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Rouleur Derby Report No. 57

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. An Amstel surprise

2. An end to the classics

3. Up next: The Giro



One curiosity to note in this, the third season of Rouleur Derby, is this: You guys are getting good. This may come as a surprise to the many of you who are underwater, but your collective wisdom has been very effective in predicting the winners. Payouts for winners have been relatively low, and there have been no long shots to hit home.

That changed Sunday when Enrico Gasparatto charged up the Cauberg to seal a surprise win for Astana -- a record-breaking 290-1 shot. For the six players cagey enough to bet on Astana, including yours truly, it was a monster pay day and it propelled 2010 winner Haas into first place.


Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège brings a close to the Spring Classics season, meaning come Sunday afternoon we'll have our first cash winner of the season.

It's a knot of three players at the top of the Spring Classics table:

1. One Armed Bassett ... 102% ROI
2. PinkPanther ... 97%
3. rwc19 ... 95%

Will one of these players take the $75 prize with a final throw? Or will someone surge from out of nowhere?

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is also important because it's our last Monument, meaning your last chance to get a 25% for picking the winner of a single race. That too valuable a bonus to sit on the sidelines.


There are several side props available as well, including: How many Schlecks will finish in the top 10? Will Philippe Gilbert win? And, Which American team will have the highest place rider?


The racing scene quiets for the next few weeks in anticipation of May's Giro d'Italia. Expect a full slate of propositions -- suggestions welcome! -- and remember that there will be a 25% Grand Tour bonus for picking the overall winner.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,