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You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Swift 4. Martin 5. Sagan »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Armistead 3. Bronzini 4. Van Vleuten 5. Vos »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Delgado-ed. Doh. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. I like him. I’ve even chucked a bit of money in the direction of the film project. But them I am a Brit who is Scottish..   It’ll be interesting to see where he goes next. I think he’s talked about having a role at the Slipstream development team in the… »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. there’s a chap comes on club rides. Wears a baggy sleeveless top under his bibshorts, and nothing else. Keeps his bananas etc somewhere truly wrong. But I’ve not been a club rider long enough to have the confidence to “have a word”. It would certain… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. Bit of a digression (though, as the video is from the David Millar film project, it does have a doping connection) but have you seen the footage said film project got of Mini Phinney at the 2013 Tirreno Adriatico? The tale he told of the day is here. The … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. It does have too many logos, but the Loto-Belisol kit this year at least seems to have been designed by someone rather than a committee. Takes quite a strong person to tell the lead sponsor that you’re writing their name in block lettering, not using thei… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Normally a team car would rather comply with Rule #25- when you’ve got a workhorse Skoda with nine pro bikes on the top there’s no contest. Trust Sky to muck things up. With style Even a pair of Bolides doesn’t come close to the cost of that thing. »

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’d like to claim my day of “secure” zone infiltration and then drinking in the park is comparable to @harminator’s recce ride, but really, hats off to him. »

Who learns of their cycling potential while in the military, serving in Africa? @wiscot is once again serving up some great cycling history in his post about  Joaquim “The Bull” Agostinho. As dangerous as cycling seems, surprisingly few professionals get killed racing or training. Agostinho was one of the unlucky few. He was a man for...

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  1. Lotto Belisol are very obviously riffing on the classic Flandria jerseys and bikes this year. They really rather need to start matching it with hardman results. »

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. Oh, and if you MUST get a selfie with a rider do it when then’re not riding, yeah? Thank’s Matt Busche! (Cap is a Stage 3 special Edition from This Is Cambridge cycling caps, top is Cambridge Cycling Club- we were encouraged to make sure our colours … »

  2. Went to the start today in Cambridge, as I live there. Decided my lack of a wristband wouldn’t stop me getting to the Trek bus- I had a copy of our staff magazine to get to Matthew Busche as he was on the front of it. We make Trek’s carbon and resin. Anyw… »

  3. Kimmage has had a sit down with Froome (and Cound, because she doesn’t trust him to speak to the press on his own?). That’s what he called Contador, Who am I to argue? he still goes in, as unless he’s busted he’s going to do well. VSP PICKS: 1. Froooooo… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Getting away from the childishness, for those of you that don’t get Rouleur, they’ve handily posted Millar’s entire column on the website: http://rouleur.cc/journal/racing/hair-bare-bunch »

  2. Regarding Rule #50, the latest Rouleur magazine sees Robert Millar pontificating on facial hair, in particular the current outbreak of full beards. He claims the “no shaving on the morning of a race” concept originates with Sean Kelly, and that in the 80s… »

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. Not that it affects VSP, but the Giant German has headed for the beach much earlier than expected, claiming a fever. Pfft. Cipollini at least waited till the road headed upwards by more than 0.5% »

  2. I am (as I have done) comfortable with swapping for crashes. Especially this early. »

  3. Lets curse another Irishman! VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nico Roche 2. Good Cadel 3. Quintana 4. D. Pozzovivo 5. R. Uran Uran Uran Uran »

  4. Really need to get this aero rain jackets thing sorted. All-black makes watching hard »

  5. Nothing much happening at the moment, other than normal weather. »

  6. @frank Going to have to call you on this assertion. Dan grew up in Birmingham, in England, UK, and rides for Ireland. Today was in Belfast. Which is in Northern Ireland, UK*. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d never ridden in Belfast before this week. *… »

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  8. From the replays, it looked like Martin clipped a manhole cover, going down and wiping out three of his team mates over the top of him. The guy needs to catch a break. Not break a collarbone :( »

  9. Martin down, not getting back on the bike it seems :( »

  10. OH PISS »