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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. Lizzie Amitstead 2. Marianne Vos 3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 4. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline 5. CROMWELL Tiffany »

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: 1. Chris Froome 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Kelderman 5. Cuddles »

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. @KW I’d partially agree about Thomas. He’s already shown that he’s a very promising classics rider. Himself and Boonen were making all the running in Paris-Roubaix this year, and he was still around at the end too. He had a podium in one of the earlier … »

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...

@LeoTea's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Longo borghini 4. Pooley 5. Emma johansson »

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...

@LeoTea's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibbles 2. Richie Porte 3. Valverde 4. Rui costa 5. Mollema »

  2. Big Tony Martin doing his traditional insanely long solo attack. Come on Tony! »

  3. I see Froome is getting some sympathy, but not much else, so I think it’s time to profess my Dirty Froome Love. The first time I saw Froome race was in the 2011 Vuelta when he did that storming TT that put him in the top 3. His subsequent experience in t… »

  4. @wiscot Will Saxo and Astana be able to drill it? Do we know if Bertie or Nibbles can handle the cobbles? Looking back at the 2010 stage, Bertie finished 1.13 down on the day. As people were pointing out earlier this year, Wiggo showing up at Paris-Roub… »

  5. And Abandy has abandoned. Looks like he has a hurty knee from the fall caused by that absolute pillock with a camera standing in the road…… »

  6. @LIIIXI I think it depends on the team. Gerrans was wearing a proper cap when being interviewed by Eurosport this morning. And if I remember correctly OPQS are doing their best to push proper caps too. »

  7. Nice job by Navardauskas, slapping camera phones out of silly spectators’ hands….. »

  8. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Bertie 3. Van den Broeck 4. Rui costa 5. Mollema »

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...

@LeoTea's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Elisa Longo-Borghini 2. Mara abbott 3. Emma pooley 4. Marianne vos 5. Evelyn stevens »

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. Rui Costa 2. Wiggo 3. Kreuziger 4. Pozzovivo 5. Rohan Dennis »

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...

@LeoTea's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Pozzovivo 2. Quintana 3. Uran 4. Purito 5. Cuddles »

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. Oh Dan! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquin Rodriquez 2. Phil Gilbert 3. Dan Martin 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Alejandro Valverde »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. After taking skin off knuckles with both the chain ring and the front mudguard (on my commuter bike), I have started using a standard spanner and my foot to loosen pedals. Arrange the crank so that the spanner is below the chainring, and also so that appl… »

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. @Island Bike I noticed some slightly screwy behaviour yesterday while trying to access the site on my iPad. The latest comments section on the sidebar was about 12 hours out of date, and when I clicked though to the VSP for the women’s Fleche, there were … »

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. Hmmm – won’t let me post my picks without a comment. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Vos 3. Eleonora VAN DIJK 4. Emma JOHANSSON 5. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa »

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. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Kennaugh 5. Valverde »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Slagter 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. J rodriguez »

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. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Stybar 4. Phinney 5. Wiggo »

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...

@LeoTea's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. JOHANSSON Emma 2. VAN DIJK Ellen 3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 4. WILD Kirsten 5. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna »