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Velominatus: Patrick

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Newcastle, England

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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. This Tour is mint – unlike my VSP choices…3 race day swaps FFS!?! VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. Van den Broeck 5. Gallopin »

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. Fuck.Just spent ages scrutinising the form guides and deliberating over choices to find I’ve Delgado’d. Fuck. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Van den Broeck 5. Talansky »

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. Just checked my picks and remembered that I hadn’t chosen Dan Martin because I really wanted him to do well, but didn’t want to tempt fate in any way… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. Rodriguez 4. Pozzovivo 5. Majka »

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. Dan Martin 2. Valverde 3. Nibali 4. Ulissi 5. Betancur »

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. Bugger, Delgado’d… »

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. Kwiatkowski 2. Dan Martin 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Rodriguez »

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. Don’t know why I spend ages agonising over these picks like I know what I’m doing… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Kristoff 4. Sagan 5. Van Avermaet »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johannson 3. Pieters 4. van der Breggen 5. van Dijk »

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. Mighty Spartacus has to win something soon… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Demare 5. Kristoff »

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. I’d love to see Cav win a bunch sprint, but I’m going for Spartacus giving it full gas and then more full gas… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kwiatkovski 3. Sagan 4. Slagter 5. Kreuziger »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Just watching a live stream of Eurosport…is ‘toym bonnifickayyshun’ a new scoring concept Sean Kelly has developed? No disrespect to the double hard bastard intended. »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Hausler 4. Armitstead 5. Stevens »

Yes, we got piss drunk after the 2012 Seattle Summer Cogal and dreamed up the V-to-V Stage Cogal: epic riding, vertical, a real challenge. It was indeed all that.Sadly, there was one element missing: @eightzero on the road. Turns out I had made all kinds of plans for individuals to serve a Director Sportif. And each and every one of them fell throu...

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  1. Wow – that looks like 2 days of pure awesomeness! »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. What do I know anyway…just hope Valverde doesn’t have another mechanical disaster. VSP PICKS: 1. A. Valverde 2. J. Rodriguez 3. S. Henao 4. D. Martin 5. B. Intxausti »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Tragic.  RIP @itburns. Condolences to all friends & family. This is a terrible reminder how fragile and vulnerable we can be on our bikes, no matter how badass we are.  Take care one and all. »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. De Vries 3. Bronzini 4. Fournier 5. Taylor »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. J-rod getting stronger & Contador getting desperate. Porte will lead Froome off the mountain… VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Contador 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Kreuziger 5. Porte »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @VeloVita Only 2 flats ever – do you ride solid pram wheels? My own stupid cak handedness has caused more flats!! Respect – I hope you haven’t tempted fate though… »

  2. @Deakus Your lady looks mighty fine in those gumwalls. Very classy! »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Wow!!  That was mega!!  I love to see Cav win, but credit to Contador – what a wily, ballsy fucker he can be. »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Evans 4. Valverde 5. Rodriguez »

  3. @eenies Agreed.  Way too much polka dot! »

  4. @Patrick What I meant to say was… Woah – that’s lush! »