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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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Froome, Christopher 3. Talansky, Andrew 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Van Garderen, Tejay »

  2. what a disaster. some swaps to salvage a few points VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali, Vincenzo 2. Froome, Christopher 3. Talansky, Andrew 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Nibali, Vincenzo »

  3. I’ve missed the last two VSP’ s so while this may not count for the frame it does count for the Maillot Jaune. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador, Alberto 2. Froome, Christopher 3. Talansky, Andrew 4. Valverde, Alejandro 5. Nibali, Vincenzo »

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. Martin out and Evans in. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Joaquin Rodriguez 2. Cadel Evans 3. Nairo Quintana 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquin Rodriguez 2. Dan Martin 3. Nairo Quintana 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

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. I thought for sure I was going 1-2 on my picks then Martin hits the deck! Great ride by Gerrans though. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Joaquin Rodriguez »

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. Elisabeth Armitstead 2. Marianne Vos 3. Liesbeth De Vocht 4. Marjin De Vries 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. Philippe Gilbert 2. Daniel Moreno 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Dan Martin »

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. Wondering if J-Rod should be in there…. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. ALEJANDRO VALVERDE BELMONTE 2. SIMON GERRANS 3. ROMAIN BARDET 4. SYLVAIN CHAVANEL 5. PHILIPPE GILBERT »

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. Hard to leave out Kristoff, Terpstra, Sagan and/or Thomas. I’m still thinking one of them should be in here for Boonen in that 5th spot…. VSP PICKS: 1. FABIAN CANCELLARA 2. SEP VANMARCKE 3. GREG VAN AVERMAET 4. ZDENEK STYBAR 5. TOM BOONEN »

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. That was incredible! Finally I can leave the TV to pee and eat »

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. EMMA JOHANSSON 2. ELLEN VAN DIJK 3. ELISA LONGO BORGHINI 4. KIRSTEN WILD 5. LIESBETH DE VOCHT »

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. Here’s to the head-to-head showdown – I think Boonen will be ready despite a hard few weeks. Sagan will be there and the rest….there are many but I definitely like Terpstra or Van Avermaet as they have shown such good form. VSP PICKS: 1. FABIAN CACELL… »

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. Pieters, Amy 2. Borghini, Elisa Longo 3. Armitstead, Elizabeth 4. Johansson, Emma 5. Olds, Shelley »

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. Sagan allllll the way down in 4th…..not sure that’s the best pick but I’m going with it. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Stybar, Zdenek 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. Sagan, Peter 5. Stannard, Ian »

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 won La Primavera last year and it was my only decent set of picks all season. Here’s to a better GC this year. VSP PICKS: 1. P. SAGAN 2. F. CANCELLARA 3. M. CAVENDISH 4. J. DEGENKOLB 5. S. CHAVANEL »

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. Roche for Martin, who crashed out and Horner for Mollema who’s not even close anymore. Hopefully I can salvage some points. I do think Nibali is looking like a podium finisher and probably the top step, not the third, but another swap would be just that m… »

  2. I didn’t manage my TdF Picks very well so hopefully I’ll show better en España. VSP PICKS: 1. J-ROD 2. A. VALVERDE 3. V. NIBALI 4. D. MARTIN 5. B. MOLLEMA »

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. TJ out Valverde in. Quintana is ridiculous and has to move up. Contador has been there. J-Rod has been there on the climbs lurking in the background and despite his lack of team support i feel like he’s gonna make a big move on one of these climbs. VSP … »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. here’s to hopefully good guesses VSP PICKS: 1. M VOS 2. E STEVENS 3. M DE VRIES 4. T CROMWELL 5. E KRUCHINSKAYA »

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. le centieme! just watched La Course En Tete to provide further inspiration. As The Prophet will not be rolling up to the starting line, these are my picks: VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Tejay van Garderen 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5… »

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. No puedo creerlo, Delgado’d. A la gran p$@&!! My picks for Le Tour are going to have to be spot on. »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. At least Capecch has shown some life. unfortunately too little too late for my vsp. »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

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