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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. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cavendish 3. Cancellara 4. Gilbert 5. Nibali »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Griepel 3. Sagan 4. Cancellara 5. Boonen »

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 (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. WIggins 2. Froome 3. Nibali 4. Evans 5. Van Der Broeck »

This is an exciting time of year. The Giro is in the books, the Tour is firmly in everyone’s sights, and those of us with the vaguest idea of how the big race will unfold are prognosticating the loudest as we use races that are proven to reveal fuck-all about what will happen at the Tour to predict what will happen at the Tour.With the Dauphi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gesink 2. Kreuziger 3. Valverde 4. Leipheimer 5. Cunego »

See that huge mountain over there? The one with the steep, twisty road going up it? The one that is often covered in snow this time of year? Right, race ya to the top.I don’t know what more there is to say about this year’s Giro; four days from the end, with two of the biggest mountain stages yet to come and the G.C., Mountains, and P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Basso 2. Rodriquez 3. Hesjedal 4. Scarponi 5. pozovivo »

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. Can’t believe that I missed the original deadline. »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. scarponi 2. cunego 3. basso 4. f schleck 5. j-rod »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule 89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of equ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriquez 2. Cunego 3. Gilbert 4. F Schleck 5. Valverde »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Pozzato 3. Flecha 4. Thor 5. Chavanel »

The Velominati Super-Prestige continues with our second Women’s event of 2012, the Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen. This one is made even more exciting for me by the fact that I now have some small connection to the Women’s Tibco Racing Team, as I watched with envy as they each pulled their bikes off the oversized baggage carrousel...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. Gunnwijk 3. Johansson 4. Pooley 5. Wild »

The Keepers and Rigid rolled into a region in France called Flandres which, without doing any further research into the matter, we assume is the coloquial French term for this region of the world. If its anything like the other regions in Europe, these places have roots that extend way past any modern country’s border and situate themselves i...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Chavenel 5. Vanmarcke »

It’s right around this time of year when the little voice in my head that spurs me on in cold, wet, Rule 9 conditions starts getting overpowered by all my other personalities who at this stage are gathering stones and crowbars and getting ready to enforce their will on him regarding their preference for riding in nice, warm, sunny condition...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Twiggo 2. Eggtimer 3. Grimpelder 4. Valverde 5. Martin »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Eggtimer 3. Grimpelder 4. Valverde 5. Martin »

The Monte Paschi Strade Bianchi is happening this Saturday and it is such an interesting race we are putting it into the VSP.  The route is a mix of pavement and white marble sectors that roam through the hilly Tuscan country and finishes in the middle of beautiful Sienna. It seems early to me but that is because the Giro had an epic stage on the...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Gilbert 4. Kreutziger 5. Nibali »

We kick off the first races of the 2012 VSP with a double-header as we open the picks for the VVomen’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Aside from an early hiccup, the new software has been running as expected, though I should have known better than to declare something as “tested”; as the first few picks went in sideways, there was more co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Amitstead 2. De Goede 3. Kupfernagle 4. Verbeke 5. Gunnewijk »

The 2012 Velominati Super Prestige kicks off in proper form this season with the debut of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as part of the series. I’m tempted to stubbornly refer to this race as Het Volk, but I’ll toe the line and refer to the race by its bewildering new(ish) name.This is a tricky race to predict because the big races in April ar...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Flecha 2. Boonen 3. Hushovd 4. Gilbert 5. BOOM »

Spain is an awesome country. It has amazing scenery, culture, cities and chicas… oh, the chicas. Its football competition features the world’s best players, their national team are the reigning World Cup holders, and they boast world champions in tennis, Moto GP, Superbikes and Formula 1. They regularly kick the collective asses of Fran...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Rodriquez 3. Wiggins 4. Scarponi 5. Anton »

While a good number of Velominati get all uppity around May and make rash statements like their preferred Grand Tour is the Giro d’Italia, because it has more and bigger climbs, beautiful white roads and crazy tifosi, there’s no denying that Le Tour de France is the real grandaddy of them all.Admit it, July trumps May every time. Conti...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Andy Schleck 3. I Basso 4. Cadel Evans 5. Frank Schleck »

  2. Are points scored each day or only on the last podium in Paris? VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Andy Schleck 3. Van De Broeck 4. Cadel Evans 5. Horner »

The Tour de France looms on the horizon, and those riders planning to race are putting the final touches on their form – or going into last-minute panic mode, final exam cram-style. The Critérium Dauphiné has long been a favorite preparation race serving both purposes rather well.It’s a favorite of the Tour’s GC contenders as it...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. C Evans 2. Wiggins 3. Van De Broeck 4. Gesink 5. Sanchez »

In the 1990 Giro, a relatively unknown cyclist named Gianni Bugno lit the cycling world on fire by winning the first stage, thereby taking the Maglia Rossa. That wasn’t so surprising in itself; what was surprising was that the little bugger managed to hold the jersey all the way to Milan, a feat previously only accomplished by Binda and M...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Nibali 3. Rodriquez 4. Kreuziger 5. Menchov »

We’ve all watched bike races, that’s a given, but how many of us actually listen to a bike race?  It’s at this time every year that I’m reminded of something;The Ardennes Classics sound different. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Chavanel 3. A Schleck 4. a diFferent Schleck 5. Vino »

Holland. Not known as a hilly country, this. I have relatives who live “at elevation” near the Kinderdijk, where I took this photo. They live at 3m above sea level. Right. Known more for wind than we are for hills, then. In fact, one of the many (many) interesting things about the Netherlands is that while most countries use windmills...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. F Schleck 3. Chavanel 4. Cunego 5. Vino »

Ok, ok, settle down now people. Take your seats please. You’re all a little bit on edge, like some cycling Gamblers Anonymous group that’s been let out for the weekend with a pocket full of bills and the name of the nearest bookie. But in your excitement, you managed to crash our server, delaying the fix you so desperately crave.But wai...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Hushovd 4. Gilbert 5. Flecha »

The Velominati would not exist if it weren’t for The Rules. Of the current 79 Rules, only two, Rule 34 and Rule 69 stipulate anything about shoes. Perhaps that is all that is needed. However, I do have a set of personal Rules that I’ve been living by and developing for nearly ten years now. My own personal Rule 1 is No Red Shoes. A...

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  1. Regardless of ones feelings towards Horner, those shoes look awesome. They always catch my eye in the peloton. »