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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...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Niballi 3. Froome 4. Talansky 5. TeeJay »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kreuzegir 2. Wiggo 3. Slagter 4. Monfort 5. Pinot »

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...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. Majka in Porito out. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Uran 2. Quintana 3. Majka 4. Evans 5. Pozzovivo »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran 2. Quintana 3. J-Rod 4. Evans 5. Pozzovivo »

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

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. @Gianni  Thank you for your extra effort, I really love this website but my computer seems to have a real problem with it.  For example I pulled it up this morning and the banners read that I still have a day to pick for Fleche Wallone, and trying to acce… »

  2. Having a rough time getting the women’s VSP page to open for me, it shows 129 posts but directs me to a blank page so I am listing my picks here.  Sorry, maybe I’m just sleep depraved but my computer just does strange things with this site. 1 Vos  2 Borg… »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Stevens 4. Armistead 5. Johansson »

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...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Moreno 3. Martin 4. Valverde 5. Diego Ulissi »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Slagter 5. G.Thomas »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian 2. Vanmarcke 3. VanAvermaet 4. Stybar 5. Kristoff »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Coffee and Waffles, here we go! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Roelandts 5. Stybar »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Emma Johansson 4. Armistead 5. Wild »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Borghini 3. Vos 4. Johansson 5. Moolman »

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. Just like Cav in the TDF, I’m only borrowing the leaders jersey. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Sagan 3. Farrar 4. Kristoff 5. Phinney »

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...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. Yow! What a race!  Loving Nibbles, just knew he would try to blow things up but when Luca Paolini didn’t jump with him I started thinking that Kristoff was strong and they were holding their cards.  Got another race win with my knack for picking the 5th p… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Simon Clarke 4. Kristoff 5. Cav »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. What do you think the over/under would be for people actually finishing this race? VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Martin 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Scarponi »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. Not too sure on my picks but I feel that just like last year this will be the most exciting grand tour. I mean really, how about a little action?  Pedaling for podiums in the Vuelta?  Who cares? This ain’t the Tour (thank goodness) people are riding for… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Froome 2. Valverde 3. Evans 4. Contador 5. Rodriguez »

  2. My personal suitcase of courage is only a carry on but I feel my line up will be pushing the pedals in anger and releasing cats into pigeon coops.  Very grippy indeed. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Teejay 3. Porte 4. Contador 5. Rodriguez »

We’re heaping coals on the Giro frenzy that’s burning in all corners of the Cycling world by issuing the second installment of the monthly BigRingRiding Sur la Plaque series while at the same time kicking off the Six Days of the Giro series where we’ll post six articles on the subject of this, the best Grand Tour of the year. Y...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. I must confess that I fail to obey Rule #33 about 30% of the time. Furthermore I must confess that at the moment of this post I am currently in violation of Rule #33.  I am able to marginally justify shaving to my spouse during shorts season but during th… »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Hesjedal 2. Wiggo 3. Nibali 4. Betancur 5. Scarponi »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

@Islandbike's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Iglinskiy 5. Moreno »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

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