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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Froome, Chris 3. Rodriguez, Joaquim 4. Contador, Alberto 5. Pinot, Thibaut »

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, Peter 2. Van Garderen, Tejay 3. Roche, Nicholas 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Martin, Daniel »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Wild, Kirsten 3. Johansson, Emma 4. Bronzini, Georgia 5. Pooley, Emma »

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. Rest day VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Porte, Richie 3. Bardet, Romain 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Mollema, Bauke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Froome, Chris 3. Nibali, Vincenzo 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Mollema, Bauke »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ferrand Prevot, Pauline 2. Abbott, Mara 3. Vos, Marianne 4. Johansson, Emma 5. Pooley, Emma »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @wiscot Perhaps in the bedroom the phenomenon is best referred to as “la fringale.”  Not that I would know from experience, of course. »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins, Bradley 2. Kreuziger, Roman 3. Pozzovivo, Domenico 4. Costa, Rui 5. Mollema, Bauke »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Well I’ll be damned.  I never thought I’d see the day when I darkened the top step of the VSP podium.  I’m sure it will be fleeting, but I’ll enjoy it for now. In other race news, I went to the start of today’s Tour of California stage and scrutinized th… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana, Nairo 2. Evans, Cadel 3. Uran, Rigoberto 4. Scarponi, Michele 5. Rodriguez, Joaquim »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @ChrisO I do the same thing as you and @GogglesPizano.  It’s most likely because it’s the Right Way to do it.  As I’ve told my VMH on more than one occasion, it’s not just My Way, it’s the Right Way. My Velominipper insists that she take her bidon with … »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Gilbert, Phillipe 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Rodriguez, Joaquim 5. Martin, Daniel »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert, Phillipe 2. Valverde, Alejandro 3. Moreno, Daniel 4. Nibali, Vincenzo 5. Kwiatkowski, Michal »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos, Marianne 2. Armistead, Elizabeth 3. Stevens, Evelyn 4. Long0 Borghini, Elisa 5. Van Dijk, Ellen »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwitakowski, Michal 2. Gilbert, Phillippe 3. Valverde, Alejandro 4. Betancur, Carlos 5. Mollema, Bauke »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. It pains me that Boonen isn’t on my list but I don’t think this is his year.  I hope that he proves me wrong, even if it trashes my VSP results. Fortune will play a role as it always does.  I’m told that Fortune favors the brave so everyone ought to pack… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Vanmarcke, Sep 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. Terpstra, Niki 5. Kristoff, Alexander »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. Must be Baby Merckx (…or is it Baby de Vlaeminck?) bathed in the glow of the sacred stone. »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Vanmarcke, Sep 4. Boonen, Tom 5. Van Avermaet, Greg »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Longo Borghini, Elisa 2. Armistead, Elisabeth 3. Bronzini, Giorgia 4. Van der Breggen, Anna 5. Johansson, Emma »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen, Tom 2. Sagan, Peter 3. Cancellara, Fabian 4. Hushovd, Thor 5. Boasson Hagen, Edvald »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski, Michal 2. Cancellara, Fabian 3. Sagan, Peter 4. Boasson Hagen, Edvald 5. Gilbert, Phillipe »

  2. Chapeau to the Keepers and the sponsors for the VSP and the prizes.  The glory and prestige of victory are their own rewards, but a sweet frame or wheels or kit doesn’t hurt! »