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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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Pinot 5. Mollema »

  2. @wiscot Crikey. Look at the focus in Porte’s eyes. “This is our/my big chance. C’mon G, let’s fucking smash it!”. I loved that stage. Anyone else see @Alex under the Malteni flag on the 2nd-to-last secteur? »

  3. @Buck Rogers Indeed. He did extremely well at both Paris Roubaix and Public Relations in 2014. »

  4. @VeloJello I wouldn’t bet the farm on 4 either… VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Mollema »

  5. I’m out of VSP GC contention already, so going with my heart rather than my head. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Nibali 5. Mollema »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Mara Abbott 2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 3. Emma Johansson 4. Marianne Vos 5. Emma Pooley »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. @NZ Ledge You are not mistaken. I am the scourge of B-grade in the Hutt Cross series. Are you a local? »

  2. @colnago_fan Nice bike! I race similar, but with Groupsan for cheaper repairs, and celeste hoods and saddle. I notice you still run a front cantilever – do yourself a favour and replace it with a v-brake to eliminate the fork shudder. And if you haven’t… »

  3. Sweet article @brett. Cross rocks! »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. Both Schlecks in Trek’s TdF squad! Unbelievable. Shows what a shallow roster Trek has. If either of these clowns wins anything after the form they have shown over the last 2 years, that team needs to be disbanded. Needed to get that in before @Brett did…. »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. @kixsand Beautful bike. »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Pozzovivo 2. Kreuziger 3. Wiggins 4. Pinot 5. Costa »

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 cl...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I can verify that. Something about flags on motos? Maybe if the DSs had heard it too, we wouldn’t have the current controversy. »

  2. Purito out, Cadel in. Fuck it. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Evans 3. Pozzovivo 4. Uran 5. Niemiec »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. Regular stretching, foam roller for the ITB and occasional visits to the same Josh. As a long-term sufferer of lower back pain, to the extent that my glutes had basically “turned off”, I can’t recommend massage from a skilled practitioner highly enough. … »

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 cl...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. Movistar look much stronger than Katusha in TTs and in the hills, so Nairo will win. Cadel won’t be able to climb with the youngsters, which will also cause Sanchez to lose time. Pierre Rolland’s presence without a strong team is confusing. So he will p… »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. @jeyrod   OK, that list has PF-P in it. But it doesn’t have Vos or Brand, and it has 2 guys racing for their women’s team (Scully and Henao). I’m just saying there seems to be a lot of start lists to choose from, they aren’t consistent, and they aren’t… »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Jelle Vanendert 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Dan Martin 5. Arashiro »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. Wow. Won by someone who wasn’t even on the start list! And PF-P is my go-to rider too. If there is one thing that women’s cycling could do to increase spectator awareness, it would be to publish accurate bloody start lists!!! »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Gilbert 3. Betancur 4. Valverde 5. Barguil »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Slagter 5. Jelle Vanendert »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lucinda Brand 2. Claudia Häusler 3. Alena Amialiusik 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Marianne Vos »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Slagter 4. Vanendert 5. Kwiatkowski »

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...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Slagter 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Slagter 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Leukemans »