Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Elite Road Race 2013

The Azzura previews the course.
The Azzura previews the course.

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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157 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Elite Road Race 2013”

  1. @The Grande Fondue

    @Bianchi Denti @Mikael Liddy Neylan isn’t riding

    Cheers, shame this year hasn’t quite worked out for her after such a big result in last year’s race. Got to spend some time riding with her here in Adelaide over summer, awesome lady.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johannson
    3. Cromwell
    4. Guderzo
    5. Stevens

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. BRONZINI Giorgia
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
    4. JOHANSSON Emma
    5. WORRACK Trixi

  3. Well there ya go.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Stevens, E
    3. Armitstead
    4. Bronzini
    5. Johansson

  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Van Vleuten
    4. Claudia Hausler
    5. Borghini

  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Claudia Haussler
    2. Vos
    3. Mara Abbott
    4. Evie Stevens
    5. Emma Johannson

  6. Re Think

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Claudia Haussler
    2. Emma Johannson
    3. Vos
    4. Tatiana Guderzo
    5. Evie Stevens

  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Borghini
    3. johannson
    4. Haussler
    5. Stevens

  8. @Harminator

    @Mikael Liddy You have a proper crush on her Mikael. Its OK. I understand. I had coffee with Ine Beyen in Belgium and I’m still trying getting over it…

    Guilty as charged, how are the ‘coffee-with-pros’ opportunities in Egypt?

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Emma Johannson
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Tiffany Cromwell
    4. Giorgia Bronzini
    5. Mara Abbott

  10. @Mikael Liddy

    You’re messing with me right? The coffee took a couple of weeks to source – black as coal, hot as fire, sweet as honey. Road riding is close to suicidal except on Friday mornings (prayer day) but there’s a decent bunch who are dedicated and keep a solid pace. I’m yet to go with them because I got fat and weak waiting for my bike to ship. Working on that.

    The redeeming feature is world class mountain biking 15 mins away. And I can fly to Europe for a weekend in the Alps…

  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Longo Borghini
    3. Worrack
    4. Ellem Van Dijk
    5. Villumsen

  12. The Italians will work Vos over and if Bizzy Lizzy has the nouse to stay out of the scrapping she will scrape in to the top 5……yeah right?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Lamb Borghini
    2. Emma Johannson
    3. The Vos Boss
    4. Even Stevens
    5. Bizzy Lizzy Armistead

  13. Here goes nothing

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Stevens
    4. Armistead
    5. Cromwell

  14. Taking out Pooly and putting in Trixi. I like how my iPad wants to change Bronzizi to Bronzino and Borghini to Borgnine

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Bronzini
    3. Johansson
    4. Borghini
    5. Trixi Worrack

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Stevens
    3. Bronzini
    4. Johansson
    5. Armitstead

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Evelyn Stevens
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Claudia Hausler

  17. @seemunkee

    Taking out Pooly and putting in Trixi. I like how my iPad wants to change Bronzizi to Bronzino and Borghini to Borgnine

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Bronzini
    3. Johansson
    4. Borghini
    5. Trixi Worrack

    There is a reason for that…as Dominic Santini with a surname of a cycling clothing manufacturer, there was always going to be a link!

  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Evie Stevens
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Lizzie Armitstead
    5. Tiffany Cromwell

  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. E. Stevens
    3. Armistead
    4. Bronzini
    5. Villumsen

  20. Going for outsiders in the hope that a small group gets clear and the favourites are too busy watching each other.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rosella Ratto
    2. Tatiana Antoshina
    3. Ashleigh Moolman
    4. Anna van der Breggen
    5. Christine Majerus

  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Evelyn Stevens
    5. Linda Villumsen

  22. Admittedly based more on hope than likelihood…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Stevens
    2. Vos
    3. Abbott
    4. van Dijk
    5. Bronzini

  23. Probably the first time in VSP where I feel more confident with my choices in a women’s race. Probably.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Lizzy Armitstead
    4. Emma Johansson
    5. Giorgia Bronzini

  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. M Vos
    2. E Johansson
    3. E Stevens
    4. E Borghini
    5. G Bronzini

  25. My new strategy is to take all of @Steampunk’s picks and put them in the correct order.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos Marianne
    2. Johansson Emma
    3. Van der Breggen
    4. Hausler
    5. Ratto

  26. Guessathon

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Evelyn Stevens
    3. Lizzy Armistead
    4. Giorgia Bronzini
    5. Emma Johansson

  27. I officially don’t have a clue but I’m betting against Vos, because I can. And isn’t Armistead a sprinter? See, I know nothing about women’s racing.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Abbott, mara
    2. Bronzini
    3. Stevens, evelyn
    4. Vos
    5. collins, emily

  28. @Deakus

    @seemunkee

    Taking out Pooly and putting in Trixi. I like how my iPad wants to change Bronzizi to Bronzino and Borghini to Borgnine

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Bronzini
    3. Johansson
    4. Borghini
    5. Trixi Worrack

    There is a reason for that…as Dominic Santini with a surname of a cycling clothing manufacturer, there was always going to be a link!

    Nice shooting String!

  29. @Gianni

    I officially don’t have a clue but I’m betting against Vos, because I can. And isn’t Armistead a sprinter? See, I know nothing about women’s racing.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Abbott, mara
    2. Bronzini
    3. Stevens, evelyn
    4. Vos
    5. collins, emily

    Evie over Vos for no reason? That’s…that’s…[@eightzero’s head explodes]

  30. @Harminator

    @Mikael Liddy

    You’re messing with me right? The coffee took a couple of weeks to source – black as coal, hot as fire, sweet as honey. Road riding is close to suicidal except on Friday mornings (prayer day) but there’s a decent bunch who are dedicated and keep a solid pace. I’m yet to go with them because I got fat and weak waiting for my bike to ship. Working on that.

    The redeeming feature is world class mountain biking 15 mins away. And I can fly to Europe for a weekend in the Alps…

    Egypt squire? Wow, that’s different. North African cycling, you are brave, I guess. I have no notion of it but if you can get a cheap flight across the Med and ride, that is not bad.

  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Abbott M.
    2. Vos M.
    3. Longo Borghini E.
    4. Bronzini G.
    5. Johansson E.

  32. This is no more difficult than herding cats…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Abbott
    2. Vos
    3. Bronzini
    4. Longo Borghini
    5. Stevens

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