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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. No question in my mind that he doped, and I admit to being hypocritical about it – shake my head at guys like Lance/Rasmussen/Alberto/etc., but go on loving Jensie. Certainly a lot of it has to do with his personality. Being a nice guy can get you pretty … »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Wiggins 2. Evans 3. Nibali 4. Gesink 5. Henao »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Hesjedal 3. Nibali 4. Gesink 5. Henao »

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 &#...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Nibali 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Rodriguez »

We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and the Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.I write this, then, woefully igno...

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  1. Nice work by Martin to fight back for a top 5. »

  2. Banner day for the VSP; appears I tallied a grand total of 0. »

  3. Movistart looking well-organized at the bottom of the climb…keep an eye on Valverde… »

  4. @paolo I was wondering the same thing; at this point, nothing would surprise me as it regards Mr. Schleck. »

Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races are too far apart to infer much from the last...

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  1. And the results are in… 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Moolman 4. Van Der Breggen 5. Johansson »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Johansson 4. Gunniwijk 5. Neben »

We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and the Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.I write this, then, woefully igno...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Quintana 5. Contador »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Cancellara 4. Boasson Hagen 5. Gilbert »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Cancellara 4. EBH 5. Nibali »

Until the 70’s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Cancellara 3. Evans 4. Boom 5. Kessiakoff »

Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.It...

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  1. Wow, my picks are looking FANTASTIC right about now… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. EBH 2. Terpstra 3. Van Avermaert 4. Stannard 5. Phinney »

Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption]Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a coming...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Gilbert 3. Contador 4. Rodriquez 5. Kessiakoff »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kessiakoff 4. Nibali 5. Contador »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Bronzini 3. Johannson 4. Arndt 5. Pooley »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Bronzini 3. Johannson 4. Arndt 5. Stevens »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Gilbert 3. Sagan 4. Valverde 5. Nibali »

What I have always loved about Mountain Biking is the immersion into the woods; the sense of solitude that comes in the wilderness that is lost entirely in the convenience and hustle of the cities I’ve always lived in. What I always hated about Mountain Biking is that my mountain bike never feels enough like my road bike.I was but a budding...

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  1. Bike looks awesome and the accent work you’ve done on the stem is aitch-oh-tee HOT. As for the brake levers…last week I was soundly beaten in our first local CX race by a guy in baggy shorts riding platform pedals on some old beater frame (he was too fa… »

The modern cyclist, as they enter the sport, will find themselves purchasing a set of shoes which contain a cleat that clips into the pedals on their bike. It should come as no surprise, then, that the term we use for the action of engaging shoe to pedal is “clip in”. Obviously, this style of pedals is thusly called the “clipless...

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  1. @Marcus Here is the video of which you speak…pedal incident occurs at 7:36. »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. Sigh…I’m so inept at picking for these Grand Tours. Not going to overthink this one. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Anton 5. Cobo »

What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”.Four year...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Vos 3. Armstrong 4. Arndt 5. Pooley »