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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...

@Floridian's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Martin 5. JRod »

  2. @wiscot Agree, He should give his helmet to the MTN team and ask his team for a matching helmet to celebrate his win. »

  3. @fignons barber since downtube shifters and toe cages. »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. Since I don’t even see it listed on the UCI site, I guess there was no Ladies Tour of Holland this year?  Needed reassurance that I didn’t Delgado this one like I did Sebastian. »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

@Floridian's posts:

  1. @frank Damn! Pipped on the line by the width of a tire! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ferand-Prevot 4. van der Breggen 5. Armistead »

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. @Rob I have to agree, I don’t think Valverde will be around at crunch time in the high mountains.  This was just a teaser of what is to come, where Quintana will rise up. Don’t count out Froome though – he left the Tour because he couldn’t hold onto hi… »

  2. Ruh-roh….Quintana just got dropped and lost 14 secs to the faves.  But what an end to the first summit finish! »

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...

@Floridian's posts:

  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...

@Floridian's posts:

  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...

@Floridian's posts:

  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...

@Floridian's posts:

  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...

@Floridian's posts:

  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… »