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After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. Totally agree with the strategy for cleansing the body.  One must go at it hard.  No soft spins to just get the legs turning over and ease back into things.  Have to disagree about crap food in the big city of my neighbor to the north though.  Let me know… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Shake dice….and roll!  Wildcard pick with Dan the Man. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Martin 5. JRod »

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. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Johanson 4. Wild 5. Bronzini »

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. Van Garderen is within striking distance of the podium.  Too bad I picked him for 4th. »

  2. @Floridian Make that 2 out of 5.  Gritty ride by Talansky though.  I’ve been knocked off a bike with back injuries and literally felt his pain watching him ride.  Would be surprised to see him on the line tomorrow though, as it only gets harder from her… »

  3. Floridian’s Guide to Tour de France VSP picks: 1. Make VSP picks with giddy anticipation of child waiting for Santa 2. Become depressed and physically ill while watching VSP picks get body slammed all over roads of France for 6 days. 3. Beat helmet-les… »

  4. Twitter quote from Froome just now: “Devastated to have to withdraw from this years TDF. Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible.” »

  5. Nibali just flew up the respect charts for me!  What a ride!  Have seen plenty of messages, including some from friends, who say that cobbles don’t belong in the Tour.  The cobbles weren’t the problem, the rain was!  Froome crashed twice on pavement and n… »

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. Well done wiscot!  Tinho, I never knew you…til now. »

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. @LeoTea Expected that as soon as I saw he had crashed yesterday.  Remember years ago when his brother was telling us to wait and see how good Andy was going to be when he turned pro?  And he was, for a little while.  Now his brother is looking more resi… »

  2. What odds do the bookies have that Malmerde will crash or lose huge time early in the Tour and be out of contention in a single stage?   El Pistolero is back and Sky should be afraid, very afraid. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Talansky 4. Van Gard… »

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. After a DNS for Tour de Suisse, Floridian is back in the game! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Abbott 3. Johannson 4. Gillow 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. Brutal stage!  A Rule #9 reference video for anyone needing definition.  Guess I will now say goodbye to Cadel’s chance, and mine in this VSP Giro competition. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy Coughing up 10 points to ditch Martin or Purito is too much to bear, so I steered the mouse away from the pre-race picks I made and will not revisit that place.  Floridian will ride the (remaining) steeds he rode in on. »

  3. @frank Hoping this hasn’t been asked (I did look): There are 3 rest days in this Giro.   Does a swap on the 3d rest day cost the same amount of points as it does on the 2d? »

  4. @Deakus Agreed.  Evans is a veteran pro and regular GT contender.  He knew where to be, when, and why.  BMC were probably massed at the front prior to the crash to drive the pace to the bottom of the climb to see if Evans could gain time today on the wa… »

  5. Purito reportedly crossed the line 7:23 after Evans… »

  6. @Buck Rogers Based on the big names who show up in Cali, I am guessing that the guys from Europe look forward to a week or two training and racing in California.   It might actually be a reward for the guys who killed themselves in shit weather on the … »

  7. Damn!  Missed the first rest day rider swap!  Oh, Danny…. »

  8. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel 2. Purito 3. Uran 4. Quintana 5. Dan Martin »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @starclimber  Yup. That says it. »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. V.V. 2014 falls on Recovery Monday ’round these here parts.  I will work on smoothing the pedal stroke in honor of this day though as I strive towards peaking in two months. »

If Lance won seven Tours then maybe Tyler Hamilton did win a Monument after all, or not. Finally Hamilton had a chance to measure up to Armstrong in a big one day race. That alone must have felt good; riding against him instead of for him. Johann versus Bjarne, Lance versus Tyler, this was a proper knife fight. Tyler looks ahead and Lance looks at...

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  1. Photo is so perfect with a Pharmarack jersey riding along as the 3d anonymous wheel. Just like Tyler described Lance in the book, Lance’s look says it all: “what new shit is he on?” »

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. Martin 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Froome »

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. Crap! Was so tempted to pick Valverde for the win but got caught up in the Gilbert/Ardennes Sweep hype.  Oh, and I guess Dan Martin’s knee really was a 100% today. »