johansson

5. McGrath