# Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Elite Road Race 2013

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, Italy

When: September 28

How: 140 km including 5 climbing laps in Firenze.

It will most likely be gruppo compatto all the way to Firenze. The bombs start going off on the first of five climbing circuits. The strongest will stay near the front, with each circuit the pretenders will fall away. Sprinters and time trialists should stay at home. What should be left are the cunning, strong and a good descender or two. The finish is after the descent of the 5th climbing circuit so a regrouping of the last hard women could happen. Or not, it could unfold in a completely different way. I can’t help you. The start list can help you. And to add some confusion, here is another start list link. Lady luck or a sacrifice to the correct god may help you. I lament the lack of a ladies Vuelta so we would really know who was going to be there in the end.

If teamwork is helpful here, Australia and Italy have the largest squads. This course should produce an exciting race so find a good streaming video or stand on the side of the road in Firenze and shout your brains out. Bon chance to all.

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I guess the sensible thing would be to tip Vos for second (she’s come second 5 times, and first only twice)

VSP PICKS:

1. VOS

2. JOHANSSON Emma

3. BRONZINI Giorgia

4. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa

5. CROMWELL Tiffany

Putting the old Saracen MTB on a sacraficial pyre – that should help and will get rid of “one of your fucking bikes” as far as Mrs Engine is concerned – so I’ll win one way or another

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Tatania Guderzo

3. Claudia Hausler

4. Shara Gillow

5. Evelyn Stevens

Zigging when I know I should be zagging. If Vos wins, I’ll be kicking myself all day.

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Vos

3. Cromwell

4. Armitstead

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Vos

3. Stevens

4. Bronzini

5. Johansson

Pretty sure I will regret betting against Vos.

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Vos

3. Pooley

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Abbott

2. Costello

3. Laurel

4. Hardy

5. Chaplin

VSP PICKS:

1. BRONZINI Giorgia

2. VOS Marianne

3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa

4. WORRACK Trixi

5. POOLEY Emma

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Stevens

Bumped enter a bit early there. Sorry for doubling up the posts. I’m looking forward to a great race! I want to ride like a girl when these ladies go flying up the road.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Stevens

3. Longo Borghini

4. Pooly

5. Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Abbott

3. Johansson

4. Stevens

5. Pooly

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Bronzini

3. Johansson

4. Pooly

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. E Johansson

3. T Guderzo

4. T Cromwell

5. E Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Pooley

3. Stephens

4. Johansson

5. Abbott

I can see an attack-fest coming. The lure of the bands and the danger of letting Vos have it all her way will surely cause some hares released.

VSP PICKS:

1. Guderzo

2. Van der Breggen

3. Cromwell

4. Vos

5. Stevens

According to

cyclingfever http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjQyMjA=,Pooley is not starting.VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Longo Borghini

3. Bronzini

4. Armitstead

5. Brzezna

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Longo Borghini

3. Bronzini

4. Armitstead

5. Brzezna, Paulina

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Cromwell

3. L Borghini

4. Armistead

5. Gillow

Checking in from Firenze…what a beautiful drive from Belgium!!! So excited to see the races!!

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Evelyn Stevens

3. Valentina Scandolara

4. Mara Abbott

5. Roxane Knetemann

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Evie Stevens

3. Longo Borghini

4. Worrack

5. Van Dijk

@Sauterelle

Rainbow envy from here! Make sure you post some pics please.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Guderzo

3. Johannsen

4. HÃ¤usler

5. Abbott

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Guderzo

3. Johansson

4. HÃ¤usler Claudia

5. Abbott

We won’t beat @dancollins by picking the favourites.

A special shout-out to the new best name in cycling – Paz Bash riding for Israel.

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisa Longho Borghini

2. Rachel Neylan

3. Olga Zabelinskaya

4. Anna van der Breggen

5. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

@moondance No Pooley? I will have to rethink my picks.

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johannsen

3. Van Dijk

4. Bronzini

5. Borghini

VSP PICKS:

1. VOS

2. BRONZINI

3. JOHANNSON

4. VAN DIJK

5. STEVENS

@Bianchi Denti I think the only way we beat @dancollins at this point….

Guesswork, but at least no Delgado.

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Eliza Longo Borghini

3. Emma Johannsen

4. Lizzie Armitstead

5. Evie Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Mara Abbott

3. Emma Johansson

4. Elisa Longo Borghini

5. Elizabeth Armitstead

What’s not to like about a woman named Trixi???

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Annemiek van Vleuten

4. Longo Borghini

5. Trixi Worrack

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos The Boss

2. Longo Borghini

3. Emma Johansson

4. Evelyn Stephens

5. Emma Pooley

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Stevens

3. Longo

4. Cute Girl

5. Cutest Girl

shits not working

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. Stevens

3. Bronzini

4. Abbot

5. Cromwell

VSP PICKS:

1. vos

2. johansson

3. longo borghini

4. van dijk

5. bronzini

Rootin’ for Evie!

VSP PICKS:

1. VOS

2. STEVENS

3. JOHANSSON

4. BRONZINI

5. BORGHINI

VSP PICKS:

1. Guderzo

2. Vos

3. Johansson

4. Abbott

5. HÃ¤usler

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Guderzo

3. Johansson

4. Abbott

5. HÃ¤usler

VSP PICKS:

1. Marianne Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Joelle Numainville

4. Claudia Hausler

5. Annemiek Van Vleuten

VSP PICKS:

1. Vos

2. Johannson

3. Neylan

4. Guderzo

5. Stevens

@Bianchi Denti @Mikael Liddy Neylan isn’t riding

@Harminator

I second that, still cold down here in the south of Oz

@Tobin

Probably also how the rest of the women’s start list feels about Vos.

Clearly no idea, but looked good at the time of posting

VSP PICKS:

1. Bronzini

2. Vos

3. Cromwell

4. Johansson

5. Pooley

Oh yeah. The women’s champion of Mongolia will be cracking the top 5!

VSP PICKS:

1. VOS Marianne

2. NUMAINVILLE JoÃ«lle

3. BOYARSKAYA Natalia

4. TUVSHINJARGAL Enkhjargal

5. COLLINS Emily

@Tobin a hockey stick in his spokes won’t work?

Replacing Pooley with Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal — who was also my dark horse in the road race.

Anyone know why Pooley isn’t starting?

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. Vos

3. Enkhhargal Tuvshinjargal

4. Evelyn Stevens

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. So Long Marianne Vos

2. Emma Johansson

3. Lizzie Armitstead

4. Tatiana Guderzo

5. Evelyn Stevens

VSP PICKS:

1. Mara Abbott

2. GUDERZO Tatiana

3. Mariana Vos

4. Claudia Hausler

5. Elizabeth Armistead

@Erik

I think what I read was that she was going back to finish her PhD studies.