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Rouleur Derby Report No. 15

Monday, May 31, 2010

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Giro wrap-up

2. About those loans

3. Current and upcoming races



It was a bit of a shock to wake this morning and not have any Giro d'Italia to watch. What an incredible three weeks it was, from the dodgy street furniture of The Netherlands to the improbable split of Stage 11, from Christian Vande Velde's terrible fall to Ivan Basso's steady rise.

The big winner at Rouleur Derby was JDante, who put 50 points on Basso to win. That paid out at 6.7:1, plus a 50 percent grand tour bonus. All told, JDante netted 445. He now puts on the jersey of race leader. The previous leader, ABarnes, again put her faith in Alexander Vinokourov, but this time he paid no dividends, and she dropped 50 points into second.

It may seem like the leaders have it locked up, but there's still a lot of racing to go, including two grand tours, a world championship and lots of lesser racing in between. A few good plays and any of you can rise to the top.

This morning I introduced a new feature to show statistics by tour. You can see how you fared in the Giro here: http://rouleurderby.com/rd/tour/13/roi/

JDante and Rudy get honors for winning the most points and seeing the biggest return on investment, respectively, but neither made more than three bets. True Giro acumen is demonstrated by placing a large number of bets and still getting a big pay day. RIOTminneapolis, for example, placed 23 bets and more than doubled the number of points he put into the system.

In this judge's eyes, the award for best performance goes to Cate, who placed 8 bets and 30 points, including 5 points on Liquigas to win the team time trial. Her net gain was 67.5 points, a 225 percent return.

Unfortunately, offering prizes at Rouleur Derby would constitute an illegal form of gambling, and I don't want the vice squad to raid any of our group rides. So Cate does not win anything. I will not be sending her a bottle of Italian wine. Just as I will not be sending the best Tour de France player a bottle of French wine, and I will not be sending the best Vuelta player a bottle of Spanish wine. Absolutely not.

(Cate's win is no fluke: She was also the top performer at the Tour of California: http://rouleurderby.com/rd/tour/9/roi/ .)


Now that Giro points have paid out, a few of you have asked when you can repay the bailout loans you have taken out and erase that stain of an asterisk next to your names in the leaderboard. Answer: As soon as I write the code to do so. Which I hope will be soon.

In the meantime, you may continue to keep those bailout points in your account and put them into play. In fact, if you feel like going for broke -- literally -- you may bet your way back down to zero and take out another loan. Until the Rouleur Derby season concludes with the world championships, there is no obligation or hurry to repay.


I will have action available on the pre-Tour de France tuneups, including the Tour of Switzerland, the Dauphiné Libéré and the Tour of Luxemburg.

The Tour of Luxemburg starts Wednesday. I have created two Lance Armstrong propositions: Will he finish? And, will he finish in the top 10?

A month away is the granddaddy of them all, the Tour de France. More and more propositions will appear as it approaches and more startlist information is available. As always, fun, practical suggestions are always welcome.

Domestically, stay tuned for the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the Midwest's most prestigious stage race. That starts June 16, and I fully expect our Minnesota players to make full use of their inside knowledge.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,