Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2015

Why would the VSP use the Tour de Suisse instead of the Critérium de Dauphiné? The Dauphiné is looking like the pre-Tour de France. Sky and Garmindale are already giving their GC men nightmares by screwing up on the team time trial front. Practice, practice, practice, lads; it’s better to cock it up now than in the real Tour. Every TDF buck has bailed on the Swiss race in favor of anything else.

Where does that leave us and the betting window? Points are points so it’s time to channel your inner DS and copy @xyxax’s picks. Though the main GC riders may be elsewhere, there are many great riders here; enough to make this an interesting stage race. Maybe even a great race with no obvious overall contender. Bertie is racing but hopefully he is hanging in with the gruppetto everyday. The man needs some rest damn it, not 15,000 meters of climbing. Then there is his teammate Rafal Majka, I’m not sure I trust him. And I sure don’t trust Schumacher or Rebellin who are also racing on the orange CCC team, but that’s another issue and I shouldn’t be putting Majka in the same paragraph. But he shouldn’t wink at the camera while he is crushing everyone on a climb; it’s a little like the Italian Cobra Riccò taunting everyone for not keeping up.

I digress. Here is a start list. Consider this one’s warm up VSP for the Tour de France.

Don’t forget, points go toward great end-of-season prizes.

  • First place– A custom Jaegher frame, handbuilt in Belgium.
  • Second Place– A Café Roubaix/Velominati wheelset, Chris King hubs, hand built by professional wheelsmith and Velominati Dan Richter.
  • Third Place– A Velominati kit: jersey, bibs, and cap.

 

 

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134 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Tour de Suisse 2015”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. DEGENKOLB John
    2. KRISTOFF Alexander
    3. VAN AVERMAET Greg
    4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    5. THOMAS Geraint
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Jakob Fuglsang
    2. Sergio Henao
    3. Rafal Majka
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Jurgen Van Den Broek
  3. Thursday night. Excellent. Traveling all day tomorrow, so this is a good time for a place holder pending further review.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Jakob Fuglsang
    2. Thibaut Pinot
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. Rafal Majka
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski
  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal
    2. BARGUIL, Warren
    3. SAGAN, Peter
    4. THOMAS, Geraint
    5. PINOT, Thibault
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Jakob Fuglsang
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Rafal Majka
  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    2. Majka, Rafal
    3. Thomas, Geraint
    4. Izaguirre, Jon
    5. Pinot, Thibaut
  7. More to the point @Gianni, i want to see the overtime bill for the workers paving that road.  But the lunch time views would have been worth it. Except when the boss called everyone together and said “tomorrow is Ride to Work day “

  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Rui Costa
    2. Rafal Majka
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Domenico Pozzovivo
    5. Peter Sagan
  9. Looked like Nibles has not been on the same training camps as the Astana folk from the Giro?

  10. After confusing the two Henaos in the Giro VSP one of them owes me…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Barguil
    2. Pinot
    3. Henao
    4. Annacona
    5. Pozzovivo
  11. Flying blind but here’s hoping!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Jakob Fuglsang
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Peter Sagan
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Thibaut Pinot
    2. Rui Costa
    3. Michal Kwiatkoski
    4. Rafal Mika
    5. Peter Sagan
  13. I think the Swiss will be keen to perform at home. I don’t think all three will be in the 5 but I’m not sure which 2 to go with.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. J Fuglsang
    2. M Elmiger
    3. M Albasini
    4. S Dillier
    5. R Majka
  14. Just a note that (3x winner) Rui Costa *isn’t* listed as racing. *Mario* Costa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1rio_Costa_(cyclist))  is listed as starting for Lampre. 

    Rui Costa is currently racing at the Critérium du Dauphiné. I suppose it is possible he will withdraw and start the Tour de Swiss.

    OTOH, if those “Costa” tips are for Mario Costa, then good luck!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. FUGLSANG Jakob
    3. DUMOULIN Tom
    4. ALBASINI Michael
    5. ELMIGER Martin
  15. Damnit.  Watching Dauphine and realized that’s not RUI Costa.  Let’s revise this to replace Costa with Kwiatko.

    @CoachRobDC

    After my horrible Giro outing, I’m almost afraid to submit this one…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Spilak
    2. Costa
    3. Maijka
    4. Doumoulin
    5. Sagan

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Spilak
    2. Kwiatkoski
    3. Maijka
    4. Doumoulin
    5. Sagan
  16. Hope to see some of it myself, since living in Switzerland

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Spilak
    3. Fuglsang
    4. Pinot
    5. Henao
  17. @Barracuda

    believe it or not, but May and June are the 2 months when the Swiss are encouraged to Bike to Work at least 50% of their working days. And since everything is horribly expensive here, I really would not want to see the bill of their overtime, unless you want to be “Switzerlanded” which is the official expression for the reaction of foreigners when looking at Swiss prices. There is more talk about Switzerland being an island (of high prices) than of a country in the alps.

  18. Well thank you Rui Costa for making me wonder who to pick for this race. I have no idea. I think Sagan might take the prologue, though.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Fuglsang
    3. Geraint Thomas
    4. Gesink
    5. Sagan
  19. Kwiato takes it on stage 9 ITT while Thomas finds the tarmac at some point and goes out of contention. BTW, has anyone seen the stage profiles? A 3D representation of a 2D object… Interesting or ridiculous?

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race.php?id=149934&c=8

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Jakob Fuglsang
    3. Thibaut Pinot
    4. Geraint Thomas
    5. Simon Spilak
  20. Switching out Sagan for Thomas – think Sagan won’t really push it til the Tour.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Jakob Fuglsang
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. Thibaut Pinot
    5. Geraint Thomas
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michal Kwiatkowski
    2. Jakob Fuglsang
    3. Thibaut Pinot
    4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck
    5. Peter Sagan
  22. I’m rolling the dice, but I won’t be watching. I can’t watch any footage of anything in Switzerland; it makes me want to sell everything off (except the steeds + VMH) and immediately claim aesthetic asylum.

    Holy fuck. Pozzovivo is back?! Who said little dudes in Lycra aren’t tough? A few weeks after crashing on his face at high speeds…Yep, ready to roll out again. HardMan!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Fuglsang
    3. G. Thomas
    4. Pinot
    5. van den Broeck
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Pinot, Thibaut
    2. Kwiatkowski, Michal
    3. Fuglsang, Jakob
    4. Majka, Rafal
    5. Morabito, Steve
  24. Going with my normally unscientific approach and hoping to not get completely skunked. Good luck to all.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Fuglsang
    3. Pinot
    4. Thomas
    5. Kwiatkowski

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