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Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. A wishful thinking top 5, j-rod finally gets a GT win, valverde gets done over by the bunch. Henao bass a break out GT setting him up for a future win. Roche finally manages to achieve a decent finish and nibali pulls a good performance out of the bag bef… »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. Total crap shoot. Remnants of the break fight for the win and the contenders come in together after movistar and katusha have tried to tear the race to pieces. I think there will be a lot of zeroes on this one, myself included… VSP PICKS: 1. rollan… »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Porte 3. Contador 4. Van Garderen 5. Hesjedal »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Van vleuten 5. Van dijk »

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. Gilbert 2. Sagan 3. Gerrans 4. Valverde 5. Henao »

Marianne Vos has never won this? She who wins everything all the time has never won this? Is it not hilly and tough enough? This seems like a tear in the time-space continuum. Someone is going to be wanting to add this to her palmarés. Weather sounds like a cold but dry day for racing. This is a big one, maybe worth two bumper stickers, so ponder...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Wild 4. Johannson 5. Cromwell. »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. 1. Sagan 2. Fabs 3. Thomas 4. Haussler 5. Chavanel »

  2. As others are doing here a my picks for the prematurely closed VSP »

Which bold rider has this stage circled in their tour bible? Wednesday July 18th, Stage 16, 197 km. The day after a the final rest day. A climbing day with two HC climbs followed by two Category 1 climbs and a serious descent toward the finish. The Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde: you better be a fearless climber and a good descender, bu...

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  1. Van Garderen plays the role of valuable domestique to Evans earlier in the stage but as evans cracks under the pressure he is given the go ahead to attack as he is going better. Nibali attacks later on and is covered by Froome who pips him at the line wit… »