# Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

We kick off the first races of the 2012 VSP with a double-header as we open the picks for the VVomen’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Aside from an early hiccup, the new software has been running as expected, though I should have known better than to declare something as “tested”; as the first few picks went in sideways, there was more confusion and hysterics than in a kiddie pool when an unaccounted-for deuce floats by.

The VVomen’s racing calendar appears to be a bit more open than the Men’s, and that likely means we’ll see more of the same names competing for the win on Saturday as we will at de Ronde in a month’s time. A cursory glance over the start list reveals that my sure-bet countrywoman Marianne Vos is still chilling the guns after a wicked ‘Cross season and won’t be racing. Back to the drawing board, then. Here’s a super secret tip: in Dutch and Flemish, “women” is spelled with a “V” – *vrouwen*. Let that be your guide.

With that we continue the 2012 VSP; up for grabs is the personalized Velominati Shop Apron to the contestent who wins the season-long competition. Check the Main VSP page for scoring guidelines and rules. Picks close at 5am Pacific on Saturday, so watch the countdown clock to make sure you get your picks in on time.

Good luck.

@Danger

It is difficult even getting results for more than a couple of years ago.

VAN DEN BOSCH what a name!

VDB FTW!

VSP PICKS:

1. Armitstaed

2. DeJong

3. Bruins

4. Kneteman

5. Verbeke

VSP PICKS:

1. Lizzie Armistead

2. @Chris

3. Queen Elizabeth II

4. My mum

5. My bum

Crap. I gotta change this again?

VSP PICKS:

1. DE VOCHT Liesbeth

2. DE GOEDE Suzanne

3. DE JONG

4. ARMISTEAD

5. VAN DEN BOSCH Carolien

@ramenvelo

Crash; bike meets car…yikes.

VSP PICKS:

1. Tom Boonen

2. Phillippe Gilbert

3. Juan Antonio Flecha

4. Alex Rasmussen

5. Lars Boom

VSP PICKS:

1. DE GOEDE Suzanne

2. TROTT Emma

3. ARMITSTEAD Elisabeth

4. DEROOVER Eline

5. WILDEMAN Jet

@MJMoquin

I think your women are on the juice.

@MJMoquin

definitely positive test for testosterone…

And special mention for Jet Wildeman. Has there ever been a cooler name?

VSP PICKS:

1. Adrie Visser

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Noemi Cantele

4. Hanka Kupfernagel

5. Chantal Blaak

@itburns

Ha!

There is some solid gold in that start list…I should’ve picked D’Hoore – I bet she races angry!

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisabeth Armistead

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Emilia Fahlin

4. Noemi Cantele

5. Ludivine Henrion

VSP PICKS:

1. Hoskins

2. Longo

3. Klep

4. Blaak

5. De Goede

On vacation, so thanks for doing the research all.

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. Armistead

3. De Vocht

4. De Jong

5. Kneteman

I’m actually getting quite excited….. is this race televised/streamed/twitfaced anywhere?

VSP PICKS:

1. De Jong

2. Liesbet de Vocht

3. Grace Verbeke

4. Lizzie Armistead

5. Edith Van den Brende

still totally random

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Deroover

3. Verbeke

4. Gatto

5. De Vocht

Just hoping there’s one Aussie in the top 5…

VSP PICKS:

1. Alexis Rhodes

2. Chloe Hosking

3. Rochelle Gilmour

4. Belinda Goss

5. Lauren Kitchen

Best uneducated guess…..

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisabeth Armistead

2. Chantel Blaak

3. Loes Gunnerwijk

4. Liesbet de Vocht

5. Emma Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Katie COLCLOUGH

3. Alexis Rhodes

4. Rochelle Gilmore

5. De Vocht

VSP PICKS:

1. COLCLOUGH Katie

2. DE GOEDE Suzanne

3. DE VOCHT Liesbeth

4. BRUINS Regina

5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa

VSP PICKS:

1. d’hoore

2. d’vocht

3. d’jong

4. d’goede

5. d’vyust

VSP PICKS:

1. Trixie Worrack

2. Chloe Hosking

3. Loes Gunnewijk

4. Chantal Blaak

5. Ellen Van Dijk

VSP PICKS:

1. Chloe Hosking

2. Rochelle Gilmour

3. Emilia Fahlin

4. Tiffany Cromwell

5. Liz Armistead

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisabeth Armitstead

2. Noemi Cantele

3. Irene Bitto

4. Anne Arnouts

5. Irene Van Den Broek

VSP PICKS:

1. Amanda Spratt

2. Sofie DeVuyst

3. Katt Hannes

4. Anne Arnouts

5. Thea Thorsen

no idea at all

VSP PICKS:

1. Suzanne De Goede

2. Loes Gunnewijk

3. Jet Wildeman

4. Kaat Hannes

5. Michelle Geoghegan

VSP PICKS:

1. De Jong

2. Bondarenko

3. Druyts

4. Gillmore

5. Boskamp

I got nothing…combination of copying & pot luck!

VSP PICKS:

1. Armistead

2. Chloe Hosking

3. Warpdrive

4. Jet VVilderman

5. De Vocht

@King Clydesdale

Hey Brother: Johansson has a couple broken collar bones and shit. She ain’t a racing. Kinda like a lot of folk, including our fine leader FrÃ¤nk, picking Boss hog in the mens race.

VSP PICKS:

1. De Goede

2. De Jong

3. Armitstead

4. Confalonieri

5. De Vuyst

“That’s a cocktail napkin with an outboard motor!”

VSP PICKS:

1. Kupfernagle

2. Van Looy

3. Johansson

4. Jacobsson

5. Vervoort

VSP PICKS:

1. Kupfernagle

2. Van Looy

3. Jacobsson

4. Vervoort

5. Tromp

VSP PICKS:

1. De Vocht L

2. Armitstead E

3. Hosking C

4. DeGaude S

5. Rhodes A

Here we go.

VSP PICKS:

1. De Vocht

2. Armitstead

3. Kupfernagle

4. Wildeman

5. Blaak

@Dr C

Does that mean I’m your VMH or your bike biatch?

I was quite touched when you picked me for the men’s race but now that I’m one of your VMH picks I’m slightly concerned that we’re sharing a B&B on the Keeper’s Tour. It is separate rooms, right?

Best I pack the sports bra for the Hell of Ashdown on Sunday!

VSP PICKS:

1. Armitstead

2. De Jong

3. De Vocht

4. Colclough

5. De Vuyst

@RedRanger

VSP PICKS:

1. De Vocht

2. Colcough

3. Blaak

4. Tromp

5. Druyts

Try saying Claudia Hausler without saying Mmmmmmmmmmmm…..

VSP PICKS:

1. Longo Borghini

2. Claudia Hausler

3. Jet Wildeman

4. Armistead

5. Lucy Martin

VSP PICKS:

1. Johansson

2. De Veocht

3. Verbeke

4. De Jong

5. Fahlin

I’m goin’ for maximum points! Whoop-whoop!

VSP PICKS:

1. Armitstead

2. De Vocht

3. Gunnerwijk

4. Rhodes

5. Gilmour

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisabeth Armistead

2. Marion Rousse

3. Lucy Martin

4. Martine Bras

5. Emilie Aubry

@frank

Alexis Rhodes is a bit of a dark horse pick (unless I am thinking of a different Rhodes). What made you include her in your selection?

VSP PICKS:

1. Lizzie Armistead

2. Liesbeth De Vocht

3. Suzanne De Goede

4. Alexis Rhodes

5. Elisa Longo Borghini

Not much idea of how they fit the course but…

VSP PICKS:

1. Armitstead

2. Hosking

3. De Goede

4. Hausler

5. Bras

@Chris

No offence intended, fellow mini-domestique – anyway, you not ma biatch, I’m ma own biatch

Actually, you can tell I didn’t really follow the last discussion on ladies cycling, interesting as I am sure it was – they are great, and I fancy Victoria Pendletom massively, but I can’t learn a whole load of new Euro names on top of the blokes one’s, so after Lizzie Armitage, I was lost, and as you spend so much time in the kitchen, I stuck you down for second, after that I needed to fill the spaces in case I defaulted from the competition…..yadayadayada

VSP PICKS:

1. amistead

2. borghini

3. de jong

4. johansenn

5. de vocht

Katrien Van Looy, shieet mon, I’m putting her in the picks every race.

VSP PICKS:

1. Emilia Fahlin

2. Elizabeth Armitstead

3. Loes Gunnewijk

4. Rochelle Gilmore

5. Katrien Van Looy

VSP PICKS:

1. Wild

2. Armistead

3. Verbeke

4. DeJong

5. Johansson

VSP PICKS:

1. Lizzie Armistead

2. Kaat Hannes

3. Elisa Longo Borghini

4. De Vocht

5. Verbeke

From the mouths of babes

VSP PICKS:

1. Elisabeth Armitstead

2. Ellen Van Dijk

3. Thalita De Jong

4. Loes Gunnewijk

5. Suzanne De Goede