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Rouleur Derby Report No. 69

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Early leaders

2. Our first Monument

3. On the road

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1. EARLY LEADERS

Like riders who escape the peloton in the first kilometer of a race, two players have staked large leads in this edition's Rouleur Derby -- but can they make it stick?

In the overall, Sportifplus has a 1,200-point lead over his closest rival, thanks to his going big on Sven Nys in Louisville (9/5). Meanwhile, Nekochan so far as a 200% return on investment in the Spring Classics contest, which features a $50 prize. There's still a lot of racing to be done, however, so don't be surprised if the catch is made well before the finish line.


2. OUR FIRST MONUMENT

After honing their form with early classics and last week's stage racers, riders will contest the year's first Monument this Sunday with Milan-San Remo. Peter Sagan (11/10) is currently a runaway favorite, followed by "Other" at 7/1 -- a selection that would include Thor Hushovd and Juaquim Rodriguez, among others.

Milan-San Remo features this year's first podium proposition. Riders pay out for finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, so it's possible to win more than once in the same prop.

Rouleur Derby is also curious how well BMC will do in the four spring Monuments: How many will it win overall? None, one or more?

Find all the action at http://rouleurderby.com/wager/2013-milan-san-remo/, and remember that betting closes Saturday at midnight.


3. ON THE ROAD

The Rouleur Derby staff leaves tomorrow to go on location in Europe. After a week in the Mediterranean, we meet last year's winner Kirbsox in Belgium for a week on the cobbles. Scoring will be only as prompt as Internet access allows, but there will undoubtedly be propositions available for next week's Gent-Wevelgem, to say nothing of the granddaddy of them all, the Tour of Flanders.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,

Luke