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The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. Ha! That pic clearly had to be posted. »

  2. I’ll just leave this here »

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. @Mikael Liddy Yep. World Champion this year, MSR and LBL next year. #bigcall »

  2. Horner is out: http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/lampre-pulls-horner-out-of-vuelta-for-conflict-with-mpcc_342072 VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Aru »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. J Rodriguez 4. Valverde 5. Aru »

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. @Harminator Watch the interviews, and read this (by McGee): http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cycling/how-dopers-stole-the-best-years-of-my-career-20121026-28aif.html It’s hard to say who did and didn’t dope, but that reads like pain to me. I’ve just fin… »

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. Bronzini Delgado  Vos Delgado Johansson Delgado Armitstead Delgado Wild Delgado Damn »

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  1. @il muro di manayunk No. Inhalergate and the TUE thing are nothing more than forum wanking. Inhalers don’t improve performance, and the TUE thing just shows the UCI couldn’t organise a snowfight in a blizzard (nothing new there!) If you use that leve… »

  2. The VSP Rules page is down atm. I assume you get a bigger penalty for doing swaps on the 2nd rest day? VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Romain Bardet 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

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  1. @tessar This. Read the book Faster, and realize no one knows anything. The author was wind tunnel tested by  Simon Smart, and when he asked why something sped him up Smart replied that it was because that’s what the wind said. He could look at it mor… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

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  1. Only women’s race I’m not tipping Vos for. She only won 3/8 stages last year, so I’ll have to tip her teammate instead. VSP PICKS: 1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2. Mara Abbott 3. Claudia Häusler 4. Marianne Vos 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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  1. @Daccordi Rider I have a lot of trouble judging steady state efforts on climbs. On something like Norton Summit I always push myself too hard at the bottom, and then have to go too easy on the middle part. I did a 15 second PB last weekend simply by fo… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy They fucking do hurt. But that’s kinda the point isn’t it? »

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  1. @Puffy Hmm »

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  1. I love how everyone says “I’m not a good climber, but…” It’s true. Unless your name is Quintana there will always be someone faster than you. @VeloSix I’m not a good climber but… I love putting in hard (hard!) accelerations in the middle of a clim… »

  2. @Barracuda What hill is that? »

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  1. Bugger. 3/5 riders, but all in the wrong positions. »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. I have done a little bit of Moto, and own a motorbike (which is currently off the road). Every time a car “doesn’t see me” on my bike I think about investigating if they would respect me more on something like a KTM Duke. I love the MX/Street look they h… »

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  1. @Marko Yeah, I read what you said. Apparently you meant something else. ;) I like Wiggins, but one TdF and 10th in PR is further away from LeMond and Hinault than the riders I named. If it’s adapatabily that counts then do Cadel’s MTB World Cup wins c… »

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  1. Has no one else read Phil Gaimon’s book? He raced for a team called VMG for a while. He said he got sick of explaining it. I can’t remember for sure, but one of the owners might have been Clive Bannister (Roger’s son). That might have been a different tea… »

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  1. @Marko I was thinking about this the other day, and it isn’t really true anymore since COTHO left. Respect to Wiggo for doing Paris Roubaix, but lots of his rivals are better rounded than he is. Cadel, JRod, Valverde, Nibali – they have all either nea… »

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  1. I see Betancur is listed as starting – does that mean he has turned up? VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Tony Martin »

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  1. Some seem to be under the misapprehension that cycling is a form of transport. A particularly devious form of this heresy is the “coffee ride”, where cycling is a way of getting to and from a cafe. That leads to all kinds of evil like clothes that look … »

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  1. The link to register and/or login isn’t showing up on mobile sites (Chrome on Android) »