# Velominati Super Prestige: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Women 2013

Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers from these countries. Does professional racing require geographic or historical context? Yes, I believe it does. There are many historically significant European races that have ceased to be while in October the professional peloton flies to China to race in the smog. What is the point? The money spent getting everything to China would be better spent supporting the smaller historic races and making sure they include women’s categories.

This Saturday’s forecast calls for zero percent chance of precicitation and near freezing temperatures. I wouldn’t want to ride in those conditions but I do like to see professionals race in them. And if it’s a little wet too, excellent. They can all test out their embrocation layering and neoprene gloves. Early season Belgian races should be cold and wet. It’s the Belgian brand.

The women’s provisional start list is here. The names of many teams have changed, a few big hitters are gone but it is just as large as the men’s field, 248 riders! Granted, many will get shelled on the first cobbled berg but that’s all in the game. If you want to call yourself a professional, you have to survive cold (and wet) races like this.

Let the betting begin. Velominati is an equal opportunity betting parlor. For points awarded, the women’s races hold as much value as the men’s.

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VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Stevens

3. Armistead

4. Olds

5. Longo-Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Elizabeth Armitstead

2. Evelyn Stevens

3. Emma Johansson

4. Loes Gunnewijk

5. Lucinda Brand

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Gunnewijk

3. T. Worrack

4. van Dijk

5. Longo Borghini

Im shooting for last place this year.

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Stevens

3. Johansson

4. Gunnewijk

5. Garner

VSP PICKS:

1. E. Stevens

2. I. Teutenberg

3. R. Gilmore

4. L. Brand

5. L. De Vocht

VSP PICKS:

1. Stevens

2. Meredith Miller

3. Armistead

4. Borghini

5. Teutenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Ina Teutenberg

3. Loes Gunnewijk

4. Lizzie Armistead

5. Lucinda Brand

VSP PICKS:

1. Loes Gunnewijk

2. Trixxi Worack

3. Elizabeth Armitstead

4. Lauren Kitchen

5. Amanda Spratt

VSP PICKS:

1. Gunnewijk

2. Armistead

3. Marijn De Vries

4. Borghini

5. Ev Stevens

I’d like to have been there when the riders for Boels Dolmans were shown the strip for this year. Subtle it ain’t.

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. De Vries

3. Schnitzmeier

4. Gunnewijk

5. Colclough

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Borghini

3. Armistead

4. Gunnewijk

5. Arndt

As an aside, anyone that’s selected Dani King might want to change that, as she’s going to be in a nice warm velodrome in Minsk in a GBR skinsuit chasing the Points Race title.

VSP PICKS:

1. Marjolein Claessen

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Jamie Bookwalter

4. Elizabeth Armitstead

5. Lucinda Brand

@Al__S

O shit…good spot thanks!

VSP PICKS:

1. armistead

2. emma johansson

3. gunnewijk

4. borghini

5. R. Gillmore

VSP PICKS:

1. armistead

2. emma johansson

3. gunnewijk

4. borghini

5. R.Gillmore

@Frank I am trying to swap out danni king for R. Gillmore but the site does not seem to want to let me swap out my number 5 slot…I have disputed it so hopefully things will sort themselves out..

VSP PICKS:

1. armistead

2. emma johansson

3. gunnewijk

4. borghini

5. danni king

I am afraid to say I know less about wimmins pro cycling than I do about fitba’ but it’s the taking part that counts, right ?

VSP PICKS:

1. De Vries

2. Armistead

3. Claessen

4. Bookwalter

5. Brand

Off to the races girls!!

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Armitstead

3. The Long Borg

4. Blaak

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marijn De Vries

3. Elena Kuchinskaya

4. Ina Teutenberg

5. Carolien Haers

I’d love to list some of the Scottish riders in the Breast Cancer Care Team as they kick my butt on the track in Glasgow (along with many others) but this first race of their maiden season will be little more bumpy under wheel than they are used to. Baptism of Fire.

VSP PICKS:

1. Armitstead

2. Borghini

3. Johannson

4. Gilmore

5. Worrack

VSP PICKS:

1. armistead

2. johannson

3. borghini

4. gunnewijk

5. gilmore

More cycling can only be a good thing, more televised cycling even better. And the women’s races are every bit as exciting as the men’s, if not more so if the Olympic Road Race was anything to go by.

VSP PICKS:

1. Elizabeth Armitstead

2. Marijn De Vries

3. Loes Gunnewijk

4. Lucinda Brand

5. Ian Teutenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Olds

2. Johansson

3. Stevens

4. Armistead

5. De Vries

VSP PICKS:

1. Loes Gunnewijk

2. Armistead

3. Johansson

4. Worrak

5. De Vries

@Deakus

She’s already picked up one rainbow jersey this week (team pursuit, sort of expected from GBR…). Saw that she was in for Scratch and Points as well (sensible events if you’re going to switching over to road)

VSP PICKS:

1. Gunnewijk

2. Armistead

3. Borghini

4. Johansson

5. Vries

Roll o’ dice

VSP PICKS:

1. Elizabeth Armitstead

2. Katie Colclough

3. Elena Kuchinskaya

4. Marijn De Vries

5. Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier

Ok so I really, really don’t have a clue…

VSP PICKS:

1. Lizzie Armitstead

2. Katie Colclough

3. Lucy Garner

4. Jo Rowsell

5. Loes Gunnewijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Elizabeth Armitstead

2. Charlotte Becker

3. Elisa Longo Borghini

4. Eleonora Van Dijk

5. Lucy Garner

Love having the Women’s races as part of the VSP.

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Olds

3. Johansson

4. Wild

5. Brand

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Trixi Worrack

3. Borghini

4. Armistead

5. Bras

VSP PICKS:

1. Kuchinskaya

2. Armistead

3. Gilmore

4. Garner

5. Kneteman

Thanks, Eightzero, for the inspiraiton.

VSP PICKS:

1. Evie Stevie

2. Armitstead

3. De Vries

4. Gilmore

5. Trixxi W

VSP PICKS:

1. Johannson

2. gunnewijk

3. Armistead

4. Hosking

5. Brand

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. De Vries

3. Stevens

4. Johansson

5. Gunnewijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Elizabeth Armitstead

4. Lucy Garner

5. Rachel Neylan

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Johansson

3. Teutenberg

4. van Vleuten

5. De Vries

I’ve just seen Kirsten Wild racing at the track world champs! So she’s out and Borghini is in.

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Elisa Longo Borghini

3. Annemiek van Vleuten

4. Elizabeth Armitstead

5. Chloe Hosking

VSP PICKS:

1. Loes Gunnewijk

2. Trixi Worrack

3. Elizabeth Armitstead

4. Elisa Longo Borghini

5. Chloe Hosking

VSP PICKS:

1. E. Johansson

2. A. van Vleuten

3. L. Gunnewijk

4. C. Hosking

5. T. Worrack

VSP PICKS:

1. Gunnewijk

2. De Vries

3. Armitstead

4. Brastianelli

5. Olsson

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Elizabeth Armitstead

3. Loes Gunnewijk

4. Lucy Garner

5. Ina Teutenberg

VSP PICKS:

1. Gunnewi(n)jk

2. Johansson

3. E. Arys

4. Jolien Dhoore

5. Garner

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Elizabeth Armitstead

3. Charlotte Becker

4. Marijn De Vries

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Stevens

3. Johansson

4. De Vries

5. Gunnewijk

Armi takes revenge for the loss at the olympics. Is Vos racing? Must not be. Because then she’d win.

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Stevens

3. Gun borrough

4. Teutenberg

5. Gillmore

It’s a sad state of affairs that I have no fucking clue here. Zero. I went with an all belgian ticket. What a world, what a world.

VSP PICKS:

1. De Crits Nel

2. Druyts Kelly

3. De Vries

4. D’Hoore

5. Breyne

Evie would go.

VSP PICKS:

1. Evie Stevens

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Elizabeth Armitstead

4. Ellen Van Dijk

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Evie Stevey

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Rachel Neylan

4. Lizzie Armistead

5. Rochelle Gilmore