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  1. @il muro di manayunk can I borrow your hat for next season? »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. Second Delgado of the season. Just got reception as it closed – it said I coupled ee of minutes but then when I hit the banner and it kicked me over here it was closed. So close! I didn’t have any special insight so I was never going to sneak into third a… »

 Rule #4 is clear but how do you explain to your five year old what a twatwaffle is? I was left trying to define twatwaffle to a room full of relatives, none five years old but a few close to ninety-five years old. Someone opened The Book of Rules and loudly read out Rule #4. Some hand waving and muttering about the Dutch deflected things, thankf...

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  1. I’ve been reading my little one this – http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742376806 Plenty of rule breaking but also lays some foundations. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. I think third is all wrapped too but for a miracle. Well done to the prize winners and thanks keepers. »

  2. . VSP PICKS: 1. A. Demare 2. J. Degenkolb 3. M. Breschel 4. G. Van Avermaet 5. G. Nizzolo »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. 1 delgado (curse you Internet gods) 2. Valverde 3. Aru 4. J Rod 5. Gilbert 6. Moreno There’s always next year. »

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  1. @il muro di manayunk no games, just calling it as I see it. Although I’ve had an annoying week – started with a flat and culminated in my team getting a thumping in the grand final today, so I’m not necessarily seeing straight at the moment. @Mikael Lidd… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Too flat for Valverde, Nibbles or J Rod. But I finding this to be the hardest race to pick of the season. When Fabs goes off the front will he get enough of a gap to hold off the likes of Sagan, Gerrans, and Degenkolb. Will the latter have recovered from … »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. M. Vos 2. E. Johansson 3. P. Ferrand Prevot 4. G. Bronzini 5. E. Armitstead »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @il muro di manayunk sthilzy’s certainly making a run, but I still think you’re clear. Just don’t delgado. I’m going to need a RR miracle score to have an impact now. My LBL badge disappeared too – or was I stripped? I’ve been crying myself to sleep over… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @DeKerr it may not have a cyclist but it does have an aussie bike in it. »

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  1. So far I haven’t got what I needed from the Vuelta or Worlds. Looks like 1 and 2 are sorted, but I can still picture myself in that kit. The weather could throw a curve ball for the TT and there’s lots of contenders for the RR, which could be a select bu… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. I have a feeling I’m going to regret leaving out Kiryienka and including Dennis. VSP PICKS: 1. T. Martin 2. B. Wiggins 3. R. Quaade 4. T. Dumoulin 5. R. Dennis »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. Actually, now that I think about it The United Kingdom is the political entity, Britain is the island, so you’re right. »

  2. @TBONE I don’t think Scotland to Great Britain is the same as Canada to the Americas. Scotland to The British Isles is like Canada to the Americas. I think Great Britain is a political entity,  the Americas are a geographical entity, like The British Isle… »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. No Moolman Pasio? She would have been in my top 5. Might regret leaving out Garfoot and Stevens. Hopefully win won’t be as weather affected as the men’s team tt. VSP PICKS: 1. E van Dijk 2. C Small 3. L Villumsen 4. A Solovey 5. L Brennauer »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. That is to say: nice article, I concur. »

  2. I don’t accept that the rule change has removed/reduced the capacity for riders to compare themselves to Merckx. If a big name pro wants to put a comparable bike to Merckx’s together and schedule some time on the track s/he can do so anytime. I accept tha… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. Here’s my number 1. It’s a Confraude. It just looks like a Concorde but is no more than a sheep in wolf’s clothing – aluminium frame with PDM team livery and 105 bits. It was an absolute bargain. One day I may find a Squadra, but in the meantime, this doe… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. . VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. A. Contador 2. C Froome 3. J Rodriguez 4. R Uran 5. W Kelderman »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johannson 3. Armitstead 4. Longo Borghini 5. Pieters »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Not sure how I feel about this one. While the pervasive presence of doping is clear; I have to admit, I’ve never made the jump to assume that literally all of the peloton was doping. So given I’ve never made that leap, I need something more to be convinc… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. . VSP PICKS: 1. N Quintana 2. C Froome 3. J Rodriguez 4. R Uran 5. W Kelderman »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @Deakus It could be quite to the contrary – he may be returning home. »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. I think this is one of the hardest to pick all year. It’s not the sort of race many of the big guns target and it’s so easy to get caught up in Tour form or Tour fatigue. VSP PICKS: 1. J. Rodruigez 2. S. Gerrans 3. H. Zubeldia 4. G. Meersman 5. T. Gallo… »