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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. Cancellara 2. Terpstra 3. Vanmarcke 4. Stybar 5. Van Avermaet »

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. Armistead 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Longo Borghini 5. Annemiek Van Vleuten »

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. Niki Terpstra 3. Peter Sagan 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Tom Boonen »

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...

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  1. .  VSP PICKS: 1. Elisa Longo Borghini 2. Lizzie Armistaed 3. Emma Johansson 4. Emma Pooley 5. Annemiek van Vleuten »

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. Shamown! »

  2. Shamown! VSP PICKS: 1. Sep Vanmarcke 2. Tom Boonen 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Peter Sagan 5. Edvald Boasson Hagen »

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...

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  1. Heeooooo. VSP PICKS: 1. John Degenkolb 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Tom-Jelte Slagter 5. Philippe Gilbert »