For the first couple weeks of the Vuelta it seemed like we had a new leader in the tipping competition every single day. Indeed it wasn’t until the third week when the pointy end of the leaderboard started to take shape.
Chris Seglenieke ended up dominating the final week of the tipping competition and has taken out a convincing win. To win a tipping contest by around 5 minutes doesn’t happen very often and indicates a consistently fine performance from the outset (and a little bit of luck along the way!).
For his troubles, Chris takes away a pair of Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clinchers (worth $3,299), thanks to the good folks at CyclingExpress.com!
Congratulations to second-placed Jackson Ankers who has been in and around the top 10 for most of the Vuelta and the same to third-placed Olly Harris who was an almost-permanent fixture in the top 5. Both gentlemen receive a $100 voucher to spend at CyclingExpress.com.
So congratulations to those three guys and to the rest of the top 10 in the general classification:
While the general classification was a bit of a blow-out, the sprint classification was far tighter … right down to the final stage!
Jackson Ankers took the leader’s jersey into the final stage but his pick of Francesco Lasca might have let him down. Dan Collins’ tip of Tyler Farrar allowed him to come around Ankers in the group kick to take out the sprint classification, 229 points to 224.
Dan receives a $100 CyclingExpress.com voucher for his win so congratulations to Dan and congratulations to the rest of the top 10 in the sprint classification:
And in the KOM classification it was Ter Culloty that took home the $100 CyclingExpress.com voucher after a solid performance in the closing week of the race. Congratulations to Ter and the rest of the top 10 in the KOM competition:
As well as those impressive performances there were some equally unimpressive efforts, and some tips that were downright baffling.
For a start, the most tipped rider throughout the entire race was Michael “Bling” Matthews. Tim from VeloTipper.com provided this rather scathing analysis:
“People! we are tipping to win the GC! Surely Horner and Nibali should have been the most tipped riders? Bling Matthews was tipped 100 more times than Nibbers?! Does anyone actually follow the Vuelta? Are you aware that there were 11 hilltop finishes? Nibali can climb! How I didn’t win this competition is beyond me.”
Here’s a list of the most-tipped riders throughout the race:
Rider | Times Tipped
- Michael Matthews | 274
- Edvald Boasson Hagen | 241
- Tony Martin | 238
- Alejandro Valverde Belmonte | 237
- Tyler Farrar | 210
- Christopher Horner | 208
- Gianni Meersman | 196
- Philippe Gilbert | 187
- Vincenzo Nibali | 181
- Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver | 176
The surprising efforts weren’t limited to the tipping competition either.
The Egg of the Day was awarded to the rider who cost the tipping peloton the most time on a particular stage. The mark was set early by Philippe Gilbert on stage 4 when he finished 14:30 down on the leader. Multiply that by the 38 people that tipped him and you get an unbelievable nine hours worth of damage.
Nobody else came close. On Stage 13, Edvald “Higgs Boson” Boasson Hagen gave it a nudge, but he couldn’t even lay an egg worth eight hours.
And then there was the coveted Spanish Omelet Award, which went to the rider who caused the most damage over the course of the entire tour. That particular award goes to the mercurial Simon Gerrans! Come on down Gerro!
Gerro is always a favourite with the tipping peloton, but is always a dangerous tip. When he’s on form he’s nigh unbeatable, but sitting just outside the GC contenders means Gerro doesn’t mind spending a day or two in the Venga Bus (also known as the autobus). Gerro caused nearly 16 hours of damage to the tipping peloton! Chapeau, sir!
Thanks to everyone that took part in the Vuelta tipping competition and thanks to the folks at CyclingExpress.com for supporting the competition. If you’ve got any feature requests or suggestions about how to improve the tipping competition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the guys at Velotipper.com. In Tim’s words “we’ll be putting the nerds in the basement for winter and need to brief them before we lock the doors.”