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.

[vsp_results id=”27400″/]

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

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. La Cannibelle – Vos
    2. Bronzini
    3. Mara Abbott
    4. Emma Jo
    5. Longo Borghini

  2. Don’t let me down, Vos!  I desperately need the points!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Marianne Vos
    2. Giorgia Bronzini
    3. Emma Johansson
    4. Ellen Van Dijk
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini

  3. hmmm….still lost.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. M. Vos
    2. C. Hausler
    3. E. Johansson
    4. E. Stevens
    5. T. Crom

  4. Shrug. Rankings, zero real knowledge, always wrong anyways.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Vos
    2. Johansson
    3. Van Dijk
    4. Bronzini
    5. Stevens

  5. Watching some pirated French feed and it is gruppo compacto — all shot from a distance. This is why some people think the sport is boring.  Attack!!  Make interesting TV!!! (that last comment is for the producers).

  6. Stevens must fancy it – the Americans are setting a big tempo to try to shed riders.

    No big names gone but it has sorted out wheat from chaff.

  7. Stevens looking good though, and Johansson. Up against numbers from Italians and Dutch but they get an easy ride.

  8. That was a remarkable race! Terrific stuff! Sorry to see two of my top five stumble in the final selection, but Vos is just something else. And Rosella Ratto put in an incredible performance””methinks we’ll be seeing her name pop up more and more in next year’s VSP. And good on Johansson to hold on for second after doing the lion’s share of the work.

  9. Just got back from my daughter’s soccer game. Missed the ending. Gah!  Looked like it turned into a great race.  And I knew I would regret betting against Vos to repeat.

  10. 1
    Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
    3:44:00
     

    2
    Emma Johansson (Sweden)
    0:00:15
     

    3
    Rossella Ratto (Italy)
     
     

    4
    Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)
    0:00:33
     

    5
    Evelyn Stevens (United States of America)
    0:00:46
     

  11. @xyxax

    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

    @xyxax

    Nice picks!  4 out of 5 and two in the right position!  I am happy with my two in the right position but sad that dear old Trixi let me down.

    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

  12. @xyxax

    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

    My new strategy: soft pedal into the final kilometre, and wait for @xyxax to jump and enter his picks first. I can see a lot of Ronning going on. If you want to win, you can’t be afraid of losing…

  13. @xyxax

    @Buck Rogers

    Missed the entire thing doing a WP cogal prep, including a trip up Bear Mtn. Can we cash in VSP points for watts?

    @Steampunk

    What if I want a tie? I am a Libra after all.

    You were 20 minutes from my house and did not stop in for an espresso????  DAMN, Man!  Missed you!  But, how was the Mountain?  I am such a DEAD man for the Cogal!!!

  14. Who picked Vos? Brilliant. Read it and weep bitches.

    Tobin wins it because he beat everyone to Vos.

    Final Race Results
    1. VOS Marianne
    2. JOHANSSON Emma
    3. RATTO Rossella
    4. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
    5. STEVENS Evelyn
    Final VSP Results
    1. Tobin (14 points)
    2. Mikael Liddy (14 points)
    3. imakecircles (14 points)
    4. tony macaroni (14 points)
    5. starclimber (14 points)
    6. girl (13 points)
    7. Bat Chainpuller (13 points)
    8. xyxax (13 points)
    9. dancollins (13 points)
    10. The Grande Fondue (12 points)
  15. @Buck Rogers

    The mountain is in good shape, not too crowded, re-paved in parts.  You ran 100 miles, and do taekwando on the side of rock walls. This’ll be liking climbing into your bathtub.

  16. @eightzero

    @gianni Protest. I have Vos and Johannsen for 7+5 = 12. Can you check the spreadsheet?

    Talk to the VSP generator, dispute department window, third one on the right. I don’t have the keys to the room with the Big Board.

  17. @Gianni

    I’d just like to protest the result (not possible with the dispute button). It seems to me that Claudia Hausler was supposed to finish second, Johansson third, Evelyn Stevens fourth, and Tiffany Cromwell fifth. Could you please correct that? Much obliged.

  18. @Steampunk

    @xyxax

    Buck in the bathtub, loofa in hand: that’s an image I didn’t need this evening…

    Bad simile.  I don’t think Colonels are of high enough rank to bathe.  Or loof.

  19. @Gianni

    @eightzero

    @gianni Protest. I have Vos and Johannsen for 7+5 = 12. Can you check the spreadsheet?

    Talk to the VSP generator, dispute department window, third one on the right. I don’t have the keys to the room with the Big Board.

    Oh, I see it. Pretty hi-tech spreadsheet. Done. Apparently your excel version thinks I picked Cecile somebody, not Emma. Puh-pleeze.

  20. @RedRanger

    @Gianni

    Looking for 5 for 5 tomorrow with the men. That would be ‘Vossome’.

  21. @Steampunk

    @xyxax

    Buck in the bathtub, loofa in hand: that’s an image I didn’t need this evening…

    What the fuck is a loofa???

    As for the Cogal, not too sure how a 100 mile run translates into cycling ability.  In fact, I think it fucked me even more as my left ankle is still fucked over two months out.  That is one thing I will not be doing again anytime soon.

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