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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

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Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending it t...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @therealpeel Look at it the other way around; once you shave you have to get fit or you will look like a poser. Let your legs lead the way. No advice on the wife. They may be more upset at seeing us shave than being shorn. Who knows. »

  2. @Durishin yeah, that should work and look extremely weird at the same time. Let’s hope that does not catch on. I’m hoping my skin is dimpled enough to do the same thing. »

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. @Daccordi Rider Frank has had a multi-day battle with the beast. Hopefully the beers went in Frank instead of the poxy server. »

  2. Rest Day Picks! Rubbish I say. Who would not put Nibbles in now? @&#?!@?# FFS. »

  3. @wiscot If Fabs defense, I don’t think we even wanted to ride the Tour to begin with. It’s not like he took another person’s spot on the team either if fucking Abandy was given a spot. They would have tapped someone from Axel’s farm team to come up. T… »

  4. @Ron It’s always better if a soigneur helps, strong hands and all. It’s a team building exercise. »

  5. And wee Ritchie Porte is heading for 2nd place over all. Good for him. »

  6. @Minnesota Expat You just said a mouthful. Talansky is a tough bastard and that will help him as the race goes on. Schleck just lost Cancellara, the only guy who was helping him and the only guy who refuses to give him a Luxembourg Wedgie back at the h… »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. Thank you Jess, you know we need a woman’s perspective here as often as possible. Seeing Vanilla Ice’s mug on here is a bit disorienting, that boy needed a slap, still does I reckon. I would say, a lot of these pro cyclists are handsome fellas and I say t… »

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. Holy Fuck, that was a stage. Geraint Thomas is such a stud. He dragged Porte up through about three groups. And Cancellara was on NBC sports afterward, charming, making sense, clean. That’s a pro. I’d be under a blanket in the team bus, asleep. »

  2. @Chris Beauty! »

  3. @Harminator  You are a star. Excellent report on the stones. @Al__S   Nice work too. You guys make Trek’s resin and carbon fiber? Spot on, squire. @Chris  Another fantastic report. Your daughter should have given Brailsford an earful about something. I … »

  4. At least Cav admitted he caused that crash and called Gerro and apologized. There was some smooth bike handling going on so only three guys hit the road. @Harminator I already have 6 hours recorded on tivo when I get up, and I’m about 11 hours from Eng… »

  5. @andrew grrrrrrr, me too. Got home at 9:20 last night and remembered, doh! Oh well. »

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. Emma Johansson 4. bronzini 5. pooley »

Tempo means time in Italian. Riding tempo means riding steadily, like a metronome. It is an important skill to have and since it’s Italian, it sounds cool. What it does not mean is riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding at a constant speed is like having cruise control on in a car; the car seems to accelerate...

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  1. @Steve G or shave the guns. »

  2. @VeloJello Was that when my boy Ryder nudged him off the road ? Doh! »

  3. @Edster99 See…white socks gives a man extra power and vigor! He will now look even more awesome wearing the nice national champion jersey, and white sock, white shoes. »

  4. @Ccos OK, he is my man on Sky now. Watching Criterium du Dauphiné reminded me how fucked Froom looks on a bike, especially when he attacks. No doubt he is fast but who ever came up with “spider humping a light bulb” was a damn genius. »

  5. @il ciclista medio Yeah, I so agree. Those photos of Cipo fooling around in the peloton and riders embracing their families on the side of the road, man, that’s what makes this sport special. »

  6. @mobygrape Poetry? That’s a new one for me. Maybe Frank is contagious. If this is not spam, Chapeau back at you. @VeloSix  Ditto for you! »

  7. Oh my, I’m going to hijack my own post right off the bat. Who is the second Sky rider (not in yellow) in the photo, with the white socks and white shoes. He is may favorite Sky rider now. I’ll put his poster in my bedroom. Rapha makes white socks, why, wh… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @Ron Excellent call. The recently divorced guy (divorced because S-1 could not hold) is a great asset. As is bike shop owner who just has to upgrade because he is the bike shop owner. »

  2. I’m safe here on Maui, unless some dick starts up a CX series. It would be good to be forced to run occasionally as I am so bad at it. I never got into it on the mainland, where it has been a very serious sport for off-season roadies for decades. We would… »

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. Cycle to the Sun just happened. Velominati was running the 2k meter aid station. Mauibike in foreground, first person under 3 hours, twenty years ago. Winning time this year was 2:47. Our boy Dave E. did it in 3:35, beating the DM’s time by some. »