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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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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. 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. »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. @the-farmer No need to qualify a Yoda quote. He is Yoda. Enough said. »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. @ramenvelo What is wrong with us? It’s like betting against Merckx, there is no money in it. American TV, NBC did a completely shiet job of covering it, what douches. The last km, if that. Dicks. »

  2. I got nothin’ VSP PICKS: 1. armistead 2. olds 3. van dijk 4. vos 5. bartelloni »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Frank in second place? Mien Gott em Heimmel. He does have a big brain. @Two Ball Billy Chapeau. Few dared to venture beyond the lightbulb fucker and spanish steak-o-matic. »

  2. @wiscot Yeah baby. During the Dauphine, when Nibbles was not quite peaking it was all about Froomy and Bertie.  With Sky in its present shape, Froomy would be in trouble even if he was healthy. Never having a jour sans really makes you a badass in the … »

  3. I hope this was not posted already. My boy T (not riding for GC) Voeckler actually stopping to abuse some Dutch Monkey on the side of the road. Chapeau Tommy-boy. »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. @moondance Yeah, me either, never heard it but Brett really wrote it up here. Beautiful. Certain songs, music and cycling really fit together. I have to be careful what gets in my head before a ride, the wrong song, of which there are legion,  can ruin … »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

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  1. @therealpeel Look at it the other way around; once you shave you have to get fit or you will look like a poser. Let your legs lead the way. No advice on the wife. They may be more upset at seeing us shave than being shorn. Who knows. »

  2. @Durishin yeah, that should work and look extremely weird at the same time. Let’s hope that does not catch on. I’m hoping my skin is dimpled enough to do the same thing. »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider Frank has had a multi-day battle with the beast. Hopefully the beers went in Frank instead of the poxy server. »

  2. Rest Day Picks! Rubbish I say. Who would not put Nibbles in now? @&#?!@?# FFS. »

  3. @wiscot If Fabs defense, I don’t think we even wanted to ride the Tour to begin with. It’s not like he took another person’s spot on the team either if fucking Abandy was given a spot. They would have tapped someone from Axel’s farm team to come up. T… »

  4. @Ron It’s always better if a soigneur helps, strong hands and all. It’s a team building exercise. »

  5. And wee Ritchie Porte is heading for 2nd place over all. Good for him. »

  6. @Minnesota Expat You just said a mouthful. Talansky is a tough bastard and that will help him as the race goes on. Schleck just lost Cancellara, the only guy who was helping him and the only guy who refuses to give him a Luxembourg Wedgie back at the h… »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. Thank you Jess, you know we need a woman’s perspective here as often as possible. Seeing Vanilla Ice’s mug on here is a bit disorienting, that boy needed a slap, still does I reckon. I would say, a lot of these pro cyclists are handsome fellas and I say t… »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Holy Fuck, that was a stage. Geraint Thomas is such a stud. He dragged Porte up through about three groups. And Cancellara was on NBC sports afterward, charming, making sense, clean. That’s a pro. I’d be under a blanket in the team bus, asleep. »

  2. @Chris Beauty! »