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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Bronzini 4. Armitstead 5. Johansson »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Wild 3. Armitstead 4. Johansson 5. Longo Borghini »

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. @Steampunk But let’s imagine Froome doesn’t crash and goes on to repeat as champion. Wouldn’t an asterisk also accompany such a victory? What with inhalergate and the recent Therapeutic Use Exemption fiasco? This is not to suggest Froome is a cheater, … »

  2. Might as well. Nibali goes from 3rd to 1st, Froome is out, Porte slides in to 3rd because I assume we can’t leave a spot blank. 2nd-5th are still wide open, so no real sense in taking the penalty to swap out Contador for a crap shot at this point. VSP PI… »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Talansky »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Abbott 3. Longo Borghini 4. Pooley 5. Stevens »

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. RUI Costa VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Kreuziger 3. Mollema 4. Rohan Dennis 5. Rui Costa »

  2. What they say about riding with the leader’s jersey is true: I feel a whole new level of pressure. I hope I didn’t take it too soon. Perhaps I should willingly let it go to give my team a break. They need to be fresh for France and Spain. VSP PICKS: 1…. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Kreuziger 3. Mollema 4. Dennis 5. Rui Costa »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Kreuziger 3. Mollema 4. Dennis 5. Costa »

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 cl...

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  1. Cool! Thanks. Submitting the order to have my frame repainted pink as I type. »

  2. Whoa. Well, tomorrow will be even more of a nail biter for me. »

  3. @brett For some reason it is now showing me at 8 points because it applied the 10 point penalty for a substitution. »

  4. @Mikael Liddy Aha. Thanks. The issue appears to be that my #5 pick, Pozzovivo, was incorrectly logged as Pozzato. »

  5. @frank Not sure if it’s some kind of glitch, but I’m pretty sure I should be sitting at 21 points now that Pozzovivo has moved into the top 5. Site is showing 18 points, however. »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. Rodriguez 4. Evans 5. Pozzovivo »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Uran 3. Rodriguez 4. Evans 5. Roche »

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. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Daniel Martin 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Mollema »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Daniel Martin 3. Valverde 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Mollema »

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. Kwiatkowski 3. Valverde 4. Betancur 5. Rodriguez »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Van Dijk 3. Longo Borghini 4. Stevens 5. Johansson »

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. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Van Avermaet 5. Rodriguez »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Kreuziger 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. 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. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Stybar 4. Van Avermaet 5. Boonen »

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. Van Dijk 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Borghini 5. Van Der Breggen »