Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016

Everybody knows there are two kinds of cobbles. Big cobbles, little cobbles, grippy cobbles, and slippy cobbles. And when it comes to mastering the stones, no one is better than the undisputed King of the Cobbles, Kenny Van Vlaminck. And speaking of cobble legends, there is a great piece on our friend Johan Museeuw over on Rouleur today.

According to the weather reports, there is going to be wind and rain on Sunday. And if you watched the live coverage of Gent Wevelgem last week, the storm that blew in after the race was wicked intense. And, since I’ve decided not to visit Belgium this year, you can be pretty sure that the weather will finally be rubbish. You’re welcome.

We rode the RVV route (the classic route, not the crap new one) in the wind, rain, and hail a few years back, and it was striking how slippy the cobbles on the Paterberg and Koppenberg are in the wet. These climbs are borderline doable in the dry, and if you need to get out of the saddle for some extra juice, it is going to take some good bike handling to keep from spinning out.

And don’t forget we’ve got wicked prizes on offer; Don Walker is giving a free custom steel frame to the winner of the VSP overall, and Café Roubaix is awarding a set of their CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelsets to the runner-up. Third place gets a free V-Kit. Boom. So get prognosticating and get your picks in before the clock goes to zero. Good luck!


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306 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016”

  1. Let’s make this interesting…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Roelandts
    2. Kristoff
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Cancellara
    5. Sagan
  2. I truthfully would like to see Spartacus win again, but I also think that the young lions clawing at him might just get the better of him.  Only time will tell…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Van Avermaet
    3. Cancellara
    4. Vanmarcke
    5. Kwiatkowski
  3. I will continue with

    my foolproof plan to pick the results I want, rather than the results that are likely. So Sep all the way!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vanmarcke
    2. Cancellara
    3. Sagan
    4. van Avermaet
    5. Rowe
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fabian Cancellara
    3. Ian Stannard
    4. Tiesj Benoot
    5. Greg Van Avermaet
  5. Lets try that again…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cancellara
    2. Terpstra
    3. Sagan
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Benoot
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Sep Vanmarcke
    4. Greg van Avermaet
    5. Niki terpstra
  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fabian Cancellara
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Edvald Boasson-Hagen
    5. Tom Boonen
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fabian Cancellara
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  9. Need to snag some points, but with everyone pick Sparty to win, have to do something different.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Benoot
    3. Spartacus
    4. EVB
    5. Sep V
  10. Stacking my picks with favorites but Tony Martin will not embarrass.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Michał Kwiatkowski
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  11. Can’t wait for the racing to begin!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kwaitkowski
    3. Cancellara
    4. Stybar
    5. Van Avermaet
  12. I’m just throwing a Pippo in there for good measure.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vanmarcke
    2. Cancellara
    3. Sagan
    4. van Avermaet
    5. Pozzato
  13. GVA out, Stybar in. Arghh, over-

    thinking it again!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vanmarcke
    2. Cancellara
    3. Sagan
    4. Stybar
    5. Pozzato
  14. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Sep Vanmarcke
    5. Alexander Kristoff
  15. Hoping for another fantastic installment of Flanders!!!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. CANCELLARA Fabian
    2. BOONEN Tom
    3. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    4. KRISTOFF Alexander
    5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Fabian Cancellara
    3. Michał Kwiatkowski
    4. Sep Vanmarcke
    5. Greg Van Avermaet
  17. @mulebeatsdrums

    Completely agree with the whole throwing/breaking of equipment.  Whether its a Baseball bat or golf club or especially a bicycle, there’s no reason to treat gear like that.  But i guess that comes from not having to pay for your own stuff, not to mention i’ve never had to produce results with a bicycle to keep my lively hood, if i did i might become more frustrated as well.  I would seek out some videos and interviews of him, seems to be a pretty stand up guy, even if a bit of him is lost in translation.  Chapeau!

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fabian Cancellara
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Greg Van Avermaet
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Sep Vanmarcke
  19. @mulebeatsdrums

    One of the beautiful things of being a fan is we get to hold our opinions however we choose. We try to be rational in every aspect of our lives; this is the one area where bias and irrationality have a perfect home. Woo-hoo!

  20. @hudson

    @mulebeatsdrums

    Completely agree with the whole throwing/breaking of equipment. Whether its a Baseball bat or golf club or especially a bicycle, there’s no reason to treat gear like that. But i guess that comes from not having to pay for your own stuff, not to mention i’ve never had to produce results with a bicycle to keep my lively hood, if i did i might become more frustrated as well. I would seek out some videos and interviews of him, seems to be a pretty stand up guy, even if a bit of him is lost in translation. Chapeau!

    For me, that argument doesn’t hold water (I’m not saying you’re making it!). I go back to the aforementioned case of my work computer. And I work in film, so I have to use all sorts of glorious tech from as early as the ‘60s; obviously it’s not going to work smoothly, but kicking it and having a tantrum isn’t going to help.

    Thanks for the advice though! I’ll have a rummage on the YewTewb.

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Greg Van Avermaet
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Fabian Cancellara
    4. Sep Vanmarcke
    5. Tiesj Benoot
  22. As much as I want to pick Boonen, I just can’t do it. Everybody else is just too much on their game.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Cancellara
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Sagan
    4. Van Avermat
    5. Vanmarcke
  23. Pozzato?! WTF was I thinking? Pipo out, Boss Hogg in.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vanmarcke
    2. Cancellara
    3. Sagan
    4. Stybar
    5. Boasson Hagen

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