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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. Changing out the crashed riders.  Nibbles was already chosen for third, and I don’t want to take another 5 point gamble. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Porte 2. Mollema 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Talanski »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Talanski »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Abbott 3. Johansson 4. Stevens 5. Pooley »

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...

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  1. Disputing spelling VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Mollema 4. Kreuziger 5. Pozzovivo »

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

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. Due to picks not mapping. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Nairo Quintana 3. Joaquim Rodriguez 4. SCARPONI Michele 5. URAN Rigoberto »

  2. Commence 3 week wait. VSP PICKS: 1. EVANS Cadel 2. QUINTANA Nairo 3. RODRíGUEZ Joaquim 4. SCARPONI Michele 5. URAN Rigoberto »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. NIBALI Vincenzo 2. COSTA Rui 3. GILBERT Philippe 4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 5. VALVERDE Alejandro »

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. Based on a quick visual, it doesn’t look there were many points scored… max of around 6 or so. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Interesting how the last entry, and on the 23rd (after the deadline), picked all top 5 correctly… unless he was simply posting the results. »

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. Big day Wednesday. VSP PICKS: 1. VALVERDE Alejandro 2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 3. GILBERT Philippe 4. MORENO Daniel 5. MARTIN Daniel »

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. Here it goes. VSP PICKS: 1. VOS Marianne 2. AMIALIUSIK Alena 3. JOHANSSON Emma 4. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth 5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa »

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. For the points! VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Bauke Mollema 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Roman Kreuziger 5. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte »

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. Fabian Cancellara 2. Tom Boonen 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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. Elizabeth Armitstead 4. Anna van der Breggen 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. Spelling error VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Stijn Devolder 4. Peter Sagan 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Stijn Devolder 4. Peter Sagan 5. Gray Van Avermaet »

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. Emma Johansson 2. Ellen Van Dijk 3. Elizabeth Armitstead 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Anna Van Der Breggen »

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. Peter Sagan 2. Tom Boonen 3. Mark Cavendish 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen 5. Bernhard Eisel »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Tom Boonen 3. Mark Cavendish 4. Edvald Hagen 5. Bernhard Eisel »

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. Here goes nothing. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Cancellara 3. Greipel 4. Sagan 5. Degenkolb »