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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. J Rod 4. Contador 5. Rolland Rat »

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. @Deakus B E A utiful »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Deakus In my experience Masters and Open Corsas perform very similarly. The gum on the Vittorias are much more ‘yellow’ though and seem to stay cleaner. Look into Challenge Criteriums. I love them »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. froome 2. valverde 3. contador 4. Evans 5. Dan Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. porte 3. contador 4. Evans 5. Dan Martin »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. porte 3. contador 4. Evans 5. Martin »

The final race of the 2012 Velominati Super Prestige season is upon us. It’s not the most inspiring race, supposedly a race for the sprinters. The long straight final run in to the finish line begs for a mass sprint. It should be called Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais-Tours. The route is 235.5 km of small rollers through the French countryside. The...

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  1. @Deakus Arsewhole (sorry) »

  2. @Deakus Oh crap, make that *whole. Its been a long day. »

  3. Congrats to San Tonio and I’ll echo his words on the VSP and site as a hole. Cheers »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Flecha 2. Fuglsang 3. Bouhanni 4. Degenkolb 5. Blyth »

  5. Hopefully I can avoid doing a Nico Roach and stay in the top 10. VSP PICKS: 1. Flecha 2. Fuglsang 3. Degenkolb 4. Blythe 5. Steegmans »

Does a bike have a soul? I can’t make that argument, I don’t think I do either, actually. But we do invest a lot of emotion, pride and dare I say love in our bikes. We form emotional bonds to inanimate objects all the time. My favorite old dead car had to sit in the driveway for another year falling further into rusty disrepair before...

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  1. This bike had a soul. It now does not. »

Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption]Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a coming...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilforwards 2. Urangutan 3. Bertie 4. Paolini 5. Nibbles »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule 9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insisti...

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  1. Yes!!!!! »

  2. @batchuba Oh yeah I’ve no real belief that he’ll be in contention when the big boys come out to play. But like you said, I’ll look a real smart arse if he is. »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. ARMISTEAD IS OUT DUE TO ILLNESS!! Gutting VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Bronzini 4. Teutenberg 5. Guarnier »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule 9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insisti...

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  1. God I hope Gilbert Wins VSP PICKS: 1. Gilforwards 2. Tourminator 3. Eddy Boss 4. Sammy Sanchez 5. Tiernan Locke »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. HAS to be Vos VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Bronzini 4. Teutenberg 5. Guarnier »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Bertie 2. Froome 3. J Rod 4. Valve Cap 5. Cobo »

  2. Best get De Gendt in instead of Jurgen. »

  3. Quick off the mark there. I think Bertie is gonna take no prisoners. »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Bertie 2. Froome 3. Ballan 4. Cobo 5. Van Den Broeck »

What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”.Four year...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Vos 3. Bronzini 4. Cooke 5. Pooley »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. Has to come down to a sprint. Finishes on The Mall for Christ sake! VSP PICKS: 1. Caviar 2. Andre the Giant 3. Sagan 4. Matty Goose 5. Like a Boss Hog »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. @San Tonio Press the arrow next to each rider’s name in your top 5. If there’s a point penalty that you don’t think is right hit the dispute button »