Velominati Super Prestige: Vuelta a España 2014

Socks, shorts, jersey, spot on. Cyclingweekly
Socks, shorts, jersey, spot on. Peter Kennaugh will be there. photo-Cycling Weekly

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. 

Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour de France winners and we have some Vuelta winners all lining up for the 2014 edition.

Quintana won the Giro but wants to prove he is the real deal. Is Malmerde working for him? Froome, he has been training in Sonoma, California. Talansky lives there, maybe they have both been training with egg timer. I think we can count out Horner to repeat or Bertie to do anything other than put some points in his jersey pocket. Carlos Alberto Betancur is here to lose some weight. David Millar is in to show he really deserved to ride the Tour de France. Boonen is here to train for the World Championships. Maybe everybody is here because their boss said get your skinny (or fat, in Betancur’s case) ass to Spain and ride the damn Vuelta. 

No matter, the reason you, dear readers are here, is to show your total domination in the VSP. Stare at the start list until olive oil pops out of your tear ducts and stigmata appear on your palms.  Redemption, points, the Worlds, spite or orders from the boss are all equally good reasons to get riders on the start list. How many people picked Chris Horner to win last year? Just a moment, I’ll query the VSP generator for archived results.

“Fuck off, I’m full”

The VSP generator is channeling Mr Creosote, that’s not a good sign. The point is, if there is one, this season’s VSP* is hanging in the balance on the Vuelta. Don’t consult the professional odds makers, that is like doping. Who is motivated? Who has a great team? Who does not make too many kit transgressions? Who looks fantastic on the bike? These are the questions.

Who has the answers?

*Prizes are as follows:

  • First place overall wins a Veloforma Strada iR Velominati Edition frame in addition to the customary VSP winner’s VVorkshop Apron
  • Second place overall wins a set of hand built CR Wheelworks Arenberg wheelset in a custom Velominati paint scheme laced to orange Chris King hubs. (CR Wheelworks is Café Roubaix’s new wheel goods brand.)
  • Third place overall wins a full Velominati V-Kit with accompanying custom orange Bont Vaypor+ road shoes.

[vsp_results id=”30805″/]

Related Posts

268 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Vuelta a España 2014”

  1. @Gianni

    I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together. Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha!

    Spaniards are hilarious, its like they don’t all speak the same language the way they get confused and blame each other for not racing. Damn Froome is a tough bugger, ugly on a bike but will not give up. Bertie hit him with everything, then Purito put in an attack and he just ground his way back. Bring on more hills!

  2. @Daccordi Rider

    @Gianni

    I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together. Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha!

    Spaniards are hilarious, its like they don’t all speak the same language the way they get confused and blame each other for not racing. Damn Froome is a tough bugger, ugly on a bike but will not give up. Bertie hit him with everything, then Purito put in an attack and he just ground his way back. Bring on more hills!

    Agreed, what a fighting performance he’s putting in. Three weeks deep in the pain cave just staring at that power meter. It’s definitely not pretty but it certainly is impressive.

  3. @Geraint

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Gianni

    I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together. Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha!

    Spaniards are hilarious, its like they don’t all speak the same language the way they get confused and blame each other for not racing. Damn Froome is a tough bugger, ugly on a bike but will not give up. Bertie hit him with everything, then Purito put in an attack and he just ground his way back. Bring on more hills!

    Agreed, what a fighting performance he’s putting in. Three weeks deep in the pain cave just staring at that power meter. It’s definitely not pretty but it certainly is impressive

    I think the press are over egging the Spaniards not working together thing.  After all they completely robbed Robert Miller of a Vuelta.  This was more about tactics, Malmerde was not going to work for Bertie and JRod the same.  In the end Bertie was left to work but that is cycling and looking at the interview and the leading question that was put to him he pretty much shrugged it off as race tactics.

    However I do get a feeling that Vroom Vrooms diesel engine is starting to wind itself up now and it is not surprising he was a little behind after the effort he put in on Saturday.  This is all about who can save themselves the most and to me Malmerde looks the most rested at the moment…JRod too but he always seems to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.

    Froome could come good…but suspect in the end he will podium but not win.  I think Spartacus is going to channel some of his gob in to his riding, make up the time and win by 8 seconds!

    And whats with Saggy getting in to the Broom Wagon?

  4. @Deakus  I like your musings, Sparty going for it now maybe, with 2 climbs left. I don’t think he will make it but good for him just being there and playing off the front.

    I’m wondering if Froome was just doing exactly what was in his plan yesterday and today he will light the torch and leave the 3 Manchegos far far behind?

  5. @Harminator Hoo-wee! Looks like Bertie threw the first “punch” but the commissaires certainly wouldn’t reprimand him,. would they? This being Spain etc, etc. Wonder what the “musettes at dawn” issue was all about?

  6. @wiscot

    @Harminator Hoo-wee! Looks like Bertie threw the first “punch” but the commissaires certainly wouldn’t reprimand him,. would they? This being Spain etc, etc. Wonder what the “musettes at dawn” issue was all about?

    My mistake, it wasn’t Bertie, but one of his teammates . . .

  7. Every time I think maybe I could like Bertie, he does that pistol celebration.  Ah well, probably for the best.

    Great racing, though.

  8. @wiscot They both got ejected it seems. Rovny from Tinkoff and Brambilla from OPQS.

    Totally justified. Its this kind of stuff that muddies cycling’s clean image.

  9. @Harminator

    @wiscot They both got ejected it seems. Rovny from Tinkoff and Brambilla from OPQS.

    Totally justified. Its this kind of stuff that muddies cycling’s clean image.

    Agreed x 2. I should read things before reaction to things on here! This kind of thing really sucks as it’s just “soundbitey” enough to fit into news/sports broadcasts and make people laugh at two skinny boys throwing punches. Interestingly, they apparently let Rovny do his job for Bertie THEN told him to quit.

    Seriously pissed that Tommeke didn’t win the other day . . .

  10. I think the best thing about yesterday’s stage was the sound of King Kelly on Eurosport clearly trying not to piss himself laughing when he was talking about the handbags at dawn moment.  Classic.

    As for Bertie.  Sorry, not normal IMHO.

  11. @Deakus

    @Geraint

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Gianni

    I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together. Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha!

    Spaniards are hilarious, its like they don’t all speak the same language the way they get confused and blame each other for not racing. Damn Froome is a tough bugger, ugly on a bike but will not give up. Bertie hit him with everything, then Purito put in an attack and he just ground his way back. Bring on more hills!

    Agreed, what a fighting performance he’s putting in. Three weeks deep in the pain cave just staring at that power meter. It’s definitely not pretty but it certainly is impressive

    I think the press are over egging the Spaniards not working together thing. After all they completely robbed Robert Miller of a Vuelta. This was more about tactics, Malmerde was not going to work for Bertie and JRod the same. In the end Bertie was left to work but that is cycling and looking at the interview and the leading question that was put to him he pretty much shrugged it off as race tactics.

    I can’t find a link, but I read that Contador and Valverde had a falling out at the 2013 TdF.

    The story is that Contador had been trying to bully Quintana into helping him more against Froome, and Valverde got upset about it. There was a yelling match behind the buses, and then Valverde recruited JRod to help protect Quintana and in return Movistar helped him attack Contador and make it onto the podium.

  12. @The Grande Fondue

    @Deakus

    @Geraint

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Gianni

    I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together. Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha!

    Spaniards are hilarious, its like they don’t all speak the same language the way they get confused and blame each other for not racing. Damn Froome is a tough bugger, ugly on a bike but will not give up. Bertie hit him with everything, then Purito put in an attack and he just ground his way back. Bring on more hills!

    Agreed, what a fighting performance he’s putting in. Three weeks deep in the pain cave just staring at that power meter. It’s definitely not pretty but it certainly is impressive

    I think the press are over egging the Spaniards not working together thing. After all they completely robbed Robert Miller of a Vuelta. This was more about tactics, Malmerde was not going to work for Bertie and JRod the same. In the end Bertie was left to work but that is cycling and looking at the interview and the leading question that was put to him he pretty much shrugged it off as race tactics.

    I can’t find a link, but I read that Contador and Valverde had a falling out at the 2013 TdF.

    The story is that Contador had been trying to bully Quintana into helping him more against Froome, and Valverde got upset about it. There was a yelling match behind the buses, and then Valverde recruited JRod to help protect Quintana and in return Movistar helped him attack Contador and make it onto the podium.

    Aah that puts a slightly different perspective on it, it also explains why yesterday he was happy to go away with Froome and is always complimenting him post stage…he did it again yesterday…shadows within shadows!

  13. So I have 4 of the top 5 all in the wrong order and to swap in Aru will cost heavily with no guarantee of him staying there….looks like I will stick with what I have and hope for a reshuffle!

  14. @Deakus

    So I have 4 of the top 5 all in the wrong order and to swap in Aru will cost heavily with no guarantee of him staying there….looks like I will stick with what I have and hope for a reshuffle!

    Well I’m so down the pan I’ll just stay there!

  15. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Uran
    4. Rodriguez
    5. Valverde

  16. Swap Day

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Contador
    3. Aru
    4. Uran
    5. Dan Martin

  17. Rest day swap.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Alberto Contador
    2. Christopher Froome
    3. Fabio Aru
    4. Rigoberto Uran
    5. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver

  18. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Alberto Contador
    2. Chris Froome
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Joaquin Rodriguez
    5. Alejandro Valverde

  19. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Aru
    4. Kelderman
    5. Uran

  20. @Deakus

    So I have 4 of the top 5 all in the wrong order and to swap in Aru will cost heavily with no guarantee of him staying there….looks like I will stick with what I have and hope for a reshuffle!

    Thanks fort posting that. Way too funny and a great way to start the day with a laugh. Kudos to Andre Previn for being a good sport too.

  21. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Rodriguez
    4. Uran
    5. Valverde

  22. 2nd rest day swaps – Contador to 1st, Froome to 2nd.

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Uran
    4. Dennis
    5. Aru

  23. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador, Alberto
    2. FROOME
    3. Rodriguez
    4. Uran
    5. Aru

  24. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Valverde
    4. Martin
    5. JRod

  25. Ok, since my brief, out of body like experience of being on the podium before the tour I admit to submarining my chances, Aru in #2, Kelderman #5, the other picks going to new blood… How sadly wrong!

    So the old guard is nailing this down and all I can hope for with my -40 worth of rest day swaps is a miracle of reshuffling – isn’t there a final TT?? I know my logic is very very thin. Nay, piss pathetic but this race has a ways to go yet…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Aru
    3. Contador
    4. Valverde
    5. Rodriguez

  26. What a ride by Froomedog yesterday. He’s obviously been suffering for a fortnight but found something special to drop Purito & Malmerde. Bertie’s in a different league at the moment though, chapeau to him for coming back like that after breaking his leg.

    As for the rest day swaps, my main picks crashed out early in the TdF and I thought I had nothing to lose by swapping, ended up scoring f-all, so I’m sticking with my original pics. Bertie might just have a jour sans (dias sin?). Unlikely on current form, but you never know.

  27. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Valverde
    4. Pinot
    5. Rodriguez

  28. @Mike_P

    I think the best thing about yesterday’s stage was the sound of King Kelly on Eurosport clearly trying not to piss himself laughing when he was talking about the handbags at dawn moment. Classic.

    As for Bertie. Sorry, not normal IMHO.

    Hard to believe those two guy’s crashed out of TDF with fractures…

  29. .

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. A. Contador
    2. C Froome
    3. J Rodriguez
    4. R Uran
    5. W Kelderman

  30. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Alberto Contador
    2. Joaquim Rodriguez
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Fabio Aru
    5. Wilco Kelderman

  31. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome
    3. Valverde
    4. Uran
    5. Kelderman

  32. Since Quintana crashed out I am just thinking WTF…

    VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Valverde
    3. J. Rodriguez
    4. Froome
    5. Martin

  33. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Contador
    2. Froome, C
    3. Rodriguez, Joaquin
    4. Valverde, A
    5. Aru, F

  34. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Contador
    3. Joaquim Rodriguez
    4. Uran
    5. Talansky

  35. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps):

    1. Froome
    2. Bertie
    3. Purito
    4. Kelderman
    5. Dan the Man Martin

  36. Wow, I go dark for a week, and I come back to find out I’ve just lost the top spot.  Holding out hope for Navarro to bring me back in the mix.

  37. Nice. 26-points. Attacking from the front of the peloton and bridging to the break-away group!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.