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Velominatus: Kevin

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA

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You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Like Wiggins focusing on the ITT, Fabs has been focusing on this race all season. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Greg Van Avermaet 3. Peter Sagan 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Simon Gerrans »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. @DeKerr My pleasure, equal playing field and all… »

  2. For those that selected Van Vleuten, she doesn’t appear on any start list that I have seen!  The TTT crash and subsequent injury perhaps has excluded her from tomorrow’s race. This should be an exciting race with The Vos seemingly not at her best and som… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue Me thinks you should get 8 points: Martin (1), Wiggins(1), Dumoulin(4), Dennis (1), Kiryienka (1). »

  2. I think Dowsett could be dark horse and slot in to the Top 3. VSP PICKS: 1. Bradley Wiggins 2. Tony Martin 3. Rohan Dennis 4. Tom Dumoulin 5. Tejay Van Garderen »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen Van Dijk 2. Linda Villumsen 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Carmen Small 5. Lisa Brennauer »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. 51.115 KM I think the mark Voigt set has hidden (or maybe not so hidden) meaning. Rule #5, Rule 1, Rule #11, Rule #5 They all apply to Jens and his career as a cyclist. »

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. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Alberto Contador 2. Chris Froome 3. Dan Martin 4. Joaquin Rodriguez 5. Alejandro Valverde »

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. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Lizzie Armistead 4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. Stage 3 Final Mr Dan Martin needs to learn Rule #92 »

  2. Horner—Out!  Who gets the #1 bib?  Valerio Conti? VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Chris Froome 3. Dan Martin 4. Joaquin Rodriguez 5. Rigoberto Uran »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Talansky 5. Uran »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquim Rodriguez 2. Peter Sagan 3. Phil Gilbert 4. Tony Gallopin 5. Dan Martin »

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. @Mikael Liddy It takes a special jersey and a great acceleration to make that move!  A risky move but you need to take risks for a chance to win! »

  2. @VeloVita Universal Sports had an hour and a half of coverage, about the last 41km.  Great if your cable/satellite provider has it, not so great if they don’t. I think the coverage was good.  They had pre race sign-in, interviews with Chrissie Welling… »

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 i...

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  1. When I realized a cyclist’s life was for me, I started shaving my legs.  About 2 days later, I started shaving my arms (the back of my hands up to and including my sorry excuse for biceps)! As I look down and see my guns glistening, showing off all the V… »

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. Gerrans and Cavendish would have sorted that out! Fucking Coquard clipped Gerrans on the left and caused the crash!  But is anyone going to blame the French guy? »

  2. Hoping this will be an exciting Tour from start to finish.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the Dopers stayed home this year and the new “clean” generation were able to shine!  Wouldn’t it be nice…. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Chris… »

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. Mara Abbott 2. Emma Johansson 3. Marianne Vos 4. Emma Pooley 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

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. Wiggins 2. Mollema 3. Kreuzinger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Evans »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Rodriguez 3. Uran 4. Hesjedal 5. Evans »

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. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Nibali »

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. Armistead 3. Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

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

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Dan Martin 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Gerrans 5. Valverde »