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@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Gilbert 2. B. Mollema 3. D. Martin 4. A. Valverde 5. S. Gerrans »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Elisa Longo Borghini 4. Emma Pooley 5. Ellen van Dijk »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Phillippe Gilbert 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte 4. Daniel Moreno Fernández 5. Bauke Mollema »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Simon Gerrans 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte 5. Joaquim Rodríguez »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. @wiscot The absurd head wear was relevant to the topic but I guess some would say Rebellin as a podium accessory is equally unwelcome. If I’m honest, I only stumbled upon this pic as I was watching De Brabantse Pijl and during the pre-race segment they sh… »

  2. There is something to be said for maintaining appearances on the podium as well. »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellera 2. Terpstra 3. Stybar 4. Vanmarcke 5. Kristoff »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. M. Vos 2. E. Johansson 3. E. Armitstead 4. E. Longo Borghini 5. G. Bronzini »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. T. Boonen 2. F. Cancellara 3. Z. Stybar 4. S. Devolder 5. P. Sagan »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Johansson 4. Bronzini 5. Armitstead »

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...

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellera 2. Stybar 3. Van Avermaet 4. Sagan 5. Devolder »

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...

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. Gerrans out and all change. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Cavendish 4. Degenkolb 5. Cancellara »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gerrans 4. Cancellera 5. Gilbert »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. The marketing spiel reminds me of the Peterman catalogues. “It’s a hot night. The mind races. You think about your knife, the only friend who hasn’t betrayed you, the only friend who won’t be dead by sun-up. Sleep tight, mates, in your quilted chambray n… »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. @livingminimal Merckx and Strummer in the same sentence? You just broke the Cool-O-Meter. »

What is the best pro team kit ever? I’m talking team kit only, not a leader’s jersey, national team jersey or the national champion jersey. Not the worst either, for those are legion and worthy of a much longer article than this. @wiscot and I exchanged emails about Urs Freuler and the fantastic Atala kit which led to quick discussion o...

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. @jimmy Someone has to put this right. »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. @Unica Those larger Colnago frames are called Freuler geometry, after Swiss rider Urs Freuler. »

@RondeVan's posts:

  1. @frank Thank you for this, if you didn’t post it I would have.The honest exception to the rule, a C40 in 7700 just looks right, especially in Mapei livery. With a pedigree including the aforementioned Apostle, Ballerini, Tafi, Olano, Steels, VdB, Barto… »