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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. boonen 2. hushovd 3. boasson hagen 4. stybar 5. phinney »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. scarponi 2. basso 3. rodriguez 4. kreuziger 5. cunego »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. evans 3. rodriguez 4. gerrans 5. gilbert »

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. Sagan 3. Ballan 4. Hushovd 5. Pozzato »

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. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Pooley 4. Cooke 5. Armstrong »

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. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Gilbert 5. Pozatto »

Gent conjures up images of the quintessential Flemish city. Age-old medieval architecture rising from the river’s edge is classically Belgian. Gent is also firmly tied to Belgium’s greatest gift to the world, cycling tradition. Many a pro-expat cyclist has relocated to Gent with the hope of testing their mettle in the seat of cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. gilbert 2. cancellara 3. freire 4. hushovd 5. sagan »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. my picks »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. boonen 2. sagan 3. canvendish 4. cancellara 5. gilbert »

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. Boonen 2. Gilbert 3. Chavanel 4. Haussler 5. Flecha »

Plateau de Beille has a reputation. It’s long. It’s hard. It’s steep. It’s high. And, because it’s in the Pyrenees, it’s either really hot or really wet.Although it has only been featured in the Tour four times (1998, 2002, 2004, 2007), it has quickly been placed high on the list of fabled Tour mountaintop finish...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. evans 2. f schleck 3. basso 4. a schleck 5. sanchez »

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. Rest day picks 1 evans 2 a schleck 3 f schleck 4 contador 5 t martin »

  2. too late to change? if not… VSP PICKS: 1. evans 2. contador 3. a schleck 4. kloden 5. van den broeck »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. evans 2. contador 3. a schleck 4. wiggins 5. horner »