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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. @dancollins Best as I can tell, you won, as you were the only person to guess Ferrand-Prevot in first. Plus, you got Johansson in third correct. So that means you took the Elite Road Race double. Nicely done! »

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. @Steampunk Indeed, I am a lifetime Philadelphian. Grew up watching the US Pro Championship (when we had the honor of hosting it) every summer. I even have a newspaper from 1993 with a photo of Pharmstrong rounding the corner at the top of the Manayunk Wal… »

  2. @Steampunk Well, if it is any consolation to you, if you hadn’t tipped Gerrans before Fabs, I wouldn’t have changed my 1 and 2 either, so you wouldn’t have gained ground on me. And as it stands, I think you increased your lead on places 3 and 4 by a coupl… »

  3. @Steampunk Well, I guess I am in the same boat as you. I have this sense that Cancellara is going to take it, but I suppose it would be unwise to go against the crowd at this stage in the game. No sense in going on the attack with the Maillot V on my sho… »

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. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armitstead 4. Bronzini 5. Ferrand-Prevot »

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. @Minnesota Expat Old man with a big diesel engine. He proved he can still place highly (and win) in big races this spring, and he’s had his eye on this one since then. That’s my rationale. I’m not sure I even buy it, so ask me how I feel about it tomorro… »

  2. First look. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Gerrans 3. Van Avermaet 4. Valverde 5. Kristoff »

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. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Johansson 4. Bronzini 5. Stevens »

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. @dyalander The game theory at this stage in the contest is pretty interesting. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. »

  2. @dyalander Oh Merckx, I’m doomed now. »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Bradley Wiggins 3. Tom Dumoulin 4. Van Garderen 5. Kiryienka »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Ellen van Dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Solovey 4. Carmen Small 5. Evelyn Stevens »

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. @wilburrox Yeah, the Ardennes really are fantastic. I’ve had them about a month and I couldn’t be happier with them. They turn my Rubino 23s into nearly 26s. I like that they can be run at lower pressures so it feels like they are just gliding over bumps… »

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. Contador 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

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. @ChrisO The Felt generally gets used in wet/rainy/winter conditions, and also on my wind trainer (so that probably ends up being about half of my total distance ridden–give or take). The 105 groupsan is really perfect for those kinds of conditions; sol… »

  2. Okay, I suppose I have been drooling over photos of others’ rides here long enough, that I might as well show off my own. This is the #1: Came as a complete bike with full 105 and crappy OEM components and wheels. Little by little I replaced parts unt… »

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. Quintana crashed again today and has abandoned. Rough. »

  2. @wiscot And it looks like his saddle chased him down the road. Appears that he may have lost focus when he was fiddling with his right shoe and the turn snuck up on him before he could slow down and take the correct line. »

  3. Oh for Merckx’s sake, STFU Fabian! Via Cycling News: »

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. Same as it ever was. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Longo Borghini 4. Johansson 5. Van der Breggen »

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. Nairo Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  2. Nah, Nairo it is. »

  3. @Steampunk Yeah, I’m really not sure about picking Froome. The logical part of me says the time trials will give him the edge, but I’d much prefer to root for Nairo. I figure I’ll let it sit for a few hours and see how it feels. I’m liable to flip flop th… »

  4. Ehhhhh, let me see how this setup looks. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Valverde »