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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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo 2. Rigoberto 3. Chriso (Froome) 4. Alberto 5. Fabio »

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. I thought I was playing it safe by picking Froome/Berto first and second at the start…until they both decided to play pick up sticks with their appendages. So now it’s time to throw caution to the wind and see if I can’t make myself relevant in this yea… »

  2. @Shaun Kelly +1 »

  3. Seeing Froomey sitting in that back seat with the window fogging up and a frenzied photographer shuttering away on the other side of the open door was heartbreaking, but it was also arguably the best possible example of the fragile beauty that this fine r… »

  4. Insurance against a Delgado. VSP PICKS: 1. ChrisTUEpher Froome 2. Clenbutador 3. The Shark Nibbles 4. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa 5. Talansky from Miamsky »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Le Cannibelle (Vos) 2. Heeeeeyyy Aaaaabbot!!! 3. E.L. Borghini 4. Evie would go. 5. Gooderzo »

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. Rui 2. Beaker 3. Bauke 4. Pozzovivo 5. Kreuziger »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. Quite an excellent post Brett, thank you. As one who is nearing the half century mark myself, and having spent much of my riding life on the dirt, I’ve found that the juxtaposition of road, cross and mountain bikes has resulted in bit of a symbiotic rela… »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. I feel it’s Nairo’s time to stand on the top step. I think Purito will give him a push and I’d love to see UU stay consistent for the whole 3 weeks, but I think the Monte Grappa will set up perfectly for Quintana to put his stamp on the race. I’m also thr… »

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. Philbert 2. Moreno 3. Ulissi 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Valdirty »

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. Murianne Vos 2. Emma Jo 3. Van Dijk 4. Evie Stevens 5. Emma Poo »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philbert 2. Moreno 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Valdirty 5. JRod »

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. Whoops, didn’t pay enough attention to realize picks now closed at midnight. Just call me LA Delgado. Oh well, here are my picks just for fun: 1-Kwiatkowski, 2-Philbert, 3-JRod, 4-Valdirty, 5-Betancur. »

  2. Watching Kwiatkowski ride away from Sagan with such ease back in the Strade Bianche got me to thinking about his chances in the Ardennes. Since then I’ve only seen him get stronger…hopefully he keeps it up tomorrow, I could really use the points. »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. What a race. My VSP was pretty much destroyed, but couldn’t care less. Congrats to Terpstra. »

  2. cannot wait until 4:15 am PST… VSP PICKS: 1. BooBoo Boonen 2. Cancellartacus 3. There’s something about Sagan 4. Steeebar 5. Vanthemanmarcke »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Unfreakingbelievable!!! Faboo is an absolute beast! »

  2. Not feeling great about any of this. All I know is I thought Tom looked comfortable on the ‘bergs last week despite the hand injury. I think he fends off Sagan’s ascension to the top classics rider position for a little longer and I’ve got Fabs as my favo… »

  3. @G’phant Thanks for the tip, I’ll try this as well. Couldn’t hurt…well, I guess it could. »

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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  1. I beliEvie. VSP PICKS: 1. Evie Stevens 2. Emma Jo 3. Longo_Borghini 4. Van Dijk 5. Armstead »

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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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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Evie Stevens 3. Borghini 4. Emma Jo 5. Emma Poo »

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. Sagan 2. Kristoff 3. Boonen 4. Degenkolb 5. Paolini »

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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Two Italians on the podium? It could happen…. right? My reach is that Nibali and Pipo Pozzato make the home crowds lose their minds  by whipping up a Stanny sandwich on the blocks. Fab and Pete fill out my card. Can’t wait. Thanks as always to the Kee… »

2013 was The Year of the Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide the V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

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  1. @frank +1! »