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The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Garderen 2. Hesjedal 3. Tiernan-Locke 4. Kreuziger 5. JC Peraud »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Nibbles 3. Hesjedal 4. Gesink 5. Scarponi »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Nibbles 3. Hesjedal 4. Uran 5. Scarponi »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Henao 2. Nibali 3. Froome 4. Gilbert 5. Gerrans »

It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days can we understand the scale of the thing...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Stannard 3. Haussler 4. Roelandts 5. Lagadonos »

Gent (Deinze)-Wevelgem, it starts with 130 km of cruising around Belgium and Northern France followed by a flurry of bergs and then a final 38 km of  flatter riding to the inevitable sprint finish. How hard can the climbing be if Super Mario got over them? Ask the riders from KT 2012, (the ones not in the following car) and they will tell you...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Eisel 3. Boonen 4. Oss 5. Cancellara »

Until the 70′s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Pozzato 3. Spartacus 4. Van Avermaet 5. Moser »

Finally, some cold nasty Belgian one day racing. Oman, Qatar, does anyone brag about winning those stage races? Yes, they might but really, it’s a tune up for the real season which finally begins this Saturday. Will racing in China or Oman grow the sport? Will there be a new wave of inspired young racers from these countries. Does professiona...

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  1. Bit of a crapshoot but i want armitsead to be up there and for a member of the Honda-Wiggle team to be thereabouts too. Stevens is pretty good too so i’ll tip her for the win. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. Armitstead 3. Shnitzmeier 4. Gunnewijk 5. De Vries »

Outside my window, its pouring rain. My bike is leaning agains the wall in my office, covered in grim and grit from the ride in, which was characterized by equal parts cold, wind, and rain. The spot in the locker room where I changed before my shower was marked by sand and mud, and when I walked to the shower, I left a trail of dirty footprints.It...

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  1. Hopefully this is the start of a Big season for Thomas where he really puts his stamp on the cobbled classics. Looking at the Sky team they are full of classics studs so any one of them could be there in the finale. Terpstra is supposed to be going well a… »

The final race of the 2012 Velominati Super Prestige season is upon us. It’s not the most inspiring race, supposedly a race for the sprinters. The long straight final run in to the finish line begs for a mass sprint. It should be called Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais-Tours. The route is 235.5 km of small rollers through the French countryside. The...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Dengelkob 2. Blythe 3. Steegmans 4. Bouhanni 5. Van avermat »

Il Grillo gives it some stick in 06. Photo: actionplus sports images[/caption]Lombardia is a beautiful race. Taking in the majestic shoreline of Lake Como and climbing past the shrine to the Madonna del Ghisallo, its stunning Italian-ness bookends the Monuments along with Milan-San Remo which started them way back in March. And it’s a coming...

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  1. Bit of rethink after seeing some of the climbs involved kicks valverde off the top five with J-Rod and Contador in. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Uran 3. Contador 4. Nibbles 5. Rodriguez »

  2. Bit of a crapshoot from me. Can’t help but tip gilbert for the win and with their great work in Piemonte Uran and Henao have to be in there somewhere. Nibbles will be after revenge for worlds but will fail as ever with valverde there or thereabouts too. … »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. Pooley 4. Arndt 5. Johansson »

I’m quite upset about it, actually, all this racing that’s been going on in perfectly good weather. Vlaanderen, dry. Roubaix, dry. We were nearly guaranteed shit weather with the Olympics in London, but even then, only the women got to get all Rule #9 on our asses – and only for one race. Damnit, I want Epic, and if we keep insis...

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  1. I just picked a bunch of guys that can get up short climbs and finish pretty rapidly, please don’t let unrepentant scumlord valverde get the win. I’d like Boss-Hog or Henao to get it, someone from the ‘underdog’ nations but i reckon the belgians have the … »

It seems like just weeks ago that Cav won his rainbow stripes, things were said, umbrage was taken. Luckily we have found more umbrage so we are good to go. This course is not like last year. It’s not exactly a sprinters finish. It’s a 128 km rumble in Valkenberg and the Dutch team is there for Marianne Vos. She has finished second in...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Stevens 3. Pooley 4. Arndt 5. Bronzini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Arndt 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

Ok, as some of you have been reminding us, this one slipped off the radar last year, and threatened to do the same again this time. Is it because it’s held in Canada? That despite a quality field and only two weeks away from the Worlds, it’s in Canada? That even though the course is a perfect template for riders who hold hopes for earni...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gerrans 3. Costa 4. Tommy V 5. Chava »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. This is going to be one hell of a race. Froome vs Contador vs J-Rod for the honours, all three have a punch going up hill and two ave something to prove (Froome that he can win and contador that he is still top dog). Getting nationlistic i hope that froom… »

What a difference four years can make. In Beijing, Nicole Cooke was the dominant rider in Women’s Cycling, taking wins in every important race on the Women’s calendar for several years running. Fast finish, good in the hills, good against the clock, she helped give context to what we mean by the term “all rounder”.Four year...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Cooke 3. Armistead 4. Stevens 5. Bronzini »

  2. Bit of a crapshoot with my limited knowledge but i do know that Vos is a beast and that Cooke will almost inevitably be up there as a lone wolf. Armistead led out by Laws for 3rd and stevens continuing a good year. Bronzini thrown in cos i reckon i shgoul… »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. This one’s easy. The course is clearly set up for a sprinter so the top four will of course be the top four sprinters! Sagan will have no support but will still podium but won’t be able to beat more experienced sprinters with devoted teams. Cancellara can… »

During the 1969 Tour de France, Felice Gimondi and Ray Poulidor were fined for taking a ride from a lorry up the Tourmalet. What about Merkcx? Well, he was towing the lorry.Its an old joke, but like any good joke, it stays funny no matter how many times you hear it. I bet it’s even funnier if you know what a lorry is. I knew a girl named Lori...

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  1. Rolland to initiate a move early on to get some time and go for the prestigious stage win, with Voeckler’s win today as extra motivation giving Europcar 2 stages at the tour and keeping them the darling team of the french. Evans and Nibali will have joine… »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Evans 3. Hesjedal 4. Froome 5. Nibali »

I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my breathing. I fixate on how much I feel it in my legs to the point where I find myself in a meeting, rubbing them to gauge how soft they’ve gotten. (Must learn to stop doing that in public as it can’t possibly improve my social standing. I’m tempted to cite the fact that I’m a Cyclist an...

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  1. What an great article frank, you really have excelled yourself. I don’t know where you get this stuff from but it really strikes a chord, after a long, hard ride yesterday with plenty of v that left me lying on the floor with my eyes closed for a few minu… »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. First? Here are my preliminary picks, possibly subject to alteration before the event… In fact i’m sure there will be plenty of alteration as this is bloody hard, looking at the start list there are a number of unknowns that are usually up there in th… »