Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallone Féminine 2013

photo: Bettini
photo: Bettini

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. PROFIL 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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139 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallone Féminine 2013”

  1. 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

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johansson
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Lisa Brennauer
    4. Marijn de Vries
    5. Anna Van Der Breggen

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. haven’t got a scoobies

    VSP PICKS:

    1. vos
    2. borghini
    3. johannson
    4. armistead
    5. van dijk

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Surely Vos to show them the way home?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Gunnewijk
    4. Armitstead
    5. Van Dijk

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. @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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

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