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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

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First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. @Julian Winn Thanks. That is the best information yet, sorry I missed that. And yes to TV coverage, it’s the only way people will get how good the women’s races are. »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. FFS! We are very apart on this. I love wool socks, even in hot weather if they are lightweight. But this is not cool, unless playing rugby. »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. I wonder what poor Italian got the call up with less than 48 hours to replace Horner. And Cancellara is in the Vuelta? I thought he dropped out of the Tour to prepare for the Worlds? How many stages of the Vuelta will he get through. I bet he bails with a… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. The way the omerta was enforced by Quick-Step Omega Pharma with egg timer would make any rider currently under contract a little worried about speaking up. And jensie has what, twelve children to raise? I am a Jens fan and have been for a long time. He i… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Awwww jeeeze, a year has gone by? And he was wearing his V-kit, I don’t think I realized that. Fuck. I’m no wiser a year later about his death, it’s still a terrible thing but we are all lucky more of us haven’t had fatal meetings with cars. Cars are assh… »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. Grifters and Budgies, ha! Those are some weird names for bikes. Except for the trike, I think my first bike was the Schwinn Typhoon, indestructible single speed, big tires,  black with some white pin stripes, heavy as fuck. It was the unmodified Harley-D… »

There must still be a few readers out there who have not followed the Dutch Monkey down the merry tubular path; for them I offer an update on an alternative. Road tubeless has been lauded as the best thing to happen to cycling since the introduction of seatpins. These have been around for years but the road version has not gathered the expected mom...

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  1. @Teocalli Orange Seal Tubeless Tire Sealant- good stuff, I watched it seal my front tire in a few revolutions. And my R3s never lost any air or had any micro-leaks, who knows, it may be a sealant issue. »

  2. @Lou I have been testing out the new Bontrager R3 tubeless. It’s lighter than most, especially the Hutchinsons as Bontrager does not put a butyl liner on the inside. I have the 25mm tires and they are great. I’ve also switched to some orange sealant wit… »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. I just watched it on netflix, ha, what a laugh. The much hated frat boy, who lost the sprint, did you see his socks? No wonder he was hated and lost. Too tall socks. Nuff said. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @wiscot This is good you picked up this thread. Many questions here, not enough answers. Phone jammed into helmet like shark fin playing Barbara Streisand. I actually did a spit take when I first read that. Very messy. Life is different in N. Ireland. »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. 35 years? Oye mien gott. I haven’t seen that in 35 years? Well, I remember a lot of scenes so that says something for it initial impact. I already owned a racing bike with sew-ups, was an campy (all things Italian) fan-boy but had not shaved my legs yet. … »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. @teleguy57 Yes, I have spent much time on the bike with Mr Zevon in the head. Excellent company, right there. And coming up on a rider who can’t hear you because of their earphone are blaring, making a greeting or conversation impossible. It makes me w… »

  2. @Lazarus Thrift I chose the photo for its simplicity, no thought for the crap cans. Almost everyone uses earbuds of some sort for warmup, not those things. I’m glad to hear they suck, as it helps my argument that most people listen to shiet music these … »

  3. @frank Note to self: Be very afraid when pre-ride with your VMH. She is a glutton for punishment. »

  4. @ten B That is my greatest fear…a long long ride with the worst kind of fragment of an insipid song with no hope of an eject button. We refer for the need of a “bottle brush” song, as if one was pushing a bottle brush in one ear and it coming out the … »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. @xyxax A Garmin rider last year said this was a race where you know very early if you were doomed or not. Bad legs for Sagan. »

  2. @Steampunk Nope, he was back talking to the team car when he should have been up front. »

  3. El Steamelero-punk calls it. Final Race Results1. VALVERDE Alejandro2. MOLLEMA Bauke3. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin4. NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel5. GALLOPIN TonyFinal VSP Results1. Steampunk (9 points) 2. sthilzy (9 points) 3. Chica (9 points) 4. Minnesota Expat (8… »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. sagan 2. roche 3. gilbert 4. valverde 5. visconti »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

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  1. @wiscot Did you see young Thurau in either the Dauphine or Tour de Swiss? He was out suffering on the climbs, trying to keep a dotty jersey. He will be someone to watch. »

  2. @Ccos I was thinking that too. He should try a Spring Classic or two, especially Roubaix. But if he doesn’t already enjoy those wet cobbles, if might not be for him. Still, he should be good at some of those. Lord knows he has the motor for that kind of… »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. @The Oracle I kept it on until recently and now regretting my mistake. I did have a mate over who had not seen it and we watched the whole thing, (my second viewing). It was an awesome stage. At the finish of Stage V they were interviewing Geraint Thom… »

Even as a Pre-Cambrian Velominatus, the rusty wires in my brain must have made the connection between my machine’s aesthetics and the lack of a saddle bag; I can’t remember a time when I rode with a European Posterior Man Satchel. But riding without a saddle bag means the tools go in the pocket, and that means great care must be take...

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  1. Your rollers? You poor antipodean. At least you will be well on your way to the perfect stroke. »

  2. @mpalazzi92 Comment 210 eh? Amazing this whips up such interest again and again. Rapha waved this in front of my face too but I am still using my Lezyne phone/card/cash zippered thing. But yeah, Rapha does not fool around so I bet this is a beauty. And i… »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. Yeah baby. Great post. It all comes back to PVP, “This weather is good for us.” Great photo of Laurens too. I was cheering for him on the mountain stages. He owns a copy of The Rules. He is one of us. »