The Volta a Catalunya and its clothing sponsor Sumattory are offering readers a chance to win a leader’s jersey from race, signed by the race winner.

Just predict the winner of each day’s stage and you could have a signed race jersey from the World Tour.

**The Prize**

A signed leader’s jersey from the Volta a Catalunya from Sumattory, the cycle clothing company from the Pyrenees.

**The Rules**

Just name the winner of each stage left in the race via a comment below. Now that we’ve had a few stages it should be easier to work out who you want to back and who’s off the pace.

You can submit your picks every remaining stage in one go (eg Stage 4, 5, 6 and 7 now) or you can do it day by day, (eg Stage 4 now, then Stage 5 the next day).

Either way you need to get your pick in **before midday Euro time** for each stage.

The race ends on Sunday and you’ll find stage profiles in Monday’s race preview.

If your pick is in the top 10 then I’ll award 15 points to the winner, 10 for second place, 8 for third and then 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points down to tenth place. At the end of the race your points will be totalled up and the highest score will get the jersey.

I can’t win the jersey for ethical reasons because I’m supposed to run the competition… but I’ll still try some picks.

Stage 4: Nairo Quintana

Stage 4 Nairo Quintana

Stage 4: joaquim rodriguez

Stage 4: Valverde

Quintana

tiebreaker??

A rare outcome but if it happens I’ll put the winning names into a random generator (aka Excel) and let the computer choose.

or you cut they choose. .

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez…..winning at home!

stage 4 Pinot

Stage 4: Alejandro Valverde

Stage 5: Julien Simon

Stage 6: Nicholas Roche

Stage 7: Rinaldo Nocentini

I hope I can change Valverde to Rodriguez.

Sorry, in-stage picks can’t be changed.

Stage 4: Alejandro Valverde

Stage 5: Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 6: Chris Anker Sorensen

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 4 Scarponi

Stage 4: Wiggins

Stage 5: Wiggins

Stage 6: Wiggins

Stage 7: Wiggins

Hedging your bets…

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriquez

de Gendt

Stage 4: Alejandro Valverde

Stage 5: Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 4: Thomas De Gendt

Stage 4 Gesink

Stage 5 TdG

Stage 6 Wiggo

Stage 7 JRod

I`ll perm all the selections

Stage 4: Wiggins

Nairo Quintana

stage 4 Pozzovivo

stage 4 – Mikel Nieve

Rodríguez

Stage 4 – Rodriguez

Stage 4: Thibaut Pinot

Stage 5: Andrea Guardini

Stage 6: Carlos Betancur

Stage 7: Simon Gerrans

Guardini abandoned, so I will change my stage 5 pick to Gianni Meersman

4: Valverde

5: uran

6: Betancur

7: Purito

Overall: Valverde

Stage 4 – Alejandro Valverde

Stage 5 – Gianni Meersman

Stage 6 – Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 7 – Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 4 : Valverde

Stage 5 : Meersman

Stage 6 : Valverde

Stage 7 : Rodriguez

Stage 4: Quintana

Stage 4: Valverde

Stage 5: Dumoulin

Stage 6: Purito

Stage 7: Purito

(stage 4 – Mikel Nieve – already voted in a previous post)

stage 5 – Andy Fenn

stage 6 – George Bennett

stage 7 – Rigoberto Uran

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez

stage 4: wiggins

stage 5: meersmann

stage 6: txurruka

stage 7: valverde

since valverde crashed out

rodriguez for stage 7

Stage 4: POZZOVIVO Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE)

Stage 5: URAN URAN Rigoberto (SKY PROCYCLING)

Stage 6: PINOT Thibaut (FDJ)

Stage 7: HAEDO Lucas Sebastian (CANNONDALE)

Stage 4: Valverde

Stage4: Betancur

Stage5: Arroyo

Stage6: Valverde

Stage7: Purito

Stage 4 – Domenico Pozzovivo!

I’ll go out on a flyer with Peter Stetina on 4

4: Wiggins

5: Meersman

6: Valverde

7: Rodriguez

stage4: de gendt

4: Van Den Broeck

5: Meersman

6: Valverde

7: Valverde

Stage 4: Valverde

Stage 4: Rodriguez

Stage 5: Fenn

Stage 6: Nocentini

Stage 7: Valverde

4: Rodriguez

5: Meersman

6: Dumoulin

7: Valverde

Stage 4: Nairo Quintana

Stage 4: Chris Horner

Stage 5: Chris Horner

Stage 6: Chris Horner

Stage 7: Chris Horner

Stage 4: N. Quintana

Stage 5: J. Meersman

Stage 6: A. Valverde

Stage 7: “Purito” Rodriguez

stage 4: Gesink

stage 5: Gesink

stage 6: Gesink

stage 7: Gesink

stage 4 – Valverde

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 5: Julien Simon

Stage 6: Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 7: Alejandro Valverde

Stage 4 will be Quintana again!

Stage 4 – J Rod

Stage 4: J. Rodriguez

Stage 4 – Rodriguez

Stage 4 – Fuglsgang

Stage4- T. Pinot

Stage 4

Rodriguez

Stage 4- Rigoberto Uran

Stage 5- Gianni Meersman

Stage 6- Simon Gerrans

Stage 7- Alejandro Valverde

Stage 4: Igor Anton Hernandez

Stage 4: Wiggins

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Valverde

Stage 7: Rodriquez

Anton

Stage 4: Quintana

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

Stage 5: Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)

Stage 6: Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil)

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

Stage 4 Nico Roche

Stage 5 Meersman

Stage 6 Simon Gerrans

Stage 7 Valverde

Stage 4 : Alejandro Valverde

Stage 5 : Fenn

Stage 6 : Meersman

Stage 7 : Gerrans

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 5: Andrea Guardini

Stage 6: Gianni Mersman

Stage 7: Alejandro Valverde

Stage 4 – Wiggins

Stage 4: Rujano

Stage 5: Valverde

Stage 6: De Gendt

Stage 7 : Gerrans

Stage 4 – Dan Martin

Stage 5 – Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso

Mikel nieve

*stage 6 – Mikel nieve

Stage 4: Dan Martin

Stage 4: Jurgen VDB

Stage 5: Simon Gerrans

Stage 6: Thomas De Gendt

Stage 7: Gianni Meersman

Yeah I believe in my compatriots

J Rod please for Stage 4

Joaquim Rodriguez

4. Joaquim Rodríguez

5.Julien Simon

6. Rujano

7.Valverde

Stage 4: Dan Martin

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 7: Gerrans

todays stage – Quintana

Stage 4: Quintana

Stage 4–Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez

Stage 5–Robert Kiserlovski

Stage 4: Pinot

Stage 4: Van Den Broek

S4: Dan Martin

Stage 4: rodriguez

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 4: Valverde

4: Rodriguez

5: Meersman

6: Martin

7:Wiggins

Stage 4: Wiggins

I think a break will be let go today so someone well down on GC will win the stage. Therefore I’ll have a punt on Biel Kadri

Stage 4; Alejandro Valverde

Stage Nairo Quintana (Mov)

Stage 4: Rodriguez

Stage 4: Nairo Quintana

Stage 5: Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 4: J-Rod

Daniel Martin

Here’s hoping for a winning streak after a good start yesterday

I’ll go for Samuel Dumoulin today… (Stage 5)

Good morning. Ill go for Simon Gerrans today, Stage 6. Thanks inrng!

Final stage, gotta be close. I’m going to go safe with Katusha’s leader, J-Rod, El Purito, Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver. Gràcies inrng!

Wiggins!!!

Stage 4 – Scarponi.

Stage 4: Valverde

Stage 5: Simon

Stage 6: De Gendt

Stage 7: Fenn

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 5: Guardini

Stage 6: Gerrans

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 4: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 5: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 7: Bradley Wiggins.

Stage 4: Rodriguez he’d love to win the queen stage at home!

Stage 4 – Rodriquez

Stage 5 – Meersman

Stage 6 – De gendt

Stage 7 – Valverde

Stage 4 – Quintana

Stage 4: Dani Navarro

Stage 5: Guardini

Stage 6: Urán

Stage 7: Urán

Stage 4: Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 5: Gianni Meersman

Stage 6: Thomas De Gendt

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage 4; Valverde

Stage 5; S Dumoulin

Stage 6; Valverde

Stage7; Valverde

Stage 4 Rodriguez

Stage 4: Rodriguez

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Valverde

Stage 7: Rodriguez

Stage 4: Valverde

Pinot or Rodriguez, Pinot or Rodriguez…..

I’m going Rodriguez.

Quintana

Stage 4 – A.Valverde

(Rodriguez and Quintana are strong options too but I’ll plump for Valverde even though I’m not a particular fan. All three looking in good form. I was impressed with Wiggins on stage 3 so will be interesting how he fares on the queen stage)

Stage 4 –> Nairo Quintana

Stage 5 –> Gianni Meersman

Stage 6 –> Valerio Agnoli

Stage 7 –> Joaquim Rodriguez

Rodriquez

Stage 4: jrod

Valverde

Rodriguez

stage 4 rodriguez

Stage 4: quintana

4 – Joaquim Rodriguez

5 – Samuel Dumoulin

6 – Simon Gerrans

7 – Alejandro Valverde

Since Valverde has pulled out, I will change my stage 7 pick to Joaquim Rodriguez if that is allowed.

Done.

People can change their picks until midday Euro time tomorrow (Sunday).

A tactical change forced by Mr Gaffney. I will change from Purito to Meersman

4 – Alejandro Valverde

5 – Gianni Meersman

6 – Chris Anker Sorensen

7 – Joaquim Rodriguez

Stage4- Purito

Stage 5 Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 6 Thomas De Gent

Stage 7- Alejandro Valverde

Stage 4: De Gendt

Stage 5: Guardini

Stage 6: Zaugg

Stage 7: Rodriguez

Thanks inrng!

Stage 4: Purito

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Valverde

Stage 7: Wiggins

Hey Inring, thanks again for the cool contest and prize. Valverde out so:

Stage 4: Purito

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Roche

Stage 7: Wiggins

Is it too late to change from Valverde to Rodriguez?

Yea, I’d like to change that for Stage 6 also.

A reply would be nice.

You can change your future picks.

All picks have to be in BY MIDDAY each day but I’ll let people’s stage 4 picks stand for today.

Please aim to put your Stage 5 picks in by midday European time.

Slightly confused,

So was my stage 4 pick left as Valverde or changed to JRod.

I’m happy to acecpt my fate if it’s Valverde, but it’s nice to know which end of the game I’m at.

Yes, you have to have Valverde. Otherwise people can keep submitting picks during the stage and then insert the winner’s name five seconds after they cross the line!

All picks have to be made by midday, I was being nice to accept your choice of Valverde after the deadline. Hope this sounds fair.

I love your work and I don’t want to be a hassle and I’d reply to your comment but I can’t for some reason. I’m happy to have my pick stay as Valverde or be switched to JRod but I want to be clear on the events.

I chose Valverde first, then when I heard he crashed I asked if I could switch to JRod well before the final climb but before the cut0off. You said yes I’d have to have Valverde (my original choice), but then you said you’d be nice and grant me Valverde (who I didn’t want). So what was my rider?

Again… You’re the man. Just want to know where I stand. And to save you explaining your decision, just give me a name.

After the cutoff. Idiot!

Stage 4: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 5: Joaquim Rodríguez

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodríguez

Can i amend my guesses as Valverde has abandoned?

Can I amend my choice as jrod didn’t win.

Sure, every can amend picks as long as they do this before midday of the stage in question.

Stage 5: Andrea Guardini

Previous Picks:

Stage 4 – Joaquim Rodríguez

New Pick:

Stage 5 – Andrew Fenn

Stage 6: Bradley Wiggins

Stage 5 Gianni Meersman

Stage 6 Hesjedal

Stage 7 Rodriguez

st.5: Fenn

st.6: Scarponi

st.7: “Purito”

Stage 5 Andrew Fenn

Good luck with all the picks, keep them coming and even if you missed today’s stage you can still win with some good choices for the next few days.

I’m collating them into a spreadsheet but it’s an awkward data entry task.

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 5: Fenn

Stage 5: Samuel Dumoulin

stage 5: Meersman

Hi, after Valverde crashed out can I chang my Stage 7 selection to Rodriguez?

Thanks for organising and great prize. Cheers

Stage 5 – Meersman

Changing stage 7 to purito due to Valerde’s crash

Stage 5. Meersman

Stage 5: Ligthart

Stage 5 – Samuel Dumoulin

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage5: Dumoulin

Changing my stage 6 pic as Valverde abandoned so my next three are:

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 6: Wiggins

Stage 7: Rodriguez

Stage 5: Meersman

Ta!

Stage 5: Meersman

Stage 5 : Fenn

5. Koldo Fernandez

stage 5: Joaquin Rodrigues

stage 6: Joaquin Rodrigues

stage 7: Joaquin Rodrigues

stage 5: Gianni Meersman

S5 Meersman

stage 5 – Gianni Meersman

stage 6 – Thomas De Gendt

stage 7 – Joaquim Rodriguez

St6: Steven Kruijswijk

St7: J-Rod

Stage 6: De Gendt

Stage 7: Joaquim Rodríguez

Previous picks

Stage 4 pinot

Stage 5 Fenn

Stage 6 Julien Simon

Stage 4: Wiggins (done)

Stage 5: Meersman (done)

Stage 6: Rodriquez

Stage 7: Rodriquez

Stage 6 – Dan Martin

Stage 6. Meersman

Stage 6 – J Rod

Stage 6: Dan Martin

Stage 6 meersman

Stage 7 Rodriguez

Still all to play for, here are the standings so far:

20 Dave H

20 divporter

20 Drplumbster

19 jeremy

19 Tj Key

16 Chris rowell

15 Lachlan Simpson

15 MikeClark

15 maremon @ telefonica.net

15 JP

15 Marsman

14 Adrian de Nijs

14 Jesper

14 Juanpablo

14 Lucy Bridge

14 Ludovic surina

14 Martin Green

14 Matt Vandre

14 Rhys0017

11 GMS

11 Gonzalo González

10 Andrew Bridge

10 Espresso

10 George W

10 Liam Gaffney

10 Manuel Pérez

10 Sergio

10 TJ Knight

10 Nick

10 andmujika

10 Jamba

10 Joe K

10 Ankush

10 Nuncio

10 anantelope

10 Dan

10 John S

10 Rasmus Baaner

10 Velotoday

9 Harry R

9 ward v

8 Erika B

8 Michael Heslop

8 PM

7 Souln

7 Robert G

6 Theo

5 BigSigh

5 Jordan Decker

5 OH

5 peloton.pl

5 Raulinho

5 Eric Bowen

5 Murf

5 B W

5 Not Bradley Wiggins

5 Ablindeye

5 Chris Poole

5 Pirtti

4 alan j

4 Andy

4 Ask M

4 Atanas A.

4 Bat Chainpuller

4 denilzon

4 Duncan

4 Erik Berendsen

4 Felix

4 Georgia Dee

4 kristian

4 LanceR

4 Mihai C

4 Nick

4 Paul I.

4 Sam Gray

4 simon

4 Zach Houvener

4 Robert

3 Sinai

1 Not Christ Horner

1 George Poolman

1 Kento

1 Thunder

If you think I’ve got the points wrong for you, let me know as it’s manual work to manage this and mistakes can happen.

Stage 6: thibault Pinot

And I can’t see my name on the list.

You have 4 points from Meersman yesterday

Stage 6 Gianni Meersman

Stage 7 Joaquim Rodriguez

stage 6 – Julien Simon

Stage 6 : Meersman

Have an error to connect : “Error establishing a database connection”. Hope pick is accept.

Got it.

I might be missing something but I think Liam Gaffney should be ahead of me having predicted Martin, Dumoulin and Gerrans thus far. I am happy to be wrong though.

Correct, I’ll redo the numbers.

Here’s the leaderboard, updated and hopefully fixed although provisional for now. Let me know if you think your points need adjusting, a commissaire’s report takes 10 seconds.

40 Liam Gaffney

35 Dave H

25 Jamba

22 GMS

20 Drplumbster

20 divporter

20 andmujika

20 Ankush

19 kristian

19 LanceR

19 Duncan

19 Sam Gray

18 George W

15 Jordan Decker

15 LWB

15 Lachlan Simpson

15 MikeClark

15 OH

15 Dominic O’Brien

15 Ian Murphy

14 Tj Key

14 Jesper

14 Juanpablo

14 Martin Green

14 Nick

14 Georgia Dee

14 Ludovic surina

14 Matt Vandre

14 Lucy Bridge

14 Adrian de Nijs

14 Rhys0017

14 Souln

14 alan j

14 Bat Chainpuller

13 PM

12 Erik Berendsen

12 Zach Houvener

12 Gonzalo González

11 Raulinho

10 Sergio

10 TJ Knight

10 JP

10 Nuncio

10 Manuel Pérez

10 Andrew Bridge

10 Chris rowell

10 Espresso

10 Nick

10 Joe K

10 anantelope

10 Dan

10 John S

10 Rasmus Baaner

10 Velotoday

10 Chris Poole

10 Robert

10 AlecR

10 Neil

10 SARU

10 will h

9 Mihai C

9 denilzon

9 simon

8 Erika B

8 Michael Heslop

8 Ablindeye

8 Pirtti

8 Sinai

8 George Poolman

8 Buyruk

8 JW

8 Oliver McCarthy

8 Sasha

8 Sean

7 Stevhan Ti

7 Graeme Porter

6 Alan Schenkel

6 tonyrone

5 BigSigh

5 Paul I.

5 peloton.pl

5 Matt E

5 Not Bradley Wiggins

5 Mike L

5 seren

5 Huw Jones

5 Little Tom

4 jeremy

4 Andy

4 Felix

4 Ask M

4 Harry R

4 Atanas A.

4 ward v

4 steve

3 LFR

3 Tim

1 maremon @ telefonica.net

1 Dontcoast

1 Valverde

Stage 7 J Rod

Stage 7. – J Rod

Stage 7 – JRod. Not that it matters, I can’t win from here.

Can’t win but I’m going to take a patriotic punt on Wiggo for stage 7

Just for the fun.

Stage 7 : Gerrans

Liam Gaffney wins – please email me.

No points scored on the final stage.

Here’s the GC:

40 Liam Gaffney

35 Dave H

25 Jamba

22 GMS

20 Ankush

20 divporter

20 Drplumbster

20 andmujika

19 Duncan

19 kristian

19 LanceR

19 Sam Gray

18 George W

15 Jordan Decker

15 Lachlan Simpson

15 Dominic O’Brien

15 Ian Murphy

15 LWB

15 MikeClark

15 OH

14 Jesper

14 Juanpablo

14 Lucy Bridge

14 Martin Green

14 Rhys0017

14 Tj Key

14 Georgia Dee

14 Matt Vandre

14 Nick

14 Adrian de Nijs

14 alan j

14 Bat Chainpuller

14 Ludovic surina

14 Souln

13 PM

12 Erik Berendsen

12 Zach Houvener

12 Gonzalo González

11 Raulinho

10 Chris rowell

10 JP

10 Manuel Pérez

10 Sergio

10 TJ Knight

10 Andrew Bridge

10 Nuncio

10 AlecR

10 anantelope

10 Chris Poole

10 Dan

10 Espresso

10 Joe K

10 John S

10 Neil

10 Nick

10 Rasmus Baaner

10 Robert

10 SARU

10 Velotoday

10 will h

9 denilzon

9 Mihai C

9 simon

8 Erika B

8 Ablindeye

8 Buyruk

8 George Poolman

8 JW

8 Michael Heslop

8 Oliver McCarthy

8 Pirtti

8 Sasha

8 Sean

8 Sinai

7 Stevhan Ti

7 Graeme Porter

6 Alan Schenkel

6 tonyrone

5 Paul I.

5 Matt E

5 peloton.pl

5 BigSigh

5 Mike L

5 Not Bradley Wiggins

5 Huw Jones

5 Little Tom

5 seren

4 Ask M

4 Atanas A.

4 Felix

4 jeremy

4 Harry R

4 Andy

4 steve

4 ward v

3 LFR

3 Tim

1 maremon @ telefonica.net

1 Dontcoast

1 Valverde

Yeaaa! Thanks inrng, the first thing I’ve won since musical chairs at my 9th birthday party.

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