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Rouleur Derby Report No. 34

Friday, April 22, 2011

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Lìege-Bastogne-Lìege

2. Time to reboot with the Giro



This is the problem with you are a spring classics dork like myself: It's only April and already it feels like the entire season is over.

Thankfully, the Tour of Flanders is a mere 49 weeks away.

But alas, Sunday's Lìege-Bastogne-Lìege will wrap up the 2011 spring classics season. This is significant for two reasons: A. It will decide the Spring Classics contest, currently led by ABanana with a whopping 444% return on investment; B. It will be our final monument, meaning your final chance this spring to get a 25% bonus for picking the winner. As I say before each monument: You can't afford not to play.

After winning Amstel Gold and La Flèche Wallone, Phillippe Gilbert is an overwhelming favorite at 4.6:1. Not sure who could possibly beat him? The side bet offers a 1.3:1 payout for betting on the field.


In the other novelty bets we have some North American match-ups: Ryder Hesjedal vs. Chris Horner and young Caleb Fairly vs. young Matt Busche.


And finally: How close will 2nd place be to the winner? Less than 5 seconds?


Betting closes at midnight Saturday. Good luck!


Some of you may be thinking, "I'm so far behind, how much fun could Rouleur Derby be at this point?"

And the answer is, "Lots and lots of fun!"

That's because our intermediary contests are judged by return on investment, not raw points. Even if you lag far behind on the leaderboard, it is gruppo compatto as everyone starts fresh for the Giro contest. So if you bet 250 points and double it to 500, that's a 100% return. That would be scored higher than the kingpin who bets 2,000 points and profits 1,000 points (a 50% return).

Plus, thanks to the sponsorship of Riot Minneapolis, the Giro d'Italia contest has a purse of $50! (To be eligible, players must make at least 10 different bets totaling at least 250 points.)

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,