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Rouleur Derby Report No. 21

Wednesday, August 25, 2010




In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. The Vuelta

2. The NRC

3. Bugs?

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1. THE VUELTA

Let's be honest. Do any of us really care about the Vuelta a España? It's the least grand of the grand tours, and unless you're one of the dozen or so riders using it as a tune-up for the world championships, it's hard to get all that excited about it without the aid of some serious sangria.

But that's where Rouleur Derby once again steps in to save the day and "make it interesting." Bets are now being taken to pick the winner, which carries a 50 percent grand tour bonus. That could be very significant toward the overall standings.

There are several side bets, too, including picking riders to show, predicting whether Christian Vande Velde will finish and calling a Cavendish-Farrar throw-down.

Betting is light so far, but I'll add more propositions if there is demand. I'll also add the usual "knowing what we know now" bets on each rest day.

Most bets close at midnight Friday, including the wager for who will win Saturday's team time trial.

Once again I'm tracking who does best within the Vuelta at http://rouleurderby.com/rd/tour/22/roi/. The player who performs the best will not receive a bottle of Spanish wine, just as our Tour de France champion Bryan Witry did not receive a bottle of French wine and our Giro winner Kate did not receive a credit for an Italian wine.

All bets are available at http://www.rouleurderby.com.

2. NRC

The National Racing Calendar comes to a close this weekend, so those bets you made way back in April will finally be resolved. Colavita leads the women's standings, Fly V Australia the men's.

3. BUGS?

Some of the software beneath the Rouleur Derby engine was upgraded a few weeks ago and it disrupted some of our capabilities, such as commenting. I think things have been fixed, but if you see anything that doesn't behave properly, feel free to bring it to my attention.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,

Luke