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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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Andrew Talansky 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Romain Bardet »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Rui Costa 3. Andrew Talansky 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Vincenzo Nibali »

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. Marianne Vos 2. Mara Abbott 3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

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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  2. ? VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Damiano Cunego 4. Cadel Evans 5. Ivan Basso »

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. Philippe Gilbert 2. Dan Martin 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Jelle Vanendert »

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. Marianne Vos 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Elisa Longo Borghini 4. Emma Pooley 5. Valentina Scandolara »

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. Philippe Gilbert 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Rui Costa 4. Christophe Riblon 5. Pieter Serry »

  2. . VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. ichal Kwiatkowski 3. Rui Costa 4. Christophe Riblon 5. Pieter Serry »

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. Michal Kwiatkowski 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Tom Dumoulin 5. Wout Poels »

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 Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Greg Van Avermaet 4. Tom Boonen 5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Tom Van Asbroek 5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck »

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. Lauren Hall 2. Emma Johansson 3. Valentina Scandolara 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Jessy Druyts »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Niki Terpstra 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Ian Stannard 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

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...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Elisa Longo Borghini 2. Anna Van Der Breggen 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Ellen Van Dijk 5. Amy Pieters »

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...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Ian Stannard 4. Fabian Cancellara 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. Tommeke is out for M-SR.  His girlfriend Lore had a miscarriage. http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/DMF20140319_055?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=sportwereld&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=seeding VSP PICKS: 1. … »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Michal Kwiatkowski 5. Gianni Meersman »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Spammers don’t care that they look like cunts with their posts. »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. I really have no idea here.  Went with the last one because my daughter’s name is Taryn. VSP PICKS: 1. Amber Neben 2. Doris Schweizer 3. Ellen Van Dijk 4. Lisa Brennauer 5. Taryn Heather »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gianni Meersman 2. Greg Van Avermaet 3. Gerald Ciolek 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Thomas De Gendt »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. What better place to find the V than around the neck of the world champion! »

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...

@Sauterelle's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Sagan 3. Gilbert 4. Rui Costa 5. Ulissi »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Purito 2. Sagan 3. Gilbert 4. Costa 5. Ulissi »

  • 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.

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