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Location: Austin, TX

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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. Hard to leave out Kristoff, Terpstra, Sagan and/or Thomas. I’m still thinking one of them should be in here for Boonen in that 5th spot…. VSP PICKS: 1. FABIAN CANCELLARA 2. SEP VANMARCKE 3. GREG VAN AVERMAET 4. ZDENEK STYBAR 5. TOM 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. That was incredible! Finally I can leave the TV to pee and eat »

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. ELLEN VAN DIJK 3. ELISA LONGO BORGHINI 4. KIRSTEN WILD 5. LIESBETH DE VOCHT »

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. Here’s to the head-to-head showdown – I think Boonen will be ready despite a hard few weeks. Sagan will be there and the rest….there are many but I definitely like Terpstra or Van Avermaet as they have shown such good form. VSP PICKS: 1. FABIAN CACELL… »

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. Pieters, Amy 2. Borghini, Elisa Longo 3. Armitstead, Elizabeth 4. Johansson, Emma 5. Olds, Shelley »

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. Sagan allllll the way down in 4th…..not sure that’s the best pick but I’m going with it. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara, Fabian 2. Stybar, Zdenek 3. Van Avermaet, Greg 4. Sagan, Peter 5. Stannard, Ian »

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. I won La Primavera last year and it was my only decent set of picks all season. Here’s to a better GC this year. VSP PICKS: 1. P. SAGAN 2. F. CANCELLARA 3. M. CAVENDISH 4. J. DEGENKOLB 5. S. CHAVANEL »

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. Roche for Martin, who crashed out and Horner for Mollema who’s not even close anymore. Hopefully I can salvage some points. I do think Nibali is looking like a podium finisher and probably the top step, not the third, but another swap would be just that m… »

  2. I didn’t manage my TdF Picks very well so hopefully I’ll show better en España. VSP PICKS: 1. J-ROD 2. A. VALVERDE 3. V. NIBALI 4. D. MARTIN 5. B. MOLLEMA »

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. TJ out Valverde in. Quintana is ridiculous and has to move up. Contador has been there. J-Rod has been there on the climbs lurking in the background and despite his lack of team support i feel like he’s gonna make a big move on one of these climbs. VSP … »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. here’s to hopefully good guesses VSP PICKS: 1. M VOS 2. E STEVENS 3. M DE VRIES 4. T CROMWELL 5. E KRUCHINSKAYA »

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. le centieme! just watched La Course En Tete to provide further inspiration. As The Prophet will not be rolling up to the starting line, these are my picks: VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Tejay van Garderen 4. Joaquim Rodriguez 5… »

The mighty VSP generator has been switched on once again. The mil-spec hydraulic fluid has been changed since the Giro. A new power take-off belt has also been installed. And the punch card reader has been refurbished.Broome and Berti are already riding the Critérium du Dauphiné. The top contenders prefer the Dauphiné for the decent recovery all...

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  1. No puedo creerlo, Delgado’d. A la gran p$@&!! My picks for Le Tour are going to have to be spot on. »

Twiggo is dreaming of a Giro-Tour double. He has sent out mixed messages about his Tour ambitions. Will he use the Giro as the ultimate Tour preparation or will be burn all his matches in May and hope he can find another pack for July? He has abandoned his successful 2012 Tour run-up strategy of winning every stage race he entered the previous spri...

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  1. At least Capecch has shown some life. unfortunately too little too late for my vsp. »

  2. What a disaster. Capecchi? What the hell was I thinking?! Stupid wild card pick. Got out the abacus, decided to risk it and hope for the best. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. V. NIBALI 2. B. WIGGINS 3. R. URAN URAN 4. S. SANCHEZ 5. E. CAPECCHI »

  3. Decisions, decisions that 10 point hit for a second rest day swap is huge. How am I supposed to get anything done before say 10am over the next 3 weeks. VSP PICKS: 1. R. HESJEDAL 2. B. WIGGINS 3. V. NIBALI 4. S. SANCHEZ 5. E. CAPECCHI »

There is something to love about a race that makes a deviation to its route for the simple joy of sending a fleet of professional riders up a fiendishly steep and narrow ramp. The Cote du Stockeu offers zero benefit to the route from a logistical standpoint – in fact, all it does is complicate things. On the way down from the Cote de Wanne &#...

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  1. I can’t believe the first grand tour is just around the corner. I put Porte in there, he’s been riding well and he’s about to be busy looking out for others. VSP PICKS: 1. J Rod 2. D. Martin 3. M. Iglinskiy 4. R. Porte 5. P. Gilbert »

Last year we saw Evelyn Stevens out-last Marianne Vos at the top of the Mur de Huy. The take home message is don’t start one’s charge too early. Vos should know this finish, having won it four times already. It’s hard to know who is on form in the professional women field as the races are too far apart to infer much from the last...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Cantele 5. Van Der Breggen »

We came tantalizingly close to adding a foray up the Mur de Huy during our excursion to Liege-Bastogne-Liege during this year’s Keepers Tour. But good sense and The Anti-V prevailed, as they are wont to do, and only two of us were left wanting a dig at the most notorious finishing climb in the Classics season.I write this, then, woefully igno...

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  1. Tough call but I’ll go with Purito hoping he recovered sufficiently after Sunday. De Gendt is a complete wildcard as I haven’t heard anything about his season. VSP PICKS: 1. J-Rod 2. Gilbert 3. Valverde 4. Martin 5. De Gendt »

Yes it is a race named after a barely drinkable Dutch beer. I have enjoyed Amstel beer, brought to our table by a nice waitress, sitting outside in the Dutch spring. Atmosphere is everything. Do the Dutch brew awesome beer? I drank some good stuff in Amsterdam last spring but I’m pretty sure it was Belgian.Now we begin the Ardennes three race...

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  1. A broken collarbone and a quad injury in my 5 but somehow I came away with 3 points. »

  2. That was close, almost a Delgado. gotta go with the heart – love the way Voeckler rides and he’s looked solid this spring. VSP PICKS: 1. Voeckler 2. J-Rod 3. Sagan 4. Valverde 5. Gilbert »

It looks so easy on the television. Well, no, actually it looks pretty bloody hard. We think we have some understanding of how they suffer, how their bodies can take the continual beating. But we don’t really know. Not even by riding these abominations they call roads twice in the space of a few days can we understand the scale of the thing...

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  1. what a race right to the end. stybar was robbed by that idiot but great handling skills. van avermaet gave me one out of the remaining four at least. »

  2. IF Cancellara has a bad day hopefully at least one of these other guys will be there. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Roelandts 3. Van Avermaet 4. Paolini 5. Turgot »

Marianne Vos has never won this? She who wins everything all the time has never won this? Is it not hilly and tough enough? This seems like a tear in the time-space continuum. Someone is going to be wanting to add this to her palmarés. Weather sounds like a cold but dry day for racing. This is a big one, maybe worth two bumper stickers, so ponder...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. De Vries 4. Druyts 5. Pitel »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

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  1. Mostly going with the flow here but given his recent exploits, I have to favor Stannard over Boss Hog on Sky VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Stannard 4. Chavanel 5. Flecha »