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Order: Winner of the Velominati Super Prestige Ronde van Vlaanderen

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Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. @ChrisO Looks like Jesus didn’t like the paint job either and gave him a flat… »

  2. Anyone else hate the yellow Cofidis helmets? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ba7bzkQNN1k »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. gilbert 3. slagter 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Gallopin »

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. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ncbsc_les-equipes-reconnaissent-le-parcours-de-paris-roubaix-2014-itw-de-dirk-demol-trek_sport VSP PICKS: 1. Fab 2. Kristoff 3. Terpstra 4. GVA 5. Gaudin »

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. @Geraint Might have to put Devolder into my picks for next week, he’ll want it for sure – provided this gets better… https://twitter.com/NicoMattan/status/452915126455517184/photo/1 »

  2. @frank awesome race, this one staying on DVR Forever! »

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. Emma Johansson 2. Anna van der Breggen 3. Elizabeth Armitstead 4. Eleonora van Dijk 5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot »

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. Fabio 2. Sagan 3. Sep 4. Vandenbergh 5. Dillier »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. @Chris You knew this would happen: http://gwphotoguy.tumblr.com/ »

  2. Good little clip from spectator POV: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1krbee_kemmel-gand-wevelgem_sport »

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. Sorry -need to make a change – worried about Boonen On another note, call out on Rule #5 from LTD on Strava today… VSP PICKS: 1. Hofland 2. Degenkolb 3. Kristoff 4. Fabian 5. GVA »

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. armitstead 2. borghini 3. emma johansson 4. pieters 5. van dijk »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Hofland 2. Degenkolb 3. Boonen 4. Kristoff 5. GVA »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Degenkolb 3. Sagan 4. Stannard 5. A Kristoff »

The illusion of transparency is perhaps the most important tool the Velominatus has in their toolbox, apart from having some measure of competence, being Casually Deliberate at all times, Looking Fantastic, and being able to dish out and endure heaping helpings of The V.Cycling is suffering, and one of the most crucial lessons we have to learn is t...

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  1. Gotta love the passion of the old school Flandrians – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5BPDr45MYg »

Every time we get on our bikes, we are playing a game of Russian Roulette. We take care to maintain our machines, to make sure they are in perfect running order, we look after our bodies to maximise our performance, and we, hopefully, abide by the rules of the road to keep ourselves safe from the dangers of other road users. But ultimately, our liv...

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  1. I was once stopped by a policeman on motorbike for running a red (was much younger and stupid) He basically told me to go but next time HE would run me over…Try changing that culture. http://www.mec.ca/product/5025-534/mec-plasma-usb-white-led-front-li… »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

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  1. Sorry – not on topic but so much rolled into 1 small page, Van den broeck’s Ex, Cyclocross…couldn’t resist http://www.sudinfo.be/914/article/sports/cyclisme/2014-01-29/les-photos-sexy-de-femke-herygers-dans-un-maillot-retro-photos »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. interesting documentary on Dutch TV – You can use any cassette you want – when you use mechanical doping à la Fabian… seeing Rasmussen saying that he feels this goes to far is hilarious! http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1387546 »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Demare 3. Ciolek 4. Dumoulin S 5. VAN AVERMAET Greg »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rod 2. D Moreno 3. Ulissi 4. Nib 5. Majka »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. DaCosta 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. iglinsky 5. Nibali »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Cromwell 3. L Borghini 4. Armistead 5. Gillow »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Valv 2. Sanchez 3. Betancur 4. Majka 5. Henao »

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. Anyone hear of this story from yesterday: basically Voigt  in no man’s land waiting to be caught, tries to give a bidon to a kid, kid gets pushed out of the way by some Dude, Voigt sees it, turns around, goes back down the hill a bit and shames the Dude … »

  2. @brett Berto needs to keep that second place and stop the BS. Could end up with another tdf title if/when Froome is  DQ’d.  That would be F’d up – lose one title for doping and get one back after someone is ousted! »