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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Rolland 5. Van Den Broek »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. wiggins 2. kreuziger 3. mollema 4. pozzovivo 5. mathias frank »

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. michele scarponi 4. cadel evans 5. julian arredondo »

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. Alejandro Valverde 2. Dan Martin 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Rui Costa »

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. . VSP PICKS: 1. gilbert 2. gerrans 3. valverde 4. kwiatkowski 5. nibali »

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. If equality is not implemented top-down, then one of the answers must be bottom-up : push your local clubs/races to payout equally. VSP PICKS: 1. emma johansson 2. elisa longo borghini 3. ashleigh moolman 4. anna van der breggen 5. tiffany cromwell »

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. p. gilbert 2. valverde 3. kwiatkowski 4. gerrans 5. j. rodriguez »

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. . VSP PICKS: 1. vanmarcke 2. terpstra 3. kristoff 4. cancellara 5. boonen »

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. cancellara 2. sagan 3. stybar 4. van marcke 5. roelandts »

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. armitstead 3. stevens 4. van dijk 5. wild »

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

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. Love this time of year, practising my accent “Gent wevelgem”, “Gent wevelgem”, “gent…” VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. vanmarcke 3. stybar 4. cancellara 5. sagan »

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. sagan 2. kwiatkowski 3. chavanel 4. slagter 5. cancellara »

To look good is already to go fast. -Paul Fournel, VéloMy approach to research is pretty straight forward. First, I develop an opinion – usually in a cognitively compromised state. This is the first step in the process for the simple reason that it avoids the bulk of the hard work involving things like reading and thinking. Next, I cherry-pi...

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  1. @frank oh, you mean like: “by the size of his left tricep, the orange willier, and the open rear brake, I think this is Leonardo Duque…” »

  2. DUQUE Leonardo Fabio »

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. Juaquim Rodriguez 2. Vincenzo Nibali 3. Simon Clarke 4. Warren Barguil 5. Rigoberto Uran »

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. http://www.cyclinginquisition.com/2013/09/throwing-up-while-on-bike-or-throwing.html Uran came 41st, even after the crash. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. uran 3. nibali 4. evans 5. rodriguez »

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

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johannson 2. Marianne Vos 3. Tiffany Cromwell 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Mara Abbott »

There is something about a time trial that lets you go spelunking in undiscovered caverns of The Cave. Contort your body into the sleekest position you can, make the bike as uncomfortable as possible, and then rev your cardiovascular system up to the anaerobic threshold for as long as possible. Its food for legend.Being a diesel helps, churning the...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. Evelyn Stevens 2. Ellen van Dijk 3. Emma Johansson 4. Linda Villumsen 5. Shara Gillow »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Vos 3. Van dijk 4. Borghini 5. Van de breggen »

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. Rodriguez 2. Uran 3. Valverde 4. Henao 5. Betancur »

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. Evelyn Stevens 2. Giorgia Bronzini 3. Emma Johansson 4. Ashleigh Moolman 5. Marijn De Vries »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. shot in the dark. go the breaks. go the french! VSP PICKS: 1. jerome coppel 2. arnold jeannesson 3. cameron meyer 4. thomas voeckler 5. joaquin rodriguez »

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. Lurker from Lurksville here. $30M tattslotto or VSP? VSP PICKS: 1. chris froome 2. alberto contador 3. nairo quintana 4. richie porte 5. cadel evans »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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