# Velominati Super Prestige: The Women’s Elite Road Race 2014

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber’s course, not exactly, nor a sprinter’s course.

I love the tension of trade teams wearing their national team jerseys; personal ambition and teamwork fight to the finish. I’m not jinxing anyone’s chances here, but repeating as World Champion is difficult, unless someone is the dominant rider of her generation. And even for her it will be very hard. But I’m not naming names here.

Here is the start list. If one delgados this, they need to check their priorities in life. We know the prizes are awesome, bragging rights, more awesome.

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VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos”¨

2. Emma Johansson

3. Tatyana Riabchenko

4. Annemiek Van Vleuten

5. Giorgia Bronzini

Picks borrowed from Universio, then shuffled the Vs to the top, as they should be. Best of luck to all.

VSP PICKS:

1. Van Vleuten

2. Vos

3. Riabchenko

4. Johansson

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Bronzini

3. Johansson

4. Riabchenko

5. Van Vleuten

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Armistead

3. Bronzini

4. Van Vleuten

5. Vos

I’d like to put a Canadian in the mix (Lex or Leah) but that’s hard list to argue with.

Pedal hard ladies!

VSP PICKS:

1. The Divine Ms. V

2. Emma Johannson

3. Van Vleuten

4. Riabchenko

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Bronzini

3. Johansson

4. Stevens

5. Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armitstead

3. Johansson

4. Bronzini

5. Stevens

But then again – it could rain

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Giorgia Bronzini

3. Liz Armitstead

4. Emma Johansson

5. Evelyn Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Elizabeth Armitstead

3. Emma Johansson

4. Elisa Borghini

5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Ferrand Prevot

4. Cromwell

5. Albrecht

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos the Boss

2. Armistead

3. Stevens

4. Van Dijk

5. Brozini

Vos has so many rainbows it’s nuts, but not this year (alas). She needs a bronze so she can say she hit for the cycle. (That’s a baseball reference for you non-North Americans).

VSP PICKS:

1. Van Vleuten

2. Johannson

3. Vos

4. Stevens

5. Bronzini

Warning: pic contains hot tip.

Hopefully, picking our Lizzie to beat Mary V tomorrow will be a bit like picking our Brad to beat Der Panzerwagen in the ITT. Can the lightning strike twice?

VSP PICKS:

1. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth

2. VOS Marianne

3. JOHANSSON Emma

4. BRONZINI Georgia

5. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos the Boss

2. Armistead

3. Johansson

4. Stevens

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Johansson

4. Prevot

5. Borghini

@DeKerr

…did it for you, Lex had to appeal Cycling Canada to get on the team, playing the extra motivation card…

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Ferrand Prevot

4. Cromwell

5. Albrecht

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Bronzini

3. Armitstead

4. Worrack

5. Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Armitstead

4. Bronzini

5. Ferrand Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Vleuten

3. Armistead

4. Bronzini

5. Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Van Vleuten

3. Armistead

4. Bronzini

5. Ferrand Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Bronzini

4. Emma Johansson

5. Ferrand Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

4. Tiffany Cromwell

5. Elizabeth Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. johannsen

3. bronzini

4. stevens

5. armitstead

VSP PICKS:

1. M Vos

2. E Armitstead

3. E Johansson

4. G Bronzini

5. P Ferrand Prevot

For those that selected Van Vleuten, she doesn’t appear on any start list that I have seen! The TTT crash and subsequent injury perhaps has excluded her from tomorrow’s race.

This should be an exciting race with The Vos seemingly not at her best and some of her rivals in great form. But maybe The Vos is just playing possum and she plans to torch the group has it heads up the last climb!

VSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Lizzie Armistead

3. Evelyn Stevens

4. Marianne Vos

5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Cos I’m on top of the world looking down on Croatia.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johansson

3. Armistead

4. Cromwell

5. Ferencic

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Georgia Bronzini

3. Evie Stevens

4. Lizzie Armitstead

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. M. Vos

2. E. Johansson

3. R. Ratto

4. P. Ferrand-Prevot

5. E. Armitstead

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VSP PICKS:

1. M. Vos

2. E. Johansson

3. P. Ferrand Prevot

4. G. Bronzini

5. E. Armitstead

VSP PICKS:

1. ARMITSTEAD, Elizabeth

2. STEVENS, Evelyn

3. JOHANSSON, Emma

4. VOS, Marianne

5. FERRAND PREVOT, Pauline

VSP PICKS:

1. Lizzie Armitstead

2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

3. Marianne Vos

4. Alena Amialiusik

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

Argh, that’s what I get for wheelsucking. Thanks @Kevin

VSP PICKS:

1. The Divine Ms. V

2. Emma Johannson

3. Mara Abbott

4. Riabchenko

5. Bronzini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Bronzini

4. Borghini

5. Van Dijk

The trouble with a night shift is you have time to reconsider. I’ll be sorry if the TTT was a bit of sandbagging by Ms Vos.

VSP PICKS:

1. Elizabeth Armitstead

2. Emma Johansson

3. Elisa Borghini

4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

5. Evelyn Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Vos

3. Johansson

4. Stevens

5. Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. E Johansson

3. E Steven

4. P Ferrard-Prevut

5. K Niewiadoma

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armitstead

3. Bronzini

4. Borghini

5. Cromwell

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Bronzini

4. Johansson

5. Ferand Prevot

@DeKerr My pleasure, equal playing field and all…

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos, Marianne

2. Amristead, Elizabeth

3. Ferrand-Prevot, Pauline

4. Bronzini, Georgia

5. Stevens, Evelyn

Still can’t get over that awful crash in the TTT. I was shocked to see Vos dropped, but she missed the carnage, so blessing in disguise? Hoping for a speedy recovery for the injured, and that Vos rides like a woman possessed.

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Elizabeth Armitstead

4. Giorgia Bronzini

5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

VSP PICKS:

1. M. Vos

2. E. Johansson

3. E. Armitstead

4. P. Ferrand-Prevot

5. R. Ratto

I just have a sneaking suspecion that Vos is not on her best form. I don’t think that the sprinters will factor in the final. I would like to see Stevens win, but I may be overly optimistic.

VSP PICKS:

1. Stevens

2. Johansson

3. Vos

4. Armitstead

5. Longo Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Elizabeth Armitstead

3. Evelyn Stevens

4. Tiffany Cromwell

5. Linda Melanie Villumsen

At the request of the the VMH, I am swapping out Tiffany Cromwell for Rossella Ratto. If Ratto places fourth, or anywhere in the top five,

owes Ms Minnesota Expat a handlebar basket for her Bianchi Cortina. I’m guessing thatsomeoneis me.someoneVSP PICKS:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Marianne Vos

3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

4. Rossella Ratto

5. Elizabeth Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. P Ferrand Prevot

3. L Armitstead

4. G Bronzini

5. E Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

2. Elizabeth Armistead

3. Emma Johansson

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Elisa Longo-Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johannson

3. Van dijk

4. Borghini

5. Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Lizzie Armitstead

3. Giorgia Bronzini

4. Emma Johansson

5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Here’s to a great race!

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Armistead

3. Johansson

4. Ferrand-prevot

5. Stevens