Friday, April 9, 2010
In this Rouleur Derby Report:
1. Tour of Flanders wrap-up
3. Upcoming races
1. TOUR OF FLANDERS WRAP-UP
What a Ronde!
The pre-race chatter was all-Tomeke, all-Fabian, all the time, and the favorites did not let us down.
In addition to Cancellara, the big winner was The Barron, who had 10 points on the Swiss time trial specialist. With the monument bonus, that earned him a net 58.75 points and put him in the driver's seat.
It's a long season, however. Slow and steady will prevail.
Racing will be neither slow nor steady Sunday at Paris-Roubaix, the Queen of the Classics. Again the buzz is on Boonen and Cancellara, and that's reflected in the payouts, which are currently 4.7:1 and 2.9:1, respectively.
But this is truly an arena where anything can happen. Just ask George!
Don't forget that picking the winner carries a 25 percent bonus.
In the proposition for which American team will boast the highest-placed rider, the payouts just turned dynamic. BMC is a prohibitive favorite, but most of those wagers came before Allesandro Ballan was withdrawn pending the Italian doping investigation. Will that hurt Hincapie's chances?
Surprisingly, nobody has put any points on RadioShack. Have you so little faith in Fumiyuki Beppu?
There are also two head-to-head match-ups: Boonen vs. Cancellara, and a battle of the American favorites: Hincapie vs. Farrar.
Betting closes at midnight Saturday. Make your predictions now, or swoop in at the last minute to pick up any undervalued bargains.
Also closing Saturday is the contest for NRC men's team standings. There hasn't been a lot of action here, but UnitedHealthcare, Jelly Belly and Bissell lead.
The women don't race this weekend, so their NRC proposition will close next Friday.
3. UPCOMING RACES
I'll cover the Amstel Gold Race on the 18th, and then our final spring monument will be Liege-Bastogne-Liege on the 25th.
Things will be quiet for a bit until the Giro d'Italia starts May 8. I plan to have a wide range of propositions available; suggestions are welcome. It's also the first grand tour, so it will carry a 50 percent bonus.
Play well, have fun, tell a friend,