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Rouleur Derby Report No. 70

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Happy Holy Week

2. Milan-San Remo housekeeping

3. Up next



Greetings from near Gent, Belgium, where I'm enjoying a Rochefort 10 and some stroopwafel before bed. I'm spending the week here with 2012 Rouleur Derby champion Kirby (I never mentioned that a trip to Flanders was the grand prize?) and although we're freezing our nuts off, we're enjoying the riding and the hospitality of the good people here.

Driedaagse van De Panne has been great fun to watch but of course all eyes are on Sunday's Tour of Flanders. Peter Sagan is showing he's developed the experience and guile to win on the cobbles. Can he do it again on the holiest day in Flanders?

Sagan is currently the favorite at 2/1, followed by a healthy Fabian Cancellara at 6/1. Sylvain Chavanel has been riding well, so he's currently 13/1, along with Tom Boonen, who would certainly rate higher had he not hurt his knee at Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem.

Don't forget: As with all Monuments, there is a 25 percent bonus for picking the winner.

And there are a host of other side bets. Will a solo winner claim victory? Who will lead over the final trip up Oude Kwaremont? How big will the early escape group be?

Start making your predictions now at http://rouleurderby.com/wager/2013-tour-flanders-odds


Because of my travels I did not have a good chance to closely study the ascent of the Poggio. In the end, I found no conclusive video of who first crested, but judging by the lines the leading duo was taking and Chavanel's speed, I ruled in favor of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 45/1 one of the longer winning bets of the season.


It won't be long for the next monument, Paris-Roubaix. I'll be traveling Monday, so I might not make book until Tuesday night.

Then we move to the Ardennes for the final Spring Classics, and before you know it it will be time to tackle our first Grand Tour with the Giro d'Italia.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,