Monday, March 28, 2011
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Warning shots in Belgium
2. Tour of Flanders
1. WARNING SHOTS IN BELGIUM
Hard to think of a better final pre-Vlaanderen weekend: Cancellara winning his way on Saturday, Boonen winning his way on Sunday. Which way will triumph next weekend?
If you haven't seen the highlights from Saturday's E3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZCXiaaSpU) it's worth a watch as Cancellara picks his way through the field, eventually rides everyone off his wheel, and the Flemish commentators are gobsmacked in awe. Indeed, that's what I find so amazing about Spartacus: He never seems to attack. He just rides ... and he's gone.
In the land of Rouleur Derby, Velopaint was the weekend's big winner. His 200 points was the biggest bet on Quick Step, and he also bet big for George Hincapie to finish outside the top 10 (he finished 30th).
ArlandKeith placed what may be the biggest bet in Rouleur Derby history with 1,500 against Jens Voigt at Criterium International. That paid out at 1.3 to 1 and made ArlandKeith the virtual leader on the road, with 2,125 points in the bank and 1,207 points on the table.
2. TOUR OF FLANDERS
And book is already open for Sunday's big race, the Tour of Flanders. Conventional wisdom says it's a two-man race, but I listed another 30 or so men for the sake of thoroughness.
Remember, this is another monument, so there's a 25 percent bonus for picking the winner.
Who will win?
Who will show?
And here's a new side bet. We all know that the Belgian Pro Continental teams are good for getting in the sacrificial break. But can any of them actually place? Even a marginal placement? The question to you, then, is, Can Landbouwkrediet, Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator or Veranda's Willems-Accent place in the top 25?
And of course we have all the side bets that remain active from last week. Note that it's looking increasingly doubtful that Taylor Phinney will race this weekend. If he is scratched, all bets will be refunded.
I've been pleased with the season so far. We could always use new players, but I'm glad that we've had more than a hundred players place a bet this season. Action has been fun and lively.
One avenue toward attracting members would be to increase the prize purses, currently at $25 for each contest and $50 for the overall. I haven't actively pursued it yet, but I am willing to accept advertising this season. In the scheme I have in mind, advertising revenue would be split 50/50 between prizes and development costs (for my vast army of coders, designers and Outfit-certified bookmakers). If you're interested in supporting Rouleur Derby in this way, let me know.
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,