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Rouleur Derby Report No. 36

Monday, May 16, 2011

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Giro rest day

2. California



Anyone who put big points on Alberto Contador probably enjoyed a good night's sleep last night. Already it looks like this Giro is a contest for second place -- which, who knows, could be a contest for first after all, depending on what the Court of Arbitration for Sport has to say.

For now, we get to enjoy our first rest-day second chance, with all the favorites whittled down to a handful of contenders. Since tomorrow is a flat stage that probably will not have any bearing on the GC, you have until tomorrow night to make your predictions:


There are also two active propositions for Saturday's highly anticipated stage up the Crostis and the Zoncolan: Predict a winner, and predict whether a top GC rider will end up in the netting coming down the Crostis.


Don't forget that the top performer during the Giro gets a cool $50 prize, thanks to Riot Minneapolis, purveyor of fine cycling fashion (http://www.riotminneapolis.com).


The Tour of California gets off to a belated start this afternoon. Action was heavy to pick the winner, with Levi Leipheimer emerging as the favorite at 4.5:1.

To keep it interesting over the week, there are propositions to pick the winners of the final three stages: Friday's time trial, Saturday's race up Mt. Baldy and Sunday's relative flat stage into Thousand Oaks. Deadline for each race is midnight the night before.


Traditionally the time trial is the decisive stage at the Tour of California, but the yellow jersey could very well be decided up Mt. Baldy, so there's a yes/no side bet to predict what happens on that front.


Have fun, play well, tell a friend,