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For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Rigoberto Uran 3. Joaquím Rodríguez 4. Cadel Evans 5. Rafal Majka »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Mollema 3. Gilbert 4. Dan Martin 5. Gerrans »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. She’s Back!! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. M Vos 2. E Stevens 3. L Armistead 4. E Johansson 5. E Longo Borghini »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Seems a very open race.  Normally not a race for Gilbert, but I don’t see any of the expected rivals (Purito, Dan Martin, Betancur) in a real position to take him on.  Sammy Sanchez as a dark horse???  After Amstel they may be more reluctant to chase him … »

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. Valverde 2. Kwaitkowski 3. Gallopin 4. Gilbert 5. Cunego »

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. Amended picks…  Can’t wait bring it on!! VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Alexander Kristoff 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Alexander Kristoff 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Sep Vanmarcke 5. Geraint Thomas »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Alexander Kristoff »

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. Emma Johansson 2. Elizabeth Armitstead 3. Marianne Vos 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Claudia Hausler »

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. John Degenkolb 2. Arnaud Demare 3. Peter Sagan 4. Tyler Farrer 5. Alexander Kristoff »

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. Modified Picks after Boonen’s unfortunate withdrawal.  With one on the way myself my thoughts are with his family. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. John Degenkolb 3. Michael Matthews 4. Michal Kwaitkowski 5. Fabian Cancellara »

  2. Many thanks to the sponsors for the great prizes on offer!! VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. John Degenkolb 3. Tom Boonen 4. Michael Matthews 5. JJ Rojas »