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Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Johanson 3. Armistead 4. De Vries 5. Stevens »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Bronzini 3. Van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. De Vries »

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. Rodriguez 3. Brajkovic 4. Evans 5. Valverde »

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. Rest Day Swap VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Evans 3. Scarponi 4. Santabrogio 5. Heano »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Nibali 3. Scarponi 4. Santabrogio 5. Heano »

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. Nibali 2. Froome 3. Gilbert 4. Rodriguez 5. Henao »

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. @frank Can I dispute???  After all your efforts I STILL have 0 points. »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @DerHoggz I had a similar thing last spring  -  Plantar FasciItis.   Very painful.  Hopefully it is not as it took awhile to heal. Good Luck. »

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. @Deakus Yes no doubt you are correct but I can’t bet against the guy.  I moved him down in my picks and I feel he will most likely not be in the running but….(see above). VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Contador 4. Porte 5. Sagan »

  2. Bunch of skinny guys powering their skinny asses up the Mur.  Help Wanted on this one - Long haired freaky Clydesdales need not apply. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Contador 4. Porte 5. Sagan »

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. She can’t win them all…..but I got a feeling she wants to make up for a miss play last year. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Van Dijk 4. Van Vleuten 5. Longo Borghini »

Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.Now we begin the Ardennes three race...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gilbert 3. Gerrans 4. Valverde 5. Slagter »

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. Roelandts 3. Degenkolb 4. Turgot 5. Kristoff »

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. Johansson 3. Borghini 4. Van Dijk 5. Armistead »

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. Living on the eastside of the “D” I gotta throw the DeBusschere guy in this week. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Sylvan Chavanel 4. Boonen 5. DeBusschere »

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. Cancellara 3. Goss 4. Thomas 5. Boonen »

This is the second round of the Women’s World Cup, the first being the Ronde van Drenthe. Laveno Mombello to Cittiglio, 120 km of racing in Italy. It is a very worthy course and we know who will be wearing the number 1 on her jersey. Enough already, I like Ms Vos as much as the next person but someone has to work her over on the climbs and ri...

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  1. Jumpin’ on the bandwagon! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Olds 4. Van Dijk 5. Cantele »

Finally, we have Milan-Sanremo. I hope pedale.forcetta is ready to shoot some pictures, especially black and white because it will be cold and possibly wet. Throw in a little wind and a race of this distance will weed out the less hardy. Recently, but not too recently, this race would be won out of a decent size field sprint. And yet, besides Fabs...

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  1. @harminator @harminator Thanks I thought I missed something VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. F Pozzato 3. F Cancellara 4. M Santambrogio 5. M Goss »

  2. @Harminator Santa is on every start list I’ve seen.  Did he scratch and I missed it? »

  3. Spelling count?  I also can’t roll my R’s .”….. VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. F Pozzato 3. F Cancellara 4. M Santambrogio 5. M Goss »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. P Sagan 2. F Pozzato 3. F Cancellara 4. M Santabrogrio 5. M Goss »

Ok, so you guys and gals don’t miss a trick, but sometimes we do. In fact, we kind of specialize in it. @Bianchi Denti just texted me to point out, as others have done on site, that we have almost missed the next stop on the VVomen’s VSP calendar, the Ronde Van Drenthe. On International Women’s Day, of all things.All I can tell yo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. M Vos 2. E Van Dijk 3. L Gunnewijk 4. E Johansson 5. E Armitstead »

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. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Van Avermaet 4. Pazzato 5. Paolini »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Hushovd 2. Boassan Hagen 3. Terpstra 4. Vanmarcke 5. Phinney »