Monday, July 25, 2011
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. We have a winner
2. The answer to your question
3. Upcoming races
1. WE HAVE A WINNER
What a thrilling Tour! It came down to the final weekend with leadership toggling all along the way. In the end it was Rmeloa, who joined the party late, who made two big, astute bets: 50 points on Europcar for Stage 19 (55-1) and 150 points Tony Martin for Stage 20 (13-1). Along with some other wins, that gave him a remarkable 340 percent return on investment and earned him the 2011 Tour de France title at Rouleur Derby, which in addition to your admiration gets him a $25 prize and a 2010 Saxo Bank jersey. Nice work!
Congratulations should also go to Luelling, who has made only two bets this season. He makes them count, however, having put 300 points on Cadel before the Tour started. That yielded a 6,120 point profit, plus a 1,530 Grand Tour bonus, to put him in second place overall. (That gave him a 1,184 percent ROI for the Tour, but since he placed only two bets, he was not eligible for the overall prizes.)
Thanks so much, all of you, for playing along. Let's do this again soon!
2. THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION
The answer to the question we're all asking this morning is, "No, I have no idea what we do with ourselves now that we don't have a Tour stage to follow each morning. Go outside and ride our bicycles?"
3. UPCOMING RACES
There are still two important events to be settled: August's Vuelta a España and September's World Championships. Each will have a $25 prize, plus there will be a $50 to the end-of-season winner after the World Championships.
In the meantime, we'll have some action on the lesser races, including next week's Tour of Elk Grove, a UCI event near Chicago. And already we have some propositions for the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, or whatever it's being named these days: Will an American win? How about a Schleck?
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,