Friday, April 6, 2012
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Flanders wrap-up
3. Up next
1. FLANDERS WRAP-UP
It wasn't just RadioShack-Nissan to have its classics campaign dissolve this Sunday. Thousands of Rouleur Derby points when poof when Fabian Cancellara hit the Belgian tarmac, including yours truly, who was resorting to a bailout loan by the end of the day.
But who fared well? Super Rookie, of all people, had the best return on the day. He nailed both Pozzato and Ballan to show, resulting in almost a 300 percent return for the day. By raw points, 2010 winner Haas had the biggest pay day, raking in a 3,600-point profit, most of it from a 1,000-point bet on Boonen at 3.6-1.
Meanwhile our overall leader MissMinsk broke even, and with a 159 percent ROI, rwc19 remains your leader in the Spring Classics contest.
No surprise, Boonen remains the overwhelming favorite for our next Monument, Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. With several riders out with injuries and stars like Sagan and Freire taking the day off, who is left to challenge? Pozzato will be looking for vengeance, and at least one person thinks cyclocross experience will give Lars Boom an advantage if rain makes off-road handling an issue.
Latest pay outs:
(Sagan and Freire are still on the board, but if they are indeed DNS they will be scratched and bets refunded.)
We also have a few side bets. The goofiest is, How many other riders will be on the Roubaix velodrome at the moment the winner finishes? Remember, the winner must do a lap and a half of the velodrome. So this will be scored based on how many riders enter the velodrome during those two laps.
3. UP NEXT
It's hard to believe, but we're but two weeks from the end of the Spring Classics season. Next week we hit the Ardennes and there will be action for Amstel Gold and La Flèche Wallonne, followed by our final Monument, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After that, we regroup and it's on to our next contest, the Giro d'Italia. Didn't do so hot during the Classics? You and Garmin-Barracuda both. But there will be $50 on the line during the Giro, and since it's based on return on investment, not points won, everyone will have an equal shot.
Have fun, play well, tell a friend,