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Velominatus: Donnie Bugno

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Location: London

Old git roadie

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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. Valverde ever the poacher »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Jelle vandendert 4. Nibali 5. J rodriguez »

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...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Boy van Poppel 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Galopin »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarke 2. Cancellara 3. Van Avermaet 4. Boonen 5. Boasson Hagen »

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...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johannson 2. Borgini 3. Olds 4. Armistead 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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Paolini 5. Terpstra »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Farrar 3. Boasson Hagen 4. Stybar 5. Appollonio »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Griepel 3. Sagan 4. Degenkolb 5. Boason hagen »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Chavanel 3. Degenkolb 4. Farrar 5. Ciolek »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. Gilbert to go for big win #2 VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Uran 4. J Rodriguez 5. Nibali »

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. – Oscar WildeI have a theory that every living being is designed to cope with a certain level of stress in their lives, that if our lives are somehow free of stress,...

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  1. Beautiful. If i could only pedal my bike as elegantly as that. »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. @strathlubnaig Brad needs to MTFU and check out Rule #5. It is well and good winning TdF in summer sun but what has he won in the wet? Never won at Crystal Palace, a proper hard race, what chance a damp race in Italy? Back to the boards I’d say. »

  2. @imakecircles Yes brilliant move by Costa. Commentary never mentioned him though he sat for 10k behind Vaverde. »

  3. @Steampunk Well if I had to ride past warm showers every twenty minutes after five hours in the rain i think i would take a DNF too. Mind you i don’t recall collecting a paycheck as a bike rider. Poor showing GB. »

  4. I don’t think valverde will be happy with JRod and his double attack after Nibbles was good enough to set up Valverde. Magnus Bakstedt saying a Spaniard not wearing rainbow is unforgiveable with two riders in the finale. »

  5. Hushovd, what? I am 47yr old, show me a big climb I will hang on till the near end. Show me ten hills, forget it. I am not Horners doctor but i think not. Spains ‘tres capitan’ sounds like a car crash waiting to happen. A day for a spoiler me thinks. So I… »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28…...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. E. Stevens 3. Armistead 4. Bronzini 5. Villumsen »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. Villumsen 3. Longo Borghini 4. Van Dijk 5. Worrack »

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...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Uran 2. Nibali 3. Valverde 4. J. Rod 5. Henao »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran 2. Nibali 3. Valverde 4. J. Rod 5. Henao »

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: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. J. Rodriguez 4. C. Evans 5. Porte »

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...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. Betancur did me proud again today. Even as a devote follower of Rule V, i was happy to watch the suffering but given the chance would have feigned a life threatening saddle sore rather than take to the wheels. Well done strathlubnaig! »

  2. To most of the field The Giro is the biggest race of the year. There is no way the Italians are going to let a non-Italian win two in a row. Just watch Wiggo and Ryder get worked over in the mountains. Watch them  get worked over before the TT’s. Teams ar… »

  3. Anyone else thinking that with half the field being Colombian there is bound to be a suprise in the top  five? VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Wiggins 3. Hesjedal 4. Scarponi 5. Betancur »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

@Donnie Bugno's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Rodriguez 2. Valverde 3. Henao 4. I Hernandez 5. Kwiatkowski »