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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...

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  1. 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...

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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 »

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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… »

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

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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… »

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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 »

@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… »

  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 »

@Floridian's posts:

  1. @starclimber  Yup. That says it. »

@Floridian's posts:

  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. »