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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wild 2. Armistead 3. Olds 4. Bronzini 5. Vos »

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  1. Crooked helmet…again. Great ride by Elmiger/Bauer, shame they didn’t make it. »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. Whenever I see Vangarderen interviewed before a stage all I can think is ‘your sunglasses are the wrong color’ To me white shades are the best choice. Or possibly something to match the kit, depending on the kit. The Cannondale guys with lime green frame… »

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  1. I don’t think the boxing in is so terrible as some are making it out to be. Certainly not the cleanest way to win a race, but is it really worse than the guy who sits on all day then jumps for a stage win? To me the bigger problem here is that one team c… »

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Porte 4. Vangarderen 5. Talansky »

  2. I watched THAT stage a day late on DVR…wow, just fantastic to watch, everything I had hoped for and more. I love that a serious difference was made by a GC guy somewhere other than in a TT or the mountains. To me a the winner of our biggest event should… »

  3. As if this stage wasn’t awesome enough already…rain. Only disappointing part is only one stage of cobbles. »

  4. I was already excited for the cobbled stage and after reading that I can barely wait for Tuesday. Thanks for the report. »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Longo Borghini 3. Vos 4. Guarnier 5. Ferrand-Prevot »

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  1. Tough one to call, who is riding for real, who is here to make up the numbers, who is tired from the Giro? I will say I’m not at all sold on Wiggins after ToC. Who exactly did he beat again? Rohan Dennis took 20 seconds out of him on the queen stage and… »

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  1. The beards I can sort of deal with, but they look weird. The aero helmets upset, but I have to look at them if I want to watch any bike races, so I am learning to cope. The stupid sunglasses anger me. The baggy clothes are completely fucking unacceptab… »

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  1. Another good article. There are certainly good and bad LBS, but when you have a good relationship with a good one it is awesome. When I was just starting to cycle in Dallas I did a lot of group rides with an LBS there, got to know people, repairs and part… »

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. @ChrisO So question for you, and this is not meant to be argumentative at all. A few years ago I was on a group ride, went down fairly hard, road work that was not pointed out + somewhat on the rivet. Didn’t have time to react so landed squarely on my lef… »

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  1. Damn…I’m ready to go for a ride now, thanks for the article. »

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  1. Would love to see Rodriguez finally win a grand tour. I think he’s been a great animator of races over the last few years while others have been more content to wait. That Zoncolan climb on Stage 20 could be really interesting. It should suit the ‘diesel’… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Johanson 3. Van der Breggen 4. Van Dijk 5. Stevens »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Terpstra 3. Sagan 4. Vanmarcke 5. Chavanel »

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  1. Just a moment to give a shoutout to the keepers. I never paid any attention to women’s racing until women’s VSP last season. After realizing I had no clue about women’s racing I watched the women’s worlds and thought it was entertaining as hell. Have been… »

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. Degenkolb 3. Farrara 4. Cancellara 5. GVA »

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. A. Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 2. P. Sagan (Liquigas) 3. J. Degenkolb (HTC-Columbia) 4. M. Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) 5. J. Rojas (Caisse d’ Epargne) »

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  1. I think if I could effectively explain the art of the dig to non-cyclists they would all suddenly understand how a multi-hour ride is not the least bit boring. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. So the course for the 2015 worlds has just been released: http://media.rvanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2015RoadCircuit.jpg A couple notes based on looking at it for 10 minutes on this crappy little map: 1. I have to walk like 6 blocks to get to … »

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  1. I really enjoyed the first two paragraphs of this article. The rest of it and all of your comments have mostly just made me feel bad about myself. I thought my policy of generally stopping after 2-3 MRBs was prudent, but it seems perhaps I need to reconsi… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

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  1. @Wondering Have you ever watched cycling? Armstrong rode with perhaps 1/10 the panache of Pantani. Also, Pantani was a tortured soul who you feel like wanted to do nothing more than race his bike. Retrospectively, Armstrong was a psychopath. »