Flanders Classics are still keeping their parcours close to their parka's but Chris has an excellent summary of the obstacles and the likely design in his preview. Read it. It's worth it.
The current prediction for Sunday is a partly cloudy day turning colder in the late afternoon. There's a high of 13C and the winds are from the NNW at 10 to 15 km/h. That means we'll have cross tailwinds for most of the flat introduction and obviously it's a mixture of everything during the middle of the race but there will be crosswinds on Kwaremont and tailwinds on Paterberg. The last flat part of the race should start with headwinds for a few k's and then crosswinds to the finish
Chris has done a great job with this too but there's some names on the startlist that I'll add in to the mix. For starters there's a guy called Pete. Unwanted in the previews I've seen so far but not forgotten by the bookies. Can he win? It's unlikely. Can he score PG points. You betcha. There's 3 others that have shown some glimpses of form over the last month and that's, in no particular order, Kung, SKA and Haller. Haller! Yeah. Haller. He did nothing on Wednesday and he didn't finish at GW. What he did do though was get a top 10 at E3 and if there's something you can rely on is someone over 20/1 for The Ronde (and who finished with a top 10 at E3) will get another top 10 in the big race. Chris had mentioned 7 of the other 8 that are riding so it left me with nowhere to go except getting into the right/wrong Vermeersch debate and I'm not going there...
As for outsiders? That's your job. Me? Hmmm. Well there's a guy who plays bingo and is 'live ins' the dream. I won't be taking him though...
Finally, I think the winner will be wearing blue and selling windows. His surname will include an S. That's all I'm saying. Good luck.
In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.
Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.
Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.
The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the race, the neutralized roll-out or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.
The last 3 races will be secret entry between the top contenders… To avoid defensive picking.
When we say top contenders we leave the number open because who knows how many will be within striking distance...
We will notify you by email if we need you to do a secret entry.
Head over to msbee's spreadsheet to check how you went but no complaining if the results are not entered straight away. Due to Covid, we've all taken a pay cut and we don't get out of bed for anything under $5000.